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Yesterday something crazy happened. After going for my 3 mile morning run, I took off my shirt to get in the shower, but when I took a glance at my reflection in the mirror I gasped.

“Wait, what IS that???” I thought.

Lo and behold – I saw some faint lines on my stomach.

You guys. This is a BIG DEAL to me.

The last time I had any sort of line on my stomach was when I was crazy restricting, eating 1000 calories a day and working out 4 hours a day. Even though I was under the guidance of a coach, the way I cut down for my bikini competition was unhealthy and left me in a state of disaster – physically and mentally. I was the leanest I had ever been, but so incredibly unhappy and unsatisfied.

Here I am, only 4 weeks into my 90 day journey, NOT starving, NOT counting calories, only working out for 1 hr a day, and mentally and creatively THRIVING in my work and my personal happiness. It is insane. To see that what I am doing is actually working is crazy to me. Because nothing has been working for me. I work out a lot and I eat pretty healthy normally, but my body is immune to it all.

It is miraculous what FOCUS can do for you. Writing down everything in my Fit Journal daily, writing to you here on the blog, working out daily, cooking my food – the whole thing has become my happiness ritual. I am loving every moment of this journey so far and I just am SHOCKED by what has happened. I really can’t believe it. I really think being kept accountable by all of you is what is really make it work this time (so far)!

I’d like to reiterate that this journey is not one about abs or vanity. My “why” is not about that. My “why” is to get in the best shape of my life physically and mentally. This focus has my soul LIT from inside.

Eeeee!!!!

Oh and since I’ve been running a lot more than usual, I wanted to share with you what I am using for runs. These are my fave shorts for running.

These are the Secret Run Shorts from POPFLEX. I like them because it’s looks like a basic running short from the outside but it has booty shorts inside…with POCKETS! I put my phone there so I can listen to my audiobooks :)

Because I have unusually tiny earholes, I can’t wear earbuds without having to push them into my ears every 5 seconds. So, when Sam saw that I was getting serious about running on my 90 day journey, he surprised me with these beautiful wireless headphones! The sound quality is great, they don’t slip off, and the leather that caresses my ear feels so soft. It feels like the same quality as my Beats, but way better price point!

I started off running in my Nikes but they made my achilles heel feel too stretched out. It was weird. Then I remembered that my running friends only wore Asics, so I put mine on for a try and it made SUCH a difference! These are the Asics Gel Kayano 26.

I also wear my POPFLEX socks when I run. I am so glad we made a weekly pack, because I kept waiting an entire week until I could wear my avocado or carb socks again! There are 5 new designs now. This one is one of my faves because it features house plants!!! And the bottom of the sole says “plant lady” because I totally am one :P

After I showered, I microwaved some egg cups (from Costco) and ate them in the car! Sam and I shared. By the way, I have mastered the art of feeding Sam while he drives. Anyone else do this too!?

For lunch, I made Caesar salad! OMG, it was DELISH. I can’t believe I haven’t eaten Caesar salad for so long! I put rotisserie chicken, cherry tomatoes, cheese, and bacon over the romaine lettuce. I also made Sam a Caesar salad too and he LOVED it! So filling and so good.

Snack time – chili roasted pistachios! By the way guys, I want you to know that I usually eat more chili roasted pistachios than I show in these pics. I just take the first pic of the first time I eat them because I don’t want to bore you with a billion pics of pistachios in my blog posts.

Snack time again – bacon with sweet baby bell peppers. This combo was LEGIT!!! Also I ended up making myself a second plate. I say this because I saw that some of you were concerned that I was starving myself. Guys, I promise you – I am very full and very happy. My Fit Journal says what I am eating and these pics are merely to give you an idea of what I’m having, not the exact quantity.

Now…Dinner time!!!

Sam and I went out with a couple friends to try out a new restaurant called Fin in the Larchmont area, one of my fave walking areas in LA. We had never been to Fin but judging from Yelp photos, it looked like a place that would be keto friendly! For appetizers, we ordered these eggplants. OMG. They were SPECTACULAR. Dead.

Then shishito peppers. Cuz obvs. I’m obsessed.

Whenever there’s green beans on the menu, I order them. It’s like a natural reflex or something.

Same with brussel sprouts! I have this thing where I just NEED to know how the brussels taste at every restaurant I go to. These ones were okay.

The beef carpaccio with mushrooms on top. AHHHH this was one of my fave appetizers. Absolutely delicious! Soft meats with crunchy mushrooms on top. Perfection.

The filet wrapped asparagus. YUM AGAIN. I felt so happy because it’s scary when you’re picking a restaurant you’ve never tried before, but wow – I was honestly super impressed before I got my main dish.

And for my main meal, I got salmon over veggies with a butter sauce. UMM. This was SOOOOOO good. I need to figure out how to make this sauce!!!

There you go guys! 2 more days until my weigh in. So far I’ve already got some good progress this week – which is super cool! Yay, gotta keep it up. Hope you had a good time drooling over the deliciousness in this post!

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  • Emily says:

    Are you doing keto ?

