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Savvy Curls with Kathleen Shelfer

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This really stuck with me today. It can’t express how I feel any better.  It also reminds me of what I need to do in my life. What I think about constantly, but don’t follow through with. That I need to just speak and not walk on eggshells. That I need to do more for myself and what makes me feel good.  

I want to thank, Rachael, a friend on Facebook. One of the very few friends that I have on Facebook, that I have never actually met in person. I adore your drive for life. For peace. For health. For education.  ♥


Shrink Yo’Self Fitness Challenge Week 2

Today is our Wednesday check-in for the Shrink Yo-Self Fitness Challenge.

Today’s Weight:  175.6.

I can’t remember what my weight was last week at this time. Somewhere around 177 I believe.  Anyway, the Challenge for this week is staying the same as last week. Workout 3 to 5 times a week. Have I been doing this?  Some days yes.  Some days no.  I have gotten on my bike a few times in the past week, but still no Bikram and still no other exercising. Why? Well, because I am Kathleen and this is what I do.  On a good note though… I am getting a treadmill tomorrow night!!!  Woo hooo!  So excited!

When I WAS going to the gym the thing that I used the most was the treadmill, so having one in the house is going to be great. Not only will I use it, but my Father and Husband will want to use it as well.  I will have to keep my Boys in check about the rules of safety while using a treadmill, but I will for sure let them use it if they like.

The Assignment that went along with this weeks Challenge is “Dear Me“, which I have already completed as of last week. You can see it here… https://katbite.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/shrink-yoself-assignment-dear-me-in-2013/

Starting Thursday, or maybe Friday sometime, I will get my ass on that Treadmill and walk, walk, walk.  I also plan to ride my bike over to meet my Boys after school too. My 3 oldest rode bikes today, but my youngest didn’t. I think I’ll take the carrier over with baby girl and ride home with them all.  My oldest has his saxophone today anyway, so I can put that in the carrier for him as well.  I’ll take the exercise any way I can get it! 🙂


Shrink Yo’Self Assignment – Dear Me. In 2013.

Shrink Yo' Self in 2012

Dear Me. In 2013.

The Assignment:

“For this week’s project, I want you to close your eyes. (Well, after you read this.) And pretend that it’s January — of 2013.

One full year ahead.

And when you think about January 2013, think about where you are sitting. What you look like. Where you are. Think about all the things you did in 2011. How far you’ve come. The goals you’ve reached. The obstacles you faced in 2011. The things you learned. Visualize where you will be. Physically, mentally, emotionally. I know you don’t have much to go on since we’re not even out of January 2012 yet. But that’s kind of the whole purpose.

Now, ”future self” (*this is me waving to your future self and saying “Hi!!!”*), go ahead and write ”current self” a letter. Tell yourself what you’ve done in 2012 and who you’ve become. Tell yourself about all the scale and non-scale victories you’ve had. Anything that you think is valuable for your current self to know, go ahead, tell it.

Write the letter to yourself like it actually happened. No hypotheticals. Because “future-self” actually knows what went on in 2012! You have to trust her (or him)!! Channel “Future Self”. So that’s what it is this week. “Future-self,” write “current-self” a letter about what 2011 is like and what you hope for 2013.

This is one of those things you can actually hold in your hand when January 2013 comes around and you can see for yourself just what you’ve done. I am sure you will agree with yourself on that day and maybe even surprise yourself. Because you’ve got 11 more months to make it real. And you will. Because you rock and because you’re you, and ps. I already know what you’re made of. (And because future me told me so.)”

January 6, 2013

Well Kathleen, I must say that it has been an interesting year.  While I sit here in our new backyard with Queenie on my lap in Aptos I couldn’t be happier.  The Boys are getting ready to head back to school after the holidays after another amazing Christmas and New Years.

Last New Year we spent it at the Manning’s and boy did we miss them this time around.  Skype is so great though, because we get to keep in great touch with them.

Some other fun things that we did this year…

  • We bought Season Passes to Disney for the family.
  • I started riding bikes to school with the Boys.
  • Alex passed me up in my shoe size.
  • We did 3 more run/walks.  This time with the whole family.
  • Andrew found a new job in the Bay Area finally and we got to move back to California!  Wow, I never thought that would happen.  That was probably the best thing of all.  Better late than never.
  • I stuck with Weight Watchers.  Kim and I went diligently every Sunday (sometimes Mondays) and I lost 40 more pounds!!  I feel fantastic!
  • Bikram this year has changed my life.  I am flexible, energetic and happy all the time.  The new studio in Aptos is fantastic too!
  • Paladin is doing much better with his Valley Fever and we hope to have another great year with him.
  • Queenie and Rogue had another litter of puppies.  We found them all great home and boy was I tempted to keep one.

At the beginning of the year I started 3 new Challenges.

1) 100 ounces of water a day.  I am still drinking those 100 ounces of water a day and I feel great.  It really helped with getting the weight off and keeping my skin healthy.  With as much Bikram and Bike Riding that I have been doing, some days I drink over 150 ounces.

2) Shrink Yo’Self 2012, which ended on February 28th.  My goal was to complete all of the assignments and lose at least 5 pounds during the Challenge.  I did it!!  I was so happy!

