Welcome to my life.

Not that you all probably care about my super fascinating, exciting (note the sarcasm) life, but I figured I would share some pictures that describe me pretty perfectly right now.

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Story of my life. I know it’s mean, but there are just some people that you are like, “Nope.”

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I very rarely paint my nails, just because it gets chipped in 3 seconds, but if I did, this is the color they would constantly be.

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If anyone can tell me where to find these shoes, I will be forever in debt to you. I may even buy you a pair in thanks.

Doing yoga. Lots and lots of yoga. Except I don’t look like that. I look more like an awkward cat.

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Eating as many veggie bowls from Chipotle as humanly possible.

Watching this video. Oh my goodness gracious. Get ready to pee your pants.

Playing Candy Crush. WHY DID NOBODY WARN ME NOT TO GET THIS?!

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Re-living this moment over and over. Today my mom told me I need to differentiate the fine line between persistence and annoyance. From here on out, I am vowing to be the most persistent person ever that wants to get a job with Ellen, and if I’m being annoying please come over and slap me. Would re-enacting that video from above be awesome or creepy? Awesome I hope, since now that the idea has popped in my head it’s all I basically want to do with my life.

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Wearing the coolest shirt in the whole freaking world that my awesome friend Tara made for me. She has one, too. They say “I want to work for Ellen.” YES YES YES.

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Hanging out with my girls and getting really excited when they will wear matching outfits. I wish it was acceptable to match my friends. That would be cool.

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Eating delicious food. This is muesli from Costco (the holy land in my opinion) with banana. Uh, yum. I basically want to live in California because they have delicious, healthy food like this everyone. And wine. They have great wine.

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Chilling with my sassy cat who gets really pissed when I stop petting her.

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Watching a lot of Ellen and wondering where I can get that wine purse.

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Finding this awesome frog outside and getting more excited than the kids.

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Rocking my Ellen sunglasses and being really awkward taking pictures on the way to work with my giant forehead.

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Loving this picture and this day!

Sorry my posts have been a little random and all over the place lately. I have been super busy this week, but all that will slow down because I have 2 weeks off nannying now! Still working at the gym, but I get a little vacation up north which is very exciting. See ya’ll tomorrow!

What’s going on in your life right now?

Seeing something else.

Have you guys ever been somewhere other than where you live and been really sad to leave and go back home? Sure, I’ve had that feeling with beautiful vacations to the Caribbean, but typically I am excited to get back home and to my normal life. But that’s exactly what my life has become: normal. I am beyond bored with it and feel like I have so much more potential and capabilities than what I am currently using. It is the same thing, day after day, and I am not accomplishing anything productive in terms of pursuing a REAL life for myself. I adore the girls I nanny  more than words can describe. Training clients gives me joy. But I need more. I need to be happy in my personal life, not just in my professional life.

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Traveling to California made me realize how much more is out there in the world for me to experience. I have always lived in Michigan; this is all I know. I have an amazing family, job, friends, and everything else here, but it’s just not enough for me right now. Ever since I was young I have thought California was the place for me, and ever since I started watching Ellen it has been a dream of mine to work for her. So who says my dreams can’t come true? It happens for people every single day, and I know if I really put my mind to it I can make it happen for myself as well.

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Here’s the reasons I want to live in southern California:

  • warm, mild weather
  • emphasis on health and fitness
  • beach nearby
  • entertainment industry
  • things to do other than sit on the couch and watch TV
  • ability to walk a lot of places
  • people are very accepting of those with differences (or at least seem to be!)
  • opportunities everywhere

Here’s the reasons I want to work at The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

  • I have been to the show twice, and it is truly the happiest place I have ever been. I have not smiled so much in my entire life as I did in those two hours.
  • Ellen is the kindest, most generous person I know. She makes it her mission every day to help people and make them smile, and I cannot think of a better person to work with and learn from.
  • Her staff is just phenomenal! I could be a mini-Jeannie or even her assistant!
  • I would be so honored to have the opportunity to learn so much from such an experienced team. I want to work for a company (and for people) that have great values and focus on spreading love in the world.
  • It is just freaking fun. People are always smiling (except me when I cry, but I swear I would be able to hold it together) and laughing and just straight up loving life.
  • Ellen gives cocktails to her guests.
  • Everyone really seems to like each other, which is rare in a workplace.
  • She has such a beautiful relationship with Portia and has a ton of life experience to teach young, dumb people like me about.
  • I just love Ellen and feel like we would be friends if I could not be so damn emotional the one opportunity I get. The end.

