Cutting Back

As you guys know, over the last couple of weeks I’ve struggled with a lot. I’m just not exactly where I want to be in my life, and it’s getting super frustrating. I’m determined to turn it around though! Here’s what I’m trying out this week to get myself content again: I am going to be cutting back big time on workouts. I have been so busy lately and exercise is just starting to feel like a chore. I know I’m already physically fit, so a little bit of time off isn’t going to kill me.

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I also think I’m pushing myself too hard, saying I have to go to the gym for an hour every morning or I have to run 2 miles every single day, no matter what. I don’t. That’s not true. I can easily do a kick-ass Jillian Michaels DVD in my bedroom in the morning for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes, and be done for the day. Boom. Just like that! Yesterday I nixed my run and did some serious yoga/stretching instead, which made me feel fabulous. I also got my blood drawn last Thursday and I think something went wrong, since my right upper arm and shoulder are killing me. It’s quite difficult to do any sort of strength training when you can’t lift your arm. So my goal for the week is to focus on more yoga.


I also signed up for Deepak Chopra’s Meditation Challenge with Oprah that starts tomorrow, so I will be trying to incorporate my meditations and yoga into some relaxing starts to the days this week. I did the challenge before and was never able to take it seriously. Determined to make it work this time! After that ridiculously long introduction, here’s my plan of workouts for the week:

  • Monday: Tara Stiles morning yoga routine + Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown, level 1
  • Tuesday: Tara Stiles spring yoga routine + jazzercise
  • Wednesday: Tara Stiles morning yoga routine + Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown, level 2
  • Thursday: Tara Stiles spring yoga routine + jazzercise
  • Friday: Tara Stiles morning yoga routine + jazzercise
  • Saturday: vinyasa class at my actual yoga studio that I haven’t made it to in about a month :/

Super chill, yet should still allow me to break a sweat every day. For those of you that don’t know, I am a “class manager” for jazzercise, so I am required to go to 3 classes a week to check people in and help out new class members. That’s why I talk about it so much. Smile Also, if you have never checked out Tara Stiles, please go to her website immediately. I’m warning you, if you watch one of her videos, you will watch them all. So make sure you have time. She is so darn cool.

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I have been steadily exercising for as long as I can remember. I grew up a dancer, so I never even had to worry about exercising until my senior year of high school (which was only 4 years ago!). When I got to college I got myself on a regular workout schedule and have pretty much stuck with it ever since. I really want to try to take a full week off and see what happens. See how my energy and hunger levels are. Thoughts? Suggestions?


On a completely different note, Jenny from PBJ Designs is re-vamping my blog for me! It will most likely be down from this afternoon until a day or two later. I’m not gone; I didn’t quit blogging! I will be back, looking better than ever (not me, the blog Smile with tongue out) and ready with some new post ideas and a new direction for the blog. So yay! I’m so excited!

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And of course, leaving you with a happy little quote for a kick-start to your week:

“Life expands or contracts in direct proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin

What’s your workout schedule looking like for the week, or do you just make them up as the days come?


  1. FULLY FULLY FULLY SUPPORT THIS LOVE! And I definitely recommend taking a week of exercising completely…I think you’ll be amazed with how you feel mentally, physically, and emotionally…could be just what you need right now, too! I love all the yoga you’re doing this week though…Yoga Meltdown is fabulous and my love for Tara Stiles knows no bounds ;) Happy monday, darlin!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks!! Your comments always make me so happy. Starting my day with Jillian Michaels and/or Tara Stiles is great.

  2. When I know somethings not right, I take more rest days. I feel like my workouts are better when I come back to it because I’m not dragging my butt through them.

  3. I think this is a smart choice for you. exercise should never feel like a chore. I hope this helps with the time crunch lately

  4. Yoga always helps keeps me in line!

  5. Sounds like a perfect plan! I hope you feel less stressed and pulled in every direction at the end of this week!

  6. Your blog is looking great! So bright and lively! Love it :)

  7. and soon enough after a little break you will probably feel so refreshed! :)

  8. I’ve tried Jillian Micheal’s Yoga Meltdown. At first I thought it would be more like stretching. But I am completely wrong. The workout is more difficult than I thought. Some of the poses are quite challenge for the average exerciser or yoga novice like me. I am new here, and looking forward to read more from you. I just add you to my reading list.

    Have a great week,

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