OBB Fit Club: Getting Started

We’ve been so excited for this!  Today officially begins the Our Best Bites Fit Club.  For those not in the loop, you can read this post to catch up.  We love this community that’s grown over the last 7 years, so think of this as your virtual club, and everyone in it, your virtual friends!  This really only works if you all participate!   Kate and I are working overtime to provide some amazing things for you, so we need you to be involved, leave comments, participate via social media, etc.  That’s the only way we can gauge interest, and we’ll keep this up if people are interested!

So you’re probably wondering what is going to be happening. There’s tons going on, so listen up!

We want to be very clear for people who are not interested in this topic, that Our Best Bites will continue to be a food blog!  We’ll even continue to post naughty treats sometimes, because we believe it’s all about balance. But we’ll also incorporate posts here in The Scoop section, dedicated to the Fit Club to share info on a variety of topics, including our favorite things (gear, nutrition, fitness, etc.), reviews, and definitely some awesome giveaways.  We’ll certainly continue sharing healthy recipes as well.

It’s hard to believe that there are people who are as smart, or smarter (gasp!) than Kate and me, but they exist.  We’ll be introducing you to some Fit Club team members who are experts in their fields.  You’ll meet the first one this weekend with your first Weekly Workout Challenge!

We’re challenging you to join by completing a weekly workout!  This can be what you use for your personal workout plan, or it can be a bonus addition to exercise you’re already doing.  Every single week we’re going to give you a new workout you can do, and they’ll come in an awesome printable format that you can either screenshot on your phone or print out and keep on a little ring.  The workouts are designed by professional trainers and will introduce you to different styles of exercise!  After a few months you’ll have a whole collection of workouts that you can easily turn to.  These workouts will be going live on The Scoop at some point every weekend, either Saturday or Sunday so you’ll be ready to go on Monday.  Make sure to follow us on social media so you know when they’re live!

Along with the weekly workout, each week we’ll introduce a new challenge that we’ll focus on during the week.  We’ll follow-up and remind you about the challenges via social media, so stay connected!

This is key.  There will be a variety of ways to follow along with us and you may not use all of them.  The most basic is this blog.  Check regularly for updates and info.  Next, follow @ourbestbites_fitclub on Instagram.  If you don’t have an instagram account, it’s super easy to sign up, even if you only use it for this fit club!  You can also see it (but not comment) on your computer if you like.  Kate and I will be alternating hosting the Instagram account so you’ll get to see us both there.  We’ll also have a Facebook Group, but it’s not quite ready.  We’ll let you know as soon as it is!

Now here’s what you need to do TODAY, right now.  Or at least sometime over the weekend!

1.  Photograph.  You can’t tell how far you’ve gone unless you know where you started.  You can see tons of mine, here.  Trust me, I totally wanted to delete all of those “before” pictures, but I’m so glad I have them!  Some time in the next few days take a photo of yourself.  It’s not for us, it’s not for Facebook, it’s for you.  No matter what your current state, you’ll be glad you did this.  You’ll be amazed at the changes you will be able to see down the road when you can compare it to your starting point.  Wear something snug to the body and take a photo of your front, side, and back. I recommend taking new photos once a month.  And who knows- you might want to be featured here, or win a prize!

2.  Weigh and Measure.  I’ve made this cute chart for you- print it out and hang it up near your bathroom scale!  Grab a calendar and write in the dates under the weeks.  I left them blank so you could use this chart any time.  –> Download by Clicking Here!

Weigh yourself once a week on the same day and around the same time.  Then hide that scale!  Weighing yourself daily can be both misleading and frustrating. Once a week is a good check-in.   You’ll notice that every third week has a little symbol.  That’s because I suggest doing measurements every three weeks.  That’s enough time to see very small glimpses of progress.  Measuring weekly isn’t necessary.

When it comes to actual measurements, I’ve left these blank as well so you can customize it.  Use a regular ol’ flexible measuring tape.  I suggest measuring your waist and hips at the very least.  You may want to measure your bicep and calves as well.  It’s also important that you measure in the same place, so you can make notes about that as well.  For example, on mine it says things like “stomach: on belly button” “Around freckle on right calf”, etc.  Use markers that will help you be consistent.

Measure fat.  This is optional, but you might consider getting an inexpensive tool to measure your body fat.  They’re only a few bucks, and it’s a good way to gauge how your body is changing (regardless of what the scale says!)

Okay, so that’s a lot of info. We’re starting with baby steps, but there’s so much more to come!  Here’s a synopsis of your homework!

– Print off the chart and do your initial weigh-in and measurements.
– Check in over the weekend to get the first Weekly Workout Challenge and goal.
– Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook
– Leave a comment on THIS post.  Use a fake name if you want, just let us know you’re with us!  Share a health or fitness goal YOU’RE focusing on.  Let’s do this thing!

 

601 comments

  1. Hi! I’m 4.5 months postpartum with my third baby. I’ve gained 40 pounds with each one, but this isthe first that I didn’t automatically lose half the weight (and the rest drops once I stop nursing and get back to regular activity – in the past anyway). So I know this time I’m going to have to work harder. I’m in!

    1. My weight never finishes coming off until after nursing is done too- what’s up with that? But I’m just under 3 mos PP, so I’ve got at least 6-9 months to go before I start seeing that…

    2. My weight never came off until I stopped nursing either…my doctor always told me to make sure I was getting enough calories for a good milk supply and to consider exercise at this point to be healthy and then worry about weight loss later.

  2. My family is doing a challenge, and I want to win!! My goal is at least 12% weight loss! Looking forward to the challenges you give us!

  3. Im so excited for this! I’ve just moved to a new are with no friends or family to be my workout buddy so this is perfect for me. My goals are to lose some post baby weight and have better eating habits.

  4. I’m in! I’ve lost 14 lbs since Thanksgiving by walking laps around the church next to my house and changing my eating habits. I’m ready for a new twist and some fun encouragement, thanks for all your hardwork and effort to share this info!

  5. I’m in! I lost 27 lbs at the begging of the year and was starting to feel great but I still had 20 to go. Somewhere along the lines (around Halloween I’m guessing) I’ve gained it all back. I would love to stop the yo yo and get to my goal wait and stay there! Thanks for doing this!

  6. I’m all in! My goal is to do a 5K this June. And be a lean and mean fighting machine… (maybe just strong… I’m already kinda mean). 🙂 Thank you! I’m so excited!

