Cool stuff.

You guys. When I started this blog it was all health and fitness and advice and professional and stuff, and now……..it is this; haha. What happened. Apparently I just like to tell you all the ridiculous things that go through my mind on a daily basis. A while ago I did a post on all of my favorite things, and if I had a little bit more drive and motivation I would probably scroll back and find it, but I don’t. So in case you care and want to be my best friend and provide these things for me, here you go: my best things right now.

  • reality TV

  • my iPhone
  • flip flops
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • my sisters

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  • my pool

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  • sleep; so much sleep

  • kombucha; yeah judge me, I like it

  • the sun
  • pie
  • bronzer; oops
  • I’m sure Identity Thief will be on this list if I ever see it

  • this lotion

  • the fact that my free Pandora is back
  • VS hot pink shorts that are ridiculous looking but I don’t care

  • sangria
  • nice people

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  • sleeping with my window open
  • popsicles

  • my girls

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This is getting weird. Byeeeeee.

Favorite thing, ready set go.

A couple of cool thoughts & my first challenge group woot woot!

What a creative title-maker I am. I know you’re jealous. It’s okay. I forgive you. Speaking of forgiveness, that’s what I taught my Sunday School kiddos about yesterday and one little girl said, “I forgive my brother for when he smacks my back really hard and leaves a red handprint, but I actually think it’s really cool to have a hand on my back.” LOL. Cool kid.

Anyway, I’ve had a couple of thoughts that I wanted to share with you all regarding this blog. I will number them, because my brain has way too many thoughts running around and I might get really anxious if I try to type them out in a professional manner:

  1. I’m really excited to say this for some weird reason: I have not been being fully myself with you guys. I will be the first to admit that I have tried to make myself seem like a different person in a bunch of little ways over the course of this blog. Why do I think I need to make it seem like I am this epitomy of a perfect person and have these happy days and blah blah blah? Like, no. Just no. I’m not going to pretend anymore. I want to use the tone of voice in my typing I use in everyday life. I want to tell you guys what really goes on in my life and quit with the preachy self-help crap I’ve been projecting lately.
  2. My posts might change up a little bit from advice and issues and all that deep stuff to just about my life and my days, because I think that’s fun to read about and you might, too. Yes, no? I hope you say yes, because it’s happening whether you like it or not.
  3. I really don’t like planning out my posts. I’ve been trying to use a blog calendar for a month or so now, and I just think it sucks. I plan out these posts at the beginning of the week and then feel like I need to stick with that. No thank you. I’m a spontaneous gal (note the sarcasm) and you’re about to see that. Boom. Not really. But that’s okay.
  4. I am taking lots more pictures. I am so over the fact of people judging me for taking pictures of food or myself or random things or even writing this blog. They are mean people if they care and they can just go away. And I know I suck, because there are no pictures in this post, but I’m too lazy right now to go get my camera. Oops.
  5. I am also done planning out my workouts. I feel too tied down to them and just want to do what I feel like doing. Is that too much to ask for?
  6. I’m quitting pretending like I need to give up sugar or processed food or any of those wonderful things. I love them. Sure, I really could lose about 10 pounds right now, but I like gummy bears and brownies too much to do that by eating a completely clean diet. I’ll figure it out. In the meantime, I will eat the king size box of sour patch kids and all the bags of mini gummy bears Luke and I bought for our LA trip in ONLY 2 MORE SLEEPS!

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Also, I am super proud to announce that I’m hosting my very first challenge group! Yes, it’s through Beachbody, but it’s really just through me. And I’m pretty cool. So we would have fun and I want you to join me! It’s all done from home and online, and I know ya’ll are on your computers all the time so you really just have no excuses now Smile Here’s the details and I really, really want you to contact me with questions either in the comments or at [email protected] please!

It’s a month-long fitness challenge starting on May 1 called the SPRING BODY CONFIDENCE CHALLENGE. We will work out, eat clean, and keep each other motivated for 30 days!

So here’s the details. BeachBody is the company that developed p90x, Insanity, Turbofire, all that kinda stuff. I already know that you guys are into health and fitness and constant improvement, so I think this challenge group would really help you get awesome results! I want everyone in the group (only 6-8 people) to see results, so in fairness I have to keep it to the first few people that commit to buying a challenge pack from me, since more people want in the group than I can handle!

