BLOG

Pregnancy: Weeks 21-30

| About Me | No Comments

I love sharing this pregnancy with all of you, in such a public way. When I was first found out I was pregnant (now 9 long months ago), I sought out these types of forums: blogs, public web chats, YouTube videos and books. I loved the personal experiences people shared about their pregnancies. These 10 weeks taught me so much about my body, and about pregnancy in general. I know it is only my first…

Recipe: Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

| Recipes | No Comments
I am SO excited to share this recipe with you all today. Brett and I love making oil-free, vegan, low-fat, full-flavor nachos. Because seriously, who doesn't want to make junk food without the junk? I was going to give you all the complete recipe (for everything we do with the nachos) but because there are a couple different things we make at home, I thought I would give you individual recipes and then I'll treat...

Why Restriction Never Works

| Diet/Nutrition, Tips | No Comments
The most popular adage in the weight-loss/fitness/dieting world is “Eat Less, Move More” and although this can be true to a point, it often has created a terrible expectation of extreme exercise while restricting your calories to the point of “starvation mode” Although starvation mode (and therefore, restriction) does in fact cause you to lose weight (hello, low number of calories for an extended period of time will always do that), it is not the...

I’m PREGNANT: Weeks 1-20

| About Me | No Comments

When I thought about being pregnant, I dreamed of blogging. Every week maybe, or every few AT LEAST. That has definitely not been the story of this pregnancy… much to my own disappointment. Once I got pregnant and felt time slipping away, I thought, well okay, each trimester, but as time ticked on…I found myself farther and farther away from any goal of even blogging at all. However, I am here! Present!!  And want to…

Autoimmune Disease: 7 Tips for Coming Back from a Flare

| Autoimmune | No Comments

For those of my followers that are fellow #spooniewarriors, (autoimmune disease fighters) I totally understand the fear, discomfort and uncertainty that comes from getting through a flare. Although you feel so much better and have learned to appreciate the simple experience of well-being, there is so much more associated with getting out the other side. When do you work out again? How much did the medication they put you on mess you up? How do…

Adventure: Lake Forest Hike

| About Me, Workout | No Comments
You know, when I originally got into hiking, I just did it with Mr. Rogers to get us out and about. He loved being outdoors, usually near the beach…but I preferred the mountains. It is so like us to always prefer the exact opposite. I can remember the exact moment I fell in love with hiking. Brett and I watch the movies “Mile…Mile and a Half” and “Wild.” I watch these people hike part of...

BLOG

Pregnancy: Weeks 21-30

| About Me | No Comments

I love sharing this pregnancy with all of you, in such a public way. When I was first found out I was pregnant (now 9 long months ago), I sought out these types of forums: blogs, public web chats, YouTube videos and books. I loved the personal experiences people shared about their pregnancies. These 10 weeks taught me so much about my body, and about pregnancy in general. I know it is only my first…

Recipe: Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

| Recipes | No Comments
I am SO excited to share this recipe with you all today. Brett and I love making oil-free, vegan, low-fat, full-flavor nachos. Because seriously, who doesn't want to make junk food without the junk? I was going to give you all the complete recipe (for everything we do with the nachos) but because there are a couple different things we make at home, I thought I would give you individual recipes and then I'll treat...

Why Restriction Never Works

| Diet/Nutrition, Tips | No Comments
The most popular adage in the weight-loss/fitness/dieting world is “Eat Less, Move More” and although this can be true to a point, it often has created a terrible expectation of extreme exercise while restricting your calories to the point of “starvation mode” Although starvation mode (and therefore, restriction) does in fact cause you to lose weight (hello, low number of calories for an extended period of time will always do that), it is not the...

VIEW ALL POSTS

WHY JUST OKAY?

 

I am sure a lot of you are wondering why I called this blog OKay Fitness instead of Great Fitness, Perfect Fitness or The Best Fitness.

But let me be honest, how many of us are perfect? And here is the obvious answer: none of us. We have grown up being told, “nobody is perfect.” In fact, I know people who live their life by that saying. That whenever they or somebody else does something wrong or fails they just repeat that mantra.

And yet day to day we are told to strive for perfection, not just acceptability. We live in a world where greatness is the only level to achieve and the truth is that we all do just fine at being just okay. Okay can mean going from working out never, to working out twice a week. Others would see that as barely a workout, but for you it’s a stretch. Be okay with that fitness level. Work hard at your level of okay because eventually the level of okay can lead to great transformations of health and fitness.

So in this blog I encourage you to fix your goals. To be good not great, to be fine not good and take one step at a time and realize that just being OKAY is still awesome because you are still taking a step towards fitness. Okay can be all you need to be the healthier, happier you.

KAY’S JOURNEY

30
pounds lost
2
autoimmune diseases
3
years of fitness work

WEIGHT LOSS

Fitness, although one of my top priorities in life now, has not always been a strong focus for me. Growing up my parents were both healthy and fit individuals. My father regularly went to the gym and my mother ran half marathons. They both did their part to stay fit and we as kids ran around more often than siting still. Being active was a lifestyle not something we had to think about. Through high school I was a dancer. I tried track when I was in the 9th grade and after a bad experience with heat stroke I swore I would never run again (boy how I have changed). The rest of my high school and even early college years were filled in a dance room. It was something that fed my creativity and my drive to eat REALLY BAD FOOD. By my senior year I was dancing three to four hours a day and a totally healthy looking girl. It is amazing how our metabolism can handle anything when we are younger.

As I went to college, a bad diet and a worse-yet habit of drinking too much lead to a steady increase in weight. I went from 125 lbs. when I graduated from high school to a whopping 150 lbs. by the middle of my sophomore year. It was then that I realized something had to change.

BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A LIFELONG ILLNESS

In June of 2012 some strange things started happening to my body. My legs started going numb, my stomach started acting out and my back was a mess. Pretty soon I was glued to my couch, barely able to walk, sit or stand for more than two to three minutes. I was in tears most days and started taking SERIOUS pain medication to help relieve some of the symptoms. The doctors had no idea what was happening. They were almost positive it was nerve or brain focused so they kept putting me through different MRI’s and tests until out of desperation they did a full blood panel. It was at that time that one of my tests came back positive. It is not a test that ALWAYS means something is wrong, but it is a trigger point. I had something going on that seemed like an autoimmune disease but a lot of my other numbers were so healthy that they weren’t sure that was right.

FITNESS

Based upon my track team experience in the past I was sure I’d never run another mile after high school. However, during this gaining, loosing, gaining experience, my father went from the “occasional athlete” into a full-blown Half Ironman competitor. Three slip disks later, he decided to train and go to the Boston Marathon. He spent all his time training for the Long Beach Marathon (so he could qualify for the race). With a flaring slip disk, he took to deep water running. Hour upon hour in the Long Beach Harbor he would run under water, training his heart and his legs despite his inability to run on ground. His fight to succeed encouraged me. What was even more encouraging was when he got his goal pace at Long Beach and got in to the Boston Marathon! Upon seeing his joy from running and the encouragement of others, I picked up running short distances. It was 10 minutes here, 2 miles there- nothing much and NOTHING FAST. I was running because it seemed like the right thing to do. I wasn’t in love with it, but it was exercise, so I did it.

CONTACT KAY

YOUR NAME (required)

YOUR EMAIL (required)

SUBJECT

YOUR MESSAGE