Goal Getter


Happy Tuesday y’all! (I actually don’t say “y’all” in real life but I totally wish I did..) I posted on instagram the other day a little blurb about goal setting.. if you missed it, I said “I hope whatever you do this week brings you joy, if not.. I hope you are taking small steps to bring you closer to your goals. Whether its a new career path, goals to get better in the gym, or a new hobby. Write down your ultimate goal(s) and then write down small things you can do each week to get there. It took me 6 years after college to finally get to my dream career, so never stop. Never give up!” I want to expand just a little about goal setting, and give you guys some tips to help you.

When I worked at lululemon several years ago they have every new employee fill out a vision and goals sheet. Basically you sit down, and envision your life 10 years from now. What are you doing? Where are you? What is your day like.. who is with you? Those kinds of things. At the time, I was 22 years old and the whole thing seemed so silly to me. 10 years from now? Pshh.. that’ll never happen.. WELLP it’s now 5 years later and i’m wishing I had taken that exercise a little bit more seriously, because now here I am telling you guys to do the same. Sit down in a quiet space.. close your eyes and really take some time to think about yourself in 10 years, and write it all down–There’s TONS of printable goal setting sheets online or on pinterest. Then write out 3 goals (could be personal, career, financial, whatever you choose) for 10 years from now and work backwards to 5 years from now, and then 1 year from now. Take your 1 year goals, and break them down… what can you be doing each and every month/week/day to move you closer? For example.. one of my ultimate goals was becoming a full time personal trainer. I broke that down into studying for at least 30 minutes, 4 days a week (minimum) to pass my exam. It took 7 months but guess what… each day of studying lead to me passing my test, which then lead to me getting hired as a full time personal trainer.

Goals are so important, you guys… they can inspire you, they can push you, and they can give you such a sense of joy when you finally achieve them. If you don’t know what you want your goals to be- that’s okay! Take some time and just think about what you love, and whats important to you a little bit each day and I promise it’ll start coming to you! Also keep in mind that no goal is too small, and no goal is too silly. You want to eat better? #goal.. You want to exercise more? #goal.. you want to volunteer one day a week? #goal… there’s no limits.. so get out there and start crushing some goals!!!!

**P.S– it helps if you post your goals somewhere you can see them every day.. cause outta sight outta mind, ya know?

Fast Food.


Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day so far. Harper woke up earlier than normal, I spent half of the morning thinking it was Wednesday, and literally had a staring contest with a bird as it did its business on my car… so there’s that. But that’s okay, nothing some coffee cant fix.. because coffee can fix everything.


So if you follow me on Instagram (which you probably do or else you wouldn’t be here reading this) you’ve probably seen me post a meal or two that I’ve meal prepped. I meal prep every single week. Usually the same couple of things just because it’s easy and I know it tastes good and is easy to make (why try and re-invent the wheel, amirite?) I totally think that meal prepping is something that everyone should learn- especially us busy moms. However, there are DEFINITELY times where I either don’t feel like making my weekly Costco run, or all of a sudden Sunday night comes and I’ve fallen asleep on the couch by 8:30 (this is a judgment free zone btw so no judging me!) I’ve looked into some meal prep delivery services for several months now. The meals look good, they’re relatively inexpensive but then when you go to check out they hit you smack in the face with a $70 shipping charge. Sorry but no. Not happening.


The other day before going to Orange Theory, I stopped in my favorite local supplement store Nutrition Elite (which, if you haven’t been here yet and you’re local– get your butt in there.. its the best place for any/all supplements and Patrick is THE nicest)  to stock up on some of my favorite protein bars. I started talking with Patrick and come to find out– they started doing prepped meals! Boom!! So I looked through the fridge and decided on trying 3 of them to see how I liked them. I got the chicken marsala with brown rice pasta and peas, the turkey chili with zucchini cornbread, and the steak fajita bowl. I would review each of them individually, but i’d end up saying the same thing over and over again— because they were all fantastic! I The meat was all moist (I really hate that word, but is there anything better to describe it? If so let me know asap) everything was seasoned really well, and the portion sizes were great- I was really full after each one. The zucchini cornbread was NOT dry and crumbly like I had expected it to be and the chili had a subtle smoky flavor with a little bit of spice. I was especially nervous about the steak fajita bowl– idk, i’m weird about steak and if it isn’t super fresh it kind of freaks me out.. but I bought these meals last Friday.. and today is Tuesday (not Wednesday…) and it still tasted fresh and was cut thin enough where it wasn’t chewy or anything sketchy like that. All of their ingredients are clean and simple to keep your nutrition on track.. and they put them all on the label as well as the macros for each meal (which is awesome.) I do think they’re a little on the pricey side ($10 per meal) but like I said, if you’re in a jam.. I think its worth it.