I could go on about this topic for days, but I don’t want to bore you guys. The main point is that I am going to dedicate myself to getting a job at the Ellen show. I am going to start researching places to live in California for if my dream becomes a reality and really watching the money I spend so I can be prepared if I am offered the opportunity. I would be such a hard, dedicated worker and want to prove that to her! I know this is kind of out there, but it is extremely important to me that I am happy and do something meaningful with my life. Ellen can help me do that, and in turn I can help her and repay her for being so kind and wonderful to me and everyone else throughout her whole life. I want to help others and make their lives happy beyond belief, mine included. <3

What is your dream job?

More Los Angeles recaps!

Before I say anything, I just want to share how sad I am by the events in Boston yesterday. There needs to be more love in the world. <3

Thank you so much for all the love and support on my post yesterday! You guys are seriously the best. If I could, I would talk about that all day, every day, but I won’t do that because I’m sure I would get annoying really fast. So for now, I’ll just tell you about the rest of my trip Smile

Thursday

On Thursday morning we woke up fairly early and headed to Rodeo Drive to do some shopping. We went to Urth Caffe for breakfast where I had some of the most delicious things I’ve had in my entire life: homemade granola with plain yogurt, some berry thing, and mint and a green “bubble tea” blended drink with fresh coconut. Oh my goodness. Amazing.

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After that we started on our day of 27,000 steps. Yeah, we walked a lot. We wandered around Rodeo Drive for a while, window shopping at things we would never be able to afford. We stumbled upon a Pressed Juicery, where I got their “greens 3” drink, which was phenomenal. Luke did some major shopping, but I didn’t buy anything. I was still too worked up from the previous day! Right at noon (3pm Michigan time when Ellen airs) my phone started ringing and buzzing off the hook with people who were watching the show. When the lady I nanny for texted the video, I started crying again right there in the middle of the day in front of everyone. I just wanted to live that moment all over again! We ended up watching the video with the owner of a sunglasses boutique on Rodeo Drive, and she was just about the sweetest woman I have ever met in my life. She gave me her card and told me to get in contact with her if I ever end up back in Los Angeles, which I absolutely will!

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After I finally calmed myself down, we decided to head over to Hollywood Boulevard for a while. I kid you not, we stayed for approximately 10 minutes, because it was so trashy. I never want to go back there again. All I wanted to do was see Ellen’s star, but we couldn’t even make it that far because there were people everywhere trying to sell us stuff and a man yelling that he was going to kill people. So needless to say, we left. We drove around for a little bit and then ended up at Café Gratitude for lunch. Once again, an amazing restaurant! Check out their website for sure. I got the “I am Magical,” which is a “homemade veggie burger on an organic whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and spicy chipotle ketchup.” Um, wow. That’s all I have to say. Too bad I still had no appetite and could only eat half!

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Then we wandered around Melrose Drive and decided to drive up in the hills and look at all the beautiful, big houses. My goodness gracious. If you don’t have motivation to be successful in life, just take a drive through the Hollywood hills and look at the houses and you will be inspired to do everything in your power to be a success and live there one day. It is absolutely amazing. This went on for quite a while, but I could have truly done it all day.

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We headed to The Grove to do some more shopping and have dinner. I got an adorable new outfit at Athleta (with my 30% personal trainer discount it was even better) and we went to Cheesecake Factory to eat. I had never been there and loved it! I got their chopped veggie salad and some wine. Too bad neither of us were in the mood for cheesecake…next time for sure!

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The night ended with us hitting up the Beverly Center so I could get some lip gloss and perfume from Aveda. The lady gave me some tea which was fantastic. Overall we weren’t that impressed with the mall and ended up leaving after only a little bit to go back to the hotel.

Friday

Friday was our beach day! We went to Manhattan Beach bright and early to do some shopping and see the water. We found a fantastic little family-owned pancake restaurant right by the beach and had an awesome meal outside. Then we spent some time walking around the shops and down by the water, looking at all the adorable houses. We didn’t stay nearly long enough and left to check out Santa Monica Beach. We strongly disliked it there. It was really touristy, and we wished we would have stayed at the other beach. Instead, we decided to go back downtown since we loved it so much the previous day!

