The Plan

So I must confess: this year, I have not been good at getting to the gym. I have maintained my membership to my local Planet Fitness (love them!) but have not gone much at all. I am not sure if I have even gone once! :O aah!!!! What a terrible thought.

Anyway, I miss being in shape. I can feel the difference in my body when I go out to do my active things like hiking, or babysitting, or similar such things that demand personal energy.

In addition, I have become tired this year. I’m turning 30 next year and I am not sure if nearing the end of my twenties has anything to do with it, but I never used to get tired. I could stay up late (like really really late) and get up early, and it rarely, if ever, caught up up to me. After I turned 29, however, I get tired at night, and it is a much-harder-to-fight tired: The kind of tired that makes one fall asleep during their favorite movies, and start missing things that they otherwise would love to do because I just need more sleep than I used to. I am an extrovert of extroverts. I thrive on time with people: tossing back and forth ideas, and being whacky. I am the girl with no bubble, who hugs people upon first meeting, and likes to make everyone around her happy and comfortable. I am not the one who calls it a night early because she has to go home and go to bed.

Although I feel that part of this may be normal because I am coming in to a different time in my life, I believe some may be fitness related as well. If I was running at the gym at least three times a week like I used to, I would probably sleep better, and therefore, need less sleep again. (of course this is all postulating, and I must put it to the test and see if my hypothesis holds any merit)

Lastly, I am going to be in a wedding next may (like IN the bridal party) and I want to start getting back to my gym body 😀 (Not that I am particularly uncomfortable in my body, but I could feel a little less hindered by my body-fluff than I currently do. 🙂

So what is the plan, then?

Step One: I am going to get back to juicing, which I found to help my system thrive along with healthy eating. I stopped at one point when my juicer broke, but I have ways to fix this problem, and a new handy dandy hand cranked masticating chef star which I have heard other juicers rave about. (we will see) I would really like to get something that can spit out some wheatgrass juice for me, but I may just have to settle for now on buying the already juiced form.

I will use carrots, ginger, tumeric, and citris to sustain my energy, and Chia seeds and aloe to cleanse my zinliver.

Step Two: I will cut out alcohol as a regularly consumed item.

I am by no means a heavy drinker, but alcohol is high in calories, and an easy thing to cut when I am trying to get more healthy.

Step Three: Get to the Gym at least three times per week.

There is no reason I should not be able to do this. Even with the fact that I have two jobs, I do have free time, and I would rather use it creating a better tomorrow for myself than watching through all of the seasons of Criminal Minds for the third time.

never give upStep Four: Keep a Journal

I always do better when I write about my progress and my dreams. I have a journal with butterflies and gold swirls on the front that tells me to “imagine” which I greatly enjoy doing. I will never sit here and beat myself up for where I am. I will just set goals, and picture where I want to be because in this I find motivation. Beating oneself up only wears you out. Don’t take your strength out of today.

Step Five: Get a Calendar

I use calendars to track days, check off goals, and give myself star stickers for doing a good job (I don’t care that I have grown up. A shiny gold star still is motivation for me, and if it works it works!) gold star

Step Six: Just Keep Swimming!

Or running, or hiking, or walking, or zumba-ing: whatever I can do that day, I want to stay active. One day at a time, I will just keep going.

Step Seven: Purge and Stock

Purging all of the unhealthy foods out of my kitchen and loading up on healthy snacks and things to cook is going to be essential. Exercise is only 30 percent or so of losing weight. I need to make sure to keep my diet in check as well. (my biggest weakness? Pizza: the cheesy fatty salty doughy goodness that is oh so bad for me when eaten regularly. I know to keep myself in check on this one too.

Step Eight: Keep in touch

I plan to post at least a weekly update with my progress and challenges. Hopefully I will be able to post more than that as well. Accountability will be a key to me staying on track.

Well, for now, these are the only pieces of my plan. I may add or modify as it is implemented and I feel things out.

What helps you keep going?


