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A week in my life – day four.

15 Mar

Ok. So taking photos is getting old. Like, really really old. BUT I put myself up to this challenge and I WILL follow through!!!

Thursday was a pretty relaxed day. Thursdays are actually one of my favorite days of the week. I get caught up at work and usually get to do something fun with my boyfriend on Thursday nights! This Thursday was no different.

As I said earlier, I am getting a little bored with all the photo taking. Thursday I tried to take some pictures of things I had yet to take photos of. Beware…TMI ahead.

yep. Another ridiculous wake up call.

yep. Another ridiculous wake up call.

6:15am - Easy 6 miles with Diana done!

6:15am – Easy 6 miles with Diana done!

Craving a Gatorade post run. Bought one at the gas station, then realized I bought melon instead of orange.

Craving a Gatorade post run. Bought one at the gas station, then realized I bought melon instead of orange. And Melon Gatorade is yucky.

When I get ready at Stacy's, I wear my American Girl robe. I have had this thing for AT LEAST 15 years. The arms are short, but the length hits above my knees now. I can't get rid of it!

When I get ready at Stacy’s, I wear my American Girl robe. I have had this thing for AT LEAST 15 years. The arms are short, but the length hits above my knees now. I can’t get rid of it! Another thing to note….I hate bright lights in the morning. I basically get ready in the dark.

7:25am - Ready for work. Trying to wear my winter clothes before spring hits!

7:25am – Ready for work. Trying to wear my winter clothes before spring hits!

7:45-8:30am - Sit in the WORST traffic EVER!!! Remember yesterday when I said that traffic made me bitchy? Holy crap. I was RAGING when I got to work. I know for some people an hour commute is the norm, but for me it is not. I get SO sleepy in traffic!

7:45-8:30am – Sit in the WORST traffic EVER!!! Remember yesterday when I said that traffic made me bitchy? Holy crap. I was RAGING when I got to work. I know for some people an hour commute is the norm, but for me it is not. I get SO sleepy in traffic!

10am - Oats.

10am – Oats.

Lauren can make a rockin sock bun. Look at that thing peaking out!

Lauren can make a rockin sock bun. Look at that thing peaking out!

11:25am - Instagram break. Checked out fellow GOTR coach Heather's photos from her practice the night before. This girl has the BEST ideas.

11:25am – Instagram break. Checked out fellow GOTR coach Heather’s photos from her practice the night before. This girl has the BEST ideas.

11:30am - Head downstairs for meeting. Must take elevator because my TB boots are so tall I worry I will fall!!

11:30am – Head downstairs for meeting. Must take elevator because my TB boots are so tall I worry I will take a tumble!!!

11:30am-1pm - Attend the Limited WIP Kanban meeting. Kristen and I are always the only girls there :)

11:30am-1pm – Attend the Limited WIP Kanban meeting. Kristen and I are always the only girls there πŸ™‚

Eat a turkey and avocado wrap.

Eat a turkey, pepper and avocado wrap.

2:00pm - tea time.

2:00pm – tea time.

3:00pm - Some amazing friends helped me with my avocado issue from day three post!!! THANK YOU!

3:00pm – Some amazing friends helped me with my avocado issue from day three post!!! THANK YOU!

6:20pm - Leave work for dinner with friends.

6:20pm – Leave work for dinner with friends.

BEAUTIFUL weather!!! Amazing to drive with the sunroof open!

BEAUTIFUL weather!!! Amazing to drive with the sunroof open!

6:30pm - Sit in parking lot at dinner place to make Ramsey take a photo of my earrings I can instagram. Argue with Ramsey over taking 10 photos of the earring when only one was necessary. But he did do a good job on the picture and it scored a lot of likes!!

6:30pm – Sit in parking lot at dinner place to make Ramsey take a photo of my earrings I can instagram. Then I argue with Ramsey over taking 10 photos of the earring when only one was necessary. But he did do a good job on the picture and it scored a lot of likes!!

