Day 62 | What The . . . ?!

I feel like the title sums up everyone’s feeling at the moment. 2020 is turning into a crazy year isn’t it. It’s been a hot 🔥 second since my last entry . . . yeah I guess you could say life is strange right now for everybody.

Today is May 1, which means there are technically 28 days left for this challenge – but I’m going to consider it done at the end of this month. I’m weird like that. Maybe I should change it to my 3 Month Journey. 🤷🏻‍♀️ oh well.

That being said, while I was pretty much MIA for all of last month, I DID stick to my 90 Day plan as much as possible (given our current circumstances). A few things to touch on (though my full update will come this coming Sunday with up to date body measurements for the last month) . . .

I DID

  • try to keep getting quality sleep
  • workout (almost) daily – hit a couple of snafus there
  • my best to eat generally well
  • try to keep drinking water

Surprisingly, I’ve actually been able to get better sleep now than before all of this pandemic stuff hit the fan. The first week or so wasn’t good for me for sleep, but I can’t imagine it was for anyone. But now, I’ve been sleeping fairly well. I mostly think that’s due to Zach being home from work, so I never end up waiting up for him before eating or getting to sleep. Generally he would always get home around 11:30 or later since the restaurant he worked at closed late (and is downtown). So I’d typically always wait up for him so we could eat together and spend some time together before heading to bed – which usually would end up being around 2 or 3 AM. So for the most part I’ve been able to construct a semi-structured sleep schedule.

I struggled some in the workout department . . . where I missed maybe only one or two days in March, I’ve missed several days in April. I may or may not have mentioned it, but around the end of March I twisted my ankle walking the dogs. I rested it, and was slowly able to start working out on it again as of last Monday – until I twisted it AGAIN last Tuesday. So having a physical injury plus being *slightly* stressed and maybe encountering a tiny bit of pandemic depression – I’ve missed several days the last 2 weeks. There were also some days that I tried to push myself to workout, maybe got through one or two videos and just called it quits because I couldn’t get into it.

The biggest takeaway for me there was basically, not beating myself up for listening to my body. So instead of forcing myself through a workout I wasn’t feeling or enjoying, I opted for some yoga/stretching.

Now on to food . . . I’m not going to lie, I legit let the emotional eating (and cooking/baking) take over for a couple of weeks. We made homemade pizza dough and sauce that then became mini-calzones (10/10 would recommend)

But I also made a birthday cake for Harli – from scratch! (The buttercream frosting too!) This lasted us several nights, and I’m actually very proud as it’s the first time I’ve managed to make a cake and frosting from scratch that didn’t taste like 💩.

Lastly, water. I haven’t really been doing that well, tbh. I feel like the biggest contributor has been the fact that we are required to wear face masks at work. I am considered an essential worker, so I have still been going to work. However, we’ve pretty much been utilizing face masks since day 1. I never thought about it, but with as busy (and short staffed) as it has been, it really feels like taking 2 seconds to pull the mask down to chug some water just isn’t feasible. Though hopefully that gets fixed, as we are hoping to return slowly to normal shifts, which will hopefully mean no more being short staffed. We shall see.

Now let’s chat about this month!

The biggest change I’m planning on making is my diet – I’ve been doing poorly to sticking with a better diet and I want to do what I can to eat better.

Generally I will eat 1, maybe 2 meals a day. I hardly ever eat breakfast, so I’ll usually do a protein or keto type shake to get me through the first part of my day. Then I might have a snack at work, then eat a decent sized dinner and sometimes a snack before bed.

My goal for food and better eating this month includes

  • Having more regular meals (even if it includes intermittent fasting – which usually works for me)
  • Getting more greens / veggies in
  • More protein, fewer carbs

I’ve decided I’m going to probably go pretty old-school weight loss for dinners and stick with chicken, veggies, and a small portion of some other starch (most likely rice). To help keep things interesting though I’ll be sure to season my chicken with a variety of flavors so I don’t get bored with my food – which has always been a problem with healthy eating for me in the past.

And while I am going to be eating more veggies (and trying to eat more salads), I will be planning on incorporating a greens blend by Teami (Teami Greens). I know eating actual fruits and veggies is the best way to get your fiber and minerals and vitamins, but dammit I don’t enjoy veggies and if I can chug them then I will. That being said, the greens blend in using also has matcha tea in it, and it’s predominant flavor is matcha – so I’m attempting to board the matcha tea train if you will. I’m hoping this will also help me cut back on my coffee consumption and addiction. We’ll see.

For now though, I think that will be all. I’m hoping to get back into the daily updates. I will for sure be touching on more of my plans for the final month of this journey with you guys on Sunday, so stay tuned!

