Saturday, November 29, 2008

KC and me

Great training day number 1. I learned so much. I see I had to be tweaked. KC said he at least didn't have to start from the very beginning with me. He just has to tweak what I had been doing. I need a lot of help on my hip pop. That is a mother to learn. Lot of energy. Lot of tension. Not of quad work. I'm glad I can do it. I think I taped my corrections so I can do it better at home. Getting the needed instruction makes it so much better. I"m taking Sunday off because I may be sore but I may not. We went over Windmills and Swings. I have my lessons to do which I will write as I do them.

Reading over Until Today, it said (when y ou are confronted by something that challenges what you are working toward, do not be against it!! Allow other things to exist. Simply choose to put your attention elsewhere.) I find this to come just in time as my learning kettlbells is different then just following along on a DVD. I have to pull away from the fitness forum and do things the way that will lead me to my goal. That does not make what they do right or what I do wrong. just different. I will focus my energy on the things that I can stand up for. Following KC's instruction is the way.

I also found that taking up Loom Knitting will fill the time I'm not spending reading about DVD's and routine fitness.

Off to Loom. Making a scarf. Will post it when done.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Lack of self-discipline. Discipline comes through self-control. This means that one must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. Self mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle. If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. You may see at one and the same time both your best friend and your greatest enemy, by stepping in front of a mirror.

Procrastination. This is one of the most common causes of failure. "old man Procrastination" stands within the shadow of every human being waiting his opportunity to spoil one's chances of success. most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the time "to be right" to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

You will only find pain living in the past.


YES, it's Thanksgiving day. Wonderful day, nice weather. Day to even MORE thankful. We are already pretty thankful most days but today, even more so. I get to eat what ever I want and I started with Sweet potatoe pie for BREAKFAST. Want to make sure I get it all in. The Blessed Turkey breast is in the oven. It worked out well because I thought I was getting a fresh turkey, I got a fresh turkey breast for so much less. I will eat alone and watch movies. Hope they have some good ones on. I hope more people learn how to be fair, to all.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Let me tell you about an RKC. I don't know what they get put into them, but I am here to say, they got it. Each time I address one of them, I get a direct response. They always answer me. They are always polite. They always have led me to where the information is I need. They just have never let me down. If you have any doubt, or want something ironed out, check one of them out. They are an incredible human being and I'm going to be one of them also.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Found and Ready

I have had a wonderful experience this weekend. I was in the presence of an RKC by the name of Kevin Cooper, D.C., CSCS, RKC. To me, for me, this is the starting point. I will be trained by this man to take and pass the RKC certification. I just can't believe I'm on the road. How did this happen? I don't know but I do know one thing, once I start something, it is finished and finished correctly. That means I put all I can into it, even when it's difficult. God help me when I feel weak and tired. It's your body and I do give it to you, all that I do. My small prayer, Bless Me Lord to do it, practice, read, listen, understand, make the connections in the body with the mind, know, that I too will be able to bless someone else with this much needed skill in America. I have know quite a few over-weight, obese people, who do not want to even try to become healthier. That, I don't understand. Our bodies were meant to move. They don't want to put in the time. If the President, Obama can get up and exercise and he has to take care of the NATION... they why can't the rest of the population!!! Stop thinking it's okay America. It's not. You know you can do more and to do more you need a healthy body. Make a change, it starts with you and Me. I'm going to.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

ROP Variety Day

Hi, Today is my variety day and a good thing it is. I had to babysit Jade and it just rearanged my day. So today I did my second Variety day. On Variety days you get to take it easy, do what you want. Today I did:

Stretch Max-Cathy Friedman with the bands.
I did Power and Grace - Circuit 1 3 times.It's a short work out but I did it 3 times to be sure I was doing enough: It consisted of: Swings, one and two arm. Some kinda lift that you lift the kettlebell up in the air and bring it back to chest hight. I also did the Sling shot. Love that and that was it. Can't believe tomorrow is a day off but I will do some Greasing the Grove and maybe just do a couple of pull downs to keep the shoulders moving.

What am I reading: I finished ETK and it's good.
Plan on seeing a RKC on Saturday to see if he and I mesh. Hopefully DD will give me an answer on what to look for or ask to know if I will be taught correctly. I had been trying to meet with a lady at PUNCH in Brockton but our times are not comeing together so I have to keep looking for help so I can make sure I don't teach myself Bad habits. I want to clean it up now and keep it clean.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ROP Day 1

Well, it went well. I did it. I feel good. I did the pulls with my 25. The ladder with my 18. My left side turns a bit and I need to pull that forward so I stay straight when pulling it into the rack position. Swings: I set the timer for 6 minutes and did the swings with rest periods of 40 seconds.

