I’m Just Sick of the Chafe

June 29, 2015

I almost didn’t write this post because I so want to be seen as….well, I guess as someone who doesn’t use the word “chafe” in the title of her blog post.  But I just have to set pride aside and be honest.  I tend to over-share and while I really fight the urge to do so, I have to accept that I am just THAT person (which also means I occasionally stick my foot in my mouth).  So welcome to me over-sharing about my own health and fitness journey.

Let me just preface this entire post by proclaiming that I am not a health and fitness expert by any means.  I’m just a girl who used to rock a six-pack, then had three kids (two of which were back to back), started a business while having kids, got crazy busy, and now rocks stretch marks and mom jiggle in a way that makes me both proud and sad.  I think it’s important to talk about h&f , especially when you are in such a visual and physically demanding industry that requires so much stamina and confidence. Because being and feeling unhealthy limits our ability to shine.  I figure if this is something I’ve struggled with (and still do), this might be something you’re struggling with as well.  Lets cheer each other on as we improve!

I was chatting with a friend the other day about some summer h&f goals and she asked me why I wanted to get as healthy as possible.  Without so much as an analytical or discretionary thought I blurted out, Because I am just so sick of my thighs chaffing together when I wear dresses and shorts! and then I proceeded to show her what I meant.  (See, I’m THAT person.)  But honestly, that actual physical discomfort in my own skin is my “why”.  Simple as that.  I felt better after I shared it with her especially when she responded by squealing, Meeeee Toooooo! and we proceeded to talk about how we used to be able to eat anything we wanted and how Bandelettes are making a killing – too bad we didn’t think of that – and how it’s not about being skinny, it’s about being healthy and comfortable in your own skin.

I had a full physical last summer and to my absolute shock my then doctor told me that I was nearly obese.  Like, REALLY??!  Obese???  I don’t LOOK obese!!  I don’t feel obese.  I’m a size 8 – a size 10 during the holidays (lets keep it real) – but apparently I have high body fat for my height and that’s a problem.  I’ve sat on this info for almost a year vowing to make a real change (and definitely have made strides) but couldn’t completely, totally, willingly surrender.  Mainly because I just love food.  And not crappy food.  Real good delicious gourmet food.  I love to cook.  I love to eat my way through a city at the best restaurants.  And I think that I thought I’d have to give up my deep passionate love for food.  I obviously was wrong.  It’s all about moderation and discipline.

It’s funny how things that you’ve always known in theory all of a sudden click in reality.  Like I’ve always known that I should move more, eat a more plant-based diet, limit saturated fats, etc., but now I GET IT. This is my year of AH-HA’s and understanding so much about myself and God’s will for me because I just get it now.

So as a result, my summer fitness goals are super simple and I’m sharing them with you because I’d love for you to keep me accountable:

Today I started Beachbody’s T-25.  I’ve had it for a while but never completed it mainly because I’m a rebel and hate being told what to do.  Ha!  I would LOVE an accountability partner who’s willing to start T-25 today so if you happen to be that person, let me know!  :)   In addition to that I’m swimming, biking, running and lifting weights at the gym a few times a week.  Sunday is my rest day.

By “eat less” I mean I’m eating differently than what I used to.  I’m a week in to eating a vegetarian diet – well pescatarian since I am eating fish.  I plan to do 30 days no meat (to start) only because I’m trying to reduce my body fat.  Oddly enough, I don’t miss it all all.  Well, except for when I fried bacon for the fam yesterday for breakfast.  OMG. That took so much will-power.  I am not following a particular meal plan.   I’ve been eating when I’m hungry, about 5 times a day, as many colors as possible, limiting fruit after 1pm.  I’ve also cut out gluten and dairy.  I buy only fresh organic food and make everything at home.

I decided not to weigh myself or take my measurements for the next 60 days.  I don’t know about you, but when I don’t see results quickly I get discouraged. I’m impatient when it comes to this sort of thing so I have to do everything I can to succeed.  Also, I can get obsessive about the scale.  I’m done with it.  I weighed myself last week and I took my measurements, so I know where I’m at.  I don’t want to obsess over numbers.  I want to eat well and move more daily.  I’m keeping it simple this time around.

