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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


Coffee or wine?

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

TurboFire & a “Different Week”

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


And of course, remember this:

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

What does your exercise schedule look like this week?

Quick Check-In

Notice anything different about the blog?! Smile A HUGE thanks to Jenny at peanutbutterjenny.com for working so hard with me, someone who knows absolutely nothing about technology. Still a few things I’m working on adding, but basically done. YAY!


Horrible Monday. Just horrible. Can we start over tomorrow? Excuse the lame post, but I’m just not feeling it.


The whole reason I wanted to post was to talk real quick about The Bachelor finale.


I did not want Catherine to win. I never thought she stood out and always thought Lindsay was a better match. However, when he proposed to her and she was shaking and he was crying and they were so damn sweet and the ring was beautiful and her dress was gorgeous and then the elephant came, I was bawling like a baby. Goodness, that show has a great way of making you so happy for those people but making yourself feel like crap!


Back tomorrow with something normal Smile with tongue out

Did you watch The Bachelor finale? What did you think??

Happy Monday!

Instead of dreading today, let’s make it the best day ever; shall we? I oftentimes start out the day with a negative attitude, when I should really be grateful to be able to get out of bed in the morning with my healthy body. Some people (too many actually) don’t have that privilege. I’ve gotten into this rut of just going through the motions of my life. I want to actually live each day and do something important. I want to help people and make a difference in the world. I spent some time with my two best friends from college last night and was reminded of how much fun I have with my friends. I need that time. I’ve really lost a lot of relationships in the past couple of months and I want to get them back. I want to spend time with the people I love the most and focus less on getting my menial tasks on my to-do list done each day. I’ve noticed that I spend way too much time on exercise lately. I could be using that time on something much more productive that my body needs, rather than working myself to the bone. So help keep me accountable, will ya? Alright, enough with my rant. Onto a recap of last night!


I spent the night with my two friends, Erica and Audrey.


I’ve known Erica forever. We live in the same neighborhood and went to the same school from kindergarten-8th grade. We were roommates in college and I love her to death!


I met Audrey my freshman year of college. We are literally the same person. I also lived with her during college. I don’t know what I would do without her.


We were originally planning on going out to eat at Mongolian BBQ last night, but after a long weekend all we really wanted to do was chill at home. So the girls came over my house and we ordered Jimmy Johns, talked, and ended up going on a hunt for a mouse. Yes, you heard that right. There was a MOUSE in my basement. It was just a little guy and actually super cute, but I dare you to have a mouse running at your feet and not scream and jump. We probably scared him half to death. We tried so hard to catch him to put him in a safe place, but it just wasn’t possible. My cats probably ate him last night Sad smile Break my heart. Hopefully there will be pictures to come tomorrow.


It was awesome to spend some time with them like we used to do back in our apartment. All we really did back then was drink, watch funny YouTube videos, bake ridiculous things, and lounge around in our comfy clothes. We were living the life. Can we just re-create that now? It really makes me sad to think back on how much fun we had and how little I appreciated it then. I wish I would have taken advantage of every second we had together and that carefree lifestyle we led. Maybe one day I’ll do a post on all the crazy antics we got into….that’s definitely good for a laugh.


Yup, that was on our wall all year. We were a fun bunch.


After they left I had some cleaning to do, some packing for my long day today, some laundry to put away, a ton of e-mails to catch up on, and some blog posts to write. Whew! I also managed to catch the episode of Walking Dead. Okay, so who else watches that show so we can start an e-mail chain about how crazy it’s getting?!

I hope you go live out there today. This quote will probably help ya out:

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad


Share your favorite positive Monday quote!

Let’s Count All the Ways

Well, today was definitely a Monday. I think that everything that could possibly go wrong did. However, I want to keep this blog a positive place so I’ll spare you guys all the details, but let’s just say that I am not a happy camper tonight. I just finished up a 5 mile run at the gym and am planning on doing absolutely nothing but watching reality TV and drinking wine tonight. I think that’s about all I can handle. I have a headache just thinking about today, gross. I gotta stop and tune into The Bachelor to stop my complaining and remind myself that people have it way worse than I do.


What’s even more frustrating to me than my bad day is that I really do nothing to change it. There’s numerous controllable factors throughout my day that I can alter however I want, but I choose to be lazy and ignore them. Then I have to deal with the consequences later (now). What is wrong with me? Why don’t I put in a little extra effort in the moment to avoid a big fallout later? Who knows. I’ll probably never know the answer to that question.


These e-cards just know me, I swear.




Okay, that’s enough. Sorry this post was depressing. Hope you got a kick out of those e-cards like I did!


Tell me something happy about your day Smile