Thinking Out Loud #8

Happy Thursday! There are a lot of thoughts floating around in my head, so I thought it would be the perfect time for a Thinking Out Loud post!

If you don’t know what that is, the lovely Amanda from Running With Spoons has devoted Thursdays for thinking out loud and hosts a weekly round-up of the random thoughts around the blog world.


1) I restarted the 21 Day Fix this week. I haven’t done it since I hurt my ankle my last round. It feels good to be doing some regular formal activity. Lately I’ve just been flitting around with different workouts with no real focus. I’m hoping that I can keep it up after the 21 days are over.

Restarting #21dayfix today! Total Body Cardio Fix in the books! #notonadietfitness

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2) I cannot wait for next weekend! Back in June I was over on Twitter when I saw No Doubt post that they would be playing RiotFest in Chicago. I knew that my sister and I HAD to be there. So, we threw down a chunk of change for the 3 day festival. Last month we learned that we could have just bought a ticket for Friday to see No Doubt. Oh well! We will also get to see Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, Billy Idol, and System of a Down. It should be a good time!

3) I mentioned before that Mr. B quit his job. I didn’t say too much about it, but it was the best thing to happen for him. His old job had began to really give him the run around and he was anything but happy with his current situation. He searched for jobs in Colorado for a few months, with not much luck. Then a local opportunity landed in his lap. It came at just the right time with everything he has been looking for. Isn’t it crazy how life happens that way?

4) Mr. B quit his old job 3 weeks before his new one starts. So, we have been spending a lot of time together. It has been pretty great and we have gotten to do a little bit of traveling. Last week we were in Decorah doing some camping and Mr. B did some fly fishing. I’ve said it before, but Decorah really is a neat little town. This time we discovered a couple of new spots and got to hike up a waterfall.

5) We also made our way to Indiana last week. A couple that Mr. B went to high school with lives there and are pretty good friends of ours. I spoke at the wife’s work on Friday for a lunch & learn. I talked about my weight loss and how I have gained life because of it. It was a lot of fun to share my story in that manner.

Did some hiking today! Good times. #getoutside #notonadietfitness

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6) Along with being in Indiana for the talk, we also did some camping and hiking. I absolutely love being outside and in nature. The hike we took on Saturday, was challenging, but a lot of fun. I even conquered going down two ladders. (I HATE ladders!) We also made shrimp on the campfire which was tasty!


7) My craft room/office is a complete disaster area. This place has become such a catch-all for all of my things. I really need to take the time soon to declutter. I need to freshen up on the Konmari technique and just get it done. I just love papery things and yarn too much. 😉

8) I’m so in love with my Kindle Paperwhite! I purchased it about a month ago with my birthday money and have read about a book a week. I shared last month what I read and will be doing the same for September. Current read is The Night Circus.

9) I have discovered Noosa Yoghurt recently. Where has this been my entire life? It is so good! I’m hoping I can find smaller containers of the pumpkin. While it is delicious, I don’t want to spend 8 PointsPlus each go around.

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What are you thinking about on this lovely Thursday?

September Goals

As we arrive to another month, I can’t be the only one who has wondered where all the other months went. Wasn’t I just in New York freezing my butt off trying to be sure I saw the Christmas tree?

Now we’re dealing with the last of the summer heat.


I’m not going to lie, when it felt a bit like Fall this past weekend in Indiana, I got excited. I love me some Summer, but there’s just that changing of the seasons that I love. Plus, I love all the gorgeous Fall colors!

Oh and Pumpkin EVERYTHING!

September Goals- Brooke: Not On a Diet

With a new month here, it got me thinking of goal setting. I have food, fitness, & fun as goal categories. All areas need improvement!

When I complete my goals for the month, I’m going to reward myself some new leggings! Because I pretty much live in them. #dontjudge

September Goals by Brooke: Not On a Diet



– Make 3 new recipes (Any suggestions? Looking for tasty lunch ideas!)

– Only 3 alcoholic beverages per week (Why must beer be delicious?!)

– No pop (Started this nasty habit up again)


– Hit daily step goal (7,000)

Complete 21 Day Fix (Started it again yesterday!)

– Attend a yoga class (I bought passes AGES ago. Just need to get over the fear!)


– Record a vlog! (Anything you’d like to see?)

– Print photos from our trip out West (Need to work on a scrapbook!)

– Finish studying the Exercise Science portion of my CPT (I keep putting this off because it is HARD!)

What are you working on this month?

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Fall Back to Healthy Habits DietBet

Summer is close to coming to an end. Have you had a good one?

I sure have! There have been camping trips, bike rides, and plenty of celebrating my 30th birthday.

While I try my best to stay on track, I feel like it is pretty tough during the Summer. Then again, is it every really easy?

I know that a lot of you like myself struggle with Summer as well, so I thought this would be the perfect time to have another DietBet!

This will be the 5th one I’ve held and every single one has been super successful! My last DietBet, the pot was over $16,000 and winners walked away with over $35!

They didn’t have to do anything special, just put forth the effort to lose their 4% goal in the 28 days.

If you haven’t done a DietBet before, you can read about how it works HERE.

Fall Back to Healthy Habits DietBet w/ Brooke: Not On a Diet

This DietBet is going to be all about focusing on healthy habits to get you back on track to your healthy goals.

When you sign up for the Fall Back to Healthy Habits DietBet ($25), there were be a link in the game for you to sign up for a weekly email from me. During the course of the game I will be sending out an email each week talking about some healthy habits that could help you on your journey to lose weight. You will also be given a mini-challenge for the week to complete.

There will also be a prize giveaway each week as well! Who doesn’t love prizes? 😉

So, what do you say are you ready to fall back to your healthy habits?

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