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Greetings From My Current Home!

26 Jul

I moved back to Pittsburgh last Friday and am thrilled to be able to take a couple of weeks off before heading to Michigan! My dad, mom, brother, and Jagr drove 8 hours to Raleigh, packed my stuff up, and headed back up north for a longer-ish (11 hour) trip. It was 3 hours longer because we stopped for dinner at a quaint sandwich shop in Fayetteville, WV. It was well worth it; the sandwiches were hand-crafted using local ingredients and unique combo’s that we never would have thought to put together! I had a turkey, peach jam, carmelized onion, and blue cheese spread sammy on a freshly-baked French baguette..mouth-watering good.

Saturday and Sunday were spent relaxing with my family; we’re reunited and it feels SO good! I haven’t been home in such a long time and I’m always missing family gatherings, dinners, and random activities that are done on weekends. For instance, my dad and I are HUGE car fanatics (I like to shop, he likes what the actual car does) and it just so happens that the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix was happening in Schenley Park! It’s a car show that showcases both vintage and current car styles and raises funds

“to help provide residential care, treatment, and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh area” (source)

Although hot, it was a great way to spend the day and even got me thinking about Lola #2 ;).

Unfortunately, my parents do this thing called work and the 24/7 bonding time was over Monday morning. But that’s okay- I’m one of those Type-A individuals that can keep myself busy all by my lonesome.

Here’s what I’ve been up to: in pictures!

  • added onto my family’s gym membership. first membership ever! 
  • went to Bartram House bakery for coffee. every morning. *if you’re in the Wexford or McMurray area-you must stop in!
  • attracted construction workers attentions with my attractive get-up while walking Jagr 
  • eating delicious food. daily. that I don’t buy! *when I’m home, my job is to prepare dinner for my parents. I absolutely love my job 🙂
  • enjoying the amazing weather! cool enough to sit outside in the mornings and evenings. I went for a run in 58degree weather and my hands were actually numb-y post-run.
  • am baking again  when I lived in Raleigh, I didn’t bake as much since I’d be the only one eating it. now, since I’m with 3 other sweet-mouthedteethed, dessert every night people, I can bake again and not feel guilty about it going to waste..or me eating it all (whichever comes first 🙂 )

I received an email from Oakland U about moving in and the teaching schedule for the fall! It looks like I’ll be heading (more) north on the weekend of August 10! I’m teaching 4 new-to-me classes in the fall;

Core and More, Cycle, BLAST, and Abs, Glutes, and Thighs. The wheels in my exercisebrary-brain are churning already; I’m hoping Oakland U. participants will like what I bring!

I have lots more to babble about but I’ll save that for the next post; I don’t want to spoil all of the fun!

(Finally) Day 44!

20 Jul


9 hour days, 5 days a week, 40 hour weeks,  10 weeks, totaling 400 hours worth of corporate fitness is complete! I finished up all my hours yesterday afternoon but had to come in today to organize some things for when I turn in my internship portfolio later this morning.

It’s bitter-sweet; no more 40 traffic when the threat of a mistingrain arises (sweet), staff and training meetings are a thing of the past (bitter), seeing the people I formed relationships with (very bitter), long days of shadowing office hours and fitness classes (sweet),  being on a schedule (bitter), impacting participants lives in a positive way through instructing and training (extremely bitter), and most importantly, leaving Raleigh (need I say how bitter?).

I’ve called Raleigh my second home for the last 4 years and it’s hard to grasp leaving and not returning in a couple of days or weeks. BUT. When one door closes, another one will open and I’m ecstatic to go home and be able to relax with my family for a little before I head up to Oakland Michigan to start another chapter in my life book!

I met some lovely ladies for sushi last night  and to say good-byesee you later. (It was BOGO so when in Rome right?) We went to town and were shocked when the waitress brought a sushi boat to our table for 3 women (4 when our 4th showed up). A SUSHI BOAT. Granted, it was the size of a pontoon boat and not the Titanic, but still.. *A side note-we ate ALL of the above, and more..4 more rolls. 😉

My parents left Pittsburgh at 4am this morning so their ETA is ~11:30am and they brought a guest with them. This little guy is making his first appearance in Raleigh! The plan is to pack up all my junk, head to Jasmin’s for lunch, then make the 1-way trip back to Pittsburgh.


Finding My Balance

17 May

Recently, I decided to reach out to a nutritionist on campus for the first time. Lately, I haven’t been feeling like the energetic, outgoing, and upbeat Katie and to be honest, I can’t take it anymore. Things I do on a daily basis seem like a chore to perform, convincing myself repeatedly to exercise when it’s something that I naturally love to do, eating and never feeling satisfied, and being just.plain.blah. This internal battle has been going on for quite a while now and it’s really starting to affect me; this time in my life should be one of the happiest, graduating from NC State, starting an internship at SAS, packing up all my things and heading to a completely new state (Michigan), new school (Oakland U.), new program, new friends, new environment; NEW EVERYTHING! Stressful? Yes. Exciting? Unbelievably. Nervous? Extremely. Open to change? Definitely. Will it be hard? Without a doubt. Bring-It-On. I like to believe I welcome change with open arms; moving to NC when I was 18 to attend a college I had NO ties to, NO family around, and NO prior experience being on my own. I MADE IT!