WINE at Rye!!! This restaurant was awesome. If you live in KC, you must go! It is owned by the same people as Bluestem, which is my favorite KC eatery.

WINE at Rye!!! This restaurant was awesome. If you live in KC, you must go! It is owned by the same people as Bluestem, which is my favorite KC eatery.

Beef Tartar. So yummy.

Beef Tartar. So yummy.

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. My favorite meal!!

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. My favorite meal!!

Wine from Edna Valley. I love Edna Valley wine because my BFF Nicole lives there!!!

Wine from Edna Valley. I love Edna Valley wine because my BFF Nicole lives there!!!

9pm - Home from dinner. Change into cozy pants. Look at the way my super tight jeans dug into my skin! It was painful!!

9pm – Home from dinner. Change into cozy pants. Look at the way my super tight jeans dug into my skin! It was painful!!

This is where we have TMI. What are those?? Oh, they are my toenails. After 3 glasses of wine I finally decided it was time to get these babies off. I barely pulled and they came right off. I think they have been on the verge of falling off for over a month. #Runnerprobs

This is where we have TMI. What are those?? Oh, they are my toenails. After 3 glasses of wine I finally decided it was time to get these babies off. I barely pulled and they came right off. I think they have been on the verge of falling off for over a month. I apologize if you are gagging right now, or if you were eating your lunch while reading this. Even I feel sick right now, however that could be due to the wine I drank last night. #Runnerprobs

10:30pm - Snuggled next to Ramsey. I'm on Tweet Deck, he's on Facebook. We are so damn social.

10:30pm – Snuggled next to Ramsey. I’m on Tweet Deck, he’s on Facebook. We are so damn social.

OMG OMG OMG I get to sleep in tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:45pm – Set my alarm for the morning. OMG OMG OMG I get to sleep in tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TGIF everyone!!!!!!!!

Ali

A week in my life – day three.

14 Mar

I love Wednesdays.

I usually get a ton done at work, and a ton done in my life. I also usually have time to lay down and watch mindless TV. This Wednesday was no different.

Here go the photos…..

4:30am - Ughhhhhhh.

4:30am – Ughhhhhhh.

5am - Not even sure how I drove my car to the gym I was so tired.

5am – Not even sure how I drove my car to the gym I was so tired.

5 miles on the treddy (thanks, Holly!). Ran a pretty good pace for an easy day!

5 miles on the treddy (thanks, Holly!). Ran a pretty good pace for an easy day!

Tortured myself for 10 minutes on the stairclimber. I was literally dripping with sweat!

Tortured myself for 10 minutes on the stairclimber. I was literally dripping with sweat!

Time for arms and abs. I haven't been doing these much since I have been focusing so much on running. I was definitely feeling it today.

Time for arms and abs. I haven’t been doing these much since I have been focusing so much on running. I was definitely feeling it today.

6:40am - Home from the gym, make some coffee, get in the shower.

6:40am – Home from the gym, make some coffee, get in the shower.

I didn't eat this morning before my gym workout, so I was STARVING! I chugged my shake.

I didn’t eat this morning before my gym workout, so I was STARVING! I chugged my shake.

7am - I hate being rushed in the morning. I like to relax a little bit, watch GMA and play on my phone. It helps me relax before I face the day.

7am – I hate being rushed in the morning. I like to relax a little bit, watch GMA and play on my phone. It helps me relax before I face the day.

Make this instagram picture while laying in bed.

Make this instagram picture while laying in bed.

7:45am - Dug out this OLD sweater today!! It was an amazing find from the Limited.

7:45am – Dug out this OLD sweater today!! It was an amazing find from the Limited.

My silver jewelry staples. And can you see how dry my hands are???

My silver jewelry staples. And can you see how dry my hands are??? I had to rub neosporin on them because they started bleeding!

8:20am - Read my Timehop Abe while sitting in traffic.

8:20am – Read my Timehop Abe while sitting in traffic.

8:40am - Woohoo start my day!!! I will clean my desk tomorrow I suppose :)

8:40am – Woohoo start my day!!! I will clean my desk tomorrow I suppose πŸ™‚

9:45am - Breakfast #2. Overnight oats. If you don't eat these, you should.

