Getting in Gear

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I’m coming at you today with something that’s a little different from our regularly scheduled programming. I don’t usually get super personal on this blog, but that’s something I’d like to delve into a bit more. After all, it’s more fun to talk about fun things like fashion when we know each other a little better, don’t you think? And while fashion does genuinely take up a large percentage of my headspace day-to-day, there are other things that go on that might also be worth mentioning, especially when they influence my outfits and lifestyle choices. Now is one of those times. I’m working on a project that’s taking up a lot of my time, energy and thoughts, so it would be silly not to talk about it here. That project is my body, health, and wellbeing.

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I’ve always been very laid back about working out and eating. In other words, I basically do whatever I want. If I go to a restaurant that specializes in truffle mac and cheese, then I guess I better have to have the truffle mac and cheese! It’s the weekend? Time for pizza and wings. Guests in town? Gotta introduce them to the best burger in LA. Traveling? I deserve to eat whatever I want because I’m away from home. Since childhood, I’ve never been an athletic person. I was always the suckiest at the sports I played (tennis, softball, and quick stints in swimming and hockey – shitty at all of them) and I’ve had cellulite ever since I was 13. It just wasn’t my strong suit. I was big and awkward and I mainly played sports for the social aspect. The thinnest I remember being in my adult life was in 2006 when I did the South Beach diet with friends at work, which lasted all of about 3 weeks. Going to the gym was something I would do mayyybe three times a week if I was “really going hard.” But I could never really commit to going enough to ever see a difference in my body. All my life I’ve felt fat, no matter what stage I’ve been in. I’ve just gone through different phases of not caring to change it and caring just a little.

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Over the past six years of living in LA, I’ve been steadily gaining weight. Very slowly and fluctuating slightly, but overall it’s been a couple of pounds a year. Not a massive difference, but enough so that now when I look at myself, I’m finally seeing a different person than I was when I got here. In New York, I walked a lot and worked in an office which made it harder to snack – not to mention I was in my twenties, which is a different ballgame. These past six years I’ve dabbled in different things – yoga in 2009, running in 2010-2011, hiking and SoulCycle since 2013. Each thing I’ve picked up I’ve done very half-assed. I don’t think I worked out a single time in 2012. Truth. Meanwhile, styling jobs on set and working from home don’t make it any easier because snacks are much more accessible. Before I knew it, I stepped on the scale and saw that I’m a full 20 pounds heavier than I was when I graduated college.

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I’ve felt the weight gain, but have never been ready to pour myself into getting in gear. I love food and I didn’t want to work out – plain and simple. If you’re not really ready to make a change, no results will ever come. Little attempts will fizzle and old bad habits will reign. But now. I. Am. Ready. It came on suddenly, and I don’t know what’s different about now versus the past six years, but I finally feel like now is my time. I’m 32 years old and not getting any younger. The time when Ian and I might want to start a family is not too far away. I hate sifting through the photos we take for the blog because 99% of them are horribly unflattering (the 99% you don’t see). There are a million trends I want to try but can’t pull off right now. But I so want to. I’ve never experienced a solid period of fitness and health, but I’m ready to start. Now. I thought it might be fun to take you on this journey with me, sharing my weight loss plan, progress, and challenges as I go. In no way is this going to become a weight loss or fitness blog, but I’m excited to let you in on this project. I hope you enjoy it!

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So, here are the details of what I’m doing.

1. Working out. A lot. I finally joined a gym 3 weeks ago (I have been a publicly declared gym hater for years, so this is huge) and for 2.5 weeks so far, I’ve been going 5-6 days per week. I love the classes – especially spinning, barre, and pilates with Cassey Ho from Blogilates – she completely kicked my ass on Monday and I still can’t laugh without feeling pain). I still love SoulCycle, but going there 5 days a week would equate to a new pair of designer shoes per month, which I cannot afford, so I had to chill on that. I’ll still treat myself from time to time because it’s my favorite but I couldn’t swing the price tag for a truly impactful weekly workout regiment. I’m a girl who needs variety so I’m loving all the options the gym has to offer. Swimming is next on the list of workouts to try. Not to mention I love that I can bring my computer and work on the roof in a cabana after my workout with a protein smoothie AND they have Kiehls products in the locker room. These may not be necessities, but for me they definitely sweeten the deal.

