Check In’s…Back Again

Eating Healthy Challenge @themerrythoughtBack in January, I shared some tips for losing weight & getting fit along with a challenge for myself (and anyone else wanting to join in) to eat better and stay active all month long. I checked in weekly here on the blog to share how it was going and to help stay accountable, as well as encourage anyone that was also trying to get healthier. Overall, I felt like I had a great month (you can read my final check in here) and I really think a lot of that success was due to my weekly check in’s here on the blog. Which brings me to today’s post and bringing back the check in’s again for the month of April…
Throughout February & March, I kept off the weight I had lost, and did pretty good with staying active (still running 🙌). However, I haven’t been doing too well with my eating. 😁 And I still do have a little bit of weight I’d like to lose, along with getting motivated again to have myself, and my family, eating better. I’m once again doing a no-sugar month – my niece challenged me to join her along with a few others, so I’m back at it! I thought I’d start back again with my weekly check-in’s throughout this month, to help hold me accountable and stay motivated.

Here’s what I’ll be aiming for each week:

  • keep running, I do this about 5 times a week now (and again, I might have to change up to some other activity/exercise depending on the weather, because sadly we are still getting snow here!)
  • arm workouts, 3 times a week. Yikes, I can’t believe I’m throwing this in here. It’s something I keep wanting to do though and haven’t yet, so I’ll see if this gives me the kick in the butt I need to make this really happen! I just decided while I was typing this post out to throw this in, so I’m not even sure what exactly I’ll be doing for this. If ya have any suggestions – I’d love to hear them! 💪
  • no refined sugar – I do eat natural sugar (fruit, honey, maple syrup, etc.). I will admit I’m already planning on cheating though. The boys’ doctor is next to one of my favorite donut shops, and I rarely go there; and of course, it just so happens that Malacai has an appointment this month (in a couple days actually). The last time we were there was during no-sugar January, and I stayed strong and didn’t eat a single bite. So I’ve been looking forward to this appointment for quite some time, and committed to no-sugar April knowing I would be taking this cheat day.
  • low carb/low greasy food – because this makes my body feel better and helps with weight loss

So that’s the plan! Anyone want to join in? Bathing suit season is a comin’! 😉 Well, maybe…this snow & freezing cold weather has me thinking it might never happen around here. And April is only 30 days – with no holidays, if that’s any incentive for you! 😉

Here’s to hopefully another successful month! Now I’m off to munch those almonds…


  • OliviaTuesday, April 5, 2016 - 11:44 am

    I so enjoy reading your check-ins and they help keep me motivated too!ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, April 5, 2016 - 1:28 pm

      Oh good – I’m glad they’re providing a little bit of motivation! It really helps me to stay on track when I know I’m going to be posting here weekly about it!ReplyCancel

  • Amy LynnTuesday, April 5, 2016 - 12:18 pm

    I’ve just finally been able to start eating better the last few weeks! Something was all whacky in Jan & Feb for me, and the control just wasn’t there. Except for a very few tastes I’ve been going mostly refined sugar free for almost a month now, and it feels great! After putting on almost 15 pounds since the beginning of Dec, I’m so happy that it’s starting to come back off.

    But good for you for having that donut! Those are the kind of treats you want to have. The special, once in a blue moon thing that you know you won’t get another chance at for a while 🙂ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, April 5, 2016 - 1:26 pm

      Yay – Amy, that’s great that you’ve been doing so well the last month! Good for you – keep up the great work! I feel more nervous about sticking with it for the whole month this time around…hoping that one cheat day gets me through the month! 😉ReplyCancel

  • MegTuesday, April 5, 2016 - 6:20 pm

    Hi! I just started working out regularly myself. I wanted to get some arm exercises in as well, but I feel super self-conscious using the weights at the gym. I remembered I had a DVD that my roommate and I used to use back in the day. It’s the 30 Minute Express Above the Belt workout. I love it! It’s a mix of arm and ab exercises. It’s a good workout and the instructor demonstrates how to make exercises easier or harder depending on what you need. Also, it is quite the bargain! (I recommend the other two 30 Minute Express videos, too)

    • MandaTuesday, April 5, 2016 - 8:31 pm

      Ou – thanks for the tip! I was thinking I maybe should have made a goal for ab workouts too, so this might be something I could use! 🙂ReplyCancel

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