Why so AWESOME? Why not?

Hi guys! I bet the question of why my blog is called what it is called has crossed your mind. I hope that if you are following my blog or my Facebook page you get me and know this already but just in case you didn’t I thought I would share.

When I started this blog I was going through a real crazy time in my life. I was divorced out of a very bad situation with a young child and suddenly then found myself in an abusive relationship with my then boyfriend. It was an extremely hard time in which I grew and learned a lot. When I started to gain strength and find my passion for fitness and training others I wanted to share that love and passion. I gained my self-confidence, something that I had been missing for a long time, so the word AWESOME came to mind a lot.  The word AWESOME makes me smile and it goes nicely with my A name of Adrienne. It is as simple as that. The word AWESOME is contagious. The word alone gave me the power I needed to pick myself back up and live.

I want to lead my friends, family and clients through example. I want them to call themselves AWESOME out loud like me.  It feels good. It is loving and I believe we should be a little more loving towards ourselves.

I think most of you that know me know that it isn’t me being boastful or conceited. It is just me being me. Fun, energetic, positive and happy!!

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I aim to inspire not boast. I aim to share food ideas, fitness tips, workouts, knowledge, love, happiness, confidence and awesomeness.

My goal is to be awesome in all that I do and hope its yours too!

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Average Like Adrienne?

Hello!! Tonight I really want to write from my heart as I feel this is something all men and women need to hear…..

Last week I somehow got into a Facebook conversation with someone whom I have never met in person about me, my page, my training, career, food etc. He said that I was “Average and not exactly Miss Fitness looking” so he was wanting me to “kick up my game a notch so that I would actually be inspiring, look the part, do the work and then post pictures of smoothies”.

Well, this is how I feel about that….First, no tears were shed over being called “Average” as I know that what he was comparing me to was this:Amanda Latona

 

Hannah Davis for Fitness Magazine September 2013 CoverIn my mind this is his picture of “perfect’ which then makes me “average”.

I explained to him that I have different goals. My goals include eating healthy foods, moving my body in all different ways (weights, cardio, whatever) life balance, happiness, being a good mom, daughter, girlfriend, sister, friend and overall good person. I like to cook, I like to be creative, I like to have fun and I like to share that information with anyone that it might help in the tiniest of ways. My goals are different from those of these women. My goals do not include a # on the scale or a certain % of body fat.

I thought about it some more and thought if she is perfect and I am average then I actually think average is pretty darn awesome! I live a healthy life full of balance, trying new things, helping others, not worrying about living up to a standard of girls on magazine covers, learning to love and appreciate my body and encouraging others to build muscle because it makes you happier, healthier & stronger both physically and mentally! My job is to be a personal trainer. My job isn’t to look perfect or be the strongest or leanest or anything”est”. My job is to help people, encourage people, teach them about exercise and food and how they can change their body. My job is to support, inspire and make it fun!

If your goal is to compete or look that way then I have NO Problem with it but there is another set of woman who are trying hard just to lose weight, maintain their fitness, gain mental strength, find happiness, balance, love, direction, inspiration and peace. I am interested in that and if being good at ALL of those things makes me “Average” then I am all about it!! I am a regular/normal gal and I do not need to be anything but that. I chose everyday to be happy & awesome, to do little extraordinary things that may or may not reflect in a picture of me.

What really makes me sad though is thinking about women everywhere that are thinking they have to live up to this perfect woman standard. Guess what?! No matter how hard I try….I will never be taller than 5′.2″, I will always have a booty, a smaller chest, a tremendous get out of bed and look fabulous head of hair,  sparkly hazel eyes, a great attitude, love for all and an inspiring full of energy spirit! I like that! I am happy with that! I like being perfectly “average”! I am not insulted or angry with this conversation we had (in fact this subject matter has been on my mind for a long time) but I would like to use it to show an example of what it is like to be human and how we are all different. It is ok to look and feel different and no one should ever be compared to anyone else. We are human therefore we are unique! We all have something to offer. We all have a different point of view and they are all right because they are ours and we believe in them!

I want women to realize that there are way more important things in the world that matter! It is not about what you look like. Being happy, your mental state of mind, is a goal-a broad one yes, but in my eyes the most important! No one should ever tell you , “why can’t you be more like her?” So my advice, as a personal trainer, is get happy by getting fit and healthy, start to move your body and eat real food and what you look like will be Awesome and if you are lucky maybe even “Average”!!!

