Conquer the New Year

How do you make a realistic goal for 2014 and stick to it?

Personally, I think mini goals is where to start. Expand from this and write big time goals to get you excited.

Mine would be:

Short Term

1. Fix my metabolism (although a big goal, something that I can work on daily that’s obtainable)

2. 30 days straight of going to the gym (start monthly challenges)

3. Start having weekly recipes

4. Start volunteering.

5. Become active in small group.

6. Get everything together to move to New York City ❤ Don’t waste one second!!!

7. Love often. Love strong. Love everyone.

Long Term

1. Help the poor in a big way. We have been called, instructed, and abundantly blessed in a way to help them.

1. Run a marathon

2. Do a half ironman

2. Get up to 250g of carb per day (essentially the same as fixing my metabolism but it’s the BIGGER picture)

3. Make it to nationals in bikini.

4. Go pro (dream big or go home).

5. Continue (as always) working towards complete freedom from body image because of weight gain of metabolism fix.

Yours may not look anything like mine. The point is that you should write them down. I think it gives you a sense of empowerment that says you WILL do these things this year.

Don’t be that person that does the resolution for 2 weeks, and then drops it. You are capable. You are strong. You are a fighter. So, do it right and finish strong!!! 2014 is going to be the best year yet for you. I can feel it ❤


Homemade Cranberry Granola

I had two pretty girls say that they wanted to compare recipes with me. I can’t say that mine would be the best to offer at a party just simply because it didn’t stick together in bars as well as I’d hoped. So, I’m going to perfect it as time goes on. But, it was delicious and just for at home, it’s perfect! 






Combine all ingredients and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 


1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats 

1/2 cup protein granola (with a touch of dark chocolate) 


(I got this at Walmart) 

1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used Great Value Brand) 

1/4 cup liquid egg whites 

1/4 cup PB2 (powdered peanut butter) mixed beforehand with 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk 

1/4 cup Natural Jiff Creamy PB

Mix all of these first then add in 1/4 cup honey to make everything stick.




With love and granola, 


Metabolism Damage Week 1 Recap

I promised to let you follow every step of the process.

Stats (ha)

Week 1: 110 lb 80g carb (or less if I felt like it)

Week 2: 115lb 90-95g carb (except yesterday was 100g)


Am I excited about gaining 5 lb from still eating what most people eat on a SEVERE restriction? No.

However, it just furthers my desire to do this.

I have spent the last hour trying to sort thoughts through my head just because it makes me mad. Not the weight gain, but feelings associated with that. So, today I’m going to practice what I preach. Loving myself every step of the way. It doesn’t matter if I have to buy a whole new wardrobe, I’ll fight this.

Your body is meant to be fueled…so that’s what I’ll do. Our bodies are so intricate and I’m excited as the weeks go forward to see the progress that I make in body, but also mind and soul.

I have been at 110lb for about 3 years. As I was gaining muscle, I was losing fat so I stayed the same weight. But here’s why the scale is so not a good measure of this ESPECIALLY when you’re lifting weights.


Clearly, I have shifted the weight to become muscle. And I’m okay with that. I know you think “she’s an idiot. She’s still so tiny”

I get that. And I don’t think otherwise, but give me a hot second because I’m a girl and I just gained 5 lbs in one week! hahaha!

I also know that carbs means that you will hold onto water which is exactly what my body has done. I don’t look different. I don’t feel different, but I gained. My body has to relearn how to utilize this food. I have essentially “starved” it for so long that when I add food, my body doesn’t trust me. And it acts like a vacuum….holding onto everything. I’m going to show my body that I won’t starve it again…ever.

I hope to show fitness and health but also a completely restored mind…someone who came from 6 years ago focusing SOLELY on how skinny she could be to focused on love for the Lord and the people in her life…not her body image.

With love and fitness,


If you’d like to read the original story, you can find that here:

Metabolism Damage

Starting Fresh

There are many things I have started fresh in my life. This blog being the start of something great I’m hoping. I have had another blog in the past, and it was a compilation of my random thoughts. I wanted to make this one more focused on faith, family, fitness, recipes, and fun! I hope you’ll continue to follow me on this journey. I’ve always dreamed of being a professional blogger. Maybe one day I can make my dreams come true.

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