Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dear Year 2011

Wow this year has definitely flown by with a blink of an eye.  I can honestly say it was the best year of my entire life. Most of you have written down your new year's resolutions (GREAT), getting ready & dolled up for that last sha-BANG to ring in 2012, or just relaxing until that clock hits midnight to see the ball drop in NYC on your telly.  Whatever you are doing tonight, do not forget to reflect on what you have accomplished in 2011.  All those amazing, fantastic, challenging things you did...each moment has helped you build your character to the person you are to THIS DAY. 

With that being said, here goes it...a letter to my 2011.  ENJOY :D


Dear 2011, 
Wow did you ever fly by so fast but every second was one second I wouldn't take back. You made me a year older and definitely wiser.   
I had overcome challenges and barriers in which my 2010 would never think feasible.   
I had gained strength not only on the outside but in my mind & heart.
I had beat many personal bests either at the gym, with my body or on stage, which I am still looking back & thinking "did I really do that?"    
There had been tears and many fears but had great friends along the way to bring back some cheer.   
You had brought me closer to my family, which I am ever so thankful for.   They are truly my backbone of everything I do.  (make myself proud to make you proud mom & pops).
You have shown me what a "great" love looks like.  I look him in the eye everyday and am so thankful for your gracious gift.
You have also allowed me to become a STRONG leader, a coach, a helpful hand in changing people's lives in my field of training.  My passion...my drive...my fulfilling life is all because of you (my team).
You are the best year I have had yet but sorry to say.....2012 is going to be even better 2011.  There is so much I have in store for 2012.  I am going to bring forward my best self yet.  Just you wait and see 2011....wait and see.  

So, Sah Yoh Nah Rah 2011 - BRING ON 2012!!! 

Love,
Kimmy
  

  


   

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Prequel to "kimmyConduct"

Memories are a strange thing.  They come up with the slightest scent, song or event a word.

I was at my parents house for Christmas the other day and found my old memory box.  I am the type of person to keep everything.  Old photos, movie stubs, love notes, vacation memorabilia and all that other stuff some people would consider to be junk.  Mild hoarder here :D

I came across a black and pink notebook.  I thumbed through it from the back to the front.  Blank pages until I reached the front.  A good 5-6 pages of my own hand writing.  It was a written journal entry I composed when I had first heard the news my breakup. I only skimmed through it and I could not believe my eyes.  I was such a sad, sad girl. So to end off this year with my last blog post, I've decided to share this lost treasure and show you my vulnerable side.  We all have one.  This was my absolute lowest point in my life.  I have to warn you, the journal entry is quite long. I read it aloud to my current boyfriend Sam last night and we both shed a little tear.

So be prepared to set aside some time to read through.


Oct 13, 2009
I gave up.  It's over.  No more.  I screwed everything up.  It's all my fault & I didn't even see it coming.  I feel like I want to die.  Someone please help me.  Guide me through this.  I need to try to get back to normal.  I need to eat better & sleep better.  I need to take care of myself.  Just think about me, myself and I.  My gut is telling me that we are done...that we are officially over.  I do not even think we can be friends anymore because it will be too hard.  It will just stir up old memories..the good times.  I know him.  He is just going to run away...far far away..just far away from me.  I hate him but I still love him.  He is too good for me.  I am not a good person.  I hate myself.  I have to suffer & in his words "live with the consequences."  He is coming to town on Wednesday but I am sure he will not want to see me.  He just wants to push me far away.  My heart and chest constantly hurt.  My stomach has "bad" butterflies.  I always feel as though I am going to vomit.  I need to workout, but I can't because I have no energy in my entire body.  My body is shutting down.
I thought I was a good girlfriend.  Yes I did make mistakes but people are supposed to forgive and forget.  I don't know.  My life.  I almost feel like it's over.  He isn't going to see me so I need to keep myself super busy.  I can't think about him all the time.  It's exhausting.  It makes me so stressed and upset.
I am getting my haircut today.  I need a change.  I need to start thinking about just me.  No more Facebook.  No more msn.  Password protect everything.  I need to get away.  I need to go on a trip and forget about all this.  I need to lose weight and be healthy.  I need to meet more people and get involved.  I need to keep busy.  It's the worst at night when I am all aline in the dark.  I am just in my bedroom...just with me and my thoughts.  Many things run through my mind.  My thoughts just go around in circles.  Things are meant to be if you want to try & if you are willing to try and work through your problems.  I thought my last ex was BAD but this guy is worse.  He gave me false hope, false promises...it could have even been false love too.  Maybe he really wasn't in love with me.  Maybe he was just intrigued by the challenge at first .  Jumped on my vulnerability.  Maybe he was just in "lust" with me and not LOVE.  I am once again a fool.  I always end up this way.  Getting dumped twice within a one year time frame isn't the best thing in the world.   
I am swearing off men or "BOYS" for a long, long time.  It's going to be hard to trust and give myself fully...give my heart again.  I even just may end up all alone for the rest of my life.  This last relationship really scared me.  I am completely damaged goods.  He ruined it for me.  How am I ever going to be truly happy?  I do not even want to go back to the club scene again or at least for a long time.  ALL GUYS ARE JERKS!!!  I thought this one was different but they all end up the same.  Those hurtful bastards.  I will never find someone.  Now what am I going to do with all the stuff he had given me?  I really do not know...hide it away for now.  Maybe wishful thinking will work but I doubt it.  I just need to move on.  He has.  He only loves me as a friend now.  Love of his life no more.  If he knew what I was going through, he would be hurt but that's it.  When he talks to his friends this week, it will confirm that he does not want to be with me anymore.  There is no one on my side.  EVERYONE is against me.  No one understands.  I really do feel all alone.  I hate being alone  Not that I need to be in a relationship to be happy but it helps when you have love in your life.  Where is my great love story?  Doesn't everyone get one?  Like please..someone please give this girl a break.  Someone please throw me a bone.  Someone please take all this pain away.  I know it takes time.  I don't have time right now.  I need to get over him IMMEDIATELY.  Someone take away the pain part so I can start living my life.  
I need need NEED to keep busy.  Keep my mind off the madness in my life.  I am honestly going crazy. How long does it take?  Someone please help me.  For now, I am not going to talk to any of his friends.  I am going to stay away from social settings.  I am hiding myself away from the world.  Maybe it's better this way.  It's better this way so that I do not hurt anyone anymore like the way I hurt him.  I am sure he will find   better, prettier, someone more understanding, unselfish, someone better than me in every aspect.  I am flawed.  He isn't.  There isn't anything wrong with him.  It's all me.  My life sucks right now.  I should delete all saved messages, get off the internet completely.  I need to disappear and run away, hide away.  But with the help of family and friends, I will get through this.  One of the most hurtful endings to what I thought was a beautiful union   
I am done for now.  I can't talk anymore.  I can't think anymore  It's over & so am I.  

