RESET WEEK: Changing my relationship with food

I’m currently on the final day of my reset week, and I’m happy that I survived!

What is reset week? 

During reset week, I stuck to a very strict diet. No carbs, no bread, no rice, no beans, no grains, no sugar (besides very few fruit options), no caffeine, no soda, no sweets…. not even oatmeal! Nothing processed. Basically nothing I enjoy lol

Basically, all I ate was veggies and certain meat. (Mainly chicken and eggs). I had fruit that was allowed and snacked on pickles, beef jerky, peanut butter, and certain nuts (raw almonds and cashews). 

It was challenging and very, very difficult. I slipped up twice during my reset week because I literally had the strongest craving for bread. 

Day1 I slept most of the day to avoid my cravings and to avoid my headache caused from a lack of caffeine. 

Days 2-3 I did good with sticking to the strict rules but had a horrible headache both days and was feeling grumpy. (My body was missing all the crap and junk I would normally stuff myself with.) 

Days 4-6 my headaches were gone but I fell weak to my cravings and had my aunties enchiladas (too much corn tortillas) and last night I stayed up too late and got the late night munchies and had a microwaveable chimichanga burrito  :/ 

As my last day of reset week is here, I’m happy that I did this. There are so many important reasons why I needed to do this. And there is a reason why I only did this for a week. 

Here is why: 

1. My nutrition coach wanted to show me that sticking to very strict rules when it comes to my diet would not be sustainable for my lifestyle- working out hard and being active and full of energy all day. 

I noticed very quickly that I felt good when I was eating clean but lacked the full energy I needed for my workouts. 

-carbs aren’t evil if you eat them in moderation and don’t indulge. Carbs are great, and give me the energy I need in order to keep moving and burning throughout the day. 

-treating yourself is NOT bad, as long as you don’t over indulge daily. 

2. The nutrition coach wanted to reset and improve my glucose and insulin sensitivity. 

-it’s so easy to stay consumed in how you look and how you want your figure to look like, but we so easily forget about our actual health and wellness. 

3. I learned that my excessive fast food visits and over indulgence of food when I’m stressed or sad is not worth the extra weight, inches, and stretch marks I put on my body. 

4. I learned that I can actually eat so much more when I make clean and fresh choices- which has inspired me to continue with some of these rules. (But not all of them.) 

5. Most importantly, I learned that a calorie deficit is the best and only way to lose weight and I can eat whatever I want… as long as I eat it in moderation and control my portions. 

Now, if you want to be vegan, or do Herbalife, or believe in the south beach diet as a lifestyle, etc, then you do you! 

I know that personally for me, i don’t want to do those things. I want to take care of my body, but still enjoy the things I like.

I want to lose weight and regain my strength and fitness level that I once had, but I want to do it in a sustainable and maintable way… In a way that works for me, my body, my needs, my desires, and my overall health (mental and physical). And those things are different for every body. 

I don’t want to or expect to lose weight super quickly- losing more 2-4 pounds a week may not always be healthy and it doesn’t mean you are losing/burning off fat. (You could just be losing water weight.) 

Reset week has started a change in my relationship with food. 

Oddly enough, I am ready to make healthy and fresh choices more everyday, but I am also ready to treat myself- but know the difference between treating myself and indulging. 

I havent weighed myself. I do that on Saturday’s. But I lost a whole inch off of my waist this week, so that’s encouraging! 

So if you are struggling with weight loss, I encourage you to take a week to “Reset”. You’ll learn so much and I hope it’ll encourage you like it’s encouraged me. 

I’m doing this as part of an online fitness/nutrition program I joined and if you want to know more about my fitness coach and nutritionist, please feel free to contact me. 


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Fitness and weight loss update! 

Hey y’all! I apologize for leaving all of you hanging as I had previously promised I’d update y’all weekly on my fitness/weight loss journey…. 

Well, after week three, I got very discouraged and gave up on my goals. 

I didn’t 100% give up: I continued to work out 2-3x week and tried to be cautious of what I ate. 

But for the most part I gave up. I let all of my overwhelming stress take over and I allowed myself to stress eat. 

I allowed my anxiety to get the best of me and discourage me. 

I crawled into my bed early each evening after work to just ignore the world. I was in bed and asleep by 7pm every night. And  I let myself be lazy and sleep in until the last possible second before leaving for work. 

My emotions have been up and down lately. And thats given me a sorry excuse “to take it easy on myself”. 

I haven’t accomplished much lately, but that is going to change. 

I’m creating new goals and making sure they are attainable! 

I decided to try things I’ve never done before. 


