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~

Be A Better You

I felt like this was an appropriate Quote to use this month, as we work on caring for ourselves and bettering ourselves.

I also felt like it was necessary to make a point on something.

I am on this journey for myself. So that I might learn better habits, and learn to just be happier in general. I want to lose weight so that my knees don’t hurt anymore, and so that my bra size goes back down (from a C to what was an A) so that my shoulders and back don’t hurt anymore. So that I feel more confident in my own skin.

I want to teach myself the habit of eating better and cleaner, and how to make better choices while eating out – because I know that the only way to never eat out again would mean I’d become a hermit that never participated in social events.

I want to be a better version of myself.

2018 better than yourself

And that’s not to say that I will never feel happy with who I am. In fact, I am quite pleased with the person I am. I’d like to say that in general, I am a hardworking, motivated, passionate, empathetic human being.

However – I am not a person that takes care of myself. I stay up too late nearly every night. I lounge on the couch watching TV and scrolling on my phone rather than being productive or doing something I love like reading or painting models. I’ll down cups on cups of coffee rather than meeting my daily goal of drinking about a gallon of water. I’ll sleep in beyond being restful instead of getting up, working out and being productive in the morning. I’m not taking care of my body – and that’s not ok anymore.

Nor is it ok that I’m not taking care of my mental wellness, or my work/life balance, or sticking to my budget and savings goals. But all of that is for another day.

xoxo, katie

2019 Self Care September Challenge (S.C.S.C.)

This coming month I am going to challenge myself more than I ever have before. We’ve all heard of those fitness challenges, 30 day detoxes, goals, etc. etc. . . . This month I am challenging myself (and YOU) to an entire 30 days of a Full Life Challenge. It will henceforth be known as the Self Care September Challenge – or S.C.S.C. for short.

Why

(get ready for a monologue)

Because self care is much, much more than face masks, bubble baths and glasses of wine (even though I love all of those things). It’s more than a “treat yo’ self” coffee or a “just because” manicure. It’s more than all of the material, external things that we typically count as “self care”. At the end of the day though,

Self Care starts from the Inside.

It’s about taking care of YOU, so that you can take care of others, making sure you’re getting enough (quality) sleep, that you’re eating well (and not binging on junk food). It’s making yourself go to the gym or on a run – or hell, even finally making yourself go to a therapist to talk about your issues.

How

No longer will it be the excuse for putting off important tasks – like things that could help get my dream candle shop up off the ground. From now on it means working to find a balance in my life in all areas. Work, Relationships, Mental and Physical Health, and even Financial Wellness. It means yes, enjoying life and indulging here and there – but NOT without getting the important, meaningful stuff taken care of too. (aka sure the laundry can sit another night but this blog post/YouTube video/Candle promo etc can NOT be put off again).

And maybe for you self care means something different. And that’s ok too.

Ok, but how are you actually going to do this?

When I realized I wanted to do this challenge, I sat down and assessed the points in my life that I wanted to change or adjust for the better of my overall life. For me, it looked something like this

  • mental wellness
  • physical wellness & overall health
  • financial wellness & debt payment
  • life balance

Then, I broke down what each of those things meant to me. Over the next weeks I’ll go into more detail on each item, how I put meaning behind those things, and how I planned to challenge myself to make each area better.

For example, and mostly because it’s easy and relatable, Physical Wellness.

First, I labeled it as such because while part of it is about wanting to lose weight, my main goal it to be overall more healthy.

To me, true Physical Wellness means…

  • getting enough sleep
  • staying hydrated
  • eating well
  • working out regularly
  • taking time to do yoga and stretch (because I love yoga & I also want to be more flexible/help my posture)
  • losing weight – to help me feel more confident but mainly to actually be healthy and remain so.
  • building some muscle – think, physically capable in an end-of-the-world-apocalypse scenario

Once I made note of WHY Physical Wellness was important, I came up with a few ways that would work for me (note: for ME – you may come up with your own methods) to challenge myself to reach those mini goals or aspirations. Like commiting to a 30 day ab workout challenge ( on top of a normal workout routine ). And setting up a health/wellness planner to track my weight, body measurements, water intake goals and more. I also plan on taking notes on what food I’m eating and how it makes my body feel (there’s this thing I’m experiencing called getting older – and apparently it comes with thing with heartburn and new allergies to random ass shit).

My Post

My Challenge To ALL Of You:

Join me for this Self Care September Challenge! Use the rest of this week to jot down your wellness goals – what do YOU want to work on that will help you feel better and happier with your life overall?

Over the course of the next 30 days I will be doing a combination of blog posts, Instagram updates and YouTube videos – so make sure you’re following me HERE, and also on my Instagram and YouTube accounts!

I look forward to starting this journey, and I hope you all join me!

On social media I will be tagging my S.C.S.C. post with #selfcareseptember2019 – so if you decide to join me tag your posts with it so we can all see what you’re doing for the challenge and we can all gather inspiration from each other!

until next time,

xoxo, katie