2. Eating clean. I’m following Sarah from A House in the Hills with her Eat Clean August plan, so everything I eat has to be within those guidelines. Want to join us?? We’re talking no gluten or bread in general, no dairy, no meat, and no processed foods. I’m staying low on the sugar and coffee (though I do cheat with my date-sweetened almond milk and coffee every few days IF I’m craving it). It’s caused me to plan out my day a little more to avoid random snacking, and going hog wild on the weekends. I’m chilling a bit on cocktails, but I’m NOT giving up wine. I just won’t do it. Honestly though, it’s amazing how much good food there still is to eat after giving up a lot of ingredients. As long as I’ve got brown rice and quinoa, I don’t miss bread. As long as I’ve got green tea, I don’t miss coffee (unless I miss coffee in which case I have it). As long as I’ve got hot sauce, I don’t miss cheese. Of course there will be some cheating that goes on from time to time, but it’s all about making a general, sustainable change rather than continuing to eat whatever I want.

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So I hope you don’t mind that I’m letting you in on this process. I have no idea what the future holds and how things will turn out, but that’s part of the process. I’m human. Maybe the difference will be subtle – after two weeks I still haven’t lost any weight but I hope that will change soon. If you have any tips for weight loss – fitness, diet, or wellness in general, please share in the comments! I would love to know what helps you stay healthy and get fit. Wish me luck! I’ll need it.

Nike tank / Nike pants / Nike shoes / Nike gym bag / Target bra (old but there are similar ones) / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Hydro Flask water bottle

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  1. Your font is so small……you should really fix…hard on the eyes

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      I’m sorry. My brand new site is launching in a few weeks so hopefully it won’t be an issue anymore. In the meantime, most browsers have a zoom option.

  2. Hi Catherine – longtime lurker, first time commenter. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, superficially because the pictures are pretty but also because you remind me a little bit of myself. Not just style-wise, but also size-wise. At 5’7 and 130lbs, I am a size 4, but I have enough curves on me to make some trends difficult to work with. I’ve enjoyed your blog because I have seen you adapt fashion to suit your figure, which has made you more relateable to me than some other fashion bloggers with different body types. However, with that said, I also want to cheer you on your journey to better health and fitness. It’s incredible how difficult it is to lose weight, compared to how easy it is to gain! A few years ago, I started a very demanding job and gained a few pounds. Not much, but enough to mess with my self esteem. It took six months of daily exercise and calorie counting to shift 6lbs. I was hungry and sore the entire time. The amount of physical and mental effort involved in such a small amount of weight loss has made me vigilant about my weight ever since. It’s sort of like how a painful trip to the dentist makes you take extra care to floss twice a day afterwards! Anyway, best of luck, and I look forward to reading more updates in the future :)

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Hi Natasha! I’m so so glad you’ve been lurking and I’m thrilled that you left your first comment! Thanks for hanging around these parts with me. I love that you have been able to find some curvy style inspiration on my blog! It can be tricky to dress my body type and sometimes I feel like I’m out of ideas. But it can certainly be done! And thanks so much for your words of encouragement on this endeavor! It’s helpful to know that you were able to do it!!

      xo

  3. Way to go, Catherine! Late 2013-2014 was a time of body change for me and I owe it to a DVD of all things. I completed Beachbody’s T25 and everything shrank into place on my body and I did it from the privacy of my living room. Regardless of what workout you choose, once you get into a rhythm of things (and start seeing results), it’ll become second nature. Just keep at it and keep in mind you are a babe no matter what!

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Eeee thanks! You are definitely an inspiration. Your body is looking mad tight these days! Gotta love Shaun T! I have found that I really have to get out of the house to work out but I do love all those Beachbody workouts. But you’re right – it’s all about pushing past the beginning and into a routine where you can’t not do it. I can already feel this settling into a rhythm so fingers crossed it works! Thanks for your support. :)

  4. Thank you so much for bravely sharing this Catherine! I have never known you to not looking AMAZING! So it’s kind of comforting to hear that you go through the same struggles as the rest of us chicas. I’m sure you would agree that a new workout outfit can definitely inspire you to get out there and sweat so I hope you’ll share some of those with us! Definitely cheering you on!!!

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Thank you for saying that, Vanessa! It can definitely be a struggle to keep up in a career that’s based on aesthetics. But as cheesy as it sounds, I have found that it has to be more about improving how I feel inside – physically and mentally. I agree 100% that a cute workout outfit is a reason to go to the gym in itself! I will most definitely be sharing my favorite fitness gear! Thanks for your encouragement!

