Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Here's the latest installation of my blog collaboration series with Naturaleza: Health Naturally. Part 3 is all about vitamins and minerals. Hope you find the information helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment on my blog or Tasha's!
- Kareen, RD
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I purchased my current pair of running shoes about 3 years ago and it shows.
The general consensus is that running shoes should be replaced approximately every 300 to 500 miles. Since I wasn't running outdoors, I didn't think about the miles I put on the treadmill, elliptical, aerobics classes, home DVDs, walking . . . you get the idea.
I started to feel the burning arches when I first started Crossfit during jumping jacks but attributed it muscle fatigue. The discomfort has only increased to pain and this past week during a 2 mile run (yay me!) the shin splints started. It finally dawned on me that part of the problem could be my shoes.
Today I went to a running store to get fitted. I'm still a slight overpronator and ended up with the same shoes I've purchased the past two times: Nike Structure Triax. Why mess with a good thing? My only complaint is the colour. I kinda wanted something flashier this time around but I know - safety before fashion.
Here they are
I'm looking forward to seeing how the new kicks help improve my performance this week!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Today we went for a hike in our backyard:
|Pic taken late afternoon after the 'gloom' cleared out|
Here are some cell phone pics. June gloom was in full effect this morning but that made for very pleasant hiking conditions.
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Sunday!
- Kareen, RD
I take after my dad in my body type. I prone to obesity and also prone to rapid muscle gain. Not too cool when you're a girl trying get that long lean look especially at 5'1". I've spent years focusing on cardio for weight loss so I wouldn't look thick and then I would get frustrated when the weight loss was accompanied by flabby arms! Even with that, I continued to avoid weights or lifting heavy.
A couple of weeks ago, I started Crossfit and getting out of the traditional gym was the change I needed to begin to embrace my physical self. This past week, my strengths were applauded and that couldn't have happened without the body I inherited from my dad.
I have never front squatted before yet I was able to max out at 125 lbs. It's been at least 2.5 years and a 30 lb weight gain since I've done a deadlift and yet I was more than comfortable at 105 lbs. I grinned when my Crossfit coach said "we love strong women!" When the other Crossfitters also joined in on the praise, all I could reply was "I get it from my dad."
I grew up watching him run 5k and 10k races; riding his bike and even today, after being sidelined with knee injuries years ago, he goes to the gym faithfully and loves spin class. He still struggles with weight as I do but his signature 'diesel' legs are still. . .well. . .diesel! Those are my genetics and until this past week, I was never truly thankful for or proud of that legacy. Yes, I will never have "thin" legs and arms but they will be muscular. And for that I can't wait!
So, thanks Dad. Happy Father's Day. I love you.
- Kareen, RD
Sunday, June 12, 2011
While cleaning up today, I stubbed my toe against this very full suitcase.
And it hurt.
The suitcase has been sitting in the bedroom since we moved back to Cali in February. I've been ignoring it but today I was painfully reminded of its existence. I also knew today I needed to make a decision about it. The suitcase contains reminders of a lower weight, tinier waist and smaller thighs: my smaller and cuter clothing that one day I aspired to fit into again.
Here's a snapshot of what the suitcase contains.
I clean out my closet yearly but these are the items that always survive the culling. I love them and I want to be able to wear them again even if it's been at least five years since I've worn any of it. The problem is that I no longer have the space to store them.
I have tossed around the idea of donating or selling them but today I realized why I haven't been able to get rid of them. In my mind, it would be an acknowledgement of my weight loss failure. Thinking clearly, I know that is not the case. While I was on a roll with clarity of thought, I also realized that perhaps holding onto to the past could be preventing me from moving forward.
It's just clothing but I have a lot of emotion wrapped up in that suitcase. I know the exact weight I was when I fit into each piece of clothing. That's probably not healthy. I know I will reach my goal weight but my body will likely be different than it was 10 years ago. I need to embrace that fact and be proud of what I accomplish instead of beating myself up for not being able to fit into some old dress. No more focusing on the past. I'm going to enjoy the journey of getting healthier and when I'm ready, I'll have a great time shopping for new clothes!
I'll be donating the contents of the suitcase to my church's community service department. I'm excited to know that the clothes will be put to good use.
Make this week a great one.
- Kareen, RD