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Weight Loss Community: how support makes all the difference

I’ve lost 50 pounds… twice…

I’m currently back on the side of attempting to do it again a third time. Getting to this point once again, I have struggled to get back into the same mindset and habits I once had. As I’ve struggled, I’ve tried to figure out what it was that helped me be so successful previously.

I’ve finally figured out the common denominator.

The times I’ve been most successful with weight loss and feeling good and healthy is when I have been excited about the new changes and have found support and accountability.

A weight loss community is instrumental to my own personal success.

In my case, I need to lose weight to become healthier and feel comfortable, but this could apply to anyone who is just looking to live healthier, build muscle, eat better, etc. Just replace “weight loss support” with the type of support you need.

Finding a Weight Loss Community

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Crazy Ideas Overweight Runners Need to Leave in the Dust

It took a lot to get me to take that first step and begin running while considerably overweight. I learned to love it, but I spent years with crazy ideas about things I should and shouldn’t do as one of the overweight runners out there.

Even as the weight started to come off, I was still hanging onto these overweight runner fears and ideas. Only recently did I identify them and realize how crazy they are.

So, overweight runners unite and let’s get rid of these crazy ideas!

Crazy Ideas Overweight Runners Need to Leave in the Dust

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#BeFitAllYear 30-DayChallenge: FREE calendar, videos, and a GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to BeFit and Fit Approach, I’m super excited to have been given the opportunity to Jumpstart some healthy habits in 2016 and #BeFitAllYear. I’m even more excited to share the FREE 30-day workout calendar and videos with you, as well as give you a chance to win some of the BeFit goodies they’ve given me!

BeFitAllYear workouts, calendar, and nutrition product giveaway!

Confession: My 2016 health and weight loss goals have been off to a slow start. If I’m being completely honest, I’ve continued to gain weight after the holidays…

After losing 60lbs after my second child, I have really struggled to keep the scale going down. In the past year, I’ve added a part-time job to full-time staying home with the kids and the pressure has really decreased the amount of focus I’ve placed on my health. I’m feeling pretty discouraged lately…

I’m really feeling energized with this BeFit 30-Day Challenge. The best part is that the tools for the workouts are completely free! BeFit has put together an amazing series of videos, along with a workout calendar to help keep you on track.

I started this morning with the Dynamic Strength workout. It was fantastic! I woke up early, wandered through the dark to my office and got in a short and sweet strength training workout. Next to the tools being free, my favorite part is that these workouts are quick and effective – most are between 10-15 minutes. Toward the end of the 30 days, we’ll start to double up the workouts, but they still don’t take a huge chuck of time. Love that!

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I also got the chance to try out some of the great BeFit Nutritional Products. We have Chocolate Whey Protein, a PreWorkout, and Burn – a supplement to boost fat loss. I haven’t tried them yet, but I will keep you posted as I update you about my progress during the 30 days. For now, how about I open up the giveaway and give you a chance to win some for yourself!?

So, you know the workouts are free, short, and guided by a free calendar… So, who’s going to join me and #BeFitAllYear!?!

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{Healthy} Tips and Tricks Tuesday #21

Hey all!

Well, it’s Tuesday again and time to share our healthy living / fitness tips and tricks or to look for support, guidance, or inspiration from others to make this journey a little smoother.

Join us and share all of your amazing weight loss advice, or link up a topic you are looking to get some advice on from others.


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Also, be sure to check the Tips and Tricks Tuesday Pinterest board

Thanks to everyone who shared last week!  Here are some of the top links.

If you were featured be sure to grab a button and link up some more amazing posts! Also, check out the Tips and Tricks Tuesday Pinterest board to see if your post was featured there!


exploring Domesticity

So, here’s the deal:

  • Link up any past posts you have that you think may benefit others in any way – advice, recipes, reviews, workouts, motivation, inspiration, etc…
  • Link up any past posts in which you are searching out advice from others – help staying on track, products, workouts, food, motivation, etc…
  • Make sure to include the topic of your post in your title (I’ve noticed putting “Kristin @ Exploring Domesticity” in the title spot is a total weight loss blog trend – we’re looking for the subject so people know what they’re clicking on.)
  • Follow your lovely hosts, Kristin and Kristin – let us know and we will gladly follow you back!  Hey, we’re all here for the same support, right?
  • Place our button somewhere on your blog or link back in your posts – let’s gather as much advice from as many people as we can!
  • Last, visit as many links as you can – help answer questions from those looking for help and let the others know how much you appreciate them sharing their own tips and tricks.
  • Each week we will try to feature the most clicked link, as well as others that seem particularly helpful and deserve a little more recognition.



Now on with the show!

My weight loss story and what’s working for me

I’ve always struggled with my weight.  I have seen the scale go up and down my entire life.  I am by no means a weight loss or fitness expert, but I know some things that have instrumental to my success and I know a big key for me is fun.


When I moved away to grad school I finally made the decision to get serious about becoming a happier and healthier person. I had a fantastic support system, with friends to join me for kickboxing, friends to get up with for 6am Spin class, and friends to push me through the class that made all the difference – Core Circuit Training.

With great support, a class that pushed me to try everything and push as hard as I could, and determination, I was able to successfully lose 50 pounds.  I kept up that healthy lifestyle until graduation.


Summer 2008

After I returned home, I had no gym, no classes, no fantastic groups of friends to enjoy working out with, and I slipped back into old habits. I struggled   to keep myself from going too far off track until my wedding day in 2010.  

After I successfully fit into that dress, all bets were off!  


When we found out we were going to have our first child three months later, I was already gaining weight at a rapid pace.  I gained 70 pounds with that pregnancy and never managed to lose much before finding out we were having a second child.  (In all honesty, about six months after my son was born, I decided it would be easier to have a second than to lose the weight.)



