Hello fitness addicts and 2015 wannabe fitness addicts! All are welcome here.

For the month of January I’m reviewing studios for ClassPass as they launch in Mpls. Remember, this is just MY review. My personal background with fitness- The gym sucks. I repeat, sucks. I think the gym is boring and can be a waste of time (I said this was my personal opinion). So you won’t find a gym on here, but boutique, specialized, workouts. If you like workouts to be fun, yay! Read on.

PILATES (Reformer)

WHAT IT’S LIKE: scary looking torture device

Not really (supposedly). It’s a total body resistance machine that promises good alignment, core strength, and flexibility.  Some reformers are wood and some are metal. There might be leather straps or ropes, too.

PACE: Slow, precise


The reformer. Holy. crap. This class is ideal for women who know the importance of strength training but hate weight lifting (raises hand). The class I took at [SolidCore MSP] was unbelievable, and so fun! You won’t sweat like a cardio sesh. Think slow, precise movement. It’s a total body workout that works every muscle of your body. Even if you’re new to working out, the machine modifies to your level.


Go to a regular pilates class on a reformer, and you will definitely get leaner in your arms. I have Spongebob arms, and this class is showing muscles I didn’t even know I had.


ProBodyWorks (Edina) & [SolidCore MSP] (St. Louis Park)


WHAT IT’S LIKE: ballet meets sculpt

PACE: ranges–typically slow & precise with bouts of cardio


Challenge level isn’t really fair on this one because I’ve had barre classes where I literally couldn’t walk the next day, to where I could run 10 miles after. Do your Yelp research before you sign up for a barre studio. Personally, my best classes were at Modo Yoga which is known mostly for, obviously, yoga.

WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Core & booty

If you sign up for two barre classes a week right now, I guarantee you you will see a difference. This is one of my favorite workouts to compliment cardio. When I was running and doing barre consistently, I had a six pack within a month (my husband hated it).


Modo Yoga, Barre Bliss (SLP & Uptown)


WHAT IT’S LIKE: Drills, p90X

This is also hard to explain since bootcamp can mean different things for every studio. Including any kind of cardio & weight training circuit workout in this (NOT Tabata training or crossfit, I”ll review those separate next week!)

PACE: Quick


I do not recommend these type of classes to people new to fitness. I would also never do this more than twice a week to give your body time to recover.

WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Weight loss & heart health

High interval training, workouts that incorporate bursts of cardio AND weights, are the most effective way to burn fat and burn lean muscle. When I lost 20 pounds in my first job, I did boot camp twice a week.


The Shred (Minneapolis), TIGERFit (Plymouth), Lifetime Fitness (OK their classes are great!),

I’ve gotten so many emails and messages about this over the last three years. If people have seen me, been around me, the weight loss isn’t that drastic. However, if I run into people I haven’t seen since my senior year of college or you see these photos here:


I don’t keep a scale, but I know I’m 4-5 dress sizes down from here 2011.

I was always a really active and skinny kid. Then, my senior year of college I had an insane schedule, fitness habits stopped slid, and I was dating someone who liked to go out a lot (ie, I ate out every day and drank sugary boozy drinks like they were water). I have always been able to eat whatever I want, but all of a sudden it was too much on my body without the physical activity. Before I knew it I went from a size 2 to a size 10. I still looked ” healthy”, but I wasn’t.

When I started my first job in TV, I lost some weight pretty quickly by being on my feet so much. But after a rough break up, that was the springboard I needed to actually get back on track with my diet.

Enter, the keto diet. It’s a lot more popular now than it even was 3 years ago (apparently it goes hand in hand with Cross-fit). It’s also somewhat controversial, but it worked for me.  The premise is you eat high fat (hopefully mostly healthy) foods, moderate protein, and minimal carbs. I didn’t even follow that strictly, giving myself weekends “off” to have whatever I missed. For breakfast I’d have maybe eggs with cheese, avocado, and coffee with heavy cream.   In about a year, I was in the jeans I wore in high school.

