Saturday, December 31

December 31, 2011 - 2012 Goals

It has been a long time since I last posted. I have not been inspired. This year was a tough year. I struggled most of the year. I exercised, but I had a tough year eating right and keeping my mental state stable, so-to-speak. I am not going to dwell, but focus on my goals for 2012!

Here they are....


*Take 4 classes.

*Take meds and supplements every day.  90% rate.

*Journal food, exercise, feelings and miles walked.  90% rate.

*Go on trip late summer. Miraval?

*Attend boot camp M, W, Th. Success rate of 90%.

* Either attend Boot Camp or walk in a 5K on Saturdays except when agility trials, etc. Success rate of 90%

*Walk in two half marathons.

*Stretch every day. 

*Go to the office every work day unless planned time off.

*Six weeks of salary saved in emergency fund.

*Lose 52 pounds.

*Continuing documenting/designing mustkeepmoving.com

*Blog every other week.

*Do 2 volunteer events.

*Walk every day for at least 20 mins.

*Walk 800 miles by end of year.

*House finished.

*Do 6 new counties in the 92 county walk.

*Another trip in the fall.

*Swim (or some other light work out) on Tuesday's and Fridays. 90% success rate.

*Practice agility/rally 4-5 times a week.

*Clean a room every day (dust, etc).

*Keep up with laundry by doing it twice a week.

*Keep a maintenance schedule for house and car.

Once the new year rolls around I will post my goals for the month. I love this blog because it keeps me accountable. So...Happy New Year!!!




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Friday, October 21

October 21, 2011 - Biggest Loser Inspired Experiment

Hello All!

On Monday I plan to attend 4 Indy Boot Camps classes and accomplish 2 additional hours of exercise in one day. This goal is inspired by watching "The Biggest Loser." It appears on that show that the contestants exercise for 6 hours a day. Why not try it to see if I can do it, too!  Sheesh...can't be much harder than doing a half marathon. Right?  RIGHT?!?!?!

I haven't been inspired to write for the blog as much lately so maybe this experiment will also put some ideas for hysterical posts in my head.  Here are the specifics of the goal:
  • Attend the 6:00AM, 9:15AM, 5:00PM, and 6:15PM classes
  • Burn at least 650 calories per class
  • In the afternoon, walk for 60 minutes, swim for 60 minutes, and hop in the jacuzzi at the gym to loosen the muscles
  • Smile instead of cry when I want to quit
Worst case scenario?  I cause bodily harm to Tabata Tod if I even here ONCE in a disapproving tone; "Come on, Kristi!"  Maybe I should wear my "bite me" socks to set the tone for the day.

On Tuesday I will provide an update of how I did!

Take Care,
Kristi

P.S. No one tell PT Bruiser. She doesn't always approve of my experiments.

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Tuesday, October 4

October 4, 2011 - Annie Oakley - As Inspiration

All,

I have been really down on myself lately. I am struggling with that balance between exercising and eating right. I have a hard time balancing both. Obviously, since I gained 10 pounds this past year. However, I am exercising! Exercising hard at that!!!

So...I tried many things this year. All were traps into the "get this weight off as quickly as possible." All were failed experiments, of course. None of the get weight off quick schemes work long term. We all think that it will for us. We think to ourselves that we will take the weight off and our lives will change forever. That is a bunch of BS!! I KNEW this, but I tried anyway. *smack on head*

Over the weekend I had an inspirational moment. Growing up I thought I was Annie Oakley. I had all the paraphernalia that makes a good markswoman. I WAS Annie Oakley. My sister and I traveled around Darke County Ohio and visited the historical sites of Annie Oakley on Saturday. During that time I came across a famous quote by my childhood hero herself.

“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.”

So maybe I am not perfect, but there is one thing that I am doing. I keep at it. I keep trying.What Annie said is true. Eventually, I will be successful.

For me to be successful it is back to the beginning. Back to what worked. Quit trying to change up the system. Eat right (use dietary exchanges). Exercise (boot camp and walking/swimming). Practice truly does make perfect.

Thanks Annie for being my adulthood hero, too.

Til Next Time,
Kristi
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Tuesday, September 6

September 6, 2011 - Video Blog 2

Hello All,

I have been promising this video for MONTHS. In fact, all of the footage is from March and April of this year.  Honestly, the biggest trouble is that I do not have a decent video editing software. Suggestions are strongly encouraged!

Well, since I had such trouble I was not able to add text to the video. It is a compilation of footage. In the video you will see that I have progressed in my fitness abilities.  I also have a grand finale.

Other than myself in the blog you will see some fellow boot campers, Tabata Tod, and Baby Immy.

As a reminder, let's start with my first video blog.



And presenting the second...



Once I find a decent video editing software I will be doing more VLOGs. HOPEFULLY!

Til Next Time,
Kristi
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Sunday, September 4

September 4, 2011 - Try and Try Again

Hi All,

Well, after much reflection, and looking at my own blogs, I decided that I have to go back to those things that truly helped me lose weight in the first place in order to take the rest of this weight off my body.

Right now, I have the exercise bit down perfectly!  I exercise all the time. I just am not eating right. So, I recently purchased a Groupon for Slim and Fit.

I started at Slim and Fit this week. The counselor there took my weight, body measurements, etc. We then discussed how the program works. Honestly. the program works similar to when I attended the weight loss clinic. 

However, I am not 100% there because of the program. I am there for accountability. I eat right when I knew someone is going to look at my food logs.

For the next 12 weeks I will be going to Slim and Fit to see how this program works for me.  Check out the web site at http://www.slimandfit.com.

However, something is bothering me about going to Slim and Fit. I am concerned that for the rest of my life, in order to keep weight off and/or lose weight. I will always have to attend some type of program. I have a friend (that is full of crap sometimes) that hints around that at some point we need to take accountability and do it on our own. I oftentimes agree with this person, but end up beating myself up over the idea that I struggle to live healthy.

This morning I woke up and said to myself; "What a load of crap my friend speaks!" While I agree that I must gather the skills and confidence to to live physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy on my own. I will NEVER do this without a support system. Currently, the professionals are the best support system that I have.

So, while I am attending Slim and Fit I will continue to rely on my support system ,which includes all of you, but I will also strengthen my posse. For without a group of friends trying, living, and succeeding to live healthy I am destined to fail.

Later,
Me

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Sunday, August 28

August 28, 2011 - tAMmY does a TRI and Inspires

Hello All,

My friend tAMmY is now a triathlete!  Yesterday, she swam 500 meters, biked 10 miles, and ran 3 miles. All of this in around 2 hours!!!  What a woman!

As one of my practically life-long friends I love her dearly, but yesterday my heart burst with even more pride and joy for her accomplishment. I was extremely happy SHE was happy and proud of her physical accomplishment.

tAMmY is one of my friends that I look to for inspiration. She really does try to live and embody a healthy lifestyle. Without a doubt, she inspired me again.

As I was crying tears of joy and pride, I realized how much crying I did for myself during and after my first half marathon. The sense of accomplishment was huge.  Yes, I was in the midst of a life lesson.  THIS feeling was what I have been missing.

I do still enjoy walking, but I don't have that sense of accomplishment anymore. I will still do 5Ks, since I enjoy the atmosphere. I will hopefully still do some half marathons in my future, but I need a new challenge.

I found my new goal.  SWIMMING!!  I will swim 500 meters in some sort of event by the end of next year.  I am currently researching exactly what it IS that I will do, but it will be something with swimming.  tAmMY mentioned we could compete as a team in a triathlon next year.

