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Life Happening = Change of Plans

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Today I was supposed to go to my Mom's house and make Christmas candy. We were also supposed to go to my niece's graduation party since she just graduated from Nursing School. Well, life happened and plans had to change.

It all started last week Saturday when we came home from Black Belt testing to my daughter saying her chest hurt while she was coughing and sniffling, etc. Started her on a nebulizer treatment and her asthma protocol. Then Sunday I woke up with the start of what I thought was my allergies acting up - AGAIN. Since three weeks before that I had an allergy bout for 2 weeks and had one week of being healthy before this started.

By Wednesday I was really having trouble with my asthma so one of the doctors I work for (luckily I work for Pulmonary doctors!) gave me an extra steroid inhaler to get me through the issues. Wednesday night I didn't work out because my husband had his work Christmas dinner so we went to that instead. Thursday, still having issues....came home from work Thursday and did a breathing treatment and was able to get in a workout. Friday, was better but still had to slow down even walking to lunch so one of the other doctors I work for told me I shouldn't do a workout so I didn't. Friday evening we went to Walmart shopping and then went to a friend's surprise 40th birthday party and got home late.

Yesterday I got up early to shower and get ready to go to my cousin's house to make Christmas cookies. Haley was still coughing but nothing out of the ordinary so she and I went on our way. We had a fun day and I finally started feeling better with my breathing even though it wasn't perfect. Haley took a nap at Missy's house and I thought she was just sleeping because we were up late Friday night. Then she got up and helped with some of the cookies and ate lunch and fell asleep again. I was wondering what was up and then when she woke up right before we were leaving for dinner her cheeks were red and her eyes were watery and she looked miserable. She was coughing so I gave her a breathing treatment. She felt hot but we didn't have a thermometer so I gave her some Ibuprofen. She ate diner and we came home.

This morning I took her to urgent care since she still had a fever and my sister, mom and I were worried she may have influenza. They took a swab and started her on Tamiflu. We'll find out the results tomorrow but she is feeling a lot better today so I'm keeping her home from school tomorrow to make sure the fever is really gone. So I decided she wasn't going anywhere and neither was I. I didn't want to get Ken's family sick right before Christmas and with both of us still having breathing issues, we stayed home.

I DID get in a workout today, though, since I've been feeling better and haven't worked out in 2 days but I picked Bob Harper's Totally Ripped Core workout since it had much less cardio than some of the other ones I have so that felt good.

Anyway, that's my experience with life happening and I'm okay with it. Here's to a healthier and better week!

  
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VLL723 12/17/2012 11:10AM

    I hope you are both feeling better real soon.

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CELIAMINER 12/17/2012 9:51AM

    Hope you are both back 100% soon!
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CELESTE_B 12/17/2012 6:35AM

    Sending some healing vibes your way for both you and your daughter.

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MILLERGIRL719 12/17/2012 6:30AM

    There is so much stuff going around! Take care and get well soon!

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WINNIE1978 12/17/2012 12:26AM

    I hope you are both feeling completely better soon! emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 12/16/2012 8:52PM

    Get well soon! emoticon

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/16/2012 8:49PM

    Life happens, thursday was prrof of that for me

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NORWOODGIRL 12/16/2012 8:24PM

    There is never any good time to be under the weather - but this seems to be the worst. Hope you're both better soon!

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Black Belt Testing - DONE!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I know I haven't been blogging too much lately but have really been focused on school and work and the upcoming holidays in addition to training really hard for my tae kwon do black belt test that I had this past weekend.

I got there at 4:00 p.m. Friday because they said we were going to do the run/cardio portion early and then didn't end up starting until about 5 p.m. I did the inside cardio because the last time I ran outside in the cold (it was barely 40 degrees) I needed my inhaler three times that night so I had to err on the side of caution. 5 minutes of jumping jacks, 5 minutes of mountain climbers, 5 minutes of bicycles (or other ab exercises - I switched between a few of them) and then the other 10 minutes was line drills down the dojang such as knee strikes, high rising kicks or crescent kicks. Got my heart rate right up there!

