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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*** the photos I have in this post are from Pinterest. I don’t own them or take credit for them. 

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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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#TreatYoSelfTuesday- Mieroglyphs Bracelets

 

It’s my first ever #TREATYOSELFTUESDAY here at wildandfreeoutdoors.com! YAY!

This is a series on my blog where I review and recommend products that I have been loving and think are splurge worthy! The products that I will be mentioning range from Makeup to food to jewelry, and pretty much anything!

[Disclaimer: ALL opinions and thoughts are my own. If an item/brand is ever sponsored or an affiliate, I will mention at the end of post, but even so, ALL opinions and reviews will be my honest and true opinion. I will never promote something I do not like myself.]

TODAY’S PRODUCT that I have been obsessed with are these amazing bracelets from an AMAZING brand.

These are the Mieroglyphs bracelets sold at https://www.mieroglyphs.com/

Lets talk about this brand for a second and why I love them!

First off, their slogan is “goods for the good of this world”. Isn’t that lovely?! That is their slogan because this is a company that creates hand- crafted, customizable, cruelty- free, and vegan products! Each bracelet is hand made and customized to the buyer’s request. None of their products are mass produced. Thought, love, and hard work is put into each and every bracelet made by this company! (I just LOVE that.)

The whole purpose of this brand is to spread motivation and inspiration through their products and that is what makes them so special! They even have Pet accessories! (how cool is that?!)

I also love the style of this brand and their products. It is unique and a breathe of fresh air to me.

My absolute MOST FAVORITE thing about Mieroglyphs is the customizable part! I love how you can take part of your favorite verse, song lyrics, or name and have it engraved on the bracelet.

I had one of my bracelets engraved with “Wild and Free Wanderer”. Every time I wear that bracelet and see my blog name, I get such an inspired feeling. It is a sweet reminder of my love for writing and how I have began to pursue my dreams with my blog! It is a product that is so special to me!

And the cool thing is there’s not another like it! 😉 It’s unique and made just for me!

Since Valentines Day is approaching, I think one of these bracelets would be a sweet idea as a gift! You can engrave it with whatever you’d like for your loved on to see! You can make it special and unique and just for the person you love the most!

Gift it or TREAT YOURSELF to it! I’m happy to be supporting and sharing my love of this brand with all of you! I hope you all check out all of the amazing products this company has to offer, and I hope you love and are inspired by these products just like I am.

I am so happy I was introduced to this brand and I am even happier to have an affiliated discount code to share with you all for your purchases! Use Code: OLIVIA for 20% off your purchase! (ALL CAPS on Olivia)

[You can use the discount code at checkout as many times as you’d like!]

If you do purchase any of Mieroglyphs products, please tag me in your photos on Instagram and let me know what you think of them!

Thanks for tuning in on my first post on my series #TREATYOSELFTUESDAY. I can’t wait to continue this series and share more awesome products with you!

With Love,

Olivia

[Disclaimer: this post does include an affiliate discount code. It is your call to use it if you’d like to or not. ALL opinions on this brand and product are my own.]

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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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