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Learning to Let Go

Today for my 44 I used my wobble balls – 

nice view, huh?
nice view, huh?

While standing on the balls, I did hammer curls.


This was hard to maintain my balance but I liked the extra challenge!!!  (I used 10 pound dumbbells which was almost too heavy for 44 reps – I stopped at 24 for a few seconds to stretch!)

I’m still trying to decide if I should still share my 44 on the days I do post or just wait and include all of them in my weekly wrap – gonna take me a while to figure out exactly how to make this work!

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Just know, whether I share them each day or just once a week, I’m still doing a daily 44!!!  Not ready to give up that part of daily activity – I figure I can make it to 50 at least!!

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 7.57.54 PMLast week, I had to realize that my boys are growing up and I won’t have them around that much longer.  :Cry-Out:  

While Jordan was off in Los Angeles having a great time – 

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 8.07.39 PMI was home thinking about the fact that in just over 3 years (which I know will fly by!!) he will be leaving home and starting life on his own!!!

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I started thinking that the best thing I can do in times like a big trip away or some of the other things that will come along in the next few years is to show how much I love him by letting go and supporting him as he spreads his wings!!!

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 8.10.41 PMWhether he is posing with some of the Princesses at Disney (this is the only one he took a picture with because she is a Samuri!) or being goofy with his friends, I have to trust that the training we have done up to this point is enough and that he will make good choices!!

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 7.56.13 PMThe more I think about it, when we have kids, we start letting go in small ways from the beginning and continue to let go a little more and a little more until one day…

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 8.01.33 PMI’m thankful that I’m not quite to that day but I know it will come SOON and I need to start preparing myself mentally!!

Maybe I could pull a Jordan…When Jordan was just over 2.5 years old, he was the ring bearer in Sam & Stacy’s (my younger brother and awesome sis-in-law) wedding.  After the ceremony, when Sam & Stacy were fixing to leave, everyone had a white balloon to release when they drove away.  They left, and Jordan was so proud – 

already out of the tux (he was 2!!!)
already out of the tux (he was 2!!!)

He said, everyone else lost their balloon but I still have mine!!!  

I want to do the same – hold on tight!!!  But, I will keep telling myself that I have to let go for the boys to move forward!!

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Are you good at letting go?  (of anything, doesn’t have to just apply to kids)

Happy Wednesday!!


Day With KT Is Evolving

Today’s 44 was a row with a band.  Loop the band around your feet and sit back in a semi-reclined position – 

the set-up of the band
the set-up of the band

On the row, you really squeeze your shoulder blades together to feel the move.  By reclining a little, you can add in some core work – always a bonus!

I also got in a nice long run!!  I did 11 miles (88:07) + a nice easy cool down mile.  Since this week is spring break I have a little extra time in the mornings so I’m going to try and get several long runs!

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I think that everything in life is constantly changing or evolving otherwise it becomes stagnant.

Carla Binberg (the former MizFit) has been doing a series on change the past few weeks which has really resonated with me.  Change can be a great thing and it can keep us moving forward in our lives and toward our goals.

Lately I have alluded to the fact that I need to make some changes in regards to my blog. I wrote about how hard decisions can be and then yesterday I talked about staying true to my “why.”  I have also been really focusing on the THINK acronym and I know that a lot of what I post isn’t helpful, inspiring or necessary!!!

The one thing I know is that I have way to many blog friends (and the list has grown since that September post!!!) to walk away from my little space.

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 8.45.28 PMSo after a LOT  of thought I have decided it is time for a change over here!

I have posted 547 consecutive days and loved almost every minute of it!!  However, I’ve decided that it is time for me to back off and I am going to go to a lighter  posting schedule (probably 3 week days but it might be 4 some weeks!) with a Daily 44 recap of the week on the weekend.  It is odd for me to not  start every post with my daily move and I might continue that at least for awhile – small changes might be easier!!!

I think/hope that by cutting down on posts I will be able to focus more on having quality posts and also read and comment on other blogs the way I really want to!!!

I figure this will either take away some stress in my life or I will have major withdrawals from my daily blogging and then I will just Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 8.56.09 PMHow has you blog evolved since you started blogging?  Was it hard or easy to make changes?  

