Alright guys, it’s been 3 weeks since we started the Fit Club and it’s time to check-in! If you downloaded our printable chart (If you missed it, click here to download ) we encouraged you to weigh yourself and record it just once a week, and to do body measurements every three weeks.
I’ve found that 3 weeks is the perfect amount of time. It’s long enough that if you’re working hard, you’re usually able to see some noticeable changes, but it’s a short enough time to re-group and start fresh if you’re not doing so well. This weekend marks the three week mark! We hope you’re all following along on Instagram, so much fun stuff is happening there and we’re loving the conversations.
We need you to now all pipe in and report back! (That means if you’re reading this via email or feed service, click over here to join us!) We want to know how you’re doing and how you’re feeling. What are you struggling with? What are you doing well with? Do you have any questions? Any topics you’d like us to address here on the blog? Feel free to pipe up with anything and we’ll do our best to read every comment and respond to the questions. The most important part is that we hear from you. Like we keep saying, as long as the interest is still strong for this group- we’re going to keep it going. I can’t even tell you how much YOU all have motivated Kate and me! We’ve got a lot of great stuff coming up this month, can’t wait to share it with you all!
Now it’s your turn- how’s it going??
Thanks for the check in!! I haven’t lost anything yet… Looking back on the past 3 weeks I realize I need to be more consistant on diet and exercise. Ideas for easy lunch and breakfast ideas would be great. I have loved the different workout ideas! 🙂
I’m doing good! I’m down 11 lbs!! We’ve been eating healthier as a family and I’ve been throwing in workouts when I can! I have 5 kids(one newborn) and a hubby in the military. Makes for finding the time or energy to workout hard to do… but the more I try things, the more I’m figuring out what/when works and what/when doesn’t! I’m a little concerned for after my hubs deploys… that will be the true test of my emotional eating/willpower! But I’m in this for the life changes for me and my family, so on we go! Thanks for this group! It’s so helpful to be able to follow others and also chat about successes as well as failures without feeling judged! Woot!
This fitclub has been great for me! I love the IG posts and all the little tricks of the trade. Keep them coming, please!!!
I am loving it! I tried zoodles for the first time last week and was so happy! They didn’t ruin the flavor of my dish and the texture was just perfect. I didn’t miss my pasta at all! I love trying new workouts and I am down 7lbs so far. I am a little worried about maintaining when I finally get to my goal. I have more work to do, and I don’t want it to all come back when I stop. So any advice on how to maintain would be great!!
The constant reminders in Instagram are so helpful!! I know I’m not alone in trying to lose baby weight and just generally try to take better care of myself. Being in a little group and seeing everyone’s comments and experiences is so nice- I know I’m not alone! I didn’t take measurements last time so I took them today… We’lol see what happens! 🙂
I am loving all this! The workouts are great and can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the food recipes, snack ideas and great food finds for losing weight!!! I am in heaven with the Kodiak pancake mix from Costco!!! Never would have looked for it!! I am doing okay, lost a total of 3 pounds……feels slow but good!! I am struggling with keeping self-motivated with the workouts. Some days I get it done and others I just don’t. Keeping active with some basic cardio at least 4 days a week, plus or minus your workouts. Feeling good about my daily caloric intake during the week, thanks to MFP, but weekends are harder. SOOOOO appreciate all the info about fitbit and other fitness trackers. I have mine ordered, can’t wait to start. I think it’s going to be another good motivational tool. Love your instagram posts…….they really help me to stay motivated!!! You two rock! Thanks again for all your work on this!!
This has been so great for me! I am loving the workouts and being able to change it up each week! Keep them coming. I have lost 5 lbs. can’t wait to lose more! Thanks so much for doing this!
Love what you both are doing for this! It’s been motivated, I’ve lost a few pounds but been lazy about taking measurements. I would love to see “a day/week in the life of Sara/Kate”. After a few weeks of eating healthy I get frustrated that I can’t make what I want to make. It would be interesting to see what you eat on a daily/weekly basis:).
That’s on my list of things to do! 🙂 See comment #20.1! 🙂
I’m still trying to find balance with working out, eating and sleeping. It sounds like a lot of us have relatively new babies, mine is 9 weeks. It’s hard to work out when I can barely find time to do anything else even when I don’t.
I do love the workouts though. I tried really hard to exercise and decrease calories one week and lost 4 lbs. Unfortunately my baby was hungrier because my milk supply suffered.
All in all great, just trying to make it work for my life.
That is SO hard! I’ll be honest and say I take a rather relaxed attitude towards all this while I’m nursing, haha! I’m always nervous about decreasing my milk supply and I’m just so dang tired all the time. Take it one step at a time–maybe find a good groove for you diet-wise and then when you’ve got that down, start with taking a walk with the babe and go from there! You just made a human, don’t be too hard on yourself! 🙂
So far I am gaining a pound a week 🙁 I’ve done good with workouts, but my diet could be better. I have cut back on a lot of sweets and feel like I’m making better choices but it’s definitely not showing on the scale. I did see a small improvement with my measurements so I will take it. I love the workouts that have been posted and also the snack ideas and motivational IG posts! Thank you for putting the time and effort into this!
It’ll happen!!! How are your clothes fitting? Keep in mind that muscle is more dense than fat. You’re on the right track!
I am LOVING this!!! I haven’t taken my measurements, but I’m down 4 lbs, which is slow and steady so I’m ok with it. I just love the random encouragement on my Instagram newsfeed, and some of your tips for snacks and workouts have been helpful and motivating. It’s just been awesome positive encouragement that I need to keep going! A highlight of my week was doing a few Fitbit challenges with Kate & some other girls this last week. Keep them coming!! I was sick one of the days, but it was still fun to check in on the other girls and “cheer” them on in their step goals! I would love to hear more about what you both eat daily – how much? How often? How many calories? I know everyone is different and you can’t necessarily make recommendations for us, but it would just be interesting to know what you eat to get success! I’d also love an update from you two – have you lost any lbs or inches?? Thanks for doing this, it’s been so great!!!
I want to do a post on this really soon. 🙂 I’ve lost about 10 pounds since the beginning of the year and almost a pants size. I’m also venturing into smaller shirt sizes, so all of that has been good!
When I started, I was very strict. It was my own made-up meal that was basically a mash-up of all the things that have worked for me in the past WITHOUT the things that didn’t work. It was basically a less-strict version of Phase 1 of South Beach, which is basically no sugar, low carbs (so fruits, root vegetables, and whole grains are all out), and low fat. And no Diet Coke (yikes). When I’ve done it in the past, I’ve lost weight, but I’ve also been a miserable, horrible person and I didn’t have enough energy to work out because all my glycogen stores were depleted.
So anyway, I didn’t restrict fat. I still got my Diet Coke. I still ate carrots and peas. And I had 1 serving of whole grain (whole wheat toast, oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) and 1-2 servings of fruit a day, plus 2-3 squares of dark chocolate a day as a treat. I lost very, very easily eating like this and I still had the energy to work out.
I’ve loosened up a little and really, I should probably get back on track, but the second half of January was kind of horrible. But I’m still losing inches and building muscle. I try to stay away from candy, super refined carbs, etc., but I figure as long as my fat/carb/protein ratios are relatively balanced and I’m staying in a good calorie range, I’m not overly concerned.
I’ll try and post a menu plan and stuff soon and hopefully that will help! 🙂
Struggling (only 2 pounds lost), but stinking with it. Loving the myfitnesspal app! I’m doing great tracking my food, but I just cant seem to consistently exercise. I feel exhausted and stretched to the max every day (adjusting to three kids is HARD), but I know that I wont meet my goal without working out. Recommiting to do better with that this week. I love all the updates and encouragement on instagram, its a great reminder to get off my phone and get to work!
I also thought adjusting to three kids was SO HARD!!
I’m loving all of this!! I am especially loving the workouts. My kids have been sick so I can’t take them to the gym day care so those workouts have been lifesavers!! I am losing about 1.5-2 pounds every week and I feel so good!! I think this has been fun to connect over health and fitness with you girls!! Thanks for the tips, reminders, and food ideas! I feel so motivated!
Although I’ve been following along and impressed by the resources, I haven’t started. But I read through the comments (and commented on some :-P) and I’m thinking I might weigh-in and measure-in and kick it up today… especially since I injured my knee and will be attempting to make an appointment to see HOW BAD tomorrow. (which means I can’t do my twice weekly runs 🙁 – I did well with them before Christmas and haven’t gotten back on the bandwagon until I wrecked myself tripping)
So please keep it up… if nothing else for me so far than a reminder that I should (and today… that I CAN.) 🙂
Church bake sale. Mother-in-law dropped off chocolate covered chips. Eating has been heinous the last couple weeks. I printed the chart and am doing weight and measurements today. Also going to record number of workouts/week and number of “good eating/no junk snacks” days per week.
I’ve loved the HIIT and AMRAP workouts. My kids have been passing around colds and rashes that have kept me from the gym and I’m so thankful to have a good at-home alternative.
I’d like to lose a couple pounds and a couple inches from my mid-section and I’m hoping that a 14-week chart gets me there, starting NOW.
Re-committing this week as well. Overall down 3.8 pounds in 3 weeks, but could be doing better on strength training which is what I know it takes to transform my body. Will work harder this week!!!
I’m starting fresh again this coming week. The first week of the club my girls and I got the flu, hate when you get your flu shot and you still get it :-(. A side affect of the flu we had was a pretty bad cough in which I couldn’t take a deep breath without coughing which I had all of week two. I did get a couple of workouts in last week, but was still weak and had some work problems that took a toll. All in all not a good couple of weeks but am determined to start again fresh tomorrow morning!! Not giving up.
I’m loving it, actually lost two pounds but no inches. I was happy when I realized that I no longer have to unzip my jeans to take them off though. Mainly I’m drinking more water and cutting down on calories. My one year old isn’t consistently sleeping through the night and if he gets up before me I don’t have time for a workout. I’ve tried working out at night but then I don’t sleep very well. Keep up what you’re doing, it’s keeping me motivated! 🙂
Love it all. I appreciate all that you gals have done. It’s helped keep me motivated.keep it up.it’s been great.
I’m loving the posts and have been doing ok with my food choices, BUT workouts have been a no-go for the past two weeks (life !). I made it to the gym yesterday and I’m getting ready to go again right now! Keep up the inspiration and motivation!
I’m loving this! The motivation and food ideas on IG are great. I love the weekly workouts I can do at home! I get bored easily or want to give up if it’s hard, but knowing that the next workout is all picked out for me and it will be something different from the week before is awesome. Thanks so much girls!
loving this! I was doing great until I got mad at the hubby tonight and ate more sugar than I have had all week. Darn emotional eating! Love the workouts and the encouragement. It is so much easier to stay on track knowing how hard you are working.
Oh my gosh, I hear you!! Emotional eating and online shopping are my crutches, hahaha!
I’m loving everything you guys are doing! I’m motivated but it’s so hard with a young baby! My little guy is almost 4 months old. Hard to get a workout in without enough sleep and I feel like I’m always starving! I’m definitely feeling stronger though so that makes me feel good!
Snack ideas! Low-sugar ones. I love to bake and won’t give that up but I feel like EVERYTHING has added sugar, ugh. Anything filling. Thanks!
Loving the workouts, tried the AMRAP today and it was hard! I did about 5 1/2 times though in the 20 min. but admittedly took breaks for water…and to catch my breath! 😉
I actually started Jan 5th and was losing weight every week and feeling motivated… Until this week. Then I just got sick of logging calories and not eating ice cream every night! I actually weighed in and gained a pound back this morning, but after measuring, I realized I had lost an inch off my waist! So, now I’m feeling energized to re-commit and get back on the healthy train. But the last ten pounds are the hardest. I’m really anxious to get some ideas on weight training and what to do with Dumbbells and gym equipment. My knees have been hurting too much for running so I’m looking for low impact exercises to do until my knee feels better. Running always helps me keep my weight in check and without it, I feel like I don’t know what to do
WITH YOU!! I just injured my knee and plan on using weight training as a “replacement” for now, and “in conjunction” when I can run again 🙂
I just injured my knew was well. I was back on a running plan and feeling great, and now I can barely walk up and down the stairs in my house. It’s so frustrating! I’m hoping that a good weight work out will keep me on track since I’m a zero cardio right now. Changed eating to a high protein/tons of veggies and fruit diet and haven’t lost a pund. Frustrating, but I can see a huge difference in my torso–less bloating.
This is motivating to me and I love the different workout ideas that don’t require a gym or ton of gear and healthy, but realistic eating ideas. What has been tough the last two weeks is my husband and kids being sick. They have all gone through the flu and between taking care of them and my 3 yr old still waking me up at night leaves me so tired the next day that I’m either too tired to do a good workout or if I do I’m exhausted for the rest of the day and fall off the diet wagon. I crave bready things, chocolate. I honestly don’t know how you do this with a baby! Thank you for doing this!
I actually just started this week because I just wasn’t committed until now. I have a baby about the age of Sara’s and I’m nursing him. I am having a hard time with getting hungry and shaky a lot. I am trying to eat about 1800 cals a day and I’m doing good getting the right balance of carbs/protein/fat. I have actually eaten at least 2000 a day and I’m still having issues with feeling weak and hungry. Any ideas to help with this?
Coming from someone with NO credentials… if you’re seeing progress, feel free to up the caloric load. I found that while nursing my son, I could eat 2,500 calories a day and still lose a pound a week. Every person is different. The worst that could happen is you stop seeing progress, which means you need to bring the calories back down again. Living hungry and weak with a baby is NO FUN (and in my opinion, not good for anyone, you or the baby both physically and mentally – and I repeat: my totally un-credentialed, un-knowledgeable opinion ;-P)
I second the higher calorie suggestion. (I am also not a professional, just a mom who’s been in really great shape before and trying to get that back 🙂 I found the same thing when I was nursing my last baby and trying to lose weight. In fact, I lost weight a little faster when I ate more. And it is amazing how much you can eat when it’s all (or almost all) nutritious! Also, making sure you’re getting enough protein can help with the shaky feeling, especially if you’re doing resistance training and your body’s trying to build muscle. Good luck!
Also not a professional, but yeah, I’d say up your calories. I did Weight Watchers with all three of mine and while I’m not exactly sure how many more calories I was eating while I was nursing, I know that it was very, very, very painful to come down to non-nursing points, hahaha! Like…I think I could eat 14 more points a day while I was nursing and still lose weight.
I also know that I feel weak, hungry, and shaky when carbs are taking too much of that balance. It’s completely bizarre to me how I could eat 1600 calories with about 50% (or more) of them coming from carbs and still feel hungry. Try eating some full-fat yogurt, adding some healthy oils, or spreading some peanut or almond butter on an apple and see if that helps. 🙂
Thank you! I have upped my calories and I feel so much better and I have lost 2 lbs! I have definitely been eating more protein and fats too and that has helped a lot. Maybe I’ll just nurse forever so I can always eat this much:).
Awesome!!!! Congratulations! And yes. Eating like a nursing woman is my dream in life, hahaha!
This is the best! Your workouts are great additions and I’m seeing progress with the weight and the inches!
Love the snack ideas!!!
I am doing well in eating healthy. I have been working out but it is hard due to my living situation (in an apartment and as a graduate student have limited funds to a gym). I did sign up for a gym this weekend and I hope that I can get in more of these workouts that have been posted because I love them! I am thankful to be a part of something bigger and to work toward my goal of being healthy– not just losing weight (though that is a HUGE bonus!) 🙂