9:45am – Breakfast #2. Overnight oats. If you don’t eat these, you should.

11am - Attend a client meeting from my desk.

11am – Attend a client meeting from my desk.

11:30am - Catch up on the blog world. Ever read Mom's Gotta Run? If not, you should. Jen is awesome and has overcome so much. I was lucky to be connected to her through the NYC Marathon experience. Jen had everything she had taken from her in the hurricane. Seriously, the girl is amazing.

11:30am – Catch up on Mom’s Gotta Run. Ever read Mom’s Gotta Run? If not, you should. Jen is awesome and has overcome so much. I was lucky to be connected to her through the NYC Marathon experience. Everything Jen had was taken during Hurricane Sandy, and the girl remains positive and inspiring. Check her out.

1:15pm - Eat lunch (leftovers from yesterday)

1:15pm – Eat lunch (leftovers from yesterday)

1:45pm - Dessert! An Arbonne Fit Chew.

1:45pm – Dessert! An Arbonne Fit Chew.

I limit myself to 2 pieces of this gum throughout the day. It is just so good!!

I limit myself to 2 pieces of this gum throughout the day. It is just so good!!

2pm - Take a break between my client conference calls and put together my 'No Nonsense Nelly' folder for practice.

2pm – Take a break between my client conference calls and put together my ‘No Nonsense Nelly’ folder for practice. The lesson tonight was one of my favorites. We talked about negative self talk.

3:45pm - Snuck up on Ramsey and snapped a pic!

3:45pm – Snuck up on Ramsey and snapped a pic!

3:50pm: Apple with PB.

3:50pm: Apple with PB.

3:59pm - Run downstairs for a meeting. Weighed down will all my crap.

3:59pm – Run downstairs for a meeting. Weighed down will all my crap.

5:00pm - Out the door! My office is on the left.

5:00pm – Out the door! My office is on the left.

7:30pm - Home from GOTR practice, get the mail.

7:30pm – Home from GOTR practice, get the mail.

7:45pm - Eat an easy dinner. Peppers, onion, avocado, eggs.

7:45pm – Eat an easy dinner. Peppers, onion, avocado, eggs.

Can someone teach me how to cut an avocado?? I am seriously terrible.

Can someone teach me how to cut an avocado??

8:00pm - Make my lunch for tomorrow. How much avocado is too much???

8:00pm – Make my lunch for tomorrow. How much avocado is too much???

8:20pm - Oh you know, just packing up all my crap for Thursday and Friday. I will be at Stacy's tomorrow, and Ramsey's Friday. I swear I am always packing!!!!!!!!

8:20pm – Oh you know, just packing up all my crap for Thursday and Friday. I will be at Stacy’s tomorrow, and Ramsey’s Friday. I swear I am always packing!!!!!!!!

8:30pm - Sit on the couch and watch Rachel Zoe. Mindless TV at its best.

8:30pm – Sit on the couch and watch Rachel Zoe. Mindless TV at its best. Also, write this blog post!

Snack on some skinny girl cheesecake.

Snack on some skinny girl cheesecake.

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9:30pm – Set the alarm for tomorrow’s run. Snuggle into bed to try to get a good nights sleep!

Have a great Thursday!!!

Ali

A week in my life – day two.

13 Mar

Tuesdays are my regroup days.

My life is usually crazy on Mondays, so Tuesdays are my days to get caught up.

Yesterday was a great day. I ran, got a ton done at work, grocery shopped, and made dinner. Aside from struggling to get out of bed and being forgetful, everything went well!

Now let’s review the photos, shall we?!

YAWN!!!!! I actually fell back asleep after this alarm and woke up at 4:59. In order to on on time to running, I have to leave at 4:59...I was late.

YAWN!!!!! I actually fell back asleep after this alarm and woke up at 4:59. In order to on on time to running, I have to leave at 4:59…I was late.

I am tired of the cold weather. We tried to push it a bit this AM.

