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Making Progress

It’s now been a month into my journey of trying to become a better version of me.  I decided to do things a little differently from last year as to try not to set myself up for failure.

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I don’t deprive myself.  I eat and snack but make sure to count my calories.  My FitBit app has a counter on it, that even comes with a food scanner, which makes it very easy to keep track throughout the day.  I also don’t feel guilty enjoying the occasional glass of wine or my new-found cocktail made of cranberry juice and Malibu rum with a squeeze of lime.  I allow myself one day a week to indulge and not count calories.

I started out slow with my exercise regimen. It’s still very much winter here so I have been having to get my walking/jogging in via the dreadful treadmill.  I started out with 20 minutes and now after only a month am up to over an hour.  And I have also started to incorporate weights into my routine as well.

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This is the treadmill workout I try to follow most days

I don’t obsess about weight loss.  I weigh myself once a week and have lost 6 pounds this month.  The key thing people need to remember when working out is that you are gaining muscle which weighs more than fat.  Therefore, you will lose inches before losing weight.  I can tell, without measuring, by the way my clothes fit much better.

I am trying out an assortment of essential oils.  I must say that I intend to eventually invest in a diffuser for every room in the house.  So far I am up to 3 and have found a sleep and depression blend that I use often.  The sleep blend I use at night in my diffuser which sits next to my bed, and the depression blend I rub into the bottoms of my feet.  I’ve also discovered bath bombs which used with my Epsom salt manage to relax me at night and helps with any soreness I have succumbed to throughout the day.

I still have bad days.  I’m not going to lie, there are still some days I struggle with not wanting to do much of anything but binge watch television and throw my FitBit at the wall.  But I keep it as a reminder of when I’m doing great as well as not so great.  Plus I love joining challenges with my friends as I can be very competitive which is great at keeping me on track to making progress.  Below are my stats for the last four weeks starting from the end of the month.  Each week I try to do better than the previous week.  As you can see weeks 2 and 3 I failed at that, but like I said…I still have bad days and it’s ok.

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I feel that as long as I am doing something that makes me feel better than that to me…is making progress.

If you have a FitBit and would like to join any of my challenges you can find me via email on the app (

Chow For Now,

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I am a mother of 5, a wife to 1, and a fully certified domesticated momster who likes to blog about motherhood, marriage, and anything else that pops into my crazy head all with a side of sarcasm and a glass of wine.

14 thoughts on “Making Progress”

      1. Yes! I’ve heard of the different side effects for some people and oils. I personally broke out in hives when I used one brand of frankincense but when I used my young living frankincense, I was fine. So strange how our bodies react

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    1. Mine is actually a sleep blend that I purchase through my professional industry source (I’m a licensed aesthetician) it’s a mixture of Vetiver, Frankincense, and Lavender. There’s lots of recipes on Pinterest for making your own ;). Thanks for being awesome and taking the time to read. I have missed my blogging peeps. I’m slowly getting back in 🙂

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  1. I’m glad you’re still at Trista. I have been in the same boat for the past four months of not doing anything and it has really played into my depression that I’ve been feeling. I will be writing a post about it soon because I think it’s important for others to not feel alone when they “relapse”. We are all human and these things happen. As long as we keep picking ourselves back up, we’ll be fine. I have been thinking about trying out some essential oils myself. A friend of mine uses a salt lamp that helps her relax. I really need to do that and have a few around my house. I never heard of the depression one though. I will definitely look into that.

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    1. I get the depression blend through my licensed industry source (I am a licensed cosmetologist and have kept my license up in case I decide to get back into it) If you can’t find a depression blend through either Doterra or Young Living (those are my two faves besides my professional blends) then let me know and I can give you the ingredients of my blend and you can mix your own 🙂


    1. Thanks for that! I have been going strong for almost 2 months now and just started a fit plan through an app with the girl I’ve been following on YouTube Jen Hewerd. She is awesome! Good luck on your journey … in the end we know we will feel better!

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