My Wedding Day Prep!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Krystal

My Wedding Day Prep!

Hey friends!!! I am so excited to be marrying my best friend next month… It has literally snuck up on me… It doesn’t seem like I’ve already been engaged almost a year, but in about 30 days, I will be Mrs. Karmatz! I have been doing some serious prepping, so that my skin, hair, nails and body are picture and wedding dress ready! I have been switching between doing Insanity Max 30 and my own Interval workouts for my workouts and as far as nutrition, I’ve cut my dining out and processed sugars in half!!!! I’ve been eating a more Paleo style of diet.. But not 100% – it just works for my lifestyle and I am celiac and hypothyroid, so it definitely helps. Plus following the 21 Day Fix portion control meal guide, I am golden!!! I’ve gone from eating every 2-3 hours to now doing Interval Fasting… So I eat the same amount of calories a day, but they are in 3 bigger meals and 1 snack.. I go about 6 hours between eating! This has started changing my body composition drastically! I didn’t realize this is how my body would react, because everything I have learned over the past couple of years tells me to stay away from that! But it’s working, so I’m sticking with it!! Between those workouts and my eating style — I’ve lost fat and started leaning out more!!! Plus I’m feeling great! As for my face… Monthly hydro facials and dermaplaning is a MUST! Plus getting my eyebrows sculpted and trained to grow a certain way (yes I had to let them just grow for a couple of months so I could get them shaped just right.) The skincare line and products I’m using is Lytera. And I LOVE IT! My skin feels so clean and bright! And I’m not breaking out or have dry skin anymore. It’s medical grade.. So it’s good stuff! I do the facials & dermaplane so that my skin will be smooth and even for my makeup application. Another thing I have started.. Well, stopped doing, is wearing makeup everyday! I might apply makeup once a week now and it’s very light and I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use a makeup remover at night, along with my Lytera face wash! I don’t want any cystic acne bumps or marks on my face anytime before the big day! My my hair is faux mermaid red, so it’s a MUST that I take care and preserve my color! I only wash my hair 3x a week, with cold water and Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner. I also only blowdry 1x per week and have slowed down on the curling iron and never really straighten my hair anymore. Plus I use a leave in conditioner on the ends! I want soft, silky, manageable hair on the big day! My nails and skin...

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How Do I Eat Healthy?!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in BeachBody, Exercise, Krystal

It’s not rocket science, but it IS a process… When I first started my weight loss journey I had no clue what to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, how often I should eat, etc… I was a blank canvas with no experience. I thought buying those frozen Lean Cuisine meals would give me the results or drinking the Hollywood Diet Shake or switching from regular sugar to stevia would make all the difference in the world – WRONG! For me eating healthy was a LONG process and a lot of trial and error. It didn’t happen overnight and it took patience. Once I realized that I needed to look at food as fuel and not something I just want, my whole outlook on what I should be eating changed. I didnt like veggies unless they were covered in butter or fried – same with fruit, I needed them covered in more sugar than they already have in them…it’s how I grew up. Did you grow up hearing your parents say “you are not leaving this dinner table until your plate is finished.”???? Yep, thats what I grew up with – so mentally I always thought I needed to finish every bit of my plate, even if that meant stuffing myself. I am also a Texas girl who loves her meat and potatoes (and I dont mean cooked a healthy way). So I had to LEARN how to eat healthy, right from the bottom and also learn to moderate my cheat meals. This is something common I see and an ugly road I have been down: First, you try to cut out everything you love, you take out all your treats and cheats and quit cold-turkey – but then you crave and want everything you cant have, so you run to the store and binge eat – awful feeling, right?! My steps to changing my eating habits started like this: Cut back on eating out to 1-2x per week Replace one item a week in my pantry and refrigerator for something more healthy and nutritious Sign up for MyFitnessPal.com and track my food daily and KNOW how many calories I am supposed to be consuming No snacking while making dinner and lunches for kids Switching from canned veggies to frozen or fresh READ LABELS Drink more water (if you dont like water add fruit or Crystal Light or Mio on occasion) Meal planning Shopping with a grocery list (stick to outside perimeter of the grocery store) Learning what I should eat before and after my workouts Replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology!!! Buying organic Cutting back on alcohol This is a glance at what I have done over the past 2 years to lose weight and feel amazing on the inside. Just because you can eat 1500 calories a day, doesnt mean it should be of CRAP..bc...

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Doctor Appointment Update!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in BeachBody, Exercise, Krystal, Nutrition

Doctor Appointment Update!

1-16-2012 Today I had an appointment with my Hematologist/Oncologist, Dr Kocs (pronounced COSS). First I have to say, what an awesome doctor, he was funny, up front – no beating around the bush, and came off very smart and confident in the information and suggestions he was giving me – which in return made me feel confident that I was in great hands…definitely calmed my nerves. Next, walking into Texas Oncology made me feel scared – this is a cancer patient center and seeing everyone in the waiting room who were suffering from cancer or other blood related diseases just broke my heart, I felt like I shouldnt have been there and like my issues were not serious enough to be in this place – I almost felt silly going in to check my iron levels and other things flagged in my blood results…but, I do have to say I am glad I went.. Dr. Kocs came in and immediately told me that my ferritin levels were way too low. I am considered extremely anemic/iron deficient – but not only that my body is losing 90% of my iron, I am only using 10% iron – the rest my body is losing it. I asked why and he asked questions related to my menstrual cycle, what I ate, supplements I took, etc, etc…Since I could not give a definitive answer to have him think why I am having this issues – he told me we are going to start Intravenous or IV infusion treatments ASAP. I asked about supplementing iron with a pill form and he told me even if we stopped my blood flow and I took a high dosage of iron every single day all I would do is get constipated and then it would take 6+ months for my body to absorb that much iron from the pills to balance my ferritin levels out. Starting Wednesday afternoon I go in for my first treatment. Basically I am hooked up to an IV for 2.5 hours while they pump me full of iron. I have to do this twice a week for 6 weeks and then every few months I will come back for blood tests to see if I need more iron infusions. I will definitely be bringing the iPad and headphones and use that time to do BeachBody work or watch movies… I should start seeing an improvement of my nails, skin and energy levels within 2 weeks – YAY, but it could take about a month before all my symptoms are gone. Between my Synthroid for my Hashimoto’s and the IV Iron Therapy I should be feeling normal within a month – which I am sooo excited for! I cant wait to get back to normal. I am scared and excited all in one – I am not thrilled to be hooked up to...

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