The person who wrote this 2 years ago is LONG gone.  I call this blog post the prequel because I am quite positive that right after this hand written entry, I started blogging on Blogger.

I will (hopefully) NEVER again let a guy tamper with how I feel about myself.  No more doubts.  Because I know & you all should know that you are one incredible person.  Do not let anyone else tell you otherwise.

Because you are STRONG.  You are Beautiful.  You are You.




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Inside Fitness...I made it!





I am so thrilled!!!  I made it in "Inside Fitness" this month.  Thanks to Dave Clow & MABBA for giving me this amazing opportunity.  There is definitely more to come from me.  Check out the mini-write up.  By the way, YES...they got the name of my blog wrong.  How sad.  Ah well.  This definitely still makes my day though.

Love you!






Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cooking with Kimmy - Episode 1


Welcome to "Cooking with Kimmy" episode 1 (not too sure how many more I will put out).  

How I Cook my Extra Lean Ground Beef
I missed filming one of the steps, which is to take boiling water and pouring that over the meat to ensure all or most of the extra fat is gone.

The part of the video with the seasoning was not planned at all - sorry for the messy cabinet :D  

ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What's in my Lunch Box?



I just thought I'd write a little post about my lunch today as it sits in front of me.  

PROTEIN & FATS:
My "go-to" protein is usually a lean red meat...in this case extra lean ground beef from Superstore.  As lean red meats are higher in fat content (which is one of the great properties of a fat), I am fuller for longer as compared to having a chicken breast (which I find breaks down a little too fast - getting absorbed too quickly in my body).  We normally get our lean ground beef from Safeway, as I find their process is much more intricate (moins tendons/bone chips from Superstore...YUCK).  Although more expensive than the regular lean ground beef, it's definitely worth the extra bucks.  

VEGGIES and CARBS w/ a side of FIBER :
I normally pair that with a LOT of veggies.  My go-to veggies are usually broccoli/cauliflower, asparagus or spinach.  All three have their great benefits, which is why I normally do a rotation of all three during a month's time.   Plus they are all great for their fiber content and as we all know, you need fiber to POOP.  Fiber is our friend.  :D

SEASONING: 
My ABSOLUTE favourite sauce right now to add on top of my beef is Green Valley Ranch "Southwestern BBQ Sauce", in which you can find EXCLUSIVELY at  Muscles By Meyers (my sponsor).  It is CALORIE FREE too.  Too good to be true to be delicious?  Try it.  It is excellent.
My other seasoning combo (if for some reason I do not have that sauce in stock in my fridge), is Green Valley Ranch "Ketchup" paired with dijon mustard.  Think cheeseburger without the bun & calories.  In my eyes & with my taste buds, it is a delicious treat in my mouth.    

WATER:
I consume my food with a full glass of water (or two).  After all, you need oxygen to fuel the fat burning process.  Studies have shown in cases where there are two groups (one drinking the required amount or more of water/day and the other not consuming as much), the group who consumed more water lost more weight, therefore losing more fat.  Now who doesn't want that to happen?  