I learned to swim as a child and loved it, but now I must work on stroke improvement in order to accomplish this goal.  This afternoon I signed up for a class in October so 500M here I come!

Thanks again tAmMY for being my friend and healthy-living inspiration!

Til Next Week,
Kristi

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Saturday, August 20

August 20, 2011 - The Best of Boot Camp Post

Hello All,

It has been way too long since my last blog post. To my long-time blog readers I want to be perfectly honest and let you know that the past 3-4 months were rough. Fortunately, I am coming out of a very severe funk. This funk was bad enough to have PT Bruiser and Miss Tappity Tap worried. Nothing I tried was working so I did have to be beat upside the head to get help. Honestly, the funk was the worst in years.

But.....I am back and with a vengeance again. As you know, I have a lot to say. My blog started over three years ago!  Living a healthy lifestyle is hard, but funny.

The reason I am writing today is that I met someone who reads my blog and not only found it funny, but relates to it. Sometimes you need that reassurance to keep writing!

Since this individual takes boot camp at Indy Boot Camps I decided to do a "Best of Tabata Tod" blog post. So....here goes!

For those that are new to my blog, Tabata Tod asked me to write four blog posts about Indy Boot Camps back in January. Well, in my typilogical (This is a new word started by an eleven-year old boy. Let's see if we can get it added to the dictionary for him. Eh?) overachieving fashion I wrote 12 posts that month and occasionally still write about Boot Camp when inspired or Tabata Tod really makes me MAD (this is often, but who is counting?).

Since that time I wrote posts about (click on the highlighted words to take you to the original articles):



I have many more posts about Boot Camp and other topics on my blog at http://www.mustkeepmoving.com. Feel free to read about my ups and downs of trying to get back to being fit and healthy on my blog!

Til next time,
Kristi
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Saturday, July 23

July 22, 2011 - It's Just Plain Hard

Hello All,

I cannot believe it has been a month since I lasted posted.  I could write a really long post filled with countless excuses, but there are none. There is never an acceptable excuse for not taking care of yourself.

Living healthy is hard work.   Well, for some of us any way.

Ultimately, I MUST get back to what works and what makes me feel healthy. As my long time blog readers know, there are many things I have tried and a few that have worked.  I spent this evening reading through those items.  I also read old blog posts and found some trends that need to be addressed.

Do not mistake my comments as any indication I have fallen completely off-the-wagon.  For me, I have a hard time concentrating on all aspects of living healthy.  For example, I go to Boot Camp and Personal Training, but I am not eating right. Since I am not eating right, I cannot "push it" when exercising. It is not just enough to exercise. We all know this. At least now I understand better.

Fortunately, I do not have to start from the beginning I just need to add back in those items that work for me in my lifestyle. There is a problem. My lifestyle has changed a bit. I work in a different place and my exercise is kicked up more than it was this time last year. So, I have to try different solutions.

I have read a lot about eating right to lose weight, eating right to live healthy, exercising right to lose weight, and exercising right to live healthy. I have read about hormones, vitamins, and amino acids. There is a lot out there. A lot of theories. Some articles have good references. Other articles are crap.

What is a person to do?!?! Well, much like Dr. Pita said one day; "throw mud at the wall and see what sticks." So, I am making sure those items that worked in the past are adhered to, but I am also adding in a few things. 

I need/must/will do the following:

-Journal my food, mood, and exercise.
-Document my weight loss or gain weekly on my blog.
-Plan my meals at least a few days in advance.
-Set goals for the week and month.
-Wear my heart rate monitor to insure I am exercising and full capacity.
-Practice proper nutrition pre and post exercise (this is new).

I also am going to do something else new. I have always stated my goal is to live a healthy life. I firmly believe this statement, but I need an intervention. Something to shake my world up a bit. So, until the end of August, I am going to concentrate on weight loss. Actual pounds or inches lost will be my goal. My eating will revolve around what has scientifically proven to promote healthy fat and inches lost.

As always thanks for your support!

Til next week,
Kristi


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Wednesday, June 22

June 22, 2011 - Been Caught Slacking

Hi All,


There are a lot more people in Boot Camp class since Tabata Tod sold a Groupon for Indy Boot Camp classes. I am enjoying meeting all of the new people and hope many of them stick it out even though they are in pain or feel sick the first week. Of course, I feel ill once a week, that never goes away for me. LOL!

Now that class has quite a few more people there is an electric energy that really gets me pumped up and moving. It was this week that I finally noticed how far that I have come in my fitness level. Due to my knees there will always be a few things that will cause me trouble (running and jumping). For the most part, I can last a lot longer at many of the exercises; I have defined muscles (under and around my fat LOL!); and my cardiovascular is definitely TONS better.

Well, this morning I DID NOT want to get out of bed AT ALL! I laid there for a few minutes and finally pried myself off the sheets and into workout clothes. Once in class I did not want to workout, either. All I really wanted to do was take a nap.

So, my devious little brain concocted a plan. It would be EASY for me to take little breaks. There are TONS of people in class. Certainly, Tabata Tod would be too busy to notice me slacking off just a tad bit. I surmised he should focus on the new people.

We did wall sits. Wall sits are when you put your back against the wall and do a squat. Well, I was tired. I went down just a little. I figured "The Bobs" were in the way, Tabata Tod would not notice. But nooooooooooo he walked over to our area. FOILED! I immediately scooched all the way down. I knew if I did not do the exercise right there was a strong possibility he might SIT on me to get me to do it. I apparently squatted low enough to impress the people on either side of me. LOL! I CAN do it when I WANT to, apparently.

Then it was time to do leg bridges. Remember, I HATE LEG BRIDGES!!! Due to the size of the class not everyone can do leg bridges at the same time so there were people standing between Tabata Tod and me. I activated my TODAR (works like RADAR) and established that Tabata Tod was across the room with at least 6-7 people blocking his view. I decided to take a teeny weeny minuscule break (reality: I sat out a round). The next thing I heard was; "COME ON, KRISTI!"

I learned something new about Tabata Tod today....HE HAS X-RAY VISION! No more slacking for me. 

Til Later,
Kristi
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Monday, June 13

June 13, 2011 - Surviving Boot Camp 101

Tabata Tod (who is enjoying having a Voodoo doll in his likeness) recently sold a TON of Groupons.  Since there will be several boot camp newbies I am using my blogging space to share how to get through Boot Camp. The following are my top 10 tips.

  1. Expect no sympathy from Tabata Tod. Unless you fall over dead he is just going to tell you to quit being a wimp.
  2. Don't look Tabata Tod directly in the eyes. Treat him like you would a wild animal. Let him be in charge. It is just best that way.
  3. Do not say you like OR dislike an exercise. You are drawing attention to it no matter what you say. Be ambivalent.
  4. Become buddies with your fellow classmates. There is safety in numbers.
  5. All exercises start out easy. It is the repetition that kills. Take rests when Tabata Tod has his back to you.
  6. Practice passive-aggressive behavior. It is cathartic. For example, inadvertently drop your kettlebell right where Tabata Tod is going to walk.
  7. The lights are not flickering in the building. You got up too fast.
  8. Get mad. It really does help get through some of the more difficult exercises. Personally, I have a hard time with this, but when I do get mad...*POW*...I kick booty!
  9. Fight to the death not to have Tabata Tod as your partner for buddy exercises. Trust me on this one.
  10. Use your Tabata Tod Voodoo Doll.  It helps.

Til Next Time,
Kristi

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Wednesday, June 8

June 8, 2011 - Revenge!

Hello All!

Well, I finally broke. I reached a boiling point with Tabata Tod.  If he made me do one more Leg Bridge I was going to seriously consider homicide. Until the simple word of Voodoo popped into my head.

