Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life show when it was at the Fox Theater in Detroit! Chris actually won the tickets through this blogger, who by the way always has super awesome giveaways on her blog! Chris entered the contest because I really wanted to go (isn’t he a good boyfriend?) and since he had to work I got to take my friend Mike who you have seen on my blog through various races that we have run together.
Oddly enough I have never seen a full episode of The Biggest Loser (I don’t watch much TV) although I have seen a few minutes here and there so I didn’t really have any specific expectations about what I expected from Jillian or her show. The reason I was interested in going was because I knew she would be talking about health, fitness and living your best life which are all things that I am interested in!
The first half of the show was about things that I already knew a lot about. What to eat, what not to eat, the importance of working out, etc. Although I was familiar with most of the concepts that she touched on, I found them to be good reinforcers of what I am already doing and good reminders about the things I still need to work on. What do I need to work on? Improving the quality of the food I consume. I already try to stay away from processed food as much as possible and fill my diet with lots of whole foods, however I am not always good about either avoiding foods from the “dirty dozen list” or buying those foods as organic. I also need to start buying organic meat and dairy products.
The second half of the show was about taking responsibility of your life and really examining what is working and what is not working. She talked about finding your passion and truly believing that everything that is good in the world is out there for your taking and that you are worthy and deserving of those things. She was not a proponent of the idea that all you have to do to get the things you want is to channel all your energy into thinking about those things, instead she emphasized that to get those things it will be hard work but it will be worth it. She talked about finding they why in the things that you do. She also recommended that you set your alarm for every hour as a reminder to really be present in that moment. To ask yourself what you are doing, how you feel about what you are doing and just in general take stock of the here and now. The reason she recommends this is that all too often we go through our days and life in a very mindless way and that by being more present we can find our passions and live a happier life.
Overall, I really enjoyed her show and so did Mike. We both walked away with a renewed energy and a greater sense of focus.
Have you attended the Jillian Michaels show? What did you think of it? If not, have you attended any other motivational type shows? What did you think of those?
This post is sponsored by Under Armour through FitFluential and all opinions are my own!
I am so excited about the Under Armour What’s Beautiful contest! The contest is all about redefining the female athlete, setting individual goals and crushing them, joining teams for team goals and challenges and general all around badassery! You know that I love me some badassery!
It is true that I was approached by Under Armour through FitFluential to be part of the contest but prior to that I was already considering joining because it is right up my alley! To be quite honest, it is a good fit for ANY woman.
And the timing for this contest could not be better for me. Did you see this goal that I put out there for the world to see? Yeah , that is going to be my individual goal for the What’s Beautiful contest. That’s right I WILL run back to back Tough Mudders in ONE weekend!
And on top of that I have been thinking lately that I have a lot of fitness wishes that I have yet to make into fitness accomplishments. It is time to do something about that. Because of that desire I have started a team for the What’s Beautiful contest called Fitness Warriors. The goal of the group is to turn “I wish” into “I did!” You know all those times when you see someone do something amazing and you say to yourself “I wish I could do that!” My group is all about taking those wishes and making them into accomplishments. Each person’s desires may be different but that will be the fun part of the group and having support and encouragement to get out of your comfort zone and make those wishes come true is always a good thing!
I would love for you to be part of this contest! Click here to sign up and set your own personal goal! Once you do that, be sure to follow me! Click here for my Under Armour What’s Beautiful profile! I promise to follow back. Lastly, join my team by clicking here! I look forward to seeing you on the What’s Beautiful site!
Oh, I almost forget! Prizes!!! What is a contest without prizes, right? Each week Under Armour will give away swag bags full of great gear and at the end of the contest (It is 8 weeks long) Three winners will be flown to Costa Rica to attend a four-day yoga and surf retreat plus much more!!! Amazing stuff, right?
So what are you waiting for? Join the Under Armour What’s Beautiful contest now! Set a big goal and crush it! I know you can do it!