I am tired of the cold weather. We tried to push it a bit this AM.

6:15am - Happy to be done.

6:15am – Happy to be done.

Fill up my car with gas. Ouch.

6:20 am – Fill up my car with gas. Ouch.

6:45 - This is what's in my make up bag. I LOVE ARBONNE!

6:45 – This is what’s in my get ready bag. I LOVE ARBONNE!

Best concealer ever.

Best concealer ever.

7:15am - Selfie at Stacy's. So thankful she lets me get ready at her house 2 plus times a week!

7:15am – Selfie at Stacy’s. So thankful she lets me get ready at her house 2 plus times a week!

New spikey bracelet from Stella and Dot. Love it!

New spikey bracelet from Stella and Dot. Love it!

7:30 - leave for work. 7:31 - go back to Stacy's because I forgot my lunch in her fridge. 7:32am - leave for work round two.

7:30 – leave for work. 7:31 – go back to Stacy’s because I forgot my lunch in her fridge. 7:32am – leave for work round two. Call my Mom on the way to work.

Traffic makes me so bitchy.

Traffic makes me so bitchy.

8:00am - Belt out some Bruno. Gosh I love this song!

8:00am – Belt out some Bruno. Gosh I love this song!

8:10am - Go to Starbucks for my weekly team meeting. Check emails and write my Monday blog post while I wait for the others to join.

8:10am – Go to Starbucks for my weekly team meeting. Check emails and write my Monday blog post while I wait for the others to join.

10am - Breakfast at DEG!

10am – Breakfast at DEG! Eat what I brought, not the junk sitting right next to it!! 3 months ago, I would’ve had at least 3 of those candies every time I walked by. Very proud of myself and how far I’ve come with my sweet tooth!

11:30am - Break between meetings, finish my Monday blog post.

11:30am – Break between meetings, finish my Monday blog post.

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11:45am – Attend a welcome lunch for new team member, eat some catered food, post my Monday blog post.

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2pm – Tea break

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2pm – Take a quick second to look at the Tory Burch spring handbags. The robins egg blue bag is calling me name!!!

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2:15pm – Post to the Miles with Style facebook page.

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4:15pm – An apple a day!

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5pm – Look up my bib and coral for the Boston Marathon!!!

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6:25pm – leave work, oatmeal in hand.

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6:26pm – Walk out to my car and see that Ramsey parked next to me. Even though we didn’t see each other much today, at least our cars could cuddle (yes, I just wrote that).

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6:28pm – Ali is not impressed. Left my iPad on my desk. Had to go back inside. (I am terrified about my iPad getting stolen…again.)

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6:55pm – Pick up some groceries at Target!

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7:30pm – Get home, and put on sweats in less than 5 minutes. Pretty sure I never make it 5 minutes in my house before my sweats go on!

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Read a sweet thank you note from my friend Laura. Glad she liked that mixer πŸ™‚

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7:45pm – Start making dinner. Make breakfast for Wednesday and Thursday while I wait for chicken to thaw. Call my Mom (again, we talk a lot).

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8:30pm – Sit down to eat, instagram my dinner (duh!)

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Watch The Taste while I eat. I liked that show!!

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9:00pm – get in bed, turn on Body of Proof, read my girls on the run lesson for Wednesday, write this blog post!

10pm - Set alarm for tomorrow morning gym workout!

10pm – Set alarm for tomorrow morning gym workout!

 

Chat tomorrow!!

xo,

Ali

A week in my life – day one.

12 Mar

I have decided to do a little challenge for myself. It shall be called the “week in my life” challenge.

Basically what this challenge entails is taking photos throughout the day, starting on MondayΒ  and ending on Sunday.

Do I think you all care to see what I am doing at all times of the day? No. But do I think this challenge will help me? Yes.

You see, lately I have been having an insane amount of Jessie Spano “There’s never any time!!!!” moments. I actually yelled this phrase out to my boyfriend last week (20% joking, 80% serious). The last few weeks I have felt like I am running around with my head cut off. I don’t like this feeling at all. I don’t like to feel like I am losing control and not getting all my work (job and personal) done.