Okay, so you’re probably like, what the hell is a challenge pack? It’s comprised of 3 things that most people need for max results:

1. Your choice of a NEW fitness program DVD set.

2. A 30-Day club membership for custom meal planning and workout tracking.

3. Shakeology! You can totally do this for only the month of our challenge and cancel after the first month if you don’t want it after that. I can help you do this, no problem Smile

Plus, by being a part of this, we will have our own Facebook group for daily accountability and support. This is ALL done online and everyone just does their best at home!

The “challenge pack” price depends on what program you choose, but they are HUGE savings when you buy the DVD & shakeology together.

Since you probably don’t know what shakeology is, here’s a quick video describing what it is:

http://www.teambeachbody.com/showcase/-/bcp/16664447001

I drink the chocolate vegan meal replacement daily and it has done wonders for my skin, nails, hunger levels, and it tastes like a freaking milkshake.

These are the two main programs that I would recommend for most of you, but I would love to talk with you more individually to find out your exact goals to decide which program (there’s so many to choose from!) would give you the best results for what you’re looking for.

Here’s a Turbo video:

http://www.teambeachbody.com/showcase/-/bcp/104548402001

This is actually the program I’m doing right now! I LOVE it. Tons of cardio and kickboxing and sweating…I feel lighter the second I’m done.

Here’s an Insanity video:

http://www.teambeachbody.com/showcase/-/bcp/45375625001

This one TOTALLY focuses on toning up and just building overall muscle so you burn more calories in your everyday life!

I need this accountability too and am super pumped to start. You’d have to be one of the first to order from me before I close the group. Let me know as soon as you order (if you decide to!), so I can make sure it went through before I close the group!

Here’s the link to my personal website where you order: http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/allisonhayes. If you want me to walk you through the steps, I am more than happy to do that!

If you’re still thinking, let me know and I can hold your spot for a couple of days. Thank you SO much for considering doing this, and I really hope you join me so we can do something fun together that we’re all interested in! <3 <3

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Wow, that was so long! If you’re still reading that, you’re a champ. Here’s a quote, because I can’t have a Monday without a quote, no matter how long the post is:

It is very important, especially while you are young, to love something with your whole being – a tree, an animal, your teacher, your parent – for then you will find out for yourself what it is to be without conflict, without fear. – J. Krishnamurti

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Do you have any questions about my challenge?? Email me at [email protected] if so Smile <3

Ramblings Like Crazy

I know I just did a post like this, but my mind is all over the place tonight with things I want to write about. So I think I’ll write about them all. Excuse the random-ness. That’s exactly how my life is right now.

  • It’s my last day house-sitting. Boo. I have to stop pretending like I’m rich now and go back to reality. This week has taught me a couple of things. I learned how difficult it is to take care of a house, especially a big one. I learned how your heart jumps every time a dog barks after dark. I learned how much I love silence, but I learned how lonely I get and how much I really appreciate the company of my family. I get to house-sit again in a couple of weeks, and now that I’ve got the swing of things it should be a little easier to get used to.
  • I love wine. I had this crazy thought that I wasn’t going to drink at all during the month of April. HA. It’s April 3rd and that resolution is long broken. Honestly, why do I make these ridiculous promises to myself that I know I won’t follow through with? And, to make things even better, a lady bought me a bottle of wine at the store last night! I was in the worst mood there and was standing in the aisle staring at the bottles of Cabernet, even though I buy the same type every time, and she goes, “Rough day?” And I told her yes. She ended up being in line behind me at the checkout and told the cashier to just put it on her bill. I love her.
  • I also really love reading blogs. Last week I deleted a bunch of blogs that I was consistently reading, because they weren’t benefitting me in a positive way. I am now left with significantly fewer blogs, but I am actually able to read every word now and really pay attention to what I am reading, instead of rushing through them. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas lately, from Melissa’s organization challenge to Heather’s rest week, to some great recipes and workouts and just general life advice. So thank you ladies!
  • I can already tell that BeachBody is going to be a great company to work with/for, even though I haven’t really gotten started yet. I’ve been super busy yet and haven’t had the opportunity to put as much time as I would like into my business, but that will all be changing this weekend when I start to develop my own challenge group (and I really hope that some of you will decide to join me!). I’ve been doing a lot of training over this past week and now have a solid understanding of what I should/can be doing daily. I’m ready to get this going and learn to make an income from home.
  • The combination of TurboFire and yoga routines I’ve been doing is just about as perfect as perfect can be. I get my sweat on big time in the morning with Chalene Johnson and then wind down later in the day with Tara Stiles. Goodness, I wish I had unlimited hours in the day to get everything done. I hate feeling rushed during exercise, and that’s all I’ve been feeling lately. I’m trying to just breathe though it and tell myself that I have all the time in the world, but the truth of the matter is that I just don’t.

