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This 90 day journey has challenged me in so many ways, but I appreciate the struggle because it’s made me so much smarter, so much stronger, and so much more strategic. I’ve hit plateaus before – and usually I would just say “oh well, that’s just my body telling me that’s enough”. But the truth is, I’m in charge of my enough – because I am in charge of my body. So, this time, instead of giving up, I worked WITH my body to figure out how I could still achieve my goals, while still enjoying the process. Because there’s no point to all this if I am not having fun. I made sure to be flexible with my approaches, and let me tell you – THIS was the key to me breaking my plateau.

Because I’ve been logging my weight every single day since the 90 day journey started in mid August, I was able to make this cool graph! Have a look at how my weight has changed over time.

As you can see my most drastic progress happened at the very beginning 8/16 – 8/23. I think most of that was water retention. This was me doing lazy keto.

Then I plateau’d a bit around 8/23 – 8/30 so I decided to get stricter with my keto, so I went even lower carb and even higher fat. I saw a second drop from 8/30 – 9/13. But I noticed I was really thirsty all the time.

THEN the BIG PLATEAU from 9/13 – 9/27. This was when I was super, uncomfortably bloated and just feeling not well. I was also still REALLY thirsty all the time. I was still doing strict keto at this point. I reached out to my friend Drew, the author of Complete Keto and he suggested some supplements that initially helped me feel less thirsty, but my bloat was NOT going anywhere. Towards the end of the 2 week bloat, I decided to up my probiotics by drinking kombucha. I also introduced some berries back into my diet, and I removed processed meats like bacon. The bloat began to go away, but my weight was still stuck.

Beginning 9/26, I started to track my macros and my calories after talking to a health coach about my rut. He said I needed to track if I wanted to truly understand what was going on. It was then that I also decided to stay away from nuts since I had been mindlessly snacking on them for no good reason besides the fact that I was bored.

The good news is that the tracking has definitely broken my plateau! Now it’s still early, but I can tell that it is working! It’s been nice to know exactly what I am consuming and I actually kinda love my food scale. I’m very happy that I didn’t just get frustrated and give up after my 2 week plateau. Instead I leaned into my problem and said OKAY, how are we going to fix this? My approach HAD TO change in order for my body to keep changing.

So if you’re stuck in a rut, you need to take a step back and look really objectively at what you’re doing. Take the emotions out of it. What’s working? What’s not? Start changing one little thing at a time. You WILL find an answer. And if not, then maybe it’s time to talk to your doctor or a health professional to see if there’s something deeper lurking here.

BTW, my blood tests come back next week! I am excited to see what they say. A part of me thinks I’m not going to learn anything new, that I am fine, and that all the money I spent was wasted. But another part of me really wants to find something wrong with me (but like, not too wrong ya kno lol) so that I can be like “YOU SEE! THAT IS WHY THIS AND THIS AND THIS AND THIS.”

Yesterday’s Recap:

Here’s my Fit Journal entry!

BREAKFAST:

0% carbs, 0% fat, 100% protein

35 calories

For breakfast, I had my collagen matcha drink.

LUNCH:

14% carbs, 61% fat, 25% protein

760 calories

Then for lunch, I ordered a chicken cobb salad (no bleu cheese) from Mendicino Farms. No time to cook. Instead of using their dressing and their glaze, I used my Tessamae’s Habanero Ranch dressing instead. Super delish!

Post lunch snack was a bottle of Health-Ade Passionfruit Tangerine kombucha! These flavors are so fun and sooooo yummy! Yay for tasty probiotics that taste like a treat!

After work, Laurel, Brittney and I went to try out a new class on Classpass! This was a circuit training HIIT class at Project Steel. We rowed, clean & pressed, did wall balls, jump squats, heavy butterfly situps, and all sorts of body weight exercises that left us super sweaty after the hour. Most people have drinks after work, but we like to sweat. Yes, we’re weird. But workouts are our therapy…and that’s the Blogiladies for ya!