Next Monday I am starting a new series on my blog called Mud Runner Monday! It’s no secret that I am a mud run addict and naturally I am a big fan of all runners but most especially mud runners! Mud / obstacles runners are a different breed of runners, in my opinion, and each mud runner has his / her own story. My goal is to share some of the stories with you and introduce you to the world of mud running through the different runners that will be featured on my blog.
If you are a mud runner and would like to be a part of the series just let me know! All you will have to do is answer some questions and send me some pictures for the post. It’s easy, I promise! Interested? Email me at email@example.com
And speaking of mud runs, I think I have found the solution to my Tough Mudder problem. If you are not sure what I am referring to click here to read all about it.(Btw you were all incredibly supportive and uplifting about this issue. Thank you!) The solution? Run back to back Tough Mudders! I am currently signed up to run the Michigan Tough Mudder on Saturday June 29th so if I run on Sunday too that will complete my goal of running two Tough Mudders this year! It sounds crazy but I figure I will already be there and some of my teammates from Saturday are doing Sunday as well. This also means that I won’t have to worry about trying to fit another race into my schedule or alter my training for other races! It’s the perfect solution!
This will be the first time I have ever ran back to back races (and I have secretly been wanting to do it), so I am pretty excited about it!
Have you ever done back to back races before? How did it go? Also don’t forget to contact me if you want to be a featured mud runner for my new series!
Day #3 in Florida was our last day of vacation.
Luckily our flight home was later in the evening so it was a FULL day and that is something to be happy about!
I can’t believe I am about to tell you this but Chris enjoyed my picks for day #2 so much that we did a little more of the same on day #3! Yay!!!!
The resort we stayed at wasn’t on the water but it did have its own private beach a short drive away plus they offered a complimentary shuttle to their beach club. And that my friends, is how we spent our last morning in Florida!
After the beach the resort shuttle dropped us off at the mall and we got some lunch at Johnny Rockets. It wasn’t a healthy lunch but it sure was tasty!
Our last stop before the airport was Las Olas Blvd which is a famous street in Fort Lauderdale filled with shops and restaurants. It wasn’t as exciting as we thought it was going to be but we are still glad we checked it out.
After Las Olas we headed for the airport and ended up spending more time there than expected as our plane was delayed due to storms in Orlando. I am not sure if all the terminals in the Fort Lauderdale airport are as awful as the one we were in but it pretty much had nothing in it. Just two stores and two restaurants. I am accustomed to terminals that have lots of options so that was disappointing. Plus the terminal was super packed with people, there wasn’t an empty chair to be found and the whole place seemed very disorganized. They changed out gate three times while we were there!
Despite the stuff at the airport day #3 was great!
And the entire trip to Florida was a lot of fun! The only thing I would change is that it went by WAY TOO FAST! Oh and maybe I would have used more sunscreen, I had an awful sunburn. Probably the worst sunburn I have ever had! I literally had to coat myself in aloe and different lotions for days afterwards and my poor feet are still not fully recovered. Oh well, you live and learn!
I had a ton of fun playing tourist with Chris on our first day in Florida but our second day in Florida was all about ME and how I like to spend time on vacation. I think you will notice a BIG difference between how Chris and I approach vacations.
On the morning of day two we took our time getting out of bed. We had no major plans and no where we had to be PLUS we had this view!
Once we did get out of bed we got some food in our bellies at The Original Pancake House. I did a bit of indulging food wise while in Florida, it was vacation after all.
After breakfast we wandered around the mall in Aventura. I didn’t plan on buying anything but I did end up getting some clothes and this awesome hat that I am just in love with!
Chris also got me more beads for my bracelet!
We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and we both ordered the same salad. You are going to see us doing this a lot on this trip, I guess that means we were very in sync.
After lunch we did a little of this.
And lots of that.
And more of this.
Late in the evening we had dinner at an amazing restaurant at the resort called Bourbon Steak. It was kinda pricey so we ordered from the “budget” menu…. the burger bar menu.
