November 17, 2017

42 Days to Fit: You’re Invited!

Are you a mom like me who had a baby a few months (or years) ago, who is still hanging on to 15 or 20 pounds, and just generally needs to shape up?

Do you have less energy than you’d like to have?

Are you not as fit and toned as you’d like to be, but lack the motivation you think it would take to get you there quickly?

If so, this is the series for you…I mean us.

No, I haven’t started ahead of you.  Well, actually, I have.  I mean, I did this years ago after the birth of one of our babies, and let me tell you, it works!  But I haven’t done it yet after the birth of our 8th boy.

I am seriously. out. of. shape.

Like, I’m so out of shape that I am embarrassed to tell you about it.  But not only am I going to tell you about it, I’m going to journal my six weeks to fitness right here.  I’m going to tell you how I do it, maybe even show you videos, and let you in on the fitness routines and eating habits that have melted the weight off of me in the past.

That’s right, y’all.  I’m so done with this extra weight hanging around.  And it’s no one’s fault but my own for gaining 65, yes SIXTY-FIVE pounds with my last pregnancy.  No wonder I feel (and look) so out of shape.  I know what I’ve done and not done to end up this way and although it wasn’t overnight, I know that by changing just a few key things in my lifestyle, I can get back to the fit, healthy, energetic body that God designed for me to have.

And you can, too!  Would you?  Will you come along with me?

Oh, good!  I’m so glad to have you!!!  Who likes to diet and exercise alone!?!  Not me!

Before we get started (next Monday, August 20th!), here are a few things we need to remember:

We’re still going to eat.

In fact, if you’re exclusively nursing a baby, like I am, we’ll be eating plenty enough to continue.  I purposely waited this long to begin ANY sort of diet restrictions so that my milk was well established and my baby was old enough and predictable enough to feel confident about moving forward.

Sure, what we eat (unless you’re already eating a whole foods diet) will change.  But we’re going to go slow, making changes each week, and I promise to give you plenty of warning.

The goal is optimal health, and this is a tool to get us on the right road to fitness.

Like I said, I didn’t get OUT of shape overnight, so I won’t achieve optimal fitness overnight, either.  In fact, I may not be as fit as I’d like to be at the end of this 42 day challenge.  Because it’s about a lifestyle. It’s about creating habits.  If I can set myself on the right path, which is the point of this challenge, I WILL achieve my fitness goals in due time.  Who knows?  Maybe I can lose ALL the pounds I need to shed over the next six weeks.  Maybe I will have a few left.  But they’ll melt off soon if I continue on in my endeavors.  And if I make these habits my lifestyle, then ultimately, I will stay healthy and fit.

It WILL be a challenge, but it will be worth it.

I didn’t say this was going to be easy.  But what I will say is that the efforts pay off.  It took a lot of brownies and a lot of butter to gain this weight, and it’s going to take a lot of sweat and a lot of eating other foods to get it off.  Not that I won’t eat brownies during this challenge.  They just might be black bean brownies or coconut flour brownies, I’m not sure.  And not that I won’t eat butter.  I will still eat butter.  But it will probably be raw butter and it will probably be covering steamed veggies instead of noodles.

 What this challenge is NOT:

42 Days to Fit is NOT the “paleo” diet.  It isn’t necessarily gluten-free, although I am convinced that consuming WAY less bread is a good idea and that many people could benefit from gluten-free.  It’s not a 1/2 a grapefruit a day or a cabbage soup diet.  It’s not a detox or a cleanse (although those might help).  And it’s not P90X.  It’s not jazzercise, kickboxing, yoga, or Buns of Steel.

Who this challenge is NOT for:

The super-fit moms who have already achieved general fitness and are already living the “fit” lifestyle.  Tag along if you feel so inclined, just promise not to make fun of any of the “rest of us”.

It’s probably not for pregnant moms, either.  Sorry if you were hoping not to read that.  It’s up to you (and your medical professional) if you think you can handle some of the exercises and dietary recommendations, but I would say that this is generally easier when you’re not growing a person.

And last, 42 Days to Fit is not intended to help those who would like to lose a large amount of weight in a very short amount of time.  If your goal is to lose ALL of 50 pounds in just 42 days, you will be disappointed.  If you do have more than the 15 or 20 pounds to lose, you can still start here, and continue on in your efforts.  It just may take you a bit longer to lose the weight.  (But you probably already knew that.)

