Can I take the opportunity to introduce myself since I’ve seen new faces here...⠀ ⠀ My name is Allison and I am a online health and fitness coach and art teacher who loves inspiring others, whether it be through helping peeps start their health and fitness journey or helping my students embrace their creativity. ⠀ ⠀ Fun facts: ⠀ 1️⃣I love bananas.⠀ 2️⃣My favorite show is the Office.⠀ 3️⃣I’m 5 feet tall.⠀ 4️⃣I love rapping and dancing like a fool. ⠀ 5️⃣I listen to podcasts and read on the daily cuz I’m always trying to grow.⠀ 6️⃣This year I will have gone to 4 new countries, and 5 new states—after college I set the intention to travel more and I’m doing it. ⠀ 7️⃣I’m an ESTJ on the Myers Briggs ⠀ 8️⃣This summer I had purple hair and I MISS IT.⠀ 9️⃣ I’m teaching Junior High Art in the same place I went to school.⠀ 🔟 I’m engaged and planning a wedding for next October to the most AWESOME human.⠀ ⠀ Do we have anything in common? ⠀ Drop it below. ⠀
“I wish I had the money for your program. It’s just too expensive.”⠀ ⠀ So....what’s your health worth? ⠀ Before I tried this...my health was worth weight watchers, Advocare, fad diet pills, Pinterest diets, calorie counting, a gym membership I never used.⠀ ⠀ It was worth drive through’s and Starbucks runs every day. It was worth donuts in the teacher’s lounge because they were free, my job was hard, and #treatyoself. ⠀ And when given opportunities to get healthy for free: Workout classes at my college gym, free online YouTube videos, walking or running or whatever, I didn’t have any skin in the game so I didn’t show up for myself. ⠀ ⠀ But when I was confronted with the current opportunity, it was “Too expensive.” ⠀ ⠀ I was just scared.⠀ I was scared that nothing would work for me, that I’d make more excuses, that I’d fail.⠀ —⠀ One day I looked in the mirror, and I made a decision.⠀ I asked my Mom to borrow the money. ⠀ I canceled my gym membership, stopped doing daily Starbucks cuz holy heck the money, stopped habitually going to Target and spending as much on clothes—just to pay her back quick. ⠀ ⠀ Because this was WORTH IT.⠀ My health, my confidence, the end of the diet cycle and feeling like crap in my body was WORTH IT. ⠀ The 700+ workouts, nutrition plans that weren’t restrictive, and the support groups that I had access to was WORTH IT. ⠀ ⠀ And guess what? ⠀ Do this with me or not...⠀ you’re worth it too.
I’ll never forget this summer when I had purple hair and traveled the world and worked my business from Greece, the Netherlands, and Germany. ⠀ ⠀ I’ll never forget the business opportunity that got me there financially.⠀ ⠀ And I’ll still be here tryna share that with others whenever you need me.⠀ Cuz you can get in shape and run a business with part time hours.⠀ Hey, I’ll teach you ✌🏼 — Fill out the form via the link in my bio and I’ll send ya some info on what I do and why I love it!
I’m Type A. Neurotic.⠀ I have a to-do list a mile long.⠀ And on a day to day basis, I’m productive as heck.⠀ ⠀ But so far this weekend, I’ve had a bowling double date with my bestie, cuddled with cats, and spent the day Netflixing with my fiancé. ⠀ ⠀ So for the other workaholics out there, drop below a way you’re going to relax (or have) this weekend. 👇🏻👇🏻⠀ Cuz you deserve it and NEED IT.
