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About H.K.

Fitness QuestWelcome to Surviving Fitness!

The Quest is On.

First, let me clarify that this is not a “Fitness Blog” per se. It is a “Survival Blog” – with Fitness served on the side (for good measure).

Because, I have been told that if I don’t get some of it (Fitness), I’m NOT going to Survive.

NEWSFLASH: I am going to die anyway

However, without Fitness, I will die:

A. Sooner

or

B. Much more miserably.

Fitness Guru Friend

Fitness Guru Friends

At least, this is what the experts and my doctors and my fitness guru friends have been telling me.

So, who am I?

I am a typical American woman living a typical busy life. Married with two Kids. One dog. One cat. One bird. One mortgage….and a partridge in a pear tree.

Office Fitness

I recently entered the world of The Office, where I sit all day typing on a computer, and then I sit in a bus for two additional hours every day for my commute to and from The Office. In my spare time, I like to sit at my home computer and blog. I also sing in a choir and have a few rehearsals during the week. (quite a bit of sitting there, too)

But wait, there’s more.

In fact, much too much “MORE” – of me – than desired! The mirror now reflects “Fat, Flabby, and Over Forty”. Whoa. What happened?? I used to run marathons. (I do NOT admit that in public). I used to say I would be in the “best shape of my life” when the big 4-0 rolled around. 

before-and-afterIt didn’t happen.

Life happened.

And here I am, “poof”, 50 pounds overweight. (or maybe 60…OK already, 75!)

Something has to give. I realize that I can’t change my age – but I might be persuaded to change my attitude (with the right incentive).

Or, I could just sit around feeling sorry for myself.

- again with the sitting thing -

Thus, like Frodo, I am setting out on my own great elusive quest. To find Fitness in the “middle years”.

I hear it can be found! (…yes, but does it ever go on sale?!)

If you have found this treasure, please send me the map! I’m already getting tired from just thinking about this whole “quest” thing and typing up this blog page has burned twice the calories I am used to in one setting. If, on the other hand, you are currently “questing” for fitness like I am, then I suggest we team up and hunt together!

bring-dessertIf we get tired, we can have a picnic. I’ll bring the dessert! – HK

 

 

JULY 2009 UPDATE – JOINING MEDIFAST

On Monday July 20, 2009 I joined MediFast through their “Take Shape For Life” program. This is a meal replacement weight-loss program, which will perfectly fit my lifestyle of sitting all day and forgetting to eat. The idea is that now I will eat every 2-3 hours, 6 meals per day, and I will rev up my metabolism while paring down my fat, thus I will have the energy and the stamina to actually exercise and pursue fitness!

STATS: Age 42, Height: 5’3″ Starting Weight: 184.4 lbs.

GOALS: Lose 50 lbs. (or until I cannot afford the program any longer), Increase Exercise to the point of evenutally training for a Marathon (yes, I would love to be fit enough to do another one). I am feeling really excited and confident that Medifast will be a postive tool in helping jump start my Fitness and Wellness goals! Stay tuned for regular updates, photos and V-Logging!

~~I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please leave a comment anywhere on the site. Thanks!~~

12 Responses

  1. Just found your site and will continue to follow it wishing you luck on your fitness journey. I just turned 37 and have decided that turning 40 is going to be hard enough on me without the fact that I weigh 250 pounds…..so, I too have made a commitment to make changes and get healthy again. I have started running and although it is pure torture, I have hopes and goals to run races one day! Its been about 2 months now and I have lost 20 pounds…it is getting easier, albeit slowly……:)

  2. Hi Vanessa – welcome to my site! Sorry I have not logged in for quite awhile and missed your comments until now. I SO hear you, girl! And yes, turning 40 somehow turns your metabolism to mush…so good for you for making changes now!

  3. Hi! I am so glad you are going to be doing Medifast as well! It will be nice to have some one else to support and bounce ideas off of. My journey is going to be a bit longer that yours, I have 175 lbs to lose. I look forward to reading your posts.
    Keep up the Good Work and Good Luck on your first week!! I love the crunch bars!

  4. Hi Tia, thanks for reading and posting. How long have you been doing the program?

    • It has been 8 weeks now and I have lost 36lbs!! You wrote on my blog :Getting My Body Back”. I just decided to start blogging in the last 2weeks.
      I am feeling so much better now. I have more energy and it is easier for me to get up.

      Good luck and let’s keep in touch!
      Tia

    • Tia, It is so wonderful to hear about your success! Keep up the good work and keep me posted. – HK

  5. I finally posted an update on my blog…….your blog is awesome……….love it! http://shelasblog.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/sunday-july-26-2009/

  6. Hey you! Is that really you!!!! You look beautiful! I had know idea what you were up to. Keep it up. Can you switch to food that you don’t order? You know your nutrition so well.

    Since I started walking here, I’ve noticed that my knees don’t hurt any more with my extra weight. I’m still working on the weight part though… I’m going to try your 2-3 hour small snacking routine… I’ve heard a lot of folks do this. My weekness is forgetting to eat and then eating too much at night.

    Merry Christmas H!

    Julie

    • Hi Jules,
      Yes, it’s really me. “Incognita” I haven’t been keeping up on this site regularaly like I had planned, (I’ve continued to work the program, and am having good success, but have been bad about updates)
      This makes another good New Years Resolution. ;)
      Eating something every 2-3 hours is critical. It keeps your blood sugar on a level plane, and prevents cravings. Look for high protein, low fat, low carb snacks. Another critical key is drinking 1 gallon water per day. You have to at LEAST drink 8 glasses, but it’s not really enough. You have a great advantage of being able to live in an outdoors enviroment condusive to exercize. That’s my next big hurdle. Once I can regularaly work out, I will be ready to transition off of the MF program. Now that you’ve found me, and I have at least one reader, I’ll try to be better about posting again. :) Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday and Happy New Year – HK

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