Moral of the story… if you guys find yourself in a bind and can’t get your meal prepping done.. DEFINITELY run into Nutrition Elite and grab yourself a meal or two so that you don’t find yourself in a fast food drive through. (They don’t have a website but they have a Facebook page) I know I’ll be back for more! Probably today actually.. but that’s besides the point 🙂

Weekend warriors.

Hello friends! I hope everyone’s having a great week! If you aren’t… only one more day til Friday and then you can enjoy the weekend.. so suck it up until then! Just kidding.. but for real- we’re so close! I wanna chat a little bit about weekends, and being a “weekend warrior.” I know that the Monday through Friday grind can get the best of us. Especially if you work a 9-5 job, its hard to make it to the gym- I totally get it. I used to work that 9-5 type of desk job where at the end of a long day the last thing you can think about is changing your clothes, and driving to a gym… so you’ll just workout on the weekend and it’ll be fine.. right? While yes, its still great that you’re working out on the weekends.. but if you ONLY work out on the weekends, are you really doing enough to reach your goals? Probably not.. Also- these so called “weekend warriors” tend to push themselves SO hard to make up for their lack of activity during the week, that they can actually injure themselves (which would suck because then you cant workout for even longer!) My advice: try and set a goal to workout AT LEAST 2x during the week, in addition to your weekend workouts. Regardless of what it is, a workout in a gym, or a long walk at your local park- any kind of movement is better than nothing at all. Keep in mind that you can also workout in your living room at home for 30 minutes a day either before work or after.

The other kind of weekend warrior, is the one who eats GREAT all week long, and then all of a sudden the weekend comes and they deserve to eat whatever they want. First off, props to you for making your nutrition a priority all week long. That’s not easy no matter where you work. But let me put something in perspective for you. If, for example you eat 1800 calories of healthy nutritious food during the Monday through Friday work week.. and then go crazy and eat 3500 calories on Saturday and Sunday- your week average is 2300 calories. 500 calories difference might not seem like much, but in one month that’s 2,000 extra calories, and in one year that’s 24,000 extra, unnecessary calories that will totally sabotage your goals. 

So as always… get up, get moving and please let me know if you need any workout ideas or help in any way! Ps I’m attaching some pictures from last Easter weekend because my kid is too cute not to, and because I can 🙂


 

Vacation mode. 

How was everyone’s weekend?? Hopefully you don’t have a case of the Mondays and are ready to tackle the week! I’m actively trying to be better about not being a downer on Mondays. It seems like almost a trend to hate on Mondays. Why do we do this? Mondays are a clean slate and a new chance to work hard during the week! So lets be excited for Mondays instead of hating on them…k?


This weekend we went up to Anna Maria Island on Saturday to visit some of Stephens friends who were in town from Ohio. I have never been to AMI before but ohhhhhh my goodness it is the cutest little island beach town ever! Everything is local, I didn’t see one chain restaurant or store. All of the houses are super beachy colors, everyone is cruising around on bikes or sitting outside. Saturday when we got there we spent most of the time at the pool (which Harper loved) and then we zipped around on a golf cart to check out the island. We ended up eating at a little place called the Ugly Grouper– (I got a grilled mahi sandwich and sweet potato fries) , and getting iced coffee at the Island Coffee Haus which was delicious.


