Sunday, August 28, 2016

11 Weeks Pregnant Baby #2!

Horray, we are nearing the end of our first trimester!!! This week has been one of the strangest thus far - I felt AWESOME on Monday so I overdid it and shoveled a bunch of dirt, which made me feel terrible Monday Night - Wednesday.

I had SO much energy at the beginning of the week, but then as the week progressed, my energy spiraled down.

I haven't felt good any evening this week, so that's been very hard to have stomach aches, being tired, but not feeling rested, and just sleeplessness.  I think I need to start running my oils in the room at night and using white noise!

However, this was the BEST week because Braelyn and I got to see baby on Wednesday!!! It was an unplanned trip due to the cramping, but it was just simply the best and has really pushed me through  :) 

Oh, and I have REALLY popped these past 3 days, like belly just came on out to play!




How far along: 11ish

Gender: I am thinking a boy, and ultrasound showed just 1 baby and not twins  :)

Weight gain: 0.5ish lbs pending on time of day I weigh myself (118.9 starting weight)

Working Out:  This past week's workouts are listed below.  I took things much easier this week after not feeling well and cramping Monday.

Clothing Choices:  I'm wearing my regular clothes, but pulled out maternity options

Stretch marks: No new ones, just my soccer ones ;)

Belly button: Inny-ish/Outy-ish ALREADY! ahh!

Sleep: Needing a nap every day, days I don't have it I'm very tired and a little cranky, but I still stay up to spend time with Neal.

Best moment this week:  Braelyn and I got to see the baby and hear it's heartbeat at an ultrasound after my 3 days of cramps

Hardest moment this week: Some cramping after I tried to move a bunch of dirt left me feeling not so great for days. I thought my energy was back too, but that was a tease, still tired

What I’m missing:  nothing.

Movement: we saw baby moving! No for sure movement felt

Cravings: ice cream WITH hot fudge and sushi 🍦🍣😂

Queasy or sick: Flet better this week!

Looking forward to: Not being so tired


This weeks workouts have included:


  • Monday - Isometrix from P90X3 + 20 min treadmill walk
  • Tuesday - Dynamix from P90X3 + 15 min treadmill walk
  • Wednesday - none
  • Thursday - Pilates X from P90X3
  • Friday & Saturday - non
  • Sunday - stretch/foam roll + 15 min treadmill walk

Sunday, August 21, 2016

10 Week BumpDate: First Trimester Healthy Pregnancy Round 2


Wow, I cannot believe how fortunate we are to be in our first trimester with our second baby!!!

I hadn't thought this was possible, I had believed that we might not get pregnant for a long time. I only had one, yes ONE CYCLE postpartum from Braelyn - that means from December 2013 when we conceived to June 2016 when we conceived baby 2 that I had 1 cycle, ONE shot to get this.  

I owe it all to God!  I owe it to the prayers many of your prayed and the support SO many of you gave! I cannot thank you enough!

My first trimester so far has been harder than I remember it being with Braelyn.

I'm constantly hungry, but food sound so bad.

I'm constantly tired, but I love my work and I have a toddler I care for daily.

I'm constantly working on that balance of rest now, eat now, work now, play now.

Being healthy is extremely important to me this time around, just like it was with Braelyn.  I am SO grateful for all that I've learned over the past year as a health & wellness coach that has provided me the proper nutritional balance.

I know, even when I don't want a food, that I need to eat it to nourish myself and our baby.  My once beloved Shakes have sounded pretty gross this first trimester, but my Dr. looked at them, loved the nutritional value and vitamins they provided, and I didn't need to take a prenatal because of all that was already in these shakes I enjoyed.  But now, I'm struggling to make them! I ALWAYS enjoy them when I finally drink it, but holy cow the thought of making them makes me want to vomit!  Thankfully, I haven't had any morning sickness, just food aversions.  And I push through and am SO much happier when I have that healthy shake.

Beyond that, to keep healthy in mind and body, I'm still reading my bible daily, participating in studies, reading personal development books to help with positive mindset I battle, and I'm working out when it feels good.  I'm not forcing a workout, but I'm not neglecting it. If the scheduled workout sounds terrible, I opt for stretching, walking, yoga, or a prenatal workout.  If working out feels bad, I stop.  

I hope you can choose healthy through your pregnancy.  I know morning sickness is NO JOKE and I pray that when you battle it, you know that you are doing amazing things, your body is growing a heart, lungs, and a brain - you are freaking rockstar!!!!



