Reading Makes the Brain Smarter

Well, I had my 'surgery' 3 days ago, and I haven't gone to the gym since that morning beforehand. So 3 days of missing the gym. :( I am getting really anxious. I would go if I knew that my mouth wouldn't hurt. UGH.

I continue to get messages from people asking about my workout routine or what I eat or whatever. Its cool...I'm happy that people are so interested in what I've done. I think its quite funny though that people are scared to message me. I mean, I get it...Keely and I had kind of grown apart when I asked her about everything, so I was a little nervous too...I just think its funny. I get a giggle out of it when they tell me they were scared to ask me about any of it.

I have like, 1 or 2 episodes left of Switched at Birth until I've watched the whole first season :) I'm making myself stop for today though so I can read some Pretty Little Liars books! I am almost done with the second one, and I have the third and fourth on my nook. Once I'm done with ALLLL of them...I'm going to start reading the Lying Game series. I bought the first one yesterday at Barnes and Noble :)

Kaleb is going to read the Hunger Games. I'm excited because then I can finally talk to him about everything in it. I hate when he wants to wait and just see the movies, because we can't talk about any of the other books. :( I'm such a nerd. Oh well!

I feel so freaking lazy. OMG. I seriously think I'm going to get cleaned up in a little bit and hit up the gym. I haven't run in almost a week...and my 5K is one week from today. I might just have to walk part of this one and then sign up for another one later on...my goal was to run a 5K by June anyways. Not April. We'll see though. I am SOOO excited Hannah is doing the race too! Hopefully we can finish it together, but if not...I'm still glad she is doing it! We are driving up there next Friday I think...I am TOO excited. :)

- Katie



Tonight was my first night working at LongHorn! It was alright...I think I learned pretty quickly. It wasn't too hectic, so I was able to actually do, and not just stand around.

My mouth hurts like a mofo.

My legs are sore from Tuesday.

I had to skip the gym today. I am pissed.

I don't know why, but of all the muscle groups I work, my legs and my chest are the only two that get sore. Well, my abs get a little sore sometimes too, but my arms, back, or shoulders just don't get sore.

I'm too tired to type anything else.


- Katie


Busy Days Ahead!

Progress Pics Album

Exactly what that says... :)

Last night was so rough. I was laying in bed talking to Kaleb right after he got off work, and pretty soon after I decided it was time to go to sleep. As SOON as I fall asleep, I wake up to a call from him, so I pick up. He started yelling and I was so upset thinking I did something. I realized about 10 seconds later that he'd gotten in a car wreck. So I rolled out of bed, and drove out to the accident. Thank goodness he (and the other guy) are perfectly fine. A deer ran out in front of the guy he was riding behind and Kaleb ended up rear ending his friend. Kaleb's car is so messed up that he has to get a new one. :( But like I said, THANK GOODNESS he is fine. Ahh, its like my worst fear in the world for him to call me and say he got in a car wreck. :(

Anyways, I ended up staying at his house last night because I didn't want to drive back home at 2 am (when I go to bed at like...9 or 10 usually...although its 11:15 now, but anyways...). I probably didn't go to sleep until around 3, and then slept in until like 11 or 12 on accident. I guess it was good though, I definitely needed the sleep! After I woke up I ended up going home to get ready for my 2nd interview at LongHorn! (I got the job, btw... :)) I went through a short orientation and then as I was leaving realized Kaleb surprised me and showed up there to eat! I got to see him even though I thought he had to work. :) I was super excited!

I went to the gym tonight and was super pumped with my pre-workout and everything. I went at like 6:15 pm though and I NEVER go then because of all the people in there. There is a permanent douchebag time at the gym, and its between 10 am and 2 am. Anytime after 2 and before 10, is the perfect time to do it. UGH. They just sit there and watch you in the mirror, ask if you need a spot, and then try to talk to you and flirt. Gross. I don't want to be flirted with by a big, nasty, sweaty, steroid-taking guy.

Anyways, workout wise...it was leg day #1. Squats, SLDL, and Plies. I was going to do calves, but they were seriously STILL cramping up and burning from LAST Tuesday...PLUS they were redoing the floor in the main room, so the machines were moved around and I couldn't find the calf machines. So, yeh. Butttt...since everyone cares, I did go up in weight on my squats. :) It took me almost 3 months to get to 100 pounds, and for the past two weeks I could only do 105. I only went up 5 more pounds, but its exciting to me. :)

I hate doing my SLDL when there are a lot of guys in the weights room because I have to stick my butt out and they just stare at it in the mirror. If there are any guys reading this that do that...WE CAN SEE YOU STARING. The mirrors are 2 ways, and I can see that you've stopped what you're doing. Just saying....LOL

Okay, I'm done talking about my workout now. I lost another pound though. Down to 143.5 SO close to my 130s. I'm so ecstatic...you don't even know. I need to go to sleep now. Getting my wisdom tooth taken out tomorrow, and I'll have to get to the gym before we leave for savannah!

