Our Best Bites Fit Club: Who’s in?

CATEGORIES: Health and Fitness

A few weeks ago my husband walked into the room where I was sitting with our  2 month-old baby, took a look at my outfit, and said, “Babe!  Back in the skinny jeans?  Niiiice!”  To which I replied, “If by ‘back in the skinny jeans’ you mean, ‘Babe!  You went to Target today and bought really huge skinny jeans!’ Then yes.  Yes I am.”

Many of you will remember that about a year ago I shared my experiences losing weight and getting fit.

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I accomplished that a few years ago and successfully kept the weigh off until recently.  I know there are lot of people in this world who can carry a child for 9 months and then pop back into their skinny jeans a few weeks later.

I am not one of those people.

I knew that going into my pregnancy and I was actually okay with it.  I knew I would probably gain quite a bit of weight, and I did.  The difference between this post-pregancy and my 3 previous ones is that now I’m not afraid and depressed of the “after.”  Right now I look a lot like I did in that “before” photo up there, but it’s not scary for me anymore because I transformed my body once and I know I can do it again.  I know exactly how to do it and I have the confidence I can.  Even more importantly, I honestly and truly don’t care how many pounds I have to deal with when I have this to show for it:

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Not to get all cheesy, but I can’t hate my belly rolls when I look into those little blue eyes.  Carrying a child inside you for almost a year is an amazing, and also rigorous thing to put your body through, so I had a tendancy to reward that body with things like ice cream and onion rings-which is now very apparent.

SO.  Why am I talking about all of this again?  Because when I was working to shed those pounds a few years ago, I did it very privately.  And when I finally shared my story last year, the response blew me away.  Hundreds of you commented, and just as many have sent me emails, Facebook messages, and Instagram comments about how that post inspired YOU.  I cannot even explain how awesome it has been to read your stories and cheer you on from the other side of the computer screen.  So many of you had questions and needed help, guidance, and support, and now I’m in a unique position where I’m doing it all over again- so I figured a lot of us out there could do it together!

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(Let’s be clear- I’m back at the “then” in that photo!)

Kate and I would like to do a regular series here focused on health and fitness, but we want to cater it to your interests according to your feedback.  Obviously our main focus here at Our Best Bites is food, so we won’t take away from that.  For all of you out there who don’t give a flip about all of this health and fitness stuff, no worries. Yummy recipes are still coming, and will always be the focus around here.  But we thought it would be cool to use this great community for an OBB Fit Club for the next few months.  Some random ideas I had were a weekly series,  group challenges, workout plans, maybe a Facebook page to chat- some cool giveaways and prizes??  We’re up for anything.  I just know from experience that it helps to have a support network.

A goal without a plan is simply a wish

So speak up.  If this is something that interests you, you MUST leave a comment on this blog post!  If you’re reading this via email, click here to hop over and leave a comment.  If there isn’t much interest we’ll bag it and do it on our own!  We don’t know unless you leave comments and tell us.  If you guys speak up and want this to happen, let us know, and tell what you’d like to see/learn/do and we’ll make it happen!  Together we can crush those New Year’s Resolutions!

 

1,302 comments

  1. I’d love there to be some sort of group challenge! Your post did really inspire me and got me to start weight training again. I would also love some nutrition tips!

  2. I loved reading your story! Although I am personally not ready to diet and exercise it gave me encouragement to know that when I am ready there are success stories like you!

  3. I desperately WANT to be in… life makes me so tired though! I need easy things I can make (and do) that fit in with my regular life and food that my super picky kids might eat! Also, snack ideas that are easy. I want to be healthy AND strong!

    1. I 100% agree with this comment. Plus I work 3+ nights a week until midnight, then get up bright and early to get my elementary age kids off to school.

    2. I couldn’t agree more! The only excuses I have are family and work. I believe that I am my only obstacle. But I am bound and determined to make 2015 my year. With your encouragement I believe I can be another success story.

    3. I think sometimes you just have to say, “I’m tired, and that’s just the way it is!” I found myself thinking/saying “I’m tired” a lot over the last few months and realized that I’m just going to be tired, so I might as well do something because I’ll be tired no matter what. Just a thought–hopefully taken the right way. Life is exhausting! You can do it!

  4. Yes please. The more I am supported (and inundated) with healthy ways to get my butt in action, the more I do it!

  5. Yes, Yes, Yes, and YES!!! I need some motivation! Something! My son is coming home in 4 months and I need a transformation, a fairy, something! I mostly just need a friend to help me along this journey!