Now time for a little rest before I kill it at the gym for a second workout session.

Take care.  Keep Fit and Eat Clean!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

24 weeks out - Vlog



Catching up - What's new in the life of Kimmy :D

ENJOY!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Are you "Bored"? Make a Motivational "Board"!

My Motivational Board

If I am not training myself or my TeamSexy girls, I am at the computer updating this blog, client files, answering/checking emails or entering into contests.  I have been delaying this project for months now and finally got around to it the other day.  The whole reason why I wanted to start this DIY project was to motivate my girls and myself to get back into the swing of things (hardcore training/strict nutrition).  I, myself, am a visual person.  I need to see things in order to engrave them in my mind.  Enter MOTIVATIONAL board project.  I started looking through old magazine for bold statements and words I relate to.  If you want to make a board for yourself (just like the one you see above), here is what you will need (all from Staples. Click links to view products):

  • Clear plastic desk protective cover 
  • Double-sided mounting tape 
  • Scissors
  • Clear masking tape
  • Dry-erase markers (assorted)
  • Fitness-related magazines such as Oxygen, Fitness, Women's Health, Muscle Development
  • Motivational quotes (try this website)

After that, start cracking at it.  At lot of people have asked me why I made it a whiteboard and not strictly a pinboard.  The reason why is simple.  On a weekly basis or whenever I get "bored" of the quotes, I will change it to something fresh and new.  That way, I will never get "bored".  Smart huh?



If you aren't on the creative side or just darn lazy, do not fret.  There are virtual pin boards online such as Pinterest.com (@Pinterest)




"Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the wed.  People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes and organize their favourite recipes.  Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people.  Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."



You can share everything from fitness, recipes, wedding plans, inspirational thoughts/ideas, technology - pretty much anything you can imagine.  Love the idea?  What are you waiting for then?  


MAKE YOURS TODAY!!!  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"It's a New Dawn. It's A New Day. It's a New LIFE. And I'm FEELING GOOD"

Quick Self Interview by Kimberly Ho


Date: November 1, 2011
Time: 10:45am
Weight: 135 lbs

Did you eat breakfast? Obviously.  It is after all, the most important meal of the day.  It should more or less be the biggest meal as well.  :D

You look a little tired:  I am but I got some great sleep last night.  A whole 8 hours is what I find works best with my body.  Any less...well you do not want to mess with me.  I had a dream where Arnold Schwarzenegger was telling me to come visit him at this booth at some convention.  I really did not want to wake up.

How many times do you workout a week?  6 of the 7 days of the week.  I allow myself a day off to fully rest (without cardio).  My split days are as follows:


Offseason training split:

Monday: 
Bicep/Tricep
Tuesday: Chest/Core
Wednesday: Legs (Glutes/Quads)
Thursday: Shoulders
Friday: Back/Obliques
Saturday: Legs (Hamstrings/Calves)
Sunday:   Off 
 
Fav Body Part To Train: Wheels baby (LEGS)


How many meals do you eat each day?  I eat about 5-6 small meals a day.  This ensures I keep my fat metabolism system working all the time.  You never want to wait too long to eat something.  After all, who doesn't want their fat loss to be optimal? :D

When is your next competition?   I step onto the big stage again on April 28, 2012 at the 2012 World Qualifiers at the McPhillips Street Station Casino with my fellow competitors from all across Canada.  I am so excited!!!  Make sure you come and support me.

Well that is all for this morning.  Stay tuned.  There is definitely more to come.

Monday, October 31, 2011

I am a SUPER FREAK!

One of my "jobs" as a sponsored athlete is to try and test out new products for you.  I adore doing this whole trial & error bit to see what works with my body the best.  Cue "Super Freak" by PHARMAFREAK.  Soon to be on the shelves at Muscles By Meyers, this powerful pre-workout is packed with stims & is one sure fire way to get your going at the gym.

The fruit punch flavour was quite tasty as compared to some (think Fruit Punch Kool-aid).  I was also very surprised at how well it mixed (no big clumps at the bottom of my shaker cup).  Because we had just come from visiting Meyers, I actually took my pre-workout at the gym.  A good 10 minutes later, I started to feel the effects of SUPERFREAK.  With my heart racing, I was ready for an impeccable & insane LEG DAY. After only finishing off my first set of super wide squats (my fav), I was already sweating up a storm (cue moins shirt LOL).   Now let's rate this sucker:


Taste: 10
Focus/Concentration: 10
Price: Unknown as it's not on Muscles by Meyers shelves yet

I have to say this pre-workout is equivalent to Purus Labs Muscle Marinade (one of my fav pre-workouts). On a taste level, it is truly amazing.   I loved how well it mixed; ensuring I NEVER waste product.  My concentration & intensity was remarkable, which I believe is necessary (especially now since my workouts are even more intense then ever before). 