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We ended up in Studio City, which is a really cool little artsy area near Hollywood. We ate at California Pizza Kitchen, which I swear is actually better in California. After some walking around there, we drove around the hills to see more of the nice houses! Apparently we hadn’t had enough the previous day. I know this sounds crazy, but I really didn’t mind the traffic in LA, because there were actually things to look at there. I actually liked being stuck up on the big hills. It was beyond beautiful.

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We were told by our waitress the previous night that we had to check out Sunset Strip, so we headed over that way for a little while. Awesome things to see…especially if you like Pretty Woman! We did some more shopping on Melrose and ended up seeing Kat Von D at Urth Caffe, who I wouldn’t have even recognized if Luke hadn’t pointed her out. We wandered around some shops and I got a super cute little gold bracelet from Marc Jacobs!

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Then the real fun began. We went to The Ivy in Los Angeles for dinner. This was easily the nicest restaurant I had ever been to in my life. If you are ever in Southern California, I highly recommend you go. Yes, it is expensive, but it is more than worth it. Most of the tiny restaurant is outside and decorated like you would your own outdoor patio (if you were rich and had really great taste). There are pillows on all the chairs and the dishes and menus look like really classy Vera Bradley prints. The drink menu was super extensive, but our awesome waiter recommended The Ivy Gimlet (vodka, fresh lime, and home grown mint) which was “oh my goodness” amazing. I had a few…… Then for my main meal I got “penne with fresh tomato sauce, imported bufala mozzarella, garden basil, and extra virgin olive oil.” My goodness gracious. It would be bad news if I lived in LA, because I would want to go there every single day I think.

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We had such great conversation with each other and even got to know the ladies sitting at the table next to us. They gave me some great suggestions for places to live in LA and were just wonderful to talk to. People in California are super nice!

Needless to say, I cried on the way back to the hotel, on the way to the airport, and on the way home. I don’t want to be back in Michigan Sad smile More on that tomorrow though…..tomorrow will be the last LA recap; promise! <3

What is the best restaurant you have ever eaten at?

The best day of my life. Ever.

I’m not even going to beat around the bush and make you wait until the end of the post. This happened:

I still do not believe it’s real. Ellen is the biggest idol and mentor I have ever had in my life, and the fact that she now at least knows my name blows my mind. I have so much more to say about this, but now I’m going to make you wait until the end to hear about that. Smile

Let’s start out with the beginning of the day on Wednesday (the day we left for L.A.)……

There was a huge thunderstorm in Michigan the night before our plane was scheduled to take off at 6:15 a.m. Denver airport was closed due to that snowstorm, and it’s safe to say I was freaking out because we had a layover in Denver. Can you imagine my level of freak-out when it was 3:00 a.m. in the morning and I got an e-mail saying our flight was delayed? And then can you imagine how much I wanted to kiss the flight attendant when we got to the airport and he said there was no more delay? After that little issue, our travel went totally smooth. There was also a really cool dude sitting next to me on the plane who was traveling the world. I totally envy how “go with the flow” he was. I was nervous about not getting to Ellen 2 hours early. Goodness, I need to get my priorities in order! So instead of being nervous, I put Senorita by Justin Timberlake on repeat on my iPod, because how can that not make you smile?

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We were in L.A. by 10:00 a.m. (with the time difference), had our rental car by 11:00, and were at the hotel changing our clothes and getting ready immediately after. We had to be at Warner Bros. Studios by 2:00 p.m. for the taping of Ellen, but of course I insisted on getting there by 12:30. Good thing, because the taping had been moved up and we were supposed to be there by 1:00! Bad news, because we were starving and only had a half hour to eat. The nice, lovely man at Warner Bros. told us about a great Italian place across the street from the studio, so we literally ran there and ordered some food and by food I mean gin. I suppose I inhaled a little bit of margherita pizza, too, but I was beyond nervous so I needed a drink!

