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Change is uncomfortable

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I remember at a young age hearing my father tell someone, "KT does things because she thinks she has to." The statement itself is true but yet rubs against my independent core.

I bring this up due to the emotions I had last night at the gym. I love a good step class; my body is in constant motion, my lungs are working out, sweat drips off of me, the music is pumping and my brain has to let go of the day and focus on something new - what's not to love?! All that being said I go even when I'm not excited and I go because I think I have too. I work it just as hard on those days but the passion isn't there.

Well, yesterday was one of those days. I left the office to walk to the gym knowing there was step class and feeling like I had to go. I was frustrated by the time I walked in the door. Well, last night I finally did what I wanted to do at the gym, not what I felt like I had too. Instead of step class I climbed the elliptical, listened to my music and worked it out for 30 minutes on a high resistance level. I was a sweaty mess. When that ended I went to the treadmill for a 6 minute jog at a fast pace and added a slight incline. My body felt fabulous! My mind however kept thinking about step class.

One of my favorite professors in college used to say, "People don't like change, yet there are people out there who say they love it - until you ask them to change." It IS uncomfortable to change habits but it gets easier over time.

My habits at the gym are pretty routine except for my intensity levels which has increased 100%. My body needs to be surprised every time I put it in motion and that can't happen if I stick to the same workout schedule. I'll miss my beloved step class but I realized last night that I don't have to go to every session. I CAN explore other options and I can switch it up as long as I do it with intensity.

Here are a few other things I've changed over time:
Eating habits - enjoying whole foods vs. processed
Drinking habits - enjoying water vs. diet soda
Workouts - High intensity Workouts vs. slow and steady
Sugars - Natural vs. man made
Switching doctors to help with fatigue and better health
Speaking my mind even when my voice shakes (In general I'll say it like it is but this change has more to do with speaking from the heart and laying the emotion out on the table. That can be uncomfortable & exposing.)

Yeah, change is uncomfortable but when I play outside my box aka comfort zone I get to explore a whole new world that's bright, shiny and new.

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KITHKINCAID 9/8/2010 5:47PM

    I hear you! I do all kinds of things because I feel like I have to. I have to stop every so often and check in with myself and say "How hard is it for me to do what I'm doing every day?" Because it's not a lifestyle change if I'm not going to maintain what I'm doing. So if it gets hard or if I'm having trouble reasoning with what I'm doing, I have to tone back a bit. The goal is to be able to manage everything that I'm doing with ease and enjoy it along the way or I know I'll want to quit!

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    emoticon good for you. It is not much fun to change, but they say that a change is as good as a rest. It fills you with all sorts of different challenges and keeps your mind active too. Even if it fear! emoticon emoticon

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Monday, September 06, 2010

A three day weekend, I've been enjoying it!

I realized yesterday that I no longer dread or fear my weekends. I used to dread the weekends, they generally have no structure or schedule which, has in the past, proved difficult for me to stay on tract with eating. Not the case any more. There still isn't any structure or schedule but I've moved past the anxiety. I eat when my body tells me it's hungry and I drink as much water as possible. I keep healthy foods at the house. I still not always make the best decisions when out but I do get the smallest portion possible when it happens. I consider it all a victory.

I walked up to the gym this morning, it was beautiful out! I figured the gym would be empty but was pleasantly surprised to find it packed with faces I'd never seen before. The energy was high and I jumped on it. Today I decided to jog. I'm still working on my C25K program, week 8 - STILL. With the energy of the gym, I started my 28 minute jog. Today I got a glimpse of what a runner must feel, the freedom of the movement. I felt strong and I felt good. I nailed a 14:10 mile - my personal best to date. I finished that 28 minutes strong.

The day I turned 40 my "baby clock" started ticking really, really loud. I've yet to confess it to anyone, mostly because I keep hoping it will quiet itself. The Mr. will be thrilled to hear it, I've told him since we met that I want no children. My biggest fear ... money or lack there of, to have a child. How do people do it? How do those single momma's do it? Today, before I drifted off for a nap I thought, January would be a good month. REALLY? I'll know I'm serious when I have the doctor take out the IUD. I still have some thinking to do.

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MANLEYSANDY 9/8/2010 2:41PM

    You will do what is in your heart...and KITHKINCAID is right, you just adapt your finances, and your life to the person you created from love. I was a 20 year old single mother, and a maniac...but my son turned out just fine!! You can do it!!!

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KITHKINCAID 9/6/2010 11:44PM

    Oooooh, babies. Trust me - I'm not even 30 yet and my baby clock won't shut up. Part of the reason that me and the scientist would never work. He doesn't want kids. I've got a while to go yet though (and a man to find) but I love babies. I think you just adapt to the finances. You learn to live with less, but you have less time to worry about all the stuff you'd rather have/be doing anyway. I don't know - but I LOVE babies :) No pressure :)

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8 Feet of Water

Friday, September 03, 2010

My corner of the world heated up again this week, kinda took us by surprise too.
I am like a delicate flower in the heat, I wilt quick and no matter how much water I feel like I could just curl up and blow away.

