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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Little things I do to make myself feel beautiful. 

Recently, I began writing a post that touched on weight, insecurities, self esteem, beauty, and self love… That post turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought for me to write. 

It all started with me looking at some photographs of myself… I had seen how much weight I had gained and how I felt like I looked like a completely different person. I noticed all of my facial flaws like acne, scars, and my chubby chin and cheeks… 

I got really saddened and started to think really mean and upsetting things about myself. My insecurities blew up and made me very discouraged.

 As I was writing that post, I started crying and couldn’t really put together my thoughts… 

I decided that I wasn’t ready to focus on the negative and deep emotions of that topic, so I decided to pray on that more and write about the little things I do to make me happy and feel beautiful.


Some of these things may seem silly (and they are) but they do actually make me feel better sometimes when I’m feeling a little down about my insecurities and body image… here they are: 

1. I read encouraging scripture. 

The number one thing that I hold true to my heart and soul is that I am created in Gods image! (Genesis 1:27) I go back to the only thing that can ever truly heal me and make me feel better, and that’s the fact that Jesus loves me and pursues me daily. He loves me so much that he took my punishment and my well deserved death. He sees nothing but love and beauty when he looks at me. 

Some of my favorite verses to lift me up in times of insecurity are: 

James 3:9

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;

‭‭I Peter‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭NKJV


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‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:14‬ ‭NKJV


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The Song of Solomon‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Proverbs 31:10


There are so many more verses that can encourage and show God’s love for you, these are just a few to scratch the surface! 
2. Take a hot shower and shave! 

The whole shaving part sounds a little silly, but for some reason, I always feel great after I do so! I think most women can attest to the truth that shaving makes you feel good. 

 
3. Paint your nails! 

There is something so soothing and relaxing for me when I paint my nails. And fir some reason, I instantly feel more feminine and pretty when I have color on my nails! The only downfall to painting your nails is waiting for them to dry… 

[‭‭these nails and this nail polish  aren’t mine, but I wish they were. Image is from Pinterest Live, love, polish]

4. Workout or go for a walk

There’s no better way to feel better about yourself than to know you are taking care of yourself! I like to go for walks in the evening after work if I don’t go to the gym. 

(Still working on being consistent with going to the gym 5x week) 


[throwback to 3 years ago…] 

5. Do your favorite hobby/passion 

For me, it’s writing! So I’ll write and journal and that really helps me to release any negative emotions that I’m bottling up inside. 


These are all just little and basic things that can make a huge change in your attitude and spirit! 


My goal is to stop living in the past (I.e. Looking at old photos of my veld when I was more fit, remembering how I used to be, etc) and focus on what I can do to better myself and do it for the RIGHT REASONS. 

What do you do to cheer yourself up or motivate yourself to do/be better?? 

What do you do to to remember that you are beautiful and there’s no need to be pressured about your appearance?? 

I hope you all know that you can always share your heart with me and that if you’re struggling with body image, insecurities, and self love, you are not alone! You are beautiful, worthy, and special!! ❤️

Blessings,

Olivia 💜

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My Life Verse

I think every Christian has their own “Life Verse”. A verse from scripture that speaks to them in volumes and that can always encourage through every season of life. A life verse is a verse that you live by! It’s something to encourage, inspire, and motivate you. It’s something to look back to when you need to remember God’s love for you.

My life verse has always been Luke 1:45.

Blessed is she who has believed that the LORD would fulfill His promised to her!”

Sometimes I get emotional just by reading the verse. It offers me so much love, assurance, and hope.

The story from Luke 1: 26-56 as a whole inspires me and gives me the chills every time I read it. I get so excited just explaining the story to others. The story is when God sends an angel named Gabriel to Nazareth to reveal to Mary (who was a virgin) that she has found favor with God and will conceive and give birth to a son (a.k.a JESUS CHRIST).

Of course Mary is a little frightened when she sees the angel and beyond confused when he tells the virgin that she will give birth soon to a baby. And on top of that, not only is she carrying “just a baby”… She’s become the Mother of the Son of the most high!  “The one who will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” (Luke 1:32)

Of course all of this sounded so outrageous to her, but I just LOVE how Mary obeys God and praises Him for what He is going to do with and through her life.

” Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true!”

(Luke 1:38)

A few verses later Mary sings a song of praise to God and part of that says:

” How my sprit rejoices in God my Savior! For He took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all will call me blessed.”  (Luke 1:47-48)

I love how she is a woman of faith who is obedient and has full trust in God and his promises. I long to have a faith like hers. Her faith and obedience brought forth OUR SAVIOR: JESUS.

-My most favorite verse (Luke 1:45) is a sweet reminder that our God is so faithful! And that he will keep every single promise that he makes to us. We never have to worry about being let down… Our God is merciful, true, and beyond faithful!

-This verse also reminds me that God will bless us immensely when we put our FULL trust in Him. It reminds me that He is a God who is true to His word and He WANTS to bless us and he wants us to completely trust Him.

-This verse gives me hope. I see how Mary wonders, “Why me? I’m just a young and lowly servant girl?” (paraphrase)

It reminds me that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called! When I tend to think that I have nothing to offer or that I won’t ever make a difference in this world, I think about how Mary was just a normal girl and how she was used to give life to the savior of the world! (Man that truth just blows me away every time I think about it!)

