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Pay attention, 2014 Mad Men: This little girl is holding a LEGO set. The LEGOs are not pink or “made for girls.” She isn’t even wearing pink. The copy is about “younger children” who “build for fun.” Not just “girls” who build. ALL KIDS.

In an age when little girls and boys are treated as though they are two entirely different species by toy marketers, this 1981 ad for LEGO — one of our favorite images ever — issues an important reminder.

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This is my favorite advertisement. Also, a short story about sexist parenting with LEGOS.

I work at a toy store that sells thousands of dollars of legos and I’ve seen time and time again parents refusing to buy blue box legos for girls and refusing to buy pink box legos for boys even when they ask for them.

One girl came in with her parents and she wanted LEGO CITY because it was her birthday and they wanted to buy her gift with her at the store. [LEGO CITY is a LEGO series that lets a child build train stations, firetrucks, passenger ships, space exploration vehicles, drawbridges, garbage disposal trucks, basically anything related to the running of a city and it is not a gender based toy.] I showed them the LEGO CITY, but the mom told the child over and over “No, this is for boys you can’t get that” and eventually, she made the little girl choose a LEGO Disney Cinderella Castle instead because it was “more appropriate”.

Even after I pointed out that every box has female and male LEGO people because the toy is meant for both boys and girls, she refused because it looked like a “boy” toy. I’ve had many occasions where a girl will be drawn to the LEGO CITY series only for the parents to come to me and ask  “Where are the GIRLS Legos, you know, princesses and stuff. I’m not buying her this sort of thing” and it makes me so, so, so, so, sad every time because I can already imagine the types of values in education and career choices the parents will be scolding child for wanting in the future when they aren’t even allowed to play with anything blue. 

Let girls be kids without all the forced gender stereotyping, dammit. 

You know what little girls could grow up to be? Architects, engineers, builders.

You know what little girls cannot ever be, no matter what they do in life? A princess.

We sell real life careers to little boys, but to girls we sell lies and fantasy. Then we have the gall to say that girls ‘choose’ careers that earn them less, that girls just aren’t interested in STEM fields, that girls are stupid for pursuing frivolous nonsense, etc. etc.  

This is gender in action. Not nature, but socialization.

That last comment especially 👏🏻👏🏻

As a female architect I approve this message.

I loved LEGO when I was little, and it was an activity I enjoyed with both my sister and my two brothers. It galls me how the brand was marketed so heavily to boys in the 80s and 90s, because now those kids are adults and remember it as ‘something for boys’ and keep it away from their girls. Marketing can do damage for *generations*, not just in the immediate short term.

GENDER IN ACTION what a great fucking way of putting it

I was just thinking about this post/ad the other day. I’ve reblogged it before, and there’s a version that links to an interview with the little girl in the picture about her memories of the photo shoot. It’s all very girl-positive and how gendering toys is terrible, and for the most part, I agree. There’s no such thing as boys’ toys and girls’ toys. Or there shouldn’t be.


The thing that occurred to me about this ad, though - it’s not really breaking any gender barriers. The little girl in the picture? She’s dressed like a boy. She’s not wearing pink. Her hair’s not in ringlets. She hasn’t built what could obviously be called a princess castle. If you looked fast, you’d probably think she was a boy (until you noticed the braids).


So yeah, maybe this ad is saying, “Hey, girls can play with Lego too!” Except, not really. Because what it’s actually saying is, “Hey, girls who are actually tomboys can play with Lego too!”


I’m just saying - I think it would have been way more powerful if you’d had a girl in pink and ruffles and ringlets building space ships and skyscrapers and King Arthur’s castle. That it’s possible to be both girly - and want to do those things. This ad? Ain’t showing that.

Okay, so the thing i’m having a problem with here is that this little girl is NOT dressed like a boy, she’s dressed like a little girl at play in 1981.

Girls’ clothes in 1981 were not limited to various shades of pink and purple but ran the full spectrum of colors. They were also expected to stand up to the wear and tear of regular play (which in 1981 meant running around outdoors). Ruffles and the like existed but those clothes were fancy, meant for occasions or events like church and holidays, not everyday wear.