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Then the fun began. We got back to the check-in station for Ellen and all walked into the studio together. If you watch the show (which you freaking should if you don’t), you know about the “riff-raff” room, which is where all the people who had “stand-by tickets” get to watch the show if they aren’t able to get an actual seat in the audience. This is also where the Ellen shop is! I got some awesome striped socks, Ellen underwear for myself and all my sisters, and sunglasses. Score.

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After that the cute little blonde Ellen worker (who’s job I want) took us into the studio, and I literally just broke down sobbing. I don’t think I was ever happier in my entire life, and I just couldn’t help it! We tried to take a couple pictures and talk to the people around us, but I was just so hysterical that I couldn’t calm down. About 20 minutes before the show started, they began to play music so everyone could dance and sing and all that jazz, which was an absolute blast. I was doing okay, but then the Ellen theme song started and I died. I was literally convulsing and sobbing and just wanting to run up there and hug her, but I didn’t do that because I’m not that creepy. However, apparently she saw how hysterical I was and decided to make my life by coming up and giving me a hug. I cannot even express in words how happy I was. You can actually ask Luke, because that’s all I have talked about since it happened.

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It has always been my dream to work for Ellen. I have been watching her show since it started and she continues to make me laugh day after day, even if things are bad and I just want to cry. I cannot think of any better way to repay her for what she’s done for me than by working for her and doing anything she wants! So my plan for now is to just try my hardest to convince her why I would be an amazing worker and how willing I am to relocate to California immediately! Her show is just such a happy environment, and I know I have a lot I could contribute, and I could really benefit from it, too! So if you all want to help me out and send this post to Ellen, you would be my best friends even more than you already are Smile <3 Oh, and Ellen: I promise I will be able to control myself the next time we meet.

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Okay, so that hug literally happened within the first 2 minutes of the show. It’s safe to say that I was in a complete daze the rest of the taping and really have no idea what happened. I do know at one point some guy grabbed me and had me dance in the aisle with him and I also know I was given a t-shirt “because Ellen talked to me”, which made me cry all over again when the worker told me that. I know I had an absolute blast and smiled/cried the whole time. I also know the guests were Matthew Perry, The Band Perry, Paula Patton, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who were all super adorable! I just was still in shock over what happened, so it was nice to watch the episode back when I got home and see what actually went on!

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I cried again when we had to leave the studio, surprise surprise. Luckily Luke wanted me to not cry anymore and decided to take me to Universal Studios CityWalk for dinner. We walked around for a while and then had dinner at Bubba Gump’s, where I had a delicious fruit and avocado salad. Weirdly, I had no appetite the entire trip and barely ate anything, even though I had a ton of delicious food in front of me. I was so excited and nervous and just had way too many emotions to even think about food. During dinner Jay Leno was taping right next to our table, which was pretty cool! However, I just wanted to be sitting there with Ellen and Portia having a drink, so I couldn’t even enjoy it. We did have a super cute waitress who shared in my Ellen excitement with me, which I greatly appreciated.

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We rocked out to the Band Perry CD on the way back to the hotel and were in bed by 8:30 and slept for 10 hours. We are partiers. However, the day went more perfectly than I could have ever dreamed, so thank you thank you thank you to everyone who helped to make it that way!! Including Luke, everyone at Frontier Airlines, our car rental place, the Radisson LA, everyone at Warner Bros., our cute waitress, and of course, Ellen <3 <3

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I have a ton more to tell you about our trip from Thursday & Friday (including my reaction to seeing Ellen & I on TV….although I really didn’t want it to air that much; I just wanted to hug her again and get a job), but I will save that for tomorrow since this post is already super long! So check back tomorrow for that, and thanks so much for taking time out of your busy days to read this. I missed you guys!! <3

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Tell me something I’ve missed about you from being gone the past few days!

Just a preview……

Full recap tomorrow…..bear with me!

Guest Blogger: Erica!

It’s my last day. I am probably throwing a tantrum in the airport right now about not wanting to leave and Luke is embarrassed sitting in the corner pretending like he doesn’t know me. You think I’m kidding, but I am not. I haven’t even gone on my trip yet and I know I don’t want to leave. However, I’m sure I’m very excited to recap you all on it tomorrow!

This chick is my bestest friend. And I know her in real-life, too! Yes, a friend; I know. Crazy concept. She does a really good intro of our relationship, so I’m not messing with one. Just listen to her Smile

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Hi everyone!!

