What’s Been Cookin’…Healthy Lifestyle Changes


This post piggybacks on Liz’s last post a little bit. In October, I wrote a post about me being a little bit of an emotional mess when my husband was deployed and how caring for a toddler and newborn drained me.  It took until Nora was 16 weeks old for her to get out of her colic phase. When that happened I had all the praise hands! Anyways, I tried to give myself a lot of GRACE and just make it through. But when that was over, I finally felt like I was ready to be myself again so DunDunDun I started a dreaded exercise program!

To give you some quick background, I was in great shape before I got pregnant with our first daughter, but didn’t exercise during the pregnancy because of all the medications and procedures we endured for IVF. I also had this weird fear that if I did too much I would lose the baby. I know that might sound dumb, but after we were unable to have children for so many years, I was terrified I would do something wrong. Anyways, I put on weight, more than I would like, but had a healthy girl! I never got back to that pre-pregnancy weight and just assumed I never could. So when the second pregnancy started and I gained more weight than I wanted to, I just again accepted this as my new normal.

8 Months Pregnant!

June 2017: 34 Weeks Pregnant!

Enter in social media (Yes sometimes this can be good!). I have a friend from our husbands’ residency program who is a Beach Body coach. She was always making these healthy lifestyle posts about exercise and clean eating and (total HONESTY HERE!) I was always annoyed and frustrated because I was like “I don’t have time for that.” Or “I can’t eat healthy; I’m nursing and always STARVING!” Eventually, Jamie’s posts broke me though and I contacted her.

I signed up for a Beach Body membership and started with a Facebook challenge group doing their 21 Day Fix program and eating plan. It was the first time I’d ever really looked at what I was eating. I always thought I ate healthy, but it wasn’t until I looked at my servings that I realized I needed to take better care of myself! This program was so great for me because it was based on portion containers to measure your food servings. You just have to make sure you are eating all the right things. NO CALORIE counting!!! Ugh, if there is one thing I cannot do it’s counting calories! I know some of you might love that, but it is not my cup of tea.

Portion Containers

Portion Containers

So at the end of November I started the 21 Day Fix program. It was a game changer. I didn’t set out to lose weight. I set out to accomplish a goal. I needed something for myself. I wanted to feel better and just gain energy. I forgot how much I love exercising…ok I don’t love exercising when I’m doing it, I love how I feel after! I did have a little motivating factor too, in that my husband last saw me when I was 3 weeks postpartum. And although I celebrate that body and am truly blessed to have carried 2 babies so far, I knew it wasn’t where I wanted to stay. (We also have our 10 year wedding anniversary this summer and really want to take a trip together!)


August 2017…Pre Deployment & 3 weeks Post Partum


January 2018…Post Deployment

So the 21 day fix program set me off and then I started the new Beach Body program a month ago called 80 Day Obsession. It uses the same portion measuring containers but relies on eating the right things at the right times. And let me tell you, I am eating more calories on this eating plan than I was before I started! It’s just the right foods at the right times!

Meal Plan! 2,000 calories of Good Food!

Meal Plan! 2,000 calories of Good Food!

When I say I’m on a ”diet” my husband hates it because he says it’s just eating right; meaning the way you’re always supposed to be eating. We don’t do anything crazy… stuff like chicken, grilled veggies, salads, and LOTS of EGGS!! 


Veggies & Eggs!!!

Side Note: we had our first date night a couple weeks ago when Liz and her family came to stay with our kiddos overnight (Yes they are SAINTS!!) I let myself have some chocolate cake after dinner and it was delicious! I didn’t go crazy, but we were celebrating being together so I enjoyed it and didn’t let it bring me down.


January 2018 Date Night!

And again, I didn’t set out to lose weight. I hate numbers when it comes to weight because I truly believe you can be a healthy size 14 or size 2. I’ve always struggled with body image and have come to a point where I want to be proud of myself. Not because of what numbers say, but because of the goal I am accomplishing. I really want to build my muscle back and I’ll tell you my secret goal that I haven’t’ shared with anyone…I want to be able to do a back handspring again just like my college cheerleading days haha! It’s been 4 years since I last tried one so we will see how that goes!

Hopefully this post is encouraging to some of you and not something that sounds like I’m bragging. Eating well and exercising really does help your mind as much as your body. I now plan my workouts and eating into my day just like every other activity. Some days I wake up at 5am because I know that’s when I have to get it done (and yes my kiddos interrupt me sometimes and I just deal with it).  I am proud of myself and can’t wait for phase 2 & 3 of the 80 day Obsession program!  There’s a super motivating Happy Hour Podcast I listened to recently about living healthy too! Check it out! Liz and I LOVE Jamie Ivey if you want to check her out!

And lastly, even though Liz and I would love to be workout buddies in the same city, that’s not the case. But, we have fun motivating each other through our Apple Watch Workouts haha!


Happy Eating & Exercising Friends!



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