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Flashback Friday, 1993, Me and my Munchkin!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Me and my Munchkin!


In a previous life I was a nanny. This is me and my little munchkin when she wasn't even a year old, and sheís 18 now! I gave my heart and soul to my job and with anything in life the rewards were big and disappointmentís difficult.

Munchkin, her mom and I continue to have a relationship to this day and I'm blessed to have them in my world. Munchkin is back from college for a long weekend and tonight the whole gang is getting together for dinner. I"m looking forward to a night of laughs and freshman year stories!

While I worked at this nanny job, I went on one of many wellness journeys. I worked out a lot and even road my bike to and from the gym which at the time was five miles away. I was young then and I was on that particular journey for all the wrong reasons. I needed to be skinny and I was hiding from what was really broken inside. The journey didn't last long because I hadn't found my truth yet.

Munchkin fueled my life and filled my heart when I couldn't do that for myself. I'm proud of her and her life accomplishments thus far. I am also proud of myself for digging deep, finding my way, loving myself unconditionally and taking my own life by storm.

  
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KINSBAILE 10/17/2011 2:37PM

    Wow, what a difference! I think you are SO VERY STUNNING now and healthier looking too! The Munchkin is so cute! I used to babysit kids that are now turning 30!!!!! (crazy isn't it?)

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ABB698 10/16/2011 2:05AM

    Aww, how emoticon Hope you and Munchkin have a wonderful time together, making new lasting memories together! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 10/15/2011 11:50AM

    Cool reflections.

Thanks for sharing :)

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DESERTFLOWER8 10/15/2011 11:47AM

    Very moving blog, KT. What a lucky girl Munchkin is to have YOU in her life...

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ERIKO1908 10/15/2011 12:09AM

    what a beautiful blog!! hope your night was wonderful!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/14/2011 7:56PM

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great time at dinner and reminiscing : )

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SHELLB7 10/14/2011 6:20PM

    Nice picture and story! Thanks for sharing and have fun at your dinner tonight!!
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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
















  
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KINSBAILE 10/13/2011 2:36PM

    You are GORGEOUS darling!

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ABB698 10/13/2011 10:06AM

    Great pics, especially the one of you!!!

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LILLI56 10/12/2011 10:00PM

    I have a glider like that one. Mine is a rosy red. I am thinking about painting mine black and the basket weave white. My mom always kept it painted white - but since my houses have been white for a while the glider only blends into the house!!

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MAGGIENCALI 10/12/2011 9:50PM

    Love it!


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JENJESS48 10/12/2011 5:40PM

    Great new photo!

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SGRAY478 10/12/2011 5:34PM

    Love your cute kitty! I hope to see more of these awesome blogs!! I just love seeing the awesome little things in everyone's day to day lives!

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TRENTDREAMER 10/12/2011 4:38PM

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MANLEYSANDY 10/12/2011 3:50PM

    Great pics...love the longer hair!

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DESERTFLOWER8 10/12/2011 3:25PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! Your pics, yes? Talented woman! And the picture of you--GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/12/2011 3:01PM

    Awww, I like Wordless Wednesday if I get to see more pics!

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Random Facts

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Random Facts for the day:

I ate an egg for dinner last night and in a moment of weakness I had a small bit of dairy ice cream. The result, water retention and fatigue. N.I.C.E.! I was borderline intolerant of eggs before, now I know my body has crossed the line. (This does not mean I can't eat small amounts of egg in cooked items. I cleared that with Doc) Eating the ice cream was just a bad choice.

My water retention seems to be resolving its self today. I've made many a trip "down the hall" and continue to fight water with water. I've downed 11 glasses and it's only 3:30 p.m.

My sparing partner in boxing is showing signs of making me her pet project. Many months ago I disclosed to her my back story and current health story at which she responded in kind. Of late I note she is making efforts to help me with my plateau issue, it is my turn to respond in kind.

I have a 10K race coming up in November, I'm not ready. Not even a little bit. I'm not sure why I have such a mental block on this one. Time to step it up. *SIGH*

Not long ago my best friends was told her 13 year old cat has bone cancer in his jaw. Today she called me crying as the news finally sunk in and his decline has quickened. I'm going there tonight to take photo's of them together and spend a bit of time with the old boy. Tomorrow she's making arrangements with the vet to have her come out to the apartment and put him down. I've been asked to be there when it happens. It will be a sad, sad day. *TEARS*

Sometimes I don't enjoy walking to and from work and the gym. Yet, I continue on and know my journey to and from really won't take all the long. Then I sing out loud with my iPod. People think I'm a bit crazy. *GIGGLES*

I don't have any zucchini's in the frig and I'm craving a stir-fry!

