It’s harder than you think!! (Going Vegan pt 1)

So I can’t believe its already January 6th.. like why is time going by so quickly? Does anyone else feel like this, or is it just me? I mean ok Christmas was great and all.. but Im over it lets bring back the summer. I want to take my dog for a nice long warm walk.. but in other words I have lots of time right now that I can focus on my goal to eat no meat in 2018 and as of right now, I seem to be going strong.

I am already starting to feel so much lighter and not so drained all the time. The number one thing to remember is consistency. But.. Don’t get so hard on yourself if you have a chicken nugget or a piece of bacon here and there, because thats when you start feeling depressed about not being able to maintain your goal. Just remember everyday is a new start and this teaches everyone to be more conscious about what they are consuming.

However like I said if you are going out with your friends to a party or have a family outing where there is pizza with pepperoni or bacon. Don’t let Veganism get in the way of living a happy and regular lifestyle.


Lets look at what I ate today in a nutshell.. I feel like documenting my meals for you guys helps me keep accountable for what I am eating and always starving to be creative in my next meal choices.

For Breakfast: 

I had 1/2 cup steal cup oats, with my nuts & more peanut butter spread mixed in to it. Followed by a little sugar free chocolate syrup, and a Banana also green tea!



For Lunch:

My lunch was super easy today and surprisingly it filled me up quite a bit! I used some gluten free Nann bread and toasted it, Then I cut up half of an avocado and spread some hummus on top of that with a sprinkle of everything bagel spice from Trader Joe’s which is absolutely amazing , I sprinkle that sh** on everything!

Now after I had my delicious lunch, Which I can rarely eat something without following it up with some dessert or chocolate I would like to say. So I made these Vanilla donuts with chocolate glaze, and they are to die for! Check out the recipe for them here!

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 For Dinner:

So Ive been trying to incorporate what we are originally having for dinner since, the rest. of my family isn’t necessarily not eating meat, Ive been trying to keep it as simple as possible. So for them I made Honey Garlic Chicken for dinner with this delicious sauce, so I drained the sauce and simmered it with some chick peas and put those in a wrap with lettuce (cheese optional and veganaise.) So super easy and a animal friendly dinner.


Also trying to keep my water intake high, it’s so cold outside and all I want is warmth, and fresh vegetables, going vegan is hard don’t get me wrong but whats keeping me going is knowing that my body is not a hosting  tomb or other animals. Looking more into the meat and dairy industry just has really altered my views on all of these issues.

I will let you guys what tomorrow brings. – Allison Xoxo







How to Calculate Your Macros on Your Own! My new E-Book

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How to Grow your Instagram!

Instagram Growth!


When it comes to growing your Instagram account, there are actually specific strategies you can implement to help optimize your chances.

Follow this checklist for my top tips on growing your page with organic, engaged followers who will stick around for your content!



– If you go to people’s instagram pages who do very well, you’ll see a very consistent theme and can tell almost immediately upon clicking whether or not their content is going to be of interest to you.

– YOU want to do the same with your page.

– Figure out how you want to present your brand (which could be YOU as a person, or a company you own) and what type of message you want to send.

– Are you a quirky, nerdy type of chick who loves to read sci-fi, but also loves to power lift? Good. MAKE sure people know that, by posting photos and videos (we call this “CONTENT”) that represents that!



– Being the most visual platform out there, having at least semi-decent quality content is important. Now, you don’t need a fancy-schmancy expensive camera to do that. Usually, you can just use your smart phone which takes BOMB photos! Here is a great tutorial on taking photos with your iPhone.

– Your photos and videos being “better” isn’t just for vanity – it’s for EXPOSURE!

– Think about it – if something stands out in your feed, your eyes are more drawn to it, and your more likely to click on it, check out the persons page, read their awesome cap- tion, and click that awesome follow button. Amirite?

Photos of yourself if this is a personal page is imperative! People want to see more of YOU! You matter, your person- ality matters, and people DO want to see
it 🙂 Every human is different, and the only thing separating you from someone else in the world (and on the internet) is your own, beautiful personality.

Instagram Growth Checklist



– When it comes to an audience and working with a funny algorithm, posting consistency is imperative.

– Post being consistent might seem like a shouting match. HEY I’M POSTING SO OFTEN LOOK AT ME!! But in reality – it kind of IS like that. It might take more than once a week for someone to see you and press follow. If you’re posting once a day, that’s 7 chances a week for someone to potentially follow, like, comment, and truly ENGAGE with you. That’s 6 extra opportunities to connect to another human being. It shows your making an effort.

