Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Since this is my first blog in over three years…aaaahhh, I’ll make it the down and dirty recap/update.
When I last dropped off from Sparkland, I was half way through my second year of school which had been quite brutal in many ways. I completed my AAS in Exercise and Movement Science and I now work in the fitness industry; a journey I embarked upon following my empowering success on the way to a healthier me. But the program was very aggressive and I maintained an average of 18 credits the entire time, which lead to maaaaaaany hours of homework and very little time to focus on my health. Seems like an impossible riddle, doesn’t it? By the time I graduated, I had packed back on 35 of the original 65 lbs. I had lost.
Within a month of graduation, I dropped 20 lbs, simply because the stress of school had ended; true story. I did nothing different. I can now attest to the fact that stress does in fact lead to weight gain. I also learned during that time that I am a confirmed “stress-eater”! (Think Exercise Physiology oral exam.) Six months ago I reached my lowest SP weight, but I continue to drift up as much as 10 lbs and back down again – currently I am up. Which is what brought me back to SP with more focus. Blogging has always been a huge factor in my success in this journey.
All of the boys are now grown and it is coming up on two years since the youngest (and last to leave) moved out. They all make us very proud as they make their way in the world. Michael (the oldest) and his girlfriend just moved to Arizona (where she has family) this past weekend. Mathew (the middle son) and his girlfriend are still in the area. He completed his AAOT in Criminal Justice and just started working in juvenile detention. Markus (the baby) is happily living the bachelor life, rooming with three high-school buddies who are all equally focused and responsible. He is working on his transfer degree in political science.
After all the boys moved on the whole “empty nest” thing hit us pretty hard and seemingly unexpected. Last fall Kristy moved out after 18½ years, in an effort to figure out her “purpose” since the children have gone. And while I supported her journey, it was a long dark winter for me.
She moved home at the end of spring and we got married on June 1st. The date was a whim, since we planned to wait until our 20th anniversary, but with Michael and Kaylee moving away we weren’t sure they could make it back in January. So we decided on the Wednesday before, picked up our license on Friday and crashed a local county park for the ceremony on Sunday.
We are happier than ever and while it was devastating at the time. Her journey brought her much peace which in turn brought us closeness that we both had longed to share for many years.
Career wise, I have been working for three years for the YMCA as a Wellness Coach, along with a couple days a week at LCC in the fitness center as an Instructional Specialist. It was my own journey to fitness that brought me to this career and now it is time to get my own fitness back on track. So here I am.
My plan is to continue where I left off. Blogging, as I said, was a HUGE factor in my success so this is where I am starting. I will fill in the blanks as I move along continuing to create me.
I look forward to catching up with my old peeps and your journeys, as well as meeting new folks.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Key points on glutamine are that it is a non-essentiall amino acid (protein), meaning that it is already produced in your body. It is also naturally occuring in plants and animal tissue, which means that in addition to producing our own, we get some in our food.
It is most prevalent in the blood stream and is used by muscles, as well as the rest of the body, to 'build stuff'. A couple other points, are that glutamin helps to keep acid build-up minimized and aids in joint function. Again, you might notice some benefit as a serious body-builder, but for the majority of us, it is money that has greater benefit when spent on whole foods.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I just wanted to share with you all, some questions that I hear a lot. This particular conversation is one I had with my SIL via FB (which is why the short-hand on her questions). These are some of the key things I've studied over the past year. One thing I've found especially interesting is the information I am learning about sports-nutrition. Primarily that it isn't much different from general nutrition. The things that are stressed over and over again are eating a well balanced diet, eating often enough and the timing.
Question: “ok so i just finished insanity and need to know if i should start right back or switch to something else for a week or 2 and then do it? went to a forum that said wait a week rest since it is so strenuous on your muscles?”
Answer: Yes, take a week off or better yet-active rest. That means low/no impact: swimming, walking, hiking, biking, yoga something along those lines. Great job, BTW
Question: “yea i think for the week i will switch between my recovery workout of shaun t's and then yoga booty ballet? think a wk is long enough of a break?heard talk about muscle memory and all that blah blah lol!! and what should i use for muscle soreness cuz i'm getting to muscular with the whey protein lol that i didn't know was for muscle builder!!! and also i heard to take vitamin e pills u know why??”
Answer: Good plan. Muscle memory is what happens when you start working out, especially with new movements. That's why it's really important to learn proper movement patterns and maintain good form.