Somewhere along the line I stopped doing things I enjoyed, like cooking and photography - I've picked them back up and rediscovered my passions.

My favorite girl in the whole world is coming back from college this weekend. I can't wait to give her squishy hugs and talk about the begins of her freshman year. Skype and FB are great but sitting down across from each other chatting is really where it's at!

My journey continues . . .

  
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ENDUROVET 10/12/2011 10:43PM

    I really had a great "girls day out" last Sat, when I met a few of my buddies for a ride...
Email & phones are great, but there's nothing like being together!

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ABB698 10/12/2011 12:20AM

    Good luck with your friend and her kitty, just be there and remind her of how much he means to her and he will watch over her from above. emoticon emoticon

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JENJESS48 10/11/2011 9:30PM

    Thanks for sharing so much of your daily life with us, KT.

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Balance

Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday I left work early excited to make a new recipe, Banana No Bake Cookies. They are gluten, soy and dairy free and I have to say - DELICIOUS! They have oatmeal, chocolate, banana and peanut butter in them, YUM. I did tweak the recipe when I determined I didnít have enough time to form the cookies before Zumba class so I made them into bars instead. I was able to get 24 squares out of one batch.

Saturday I jumped out of bed and walked to the gym to attend Zumba class. On the way there I took in some of the classic cars at the Annual Classic Car Show. I saw some real beauties! Zumba was amazing. We currently have five Zumba instructors at the gym and two of them really get me pumped up. After class I hustled home so I would have enough time to buy a salad before heading to work for the afternoon.

I was jazzed about working because my Saturday boss had already told me he wouldnít be in the office but would leave me piles of things to do. My Saturday boss is also a close friend and sometime he isnít always that productive when we are together. Iím all for socializing but thereís also work to be done. HA! I arrived on schedule and found the piles. I knocked out some paperwork before I devoured my salad and iced tea. While doing the filing I danced to music and sang along too. When everything was ďnailedĒ down I packed it up and left for home.

I took a power nap when I got home and woke up refreshed and ready to tackle the balance of the afternoon and evening. After picking up the Mr from work I set out to clean the bathroom - my least favorite activity. Between my iPod and two fur balls the task was tolerable - I even giggled a bit too. My youngest fur ball, Irie, loves water and decided he needed to hangout with me while I cleaned. He supervised while sitting on my back while I cleaned the tub and then the other fur ball, Road, checked my work when he peaked over the side of the tub.

After that adventure I decided to try a new recipe, Zucchini Crust. I love pizza. Itís the ultimate comfort food for me and Iím determined to make it healthier. One of the non-SP blogs I follow on-line posted a Zucchini Crust recipe with pictures - looks great! When my first attempt failed the Mr encouraged me to try again so I did, and again it failed. I just moved on not understanding what I was doing wrong. Well today, I found out. The blogger posted an edit and apologized for leaving out an ingredient. *BIG SMILES* I will try this one again soon with the updated recipe. Iím also going to try Cauliflower Pizza Crust soon.

Sunday morning I took a sneak peak at the scale and was happy to see I hadnít reset to my high weight of my plateau and even happier when the scale flashed a 231.5 before settling on 233.

My Sunday was filled with more cleaning, laundry and playing with the fur balls. I also caught a few episodes of Chopped and went to visit a friend before the Mr had to go back to work. In the afternoon the weather was just too nice to stay inside so I pulled my bike off the rack and went for a ride. It was lovely! I explored different areas of town and stopped at a few stores. The sun on my face was awesome.
That night I attempted another new recipe, Veggie Minestrone Soup (gluten free). It was successful and yielded a huge amount. Iím having it for lunch today so Iíll see if those leftovers are just as tasty.

Although there wasnít much down time on Sunday I rather enjoyed my day. If left with an open schedule I flounder about and get distracted by my inner thoughts. I strive to find my balance on Sundayís.

Mondayís are my official weigh-in days so I woke the scale early. The numbers danced around a bit and then landed on 232.5 - Iíll take it! Iím gonna sneak past this plateau one way or the other and Iím gonna find the lighter side of 232 soon. Stay the course, just stay the course!