I recently joined an online coaching program with a nutritionist who knows her stuff and one of the toughest veterans who is well known on social media. 

It seems very cut throat and disciplined, but achievable. And it’s also NOT a gimmick where they give you shakes and wraps and promise you 50 pounds lost in 2 weeks. 

It’s a program to teach you how to make the correct nutritional choices for your body and goals. It’s a program to teach you how and what activity and exercise will help you in your journey. 

Im praying over this experience and I’m ready to learn a lot and accomplish my goals. 
The main thing I’ve learned these last couple of weeks during this lazy, unmotivated, and discouraging time is to take care of your mental/emotional health first! 

I had too much stress going on and I didn’t really deal with it. 

I didn’t really open up to anyone about it, I didn’t pray about it, I ignored the toll the stress took on my body… etc. 

I sort of ignored it which is not something I want any of you to do. 

You need to first and foremost always take care of your spiritual, mental, and emotional health. And if you are struggling with that, you must focus on it and get the love and help you need. 

Do what helps to ease your anxiety and do things that can help you relieve stress. 

Focus on more important things: for me that’s God, my family, and my close friends. 

Don’t let one bad week…. or even 4 bad weeks be the thing that pushes you to end your journey and give up on your goals. 

I’m trying to remember that everyday day that I’m able to wake up and open my eyes is a fresh start; a new beginning. 


Just like scripture says that Gods mercies are new every morning… we have that! And we have new chances to start over. 


Just because I’ve failed or didn’t try hard enough in the past doesn’t mean that I will have a unsuccessful future with my journey. 

I know I have a lot of work to do and a lot of excuses to get rid of. I know the journey is going to be tough and it’s going to take a long time. 

I want to follow through with all of it though because I want to see what it’s like to NOT GIVE UP. 

I want to know that it’s possible because I know I’m not the only one out there who feels helpless. 

I can’t be the only girl who sometimes feels like she is not good enough. I know I can’t be the only one who doubts that she has what it takes. I want to know it’s possible to reach my goals so that other ladies like me can know that they can do it too! 


So stay tuned for more… and as always thanks for checking in on my update! 

Blessings! 💜


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How to NOT have miserable and painful periods. 

I doubt many men read my blog, but if you do, this post ISN’T for you! 🙂 unless you want to make your lady extremely happy, you can buy her some of these items 😉

I’ve always suffered from painful and horrible menstrual cycles. I remember even in middle school having to stay home because my cramps were so bad and I would be nauseous and throwing up. 
I was put on birth control at the age of 15 in the hopes that my cycle would regulate and I wouldn’t be miserable throughout my “lady times”. It never helped or worked for me after being on it for 3 years and even after trying  a few different types of birth control, I knew that wasn’t the answer. 

I’m no longer on birth control and haven’t been since I was 18. And I don’t plan on ever being on it again. (That’s a story for another post!) 

My periods were at their best and lightest when I was in Army boot camp and when I was home and actively working out and doing hot yoga 6x week. It’s incredible how active you are truly affects so many different aspects of your body and health! 
Of course, as the years went by… I stopped doing hot yoga and I stopped working out consistently… that is when my menstrual cycle saw the darkest of times. Literally EVERY month, I would have a whole day where my cramps were unbearable and I was extremely nauseous and beyond moody. I would get menstrual headaches and always have bad breakouts on my cheeks. It always happens on the first two days of my period too. 

I was tired of being miserable during my period and all of the Midol and ibprofun stopped working for me. So this last month I tried one different type of pain relief that I hadn’t tried yet and I tried as many home remedies as I could to see if it made a difference during my period…. AND IT DID. 

Here’s what I did and used to feel 100% better! 

1. Doterra “Clary Calm” essential oil. 

This roller ball is seriously so amazing! I started using it the day before my cycle started and all throughout it as well! I roll it over my abs, belly button, and sometimes my lower back for relief of cramps. It really did make such a difference for me! It smells amazing too! 

2. Aleve pain relief pills

My estheticion told me to pop one of these three days before my cycle starts, so I did. Aleve isn’t as strong and damaging as ibprofun, and midol stopped working for me, so the 1x day – three days before my cycle trick worked well! 

3. Ginger-Lemon herbal tea

I abstained from coffee during my cycle and drank a caffeine free ginger lemon hot tea and that helped soothe my anxiousness and moodiness and I believe kept the pain at bay! Ginger does amazing things for women during our cycle. I drank one cup in the morning and one in the night! I also heard that chamomile tea is great, so I might try that next month! 

