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MC900432635[1]Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed tonight. Daylight Saving Time is FINALLY here (rock music plays with confetti spewing everywhere)! I’m just a little excited thinking about everything I plan to accomplish in the upcoming months.

For the past ten days, I have been setting my clock 5 minutes earlier each day so I can get up earlier in the mornings (even weekends). Today, I woke up at 4:30AM. Hopefully, by Saturday (16 March), I’ll be up at 4:00AM. Before it got cold, I was getting up at 4:00AM. This allowed me the time to run/workout before my day got started.  I didn’t have to worry about unexpected stuff happening in the afternoons, getting out of work late, or shutting down because it got dark early interfering with me exercising. Also, the weather is warming up which means I’m able to run outside more often. Soon, I’ll be enjoying my early morning runs again. I can’t wait! I’m already energized just thinking about it.

Mon frere, Moonius Maximus and I completed the Healthier Lifestyle 8-Week Challenge. My week #8 total was 156 points. I earned 156 points for making healthy choices and 0 points for weight loss. Our points for exercise were doubled this week. My final weigh-in was 134 pounds. Moonius Maximus earned 92 points. He earned 92 for making healthy choices and 5 points for maintaining his weight loss. His final weigh-in was 184 pounds. Despite the fact that neither one of us reached our initial weight loss goals (Kat: 125 pounds/Moonius: 175), we are not treating ourselves as failures. Moonius won the challenge of losing the most weight. I won the challenge of earning the most points for healthy choices. Both of us have developed better habits because of the challenge and will continue striving for a healthier lifestyle.

Now, it is time for me to lace up my running shoes and head over to the gym for my run on the treadmill. I have plenty to do today, and I want to start my day off on the right foot, so to speak. Wishing my readers a SUPER weekend. Happiness!

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to think about different areas of my life (health & fitness, home, acting, family, finances) and wrote down a few goals I’d like to work on in each of these areas this year and beyond. One would think after losing weight, exercising on a regular basis, and eating clean 90% of the time there wouldn’t be a need for more health and fitness goals. This couldn’t be further from the truth for me. While I like routine, I also like variety.  And, I like challenges. My challenge has been to drop the 7 pounds I gained from the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, I haven’t been too successful. Not sure exactly why. However, I have my suspicions it has something to do with the weather and getting dark early. Daylight savings time is just around the corner (10 March), and spring isn’t far behind. I’m hoping the combination of warmer weather and longer daylight hours is the answer to shedding these unwanted pounds.

This is my list of Health & Fitness resolutions:

  • Continue to exercise on a regular basis (shoot for 5 days a week).
  • Try new classes/exercises to challenge muscles and keep it fresh.
  • Run a 5K.
  • Run a 5K with zombies in it. (June 2013)
  • Continue to eat clean, and shoot for 95% of the time. More veggies and 8 glasses a water each day.
  • Try new recipes even though cooking is not my favorite thing (shoot for 3 new recipes a month).
  • Make the time to prep food/plan meals ahead of time (shoot for 3 days a week).
  • When the weather gets nicer, walk my dog (Comet aka Tooty) on a more regular basis (shoot for 4 times a week).

On Saturday, I registered for the Hammond Rotary 5K Shamrock Run being held on the SLU Campus on Saturday, 16 March. Of course, my main goal is to finish; however, I want to run the entire race in 30 minutes. Pray for good weather.

Here is an interesting blog post from Leo Babauta of zenhabits about health & fitness: Create the Habits of Being Lean, in 7 Years

Healthier Lifestyle 8-Week Challenge Update

My week #7 total was 169 points. I earned 169 points for making healthy choices and 0 points for weight loss. Our points for not eating after 9PM was doubled this week. According to my scale Monday, I gained 3.5 pounds (REALLY!) which makes my weight 135.5 pounds. I weighed myself again this morning with 133 pounds. Still a pound gain! I want to kick that scale to the curb. Moonius Maximus earned 105 points. He earned 100 for making healthy choices and 5 points for maintaining his weight loss. His weight is still 184 pounds. We have one more week to complete this challenge. Moonius and I will NOT give up. We are determined to finish this challenge with a positive attitude. Happiness!

