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kathy_rockey
Feb 10, 2022
In Kathy's Blog
Well... I have not kept up to date on here with all my Nibbles ladies. As for lots of people, 2021 was stressful and filled with change. We moved to a rural location in March, lost our precious 14 yr old dog in May, adjusted to managing a 730-acre camp and served as hosts for groups (with many varied expectations), then helped my In-laws navigate a quick decline in health for my Father-in-law, who then went in to hospice care in early November and passed away soon after. It was such a whirlwind of a year on a personal level, then assessing all of the political and polarized views on this Covid pandemic has derailed me from my health and fitness plans. (Or, I have let it anyway) The last few months I have been battling depression, anxiety, and emotional and spiritual exhaustion. I fell into using alcohol on a daily basis as a coping mechanism these last few years. It slowly became part of my daily life and increased in amounts up to more than a bottle of wine per day. My husband and I went on a 2-wk vacation to a beach house in Cape San Blas, FL from Dec. 10th-24th. We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary. It was a much-needed reprieve and time of renewal. We were 50 yards from the ocean and loved hearing the waves wash in and out constantly! I decided on that trip that I would start off the New Year with a Dry January - taking a break from alcohol. I've been having a rough road with detox and withdrawal symptoms-headaches, depression, lethargy, insomnia, etc... I'm taking lots of vitamins and supplements to help, but it is still rough. This reinforces to me that I needed to do it!! I'll probably extend the plan so that I'm not slipping back into bad habits. I've always loved the Warrior Woman mindset. I consider myself strong and resilient. I will NOT let this substance defeat me and rob me of good health and well-being. I've also been using the New Year to shape new intentions - doing work on correcting my negative body obsession, relationship with food, and fitness goals. I've gained weight, not worked out much, and been inconsistent with balanced eating since 2020. Those baby steps every day are what I need to focus on. Making one healthy decision at a time, then seeing how many I can add up in a day, week, month, etc... I found a gym close to me that I really like. I went tonight for the first time, did 40 mins of steady state cardio treadmill, then a modified Venus workout. It felt so good to be back in a gym, despite battling feeling down on myself for how far I've regressed. Never giving up! Derailed, but not finished.
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kathy_rockey
Oct 08, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
I wanted to answer this fun one, before the deep one from today. People are most surprised by my age and that I have 4 kids, most of whom are now young adults. I feel so fortunate to have found my husband when I was 18. We quickly became best friends, then married and started our family young. My oldest daughter is 23, then I have a 22 yr old, 19 yr old, and 17 yr old. I'm 46 and will be celebrating my 25th Anniversary this December. I also like trying to keep a youthful and fun attitude.
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kathy_rockey
Oct 04, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
~ Go along with something without doing my own research and putting it to prayer. ~ Let my feelings rule my decisions. ~ Give up on my self: my health and well-being; OR on others. I may have veered from my goals this past year, but NEVER giving up!
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kathy_rockey
Oct 02, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
I would focus on spending time with family and also being at peace with myself. I get so distracted by trying to control everything that it robs me of my peace and joy. Loving and supporting others means starting with myself - a shift I am slowly trying to make.
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kathy_rockey
Sep 09, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
I am so frustrated with myself. I am always my own worst enemy. I can't get out of the habit of turning to self destructive things for stress relief. I want to turn the ship, but also know that it can't be done all at once. What would you say is the biggest thing to set straight first? - Less alcohol - More water - Consistent with supplements - Consistent with macros - Meal planning - Working out Other... I also struggle with setting unrealistic goals. My 25th Anniversary trip is in 3 months. I want to lose weight/fat and get in smaller clothes by then. I need to focus on doing the work! More later... Your input is welcome. I need the accountability! ❤️🌸
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kathy_rockey
Jul 17, 2021
In Daily Macros
I'm feeling good about my day. The slow steps back to good choices and portion control is feeling empowering already. Let's do this!
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kathy_rockey
Jul 16, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
My stress levels are high, but my discipline is low. I could list all the stress and life changes and schedule challenges, but it still always comes down to our daily decisions doesn't it. It's interesting, when we are stressed we think we don't have time or energy to exercise, make healthy food choices, and control portions, but those are the very things that help our hormones handle stress the best. When I was a school administrator a few years ago, I made the commitment to get up before school and go to the gym. I set my alarm for 4:30am, had my coffee or pre-workout, and got my butt to the gym no matter what. Now I'm struggling to even add in an extra walk or hike each day, let alone do an hour long lifting session. Positives from yesterday: 1) Drank more water and plain green tea. 2) Drank less alcohol. 3) Made better food choices and controlled portions. We're away from home today and may be staying overnight at my In-law's. My Father-in law had to go to the ER today, so we're helping talk with doctors and be with my MIL. It's one more thing, but so important for us to put family first. I sooo want to get in these better habits! Meal planning, 20 minutes (extra) walking or hiking, and more water will be my baby steps for the rest of this week.
