My Own Event

In all honesty I’m not participating in the Blogging 101 class like I should be, but I’ve also never been one to follow what I “should” be doing.

So, instead of picking a blogging event from the commons to participate in- I’m creating my own event. No, its not even a blogging event!

In my previous post, Why Not Me! I mentioned that I was an AdvoCare independent distributor and now a certified personal trainer through ISSA. Other than buy a few of my favorite products like spark and such, I haven’t done or bought much else with AdvoCare and I’m not fully established with the personal training either. I would love to help some family members and friends get back in shape before I tackle other clients! This morning when I went to put on a pair of dress pants I haven’t worn in a while, they straight up didn’t fit. Crap!

This started happening to me after I graduated college. I get on a “eating out almost every night” streak and I find myself not fitting into my pants. Then I start to watch what I’m eating and head back to the gym and it kind of straightens itself out. My last streak started about a month ago when my fiance and I bought our new home. With working in the new house every night after work and moving and packing and racing, I’ve barely had any time to plan meals, grocery shop, cook and get to the gym! We have 2 weeks until we have to be out of our old place, so we’re on full blown “get sh*t done” mode which means its pizza and Chinese for dinner on the way home from work. All very bad excuses for not eating healthy and making the time to work out, but hey, it happens to the best of us!

PlanThis is where my little event starts. I want to do an AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, but I’m struggling to find the support system or someone to do it with me. Yes, I could do it on my own and have before (about 1 year ago), but after I did it by myself (Lost 10 lbs- and kept it off until my little binge eating new house project started) I found it would have been much more motivating to do it with someone!

I plan on starting my own challenge Monday, September 7. Giving me a solid week to get settled into the new house and back to business with healthier eating and getting back on my gym grind! My goal is to loose the extra 10 lbs I’ve been carrying around for a few months, get my energy back and continue my healthy eating long after the challenge is over!

Feel free to email me acumens39@gmail.com or find me on Facebook if you’re interested in joining me!

On a Roll

I feel like I’m a roll today….there’s not stopping this trfloorsain!

After work yesterday I stopped a the new house to check out how the hardwood floor refinishing is going and it looks great! So happy with our contractor and he’s getting it done much faster than he said he would/could. Which means that we can move in sooner than we had originally planned!

At first I was super excited that we bought a house, then not so much because I saw how expensive it was and how much work we had to do. Once we got started painting and now that the floors are almost done and we’re getting granite (hallelujah) I’m all about this move. Big girl pants are in full swing right now. Started packing a little more of our current house last night and feel like I made some headway (even though I packed about 4 boxes of glasses and dishes away). Packing takes forever and you never realize how much you have until you have to move it!

sparkWoke up late for work, but only managed to be 10 min late. BOOM. I’ve been so busy today work is already over! Yay! Drinking my Spark (or as people in the office call it “Alison’s cool aid” because I’m a child when it comes to drinking coffee- so Spark it is!)

Getting ready for an interview for a second job at 6pm. Wish me luck! Both my fiance and I decided it would be a good thing for me to bring in a little more money and it gives me some financial freedom from the house.

Then more packing tonight and outside work at the new house.

BOOM. Day over and I feel like its just getting started!

Why Not Me!

Not many people know that I’m a distributor for AdvoCare. If you’re wondering what AdvoCare is…..here’s a short synopsis:

“AdvoCare is a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products along with a rewarding business opportunity.”  (Off of the AdvoCare website)

Right before I graduated college I began following body builders and fitness enthusiasts on Instagram. During my senior year of college, I became extremely interested in pursuing a career in the fitness industry and thought about competing in a figure competition. I had been a gymnast most of my life and strayed away from my fit athletic build when I discovered how great beer and pizza went together! So, I started following Michelle Davis (incredible person who also happens to be involved with AdvoCare) and saw how much she loved the AdvoCare product line. I jumped online and ordered a few products (Spark and Meal Replacement Shakes) that seemed to be popular and gave them a shot. After I fell in love with both, I decided to sign up to be a distributor to get the 20% discount on products that I used regularly.

dietA few months later I decided to do the 24 Day Challenge. I kept seeing all these awesome results from people just like me on Instagram (who wanted to lose that little bit of extra weight) and said “why not me!”. In the first 10 days I lost 5lbs and the next 14 days I lost 4lbs. Now, you may think that’s not a lot, but I wasn’t looking to lose 20lbs (although now I could!) and I was extremely happy with my results!

That was all about a year and a half ago…. Many people made the lifestyle change and continued to have success with weight loss or maintaining their weight, however I did not. I kind of went into a post college slump, where I wasn’t happy with my job and nothing felt like it was going right. I went back to eating junk food, drinking most weekends and stopped going to the gym. Then about 6 months ago I decided to do another 10 day cleanse and lost about 5lbs and started getting back on track. unnamed Now I’m at a reasonable weight and I feel much better about myself, all thanks to AdvoCare. AdvoCare isn’t the quick fix. It takes time and effort and you have to be willing to put in the work, but when you do, you will see results. I’m not here to sell any product or push my story on people, just telling it like it is.

I’ve never been a coffee person and pretty sure I never will be. Spark gets me through my day and beyond. Giving me energy and helps me focus on what I have to do. I swore on 5 hour energies like they were crack, but after switching to Spark over a year and a half ago, I’ll never go back.

I keep seeing all these posts on Facebook about how life changing AdvoCare has been to families and individuals and again told myself “WHY NOT ME!” People are not only becoming healthier, but they’re able to get out of debt, pay off student loans, quitting their boring desk jobs and working for themselves. That sounds like my kind of deal! I’ve already booked my ticket to AdvoNation in Jan of 2016 in Albany, NY to learn from the pros and meet new people. I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines and watching everyone else succeed! I want to live my life how I want to! I want to be a champion! So, here I am. I’m starting my 2nd 24 Day Challenge on September 1, 2016 and I’ll see where it takes me!

Here’s to a happier, healthier me!

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Shake n’ Bake

As some of you may have noticed, I don’t usually post anything on the weekend. That’s mainly because its jam packed full of activities like getting the new house organized (painting, sanding, cleaning), watching Netflix or RACING. Most of the time its racing, sprinkled with doing house stuff on Sundays and watching Netflix on the long car rides to the race track.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about…….I race cars as a hobby. I started when I was 7 and raced Quarter Midgets, then 3/4 Midgets until I was a sophomore in college and for the last 3 years have been running a Supermodified. Its an open wheeled, winged car, weighing in at 2000 lbs, has about 900 horsepower and averages about 160mph. For all you motor heads its a 454 Chevy big block motor.

 This past week I started the New England tour of my racing season. My dad, mom and I left for New Hampshire on Thursday for my race in Lee, NH on Friday night.

The week before a race is usually consumed by getting the car ready. Sundays are for unloading the trailer and getting the car in our garage, along with the toolbox, spare tires, new tires and all the parts we may need to maintain or fix the car from the previous weekend. Monday’s are spent recovering from the long weekend before. Tuesday’s have been deemed “Super Tuesdays” which means my dad, my fiance, our friend BJ (my unofficial crew chief) and myself spend the night after working in the garage doing normal maintenance on the car or fixing anything that happened in the previous race. Changing the oil, cleaning the car, checking the valves, changing gears, changing tires, resetting the wing, cleaning nozzles and the fuel filter and “nut & bolting” the car. Wednesdays are for scaling the car. Thursday are for loading the trailer and Fridays are for traveling. I think I figured we travel over 15,000 miles a season in about 8 different states and Canada.

So, Thursday we packed up and headed north for a lovely 5 hour drive, all white listening to the GOP debate and eating not-so-delicious turnpike food. Got a decent nights sleep and headed to the track bright and early Friday morning.

All the teams usually get about 2 hours to prepare their cars before practice. We all get 2-3 rounds of practice and then heat races. I race with ISMA (International Supermodified Association) that’s been around longer than I’ve been alive. The heat race line ups are determined on how fast you went in practice. I think I was 9th fastest out of 24 on Friday night. Didn’t have a great heat race run. Car was too loose. Started 14th out of 24 and after 75 laps ended up 6th. Car was good, but tough competition and it was all about saving your tires for the end of the race. Lee is a tricky little bullring and guys that have been running there for 10+ years still struggle with finishing well. Last year I finished 6th also, so at least I’m consistent!

We got done around 11pm and had a 2 hour drive back to the hotel in Auburn, MA. Saturday morning we got up and headed to New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut for our Saturday race. Last year I wrecked in practice after the axle broke going into corner 1 and it destroyed the car. It took us the rest of the season to sort out the “bugs” from the wreck, only to blow the motor at the last race of the season.

Trying to get the car down the driveway afrer Waterford.
Axle broke at the left rear hub- sent me into the wall.
Aftermath of the wreck- trying ti get it in the trailer!

Practice went well at Waterford, 4th fastest over all. Started 2nd in the heat race and got wrecked taking the green flag. The 3rd place car ran into the first place car, who then turned into me and bent a few things on the front axle. I pulled in to check things over and the car was fine, but they send you to the back if you pull in the pits. So i started 6th and finished 6th. My rear fuel tank got crunched, so that will need to be fixed this week. Where you finish in the heat race- lines you up for the feature and Saturday night was all about starting position. I started 17th out of 19 and finished 12th. I passed 4 people on the start and then hung out in 13th for 48 of the 50 laps. On the second to last lap a car in front of me almost spun out and I was able to get around him to finish 12th. No one passed anyone the entire time, so I wasn’t the only one that didn’t really move. We basically completed the 50 lap race green to checkered- taking only 15 minutes to complete the race. THAT NEVER HAPPENS!. Quick race, but felt like forever because it was so hard to pass people and extremely frustrating.

Not an awesome weekend, but I’ve had worse. The car is in one piece and its pretty good to go for a week and a half from now when we head to Delaware, Ontario.

