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Yoga and Cupcakes

Thursday, January 12, 2012

This was my post on FB on Wednesday Morning:
I love how yoga calms your mind, *gently* stretches your muscles and even challenges you in the moment. Then you wake up the next morning only to realize what it was really doing . . . silently kicking you ass! Thanks yoga.

It still amazes me how much yoga can/will do for the body. While I'm in class I'm all rainbows and unicorns and I wonder as I'm leaving why I'm really there because I don't really break a sweat, unless I'm wearing my heavier sweatshirt - which I do because the yoga studio is C.O.L.D. Then I wake up the next morning and I'm reminded why I go and love it. Ya, yoga kicks your butt.

I went into this weeks season wondering why we don't work on our upper body strength. It seems we concentrate a lot on core (good) and lower body (equally good) but I want to build up my arms and upper back too. Seems the instructor has a small window to peak into my mind - I never knew and will be more careful about what I think about next time! We worked our upper body, core and did lots of stretching (I love, love, love the stretching).

When I got up on Wednesday I felt the all to familiar sore muscles. As the day progressed I felt the *sore* set in and by the time I reached the gym that night my arms, chest and back were on fire. Okay, not on fire but sore and in need of a warmup and more stretching. I think I cringed for the first 20 minutes of Zumba. HA!

Cupcakes are the evil little bits of round cake with yummy frosting to dress them up. I like a good cupcake. Well, let's be honest, I like cake too. Since my sparing partner was determined (that word doesn't even begin to describe her enthusiasms) to bring a cake to boxing last night because it was our trainers birthday in the end I persuaded her to bring cupcakes. Let's face it, unless they are made for a giant (some are) they are portion controlled and easy to carry. The cupcakes she brought were made for a baby giant and everyone was happy to have just one.

I took mine to go thinking I would eat dinner and then have it for dessert. Ends up it was my dinner. Don't judge - it happens! :) The cupcake was good, not outstanding like I thought a $5 cupcake should taste (yes she paid that much per cupcake) but the frosting was dangerous. I'm glad they don't sell it by the bag full with a spoon to go - I'd be in trouble! The world didn't end because I ate a cupcake for dinner last night and I didn't gain 5 lbs either. Upon waking up this morning I didn't have any cravings for more of said cupcakes or want to eat my way through a large tub of frosting. I'll consider it a win, win.

Yoga, yes please!
Cupcakes, I've had my fill of you!

  
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ABB698 1/12/2012 10:30PM

    Frosting can be dangerous! emoticonSo it was dinner, it's not like it's your daily dinner,. Enjoy yoga!!

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PANDASUE2 1/12/2012 8:11PM

    My boyfriend works above a cupcakery and asks me weekly if I want him to bring some home. NO! Stop asking because one of these times i'm gonna have a week moment and give in!! He brought one home that they had extra in the office and it sat on the counter... taunting me! But I didn't give in :-)

The yoga sounds amazing... I need to start!

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Letting Go

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I've let go! A friend of mine who is morbidly obese has made noise for over a year about "getting healthy" and finding her groove with working out. I support her and I worry about her health conditions. Her body is literally breaking down under her weight and lack of healthy eating. Her body chemistry is so far out of whack that she has to regulate it with medication. Many of her issues could be turned around with the proper diet and movement - something her medical doctor has told her. Oh how I worry!

Last week she committed to coming to a Zumba class with me. Thirty minutes before the class started I received a text saying she was leaving Target - it's 20 minutes away WITHOUT traffic, she was leaving at rush hour. She didn't make it. Again she tried to commit to another trip to the gym only to give me an excuse minutes before she was to arrive. Then she invited me to her home asking me to do pilates/yoga with her - I said yes. An hour before I was to walk to her home I got "THE TEXT with the 4,679 excuse as to why she couldn't go forward.

When I wanted to throw my cell phone at the wall I realized it was time I let go. This is her journey. I've got mine. I can't keep expending this type of energy.

