Life lessons….

  • Nothing good ever happens after 10 p.m.

  • You should never see how low you can let your gas tank get before refilling it, because you will run out of gas on the side of the road and not think it’s very funny until a long time later.
  • Go to a lot of concerts.

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  • If you’re ever sad, watch Bridesmaids and life will get significantly better.

  • If there is a snow storm coming and you are in college, make sure you at least have all the ingredients to make cookies. Otherwise you will be stuck in your apartment for 3 days with sugar cookies made with water instead of eggs.
  • Don’t try something on in a dressing room that might be too small for you. The attendant will have to come help you take it off, and that’s super embarrassing.

  • People who have accents typically don’t think it’s funny when you try to imitate their voice. Fun fact. Whenever I’ve met people that don’t live from Michigan, they tell me I have an accent. I beg to differ.
  • If you are still in school, you should go to your professor’s office hours. They kind of love you then and usually give you a snack when you go visit.
  • Don’t get on a treadmill right next to someone else if there are other ones open. That is creepy and weird and sets you up for an extremely awkward workout.

  • Starbucks coffee really is the best.

  • Going to Disneyworld is not a vacation. It is a heck of a lot of work.

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  • You should never pet a cat and then rub your eyes.

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  • Watch this every time before you go out.
  • Never get stuck behind a school bus.
  • If you have long hair and you run outside, make sure you always bring an extra hair tie, because if one breaks you have to run with your sweaty hair sticking to your face and your back and you look like a stuck-up fool.
  • Life is awkward. Get used to it.

And now you’re ready to go face the world. Bye.

Give me your best life lesson.

Things I learned since graduating college.

  • You will have a million different jobs in your lifetime, and you will probably hate all of them in one way or another until you find what’s perfect for you. You haven’t found your ideal career path until you are excited to get up each and every day and go to “work.” Except it won’t be like work since it is your passion and your life.

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  • It’s okay to not be busy all the time. You worked your ass off for 16 years throughout elementary school, high school, and college. It will be interesting to watch TV at night without having homework or studying to accompany it, but that’s okay. You’ll get used to it. You’ll turn to looking up pictures of cats online instead.

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  • You will meet a lot of people you don’t like, but have to get along with anyway. You’re going to have to learn to be patient and take a breath so you don’t flip out at all the ignorance in the real world. But then over time you’ll realize that everyone is different and you should just be nice and that is that.

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  • Even if you move home after graduation, you are not the same person you were in high school. You will see things in a different light and think of all the high-schoolers as children. It is weird to look at your hometown through different eyes, but not necessarily bad weird. Just different.

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  • You will have a really tough time learning how to balance work and your personal life. Maybe you will make it work, and maybe you won’t. Maybe you will lose some friends, and maybe you will make new ones. You will do a lot of thinking about what you really want in life and that will eliminate a lot of people from your life that aren’t on the same page as you.

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  • You will be really confused. Like, all the time.

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  • You will change your mind every 3 seconds on average.

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  • You will feel like you should grow up and get married and have kids and the end, but then you will realize that you just want to play for a few more years and enjoy the simplicity while you still can.

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  • Vacations will be your best friend.

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  • It is okay if you start to watch the news and drink black coffee and listen to podcasts and go to bed by 9 p.m. It just means that you’re becoming a boring adult. No big deal.

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  • You will cringe whenever you see someone on Facebook post about finals or studying. Your heart will break for them, because you know how bad it sucks.

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Okay, so maybe these are just things that apply to me, but I can’t be the only person that feels this way!

What is something you have learned since graduating college?

Learning About Myself

Alright, I have a lot to say so bear with me tonight. This is something I’ve wanted to write about for a while now, but never really knew how to say it. Want to know what changed my mind? Watching Dance Moms. I kid you not. I was watching the new episode last night when Abby said, “I can’t handle it. I’m a control freak.” I thought in my head, “Hmm, you and me both Abby Lee Miller.” Obviously in different ways, but control is one of the scariest things to lose (in my opinion at least). When you’re so used to things a certain way for an extended period of time and then everything changes when you blink, things become a little bit tough. I’ll give you a little bit of background information so you know where I’m coming from.

  • Getting all “A’s” throughout school. Control.
  • Competing in dance until the end of high school. Control.
  • Working since the age of 15. Control.
  • Participating in every possible activity I could at college. Control.
  • Developing intense workout schedules for myself and freaking out if I can’t stick to them. Control.
  • Getting into counting calories. Control.
  • Making intense to-do lists of every little thing every single day of my life. Control.
  • Having a really tough time spending money. Control.

These are all things I’ve experienced in the past. Now that I’m graduated completely from school and trying to figure out my life, I’ve lost control on a lot of these issues. I don’t have classes to get “A’s” in. I’m too old for dance. I still work, but that’s expected of someone my age now. I can’t seem to follow my workout schedules because of health issues and extra work coming up. I’m so stressed that my food choices suck. I’m learning that I have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on things now. I still make the to-do lists, but it’s a headache to follow them. And that’s just a couple of things that I’ve lost control over! I’m starting to realize that a lot of my issues I’m having currently with unhappiness, stress, etc. have to do with my lack of control. I’ve been focusing so much on developing a health and fitness career for myself that I’ve forgotten to take care of myself. I can tell you what to do to lose weight, tone up, or just be healthier, but I can’t seem to follow my own advice since I “don’t have time.” That’s bullshit! I’m making excuses for myself, and I’m just starting to realize that.

Why do I continuously do the things that I know will hurt myself, both in the short and long term? It makes no sense to me, and maybe it never will, but all I do know is that I need to do something to change it or I’m going to continue down this terrible path for the rest of my life. As I’ve said on here before, I absolutely suck at making commitments and goals. So I’m going to list some lifestyle changes that I think I would really benefit from.

