Thinking Out Loud #2

Today’s my Friday!!! :D Well, most people probably have off tomorrow, so it’s a collective celebration! Last night’s festivities DEFinitely gave me enough to talk about in today’s post so here we go! Lots of pictures included! Here’s to Thinking Out Loud…

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1. Hinterland  has taken a place on my list of FAVORITE Milwaukee restaurants. Patrick and I were looking for a place to “splurge” a bit for our 6 monthiversary, so we got a great suggestion from my friend Gwynne and hopped right over to this new place. DANG were we THOROUGHLY impressed! <3

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We started out with the artisan bread basket, cuz GIRL NEEDS CARBS. They served it with a homemade spicy green tomato jam. I MEAN WHAT? Seriously delicious.

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We ordered an appetizer of braised quail over a kimchi and jicama salad… but I forgot to snap a picture before we DEVOURED it.

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Patrick ordered the antelope, and I ordered the duck breast. Yup, you read that correctly. And BOTH were scrumptious and succulent and FILLED with flavor. My duck breast won though, in my opinion ;)photo 1 (9)

2. ICE CREAM. After dinner, we marched over to Summerfest to walk around and have DESSERT because we wouldn’t be true WISCONSINITES if we didn’t get Cedar Crest ice cream!!! Again, we devoured it. You’d think we hadn’t eaten in days ;)

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3. Kendrick Lamar is FANTASTIC in concert. I bought Patrick tickets to see him for our monthiversary, and I had my doubts. I didn’t know too many of his songs, so I really bought them for Patrick’s listening and viewing pleasure :)

But BOY, did he deliver. Kendrick, nice work.

photo 1 (7)photo 2 (6)Yes, those (above) are all cell phones lighting up the Marcus Ampitheater!

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4. After allllllllll that ice cream, leg day needed to happen this morning.

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FELT SO GOOD, y’all! Squats and lunges and lots of leg lifts. Today I was going for high numbered reps, instead of weight, so I just did my squat and lunge sets with 155 on the bar. Excited to try some higher weights next week!

5. Yoga pose updates! For both my challenges I’m participating in :)

photo 3 (8)photo 4 (6)I probably won’t be posting tomorrow, since we have a FULL weekend planned, but stay TUNED for a really awesome and packed Monday post! <3

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Peace, xoxo.
Have a safe and freaking amazing Fourth of July! :)

Happy July!! Wednesday Workout Recap #2

Buenos dias!! How is everyone on this beautiful & happy Wednesday?? Its Julyyyyyyyy and I think its hands-down the best month of the year :) I get the WHOLE month to look forward to my birthday (the last day of the month!) AND its summer. How perfect <3

Yesterday was a pretty busy day, but I was so grateful to get lunch with this lovely lady Stefani. We always try to sneak out of work for lunches to grab smoothies and cheddar biscuits together and catch up on every little detail of life :)

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Also, last night, Patrick and I went for a loooong 5-mile walk with his sister and brother in law along the Lake Michigan lakefront. SO gorgeous, and we even threw in some hills to work up a good sweat :)photo 2 (4)

Sarah and Josh are working HARD on their fitness journey and we are so excited to be working with them and watching their progress! So AWESOME!

Also, yesterday as you read in my blog post, I completed the #yogagivesbackchallenge Instagram challenge, and today I’m starting two more. Woohoo!! <3 I just love it, and this really allows me to hold the Instagram-hand of the hosts and learn more about how to get into poses and hold them… feeling more confident and strong through the movements :)

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My arms absolutely look broken here… buuuut I have hyper-extending elbows, so gimme a break ;)

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Before I took these yoga pictures this AM, I participated in an outdoor bootcamp class that KICKED my heiney! We did stair sprints, hill sprints, more stair sprints… ;) And lots of body weight exercises, like push ups, rows, dips and burpees. AWESOME sweat! Next Wednesday I’ll remember to take pictures!