Then on to sparring. Got my gear on and waited. And waited. Sparred one round. Then waited. And waited some more. Sparred my other two rounds and then that was finished - my LEAST favorite part!

Then waited some more. After it was my group's turn for more cardio we did kicks on the wavemasters (stand up punching bags). We had 1 minute for each kick. Right leg first and then the left leg. Ages 40+ had to do a minimum of 50 per leg (I did 70-80) and the youngsters needed to do a minimum of 70 per leg. We did side kicks, roundhouse kicks and front kicks.

Then we waited a little more.

Started at the very first white belt form and went up from there. 13 forms were mine. At the end of those, we were asked to sit and watch the rest of the upper level black belts finish their forms. On of the instructors from another school was testing for his 4th degree plus (I don't remember which level of 4th degree) belt so he had many forms after I did. We sat for quite a while and I started getting very stiff. At the end of his forms we had run out of time to do the kicks they would have us do so we totally lucked out!

I figured it out using my Bodybugg and out of the 4 hours, I actually only did 102 minutes and burned around 500 calories. I was stiff and sore from working out so intensely and then sitting and then working out intensely and sitting, etc.

That was the end of the Friday night test and we still had the Saturday portion to do. Saturday is much easier with just having to perform our highest form, some kicks and punches, our self defense techniques and our board breaking.

We had one chance to break our one board. They called out a reverse roundhouse kick for me. With a roundhouse kick you kick with the top of your foot and I had avoided doing those for breaking because I had heard so many horror stories about people hurting themselves, etc. It's much easier to break with the ball of your foot or your heel since there's more padding there! So I figured - if I'm going to hurt myself anyway, I'd better break it with ONE kick. So I did! And the top of my foot hurt all night but it was better by the next day.

Then Sunday I went on a bakery tour of Milwaukee bakeries with my 4 aunts, my sister and my cousin. We had a BLAST! They have food tours all over the country so I would highly suggest anyone try one. It was a great time. We went to about 6-7 bakeries and got samples at every one and had time to purchase things for ourselves if we wanted. And it was only $50 per person. I would totally do this again!

So hope everyone had a great weekend. Now on to the rest of the week!

  
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WINNIE1978 12/15/2012 9:47PM

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COMPUCATHY 12/14/2012 9:00PM

    Congrats on your testing! That kick and board breaking sounds really hard. I'm proud of you...you're one tough cookie! The tour sounds like great fun...glad you went and had such a great time! Hope you have a great weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 12/12/2012 6:59PM

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VLL723 12/12/2012 9:54AM

    Good for you!

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MOMPPCL 12/12/2012 9:11AM

    WOW, you are amazing!!!

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CELIAMINER 12/12/2012 8:28AM

    So happy for you and glad you blogged about it! Found myself hanging on every word to find out what was coming next!
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BUSYGRANNY5 12/12/2012 6:59AM

    Congratulations to you!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 12/12/2012 6:32AM

    emoticon on your black belt!! What an accomplishment. All your hard work is paying off.

I've never heard of a food tour before. Sounds like fun.

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KOOKYKATHIE 12/12/2012 5:59AM

    Sounds like a lot of "Hurry Up and Wait". No wonder you got all "stoved up" with the long intervals between each event. You couldn't keep your muscles warmed up. Sounds like an intense program so emoticon

I love Milwaukee! emoticon I lived in Manitowoc for 4 years and loved it.

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KARRENLYNN 12/12/2012 12:50AM

    Congratulations Chris!!

I'm so proud of your accomplishment. And with so many important things going on at once, you did great!

I've never gone on a food tour, sounds like fun.

I'm glad you had a great weekend, hope your week is just as good.

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What is Health Coaching?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Hey everyone!
I don't get to blog much since most of the time it's just life as normal and nobody really wants to be bored with work, kids, workouts and school but I'm so excited to be attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I am SOOOO glad I made this decision and didn't go to school to be a dietician or nutritionist. It's not that being a dietician or nutritionist is bad - it's not. I just love the focus behind being a Health Coach. I am learning to help people take control of their OWN health. THEY make the choices. THEY lead the conversation. THEY decide what areas of their health they want to and are willing to work on. It's Spark People for people who don't want to use Spark People.