But overall, GREAT product!!!  


Keep checking www.musclesbymeyers.com/ for its availability.  A must-try!!! 


That is all.  Goodnight y'all :D

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Progression...ALWAYS!

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 


26 weeks out and here is one of the many progression pictures towards my journey to the CBBF World Qualifiers in April 2012.  My muscles bellies are rounder - could be the creatine had I have been taking, but so far it's doing it's job.  So let's start listing the changes that have happened since my last progression pics:

1.  My outer bicep muscles are starting to show higher peaks than ever before, which I am so thrilled about.

2.  Sam has recently pointed out that my rear is more round than it was say 3 months ago.  I have definitely worked hard for my once pancake/flat derriere.  :D

3. My midsection is FINALLY getting the definition that I so longed for in the past.  Sexy lines here I come.

4.  My serratus muscles are coming forth - something I have been working on for sometime now.  I've been seeing a lot more bikini competitors with heavily defined ones.  Mind you, I do not want to look too hard, so that will get me steering away from Bikini and more so towards Figure.

Once I start depleting again, the fat I had gained off-season & those many "treat nights" will just melt off this body of mine.  I am so ready for what the coming months have in store for me.  If I am seeing results now, just you wait a couple months from now....or even say a month from now.

Always growing....always changing for the better...always progressing.   Mission Sexy Bikini is underway.  No more time for talk...more DO!!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Beginnings

Let me just first start off by saying I have a NEW BABY NIECE. 

Kiana Ariel
Born at St. Boniface General Hospital
October 17 at 2am
7 lbs - 8oz.  

She is too cute for words.  I just cannot wait to play with her.  I am just so excited.  Words cannot express it.  Congrats to my sister Mabelyn & Patrick for bringing us this tiny miracle.

When I held her for the first time, my first thought was "please god, do not let me to drop her."  It's quite scary how fragile they are after birth.  She got a LOT of hair...kind of like me.  I hope to get a chance to visit the hospital with my boyfriend Sam once more before they bring her home.  That's when the fun really begins.  Time to get a transit pass to visit on a regular.  Fun times lay ahead.  
   
It's amazing - the miracle of life that is.  Everything is fresh and brand-new.  No corruption of what's "really" out there in the world.

This actually strings right along what I have been meaning to blog about.  I recently met up with an friend, whom I had not spoken to in a year or so.  The reason for the fall-out is personal, therefore I will not go into detail.  I have know this friend for more than a decade and over the time span of our friendship, he gradually changed for the worse; losing his grounded personality along the way.  Only thinking about money, power, status and being "Top Dog".  I expressed to him (when we were friends) that ALL OF THAT is not the meaning of life.  One has to be happy.  To be loved and to express your love for others is key.  He never heard me up until now.

We did the whole small talk at first but then dug into the real pressing matter..."why he wanted to meet in the first place".  He said he had come to the realization about what it was I was trying to relay to him years ago.  He claimed his re-building of friendships and any one who had helped him get to where he is today; that he should not hold grudges or shun them out.  He had also mentioned some things in conversation, which were quite flattering (abt a job interview question)...again in which I will not discuss further but know it was quite heart warming.

Although, I felt blessed to hear his new revelations, there were some points where the "old" shone through.  Actions speak louder than word after all.  Is it possible for someone to completely change?  Start fresh again after so much hurt and pain?

At the end of it, I told him to not be a stranger and we went our separate ways.  I suppose time will have to tell in this situation.  Anyone can change.  It's just a matter of how BAD you want to change.

Being happy is the key to life.  Do not let anyone else tell you otherwise. <3

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pump...Pump...Pump It Up!!!

I sent in my grant for permission to compete at the 2012 CBBF World Qualifier & this was the response I received:

Hi Kimberly,
MABBA executives all agree that you will represent Manitoba well at the 2012 CBBF World Qualifiers.
This email is our official "yes" for you to compete.
Good luck with your training!
Sincerely,
Carrie Carriere
Tom Heffner
MABBA Executives


As soon as I finished reading it, I screamed, started jumping up & down for a good 5 minutes...hugging Sam with a ear-to-ear massive smile on my face.  I was speechless.  I guess the letter I wrote was very convincing.  I am so blessed.  Thank you so much for this AMAZING opportunity to compete with competitors not only in Winnipeg, but ALL ACROSS CANADA.  Even people who have made a name for themselves in the industry will be on the big stage and I get to grace the stage alongside them.  Wow!

So with that, I now have a "real" goal date set in my calendar.  Leading up to this letter, I was training for the MABBA Provincials June 2012, but now the new deadline is April 2012.  2 more months of carbing up and building, before depleting and a ketosis nutritional plan are set (YAH *sarcasm).

The title of this blog correlates to the song I am currently listening to and what I need to be doing for the next couple of months...PUMP IT UP, eat clean, get plenty of rest.  Build, build, build!!  