At first we found the wait staff to be a little stuffy and unfriendly but we eventually got someone who was nice and more relaxed. And the food? The food was AMAZING and so were the drinks!
After dinner we were very full and very content. We just relaxed the rest of the night. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!
Ok, it is time for me to fill you in on the rest of my Florida trip. (I know some of you might be wanting to know about my Tough Mudder so I will give you a small hint: it didn’t go according to plan. More on that in a later post.)
In case you missed the first post about Day #1 in Florida, click here.
After visiting the seaquarium Chris and I headed to Biscayne Bay for a sightseeing cruise on Island Queen Cruises. Traffic was awful and parking was scarce and expensive. Of course we didn’t have any cash on us and most of the parking areas were cash only. I was “lucky” enough to stumble upon a parking structure where the attendant told me “for you, I take credit card.” Between his limited English and our limited Spanish I was slightly concerned about what we were getting ourselves into, the lot clearly had a sign that said “cash only” but we took a chance.
On the cruise we got to see the Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and “Millionaire’s Row” where some celebrities have homes.
I do have to mention that our guide for the boat cruise was AWESOME! He was very entertaining, informative and knowledgeable about the area. He made the cruise extra special!
After the cruise we walked around through the shops and then got some dinner at restaurant overlooking the water. Chris and I both got the exact same salad and it was SO YUMMY!
Once dinner was in our tummies we happily retrieved our car (all was well and nothing happened with my credit card, yay!) and headed to our hotel to check in.
We stayed at Turnberry Isle in Aventura which is an AMAZING resort!
Phew! I am exhausted from Day #1 just from blogging about it. Now you know why I had to do it in two posts! Day #2 in Florida was a Betsy day, so you will find out what I like to do on vacation! Not that I didn’t enjoy Chris’s day but if every day was a Chris day I would need a vacation from my vacation!
I know what you are thinking……another trip?
Well here is what happened. Chris and I booked the Florida trip a while ago and then about a month ago I was approached about the Chicago trip. And let’s face it, the Chicago trip was too good of an opportunity to pass up! And that is how we got to go on two trips so close together.
You may also start to notice a pattern about the trips that Chris and I take. I mentioned before that Chris and I are very different from each other and this is especially true when we travel. When I travel I like to soak up lots of r&r and just go with the flow of whatever happens. Chris on the other hand likes to play super tourist and hit as many toursity spots as humanly possible. We have learned to compromise and make time for what each of us likes and it seems to be working out really well!
The Florida trip is very unique in the sense it was not about running! Usually any trip I take is because of a race. Not this one. I have been longing for a non running beach trip and I got it. (This doesn’t mean that I wasn’t tempted to sneak running stuff into my suitcase, because I was REALLY tempted. But I didn’t.)
So let’s get down to business and see what we did on day #1 of our Florida trip!
First stop was the Miami Zoo!
The Miami Zoo was very beautiful and big. But there weren’t a lot of animals. And the few animals that they did have were sleeping, so we found other ways to entertain ourselves.
Aren’t we fun? Lol
After the Zoo we went to the Vizcaya Gardens, which were BEAUTIFUL!!!
If I ever get married again, this would be a great place to do it! Unfortunately the cost of a ceremony there starts at $1500 and the cost of having a reception starts at $7500 and that is just for the use of the space, not for anything else! Yikes!
After the gardens we headed for the Miami Seaquarium. I should mention that I was the driver of the rental car and had made a few wrong turns along the way but the funniest blooper of all is when I tried to go through an automated toll lane and our car wasn’t equipped with whatever it needs to raise the gate. Sooooo, I had to back up on the expressway and get in the cash lane. Eesh!
We did eventually make it to the seaquarium and although it wasn’t nearly as good as Chicago’s it was still worth the trip!
The length of this post is telling me that I am going to have to break day #1 into two posts, which should also tell you that day #1 was Chris’s day! lol
We did lots more after the seaquarium and I promise to fill you all in soon enough!