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Do face exercises actually work? | 85 of 90

By | 90 day Journey | 11 Comments

Hey guys!

A couple weeks ago, I asked you guys on Instagram if you wanted me to try out “face workouts” and an overwhelming number of you were like YASSSSSS. (I didn’t know you guys knew it was a thing!) So, I’ve been diligently testing some facial exercises out for the past 2 weeks. Want to know what happened?

Well, let me tell you exactly what I did!

I performed the same routine everyday at night before I went to bed. I used Olay Retinol24 night serum that was sent to me for this post to help me glide my hands across my face better. It is REALLY IMPORTANT to add serum or moisturizer on your face to create a slick, frictionless surface. You don’t ever want to pull your skin!

Also, on the topic of Retinol – I haven’t used any Retinol products since I had severe acne as a teen. It used to dry out my pimples but unfortunately, also my entire face – leaving it red, itchy and flaky. When Olay came out with their Retinol24 products, the combination of vitamin B3 plus retinoid complex promised hydration as well as brighter, smoother skin with less visible wrinkles. So I was curious to give it a shot!

Helpful Tip: Since you will be using a little more moisturizer or serum than you normally would without performing the facial exercises, try to get a quality serum that won’t break the bank. Olay is affordable so it makes skin health accessible.

Here’s my before pic (eew lol):

THE FACE EXERCISES

Here were the moves that promised to lift my cheekbones and tone by jawline! Oh and before I started, I pressed lightly into the divots of my collar bones 20 times. I’ll tell you why later.

 

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  1. Temples to neck x 6
  2. Third eye lift x 20
  3. Cheek lift x 20 ea cheek
  4. Jawline shaper x 8
  5. Mini jaw circles x 20
  6. Face Lifters x 6
  7. Smilers x 6

The entire routine takes about 5-7 minutes depending on speed!

THE INSPIRATION

These moves were a combination of exercises that I found most enjoyable and effective after testing out a ton of face exercises on YouTube. There were a lot of questionable videos out there…but I was able to find a celebrity facial expert, a doctor, and an old Japanese massage “method” that seemed reliable. Here are the videos I drew inspiration from:

Dr. Mona’s Anti-Aging Face Lifting Massage:

Celebrity facialist Su-Man’s two-minute skin rejuvenating self-facial:

The Japanese Asahi Massage Method:

5 Minutes Japanese Facial Massage – Get Rid You of Wrinkles in 30 Days

HOW DO FACE EXERCISES WORK?

Face workouts are supposed to be all about decongesting the lymph nodes near your face and neck. Apparently, clogged lymph nodes can lead to acne, dull skin, puffy skin, and dehydrated skin.

So, to perform lymphatic drainage on your face, you’ve got to first open up the lymph nodes by your collarbone – this is where everything will drain! So before I went into the exercises above, I pressed lightly into the divots of my collarbone about 20 times! The experts say to make sure you do this or else the lymph has nowhere to drain to.

THE VERDICT

A couple things before I give you my final verdict.

#1. Nutrition has a lot to do with it.

I made sure to stay super hydrated – like no less than 100 fl oz of water a day. I also limited my dairy intake and sugar intake. Since I’ve been on my 90 day journey, my meals have been generally low carb, so lots of veggies and lean protein. I stayed away from highly processed foods.

#2. The type of moisturizer you use matters.

I used the the Olay Retinol 24 Night Serum consistently for 14 days. It has a blend of Vitamin B3 + retinoid complex that’s supposed to hydrate my skin for 24 hours while reducing fine lines and wrinkles and giving my face a smoother complexion, a brighter look, and smaller pores.

Here’s my before and after.

SO DID IT WORK??

My skin is very smooth and super soft!! It does also look brighter! COOL! I think the Olay Retinol 24 Night Serum definitely played a role!

Now, the facial exercises. Let’s just be clear that these weren’t really exercises. It felt more like a facial massage. However, I must say that it felt REALLY good and relaxing. The “face workout” was lovely to do at night before bed. It helped my body and mind slow down and prepare for sleep.

Another thing is that it made my face feel like it was alive! My muscles even felt a little sore, but in a good way like after a massage! I’ve never had sore face muscles before. It was an interesting and new sensation.

Now, let’s talk physique.

Is my jaw more toned? Are my cheeks higher? Honestly, I can’t really see a huge diff but then again, I’ve only been doing it for 14 days. If my face looks slimmer at all, I’m going to credit it mostly to my 90 day journey and the effects of the overall fat loss. But maybe…JUST MAYBE…14 days isn’t enough for significant face exercise results! Who knows.

YAY OR NAY ON FACE WORKOUTS?

I mean, if it brings you a level of relaxation, then yes, by all means do it! Additionally, having a routine of any kind brings consistency into your life, which might help you feel calmer. But if you’re looking to ACTUALLY slim down your face, no face exercise will ever outdo a bad diet and lack of physical whole body exercise. If you want to lose fat on your face, you’ve got to start thinking about fat loss as a whole. You cannot spot reduce your face, or any part of your body for that matter.