Things that Keep a Healthy Lifestyle Motivated

I have gone through so many ups and downs when it comes to staying fit, and active, never give upand living a healthy lifestyle. There are many methods that I have tried to see if they would help me on my journey. Some have assisted slightly. Some have been complete flops. There are some methods that promise much and have delivered nothing. Finally, though, there are a few things I have found which have helped me stay on track, and given me motivation to keep going! These are the things I want to share with you.

gold star1-stars:gold star

as silly as it sounds, I give myself stars for doing well each day I accomplish my goals. I pick out a calendar that I like, and purchase star stickers, and just the thought of my week not looking complete keeps me going to the gym on gym days, and eating well throughout the week.

2- Keeping Junk food out of the house:

junk foodYou cant eat junk food if you don’t have access to it, right? This has become more difficult since I now share a residence with my brother, but keeping only healthy options available has greatly helped in cutting out the bad snacking.

3-Keeping a dream journal

By journaling just a little bit about progress, measurements, and end goals (especially the why portion of theimagine end goals) I am able to stay motivated to keep going, even on the weeks where I don’t see much progress.

4- Measuring weekly

Every once in a while, there is a week where numbers on the scale don’t change. In fact, they may even go up a little. On these weeks it is especially important to measure myself. I always see at least some progress when I check my measurements against those of the week before.

Here is a chart that I use to help me remember all the points to measure weekly:


Vegetable-Juices-for-Losing-Weight25- keeping a rainbow in my fridge

I like healthy food. I actually enjoy most fruits and veggies, and I prefer whole grain in most situations. Often my problem lies with not taking the time or budgeting the money to actually go get my healthy foods to keep around the house.

How You Should Dress Today

Such great memories, and it is true. It has all gone so quickly.

A Momma's View

Just a quick reminder about how you should dress today when leaving the house…

This made me laugh so hard. Remember when you first watched that movie and tablets like the iPad, handless and wireless video games, 3D Television, video conferencing, super thin TV’s on the wall, families eating a meal together but totally focused on their devices, watching multiple TV channels at once and hover boards seemed such a crazy idea? And now look at us… Predictions they got right when making those movies.

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New Experiments

Hello all! I hope you are all doing well on this lovely (slightly drizzly here) day!

I was reading my about, thanks to my blogging101 course and realized I had not updated it in YEARS! Many of the things stated were no longer relavant. I also realized how very little is even true of how I feel inside now.

Throughout the last several years I have been working on myself physically. I have not lost as large a chunk of weight as I had hoped, but I am slowly and steadily on the decline due to, in large part, the fact that I have begun to live a healthy life: not just go on a diet.

Although adjustments to my diet have been a big part of my overall change, the fact that I added exercise in to my life on a regular basis is part of the biggest change in me. I may not have reached my healthy weight yet, but I have some so far in fitness. I have walk/run two 5K races, and plan to do more. I got tired walking at 2.5 mph when I first got on a treadmill back in 2010, and now, in 2015, I have reached the point where 4.5 is my normal walking speed and 6.5 is comfortable jogging. I can run at 8.0 for a minute straight, and 11.0 for 30 seconds. I can hike, bike, rock climb, kayak: do anything I want to do and fitness level is not generally an issue now.

Because of fitness and me working on myself with God, my confidence in my body has increased as well. I live life now. I sing on the worship team at church, dance whenever the mood strikes: even in the grocery store (yes: I’m that person.) I allow myself to be me now, regardless of shape and size, and I know that I am on the journey to even more body health as I go forward.


The new experiments I was talking about is juicing. I have recently started juicing as a form of nutrient income, and I LOVE IT! I feel energized and love the juices themselves. I am constantly making up new recipes and will share them with you as I have the opportunity .

Liebster Award Nomination!

I am overwhelmed and humbled! Eccentric Soul and Candelescent have just nominated my Everyday Wonders blog for the Liebster Award! I am overcome with gratitude! Oza has such a fun way of writing, and Candelescent I feel, has a certain feminine strength and youthfulness to her blog that are very enjoyable.

Blogging 101 has seriously been one of the greatest things I have been through as a writer. I have had the great privilege to get to know so many amazing bloggers. Their stories, insights, and unique voices have been an inspiration to me.


Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  2. Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  3. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  4. Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  5. Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  6. Lastly, COPY these rules in your post.

