Thursday, October 31, 2013


Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays! Everything from carving pumpkins to costume parties to trick-or-treating (which I can’t deny, I still do with some of my friends) excites me and
brightens my day! When it comes to choosing your costume for Halloween I believe in having fun with it and if you’re going to dress up, go all out! Be creative and out of the box! It’s a day out of the year to show off your imagination and to be someone else for a day.

Last Halloween I was a scarecrow.

This isn’t the best picture because I was laughing, but as you can see, you can’t even tell that’s me!

Besides the costumes, who doesn’t love going to a pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins with friends! Who doesn’t love the smell of fall and the way the leaves look when they change to every shade of red, yellow, and orange. Who doesn’t have a childhood memory of
jumping in leaf piles! To me this is what fall and especially Halloween is all about. Spending time with friends and doing all of these little things. Moments like these are what you’ll always look back and remember.

So, this Halloween go trick-or-treating! Go to a haunted house! You’re never too old to have a little fun!

Happy Halloween,

Haley Pontius

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The International Pageant System

The International Pageant System is special to me and so many women because it’s a pageant of high morals and values. Its purpose is to showcase the accomplishments of today’s teens, young women and married women. It gives ladies an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life for the better and give back to their communities.

My sincere hope is that the International pageant and sisterhood will continue to grow bigger with each day! To all of my girls about to give up your title, I encourage you to introduce young women to the International Pageant and invite them to compete at your state pageants! It’s so important to me that young ladies are given an opportunity to compete in this system and showcase their amazing accomplishments!

To any young woman thinking of competing for the title of Miss Teen International, Miss International or Mrs. International: This pageant isn’t just a pageant; it’s a life changing experience and an incredible opportunity. I promise you, it will be the journey of a lifetime!

To all of our new teen contestants: I can’t wait to meet you! I know you must be truly outstanding young ladies to be able to represent your country, state, or region! So, let me welcome you with open arms into our family! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a new sister!

Much love,

Haley Pontius
Miss Teen International

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chicks, Cars and Cupcakes

There is almost nothing better than a day spent with girlfriends and cupcakes, while learning something new. That’s what took place in Gurnee this weekend during the annual Chicks, Cars and Cupcakes event.

We women have enormous purchasing power. However, often times we may not have all the information we need while making bigger purchases such as when buying a car. Be it working with a dealer or securing a decent loan; knowing the right questions to ask can save someone from a lemon of a deal.

And so began the idea of Chick, Cupcakes and Cars. Grab a cupcake, see some of the latest fall fashions and get some Cliff Notes on car buying. Jody DeVere, the CEO of, along with other female automotive experts gave insight to the audience on what to know before you go shopping for a car.

The women’s automotive event also benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ready to hit the runway.

So of course I was happy to help out in honor of family, friends, sister queens and all of those who have been and are still affected by breast cancer. It was also a time to catch up Miss Teen Illinois International 2013, Megan Reisner and a few former Illinois International title holders including the Illinois International director.

Be the change,

Amy Gregorio
Your Mrs. International

Monday, October 28, 2013

Craft Time! – “The Bobbi Board”

As long as I can remember I have been surrounded by bobbi pins. They can literally be found everywhere… in the coin pocket of my purses, the center console of my car, the bottom of every single jewelry box or travel case I own (even when I would bet they are empty!). And still, when I need them the most they are nowhere to be found! They are an integral part of so many crown hairstyles: a small bump at the hairline to add volume when my hair is up, they secure the ends of a bun to make it look sleek and tidy, and/or artfully pinning back my front layer when I know I will be talking with kids and want my hair out of my face, to name a few!

I have had it with the bobbi pin saga – I need a way to keep track of my pins so they are organized and always within reach. So, in true International Pageant girl fashion I got crafty and creative and made my new best friend. I have affectionately named it “the bobbi board”.

What you need to make your own:

-A picture frame of your choice/any size
-Rolls of magnet, size and amount will vary based on the frame you selected (can be found in any craft store in a variety of lengths and widths)
-Glue Gun
-Sheet of scrapbook paper of choice (optional)

My completed “bobbi board!”

