The Little Things

Okay, so if you are anything like me, you get excited over little, ridiculous things. I probably get more pumped up about a coupon for a free coffee than I would for a random day off work; weird, I know. Those little, happy surprises add up to make me one happy camper when I look back on them. Here’s a couple recent things that have happened to me to make my life just a little bit better:

  • Getting my confirmation letter to see The Ellen Show next month! I’ll be there on April 10 and the taping will air on April 11 if any of you care to watch Smile with tongue out

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  • Making a really damn good bowl of oatmeal this morning. Usually I make it way too thick or way too runny, but today it was perfect. It put this weird, goofy smile on my face for basically no reason.
  • Two new personal training clients that I actually really like as people and enjoy spending time with. I like all my clients, I really do. For some reason I’m always surprised that I get such normal, nice people! I’m very blessed.
  • Being excited to wake up in the morning and do yoga. Let’s be honest here. I have never looked forward to morning workouts. Afternoon ones, yes (sometimes). I actually want to get out of bed and do yoga each morning, which makes me super happy.

  • This one is kinda odd, but it makes me happy that The Bachelor and Biggest Loser are done for the season, since I now have an additional 4 free hours each week. I love those shows and miss the entertainment, but I can really use the extra time.
  • In conjunction with the last one, crying my eyes out because I am so happy for the Biggest Loser contestants! They looked AMAZING last night. I got a good cry in while drinking wine and eating pie. Oxymoron? Yeah, oh well.
  • A new discovery of coconut mocha k-cups for my Keurig. I would like this every day of my life please and thank you.

  • FINDING MY IPOD! I totally thought I lost it, but I found it rolled up in one of my yoga mats in my trunk yesterday. Random. You would get a good chuckle if you peeked in my trunk. Just filled with a bunch of random fitness stuff. I could open a boot camp out of my car.
  • My shoulder finally starting to feel better. I had a pinched nerve that was causing me pain anytime I raised it above elbow-level. Finally I can put it overhead with minimal pain. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen again next time I get blood drawn.
  • Having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with an apple and kettle chips for dinner last night. I felt like I was 5 again and I loved every second of it. Mine definitely didn’t look this good though.

  • Clearing up my blog reader and my e-mail. A big thumbs up to that.

And the biggest thing of all that is making me smile today? I became a BeachBody coach yesterday! That’s one of my big announcements I was talking about the other day (the second one will be coming soon!). I will be posting a lot more about it over the upcoming weeks, but you can learn a little bit more at their website if you’re interested. With that being said, if any of you are interested in buying their products (Insanity, P90X, TurboFire, Shakeology, etc……) you should probably just go ahead and buy that through me, kay thanks. More to come on that, but I am SUPER excited about it. One more step towards working from home and owning my own successful personal training business Smile

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I’ve got a pretty busy day today:

  • Waking up early to do yoga from 6am-7am.
  • Nannying from 8am-330pm.
  • Working at the gym 4-9pm.
  • Rushing home to watch the PLL season finale; AHHHHH. I’ll have to watch it late so do not dare tell me who is in that damn red coat. It’s giving me a headache just thinking about it.

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What was the best thing that happened to you yesterday?

Tackling the List

You all probably think I’m talking about some big long to-do list that I’ve been pushing to the side forever. No. I’m talking about my pinterest recipes list. I have been ridiculously stressed out the past couple of days and just felt like crying 24/7, but I’m deciding to forget about it for now and focus on something a little bit more fun. Like cooking. I used to be huge into cooking and baking and have really lost it over the last couple of months. Hopefully going through all the recipes I’ve pinned over the years and never done anything with will inspire me to get my a$$ in the kitchen and get to work.

Biggest Loser Salad

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Boursin Pasta

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Vegan Minestrone Soup

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Baked Avocado Salsa

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Creamy Garlic Broccoli

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Strawberry, Brie, and Chocolate Grilled Cheese

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Lemon Poppy-Seed Scones

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Butterbeer Cake

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Pistachio Raspberry Cheesecake

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That’s really about all I can handle right now before I start eating everything in my house. Not even kidding, that’s only probably 1% of the recipes I have saved. I really need to get to work. Goal is to make all of these things by the end of April. Ready set go.

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That’s about all I can handle thinking about right now. Today was a rough day mentally. Hopefully things will be fixed today. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Favorite pinterest recipe??

Saturday Recap

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday morning to wake up and to be able to actually breathe! I was feeling ridiculously sick on Friday (flu-like) and still wasn’t 100% yesterday, but definitely better than the day before. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t come back! I absolutely cannot afford to be sick during the week. Even though I was feeling okay, I kept it low-key yesterday to avoid it coming back. So here’s what I did!