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kathy_rockey
Jul 07, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
First of all, I'm sorry I have stayed away from you so long! I know it is a come and go as you can kind of group and I love all of you for understanding, but I also need your connection and relationship of like-minded friends. We have had our big move and many adjustments. I live on and help manage a 730-acre camp in Southern Indiana. The property is beautiful and a big job perk! There are many trails to hike, a good-size pool, and a great residence house with a deck. The move and job adjustment has done havoc on my stress level and discipline with diet and exercise. I am out of rhythm and up 30lbs. 😩 I try not to beat myself up about it, but it takes so much longer to lose weight and regain shape, it's just dissappointing! We also said goodbye to our sweet 13 yr-old dog Cocoa this May. She was my morning routine and hiking buddy. We found out she had rectal cancer and had been enduring pain for quite a while. Of course, she had good days and bad days, and did not want to let on how much pain she was. We had many good last hikes here at the camp! I am getting into a routine and need to prioritize my health (yet again). My husband and I will celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary this December. We're planning a 2-wk vacation in Florida. (We would love to go on a cruise or to Europe, but are avoiding any vaccine passport or mask restrictions 🙄) So.... a marker for getting myself in better shape. A mental dilemma and topic for discussion: Anyone else struggle with how to respond to a significant other or other friends and family when you voice your desire to lose weight, get more toned, or fit, and their response is always, "But, you look great to me."? I don't want to keep chasing the illusive, "If I lose weight or get to a certain size, I'll be happy.", but I know it is a mental balancing act, because I certainly feel very uncomfortable with my size and shape right now, not to mention food discipline. Anyway, I will be posting more often again. Not sure yet if I'll officially join the new challenge... Talk me into it😜 Love and Light to you all! I'll try to catch up on your recent posts as well.❤️💪
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kathy_rockey
Feb 20, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
A quick morning workout, then coffee with a friend, work, and more packing. I've got to get a handle on the late night snacking. It is my downfall right now. Next week's focus will be on food control. I'll plan meals over the weekend. I have a bunch of veggies in the fridge I just haven't been eating. I'm never giving up on this health and fitness journey. I'm off track, but NOT going to let myself stay there. Let's make it a great weekend, my friends!
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kathy_rockey
Feb 19, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
I had a meeting this morning and didn't leave myself enough time to work out. Taking a frigid walk like my pal @Netty Varo , then doing my yoga and having some hot tea. Hope everyone had a great and safe day!
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kathy_rockey
Feb 18, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
I wish I could just take several naps throughout the day like my sweet 13 yr old pal Cocoa. I'll just sit by her while I work on my computer and enjoy her little snoring and the beautiful white blanket outside. Morning workout ✅ Vitamins ✅ Half of my daily water ✅ Make it a great day, my friends! ☺️
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kathy_rockey
Feb 17, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
30 mins Upper Body strength yoga workout✅ Heading to make a smoothie, then work, and pack. Make it a great day! 💪♥️
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kathy_rockey
Feb 17, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
I have not been working out or eating good. Tomorrow is a new day! I commit to working out tomorrow morning first thing (after coffee, of course). It doesn't matter how I feel. It doesn't matter if I am not at the level I want to be. I just need to make the decision to do it! I'm checking in every day for the rest of this week! I need it. I need YOU. I can't continue to be complacent and live with excuses. Let's go!
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kathy_rockey
Feb 01, 2021
In Kathy's Blog
Chin up and keep smiling! Oh my!! What a whirlwind this past month has been - personally, with our country, and preparing for a BIG change for my family. After being in our cute little 1000sq ft, 1 bath house that we have raised our four kids in, hosted many parties, gardened, cooked holiday meals, homeschooled, home business.... we are (finally) moving. My husband and I have started planning and dreaming of owning rural property and building a cabin. God works in mysterious ways! Instead of our own land, he opened an opportunity for us to be caretakers of an 800-acre family retreat camp in Southern Indiana, in the very county we have been wanting property. There is a nice residence house that is three-story, 4 bdrm, 3 bath and finished basement. Two of our kids will go with us (our 17 and 18 yr olds). We are scheduled to start work there by the middle of March. We are so excited! I'm cleaning out and packing like crazy. Personally, my eating has been aweful this past month. I've been up and down with commitment to a good nutrition plan really since last April (you can figure out why). Last year at this time I was 15lbs (and a few inches) away from my goals. Now I have regressed and gained 25lbs back, losing cardio endurance and muscle tone. I am frustrated, but not losing hope! I know what to do - I just don't want to obsess about eating and working out. I struggle with the mental aspect of letting it consume my thoughts and time, when I have LOTS of other things to do. Here's my Keep It Simple Stupid plan: ~ Work out every morning - rotate between HIIT, bodyweight exercises, and yoga followed by a brisk 30 min. walk. ~ Drink a gallon of water per day. ~ Eat balanced meals - lean meat, veggies, light carbs at night. I took 1st Phorm pics too. Sent in a comment here. Sending you all Love and Light! Let's do this!
