Tuesday Tastes: Cinnamon!

Hello, hi, good morning friends! Almost the end of September, everyone – and I hope you’re making the best of this beautiful Fall weather :)

Got a beautiful walk in with my family and puppy over the weekend, as well as a solid run in yesterday morning at the gym! #happyShannon over here!

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So getting to today’s blog theme – I haven’t done a Tuesday Tastes (food-oriented) post in WAY TOO LONG, so starting today I’m holding myself accountable! You people must be starving out there without my compilations of recipes! ;)

Going along with a suggestion from my mom, I’m focusing on a key ingredient in many sweet fall recipes today: Cinnamon.

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One of my favorite spices (mostly because I associate it with smelling wonderfully and the Autumn season), I have found some stellar recipes for y’all to take a look at to maybe incorporate into your Fall cooking this year! Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apple Chips

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Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

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Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries

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Apple Cinnamon Blondies

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Healthy Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Muffins

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Pumpkin Chili

What are some of your favorite uses of cinnamon?
Try some of these recipes and let me know what you think!!

Peace & Love

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TOL: Fall Edition 9.25.14

So its been awhile since I did a themed Thursday Thinking Out Loud post (as always thanks Amanda for the inspiration!), and since this iiiiiiiiis the first week of Autumn, let’s roll with it :)

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1. I haven’t had the opportunity to bust out my boots yet for this season (I mean, Fall did JUST start on Monday), but you better believe next week they’re coming out! Wisconsin is so confusing with its weather… its 50 degrees when its supposed to be Summer, and now that it is Fall, we have mid-70’s. Oy vey!

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2. Okay so I had to put a point about pumpkin SOMETHING in here. I mean, what’s more Fall than pumpkin-flavored stuff?! I found a recipe for Oatmeal Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies, which sounds incredible… but I’m going to put a little spin on it and try making it with my added Body By Vi Sweet Almond flavored protein too, going to exchange the maple syrup for honey, and I’m not going to add raising ;) GOSH that sounds amazing… excuse me, I’ll be right back after I make 8 batches.

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EVERY SINGLE RECIPE (not an exaggeration) on this blog looks more delicious than the next. But her more recent post about how to cook Autumn Herb Roasted Chicken sounds just DECADENT. Seriously perfect for this weather and time of year, I hope you all try something like this!

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These Chocolate Cherry Apple Rings just screeeam Fall food. Such a light tasty treat for this perfect apple season!

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Lastly, these Spicy Gluten-free, Paleo Zucchini Boats sound AMAZING and definitely like something I would meal-prep for dinners for the week in Fall!! Love combining veggies and meat in unique ways! :)

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3. Even though summertime running season is over (saaaaaaaaaaad!), I’m still going to maintain my outdoor runs through the Fall. Yes, it calls for a wardrobe change, but it’s such a beautiful time to run – I really can’t complain :)

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4. Speaking of wardrobe changes, here are some (obviously completely necessary) clothing items I (desperately need) want to buy sometime soon (now).

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Nike Running Gloves

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These Fabletics Leggings.
HOW FUN, right?!

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LOVE this bright color for Fall!
From Nike.

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No harm in looking at new running shoes for a new season…
Right? :) Gotta love my Brooks!

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I’ll just wear this everyday forever, kthnx.

5. Love this quote. Change of seasons, change of mood, change of spirit. But always staying true to myself, because I KNOW everything will turn out okay :) Surrounded by so much love and positive mindsets, how can it not?!

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Hope you all have a spectacular and beautiful day, as always <3photo

Peace & Love

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Fox Cities Half Marathon – Got my PR!

Happy Monday people! Took me awhile to muster up the energy to write this blog post today, not gonna lie.

Was a long, relaxing weekend to be sure, and the cherry on top was getting my Personal Record for my half marathon yesterday!!

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Started the weekend with a “Hmph, it’s Finally FRIDAY” attitude.
Totally necessary.

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Spent the day Saturday with my mom and Buddy. Such a relaxing day!! :)

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Fast forward to my dad and I all set at the Starting Line for the Fox Cities half marathon! 7am start, 2 hours away… meant for a very early awakening Sunday morning! And it was 50 degrees, lightly drizzling, and cloudy. Ohhhh yeah.

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Gang’s all here! Our running group pre-race selfie! Sarah (top left) ran the full marathon, while Nicole, my dad and I did the half. Love these guys!

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Here’s my route. Here’s my time. And I AM THRILLED!! This was not only my best time for a half marathon TO DATE, but I KNOW I have a sub-2 hour half in me. Maybe even this year if I can find one in a month or so! I felt so great finishing, and my last 3 miles were all sub 9:30-pace!

