50pounds ago, i wish

hey babes!

i think, 50pounds ago, i would have liked to have inspiration from someone who didn’t show up at first upload with abs n sht?
i feel like a lot of who’s out there on youtube, insta, s o c i a l  m e d i a  are already at such a high level of athleticism and have yeaaaaaars of lifting that it can be so daunting to begin

trust:
i am that girl who has been 112pounds, scary skinny, all the way to (oh dear Lord this is the moment i’ve been dreading) 185pounds in the span of 3 years, back down to 130ish and in the best health/shape/strength than ever before

i wish that 50pounds ago, there was someone out there who said it really real.
which is what i’m going to do.
stop sitting around, bitching, moaning, complaining about your weight and how unhappy you are with your life…
get up
put down the sodas and sht food
get on a treadmill
learn how to cook one meal each week
try and care
and over time, you will see the results.

i’m not *whitneyysimmons* *nikkiblackketter*
or anybody for that matter
but i’m going to show the actual effort, work, dedication it takes to not only obtain, but maintain your goals.
so that’s in a nutshell, why i’m starting my youtube in September
and what it’s all about
and what i’m all about

*spoiler, i never gave up drinking beer (errrr night), eating Canes about 3 times a week, and generally enjoying life. so, like, it can be done!*

if you’ve made it this far (bless you, thank you, all the kuddos to you)
i hope you enjoyed this side of me and my blogs.
i try to keep it real so pls don’t mind the cursing.
all the best, i love you for reading all this,

xoxoxoxox, ekat

i’ve got new muscles

hey babes!

i know i instagrammed this but i wanted to dive into a workout i’ve done to achieve these results

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so, uh, hello to my back(&shoulders?)
i’ve actually never trained back before and have only been working on it for the past month and i’m very impressed with the results. lots and lots of youtube videos later, i had a routine i tried and i cannot stress how addicting it felt to feel muscles i’d never felt before. i’ve been strength training on a schedule, but i’ve been back/shoulder heavy the past two weeks.

have fun!

warmup:
10 bicep curls
10 lat to front raise complex
x2

supersets: (1 min rest between sets is ok)
12 reverse grip lat raises
12 lat raises
x3

12 around the worlds
12 shoulder press
x3

12 wide grip lat pull downs
12 close grip lat pull downs
x3

12 straight arm rear delt cable raise
12 straight arm cable lat raise
x3

12 cable rear delt fly
12 alternating cable press
x3

aaaaand you’re done!
i’ve done this workout about 5 times and am addddicteddddddd

hope you enjoyed this workout!
let your girl know if you want to see more content like this!

xoxoxoxo, ekat

no chicken meal prep

ayyyy babes.

ekat back here again, this time with another meal prep && todays prep is avoiding chicken! i’ve eaten basically only chicken for the past s i x months and can’t stand the taste anymore, so we are changing it upppp with lean ground turkey

[i get that direct deposit in 24 hours, so i will be buying my camera after work on thursday and will start to have better pictures and more fun stuff just for HERE!]

the meals & prep instructions
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lunch this week is two turkey burger patties on a bead of fresh spinach, half an avocado (to top turkey burger) and baby carrots

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pretty self explanatory (but just in case!!!)….

1lb lean ground turkey
1 spinach head
2 avocados
1lb bag of baby carrots
seasoning of choice (my go to is Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning blend [salt free])

1.warm skillet to medium, add some olive oil to pan
2.mix selected choice of seasoning& 2 small avocados with ground turkey and mold into (8small) patties
3.cook however many patties your skillet can handle at once & repeat until all cooked
4.cook until white on both sides (approx. 5min each side) & flip as needed
5.cut, prepare spinach leaves and avocado
distribute evenly in meal containers and BOOOM

dinner this week is bowtie pasta with ground turkey topped with marinara sauce with a side of fresh string beans

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yall know i love my string beans, so if you aren’t a fan of them or want another vegetable, feel free to swap it out for whatever you like most! make it green tho.

super super simple, and easily my *new* favorite dish i’ve tried thus far. also, i haven’t eaten pasta in well over a year and holllllllly crap. let’s get to it

1lb lean ground turkey
1box of bowtie pasta (i was trying to get protein plus pasta but kroger was out)
1bottle of marinara (we aren’t using the whole thing, so if you already have one at home, use it!!)
1lb fresh raw string beans