Can face exercises lift your cheekbones though? Actually, maybe.

I went to a facialist once who performed some pretty intense moves on my face and behind my ear (painful, but in a good way), and when I looked in the mirror afterwards, my cheekbones did look higher!!! Specifically, she took her knuckle and performed quick, deep, circular motions behind my earlobe area near my neck/head (whatever you call that area) and pressed in pretty hard. I almost wanted to cry. But she did it only for about 1 minute each side, so it was doable. I’m 100% not sure how that worked, but she said it had to do with loosening the tension I held in my jaw (due to stress) that was pulling down my cheekbones. CRAZY! Try it!

What do you think? Will you be trying face workouts?!! And if you already do them, do they work for you?

Now, back to regular programming! Here’s yesterday’s recap!

YESTERDAY’S RECAP:

LUNCH:

17% carbs, 52% fat, 30% protein

538 calories

Miso soup.

Sashimi salad with avocado.

Blistered shishito peppers.

Low carb sushi roll.

DINNER:

15% carbs, 44% fat, 41% protein

695 calories

Half a rotisserie chicken, green beans, and BBQ sauce at the airport.

SNACKS:

94% carbs, 1% fat, 5% protein

205 calories

Red mango frozen yogurt!

Blueberries.

A Mango electrolyte drink from Nooma. My friend Ro gave me one for after my flight (she was taking care of George) and I ended up drinking Sam’s too :) SO GOOD!!

All in all, I came in at 1,558 calories and 99g carbs (27%), 65g fat (41%), and 114g protein (31%). Okay the Popflex Powergirls are here and we are ready to drive to the woods! I gotta go!

And once again, big thanks to Olay for sending me the Retinol24 collection to try out! If you guys want to try, it out, click here!

Are you more or less curious about face workouts now?

Love,
Cassey

Not feeling so good. | 84 of 90

By | 90 day Journey | 33 Comments

Ugh guys.

Not having a good day. Or week. I’m not feeling my best. It doesn’t have anything to do with my 90 day journey – so don’t worry.

It’s just that I’m so weak when it comes to dealing with other people’s opinions of me. I don’t know why I let it bother me. It shouldn’t. Especially not after 10 years of being a “public figure”. But it still does. The same way it always did like when I was in high school. I am so afraid of making other people unhappy. I allow people’s opinions of me to rock me to my core, make me cry, and in the end, I crumble to pieces.

Every week, I write in my Fit Journal to stop letting the comments negatively affect my well being. And every week, I fail. I’m sad, but I’m just going to fully be with this feeling for now…and learn any lessons I’m supposed to learn while my soul is heavy.

Anyway…I’m gonna change the tone because this blog post is getting too sad. Plus it’s 11:35PM, I’m tired, and I need to wake up early again tomorrow to rent an SUV and drive into the woods for the 1st ever Popflex Powergirls Retreat!

Here’s a pic of Sir George to cheer us all up.

OH and yes we just came out with a matching vegan suede mat to accompany your 2020 Fit Planner!!! This makes me very VERY happy. I love matching things.

We even made a matching cotton carrying strap! I call this design “Happy Girls“!

And this design is “Lush Garden“!

It also has a matching cotton yoga strap!

If you guys are in the market for a new yoga mat, this is the one. The texture is velvety soft, the color never fades, it’s thick and cushiony, and you don’t slip as you get sweatier! In fact, your hands get grippier as you get sweatier. How cool is that? You can check out all the designs here.

Yesterday’s Recap:

Fit Journal entry. Yesterday I filmed 7 workouts. Nuff said.

BREAKFAST:

93% carbs, 3% fat, 4% protein

105 calories

Early morning banana to fuel my early morning shoot.

LUNCH:

33% carbs, 30% fat, 37% protein

547 claories

5 workouts in. Lunch was jerk chicken, jerk beef, jerk tofu, kale salad, spring mix salad, and beans with a side of watermelon.

DINNER:

19% carbs, 35% fat, 46% protein

370 calories

Cauli rice, eggs, chicken skewers, broccoli, furikake, sriracha and a side salad.

SNACKS:

54% carbs, 18% fat, 28% protein

582 calories

Turkey and broccoli with furikake.

Shrimp with cocktail sauce.

Post workout banana. 7 workouts done.

Kombucha.

Oatly ice cream. Can’t get enough.

Overall, yesterday I came in at 1,604 calories and 170g carbs (42%), 45g fat (25%), and 136g protein (33%).

Okay, I’m falling asleep. Talk to you later! Tomorrow is day 1 of the Popflex Powergirls Retreat! So excited!!!!

I’m so tired. | 83 of 90

By | 90 day Journey | 12 Comments

Hey guys!