~xoxo, Katie

Day 22 | End of Week 3 + Life Update

Hello loves, how is everyone doing out there in the world? Are you staying at home/working at home when you’re able? Having to go to work? Are you in a place with forced quarantine? Wherever you are, and whatever you’re going through or dealing with right now, I hope that you are doing what you can to stay safe, stay active, and stay healthy. If you’re in need of a chat, I’m always here.

In other news – an update for this week, and just in general. With everything going on, it’s been difficult to stay motivated to write & workout. Eating well has been a task as well – but I’m also known to emotional eat. With restaurants & small businesses shutting down, the strain is starting to show. With luck, the animal hospital that I work at will be able to stay open to provide a means to bring in money.

So with that all being said, in general things have slowed down as far as progress goes. Again, considering everything else in life is slowing down or in some cases coming to a halt, this can be expected. Oh! And to top it all off, I sprained my ankle yesterday. Which will absolutely mean a slow down (and because I’m stubborn, lots of modifications) in workouts.

But it will all get better in time.

In the coming week I absolutely want to make more of an effort to write more again, and I’d like to touch on subjects that you all would like to read about.

Now let’s finish up and get on with our weekly measurements shall we?

Week 3 Measurements
  • Weight: 174 lb (-2 lbs)
  • Chest: 37” (-1”)
  • Right Arm: 13.75” (+0.5”)
  • Left Arm: 13.5” (+/- 0)
  • Right Thigh: 25.25” (-0.25”)
  • Left Thigh: 25.5” (+/- 0)
  • Waist: 31.75” (-0.5)
  • Muffin Top: 37” (+/- 0)
  • Hips: 42.5” (+/- 0)

For a total loss of 2.25” this week and a total of 8.8” lost in 3 weeks!

I’ll see you all here again tomorrow – take care.

~xoxo, Katie~

Day 16 | How Is Everyone

Hi, how is everyone doing? I know things are scary and uncomfortable right now. But we all just need to do the best we can.

Please make sure you’re taking care of yourselves during all of this.

Speaking of – is anyone else unusually tired? Maybe it’s still my body struggling to adjust to the time change, in combination with working out more than I think I have in my entire life 😂. Maybe it’s the worry and weight of everything that is going on, slowly settling in without my acknowledgment.

Either way – however you are feeling right now – take care of yourself. Rest. Eat well. Hydrate. Go outside in the sun for a bit every day if you can. Do a workout or some stretching. Read a book or work on a puzzle.

What are you doing? Are you able to work from home? Has your workplace shut down altogether? Hang in there loves. We’re all in this together.

~xoxo, Katie~

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~

Let It Go

Here we go.

The dawn of a new age. The birthing of something beautiful.

They say that sometimes things fall apart so that better things can come together.

Here’s to hoping that they’re right. Whoever “they” are, anyways. Not that my life is in total shambles right now – though it’s definitely not what I would call ideal. I mean yeah, I’ve got a loving boyfriend, a roof over our (and our fur children’s) heads, a job with benefits, a working vehicle, food in the house…but sometimes anxiety and those little voices in your head whisper things that aren’t very kind.

Like how even though you’re making decent money, you’ve got a lot of loans to pay off – and it’s making it difficult to afford paying normal bills like rent, or even for food. Anxiety has a way of cranking all of your worries and fears and stressors up to 10…and then that’s when the spiral happens. When, in your head, everything falls apart.

Here’s something for everyone of my anxiety-dealing friends out there today –

letthatsh!tgo

Let. That. Shit. Go.

Get out of your head. Stay out of your head. I know you know what the beginning of that spiral feels like. It’s like when you were a kid, and you’d creep up to the edge of the big swirly slide on the playground – or when you’re on a rollercoaster and the machine ticks as it inches closer to the top before it sends you speeding down the track at several miles an hour.

That’s what it feels like. To experience the start of an anxiety or panic attack. You feel it happening. You know it’s going to happen. But sometimes…sometimes you’re strapped in too tight and there’s no emergency brake to let you get off. Sometimes you see it but you’re too far in you head to see it and grab for it.

I want to work towards finding that E-brake. And being able to reach and grab for it more consistently. Because we all know that yes, the feeling of anger and fear and rage right before an attack is real. And we know that we feel those things before an attack because we don’t want to be feeling those feelings – and so we get angry with ourselves for doing so. But. We also know that while it’s ok to accept that we feel a certain way, it’s important that we are able to yank on that E-brake HARD.

Here’s to letting the little shit go. The things that push your stress and anxiety up towards its limit. The things you panic about and worry over even though you already know that everything is going to be fine. (just because, what if it isn’t fine? your brain tells you…)

Here’s to accepting those triggers, and learning to cope with them in a healthy way.

Here’s to letting go.

xoxo, katie