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 11 | Learning…

A couple of things I learned on Day 11.

1) I’m starting to look forward to working out, and I have moved past the mental block of “I missed a day so now I’ll miss all days”.

2) I didn’t have time to make actual food for lunch today – so I took a carb heavy Cheesy Ziti (which tastes awesome). And upon coming home and working out, I crashed HARD. I don’t think I ever realized how differently my body reacted on carb-heavy foods/diet vs eating generally well (i.e. trying to balance carbs/protein/fats). And I think since making more of an effort to balance my macros (and just a little) have actually made a difference in how I feel on a day-to-day basis.

That’s all for now, I’m going to try to get some sleep tonight. Still adjusting to the damn time change.

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 10 | 80 More To Go

I’m already over a week into my journey. And, just like any journey or great quest, there are always going to be speed bumps.

Today, it comes in the form of my period. See I started bleeding on Monday (aka yesterday). Cramping is generally really super bad the first day or so, but somehow I managed to get through a workout yesterday.

Today though was another story. I think part of it has to do with the time change, losing that hour of sleep/time has really made the last 2 days a struggle. Add to that some bloating, cramping and general period fatigue, today . . . today working out just wasn’t meant to be. I really wanted to, but sometimes you have to listen to your body. And today my body was telling me to take a day off, get caught up on some laundry, and make sure to get to bed earlier so you can wake up in the morning with time to workout.

Sometimes life happens and, for whatever reason, a workout just isn’t in the cards for that day. But as I learned last week, I know that I am capable of picking up right where I left off and making sure I keep the forward momentum.

Remember – no matter what you’re doing, Don’t beat yourself up for going at a slower pace than others, or for having to take a day off to help refocus on you. Everyone’s journey is different.

~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~