1.warm skillet to medium, add some olive oil to pan & in separate pot, boil enough water for pasta (i never know how much water to use so guesstimate with me)
2.saute ground turkey, breaking it apart with a spatula like you would ground beef
3.cook until fully white (no pink)
4.set aside cooked ground turkey
5.measure out 1/2 cup of marinara sauce and mix with cooked pasta
6.cut ends of string beans
7.evenly distribute all food and BAM THANKS MAAM

 so, i’ve literally never loved a meal as much as i loved this one. i have yet to eat the turkey burger combo, but if tonight’s meal is any indication, it’ll be tasty as hell.

*mind you, depending on days where i know i’m not working out (thursday this week) i’ll opt out of the dinner and go with a lighter option like eggs (0.6 g total carbs per egg LOL yas). feel your week out, don’t strain your body, but fuel your body with proteins!*

that’s gonna be it from me today babes!
thanks so much for reading! please follow if you have a wordpress, or like on my facebook to promote the helllllll out of this fun page that’s only getting doper.
means the world to me & i can’t wait to start uploading HIGH QUALITY images!!

xoxoxoxo, ekat

THANK YOUUUU

everyone’s support has been so incredible in the past 24 hours!

i am sooooo excited to get this dream off its feet, but for now, we wait, i plan, i schedule and i make happen!!

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please stayed tuned for more content!

PLEASE let me know if you’d like to see something specific!
(fb me, insta me, snapchat me, email me, snail mail me, idc how just do!!!)

all the best and most ultimate gratitude ❤

xoxoxoxoxoxo, ekat

meal prep

hey babes!

bet you didn’t think i’d be back so soon. i told you i am bringing more content! 😉

so i’ve been meal prepping for four months now (slacking here and there occasionally) and while i started meal prepping to save money (losing weight wasn’t the initial plan) i started to see the many benefits of changing how i ate!

i have an incredibly bland taste pallet and truly hate most foods, so i’ve found the few things i can stomach and vary it a little bit each time. this gets me 4 meals per each prep. soon, i’ll start incorporating different lunches so i can mix things up. but for now, i’m still broke starting out in my career so this is what i eat!!

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ingredients:

2lb boneless chicken breast
1 16 oz zesty lime vinaigrette dressing
3 lemons
1 bag of rice of your choosing
1.5 lb raw string beans
1 carton of grape tomatos
2 large cucumbers

steps:

1. set up corckpot with liner
2 slice chicken if needed to fit all on bottom of crockpot evenly
3. place chicken evenly into crockpot

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4. pour entire bottle of dressing

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5. check that its evenly distributed

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6. set on high and cook for 4 hours

sides:

1- prepare rice separately
2- wash and cut cucumbers and string beans
3- wash grape tomatos
4-prepare 3/4 cup of cooked rice in container
5- evenly distribute veggies

once chicken is cooked, evenly distribute into meal prep containers with a half of a lemon (to squeeze on after reheating) and voila!

you have 4 meals for under $15 total.

i flex-diet so i will probably have canes for dinner tomorrow, or it could be eggs (i’ll get to that one at some later time).

but i know if at worst, i only eat this for lunch, i’m still getting a great, nutritious meal that takes no longer than 2 minutes to prep.

alright babes! i hope you all enjoyed that.
i’ll be bringing more content to here while i’m setting up the channel!

let me know if you’d like to see more things like this from me!

xoxoxoxox, ekat

 

big things coming

hi babes!

today is really exciting for me because i have taken the first literal steps in (re)launching my blog, instagram, and *let the fucking drums roll* my YOUTUBE CHANNEL!!

i’ve always had an interest in photography and film however i’ve made excuses as to why i didn’t pursue them. whether it be financial, no time, or no dedication, i was full of BS.

but it’s time i really stick to something i say i’m going to do.

when 2017 hit, i made a promise to myself to follow thru with things i say i’m going to do. if you know me, you know that if i say i’ll do something, the chance i will cancel is absurdly high. and after realizing that made me very isolated, i started saying yes to more things and actually fucking going! and you know what? i now have a fucking life. and living life has become so fun.

so where does this whole youtube thing come from? well, for years and years i have always wished that i could youtube and share my voice with the world. the only problem was, i didn’t know what it was exactly i was trying to get out there. it wasn’t until recently that it all clicked in my head and i realized i want to workout everyday for the rest of my life and would love to make a career out of it.

now i know, baby steps. that’s why i’m posting here. i am posting to tell you that things are about to change.
big time.

the official launch of my channel is 9/1

but best believe to check here for many updates (and please be patient while i change the look a million times before i’m happy) and more content!

xoxooxoxox, ekat

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Before 2016 Comes to an End

Hey babes!

