October 20, 2017

Weekly Wins {Middle of October Edition}

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October is halfway over, what in the world. Fall is in FULL force down huuurrr, mornings have been chilly, especially those early 6am class mornings. Scarves and hats will be coming out soon cause I don't do cold very well.

I do enjoy a happy week and this one went by quickly, which is always nice. Nothing huge happened or will happen either, but that's why I like this concept. A quick look back and the lil wins.

|| Le Husband was home Wednesday night and we did an Italian night in for dinner. The food was delicious and the company was even better.

|| While my food intake hasn't been the greatest, my water intake this week has been on point. I credit all the water for helping me make it through on the low energy days.

|| I'm having brunch tomorrow with two awesome friends and I'm excited.

|| No traveling plans this weekend so delicious dinners cooked on the Green Egg are happening.

|| Fall shows are back and I'm all caught up on my favorites.

|| Sunrises on the drive to work have been too gorgeous to describe. Pink and blue cotton candy skies have greeted me every morning and it makes me so thankful to be breathing. Pictures are too dangerous to take and honestly wouldn't do the scene justice, so just trust me.

|| New shoes and workout clothes have been purchased at an awesome discount.

|| Today is Friday and we have nothing planned. Bring on the lazy.

Hope you have a fantabulous Friday and wonderful weekend. See ya on Monday, lovies!

October 18, 2017

Things I Believe in This Week

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Last week was a doozy and there was no catching up this weekend. Which means I had very little down time on Monday because I had to learn the launch release I put off last week. #skills. Those two sentences to say, my blog hopping and visiting has been down recently and I'm hoping to change that course this week.

I managed to get around to a few blogs yesterday and saw *this* post from fabulous Chelsea. Not only was it well written (like all of her work of course), it provided much needed inspiration for today. Thank you, pretty friend, for allowing me to borrow your fabulous idea.

Husband sweatshirt are more comfortable than my own. Mine are way cuter of course, but when it gets chilly I reach for his first. Something about the coziness I think.

Maple is the flavor of the season. I don't do pumpkin {nope} so I'm usually out of luck when it comes to the fabulous fall flavors. But, down here in Knoxville, maple has been everywhere and I can't get enough.

Quiet moments with a book can offer a much needed respite. I read to live in a different world for just a moment. Sometimes I'm gone for a long time, but even just a chapter here or there brings me back to a happy perspective on life.

New friendships. We may have only been here over a year but I've made some incredible friendships. I'm talking grip you deep inside your soul, part of the family, will drop anything to help out kind of friendships. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful new people in my tribe.

90% of it all is mental, so be a human and adapt. While driving 7 hours Friday night and Sunday to and from a wedding [ouch] I listened to one of Le Husband's podcasts. We both enjoy learning about fitness, but he takes it to a whole scientific level I normally don't vibe along. However, this week's episode made a great point and it's something I've taken to heart. Thoughts become things or actions and we are in control of them 90% of the time [excluding any type of mental health diagnosis of course]. Just because we have a bad day, or are hungry or tired doesn't give us the right to give up and just be a jerk. When possible adapt to your situation and know it isn't forever. Please understand I'm talking about the day to day, small bothers and annoyances in life, this is not a blanket statement to every situation.

When things are hard, look for the helpers. Lots of bad and horrible in the world right now. So much it makes me want to hide my head and just wish it away. But, the helpers who show up everyday inspire me to do my part. Maybe it's a quiet part, maybe it's a loud part, but I will be a helper in times of need.

Travel makes my heart sing. I can't get enough of traveling and my list grows daily.

What do you believe in this week?


October 17, 2017

The Last

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Thing I ate... brisket stuffed sweet potato and a small piece of baguette.

Show I watched... episode two of Law & Order True Crime: The Melendez Murders

Account I followed on Instagram... ArtisticPops

Blog I visited... Hungrymeetshealthy.com for a truly incredible post. #brave

Activity I did... taught BODYATTACK98!!!

Song I listened to..."Let Me Love You" Dj Snake and Justin Beiber. #bodypump103

Time I swore... this morning when a police officer decided to ride slow in the right lane. #gofaster

Product I used... peel face mask because my face is destroyed after last week and weekend.

Book I read... Key Lime Pie Murder Mystery.

