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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mind Body and Soul of 10 pounds!

Snack break:

cut zucchini in rounds about 1/3 inch thick, spoon some pizza sauce, sprinkle with an aged, organic, grass fed cheese, season with salt, garlic, onion powder, basil, oregano...broil in oven at 425 for about 10 minutes or until brown bubbles :)....

Okay on to the "meat" of the post:

I felt challenged this summer when Jason Seib suggested that if I was one of his clients he would put 10-20 pounds of muscle on me.  I personally was at a good place with loving myself, loving life, and not taking it personal when a person thinks I am too....anything....

I really wasn't at a place of wanting to invest a bunch of money and time into weights or gym membership or even geeking in the science of making it happen without becoming obsessed to ensure I truly put on only muscle and not any excess fat.  I basically didn't want to become a  gym rat.  Been there, done that, didn't want to go back to it!

But...I did know soooo much more about nutrition than in the past....I did understand the concept of shorter/harder workouts for bigger, better, lasting results.  I also understand the science of "building muscle" doesn't mean bulky.  IT means getting, stronger, leaner, more powerful.  BUT....it can be painful.  I really don't like getting sore.

Thus I didn't set out to do this challenge, but I figured I was back up to having healthy, healed joints.  My bone density back up from the previous summer.  The more the challenge spun in my head the more I found myself wanting to see if it was possible with body weight, a few kettlebells, and a few hand dumbbells.  Before I knew it, I was committing myself to kettlebell workouts, Metabolic workouts, lots of pull ups, lots of deep squats, lots of multi-muscle routines.

Result...I did it!  I put on 10 solid pounds of muscle with no sacrifice of gaining body fat.  I learned what the term skinny fat really means.  A person can have body fat that doesn't show on the outside but can have lots of fat and gunk surrounding the organs and internal stuff....that's not good.   The fat we may see on a healthy person, that is on the outer layer or mixed with our muscles is much healthier.

There is a dark side to building muscle.   Actually it is all in the perspective and the desired goal and look a person may have....as a woman seeing the body fat in a different way can gunk up the mind about what looks "healthy"......(more on this in a future posting!)  This has not been an issue for me for quite some time.  I have truly internalized how we are all uniquely made. Our bodies are complex creations that the visual result is a combination of genes, nutrition, hard work....and LOVE!!!!   The whole buzz term recently of looking good naked for me isn't about the ascetics as much as it is about the heart!  When I walk by a mirror naked do I cringe or do I see the amazing being God created me to be....to be naked without shame!

What I really found as the only draw back is that carrying ten extra pounds for running is harder.  Let me explain....I am only five foot, one inch....thus even five extra pounds can feel heavier when running...now add ten pounds and it can feel like mud during some of my runs.  I am discerning if I want to try to "burn" off some of the muscle?  Is running really that important to me?  After all I get a great rush and feel really strong with my sprints....it is just the longer distance runs that are not as fun right now cause I can definitely feel it in my joints.

I have found I need to figure out how to strike a balance between the best of both worlds...being able to move boulders and run like a gazelle....so maybe the balance is be like a cheetah?!  

I will reflect on this and think about what next physical challenge I want to give myself for 2015....I think being a cheetah would be pretty cool!!  

BUT....most important for me is as I am passionate about taking care of my physical health.....I MUST also take care of my mental and spiritual health....because it is a dance with the three...it is a melding of the three when we take that out of context and don't see the value of all three and how we are made then that is when we become imbalanced...when we become obsessed...when we don't find love and happiness in our everyday challenges and goals.

What type of animal would you compare yourself to physically and why?  I would love to hear about it.  Leave a comment below.

Hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

What's weighing you down?!

Quick snack idea that is tasty and satisfying before we get on to weightier topics :)....

Wrap bacon around cauliflower...season with favorite seasoning....put into oven on broil at 400/425....I check about every 5 minutes til one side is brown then flip!  Yummy, fun, and sooo satisfying!

Okay onto numbers :)....

I'm not a scale kind of gal.  I know the scale doesn't tell me what I want to know about my health, especially not for my mind, body, and soul!

Too many people get caught up on the scale, especially women.  The scale becomes a tool of reward or punishment.  A woman steps on it and hears, "ugh you're not sub-zero yet?", or "Oh, your creeping back up in numbers" Forget the fact that you may be having of inflammation going on from PMS or weightlifting.   Further, the scale encourages irrationality.