    2. Looking forward to seeing your fitness meets fashion outfits!!

  5. Great post! One bit of advice a nutritionist once told me was to eat normally throughout the day, but then don’t eat anything after 6:30 p.m. She said, “just go to bed a little hungry.” Any calories you eat after that time are not really necessary if you eat normally before then. Your body doesn’t really need energy after that time, and you’ll sleep better on a less-full stomach.
    Looking forward to more installments!

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Hey Naomi! Wow, that is exactly what I needed to hear. I mean I’ve heard that before but never really stuck to it. I’ve been eating dinner at 9pm the past few nights and it needs to stop. Thank you so much for the tip!

  6. Thanks so much for this wonderful post Catherine. I know how hard it is to put yourself out there in such a personal way. Nonetheless I think you look amazing but you have to feel good and so I wish you all the best and good luck, I’m sure you can do it. Really looking forward to your posts, I’m a 43 year old blogger and could need some advice especially if it’s health related.xxx

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Thank you so much Kristen! I’m really looking forward to sharing more! Thanks for your kind words.

  7. Hi Catherine! I am also a first time commenter, and this may actually be the first time I’ve ever visited your blog (I follow you on Instagram and your recent update intrigued me to click on over!)

    That is so awesome that you’ve committed to making these positive changes! Going to the gym 5-6 days a week for over 2.5 weeks is incredible. Motivating oneself to go I feel like is the hardest part. I basically have the same views on food as you did – if I go out to eat, I’ll get whatever I want (and sometimes that definitely includes pizza, macaroni and cheese, and fancy garlic fries). I almost never work out on a consistent basis. And I’m now starting to see it take affect. Let’s just say I’m not the same weight I was 3 years ago.

    For the past few weeks, I’ve started slowly taking up classes at the gym (2x a week). I’m hoping to increase that number as soon as I get comfortable. I’ve been doing kickboxing primarily, with a little bit of yoga and at-home weight lifting mixed in. My results have been really slow so far, but the number is starting to go down (little by little!)

    I’ve heard it takes 21 days to “develop a habit” so you’re definitely well on your way and I look forward to clicking back to your blog more regularly!

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Alison! I’m so glad you’re here! Thank you for your encouragement. I’m definitely shooting for that 21-day habit mark! I can already feel it start to seem like second nature which is a good sign, but sticking with something difficult like this has always been a real challenge for me. It’s helpful to hear that you’re having some success!! xo

  8. Hi Catherine! I have been a longtime instagram follower and your post today piqued my curiosity and I finally clicked over to your blog. It’s beautiful and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this! You’re officially in my reader now.

    I am compelled to comment just to say that you are beautiful just as you are! Of course, nothing is more important than a healthy body, and it’s such a great thing to finally take that step and commit to changing your lifestyle. That said, I love seeing you dress a body that you feel is flawed, because let’s face it, that’s what most of us are doing daily! You seem to do it with such flair and no matter the size, I feel confident you’d be just as beautiful and well styled!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Mandy!! I’m so glad you clicked over from Instagram! Thank you so much for your kind words. It really means a lot.

  9. First time commenter as well! I love your fashion and think you look great, but totally love your dedication to getting fit. I was an athlete in college and had the opposite happen – work started and 20lbs later I was one sad person. Once I found a gym and classes I liked (and surrounded myself with some healthy snacks) that weight came off. Agree that spinning is awesome – I’ve noticed weights have made a huge difference for me (boot camp classes) and I’ve picked up a few tricks from the paleo eaters out there in terms of removing processed things. Good luck to you on your journey, you can do this!

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Hi Kristen! That’s amazing that you were able to get back to your athletic roots! Yes, spinning is insane in a good way. I’ve heard weights help a lot, so I think I’ll try that one of these days. Thank you so much for your support!! :)

  10. BOOM! Love this and SO proud of you Catherine! Can’t wait to read more about your healthy changes! xx

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Thanks, you!! I am so glad I have your recipes because this would be impossible without them. No joke. xo

  11. Man, I can sure relate. You can try to force the healthy habits all you want, but if you aren’t ready it never sticks. About 3 years ago it was like a switch flipped in my head, suddenly I was ready to stop being overweight. I ended up losing 70 pounds! I’ve gained some back and I’m about 15 pounds heavier than I want to be. Last week I went through something similar to you. Just like you said, something is different this time. I’m ready. I’d love to read more posts like this as you carry on with the healthy habits. Best of luck Catherine!

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Oh Sarah! 70 lbs, that. is. AMAZING! It’s a difficult thing to do, and I agree – your head just needs to be in a certain place. I don’t know what sparked it, but I figured I should take it and run with it! Keep me posted on how it goes for you too! I look forward to sharing more with you along the way.

