Playing catch-up.

Happy Monday lovelies! My posts have been all over the place lately, because I haven’t really felt like talking about a lot of things, but I’m ready to talk now and catch you up with what’s been going on in my crazy mind. Bear with me here.

  • I am working with a wonderful group of 5 ladies in a fitness challenge group. We’re working together to get our bodies ready for summer, develop a new healthy lifestyle, and make some good food choices. I just adore them, and it makes me so happy day after day to hear about their progress and do what I can to help them along the way. It helps me, too, to stay accountable! Even though I might not have all the answers all the time, it’s nice to use my knowledge and experience to help other girls love their bodies and themselves.

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  • I am cutting down my nannying hours and focusing more on my personal training career. I am really lucky to have played trial-and-error with all the jobs under the sun and found what I love to do so soon. I love children and I love fitness. If I can build up my fitness career over the next few years, I will be able to train on my own time, make my own schedule, and love life. Making your own schedule is the best. I highly recommend you get a job where you can do this if possible Smile with tongue out I want to open up a fitness studio that includes child-care so moms can come and bring the kids with no problem. First though, I need money.

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  • I am still working really hard to try to get a job with Ellen! I e-mail her every day and have been making a bunch of random YouTube videos saying why I should move to California and do it. But now after going up north for the week, I honestly can’t decide if I should move up north to the country (which would probably be great for me) or to Los Angeles to have my dream career. I guess for now I have to just keep my options open and cross that bridge when the opportunity comes up. All I know is that I want to move away from where I am currently living. I need a big change.

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  • I am so super pumped for all my summer TV shows to start up. Is that lame? Yeah. Oh well; I accept that. So You Think You Can Dance, The Bachelorette, and Pretty Little Liars all start up within the next couple of weeks. I smile just thinking about it. It’s the little things.

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  • I would give just about anything to go back to college lately. I complained about it so much while I was there, but thinking back on it, I had the best time of my life. I really regret not taking some of the opportunities I had and wish I could go back and make different choices. I am not one to listen to slow music; typically I am a pop or upbeat country kinda girl, but I am all about the stuff that makes you think lately. Why? I have no idea. But if I could rewind my life 2 years and really think about the long-term consequences of my actions, I think I would have made some different decisions. Actually, I know it. So for any of you who are in college, live it up and enjoy every minute. The real world sucks at first.

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  • Ever since before I went up north, I have been craving my workouts like crazy. I go nuts if I don’t exercise, but that can be from 10 minutes to 2 hours. I just like to get my body moving and am starting to realize that when I do a ton of different exercises it keeps me from getting bored and keeps me motivated. Lately I really like long walks with my mom in the morning and yoga before bed at night. I also have been doing a lot of Tone It Up strength-training and incline runs. Then I like to throw DVD’s in there once in a while. I am all over the place.

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  • I ordered my first ever Pressed Juicery cleanse! I will be starting it on Thursday and doing a full review of just about every little detail I can think of. I understand that there are mixed reviews on juice cleanses, but I have always wanted to try one, so why the hell not? I am so excited to see what all the buzz is about. Maybe I will like it, maybe not. I want to know for myself though instead of hearing opinions from others. I tried my first juice from Pressed Juicery when I was in Los Angeles and loved it, so I’m sure the juices won’t be an issue for me. It will be not being able to have wine :x You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. I gotta stop my bad habits!

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  • I actually have plans this week with a lot of friends, and I am really excited! I am starting to put myself out there again and do what I want and not really care/think about what others say. I’m over doing what I am supposed to do. I am just freaking over it. People can judge me all they want, but I’ve always been the type of person that just wants to be happy with myself. It doesn’t necessarily matter to me what other people think of me. I feel like as long as you love yourself and treat yourself well, you’re doing something right. Or as Jillian Michaels says, “As long as you’re not a total dick, you’re doing pretty good in life.”

