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Walking

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Awhile back I thought I would try to get up early and have a bit of a workout before going into the office. I even went as far as to pinup a ST band exercise chart to follow. In two words ... EPIC FAIL. I like my sleep and I would rather snuggle down an extra 10 minutes then get up for an ST/cardio session any day, or rather every day. O_O

Sunday I started working out again. That felt awesome! To tell ya the truth, I was getting a bit worried about that respiratory funk that I had going on. Glad that's passed without a visit to the doctor.

Yesterday I decided that I need to use my free resources and take time for me. I started to actually leave the office during the day and head outside for a 30 minute walk. yup, I'm that worker-bee that gets to the office at 8:30 doesn't leave until 5:45 p.m. JUST.NOT.HEALTHY!

I work in San Francisco's financial district and have plenty of inclines to climb and wonderful alley's and streets to explore. With Spring here the weather has been just perfect for walking. Today I headed UP, UP, UP hill and didn't stop until I reached the top. I was breathing deep and my legs were burning. *LOVE* Between the wind and hills I had plenty of residence going on.

It's healthier for me to get out in the fresh air and sun once a day. I have to just do it. I have to walk away from my desk and the piles of papers that need to be dealt with. I have to stop making that my excuse for doing something healthy for myself.

At the end of the day I'm walking a total of 90 minutes. Last night was actually tired at bedtime and I contributed a lot of that to the extra walking and fresh air. *SMILES*

I'm leaving a pair of my walking shoes under my desk now and I've set an alarm on my phone to remind me to walk and have lunch. Yup, I actually need an alarm to remind me to do this. Of course, this is the same woman who needs an alarm to remind me to wrap it up and go home. *WORKAHOLIC*

  
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LORI2562 6/7/2013 11:51AM

    I can totally relate - workaholic too! I am trying to motivate myself to get up and back to walking on a regular basis. Keep word right now is TRYING!

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UNSWEETMAMA 4/23/2013 6:10PM

    I love walking during breaks at work. It helps me in so many ways.
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MAMADWARF 4/17/2013 12:03PM

    Good for you! Great weather coming u in the next week too!

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ENDUROVET 4/17/2013 9:30AM

    I guess I'm the opposite of a workaholic, since I'm generally watching that clock & chompin' at the bit to GET OUT!
I had so many big plans for these early days of Z's FB practices, but it seems like the most productive thing I've accomplished is perfecting the fine art of napping in my car ;-) !!!

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MANLEYSANDY 4/16/2013 7:24PM

    Love it! I used to get up early and exercise before work, but when I became an empty nester, I said, not gonna do it!

That is the beauty of California and what I miss the most, I used to walk everywhere...Glad you are enjoying it!

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Conflicting Feelings

Friday, April 12, 2013

I have been fighting off a respiratory funk for about two weeks and can report now that's almost gone. YA! The cough that accompanied it/is brutal. One night I had to exit the commuter bus on my way home due to a coughing fit and go to the drugstore across the street to buy water and then call the Mr to come pick me up. It just wasn't pretty. Boo! The guy staring me down on the bus as tears streaked my face and the cough got worse ... *AWKWARD!*

Workouts have been put on hold. Running has not been an option. So what is the conflicting feelings? Running. To run or not to run. I'm always conflicted about this activity. On many levels I enjoy it. I enjoy pushing myself and the knowing I did it. Of course, it's easier now that I've lost an additional 40 lbs. which makes it even more fun. The flip side ... running does not promote weight loss and can actually hinder the process. *SIGH* That doesn't mean it's not a good workout or a calorie burner.

This next week ST sessions will be back in my schedule and that will feel good. I'm toying with keeping interval runs in my schedule - walk/runs for a maximum of 30-minutes a few days a week. This should satisfy my urge to become a runner but keep things in check for continued weight loss.

I'm trying to find balance; yet, I'm always feeling unbalanced.

My constant is change.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 4/12/2013 9:41PM

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Sorry to hear.

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MANLEYSANDY 4/12/2013 4:33PM

    I used to run and I hated it, but I did it anyways. I was on the 5k circuit for a while but then I started REALLY hating it, and then I avoided it, which led me to avoid exercise altogether because I "used" to have an all or nothing attitude. Now, I do what is best in terms of fitness and consistency, which for me is walking, and I still lose weight.

I have been toying with the idea of walking a half marathon for about 6 months. I started to train in September of last year to compete in January 2013, but realized that financially the entry fee was to much. I still think I wanna do it, but I am still toying...But my point to all this is about me, (rude right, it always comes back to me) is that it might take me longer but I burn a lot of calories when I do a long distance walk on the weekends, and I get a lot of satisfaction out of the process. Also, I use the incline on the treadmill to pump up my work out, all walking!!!

Just something to toy with, walking is great and you can change it up!!!

Hang in there, you are going to keep doing your thing! I know you will!

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It was a good day for working out

Thursday, March 28, 2013



It was nice enough to run outside tonight but my mind told me to head to the gym so I did just that. I jumped on the treadmill and started my second week of training runs. At first I started out at a slooow jog. By the end of the session I was pushing myself faster and longer.

When I hit a mile I cheered and almost hit the woman next to me so she could see I'd improved my time by one minute. I didn't ... I let her finish her run in peace. I rejoiced though!!

It was a good day for working out. My legs are sore and I love that.

