Life Lately…

Life Lately…

Well Hello!

So we are still in the middle of The 12 Days of Fitness…… I never said it was 12 straight days of fitness haha! I’m so sorry! Life with a newborn is full of twists and turns and tons of surprises even if it’s your second baby. The one thing that I have found to be certain is the moment you say “I have finally gotten my groove!”, that groove is for sure about to UN-groove. Here is the update on how things are going in my life as a new mom of 2.


Anna will be 6 weeks old tomorrow and is healthy, growing, and beautiful! She is such a wonderful addition to our family. I am in awe of her and can’t believe I ever worried if I had enough room in my heart to love her as much as I do Ryan. I do! She started smiling last week (the real ones, not just gassy ones) and loves to snuggle and be held ALL the time. It seems that she is taking after her momma in both her blue eyes and her eating ability haha. She was exactly 8 pounds at birth and she is already almost 11 pounds. She has fun with mommy, but LOVES daddy. She looks at him with what I call “gaga eyes” all the time. She never cries when he holds her and just stares up at him with stars in her eyes. These 6 weeks have been so fun getting to know our little lady.


Ryan is such a champ. I was wondering how he would take to being a big brother. The name Ryan means “little king” and this definitely describes our Ryan. He views our home as his castle and has had no shortage of attention in his almost 4 years on the planet. I can tell that there is some jealousy now that Anna is here. He asks me to hold him like I hold Anna and asks me almost daily “Mom, do I make your heart so happy?” haha.

But aside from that he loves Anna and is such a good little helper when it comes to taking care of her. He considers her bath time his job and loves to pour water over her belly. He loves to feed her and hold her. He even likes to bring her to me when Anna is crying and I am in another room……. after my heart attack is over, I thank him for his help.🙂

I love watching the two of them and cannot get over how blessed I am.


It melts my heart watching Jason with the kids. He is such a good dad. He was a little nervous when Ryan was born but now is such a pro at the dad thing. Ryan is at such a fun age and I can tell that Jason is experiencing the bond with his daughter the way that I did with Ryan. We all love daddy!



Cody is just as protective of his sweet Anna as he was with Ryan.


That pic of Anna is hilarious. I need to teach her proper selfie angles haha.

I have so many emotions going on inside of me at all times. Every morning I giggle and hug myself because the weather is my absolute favorite, I have my two wonderful babies (sleeping with me in the living room), and I am just so thankful for everything in my life. At the same time, my hormones are making me crazy. I cry at least once every single day and have to constantly remind myself that I am not a mental case, it’s just my hormones regulating themselves (or whatever they are doing during the making you crazy process). Sleep is hard to come by these days and my coffee maker is always brewing. I know now why God gave us coffee, because babies don’t sleep! I am doing well though considering. I was SO TIRED during pregnancy and had no clue how I was going to do these sleepless nights. Thankfully, mom mode kicked into high gear once she was here! When I was pregnant, I would sleep 8 hours straight and felt like sleeping another several hours when I woke up. Now I seem to do fine after 5 hours and am golden after 6!


As far as body after baby, I am 9 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I am well aware of the three factors that go into weight loss, diet, exercise, and sleep. Since I am not able to get the optimum amount of sleep, I am just doing my best with diet and exercise. I am watching my calories and keeping my meals mostly protein during the day since carbs make me really sleepy. I am using coffee, Shakeology, and vitamins to boost my through the day. I read that vitamins actually give us a boost in energy but most of us take them at the same time that we have our coffee so we never notice. That’s what I was doing! And it’s true that they do give you a boost! So I start my day with coffee, have Shakeology in the afternoon, then take vitamin B12 and D in the evening. This has been a great system! That being said, the lack of sleep and over exertion has caught up with me about once each week and I find myself snacking it up in front of the TV.


I have managed to workout with my Country Heat program 4-5 times each week. If you have just had a baby and are looking to add some activity, I highly recommend this workout! I find it to be more fun than walking and it doesn’t have any direct ab work so you won’t be in danger of diastasis recti (when your abs stay separated after child birth).

So with all of this, I am down 28 pounds of the 40 I gained during pregnancy! Here are the pics of my “deflating” over the first month postpartum. I don’t have one yet of me this week but I will take one and do another update soon.

All in all I’ve had a wonderful time so far being a mom of 2! I mentioned that Anna wants to be held literally all the time so I can either hold her or blog while she is screaming. I’ve obviously been choosing the first one. Nap time is the sacred time to either catch up on sleep or get things done around the house so unfortunately blogging hasn’t made it into my day for a while. But I love this blog and I love chatting with all of you that comment regularly so I will be blogging whenever possible! Talk soon!


