Detox and Kicking it Up a Notch

Today is June 4th, near 10am, and it is 79 degrees outside… already?! Summer has come upon the Pacific Northwest extremely early as we had already had some brutally hot days back in May. Today sounded like a good day to stay inside and update you all about what I have been doing these past few weeks.

Detox Time

A couple of months ago, Andrew (my fiancé for those of you who haven’t read about him yet) and myself really felt we needed to press the “restart” button on our bodies and do a cleanse. We generally eat pretty healthy, but crappy food tends to leave its mark and build up in your body over time. It was time to get rid of it. We didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on each of us (we’re in our early 20’s, hello?) but we were willing to invest some money in tackling this. We started looking at cleanse packages and my mom mentioned “Doctor Oz,” a doctor/nutritionalist she follows, had a 3 day detox plan. So after looking through that, we decided to start there and if we felt we still needed to do a cleanse, we would do so. Here is the link to Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse.

We went grocery shopping two days later and spent about $45 each person (we buy organic veggies and fruits). This seems like a lot when you look at your grocery bill; however, think about it this way… you do not have to worry about breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dinner for 3 days. Feel better?

The detox itself was awesome. The drinks were extremely filling and I was never hungry the entire length of the detox. My lunch drink sometimes took me over an hour to finish because it was so much. The last day, we even skipped the snack drink because we were still full from our lunch. Every evening, you do a lavender epson salt bath. I am not much of a bath person myself; however, I really found myself loving the mix of a bath and lavender. It was extremely calming and the perfect way to end the day.

By the morning of the third day, I felt myself have so much more energy and I could feel the difference in my body. Even after we were done with it, I continued to make myself a morning shake with a mix of the ingredients. Almost two weeks later, I’m still doing so. Filling yourself with all those good nutrients is the perfect way to start the morning!


About the same time we were shopping for ingredients for our detox, I was on Facebook and came across a post my friend had made about a fitness challenge she was doing. The  program is IdealFit and the specific challenge is called “15 Day Fit Body Challenge.” What I like about it is:

  1. It’s free to participate. There is a very specific food plan she has that you can follow (which I’ve heard wonderful things about but am not doing it this first time around), but it’s not required. She also has protein powder specific to women which I just purchased.
  2. She is a certified nutritionist and trainer who has been helping people over the last 10 years get their health on track. Reading and listening to her, she knows what she’s talking about.

I just finished my third workout day yesterday and…. holy cow, I am so sore. When I first looked at the workouts, I thought, “This is it? This does not seem challenging enough.” Little did I know I would be crawling across the floor after leg day (workout 2). I have never been so challenged in my workouts and it’s refreshing! If you’re interested in joining the 15 Day Fit Body Challenge, click here. There is a Facebook page she will email you about that is a GREAT support/chat group of all the other women who are doing the challenge as well. It’s very encouraging knowing you’re not the only one doing it. I will be sure to show before and after photos once I am done!

Now you know what I have been up to… basically, spicing things up for summer! What are you guys doing with summer 16 days away??


Steps to Truly Loving Your Workouts

When it comes to working out, one of the hardest challenges is not working out itself, but finding the motivation to do so. I have experienced this myself several times. There are always other things that you can be doing with your time.

Here are a few tricks I have discovered that have helped me learn to truly love working out.

1. Find a Time That ACTUALLY Works for You

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when they begin working out is that they do not carve out a regular time in their schedule for it. I am aware that people’s work/school schedules can be crazy and I do not necessarily mean a specific “time” as much as I do a designated point in the day. In my case, when I was in college, my workout time was if I ended up having time in the day or not. Not having a scheduled time is bound to lead to inconsistency.

Another issue I have come across is scheduling a workout time for myself that just doesn’t realistically work. Ask any one who knows me fairly well and they can attest to the fact that I am not a morning person. If I could, I would stay in my warm and cozy bed all day. So imagine my success when I scheduled myself to workout first thing every morning at 5:15am… not much. I usually ended up skipping at least twice a week and even if I worked out, the amount of energy I was able to put in it was not much.

2. Find a Place You Enjoy Going 

There is always the choice to workout or not; however, finding the right place can make the world’s difference. For a few years I worked out at a large & busy gym and never quite felt like I could work out as hard as I wanted to without being judged or looked at weird (other ladies can relate). The small gym in my building has created the perfect environment for me to practically work out alone with the exception of one or two other people.