So...I took 10 minutes and made this.....

Yes!  You guessed it!  It is my very own Tabata Tod Paper Voodoo Doll!  Personally, I find it to be an amazing likeness. Another Boot Camper mentioned that he looks like Sid from Toy Story so I used that face.  I then added his ever present Nikes and camouflage shirt.  Voila! Tod!

Last night I went to class armed with my new weapon. Tabata Tod did not appear too phased by my plan, but I was not to be deterred.

Sure enough. He made us do leg bridges.  So...I pulled off a leg.  I then gently placed my paper voodoo doll next to my mat as a warning.  When he walked by he saw it, but did a nice job acting like it did not bother him at all that he was missing a leg.

I watched him intently for the next few minutes. I detected a slight limp. Was it working? I thought so. However, sometimes Tabata Tod is not the brightest bulb in the box, he then made us do Mountain Climbers and Burpees. What?!?! I warned you Tabata Tod! So...I pulled off the other leg.

The next time he walked by my mat he sighed heavily. It was probably the pain in his legs causing the exhale. Again, he appeared not to be aware of what my voodoo was doing to him. He made us do leg bridges on the medicine ball!  So...I pulled off an arm.

At the end of class this is what was left of my Tabata Tod Voodoo doll.




As I left class I saw Tabata Tod stretching that arm.  Take THAT Tabata Tod!


Til Next Time,
Kristi Sue


Up next time...PT Bruiser's Voodoo Doll!


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Thursday, May 19

May 19, 2011 - I'm Not Dead!

Hello All,

Occasionally, I take an inadvertent break from blogging. This was one of those times. No reason for it really. Just didn't have much to say.  My 2nd video blog is FINALLY getting finished today so it should post this weekend.  Here is the latest scoop on my healthy living initiatives.

Weight Loss
I am still having trouble losing more weight. Right now, I am finding it hard to stop eating. I am hungry alllll the time. One day it was so bad that I was hiding food. I wouldn't let people know that I was eating. I am working with Miss Tappity Tap to treat this as an addiction. Fortunately, due to all the exercise, I am not gaining any weight during this latest bump in the road.

Moodiness
I was having trouble with getting out of bed for a couple of weeks, but things are better now. It helps that I have learned to talk about it so that my close friends can do an intervention.  Ultimately, I always have hope that the episode will be my last. I will come up with the magic combination of spiritual practice, diet, exercise, and supplements that will stop them once and for all!

Walking
I was unable to finish the Nashville Half Marathon due to illness/injury. No biggie. However, I am scheduled for the Chicago Half Marathon in August. Apparently, I enjoy the humidity and did not know it.  I am determined to get another medal this year. I LOVE the bling.

New Physician
I found a new Integrative Health practitioner. VERY excited about this. I am sure she will have a nickname soon. I will see her again in about a month after I do all my yearly maintenance blood tests, etc.

Dr. Pins and Needles
Dr. Pins and Needles moved away. He moved all the way back to Taiwan. Personally, I am about over these people in my posse just taking their stuff and moving to a new place. I have to admit, I was more upset as to WHY he had to move.

I am angry at my fellow Hoosiers for not supporting alternative methods for health care. It is very discouraging that individuals only want the quick fix or a pill. READ THIS PEOPLE! I am absolute proof that you can be healthier and change your life if you just try something other than the quick fix!  Look around you at people who try the quick fix. I guarantee most are not as healthy as I am at this point. You just have to keep at it. It is something you have to do every day.

PT Bruiser
PT Bruiser is still keeping me moving in the right direction.  We are now doing "zero scale." She knows how much I weigh, but I do not. The number doesn't matter. However, at the end of the month if I am up in weight I give her 40 dollars to donate. If I am down I get to go for a pedicure.  She's still very pretty!

Boot Camp
I keep getting suckered into more http://www.indybootcamps.com/ classes. I decided that for some strange reason I actually enjoy being that close to death 3-4 times a week.  Another Boot Camper accidentally dropped a kettlebell on Tabata Tod's foot. I savor the mental image whenever class gets rough. Of course, Tabata Tod doesn't find me funny at all.

Til Later!
Kristi

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Tuesday, April 26

April 26, 2011 - Metamora Towpath 10K - Come Join Me

On May 21st my favorite place to walk will be hosting a 10K. It is known as the Metamora Towpath 10K Dash and Fun Run.  I encourage all of my blog readers to join me for this first annual event. 

I basically grew up in Metamora since my family has owned a store in town for 27 years.  My footprints are all over this trail as it is one of my training grounds for the half marathons. I guarantee you will not find a more interesting race this year to attend.

You will walk/run through historic Metamora passing the grist mill. You will run/walk by one of the only wooden working acqueducts in the US. As you get to the trail head you will pass some of the most beautiful draft horses ever seen. The trail runs alongside the canal and railroad. Eventually, you will reach "the end of the line", but will keep on going until turning around at one of the old locks.  On the return trip make sure to notice the houses hidden behind the foliage and the summer campgrounds hidden off the beaten path. In addition, you will see some very fertile farm ground.

When you are done with your run or walk take time to enjoy the historic sites in Metamora. I recommend taking a train ride and a boat ride to hear more about the Whitewater Valley. Be sure to browse in the shops and enjoy your stay in Metamora. If you are interested, I will even take you on a free tour of the town explaining the town's unique history.

If you are new to walking let me know. You can walk with me and accomplish a new goal (6.2 miles). Just let me know!

As an added enticement, mention this article and get a 20% discount in our family store..Unique Creations (number 28 on the map).

For more information visit:
http://www.active.com/running/metamora-in/towpath-10k-dash-and-fun-run-2011

I hope to see you all in Metamora, May 21st!

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Monday, April 18

April 18, 2011 - Frustrated

Hello All,

This goes out to all of you that get discouraged trying to live a healthy lifestyle. There are many times I want to say; "FORGET IT".  This is one of those times.

I am frustrated because:
  • My knees are hurting more than normal right now. During the dog agility trial this weekend I winced every time I ran my dog. During Boot Camp tonight I almost left because the tears were starting to flow.
  • I have been self-sabotaging (I think) by not remembering to take my medicine which helps my moodiness. I also have not been able to choke down fish oil, either.
  • I am having trouble eating right. It is almost as if as the frustration rises my craving for sweets and fatty foods explodes.
I have hope, though.  I know that the frustration will eventually pass. I just have to keep at it. I hope all of you in the same predicament will also keep at it.

Take Care,
Kristi


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Wednesday, April 6

April 6, 2011 - Near Death Experience at Boot Camp


Hello All,

What a beautiful day today. It was one of those perfect days until I went to Boot Camp.

Boot Camp started out as normal, but apparently Tabata Tod decided we needed to work a little harder. At the beginning of Boot Camp we were doing 5 minute rounds rotating between 2 exercises. Then my day got rough...


While doing kettlebell swings my life flashed before before my eyes (sorry about borrowing your clothes sister).

While doing burpees I had an out of body experience (sheesh...I look like an idiot doing burpees).

While doing push-ups I was beckoned toward the light (I needed my sunglasses it was so bright).

While doing sit-ups a sense of calm came over me. I was ready to sleep. Until Tabata Tod scared the bejeebies out of me and brought me back to reality.

I would have been TICKED if I kicked the bucket the DAY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY!

Catch ya all later!
Kristi

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Sunday, April 3

April 2, 2011 - Metabolic Effect - Week 1

Hello Everyone,

Well my sister and I are giving the Metabolic Effect protocol a try. Basically, it is a 10 week program where you eat based on how your body reacts to food. I have been intrigued by this for quite some time. Primarily, it is similar to what Dr. Pita (AKA Dr. DeadtoMeNow) had me trying to do, but on a much more stringent scale.