4. Forskolin vitamin

This vitamin is great for many different things… it should be taken daily (not just during your cycle). I’ve read that this vitamin helps with fat burn, skin issues, and of course balancing out your cycle. I noticed a difference in all three areas a week after taking it! You can find this at any vitamin shop! 

6. Lemon water! 

Lemon water is good for everything it seems! I can’t stand the taste of lemon water so it’s a struggle for me to drink it… (and it’s not good for your teeth.) So I drank it the first two days of my cycle to add a little more aid to my period! I used Doterra’s Lemon oil in my water. 


7. Bananas! 

I don’t know what it is… (maybe all the potassium?) But I ate two bananas a day for the first 2 days of my cycle – one for breakfast and one as an evening snack… and this tale is as old as time to help relieve  cramps and bloating! 


So who knows if it would have only taken two or three of these products to help with the excruciating pain of my period… but I used them all to be on the safe side and my period this month was  TOTALLY BEARABLE and not like the last five months(where I was throwing up and curled up in bed) 


My cramps used to wake me up in the middle of the night because of how intense they were… this month I maybe had mild cramps… and minimal bloating…. I was completely SHOCKED and ecstatic! 


What do you use or do when Aunt Flo and Uncle Tom come to visit??…. lol let me know what works for you and let me know if you are going to try any of these remedies! 


Talk to y’all later! 

Olivia 💛

The Tea That Changed How I Felt About My Body! 

Happy Wellness Wednesday! 


I recently finished my first 30 day detox with Teami Blends! Woo hoo!! 

I’m so happy to have finished it and finally be consistent with something like this! I was absolutely impressed with my journey and how I felt throughout the whole process! I’m going to share with you how my detox went! Check out my first post and update on my Teami Journey here!

So what changed? 

The number one thing that I saw and felt change with was my energy! I’m a huge coffee fan but sometimes coffee wouldn’t give me the energy and boost that I needed… Teami tea gave me the healthy and right boost that I was searching for! 
Another amazing change I felt was LESS bloating! I absolutely can’t stand being and feeling bloated… this tea took that all away and I felt so much “lighter” 😉 
Another major change throughout my 30 days was that I used the bathroom a lot more than I usually do! And it was also “easier” for me to go to the bathroom (TMI, I’m sorry) 


Did I lose any weight? 

No, I didn’t lose any weight, but that’s okay! I started this journey as a boost to feeling better and putting natural and healthy things into my body! I ate clean but not as clean as I should’ve. I exercised, but not as much as I know I should have… Teami Blends promotes healthy eating and active lifestyle along with the tea detox! If I was more consistent on these two areas, I’m sure I would’ve lost some pounds. But that wasn’t my main focus. 
How did the teas taste? 

DELICIOUS! I have always been a fan of tea but was unsure of how this tea would taste… Thankfully, it taste delicious all on its own and I don’t need to add any sugar or honey to it! 🙂
Will I use more products from Teami Blends! 

I definitely will! I’m beyond eager to try more products and teas from this lovely company! I’m dying to try the TEAMI ENERGY and the TEAMI RELAX! When I try these out, I will make sure to let y’all know what I think 🙂 
Teami Blends changed the way I felt about my health. There was something about the tea that boosted my energy and mood and took away that “bleh and ugh” feeling. It felt good knowing that I was putting good things in my body, and feeling better ultimately motivated me to treat my body better- physically and emotionally. 


It’s been amazing 30 days and I can’t wait to do another detox and I can’t wait to try more products! 
Have you been wanting to try Teami Blends? If so, I have a coupon code for you! Use WFW10 for 10% OFF your order! And of course, if you have any questions about this product, feel free to ask! 

Thanks for joining me along this journey! 

Happy sips! 

-Olivia 💛



[this post is NOT sponsored. The products were sent to me to try, and ALL opinions are my own. The discount code is an affiliate code. I will receive a small commission when it is used.] 

Mason Jar Zucchini Lasagna

Welcome to O’s Recipe Book! 

This is a new series where I share my new recipes that I try! Most of them will be healthy oriented and attainable for meal prepping! 

This week I made mason jar zucchini lasagna! An easy lasagna without the pasta and ready to be thrown into your lunch box when you are heading out the door for school or work!

I received the wonderful inspiration to make this from Whitney Simmons on YouTube!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 1 lb of Ground turkey (or any meat you prefer)
  2. 2 large zuchinni’s
  3. 1 cup cottage cheese
  4. 1/2 cup egg whites
  5. 1 jar of Tomato/ marinara sauce
  6. Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  7. 4 Mason jars

(This recipe makes 4 servings )
Directions: 

1. Cook ground turkey over stove top until meat is fully cooked.


2. Add in marinara sauce to the cooked ground turkey (I used this delicious, organic and healthy Bertolli Sauce from Costco!)