"Do your thing let me do my thing." - Joe Budden's "Pump It Up"

6 months of going hard...even more so than ever before.  Let's GO!  April 6th, Are you ready for me?     


Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Morning Blues

I know most people dread Mondays, but for me it's a promise of a new day (Paula Abdul :D).  Its a chance to start off fresh, make a change for the better.   Just outside that doorstep is a world full of opportunities just waiting to be taken.

I started my day off with the BEST and MOST IMPORTANT meal of the day with my regular oats, cinnamon, apples (you can add fresh blueberries or even strawberries), Walden Farms 'Apple Butter' mixture (just delicious) & Cookies & Cream ISO100 Protein Shake by Dymatize.

NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST.  There is a reason why they call it breakfast.  Let's break down the word - "Break" & "Fast".  You are essentially "breaking" the "fast" for those 6-8 hours of sleep you are getting with the meal.  You never want to wait too long to have it.  Otherwise, when you FINALLY do feed your body with food, that food will get absorbed and some of it stored as fat.  Not a good thing, especially if your goal is fat loss/weight loss.  Think of breakfast as a good thing, as it will actually help you in the long run.

I hate it when people tell me they skip breakfast or they wait a couple hours after to eat.  How is your body going to change if you are not willing to make the small changes?  Yes eating less than your caloric intake of the day will help you loss weight but is damaging your body at the same time.  YOU NEED to make sure you are not starving yourself.  Afterall, those carbs...those proteins...those fats are the nutritional building blocks of how your body composition actually turns out.  Make a change this week.  

EAT BREAKFAST!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dear Junk Food...

Dear Junk Food:

I just first want to say not only are you amazing but my mouth & tongue thank you from the bottom of my heart.  We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, hot summer days, and cold winter nights together.  You have been there for me through rough patches like break-ups, family issues, friend fall outs and fights with boyfriends.  There were also times when I'd be bored and you would be there to pick me up, even if it was just for a short period of time.  You always knew how to satisfy me and put a huge smile on my face.  I just always thought that you would never ever let me down.

UNTIL....

You made me overweight, depressed, sad about my body image, tired, lazy, and not confident. You made me fill big on the outside and small on the inside.  You made me unhealthy and as much as I didn't want to admit it, you were the one reason why I was unhappy for so long.  With that being said, it is with the greatest sadness that we need to break up.  Please do not fret.  I will not be gone forever.  Just know that right now in my life, there isn't a place for you.  I have goals that cannot be reached if I have you lingering around.  Please understand.  

Sincerely,

Kimmy Ho :(

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Holy Goaly!

It's time to sit down and really think about my goals. After all, I find it most helpful when you actually write them out so you are visually reminded each time you read them.

It's funny I am writing this 6-7 months before potentially competing again (if granted permission to be in the Naturals). Looking through my older entries, I did an entry 6 months before the MABBA Novice show. What a coincidence. Goals are in the air and need to be set.

So without further ado, let's begin!
  • No More Junk - no more indulgent eats & treats, which most will say is the most difficult part. Stick to the nutritional plan as written. No excuses.
  • Work That Heart - 2 cardio sessions a day (morning/post weight resistance workout).
  • Home Improvement - 2 leg days a week, as well as 2 core/oblique days, as these 2 areas require the most improvement. My shoulders need to come out more. As of right now, my triceps are as big as my shoulders. Not a good thing. I will come into this competition in the best shape of my life.
  • H2O Yo! - Need to up my water intake because as of now I do not drink as much as I should.
  • Catch Some ZzZzZ's - The boyfriend can attest to this. I definitely do not get enough sleep on some days, especially the weekends. Goodbye to party-party each weekend...well not completely...just coming home at a decent hour will do the trick.
  • Big Dreams! - The 5 goals listed are the smaller short term goals. My dream is to make a name for myself in the fitness industry. To be in magazines, now that would be the cherry on top.

    Lately, I've been thinking about going to a contest preparation business in Winnipeg. But really, what do they have to offer? Right now, I do my own nutrition and train myself...making my own workout program. Right there, I can save hundreds of dollars, which can be put towards my suit, tan, hair, makeup and anything that will help myself prep for the day. I would lose that satisfaction of doing it "on my own" like I did at Novice. With that note, when someone asks me "who trains you?". My answer will be me, myself and I.

    To compete and walk on the big stage again would be a dream. Sure, I'd love to win again but just being with my fellow competitors and knowing I brought the best body forward would be an amazing feeling . I just cannot wait.

    Counting down the days...
  • Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Turbofire or TurboSweat

    After hearing rave reviews from more than one person, I had finally decided on doing the TurboFire workout DVD's.  I immediately chose to do one of the harder routines considering my (what I would like to think) advanced athlete capabilities.  Since today was a day off from the gym, I thought I'd suck it up and make it a bit challenge today.  It's always good to challenge yourself so you never get bored.  

