Monday, April 21, 2014

Why Leggings Are Dangerous

A year ago today I weighed ten pounds less than I do now. I can think of a million excuses of why I returned to the 150's on the scale; starting school, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and eloping in Vegas. I, however, am choosing to blame it on leggings.

Last spring I was working out six days a week and tracking calories. I was at the lowest weight I had been since early high school. Not only did I look good, but I felt great as well! I was so proud of how far I had come and I vowed to continue to lose weight (or at least maintain). Unfortunately, I got lazy.

My husband and I have a joke that I like to reward myself for weight loss with a big ol' piece of cake, therefore sabotaging my weight loss. I was slowly but surely gaining some weight back around my July birthday. Once the end of September rolled around and I started classes more-than-full-time at Portland State...I was screwed.

Again, I blame leggings.

You see, college kids these days tend to wear yoga pants and black leggings on the daily. I, of course, wanted to fit in. My favorite jeans somehow got shoved in the back of my closet and I became one of those girls who wears leggings as pants (oops).

During finals week Fall term, my first term back in college, I was particularly stressed. My sweet husband (boyfriend at the time) offered to get me a sweet treat from the store. I requested some oreos.

Then I ate the whole pack in two days. That's a lot of calories, you guys.

We now refer to this event as "the oreo incident".

Fast forward through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, my Vegas elopement, and another stressful finals week and here we are at present day. Unfortunately, I gained all that hard-earned weight loss back. One day I tried on the pair of jeans I bought last Spring and wore all the time and they weren't even close to buttoning.

Something had to be done.

Unfortunately, I was in a really horrible mental place. I was constantly focusing on the ten pounds I had gained back instead of the 35 I was still away from my highest weight. I had zero motivation and a lot of frustration. So I just kept wearing leggings.

My sweet husband claims he didn't even notice the weight gain, but finally I got fed up with it. I've been focusing on clean eating and 30 minutes of cardio a day. I haven't been perfect, but I think I've finally found my motivation and am ready to stick with it and get back to where I was!

Obviously this story really isn't about the leggings, it's more about the crutches in our lives. It's too easy to stay in denial about our health. I hear constantly from people that they're choosing to ignore the chemicals in the food they're eating. It blows my mind that people would rather live in unhealthy ignorant "bliss" than make changes.

I spent too many years putting crap into my body and not working out. I've been overweight and I've been fit. Trust me, fit is worth it. It can be hard for some people to give up soda and fast food. It's hard at first to buy and eat clean foods and go to the gym to do cardio, but it is SO worth it.

Get out of denial, people! Leggings are cute...but they certainly bring out flaws. Fast food tastes good...but it does nothing for your health. Being in denial about the changes you need to make health-wise may be "easier"...but it will have major long-term effects.

Here's to health! I'm thankful that every day is a fresh start and I don't have to repeat the mistakes I made when I was younger.

Again leggings are cute...but I'd feel a lot more cute in a smaller size. Whatever your fitness and health goals are, I encourage you to identify your crutches and weak points. That's the only way you'll overcome them!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What to Watch on Netflix

I don't know about you, readers, but I am in total "winter break" mode. I've watched a full season of a medical drama on Netflix, as well as multiple movies. In all honesty, when the temperature drops below 40, I become a total hermit. Going outdoors sounds like so much more work. So, instead, I hole myself up on my couch, re-do my blog's layout, and watch stuff on Netflix.

A constant complaint I hear from friends and clients is that there's nothing good on Netflix. There's been so many times I've spent the length of a TV show just trying to find something to watch! Well, scroll no more, readers! I've put together a list of thirteen movies and shows that are Caity-watched-and-approved.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Caitlyn Takes Water for Granted

With my recent fitness efforts, I've been drinking a lot of water. Usually 2 or 3 liters a day. That's more than half a gallon. Until I read about my friend Stephanya's work with Liquid Love I never even thought twice about what a blessing it is to have clean water and the fact that some people don't have it.

On Stephanya's 31st birthday she started a campaign for Liquid Love, and tonight is their final fundraising event from 5-8 PM at Vino on 28th in Portland. I'll be there and my world famous double chocolate chip cookies will be part of the bake sale.

Here is what Stephanya had to say about Liquid Love:

"Did you know that almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water? Every day, 5,000 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. But it doesn't have to be that way! There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world. 100% of every dollar you donate to my birthday campaign will be used to build a clean water project in Rural Ethiopia through charity: water. They fund their operating costs separately through a group of private donors, so 100% of all public donations will go directly to people in need.

The campaign closes June 30, 2013 and I have $4,800 left to raise. I am asking that you partner with me either in direct online donation through my campaign page (tax deductible donation) or by attending my LIQUID LOVE--FUNDRAISING PARTY to celebrate with me! Everyone should have access to the essential and basic right of clean water. The reality is heartbreaking...I hope this moves you to respond, spreading awareness and/or donating resources. People need us to care."