Fit Friday : Week 3

In this week’s installment, we ask if walking for 20ish minutes a day is enough to counteract three visits to a certain coffee chain that had a certain drink as a Happy Hour item, plus a few other visits to fast food places.

Spoiler alert, the answer is no, no it’s not.

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This week’s change : +2.8 pounds (how is that even physically possible?!?)

Overall change : -2.8 pounds


The good:

  • I definitely was more active this week than usual. I went on walks daily, and my legs were sore, so I feel like that was a good indication that I wasn’t just casually strolling.

The not-so-good:

  • Everything else, yet again. I’m still reeling over that number…

I know that my eating habits are not great, but I guess this week and last week have shown me just how poorly I eat when I don’t track my food, meal plan, or, uh, grocery shop. I also definitely haven’t had enough water.

I’ve had a hard time being motivated to eat healthier and take care of myself. I don’t know if it is tiredness or what, but I just have this attitude of “I don’t care” lately. I need to sit down and figure out what my goals are and why I want to lose weight. I need to make my “whys” stronger than the desire to eat whatever sounds good at the moment and daily coffee shop visits.

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.

Anyone want to share what keeps them motivated to stick with eating healthy?

Fit Friday : Week 2

Time for another check-in!

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You know how last week was a good start for my weight loss plan? Let’s just say this week was…not great.

This week’s change : +1 pound

Overall change : -5.5 pounds

So what happened? Honestly, I just got off to a bad start this week and never got myself back on track. I ate really poorly, didn’t pack lunches, didn’t drink enough water, and didn’t get enough sleep – which caused me to want sugary coffee drinks.


The good:

  • I did go for a walk a couple of times this week. I think that helped me only gain a pound as opposed to what I thought I would gain.

  • My husband will sometimes make coffee drinks for us in the mornings (we call it Willbucks hahaha). One day this week, he made my coffee, and it was delicious and healthier than normal! I was so excited because I had been drinking very blah coffee, and Amber needs her good coffee!!

The not-so-good:

  • Basically everything else. Seriously. I fell hard this week!

Goals for next week:

  • Go to bed at a decent time – being tired makes me want to eat more junk and drink more coffee drinks. Plus, when I’m tired, I don’t have the energy or willpower to make healthy food, track what I eat, or exercise.

  • Repeat my goals from last week – hit water goals, prep lunches, and try a recipe from my clean eating Pinterest board


Fit Friday : Week 1

Woo hoo, it’s time for my first Fit Friday check-in!

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This week’s change : -6.6 pounds!!

Overall change: -6.6 pounds

The first week’s loss when you start eating healthier is always so exciting!

The good:

    • I didn’t hit my water goals everyday, but I drank at least 64 oz. a day!


    • I planned out all of my lunches! I didn’t eat what I brought one day (see below), but I can live with that. I need a little more variety next week though!


    • I tracked every single bite of food or sip of drink that I consumed. MyFitnessPal can be a little judgmental (“you were supposed to stay under that amount of sugar for the day”), so it made me stop and consider what I was about to eat or drink before I partook.


  • I measured my food and serving sizes. I know you’ve probably heard this hundreds of millions of times, but what we eat and what an actual serving size is are pretty far apart. I’ll admit, there were a couple of times that I thought I’d still be hungry afterwards, but for the most part, I wasn’t.

The not-so-good:

    • My goals for the week included not going to any restaurants or coffee shops. I did go to a certain coffee chain a couple of times this week, and I had two restaurant meals – one after Charlotte’s checkup on Monday and the other was one day when I couldn’t handle eating my prepared lunch again. Both times I made better decisions than I have in the past though, so this is a half win.


  • We still ate some processed things that we had in the freezer. My eventual goal is to not have these items in our house.

Favorite meal this week:

Pizza eggs! I saw someone on Facebook talk about them, and I was intrigued. Basically, I just cut up a piece of chicken sausage and sauteed it with frozen peppers and onions. Then, I fried two eggs in coconut oil. I put the sausage, pepper, and onions on top of the eggs, then put marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella on top of everything. It was so good! The main key was that I only put a serving of sauce and cheese instead of it being a free-for-all. I also didn’t really taste the cheese, so I might leave it off next time.

Goals for next week:

    • Keep drinking enough water and aim for more days of hitting my goal (everyday would be the ultimate win!)


    • Meal prep lunches but with two different meals this time.


  • Try a recipe from my clean eating Pinterest board. I’m leaning towards a dinner or snack recipe since those are the two areas that are my biggest problems.

If you’re working on getting healthier, let me know how your week was or if you have any tips or recipes you’d like to share!

Fit Friday : The Beginning

One year and four days ago, I had a baby.

The day before I had that baby, I weighed more than I had ever weighed before in my life. The day after I had that baby, I weighed about 25 pounds less than that. It was a good start, and my naive, overly-optimistic self assumed that I would continue on that downhill journey until I was at my pre-pregnancy weight…or even my wedding day weight.

But, did you know that having a newborn is tough? Did you know that life happens, and you might end up going back to work earlier than you expected, or your child might have to have surgery, or you might just be exhausted from trying to figure out your new life?

Shocking, right?

So here I am 369 days after giving birth not at my goal weight. I’m not even at that day after the birth weight since I’ve gained about half of that back. I want to beat myself up. I want to make excuses. I want to delete this entire post and not talk about weight or any of the feelings of discomfort and sadness that I have because of it.