How far along: 10ish
Gender: I always say she, but I think that's bc we have Brae. My symptoms are much different, so I wonder boy - I still have no clue if it's 1 or 2 kiddos - we have identical (just a fluke) and fraternal (means passed down) twins in our family. My mom is identical, she has siblings that are fraternal, and her grandmother was also a twin, and I have cousins who are twins.  
Weight gain: 0.5 lbs (118.9 starting weight)
Working Out:  This past week's workouts are listed below.  I'm not feeling the desire to workout as I had with our first pregnancy. I'm so much more tired and I've been choosing to sleep in most of this week rather than do my morning routine. So workouts have been hit or miss.
Clothing Choices:  I'm still wearing my normal clothes. Everything fits okay, the only thing that's a little tight are some of my shorts on my belly. I prefer dresses right now. 
Stretch marks: No new ones, just my soccer ones ;)
Belly button: Inny-ish/Outy-ish ALREADY! ahh!
Sleep: Needing a nap every day
Best moment this week:  I really think I felt little bit move right at the start of week 10, which is absolutely crazy! But I remember that 'bubble' / 'butterfly' feeling with Brae and I felt that one night before bed....but hey it could have been gas ;)
Hardest moment this week: So apparently I did this last pregnancy too, thinking we'd get to see the little on a at our first appointment, calling in, and being disappointed that we only do the doppler to hear baby, no ultrasound to see baby. If you check my 1st Trimester post with Brae, at week 10,  was upset over this same thing - ha! not much has changed ;) 
What I’m missing:  nothing. 
Movement: See above - gas or baby?!
Cravings: Salsa & marinara - hello tomatoes
Queasy or sick: Food aversions - a lot of times food sounds so bad, but then I eat and i'm fine. 
Looking forward to: Less food aversions (fingers crossed)
This weeks workouts have included:

  • Monday - Dancing to Country Heat
  • Tuesday - The Warrior P90X3
  • Wednesday - Tone it Up Stretch & Release & String Bikini from Beachbabe 3 DVD
  • Thursday - Dog walks w/ the toddler then Turbo Jam 20 Minute Workout
  • Friday - none
  • Saturday - 22 minute treadmill walk on incline 5, speed 3 
  • Sunday - Yoga Booty Ballet - Baby on the Way <3

Sunday, August 14, 2016

6 Years of Marriage

I am so happy to be celebrating 6 years of marriage.

I like to reflect on what was and what is to come.

Many people said, oh your first year of marriage will be the hardest - Lord I wish that was true because our first year was a freaking blast!

Now, I would like to say, your first year of marriage with a child...that will be your hardest.  Zero energy, lack of sex drive, change in lifestyle, no desire to stay out with friends, waking up in a bath of your own breastmilk...oh yes, so sexy ;)  Don't I make it all sound fun!!!!???

After Brae was born, it was no joke how much of a mess I was emotionally.  Neal has been a true man of God and has been such a constant. He never gets mad, he never yells, he never does anything but try to lift me up.  Ladies, I'm a very very lucky woman, I know!

As we hit our 6 years, I will say things have been SO much better between year 5 and 6 than they were between 4 and 5!  I cannot thank my husband enough for his genuine support and love as I transitioned from stressed out full time worker to full-time mom-entreprenuer!

This man right here, he's my rock.  Together we teach each other to dream bigger.  To believe in ourselves.  To think highly of ourselves and others.  To attend church regularly.  To be loving towards each other always.  To work by our actions and words to show love so Braelyn will know what that looks like.

Are we perfect?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  I still have those bad moments of massive self-doubt and huge hormonal fits of anger, but I can truly say Neal is the perfect match for the balance of life.

Here's to 60+ more years of marriage together Nuzzle Bug! I love you!!!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Transformation Tuesday - How Heidi Didn't Know She Was Unhappy or Unhealthy

Who's excited for warmer weather and to be getting outside with family and friends?  I know this woman, Heidi Norman, is a totally different woman inside and out going into last summer versus going into this summer! I mean LOOK at the changes in this woman's SMILE!

Heidi is a mom, friend, devoted wife and God Fearing Woman!

She's been working on her nutrition, fitness, and MINDSET for a year now, and oh boy can you just feel the difference when you see some of her before and afters!!!!

This is a photo she shared with our team, and the text blow she typed up with it!



