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!

TurboFire & a “Different Week”

Happy Monday! For the first time in I don’t know how long, I’m excited for this week. Even though it’s super busy, I’ve got a lot to look forward to:

  • Getting a week away house-sitting, starting on Thursday
  • New Modern Family episode, FINALLY
  • Having family come into town for Easter
  • Getting a massage on Saturday
  • Starting the TurboFire! program

Let’s talk a little more about TurboFire! for a minute. Basically it was developed by Chalene Johnson and is an “intense cardio conditioning” workout that is set to high-energy dance tracks and burns a ridiculous amount of calories. Since I am now a BeachBody coach, I obviously want to try as many of their products as I can so I can accurately give recommendations to my customers! My issue is that I’m really getting back into exercise for the first time this week after 2 weeks off and I still want to keep up with yoga. My plan for now is to do 20 minutes of yoga in the morning before work and do my 50-ish minute TurboFire! workouts each evening after work. Not sure how well this will work out, but I’ve found that I need to make time to exercise in order to keep up with it. I really miss moving my body and am dying to get back into it. My other option is to take my laptop to the gym really early in the morning (like 6 a.m.) and go in the exercise room with it and do my DVD there. That could work as well! I guess I’ll just see how I’m feeling in the morning and go from there Smile

I wanted to start my new workout program yesterday, but I woke up and was still pretty darn sick.

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Instead, I made myself my first ever Shakeology with my chocolate vegan flavor. It was delicious! I simply shook it up in my blender bottle with 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk and it honstly took up a milkshake-like consistency. It was yummy and I can only imagine how much better it will be when I actually blend it together with some ice and possibly a banana!

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Now I’m all ready to start up my new program for the next 20 weeks! Here is the schedule I will be following. We will see how this goes. I’m determined to stick with it, simply because I am told exactly what to do (exercise-wise) each day. It can’t get much easier than that. Better yet is that the rest day for the TurboFire calendar is Wednesdays. That’s the day I like to go to my slow-flow yoga class; perfect!

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If you missed it, yesterday I did a post/vlog talking a little bit more about BeachBody Smile

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And of course, remember this:

“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”

What does your exercise schedule look like this week?

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.

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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!

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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)

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  • Strawberry Cheesecake quest bar (snack)

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  • 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.

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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!

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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

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What was the best thing you did this weekend?

My Favorite Snacks

Typically I post a recipe for you guys on Fridays, but I’m just not feeling it today. I’m exhausted and not feeling one bit so creative. So instead, I thought I would talk about one of my favorite things: food. I snack all. the. time. Since I don’t eat meat, I’m hungry a lot of the time, even with the extra protein I try to take it. Hence why I’m always eating. Recently, these are some of my favorite things to eat:

  • Clif bars

  • Apples

  • Hummus and carrots

  • Fruit snacks

  • Protein shakes

  • Popcorn

  • Trail mix

  • Pop chips

  • String cheese

  • Juice

I was honestly trying to sit here and think of other things I eat on a regular basis (not including meals), and that’s pretty much it. Very rarely do I eat snacks other than those things. What’s funny is that popcorn and string cheese were the only things I ate prior to about 2009. My taste buds have really changed in the last couple of years. Want to know how I know I’m getting old? Anything over a little bit of sugar makes me feel sick. Do I still eat it? Of course I do. I also feel old when I drink my large black coffee. And when my knees crack when I go up or down the stairs. And when I go to bed at 8:30. Oh well.

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Yesterday was really hard for me. I recently signed up for Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push. I would highly recommend it if any of you are interested in figuring out what the hell you want to do with your life; and it’s free! The past few days have been focusing on goals that I want to accomplish in the next year. It makes me really sad to look at my goals list and see all the wonderful things I could do if I just stopped making excuses and did them already. For some weird reason I have been feeling really bad for myself lately and I gotta snap out of that. Why would I sulk around when I could get out there in the world and make shit happen? I’m also trying really hard to stray away from the misconception that I have to do what I feel like I should. Why can’t I do what I want? Tara Stiles says, “Who made the rules?” I support that.

I really believe that things will be easier once I’m out of my parents house. It’s very difficult to do what I want without being judged, because what I want to do with my life is not “typical.” I understand how that can cause some uneasiness with my loved ones, but people have to trust me (and I have to trust myself!) that I can be successful if I really set my mind to it and dedicate some serious time.

Just so you guys kind of understand what I’m talking about, here’s the 10 goals I would most like to accomplish in the next 12 months:

  1. Open my own online health business.
  2. Start writing a health book.
  3. Have 10 steady PT clients.
  4. Meet and/or speak with Ellen DeGeneres and Jillian Michaels.
  5. Stop my crazy eating cycle.
  6. Practice yoga 1 hr./3x/week.
  7. Lose 10 pounds.
  8. *something I can’t say because I would get in trouble!*
  9. Move out of parents house.
  10. Run 1/2 marathon.

Chalene encourages you to “go crazy” on these goals. Put yourself out there and don’t make goals that are “comfortable,” so that’s exactly what I did. My problem is that I tend to forget about what I really want in the moment. My thought process goes something like this:

I want that cookie.

*eats cookie and feels like crap*

10 minutes go by

I should have some ice cream.

*eats ice cream and feels like crap*

later that night listening to a Jillian Michaels podcast…

Why on earth did I eat that stuff? I feel terrible and I don’t even like it!

Everyyyyy day. This happens to me all the time. I think I just get so caught up in what I’m doing for other people, that I forget to think about myself. I’m a personal trainer and a nutritionist; I need to live up to what I am preaching! Hopefully the rest of Chalene’s challenge will help me to get my shit together.

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Update on my Tara Stiles obsession: it’s increasing by the minute. I kind of love her.

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What is one goal you have for yourself this year?