Back and better than ever



I recently took an unexpected break from social media and blogging due to some stuff going on at home. I am back now and ready to kick some ass!

I am jumping back into getting fit after a recent scoliosis diagnoses and some issues with herniated discs in my back (I’ll share more when I know more, promise!) I am determined to keep pushing forward and meet my goals despite my back issues.

For right now I have decided to do a 31 day “get to know me” blog challenge. Today is day 1, “introduction and recent photo”.


Hello, my name is Marie. I work for a temporary housing company full time. I have huge goals when it comes to business, fitness and my future. I am blogging to document and share my ups, downs, progress and any setbacks I may have. My hope is to use this blog to push myself and if I motivate others along the way that would be a great bonus!

Below you will find a recent photo of me. This photo is from a few weeks ago at the Hilton Chicago. Truth, I hate this photo. I am so far from my weight loss goals, however, this is the real me. I love and respect myself  no matter how I look. I am posting this with all my courage because I want to encourage everyone to love themselves.





What to expect in April (2017)


Spring is here! For me that means spending a lot of time outside, travelling and shopping for spring/summer.


Here is what to expect:



I’ll be spending a weekend in Chicago (4/21-4/23). I have lived 45 minutes away from Chicago for 23 years, aka my whole life, and I have never spent a night in Chicago. I also haven’t done or seen about 90 percent of what the city has to offer, I suck. I know. That is all going to change though, starting this year! I want to see everything!

Towards the end of the month I will be attending C2E2. This This is a Comic and Entertainment Expo that happens every year. My boyfriend, Bryan goes more for the comics, I go mostly for the entertainment and artwork. This Expo started in 2010, I’ve gone twice and each one is better than the last. I’ll be posting a blog later on about preparing to go to C2E2, what to expect and what to bring along. My boyfriend will be posting on his blog – ComicBookSense — about how to prepare to get your comics signed, the artists and entertainers who will be there, and how he plans to have a successful trip. Follow along on his blog for more info on that!

After our trip I’ll be posting about what we did, where we stayed and what we ate, look out for that at the end of the month!



Look out for posts this month about the beginning of my fitness journey. I will be going over my meal prep, the beginning of my 5k training and my yoga/flexibility journey.



I’ll be sharing some of my favorite workout clothes and where to buy them.

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What to expect this week | Travel & Fitness |


Things are starting to warm up in the sleepy suburbs of Chicago and I am so excited for spring. I have this week off work and I have a lot planned!

This weeks traveling:

I have a travel bucket list and I will be starting it full swing this week. I plan to travel to all 50 states, by travel I mean spend at least 1 month in each state, submerging myself in everything the states have to offer, from the biggest tourist spots to the smallest trails and sweet spots.

The first state I am starting with is of course my home state, Illinois. How often do you act like a tourist in your own home town? How often do you take the time to vacation in your own state? Every state has something beautiful to offer and I plan to discover it all!

This week I will be discovering the Volo Auto Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. I just bought my first nice camera and I plan on documenting the whole week. I’ll be posting a blog about my discoveries and posting photos on my Instagram – MarieBakerBlog.
This weeks fitness plan:

This week I will also begin working out 5 times a week, I will share my daily workouts and some motivation on my fitness Instagram — MarieBakerFit. I am pondering the idea of doing a 5k and showcasing my training as well, so follow along for more details on that!

Feel free to tell me your favorite spots in Illinois, I want to see everything from the tourist spots in Chicago, to the beautiful trails in Galena and the Superman statue in Metropolis. Follow along to see my trips and share your sweet spots!