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kathy_rockey
Dec 09, 2020
In Workouts
Halfway through another week to make things happen! YOU are ENOUGH! Keep going!❤️💪🌸
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kathy_rockey
Dec 09, 2020
In Kathy's Blog
So, accountability update from the weekend - I started off strong last week, determined to have a great weight lifting, yoga, HIIT, and walking exercise schedule. I had modified my food to include less fat and cruciferous veggies to try to help the bloating. I was drinking more water and getting plenty of sleep. I just struggled by Thursday with being really moody, hard on myself, and craving sweets and junk food. Friday and Saturday I had a bad headache and gave in to getting some fast food for lunch Saturday because I hadn't planned ahead to bring food with me when I was away from home. The main culprit, as you can probay guess, was hormone fluctuations from getting ready to start my Cycle. I didn't listen to my body when I felt cravings. I should have had more nutrient-dense food. I didn't listen to my body when I had muscle soreness and fatigue. I should have focused on the yoga and lighter cardio. I didn't plan ahead to pack or get healthy to-go food. I don't blame my poor choices and self-deprecating just on hormones. There are choices we make every day, whether to set ourselves up for success, do our best, and carry on. Or sometimes we get weak and stumble. My main goal in life is to learn how to have balance with myself - to be at peace - not to think I have to be perfect. (I am far from this goal most days!) The past couple of years I have realized the value of paying attention to the different needs of my body. I started using an app to track my Cycle. It gives good info. on what is going on with hormones, what nutrition is helpful, and what type of exercises will be better to focus on during the different phases of the month. So, my goal and focus this week is to be kinder to myself, be willing to adjust, prepare for temptations, and to NOT give up. Let's make it a great week! Love and Strength to you all!!
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kathy_rockey
Dec 07, 2020
In Kathy's Blog
Starting my week right! I'll give a longer accountability post later about last week. Ended not so great 😌 Keep fighting friends!!
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kathy_rockey
Dec 03, 2020
In Kathy's Blog
There's a great song by Mat Kearney called "Learning to Love Again." I'm not happy with where my body is right now. I've got some "debt" to pay off, as Roberta says with the diet checkbook. I can appreciate taking care of and loving my body where it is now. How it supports me, gives me strength and immunity, enables me to show love and care to others. How about you? How are you appreciative of your body THIS DAY? Love, Light, and Strength to you all!!❤️🌼💪
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kathy_rockey
Dec 01, 2020
In Workouts
Be consistent with your goals, and creative about how you reach them! Workout✅ (I don't like gym selfies) 😜💪
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kathy_rockey
Nov 29, 2020
In Kathy's Blog
I spent the day cooking and cleaning; meal prep and laundry were the main tasks on board. I enjoy spending my time this way. It feels productive and helpful to set up my week for myself and my family. A couple of little tips/tidbits from the day... I planned out my food for the day - lunch was cruciferous veggie bake with 2 fillets of tilapia and lemon juice. After I cooked my fish and was waiting for it to cool, I went to check on my laundry. When I came back, there was a fillet missing. I'm guessing it was my 18 yr old son who came downstairs and snagged it. No worries! Anytime I can get that boy to eat something healthy is a win ;) One thing I have been doing lately, given our family dynamic, is to cook a base item, then have the protein addition be flexible. Our church fasts from meat and dairy for 40 days before Christmas, but not everyone in our house is following that (for various reasons). Over the last couple of years, we also have teens and young adult kids who have different work schedules, but still eat most of their meals (or pick at snacks) here at home. I make a salad, like the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, or a soup base, then we can add a protein of our choice - like cooked chicken, leftover turkey, or ground beef or turkey. Today I made two different soups, a quinoa salad for lunches, a quinoa breakfast dish, and some cooked ground beef and turkey. I'll try and post pictures of the recipes, which I logged in my Carb Manager app. Workout today was a few bodyweight exercises and stretching. I planned on doing a good yoga session, but I didn't get up early enough, then the family was using the living room (my only work out space) so I chose to just do a few small things. Sometimes I kick people out so I can use the space, but today I had other things pressing on my time so I chose to just let it go. I do want to pick up my workouts and make cardio and weightlifting a priority this week. Here's the plan: M - Dumbbell Abs, Core, & Arms; 20 mins Hills Coarse Treadmill Tu - Dumbbell Lower Body; 20 mins HIIT Running Treadmill W - Dumbbell Upper Body; 20 mins Hills Coarse Treadmill Th - 20 min All-Body Yoga; 60 min. Neighborhood Walk F - Full Body Lower Body Bodyweight & Dumbbell; 20 mins HIIT Running Treadmill Sa - 20 min All-Body Yoga; 60 min. Neighborhood Walk Su - Burpee HIIT Looking forward to checking in and being accountable! Feel free to ask me how things are going mid-week (or daily). Let's get after it! Love and strength to YOU, my Sisters!
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