This is my Epiphany that I wrote to Vickie the other day.

It's amazing. You know what I think is going to happen to me. This is what I saw the other day. One day, I was standing at my back
door,looking up at the trees, so full of leaves. I just watched as
each one took it's turn soaring to the ground. One..... by..... one...not a bunch at a time.. ... just one.... just one....just one... I said wow. each takes it's own turn. Then yesterday.... I stood at the door again, I looked up.. and .... they were all gone. ... No more leaves... It ...just happened.... we had no control over how fast, how slow or when these leaves fall.. they just do.. I expect that is going to happen to me... I don't know when I'm going to learn all that I need to learn...or how.. in kettlbells.. but I suspect..One morning I'm going to wake up and I'll be doing it just like the leaves, one.... by one.. gliding through like a God Given Gift....:)

They say and I do believe *when the student is ready...the teacher will be there* Visualize it Cheryl. Believe in yourself.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thank You

Attitude of Gratitude. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being YOU!!. I got up today ready to practice. I can't start ROP until Wednesday as it already started on a Saturday. So this is what I did today:

5 TGU with my 18 l/r
10X5 Pull downs over the door - Blue tube
10x2 Deadlifts 18
10/l/r 1 arm rows 18

Short but sweet. Today is a called a variety day so that's what I wanted to practice. I also carried the kb around in the kitchen over head in the last hold of the TGU.

Sent Anthony a thank you for the DVD. He did respond:)

How do I say HAPPY

Words can't express how much happened today. I'm out of my blue note and on tickled pink:) I received my *clickFree* today and I can say, it is easy. I don't know how I went so many years without one and I suggest anyone reading this, get a ClickFree and be worry free about your computers contents.I can't get to my pictures and Resume on my other computer and emails that i had been saving. This thing takes all that info and stores it so you don't have to worry. don't let me start thinking, what happens if *it* crashes:)
Any way, I received Santa Monica today and it is very good, clean, refreshing, lots of choices for even if you don't have all the bells and whistles. It made me happy to think ONE DAY, I'll be able to do it. Right now, I'm going to continue with ROP. I do believe in crawling before walking. Doing this program can only make me stronger, get used to what i'm doing and increase my confidence that I can be disciplined and that I want to put in the work. I keep hearing practice and consistancy so that's what I'm going to do. also, I need to find some Kettlebell friends to conversate with so I can stay true to form, what I love even on days when I just want to sit.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Start of New 6 Weeks

I'm no longer doing ETK workbook.ADDENDUM: I thought I was no longer doing ETK. I am on my own road now, but I'm will be doing ROP. Today I did this because I thought I was going in another direction, I'm sticking with the Book.

Joint Mobility: Goddess
Swings: 7 minutes with intervals until I get to 10 minutes
Upper Body: Artemus/Goddess
Swings were done with 25lb
Upper body done with 9 lb

Trying to find an RKC to learn snatches. I think I can do them but I always want to be sure i'm hitting it right. no sense in doing something and think I'm doing it to find out it's all wrong.

So that's the plan. When I get an instructor I will post how it goes.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rest day

It's Saturday and I'm granddaughter sitting, bonding. It's cool. She is making bubbles and enjoying just sitting. Imagine,the days when all we had to do was sit. It would come to you. Doesn't work like that now. Everything you want, you have to go and get it. I'm going to get Stronger. I'm going to get more knowledgeable regarding taking kettlebells from the ground up. The bumps, the mountains, and the Vallie's. If I could meet any RKC instructor it would be Pavel, David Whitley and Andrea DuCane and of course, Anthony Diluglio. In the meantime, I put all their wisdom together and keep practicing.

Friday, November 14, 2008


I should find another word for AMAZING. I wish we could remember when we are feeling sad, how long that sadness lasts. It really doesn't last a long time, but when you are feeling lower then usual, it seems like all your life. We need to remember how it feels when we do feel good and say, This is how I feel, ALL MY LIFE. Today, so far my little muggy mood has not passed yet. I know it will, I just want to catch it when it happens so I can remember the feeling. Today, Andre sent me a not about working with me in ETK for 2 more weeks on swings and TGU's. I might do this. Then Carol wrote if I went on, she'd be there. Then Becky send me a note saying good things about life. Now these are people that don't write to me every day, nor do they call my name out every day in their entries on the forums I visit. So, I have to pay attention when I feel, the Universe is trying to pick me up, I have to reach up and grab it instead of sayng, no one cares.

I will be doing my TGu's today. My final day in ETK program minimum which was for 4 weeks. I did the whole program. I did not miss a day, just had to change a day but I still did the 4 days that my goal on the right >>>>> said I wanted to do. For that,, I am grateful. Maybe I should write down I want to get that Snatch down with practice so I won't be so intimidated by it.

