Sheboygan, Wisconsin by the Lake

I’m Back and Ready to Cook!

What a crazy couple of months! I’m so sorry for the lag but we went through a world wind move from Chicago, Illinois to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Talk about a culture shock! We now live in a very small town.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin by the Lake
Sheboygan, Wisconsin by the Lake. Image by Courtney Brobst

We purchased a fixer-upper and because of this and some very generous help from family members, we are officially mortgage free. We have a lot of work ahead but it will be a labor of love.

My plan for the blog will be to write twice a week. One post will be on my weight loss journey (I’m still the same but I haven’t focused on it at all, so there is no surprise there!) and my second post will be exploring culinary curiosities and recipes from around the world. And I have to say, December is a great month to delve into both of these topics.

Along the way, I may add some bonus material when we do updates to the house– especially when we start working on the kitchen!


Workout Wednesday with 8fit

I am following the 8fit app as a free pro user. I am not getting any affiliate payment or payment of any kind to promote this app– I just really like it! Because 8fit gave me free pro status on the app, my links to the app have a special link for 8fit to monitor traffic from my site. 

Today is the day I start my 8fit workout routine! The first thing I did was to set up my exercise plan so it fit my current abilities. Not surprising I got a 1 out of 8 with their fitness evaluation. I am beginning level… it’s a little laughable to be honest. If they could assign a 0, that would be me! That’s OK because that is why I am doing this!

8fit also goes over your fitness goals. There are several options but my main goal is to lose weight initially and then I will change it to another goal. Moving through 8fit is so simple for me– I’ve tried other apps and I lose interest quickly because they are labor intensive with adding data daily. One of my favorite parts of this app is that I can log my meals by simply taking a picture of it! Yes, that’s my type of effort!

Alright, so now to the nitty gritty. If you are following my progress, you will need to see my before and after pics and my measurements. I hate sharing this stuff but I’ll do it because I have to embrace who I am today and be OK with that, knowing I’m working to improve my health.

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This is my before picture. No makeup, no tricks– I didn’t even adjust lighting. This is all me.

My Starting Stats

Height: 5’5″

Weight: 222lbs.

Waist: 40.5″

Hips: 51″

Chest: 43.5″

Upper right arm: 16″

Upper left arm: 15″

Right thigh: 29″

Left thigh: 29″

Right calf: 16.5″

Left calf: 17.5″

As you can see by the measurements, I’ve got a challenge on my hands!

Now that I have my app set up with my workout routines– each routine is 9 minutes long and I don’t need any equipment (which is great). I headed over to the food section to set up my meal plan. This is such a great feature on the pro version of 8fit because it allows you to customize your menus and then creates a shopping list that you can bring to the store and check off the items on the list as you get them. I’m all for grocery lists! They keep me from impulse buying chocolately items 😉

Here are my day’s meals for today:

Breakfast: Protein Packed Oatmeal— this was SO filling! (see picture above).

Lunch: Baked Chicken and Apricot Couscous (I don’t have apricots on hand so I’m switching them out for cranberries because I have this bag of cranberries that I swear is multiplying on its own– I can’t seem to get rid of them!).

Dinner: Salmon with Spinach and Rice (I am really looking forward to this!)

Snack: Berry Protein Smoothie. I’m using this as my dessert because I’m still hung up on the dessert thing.

As you can see, I’m not going to be hungry or feel deprived. I could even set up my meal plan to have two snacks but the app suggests just one snack, so that is what I will do.

I’m going to be showcasing one of the dishes each week here on my blog. Although, I can’t share the actual recipe with you– I can share the ingredients and my tweaks on the recipes. So, stay tuned! Be sure to follow my instagram and pinterest feeds to see daily images of what I’m eating.