Posts in the ‘Health’ Category

November 14th, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

More in my prime than ever!

More in my prime than ever!

I started this blog 3  years ago because my daughter was also blogging as a young married mama with her first child, and I thought it might be fun to blog together. But the responsibilities of motherhood and a full-time job soon eroded her interest in regular blogging. I kind of fell off the wagon myself. :)

But I enjoy writing and can use an outlet… and I think I have something to say. So, I’m going to work on re-establishing this blog.

I’m turning the big 6-0 tomorrow… and I’ve  never felt better! I will tell my story in coming posts, but suffice it to say, I am now in the prime of my life, more than ever!

I have found my life’s purpose and I am enjoying every minute of it.

I’ll be talking to you more real soon…

October 18th, 2011

On Living a Healthy Life

“The groundwork of all happiness is health.” -James Leigh Hunt

Not living a healthy life!

Fat Kathi on my wedding day June 2009

I am a nurse, by background, though I don’t really still work as a nurse (though I do still do health writing).  But once a nurse, always a nurse, goes the saying… And so, partly because of that, I have always been focused on living a healthy life. As I’ve said elsewhere, I plan on living a long life. But what’s the point of living long if you’re not healthy?

So, for many years, I’ve focused on eating nutritionally-balanced meals, being active and avoiding harmful substances. I won’t claim I’ve always been 100% successful, though. In fact, between 2003 and 2010, I allowed my activity to slowly decline and my weight to slowly rise. I was building a business, had a new home… and then moved 3 more times (across the country) and just experienced so much change in my life, I think I forgot to take care of myself properly.

By the end of 2009, I was 50 pounds overweight and starting to feel old for the first time in my life. Those feelings had to go! I hated how I looked and I knew I had to make a change. By that time, our financial situation was a bit better and so we joined our local YMCA.

I started working out like crazy, really focusing on eating much more healthy and I was able to lose 30 pounds in about 6 months. Not enough, but a great start. And I started to feel young again and just so much more energized… and healthy!

Getting Fit

Thinner Kathi

Me, 30 pounds thinner after Zumba

Since we moved west, I was less active than we were back east, where we country danced a few times a week and also took both karate (I’m a black belt!) and yoga classes. But one thing we did more of out here was walk. During the year we lived in Missoula, Montana (our dream home), we walked for at least an hour (often longer) almost every single day. When we moved to a small town in northern Idaho, we kept walking, though not as far or as often, because there just wasn’t much room to walk in this rural area.

Hardly any dancing in either location, though. As I discussed here, country dancing isn’t really that big in the locations we’ve lived in out west, oddly enough. We did take a few fitness classes in Missoula, but they didn’t stick.

But once we moved to Boise in 2007, we had lots more opportunities to bicycle, walk, ski and even do some light hiking, all within minutes of our home. So we kept doing that, but it wasn’t enough to keep the weight off or to feel really fit.

When we joined the Y, I took classes at least 3 to 4 times a week, mostly Zumba, but also some kickboxing. We also took yoga twice a week and afterwards would do 30 minutes on the elliptical and then some weight training. And on Saturdays, when hubby was working, I’d follow up Zumba class with about 2 hours mixed cardio and weight training. I was burning a lot of calories during the course of a week and it started to show. I also started to really notice my fitness and endurance improving.

Eating Healthier

healthy eating

Veggies are one way to eat healthier!

I’ve never had really bad nutritional habits since living out west. In the years I was a single mom raising two young children, I’ll admit we probably went the fast food route way too often. But not since we moved west. We didn’t have the money, nor did I have that much of a desire for fast food.

But when I really started to focus on nutrition in early 2010, I was inspired greatly by discovering The Biggest Loser TV show and starting to read some of their materials, which sparked even wider study. I realized that portion size was probably one of my biggest failings. I enjoy good food and I’m pretty sure I was eating way too much of it!

So my first change was to cut down on my portions. I also added more and more veggies to my diet. For many years, I wasn’t a big veggie person, but over the years, I’ve learned to really like quite a wide variety of vegetables. I made sure I got as close to the recommended 5 to 7 portions a day as I could. I also switched almost completely to whole grain products, including rice, pasta, bread and cereal. I favored sweet potatoes over white ones.

