I can’t believe that it has been over two months since I’ve posted, but life has been busy. Even though I don’t post regularly, I love having posts to look back on and remember the good times and reflect on the not-so-good ones.

I’m getting over a nasty bout of the stomach flu, and being sick always makes you appreciate your health and count your blessings. I spent the day doing some last minute Christmas preparations and thinking about what a wonderful year I’ve had. Here are some of the highlights.

Taught a ton of fun Jazzercise classes – I couldn’t be happier about my decision to reinstate as a Jazzercise instructor last year. Jazzercise helps to keep me in shape and keep my stress levels in check. Plus, I’ve made lasting connections with awesome friends!


Worked out regularly – I’m happy to say that this year, I successfully worked out at least 4 times per week, every week. I do it to stay fit, but also because I would go insane if I didn’t.


Spoke at a teaching convention in Orlando, Florida – I was so proud to be invited to speak about my experience with the Teacher Performance Assessment at the American Association of College’s for Teacher Education’s annual conference. It didn’t hurt that Brad and I got a quick trip to Disney World out of it!


Gave up my gig teaching dancing classes – As much as I adored teaching dance classes, I just had too much on my plate and had to give it up after our recital in May. I truly miss it, but I know it was the right decision for me. Luckily, I still get my dance fix at Jazzercise!


Finished my first official year of teaching – I survived my first year of teaching, and although it was frustrating and exhausting at times, the kids made every day worth it.


Left my first official job to pursue one that was a better fit for me – Now, I get to teach exclusively math. And I’m still having a blast with sixth graders … these photos are from Halloween and Ugly Sweater Day. 🙂




Had surgery for the first time ever – I had surgery to remove a cyst from my ovary … and I survived! The hardest part was taking it easy.


Visited Seattle for one of my best friend’s weddings – I had the BEST time traveling with my two BFFs – my best friend and then-boyfriend. I even caught the bouquet … and you know what that means. 🙂


Achieved Lifetime status at Weight Watchers – It wasn’t easy, and it’s still not, but this is an accomplishment that I am so proud of. Make no mistake, however – maintenance is just as hard, if not harder, than weight loss.


Visited my nieces in California – I got to hang out with both of my nieces while my brother and sister-in-law went on vacation. We had a blast!



Got engaged! We are planning a wedding for August 2nd, 2014. I could NOT be more excited!


Ran my first half-marathon – Life got in the way, and I didn’t train at all. But I crossed the finish line in 2:26:38 and felt SO proud.


Spent quality time with friends and family – As I get older, and more and more busy, I find it harder and harder to make time for friends and family, but it’s so important and they are so special to me!



Committed to buy my own Jazzercise location – I am so excited to announce that as of July 1, 2014, I will be a Jazzercise class owner. A dream come true!


Freed myself of some negativity – Life is full of it, and it is unavoidable, but I made some conscious decisions this year to be happier and healthier. Little decisions make a big impact.



Watched my baby (puppy) turn 2! I am so unbelievably attached to this dog. I can’t even imagine what will happen when we have kids someday!


Ate way too many treats – I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel guilty … and didn’t gain a few pounds. But life is about living, and sometimes you just have to eat the damn cookie!


Did I reach my goals for 2013?

  1. To continue deepening my knowledge and understanding of how to best teach math to kids. CHECK. My new job really allows me to focus on this, and I am learning a lot.
  2. To finish what I started. Semi-CHECK. Hey, I did lose 0ver 30 pounds this year, and get back to my first post-weight-loss weight. Did I get to my happy weight? Not yet. But I’m proud of what I accomplished and ready to keep going in 2014.
  3. To keep up with regular workouts. CHECK. Like I said above, I worked out at least 4X a week in 2013 and plan to continue in 2014.
  4. To begin researching what it would take to open my on Jazzercise facility. CHECK. I’d say this was a success. Looking forward to July 1 when I will officially be the owner.

So, what are my goals for 2014?