    The steps/moves look quite easy but looks can also be deceiving.  Once you start her routine, your heart rate immediately skyrockets.  The music is upbeat.  The instructors' attitude is great with her constantly delivering a motivational message in between sets of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I have to admit.  There were times when I felt like I wanted to give up but she convinced me to not.  "It's all up in here." - as she points to her head.  Mind over body, as I like to tell my #TeamSexy Girls.        


    I rate this workout DVD a 9 out of 10

    Music: Great
    Delivery:  Motivational
    Actual Workout: Effective
    Sweat Factor: 10

    Go check it out if you haven't already.  Until next time, HIIT it baby.

    -kimmy-

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    It's colder...it must be August (Updates)


    Gym Playlist

    Decided to share what I think is my golden playlist (current one-I change it all the time).  Yes I am fully aware that some of these songs are not your typical gym songs, but I like them and thats what matters.  ENJOY or NOT!!!!







    -kimmy-

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Sadness turned Happiness...eventually

    Lately, I've been noticing a lot of heartbreak/breakups in my circle of friends. It just saddens me to see the pain in their eyes. Constantly bombarded with lines from friends like "You are strong. You can get through this."...when really...for them...it's the hardest thing they are going through at this point in their lives. I know because I've been there.

    This blog was and still is my sole outlet for expressing my thoughts and feelings, especially in times of despair. Sure, it's easy for me to say "get over it." but at the same time...as the infamous quote goes "Time heals all wounds."

    My thoughts/suggestions/advice for my friends with broken hearts: Don't sit around in your dark room all day long curled up in your bed listening to sad love songs. Keep yourself active/busy, therefore keeping your mind busy. The gym is your best friend. The reason why? When u workout, your body releases a hormone, which in turn makes you happy (endorphins). Optimize this feeling.


    With time, you will see how strong you REALLY are.



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    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Another One Bites The Dust

    So this is my month numero 2 for prepping for next year's MABBA Provincial Competition.

    So far so good.  I have seen many improvements over the past month in my body (legs, glutes, mid-section - which are my weaker points).  My upper body still needs some more mass to it.  With that, I am consuming more carbs than before.  It nice to have carbs again.  I have tons of energy and my muscles look fuller.

    Another motivational force for me is that its that time of year again...BIKINI/BEACH TIME!  Everyone wants to look fabulous and with many events coming around the corner (this month or next), I gotta look my best.  I also have a new obsession.  I have to confess I am SO ADDICTED to buying BIKINI'S.  In the last 2 weeks, I have bought 4 bikini's.  I am finding it hard to close my drawer I use to store them in.  It bad because everytime I go to the beach now, I see other girls in their bikini's and I say to myself "Kim, you need to find one just like that.  It would probably look fantastic on you."  SO awful.  So the addiction continues.  It probably will today too since my bud Charmaine and I are going shopping for her birthday dress at the MALL (dun...dun...dunnnn - scary music).

    Charmaine also mentioned there is going to be a fashion show coming up in August and the promoter is looking for models to be featured in it.  She asked me if I wanted in.  I obviously said "YES"!  It would be great exposure for sure...plus we get to be all dolled up...probably meet new people too.  So yet another motivational force to keep this fitness dream alive.

    YOU CAN DO THIS.  EASY.  NO PROBLEM.  - My mantra..now and always!

    -kim-

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Extra, Extra, Read All About It

    Around 12:30 am, Sam had received a call from his brother David saying he had something to drop off at his apartment.  Sam had no idea what it was.  His first thought was it was food, since his brother and sister-in-law Karen were coming back from a wedding social.  SCORE!

    We were pleasantly surprised with the Pilipino Express, in which Sam and I and another filipino competitor were interviewed for on March 19th (the day of the competition).  We were all on the front cover.  SO EXCITING!    


    Click the images to take a closer look.  I am famous...in the filipino community now :D

    Ps.  I didn't claim to be a fitness model.  Those were his own words....I swear.  LOL

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    So Compete or to Not Compete?....That is the Question

     

    A little blurb about competing.  Too much thinking = ramblings on my part LOL
    ENJOY!

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Dustin' for some Adjustin'

    So it's that time again to refocus and re-evaluate my goals for the remainder of the year. Since I already surpassed my goal of getting into the Top 3 in my short bikini class at the 2011 MABBA Novice Competition, I need to set some deadlines and focus on the next big thing for my career and future. There is always room for improvement.

    My NEW wellness goals for the 2011 year are as follows:
  • At the gym, push myself HARD for the next 3 months. Who knows...maybe my body will be ready to do the Provincials/FAME Prairies/WBFF

  • Carb up for this month ONLY - I have to start cutting again for the two months after the "carb" month. I do not want to see ribs on my body when I pose any longer (never a good thing)

  • Back to life. Back to reality - No more junk food...err well maybe a bit. Just not a much as I did the week after Novice (gained 5-10 lbs...yikes)

  • Promoting Muscles By Meyers to a higher extreme then ever before.  I am now a sponsored athlete, so I better be holding up my end of the bargain.  More clients for my business means more revenue for Meyers.  A win-win situation!  