  • Saraahx says:

    Congrats on your abs! All of your hard work is paying off :)
    All the things related to you and Sam on this post are so sweet, aww!
    I’m glad you are actually eating enough. I was a bit worried because there’s not a lot of food on some of the pics you show us. It makes sense that you don’t want to overwhelm us with too many pics, though. All the veggies and greens you had for dinner make my mouth water!! And that salmon… Salmon is one of my happy, feel-good foods <3

  • Sara says:

    Congratulations, you look great! And OMG, that restaurant sounds so good! πŸ˜‹

  • pavithra sathish says:

    The white sauce over the salmon looks like bechamel sauce… the appetizers looks yummm

  • Laura says:

    Yam! All those pictures! I love food to! πŸ‘ Congrats Casey! I see some progress here! In the end you will be strong than ever! It’s worth!

  • I love that you’re living and training in a way that is therapeutic rather than draining, Cassie! I think many of us have been through a stage in our lives where we’re getting fitter but our approach to eating and training ends up draining us of our positivity. That isn’t a recipe for long term success at all. We can’t neglect our mental wellbeing no matter what our goals. Also, the Caesar salad looks amazing — I think I’ll switch up my regular one and try this instead.

  • Nnewiam says:

    https://www.thespruceeats.com/beurre-blanc-sauce-recipe-995329 :) Glad you like it, it’s an ancient recipe from my hometown in Brittany :)

    • Nnewiam says:

      Sorry, I wanted to give you a recipe in English but it says use unsalted butter… NO: use salted butter, obviously, we’re in Brittany ;) Dunno what kosher salt means, ocean salt is the best. We wouldn’t use anything else in France. And white wine = Muscadet, from the Nantes area, obviously! :) Tell me if you cook it, it’s delicious with salmon!!

  • Hallie says:

    Hi Cassey! Thanks for sharing. I’m on a similar journey (more like 6 mos) and in a similar mindset. I haven’t had a very positive mindset about my health in the past but now I’m enjoying taking control! Sharing on insta has been my go to as well as a food/exercise journal like you. The community of women in particular getting healthy has been an amazing support system. We totally got this!!!!

  • lizzygc says:

    Reading your posts is my daily workout reward, I read while I stretch after! I look forward to it every day and I’m already dreading when’s the 90 days are up and you stop 😭

  • kj says:

    Happy you’re enjoying your food even with all the workouts and busy sched!πŸ‘am always reading your this 90-day thingy every post!πŸ‘

  • Hooray for abs! I totally understand you when you say your body starts to become immune to he amount of work you put into it but now that you’re dialed in its finally happening! Also what dressing so you use for your Caesar salad?

  • Linda Robbins says:

    I have to make 2 different dinners, mine and his, Mark is all meat & potatoes. I am salad chicken & veggies. Gets tiring at times. Tried to swap some items out, not successful πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯

  • Rachel L says:

    I need my new FIT Journal to get here! I also want to try blogging too. I want to try this same experiment as you. I have an accountability IG account but I haven’t really done much writing, something I used to love. I need consistency, I need a ritual. You keep on rocking it, Cassey! You’re the literal best.

  • Kate Awoskon says:

    I love how you mention in your blog posts that even Sam like’s something πŸ˜„ because my boyfriend is usually not as happy as I’m with my healthy meals so when he likes the food I made it’s pretty big deal.

  • Elena Penny says:

    Honest and curious question! :)
    What is your plan after the 90 day journey? Will you stick with it as a lifestyle?

  • Panni says:

    Hey Cassey :) Congratulations for your ab lines – I know how amazing it feels to see even tiny glimpses of the results you want (and will get). Anyway, I just wanted to say that it is so good to see that you are enjoying this 90-day journey this much and to feel your thrill and be inspired by it. I really love reading your blog posts – they are inspiring, fun and truly beneficial for my soul. As for your results – I believe that if we do something with focus, purpose and feeling, then we can manifest anything. And feeling is incredibly important.. I mean, we need to be emotionally aligned with what we want and what we do. And reading your blog posts it is clear that you are completely feeling into not only your amazing goals but the whole process that leads to them. Which is key for achievement and for happiness as well. Okay, this comment has gotten way much longer than I wanted to.. I hope you read it some time. Thank you so much for being you! πŸ’™

  • D.S.Pais says:

    The food looks very delicious. I read your blogs whenever I get demotivated and after reading I feel good because you make everything seem so normal!

  • Ania says:

    I have to say it again, I really enjoy reading your blog posts every day πŸ™‚ I would like to be so consistent with my fitness journey, but I’m not πŸ˜” I have few days with great energy, that I can do anything, but then, there are days that I feel so discouraged I don’t know how to change it to be more focused…

  • Nikita says:

    Cassey! I’m going through my own fitness reset journey with your 90 day journey and was wondering – can you do a measurement comparison and update with your next weigh in too ? I personally prefer to go by measurements and non measurable parameters ( energy , strength, stamina) to gauge my progress and it’ll really help to see how much inch loss is sustainable and healthy ☺️

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