Happy weekend!


Dispensing of advice.. I think there’s a good way and a bad way to do it. There’s the ‘this is my opinion,’ take it or leave it motto, and then there’s the ‘I am right, f’you’ variety. I think both styles have their place, but even my favorite, most opinionated blogs, maintain a level of respect. A while back I posted about how much I enjoy reading The Fighter Diet Blog. She is one strong-willed, opinionated woman, but it is with the utmost respect to her readers. There’s blog author I stumbled on through OpenSky who writes Sex and the Ivy and Chicktionary. For the more conservative readers out there, I’d just skip this one, but as far as blogging about something that is sensitive to some, I give her major props.

But what’s not cool, IMO, is calling out and critiquing others with little reason to do so. I know the way I eat, train and live is strange to some. I’ve had comments about over-training, being too thin, being too muscular, about not understanding me giving up social events, and about me participating in social events and eating things not deemed “healthy” (read: Cinco de Mayo was a lot of fun, and involved items I had not had in over a year.. but I’m sooo not sorry for that, because it was a blast and only happens once every so often..). But I do my best not to call out others for eating in a way that I wouldn’t (ok, unless it’s in response to me being teased, and it’s all in good fun), or choosing cardio over lifting (actually, if you could send some of that cardio love my way, I’d be appreciative :p). We all get to do it our own way, and by ‘do it,’ I mean LIVE! That’s the fun of it. I love learning about other philosophies towards health, education,  nutrition, religion, relationships, fitness, politics, etc, because in truth, there is no one right way, only the right way for you. We all get our opinions, but respect others. Do I become Ms. Judgy Mc’Judgement sometimes.. of course, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t end up on my soap box on occasion, but I do my best not to. We all get our opinions, just show respect for other’s way of living too!

Nourished Fitness is my personal blog; really just a space for me to talk about workouts, diet, and general opinions related to both. I by no means think what I do is absolutely “right,” and I hope I never come across preaching as such.

Similarly, I am starting a Health Coaching business, but what I love about this field is that coaching is really all about providing support. Yes of course there is a level of guidance and advice, but that information is dispensed in a way to work with each individual in a personal way. No two health coaching appointments are ever the same. The program is about making long-term lifestyle changes in order to be healthier and happier. This could mean more veggies, no meat, more exercise, etc etc, whatever each person needs, and it’s a journey to figure out what that is!

Enough of that for todays. Except one thing..

I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful people through the blog world. You all have been so supportive of me. I keep apologizing lately for having been m.i.a. on comments and Twitter, but it’s because I appreciate you all so much and want you to know that I care just as much about what’s going on in all your beautiful lives!


Just got back from kicking my butt at the gym :) Feeling fabulous! I may or may not have sampled the desserts listed below.. oops, and need to kick it up a notch treadmill-style today.

Cardio: HIIT +

Treadmills: 5 min walk (4.0)

Treadmill: 1 min jog at 6.0, 30 s run at 9.0 .. repeat for 20 min

Treadmill: jog at 6.0 for 5 min

Elliptical:  15 min Hills with Resistance

Weights: I played :) .. basically I did a bunch of my favorite things including leg extensions, leg presses, shoulder presses, glute kickbacks, lat raises

Not my usual style, being that I usually go in with a specific plan, but it  was actually refreshing.


Party Planning

So the verdict on today’s party provisions. I ended up making 2 recipes from the beautiful Jessica’s Blog over at How Sweet It Is. I made both Peanut Butter frost Chocolate Chip Blondies and Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles. They both turned out great! Though, when she says to put the Truffles on wax paper.. listen :p I didn’t, and they had to be pried off the plate. Oh and the Blondies.. wow! It was totally like a giant cookie cake.

I also made Artichoke Hummus. I didn’t follow a specific recipe, but it looked something like this (all thrown into a Food Processor)..

16 oz can Garbanzo Beans

8 oz Artichoke Hearts (I used canned)

3 tbsp Tahini Hummus (because they didn’t have plain tahini at the store)

Garlic (I used a paste, but any type would work)

Lemon Juice

dashes of Cumin, Salt, Pepper

Source: nibble.com

The sneak preview of this was good, but I think hummus and dips are always better the next day, so reports back later!

What are your those on today’s post? Opinions vs. advice vs. judgement? How do you draw the line?

Oh and don’t forget about the Coconut Peanut Butter Giveaway!


  1. Screw the nay sayers! They are just jealous haters. I’m jealous that you can do flips and stuff 😉 I’m not going to tell you to stop doing cartwheels because you might hurt your wrist.

    I LOVE Jessica’s recipes. I am having a housewarming party and have been checking her stuff for ideas.

    Those balls look so good mmm…..

  2. Well said Alyson! Love your IMO!

  3. There are always going to be negative people out there unfortunately. I have found that they tend to be fairly unhappy. That hummus looks so good. Love to just play with weights every once in a while, just do what I enjoy. Good job! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  4. Michelle /

    There will always be people who dont like something …and those people are usually jealous – and btw in corporate america things are no different ! LOL !
    Just keep being YOU and know there are SOOOOO many of us out here that think you are wonderful, and are thrilled to read your blog each day. Thank you for writing it and for constantly sharing good information!

  5. Jeez I think people must be on a mean-commenting spree! What is up with them? I support you 100%.. I guess people just don’t understand! But I’d rather have this lifestyle- I’m healthy and happy this way!

  6. I get rude comments too and I am not nearly as fit-looking as you 😉 I feel like we all have our priorities. Mine is health , my daughter,school , and work…not in that order. Some people choose going out for a drink with friends each weekend evening or eating “what they want” as a priority. I’m just glad to find other women who put their health close to the top of their priority lists :)

  7. Oh god I hope the comment wasnt horrible. I got one this past week and made a federal case over it on my blog b/c frankly I get my share and I am sick of sweeping them under the rug and letting these rude ppl think they can get away with it! I think it’s great that you just stood up for your lifestyle, your blog, and just you being you…rock on Alyson!

    And your comment to me re spot training..yeah, I hear ya girl. If you could spare a little of your bootie, I’d love to have some of it :)

    Saw your give away and when I have a lil more time, gonna enter!

  8. Just remember that you are BEAUTIFUL and we all love you! You know who you are, and that you are perfect just the way you are! What someone else says has no relevance to you! I think you are wonderful- for what it’s worth!
    Your friend,

  9. Ironlady /

    I love your blog and I hope that the negative people that have been commenting don’t affect your decision to keep blogging. You have so many followers and it would be terrible to let a few people be the ones to stop you from keeping your blog. I agree that some criticism is expected but there are some people whose sole purpose in life is to try to spread their own negativity to others.

    And I agree, that hummus looks divine! Keep up the good work!

  10. Brandy Craddock /

    I had a friend, who came to my last competition, recently say she didn’t think I should do another one because it is so unhealthy. I’ve never been healthier or eaten or exercised better in my life! I guess she us uneducated about the process. I was rather crushed as I thought she was one of my supporters….et tu Brute? I know the truth and that’s all that matters. Lots of people have lots of opinions and such is the variety of life.

  11. I am so glad you liked the treats!! :)


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