For example, here is a photo of my brother and i in 1983 wearing our everyday clothes

I am five years old here. At this time, my room was painted pink, i had what i called my princess dress, and my Barbie was the one that came with an all-pink wardrobe. At that time in my life i was absolutely NOT considered a tomboy; i was a typical little girl.

To your modern eyes, inundated with the sharply gendered clothing of today, the girl in the ad didn’t even read as a girl whereas in 1981, she did. And i’m wondering who is in the more constrictive box, girls then or girls now?

Also i saw these from the same campaign and they are adorable!

How terrible is it to know that as a society we’ve probably gotten worse with pushing gender norms on kids instead of better.

 When I was in uni in one of my soc classes we read an excerpt from The Beauty Myth which talked about this, how when women started gaining more political/social/financial power in society the patriarchal started lashing back by buckling down on beauty standards and enforcing femininity. Beauty standards and the expectation for girls and women to be feminine has definitely gotten worse the past few decades as direct retaliation against women and girls for gaining more power, it’s a way to keep women and girls in “their place” in one way while they’re reaching for progress in other areas. If you’re interested in learning more about this phenomenon, I suggest giving The Beauty Myth a read

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from-1-to-90·2 months agoText

I started listening to two really interesting podcasts recently, both having to do with health. The first is Food We Need To Talk, and the second is The Magic Pill. They are super interesting and have a lot of great information!

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: -2 lbs

Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: -1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: -3.5 lbs

Week 5 Weigh-In: N/A (away for holiday; didn’t measure)

Week 6 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs (just returned from holiday)
Change over 1 week: N/A
Change since beginning: -3.5 lbs

Week 7 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: -3.5 lbs
Change since beginning: -5.5 lbs

Week 8 Weigh-In: 127 lbs
Change over 1 week: -1 lb
Change since beginning: -6.5 lbs

Week 9 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1 lb
Change since beginning: -5.5 lbs

Week 10 Weigh-In: 127.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: -0.2 lb
Change since beginning: -5.7 lbs

Two and a half more weeks :)

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from-1-to-90·2 months agoText

Oh my goodness, I’m only 3.5 weeks away from 90 days. That’s terrifying from a goal standpoint, because I’m still 3 pounds away from my weight goal… but really exciting from a milestone standpoint! I’m so proud of myself for completely turning around my eating and exercise habits.

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: -2 lbs

Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: -1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: -3.5 lbs

Week 5 Weigh-In: N/A (away for holiday; didn’t measure)

Week 6 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs (just returned from holiday)
Change over 1 week: N/A
Change since beginning: -3.5 lbs

Week 7 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: -3.5 lbs
Change since beginning: -5.5 lbs

Week 8 Weigh-In: 127 lbs
Change over 1 week: -1 lb
Change since beginning: -6.5 lbs

Week 9 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1 lb
Change since beginning: -5.5 lbs

The numbers are making me think that I’ve been plateauing since the Week 7 Weigh-In (considering that I’m back to where I was, with plenty of ups and downs in-between). It’s frustrating, but I’ve also kind of accepted it. I’m not giving up, but I’m also not going to be mad at my body for not losing weight faster. It’s on its own timetable. My job is to get into the best physical and mental shape I possibly can - the weight will follow where and when it’s supposed to.

By the way, I already have an idea for what I want to do after these 90 days are over. Stay tuned. :)

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from-1-to-90·3 months agoText

My week 8 weigh in was actually two days ago (and my weight has changed since then) but I’ll give you the breakdown.

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: 2 lbs

Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Week 5 Weigh-In: N/A (away for holiday; didn’t measure)

Week 6 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs (just returned from holiday)
Change over 1 week: N/A
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Week 7 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: 3.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 5.8 lbs

Week 8 Weigh-In: 127 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1 lb
Change since beginning: 6.8 lbs

It’s been a weird week. This may be TMI, but it’s my blog, so whatever. Basically, my last period ended before I started my 90 day journey, and I haven’t gotten it since… until this week, when it finally returned. I’m not sure why. (No, I was not pregnant.) My best guess is that the combination of intense exercise and travel made my body freak out (and I tend to not be the most regular regardless). 