Another beauty of working out right after work is I can run half a mile to this view and continue a beautiful run for a couple miles:


The beauty of finding a place that you enjoy is that it inspires and motivates you to work harder and fully take in the experience of creating a healthier you.

3. Switching it Up

While having workout plans is great, having a workout ROUTINE can be your enemy. Doing the same workout every day for more than a couple of weeks will make you bored of working out, stop producing the results you want, or both. It’s important to switch it up! I personally love circuit workouts and finding new ones to try. They keep me challenged and with constant variety, it makes it hard to get bored.


What are some of your favorite workouts and places??



A Life Changing Decision

I want to start this post out with saying I have never hated myself. It has never been my goal to see how skinny I can get or how many pounds I can get off nor have I been motivated to look good in a boho dress; because lets face it, these curves aren’t meant to wear that. I have always recognized that I am curvy and always will be curvy. I have no intention of changing that; however, I am also a believer in not taking my body for granted. So when I post about my fitness and health journey, please see my heart behind it. There are improvements I can make in my life to ensure I a treating my body the best I can be.

With that said, I want to share a picture from 5 years ago when I was a junior in high school:


I know some of you are thinking, “She didn’t look bad” and I agree. I don’t look bad, here. But there were improvements that could be made and I can 100% tell you I was not treating my body that well. I had a smile on my face, but I can remember back to when this picture was taken and I was not confident in myself whatsoever.

Going into my senior year, I had the realization I was not content with how I looked or felt. I had done a crazy diet a couple years ago and bounced right back, so I knew I was not going down that road again. I made the decision to start working out consistently, or at least I thought it was consistent. I got going – that is what counted right?

Let’s fast forward to February. The holidays were over and even though I’m not a big holiday food eater, I still felt totally gross and worn out when February rolled around. I knew the gym I had previously been going to was too out of the way to work in my schedule (which had contributed to my inconsistency) and that the building I work in had recently finished a gym on the bottom floor. It was simple, but as long as it had a treadmill, rowing machine, and free weights, I was good to go…. so I joined.

Along with the decision to begin working out every day after work, I began food prepping on Sundays as well… and with “clean” ingredients. Meaning, I use natural ingredients in my recipes instead of adding extra processed sauces and products.

It has been 10 weeks since I have made the changes and without going into a bunch of details in my first post, I would like to start by showing the progress I have had in the last two and a half months. Keep in mind I’m not looking for quick results, but rather changing my lifestyle for the long term.

Start (Week 1)

Week 3

Week 5

Week 6


Week 7


Week 8


End of Week 9

Reflecting back on these last couple months, I can tell you I have noticed a huge difference in my energy level and rather than dreading working out, I get excited for when I can clock off and head to the gym. It has become a great escape for me and a time I get to focus on creating a better me. Now, rather than dreading cooking, it’s been fun to experiment with different ingredients and know that for the whole week, I have my food for the work week prepared.

I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me and share it with you all!

What’s your motivation for getting healthy and in shape?

My Work-Week Breakfast

It has been three months since I last posted anything… Safe to say, it has been an extremely busy time between the holidays, wedding planning, work, etc. I honestly have not felt very creative or felt I have the energy to be. I find myself making some-what of the same meals and broadening out less. It has been a season of change a growth and while I would not have it any other way, it can be exhausting. Andrew and I have been attempting to embrace the evenings with nothing planned and to keep it that way.

Alas, just because I have not been jumping out of the norm-box as much as I typically try to does not mean that I do not have anything to share (I just had that epiphany tonight). Before the holidays hit, I tried to prepare myself for all of the treats that would be in the office… and there was a multitude. I am not much of a morning eater (I could just inhale coffee and call it good) but I figured I am less likely to stuff my face with the goods laying around if I filled myself with healthy, fresh foods first thing.

While attempting this plan, my coworker brought in a “breakfast hash” as she called it, which she would make the night before. Essentially, she just threw together whatever healthy goods she had in her fridge and packed it for the next day. I have a preference for baking things (let’s be honest, I just don’t have to pay as much attention to it) so I figured I may as well try this idea.

After a few times of making it, I finally perfected my “breakfast bake.” Andrew even loves it! When I give him a serving for breakfast the next morning, he eats it that night… I digress. It is not only delicious, healthy, convenient for work-week mornings, but extremely easy to make. Typically, this is how I prepare my “Breakfast Bake.”