So first can I say that aren’t we ALL jealous that Ally is in CALI right now!? I have always wanted to go there and sure many of you do as well! So I thought I would be a little “guest” blogger. Let me give you a little introduction here!

My name is Erica and I have been best friends with Ally ever since we were um… could poop our diapers ..basically. TMI? Sorry. We also live exactly 3 minutes away from each other and enjoy bike riding in our trails in the summertime and being obsessed with way too many TV shows. I am currently in my last semester at Grand Valley State in MI finishing my degree of Exercise Science with a Health/Fitness emphasis. I am Zumba certified and have taught this semester for my first time and LOVE it as well as teach circuit classes, train clients, etc. As you can already tell, Ally and I have lots in common since we both are in the health field!

So without further ado, here are some lovely little tips I came up with to help us along with our goals. I hope this helps you all as it does to me!

Trainer Tips #1

What have you always wanted to do? Write it down, goal set, and get to it!

“I want to be in better health”; “I want to feel better”; “I want to lose weight”; “I want to be stronger”; “I want to look better”.

Do you ever find yourself thinking or telling others any of the sayings above? Or possibly something similar to it? Why is that? Why do we constantly tell ourselves for months, even years, that we want to accomplish a specific achievement but are not able to follow through?

Goal-setting !!

1. First, think of a feasible goal that you are highly confident that you can achieve.

This should not be something that it easy for you, but also not something that entirely difficult to manage. For example, you should not pick a goal of exercising 5x/week if you never have exercised before. Likewise, you should not pick a goal of running 2 miles if you run half-marathons.

2. Make a plan.

We can say over and over again of how much we want something, but it’s not actually until we take one baby step forward that we are actually on our path of achieving it. For example, you can say over and over that you want to buy a house, but it’s not until you actually look at houses for sale that you are getting one step closer to completing your goal.

So how are you going to do this?? I challenge you to right now to think of where you would like to be with your goal. If it’s a health-related goal, start making reminders for yourself every day. Look at the calendar in a month-view and write down your goal each day so that you can actually see you are progressing and taking those baby steps. Cross those days off when you have completed your task.

3. Make yourself accountable!!

“There’s an app for everything” – Although humorous, yet basically true. Just one tech-savvy way of keeping yourself accountable, regardless of your goal.

Whether it’s drinking more water, getting to the gym more often, or increasing your energy, goal setting will get you to where you want to be. Don’t think of the big picture. Take and treasure each day as improving your health; one by one. It will become easier, but you can’t begin to achieve if you haven’t even begun!

Trainer Tips #2

Try group Exercise!

Many individuals get stuck in a rut by repeating their same workout routine over and over again. This can lead to boredom and possibly even fewer results. So why try group exercise?

1. Accountability

It’s so easy nowadays with our hectic schedules to skip the gym. It’s even easier to skip the gym when no one knows that you were even planning on going and you talk yourself out of it. Group exercise is a way to help you overcome that goal by setting a time for you that fits your schedule and sticking to it! You know the class is going to start without you, so it’s even more motivation to go!

2. Social reinforcement! AKA make some friends!

What better way is it than to surround yourself around others that have similar goals and successes that you want to achieve?? It’s extremely easy to start making “small talk” with a few participants in the classes. After going for a few classes, you expect them to be there and to catch up on the latest TV show gossip with them. If you don’t show up, you may feel as if you are letting the other person down…which helps with accountability!

3. Motivation!

Do you push yourself hard enough at the gym? Do you wish you had a personal trainer? Group exercise can act as if you do! By seeing others around you push themselves to the limit; it makes you want to be right up there with them. This helps increase your heart rate and possibly help you do things you might not have thought possible!

4. Still thinking Group Exercise isn’t for me?

Are you thinking, “Sure, that’d be great if I was coordinated- I can’t keep up with all those fast Zumba moves!” Think again. Don’t restrict yourself to just aerobics! There are offerings from yoga to pilates, aqua to cycling, and even small group training.

I challenge you today to whip out that big chunky planner of yours and to find one class a week for a month that you are able to attend (even look on weekends) and try different formats you never have had. You may find some you hate, but you may also find some you love. As the famous saying goes, “You will never know unless you give it a try!”

