Saturday, January 7, 2017


-3 pounds!

It's amazing what a week of restricting calories and getting off my ass and exercising will do.  Oh wait, everyone knows that's how you lose weight.  Duh.

My Mom and Aunt Julie bought me a Fitbit Charge 2 for Christmas (yay thank you!!), and wearing it has been the motivation I need to get up and move.  I even set reminders on it so it will vibrate if I haven't taken at least 250 steps in an hour.  I love it!

At some point today I'm going to be heading over to the gym to sign up for a gym membership.  Kaiser has a new program that will reimburse you the cost of a membership if you work out 45 days during the calendar year.  Totally doable.  I don't NEED a gym membership, but I'm excited to attend workout classes again (my college gym was amazing for that.)  I also enjoy watching cable while running on the treadmill (who doesn't?).  AND, they have childcare in case I want to go when Justin is working.  :)

I've been working on a blog post this week about my life as a dieter--how I feel like food and eating has shaped how I grew up and my family culture.  These ideas and reflections  have stemmed from a couple of things.  I started watching This is Us, and a character on the show struggles with obesity (the show is amazing, if you haven't checked it out yet.)  It wasn't so much her current weight struggles that got me thinking, but rather the flashbacks of when she was a child, and how the weight struggles were already there.  In one scene, her brothers are eating cereal for breakfast, while she has half a melon stuffed with some cottage cheese.  When she scoffs at her breakfast, her mother replies, "We talked about this."  The whole scene resonated with me SO much--eating different foods than the people around me; being made aware that my body was different at a very young age.

Having experienced this myself made me think about how I want to raise my own daughter.  At least for now, it appears Adalei has Justin's metabolism (thank God!), but that doesn't mean I want to raise her with unhealthy ideals about the way your body should look and a bi-polar relationship with food. It's not done, mostly because I feel like right now it's just a random rambling of my thoughts.  Hopefully I'll get some nap time to finish up here soon.  :)

See you next week!

Previous weight: 180.2 lbs.
Current weight: 177.2 lbs.
Weekly weight loss: -3 lbs.

Monday, June 6, 2016


This post is for this week AND last week, because last week was insanely crazy with school ending and classroom packing and end of school parties and 5th grade graduation and on and on and on.

So, combined for the 2 weeks, I'm down 2 pounds.  Which means!!!
I OFFICIALLY WEIGH LESS THAN I DID WHEN I GOT PREGNANT!  Woo-hoo!  (But ask me if my size 10 shorts fit!)

This last week I restarted my 21 Day Fix workouts.  I said in my last blog post that I was going to start sooner, but that didn't happen.  But I'm doing it now!  In the past 5 days, I've gotten 4 workouts in.  On the day we didn't work out, I went walking instead.  I thought the walking would help with how insanely sore I was.  Pro tip: Don't take a month of from working out and then expect to ease right back into it.  These workouts are kicking my ass again!

I'm modifying the workout schedule a little bit, hoping to target my tummy.  I know it's shrinking...but very slowlyyyy.  It's the part of my body that I'm most unhappy with, because well, baby.  So my plan is to to flat ab fix twice a week, in place of the pilates and yoga day.  Pilates is fine, but I hate yoga anyways.

I think we're going to hiking today, which would be a nice change of pace for exercise.  :)

Current weight: 174 lbs.
Weight yet to lose: 34 lbs.
Total weight loss: 21 lbs. 

❤️ Kayleen

Saturday, May 21, 2016

19 pounds in 95 days. :)

-1.6 pounds!

I've been craving a lot of fish lately.  I meant to look up what it is that I'm craving from it.  Omega 3's?  Haha.

Okay Ryan, if you say so!
This week I was also hungry more often. I know that sounds weird, but I would get home from work at 3 and be STARVING.  I definitely came right up to my calorie threshold (1,750) this week, and went over a couple of days today.  But I think for me, the extra calories have actually been yielding bigger loss numbers the past 2 weeks.  (The whole, eating enough to fuel your body and burn vs. going into starvation mode.)  I feel like my milk supply has been slightly elevated as well.

I was considering upping my calories threshold, but I figure I'll leave it where it is, and if I go over a bit, I won't beat myself up to much about it.  I don't want to tweak my routine too much--if it isn't broken, don't try and fix it.  :D

As soon as school is out, I'm going to start a 21 Day Fit routine.  I'll have exactly enough time to finish it before we head home for vacation.  I'll have zero excuses not to complete it all the way through with no breaks, so I'm going to do it!

4 days of school left.  24 days until I go home! :)

See you next week!

Current weight: 176 lbs.
Pre-pregnancy goal: 1 lb. to go!
Total weight loss: 19 lbs. 

❤️ Kayleen

Saturday, May 14, 2016



I'm not going to lie, I do not feel like I earned that 2 pounds AT ALL.  I thought the scale was broken.  I weighed myself like...5 times.  Called Justin into the bathroom to weigh himself to shake up the scale a little bit.  Haha.

