Day 4 | Sleep Please

I think it’s definitely a sign of how stupidly out of shape that I am, but I am so utterly exhausted today. (Doesn’t help I didn’t really get enough sleep last night . . .) I’m still going though. And after Thursday I have a rest day; rest day meaning that instead of a Blogilates intense workout, I’ll be doing a longer set of yoga stretches.

Honestly I’m super excited for it, because my muscles are starting to feel really sore and achy, especially my back. Even though I have been making a point to do at least a 5 – 15 minute cool down/yoga routine after my workouts to stretch out my muscles again.

But I know that this will all get easier, as I move forward and slowly build a routine and it becomes habit. My body will get used to working out daily – or at all honestly. And slowly but surely I’ll be able to really push myself even more. I am starting to enjoy these workouts though, so that’s something.

Now though, time for some much needed zzz’s.

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 3 | Non-Scale Victories

Day 3 . . . usually I don’t get this far. But that’s why this time is different right?

Today is about those little, small, non-scale victories. It is SO important during this entire journey that one takes to celebrate the little victories. I managed to score several of them today.

First, I skipped my morning workout . . . but when I got home from work I changed into workout clothes, drank my pre-workout and I GOT MY WORKOUT IN for the day! And for the third day IN A ROW! This itself for me is huge! Most times I don’t have the energy to make myself do my workout later in the day if I miss doing it first thing – which before has caused me to stop working out altogether.

Second? I drank an entire gallon of water today – for the second day in a row.

Thirdly – I stayed in my calorie range (under actually), NO snacks were had, AND I COOKED DINNER!

OH!!! And today is the third day in a row that I have blogged! A gigantic change from my hiatus over the last few years! ❤

The best part is, none of these things have absolutely anything to do with weight or the numbers on a measuring tape. Today is a day for celebration. And you bet your buttcheeks that I’ll be sleeping like a baby tonight – today was butt day. And I am in some serious pain. XD

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 2 | Food!

You know that time that you said you were going to eat healthier and cook more and not eat crap? And then you immediately start craving all of the horrible junky food?

Yeah. That was me today. Everything was fine until I got home from work. And what do I hear?

“Hey babe, do you want to get Chinese food for dinner?” *facepalm*

BUT. As I mentioned before, this journey is not only about building a healthier lifestyle, but doing so in a *healthy* manor. Meaning – in short – that junk food is ok. That everything in life is nothing more than a balancing act. From our work/life balance, our friends/family/significant other balance . . . and including exercise, food, and taking care of your body.

More importantly, the thing to take away from all of this today is that it is ok to slip up. It’s true that better choices should be made, but it’s more true that nothing will come from beating yourself up over mistakes or poor choices in your journey. What is important is to make sure that tomorrow you try again. Keep trying. Don’t give up.

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 1 | Where Do I Even Start?

How do I start this . . . I guess, let me start with – Hi. How are you? It’s been a longggg time since I’ve had anything close to a normal blog up and running. But life happens eh?

Now that that’s out of the way – It’s time for a change. Last September, I attempted to do a “Self Care September” Challenge, which you can read the 1 and only post here.

How do I say this . . . I SUCK at keeping myself accountable. I always say how I’m going to stick with a workout plan, or write every day or read every day, blah, blah, blah. But, every time I start, something happens. I get sick, I get too sore, I have one too many drinks with my friends. Something happens that makes me say, “nah, I’ll just skip this one day”. And then I never. start. again. This has been the vicious cycle that has been haunting me for the past YEAR. This time it’s going to be different.

But Why?

Because I am tired of being tired. Tired of feeling sluggish, out of breath, stiff, sore, aching joints, not sleeping well, being bloated. I’m tired of dressing myself in things that hide my body, my rolls and flabby bits that I’ve grown in the last 2-3 years. I’m tired of letting myself down. I’m tired of not having sex with my boyfriend because I feel to self-conscious. As of right now, I am the heaviest I have ever been in my entire life.