My hopes is that this challenge will show me where I am slacking in my schedule, where the inefficiencies lie, and how I can get better control of things (can you tell my job is being a project manager??). AndΒ  YOU will hold me accountable.

So let’s get started. Monday’s are my CRAZY days in life and with work. Every Monday is nothing but a flurry of tasks, and running from one place to another.

4:20am - I wake up really really early so I can run before spin class.

4:20am – I wake up really really early so I can run before spin class.

4:45am - How am I not Mayor of my gym???

4:45am – How am I not Mayor of my gym???

3 miles on the mill.

3 miles on the mill.

55 mins on the spin bike.

55 mins on the spin bike.

Get an awesome feel good text from my friend, Megan! Way to go, Megan!!!

Get an awesome feel good text from my friend, Megan! Way to go, Megan!!!

7am - Eat breakfast number one - one scoop Arbonne powder with almond milk.

7am – Eat breakfast number one – one scoop Arbonne powder with almond milk.

Pack lunch and dinner, since I will not be home until after 9pm.

Pack lunch and dinner, since I will not be home until after 9pm.

7:30am - Send an email I forgot to send on Sunday night. Oops!

7:30am – Send an email I forgot to send on Sunday night. Oops!

Cozy outfit Monday. Love my new hoodie from Target!!

Cozy outfit Monday. Love my new hoodie from Target!!

Happy feet shoes are a must on crazy Monday's.

Happy feet shoes are a must on crazy Monday’s.

8am - Leave the house, run to CVS, and rock out to Justin Beiber.

8am – Leave the house, run to CVS, and rock out to Justin Beiber.

Pick up my script and oatmeal at CVS.

Pick up my script and oatmeal at CVS.

8:37am - Get to work and think, "Why in the F is it snowing again????"

8:37am – Get to work and think, “Why in the F is it snowing again????”

8:45am - Settle into my messy desk.

8:45am – Settle into my messy desk.

9am - Froth my coffee.

9am – Froth my coffee.

10am - Eat my breakfast and download my weekend with Hannah. Hannah - "OMG Jacque ate a razor blade yesterday!" Ali - "OMG I've never been treated so rudely than I was this weekend....What is their problem? I did not cheat on her brother or their son!!!! OR do anything but decide to do what made me a happier and better person. Let's move on people....I think we have other things to exert our energy on!!!!"

10am – Eat my breakfast and download my weekend with Hannah. Hannah – “OMG Jacque ate a razor blade yesterday!” Ali – “OMG I’ve never been treated so rudely than I was this weekend….What is their problem? I did not cheat on her brother or their son!!!! OR do anything but decide to do what made me a happier and better person. Why the attitude? I am sure he is happier now too without me always being stressed out and worried! Let’s move on people….I think we have other things to exert our energy on!!!!”

11:30am - Settle back into my desk after after a morning of meetings. Also, get a fix on my Bruno and Ellie G obsession.

11:30am – Settle back into my desk after after a morning of meetings. Also, get a fix on my Bruno and Ellie G obsession.

1:30pm - Finally eat lunch in one of my meetings.

1:30pm – Finally eat lunch in one of my meetings.

4pm - Stare at my Kanban board.

4pm – Stare at my Kanban board.

4:45pm - Change my pants and shoes for GOTR practice.

4:45pm – Change my pants and shoes for GOTR practice.

5pm - Cut up my apple and finally get a chance to see my sweetie! We might work together but really never see each other unless we make it a point. In this instance, I made him come say hi!

5pm – Cut up my apple and finally get a chance to see my sweetie! We might work together but really never see each other unless we try. In this instance, I made him come say hi!

5:00-5:58pm - Drive to GOTR through terrible traffic, and chat with my Aunt. I love my bluetooth.

5:00-5:58pm – Drive to GOTR through terrible traffic, and chat with my Aunt. I love my bluetooth.