-This verse reminds me that we serve a limitless God. A God who can do anything. You know how scripture says “With God, all things are possible”? Well its true- I mean, hello, Jesus was born of a Virgin! (that doesn’t just happen everyday haha)

-This verse encourages me to be an obedient woman to God and to never doubt His word or his promises to me.

I want to live my life like a lot of women in the bible. A life that is surrendered daily to God. A life and a faith that is used for His Kingdom. So many women in the bible have done things and lived lives that FOREVER CHANGED THE WOLRD. Ladies, we have to believe that God still has the power to do that in us!

God can and will use you if you let him do so. We must STOP putting limits on a limitless God! It’s time to fully believe and trust in Him and his promises. He will fulfill them. His will be done no matter what!

The world that we live in today is getting crazier and crazier… The world needs more women who will have faith and trust in God just like Mary and many other women of the bible. Now is not the time to hide our faith or to slow down. We must do what we can do, and serve and love Jesus with all we have.

To all my ladies out there, remember how much Jesus loves you. He wants to do big and important things in your life. He wants you to surrender your heart to him and believe in his faithful promises. He has given you a gift, and he wants you to use it!

I encourage you to seek a verse or scripture that encourages you and speaks to you in ways that you need it to. I hope you strive to be a woman of the Most High God and not a woman of the world.  I pray that you seek the Lord in prayer and ask him to show you what He wants to do with your life.

What is your life verse and why? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,

Olivia

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You are Enough.

Ever felt so sure and confident in something that has been placed on your heart?

Perhaps a dream, goal, or experience…

Have you ever started a journey (like starting a blog 😉 or beginning a healthy new lifestyle, or chasing after whatever dream it is that you have) and someone says or does something to crush your hopeful and optimistic outlook on it?

Yeah, I know what that is like.

You are so excited about something.

You envision it, then you plan it all out, and then you start working for it…

everything seems perfect.

Until something happens or someone comes along with a negative Nancy attitude and it just makes you feel down and unsure.

This is seriously how I feel right at this moment!

 

But today….

Today was a challenging day.

Doubt began to creep into my mind. Insecurities started to flood my thoughts and perspective.

I started to think, “Am I just wasting my time?”

“do people think I’m dumb for doing this?”

“Are people annoyed by me?”

“Is anyone ever going to care about what I have to say?”

Anyone’s answer’s to these questions shouldn’t matter.  Why, you ask? Because the only answer and opinion that ultimately matters regarding these types of questions is the opinion and thoughts of Jesus, my savior.

I have prayed and asked the Lord to show me what He wants to do with my life. I ask him what type of vessel I could be to shine some light of His love. I have wandered aimlessly in doubt because I didn’t know what God has planned for me. ( I still don’t know exactly)

But I am sure of this: Jesus loves me and truly believes that I am enough.

I feel a specific calling to just follow HIS lead and write and blog and share love and hope with  whoever needs it.

It doesn’t matter if I have 100 readers or zero readers…

It doesn’t matter if someone thinks my ideas and my blog is “stupid” or “irrelevant”

It doesn’t matter if people think I’m wasting my time..

I know with all my heart that whatever work Jesus wants to do through me and through this blog, HE will do it and follow through with all of His promises to me.

There are always going to be people who will wish you ill, who honestly don’t care, and who don’t see your purpose and reasoning for what you do.

But DON’T LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU.

You are enough to accomplish your goals and your dreams.

You are enough because you were created and are loved by a perfect and merciful GOD.

Don’t ever let the actions of someone else make you think or feel any different.

YOU ARE ENOUGH <3

All my love,

Olivia

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Breathe In and Don’t Freak Out.

If you could name your biggest flaw or struggle, what would it be?

If there is one thing you can’t stand about your

way of thinking or acting, what is it?

Please don’t think of anything physical or how you look/want to look. I’m talking about attributes to your personality and the way you handle daily living.

If I’m thinking about my one of my biggest struggles and flaws, it would be that I tend to be extremely moody… The kind of moody that no one wants to be known for.

The littlest things will irritate me to a dramatic extreme. Things that would normally never cross my mind or ever bother me will send me over the edge.

I get mean, I’m unpleasant to be around, and I start to spread hatful thoughts about myself to myself… it’s not a healthy cycle.

Today was a stress filled day at work and to make matters worse, I just felt “off” the whole day.

I would make a cup of coffee and leave it in the break room and forget all about it.

I would fax blank pieces of paper instead of the ones I was supposed to fax.

And I would forget so many little tasks that I always do on a daily basis..

When days like these happen, I become so moody that it’s easy to get lost in my feelings and forget about what the bible says about having a calm and gentle spirit…

“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious”

1 Peter 3:4.

In times where we feel overly anxious and seem to let the silliest things affect our attitude in a negative way, we need to remember that our lives reflect the life of Jesus and we must pray daily to be more like him.

A tender and gracious love can’t coincide with an overly moody girl who lets her emotions take over to the point where she’s being rude to others and isn’t a joy to be around.

I know how hard it is to focus on the Lord when satan is clouding your view with negative emotions, but we must remember to take all those negative and stressful thoughts captive, like the bible says!

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

2 Corinthians 10:5

If you’re having a rough day and your emotions are getting the best of you, I’m so sorry. Lets give our problems, struggles, and flaws to Jesus and let him heal you!

Lets remember that its Jesus who can change our biggest flaws. Lets never get comfortable in actions such as the ones I described… Lets strive to love and react to things in a loving and gracious way.

Just breathe, pray, give it to God, and carry on (and don’t break anything!)

God Bless ya’ll,

-Olivia

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