  1. Operation flat stomach (a continuation of the “finish what I started” goal). I’m organizing another Biggest Loser challenge from January-March just like I did last year. Only this time, I made a little mention of it on my Facebook pages, and suddenly it is up to almost 30 people. My goal this year is to lose a few more pounds, but I don’t have a goal weight. My stomach has always been my problem area, and I know I need to do some work to flatten it out (AKA lose the rest of the weight I need to lose, cut down my sugar intake, and tone it up). This is my year to do it! I’m buying a fitness business, getting married, and going on a honeymoon, so I have plenty of motivation. When my stomach is flat, I’ll consider the “job” done. And I don’t mean that I need to have rock hard abs … just be happy with the way it looks.
  2. One treat per day. I have a tendency to over-do it on treats. I don’t want to cut them out of my life (ever!), but I do believe I can practice way more moderation.
  3. Continue working out regularly. To me, 4X per week is a reasonable goal. Ideally, I shoot for 5-6 times, but if I can get in at least 4 workouts per week, I’m happy. Luckily, I teach Jazzercise 3X weekly starting in January, so this means simply attending class or fitting in a workout at least once more. I can do it!
  4. Find a happy work-life balance. I know that taking on a new business in 2014 will add some stress to my life, but I am determined to find a good balance. I want to be good at both of my jobs, but also enjoy life!
  5. Enjoy life and be happier. I am, by no means, saying that I’m not happy. But sometimes, it so easy to get caught up in my “to do” lists or today’s stressor that I forgot to enjoy the simple moments and have fun. I want to do better at this in 2014. I’m getting married, so there will be lots of moments to enjoy!

Whew! Congrats if you made it through all that. Now, I want to hear about your year. What was the best thing that happened to you in 2013? What are your goals for 2014?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my friends, near and far!












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No Binge Bride

Internet friends, how I have missed you! I apologize that my posting has been so sparse lately, but my life is consumed by my new job and wedding planning. There is so much to plan, but I am loving every second of it!

I’ve also been eating.

Too much.

I’ve put on about 5 pounds since I reached my lowest weight earlier this year. While I know it’s not the end of the world, it’s disappointing, because I know that 5 pounds can turn into 35 if I’m not careful.

I really try hard not to keep unhealthy treats in the house, because I know that I don’t have the self-control not to eat them. But sometimes I feel obligated to buy my fiance some of his favorite snacks. And there are treats everywhere at school. All the time.

I need a plan of attack, because the holidays are coming, and over-indulging in treats all the time isn’t going to help me feel fit and fab when my wedding gown comes in early next year.

And as well all know, eating crap leads to eating more crap. As much as I’d like to be, I am really not good at eating anything in moderation, so I am better off sticking with healthy choices the majority of the time.

Here’s to making No Binge Bride my theme from now until the happiest day of my life. Will you support me in my quest?


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My First Half

Yesterday, I ran a half-marathon!

post race

On no training. Literally, my last run was the 5K that I ran in the middle of May. While I would absolutely NOT suggest this (I am hurting big time today), I am extremely proud of myself for pushing myself hard and not giving up.

While I don’t have much time to post right now, here are the thoughts that I remember during the race (for your entertainment):

Miles 1-2: I’m feeling strong. Maybe I really can do this.
Mile 3: Katie, don’t be overconfident. Keep walking .25 miles after each mile run to maintain your energy and strength.
Mile 4: Woah, I just ran a 5K.
Mile 5: I can’t believe that I am not even halfway through yet. I better eat some of these Gu Chomps (that I have never tried before in my life). These don’t taste so bad. Wait a second, this is pretty much longer than I have ever run in my life. Amazing.
Mile 6: I think I can start running two miles at a time before I walk. I’m gonna try that for awhile.
Mile 7: Maybe that was a stupid idea. I am really starting to feel my legs. Woah! There is the 2:30 pace group. Maybe I could really do this in less than two hours and 30 minutes!
Miles 8-11: Legs, don’t fail me now. I’m surprised that I am not out of breath. I guess I really am in good shape. But my legs sure aren’t in running shape. Don’t lose the pace group. (Pass the pace group.) Good idea to pass the pace group, so when I take my next walking break, I don’t lose them.
Mile 12: Make it through this mile, and you only have 1.1 miles to go. You can run 1.1 miles!
Mile 13: (Running through Miller Park, the Brewers’ stadium.) This is freaking amazing! I can’t believe that I am about to finish a half-marathon! (Looking back.) Where did the pace group go? Who cares, Katie? You are ahead of them!
Mile 13.1: This is the LONGEST tenth of a mile ever. (Saw a guy on a stretcher and felt really sad that he made it through almost the entire race before needing medical attention.)
Finish Line: HOLY SHIT! My legs are going to hurt tomorrow. Oh wait, they already do. Who cares? I just ran a half-marathon!

Have a good week!

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This Week

Admittedly, I haven’t been watching my eating very much lately. I scraped by on my first two WW maintenance weigh-ins being 1-1.5 pounds over my goal weight (you can be up to 2). While I’m not beating myself up over it too much, because I’ve been enjoying life, I’d like to lose my last 10-15 pounds before my wedding next August.