If you had told me a year ago that I would go from a size 14 to a size 6...I would have laughed at you. If you told me, I would actually finished a 10 week at home DVD fitness program then go on to do not one but 2 more programs and finished them all...I woulda laughed at you. If you told me that my husband and my son did it all with me...I woulda laughed at you again. Then if you told me that I would be inspiring and empowering my friends and family to join me on this crazy journey....I woulda laughed at you even harder! Thank God no one told me what was to come or I would have come up with a million excuses of why it wasn't gonna happen.
I am sooooo happy that I embarked on this journey a year ago and have been stronger than those excuses. I'm not even close to the same person on the outside or the inside. I had no clue how unhappy and unhealthy I was till I became happy and healthy! Some days are rough, life happens and we don't always get our workout in. It's not about perfection, its about progress. When we fall off the bandwagon, we get back up and recommit to ourselves and our fitness. 
I'm down 5 dress sizes, 33 pounds and 20+ inches and I still have 7 pounds to go before I am at my dream goal weight. I have met some amazing people on this journey soo far and paying it forward by supporting and helping other people meet their fitness goals has become my passion. IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN TOO!! 
Each and every one of you on Team Give, have had a part in this amazingtransformation. You are all the wind in my sail! You all inspire me on the daily and encourage me to be the best coach that I can be. Here is to another year then another and another. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do for me. 

 Heidi and her family started off with T25, then moved onto 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and now Insanity Max 30!

She currently not only leading people in a healthy nutrition and fitness lifestyle, but also helping others by hosting a virtual book club to work on personal development.  The group is currently focusing on our own misconceptions of ourselves, our own personal beliefs, and kicking ourselves in the butt by reading "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero.

Connect with Heidi on Facebook or Instagram and let this woman help you live your happiest & healthiest life inside and out!

To learn more about starting your own health and happiness journey, contact me here 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hammer & Chisel Results

At the beginning of January, I asked my husband to join me in completing a fitness program together, Hammer & Chisel.  It was the first one in just over 5 years that I've actually done at home with him.  When we were engaged, we did P90X, I think I made it until the 2nd to last week, and he finished...I know I know, I had 2 weeks left, I could have finished, but the past is in the past.

Before we began, I knew I wanted to gain more muscle tone. I did not want to lose weight.

Weeks 1-5 were AWESOME!  I meal prepped like nobody's business, and stayed very focused with the workouts.

Weeks 6-8 were a little harder.  That always seems to be the case for me. I got 'busy' and stopped meal prepping, and my stomach was showing for it, so I had to do a mini pause and do a 3 Day Refresh to help get my nutrition back on track.  That sorta helped, but I still couldn't quite pick up motivation like I had the first 5 weeks.

While I KNOW I could have done better about food, especially in the last week (hello pizza, burgers, and a few beers), but I am still SO proud of my results.  I wanted to gain muscle tone in my arms, and I truly did.  My biceps, shoulders, and lats all grew :) And I went up with heavier weights a LOT more than I thought I would have.

Over all, I ended up:

  • + 2 inches in my shoulders
  • + 0.75 inches in my chest
  • + 0.5 inches in my left bicep
  • + 0.5 inches in my right bicep
  • + 0.25 inches in my waist - hehe I think that's some pizza, beer, and burgers ;)
  • + 0.75 inches in my booty!!!
  • - 0.25 inches right around my belly button
  • My calves stayed the same
  • My thighs stayed the same
  • I gained almost 2 lbs, I hope that's muscle, but it could totally be pizza, beer, and burgers that I couldn't resist in the last week.  Yep even though I'm helping other people with their own health and fitness, I still have hiccups of my own :)

And here's my hubby's results (photo's only) I can't find his measurements - wah wah...but I am so proud of him for doing most of this program with me too!



Here's a pinterest board where I pinned some of the places where I got my meal prep ideas:  CLICK HERE :) 
Here's some of my favorite meal preps with links back to the original Instagram post :)

Zucchini Noodles, Shrimp & Quinoa

Meal Prep

Example Day of  Meals
...and again, towards the end of this, there was pizza, burgers and beer....so I didn't go 100% with the full program, but I am so glad I did the program, I totally loved the variety of the workouts, and that I could do them at home and at the gym.

The workouts included a lot of strength training with lighter or heavier weights.  There are cardio days, with and without weights.

I will certainly do many of these workouts again! I loved doing them especially with my husband, and we could bring the sheets to the gym, which was really helpful too!

What's the last workout you did with someone you loved?