Abby: I have a Masters of Public Health degree and am fortunate to be working in my field. I have been with HealthCheck360 for almost six years and am in a sales and consulting role. I travel throughout the United States to help businesses get healthier. If employees join the biometric screening event (cholesterol, glucose, BMI, etc), and in future years if they maintain good health or improve their health score, they pay less for their insurance. Kind of like the good driver discount but for your medical plan. I absolutely love my job and it’s been cool to see so many parts of the country while helping many big companies like Wendy’s, Mastercraft Boats, and most of the casinos in the Midwest. A: I love this concept Abby, this is wonderful work! Preventative health is key.
Ames: You are a fresh new momma to Lucy Belle. You pregnancy seemed to go really smoothly. Did it? How was labor + delivery?
Abby: My pregnancy was a dream! Although I did have nausea for a very long time. It didn’t help that I was on an airplane up until the very last month. 🙂 My mantra was ‘happy to feel crappy’ because I was just so happy to be pregnant and counting the days until we met our little one.
In the summers I switch focus to triathlons and long-distance running. I have completed the Ironman Madison triathlon (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 mi run), over 20 triathlons of varying distance, and also over a dozen marathons. When Lucy gets a bit older, I hope she loves to be active like her parents! A: That’s amazing! I definitely love the combination of the 3 events in triathlons!
Ames: Did you workout during pregnancy? What are your plans for postpartum?
Abby: With a growing baby bump, I found the exercises at Monkey Bar definitely got more difficult so I took a break for a few months and continued to lift, swim, and hike until the very day I went to labor. I kept doing 45-60 minutes of activity 5-6 days a week; they were just much lower impact than pre-pregnancy. Lucy was born on April 2 so I took the month of April to focus mostly on hiking and walking and bonding with our new baby. I vowed to not step on the scale or focus on my body until my six week postpartum visit. Once I have that appointment in a few weeks, I hope to be cleared for more activities and slowly get back into a routine again. I still plan on doing a half marathon this summer and possibly a sprint triathlon. A: You go girl! I’m impressed + proud of you for not stepping on that scale!
Ames: What does are staples in your diet? Did anything change during pregnancy or now that Lucy is here?
Because we are lacking sleep now that Lucy is here, I find myself going to simple sugars and desserts much more than ever before. I definitely have to be more conscious of my choices and to grab healthier options when I am hungry. The easy option is a candy bar but I find if we don’t have them at the house a banana dipped in peanut butter or veggies with hummus are just as easy to grab.
Ames: Your second anniversary is coming up! Tell us the biggest lessons you’ve learned in the first two years of marriage.
Abby: Learn your husband’s love language! This was the best practice for our marriage and we are a much happier couple because of it. My husband loves hearing words of affirmation so by showing him respect and giving him complements his love tank is full. Colin will help out around the house (acts of service is my love language) and our time together is far more quality and pleasant when we are meeting each other’s needs. My second bit of advice goes back to an answered question from earlier: let them do things their way! Just because the dishes aren’t put away as you would or the laundry isn’t folded perfectly, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
Ames: What has it been like seeing your husband Colin become a dad?
Abby: Oh Amy, I have fallen in love with Colin all over again! He loves helping out with Lucy and seeing their special bond is the sweetest role I have ever seen my husband in. I look forward to the weekends so much more than ever before because I know we can be a three-person family and enjoy Lucy together.
Ames: How are you two balancing parental duties together?
Abby: Because I am on maternity leave, I definitely take on more of the responsibilities during the week. Lucy is breastfed so I am in charge of most of the feedings throughout the day and at night. On the weekends though, I get a big break and Colin is more than excited to take over. When Lucy is fussy, nothing calms her better than dancing to loud music with her dad! Works like a charm and I get a kick out of watching them looking silly together. A: I should’ve requested some video for the interview 😉
Ames: You just turned 30! What do you see for 30s?
Abby: I thought that turning 30 was going to be a scary thing. But as I looked into my daughter’s eyes and held my husband’s hand I realized that I did not need to go back to my 20s to be blissfully happy. I have never been more confident in my life than I am right now and I hope that continues throughout this decade.
Ames: Any favorite quotes or mantras that you live by?
Abby: The shortest distance between two points, isn’t the point!
Thanks again to Abby for being on the blog! She completed the interview during a 3 am feeding! She is SO inspiring + I hope you all enjoyed the interview. See you back here on Thursday.