Being pregnant and losing the baby weight was actually so much better at 40 than it was at 34, if you can believe it! I will say now, I do feel more tired keeping up with two, but that might just come with the territory. It's hard juggling all the roles we play, am I right? #morecoffeeplease
Health and fitness is something I've always been interested in, so in 2012, I started a separate blog, Honey We're Healthy, and I shared recipes, workouts and my first fitness contest journey there. That content is still up if you want to take a look, but having a second blog ended up being difficult to maintain. I've always done all my own posts from planning, preparing, writing, editing, photographing, social media, etc. so the only "blog team" here is me! Thankfully, y'all said you'd like to read health and fitness posts here, so in 2015 I started sharing that here.
So, beginning with my pregnancy (which happened to collide with my 2nd bikini contest), here are some of the most popular Food & Fitness posts. Click the title of each post to read that post in its entirety.
Bikini Contest Recap
Staying Fit During Pregnancy
I've been asked recently if I plan to do another contest anytime soon and the answer is, "hell no!" It's so much work, and even more mentally/emotionally challenging to stay on the diet. The workouts and cardio are grueling, but keeping on track with the food is always the biggest hurdle for me. But, having said that, I have always loved the feeling of working hard and watching my body transform over the course of 3 long, yet short, months. After you finish a contest prep, you feel like you can accomplish anything! And you feel physically great from being lean and muscular and fueling your body with such clean food.
Despite my resounding, "no", I actually haven't ruled out the idea of competing again. Getting on stage is my least favorite part, but having that contest date looming really motivates you to stay on track. IF I were to do one again, I'd prefer to do it in the beginning or end of year, but not the summer, because that limits you so much with not being able to eat out or travel without packing your own food. If I did a contest again, would you want to read about that journey here? Let me know in the comments.
Staying Fit During Pregnancy
I credit continuing to workout and eat healthier for feeling so much better during my second pregnancy. I kept up my workouts and did a leg workout the day before Jordan was born! I gained about 15 pounds less the second time, and the weight was easier to lose.
Body After Baby - 6 Weeks
But it didn't come off immediately. I was proud to share the real deal, body after baby pics, it's completely normal (if a bit disheartening;) to still look pregnant after you initially give birth!
Body After Baby - 12 Weeks
5 Tips for Getting Started Running/Body After Baby - 4 Months
Running is such a lifesaver for me. I've said it a million times, but it's my (free!) therapy to get my stress out. I've been slacking a bit lately, need to get back to it, but it's been all rainy, so that's my excuse. Once you make it a habit, it just comes naturally.
And I completely endorse running with music. So many songs get me through the next steps when I want to give up. Or they make me run faster! I shared some of my favorites in this post- hope it gives you some new tunes to download.
Getting to the gym is much harder with a baby to breastfeed round the clock. I'm down to one day a week at the gym, but I still workout at home and shared a quick, full body workout you can do in your living room here with just a set of dumbells. And they don't have to be that heavy!
We were so blessed to have friends who brought us meals for the first 6 weeks of Jordan's life. My girlfriend Ali-Shaun set it up through Meal Train, which I highly recommend if you want to do something like this for a friend. After the meals were over, it was up to us to fend for ourselves again and we tried Blue Apron a few times and loved it. It's a break from the typical, go-to meals we tend to eat over and over.
A few hours spent prepping our food each week sets us up for success in the healthy eating department. I have been getting burned out lately and definitely want to try some new food and recipes. The day camp (actually it's only 1 1/2 hours) James has been in this week is close to a Trader Joe's, so I was gonna stop in today while he's at camp. What do you love to get there? I've only been a couple of times, so I'm not yet familiar with all their goodies.