The Get Fit Journey

You know how when the new year rolls around and everyone make the resolution to get in shape? Well, I am 100% on that bandwagon this year. Except, there's one catch - I'm actually holding myself accountable.

Over the last two months I've just about done a complete disappearing act from this online space. While the blog may have been a little quiet, the good news is rather than tapping at the keyboard thirty minutes a night I've been hitting the gym.

January 4 this photo graced InstaGram affirming my commitment to this Get Fit journey in 2014. You know what happened after that week of great walks/runs around the neighborhood? We had the worst winter South Carolina has seen in years. I'm talking multiple snow storms!


Staying active and battling a healthy weight is a war that's been waging a big portion of my life. Up until now I've lost battle after battle after battle. Eight weeks into my most successful weight-loss battle we found out we were expecting. And well, that ended with the cute kiddo above.

Since then? I've battled postpartum depression, a kid with chronic ear infections and seeking the balance between working mom, marriage and self-identity. Those are not small hurdles, and ultimately my Get Fit journey lacked motivation considerably.

However, my sister-in-law's upcoming nuptials have my motivation back on track.  I look back to so many milestones and have many regrets about my body image. I will not let this milestone come and go without doing something about that body image. And as I prayed over how to find the time to get active, He answered my prayers in the form of a Planet Fitness gym literally four minutes from our house.

Yep, we joined the gym. Something we couldn't fit into our budget before became feasible thanks to such a low monthly rate. I won't lie, it's been tough to carve out the time. It's required a serious change-up in our post-work and school routine, but the important thing is we're making it work.

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I'm six weeks in on gym-time and tracking my food via My Fitness Pal. Thanks to a handful of people helping to hold me accountable, I'm really feeling good about my progress. The on scale victories have been slow but some-what steady. I know I'm working to burn fat but I'm also looking to build muscle - toddlers are heavy, y'all. The off-scale victories have proven more motivation as I'm down one pant size and one blouse size. Progress!

My big picture goal is a long way off, but completely doable with hard work and healthy food choices. Here's to getting fit in 2014! Are you on a journey to better weight and health this year? I'd love to follow along on your blog or IG - leave me a message or shoot me an email if you're looking for someone to encourage you on your journey - erin@theviewfromfiveten.com or on Instagram @theviewfrom510

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