So anyway, ever since my period returned, my weight has fluctuated a lot. Here is the breakdown of the past week:

Day 53: 128.5
Day 54: 129.5
Day 55: 131
Day 56: 129.5
Day 57: 127 
Day 58: 127.5
Day 59: 128

Like, how weird is that? Maybe it’s not too weird - I looked it up, and according to Google, your weight can fluctuate up to 5 lbs around your period. It just so happened that it dipped on the day of my Week 8 weigh-in, but it’s climbing back up again. Who knows. I’ll wait until I’ve stopped bleeding to make any kind of final judgement call.

I also haven’t exercised much this week, again because of my period. I’ve just been more physically tired, and it felt like the right thing to do to let my body rest. 

I’m nervous about hitting my goal - I still have 3-ish pounds to lose (considering that I’m at 128 today) and only about 30 days to do it. But you know what? I’m going to work hard, do my best, and even if I don’t make it to 125 lbs by the end of my 90 day journey, it will still be okay. I’m healthier now than I was, and I’ve still made a tremendous amount of progress. 

And I’m not giving up yet!

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from-1-to-90·3 months agoText

Day 50 of 90 - Over Halfway There!

Alright… I’m not even going to give myself an excuse for the fact that I haven’t blogged since day 28. I’m just going to say that while I clearly didn’t hit my “blog once a week” goal, I’m doing pretty darned well on my other health goals, so I’m not too mad about it. And with that, let’s move on to the recap of the past 22 days.

Due to being on holiday and away from home from day 33 through day 44, I was not able to track my weight daily for that time span. Additionally, because I knew I was going to be busy with visiting family and such for that time span, I didn’t want to force myself to try to squeeze my normal workout routine in every day, so I gave myself a break there. I also didn’t try too hard to stick to my original calorie / macro count, and instead just tried to eat things in moderation, and only eat something that was “unhealthy” or “bad” for me if I really wanted it, not just because it was there. (It also helped that I didn’t have family members actively pressuring me to eat tons of things, like at the previous holiday). And surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), this really didn’t end up being a bad thing!

Here’s my weight breakdown:

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs
Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: 2 lbs
Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs
Week 5 Weigh-In: N/A (away for holiday; didn’t measure)
Week 6 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs (just returned from holiday)
Change over 1 week: N/A
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs
Week 7 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: 3.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 5.8 lbs

I’m currently at 128 lbs, which means that I broke through the weight plateau that kept me stagnating around 130! I was trying to figure out the reason for the stagnation, and I’m really not sure what it was. I was eating well, and exercising diligently. There are only two potential reasons that I can think of at the moment. One is, maybe after implementing a drastically different eating and exercise plan for a month, my body was just trying to figure out what the heck was going on. Another is that it could have been stress from work affecting me. Week 2 through Week 4 was a stressful time for me at work (a LOT of deadlines) and it’s possible that my cortisol levels rose and caused me to hold onto weight.

We may never know. But I’m not too concerned about it anymore, because clearly the plateau has broken!! Maybe the physical relaxation over Week 5 was just what my body needed in order to reset and (possibly?) get my cortisol levels down.

I’ve got 5 ½ weeks to go on this 90 day journey. I have 3 pounds left in order to reach my weight goal. I really do think that this is doable - I mean, it’s less than a pound a week, and I’m pretty sure I can smash that! However, I do want to state for the record that I realize my body might just give me a flat-out “no” for whatever reason. I might stagnate, even if I’m doing all the “right” things. And I’m giving myself the grace to say that that is okay. I set my goals based on the knowledge I had at the time, with the understanding that those goals were flexible and could be changed for the good of my body. A good friend reminded me that my body is changing due to these healthy habits - and even if my weight stays the same or possibly even goes up, it could be because I’m building muscle. Weight only tells part of the story. (I’m really wishing that I measured myself (inches-wise) at the start of this journey so that I had another data point, but oh well.)