Normal food is plenty. The protein supplement is totally unnecessary, unless you're a pro body-builder and even then most of us (especially meat-eaters) get more than enough in our regular diets. I'd suggest dropping the protein supplements completely. Our bodies don't store the protein in the way people think, it doesn't just get deposited straight into the muscle. I used to think that, too. It is used to build muscles, true, but it is also used to build hormones and most other bodily components. Muscles get larger from working them, and the repair process-not from the protein itself.
I'm guessing the reason the vit E is recommended is to help reduce inflammation from the workouts. You also get the (anti-inflammatory) omega oils from cold-water fish like salmon, sardines and tuna. Flax seed and walnuts are a great source as well. But really, a well-balanced diet is the best plan.
As for the muscle soreness, that's a good thing-assuming it is soreness and not pain-there's a difference. Your best option for recovery is to do some really good stretching after your workouts and if you really need it, ice the sore areas for at least 20 minutes.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I’m long overdue for a blog, in part because I don’t exactly know where to start. I guess with the last term is as good as any place. I finished spring term with a 3.87 GPA; a strange number because each + counts for some minute portion of a point-go figure. Winter term I finished with a 4.05. What happened to the old 4-point(s) system? I guess that’s to give an edge to the strugglers and over-achievers. Ha! I took 15 credits (4 of which required 12 actual hours per week) and I have NO IDEA how some folks manage to hold a job AND go to school full time…that must be who the +’s were designed for.
To recap my minimal presence here, while I did manage to pull some outstanding grades and evaluations (yes, I’m bragging), I worked my ass off for every bit of that achievement. On the other hand (or cheek), my ass does not reflect that accomplishment-as I regained 18 # of my previous loss. You would think it is not possible, what with it being an ‘Exercise and Movement Science’ program. Ah, therein lies the clue…it truly is a science-based program; lots of reading, and even more research and writing. There are only 2 PE credits built into the program, so any REAL activity, must be accomplished on your ‘own’ time-as if there were such a thing.
I did, however, manage to do a pretty decent job with my food. Over the entire school year, I bought lunch from the cafeteria ONE day. I packed my meals and snacks every day and kept it very healthy-at least through the school day, which ended between 4 and 7 pm, depending on the day of the week. Weekends and evenings proved to be a challenge about half the time. I also learned that I am a big stress-eater. Like in the 4-5 days leading up to mid-terms or finals, I ate everything in sight…with a shovel!
I’m taking the summer off from school and at this point, it looks as though I will be able to take a bit of a lighter load next year, because I have some prior credits that will be transferable. That being said, the least I will get by with is 12 credits per term, so still a full load, but about 10-15 (actual) hours less per week! And that’s a good thing. I’m sure to have more on this whole subject at the end of summer, as I’m nearing the end of my UI extensions and I don’t know exactly how that will impact my schooling.
Taking time off from school does not mean I get to laze around though-at least not all of the time. The honey-do list waits, and it seems the closer I got to the end of the school year, the longer it got. I’ve got a few things done, or near done; trimming hedges, fixed a bed frame, fixed legs on the dining chairs, started seeds for the garden (better late than never), reorganized and cleaned out the laundry closet, started building a bed conversion for the FJ,
What a flattering picture!
Hey, I am no carpenter-but it will do the job!
attended a couple graduation gatherings, took pictures and posted a piano on Craig’s List, installed the hitch on the FJ (I got it about three months ago) and of course, the usual housekeeping and laundry chores. Today I will finish the bed for the FJ and maybe mow AGAIN, before it rains AGAIN.
Still on the list; install interior moldings throughout the house
Kristy staining the molding.
(a remaining project from our home addition four years ago), install new light fixture in the kitchen (bought it a couple months ago), replace the pond pump and filter system, fix and sell the dune-buggy, teach Markus how to drive (very, very scary), get myself back in shape, clean and de-clutter the garage AGAIN, plant the garden and whatever else comes up. We’ll throw-in as many weekend outings and campouts as possible, too.
A couple weeks ago, my sweetie joined the sparkfamily; KKELSON (the calendar-girl to be). Oh yeah, and after reading Skinny Bitch (thanks Erika), about a week ago Kristy decided she was going to be Vegan. So now I get to learn how to make really boring food seem exciting. Of course, I’m supporting her decision as much as possible. I can’t bring myself to TOTALLY commit-I like my dairy and fish/shellfish too much, but I’ve cut that waaaaaay down, too. And here’s something annoying…I haven’t lost a single ounce since this conversion process but my gut hurts like hell. Now I’ve just got to get myself back on track with regular exercise.
Details to follow at another time, but I’ll leave you to ponder this one irritating detail that I learned last term. It takes two-plus weeks for your body to build muscle tissue and only four hours for your body to store excess calories as fat. That’s right…it’s not all in your head!
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