Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Success Story: Kali Finger

WOW, you guys, this is one of my fave success stories that I have done so far. I use a little app called Instagram and it is SO much fun! I have "met" some really cool people and Kali Finger is one of them. 

She caught my eye when she posted a #Transformation Tuesday picture where she used to be under weight. NOW, she is a healthy weight, with healthy eating habits and loving a balanced life. 

THAT is the best kind of success. I asked Kali to share with me her journey from restricted thinking and eating to balance and health. Talk about finding true freedom and success, her story is below and its amazing. You can follow her on Instagram @kalifinger! (she likes coffee and quest bars, she could be your BFF)

Kali's story : 

I am 19 years old and I have been "struggling" with food issues since I was 13 years old. I was always an active kid and I was NEVER an overweight or a big kid... I just saw myself as "not skinny" so I thought that if I stopped eating as much, but still kept working out like I was that I would become even "skinnier" and be even more happy. 

In high school I was a competitive swimmer and worked out 6 hours a day in the pool.  I  was burning tons of calories. The downside was, I was not nearly consuming enough calories to make my body or myself feel good. I remember counting out 11 pretzel sticks, chewing on gum, or making snacks or meals smaller and smaller so that I was cutting more and more from my diet and overall intake. Truthfully,  I was not even eating healthy food, I was eating empty calories which ultimately left me feeling hungry. I would go to bed before 8pm so that when I felt hungry, at least I was sleeping and would not wake up to go and eat.  

Kali on the left, under eating and over training. 
That was nearly 2 years ago. 
On the right, today, at a healthy and 
happy weight and place in life! 

My lowest weight was at 100 pounds and then my family stopped me before it got too serious. They watched me eat everything and made me eat often, which to me felt like a punishment and of course I didn't want to do it because I worked so hard to get "skinny". 

My parents finally just sat me down and told me that they were too worried about me and that I  had to start eating more, they were afraid that I was going to become really sick. Of course when they convinced me start eating more, I thought "this is too many calories, I'm going to get fat, gain weight." 

But once I slowly started getting used to eating more, I started to feel SO much better and had a ton more energy than ever before. Then I looked into eating more healthy foods, with lots of nutrients and foods that were GOOD for my body. 

Today, I'm a major health nut and I don't deprive myself at all. Food shouldn't be a fear for anyone, it should be something that we can enjoy! There are still foods I don't want to eat and will never eat again. My relationship with food is better and I constantly have fruit, veggies or a quest bar with me everywhere I go so I always know I have a healthy go to snack.

Now a days I go to the gym regularly or workout in my basement. I also eat healthy, good for me foods and I eat a lot!  My weight now is higher and healthier and sure it fluctuates a little but never that much. I am gaining muscle which makes me so happy. I love where I am right now and I still constantly think about food and I still NEVER  things that make me feel bad or are bad for me. I want to give my body what it needs, because if you eat crap you will feel like CRAP! Food is supposed to be enjoyed and everyone can enjoy it if you eat the right things! 

I am STRONG and HAPPY and so blessed to be healthy and I look forward to life everyday as it comes! 

Kali lifting at the gym! 

Kali--thank you so much for being open to share your AMAZING transformation and success story.  This is so important to me to share, your finding a healthy balance and coming back from unhealthy, harmful behaviors will speak to so many. 

Guys, we have to keep in mind,  anytime you see someone underweight, we never know why.I know girls who TRY to gain weight and it's a slow journey, but we are all on our own journey. Like someone said once, "we ALL have room to rock" and I think embrace each step we take. 

Breaking out of harmful behaviors, loving your body, giving it GOOD foods and forgiving yourself is a gigantic success. Thanks to Kali for showing us a little of that. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Injury and energy: Energems

Being injured is a MAJOR bummer. 
My heart goes out to those with severe injuries or chronic pain. In the last 6 weeks I have been healing from a "minor" injury, but it brought much of my day to day training to a halt. 

It's not something I have talked about on this blog or facebook much. 

6 weeks ago, I strained my adductors badly and have had to reduce my leg/ab workouts to nearly nothing. Even heavy weights on upper body where my abdominals engaged was iffy. 

So I was sticking to bands and body weight upper body, no legs and trying NOT to engage my core. I strained my adductors when I did a routine lower body workout. I didn't do any NEW exercises and didn't do heavier weights than I have before. Yet, when I was almost done with my sets, I felt more sore than usual and cut the workout short. I am glad I did. Within 24 hours, I couldn't roll over in bed, stand on one foot without searing pain or lift my knees more than a few inches off the ground. 

I went to the Dr. thinking I had a hernia, but it was an adductor strain. Enter pained flextion and rotation= walking, twisting, pushing and lifting (rolling over). With a job as a trainer where I am demonstrating  exercises and moving weights, benches and spotting clients, it was a problem. Dr. orders were ice, ibuprofen for anti-imflammatory and rest, all of which I did.

I had trouble rolling a bench, because it meant pivoting with one foot planted while holding weight. I couldn't do even moderate presses without engaging my abs, my psoas etc, any ab work was out of the question.  

Three weeks afterwards, I did a light leg workout and with no luck, I was feeling the strain, not as bad as the first time. 3 more weeks and I added in body weight, lower body work. It was FINE this time. Last week I added in a 15 min SLOW run. Success. 
See that little guy in the front, the pectineus? He was a huge culprit in my strain and continued to send shooting pains when I was doing the lightest of work. 

As hard as it was physically to rest (wanted to grow legs, here I am resting them!) and mentally not working as hard as I want to and know I can, even with my upper body, uninjured, it had to be done. NOW, I am so thankful I did. It's still slow going, I can do body weight work on legs and it leaves me gassed. I can do my full range of upper body including pressing. And I can work weighted abs without issue.  Injury is serious and you may feel discouraged by having to rest, but in the long run, it pays off! Don't rush your recovery!

What are Energems?

First, THANK you to Energems for sending me a sample and a few to send to readers ( facebook winners were contacted) I thoroughly enjoyed them, three little bites really packed an energy PUNCH!! Energems supplements are bite-sized, hard-coated gems made with real milk chocolate. They contain caffeine, B-vitamins and a unique energy blend.


  • Made with real milk chocolate
  • Contains caffeine, B-vitamins and a unique energy blend
  • Only 15 calories each
  • Enhances energy, focus and concentration
  • 1 serving (3 gems) = 1 energy drink
  • 3 servings (9 gems) per box
  • Available in 3 flavors: Chocolate, Mint, Peanut Butter
  • Energems are classified as a dietary supplement

Check them out at energems.net to read more about them and even order yours! The Peanut Butter ones are the best, but all of them are fantastic, thank you again to Energems for the chance to try your fantastic product! 

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