Without Words vol. V

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43/43 Update

I just thought I would give a quick update on my 43/43 project. I am doing well on some of my ongoing tasks and have yet to start others…

Read 43 books: I have completed 3 so far and am almost done with a 4th.

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Start a scrapbook: This is done! I started a Project Life scrapbook the week of my birthday and have been doing a page entry for each week.

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Take a picture every day: If you read my Without Words post each week, you’ll know that I have been doing great on this one!

Take a selfie every day: I have missed one or two days in there, but overall have kept up with this.

Do 43 charitable acts: I have completed 4 so far

Ride the train: My trip is booked and I have my tickets to go visit my parents in 2 1/2 weeks!

Write 43 poems: I haven’t even started! I need to carve out some time to focus on all forms of writing.

Watch 12 movies in the theater: Another area where I haven’t gotten any. There are several movies coming out soon that I want to see, so I will hopefully get a few in soon.

Do 43 different workouts: So far I’ve done only 1 type of workout (walking) though I have plans to get some other workouts in next week (cycling, kickboxing, zumba)

Try 43 new things: I think I’ve tried one so far.

For a complete update on what I’ve accomplished, check out my 43/43 page.

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Gym-less Fitness Works for Me

When I first started this blog I talked a lot about what I like to call gym-less fitness and why it works for me. In the past, I have belonged to a gym at a couple of different points on my journey. I found that while it offered me a lot of options while I was there, I was less likely to actually show up and work out than I was to work out on my own at home. I know for some people, the gym is what motivates them. Or maybe they don’t have the equipment at home to get in a good workout (in their minds). I have no problem with people who choose to go to the gym, I fully support it. But I want to remind people that the gym is not the only option!

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Over the years I have slowly built up a pretty comprehensive collection of equipment to use for my home workouts, but in the beginning I had a pair of walking shoes and a few fitness videos (yes, I had videos when I started out). I didn’t have weights or bands or any other equipment. I did a lot of walking. And I have always preferred walking outdoors to walking on a treadmill. I used things that I had around the house like canned goods as weights, or just did body weight exercises. I still prefer body weight exercises.

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As my interest in fitness and desire to lose weight grew, I started accumulating more equipment… a set of dumb bell, some resistant bands and a step. Then came an exercise ball, a weight bench and a Bosu. My collection of DVDs grew including kickboxing, dance, yoga, and boot camp options. More recently I’ve added kettle bells, P90X, Wii fitness games and a recumbent bike to the mix. My home gym is pretty comprehensive and works for me. The only thing I’m really missing is a pool (I’m hoping when I move my complex will have one).

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I do occasionally try a new class at a local gym as a guest, but generally find a way to adapt it into my home gym. I do enjoy walking with friends and participating in running and walking events, but for the most part I enjoy exercising alone. I feel less distracted and more able to focus. I also like not having to wait for equipment or showers after my workout. And it’s much easier for me to squeeze in a workout around my work schedule.

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You will be seeing a lot more about my home gym, working out without a gym membership, and the various equipment that I use here on the blog. If you are a person who loves the gym, you may enjoy a different perspective. If you are like me, and prefer to skip the gym experience but still get a great workout, I hope you’ll find some fun suggestions here. And if you are new to exercise and feel like you can’t get a worthwhile workout without fancy equipment, I hope to show you that you can!

 

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Check-In Vol I

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! As I mentioned over the weekend, I am changing up some of the posts that you will be seeing here and my Monday “accountability” posts are one of the things that I’m changing. I will still be showing weight progress here, but instead of talking about what I’m going to do in the coming week, I’m going to be talking more about what I’ve actually done.

This week the post will be pretty short because I honestly didn’t do a lot last week, mostly because I wasn’t feeling well and was exhausted and weak most of the time. It was also a very emotional week for me on a multitude of levels with a lot of the events happening in the media (which I am not going to rehash here). Needless to say my focus was not on weight loss and fitness last week, but I was able to redefine my passions, my dreams, my goals and my direction, so I still consider that a win.

