Epic Cookbook Giveaway


Do you have plans to start a new, healthy way of living and eating in 2015? How about entering to win a contest that consists of over $500 in books to do so? Here is an Epic Cookbook Giveaway to start your year off right! You do not want to miss out on a chance to win this!


Some of the following include:

Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe

Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking by Caitlin Weeks & Diane Sanfilippo

It Starts With Food by Melissa Hartwig

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

ZenBelly by Simone Miller

Dairy Free Ice Cream by Kelly Broznyna

Every Last Crumb by Brittany Angell

& lots more!

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Disclosures: Giveaway ends January 5th at 9:00 PM PST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. No Purchase is necessary to enter to win.

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Crossfit Newbie & Pregnancy Weight Loss

Although this is a recipe blog, I do get emails and questions from readers about meal plans (meal plans and an ebook are being worked on!), weight loss, and various other nutrition questions. I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to share all of this (i.e. transformation pictures), but I’d like to have it as a way to look back on yet another weight loss journey AND to hold myself accountable.d13b4d1fd1cc38fa485ef4032a9f85b4

Well I finally got the go ahead from my doctors, Zoey is now almost 9 weeks, so I started CrossFit a few weeks ago. It’s actually called MomFit! Our Instructor/Coach/Babysitter, Jen, let’s all of us bring our kiddos and they run around while we get our work out too! She is fantastic and I love the friends I’ve made - and I finally get all the hype about CrossFit. It really does challenge you to do your best and push yourself. And it’s not about who looks the prettiest in their workout clothes or anything else, it’s just about doing what you can do and being supported while doing it. If you are in the Southern NH area, find Jen & MomFit on Facebook or the website, you will not be disappointed!

Anyways, I’ve started my postpartum weight loss journey. I gained a total of 65 pounds when I was pregnant… I’m not sure if that had something to do with the fact that I used to be heavy or what (see my before and after pictures on my About Me page). Or, below, you can see what I looked like 1 week after I had Zoey (I seriously don’t even look like this same person):

But either way, this is going to be a lot of work. I have been doing CrossFit for 3 weeks, and I have had no weight loss thus far. Not even a pound. But I have pulled in my belt another notch, which is a start (don’t forget about those non scale victories!). It also just makes me feel better to get up and get moving every morning, with a bunch of other awesome, bada** women!! They truly are inspiring!


I am only going into my 3rd week of CrossFit. And I can definitely see a difference in these photos! Sometimes if you don’t take photos, you don’t see the progress. The mirror is so much more telling than the scale.


before 2 weeks of CrossFit


You can follow my journey here, on Instagram or see all of my inspiration for fitness on Pinterest!

And another great article on post baby bodies: http://www.scarymommy.com/post-baby-bodies/

A Transformation Story

If you have ever read my ‘about me‘ page, you know I’ve come a long way since 2008. I have lost 60 pounds, and so has this Meg, who is an inspiration for mommies everywhere (something I will be in just under 9 weeks)! We decided to link up and share each others stories. It’s so important to have support, and I know I will need even more of it after I have the baby and need to lose that baby weight. Anyways, here is her story. You can find her over at Skinny Meg - I hope you’ll go visit her soon (or follow her on facebook or on instagram)!

Hi I’m Megan and I blog over at SkinnyMeg.com This is my weightloss story. I grew up as an averaged sized kid, I gained weight as a teen, and hit all time highs when I was in my early 20’s.


Sitting on beach I was uneducated on nutrition and fitness, that combined with my lack of cooking skills got me up to 220 pounds. About a year before my wedding date I did what every bride vows to do, I went on a diet. Jenny Craig’d myself down to 185 pounds and felt great. I worked out a bit, but nothing very consistent.


Then 5 years ago I got pregnant with my daughter Madison, aka Twilight Sparkle, and proceeded to gain 60 pounds topping out at 260 the day I delivered. Here are a few things I learned: 1. Don’t eat for 2. 2. working out is not dangerous for the baby {I quit the gym after my Dr expressed concern over getting my heart rate too high} 3. Peanut M&M’s are not baby vitamins. 4. The weight will not ‘fall’ off even with breastfeeding. {unless your one of the lucky few}


After feeling like poo and seeing one too many pictures where I was ashamed of my body I decided to do something about it. I joined Weight Watchers because honestly I needed structure on my eating. I also joined a boot camp even though I was scared. I was scared I wouldn’t be able to keep up, that I would be the heaviest person there, or that I would make a complete fool of myself. BUT I went anyways and you know what, I WAS the heaviest person, I WAS the slowest, and I could barely do half the stuff everyone else was doing. I kept going back though, never missing a day. One day I decided to see if I could run a mile before class, I huffed and puffed and thought ‘how in the hell does anyone enjoy running??’ BUT I kept at it, walking\running and never missing a workout. Slowly it got better, my chest and ass finally stopped hurting from all the jiggling :) I decided to run a half marathon even though I had never even run a 5k, I didn’t follow a ‘program’ I just got my booty outside and ran at least 5 times a week. I was about 175 pounds.


Half Marathon! I almost died, my feet were killing me and I was chaffed in about 5 different spots, but I finished in 2:27! It was amazing and I had never been more proud of myself. I was hooked. I continued to watch what I ate {most of the time, I mean HELLO I didn’t get fat because I hated food!} I kept exercising {some would say I’m a gym rat now} I finally hit 100 pounds lost and wore a bikini on vacation.


I may not have a perfect body but I sure worked my ASS off to get the one I got, so I’m gonna show it off! After 20 months of struggling with infertility I was blessed with another pregnancy, my son Aiden was born March 5th, 2014. I worked out until the day I delivered {repeat c-section}.


I’m on the journey {again} to lose 35 pounds and get my sexy arms back!

It is HARD to lose weight, it is HARD to eat healthy and not give in to temptations. But there are people out there to help and support you. I hope that Meg and I have inspired you to be the best you can be! Never hesitate to contact me - find me on facebook, instagram, or just shoot me an email! ([email protected]) I always answer!

And remember!