  7. I love your blog and I’m excited for all the info to come. I am 3 months postpartum from my 5th baby. Being 10 years older than when I had my first I can see the toll my body has taken. I’m excited for some fresh workouts and recipes.

  8. I’m in!! My goal is figuring out how to incorporate healthy routines into my super busy life (full-time graduate student prepping for an intense academic career – oh, and working a second job).

  9. Though I am young, my cholesterol is dismally high due to mostly genetics. The doc says I can avoid medication through diet and exercise; I would like to have my cholesterol numbers go down into a healthy range this year. I want to see my future grandkids grow up!

  10. I’m in! I’m pretty active, but my downfall is my relationship with food. I’m an emotional eater! Having support of a community as I try to tackle the food issues would be great for me.

      1. I do the same thing 🙁 I do so good from Monday to Thursday and then totally blow it on the weekends. I’m up for the challenge and the support from the group!

  11. So excited about this! Thanks so much for all your hard work on putting this together. I have 35 to loose. My goal right now is to cut back on processed foods & sugar! When I eat these foods it zaps my energy and makes me craannnkkky!! Can’t wait for your new cook book!

  12. I. Am. In! I’m 44 months post partum 😉 and I need to create the body that’s going to be me for the rest of my life. Let’s go!

    1. I love it! I’m 40 months pp with my 6th and 180 months pp with my first. I have recently gotten down to my first pre-pregnancy weight, but I’d like to get down to my wedding weight next. And I want to run a half-marathon this year.

      I started a 6-week challenge on Monday, but I’m happy that yours goes longer. If I do both challenges at the same time do I get to lose twice as much weight? 🙂 I’m definitely in!

  13. You have already inspired me with your post about the products you use to keep on track and i have started the Shred- Videos by Jillian Michaels because they are free on youtube. Thank you and I´m in. 🙂

  14. I am 12 pounds into loosing 35 pounds. Only 23 left to go! I SO don’t want to be skinny fat, so my goal is to lift heavy and be strong. I know that I look and feel so different, even at the same weight, when I lift.

  15. I’m in!! My first baby turns seven months old today and I’m still 20lbs up from pre-pregnancy, plus the 30 I was trying to lose before I got pregnant. In so excited to lose the weight and make healthy habits! Thanks so much ladies, you rock! <3

  16. I’m in. I am focusing on overall fitness and strength with the added bonus of hopefully whittling down my spare tire.

  17. This is fantastic! I just had my third baby girl this past September and I’m looking forward to feeling better about my body. I’ve always loved exercise, but struggled with eating. I love food and until recently always thought I had to go on a strict diet to lose the weight, such as preparing a bunch of chicken, sweet potato, and broccoli in little containers for the entire week. I would always feel deprived and give up! But starting this new year I’ve taken your tips and really watched my portions and calorie goal each day, while eating the foods I love. I feel like this is actually sustainable and more balanced and healthy. My goal is to be patient with my body and try to love it a little more! Progress will more than likely be slow, especially since my baby is three months old and I’m still breast feeding. I keep reminding myself that it’s okay to not be in pre-pregnancy pants, because I’m not a super model and it’s just not in my genetics. I love everything you guys have planned! Thanks for all the effort in addition to your wonderful recipes!

  18. I’m in! I want to get myself active to feel better and deal with stress. The goal is to drag my husband along with me and make exercise part of our lifestyle, even during these dark, cold Canadian winters! We’re just about ready to start a family and I want healthy habits in place before pregnancy and little people!

  19. I’m in. It’s been harder to lose the baby weight this time so I’m looking forward to learning some new ideas. Thanks for doing this!!

  20. This is awesome. I’m in! Trying to get back to pre baby weight and fitness level. I’m in need of some motivation and accountability. So this will be great. Thanks so much!

  21. With three small kids (one of them only six months old), it’s hard to find time to formally exercise. So my goal for 2015 is just to move every day. I’m excited to try out the weekly exercise so I can add something new to my mix. Also, there are so many things I ought to be doing to be healthy that it can get overwhelming. So I’m looking forward to the weekly challenge–I think baby steps will help me stay on the path instead of trying to change all at once.

  22. I’m in! I want to get stronger and lose 10 lbs. I was more confident with myself at that weight. I also need to work on portion sizes and drink more water.

  23. this is so great. i may not have the support around me where i live, but this online community is going to be just what i need!

  24. I am so excited to join this fit club! I just had my third baby at the end of October and between nursing, and sleepless nights, I’m really struggling to lose this extra weight. I’m ready to get back into shape, and it’ll be so great to have support along the way. Thank you so much for starting this, it really is an answer to my prayers!!

  25. I want to get my body to a place where I can see pictures of me with my husband and kids without my first thought being, “Ug, I look terrible.” And if I happen to look smokin’ hot as a result too I wouldn’t complain. 🙂

  26. I’m excited to give this a try (even if we are starting during king cake season!) I’ve already started on my goal to exercise more & this will help me stay motivated. Thanks!

  27. I’m so excited for this!! I really want to tackle the free weights this year and run a half marathon! But first I need to tackle my bad eating habits! Thank you for providing an encouraging and inspiring place for us to come together and meet these goals. Y’all are wonderful!

  28. I’m so excited for this! I have been working out and losing weight for about a year now, and I’m always looking for a new idea to shake things up! Thanks!

  29. Had my sweet baby 4.5 months ago. Excited about losing the baby weight and getting ready for lots of summer swimming! Can’t wait to tackle all the challenges you all throw down!

  30. I’m in. We could call it baby weight, but my baby’s almost 4. Like the vibe of this “club.” Don’t have to be a gym rat!

  31. You guys rock! I am expecting this year, but eating healthy and exercising is still a big part of my preparation so I am totally with you guys!

  32. I’m in. I’ve been overweight for a decade. I turn 40 this year and want it to be the year I finally get in shape! It’s about health more than vanity now.

  33. I’m in with the nutrition side of things now, and the exercise side of things soon. Pregnancy #4 left me with a hernia that has to be repaired before my doc will give me the ok to work out.

  34. I’m in too! I have an 80 lbs weight loss that I have pretty much maintained for the last year but they are creeping back on me a little at a time. I’m starting the Jillian Michaels 90 day revolution next week as well so this is perfect timing. (I don’t plan on doing it in 90 days though but I just want something to keep accountable!) Thanks for starting this up, I can’t believe how many Instagram followers you have for the Fit Club already!