Here are my answers to Candelescent’s questions:

  1. Who or what inspired you to blogging? That is fairly difficult to answer because I love writing for so many reasons. Everyday Wonders came about as a way for me to keep myself accountable by writing about my journey, and kind of evolved in to a way to share tips and tricks I learned as well. I blog though because I absolutely love writing. it makes my soul thrive! It is also a great place to rant and share opinions once in a while. lol
  2. Favorite day of the week & why? Right now, tuesday is my favoirite day because it is the beginning of the two days in a row that I do not have to work double shifts. This will eventually change and I will go back to loving my weekends.
  3. A technology you would love to be made possible for use? Very difficult… I don’t usually think about technology, but about getting away from technology (except when I want to write my blog lol) I suppose if there was a way to teleport for free all around the world, that would be cool. That is what I pick.
  4. Favorite book genre? My favorite book genre is between classics and Christian living (Bruce Wilkinson, Ravi Zecharias, Derek Prince, etc)
  5. One thing on your bucket list? Swimming with sharks is one of the ones I have not done yet.
  6. An embarrassing moment in your life? I don’t really remember ever being embarrassed. I am just not usually phased by things.
  7. A proud moment in your life? Becoming an aunt this last February, seeing my sister handle herself so well when she got married a few years ago…
  8. Egg or chicken? Chicken. As someone who believes in creation, I believe that God created the chicken, and then the chicken would have “reproduced after its own kind.”
  9. Favorite thing to do on the weekend? Right now I work every day and don’t really get time to do what I want to… but if I had a couple days off, I would want to travel to the mountains and hike, camp, spend time with my sweetie…
  10. What is your curtain pattern? I have no curtains. Right now I have blankets pinned up to my windows to insulate the house so that we don’t have to use the air conditioning as much :p
  11. One fact people (here) don’t know about you? I LOVE spicy food!

Here are my answers to Eccentric Soul’s questions:

  1. What comes to your mind, when I say ‘travel’? any type of exploration out of town or farther that requires some type of journey. I have visited much of the U.S. but still have a lot to see, and I want to see everywhere in the world I can!

  2. Have you ever been so happy that you wished the time stopped? if so, say a little.. Yes. When I look into the eyes of someone who really cares about me, and feel safe, and comfortable, I wish time would stop and I could just live in that moment thanking God for it every second.

  3. Who is that one person who can change your hard ‘No’to an easy Ýes? no-one. God is the only one in my life that can tell me something and change my mind that easily. Otherwise, I’m sticking to my guns.

  4. Do you ever regret things in life? I have done things and made mistakes that some would regret, but I choose not to live with regrets or bitterness in life. I choose to forgive others and myself. I would not be the person I am if I had not been through what I have been through.

  5. Who is your favorite Superhero character,  if you have one? Batman, Wolverine, and Riddick. I like a lot of superhero characters. I am adding Dr. Who because, although he is not a superhero, he pretty much is… seriously, if you like superheroes, watch hishe on youtube. AWESOME channel!

  6. Are you the one who always finds silly mistakes in others, even if you wish you did not? I am the one others find silly mistakes in… I do not pay enough attention to detail to see mistakes in other people. I see hearts, not mistakes.

  7. What inspires you to write? Love, life experience… I have been writing for fun since I was ten years old. A good friend and I used to write together as a hobby, and show each other our short stories. I feel like paper is a canvas, and the written word a beautiful medium to express oneself. It brings me to life and makes me thrive!

  8. Would you prefer writing a letter or sending an email to someone(who matters) you have not spoken to in a long time? I typically would send a letter. I love stationary and letters, and have a big box of supplies that I use fairly often.

  9. What are you most thankful for in this world? Christ giving his life to bring me redemption, My family, Ray, my new little niece, great friends, good food, the outdoors, and writing!

