Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Getting Fit in the New Year & A Healthy/Fit Pregnancy

Along with getting organized, getting healthy and fit probably tops most of our lists in terms of things we'd like to accomplish or make improvements to in the new year.  This year, I competed in my second bikini contest and, although I also blog about home and fashion, my fitness posts were the most popular. That really surprised me- I didn't realize how often those posts had been read until I looked back at the end of the year.  Chronicling my fitness journey here helped keep me accountable and, hopefully, also showed you what kind of results are achievable in just 12 weeks with a specific meal and exercise plan.  

I started my fitness journey in April and competed in July.   You can read my weekly progress posts below and the pictures correspond to how many weeks out I was from my contest.  I felt felt like the results really started to show after about six weeks, so if you're starting something new, stick with it! Consistency pays off!  You may not notice the difference right away, but over time (and not that long!), you WILL see, and better yet, FEEL the changes!

Getting bikini contest ready in 12 weeks, see the transformation here.  You can do it!

Bikini Contest Prep - 10 Weeks Out
Bikini Contest Prep - 9 Weeks Out 
Bikini Contest Prep - 8 Weeks Out
Bikini Contest Prep - 7 Weeks Out
Bikini Contest Prep - 6 Weeks Out
Bikini Contest Prep - 5 Weeks Out 
Bikini Contest Prep - 4 Weeks Out
Bikini Contest Prep - 3 Weeks out
Bikini Contest Prep - Last 2 Weeks

The Meal Plan I followed consisted of a combo of lean protein, carbs, and veggies on repeat day in and out for 12 weeks.  Although I 'messed up' and had several cheats along the way when I wasn't supposed to, I still saw great results and I know I wouldn't have stuck to the diet nearly as well if I wouldn't have committed to that contest date.  

Bikini Prep Meal Plan

I pre-prepped most of my meals to save time (see How to Perfectly Cook Chicken here) and it really helped that my husband ate this way the majority of the time also so I didn't have to do double cooking.

It also helps to have good workout clothes when you're spending so much time in them.  And a good workout bra and shoes are a must!  You don't need to run out and buy a whole new exercise wardrobe, in fact, if you invest in just a few key pieces, they will last a long time if you take care of them and wash according to directions.

Getting healthy and fit - with tips on getting in bikini ready shape by summer!

Below are some of my favorite exercise clothes and shoes. Click the arrow on the right to see them all and then click the picture to go to the site. 

If you are plus size and have trouble finding quality workout clothes, look at Zella's plus-size line. Good options! 


I found out just a few days before the competition that I was 5 weeks pregnant!  I went ahead and competed, but was still in a state of shock and overjoyed with excitement.  We are beyond thrilled with the news!

Pregnancy Announcement - cutest metallic moccasins ever!
Our Pregnancy Announcement 
So very excited that our son will be getting a sibling.

Staying healthy and fit during pregnancy - 13 weeks pregnant and continuing to workout with the doctor's approval
13 Week Baby Bump Update :: shoes (similar) | sports bra | socks / phone case
Those shorts are getting really tight! 

Maternity style- you don't have to look frumpy during pregnancy- 20 week baby bump
20 Week Baby Bump Update | dress | necklace | watch
Can you tell I'm just loving being pregnant?!  I was so uncomfortable and huge with my first and didn't workout at all, so I knew if ever given the opportunity again, I'd try my hardest to do it differently. I really want to enjoy this pregnancy!

Gender reveal idea - It's a Girl with pink balloons and chalkboard sign
It's a Girl - Our Gender Reveal | similar maternity jeans | similar top here & here | booties
Being a boy mom for so long, I suddenly feel like I have no idea what to do with a girl! I know the gender doesn't really matter, but I'm getting very fond of the idea of having another lady around here.

Staying healthy and fit during pregnancy - 26 weeks pregnant and continuing to workout with the doctor's approval
Growing, growing! Of course I didn't know I was 1 week pregnant at the time, but I went back and found this photo from when I was prepping for the contest.  

Maternity style - dressing the bump
28 Week Baby Bump Update :: cardigan | boots | necklace | ring
Sometimes people would say, "I can barely tell you're pregnant" until they get a better look at this belly! 

Staying healthy and fit during pregnancy - 31 weeks pregnant and continuing to workout with the doctor's approval
31 Weeks Pregnant :: GAPfit top (non maternity) | ASICS shoes 

I've continued working out (with my doctor's approval) and eating relatively healthy this entire pregnancy and I can tell you I'm so glad I have.  It's made a world of difference in how I feel.  I've welcomed the changes to my body this time and I know I'll be able to get back to pre-pregnancy shape in due time after the baby comes.