It is 10:36 PM and I’ve been up since 4:30 AM! I filmed 7 workouts in all and I AM TIREDDDDDD. (Sam and I did manage to squeeze in a massage though.) Tomorrow I need to get up at 5AM because I am flying to the Bay Area to visit our warehouse to prep for Black Friday! Then Friday it’s the Powergirls Retreat! And that day starts for me around 6AM. SOOOO this week is CURAZAAAYYYY. Just need to get through it.

Anyway, here’s some BTS of me at my FitOn App shoot this morning!

I’m excited for you guys to see these workouts! They are filmed sooooooo beautifully…it’s cinematic quality! I’ll let you know when they are out.

Here’s a peek at “Video Village” where the Director sits and watches all the cameras.

Sam and I brought Sir George on set and it made everyone so happy! It’s so cool how much joy pets can bring into an atmosphere. Sir loves people so much…he was thrilled to be there with the crew :) And he was so good, he didn’t even bark once!

Yesterday’s Recap:

Fit Journal entry. ‘Twas a rest day so that I could prep for my huge video shoot!

BREAKFAST:

10% carbs, 65% fat, 25% protein

230 calories

Egg white, spinach, and bell pepper egg bites.

LUNCH:

41% carbs, 13% fat, 46% protein

307 calories

Had no time to eat lunch at work, so ate it on the way home in my lap. No worries, Sam was driving! Had chicken, cauliflower rice, and zucchini with coconut aminos and hot sauce.

DINNER:

22% carbs, 40% fat, 38% protein

446 calories

 

Eggs, broccoli, 3 meatballs, and cauli rice with sriracha and furikake.

I also had a couple of these bacon wrapped scallops from Costco! Sam surprised me and got them for me!

SNACKS:

57% carbs, 23% fat, 20% protein

259 calories

Kombucha. I also had blueberries. Forgot to take a pic.

Shrimp with cocktail sauce.

Butter lettuce and turkey.

Oatly ice cream. I just found this at Target and OMG I’M DEAD. It is SO GOOD. IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN REAL ICE CREAM I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING.

Yesterday I came in at 1,242 calories and 102g carbs (32%), 48g fat (34%), and 108g protein (34%).

Okay, my eyes are getting tired. I need to go to bed. Love you guys. I can’t believe there is only 1 week left of my 90 day journey!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!

Gotta go to bed early… | 82 of 90

By | 90 day Journey | 28 Comments

Hey guys!

It’s currently 6:20pm and in less than 12 hours I will be in downtown LA at shoot filming 7 fitness videos for the FitOn App (free to download and use)! I decided to take a rest day today in order to save my energy for tomorrow. Plus I will need to get to sleep early tonight. As you can see, this blog post is going up “early” for me (as in not 12am), so I’m already prepping for success!!!! I will DEF be sore for days after, but I love the challenge.

How’s your November going so far? Have you downloaded the November workout calendar yet?

By the way, for those of you using the calendar on my blog, and checking workouts off, is it working for you? Please give me your feedback as I am going to be making some technical changes soon and need to know what you like and don’t like about the calendar. I want to make it easier for you to follow along!

Since we are officially 57 days away from Jan 1st, 2020, you really need to start thinking about our goals for the new year. Make sure you grab your 2020 Fit Planner before it runs out. This year’s planner is seriously THE BEST one we’ve ever made and would make such a great gift for the holidays too!

I love it so much and I CANNOT wait to use it in full! I’m filling out the front pages already. I plan on making some of my dreams come true next year – cuz life’s too short not to!!! Oh and yes, one of them is to go on our Honeymoon :)

Yesterday’s Recap:

Fit Planner entry! Sam and I went weight lifting in the morning! I’m really happy for Daylight savings because it’s easier to wake up now…and…it’s no longer dark in the morning! Thank goodness!!!

BREAKFAST:

39% carbs, 65% fat, 25% protein

230 calories

Spinach, bell pepper, and cheese egg white cups.

LUNCH:

38% carbs, 16% fat, 25% protein

325 calories

Chicken skewers, zucchini, cauliflower rice with hot sauce and coconut aminos.

DINNER:

18% carbs, 53% fat, 29% protein

522 calories

Pork ribs with BBQ sauce, broccoli, and cauliflower risotto.

Bacon wrapped scallops.

SNACKS:

43% carbs, 35% fat, 22% protein

203 calories

Kombucha!

Mini KIND bar! Caramel almond and sea salt mini. Yum.

Shrimp and cocktail sauce.

Ice cream. Finished my mini tub!

I came in at 1,281 calories and 86g carbs (26%), 63g fat (42%), and 105g protein (32%). Yay protein goal was achieved!

Okay, finished by blog before 6:40pm and now I’m gonna do a few more work things, pack my clothes for tomorrow, and prep for bed!!!! See you later guys!!!

In life, you must be flexible or else you’ll...

By | 90 day Journey | 8 Comments

Hey guys!

I spent the last couple days with my family and you know what – even though we yelled at each other, hurt each other’s feelings, and went “silent treatment” on one another all within 24 hours of seeing each other, I do love my fam. We’re messed up and broken, but we will always have each other’s backs. There’s not much more to say without crying, so I’ll stop here.