What to Expect in 42 Days to Fit

There will be weekly challenges.  These will most often include the elimination of one food, with advice on what to replace it with (if needed) and one challenging set of exercises to add to your daily or weekly routine.


If you currently exercise none, with the exception of chasing your eight sons around the house and to and from soccer and football and church and school, then you will definitely go through a week or two of adjusting.  Not just physically.  It’s a mental shift, too.  Honestly, I don’t LIKE to work out….until I’m doing it.  And then I’m glad I did it.  Especially when I see how it pays off.

If you’re already exercising a little, then …  high-five!  And get ready to exercise some more.


Yep.  I said the dreaded word.  But remember when I said this isn’t the paleo diet?  Well, it’s not South Beach of Atkins or any other diet, either.  It’s what I call the Common Sense Diet.  And guess what?  You get to eat using this diet.  A lot!  No, no cheeseburgers.  Sorry to disappoint. (I do love an occasional cheeseburger, y’all.)  And yes, I’m saying goodbye to my most favorite chocolate chip cookies (at least for a while, so that I can get a grip on my eating habits).  But on the Common Sense Diet, you get to eat all you want of smart foods.  Whole foods.  Foods that God made.   I can’t promise you won’t ever be hungry on this diet, but that part will be mostly up to you.  We’ll talk about this more soon.

So, that’s it.

Who’s in? I need to hear from you if you plan to participate.

Make some noise, would you?

And be on the look-out for a post in which I describe the three things that are going to be the hardest for me to let go of during 42 Days to Fit.


  1. Wow! A friend just shared this on Facebook, and I am *so* in! We go on a cruise October 1st, so the timing is great for me.

  2. I am in!!!!

  3. My baby is 3 months old and maybe if I step on the scale just right have lost 20 lbs. since birthing an 8 pound baby. Short term goal is 20 pounds, long-term is 50…

  4. I am right there with you!!! After giving birth to our 3rd in March I need a bit of a kick in the pants to get moving again! I am also nursing full time so having something that won’t affect that is a must for me!

  5. How inspiring! I will definitely be tuning in! I need some inspiration to get me exercising!!! I only have 2 boys…then again I have 2 PT jobs and will be starting school in a month!!! I have successfully cut 20 lbs off already, but am sitting “pretty” at 160, which doesn’t always look good on a 5’3″ frame 😉 So another 20 would be ideal! Exercise and serious candy cutting will help!!! <3 Thanks for this! <3 What a good way to start 30 (my bday is 8/21!)

  6. Lisa Quinn says:

    Hi Brandy,

    I want to join you. I need prayer, help, and encouragment. I will pray for you too.
    I’m determined to get healthy, and get this weight off.
    Looking forward to this.

  7. Im in!

  8. Michelle Ginther says:

    I will join you from Orange, California

    • Yay! We used to live in Irvine, Michelle! 🙂

      • We’ve spent a lot of time in Irvine. My step-son played sports and went to school in Irvine from preschool to High School and is now starting his sophomore year in college. We have 3 more sons together that are 2, 10, and a soon to be 14 year old. So only half as many boys as you, but still a lot for most people’s standards. Our family has actually gone to church in Irvine for years. I also completed my teaching credential and M.Ed in Irvine at Concordia University.

  9. I’m ready! Let’s go! My husband and I have been tweaking our diets to lose weight and increase our overall health and well-being…as you mentioned…adjusting to a new lifestyle (and I just discovered that my body really doesn’t like wheat). I’m happy to tag along with you, too. It’s nice to get new tips from other people and see that we aren’t the only people that struggle with our eating, schedules, etc.

  10. I am in. I will adjust the diet to work the the Tooth Cure Diet I am currently doing. Excited to begin.

  11. I am in!

  12. Marelize Nel says:

    I will defintely be joining! I am from South Africa and my youngest is 2 years. This lack of progress must stop now!

  13. I am so so in!!! I just had my 4th son and God has spaced all my kids really close together so far (never more than 18 mths apart), so it has made it hard to get into shape since I generally end up with about 5-10 lingering pounds each pregnancy. I am very ready to get back in my groove and get to where I want to be, especially before I find out baby #5 is coming 🙂

  14. I am so in!! This is exactly what I need:)

  15. I’m in! !!!!

  16. Melissa P. says:

    I’m joining you! I birthed an 11 pounder 9 months ago! 😉

  17. I’m in! 🙂 My babes is almost 7 months. After my 3 year old was born, I got fit and shed the pounds through lots of exercise and sensible eating. Yes, I too dislike exercising but I love how I feel after! With this pregnancy I gained 55 pounds ! Ughh..yes too many preggo-craving cookies and sweets. I have about 7-10 pounds to go and have started exercising a little. In 6 weeks my brother is getting married….would love to rid myself of this last little bit by then and get back to being a fit mama! 😀

  18. I’m in!!

  19. I want in! My baby just turned 4 month and I exclusively breastfeed. So many people made it sound like the weight would just fall off with nursing but it sure hasn’t. I have 15lbs. to prepregnancy but would love to a little more than that.

