Fitness and weight loss update!Β 

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! πŸ’œ


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Week THREE of my weight loss journey!Β 

I’ve had a great week and I’m feeling positive πŸ™‚ 

I stepped on the scale on Tuesday and the numbers are the same, and that’s ok! This is a journey… it’s going to take a lot of time and I just got to be patient. 

My week two was a total failure: no workouts or activity, no meal prep, no macro tracking, no calorie deficit… too much pizza and fast food…. week TWO wasn’t good at all… 

BUT,  week THREE was great!

✨I hit the gym 4x  in the AM… (I know, I’m just as shocked as you). 

✨I’ve been drinking TONS of water… I got my gallon with me at all times! (Yet, I still haven’t gotten around to drinking the full gallon each day lol)

✨I’ve been meal prepping, macro counting and making sure I eat clean and  healthy. This has been the hardest part of my journey with the most mistakes and downfalls. 

✨I have more energy! I feel more alive and I’m just feeling positive because I’m taking care of my body and health. 

Here’s my meal prep for the week: 

Breakfast: Oatmeal (trader Joe’s steel cut frozen oatmeal- Calories: 150) 


– protein: either two hard boiled eggs or a low calorie breakfast sandwich that I can pop in the microwave. (Usually 190 calories) 

Lunch: I made tilapia and veggies! 

4-5 oz of tilapia and Two cups of veggies. (Sometimes 1/4 – 1/2 cup of quinoa as rice.) usually 230 calories or so. 


Dinner: this is where my struggle is. I will be convinced to go out to dinner with my boyfriend and friends or eat what he eats (he’s a pizza and fast food guy lately). I try to meal prep or eat a healthy salad… but confess that I kind of eat whatever for dinner. Or i comfort eat… I’ll tell myself to eat what I crave because I had a stressful day. I hate this. I’m working really hard this week to change that!!! 

I’m not hitting my macros or calorie deficit mainly because of my dinner… it truly is my biggest hurdle at the moment. 

So let’s pray I get ahold of this issue this week and start to make progress! 

Snacks: usually string cheese (light 50 calories), Danon light & fit Greek yogurt (80 calories), fruit, pop corn (ive been loving Skinny Pop and Boom Chicka Pop), imitation crab meat, rice cakes with peanut butter… etc. 

-snacking less is a little tough for me, but I’m getting better and trying to pick up fresh and low calorie options. 



My fitness pal:

I decided to buy the premium version of my fitness pal so that I can track and log everything that touches my lips. I do good most days with tracking everything, but realize that I go over my calorie intake for the day a lot, which is 1400 calories. 

I’m focusing this week on hitting my 1400 calorie mark and NOT going over! 

This has been such a challenge as well. I never realized that even when I started eating “better and healthier” I was still eating thousands of calories over what I should be. 

Too much of any food is truly not good for you. 

Week THREE workouts: 


Im pretty happy with my commitment to the gym and plan to go 2x hard this week. πŸ™‚ 

Well that’s all for this week! I had a few great improvements and some hurdles that I can work on this week. Thanks for following along with my journey! 

Stay tuned for next week for week FOUR of my fitness and weight loss journey! 

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Starting Week THREE of my weight loss journey

Hello sweet friends! Thanks for stopping by! As you can see from this title… I’m updating y’all on my weight loss journey at the beginning of tmy third week instead of the end of my second week…. the reason for the change?… we’ll week two was a total bust. I was lazy, I was unsuccessful, and I didn’t accomplish any of my goals… (sad face.) 

I’m pretty disappointed with myself and have no idea why I let myself have such a bad week. I didn’t go to the gym (not even once), I didn’t fully track my food and macros, and I honestly didn’t eat as clean as I should have. I kept making excuses until I realized it was Friday and I hadn’t achieved a darn thing. It sucks and I’m mad at myself, but oh well! All I can do now is get serious and down to business this week!! I’m using my lack of motivation last week as reason to give my 100% this week! I’m writing down my goals, I’m going to pray hard, and I’m going to be better than last week! I REFUSE to let one bad week ruin my journey. So here are my goals for this week! 

Week THREE goals: 

1. Drink a gallon of water a day. 

I finally bought a gallon of water on Sunday and I am taking it with me everywhere I go and  I am making sure that I drink a whole gallon each day. 

It is challenging to actually drink a whole gallon every day, but it is so necessary and so so important! 

Here’s what I did to stay on track throughout the day with my gallon: 


2. Hit the gym 5X this week! 

That’s right! Mon-fri at 5:30 am is the goal for me! I plan to do at least an hour of cardio two days this week, and the rest of the week is like to find a good HIIT cardio plan that I can do! I also will be doing some weight training as followed: 

MON: chest 

TUES: Triceps 

WED: Biceps 

THUR: back 

FRI: legs/ glutes

3. Meal prep and count my macros 

This week I’ll be meal prepping all my meals. I’ll also be tracking my macros and logging everything I eat and drink. 

For breakfast  I plan to have oatmeal and two boiled eggs or oatmeal and Greek yogurt 

For lunch and dinner, I will have one cup of broccoli, one cup of green beans, and 5oz of protein (either pork chop or fish) 

I will update y’all this Saturday and include more detail on my food for the week! πŸ™‚ 

4. STRETCH! 

If I get a chance, I’m hoping to hit up a yoga class on Saturday morning, but apart from that, I want to have a good, 20 minute stretching routine in the evening after work. I’ll combine some of my favorite yoga poses and some good stretches that I learned from the military. Stretching is so important y’all, but I honestly neglect it way too much :/ 

5. Drink more tea- cut out some coffee. 

I loooooove coffee… but the bad part about that is that I love my coffee sweet and with lots of cream and sugar… I never realized how many calories and sugar I consume just from my morning cup (sometimes cupS) of coffee. 