6:00-7:15pm - Girls on the Run practice! We finally went outside, but we were all frozen by the end!!!

6:00-7:15pm – Girls on the Run practice! We finally went outside, but we were all frozen by the end!!!

7:30pm-9:15pm - Go to Stacy's to watch Bachelor finale!!

7:30pm-9:15pm – Go to Stacy’s to watch Bachelor finale!!

8pm - Eat the same thing for dinner that I had for lunch...mmm?

8pm – Eat the same thing for dinner that I had for lunch…mmm?

7:30-9:15 - Work through the entire episode. Like I said, Monday's are nutty.

7:30-9:15 – Work through the entire episode. Like I said, Monday’s are nutty.

9:30pm - Go home, pack up my things for tomorrow morning. When my running group runs in the AM, I get ready for work at Stacy's house to save time. I am like a nomad.

9:30pm – Go home, pack up my things for tomorrow morning. When my running group runs in the AM, I get ready for work at Stacy’s house to save time. I am like a nomad.

10pm - Get all cozy and crawl into bed. Get caught up on Instagram and Facebook from the day. Check my personal email.

10pm – Get all cozy and crawl into bed. Get caught up on Instagram and Facebook from the day. Check my personal email.

10:30 pm - Set the alarm and prepare for another day of fun.

10:30 pm – Set the alarm and prepare for another day of fun.

Till tomorrow……

xo,

Ali

Loving Love

14 Feb

Happy Valentines Day!

I love this day. I always have.

When I was in school I would look forward to making my Valentines Day box and delivering my valentines to all my classmates. What can I say, I love love.

The past few months I have thought a lot about relationships. What makes them good, what makes them bad, what makes them life long, and what makes them short lived.

Rarely do I really talk about “love” on this blog, and never have I offered up advice on this topic. But since it is Valentines Day, I feel like I can share my opinion on the subject.

So here we go.

When you are in a relationship with the right person, you know it. I remember hearing this many years ago and thinking, “surely it is not that easy!”, well I think it is.

I have also discovered that when you are in a relationship with the right person, you will both end up being better people because of it.

I have flaws, we all do. My biggest flaw (in my opinion, so let’s not offer up other suggestions!) is anxiety. I have known a life of worrying and feeling anxious for so many years that I didn’t ever know I could live without it. This anxiety has caused me to experience horrible heartburn, stomach aches and hair loss over the years. I never imagined I could go one day without having some kind of anxious feeling or worry. But now, I do.

In my previous relationships I would be happy, but still have my nagging anxiety present in the background. It was like a cloud over everything. Constant worry and stress about what could be coming, and things that had previously happened occurring again.

Nowadays, I no longer struggle with the constant anxiety and stress that I once thought would always be a part of my life. It was like one day I woke up and POOF! the lingering cloud had moved on. The cloud that I thought I would always live under was gone.

Living “cloud free” has been amazing. And I know exactly what I can attribute this to. The best decision I have ever made was saying “yes” to a dinner invitation from someone I had known for awhile but never took that next step with. Since saying “yes”, my life has been happy and complete and I am a better person because of him.

I foresee bright sunshiny days ahead with him.

I foresee bright sunshiny days ahead with him.

If you are unsure of your relationship, or where your love life is taking you, I ask you to consider if this current situation is making you a better person. I also ask you to think about your biggest flaw, and whether or not the person you are with fixes the flaw, or makes it even worse.

Had someone offered up this advice many years ago – and I actually listened to it – I could’ve saved a lot of money on nexium and hair loss shampoo.

Happy Valentines Day friends, I hope your day is as full of love as mine has been πŸ™‚

xoxoxo,

Ali

 

 

Negative Self Talk Sucks.

20 Jan

Last season at Girls on the Run, we had a lesson about negative self talk. And we discussed how girls are particularly bad at this behavior.

Negative self talk is just like it sounds – telling yourself negative things you believe to be true. And for us girls, most negative self talk revolves around the way we look.

“I’m not pretty enough”, “I’m not skinny enough”, “My thighs are too big”, “My hair is too short”, etc.