1)Remove the glass from your picture frame and discard
2) Cut strips of magnet roll the width of the frame (enough to cover entirely)
3) Remove backing of magnet roll strips
4) Remove the back of the picture frame. Now that you have discarded the glass, this is where you will work your magic. Using your hot glue gun “paint” a line directly on the frame piece and place and hold a magnet strip on top to set.
5) Repeat this process until the entire piece is covered with magnets
6) OPTIONAL depending on magnet strength: Cover the magnet board with a thin sheet of decorative paper to jazz it up. You don’t want to muffle the magnet strength or else the pins will not stay
7) Put frame back together, scrounge up all your lose bobbi pins and put them on your board.

TADA! Never have to look for a bobbi pin ever again!

Seek Happiness,


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Race for the Cure

Over 60,000 walkers and runners participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to bring awareness and raise money for breast cancer research on October 19 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Miss Arkansas International, Mollie Parker and I had the opportunity to take part in this wonderful event and support our friends and family members who have battled with breast cancer.

A little over a month ago my aunt, Debbie Neal, was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer. She recently had a lumpectomy and will undergo radiation treatment for six weeks to prevent the spread of the cancer. Fortunately, because it was detected so early, she will not have to undergo chemotherapy. What saved her life was simply having an annual mammogram, something every woman should do. Please keep her in your prayers.

Much love,

Haley Pontius

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Perfect Pumpkins

With my pumpkins.

Every fall I take the kiddos to select the pumpkin of their choice.  This means a trip to Goebbert’s Farm in Barrington, Illinois.  Not only can one pick a pumpkin; one can also ride a camel, feed Giraffes and navigate the corn maze. We go for the wagon ride and the giant jumping pillow too. It’s festive and kind of exhausting.

Johnny has been diligently working on me to get one of their prized of their 150 pound prized pumpkins. Yes, they will load it in to the truck for you, but then what?  How do you get it out of there once you get home? Although I am not a natural blonde, I could be mistaken for one sometimes.  I could not figure out how someone can lift one of those gigantic pumpkins when you can’t even get your arms around it.  Duh. After buying our prize, I learned the big secret. You roll it onto a large towel/burlap sack.  Then you and another person grab the corners and carry it. Now, about carving it…

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio
Your Mrs. International

Thursday, October 24, 2013

New Jersey – American Heart Association

The American Heart Association continues to carve its own little corner in my heart. I am consistently both touched and impressed by the volunteer culture they have built. Specifically, they celebrate contributions of any size because when those “small” donations add up, they can have a major effect – say, saving over 627,000 women’s lives over the last 10 years for the New Jersey AHA!

The list of credentials that that New Jersey American Heart Association boasts is incredibly impressive. They have been #1 in the country for the past three years for registrants and donations for Wear Red Day. In 2013 alone, they registered over 2,200 sites and raised $464,188. The awareness and funds go to help save women’s lives from heart disease and stroke. Additionally, they paint the state red! They were also #1 in 2013 for landmarks and properties that “glow red”.

To commemorate and acknowledge all the parties that make this possible they host a celebration for volunteer leaders, survivors, passion volunteers, sponsors, and the “best of the best” Wear Red Day teams. This year I attended the event along with some other fabulous International Titleholders. We had the gratifying task of welcoming and greeting the guests as well as escorting the award recipients from the stage area to the photographer station.

Congratulations to all recipients! Their contributions are certainly cause for celebration!

A group of International Titleholders with the representatives from Bergen Catholic High School, award recipients from the evening’s event!

Seek Happiness,


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Miss PHS

At my school one of the most prestigious awards given out throughout the year is Mr. & Miss PHS. It’s voted on by the entire student body, grades 7th through 12th. Mr. PHS and Miss PHS are two seniors who are looked up to by the students and are role models to the underclassmen. They’re students who are very liked and respected among the students and faculty. They are the faces of my high school.

