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Operation Healthier in Houston, what does it all mean?

Have you seen my social media posts about “Operation Healthier in Houston?”

Operation Healthier in Houston

Do you find it annoying when people post pictures of food?

I know I use to. And truth be told, I probably still do on occasion.

Since July 1st, I’ve been that person.

I’ve been posting pictures of food. I’ve done it in the past on occasion, but since the 1st, I’ve been doing it religiously. Every single day.


Thanks for asking.


My husband and I made up a challenge for the month of July. Operation Healthier in Houston.


Do you ever just hit a wall? Disgusted with yourself? Clothes not fitting. Does your swimsuit look like saran wrap on an elephant? Indigestion from Hades. Tired. Grumpy. Anxious.

Yeah, me too.

And I just got sick of it. I’ve been sick of it before, and I’m sure I’ll be sick of it again. But this time, I decided to grab the bull by the horns.

We decided to spend the 31 days of July focused on getting healthier, and not just physically. So those of you who are annoyed with my food pics, rest easy, it’s only 31 days.

Operation Healthier in Houston is 10 days in now and it’s not been without challenges. But we just keep swimming.

We are focusing on four different phases of our life this month and our mission to get healthier has aspects that address those different areas.

Obviously physically getting healthier is super important.

Why, you might ask?

Let’s Get Physical

My husband and I both have some potential genetic dispositions that don’t play in our favor. My Dad passed away in 2006 from a massive heart attack. Diabetes runs in Arron’s family. So, the reality is, even if we were doing every single thing humanly possible to be healthy (which we haven’t been) we’d still potentially have health issues. So, it just doesn’t make sense to sit around and do nothing. We have a little boy, who is our entire world and deserves to have a healthy mommy and daddy around for as long as we possibly can and in good enough health to make life fun and active for him.

What are we doing to get healthier physically?

Drinking water. OK, truth be told, LaCroix. I hate plain water. And here in Houston, if I’m being honest, the water is a weird color and tastes funny. So LaCroix, or the knock-off brands, it is! No fried foods. No sweets. Y’all pray for Arron, that man loves a “Pinwheel!”  And going to the gym and doing cardio five days a week.

It’s not a perfect plan, but it’s most definitely a start, and that’s what matters at this point.

Show Me the Money

Our endeavors to get healthier physically also connect to our action items to get healthier financially.

We are not eating out, ordering takeout, or getting fast food in the month of July. Y’all. Game changer. Money Saver. It’s huge. We do make the exception of getting our son Chick Fil A breakfast on Saturday morning. But when the only shopping you are doing in a month is groceries, gas and 4 Chick Fil A breakfast meals, you will be healthier financially.

Jesus, Only Jesus

We are also working on getting healthier spiritually. We’ve started reading a devotional together, most days. I read, Arron listens, we discuss. It’s great. It not only helps us spiritually to be in The Word more, but it also helps our relationship get to a healthier point. And we’ve started attending church. I’m not saying that’s a foolproof plan, but for us, that community is a good thing.

What’s My Why?

So yeah, I know the food posts may be annoying right now.

But here’s the thing, we are working on us.

I post for several reasons, a) the accountability of posting and people asking when I don’t, b) the memory it creates and being able to look back on what we’ve accomplished, and c) some of you have been inspired, some have asked for recipes, etc.

How To

I’ve had some folks say, “well, you aren’t spending money in a restaurant, but grocery shopping for healthy food is expensive.”

And that can definitely be true.

But you can make it happen.

It takes planning time and prep time and shopping at a few different places.

I use Pinterest for all my recipes.

I make my grocery list and I go to Aldi first. I go there because it’s super cheap. I get as much of my list as possible there. Then I go to Wal Mart Neighborhood Market, it is also a really affordable option. After those two stops, if I still haven’t found something on my list, I go to HEB.

I save money by shopping at more affordable places, sure you might factor in the cost of gas wherever you are, for me, they are right next to each other and right by my house so that’s a non-issue.

I meal prep.

I make breakfast casseroles/frittatas on Sunday for the week. Done.

I prepare dinner for the next night the day before. Done.

It makes life easier. And healthier.

So that’s what’s up with my food pics. Forgive me for them. Ask me for recipes. Anything.


…Be kind to one another, starting with yourself…

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