After work, Sam and I stopped by Honeymee (my fave matcha milkshake shop) and I ordered a hibiscus tea, no honey. (The worker was confused as to why I was at Honeymee ordering something without honey haha). Sam got the matcha milkshake! Literally the best thing ever. But every time I have one, I literally break out the next day with at least one HUGE pimple near my chin. #WORTHIT

By the way you guys, I am not doing good at eating earlier. This dinner was at like 9pm or something. BUT I am sleeping more (for a majority of the week) so at least that’s a good habit that is forming.

DINNER:

18% carbs, 53% fat, 29% protein

733 calories

For din, I had shishito peppers with furikake, lime cilantro cauli rice, baked salmon, avocado, and a coconut wrap filled with lime cilantro cauli rice, and egg, and more avocado!

Post dinner, I made myself a collagen matcha coconut drink that George really wanted.

So, yesterday I came in at 16% carbs, 56% fat, and 28% protein and 1,528 calories! Feeling full and feeling fulfilled!

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  • Diane says:

    Hey Cassey ! When you drink matcha in the evening or before bed, can you fall asleep easily ? I can’t cause of the high caffeine content of matcha !

  • Maryam says:

    Cassey so funny you mention this. I got my blood test results yesterday and I was also kinda hoping that there is “something” that explains my lack of energy so that I can pinpoint it and fix it. But nooo my results were all positive. So I was happy but also like “mmmhhh” haha :)

    Happy You Tube and Wedding Anniversary. You are doing great!

  • Celia says:

    Hi! I’m really liking your journey and it is encouraging me to start one of my own! Thank you for sharing all of your thoughts! A los I’m glad you ditched the “vanilla persona”… I’m a follower of seven years now and I kind of noticed… So congrats on all these changes!
    On the other hand, I’m a lab tech and I’m about to ask you something really obnoxious now 😅: are your ketone acids under control? It’s my main concern about the keto diet…

  • Mercedes G says:

    I’m fighting to break my keto plateau right now! Do you allow more carbs/protein because of your high activity level? 56% fat is a bit low for most keto-ers. I’ve always heard closer to 70% is the target…

  • Hey Cassey, just an info: if your kombicha is storebought and pesteurised.. it has no probiotics that profit you in any way. Get high quality products with studies backing their effect.
    Your dietitian

  • Saraahx says:

    I like your reminder about us stepping back to see what’s working and what’s not! Frustration and giving up definitely does not help. Good to know your tracking is bringing good changes :) It’s good to see you -guys- try different classes yet always having fun with your workout! (Btw, I don’t find it weird that like working out better than drinking after work). Your dinner is the meal I like the most, I mean avo + salmon?! HELL YEAH

  • Saskia says:

    Great post! Breaking a plateau is so hard, and this really inspired me to look at my own plateau. Thanks and good luck with your challenge!

  • Diana says:

    You got through your plateau. That’s great. What do you plan on doing after your 90 day journey? Just maintaining?

  • Teags says:

    Cool thanks! I was just unsure because australia has a very different system. You don’t wait more than 2 days for blood tests, no matter what they are for.

  • Tina says:

    Congrats on overcoming your plateau. I am currently experiencing a plateau, so this was a good read for me. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Can you share what Collagen Matcha tea you use?

  • Megan says:

    What app do you use to track your weight?

  • You and your cauliflower lime rice and soshito peppers!! Never gets old ^^

  • Pauliina says:

    Hey Cassey! I think your process is very inspiring and I love following your updates. A random question that I might have missed earlier: how did you decide the goal calorie intake you have for each day? Are you always around 1500 to 1600? Do you shift it according to how you exercise during that day?

    • blogilates says:

      Yes my caloric intake changes on days I am more active vs less active, and I determined by caloric intake after entering in some info on MyFitnessPal

  • Angela says:

    I don’t know if we even have Shishito peppers available where I live. They look great. How do you cook them? Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • blogilates says:

      You just put on em the pan with some oil for about 3-4 min each side until they blister! Then you generously dust it in furikake or whatever seasoning you want!

  • Teags says:

    Congrats on breaking through the slump! But I’m confused about the blood tests. Why did they cost money? Did you just go through your gp, or somewhere else? Thanks.

    • blogilates says:

      I went through a special facility because I wanted more time for a doctor to talk to me etc. My doctor at kaiser barely gives me 7 min.

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