The reason why I am telling you about this, is because yesterday I had a very bad negative self talk day. And it all began in the fitting room at Lululemon.

My boyfriend and I stopped by Lulu so I could buy some new treats to replace items I had returned for Christmas. I stepped into the fitting room, and tried on some of those tight booty shorts. I thought they would be good for spin.

Well…..that was a big mistake. I couldn’t even step foot out of the room in those babies. I was appalled. I was starting at my legs in disgust, and could not stop looking at spots of cellulite on my thighs. How did I run 10 miles that morning, and have cellulite on my legs?!?

The above situation was step one of the breakdown. After this, I started staring at myself in the mirror even more, and noticed two lovely blemishes smack dab on my forehead.

So the count for negative self talk comments now stands at 2.
1. Cellulite
2. Acne

Then it got worse.

I finally gathered the courage to walk out of the fitting room wearing a striped tank, and running tights. I wanted to get some feedback from the boyfriend and see if he liked it.

So his response?

“I like the pants, but I am not sure the stripes on that tank are quite your thing”.

Yeah….that sent me over the edge.

Now I was battling cellulite, acne and unflattering stripes. And my poor boyfriend was just trying to be helpful when he told me the truth (now he has learned to first find out if I like it, then offer an opinion).

I got dressed (after starting at the cellulite again), and stormed out the of fitting room. Ramsey was semi oblivious and asked if I was ready.

“No, I am NOT ready! Because I have to find a top that flatters me!!!!”.

Whoa. I just snapped at my boyfriend in Lulu, after having a meltdown in the fitting room. What an eventful afternoon.

Finally, I pulled myself together, stopped pouting, and picked out another top that was “my thing”. Then I came clean to Ramsey about why I was freaking out. Of course he was supportive as always, and told me all the reasons why I have n0thing to worry about. It was sweet.

He is so amazing. He will give me a pep talk, AND photoshop my zits out of our pictures!!!

He is so amazing. He will give me a pep talk, AND photoshop my zits out of our pictures!!!

Moral of this story: Negative self talk sucks. It is not productive, and not beneficial. It is also very unhealthy. And I must find a way to overcome it.

I am always good at talking my friends off a ledge when they are feeding their brains with negative self talk, and I am also good at teaching my Girls on the Run girls that they should not be critical of themselves. But for some reason when it comes to me, sometimes I just can’t get those bad thoughts out of my head.

Today, I am much better and feeling quite happy. But I know that it’s only a matter of time until the negative self talk comes back, and I have another meltdown (hopefully not in a Lulu fitting room!!).

At breakfast this morning with my Mom and Aunt, sporting my new Lulu pullover.

At breakfast this morning with my Mom and Aunt, sporting my new Lulu pullover.

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Now I ask you – how do you deal with negative self talk?

And how do you love yourself for everything you are, instead of focusing on the things you are not?

xoxo,

Ali

Marathons are Like Relationships

13 Jan

Following my Dallas Marathon experience, I decided that marathons are like relationships.

So hear me out.

When you train for a marathon, you put your heart and soul into it, much like you do with a relationship. You devote many hours to it, and feel the negative effects when you neglect it.

You also spend insane amounts of time dreaming of the outcome of your hard work. For marathons it would be crossing the finish line in a PR, BQ or goal worthy time. For relationships it would be the wedding with the perfect white dress and gorgeous centerpieces.

And when marathons and relationships don’t go your way, the effects are felt almost the same.

Within the last year, I have been through a relationship that didn’t go my way, and two marathons that also didn’t go my way. And with both cases, I had similar feelings afterwards.

With my marathon I thought to myself, “Wow. I trained for this thing for 5 months, put every ounce of my body into it, and did not get close to the outcome that I desired.”

With my relationship I thought to myself, “Wow. I worked for months, poured my heart into it, wasted tears on it, spent many late nights devoted to it, and did not get the outcome I had thought would come.”

And then with both, I had the realization I would have to completely start over. Back to square one. Back to the drawing board.

