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 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~

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 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~