Foodie Pen Pals Review!

I hope you all had an absolutely fantastic Easter! Look at the adorable kitchen stuff for my new place. I’m obsessed.

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There’s been a ton of stuff over the weekend that’s come up for me to write about, but I figured I would spread it out over the week instead of having a ridiculously long, obnoxious post today. You’re welcome Smile with tongue out 

First of all, I wanted to share with you the link to the article that I wrote for FitKit! FitKit is a company that uses an interactive lifestyle quiz to help determine and mold how to best live your healthy life. They ask questions about age, gender, sleep, happiness, etc. and then give you a personalized doctor’s recommendation to be the best version of yourself you can be. Super cool. Check it out and take the quiz if you get a chance!

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Now I want to talk about my wonderful foodie pen pal from March! Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean sponsors this wonderful event, so thank you! It was my first time participating, and it was so much fun. My package came from a reader Frankie, and she was SO generous. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Here’s what I got:

  • Homemade coconut granola. This was delicious. It was so good that I had a few chunks plain and used the rest on my oatmeal for a couple of days. I think it only lasted me 2 days! Plus, she packaged it in a mason jar which just made it that much cuter.

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  • Coconut mocha k-cups. Frankie was so sweet and noticed on my blog that I had just gotten a Keurig and got me some k-cups! Some k-cups that are my new favorite flavor. All I can say is that if you haven’t tried this kind and you like coffee, go get them now.

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  • A strawberry cheesecake quest bar. How did she know I had been wanting to try these things forever?! Seriously, so delicious. I’m just mad I didn’t think to heat it up in the microwave first.

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  • Oatmeal raisin cookies from a local bakery and a dark chocolate raspberry bar. Um, wow. These cookies are now a favorite among my friends, and the chocolate bar was perfect to have with my wine at night.

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She also included a coupon for some awesome protein powder online. Thanks so much Frankie! I am so glad I decided to participate in this, even though I will not be doing it again this month. I have my LA trip and was planning ahead and thinking that I probably won’t have time to. It’s an awesome program though!

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Speaking of wonderful packages, I got a box full of some of the most delicious cookies I’ve had in my entire life from Caitlin yesterday. Thank you so much love! Made my day<3

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“People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

What was in your Easter basket this year?

Spice Up Your Life, Week 8

I’m making up my own challenge today. That challenge is to admit 5 things to yourself that you’ve been trying to hide. You know when you just get that “gut feeling” about something or someone, but you don’t want to believe it? That has happened to me about quite a few things lately. Here’s my 5 confessions if you will:

  1. I really like hot yoga. I know there’s a lot of articles and research out there that tells you why it’s bad, but I just adore it. Yoga is one of my favorite things in the world to do, but I also like to feel like I’m getting a good workout in. When I was in college and practicing Baptiste hot yoga daily, I was the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. Unfortunately, there is no similar studio anywhere near where I currently live. It gave me a sense of clarity while still kicking my butt. Don’t get me wrong, I love practicing yoga at a regular temperature as well. My aunt is a phenomenal yoga teacher in Chicago and her classes make me feel on top of the world. But I have this terrible misconception in my head that “yoga isn’t a workout and I need to workout.” That’s ridiculous. I should do what I feel like and forget the rest. Since I’ve been doing TurboFire, my body has felt strong and confident, but I’m finding that I’m too tired later in the day to even do 30 minutes of yoga. Boooo. I miss it. Anyone have any suggestions on how to regain energy later in the day if I’ve already completed a workout in the morning?
  2. I am a loner. Now this isn’t as bad as it sounds. I have an amazing family and core group of friends. I seem to meet really awesome people in my daily life and really cherish the relationships I have. However, I like to be alone. I love silence. I love being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, without being judged. Since Luke and I are moving in together, I’m going to need to learn to be with another person 24/7! Our work schedules are pretty opposite, so we actually won’t even be together that much during the week, but it will still definitely be an adjustment. It is definitely an adjustment that I am majorly looking forward to. Ideally, I will be able to work fully from home (except when I have clients to train) so I can get my alone time in during the day and be social with Luke and my friends at night. Fingers crossed I can make this happen sooner, rather than later! It will take time, but it will happen. 001002003
  3. Even though my brain says differently, in my heart I know that my body is healthy and strong. I figured this out the other morning when I was doing TurboFire in my basement in our dance studio. There’s mirrors surrounding the floor so you’re able to see every little movement. As I was watching myself jumping, twisting, squatting, and just sweating my butt off, I saw my body for how others do. I was happy with what I saw. However, the second I put my real clothes on and felt my jeans a little bit tight, I went right back to hating my image. I’ve been trying really hard to remember how wonderful and strong and beautiful exercise makes me feel. I may  not always feel like that, but I can try my hardest to bottle up that feeling and use it on my harder body image days.
  4. If I could, I would eat gummy bears all day every day. The other day I made a wonderful discovery. A local grocery store sells gummy bears BY FLAVOR. I kid you not, you can buy a whole tub of blue raspberry bears. Which I did. And a whole tub of watermelon bears. Which I also did. Oops. Luckily I was able to pass some off to Luke and the girls I nanny, but I’m still left with way too many for myself. Oh, who am I kidding. I will eat them all. Every last one. Pre-Easter candy? Sure, I’ll take it. 007
  5. I need to get out of Michigan. I have tried so hard to convince myself to like it here. The truth of the matter is that I just don’t. I’m bored here. It’s very depressing at times. The weather sucks 90% of the time. I’ve burned a lot of bridges here and just want a clean slate. I don’t want to move away forever (I don’t think at least), but I do want to get out for at least a year to experience a different part of the country. I feel like I have been so sheltered here my whole life that I don’t know what it’s like to truly build myself up from scratch. I understand how different and difficult it would be, but I think it’s something I need in order to appreciate the wonderful things that I already have in my life. I tend to take things for granted and think a big change would be just the reality check I need to show myself how good I truly do have it.