When my daughter was 6 months old, I decided to get completely serious about making a healthy lifestyle and modeling healthy habits for my children.  Through a commitment to doing this for my kids and all the support I’ve found through social media, with dietbets, myfitnesspal, and runkeeper, I have lost 40 pounds.                                                                       
My goal is to create what I had when I was so successful in grad school.  I no longer have the benefit of having a great recreation center without a great cost.  Not only is the money of a gym membership limiting, but getting to the gym is limiting as well.  I also haven’t found any classes like the core circuit class I loved so much.

Let me tell you some of the things that have helped me so far.


·       Writing.  Writing on the blog, tracking onMyFitnessPal, and reading the writing of others has made a world of difference!  I get such inspiration from reading about people struggling with weight loss, people who are fitness fanatics and totally motivating, and people who have all sorts of great recipes and dietary information to share.


·       Dietbets. This has been sucha great thing for me!  I am incredibly cheap and I WILL NOT lose money based on something I can control like losing 8% of my body weight in 4 weeks!  I do have to say that this is only good as a short-term goal, and I have a tendency to give myself too much of a break between bets, but I stay right on and motivated when I’m in a dietbet.  It helps me stay focused and build those healthy habits. In case you’re wondering, I have won 16 dietbets and play multiples at once.  I have also won $278.91 and lost 21.2 pounds since my first dietbet.  Read more about my dietbet tips and join my Lean and Mean in 2014 dietbet starting on the 1st of the year!


·       Social Media. A whole new world has been opened up to me with Twitter! Why did I take so long???  I also find a lot of motivation from Pinterest and Instagram, but Twitter is amazing!  I have been able to follow some amazingly insprational people and have found some great challenges throughTwitter.  I’m participating in#Elf4Health, #12daysoffitness, and the #sweatpink and #runnerbox challenge.  They have all been great, especially Elf for Health, and the people I have met and been supported by are amazing.  Also, how did I ever live without Twitter parties?!  I love the #justcrunchemtwitter party during Biggest Loser and have won two prizes from Grimmway Farms, and I almost crashed my car when I learned I won a Polar Loop from a Fitfluential twitter party!!!  I learn so much and meet such fantastic people, and it’s opened a whole new world to me!


·       Running.  I can’t believe I can say I enjoy running!  I was the girl that dreading running the mile in gym class and the first time I ever completed one was in 2007!  I started this past Spring with Couch to 5K and ran my first 5K at the end of the summer. I actually enjoy running now and want to run!  Amazing!


·       Cooking/finding new foods.  When I lost weight the first time around, I lived alone and ate the same things most days: cooked cauliflower, salads, eggs, and 100 calorie packs.  That’s about it.  Now, I have a family to cook for and I have to be a lot more creative.  I’ve found a lot of great things that are healthy for me and the family and I’ve shared a lot of them because they’ve been so successful for me.


·       Quick home workouts.  This is something I’m working on, but I’m making an effort to get in quick workouts when I can.  The challenges I mentioned before help and I’ve been doing things with the kids.  We’ve done kids yoga, quick pyramid workouts, and videos.  I’m learning, but I learn a lot from the people I’ve met and hope to get better at this one!

Last, because they’re so important and because I love linking up with Katie each week, here are some of my non-scale victories from this past year: more energy for my kiddos, healthy and balanced meals are the norm, I actually want to exercise, I’m fitting back into old clothes, I don’t hide out from social situations like I did when I was ashamed of my size, I’m involving myself in interests that support my healthy changes, and I feel so much better about myself.

Ok, there is my novel for the day.  If you made it through, thank you!  What are your tips, and what are you becoming an expert in?  Have you done adietbet?  Do you follow me on Twitter,and which is your favorite form of social media?

{Healthy} Tips and Tricks Tuesday #19

Hey all!

Well, it’s Tuesday again and time to share our healthy living / fitness tips and tricks or to look for support, guidance, or inspiration from others to make this journey a little smoother.

Join us and share all of your amazing weight loss advice, or link up a topic you are looking to get some advice on from others.


exploring Domesticity

Thanks to everyone who shared last week!

I was a little late tonight, so there aren’t features this week, but be sure to check the Tips and Tricks Tuesday Pinterest board

If you were featured be sure to grab a button and link up some more amazing posts! Also, check out the Tips and Tricks Tuesday Pinterest board to see if your post was featured there!


exploring Domesticity

So, here’s the deal:

  • Link up any past posts you have that you think may benefit others in any way – advice, recipes, reviews, workouts, motivation, inspiration, etc…
  • Link up any past posts in which you are searching out advice from others – help staying on track, products, workouts, food, motivation, etc…
  • Make sure to include the topic of your post in your title (I’ve noticed putting “Kristin @ Exploring Domesticity” in the title spot is a total weight loss blog trend – we’re looking for the subject so people know what they’re clicking on.)
  • Follow your lovely hosts, Kristin and Kristin – let us know and we will gladly follow you back!  Hey, we’re all here for the same support, right?
  • Place our button somewhere on your blog or link back in your posts – let’s gather as much advice from as many people as we can!
  • Last, visit as many links as you can – help answer questions from those looking for help and let the others know how much you appreciate them sharing their own tips and tricks.
  • Each week we will try to feature the most clicked link, as well as others that seem particularly helpful and deserve a little more recognition.



Now on with the show!

Tips and Tricks Tuesday #10

Hey all!

It’s Tuesday again! Time to share our healthy living / fitness tips and tricks or to look for support, guidance, or inspiration from others to make this journey a little smoother.

Join us and share all of your amazing weight loss advice, or link up a topic you are looking to get some advice on from others.

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