Week 2 Update

It’s been a little over a week since I started Jamie Eason’s Live Fit program and I’m already starting to feel stronger and have more energy. I can’t say that it’s been easy- I definitely had to maintain a lot of self discipline this Halloween weekend. Overall, I’d say I did pretty good.
But then there was yesterday. For some reason I decided it was a good idea to completely lag on my nutrition throughout the day and also have a couple glasses of wine in the evening. Although it was out of celebration, I felt pretty defeated afterwards. I had worked so hard and felt like I threw it away.
But I think that’s a big reason why I’ve failed in the past. After steering away from a commitment it’s hard to get back on track- even if it’s only a day. Although I didn’t get a chance to hit the gym this morning (saving my leg day for tomorrow), I recommitted myself to eating healthy. It’s not the end of the world. As with anything, this will take time. A slip up should not detract me from my goal.
The workouts haven’t been too challenging but I’ve tried to increase weight and really watch my form to make sure I’m hitting the correct target areas. Although cardio is not included, I’ve thrown in a few half hour arc trainer sessions or 20 minute HIIT sessions on the treadmill. Here’s to sticking with it, and I can’t wait to see what the next 11 weeks bring!

I may post before and after photos, but that’s pending on the results and also my comfort level with sharing them.

Off to class. Happy November!

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84 days.

So my usual fitness routine has slumped and I’ve gotten pretty bored. My eating habits have also been unhealthier than usual, so I’ve decided to spice it up a bit. Yesterday I started Jamie Eason’s Live Fit 12 Week Trainer. It’s a 3 month program that focuses on weight training and developing healthy habits. The program is broke up into three phases and builds gradually as you advance. Cardio isn’t on the exercise plan for the first month- but I plan to add in some steady pace cardio on days I lift and HIIT training at least once a week.

The meal plan is pretty bland and not super specific, but  I plan to spice things up a bit since I already have a pretty good understanding on what I should and shouldn’t eat. It’s kind of ironic that Casey from Blogilates sent out a newsletter a menu plan for her 12 week challenge today that includes a lot of vegetarian options. I’ll probably use that as a guide and possibly reincorporate chicken into my diet (free range, organic). We will see how my body takes to it and go from there.

I decided to write about this as a way to hold myself accountable and also track my progress. I’ve never taken on a program other than those that I design on my own, so it should be a good change in pace.

Cheers :-)

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Wordless Wednesday

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The little kristin that could

Nail-biting days have been abundant as of lately. Along with cups of coffee at 10 p.m. and deep sighs that exhale smoggy clouds of exhaustion.

Hi Kristin. Welcome to the last semester in your undergrad. You’re in the final lap. The last leg. It’s time to break through the finish line tape. Try not to trip along the way.

Summer left me rusty and I’m not entirely convinced that it’s gone. Little time was spent away from home. But the time that was will remain close to mind. I hope to meet again soon, Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

The first three weeks of school have flown. My brain has consumed more than it has in months, and I can only hope that it doesn’t overheat.

My new mantra: I think I can I think I can I think I can… 

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Letting go.

There’s always that unspoken feeling that something’s missing- like when you look down at the space between your fingers and wonder what hand will close the gaps.

It’s that space creates a noise inside you loud enough to shatter windows. Allowing the fogged up glass from your wasted breath to separate so you can see clearly.

My hands were not meant to be closed. Not yet. It’s time to unclasp my palms, face them upward

and

let

go.

 

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Wordless Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father’s Day and other shenanigans

Oh…how horrible I am at writing in this thing. I’m trying, I swear.

But not really. It’s not that highly prioritized. After work, I usually find myself sprawled out on my couch watching Dr. Phil reruns while eating copious amounts of pretzels and hummus.

With that said, the health goals are going decently. Occasional slip ups, but everything in moderation. If I want onion rings, I’ll eat them. Damn it. Sometimes the occasion calls for it.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day, so that gives me something to talk about since my dad is pretty much the bee’s knees. He always makes sure that things are working. Whether it be my car or my blow drier, he can fix it.

The best memory I’ve ever had with my dad happened when I was barely six- but remains vivid in my mind, almost as if it happened yesterday. When I was a little one, the only thing I ever wanted was a pet. More specifically, a cat. I remember riding the bus home from school envisioning that one would be waiting for me on my twin-sized bed. But when I rushed up to my bedroom every afternoon, the only cat to be found was one filled with stuffing (which I still have, by the way).
One weekend in early fall, my dad pulled me off to the side and told me that we were going to go get my mom a surprise. I didn’t really question it, so I hopped in the passenger seat of his blue pick-up truck and off we went. We arrived at a building that’s front sign read “humane society,” but I had no idea what the hell that meant. Before getting out of the truck, my dad told me that we were going to get my mom a puppy. At first I thought this was bull shit. I wanted a cat and my mom is getting puppy? But after seeing all those slobbery puppies in their cages, I knew that I could settle with this. After all, it would be my dog, too. We wandered the past the kennels for what seemed like hours. I initially fell in love with a little white furball that barely came up to my knee- but it was mostly because she was the only without poop in her cage. Hey- poop’s gross. Especially when you’re six.
The cotton ball looking dog was the last thing my dad wanted, so he convinced me to look around a little bit more. We walked the aisles looking at the pups as if we were in a store deciding on cereal, except this cereal barked profusely and smelled funny. Except one.
My dad stopped in front of a cage with a homely-looking creature who had no hair on her tail, the markings of a husky and various colors weaved throughout her fur. Sitting quietly starring up at us with her big brown eyes. My dad immediately fell in love. She was undoubtedly the one.
After a few complications, (apparently all the humane society’s dogs are meant to be indoor, but a little fibbing never hurt one) we nestled our new pet in the middle seat and set off for Grandma’s to show her off. My dad asked me, “what are you going to name her?” Within two minutes of deliberation, I decided on Clue. You see- I was really big into the Mary Kate and Ashley mystery detective episodes at the time, and their basset hound was named Clue. Unoriginal, but it suited her well.

She loved her sprinkler. And our garden. Her all-time favorite food was green beans.


For the next 15 years, Clue trained us. She became the glue to our family. I miss her every day.
Happy Father’s Day. I’ll be enjoying my daddy-daughter time tomorrow at my parent’s.

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