“The challenge, therefore, is to take pleasure in the “atmosphere of growth” in the gradual progress made toward a goal, in the present.”

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I currently am finishing up an internship now and will graduate in 3 weeks! Crazzay. THEN, I have the INCREDIBLE opportunity to partake in the Disney College Program from mid-June to January in Orlando, FL. PUMPED! I actually already did the program once and am going back down again because I want to be there for the holidays and such. I also just got interviewed for a fitness internship position there which I would be STOKED if I get, but it is super competitive. Since we are in the blog world.. here is mine! I only am going to write it in regards to Disney, so if you like Disney, feel free to subscribe! (I’ll try to be as funny as Ally, but I’m not sure if I can be). This first post I wrote was super long, but you can see all the previous posts and “secrets” from last program I did. Enjoy!

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She’s much funnier than I am, so don’t let her try to convince you she’s not. I know I will be reading every post she writes from Disney and being insanely jealous every day. I love her. Don’t you?? See ya tomorrow with hopefully some good news! Smile

Guest Blogger: Thien!

It’s Friiiiday, Friiiiday, gotta get down on Friday. I had to. I just had to. I’m in LA and I’m sure I’m having a blast even though I’m writing this in Michigan on Monday. Hopefully today we’re going to the beach, but if it’s not nice enough we’re going to Disneyland because we’re cool and never want to grow up. Or maybe shopping again if I’m not broke yet. Or maybe trying to climb up the Hollywood sign like Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake do it Friends With Benefits. So many options.

My next guest blogger is my new internet friend, Thien! She is super sweet and super smart and has taught me so much in just the short while I’ve know her! Enjoy her better writing and grammar than mine Smile 

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Hi! I’m glad to be able to reach out to all of you guys on Allison’s blog so I thank her for the opportunity! Here’s the rundown for this post: an introduction to me and what I really hope you read – tips for what to eat/drink after a workout.

My name is Thien. It’s pronounced pretty much like the number “10” if you’re wondering. Here’s an introduction to who I am and all that fun stuff…

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  • Lived in OKC since I was a wee one and I’m a ride or die Midwestern girl – even though I just moved away recently.
  • Moved to MA for graduate school last fall.
  • I live with my better half and we’re trying to get used to life in the Northeast. The absence of fried chicken, sweet tea, and cheap meat is starting to get to us. We might riot soon.
  • Now that I’m out on my own and actually have to cook for the both of us, I’m a lot more conscious about what we’re putting into our bodies. I really enjoy learning more about nutrition and what a balanced diet really is about. Learning to cook and to prepare wholesome meals has been very challenging but extremely rewarding.
  • Also on the notion of having moved away for school, I left all my friends and my old life behind. I left behind all of my old hobbies. Can’t ballroom dance now because Mr. Man has to work all the time. Can’t sail now because I don’t know the community. Can’t just go hang out with a friend because I still don’t know my classmates. Stuff like that. So my life outside of schoolwork became more about keeping myself busy indoors and being pretty sedentary. This was when I decided that I needed to engage myself in a lifestyle that didn’t require other people. I needed to work on being active because it depressed me to read about sedentary lifestyle studies for school and know that I was one of the statistics. This woke me up and I knew I had to make a change. Enter: P90X. I’ve picked up C25K recently and I love having something to work towards.
  • With all of this stuff going on – exploring my new life away from home, nutrition commitments, and fitness goals – I had to have a way to document it for my own purposes and to share it all with everyone back home. This is where my blog comes in. Smile
  • Thien’s New Adventures. Yes. Check that stuff out. I heard the chick that runs it is pretty cool. (Sidenote from Allison: she is.)

In my blog creeping researching, I found Allison’s blog and was like, “Yes! She does Beachbody stuff too!” All of the other Beachbody blogs I had found were macho dudes writing about their weights and stuff for P90X and I did not give a crap. You can imagine my excitement when I saw that she had become a Beachbody coach. Anyways, I say all of this because you’ve probably seen Beachbody related stuff on her blog and I have to admit that I preach Beachody too! There’s something for everyone. I don’t do TurboFire like she does, but I’m a fan of the community and the products.