  20. Me too 🙂

  21. I’m in. I’m a fairly fit mom, but I’m still struggling like the rest of you to ditch the last 10-15 lbs. of baby weigh as I enjoy life with my adorable six-month-old girl.

  22. I certainly need the motivation! Count me in!

  23. I’m in!! I’m 5 weeks postpartum, after an uncomplicated vaginal birth. I gained 55 pounds, have already lost 25 pounds, so I’ve got 30 to go!!

  24. I am totally in. 🙂 Working on the last 20-ish lbs I have to lose. This should be terribly helpful.

  25. I’m definitely in! I’ve been looking for something to do, even asked my neighbor yesterday to help me since he’s a gym head. We’re already on a gluten-free diet as a family (minus hubby & stepson, but they eat what I make). We made this choice because of the children having wheat sensitivity. So, I’m ready, let’s go!

  26. I’m in!

  27. Erin VanDordrecht says:

    i’m in!!!!

  28. I am in from Canada

  29. Mackenzie says:

    Yes….I have quite a bit of baby weight…from like oh…three years I so need a change in my lifestyle…so I will try my best to join you in this!!

  30. Im in!

  31. I love your blog!!! 🙂 I grew up with 5 brothers and always pictured myself having lots of sons… well, my husband and I have been blessed with 3 delightful little girls, and 7 weeks ago, our FIRST SON!! 🙂 We are enjoying him SOOO MUCH!!!! 🙂 However… I am NOT enjoying this disgusting chub that’s hanging onto me! So I am really excited to do this challenge with you all!! 🙂

  32. I so need this! I’m going to try it!!!

  33. I’m in!

  34. I am in! Thank you for the challenge.

  35. Count me in!! After having my first child 17 months ago, I am having the hardest time shedding off the weight I gained. This will be a great motivation, as nothing else seems to be helping me get motivated. Thanks for this challenge!!!!

  36. Delana E. says:

    I am in!!!! 🙂

  37. I am in!!

  38. I’m in! I have an almost 6 month old and am anxious to lose 20-25 pounds but needed motivation. Can’t wait ot get started!

  39. I am in!!! I have been wanting to do something for a while, so doing it as a group should be a better experience 🙂

  40. I’m in! I have a 2 1/2 month old and the weight is just not coming off. I am excited but a little nervous 🙂

  41. I’m in! I have started an exercise routine 8 months ago, but I am having a hard time getting these last 10 pounds off. The diet tips will be great!

  42. I am planning to do the 17 day diet starting Sept 1st-so I am in in a different way! Can’t wait to compare notes and good habits! I will be posting daily on my blog too!

  43. I’m in. After 6 kids I am out of shape and need to lose 20lbs.

  44. I’m in, I need to finish losing that baby weight too!

  45. I’m in!

  46. I’ll be joining you from Littleton, CO.

  47. I won’t be joining because I’m pregnant 🙂 but I think this is an awesome thing you’re doing. I’ll be following along with your journey.

  48. I’m in too. My baby is 4, so it’s way past time for this.

  49. I’m in!

  50. I am nearly 3 weeks postpartum with my eighth sweet baby. I am eager to work off the extra weight with you all.

  51. I’m very interested in what you will be sharing!

  52. im in

  53. So in!! My baby will be 1 September 6 and I have Already been trying hard & I have lost 6lbs but I DESPERATELY need the encouragement from someone who is in the same place as I am. Thanks!

  54. Karen King says:

    I’m in with you! I always do this alone, but it will be good and fun to have a community to do it with. I’m looking forward to it!