It’s time for a change – a lifestyle change. No crazy diets. No insane workout regimine. No “get results quick” scheme for me.

I want to build a sustainable healthy lifestyle. And in the process, build a sustainably healthier me.

How?

By eating better, less processed(ish) foods, drinking less alcohol/sugary drinks and more water, fewer carbs, more protein and healthy fats. Working out more and being generally more active. And by logging every day, here on the blog, how things are going. Even if it’s just a few sentences. Writing something. Because this is more than just getting physically fit. It’s about finding myself again. And I feel like I lost a part of myself when I stopped creatively writing here.

Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty details . . .

What Will I Eat?

Basically, I’ll start with a “keto-ish” diet. Fewer carbs, more protein & healthy fats. Overall less processed and more whole foods. Adjust where needed.

I will NOT be cutting out ANY fruits, and I will be allowing myself to snack on indulgent unhealthy snacks within reason – if it still fits within my calorie count for the day. This is to keep myself from feeling trapped (and again, this is all about building something sustainable – and I can’t sustainably quit all junk food forever!).

The main focus : eating cleaner, better, and NOT eating as much – I have a tendency to overeat!

How Will I Workout?

I plan on aiming for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, but my ideal goal is for a full 60 minutes a day of some kind of physical activity.

My main sources will be following along with the monthly workout calendar by Blogilates on YouTube and/or SarahBeth Yoga on YouTube. Insert kayaking, hiking, walks, etc as weather and time permits.

What Will I Track?

  • Weight (daily)
  • Body measurements (chest, arms, legs, waist, hips, etc)
  • Food intake (mostly calories, but keeping an eye on macros – again my goal is to have fewer carbs & more protein/healthy fats)
  • Water intake (ideally 1 Gallon/day, but baseline goal of about 74 oz / day)
  • Exercise

Tools I Will Use

  • Apple Watch to track activity
  • Lose It! app to track food/macros/water
  • Wellness Planner to track feeling (reaction to food/workouts, etc)
  • Bullet Journal to track measurements, habits & wellness rewards

What Are My Goals?

  • Lose 30 lbs
  • Create a SUSTAINABLE diet & workout regimine
  • Reward myself with NON-FOOD rewards
  • Blog/Vlog/Instagram my journey

And now, time for the more painful part . . . the before pictures & measurements. I’ve never had a bad relationship with my scale – I know that it’s just a number and I know that my weight will fluctuate due to water/bloating/etc. It’s the photos that hurt most. BUT  I know that the AFTER photos are going to be great. So lets see it!

My Before Pictures & Measurements:

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  • Weight: 178 lb
  • Right Arm: 13.5″
  • Left Arm: 13.5″
  • Right Thigh: 26.4″
  • Left Thigh: 25.8″
  • Waist: 34″
  • Muffin Top (1″ below Belly Button): 39″
  • Hips: 43.4″

Some things to note:

My arms were flexed when I took my measurements, because I am interested to see if there is any/much muscle growth in this process.

I took the time to measure my muffin top because – well, honestly I want that little bugger to gtfo.

I’ll be weighing myself daily (as mentioned above), but these other measurements will only be done once a month to track progress. I’ll also be making notes of my non-scale/non-measuring tape victories as well!

I started today off strong – I did day 1 of my Blogilates March workout calendar, and I even followed it up with 15 minutes of yoga to cool down (for a total of 61 minutes of activity!).

Let’s do this.

I’d love to see if you are inspired to do your own health journey!

~xoxo, Katie~

What Is Your Beginning?

I’m getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully this time for good. Welcome back to the Quote of the Month. This month, inspired by this post on Insta.

It speaks to me – especially at this point in my life. But more on that later. There *will* be a life update coming up on the blog. First I’ve got to get some other balls rolling. Hopefully though, you will be seeing (reading?) much more of me around these parts – and other places too if all goes according to plan.

Here’s to new beginnings. Starting fresh. Keeping ourselves accountable. Moving forward.

 

xoxo,  Katie