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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Week THREE of my weight loss journey! 

I’ve had a great week and I’m feeling positive 🙂 

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. 🙂 

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! 🙂 

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! 

❤️

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







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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! 


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