  55. Im in!! Really looking forward to it!

  56. I am in! Been trying on my own and it is so hard to stay on track. Thanks for the invite!

  57. Count me in. Mamma od 7. Oldest is 23. Youngest is 6. I have been carrying around about 50# xtra pg weight for much of my married life. Lost 50# low carbing in 2001 and felt better than I had in years, but gained it back in pg #6. Lost 35# a cpl years ago on WW but within a year had gained it all back. I am swimming laps and have lost about 13# in the last 3 mos. but need better support and accountability. Looking forward to this! 🙂

  58. I am in! I’m actually back to pre-baby weight, but I really really need to get toned up and in shape. Plus, my diet is atrocious so I am really excited about cleaning that up. Glad to join on with some that are also exclusively breastfeeding!

  59. I’m so in. I would love to do this with other moms and the support will be GREAT!

  60. Count me in! I gained 35#s while pregnant with my daughter (who is almost 2!) I have yet to get that weight off and I have many areas that need toning! I love clean eating…I just eat too much and don’t make enough to exercise every day.

  61. I’m in. I’ve been tracking my meals on the Lose It app on my phone for the past few weeks. It made me realize, beyond calories, how much sugar I was taking in. And I was doing pilates regularly through a video i found on Netflix instant, and that has been removed.

  62. I would love to join you! I have a seven month old and although I’ve lost a lot of weight I still have a few pounds and some toning to do! Love the idea of doing this with other moms!

  63. Erica Miller says:

    I am in! I just had my 6th child, 6 weeks ago but I haven’t felt good since I had my 4th child, 3 years ago. My main goal is to improve my health and feel good so I can properly raise my children. I am excited about positive change 🙂

  64. Looking forward to it!

  65. I’m in.

  66. Yay! This is just what I need. I’m in the process of cleaning up my diet, but need some motivation on the exercise end of things.

  67. Christine Acorn says:

    I am in. My youngest is 8 months old and I still have about 30 lbs to lose.

  68. I’m in.

  69. This is great!! I just had a baby five weeks ago. This is my fourth baby and I gained at least 50 pounds with all of my pregnancies. And I have gotten it off the past three times. Now begins my weight loss for the fourth time. This is a very timely challenge!! I can’t wait to join everyone in getting fit!!

  70. lacey poag says:

    Count me in! Excited!

  71. Emmy Gallodoro says:

    I have a two year old and a four year old and I’m stuck in a rut where baby weight is concerned. Cant wait to get fit again.

  72. This is great! I look forward to reading the emails.

  73. Count me in!

  74. I’m in!

  75. I’m in! My baby boy is 3 months old and I’ve got about 15 pounds left to get to where I want to be. And I’ve got a LOT of toning up to do! I love all of your ideas and your perspective on things so I’m looking forward to this!

  76. hey lucky you that only has 15 pounds hanging around… I got 40 plus but I am in!!! 🙂

  77. Jackie Albertson says:

    I am in and looking for some good motivation and encouragement!!

  78. I’m in! 15lbs need to go!

  79. I’m in!

  80. I’m in! My youngest is 6 months, and I still have about 20 lbs to go.

  81. Crazy nine says:

    I have had to lose 40 lbs the last five pregnancies. I am in, baby nine will be 8 weeks!

  82. I’m totally in! My weight keeps creeping up with each kid I have, and I know its due in large part to the mounds of ice cream I let myself indulge in. I’ve been working on cutting back on the bad stuff but some encouragement/company would be awesome!

  83. Momma Megan says:

    Okay, honesty cap…My excitement and desire are screaming at the top of their lungs “OH I AM SOOO IN” (and yes I totally am.) however, there Is this annoying totally unwelcomed voice in my head saying “but come on…really, are you?” Truth be told I rock the socks of these sort of things…for a week :/ then this pesky little monster (I’ve decided to name “Liar Liar Pants on Fire”) says things to me like “you’ve been so great I think it would be alright for you to have dessert tonight” or “you worked out longer then you were supposed to yesterday so you don’t really “need” to today.” Needless to say, I’m fooled by “Liar’s” charm every time and end up back where I started from…On my couch, pants too tight, energy deflated, self esteem withering, all the while saying to myself “enjoy this laziness now Megan because tomorrow’s your time to shine” (only problem is, tomorrow NEVER seems to come!)
    Sooo, that being said I too shall lay it all out on the line, join your “fight for fit moms” and do everything in my power to kick this “Liar Liar Pants on Fire” to the curb for THE LAST TIME!!! I am so going to need the accountably help and I know if I listen, that’s where you all come in!
    Just a little background;
    I’m just shy of my 24th birthday, have been married to my hunk of a hubby for over a year now and have the most charming and amazing 3month old son (my “Bear”.) I started out my pregnancy a healthy mountain climbing 138 pound bride (although at the time still felt I was “too” overweight. Man if only I could go back and give myself a good knock of since) and ended it a whopping 198 pounds (no excuse for that!) I’m back down to 168lbs but that is nowhere near where the Lord designed my body to be! I’m so ready to feel like I could run to the stars, follow right behind every little step my son is soon to take and finally let my hubby see me naked in the dark again (yes, I said it and I know I’m not the only one out there who’s hubby’s are being deprived.) Remember ladies…not only do we need to do this for ourselves and our husbands but our little ones are watching our every move and since we live in a fallen world It’s way easier to teach them bad habits than it is to teach um the good.

