When Life Hands You Lemons

Pray they are Lulu.

Okay, so I didn’t come up with that. I borrowed it from Instagram, but I like this saying way better than the original!

Sorry for the little mess up yesterday. I had full intentions of blogging later in the afternoon, but something unexpected happened and I didn’t get to it. All is good though! However I did learn this:

When on prep, no matter where you think you are going, ALWAYS pack your meals. 

I thought I would be away for 2 hours max and I was gone longer. I was a bit HANGRY, but I survived. Tough lesson to learn. I don’t do well on a regular day when I’m hungry, but on prep, PHEW!

This weekend was really hard for Tony and I. We desperately miss going out to dinner and enjoying a dessert here and there. During the week we are busy, so things aren’t as tough, but gosh temptation is everywhere!

I was pretty much a shut-in the last 2 preps I did. I didn’t go places where I would be tempted. I wasn’t dating anyone of course, so going out to dinner wasn’t an issue. Now, it’s hard. Really hard. And while I do write a fitness blog and believe in healthy and clean eating, I am human! Even the most strict people enjoy things every now and then.


Okay, so Maaaaybe I over indulged a little on the quick off season, but again when you say NO NO NO for 20 weeks even to a piece of fruit, you want it all.


My goal for this prep? No, it’s not to step on stage with a body better than before. While that is in the back of my head of course, my real goal is to develop a better relationship with food. Luckily right now, I’m on a well rounded diet my coach created for me. It’s not low carb and it’s nutritious! I know with time comes cutting, but I’m pretty far away from that at the moment. Anyway, by the end of this hunk of the journey I’m hoping I will be able to enjoy food and then go back to eating healthy without getting stuck in the sugar coma spiral.

The sugar coma spiral is an evil thing. Say you eat a doughnut and a cookie. The next day regular food isn’t as appealing, so you eat another cookie. A week later you’ve binged all week because your body craved that sugar that was once so deprived.

Of course I have a long way to go before I reach that point again, but it’s always on my mind. I know saying this publicly will start the messages and the concerns that I have an unhealthy relationship with food. I’ve received those many times. While I do appreciate the concern, I say it because I know I’m not the only one that does this. I like to keep it real on my blog and not fake the perfect bikini girl image.

But anyway, I’m on day 17 of prep and sometimes I feel like nothing has happened at all! In the beginning stages it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Nothing is shredded, you can’t see your muscles as well as you would like to, but you know they are under there ready to come out and play.

So what do I do to keep myself going? I do progress pictures and compare them side by side.

IMG_2459The left was before starting prep. The right was last night. Delts are starting to pop through and quads too. For 16 days of work, I’d definitely say I’m moving in the right direction! I’m also starting to get what I call the “muscular curve” look back.


Needless to say I’m excited to see where I’ll be in a few more weeks. As much as I hate the phrase “trust the process”, you have to!

Today I leave you with Phoebe being cute 🙂



XOXO With a Cherry On Top,



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  1. Katie Herr

    Oh my. This hit me like a ton a bricks today. I felt like this was written for me. I started another fitness journey and had a major set back yesterday. I couldn’t thank you enough for this post!!!

    1. Katie

      Yeah girl, no problem. We ALL go through it at one point. Just keep going!

  2. Jennifer

    You are so right! I get stuck in that downward spiral and have to start all over again! I hate that…. So like you, I am working on myself and what I can do to have a better relationship with food ( especially with the junk stuff). I’m on an 8 week challenge now of clean eating and no junk (EEEPP!). Thanks for being real and letting us know your human ;).

    1. Katie

      I actually just read an article this morning about why we do this. It made sense. Basically the bad food we eat is craved by the “bad” gut bacteria. It’s kind of like a parasite. It craves that bad stuff. Once you eat healthy for a longer period of time it goes away. So we kill that bacteria with time. Pretty cool!

  3. Lisa R

    This was so interesting to me and something I really needed to hear. I don’t know why recently it’s been SO hard! I used to not even THINK of eating a donut, now I gaze drooling into the case and (sometimes even get one!) then, the binge happens! I think if I can just get a week under my belt I’ll be ok but it’s so hard sometimes! Thank you for showing me I’m not alone in that feeling

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