  6. I would love this! I have about 15-20 lbs of baby weight I still want to loose (like you I indulge while pregnant and have healthy chunky babies). Easy and healthy recipes would be what I would love most. Plus maybe some “at home” exercise tips would be nice!

  7. Oh my gosh I am SO in! I’m due Feb. 24th so it’d be nice if it were longer than a few months because I wouldn’t be able to participate much, but I could really use some support while getting in shape after this pregnancy!

  8. I just had a baby too so yes I’m in. Ive cut out sweets for the past week and im ready to up my game.

  9. I’m in basically the exact same position as you. My 4th baby (all boys for me too!) is almost 3 months old and I definitely am an indulger when pregnant too. I just started working out again a couple weeks ago and have a good 25 lbs to lose and some serious muscle to gain! I’d love some support and inspiration!

    1. I’m in the same spot too (sweet baby #4) and 25 lbs off and muscle gain to go! But also not afraid this time either. Grateful for my wee son and know what needs to be done to be fit and strong…now just to actually DO it! Would love basic, healthy recipes that don’t require too many ingredients, especially the expensive ones (on a PhD budget here :)). I’d be game for a challenge too! Thanks for all your work and positive, down-to-earth posts!

  10. This is going to sound super weird but this seems like a huge answer to my prayers. I need this and I can’t wait to get back to being a healthier person. You guys really are inspired.

  11. I am so in. I just moved to a new town and have no support system besides my family. This would be great!

  12. I’d love to be part of something like this. My babies are all grown up and I had lost the weight the good old fashioned way way back when and kept it off. Now that I am in my mid 40’s I have let about 20 lbs creep back on and it is a bear to come off. Would love some new motivation and yummy recipes to help.

  13. Yes, Yes, Yes! I need this! I love all the ideas – weekly posts, group challenges, Facebook group! I would love to hear as a busy mom exactly HOW you make time to workout and find time to make healthy meals/snacks and any time savers and tips. My first baby is almost six months old and I am still struggling to figure this out! I definitely need quick and easy ideas as baby boy likes to be held right now.

    1. Yes! Exactly this! I’m in the same boat with my first baby being almost 7 months old! Any support and ideas from the “real world” would be so appreciated! 🙂

  14. Yes please! It’s like you gals read my mind with this wonderful idea!!! I am currently trying to lose weight before my wedding in May and although I want to “lose weight” my main focus is being healthy. I would love to see some healthy recipes, advice on meal planning, group challenges etc etc. Please and Thank You!

  15. I’m in- my baby (#5) came the day after yours, so I assume we’re similarly sleep deprived and unmotivated on our own- I know how to do it, I just haven’t made the time.

  16. Yes yes yes!! We joined a new gym this year (we moved a year ago and waited until we were on our feet here before finding one). I’m back at it. Can we have a closed, private discussion group somewhere? Maybe Facebook?. Thank you for initiating this!!

  17. I referred to your post so many times in my own weight-loss journey this past year — I even tried your travel workout your trainer gave you! I am at a good place now, but would love to hear more tips and just generally have support (I need to get back into the exercise full swing after vacation!). Pretty proud of myself for maintaining through the holidays though!

  18. I think all of the ideas are good ones if you could kinda incorporate them all together – have a weekly series with the group challenges, giveaways, FB chats, etc. I’m totally for it.

  19. I’m in! Would love group challenges, Facebook group, new healthy recipes (can’t wait for the new cookbook), and favorite things!

  20. I’m like you– gain about a bazillion in baby weight that DOESN’T just come right off. In fact, I really have a difficult time losing weight while nursing. Every little thing affects my milk supply. I would LOVE to see encouragement for healthy eating and exercise. I don’t really need ‘how-to’s’ since I’ve also done this before…. but seeing other people’s realistic progress is always motivating. Emphasis on realistic. I only find it frustrating to see other people already back in their pre-prego clothes talking about how simple it is to bounce back. My body doesn’t respond that way and those kind of things just discourage me. I’d rather see “You can do it” posts and challenges than “See How Easy This is?” posts. 🙂

  21. Love this idea. I’m struggling to lose my own baby weight. Some new motivation and ideas would be great!

  22. YES! I start every day reading your blog. Not on facebook, but I am completely interested in seeing great tasting, light recipes and joining on the journey.