When a marathon doesn’t go your way, you can’t just run another one the next weekend and get the outcome you had wanted (unless you are a running freak). When a relationship doesn’t go your way, you can’t just go on a blind date the following Saturday night and meet the person you’ll marry the next week (unless you are a celeb or you make really bad decisions).

In both cases, you have to come to terms with the fact that you will be starting over and the timeline of reaching your dream will be extended.

Someday, I will break 3:30 in my marathon. I am just not sure when that will be. My body and mind need time to recover from Dallas and process what it will take to work towards that goal again. Although I will be running the Boston Marathon in April, I am not sure an under 3:30 marathon is in the cards there.

And someday, I will wear my perfect white wedding dress and have the most perfect centerpieces that are talked about for years. I am well on my way to this dream, and my heart and mind tell me that I will never have to “start over” with this process again. πŸ˜‰

How do you deal with a marathon that doesn’t go your way? Or a relationship this doesn’t go your way? What helps you accept the fact that you have to start over?

Wishing you a great week ahead!!

xo,

Ali

2012

31 Dec

2012 was a roller coaster of a year.

It started off at the bottom, and has since worked its way up to the top – with some bumps along the way.

2012 taught me many life lessons, and showed me what I am made of.

I had moments of extreme heartbreak, followed by moments of happiness that I had not ever experienced. I’ve never had a year filled with so many tears and sorrows,Β  yet so much happiness and so many smiles.

Among my favorite memories are my many trips. Below is a little snapshot of where I was this year.

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Santa Fe, Vegas, Louisville (times two!), Chicago (times two!), San Francisco & Napa, Central Coast CA, NYC, Dallas.

I look forward to seeing what 2013 brings, and pray that it is a little more stable then 2012 πŸ™‚

Thank you for your continuing support and kindness. Happy New Year!!!

xoxo,

Ali

Ellen’s Perfect Proposal Video

30 Nov

If you’d like a little Friday sappiness in your life, take a look at this video.

My amazing friend Ellen got engaged on Thanksgiving, and the entire thing was caught on video!!! You can even spy me in the background totally in shock, letting out quite a shrill!

Major credit to her future brother-in-law Austin, for capturing the moment and editing it so well.

 

Love you both, and so excited for your future!!!

xo,

Ali

P.S. I take half the credit of this proposal, because I helped set them up πŸ˜‰

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Girls on the Run is SO Much FUN!

27 Nov

Last summer, I made the decision to be a Girls on the Run Coach. I’ve wanted to be involved with this program for years, and I finally took the plunge and applied. I was thrilled when I heard back that I would be a coach for the fall season of Girls on the Run!

From September through the beginning of November, I devoted every Tuesday and Thursday evening to 14 girls, ages 8 – 11. We learned about loving ourselves, discussed good decision making and ran our hearts out. We also had a TON of fun while doing it.

I cannot say enough about how amazing the Girls on the Run program is. The curriculum was great, the workout plans were effective, and the girls always had fun.

The St. Mary’s GOTR coaches

The girls were so great at encouraging their teammates.

The girls were so great at encouraging their teammates. And they loved their scrunchies I made them!

Not only did the Girls on the Run program benefit these girls, but it also benefited me.

If I had a hard day before practice, these girls were able to turn my frowns upside down. They made me smile, they made me laugh, and they just plain made me happy. Never did I not look forward to going to practice. In fact, I was really sad when the season ended.

These two were such sweeties!!!

The Girls on the Run season ends with a 5k in which all the Girls on the Run programs around the Kansas City area get together and run. There are so many girls there, and everyone is happy and excited.

I loved seeing all my girls at the 5k and witness the pride on their face as they crossed that finish line.

So proud to complete her 5k!

We had 3 Ali’s (4 including me) in our group! We all had a bond πŸ™‚

One of my best helpers at practice.

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I already look forward to next season, and hope that I get to coach some of the same girls again.

If you have ever thought about coaching, I urge you to move forward and apply online to be a coach. I promise, you won’t regret the decision.

xo,

Ali

 

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