That being said, here are the highlights:

Current weight: 209.2

Workouts:
M- 1.5 mile walk
T- 1.5 mile walk
W- 1.5 mile walk
Th- rest
F- 1.5 mile walk
Sa- rest
Su- 1.5 mile walk

Projects completed:
Blog re-brand
Caught up Project Life
Cleaned out fridge
Updated information for renewal of domain name and self-hosting site
Lots of cleaning

My sleep this past week has been horrible, so going forward I will also be tracking me sleep here as well. Food will be highlighted in another post.

 

 

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Without Words Vol IV

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Something’s a Little Different

Did you notice something a little different when you stopped by the blog today? When I initially started this blog {almost} two years ago, I was in the best shape of my life (not in shape by any means, but still the healthiest I had ever been). I had successfully lost over 50 lbs. and identified very well with the moniker “Fit Kitty Mama”. Unfortunately things changed over the last couple of years; I regained the weight, dealt with a lot of depression related issues and have gotten to the point where I really can’t call myself “fit” any longer.

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I’ve struggled with this a bit over the last several months in relation to the blog because I have been feeling inauthentic. I hadn’t seen much movement on the scale (except going up instead of down), I hadn’t done much by way of exercise, and I was eating more processed, packaged foods than healthy fruits and veggies. There were times when I thought about stopping, just not blogging any longer and going about life without the blog, or starting a new one. But I didn’t want to do that because, quite frankly, I love this blog and the people it has brought into my life. But I knew some things were going to have to change.

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As I was putting together my 43/43 list, I knew I wanted to continue to grow the blog and created several goals with that in mind. But it wasn’t until I updated and posted my bucket list that something clicked and I came to a realization. If you look at my bucket list, most of the items can be put in three categories: fitness, travel and writing. These areas are my passions and where I need to be directing my time and energy.

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As I was feeling under the weather over the last week or so, I wasn’t doing a lot of blogging, but I was doing a lot of thinking. And reading. I know that the purpose and intent of this blog have not been met (or even been clear) for a while and I want to get back to what this blog is supposed to be about… my journey to a healthy, balanced life. I decided that I needed to do some re-branding to get things back on track, and that includes a slight change in the name. Tales of a Fit Kitty Mama has now become Tales of a {Soon-to-be} Fit Kitty Mama. The nature of some of the posts will change, though my primary focus will be weight-loss, fitness and how depression affects (and is affected by) both of these areas. I will still include some more fun light-hearted posts. I intend to continue with my “Without Words” photo posts on Sundays as well as participating in some of my favorite link-ups. For the most part the changes will not be huge, just enough to pull things into alignment with where I am going in my life.

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I am at the point where I am ready to settle down. I am ready to build a home and to pursue my dreams. This means my personal focus will be on writing and getting my certifications so that I can work in fields that I am passionate about rather than just working to pay the bills. Financially, I am focused on preparing for my big move in six months, so school (IIN) and certification exams (ACE & NASM) will have to wait a little while (though some people have suggested setting up a Go Fund Me account to solicit help for tuition and exam fees, I’m not sure how I feel about that). But I will be studying independently for my exams so that I am ready when I have the money.

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Other changes that you will be seeing soon on the blog include a new logo (in development), a new header, and updated About Me sections. I am also working on my media kit which should be going up within the next month. I want this blog to be a platform I can eventually launch my new career path from, and will be moving forward with that direction in mind. My social media accounts will adapt along with the changes to the blog, most notably, changing the name to the blog’s Facebook page to match the updated title. I will also be utilizing all of my social media more and interacting more frequently with my followers.

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I am excited about the road ahead and the changes that are currently happening in my life. I feel like I am finally moving forward with passion and purpose! I hope that you will continue to accompany me on this journey!

 

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Without Words Vol III

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Monday Accountability 8/4/14

If you are looking for a weight-loss update, this isn’t it.  However, as I mentioned in my last accountability post, I have shifted my focus to concentrate on one thing so that I might make some overall progress, rather than remain completely overwhelmed by everything. If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you know that I have been focused on cleaning up my apartment and starting to prepare to move.

This doesn’t mean that I’ve given up on my weight-loss journey or that I’m just letting things go. It means that right now, I am creating an environment that will help me to be successful in all areas of my life. The condition of my apartment was such that it was almost impossible to prepare healthy food in the kitchen, let alone have room to move around to get in a good home workout.