I was fighting a cold ALL week.  Started on Sunday morning, and I'm still sniffling and a little achy.  I told my body that I don't have time to be sick right now.  Too much to do!  So I pushed on through work.  Unfortunately I gave whatever I have to Adalei too, so now she's cranky and sniffly too.  Boo.

Continued to walk this week.  No workout videos.  I keep telling myself when school is out I'll hit them again full force.

I've been reading a lot lately on the science of weight loss.  A study came out last week about the participants of The Biggest Loser.  I think it's not that shocking to find out that a lot of them have gained some or all of the weight back--when you losing all your weight in a controlled setting, it's hard to do that on your own when you're reintroduced to the real world.  What IS fascinating is that 8 years after the show ended, these participants metabolisms never recovered.  They still burn calories at a slower rate than they did BEFORE they lost all their weight.  So now they're super heavy again, and are having an impossible time keeping the weight off.  Not only did I feel sad for these people (because I watch the show and find it very inspiring), but it just shows how we still have so much to learn about our bodies and weight loss.

9 days of school left.  32 days until I go home! :)

See you next week!

Current weight: 17.6 lbs.
Pre-pregnancy goal: 2.6 lbs. to go!
Total weight loss: 17.4 lbs. 

❤️ Kayleen

Monday, May 9, 2016


-1 pound!

I got in 1 workout video this week.  :/  ugh, still looking for my motivation.

I did go on 2 walks though!  Hit 10,000 steps AND exceeded 5 miles twice this past week.

14 school days left.  I can't wait.

See you next week!

Current weight: 179.6 lbs.
Pre-pregnancy goal: 4.6 lbs. to go!
Total weight loss: 15.4 lbs. 

❤️ Kayleen

Saturday, April 30, 2016


-1 pound for this week!  :)

I'm ready to jump right into my check-in pictures and measurements.  Mostly because actually seeing pictures of myself now right next to pictures of myself 2 and a half months ago make me really happy.  I'm so happy that I can see a difference.  I'm proud of myself.  
Without further ado:
Left: 4/30/2016                                   Right: 2/22/2016

Left: 4/30/2016                                   Right: 2/22/2016

Left: 4/30/2016                                   Right: 2/22/2016

12.5 in.
12.5 in.
12.5 in.
-0 in.
13.5 in.
13.25 in.
13 in.
-0.50 in.
39 in.
37.5 in.
36.75 in.
-2.25 in.
Natural Waist
36 in.
34.5 in.
33.25 in.
-2.75 in.
44.5 in.
44 in.
42 in.
-2.5 in.
23.5 in.
22 in.
21.5 in.
-2 in.
15.5 in.
15 in.
15 in.
-0.5 in.

I'm super stoked you guys.  I think I needed a little boast to get my butt back in gear.  I haven't done a 21 Day Fix video in over a week.  I've gotten out for walks maybe twice. The end of the year drain is upon me, but I need to fight through it.  19 school days left!  (Ugh, that makes me anxious just typing it!)

Since I'm already in my workout clothes, I should probably do a video.  That way, when we go see The Jungle Book later, I don't have to feel SO guilty when I have some popcorn...just a little guilty.  :)

See you next week!

Current weight: 180.6 lbs.
Pre-pregnancy goal: 5.6 lbs. to go!
Total weight loss: 14.4 lbs. 

❤️ Kayleen

Thursday, April 28, 2016

time crunch.

-1.2 pounds!

I've totally been slacking (which is evident by the fact that this blog post is going up 5 days after my weigh-in.  I know I said I was going to do pictures and measurements on Saturday, but it's going to have to wait until this Saturday.

It's the inevitable time crunch that all teachers run into at the end of the year--state testing, wrapping up learning, assessments for report cards, meetings, SO MANY damn reflections, and looking ahead to next school year--buying supplies, looking at our upcoming students.  We have to tear down everything beautiful that we created at the beginning of the year only to start all over again in July.  It always turns out okay, but it feels SO manic in the 20 days that we're trying to do it all.
A little bit of Rumi wisdom

I've also felt like garbage the past week or so.  Fighting breast-feeding issues, having a 3 day long headache, and other seemingly random aches and pains has made life pretty junky.  BUT, today I feel awesome, and am hoping this is the turnaround.  It also helps that I got a full 7 hours of sleep last night.  Feels wonderful.  :)

I also booked our flights for our trip home!  Adalei and I will be flying in Portland on June 15th.  Justin will join us a couple of days later, and then we'll head up to Seattle to spend time with family there too.  :)  Which means I have 6 and a half weeks to lose 6.6 more pounds to meet my first goal.  I'm stoked because I think this is a very attainable and manageable goal.  :)

See you on Saturday with an on-time blog post!

Current weight: 181.6 lbs.
Pre-pregnancy goal: 6.6 lbs. to go!
Total weight loss: 13.4 lbs.

❤️ Kayleen