5 Awesome Things + Announcement!

This week has been a really good one for so many reasons, but I'll try to limit myself to five of them, for the sake of the link-up. You can't bend rules when it comes to a link-up or you're basically kicked out of blogging ;) April is always my favorite month and it's living up to my high expectations, per the usual!

ONE - My sweet, precious niece is one today. She's the little cutie who made me an Aunt for the first time ever and I don't think I could love her more. Even though she doesn't live close enough for me to squeeze her all the time, when I do see her there is no better feeling. I can't get enough of her and cannot wait to celebrate her birthday! Love you!

TWO - Finally getting a chance to hang with my parents for a late birthday celebration tonight! Nothing like stretching out the celebrating for an entire week ;)

THREE - Tomorrow Kayla and I are hosting a girl's night in for all of our combined group of ladies. Nothing fancy... just lots of snacks, games and catching up. I can't wait! I need some quality girl time ASAP.

FOUR - Books! This book-lover is finally back on the reading thing. It's been so hard for me to make time for reading. As much as I love it, I always felt like there was something else I should be doing and I haven't read consistently in a long time. Ever since vacation though? I cannot pry the books from my hands. I have flown through 3 books this year already, which is a lot considering last year I might have read 2 books in a year's time. Hoping I can get to the library soon to grab more!

FIVE - Announcing an awesome, motivational link-up with Kristin and I!! 

I never thought I'd be at a point where I was so far from being healthy. I gained lots of newlywed "happy" weight in the first year of our marriage and it's been a struggle to change my lifestyle ever since. In the past 6 months or so I have certainly been headed in the right direction, but still have a long way to go. A huge turning point for me was when Jared and I joined a gym last fall, and when I started really watching what I eat and paying attention to the crap I was putting in my body.
Not quite back to those engagement days yet, but I'm on my way!
Most of you have probably seen me talk about it on Instagram or the blog, but I'm down about 17 pounds from my highest weight and feeling better than ever. I have probably another 10 pounds to shed, and I know these will be much harder, as I get closer and closer to my goal weight. Enter Kristin. The ever motivational twin of mine! It's helped us both a ton to talk about our goals and encourage each other in any way we can. So we thought, why not make it a link up and involve as many gals as we can?!

We want you to set a 4 week goal- it can be anything that you want to accomplish relating to being more fit. It could be getting to the gym a certain number of times, it could be cutting out pop, setting a new running PR, anything at all that you want to challenge yourself with for the next 4 weeks. Kristin and I will post our goals next Thursday May 1st to kick off the challenge. We'd encourage you to post your goals on this day too; then on May 30th, we'll host the link-up for everyone to join in and talk about how they did! 

Kristin made the adorable button for you to share and let everyone know you're committed to the 4 Week Fit Challenge! Plus we're getting all cool and "with-it" and have a hashtag for you to use as your track your progress! 


I hope you guys are all as excited as I am about this. I feel like I've plateaued in my fitness journey, so I feel like this is just the challenge I need to get my butt into overdrive. Let's get #4weeksfit! :)


32 comments

  1. I love a good fitness challenge! I'm all about goals! Excited!

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  2. Girl's night sounds really fun! And awesome job taking the initiative to host the fitness challenge/link-up!

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  3. Ohhh I really need this. I started a few weeks ago and have lost about 8 pounds, but I still have about 15 more to go! So excited to participate with you guys!

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  4. AH girls night will be so fun. HAPPY BDAY TO YOUR ADORABLE NIECE...I love her like my own ;)

    & YAY! No matter what weight you've been, you've always been BEAUTIFUL :) this is so perfect...I can't wait to post about my goals!!! This was also the perfect encouragement this morning as I'm dying after my first run back since over 3 weeks ago, 3 miles in though! LOVE YOU!

    PS- what a cute button, nice job Kristin!!

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  5. I'm not even married yet and I've gained that happy weight! Which isn't good since, ya know, I have a wedding to look good for. I have forced the fiance to join me on my path to losing weight and getting healthy this time in hopes that having the partner & support system will help keep me on track!