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  • My sisters and I bought tickets to go see the Jonas Brothers in July. Score. Now if anyone wants to take me to see Justin Timberlake, my summer would be set. Speaking of summer, I really miss summer breaks like they were in high school. It was actually a break! Now summer is just another time when you have beautiful weather, but have to go to work anyway. Cool.

Whew. That was a lot. Sorry! Hopefully you are all doing fantastic. Start this week out on the right foot. Smile

“Tough times are like physical exercise. You may not like it while you are doing it, but tomorrow you will be stronger because of it.”

A weekend away.

Hey guys! How is it going?? A bunch of random, non-important things have happened over the past few days so let me catch you up on that Smile with tongue out

Thursday

  • drove 3 hours up north with my best friend and may or may not have stopped at a wine tasting on our way

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  • went and got some delicious, local pizza with my grandma
  • got manicures!
  • workout: 1 hour power walk

Friday

  • went downtown to get lunch and go grocery shopping
  • drink wine at noon :x

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  • make a delicious dinner of sweet potato fries, asparagus, and more wine

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  • workout: 40 minute run/walk, TIU malibooty 3x

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Saturday

  • went to my aunt’s house to visit for a few hours
  • made thin crust margarita pizza for dinner
  • went out on the town (note the sarcasm) and visited a few local bars

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  • stayed up late enough to watch last week’s episode of SNL and be in bed by 11; aren’t we wild?

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  • workout: 1.5 hour walk, TIU under the sea 3x

Sunday

  • cleaned up, did laundry, and dishes

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  • made a wonderful lunch of TIU sweet potato fries, Brussels sprouts, and strawberries

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  • caught up on computer work and watched a lot of Real Housewives
  • had our own little Cinco de Mayo fest with guacamole and kale chips and some yummy drinks
  • workout: 45 minute run and 1/2 hour Tara Stiles yoga

Things are going well so far! Of course we did other random things during the days, like walk the dogs a lot, but it’s just been very relaxing and chill so far; perfect. And we still have all day today and tomorrow before we leave on Wednesday! Score. We actually have some real plans for the next few days; surprise, surprise.

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Now I just want to talk about the Tone It Up 2013 Bikini Series real quick. I am 100% head over heels obsessed with Karena and Katrina (in a non-creepy way, I swear).

They have truly changed my outlook on health and fitness for the better, and I could not be more grateful to them. Since I am a personal trainer and a nutritionist, I tend to put all my time and energy into my clients and forget about myself in the process. It is so easy for me to help other people and ignore my own needs. K & K have showed me that it is possible to do both! They have given me a phenomenal lifestyle to follow that is fun, rewarding, and one that I love to share with others. I am so lucky to have my best friend Sarah to do the bikini series with; her accountability has been fantastic!

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I am planning a trip back to California (hopefully!) in June or July, and I really, really hope I am about to go to Manhattan Beach and talk to Karena and Katrina about their business and how they stay so fantastic. Enjoy this random picture Luke took from the last time we were there, lol.

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They have really motivated me to move forward with my own online health coaching business, and I don’t think I would have made this decision if it weren’t for them. They are so darn successful and get to do what they love with their best friend for a career; does it get any better than that?! I don’t think so. They are so realistic (always post pictures drinking wine; my soul mates since it’s 2pm on a Sunday when I am writing this and I have a glass next to me) and make working out and eating healthy seem like a breeze. Which it is! I think it is sad how it is normal to eat crap and lay on the couch all day in our country. Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy and lead their ideal life. I am getting there, but need to move to California to top it off!

Ever since discovering Tone It Up in August 2012, my mindset on health has changed. I am able to provide my clients with better motivation, since I am motivated myself. I am able to crave healthy foods for the first time in my life, instead of throwing crap in my mouth just because (most of the time Smile with tongue out). I am starting to look forward to my morning runs, when running used to be hell for me. I get antsy if I sit still for too long and always look to TIU for a quick routine during commercial breaks of my favorite shows. These wonderful women have made me a happier person, and I would love to give anyone else more information if they are interested in purchasing a nutrition plan or even jumping on board with the bikini series!