  12. Hey there, inspiration!
    I always see you as this beautiful, confident, stylish woman (with the best skin ever), so reading this insight into the fact that even you want to wear certain things and don’t feel totally comfortable to do so is so eye-opening. I love fashion, I’ve just always seen certain clothes or trends and thought “Oh, I could never wear that.” That feeling isn’t fun.
    I think sharing your journey here is so huge! And having lost 16 lbs this year (and continuing to work on that) I can say that losing weight isn’t really the goal… feeling healthier and more energetic and better in my clothes is the real goal.
    Thank you so much for this post! xoxo

    1. thelifestyled 08/06/2014

      Heather!! Oh my gosh, where to begin? Thank you so much for saying those nice things. I can assure you there are TONS of clothes I definitely cannot pull off. Lately I’ve been feeling like my options have gotten more and more limited, hence this kick in the bum! Next week I’ll be sharing some of those trends that are motivating me to get fit so I can wear them without feeling self conscious. I hate that “I couldn’t pull that off” feeling too!!

      AMAZING that you have lost 16 lbs! That is no small fete and I applaud you! I’d love to hear all the tips that keep you going. We’re in this together!

      xo

  13. You are gorgeous!! Every post you do and every time I see you, you look so beautiful and glowing!

    There is nothing like taking control of your health. No matter how you feel about yourself or how you look, it is so empowering! I went through something similar over the last few months. I started doing the Dukan diet in early June and lost 10 pounds. I feel better than I have in years!! Good luck, can’t wait to follow along! Love you!

    1. thelifestyled 08/08/2014

      Rachel!! Thank you so much for saying that. You are too nice. I agree – finally biting the bullet on this is a really good feeling. That’s amazing that you’ve lost 10 pounds since June! It really shows. I need to learn more about this Dukan diet!! xo

  14. Hey Catherine! First time commenting, but have loved your site for a while now. You always have such amazing images and I love your style & creativity. Thank you for sharing such a personal post with all of us. I am also working to lose weight by being more active and eating better. I invested in the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Aria Scale — they have been life changing, so far. Through their site & app, you may set & track goals for your activity and weight loss. You can even sync up with friends & family for fun, healthy competition. Getting started is the hardest part; we got this!

    1. thelifestyled 08/08/2014

      Hi Erin! Thank you so so much for continuing to come back to my site and for your nice comment! I so appreciate your support! I have been thinking about a FitBit or something like it – I’m super curious about the Aria Scale! I love anything that tracks things because it just makes it more fun and informative! I’ll keep you posted…
      xo C

  15. Hi Catherine,

    I know my comments will echo what many others have already said, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your post!

    One thing that initially drew me to your blog (aside from your fabulous style!) was that you weren’t the typical super skinny fashion blogger. You have a great shape that looks amazing in clothes that make the rest of us regular ladies who aren’t “fully figured”, but who definitely have lady curves feel like we can have great fashion too.

    I absolutely feel you about turning 30 and beginning to notice unexpected weight gain (I was the same weight through high school and into my late 20’s). Now that the 30’s have rolled around it’s like I have an entirely different body, so I definitely appreciate how you feel and I support you wanting to combat that feeling by getting more serious about eating healthy and exercising.

    That being said, I just wanted to let you know that you look amazing just how you are. You are a great role model for all of us totally natural or sweating it in the gym!

    Thanks for sharing with us all!

    1. thelifestyled 08/08/2014

      Lindsay! Echo away! It helps me to know that so many people like these kind of posts so I can keep doing more of them! Yes, being in our 30’s is a completely different challenge than the 20’s were. It’s all wonderful, but realizing I need to work a lot harder to lose weight now was a real eye opener. Thank you SO much for your kind words and support in this! Can’t wait to keep sharing more along the way!

      xo
      C

  16. […] This post is awesome and totally relatable. Catherine is my hero for putting this out there and for including us in her journey. […]

    1. If I cotecniuammd I could thank you enough for this, I’d be lying.

  17. Hi Catherine!

    I loved this post! It really resonated with me when you said you tried many sports growing up and never stuck to any of them, because I’ve been the exact same way. But that all changed one day, in January of 2009, when I decided to join a gym and over 5 years later, I still go at least twice a week. I never thought in a million years that I would stick to it, but it still amazes me when I see my membership card on which I read : Member since 2009! If I can do it, you def can too! Also, walking everyday while on your lunch break or just parking the car a bit further then where you would normally park and walking the rest of the way can make a big difference. I’m almost 5’8 and I’m at my “happy weight” of 122 lbs now but I’ve fluctuated by 10 lbs (up and down) for the past 10 years, I’d say. Gym, tons of walking and a little stress (selling + buying a new house lol) got me there! So congrats to you for starting out your plan, I wish you the very best and cannot wait to read all about your journey! You’re already insanely gorgeous as you are, never forget that!

