Get It Done.

Hello friends! First of all, I want to wish a very happy 17th birthday to my little sister! She’s a gem. Here’s us skipping around Disney a couple of years ago.


I am in just about the best mood ever typing this right now. I just had a fantastic Sunday filled with relaxing, working, time with friends, and wine. That makes me super happy. No big St. Patty’s Day partying for this girl; I’m way too lame for that. Tell me what you did though! I love to live vicariously through others that are more adventurous than me Smile with tongue out

As I said before, I’ve been participating in Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Challenge in order to give myself a kick in the butt. So far it’s fantastic. She is super cute and motivational and makes me want to get up and do something with my life. Score. So far she has had participants evaluate goals that you want to accomplish within the next year, tell someone about goals to keep yourself accountable, narrow it down to top 10 goals and one “push” goal, and start making detailed, yet simple, to-do lists. You can learn more about all this by signing up on her website!

Here is just a brief overview of some tips she has for powering through your to-do list:

  • Categorize it into things that need to be done “today,” “this week,” and “soon.”
  • Don’t write it on paper; keep in on a mobile device that you have with you everywhere you go for easy reference.
  • Write your “push goal” at the top of each list (this is basically what motivates you to do everything you do).
  • Anything that pops into your head, write it down.
  • Do 2-3 small tasks each day that move you closer towards your “push goal.”

Most of this is stuff I already know/do, but it’s nice to have a concrete outline to follow and reinforcement that what I’m already doing will pay off sooner or later. I did download a new tasks application on my iPad to get away from my planner that currently holds all my to-do lists. I find myself writing down lists for the week at the beginning of the week on Sundays and then adding in certain tasks to the list on my phone to complete during each day while I’m out. Why write it down twice? I’m wasting time that I can’t afford to lose! Although my Vera Bradley planner is super cute….

You guys, my life has seriously been so much happier and easier this past week since I’ve been consistently practicing yoga. I can’t say enough good things about it. Tara Stiles has really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and I wish I could thank her in person! I love not only her sense of ease with yoga, but her way of thinking about life as well. She is just so chill and healthy and happy and peaceful; everyone’s goal I think! I am so proud of people who found out their passion in life and went and made it happen. I will make that happen for myself one day. Hopefully this 30 Day Challenge will help a bit with that!


On a completely different note, let’s talk about food for a second. As I mentioned before, I signed up for Fitfluential’s March DietBet. I’ve already lost 33% of what I needed to lose in order to “win,” so yay for that! I honestly haven’t been dieting at all. I’ve just been simply eating the foods that make me feel good and staying away from the ones I know make me feel like crap. That’s it. Once again, I haven’t been exercising like, at all, lately. So ya know I haven’t been burning calories in that department. It’s all the food! I always knew what you ate played a big role in your weight, but I’m starting to actually believe it now. And I gotta credit yoga and breathing/meditation techniques for allowing me to have the control to say no to those crappy foods. Here’s what I had yesterday (Sunday):

  • Oatmeal with cinnamon, a diced apple, and coconut granola (breakfast)


  • Strawberry Cheesecake quest bar (snack)

quest bar

  • Protein shake (lunch)
  • Popcorn + green apple sucker (snack)
  • Olive Garden minestrone soup, salad, breadsticks, and Cabernet (dinner)

Pretty good for a weekend day if I do say so myself! And you know what? I feel great. Now I just need to remember that this week when I’m tempted with little kid food constantly.


So here’s my very loose goals for this week:

  1. Practice lots and lots of yoga.
  2. Eat lots and lots of clean, whole foods that make me feel fantastic.
  3. Complete tasks on my to-do list each day and stop putting them off.
  4. Spend some time with friends and stop being such a loner.

Good enough for now!


And of course, a quote to start off your week in the right way:

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” –Albus Dumbledore


What was the best thing you did this weekend?


  1. AHH so jealous you went to Olive Garden! I havent been there since I was pregnant BUT I always get the soup salad and breadsticks everytime…LOVE my minestrone soup!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Their minestrone soup is so wonderful! I found a recipe for it on Pinterest, but I have yet to try it out. I don’t think it could possibly compare!

  2. I love your positivity and upbeat posts! :)

    The best thing I did this weekend was definitely the set build I blogged about on Saturday…it felt so productive to get so much done! I’m with you on the workout and eating goals for the week- I have a dance audition on Friday and want to feel fresh and energized for it!

  3. Yayyyyyyy :) Third day in a row you’ve put a huge smile on my face! I’m so happy that you’re listening and trusting yourself, following what you want to be doing :) The best thing I did this weekend was run a half with my boy and meet some pretty sweet people…can I go back to Friday morning, please and thank you?

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      I am so glad! That makes ME smile :) I would love to be able to transport you back to Friday morning so you can do it all over again.

  4. Glad you found yoga a good routine for you.

  5. LOVE the new blog design. It is super cute! :)

  6. I love Chalene! I have her Turbo Fire DVDs and I love them. Sadly, I can’t use them anymore since I live in a third floor apartment (my downstairs neighbors don’t appreciate the jumping) but they’re still my faves!

    Love the Albus Dumbledore quote as well ; ).

  7. Nicole @Fruit'N'Fitness says:

    Love this post, and your posts recently have seemed happy :) yay! That’s a great day of weekend eats!

  8. I am so glad that you’re finding something that works for you and feeling great!! I definitely need to start doing yoga again, it’s been waaay too long!

  9. What’s the yoga challenge you’re doing? That sounds like something I need in my life.

    Also, I LOVE the to-do list tips!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      No challenge!! I just was really over-exerting myself with exercise and ended up getting a nerve pinched in my arm while getting blood drawn, so my doctor told me to rest. This resulted in me deciding to take a rest week from exercise, which has now turned into 2 weeks since doing yoga on a regular basis is making me so happy :) HOWEVER, Tara Stiles is doing a yoga challenge starting April 1. The link is if you’re interested :)

  10. Sounds like you’re really rocking! Nice work.
    That quote is perfection!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thank you! I feel so much better lately. Anything having to do with Harry Potter usually can make me smile.

  11. Definitely going to look up that challenge, I feel like I need some direction and a little push at the moment. I also want to get back into yoga so will check out Tara Stiles! Good luck with your goals!

  12. I love Chalene Johnson! I have never done Tara’s yoga. Do you have her DVD’s? I need to do more yoga! Can you teach me?? ;)

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Hahaha yes! Via Skype :p I have 5 of Tara’s DVD’s but she has a ton of free videos on her website and youtube livestrong woman channel :)

  13. Your weekend sounds fabulous. We didn’t do too much for St. Patricks Day either…we’re not that cool. I had family in town this weekend so we had a lot of fun catching up with relatives that don’t live close by. :)

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