Hey everyone! 

I’m back after my juice fast and lighter than ever! The fasting part gets easier every time I do it. I made it three days with barely any problems and usually the day two hunger pains really get me. When I stepped on the scale on Monday, this is what I saw:


I am so happy I got the results I wanted and hit my goal. I feel better than ever! I can’t wait to see what the scale has to say to me my next weigh in Monday!

As some of you may already know, I am from Indiana and right now we are experiencing a blizzard and the temperature outside is literally -35. I am thankful to be off today and snuggled in my home with my sweet baby boy, so I decided I would try and make a home made chicken noodle soup! It turned out SO delicious! I have an unhealthy relationship with my crock pot.. I absolutely love it. I’m not a huge fan of cooking, so this crock pot is my life long best friend! Here’s the recipe I used:

What you need:

1 1/2 cups chopped carrots

8 Stalks of chopped celery

1 Medium onion (I just used frozen onions, cheaper and tastes great!)

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Also used frozen!)

2 cups fresh spinach

1 container low sodium chicken broth (Approximately 900 milliliters)

Ground pepper, Mrs. Dash Onion and Herb, and garlic powder to taste.

2 cups egg noodles (or other noodles, I did a mix of egg noodles and some rotini)


First, I lined my crock pot with my life saving crock pot liners! These are sooo good for people who hate to do dishes (AKA: me)! Just line your crock pot and be on your way. When you’re done, throw the liner in the trash and voila: Magic easy clean up.



Next, I chopped my veggies into bite sized pieces, chopped my spinach, and threw in my frozen onions:


Next, I sprinkled my favorite seasonings. You can get creative with this one. I just went through my spice cabinet and picked whatever sounded good! I ended up with some fresh cracked pepper, Mrs. Dash Onion and Herb, and some garlic powder.


Next, I topped my veggies with my frozen chicken. You can use fresh in it’s place, but I already had frozen chicken, it’s just as good, cheaper, and I’m snowed in so I had to do with what I had laying around! Still delish!



Next, I threw in my chicken broth:



I covered and cooked all of this on low for 8 hours. Then, I pulled the chicken out and shredded it with a fork, added in my egg noodles, and let it cook for another 20-30 minutes.


I served myself a bowl topped with a little fresh parmesan and some Siracha! It was perfect!



:) YUM!




3 Day Juice Cleanse

Hey everyone! My 3 day juice fast was pushed back a day due to this crazy Indiana weather, but today I was finally able to get out of the house and into my favorite store.. COSTCO to buy all of my necessary juicing ingredients!

Juicing is such a difficult and foreign concept to a lot of people. I know based on the looks of disgust I get when I walk into work with my mason jar full of green juice. The idea of a juicing cleanse is simply the basis of fueling your body with insane amounts of fruits and vegetables. Way more vegetables than you could ever eat in a normal day. By doing this, you can give your body a jumpstart to weight loss as well as a health kick.. and who knows.. you might even ENJOY your creations! This was my juicing haul this time around:



All of this only cost me $63 at Costco. Man, I love that place. This produce will give me enough fruits and veggies to last through my 3 day juice and there will still be some left over to throw into recipes once I start eating again. That’s right, I will put nothing in my mouth for the next three days except for this juice and water. Juicing is an extremely effective way to cleanse the colon. Juicing separates juice from it’s skin and pulp and essentially gives your colon a three day rest where it can focus on getting everything that is left behind in there.. out. It improve digestion after the juice fast is over as well as aide in weight loss. I lost 7 lbs with my very first juice fast. Of course, juicing is not meant to be a long term lifestyle. As I said earlier, juicing separates the fruits and veggies from their skin and it has no pulp. This processing of the juice does rid the veggies of SOME (not all) nutritional content as well as creates a juice that is lacking in fiber (because the pulp is missing.) So, again, juicing is a great detox, but I wouldn’t recommend it for longer than 7 days. I will stick with 3.