I could go on and on with this list for days, but I’ll spare you all the details. I will tell you that I got a massage yesterday morning and it was truly the best one I’ve ever ha din my whole entire life. The lady was so nice and talkative and didn’t make me feel awkward at all, like I usually do. Plus she gave me a chocolate when I left. That was good. I spent the rest of the day working on the computer, doing yoga, finishing the first season of Girls (in less than 24 hours…..), and maybe drinking some wine. It was a solid day.

I also ate some pretty yummy things, including tiramisu coffee,

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pear Chobani with berries, banana, and roasted flaxseed,

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and Tone It Up inspired kale chips and guacamole.

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What are your 5 confessions?

Shakeology & A Nice Change of Pace

I’m writing this from a new place. Can you guess where? Probably not. I’m house/dog-sitting nearby and could not be happier. I have a whole, huge kitchen to myself. I have silence. I have 2 sweet, cuddly dogs. I have space. I am beyond happy. You’ll probably notice a lot happier posts in the next few days. Now you know why.

I know I totally missed the band-wagon on WIAW, but I’m talking about what I ate on Thursday. Oh well. I’m used to being behind the game.

Breakfast:

Shakeology! I got my bag of chocolate vegan powder a few days ago and have been trying out a few recipes until I found one I really liked, and I think I found the perfect one. If you’re interested in a sample, let me know! Or just go ahead and order some for yourself since it’s delicious.

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

  • 1 scoop chocolate vegan shakeology
  • 2 tbsp. PB2
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice

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Blend & enjoy! Super yummy. Literally tastes like you’re drinking a peanut butter cup.

Lunch:

I made some tabbouleh with fresh tomato and cucumber and used it in a whole-wheat wrap with roasted red pepper hummus and spinach.

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I also had an apple and parmesan garlic pop-chips on the side. SO good.

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Dinner:

Luke and I had whole wheat rotini with tomato, onion, and garlic marinara sauce. We also roasted some carrots, broccoli, and asparagus on the side. Of course I had Cabernet as well Smile with tongue out

Snacks:

  • sweet potato chips
  • pineapple
  • frozen Chobani bite (raspberry with dark chocolate) with fresh berries

I also completed day 3 of TurboFire today. It’s intense people. You really need some stamina. Even though there’s no weights used, the body weight training combined with kickboxing moves provides for a killer arm and leg workout. I just kinda feel like Jell-O all over, but I’m not mad at all! It makes my body feel strong and confident. It’s safe to say I’m definitely a fan.