Seriously, this is a huge area of wellness that is only slightly tapped. Spark People is the BEST website for taking control of your life and health but only if you actually get on here and USE it. SP is what helped me finally get my weight off and finally figure out what works for me. But no matter how many times I have referred people here, I don't think anyone has come on and used the site like it should and can be used. They say it's to overwhelming or they just don't have the time to get on the site every day, etc. Maybe it's because it's free. Many people say that when someone pays for something they have a vested interest in getting their money out of it, which is why people will pay for a Health Coach or a Personal Trainer, etc. Who knows.

People out there need help. Dieticians and Nutritionists work. But only for some people. Some of the diets out there work. But only for some people. Spark People works. But only for some people.

What I am going to be able to do (once I get my temporary certification to start seeing clients at the six month mark around April or May) is help those people who just need an actual person to hold their hand and be their partner in their health or weight loss efforts. I will be available to really LISTEN to what they want to change about their health and help them make their own decisions about what they want to do to change. I can't wait - seriously can't. I LOVE the lectures and I love learning about this. And it's not just about weight loss. It's about your overall health. Your relationships, your work, your physical activity and your spirituality. You as a whole person.

That's why I'm so excited about this. I've finally found my calling and Spark People has played a huge part in my figuring this out for myself. It's awesome. :)

  
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ATINEL1 7/3/2013 6:34AM

  Congrats with this. emoticon
How are you finding the IIN course so far. I am considering the course but not made up my mind
how would you rate your exoerience so far on a scale of 1 to 10?
Kind Regards

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OHMEMEME 12/5/2012 7:24PM

    You sound like you have got this! Congratulations and wish you great success both personally and professionally. Keep us posted...Keep Sparking!

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CELESTE_B 12/3/2012 6:29AM

    That's so awesome, Chris! I think you'll do great!

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SCOUTMOM715 12/2/2012 7:42PM

    I can feel the excitement in your blog!! emoticon Chris! I'm so happy for you!! emoticon

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WINNIE1978 12/2/2012 7:17PM

    I'm glad you've found something you love! It'll make working much more enjoyable!

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ROCKMAN6797 12/2/2012 2:39PM

    The passion you show is awesome!

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PAANDRUS 12/2/2012 12:48PM

    Love it that you re so passionate! You ll be great...

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My Hiking Experience Today

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I got to sleep in this morning and when I got up, my husband asked if I wanted to go find a 7 mile hiking trail we had seen while hiking last summer and I jumped at the chance! I really liked the trail and thought 7 miles sounded good today. So after breakfast (which was at 11:00 because I slept in and showered - DUMB to shower before a hike but I didn't think about it until AFTER I was in the shower) and got my snacks ready to go. Took some coffee and extra water since the drive was about 45 minutes and I could get my coffee in before the hike. Of course, my husband didn't bring any snacks for himself or my 8-year-old son, who wanted to go along. He's my youngest and the older two don't want to be bothered with anything that resembles exercises so we brought Paul with us.

We finally found the trail we wanted after stopping at the State Park Headquarters and getting a map of the area. Turns out the 7 mile trail I was thinking of was a NINE mile one and there was a 7.7 mile one across the street so we went over to the 7.7 mile trail. The set of trails we picked was also a mountain biking trail with the hikers going the opposite way of the bikers so we would see each other. The trail was really well marked for the bikers but not so well marked for the hikers and we almost got lost a couple of times. That was a little annoying and it was also a little annoying to have to dodge bikers on blind turns but we managed not to get into a collision.

The trail itself was AMAZING! It had a bunch of parts to it ranging from flat and sandy to hilly, rocky and full of twists and turns. It was definitely very interesting! The scenery was awesome even though the leaves are all gone but that actually made it easier to see the bikers coming. I'm sure it would have been beautiful color a month ago. The weather was nice and warm (around 65 degrees) but overcast and it rained a tiny bit a few times. We definitely did NOT think it would take us THREE HOURS to do! The time listed at the trailhead said 120 minutes! But I guess that's what we get for walking with an 8-year-old but he did AWESOME! He never complained once and lead the entire way. He rocked the trail even when we were getting tired and cranky at the end.