The dudes that came up with it are Naturopathic Physicians and Personal Trainers. A big PLUS. Much like what Dr. Pita drilled into me they believe nutrition over prescription whereever possible.

Much of what I read in the book rings true for me. It explains the lethargy even when I am eating right, the weight loss plateau and then gain, and documented problems with my thyroid. I am planning to take the 5% body fat loss over the past 3 months even further following their suggestions.

The eating plan is relatively simple. I will have to really watch the bad carbs (bread, etc). I can only have 3 bites per meal.  Other than that I will be eating the way the dietary exchanges have me eating anyway. They also have an exercise program that insures quality workouts vs. quantity workouts.

We both begin tomorrow. I will update next week on how we are doing.

Note: I will get the final bits of video for the transformation video blog recorded this week so that the latest video will be up soon.

Take Care,
Kristi
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Friday, April 1

April 1, 2011 - Defending Myself

This blog post goes out to all of you that: 
  • Smile and laugh through anything
  • Talk all the time
  • Racewalk

Ta-ba-ta Tod decided to trash talk me yesterday during Boot Camp. He forgot (yet again) that I believe the pen is mightier than the sword. I feel the need to defend myself today.

He was happy I did not have a smile on my face. Apparently, smiling means I am not working hard enough. WHAT?!?! NO IT DOES NOT! I smile A LOT! Sometimes when I dislocate my knee I smile through the pain. Of course, sometimes I smile in Boot Camp because it is almost over.

 I got chastised for how much I normally talk. WHAT?!?!?! I believe in speaking when you are being spoken to…so I talk back at him. Of course, trash talking prevents me from smacking him on the back of the head when his back is turned.

I also got called out for racewalking instead of running! Racewalking is an acceptable form of warming up before exercising. In fact, because I can do it faster than running, (due to my bad knee) I actually get my heart pumping faster. Many racewalkers can walk 10 MPH or more (much like runners). I cannot run anyway. PT Bruiser would feel the need to show up at Boot Camp and prevent me from running.

Well, I feel better now. This rant has helped.

Of course, there is one last point to make….

Obviously, I WAS working out harder last night in Boot Camp since I could not defend myself at the time.

Til Later,
Kristi
P.S. I am not quite done with the video.

Thursday, March 24

March 24, 2011 - Boot Camp Commitment

This morning I attended the last session of the 12 week series of Indy Boot Camp sessions I started the first of January. Of course, being a contemplative person I have one thought that keeps coming to mind when I think about what I learned during my stint in this series of Boot Camp….

Interest vs. Commitment

I read in book that for any goal you have to think about if you are interested or committed to that goal. I think my personal experiences emphasize the difference between interest and commitment.

I started Boot Camp because Tod asked me to write about it. Honestly, I was petrified to agree to it since I am not a morning person, I did not like the last Boot Camp I attended, and at the time was in the throes of a deep funk. However, my overwhelming desire to push myself, see if my meds were really working, and belief that everything happens for a reason led me to agree.

I told myself that I was going to focus on exercise this year since I want to walk the Marathon next year. After one session of Boot Camp I signed up for 3 months worth of sessions. I made a promise to myself to attend all sessions. I proudly report to you that I did attend every Boot Camp day. I have a drop in body fat percentage to prove it.

This is commitment.

I also told myself that I was going to focus on losing weight again. I made a deal with Portia to donate money if I did not lose weight. Oh, I would lose a couple of pounds, gain them back, lose a couple more pounds gain them back. I never seriously kept track of my food, but would definitely get mad at the scale if I did not see what I wanted. I ended Boot Camp the same weight as I went in to Boot Camp.

Don’t get me wrong. I WANTED to lose more weight, but I was feeling okay. Life is good. I never took the time to plan my meals. I still ate healthy, but not for weight loss. I did not do everything I needed to do to see weight loss.

This is interest.

When you are interested the goal gets thrown aside for “special events.” When you are committed you climb over or knock obstacles down to reach your goal.

I reached my goal of attending all Boot Camp sessions. For that…I am proud.

I maintained my weight. For that…I am also proud.

What’s next?

1) I commit to attending all Boot Camp sessions for the next session.
2) I COMMIT to eating to lose weight for the next 10 weeks.

Take Care,
Kristi

P.S. Sometime this weekend Part 2 of the Video Blog will be available!



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Tuesday, March 22

March 22, 2011 - Mayorship!

Hello All,

I have some very exciting news! I am now Mayor of Indy Boot Camps-Eagle Creek. The approximately 1000 square foot domain is now under my complete control (in my own mind) from 6:00 AM-7:00 AM, Monday through Thursday.  I now have governmental control over 12 stability balls, 15 exercise mats, 8 Lebert equalizers and Buddy Systems, several exercise bands, and tons of dumbbells and kettlebells. I also have 3 battling ropes!  In addition, I have contracted security forces from "The Bobs" (see photo)  that are part of the Karate center staff.

I plan on being a benevolent Mayor, but have several declarations that are now in effect.

I declare...
  • Only 6 rounds of Leg Bridges are allowed per Boot Camp session.
  • Medicine Ball Catches will be performed at all sessions until I consistently catch the ball.
  • Running is not necessary, nor encouraged. As Dr. Pita said; "You only need to run when you are being chased." This is a mantra to live by.
  • Kettlebell Swings (without rest) are forever banned.
  • Burpees should never be expected to be completed in less than 10 seconds each.
  • For every minute Tabata Tod arrives after 5:55 he must perform 10 push-ups. The Mayor so enjoys watching Tabata Tod do push-ups. LOL!
  • Eagle Creek Boot Campers that have not missed a day of Boot Camp in 3 months will receive a free Strawberry Margarita on Friday, March 25.
Note: For those folks that do not know how I could become mayor, I had the most check-ins on Foursquare. If you still don't know, look it up!  LOL!

Take Care,
Kristi

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Thursday, March 17

March 17, 2011 - A Funk and What To Do About It

Note: For those that started reading my blog during the Indy Boot Camp series you will not have all of the background for this post.  Basically, the theme of my blog is to document living (or trying to live) a healthy lifestyle.. The healthy lifestyle I am trying to live not only encompasses trying to lose weight and exercise, but managing all aspects of my health also including mental and spiritual. This post is in regards to an abnormal problem I have with mood swings.

I am in a funk. It is a really good indication that your mental state is a bit "off" when you cry for almost an hour after leaving Boot Camp. Since Tabata Tod had not thrown a kettlebell at my head I knew the tears had nothing to do with Boot Camp. 

It is well known when I am in a funk by those that know me well.  Several of my friends at work have made comments and tried to offer some cheer. My sister gave me my birthday present early. Another friend sent me an online greeting. When a funk is not caused by anything external, these acts of kindness help, but are not the cure.

The goal originally set forth by Dr. Pita was to acknowledge that the funky and hyper moods will always be around, but I must learn to shorten their duration in order to minimalize their impact on my life. In order to accomplish this goal I must learn what triggers these funks. 

While crying in my car I realized what might have triggered this particular funk.  The following are the top candidates.

  • I am bored.  An idle mind is not a good thing.  Bad thoughts stack up and repeat.
  • The Japan earthquake and tsunami have caused me to beat myself up over even little "things" because I say to myself; "You are leading a charmed life. Think how awful it could be." I then start to cry for the suffering.
  • The hostility at the Statehouse by the union and non-union protestors. Just being around hostile people starts to wreck my mood. I have a tendency to be too empathetic.
Well, when confronted with a problem we should either tackle it or ride it out. In the past I would try to fight it in the wrong way or run from it.  First thing I am going to do is TURN OFF THE RADIO and not read the newspaper!

