The Beginning To My Journey

I told myself I was going to use this space to document my weight loss journey because I always forget to update my facebook page . (I promise to get better with that too). Since I am taking leaps this year to be brave, I decided I should start with exactly what I wanted to do with this space, the big reason I decided to come back to my corner. I want to share my journey, the fun, the ugly and the all in between even if it just helps one person.  

Many of you know, if you follow me on instagram, if not we should be friends on there, that I go to the gym on average twice a week to meet with my coach to weight lift. I love it because I don't have to think about the workout, I dont have to do much thinking matter of fact besides making sure I have proper form and he controls the amount weight. Also, it's great to be around people who are on a fitness journey too. It's a non commercial gym which makes things 1000000% better. I have put on a decent amount of muscle in the last few years of going, so now it's time to show it off. 

Look at them hips. (insert biggest eye roll) 

In order to show off those muscles, I need to shed some of the fat. So I am going full force into IIFYM. I did it in 2016 when hubby was deployed before too and had great success. 

If you don't know about IIFYM - it stands for if it fits your macros. You weigh your food, log/track your food, and you eat within a certain amount of carbs, fat and protein.  The goal is to be within +/- 5 of your daily intake goals each day. The macros make up you calorie intake, so you focus on the macros and not the calories. Carbs and Protein are 4 calories/ gram and fat is 9 calories / gram. You could eat a 100 calorie snack and it could be 25g of carbs but if that is all you ate, you would be hungry ALL day long and eat a ton of carbs with no protein/fat. 

There is so much information out there to learn how to do it, the formula to determine your macros and so much more but it truly is the only "diet" that has worked for me and I have done ALOT of different diets. I have noticed I tend to eat lower carb naturally and I always over eat my protein goal even when I try not too.

I use the app My Fitness Pal and it seems to be the best one for me. I love that I can scan my food and it remembers foods I eat often. Which I tend to eat the same foods every day.  

Currently those are my goals. I will have to adjust them eventually. I have been eating at these numbers for about a solid week. I started January 1 but than my house had some serious issues that it totally derailed everything. So I had to refocus once it was all settled and was fixed. So I am actually going to count February 1 as my starting point with my weight and measurements. 

My goal is to lose about 10 pounds before end of March when hubby and I go visit my sister. I am putting that out into the world so it can hold me accountable. 

Why you weigh your food? This is the assorted macaroons from Trader Joes (which are delicious by the way) but the package says 3 macaroons (30g) per serving. I weigh it out, and actually 2 macaroons are 27g so no way that 3 = 30g. Therefore if you ate that 3rd macaroon it would be extra calories that you didn't count and eventually those extra calories start to equal extra pounds/ not losing weight to reach your goals. It's so important to weigh your food vs. eating off serving size   

I get it can be fore frustrating at first and time consuming but I promise you the more you do it the more it just becomes natural. You can build recipes, you can eat whatever you want basically as long as it fits, and sometimes it's even good to just have that "cheat" meal not day! 

So here we go, February 1! You can do it too!!! 

I will share a day of eating soon. 

Have you done IIFYM? 


I was Brave

Last time I really dedicated myself to get on track and lose some weight was summer of 2016. Husband was deployed and I was determined to get in shape for his homecoming. Well I lose about 15 pounds and met him in Hawaii. We had a great time & than life went back to normal and I gained that back. Since than, it's been a hell of a time to get back on track. I find myself once again with hubby deployed and wanting to get in shape for his homecoming. 

Inset this blog. I am going to use my little space to track my progress and ability to stay on track. I have horrible times on the weekends and even worse time trying to find lunch ideas but I am determine to do this. Also, you know that whole brave thing?  Well this is me being brave to share my journey.               


Hydroflask came out with the hawaii edition bottles and I knew I had to get one. I got the Moana color and my sister got the Pomaikai (yellow & hot pink). I finally got a straw lid for it too to use. Secret to my hydroflask, I never put anything else in my bottles besides water so they do not grow anything inside of them. I have seen some nasty in them. 

Friday I finally did some sprints/cardio for the first time in a long time. I even busted out my beats by dre purple headphones. One day I will use my bluetooth ones and see how I like them. I am currently in the step bet Challenge that Brandi is running. I love the step bets over the diet bets. I can hit my steps but not so much lose the 4% body weight. We are just about to start week 3 which means half way through the challenge. 