Anyway, when I was at my parent’s house, I was def off of my usual routine. I didn’t really workout, I didn’t cook my own food, I was stressed from all of the arguing and I had no scale to track my numbers for my graph. But you know what, life is life. You can’t be on top of everything, and you cannot be rigid with routines. You just can’t. You just do the best you can and keep going. You’ve got to allow yourself to be flexible or else you will break.

So for 2 days, I ate totally new foods and had to constantly explain to my mom before every meal why I wasn’t going to have her deep fried egg rolls or her flaky pork stuffed pastries! They’re amazing but I always bloat and break out after. There were definitely temptations too! My mom, dad, and sis had pistachio ice cream every day and you know what? I offered to scoop it for them! Hahaha. It was all good though because my goals have trained me to be laser focused on this journey. Whenever I wanted something sweet, I had a banana or nuts and berries, and it totally satisfied my sweet tooth!

Oh and weird thing…

When I got back today, I stepped on the scale and was SO surprised to find that it went down. Like huh? Stress, yelling, snacking, not working out? Who knows. The body is weird. Maybe it needed rest, new foods, and family time. Either way, it’s interesting to track these things because when I look back, maybe I will be able to see more patterns.

Anyway!

When we were visiting my parents, my sister planned an outdoors trip for everyone, which was really cool. It got us moving and not arguing :) We visited the Valley of Fire and did some hikes together while snapping fun pics!

Here’s sis and I posing on a rock. How PRETTY IS THIS PLACE!!???

I’m also wearing a shirt from my sister’s new climbing apparel brand “monopkt.”! I am so proud of her for starting her own clothing line! It’s so comfy!

The shirt I am wearing says “wanna take this outside?” I love the positive spin on a question that has always meant trouble.

Yesterday’s Recap:

OMG GUYS I finally am reunited with my Fit Journal!!!!! SO HAPPY!!!!

Yesterday…was…INTERESTING.

I am the world’s worst traveler.

I have been known to go to the wrong airport on the wrong day and even miss my flights while being at the airport on time. Well, I’m sad to say yesterday was just another one of those days. Without Sam or Jackelyn by my side…things somehow always end up going wrong. My flight departed without me and I was sitting 50 ft away from the gate.

Guys, I am the ACTUAL worst.

I’m always distracted – doing a few things at once, and I forget to focus on the one MOST IMPORTANT thing I need to accomplish…which is…TO GET ON THE PLANE.

I was put on standby and was so lucky that I made it on the next flight out. I am seriously so incompetent, it’s almost funny, but actually, not really.

BRUNCH:

27% carbs, 37% fat, 36% protein

367 calories

Coconut chicken curry with cauliflower rice. I also had butter lettuce, carrots in Vietnamese fish sauce, and some pork tenderloin bits.

DINNER:

34% carbs, 43% fat, 23% protein

565 calories

Cauli rice, pork ribs, zucchini. I also had some ghost chili bbq sauce.

SNACKS:

66% carbs, 28% fat, 6% protein

434 calories

Kombucha!

Coconut water!

Pineapple!

Dried cranberries and pistachios!

And then again because I couldn’t stop :P

Low Cow sea salt caramel ice cream!

Yesterday I came in at 1,367 calories and 156g carbs (42%), 60g fat (37%), 77g protein (21%).

How are you doing these days?

Women try guessing each other’s weight… | ...

By | 90 day Journey | 18 Comments

Hey guys,

I just uploaded a video unlike any I have ever made before. It’s an uncomfortable social experiment that’s already drawing a lot of attention.

 

I decided to gather a bunch of women together to figure out how accurate BMI, weight, and body fat percentage actually were to a person’s health. I mean, I think we all know to not “judge a book by its cover” but can you judge a person’s health based on an industry-approved medical standard?

I started planning this video a while ago, and I was very aware of how sensitive this topic was going to be. We needed to find women who were comfortable discussing their weight on camera and we needed to produce this video in the most compassionate way. I didn’t want anyone to run off set crying or upset. I wanted to have an open discussion with real feelings about some real taboo topics.

I’m currently reading the comments on YouTube and it seems that the feelings on this video are split 50/50. Some people are moved to tears because they’re incredibly touched…and then others are very upset, saying it was a terrible, pointless video meant to make women feel bad about themselves.

So, what was the point? To show that labels and numbers have as much power as we want to give them. They can make us feel bad. They can make us feel good. Or they can just be data points. But your health, which includes both your mental health, your physical health as well as your happiness is something that cannot be accurately assessed by any number. A number does it’s best to help medical professionals categorize your health as a starting point, but it’s not the entire story. Health really does look different on everyone.

My content is meant to make you think. Yeah, it’s uncomfortable, but when did we ever become smarter, better humans by being comfortable all the time? We grow the most when we’re challenged – and I’m talking emotionally challenged too. If this video made you feel a certain way, take a moment to reflect and ask yourself why you feel that way. Can you dig deep and dissect this feeling further? Some of you may find that you need improvement in the area of not letting numbers control your happiness. And others of you may just find that you don’t want a relationship with numbers at all, and that my content didn’t help you achieve that. Both are okay to feel.

