OBB Fit Club Check-In

It’s that time again! It’s been 3 weeks since our last check-in, so we want to hear how you’re doing! Are you using this nifty chart to track your progress? (If you missed it, click here to download).

Weight Tracking Chart GraphicA lot of you have asked how we’re doing. I have a confession: I haven’t been tracking my measurements, but I’m changing that today. But. I’ve been at this since the beginning of the year and I’m losing pounds and I know I’m losing inches because I have clothes that were once uncomfortably tight/unwearable that are now just right or even a little loose and other clothes that were once just right and are now too big to wear. I’m seeing lots of new muscle definition, particularly in my legs (hi, there, quad muscles that are keeping me motivated even on those weeks when I’m not seeing much progress on the scale). For the first time in years, I can wear my wedding band AND my engagement ring (I’ve just been wearing my engagement ring for a long, long time).

The biggest change I’ve made has been with exercise. For me, the first thing to go out the window has always been exercise. If my day is busy, if I’m tired, if I’m just not feeling it, exercise gets the boot. I know that I can lose weight with a very controlled diet, so then I get it in my brain that exercise can be negotiable.


This winter has been hard. I often get the wintery blues from December-February (except it kind of manifests itself more as anxiety than depression) and this year, I’ve turned to exercise as a coping mechanism. I’ve discovered that not exercising doesn’t make my day less busy, doesn’t make me less tired, I just feel less emotionally equipped to handle the busy-ness or the stress, you know?

I’ve started getting up very early and doing some kind of circuit training workout for about 30-35 minutes, then I get my kids up and off to school, then I go to the gym. Yes, gym-hating Kate goes to the gym. The first time was scary, like I’d-rather-die-than-make-a-fool-of-myself-here scary. Turns out that very few people seem to be paying attention to what I’m doing. I drop my toddler off at the gym daycare and then do about 45 minutes-an hour of kid-free cardio (I’ve been watching Frasier while I’m on the elliptical. I laugh out loud and other people look at me. But, like I said in one of my Fitbit challenges last week, I can do 45-60 minutes of moderately intense cardio if television is involved.) It’s a lot. But it’s good. It makes my day go better. I manage my time better, I’m nicer to my kids and my husband, and all the stressful stuff feels more doable. Plus, the more I do it, the more I want to do it. Also, the more I exercise, the more I can eat, which makes everything better.

So, in a nutshell, that’s how things are going over here! It’s been so fun connecting with you guys, hearing your stories, seeing your progress! So now it’s your turn to give us a status report!


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  1. Super excited you do theses “check ins”! I have lost a little weight which is great! I am trying to do one thing at at time. Last week was eating healthy. This next week will be to get up and exercise consistently. Thank you so much for helping me on my “healthy journey”!!!

  2. 2 steps forward, 1 step back over here. Saw some progress and then flew across the country to help out while my dad recovered from surgery and ate fast food and hospital food for a week. Managed a single workout while I was there and came home to drama at work. But there’s always some crazy going on right? And it’s pushing through the crazy and still getting the workouts in that makes the difference and trains new good habits so that’s what I’m working on this week. The measuring is frustrating/depressing but I’m going to do it anyways because then I can still see the progress because I will get there. I will!

  3. Struggling too! I have to log sheet on my wall with ONE line filled in. But, I am also combatting major queasiness since I am 7 weeks pregnant. And apparently morning sickness can’t wait a few decent weeks to set in. So, instead I’m working on making the most of what I do eat and trying to make sure I park at the far end of the parking lot so I do more walking. I am excited to try the salad in a jar since I am needing quick grab eat now healthy food so I don’t start going for the cookies. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I’m doing horrible 🙁 from the extra workout post from Jani last week I don’t think I’m doing enough strength training and concentrating on cardio too much, just haven’t found my groove. So this past week I ordered Jillian Michaels Body Revolution and I’m starting Monday morning!!! I’m kind of nervous since I’ve never did a workout video before but have read some great reviews. Wish me luck!!

    1. It’s seriously my favorite! I hope you love it. It’s a hard workout, but in a good way, not in an I-want-to-die way. Sometimes I call her bad names, but it soon passes. 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for supplying all of us with the great tools we need!! I’m down 11 pounds and 3.5 inches in the hips and waist. Challenging myself on the weights, 10-15 pounds something I NEVER thought I could do before!! Again, thank you so very much!

  6. First off thanks for all your tips and encouragement. I’m loving it! My new years goal this year was to be a better me. (live healthier, floss every day, better spiritually, better mom, and wife, etc.) In the process I was hoping to lose some weight. So far I’m down 11 lbs. This is my second third week cycle of measuring and I’ve lost an inch! I’m still going strong with eating better and excersized which is big for me! I’ve been doing the jillian michaels thirty day shred, which I Just finished. I’ll start another jillian michaels dvd Monday. I’ve been walking my son to preschool and walking to pick him up which adds another 2 hours of activity to my week. Then for diet I’ve just been making better food choices. I count calories during the week and have free weekends. It works for me because it’s easy for me to just hold out until Saturday. I’m averaging a pound a week which I’m happy with! Can’t wait for your new cookbook!

  7. So great to hear your story! Such an inspiration! I’m only down 3 pounds, but I’ve lost 3 inches off my waist, 1 1/2 inches off the ole’ thunder thighs, and 3/4 of an inch off the calves. I’ve never done any strength or weight training before now, but the difference is amazing! I have muscle definition! Yay! The only thing I can figure is I’m losing a ton of inches but not as many pounds because I’m putting on muscle where I previously had very little!?!? I’m excited to keep at it.

  8. I’m down over 8 pounds!! I feel great and for the first time in my life, I see definition in my arms. At the beginning of the year, I couldn’t do one real push-up. But earlier this week I did 15 in a row!! I’m seeing changes and I love it! Thank you so much for doing this club. It is so much fun!!

  9. I’m using the chart and tracking my weight, waist measurement, # of workouts per week and # of good eating (aka – no evenings where I down a sleeve of chocolate graham crackers) days per week. I’m down 4 pounds, 1 inch on my waist and because I get to mark it down, I’m developing some serious willpower. This is normally the point where I see results and say, “Omg. This is awesome! I’m great! Cupcake time!” Not this time. I’m in for all 14 weeks.

  10. My fourth and last baby is three months old today! I just started the piyo program from beach body and its a great supplement to power walks with girlfriends I am conquering some big bad eating habits and your flavored oils are actually HUGE in imparting flavor to food, so thank you! I got the big sampler with all flavors and love them-Rosemary drizzled over a big ol’ pan of roasted veggies? Yes, please! I love seeing your posts on IG and kudos to conquering your gym fears! I used to feel the same about running outdoors. I was sure everyone was staring out their windows at me slogging by-who knew I’m not that important to them? 😉

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