And maybe the grand prize of the series will convince you to join: a trip anywhere in the entire world from Contiki Vacations for you and a friend! Is that insane or what?! What generous people! My friend Sarah and I are doing the series together and really are hoping we are able to win the trip (obviously), but at least for me, the journey to get to the end of the series is more important than any prize. I just want to be healthy and confident with my body and would love for every other woman in the world to feel the same. Thank you Karena and Katrina <3

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My friend Hannah shared this picture with me, which I thought was very appropriate for this post:

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If you won a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

What. Is. Up.

Okay, seriously, I want to know what you’re doing right now as you read this?! As I write this on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., I am drinking a beer, eating fruit snacks, and watching a documentary on Miley Cyrus. Don’t I lead an awesome life?! *note the sarcasm* And want to know my wild plans for the rest of the evening? I actually have to do something productive and pick up my prescription from the pharmacy, but after that Luke and I are getting Bagger Dave’s for dinner (hello sweet potato chips) and attempting to have a picnic outside, followed up by the new episodes of The Middle and Modern Family (FINALLY!). And then in the morning I leave to go up north with my friend Audrey for a week. SCORE. I like having a little bit of time off.

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Speaking of time off, after I get back from my little trip, my nannying schedule will be dropping down to 2 days a week, and then probably just 1 shortly after that. This will leave me with much more free time to work on my own business and building up my personal training clients. This is great, because that’s really what I want to focus on right now, but I know that I am going to feel guilty. You can bet that I am going to bust my butt on my fitness work, but it is going to seem like I am doing nothing, because I’m trying to start an online business! My main concern is that I still live with my parents, and I don’t want them to think I’m being lazy. I have learned that my business is not going to happen unless I have time to dedicate to it, which I haven’t in the recent months. I will now, but I need some advice on how to accept that! I heard a quote the other day (I think it was from Jillian Michaels) that if you are able to have some free time, take it with no doubt in your mind. Focus on what is important to you and use that time to shape the way the rest of your life is going to go. I agree. So if Ellen were to call me sometime in the next week and offer me a job, I wouldn’t be mad at all.

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Since I have had the past few days off, I have had a ton of time to play catch-up with emails, blog stuff, beach body stuff, training stuff, workout stuff, cleaning stuff, and just everything else. It has made me feel prepared to take a vacation for the first time in, ever. I did some packing yesterday. Don’t judge me that it looks like I’m leaving for a month….I swear it’s only 5 days.

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I got a great workout in:

  • Tone It Up HIIT workout (20 minutes)
  • Tone It Up bikini booty workout (12 minutes)
  • TIU random toning videos (15 minutes)
  • Tara Stiles yoga (20 minutes)

I also had a super yummy breakfast of yogurt, banana, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and the best granola in the world from Costco of course. I had some green tea and my cat on the side.

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And just for your pure enjoyment, can we just appreciate how freaking cute/beautiful my cat is? My sister actually found her in the driveway a year ago, and we kept her. And yes, her name is whitecat. No capitals. No spaces. Just whitecat.

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Then I went to the lady’s house I nanny for with my friend Nikki (and their other nanny!) to clean out the playroom. Seriously, tell me what a damn good job we did. We were proud.

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So what did I learn yesterday……

  1. I want to be Hannah Montana in my next life.
  2. Beer on a hot day is the best.
  3. I really like fruit snacks, like way too much.
  4. I think about Ellen way too much.
  5. My sisters are funny.
  6. Michigan drivers suck.
  7. I really like my new iPhone.
  8. My cat is the bomb.com.
  9. Loose clothes are the best.
  10. I wish I could ride my bike everywhere.

Beneficial lessons kids. Take notes.

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What is one thing you learned yesterday?

The Happiness Project: May!

I fully understand that everyone is going to be saying this today, but can you believe it’s already May?! I can still remember New Years Eve so vividly, that it pretty much seems impossible. Was I blogging at the very beginning of January? I’m not sure; I can’t remember. If not, I should probably tell you guys about my New Years because it was pretty darn good for the first time in my life. Anyway, back to May!