  
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JENJESS48 10/11/2011 2:22PM

    What a lovely weekend! My fur balls helped me clean the bathroom too, lol. They're about as helpful as yours!

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DESERTFLOWER8 10/11/2011 6:02AM

    You are on a roll! I wish I had half your energy!!!! Great job, KT...you are nailing this thing...

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MAGGIENCALI 10/10/2011 11:26PM

    Sounds like you had a busy, but rewarding weekend. Have a great week!

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ABB698 10/10/2011 10:51PM

    Glad you had a great weekend! :)


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TEDDYBABE 10/10/2011 9:40PM

    What a productive and relaxing day you had. Loved reading the blog. You were so happy and upbeat. Zuchinni Crust Pizza sounds heavenly. Please share when you get it ironed out! Hugs

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ENDUROVET 10/10/2011 3:26PM

    New recipes sound great - I have made the cauliflower-crust pizza which is GREAT! (but a fair amount of work so I haven't made any RECENTLY)

Also have a great recipe for healthy paleo cookies (based on coconut flour, bananas & walnuts) which sound fantastic, just haven't had any time (or energy) for cooking...

I was shocked when my own home scales showed a downwards dip for me (can't even remember what last Mon's weigh-in was, but it must have been discouraging bcz I didn't even write it down!) - but I'll take every hard-won ounce! Hang in there & we'll get there, babe!

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MANLEYSANDY 10/10/2011 3:17PM

    Sounds like a fun and action packed weekend!

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I set my abs were on fire!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Yesterday I fought the urge to run home and skip the gym. Me? Skip the gym for no real reason other than I don't wanna? Ya, crazy talk, especially when it's a boxing day!!

Zumba class was interesting. I felt off the whole time. It was weirdly cold and humid in the gym last night which made me uncomfortable during class. Plus, I felt like it was my first Zumba class ever. I was all over the place and found myself staring holes into the back of the instructor trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. Boo! I just kept moving.

I decided not to run last night or use the elliptical - again, craziness! Instead I used the bike for 30 minutes going no where. It felt good on my knee that had tightened up, so I considered it a victory. It felt good to do a different activity too. Bonus!

When boxing started I was still feeling off but I pushed through. The real workout beings here. It dawned on me during warmup (jumping rope & pushups) that I had skipped ST earlier - who is this woman?! It ended up being a blessing that ST never happened because our workout was T.O.U.G.H. There were only four of us attending class which meant there was no downtime. I was sucking wind, feeling nausea and had waves of darkness come over me but I fought through all of that.

It's really hard to describe the boxing workouts. Sure we use the heavy bags, gloves, pads and kicks but it goes deeper than that. The power and intensity is on another level. The drive and determination comes deep within and if you don't have it you won't last. When I have watched snippets of MMA fighting on television I see all the moves we are doing in class it'd just not to each other.

Near the end of class we were told to grab mats for plank work. I about crumbled on the floor but ended up in a fit of giggles when my sparing partner got all excited about mat work because she missed the part about plank work. Three minutes of plank work - it was brutal! I physically couldn't do the craziness he was asking us to do so I tried to hold the plank as long as I could, rested for a few seconds and then went back to the plank. B.R.U.T.A.L. I was a bit frustrated at my lack of strength but just kept telling myself that it will come in time. After planks came situps and I set my abs were on fire! I collapsed in a puddle of sweat at the end.

There's a bonus Zumba class at the gym tonight, I'll be there!

  
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ABB698 10/6/2011 10:35PM

    You are such a powerhouse KT! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 10/6/2011 6:28PM

    "I was all over the place and found myself staring holes into the back of the instructor trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. Boo! I just kept moving. "
* Zumba and step are the worst that way.

"It dawned on me during warmup (jumping rope & pushups) that I had skipped ST earlier - who is this woman?! It ended up being a blessing that ST never happened because our workout was T.O.U.G.H. "
* Depending on intensity, ST will either make you or break you in a boxing class.

I usually do the reverse. Do boxing moves to warm up the arms for ST


"I was a bit frustrated at my lack of strength but just kept telling myself that it will come in time. "
* And it will. :)

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KINSBAILE 10/4/2011 2:32PM

    CRAZY plank work. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself though!!! that rocks!

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