  • Learning to breathe. I tend to make decisions on a whim that I later regret. This can be something as small as eating a cookie or as large as committing to an event I realize I’m just not into after saying yes. If I could just literally close my eyes for 3 seconds and take a deep breath and think about if I really want what I’m about to do, I would be able to avoid a lot of bad choices.
  • Scheduling my workouts like appointments. I am the queen of excuses. I’ve fallen into this pattern of always making an excuse for myself about why I shouldn’t exercise. Lately it’s been that I think I have something more important to do on the computer, whether it’s blog related or work related. Like, really? Those things can wait. I need to take care of myself.

  • Remembering that I don’t have to do everything on my own. I have had these previous misconceptions that everything has to be done my way and exactly how it “should be.” I’ve recently been trying to let Luke do things for me (us), but it’s been really tough. I know he’s fully capable, but I’m just not used to it yet. Sorry babe.
  • Saying no. Chalene Johnson says a good response is, “Thank you so much for thinking of me. I’ll check my schedule and get back with you.” I fully agree with that statement. Perfect. Now if only I could remember it when the opportunity arises.

Above all, I think it’s most important for me to remember that I do not have to control everything. It’s okay for me to let some things go, but I really do need to get some control back over certain areas of my life. It’s not okay to let myself eat junk food all the time just because it’s “easy.” It’s not okay to spend all my time on the computer doing work that doesn’t really need to be done. I need to learn how to spend my time wisely and how to do things that are beneficial and are helping me towards a healthier, happier lifestyle.

I’m not one of those bloggers that has a life-changing statement that will totally turn your perspective on your own attitude. Sorry. All I can do is share what you what I’ve currently been struggling with and hope that it’s something you can relate to if you’re dealing with something similar. A lot of my friends and family think I have it all put together. No, you are wrong. I do not. I am a mess. We all are in one way or another! We just have to remember that we all have our own battles and if the world just learns to be a little bit nicer place, we can help each other through them and live happily ever after <3

Weekend Recap + A Realization

Even though I’ve had a super hectic week/weekend, I’ve managed to do some legitimately fun things that I haven’t done in a while. Here’s what my weekend consisted of:

Friday

  • workout (2.5 mile run + 1 hour jazzercise class)
  • Whole Foods meet-up with a representative from a local magazine (and my mom’s old friend from high school!) that I’m going to be working with, followed up by some grocery shopping
  • date night with Luke, including Mongolian BBQ (with a coupon, oh yeah) and some Harry Potter puzzle time; We. Are. WILD.

Saturday

  • sleeping in a bit!
  • no workout, but tons of stretching and foam rolling while listening to my Jillian Michaels podcast of course
  • cleaning, blog work, and some prep for the upcoming week
  • lunch date with Caterina, a local health & fitness friend!
  • PT at the gym
  • coffee date with an old friend
  • taking the girls I babysit out to CPK for dinner and to see Oz

Their quinoa and arugula salad is phenomenal. Go get it immediately please and thank you.

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Okay, I have also come to a very important conclusion over the past couple of days: I enjoy my life so much more when I have people involved in it. Over the past few years I have developed this horrid habit of isolation. I tend to use any free moment I have for myself. Yes, this gives me peace and allows me to play catch-up on my life, but am I really happy and fulfilled by that? No; not at all. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones this weekend has totally confirmed how much I miss being a social person. Struggles with body issues, stress about huge changes in my life, many different jobs, and graduating college caused me to lose touch with a lot of people and just not have a ton of motivation to meet new ones. I need to bottle up this feeling and remember it for the next time I want to just lock myself in my room with some wine and reality TV (although that is exactly what I will be doing Monday night for the 3-hour Bachelor season finale).

Another thing I have realized: I suck at making commitments. Giving up junk food for Lent? Oops. Training hardcore and eating clean for a bikini competition in June? Whoops. Saying no to people? My bad. I always tend to fail when I make a goal for myself like that. Want to know when I succeed? When I just let things happen and play out as they should. Why am I trying so hard to set out for a path for my life, when the universe almost always tends to want to take me in a different direction? I need to learn to let it go and let things happen as they should. Am I still trying to limit the crap I eat during Lent to practice deprivation? Yes I sure am. Am I still planning on competing in some sort of fitness competition this summer? Yes I am, just on a smaller, local scale. Am I saying no to people? No; still working on that one. My new commitment is to stop making commitments. Let it go Allison.

Last thing I learned: Health and fitness is the field I am supposed to be in. It tends to be all I ever really want to talk about and one of the only things that I am actually knowledgeable about. I want to help people get healthy and love their lives, including myself. I want to spend all my free time working on my profession, seeking knowledge, and developing my own business. So why don’t I do these things? Well, I am going to. Screw what other people “think” I should do or “say” is the right direction for me to take. I just don’t care anymore. I’m doing what I want to do and trusting that God will take care of the rest. That’s the end of that.

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What a fun, yet productive and eye-opening weekend! I am so glad that I kinda put myself out there and actually had some fun for once, yet still focusing on stuff I need to get done and feeling like I accomplished some things that needed to be done/said. My DietBet starts today, so I’m sure you will be hearing quite a bit about that in the upcoming month, and I also go to LA exactly one month from today! Exciting things happening my friends. I am in a great mood right now and I really hope it continues through the week. Today will include teaching Sunday School, training a client, working on some local business research, putting together my Foodie Pen Pal box, and over necessities to get out of the way before the busy, busy week starts up again. Enjoy the remaining hours of your weekend loves!

What is one thing you learned this weekend?

Funny, Yet Sucky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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