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Loving our medals. :) So proud of my dad for running!
He really keeps me going, and I am so blessed that he runs with me still!
Lots of good father-daughter talk time during those two hour runs :)

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All you fellow runners KNOW this is so true. #stressrelief

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My super-amazing-delicious dinner I made last night. Pretty dang good, if I do say so myself. Best chicken I’ve baked in a really long time!

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Oh, and I bet you’ve missed my Gus pictures! I got to hang out with this HUGE FLUFFY guy all day yesterday :) #bestfriend

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This quote totally speaks to how I try and continue to juggle everything in my life. Sometimes it feels like too much. Sometimes I want to quit. Sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone and just be alone. But I re-position myself, collect my happy thoughts, and realize that I am blessed and grateful for EVERYTHING I have in my life. Blooming in adversity is what life really is all about. Not the struggle, but the journey to accomplishing our goals and being truly, ultimately happy :)
(Not to mention bringing others we love along with us!) <3

Have a beautiful week everyone. Peace & Love always.

Thursday Thoughts – Photo Edition 9.18.14

I think we all know what Thursdays are for… <3

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SUCH an important topic. Vi is donating TWICE as much to these children battling obesity. It’s time to TAKE ACTION.
Who wants to join me in this fight against obesity?! Let’s connect on Facebook or message me directly!

Check out my personal site for more information, lovelies!

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Completed some AMAZING workouts the last few days.
<3 Photo Summary BELOW <3

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Yes I count this as us working out :) Love this bae <3

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I’ve been so happy to get back in the pool!! #swimmerforlife

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Had a FABULOUS time with friends in Houston, TX over the weekend for the amazing Vitality conference!! I learned so much, filled my notebook with notes, met over 100 new faces and made so many warm memories with new friends. SERIOUSLY cannot wait for the next one! I am so blessed to be a part of this company – they really know where they’re going, where they want to be, and how to get there. Happy to go along for the journey!! :)

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Not to mention, I got to meet WINNING Visalus Fitness models.
Yeahhh, now I have #goals.

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AND Vi announced their new ViBites! The best and healthiest way to snack during the day, since HELLO that can be the hardest part of eating for some of us ;) They have four different kinds, two protein-rich and two low-cal. I have my huge sampler box at home anddddd they’re amazing. #inlove #gimmemoresnacks

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Ready to continue this crazy, exciting, fantastic lifestyle I’m just starting.
I’m ready to go big, and definitely not ready to go home :)

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How have you all been?! Seriously feels like eons since I’ve heard from some of you or commented on your blogs!
I’ll be going through today and catching up!! <3

Peace & Love Always <3

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The Life of a Busy “Fitness” Bee

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii friends! Remember me? :) It’s okay if you don’t. I know I’ve been all over the place lately… Facebook posts, Insta posts, even Twitter tweets! But it’s time for some blog action, agreed? :)

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Hmm, what’s new in the life of Shannon? What’s marvelous you ask?!

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Getting big huge amazing Visalus boxes in the mail <3 Ahhh, love.

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Finishing half marathons like NOTHIN with my dad.
Just good ol’ family bonding.

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Drinking the best tasting smoothie I have ever had in my life.
And if you know me, you know I’m a smoothie connoisseur.

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KILLING my workouts lately. <3 Muscles city, yo.
And nothing more hilarious then my friend snapchatting videos of me deadlifting. Niiiice, at least I was working hard! haha!

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Spending the weekend with INCREDIBLE mentors and LEGENDS in the health and wellness community. #soblessed

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Oh, did I mention meeting LEGENDS? Nick Sarnicola, everyone. One of the co-founders of Visalus. Yeah, that’s right. In the flesh.
His conference/lecture/talk on Wednesday changed my entire perspective on health and wellness and how to run my own at-home business in an incredibly humble and brilliantly fun and light-hearted way. :)

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Did I mention that spending almost every day with this woman for hours on end has also been an incredible blessing? Seriously cannot express how much our friendship means to me. Thank you for everything beautiful! :)

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Oh, and this is her son. UMMMM, adorable. :)

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Aaaand so happy I get to workout a few times a week with my amazing #fitfriend Tara!! Girl, we’re making #GAINZ like it’s no one’s business <3

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Throwing Challenge parties every two weeks has become my new lifelong love and obsession, and if you ever want to come over for a smoothie and some fun times, just hit me up, people. For real, I like throwing parties :)

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Getting to spend some amazing quality time with this amazing woman. Miss you already girl, and I’m so happy your house-warming party was a success!

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#prettymuchmylife

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Living the #vilife. Thrilling. Blessing. Incredible. Amazing. Fantastic. Adventure. Awesome. Love love loving my Visalus family and life! Cannot even put into words how much this has ALREADY changed my life for the better. 21 days in, guys. Only THREE WEEKS. :) So grateful for this experience.