Ingredients (five servings):

  • 10 mini peppers (you can use any kind or size)
  • 1.5 cups of cubed chicken sausage
  • 2 cups of cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups of cubed butternut squash
  • one whole sweet onion
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parsley


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut up all ingredients and set aside in separate containers.
  3. Spread oil of your choice (I use coconut or avocado) in an 11×17 pan.
  4. Place cut potatoes, salt & pepper, and parsley in pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Add butternut squash and chicken sausage to the pan, stir, and place back in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Add onion and mini peppers to the pan, stir, and place back in the oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Add any extra toppings of your choice. I recommend avocado – yum!

DONE! Enjoy a serving while you let the rest cool for your upcoming week.


Try this out and experiment! I would love to hear what kinds of combinations you come up with! Comment below🙂


A Little Taste of Italy

I cannot express how much I would love to go to Europe. I love European everything… European history, fashion, architecture, apparently men (Andrew is Hungarian). But I  especially love the food. I imagine it will be a few years before I can physically be in Europe eating European food… So I have done well holding myself over by finding some delicious recipes. This one I’ve named “A Little Taste of Italy,” inspired by Jill’s recipe found here. I altered a few things for myself but she did a phenomenal job – here we go!


  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small jar of artichokes/juice strained
  • 2 large tablespoons of oil of your choice (I use avocado oil or coconut oil for cooking/baking)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1-1.5 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • Several fresh basil leaves


-Slice tomatoes into small chunks and place into bowl.

-Thinly slice garlic cloves and place into bowl.

-Slice artichokes in quarters and place into bowl.

-Add two tablespoons of oil of your choice into the mixture in bowl.

-Add two tablespoons of flower into the mixture in bowl.

-Sprinkle salt and pepper into bowl.

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-Place chicken breasts in pan.

-Cover chicken breasts with mixture in bowl.

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-Bake chicken in the oven on 350 until chicken is close to being done (I baked for 35 minutes).

-Take out when the chicken is nearly cooked though and add mozzarella cheese along with several basic leaves on top.

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-Bake chicken dish until the cheese is bubbly and golden (I baked for 5-7 more minutes).

-Take out…. and be ready to eat the whole pan.

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Yum, yum, yum! Thank you Jill for this incredible meal.

Sweet Potato Soup

Fall is in the air and not only is it my favorite season weather wise, but food wise. In my opinion, there is nothing better than curling up on the couch with some fall scented candles and a bowl of hot, homemade soup. So a couple weeks ago, to kick off fall, I decided to experiment with a soup I have never made before.

I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to dedicate to my soup choice, but with the recipe I chose, I didn’t need it. This was by far one of the easiest soups I have made… and one of the most delicious. My nineteen year-old brother didn’t know what I had even made and he finished off the rest of it while I was out the next day. It is also paleo and vegan which is a plus for some. I am not a vegan myself, but I know others are conscious of this… you be your bad self. So believe me when I say anyone will love this soup!

Sweet Potato Soup:

Ingredients (4-6 servings):

  • 5 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 onion chopped (don’t worry about finely chopping it, bigger chunks is fine)
  • 2-3 stalks of celery
  • 3 medium carrots chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock (or chicken stock if you prefer)
  • 1 cup of original coconut milk (a lot come with vanilla flavor… don’t get that one)
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste


  1. Once you have chopped up all the fresh vegetables, add the sweet potatoes, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic clove to the crock pot

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Look at all that fresh goodness…

2. Add Vegetable (or chicken) stock to crock pot.

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3. Add black pepper and salt to taste, and cover to cook. You can cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-7. In this case, I went to work so I left it on low for 8 hours total.

4. Once it has cooked, take all vegetables out and put in a blender.

5. Add a few cups of the left over broth to blender and puree mix until it is a smooth texture. (You can also use a hand blender in the crock pot if you prefer; however, I think unless you’re making frosting, hand blenders are a my enemy… that’s just me, though.)

6. Put the blender mix back into the crock pot with remaining broth, and mix well.

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7. Add coconut milk to soup and let sit on low for 15-30 minutes. Add more salt and pepper to your liking.

8. Serve warm, add light amounts of mozzarella and cilantro for serving if you desire.

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I love this soup. It’s one of my new favorite dishes. It took me 10 minutes to cut up all the vegetables the night before and thirty seconds to dump it all in the crock pot the next morning. Once I came home from work, it took 10 more minutes to puree it and mix it all back together. Does it get easier??

How are you guys jumping into this fall?