  10. What is the craziest thing you ever did in life? does skydiving count? How about scuba diving? Eating lambs brain, crickets, meal worms; moving across the country within two days of deciding to move; these are my good crazies, although I have made some bad decisions on a moments notice as well…

  11. Were the questions tough? 😛 they were fun, not really tough… but fun 😀 

And my questions for you:

  1. Why do you choose to write?
  2. Do you look at your writing as a vent or an inspired work?
  3. what is your favorite color?
  4. If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go, and who would you want to take with you(if anyone)?
  5. Who is one non-family member who has changed your life and inspired you?
  6. Complete the sentence: “Love is….”
  7. If you could have any superpower, which would you want?
  8. What do you do just before sleeping at night?
  9. What is a meal that you have been craving lately?
  10. What is your placement in your siblings?

And Finally, my nominees are:

  1. Candelescent: beauty, free spirit, feminine
  2. The Horizon Chaser: Creativity and everyday fun.
  3. Twisted Top in Flip Flops: Even though she has already been nominated, her creativity and artistic eye are worth following.
  4. Zenaida Wheels: I love reading about her adventures!!!!
  5. ZARA: got to love her femininity and vibrancy for life
  6. Meanderwithmeg: Meg writes wonderfully, simply, and with a sense of adventure. Her take on things will surprise you and make you smile.
  7. The Primeval Tongue: this is the first blog I ever followed. Love her recipes and advice.
  8. Soldiersride: an amazing blog with experiences you must read. Inspirational.

Newly Inspired

I have been struggling so much for a while now. The ups and downs of life have made it very difficult to eat correctly, and discouragement from being out of work and out of money off and on for the last year and a half has just demolished my resolve. I have eaten anything that I could get my hands on, since at times there would not have been enough without it, but I life is looking up now. God is blessing me with better job opportunities, and i will soon be able to focus my attention back to going to the gym.

I have been juicing a bit and have gone back down ten of the pounds I had allowed myself to re-gain, but I really want to get back to the gym, or to running, or biking, or some kind of exercise that will make me feel healthy and awesome: an over-comer again.

thanks to another blogger, I found another push of inspiration. You see, I hate being the fat girl at the gym. To be honest, it is the only place in my life that I actually FEEL fat. I typically only am reminded of my extra when I have to shop for new clothes, or it becomes inconvenient in some way. At the gym though, I am the one who feels out of place, or disgusting. Being fat seems to be easier than it used to be, but I have seen many people shrivel their noses in disgust when a bigger woman walks in to the room, and although I have not personally observed that attitude towards me, I am aware that I am in the same category.

I love myself, but not while I am at the gym. I am constantly reminded of my shortcomings. I love what I am trying to become at the gym. I love seeing myself reach goals and pass them. I love the discipline I feel, but I don’t look at the wall lined with mirrors, and feel that automatic pride. I have to remind myself when I look at that mirror lined wall that I am beautiful, and I am doing something important.

This is harder than I thought it would be to write. I am filled with emotion right now. Here I am, starting again. Thank you so much to the kind blogger at that wrote the following:

“Hey, Out of Shape Girl.
Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy. You’re slow, you breathe hard and your efforts at moving forward make you cringe.

You cling shyly to the furthest corridor, sometimes making larger loops on the gravel ring by the track just so you’re not on it. You sweat so much that your hair is all wet. You rarely stay for more than 20 minutes at a time, and you look exhausted when you leave to go back home. You never talk to anyone. I’ve got something I’d like to say to you.

You are awesome.

If you’d look me in the eye only for an instant, you would notice the reverence and respect I have for you. The adventure you have started is tremendous; it leads to a better health, to renewed confidence and to a brand new kind of freedom. The gifts you will receive from running will far exceed the gigantic effort it takes you to show up here, to face your fears and to bravely set yourself in motion, in front of others.

You have already begun your transformation. You no longer accept this physical state of numbness and passivity. You have taken a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.

You’re a hero to me. And, if you’d take off the blaring headphones and put your head up for more than a second or two, you would notice that the other runners you cross, the ones that probably make you feel so inadequate, stare in awe at your determination. They, of all people, know best where you are coming from. They heard the resolutions of so many others, who vowed to pick up running and improve their health, “starting next week”. Yet, it is YOU who runs alongside, who digs from deep inside to find the strength to come here, and to come back again.