  84. This is JUST what I need at the time I need it! Thank you Lord for helping me find your site and your challenge! Thanks so much, I am looking forward to the daily lifestyle changes!

  85. I am in!! I had a baby girl (2nd child) in April and I need to shed the last 15 lbs!! Can’t wait.

  86. I’m in! Let’s do this together!! Apparently I’m not so good at doing it alone this time. 🙂

  87. Would like to join.

  88. I am ready, willing and able to start and stay with you on the 42 day to fit!

  89. I’m in!

  90. I’m definitely in!

  91. i’m in

  92. I EFB my 7 month old as well… well we are just starting some solids but she’s not impressed. I have been looking for something to help get the extra pounds off. I’m so in!!! Thanks for leading this!!!

  93. Alrighty, when do we start this thing?!

  94. Want to join in….where do I find more info?

    • This is the introduction. There will be more info coming this week, and then after that, weekly challenges and updates will be every Monday.

  95. Um, I want to be in, but..I’m scared—of failing.

    I have a terrible habit of starting something and not finishing–unless I make and regularly share goals.

    Guess what? I just started doing that on my blog last month – on Saturdays I share my monthly goals, and how I’m doing each week with them. I wonder, if I added this challenge in, if I could stick to it. What encouragement can you offer me in this department? LOL Social media actually helps motivate me–when I read or see others sharing how it’s going regularly through social media (kind of like the #HelloMornings challenge. That helps me get up each morning). Thanks for doing this!!

  96. I am sooooo in.

  97. I’m totally in the same boat as so many moms here! I had 3 kids in 39 months (no twins, just pregnant ALL THE TIME!!) and I am “stuck” at 160, when I should be about 130. Count me in!

  98. I’m in. I have been trying to lose weight for awhile. LoL

  99. I’m in! Baby is 3 months old and I have 20 lbs to go. Just started a boot camp, so I’m hoping to complement it with healthy eating.

  100. I’m in! Family picture time is coming up quickly!

  101. I am so in. You are such a blessing to be sharing this information and sending words of encouragement to everyone.

    I can’t wait to get started. Good luck everyone!!!

  102. Cesiah Cedillo says:

    Please count me in… I did weight watchers and that worked but I didn’t renew my memebership.. I would love to lose some weight following your diet… This will be nice to get motivated with ladies who will be doing the same…

    Cesiah 🙂

  103. great timing. i’m in.

  104. I’m in!

  105. I’m in!! 🙂

  106. Me! Oh I need this so much!

  107. I’m way past having kids run around, but I’d sure like to be apart of this. Is it okay if an old lady of 49 joins? I’m in the “need to lose more than 20 pounds” group, but I think this would be a great way to start. One of the things I’m really looking forward to is that it’s somewhat glute-free. I have celiac and sometimes it’s so hard to begin a fitness regime and then have all of the food inedible for me.

    Can’t wait!! I’m in!!

  108. Just had my 4th baby 5 months ago. I am so ready to loose the extra weight!

  109. I’m in!!!

  110. I would love to join in! I started trying to lose the last of my baby weight (from a 4.5 & 3 year old) a few months ago and hit a wall and have been struggling ever since. I could use the motivation of others to help me keep going. P.S. Found your blog from a post over at Reclaiming the Family today ( Looking forward to the challenge! 🙂

  111. I would love to follow along too. I just filled out my name and email to post. Am I signed up for your blog now? I have never subscribed to a blog through email, just Facebook.

    Thanks for the challenge.

  112. I’m in!

  113. count me in!

  114. I’m in. I am staring down 40 (three weeks from now) and sure didn’t expect to be carrying 20 extra pounds. Let’s do this!