The second thing I am going to do is prepare for the next Peak based on the principles in Peaks and Valleys. Remember how I complained about that book?  Well, it has come back to haunt again.

Note: Peaks and Valleys is a story about how we all go through ups and downs. The key is how we prepare for each extreme that gets us through them smoother. I highly recommend this book. You can read what I originally thought of the book here.

Personal Training, Boot Camp, and Walking are now habits that get me through BOTH the Peaks AND Valleys. Even though I have been struggling I still make it to Boot Camp, Walking, and/or Personal Training.  For those that do not know me you would never understand that this is a major accomplishment in my life. I am able to exercise while in a funk. I am sure the exercise prevents the funks from getting worse. I believe the exercise has evened out the peaks and valleys.

During this time in the Valley, I am laying the ground work to prepare to focus on eating to LOSE weight not just MAINTAIN my weight during my next good or hyper mood.  Learning to eat for weight loss is a lot harder and requires preparation, concentration and energy. It requires a stay on the Peak.

I am living proof that I eat healthy. I have kept off A LOT of weight!  I learned many of the basic principles from Dr. Pita. I am going to take the lessons learned from Dr. Pita one step further by practicing some new principles about eating from reading the book The Metabolic Effect.

Over the next few weeks I will start to write more about my successes and failures with The Metabolic Effect. No worries, my posse members will still inspire me to write about them as well!  LOL!

Until then, I suggest turning off the television if you are starting to get a bit depressed. Do what you can to help the less fortunate, but you must remember to take care of yourself!  This was the lesson I hoped to convey today.

Take Care,
Kristi
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Tuesday, March 15

March 15, 2011 - To My Fellow Morning Boot Campers

Dear Fellow Boot Campers;

I miss you.

Lately in Boot Camp I have been alone with Tabata Tod waaaaaaay too much. While I enjoy the personal attention, we are at a point that he has to go mute so as not to say anything that will get him smacked with a kettlebell.  It is imperative that my fellow Boot Campers return to class before Tabata Tod suffers a concussion.

Remember at the beginning of the year when we were all energetic about starting the year off right?   Let's pretend Wednesday March 16th is a new year and relive that enthusiasm.

Remember the fun we have starting the day off with pull-ups on the bar?   Just think how much easier it is to do a pull-up after this short time. Let's see if it can get even easier.

Remember the battling ropes? We can make it wave all the way down to our partners. Now we have a new move to try.  Come back to class and let's practice flicking the rope with our wrists.

Remember the commitment you made to yourself when you signed up for class?  Do not let yourself down!

Remember the Buddy Systems?  They are no fun without a buddy.

Remember handing over that check to Tod?  Don't make a donation.  Make Tod earn that money!

Above all, you owe it to society to come back to class. Tabata Tod and I are currently plotting our takeover of the world. You really do not want to live in a society where you have to do Tabatas to get a beer do you?

Hope to see y'all Wednesday.  Tod, the Bobs, and I miss you!

Forlorn but Hopeful,
Kristi

Wednesday, March 9

March 9, 2011 - Boot Camp Update

Hello All,

Well, my own mother said to me; "Have you written a blog posting? You haven't written anything about working out."  What?!?!?  I did not know mom even read my blog!  I thought she preferred my sister's dog blog at http://katiezipperdoodle.blogspot.com/  LOL!

I had hoped to have a new video blog for a 3 week check-in, but that task is not going to happen. I am more interested in completing my taxes so I can get some money for more exercise clothes. Since I am going to Boot Camp FOUR times a week, attending Personal Training, and training for the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon I am running out of clothes. I really only want to do laundry once a week.  LOL!  So the IRS takes precedence.

I did promise an update so here goes...
Medicine Ball Catch: I can catch the ball sometimes. This is a great improvement over the ball rolling away from me!
Pull-ups: I am going to need to see a video to determine if these have improved. If my new calluses are any indication I am hoping there is some improvement.
Push-ups: PT Bruiser has been giving me a bit of grief on my form, but I can do 8 push-ups in 8 seconds!
Burpees: I cannot almost "ee", but not "burp."
Pounds Lost: My weight keeps fluctuating up and down anywhere from 0-10 pounds lost.  I am having trouble with cutting calories, but my body fat percentage has dropped 4-5% (I think).

The most interesting change is the drop in my resting heart rate.  My resting heart rate has dropped from 72 to 60 beats per minute.  I assume that is a good thing.  My heart is not having to work as hard. I don't think anything has got my heart pumping more than Boot Camp or when the UPS man shows up at the house.  Ha!

Take Care Everyone,
Kristi
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Thursday, March 3

March 3, 2011 - Leg Bridges

Hello All,

This week was first week of Boot Camp 4 times a week. In addition, I had Personal Training with PT Bruiser twice this week.  So...by this morning I had attended Boot Camp 3 times and had 1 personal training session. I was tired.  Exhausted enough to e-mail Tabata Tod that I would not be joining class in the morning, but would attend the evening class instead.

All day I prayed to the exercise gods that I would not have to do leg bridges. My hamstrings were killing me. Anything but leg bridges would be okay with me. Fortunately, PT Bruiser let me get by with a stretching session in anticipation that I would get my butt kicked at Boot Camp.

On the drive to Indy Boot Camps I kept praying to the exercise gods. I even made a deal that I would do ANYTHING not to do leg bridges. I would be good. I would not talk trash to Tabata Tod. I would work really hard at everything else. I begged for NO LEG BRIDGES! I was willing to take ANYTHING, but leg bridges.

I kicked patootie in class.
  • My Around the Worlds on the BOSU Ball were superb. I had air and speed as I hopped up and down.
  • For the first time I actually trusted my partner enough on the Partner Leg Presses that I had fun.
  • My hand/eye coordination was excellent doing Donkey Kicks. My partner would tap that medicine ball and I was catching it one handed several times.
  • I even got a compliment from another Boot Camper regarding my group sit ups!
I was a Boot Camp Goddess!

On the way home I rehashed in my head how wonderful I was in class. Patting myself on the back so much that my arm started to hurt. I was even celebrating that my mental telepathy with Tabata Tod worked. NO LEG BRIDGES were performed!

Until the exercise gods reminded me of my deal...

*POW* 
*THUMP, THUMP, THUMP*

My back left tire blew out on the interstate.

Eh well...it was a small price to pay for NO LEG BRIDGES!


Have a great weekend,
Kristi

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Tuesday, March 1

March 1, 2011 - WANTED: Fellow Boot Campers

Hello,

I am in mourning.  Two of my fellow favorite boot campers are on hiatus.  SOMETHING about training for the Mini Marathon (blah, blah, blah).  This saddens me because they would laugh at my jokes.  As Tabata Tod himself said; "They helped bring life to the Boot Camp Party."

I was given some of the blame for their no longer being at the party. I know, I know...I don't understand how Tabata Tod could blame ME!  LOL!  Anyhoo...I decided to put out a wanted ad for new Boot Campers as a redemption for the supposed irreparable harm I caused.

Wanted: Fans of the Biggest Loser and anyone else looking for a fun way to get fit.

Are you looking for someone to yell at you like they do on TV? 
Believe me, Tabata Tod can holler and be mean to you, if you want. 

Looking for physical challenges?
Try putting a medicine ball between your feet, throwing it into the air, and catching it!