Happy Monday!!


I Have a Secret to Share

Today for my 44 I used my step(s) and did some decline plank jacks!

The set-up with the steps – 


I put my feet on the taller of the 2 (it is 8″) and my hands on the other (6″).

sorry another mirror shot
sorry another mirror shot

I “jacked” my feet off and on x 44.  This was a fun way to do a plank hold and get my heart rate up!!!

feet off
feet off

Hard to take pictures while holding a 1 arm plank but you get the idea!!!

I’m trying to increase my mileage (without being too crazy!) so I ran again today.  Just putting in miles – trying to learn to run slow (I tend to get impatient) and not so hard because I know that is the best way to be able to run more often (for me!).

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I keep reading about body image and people who want to make changes in their diets and exercise habits to change their bodies (which is completely fine!).

But, I can say in all honesty that I really do like my body just the way it is.

And, you know what?  It has nothing to do with having a six pack – I know I have one somewhere, I just keep it safely covered up.  It has nothing to do with a perfect butt – mine will never be the super cute shape.  Basically  there isn’t any of me that is perfect.

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And when you really think about it, we all have a different definition of the “perfect” body anyway.  Some people think that perfect is super skinny, some like curves and some (me) prefer strong!!!

I love my body because it is strong and healthy and lets me do the things I love.

I ask it to let me run 5 fast miles and my legs manage to pick up the pace and kick it into gear.  Some days I really push by body and ask it to run more than 40 miles and it will usually somehow find a way to get it done.

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There are days that I think there is no possible way I will be able to accomplish everything I need to but somehow my body finds a way to make it happen.

I love my body because it allowed me to have 2 babies who are now closer to men than babies!!!

There are still nights where I look in the mirror before bed and think, “time to make a change.”   (I know that Chris is nodding his head right now because he is the one who hears that on occasion!!!)

But on most days – I love the body that I’ve been given and that I have worked hard to make as strong and healthy as possible!!!

Do you love your body for the things it allows you to do every single day?

Happy Monday!!! Ha Happy Monday!!!  It was supposed to be back to school but they cancelled all of the area schools last night due to extreme cold, blowing snow and icy roads.  So, the boys can help me finish putting up the Christmas stuff!!!  (I know they are excited!)


Special Post – Special Guest: Exercise & Cancer

Please welcome Melanie Bowen!!  She has a degree in nutrition and is working on her Master’s in exercise science.  She also enjoys learning about different types of  alternative health options.

You can read more about Melanie on her website Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog.

How to Exercise when You Have Cancer

Living a healthy life while battling cancer seems like an impossible task. You probably go for your traditional chemotherapy and feel like doing nothing else but resting when you get home. Cancer treatment can leave you feeling exhausted and in pain. While it may be difficult to recover from treatments, exercise can help to strengthen your body and improve your general mood. You will find that there are numerous benefits when you are committed to a regular exercise regimen. Even if you are in later stages of mesothelioma or just diagnosed with colon cancer, exercise can still be quite beneficial.

The reason doctors recommend exercise and advise many people to workout regularly is because of how beneficial it is for both the body and mind. Whether it’s just a walk around the block or an hour-long jog on the treadmill, exercise can improve bodily functions and the way you perceive things. For cancer patients, exercise helps to strengthen a weakened immune system so that it is easier for your body to ward off illness. Exercise improves circulation, cardiac and respiratory function, and strengthens bones and muscles. Working out can also help to boost your mood through the release of endorphins. This will help you feel better about your health, body and your current situation in life.

You should never forgo regular cancer treatment and rely on exercise to cure your cancer however; it should be used to complement your cancer treatment so that you are taking care of the underlying problem and addressing issues that might arise due to treatment. Working out can make you feel more energized and happier while you routinely go for treatment. Many cancer patients find exercising relaxing and helpful in order for them to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

If you feel that a workout regimen is right for you, you might want to think about speaking with your doctor and establishing a set routine that works with your schedule and condition. Ask your doctor about exercise and which workouts they recommend for cancer patients who are in your current state of health. Your doctor might recommend working out lightly only once a week or he might even suggest working out every other day at a moderate intensity. It is up to you and your healthcare provider on the types of exercises you do and how often you happen to do them at home.