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Wellness Wednesday : January 2018

A few weeks ago, I was included on an email thread with a group of fantastic bloggers, and one of them, Natalie from Natalie the Explorer, came up with the idea of a Wellness Wednesday linkup. She sent all of the suggested dates and topics for the year…I’m so glad that she’s way more organized than me!
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Don’t these look like great topics? I’m really excited to see everyone’s posts, particularly in November and December!
Today, we’re all talking about our wellness goals for the year, which we will update monthly also.
Since I would like to make sure that I set attainable goals that I can achieve and be proud of at the end of the year, here are my five wellness goals that I will focus on throughout 2018.
Goal #1 – Sleep at least 7 hours a night : I am so much more pleasant when I get enough sleep (file under duhhhh), and there’s really no reason for me to stay up so late. Whatever book I’m reading will still be there the next day. I can find a replay of whatever TV show I’m watching. Plus, let’s not even talk about how I waste time online…
Goal #2 – Get at least 5,000 steps per day : I have my Fitbit daily step goal set to 10,000 steps, but I can’t remember the last time I hit that goal. Unfortunately, I tend to stay pretty stationary throughout the day. Ideally, I’d hit 10,000 each day, but since I want this to be achievable, I’ll stick with half of that goal!
Wanna be Fitbit friends? Check out my Fitbit profile here. I *think* there’s a way to friend request me on there. If not, leave me a comment, and I’ll work on it!
Goal #3 – Work on stress management techniques : I tend to get worked up about things, which is not good for my blood pressure, my mental health, or the people around me. I don’t know if meditation or something else would help me with this, but I am going to explore some options and find what works best for me. I’m sure my family and friends will be thankful for this one!
Goal #4 – Drink 64+ ounces of water daily : I’ve read conflicting articles about this one. Some say that 64 ounces is a pretty arbitrary number, others say that it is the standard we need to aspire to drink. Some articles say that only water counts towards this goal while others say pretty much anything except alcohol or caffeine count. For me, I’m going to stick with the 64 ounces of actual water. If other drinks do “count” then that will just be a bonus. I know that I haven’t been drinking enough lately because I wake up thirsty. Time to remedy that!
Goal #5 – Decrease screen time : This one is still vague, and I will need to hammer out exactly what I mean by this, but I know that it’s something that I need to take control of. I sit in front of screens during my full-time job, then I come home and sit in front of more screens. There are so many personal goals I want to accomplish this year and while some of them do involve screen time (because hello, how can I blog daily unless I’m at the computer?!?), I can be smarter about my habits. This one is going to be tough, so I’m going to spend some extra time developing it.
Those are my five big wellness goals for the year! I feel like they’re primarily physical but will also have a positive impact on my mental and emotional wellness. Want to join in with your wellness goals for 2018? See more information about the linkup series below!
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Fit Friday : Week 7

Another week, another weigh in…

(I’m seven weeks in, and I’m already running out of cheesy intros. For shame!)

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This week’s change : -0.2 pounds

Overall total : -4.2 pounds

Part of me is excited that there was a loss, and the other part of me wonders if I should even share losses like that. Let’s be honest, I haven’t been working too hard at this, so the fact that there was any loss was just pure, dumb luck. On the other hand, it is nice to post a loss on here, even if it is pretty minuscule.

The good:

  • A tiny loss despite literally no effort at all.

The not-so-good:

  • See above about literally no effort at all.

I’m struggling so hard to get myself together. I do want to lose weight. I’m unhappy with how I look and I’m tired of being overweight. But, I’m just not putting in the work. Maybe it is being busy with our upcoming move. Maybe it’s just a touch of laziness. I’m not sure.

Goals for next week:

  • Start small – increase water intake to 64 ounces a day and decrease coffee intake to one cup per day.
  • Sleep! I’ve been staying up too late during the last couple of weeks. As a result, I’m dragging quite often, and that usually leads to an extra sugary coffee drink or something equally as bad for me. STOP STAYING UP SO LATE, AMBER.

Is anyone else working on losing weight or improving their health? Share your story!

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Fit Friday : Week 6

Another week, another weigh in, let’s see how I’ve improved…or not improved…since last week’s post.

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This week’s change : -0.8 pounds (hey, it’s twice as much as last week’s loss!)

Overall change : -4.0 pounds

We’re moving in the right direction, slowly but surely!

Keeping it short tonight because it’s late. We saw Wonder Woman earlier. Fantastic movie!! 

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Fit Friday : Week 5

As I promised in yesterday’s post, I am writing about my (not so) triumphant return to this series. Technically, this should be week 6, but since I missed last week, I didn’t want to get my numbering out of order and confuse myself later on. Yep, that’s legitimately what I worry about…

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This week’s change : -0.4 pounds (a loss is a loss, am I right?)

Overall change : -3.2 pounds

Hey, I had a small loss! Not too shabby considering that I haven’t been paying attention to my food at all lately.

The good:

  • I haven’t gone to coffee shops as often (despite the picture I posted on Instagram yesterday…). Will has concocted a new iced coffee drink, and it’s really good!

The not-so-good:

  • I installed the Lose It! app on my phone. I evidently used to have an account, so when I recovered my info and updated my stats, it gave me an oh-so-helpful notice that I’ve gained 81 pounds since the last time I used it. 81. Pounds. Granted, I knew I gained around 50 pounds when I was pregnant, and I’m not sure when that weight was in there, but it was very sobering to see.
  • Weighing in at the doctor. It was annual checkup, and I had really hoped to be smaller at this point. Of course, you can hope all day, but if you don’t put any work into it, then nothing will change…


Since we’re moving later this month, I’m already finding myself starting to make excuses about why I can’t try to eat healthily and exercise until after we’re settled in. The truth is though that there’s always going to be some kind of life event that can derail me if I let it. There’s always going to be a birthday, a celebration, stress, life changes, sick kids, not enough sleep, etc. If I make excuses for everything, then nothing will ever change.

Goals for next week:

  • Start from scratch. Figure out what I’m trying to accomplish, set goals – little and big, and make a plan for my meals, exercise, and health for this upcoming week. — This is what I said on my week 4 update, and since I didn’t do that then, I’m going to repeat this goal!