The first part of the week I either walked outside in the shade or toughed it out at the gym. (The gym has no A/C, really no place around here has A/C) Yesterday was too brutal to go to the gym and I was just to exhausted to walk outside, but I didn't want to miss out on working out. There is no retreat from the heat unless you find water so that's what I did.

The Mr. and I went to the pool and played. For 20 - 25 minutes we played and I could feel the heat disappear. I swam a couple of laps, which felt great but I needed my goggles to do more. Mr. found a ball and as I was treading water he would toss me the ball. Have you ever tried to play catch while in 8 ft. of water? Tough! My whole body was engaged and my core and legs were working overtime. It was a great workout, way too short if you ask me. I love the water . . .

It's cooler today so I'm going to go to the gym and jog on the treadmill for at least 28 minutes. It's time!

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KITHKINCAID 9/3/2010 6:20PM

    I miss the pool! One more week and I get to go back.

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    The pool sounds like fun that way. :)

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    I love the water! emoticon

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Speed Shopping

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I received a text message yesterday from a friend you said Lane Bryant was having a sale - 40% off everything and the sale ended today. I told the Mr. about it last night and he asked - as he grabbed his wallet, "when are we going?" I chuckled. We planned that he would pick me up at the office at 11:30 today and I would take an extended lunch hour. The nearest LB is 20 minutes away from my office, without traffic. All went as planned!

Now, I should confess - I usually shop alone. I get in and out without much fuss and when I'm with someone I find they piddle to much for my liking. I also should confess, I have never clothes shopped with a man before. So I wondered how it would go with the Mr. this first trip out. He wanted to go for two reasons, 1) make sure I bought something and 2) he really, really wanted to go. Interesting!

Well the "big" sale ended yesterday. Hmmph! The Mr. acted like my own personal shopper, it was hilarious and fun. I ended up with lots of fun stuff in fun colors. Some of the clothes I can wear for work and others I can wear on the cruise in October.

The Mr. said out loud that he thought it would have been better if I had taken the afternoon off to shop but I disagreed. I enjoy speed shopping. It either fits or it doesn't. It's either affordable or it's not. I either like the color or I don't. Simple.

In 40 minutes I walked out of the store with no less than 6 complete outfit options and change in my pocket. The Mr. was soooo very happy that I actually pampered myself and that I shall look fabulous on the cruise too.

He learned quickly that I have to try on everything and that pants are tough for me to buy. I have thick thighs and junk in the trunk so pants are always tough. He also learned that clothes for curvy women are not cheap unless radically discounted. I learned he has expensive taste and really enjoys color.

Everything I bought was already reduced by 50 to 75% but when the sales staff learned I was speed shopping on my lunch hour, where I drove in from and that I was misinformed on the 40% off sale they gave me an additional discount! Plus, I have an additional coupon to use, if I have the money, before I go on the cruise. I also have to add the LB store I was at had all new staff and where fabulous!

To end the fabulous trip, I ate a salad for lunch! All this in 90 minutes. I love speed shopping.

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MANLEYSANDY 9/3/2010 3:48PM

    What a great relationship!! Sounds like you had a blast, and you deserve to be pampered!

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KITHKINCAID 8/31/2010 6:48PM

    How wonderful! I LOVE THIS! I need a man who wants to shop with/for me! And I agree with you about speed shopping - it's either a good day, or not a good day and how much I spend is relative to that :)

I have an in at LB and she's giving me a coupon for this weekend. They just released their new Donna Karan fall line...dangerous!

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I love my changing center piece

Monday, August 30, 2010

I love fruit (and veggies)! I love seasonal fruit so my center piece at home is ever changing. It's bright, colorful and edible - what could be better?!

Here's what it looks like this week.

I buy my fruit from a local stand that I walk by at least three, if not four times a day. He buys all the produce locally so it's like having a farmers market available everyday. The peaches and blackberries are most excellent at the moment.

My boss loves fruit as well so I am lucky enough to be allowed to buy all fresh fruit and some veggies for the office every week. I can't buy enough fruit ...

The Mr. figured out the other day that I eat my way through roughly 40 oz. of fresh spinach a week. WoW! That's a lot of spinach.

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BBGYRL4 8/30/2010 7:45PM

    You center piece looks awesome! I want to reach in the picture and take an apple!! Enjoy!

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/30/2010 7:43PM

    I LOVE this! Both the centerpiece, AND the fact that you get to buy all that fresh, local produce so easily!!! What could be better than a plethora of gorgeous, colorful, fresh fruit and veggies??? A feast for the senses as well as the body!

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