6 Changes to Put Me (Back) on the Road to Fitness

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coconut banana mango smoothie - yum!

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I think I’m at a point where I can no longer refer to the extra inches on my belly as “baby weight”, especially since one of my “babies” now wears the same shoe size as me. (After a recent step on the scale, I’ve discovered that I weigh twice as much as he does. He’s a skinny kid but not small. This doesn’t bode well for me.)

I’m not entirely sure what has happened in the past eight months that we’ve lived in Texas, but my weight has definitely shot up, as my too-snug jeans currently show. Between the heat we’ve experienced over the summer as well as having unscheduled children home ALL THE TIME, I have not been to the gym.

At. All.

The Hubs inquired “are we paying for that monthly?” As a matter of fact, we are, and I placated myself with the fact that I’m still saving him money in comparison to all we spent on the gym I didn’t use while in Chicago. My road to fitness is full of potholes.

Needless to say, it’s time for me to shake things up! So here are a few changes I’ve made over the past few weeks to put me back on the road to fitness:

Making better food choices. Like eating, period.  I confess, I am one of those people who forgets to eat. Ok, so that’s not exactly right – it’s more like I’m one of those people who gets distracted and then looks at the clock and realizes it’s closer to lunch than breakfast, and all I’ve had all day is a cups of coffee. No wonder I can’t lose weight – my body probably thinks it is starving!

Still, I’m not one for “dieting”, because the minute you say “you can’t have that”, I want it – so when I HAVE to have something, I just choose wisely. For example, I am obsessed with sweet tea. I’ve always loved it but proper sweet tea was hard to find in the North. Moving here, where you can find sweet tea everywhere, I was overindulging. On a recent trip to Walmart I discovered that Snapple makes a Sorta Sweet “Straight up” Tea which has about half the calories of their regular sweet tea. It’s not AS sweet, but much sweeter than the unsweetened kind and is a great compromise for me when I just have to have some!

Snapple Sorta Sweet is a happy compromise! #sipandbefit

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Getting back to the gym. To quote my friends in Madagascar, you’ve got to “move it!” (It doesn’t hurt that I’m feeling the guilt for not going). The problem is that I have no motivation when it comes to working out on my own.  However, this spring I joined a great 30-minute boxing circuit gym and I love it – I get to vent some frustration AND burn some calories, and I’m in and out in under a half hour. I love the small size of the place I go as there is a bit more accountability when they know you by name (and follow you on Facebook – oops, better be careful with the donut selfies!)


It was tough getting there over the summer with the kids not on a regular schedule but I’m back on track now!

Taking more walks to center myself (and burn more calories). Oh, and to make this one happy.


She needs to go for a walk as much as I do, and she is happy enough for both of us when we do! I set my daily steps goal at 10,000 steps – but I don’t beat myself up if I don’t make it. (No late night pacing for me to meet my goals.) After all, any activity is better than no activity at all, right?

Getting more sleep. This is the one I struggle with the most, but I’m finally acknowledging that I no longer possess the metabolism I did when I was 20. Lack of sleep can really mess with your metabolism, so my goal is to get to bed by 11pm. (Ok, midnight would be a safer bet.)

Staying hydrated. Oh my goodness, this is SUCH an issue for me, and the extreme temperatures here in North Texas do not make it easier on a girl who probably wasn’t drinking enough to begin with. To battle this, I stocked up on Fiji water and make sure I have water with me wherever we go. I set an alarm on my phone which asks me at regular intervals if I drank some water, and I track what I DO drink on my FitBit app. The 500 ML size is about the right amount to carry (and drink before it gets too warm in this crazy heat).


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I think my husband and I drank a case between us at a soccer tournament this past weekend, and we weren’t even playing. That’s some hot weather.

Refueling after workouts. When I come home from the gym, I throw together a quick smoothie made with Vita Coco coconut water, a banana, and frozen mango. The coconut water is loaded with natural electrolytes and with potassium (as is the banana), and mangoes are loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C and are great for aiding digestion (says the girl with silent reflux). So easy!

It IS a super easy recipe, see??! I stock up on frozen mango when I run to Walmart, but you can easily add your favorite frozen fruits. This also tastes really delicious with the Vita Coco with Pineapple. That video flies by a little fast, so here’s a proper recipe for you:


Coconut Mango Smoothie

Coconut Mango Smoothie


  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup of Vita Coco Coconut water


  1. Cut banana into smaller pieces and add to a blender.
  2. Add 1 cup of frozen mango.
  3. Add 1 cup (approx 1/2 a 500 ml bottle) coconut water to the fruit pieces. (I like the regular coconut water as well as the coconut water with pineapple).
  4. Put the lid on the blender, and blend/puree until smooth!
  5. The beauty of this recipe is that you can mix it up with whatever fruit you have on hand. If you are NOT using frozen fruit, you will want to add some ice to the blender as well.
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I’ve dropped about three pounds in the past two weeks, so baby steps, but it’s a start.

Do you have any advice for me on simple changes I can make to make this road to fitness a smoother ride?


Share your tips in the comment section below!!

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  1. It’s hard getting back into a fitness routine. What helps me to stay focused is blocking the time on my calendar. If I don’t schedule it, I won’t do it! I like to stay hydrated with Fiji water and Vita Coco, too. Nothing worse than working out when you aren’t properly hydrated! #client

  2. That smoothie looks delicious! #client

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