- Katie


One Forty Four

I've had a couple of weeks lately where I didn't follow my meal plan to the T, and I've probably cheated wayyy too much, but I'm back! For real this time. :) I ate right again for ONE day already and I lost a pound. I broke my plateau because I went back to my complete meal plan for one day. That's how different it is to eat what you have planned out and to cheat a little while doing it. I weigh 144 as of THIS morning. I am only FOURTEEN pounds away from my goal weight! OH MY GOSH. I'm so freaking excited. I don't think I've EVERRRRR been this close to my goal weight. One time, I weighed 134...but I wasn't nearly as skinny then as I am now. Not that I'm skinny yet, but you know what I'm saying.

Anyways, I should have left for the gym seven minutes ago, but I was just too excited and had to let the world know that I lost an entire pound. :)

I'm pretty sure my whole point of this post was to say 'a pound is a pound. CELEBRATE every one of them.!' You are healthier with even just ONE fat cell shriveled :) (That graphic comment came from the article I just read and finally learned what happens when fat is 'burned' LOL) -----> Fat Burning Article.

Off to the gym I go. I have 13 days until my 5K. I hope I can run at least two miles today. FML.

- Katie


Menu & Workout!

Daily Meal Plan (Gym)
Vitamin & Pre-Workout/Fat Burner
1. Pre-Workout: 
40g Oats 
½ C. Egg Whites
5g Cocoa Powder 
8g Jello Pudding Mix 
3g Stevia 
2oz Banana 
2. Post-Workout:
36g Myofusion 
1 Pudding Cup 
1oz Banana 
1 Greek Yogurt
18g Myofusion
½ C. Almond Milk
Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich
18g Myofusion
½ C. Almond Milk
1 slice Ezekiel Bread with Spray Butter 
3. 4oz Tilapia 
4oz Sweet Potato 
4. 4oz Chicken
½ C. Brown Rice 
5. Wheat Tortilla
3 slices Chicken Breast 
6. 4oz Tilapia 
28g Cashews 
TOTALS: 1686/35/150/164
Fats: 315
Carbs: 600
Proteins: 656
Daily Meal Plan (Non-Gym)
1. 40g Oats 
¼ C. Egg Whites 
5g Cocoa Powder 
8g Jello Pudding Mix 
3g Stevia
1oz Banana 
2. 36g Myofusion
1 slice Ezekiel Bread 
3. 4oz Tilapia 
4oz Sweet Potato 
4. 4oz Chicken
½ C. Brown Rice
5. 4oz Tilapia
6. Wheat Wrap 
3 Pieces Sliced Chicken Breast
TOTALS: 1399/26/125/157
Fats: 234
Carbs: 500
Protein: 628

Monday: ARMS (This is just an example of one week...I change up my stuff every 2 weeks or so)

Close Grip Press - 3x8
Skull Crushers - 3x8 
Tricep Pressdowns (bar) - 4x8 
Hammer Curls - 3x8 
Barbell Curls - 3(or 4)x8 

Tuesday: Legs

Squats - 3(or 4)x8 
Stiff Legged Dead Lifts - 3x8 
Standing Calf Raises - 3x8
Plies - 3x15(or 20)

Wednesday: Back & Abs

Dead Lifts - 5x6
Wide Grip Lat Pulldown - 3x8
Bentover Row - 3x8
Cable Row + Hammer Pull - 3x8
Cable Crunches - 4x12
Leg Raises with Ball - 3x10
Bicycles - 3 TF (to failure, do as many as you can)

Thursday: Shoulders

Arnold Press - 3x8
Cable Rear Delt Flyes - 3x10
Upright Row + Front Raise - 3x8
Lateral Raise - 4x8

Friday: Legs (2)

Smith Split Squats or Bulgarian Split Squat - 3x10(or 12)
Leg Press - 3x15
P90X Calves - 3x20
Sitting Calf Raises - 3x15

Saturday: Chest & Abs

Wide Pushups - 3 TF
DB Bench Press - 3x8
Flyes - 3x10
Incline Press Machine - 3x10
Cable Crunches - 4x10
In & Outs - 3 TF
Russian Twists - 3 TF

Sunday: Cardio

It really changes each week, but every week until my 5K, my goal is to run a 5K loop on the treadmill on this day. (It is considered a rest day because I don't lift any weights. Occasionally I actually take the entire day off.)

3 months!

I am finally posting a tummy pic. WOAH.

