About the author

  • Yoga.
  • Weight lifting.
  • Planners.
  • Clean eating.
  • Organization.
  • Books.
  • Gritty-glam fashion.
  • Balance.

Those are the things Chucks & Diamonds is all about. I’m Terra, an Arkansas-based writer, health nut, clumsy yogi, over-preparer, and sarcastic goof ball.  I’m one of those black or white, 100% in or 100% out, obsessive type A’s. C&D is my brainchild, the hub where I can combine all of the seemingly unrelated aspects of my life, the place I hope others can come for some down-to-Earth inspiration.

I spend a vast majority of my day thinking about what healthy meals I’m going to eat, how I’m going to get the most out of my workouts, whether or not I can trust my body to pull off a new yoga pose, and how much water I’ve downed. But I also like to go out on the weekends for whiskey and cokes and enjoy my social life. I plan my days out down to 30 minute increments and feel a deep need to know what I’m doing every day for the next month. At the same time, I love throwing caution to the wind whenever I have the chance to be social or do something cool.

My life seems like it’s a huge tug-of-war from the outside, but I’m constantly striving to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle. I want to help others find a way to lead their own version of a balanced life.

You’re probably thinking, Who is this chick and why should I be listening to her?

Well, I don’t have any formal fitness or nutrition certifications (yet), but I do have plenty of life experience. I’m not one of those people who grew up thin, eating whatever the hell they wanted without consequence. I grew up chubby. From the time I was 7 years old I knew I was bigger than the other girls. I wasn’t obese, but I was chubby enough to be insecure about it. I pretty much skipped over wearing a size small in puberty and went straight to a large. My self-esteem took a major hit. By the sheer grace of God, I found my way to exercise and healthy eating in college, but it wasn’t an easy process.

I only started going to the gym to spend time with a good friend who had to go for class credit. Honestly, I just thought it would be a good chance for the two of us to discuss boys everyday, but eventually we both became addicted to the exercise high. We started making up our own weight routines, challenging each other to lift more, and attending yoga and piyo classes. We still said hell no to cardio, but we both discovered a love for fitness. Since then, I’ve become a true convert. In four years I’ve lost 20 lbs (I didn’t even know I had 20lbs to lose) and went from a size 8 pant to a size 2. I also now love cardio, although if given the choice I’d rather go to yoga because burning lungs are the worst. So, yeah. I know what it’s like to want to make a life change and feel like it’s impossible, but I also know how amazing it feels when you prove yourself wrong.

My intention is for C&D to be a place for women like me, women struggling to find balance and push through those mental barriers, to come for some honest motivation. I’m not going to sugar coat anything. Sometimes things suck, but making it through the sucky things is pure magic. I hope you enjoy reading my blunt content as much as I love writing it.

P.S. If you don’t love planners and organization right now, I’m going to do my best to change your mind.