How I lost 10 pounds in a month…and am keeping it off.

How I lost 10 pounds in a month...and am keeping it off.

Losing 10lb in one month might sound easy…but it's not! I've learned keeping it off is even harder. Here is my story of why I did it, and more importantly, HOW.

Last Summer I hit a breaking point. I was tired all the time. I couldn't remember the last time I read a food label. I was cranky. I found myself spending more and more time on the couch in front of the TV, computer in my lap, filled with the “I'm working” excuse. I wasn't fitting in my clothes well (blamed it on my baby that was 5 months old at the time), and was self-conscious at the swimming pool. My back and neck were falling apart and it caused me so much pain I could hardly sleep. I blamed it on the couch, mattress, and seat in my car, as well as my having had 3 kids in 3 years. I went to the doc, excited to show him my lopsided hips (see “before” pic) and get a quick fix prescription to see a chiropractor. Instead he prescribed me 4 months of Pilates and yoga, telling me the problem was my lack of muscle tone and core (aka “you're out of shape), not misplacement of hips. I was mad and frustrated that he was some hippie doc that wouldn't give me what I thought I really needed.

I went on vacation with my family, and after eating nothing but junk food for a week and missing out on fun because of a useless back, I decided the doctor was right. I shouldn't be this crickety and weak at 27 years old. The only problem with my body was that I was short-changing it from giving it the life it deserved. I was taking it for granted, and treating it poorly…so it performed poorly in return. I decided then and there that it was time to change things.

We got home, and decided to get our family members involved. We each put $25 in a pot and started a challenge to lose 10lb in one month. I let the 10lb challenge spill over on the blog, because I was having trouble getting and staying motivated…so I thought a public display of my progress would keep me accountable. (Note to self – it works.)

Before I knew it the 10lb challenge had caught fire. My Instagram numbers nearly doubled. Readers were jumping on board, getting excited, and were changing their lives right along side of me changing mine. It was magical. I was able to turn to you readers for support, encouragement, suggestions (especially in the healthy food department…yuck. Still bad at that.). And guess what?

 It worked.

How I lost 10lb in 1 month...and have kept it off

Ps…Sadly, I am not exaggerating my stomach in this “before” pic, I was simply letting it completely relax. (If you compare the angle of my back arch in the two pictures, you'll see as such). It was a shocking realization; the first time I noticed how far my body had gone, because I spent most of my time sucking in my stomach.

I worked my tail off, and I lost the 10lb. I learned a lot about myself along the way, and learned a lot about fitness too. The two main things I learned is:

1) You can't do it alone

2) The simpler it is, the more successful you'll be.

1 – I have tried to lose weight before. In secret mostly, because it's embarrassing and I didn't feel it was anyone's business. I didn't want to hear people's opinions of my body. For me, I'm a lanky body type so people would always say “you don't need to lose weight, what are you talking about”. I felt like I had to defend myself and got no support or understanding. Ultimately, no one understands your body like YOU do. Being healthy doesn't mean being “skinny”. I was (and still am) lanky, sure, but my body (and mental state) were falling apart. My muscles, skin, organs, and even bones, were suffering…even if the number on the scale wasn't too bad. It wasn't until I decided to do this journey with my husband, and my family (…oh yeah and hundreds of thousands of readers…) that I truly committed myself and did what it took to make change happen.

2 – Crash diets don't work. Crazy fads don't work. Running 10 miles per day doesn't work. Why? It's not realistic. It's not sustainable. Sure, you might drop weight fast. But it's not a realistic LIFESTYLE you can maintain, so you're bound to let the weight creep back on, not knowing how to maintain the loss.

So…what did I do to lose 10lb in 1 month?