  115. Count me in! I need to lose some baby weight too! My 4th baby just turned 1! I feel stable enough now I can get a handle on myself and put some focus on me. Thank you for leading the way!

  116. I’m in— let’s get started!!!

  117. If I were going grocery shopping, what would you suggest I buy for this challenge? I am excited to get started with you. Thanks for all you do. God bless!

  118. Yes! Me too! After my husband graduated from seminary he earned a BS in Divinity and I had earned not the freshman 15 but the senior 60! Oi! I am now working as a K-12 Food Service Director and want the kids to see me as an example of what to follow. With food and lifestyle choices.

  119. I’ve already been able to lose the pregnancy weight (19 months PP–just in time to get pregnant again) and believe me, it isn’t the easiest thing to do 🙂 Way to go all of you for getting healthier!

    By the way, for the record, I’ve found just what you said to be true. Cutting out like 90% of wheat really helped me lose weight (and feel better). I think I am sensitive to it. I also cut back on portions and tried to eat more veggies and legumes and healthy protein.

  120. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for over the past few weeks. I’m in…and excited to get started!

  121. Sooooooo excited! I am in!

  122. I’m in. Can’t wait to get started.

  123. I am so in! My third is a year old and I have been so awful this time at getting back into shape! I have a good 20 pounds to shed.

  124. Renee Wilson says:

    I’m totally in! Can’t wait!

  125. In!

  126. I’m in!

  127. So can’t wait!

  128. Rhonda High says:

    I’m in! The last time I joined a challenge I exercised every day for 123 days. The challenge was for 12 days straight so I definately thrive from a challenge! 😉

  129. In!

  130. I’d love to participate. I already exercise a lot, but I’m always looking for new ideas, or different workouts. My eating is what’s holding me back right now. I eat a lot of whole foods (have you tried chickpea blondies? Just wondered since you mentioned the black bean brownies) already, but lately I’ve been having trouble leaving out the sugar and the grazing all afternoon and evening long. The end of summer saw us with a lot of candy and snack goods in the house, and I just need to get my mojo back. I’ve lost 50 pounds and want to lose about 30 more, and I’m always on the look-out for things to motivate me to keep going and company!

  131. I am in!

  132. I’m in!

  133. Count me in! I can’t wait!

  134. Tara Jackson says:

    I would love to join in! I lost 55 lbs last year, but need to lose about 15 more and I’m having such a hard time getting motivated. I have four boys that keep me busy, but three of them will be in school this year! So excited to join you!

  135. I’m in!

  136. I am on board!

  137. I am thrilled to start this little journey to a healthier and better way of eating and exercising. I am really enjoying your blog and am so excited about beginning this.

  138. Can’t wait to see what you have in store. I need to lose 60 pounds and need to start somewhere. Count me in

  139. Lorie Graupman says:

    I am in I have tried for years to to lose the extra weight.

  140. I am in! I have been in search of a plan just like this and hopefully the group of people will be motivating!

  141. This is exactly what I need! Let’s do it!! I’m in!

  142. Barbara Cianciulli says:

    I’m in! I’ve got another 15 lbs to lose to be at ‘goal.’ I need some new motivation and something new in the mix.

  143. I’m in (even though my “baby” is almost 6)! I’ve been wanting to switch to a whole foods diet for a long time & this challenge will benefit my entire family! Can’t wait to start!

  144. I am in!

  145. I’m in!

  146. Just what I needed!

  147. Count me in!!

  148. I am in!!

  149. I’m in, and very excited!!! I have been wanting to loose weight for a long time.

  150. Yes, I’d like to TRY too… I’ve had so many failures, but I NEED to conquer the power of food in my life (more accurately, I need to allow GOD to conquer it in me!). Is this the way to sign up?

    • Jamie, you’re in, my friend. All you need to do is follow along. Check back here for new posts each day, and especially each Monday. 🙂

  151. i want to join, but i don’t blog? would we just check in here or is there a facebook group? i had 4 of my 5 children in the last 6 years. now that i’m done having babies, i need to get in shape!!

  152. Thank you for doing this!! And I’m in! I need to lose 30 lbs and this 42 days is an excellent motivator to get started. I will turn 50 in a year (yikes) and besides my older children, I still have a six year old daughter to keep up with. Got to get my body healthy and fit:)

  153. I am IN!!!

  154. I’m in! This is just the motivation I need to lose the last of the baby weight from my almost 3-yr-old!

  155. I’m in! Before my third baby boy I lost 25 pounds. He is a year and a half now and I am bah to my pre baby weight! But I have at least 50 more to lose that has been hanging around since the other two boys….so I need some accountability! I look forward to getting healthy with you all!