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” ~ Andy Warhol

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I’m on Day 9 of the North Cypress 14-Day Challenge, and I’m actually having a terrific time. This challenge, like the T-Shirt Challenge, has given me the opportunity to try new classes. On the first day of the challenge, I let Shelly talk me into taking a P.U.R.E. class. Intense! The class reminds me of the Insanity DVD program/Jackie Warner’s Power Circuits. You go through a series of stations led by personal trainers. Each station has a different exercise that is performed for about a minute or two depending on the exercise. I left the class thinking “I’ll never take that class again.” WRONG! I took it again  Monday night, as well as last night. On Friday evening I had my training session with a personal trainer. One trainer session is included in the challenge. My trainer worked me hard. My body felt it the next day. After my run on Saturday morning, I took a Barre class with Shelly who had just finished a spin class. The Barre class is a combination of principles of ballet, Pilates, and yoga. It targets the core, hips, thighs, buttocks, and arms. Out of all of the classes I have tried since joining North Cypress, this is my least favorite. In all fairness, I plan on taking the class again; however, it will be on a day or night separate from any other activity and not after a trainer session. Shelly and I both went into that class sore AND after just working out for 45 minutes. Also, Shelly had her trainer session on Friday morning. We’re NUTS! I was stiff, sore, and uncomfortable. It even hurt to sit. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to walk Sunday morning. I did take Sunday as a rest day. Alas, Shelly and I prevailed, and we are both back at it for another week  of the challenge.

In addition to new classes, I’m trying new foods. I’ve added raw spinach to my salads. I’ve incorporated balsamic vinegar into a few of my meals (salads/pasta). The eating plan calls for Caramel Corn Rice Cakes by Quaker Oats. One rice cake is 0 fat grams; 50 calories, 3g of sugar, and 1g of protein. They are pretty good. The plan calls for spreading some Almond Butter on it; however, I’ve been eating them plain or with peanut butter. I haven’t tried Almond butter, yet. It is something I plan to try very soon.

For anyone interested in the Meal Plan for the 14-Day Challenge:  Meal Plan   (This is 1,550 calories per day.)

For anyone interested in the Workout Plan for the 14-Day Challenge: Workout Plan

Healthier Lifestyle 8-Week Challenge Update

My week #6 total was 156 points. I earned 181 points for making healthy choices and 0 points for weight loss. Our points for no sweets or sugary treats were doubled this week. I lost 2.5 pounds (YAY!) which makes my weight 132 pounds; however, I earned 0 points for weight loss because my lowest weight was 131.5 pounds.  Moonius Maximus earned 112 points. He earned 107 for making healthy choices and 5 points for maintaining his weight loss. His weight is still 184 pounds. We have two more weeks to complete this challenge.

Recently, I had the opportunity to write down some goals for different areas of my life. I’m hoping to write a post or two about them soon. Some of the goals are for 2013 while others are something I would like to accomplish in the future. Every day brings opportunity. Sometimes, the opportunities enrich the journey you’re presently on. Sometimes, the opportunities open new doors and lead you in another direction…a direction that may bring you more fulfillment, define your purpose, or  just make your life flow smoothly. Whatever the day brings, be PRESENT so you don’t miss the opportunities.  Happiness!