How are you all?

What’s been going on?

How is fit life?

I hope you all are doing well! Blessings.

12 Days of Fitness Day 10 – Get Support!

12 Days of Fitness Day 10 – Get Support!

Good morning Party People!

How was everyone’s weekend? I know my Canadian friends were celebrating Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends.

Yesterday I CAUGHT UP. I took a break from the internet, put my phone away, and caught up on some much needed house cleaning, tidying, and organizing. I think I am going to do this every Monday. It’s like when my house is unorganized, I can’t organize my thoughts haha. Is anyone else like this?

Ok, onto Day 10 of our 12 Days of Fitness!

Day 10 – Get Support!


Two are better than one. When trying to reach our goals, we definitely need support. It’s crucial! When we have others helping us along our fitness journey, we find motivation, inspiration, help, and accountability. Without motivation, we go right back to the way things were. Without inspiration, we stay the same. Without help, we get overwhelmed. Without accountability, we shortchange ourselves. Let’s support each other!

After 12 Days of Fitness are over, I am leading a Dreams Come True challenge! It will be a great way to make sure we get or stay fit through fall and we can all help each other to reach our goals. More to come on this soon!

Who or what is your support system?

Have a fantastic day Peaches!

12 Days of Fitness Day 9 – Set Up For Success

12 Days of Fitness Day 9 – Set Up For Success

Hi there Peaches!

Now that we have devised our fail proof plan, let’s make it as easy as possible to execute! Today, let’s set up for success.

Day 9 – Set Up For Success!

What things could you do today to make achieving your goals tomorrow almost effortless? Maybe grocery shopping and meal prepping? Setting out your exercise clothes? Packing a gym bag? If you are planning on working out in the evening, maybe ask a friend to go with you so that you are more likely to actually do it. Evening workouts tend to be more challenging because you are tired from the day or unexpected things come up that get in the way. Scheduling it like an appointment and taking it just as seriously helps make sure that you meet your goal.

One way that I am setting up for success to day is doing a food prep.

I am a stay at home mom (are there supposed to be dashes? Stay-at-home?) so I don’t really have to do a meal prep but I do find that a food prep is extremely helpful. On Sunday, I will go ahead and cook a bunch of lean proteins and veggies so that they are ready for me to just heat and eat throughout the week! I also like to have hard boiled eggs all peeled and ready to go. There is a huge difference in the amount of convenience between an unpeeled hard boiled egg and a peeled one haha.

If you work outside of the home though, a meal prep is a fabulous way to stay on track all week! I would even go on to say that it is a must. A meal prep is where you cook and prepare the actual meals that you will be eating for the week ahead. So you would make all the food for all of your lunches for the week, put the whole meal into containers, and then just grab them and go! I will do a post on how to do a food prep in the near future. One thing that is often not thought about when prepping food for the week is the actual amount of food you need to make. If you are prepping food for 4-5 days, that’s a lot of food and that means the food prep will probably take a few hours to do. But if spending a few hours in the kitchen one day means that you are completely prepared to smash your diet goals all week long…… no brainer in my opinion.

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Another thing that I have done for years to set up for success is writing a “to do” list the night before. I cannot tell you the amount of stress this relieves! I get so much more done when the things I want to do are written down for me to see. Plus, it frees up so much mental space because you don’t have to just remember everything. I write the list at night and keep it next to where I sleep.  That way if I think of something that needs to be done I can write it down. Falling asleep is so much easier when you don’t have the worry of possibly forgetting something.

This two things have proved so helpful for me!

What are some things you are doing today to ensure your success this week?

Have a wonderful Sunday yall!




12 Days of Fitness Day 7 & 8- Devise a Fail Proof Plan

12 Days of Fitness Day 7 & 8- Devise a Fail Proof Plan

Good morning!

Wow! Here we are already on Day 7! Have you been having fun? I hope so.🙂

Let’s take two days to devise our plan to make our dreams come true! Well, one dream anyway haha. The one you picked yesterday


Day 7 &8 – Devise A Fail Proof Plan! 

Obviously, you can make a plan any way you like, but if you are having trouble getting things going try using these steps.

Step 1) State your goal. 

I will use my goal as an example since I was going to tell it to you all anyway.

My goal is to lose 15 pounds by December 31, 2016.

Step 2) Ask yourself if your goal is attainable.

Is 15 pounds in 11 weeks attainable and realistic? Yep!

Step 3) What will it take to accomplish this goal?

In the case of my goal, I will need to consistently eat clean and stay within my calorie range for my height and weight. I will need to include 5 workouts in my week and make sure I am staying as active as I possibly can with the rest of my day.