So, after I come home from winning the fruit and veggie lottery, I set up my wonderful Black & Decker Juicer ($22 at Walmart/Target/Kohl’s) and chop up my fruits and veggies.



I have tried in the past to juice specific recipes and I’ve found that it’s way too much trouble. I don’t like running around the grocery store to find a starfruit that I’ve never even heard of, just to find out it’s like $6. So, instead, I just mix and match different fruits and veggies as I go. There is no method to my madness. I usually make sure at least 35% of my juice comes from green veggies (spinach, kale, celery, cucumber) and the rest is a random mixture of fruits that I know I enjoy. You will get results with any juice cleanse and there’s not a single fruit or veggie that is bad for you, so make something creative that you will enjoy!

Here’s all the pulp that I got out of juicing enough for half a day:



Not too appetizing. I’d like to find a way to reuse the pulp, but I haven’t found a way just yet. Anyway, so after about an hour and a half of hard work, my juicing is complete.




It is ideal to drink about 80-90 oz of juice a day while also staying fully hydrated with water. I also buy a variety pack of Naked juices ($14 for 12 at COSTCO!) and use them to supplement as snacks throughout the day. I have found this is easier for me. I’m not expecting to lose a ridiculous amount of weight with this cleanse. I am weighing in at 160.4 this morning and I’m just hoping that by the time this fast is over I will be 158. Though I’m not expecting a visible difference before and after this cleanse, I took a before picture.. because.. well, that’s my thing and it helps keep me motivated. :)


I can’t wait for Weigh in Monday this week! Being 158 this week would put me right on track to hit my goal! :) I hope everyone is doing well! I hope your health was a part of your New Years Resolution this year!

Smoothies & weigh in Mondays!

I have become very accustomed  to my new tradition of ‘weigh in Monday’. Though, my scale is my best friend and I weigh myself daily- the only number that has final value in my mind is the one that I get on Mondays. It shows a whole weeks worth of progress and usually gives me a sense of pride. Here’s the number I got today:


161.6! Is it a huge progress? No, but I have learned to love seeing each measly pound leave my body equally. This means that hopefully by next week, I will be in the 150’s! BIG DEAL!!!!

I have to tell you.. I am not a breakfast person. I would rather not eat anything all day and then have a huge delicious dinner filled with comfort food, but that is a weight loss sin that I have learned not to commit. I’m never hungry in the morning, but I make myself eat. Even if it’s not a big meal- it is so important to feed your body SOMETHING. So, my body and I have formed a compromise and I have been drinking the most delicious, easy, and AFFORDABLE fruit smoothies for breakfast every day! It’s my favorite because it’s light, it’s cheap, and the clean up is easy peasy. I am the first person to admit that buying fresh produce is expensive and that is what turns a lot of people off from trying to eat healthy anyway. Let’s face it, it’s a lot cheaper to eat pizza rolls and donuts than it is to eat fresh salads. I buy very few items of produce fresh. I buy bananas and lettuce/romaine/spinach if I’m planning on having a salad, but other than that- ALL of my fruits and veggies are FROZEN or CANNED! So much cheaper, they don’t go bad, and they’re always there if you need them! I improvise my smoothie recipes on a daily basis and I never follow a set recipe. Some turn out better than others, but  I made the most delicious strawberry, mandarin, pineapple smoothie this morning for breakfast!