  35. I’m in. One of my goals is to increase my flexibility and lower stress. My plan is to incorporate yoga and meditation into my DAILY routine.

  36. My baby is 4 months old and I’m eager to get more fit! Absolutely feel free to ignore if this is too personal, but – Sara, are you nursing your new little one? I’ve heard stories of losing wieght/cutting calories leading to decrease in supply, so if you are doing it successfully – I’m excited to follow along!

  37. My family is very active (skiing, running, marathons, mountain biking, hiking) we just gave food problems! Ha! Hoping this can help us out!

  38. Next week I have my last appt to get cleared by my OB for physical activity (after miscarriage). I am so on board with you and your plan. I need to be healthier to try this baby thing again. Thank you!

    1. So sorry to hear about your miscarriage – I lost my first that way, too. I had fantastic doctors who just kept saying ‘Don’t let this stop you from trying again.’ They were right. Miscarriage is scary and sad, but also common. Be excited for your next one!

  39. I’m in! I’ve lost 50 lbs. in the past six months, and have another 50 (or so) to go! My mom passed away 10 years ago at the age of 50, and I vowed last year that when that “anniversary” approached, I would be the healthiest version of myself — or at least headed toward it!

    1. I just wanted to say congrats on the loss so far and keep it up. I’m down about 80 and it’s really after the first 50 come off that you start feeling SO much better!

  40. My baby just turned 1 last month, and after being pregnant and/or nursing for the last 2+ years I am ready to get fit. I am so excited about your fit club and can’t wait to get started! I’m also super excited for your new cookbook:) you two are awesome!

  41. yes! I’m in! so excited for this. My goal for 2015 is to become strong and fit!! and to start running. all things I’ve never done before. it will be great to have a support group! I have about 35 pounds to lose and I’m excited to do this.

  42. So I’m almost 10 weeks pregnant. So I’ll most likely be focusing on the nutritional aspects of this. I do have quite a bit of weight to lose so I’ll definitely be lurking around for the fitness stuff too so I can have a plan for my next new years resolution which will be to get in shape!

  43. I’m so excited! I’ve been checking the site every day….until I read that this would be posted today. Then…I could hardly wait to check. I’m super stoked! It’s gonna be awesome. I’ve been hoping you gals would do something like this. I even signed up for the instagram account. I so excited…and I just can’t hide it…(ok so, I really am excited!) Count me in!

  44. I’m in! I’m about 2-3 weeks away from having baby #3, so I’m probably going to have to modify some things, but I want to focus on getting back in shape and just being healthy. I’ll be nursing, but I’m pretty sure I don’t need to be eating as many treats as I ate with the first two for my milk supply 🙂

  45. I’m in! Just in time. My baby is 10 months old and I have lost 33lbs so far. Only 10 more to my goal. Those last few pounds are always tough. This group will help. Thanks!

  46. I’m in! As a family we made some changes to our diets a little over a year ago. I was down about 30 lbs then the holidays came & I gained back about 15. Started back up Jan 1 and down 4 so far. Excited for the extra motivation. 2 of my goals for the year are to work on getting some muscles and to run a 5K for the first time!

  47. I’m in! I think printable exercises to put on a ring is genius! So excited for your collection of workouts! Also excited for healthy food options and snack ideas! A couple questions… to find The Scoop section where the posts will be we click on The Scoop tab at the top right? To fill out the weight and measurement sheet we write our weight in the first box then whatever measurements we would like to do in the next boxes across the page (ex. dominant arm, waist, hips etc.)? Thanks SO much! You are both awesome!!!

  48. This couldn’t come at a better time. I’ve challenged myself to participate in a 45 kilometre (about 28 miles) bike ride in August – a huge deal for this couch potato. I’ve got at least 20 pounds to lose and a whole lot of endurance to build up – this is great!

  49. I’m in! I just posted on your instagram post as well. I’m looking to fit back into my pre-pregnancy work clothes and set a good example for my kid. I was good about working out during maternity leave (after the doc gave the ok). Then working mom guilt got the best of me and I haven’t been to the gym since. This week I started doing YouTube workouts after baby’s in bed. It’s tough to motivate myself (I’m much better in a group setting). This is just the kick I need!

  50. Thank you for doing this! I’m 23 weeks right now, so I’m focusing on gaining healthy weight and staying strong for the marathon of labor. The second half of the year will be about getting strong to keep up with three little boys.

  51. So excited. I would love to build some muscle and go down a couple of sizes!! To feel a little like my old self before I had four kids would be amazing. I am a great starter when it comes to workouts but get busy and make excuses. No more excuses

  52. Signed up on Instagram … love that you are posting updates there!! Printing out the goal sheet and setting some personal goals. Thanks for all your work on this and for motivating so many with your experience and bringing in new ideas and challenges!!

  53. I am in! So excited to start with you all. I have been doing yoga workouts this past week and feel good. Can’t wait to see what workouts you send our way.

  54. Hello, I’m really excited to get started. This is exactly what I needed to kick start my weightloss. Considering that my third and final baby is 18 months it’s time to get my butt in gear and lose the 30+ lbs I’ve gained! Thank you for doing this!!

  55. I’m in as well! Turning 40 in 3 months and my metabolism has slowed down. My goal is really quite small – lose 5 lbs, but mostly just to tone my body. And I want to be more active and eat healthier. The key to fitness is finding something you LOVE doing. I hate running, so it’s a struggle to get me on the treadmill, but I absolutely LOVE Zumba. Such a great workout. Thank you!!!

  56. Thanks so much starting this program! I have been feeling overwhelmed at the thought of adding a fitness routine into my schedule, but now I have a program to follow:) I would like to go down about 4 sizes and really tone-up.

  57. I’m excited for this! My baby is seven months today. I’ve lost the weight, but always need strength training and cardio could be better. 🙂

  58. What a great idea to have different styles of workouts that make up a packet for future use. I really enjoy exercising but I do get bored doing the same routines over and over. I also just went from being a stay-at-home mom to being a full-time attorney. No more midday gym workouts while someone babysits my daughter in the gym “kid’s club”. I love having a job outside the home, but I’m going to need extra encouragement to maintain a workout routine. Fit Club has come along at the perfect time!!!