  23. I would love to see info/posts on how to stay healthy and as fit as possible during pregnancy (without going overboard of course). So tips on eating right and working out safely and effectively during pregnancy would be great!

  24. Absolutely! I have been needing this exactly. I have been trying but lacking some motivation. Challenges, support, accountability, that’s what I need.

  25. I lost 100 pounds on WW 15 yrs ago and have slowly put most back on. I struggle with getting motivated to exercise. I made some protein and veggie snacks and have started green smoothies. This would be awesome!!! I look forward to ideas and inspiration!

  26. I would love something like this! I just started a group fitness challenge this week and I’m always looking for more support, ideas, inspiration, and motivation. Count me in!

  27. I would love to have some good challenges to join in on, particularly if they are things that can be done at home. I work full time outside the house and have a young child, so spending extra hours in the gym only happens once or twice a week. If I could also find some exercises that I could do at night after he goes to bed or in the mornings at my house before I leave for work, that would be wonderful.

    1. I’m in your boat, Marie. A soon-to-be single parent of a toddler who never had much help, plus working full time. Sucks big time. Never feel I have time for anything for “me”

  28. It looks like you have a lot of support fire this idea. I’m completely in favor of balanced nutrition and an active lifestyle, and I certainly know how powerful a supportive community can be. Please tread carefully. There is a fine line between supporting a healthy lifestyle and objectifying the female body. If this blog becomes another place where the message becomes about pounds and inches and looking great in that dress I will stop reading even though I live all of your recipes.

      1. Yaa….Anyone heard about fitnessblender.com? Best ever..all about living healthily and being fit….you don’t need a six pack to be fit. They use strictly common sense: exercise and real food.

  29. YES! I want to lose about 20 pounds before trying to get pregnant later this year. Motivational tips would be so great to keep me on track. It’s always so difficult to go to the gym after a long, stressful days at work. Also, protein-based snacks for pre- or post-workouts would be fabulous!

  30. I am about 6 weeks away from having a baby, so not quite ready to participate with you, but I LOVE this idea and would definitely look forward to joining in the journey.

  31. I don’t really need to lose many pounds, but I do need some motivation to keep me exercising each day… Healthy, inexpensive recipes are always welcome!

  32. I would like to hear some basics about lifting weights. I read your story and was intrigued by the fact that you lost weight faster because of the weight training you did. I have lost weight by controlling my diet before but have not combined it with exercise (I had a hip problem which made exercise excruciatingly painful). I am now in possession of a new hip and would like some exercise guidance. Having a structured approach and knowing I am doing this with others will be very helpful. Thank you for doing this!

  33. I’m in!!! All of your ideas sound awesome. I recently fell off my determined/solid mindset and need a reset! A support group would be great. Thanks! Your blog is my favorite :] (and I’m not just here for the food…)

  34. I would love this! I am 39 weeks pregnant so I might not be such an active participant at first but when I read your post last year I was so inspired and I actually lost a lot in large thanks to that great post, then got pregnant and you know how that goes. 🙂

  35. That is such a great idea!! I’d love to see some healthy vegetarian options! Maybe things that don’t focus as mushrooms or tofu as the base.

  36. YES! Your original post over a year ago was my motivation to start exercising! I was actually regularly exercising and seeing the benefits of it for the first time in my life. I loved having more energy as a mom. Then I became pregnant and was too sick to keep exercising. Well, I had baby boy #2 (I think he’s just a week or two younger than your baby) and I am ready to start exercising again! I would love to read about the exercises you do. I also had a c-section and was curious if that changes your approach to exercising for the first few months. Anything to motivate me and hold me accountable would be super helpful! And, of course, healthy recipes, especially for snacks!

  37. I’m in! Some motivation and teamwork would be great. Then I can stop disappointing Jacob with my weight bouncing. Looking forward to the cookbook!

  38. I’m in! I’m getting married in 10 weeks and although I’ve got a fitness plan in place already, I would love the additional motivation and support!

    1. Also, something I’d love to see is ideas for at-home/body weight workouts. There are some days when going to the gym just isn’t going to happen, and I’d love to have an arsenal of 30 to 45 minute workouts I can do at home.

  39. I’d love some at-home workout ideas. I have three small kids and a husband that works long hours so it’s unrealistic for me to see ideas about going to the gym for a few hours a day. Also, I need some easy, healthy snack ideas. That is my downfall– being home all day with kids and only poor snack choices. Thank you! This will be great!

