Day 15 | Where Were We?…

Soooooo I kind of figured this would happen. Especially with everything going on in the world. Butttttt it’s time for another weekly update!

I feel like I’ve definitely noticed more changes this week overall than I did last week. Not gigantic, momentous changes, but still big for me. For starters, I noticed that I’m starting to see some muscle growth – specifically in my triceps!

. . . Again, nothing huge or super impressive, but ultimately more than I’ve seen before!

I’m also starting to notice that I am really looking forward to working out or having some sort of physical activity on a daily basis – and even get a little bummed out when I don’t. There is a definite difference in my overall attitude during the day when I get a workout in. I mean, I wanted so badly not to skip a workout day that yesterday, when Zach & our friends got the day off from work and we made an impromptu trip to a local beach – I still felt the need to get in a tiny workout XD.

(And there’s the proof)

It’s also become a LOT easier to manage what I eat throughout the day. Even on days that I feel like I’m eating a lot, I’ve been tracking my food and I’m still managing to keep under my calorie count for the day. I DO, however, need to work harder on eating an overall cleaner diet.

So, all in all things are going well. I decided to take a break from working out today due to being in the sun all day yesterday – so I’ll either do both Sunday’s & Monday’s workout tomorrow OR I’ll skip my rest day on Friday and use it to catch up. Either way – I am so proud of where I’ve gotten so far. And that I am taking the opportunity to enjoy the finer and simpler things in life.

As a bonus life update, we enjoyed a well & long-deserved break away from the daily grind and nonstop work schedule. A very chill day at the beach, a stroll through the downtown St. Augustine area, and a stop for some wine & charcuterie at a beautiful little hole-in-the-wall place (I wish I could remember the name) with some lovely live music.

Now . . . time for that weekly measurement update! This time the changes aren’t as evident, but still changes.

Week 2 Measurements
  • Weight: 176 lb (-1.2lb)
  • Chest: 38” (+/-0)
  • Right Arm: 13.25”(-0.25”)
  • Left Arm: 13.5” (+/-0)
  • Right Thigh: 25.5” (+/-0)
  • Left Thigh: 25.5” (-0.25”)
  • Waist: 32.25” (-0.2”)
  • Muffin Top: 37” (-1”)
  • Hips: 42.5 (+0.5”)

For a total loss of 1.7” lost this week, and a total of 6.55” lost in the last 2 weeks!

Week 2 down. Time to conquer this one.

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 12 | Sleep Is Important

Never underestimate how important sleep is. Quality and quantity are both equally important. And now – I’m going to attempt to head off this exhaustion & get some sleep.

Is there anyone else getting their butt beat by the time change?

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 11 | Learning…

A couple of things I learned on Day 11.

1) I’m starting to look forward to working out, and I have moved past the mental block of “I missed a day so now I’ll miss all days”.

2) I didn’t have time to make actual food for lunch today – so I took a carb heavy Cheesy Ziti (which tastes awesome). And upon coming home and working out, I crashed HARD. I don’t think I ever realized how differently my body reacted on carb-heavy foods/diet vs eating generally well (i.e. trying to balance carbs/protein/fats). And I think since making more of an effort to balance my macros (and just a little) have actually made a difference in how I feel on a day-to-day basis.

That’s all for now, I’m going to try to get some sleep tonight. Still adjusting to the damn time change.

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 10 | 80 More To Go

I’m already over a week into my journey. And, just like any journey or great quest, there are always going to be speed bumps.

Today, it comes in the form of my period. See I started bleeding on Monday (aka yesterday). Cramping is generally really super bad the first day or so, but somehow I managed to get through a workout yesterday.

Today though was another story. I think part of it has to do with the time change, losing that hour of sleep/time has really made the last 2 days a struggle. Add to that some bloating, cramping and general period fatigue, today . . . today working out just wasn’t meant to be. I really wanted to, but sometimes you have to listen to your body. And today my body was telling me to take a day off, get caught up on some laundry, and make sure to get to bed earlier so you can wake up in the morning with time to workout.

Sometimes life happens and, for whatever reason, a workout just isn’t in the cards for that day. But as I learned last week, I know that I am capable of picking up right where I left off and making sure I keep the forward momentum.

Remember – no matter what you’re doing, Don’t beat yourself up for going at a slower pace than others, or for having to take a day off to help refocus on you. Everyone’s journey is different.

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 9 | Is This Repetitive Yet?

Another day, another update. I’m not gonna lie – today was ROUGH. This time change sucksssss! I don’t know about you but I got the worst sleep last night . . . which means I accidentally slept in longer than intended, so I had to skip the morning workout. Which means I had one of two options left – skip the workout for the day or force out a workout after a day at work and being tired.

I am happy to announce that I took option 2! And I kind of hated every second of it. But I AM glad that I did it. And also glad that I have a reliable pre-workout that I can utilize, because otherwise I don’t think I would’ve made it through.

I’ve been using either Bang or Reign drinks – and I’m really pleased with them overall. The give me energy fairly quickly, keep my energy up to get through my workout, and I don’t end up crashing at the end of it.

~xoxo, Katie~