165 - 145 lb (3 months)

I am still nowhere CLOSE to where I wanna be, but I'm gettin' closer... :)

- Katie

Cheeseburgers and Situps

We went to Sam's today and they had this huge bag of dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. I kind of just want to devour the entire bag. GREAT. Just what I need. Also, my grandmother got mini cinnamon rolls, a 50 oz bag of almonds (good for you...in moderation. HAHA), a huge container of sliced pound cake, and probably some other crap I can't have. I did have a mini cinnamon roll though. Oops. :)

It was worth it.

I've decided to go through my closet for a 3rd time to get rid of clothes that are too big. I've made like 4 trips to the thrift store to drop stuff off. Its getting really irritating to be completely honest. I went to the beach with Keely like a week ago, and I REALLY thought a pair of shorts was going to fit fine, so I just threw them on and and went. (It was a pair from Hollister that I've NEVER actually worn before. They were so small before.) It was miserable, they just fell down the entire time. I learned my lesson though. NOTHING fits anymore. Hahaha, I make it sound like I'm complaining. Like I say to Kaleb though, "Its great that my stuff is too big, I'm just really tired of wearing the same three outfits because that's all that fits!". If I could afford to go out and buy a new wardrobe at every other size or so...trust me, I would. I'm sure you could tell by one of my previous posts though, that I am completely broke.

I just have to say - I judge you on Pinterest. If you have a Pinterest and I follow you, I judge what you pin. WHY in the heck are you going to pin all this inspirational, motivational fitness shit if you're just going to pin a huge cheeseburger after this and be all like "I HAVE to try this tonight...maybe I'll have it right after my workout.". NOOO. You don't get to eat a f[reaking] cheeseburger after your workout. You're probably not even working out right anyways, I CAN SEE WHAT YOU PIN, and if you're doing that shit, then you're going nowhere. Okay, I'm done.

So anyways, I have two and a half more days until I go back to work! YAY. I love when I have a lot of days off consecutively. :) Also, Longhorn postponed my interview until Monday, so I will update my 5 readers what they say...... <--- me being sad that no one comments on my blog. LOL

Kaleb showed me a new game today on the phone. Its called Scramble with Friends. PLAY IT WITH ME. So far, I'm undefeated. (Don't be fooled, I've only played 3 games. haha) So yeh, lets go.

I guess I should go to sleep now. AKA I should turn off my laptop, turn off my light, put on my fitbit wrist thingy, play everyone back on Scramble with Friends and Draw Something, check my FB from my phone, THEN go to sleep. ;)

- Katie


Kaleb Craig Singletary :))

Everyone believes there is that 'perfect' guy out there for them. I have to say, my guy is not perfect, but he is perfect for me because of all the little things he does. He stays up so much later than I do, and when we get to talking on the phone at night, he will literally talk to me on the phone until I've fallen asleep and can't say another word. When we wake up from a nap, he takes the time to look me in the eye, smile, and tell me just how beautiful I am. When he has something really exciting to share, he thinks about telling me first. He knows me so well, that he can not only finish my sentences, but he knows what I mean by just a word or a look. When he makes a little extra money, he doesn't go buy himself a new game or something for his car, he asks if I want to go out and have a nice night together. :) He supports everything I want to do, even if it seems like something that could never be attainable. He motivates me, he loves me, and he knows exactly what I need to get through tough patches in my life.

I absolutely have to be the luckiest girl in the world. We have definitely had our ups and downs, but I'm a firm believer that the worst parts of a relationship make the best parts even better!

Alright, I'm done with my ooey gooey love post. :D I just had to put that out there!

Nowwww, time to watch some Switched at Birth. Hulu is amazing. Its so worth the 8 bucks a month...you should do it too. Oh, I think I'm gonna make some sweet potato fries that I found on Pinterest too!

- Katie


Well, yesterday was the last day of my contest from bodybuilding.com. I met every goal I had set for myself, but I still feel like I haven't done much. I KNOW that's stupid because I have done so well...but sometimes I still just feel like a cow. Its awful. Anyways, knowing that its over is less stressful, but now I am working towards some way bigger goals of mine. For one, I am training for a 5k that is in 2 weeks and 2 days. I can only run a mile and a half right now! I'm freaking out.

Second, I really want to look good in a bathing suit this summer. I only have a month or so until full blown summer weather starts - even though beach trips are already about to become a regular thing. Last but not least, my ultimate goal for 2012 is to drop to at LEAST 18% body fat. I REALLY want it to be 16%. The only way I've measured my BF is my a handheld plastic caliper, and I really think it is overestimated when you do it yourself. I need to get an automatic one that you hold or something. Anyways, I set that goal for December 1, 2012. I should probably move it to the 17th of December, because that's when I really started everything, but we'll see how it all works out. :) [Oh! I started at 32% btw, and from what my little plastic caliper says, I'm around 25 or 26% now. DEF. still a lot, but its only been three months, and I've lost about 6%. Only 10 left!]