Thing that frustrated me... trying to get a sub for a class. #spoileralertitscoverednow

Time Le Husband shocked me... how excited he was to see my Friday night. I love him dearly, but superfluous works of affection are not his love language [gifts + physical touch are his jam] so hearing he was happy to see me [said multiple times] made me all happy mushy inside.

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October 13, 2017

Weekly Wins: Short and Sweet

Going at you late today, oh well. This week was super busy, but super awesome. It just sometimes means I write a blogpost in the morning, not the night before. Even when things are tough and yucky I usually can keep my perspective that LIFE in general is good. Which is exactly where this post idea was born, for me. Even if the week STUNK TO HIGH HEAVEN, there are always small lil wins and joys to celebrate.

|| My parent's celebrated their 37 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday. My card to them was late, oops, but the texts and calls were on time. I'm very thankful and feel super blessed to grow up in such a loving home with two people who respect each other so much. Wishing them many, many, many years of happiness and joy. LOVE YOU MAMA AND AND DADDY!


|| LAUNCH WEEK IS COMPLETE and I DIDN'T MESS UP ANYTHING! YES! YES! and mooooooooooooooore YES! Studying for my PT cert really put me behind the eight ball with learning new choreography, but I managed to cram, cram, cram and rock all my classes. Even the one yesterday where I learned everything in three hours. Cheers to fitness!

|| Also, cheers to friends. After the last class of the week last night, two of my fave guy friends and I went to pizza and it was delicious and fabulous. We are a lil trio of fun and it had been awhile since we had all just chilled together and laughed. Grateful for my friends.

|| LE HUSBAND COMES HOME TODAY!!!!!!! Y'all, he's been gone for 14 days and he's finally coming home. I don't post this lightly because I know many a military wife or wife of a traveling husband but I'm still super excited he's coming home. We have a wedding this weekend so it's right back on the road for him, however this time we will be together. YAY!


Before I leave I need to speak about Shane. Wednesday also marked 11 years since he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country {you can read more *here*}. I miss him, a lot. I think of him quite often, too. Beyond grateful for his bravery and willingness to serve. I love you, Shane. #landofthefreebecauseofthebrave #lancersforever

 

October 11, 2017

For Real? - A Confession Post

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+ I used a work stamp for a personal letter because I ran out. #sorry

+ I had every intention of coming into this post guns blazing because someone I haven't talked to in four years decided they wanted to make drama. And I was THIS close to taking the bait. But then I realized pointing back and throwing accusations only perpetuated drama which is the last thing I PERSONALLY want or need in my life. Things are good here and whether or not they are good for her is none of my business, so why even chime in with chatter?

+ Someone stole my credit card information and my first thought when I received the email was 'Call Dad'. I'm a married 34 year old who owns a house and I STILL reached out to my dad. #adultingnope

+ Last week was a doozy of late nights and Thursday was a long one. So long I didn't get home until 10:15pm and still hadn't eaten dinner. So I heated up meal plan dish and ate it sitting on the floor because I was too tired to find the table.

+ Yesterday when I got in my car I realized my shirt had a prominent hole on the sleeve. I had the extra thirty seconds to go in and change but I didn't. I rolled up the sleeve and just went to work.

+ Through asking a question about a policy I ended up accidentally tattling on another instructor for teaching the new releases early. I caught her using the new music and would have kept my mouth shut, but I freaked out I needed to learn choreography earlier than expected. Luckily they had already heard about her launching early, but I still felt bad when I answered the questions asked.

+ Tomorrow I launch SPRINT and I haven't even looked at the release. #fakeittillimakeit

October 9, 2017

The Baby Weekend - The Sissy Not a Kid

Wah, it's Monday. I'm tired, sleepy, cranky and just a bit sad because Babyspice just drove away to head back home to DC. I know each day is a blessing and I want to be kicking booty this weekend, but right now that ||woop|| feeling just isn't here. I miss her already, sadz.

What's getting me smiling today is all the fun memories squashed into a quick three days together. She arrived Friday afternoon and we honestly hit the ground running. Or pumping. Or CPRING, because your girl right huuuur, needed an updated CPR certification and I dragged Babyspice along to get hers too. #oldersisterproblems

Once we completed the course it was off to SOCCER TACO to watch the United States Men's National Team play Panama. The USMNT stunk their last qualifying game so we were a bit nervous, however, Friday night they came to play and rocked it like no other. It was a great evening of chips, guac, margs, goals and sissy. #ole

The rest of Friday night was spent sissy timing hanging out then to bed early because guess who was asked to sub a BODYPUMP class Saturday morning? Yup, this girl. You will be happy to know I ASKED BABYSPICE before committing to help. Of course she was all for the workout it was fun seeing her face in the class. Afterwards we had fun posing and playing on stage, because yeah, that's just what we do.



