How to Plan for Fitness Success

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Are you looking to lose a few pounds? Maybe run in a marathon? Whatever your fitness goals are, you have to have a plan! One of my all time favorite quotes is “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Whoever said that is a genius (if you’re curious, it was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry). If you decide to lose some weight, you have to figure out how it’s going to happen. You can’t just say “I want to drop some pounds,” and then they magically fall off. (If that does happen for you, please let me know your secrets!) You probably won’t instantly be able to run the marathon, either. You need a plan for fitness success!

If you want to crush health goals you need to make a plan! Grab this free printable workbook & start your journey to fitness success now! #alliInMyLife #ad

As you might recall, one of my big goals for the year is to lose some weight. I haven’t exactly done a fabulous job of that so far! When I set the goal, it was for 20-25 pounds. I made some progress, then fell off the wagon. A few weeks ago I logged in my highest ever non-pregnancy weight. That will kick a person in the butt and make them get going again! Now my current goal is to lose 30 pounds.

I have struggled with my weight for several years now. I’ve always found it difficult to lose the baby weight. I put the needs of everyone else ahead of my own, so I wasn’t taking care of myself. Exercise is hard, so I made excuses not to do it. I have tried dieting with exercise before, and every time I started making progress… wham! I ended up pregnant again.

To make matters a little more complicated, shortly after the twins were born, I ended up with an umbilical hernia from my diastasis recti. To put that plainly, when I was pregnant with the twins my ab muscles separated to make more room for the growing babies, and that resulted in a hernia just above my belly button shortly after they were born. So now most core exercises cause the hernia to hurt, and I can’t get it repaired until after I’m done losing weight. Go figure.

I firmly believe that every woman is unique and beautiful, and there is no one body type that is better than the other. Every woman should feel comfortable in her own body, but I also know that it’s easier said than done.

The reasons why a person wants to lose weight are always personal, but I’m going to share a few of mine with you. I want my body to be healthy so I can live a long life for my husband and children. I want to be able to keep up with the kids and not get winded or exhausted after five minutes. And I want to feel better and have more energy.

Planning for Fitness Success

So how am I going to lose thirty pounds? How are you going to run that marathon or lose those pounds that you want to? By making a plan! Write down every tiny detail, and hold yourself accountable. Set boundaries for yourself so you know what you are willing to do what what’s off limits. Don’t just make a few changes here and there, but overhaul your lifestyle and make improvements.

There are three key areas to focus on when making your fitness success plan: exercise, diet/nutrition, and daily habits. I’ve included some of the details from my own plan below to help you get started.

Exercise: I will make the time to get in at least three good workouts every week. I will be more active during the day. I will push myself, but not to the point of breaking. I have made a list of workouts I can do at home (walking, spinning, some weights, yoga). When you make your own exercise plan, make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new program.

Food/Nutrition: I will follow a lower-calorie, low-fat diet. Meal planning will be my friend! I will not wallow in self-pity and junk food when my husband goes out of town. I will make wise food choices, but I will not starve myself. I will make sure my body gets the nutrients it needs to be healthy.

I will also be trying alli® weight loss aid. It’s the only over-the-counter FDA-approved weight-loss aid. Basically you take it with a meal (that contains less than 15g of fat), and it helps to block up to 25% of the fat calories from being absorbed by your body. For every 5-10 pounds you’d lose by just dieting, alli® weight loss aid can help you lose an additional 2-3 pounds.* Studies have shown that most weight loss occurs within the first six months of dieting, and alli® weight loss aid helps to increase your efforts*. You can read more about it here. We all need a little help sometimes, right? So count me in! While I’m taking alli® weight loss aid, I’ll also need to take a multivitamin at bedtime and drink plenty of water. I am ready to get started!

If you want to crush health goals you need to make a plan! Grab this free printable workbook & start your journey to fitness success now! #alliInMyLife #ad

You can find alli® weight loss aid at Walmart while you’re grabbing some new workout clothes, exercise equipment, and healthy foods! There’s even an amazing coupon for it here. Make sure you read the startup guide that comes with it (or go here); it has all the info you’ll need for getting started.

