Weekend Recap + A Realization

Even though I’ve had a super hectic week/weekend, I’ve managed to do some legitimately fun things that I haven’t done in a while. Here’s what my weekend consisted of:


  • workout (2.5 mile run + 1 hour jazzercise class)
  • Whole Foods meet-up with a representative from a local magazine (and my mom’s old friend from high school!) that I’m going to be working with, followed up by some grocery shopping
  • date night with Luke, including Mongolian BBQ (with a coupon, oh yeah) and some Harry Potter puzzle time; We. Are. WILD.


  • sleeping in a bit!
  • no workout, but tons of stretching and foam rolling while listening to my Jillian Michaels podcast of course
  • cleaning, blog work, and some prep for the upcoming week
  • lunch date with Caterina, a local health & fitness friend!
  • PT at the gym
  • coffee date with an old friend
  • taking the girls I babysit out to CPK for dinner and to see Oz

Their quinoa and arugula salad is phenomenal. Go get it immediately please and thank you.


Okay, I have also come to a very important conclusion over the past couple of days: I enjoy my life so much more when I have people involved in it. Over the past few years I have developed this horrid habit of isolation. I tend to use any free moment I have for myself. Yes, this gives me peace and allows me to play catch-up on my life, but am I really happy and fulfilled by that? No; not at all. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones this weekend has totally confirmed how much I miss being a social person. Struggles with body issues, stress about huge changes in my life, many different jobs, and graduating college caused me to lose touch with a lot of people and just not have a ton of motivation to meet new ones. I need to bottle up this feeling and remember it for the next time I want to just lock myself in my room with some wine and reality TV (although that is exactly what I will be doing Monday night for the 3-hour Bachelor season finale).

Another thing I have realized: I suck at making commitments. Giving up junk food for Lent? Oops. Training hardcore and eating clean for a bikini competition in June? Whoops. Saying no to people? My bad. I always tend to fail when I make a goal for myself like that. Want to know when I succeed? When I just let things happen and play out as they should. Why am I trying so hard to set out for a path for my life, when the universe almost always tends to want to take me in a different direction? I need to learn to let it go and let things happen as they should. Am I still trying to limit the crap I eat during Lent to practice deprivation? Yes I sure am. Am I still planning on competing in some sort of fitness competition this summer? Yes I am, just on a smaller, local scale. Am I saying no to people? No; still working on that one. My new commitment is to stop making commitments. Let it go Allison.

Last thing I learned: Health and fitness is the field I am supposed to be in. It tends to be all I ever really want to talk about and one of the only things that I am actually knowledgeable about. I want to help people get healthy and love their lives, including myself. I want to spend all my free time working on my profession, seeking knowledge, and developing my own business. So why don’t I do these things? Well, I am going to. Screw what other people “think” I should do or “say” is the right direction for me to take. I just don’t care anymore. I’m doing what I want to do and trusting that God will take care of the rest. That’s the end of that.


What a fun, yet productive and eye-opening weekend! I am so glad that I kinda put myself out there and actually had some fun for once, yet still focusing on stuff I need to get done and feeling like I accomplished some things that needed to be done/said. My DietBet starts today, so I’m sure you will be hearing quite a bit about that in the upcoming month, and I also go to LA exactly one month from today! Exciting things happening my friends. I am in a great mood right now and I really hope it continues through the week. Today will include teaching Sunday School, training a client, working on some local business research, putting together my Foodie Pen Pal box, and over necessities to get out of the way before the busy, busy week starts up again. Enjoy the remaining hours of your weekend loves!

What is one thing you learned this weekend?


  1. This is just to see if the emails will come to me now. Haha ignore me :) : but yay happy post!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Haha hope it does! Design will be done in the next few days so there should be a subscribe button then if not :)

  2. That we are the same person? Ohhhhh wait, I already knew that ;) let’s see if we can help each other let go some more, shall we? And I’m really glad you put yourself out there with going out with new people…I know it can be a challenge but it can also be incredibly rewarding, as you rediscovered this weekend…way to go love :)

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Wahhh, I want to be your neighbor and be best friends :( YES WE ARE HELPING EACH OTHER OUT EVERY SECOND THIS WEEK. I am texting you bright and early tomorrow morning. Be prepared. <3

  3. I also saw Oz. What did you think of it? I saw it in 3D, which was a little crazy but overall pretty neat to watch. I liked it a lot more than I realized.

    I also really feel you about not being able to commit to things. For me, it’s like I set all these goals for myself – too many in fact – and then I’m like, wait, what was I supposed to be doing? Sometimes life just gets in the way, doesn’t it? As long as we learn from it, though, I think it’s all for our benefit.

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      I actually really liked it! I laughed out loud a couple of times at that little monkey guy. I cannot see 3D movies..they make me sick! I bet it was awesome like that. What you said about your goal setting is exactly what I’m dealing with. I try to do too much. Life tells me otherwise! You’re right in saying that we learn lessons from everything though. In my opinion, nothing ever goes to waste.

  4. One thing I (re)learned this weekend: how important it is to listen to your body. I’m training for a marathon and the past two weeks were rough, first with a knee injury and second with a bad cold. I HATE when I cannot run or have to take it easy but I felt stronger than ever during my long run today. :)

    p.s. I want to see OZ!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      I’m so glad that you took the time for yourself that you needed! Even more glad to hear that you felt great during your run today :) A great lesson that I myself need to start remembering. I would certainly recommend Oz! It’s a great mix between a fun, kid movie and a sassy, sarcastic adult film.

  5. These are awesome realizations! I think you are doing an amazing job of living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. And I agree that sometimes we just need to let it go. I will find that I am so much harder on myself than I should be, and I think in letting some things go, I am able to better accept who I am!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks so much Kate; you are so sweet! I’m definitely trying. I’m glad that you have learned to let some stuff go and how much better you feel when you do :)

  6. I think you’re doing a great job of being healthy and taking care of yourself. We are always our own worst critics, right? I love this post and I think you rock!!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Exactly; we see ourselves differently than other people do. You are SO sweet; you just made my night :) <3

  7. Those are some great realizations! Oh and I went for it and signed up for DietBet! Hoping to make some progress over the new 4 weeks.

  8. I can completely relate to this post! Sometimes I feel like we are the same person

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