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Happy Blog Birthday, Baby!

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On February 5th 2013, I started this blog because I needed an outlet to talk about the difficult task of reaching a healthier weight, staying motivated, and living a fit lifestyle in a world full of unhealthy temptation.  I figured if i could help some friends and strangers along the way connect with my stories, then that would be a wonderful accomplishment in my life.

67 posts and 16,761 views later, I would officially consider myself a blogger!  Perhaps I don’t blog as regularly as I should, but I do think that documenting my journey for a year has helped me deal with my daily food and exercise struggles and hopefully aided in some type of “you are not alone” support for my readers.

I want to thank any new visitors (Hi & welcome) as well as my amazing regular readers for coming back time and time again and taking away from it what is needed for you at that moment during your journey.  I’m not perfect, I’m not a professional, and sometimes I’m too ashamed of my actions to write everything down in a public forum. But the outpouring of support and encouragement from my readers fueled all of my entries and helped me to maintain a regular voice, and for that I will be forever thankful.

If you are entertained, inspired, or feel less hate towards yourself then my job here is worth every revealing entry.

Grat…I mean…Catitude.

I am thankful for so many things and for so many people.  I have numerous exciting changes going on in my personal and professional life.  I am grateful not only for the specific wonderful new chapters opening up, but for my readers/friends/family who have been cheering me on along the way.

Specifically, I wanted to extend a humble bow to everyone who has supported me with kind words, constructive non-judgmental feedback, and inspirational energy and stories regarding exercise & wellness.  I started this journey for myself, and I stay true to my goals because of you.  For that you will forever have my gratcatitude.

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Killin’ it at the gym, cool cat style.

This morning alone I had 3 people tell me that I am still losing weight and looking great, when in fact I have gained weight…muscle weight.  It’s amazing how building, strengthening, and shaping your body can make such a difference not only in how you feel and look, but in how you are perceived by others who are NOT your scale.  It’s taught me that the scale is not always the best judge when it comes to your health, but it is still a good way to make sure you aren’t going too crazy with extra calories with an increased workout.  I’m currently trying to balance out my calories with activity right now and it’s been a struggle.  I’ve been hardcore committed to classes 2x a week at my new gym (pilates and yoga) and learning other types of core work to do on my own after cardio/weight training. Needless to say, my appetite is increased a lot and late night snacking is my vice.   This is something I am working on curbing.

I honestly don’t see a dramatic difference in the mirror, my clothes are still pretty tight fitting and luckily I still think I look damn good.  Others have been kind enough to notice positive changes in my body shape and nice enough to tell me.  Even my favorite sandwich technician at Subway noticed I look more fit, without any type of selfish prompting!  To me, that is success. Look out Jared!

All in all I am grateful for everyone who has  been there for me when I was not at my best, when I was at the top of the world, and when I’ve just been blah.  It shows to the true character of my friends when you’re there for me through thick fat and thin, sickness and health, and unbalanced and balanced serotonin levels.  I wouldn’t be on this road to wellness without your unconditional love and support so from the bottom of my cat loving heart, thank you.

1,000 Views & Countless Thank Yous!

CC image by Danielle Perez

CC image by Danielle Perez

I am humbled by the realization today that this blog has received over 1,000 total views since it’s inception on February 4th, just shy of 2 weeks ago.  I am somewhat new to blogging, and I am positive there are plenty of carefully thought out, researched, and fascinating blogs that get more to 1,000 views per day.  That gives me a beautiful goal to work towards, build an audience, and I am ready and excited to take on that challenge.  I am inspired every day with new blog topic ideas and have begun to really enjoy the research part as well as the personal experience of my approach to wellness.  The research is coming, promise. : )

I initially started this blog to yammer on about my life struggles with living a healthy lifestyle and food choices, with the hope that at least one person reads it and takes something positive away from my experiences.  I also use this blog as a therapeutic journal and will never claim to be an expert in weight loss and health, I can only share what I know or what I want to know.  Currently, I see no end to the information, ideas, and insight I can bring to the blogging community.  That being said, when I pay attention to the statistics and meet new blogger friends through likes and followings, it makes me feel like I am evolving into a lovely member of the blogging community.  I am becoming part of something larger than myself.  A community that I’ve had false starts in previous years because I was unable to find my voice. 2013 is the year I found my voice, and my confidence.  I am proud and privileged to be here.  I am here because of you and your support and encouragement and every day I strive to become a better version of myself while at the same time accepting who I am today.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

-KE

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