Day 7 | Week 1 Done!

Sooooo life has sucked a little – but I will be posting a 1 week update tomorrow!

Quick update; for the first time in I don’t even know how long – I have stuck to my workout routine for an entire WEEK!

But, once more I’ve put off writing (maybe that’ll be the new challenge for next week) and stayed up late to push out an update. So it’s off to bed for me, and I’ll be here tomorrow with a more in-depth update!

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 6 | Keep Going

You know how before I mentioned that the reason why I’ve failed in the past is partially due to taking a “rest day” and then proceeding to just stop working out completely? Yeah well, yesterday I didn’t workout. Being so overly tired from work, I woke up late, and then just had a rough day altogether. I was irritated that I was tired, and annoyed with myself for skipping a day.

But…today I made the change. I made a choice. Instead of being upset with myself and beating myself up, I did yesterday’s workout today. Luckily, Friday’s are to be “rest days” for stretching (which I intended on not actually resting but instead making more time for yoga). So I was able to treat yesterday as a rest day and today picked right back up where I left off.

Things are changing y’all. I hope you have a good weekend. Chat again tomorrow. You can expect a full week 1 update either tomorrow or Sunday!

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 5 | Mental Health

I don’t think enough people talk about the mental effects that your physical appearance and health. And a big part of this journey I’m on has to do with my mental health.

See, it wasn’t until I was overweight and starting to have self image issues that my mental health took a nosedive. Sure everyone has their fair share of baggage from their past and childhood – but it didn’t turn into an ugly beast for me until the pain of self-confidence issues set in. Growing up I had always felt fairly good about myself, even with the usual teasing from kids. I was always generally happy with myself the way I was.

But gaining weight changed all of that. My belly got big, I got a muffin top, my breasts grew 2 cup sizes, and I got rolls on my back . . . add that to the starting physical pains of being overweight (knee pain, back pain, fatigue, being just generally unfit and unhealthy) and I started slowly sinking. And everything else just seemed to cling to it like a magnet.

For me this is a journey of 2 things. 1 – my physical health and wellbeing so I can stay fit and healthy and live a hopefully long and productive and happy life. 2 – my mental wellbeing, regaining my confidence through weight loss and the empowerment that making the choice and putting in the effort to make this kind of life change brings with it. The sense of control and balance. It all goes hand in hand, because that’s how it came to me.

~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~