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What I Learned without My TV … Hey, Ma, I think I’m smarter!

3 Dec

KateUpdates JUMP!Happy Monday! 
There are so many things I want to share with you and I’m using as much self-control as I can muster to pace myself so I can give each topic its due attention. Seriously, I had to chop off half of this post because it was getting too long. Lots of interesting things are taking shape lately. Sometimes, change happens so fast that you don’t even notice it has happened until you’re seemingly light-years away. Know what I mean? It’s Crazy …
No TV for a Month: Reflections ...So, as you may recall, I made the commitment to go the entire month of November without TV. It was definitely challenging at times but overall, it was probably my easiest 30-Day Challenge yet. Some reflections from the month:
  • Commercials are even more annoying. Even though I wasn’t watching TV, I was definitely around it almost every day. There are SO MANY commercials. Wow. I really became aware of all the “noise” TV produces … especially during the holidays! It’s upsetting.
  • My mind feels WAY less cluttered. I feel like I can think clearer because I wasn’t “relaxing” via watching the TV. I actually had time to think not just put things on auto-pilot.
  • Increased Productivity and organization. My house is cleaner and more organized because I literally had hours of extra time on my hands.
  • I’m more social. I literally setup more Skype calls than I had ever participated in before during the month of November. I had more time to think about the people I care about and make an effort to connect with them.
  • I think I’m actually … Smarter! Because I didn’t have the TV as an entertainment source, I relied heavily on blogs, books (thank you Tina) and podcasts. I can definitely feel the difference mentally.
  • Some TV is OK. What really stood out to me was that “TV time” was something Daniel and I used to decompress and bond over. We like watching Chopped, American Pickers and Tosh.0. We also like watching movies together. I will definitely incorporate these things back in but I plan on cutting out the majority of my Hulu time unless I’m watching it with him. If we’re watching a movie or show together and interacting, to me, that can be seen as more of an investment vs. my watching shows on my own.
Stand-Up Desk Experiment: UPDATE

  • So, I’m still standing at my desk! My advice if you’re considering trying it for yourself … Wear comfortable shoes, put a mat under your feet and read my post about it.
  • I did several weeks of standing all day and have now moved to half days.
  • I’m actually purchasing a stand-up desk, which I’m really excited about. I like it because it can be added to any current desk you have and it can be adjusted easily.
  • My overall review of standing at my desk? I love it! I have more energy, increased productivity and my lower back doesn’t hurt much (if at all).

#nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month): It’s over.

I wanted to give you a brief update on the novel I was writing. The update is brief because I don’t have much to report other than I realized I do not have the desire to write a novel at this point in my life. I jumped into the challenge but about 10k words in realized I just didn’t want to do it. SO … Yeah. It was a great way to loosen up and get more comfortable with writing lots of content at a quicker pace though so I’m thankful for that. A helpful e-book that can be shared with you all sounds more practical and appealing to me … maybe down the road. (hint, hint)

More great things to come …

~ Kate

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.


  • 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

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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