RIP little mouse, you picked the wrong house to enter. 

So I did a brave thing that I wouldn't of done normally. I am such a home body. I do not like going places and definitely don't like going places alone. So when this gem asked me to come watch her competition I knew this was the first step to being brave this year. 

I walked into this competition knowing my gym was there but no one else. There was tons of people in this place. The anxiety kicked in and I didn't know what to do. Luckily she found me and said hello but than she had to go back to warm ups. She crushed it on the platform and I know so many amazing things are still ahead for her journey. 

There you have it. My first update of the year. 
How are you following your year goals?


Goals for 2018


Well, here we are two weeks into the New Year and I never really set any goals until recently. I know I am late to the game but better late than never right? I am hoping to write these down to be able to come back to reflect if I actually reached the goals. 

I did write about my word, Brave. Which, I believe so far, I have been doing all the brave things and proving a lot to myself, but now it's time to write out the goals to do the same thing. 

Goals for 2018

  • Fitness: It's time I get it together. I say it every year, but this year has some BIG plans so I need to get on it before it becomes extra difficult. I am going to use this space to write all about the things I am doing to stay active and healthy. 
  • Budget: Pay off all our credit cards than I want to make a budget and stick to it so we can build up our savings and open some retirement accounts. You know, do adult things. 
  • Start my dream: I have been putting it off year after year because we didn't pay off our debt and I didn't want to compile more debt onto of the debt we already had, so we us so close to paying it off, it's time I start that dream and go full force with it. 
  • Read 5 books: I know many of you read that in a month, but for someone who struggles with reading daily, I believe this would be a good start. So, send me all your book recommendations as I have no idea which books I want to read. I am currently reading a Nicolas sparks book, but I have been reading it since December 2016..oops 
  • Blog: Create my little space the way I want it. Continue writing and do it for myself. Don't fall into anything. Just keep doing what I want and clean up the space a bit. 

What are your goals for 2018? 



Here we are 2018, where in the world has the time gone? It's like I blinked and I have been married for 5 years, out of high school for 10 years and I am 2 short years away from 30.  Let that sink in for a bit, eek It's moving much to quickly. 

I have always been a planner, you could say it's a family trait. My dad was a planner for a big company, my brother is a planner so much so that we have a family joke that everything he does is in a spreadsheet, it's just in my nature to want to plan everything. So when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2017 I thought I knew everything I wanted to accomplish last year. I even wrote some of them down but as we know, life is funny in that way. I can't say it was a complete waste but I definitely didn't accomplish what I wanted to. So I am going to work on letting go of the planner side of me and I am going to pick a word to focus on this year instead and some goals that I won't beat myself up over as long as I stay true my word. 

"Brave enough to start. You were always meant to be brave."

Brave. It's one of those words that has just reappeared since the beginning of the year. It just spoke to me. Almost like a sign. I knew this was going to be my year to be brave in every aspect of my life.  

I am going to be brave enough to do everything that I set my heart on and sets my soul on fire. 
Brave to forgive those that I never truly forgave years ago, it's time I really let that part go. 
I am going to be brave to stand up for myself. 
Brave to strength my marriage, friendships, and relationship with Jesus. 
I am going to be brave enough to share this little corner of the web to those around me. 
Brave to say no to things. 
I am going to be brave to be true to myself. 
Brave to chase all those dreams I have ever had even if it scares me. 

This year I am going to Brave for myself! 

What are you working on for 2018? 


Let's Do This

It's been over a year since I even opened up this little space. I have thought about just quitting all together and deleting everything, than I realized it's like my journal. This little space has been here for me for so many seasons of my life that I can't just quit. It almost has an emotional attachment. There are so many memories I don't want to delete such as when we got Trigger , letter to my sister, going to the zoo and so much more. 

Thanks to Kelly  for relaunching her blog on January 1, I decided I wanted to do the same thing. I am not going to worry about the layout right now, the outdated pictures, the old content, how many people will actually read this, or if anyone ever will, I am just going to worry about putting my memories on here so I can always go back and read it again. I can't say I will be here Monday-Friday but I will promise I won't go a year without writing as so many things happen in a year. 

So with all that, I have decided I owe it to myself to start again. To start documenting all the fun adventures, the hard times, and struggles of everyday life of a military wife. 

So here we go, 2018... Let's do this!