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  6. happy birthday to your sweet niece!!!! I remember when my sister had her first and she lived in MD it was so hard being far away.....yay for girls nights!!! I need to start reading some more. enjoy your dinner w your parents & weekend

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  7. For someone who has been struggling to hop back on the workout train, I LOVE this idea. Cannot wait to link up next week.

    And btw, you're looking incredible!!

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  8. you look amazing. you really kick butt! keep it up!

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  9. Erin, you're doing great!!! And yes, I'm in!! Woohoo!! Exciting! Have a great weekend with the birthday celebration and girls night!! =)

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  10. Congratulations! all big goals happen because of smaller ones, so I'm so glad you're doing this!

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  11. "cutting out pop".. oh how I love you. hahaha. I refuse to say soda. But for reals, you look great. Very inspiring!

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  12. Happy birthday to your adorable niece!!! I hope you get to squeeze her sometime soon :)

    Umm girls game night sounds SO fun - see you guys there?! :)

    I love the link up idea! You are looking great lady!! I'll start thinking of my goal this weekend!

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  13. You're lookin' great, Erin! Keep 'er up! :)

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  14. 17 lbs?! Get it, get it! You've got this.

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  15. 1. You look GREAT!!!! Awesome job, you are such an encouragement!
    2. I am super excited about this 4 week challenge (I need it LOL)
    3. Once again I am jealous of y'alls fun SIL relationship!! Have so much fun at girls night!!

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  16. Yayayayya definitely doing this challenge! Even though a lot of my weight problems are due to health reasons, theres no reason I can't get my butt to the gym and do some strength training!! Thanks for the motivation!

    ps I can't walk about the fact I can't come on saturday. PLEASE SEND ME ALL THE SNAPCHATS!!

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  17. UGH, I'm in the middle of that "newlywed" weight!

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  18. I hear you on the "newlywed' weight...plus I've go the living with Mom for 6 months while building a house weight too!! Needless to say....I'm in on this challenge!! :)

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  19. You look awesome girl, keep up the good work! A girls night in sounds like a blast! I may have to copy ya'll on that idea ;)

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  20. I'm so excited for this challenge! With all the weddings and events I have coming up this summer and fall, I really need to shed a few pounds and this will be the perfect way to jump start that! I have been looking for a support system/friends to encourage each other, so the timing of your challenge is perfect! ...Happy birthday to your niece! And have a fun girls night! I have one planned tonight too :)

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  21. How exciting!! I have lots of fitness goals coming up for the next few months so I think I might have to join. :)

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  22. Great idea for a link up!

    Happy birthday to your niece.

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  23. OMG I love this! I am totally in!

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  24. Wish I could come to your girls night!!
    Loooove this link up idea! I am getting so passionate about my fitness and diet! This is going to be so motivational for me!

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  25. I am SO in! I have gained a lot of happy newlywed weight, and it's so hard to get started AND stay motivated. I'm excited for this!

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  26. Happy birthday to your niece! I am dying to have a niece! :) Enjoy your weekend!!

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  27. You look great! I need your secrets! 17lbs in 6 months?!?! Woah nice! I am totally in on this!

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  28. oh girl i love this! i so wish we were closer to work out together! and 17 pounds?!?! that is amazing!!!

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  29. CONGRATS GIRL! What an amazing accomplishment! I am all over this link up :)

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  30. You are my idol! You have been working your ass off and that gorgeous skinny face of yours is the proof! I am so glad I have you to motivate me and to relate to how stinkin' annoying and hard this is! I can't wait to be super healthy, super skinny and super awesome with you over these next 4 weeks! <3

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  31. Loving your link up!!! You both look amazing but still great that you are doing this because it definitely is an on-going thing! I'm going to try and link up as much as I can - I'm doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series as well that just started so would be good to have some ladies to keep me honest! =)

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  32. Being an aunt is the best! My niece lives in Canton and I miss her all the time, and definitely get in extra squeezes when I do see her! Love your link-up idea! I have been struggling with loving my body for awhile now and I have been doing a couple of things to motivate myself and try to get back on track. It's tough, but it's necessary because unfortunately how my body feels and looks has a lot to do with how I feel. here's to motivating ourselves and accomplishing our goals! Glad you had a great week!

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