  59. I’m in! So excited! My fitness goal is to lose at least 15lbs this year and to keep me motivated is to complete a 10 K this summer. I did my first 5K last year and I found it was a good motivator for me.

  60. I want to make changes now that I can maintain for life. With 6 kids ranging from 12 years to 2 months I have a lot of little eyes watching. I want them to know how important it is to take care of these amazing bodies we’ve been given. My biggest hurdle is controlling my mindless and emotional eating. This is my wake up call to stop putting it off. Thank you both for taking the time to do this. You are helping so many people!

  61. I just had my third baby 3 months ago, and my goal was to run a half marathon in July at Bryce Canyon. the hardest thing for me is eating healthy. I need this support group! I’m totally in and excited!

  62. I’m in! My 5th baby is 3 months old and the weight is not coming off like it has before. One thing I would like to know is how much to cut calories and not effect my milk supply. The last thing I want is to not have enough to feed my baby. Also if I don’t eat enough I get light headed and dizzy so I struggle with what to eat that’s going to fill me up but not overload on calories.

  63. I see all these posts about losing the baby weight. Can I still call it that if my baby is 11??!!! I’m in. Now if I can just get my printer to work so I can print out the chart…

  64. I’m in! I’m getting married in March and my fiance and I want to start working out together, not to lose weight for the wedding, but simply to establish and hopefully maintain a healthy lifestyle. I need to gain some muscle-I’m tired of being skinny fat!

  65. I’m doing this! After my last baby I had 35 pounds to lose. Over the past year, I’ve lost 22 of it, but I’m stuck! I think this will help me get re-motivated. Thank you for putting it together!

  66. I have exercised off and on for years which is probably why I have stayed about the same. But in reality I need to lose about 15 – 20 lbs for my height and I would love for my routine to stick longer than 4 weeks! I have 2 little girls and I want to show them it’s not about being skinny it’s about being fit and healthy. I can’t wait to see what you ladies have planned, I’m totally in!!

  67. I’m in! I have been doing ok as far as exercise goes, but I can not stay away from food! I think about food 24/7 and I need to get a handle on it. I am doing a weight loss challenge right now that is really helping me stay focused. I love seeing new workouts and the more info the better! 🙂 If I can keep my focus on being healthy it gives me a good reason to pass on dessert and the other junk food that is always calling my name.

  68. This sounds so great! Can’t wait to get going!!! This is exactly what I needed for some diet and exercise motivation!!! Thx bunches!!!!

  69. Just had my last baby 2.5 months ago and I’m ready to get rid of those pesky 30 pounds. Nursing helps, but I’m really excited to be stronger and more fit than I’ve been since having kids. Ready to get back to my normal self! Thanks for doing this…I’m so excited and have told several family members about it hoping they will join me!

  70. Is it ok that I don’t necessarily want to lose any weight? I am 9 months postpartum and am down below my pre-pregnancy weight–some might say I’m lucky, but I don’t feel that way (my fear is it will catch up to me once I’m done nursing). My goal is to build strength, start working out more regularly, and eating healthier. I would love some healthy, easy, budget-friendly meals.

  71. I need to lose about 30 lbs. and re-establish fitness habits that have fallen by the wayside in the last couple of stress-filled years. Thanks for the community!

  72. I’m in! We just joined a gym so I’m hoping to start some weight training. It seems like my muscle tone has really gone downhill after 35. My new years resolution was to be better about meal planning and grocery shopping so that we can all eat healthier. I’d love to see some weekly healthy meal plans – that include food that my picky kids will eat.

  73. I’m in! I’ve been wanting to lose 10 lbs. for a few years now and this looks like perfect motivation to finally get it done! Thank you ladies for putting this together.

  74. I’ve already lost 20 pounds, but I just really want to lose 10 more to be at my goal weight. I got a fitbit for Christmas, so hopefully between that and this club I can do it!

  75. I’m in…at my highest weight, lowest low. In another challenge, a house decluttering one, too! Myself and my family are worth it. Hope I can keep up with both!

  76. I am so excited!! Right now, my goal is to just finish the last two months of my pregnancy strong. I’ve been able to continue exercising about 45 min a day usually six days a week and I am trying to keep that up. I’m also trying to eat as healthy as the boss allows. 🙂 After that, I’ll have to set another goal for getting back in shape.

  77. I’m totally in!!!! I’ve been starting new “programs” on and off for the past few years, trying to lose about 20-30 pounds and get fit. THIS is the one. I can feel it….I’m ready!!!!

  78. I am in! Thanks for doing this! I also have a darling 9 year-old who just doesn’t have the metabolism most of her friends do and siblings do and she and i have been working hard to help her eat really healthy and get moving even more this year. Before anyone freaks out at me, just know that this is an issue that the doctor and I have been working together on. This your fit club will be a blessing for both of us as it will help me stay on track and set an example for her!

    1. I was a heavy child as well and it has been a problem all my life. But because my mother taught me well as a child how to keep my weight under control it has never gotten completely out of control. She equipped me with the proper skills and positive mental ability to fight that battle. I think you’re a wonderful mother!!

  79. I am in! I’m 38 weeks pregnant with my last baby, so I’m excited to join in when I can. I turned 30 this last year and know it will be harder to loose the weight, but I’m excited to get serious about getting fit and healthy. Knowing I am done with having kids there are no more excuses!

  80. I am in. I have about 50lbs to lose. My goal this year is to take better care of me. So much focus goes to my daughter that I have lost sight of taking care of me. I need to set an example for her so that she can grow to be a confident strong lady. Thank you working so hard on the Fit Club. Your efforts are very much appreciated. Thank you.

  81. I’m in! My goal this month is to cut down on late night snacking… Even if I have to wean myself off of it an hour at a time. This week I haven’t eaten after 9, then next week after 8. You guys are awesome!

  82. I’m definetlty following! I will be printing everything out so I will be ready to use come May after I have my fourth baby! But I’m still excited to give the workouts a try!

  83. I love exercise and am pretty good about doing something active most days, but I LOVE food and need to learn new habits and better self control. I’m training for a half marathon in April and I know the whole things will be easier if I’m healthier overall. Thanks for the extra motivation and support!

  84. This is awesome!! I am totally in! I am trying to be more active, eat better and feel healthy. It is so easy to do things for others and forget about myself. I know and am learning that when I take care of myself I have more to give to others 🙂 I also am excited to go on Trek in June and want (need) to keep up with the Youth!!

  85. I’m in! I just hit my six week postpartum mark with #3 and I need some motivation! It is so hard to get a workout in while sleep deprived, managing my school kid, toddler, and infant. I struggle to keep my milk supply up when cutting calories and working out, but something needs to be done! Thanks ladies!

  86. This is just what I need! I’m 14 months post baby. Breastfeeding helped me lose a ton of weight, but I am no where near “in shape.” I know this will help motivate me!

  87. I wasn’t planning on doing the fit club because I am actually a little under weight, BUT I want to gain some muscle and be more active so I think the workouts will be great. Plus, you make it look so fun. How can I resist?

  88. I’m in! I’ve been on my weight loss journey since last June. It’s hard work so it’s nice to have supportive forums like yours. I’ve lost 40 pounds, 15 more to go!

  89. I’m in. My goals are to continue eating more vegetables and fruits (than junk), and to dance more often (in addition to regular exercise) – totally doable. I’m really looking forward to your weekly workouts!

  90. I’m in!! I had twins 2 years ago- but when I got pregnant I was at my fittest and thinnest ever and long story short- to keep those babies cookin’ to full term- I gained A.Lot. of weight!! I started last year and ran into some other health problems that made me take a step back but I was able to come back and knocked off 20lbs and I have 20lbs to go!! Let’s get it done! 🙂

  91. I am so excited for this. My goal is to get leaner. I’ve spent the last year just maintaining my weight and the year before that losing 30 lbs. Now I’m ready to lose a few more lbs. along with getting definition in my arms and legs (and trying to lose the mama pouch after having 4 kids). Thanks for all the work you guys have done to get this going!

  92. I am with you! Thanks so much for the printable and I’m looking forward to the facebook group since that is the social media platform I use most regularly. You guys are the best!!!

  93. I’m in. Since July I’ve lost 32 lbs and I have 18 to go. Unfortunately I kinda lost steam over the holidays. I didn’t gain but the thoughts of “this is close enough” and “I’ll be pregnant soon enough anyway” crept in. But I know that I can do this. I am not doomed to be this weight forever. Looking forward to the motivation!

  94. I’m so excited! I’m good about going to the gym and getting my workouts in, but I struggle every winter because childcare there is sooo germy and the kids get sick and then I can’t go at all. I’m trying one at-home workout a week. Was using my husband’s TRX, but I would LOVE to change it up with your weekly workouts!

  95. Yes!! Thanks for all your hard work, I can’t wait! I’ve been making adjustments to my diet the last couple of months (namely way more veggies, less carbs) but since I relaxed over the Christmas break I really need to be motivated to get back to surviving a day without sugar!! 🙂 Though I totally am on board with the moderation thing. I just really want to feel like I’m healthy–not dieting. I think I go crazy when I think of myself “on a diet.” I am sick of dieting!! I just want health to be my way of living!! So here goes!

  96. I’m in! My third baby is 3.5 weeks old so I’ve got some weight to lose. Also I want to get my cholesterol down. I’m still young and not overweight but my cholesterol is high anyway…so here’s to staying off cholesterol meds!

  97. I’m in! Thanks for all your hard work to put this together! I always get caught up in the exercise side of “fit” because I really enjoy it; it’s the eating well/right/non-emotionally that’s hard for me, so this is the perfect blog for me to join a challenge.

  98. totally in! I’ve lost 30 lbs in the last year, I want to lose the last 5/10 lbs that are sticking around. And, I could handle some tighter buns.

  99. This will be great–I can’t wait to see what the challenges are!
    Thanks so much for putting this together and instilling confidence in so many people.

  100. A broken ankle derailed me in October. Looking forward to losing “baby” weight and gaining health and endurance. Hoping to run (jog) a 5k at the end of May.

  101. I was looking forward to this starting all week! My goal is to continue meal planning and exercising!! And then to tackle the sugar monster when I eat home from work (meaning I will not eat sugar and processed carbs uncontrollably when I get home 🙂 thank you so much for setting this up and making it a reality. I appreciate you both! And appreciate everyone else who needs accountability too!

  102. I’m in!! I’m 5 months postpartum and breastfeeding. My goal is to keep my calorie consumption in check so that I don’t gain weight and to do better about eating lunch.

  103. I’m so in! Thank you for doing this OBB, I have really let myself go over the past couple of years and this is exactly what I needed to kickstart healthy habits.

  104. I’m excited! My big goal is to lose 40 lbs but I’m going to start with 10. My last two children were so close together I never had time to lose it and then life got crazy. I’m ready to feel like myself again!

  105. I’m in. I want to be strong and healthy and regain my confidence. My extra weight has stripped me of that and I want and need it back. Thanks for your efforts!

  106. I’m turning 50 in a couple of months and have made some healthy changes over the past year (finally made lifetime at WW) but I can’t ever get the exercise and healthy eating going at the same time. I cannot believe y’all put Fit Club together in less than a week! Thank you so much!!

  107. I’m totally in!!! I turn 40 this year. My goals are to loose 35 pounds,
    exercise 4 days a week and eat healthier. I’m excited to get stronger,
    have more energy and have fun with my kids!

  108. I’m in! We’re going on a family vacation in June and my goal is to feel comfortable and confident in my bikini. I have about 15 pounds of baby weight that I never lost after having twins. And they are almost 10 years old… It’s time to lose it once and for all!

  109. Yay for fitness! My goal this year is to run a half marathon. That is a huge goal for me considering I am currently able to run about 2 1/2 miles.. then I feel like I’m dying. 🙂 I also had a baby at the end of Sept of last year… gotta lose those baby lbs. 🙂

  110. I’m in 🙂 Can’t wait! I had baby #3 10 months ago and the weight hasn’t come off like with the other 2. Would love to just be a healthier, more energetic, better me!

  111. OK, printed my chart to start tomorrow, ordered a fat caliper thing, and joined Instagram just for you. Can’t wait to get going on this, been walking all week to get started, hope we have a fitbit group, too! Thanks so much for doing this – feel like I’m in a power-group of pals already!

  112. I am 4 months post-par-dam with my 3rd, and I NEED something like this to help keep me on track! I have been using the “I am breastfeeding and will wait til I am done” card, but I really feel I should just START. I am not a huge of “working-out”, although I love walks, playing an active game, etc. Help me get my buns in gear!

  113. I will be watching and participating in spirit, but not yet in body. I’m 32 weeks pregnant and plan on using this great resource to get really psyched and ready for post-baby. Good luck everyone!!!

  114. I’m 61 and not really overweight – 5’3″ and 122 lbs. I think this is great! I will use your program to ideally increase my strength, may be lose a few pounds and tone up! What an opportunity!

  115. I’m in! Looking to tone up! I’ve lost the baby weight from my third child who is now 1 BUT I still feel flabby. So I’m hoping to have more focus in my workouts! Thanks for doing this!

  116. I am so excited to do this. Thank you for the work you have done to present this to us! I am looking forward to the post this weekend!

  117. I’m in too! I think I might’ve left an Instagram comment with this same info. Anyways, you could read about it on my linked blog, but I also started my fitness journey quietly almost 3 years ago with pretty good success (I lost ~25 pounds). I’ve been working out consistently since then, and I could always use more motivation.. especially some healthy recipes. I do workout videos at home, and I have participated in lots of different group exercise classes at my local YMCA. This is awesome for everyone involved. 🙂

  118. I’m so excited to join in. I’m turning 50 this year and thought a good motto would be 50 and fit. Now I feel like I have the tools to make it happen.

  119. I’m in! I just started working on actively resisting the candy at work (I’ve been here since August…and seriously, we have a candy cupboard that’s in my office, the kitchen/copy room). Super excited that you guys are starting this at the same time! I can’t wait 🙂

  120. Can’t wait to start. My goal is mostly weight and fat loss. I have a loooong way to go. It’ll be motivating to do this with others.

  121. Baby is due in April, I am so excited to follow along and can’t wait til May to start! Hope I can incorporate what I can and develop good habits in the meantime.

  122. I am excited to do this! Ladies you are good to put this together for is. I have about 34.68 pounds to lose. 🙂 I down about 36 already bit have been at a plateau for a while now so I could use the added support !

  123. Hi! I WILL do this!

    It may be apparent, but I am not sure how to use the chart. Should we write the days of the week in the colored boxes? Do we put a check mark when we have exercised that day?

    Thank you, you do so much good in so many ways!

  124. This post brought tears to my eyes! Thanks so much for the extra work you are putting in! It sounds like so much fun, and something I can really get into. I hate to admit that I have been a yo-yo for many years. I lose the weight and keep it off for a few years then eventually gain it back. Sounds like I am a bit older than many of you…my youngest is 16…but I will keep up I promise! So excited about the workout challenge. Plus, I have my 30 year class reunion this summer…so that’s motivation! I will be strong and lean in 2015! Thanks again!

  125. I’m excited! I’m 26 weeks pregnant but still working out so I’m excited to see what the workouts are. I also need motivation to not eat too many sweets.

  126. This is so great! Living a healthier lifestyle and getting fit is sooo much easier with a support system so I think this is such a great idea! I was pretty excited about this but then I just found out I’m pregnant (as in just barely found out….as in you are the only people besides my husband I’ve said that to…) so I won’t be joining the actual challenge. {And for the record, I’m excited to be pregnant! We’d been trying for awhile without success so I just figured I’d keep working out hard & taking care of my body in the meantime….and “the meantime” is over 🙂 } Anyway, I did want to say that my goal this time around is to stay fit and eat healthier than I did with my previous two pregnancies. I’m aiming to take better care of my body, even {especially} when I’m pregnant. Anyway, sounds like a fun club!

  127. I’m in! I think this is great. First baby turned 6 months yesterday, and I’ve lost most of the weight but I’m feeling pretty un-motivated and it’s hard to get to the gym and be healthy like I used to. I’m excited to have more motivation again and to try out new workouts! Thanks for putting this together.

  128. I’m in and excited! I just ordered a fitbit so hopefully these two things will help keep me motivated!! Thanks for doing this for all of us!! !

  129. I’m in! Thanks for keeping it real….no “fad” stuff! It will be fun to do this with so many! Thanks for your work putting it together!

  130. I’m in too! I am a total yo-yo dieter and it’s time to finally cut the string. I’m changing my lifestyle completely and I’m so excited for your help!

  131. I’m so excited for this! Hopefully it will help me stick with it this time!! I’m tired of constantly starting over 🙁

  132. I am with you! You girls are so amazing to do this. I know you will sacrifice a lot of time and energy and I think you are both so selfless and wonderful for doing it. Thank you.

  133. I’m so in! I lost about 40 lbs last year and I am ready to lose another 40+ this year! Thanks for giving us this awesome opportunity to become a little more motivated to become our best selves! <3

  134. I am so excited! I’m especially looking forward to the workout plans. My goal is to be more consistent with my exercise as opposed to my current method of super enthused one week and couch potato for the next three weeks . . .

  135. This is going to be amazingly cool to have a group of ladies like you who will be cheering all of us along. Thanks for this great forum.
    Brenda

  136. I had the last addition to our family a year ago so no more going up and down in weight with each new pregnancy:)I’m so ready to lose this weight and keep it off!!! Let’s do this!!

  137. Joining Instagram just for this! I need to kick 40 pounds to the curb, and staying connected to OBB Fit Club will help me remain focused. Exercise is easy; mindful eating is my goal. Finish it!

  138. I need to lose 4 or 5 lbs to get to where I like to be, but I just want to make it a lifestyle. Not some temporary thing. Thanks for putting the effort into this girls! And I love the logo!

  139. I’m with you! I’m 42 and have gained about 25 pounds over the last couple of years. Yuck! I want to lose weight and look better, but most importantly, I want to feel good and be healthy. I have young children, so I need to stay young & active too! Thanks for doing this fit club!

  140. I turned 40 last year and worked hard to lose 25 pounds and get fit. Your posts really helped me do that and encouraged me. Now I’ve lost my workout mojo….looking forward to getting it back! I’m in 🙂

  141. I’M IN!

    My husband and I want to start trying for a baby in the next year or so. I know if I got pregnant tomorrow, I’d be the size of a MOOSE when I delivered the baby! My goal is to get to a healthy weight (that means shedding 40 pounds!), learn to cook (everything I eat is processed!) and solidify a workout routine so that I can have the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible!