But putting the weight aside, this journey has been unbelievably healthy for me, both physically and emotionally. Exercising has truly made a world of difference in my mental health. I know everyone always says that, but man - it was like taking a magic pill that suddenly made me happier and more focused. Who wouldn’t want that?? And because my brain is receiving the dopamine it needs from exercise, I’m no longer craving junk food 24/7. Instead, I can have a normal, moderated amount of dessert and less-than-healthy food, and I don’t feel like I’m missing something.

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from-1-to-90·4 months agoText

Okay, so I’m clearly lagging on my “blog at least once a week” goal, judging by the fact that my last post was the Week 2 Weigh-In. But I am back and I’m ready to update you guys! I’m just gonna lay out the numbers, and then I’m going to try dissecting them a bit.

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: 2 lbs

Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Overall, I’m very pleased with how things are going! I’m losing weight at a super moderate pace, which I know is healthiest and best for sustainability. And I’m also right on track to reach my weight goal over the next eight and a half weeks!!

It’s actually cheering me up to look at the overall numbers, because I was feeling a little frustrated this morning. Here’s why.

My weight over the past week:
Day 21 (Week 3 Weigh-In): 131.5
Day 22: 130.5
Day 23: 129.8
Day 24: 130
Day 25: 130
Day 26: 130
Day 27: 129.5
Day 28: 130 (Week 4 Weigh-In)

I’ve been hella stagnating over the majority of the past week. My body dropped quite a bit between Day 21 and Day 22 and then decided to just chill at 130 for the rest of the week. I mean, it’s been seven days with basically no change. I’m not going to freak out about this though, because I know that bodies are weird and don’t really like change - and I can’t expect my body weight to just continuously drop for the entirety of my 90 day journey. There are going to be ups and downs and plateaus. My hope is that this plateau is just my body getting used to the new weight and that it’ll start going down again next week.

This week, I also decided to stop tracking my calories / food intake. My main reason for this was just that I’m tired of it - it’s annoying to have to log my meals every time I eat. And I feel like because I’m on track with my goals, I have the leeway to stop the calorie counting, at least for now. And I have noticed over the past few days that even though I’m not tracking my food anymore, having done so over the past month has trained my brain to understand food proportions / calorie amounts much better. Like, I can now look at a bowl of greek yogurt and mentally calculate how many calories it is, because I’ve logged this stuff so much in the app. So, I’m planning to still eat the same way I was eating before, just without the meticulous tracking. I’ll give it a go, and if in a week or so it seems like I need to bring the calorie tracking back, then I will. 

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from-1-to-90·4 months agoText

I’m quickly becoming disenchanted with my analog scale… because I can’t actually read exactly what my weight number is! But as far as I can tell, today I came in right under 134 lbs, so I’m going with:

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs

Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

There’s a chance that my scale at home is measuring me lighter than I actually am - remember the 3 lb jump when I weighed myself on the digital scale for the first time? But according to this scale, I am currently around 133.8 lbs.

Now, I have thought about this two ways. I could either be disappointed that I am back to almost exactly where I started, OR I could be impressed and happy that my body was able to bounce back to where it was so quickly after the holiday madness. I am going to go with the latter option.

I have 9 pounds to lose in the next 10 weeks. I fully believe that my body can do it, and I am excited to continue my journey of transformation!! I am back, I am focused, and I am revved up.

Yesterday, I did not eat dinner before going home (it was just way too early), but I did eat dinner directly after working out instead of showing first. I wanted to make sure I ate all of my dinner before 8:00pm. I succeeded in that, and I think I finished eating everything for the night by 8:30pm (except for a tiny piece of chocolate that I had around 9:30pm). I have a feeling eating my dinner earlier like this is going to help! I don’t know if this is related to my earlier dinner last night, but I actually felt hungry for breakfast this morning - I usually have to force myself to eat breakfast before work. 

Here’s to the next 10 weeks!

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from-1-to-90·4 months agoText

I realize that I haven’t blogged since Day 5, so I’m going to give you the deets on what exactly went down during the past eight days.

THE HOLIDAYS. WENT DOWN.