So to finally get to what I really wanted to talk to you guys about here it is:

Tips on What to Eat/Drink After Exercising

  • Get some protein in your system! WebMD says that our muscles need protein for recovery and growth and the best time to deliver protein is right after working out. It really doesn’t matter where we get our protein from. Our bodies really don’t know if it’s from an egg, a piece of cheese, a protein drink, or a glass of chocolate milk as long as we’re getting it. The thing to note is that there is a limit! Duh! Not too much of a good thing, remember? Stick to 10 to 20 grams.
  • Carbs?! Yes, carbs. Strength-training workouts and aerobic workouts are taxing on the body and the best way to help it recover is to deliver some fast-acting carbs. Good carbs (complex carbs) help to re-energize the body and examples include whole grain bread, pita bread, oatmeal, and brown rice. I’m sure you could Google it and find more examples.
  • You’ve probably heard of the carb to protein ratio. Confusing, much? Christopher Mohr, a licensed and registered dietitian, suggests there’s no gold standard recommendation when it comes to protein and carbohydrate consumption following a workout. He says effective ratios vary from a 2:1 carb-to-protein ratio up to a 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio. Your doctor or dietitian can help pinpoint the optimal ratio for you. I’ve heard that chocolate milk is a good way to get this ratio and it’s what I’m currently drinking after workouts. There is criticism on whether that’s actually good for you or not. I guess I should do more research. Beachbody has a recovery drink too that’s wildly popular and has a cult following. It meets the suggested carb to protein ratio too with a ton of other goodies. You can check it out from Allison’s own Beachbody Coach page here.
  • In regards to the tips above. Do eat after a workout. Please! Your body needs the replenishment. I’ve heard all sorts of numbers about when the opportune window is after a workout for taking in food for recovery. I’ve heard 45 minutes and I’ve heard 2 hours. How about we just give our bodies what we need right after the workout? Sounds good I hope.
  • Water should be common sense, right? With all of the sports drink hype nowadays, there’s still nothing better than water. The verdict isn’t clear on whether or not we even need sports drinks considering all of the sugar and excess stuff added to them so I say we stick to water. The Mayo Clinic says to drink 2 to 3 cups of water after a workout for each pound lost. Fluid intake should happen right after working out. You should be parched when you’re done. Chug that water!

There’s a lot more out there about this topic so please do your own digging if you’d like! I wanted to talk about something that I haven’t talked about on my blog before and Allison mentioned that she hadn’t talked about it on her blog either. Hopefully it was interesting and you guys got something out of it! Since I’m not a registered dietitian, a personal trainer, or a physician, I’m always trying to learn new things every day and I wanted to share it with all of you for your own research. Consult a professional if you decide to change or introduce anything to your diet and exercise routine.

Thanks for checking out Allison’s page and for reading or even skimming through my post! Smile

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I’ll be real: I need to follow those tips myself. Goodness, I’m a health professional and I can’t follow advice! Someone come over and force me to please. See ya later gators!

Guest Blogger: Hannah!

Hello, hello! As you read this I’m most likely shopping on Rodeo Drive and blowing all my money and am going to come back broke, or maybe not come back at all. Don’t be mad if I have to check a suitcase on the way home (we only brought carry-on’s). I wish I could tell you how Ellen went, but I can’t. I’m writing this on Monday night. Guess you’ll just have to watch it today to find out Smile with tongue out 

MEET MY FRIEND HANNAH! She’s a cool gal. I’m not going to give you an introduction to her, because she made a bomb one herself and I don’t want to ruin that with my bad grammar. Enjoy <3

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Hello Everyone! I’m Hannah, a 20 year old writer and lover of all things beautiful. Just so that you can get to know me a bit before you read my post, I thought I’d come up with the top 10 fun facts about myself.

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1. I’m getting married this coming August.

2. I’m a writing major at Oakland University.

3. I am more of a diet enthusiast than an exercise.

4. I have a black lab named Mollie.

5. I love yoga pants more than any other article of clothing.

6. I do Jillian Michaels routines at home.

7. I played volleyball for 10 years (including college).

8. I dream of living on the water.

9. I’m most insecure about my butt.

10. And lastly, my weakness is ice cream!

But enough about me, let’s get to what I’m really here for today (to write to you fine people).