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I’m not finished with the cleaning yet, there was a lot to do after months of buildup, but I have made considerable progress. The floor in the living room and office is almost completely clear (aside from box mountain and a stack of stuff that I’m donating). But they are in desperate need of shampooing. I just need to figure out how to transport a carpet cleaner home. The bedroom is not as far along, but is starting to show considerable improvement, and aside from a large pile of blankets to be laundered, my walk-in closet is clean and organized. The two rooms that still need the most work are the ones that are constantly being used and dirtied, so I have yet to get them to the “baseline” level that I want (bathroom and kitchen).

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To hear the descriptions above I probably seem like a total slob, but I’m really not. Yes, I tend to live in a constant state of clutter because I have so many projects going on, but things have never been as out of control as they got recently. The only explanation I have is the back-to-back bouts of depression and loneliness that have been consuming my life for the last year or so. It became a cycle, I felt bad so I didn’t take as much effort to clean, which made me feel worse, which made my efforts less, and so on in a downward spiral until I was so overwhelmed I didn’t even know where to begin.

Now that I have been focusing on just getting a little bit done at a time (and have really accomplished a lot), I am feeling a lot better. I am more focused and less overwhelmed, so I am able to start focusing on other things. I have read more in the last week than I have in the last few months. I have barely watched any Netflix, except in the evening. I’m not sitting around snacking. I’m doing more actual cooking. And while I haven’t brought formal exercise back into the equation, I am getting more movement. My stress level has dropped and so has the anxiety. I am hopeful and taking positive actions.

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All in all, this step back has done all that I hoped for and more. I am devoting one more week to finish all of the clearing out to get everything back to baseline, then will redirect all of the extra time that I have been devoting to cleaning back into my weight-loss journey. Since I am on this journey for my overall health and wellness, taking this step back has been important. Now that I am able to really think and focus again, I know that I will come back even stronger.

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Without Words II


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A New Phase in Life

Things have been interesting around here of late. To tell you how weird, I totally forgot yesterday was Thursday and didn’t even think about writing a Thinking Out Loud post! In last week’s post, though, I mentioned that I was starting to consider the possibility of moving to Oregon when my lease is up at the end of January. That night I received a sign that moving to Oregon is 100% the right decision for me.

So, yes, I will be moving to Oregon in 6 months. What does that mean for the here and now? I will be taking on some extra work to save money for moving expenses and necessary trips to visit for interviews and apartment hunting. This means I will be a lot busier than I have been lately, and means I will have a little less time to focus on some of my other goals, but I feel this is the absolute best decision for me in the long run.

I have been struggling for the last (almost) 2 years. My depression has been more prevalent, as well as bouts of anxiety. When I struggle in these areas, it makes it more difficult to focus in other areas as well. I end up not eating well, skipping out on exercise and spending money in ways that are not productive. I think a lot of this has stemmed from being so distant from my family and a lack of connection.

I have had a hard time really developing a support base here in Seattle. I have a couple of really amazing friends in the area, but schedules and life make it really hard for us to get together. And that’s ok. But it also makes it a little difficult for me to get the contact and connections that I need as a human being (we all need those connections). I think when I moved back out on my own it got worse, simply because I didn’t have the day-to-day contact with a roommate.

Now, I don’t regret moving out on my own again. I actually love living alone, and have done it for years. But in the past, when I lived alone, I always had friends and family around to get together with on a regular basis, and I think I need that again. Right now, I can honestly say, that aside from bumping into people on the bus, the last time I have had actual physical contact (hugging, touching someone’s arm while talking, etc.), was the last time I saw my friend Jeff. I’ll have to look back at the dates, but it was the day I posted all of the photos of Vashon. It’s been a while.

I have a great life, but I think it could be so much better. And I think more regular interaction with people who love me will really help make it better. So, right now I am looking into the cost of living and job prospects in the cities near where my family lives. I will most likely end up in Eugene, simply because it is larger and has a lot more to offer job-wise. I would certainly prefer Roseburg if I could find something there, because it’s closer and rent is considerably less expensive. But we’ll see as it gets closer where I end up.

In the meantime, it will be lots of research, planning and work as I get ready. While 6 months seems like a long time now, it will pass really quickly if I don’t use the time wisely! I’m really excited about this next phase of my life. I feel like moving to Washington has really helped me to discover what it is I truly want in life, and I think moving to Oregon will help me make the changes that I need to get it.

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