Just so you know, each woman was mentally prepped for the shoot and knew that we’d be discussing weight and other sensitive body image topics. Our producer interviewed each woman who was casted one by one in person, and made sure they were comfortable with the topics before committing to the shoot. The entire Blogifam and the crew was very careful in making sure the women felt good during the entire process, from casting to shoot day to video release. The mental health of each of the women was my first priority.

Shoutout to Irene, Darlyn, Bynay, Ebony, Celeste, Paloma, Covi and Rachel for making this video possible! They were so brave, so vulnerable, and so positive. It was amazing getting to spend time with these women and create a cool thing together.

By the way, here are the charts I was referring to:

BMI chart by NIH:

ACE FITNESS body fat % chart: 

I’d love to know your honest thoughts about this video. How did it make you feel? What did you learn?

Yesterday’s Recap:

LUNCH:

 3% carbs, 67% fat, 30% protein

369 calories

Chicken thigh seasoned with salt and pepper with a side of sautéed spinach in olive oil. I also snacked on some steamed pork my mom made.

DINNER:

46% carbs, 23% fat, 31% protein

739 calories

Vietnamese summer rolls! I ended up eating almost 10 of these! Each was filled with shrimp, pork, cucumbers and lettuce! I snacked on a bunch of chicken drumsticks on the side, and dipped everything in hoisin sauce. I went ALL out! Hard not to when you mom is cookin!

SNACKS:

77% carbs, 16% fat, 7% protein

554 calories

Pistachios and sweetened cranberries. Had about 3 of these mini handfuls!

2 bananas YUMMMM.

Had an entire jicama plant. It tasted like a slightly less sweet pear! Kinda a fan now!

A huge handful strawberries.

Yesterday I came in at 1,662 calories and 201g carbs (47%), 56g fat (30%), and 95g protein (23%).

I am home now, so ready to get back on track. I already meal prepped my lunch tomorrow. LET’S DO THIS. 9 more days!!! AHHHH!!!!!

Week 11 Weigh-In | 79 of 90

By | 90 day Journey | 9 Comments

Hey guys!

I’m currently at my parents house with my sister! We’re about to go on a family hike, so I am going to make this brief!

Last week I was active every day so that makes me happy!

THINGS I NEED TO START: Start doing less. Start giving myself space to think bigger and be more creative.

THINGS I NEED TO STOP: Stop letting people’s opinions affect my well being. Working on this.

WHAT AM I EXCITED FOR NEXT WEEK? Next week is the Powergirls Retreat, and we hired a private chef for our girl’s trip, so I am excited to try all sorts of new, healthy food! Plus I am excited to spend time with some incredible women :)

Now, here’s my week 11 weigh in.

There wasn’t much movement this week, as last week’s was pretty intense. I lost 0.2 lbs and my body fat % and muscle mass percentage stayed the same. In total, I’ve lost 13.2 lbs!

10 days left with 2.8 lbs and 1.8% body fat to go. At this point, I realistically don’t think I will be making my original goal by the 90th day, but like I said on day 1, I predicted that this could be the case.

How do I feel about that?

I feel great about it! Why? Well, ever heard this quote?

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.” – Les Brown.

The wonderful thing about this journey is that I’ve gotten so much farther than I would have without my goals. I am so glad I set something to work towards. It’s made me so focused and determined.

In regards to what will happen after my 90 days? Well, not much will change on my end here. I love my current lifestyle and I don’t plan on changing the way I eat or the way I work out. I’ll keep cooking, I’ll keep dancing, I’ll keep weight lifting, I’ll keep doing Pilates. However, one thing that won’t be exactly the same is that I know I won’t be blogging every single day. It’s been really tough sticking to that schedule, but it’s kept me super accountable and super aware of my feelings and progress.

Yesterday’s Recap:

Let’s see what I ate! You’ll notice that the food will start looking a little different this weekend because I am at my parent’s house!

BREAKFAST:

22% carbs, 43% fat 35% protein

316 calories

Cauliflower risotto, eggs, and turkey meatballs.

LUNCH:

20% carbs, 46% fat, 34%t protein

383 calories

Cauliflower egg thins, cauliflower flatbreads, oven roasted turkey, tomatoes, butter lettuce, and jalapeño sauce.

DINNER:

44% carbs, 28% fat, 28% protein

622 calories

Fresh strawberries!

Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) with NuPasta noodles. YUMMMMMYYYYY. The noodles were perfection and tasted like regular vermicelli to me!

SNACKS:

67% carbs, 33% fat, 0% protein

120 calories

A cup of barley tea with MCT oil powder.

Kombucha for the road!

