That’s A Wrap | The End of My 90 Days

How to start this . . .

Well. I think it’s fairly obvious that there has been A LOT going on in the world. Which is why I made the decision to not make this post until now. Originally, the plan was to make this post the weekend after the end of the 90 days. Again, for obvious reasons I found it best to hold off while other voices needed to be heard (and they still do! – but a quick trip to my social media pages will tell you all you need to know. I figured since I’m most active there at the moment, it’s not entirely necessary to make up an entire post here).

Anyhow. It is finally time for the reveal and final thoughts and lessons from this journey.

First, to touch base on the why I decided to do this.

I needed change. For my physical, mental, emotional, and yes even sexual wellbeing, I needed to make a lifestyle change. From the beginning I knew that this was not something that I wanted to be a “lose weight quick” scheme just for the sake of feeling good in a bikini (although that was one of the reasons behind wanting to lose weight). I knew that I wanted to make lasting changes and lifestyle choices so that not only would I actually lose weight, but so that I could move towards a healthier life overall.

It’s 100% true that this journey was inspired because of the way I looked – or rather, how I saw myself in the mirror. But that also went hand-in-hand with the aches, the bloating, breaking out, fatigue and the general knowledge that I was not being healthy and taking care of my body. Whatever I did, I knew that the end goal was to build a sustainable healthy lifestyle which would also result in a better looking and healthier me.

The beginning . . .

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Started strong! One of my goals (although not a primary objective) was to blog daily about my journey . . . which obviously didn’t work out. But you know, a global pandemic happened amongst other things so that shook the world up a bit. So while I may not have blogged as often as I wanted, or was even as active on my socials as I may have wanted, I did my best to stick through and keep with my eating and workouts.

How did that work out for ya?

I knew that my biggest struggles would be controlling my cravings and keeping up the motivation to work out – especially cardio! In the beginning I did every single workout on my calendar from Blogilates, and would even follow up with a stretch from SarahBeth Yoga (both on YouTube).

However, life happened and social distancing/quarantine happened, which lead to some stress baking (and eating). It also greatly affected my mood, which then lead to a bit of a slump in working out. Oh! And around week 3 ish I twisted my ankle, which also kept me from being as physical as I’d have liked.

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But – all last month (May) Cassey from Blogilates changed up her workout calendar that she creates every month into a super targeting program. Basically, each week focused on one muscle group with cardio and muscle toning/building workouts. During those weeks (especially the first week) I did cardio EVERY SINGLE DAY – and that is when I saw the fastest and biggest changes.

On Food –

Like I mentioned above, some stress baking and eating happened. But for the most part I actually managed to shrink down my stomach and figure out what “diet” worked best for me.

Basically, my daily food would consist of

  • a Bang or Reign energy drink in the morning before/during my workout
  • Protein shake post workout
  • a light snack (granola bar, fruit, yogurt) in the late afternoon
  • a decent sized dinner
  • sometimes a snack or dessert

I also did my best to stay on top of my water intake – but I realized somehow wearing a face mask all day at work and being insanely busy at work makes it hard to do that.

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Other than that, my biggest thing was trying to avoid eating junk food, a lot of carbs, and just eating in excess or out of boredom. (*please note that this is only what worked and works best for me – and I am by no means recommending you do the same*)

My Takeaways / Things I Learned

  • it is possible to do cardio every day, if you find cardio you enjoy
  • doing cardio every day GREATLY increased the changes I saw in weightloss
  • allowing myself to have sweets (I made a cake for Harli’s birthday!) keeps me from going overboard
  • keeping fruit in the house all the time keeps me from wanting to turn to ice cream or junky snacks (also helps to not keep junk in the house)
  • cooking is way more rewarding and fun when you make a point to keep fresh produce and good spices available
  • I am ok knowing that I will probably NEVER be the same size/weight I was before I gained all of this weight BUT –
  • I am very excited to build MUSCLE – lowkey my goal is to be able to crush a watermelon between my legs
  • After working out regularly, you DO start to get addicted to it / the endorphins produced. there were days that I would miss a workout and feel the overwhelming need to do SOMETHING

And although I didn’t shed TONS of weight, I still saw a difference in both overall body composition and posture.

So now, the thing that we’ve all been waiting for . . .

My Before/After Pictures & Measurements:

Before:

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After:

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Measurements:

* Listed as Starting Value , Ending Value, Difference*

  • Weight: 180.4 lbs > 171.6 lbs ( -8.8 lbs)
  • Chest: 38″ > 37″ ( -1″)
  • Right Arm: 13.5″ > 13″ ( -0.5″)
  • Left Arm: 13.5” > 13″ ( -0.5″)
  • Right Thigh: 26.4″ > 25.75″ ( -0.65″)
  • Left Thigh: 25.8″ > 25.25″ ( -0.55″)
  • Waist: 34″ > 31.75″ ( -2.25″)
  • Muffin Top: 39″ > 36.5″ ( -2.5″)
  • Hips: 43.4″ > 41″ ( -2.4″)

For a grand total of 8.8 pounds lost and 10.35 inches lost!!!!!

So I didn’t lost 30 pounds (which would have been 10 pounds every month). But that’s ok! Because I lost almost 10 pounds while dealing with all of the stresses of a global pandemic AND having to work in said pandemic (because Vet Med is considered essential) AND having money stress AND stress baking and eating AND with not being able to get out of the house except to work or get groceries.

I think that the mere fact that I didn’t up and quit as soon as quarantine kicked in, or the fact that I kept managing to eat relatively well, or how I pushed myself to continue working out at all during all of what’s going on speaks volumes.

And, shout out for non-scale victories – I can actually fit into my old bras again!! Bras that I had bought RIGHT BEFORE I had gained tons of weight! Bras that I haven’t been able to fit into for at least 2 years! Yes, they could fit a little better but I can comfortably fit into and actually wear them again. That’s something I was starting to feel like maybe I’d never be able to do.

So. . . the takeaway . . . Don’t give up. Even if the world seems like it’s yelling NO YOU CAN’T regarding whatever health, fitness (or whatever) goal you have, if you want it enough and you keep WORKING for it, you will get there in time. It may not be in the time that you imagined or want, but it will happen. And accepting the fact that you are a work in progress, that you are on your own journey and stop heavily comparing yourself and your journey to others is  HUGE puzzle piece to do this.

I know (and knew from the start) that this wasn’t a “get fit quick” plan of any kind. But it was a huge learning process for me. If anything, I proved to myself that I do have the ability to push through and keep moving forward. That skipping one, two or even three days of working out to better take care of yourself physically, mentally or emotionally is ok and necessary. That eating a slice of cake, pizza, or having McDonald’s or drinks is NOT the end of the world and will NOT ruin your diet.

And, I think most importantly – I learned that by doing half-assed workouts or not sticking to your routine is only hurting yourself. If you want the change, you have to work for it yourself.

*whew*

So with all of that being said . . . I hope that you are finding some way in this crazy, scary time that we are living in to keep pushing forward. And I look forward to seeing you next time.

~xoxo, Katie~

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~