  40. Yes, yes, yes!!!!! I have referred to your blog post many times last year, and then I don’t know what happened, but from October through December I gained 15lbs!!! I am tired of living in yoga pants!!

  41. Love the idea!! I think any help or motivation can’t hurt 🙂 plus it will be that constant reminder to never give up

  42. Yes! I had my 6th baby a year ago and even though I have lost 20 lbs (40 lbs if you count pregnancy weight) last year I am still flabby. I had been weight training before I got pregnant with a surprise pregnancy and was happy with my efforts before, but this past year I have not done weight training. I have been trying to stay home and do more videos but that doesn’t work as well for me. I am about to join a gym again and get serious. So I am in! I need motivation. I liked having muscle and being stronger and I want that again.

  43. I am very interested! I just had my third baby 2 months ago. So far I have not had much of a desire or motivation to do much about my post-baby flab, but just reading about your idea is sparking some motivation. Any chance you could add some tips specifically for post-pregnancy abs?

  44. Great idea! I’d love to see workout tips and motivational posts. Looking forward to your new cookbook as well!

  45. Your story completely inspired me. I started exercising in February last year (at 5:30 in the am to fit it in with 2 kids, full time job, husband and getting my Master’s part time) and counting calories. I lost 25 lbs. and then injured my back and gained some back. I let it heal and am now back at it. It is a constant struggle but your story was inspiring and I would like to read more about it! Happy New Year!

  46. This is perfect! I love the idea of the fb group and it would be awesome to see home workout ideas too for those of us who can’t (or are too lazy!) to go to the gym!

  47. Yes I’d love to participate! I’ve been wanting to work on getting fit, but doing it alone makes it easy for me to give up.

  48. Yes, yes, yes!! I refer so many people to your post, but I’m back in a position where I need the support. Love all the ideas.

  49. Yes please, please, please! My little baby is officially toddling around, so I don’t feel so chained to the couch. I too went out and bought bigger skinny jeans recently. 🙂 I’d love advice and support on losing the weight while working and caring for family. The first (and last) time I lost 40lbs, I was single, right out of college, and had lots of free time to dedicate to the gym. Life has changed a lot in 10 years (yep, kept it off 10 years). I don’t need to lose 40 again, but 10 (plus some muscle) would slide me back in those skinny jeans! Facebook group and challenges/workout plans sound great.

    I’m also starting to meal plan a bit, to prevent late night pizza ordering. Thoughts on that are also welcome.

  50. I’m in but I’m not necessarily into losing weight because this year I choose to love myself and see what happens (this has been a 41 year struggle of mine). In spite of that, I do work out at Kosama regularly and loved your protein shake recommendation – I use it after I lift every time! I would love to see some unique and refreshing protein shake ideas. I’d also like to see some creative high protein meals. Lastly, I’ve taken an interest in tabata(sp?) and I’m not where to start or I’ll find one on pinterest and be like ‘eek, I don’t like that one set, so I guess that one is out. bummer’. So options or how to mix it up or replace what I don’t like, etc… Maybe a guest post from your trainer????

    thanks much and your baby is such a doll. I just want to reach through the screen and gobble him up! congrats again!

  51. I’d really love to do this! I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with baby #3, and I know from past experience that most of my weight will just sit there unless I work hard and eat well.

  52. I love this idea! I’m not losing baby weight like so many of the posters above but I’ve been working on losing weight to have a baby and be able to have a healthy pregnancy without any issues because of my weight. My husband and I have been making a lot of changes with what we eat, working out, etc so it would be great to have another facet of support to help along.

    I would love to see some healthy recipes (particularly for picky eaters as I never can find any) and some group challenges that encourage everyone to make some little changes that add up over time. And the Facebook group is a great way to build in some support for everyone! I think this is a really awesome idea, so glad I found this blog 🙂

  53. What I am most interested in is the weight lifting aspect of your health. You mentioned how it was the most crucial factor in changing the way you exercise, but for those of us who can’t afford a personal trainer it would be helpful to know exactly what kind of weights you’re doing. I have no experience with weights at all do I just go in and start lifting five pounders? How do I know what weight of weights I need? how do I know what exercises to do with those weights?