This year I had the honor of being named Miss PHS alongside a boy I’ve known since elementary, the new Mr. PHS, Jess Jones.

Being named Miss PHS was very special to me because it showed me that even when I don’t realize it, people are always watching and taking note of the decisions I make, how I react in tough situations and how I treat other people. I was honored to know that the underclassmen look up to me and admire me whether it is because of my morals and values or maybe my work with organizations such as the American Heart Association. Whatever the reasoning behind it, I’m proud to know how highly my fellow students think of me.

With this, I urge you to remember that in all circumstances and situations there will always be someone watching. Someone, maybe younger, who needs a person to look up to and to strive to be like. Someone, whom you may not even know, could be deeply impacted by a simple decision you make. Be aware of this as you go through each day and with that I leave you with this.

“The woman that I see walks in kindness, strength, and dignity and confers worth on every person she encounters.” - Kerri Weems

Simply… love all, be kind, give generously, and stand tall.

All my love,

Haley Rose Pontius

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness

I am often asked to help organizations with missions of helping others. It is one of the best parts of my job as Mrs. International! My hope is through this blog, I can help these organizations and help you by creating more awareness about key issues and causes such as the Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Awareness organization, or OCSA.

It's a relatively new organization educating others about the symptoms of ovarian cancer because symptoms are usually silent and often fatal. In fact, each year in the U.S. 20,000 of us women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer; 14,000 of us will not survive.

Waiting and watching for a winner.

That is why OCSA decided to host a golf fundraiser. I was invited to their tournament at the Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills. It was a perfect day to spend on hole 17, where golfers could score a new GMC truck if they made a hole-in-one. A few came close to the pin, but no winner.

Later in the evening I hosted their program that included Dominic Roman. His mother, Susan, or “Goose,” was a founder of OCSA. Susan passed last year to the disease that took her mother years before. And Dr. Kurt Klepitsch spoke about the very quick passing of his vivacious 19 year-old niece from ovarian cancer. There was not a dry eye to be found.

OCSA founder, the late Susan Roman.

This is why OCSA is so important. Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths among women in the US. It’s because many of the symptoms may seem like every day experiences for most of us women.

OCSA suggests if you notice these symptoms for a week or two, please make an appointment with your gynecologist and tell him or her you would like to have a Ca-125 test blood test to determine if there is potentially any cancer in your body. It could save precious time for life saving treatments.

Thank you to the members and supporters of OCSA. It was wonderful to end the night with big hugs, hope and plans!

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio
Your Mrs. International

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Competition Wardrobe

I received my Paula Preston, Photographer photos this week and let me tell you – Paula, Laura, and the rest of the team more than outdid themselves.  I was so pleased with the results.  They captured some truly priceless moments and memories.  As I was looking through the images I remembered just how much I loved my wardrobe choices.  Here is some rationale for why I selected each outfit!

Evening Gown 

My evening gown was the first wardrobe item I selected for Chicago…. Back in November!  I legitimately had no idea what I wanted…. Maybe sleeves, maybe a plunging v-neck, maybe even a mermaid – but I never pictured this gown, let alone in black.  However, as stunning as so many of the gowns I tried were I didn’t feel like a queen until I put on this super simple dress.   There was definitely an “aha” moment when I walked out wearing it. I knew wearing no stones would be a risk, but nothing could change my mind.  No stones, no glitz, just me – This was my gown!

Fun Fashion

I nailed down my fun fashion the same day as my evening gown and it was completely opposite on purpose. I knew I needed to show the different layers of my personality, so as sleek and sophisticated as my gown was I wanted to be just as youthful and playful in my Fun Fashion.  I wanted an outfit that I could have fun with but wouldn’t be the star of the presentation (hey, that’s what I’m there for!).


Interview was the last outfit I picked, however, I knew what I wanted from day one.  Do you know how hard it is to find a YELLOW business-y dress?! I looked from NOVEMBER until JUNE!  Yellow and turquoise are my favorite colors, and together I think they are fresh, memorable, and striking.  My platform is so warm and fuzzy that I wanted my appearance to resonate that same brightness!