“You know. Life’s short. If you don’t try new things, you’ll never know what you’re best at. And you can only make time for new things by quitting the things you know don’t work for you.” ~Meg Cabot, Teen Idol

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Commitment Tomorrow, I will start a 14-Day Challenge sponsored by my health club.  The timing is perfect since tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It will also coincide with the last three weeks of the Healthier Lifestyle 8-Week Challenge I’m doing with Moonius Maximus. The 14-Day Challenge is not much different from the program I was following by Jackie Warner. You need to eat clean and exercise regularly. There are NO treat meals/sugary treats for 14 days. Since the Christmas holidays, I have been abusing sugar again and my weight is slowly creeping back up. Unacceptable! I need to not only make the commitment to lose the holiday weight, but also to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Healthier Lifestyle 8-Week Challenge Update

My week #5 total was 104 points. I earned 104 points for making healthy choices and 0 points for weight loss. Our points to eat three vegetable servings daily were doubled this week. I lost 0 pounds and gained 1.5 pounds which makes my weight 134.5 pounds. No excuses. I’m backsliding and NOT proud of it. Moonius Maximus earned 139 points. He earned 134 for making healthy choices and 5 points for maintaining his weight loss. His weight is still 184 pounds. We have three more weeks to complete this challenge. I MUST be committed these last three weeks. Happiness!

“At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.”           ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Happy Hump Day! It’s Wednesday, and we are all inching our way closer to the weekend. I’m especially looking forward to this weekend. Why? No special plans; however, it has holidays attached to it. Yes, it’s Mardi Gras time! I get two days off of work next week, and Andrew gets the whole week off. My goal for this weekend….set some resolutions for the remainder of this year. I need a makeover in quite a few areas of my life, so I’m thinking the theme will have something to do with CHANGE.

Healthier Lifestyle 8-Week Challenge Update

My week #4 total was 126 points. I earned 126 points for making healthy choices and 0 points for weight loss. Our points to stop eating before 9pm were doubled this week. I lost 0 pounds and gained 0 pounds which makes my weight still 133 pounds. This is a result of being female. HA! Moonius Maximus earned 98 points. He earned 73 for making healthy choices and 25 points for weight loss. Yes, you read that right. He lost 2 pounds which makes his weight 184 pounds. Despite mon frere’s challenge with exercising, he had a loss this week because of eating better. I’m joining another challenge (14-Day Challenge) at my health club with my BFF since the third grade, Shelly. She talked me into it. It begins on Wednesday, 13 February. What a wonderful way to begin Lent!  My informational meeting is tonight. Of course everything I learn, I will share with YOU, my awesome readers. Happiness!

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

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I’m overwhelmed. When I’m overwhelmed, I cannot focus very well. My life feels chaotic and out of sorts. I’m trying to do too much. And, I have NO routine, NO plan, NO balance. I’m definitely living in the moment, but flying from the seat of my pants. Needless to say, it is Friday night and I’m just posting week #3 of my healthier lifestyle challenge (should have posted Monday). It is 1 February and I have NO resolutions for this year. I would say I need more time; however, it’s not more time that I need, but better use of my time. This weekend, I plan to exercise Saturday/Sunday mornings and attend Mass on Saturday afternoon.  The rest of the weekend, I must use my time to get organized, get focused, get back on track.

Healthier Lifestyle 8-Week Challenge Update

My week #3 total was 147 points. I earned 147 points for making healthy choices and 0 points for weight loss. Our points for drinking 64 ounces of water were doubled this week. I lost 0 pounds and gained 0 pounds which makes my weight still 133 pounds. This is a result of eating too much sugar and having a fast food weekend. Moonius Maximus earned 116 points. He earned 116 for making healthy choices and 0 points for weight loss. He gained 1 pound which makes his weight 186 pounds. Mon frere’s challenge continues to be exercise. My challenge continues to be not eating enough veggies, poor planning, and not resisting the sugary treats left in our kitchen at work. Hopefully, week #4 totals will be better. Moonius believes the challenge is helping him. Despite the fact neither one of us is losing any weight, we are both determined to see this challenge through to the end. We just have to push ourselves a little harder. Happiness!

“If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don’t work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!”             ~ Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon

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I DID IT! I completed the Les Mills Group Exercise Challenge at my club and won a new t-shirt. There were four Les Mills classes (Body Flow, Body Pump, Body Combat, and RPM) launching new tracks. The goal was to take at least three of the classes between 21 January through 24 January. Out of the four classes, I was only familiar with Body Pump (strength training). I figured the t-shirt would give me a little extra incentive to try some of the other classes.