  156. I’m in! I was diagnosed with RA with a possible fibromyalgia dx too. Well 2 weeks ago a new doc confirmed it plus told me I had bursitis in both hips. I know the extra weight I am carrying is hurting me. The doc told me I need to start exercising. I don’t want another fad diet, I want to eat how the Lord intends. This is coming at a great time!

  157. I would love to join in – just this week I have decided to make a change in my eating (my family too, although they don’t know it yet!) and get back into a more formal exercise program, this fits in at the perfect time! Can’t wait to learn more!

  158. I have two adopted boys that are 6 and 4 and I have around 20 to 30 pounds that I would like to lose. I am 51 and I can’t do nothing about being a older mom but I can do something about not being fit. My boys are special needs so I sure hope I can find the time for me time. (that is a hard for me)

  159. I’m in. I actually blogged about this yesterday (http:// clotheslinemusings. html) but had no plan. I am SO READY TO JUMP ON BOARD especially after stepping on the scale today and realized I am back UP to the weight I was 3.5 years ago when I delivered my last child. A year ago I was only 5 pounds away from the pre-pregnancy weight from that birth. *sigh*

    I need accountability and this might help.

    Will you be having link-ups for those blogers out here who are joining in?

  160. WOW!! This sounds good. My ‘babies’ are almost 12. I would love to get back down to the weight I was before having children!

  161. I’m in!!! 😀 😀 😀

  162. I can’t wait to hear your ideas. Child #8!! I was done at 2 kids! I just subscribed!

  163. We have already been making many of these changes but I would love to commit to join you in this journey for the next month or so!

  164. Tara High says:

    I’m in. I will try my best to do it every day. I need a change. I have more than 50 lbs. to lose, but I think this six weeks will give me the right start, hopefully with some results. I start homeschooling on Monday, but since you are also a homeschool mom, I figure we can make it work. 😉

  165. I’m ready.

  166. I am in!! My “baby” is 11 and I now weigh more than I did the day I gave birth to him. I need to lose 50 lbs but this will be a place to start. I have to do it this time!!!!

  167. I began training for my first triathlon last year, but dropped my training off in the winter. I started at the beginning of this summer again, but then found out I was expecting, so stopped, then sadly, I miscarried, and after I was left with even more weight. A friend and I began our “lifestyle diet’s” and excercise together as accountability partners, but then she got pregnant (which was an amazing blessing from God, as they had been trying for awhile), but left without a partner in crime, and with her pregnancy staring me in the face I was not only unmotivated, but depressed again also. Last week I finally felt like I was at the point that I was motivated to resume my training again. So starting Monday (maybe Sunday) I would love to join in as I resume my training and continue my whole foods *diet* although I won’t even call it that ugly word, lol, because to me it is just about a healthy way of living, and I still allow myself to have treats from time to time. I am excited to have some accountability, and I am so excited to meet someone who thinks along the same lines I do…I think it is beneficial to eat much less white flour/sugar/potatoes, etc…and can benefit from some gluten free replacements, but I don’t think it’s necessary to eat a completely gluten free diet unless you have an allergy. <3 I'm excited! If I ever get caught up on blog posts, I'll blog about starting this too! 😀

  168. This is exactly what I need to get started on my journey of healthy living!! Thank you!

  169. Add me to the list!! We leave for vacation in Florida 6 weeks from today…the timing couldn’t be better. I need to lose about 35 lbs but I’d be thrilled to get a 10-15 lb start before I have to see myself in family vacation photos or (*gasp*) put on a swimsuit. Thank you for the motivation and encouragement!

  170. I’m on board!

  171. Sign me up!

  172. I’m in I’m joining late but think I have done good with the first weeks goals with just finding out what they are today. 🙂

    • Shannon, we’re glad you’re here. You are not late. The 42 Day challenge starts tomorrow, Monday, August 20th, bright and early! 🙂

  173. 6 weeks out from having my fifth baby and one week after moving from Florida to Virginia, I’m in. My “free eating” period is over and it is time to gain control over my eating. So excited to do this with others!!

  174. I am in!! THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS!

  175. Gail Medaris says:

    I would like to give a try! I need to lose about 5 pounds, and would love to have some accountability!

  176. Amy Carter says:

    I’m in!