On the FLIP side, I also want to point out you CAN have TOO little body fat. For women, we need a certain amount to have enough hormones to even be able to have a healthy pregnancy! I know, you probably aren’t thinking about kids right now, we aren’t either. But just a doctor telling me I had too little body FAT to be able to have kids and have to game some weight is enough to make me eat hot fudge sundaes for every meal (he shot that idea down).   So don’t feel bad when you see those “fitspiration” photos, aim to eat and train like an athlete….but within reason.

But there you have it. I know a lot of you have various health, fitness, weight loss goals for 2015. At the end of the day, know that the key for me was throwing out my scale. I took up yoga which made me focus on what my body can DO, and not just what it looks like. Once I didn’t know my number, the weight fell off.

Today my diet is focused on fueling me to be at peak level on work days…and then I usually eat whatever I want on weekends, trips, holidays.  Remember, athletes eat and train, they don’t diet and work out. It’s the mantra I live and preach.

My friend Allie convinced joined me in kicking off the New Year with a little primal eating. Why yes, the great 30 Day Paleo Challenge! I jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon in August—cutting out  wheat, grain, flour products, most days of the week ( cheeseburgers, waffles, donuts are nonnegotiable). Frankly I love it, fad or not. Not for what it cuts out, but what it forces you to replace it with.

But the fitness freak in me decided why not start the new year with a shock to the system? Being hypoglycemic, I know I benefit from a low-sugar diet. Sugar is by far the hardest thing for me to give up and as Allie knows, I wasn’t quite sure I could make it 30 days! So I’ll try to blog checking in with how it’s going.

Here’s what I’ve eaten today so far:

Breakfast: eggs, kale, avocado, pine nut scramble

Lunch: squash fries & shredded turkey

…and 10 cups of water. I’m thirsty like crazy. insane.

25 days to go!




I have two pet peeves that stand out. One, if I see ‘your welcome’, ‘your so nice’, ANY mention of where it should be you’re, you’ve lost me. Sorry.

Second is when you ask someone you haven’t seen in a while how’s it going?!?!…the response is something like, “Oh my gosh I’ve just been so busy!!! Work work work meeting meeting—that’s when I tune out.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure you live a very important life. I’m sure you are busy. Guess what? You’re not alone. I don’t feel the need to ever say I’m busy because my schedule is a choice, i love what I do, so being ‘busy’ doesn’t come up in my vocabulary. I know other people have their own things going on.

Which is why there is never an excuse to not work out unless you are too busy to take care of you. 

I won’t lie, it can be challenge. But when you are at your busiest, that’s when I find working out is most essential. 

So as promised, here’s my super basic 25 minute workout I do when all I have is, well, less than 30 minutes. All you need are weights (I use 10 lbs). You may want to look up some of the terms!

5 min – sprint around downtown 

5 min – legs; wall sit, jump-squats, kettlebell woodchop (works abs too), jump rope, ballet releves

5 min – arms; push-ups, bicep curls, hammer curls, tricep kickback, WVs

5 min – core series; plank, crunches, double crunches, scissor kicks, bicycle crunches

5 min – Dance; hip-hop, ballet (pick your favorite music and jam without shame.)

It’s enough to get your blood flowing and you feel the benefits mentally to energize you for the morning.

Since this is about food, here’s what I’ve been makin lately. Pretty basic!


Avocado & sea salt

ImageGreek yogurt, almond butter, ViShake, blueberries, cinnamon 


Egg, greens, olive oil, homegrown tomatoes, parmesan, sea salt




My pinterest recipe today! will post this later–Birthday cake popcorn 


Alright guys. Since day 1 of Kate’s Whole Plate 4 years ago (4 years?!), the mission of this blog has been to embrace wellness in body, mind, & spirit. Which means for me I openly roll my eyes at fad diets and am saddened by plans that promote starvation or little to no whole, real foods. So I was skeptical of the whole gluten free/grain free “trend” happening…

Then I got sent home from work a few weeks ago from a hypoglycemic episode. Blurred vision, nausuea…getting carried home in front of my peers was less than ideal…thank you Kelsey Bitney for saving me that day. We found out when I was 11 that my body didn’t process sugar normally; I got severe migraines from something as small as a few sips of Pepsi. So, I did something about it.

