20 things about me. 

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Today my challenge is to share 20 things about myself…Listed below you will find the good and the bad!

  1. I am 23 years old
  2. I have lived in the same house, about 45 minutes outside of Chicago, my whole life.
  3. My dad passed away when I was 12.
  4. I am a NASM certified person trainer. (I left the field 2.5 years ago)
  5. I appreciate a good, cheesy joke.
  6. I have a desire to travel all 50 states and then move on to discovering other countries.
  7. I have big dreams of owning my own business.
  8. I have been with my boyfriend for just over 4 years.
  9. I love being outside.
  10. I can be very stubborn.
  11. I know what I want and will do whatever I need to get it.
  12. I have 6 pets, a dog, cat, bird and 3 guinea pigs.
  13. I love diy projects and repurposing things. 
  14. Sunflowers are my favorite.
  15. I love any/all outdoor activities.
  16. I’ve recently been diagnosed with scoliosis and I’ve had an ongoing battle with herniated discs in my lower back. 
  17. I am currently working towards running a marathon. 
  18. I would love to make a living off my crafts and blogging. 
  19. I have a lot of clothes because I hate throwing them away, I’ll wear them until they cannot be worn anymore. 
  20. I have an irrational fear of worms. 

Back and better than ever

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Hello!

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”.

Sooooo…

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 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!

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.