3. Add dash of sea salt and black pepper to meat sauce for extra flavor.

4. Chop up your zuchinni in circular pieces then cut those into halves.

5. Whip your 1 cup of cottage cheese with your 1/2 cup egg whites together in a separate bowl.

6. Start layering! 


  • Layer 1: zuchinni (lay about 3-4 half pieces) this replaces your pasta. 
  • Layer 2: a spoonful or two of your meat sauce. 
  • Layer 3: 1 spoonful of your cottage cheese/egg white mix
  • Layer 4: Pinch of shredded mozzarella cheese. 
  • Top off with lots of mozzeralla cheese! 

Repeat the above layers until Mason jar is full! 




7. Place 3-4 full Mason jars on cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. 


BE VERY CAREFUL AS YOU TAKE THESE OUT OF THE OVEN. The glass jars get extremely hot and a little heavy as you take them out of the oven. 

Let these cool down for a loooong time before serving or storing in the fridge. 

They look a little weird, but they are DELICIOUS! Enjoy ❤️



Let me know if you try these out and how they came out for you! 


Follow me on Instagram for more ideas! ❤️



Wellness Wednesday: Teami Blends Detox

Hello and welcome to my first ever #WELLNESSWEDNESDAY 🎉


Wellness Wednesday is a new series on my blog where I feature products or tips having to do with your wellness and health! 

I’m on my personal journey to be as natural as I can when it comes to taking care of myself and my body. I’m on a journey to learn how to love myself and truly take care of my body and mind by eating clean, getting fit, and going natural in many aspects of my life. 

[Before I present this weeks product, I want to mention that I am an affiliate with this brand and there will be an affiliated discount code for you to use if you’d wish. I’ll receive a small commission with the code. This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are my own]

I recently was sent the 30 day detox from Teami Blends and I was so stoked to try it! 


Teami Blends is a company that offers many different types of natural and delicious teas to aid in cleansing and detoxing your body, gain energy, lose weight, etc… 
There are different types of teas for different types of needs which is great! 

I’m currently on day 13 of my 30 day detox! I’m about halfway through and I feel GREAT! 


The 30 day detox consists of TWO teas- Skinny tea 

I drink one cup every morning when I wake up! I add a little bit of agave to sweeten it just a tad and it is so delicious! This tea replaces my usual cup of coffee in the morning. 



The second tea- colon tea 

 is a tea that I drink EVERY OTHER NIGHT before bed time! I add a tiny bit of honey and sip on it while I’m winding down after my day! 



SO, two teas, one every other night and one every single morning during my 30 days… easy enough right?… 

My morning tea is easy to remember because I’m so used to making coffee or tea anyway when I wake up. I had to set an alarm in the evening to remember my colon tea every other night! 

How do I feel? What changes have I felt and seen?… 

  • Well, the biggest change I’ve seen (this might be TMI) is that it is easier for me to go to the bathroom. I use it more and I feel less bloated because of this, which is great. 
  • I also feel a change in my energy! I don’t feel cranky-tired when I wake up and I’m not feeling the need to crash out right after lunch! 
  • I also feel like I’m able to Focus more on everything I’m doing. I feel like I have a clearer mind which is what I need! 

I’m halfway through this detox and I’m anxious to see how I’ll feel with the end result. 


Just to let y’all know, this is NOT a magic tea- you won’t drink it and suddenly lose weight and have a six pack right off the bat. 

I love how Teami Blends promotes clean eating and exercise in addition to your teas and detox. 

These products are made naturally to help you feel better- from the inside first. 

Hard work, consistency, and dedication will get you the results you’re looking for! 

I’m so eager to try more of their teas! Teami AliveTeami Energy, and Teami Relax are next and at the top of my list for me to try! 

Next week, I plan on going into more detail on the ingredients and giving more detail on how I’m feeling! 

If you’re feeling sluggish, or in a rut, or need a boost to help with your health and wellness goals, Teami Blends might be just what you need to get started! 
If you plan on purchasing Teami tea or products, I have a coupon code for you to use at checkout! 

Discount code: WFW10 

That code ^ will get you 10% off your order! Yay! 

If you want more updates in between Wednesdays, Follow me on Instagram! I update with a post at least one other time a week, and daily on my story. (There’s even more random goodies and discounts there) 


Stay tuned for more updates and info on my journey with Teami Blends! And feel free to ask any questions you have on the product! 


With love, 

Olivia 💛