What’s the best thing you did so far this summer? (Yes it’s still summer)⠀ ⠀ If I had to pick the best part of 2018 (which is super hard because there was so much amazingness) it would pretty much be my entire July where I hit up Greece (got engaged there too), the Netherlands, and a wee bit of Germany. ⠀ ⠀ If you had to pick one part of your summer, what’s been the greatest yet? ⠀ 👇🏻👇🏻⠀
I got hustle flow ambition though inside my DNA 💁🏻♀️⠀ ⠀ So that’s why I’m always drinking these superfood shakes (over a year now) on the daily to fill in the holes in my nutrition and get a good source of vegan protein (whey bothers my tummy).⠀ Cuz then I have energy to do all the things.⠀ ⠀ The fave recipe:⠀ •1 scoop of Legit any flavor of superfoods and protein powder (they have Vegan vanilla, chocolate, cafe latte, tropical strawberry)—I’m in love⠀ •1/4 Frozen banana⠀ •1/2 c Frozen berries⠀ •Handful of spinach ⠀ •4-6 oz. coconut milk⠀ •1 tbsp flaxseed⠀ •Toppings: Coconut & chia seeds⠀ ⠀ Drop an emoji below of your favorite ingredient if you’re a smoothie fan. ⠀ 🍌
We complain. A lot. Admittedly, I do, WAY more than I’d like.⠀ Example: ⠀ Today I’m tired AF. I’m sore. I was out of the house from 6 am to 10:30 pm last night. I had a headache. My tummy hurt. Some students in my 7th period class were jerks to me. I had a gynecologist appointment. UGH. ⠀ I complained about all of this today. ⠀ ⠀ BUT WAIT ALLISON. ⠀ •I was sore because I got up and made my health and fitness a priority yesterday, despite the long day.⠀ •Thank goodness this program has 3 rest days so I’ll be sleeping in on Wednesday’s⠀ •I was up late because this business gave me the opportunity to pay to take a ceramics class and learn a new skill, which I love doing ⠀ •I’m rocking this blue blazer that I bought for $12 #thrifted⠀ •And now I’m home and getting to chill with the fiancé tonight. ⠀ ⠀ Flip the script on your mindset. ⠀ Today,⠀ I. CHOOSE. HAPPY.
Im a super productive, high-focus individual BUT I do get a little stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed at times. ⠀ ⠀ When I am, I pick of this list of 10 things that bring me joy:⠀ 1️⃣ Sketch⠀ 2️⃣ Read ⠀ (Current: Open Wide by Melissa Ambrosini & You Are A Badass)⠀ 3️⃣ Watch 1 episode of a TV show I’m loving ⠀ (Current: Handmaid’s Tale or Ozark when I’m wanting to focus, Friends or some cheesy reality show when I’m not)⠀ 4️⃣ Do a face mask cuz #treatyoself⠀ 5️⃣ Put on incense or my diffuser ⠀ 6️⃣ Meditate. I’ve been digging the Headspace app lately. ⠀ 7️⃣ Go for a walk.⠀ 8️⃣ Go to a yoga class.⠀ 9️⃣ Call or spend time with a loved one.⠀ 🔟 Make some hot tea. Chamomile is my favorite.⠀ ⠀ I adopted this recently after a couple of weeks of stress eating. Why not make a self-love menu and do thing I love to fill me up internally, instead of using something external, like food?⠀ ⠀ What’s something that brings you back your best self? ⠀ ⬇️⬇️
It’s easy for me to get caught up the fact that I don’t see a HUGE difference after this 8 week program.⠀ ⠀ BUT:⠀ •I didn’t take my before picture until 2 weeks after the program started cuz I was traveling⠀ •Throughout the last 2 months I’ve traveled through Europe, started at a new school, and had about 2 weeks of stress-induced emotionally eating where my nutrition was not what it should have been⠀ •My focus in the last 2 months wasn’t radical transformation, it was maintenance while I was busy LIVING MY LIFE. ⠀ Traveling, eating gelato A LOT, undergoing a lot of stress with my job. And having 3 rest days a week with this program, allowed me to progress a bit, get stronger, drop a couple pounds, but still focus on other things. ⠀ ⠀ Goals change. ⠀ I’m not the fittest I’ve ever been.⠀ But I’m okay with that.⠀ Especially looking back and seeing how far I’ve come (swipe right).⠀ Give yourself grace and love your body and yourself, wherever you are at in your journey. ⠀ ⠀ I start another round today with a bunch of motivated ladies, so my goals for this round: ⠀ 1️⃣Dial in the nutrition.⠀ 2️⃣Actually print out the weight tracker sheets so I can track how heavy I’m lifting and truly try to progress throughout the program ⠀ 3️⃣Still have treats and do the living life thing, cuz this is a LIFESTYLE. ⠀ ⠀ If you want in on this thang, helping another round of ladies get started October 1st. Link in bio and I’ll send you a sample from this weight lifting and HIIT program so you can try it out.
