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July Goals: How'd I do?

Sunday, August 01, 2010

How did I do in the month of July, not bad! I'm quit proud of myself really.

Workout program for July:
Goals Met with the exception of a few days & a few changes. I was active, that's what counts!

Monday: C25K Training
Tuesday: Stationary Bike or Elliptical, walking, Step Class
Wednesday: C25K Training
Thursday: Stationary Bike or Elliptical, walking, Step Class
Friday: C25K Training
Saturday: IF I work - Bike Ride around Town 6 miles or more; IF no work - 1 mile walk, 30 min. Elliptical
Sunday: Bike Ride around Town 6 miles or more

Me after my first 20 minute jog. IF ONLY the photo really showed the sweat running.


It made a huge difference to have something staring me in the face everyday! Yesterday I worked out because I did not want another red mark on my calendar. LOL


This is the view while I walked yesterday, so beautiful. I'll be walking there again today.


Personal Goals:
Obtain medication(s) for the 7-day course of treat prescribed by Doc & complete treatment - I have the meds. I will finish them on Wednesday. So far all is going well.
60-min. massage
- The massage was wonderful. I scheduled a 90 minute one for August.
1 pedicure
- Yup, had one of those too. I picked green nail polish. Think Shrek.
Take a day off from work for personal/me time
- Did this happen? I don't recall. I know I took a half day off but was that in June.
Do something outside my comfort zone
- Although I thought this goal would be workout related, it ended up being different. I met this goal in tears when I announced that I was not being emotionally support and it was killing a little bit of my heart everyday. I went on to explain what I need as far as emotional support. This is way outside my comfort zone; I felt completely exposed.
Continue photo scanning project
- Not even close. I have a mental block!

What comes next? August is here and it's going to be a dynamite month.

  
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KITHKINCAID 8/1/2010 11:22PM

    Yey August! Way to go for your July goals!!!

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TSEWARD 8/1/2010 9:03PM

    So glad to hear you are doing so well! You are positively glowing in your post jog pic... You look very happy. You must feel so much better after expressing yourself. It is beyond scary-but sure releases a lot of knots inside so is totally worth it. Foot is doing better still far from 100% but improving. Thank u for asking. :)


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1849HOPPY 8/1/2010 4:08PM

    Go for it. Great job for July. Go, Go, Go!! Hugs, Hoppy

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JAS1990 8/1/2010 4:01PM

    That's awesome, good job!
Keep up the great work :D

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An Update and I AM the Tortoise

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The tortoise and the hare ... you know the story and today I feel like I AM the tortoise!!!

Supplements & Doc's Plan:
I am still taking the natural supplements prescribed by doc. It seems my adrenal glands and metabolism are slowly repairing themselves. The next phase of the program started today. I am now taking the high power antibiotics to kill off the parasite living in my gut. We tried to do it naturally, it didn't work, so on to the big drugs. I don't like them and Doc warned me that I wouldn't. Within the first hour I could feel the side affects.
I've been at this for years ... if the Tortoise really wins I'm heading for the finish line.

Workouts:
I have been working out A LOT and with great intensity. Today I actually had sweat puddle on the floor when I sat down to recover from my workout prior to walking home. WHAT?! That's never happened.
The C25K training has become a challenge. I'm working on week 5 and completed day 2 tonight. I neither quit or puked during the session (5 min. warm-up, 8 min. jog, 5 min. walk, 8 min. jog and 5 min. walk = 2.02 miles) but I came close on both! Many muscles are talking to me.
Step classes are going really well too. I get frustrated sometimes but I show up for class and work it out until I'm spent!
I drive less and I walk more, plus I ride my bike when I can.
Although I feel like I'm running like the wind, walking at a brisk pace and speeding down the road on the bike in reality ... I am more like the tortoise.

Weight Loss:
I've been at this for YEARS! I'm healthier than I have ever been. I'm slow to shed the pounds ... again, I'm the tortoise! On some days it's frustrating, on other days it's what it is. I've been coming around to this way of thinking, "accept what is."

