01/13/2013

Who am I?

Thank you for visiting Happy Wife Healthy Life.  I’m so happy you found my blog!  My name is Jana and I am 27 years old and from southwest Ohio where I live with my wonderful husband our playful lab Tebow, and the newest member to our family – sweet baby Jack!

Tim and I were married October 8th, 2011 on the most beautiful day. I will never forget how those leaves looked on that 80 degree Saturday in the fall. It was perfect, and so was the guy standing at the end of the aisle waiting for me. He’s an amazing partner and friend, and I’m truly blessed to do life with him.3 Year Wedding Anniversary - October 8thWedding Day - Oct. 8, 2011Wedding Day October 8th, 2011In January 2015, we learned we were expecting our first child! I documented all these moments leading up to and becoming a mother here on the blog. You can find every single one of these posts on my Pregnancy Page. I shared updates from Week 8 to Week 41, and posted about our Baby Shower, Babymoon, Maternity Pictures, andeverything in between.Maternity PicturesOn September 17, 2015, we welcomed our 7 lb. 14 oz bundle of joy – Jack Timothy!
Welcome Baby Jack!This boy stole our hearts from the start…Jack Newborn Pictures…And so did this boy! Our other love, and ‘firstborn’ is a feisty, sweet and treat-loving black lab named Tebow. We adopted him from a lab rescue four years ago on New Year’s Eve 2011 when he was only 13 weeks old. We like to think that he picked us just as equally as we picked him. It was love at first sight.TebowI graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 and will be a proud buckeye for the rest of my life!  While growing up, I was the child constantly carrying a  journal and reading every book I could get my hands on.  I’ve had a library card since the age of seven, and if I was given the choice to watch tv or read, nine times out of ten I would have chosen to snuggle up with a good book.

This passion of reading and writing only grew as I went through high school. By the time I began college, I decided to study journalism for my undergraduate work.  osu grad cakeAt my college graduation, in front of The Shoe!Another passion of mine has always been staying active.  As a child, I spent the majority of my days at gymnastics where I competed in compulsory then optional from Level 7 to 9.  I had practice four days a week for 3 ½ hours per day. I ate whatever I wanted without ever giving a second thought to my weight.  After two elbow dislocations, two fractures and surgery, I decided it was time to retire my leotard for good as I began my freshmen year of high school.  I transitioned into my new love almost immediately: competitive cheerleading.  Once again I was able to stay healthy and active without mindfully trying. The number of practices and the intensity decreased dramatically from gymnastics to cheerleading though, so the fear of gaining weight began to enter my mind for the first time in my life. It was honestly a scary, stressful and overwhelming time in my life.  Finding that balance takes time, and I needed to learn to have patience with myself and give myself grace. This took quite a few years to find, but with the help of family and close friends, I kept pushing forward even on days I would have rather not faced.My wonderful family on my wedding day!Along with changing my eating habits to less fast food and candy bars, I also had to search out my own means to stay active after graduating high school.  To me, cheerleading was fun and the workout that came with it was simply a perk.  When I went to college and didn’t have organized sports to keep my workouts scheduled, I had to come up with new ways  to exercise. I started from scratch by learning more about fitness and the options I had for being active.

The recreation center became one of my best friends and I enjoyed participating in group classes that were offered like group cycling and yoga.  I also found joy in running and would happily lace up my sneakers and head out my dorm for a run across OSU’s campus: Past Ohio Stadium, in front of the RPAC and ending back through the Oval.  I was able to clear my mind and run away stress from life, relationships and school.  I also trained for and completed my first half-marathon during my last quarter at OSU.  I was learning how to push myself without having a coach or teammates driving me along the way.  This wasn’t easy by any means, but the reward that came with those exercise endorphins was worth the challenge.Exercise/FitnessAs interested as I was in fitness and healthy eating when I first started college, I found myself falling even more in love with a healthy lifestyle while interning at the Student Wellness Center during my senior year at OSU.  From there, that passion has only continued to grow every year since.  It was during college that I also found healthy living blogs and began to read and learn more about how to fuel properly for exercise and what to eat for nourishment and health. So long low-fat processed carbohydrates and hello real nutrition like whole grains, lean proteins, more fruits and veggies, and healthy fats like olive oil and peanut butter.  This was a big change in the way I thought about food, but it was also a much needed change.  I had eaten ‘diet’ foods for many years and my body had been missing real nutrition. Baby Shower Menu - Chicken Salad Sandwich, Fruit Salad, Whole Foods SaladsThe Cheesecake Factory - Barbecue Chicken SaladEverything in moderation really is the key to a happy and healthy life.

Hopes for 27

Thanks again for visiting my blog. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime at jana@happywifehealthylife.com and visit my About page to learn more about where to follow me around the web on Social Media.

Comments

  1. Paula Thompson says:

    Wonderful story and terrific family. That Tebow is a a busy guy. Can’t wait to enjoy your stories, activities and recipes!!!!

  2. You two make a beautiful couple and I love your dog! I have a black lab mix too. 🙂

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Aww thank you so much Sarah! So glad you stopped by… 🙂 Love that you have a black lab as well and I am so glad I found your blog today too!

  3. Loved discovering your blog this morning! Added to my bookmarks 🙂

    I’m also extremely jealous of your interview with the Zac Brown Band. I’ve never even seen them in concert; they are my absolutely favourite. xo

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Hi Kelly! Thank you so so much for commenting…I am glad you found me! 🙂

      The Zac Brown Band concert was definitely my favorite writing piece I have ever done! The concert was great, you will have to go to one next time they come into your town!

  4. Love this! I like how passionate you are about healthy lifestyle, your college, family, and of course dog 🙂 Can’t wait to see more!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Sorry I am just replying back Kaitlin! Thank you so much for reading and for leaving me a comment! 🙂

  5. Great story, Jana! I, too, am a newly wed doing my best to live a healthy lifestyle! I look forward to keeping up with your blog!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Jen for your sweet comment! It sounds like we have some things in common! 🙂 So glad that you found my blog!

  6. Your wedding dress is beautiful!! And can you come cook for me (specifically, THAT PIE)?? Hahah 😉

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Aww thank you so much Jess, that is very sweet of you! Ahh yes.. that Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie is one of my all time favorites to make for Thanksgiving!

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