Here we have some canned mandarin oranges and pineapple, some green superfood powder, chia seeds, a dole strawberry shaker, and a strawberry flavored probiotic drink. The probiotic drinks are great! You can get that whole package for $0.88 at your local Walmart! They are a great aide to digestive health and keeps your good intestinal bacteria flourishing. The Dole shakers are $1.50. They come with little yogurt pieces and fruit bits and are frozen and are meant to be mixed with juice and then drank as a smoothie that way. I have found that it is better to just dump the mixture in with my morning smoothie because regular juice is too sugary and not so great for you. Chia seeds are WONDERFUL! They are tiny little seeds that barely have a taste. They gel up inside your intestines and collect left over waste and help to expel it. They are extremely high in fiber and let’s be honest, the more you poop the more weight you will lose :). My Green Superfood powder was bought at a local health food store. It is a powder (flavored as orange dreamsicle) and I just add one scoop to each smoothie! It actually has 3-6 servings of vegetables in one scoop! It is by NO MEANS a way to replace your daily veggie intake, but it definitely helps and is a natural way to gain some energy. I love it! I use the juice from my mandarins and pineapples because I don’t like my smoothies thick. So if they’re too thick, I simply add more of the juice from the can. Make sure that you are buying fruits that are in 100% juice or water and NOT in heavy syrup. Too sugary.




So, I mix all my ingredients and throw it in my handy dandy Magic Blender (which I LOVEEEE by the way) and voila!




A perfect, healthy, light, and tasty breakfast for breakfast lovers and haters alike. I drink this every morning. Breakfast is so important because it kickstarts your metabolism into the mode it will work in all day long. The sooner you rev it up, the more efficient it will work the rest of the day. As far as adding veggies to smoothies.. I couldn’t do that for breakfast. I believe in eating healthy as well as enjoying your food while you do it. If I drink a smoothie as a meal replacement.. the easiest veggies to add are kale, spinach, celery, and cucumber in my opinion. Most of them have a very neutral taste. I would suggest making 35% of your smoothie come from veggies, but make the rest fruit and fruit juice to drown out the taste. Smoothies don’t have to be a recipe following thing. I never follow recipes because I don’t like to be on a wild goose chase through the grocery store searching for spices and fruits I’ve never heard of. Instead.. I walk up and down the frozen, canned, and fresh fruit and veggie isles.. decide what I like.. and buy a little bit of everything that I know I will eat. If you like it by itself, you will most likely like it mixed with other things. I hope you try a smoothie for breakfast tomorrow! :)


I am so so excited to say.. I’m finally BACK! This is not a lie this time. A lot has happened in my life since the last time I logged on to this little gem of mine. I have graduated nursing school and am now a licensed nurse, I am married, and I am a mom to a perfect bouncy one-year-old.


I am still working towards my fitness goals- which have taken a back seat in my life while the rest of this craziness was happening. I gained 53 lbs during my pregnancy which put me back at 202 when I delivered- the same weight I started at on my fitness journey- oddly enough!


After delivery I managed to get down to 170 with little to no effort and I’ve been hanging out with that last 15 lbs ever since. I just recently found my motivation for healthy living again. I am proud to say that I am currently down to 162.5 and finally fit back into my PRE PREGNANCY JEANS for the first time since I was 4 months pregnant. Image


These two pictures were taken one month apart and are a difference of only 9.5 lbs. I am incredibly proud of myself for this- because it is a lot harder for me to lose weight now than it was before. I am a full time nurse and a full time mom & though I feel that chasing my rambunctious child around daily SHOULD burn thousands of calories in itself, it doesn’t. So, finding time to work out and eat healthy is a real challenge and I really sacrifice to do it. I am so excited to share with you guys my recipes and motivation. I need it as much as you do. I will be starting a 3 day juice fast on Friday. I will update you with details soon! :) So excited to be back and I hope you’re just as excited to have me!

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Feeling unmotivated?

When I was first starting my weight loss journey, I felt unmotivated and uninspired kind of often. I learned ways to kickstart my motivation so that I would get that feeling of excitement back. Being excited about the progress you’re making is essential in your success of weight loss. Negative thoughts lead to negative eating. I used to rely on google for inspiration. I would google weight loss success stories like it was my job and it always made me start brand new and excited the next morning. That’s why I’m going to be brave and post some before and after pictures of myself here for your motivation. I hope this makes you think to yourself “wow! I really can do this.” :) Because honestly.. you can!


First picture was at 202 LBS in December 2010. Second is at 158 LBS In December 2011.