“You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler” (Denis Waitley)

You: Katie, you’re stressed out.

Me: No, not me-I don’t stress! Palease.

When I finally made a decision to schedule an appointment with a nutritionist, I finally let my stubborn-guard down and realized, dang. I’m-stressed-out. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has got the best of me. Too much cortisol leads to:

  • impaired cognitive performance
  • suppressed thyroid function
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased abdominal fat
  • decreased bone density and muscle tissue
  • decreased energy levels

Although I don’t feel I show all of these signs, a majority I do. I’ve never experienced these symptoms simultaneously, that’s what I believe put me over the edge. Before anything got worse, I talked to my mom about it and made a responsible decision to contact the nutritionist. I briefly explained my situation, 1. because I’m still hesitant to realize there may be a problem, and 2. it makes me vulnerable. She recommended I keep an online food journal a week before our appointment so she can track and discuss my diet and exercise regime; My Fitness Pal is a knowledgeable resource that’s easy to use and has an extensive list of food choices (one of the major pitfalls of keeping an online journal is the limited food choices you have to pick from which leads to inaccuracy). My caloric intake goal is ~1800 calories/day with an emphasis on increasing fat intake as well as overall calories. Some tips the nutritionist recommended for me:

  • post-exercise, eat a small snack within 30 minutes of my workout that incorporates a healthy fat (I do this currently, but sometimes it’s not within that 30 minute window)
  • drink chocolate milk before bed.
  • eat iron-rich foods more often (leafy greens, red meat)
  • consider an omega-3 supplement as well as a daily vitamin.

She also recommended I see my doctor and have my thyroid gland checked. One of the thyroid glands main function is to regulate the body’s metabolism which affects weight, body temperature, hair, skin, and mood (among other things). A thyroid problem may be the cause of my excruciating stomach pain after a meal, feeling bloated all of the time, and lack of energy.

Being in the fitness industry, high-energy and enthusiasm all the time are a must and it (being a love of mine) should come naturally to me. I don’t want to have to force myself to do something I’m so passionate about. I’m taking the necessary steps to resolve the problem, learn from it, and move on. I need to feel like the energetic, outgoing, and upbeat Katie again :).


Day 3

16 May

After an exhausting Tuesday, I made sure to go straight to bed after dinner; call me a grandma, but I went to sleep at 9:15pm. I would have gone earlier but I got caught up in Guilianna and Bill :-P.

I slept in until 7:20am (does that even count as sleeping in?!) and felt a little more rested than I did yesterday; the storms throughout the night have me tossing and turning though. Once I establish a routine with my internship, my body will adapt (I’m hoping)!

2 scrambled eggs with cheese and spinach, a mini-pita pocket with humus, and a bowl of fresh fruit was on the menu for breakfast. The nutritionist mentioned changing up my breakfasts to incorporate healthy fats, whole grains, and protein to increase my energy and keep me satisfied- another change that I’m eager to make. I’ve also switched from lattes to regular coffee with skim milk and syrup; I like to have a cup with breakfast and a cup at work- it’s a big girl thing ;-).

On the agenda today: Employee Health and Fitness Day! A full day dedicated to employees making a conscious effort to stay fit at work by providing them with the tools, equipment, and ideas they need to be successful at it. Set-up for the event was last night; tables, chairs, and streamers-oh my! It was circus themed with lots of reds, blues, and yellows hanging from the ceiling of the gymnasium. A 5k kicked off the event; when the runners were done and heading back to the gymnasium, they stopped by the putting green where I was!  Participants had three tries to get the ball in the hole; not to toot my own horn but, toot toot I made them all-first try ;-).

Observing another fitness class tonight at 4:30pm- Step and Sculpt (sounds familiar NCSU Fitnasty🙂 ).

Because my internship is unpaid, I’m trying to find a part-time job I can handle on the side. It’s not ideal at the moment but it can’t help my shopping, grocery store, and having fun problems having a small income. I have an interview at a local gym; we’ll see!

Have a happy hump day!

P.S. I’VE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO OAKLAND UNIVERSITY! I haven’t mentioned it before, but I received a graduate assistantship for fitness and wellness back in March when I attended the NIRSA conference in Tampa, Florida. In order to accept the GA position, you must be accepted into the actual graduate school first (makes sense); I applied right after I came home and have been eagerly and nervously waiting since. I’m so grateful for this opportunity! I can’t thank God and everyone at NC State who has believed in me and pushed me to apply and interview for GA positions. I’m excited about the new opportunities, people, education, atmosphere- new EVERYTHING that’s coming my way in August.

Oakland University. Get ready-here I come!