Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Week 2

Welcome to the Strong Healthy Mom Challenge update!  Wondering what this is?  Check out this post to join us.  Then read on to find out how to enter to win this week’s giveaway and join us for a little accountability!

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge

Welcome back everyone!  I’ve been thinking about all of you and wondering how it went, and I’m excited to see your updates!  Here’s a look at how the week’s goals shook down for me:

1)  Menu Planning – I did it!  I usually do some form of menu planning each week, but I had been limping along for about a month or so.  Last week, I got everything written down for all meals.  So helpful!  (You can find a free menu planner as part of my Home Management Binder Set.)

2)  Start the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from Fitness Blender  — Week 1 down.  It was more challenging than I expected for a {mostly} 30 minute workout each day.  

3)  Go to bed by 10:30 PM each night.  I actually did this six out of seven nights, so I didn’t quite make it.  But this is a huge improvement for me, so I’m counting it as a success.

I’m sure you all are with me in this, but the upcoming week is looking difficult.  We have three big family get-togethers with large amounts of food.  It’s going to take some planning and perseverance on my part to stay on track!

Goals for Week 2:

1)  Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from  I am loving this!

2)  Eat mindfully at our get-togethers.  My goal here is not to declare anything off-limits, but to consider the consequences–and then decide what and how much to eat.  In other words, I don’t want to go on some kind of crazy eating binge just because it’s the holidays.  I’ve often set myself up for failure, because in my all-or-nothing messed-up-eating-thinking, I put rigid restrictions on myself.  Then, I fail and just say what-the-ever (and eat what-the-ever for days…).  After reading through Intuitive Eating, I’ve realized how much I sabotage myself, so it’s all about mindful eating this week!

3)  Continue working on improving my digestion.  After watching several of The Digestion Sessions over the past few weeks (specifically Mike Mutzel’s presentation about his book The Belly Fat Effect), it struck me that my weight-loss resistance is definitely digestive-related.  I’ve been following Trim Healthy Mama pretty strictly for about 3.5 months and have only seen about a six pound loss, so this is very frustrating to me (especially when I see some of the amazing success stories from the THM Facebook group)!!  I’ve been struggling with this issue for about a year-and-a-half, but I think what I’ve learned from those sessions is going to make a huge difference.  We’ll just have to see…

If you missed last week, here is a recap of what the challenge is all about:

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge:  Holiday Edition

From now through January 11, I will be posting weekly goals and sharing updates on how it is going.  Even better, I want to invite you to share your goals and progress…and be eligible to win.  Here’s how it works:

1)  If you haven’t yet, leave a comment on last week’s post with your long-term goals for the next eight weeks. (This post will be open for comments throughout the challenge.)

2)  Leave a comment on this post about how your week went.  Then, share your goals for the next week.

That’s it!  Each week, we’ll just share and be accountable to each other.  To keep it fun and mix things up, I’ll be throwing in a giveaway each week.  There will be things like Amazon Gift Cards, Jillian Michael’s DVDs, Fitness Blender programs, Trim Healthy Mama books, and Starbucks gift cards.  These winners will be randomly chosen from the comment section on each week’s post, and I will share those winners each week.  Each weekly post will be open for comments until the following Sunday at 8 PM CT.

Our “big” giveaway will be at the end of the eight weeks.  Those who have commented and joined in with us for at least four of the eight weeks will be eligible for that giveaway.  The winner will be able to choose what they want from these three options:  $100 Gift Card to Amazon, $100 Gift Card to Trim Healthy Mama store, or a $100 gift card to Target.  The final winner will be chosen on January 12, 2015!

I will be posting on Instagram (you can find me here) under the hashtag #stronghealthymomchallenge.  If you are on Instagram or Twitter, there will be a special giveaway at the end for those who use the hashtag, so use it so we can find you! :)

You can also join our Facebook group – Strong Healthy Mom Challenge!


Week 1 Giveaway Results

Last week’s giveaway winner was comment #7 from  jovicki@. I’ll be contacting you within the next 24 hours to claim your giveaway prize!

This week’s giveaway will be your choice of any digital Fitness Blender Program guide ($9.99 value), a Kindle copy of The Belly Fat Effect, or the paperback version of Intuitive Eating.  You have until 8 PM CT on November 30 to share your comment below to be entered to win.  The winner will be chosen from the comments with help from

Alrighty!  How did it go last week?  What are your plans for this week?

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