What to expect this week | Travel & Fitness |

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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!

A Lifelong Journey in the Making.

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Hello! 

I am currently watching the weather learning about the snow that is coming to the Chicagoland area this week and planning out my next few days. Despite the cold and snow I plan to make this week amazing. This is going to be the starting point of my journey and I am going to start striving towards my first goal. 

       Stats: 

  • 5’9″ tall
  • 271 pounds
  • Stomach — 52″ 
  • Waist — 43.5″
  • Glutes — 52.5″

I am looking to lose 136 pounds in about 2 years. I don’t have an end date, but I do plan to use small monthly goals to pave my road to success. I am going to be lifting, doing cardio and following my macros. 

I currently work full time from 1pm to 10pm central time Monday through Friday. These hours can be pretty exhausting so I am going to start this week with 3 days of working out. I like to work in 5 week increments, and plan to post body updates at the end of each 5 weeks. Some people prefer to do 10 week programs, some 12,  prefer 5 because it keeps me on track and I don’t get bored.

My 1st goal is to lose 10 pounds by Easter, April 16th. This gives me 5 weeks to reach my first goal. 

I have calculated my macros and I am going to see how it goes with my numbers. Starting tomorrow I will be eating 2059 calories, 134 protein/185 carbs/ 87 fat. That’s right, no low carb diet for me, I want to be in shape without being miserable. The only time I suggest going low carb is if you are training for a show, photo shoot or any other reason you may need to lean out in a short amount of time. I will be posting the workouts I followed at the end of the week and let you know the strength workouts, cardio and stretches I did this week. 

As I progress I will be including videos of my favorite workouts, my currently clothing choices, shoes and favorite products that I will carry through my journey. 
Follow along and feel free to ask questions, offer advice or show me your fitness blogs! 

Marie Baker Blog 

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Hello! 
My name is Marie and this is where I will be blogging about just about anything. Thank you for expressing interest in my first post. If you follow along you can expect posts about fitness/healthy, beauty/fashion, diy projects & traveling ! 

See below for a breakdown of what my blogs will contain! 
Fitness & Health :

I used it be a personal trainer, I am NASM certified and ready to kick my own butt into shape. I always a thin athletic person, but just like anyone else life got the best of me. Future posts will explain how/why I gained the weight, and my plan to lose it all. I’ll be going over everything from my journey, nutrition, workouts, my favorite fitness products and clothing. I’ll also discuss overall ways to keep your body working at its best. 
Beauty/Fashion :

I make organic skin and beauty products! Follow along for new products, shop information and my current makeup favorites. I’ll also be posting about my own personal style, how I stay on budget and keep up with the current trends and how to shop for your body type. 
DIY: 

I’ll show DIY tips for your home, garden and life! 
I’ll be starting off with weekly posts and hope to be more active as time goes on. Follow along for lifestyle tips from me and to share your own! 

Travel:
I love to travel! I will be posting about upcoming trips, the best ways to prep, pack and travel as flawlessly as possible.