My CompliKAITed Life: Lose 10lbs or Bust!

By Kaitlin Marie

It happens to everyone at some point. We go to college, we get a desk job, we spend the day in a swivel chair and rarely get on our feet, we drive everywhere, we eat fast food too much. Then one day, we step on the scale and see something that shocks us.

This happened to me recently.  One of my co-workers keeps a scale at her desk. Out of curiosity (and the fact that I’ve been feeling icky and bloated and flabby lately), I stepped on that little scale of DOOM…


How I feel when I’m at the office

…and I’ve gained about 10 lbs since I came home from Costa Rica.

This really should come as no surprise to me, considering the significant life changes that came with moving back to the States. For starters, I didn’t have a car while I was there, so I walked EVERYWHERE!  Also, Costa Rican restaurant menus are much healthier than what we have here. Read: Rice and beans are better for you than a cheeseburger.

BUT since I came back home, I’ve also picked up running again and can churn through three miles like it’s nobody’s business. I try to stretch more and be active. So I was really stunned to see how much weight I’d packed on in the last 6 months.  B00.

With as busy as I’ve been in recent few weeks, adding a DIET to my life would be like pulling teeth. (Although, now that I think about it, pulling teeth might be a weight loss solution in itself).

So I’m curious as to what you Kate-book readers do to keep those extra pounds from creeping up on you.  Let me tell you what I’m ALREADY doing to be healthy, and then what I want to add in there. Then I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts and opinions on this subject! Please!

Stuff I’m Doing Right Now:

  • Running, usually six, but sometimes as many as nine miles a week. I’m looking to expand that sometime soon.
  • I’ll stop in the middle of watching a tv show and do 50 to 100 jumping jacks if I feel sluggish. Occasionally, I’ll toss a 30 second plank in there too.
  • Drinking only diet soda, unsweetened iced tea, and water. Diet coke is my VICE. I’m trying to cut down on the amount of soda I drink in general, but it’s been rough.
  • I don’t keep sweets in my house. Last week I cleaned out my fridge and bought a bunch of fruit and veggies, which is what I have been snacking on lately.
  • I’m trying to cut down A LOT on how often I eat out. For a long time I was eating lunch out every weekday. The last week or so, I’ve been eating at home.
  • I was ADDICTED to McDonald’s iced coffees, but I haven’t had one in over two weeks. They aren’t TERRIBLE for you, but it was an everyday thing for a while.

Things I’d Like Help With:

  • SUPER EASY healthy recipes. I’m a VERY impatient chef. If it takes more than 30 minutes to prepare, it’s not happening.
  • Weight/Resistance training. Does anyone have any tips for a beginner???
  • Exercise routines that I can do in 30 minutes.
  • Exercises that might be considered “fun.” Or, is that asking too much?
  • Healthy eating tips and tricks

I’m a little loathe to tell you guys my height and weight, but if you need that info in order to give me advice, leave a note in the comments and I’ll fess up.  To be honest, I’m not overweight and my BMI isn’t bad — I just feel unhealthy and out of shape. I want to get back to my effortless Costa Rican weight and have my clothes fit better. I suppose that’s all anyone wants, really.

So Kate-Bookers, tell me how you balance your life and your health and your exercise. What works for you? What didn’t work AT ALL? I love to get advice from others on this stuff, because people only rave about the things that get results. So I can’t wait to read what you have to say on the subject!

(And for further fitness info, check out The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness by fellow Kate-Book writer Kate Richlin-Zack)

My CompliKAITed Life is a column by Kaitlin Marie running on every other Wednesday at noon. You can read all about Kaitlin’s Zombie Apocalypse plans on her blog Oh, and follow her on Twitter here or on Pinterest here. She pins obsessively.

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9 thoughts on “My CompliKAITed Life: Lose 10lbs or Bust!

  1. Kate Richlin-Zack says:

    Check out Jim Karas’ “The Cardio Free Diet”

    That’s how I got started with weight training back in 2007. He gives you step by step instructions for either resistance bands OR free weights. He provides some of the rationale for his methodology.

    I think part of the problem is that running (and other types of aerobic exercise) won’t help you lose weight and will actually make you hungrier post work out. Your best bet is weight/resistance training.

    Feel free to email me if you need help (or encouragement…)

    Exercise isn’t supposed to be fun. Once you accept that it’s actually a miserable and uncomfortable experience, you can quit bitching about it and get to work. At least that’s how I look at it.

    Your Resident Lazy Girl

    • Kaitlin Marie says:

      Fortunately and unfortunately (for me),
      I’ve had the joy of really enjoying certain kinds of exercise, but they are all mostly cardio. I won’t give up running because I really do love it and it makes me feel better after a stressful day. Other workouts I’ve loved are zumba (when i can go to a class) and yoga (which I’ve done mostly at home with Tara Stiles youtube workouts).

      I could definitely use some encouragement, and I will absolutely check out “The Cardio Free diet” for the free weight tips. I really want to start using free weights.

      I saw on your last Lazy Girl post that you’ve lost 50lbs, which is AMAZING and hard to believe since I’ve seen pictures of you!

  2. Kate Schneider says:

    I am in love with the recipes on and They’re super delicious and really easy to prepare (and they list nutritional info, too, so you know what you’re eating!).

    I also discovered a great webtool/bookmark button called ZipList that lets you take any recipe from the Internet (even Pinterest recipes…mmm) and add it to a database online and to a ZipList app on your phone. You can create shopping lists, meal plans, etc. right from all those healthy recipes, which makes shopping a breeze.

    I also love the MyFitnessPal app for tracking all my calories and workouts. It’s helped me lose almost 30 pounds in a year and a half without a lot of extra effort. Sometimes just seeing all the crap you eat really makes a big difference.

    • Kaitlin Marie says:

      Awwww!!! I always KNEW having a smartphone would make my life better. Unfortunately, my phone tests at a C- level or below. lol. I will definitely check out and!

      And I will snag those apps the minute I have the money to be more techy. Thank you, Kate! : )

      • Kate Richlin-Zack says:

        I use
        You can access your profile online or on your smartphone (so if you ever upgrade your phone, you’ll already have a profile set up). The calorie counter has LOTS of foods in there and you can track exercise as well.

        It might be worth signing up for a few sessions with a personal trainer to get more comfortable in the gym and using weights. Sometimes the fear of not knowing where to go or what to do or where to stand and what stuff to use… well… it can be overwhelming and having someone there with you can be helpful. It can be expensive ($50-100/session) but sometimes they’ll work with small groups so you and a few friends can get together and split the cost.

  3. Kate Scott says:

    Prevention Magazine and their website,, have some easy 30 minute resistance band/hand weight exercises for beginners. I do resistance band stuff every other day, haven’t noticed any weight loss, but I have noticed things getting firmer. :)

  4. Andi Kessler says:


    I started taking yoga downtown this past summer and have lost all the weight I put on at school. One thing that my yoga instructor says help with loosing those extra pounds is doing twists and spending about a half hour upside down a day. This doesn’t have to all at once, but I have found that the weight comes off easier this way. I have found I work harder at yoga with an instructor there instead of a video. Let me know if you want some info about my yoga studio, I think you would enjoy the classes and conversation there. :-)

    Good luck!

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