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Have a beautiful, fabulous, amazing, edifying week everybody! <3
Xoxo, peace & love, Shannon

My First Visalus Project 10 Challenge Party!

What an amazing night. Amazing people. Who want to better the world, better themselves, and help out some children who are battling obesity. I cannot stop smiling and I am so happy to be a part of this incredible program!

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Last night I threw my first ever Challenge Party at my apartment. My mom and I got everything set up, with sample cups, name tags, and everything organized to host the slew of people coming to learn about the Project 10 Challenge!

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I had an AMAZING turn out. 15 people at my very first Challenge party!!! I was HONORED to have Matt Parr and Lauren Trotnow come and speak to the group, about their experience with Visalus and their personal growth journeys with these programs. They have both lost a significant amount of weight and KEPT IT OFF, loving their new bodies, new-found energy levels, and all-around are just incredibly positive and motivating people in my life now :)

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As you can tell, I’m pretty excited :)

I can’t wait to get everyone signed up to take this challenge, and EVEN some people to become promoters of the Challenge!! You guys, seriously LIFE CHANGING. <3

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 And of course, my obligatory Body Pump post-class picture :) Happy happy camper, and yes, my shirt says Peanut Butter Lover <3

I’m having another Challenge party in about two weeks, everyone. If you are interested in coming, please let me know!! Come on over, we’ll drink a shake, and watch some videos. Pretty easy and awesome, right?

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Enjoy your WCW!!! :D

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New Exciting News! I have accepted The Project 10 Challenge!

Hey hey hey people! Hope this (very delayed) post finds you extra happy and extra healthy and doing all awesome things that people love to do in summertime! (Idealistic, I know. But being positive can hopefully influence some moods out there! :) Yes!).

I have so many awesome updates to tell ya. I’m going to do a brief synopsis of my last 2 weeks (ish) and then I’ll get on to THE PROJECT 10 CHALLENGE! <3

Family Camping Trip. The second weekend in August, my dad’s family and I went on our annual camping trip, this year to Amnicon Falls State Park in Northern Wisconsin. SUCH a blast. Very relaxing, and some awesome trails and waterfalls were there! Here’s a synopsis of our time there:

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Nuff said. Sisters and Dad in the falls, and me taking selfies. Yeah, bout right.

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While there, I had to snap a progress pic. Workin on dem shouldas!

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This past weekend was Irish Fest in Milwaukee. One of my favorite festivals of the summer, where my family and I can hoot and holler about being Irish. Yes, we’re a proud bunch, we Dunnes! My dad and I ran the Irish Fest 5K on Saturday, and ran an additional 4 miles afterwards, in preparation for our half marathon this COMING Saturday. Runners, I tell ya.

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We stopped at a Farmer’s market downtown after the run for some sustenance. Smoothies and muffins anyone?

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After our run, we watched my youngest sister dance with Glencastle Irish Dancers! They were so amazing up there, and I’m so proud of her for how much she’s grown in the last 3+ years dancing! They always draw such a huge crowd, and this was her first year she could dance in her special Solo Dress.

Proud and beaming sister (see above)

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Saturday night I got the chance to hang with a friend I haven’t seen in SO LONG (she finally moved back to Milwaukee from Minneapolis). We chat chat chatted for abouuuut 5 hours Saturday night. And yes, we still have more to catch up on. We tried a new restaurant called Cafe Bavaria, and we gave it two thumbs up!

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Sunday brought another long run with a friend, and delicious perfect Queen Bloodies afterwards. We ate at the Knickerbocker, and their brunch is TO.DIE.FOR. Seriously cleaned my plate. Everything was outstanding!

And that about sums up my last few weeks! Just keeping busy, seeing friends and family, and work working. Ya know, the usual.

AND NOW, I’d like to introduce my newest life adventure, Body by Vi! I am still training and learning (as I just started this new adventure yesterday), but I am BEYOND thrilled to join the Visalus team, and to help save the world 10 pounds at a time!

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I myself am joining the Project 10 Challenge too! My friend Lauren challenged me to lose 10 pounds with her, and now I challenge YOU to do the same! Join me! Here’s my link and other information about the challenge, but I will definitely be posting more on this as my blogs go on :)

If you’re not friends with me already, ADD ME ON FACEBOOK! 

And watch my Challenge Acceptance Video here! 

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I am thrilled thrilled thrilled!  Ready to take on a new cause in life, and fight against Global Obesity! (And childhood obesity!)

Otherwise, if you want to know more about the Challenge itself, take a look here! It’s such a solid program, and I am on Day One today! HOLLAAAA <3

Xoxo, Peace and Love, and Happy Trails everybody!

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