  • Exercised at home 5-6 nights per week, often times at midnight or later. We borrowed a friend's Insanity DVD because I didn't know where else to turn for a good at-home workout. I hated Insanity though, it was soooo boring and was all cardio – I felt like I didn't get toned at all (see below for my new suggestion). *note* The cardio was good for losing weight fast, but now I'm focusing more on toning my core to help get my body in check.
  • I did every exercise with my husband, because I knew I would get lazy and slack off if I did it by myself.
  • I posted my progress on Instagram and got family involved, to get encouragement and suggestions, and be held accountable.
  • I cut back on sugar. I didn't cut it out completely (what kind of life is that??), I just found balance and ate it in moderation. But since I'm a sugar-addict, the cutting back I did was pretty drastic for my typical lifestyle.
  • I stopped eating after 7:30 pm. Not a bite.
  • I was conscious about that I ate. I didn't use a food log (though, get a cute free one HERE!) or count calories or anything, I just made conscious decisions. I stopped mindlessly eating. I cut out unnecessary snacking, cooked healthier, and made the veggie the largest portion on my plate at dinner.
  • I drank more water (water only week, anyone??)

So…how did I keep it off? (…and lose 3 more pounds in the process!)

Three words: Variety, consistency, and fun.

I am not a runner. I hate running, actually. And I have workout ADD (as shown HERE). If I do a class too many times I'm over it. I lose steam and stop working out. I need variety, and I need it at my fingertips. I saved up for a year and paid for 1-year in cash for a membership to our local gym. I wanted a variety of classes, but mostly to have a place with childcare that would allow me to relax in a hot tub and shower in peace once in a while (true story). Plus they have a great pool for kids which is a life saver in the winter. The gym has been fine, but with my busy schedule I usually miss the morning classes (they don't have others throughout the day, really), and often times I wander around the workout floor, not sure what to do with myself.

My secret weapon?

M5 Fitness. My husband discovered it first and now we're both hooked. It's basically an at-home virtual gym, for only $20 a month (but if you refer 2 people you get it for free). They have any type of class you could want, and they are all on video so  you can watch at home or take it to the gym on your phone or iPad and use it there.

They have workouts for EEEVVERRRYYTTTHHIINNNG. Treadmill (did you know it's good to go BACKWARDS on a treadmill?? true.), Yogacore, heck, they even have Kettle bell videos! I got one recently and love it but had no idea how to use it. **Spoiler alert: I like it so much I'm going to give one away within the next week, so stay tuned!**


Any kind of online workout you could need

 I like that you can sort by amount of time you have to work out, by the instructor you like, by the equipment you have, or by category. Makes it easy to work out because I can shape it to fit how my day (and mood) looks that day.

I'm not very good at knowing what to do on my own, so I use their fitness programs and it's all covered for me. 

website with every fitness plan you could need

After gaining weight on our cruise (doh!) I am working on the weight-loss program this month. I select the program, choose my starting day, and they add it to my calendar for me, showing me what workouts I should be doing (and when) to lose weight (I can change it up any time if I want).

Website that makes a fitness plan and calendar for you, based on your goals


When I click on a workout on the calendar, I can customize my workout choice. I love the cardio dance, for example, so I can choose which instructor (in this case there's only one but usually there's several), duration, or equipment I have on-hand for my workout, while still staying on-track with my fitness plan calendar.

Website with tons of online workouts, in all varieties

This is what it looks like once you select and start a workout (the photo is actually a 30 minute video that's playing)

Website with tons of amazing online workout videos

For anyone who followed along the 10lb challenge with me, you know that food is where I struggle the most. I just don't really LIKE healthy food. It just doesn't taste that good to me, and I don't know how to cook and eat healthy. They have dozens of nutrition classes that rock my socks and really made it easy to understand.

Website with every dozens of nutrition lessons and fitness plans


You log all your fitness activity in your account – whether it's an M5 workout or not (it even connects with your Garmin) – and it keeps track of your goal progress.

Website where you can log your exercise and track goals

Website that tracks your fitness progress for you

(I'm getting a late start this month since we were on vacation the entire first week)

The part I'm super excited about is the community aspect of it. You can join each others' “teams” and see the activity other people are logging (like the My Fitness Pal app, but better), and comment/ask questions/give encouragement to your teammates…like I'm doing in this picture…to myself…because I haven't joined a team yet..#crickets

Website where you can log your fitness activities and share with your network

(P.S check back tomorrow for what this aerial silks business is all about. It was SO DANG FUN!)

I just made a FUNCHEAPORFREE team, so jump on it with me and let's do this together! Just use the code 108 to join the FunCheapOrFree team! People are already interacting a ton on there, it's been so much fun and so encouraging!

