Episode 4 – Being Your Own Health Care Advocate

Hey, everyone!

Well, half of our dynamic duo is here to give you our fourth episode, “Being Your Own Health Care Advocate.” In it, Kate talks about the power that medical professionals have over our lives, and the faith that we put in them for that reason. She discusses her own experience as a disabled person and a lifelong patient, as well as the need for you, as adults, to have some frank conversations and make some fairly morbid decisions in order to make sure that your intentions are followed in the case of an emergency, as well as to protect your children or those you take care of in case of an untimely death or incapacitation.

Kate also goes on to discuss just how important it is to do your own research about your health, and to feel confident and empowered enough to become your own health care advocate; to ask the questions you need answers to; to make sure that your health care professional hears what you’re saying and knows what you’re feeling.

Our health care system is far from perfect, but it’s far more advanced and effective than it was in years past. Just like the legal profession and the law enforcement field, there are incredible professionals working within an imperfect, sometimes broken system. It may not be the individual professional’s fault, per se, that the system needs repair, but that doesn’t change the fact that the system can fail you at times. That’s why we, as patients, need to be informed and proactive in trying to collaborate with our health care professionals, so that we can work together with them to ensure that we receive the best medical treatment available.

We hope you’ll enjoy this episode of the podcast, just as we hope that you’ll stay tuned for the next one. We plan to ask some pretty awesome guest co-hosts to come in for the next few episodes, so make sure you’re following us via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, or Tumblr to keep up with us! Remember – our episodes are also available to stream on iTunes and Google Play.

Also, as always, we’d love your feedback as to past episodes, or suggestions for upcoming episodes. Feel free to hit us up via social media, or by sending us an email at hammertimewithnikkiandkate@gmail.com.

Stay well, friends!


P.S. Kate wants to thank everyone who came to the hospital to visit her after her spinal surgery at the end of March, as well as everyone who sent her good wishes, positive thoughts and prayers for her recovery. You all helped her get through a tough time, and it’s so appreciated!


With one of us being a lifelong Type I Diabetic and a disabled person with recurring tethered spinal cord, and the other a Veteran and former military firefighter who’s now faced with the postpartum pooch many moms develop after their ab muscles separate during pregnancy, you’d think we’d have just about given up on exercising.

Thankfully, with our background in NCAA Division I athletics and Olympic development training in track and field, as well as Nikki’s graduate-level education regarding physical fitness and the human body, we haven’t gone down without a fight!

Stay tuned later this week for our third podcast episode, where we’ll discuss how difficult it can be for anyone to maintain their physical fitness, never mind once you reach a certain age, have a physical disability or have given birth. But have no fear! There are ways to be able to maintain an exercise regimen, even for those constantly on the go or with very limited mobility.

In Episode 3 of “Hammer Time with Nikki and Kate,” we’ll give examples of workouts we’ve done over the years in order to stay physically fit. Kate will explain how she’s had to be mindful of her nutrition, her insulin intake, as well as the type of exercise she’s doing (i.e., aerobic versus anaerobic) in order to keep her diabetes under control. She’ll also explain how she’s recently had to significantly alter her exercise in order to keep her circulation going and her muscles from atrophying. For her, isometrics and deep stretching have become essential to her weekly routine.

Nikki will discuss the exercise involved in taking care of two very active girls under the age of three, when “free time” can be quite the novel concept. She’ll also explain how she has modified her workouts to address her Diastasis Recti, a condition many moms face after pregnancy. She’ll talk about her frustrations adjusting to her postpartum body, especially as a woman who has focused on physical fitness for her entire life.

No matter who you are, what your body looks like or what your physical abilities are, there are things you can do to maintain physical fitness. We’ll talk about how important exercise has been in our lives, and how important it is to one’s self-care. Exercise can increase one’s metabolism, lower one’s stress levels, produce more sound sleep and increase feelings of happiness. Unless you are completely incapacitated, there are a variety of creative ways to maintain your physical fitness. Tune in to learn a few!

And as always, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment or send us a message as to what’s worked for you in the past, what questions you may have about fitting exercise into your life, or suggestions for future episodes.

Wishing you and yours nothing but health and happiness!


Nikki and Kate

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Listen to Episode 2 of our Podcast, “Self-Care and Self-Love: What Have You Done for You Lately?”

How many of us (especially the women among us) give so much to our family, our significant other, our career, etc., that we have nothing left for us at the end of the day?

Check out our second episode (which was recorded on Facebook Live!), entitled: “Self-Care and Self-Love: What Have You Done for You Lately?” In it, we talked about how hard it is for some of us to take time out of our busy schedules to make sure that we’re doing okay. We’d love to know what you ladies and gents think about the episode and about practicing self-care and self-love in your life.

Also, stay tuned for our next episode, coming soon!


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Welcome to our site!

Welcome to “Hammer Time with Nikki and Kate: A Disabled Lawyer and a Personal Trainer Walk Into a Podcast….”

As two former All-American hammer throwers, we’ll be discussing a wide range of topics on our podcast: dating, marriage, having kids, not having kids, having a professional career, making your career as a stay-at-home mom, how to feel feminine while squatting 400 pounds, how two fierce competitors became sisters from two misters, and more!

We’re so excited to hear from you about our upcoming topics and our opinions on things. Please feel free to use the comment section below, or to email us at hammertimewithnikkiandkate@gmail.com.

More to come soon!

All our best,

Nikki and Kate

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Hammer Time With Nikki and Kate: A Disabled Lawyer and a Personal Trainer Walk Into a Podcast….