Step 4) What needs to change in your life for you to make these things happen?

This is the most important step! Be COMPLETELY honest about what it will take to make these changes. We have to take this step very seriously so that we can move from hoping for our dream to happen to MAKING our dream happen.

Ask yourself what has been keeping you from living your dream up until now? For me, I know I do not have an issue with eating clean or working out. It’s the motivation I need to take my game up to the level I need it to be. I know that I need to constantly find new motivation so that I do not plateau. Also, with a new baby, I no longer have complete control over my day. I have to make sure that I make clean eating and exercise a priority so that it is sure to get done.

Step 4) Plan The Changes

The next step is to figure out how you will make these changes. Here is what I have come up with for my goal…


For motivation, I have become a Beachbody health coach! I am so excited to be helping others with their fitness journey as their coach! As a coach, I will be doing challenge groups every single month which will definitely keep things interesting and the cool thing is, when someone gets Shakeology or one of the fitness programs I get to be their coach and help them all the way to success and beyond! This is my calling, and I’m so pumped I can’t stand it.

Also, I depend on accountability from Mary, Christine, Ritu, Heather, and Susanne who share their journey on this blog almost everyday. We have also made a a closed group on Facebook that I love being a part of. If you are on Facebook and would like to join us, just let me know and I will add you! If not, no big deal, there is still lots going on here at TKP.🙂

Step 5) Devise Your Fail Proof Plan!

Now, that you know your end point, you know what you have to do to get there, it is time to devise your fail proof plan! You may think you can just do this with no plan but I assure you the plan is a MUST! Even if you are totally motivated and ready to crush your fitness goals every single day……life is definitely NOT ready for you to crush anything. It will no doubt throw you unexpected curve balls all the time making staying consistent impossible. Staying consistent is CRUCIAL, so devise a plan!

Plan your goals to fit into your day NO MATTER WHAT. Make your plan detailed enough to where you do not need to think about what you need to do, but make it simple enough to where it is not overwhelming. On Monday, we discovered the things that we can do easily and the things that need to be included into a plan. Use your findings from that day to help you.

I know that motivation is my biggest obstacle. What is yours? Time? Energy? Lack of education? Figure out your obstacle so that you can break it down and move forward!

Here is my plan. Since I know lack of motivation is my biggest obstacle, I have made sure that I include things to keep me motivated throughout my day.


Goal- To Lose 15 pounds by December 31, 2016

Monday-Saturday: Eat clean staying below 1600 calories daily, Beachbody workout as soon as Anna goes to sleep after morning feeding (I can no longer use a time as my cue, babies do not keep time haha). Walk around the block with my kids in the afternoon or short workout if raining.🙂

-To stay motivated, I will make sure to do my blog post and Beachbody Power Hour Monday-Friday right after my workout. I will lead MONTHLY challenges on this blog and social media. I will be an active part of the TKP Fit Community on Facebook daily. 

Sunday: Rest day, meal prep

Clean cheat meal ONCE per week🙂

Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to see your goals and plans to get there! Please share below. If you need help coming up with your goal or plan just say so and we will all help! If you would like more in depth, one on one support on a fitness and meal plan, give me a shout at I’m a coach now after all and would love to be yours!

Do NOT get overwhelmed! We are in this together. This will be fun and is our chance to make our dreams come true.🙂

Make sure to tune in Sunday for the next step. Day 8 of our 12 Days of Fitness!




12 Days of Fitness Day 6 -From Dream to Goal

12 Days of Fitness Day 6 -From Dream to Goal

Good Morning!

Remember the lists of dreams you made on Saturday? It’s time to work toward making them come true.


Day 6 – Make Your Dreams Come True!

We are going to set a goal to ultimately get us to our dreams. The way we do this is to start with one dream and think about what it will  take to make it a reality. That’s all we are doing today. We are not overwhelming ourselves with all the other details. Today just choose one dream and write down what the first few steps to getting there would be.

For example, if your dream is to have more energy, you might write down “To have more energy, I must eat healthy, exercise daily, and get more sleep.”

If your dream is to like what you see in the mirror, you might write “to like what I see in the mirror, I need to first love myself as I am. Then I need to look at what and how much I am eating and how much exercise I am actually getting.”

State your dream and then jot down the first few steps to working toward it. Share what you come up with in the comments. If you can’t figure out how to even begin, share anyway so that we can help!

After you have written out the first few steps, set your goal. We are not thinking about how we will reach the goal yet (that’s tomorrow). Just set the goal and tune in tomorrow.🙂


What is your dream you would like to come true first?

What are the first things that need to happen in order for that dream to come true?

What goal did you set?