Yesterday I came in at 1,441 calories 125g carbs (34%), 59g fat (37%), and 105g protein (29%). I did my best with the pho as I wasn’t really sure what was in the soup, but overall, everything tasted amazing and I feel good, so probably not anything too crazy. Plus, my mom made it!

OH also!!!

Tomorrow…

You know the big shoot I had about a month ago?

Well, the video is coming out tomorrow! AHHHHH!!!!!!

I literally cannot wait for you to see it. We’re still finalizing details on the edit right now, but oh man, I’m nervous. It’s the first video I’ve made of this kind and ahhhhhh all I want in the world is for the message to resonate with you.

Road trippin’ | 78 of 90

By | 90 day Journey | 6 Comments

Hey guys!

I’m currently blogging in the car in the passenger seat on the way to visit my parents! My sister is driving (thank goodness, I’m a scary driver) and we’re blasting T- Swift!

The final 2 weeks of my 90 day journey are going to be tough. I am out of town this weekend, visiting my parents with my sister. And then next weekend, I’m out of town again for a few days. I’ll be going on the Popflex Powergirls Retreat in the woods, which I’m super duper excited for! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

My 90th day is in 12 days. I’m so happy with all the progress I’ve made so far, mentally and physically. So, even if I don’t reach my goals, it’s ok! Because I’ve gained so much already. Also, after day 90 it’s not over. Its not like I’m going back to bad habits. It’s the beginning of a new me. A Cassey reborn! :) I’m excited to bring this energy into 2020, and let it inspire all the workouts and challenges we’ll be doing together!

Now, let’s go over what I ate yesterday, shall we?

YESTERDAY’S RECAP:

Turns out I’m really into eggs at the moment.

BREAKFAST:

24% carbs, 35% fat, 41% protein

368 calories

Cauliflower risotto, cucumbers, eggs, and oven roasted turkey. Sriracha and coconut aminos!

LUNCH:

23% carbs, 42% fat, 35% protein

443 calories

Eggs, teriyaki pineapple meatballs, and cauliflower risotto. Sriracha and coconut aminos!

DINNER:

20% carbs, 47% fat, 32% protein

366 calories

Cauliflower flatbread, oven roasted turkey, tomatoes, butter lettuce, and jalapeño sauce.

SNACKS:

76% carbs, 10% fat, 14% protein

150 calories

Kombucha! This mango flavor is my FAVEEEEE.

Raspberries.

Some sea salt ice cream from Low Cow! Yummy.

Yesterday I came in at 1,327 calories and 102g carbs (29%), 58g fat (38%), and 115g protein (33%).

I’m so grateful for cauliflower rice. It keeps me so full – it’s crazy! I love that it has become a very sufficient rice substitute for me and I love how easy it is to prepare! I remember the days when cauliflower rice was a “secret” healthy food blogger recipe and no one else really knew about it. Now, you can get frozen cauliflower rice at almost any grocery store! It’s insane! I love it!!!

Finally, here’s a pic from my Halloween heels class last night! It was so fun dancing sexy in silly onesies. We laughed so much!

How was your Halloween?

I still can’t believe it’s November!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!!

Your November Workout Calendar! | 77 of 90

By | 90 day Journey, Calendar | 26 Comments

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Today, we’re working from home, so these seemed like the most appropriate costumes for Halloween :) It’s Narwhal and Rubber Ducky!

Now, can you believe that tomorrow is NOVEMBER!!??? I mean, OMG. November is the month of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the last month before Christmas, and 2 months before New Year’s! AHHHHHHHH!!!!! What is happening!!???? It’s even getting cold in LA! AHHHHH! Winter is coming!!!

But even with all the seasonal changes, one thing holds strong and steady – our workouts together. Even with family commitments, feasting, parties, and days that get darker faster, you know you can still stay motivated as long as you know what you want right?

All those things are just excuses. They are just minor distractions.

If you REALLY want what you want, and you know WHY you want what you want, what’s stopping you? Literally nothing should be stopping you. Make your goal so clear, that not a thing could get in your way. And if something does, take a moment to step aside, let it pass through, and keep trucking along.

Honestly though guys. I have just 13 days left in my 90 day journey! And you know how many times I wanted to stop? NONE.

Not once.

Why? Because my goals are clear. Because I am having fun. Because I am FEELING the progress. Also, I have a timeline and a deadline. And I’m so focused, it’s insane.

Now I’m not saying I’m some almighty superior being. I’ve been where we’ve all been – falling into my temptations, letting myself get distracted, feeling weak and unmotivated, feeling defeated and like a total failure. The difference from before and now? I know how to refocus myself quickly. I know what I want and I let that guide me. I don’t let these temporary feelings veer me off my path. Key word…TEMPORARY.

Now, you ready for November’s workout cal?

YES YOU ARE!

Just pick a WHY. WHY are you doing this? Envision yourself in 30 days. Now, go make it happen.

Click to download hi res cal!