– Being Social Matters

HA it’s social media! Actually being social matters. Now that we have robots and technology to comment back for us (yes, that’s a thing) there is absolutely NOTHING that replaces a genuine interaction. That can turn a follower into a supporter, and heck – even a friend.

Someone whose a supporter or a friend is far more likely to engage with you (and in turn, help your social page flourish!)

– Comment to / comment back

Someone writes something on your post or asks a question? Spend the time to comment back.

Enjoy someone else content, posts, message? Comment to them and let them know!

If this is important to you (as in, you understand the power of having a strong presence on social media in this day and age) setting out some amount of time to respond back to the people who decided to be in your corner is imperative.

Instagram Growth Checklist



– Just because you made an Instagram, doesn’t mean everyone on your Facebook page is automatically going to follow you. No! You have to let them KNOW to go follow you!

– Getting people to GO do something (more than just press like) is a task that isn’t always easy. One way to make it easier, is to follow all of the other tips listed here to give them a great reason to go check out your page and STAY there. Because it’s awesome!

– Make sure that you tell your Instagram to follow you on YouTube, your snapchat followers to follow you on Instagram, your Facebook friends to go follow you on everywhere. Do this often – IT HELPS!

– Incentivizing people with something of value to get them to go do something is a great strategy to convert followers.

Free information
“See the whole video here” “Read the entire post here”

These are all great incentives that help guide people to go change apps and search for you!



– In a world full of people doing the same exact thing everywhere, do your best to be unique.

– There are so many bodies doing exercises in the fitness instagram world, finding a way to make YOURS different (better quality, added personality, more value, better angles, better explanation) will help you to stand out.

– Taking inspiration from others is
great – but finding something that truly makes you unique and stand out is my best advice of all.

Much Love Allison!xoxo

High Protein Packed Dessert Heaven!!(Vegan)

So ive been on this new.. Well I guess you can kind of call it an addiction.. I bake. Dirty. But Clean. 😉 I have subsituted all the naughty ingredients like (refine sugars, animal bi-products, fillers etc) with whole grain, organic, raw, no animal bi-products. 

I love discovering new ways I can create delicious sweet treats yet feel guilt free about them. 

I love making donuts,cookies, amd cakes. Follow me on my instagram @donutsanddumbells101 where I feature all of my yummy healthy treats.

This is a little sneak peak! (Protein Fudge Brownies with Vegan Cookie dough spread packed in between.)

Believe me its as good as it looks ;)!

Why I do Fasted Cardio and what the Benefits are..



Fasted Cardio is cardio done while in a “fasted” state, where in your stomach is empty, but it’s a bit more than that.- It has to do with how your body processes and absorbs the food you eat.

When you eat food, it gets broken down into various molecules that your cells can use, and these molecules are released into your blood. Insulin is released as well, and its job is to shuttle these molecules into cells. Depending on how much food you eat in a meal, your insulin levels can remain eliminated for several hours (anywhere from 3 – 6+).

When your body is digesting and absorbing what you’ve eaten, your body is in a “fed” or “postprandial” state (prandial means “having to do with a meal”). Once it has finished processing and absorbing the nutrients, insulin levels drop to a “minimum” low (or “baseline” level), and your body enters a “fasted” or “postabsorptive” state. Every day your body moves between “fed” and “fasted’ (or “postprandial” and “postabsorptive”) states.

Well,blood flow in the abdominal region burns faster when your in a fasted state which means the catecholamines can reach this stubborn fat easier, resulting in more mobilization of it.

This is where I’ve personally really noticed a difference in cutting and with fasted training. When I include fasted training (both cardio and weightlifting), the journey from about 9% to 6%, where the majority of the fat you’re losing is the “stubborn” stuff, is noticeably faster  when I do Fasted Cardio.

You don’t have to train fasted to lose fat and get lean, but it’s a valuable strategy that you should consider trying. Or not its completely up to you. If you are a person that needs to have something in their stomach before they start working out, then by all means listen to your body and become intuitive with it.

This Process is especially true if you’re lean and wanting to get really lean because you’re going to be dealing mainly with stubborn fat stores that can be very slow to disappear with just diet and exercise alone.

Just Remember Fasted Cardio is not for everyone. Its something I enjoy because ..

  1. I like to get my workouts done in the mornings.
  2. I can feel my metabolism burn more when im active in the Morning .
  3.  I am never Very Hungry in the mornings. I just make sure I hype up on my Post workout.
  4.  Like I said it doesn’t work for everyone… But if you are looking to boost up your metabolism or your at a fat loss plateau, I would defiantly advise putting some fasted cardio in to your Schedule.