My gosh. I knew that the holidays were going to be a bit of a struggle, but I had no idea how much. My partner’s family makes food that not only tastes incredible, but is also exactly on the opposite end of the “clean eating” spectrum. They are also the kind of people who will continue putting food in front of your face until you are literally too full to walk around. (A great problem to have, but a problem nonetheless when you’ve just started a clean eating journey!) Combine that with two full travel days where I got zero exercise in, and there you have it - my weight is now higher than where I started two weeks ago. If I’m being perfectly honest, I’m pretty upset about it. I had made some great progress, and now, in just a matter of a few days, I feel like I undid all of that progress. 

This is my weight breakdown over the past two weeks, keeping in mind that partway through I switched scales partway through, because I was staying at someone else’s house and using their scale. (My scale at home is manual/analog, so I have to look at the little dial to figure out what my weight is. It’s not terribly exact, but I can figure out approximately which pound I’m at.) 

- starting at Day 4 because that’s when I finally got my scale -

Day 4: 133.5
Day 5: 133.5
Day 6: 131.5
Day 7: 132
Day 8: 132 (Week 1 Weigh-In)

- this is when I switched to a digital scale -

Day 9: 135.3 (I didn’t eat too much more than usual, so I wasn’t sure why the number here jumped up by ~2 pounds. Maybe either my scale at home or the digital scale is inaccurate?)
Day 10: 136.6 (after I ate a lot more food than usual)
Day 11: 136.7 (again, ate a LOT more food)
Day 12: 136.8 (actually ate a reasonable amount, but my weight still went up)

- and back to my scale at home - this is why the numbers aren’t as precise -

Day 13: 136 
Day 14: 135

Again, if I’m being completely honest, my inclination is to do something drastic to bring myself back to where I was - like go on a three day juice cleanse or something. But, I am writing right here and right now, that being healthy is the purpose of this whole journey. And if I have to be unhealthy to reach my goals, then those goals need to be adjusted. However, that remains to be seen. So for now, I’m focusing even harder than I was before the holiday fiasco! These next 10 weeks are going to be lit!

Side note - I just started using whey protein powder. I have high hopes for it - my plan is to use it once a day right after my workouts, and with any luck, it’ll help me see results! 

Also, I noticed that I’ve been eating dinner really late ever since I started this journey. It’s mainly because by the time I get home from work, workout, and take a shower, it’s usually pretty late before I have time to eat dinner. I’m wondering if eating late is affecting my body’s readiness to burn those calories. I know there are mixed opinions on the subject, but it might be worth experimenting with, especially since each body is different. Maybe the solution would be for me to eat dinner right before I go home, so that my post-workout protein shake is the last thing I consume before bed? I’ll keep you posted on my findings!

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from-1-to-90·4 months agoText

I had my first craving today (for unhealthy food, that is) since I started this journey! I was actually really surprised that for the past four days, I haven’t craved all of the unhealthy food I was eating before. But today, I was at an event with free donuts and it was all I could do to not grab one. And when I got home, even after I’d eaten a full meal, I still wanted to make cookies and devour the whole batch! Not sure where the sudden craving for junk food came from, but it wasn’t fun. However, I should just be grateful that I haven’t had those cravings this entire time! Hopefully they won’t stick around.

H O W  I  F E L T

I felt pretty decent today! My body is pretty sore, though - which is unsurprising, considering that I went from literally never exercising to working out for an hour everyday. In order to try to give my most used muscles a break, I decided to do only blogilates workout videos today (instead of more cardio, which is the bulk of what I’ve been doing).

E X E R C I S E

I honestly didn’t have much of a strategy going into this today. The only thing I wanted to make sure I focused on was my arms, since my cardio workouts haven’t hit them much. Here are the videos I did (all blogilates):

I was a little less excited to work out today - probably because my body feels pretty worn out at this point. I mean - I’ve never worked out like this before! But I’m traveling in a few days and won’t be able to exercise while I’m on the road, and I want to make the most of my time at home. So no rest days for me for another few days.

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from-1-to-90·4 months agoText

I finally have a scale, thank goodness. I know that for the most consistent, accurate results, you’re supposed to weigh yourself in the morning before you’ve eaten anything (as that generally eliminates added water/food weight), but I was so curious that I just went ahead and weighed myself in the afternoon when the scale arrived.