This first photo is at 202 LBS December 2010. Second is from TODAY! :) At 153 LBS!

And if this doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will. These two photos were taken ONE WEEK apart. I am the SAME WEIGHT in both photos. The only thing I did differently during this week, was Pilates!!

I really hope this serves as some motivation for you!! I want you to succeed so much that I’m risking public embarrassment for the cause. Hah!


I’m so sorry, guys! I know I’ve completely abandoned you for a few weeks. It honestly was not my intention. For those of you who don’t know what is going on in my life- I just started an 18 month nursing program in mid-January. I didn’t expect it to be so time consuming, but it really is! It’s been so fast paced and has drained all of my energy completely. I spend 4 hours a day in school and another 8 hours studying. The days I’m not at school, I’m working in order to pay my tuition! This is just a very hectic time for me and I hope you understand why I have neglected you for so long. I appreciate the ongoing support I receive from all of you. I have gotten many emails and messages asking what’s going on and encouraging me to come back. I can’t explain how much that means to me. I promise to update as much as humanly possible, but I hope you understand the amount of stress that is on me and have a little leniency with me! :)

As for weight loss, how is everyone doing? I’m sad to say that I’ve gained a couple pounds since I started school. (Due to an increase in stress and lack of exercise.) I am now, however, getting back on track! I hope all is well with you and I would love to hear that! Leave me a comment and let me know! Love you guys!

Be proud of yourself!

Hey ladies & gentlemen! Stormi here :)

I would like to take the time out to say welcome to all you newbies and CONGRATULATIONS on taking the first step to a new you! By taking the time to subscribe to this blog, clicking on those emails that you regularly receive from me, and just so much as thinking about getting healthier- you’re accomplishing a major feat. &We’re so honored to be your motivation as you reach for your goals. We’re just so glad you’re here :)

OKAY- So today, I was scoping around the internet aimlessly (maybe while I was supposed to be studying) and found a picture that really hit home for me. So, naturally, I have to share!














HOW MORTIFYING IS THIS PICTURE?! I’ve lost DOUBLE that huge pile of fat in this picture. How did I ever move with so much restriction? To imagine the pressure that weight must have put on my heart makes me want to cry. Why do we do this to ourselves? For one minute of satisfied taste buds? So not worth it! I run into people all the time who confide in me and share their disappointment of only losing one pound since their last weigh in. I’m sure you’ve felt that way, too, one time or another. One pound less of fat on your body is one pound less of pressure on your heart and organs. Getting heart disease is one pound further away. Before you know it, those one pounds add up to be a lot!

Your body may not lose weight as fast as your patience wants it to. Your friends may lose double the weight that you do. Every single body has a different recipe and no one’s body is the same. You will hit plateaus, you will get discouraged, temporarily give up, and gorge yourself until you explode- but you’ll overcome. I’ve said it so many times before, weight loss is SUCH a mental game. You must rise above that mental barrier and realize that one pound is still improvement! If you lose even one pound a month- this adds up to 12 pounds a year. Losing 12 pounds a year can reduce your risk for stroke, heart disease, and dementia by 10%! So tell me….











Even if you’re walking as slow as you possibly can, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.”

White Fat vs. Brown Fat

I bet you didn’t know that not all fat was white, did you? Yep, there are actually two types of fat. White fat, and brown fat.

White Adipose Tissue (WAT) is what we normally refer to as our “body fat”.  We want to BURN white fat.

Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) is brown fat. Brown fat is BENEFICIAL because it helps you burn calories and it burns the unhealthy white fat as fuel. This process gives off heat and consumes a lot of white fat. Researchers have found brown fat to be more closely related to muscle than to white fat.

Women typically have 2x as much brown fat as men do, lean people have more than obese people do, people with normal blood sugar have more than those with high blood sugar do, and younger people have more than older people do. Brown fat is made up of iron-containing mitochondria (the powerhouse of cells), which is best known for creating energy. More mitochondria = more energy! Brown fat helps burn excess calories for heat. If you use proper techniques, you can use brown fat to your advantage so excess calories aren’t stored as white fat which will end up as undesired belly fat.