I plan to do another bump update in about a month or so - things are starting to get uncomfortable around here and I do feel the aches and pains of gaining 28 pounds so far.  Not to mention all the bathroom breaks, heartburn, and getting winded so easily.  I realize I don't have the stamina I'm used to! 

You can also see more of my fitness snaps on Instagram @honeywerehome with #honeywerehealthy

And check out my FITNESS tab for all health and fitness related posts (and baby updates!) #HWHbaby

Here's to a healthy YOU this year! 

keep in touch! 


  1. You are doing great! I didn't workout with most of my pregnancies (7 here!) and the ones I did I weren't consistent then came number 7 with gestational diabetes and I was put on a strict diet and also learned how even a 10 minute walk (elliptical in my case) helped keep my blood sugar in range after breakfast lunch and dinner...every day! It also slowed weight gain way down (dr was ok with it) and recovery was by far the easiest after delivery. Being healthy is so important and I still try to get in even a short workout most days. March will be here so soon!

    1. I know! I can't believe we only have 9 weeks left. I'm like you where I can tell such a big difference in how I feel with this pregnancy where I've been keeping up with workouts and the first one where I didn't exercise at all. I'm surprised that I can still see muscle on my body! I've also gained about 7 pounds less right now than where I was the first time.

  2. You look absolutely gorgeous and thx for sharing! Really, reading your blog is the highlight of my day :) And I can tell you that you will quickly bounce back after this pregnancy because you know what to do & what works for your body!
    Also you should do a baby naming blog! I can't wait to hear what you name her!

    1. Thanks so much Vivian- I know you're busy, so thanks for making me part of your day! I'll keep you posted on the progress-after pregnancy too. I may take you up on that baby name blog post- we really don't have anything picked out yet. The hospital said I had until the day after she was born to let them know!

  3. you are so awesome! way to stay healthy for you and for baby! you light a fire under my butt every time i read your posts! thank you!!

  4. Megan! You are seriously the cutest pregnant girl around :) I love these posts! I really miss your Honey We're Healthy blog posts but I love reading about your health/exercise journey here. I just ordered those lounge pants and a few other things! I'm in desperate need for some clothes that fit now that I'm 17 weeks!! I was in good shape when I got pregnant this time, but I had restrictions in the beginning of the pregnancy and then I've been so sick, all that makes me feel good is eating! UGH! But I'm back at my workouts and trying to choose healthy food options. Thank you for always providing inspiration and being a wonderful motivator ;) xo, gina

    1. What?!?! How did I miss you were pregnant?! I wish I could give you a big hug right now through the computer! And guess what? I'm wearing those GAP soft pants right now! ;) I'm wishing you all the best for the rest of your pregnancy and am so excited to follow along!

    2. Awww thank you! I mentioned it with the picture I posted of my kids on Instagram a few days ago, but that's the first mention of it ;) We're having a girl, too, so I'm loving that I'm just a few months behind you!! Wish we could go shopping together, but I'll settle for ordering whatever you say is cute :)

  5. You look beautiful and I excited about your new bundle of joy! XOXOXO

    1. We are so excited too! I'll have to miss you at the RS conf this year though. :(

  6. Megan! I really enjoy your health posts. I'm really inspired about your fitness journey/meal planning/ recipes! Please share more!

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I do have a post planned soon for exercising during pregnancy and I'll be sure to share the weight loss journey with you too when the time comes. I will definitely keep you in mind and add in more recipe/meal planning and fitness posts too.

  7. Megan you are doing great and look amazing! I applaud you on continuing to work out during your pregnancy. I just started working out again and it feels great, I'm ready to take 2016 by storm!

    1. Go girl! I can feel that you're ready! Watch out world! :)

  8. Hi Megan, I sent you an e-mail to you and tried to search your blog without success so I thought I'd leave a message. You have several different sports bras listed. Do you have a favorite(s) that you personally like? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ronda! I got your email and will respond there too to make sure you get my response. Thanks for reaching out again. I do have a few sports bras I really like:

      1) the yellow one I'm wearing in one of the pics is by Moving Comfort. The straps are wide and adjustable, very comfy. Also, they size by bra size so you can get a more accurate fit as opposed to just S, M, L. I like these best for running. LINK:

      2) Under Armour Mid- these are my everyday go-to sports bras that are also comfy. I wear size medium. They are good quality and have lasted me a long time. LINK:

      3) Nike Pro Classic - another good one, I have them on in a couple of the pics in the bikini collage. The back is cut slimmer, which I like. If they have padding, I remove it.

      I hope this helps. I'd love to hear what you think if you try any of these!


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