At the end of the day, I just had to trust myself and my personal taste.  About a month before leaving for Chicago I sat and watched the last two years’ pageants and I won’t lie, I was intimidated by all the “bling” I saw on many of the finalists.  I just had to breathe and remember that my wardrobe was completely “me” and that isn’t worth compromising for anything!

What do you think?!

Seek Happiness,

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

Craving something sweet, but there just seems to be nothing good for you around? Everything just seems to be so fattening and unhealthy. Well here is a delicious, low-calorie desert that won’t break your diet!

Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

These gooey brownies only look unhealthy. Thanks to smart substitutions, they deliver less than 3 grams of sat-fat intake per serving. The American Heart Association recommends that a person requiring 2,000 calories a day eat less than 16 grams of saturated fat a day.

All you need is…

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie stick margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
Cooking spray
1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup" measures-like-sugar" calorie-free sweetener
3 tablespoons1% low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat sugar and margarine with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour and cocoa, beating well. Pour into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray.

Beat cream cheese and sweetener with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add milk; beat well. Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture; swirl together using the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Tip: Don't use reduced-calorie or fat-free tub margarine in this recipe because those products contain water, which will make the brownies gummy.

I hope you enjoy this sweet desert! I know I did!

Much love,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Chicago Heart Walk

Chicago Heart Walk

It was a perfect Friday for everyone to leave work in the middle of the day.  More than 6-thousand people came out to Grant Park for Chicago’s annual Heart Walk.

I helped the American Heart Association by letting walkers know about the F.A.S.T. program. Do you what it is?  F.A.S.T. is the way to spot symptoms and warning signs of a possible stroke. 

F=Face drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile even?

A=Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S=Speech difficulty. Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Asked the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T=Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

There is even a F.A.S.T. app you can load on to your phone.  It offers information about strokes.  Plus, it and can even direct you to the nearest hospital that can efficiently treat you or someone who may be experiencing a stroke.   

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio 
Your Mrs. International

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New York Farewell

Competing in this system was a leap of faith that I am so grateful for. Last weekend I passed on the title that truly changed my life. I am happy to share with you the 2-minute farewell speech I gave as my farewell, set to the music of the Frank Sinatra standard – New York, New York and some of my favorite photos from the past year!

Seek Happiness,


Monday, October 14, 2013

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation was founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association as a hope that the rising epidemic of childhood obesity could be stopped. It is an organization dedicated to rising up a generation of strong, healthy children.

That’s why, when I was asked to attend an event, I was honored. Not only that, but I would be a VIP guest!

The event took place at the Clinton Library in downtown Little Rock, AR. After arriving that afternoon, Bernee Thurow and I, were led to the VIP room where I had the opportunity to meet with the CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Olympic Gold Medalist Derrick Adkins, and President Bill Clinton!

Derrick Adkins won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in the 100 meter dash.

The most exciting moment was when the President entered the room and I was able to meet him, shake his hand, and even take a picture with him. Unfortunately I do not have the picture of us together just yet, but as soon as I do get it I’ll be sure to post it!

We were then led to our seats in the crowded meeting room, which were reserved in the front row! There were several speakers, including the President, who addressed the progress made by the Alliance, congratulated schools who surpassed anyone’s expectations, and focused on the key points to continue the work that is being done around the world.

That night, a dinner was held outside the Clinton Library for all of the guests. There was live music and the most delicious food from the restaurant inside the Clinton Library called Forty Two.

By the time we had left, I had signed hundreds of autographs and taken hundreds of pictures! It seemed that everyone wanted to take home a signed picture to their school, all of them from around the nation!

It was an honor to attend this event and I hope that there will be more to come!


Haley Pontius
Miss Teen International

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Special Gifts Theater


Imagine. Dream. Believe.

I love those three words. We should ALL Imagine. Dream. Believe.

And that is what the Special Gifts Theater helps their members do. SGT opens doors to new possibilities for children and teens with a variety of special needs. Whether someone has physical, cognitive, social, emotional, or learning challenges; these children and teens are given the opportunity to experience the joy and enrichment the theatre arts can bring.