I’ve talked on here before that I’m reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin throughout the year. It’s about one woman taking a year of her life to find happiness. Sounds like a simple task, but she puts so much thought and effort and time into it; it is super admirable! The month of May is all about “being serious about play.” She says her four main goals for the month are to:

  • find more fun
  • take time to be silly
  • go off the path
  • start a collection

I am all about that! I have already been trying to loosen up a little (lot) bit in recent months, so this is another great incentive. Something important I took away from this chapter is, “just because something was fun for someone else didn’t mean it was fun for me.” Great point. Why do I have to do something just because everyone else is doing it if I hate it? I need to stop being such a people-pleaser!

I also learned how important it is to share my happiness with others. Gretchen says, “Studies show that each common interest between people boosts the chances of a lasting relationship and also brings about a 2 percent increase in life satisfaction. Group membership makes people feel closer and brings a significant boost in personal confidence and happiness.” I tend to keep to myself and find happy things to do on my own. Why not try to share them with others a little bit instead of locking myself in my room all day long?

She also talks about 3 types of fun: challenging fun, accommodating fun, and relaxing fun. This part was really interesting to me. Challenging fun is something that requires preparation, but has the greatest reward. Accommodating fun is something you primarily do for someone else, yet you end up enjoying and feel great about. Relaxing fun is something that requires minimal to no thought and is simply enjoyed for the heck of it. Here are my biggest examples of the 3 types of fun:

  • Challenging fun: exercising, writing, cooking
  • Accommodating fun: playing outside with kids
  • Relaxing fun: reading, watching TV, checking social media

There are obviously many other things I like to do for fun that I can’t necessarily decide which category they fit into, such as:

  • promoting/working on my business
  • meeting up with friends to talk
  • seeking education on health and fitness
  • cleaning/organizing (yeah, I’m nuts)
  • traveling

Is it sad that I can’t really think of other things I love to do right now? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows! I’m not going to push it. I’m trying to have that “whatever happens, happens” attitude about life until my goal of working for Ellen happens Smile with tongue out

One thing I do know is that I am super happy after a workout and when I can see payoff in my physical body and energy levels. Especially the Tone It Up workouts. I also know it makes me very happy to work online on my blog, my social media accounts, writing letters to Ellen, and other small tasks that may not be noticeable now, but will have a huge pay-off if I can be consistent with them. Consistency is key with me! Ew, I did not mean for that to rhyme like that. Sorry.

So yeah. That’s that. I don’t know how to end this post, because I am running late and gotta go! Have a great first day of May! Also, I am starting up a fitness challenge group via facebook on May 10 if anybody wants more details…. Smile

What makes you the happiest?

Monday recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tone It Up 2013 Bikini Series

I just have to share how excited I am for this!

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Since I discovered these girls back in July 2012, I have only grown to love them more and more with everything they continue to produce. They are so dedicated to what they do and are getting to live their passion; everyone’s dream, right? They are extremely good at what they do and work really hard at making women feel comfortable with their bodies and have a fun journey along the way. Yesterday they launched their 3rd annual Bikini Series, and you better believe I signed up immediately!

Basically what it involves is signing up via their website, following what they say to do each day for exercise, eating “lean, clean, and green,” and checking in on social networks to keep yourself accountable and win prizes. This is a huge form of motivation for me. Since I am a personal trainer and work with quite a few different people, the last thing I want to do is make up a fitness plan for myself, too. I would much rather have someone tell me what to do! Check out their website for more information if you are interested, or submit your question in the comments below Smile

Last year the grand prize winners of the challenge got a trip to California to hang out with Karena and Katrina! I swear you guys, if that is the prize again, I will win. They are basically leading my dream life. If I was doing this whole fitness thing for The Ellen Show, it would be my exact dream life. I am not a big competitor at all; I can usually care less if I win a prize, find some money on the ground, or am given a present. I’m just not a huge stuff fan! But this would be something that I know would be great for me, so fingers crossed it’s an option! I know I could learn a ton from Karena and Katrina and want to thank them for everything they have given me in the past few months. I am determined to really get on board with the program this time. No more giving up!