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I actually slept in a little bit! It’s crazy that 9:00 a.m. is really sleeping in for me. When I was in high school I used to sleep in until noon any chance I got! I laid in bed for a little while, catching up on blogs and all that jazz. I really wanted to move, but I knew going to the gym wouldn’t be a good option for me. I decided to pull out this Biggest Loser Cardio max DVD I have had for quite a few years. I haven’t done it in a few months, and I forgot how intense it was! I was planning on just taking it easy through the workout to go easy on my body, but ended up dripping in sweat by the end. I was feeling awesome, so I figured, why not push it? Wanna see my cuuuuuuute workout attire when I exercise at home in my room?

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Let that sink in. Fitness model material right there. Ignore the Jillian Michaels bikini pic taped to my mirror. She inspires me.

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And check out that hair. High pony like whoa. Ignore my dinosaur looking arm. I was trying to show you how obnoxious my hair usually is.

 

I took my sweet ol’ time getting ready and honestly didn’t end up leaving my room until about noon to get some lunch. I know, I know. I should never skip breakfast. But I did. Sue me. I did have a delicious lunch though.

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Salad with cherry tomatoes, carrots, and some homemade dressing with a little bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and bread-dipping spices (cheesy garlic flavor).

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A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made with PB2 and some raspberry preserves, plus some un-pictured hummus, carrots, and hummus chips that I snacked on while putting it all together.

 

After lunch and getting ready for the day finally, I grabbed a berry Naked juice and headed out to run a couple of errands.

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I ended up donating all my clothes and books I pulled out over the week that I don’t use to the Salvation Army, getting my free monthly underwear from Victoria’s Secret, getting my free bra from Aerie AND spending my $10 off of $40 coupon, and stocking up on some brush cleaning spray from Sephora. I also got Gabby (the 4 year old I nanny) a couple of things for her upcoming birthday and stopping at Starbucks to spend some of my gift card momma got me for Valentine’s Day. Can you guess what I got?

So unbelievably good. I get it a grande with soy milk, no whipped cream, and an extra shot of espresso.

 

Then Luke and I settled in for the night with some Chipotle. Is it acceptable to have basically their chips and guacamole for dinner? I sure hope so. Because that’s basically what I did.

I also had a couple bites of my veggie bowl I suppose, but it just doesn’t compare. I also had some of this classy stuff.

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I was asleep by 9:30 and feel great this morning. Score for 1-day sicknesses! I also thought I would leave you with this picture of the girls I nanny. The little one is Francesca and her older sister is Gabby. I talk about them all the time, so I figure you should see what they look like! They’re pretty darn cute.

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Enjoy your Sunday, get some relaxing done, and prep for the upcoming week! I have a fun day ahead, so I’ll fill you all in later with a vlog hopefully. Keep your fingers crossed that my technology skills are up to par today Smile

 

What was the highlight of your Saturday? I was actually supposed to go to the Lady Gaga concert last night, but her whole tour got cancelled due to an injury of hers Sad smile I was so upset! I really hope she gets better soon though <3 The highlight of my Saturday was definitely learning that I get $200 back for those tickets though……

Some Wisdom on a Monday Morning

Even though Mondays kinda suck, it’s always nice to have a fresh start to the week. I’m a big fan of lists and keeping track of what I need to get done, so I don’t get overwhelmed. I literally write everything down. For example, here’s my to-do list for today (oh, and I also work for 10 hours today):

  • stretch
  • workout (60 minutes cardio, 20 minute Tone It Up strength routine)

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  • blog 2x
  • work on PT training plans
  • watch Ellen, The Bachelor, Biggest Loser, and HIMYM (yeah, Mondays are definitely my big TV night)
  • pack gym bag for Tuesday

I know I can definitely get everything done (because it’s pretty much the same thing I do every Monday), but I always have this little nagging in the back of my mind telling me I won’t. I know it’s no big deal at ALL if I don’t (like, please; I can always watch my shows tomorrow), but I just love checking things off and seeing my list get smaller. I have an agenda I got from Target and on Sundays I fill it out for each day of the upcoming week. It looks really overwhelming on Monday, but by Friday I love seeing everything I’ve accomplished. Sounds silly, but it works for me.

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PS. Did anyone else see the Superbowl commercial last night about HIMYM tonight? Robin Sparkles FOUR?!?!?!?! So freaking pumped.

 

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life waiting for us.” –Joseph Campbell

Think about that today Smile

What’s your favorite day of the week and why?