That is my long-term goal. This week, though, I’m setting a short-term one. I am trying on dresses next Saturday for the first time, and I really want to look and feel my best. That’s means a week of healthy eating. I want to make it a point to get in my daily fruits, veggies, and water, and say NO to unnecessary treats. I also plan to return to tracking this week, because I haven’t really been doing so for awhile.

Normally, working out regularly isn’t a problem for me; it’s eating right that plagues me. However, I’ve also been dealing with a nasty cold and laryngitis combo that has prevented me from working out regularly for over a week now. While I am still sick, I am attempting to make my return to teaching Jazzercise this morning, so we will see how that goes.

Long story short, I want to love my body this week, because I want my body to love me back when I try on the dresses of my dreams. 🙂

Until next time!

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Life News!

So, this summer, I caught the bouquet at my friend’s wedding.


This means that I am supposed to get married next, right?

Well, I guess the myth might be true, because …




Brad asked me to marry him on Tuesday night, our three year anniversary. More details to come, but right now, I need to hang out with my boyfriend fiance.


P.S. I said yes. 🙂

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Do you know what I’m sick of writing and reading? Posts about re-comittment. This week, I am going to do better. Eat less sugar. Eat more vegetables. Workout more. Whatever it is. They are everywhere. I am totally guilty of them myself.

I guess what I hate the most is the fact that I always have to re-comitt. Why is it so hard for me to just stay on track? What can’t I just let myself enjoy one treat without losing myself to a binge or a week of unhealthy choices? It’s so frustrating. But the worst part about it is the guilt. I live in a dark place where my thoughts revolve around food and how disgusting I feel.

Today, I got a speeding ticket – my first one ever. Of course it happened on my way to teach a Jazzercise class (#healthyintentions), while I was listening to music and thinking about choreography in my head. I was caught up in the music and not paying attention to my speed. So how did I react? I buried myself in a bag of chips and a container of ice cream after class. So unnecessary. Many people could probably shake it off and move on, but it consumes my thoughts. I beat myself up for making such a stupid decision – both the speeding and the eating.

Last week when I reached Weight Watchers Lifetime status, I had the courage to post my before and after picture on Facebook. Not only my own Facebook page, but also in a Jazzercise Instructor group. In turn, Jazzercise Inc. posted it on their corporate Facebook page. At the end of the day, I received well over 2,000 likes and hundreds of comments from both people I know very well and individuals who I have never met in my life. I am still responding to messages and comments where people expressed what an inspiration I am to them and asked for my advice.

Sometimes I feel like a phony, as I am still struggling everyday to make healthy choices. On a day like today, when I made a really unhealthy, emotionally-charged decision, I kick myself, because I want to inspire people. I want other, ordinary people know that they CAN make healthy changes and better themselves. But I feel like I have to love myself first. Like really love myself.

So I want my goal this week to be different. Not to limit carbs or stay away from desserts.  I want to work on loving myself and loving my life. Everyday, I want to acknowledge something that I love about myself or my life. I want it to be authentic. I will never love my fluffy stomach or the nails that I can’t stop biting. But I need to stop focusing on the things that I am unhappy with and make note of the things that are great.

I guess one of the things that I have learned from my weight loss journey and even writing this post is that losing weight won’t solve all of life’s problems. I didn’t love myself when I was  fat, and I still don’t love myself now that I am smaller. But maybe acknowledging this is the first step.


I know that I deserve it. I just need to believe it.

ETA: My boyfriend just popped into the bedroom (where I am blogging) to give me a kiss on his way to the kitchen for a snack. He has NO idea that I’m blogging or what I am writing about. I love that.

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Tonight, I became a Lifetime member at Weight Watchers. Over the past 3 years, 2 months, and 14 days, I have lost 73.6 pounds. In fact, I have actually lost over 100 pounds, because I gained and re-lost some of the weight, but I am 73.6 pounds lighter than I was when I started my weight loss journey.


This journey hasn’t been easy, and it is far from over. I still struggle daily with making good choices, and I’m still working on overcoming binge eating. But I am a healthier person with healthier habits, and that is a step in the right direction. And I am finally at a weight that is healthy for my body.


