Turning Over A New Leaf

Dear Katherine,

We haven’t written each other in a really long time. And I know it’s because of health reasons, different directions, busy lives and a slew of other things that generally tend to happen naturally in life. I’ve been going through my stuff, organizing things, sorting my life out and piecing myself back together after everything health-job-stress-related stuff that’s happened… so there’s that. And, since we last wrote, I know lots of things have happened on your end as well. I feel like we’ve been both recovering and focusing on our health and really finding our paths to get us closer to our goals. I think reassessing my life has helped bring me closer to my purpose. While I love that our journey is each our own, it just feels really nice not to be alone in it all and to have a friend like you understand and support my dreams (and I totally 111% believe and support you too)! Think of me like a cheerleader lol in the sidelines singing, “RAH RAH RAH! GO KOS GO!” Although we may be on opposite ends of the country, having someone understand is comforting and I hope that you know I’m always here for you too. Now, with that being said, I’ve made some pretty drastic changes over here on my end.

What I really wanted to focus on writing you about was to update you on what’s going on – in terms of my food diet and fitness realm. Hope you can bear with me here (you do not have to respond) and hear me out (I appreciate you).

As you know, we both have/had/still have? a tumultuous relationship with food. Just all food in general, I guess. You mentioned comfort eating, feelings of nostalgia, eating when bored; and overall, we just love to eat delicious things. I mean, who doesn’t?

Well, as you already know, I’ve just about tried everything – from being a pescatarian for an entire year, to cutting out carbs and/or sugars for monthly challenges, to eating more fruits and vegetables, to you name it — and I feel like we’ve pretty much done it.

Now, all I’m trying to say is nothing has really changed my relationship with food. I just keep modifying and not really making a lifestyle change. I may change my food eating and my diet or whatever, but my lifestyle wasn’t matching the changes I was making in the kitchen/in my tummy/in my food choices. What I’m saying is, I decided to really ramp up my game plan and invest in drastic change.

If you’re thinking, “What are you saying, Anne? Get to the point,” then, okay, I’ll tell you.

I joined this 6-Week-Fitness Challenge where you can lose 20 pounds in six weeks at a local gym with semi-personal fitness classes (personal trainer for classes with less than 6 people). I KNOW. CRAZY, right? I read all of the success stories and decided I’d try it for myself, because 1. I’ve never done it before and 2. What have I got to lose? TWENTY POUNDS?? Yes. Let’s do this. I want to step my game up and have others pushing me too.

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I imagine these rocks saying, “You rock, Anne! You can do this!” 🙂 

This six-week program includes the following regiment for an entire lifestyle change:

  • Customized/personalized meal plan
  • Check-ins/Weigh-ins every Monday or Tuesday
  • Body fat percentage and body weight and eliminating fat/building muscle
  • Work out for an hour a day, 3 times a week (broken down into upper body, lower body, total body workouts and cardio on all the off-days).
  • Work outs with like-minded individuals (who are on their own journey, but with similar goals) so as to motivate and encourage one another in crushing the goals
  • An accountability coach who checks in with you to make sure you don’t fall behind on your meal plans, work-outs and keeping appointments and goals with yourself
  • Grocery list and checking in on your food

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I’ve never actually ever measured my food before.

I’ve never even meal-prepped anything, but I’m going to be starting on this Fitness + Food (F+F) journey and I wanted to document it here. I want to share with you my struggles, my meals, things I make and do so that I have an outlet to write it out and see the changes I’m making not just in the kitchen, but in my life – from my workouts to scheduling in the time to write, even if it is for only 10-20 minutes a day. I’m setting a timer now as we speak and it took me only 15 minutes to write all this up to here, so far anyway lol.

I was very tentative about it at first, but when we last communicated about Plate by State with the possibility that it might disappear, I couldn’t help but feel sad. *insert crying emoji here* I wanted to do something more with it besides recipes and I think I just had to tell myself to face my fears and jump into really tackling my lifestyle and food choices and document what I’m doing (actually doing) in my life and share it with you (and whoever else reads this).

So I will continue to write here, to document and just put up things that I’m doing in my life. And maybe, others will find helpful information or tips to face their fears and make real drastic and lasting changes in their life too?

I, Anne, pledge to commit writing at least 20 minutes a day, to Plate by State, every week. I will continue to write, for myself, for my health, for my wellness/wellbeing (and especially for my emotional wellbeing lol) and for the sake of Plate by State. I, Anne, will also write in hopes that whatever I write here will prove useful for someone, somewhere, out there, in the vast internet sphere we call the world wide web.

That’s all for now, but will update again with my meal prep and groceries list starting this upcoming week after Easter.  As a bonus, I’ll also share with you my pains of getting myself out of bed every morning to move. #TheStruggleIsReal

Oh! And HAPPY EASTER!!! Tell your family I say hello!

The White Rabbit Contemplated the true meaning of Easter. “It’s not even about me,” she thought to herself, “What’s colorful eggs got to do with it, got to do with it?” Rabbitina Turner asked God. El fin.

With love always,

(1/2 of Kather) – Anne


Post Script: I hope to visit you in the summer! *fingers crossed*


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