I will look into the web site,that Andre mentioned and see if they are also what I need. You will nto believe it but last night or as I lay in bed this morning I said, now If only had something to listen to it would be easier, more conveinent then reading, well I think Andre sent me a link to something that goes on an MP3 player or your computer. That's worth talking about. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Lost count there I think but day three was suppose to be a rest day but I had dinner to prepare so yesterday was TGU day and I made Tuesday my rest day so today is day 4. OkAY. Swings done. This time I did the practice with the 25 all around. Just one circuit though but for 6 minutes, so I went longer. The goal is to build up to 10 minutes. Off to get ready for work now. SUL. <<(See U Latter)

I can't seem to find answers as to which way to go after Friday. I am stumped over what to do next week when I have to practice Clean and Press and I think Snatches. Those things hurt like the dickens and I really don't know why you have to try to learn something that is going to hurt your body. I've got to find some help or get it really quick so I can move on.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Welcome to ETK W4/D1

Oh ya, we hammered it out again. I will hammer and hammer until that nail is flat in it's bed and then some. When I do this, I'm praying all the way, Lord, Please let me get it done. Don't let me quit. Let me stay strong. I pray and I get it done. I want to finish. I will not be a failure. I will succeed in this until the end of the program. I will read and I will practice each day. I so much want to teach people but I have to learn it for myself and this is not easy. It's not like unwrapping a candy and eating it. I takes staying will. Will to cry, will to stand alone. Will to believe in myself. I don't know If I'll make it there but I'm going to keep on trying until the road turns and I have to stop. So far, I'm on the mountain trail. I'm climbing and there is no other way to go but keep practicing. I need direction. I hope someone will be there for me when it's time to check the map again.

Today I did my swings the timed way,. I love this. I will always do this until I get to 10 minutes. Then after that, I plan on doing the whole sequence with my 25 all the time. All I want is a road map to follow to get me to certification so I can help others.

What will it do for me? I don't know. All I can do is hope it changes me like nothing else has.


You know, when I think about it.. my Sunday eat what you want meal really stinks. I enjoy the eating but I swear it stays with me too long. I eat the dinner and at 1 AM I'm still feeling it.. why is that? I will have to check it out next Sunday and make adjustments because I shouldn't be this full at this hour of the night.
Later today, Monday November 10, it's back to the swings. I look forward to doing them now that I know more of what muscles they work and the benefits of the whole body. I'm looking forward to it.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Done, another week done. I did my TGU's today. No pain what so ever. I like to push-up or is it punch-up towards the ceiling at least 5 times before I do the actual get up. I do this to strengthen my abdominal muscles, to connect my core, to engage my mind and body so it works as a unit when I go to stand up. I do love this particular exercise and I look forward to the day I will be able to do them with my 25 pound KB.

I was also very confused on RKC and AoS. I don't know why people are doing both or are doing AoS and not doing RKC. I feel like there is going to be some growth in the market with Certifications like there is in Med Tech school. ASCP, AMT. Two divisions. The first is still the most recognized no matter who follows. Some 30 years later.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Went well. I did this the way Dave gave it to me and it worked great. I loved doing swings this way and that's the way i'm going to progress. Thank you Dave for helping get this done and with energy. I also received a new Stretching DVD today that I will do tomorrow, Friday when I have more time. I do love this exercise.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

ETK W/3/D2

Well, it's all good. I'm still progessing on.I feel pretty good. I did get ETK book and DVD which are helping. I still feel like I'm dong this alone, because I am. I'm making the direction for my goals. I did get some help from Andrea DuCane and David Whitley. So far away but they have both helped me in where I'm going and how to do it. I will do my new swings the way David gave me. I'm sure it will feel better. I don't feel like I'm progressing, but I'm doing the program regardless. The pumps are realy difficult. That gets to me the most about what I'm not able to do. Maybe I will be able to find another stretch to do until I am able to get stronger in my upper arms to hold myself up. Eating is going very well.

History is Made today

Well, yesterday, November 4 we elected the first African American President. All we can do is pray for his journey that it will safe in these next 4 years. God be with you Obama!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

November 1, 2008

Day off. I'm off of it all I guess. I have Jade today. I am planning on reading over Special Report 1 & 2 of ETK. Look at Iron Core, Power & Grace and Clinic. Need to watch all the instructions I can get repeatedly. I want it ingrained in my head so that when I go to do it, it will flow like butter. Eating was candy yesterday, Yes, it was Halloween. :) spooky pictures to come. I love being home and learning on my own. But with the right guidance on what I'm reading.