This year I have only stepped on the scale a handful of times mostly to have a loose idea of some of my strength goals and how it may relate to the scale.

Thus, here are some fascinating facts for everyone to put the scale into perspective.....and hopefully  convince all women to throw the darn thing away!

Two years ago because of over training, work, etc, I weighed ten pounds less.  During the first year I worked on rebuilding my bone density, and muscle tone.  Then this last year I took the challenge of putting on muscle without bulk and without changing my pants size.  The result....I gained ten pounds of amazing muscle.  I still fit into my same cloths, maybe a bit curvier and fuller but definitely stronger, firmer and more WOMAN!!!  And the best thing of it is that my body fat percentage is actually less.

Here is another tidbit.....twelve years ago before I was pregnant with my daughter I was right about this same weight on the scale BUT two to three sizes larger.

Both situations show the difference of really dialing in a person's nutrition and doing focused strength training to accomplish a specific goal.

Do my genetics play a factor into weightlifting and building muscle?  Probably.  I don't think I put on muscle exceptionally easy but I think I have it easier than some.

What the last two years has taught me is to love every challenge we give ourselves: mentally, physically, and spiritually.  A person must understand every challenge requires work and effort.  Once a person has obtained their goal doesn't mean we can't reflect and decide if we want to continue on this path, choose a different route/goal, or even go back to the place you started.  That is the beauty of growth through challenges.

Life is a beautiful journey that we MUST keep challenging ourselves: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!

As we proceed through this journey we have to figure out what works best for each of us, individually...
...what is sustainable physically...
...what is healthy mentally...
...and what is most peaceful spiritually...

What challenge are you going to give yourself for 2015?  Share with me your biggest challenges, goals, desires for mind...body....soul for 2015!!!

Blessings always,
~Kelly :)

PS....next posting you can read about the ups and downs I have experienced with putting on 10 pounds, even with it being muscle.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hormones: The Mind, Body and Soul connection!

As I have been reading Sara Gottfried's book "The Hormone Cure", I reflect and think....ugh..

Why did I not have this book when I was a young adult not understanding why my periods were more painful than all my other friends would describe...!?

Why did I not have this book when I was going through all my infertility issues?!

Why did I not have this book when I would look in the mirror and my past self would tear myself apart even when my body was perfectly normal, perfectly healthy?

Why did I not have this book when I just didn't understand how my heart knows one things, my mind is thinking another, and my body is totally doing it's own dance!?

BUT....I do have this book now....and it has given me great insight on how to continue to manage my hormones.  Really how to help my mind, body and soul travel through this amazing journey of life!

I really loved how when I looked up some of the hormonal issues I have endured with for years, such as PCOS, the book really explained some of what my mind was doing because of my hormones!  One of the really eye opening and freeing revelations was how one of the side effects of PCOS is a distortion of body image.  That even when a person looks in the mirror and knows they are beautiful because God made them.....that even when a girl, a woman, is feeling great about herself....that her hormones will betray her by sending signals to the brain trying to convince your heart that you are less than....that you are not beautifully made!  

It was interesting reading how the studies and years of recording/researching has been able to support this information.

Thus, my point is girls, women, who find themselves being overly critical of themselves....being unloving of self...should evaluate if they are possibly dealing with some hormonal issues that are influencing their negative self-talk!

For me, this realization is freeing because even as I have always tried to have loving self-talk, it has been a wonderful journey to get to where I am at, but I still have days or moments.  Reading the science behind it helps put just one more plate of armor up to ward off dark thoughts.

After all dark thoughts are NOT from God....He loves us EXACTLY AS WE ARE.   Thus, when you find yourself being negative about yourself....stop....shout out "Go away Devil...there is no room for you in this 'home'....only GOD can reside here!"

I believe that everything is connected: mind, body, soul!  Therefore in this situation, this string of thoughts, as I am sharing about hormones....some may say well it is just about my hormones, what does my soul...God have to do with it?  I say everything!  I say we can't have one without the other.  Thus if there is light in this world...there is dark...but that's a conversation for another day.....today I will stay with hormones...with loving self....with making the connection between the two in a whole...mind, body, soul perspective!

Do you think my thoughts are extreme? Overzealous? Over exaggerated?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  

Til next time....remember life is an amazing journey....love EVERY aspect of it!  Love every challenge,   Love EVERYTHING about YOU!

~Kelly :)