The up north life.

Well, my dream is still to go work for Ellen, but I certainly would not be mad about living in northern Michigan for the rest of my life. It was so hard for us to go home yesterday….to go back to the traffic and work and the loudness. It’s no good! We are already planning a trip back there in July. Maybe I should just live with my parents forever and go on vacation once a month. Just kidding; kind of.

But honestly, people up north are just nice. When you go out in the itty bitty town, everybody knows everybody and is asking about their kids and how their weekend was and all that jazz. Where I live, I know that I am constantly trying to avoid talking to most people I know because it is awkward and I don’t want to deal with the conversation.

Up north, people just show up at other people’s houses and don’t need to text their location and what they’re doing every 5 seconds. Technology takes a backseat to being outside. I went for a run every single morning and passed multiple people that said hi and asked how my day was going. One older guy even asked if he could run with me! Relationships are more important than iPhone’s, which is such a great change of pace.

It is quiet at night up north. Last night my friend and I were in bed and heard a car at like 11:30 p.m. at night, and that was out of the ordinary. Typically it is silent and pitch black at night, which is so relaxing and comforting. When I am trying to sleep at home, I hear people yelling outside of my window and am constantly woken up by the headlights of cars driving by.

There are a ton of elderly people up north! Do you know how interesting it is to sit down with an 85 year old woman and hear stories about her life? A hell of a lot more fascinating that hearing about Justin Bieber’s haircut or the latest person voted off American Idol. Now you all know how much I love my celebrity gossip and reality TV, so it must really mean something if I am saying this!

Of course I love my family and where I’ve grown up, but now I know even more than ever that I need to get out of this area and experience more in my life. Sorry for the rant! Back to normal tomorrow…maybe Smile <3

The most adventures I’ve had in a long time.

Hello! First of all, I just want to thank you all for leaving such sweet comments on my post from yesterday. A lot of you have been saying you admire my positive attitude, which totally makes my day, because I feel like I am negative a lot of the time! So thanks for making me smile and changing my own attitude about myself Smile

Yesterday Audrey and I went to a small town called Petosky in Michigan. It is super small and right on the water and absolutely adorable. We went with my great-grandma and my great-aunt and had an absolute blast.

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We may or may not have stopped at a winery while we were walking around and did a tasting at 11 a.m. Oops. I also bought a super cute ring and some mother’s day presents.

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Then we went to the most delicious little restaurant ever called Whitecaps for lunch. I got an apple panini, which had “granny smith apples, gorgonzola cheese, apple butter, spinach, and caramelized onions.” Uh, best thing ever. And stealing some of the beer-battered fries from my grandma was a great idea as well.

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I kid you not, Audrey and I were exhausted after our little 5-hour day trip! We have been so used to just laying around for days and doing things on our own time that it was different to actually have plans and do something real. We spent the rest of the day laying around the house and catching up on our TV shows.

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Here’s something else we’ve been up to:

What an exhilarating life I lead. Our plan is to start up a YouTube channel with us going through our bucket list, in hopes that Ellen will help us out with the ones that involve her! And we basically just want to be like Jenna Marbles and work from home, but do it in California while I am working for Ellen. Solid plan.

I will say that one of my favorite things about being up north is going for a run in the morning. It is so silent that it seems like I am the only person in the world. I haven’t even used my headphones the last few days! Seeing deer and bunnies on my run is much more enjoyable than getting exhaust blown in my face from cars on the highway like at home. I also like having time during the day to get everything done without having to be rushed; keeps the stress levels down like crazy! However, it is really hard for me to sleep here since I am not used to the area, so I’ve been constantly exhausted, but that’s okay! I have coffee and wine to get me through Smile with tongue out

We only have today and then head out in the morning, so we’re off to enjoy the beautiful weather, see some family, and just chill for one last day <3

Last thing. Have you ever had this delicious creation? If not, you must do so immediately.

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What gets you through the day when you are exhausted?

A weekend away.

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

Thursday

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

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

Friday

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

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

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

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Saturday

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

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

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

Sunday

  • cleaned up, did laundry, and dishes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5

Yesterday was spent road-tripping up north with my best friend Audrey! Um, I like her. That is all. We got settled into my grandma’s, hung out with her for the afternoon, and then got our nails done all together! Aren’t we just adorable. Get ready for some shenanigans to happen over the next few days on here….

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I have seen a couple people do a “Top 5” kinda thing lately, so why not do it, too?

Top 5 TV Shows

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • The Bachelor/Bachelorette
  • The Walking Dead
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Pretty Little Liars

Top 5 Movies

  • Pretty Woman
  • Bridesmaids
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • Taken
  • Elf

Top 5 Celebrities

  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Jillian Michaels
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Jennifer Aniston

Top 5 Books

  • Unbearable Lightness, by Portia de Rossi
  • Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell
  • Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

Top 5 Foods

  • yogurt with fruit and granola

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  • quinoa arugula salad from CPK

  • mojitos (I hope this counts as food)
  • cabernet (I also hope this counts as food too)
  • Newman’s peanut butter cups

Top 5 Places

  • Manhattan Beach, CA

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  • Cayman Islands

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  • Florence, Italy

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  • Saugatuck, MI

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  • Los Angeles, CA

Top 5 Memories

  • hugging Ellen DeGeneres

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  • driving home after taking my last class ever at college
  • my first kiss with Luke at a football game when I was 16

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  • going on a family vacation to the Jersey shore

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  • wine tasting in Italy

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Top 5 Websites

  • toneitup.com
  • youtube.com/jennamarbles
  • twitter.com
  • facebook.com
  • gmail.com

Top 5 Apps

  • Perfect Fit
  • Candy Crush
  • Pic Stitch
  • Awesome Note
  • Instagram

Now that you know a bunch of useless facts about my life and all my favorite things at this exact moment in time that will probably change in 5 minutes, tell me 5 of your favorite things!