SUNDAY: Abundant Abs & Arms
MONDAY: Bountiful Booty
TUESDAY: Hit ’em with PIIT
WEDNESDAY: All About Abs
THURSDAY: Flourishing Full Body
FRIDAY: Feast & Flow
SATURDAY: Turkey Legs

If you’re new to the monthly calendars, this is how it works!

  1. Click on the hi res link to download the calendar and print it out for your wall.
  2. Head over to blogilates.com/calendar and click on the videos of the day. It’ll take you directly to the YouTube video! You can also use the Coda doc if you prefer!
  3. Do each video once (unless otherwise stated)
  4. Check off as you go!

If you’re looking for a plan to jumpstart your own 90 day journey, start with this month’s workout calendar! Or if you want to ease into working out, check out my Beginner’s Calendar. It’s a free 4 week program to get you stronger, so that you can join in on the monthlies!

Now go print this out and paste it on your wall! I want you checking workouts off everyday like it’s your job!!!

Back to regular programming with what I ate yesterday!

Yesterday’s Recap:

Missing my Fit Journal. I can’t wait to fill it in again when I see it on Monday. SAD!!!

BREAKFAST:

20% carbs, 66% fat, 14% protein

139 calories

A gluten free apple cinnamon muffin.

LUNCH:

23% carbs, 41% fat, 35% protein

448 calories

Cauli rice with teriyaki turkey pineapple meatballs, eggs, and cucumber. (I ended up helping myself to 3 more meatballs and more cauli rice!) YUM!

DINNER (not really, more like a late night snack):

67% carbs, 15% fat, 17% protein

134 calories

A fresh pack of raspberries!

Then I got crazy and put my razzies on top of some sea salt caramel ice cream from Low Cow Lite Ice Cream. Just found it at Ralphs. It was SUPERB.

SNACKS:

29% carbs, 42% fat, 29% protein

659 calories

Kombucha.

Turkey with cucumbers and eggplant hummus.

Cauli wraps with eggs and tomato.

Siete chips. YUMMMMMM. This Fuego flavor is so good!!!

Yesterday I came in at 1,380 calories and 114g carbs (31%), 66g fat (41%), and 104g protein (28%). Yay for protein goals being hit!

What are you most excited for in November?

Sometimes you need to know when to stop… | 7...

By | 90 day Journey | 13 Comments

Hey guys,

There have been raging fires in Southern California and though Sam and I have not been evacuated yet, the fires have made me rethink life differently.

First, THANK YOU to the brave firefighters for helping us keep our homes protected. They’ve been working tirelessly as new fires keep popping up! I don’t even know this is happening. The winds have been picking up, which doesn’t make it easy for anyone, but how do new fires just spark overnight? Is it a power line? Is it natural? Is it caused by man? By accident? On purpose? No idea what’s happening but it’s terrible and scary.

Sam and I have been TRYING to drive to work these past few days and we just CANNOT get on the freeway. The other day we were stuck in traffic for about an hour (went less than a mile) before we gave up and went back home. Then today we left the house at 7:30am, and as we drove, the directions keep pushing our ETA to 8:40am, then 9:15am, then 10:00am, then 10:30am…and we decided…nope, we need to cancel our meetings and turn back. We tried so hard for over 2 hours and had only traveled a few miles.

Sometimes, there are things that won’t go as you want them to go – no matter how hard you try. Like, some things are just not meant to be.

I’m sure you’ve had experiences where you try and try and try and try and try and things just go nowhere. The failure and the turning back is not a bad thing. You did not waste time, as terrible as it may feel to fail. You learned. Life is just nudging you to start over and try something new. You can still get to your destination – but you need to try a different time and a different way.

So, sadly, Sam and I were not able to come into the Blogi office for the second day in a row now…and the saddest part is…we were supposed to spend early Halloween with everyone!! (We work from home on Thursdays and Fridays.) At least we are safe though, so I cannot complain any further!

Yesterday’s Recap:

Because I left my Fit Journal at the office, I can’t fill it out until Monday!!! AHHHH!!!! I am DYING!!!! I guess I will have to do my Week 11 Recap without it! I feel so incomplete.

BREAKFAST:

20% carbs, 66% fat, 14% protein

279 calories

Gluten free apple cinnamon muffin. Had 2 of em warmed up in the microwave!

LUNCH:

29% carbs,  29% fat, 42% protein

405 calories

Chicken broth soup and cauliflower rice with teriyaki pineapple meatballs, sriracha, and soy sauce.

DINNER:

24% carbs, 33% fat, 43% protein

489 calories

Green beans, teriyaki turkey pineapple meatballs, NuPasta angel hair pasta, sriracha tofu, and sea bass. Also snacked on some oven roasted turkey breast.

SNACKS:

60% carbs, 34% fat, 6% protein

140 calories

Kombucha.

Black tea with unsweetened almond milk.

Yesterday I came in at 1,313 calories with 91g carbs (28%), 56g fat (39%), and 105g protein (32%).

We are officially less than 2 weeks away from last day of my 90 day journey! EEEEEEeeEEeEeeEEEEee!!!! It’s been going by so fast – I cannot believe it! What should I do to celebrate???

