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

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!
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all the best and most ultimate gratitude ❤

xoxoxoxoxoxo, ekat

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

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!!

 

 

Coyotes and Income

Hey babes!

I tried to save a coyote today…thinking it was a stray, injured pup.

  1. Tried. To. Save. A. Coyote. Today.

So this may sound fucking crazy… but we have coyotes all around town. I live near a big nature preserve as well as a greenway belt that animals travel thru to get around town. There’s even a fucking creek named after them, there’s that many of them around. But, in 18 years of living here, I’ve never seen one so up close.

I called babe and asked, “What does a coyote look like? Does it look like a dog?”

“What the fuck? Does it look mangy and have a long tail?”

Sure as shit, I was trying to rescue a fucking coyote. This is probably happening because a little kitty ran up to our patio and I fell in love….life is asking for me to take in a stray animal. Or that’s just what I tell myself.

In other news, I got a second job at a Ma and Pop Italian restaurant! It’s super cute and has amazing food (that I won’t eat because once I start, I would never stop eating it). I never seem to have enough money, or any for that fact, and babe works  Thursday and Fridays, and we don’t go out on Saturdays, so I figured why not get a second job! I literally sit around the apartment all evening by myself, binge watching Netflix and resisting the urge to eat. I thought it was a good way to make money while also getting out of the house.

Last but not, I wanted to update the fact that I ordered Skinny Mint Teatox. I’ve decreased the amount of beer that I drink and lost a few pounds, and have been working out more often (yay! I enjoy lifting again). BUT I’m not getting the results that I’m looking for, so I decided to try a teatox. I chose Skinny Mint because it had some of the best result pictures, and I figured I would try a few of them until I found the one.

I did the 14 day package, mainly because I didn’t want to put up $60 for a trial period. If I don’t like it, I don’t want to be stuck with it for 28 days. As I was working out tonight, I realized that I’m either going to shit my brains out, or nothing is going to happen. Can’t wait to fill yall in once I finish the 14 days!

I’m exhausted from the gym, so it’s an adios from me!

Xo

10 month update!

Hey babes!

How cliche of me to start off by saying “It’s been a while since I’ve updated” BUT let’s get real, it’s been AGES since I’ve last posted. I’ve been living life and getting my shit in order, so I don’t feel too badly about not writing recently.

So, let’s update!

I am happy!

I had been down in the dumps about my body and how much weight I’ve gained, as well as how little I had been working and the lack of money I was bringing in. I woke up daily and just didn’t want to deal with the world, would rather be in bed until 3 pm than facing life head on.  I was hiding from the world but knew that I needed to change my attitude before my relationship was sabotaged by my own doing.

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So I decided to give it a shot, to try to be happy. And holy fck, it actually helped in so many ways! I decided to let go of the negativity in my head, how I perceived the world around me and just like a little spell, I became happy. It doesn’t mean that I’m suddenly happy 24/7, I still have my moments and off days, but I’ve been focused more on the good around me, and I’ve been in an overall better mood!

I’m 23 now (woohoo) and babe is the big 3-0! We had such a fun night celebrating his birthday and the end of my birthday week by going to downtown Dallas to watch the Stars kick some ass (errs, get their ass kicked). So maybe they lost, but we had epic seats and the people watching was hilarious.

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We met up with some of his co-workers and friends and had drinks afterwards at the Jack Daniels club, followed by a confusing drive to our hotel and finding a 7/11 to get some Budice for the hotel room. We hopped a block over to my favorite bar OEP, but once realizing how shitty the clientele was, we high tailed it out of there and went to some hole in the wall bar and ended up running into my old neighbor from my old apartment before I moved in with Justin. Most random bar, most random person to run into AND THEN I mentioned how shitty OEP was to the bartender, mentioned a friend of mine and got a sweet hook up on the drinks. Oh, and the two wedding parties that were at the bar made for a fun night. Groomsmen get really drunk at their friends weddings and that’s the only conclusion I’ve come to.
We ended up leaving the hotel at like 2:30am, mainly because the hotel was creepy as fuck, but also we wanted to be home with our pups and wake up whenever we wanted, not having to stick to a certain clock out time. It was a good call considering we stayed up until almost 5 am having a blast together, and ended up sleeping well past 3 pm the next day.

