Thoughts on Fed Up

by Kim on September 23, 2014

Hey guys! Thanks for your comments on my new series yesterday. I had so much fun putting the first post together, and I have sooo many ideas for future ones…can’t wait!

Look what we have around here…


The first red leaves are hitting the ground, just in time for the official beginning of fall. Womp womp.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fall just as much as anyone else, but it’s always bittersweet for me. Not only is my beloved summer over—and, I’ll admit, I feel slightly “cheated” out of this one since I was pregnant the whole time—but also, mostly, there’s the fact that on the other end of fall is The Season Which Must Not Be Named.

Every year, I have big ideas to embrace winter. My primary idea: learn how to snowboard (skiing would work too) so I can go on sweet weekend ski trips, and most critically, hang out at rustic chalets with stone fireplaces.

And idea #2, which is maybe slightly more feasible: find the perfect white winter sweater. Like a curl-up-on-the-couch-while-also-looking-super-put-together kind of sweater. Soft, not itchy, tunic length and form-fitting, not too thick or thin, machine washable…I talked about this last year too, and it never happened. Anyone have any leads??

So who knows, maybe this year will be different. I also have a toddler who’s finally old enough to appreciate sledding, so that will force me outside a bit more than usual.

Speaking of that toddler, when did he stop being a toddler and become this short MAN?


Maybe he just needs a haircut. I kid you not, I cut that mop 2 weeks ago.

In other news, have you seen Fed Up yet? We rented it recently, and I wasn’t disappointed.

fed up

To be fair, I think I liked before I saw a second of it, just because I care about the topic and I kind of knew what they were going to say.

Here’s a basic summary:

–Dietary fat is not the bully some people still see it as. The research that led our country to that conclusion decades ago was wrong.

–Sugar is responsible for the obesity epidemic.

–A calorie is NOT a freaking calorie. (It was too good to be true anyway, wasn’t it?)

–When companies create low fat foods, they make up for the difference in taste by pouring in extra sugar. And so, as our country tried to limit our fat intake, we just got fatter.

–Families are trying to eat healthier, but they’re not sure how. One example: opting for Lean Pockets instead of regular Hot Pockets…

–School lunches are a complete mess. Horrifically under-funded and even more horrifically unhealthy. (I had no idea some school cafeterias actually have fast food chains like McD’s IN them—!)

–Even if kids are educated about healthy food choices, what kid is going to opt for the slimy-looking salad bar when he can get pizza or a burger?

–The government has zero control of the situation, thanks to years of ignorance and way too much dirty money floating around (think: clever sponsorships by processed and fast food companies).

Of course, there were also personal stories woven into the info and commentary. One particular overweight teenage girl just completely broke my heart. Despite trying and trying to lose weight, she never saw progress, couldn’t figure out what she was doing wrong, and just seemed completely hopeless. As if high school isn’t hard enough, right?

The end of the documentary challenges viewers to try cutting sugar for 10 days. Although it’s obviously a positive idea, I think people might underestimate how hard this is. We’re not just talking no cake and ice cream, we’re talking NO SUGAR. Once you start looking for sugar in things—checking for one of its bazillion different names on food labels—it’s amazing (and horrifying) to find out how rampant it is.

Personally, I think the no sugar challenge is way too aggressive as a first step for the general population. No soda, maybe, or no “treats,” but no sugar, period? I can see people getting overwhelmed and giving up after a few days. If that’s what eating healthy is like, then no thank you! Right?

I mean, I consider myself a fairly healthy eater, and I’m far from sugar-free. I think there’s room for sugar (ideally, natural sugar) in a healthy, balanced diet.

To me, it feels like trying to run a marathon before you’ve run a mile. I don’t know, am I crazy??


What do you think of the 10 day no sugar challenge?

If you’ve seen Fed Up, what did you think?

Winter: love it or hate it?

If you love it, give me your winter survival tips! (I need the chalet, right??)





Ideas for your week {new series}

by Kim on September 22, 2014

I have to be honest, guys…as much as I love reading about people’s weekends on their blogs every Monday, sometimes I bore myself with my own weekend recaps. Maybe (probably) it’s because my weekends aren’t all that exciting, but my updates always end up feeling like “here’s a few pics, this is my kid, guess what I ate, bla bla bla…”

So, in an effort to spice things up on Mondays (and to not bore myself to death!), I’m launching a new series on the blog. It’s called…

weekly inspiration board

I’ll still probably post some weekend pics, especially if something really exciting goes down (like, if one of my kids is wearing a cute outfit) but I’m going to move away from the 100% weekend recap posts.

Now, I’ll be coming at you every Monday with:

–Ideas of recipes and workouts to try that week

–Something to think about (aka mental homework—I’ve been getting more and more into this stuff lately)

–A brand new fitness challenge for the week

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think.

Here we go…

To eat:

Pretzel crusted chicken with mustard cheddar sauce

I plan on baking this in the oven instead of cooking it in oil. The pretzel + mustard combo sounds out of this world.


Pumpkin apple harvest rice {vegan}


I made this as a Thanksgiving side 2 years ago, when I was breastfeeding my highly-allergic kiddo and cutting a zillion foods out of my diet (opting for vegan recipes wasn’t always even enough, but it was a good start).

I was blown away by its deliciousness, especially given everything it does NOT contain, and I definitely plan on making it again this fall!