  • I’ve been staying up really late lately. And by late, I mean midnight. Midnight may seem like nothing for some of you guys, but it’s basically the middle of the night for me since I wake up around 5:30 every day. I just feel like I have so many things to get done on the computer and need to get them done before I go to bed or I won’t be able to sleep. Then I feel like I need to get up earlier than I need to so I don’t have to rush through my workouts, but I end up messing around on my iPad in the morning and being late anyway. Lose, lose.

  • I feel like everything is frustrating me lately. I have no patience and no motivation to hide my irritation. I’ve been trying really hard to just take a deep breath and move on, but that’s not always possible. I’m hoping that I’m able to get over this soon, but it’s really bad right now. My to-do lists aren’t helping with my stress like they usually do; I feel like more things are being added than I can handle and take care of. Especially since I have a different week next week (LA vacation), I’m freaking out about getting everything done in time! Since I have so much frustration and stress, I tend to take it out on my loved ones, which really isn’t fair. It feels good to just say that and get it out, but I hope these feelings go away soon!

  • I’m freaking out about going to Ellen next week. Our flight lands at 10:15am at LAX and we need to be in Burbank for the taping at 2:00pm. We have plenty of time to get there, since we’re renting our own car and it’s 20 miles away from the airport/hotel, but I’m still worried. What if there’s a flight delay? What if our car isn’t ready? What if the traffic is crazy? Keep me in your thoughts next Wednesday that I don’t lose my mind and that I’m not drunk by 7 a.m.

  • I’m starting to think that too many vegetables upset my stomach. I’ve been feeling really bloated and gross lately and can really only account it to the amount of veggies I’ve been consuming in the past few weeks. I love them, but I’m pretty sure that’s what is making me feel like crap. Any suggestions on good things to eat for lunch/dinner with less vegetables and no meat since I’m a vegetarian? Ugh, this is getting complicated.

  • Shopping makes me a lot happier than I previously thought. I went to the mall yesterday and simply buying a couple of new outfits put the biggest, goofy smile on my face. I hate spending money, but I love having new things. Honestly, I think online shopping is the best. Who doesn’t love getting mail?!

I think that’s enough randomness for one night. You can (hopefully) look forward to a normal post tomorrow. I’ll be back at home, back to my regular schedule, and working on my time management skills to lead a less stressful life.

Give me your random fact today!

Quick Check-In

Notice anything different about the blog?! Smile A HUGE thanks to Jenny at peanutbutterjenny.com for working so hard with me, someone who knows absolutely nothing about technology. Still a few things I’m working on adding, but basically done. YAY!

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Horrible Monday. Just horrible. Can we start over tomorrow? Excuse the lame post, but I’m just not feeling it.

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The whole reason I wanted to post was to talk real quick about The Bachelor finale.

*SPOILER ALERT*

I did not want Catherine to win. I never thought she stood out and always thought Lindsay was a better match. However, when he proposed to her and she was shaking and he was crying and they were so damn sweet and the ring was beautiful and her dress was gorgeous and then the elephant came, I was bawling like a baby. Goodness, that show has a great way of making you so happy for those people but making yourself feel like crap!

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Back tomorrow with something normal Smile with tongue out

Did you watch The Bachelor finale? What did you think??

Fitting It All In

I’ve been having a real problem lately with scheduling my life. I used to be really good in college about getting everything done, with time to spare. I would:

  • get all my homework and studying done and usually stay ahead of track on all my syllabi (is that the right way to use that word?)
  • take 18 credits and work 20-30 hours a week
  • find time every day to go to hot yoga for 1.5 hours or go on a minimum 6 mile run
  • hang out with friends almost daily, whether it was meeting for lunch or seeing a movie
  • keep up on all my TV shows
  • cook and bake my meals every single day
  • commute a half hour to/from school every day
  • still have time to myself!!!!