    1. thelifestyled 08/29/2014

      Hi Veronique! Thank you so much for your nice comment and sharing your experience too! That’s amazing you’ve been able to stick to your routine for 5 years! You’re right – just little things like taking the stairs or walking places makes a big difference too! Thanks for your tips and support! xo C

  18. Thank you for writing about this! I, along with many of the comments, am a first time commenter:) Obviously, this is an issue that SO many women deal with (hence the overwhelming responses and support). I grew up an active person so I really never HAD to learn about good nutrition. That has been my biggest struggle. Like yourself, I’m 32 and I have sadly learned that I cannot eat like I used to without seeing my clothes shrink. I’m so happy that you’re focusing on this new lifestyle and I can’t wait to see your progress, and read about it.

    p.s. you look amazing anyway. Thanks again!

    1. thelifestyled 08/29/2014

      Hi Michele!

      Thank you so much for your first time comment! It means a lot to know you’ve been reading. Isn’t it so weird to finally learn that being in our 30’s isn’t the same as our 20’s? Our bodies require a whole lot of extra work to get the results we want. Thanks so much for commenting and your support! xo C

  19. I LOVE Equinox! If only I lived near one again, the spinning there is FABULOUS. And once you get a group that you see every morning, you look forward to seeing them!

    1. thelifestyled 08/29/2014

      Isn’t it just the best! It totally makes getting out of bed to go work out way easier.

  20. I must tell you that part of the reason I regularly check your blog is your figure and how you show off your curves with femininity and class. It’s inspiring. I am a women – more voluptuous than yourself – that also struggles from time to time with my body image. In a culture that idolizes being thin don’t we all wind up “too in our heads” about our weight sometimes?
    The bottom line is being fit is a great goal but you are a gorgeous woman, head to toe. In my opinion, the “twenty pounds” simply made you a more appealing, sexier WOMAN. Woman are not girls and we should appreciate the way our bodies grow into womanhood. Botticelli’s Venus is no Kate Moss. Thin is not the thing.

    1. thelifestyled 08/29/2014

      Hi Lee!

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I am so glad you relate to my blog and have been able to find some inspiration for curvier style. That makes me so happy! I totally agree with you that our culture idealizes “thin” no matter how much certain advertising or media try to challenge that. It’s a tough thing to make sense of but I think there’s no good in losing weight for that reason. I should stress that I’m not doing this 100% for looks, but more just the way I feel. I think losing weight never works if you’re only doing it to “look” a certain way. It has to be about how you feel mentally and physically. Either way, it’s always a struggle. But right now I’m just challenging myself to try to do better on some things and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I look forward to keeping you posted, and thank you so much for your kind words!

      xo
      C

  21. Catherine,
    I saw this today and thought of you. http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/a-fashion-blogger-admitted-she-uses-photoshop-and-revealed-t

    I applaud any woman who works on changing what she needs to change to feel healthy, while also working on accepting what she can’t change to feel happy.
    That is all. Love all your great work,
    N

    1. thelifestyled 08/29/2014

      Thanks girl! That’s really interesting. And you hit the nail on the head! Trying to be skinny and trying to be healthy are two different things. xo C

  22. Hello, Catherine! I have been following your blog for quite some time, but I don´t believe I have ever commented. I congratulate you and admire you for committing yourself to get fit.

    One of the reasons I follow your blog is because you keep it real. Your are real because you are not rail-thin, you are real because you showcase a variety of brands at an accessible price-point and I have loved that about your blog.

    You inspired me a few years ago to start my own fashion blog, and I am sure you will continue to inspire many others with this new journey. Congratulations and thanks for keeping it real on The Lifestyled!

    1. thelifestyled 08/29/2014

      Hi Stephanie!

      Thank you so much for your first comment! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. I try to keep it real because that’s what I like when I read other blogs and want to deliver the same vibe on here. I would be very bored if I was just delivering nonsense, and I’m glad you feel the same way! :) That is so cool that you were inspired to start your own blog!! I just checked it out and it’s awesome! You’ve got great style. Keep up the good work and don’t be a stranger. ;)

      xo
      C