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If It’s Free…Sign Me Up!

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Today was our last day watching Bella 😦  We were sad to leave, but it will be good to clean up our apartment and get back into that “normal” schedule again.


I started off the day with a 5 mile run as part of my half marathon training program.  It was a great run and didn’t feel too fatigued afterward.  The worst part was that it was soo dang hot and humid this morning that I had to run into Starbucks and ask them for a free water…thankfully they gave it to me.

5 miles down! 8 more to go!


I had a delicious banana honey smoothie this morning.  It was nice and refreshing, which is just what I needed after that hot and sweaty run.

Banana Smoothie:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Xanthum Gum
  • Ice and Water

I made Brian pancakes for our last breakfast together in Bella’s house.

When we arrived home I had a nice surprise waiting for me…my ACE Personal Trainer Certification!!! Now, I really feel like it’s official 😉 I even get a nifty card to carry with me in my wallet.

I then made myself a quick and light lunch.  Brenna and I went to a bridal show and I wasn’t sure if there would be food there or not.

The Bridal Show was so much fun!  Brenna and I both went in not really knowing what to expect.  Right off the bat they handed me a bag full of goodies and a boa to designate me as the bride-to-be.  There were feathers everywhere in the expo hall because of the boas…but it was still a cute idea!

There were sample table settings, candy bars, floral arrangements…basically you name it, they had it.

They were also constantly giving out free stuff (which Bren and I looove!)  I think that we got it from our Mom, but seriously, whenever there is something free, even if we don’t need it, Mom, Brenna, and I will go nuts over it.  We also get slightly competitive when necessary.  I won $100 off of a photo package at one booth…so exciting!

There were cake samples GALORE…my favorite were the blueberry cupcakes from The Cakehole.  Usually, I am not very impressed with wedding cake because the frosting is too thick for my taste and the cake is too dry, but this cake was soft and moist with the most delicious blueberry flavor, and the frosting was light and fluffy with just the right sweetness!  To die for 🙂

There was a wheel for all of the brides to spin…when I spun I won $25 worth of thank you notes from Your Style Invitations.

The Cakehole then started to giveaway their mini cupcakes…so I grabbed myself a box!

It was a great afternoon spent with my sister and maid-of-honor.  Now, it’s time to clean the apartment and get ready for the week.

Crossing things Off

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Somedays, I am hungrier than other days.  Today was a hungry day, and I have no idea why.  So at 10:45am I made myself a salad for lunch.

This salad included broccoli, pepperoncini, kidney beans, black beans, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, cottage cheese, and salsa all on top of a bed of romaine and spinach.  It was so crisp and refreshing!  I almost forgot how much I love salads 😉

The entire afternoon has been spent crossing things off of my “list.”  This week, the children I nanny for (Sarah and Jeremy) are both at camps all day.  So, all I have to do is drop Sarah off and pick Sarah up and work on my own stuff in between.

The you can tell I like to cross things off

I have been working hard to get the “boring stuff” out of the way so that tomorrow I can focus on things like creating my wedding look binder, reading my new books, and sitting in the sun.  We will see how that works out!

Now, I’m off to pick up Sarah and teach Cycle 45!  I’ll be sharing that workout later 🙂  Enjoy your afternoon.


Staying Cool in the Heat of Summer

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It is the middle of summer, and it feels like it!  Even though it is partly cloudy, the temperature is 93 degrees and the humidity is high.  I went for my run this morning thinking it would be cooler than running this afternoon, which is true, it was cooler, but it was still H-O-T.  So, I thought I would share some hot weather tips for working out!

Water is the number 1 energy drink...and it's all natural!

  • Drink lots of water: before, during, and after exercise.
  • Workout in the shade rather than under direct sunlight
  • Don’t hydrate with a caffeinated beverage…it will only DEhydrate you
  • If you feel faint or dizzy, stop exercising, hydrate, and move indoors.  Only resume activity once you feel back to yourself again.
  • Wear clothes that wick the sweat away from your body
For some more tips you can visit
For lunch I enjoyed cottage cheese with tomatoes, cucumbers (from the garden!), and broccoli.  Gotta love the fiber in veggies and the protein in cottage cheese 😉
Tonight I will actually be teaching Core Intensity and Spin.  I am covering for the Tuesday night teacher.  This should be fun, because the Tuesday class is usually bigger!