I feel awesome today. Good food, lots of relaxing, and basically no stress. And now (as I’m writing this on Thursday night) I’m watching Girls on Comcast’s “watch-a-thon week” and am considering doing nothing but watching this for the next 5 days. It’s a definite possibility that will happen. There’s also a good possibility that I may or may not spend all day interspersing this show with yoga and wine. I would maybe bet money on it.

This week is making me so excited to move out. I love being able to make my own choices without worrying about being chastised and judged by others. However, it definitely is more difficult to live on my own. I’ll get used to it. For now I’m just going to enjoy having the freedom and try to get as much relaxing in as possible in the next few days!

Do you watch Girls? Are you as obsessed as I already am?

Spice Up Your Life, Week 7

I am so happy right now. It’s super early on Saturday morning, no one else in my house is awake, and I’m drinking coffee from my Keurig that I can make literally without even getting out of bed. I have a really busy day, but busy with good things:

  • 8:30 am: yoga class
  • 9:45 am: going out to breakfast with Luke
  • 11:15 am – 1:15 pm: training a couple of clients
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: church Easter party for the kids
  • 4:00 pm: going somewhere new & fun with Luke!

I’m not necessarily happy because of my day filled with good stuff, but because of a couple realizations I’ve had over the last few days. (1) I am 100% positive, without a doubt, that having kids and working in the fitness industry is what I am supposed to do with my life. (2) I work better with a schedule, hence why I made up a generic exercise schedule that I can mix and match and alter a little bit every week. (3) Living on my own is going to solve a lot of the problems I’ve been having lately; this will be happening sooner than I thought…..*hint hint* (4) 17 days from right now I will be on my way to Los Angeles with my wonderful boyfriend!

I also realized that I did a great job at my challenge from last week of creating a sacred space. I started out the week doing Deepak Chopra’s meditation challenge, but got bored of it after a few days. Instead, I turned to doing some Tara Stiles meditation routines each morning. Typically the night before I will pull up a couple of her videos (7-ish minutes each) on my iPad so they are easily accessible to me in the morning. I wake up, drink my coffee and read a few blogs, do my routines, and then get ready for the day. It really gives me a solid mindset for the day. I love it. Anyway, I just ranted about really boring parts of my life. My bad. Where I was heading with this…..

My sacred space is the floor in my room. Yeah, I’m weird. Over it. I love rolling my yoga mat out between my bed and the window and being able to see just a little bit of light through the cracks in my blinds each morning. I love foam rolling. I love laying on my stomach while on my computer. I am always on the floor! So, there’s a little random tidbit about my life. Don’t judge me Smile with tongue out Did you find a “sacred space” for yourself?

Moving on to this week’s challenge!

84. Plan and prepare a seduction dinner.

LOL. That’s all I have to say about that. This book, I swear. It’s got some weird challenges in here. But definitely things that will put us out of our comfort zones! Once again, I’m going to switch around this challenge a bit and say to just simply make dinner for someone! I know that personally I have fallen into this pattern of just kinda eating what is in front of me. I snack like there’s no tomorrow and am just really impatient when it comes to food. I miss cooking and need to get back into it. Once again, will be a lot easier when I get my own place….very, very soon! More details coming soon Smile

This video from Jenna Marbles pretty much describes my eating habits lately perfectly:

“I don’t just eat the popcorn; I EAT the popcorn.” LOL. Yes! I adore her.

Here’s what I’m going to do this week for the challenge:”

  • Have a serious Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s grocery shopping experience on Thursday. And my goal for this trip? Only buy what is on my list. We shall see how that goes.
  • Make a good meal for Luke! What do ya want babe? Better let me know now or you know it’s gonna be some “healthy crap you don’t like.” Smile
  • Make actual meals for myself. I’m super good at assembling things, but really bad at actually incorporating them into one dish. Practice makes perfect.

Who are you going to have a good meal with this week??

Liebster Award + Buff-Up Your Man

A big thanks to Melissa at Freeing Imperfections for nominating me for the Liebster Award Smile I really like reading up on other people’s lives, and the survey that goes along with this award is just perfect for that.