COLD stimulates brown fat to burn excess white fat and glucose for energy. This is why Michael Phelps can consume over 12,000 calories a day. He isn’t just exercising that much, the cool water of the pool stimulates his brown fat therefore he needs extra calories to keep the weight from piling off.

Tips to activate your brown fat and trick it into burning white fat:

  • Use ice packs on your back/neck for 30-60 minutes while relaxing at night (when your insulin levels are higher and more sensitive). Why the back of your neck? Because almost everyone has brown fat in their neck. Doing this for 30 minutes burns 100 calories!
  • Soak your feet in cold water at night or first thing in the morning when you first wake up. This will stimulate heat throughout the day. Soaking your feet in ice water for 5 minutes burns 90 calories!
  • Suck on ice cubes throughout the day.
  • Have something cold for dessert.
  • Take a cold shower as soon as you wake up (if you can stand it– I have to have my shower scolding hot!). If you can take a shower at 75 degrees F for 3 minutes, you will burn 120 calories. (I think hearing that number, I can force myself to take a cold shower!)
  • Lower the temperature in your house by 5 degrees. This will burn 100 calories a day.
  • Drink ice water. This itself will burn 60 calories.

I hope you all will try to incorporate some of these things into your daily routine! As for me, I’m going to go soak my feet in some ice water :)

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Hey my flawless friends!

I want to know what decisions you’ve made towards living a better, healthier, and skinnier lifestyle. Leave a comment underneath and let me know. I want to challenge you all to better your lives. Whether or not that means to lose weight, just be healthy, have less anxiety, get organized, or just plain be happy. You can do it- even when you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and feel like you don’t know how to take the first step towards your goal- take a deep breath and analyze your situation and have a long long talk with yourself.


This week, I’m challenging you all to get a little more organized. Clutter in your lives (whether it means your messy bedroom or your email inbox) can actually cause clutter on your body! (aka: extra pounds!) This week, make yourself a goal to DE-CLUTTER your life. Throw away all the crap that you’re hoarding because you feel like someday it will mean something- it won’t. Go through all your old clothes that are too big for you and give them to Goodwill- because you sure won’t need those XXL’s anymore! Go through your email inbox and unsubscribe to all of those stupid emails that you don’t even bother opening! De-clutter and de-stress your life. That’s your challenge for this week. Let me know how you do!

Cheese lovers.

Are you exactly like me and automatically cursed at birth to be fat because you’re addicted to cheese? I. Love. Cheese. It’s melty, goey, hot, and when I eat anything savory- I want cheese to be smothered on top of it. This is my biggest downfall. Cheese is not.. bad for you, persay. It is, however, extremely fatty and basically useless in any nutritional aspect. Here’s an awesome recipe to try the next time you’re having a cheese feind:


1) Baked Mozzarella Sticks:


-Mozzarella (or any kind, really) cheese. (try to find some made with 2% milk. Less fat that way.)

– Bread crumbs (plain or with additional flavor of your choice)

– Egg whites (amount of egg whites depends on how many cheese sticks you’re making)

– Marinara or salsa for dipping



1) Cut your cheese into stick like strands (or balls, or whatever shape you want, really.)

2) Throw your cut cheese into the freezer for about a half hour (optional, but the sticks will be a lot less messy if you freeze them first)

3) Pour your egg whites into a bowl & your bread crumbs into a separate bowl. Dunk your cheese sticks into the egg whites, then into the bread crumbs, and place on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.

4) Bake for 7 minutes at 350. WATCH THESE VERY CLOSELY. You want your cheesesticks to cook, but not to turn into an ooey gooey cheesey mess. (unless you do want them too, in which case, go right ahead!)

&VOILA! Baked cheese sticks that aren’t so bad for you. See? You can have your cheese and eat it too!

Found my recipe here: