It hurts to type.

Guess who is making a post on their blog for the second day in a row! That’s right. This girl right here. I would point to myself with my thumbs as I said that but I’m too sore. That’s right, my thumbs are sore. Along with my shoulders, biceps, triceps, hamstrings, and even my booty.

I am sure you recall my last post. You know? The one bragging about how I was able to return to the gym.Well that excitement was definitely apparent in class yesterday. I have muscles hurting in places I didn’t even know muscles existed. For example, my chin hurts. I’m pretty positive that’s a result from having terrible form during the 100 crunches we did. (The first step is admitting you have a problem:I, Allison, have terrible crunch posture)That’s besides the point though. The fact of the matter is that I have muscles in my CHIN hurting.Really? Is that possible. Either way, It was totally worth it and I am feeling like a million bucks today.I wish you could have experienced my excitement with me. I felt like I was Richard Simmons in a clip from “Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies”. Minus the kinda stylish awful short shorts and the afrotastic hair of course.I imagine I looked similar to this:

1&2&Jazz Hands!

So as you can tell from the tone in my voice style in my writing? class was a huge success! You will not believe what I will be doing tonight. I’ll give you a hint it starts with a ‘B’ and rhymes with HodySombat. Guessed it yet? Okay. Okay. I’ll tell you. BODYCOMBAT. AHH! I am literally dancing in my chair with happiness. I have missed that class so much.I love it and it definitely kicks my butt into gear (pun intended)  It has been 2 months since I have been able to attend and let’s just say I have my game face on. I am ready to knock some hatas out!

I AM IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE RIGHT NOW! 🙂

Bring it on

xoxo-Allison

oh and one more thing…make it a point today to tell someone they are beautiful. You never know just how bad they may need to hear it.

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Slacky McSlacker Pants.

I am not even going to explain myself or share the lame excuses I have created about why I have not been on here making posts.Because..well..honestly I don’t really have a valid reason…hence the title.We’re still cool though right? Great 🙂

I promise that even though I havent been posting results about my weigh-ins…I am still weighing in and losing. I will admit it has slowed down a bit,but im okay with that. As long as those numbers do not go up, I will continue wearing my perma smile and doing my happy dance!

Speaking of my happy dance, I am able to shake my groove thing to the maximum. Yup, you guessed it.My broken foot is a thing of the past. I am no longer wearing the cast a.k.a. frankenboot a.k.a cast-o’-evil. Whatever the name may be, I am just glad it is off my foot. I am returning to the gym at 100% this week.I have not been able to do cardio classes in nearly 2 months! Tonight I am starting with Sh’Bam(my favorite dance class) at 6:30 and BodyPump @7:30. I cannot contain my excitement. Oh how I’ve missed the smell of sweaty bodies combined with over used gym equipment (I cannot believe I just outwardly admitted that, but yes, it’s true I have missed it) Gross, I know.

Speaking of road trips (I know we weren’t actually speaking about road trips or anything relatively similar, but I had to change subjects fast to avoid the awkwardness of my “love for smelly gyms” confession) Okay, so this weekend my friends and I are making a road trip to…dun dah duh don..the big apple 🙂 I am so SO excited. I love New York. Although I have only been there once, I consider it to be my paradise. Call me crazy, but something about the smell of pollution, the sight of rats, and the hustle and bustle of that city sends me into a “OMG this is the city that never sleeps” freenzie.I find myself quoting movies filmed there.Along with the occasional outburst of songs being sung ,by moi, through the streets. Which include but are not limited to..”Theres no business like SHOW business”  or my personal favorite “Start spreading the news. I’m leaving today.I want to be a part of it…NEW YORK NEW YORK!”.Yes, I do have dance routine to each. Yes, I will perform them without shame in the middle of time square. No, I have not gone crazy.Yes, I will post pictures! I cannot wait!

Well, ’tis all for now. I will post more before my trip this weekend.Wish me luck at the gym tonight 🙂 YAYYY!

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Go as far as you can and when you get there…go farther.

Ehh. Sorry that I have not made a post since January 20th. How embarrassing. I do have a valid excuse. My life has been chaos. Especially the past few days.The past two days,specifically, have been a little bumpy for me. I couldn’t help but spin into a “why me?” type of attitude. I have looked at everything that has happened. I have over analyzed and made the conclusion that I had done something wrong to cause all of this madness.

Then I stopped.

That’s not me any more. That’s the old Allison. The one who thought that bad things only happen to bad people. The one who believed that all of these struggles would not have happened if I had done something different. The old Allison believed that she was the reason that things never turned out right.

Not Anymore.That’s not me.

The new Allison picks herself up even if its hard to stand. The new Allison realizes that bad things happen to even the best of people. I am now the girl who believes that even if I had done every thing “right” things still could go wrong. The girl who believes that she will never perfect because perfect, well, that  just doesn’t exist.

I am so grateful that the old Allison is gone and I am welcoming the new Me with open arms.During the day today, I keep hearing lyrics to my favorite song playing in my head, and I want to share them in case any of you are singin’ the blues as well:

When you can feel your
Whole body’s aching
What’s left of your heart
It won’t stop breaking
You gotta let go
You took a hit
Time to pick up now
Move on from this…
Lift yourself up above all the hurt
Don’t give in
Wipe your eyes and remember
You’re better than this
Let them know
That they took their best shot
And missed
C’mon and lift
Cause I know how hard it can get
But you gotta lift
You gotta lift
And sometimes that’s how it is
But I know you’re stronger
Stronger than this
You gotta LIFT!

Thank you Shannon Noll (the singer of this amazing song) for having the perfect words to say when I can not seem to think of my own. I am feeling empowered. I am overwhelmed but unshakeable. I feel like I am breaking down but know that I am whole. I feel like quitting but remain UNSTOPPABLE. I am happy to feel this way. It reminds me that I am human.It reminds me that I have grown. It reminds me that I am strong. It reminds me that no matter how many adversities I am faced with that if I have the will to overcome them..I will succeed. It’s a new day.

BRING IT ON 🙂

xoxo-Allison

oh and one more quote I’d like to share:There’s one lesson you need to learn in life. People are always going to hurt you. That’s not the lesson. The lesson is that the people betraying you are the ones with the problem not you. You are the victim not the culprit. Find it in yourself to get up and move on. When you’ve learned this…you’ve learned everything. 

okay I lied.Last one: When you begin to realize your physical strength. You realize that you are strong enough to overcome any setback, failure, or loss and grow from it.-Jillian Michaels.

Ugh…okay I couldn’t help myself.Last thing before I leave. Promise! Guess who will be returning to the gym tonight.That’s right. This girl right here. Goodbye cast.Hello ankle brace.Of course, I will be starting off a little slow. So no body combat yet. I am hoping to return to that next week. fingers crossed 😦 But,I will be back in class doing weights. WOOHOO. Oh lord, I am so excited! Okay…tis all 😉 adios!

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Teach me how to Dougie..no…seriously.

Happy Thursday! 🙂 The title will make more sense in a bit. Pinky promise.

If today is Thursday, that means that yesterday was Wednesday.If yesterday was Wednesday, that means that I must have completed my weekly weigh-in. If yesterday was my weekly weigh-in, then that means that I must be here to share my results.Yup, that is right. You guessed it. I am here to update you all on my weight loss.

 Dun Dun Dun. Kidding. More like Boom Chicka Boom!

In the past seven days, I have lost another 4 pounds!!! That makes my total amount lost 40 pounds.Yup, you read that correctly. Feel free to read it again if you must 🙂 That is 40 pounds in 9 weeks. Which puts my weekly average lost at 4.44444. Uh I’d say that as of right now,the number 4 and I are like this( you obviously can’t see me, but I am crossing my middle and my pointer fingers.Clearly an indication that we are new best friends)  After I picked my jaw up of the floor, I proceeded to limp my way (…the cast remember) into my bedroom and try on an old pair of jeans. They are still pretty tight, but guess who got them buttoned.That’s right, I did.  🙂  Clearly that moment needed a victory dance. Kinda like this one :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pry6Cp0kSO0“>

Obviously, my dance was a little more sloppy, uncoordinated and altogether nothing like his. But I felt that a video was needed so a video is what you got. You’re welcome :):) Welp, I do believe that is all for today folks! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!

Next Stop 50 pounds. Bring it On

xoxo-Allison

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“This Just In”..Well Sorta

I am making this announcement about 3 days late, but I am making it nonetheless.So here we go…

As most of you know, the casting dates have been posted for BL Season 12. Now, all you biggest loser hopefuls out there, don’t go taking off work or booking your hotels just yet. Holland says that the dates are not quite set in stone.  This is the email that most of us hopefuls received:

Season 12 is underway and we are casting Teams of 2 (Family members,
spouses or friends). However, if you do not have a partner you may
apply as an individual!