  54. I’m in! I would love some new ideas on healthier things to eat, and I think the challenges sound great!

  55. Count me in!! I would love healthy veggie/protein recipes, I use lots of yours already and am looking forward to your new book! Plus motivation on workouts, etc. Wahoo!

  56. I’m so in. My baby is now 5 and started Kindergarten this year 🙁 It’d be really nice to lose this extra weight by the end of this year!

  57. I’ve love to participate. After holiday eating, I need to get back in the gym and start eating better. Looking for realistic recipes with normal ingredients that taste good and are easy. Also something kids would like too. I know that’s a tall order but no one said it was going to be easy!

  58. Yes, please! Some at home exercise ideas and meal plans. Do I make separate meals for me? How can my family with a meatatarian husband and picky kids eat my healthier meals? Thanks!

  59. I’m in! I have baby weight to lose and she is already 3 years old (can that still count as baby weight?!?!). Went out and bought bigger work pants and NEED to lose 60 lbs. Your post was so inspirational about your weight loss – let’s do it again together!

  60. I was also inspired after reading your posts. I’m in! It would help to have some type of a support/accountability factor.

  61. I love it! I would love to see exercise helps-maybe teach us some strength exercises we can do at home with weights because your gym/trainer sounded great but there is nothing that close or as cheap where I live (I have looked and looked!). Also, I would love to see some yummy vegetarian/vegan meals to increase vegetable consumption.

  62. I’m 22 weeks with boy #3, so I will definitely need help later this year to drop the baby weight. For now, I would love healthy recipes (can’t wait for your new book!) and motivation to get moving. The holidays really helped me pack on a few extra pounds and I’m dealing with pregnancy insomnia so I have a hard time wanting to exercise every day. I always do better when I’m accountable to someone!

  63. Yes. Please!!! I’m so excited. This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. (Not that the recipes aren’t great. But this is a fantastic idea!)

  64. Yes! I’m in! I’m particularly interested in healthy recipes that are catered to busy moms (your healthy Thai chicken salad for one is an all-time favorite!). And yes, your baby is the sweetest.

  65. I will take all the help/support I can find in getting fit! And finding it from one of my favorite recipe blogs seems like a huuuuge blessing for me.

  66. Yes please! I’m due to have a baby next week and it’s baby #4. I don’t expect pounds to just melt off.

  67. You were my inspiration last year to start training and I loved it. I would love to have a support network through you.

  68. Definitely in. Like many others I would love tips on some quick, easy meals that I can eat and share with my family. I also would love some advice on exercise/ strength training “routines” that spell out exercises.

  69. I would love this! I am going through my own journey of trying to make my life as healthy as I can and I would love more healthy (tasty) recipes and tips for fitting in all the food prep that eating whole food takes.

  70. I’d love to try a group challenge, and read a weekly series and be part of a FB discussion page (so long as it was private!). What I find most helpful from online forums is hearing what other people have discovered to help them along their way. I like hearing new exercises people have tried, new snacks, etc.–anything to break up what can be a monotonous, long-term task. Just trying new things, even if they don’t work out for me, can help me stay interested and motivated. For example, the protein shake you shared here previously has been such a breakthrough for me. I made up my own super chocolatey-peanut buttery shake based off that template. It’s 225 calories, makes more than 2 cups of shake, and is just so delicious. It’s been enormously helpful! So stuff like that helps.

  71. Since turning 40 the pounds creep on quickly and without reason. Always love to hear how people succeed and changes they make in their lives based on goals, and also a great time of year to recommit! Fully and completely interested in any direction you have to offer … you obviously know how to do this based on your remarkable success in the past. I actually really enjoy working out and eating healthy but sometimes just need something new and interesting!! Ive scrolled through your healthy meals section more than any other tab in your index and have made those meals over and over again because they are great. Your new cookbook has been pre-ordered but would love some new healthy meal ideas in the meantime along with any tips on how you have found success on this weight loss journey. Your site is my hands-down go-to for meals for my family, so anything you add to provide more health will be much appreciated. Thanks for all you and Kate do to share your amazing skills!!

  72. I’m in! Your post inspired me last year, and I need the community support to get in shape. 🙂

  73. Yes! I would love to see a weekly challenge and as always–great, healthy recipes from your site that are my go-to for weeknight dinners!
    And I really appreciate your approach to weight loss as a means to getting healthy, and not as a punishment for being pregnant/being 40/enjoying food too much! We are all “foodies” which is why we love your site, so to celebrate fitness while still enjoying good food is what I would love.

