My fitness journey

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As the owner of KB Fitt, I figured it might be beneficial to tell you a little more about myself, to gain a better understanding of my approach to living a healthy, thriving and spiritually rich lifestyle.

Growing up in an active family, eating healthy and working out was a top priority in the Brandon household. Some of my fondest memories are watching my parents spend their Saturday mornings reading spiritual books, working out in our at-home gym, and sipping on delicious smoothies after. Don’t get me wrong, the Brandons LOVE to eat (following an 80/20 lifestyle), but there was always a heightened awareness around taking care of what God gave you. I firmly believe each and every person should treat their body and mind as a “temple” – a holy space that deserves love, maintenance and nourishment.

Though, my relationship with working out and healthy food hasn’t always been on track. When I was 13, I developed anorexia and dropped a considerable amount of weight. I had always been “skinny, but not too skinny” – this was the only time in my life when I can safely say I was EXTREMELY underweight. I would skip breakfast, have an apple for lunch and small bites of my dinner. This was the time when all of Hollywood (aka Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan) were rail thin, and as a teen, I wanted to be “beautiful,” like them. I was also under a lot of stress, as the girls in my private school had been bullying me, simply for being skinny, getting attention from male classmates, winning the election for Student Council president and earning the lead in the school play – two years running. I wish I could tell my 8th grade self to not let others’ actions dictate my life, but I know that 13-year-old girl wouldn’t have listened.

Thankfully, by freshman year of high school, I had gained some healthy weight back and developed a passion for running. I used running to ease my anxiety and manage stress, rather than starve myself thin. Throughout high school, I made healthy on-the-go meals (I was VERY busy!) and kept up running. As I continued my education, college had me even BUSIER than high school. I took some spin classes, took Body Pump occasionally, and began practicing yoga, but didn’t really discover my passion for learning about health and fitness until March 2016 – this is when I discovered Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program. Throughout my time using the BBG guide, I learned the importance of mixing up workouts, incorporating more walking into my routine and how to do a proper push up. I highly recommend BBG for those who are early on in their fitness journey, or need a change of pace!

After 8 months of BBG, I decided to move onto Paola Marquez’s Strong and Sexy Body Method (SSBM). First and foremost, Paola’s 12-week guide and constant moral support is what lead me to signing up for my National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) program. I learned so much from Paola’s approach to weightlifting that it made me passionate to share the information with others! From May-October 2017, I studied my butt off learning about kinesiology, biomechanics, nutrition and the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model, and passed my NASM exam the day before my first 10-miler race (talk about stress management, ya’ll).

My approach toward health and wellness has changed throughout my life, and I think that’s pretty normal. Today, I aim to get 5-6 workouts in a week, with 3 resistance days, 3 cardio days and 1 yoga/stretching day. Some weeks I follow my plan to a T, others I am lucky to get 4 days in at the gym. I am fully aware things might change in the future, once kids come along, but I believe you “cannot pour from an empty cup.” Take the first 5-15 minutes of your day for God (or meditation, or both), spend the next 30 minutes to an hour moving your body, and then get on with your day. I believe in fueling my body with real, whole foods, with very limited “processed” foods, though I do include protein powder, tofu/tempeh, and the occasional Lara Bar in my diet. My body craves healthy food and my heart rate went out of control when I had a massive piece of chocolate cake last Christmas, so I just try to keep highly processed treats to a minimum, and choose to celebrate with healthier, all-natural versions of them (aka my coconut date ball recipe).

Since the word “balance” is thrown around like confetti, I won’t use it to describe my approach to health and wellness. I think if you eat more of the good stuff, less of the bad stuff, remain grateful, surround yourself with positive people (and energy), and get enough sleep (or attempt to), you will be much happier in life :)