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.