Honestly, Bubba and I have been really thrilled with M5. I wouldn't tell you about it if I wasn't. I'm not the best at tracking my progress, but I promise I will be now that we're all going to get fabulously fit together. I hope you all give it a try!

You can even try it for free for 10 days using the promo code FCF10…so you might as well, right??

Great online fitness website

PS there is a money-making aspect to it. As a member, you get $10 for every person you refer I believe, so you could totally make some sweet side-cash by telling your friends and family about it!

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I have never been happier. My back isn't hurting any more, I have energy to get on the floor and play with my kids, and I feel like I've gained a few years back on my life. Sure, I still have lots to work on – drinking more water, getting better rest, eating healthier (still bad at that…) – and still have a few pounds to lose from my blasted (but totally worth it) cruise. But the progress I have made so far has been life-changing. I can only hope for the same for you, and hope that you'll join me on my journey! (Give M5 a try HERE, use code FCF10 to get 10 days free)

P.S – I want you guys to know that I was not paid to do this post. This is 110% my own opinion and passion. (…Not that it should matter because it's always 110% my own passion and opinion even when it's a sponsored post…but I thought I should clarify anyway.) If there is anything I can do for you to help you feel as good as I feel, you better believe I'm going to do it…and I'm only just getting started.

P.S.S – I'm super nervous about this post. Posting pictures of your body for the world leaves me feeling very exposed. So thanks for being supportive with me and holding my hand through this! I feel like it's a weird coming out party of sorts – and it's a very vulnerable place to be (which is why it's taken me 8 months to post this). So thanks in advance for keeping all comments and energy positive around here. Smooches!

LET'S DO THIS! *fist bump * grunt * chest bump * butt slap *




  1. AvatarRebecca says

    Very awesome. You’re very inspiring 🙂 Your body looks so healthy, beautiful and clever for creating three beautiful babies! I’ve had two big boys and at 24, my body is very wrecked. Loose muscles from two C-sections and a lot of extra chunk. I’m from the UK so not sure I can get M5?

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Rebecca thanks so much!! And yes, M5 can be used all around the world, just like any other website – everything is online! It would be fun to be on the same team as you so join in and let’s do this! 🙂

    • AvatarLeah says

      I agree, very inspirational as well as informative post. And she does look great! It’s so important to remember the most important thing in weight loss is developing a combination of habits that promote an overall healthy lifestyle, like Jordan did. That’s the only way to achieve permanent weight loss, and it’s fundamental to every truly successful weight loss strategy. In fact, check out the following article that does a wonderful job of explaining the key factors in a successful, long-term weight loss strategy:

  2. AvatarDanielle says

    Very inspiring. I love that u r so true and honest. I have the same body shape and back issues. Core,core, core….Pilates here I come!

  3. AvatarLydia says

    M5 looks amazing but does it have any workouts tailored to pregnancy? Don’t want to invest in it if I won’t be able to use it in a couple of months. Thanks!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      I don’t know if there are many workouts in the world catered to pregnancy, unfortunately! But you can still do cardio, yoga, pilates, and strength training while pregnant. Stomach workouts won’t happen, but otherwise I was able to do lots of things while pregnant. Just listen to your body and ask your doc. In my classes at the gym there are several pregnant ladies (including an instructor!) that just adapt each class to what they feel they can do. Good luck!!

  4. AvatarDanielle R. says

    How great for you to lose weight and feel great! I have a 16 month old and while I made it back to my pre pregnancy weight right before she turned 1 I still don’t feel great. I have been stuck at this weight, which use to be a great weight for me, but now it doesn’t look as good. You are a great motivation for me to kick things up a notch and work a little harder. Thank you.

      • AvatarDanielle R. says

        Just as I was getting into a great fitness routine and super motivated to lose weight, I found out I was pregnant haha. Looks like I won’t be shedding many pounds but I am still motivated to stay healthy and exercise while eating right during my pregnancy. My husband will just have to lose weight for the both of us!