Want immunity? 
Try attending Boot Camp during flu season. You will find out quickly if have immunity. 

For information visit: http://www.indybootcamps.com


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Friday, February 25

February 25, 2011 - Tabata Tod in the Newspaper

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago The Biggest Loser is having auditions in Shelbyville. Well, today in the Indy Star is an article about the casting call and Tabata Tod and his Indy Boot Camps and Indy's Biggest Loser competitions are mentioned. 

Seriously, check out the article at http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011102250336

First Dr. Pita on the Dr. Oz show, now Tabata Tod is quoted in the Indy paper.  What is the common denominator here?  ME!

LOL!!!

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Wednesday, February 23

February 23, 2011 - Punishment and Revenge

Well, my smart mouth got me in a teeny weeny bit of trouble today at Indy Boot Camps. Therefore, I was tormented by Tabata Tod. 

Whenever I get in trouble with PT Bruiser I just say; "You're so pretty!" and all is forgiven. I doubted seriously that Tabata Tod would enjoy being told he was pretty so I had to take the punishment.

The punishment?  He was my partner for the two-person exercises.  Therefore, I came up with names for the partner exercises we did today. 

Supplication - Named such, as I was begging for forgiveness. Everyone else was working their biceps and triceps.

Revenge - Tried as hard as I could to pull him over. No such luck. Everyone else was either bracing or performing rows.

Flogging - I knew there was no way I was going to knock Tabata Tod off the rope he was performing squats on, so I just had to imagine smacking him upside the head with the rope.  Everyone else was working their forearms and other arm parts.




Question is: Did I learn my lesson?  Nope. I remembered; "the pen is mightier than the sword."


Note: The first two photos show the Lebert Buddy System.  The last photo is from Iron Company


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Sunday, February 20

February 20, 2011 - Binging and Exercise

One of the main reasons I started this blog was for accountability. Over time the blog also became a place for people to relate. I am not the only one struggling to do what is necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. Since many of you share the same struggles I wanted to throw this problem out into cyber space - binging.

Some people just naturally (whether nature or nurture) do what is right for their body, mind and spirit. For me, there are a few healthy habits that are now ingrained in my being, but others that continue to allude me.  The switch that turns off my mouth is faulty and needs a fix.

I am at the end of a week-long food binge. All day today I have either slept or ate. I am totally aware of what is going on, but am struggling to stop it. On the flip side, I have worked out rigorously every day as well.  I guess, it is better that I am exercising, but still frustrating.

For those of you that suffer from binge eating, the only advice I have is to be aware of it. While I have not figured out what triggered this particular binge (although I have a good idea), being aware of it and writing about it will probably put an end to it much quicker.

So, next time any of you have a binge, feel free to let me know (no judgements) it might just help to let someone else know.

Take Care Everyone!
Kristi

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Thursday, February 17

February 17, 2011 - Why I Love my Personal Trainer

Well, now I have done it. I made PT Bruiser feel unloved. My previous post did not appropriately thank or include love for my Personal Trainer.  It was not an intended oversight on my part, but you do have to balance love across all posse members.  So, without further groveling I present to you the top reasons I love my Personal Trainer.

1) She teaches me how to breathe properly when exercising.
2) She has been there through my crazy life including illnesses and injuries.
3) She always has a plan if I cannot exercise hard for some reason that day.
4) She keeps me within my skill level when I try to do something that might just get me hurt.
5) She makes me laugh and makes exercise fun!
6) When Dr. Pita was still here she could help make fun of him.
7) She helps me shop!
8) She holds me accountable.
9) She thinks I am funny.  Sometimes.  LOL!
10) She is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet!

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Wednesday, February 16

February 16, 2011 - Visible Results from Boot Camp

Hello All,

Today at Indy Boot Camps I wanted to quit. It was very, very difficult for me. Whether I was having trouble because I am in a bit of a funk or because I am fighting a cold I do not know, but everything seemed way out of my skill and comfort zone.

You see, I pride myself on solving problems. Give me a math problem and I will find the answer. If there is something at work that needs creative solutions I can do that, too. Boot Camp is different. You have to just plain work hard at it. It does not require solutions just tenacity. Today this determination was missing.

And then....

I was getting my stuff ready to leave after the workout when a fellow Boot Camper said to me; "You can tell you are losing weight."

So now, I can't wait for Boot Camp tomorrow!

Take Care Everyone,
Kristi

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Saturday, February 12

February 12, 2011 - My First Video Blog!!!!

Hi All!

I decided to do a video blog for my readers who do not want to exercise. It is my hope that by watching how only 6 weeks can create drastic changes in my body a few more of you will get up off the couch!

I also created this blog as a motivation for myself. I "put it out there" that there will be improvements, so I better get to work.

Enjoy!



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Wednesday, February 9

February 9, 2011 - Half Marathon Training Begins

Hi All,

Well, I started training for the Nashville Half Marathon this week. I am following a 12-week program off of Dave McGovern’s racewalking web site (and in his books). I am taking the Bricks to Bricks class again to learn more about training, but decided to follow Dave McGovern’s plan this time since I took his seminar last spring.


I have already decided that boot camp (have I mentioned I am attending boot camp at Indy Boot Camps? LOL) has improved my form and pacing quite a bit. I did a check of my resting heart rate and in 6 weeks I have dropped my resting rate 4 beats! In addition, PT Bruiser is quite impressed with my push-ups and pull-ups. Woot! Woot!

If all goes according to plan, I will walk 5 half marathons this year to keep me on track in my training and then walk a marathon next January. Currently, I am hoping to do the following events.

April 30 - Nashville Country Music Half Marathon
June 11 – Carmel Half Marathon
August 14 – Rock n Roll Chicago Half Marathon
September 3 – Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon
October 23 – Rock n Roll St. Louis Half Marathon
January 2012 – Phoenix Marathon

I have several family members and friends that are very concerned about me doing so many half marathons in one year. To them I say talk to the sock! The half marathons are to keep me walking to see if I can walk the marathon.

Seriously though, my friends and family have a point. With this screwy knee of mine I could seriously get hurt. However, I believe (as well as my Sports Medicine doctor) that if I train properly I should not have a problem. Will it hurt sometimes? Absolutely! However, a lot of the people that walk or run have pain when they do it.

Personally, I will be able to handle the disappointment of not being able to do the marathon if the reason is physical. The reason I like to do the walks, and set these challenges for myself, is entirely mental. If you have never walked or run a half marathon you might not understand that the challenge is more mental than physical, especially for non-athletes.

Getting to and maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves not just going through the motions (the easier part), but beating the demons that keep you from it when it gets rough. It is extremely hard to change. Whether you are trying to quit smoking, lose weight, or some other bad habit compliance is tough work. As my friend Laura said to me in an e-mail; “….dedication and discipline.” Yes, it requires dedication and discipline.

For me, it is not about the physical feat of completing a marathon that makes me strive for this goal. I am seeking to show myself that I can win the mental battle. This accomplishment will remind me that I can beat any challenges that come further down the road. The token medal will always be a remembrance.


Thanks for reading,
Kristi
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Monday, February 7

NBC's Biggest Loser Coming to Indy!

All,

The Casting Director for The Biggest Loser sent me an e-mail with the following information regarding a casting call right here in the Indianapolis area! So, for all of you that write me to say that you are ready to lose weight and change your lives...check this out!  YOU could be the next Biggest Loser!

NBC's Biggest Loser is searching the country looking for outgoing and charismatic individuals who have the personality, want desire and drive to to vie for this once in a lifetime opportunity to shed those pounds once and for all! If you are ready to be a part of the most incredible transformation of your life and make your weight loss dream a reality then come on down to the casting call on 2/26/11 in Indianapolis!



