Day 8 | Week One Update

It’s the end of week 1 in my 90 day journey. And honestly, I’ve never felt so good. Ok time for a recap.

Let’s start with just a basic overview . . . I would have to say that this week has definitely been one of the most challenging weeks that I could have started this. Not because working out is hard (it is) or because eating well is more difficult than thought of (it is – ish) but because of my job.

Some may already know that I work in the veterinary field. And just like anything in any sort of medical field, the job is definitely trying. Physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting and especially so for an introvert like myself. This leads to not wanting to cook, wanting to sleep in, not drinking enough water during work, and the urge to stress-eat. All of these things are absolutely NOT ok if you’re trying to workout, eat well, and build up a generally healthier life. In other words, it makes this 90 day journey a beast to tackle in some moments. But that’s why this journey is so important for me.

Stress definitely has made keeping motivation up REALLY hard – and on Thursday I almost let it win. I skipped my workout on Thursday, which as I mentioned that day, usually leads to the ultimate giving up and breaking of the streak. I made the choice to break the cycle and I made sure I got up Friday morning and I. Worked. Out. AND I made myself workout Saturday after work AND today! I am so proud of myself just for making it this far, and that itself is more than enough fuel to keep me going.

I think I realized and saw the biggest difference in my overall state of mind this week. Because even though I had a rough time at work, I was still feeling pretty good. It wasn’t until Thursday – the one day that I skipped out – that I felt absolutely miserable. Was work more stressful that day? Maybe. But I am also 99.9% positive that, had I worked out even a little bit, I would have been in a better mood. I even mentioned to Zach after my Friday routine that I felt the endorphins starting to kick in during and after my workouts! I was starting to enjoy the workouts, and even SMILING. Crazy huh?

So let’s get down to the finer details. Let’s break it down . . .

What Did I Do?
  • Follow along w/ Blogilates’ March workout calendar daily, then following up with a stretching yoga routine from SarahBethYoga (both on YouTube) for a cool down.
  • Drank either a Bang or Reign preworkout/energy drink prior to and kind of during my workouts (definitely kept me from feeling burned out mid way and absolutely gave me what I needed to get up and workout first thing in the morning!)
  • Got generally around 8ish hours of sleep every night
  • Drank almost or an entire gallon of water DAILY!
  • Watched calories, but was not super restrictive. I didn’t want my first week to be too rough, but I for sure made the choice to stay away from more sweets, and made more of an effort to eat more veggies.
  • Cut back on coffee. This was an unexpected side effect of drinking an energy drink in the morning for preworkout. Turns out, I feel better and more awake with an energy drink & that workout high!

Like I mentioned, I didn’t want to make my first week too rough or restrictive. I figured that I’d start with making myself workout daily, then slowly integrate more strict rules/methods. Turns out I also didn’t have to try very hard to keep my calories in check either, as I’ve been trying to get more protein into my diet. So I frequently had a protein shake or protein bar which helped keep me full – and the bars served as a great snack between meals to keep me from reaching from the candy at work. This week I definitely plan on trying to reach for healthy snack and more veggies.

Now time for some numbers . . . I know I said that I only intended on taking my measurements once a month, and weigh myself daily, but I got curious (because to be honest my scrub pants started fitting looser already!) so I figured why not?

Week 1 Measurements
  • Weight: 177.2 lb ( -3.2 lb)
  • Chest: 38 “ (+/- 0)
  • Right Arm: 13.5 (+/- 0)
  • Left Arm: 13.5 (+/- 0)
  • Right Thigh: 25.5” (-0.9”)
  • Left Thigh: 25.75” (-0.5”)
  • Waist: 32.5” (-1”)
  • Muffin Top: 38” (-1”)
  • Hips: 42” (-1.4”)

That’s a total of 4.85” lost all over!

So there we are guys. Week 1 down! I’m feeling really damn great right now. I can’t wait to see what week 2 has in store.

~xoxo, Katie~

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 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~