Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Moving the blog

OK so I'm consolidating all the things into one page. Please head over to http://www.kjhitt.com to continue following my story!

Friday, September 12, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons...

So - I'm going to get a little real on this post.

Things have not been great. The last part of August pretty much sent me into a downward spiral I'm trying to climb back out of. In the span of one week my kids started back to school, my husband became jobless, my daughter's pet rat died, and we buried my grandfather. I was very close to my grandfather, spent every weekend at his house for a good portion of my younger years. His health wasn't the best, but for me his passing was rather sudden. I still haven't processed it.

To say I'm stressed is an understatement. All I want to do is sleep. I want to stay curled up under a blanket and hide from everything. But I can't. I go to work and bust my ass to bring in what money I can while my husband works hard to find a job. I don't let myself really think about my grandfather and process his death because I feel like if I start crying I won't stop. My husband, bless him, is doing everything he can to find a job and take some of the stress off me by doing things around the house. But when I'm this stressed (and I honestly don't remember a time I've been THIS stressed) I let all the other things I should be doing to take care of myself slide.

I stress eat. That's always been a problem. Now, when I actually have an appetite, I eat crap. And the sad thing is I don't even want it. I actually am craving fish and veggies and good foods. But I can't get up the energy to make them. I know that getting on the yoga mat and doing my DDPYoga will help the stress, will help me sleep better and feel better and work out some of my frustrations. But I can't get myself to get on the mat. My knowing all this is being defeated by mental and physical exhaustion.

But I'm trying. I got on the mat yesterday morning and did Wake Up. I was so tense and tight that it actually hurt a little (but felt better at the end). But I was glad I did it. I was going to do Wake Up and Red Hot Core this morning, but last night for whatever reason I couldn't sleep. And by the time I did finally get to sleep I slept through my workout time. Because I can't do my job if I'm sleep deprived. But I got some hummus and pita chips and quinoa salad with grilled chicken to eat for lunch at work. I drink my IDLife shake in the morning and bring bananas to work for snacks. When I get home though, dinner is the hard part. But I got a cook book, and I'm going to make a list and get healthier options when I go shopping this weekend.

So I'm trying. I'm taking baby steps. I'm reading the DDPYoga group on Facebook and trying to focus on what I CAN take control of instead of what I can't. And I'm going to try to use this as a way to help others. To show that you can climb out of the dark hole and make things better.

So here's my first post in this journey. I will - one way or another - make a post each week. And I will - one way or another - get to where I want to be.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Let's Do This

I'm not the best at keeping up with blogging. I'm going to try to do better in the hopes that if I set a goal to post at least once a week (hopefully more but at least once a week) I'll keep myself on track with my workouts better.  Things have been a bit crazy here so... yeah.

In May I injured my foot and that had me off it for a week, and then still not up to speed after another week or so. My problem with working out - even with things I love - is that if I get off my routine it's very very hard for me to get back on track. I've been half ass doing things since then. Added to that my husband being without a job and my grandfather passing away and I've been a stressed out. All those things are things I cannot control.

But I can control my eating and my exercise and by god I need something I can control right now.

So, today we're going to swim and have a cook out with the family and tomorrow not only does school start for the kids but getting back on track starts for me. Eating better, doing my DDPYoga daily, and blogging more (both here and on my other blog). And working on my book. All things I can control in a time when I feel like a lot of things are spinning out of control.

Besides, I have a cool shirt I want to be able to comfortably wear this winter.

So - I'm starting anew. Having people to keep you accountable is a great way to stay on track. Who out there wants to start with me? Let's all get back on track and keep each other accountable and support each other on our respective journeys. Doesn't have to be exercise, could be you want to stop smoking, drinking, anything really. I'm here to help you stay on track and you can help me. Comment here if you want, or hit me up on Facebook and let's help each other take control of the things we can.