Of course, at about 5.5 miles or so, it started RAINING so luckily my husband had packed his rain jacket and I put that on. For those of you who don't know me - I HATE getting wet when I don't plan it. I almost drowned when I was 3 years old and I really hate being wet outside. So I get cranky. Luckily, I had some of my snacks so that helped. It got a bit muddy but we just kept walking to get to the end.

We finally got back to the trailhead and the parking lot was EMPTY. Most likely because of the rain. We were just glad we got back before it started getting dark since now it's getting dark here around 4:00-4:30 p.m.

We drove the rest of the way home and I was REALLY glad we had put ribs in the crockpot for dinner because all we had to do when we got home was thicken the sauce and make the noodles. It was yummy! And instead of having more than one helping I added a big side salad so I was pretty proud of myself for not overdoing it.

Anyway, that was my fun family Sunday experience. Hope everyone else had a great weekend!

  
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KOOKYKATHIE 12/11/2012 1:22PM

    What a nice family outing. Too bad the 2 older missed out on it!! Did you rub into them what they missed? Bet they didn't care did they? Remember we were there once! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 11/25/2012 9:32PM

    Sounds like a great weekend! You are being a great example to your family of a healthy, active parent/family! Hope you had a great weekend this weekend too! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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CHEEKY1000 11/14/2012 11:08PM

    Sounds like a great day! What a trooper your son is. I don't know many 8 year olds who could do that without a hissy fit in there some place. lol Since your husband didn't pack any snacks...did he mooch off of you? LOL Men.

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SCOUTMOM715 11/14/2012 7:28AM

    Sounds like a fantastic family day!! Gotta love the crockpot!! Have a great day! emoticon

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A-NEW-NURSE 11/12/2012 10:51PM

    Good for you guys! Lucky that you still have weather you can hike in! We need our snowshoes now! (or cross country skis)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/12/2012 6:45AM

    That sounds like an awesome way to spend the day!

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CELESTE_B 11/12/2012 5:29AM

    Sounds fabulous! Great job and good for you for not going back for the second helping.

We love our crockpot and joke about the dogs making dinner while were gone. I bet they don't think it's so funny when it's cooking emoticon

Sounds like a wonderful day!

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ROCKMAN6797 11/11/2012 11:43PM

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And The Winner Is.............

Friday, November 09, 2012

ADVENTURESEEKER!
I finally chose a name for my business:
Living Lighter Health Coaching

It embodies everything I wanted and suggests weight loss AND reduced stress, which is part of my curriculum. YAY!

THANK YOU to everyone who gave me suggestions! Now nobody steal it! :) :):):)

  
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ROCKMAN6797 11/11/2012 1:11AM

    Great name!

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CELESTE_B 11/10/2012 9:01AM

    emoticon That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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REBECCATKD 11/10/2012 9:00AM

    I love it!

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WINNIE1978 11/10/2012 1:15AM

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/10/2012 12:02AM

    Hmmmm....I still think Get Strongrrrr should be in the running
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CELIAMINER 11/9/2012 11:47PM

    Here's to many great adventures in your new life coaching!

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OHMEMEME 11/9/2012 11:21PM

    Great name choice! And how likely is this....my best friend is taking the exact same coarse with the same intentions as yours. When you first blogged about this the terminology sounded sooo familiar. I asked her about it and she said that's it. I am just thinking how coincidental that my online friend has such commonality as my friend who lives next door. You are one of the Sparkers I am most in touch with that I keep up with so I guess I consider that a close friend. Best wishes in your new endeavor. Just from the experiences here on Spark, i believe you have something to offer in this area. I am really excited for both of you and am anxious to see how it all works out. Keep Sparking!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 11/9/2012 10:57PM

    Great name!

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ELRIDDICK 11/9/2012 10:41PM

  Thanks for sharing

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