Please send ALL emails to bldesireecasting@gmail.com
CASTING CALL
2/26/11
10am-6pm
Indiana Live! Casino
4200 North Michigan Road
Shelbyville, IN 46176


Note: If TV is not for you, do not forget about Tabata Tod's Indy's Biggest Loser competitions. More at http://www.indysbiggestloser.com/.

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February 7, 2011 - Deep Thoughts

4:45 AM - Alarm Chimes
4:50 AM - "Ugh! I gotta get up to go to Boot Camp! "
5:20 AM - Driving on I-65
5:30 AM - Alarm Chimes
5:31 AM - I read; "Training Week 1"
5:32 AM - "Ugh! I gotta start training for the Nashville Half Marathon."
5:45 AM - I arrive at Indy Boot Camps.
5:45:10 AM - "Ugh!"
6:00 AM - "Ugh! Warm Ups!"
6:05 AM - "Ugh! Ropes!"
6:06 AM - Tabata Tod points an imaginary gun to my head.
6:06:10 AM - "Go ahead and shoot, dude!"
6:10 AM - Some other stupid exercise.
6:10:33 - "How did I get myself into this?"
6:20:05 AM - "Seriously, push ups?!?! It's Monday."
6:30 AM - Some other stupid exercise.
6:30:20 AM - "I'm about done with Tabata Tod for the day!"
6:40 AM - Some other stupid exercise.
6:45:10 AM - Singing a made up song in my head; "I hate Tabatas, a whole lotta."
6:50 AM - Last Exercise!
6:50:20 AM - "Hallelujah! Cue the Tabernacle Choir!"
7:00 AM - Done!
7:00 AM - "Sure glad I got up and attended boot camp!"
7:00:10 AM - "WHAT?!?!?!?! I've got serious mental issues."


Have a great day everyone,
Kristi
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Thursday, February 3

February 3, 2011 - Do Not Skip Out On Boot Camp!

Hello All,

So...today my sister gets on her Wii to exercise and the faceless Personal Trainer asks how I am doing. Apparently, the Personal Trainer accusingly and snottily said; "How is Mini Mii?"  (note: Mini Mii is my name on the Wii...Get it?!?  LOL!) I think this is rather self righteous from a Personal Trainer that has lips that do not move!

Later tonight, I am going to get on the Wii and show it that I have lost 8 more pounds without it's help at all!  Ha!  Of course, I may have to present an indignant note from Tabata Tod and PT Bruiser that I have been working out. 

I know what you are thinking; "Well I would rather go to Boot Camp or workout with a Personal Trainer if the Wii is going to be that rude." Ha! 

In my opinion, all Personal Trainers are just like mothers. They guilt you into showing up for sessions.  For example, PT Bruiser will just sigh at me or keep hounding me with text messages on my phone.  Tabata Tod takes it one step further and calls you out on Facebook.  I present the following evidence from another troop members Facebook wall.

 

I just do what the Personal Trainers say. It is just easier that way.  It also works. I have lost the pounds to prove it. Ha!

Have a great weekend!
Kristi
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Wednesday, February 2

February 2, 2011 - A Shout Out!

Happy Groundhog Day Everyone!

After getting up every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning by 5:00 AM for a month I realize that I deserve a pat on the back.  So...yea for me!  I would never have accomplished this a year ago, let alone, 3 years ago!

My friends and faithful blog readers know that it has been a struggle not only to lose weight, but to do everything to get healthier. Getting healthier not only involves eating the right things and exercising, but also to determine the root cause of the problem. None of us like to feel bad, do we?

It is time I thank those individuals that have seen me through the evolution that is Kristi today. Recently, I sent out e-mails to several folks thanking them for the help they have given. Ultimately, anyone who knows me deserves a thank you.

I primarily am most thankful for those that helped me realize why I gained weight in the first place and what to do about it. I am grateful for the resolution to what might be considered a "mood problem" (their words not mine). I have not had any major funks in over 2 months. My joy in this development is through the roof! I appreciate this more than any weight loss I have achieved to date.

If you have never had the issue I am referring to in your life, let me explain so that you might understand just a little. Some days the world seems better if it would end, but ultimately after a period of time the world is better again. Once the world gets better again you do everything that you missed getting done during the funk, such as working longer hours. Repeat.

Now I find the world is decent most of the time. Sleep is not too much...not too little. Work is easier with not too much and not too little. Getting healthier is easier.  Now I care how I feel because I know what it is like to feel good most of the time.

I thank God every day for bringing the following into my life and give each of them a SHOUT OUT!

Note: These are in no particular order except of course my Sister better be first!

My Sister-She suffers the most when things are bad, but knows exactly what to do during those times.
Dr. Pita (aka Dr. DeadtoMeNow) - He is a royal pain in the butt, but figured out what buttons to push to get me to do the right thing.
Miss Tappity Tap - She listens and gets me to realize what is the true problem even when I do not want to face it.
Clinic Social Worker - She double-teamed me with Dr. Pita and eventually I understood and took their advice.
Dr. Pill Pusher - He kept trying and found the solution.
PT Bruiser - For keeping me on track through it all.
Portia - Takes no crap and tells me to "suck it up" when necessary. She also puts challenges out there for me to reach knowing that I can be competitive.
Food Nazi and May - They listen and do not judge when things are rough,
tAMmy - She is a good healthy-living role model.
Fans - My half marathon fans that come see, when possible, to cheer me on during the race. All of these friends I have known for 20 years and glad that I have them.
Blog Readers and those I have inspired-You mean the world to me, because you force me to stay on track.
5K Friends-Those that occasionally walk 5Ks with me to offer support are priceless.
Co-Workers-For hearing about all of it when I "over share." LOL!
Various Other Friends-Thanks for the kind words of support.
Tabata Tod-For asking me to write about Indy Boot Camps, for without you I would not known how much better I am today.

Til Next Week or Something Funny,
Kristi

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Friday, January 28

January 28, 2011 - This Just In

Now that I am no longer under the thumb of Tabata Tod in my blog posts, let the fun begin now.


Note: Anyone who knows me is fully aware that I was never Tod’s lackey in my posts for I am quite I am an opinionated person (even though my opinion changes by the second). Just ask Dr. Pita, Dr. Pins and Needles, and PT Bruiser.

Well, my freedom now grants me the opportunity to share a painful memory in my first month at Boot Camp. ((Insert sigh and tear here)).

Some of you may recall that my lovely and caring co-workers bought me forty (yes, FORTY) pairs of socks for my fortieth birthday. I believe they did this because it was a way to support my 5K, 10K, and half marathon training efforts. There are all sorts of socks in the bunch. One day to Boot Camp I wore a lovely bright orange and green pair made for a Multiple Sclerosis Walk somewhere.

Tabata Tod poked fun at my odd socks.

Well, my sister brought me a pair back from vacation just for Boot Camp.



Yes, that’s right. They say; “BITE ME.”


ROFLMAO!

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Thursday, January 27

January 27, 2011 - Boot Camp Day 12: Month in Review

I made it a month in Boot Camp! To celebrate I created a list of the Reasons I Like Boot Camp at Indy Boot Camps.


I am losing weight.
I am down 6 pounds (using my scale) from the first day of Boot Camp.

My body fat is shrinking.
I am down 3% body fat.

I am losing inches.
Several of my body parts are getting smaller.

I am getting to work earlier which means I get to leave earlier.
This is really freaky to some of my co-workers. They used to know they were really late if I beat them to work. They no longer have me as that gauge anymore. Good!