After more golf cart riding we headed back to the condos we were staying at and hung by the pool some more. Then Stephens friends’ parents offered to stay and hang in our room while Harper and our friends little baby slept so we could all go out (so nice of them!) so we went to dinner at this place called Lobstahs— the drinks were better than the food, I wouldn’t recommend eating there.. I got wings and they were fine but everyone else wasn’t very happy with their food. Then we went to a local bar called DCoy Ducks which was so fun!! I drank a little more than I planned but there was a fun little reggae band playing and we NEVER get to see our friends so we just had a good time. Sidenote: toddlers dont care what time you went to bed, or how many drinks you’ve had… they still wake up at 5:59am ready to party.


So Sunday morning we were awake before all of our friends so we drove and got more iced coffee at the Island Coffee Haus and took Harper for a wagon ride around the island. Once everyone was awake we all took the golf cart to the Donut Experiment– which is what I was waiting for all weekend! They make homemade donuts and you fill out a card with the icing and topping combos you want. Ohmylordddd it was amazing! They came out warm and gooey and definitely lived up to the hype! My favorite was the fruity pebble with vanilla icing. We all played donut graveyard where you all take bites of each one so you can try them all. After donuts we rode down to meet the rest of our friends at a breakfast place right on the beach which was really fun- so I got an omelet and Harper got to run and roll around in the sand. We headed back to the condos and while Harper napped Stephen and I laid by the pool with our friends before we packed up and headed home.

Going on a vacation with a super active toddler always kind of made me anxious but Harper did so great going with the flow and she absolutely LOVED riding in the golf cart, swimming and being outside all day so it was totally worth it. Not to mention we got to see some of our best friends that we don’t see often. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely was asleep by 9 since I was so exhausted but we got to make some great memories in one of the cutest towns that I can’t wait to get back to!!! If you get the chance, definitely go check out Anna Maria Island!

Workout Naked

Have you ever wondered what it felt like to workout naked? I honestly never thought about it until recently. Enter: Nulux. lululemon’s newest line of workout gear that is honestly like working out naked. The material is silky soft, dries SO fast after a sweaty workout, and is so light you will NEVER have to fuss with your clothes while getting your sweat on.

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My husband got me the tights before I started my new job a couple months ago and honestly, if wearing the same pair of pants every single day was socially acceptable, I TOTALLY would. I am obsessed with the high rise, and love the little reflective detailing on the bottom to give a basic pair of black tights a little detail. Another amazing feature is that these have deep side pockets! The only thing, is that since the material is so light, i don’t advise throwing your phone7+ in there if you’re going to be running or jumping since they will probably be weighed down, but any other workout should be totally fine. They now have 2 different lengths (a full length tight, and a crop) and a couple different color/pattern options too!

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Now imagine my excitement when a friend texted me and said that they expanded the nulux line into sports bras also! I pretty much couldn’t get to the store fast enough. When I tried the bra on, at first I was a little hesitant. I couldn’t tell if I needed to go down a size or keep my original size because it truly felt like I wasn’t even wearing a bra so I couldn’t tell if I was supported enough. I almost didn’t even get it! Ah! Sooo glad I did.(I got my original size btw.) I wore it today for a HIIT workout and some lower body lifting and it was (of course) great. I felt supported, but also SO comfortable. I never once had to adjust the straps, or pull the band down to re-adjust. Kinda unheard of, amiright girls??!

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You guys definitely need to go check this stuff out. lululemon is changing the workout game with this amazing cloud-like fabric and its one of those things you need to feel to believe. Trrrrrrust me.

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Supplements and Standards.

Happy Friday everyone! We made it!! I actually feel like this week flew by since I’m loving my new job. I have 2 clients so far (which is pretty great considering I’ve only been there about a month!) so it’s been so fun designing workouts for their very different goals/needs. 


So I want to talk to you guys a little bit about supplements, and standards (alliteration for the win!) Supplements are NOT necessary to be successful in the gym– they’re supposed to be complimentary to your diet, not your main source of protein, or whatever vitamin/mineral you’re interested in taking. There are SO many companies out there trying to sell you on the idea that you won’t gain muscle or burn fat unless you take their product. Let me tell you… if you HAVE to rely on a product to be successful- you’re doing it wrong. What happens if that product suddenly goes away? Do you still have the tools to be successful? Do you know what foods to eat or what exercises to do? I recently had a company reach out to me about becoming sponsored for their products (whey protein, creatine, pre workout etc) I admit it was super flattering to be considered, and almost blinded me to some of the facts. I won’t say what the company is but after doing some research, I wasn’t thrilled with some of the ingredients they used, but I especially didn’t like how they marketed the products (like you NEEDED them to be successful.) I declined the opportunity. Would being sponsored be cool? Heck yeah! And I’d of course love to be sponsored one day, but this just wasn’t the right fit for me. 


Research what you are going to be putting in your body, don’t just take something because a company has you convinced your going to drop 10 lbs by way of their product. I personally use and trust PEScience products. I currently only use their whey protein (snickerdoodle is seriously amaaaazing) and their Amino IV (bcaa’s.) if you guys have more questions about supplements I would definitely check out their website, or do some google-ing. Keep your standards for yourselves high, you guys.. if you won’t, who will? 

Deadlines.


Well hello everyone! Looks like I (unintentionally) took another little hiatus from this blog of mine. I feel like I keep thinking I have nothing to write about- when really I have TONS to say, but I just let it all sit up in my mind for too long, and then its all overwhelming and I don’t know how to sort through it enough for a blog post that would make sense. Make sense? Ha.

Anywhoo.. I was thinking today that I always have some sort of deadline or goal to work towards… something to count down to. I’ve never really trained harder, or been stricter with my eating for “no reason” (I train pretty hard and try to eat well most of the time regardless..) Whether it’s for a beach volleyball tournament in the summer, or an upcoming half marathon..having a deadline to work towards is something that encourages me and keeps me going on hard days. If I don’t feel like lifting weights, or logging miles- I open up my little countdown app on my phone and see how many days I have until my deadline and it always pushes me to workout harder, or eat a little better. Currently- I’m counting down until my boxing certification at the end of may (1 month and 29 days from now.) It’s an 8-10 hour certification course where I’ll basically be boxing/exercising the entire day, so I definitely want to show up in shape and ready! When I start to feel like my gym routine is getting stale, and/or I’m getting bored (it happens to everyone at some point!) I’ll start looking for my next goal, or what I want to sign up for next!

So my advice to you is to find something to count down to. Sign up for something fun and new. Find a local 5k, or join a sports league. Do something with a deadline to keep you accountable. Find a friend who will join you, whatever it takes. Make fitness fun again!!


Hi, my name is Alexa and I love cheese. No.. but seriously.. Long story short, my sister and I went to a nice dinner downtown with my Dad last night (if you live in or around Naples you HAVE to check out barbatella) and I think I consumed 5lbs of cheese alone. Cheese aside, I also had large amounts of bread, pasta, gelato and wine. Just a casual Thursday night.. Honestly, I haven’t eaten like that in a VERYYY long time. I kind of forgot what it feels like to be so stuffed that you feel sick to your stomach and even walking to your car hurts. I used to eat like that a lot more often when I played volleyball in college- but it never mattered too much because when you factor in 6 hours of volleyball and workouts a day, you can basically eat like an asshole whenever you want. 6 years later though? Not so much.


I got home at 9 (late night for me! haha) and couldn’t sleep at all! I felt like crap, and was super hot. I woke up this morning completely exhausted and craving all things sugar. Its crazy how food can totally affect you like that. What I really want to tell you guys though, is this: ONE bad meal isn’t going to make you fat, just like ONE good meal isn’t going to give you a 6 pack. After your “cheat meal” just move on! Don’t let one bad/large/fattening/sugary meal determine your course of action for the next day. Pick yourself up and move on. Drink a lot of water, eat healthy foods, and don’t feel ANY guilt. Fitness and nutrition is the SUM of the positive choices you make day in and day out, each week, month and year. One bad choice isn’t going to make or break you. And my bad (but extremely delicious) choices last night isn’t going to make or break me. I hope you guys have an amazing weekend!!!

Run.

Happy Sunday! Sundays are always weird… its like it’s still the weekend and I want to relax or do something fun– but there’s so much to do before Monday. Laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, meal prepping… ugh, so what do I do? Sit on the couch, blog and ignore all adult-like things that need to be done. Solid choice.

