Friday Favorites: Life Lately

Hey there! Happy Friday!

Even though I have an all-day training (ACLS renewal) and have to work all weekend, I am still happy to see the weekend. Scott and I have tickets to see Lewis Black on Saturday night and I’m excited to check out a new breakfast place on Sunday!

Here’s a look at life lately and some of my recent favorites:

Little boys + haircuts. Except for the fact that it makes Luke look like he’s way older. . . time slow down!!

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These Luna bars. Delicious.

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Passing my CXWORX training!! And teaching the class. It is only 30 minutes but is a total killer!

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Popcorn + movie afternoons.

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Roasted veggies.

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This walking workout.

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This boy.

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Fall decorations. Including this one!

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My fall decorations helper. . .

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Sunday afternoon on the couch with a baby bump + Abby puppy + football.

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Getting Luke’s room set up for the new baby. We got him a new nightstand and moved a new dresser into his room when we took out his old dresser that we will use as a changing table in the baby’s room.

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#reallife. sometimes you eat brownies directly out of the pan to avoid doing more dishes.

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Luke doing CXWORX with me. Laughing is a good core workout, right?

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Day date with Luke. And a good latte. Smile

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Your plans for the weekend?? Favorites from the week?

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

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2nd Pregnancy Confessions at 26 weeks

This second pregnancy is no joke.

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Honestly, with Luke, I loved being pregnant. While I was nauseous a lot, otherwise I felt good. I taught aerobics and ran until 39 weeks. And was back to running 2 weeks after delivery.

And while this pregnancy is similar, it’s also so different. 4 years may not seem like much, but I can definitely tell that I am 4 years older this time around. My body remembered being pregnant, so the baby belly showed up a lot sooner. . .  I was still in my normal jeans with Luke until about 16 weeks, but with this one, by 10 week, they were getting pretty tight and 12 weeks, I was into maternity clothes full time. . . which is hard! It’s hard to get bigger and wonder how big this belly is going to get by the time he’s ready to come out!

24 weeks with Luke vs 25 weeks with baby boy #2

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But, then you start feeling the little kicks and punches of that sweet baby, and it’s all worth it.

I am definitely trying to remember and enjoy all the little moments of this pregnancy, knowing that it will probably be my last.. . because let’s be honest, I don’t want to risk have 3! boys! Winking smile

I’m still working out! I’m teaching BODYPUMP at least twice per week.

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I’ve recently added in CXWORX (I passed my certification video!!). I’ve stopped running already. It just doesn’t feel good. I’m not sure if that has to do with my belly growing bigger faster this time around or if my body is just different. I’m sad about it and I miss it. I enjoyed running with Luke for as long as I did and I’m sad that I won’t be able to do that this time around. So, walking is where it’s at.

And OMG, my sweet tooth is out. of. control. Chocolate, cookies, ice cream. Anything and everything. Moderation is definitely the name of the game. Thankfully, I am also loving fresh veggies from the farmer’s market – carrots and cucumbers are my favorites. And random craving – fruit snacks. I can’t even tell you the last time before I was pregnant that I ate a fruit snack, but I have been eating them daily lately.

And while early on I fought wearing maternity clothes, I actually love the baby bump and my maternity clothes.

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It’s kinda fun to have a whole new wardrobe. And who doesn’t like stretchy pants? Smile

Starting to think about getting ready for baby. Getting his room ready! I just bought this cute sign.. .

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Pregnancy brain is a real thing. I usually pack Luke’s bag for the Lake and this summer we went two weekends in a row. The first weekend, I forgot to pack socks. . . and then the second weekend, I forgot to pack shirts! After that, Scott took over packing for the summer. Winking smile

We still don’t have his name yet . .. we both loved Luke’s name so much that it’s tough that we haven’t been able to find another one that is just as awesome.

And December feels equal parts super far away and too close all at the same time. But I know it will be here before we know it! And I’m already so excited to meet this little guy! And for baby snuggles. . .

