Monday recap

I think I mentioned this before, but I have the week off work! WOO! So yesterday was an unexpected day off for me, except for training a few clients at the gym. I got a lot of random little things done and am actually planning on doing some productive things today. We shall see how that goes. Anyway, here’s what I got done.

  • An awesome workout. 30 minutes of strength training (Summer Arms, Bikini Booty, and Long&Lean from the Beach Babe DVD for anyone else who follows TIU) and this 40 minute cardio routine, except I substituted running for biking. Intense! Left me a sweaty mess and like, crawling up the stairs. This was actually a collage of my friend Sarah and I preparing for the “Bikini Series” yesterday!


  • Playing catch-up online. Many of you know that I am a Beach Body coach. A LOT of the work I do for that is online (most of it!), so I actually had an opportunity to respond to e-mails and facebook messages, follow up with some new members, and other random stuff like that. I didn’t get to work on the blog as much as I would have liked to, but hopefully that will get done today!
  • Watched some talk shows. Of course including Ellen. Okay, seriously, how cute are Sophia Grace and Rosie? I posted on twitter that I want to be them when I grow up. They rapped Thrift Shop yesterday and it was seriously almost better than the original. Ellen talked about how many people get famous and noticed off of YouTube now, which gave me hope that she will see one of my videos! I also watched Rebel Wilson on The View, which was absolutely hysterical of course.
  • Cooked some awesome things. I made a yogurt bowl for breakfast, a protein pancake for lunch, shakeology for a snack, broccoli and muesli for dinner, and a protein shake after working at the gym. Solid. I need to work from home every day. Or just work for Ellen and live in California and then people won’t judge me for eating healthy, because it’s normal out there. Isn’t it sad that people are chastised for NOT eating burgers and fries all day long in Michigan? Ridiculous.


  • Decided to start online personal training! I already develop online plans for people if they ask (mainly clients I already have and friends/family), but I am going to soon have a tab on the blog where people can purchase fitness, nutrition, or a combination of both plans from me! I already have all the documents on my computer, so why not put it out there on the Internet and see if anyone is interested? This will require some technical knowledge on my part, so this will most likely take me days. Bear with me.
  • Brainstormed ideas to get to California and work for Ellen. Okay, I know that I am getting annoying with this whole “work for Ellen” thing, but it is truly all that has been on my mind since April 10. That’s almost 3 weeks. If you know me at all, that is an eternity in my book. I lose interest in something after approximately 5 minutes, so it is huge that I have wanted to work for her for YEARS, and even more so in recent weeks. I have some ideas up my sleeve that will go into play over the next couple of weeks Smile with tongue out Say a little prayer for me!

  • Started writing a book. Yup, that’s right. You’re probably like, “But Allison, you’ve never mentioned that before?” True; I haven’t. Because it’s a super surprise! That reminds me when I take my girls to gymnastics and they have to do a “super stop” after any move to keep the kids from running around like animals. Anyway, I figured that I should have a project and keep up my grammar skills now that I’m not in school anymore! It’s mainly for me, but if it just so happens to actually be read-able, I wouldn’t be mad.
  • Read quite a bit of The Compound Effect. This book is seriously great you guys. I am going to leave you with a couple of quotes from Darren Hardy:

“You cannot see what you don’t look for, and you cannot look for what you don’t believe in.”

“Eliminate all of your excuses. Embrace the fact that you are freed by your choices, as long as you assume personal responsibility for them. It’s time to make the choice to take control.”

“You’ve got to want something, and know why you want it, or you’ll end up giving up too easily.”

“When your actions conflict with your values, you’ll end up unhappy, frustrated, and despondent. In fact, psychologists tell us that nothing creates more stress than when our actions and behaviors aren’t congruent with our values.”

What is the best book you have ever read? I need suggestions!


  1. Now that’s a productive monday! I think it’s wonderful that you’re thinking of new ways to put yourself out there :) if you have a low/no impact strength training/total body plan, let me know…i’ll need something like that in the next few weeks :) i’m reading the perks of being a wallflower since i loved the movie and hadn’t read the book yet…really enjoying it!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks love! What kinda thing are you looking for exactly?? Include details in my next email :) Perks of being a wallflower is one of my all time favorites.

  2. Writing a book? That’s so awesome! I was an English writing major in college, and I always wanted to write a book. Well, I guess I still do. I think I just fear that if I start and don’t finish, because writing a book is a big task, that I’d be really mad or disappionted. So I never started. Ugh!

    I hope it goes well, though. I’d read it!

    Oh, and best book I read lately was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. SO Good!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks love! I think you should do it too :) Even if it is just for yourself! Thanks for the book recommendation :)

  3. I think it’s so cool that you’re writing a book! I would read it :) And way to have a super productive day off of work!

  4. Working for Ellen would be a dream job. Seriously, she is so cool and so funny. I also love that she seems like a genuinely kind person.

  5. What a great day to start off the week!

    If you haven’t yet, you should read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. It is *wonderful* and such a quick, easy read. You can actually watch his last lecture on YouTube (it’s like a bit over an hour) but it is still SO.GOOD. I highly recommend it! :)

  6. way to conquer monday!

  7. It’s always great to be super productive! Lets meet for coffee and you can work on your book while I write my screen play! :)

  8. You rock! That’s all I got for this comment :p

  9. Girl, you were crazy busy!! I wish I could be that productive on my days off :) As for my favorite books… I have a ton but The Great Gatsby is by far my all-time fav!

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