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11 Questions

  1. Peanut butter or chocolate? Oh this is so hard! Why do I have to pick just one?! I guess if I can’t put them together, I would have to go with chocolate. I’m not a fan of any sort of nut butter on its’ own.
  2. Where did you get your blog title? I honestly came up with it, because I was sick of living a lie and pretending about this. I wanted to be truthful, relatable, and realistic.
  3. Have any nick-names? Lots of people call me Allie, some family members call me Al, and my dad likes to call me Big Al once in a while. Cool.
  4. Who is your blog idol? I gotta say Courtney over at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. Hers was the first blog I have ever read and I look up to her big time.
  5. Are you a jewelry person? If so, do you have a special piece that you wear every day/a lot? Yes, I am a big person. Every day I wear 3 earrings in each ear, a necklace holding a heart Luke bought me years ago and a locket my great-grandma gave me before she passed away, my “friendship” bracelet I share with Luke, my class ring, and my grandma’s old wedding ring.
  6. Describe your perfect candle scent. Spiced cider from Bath & Body Works.
  7. What was your favorite childhood birthday present? That would probably have to be the ring my mom gave me on my 13th birthday. It’s silver with an opal stone in the center and all these pretty designs. It meant so much to me at such a young age and still does.
  8. Would you rather be stuck in freezing cold or extreme heat forever? Extreme heat, all the way. I can’t stand the cold.
  9. What’s your favorite social media right now – Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or something else? Gotta go with Instagram! I just got into it, but I’ve recently learned to love it.
  10. Favorite holiday and why? Christmas! As stressful as it is, I love seeing my family and the happiness that seems to surround the entire month of December. DSCN1127
  11. What motivates you to blog? I love that blogging allows me to be myself. This sounds crazy, but I feel like most of you understand me better than the people who I see in my everyday life. It’s a place where I can talk about my life and what’s actually going on, where I won’t be judged. I also adore reading all of your stories! <3

11 Random Facts

  1. I just cried at seeing a preview for both Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies on ABC Family this weekend.
  2. I watched the first 2 seasons of Pretty Little Liars in less than a week.
  3. My favorite celebrities ever are Ellen DeGeneres and Jillian Michaels. What I would do to just spend one day with them….
  4. When I was like 11 years old, I was on the cover of some teen magazine for “wild and crazy hair.” My family and I were on a boat and it was standing straight up. It was like, J-14 or something like that. I wish I could find that!
  5. I cannot handle when I have a messy e-mail inbox. I read or delete every single thing that comes in and don’t like to keep more than can fit on one screen on my iPad. OCD at its’ finest friends.
  6. When I was in high school and I used to work out with my friend Emily, we would walk/run a mile on the treadmill and thought that was absolutely insane.
  7. One time in college I went out to eat and to the movies by myself and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
  8. Another time in college my friend Audrey and I went on a mad hunt around our little neighborhood to find someone to open our bottle of wine. We wanted it. Bad.
  9. I met the Jersey Shore cast in Italy in 2011.
  10. I can get by on 5 hours of sleep, easily. It’s pathetic and really unhealthy. I need more hours in the day.
  11. When I eat Starburst jellybeans, I only eat the yellow, pink, and red ones. I can’t stomach the other flavors.

11 New Questions

  1. What did you do today?
  2. How old do you want to be when you have children? Do you even want children? If you already have kids, how old were you when the first one was born?
  3. How long have you been blogging?
  4. What is your favorite exercise?
  5. What is the food you eat most often?
  6. What is the coolest place you have ever been?
  7. Who do you look up to most in the world?
  8. What is your job? Do you enjoy it? Why or why not?
  9. Favorite summer-time activity?
  10. What is the best advice you have ever received?
  11. Do you like pickles?

Nominees

  1. Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt
  2. Brittany @ Britt’s Blurbs
  3. Caitlin @ Chasing Chels
  4. De @ Cooking for the Other Half
  5. Nicole @ Fruit N’ Fitness
  6. Jessie @ Jessie Loves to Run
  7. Ashley @ Life and Fitness by Ashley
  8. Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living
  9. Brooke @ Running in Heels
  10. Carly @ Snack Therapy
  11. Becky @ Olives N’ Wine

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Now onto a new workout. So I’ve been training Luke over the last couple of months to help him gain some muscle. He has gained like 18 pounds, mostly of muscle. He’s been working his a$$ off! So congrats babe Smile Here’s a sample of a chest/back workout we do. This is certainly something you can do, but also something you could share with your man to whip him into shape Smile with tongue out

Chest and Back Workout!
Elliptical warm-up (5 minutes):
8.0 resistance, 2.5 minutes forward, 2.5 minutes backward

Circuit 1 (15 minutes):
Ball dumbbell chest press (15 reps, 15 weights)
Seated stability ball military press (15 reps, 20 weights)
Dead lift (20 reps, 15 weights)
Standing barbell curl (15 reps)
Repeat 3x

Circuit 2 (15 minutes):
Side plank lowers (20 each side)
Straight arm raises (15 reps, 15 weights)
W-squat raise (15 reps, 15 weights)
Side lunge and overhead raise (10 reps, 20 weights)

Treadmill cool-down (5 minutes):
4.0 speed, 6.0 incline

If you bust your butt, it will take 40 minutes. It takes Luke much longer, because he gets easily distracted. Usually by me. Oops!