3) 52 Small Changes. Each week was a new Challenge.  I completed them all, which I was amazed!  It is so hard for me to keep with something that long, but I did it and I feel great on the inside and look great on the outside.

Being able to walk and ride my bike to the beach has been a huge thing for me right now.  I not only get exercise, but I am reading more and my depression is finally gone.  The ocean does wonders for Kathleen.  🙂

On a very cool note… that bathing suit that T said that I would never fit into that sits in my drawer… IT FITS!!!  Woo hoo!  I will post pics when I get a chance.  That just made me feel even more fantastic.

Well, it has been one amazing year and I am so looking forward to 2013 and seeing what it brings me and the family.


Yourself – Kathleen.



6th Practice in 7 Days

I actually feel really good right now.  I had a quick bite to eat at home after my Bikram Yoga practice tonight.  Took a nice shower and headed for bed.  I feel a bit slow and sore behind my right upper hamstring, but that is about it.

I was so happy that Elizabeth wanted to go again today.  It was her second time this week and my 6th in 7 days.  I felt stronger in my practice tonight, which is what I was shooting for.  I was also trying to stay more focused.

The room didn’t feel as hot tonight.  I think that was because the fans were on a little higher than normal.  It felt good though and I have no complaints.

At the end of our practice and during our final savasinna Jon, our instructor, read us his favorite poem.  He said that Bikram’s Wife read it during one of her sessions…

Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

I look forward to going back tomorrow.  🙂


Another day of Bikram…

I did it!  I made it to another day of Bikram.  Today I was a bit stiff from yesterday, but today was better with me not wanting to puke the whole time.  I get to go back tomorrow too.  I am so happy about that.  My friend Kim will be going with me for her first time.  I love what Jon, the instructor/owner said today during class.  He said that everyone hates it their first time, their 5th time.  After 60 days they can’t live without it.  I believe it.

After class tonight I was asking Jon about children and Bikram.  He said I could bring them all if they are interested.  I loved hearing that.  I will be interested in seeing who goes with Kim and I tomorrow.

You know what I like the most?  That I am excited about going back.  About seeing how I feel each day after I practice.  All I can say is that it is the good stuff.

I am still focusing hard on my Weight Watchers and after 5 weeks on the program, I think that I am really finding my groove.  I am hoping to do the same with exercising and doing Bikram.  I want it to just become second nature for me.  Just part of my normal day.  Would that be wonderful!  🙂


Bikram, for good this time?

Yes!  I am so excited!  A new Bikram Yoga studio opened near my house on Monday and I could be more jazzed!  It is called Bikram Yoga Mesa.  The owner is Jon is a great instructor and couldn’t be more sincere and helpful.  He loves Bikram.

Today I was finally able to make one of the first classes.  All week they are holding free sessions for their opening week.  How great is that!  I plan on going back tomorrow.  Even after the several bouts of wanting to puke and my heart trying to jump out of my chest… yes I love it!

My Husband picked me up from my class tonight and I was talking to him about the session.  I was curious about how many calories you burn during a 90 minute typical session.  I looked at a few different sites and this is what I came up with… for a 180 pound person doing 90 minutes it calculates 885 to 1225 calories.  I’ll take it and I totally believe it!  I found the calculations at this site… Yoga For Weight Loss – Does Bikram Yoga Work? and also another calculator… The Most Accurate Calories Burned Calculator, and one more…  Calories Burned Yoga.

Isn’t that amazing!  After I got home, had dinner, more water and yes the Cosmo my Husband handed me (even though I didn’t feel like drinking it at all after such a great workout) I headed off to peel off my clothes and lay in bed.  I am still sweating 2 hours later. Not as bad of course, but I have a lot to get rid of after the wonderful 2 weeks of celebrating my Birthday and my youngest Brother in town.  I really do feel great and these cold sheets feel amazing.  LOL!

A couple other things that I would love to share with you non-Bikram believers are the Poses & Benefits Of Bikram Yoga.  If you would like to see the actual poses and no, I do not look like this in the poses and most people don’t… you can see them by clicking here… Bikram Yoga 26 Postures.  Also, some more benefits of Bikram can be seen here… health benefits.  

Here is another great link about Bikram Yoga.  I love it, because it is informational in many areas from learning about poses, what to wear, how good it is for your heart and the comparison of Bikram to Running.  Please check on these links.  Give it a try… give it at least 5!  🙂

Obviously I love it.  One day I hope you do too. I know it is only my first day back, but for me to have something so close to me in my current situation I could ride my bike there if I had too.  That is a great thing in my mind!  

Anyway, as my Husband and I were talking about my class tonight after we had dinner he couldn’t believe the calculations I found.  I also shared with him, again, the information that I had learned over the past few years. He was shocked!  So shocked that I hope that I will be able to drag him kicking and screaming to a free class before they end on Sunday.  And as Jon said tonight when I told him that I was trying to get my Husband to come, “I have a rope that we can drag him with.”  I love it!

I really needed this today.  Especially after a 3rd day of bloating, nausea and stomach-ache.  I feel pretty damn good right now. Tired, but really good!  That is a great thing!  🙂