Playing with equipment | 75 of 90

By | 90 day Journey | 13 Comments

I’ve been toying around with the idea of creating something special for you guys in terms of working out with equipment at home. Nothing bulky and expensive, but things to help enhance the Pilates you already do with me! Strength training with body weight is amazing. I do it all the time. But sometimes, you want to change up the speed and challenge your muscles in a different way, and equipment is a an easy way to shock the body.

Currently testing out a lot of things, so don’t expect anything too quick. I’m taking time to make sure what I create for you is the BEST.

On another note, next weekend the POPFLEX Powergirls are all getting together for a girl’s trip in the woods! The Blogifam has been planning this trip for a LOOOOONGGG time so we are excited to finally make it happen! We’re renting a cute cabin for all of us to stay in!!! EEEeeeeEEeEeeEEEe!!! It’s gonna me like one big slumber party for all the girls! I cannot wait to see everyone. It’s gonna be so fun. Should I record a vlog from it?! Would you watch?

Yesterday’s Recap:

I totally left my Fit Journal at the office! So sad I can’t fill it out today :( It was apparently a very forgetful day as I ALSO forgot to take a pic of my salad!!! Sad times!!

LUNCH:

29% carbs, 60% fat, 11% protein

714 calories

I had the Impossible Taco Salad (vegan) from Mendocino Farms. This is also their professional salad picture, not mine :P As a snack, I had some toasted coconut chips that I ALSO did not take a pic of. FAIL after FAIL.

DINNER:

28% carbs, 29% fat, 43% protein

612 calories

3 egg thin quesadillas with Daiya vegan cheese and pico de gallo.

2 medium zucchini with 3 chicken skewers plus NuPasta Spaghetti with marinara sauce!

SNACKS:

23% carbs, 58% fat, 18% protein

132 calories

Seaweed.

Raspberries.

Yesterday, I came out at 1,458 calories and 100g carbs (28%), 74g fat (47%), and 88g protein (25%).

I’m honestly always so surprised how much my calories add up! I can tell you that logging everything has been such a great exercise for me in terms of food honesty. I’m full by the end of the day with the amount of calories I’ve been eating. BUT I can tell you that when I was eating 2-3-4x more, there were times when I never felt full. Weird huh? I’m more mindful now, and I believe that makes a huge difference in my relationship with food.

Getting back on track | 74 of 90

By | 90 day Journey | 12 Comments

HAPPY MONDAY!!!

As much fun as the weekend was, it WORE ME OUT! I was so tired that I needed to keep it pretty low key for most of Sunday! I am actually glad it is Monday because now it’s time to get back on track. It’s hard to know exactly what you’re feeding your body at a party, but I did my best to guesstimate while still having fun. My stomach didn’t feel as good after the 3 parties, so I’m happy I’m back to cooking for myself.

Before we get into yesterday’s recap…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LAUREL, our amazing Social Media Manager! She’s the one holding George who apparently is distracted by something a lot more interesting than the selfie screen.

Yesterday’s Recap:

My Fit Journal entry. Tried to get back on track starting Sunday! You know you’ve got solid habits when you WANT to eat clean because it feels good.

Started the day off at a new studio I found on Classpass! It was a HIIT studio. Jackelyn came with me and we both got sweaty, so it was a lovely start to our Sunday morning recovery. Then we went to Trader Joes and went grocery shopping. It was PERFECT.

LUNCH + POST LUNCH SNACK:

21% carbs, 36% fat, 43% protein

547 calories

 

Eggs, beef, cauliflower rice, broccoli, and cucumbers with coconut aminos and sriracha!

Sea bass with cauliflower rice and broc with hot sauce that almost killed me.

DINNER:

26% carbs, 30% fat, 44% protein

494 calories

 

NuPasta with sriracha tofu, sea bass, and sweet bell peppers. The NuPasta konjac noodles are incredible for how low calorie (only 35 calories a serving) they are. I am using the angel hair one for this dish! I seasoned with Nom Nom Paleo’s magic mushroom powder. YUMMMMM.

SNACKS:

52% carbs, 37% fat, 11% protein

228 calories

Raspberries. Currently a very sweet batch from Trader Joes.

Kombucha with George in the background.

Oat milk from Trader Joes. OMG OMG OMG. Everyone needs to run out and get the oat milk from TJ’s RIGHT NOW. It was the creamiest most heavenly thing ever!!!! Better than regular milk!!! Better than almond milk!!! Better than cashew milk!!! Better than macademia nut milk!!! Literally tastes like you’re drinking cream. It is such a treat. OMG. SO GOOD. I AM DEAD.

Barley tea with almond milk. We’re almost out of oat milk. Jackelyn and Sam drank a bunch already. I have to ration it :)

Yesterday I came in at 1,300 calories, 98 g carbs (30%), 48g fat (33%), and 122g protein (37%). Yay doing MUCH better in the protein arena!!!