The results were surprising.. in a great way! As I mentioned in an earlier post, the last time I weighed myself (over a year ago), I was 145 pounds. I was expecting to still be around that same weight when I weighed myself today (maybe a bit lower, since I’ve been working out and eating clean for the past couple of weeks - before I even officially started this 90 day thing). And it turned out that I was…

133.5 pounds.

WHAT?!

The last time I weighed that little was about three and a half years ago! So that was a surprise. I wish I knew how much I weighed before and after the two week work trip so that I would have a better sense of my weight progression. But oh well. 

One of the things that I am trying really hard to be conscious of is to not let the scale control my mental and emotional life. I’ve been there before, and it is not a fun place to be. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s even okay for me to put a weight goal on myself, but if I’m being perfectly honest, I do have one. So for now, here are all of my goals for this 90 day journey (including the weight goal, now that I have a baseline):

  • work out 30-60 mins 5-6 days per week
  • eat clean foods - cut way down on processed sugar and empty carbs (must stay above 1200 calories per day)
  • blog about my experience at least once per week
  • get down to 125 pounds at the end of these 90 days

I honestly am unsure how realistic my 125 pound goal is. It means I’ll need to lose 8.5 pounds over the next 12 weeks. However, from the little I know about weight loss, I think that it’s doable. Hard, but doable. I’m also going to give myself the flexibility to alter the goal if it seems like a different goal would be healthier for my body. My plan is to listen to what my body is telling me every step of the way in this process - because my overarching, far more important goal is to be healthy!

H OW  I  F E L T

I was felt really worn out again, practically from the moment I woke up - similar to how I felt on Day 2. Maybe my body is just getting used to exercising everyday.

M E A L S

  • Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with Mexican blend cheese
  • Snack: smoothie (½ cup frozen strawberries, ½ cup frozen mango, 1 banana)
  • Lunch: 4/5 banana, ¼ cup cocoa almond granola, 1 apple slice, 1 tbsp peanut butter (this was a weird snack hodgepodge because I hadn’t cooked yet)
  • Snack: 5 baby dill pickles
  • Dinner: 1 large chicken drumstick, 1/3 cup of baked sweet potato (plain), ½ cup of avocado, 1 cup of milk w/ 1 tbsp chocolate sauce
  • Snack: a couple of squares of Starbucks chocolate peppermint bark

Calories: 1381 (128g carbs, 67g fat, 56g protein)

E X E R C I S E

I’m think I’m going to stop meticulously writing down in this blog everything I eat, only because it’s rather time consuming. I’m still tracking it all on my phone (I’m sure that data will come in handy soon). But unless I get any objections, I’m going to stop tracking in in my blog for now, and use that time instead to blog about my thoughts and feelings on this journey!

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from-1-to-90·4 months agoText

H O W  I  F E L T

It was a really good day. I woke up feeling motivated, energized - all the good things! I don’t know if it had to do with me having such a great cardio day on Day 2, but I was flying high. My focus was great too.

M E A L S

  • Breakfast: boiled egg; 1 banana; ¼ cup of cocoa almond granola
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I ate the egg before I remembered to take a pic, but here’s the banana and granola combo.

  • Snack: 1 cup decaf mocha
  • Lunch: chicken fried rice from Costco
  • Pre-workout snack: 10 unsalted almonds; ½ fuji apple; 5 baby dill pickles
  • Post-workout snack: 1 cup 2% milk; ¾ tbsp chocolate syrup (to create a quick chocolate milk)
  • Dinner: 1 boiled egg; 30 unsalted almonds; 1 tbsp pine nuts; 1.5 tbsp peanut butter; 1/3 banana; ½ fuji apple; 1/3 cup of cocoa almond granola

Calories: 1823 (Carbs: 190g; Fat: 81g; Protein: 57g)

E X E R C I S E

The blogilates ab workout from Day 2 KILLED ME, but I was actually able to do two blogilates back workouts on Day 3 and feel pretty decent. I also am truly terrible at planking, so I’m starting to wonder if I just have really weak abs. If that is the case, then it’s something to work on!