It’s been two months, so it’s time to update!

My new job has been so much fun, I don’t even feel like I’m going to work when I do. I’ve loved getting to know my new coworkers and feel like a couple of them are gonna be really great friends! The leases are coming in, that’s for sure ($$). I’m loving learning more about the leasing side of apartments and absolutely love working in this industry!

So, I can’t believe 2016 is coming to an end.
I can’t believe Justin and I are approaching our THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY (HOLY SHIT Y’ALL).
Daddy won the election, so 2017 is already off to a great start.

I’ve begun weight lifting more regularly and it’s become a healthy obsession again. Not only have I increased my weights, I’ve gone out of my comfort zone and done some moves that I wouldn’t have thought I could do in the past. I’m taking it seriously and am enjoying seeing the changes in my body. Officially 45 pounds down! No longer going off a scale, it’s all mirrors and how I FEEL that is the new “scale”. I’ve been sick/getting over being sick for a week and still don’t feel 100% to train my body. A couple more days off and I should be back in the gym by Tuesday.

I’ve been going back and forth for a new handle. I eat fried chicken for dinner around 5 times a week, and drink beer every single night, yet I’ve still lost a substantial amount of fat. While I am in the building muscle/toning phase, I’m not stopping my “diet” because frankly, I just don’t want to. I workout hard and I reward my body daily. I will never be one of those girls who counts macros, I just make healthy decisions when it comes to lunch. Grilled chicken and avocado is my go to. I don’t snack, I don’t drink soda, I’m always a little hungry, but  there’s no cute way to combine “Beer, Fried Chicken and Weight Loss”. I’m working on it..

Hoping for a Stars win, a Cowboys win and that Neegan doesn’t kill anyone else…

xoxoxoxoxoxo

It’s October!

Hey to myself, and the maybe four of you who read this,

It’s been six months and it’s finally October so you know what that means? ITS UPDATE TIME WOOHOO!!

Where to begin…where oh where?

I guess I’ll start with the fact that I am no longer in the service industry!! So, I left that horrible office job, sent out like 15 resumes to apartment companies, looking to be a leasing agent. Well, after I only got one call for an interview, I decided to get back in the service industry.

loved the brew house I was working at, including all the managers, my co-workers, kitchen staff as well as our regulars. After working there for almost 6 months tho, the whole attitude of the place changed. Of course we had to have one dick-head manager that made the morale of the entire restaurant plummet.  I would soon start dreading going to work, knowing the manager was there.

While all this shit was happening at work, a very amazing friend of mine got an opportunity to be a leasing agent at a development company, and asked me to send my resume to her. Next thing I knew, I had an interview at one of the properties and got the call 3 hours later, offering me the position. I gave my restaurant a proper two weeks notice (something now I wish I would have finished that week and started that Monday).

On my first day, they literally handed me keys to 10 apartments, gave me the golf cart, and told me to explore the community. It’s beyond gorgeous, all brand new, and makes going home to our apartment so depressing hahahah. We renewed the lease in our place for another year, so we can save till 10/2017. We’re aiming to rent a house after the lease is up and I couldn’t be more excited for our future.

 

SO WITH MY NEW SCHEDULE, I have nights off. Granted, I now work 10-7 most days, and still hate the morning, but it’s getting easier for me to get up. Ya’ll know I LOVE my sleep. Today, we didn’t have to be at work until 1 but even then, my body woke me up at 9am (FML). The best part about this new schedule is nights off.

ANYWHO, I just found round trip flights to colorado for our february trip for $91/each. We close at 5 on Sundays, so it’s time to get ready to leave!

 

thanks for standing by loves!

 

XOXOXOXOXOX

UPDATE; hi!

Hey babes!

SO, hi, I’m always absent from updating my blog consistently, but thank you for coming back. I’ve really been working on myself in a more self-worth, inner soul type of way and I feel like I’ve really hit a good point and my eyes are open.