  177. I was planning to start doing better (again – for the 107th time) tomorrow anyway. Perfect timing for me. I’m already subscribed, so I learned of this through my email updates. I will join you all! My husband and I are wanting to try for our first baby as early as December, and I really need to shape up and get healthier to prepare for a healthy pregnancy!

  178. Count me in please!!!

  179. Love this! Teaming up to jump in!!

  180. What if you’re not a mom? I’m not a mom, but I live with my disabled parents and help take care of them. (mom has glaucoma and dad has heart condition) Can I still participate? My mom might be interested in participating too. : )

  181. Debra Schramm says:

    I’m in. Just signed up for your email updates.

  182. Thanks! I can’t wait to get started. I have to be careful with some of the exercises since I am in physical therapy for my back, but I’m sure I can find a similar exercise if I needed to. (I know I’m not supposed to do situps.) Thanks for replying!

  183. Sounds great…just found you today and am subscribing to keep up!

  184. I’m in!!! I really need this. our baby is just over 2yrs and I still need to lose the “baby weight”. I want and need the energy to keep up with our 7.

  185. Denise Terry says:

    I’m in for the challenge!

  186. Im in

  187. sarah biggins says:

    THIS SOUNDS GREAT!!!! Im in:)

  188. I’ll play along!

  189. I’m in! When are we starting?

  190. Lisa kanagy says:

    I would really like to join you all!!! My ‘baby’ is 8 YRS. old and 3 older ones, I just need to get my rear in gear! I need to think that I can do anything for 42 days-right? thanks, Lisa

  191. SAH Mom of 1 1/2 years old twins! Only 34 years old and 3 months out of a hysterectomy and bilateral oopherectomy. Put on 12#s since surgery…I am in!

  192. B Forrest says:

    I’m in. Looking forward to this journey with you all!! 🙂

  193. Valerie Reeder says:

    I’m in!

  194. I’m in!

  195. I’m in too .. What’s the first step??

    • Peggy, here is a link to the page that contains all the posts in this series so far. Today is the first day. There is an exercise challenge called 42 Days to Fit: Week 1 Exercise Challenge, and a food challenge called 42 Days to Fit: Week 1 Food Challenge. Click on each of these posts and read and you’ll have all the info. 🙂

  196. I’m in. Please email me when we get started.

  197. Is it too late to start? Just had baby #4 almost 5 months ago and need to get my core toned and be more accountable for those occasional diet slip ups.

  198. I’m in! Thanks for the challenge!

  199. I’ll join in! Just saw the challenge today, so I’ll start tomorrow, the 22nd. Thanks for the motivation!

  200. Jessica S. says:

    I just found this and it’s just what I’ve been looking for!! I’m currently nursing baby #2.

  201. Me, me, me!!! I just read this today (few days late…is that ok?) I am a mom to 5. I had them all in 5yrs and I am soooooo out of shape. I used to work out regularly and was a pretty good runner. Now…well, I’m a marshmallow. Seriously. Help! Where’s my motivation?! Hope to succeed with you!

  202. I would love to join!

  203. I’m a few days late, but I’d love to join in!!! We’ll be starting our next homeschool year pretty soon, I’d like to start up some healthy habits before the shock of a new school year starts!

  204. This sounds great.. I hope haven’t missed it

  205. I have been looking for something just like this!! My baby is 7 and unfortunately, the weight is still here. I’ve got to lose about 30 and don’t want to follow a fad diet. Am I too late to join?

  206. I’m in! I need it!

  207. I would love to join too 🙂

  208. Oh, my goodness!! I just found your site and this is an answered prayer!! I would love to be in your group! I cannot tell you how much I’ve been beating myself up over my weight. I really need to lose at least 10 pounds, but I’d like to lose 15 pounds. I am just so busy between kids, school (I’m a first grade teacher), and church (I’m a pastor’s wife also), I feel like I don’t have any time for eating right and exercise. At least that’s what I’ve told myself in the past. But NO MORE EXCUSES!! I can’t wait to begin!!

  209. I am a mother of eight. They range from 11 to 25. I am not overweight, but am incredibly out of shape. I don’t know if your 42 days will be for me, but I am up for trying anything and trying it with several others sounds great to me. Bring it on! I am also sharing this with my daughter who has a beautiful 2 month old!!!

  210. I’m in…I have 25-30 pounds to lose in order to be at a healthy weight. I WISH chasing after my 4 kiddos would help it to come off, but so far I haven’t had any luck with that 😉


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