I have to get back to work, but since I have so much free time at work, I will be blogging more often.

Xoxo

Part 1-4

Hey babes,

Not even going to pretend like it’s been forever since I’ve posted. It has been. Whatever.

They say time passes when you’re having fun and by goly, they’re right. This past couples of months has flown by and I haven’t had a moment to take it all in. It has seriously not only been the best couple of months, but the most amazing and life changing year I’ve ever experienced.

One- My relationship with Justin has not only evolved, but it’s blossomed. I have found the one person in life I can share any intimate or gross moment with. The first person I have ever seen myself getting old and having saggy tattoo arms with. The one man that I have ever been able to trust with all my heart and believe anything he says. He is the purest of pure, and I could not imagine spending every day, in and out, beginning to end with anyone else. If you haven’t realized it, I’ve met the man of my dreams. Since we’ve moved into our own apartment, literally the only thing we’ve fought about is scrambled eggs (literally, it’s no joke, it’s WWIII).

Two- I’ve been working my ass off at a retail job just to make sure I can bring forth something to this relationship (okay and bills) and it’s been kicking my ass! I’ve had hardly any time to focus on real estate but with my Broker/manager being completely understating of my spot in life right now, has guided me to the right direction. My other manager is totally on board with my new schedule change, letting me have weekends off to be able to host open houses and really start helping clients find the right home for them. I literally sat there and told my Broker that I haven’t been taking this sht seriously, but having this incredibly low paying job has lit a fire under me I can’t put out. UGH the struggle is real! But the work is definitely in play and I know I will form an empire under me.

Three- God, another thing about not taking something seriously… working out.  Like, “Google: how do I workout?”. I just can’t. This new apartment gym is so sad and when I mean sad, like my parents have a way better at home gym and theirs is so low key. Like I can’t. I mean, how do I find the motivation to go kill my ass for an hour when the machines are meant for someone who’s never worked out? I guess it’s time to join a gym with a lot of machines to really get that blood pumping. Hopefully, I can update you all beauties on my new gym routines.

Four- I now watch Gold Rush, Swamp People, Moonshiners and know exactly what drug is hidden where and what stop runs thanks to so much Cops.

Life is perfect and only getting better from here!

Hope everyone is having an amazing Holiday Season, and I’ll update soon  : )

xoxo

house bitch

Hey babes!

Let me just tell you that you learn so much about your significant other when you finally move in together. I’ve recently found out that Justin likes maple syrup in his scrambled eggs, he’s incredibly tidy, and has a completely different sense of style about the apartment décor than myself. I like ranch on everything, am incredibly lazy, and I like random tables with random objects on them that serve no purpose but really they do.

I geeked out this afternoon on my favorite blogger (@Stonecoldbetch) and am obsessed with her house. Her style is chic, eclectic and functional. With some manly feels to it, I could combine both my style (which thank you Nicole for showing me in pictures what my style is) and Justin’s style.

So I’ve been white girling all afternoon, searching through pinterest, amazon, pier 1 and etsy and holy moly I have no idea how I would ever decorate this space because I’m pretty sure Justin would get confused and not feel at home, while being home. I’m so considerate. For now, we’re making wishlists on all the different pages and compromising. I think this is key.

My love caught a really intense head cold and has been zonked out for over 3 hours now, so I’ve been cooped up in the living room (which I love because our wood floors are amazing) cleaning and working. My inner house wife voice is making a mental list of things to pick up from the grocery store and what to cook for dinner tonight.

(ps- it’s sick how much I love cleaning, doing laundry, and tidying up. I’m a house wife bitch)

XO

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