Eating Habits:
I eat healthier and I think about food in a healthier way. I still emotionally eat but I've made progress. I'm not 100% sugar free, but I'm darn close! It's taken me years to get here, again I feel like the tortoise!

Things I've come to learn in the last 30-days:
I don't really want a workout buddy. When I do workout with someone my intensity level goes down.
My husband has misplaced his sensitive/supportive genes. I don't feel like helping him find them.
The quest of healthy living can be a lonely road to travel down; I'm grateful I like myself so I always have company.

This quest I am on is mental ... sometimes I fall down but I Always get back up!

  
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FICTIONRUNNER 8/1/2010 12:50PM

    Re: almost puking. Do you eat before you run? Some people need to have a light carb snack just before going out, and that becomes more important as you breach the 20-30 minute mark. Also, my stomach objects if I do any more than little sips at my water while running. No matter how thirsty, I have to take it in slow until I'm done and in cooldown mode. Hope that helps!

Re: weight loss. You said it here: "I'm healthier than I have ever been." It's okay being the tortoise because you're making progress! Congrats on FEELING healthy and not just going through the motions.

Good luck with the antibiotics; I hate taking prescriptions too.

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KITHKINCAID 7/29/2010 11:21AM

    "I'm grateful I like myself so I always have company" - love this statement. And it's so true. Despite the number of people out there in your life, this journey always comes right back around to being all about you. And you have to like that and live with it. I applaud you. You're doing amazingly all things considered. If I were dealing with a parasite, I doubt I'd be working out that hard.

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It was all a lie I told my self!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I often thought in the past that I was working out efficiently and vigorously, it was all a lie I told my self.

In the not so recent past, my mind set was this: I'm going to they gym, I stay for at least 30 minutes to an hour and I'm in constant motion. I am in fact "working out." Lies! All Lies! Okay, maybe not All Lies, but some very misleading statements.

It is true that I frequent the gym. I pay for it monthly so I show up - A Lot!
I do workout and I am in constant motion while there.

So what's the big lie I told myself ... that I was really working out. REALLY?! SERIOUSLY?!
I had, once upon a time worked out with great pride and intensity - I saw results. Then my body shutdown and it didn't matter how hard I worked I was not seeing results, for over 2 years. With that I stopped working out with passion and drive - I gave up. I was going through the motions.

Here's what has changed:

I found Doc.
He is helping to heal what I broke.
He gave me a purpose for working out, again.
The gym finally hired a Step instructor that is worth her weight in gold.
I follow her lead even when it's just not what I want to do.
I found the C25K program.
I am following it and have yet to fall down, throw-up, or stop.
I try to find my physical limits while working out all the while taking care of my body.

I had that light bulb moment when I got off the treadmill last night after one of my hardest training sessions yet with C25K. I was dripping sweat and smiling. I was sucking air all the while wondering when do I get to do it again. I have found the passion again.

I look back but I don't judge myself for what was. To get here I had to be there. To find the truth I had to look for it and believe.

I now believe I will achieve wellness and fitness, no matter my size and/or weight.

  
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TSEWARD 7/23/2010 6:28PM

    That was totally awesome! Also digging your despicable me background. Also, your new profile pic really shows your weight loss and healthy changes. Go Team!

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KITHKINCAID 7/21/2010 4:07PM

    Great job!!! Gotta love those hardcore workouts. Wow - did I just say that??? haha.

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FICTIONRUNNER 7/21/2010 12:15PM

    Hurray for finding that passion again!

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MOORECENTURY 7/21/2010 9:34AM

    You can achieve anything you put your mind to!!

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ORGOLDENDUCK 7/20/2010 4:06PM

    I absolutely LOVED this blog....thanks so much for sharing!!!! Keep Sparking!! emoticon

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GETME99 7/20/2010 3:57PM

    Congrats on making that breakthough!! I have found myself thinking this lately, but noy been able to get my passion back. It is however, a great motivation that someone else went though that and got it back. Thanks!

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Weekend Goal Update

Monday, July 19, 2010

Goals for this past weekend:

Finish week 3 of C25K - COMPLETED and ENJOYED on Sunday morning (it was tough leaving the house yesterday morning!)

