Everybody Knows Somebody: #NEDAwareness Week

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I have been open and honesty about my nearly 5 year battle with bulimia.  Those 5 years were literally hell – as I hated my body, subjected it to constant abuse, and wrecked my health all in the pursuit of an unrealistic ideal of thinness.

Thankfully, I had an amazing friend who reached out to me and encouraged me to find help.  I owe her a debt of gratitude. So each year, I pay it forward by telling others about my battle, and the battle of nearly 20 million women and 10 million men in the USA.  

 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 24-March 2. NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness of eating disorders.  The impact of increased outreach efforts leads to a greater chance of people seeking out resources and help for an eating disorder, which ultimately saves lives.

NEDA is asking that everyone do just one thing to raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorder. For me, that means blogging. But there is a plethora of ways to get involved: Distribute info pamphlets and put up posters, post information on Facebook, and many more ideas.

I am asking each of you to take a few minutes and visit the NEDA website and find the way that you can join in the fight to raise awareness and bring an end to eating disorders. If you think a friend/family member/coworker is struggling with an eating disorder, guide them to the new screening tool.

Whatever you choose do, DON’T REMAIN SILENT AND DO NOTHING.  Eating disorders are shrouded in secrecy, shame, and silence. Let’s raise our voices to bring help and hope…and someday an END to eating disorders!

#GoDW: Admitting my Failure

It’s been pretty quiet around the blog – and normally when healthy living bloggers are quiet it means one thing…..that they’ve fallen away from the healthy  habits that they’ve developed.  And while that is not true in ever instance, it is in mine or at least partially.

I am still following my training plan which includes 3 weekly run, an aerobics class, 2 days of weight lifting and some yoga thrown in for good measure. But my Paleo challenge has fallen apart.  I did great for the first 20 days of February. Then I got lazy. Add in some minor marital drama and it is a recipe for finding me reaching for my favorite non-Paleo comfort foods.

Yes, even after years of hard work, therapy, and this blog I still have moments of emotional eating.  At least now I recognize them for what they are, figure out what triggered it, and move forward.

Nothing different this time.

I plan on finishing out February with as many Paleo meals as possible but will likely eat some non-Paleo items as well. After all my baby girl has her 3rd birthday party this weekend (sniff – how is my baby 3???) and will want me to share her cupcake with her (she eats the icing and I eat the cake). I will push the reset button on Sunday, March 3rd and move forward.

Your turn:  How do you handle slip-ups and setbacks in your healthy living journey?

Workout It Out Wednesday: Best Body Bootcamp Week 6 and a DVD Review

I have entered the final phase of Round 4 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. I have to marvel at how quickly the time has gone. I would credit that to the fact that Tina changes up the workouts every two weeks which drastically reduced the chance of boredom or burnout.

For Week 6 the suggested schedule was as follows:

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Cardio 20 min quick steady state Cardio Intervals Optional 20-30 Moderate Cardio Cardio Intervals 20 min quick steady state Optional Cardio Day
Strength Strength A Core Strength B Core Strength C  

 Not only is Tina big on changing up the workouts, she stresses that we should be flexible and make the workouts work for us.  So instead of doing the cardio workouts that Tina suggested in her plan, I either ran or a did a new to me workout DVD, Burlesque Jazzercise.

The Burlesque Jazzercise DVD was an impulse by a few weeks ago when I was browsing the fitness aisles at my local Walmart.  I never took dance as a child – but have fallen in love with it as an adult (evidenced by the dozens of dance workout dvd’s I own).  Moreover, one of my favorite bloggers, http://pbfingers.comis always raving about Jazzercise so I decided to buy it.

I took the DVD for it’s first spin last Monday.  The warm-up started out slowly…according to my Bodybugg I was only burning 2 calories per minute.  The workout was supposed to be just 20 minutes which left me wondering if I would get a decent calorie burn or not.  But then the instructor (Shanna) started into the heart of the workout. And my own heart rate jumped up!

The choreography is pretty simple – hip wiggles, sexy walks, twists, etc. – nothing that would really require a dance background. I will say the pace is fast, so you might want to watch the DVD a few times to really get comfortable with the steps.  For me, I ended up burning roughly 130 calories in 20 minutes which was a great burn!

The only negative I have to say about this DVD is that there is no true cooldown or stretching post workout.  I had to do those on my own.  But aside from that, I was quite happy with this workout. In fact, I am considering purchasing a few more Jazzercise DVD’s to add to my collection.

Your turn:  Have you ever tried Jazzercise?  Do you own any dance type workout DVD’s?