Tonight’s task is to get the fuel tank off and get it fixed. Solid 2 hour project. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world though!

Random Acts of Emojis

This post is completely unrelated to the task at hand for Blogging 101 today, but I think lots of people will be able to relate (or at least the iPhone users).

While texting a friend this afternoon, I noticed that we use a TON of emojis in our texting conversations! There were very few messages sent and received that did not have at least one, if not several emojis attached. Sometimes we can simply communicate only using emojis. So, I decided to screen shot my recently used emojis to give everyone a little snap shot into my life….

emojis

  • Blushing Face- I do that more often than I would like to admit
  • Blowing Kisses- sent only to my fiance
  • Crying Face- wahhh this sucks
  • GIrl- hey girl hey, like yaaassss
  • OK- ok
  • Thumbs up- used sarcastically
  • House- we just bought a house
  • Cheesing It- “Ok, I’ll do what you asked, but I don’t like it.”
  • Dog- I have 2 of them
  • Tongue out- This sucks! often used after workouts
  • No emotion face- blahhhhh
  • Couple- refer to house emoji
  • Poop- I literally refer to poop in just about everything I talk about
  • Bicep- working out
  • Angry Face- Hatechu, this sucks
  • Pain pallet- Painting our new house
  • Sleepy Face- I’m exhausted from working on our new house
  • Money bag- Used to describe how I have no money
  • Checkard Flag- Its race weekend (Headed to NH & CT)
  • Beer- drinking lots of it while working on the new house
  • Flower- My roommate from college sent me beautiful flowers
  • Bee- got stung by a bee and my hand blew up like a balloon
  • OMG face- all my OMG moments
  • Food- I could eat cookies and pizza- ALL DAY!

So, there you have it. The last 2 weeks of my life in emoji form. Super random, but super me.

What does everyone else’s look like??

Big Girl Panties

I decided to switch things up today.

I wasn’t going to participate in Blogging 101’s suggested blog topic today because I thought the title and tagline of my blog was pretty solidified. Until…. I started to really think about what they meant in the context of my blog.

I like the title of my blog enough for now, so I’ll leave that one alone. Take a look back at Branding to see the reasoning behind the title “Nuts and Bolts of Real Life”. On the other hand I definitely needed a tag line that fit my blog and the content of it.

girlPutting on my “Big Girl’ Panties. This stems from the idea that I believe I need to grow up, move on and be an adult. Although some may argue that at 24 years old, I may have a year or two to “play”, but I’ve always been an old soul. So, here I am, 24, engaged to my fiance who is 12 years older than I am (doesn’t always act like it!), bought my first house, working a boring desk job and complaining about how old I am when I go out to bars on the weekends.

I’ve finally strapped on the big girl panties and I’m attacking life slowly, but surely. Just because I’ve put them on definitely doesn’t mean that I have anything figured out, but its gets me on step closer than I was yesterday.

Trust me. I still like when my mom cooks dinner, offers to buy me clothes and pays for the occasional mani-pedi. But, I’m at that stage where the torch has been passed for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with the entire family and people are starting to ask about kids…..

P.S. I’ve got a couple pairs of panties because some of this stuff scares the sh*t out of me!

Here’s to laundry day.

Purpose

Most things in “real life” I’ve done backwards or skipped over…Skipped PSU graduation to go racing, moved in with my then boyfriend before getting engaged, got 2 dogs before owning a house, bought a house before getting married, etc.

So, here I am participating in Blogging 101 after completing Blogging 201.

usAs you probably know my name is Alison Cumens and I’m a 24 years old. I currently work at my family owned bus company as the receptionist, I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013, I am engaged, have two wonderful beagles, just purchased my first home, I’m a certified personal trainer and love working out….oh and I race cars. When I find a new project I become slightly obsessed with it, until the new-ness wears off and I’m onto the next new thing. My fiance and many of my friends suggest I’m have a glass half empty/pessimistic attitude 95% of the time, but I’m very passionate about everything I do.

The purpose of my blog is to hold myself more accountable and chronicle my life after graduating college… “real life”. I’ve done journals before and there’s no feedback or people to keep up with, so I lose interest.

Some of the topics I’ll write about include:

  • Life after college or what I like to call “Real Life”
  • Fitness-Personal Training- Crossfit
  • Home owning
  • Supermodifieds- Car Racing- Three Quarter Midgets
  • Money-How I Spend it- How I Save it
  • Healthy Eating- Dieting
  • AdvoCare
  • Relationships (with everyone)
  • Dogs
  • My wedding

I’m not very good at honing in on one thing, so I’ll write about a wide variety of topics which will hopefully allow me to connect with a wide variety of other bloggers! I would love to meet other people in my current “stage” of life. Semi recent college grad, no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life, engaged, fitness fanatic, loves dogs and has unusual hobbies. I know that is a huge list of criteria, but hey- ya never know!

Here’s to finding who I am through trial and error in this “real life”.