  • Focus on my glutes & abdominals - two of my weakest points. Looks like I am going to dedicate two days to each of you during the workout week

  • Work on my posing. Practice makes perfect. Even though I've been hearing rave reviews on my stage presence at the Novice, I want to make sure I feel 100% confident and satisfactory with it.

  • I want to be one of the few Asian women out there in this sport. There are a select few who have made it and I want to be alongside them on my journey to the top. They are truly inspiring.



  • So with that being said, I better get a good night's rest.


    Goodbye world. Until tomorrow.



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    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Video Footage of My Journey To The 2011 MABBA Novice Competition


    Check out some of the video footage leading up to the 2011 MABBA Novice Competition that I compiled together.  

    ENJOY!!!

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Post-Contest Food Festivities #2

    Well if you guys haven't already seen the 1st blog I did about my food adventures, check it out here. This week has been all about indulging on food I haven't touched in months...maybe even a year. With that being said, let the eating begin. And they're off....

  • Caramel Crepe first thing in the morning & lucky us we had a coupon (I LOVE YOU WAGJAG.CA). We ordered "The Rooster" (mozzarella, ham & egg), "Joy" (mozzarella, banana & cinnamon sugar), & "Pacific" (smoked salmon, cream cheese & chives). The rooster was nice & simple since I haven't had any breakfast-type food in a long time. The pacific was so tasty. I enjoy most smoked salmon menu items but what topped it off was the cream cheese inside. Joy was excellent. I really could not distinguish the mozzarella inside the crepe but nonetheless it was a "sweet" choice.
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  • Hu's Asian Bistro was our second stop of the day. I already knew from previous experience the food wasn't the best quality in the restaurant business but it doesn't hurt to give anything a second or in my case third chance. It also made our selection of restaurant easier because again we had a coupon. We ordered "Crispy Lemon Chicken", "Sizzling Chow Mein", & "Pad Thai". The chow mein was great because I thoroughly enjoyed the crispiness of the noodles. The pad thai was good...a tad bit spicy but still worthy of putting in my mouth. And now we come to the "Crispy Lemon Chicken". First off, it wasn't crispy. It was moreso soggy. Secondly, the chicken was too sour. I guess the Chef who made it went a little crazy on the lemon juice. It was intolerable. We ended up sending it back to the kitchen and exchanging it with "Crispy Honey Chicken". It was better but a little salty. We (Sam and I) thought one complaint was enough for the day. So we packed our food up and went to our next destination.


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  • Lilac Bakery is THE BEST bakery in all of Winnipeg. How do I know? Well my mouth knows best...that's how I know. I already had the idea of picking up a red velvet cupcake (hmm cream cheese icing) but I wanted to see what other AMAZING goodies they had to offer. Sam and I saw one cupcake that stood out among the pack, which was the "Cookies and Cream" cupcake. Perfect...it was a mini cupcake too. No commitments...that's how I like it (jk). We also were intrigued by the "apple sauce" cupcake.
    We asked the counter attendant as to how it was made. He said "apple sauce is baked inside the cupcake." I thought to myself "what the heck...why not." Red Velvet = perfect 10. Apple sauce cupcake was kinda crumbly but decent. Now second runner up is the cookies & cream cupcake. I absolutely loved the fact the icing had oreo bits instead of what I am normally used to whenever it comes to C&C (smooth texture). I adored the crunchy bits. It made the cupcake so special. Something I've never had. Go check it out.


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  • Hu's Asian Bistro again?  Well yes.  The reason was because Sam scammed the deal site out of two coupons.  So us giving it a 4th time try was something that was inevitable.   We kept it simple.  Our motto "stick to what we know is good".  We got the chow mein again, fried rice and opted for the dry spareribs after a recommendation from our lovely waitress.  This time I wasn't disappointed.  THANK GOODNESS.  So I tell you this Hu's Bistro... you are OKAY in my books...just okay.  Just don't screw up again.   
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  • Oakwood Cafe was just a 5-minute drive from Sam's and another great thing was YES....we had a coupon. It was quiet and quaint. I immediate thought "I like it". The server was impressively friendly. More tip for you buddy! I ordered the "Rachael" (Turkey breast on rye with sauerkraut & thousand island dressing - mozzarella cheese melted). It was so yummy. I recommend it to anyone that chooses to go there for a bite to eat. Sam had a sloppy chili burger. He ended up with a chili beard. It was just too funny. 


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  • Chocolate Zen Bakery was one of those spots in the city that I've always wanted to try and today was the day. Their display was exquisite but what really caught my eye was a pastry labeled "Magic Cookie". Well with a name like that, it was imperative to give it a go. Sam and I had our first bite and immediately were in love...not with each other but the cookie...haha.  So amazing.  I kept raving about it for a good 30 minutes after we devoured it.  Yes it is that good. 