SGT motivates and honors the creative spirit in each individual and is educationally and therapeutically based. This creative experience enables personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities. Each member is partnered with a peer mentor.

Every year, the theater puts on a production. Mentors helps members find their stage presence, remember their places and lines and together, they also build a friendship.

With SGT performer, Princess Ali

With SGT performer ‘Genie,’ who wanted to give me his medal from the walk. Very charming!

Saturday was their inaugural Magic Carpet Walk/Run. A month ago, I spotted their flier for the event while in a Starbucks. It caught my attention and I liked what I read about the organization and so I snapped a picture of it and called to see how I could help. On stage, I watched these kids light up while they performed songs including some from the past production of, “Aladdin.”

I have been on stage MANY times in life and it still makes me a little nervous. So, I give each member of the SGT touring troupe my full admiration. From the volunteers, to the mentors, to the performers and their families, it was a marvelous event. I am so glad I was able to be there and happy I can know tell you about their hard work.

The next big production will be in March 2014!

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio
Your Mrs. International

Friday, October 11, 2013

Buffalo Fashion Week

While NY Fashion Week was an incredible experience, I was thrilled to see that Buffalo actually has its own Mercedes Benz Fashion Week! The events are thoughtfully planned and include a boutique showing at an area mansion, the beauty expo of an assortment of local vendors, and of course the grand finale fashion show! 

I was asked to judge the hair show portion of the events along with some esteemed industry professionals. Models walked the runway to compete on behalf of their stylists for best cut, color, and texture respectively. The creativity was exceptional. We saw everything from electric blue and raspberry colored coifs to intricately braided up-dos. The work done by the hands of these stylists was spectacular and it was incredibly difficult to decide! As Ms. Mary says, “We are all blessed with different talents”! 

In front of the entrance banner to the Buffalo Fashion Week Beauty Expo!

Seek Happiness,


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Celebration at the Clinton Library

To celebrate winning the Miss Teen International pageant my parents and my state director, Bernee Thurow threw me a wonderful reception at the Clinton Library. It was fitting because my platform is the American Heart Association and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation which was founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association!

The food was fabulous and the decorations were modern and chic. Bernee did a wonderful job at decorating the venue with the beautiful bouquets of flowers and the continuous slide show of Mollie’s, Quynci’s, and my journey from the Arkansas state pageant to the national pageant.

I was so excited to see everyone who came! Everyone from my friends and family to my hair stylist and personal trainer came! Everyone who helped me achieve my goal and become Miss Teen International was there. Without each of them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. That’s why, although this reception was thrown for me, I wanted to honor each person who was in that room as well. So, when I stood up to speak at the podium, I spent much of my time simply thanking each person for their support. And, although I didn’t expect it, I almost started to cry!

The party was more than I could have even asked for and I’m blessed to have the love and kindness of the people in my life. I’m grateful to have each and every one of them!

All my love,

Haley Rose Pontius

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SEA BLUE Walk for the Men We Love

Thank you Steve Sanders from WGN-tv.  Steve is a prostate cancer survivor!

The day of drizzles and downpours didn’t wash out the SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk. And I was honored to speak this year as part of a tribute to the men we love and those we have lost because of prostate cancer.

With fellow walkers.

With some of our family pre-race.

For the last few years, family, friends and I have been part of the annual walk.  We do it for several men, including my father-in-law.  I remember when he was first diagnosed. My 7 year-old son was just an infant when my husband got that call the cancer had already spread to Papa’s spine and shoulders.  Immediately both he and my sister-in-law began searching for a miracle cure, calling doctors all over the country.  Several years of advances in treatment have allowed Papa to remain with us while others have not responded as well.

Papa was regaining his strength during this 2010 picture from the walk. Such a strong man!