This is me and I am awesome!

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You should be telling yourself the same thing every single day no matter where you are on your fitness journey & no matter what your story is!! What would your “cover” say???

xoxo-A

 

Top 10 Fit Tips

Hello!! Winter is approaching and now is the time to form new habits and stay on track instead of letting it all go and trying to recover come the first of the new year! Your body wants better! Your body wants this!!

Get ahead with my Top 10 Tips for getting and staying FIT!!!

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Wishing you the best!!

xo-A

Heartbreak & Hallelujah!

Wow-I have had a major revelation! I used to want to write about “how dare you do this to me” but today I feel I am exactly where I am supposed to be no matter how I got here. I have an amazing child and an amazing boyfriend. Period. I have those people in my life right now. My story before was that I had a crappy ex-husband and my son half the time because my husband “divorced” us. Here is a better story- NOW I have a whole new life and a whole new outlook on my past. I still share custody of my son with his dad but I am able to see past the “have not” and only focus on the “have” part of that “50/50” agreement. 50/50, doesn’t that sound awful? Splitting a child in half-are you kidding me? But I can look at it half empty or half FULL. I chose FULL. I always have to choose FULL or else I will not function and I will not progress as a mom and woman.

This, 50/50 talk by far, was the hardest part of getting divorced for me. The pain you feel when someone you truly love and who truly loves you back is sad (a sad cute as heck four year old)-well now that is REAL heartbreak. Seeing your son cry his eyes out for you when he knows he isn’t going to see you is true heartbreak. Your husband leaving you for another girl is a minor set back and not worth your heart breaking but your child, your baby, that is tough. I now prepare myself and him with books like The Invisible String-which tells a story of two twins whose mom tells them about the “invisible string” and that “no one is ever alone” and they can “pull on the string anywhere at anytime and she will feel it”. He tells me he will do this when he misses me or is thinking about me. Things like that bring us both comfort. Tough situations make you stronger. Lifting weights make you stronger. I feel mentally strong when lifting weights. I find physical and mental strength in everyday life as a result of lifting weights. I am a stronger person because of my past and if that alone is the reason all of this happened then I accept that and use it to learn and grow. All other explanations are negative and not helpful.

Because of things like meditation, exercise, deep breathing and focusing on the NOW I am able to better mentally prepare for the breaking that occurs in mine and my son’s heart every other Monday morning and every other Friday morning. This heartbreak isn’t a one time event. Divorce and sharing a child will always be. It comes up all the time. It is not an isolated event that I can just say, “oh well, that happened and that sucked ” and be done with it.  Week after week, there it is again and is ALWAYS a challenge. I have feelings. My son has feelings and I tell him to express them and I allow myself to express mine. It is ok to be emotional-we LOVE each other and we go days without seeing each other! We LOVE hard too which makes leaving one another that much more painful. So, guess what…. it is normal to feel sad when we part ways but NOW I am able to show him that even though we are sad and don’t want to leave each other we have to be happy and we have to be strong. Two HUGELY IMPORTANT life lessons! He is four and I feel is already so strong and happy because he is forced to be (naturally because of the divorce).

Speaking of divorce, this word would drive me absolutely crazy before so I changed the definition…..what do you guys think??

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I don’t write this to spite anyone or dredge up the past but rather to remind myself that I carry all of that with me and those events and those people are part of the reason I am who I am today. I don’t want to be so sad every other Monday and every other Friday (and Thursday night and Sunday night) so I have to combat it daily. There are many reasons I was “released” from that marriage and I chose to focus on that! These are the things I have found that help me:

1. Meditation or prayer daily-sometimes for a half hour in the morning while soaking in an Epsom salt bath (great for sore muscles)

2. Eating mood boosting foods:http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20351257,00.html

3. Moving my body-Lifting weights/challenging myself and the releasing of endorphins!!

4. Relax and rest-you don’t have to always be doing something every min of everyday-call a time out every once in a while!

5. Live in the NOW-don’t dismiss your past because it is part of you but do not get stuck in it. Find ways to beak out and enjoy who and what you are and have NOW. This will always change everything, right there in the moment.

6. Always be POSITIVE about everything and everyone. Negativity causes stress and we do not want that!!

7. Max-my son-HE is what helps me, he is so sweet, so innocent and so full of life and love.

If you are going through anything similar just let it all go. Live in the NOW. Don’t worry because everything, no matter what, is going to be okay. Live for bettering you and your story will change for the better! Promise! Life isn’t fair or easy and bad things will always happen. Things will not go according to plan and it is how you handle those events that will make or break your life.

