Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Whose Body Is Better?" Results

It is time to reveal the results of  "Whose Body Is Better" experiment my weather guy and I began in January.

If you missed it, CBS11's Jeff Jamison started the Insanity workout, while I embarked on a Pilates journey at S2S Functional Performance, a small rehab and exercise studio near my home in Argyle, Texas.

I was not going for weight loss or inches. I was simply hoping to FEEL GOOD again. My whole life I've exercised regularly, even more so these last 3 years. But last fall I fell off my wedge shoes and broke my foot, which caused me to change my gait, which led to shooting pain in my legs and the pads of my feet.

Every exercise I tried hurt. Which made me cut way back. And when I don't exercise, I don't feel good, my hormones go awry, and my confidence is shot. Not a good combination for a wife and mother of three who makes her living doing live television!

So I reached out to S2S owner Meredith Tittle, a physical therapist and orthopedic specialist who built her unique business from scratch. She assured me the controlled, mindful movements of Pilates would change everything for me.

I committed to a 3-month membership.

I'm telling you, the positive changes I've experienced in these last 12 weeks have transformed my approach to and beliefs about exercise. (They also prompted this story on CBS11 if you'd like to check it out.)
I did need to make a few adjustments along the way--i.e., stop attending so many 6am classes and add a few days of high-intensity cardio on a treadmill--but I could not believe how my foot and leg pain disappeared.

A few other Pilates life-changers:

1.  I can see now why celebs like Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, and Sarah Jessica Parker have such lean, strong bodies--and can endure 2 hour workouts every day in order to maintain them. They all do Pilates on a reformer machine. It does not involve crazy cardio routines or weights. It actually FEELS GOOD. And while it can be exhausting, it does not make you feel famished for the rest of the day!

2. Pilates really does build muscle and definition, but it doesn't bulk you up. As a result, you look slim yet strong, and your clothes just fit better.

3. Reformer Pilates, led by a well-trained instructor (major shout out to Lauren Monroe!), will change the way you do any kind of exercise, ever, for the rest of your life. The awareness I now have of my supporting muscles? The proper way to work my abs? Both will make future workouts safer and much more efficient. And I truly feel I have a better sense of balance and coordination than I've ever had in my life.

4. My pelvic floor is back, baby! What a bonus of the deep lower abs work Pilates encourages! What the heck is a pelvic floor, you ask? Well, you know those Kegal exercise doctors prescribe after childbirth? Try doing them in a classroom setting for a set amount of minutes with an instructor. Your insides will feel 20 again. Who knew?

5. Finally, I believe we totally under-estimate our joints until something serious blows up. As a physical therapist of 11 years, Meredith believes there is nothing better than Pilates for maintaining joint strength.
Imagine never having to deal with injury to your shoulders, hips, knees, wrists, or ankles?! You'll feel young forever. And you'll never, ever have to stop moving. I don't know about you, but that's how I want to live. I want to travel and work and have a blast with my kids and future grandkids.

I will say there is one challenge to this fitness routine: it's expensive. The financial commitment is extremely difficult in my family budget, as classes can range from $20-$50 per hour. Tough to justify, especially when you can get an ordinary gym membership for $30/month....or run outside for free. 

So, is it worth sacrificing a few dinners out or a few cute dresses every month to feel youthful for the rest of my life, remaining active and pain-free? That's for you to decide. We all find a way to do what's truly important to us.

And as for who won the "Whose Body is Better" challenge, I say Jeff Jamison and I both did. He reports going down a couple of pants sizes and having more energy. I definitely came out a winner too, learning first hand that the core strength, flexibility, and feel-good results of reformer Pilates are second-to-none.

For more information on S2S Functional Performance,  call (940) 241-1215 or email Info@s2sperform.com. Address: 2652 FM 407, Ste 115, Bartonville, TX 76226.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tales from the Kornet Kitchen

I'm sitting at my kitchen computer, while my youngest son types his graduation speech behind me.

In 48 hours Luke will finish high school; 30 hours after that, we will move him to college.

At that point all three of my kids will have officially launched, and I will be left to ponder the meaning of life without them part of my daily routine, my life focus, and my main motivation to work and breathe.

So I've tried to get a head start in the pondering department.

Yesterday I asked the question "What is the meaning of life?" on Facebook and Twitter, hoping to spark a future blog.

The responses have been beautiful, moving, stunning, and thought-provoking. I honestly don't know where to begin now, as I've been inspired to think more profoundly about life, motherhood, marriage, God--and where my impending stage of life fits in to all of it.

It's been a difficult year, adjusting to my kids growing up and out. But life must go on. And I must find a new purpose and place to pour out my heart and soul.

"Empty Nest" is such a lame, nerdy phrase, especially for something that feels so utterly monumental.

But rest assured, we sappy parents will fly again!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What? He's Becoming a Priest?!

I haven't enjoyed the reaction to a story like this since my feature on the 55-year-old grandmother trying out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!

And the topic couldn't be more different.

Brett Metzler, future priest
The strong response this time is to the story of Brett Metzler, a 20-year-old, former Athlete of the Year at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, who left Texas A&M after his freshman year to join the priesthood--and how the number of young men joining the priesthood is WAY up across the country.

The story is the most shared on our station website with 6,000 likes so far.

And yesterday I received an email from a Mrs. Judith Verrier in the archdiocese of Washington, confirming the same thing is happening there:

Dear Ms. Kornet,

Thank you sincerely for your recent article on seminarians and the priesthood, which casts a positive light on all that is good about the Catholic priesthood.  I can attest that the topic of your story is true:  there are currently 25 men studying at this seminary for our archdiocese (there are a total of 74 seminarians which includes our seminary, and 3 others in our archdiocese).  Our seminary is currently under construction – we’re building 2 more floors to accommodate 20 more seminarians!
  
Sure, any time one's work resonates with others always feels good. But it's especially rewarding when it's the result of a young person with a pure heart for serving others, who is not only listening for but responding to what he believes is God's calling for his life.

What a rare thing to see in this day and age! And what a rare opportunity--afforded me by my television station--to fly to New Orleans and tell Brett Metzler's story.

If you missed it, click here for the full story. And feel free to keep "liking" if the Spirit moves you.

Tracy

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Rest of the Story

Blabbermouth Tracy wanted to wait for her boy to break the news first. So pardon the delay of this follow-up to Monday's blog about my son's whirlwind college basketball recruiting experience.

Luke announced the big news last night: he committed to play basketball at Vanderbilt University!

It's an extraordinary choice for many, many reasons. Not only is Vandy an exceptional school academically and athletically (and in the SEC!), but it's one my family happens to know exceptionally well.

My husband Frank played at Vanderbilt from 1985-1989 on one of its most successful teams in the history of the school. His Milwaukee Bucks jersey hangs in the Vanderbilt Hall of Fame. And even I have a small basketball connection, dancing on the Vanderbilt Basketball Pom Pon squad from1986-1987.

We have attended many games through the years at Memorial Gym, and almost always stop in Nashville on our regular drives between Texas and the Kentucky Kornet relatives.

Vanderbilt was even one of the five schools to which Luke applied last fall. He liked it that much--the campus, the location, the athletics, and of course, its reputation to deliver one excellent education.

For all of these reasons, we are beyond thrilled Luke can call himself a Commodore now.
The Nashville paper just posted this article about Luke's commitment this morning.

So grateful for this dream come true.

Thank you for sharing our joy. Your wonderful words have warmed my heart.

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