I took a deep breath and sent the following text: You have an open invitation to join me at the gym. If you can't pay the $5 I'll pay it for you. I'm there six days a week. When you are ready to join me please let me know until then I'll be mute on the subject. I love and adore you - KT

Some times letting go is hard. That was hard. Before it's too late, I hope she finds her wellness path and takes the first step. I'll be her cheerleader all the way and I'll be the one with band-aids if she falls!

  
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ROCHELLE62 1/12/2012 3:34AM

    Great response. Hopefully she will see if for what it is and use the open door when she is ready.

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SGRAY478 1/11/2012 2:09PM

    It is hard to put yourself and your journey above someone else. When she is ready to change, she'll come. Kudos to you for being a good friend!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/11/2012 10:42AM

    You are a great friend! You did the right thing by letting go. Hopefully in time your friend will come around.

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PANDASUE2 1/11/2012 9:48AM

    Its awesome that you'll be there for her if she finally comes around. You did the right thing. Wish I had a friend like you!!

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-MOJOJOJO- 1/11/2012 8:22AM

    You are strong to let go and I admire that! I wish I had that same strength! I deal with this (just not in getting someone to workout but other things for life bettering) I keep hoping that some of my family and friends could and would see the light and it kills me a little everyday to see anystruggle struggle...i know it affects me in a very negative way and at the same time I feel like it sooths me to at least think I am trying to help...it's a vicious cycle I can't seem to get out of :( ugh the life of a people pleaser emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/11/2012 8:23:45 AM

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ABB698 1/10/2012 10:58PM

    You are an amazing friend KT! What a beautiful heartfelt message. Sounds like she *wants* to take the step but can't just yet make herself do it. It's nice to know that you'll be there for her when she actually is. emoticon

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BEINGGUIDED 1/10/2012 9:50PM

    when I was lost, I wish I had a friend like you. You keep doing what you are doing and one day hopefully she will come around.

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MNGIRLIE 1/10/2012 9:25PM

    You did the right thing. Who knows... maybe she'll come around sooner than you think. I'm guessing that she's not going to feel obligated now that you've cut her loose with that text. She'll come to it in her own time.

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ERIKGN 1/10/2012 8:22PM

  You are being a good friend. You can only do what you can. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Good job! YOu can only change yourself..

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TRUEREINVENTED 1/10/2012 8:16PM

    She is an adult. She gets to choose. Just like you do. You made the right choice, and your text was loving, caring and totally OK! You are a good friend.

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Blinding White Pain

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Setting a goal to log 18,000 fitness was HUGE and it leaves little wiggle room for injury, laziness and any other bump in the road that might come along. Ya, I didn't factor that in when I set this one up but there are no take backs so I'm pushing forward - WITH A HEEL BRUISE.

I'll freely admit here that I'm a little obsessed with my workouts. I think it was the discovery of boxing last year that propelled me around the corner. All my other workouts just help prepare me not to collapse in boxing so I HAVE to go. HA!

The new yoga studio I go to is also running a close second on my list of favorites not only for the fantastic physical workouts but also for the mental ones too.

Monday and Wednesday nights are my long nights at the gym. I'm in the door by 6:00 and I leave to walk home (.75 miles) by 9:50. I attend three classes. Last night was no different, it was Monday. What I didn't expect was the blinding white pain that coursed through my body between zumba and pilates.

I made it through Zumba along with the other 60 people in the cramped little space - the newbies at the gym are out in full force! When I sat down to prepare for pilates class I decided to ease the tightness in my heel by giving it a bit of a massage. When I gently squeezed the heel I went ghost like and tried not to scream out like the girl I am as the blinding white pain flooded me. It was only temporary and the heel felt much better after the massage was over. I was a bit out of breath however. I welcomed the floor workout (my abs did not) for an hour -- NO IMPACT!

