Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A little night off never hurt noboddyyy.

Is anyone else singing Fergie's song from The Great Gatsby?! Cause I aaam.

Last night was a scheduled ladies night out with some of my favorite co-workers to The Cheesecake Factory.
DUN DUN DUN.

I could feel the caloric coma hitting me before I even got there. I even tried talking myself out of going, "I'm doing so well, those calories will kill me, I SHOULD be at the gym"...so I almost didn't go. Then I thought, no, Kayla...that pumpkin pecan cheesecake is only there for a LIMITED TIME and I've been killing it in the gym, I deserve a little night off. & I don't deserve to beat myself up later about it!

I've finally realized...I cannot beat myself up when I DO have a treat here and there, because my eating habits have changed DRAMATICALLY in these past 4 weeks. I went from eating 3-4 fun size Snickers at the office a day, and whatever fast-food chain of my choice I felt like at lunch, to now packing my lunches and having no fun size candies throughout the week... and you know what? The scale may not be where I want it yet, BUT...my running is improving, and I'm actually lifting weights (shocker!) every time I'm at the gym. The strength training is helping my running and on Sunday I actually ran 2 miles in 18:11. This is HUGE for me, guys...I was so happy I mayyy or may not have done a little happy dance all by my bad self in the gym.

I know I talk about my fitness journey a lot on here, but I just can't apologize for it. It's a new me...and I'm loving myself more than I ever have. It's helping my emotions, my sleep, my spirituality, everything. I'm turning into the me I want to be.

So, cheers to you, Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake.


Linking up with the beautiful, and super sweet Shanna!

18 comments:

  1. I agree. Cheers to that limited time pumpkin cheesecake! I'm doing the same thing this weekend. The Cheesecake Factory is my number 1 weakness in the entire world and you totally deserve that slice of heaven. =D

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  2. You've made big changes so that slice of heaven is totally well deserved!! :) Glad you treated yourself!!

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  3. I love The Cheesecake Factory! Good for you for treating yo'self! :) Whenever I really go "hardcore" and deprive myself, I always end up overindulging later. My brain is like, "EAT ALL THE CARBS!" Haha...there is something so calming/freeing about knowing you "can" cheat if you really want to! I commented on Erin's blog that I woke up thinking about skipping the gym...but after reading both of your posts...there's NO WAY I'm skipping! Haha...thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. You have to indulge every so often to save yourself :) Last night I enjoyed a few cupcakes too many for my friend's birthday, but it was one day and I'm back to the protein shake this morning...what you don't want is withholding so long that when you do cheat, you keep it up forever!

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  5. Good for you!! I am glad you went and enjoyed a little treat! You can't deprive yourself 24/7....you have to take a day off here and there and splurge! It's good for the soul!! It's all about moderation!

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  6. Yum!! You're so right, you do deserve a night off! I'm glad you didn't call it "cheating." I hate that! Living a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean eating clean 24/7 and never having fun. It's all about balance! You seem to have that down pat!! Plus, I'm sure it's scientifically proven that pumpkin cheesecake will give you just as many endorphins as working out ;)

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  7. You're doing great and you're right, a little pumpkin pecan cheesecake never hurt anyone! :) And kudos on two miles in 18! That's huge!

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  8. I agree with Robin, it's not cheating! It's life! And it looks like a wonderful, delicious life :)

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  9. Girl.....treat YO self (do you watch Parks and Rec? I can't remember...I think you do). 3-4 fun size snickers?? I could inhale that without thinking. You're doing a great job.

    And ps...I find that whenever I eat whatever I want in moderation, work out, and just live a pretty healthy lifestyle, I feel AND look better...but when I'm trying to focus too hard on what I'm eating (and what I"m not eating) I just end up binging.

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  10. Good for you, girl! It's almost impossible to keep a workout routine going long-term if you don't let yourself indulge every now and then! Also, two miles in 18 minutes?! That's awesome!!

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  11. You deserve it girl! If we didn't give ourselves a little treat here and there, the binge eating begins!

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  12. Good for you, girl. You deserve to have a few extra calories here or there. Depriving yourself is never a good thing. You're doing amazing!!!

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  13. You go girl!! I think it's SO important to your work out routine and fitness journey to have a few cheats every now and again!

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  14. Yes, yes I AM singing that song :) It can typically be changed to fit any situation ;)

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  15. I think it is universally accepted that if you're going to the cheesecake factory, you leave your calorie counter at the door ;)

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  16. I'm commenting to see if we fixed it! :) Thank you so much for your help... I had NO idea about all of that.

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  17. I have a huge sweet tooth and am doing a wellness challenge with my family. I went from eating sweets every day all day and now I'm watching how many sweets I eat and it makes me feel good. I'm super excited that my new work has a free gym!

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