Eat responsibly - I did much better this weekend so I'll take it. Lots of fruit & veggies!

Make time for ME - YES!

Do at least one of these (or go crazy and do ALL): Walk w/ a friend, bike around town, or swim - Sadly this one didn't happen due to work schedule, dates with my husband, errands (hubby and I walked for miles doing errands) and spending time outdoors with friends at an afternoon party. It was warm enough to swim either.

GIGGLE, a lot - OH YES! I giggled a few times until tears ran down my face. LOVED IT!

Clean one room of the apartment (sigh) - Does it count that my hubby cleaned up the kitchen and I put away clean clothes? I was too busy to actually clean ...

It was a great weekend overall. I worked part of Saturday, went to a friends house for an afternoon/early evening party, then my husband & I went to the movies (Inception - total mind freak). Sunday I literally dragged my own butt out of the house to go to the gym. I finished my third week of C25K training and loved it - tough workout though. I was a hot, sweaty mess after it was said and done. We both took late morning naps and then off to run errands and have our eyes examined. I did get grumpy a few times - that's when I needed to eat. I would eat and world was safe again.

I vote this weekend was a complete success! Oh, and I bought a new pair of Nine West shoes & they were only $19.99 - I love a good shoe.

  


A New Low and A High

Friday, July 16, 2010

I love it, this morning I staggered into the bathroom - it's Friday and Friday means weigh-in! In all my glory I stepped on my friendly scale (we've made up and are now friends) and took a peak. She flashed 234.5 but when I blinked she went to 235. I smiled as I stepped off and reset her for a second round ... she giggled as I stepped back on and told me without a moments hesitation that today's weight is in fact 235. I whispered, "I love you too and I'll take the 235! See you next week."

Okay, in the land of reality (I visit there sometimes) I've seen 235 before on this journey but today I feel it's a new low. I'm celebrating!

Tonight, although I have tried and tried to find a reason or even an excuse not to, I'm going to the gym to meet up with the beast aka the treadmill. We are slowly getting to know each other. Tonight I tackle day 2 in week 3 of my C25K training. I shall achieve victory because I'm just that stubborn and determined. I hate to loose!

Oh yeah, my newly updated MP3 is working out great. I walked with purpose and a head bob to and from the gym last night and to work this morning. I'm going to rock out on that treadmill tonight!

Today I researched some fun things to do while my hubby are on our cruise in early October. At the first port, Catalina Island, CA, my hubby will be scuba diving. I was going to go snorkeling but have reservations about that due to the requirement of wearing a wet suit. I'm not keen on the prospects of a wet suit ... for many reasons. Anyway, I've researched things I can do to see the area on land. So far my research has given me two great options, a walking tour for 1.5 hours and renting a beach cruiser and biking around town. I love both options!
Our second port is Ensenada, Mexico. I've been before, hubby has not. Not sure what we'll do in port ALL day and part of the evening but I'm sure there will be lots and lots of walking! I'm going to meet up with a friend to discuss options of non-tourist activities and possibly meeting up with his parents while we are there (they live there).
I plan to workout on the ship too. Last I cruised I did not use the gym but walked every inch of the ship that was allowed - that was a lot of walking! This time I think I'm going to try out the gym ... the views up there are fantastic.

I'm on a High and I'm ready to go - is it October yet? HA!

Goals for the weekend:

Finish week 3 of C25K
Eat responsibly
Make time for ME
Do at least one of these (or go crazy and do ALL): Walk w/ a friend, bike around town, or swim
GIGGLE, a lot
Clean one room of the apartment (sigh)

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DESERTFLOWER8 7/17/2010 10:06AM

    I love your goals, KT! And your tale of the scale is too cute! Congrats on your magnificent weight loss!

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KITHKINCAID 7/16/2010 9:11PM

    Cruising is THE BEST. What cruise line are you taking? Check out the shore excursions they offer - I find that they tend to be some of the best day trips and they get you back in time for the ship departure.

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