I’ve always been into exercising and eating right (especially because I was forced to by all my coaches), but it wasn’t until after I had quit sports that I really got into my health and body. I quit volleyball and gained weight. I had never gained weight before so it was a huge shock to me. I finally decided to do something about it around a year ago. Dieting was tough at first, but now, I love it… and a lot more than exercising. I learned to control myself and stop eating junk. But it didn’t seem to be working as well as I had hoped. I hadn’t really lost all that much weight or at least not enough to physically notice on my body.

One day, my now fiancé came home from his college nutrition class and gave me the rundown of the lecture:

“We learned that this whole 3 meals a day thing is not really how we are supposed to eat. Our bodies can only burn between 200 – 600 calories every three hours [within the exception of after working out]. Most people eat around 800 – 2000 calories per meal and don’t even notice. My professor said that what we should be doing is eat 6 meals a day or eat every 3 hours, and only eat within the 200 – 600 calorie range.”

So, why not? I thought. I decided to try it out and guess what? IT WORKED! And it didn’t just work, IT WORKED FAST! I felt like I was constantly eating, but after awhile I realized that I was getting full faster. Because I had only consumed 200 – 600 calories/per hour my stomach had shrank. I also found that because I was constantly putting food (and might I add healthy food) in my body, I had a lot more energy than before this new diet. Total, I lost 15 lbs!

Now before you go jumping around thinking you’ve found your ticket to weight-loss, I must warn you. It’s really hard to find the time to eat every three hours and because you’re on a very strict calorie count, it’s hard to know how much to eat. But never fear, here’s what I did that helped me out.

You can do this either on your computer, tablet, or smart phone… look up MyFitnessPal (it’s a website and an app, I use both).

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MyFitnessPal searches and records calories and exercise for you. It can also be a guide for losing weight. It asks you for your weight, height, age, etc. so that it can tell you the exact amount of calories your body needs each day. If you want to lose weight, it’ll subtract those calories from your day accordingly. If you exercise, it’ll add more calories on to your day, because you’ll need more since you burned them off. I really enjoyed using this app because it helped me with my 6 meals a day. It even lets you break up your day into times (like the picture). It even breaks down your total calories within each of your divided sections so you know where you ate the most. It gives you your goal calorie amount for the day, the amount you’ve already eaten, any exercise you’ve completed, and your remaining amount of calories. It’s a pretty awesome tool for dieting-freaks like me!

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I was thrilled when I started feeling and seeing results. I was getting full and feeling content with less amounts of food. Eating junk food just made me feel gross so I wasn’t craving anything greasy, super sugary, or tons of carbs. I could see my abdominal work-outs actually affecting my core and my waist was getting smaller. Another tool MyFitnessPal gives you is a “check-in.” You can keep track of your weight and measurements as you diet and exercise so that you can see the results on a chart. Below is a picture of my chart as my waist started shrinking. It was great to look at as a reminder of my progress.

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And that’s MyFitnessPal and my fitness story! I really enjoyed writing this post. I really hope it helped educate some of you about your eating habits and gave you knowledge about a fun and easy app to help you in your weight-loss progress. Thank you for reading.

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Thanks Hannah! Smile You can go find her over at http://orrdailyjourney.blogspot.com/. Go show her some love <3

I haven’t breathed in 24 hours.

Okay, so that’s a tad bit of an over-exaggeration. But I have been SO nervous since yesterday. Just that something won’t go right. That our flight will be delayed, our car won’t be ready, the hotel will lose our reservation, Ellen will say there’s no more room….I’m freaking out! But hopefully as you are reading this I am flying high in the air on a plane listening to my Jillian Michaels podcast and holding Luke’s hand and drinking a mimosa. Fingers crossed. And hopefully in a few hours we will land in LA and get our car and check into our hotel and get all dolled up and then just be able to fully enjoy the next 3 days with no stress. Say a little prayer for me that’s what is happening! Can’t you tell I am an absolute joy to travel with?

I don’t have much to say right now since I am typing this Tuesday night and still in the middle of some serious butterflies in my stomach and all I want to do is watch some mindless TV and have a popsicle and go to bed since we’re leaving at the ripe hour of 3:45 a.m. Yikes.

I hope you all have an absolutely fantastic next couple of days and I’ll be back with ya Sunday! Smile <3

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!