Weekly Workouts: 2/18 Thru 2/24/13

Good morning everyone! It’s a chilly, windy Sunday morning here in South Georgia. For the first time all winter, the temps have dipped below 30 degrees. And I’m loving it – until it’s time to go for a run. My wardrobe is seriously lacking in cold weather running gear. But a gift certificate from the hubby for Valentine’s day is going to remedy that situation very soon. 🙂

I am in the final two weeks of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and I can’t say enough good things about the progress I’ve seen in my weight, my muscle tone, and overall strength. I seriously considering signing up for Round 5 but my spring training schedule is taking a different track.

Last week, the group of girls that I run with and I had a really long discussion on where we saw our running going. And we all decided that we want to run a half-marathon….and the run we want to run is the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon. So they nominated me as the point person to find a plan that would take us from running 5K’s to Half-marathons without totally beating our bodies to death. A quick check of Rundisney.com and I had Jeff Galloway’s Training Plan in hand.

We took the plan for it’s first spin this week and loved it. We finished 3 runs in good time AND – most importantly felt strong. To supplement our training, we are adding in a weekly aerobics class that will have elements of yoga, strength, and core work mixed in.

With all that being said, here’s what my workout schedule looks like this week:

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Your turn: Tell me what workouts you are looking forward to this week.  Are you training for any races or events?

Coming Up For Air

Hey ya’ll! I am sorry that I just went MIA on everyone.  Life got pretty hectic last week. I took on a few new projects at work, started a new training plan (more on that later), and have been attempting to go to bed earlier.  All of that contributed to no time for blogging or social media.

However, I am starting to hit a groove with work, training, and my earlier bedtime, so I intend to be blogging more this week. For now, I’m just checking in.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with a #Bestbodybootcamp update and to discuss my new training plan. 🙂

January Review and February Goals!!!!

 Is it really February? I swear that just yesterday I was digging out the Christmas tree and trying to figure out last minute gifts. Now, I’m helping Joycie pick out Valentine’s for her classmates, baking lots of heart shaped goodies, and working on a special Valentine’s Day surprise for the hubby. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Anyways…. Let’s review my January goals:

january 2013  goals

Overall, I would give myself a B- for meeting my January goals. Here’s why:

Bible Reading: I managed to read my Bible daily for 2.5 out of the 4 weeks this month. And while that’s progress, it was not a complete goal.

Date Nights: This goal gets a BIG FAT F! Not a single date night in the entire month. Yes, we were busy. Yes, there were illnesses, and late nights at work, and other issues beyond our control. But it is crucial that Mikey and I get time alone as a couple. Must. Work. On. This.

Cooking 3 New Healthy Recipes: I knocked this goal out of the park. This month I prepared: Paleo Chick Parm, Dijon Porkchops, Everyday Paleo’s Crockpot Beef Stew, and Peppered Steak! 4 new recipes prepared and they were delish!

Fashion: I put a lot more thought, time, and effort into getting dressed this month. And while I didn’t snap pics of every single thing I wore, I feel like I got what this goal’s intention was – to make the effort! 

Blogging:   Another homerun on this goal. I launched 3 new weekly features on Redefining Kim: Mama on the Move, Work It Out Wednesday, and Favorite Thing Fridays.

So what I’m shooting for in February….

feb 2013 goals

Read my Bible each morning: I noticed a big difference in my mood and outlook on the days where I managed to read my Bible before jumping into the day. I was much calmer, happier, and a lot MORE patient. On the days I didn’t, I felt out of sorts, short-tempered, and maybe just a bit grumpier. So I’m going to keep this goal on my list for the foreseeable feature – until it becomes automatic!

3 Date Nights with Mikey: One of my favorite sayings regarding marriage and family is “If Mikey and I don’t work, then nothing does.”. Basically, if Mikey and I are not connected and in tune with one another – the other areas of our lives our negatively effective. And it is hard to stay connected when we are so busy with work, church, family demands, workouts, etc. Date nights – whether at home or out on town force us to slow down and focus on each other. So 3 of this will happen this month. I even have the first one lined up (shhh…don’t tell Mikey. It’s a surprise).

Paleo Challenge: Every meal, every day in February will be Paleo. That simple!

Mani/Pedi: I love manicures and pedicures but never get them done. I feel bad about spending money to pamper myself. However, it is okay to pamper myself every now in then. So before February is over, I’ll be rocking a new manicure and pedicure.

Guest Posting: If I want the readership of Redefining Kim to grown, then I need to reach out to more people. A great way to do this is to share my story via guest posts on other blogs. I have a few ideas of guest posts that I’d like to write, so I’m going to seek out those opportunities.

There you have it. I’m pretty happy with my efforts in January. I may not have achieved every goal, but I made a great effort.

What are your goals for February? I wanna hear them!