4 months until Married!

exactly

Wedding plans are set and in 4 months we will get married! I am writing this post to tell you exactly what I am going to do to get ready for this wedding! I know what you are thinking or what you may have done in the past….cardio for hours, fasted, cleansed, juiced, boot camped….drove yourself nuts trying to change magically into someone that you really aren’t! That is the opposite of what I want to do. All I want to do is marry Tim and feel great that day AND MORE IMPORTANTLY…for the rest of our lives together! So why would I punish myself for weeks or months leading up to it and then immediately go back to who I was when he actually asked me to marry him?

I AM NOT GOING TO DO ANY OF THAT!!!

What I am going to do is:

1.Love myself as is (see picture above) in all ways! Self care being the focus here….to help this along I am going to ensure I get enough sleep. Turn off the TV, the phone etc. Sleep is so important for your body to recover! It’s winter so it’s the perfect time to hibernate anyway!

2. Keep challenging my body by working out mindfully-increasing weight/variety of movements and spiking my heart rate with fat burning intervals. 3 to 4 times a week for 20 to 45 min each time. My goal (because goals are good) is to work on my push ups-doing them daily or every other day to build up the number I can do in a row.

3. Keep eating mindfully-planning meals ahead of time 80% of the time so that I don’t skip meals or make non-nutritious choices. My goal here is to drink less alcohol because I know for a fact that alcohol kills your ability to keep muscle and I want as much muscle tone as possible.

Here are some ideas I came up with that are almost too easy not to do weekly: And you don’t have to do them on Sundays. You can do them whenever it works for you. On the spot-but make sure you have the ingredients, Every few days even…there are no rules!

Okay, one rule-eat balanced:protein (tuna, chicken, turkey), carbs (potatoes, rice, oats) and good fats (nuts, oils, avocados) and lots of veggies and fruits and water EVERYDAY ūüôā

easy make aheadstuna salad

 

This is a tuna salad I made today because I was starving and needed something quick!

One 5 oz can tuna

2 heaping tbsp plain Greek Yogurt

Some dried cranberries, sliced almonds, diced apples, lemon juice, salt & pepper and some dried parsley

Great choices can be made even on the spot if you stock up on the good stuff!

So, Who is with me? Who wants to “get ready to get married” with me??

XO, A

You-are-enough

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Super Inspired 2016

Oh man! I am rocking it out in 2016 so far! I know it’s only the 12th but I already feel like I have come a long way since last year! Last year was a crazy year for me, such highs and such lows and I experienced them all off of the pill which-wow-I had no idea what that would be like. Let me explain….I stopped the birth control pill towards the end of 2014 and immediately I felt like my head was more clear but as you know I instantly gained 13 lbs in that first month. I was shocked and then sad and started to panic almost every single darn day. Why did this happen, what am I doing wrong to cause this? Was it the fact that my hormones were changing because I was approaching 35? Did I have two too many IPA’s with Tim-you can’t blame others ūüėČ Why do I feel gross? Why am I even a personal trainer when all of 2015 I kept gaining weight rapidly….what business do I even have doing this when my body is completely out of control!

All year I went wallowing/beating myself up and and trying to figure out what was wrong with me. For an entire year-wasted time-wasted happiness-wasted interactions with loved ones. And being off the pill I experienced every move my body was going through ALL month long-it was freeing and also awful almost every single day. The symptoms you hear about are real and I had them ALL! I had been on the pill for so long I had no idea what it actually was fully like to experience ALL OF THAT. The reason I went off it truly was because I was being exposed to so many articles telling me that I “shouldn’t be on it”. What I have come to realize because my gut was literally telling me, was that my body needed those hormones, my body really really needed those pills and there is nothing wrong with that! THAT IS WHAT WORKS BEST FOR ME. I am glad I stopped it because I learned so many lessons from it. Everything is an experience with lessons attached to it.

right places

Which brings me to my next lesson-ah, so many lessons last year…..YOU MUST DO WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU. Social media has exposed us to so much “should and shouldn’t” that it makes me want to just go into hiding. Should I brush my teeth with coconut oil? Should I say “I love you” to my son more or less than 5 times a ¬†day? Should I eat bread? Ohhh myyyy goshhhh!! Make it stop! Here is what I learned: No I shouldn’t use coconut oil in MY mouth because it actually causes a rash on MY face and I should say I love you so many times to Max because it makes him feel loved and YES, 100% yes I SHOULD EAT BREAD!! Gah.

unicorn

 

Next lesson: WHEN I HELP PEOPLE I ALSO HELP MYSELF. So far this year I have 3 steady in home clients and have written 3 at home workout plans for 3 different people. I also help people in group fitness class get stronger, healthier and happier if only for 45 min 2 times a week. But guess what? All of that actually helps me stay focused and want to get better and do better. So please, I urge you to find your passion and help others-it’s a win/win!

joy

My 2016 Motto: BE ENJOYABLE-life is short and a lot can happen in a short time. You must be able to find joy and then actually be enjoyable!! Life is too short! My brother was here and then like that he is up in Heaven (cheering on the Steelers right now for sure!). I didn’t get to say good bye or I love you no matter crazy you drive me because just like that it was his time to go. BUT I am not one to live with regrets. So I keep moving forward! This year I will marry by best friend (for real, he is) and I will cherish every moment I have with my son. Remembering always that life is too short to spend half of it worrying about how I don’t have him half of the time. 2015 was just too much and I am still possessing it-so many good and unexpected things happened! Max got a surprise baby brother, we went to Disney, Max started 1st grade, I got a new car, heck I even got my first iPhone, I went on a crazy 3 state trip and got engaged to Tim! Sometimes I think if I blink I will just wake up and it will have been a dream. It all happened so fast and I promise to not take it for granted. The holidays came and then they went and what I am left with is 2016, NOW, ¬†a year to be super inspired and another chance to be awesome!

perfect moment

 

I am back on the pill and already I feel tremendously better in just one week. It may not be the actually pill itself but the idea that I paid attention to MY body and did what was best for ME. I am in control. I love the start of a new year and all that comes with it. I do not feel the absolute need to change. I feel the complete want to change and just BE ENJOYABLE. I have learned so many valuable lessons in the past few years because I became aware and sought out those messages and lessons. I am an Aries and by nature I love ideas/taking chances-some are good and some are bad but one thing is for sure I was born to create and that is what I will keep doing for myself and for others. I am naturally curious and full of all kinds of wonderment and I hope I can share a little bit of that with you! My blog is simply about my ideas and a way for me to share them with you. I am not here to tell YOU what you should and shouldn’t do. I have knowledge and a healthy perspective into the fitness world. I have found a way to balance this thing we call life and that is what I want to share with you. I am always learning and always changing and that my friends is a very good thing! I hope the same for all of you reading this!

Cheers to this year, this day and this moment!

xoxo

Adrienne

 

 

 

 

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!

Adrienne cover model

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