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  • Magic Sushi on McPhillips was one restaurant I have always wanted to try since it was an All-You-Can-Eat for 10.95. Now that's a deal. A friend of mine told me they had just opened up a new location called Magic Sushi #2. We decided to give it a go. It was a smaller place. Nothing too special about the atmosphere. We ordered from the applicable menu items and patiently waited. The food was decent tasting. My one complaint was the seafood that was on the sushi was teenie tiny like it was for a child. I am paying good money for this...cmon guys! LOL


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  • Marble Slab was the last on our list of places to go. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Marble Slab. I am a huge fan of their birthday cake flavoured ice cream with chunks of cookie dough. I had said this prior to ordering the usual but Sam said "try something different for a change". Why not? So I ordered the "Candied Apple" (sweet cream ice cream with apple pie chunks, caramel and M&M's). I have to say it was interesting. I didn't understand the M&M's at first until I re-read the actual name of the flavour...candied apple. Yes...like at the Red River Ex fair. Would I get it again? Probably not but definitely worth a try once in your life.


    To Sum Up: After this week, I am positive I have gained a good 5-10 lbs back onto my not-so-chiseled body.  But I did deserve it after many strict meal plans for the months leading up to the competition.  This is not something I would recommend.  It comes to a point where your body will start to hate you.  Right now, my body misses the strict nutritional plan.  Time to go back to "normal".  Bye bye junk food.  Until we meet again on our next food adventure.  

  • Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Feature Friday....About ME on "Krista Does Life"

    Hey everyone, check out my girlfriend Krista's blog for a short interview with yours truly for her new segment called "Feature Fridays".   I am the first feature of her new segment...with that I am very honored. Thanks so much for taking a interest in my story Krista.   Thanks for spreading the word.  




    Now everyone...GO AND READ IT!!!

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    Vlog 5 - Countdown 2 days


    It's almost GO Time.  A short video for your viewing pleasure.  

    Enjoy!




    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    A Trainee Writing About Me.....Could It Be?

    Check out my girl Destini's blog for my short and sweet interview at "Running Down The Aisle" as well as great recipes and etcetera.




    VISIT HER BLOG NOW!!!

    Tired + Spontaneality = Messy with a Side of Tears

    Well this day was all over the place.  I woke up to clinging, clanging and the smoke alarm...only to find Sam in the kitchen making all my meals for the day.  He is so considerate.  Such a great help.  How I adore him.

    I went to see Haley for my first session, then Charmaine shortly after.  By then, my back was achy.  I was sore all over and fatigue just took over.  Charmaine was nice enough to give me a lift back to Sam's instead of me taking the bus or walking.  Thank Goodness.

    As soon as I got to Sam's, his roommate Kevin handed over his cellphone saying it was Sam on the other end.  My blackberry had conveniently died earlier that day.  Apparently he was trying to reach me all day.  He even went to pick me up from the gym.  Ahhh I'm such a dork.  He exclaimed to come downstairs quickly.  I jumped in his Jeep and I immediately could tell he was happy.  He had planned this great evening for us.  He wanted to book a hotel to do a photo shoot of the two of us WITH a D-SLR camera, which we were about to purchase at the store.  A smile came across my face.  Awww what a guy huh?  But he wanted to make a quick stop at Showtime Supplements to get Darryl's advice if he should compete or not.  Great for me because I coincidently had my bikini and heels with me...just in case he had time to do a impromptu posing session.  I did my walk/pose and both Sam and Darryl said I was FANTASTIC.  Now this just makes me SO EXCITED.  Sam also got some great tips and advice on his nutrition and physique.  He is now reconsidering coming back on board to enter in the Novice Competition...woo hoo!  I am not alone after-all.

    After we had purchased the D-SLR camera and a new printer (so I can print out my client documents...much needed), we gathered all our things and made our food for the night stay at a random hotel in Winnipeg.  We drove up to the Osbourne Motor Hotel and thought it was kinda grungy looking.  We did a little drive down Pembina and no luck.  Alas, we came back to the apartment and put all our stuff back.  I know...sounds like a hassle and it was.  I was a little upset and so was Sam.  We had a little bit of an argument about some things, which lead myself in tears.  No worry guys.  It's just my low carbs that is doing this to my body.  I am okay and we are okay :D

    Tomorrow is our photo shoot with Mirah.  Sam and I chose some outfits to wear for the Snap Fitness shoot.  We have decided it is actually going to be a shoot for US and not the business, as we need ACTUAL clients in the shot as well.  Damn last minute Kimmy.  My fault.  Next time.

    Well I better get some shut eye.  No bags please.  Ta ta 4 now.

    -kimmy-

    ps.  no Vlog today.  I'm pooped and my hair is in a Hair turban fresh from the shower...YA no :D

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Vlog 4 - Countdown 6 days

    I don't even know why I started with the end of the day to the beginning of the day.  "I am slowly going crazy...1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, switch..."