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!
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!
Sunday, December 02, 2012
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. :)
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!
Friday, November 09, 2012
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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