But, I won’t do those things.

Instead, I’m going to be proactive. I’m going to start making healthier choices and share my weekly progress so I will be accountable to changing.

I know I’ve started and stopped about 900 blog series and challenges, including at least one devoted to losing weight. However, I have never felt like this before. I don’t like how I look or feel. I’m tired and sluggish. My skin looks terrible. I struggle with finding things to wear. I just feel frumpy and blah. Plus, I’ve never had to be on blood pressure medicine before. I’ve never been classified as morbidly obese before. I’ve never had to raise a daughter before, and I don’t want her to struggle with her weight. I want her to be strong and confident and healthy. I want me to be strong and confident and healthy also.

I also want to accomplish a goal and feel proud of myself. I have a lot of goals that I have halfheartedly attempted in the past, and I’m tired of quitting things. I want to succeed. Actually, I have to succeed. My life quite literally could depend on it.

So, here’s the deal – every Friday morning, I will weigh in (but I’m not going to share those numbers yet…there may come a time when I’m proud of the progress I’ve made, but for now, it’s embarrassing). Before Friday is over, I will update how my week went and set goals for the upcoming week. I want to also try sharing a recipe or resource that helped me over the week too, whether that’s a quote, a workout idea, or something else.

My new week will start on Saturdays. I’m doing that for a couple of reasons. First, my husband is off on Friday nights, so that will be our “free night.” Char sometimes stays with her grandparents on Friday nights also, so we enjoy a kid-free dinner on those nights! I also can order our groceries on Fridays, so I know that I have a whole stocked kitchen to work with for meal prepping over the weekend. Finally, I think there’s a little victory in getting to Monday (the typical “diet starts today” day) and knowing that I have been eating clean for a couple of days already. I don’t have to treat Monday like an atonement for a weekend of crappy eating.

Will I mess up? Undoubtedly. I’m human.

Will I beat myself up, quit, or go off the rails? No. That’s how I operated in the past, and I’m tired of being that person.

Alright, now that my super-long backstory is finished, let’s talk about this week’s goals. I’m going to keep them relatively simple since it’s my first week, and I have “all or nothing” tendencies.

Goal 1 : Drink half my body weight in water daily. I’ve been so bad about drinking water, and I can tell that it’s making me feel super thirsty and cotton-mouthed. I loaded a water reminder app on my phone to annoy remind me to drink enough daily.

Goal 2 : Prep lunches for the week. I want to get to the point where I meal prep breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, but that will be way down the road. Lunches are a good place to start because I’m inclined to go grab fast food if I don’t have anything made for lunch.

Goal 3 : No restaurants or coffee shops – except for Friday night. I have gone to two coffee shops and five fast food restaurants this week. Wow. After typing something like that, I realize that I’ve nailed a huge cause of my problem with my weight and wallet! The bad part about coffee shops is that I usually have to get myself a little “treat” along with my expensive, over-sugared coffee. And, let’s not even talk about the five different fast food places, including one I ate from twice this week. Sheesh.

Who wants to join me on this journey? I am going to lose this weight by cleaning up the food I eat and exercising. That’s it. No supplements. No powders. No wraps. No anything that deviates beyond my regular grocery budget and spending. I want this to be sustainable and realistic, and I think this is going to be my best method. If you want to join me, leave me a comment here or on my Facebook page.

See you next Friday!

(Just kidding. I’ll be posting Charlotte’s ONE YEAR update on Tuesday and a Guys Behind the Blog linkup on Thursday. Busy week on the ol’ blog!)

#Achieve2017 : March

At the risk of sounding like every other blogger on the Internet, I can’t believe it’s already nearly March!

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s look at how February went. For my February challenge, I focused on relationships. I had a list of 28 items, and I completed 14 of those. That would be a solid C for my February grade.

Womp, womp.

I had a list of excuses for why I only did half of the tasks, but it really boils down to I didn’t make finishing the tasks a priority. So, I’m determined to do better in March! Ready to see the March challenge?

In March, I’m going to complete the 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success Course!


For the 99.9% of you out there asking what that is, allow me to explain. Several months ago (uh, maybe even last year…before Charlotte was born), I purchased the 30 Days… course that was created by Gina Horkey. She is a mother of two who was able to launch her successful freelance writing business while she and her husband both had full-time jobs. She had a sale on her course, so I bought it, hoping that it would launch my freelance writing career and allow me to be a work from home mom.

I didn’t make finishing the course a priority (sensing a theme with me yet?), and it has just languished in my inbox, waiting for my motivation and prioritization. Now is the time for me to dive in!

Okay, that’s great for me, but how about a March challenge for everyone else? I’m glad you asked! Your goal is to do something daily in March to help you gain skills and knowledge in your desired career. If you’re already working in your dream profession, then see what types of professional development opportunities are available or take a risk and develop some materials of your own. Let me know what tasks you’re going to do!

If you’re interested in getting a sample of Gina’s work, she has a free 5 lesson email course that you can sign up for here.

I’ll be updating my course progress on my freelance writing Facebook page (shameless plug), so make sure you’re following me there! Let’s make March a great month for our careers!

*Amber note – this post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase the freelance writing course, I’ll earn a small commission which I’ll use towards planner supplies…I mean, responsible, adult things.