A big part of the first day is also to journal intentions for the next 8 weeks that the series will run. By June 21 I will:

  • Buy a bikini that I am completely comfortable in
  • Tone up my arms that have lost some muscle in the past few months
  • Get rid of the extra weight in my stomach that has also come on in the last few months
  • Be happy in my body and not make excuses to constantly stay home because of it
  • Work out 6 days a week/1 hr. a day
  • Focus on eating whole foods and less of the packaged crap
  • Have made progress towards living in California/working for Ellen!

For any of my other health and fitness professionals out there, you know how easy it is to get so involved in your clients that you forget about taking care of yourself. I have definitely fallen into that rut lately, and I want someone to kick me out of it! So if any of you are interested in joining this challenge/lifestyle as well, I would absolutely love that Smile 

And also, if anyone is interested in learning more about the nutrition plan these girls developed, let me know and I would be more than happy to do a post about it.

What is one goal you have for yourself to reach before summer?

Today is a good day.

All week I have been following the Tone It Up weekly workout schedule. I have also been adding in 15-20 minutes of Tara stiles yoga videos in the mornings, and I feel fantastic. There has been a lot of running (surprise, surprise!) and a lot of stretching and I haven’t even felt like my calves were going to snap in two so that is a plus. I really like the TIU workouts, because Karena & Katrina are just super fun and adorable and encourage me to keep going with the videos because they have cute abs and I do not.

When Luke and I were in California, we went to Manhattan Beach (where they live) and fell in love with it. It is such a happy, healthy area with cute people out running in the morning for us to watch while we eat our pancakes. They also have like 5 coffee shops within a one block radius which I really appreciate. Every single house they have along the beach looks significantly different, with each one more adorable than the last. I could totally see myself living there one day!

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Oh, and there was a big, buff man leading a boot camp on the beach. I think that is the cutest thing that all those moms go do their workout together and then probably go get breakfast. Ugh, so adorable.

Anyway, one of the things I really love about today is that I do not work and I actually have time to get a good workout in. And go to yoga, for the first time in probably months. Oops. And I have time to go to the post office and mail a package, even though I think the average waiting time there is 3.7 hours. I swear, I always get stuck next to the “talker” in line. You know, that person who wants to know every little detail about your life and be your best friend and then never talk to you again. I’m all about meeting new people and hearing other’s stories, but the post office line of frustration is not the time or place.

I also love that we’re getting some intense thunderstorms in Michigan today. Storms make me happy. Especially on days like today when I can just stay inside and clean and by clean I mean dance around my room and move things around and drink tea and get distracted every 5 minutes.

I also love that Luke and I are going out to dinner with my sister at P.F. Chang’s tonight! I have been craving their food for the longest time and we are finally going. Thank goodness.

I have so many happy things to say right now, but I’m writing this on Thursday night and I obviously need to go watch Glee, because that is what is important right now. Bye!

What is the best thing about your day today?

A lot of food and a lot of goals

Are you surprised that on a Monday morning I woke up an hour and a half after I intended to? Me either. Instead of working out, I played with my cat.

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And on Sunday instead of working out I painted my nails. Noticing a pattern here?

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I’ve kinda fallen out of the exercise thing. Ever since I was told to take a break, I just decided to take a really long break. That’s okay. After I get back from LA, I will be back at it at 5:30 every morning. Maybe. Don’t take that too seriously.

Yesterday was a good time. I had maple pecan oatmeal with a diced apple and cinnamon. I did not take a picture, because I was running late. Surprise surprise. My 2 year-old lined up our shoes like this and it almost made me cry because it was so cute.

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Then we had a delicious lunch for those with very mature taste buds of green beans, apple slices, and a grilled cheese, dipped in ketchup of course.