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Enjoy your Wednesday. Halfway there loves <3

An Attitude Shift

I had one of the best days I’ve had in a really long time yesterday. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 5:30 am: Wake up, roll out of bed (literally), brush my teeth, throw my gym bag together, and get my butt out the door to workout.
  • 6:00 am: Arrive at gym and complete intervals of 0.5 miles on the treadmill + 10 minutes of circuit/HIIT training 4x, for a total 60 minute awesome workout.
  • 7:30 am: Leave the gym to drive to work after showering, getting ready, and making a protein shake for myself before leaving. I use brown rice protein powder if anyone cares.

  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: Babysit my girls! We had a GREAT day today, including ballet class, reading books at the library, going to Olive Garden for lunch, shopping for new outfits at Justice, grocery shopping, making popsicles, playing games, and doing a craft. Everyone was in a great mood today. The day flew by and was just wonderful.
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Luke’s house for dinner/hangout time! We (he mostly!) made a delicious meal of spaghetti squash (regular penne for him) with roasted vegetables and kicked up marinara sauce, garlic bread, and a balsamic/feta based salad. SO good.
  • 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: THE BACHELOR. Only one more episode. Boooooo.

It was a simple day, but definitely my kind of day. I am always happiest when things go according to plan. Completing my early morning workout with excess energy was such a great start to my day. I’m going to try out this schedule for the rest of the week and see how I feel come the weekend. If today is any indication, it’s really going to work out for me. I’m just so exhausted by the end of the day that the last thing I want to do is exercise. Mornings apparently work best for me!

I also tried something absolutely fantastic today. I have never drank pop, like ever, but I tried out this lemon-lime Zevia today, since we wanted to make popsicles with diet sprite, but couldn’t find it at the store. This was the next best thing! it’s all natural with no added sugars and is absolutely delicious. Luke said it’s just as good as regular sprite Smile with tongue out

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Ignore my creeping boyfriend in the background.

Today was just a reminder for me about how much a positive attitude can turn your whole day around. When you go into the day with a good outlook, things are bound to go in your favor! This is definitely something I need to remind myself of every morning right now, and hopefully it will eventually become habit.

Since a while ago I said I was going to do a Q and A each Tuesday, I decided to just tell ya’ll some random facts because I feel like it and I’ve drank a lot of wine tonight.

  • I grew up as a competition dancer, from the ages of 3-17.

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  • I have been dating Luke since September of 2008.
  • I am still best friends with my kindergarten bff, Erica Smile

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  • I am absolutely obsessed with gummy bears.

  • I cry, a lot. Mostly for happy things. Last thing I cried at was the Beyonce documentary. Luke laughed at me.

  • My 3 favorite celebrities are Ellen DeGeneres, Jillian Michaels, and Miley Cyrus.
  • I am so freaking excited to be a mom one day.
  • I could eat salsa with a spoon and pickles every day of my life and be totally content.

  • I get the same thing at just about every restaurant I go to, every single time.

Okay, so today I’m hoping to have somewhat of the same schedule I had yesterday. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can stick to it!

Have you ever tried Zevia? Any other flavors you can recommend for me?

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?

Love is in the Air

I just have something really funny to share before I tell ya’ll what we did for Valentine’s Day: There was NOTHING but couples at the restaurant we went to last night! Luke and I walked in and were being taken to our table, and I am not kidding when I say that every single table had a couple at it. What was even funnier was that Luke and I knew we were both thinking the same thing about how funny it looked. If you went out to dinner last night, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Nobody probably thinks it’s funny like I do though; oh well. Moving on!

