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Fitness Challenge RESULTS, Stand-Up Desk + NaNoWriMo

2 Nov

Happy Friday!

30 Days of Fitness Update

Soo. It’s November 2nd and my 30 Days of Fitness Challenge has come to a close. Did you participate? Did you work out for the full 30 days? Did you work out more than you normally do? Answer yes to either and I’m happy for you! This challenge was much more difficult than the Whole30 for me. No, I didn’t cry like I did during the Whole30 but man was it hard for me to motivate myself to work out every day. And, sadly, I didn’t do every day BUT I did do a TON more than I usually do and I really think I’ve made working out on a consistent basis, habitual.

RESULTS:

  • I lost inches: 5.25!!! WOW I was not expecting that. That’s: 3/4 from my arms, 2 from my waist, 1.5 from my hips and 1 from each of my thighs.
  • I lost weight: 3lbs – this didn’t make me too happy at first but just another testament that the scale doesn’t define you, the inches lost absolutely surprised and thrilled me!
  • I can run farther: I increased my distance by 1.5 miles! I’m running 3 miles without stopping now :)
  • My endurance has skyrocketed!
  • I feel still feel amazing. As long as I eat clean and workout I’m happy. If I start getting dirty in my eating then my mood is NOT ok. Poor Daniel …

What’s the plan now? I’m going to alternate strength training and running/swimming M-F.

Stand-Up Desk Update

SO! I am super pumped about how this experiment has been going. To read my initial observations, click here. I’ve been standing every day since October 25th, which makes this day #7. The hardest challenge has been to mentally say that I’m not sitting, I’m STANDING. And to keep it that way. Secondly, I’ve had to add comfort inserts for my shoes, where my tennis shoes sometimes and of course I have my trusty mat. Overall, I feel more energy and less lethargic (no afternoon bog down) and I’m actually more productive.

Oh! And I was talking to my boss this morning and he asked if I wanted a stand-up desk since this seemed like it was a long-term thing. Ha! So, I’ll be researching options and let you know what I think.

No Tube Update + NaNoWriMo

Yesterday was my first full day without TV. Daniel did so I took time to do other stuff around the house. Not too bad but a little weird to not plop down in front of the tube while doing other tasks having it playing in the background.

The timing of this challenge is kind of ironic because it also happens to be National Novel Writing Month. My friend, Gini, brought this to my attention as she is writing a novel of her own during this crazy month via nanowrimo.org. Well, the idea of writing a novel, period, terrifies me quite honestly. I love writing but a novel?! That’s 50,000+ words!! What the heck could I write about to that extent?

I’m in the middle of buying a house (cross your fingers everyone) … eating Paleo … working out consistently … working … networking … blogging … wife-ing … And I’m going to write a novel?? That’s crazy talk.

This challenge was definitely short notice  too (since I found out about it yesterday) and I didn’t have a solid story line or even a firmed up idea in mind. So, I did what any reasonable person would do:

I disregarded all those reasons and I decided to do it!

I think I might barf.

Well, I’m signed up and off and writing already. What have I gotten myself into this time? The goal is to write 1660ish words a day, no editing, just keep writing, and have your novel submitted by midnight 11/30/12. As of yesterday, the first day, I have 1778 words written and I’m getting kind of excited. This is going to be quite the challenge.

It never too late to do something that scares you, knowing that you’ll be better, stronger and happier for it.

Happy Weekend!

~ Kate

Reality Check: You Are Your #1 Client

31 Oct

If I had to choose one lesson out of the countless I’ve learned through my experience as a consultant and marketer, it would be emphatically this: You are your #1 client. Yes, it’s THAT crucial. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, you’ve got an abundance of clients, you’re working for a company or all-of-the-above, you have to start putting YOU first.

Now, I understand that might sound selfish, heck, I bet it might sound near impossible for many of you! However, my goal in this post is for you to see that this kind of “selfishness” is completely healthy and absolutely necessary. It is vital to your life and to the success you have truly living your life.

Take a look at where you are today. Yes, your to-do list is long. Yes, you may have endless hours of work and a pile of tasks in front of you. Clients need results and innovation. Kids need … everything. But can you innovate successfully or even think straight if you’re running on empty and barely keeping your house clean? Happy people, successful people, are those that make time to breathe, reflect and invest in themselves. Just ask someone really successful or rich. I guarantee they get up early and make time for themselves habitually.