I have been officially gluten & grain free for 9 days! (yes, I’ve actually counted) Now, I didn’t think a) I’d like it b) It would do much c) that it would be too expensive

So far…I love it. My headaches stopped. I ran my best mile.  I don’t think grains are unhealthy at all, but it has simplified the choices of what my body needs. ANyone else tried it? 

I miss granola….a lot. And Heinz. And it is more difficult eating out. Other than that, it has really worked for me so far. I’m keeping it at as long as it’s working.

Still take my #allofthefoodz cheat day. I will never give up bread for life, love it too much & too many nutrients. Also coffee creamer is gluten free. Thank god.

Here’s some of the more boring, everyday stuff I’ve been eatin!


“spaghetti” with grass-fed beef, stewed tomatoes in olive oil, gorganzola, green onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes, cracked pepper

I had this photo on Facebook a while back but I make a huge batch of this every week for work: baked cauliflower with red pepper flakes, olive oil, butter, aged cheddar, cayenne

Plantain chips. (WARNING: ADDICTING.) Served with homemade guac. Seriously better than chips. No really this not where someone tells you tofu tastes better than cake. (it doesn’t)

Last week I did a photoshoot for Minnetonka Magazine. It was awesome! Also allowed me to cheat gluten-free :) The interviewer, naturally, asked about my love for donuts. Here’s the least unflattering photo for your enjoyment.

Since I’ve been on my new schedule I’ve gotten to spend more time at home, so it’s been a lot a few nights of drinking wine with family and friends.




I didn’t expect this whole gluten/grain free thing to stick so now I’m super excited to try new recipes. I should be getting Against All Grain soon in the mail…I’ll try to make regular recipes too!

And no. I will not give up donuts or hot dogs. 



Next blog post will have my 25 minute workout in it!


Nothing says this will be a good blog post like a lame selfie. Took this while training a friend who was interested in going through my go-to 25 min. interval workout…more on that later!

Let’s get to the food.

Let me start off by saying, a cheat day is NOT FOR EVERYONE. Underscore that. What I mean by a “cheat” or in my case, a “cheat day”, is eating wafflescakenachos processed, sugary, basically the foods I crave that don’t really fall into the nutritious category. For me having a day, usually in the weekend, where I throw the food pryamid out the window and just eat what my heart desires, helps me stay on track and also eat my favorite foods with friends going out. I’ve also found it seems to reenergize me to get back to my healthy eating and workouts. The danger with this is if you go way overboard, or you make it a cheat day that ends up lasting 5. That’s not gonna cut it. I just eat what I want when I want. So this is not necessarily for everyone, but here’s what Friday looked like.

breakfast: waffles, peanut butter, the real deal maple syrup, cranberry juice

lunch: powerbar & pringles (thanks, breaking news.)

snack: my photog bought me a caramel latte (with whip)! I drank about half with a monster cookie

dinner: Anchor fried fish & chips (the. best.—seriously if you have not been there go right now)

dessert: Wilde Roast carrot cake

Do I struggle sometimes getting back on track? Yes. You have to want to have a cheat meal or cheat day as a way to eat well most days and feed your body well, not to starve yourself or diet SO you can have a cheat meal. If that makes sense. So remember this concept does not work for everyone….man i want carrot cake.


You guys, I am overwhelmed with the  responses I got from the last post!! When I started KWP it started as a hobby, and while it remains just that, it is mind blogging to know it has inspired you! Thank you for those of you who reached out.

Several asked questions, some of them overlapped… I want to try out a Q & A experiment to make it easier to have one central place you can contact me (to be fair I do say in my voicemail you can take to Twitter, email, Facebook, phone…), so if you have a diet or fitness related question, please post it here on the blog (preference) or message me via Facebook. It can be anything from what I do for workouts when I’m tight on time (did you think was kidding about the Beyonce heels workout?) to if there’s a product you want me to try out and review. I’ll reply in a post and won’t know your names if you use the blog OR just won’t use your name anyway. Next answer post will be in response to a question I got about sweet nighttime craving squashers! :)


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