vlogging, military wife-ing + fitness

Been a while since I’ve done a post like this, but how else do you randomly dump things you want to say in a post without having a rhyme or reason to it?

Staying Connected - I’ve been major distracted in such a good way during my temporary husband-less life but there are times where I really miss him.  This feeling is compounded by the fact that I can’t even really talk to him and email communication seems to be down. We decided before he left to make each other a series of notes and gifts to open at different times so that we would be able to stay connected and have small things to look forward to to help pass the time.  So far I have opened one of my notes and one gift which he “scheduled” for the first night he was away.  It happened to be a comfy set of my favorite VS pajamas.



I wrote him a bunch of adorable notes and attached pictures that I printed from my phone of the past few months so he could look back on memories, have some good laughs and really look forward to when he gets home. I also had to pack some other small gifts including his birthday gift into a tiny bag since he will still be out during it. I’m definitely loving this and can’t wait to open my next “ration” on Halloween!


My Active Lifestyle – Since I am doing a mock week of the Lifestyle Jump Start, I decided to do as many things as I can that are part of the program and this includes working out. So far I’ve been able to get to TWO buddhi yoga classes and had one amazing jog that set the standard for all the jogs thereafter.

My weekly plan going forward is …

  • 1 Buddi Yoga Class
  • 1-2 Beach Walk/Jogs
  • 1 Weight Lifting Session
  • 1 Hike

I get a lot of energy lately from my almost daily shots of home grown wheat grass.


And I also make sure I am not eating on an empty stomach but not a full one either.  This banana “sandwich” does the trick.


Vlogging (video blogging) - It’s been a long time since I shot any video blogs.  If you dig deep about 3 years ago, you can find one I made a few days before I moved to Hawaii and one really sad awkward one about a tour of my very tiny 200sqft apartment I was living in at the time.  So many things changed since then and I am ready to start sharing the things I’ve learned on a different level.  I find that sometimes it’s easier to talk about things than write about them, plus I love feeling that personal level when I watch vlogs.  In fact, I watch vlogs more than I watch TV now!

I am currently down a rabbit hole of figuring out how to film, edit and get my youtube channel back on track but it looks like I will be vlogging from my ipad until I can make it a habit enough to talk to husband about buying a camera and some equipment if it starts getting to be something that works for me.  I know myself too well and hope it’s not just a fad.


I officially have 7  days until this years Lifestyle Jump Start begins.  I still have so much to do so I can get things in order for those who want to follow along.

  • Finish editing daily and weekly checklists
  • Make grocery list with some recipes
  • Finish bare bones draft of book with JUST enough info
  • Possibly start facebook group to join everyone together
  • Email out the first (really) rough draft of something I hope to become an ebook one day!

If you would like to be on the email list for when I send it out, please comment with your email address below or send me an email truefoodspeaks@gmail.com or message me on facebook or instagram!






Wellness Wednesday: Dry Brushing for Health

I would love to start dedicating my Wednesday posts to something Wellness related because I love sharing tips, tricks and info I’ve gained through the years but mostly because it has a beautiful ring to it .

For this Wellness Wednesday, I would like to focus on one of the most simplest, effective and inexpensive things you can do for your body and health.


 … and yes, i took this photo on a bed of my house wheat grass 

In a nutshell, Dry Brushing is the process of brushing your skin, preferably before a shower with a dry brush.

Why would we want to do that?

Right below your skin is a whole network of blood vessels, capillaries, fat, lymph nodes and other fluid based systems.  They are working hard to circulate through the body, but sometimes our lifestyles and the toxins we have stored in our body will hinder our bodies from doing a really good job.

 Dry brushing will . . .

Help drain your lymphatic system

Re-Circulate old or stagnant blood 

Move toxins out of fat cells to be eliminated by the body

Exfoliate dead skin

Starting at the feet and legs, use small brisk strokes always moving TOWARDS the heart.  Concentrate on areas on the back of the legs and butt as well as areas where your lymphatic system is concentrated such as the groin area, armpits and the glands on the neck.


This only takes a few minutes and feels refreshing and rejuvenating, especially in the morning.

You can purchase a dry brush at any drug store for about $5-6 dollars or you can purchase one online. Make sure you get one with a long handle and a medium bristle. Too soft won’t do anything and to hard of a bristle may be too harsh you’re your skin. Dry brushing is done right before showering and once a day. Make sure you wash your brush once a week with soap and let it dry thoroughly.

Personally, when I am on point with my brushing, I feel more awake in the morning.  The biggest difference is in my skin.  After about 3 weeks of consistent dry brushing, my skin is more clear, radiant and a lot more even, especially on my legs and back side!

Dry brushing is also a daily task of the Lifestyle Jump Start!

Have you ever dry brushed before?