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Another month has passed so quickly during this journey! I posted late last month, but I wanted to make sure to get an update in before I leave for my two trips this month. I’m going to talk about my strategy for staying on track while traveling, and the surprise ending to the twelve-week challenge!

If you’re wondering why you’re seeing a fitness and weight loss post on a decor blog, it’s because I am embarking on a nine-month lifestyle change. You can see the other months here. I’ve decided that becoming a healthy person is the missing puzzle piece to finding greater success and happiness in all parts of my life. I’m sharing my journey in hopes to inspire someone who may be in the same position that I am, and also for accountability. Don’t worry, we will be back to our regularly scheduled decor and organizing posts next. :)

So as I mentioned, the twelve-week fitness challenge wrapped up in late March. It felt so bittersweet toward the end because it was truly a great and supportive group of girls and trainers. I decided to continue classes at the same gym, so I still see almost everyone! We had a banquet at the end to celebrate our accomplishment, and imagine my shock when I was given the “Ultimate Warrior” of the challenge award… something that I was definitely not expecting! I have to give a huge shout out to True Performance Training and Filipe and Garrett, as I probably would have given up a long time ago without them and this program to keep me on track. 

I have never exactly been a naturally strong or athletic person.  As you can probably imagine, my world has pretty much been filled with books, flowers, sketchpads, and paintbrushes (…and baked goods, whoops!) up until this year. So this world of kettlebells, ropes, sleds, and astroturf is completely uncharted territory… but I’ve found that I love it! The feeling of completing a workout is unlike anything else and has become a necessary ingredient to my new recipe for having a productive week. Watching my body change and having everyone around me notice as well and encourage me has also been extremely rewarding and confidence-building. Buying clothes a size down (and very rapidly approaching yet the size below that) is something I haven’t experienced before. It seems like I’ve either stagnated or had to size up for basically my entire life. My blood pressure is completely within the normal range. I feel awesome- the happiest I’ve been in years.

I’ve been posting less frequently on here- but it’s because I’ve almost completed a huge business goal (big announcement coming soon!) that I have been thinking about, but too scared to tackle, for years. So all in all, the metamorphosis is still going strong!

There have been many potential setbacks along the way that have made me nervous. Valentine’s Day, weekends away, birthday parties, spending time with friends, the end of the challenge… these things were all things I agonized over. Could I resist the cake? Would it be the beginning of my backslide? What exactly can I eat at a Chinese restaurant?

I still eat primarily paleo, but I’ve realized I also need to live. I’ve had a cocktail or two in the past three months. I had a tiny slice of cake on my brothers birthday. These are just some examples. It’s unrealistic to act like I will never do these things for the rest of my life, so I’ve tried to find a way to work them in instead. Rather than a potential downward slope, these things have become calculated, and I’m right back on track for the next meal, and I definitely don’t skip exercising that day. It’s all a game of balance, and my control freak nature revels in it. 

Travel feels like another one of those potential setbacks for me, though. I’m about to head to Texas for the Lowe’s makeover, and we are planning to visit Magnolia Market in a couple of days. How exactly would I not try one of those famous cupcakes? Instead, I’m planning to be as good as I can be, but indulge a couple of times so that I also have fun and live my life. I may have a cocktail or two. I will definitely have that cupcake. I am also planning to make use of the hotel gym, even if it means getting up at the crack of dawn to get a half-hour in. After that trip, I’m home for a few days, and then we’re boarding a red eye for Ireland. For those few days between, I’m planning to go to the gym and use my Peloton as I always do. Ireland is going to be another game of balance. I’m going to decide what’s worthwhile to indulge in, say no to what isn’t, and make use of the gyms when the hotels have them. I’m going to try to work in some body weight exercises and runs during the times when we are somewhere without a gym. If this was a normal vacation and I was already at my goal weight, I wouldn’t be so overthinking it so much. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I’m midway through a huge lifestyle change. I’m just going to try to do as best as I can and keep myself accountable! 

So for the numbers…

Pounds Lost in March: 9
Total Pounds Lost since January 1: 38

I had lost 29 pounds by the end of the challenge, which seemed like a lot. Imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale this morning! These numbers are incredible, and it may sound cheesy, but like I said above…they aren’t even the biggest benefit of this whole experience. I hope I have an equally exciting post to share next month about my progress! I do have to work up the courage for some before and “in progress” pictures, too.

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About Nina

Nina is the owner & designer of Nina Hendrick Design Company and the Nina Hendrick blog. Along with her husband Mack, she is chronicling the journey of transforming their builder-grade 80s colonial into a modern day New England dream home. Nina and Mack live in the suburbs of Boston with their three children and golden retriever Lucy.


I too am trying to lose some weight. I’ve lost 13 lbs but my main goal has been to be healthier and to improve my cardio-on a budget. Good luck on your health goals

Thank you, Kate! I wish you the best of luck, you will do great!

38 pounds IS a big deal, sister, and I think you’re doing great!

Thank you so much, Kathy! I appreciate the support!

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