Alright, its wayyy past my bedtime. Goodnight.

- Katie


Photo Progression

Progression of photo taking:
5 years old
9 years old
13 years old
16 years old
20 years old

30 years old
That's all I've got so far. These pictures were a bitch to put on here. I don't know why, but I am so pissed off at Blogger right now.

Well, today is going well. Lets start with yesterday though:

I got up and went to the gym around 8 yesterday morning. Then I went to work and was there from 1-10:30 pm. Since I missed the Pretty Little Liars finale, I went to Kaleb's to watch it on his DVR since his mom recorded it. (YAY, I was so happy. It was a great episode!) I got home around midnight and ended up going to sleep at 1.

This morning I woke up at 6 to be at the gym at 7, and did a short workout finishing around 7:45. It was my day off, but we had a visit from corporate today, so I went to work to help my boss clean up some more and try to get through some of the huge shipment that we just got YESTERDAY. Yes, the day before a visit. FML, amiright? It really wasn't that bad. LOL it just sounds bad. Anyways, I kind of enjoyed that. Then I went to Kaleb's and took a nap, spent some time with him, and then got ready for my interview!

It went great. I am so excited, and I REALLY hope I get the job. I know it seems like I jump from job to job, but its not really that so much as the fact that I had to get a different job when I moved, and then when I came back, I was kind of guaranteed a job back at Cato, so I took it...but I only make $150 a month after the gas I have to use just to GET to work. (And that's how much I probably spend on credit card bills...sad. I know. :( ) Anyways, you can see that I really need a different job, so hopefully I will get this hostess job at Longhorn!! :D

It feels so amazing outside, I really just want to go out there and play my guitar, but I kind of want to sleep. OMG, what to do on my first day off in like a week. Haha, not really...but it feels like it. I've been busting my butt at work lately. I love hard work.

[lazy people rant deleted.]

I think I want to go back to the gym tonight. Goodness sake, I need to lay off of the gym.

- Katie


Handsome Rantsome.

There are always gonna be those people in the world who care about nothing but themselves. They will ignore you until you have something they want. They will cancel plans if something better comes along. Most importantly though, they will make you believe that its YOUR fault when you say something about it and an argument comes up.

I've dealt with this a lot, and I can't say that I haven't been that person, but it is absurd to treat people like that. It is not necessary to have everything I have or want. I love when these people talk about how awful their friends are, because its so funny that they've picked someone who's JUST like them to be their BFF.

They can't do anything in life without it benefitting them. They will seriously find SOME reason to make a trip to the freaking animal shelter beneficial to them. It. Makes. Me. Sick.

//end rant.

- Katie


Bummin' In Sweatpants and a Tee

But girl, you wish you were lookin' like me.


Okay, so seriously...I ALWAYS want a day off. So I don't have to worry about getting to work, or driving to Savannah, or whatever. I just want days that are so free I can just lay in bed all day and it doesn't matter one bit. Well, I got up today at my mom's, and went to the fitness center at her apartment complex. (All I needed today was a treadmill. :( ) After running, I came home and was just about to jump in the shower to get ready to go to Savannah when Morgan (my cousin) told me we'd have to wait til another day. I mean, I was sad and all, I wanted to see her...and get my errands done, but I almost jumped for joy!

No way! I got a whole day to myself.......Now I feel like a lazy bum and I kind of want to go to the gym. LOL I'm not though, because I'm trying my hardest to save gas and money! I am watching Make It Or Break It and its AMAZING. :) I can't wait until the new season premiers!

I lost another pound today. Since last May/June...ish, I've lost 34 pounds!! (But, I didn't really start doing anything about it until like July...which by then I was about 175 or so.) Since December, when I started working out with Keely, I've lost exactly 20 pounds. Not even 3 months! I started on December 17th, and its March 4th. Nice! Pant size 14 down to a 6! I've also lost around 11.5 inches all over. I'm just trying to put this into perspective for myself I think.

I was told that once I lost a lot of weight, I'd still think I was fat...I almost didn't believe them. I have to admit, I ALMOST feel like I look the same. I know I'm smaller, and I know I'm healthier, but I'm honestly still as insecure as I was 9 months ago. I have my good days, and I walk around thinkin' I'm fly (HA)...but I always have bad days when I go to the gym and push myself because I think I haven't changed at all.

I really think I am going to go back and reread all of the Hunger Game books, they are just so good.

Maybe just the first one, since the first movie is coming out. Who knows?

Oh yeh, and here's some pics from my past couple of weeks and stuff :)

my tres and i :)

pool of blood, what? no, we dyed her hair red.

poor amelia, hiding. ;)

like, a month ago. HAHA 

like i said, today i'm bummin' it. 

12/17/11 - 2/16/12 

Alright, too much time is being taken away from MIOBI. Back to my show.

- Katie