It's time to own your life!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Weigh In Time

So I've been doing both IDNutrition and meal replacement shakes from IDLife and the DDPYoga for about 2 months now. I haven't been as consistent with the yoga as I'd like but I've done really well over all. Only missed a couple days of my plan. So how have I done?

Well as always I hate scales. For those that don't know, it is a bad idea to weigh yourself all the time. Your body weight fluctuates daily and especially for women you can go all over the place due to water weight. So yesterday I got on the scale. I always weigh first thing in the morning (after going to the bathroom) and with nothing on to get my truest weight. I had weighed 2 weeks ago and been down a total of 10 pounds. Yesterday I was up by 4 pounds. I wasn't happy. BUT I knew there were several factors that could explain that - because I'd been doing very well with my eating and exercise. Water weight is one and I knew  hadn't been drinking enough water. If you're dehydrated your weight can show it. Second I knew I hadn't been eating enough - I'm bad about getting enough in at lunch while at work and had been really bad about it for a week or so. If your body goes into starvation mode it'll hold onto everything you eat. And then there's the old "muscle weighs more than fat" - as you gain muscle you can see the scale go up a little.

Even knowing all that it still annoyed me to see the scale go up. So this morning I did my measurements - the real true test.

So far I have lost 1/2 inch off the waist, 1/2 inch off the biceps, 1 inch off my hips, 2 3/4 inches off my thighs, 1 inch off my knees and 1 1/4 inches off my calves! If I had any doubt that I was doing the right things they were cured with those numbers.

Forget the scale folks - MEASURE! Measure yourself and use that and how your clothes fit to gauge how you're doing. You'll be much happier!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Feel The Burn

Finally got back on track and loving every second! It's amazing to me how much I actually enjoy this. I've lived my life hating exercise. Dreading every time I was going to do any form of workout. Now I can't wait to do it. What I find really funny is that even when I've let myself slack - or when I got ill and couldn't workout for a while - I was still pumped up about DDPYoga and was telling everyone about it. I've gotten a few people into it now and I get more excited when I see them excited and see it WORKING! If you want to get in on the fun just click the banner over on the right!

I've had excuses - things that I felt were making it hard for me to get my workouts in. I've now come up with a plan to fix that. You MUST have a plan! Dylan S over on Team DDPYoga said it best - if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So in the interest of keeping myself accountable (and maybe helping some of you out too) here is my plan for getting at least 4 days of workouts in.

First let me tell you my work schedule. I work Monday and Tuesdays from 9am-3pm. Those days are fine. I pick the kids up from school and get my workout in when I get home. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday it's usually 10am-6pm. These are my hard days. Getting home after 6pm and then making dinner and then eating dinner and cleaning up and by that point I do NOT want to work out. I'm tired and want to chill. That's where I've been failing. Now, I only need an hour to get ready for work. If my work day starts at 10am, I'm out the door at 9:30 so I can get to the salon and get set up before my client gets there. Which means I get up at 8:30am. I am not a morning person. I treasure my sleep like a pirate treasures gold. However my husband is usually getting in the shower at 8am so I'm usually awake, just dozing in bed until he's done and my alarm goes off at 8:30. You can probably see where I'm going with this...

My DDPYoga Workout Schedule:

Monday - workout after getting home with the kids (between 4pm-4:30pm)
Tuesday - workout after getting home with the kids (between 4pm-4:30pm)
Wednesday - 8am workout
Thursday - 8am workout
Friday - 8am workout
Saturday - off
Sunday - off

I'll be mixing it up by doing either Energy and Red Hot Core or Fat Burner and Red Hot Core for now. I want to get those down to not needing to do modifications before I add other stuff. And though the weekend is consider rest days I will probably at least get in Wake Up on those mornings just to stay loose.