I have been such a lazy piece of shit- a negative nancy if you will. I got so set in my daily routine (that I HATED) but had dreams of making a real change, that I stopped trying to obtain that goal.

It’s so hard to get yourself to work by 8 am and stay until 5 pm, when you literally could care less about what you have to do, day to day to month.

I woke up today and thought, “holy shit, I have rent due pretty soon and I need to start training so I can have rent money”.

Oh, BTW, I got an awesome waitressing job but training is 8 days and I have no clue when it’s going to start. Rent is due in like 16 days or so whatever on math. I’m super stressed so I’ve been working out a lot. Like, A lot.

And I’m motherfuing excited. I’m happy. I’m relieved. I feel like everyday, I get that one hour (or more) to be alone and be within myself. And it’s helped SO much.

I feel alive.

But tonight. Yo. Tonight was fucking awful. I did the work but it was such a mental struggle but no.

Our gym is small. It’s smaaaall. This lady, decides to take the bench to the cable machine (which eliminates my entire workout), use it for 10 min, leave it there and walk out. Oh my GLOB. Lost it. But, did my workout, hating it, going slowly, taking a lot of water breaks, but i did it.

I just have to get there. I have to get there, start lifting, start sweating and keep going until I think I’m going to pass out/throw up, or die. I grunt like the most annoying person but I push myself. I go when I don’t want to. I go when my body hates myself and when I want to sit down and not get up for hours. But I go.

When I come home, I am refreshed. I am not anxious, I am not worried. I am at peace.

I went to the gym tonight and I was feeling anxious. I don’t know why, I have no clue what it was about, but by the time I left, I was at peace. I was calm.

I am committing to working out when i don’t want to.

I will drink like I do every night, but workout.

I am going to progress.

 

xoxoxox  

Tats and Stars

Yall,

It fucking happened again. .

So I had this lovely 8 top come in last night to my restaurant, which hey no biggie, I like big tables. The mom and dad (who had never been in before) came in first and told me what was up (someones birthday, yada yada). They were an older couple, easily in their mid 50’s, even early 60s, well-mannered and obviously have money.

The wife looks at me as I’m recommending some pasta dish, cuts me off and asks, “So did it hurt getting those tattoos?” I’m used to this stupid question (I mean, it’s a fucking needle going in and out of my skin for 3-7 hours straight, yeah it starts to hurt) so I laughed and was like “well yeah, especially after 5 hours of it happening” hoping the conversation would take a turn for anything else.

After a few more dumb questions from them, like “do they mean anything special to you?” “What made you want to get tattoos in the first place?” “Are you going to do your other arm too?” they finally asked me the question of questions:

“What do your parents think of your decision to get so many tattoos?”

First of all, what my parents think of my decision to get inked up is NONE of your concern. Second of all, even though they aren’t keen of my choice to get inked, I’m not going to tell you judgmental  folks that they aren’t happy about it. So what did Kate decide to say?

“Well, my parents are the least judgmental people, so they don’t really care what I do with my body.”

I wish I had my camera rolling to capture their expression. I wish. They were taken aback and shut up real quickly. Finally, the conversation went another route as I’m a great waitress and talked more about the menu and whose birthday it was.

DON’T ASK ME THIS STUPID SHIT.

Look, I understand older generations not grasping the concept of tattoos, and that’s totally fine with me. I also understand that if you’re over a certain age, the only people you know who have tattoos got them in the service most likely after drinking heavily.  Don’t tell me that when you see an army tattoo that’s clearly not the best work, you berate them for their choices. Do you? Do you??

Didn’t think so.

 

ON A TOTALLY UNRELATED SUBJECT:

The Stars have a game tonight and babe was all “I really want to go to the game, tickets are only $35, I really really wanna go.” SO YOU KNOW WHAT I DID?! I got on my StubHub app and bought two tickets so we are going to the game tonight! It’s probably my favorite date night that we do. It’ll set off a nice tone for the rest of the week and into the weekend. I find it important to not only treat myself, but to treat Justin from time to time with things like tickets for the game.

Now I can’t wait to go on my lunch break to swap out Stars shirts at Academy and pick up some leggings so I can look super cute for the game.

Hugs and Kisses my loves!!