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Until then, have a lovely #humpday. And see ya tomorrow! <3

Peace, xoxo
OH, PS… Patrick and I are celebrating our 6 monthiversary today <3<3<3 Eeeee! :) :) :) :)

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Last Day of June! #yogagivesbackchallenge Recap

Tuesdayyyyy again! Even though its actually my Wednesday, since we have Friday off! Yay holiday vacation days!!

Today’s post will be short, but I wanted to recap my yoga challenge I joined at the beginning of June since today is the last day!photo (3)

This is the summary of poses we did, and obviously I had to do variations of some since my yoga is still “a work in progress”. It was soooo much fun, and really taught me where I am with my own body awareness and self-control.

I CAN’T WAIT TO DO ANOTHER ONE! Oh wait… there’s one for every month! :D I’ll be doing the next challenge in July that @kinoyoga and @beachyogagirl are doing again <3

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I have one more pose to do for today to complete this month, and then I’ll be saying HELLO JULY!

This morning, in addition to yoga, I worked on my shoulders which, next to leg day, is serioussssssly my favorite. I feel so strong and I really feel muscle building up on these bad boys!
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Oh, and lastly, here’s one of my new favorite workout songs, running, lifting, stretching… it’s just a great pick-me-up for any kind of workout, day or night!
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I hope you all have a lovely day, xoxo.

Peace <3

MIMM #2: A Weekend Recap

Good morning world! Latest blog today, from the girl who slept an hour past her alarm clock and got over TEN hours of sleep last night. YAY energy! BOO less time to workout! We’ll just have to transition into an “after-hours” workout instead.

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This last weekend was filled with spending time with friends allllllll over the place! Celebrating friendships, love and new marriages, and just life overall. Let’s recap, linking up with this Marvelous in My Monday post; thanks Katie! <3 #mimm

Friday night after I work, I headed up to my best lady friend Stefani’s house, to spend dinnertime with her and her sweet pup Winston! Such a fun relaxing night. Always goes by so fast, since we talk-talk-talk! <3

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A late Friday night turned into an early Saturday morning, when I got up to run 9 miles for my marathon build-up training! Ran 8 of them with my dad and friend/running-partner Sarah! It was the PERFECT morning to run, and we all had such a great time chatting and catching up!

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After the run was done, Patrick and I met up and got ready for the wedding we were attending that night, one of his really good friends Joel and Alison. Very fun wedding, and I’m so glad we got to see some friends who live in Chicago we don’t get to see too often!

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Cassie and Leke are such AWESOME friends, and we were so excited to spend time with them before, during and after the wedding!

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Cassie is ADORABLE and pregnant, and is seriously the cutest mom-to-be ever.

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Weddings that have photo boots ALWAYS are fun. The last picture is the best, in my opinion, HAHA. <3

Oh, and below is Justin :)

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We had such a wonderful night, and had so much fun dancing and celebrating love! <3

On Sunday, we got to visit with our awesome friends Ashlie and Jon who drove in from about 3 hours away. I totally forgot to take a picture, but we all ate at the AMAZING Smoke Shack in Milwaukee – all barbeque delicacies. HOLY CATS DELICIOUS! I got a Montecristo breakfast sandwich with BBQ pulled pork in the middle, and Patrick got Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict. Ahhh! #heaven

Afterwards (and beforehand), we went on a lovely leisurely walk down the lakefront, passing Summerfest and enjoying the cool lakeside breeze. A fantastic end to the long, busy, fun-filled weekend!

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My yoga pose for Saturday. <3

Patrick and I spent the rest of Sunday afternoon relaaaaaxing and watching Harry Potter 1. I seriously can’t think of a better way to end the weekend <3

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What was the highlight of your weekend?? Are you training for anything?? What is your FAVORITE kind of Barbeque?

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Much love, from us <3

Peace, xoxo.