If you want to crush health goals you need to make a plan! Grab this free printable workbook & start your journey to fitness success now! #alliInMyLife #ad

Daily Habits: I will keep a food and exercise log to keep me on track. (I’m using the Happy Planner Fitness Extension pack.) I will drink lots of water every day to stay hydrated. (Here are some great tips for drinking plenty of water!) And I will go to bed a little earlier so that my body can rest and recover.

Fitness Success Workbook

Because I love my readers so much, I made a workbook for you! I want you to be able to reach your fitness goals as well, whether they are losing weight, lifting weights, swimming 10 miles, or anything you set your mind to. The workbook takes you through the step-by-step process of setting your goals, finding your way around potential roadblocks, and more. You’ll create your own plan for making changes that will set you up for a healthier lifestyle.

Print it out and put it in a binder or folder. I shrank mine down to 84% on the printer so that I could put it in my fitness planner (Happy Planner size).

Here’s the best part – it’s FREE! You don’t even have to subscribe to anything. Just click the picture below to download your copy.

If you want to crush health goals you need to make a plan! Grab this free printable workbook & start your journey to fitness success now!

Before Fitness Success

I’m a little nervous to be sharing this with you, but here are my before pictures. Do I look unhappy? It was the day I saw the biggest number on the scale.

If you want to crush health goals you need to make a plan! Grab this free printable workbook & start your journey to fitness success now! #alliInMyLife #ad

Don’t worry, I know it’s not all about the number on the scale. I want overall fitness, not just weight loss. That’s why I’ll be adding several different types of exercises to my routines. I want to be strong and healthy! I can’t wait to share my after photos in a few months. I am all fired up and ready for a positive change in my lifestyle!

So print up your Fitness Success Workbook and get started with me! Share this post to spread the inspiration and the great freebie! Don’t forget the awesome coupon for alli® weight loss aid! And tell me below in the comments any tips you might have for weight-loss success, or just cheer me on!


*alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.

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  1. Your ebook looks amazing! I can’t wait to download it and use it! You got this! I know you can di it! And I appreciate you being so transparent on this post. I can relate!

    • Thank you so much, Nikki! You’re the sweetest! I was a little nervous sharing so much, but I hope it will encourage other mommas. 🙂

  2. Wonderful post and so realistic. Loved every bit of it.

  3. You goy this! The hardest thing is making and sticking to a plan. Consistency is a struggle. I tried Alli once, but wasn’t consistent in taking it. I’ve been on many weight loss attempt journeys heh. Your workbook looks awesome! You gotta teach us how you make those 🙂

    • Thank you, Julie! We’ve been a lot more consistent with our diet this round than we have any other time. We’ve allowed ourselves a few cheat days, but overall Hubs and I are both doing really well! And the workbooks are all made in Canva! 😄

  4. Getting start off to a great start is always the way to go. Over all fitness is the way to achieve anyones goal.

  5. Great post and very realistic ideas.

  6. This is something that’s definitely on my radar. I’ve been slacking big time with fitness and eating healthy lately!
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  7. Well done on making fitness and feeling good your goal. After working in the fitness industry for a decade it’s so awesome to see women focusing on wellness over weight.

    • Thank you, Cynthia! The weight is a big part of what I want to accomplish, but I know that things will go a lot better if I make changes everywhere to get healthy.

  8. You GO girl! Can’t wait to follow your journey!

  9. Getting in shape and being healthy can be a hassle and that’s why most people don’t do it. I lost my weight by working out 6 days a week and calorie counting. I went from a size 8 to a size 2 within several months. Your ideas and plans to lose the weight are great and you can do it if you stay focused😉 Good luck on your journey. You got this!!

  10. I totally agree that meal planning is so KEY! Also, cutting sugar helps tremendously. Thanks for the tips!

  11. I’m on my own weight loss journey and I will be downloading the work book. excited to follow along and see your progress.