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from-1-to-90·4 months agoText

It may sound silly, but I really love having date stamps on this journey to mark the passage of time. It keeps me from feeling like I’m working but not going anywhere. I’m starting the realize that one of the biggest things holding me back from embarking on journeys like this is a perceived lack of progress - which is why tracking metrics like this is so great for me! I need that concrete motivation.

My plan is to loosely follow the Blogilates 90 day challenge meal plan. I’m not going to follow it religiously, because honestly, I need more variety in the foods in my life. Plus, even Cassey didn’t stick to just those foods when she was doing her challenge - you can see a complete log of what she ate each day in her daily blog posts from that time. However, I am going to use the meal plan as a guide for calorie count and macro balance - basically as a baseline standard of “clean eating” for me to work from. I’m also going to allow myself some sweets now and then (I love chocolate, like everyone else on the planet), but a very limited/controlled amount. No more binging chocolate chip cookie dough while I mindlessly watch Netflix.

I’m not sure how the meal plan is going to work with the holidays coming up… but I guess all I can do is eat in moderation. I’m planning to cut myself a little slack by eating a bit more processed sugar and carbs than I normally would otherwise. Because let’s be real - I am not about to deny myself delicious food that I only have access to once a year. And I absolutely refuse to be the high maintenance person that presents their relatives with a laundry list of things they won’t eat by choice, since I don’t have any actual health concerns related to food. But I am going to do my best to keep everything in moderation and mostly stick to my clean eating plan.

Additionally, I’ve never been the kind of person who wakes up early to go on a morning jog when I’m traveling. But, I guess I’m going to need to become that person if I want to meet my exercise goals over the holidays. If you all have any ideas about how to maintain your exercise regimen when you’re busy visiting with family and staying at another person’s house, I’m all ears.

H O W  I  F E L T  T O D A Y

I felt really worn out this morning through the afternoon. I’m not sure if it’s from my exercise yesterday and/or the unfortunately small breakfast, or perhaps something else entirely. It’s a little strange, because I exercised four times last week and felt great mentally! In any case, I’m not going to let a little weariness stop me, so you best believe that I worked out today as well. Will keep you posted on my energy levels.

M E A L S

  • Breakfast: boiled egg

I know, that’s really not enough food. I promise I’m not trying to not eat - I just haven’t had a chance to go grocery shopping and buy healthy food yet. To compensate, I ate a packet of apple cinnamon instant oatmeal around 11am.

  • Snack: 1 packet apple cinnamon instant oatmeal
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As convenient as it is, I’m fairly certain instant oatmeal is not nearly as healthy for you as regular. And I’d hate for something as small as instant vs. regular to set me back in my health journey, so I’m planning to buy old fashioned, plain oats to eat with fruit and nuts instead.

  • Lunch: 7/8ths of a packet of Japanese-style chicken fried rice from Costco; 1 fun-size mini krackel chocolate piece

Again, I know the frozen fried rice is not the healthiest option, but it’s the only thing I have to eat for lunch right now. Once the grocery run is complete and I get cooking, I’ll have some healthier lunch options.

  • Pre-workout snack: 3 baby dill pickles (LOVE pickles!!); ¼ cup of cocoa almond granola; ¼ cup peanut butter; ½ fuji apple

This was mainly a “I just got home and I’m ravenous, what can I eat in the house that’ll tide me over but won’t fill up my stomach right before I go work out” thing.

  • Dinner: ¼ cup of Simply Orange orange juice; ¼ baked sweet potato; 1 boiled egg; 10 almonds 

I always crave juice right after I workout. I didn’t want to go nuts with it because I know orange juice is hella sugary, but I also didn’t want to completely deprive myself, so that’s why I went with a ¼ cup.

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The potato / boiled egg / almond mix happened because my partner ate the leftovers that I was planning to have for dinner. 

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But surprisingly, it tasted pretty darn good! So my weird dinner concoction turned out to be a win.