What on earth? I mean, sure, I got stressed at times, but I was always able to handle everything with ease. Lately things have just been building up to a point where I truly feel like I can’t handle it all. Deep down I know that I can, but my mind is telling me otherwise. And here’s a list of what’s happening in my life today:

  • nannying for one family 25 hours a week and for approximately 15 hours a week rotating between 4 different families
  • working behind the desk at the gym about 10 hours a week
  • personal training about 5-6 different clients each week
  • writing up training plans for said clients
  • spending about 2 hours a day on writing/reading blogs and researching content material
  • I know this is a pathetic one, but watching all my TV shows
  • finding time to (hopefully) work out about an hour a day
  • extras, like cleaning, social media, running errands, and that’s not even to mention spending time with family, friends, and Luke

I know it doesn’t seem like a ton (especially compared to what some of you are currently dealing with), but it’s kind of blowing my mind. I think it’s a combination of running around from place to place every day instead of going to ONE job and the stress of living with my family where I feel chastised for my crazy schedule. I don’t work traditional hours for the most part, which is contradictory to what the rest of my family is doing. I’m not home when they are and am gone when they’re home, making it seem like I’m avoiding them, which I’m really just not.

Would I like a “typical” 8-5 job? Probably; it would relieve a lot of stress. Would I be happy in a “typical” 8-5 job? Probably not; I would most likely be in an environment I don’t like. I enjoy the jobs that are not typical hours, because I have found (at least for me) that those are the fun ones. I’ve always been a person that is more concerned with doing what they love than having a significant amount of money. As I get older, I’m learning that money is definitely a necessity, but I really just wish it wasn’t that way. For a really long time, I’ve wanted to live in California. I’ve always admired that SoCal lifestyle. The people who reside there just seem like healthy, life-loving, happy people. I want that mindset. I know that contentment comes from within, but at least for me, the external environment plays a huge factor in my happiness.

So if I could do anything I wanted in my life?:

  • have my own successful online health coaching business with one of my best friends
  • really get my blog up-and-running and write some freelance pieces as well
  • live on the beach in California with Luke near my best friends, like on How I Met Your Mother
  • live somewhere where I’m able to comfortably be outside year-round, riding bikes, taking walks, and not having to drive everywhere in congestion
  • get my quirks under control so I don’t have to stress so much about everything

It’s not a lot! Nothing fancy. I may be wrong, but I truly think that living somewhere different would really help me out. Maybe I’m being over-dramatic, but nothing seems to be exactly right right now. I need some sort of a change or consistency or SOMETHING. I didn’t mean for this to turn into as much of a rant as it did, but I need to get these thoughts out and maybe get some advice from some of you.

Any suggestions on a simple change to make in my life right now? Any thoughts on making a big move?

An Awesome Thursday Night

First of all, I just want to let you all know that I’m working with Jenny over at www.peanutbutterjenny.com to make my blog beautiful after becoming self-hosted a couple days ago. So if things are looking a bit funky, it will be all fixed soon! Also, I somehow lost all the blogs I subscribe to, so I would REALLY appreciate it if you took like 5 seconds to just e-mail your blog link to [email protected] so I can put it on my reader and get back to reading about your fabulous lives without having to search for each one individually Smile AND, it’s not letting me comment on some blogs, so I’m in the process of fixing that as well. But trust me, I’m still reading. Moving on….

Isn’t it great to just do something totally random and fun in the middle of the week? I had to train a couple of clients yesterday and work at the gym all day, but my day ended much earlier than usual, leaving me time to go grocery shopping (which I love by the way). *Sidenote: A lady in my jazzercise class yesterday morning told me I was an “inspiration” and that I made her feel like “she was dancing at a club.” This made my life basically.”* I got plenty of things that Luke loves in addition to things to make us a delicious dinner. I ran into a friend at the store who convinced me to buy a spaghetti squash. Just wait until you hear about that one.

