rewiring.

Today, I had a blog view from Brazil. That’s pretty awesome. I hope that they weren’t lost on the internet and actually intentionally found me. I know if I found a Brazilian blog, I would be lost. Which happens quite a bit for me. Including today. I started my summer class, good ol’ Anatomy and Physiology I. This is actually my second attempt at this subject. Well, I got lost going to class. I’ve been to this campus over a dozen times, but it was over a year ago. But, still. It’s embarrassing. My lack of direction and whereabouts is atrocious. 

Have you ever had a really great invention idea and some stole it? I have. I mean, it’s not like I ever put the idea into fruition. But, when I was about six years old, I thought it was a grand idea to create a retractable sunshade for the car. Living as a Californian girl (for three years of my life), I always wondered why my parents had to always put their cardboard accordion folded sunshade with the tropical sunglasses on the dash each and every time we got out of the car. I thought to my six year old Krystal self, “why can’t they build that in?” I even verbalized it to my parents one time, without knowing the word “retractable,” and was brushed off with something like, “that’s just not how things are.” Do me a favor, and do not Google “Retractable Auto Sun Shade.” SkyMall, baby!

This week I lifted. A lot. With my work schedule being crazy, as ush, I found made time to lift after work, with a few of my workouts crossing over until the next day. I am doing my best to rewire my routines. If I make the effort and take the time to pack a gym bag, I am making sure I go to the gym. In my mind, part of rewiring is taking pride and appreciation in the time it takes to plan ahead, which should make it harder for me to give into anything other than that. And even if that isn’t the case, it usually challenges me to consider the time I put into planning.

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June 2, 2015 Workout Sets x Reps
WU: Treadmill 1. 00 mile
DB Step Ups 3 x 15
Romanian DL 3 x 15
Leg Press 3 x 15
Stiff Leg DB DL 3 x 15
Leg Ext. 3 x 15
Leg Curls 3 x 15
DB Lunges 3 x 15
Standing Calf Raises 3 x 15
Seated Calf Raises 3 x 15
June 3, 2015
WU: Treadmill 1.00 mile
Bench Med Grip 1 x 15
2 x 15
Incline Med Grip 3 x 15
Dips with Plate 3 x 15
Incline DB Flyes 3 x 15
June 4, 2015
WU: HIIT- Treadmill 15 minutes
DB Rows 1 x 15
1 x 10
2 x 10
Bent Over Rows 3 x 15
Wide Grip Lat Pulldown 1 x 15
2 x 15
Iso Row 3 x 15
BO Two DB Row 1 x 15
2 x 15
DB Shrugs 3 x 15
Back Ext 3 x 15
June 8, 2015
WU: HIIT- Treadmill
DB Shoulder Press 3 x 15
Side Lat Raises 1 x 15
2 x 10
Seated BO Delts 3 x 15
Arnold DB Press 3 x 15
BO Rows with Plate 3 x 15
Standing Calf Raises 3 x 15
Seated Calf Raises 1 x 15
2 x 15

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

❤ Krystal

my fit fam.

Tomorrow I begin my summer nutrition course. Although I’m slightly excited to get back into the “groove” of books and school, I’m apprehensive. Apprehensive because I don’t think I’ve been able to find a good balance of school, work, and personal life without feeling like I’m lacking in one or more area at any given time. I used to be very diligent in writing everything down. I mean, EVERYTHING! Plans, budgets, workouts, schedules, ideas, to-dos, etc. I’m sure if I got back into creating my list, I would have an easier time transitioning back into school mode again without feeling overwhelmed, rushed, or flaky.
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This weekend I made it out to Trailhead at the Trinity River. I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. After my last post, Carrie texted me because she was just as excited as I was. Our friend Kristin “KK” was in town from Oklahoma for the weekend, so we all ventured down to Trailhead.

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As we showed up, they were just starting to lay mats down for the class. Carrie was hesitant, thinking we were heading to a yoga class. Which would probably wouldn’t be a bad idea for me at this point. My butt still hurts!

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For the next 45 minutes we endured series of squats, leg lifts, crunches, Spiderman pushups, side planks, planks, jumping jacks, and to top it off, sprints!!!

The look on KK’s face was priceless at the mention of sprints. All in all, we had a good time. I’m so proud of my girls. They rocked it. I have a lot of work to catch up on.

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We survived and lived to tell about it. We even got to enjoy the afternoon on the lake! Yeah, we workout!

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I plan on returning next week for a HIIT class. Anyone wanna join?

Have you ever gone to free classes in your area? Did you like it? Would you return?

❤ Krystal

lets see how far i’ve come…

2013 has been a year of continuous growth for me. I’ve been through a lot of uphill battles and downhill slides this year, but continue to stand in awe of what has come to past this year. I’ve learned some new things, developed relationships, rekindled old friendships, moved on from unhealthy ones, ran a little, cried a little, forgave a lot, asked for even more forgiveness, and here I am.

When I created my 2013 goal list when started this blog last January, I had already set in mind things I knew for certain would be accomplished. Some things kind of fell to the wayside, but I will roll them over for 2014. For 2014, I will try to make my goals more measurable so that I can accomplish them to the best of my ability. In no way am I writing EVERY SINGLE ONE of my goals on this list. Some goals should be kept personal or shared on more of an intimate level. But, to the goals that I would like community accountability, I will share on MWA.

Twenty-Thirteen Goals:
Personal
Give time and money to those who need it more (I am almost embarrassed to have this as a goal, and even more embarrassed to consider checking this off. For me, I feel like I have been blessed with so much, and even in my times of struggle, I still have more than I need. I’ve had opportunities to give this year, and I think that God is continuing to test me in this area in my life each and every day. One valuable thing I learned this year: Some people spell the word “love,” T-I-M-E. Just spending time with someone can be a reflection of how much you care. So, for 2014, I will continue to show my love through time.)

