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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

Top 10 Reasons Why Fall is the BEST!

23 Oct

  1. The Vibrant Colors.
    Whether it’s the subtle thickening of the clouds or the transformation in the color of the leaves that happens all too fast, I love all the colors that happen naturally during this season. They take my breath away every time.
  2. Biking.
    I love biking all the time but things get especially interesting during fall. Leaves fall as you ride, everyone is briskly walking to and from, the wind whips through my hair and makes my cheeks rosy.
  3. Fashion!
    I love adding scarfs into my wardrobe and breaking out my fall booths. Trench coats and cute hats … need I say more? I love taking new pieces that are popular (this year Leopard print is in by the way) and adding them to my closet to refresh my look. The colors are of course amazing too. I love all that a fall palate has to offer.
  4. Comfort foods.
    Whether it’s hot teas, coffee and cocoas or a warm, hearty soup or stew … I love them all! I’m especially excited to experiment with healthy spins on classic comfort foods this fall. I’ll share a post on that tomorrow btw :)
  5. Socks.
    They get their own category because I am a big fan of being barefoot. I’m always in my flip-flops during the warmer months but I do appreciate the comfy feel of socks for a few months out of the year. Sometimes it can be a tough transition for my feet since they don’t like to be confined but knee-high socks just exude cuteness and comfort so they quickly come around to the idea.
  6. Fall Activities.
    Fall is my favorite time to be outside! The weather is perfect in my book: not too hot and just starting to get cool. And I love to fit in fall activities like apple-picking, corn mazes, hay rides
  7. My Anniversary!
    This has only been a reason that I love fall for 3 years (10/03/09) but I loved fall so much that I crammed my engagement into 3 months just to have an outdoor, fall wedding.
  8. Long Drives/Road Trips.
    Some of my favorite road trips have happened in the fall: Chicago, South Carolina (you pass through WV, which is absolutely gorgeous this time of year) or just a trip to see family a couple hours away. Other then getting out there and actually walking around in the beauty of fall, going for a leisurely fall drive is a great way to take in the breathtaking changes in nature. It’s a great time to hit a national park, too.
  9. Cuddling.
    Need I say more? Whether it’s with your love or with that cute little niece or nephew, your kids or your puppy, fall = more cuddling.
  10. Change.
    Fall has always reminded that not only is change OK; change is natural. Fall is a tangible reminder that time is moving forward and I can take advantage of NOW and continue to transform my world or I can just let the seasons wash over me. I choose to transform, grow and then blossom into spring.

So what’s your favorite season and why?

~ Kate

P.S. Look for 5 Healthy (and Paleo) Fall Meals in my post tomorrow …

30 Days of Fitness Challenge: VIDEO UPDATE

17 Oct

Happy Wednesday!

Since we’re weeks into the “30 Days of Fitness Challenge” I wanted to update you on my progress and encourage you to keep going!

To be honest, I’ve missed a day or two here and there so I’m extending the challenge through October 31.

So get in your workout gear, watch this video and be encouraged!!

Oh, and if you’re not sure what the heck I’m talking about, read this post.

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