Calories for the day: 1326 (Carbs: 143g, Fat: 53g, Protein: 40g)

E X E R C I S E

  • Blogilates “beautiful abs” 1x (8 mins)
  • Treadmill - jogging / power walking combo (30 mins)
  • Elliptical - 110-120 mph at power 3 (30 mins)

By the way, it turns out that my gym does NOT have a scale… So that means I have to dig my old one out of my storage unit. It’s an analog scale - back when I bought it, I stayed away from digital due to multiple experiences with inaccurate digital scales. Fingers crossed that it still works, especially after it’s been sitting sideways in my crammed storage unit for years!

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from-1-to-90·5 months agoText

It’s day one. (So exciting!) Here are my goals for the next ninety days:

  • workout 5-6 days per week for 30-60 mins 
  • eat clean, i.e., minimal amounts of processed sugar, carbs that have no nutritional value, and dairy (I LOVE me some milk, but I’m pretty sure I tend to gain weight when I drink a lot of it)
  • blog about my experience at least once per week in order to keep track and stay motivated!

I don’t have a scale in the house, so I have to see if my gym happens to have one. Once I dig up a reliable scale, I’ll post what my “before” weight is. The last time I weighed myself (several months ago) I came in at 145 lbs, so it will be interesting to see if/how that has changed.

Meals for the day:

  • Breakfast: 1 salted boiled egg; 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Lunch: 1 packet of frozen fried rice (Costco brand)
  • Snack: 1 oz of Starbucks salted peppermint bark
  • Dinner: 6 oz of a bison New York strip steak with mushroom topping; 2 oz baked sweet potato (leftovers from Ted’s Montana Grill)
  • Snack: 1 cup frozen mango; 1 cup frozen strawberries; drizzle of honey (made into a smoothie)

I have never really tracked food / calories before, so forgive me if I miscalculate something. I assume I will get used to it after a while! According to my tracker app, I’m at 1192 calories for the day (114g carbs, 48g fat, and 61g protein). I don’t ever want to dip below 1200 calories, so I’ll need to be careful about that for the future.

Exercise for the day:

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from-1-to-90·5 months agoText

Hello, friends! I’m going to start off by answering the big question: why am I doing this? To answer that, I have to backtrack a little. 

A month and a half ago, I took a two week work trip, and when I returned, I had lost weight. Noticeably. Unfortunately, I can’t give the exact weight difference, because I haven’t weighed myself since the last time I was at a doctor’s office (over a year ago). But suffice it to say that it was a big enough difference that I, as well as the people around me, noticed. I felt lighter and… better. Not saying that thinner is always better, but in this particular instance, I felt better.

Within a few weeks of returning to my usual eating and living patterns, it seemed like my weight had mostly returned to normal. And I’m fairly certain I know why I lost so much weight on that trip. Three reasons:

  1. I did not have access to any of the junk food type snacks that I typically consume on a daily and nightly basis, so I was only eating what I ate at mealtimes.
  2. I was active all day, every day. At home, I work a sedentary job, and don’t typically work out. But I was standing, walking, and just generally physically doing things all day on that trip (which felt awesome for my mental health, by the way. I wish I could work a job like that all the time, but that’s a topic for another day).
  3. Weird (or maybe not so weird?) thing about me: when I have to be “on” (for example, when I’m at a business dinner, or doing a project with coworkers), my appetite involuntarily dries up, because I’m so focused on being present. And it so happened that I ate 85% of my meals on that trip with my colleagues while we were working, so I think I just wasn’t eating as much as I normally would. This is not necessarily healthy, and definitely not sustainable long-term, but it’s worth mentioning as one of the factors that contributed to my quick weight loss.

In the past, something that has held me back from committing to a workout / healthy eating plan like this was the lack of surety that I would actually see results. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head, “what if I do all of this and nothing changes?” But coming back from this trip, I was astonished that my weight could change so much in just two weeks when I wasn’t even trying! This proved to me that my body can change.

This realization of mine happened to coincide with Cassey Ho (of Blogilates fame) finishing her 90 day journey. I was so inspired by her results and her transformation story that I decided to embark upon my own.

This is my 90 day transformation. Wish me luck!!

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