Strawberry Nanacream Granola Bowl

I have to admit, I am not much of a breakfast eater. On a typical morning, I drink a cup of coffee and call it good. What more do you need, right?! I am fully aware of the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Of course, it also is the hardest meal for me to eat. When I was younger, I use to not even be able to hold down an apple for breakfast… I think I’ve come a long way. In my morning routine, sleep is priority, not breakfast… which results in me using time that should be allocated to breakfast to sleep instead. I have a feeling a lot of people can relate to this.

I have always been aware of what I put in my body; however, breakfast is my unique struggle as I don’t consume anything… equally as unhealthy. I’ve noticed in my morning work schedule, I am constantly lacking energy, even with the help of coffee. So I started  trying to pre-making breakfast the night before work. When I wake up, all I have to do is put it together – brilliant! One of my favorites so far is strawberry nanacream granola bowl. Look at how pretty it is!


Ingrediants (Makes 1 serving):

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6-7 frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of granola of your choice (I used a pumpkin flax)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of cottage cheese (if you hate cottage cheese, you can sub for greek yogurt…you can’t taste the cottage cheese – promise)


  • Add granola to serving bowl.
  • Cut frozen banana in half and put in blender (I use a Nutri Bullet) along with frozen strawberries.
  • Add cottage cheese to blender.
  • Add vanilla to blender.
  • Blend well, if consistency is liquidy, add ice or more frozen strawberries.
  • Once you are satisfied with the mixture, add to bowl.
  • Done! (Unless you want to make it look pretty like I did, then slice each fruit to put on top and sprinkle granola.)

*If you are a coconut lover, add coconut shavings to your bowl – Yum!*

This is a super easy breakfast to take with you if you’re in a hurry. It usually takes me 5 minutes to put together before I run out the door. I recommend not using a granola that is high in sugar, as you are already adding plenty of natural sugar. Try this recipe and play around with different flavors!

I always welcome breakfast ideas. What’s your favorite breakfast??

September 23rd, 2015

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015, will forever be the most perfect day. It was a day of feeling an incredible amount of joy, love, peace, suspense, and excitement. It was a day of feeling like a princess. A day of remembering just how much love surrounds us in each day by so many. Not only was September 23rd 2015 a day full of all these things, but it was the day Andrew Jordan Mofford asked me to be his wife… and the easiest question I will ever have to answer.

Andrew and I have had a long journey together. From pre-mature dating, to despising one another, to falling in love. It has been a journey of emotional highs and lows. We’ve had seasons of growth, both separate and together. Looking back, we may have made it harder on ourselves; however, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We have come so far and I firmly believe we are where we are because of the journey and the fact we were able to embrace it. I am so thankful for God’s grace and his ability to take something broken and re-create it to be something more beautiful than we could ever imagine.

September 23, 2015 was our one year and six month anniversary of dating…. Yes, we celebrate every six months if not more. Celebrating and reflecting time spent together is something we love to do. The day itself was like any other day. I got up, go ready, and went to work. As the work day was ending, Andrew came to meet me and head out for our surprise date.

My mind would wander when I would think about when Andrew would propose but we had both decided a while back that I was not going to be consumed with trying to figure it out…If it was suppose to happen, it would happen and I was to trust in the timing…Hardest thing ever. As we were on our way to Portland, Andrew told me, “I don’t want you to think I am proposing tonight. I would never do anything so predictable. I just wanted to tell you now so you aren’t thinking that all night.” I had a moment of hoping he would propose that day; however, I quickly reminded myself to not try and guess. But of course, what girl LIKES to hear, “Hey I’m not proposing tonight.” Am I right, ladies??

Our night when on, Andrew and I parked, and he walked me to Andina in the Pearl District of Portland. Andina is our favorite restaurant, we had gone once before pretty early on in our relationship. He told me he figured it was early enough where they weren’t busy so he had reserved the best seat in the house. As we were trying to decide what to eat, the waiter had brought us an appetizer on the house. We were both so confused, trying to see if others were getting the same thing…and they weren’t. At the end of our meal they even brought us a cookie dessert. Andrew did a phenomenal job playing along, acting extremely confused. And I later found out he was confused…thought the restaurant was going to blow it for him.

Our next item on the list was to have Jessie Christensen, an incredible photographer and dear friend, to take some portraits of me really quick, specifically for this blog. Andrew told me we had some time between the events in our date night, so “I planned” Jessie taking my pictures. She texted both of us last minute saying she was in traffic and asked if we could meet at Pittock Mansion which was only about five minutes from the restaurant. We headed there, met up with her and her husband, Chad, and took a few portraits.