    • AvatarBrittany says

      I am totally going through the same thing! My little girl is 13 months, and I’ve been back to my pre pregnancy weight for a couple of months now, but it just doesn’t look the same! I need to get on it! Thank you Jordan for being so brave, and passing the knowledge along. Your body looks incredible!

  5. AvatarMelissa says

    Great job Jordan! Losing weight after babies is tough. I’ve had six! Variety is key for me and have had a lot of success with hiit routines and weights. I do all my workouts at home online like. Keep up the great work!

  6. AvatarMellie says

    Way to go! I have the same lanky body type so I know what you mean by the comments you receive when talking about exercise. Cardio is always hard because I feel like I just get lankier but not stronger.

    I just started DailyBurn last month and I love it. I think it is similar to M5. The only thing that seems different as far as I know is that you can’t create your own group. Everything else I believe they have on there that you said M5 has. It is a little cheaper being 30 days free and then only $10 a month so I just wanted to share.

    Again Congrats! I think it is great that you post about fitness. It is not talked about very much but we definitely all need it in our lives.

  7. AvatarErin Kathleen says

    Thanks for sharing! It looks like such a great resource! I’m in my last 20 some odd days of an awesome free 90 day challenge that has really changed my thoughts and attitude toward working out-I’ve loved it! The challenge I’ve been doing is bikinibodymommy. I believe in sharing things that inspire you, so thank you for sharing this! Like you, I struggle with eating healthy. I don’t necessarily eat a ton of junk food, but I love chocolate and I’ve found the couple times I’ve really buckled down and tried eating a lot healthier it’s costed us so much more, my husband complains and it takes so much time away from my little one when I’ve already spent 10 hrs away from home to prepare everything. Baby steps I guess!

  8. AvatarSmithz says

    OMG OMG OMG !!!! This is just what ineeded to get my ass off the couch. Been using my baby as a cover for my midriff for quite some time . Dont think that ruse is gonna last forever . I m sooo getting on your team. YOU INSPIRE ME !!!! 😉

  9. AvatarMelanie says

    Good for you! My hubby is lanky too (I occasionally call him the skinny fat guy because he is slim but not exactly in shape).

    If you’re putting weight back on eating your usual foods, I *HIGHLY* suggest checking out “The Plan” by Lyn-Genet Recitas. I lost more than 10lbs without doing any exercise (and still drink wine, eat cheese – y’know… enjoy life!) Crazy to find out the “healthy” foods that make your body gain weight.

  10. AvatarEmily says

    You look great! I am going to check out M5 too! I have been hoping to loose weight but never know what to do! I need a structured plan. Can M5 stream to your tv? Thanks for the post and motivation!!!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Yes it can! As long as you have Apple TV or a ChromeCast or something that can get the web to your TV, then totally! Or you can plug your laptop or iPad in. There are lots of ways 🙂

  11. AvatarLorna J says

    Hi Jordan, Love the post. Its very inspiring. I also love the fact that your concentrating on being healthy and strong and feeling good rather than having that beach bod. I love the M5 idea and getting on board with a group of supportive friends and having a customized program, however I don’t have a smart phone or an i pad and I’m not that great with technology. Is it doable for someone like me with just a lap top?
    Thanks for all your hard work and great ideas that you share! (I’m currently doing your envelope budget system and starting the deep clean chore a day. I need structure!) Love your blog!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Lorna – it’s totally doable with a laptop! That’s how I use mine mostly. It’s just a website so really you can access it anywhere!

  12. AvatarWendy says

    HOORAH! I loved this post because of its genuine truth. The extremes don’t work because they are not sustainable! I’m trying to lose baby weight, and had some family trying to get me to do “cleanses” with them, and I just can’t be that extremist because once I’m done I will swing hard the other way. I’m completely agreeing with your thoughts of mentally monitoring sugar intake and eating healthier, all while finding something fun you love to do to exercise. I recently started blogilates via YouTube, she has free workout calendars and awesome workouts, but the best part is that it’s so fun! So it keeps me going. Anyways, thanks for sharing!

  13. AvatarLala says

    Fabulous job!!!! It takes a lot of work and dedication fitting in fitness with being mama and wife. I’ve been on the same journey myself. It’s funny because your plan sounds nearly identical to mine. 🙂 Can you write a “menu post” explaining what you feed yourself and family for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? I could use some new ideas.