–This combo…

eggs and cream cheese

So simple and so, so good.

Some people mix cream cheese right in with the raw egg, pre-cooking, but I like to cook my eggs separately and then fold in a few little dollops of cream cheese. The result is super creamy and rich. (Remember: fat is good for you! Get on that train!)

To do:

This arm workout from Suzanne Bowen.

I tried it last week with 5 lb. weights (and lower reps than what she suggests) and it was killah.

arm workout

–I also love this Compound Crusher workout from Gina.


Ever since learning the benefits of compound movements (aka the upper and lower bod doing something at the same time, with a focus on big muscle groups), I’ve been a huge fan.

I’m talking about things like…

Higher intensity, shorter workouts.

I think it’s pretty widely accepted at this point that the long-slow-and-steady approach to working out isn’t the best way to change your body.

Faster AND more productive? I’m all in.

Big, combined muscle movements that really get your heart pumping, turning a strength workout into strength + cardio.

Gotta love a good two-fer.

Emphasis on balance + functional (aka “useful in real life”) movement.

If you feel wobbly and weird doing a lunge while your arms are trying to do an overhead triceps extension at the same time, you’re doing it right. Real life movements aren’t perfectly smooth and in your preferred plane of motion. (You should see me try to pick something up off the floor while holding a newborn on my shoulder…)

To think:

Think of 3 people you really admire. Write down 3 qualities about each person that stand out to you most. (Can’t be physical or circumstantial things, like “amazing hair” or “has a Ph.D.”—I’m talking things like “empathy,” “leadership skills,” and “positivity.”)

Do you admire these things because you feel lacking in them? If so, how can you pump up these qualities in your own life? (Just because certain traits don’t come to you “naturally” doesn’t mean you can’t MAKE them part of who you are.)

Now, flip this around on yourself.

If someone close to you was asked to write down 3 qualities about YOU that stand out most to them, what would they write? And, in a separate list, what you WANT them to write?

How can you tweak your attitude/approach to life to make List A look more like List B?

Weekly challenge!

The best way to build a habit is to incorporate it into your life every day—even in some tiny way. This definitely applies to fitness.

Doing a 1-minute plank before bed every night won’t lead to rock hard abs, in and of itself, but it WILL help instill the “move every day, in some way” habit into your brain. This will make you less likely to completely fall off the exercise wagon.

Here’s an idea for this week…

Fit Challenge 1

*Remember to take breaks as needed!

*For single-leg squats, do half the squat count on each leg.

For reference:

Air squats (can you get your butt lower than your knees?)

Jump squats

Pistol squats (one-legged squats)

Goblet squats (hold something heavy at chest level, stand in plie squat position, and squat until elbows brush the inside of the knees)

Frog squats (elbows on knees, hands together, squat down and then hinge forward, extending legs straight)

Step squats (#2 at that link, dumbbells optional…place one foot laterally on a step, squat down with weight on the standing leg)

Claim it! What’s something you’re going to do to make this week awesome?

Let me know if you’re up for trying the weekly challenge with me!





Banana SUPER muffins

September 18, 2014

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A new podcast and September must haves

September 17, 2014

Guess what showed up on my doorstep….. More on that in a second! First, I have to tell you about my new favorite podcast: Mind Body Musings is hosted by former fitness competitor and owner of possibly the coolest name ever, Madelyn Moon. This girl is real and she’s been through the ringer with health […]

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Fall things and two tiny diet tweaks

September 15, 2014

Hey there! First, thank you all for your sweet comments on my post Friday! I was blown away by your support and perspective—you’re awesome! Funny story: after I tweeted that post out, like I do with all my posts, some guy tweeted back that this was the definition of #WhiteGirlProblems. In retrospect, I guess “why […]

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When is it time to unfollow someone?

September 12, 2014

Hey guys! I have no idea how it’s Friday already. I still don’t quite feel like I have my life-with-two-kiddos rhythm down yet, so my days are all a big blur right now. But we’re getting there! This isn’t an official Friday Favs post, but there are a few things I’ve been loving this week […]

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Weight loss and the postpartum mom

September 10, 2014

Well, the newborn/family photo shoot went…ok. (SO so nice that the photographer came to our house! <—If you’re in the area, I highly recommend Anya. She was wonderful!) I’ve found that this kind of thing is roughly 1,000 times harder with a toddler involved. (Major shocker there, I know.) Mason was kind of a bear […]

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Doing less of what you don’t love and more of what you do

September 8, 2014

Morning guys! I’ll kick things off with a few pics from our weekend… We spent Saturday morning at the children’s museum, and Mason could NOT have been happier. Josh slept through the whole thing—and I could not have been happier. Why, yes, that is a squirrel I’m holding! It was that or the alarmingly oversized […]

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Friday favs

September 5, 2014

So I’m worried I might have made everything sound a little too rosy the other day… Josh and I are doing great—that was all completely true. But I hope I didn’t make it sound like my life is a total vacation right now. You see, I also have this toddler…a toddler who’s used to getting […]

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How it’s going

September 3, 2014

Wow—it’s crazy to me that newborns sleep so much, and yet still somehow take up so much time! It seems like every time I sit down to blog, with Joshua sound asleep, he’ll somehow always wake up within minutes of me writing my first sentence, needing to be fed (again?!?) or changed or burped… How […]

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