Next stop was Honey Bee Coffee Company for their delicious artisanal coffee and pastries. Babyspice chose the Cold Brew Nitro coffee and I ordered the Lavender Honey Latte. Oh my delicious and caffeinated. The vibe is a fun one, we sat outside relaxing and stretching while we enjoyed our mini breakfast before brunch. Yes, that is a thing.

Our brunch was with T-BONE, woop woop. There is a delicious restaurant right near his house so we picked him up and got a seat on the water. I had the fantastic chicken and waffles and Babyspice enjoy the BBQ eggs benedict. T-Bone is doing well and looking good for 91, we enjoy spending as much time as we can with our super cool dude of a grandfather. 


Good granddaughters help around the house to say thank you for brunch. When we dropped T-Bone off we both notice the leaves everywhere so we offered to take care of the front yard and the driveway before the rain settled in early next week. I felt so much better when we drove away, knowing we helped make the house more functional and helped it look better, too. Don't worry, next time I get to break out the chainsaw, T-Bone already pointed out what needs to be done.

After brunch it was time for yoga stretching and a nap before preparing for the evening's festivities. Man, naps, are they not the greatest things ever? Too soon it was time to get up and get ready but we did and headed downtown to meet some of my faves. The evening starting at our favorite wine bar where flights, bottles and champagne were had as we discussed fitness, life, friends and Europ. Too many laughs with this fabulous crew




The next stop was an upscale Mexican restaurant and it was quite delicious. More margaritas were had and then it was off to the Library. For reading. Ha, sike. The Library is a speakeasy themed bar and super fun. More drinks, more laughs, more fabulousness and then it was bedtime.

Sunday morning we were up for church [rough start though] enjoyed a great service then headed out for one last brunch. Took longer than expected but the coffee and muffin made up because they were to die for delicious. 

We chilled out at home for a bit then it was off to another fitness class because, yeah, your girl always helps out a friend in need. I admit, it's so nice to have a sissy in the class, someone to smile at more, someone to make you want to rock it a lil more and someone to give you feedback. The ladies in class loved our humor and everyone worked super hard which was the best. 

After class we headed home, did laundry then headed to my aunt and uncles house for dinner. T-Bone made an appearance too, so it was the fun family affair. Yummy food, family fun and a few more drinks passed the time and suddenly it was time to head home and get ready for the week.

Our bodies were exhausted from the fun weekend but neither of us wanted to sleep yet. So we packed her up, prepped food and then finally went to sleep. This morning came much to quickly and I'm super bummed to be the only sissy in the house now. The countdown to Thanksgiving is on now.

October 6, 2017

Weekly Wins - First in October

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Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Cheers to the first Friday in October, woop woop. I'm way more excited for this weekend than I was three weeks ago thanks to family and friends. I can't wait to see my sissy, teach some fitness, drink coffee shop coffee, see T-Bone, take a nap, go out and party with friends, teach another class and just relax with sissyboobear.

It's going to be a winning weekend, let's check out the winning of the week:

|| I mentioned yesterday about my growing tribe down here and I was beyond thrilled when a girls evening came together so easily. We closed down the restaurant and spent most of the time laughing and I'm thankful I have such amazing women to ask advice now and in the future.

|| Sissy's coming into town. Sissy's coming into town. SISSYBOO IS COMING HERE!!!!

|| This darling, darling video. Baby doesn't want daddy to go to work, too cute.

|| Biggest win for the week [besides sissy, but I've mentioned that a BAZILLION times] is receiving some fitness photos taken last week. A friend is trying to get better at sports photography and I volunteered my class to have her come practice, hoping to get a few action shots. She GOT SOME AMAZING shots and I'm beyond thrilled with what she sent. I don't post these to boast or brag, I'm just extremely proud of my technique & form and excited to have clear pictures where I don't look ridiculous. Big big big win and new profile picture :)







Happy Friday, loves! Hope you have a fabulous weekend < 3 !