Although I haven’t been a WW member for the entire three years, it was important for me to rejoin and achieve lifetime status, because Weight Watchers truly did help me to learn healthy habits and lose a significant amount of weight back in 2010. Furthermore, Lifetime Membership is extremely important to me, because it provides me the accountability that I need to maintain my weight for the long haul. Of course, I’d like to think that the personal satisfaction of being healthy and looking and feeling better is enough to keep me from putting the weight back on, but I know from experience that it is not. As a Lifetime Member, I have to step on the scale at WW once per month and be within 2 pounds of my goal weight. And I need that. Plus, I have the opportunity to attend unlimited meetings and as someone who struggles with disordered eating and negative self-image, sometimes I need that support system.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me along my weight loss journey. Although I would still like to lose a few more pounds, I am elated with my progress, and tonight, I will bask in the glory of my achievement. 🙂

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Today, I am writing down my commitment to love my body again. Starting right now. Not later, not Monday, not next week. Immediately.


This means drinking lots of water, making mostly healthy choices, and tracking every bite of food that goes into my mouth. I will not eat mindlessly while watching TV. I will be more careful not to confuse hunger with boredom. I will not eat just for something to do.

I am in control of my destiny, and I can have the body that I want. I will stop making excuses and start making things happen.


In less than 2 weeks, I hope to become a Lifetime member at Weight Watchers. This is an honor for me and something that has been more than three years in the making. I don’t want to be scrambling in the days before to make sure that I am at my goal weight. I want to accept Lifetime status knowing that I can truly maintain healthy habits for the rest of my lifetime.

It’s time to love myself. For good. But right now, it’s time for Jazzercise. 🙂

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Life Is Too Short To Spend It Hating Your Body

tI came across this image on Pinterest today:


It’s true. So true. But lately, I’ve been struggling a lot with self-loathing. The crazy thing is that I recently lost 35 pounds. I’m smaller than I can remember being since elementary school. I should love my new body, right? But when I look into the mirror, I still see a chunky girl. When I put on my new, smaller clothes, I still see the rolls in the tummy and fat on my thighs.

I think part of it has to do with my eating habits. I am struggling again with making healthy choices when I am eating out or over at friends’ and family’s homes, bingeing when I am home alone, and letting my sweet tooth get the best of me. When I eat crappy, I always gain a few pounds (and subsequently lose them, regain them, lose them …). Who knows if these pounds actually show on my body, but they warp my self-image.

I am also permanently mad at myself. For not finishing what I started. Again. Like I’ve said before, I don’t have a goal weight, more like a goal “feeling.” And I’m not there yet. Lots of people tell me how great I look, and while I appreciate it greatly, I have trouble believing them. Usually because I just maxed on some Doritos. 😉 But mostly because I know I can do better.

I’m not one to say that losing weight will solve all of life’s problems. Especially not my own self-image problems. I will always struggle with loving myself and my body. But I know that I would be more proud of myself if I remained determined and accomplished the goal that I’ve had for myself for years now.

I truly believe that small changes add up to bigger ones, and each healthy decision leads to another. For example, tonight, as my boyfriend and I discussed what to pick up for dinner – way too hot to cook … oh wait, I don’t cook anyways 🙂 – he suggested fish fry. Normally, I would jump at the opportunity to eat myself into a mind numbing food coma (breaded cod, potato pancakes or waffle fries, rye bread and butter, coleslaw …), but instead I said “I’m not really feeling that tonight … I’d really like a good salad.” He is really supportive of my weight struggles and takes subtle hints well, so he suggested Panera. A step in the right direction, but there is still room to make not-so-healthy decisions. But I held my head high and ordered the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with a baguette an apple. And I will live … I might even enjoy it.



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As I was standing at the fridge tonight filling up my water bottle, I glanced at a magnet that I received recently from my new job. (I got a job teaching exclusively math with a new school district. So exciting and refreshing for me!) The magnet lists the five characteristics that the district wishes to instill in students: respect, kindness, responsibility, honesty, and perseverance. The description for perseverance — pursuing a positive goal and not giving up in spite of challenges.

I preach perseverance all the time to my students, especially in math class. I like to provide my kids with challenging and rigorous math problems that require high levels of thinking, and oftentimes, kids give up and start asking questions immediately. I require them to work through it and persevere.

Then, I think about my own life, and my healthy living goals. I definitely face challenges often. I am challenged constantly by my desire to eat mindlessly, binge, and make unhealthy choices. And a lot of times, I give into these challenges.  When I am sitting at home at night watching TV, do I really need something to munch on? Or can I persevere and enjoy my evening without excess food? Do I really need something sweet after every meal? Or can I persevere and agree that one moderate treat a day is enough? Do I need to eat the whole bag of Popchips because it’s “healthier?” Or can I persevere, dole out one serving, and move on with my day?

These might seem like easy no brainers for some people, but they are the challenges that I struggle with on a daily basis. For the rest of this summer, I’d like to work on my perseverance. I think it’s a manageable goal that will help me in all aspects of my life. 🙂

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