Of course I’ve been there. I’ve worked the 80-hour weeks, the all-weekend events, the last-minute client presentations, the non-stop, crisis-mode, I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened craziness …

I know you have to make a living. I know you may have kids to take care of and of course you have a future to think about. That only builds on my point though doesn’t it? If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else successfully. You will burn out. It’s the goodness gracious truth. Let me ask you …

  • How are you treating your body?
  • Are you making time to eat healthy or are you eating out consistently to ‘save time’?
  • Are you smoking/drinking/coffeeing because of stress?
  • Are you just too busy to promote yourself and expand your network?
  • Do you make time to exercise regularly?
  • Have you been keeping up with checkups, eye appointments and dentist visits?

I’m not trying to make you feel guilty. I truly hope I’m not. I’m just speaking as someone who has been there and who has to constantly have checks and balances and reality checks to keep myself healthy, balanced and happy. It’s in that state that I can be the best for my family, my clients and the world around me. That is when I can truly innovate and THRIVE.

I encourage you to critically look at how you’re spending your time. Think like this is the only life you’re going to have because it is. What can you put on your ‘stop doing’ list? What can you delegate? How can you be creative to fit in some ‘me time’?

No one is going to make you make time for yourself. You have to do it. It’s an investment. It’s worth it.

~ Kate

TGIF: Stand Up, Enjoy the Moment and DROP THAT SCALE

26 Oct

It’s Friday! There’s just something so refreshing about having a couple days to do what you want, on your own terms, isn’t there? I love it. The weekends are my time to regroup, get miscellaneous house stuff done and spend time how I see fit. Before you take off for the weekend, I wanted to update you on the “Stand-Up Desk” experiment and leave you with some encouragement …

Stand-Up Desk Day #1

Yesterday was my first full-day of standing up at my desk and here are my observations …

H2o– Ya gotta go! I drink a ton of water throughout the day and since I’m standing now, I had to make trips to the little girls room more often. Probably healthier that way but just a difference I noticed.

Improved Posture: This is GREAT for my back and posture so far. No slouching. The combination of typing and standing makes me keep my shoulders back. I also usually encounter lower back pain and that didn’t flare up. I’m also pretty sure I’m strengthening my core …

– More interaction with my team – This is really cool! Because I was already standing, it was super easy to just walk over to someone’s desk to discuss a project. I think it got my team up and moving more too.

My team thinks I’m weird(er). – I keep telling them it’s part of my ‘charm’ …

Extra Oomph – Daniel surprised me by stopping by and bringing an extra thick mat for my feet. This was not only totally sweet on his part (brownie points!) but it also proved VERY necessary as the day went on. My feet were tired but not anywhere near what they would have been if I hadn’t had that extra cushion.

Energized throughout the day – The ability to desk dance added to this I’m sure. Also, I’ve decided desk dancing >; car dancing for sure.

Tired – end of day I was pretty wiped out. That might sound like I’m out of shape but I think this feeling is pretty standard after making a dramatic shift like this.

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Enjoy the Moment

Last night I was feeling a little “down.” This is a rarity for me because I’m usually happy and optimistic. I think it was the combination of standing all day and not being productive when I got home. It left me feeling lethargic and like I was wasting time. I’ve also been thinking about my health/fitness goals and feeling a little discouraged because I’m pretty much in the middle of those goals right now. I’ve already accomplished A LOT but I was finding myself discouraged at the thought of how much further I have to go …

Then, as us optimists regularly do, I stopped myself and looked at how far I’d already come: I am more in-tune with my body than ever before. I love my life. I’ve lost 18 freaking pounds so far and feel amazing. I’m healthier, more fit and just plain happier. (Read more about my success after completing the Whole30, here.)

So I’m encouraging you to enjoy where you are on your health journey. Keep doing what you’re doing and be a little bit better each day. Set goals but give yourself the time and grace to work your way to those goals. Goals worth achieving aren’t earned over night. You’ve made so many improvements, you owe it to yourself to enjoy the progress you’ve made!!!

(Preaching to myself over here and hoping it helps you too)

Drop that Scale

This is easy to physically do but mentally it may be one of the more challenging things you ever do. Hide your scale. Throw it away, give it to a friend, put it in your car — whatever it takes. You are not what you weigh. You simply are not. You are not your pants size. You choose how you feel and whether or not you let a number make you feel inadequate in anyway.

I now weigh myself once a month. It gets easier the more you say NO to the urge to do it and instead listen to your body. I can say from experience you’ll be happier and maybe even lose more weight then you would have weighing yourself, feeling discouraged and eating that cookie. Need more convincing? Read this.

Now get out there and enjoy your weekend! Please 😉

~ Kate