As her and I were taking photos, Andrew and Chad were walking around and Jessie asked to take a few photos of Andrew and I together. One specific photo (see picture below), Jessie had me turn and look one direction and for Andrew to “look at me” while I was looking away, little did I know he was grabbing the ring out of his pocket. When I turned back, he was getting down on one knee.

The amount of joy experienced in that moment was completely overwhelming…. and everyone around us could hear that. Five minutes of screaming later, we were joined by our family and friends who were hiding below the balcony we were on…. and I started crying. The rest of the night was spent with those we love, celebrating love.

The day was absolutely perfect. In no way could I ever have planned it more perfectly nor could I ever have pictured anyone so perfect for me and now, I get to spend the rest of my life with him. It’s been a crazy week but I could hardly wait to share it with you all! Say hello to the future Mrs. Mofford!

The pictures below could not capture our moment anymore perfectly. Jessie was able to capture this beautiful day so perfectly for us always to remember. All images were captured at Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon. Visit her page at










Isn’t it just PERFECT?! I will be sharing this experience with you all!

What I Have Been Up To

Good news – this grown up got a post-graduation job! It’s been absolutely wonderful but I haven’t posted in SO long and it has been eating at me for a month now. Life has been a whirlwind. Graduating college and starting a new full-time, eight to five job has really been an incredibly different but good life schedule change for me.

In the midst of the craziness, Andrew and I decided before summer began that we wanted to explore and adventure whenever possible. While both working full-time jobs and Andrew taking online classes, we still wanted to take advantage of the time we had… and we did. We filled our summer a plethora of adventures. We hiked the near-17 mile Nanny Ridge Trail at Walupt Lake as well as take trips to San Francisco, Bend, and this weekend to Lincoln City. In the midst of our vacation season, we also completed the Spartan Race as well as being able to witness several of our friends’ marriages and seeing the start of their lives together. Believe me now when I say we have been busy??

I don’t have anything extravagant to say or show, but I did want to update you all on our summer adventures. I cannot wait to get back into the kick of things, but I am reminiscing these moments and will miss these beautiful places. Here are some of the photos from our trips (Sorry about some poor quality photos, most were taken with my phone):

Walupt Lake/Nanny Ridge Trail:




Trip to Cannon Beach:



San Francisco (Pictured: Golden Gate Bridge, the Sutrobaths/Lands End):




Spartan Race (My shirt was a very light grey before the race):



(This is my handsome boyfriend Andrew)

Smith Rock/Bend, OR:




It’s Official… I’m an Adult!

It has been way too long, friends! I apologize I did not communicate this ahead of time but I am finally back. It has been a crazy past couple month with my balancing abilities put to the test. No one can truly prepare you for the final semester of the college experience, that’s for sure. I was a little over-ambitious with my four-day work week on top of two days of interning and all of my final papers and projects… No good, folks.

Even when you think you’ve got it all under control and you’re seeing the light at the end of that tunnel, you can’t quite decide if you want to walk into the light or not. Because beyond that light is the big, scary real-world where you don’t have your instructors holding your hand anymore. You begin to realize the attachments you’ve made with your classrooms, instructors, and classmates. So while you should be planning your celebrations, you’re too sad to even think about it. I never knew college attachment was a real thing and I only went to a commuter campus.

However, I have begun the transition into the real world. At first, I was extremely disappointed I had not been offered a job straight out of finals week… especially after a few interviews. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for my job and it has given me the experience that I need. After four years of what seems to be endless education, you’re pretty doggone ready to be rewarded for it. I became frustrated and it took over my thoughts and attitude. I noticed my demeanor completely changing and I was much less unpleasant to be around.

My boyfriend began to notice how frustrated I was and reminded me that just because I didn’t get those jobs does not mean I am not worthy of it, it just means I am meant elsewhere. At first I was defensive and irritated; however, after putting things back into perspective, I began to see clearer. I reminded myself that God is much bigger than any job or challenge I may face. Now, this doesn’t mean I stopped trying and expect the job to fall into my lap. I have been diligently job searching. However, my perspective has completely changed. I am no longer moping around in my sorrows and let-downs. Now I am legitimately excited for where I will end up because I know it will be a better fit than I could plan for myself.

One of my favorite passages is Matthew 6:30-34 (MSG): “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers- most of which are never even seen- don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I am trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your every human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

What a perfect way to describe my attitude now. I am so thankful for a God who supplies all of my needs. Here’s to a new season, with new adventures and opportunities! Thank you all who have supported me, old and new friends. I am truly thankful for each and every one of you. Go Cougs!!

Jess's Graduation Picture