  142. I’m in! So excited. I have been really into kettle bells lately and it has really done great things. I love it. Having other people to do things with will be awesome! Thanks, ladies!

  143. I’m here! I printed the tracking chart. I’ve been working out for a few weeks but hadn’t done an initial tracking, so for the first week I’ll just use my old numbers from last fall, then start with the new numbers. Excited for this!

  144. I’m in! I’ve had two babies and it’s only going to get harder to lose this weight. You guys are always inspirational, so I can’t wait!

  145. I’m so ready for this!!! My long-term goal is somewhere between 70-80 pounds of weight loss, though my short-term goal is establishing a routine of balanced diet (I’m thinking less sweets and more vitamin packed foods) and most importantly exercise so I can be the mom I was when my children were younger 🙂 I’m a Crohn’s patient and have let food control the past four years of my life, once you’ve been told no food for several weeks of bowel rest, something changes in the way you look at eating. I went from being able to eat smaller portions and being as active as my disease allows to eating as much as possible with little physical activity for fear of “what if I’m sick tomorrow and can’t have that”. I’m ready for change & realize I need to control my body and stop letting my body control me!

  146. i am in!! I was so close to my goal weight almost 3 years ago lost my dad to cancer at a young age. i am ready to get going thanks for being inspiring!!

  147. My 17 year old daughter and I are IN! Our fitness goal is to stay active this year, especially during these winter months

  148. I’m so excited to join you! I need some accountability and some friends to keep me going. I’m turning 40 next month so I’m ready to make some big changes in my life and get some priorities straightened out. 🙂

  149. I am a 50 year old woman that needs some motivation to get an extra 30+ pounds off of my body!!! 🙂 I am so in! Everything is printed, IM loaded (following you) and I am ready to do this! Just please do not post any really awesome looking sweets (unless they are low cal :))while we do this challenge.

  150. I am totally in! I have a large amount of weight to lose; my husband and I would like to have another baby and my doctor suggested that I lose some weight to help me conceive. I know I need to lose it anyway and I am excited to have a group of people to take this journey with!

  151. I’m in!! My goal…. To be able to curb the sugar cravings and resist that junk that is always in front of me. I lost 10 lbs last year and have kept it off, time to remove more weight, and it never to be seen again.

  152. I’m in and SO, SO excited! Thank you both so much! I’m training to do a 1/2 marathon this April. I haven’t done one since 2009, before my 3 boys were born. So I can use all of the motivation and healthy recipes you’ve got!

  153. I’m in all the way! This is my first time to join a fitness group and I believe it’ll help make the difference. I read a quote yesterday that hit me hard. “Yesterday you said tomorrow.” I’ve gotten way too complacent with saying “tomorrow.”

  154. I am so in!! I have been looking for a new motivation and this sounds great. I do a lot of running and have had some goals like marathons and personal bests in 5k 10k half marathons and full and I have done that but need to lose some weight and need a push I a personal trainer 2 years ago and last year I really worked on times so this year I want to lean up a bit thanks for doing this.

  155. I’m with you! I was totally motivated by Sara’s post last year. I started in July and have lost 40 lbs. I still have 10 more to lose and I keep repeating to myself the statement I read in Sara’s post- “finish it!” I need to complete my goal and I lost a little motivation over the holidays with all the junk food hangin around. So I am with you all the way and I am grateful for the help in reaching my personal goal weight of 125.

  156. So excited! Just printed off the charts and doing the measurements. Can’t wait to get started on Monday! Thanks for doing this, you girls are the BEST!!!

  157. I’m so excited for this! I commented on the last post that I struggle with meal planning so I’d love guidance with that. I turned 40 last year and my body has just gone soft everywhere! Before turning 40 I never really had to work out and I wasn’t skinny but I wasn’t heavy either. Now I look in the mirror when I go shopping and it’s like Hello! Who is that person looking back at me?! I don’t recognize her and I hate it! You ladies are AWESOME for opening up your lives to us and being willing to share your journey. Here’s to a HEALTHY and HAPPY 2015!

  158. Cool! I think I’m most excited for getting workout ideas. Am I the only one who never knows quite what to do? I know I’m not! Anyway – my main goal is to look more toned. It’s not a SMART (measurable, specific…) goal, but it’s mine!

    1. Also, I don’t know if you read all these, but can at least some of the workouts be ones that can be done at home? I know if they’re all at a gym, I won’t do them… 🙂

  159. I’m in! Thank you so much for putting this together. I have well over 100 pounds to lose. I injured my hip in college, then got mono at the end of my injury recovery, then had 2 babies in 2 years and I’ve been pretty sedentary the entire time, sadly. I used to love being active. My first goal is to lose just 10 pounds. It’s totally attainable and will hopefully provide some positive momentum. Anyway, all that just to say I’m so very grateful for this!

  160. Thanks for giving us homework, that method “speaks” to me, since it helps me when things are spelled out and i can check them off my list and have that feeling of accomplishment! 🙂 i’ve needed some motivation lately to get back to being healthy and i love that you gals are willing to put yourselves out there to help the rest of us. hopefully all this motivation going around rubs off on me 😉

  161. Can’t wait to get going! Thanks for doing this. I am hoping to lose a few pounds and tone up those areas that aren’t quite so toned anymore.

  162. I’m in! I’m 2.5 months post partum after my third baby and although I’m really not liking the pudge on my stomach, I’m having the hardest time motivating myself to start working, so I am grateful for this opportunity to be motivated, inspired, and guided through this process with a support team!

  163. I’m in! I just turned 30 last month and am the heaviest I’ve ever been…so I’m super excited to start out the new year (and my 30’s!) on a healthy note! Can’t wait!

  164. I’m in! I moved out of city life (lots of walking + tiny kitchen) to suburban life (lots more sitting + big kitchen) a year and a half ago and I gained 10 lbs–and I still had 10 lbs from my last baby that I never lost. Trying to get back on track.