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After that we played inside and watched lots of Backyardigans because it was raining and who likes rain if you have to be outside in it? Not me. Rain to me means stay inside, read a book, and drink some tea. Or if you’re with kids, watch Nick Jr, have some fruit snacks, and twirl around in circles. Speaking of snacks, I had a lot yesterday. Like, a lot. I could not stop eating. It was all that petting the cat that worked up my appetite.

After nannying I went to the gym to train one of my clients that I absolutely adore. She is cute as a button and becoming strong as a fox. I feel like that’s not the right animal for that saying. Correct me if I’m wrong. I was starving when I got home, so I shoveled in my mouth the first thing I could grab. That was a Chobani bite, using a banana as a spoon, and a ridiculous amount of barbeque pop chips. Gosh, I eat like a child. I do not think that will ever change.

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My stomach has been hurting me the last few nights, so I decided to stop it before it starts and have some of my all time favorite saltine crackers. And no, I am not kidding. These are the bomb.

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Now for the really important part of this post. I bet you all want to know what my goals for my LA trip are. Settle in.

  1. Meet Ellen DeGeneres and give her the biggest hug in the whole wide world and try not to get tears on her shirt.
  2. Not sing “I hopped off the plane at LAX…” when I hop off the plane at LAX. And yes, I will hop. Ask Luke. He will be able to support that statement.
  3. Drink at least 4 glasses of wine every day.
  4. Take a picture in front of the Hollywood sign.
  5. Kiss Ellen’s star on the walk of fame. Who are other cool celebrities who’s stars I should kiss? Or maybe just see. I’m not hip enough to know most of those people, so help a sister out.
  6. Eat a really good meal every night. And go to brunch at least once. We love brunch and mimosas.
  7. Play a game in the airport during our 4 hour layover on the way home. Scavenger hunt maybe?
  8. Go to Disneyland.
  9. Learn to surf.
  10. Take a Pilates class with Miley Cyrus.
  11. Workout with Jillian Michaels.
  12. Run into Chelsea Handler at a bar and play pranks with her all night.
  13. Meet Justin Bieber so I can take him home to marry my sister.
  14. Meet Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up and be jealous of their awesome hair and bodies.
  15. People watch. A lot.
  16. Go to Café Gratitude, Pressed Juicery, Urth Café, The Ivy, Sprinkles, and Cheesecake Factory. I know, I know. I am SO original and not touristy at all. I think all we’re going to be doing this trip is eating.
  17. Have Ellen love me so much in her audience on Wednesday that she invites us back Thursday and Friday, too.
  18. Have Ellen ask me to work for her so I never have to come home.
  19. Win the lottery while I’m there.
  20. Do what Luke wants to do, too! We’ll fit in in somehow. I have faith. No sleep and lots of sugar is the secret. We have a large stash of gummy bears to pop as soon as we start to feel tired. No rest allowed.

You think I can do it?? Babe, we have a lot to pack into 3 days. Get ready. Carb-load now so you’re prepared. I am already planning on drinking more coffee than I ever have in my life on Wednesday morning and only stopped to switch it with wine until we come home on Saturday. Maybe if I send Ellen my list she can help me. I think I will.

ONE MORE SLEEP!! Smile <3

What’s the most fun thing you’ve ever done in your life?

Mine was seeing Ellen the first time. I hope the second time tops it!

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Coffee or wine?

I cannot choose. I just can’t. Give me your input!

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?

Just Like Jello & An Itty Bitty Announcement….

I have a lot to say, but I’m just not sure how to say it yet. Good things though! So until I figure that out, I’m going lighthearted and sticking with a good old-fashioned survey. However, I’m making this one up myself, so I would just adore it if you did it on your blog as well! This one’s an original.