The SEA Blue Walk/Run raises funds and awareness for Us Too.  And their numbers don’t lie:

  • More than 2 million U.S. men are survivors of prostate cancer.
  • Every year over 232,090 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 30,350 die. 
  • A man with one close relative with the disease has double the risk. With two close relatives, his risk is five-fold. With three, the chance is 97%.
  • Two men every five minutes are diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • African American males have a prostate cancer incidence rate up to 60% higher than while males and double the mortality (death) rate of white males. 
  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American males today.
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Many times prostate cancer is treatable, IF detected early.  So go find those men you love and encourage (or drag them) to get their PSA tested.  And click on the link below for more information on symptoms, treatments and support.

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio 
Your Mrs. International

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Most Important Job I’ve Ever Had

When I returned home from Miss International I was living on a cloud.  My dream had come true, I got the job!  Naturally I had a pile of mail to sift through, but in that pile was something very special. My sweet girl friend, Lonna, is having her wedding ceremony next November to the love of her life, Aaron.  Drumroll please…. She asked ME to be her Maid Of Honor!  I thought I couldn’t have been any happier than when I heard my name called on July 27th, but this “title” is just as amazing.  It is fitting that “honor” is in the name, because that is what I truly feel – honored.

Sadly, Lonna now lives in North Carolina and will soon move to California.  She was in town last week and we did LOTS of wedding planning.  That’s when the weight of my position really set in.  I want Lonna (and Aaron) to have the most beautiful and special day of their lives – so far!  I love listening to Lonna’s vision and dreaming up ways to make it a reality.  Even though lots of miles are in between us, I know that between Lonna’s Mom, Donna, myself, and the other amazing bridesmaids we will ensure that every t is crossed and every i is dotted for that special day!

Maid of Honor and Bride to Be! I love you!

Jesse Ladoue

Wednesday, October 2, 2013



Meet Tim Kretschmann from, “The PageantCast.” For years, he has interviewed women from all over the world about their experiences in pageants. Not a bad gig, right? Tim and I met several years ago when we both attended Mrs. International. It seemed to become a yearly tradition and I always look forward to seeing him.

Tim’s podcasts have offered me great insight. Listen to even a few of his shows and you feel inspired by those he interviews while getting a feel for their personalities and what drives them.

And for as long as I have known Tim, I have never done a one-on-one interview on his show. So this week we changed that and I traveled to Wisconsin to tape his show. We spoke about Mrs. International and CASA and he put me to the test with some left field questions like…well, you will have to watch his show to see! It was a blast and after the interview, we ventured over to The Gingerbread House (What a great little find!) for a late lunch and then the trip back home. Thank you Tim!

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Physical Activity

Sometimes life can seem so hectic and busy that we often forget or simply can’t make time for physical activity. This is something that we need every day, but often don’t get the amount that we really need.

Here are a few different ways I get in my exercise:
  • I have two specific days a week that I train with my personal trainer, Julie Blackwood. If you don’t have a trainer, but are a gym member, schedule times when you can go in and treat it like an appointment so you won’t put it off or forget.
  • I walk on the treadmill almost every day for at least 15-30 minutes. Getting in cardio is important and 15 minutes isn’t very long or hard to do. If you don’t have a treadmill, go for a walk! That’s even better!
  • I use Insanity a few times a week. Yes, this is the hardest workout ever put on DVD, but it really pushes you to progress. If you do not want to buy Insanity, then any other workout on DVD is sure to help you stay in shape. Even if you have to stop or you’re not going as fast as the people in the videos, remember they are professionals and you shouldn’t be able to do everything that they do right away.
  • Compromise and adjust to your surroundings. When I’m at school, for example, while reading and discussing a book with my classmates, I’ll lift heavy books in several different ways to work different muscles in my arms. Or while taking notes in class, I’ll lower and raise my legs under my desk to work my thigh muscles. Believe it or not, this actually works. Just take a look at your surroundings and think outside of the box!
  • I do crunches before bed every night. Start out with 30 and when you get comfortable add 10 more!

Physical activity isn’t always fun, but it’s something that makes us strong and healthy. It’s important to our everyday lives and our overall health in the long run. My best advice would be to make it a priority. If you do that it will be much easier to make time for it!

Haley Pontius