Not Too Long Ago…

Before we get too lost in this post, I want to give a quick THANK YOU for all the wonderful, inspirational comments on my last post. I wasn’t expecting them at all, so for those of you who really took the time to reach out to me and share your story about your own personal motivations, I want you to know how much that truly means to me. Ya’ll rock my world :)

Now to some fun Monday shenanigans!

Not too long ago…I never would have let my mom buy me a Bear Claw. Or I would have eaten it to make her happy, then later that day I would’ve spent 2 hours running on the treadmill to burn it all off. It makes me so sad to think about all the hours I spent regretting food I had eaten. I could have eaten less than 1,000 calories, and I still would be kicking myself for eating that extra bite of cereal or whatever. Clearly, I don’t quite have that problem anymore!


Instead, I happily munch on this beautiful pastry. Granted, I went into a mini sugar coma at 8am on a Sunday, but hey, life’s all about living right? I’d say treating myself to a mini morning sugar coma is quite the way to start a day.

P.S. Did anyone else think a Bear Claw was just an Apple Fritter without the apple filling? Because that’s what I thought, but apparently I was wrong?

Not too long ago…I would’ve skipped out on s’mores with the youth group. Granted, I don’t really eat s’mores anyway, but I do enjoy a chocolate and graham cracker sandwich! Better yet, I enjoyed this little treat on a rest day in which I literally sat around all day. Talk about a major win there!

I had two of these little treats (which equates to 2 entire graham crackers and an entire Hershey’s bar) without a single ounce of regret. Plus, it was nice to show all my high schoolers that I don’t just eat carrot sticks [where that perception came from, I literally have no clue].

Not too long ago…I would’ve had a major break down when my skinny jeans no longer slid up my legs. Ok, so they kind of still fit, but it’s a tight squeeze. Thank you Mr. Squat Rack!

No but to be honest, I did freak out a little at first. I mean it’s pretty bad when literally all of your pants are tighter in the legs. I quickly realized that the waist was still fitting perfectly [which tipped me off to the enlarged quads] so I calmed right back down. I want big quads. There’s a reason why I train my legs twice a week now, and obviously all that training is paying off. Of course I would like it if I didn’t have to buy all new pants now, but I’m digging my new tree trunks!


Plus, how funny of a story is it to tell people? I wore my leather leggings to a church event Friday night and when my friend asked why I was so dressed up I had to tell her it was because I couldn’t fit into my pants anymore, only leggings and shorts. She proceeded to laugh hysterically.

Not too long ago…I never would’ve asked for additional calories on a salad. This salad comes sans avocado, but who the heck wants to eat an avocado-less salad?! Ok that was a trick question, because I used to eat my salads without avocado. Too many calories, too high in fat.

Psshh, if you couldn’t tell, me and fat are pretty much bestie’s now. GIVE ME ALL THE FATS! Which is why after I ordered this salad, I promptly requested some avocado slices be added on top. And they didn’t disappoint either…look how much they gave me! I was pleasantly surprised by that.

Not too long ago…I was a broken and lost young woman who was looking for a way to simply wake up each day and not completely hate her existence. I was angry and depressed and scared and pretty much everything you can imagine someone would be if they didn’t value their own self.

But I’m not that scared young woman anymore. Instead of lost, I’ve been found. Instead of broken, I’ve been made whole. There’s no bitterness or anger or sadness over the journey that I have taken, because it has gotten me to where I’m at now. The journey has given me scars, but each scar is a representation of a battle that I have fought and survived. Each scar is proof that I am stronger and tougher than I ever thought I could be and the lessons behind each and every one of them will never be lost to me.

So not too long ago, I wasn’t the person I am today, but then again who wants to be someone from the past? I choose everyday, from this day forth, to never go back to her.


Finish the sentence! Not too long ago….


  1. says

    I am so happy for you!!! I can totally relate bc “Not too long ago” i was at that same dreaded point. I have come so far this past year, and your bear claw reminds me of the Beignet I had in New Orleans ! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm

    The smores looks incredible! That is def on my MUST EAT list soon! :)

    Keep up the great work!
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  2. says

    Not too long ago…you didn’t have as much muscle as you do now or the happiness you possess! Isn’t it great what time can heal/change? This post is so so important. I love reflection posts where you realize how great life is and how you’ve changed for the better! Keep it up gorgeous xx

  3. says

    Awwwr lady! I’m super happy for you 😀 I can definitely relate to having come so far regarding my relationship with food and body image, but to me it seems like something that happened so long ago — like a past life. Sure there are still mildly bad days, but they don’t come anywhere close to what they used to be, and they’re easy enough to shake off. It’s a good place to be, non? :)
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  4. says

    Wow girrlll you look amaaaaazing! And I’m really not just saying that to “please” you, but you’re looking glowy and strong~and scary fit???? 😀 I’m soooooo with you on the freedom we can have when we say yes to certain foods every now and then. To be quite honest, the older I get the more I buy into that moderation philosophy…and the result is a stronger, happier, and fitter body+mind. Yes, actually more in shape. 0_0 Who knew?? Anyway, I used to also think like I was doing something REALLY BAD if I didn’t eat clean all the time, but the more I eat clean 80% of the time and leave room for some kind of dessert pretty much everyday, the better I feel overall. So keep on encouraging others, Kat! You’re doing great and I hope Ninja is scared of your guns. 😉

  5. says

    Oh my gosh I hate pants! I have the butt/thigh problem and I’m short so it’s next to impossible to find pants that fit me! You are the first person I’ve ever met who doesn’t like s’mores!! It seems like you are at a really good place in life and I’m happy for you :)
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