And I steered away from processed & prepared foods as much as possible. I love to cook, so making everything from scratch isn’t that much of a stretch for me.

And I’ve tried to add super foods like quinoa, pomegranate & blueberries and flax seed to my diet wherever I can.

Today

I’ve been in a holding pattern with my weight for about a year now. But I have to admit that I’m not as active as I should be, due to work and making excuses. I’d like to lose at least 20 to 25 more pounds, but I’d be happy even with 10 to 15 at this point. But I am grateful I haven’t gained any of the original 30 pounds back!

I’m still eating well and enjoying eating healthy too.

I’m reading a book, called Younger Next Year for Women and I love its philosophies. Highly recommended for other middle-agers (there’s a men’s version too, which hubby is reading)!

I’ll get there…

October 13th, 2011

Daily Photo — Green Tea Mug

It’s funny how your tastes change as the years go by. For many years, I hated coffee… didn’t even like the smell of it… and I grew up with 4 coffee-drinking adults, so I had plenty of exposure. Never had any interest. But then one day, I went out on a date after my divorce and my date made fresh ground coffee and served it with milk and sugar. Wow! It was a revelation… I fell in love with coffee and have been drinking it ever since. But it has to be strong and fresh ground will always be my favorite. Oh yes, and milky and sweet.

For even longer, I hated tea. Could not abide the smell of it, the taste of it… blech!

But as I learned more about healthy nutrition and alternative ways to stay healthy, I began to be intrigued by tea.  And both my brother and daughter, Sarah, drank a lot of tea and seemed to love it. I did have chai a few times and liked that… again, it was sweet and creamy. I think it was Sarah who introduced me to green teas of various flavors and I found that the flavors disguised the “tea taste” and I could tolerate it better. I also started trying various types of herbal teas and liked many of them too, especially with lime or lemon juice added, and of course sugar (Truvia).

Green tea has many benefits, with lots of antioxidants, but just recently I read a report in Prevention magazine that said if you drank 3 mugs of green tea a day, it would help with weight loss. Since I have been trying to lose weight for 2 years, that intrigued me and I thought it was worth a try. I haven’t succeeded in drinking 3 mugs every day, but most days I make at least 2.

And I have to say, I’ve actually lost a couple of pounds in the last couple of weeks! So I’m going to keep drinking!

The other day, I found this great tea mug that I just love, so I had to have it. The paperweight it’s sitting next to was given to me probably 20 years ago now by one of my subordinates. It continues to inspire me to this day.

Green tea mug

Tea & Inspiration

October 9th, 2011

I Love to Dance!

Dance = Joy, Freedom, Friends

Dance = Joy, Freedom, Friends

I have always loved to dance… all my life. I love dance for what it brings into my life… joy, fitness, creative expression, and outlet for emotions, both good and bad, and freedom too. Dance is an important part of my life and my relationships as well.

As a child, I took dancing lessons… a bit of a late bloomer; didn’t start till I was in the 6th grade. I took jazz, ballet, tap and acrobatic lessons. Another girl my age was in all the classes with me and we got selected to appear on a local TV show, Skipper Sam that aired cartoons and showcased local “talent”. We did an acrobatic routine to a Herb Alpert chacha. The best part was all the candy we got as a reward from the show!

As I grew up, I danced whenever I got the opportunity, though the weekly lessons stopped. I went to tons of dances while in college and even took up disco with my first (to be) husband. We continued to dance throughout our marriage, taking both disco and line dance lessons.

When my children were very small, I fell into Jacki Sorenson’s aerobic dancing. It was pretty new at the time and a big craze. This was in the early to mid-80s when Jane Fonda was such an exercise maven. I loved the dancing during those classes… and it was fitness-oriented too, which was great.

Then I went through a bit of a dry spell after divorcing. I may have danced with my daughters in our house, but that was about it until the mid to late 90s when we went a few times to a new country place that taught line dancing, which I found intriguing, but never really pursued. But in 1998, I met my second husband and he was a country dancing addict. A match made in heaven! For 5 years, we danced together 3 or 4 nights a week… line dancing, two-step, country shuffle… even a bit of swing. We had a great time, but then we moved out west where you might think country dancing would flourish since it is the home of much country western music.

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