Hello 2011!

It’s incredible how quickly 2010 came and went. For me, it was a tremendous year of growth. In recounting the blessings of 2010 – the opportunities I was a part of, the relationships I developed and the further understanding of myself – I am left very excited for the anticipation of 2011!! Including but not limited to, more travel, exciting job opportunities, stronger relationships and the continued journey inward to further understand myself. I am excited to continue creating the life I imagine!


H appiness depends upon your outlook on life.
A ttitude is just as important as ability.
P assion, find yours this year!
P ositive thoughts make everything easier.
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them.

N ew beginnings with a new year.
E nthusiasm a true secret of success.
W ishes may they turn into goals.

Y ears go by to quickly, enjoy them.
E nergy may you have lots of it.
A ppreciation of life, don’t take it for granted.
R elax, take the time to relax in this coming year.

The above acronym was passed along by an amazing woman, Erica Porter, who I had the pleasure of meeting during the holidays last year. Erica has a remarkable outlook on life and wonderful presence in person. I’m so grateful to share conversations with her! She has also written a life changing book called Eat That Monkey. You can check out Erica’s book as well as her other work here.

A Quick Arnold Update:

All things are calm, steady and progressive. 🙂  The holidays this year were absolutely wonderful, although, I am happy to have crossed the finish line of avoiding additional holiday temptation! About two weeks ago, I was measured at 11.5 percent body fat and showing an increase of one pound of lean mass every two weeks. I am now at the mid way point – nine weeks in and nine weeks to go. January 2nd begins Carter’s next “block” of training and focus. Again, I’m very excited for what he has in store for my training, nutrition and supplementation. The Arnold Classic is getting wildly close!! I will be tag teaming the event with my dearest corner woman, Eryn Strickland. Our hotel room is booked, flights are booked and my suit, by Sylvia Tremblay, is in the process of creation!

Motivational Thought

I love quotes and philosophical thought. Although too many great ones to list, I will leave you with a few I have thoroughly appreciated over the last month.

Pushing it to the limit: “On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this is the limit’. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.” -Ayrton Senna

Excellence Excellence is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.

PassionThere are many things in life that will capture your eye, but very few will capture your heart. These are the ones to pursue. These are the ones worth keeping.

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” –Earl Nightingale

Remember this: In both life and training, you get out of it, what you put into it. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and I look forward to sharing 2011 with everyone!! Cheers to creating the job opportunities, your training potential and your personal relationships in 2011 that YOU desire!!


p.s. As I mentioned, I love a great thought, phrase and or quote.. please feel free to share with me some of your favorites. I’ll add them to my bank of motivation!


8 responses to “Hello 2011!

  1. Alli, you continue to be an inspiration! Your posts just happen to be really well timed and the content speaks to me…especially since I’m stepping (way) outside my comfort zone and preparing for my first show in April. I’m comfortable competing in a discus ring or even public speaking, but on a stage being judged in a very small ensemble is another story!
    Thanks and Happy New Year!!

    • Hi Chandra!

      You are speaking my language! In addition to taking on a new training challenge, one of the reasons I started competing was to push myself out of my comfort zone on the stage. Even now, it’s still a place that gives me anxious nerves and excited goosebumps all at the same time.. but I think that’s a lucky feeling — to be able to strive towards something, to compete, to finish and to feel alive! I truely believe we grow most (and see just how capable we are), when we work through things that are difficult, unfamiliar or that make us uncomfortable! It’s incredibly empowering and gives perspective to the next challenge. 🙂

      Best of luck and a wonderful time as you gear up for your show in April. Feeling properly prepared should take some of the edge off.. so take care of the everyday little things and the big things will take care of themselves. I’m sure you have many people routing for you! Enjoy the process!!

      Thanks so much for taking a moment to share on my blog. 🙂

      A Happy Happy 2011 to you and keep in touch!!


  2. Hi. Thanks for such inspiration along your journey. Love catching up through RSS. Here are a few of my favorite motivational quotes that I love. I hope you enjoy them, too! Happy New Year and best wishes.

    “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” –Napoleon Hill

    “As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.” — Oprah Winfrey

    The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark. — Michelangelo: Was an Italian artist and sculptor

    Believe you can and you are halfway there. —Theodore Roosevelt

    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi

    You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. — Abraham Lincoln: Was the 16th president of the United States

    We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. — John W. Gardner: Was the secretary of health, education and welfare

    Time is limited, so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action, and purpose. — Lance Armstrong: 7-time winner of the Tour de France

    Life is an adventure, dare it. — Mother Teresa: Nobel Peace Prize winner

    Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. — Doug Larson: Newspaper columnist and humorist

    Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it! — Ram Dass: Author and spiritual teacher

    I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. — Brian Tracy: Personal and business development author, lecturer, consultant

    “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”-Henry Ford

    • Hi Carol,

      Thanks so much for posting so many awesome quotes!! I love them all! I think two of my favorite are “Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!” and that “luck is quite predictable” – I couldn’t agree more about taking more chances, being more active and showing up more often.

      Again, thank you so much for taking the time to share all of these! Happy New Year and keep in touch 🙂


  3. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”” – Muhammad Ali

    “Success comes when preparation meets opportunity” (not sure who said that one!)

    “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
    – Arnold (and pretty much anything in “Autobiography of a Bodybuilder”)

    “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

    “Fall down seven times, get up eight” – Chinese proverb

    “I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” – Donald Trump

    “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

    Can you tell I’m in the process of making an inspirational pinboard for my first contest prep…? 😉

  4. Spot the deliberate mistake in Arnie’s book title – you know what I meant!

    • Hey, thanks so much for taking the time to share your quotes fitwriter 🙂 I love reading them!!

      If there comes a time when you need a fresh one for your inspirational pinboard (great idea by the way!!) just say the word!! Best of luck with your first contest prep!!


  5. Thank you! It’s quite a journey and I’m still months out… I’m finding it amazing how different it is to preparing for other sports I’ve done, not physically (although that of course) but psychologically. What a challenge. It’s teaching me so much about myself. 🙂

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