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Lala – I’m horrible at the healthy food stuff. But I’ve just been trying to stick to lots of fruits/veggies, lots of chicken, and trying to avoid anything creamy. Also we didn’t eat after 7:30, even snacks. Hope that helps!

  14. AvatarKalyn Brooke | Creative Savings says

    Wow – thank you for being so brave and sharing your weight loss story! Your before is so eerily similar to myself, and I’ve never heard anyone talk about the lopsided hip before. A few months ago, I started noticing it, and wondered what was wrong. I knew I was out of shape, but didn’t think it would do something like that!

    It’s so hard to stay active as a blogger, and I get super bored with the same fitness regimen too. I’m really inspired to try out M5. Oh, and I love your site! Jeni has been working on getting mine up to par design-wise over the last few weeks. Can’t wait for the reveal! 🙂
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  15. AvatarAlieshaia says

    I just wanted to say how much of an inspiration this post is. To see someone with realistic ideas and realistic results really gives me hope that anything is possible, and that becoming a healthier person may not be nearly as difficult as it seems to be (although it is not easy either). I am a college student, and am 20 years old. THe cafeteria does not eaclty give me a range of healthy chocies and neither does my wallet. THis makes it difficult in eating right all the time, especially when I find the choices at school completely boring. I just woldnt stick with it. As for excercising, i think I am just too lazy. I use homework and need for sleep as an excuse. I am greatful for websites like Fitness Blender or youtube channels with Zumba workouts where I son’t have to pay to get a good and fun workout. My difficulty is, like you mentioned, sticking with it, and making exercise a habit. With a roommate and a busy class/study schedule, I feel as though I have less time to squeeze in a workout in my room (due to lack of privacy) or go to the gym without feeling really self conscious. Next year we will have an apartment style building, so i’m hoping this will allow me to eat better as I will have a stove and everything. I just need more motivation to jumpstart myself into a healthier lifestyle. I thank you for sharing your experience. I would love any advice you may have, as balancing good grades, a social life and a healthy life is difficult, as it may be to balance a family and a healthy lifestyle.
    Thank you!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Wow Alieshaia thanks for sharing! College was a nightmare for me. It was some of the thinnest and heaviest times of my life. I totally agree with what you’re saying – if you find a REALISTIC system and stick with it, maybe it will take longer than a month, but it will happen for you. Best of luck and thanks so much for reading/sharing!

  16. AvatarAlexandra says

    Thank you so much for sharing this journey! My son is now 7 months and the past few weeks I’ve been obsessing over how much weight i HAVEN’T lost. I feel tired, cranky, and unmotivated most of the time. Reading this gave me some hope! Other moms struggle too! I’m not alone! I can do this! Thank you again!!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Trust me, I know how you feel! And yes, YOU CAN DO THIS! Keep us posted on how it’s going, and good luck!

  17. AvatarTraci R says

    Thanks so much for sharing! I feel like I’m a very active mom of 3 girls, in my 40s, but still struggle with my body. I love how you focus on a healthy lifestyle and not what you look like. I’ve never heard of M5, so I’ll be curious to check it out. Great blog!

  18. AvatarSamantha Harris says

    Thank you for sharing this post!! YOU are so BRAVE and I hope you realized how many people you will help get and stay motivated in their journey..especially mine! I have decided to sign up for the M5 Fitness plan. I too, get bored very easily, don’t know where to start, don’t know what to eat(I just don’t eat healthy)…same thing! SO this sounds great for me! As a 32 year old SAHMommy of 2, whose had 2 c-sections. I am way out of shape! I cant run! I despise working out! but I feel like poo and need to do SOMETHING!! NO more putting it off!! I am determined to to this and not to just lose wait but to be healthier, to live healthier and I feel totally motivated right now, I could just jump up and do 50 jumping jacks! : ) But I will wait and see what the M5 people tell me to do first! HAHAHAHA I am going to try and get my hubby to do this with me as well. We talk quite a bit about working out and getting in shape and healthier. Plus, I know it would be good quality time for us since we are just so busy and rarely have time alone, together….
    Thanks again Jordan for your boldness! You are beautiful inside & out!!