Allison’s Every Little Facet of Health and Life and Stuff Survey Smile

  1. If you could only do one specific type of exercise for the rest of your life what would it be and why? Mine would for sure be yoga. I pick this because I love how toned it makes me feel and look without high-impact movements. I always feel loose, calm, and on my own little “high” when I finish a session.
  2. Approximately how many times a day do you believe you think about your body and/or your health? A million and a thousand and one. Let’s make a movement to stop these silly little thoughts.
  3. What is one food you wish you liked, but you really just don’t? Eggs. I can handle them in baked goods, but no way on their own or in an omelet. The thought just gives me shivers. I don’t know why. I also sometimes wish I liked meat. It makes me feel sick to tell you the truth. Hence, being a vegetarian. These ones are pretty though!
  4. Who has been the biggest help to you throughout your life? My mom, 100%. She has talked me out of some crazy stuff many, many times. When I was having a really rough semester in college, she listened to me cry and throw fits like a 5 year old on a regular basis. She always writes me the sweetest cards and notes and I know that she only really wants me to be happy. She’s also pretty darn cute. SAM_0484
  5. Tell one thing that makes you different from everyone else in the blog world. I was a competitive dancer until I was 17 years old and then actually started out as a dance major in college. I also clearly remember the moment when my eating habits changed (for the worse) for me. I feel like that’s pretty rare. Maybe I’ll write about that one day.
  6. In your opinion, which celebrity (or real-life person!) has the best freaking body in the world? I pick two. Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up.
  7. What time do you typically go to bed and wake up? I get in bed around 10 pm. I fall asleep around midnight. I wake up anywhere between 5:30 am and 7:30 am, usually closer to 5:30. Yuck.
  8. Favorite “healthy” drink? Favorite “unhealthy” drink? Healthy has gotta be water with a ton of lemon. Unhealthy is most definitely a mini-beer shot.
  9. Does your family support and/or agree with your healthy (or any other lifestyle) living habits? Not so much. I oftentimes get made fun of for measuring out portion sizes or buying almond milk instead of using my family’s whole milk that I truly just don’t like. My at-home workouts and extended time at the gym (even though I’m usually training clients) are also ways for them to laugh at me. I feel like they’ve gotten better lately, but sometimes it really just sucks. Everyone deserves to lead the life they want to live without being chastised and reprimanded for it.
  10. Who is one person you could reach out to today that could probably use some encouragement? I’m going to go ahead and say one of my best friends Erica. She just got accepted into the Disney college program (yay, congratulations!) and is graduating college within the month, so she’s got some crazy weeks coming up ahead. I also know she’s reading this and will love the shout out…. Smile with tongue out 10
  11. What is the happiest thing that happened to you today? I had an amazing, amazing, amazing TurboFire! workout! It’s been a long time since my legs felt so much like Jell-O. I love it. That is an intense program my friends. I thought I was in pretty darn good shape, but it’s freaking hard. I sweat. A lot. Before and after: turbo1turbo2
  12. Do you ever push health and fitness on family members, friends, co-workers, etc.? No. Not unless they ask. I feel that is someone’s personal choice and it gets really annoying when someone tries to preach something to you that you really just don’t want to freaking hear.
  13. Are you an indoor or outdoor person? Favorite activity? I am an indoor person, mainly because the weather where I live is so darn crappy. My favorite indoor activity is to do some yoga on a rainy day, drink some coffee, and read an awesome book. I am WILD. If I lived elsewhere (like LA….) I would be a total outdoor girl. Biking and walking on the beach would be at the top of my list.
  14. Do you plan ahead what you’re going to eat later that day? I totally do. Before I fall asleep at night, I typically make a list in my head of what I will be eating the next day. It’s boring, so it helps me fall asleep! For example, tomorrow I will have my Shakeology for breakfast, an apple mid-morning, hibachi house for lunch (grilled teriyaki veggies, Chinese soup and salad, and probably some yummy noodles), protein bar mid-afternoon, and Mediterranean veggie sandwich with a pickle and chips from Panera for dinner. At least that’s what I’m planning on. We’ll see how that goes. Check up on me tomorrow?
  15. What is one thought in your head right now? I am absolutely exhausted and can’t wait to close my eyes for 7 hours.

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In other news, I am officially moving out of my house. With Luke. June 20. More to come……. Smile

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