Make it AWESOME!!

xoxo-A

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GLUTETOBERFEST BOOty Challenge!

Happy October!!!!

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One word-GLUTES!!! (other wise known as your booty, butt, bum, apple-bottom)

Let’s FOCUS on shaping our bums all month long!

We will focus on 6 great exercises that target and shape our glutes! We will repeat them each week AND up the sets/reps!

Here is the schedule:

WEEK ONE- 3 SETS OF 15 EACH DAY OF THE POSTED EXERCISE FOR THAT DAY

WEEK TWO-3 SETS OF 20 EACH DAY OF THE POSTED EXERCISE FOR THAT DAY

WEEK THREE-4 SETS OF 25 EACH DAY OF THE POSTED EXERCISE FOR THAT DAY

WEEK FOUR-4 SETS OF 30-EACH DAY OF THE POSTED EXERCISE FOR THAT DAY

WEEK FIVE-5 SETS OF 30-EACH DAY OF THE POSTED EXERCISE FOR THAT DAY

Here are the exercises:

Mondays- SINGLE LEG SQUATS-(TIP-if you need help you can hold onto a chair in front of you or you can bend down like you are going to tie your shoe and touch the floor with your finger tips… helping to keep you grounded while squatting on the same leg for the number of reps indicated then switch legs)

Single-Leg-Squat

Tuesdays-LUNGES-(Tips-go as low as you can but make sure you keep a good form by keeping your chest and head up. Also, never extend your knee past your toes. Arms up (like in the pic) is the hardest version so if you need to please keep your arms at your sides or hold your waist)

BACK LUNGE

Wednesdays-LEG KICKBACKS(Tips-can be done on the floor or on a chair, bench or even standing against a wall. Extend your leg back and pause/squeeze glutes before letting back down)

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Thursdays-SQUATS-(Yay!!! Tips-chest and head up, butt goes straight back, knees never extend over toes! If you are just starting out try sitting straight down and getting back up repeatedly on a bench or chair to get your form down and to start to strengthen those muscles!)

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Fridays-STIFF LEGGED DEADLIFTS W/ DUMBBELLS-(Tips-follow the picture-legs are “stiff” but knees are slightly bent-never locked-dumbbells go down to about your shins and then pull everything up and squeeze glutes then release back down)

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Saturday-FIRE HYDRANTS-(Tips-so fun to do with the kids if you have any! Focus on your glutes, pretend like you are a dog, lift your leg, squeeze, add a kick if you want then release back down)

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Sunday-Rest Day!

Remember sleep, stretch, eat well, stay hydrated and focus on your form with all of these exercises!!!

Remember to do the number of sets/reps on each leg if you are doing one of the single leg at a time exercises!

Break/Rest for a min or 2 between each set. These shouldn’t take more than 10 to 15 min per day so make sure you take the time each day to do them so you can see the difference at the end of the month!! Your booty will thank you!

Keep me posted on your progress!!! xoxo-A

Dark Green Muscle Smoothie

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2 handfuls fresh spinach or kale OR 1 cup frozen packed spinach

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop or approx. 18 g choc protein powder

3/4 c frozen or fresh blueberries

1/2 banana

1 tbsp. chia seeds

3 tsp. oats

1 kiwi

Add some ice, blend well!

Looks swampy BUT tastes delish like blueberries and kiwi!

 

Enjoy!

A

Cheeseburger Pizza

Who says eating healthy isn’t super yummy and delicious!? Make smarter choices and enjoy all of your favs! I used Greek yogurt, lean beef and a better crust choice than the traditional pizza and voila! I get to eat one of my favorite things and my jeans still fit! Awesome!

What you will need:

Crust-thin or whole wheat

Meat-ground turkey, lean or extra lean ground beef (1/2 lb)

Sauce: 3/4 c plain Greek yogurt, 2 tsp spicy brown mustard, 2 tsp ketchup, 2 tsp hot sauce, pepper and red pepper flakes to your liking

Toppings: chopped onions, pickles, tomatoes

Cheese: 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or Colby jack cheese-the less cheese the better so go easy

Bake according to the crust instructions.

ENJOY!!!!

xoxoxo-A