Open casting call cities have been determined and our teams will be
hitting the road starting the middle of February in the following
cities:

 

February 19th, 2011
Chicago
New York or Boston (TBD)

February 26th, 2011
Nashville
Orlando
Portland

 

March 5th, 2011
Phoenix
Salt Lake City
Denver
Minneapolis

March 12th, 2011
Dallas
Des Moines

March 19th, 2011
Los Angeles

I have tried out for the biggest loser once before. It was such an AMAZING experience (despite the whole not making it on the show part of course) I met so many people through the process and built friendships that I wouldn’t change for anything. Just going to a casting call is sometimes all you need to get your butt in gear.If you are even considering attending a casting call then you have already recognized that you have a problem that needs to be fixed. If you want to be on the show…TRY OUT. If you want to change your life…TRY OUT! Even if you don’t make in to our televisions at 8pm every Tuesday, your life will still be changed. I guarantee it.

Now, let me cut straight to the point here. I will be trying out, but I WILL NOT let this distract me from the path I am already on. I heard of someone who was putting on 15 pounds so they would be eligible to audition. Uhm, Hello? McFly? (yes, that was a Back to the Future reference) Isn’t LOSING weight the whole point? I am sorry, but if you are willing to gain weight just to be on T.V. then you don’t deserve the show anyways. This is for people who WANT a better life. I WANT IT. I NEED IT!

Wow, sorry for that minor rant. Just had to get that off my chest. Okay, so what was I saying? Ah, yes. I will not let this process distract me from my goals. I will continue eating right and working out as best as I can. I am changing my life. This isn’t just a t.v. show for me. This is everything that I have ever worked for. Everything that I have dreamed about. I want to be healthy. I want to be happy. I want to do BIG things. If I meant to be on the show, then I will be. If it is meant for someone else, then so be it. I am a firm believer in the saying “Everything Happens for a Reason.”

You will never know unless you try. Right? This will be the last time I audition because when the next casting comes around I will be too little. Boy, I sure do like the way that sounds. Welp, I think that’s enough blabbin’ for one day so…tootles 🙂

xoxo-Allison

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One good thing about music, when it hits- you feel no pain

So as I promised in my last blog I plan on sharing all of the songs that are helping me reach my goals. Music is such an important part of my life especially when it comes to my weight loss.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”-Victor Hugo

p.s.- I tried to have the videos on my blog, but for some reason they will not show up. Please do not let this stop you from listening to the song. I have posted the links so you can easily find them on youtube!

Welp, here we go. The playlist of my life.

First: Shannon Noll “Lift”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFgPbEuWrYw

I felt that this was such an appropriate song to begin with.I fell in love with it 3 years ago when I first began my journey to a healthier me.I love this song but especially this particular video.Those who know me know that I am OBSESSED with Jillian Michaels. Watching her in this video and listening to the words of this song seem to inspire me to do things I never thought possible. I still play it everyday and can not resist hitting the repeat button. After 3 years, it still manages to bring tears to my eyes. It will never get old. It is weird how a song can have such an emotional impact on my life. It is def one of my favs 🙂

Lyrics:

I know you’re hurting
Feels like your learning
‘Bout life the hard way
And it ain’t working
Seems like forever
That you’ve been falling
It’s time to move on
Your life is calling, yeah

This was never meant to be the end
Close the book and start again

Chorus:
Cos i know how hard it can get
But you’ve gotta lift
You’ve gotta lift
And sometimes that’s how it is
But i know you’re stronger
Stronger than this
You’ve gotta lift
You’ve gotta lift

When you can feel your
Whole body’s aching
What’s left of your heart
It wont stop breaking
You’ve got to let go
You took a hit
Time to pick up now
Move on from this

This was never meant to be the end
Close the book and start again

Chorus

You’ve got to lift yourself up above all
the hurt
Don’t give in
Wipe your eyes and remember you’re better
than this
Let them know that they took their best shot
and they missed
Come on and lift

Okay, on to the next one: Ryan Star “Breathe”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGzcCkMKRk0

I first heard this song a few months back when it was played on BL Season 10. As most of you know, I auditioned for season 10 and obviously didn’t make it to the ranch. This song was played as the contestants completed a challenge in the final weeks of the show. The contestants were given bags full of weights equivalent to the weight that they had lost.The further they ran the more weight they could take out of their bags. Everytime I hear this song, I picture myself doing the same. Dropping the weight, physically and emotionally, and leaving it behind. I love this song because it can be interpreted in so many different ways depending on each individuals situation.