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(last year^)

This morning I ran the Hooters Half Marathon relay with one of my best friends. We ran it together last year and Harper was only 4 months old.. so to go back this year with her being a ginormous toddler was kind of cool. I always say that I’m not a “runner,” but then I realize that i’ve done 6 half marathons and countless other races.. so I guess thats not too shabby.   I was a little worried though because I haven’t ran for distance in MONTHS! But I actually felt really good during the whole thing! It was the first race i’ve done in a while (or maybe ever…) that felt easy and I actually had fun DURING the race- not just before and after. I totally attribute that to doing 2-3 Orangetheory workouts a week.. it definitely built up my stamina.

I also think a big part of it was my outfit. It sounds kind of silly but I genuinely believe that what you wear (whether its for a race, a regular workout or even out to dinner) plays a huge role. Not only can it make you look good- but it also makes you feel good, and can make or break you in a workout/run. If you’re constantly pulling down your shirt, or pulling up your pants.. thats totally going to get in your head and start messing with you. Good workout gear shouldn’t have to be adjusted at all.. and i’m super thankful to lululemon for letting me try some new stuff for my race today! img_2885

I admit I was SUPER apprehensive about the shorts.. I haven’t put on a pair of spandex shorts since my volleyball career was over.. so to try these spandex guys on was a little weird. Admittedly, i didn’t like them at first. After I walked around the store a little bit, they definitely grew on me enough to give ’em a shot. Thank goodness I did because they were THE BESTTTTTTT!!! I didnt have to fuss or mess with them ONE time during the entire race. My phone stayed in the little side pocket, and was tight enough where it didn’t weigh down my waistband. Truly the best shorts to run in. (Normal running shorts rub me raw and crops are always too hot.. so these are a great solution!) **side note– if you’re shorter, they have a short length.. I’m 5’8″ so the longer ones were better for me** The top was great too! The material has UPF in it so you dont burn on long runs in the Florida heat, and the length was not too long and not too short but kept you cool, and has that super cute lace detail at the bottom! So if you have a local lululemon store definitely check it out! Or click the links here to browse the website!

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Well you guys… I officially finished my first week at my new job. Aaaaaand its amazing. It’s truly incredible what surrounding yourself with like-minded people can do for your attitude. At my old job, it just wasn’t what I wanted to wake up and do every day– and it starts to wear down on you.. at least it did for me. After I got my NASM certification, I started looking around to get a job in the fitness industry and luckily, I did. I’m now working at an incredible fitness center in downtown Naples with other people who are just as into working out and eating right as I am. It’s amazing not being the only one eating prepped food out of a tupperware container, haha oh the little things!

I was driving home from work Friday afternoon and started thinking about how I finally got to where I am now… it’s been YEARS you guys.. like 5 whole years. When I graduated college I had ZERO idea of what I wanted to do. Playing college volleyball was literally my main and only focus during those 4 years so once I graduated I moved up to Jacksonville to live with some friends on the beach. I ended up getting an internship at The HIT Center which is an incredible training facility- and was planning on getting my personal training certification at the end… but, life happens and I ended up having to move home to be with family. I’ve worked several jobs since then.. lululemon for 3 years, a jewelry store, a brief stint in Real Estate (which was the worst everrr.. ) and when I got pregnant with Harper I started working in admin at our local hospital. I’ve ALWAYS felt like I was meant for more than working at a desk doing bull crap jobs for someone else.. and I think the shift for me was getting back in shape after Harper. I realized that luckily for me, I knew all the right things to do/eat to get back to pre-baby weight.. but that not all women/moms have those tools… So I started my women only bootcamp on Saturdays- which TOTALLY inspired me to continue with personal training.

So 5 years later and i’ve basically come full circle. Rather than getting mad at myself because it took me this long to finally be doing what I love.. i’m glad for those years.. They’ve taught me things along the way, I’ve made some of my best friends working those jobs, and they’ve all led me back to where I’m at now. Moral of this-longer-than-I-intended story? Don’t stop working towards what YOU want. Pursue what you’re passionate about.