I like everyone in my class. They all make me laugh.
Misery loves company.

I sometimes start the day in a bad mood, but after working out at Boot Camp I am normally in a good mood.
Today I arrived ready to either cry or start an argument with the first person to look at me wrong, but by the time we got halfway through the first interval I was laughing and smiling. Sweat must take the bad mood right out of ya!

It is a good addition to my training plan for the Half Marathons and Marathon I would like to do in the next year.
Boot Camp is definitely providing me with greater strength and also firming up my core. 26.2 miles is a long way to go with weak abs!


Reasons I Do Not Like Boot Camp
Sometimes Tod has to be your partner in the Buddy exercises. You see, if another one of the troop members is your partner they will not rat you out to Tod if you are not into the exercise that day. Tod does not take excuses. Drat!

Til Next Week,
Kristi
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Wednesday, January 26

January 26, 2011 - Boot Camp Day 11: Frustration and Resolve

Hello All,

Yep. Day 11 at Indy Boot Camps.

Today...

I wanted to vomit. My knees were hurting. I had a cramp in my hamstring. Tears were forming.  I was frustrated. I thought it was supposed to get easier.

And then....

Mr. Mean Tod stuck his hand out and made me push a little harder. I needed to drop a little farther on a pushup. I glared at that stupid hand and envisioned smacking Tod. However, in an instant I accepted the challenge. I developed the resolve to go a little lower. Sure enough, I did it! Maybe not as far as I was being encouraged, but I accomplished a small instantaneous goal. My frustration immediately lifted.

The moral from Boot Camp today is:

"You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can." -Jimmy Carter


Til Tomorrow,
Kristi

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Monday, January 24

January 24, 2011 - Boot Camp Day 10:Tabatas

Hello Everyone,


Today I was not “feeling it” at Boot Camp. I worked out, but just not with the same passion as the other days. Granted, I am fighting off a bit of a funk, but still….something was missing. Well, it was Tod’s fault. Seriously, all his fault. Not that he didn't try really hard to make up for it.

Remember how when I first started at Indy Boot Camps I *might* have poked a teensy bit of fun at the recording that counts down the sets for the exercises? Well, Tod forgot the Tabata CDs this morning and much to my surprise I missed my favorite Disembodied Voice.

At Indy Boot Camps Tabatas are used to pace the exercises. Tabatas are a form of interval training created by this guy from Japan (named Tabata). Basically, you perform at a high intensity for a small set period of time (e.g. 20 seconds) and then rest for a small period of time (e.g. 10 seconds). My understanding is that they are very effective at improving cardiovascular health and for fat burning.

In order to incorporate the Tabatas and make it fun, Tod uses soundtracks from BJ Gaddour (I might have a name for my favorite Disembodied Voice). More information is found at http://www.workoutmuse.com/.

I enjoy the Boot Camp at Indy Boot Camps more than any other I attended primarily because I find Tod funny; and the soundtracks with the Disembodied Voice keep you pumped up. Occasionally, I do think that the soundtrack is from a bad House Party, but this thought it fleeting because I have to keep up with the interval.

Well, that’s all for today.

Til Wednesday,

Kristi
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Friday, January 21

January 21, 2010 - Boot Camp Day 9: Tabata Tod Theme Song

Hello All,
In honor of being down another pound and percentage body fat, I bring to you the Tabata Tod Theme Song written by yours truly only moments ago.

The Theme Song is sung to the Mighty Mouse Theme Song heard in the following YouTube Video.
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Tabata Tod will save the day,
Tabata Tod will help change what you weigh!
Tod will give it the Tabata might,
Tabata Tod will join the fight!
Stubborn fat never hangs around,
when it hears the Tabata sound!

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Thursday, January 20

January 20, 2011 - Boot Camp Day 8: Boot Camp at Home

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there was not a Boot Camp class yesterday, at my location, so I had to improvise at home. The following is a rendition of my private Boot Camp I created for myself. It is also the reason I like attending in person my Boot Camp sessions at Indy Boot Camps.


1st Exercise

Plan: Perform a Plank for 20 seconds, run down the hall, perform Mountain Climbers for 20 seconds, run back down the hall, and repeat for a period of 5 minutes.

Result: Plank for 20 seconds, ran down the hall, tripped over the cat, performed Mountain Climbers for 20 seconds, ran back down the hall, and jumped over the cat. Repeat.

2nd Exercise

Plan: Perform crunches for 20 seconds, run down the hall, perform push-ups for 20 seconds, run back down the hall, and repeat for a period of 5 minutes.

Result: Performed crunches for 20 seconds while battling with a terrier, ran down the hall with the terrier, performed push-ups for 20 seconds while being “humped” by and terrier, and ran back down the hall. Repeat

3rd Exercise

Plan: Triceps Dips for 20 seconds, Rows for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat for 5 minutes.

Result: Triceps Dips for 20 seconds, Rows for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, Triceps Dips for 20 seconds, chased the dog, grabbed the resistance bands, pulled the cat off the resistance bands. Repeat

4th Exercise

Plan: Squats for 20 seconds, Leg Kick Backs for 20 seconds, rest for 20 seconds, and repeat for 5 minutes.

Result: Squats for 20 seconds, Leg Kick Backs for 10 seconds, “humped” by the dog. Quit.


Til Tomorrow (or tonight),
Kristi\

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Monday, January 17

January 17, 2011 – Boot Camp Day 7: Wii Fit vs. Boot Camp

 
Boot Camp is going well. I can feel some muscles working better than they have in a long time. I am  also  noticing that some of the exercises are getting a little easier as well. For today’s post I bring you…

Why I like Indy Boot Camps better than the Wii Fit

1)         The first day of Boot Camp Tod did not blow up into a big balloon to show me how fat I am.
2)         I do not have to coordinate holding a nunchuk, balance on a board and touch my toes all at the same time (okay, MAYBE when doing an exercise on the BOSU ball).
3)         Tod’s lips move when he speaks. It freaks me out that the personal trainers on the Wii do not move their lips when giving instructions.
4)         Tod does not get snarky and say things like; “Didn’t really work up a sweat there did you?”
5)         My fellow troop members at Indy Boot Camps do not have freakishly large heads. Seriously, why are their heads so big on the Miis?

Til Wednesday,
Kristi



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Thursday, January 13

January 13, 2011 - Boot Camp Day 6: Physics

Hi All,

One of the exercises we do in an Indy Boot Camp session is a Group Sit-up. I get excited because it is the last exercise of the class!  A group sit-up is when troop members lock arms and perform a sit-up all in a line.

I believe everyone in the class is better at a group sit-up than I am, so I incorporate Physics into my routine.  I get to the end of the line, wrap my arm around my leg, use my patootie as a fulcrum, and depend on the forward motion to pop me into the sit-up. My Mama raised no dummy!

Apparently, Tod of Indy Boot Camps does not believe in Physics and tries to stop me from my testing of Physics principles. Physics is a bad thing to practice when trying to get trimmer and lose weight. Why did I have to take the class in college if I cannot use it in my every day life?!?!  Hmph!

We also did weigh-ins and measurements today. Since January 3rd my waist is an inch smaller, my weight is down 4 pounds, and my body fat percentage is down 1.5%. I am getting results by eating better and attending all my sessions at Indy Boot Camps.

I must apologize, but using the theory of equilibria (my co-workers twisted version of it) the result of me losing weight is causing someone out there to gain weight. Forgive me, but I do not want this extra weight anymore. I have a Marathon to train for this year!

Til Monday,
Kristi
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P.S. The picture is of Sir Isaac Newton