You are a runner, and no one can take that away from you. You are relentlessly moving forward. You are stronger than even you think, and you are about to be amazed by what you can do. One day, very soon, maybe tomorrow, you’ll step outside and marvel at your capabilities. You will not believe your own body, you will realize that you can do this. And a new horizon will open up for you. You are a true inspiration.

I bow to you.”

Please check out the blog to honor this kind individual. I hope this changes lives. I know it encouraged me.

another couple: slowly but surely

As of the beginning of this week, I am down a couple more pounds. 215. I can’t wait until I am under 200 now! It seems so possible now! Little steps and little progress, but I am going to make it. I am determined!  I can run two minutes straight at 6.5 now, and a minute straight at 8. That is such progress. you guys keep pushing on! you will do well!

Forward to Victory!!!

About this time last year, I set forth on an adventure, to teach myself how to lose weight, and do it. I wanted to be healthier, and able to enjoy life to a greater extent. I wanted to do a year end review (or year beginning review I guess) of my progress.

As far as weight goes, I have, so far lost 37 lbs. This is a total of a little over 3 lbs a month over the last year. This is less than I had planned, but any progress is good, and I have not, at any time this year, gained anything other than what is normal with fluctuations of the body.

For fitness, I am feeling so so much better. Last year, I could not jog at 4.5 mph for 30 seconds even once. Last summer, I ran a 5k with 4.5 as my average speed. I run for 30 seconds at 10, and it tires me, 1 minute at 8mph. and 3 minutes at 6, but these are not one time during a workout anymore either. These are now thrown in constantly. As soon as my heart calms below where I want it, I run again.

My asthma is nearly non existent. I notice it only once in a great while, usually when the air is bad quality at the same time as I am running.

Just a thought: I was carrying a box of 25lb cat litter upstairs, and realized I have lost 1 and 1 half times that amount almost exactly. “Man, I used to carry around this extra weight all of the time! No wonder I was low on energy!” I thought to myself.

Forward to Victory!!!

Starting the New Year Right

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.”  ~Elbert Hubbard

Did you know that 50 percent of us will not be following our new years resolutions three weeks from the beginning of the new year? Is this a reason to say that resolutions are silly, and should not be made? Not necessarily. Maybe what we need to focus on is how we make our resolutions.

We should be making decisions on a day to day basis about what we need to change in our lives, not just wait until the beginning of each year to make some drastic change. This last year, I lost 33 lbs, gone down 5 BMI points, and dropped 2 sizes. I also have infinitely more energy! I still have work to do, which I have resolved to continue this year.

How, then, do we make resolutions that we are going to keep? We need to make resolutions that are doable: not too far reaching. We also need to make a plan of action about how to accomplish our resolutions.

For instance, saying that we are ‘going to work out more’ doesn’t give us a firm goal. We can put it off more and more until halfway through the year, and then we realize that we failed, and give up. We could also say ‘I am going to go to the gym five days a week, every week’ but if we have not been going to the gym at all, that may be too far reaching. Maybe we should start out with something like ‘I am going to go to the gym at least three days a week, and do at least 20 minutes of cardio.’ The at least leaves room for growth. We can accomplish this goal. It pushes us, and we can bite off an amount that we can chew.

When we are making our resolution, we should also make a plan of action. If we plan to attend a gym, which one? when do we plan on going? Morning? Evening? Afternoon? How do we plan to do what we plan to do? By choosing a plan of action, we enable ourselves to follow through with the things we want to do by making them achievable, and following through.

What are your resolutions? How are you going to reach them?

May God Be with you and give you strength on your journey!



On January 21st 2013, one of my friends, an amazing man named David Parsons III, is going to break the world record for hugs in one day. He will hug 10,000 people over the course of the day; an average of 7 per minute; raising funding to give hope to children fighting cancer a second time.

When I was young, one of my friends was granted a wish by the program when suffering through leukemia, sending he and his family on a trip to Hawaii to spend some quality time together. PLEASE consider becoming a part of this great thing by pledging a hug, or sponsoring hugs, and give hope to these children!

From my understanding (which is, so far, limited) you just go to the following page, and send a message saying that you would be interested in either pledging a hug or sponsoring.