My younger sister Olivia wanted to come with me to his house to help make dinner, and she actually ended up being a huge help. She started out by making an adorable centerpiece (that you can’t really see in this picture she took…) out of Starburst jellybeans and blow pop suckers (Luke’s favorite).

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Then I put together a salad with red leaf lettuce, tomato, garlic, Caesar croutons, parmesan cheese, a little bit of olive oil, and a ton of balsamic vinegar.

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The rest of the meal consisted of penne noodles and marinara sauce with garlic ciabatta bread,

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and roasted broccoli, asparagus, carrots, and spaghetti squash,

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Luke decided to document me attempting spaghetti squash for the first time.

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I look so focused. That actually looks like a pretty darn good tutorial if I do say so myself!

Luke had a big task. He opened the wine.

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The squash turned out awesome. I was kind of hesitant about it, but I loved every bite of it. It’s ridiculously filling though! No way could I have finished my whole plate, and that’s really rare for me.

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I topped mine with marinara sauce and a bunch of the roasted veggies with some asparagus on the side. Luke got the same thing, but with penne noodles instead of squash.

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Look at our cute little table setting!

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My handsome date:

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We had an awesome time. It was great to share a “fancy” dinner in the middle of the week, where we still got to stay home and wear our sweatpants. That’s my kind of night.

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And in case anyone is interested, my sister decided to show us her Jenna Marbles face. Alex, I hope you enjoy this.

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The rest of today is filled with lots and lots of babysitting for two different families. This weekend is pretty low-key, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.

 

What is the best random thing you have done this week?

Sunshine Award

When I saw that Brooke over at Running in Heels nominated me for the Sunshine Award earlier today I was pretty pumped, because I’ve had a crazy couple of days and have had no time to take pictures or even really thinking of topics for the blog. So thanks Brooke for helping me out!

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I started this blog less than a month ago and I’m psyched that people actually read it!

So I have to answer the questions and nominate 10 people; easy enough.

1. Who is your favorite philosopher?

Um, really? Sorry but I’m not that smart. Let’s just go ahead and say Ellen.

Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Harper And Cobra Starship On "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"

2. What is your favorite number?

24. I have no idea why, but it always has been.

3. What is your favorite animal?

If we’re talking practical, I’ll go with cats. If we’re going all out, it’s a shark.

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4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?

Facebook: Allison Hayes
Twitter: @allison_marie91 (personal) and @arealisticlife (business); FOLLOW BOTH AND I’LL <3 YOU.

5. What is your favorite time of day?

I love like 7-8pm. It’s just a chill time for taking off real pants, watching some TV, and having some snacks.

6. What was your favorite holiday?

Christmas, hands down. Hopefully this year will be the best one yet. Luke and I have a goal to have our own place by Christmas-time, so fingers crossed!

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7. What is your favorite physical activity?

I know people have mixed opinions about it, but I love hot yoga. I just feel like I can move in any way in the whole world and I feel completely empty when I’m done. It’s super relaxing and a good way to make your body feel powerful. I also love stretching everything out and hearing stuff in my body crack that was holding onto pent up energy that is now released; awesome.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

I like Brooke’s answer of wine. But probably water, green tea, black coffee, and shamrock shakes from McDonalds. Oops, that’s like 5 answers? And milkshakes aren’t healthy? Oh well. Life goes on.

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9. What is your favorite flower?

I’m probably the only girl in the world that will say this, but I truly don’t like flowers. If I had to pick I would probably say sunflowers.

10. What is your passion?

My passion is for contentment. I want to be content and I want to help others become content. I love fitness, I love kids, and I love organization. My passion is for incorporating all those things into my life on a daily basis and being successful and doing something important.

Here’s my 10 nominations!

Jessie @ Jessie Loves to Run

Sarah @ Picky Runner

Taryn @ Peace and Pizza

Alex @ The Run Within

Ashley @ Almost Veg Girlie

Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living

Sam @ Better with Sprinkles

Lindsay @ A Runnaroundd Life

Kerry @ Totes My Oats

Hollie @ Fueled by LOLZ

You guys, my links suck. It’s not working for me to tonight. I know there’s a bunch of empty spaces, but I just don’t have the time or energy to figure out the issue right now. Bear with me!

Is anyone else watching Pretty Little Liars right now? Is Spencer breaking your heart, too?!?! :(