#PictureframeFriday Beginnings…

I would like to deem my Fridays as “Picture Frame” Fridays (#pictureframefriday). They will consist (mostly) of photos from my week, with short captions, and will hopefully be super fabulously interesting, loaded with photos of good food, workout ideas, and other musings from my perspective :) I think I may even throw in some inspirational quotes, cuz WHY NOT! :)

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The most adorable plant ever from my lovely man

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Our dinner last night. Caprese skewers, turkey burger and grilled chicken sandwich. We share it all ;)

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Jazz in the Park, Milwaukee style. PACKED last night. 

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Obligatory selfie. Picture frame worthy? ;)

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This guy, helping demonstrate my yoga pose for yesterday. Pretty good, eh?? (He said I could only post this if he gets royalties for all the ‘money I make from this pic’) HAHA.

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Oh, and I haaaave to link up to Nicole’s post from today about 10 Things She Hates about Sports Bras… only because it’s hilarious and sadly accurate. Eeks, the joys of being a female runner ;)

And on that inspirational note, have a beautiful weekend and a deliriously happy Friday!! Also, CANNOT BELIEVE NEXT WEEK IS JULY. Just saying… time is fa-lyyyying. :) enjoy every single step…

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Peace, xoxo.

…and DEUCES from Patrick haha.

Thinking Out Loud #1

And so I begin. Begin again, at least. With my Thursday Thinking-Out-Loud posts. Amanda over at Running with Spoons is on her #136 post for these Thursday blogs; I’m so pumped to join up with her again today!

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Short post for today. With some of my recent thoughts <3

1. Summerfest has begun in Milwaukee. Great food, great music, and a ton of walking around the grounds comprised our night. The lake along Milwaukee’s harbor is just stunning, and the night could not have been more gorgeous!

2. That being said, getting up to workout this morning was not the easiest decision I’ve made in my life. BUT I DID IT and I’m so glad I did. I focused on high-rep, low-weight all lower body exercises.

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I love squats. I love lunges. I love curtsy lunges. BIG TIME.

All done with 130 lbs on the bar:
10 squats, 10 lunges each leg, 10 curtsy lunges each leg.
In between each, 10 air squats, 10 jumping lunges, and 10 speed skaters.
TIMES TEN.
Try it, and let me know how you do!!

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3. This day last  year (thanks Timehop), i officially became certified to teach Body Pump! What a great time. I can’t wait to get back into teaching… woohoo!

4. AVOCADO TOAST! Avocado toast for breakfast after this morning’s workout…DANG I could eat that for every meal. Simple. Nutritious. Filling. Super freaking tasty. That reminds me, I need to stock up on avocados…

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5. Isn’t Milwaukee gorgeous in the summertime? The entire 5 weeks of summer? ;)

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Hope you have a lovely happy wonderful fantastic day! <3

Peace, xoxo.

My Wednesday Outdoor Workout

Wednesday already?? And I haven’t even been super busy yet this week. The next few days are going to FLY though.
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My yoga pose from last night…was me doing a puzzle. And watching Cosmos. How can you have a better night, you ask? I’ll get back to you on that…

I put together some photos of my workout this morning – hope you like!

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My attempt at today’s pose for my #yogagivesbackchallenge. My chest is supposed to be touching the ground, and my legs are supposed to be straight. A lot of things should be happening that aren’t, but I always try!
Awkward hands and all.

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Patrick and I did some stair climbs and incline “hill” sprints (it wasn’t super steep) and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and sunrise this morning.
He likes being my designated photographer.

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Humid mornings lead to sweaty outdoor workouts! We tried to maintain a good speed going both up AND down the hills and stairs, to keep our heart rates up.

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After a few times up and down that course, we did some squat jumps up the stairs, ran back down, and continued up again. THOSE were tough. Another option is jumping lunges, which are just as difficult, but squats seemed to be enough for us! Working those quads and calves!

How gorgeous is that picture?! #ilovemilwaukee

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Incline push-ups and tricep dips on our way home. Eeks! If you push up and move up to the next step with straight legs, it’s a really great all-body (great for back and shoulders) climbing workout!

photo (1)Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you get a chance to get outside and sweat today! Check in wichya laters.

Peace, xoxo.