Lyrics:

She’s fine most of the time
She takes her days with a smile
Moves like a dancer in light
Spinning around to the sound
But sometimes she falls down

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders and put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live be all that you need

She likes New York at night
She dreams of running away
Shine on bright like the sun
And even the sky turns gray
I need you to hear me say
I need you to hear me say

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders, put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live be all that you need

Let go of our fear, let go of our doubt
Let go of the ones who try to put you down
You’re gonna be fine, don’t hold it inside
If you hurt right now then let it all come out

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders, put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live be all that you need

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders, put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live be all that you need

Let go of our fear, let go of our doubt
(Let the life that you live be all that you need)
Let go of our fear, let go of our doubt
(Take the world off your shoulders, put it on me)

Numero tres: Rascal Flatts “Unstoppable”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1xF1L8ZS7s

I am absolutely in love with this song. I listen to it at least a thousand times a day.(Give or take) I see a lot of people who are chosing a word that describes them for 2011. My word is Unstoppable. I have used it several times in this blog and to describe my current situation. I love this song and how it encourages you to get up after you fall. I lost 50 pounds 2 years ago and then put it all back on and then some. For a while I beat myself up when really I should have kept it movin’. That’s what this song speaks to me. It doesn’t matter how many times you mess up. You always need to get up and remain UNSTOPPABLE. “Fall seven times. Stand up eight.”

Lyrics:

So, so you made a lot of mistakes
Walked down the road a little sideways
Cracked a brick when you hit the wall
Yeah, so you didn’t do the best
It pulled you down faster than a sunset
Hey it happens to us all
When the cold hard rain just won’t quit
And you can’t see your way out of it

You find your faith has been lost and shaken
Here’s your chance and it’s worth taking
Get on your knees and dig down deep
You can do what you think is impossible
Keep on believing, don’t give in
You’ve got the strength, to raise the wind
Remember what one dream can do
You are unstoppable

You, you can weather any storm
Don’t you know that you were born to win
Oh you find a helping hand when you need it most
A lighthouse shining on the coast that never goes dim
When your back’s against the wall
When you stumble and you fall

You find your faith has been lost and shaken
Here’s your chance and it’s worth taking
Get on your knees and dig down deep
You can do what you think is impossible
Keep on believing, don’t give in
You’ve got the strength to raise the wind
Remember what one dream can do
You are unstoppable

Like a river keeps on rolling
Like a north wind blowing
Don’t it feel good knowing
Yeah

You find your faith has been lost and shaken
You take back what’s been taken
Get on your knees and dig down deep
You can do what you think is impossible
Keep on believing, don’t give in
You’ve got the strength, to raise the win
Remember what one dream can do
You are unstoppable

Yes you you are unstoppable
So you made a lot of mistakes
But you got back out into the game
You you are unstoppable

So there ya have it folks.I could keep going, but this blog is becoming super long.If you’d like to know more about the music I listen to or if you’d like to share some of your most favorite songs send me an email 🙂 I adore each and every single one of these songs. I hope that you do too. Download them and play them daily. It is amazing what a little bit of inspirational music can do to you attitude.

xoxo-Allison

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The Results Are In…Drum Roll Please

Today is Wednesday.As most of you know, Wednesday is my weekly weigh-in day. Obviously, Wednesday and I have a love-hate relationship. Stepping up to that scale makes me so stinkin’ nervous. I was especially nervous this week. I had been in my cast for exactly seven days and hadn’t been able to work out as hard as I had prior to my gym class tumble. Which, by the way, has a stellar made-up story behind it now.When I am asked how I broke it, I simply tell them a more dramatic version of what happened.I tell people that I was skiing with a friend and hit the slopes too hard…literally. I guess it is a little far-fetched considering I managed this boo-boo in a step class at the gym. Anyways, back to the weigh in. The results are in and I am super syked to share them with you.

I have lost 5 more pounds this week. That is a total of 36 pounds in 8 weeks.That means I have lost a total of 8 pounds while wearing this cast. Hate to brag, but uhm I am UNSTOPPABLE! I am currently throwing my own private party in front of my computer.Woohoo. Woohoo.Woohoo. I am once again doing the happy dance. I feel a lot like this kid actually:

Anyways, let’s get back to business shall we. I plan on writing another blog tomorrow about all the songs that helped get me to where I am today. Music has been one of the main factors in my weight loss and I am hoping the music I share will help inspire you to accomplish anything you put your mind to.Once again, thank you for all of your love and support. If you have questions, comments, or blog suggestions feel free to contact me. I enjoy reading every single one of the messages I receive.

Bring It On!
xoxo-Allison

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