  74. I’ve taught myself some basic yoga from YouTube, but I have no idea what I’m doing in a gym and can’t afford a personal trainer. My workplace has a gym but I’m scared to use it and I don’t know anyone who does! I’d love some really basic tutorials on gym procedures, etiquette, how to use hand weights and machines, etc.

  75. I’m in! My baby boy is now 6 months and while I technically fit into my pre-preggo clothes, I feel soft and weak! I have been wanting to start working out and this may the extra push I need 🙂

  76. I’m so in….I had my own little guy almost a year ago. And while I actually have lost the weight I gained, I don’t feel like I’m really in shape.

  77. I love this! Having some sort of ‘buddy’ keeps me accountable and I would love to get more fit. Healthy snacks is where I lack the most, home work outs would be great (I do have a treadmill, weight machine and some free weights). I was only doing cardio until I read your post very inspiring! Count me in. Also like the FB group idea.

  78. I would love a meal plan/recipes and workout schedule that we could all follow together. This sounds awesome, I am excited! 🙂

  79. I would love to see more about fitness! I’d be especially interested in nutrition and exercises you can do without a gym. 🙂

  80. The food portion of being healthy is the make it or break it for me. I would love healthy meal ideas (which I know you guys already do a greet job of). I wouldn’t be opposed to some at home workout recommendations too. Baby is due anyday now and I know I won’t be back in the gym for a couple months.

  81. This is such a good idea! I had baby # 6 about two weeks after you and I really need the motivation. I’d love to know any tips you and Kate have, as busy moms, for creating a healthy lifestyle. It is so nice to see how real people make these changes. Thanks for being willing to share!

  82. Love this idea! Yes please I love hearing what works for others. I’d also love to hear tips and helps about maintenance sounds like you were a rockstar at maintaining that great goal weight. That seems to be my biggest challenge.

  83. I would love the see a OBB fit club. I have struggled to get healthy lately. honestly I have had success and then fail, gaining all the weight back. This has become a major road block for me, I can’t start because I’m always afraid I’m going to fail again. With your help and inspiration I might just be able to over come this hurdle.

  84. I would love to see weight-lifting plans. I finally have become a runner-or slow jogger 🙂 but I love what it’s done for me. I’ve p90x twice, but I can’t take Tony anymore 🙂

  85. This would be awesome. I think that it would be so helpful to get information. Like, eat carbs following a workout because… I also think the group challenges and workout routines would be great. I have the at home one posted on my wall so I can work on it or remember to do my own. I think this is such a great idea and one I have been hoping you would do when you felt up to it after baby!

  86. I’m game for whatever you guys decide! At home weightlifting for folks without gyms would be nice!!

  87. I am in! I am like you, I finally lost all my baby weight after baby #5, then I had baby #6 and it’s all back on again. Last time I lost the weight simply by how I ate. (I know exercise is important, but it’s never helped me lose weight. I’m in a weekly jazz/tap class now and am hoping to get back to Harley Pasternak’s 5 Factor fitness exercises.) Anyway, last time I pretty much cut out breads/pastas, dairy, and sweets. (I do eat raw oats and plain -3 ingredient- yogurt.) I try to eat as many raw veggies and fruits I can; steamed veggies; lean chicken, fish, and eggs; and beans/lentils. Some days I love what I eat, other days I abhor it. I would love to see some tasty, yet simple “clean” recipes on here :).

  88. Sounds awesome. I’m in the preparing to have another baby stage and wanting to continue to focus on eating healthy and exercising. I’m with you on the gaining a ton of weight while I’m pregnant so hoping once again to start with a solid foundation and hope for improvement next time. I don’t beat myself up at all about gaining all the weight but I just wonder if I can help my body be more balanced so I don’t seek comfort in food. It’s so hard when you have less outlets like being as active as I’d like. I’ve had so much success with vitamins this year helping me balance my energy, mood and focus that I am hopeful they will only help my future pregnancy too. I love that commenting gives us a chance to let our thoughts materialize even if you don’t have time to read all or comment back. Thanks so much for all you too do!

  89. I love this idea! I think a weekly series would be great, or anything really. I’m all about positive inspiration when it comes to being healthy!

  90. Very interested! Lost 37 pounds last year, would like to lose about 15-20 more. Always looking for ways to change up what I’m already doing successfully.