When it was time for boxing I excused myself from jumping rope knowing that was a recipe for disaster. I mean, I'm all for pushing through but I'm not crazy! I used the elliptical until it was time to stretch. Luck was not on my side last night as most of boxing ended up being kicks - not only on the heavy bag but on the floor as well. I did what I could for as long as could but had to cut the heavy bag portion in half (BOO!). Migel was my partner last night and he knew I had some discomfort so checked in with me frequently. Floor work was cut by 10 minutes due to my regular sparing partner nearly passing out and vomiting due to our intensity last night. Of course it didn't help that all she had in the afternoon prior to coming to the gym was a bowl of rice w/ mushrooms. SILLY WOMAN! That didn't mean class was over though. What we missed on the floor was made up with AB WORK! We did total of 150 crunches in four different positions. Ya, my abs just LOVED me.

The walk home was less than speedy but I made it without calling the Mr to pick me.

Amazingly enough, today my heel doesn't feel too bad. I'll ice it before I go to yoga tonight (I keep ice packs in the office freezer) and then again when I get home tonight.

For anyone reading this, my research has found that heel bruises can take many weeks to heal. Weeks I won't sit on the sideline - fitness goal or not. I've made adjustments to my shoes and I hold back when I need too. Further research shows, there isn't much if anything a doctor can do for this so why bother going unless I want to give away my money. (I'll keep it thanks!)

I'm thinking of treating/rewarding myself this weekend to a foot massage.

  
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ENDUROVET 1/18/2012 2:00PM

    I'll tell ya a funny story: 14 yrs ago, my mule bruised his hoof so badly, we thought he had fractured his coffin bone. (It wasn't so damn funny at the time; that kind of fracture would be a career-ending injury)
Radiographs were inconclusive, but fortunately what might have been a fracture line turned out to be a nutrient canal in the bone.
But it's true, bad bruises can take MONTHS to heal. Take care of yourself!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/10/2012 2:39PM

    Glad you had a great workout and that the really bad pain was only temporary.

Continued success to you on your workouts :)

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PICKIE98 1/10/2012 1:29PM

    Youch! You are doing the right things,, did you check it to make sure there is not a blood blister on that bruise? I think slamming that into something would send you into orbit!! Do you have a foot fixer with vibrating heated water flow? I had a hell bruise once and I used that, followed by the ice,, it felt great.

Great job on compensating with other moves!!

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Preparing for the week

Monday, January 09, 2012

Today I cleaned the house in the morning and walked for hours with the Mr as we ticked off items on our to-do list. It was an exhausting day! However, I had to prep the veggies for the week so I wouldn't have an excuse to not cook healthy as time passed this week. I have a full schedule at the office(s) and the gym so I had to prepare. I cut up the veggies and arranged the cabinets to ease my hectic life. I'm all set!

On a separate note: I've self diagnosed my latest foot pain - a bruised heel. Can you just imagine the discomfort? It's immense yet I push on. I do what I can when I'm not on it and I push forward when I am.

  
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ENDUROVET 1/9/2012 9:30PM

    Yikes, nothing is more miserable than foot pain! I am SO grateful that mine have been quiescent; but then again I have not pushed much mileage on 'em...

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/9/2012 10:47AM

    I hope your heel is feeling better soon. Have a great week!!!

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ABB698 1/9/2012 1:32AM

    You are a machine KT! Sorry about the heel, I'm dealing with a foot injury right now too (see my blog) and as much as it hurts, pushing on has to happen sometimes. You are a warrior for pushing on at the gym, if I could wear a shoe, I'd be right there with you! Feel better soon, don't work too hard. Hugs

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What I did on New Years Eve 2011

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I brought in the New Year by letting go the past.

Earlier in December I had come across my journals that seemed to be written a life time ago. My immediate thought was to keep and relocate them. As the days passed I decided I no longer wanted to keep them, I wasn't the same woman. To hold onto the past is to shut the door to the future - I knew I must let go.

Having come down with a fierce cold I excused myself from the parties of evening but encouraged the Mr to celebrate with friends as I didn't need him at home sitting with me while I coughed, sneezed and sniffled.