  
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SGRAY478 3/31/2013 5:11PM

    Woo!!
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ENDUROVET 3/29/2013 11:53AM

    Yeah, I loved our tandem workout w/trainer Bill yesterday, even though my shoulders are sore today! Can't beat that feeling... emoticon

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KAB7801 3/28/2013 11:03PM

    Don't you love your accomplishments! Congrats

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A picture is worth a thousand words. 5K Race photo's (Then to Now)

Friday, March 22, 2013

As you'll see, there is a marked difference in my body shape and fitness.

1st 5K back in 2010


2nd 5K also in 2010


3rd 5K in 2011


1st 10K in 2011


4th 5K in 2012


5th 5K in 2013


6th 5K in 2013


I am registered for another 5K in June and then a Dirty Girl 5K in October. If money permits I will register for at least two more 5K's this year. I've also reserved a spot for a Dirty Girl race in February of 2014.

  
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PURPLE180 3/22/2013 5:07PM

    I AGREE, there is a big difference. You look so happy, my favorite picture is the one with the tutu, too cute! Keep running my dear emoticon ....keep running. emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 3/22/2013 4:08PM

    Great pictures! I LOVE the tuto photo!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/22/2013 3:59PM

    Way to go, you're AWESOME!

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KITHKINCAID 3/22/2013 3:55PM

    You are doing SO great. Love all those photos and that smiling face!

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325 to 205!! ... What does Doc have to say?! ... 30 or 50 more?!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My weight stalled, again. I've been bouncing around the same five pounds for about three months now. *FRUSTRATING*

Doc's office pinged me about a month ago to remind me to have my adrenals tested again. I had to wait and save the money for the cost of test and consultation to review the results. These tests aren't cheap kids!!

Cortisol levels will muck up your weight loss along with other fun stuff on the inside and I've been treating my adrenals for the better part of two years. I've tested multiple times and the results, this time, show a marked improvement but that support is still needed.

Prior to my consult with Doc I emailed him the facts about my diet and workouts which included a list of questions. On average I consume 900 to 1200 calories a day. On average I strength train three days a week with each session lasting 30 minutes. I've recently added back cardio (C25K) three days a week with a maximum of 45 minutes.

Doc agreed that the strength training was an excellent addition and to keep the cardio limited to 45 minutes on my off ST days. My system does NOT process high amounts of cardio well, as in, I'll gain weight. It happens regardless of what the "other professionals" tell ya. *FACE/PALM*

He asked if I'm hungry all the time based on my calorie intake to which I replied no due to all the protein and natural fiber I take in. He asked what I generally eat to which I listed my proteins and veg ... no push back from him. As I suspected, he asked if I ever "cheated" and I answered, yes. Gotta tell your doctor the truth boys and girls! I told him before it was once a week and now it's down to once a month. He wasn't surprised by the admission based on the average numbers but admitted even those cheat episodes would NOT stop the weight loss. *THANK YOU*

In the end, he is concerned that we are missing something. As he said, you can't consume that little, burn that much and NOT drop the lbs. Again, *THANK YOU!*

My latest assignments:
+ Stay the course with the adrenal support
+ Have a digestive test completed - that involves a stool test (this one will make three)
+ Thyroid test ... a full panel to be ordered by my General Physician.

The last two tests are super expensive and with a looming job lose it might take a hot minute for me to save those funds. *SIGH*

I'm down a total of 125 lbs, on another plateau but fitter and healthier than I've been in my 42 years of life. I'll fight the good fight and continue to push forward on this wellness journey of mine.

I was a little surprised that Doc mentioned that I only need to drop another 30 lbs. In my mind I have it more like 50 lbs. I guess I'll reevaluate when I get to his number and see what I see. Admittedly, 30 sounds a heck of a lot better than 50! I'd either weigh 175 or 155 ... well, I won't worry my little head over this number now. I got me bigger things to dwell on.

  
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MISSB8604 3/22/2013 12:27PM

    Great plan! It's always better to see what you're dealing with!

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MANLEYSANDY 3/21/2013 8:08PM

    You work very hard to keep a good attitude and to stay the course. I think it is very vindicating to know that something on the inside just is not working right. I think if your doctor tells you 30 pds, then you are golden. I decided a few years back that I just was not going to maintain the lighter side of my weight, around the 150's and I have chosen to stay at the higher end which is between 177-169 and my doctor said 169 was fine. So, I need to get back there, because of high blood pressure. We are all such a slave to that number but look at how healthy you are, and your confidence is amazing! I think you are a SUPERSTAR! Keep up the amazing journey!

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ENDUROVET 3/21/2013 7:16PM

    Geez, that reminds me to reschedule my bloodwork & U/S...
(Endo dr wanted to see me in Dec, w/stress of hearing etc I just didn't want to deal w/it; what if I got some bad news?) I know that's PPP (p!ss poor planning) on my part, but I'm to a stage where I'm ready to take full responsibility for my own health care w/all that entails - yeah, quit glopping up your comments & do my own blog post ;-) !!!
But overall I can't tell you how much of an inspiration you are to me, darlin'!
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/21/2013 6:52PM

    I'm so glad you're consulting with your doc... SO many people don't. Things so9und good, glad to hear you're still pressing on!

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1DERLAND14 3/21/2013 6:50PM

    You're doing so awesome! :) 30 more pounds isn't too far away!!!

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 3/21/2013 6:27PM

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