  19. Avatarchyanne rooney says

    Such a brave lady you are!! You look amazing!! Thank you for being so honest and open with your readers. I’m excited to try M5!!

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Good questions! It’s the same bra for both pics, the reason I didn’t wear the same shorts is simply because I didn’t think about it! haha! I just reached for some black ones.

      The reason I’m not showing my face in the “after” pic is because, again, I didn’t really think about it. I wasn’t wearing any makeup and wasn’t focusing on my face in the pic. I was trying to get the best shot of my body without hiding any of it or making weird angles. My husband wasn’t home to take the picture for me. If I held the phone lower it covered up my body, which was against the point. It was hard to get a full-body pic unless my phone was so high. So honestly, I just didn’t think about covering up my face as being an issue.

      I’m happy to take another “after” pic showing my face for anyone who’s worried about the authenticity!! 🙂

  20. AvatarChelsi says

    GREAT JOB! Now that you point it out I see the difference in the ‘back’ my back sways the same way and I have been having lots of back issues (DUH! Chelsi tone your core!) THANKS! I do have a question for you… What exactly are you eating? I understand the basics and proportions, small meals etc. But I want something packed with flavor (which I seem to be missing in ‘healthy foods’) I find myself craving a juicy hamburger with fries when I am ‘dieting’. Also, your supplements form M5… do they taste good? What is the texture like? (Be honest! lol) I am really finicky on textures and tastes and haven’t found one I love yet. Is it worth the money to try the supplements? Thanks again for your inspiration!

  21. AvatarAbby says

    Thank you for this wonderful post!! You are so brave and inspiring 🙂 I know how hard it is to lose 10 pounds! It doesn’t seem like a lot but I’ve been trying to lose this last 10 pounds for2 years haha I’m down 5 since Jan and this is the motivation I need for the last 5!!! 🙂

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Congrats on the 5 pounds that’s amazing!! Thanks for reading, and best of luck with the final 5. You can do it!! XOXO

  22. AvatarJennifer Barnwell says

    Congrats on the weight loss but I agree with an earlier poster – an ‘after’ photo that shows your face would be twice as effective! Everyone loves to hear about a success story so put any doubts to rest and show your face in both pics!

  23. AvatarSarah says

    I am having a hard time withdrawing off of pain medication–and I had lost 20 pounds just prior to needing to start the medication–so my doctor suggested yoga/pilates 3 times a week to help with the pain and re-balance my brain. I don’t feel well enough to drive to the gym, so I immediately thought of your post. I just signed up and can’t wait to get started tomorrow!
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    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      First of all, good for you for getting off the pain meds! That is SO HARD, and I’m super proud of you! And way to take initiative and hit the gym, very inspiring. I’m having new back issues and reading your comment reminded me what i really should be focusing on…strength and fitness. Thanks for the reminder! XOXO

  24. AvatarAisha says

    I think my tummy looks like your before picture if I let it totally relax. Thanks to my 2 adorable kids! Was it insanity that you did to “fix” your tummy in the after picture? And what core exercises would you recommend from M5 besides that?

  25. AvatarMaura says

    First of all, great job! Very inspiring! I’m also trying the insanity program. My question is though, how did you cut back your sugar intake? I’m a terrible sugar addict and when I try to cut it out completely, I end up binge eating 🙁 I’m having trouble finding a middle ground I guess, what worked for you?

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Ugh that’s a hard one. Honestly, watching the nutrition classes on M5 helps. But otherwise it’s pure determination. But I’m one that believes in moderation. So I would do no sugar, except on weekends. It gave me something to look forward to. And after going all week without sugar I found myself uninterested in eating as much of it as I was before! I also had lots of sugar-free snacks around to help curb the cravings. But often times if you’re craving sugar, it’s because of your diet so watch those classes and maybe it will help! Good luck!! XOXO

  26. Avatarkb says

    Amazing work you look awesome! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to keep trying. I was getting there but then had a freak crush injury that set me back at least 3 months. Here’s to hoping for sustained motivation to get back at it n achieve some progress!

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