 T-shirt for completing the Les Mills Challenge

T-shirt for completing the Les Mills Challenge

On Monday I took Body Combat with my BFF from 3rd grade, Shelly, and her husband Kerry. It is sort of like a martial arts/self-defense cardio workout. It was FUN! One of the instructors would shout out crazy things for you to do to your imaginary attacker as you were doing the moves. My favorite: “Kick him in the bladder and send him to the hospital.” HA!

On Tuesday, I took two classes: Body Pump at 5:15 in the morning and RPM at 5:30 in the evening. Shelly and I met for the morning class. Body Pump is a strength training class that works all the major muscle groups by using weight-room exercises likes, squats, presses, lifts, and curls. My favorite new track is for the biceps. Cool music! RPM is a spin class (indoor cycling). Shelly and Kerry took this class with me. And, Shelly was my savior. She brought me a pair of biking shorts. THANK GOODNESS! The seat on a spin bike is NOT the most comfortable seat. Even with the padded bike shorts (felt like I had butt implants), I still had a sore hiney. I truly earned the t-shirt from taking this last class. The only class I haven’t taken is Body Flow. Body Flow is a combination of Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates and helps strengthen the core, improves posture and overall flexibility. This would be beneficial for me with my running. I want to take it…just a matter of fitting it into my schedule.

Healthier Lifestyle 8-Week Challenge Update

My week #2 total was 150 points. I earned 150 points for making healthy choices and 0 points for weight loss. Our points for exercise were doubled this week. I lost 0 pounds and gained back 1.5 pounds which makes my weight 133 pounds. This is a result of too many activities involving food and desserts. The key for me is planning and preparation. Moonius Maximus earned 114 points. He earned 109 for making healthy choices and 5 for maintaining his weight loss. He lost 0 pounds which makes his weight 184.9 pounds (rounded to 185 pounds). Mon frere’s challenge seems to be exercise. My challenge is not eating enough veggies and poor planning. Hopefully, week #3 totals will be better. Regardless, neither one of us is going to quit. Every day is an opportunity to start fresh and do better. Happiness!

“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” ~ Robert Strauss


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Mon frere, Moonius Maximus, and I entered an agreement to complete an 8-Week Healthier Lifestyle Challenge inspired by Six Sisters Stuff. We have two friendly competitions at work: 1) We both lose at least eight pounds in eight weeks. 2) We want to see who will earn the most points for making healthier choices. We agreed to do this strictly for fun. It gives him some motivation to exercise and eat better. It allows me to drop my holiday weight.

Our challenge includes seven areas where we can earn points each day for making healthy choices. We mutually agreed to eliminate keeping a food journal. We discussed what we consider sweets/sugary treats. And, we changed our weigh-in to Monday mornings instead of Sunday mornings. We also adjusted our point system a little to allow for points to be earned for any effort given in certain categories. The seven categories include: contacting teammate, drinking water, stop eating before 9pm, eating fruit, eating veggies, no sweets/sugary treats, and exercise. For week #1, we had the potential to earn 170 points plus points from weight loss. You receive ten points per pound lost plus five points for maintaining lowest weight.

My starting weight was 133 pounds. Mon frere’s starting weight was 186.6 pounds.

My week #1 total was 140 points. I earned 120 points for making healthy choices and 20 points for weight loss. I lost 1.5 pounds which makes my weight 131.5 pounds. Moonius Maximus earned 122 points. He earned 101 for making healthy choices and 21 for weight loss. He lost 1.7 pounds which makes his weight 184.9 pounds (rounded to 185 pounds). As you can see, we are both off to a very good start.

I’ve signed up for another challenge at my health club. If I attend at least three Les Mills classes (Body Pump, RPM, Body Flow, Body Combat) next week, I can win a free t-shirt. I’ve only taken Body Pump so it will be fun to try out the other Les Mills classes. I will definitely take a Body Pump class, and I’m thinking about trying Body Combat and RPM. I’ll let you know if I get my t-shirt.

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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