 

Luke wouldn’t let me plan anything last night, which was great. Since I’m with kids all day, I’m constantly deciding what to do and when since they’re too young to make a real decision of their own yet. When I’m with my clients, I tell them how and what to do. After work the last thing I want to do is make a decision of any kind. So I appreciated him making the plans more than anything!

 

He started out by bringing me roses to my door. Super cute. I really dislike flowers, but it was a sweet gesture Smile 

Then we went to our favorite Italian restaurant (or I suppose favorite restaurant, ever) for dinner. It’s a local family-owned place. The best in my opinion! It also worked out very well, because I’m obsessed with their minestrone soup and I’ve been super sick since yesterday afternoon. Boooo. I knew the girls I nanny being sick would catch up to me. So I got a bowl of the soup and a Caesar salad, which I don’t get very often, but had a huge craving for it. They also have these garlicky breadstick things that are to die for. I need the recipe for those things.

After dinner we went to Wal-Mart to get some cheap wine to sneak into the movies. Keepin’ it classy. But really. Our movie theater has a bar in it and it’s like, $10 for a beer. That is insane. I will be drinking my $4 Barefoot Cabernet, thank you very much.

We saw Safe Haven which I thought was absolutely phenomenal. I read the book quite a while ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that they followed the storyline perfectly. I cried through a good portion of it. That may have had to do with the mixture of cough medicine and wine though. Oops. Regardless, it was very sad but then very happy and very good. Go see it. Now.

You want to know what my gift was? That I didn’t ask for? A KEURIG. I’m pumped. And yes, I will be keeping it in my bathroom so I can make coffee in the morning without ever having to leave my bedroom. Life’s good. Any suggestions on good k-cups to buy?

Even though I was half dead by the end of the night and could barely keep my eyes open, it was a great time. Hence, no post last night. I would have been just as happy sitting at home watching a movie and ordering pizza, but it was great to go out and do/have some of our favorite things. I feel very lucky today Smile

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What are our thoughts on romantic movies?? I usually am not that big of a fan, but if I read the book and love it, you bet I’m going to go see the movie version.

Q&A

Last week I asked you guys to submit any questions that you have for me for me to answer this week. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s difficult to come up with blogging topics. It’s also difficult to think of something to write about sometimes that other people can relate to. So I figured, why not talk about what you guys want to hear? I know that I love finding out new fun facts about fellow bloggers. It makes me realize how similar I am to a lot of you and actually challenges my way of thinking. So these questions were submitted to me in the comments, via e-mail, via message, etc. I’m keeping it anonymous for the sake of well, just being anonymous. And if you have any questions, leave them in the comments or e-mail me at [email protected] and I’ll post the answers next week Smile

 

  • If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?

I have always loved cruises. My family used to go on them a lot when I was younger. I love how you literally just get to be on this big, moving boat of fun. The dinners are amazing and are “free” at the time. The entertainment is phenomenal. AND you get to go to a bunch of beautiful islands for just long enough to get a taste of it without getting bored. I have met such great people on cruises I’ve been on before. I haven’t been on a cruise since I’ve been 21 and I’ve never been on one with Luke, so that’s my next goal. Although Los Angeles in April is going to be a pretty fantastic vacation, too.

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  • If you could pick any other name for yourself, what would it be and why?

This is such a great question. I totally used to watch So Little Time with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Their names in that show were Chloe and Rylie. Ever since that I have wanted to be named Rylie. I suppose I’ll settle for naming my first baby girl that instead. You think I’m kidding, but I’m totally serious. Rylie Marie. That’s her name.

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  • What does a typical day in your life look like?

I have two different types of day pretty much: nanny day or gym day. Weekends don’t count; my weekends are all over the place haha. So here’s what a nannying day looks like:

6:00 am: wake up and do about a half hour of strength training routines

6:45 am: shower and get ready

7:30 am: leave for work

8:00 am – 5:00 pm: nanny (take the girls to school, make lunch, play, basically all the typical things you do with a 2 and 4 year old)

5:30 pm: get to the gym and workout, usually an hour or so of cardio

7:00 pm: get home, shower again (yuck), and eat dinner

8:00 pm: watch my shows, work on client training plans, and prep stuff for the next day

And here’s a gym day:

7:00 am: wake up and do about a half hour of strength training routines

8:00 am: get to the gym and check people in for the jazzercise class

8:30 am – 9:30 am: jazzercise

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: train client

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: work the desk at the gym

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: train client

6:00 pm: dinner with Luke and chill with him for the night

Of course I train clients at other random times throughout the week, but in a nutshell that’s my exhilarating life!

