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?

Workout Wednesday: Abs

If you’re anything like me, you want abs like this.

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I can’t guarantee that this workout will give you results quite like thaaaat, but it will certainly help! I like this workout because it works all of the three main parts of your abdominal muscles: upper abs, lower abs, and obliques. It’s really important to have a strong core, because it directly affects how the rest of your body functions. A strong core has so many benefits:

  • Better posture (and you look slimmer when you stand up straight!)
  • Helps prevent lower back pain now and in the future
  • Makes it easier to breathe and hold stamina
  • Supports your internal organs

And that’s just a few! Try out this routine 2 or 3 times a week to strengthen your core, develop you abs, and feel awesome Smile And it should only take you about 15 minutes. Bonus.

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And as always, your descriptions:

Flutter Kicks

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Alternate your legs up and down quickly. For an added little push, lift your head and shoulders off the ground as long as you don’t have any upper body injuries.

TIU tummy tucks

The inventors of the tummy tuck!

Plank

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Or drop down to your forearms if your wrists are bothering you or you want to work your bicep muscles more. Make sure your hips stay down, your heels are pushing backward, and your head stays up in line with your shoulders.

Boat pose

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We won’t all look like this….haha. Feel free to bend your knees as much as you need to. Just make sure to keep your back straight wherever you’re at. Arms overhead if this is too easy Smile with tongue out

Twisting v-sit

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Side to side quickly! Add the medicine ball or a dumbbell if you wish. Reach as far to each side as you can while keeping your hips squared to the front.

Alternating reach crunch

Right fingers to left toes and vice versa.

Side plank

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Once again, drop down to your forearm if you wish.

Reverse crunch

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This should be a very small movement. Start with your hips down and your knees over your hips and move to the position in the picture above. Keep your head and shoulders on the ground. I prefer this move with my arms flat on the ground by my sides.

Superman

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Start laying flat on the ground and move here. Squeeze your butt! After all the ab work, it’s important to work your back as well.

Leg lowers

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Follow the pictures. Super simple. Keep your legs straight if you can!

 

And as always, feel free to ask me questions Smile Halfway through the week!<3

Hockey Games & Miley Cyrus

Random? I know. Oh well.

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I have always had this weird obsession with Miley Cyrus. I just think she is the cutest little thing. I also think it’s crazy how she has had so many different looks over the years, yet remains adorable no matter what. I swear, if I meet her in LA, I might just become her best friend and never come back to Michigan. That would be totally fine with me.

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I decided that when I’m in LA I’m going to the Mari Winsor Pilates studio that she is known for going to. Not only do I love Pilates, but I have the added bonus of possibly meeting Miley which would just blow my mind.

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I don’t know how, but somehow I’ve gotten Luke to rent So Undercover with me. It’s this Miley movie that was filmed right after she did Hannah Montana and totally flopped. It was just released recently, and I’ve wanted to see it for a while even though I know how stupid it is. It’s also about sororities, and I was in one, so I can totally relate to the ridiculousness of that, too.

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On to a new topic………

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Luke took me to a Red Wings hockey game this afternoon, and we had the BEST time. I may or may not have had beer and grapes for lunch and a veggie burger, fries, and more beer for dinner, but that’s okay.

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Just wanted to check in; we’re off to finish this silly movie. I’ll be back tomorrow with a vlog Smile

 

Who is your favorite celebrity?

Finding “It”

Something that I have really been struggling with over the past few years is finding what the heck I’m supposed to do with the rest of my life.

I started out thinking I was going to be famous. I swear to you that my first email address had the words ‘almost famous’ in it. I have about the worst singing voice ever, am too short to model, know nothing about acting, and didn’t have the ideal body type to be a professional dancer. So fame was out.

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Once I got a reality check, I wanted to be an interior designer for about 5 minutes. I even went so far as to make a career board about it in 8th grade, just to realize I had to be creative to do that. Nope.

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Throughout high school I really had no idea; I didn’t even think about it.

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When I started college I really wanted to work in the hospitality industry, specifically event planning. That’s exactly what I got my degree in, just to get a job in it right out of college and despise it. I came home from the hotel I worked at every day crying to my mom about how unhappy I was and how I needed a change. I knew that I liked kids and I knew that I liked fitness, so I thought the best plan of action was to go in that route. Since it’s obviously not a good time for me to be a mother, I did the next best thing and got a job as a nanny. I also signed up for two courses online through AFPA to become a personal trainer and a nutritionist.

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Now that I have been nannying for 6 months and recently got a job personal training, I can tell that this is what I was meant to do. Maybe not necessarily in this capacity forever, but at least I know I’m on the right track. I would ideally like to get my teaching certificate this summer so I can teach first or second grade for a few years until I’m ready to be a mom. I would also like to work really hard to get my own personal training business going, so that when I do have kids of my own I can train on the side and still have a part-time job and my own business (somewhat using my actual degree :p).

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I’ve never been the kind of person to really stick with something. I always feel like I want to do something in the moment, but lose interest or become frustrated very quickly. I really want to break that cycle and stop committing to something I don’t truly love and wasting my time and money. There have been multiple opportunities for me to buy or rent my own place recently, but I have been smart and thought twice about it. I need to really be ready, financially and mentally. I know how difficult it is to live on my own, and I will admit that it’s nice to have the comforts of home (unlimited heat and air conditioning, a fully stocked fridge, no loud college kids, etc.), even if I do have to put up with the frustrations of living with my parents again. I really do know deep down how great they are to me; I just need to keep reminding myself of it when I get fed up.

So for the time being I’m going to focus on saving money like crazy, expanding my own business, and loving on these kids as much as I can so I’m fully prepared when I eventually have my own. I’m very lucky to have a great guy in my life who backs me up no matter what and wants to provide for me and our future family and is already taking steps in the right direction to do so. He’s a keeper :p

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That was quite a rant if I’ve ever seen one! The girls have a snow day today, so my sister came with me to work today and all the girls are playing at a local play place, while I sit here and drink coffee and make sure they don’t get hurt. Solid morning if I do say so myself! I also think we’re going to Olive Garden for lunch; unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks anyone? Yes please :)

This morning I had this exact same yogurt bowl as yesterday, along with some TJ’s green tea that I picked up the other day and some black coffee. It’s freezing and nasty outside today; I was up early looking for school closings just like I used to when I was actually in school!

I got in a quick workout, too:

- Yoga/stretching (15 minutes)
- TIU HIIT workout DVD (20 minutes)

After work I’m planning on going to the gym and doing some intervals on the treadmill. Shooting for 5 miles! Tonight will be filled with working on some training plans for a couple of new clients, The Bachelor (why do I get so nervous for this show every week!?), and most likely plenty of Cabnernet, let’s be real. Wine is a necessity when you’re watching reality TV in my opinion.

On a side note, can we appreciate Miley’s Cosmo cover?

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A moment of silence for that please.

What’s your favorite snack or drink to have while you’re watching TV or movies?