But that's 5 days a week of working out - I thought you said 4 days? You're right. My schedule is such that I sometimes go into work early (at 9am) on Weds/Thurs/Fri if a client needs me. If I have to go in early (like I did today) that is my rest day. If I have a week where I don't have to go in early on those days (unlikely but it happens) then I'll either pick a day off or, if I'm feeling really productive, I'll just do it all 5 days. If I have a crazy week and have to go in early a few days then I'll make up for it on the weekends. But having this basic plan (and knowing how I can work around things coming up) is going to help me. The husband has been instructed to get my ass out of bed before he gets in the shower and he's good about bugging me to workout if I tell him to.

Today was one of those days I had to go into work early. And I had taken yesterday as a rest day after doing workouts Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I just came up with this schedule on my rest day so when I figured out I had to go in early today I was like "Doh!" But it worked out ok. Much as I hate to exercise late at night I got in Fat Burner AND Red Hot Core and owned them both! I'm tired and sweaty and shakey but so glad I kept at it and didn't let it stop me. And hubby has informed me that Diamond Cutter - especially when you're leaning back, is very hot. ;-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Getting back on track!

I've been an allergy sufferer all my life but usually taking an Allegra once a day is all I need to get by. Sure I might have the occasional day where the pollen count is really high and I feel blah but lately it's been off the charts high and made me very ill. Exhaustion and congestion bad enough to trigger vertigo. Makes doing yoga poses a little difficult when you can't breath and the room is spinning.

So I got off track. I didn't work out for two weeks and my progress really suffered. Now I'm finally feeling better but having a really hard time getting back into the swing of things. Mondays and Tuesdays are usually easier to do my workouts - I get off work at 3pm, pick the kids up from school and go home. Plenty of time to get a work out in before I have to start dinner. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday though... I don't get off work til 6pm (sometimes later) and by the time I get home I need to start dinner or my poor husband will be waiting for probably another hour to eat. But after I've cooked and sat down to eat I can't seem to get the motivation to get up again and work out. And doing it in the mornings just isn't an option.

Frustrating! I WANT to do well, I love the workout - I've just got to figure out how to work my schedule so I do it regularly.

Back on track now. No excuses. I WILL DO THIS!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Number one frustration

One of the biggest challenges I've found so far in this is eat - at work. I manage a salon and take clients. Quite often I'm booked back to back all day. I know I should be marking myself off for a lunch break but it doesn't always happen. When you have a very full book and everyone wants in sometimes it's hard to say no.

In the mornings I make my IDLife Meal Replacement Shake. It's delicious - especially with Almond/Coconut milk. I've always had trouble eating early in the morning so the shake is perfect. That and some black coffee and I'm good to go. But once I get to work it's much harder. I keep mixed nuts or granola bars up there and when I think about it some baby carrots and hummus. And at times I get another protein shake (not IDLife, I can't quite afford 2 of those a day). If I've got all my stuff on hand that will usually get me through day without feeling like I'm starving - as long as I'm busy. But then I get home and I AM starving and that's when things get bad. It's very hard for me not to eat anything in sight at that point.

So I'm on the hunt for healthy foods I can make a head of time and take to work to munch on during the day. It's best if they are things I don't have to reheat - sometimes I have 5 minutes between clients and if I'm lucky maybe 30 minutes. If anyone has ideas, please comment! This is probably my biggest struggle right now. What to eat! I like to cook and I'm looking for good recipes for at home as well. And when it's just me and my husband it's not that hard. He'll eat whatever I make. But when our 4 kids are all there - well not only is it hard to make them eat the kinds of things I need to be eating but I can't afford all fresh, organic, etch for 6 people.

So frustrating!!

Tonight though it's just me and hubby. And we're going out on a date night. I'm a firm believer in letting yourself enjoy any sort of meal you want from time to time. It's not having it every now and then thaqt will kill you, it's the having it every day! So tonight we're indulging and tomorrow I'll be going grocery shopping. Going to try harder to do healthier meals at night and actually have real food at work during the day.

I welcome any healthy recipes!!