I’ll post progress pics on Insta and updates here.  Wish me luck!  And good luck to YOU if you’re in the same boat as me.

Shine On!

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Summer Resolutions

June 8, 2015

The past month has been crazy.  End-of-the-school-year activities, church events, dance recital for our girls, birthday parties, and just the daily happenings of life have left us exhausted and in desperate need of a recharge.  I am so excited to have my kids out of school and to refocus on what is most important: loving Jesus and loving others.  It never fails to amaze me how the daily grind threatens to derail us over and over again.  I don’t want to be the type of person (or have they type of family) who moves along an uncharted path, wherever the wind blows, lacking intention and direction.  I want to live simply, fully, and purposely.

As I’ve been thinking about this summer and having my kids home with me I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want the summer to flow.  The word that keeps coming to mind is REST.  Specifically, resting in Him.  If you know anything about me you know that resting is not where I excel; I’m a doer. But I think that you can rest and rest in God and also accomplish much.   So I in true planner fashion – ha! typical – I’ve come up with my summer resolutions to help me embrace this idea of resting in God:

ONE // I don’t believe God ever intended us to be so busy. I don’t know about you but I am SO sick of busy.  I want peace.  I want time.  I want to live intentionally and I want to enjoy my life with the people I love.  I resolve to say NO to things that just keep us busy and to say YES to the things that matter (like barbecues with family and friends, dating, reading as much as I can, family Bible study, swimming, road trips, bike rides at dusk, gardening, family dinners, game nights, etc).

TWO // I’m done trying to be skinny.  I hate the word skinny.  I hate the pressure to fit some mold.  I want to be healthy and I want to honor my body as God’s temple.  Period.  I resolve to focus on loving myself with a Godly love and honoring this vessel He gave me by simply moving it more than not and fueling it with good things so I can do the work He has for me INSTEAD of focusing on the size of my jeans.

THREE // Adventure is the spice of life and I think we all crave it. I resolve to plan adventures for myself and family and embrace spontaneity as mini-adventures happen daily (especially with 3 kids).

FOUR // I want to be more selfless and I want to seek out opportunities to serve others.  I believe God gives us these opportunities daily and we choose to overlook and excuse them because we are too busy to take the time to reach out to someone else.  No more of that.  I resolve to be aware of the needs of others and to act on that awareness by serving, even when it feels uncomfortable or inconvenient.

FIVE // Last but not least, I am not the most amazingly fun Mom. I am the organized, provides great meals, reads out loud, kisses the owie, snuggles on the couch kinda Mom, but when it comes to actual letting-loose-let’s-have-some-fun!….not so much (that’s what Dad’s are for, right?!).  But I really do want to have more FUN with my kids so I resolve to do that.

Do you make summer resolutions?  I’d love to know yours!

Shine On,

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What Do You Want To Know?

May 19, 2015

About 195783208490 times a month I am asked by aspiring, new, and even established (but not really doing as well as they’d like to be) wedding planners about how to actually become a successful wedding planner and what running a successful wedding planning business actually looks like and how I plan a wedding start to finish and how I plan multiple weddings at once.  Then I’m asked if we can schedule a time to chat so they can “pick my brain”.

First of all – I LOVE brain-pickers and I love receiving these types of emails because I love fearless people who are willing to go after their dreams and step out in faith.

Secondly, I truly wish I were able to meet with you all and answer all of your questions…I really do.

So this got me thinking about how I can better serve YOU.  As a result of all your emails I am putting together a little something just for you that will help make your dreams come true (more on that soon!!!) but first, I need to know exactly how best to help you so I have created THIS SURVEY.  

I was hoping you could take two minutes (okay, maybe five – tops) and fill it out.  I would love to know what keeps you up at night as you think about the career of a wedding planner.

Excited to help you grow and shine!


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I'm Alison and I have been a professional wedding planner since 2007. After planning and coordinating over 200 events I am taking a bit of a sabbatical to regroup and focus on the events in my own life while I also work on some new and exciting opportunities.

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