I graded a bunch of my students artworks today where their project was to combine animals with something else. It got me thinking about when I was a kid and we would play a game where we were all animals. I would pretend I was a LIONESS. And why not, really? Who wouldn’t want to be Queen of the Jungle? Also, I’ve been obsessed with cats for as long as I remember. ⠀ 🦁⠀ When I think of it now, it makes a ton of sense to me, because while I didn’t grow up and become a lion, I DID turn into someone who built a life where I could be a leader in my business and in my career as a teacher. Where I could travel the world and flex that bravery muscle. And almost fall off the ledge of a random wall in Santorini for a good pic (pictured). ⠀ ⠀ What’s your spirit animal? 👇🏻👇🏻
I specifically remember being a teenager and crying once after bathing suit shopping. I hated my legs, my body, nothing fit me like it did my friends. And this experience repeated itself, albeit less dramatically, until a couple of years ago, when I started my health and fitness journey. Losing weight in the past 2 years has helped me have the confidence to try on clothes and not criticize my body the moment I look in a mirror. ⠀ But it isn’t about weight loss. It’s about the confidence that comes with working on being your best you, physically and mentally, each day. ⠀ -⠀ So today I did a thing. I found a wedding dress that I’m IN LOVE WITH. Every time I put a dress on, I came out feeling confident and beautiful. And you kind of bare all in the dressing room with your consultant, cuz you’re mostly naked and they essentially dress you. ⠀ ⠀ Feeling all the gratitude for having this confidence, an AMAZING dress, my family and bestie coming with me today, and leaving a dressing room definitely not crying, but smiling ear to ear. 💍👰🏻
We’re legit taught how to pose to look good in pictures from a young age as women.⠀ ⠀ Don’t like the way your arms look? ⠀ Pop your hand on your hip. ⠀ Have a double chin? ⠀ Press your tongue on the roof of your mouth.⠀ Legs look short?⠀ Take a photo from a lower angle.⠀ Laugh a bit when you smile.⠀ The list goes on.⠀ ⠀ It’s sad to me, that the Allison on the left from 2 years back CRINGED when she saw this picture. All I saw was my arms. How I didn’t like the way they looked. I should have posed a different way.....⠀ 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️⠀ EFF THAT Now I’m PROUD of my arms cuz they’re STRONG from these programs⠀ But this change in mindset is definitely more about the confidence I have in my body and myself.⠀ Oh? You’re taking a photo of me? I’ll just do whatever the heck I want and live my life. ⠀ ⠀ Embrace your body where it’s at.⠀ If you want to have more confidence, start making steps to work on yourself each day, whether it’s through one of the bootcamps that I run (which are awesome btw) or with something else that works for you. ⠀ Move your body. ⠀ Fuel your body with nutritious food but also sometimes treats.⠀ Hydrate cuz life.⠀ Get enough sleep.⠀ It all helps.⠀ ⠀ Now my mindset is such, that when I see the picture on the left, I think: ⠀ A. My arms don’t even look bad.⠀ B. I remember how much fun I had that day in Chicago and how happy I was.⠀ C. I wish that shirt didn’t get too big on me so I could still wear it. ⠀ ⠀ That’s how it should be when you look at a photo of you cuz they are MEMORIES, not an opportunity to criticize your body. ⠀ ⠀ What ways have you been programmed by society to “look better” in photos? ⠀ 👇🏻👇🏻