  12. It sounds like you really have a fantastic plan and a determined spirit. I have no doubt that will achieve your goals.

    La Belle Sirene

  13. Whoa, the comment pictures are moving!!

    I have trouble exercising because I can’t run (large breasts) and even walking is a pain in the butt (back/hip pain). It doesn’t help that the heat is AWFUL.

    I *do* walk more than I have before because of Pokemon Go, but I’m absolutely exhausted and melted at the end.

    Truth be told, as soon as our entertainment room is cleaned out, I finally use our Wii Fit and play some Dance Dance Revolution. 😀

    • Stephanie, you and I are in the same boat! I really don’t want black eyes from running, and I also have bad sciatica pain on both sides. This fitness thing is hard! Good luck to you!

  14. I love all the ideas! It is hard for me to plan anything that has to do with myself but these are some great tips. I definitely need to start getting back into being fit!

    • Thank you, Samantha! I totally understand about planning something for yourself, but once you start it, it gets a little easier. And I’m finding ways to involve the kids, too, so it doesn’t take away from their time.

  15. I love how you have your goals set and that you’re ready to tackle them. I’m trying to lose weight too and man-o-man is it a journey! But I think we’ll both do great as long as we try our best to stay on track. WE GOT THIS!!!

    Danielle | <3

  16. I’ll be your cheerleader!!! I know you can do this!! My hubs has lost over 30+ pounds since Jan. 1 of this year – diet and exercise. (thankful our work has a gym he can go to almost everyday at lunch for his workout!!)

    • That’s awesome! I’m a little envious of those with gym access, but I’m having fun getting creative with working out with the kids. And thanks for being my cheerleader! I need all the help I can get! 🙂

  17. Love your approach to fitness. Having a game plan is crucial!
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  18. I’m loving the workbook! It looks great!

  19. That ebook looks great! I agree, planning your fitness out is key! I lost 30lbs in the last year and girl….it was hard work. I’ll definitely be following along with your journey!

  20. These are such great fitness tips! I espcially love your downloadable workbook, what a fab idea!

  21. It looks like you have an awesome plan!
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  22. Good printable are one of my favorite resources for tracking anything! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Great tips! I find I am successful when I have a plan too! I like to keep track of my progress as well by keeping a journal.
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    • Thank you, Willow! I’m using part of my fitness planner as a journal of sorts, and it’s really neat going back through and seeing my progress.

  24. Good for you for doing this and getting support from the online community. You can do this.

  25. After I have my baby I want to get back to my pre children body so I’m definitely going to print out this workbook because after my first baby I didn’t get back fit the way I wanted but this second baby I am determined!!

  26. This is great! You have to set realistic goals and really think about what works for your lifestyle! Best of luck, I know you can do it! 🙂
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  27. I see your “Fitness” Happy Planner in the pic. Do you have the regular planner, too? I just have the regular planner and love it! Thank you for the workbook. You might check in on me cause I need some accountability when it comes to taking care of my health.

  28. I love this post, it’s so inspirational and motivational. I’m terrible at exercising and eating healthy. I’ve always been a relatively slim and healthy person, but I feel like I’d be so much stronger and better if I actually took the time out to do this. Good for you!

    • Thank you, Hannah! I’ve been really terrible at exercising and eating healthy, so I’m really glad to make that a priority now.

  29. Congrats on putting an ebook together! Great way to stay focused on your goals – thanks for sharing! You got this!
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  30. Seeing that “highest number ever” on the scale can feel so heartbreaking. I know, I’ve been there. I hope you continue to be gentle with yourself and find positive motivation moving forward. The planner you have designed here is so amazing! You never fail to impress me with what you can accomplish, so I have no doubt you will meet your new fitness goals. And if you need support – you know where to find me!! 🙂
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    • Erin, you are the sweetest and most supportive person ever! I’ll definitely be coming to you for help/advice/venting! Thank you so much!

  31. I love these tips! and I especially love all the comments! So many people who have been there done that & lost the weight! very motivational! good job everyone!
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