As I finished my dinner I decided it was time so I gathered up all 12 books. I started to leaf through them and rediscovered where it is that I came from. I rediscovered names of people I had dated and friends I had spent time with. I rediscovered I was angry a lot and full of sadness that I masked with joy. I rediscovered that I went through some dark days and that I had also bright moments of happiness. I chuckled as I reflected on my past seeing my life unfold on those pages. As I finished one book I would tear it from it's spine and shred each page saying good-bye to what was. It wasn't until the last book that I was most shocked. It is here in the front of the book that I found letters that I had written to family and friends. Letters I initially thought they were gratitude letters but in reality they were letters saying good-bye. Somewhere in my not so distant past I had entered one of the darkest and ugliest times in my life and in a fit depression I had decided to say good-bye and farewell. Each letter was carefully penned and full of love and gratitude for each person. Each letter was a good-bye. As I read my body melted into the sofa and I sat still mourning for that lost soul, the one who thought she had no where to turn but clearly had so many she loved but felt she couldn't turn too. No attempts were ever made only thoughts about it! Soon thereafter I entered into weekly therapy and emerged from the darkness to find my path back to wellness.

So you see, I am no longer that woman. I no longer hid in the darkness or sit in anger. No more smiles while feeling pain in my heart. I no longer seek attention or acceptance by others because I am looking for external love. I now smile, giggle and dance. I respect myself and those around me. I FOUND MYSELF AGAIN AND I LIVE! Sure, I might be bit dramatic but when you read about your own death wish and despair it qualifies as a dramatic moment!

I shred that last book and felt the weight of the world lift. I had let go! I had said good-bye!

No my new years eve wasn't what it was supposed to be or had planned it to be. Instead, it was a blessing and a ringing of new year and a new life by letting go of the past.

It truly is a New Year and I am celebrating!

  
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ENDUROVET 1/6/2012 12:52PM

    "Two minds that think as one"... When I made the momentous decision almost 15 yrs ago to take another chance (have a baby), I reviewed MY old journals & decided to put the past behind me by burning 'em, phoenix-like, to start anew.

I need to do likewise w/these past 10 - 12 yrs' worth of scribblings - w/the exception of the "baby journal" I wrote for my son, documenting my thoughts & feelings during his infancy & childhood... I had originally thought I'd give it to him on his 18th BD but maybe sooner?

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/6/2012 12:07PM

    What a touching blog! Thank you for sharing. I'm so happy that you were able to make it through the darkness and find yourself. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 1/6/2012 7:21AM

    "I respect myself and those around me. I FOUND MYSELF AGAIN AND I LIVE! Sure, I might be bit dramatic but when you read about your own death wish and despair it qualifies as a dramatic moment! "
* I agree with that.

I'm really glad that chose to not say goodbye and are with us. I truly appreciate your friendship, encouragement and support.

Best of New Years to you. Thank you for being a friend.

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ABB698 1/5/2012 10:20PM

    Love this! You are emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/5/2012 6:44PM

    *HUGS* What a great way to start the New Year! I'm so glad you found yourself!

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KITHKINCAID 1/5/2012 4:48PM

    WOW - LOVE this blog lady. That is a wonderful way to bring in the new year. Happiest of Happy New Years! Best wishes for all 2012 has to offer you.

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HARRINGTON5 1/5/2012 4:19PM

    What an inspiring blog! I am so happy that you had a cold and decided to stay home and look through your books. It sounds like it was wonderful therapy. Shredding each page really did purge your soul. Now you really will have a Happy New Year. 2012 is going to be a real blessing. Good job!

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MANLEYSANDY 1/5/2012 3:53PM

    Thank you for sharing that! You are an insiration to me as I try to let go too!

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SKYPRESMOMMY 1/5/2012 3:48PM

    That is wonderful that you have been able to let go of the past like that....Kudos! And congrats on the new happy start! emoticon

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