  • If you could have dinner with any person in the world, who would it be?

Ellen DeGeneres. No questions asked.

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  • What was your major in college?

I got my B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in event planning and a minor in business. That’s a mouthful, yeah? I actually started out as a dance major, but soon realized that there was a very slim chance I could make a career out of it. Now I’m regretting my decision, because I’m working in the health and fitness field anyway and not using my degree. Oh well, you live and you learn. But for any of you who haven’t gone to college yet, here’s my words of wisdom: DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE. That is all.

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Yup, college days. Oh boy. And yes, my hair used to be super dark!

  • How did you and Luke meet?

Ooh this is a good one! So he was actually really good friends with my best friend in high school. I had seen him all around school, but had never talked to him because I thought he was weird and annoying, haha! When we were juniors in high school, we were both at a football game and some random guy was trying to hit on me and be all over me. Luke somehow caught up on signals that I was telling this guy, “Get the hell away from me,” and he really just like walked over and grabbed my hand! It was too cute. We hung out together with our group of friends all night, and he just kissed me at the end of the night! We hung out for probably about a month after that and then started dating, and here we are Smile

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From then to now. We are such babies in the first picture!

  • What do you do in your spare time?

I’m going to be totally honest with you. I love to watch TV. It’s a problem. I also have recently started to love using my foam roller while I watch TV. I really like to blog. I read a lot of books. I research places to live. I organize. I work a lot on my laptop, on training plans, web design, researching places to live, PT jobs, etc. I spend time with my sisters. Nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary! Oh, I like to bake when I can, too Smile with tongue out

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  • Where do you live?

I live in southeast Michigan with my parents. I moved back with them after I graduated college and am definitely actively looking for my own place to live.

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Isn’t my mom beautiful?! I hope I look half as good as she does at her age.

 

There you have it! I would love to hear you answer any of the above questions in the comments below and submit something new for next week.

And I just gotta say it:

TIERRA IS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE! Open-mouthed smile

Have an amazing Tuesday!

Are you giving up anything or making any changes in your life for Lent? My goal is to get my eating habits under control. I’ll go into that in more detail later.

A Productive Sunday? What?

Usually I reserve Sundays for sleeping in, a long workout, lots of catching up on my TV shows, and not putting real pants on. Today however, was a big change.

  • I woke up at 7 a.m. and ran a 10K and showered all before I would even normally be awake.
  • I went to church and taught Sunday School for my mom, who coordinates the program at our church.

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  • I came home, did my laundry, cleaned my bathroom, and caught up on blogs.
  • I decided on a headshot for my business and started to make up a website.

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  • I made a healthy, light lunch: a whole wheat sandwich thin with 2 tbsp. PB2 and 1 tbsp. raspberry preserves, baby carrots, hummus chips, roasted red pepper hummus, and Naked green juice.

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  • I made about 40 calls to potential personal training clients and got 3 positive responses, which is actually a decently good response rate, believe it or not. I was a happy camper. That means I have 4 clients this week, and it’s only my second week! That makes me very excited.
  • I got my new business cards in the mail! I made a list of all the places I can take them to. They include my blog address, my twitters, my personal number, my gym number, my credentials, and a brief tagline. I love them. They’re super cute. I got them from VistaPrint for 250 for only $10! SUCH a good deal. I paid a little extra to get color on both the front and the back.

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  • I helped my younger sister make one of those crayon melty art things that are all over Pinterest.
  • Currently I’m working on my website and am planning on writing a couple of letters to friends in other states tonight. And of course watching The Grammy’s and The Walking Dead. FINALLY!

 

P.S. Here’s a picture of Luke and I from the hockey game yesterday. I obviously need to buy it online in order to get that “proof” off. I’m still trying to decide if I want to, since I think it’s actually a pretty good picture.

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I have an extremely busy week coming up, so I’m trying to catch up on everything I possibly can today. I’m planning on organizing all my recipes and workouts tonight during my TV shows. Go check out this post to find out why! If I sound like a hot mess on here this week, that’s probably because I am. I’m already trying to mentally prepare myself for this upcoming week. Ugh.

 

How was your Sunday? What was the most productive thing you did?