  165. I’m totally in. I’ve been so inspired by your posts about this in the past, so much so that I called Jacob the trainer the same day, but of course, lots of people did. Anyway, pumped to have a support group. Let’s do this thing! 🙂

  166. Glad I saw this! I don’t want to have too many goals bc then I get overwhelmed and discouraged. So my big goal for now is to add at least ONE more day of exercise to my weekly regime. I’m currently lucky enough to attend an amazing workout class in my tiny rural town, taught by this AMAZING girl!!! She does tons of HIIT stuff and is always mixing up her workouts using mostly our own body weight, bands, medicine balls, and some dumbells/kettlebells. I’ve been doing it 2x per week since March of 2014…now I am wanting to add in another day (or 2) of HITT and perhaps a cardio day. It’s just sooo hard for me to be motivated enough on my own. I have 3 kids under 7, a hubby who works around the clock pretty much, and I am isolated in a tiny town with not much babysitting help. I am definitely overweight but working out helps keep the depressing stuff at bay! I haven’t lost a ton of weight but i feel SO MUCH stronger! I’m also turning 40 in a couple months so I’m feeling a little more motivated than normal. Looking forward to your posts and tips! Thanks!

  167. I am so excited about this new program! I’ve followed your blog for years and have tried many of your scrumptious recipes! I loved reading about Sara’s own weight loss success and even wrote down and followed some of her great tips! Now that you’ve started a fitness HIIT program, I can only say, “Count me in”!!! I know this will be awesome and I can’t wait to start, TODAY!!

  168. I love this idea! I just joined a weight loss challenge (with a buy-in competition), and this will help me change up my regular old treadmill routine! Plus, I always need new healthy recipes! Thanks ladies!

  169. I’m in! I need to make sure I’m drinking enough water, and figure out how to find time to get some exercise in! Thanks for the encouragement.

  170. Sounds fun! My goals are to eat a lot less sugar and more healthful meals and to begin to exercise again! Thanks for the motivation!

  171. I’m in! I have 7 kids that have done me in! (no lie I’m at 355lbs – yep – I said it!) but we just had a horrible miscarriage and logically I know it wasn’t my fault but I want to get this body in better shape and be the best I can get it when we get pregnant again. We can do this! I CAN DO THIS!

  172. I’m in. Thanks for heading up this group. I was really inspired by your before and after pictures before Sara and I have been trying to stay on track and find new ways to be healthy. I figure eventually the weight will start to fall off if I just keep trying. At least I hope so.

    Thanks ladies!!

  173. Super excited! And I’d like to see exactly what you’re eating each day Sara, on a consistent basis. Thank you SO MUCH for doing this!!

  174. Thank you for the wonderful plan to lose weight it is wonderful after all the holidays when we tend to eat more. I have a suggestion. You could probably make a tutorial video with all the exercise, I think it would be easer and more motivated to follow you guys than have a paper and read it every time we want to do it. Diana!
    Sent from my iPhone

  175. I’m in! My goal is to get back into a solid habit of exercising in the mornings before the kids get up…and going to be earlier to make that easier. 🙂 Thanks ladies!

  176. i should check back more often! I didn’t realize you had started. I am in! I started doing it on my own last week, so I will just jump in with you guys now. 🙂

  177. I’m in! My goal is really to get back to the gym and resume my PT lessons.
    I need to work on toning and my belly especially! Thanks for doing this!

  178. So,I’m a little late seeing this post, but it so happens that I started at about the same time anyway! I’m in! My goal is to release 20-25 pounds of weight and tone up. I’ve weighed myself, but I’ve done no measuring. Guess I will now!

  179. I am in! Trying to make some lifestyle changes and not just lose the 30 lbs I’ve been fighting with since my kids were born.

  180. I’m a little late starting but I’ve finally decided to join. I do have some baby weight to lose plus some. I’ve never really been slim. But nmore importantly I just want to be healthy. I hope being part of this group helps me stay with this for longer than a week (which is usually how long exercising lasts for me). Thanks for this!

  181. I did a weightloss competition last year and lost 60 lbs. I felt awesome! I was doing so well keeping it off. Then we had to move out of our home away from our gym and living with my in laws. It is so hard sticking to eating clean when you live with other people who are not on the same wave length. I gained about 30 lbs of it back and am sooooo frustrated! I am excited for another challenge to help me!! I’m In

  182. After baby #4 I was up to 178lbs. My goal was to loose 50lbs and I am 6lbs shy of that goal and just can’t get there. I sure hope you can help!

  183. Just found your Fit Club. Following!
    Do you have an recommendations for (very) beginner weight lifting programs to follow. Google searching overwhelms me 🙂

  184. I’m totally in! Two summer’s ago I lost 15 lbs & went GF. I felt better than I had in my entire life! Awake in the mornings, great outlook on life, it was amazing.Life happened & broke my will to stay GF. Over the last six months I’ve gained back six lbs & some inches on my hips/waist/chest. After some encouragement from my awesome hubby I’m going GF again & am determined to get healthy. I haven’t had much time to be online & just stumbled onto the fit club post! You guys are awesome. Thanks for taking the time to help encourage others in their journey to get healthy.

  185. Just found this. I have been totally inspired by your previous weightless success and would love to tag along for your next one.

  186. I’m in! I never struggled with my weight until I hit my 30’s and had baby #4. I kept gaining weight instead of losing it after my pregnancy. I blamed it on hormones, the holidays, lack of sleep, etc. NO MORE excuses!
    My baby is 8 months old and I want to be on my way by the time she is a year. I have 25-30 lbs to lose.
    I love how you said your goal was to FINISH! And that you made real life changes.
    It is time for me, I’ve been fit before and it’s time to begin heading back in that direction…
    I love the quote, “If you take the time the first time, it will take less time.”
    I am going to be realistic and patient with myself, but I think in the long run it will take less time this way.
    Thanks for being such an awesome resource.

  187. I have followed you 2 for a long time. Love your blog and your positive outlook!
    I went on a de-tox in February 2015 and lost 32 pounds over 3 or 4 months.
    I decided to go for the next 30 pounds Sept. 1st !!! And there you were.
    I am super excited to follow along, I have switched to a Paleo lifestyle and it has been great. I joked the other day that when fans of Paleo cheat, it’s usually not gluten or diary, its sugar-coffee and alcohol… haha …. or so it seems.
    I am pretty strict about my gluten and diary but there are so many wonderful substitutes and I really do not feel deprived in any way… It would be wonderful to share any great Paleo recipes if possible.
    I’m IN! Looking forward …. Lynn

  188. Okay I feel like I showed up to the party after everyone left, but I’m here to say I’m joining the club. I had twin girls eight months ago and it’s time to get serious about getting rid of these twenty pounds. Nice to have a community to join.

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