I have some delicious Teami Blends “energy” tea that I’m going to have in the morning once I’m at work.

[if you want to try this tea out too, you can use my discount code ‘WFW10’ for 10% OFF your order] 

Like I said before, I’m not going to let last weeks failures shape a new week where I can reach my goals! 

We all will have our setbacks and off days! What matters is you get back into the game and keep working hard! 

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Come back on Saturday to see how my week went and what goals I crushed and what o struggled with! 







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Week ONE of my weight loss journey.Β 

Woo hoo! My first update is here for my fitness and weight loss journey! 

As y’all know, on Tuesday, I started my journey to lose 40 pounds and get healthier and fit! 

I’ve finally had it with feeling unhappy with how I look, I was tired of having no energy, and I was tired of not being my best self.

Here are the highlights and what I realized during my first week of my fitness journey: 

1. I’m throwing out the scale. 

For now, I am. Because honestly seeing the numbers gives me anxiety and stress that I don’t want to deal with. Seeing the numbers go up or to watch them remain frozen has always discouraged me. Stress can cause weight gain and I tend to over eat when I’m sad or stressed, So to avoid the disappointment of what the scale shows me, I won’t be weighing myself weekly. I’m going to take monthly photos to see my transformation and how different my body (not my numbers!) look. If anything, I’ll weigh myself once a month. 

2. My gym/workout routine:

Ive been getting up at 5:00 am and hitting the gym before work and I love it! It puts me in a great mood for my day and I have lots of energy for work! I used to workout after work in the evening and I realized that I wasn’t putting 100% effort into my workout because I was too tired from work and just wanted to get home– and that was if I even went to the gym after work. Having an evening workout routine was tricky because most of the time, I’d just skip it all together! Here’s a brief and vague (very vague) chart of Week ONE workouts: 

Now, my goal was to hit the gym 4 times this week, and I only did 3 days. So there’s one little disappointment for my first week. But even so, I was glad I started a routine that I intend and will keep! 

Next week I’m shooting for 5x week and hoping to up my cardio time and weight training time πŸ™‚ 


3. It’s not just about how long you spend at the gym! 

The first two days I did cardio, I did it for 45 minutes. Then on Friday (my third day) I only did 40 minutes. But I worked so much harder and burned more calories with my 40 minute cardio session. What I learned from this is: I could spend an hour on the stair master and not give it my full effort and only burn x amount of calories. But, if I truly work, put 100% effort, and challenge myself and my goals, I can burn more calories and gain more strength/endurance with less time on the machine… make sense? 

It’s not about a 4 hour gym session… it’s about how much effort you give with each minute you are working out! 

4. Cut out the idea of food as a “reward” 

This is where one of my main problems is! I start to think “oh I worked out and ate a healthy lunch, so it’s okay to have fast food and ice cream tonight…” WRONG. 

I’m trying so hard to simply look at food as fuel for this time of my life. I need it to stay alive and fueled for working out. I’m trying not to look at food as a comfort or stress relief, but simply as fuel. 

I’ve made the mistake this week already of eating out and binging on Burger King (yuck) 

I’m promising myself no cheat days for at least a few weeks! 

*this is the most challenging part of my journey. 

5. Drink TONS OF WATER. Seriously! 

Yes, this is stressed so much because it’s so freaking important! 

One of the suckiest things that happened this week as I started my fitness journey was I got crazy and horrible headaches the first two days I worked out. 

My body wasn’t used to the intensity of the workouts and your body NEEDS more than your idea of enough water. You’ll get dehydrated and will not feel good at all if you aren’t chugging down that water… and you have to do it constantly and all day long. (And yes you’ll be in the bathroom a lot!) 

I’m currently aiming for a gallon a day this coming week πŸ™‚ 

6. Live by this quote: 


I found this quote on Pinterest and it literally changed my outlook on my journey… I’m obsessing over the future what what I’ll be eating, doing, and looking like months from now. I get discouraged sometimes when I look too far ahead and see how much work and patience I’m going to have to have to succeed. 

Sometimes I get stressed out thinking about the time, patience, and hard consistency that I’m going to have to have… (stress will hold you back!) 

Focus on your day to day… wake up and make sure you are giving that specific day all of your energy and dedication… that way you can look back in joy and triumph and NOT ahead in stress! 

Those are just a few of my experiences and epiphanies from this week. I’m praying that next week I’ll continue on and better, more successful and closer to my goals! 

I’m also hoping to get my “initial/before photos” taken next week! (Let’s hope I’m brave enough to share them with y’all) 

Thanks for reading and thanks for the encouragement y’all have given me thus far! 

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How to NOT have miserable and painful periods.Β 

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

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 πŸ’›

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The Tea That Changed How I Felt About My Body!Β 

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” πŸ˜‰ 
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! πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚ 
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 πŸ’›



[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.] 

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Wellness Wednesday: Teami Blends Detox

Hello and welcome to my first ever #WELLNESSWEDNESDAY πŸŽ‰


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 πŸ’›

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