Be more understanding (This is an understatement. For 2013, I tried to do a better job at relating more with people instead of expecting people to think and act like me. I’ve tried to take more time to listen than respond. If we’re honest with ourselves, there is something to learn from everyone.)

Stop jumping to conclusions about things (Still working on this)

Move closer towards professional goals (Back to school, back to school. Although challenging at times, especially after sitting through  my first semester of A&P, I have to continue  reminding myself it’s temporary and to stay strong. It’s going to be so worth it in the end.)  

Move closer to home (See, I told you! Some things had been decided before even writing my 2013 goals. In November of 2012, I had approached a few friends and family members about my thoughts of moving back to Texas. At the time, it was really nothing more than that. I began searching for jobs only to become discouraged that I would be moving back only to find another desk job to hate. Then, one day while listening to The Rich Roll podcast, I began jotting down notes on nutrition and several schools offering nutrition courses. I felt like I couldn’t write fast enough. And there you have it folks -the beginning of my journey into the world of dietetics.)

Read at least 12 non-fiction books (So, do my textbooks count? Can I count half-read books as a whole book? Needs improvement.)

Read my Bible or start (and finish) a Bible reading plan (Needs improvement.)

Volunteer (Check.)

Relationship
Schedule (at least) one date night a month (Discovered that dates are actually enjoyable when 1) The date likes you back 2) The date pays. Okay, okay. I look forward to dates with Josh. He always makes me smile and truly cares (or does a fabulous job pretending.) He’s the best!!!! You’ll hear lots about him in 2014.)

Have lunch or dinner plans with good friends once a month (Sometimes I take friendships for granted, and sometimes I’m just lazy. It’s too easy to be tired from work and only want to curl up in a ball and sleep. But, scheduling, in advance, a date on the calendar gives me fellowship to look forward to after a long week. I thank God for the friendships that I have in my life. At the end of the day, when everything could go wrong, I have an amazing support system and I wouldn’t replace that for the world. People are built for relationship, and I need to not take that for granted.)

Travel
Colorado (Check.)
Austin, Texas (Check.)
Las Vegas – GTC conference in April (Nope.)
Puerto Rico – Arbonne incentive trip in October (Nope.)
Missouri (Nope.)
North Carolina (Nope.)
Pennsylvania (Nope.)

Finances
Pay down debt (tackle student loan) (Work in progress.)

Fitness
Hit Goal Weight (Once I started to get closer to my “goal” weight, I realized I didn’t really like how my body was looking. I was so stuck on being a certain weight, I didn’t really factor in anything else. This year, as I continue to work on my fitness, I will experiment again with how I want to look and feel.)

Run/Swim/Bike 2013 miles this year (Drum roll please, 572.47 miles. It’s not 2013 miles. It felt like 2013 miles. This  is a rough estimate because I wasn’t very organized in recording my distances. I wrote them down on anything I had available at the time, and some miles (not many) weren’t recorded. In saying all this, I could have ran, swam, and biked the distance from OKC to DFW 3.71 times in 2013. That’s pretty cool.)

Train and complete a 1/2 Ironman distances triathlon (Sidelined this summer due to knee injury. Although, I think this will in the future, it won’t be in 2014.)

Nutrition
NSNG (Been off track for the majority of the year, especially after I moved and started school, time to incorporate this again)

Remember to take my vitamins (It’s clearly a miracle that I can somehow get a 30-supply of vitamins to last over 6 months. Does anyone has suggestions of remembering to take vitamins?)

Get enough sleep and drink enough water (There we go with measurable goals again. Also, the irony that it’s after midnight as I type this.)

No fast food in 2013 (Is anyone else still laughing about this? I’m human. I guess, I think I’m not sometimes.)

Here’s to 2014!!! New Goals here!

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we met at a bar.

Well, something like that.

April 2010- I'm on the right May 2013

April 2010- I’m on the right (I couldn’t even button this shirt)
May 2013

After graduating from college in 2009, I thought I had everything together and that everything was perfect. I mean, that’s when your life begins, right?! With little “real world” responsibilities and more money than I knew what to do with, the brutality of the 9-5 began to take a toll on my sobriety, bank account, and waistline. Many of my evenings and nearly all of my weekends were spent hopping from one happy hour to the next and 2 am Taco Bell binges.

Finally, in January of 2011, I realized SOMETHING, ANYTHING, EVERYTHING, needed to change. This could not be the life planned for me or a story I wanted to tell around a campfire. I was overweight (181 pounds), depressed, and unhappy.

So it began! It wasn’t easy, but I started training for my first 5k. Being a former college soccer player, this should have been a simple task. Hand me a soccer ball and I’ll run all day long. Hand me running shoes and just go ahead and throw in a complementary inhaler. Running, just plain ole running, was not my thing. I knew plenty of runners and I’m friends with lots of them. To me, people like “them” were born to run. Even though deep down inside I wanted to be one of “them.” I just didn’t believe those were the lemons handed to me. Running was scary. Running made your legs hurt and your lungs burn. But, each time I laced up, it got easier. One-mile become two-miles which turned into three-miles. My confidence and self-esteem were lifted. The extra weight and unfavorable habits melted away. Running always makes my bad days better, and my good days great.

Running has helped me restore my sanity. All the negative thoughts and criticism are silenced with each step that I take. It has become spiritual for me. It only takes a small leap of faith to begin. When I began this journey two years ago, I would have never envisioned it leading me here. I’ve made new friends, completed two triathlons, finished my first marathon, ran three half marathons, and participated in several races in between. I’ve discovered the real me. No obstacle is too big, and no mountain is too tall. I’m stronger than I think, I just need to believe it!