Something Out of the Ordinary

Happy MLK Day! Did anyone else catch any of the inauguration ceremony?! I don’t know how you couldn’t….it was literally on for 12+ hours. I watched pieces here and there and was honestly very impressed by the whole Obama family. Michelle is just stunning, the daughters seem mature beyond their years (yet fun and adorable!), and Obama just looked so chill and happy. Yeah, you can tell I’m obviously very into politics :p

So I guess you could say that I had a much different day than how my Mondays usually go.

For one, I didn’t work! Usually I get to spend my Mondays with these sweet little ones, but I wasn’t needed to go watch them today.

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Since I had the morning free, I chose to do an intense workout since I knew I would be indulging later in the day. Here’s a rundown of what I did:

- Tone It Up “wild child” workout
- Tone It Up “she sells seashells” workout
- 1/2 hr. of intervals on treadmill (1 min./7.6, 2 min./4.4, all at an incline of 1.0)
- 1/2 hr. walking on treaadmill (4.4 at an incline of 4.0)

I was exhausted when it was all over!

The afternoon consisted of ice skating for my little sister’s 10th birthday party. Now let me just go ahead and say that ice skating is an intense leg workout! My legs felt like lead when we were done, and my ankles were literally locked. My goodness! Luke grew up playing hockey so it’s like, no big deal for him to flail all around the ice when I look like a fool going as slow as I possibly can with my feet super close together and my knees bent.

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Now comes the fun part. Luke had a coupon for a Mexican restaurant called Rojo that we love. It was buy any entree, get one free as long as you buy two drinks. Like, oh please; TWIST MY ARM. Make me buy a margarita. Alriiiiiiight :p

Don’t judge when you see our table. I swear it was super small and it looks like we have enough food to feed a small army. Okay, maybe we do. But Luke took a bunch of it home to have at work tomorrow if that counts for anything.

We started out with some drinks and fresh chips and salsa. You guys. The chips were literally still warm. I was in heaven. And the salsa was delicious, but a bit too spicy for me even though it was mild. I’m a baby :(

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For an appetizer we got tableside guacamole (they make it right in front of you!) which was fantastic and a bit spicy as well. For my entree I got their chopped salad, which just had a little bit of everything in it:

- romaine lettuce
- black beans
- red onions
- diced tomatoes
- feta cheese
- some weird Mexican cheese I pushed to the side
- hearts of palm
- green peppers

I got it with no olives and the dressing on the side, which I actually only ended up tasting. The salad didn’t even need it!

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So freaking delicous.

Now that I’m pleasantly stuffed, it’s time to watch HIMYM, The Bachelor, and Biggest Loser. And probably have some Cabernet….who am I kidding.

Did you do anything new today?

Funny, Yet Sucky

Alright, I’m about to go on a bit of a rant.

I told myself last night that this week was going to be a total “clean eating week.” Wanna know how I started off? PERFECT.

- greek yogurt with banana, almonds, and oats
- kashi bar and apple
- panera garden vegetable soup
- celery and carrot sticks
- whole wheat angel hair pasta with broccoli, carrots, feta, and balsamic

Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. Because you want to know what ended up happening mid-afternoon? The girls I nanny for wanted to make cookies. That’s what happened. Wanna take a wild guess who ended up eating way too much cookie dough? This girl right here. Wanna know who may or may not have also eaten 2 cookies (they were small :p)? Me. That’s right. I didn’t feel bad after, but I feel so unbelievably sick right now that I cannot even explain it. I totally know that’s why, because when I even think about that little episode I get nauseous (spelling?).

I guess my lesson learned is quite humorous, because as I was telling the girls not to eat the cookie dough, I was stuffing my face with it. I was telling them, “You’re gonna get a bellyache!” as I was completely contradicting myself. In other words, do what I say, not what I do. Great quote.

So this sucks! Apparentely my body rejects sugar. I always kinda knew that, but this experiment was a great one to confirm my theory. I’ve never had a day (that I can remember) where I ate completely clean and one particular thing ruined my appetite….and stomach! I’m queasy just thinking about sugar. Like, I cannot even stand the thought of it. Maybe this episode will be good for me. Maybe I’ll remember this feeling next time and be like, “Allison. Dude. Quit it. Have a carrot.” Probably not, but a girl can dream, right?

All I want to do right now is make myself a big bowl of fruit and some whole wheat crackers to go along with my marathon night of The Bachelor + Biggest Loser + How I Met Your Mother. Some Cabernet may make its’ way into the mix as well….never said I was perfect.

I truly apologize for the depressing post and lack of pictures. Tomorrow is a new day<3

Any foods that completely turn you off? Also, are you as sick of Tierra on The Bachelor as I am?!?! Grrrrrrr.