September 12, 2011

Vendor Spotlight and Giveaway :: Alana Gurley Personal Training | Gainesville, FL Photographer

I am so excited to be starting up vendor spotlights features again. And who doesnt love a good giveaway? I am going to feature a mix of local vendors and Etsy sellers so that there is something for everyone- clients, friends, photographers!

To kick off the giveaways I am super thrilled to feature a dear friend of mine, who is also my personal trainer. (And life coach!) Alana Gurley of Alana Gurley Personal Training offers both in home personal training sessions as well as sessions at Evolve Pilates and Fitness. Alana has assisted me in making some really positive changes in my life and I think she is so amazing at what she does that we are offering the opportunity for a few lucky blog followers to get to experience her services for free. A little about Alana.

Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We have 2 kids, ages 5 and 3. They keep us both very busy. When I’m not training, I do a lot of cooking. We are big on healthy eating, so a lot of time is spent in the kitchen. I love shopping, doing arts and crafts with my kids, hosting parties….mostly just the normal wife & mom stuff.

– What got you started in your business?
After having my second child, I decided I had been sedentary long enough. I was tired of being over weight, out of shape & drained of energy. I started working out on my own, a few months later I hired a trainer & pretty soon I had reached my goal. I loved the way exercise made me feel. I stopped seeing exercise as something I had do, but rather something I looked forward to. I didn’t dread it anymore, I loved it! Through my own weight loss journey, I developed a passion for training. I wanted to help other people change their bodies, minds & lifestyles.

I think that sounds like a lot of ladies that I know! What is so awesome about working out with you Alana is that you have been there and know what it like to have had kids and not feel great about your post baby body! Seeing the changes you have made in your life and how you have gotten yourself into shape is such an inspiration!

I have to share this before and after picture of Alana because she looks so great!!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have three things what would they be?
Lipgloss, my ipod and a bathing suit!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully still happy & healthy, continuing to be very involved with my kids. I hope to still be partnering with Evolve Pilates & Fitness, helping their business grow and helping people get and stay healthy. I plan to speciaize in a few areas of fitness. I hope to have completed my studies by then.

Tell us about what you are giving away:
I’m giving away 3 personal training sessions! 2 private, one-on-one sessions and 1 small group workout. This will also include an assessment and evaluation. Two other blog readers will also win a complimentary spot in a small group workout.

This past week I photographed some of Alana’s Small Group workout and I can’t wait to share some of the photos this week on the blog!

You have FIVE chances to win this giveaway! Once you do the following please leave a comment on this blog telling me which you did. Each item can be a separate comment so you have more chances to win! Please note that only blog comments will be entered to win. Facebook comments will not be counted. Please note that these sessions will take place in Gainesville, FL.

1. Check out Alana’s website for Alana Gurley Personal Training. Leave a comment below with your favorite part of her website.
2. Head on over to Alana Gurley Personal Fitness on Facebook and LIKE her page. Leave a comment saying you did!
3. Be sure to LIKE Sweet Serendipity Photography on Facebook. If you are already a fan make sure to comment and let me know!
4. Comment here and tell us why you would like to win the personal training sessions!
5. Share this link on Facebook or Twitter and let me know you shared!

The giveaway will end Thursday, September 15th at 11:59 PM. The winner will be announced Friday on the blog!

And for those of you who are interested in a personal training session with Alana I have some VIP discount cards for some great deals on sessions! Send me an email at and I can get one for you! The first person to book a package of three personal training sessions with Alana will receive a complimentary t shirt with the slogan “Strong is the New Skinny.”

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