  91. I’d love to be involved! Something really step-by-step would be awesome! even your original posts are still a little daunting! thanks! 🙂

  92. OOO OOO OOO! ME! ME! ME! yes, please, and thank you. I read your story for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and it was the first time ever I felt someone was in the exact same shape/size/predicament/cycle as I. Diet, lose a few then get happy and eat again. Different diet, lose a few then eat again. I have my first trainer appointment Sunday, so…yes, please! My only caveat is that throughout the process, I eat real, healthful food. NO DIETS. As soon as I go on a “diet,” I obsess about food and want all the things I’m not supposed to have being on the “diet.” YAY!

  93. Yes – I’m interested!! I am due in 8 weeks and also lost weight before this pregnancy started (my 3rd) and am more hopeful, yet realistic, about doing what it takes to lose the baby weight after.

    Idea: Once the group gets going, I’d love to read compiled tips/tricks that worked for your readers!

  94. Yes! I am always looking for ways to be healthier and it’s great to see what’s working for others. This is going to be awesome! I would love to see healthy snacks and lunches.

  95. Yes! I would love this! Your other posts were so inspiring and helpful. I’d like to learn more about weight lifting specifically.

  96. I would love you guys to have a fit series! Info on what to eat, recipes and maybe some total body workouts that can be done at home. I don’t have access to a gym and had 3 little girls in 2.5 yrs(no twins!), so getting out to gym is insane. Love your guys personality in posts and all your recipes. Excited to see what you guys are going to do!

  97. I am currently pregnant (due March 5) but have gestational diabetes and so have been following a pretty strict diet almost since I found out I was pregnant. (I had diabetes with my first child and so knew it was likely I’d have it again.) I’d love some high-protein, low-carb recipes (or carb-optional foods, as my family does still have to eat). I work full time and have two kids, so time is of the essence, but I don’t mind putting in some extra time the night before for one of your recipes because I know they are always worth it. 🙂 Thanks!

  98. I would love to see a fit series and healthier recipes! It will be really cool to see your progress as you go also! Seems to give me and I’m sure lots of others motivation to keep working at their goals!

  99. I’m in. I had a baby a week after you did and though the weight came off I feel anything but healthy and fit.

  100. I would love a weekly focus on losing the weight/gaining muscle in a particular area- ie the best exercises to do so. (Belly, hip, under upper arm, shoulders, etc) and ideally exercises you can do from home!

  101. Yes Please!!! My “baby” turned 3 and it’s beyond time to let those extra pounds go. I’d LOVE to be apart of anything you do!!

  102. I love this idea! I would also love it if you could include how to weight train and post workouts.
    Thanks!

  103. Love this! In two months I’ll have #3 and probably 30+ lbs to lose. I love reading about your journey-it sounds so much like my current state. I run (not much at 7 months pregnant) but really need some guidance and accountability on weight training and nutrition. Super excited to start!

  104. Love it! My babe is 6 months old today, so I am right there with you on the baby weight thing. I started to watch what I’m eating and exercise a few months back and am seeing good results… but more motivation is NEVER a bad thing!

  105. I have considered getting a personal trainer but and nervous about the amount of money they cost vs the results. Most of the ones I have heard about don’t really show great results (though I realize that the personal trainer isn’t the only one responsible for showing results, the client has to do the work too!). So what I am wondering is how you found a trainer that helped you while still respecting your individual concerns? Did you get lucky, was there an interview process? Sorry for rambling. I think this is a great idea and I look forward to participating in it!

  106. Love this! Your journey has been so inspiring to me! I am especially interested in strength training workouts that you do at home, and healthy eats!

  107. Love this! I’m just getting started on the whole getting in shape thing, and some extra support would be awesome!

  108. I think this is an awesome idea! My baby just turned one and I could use some extra support to lose the “baby weight.” I can still call it that, even though I’ve had some of it for 6 years, right??? I’m wanting to do a half marathon this year, and start some weight training.

  109. I would love to be a part of this! We have been trying to have a baby for a year now and so I have not wanted to try and lose weight. But your story is inspiring! I love your confidence in being able to transform your body again is contagious! It makes me think I can do it, too!

  110. I’m in! I would love to see what a day of eating looks like when you’re trying to eat healthy and exercise, (basically, meal plans). I don’t own a gym membership and can’t afford one so all of my exercises are from home or using the great outdoors. Super excited for this!

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