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Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out loud!

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Weekending. . .

Happy Monday!

Guess who actually remembered to take pictures of the weekend? Smile

Kicked off the weekend teaching BODYPUMP at the YMCA and taking 25 week bump pictures with my favorite little man. . .

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Followed by half caf latte + real clothes.

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and a trip to the Farmer’s Market.

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And cookies.

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waiting is hard work.

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snacks.

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nap time.

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furniture shopping. . . need a new nightstand for Luke’s room. He thought we should totally get the bunk beds.

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Trip to the park.

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Sunday morning = cinnamon rolls + puppy snuggles.

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Followed by CXWORX class at the YMCA x 3 . . . Some of my fellow instructors were videotaping their assessment videos, so we did the class three times in a row! I was t.o.a.s.t. afterwards!

And promptly came home and spent the next 4 hours on the couch watching football. It. was. glorious. Winking smile

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Finished off the weekend with crockpot pot roast + apple cheesecake bars.

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Hope you are having a great Monday!! What were you up to this weekend??

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Labor Day Weekend: Photo Recap

How on Earth is it Thursday already?

With Labor Day on Monday, I’ve been off a day all. week. long. But even though it was a short week, I am still looking forward to the weekend and no plans!

Here’s a quick photo recap of our Labor Day weekend at the Lake. . .

Packer colors always make doughnuts taste better.

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Fun at the Children’s Museum.

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And lots of boat time.

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Hope you’re having a great week! Smile

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Fri – YAY–Things I’m loving lately

Happy Friday!!  Smile

Just one day of work between us and the long weekend, right?!

We are hitting the road to the Lake this weekend for one last splash, boat ride and soaking in the summer sun.

But first, some of my recent favorites. . .

Sunshine + walks.

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Puppy chow. Thanks to my MIL!

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Fresh veggies. Thanks to Chris for sharing her CSA share with me this week!

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This dress. And a big thank you to my friend Jodi for recommending the “Julia” style to me.

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Daydreaming. Checking out lots for our potential next house.

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BODYPUMP. Still pumping it up twice a week with my baby belly!

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Your plans for the weekend?? Favorites from the week?

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

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MN State Fair – 2016

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On Sunday, we went to the MN State Fair. Fun fact – Luke as been there every year, even when I was about 8 weeks pregnant with him! 

We did a ton of walking and exploring. . . 

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Food highlights: 

Milkshakes. 

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Corn on the cob.

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Cookies!

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Strawberry smoothie. +baby

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Adventure highlights: 

A trip to the Oink booth in the pig barn and petting a baby pig. 

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Checking out tractors with Dad. 

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Getting free sunglasses at the Kare11 booth. 

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Doing the Little Farmhands experience. 

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And getting to pick out one treat. BATMAN!

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It was a HOT day and after about 5 hours at the fair.. . we were done. Smile

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CXWORX training

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to take my second Les Mills Training class in CXWORX. It is a 30 minute core workout that is amazing.

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From the Les Mills website:

WHAT IS CXWORX?

Exercising muscles around the core, CXWORX provides the vital ingredient for a stronger body. A stronger core makes you better at all things you do, from everyday life to your favorite sports – it’s the glue that holds everything together.

All the moves in CXWORX have options, so it’s challenging but achievable for your own level of fitness. During the 30-minute workout trained instructors guide you through correct technique as you work with resistance tubes and weight plates, as well as body weight exercises like crunches, and hovers. You will also get into some hip, butt and lower back exercises.

The weekend was very similar to my BODYPUMP training weekend. . .

It started with getting access to the choreography and music about 2 weeks before the weekend, with the instructions to learn 2 of the tracks. I had to learn track 2 and 4 of release 23.

*Tip for new instructors – the better you know your tracks and the more comfortable you are with the choreography and timing, the better the weekend will go for you. So, put in the time and effort ahead of time to really nail those tracks.

Then, the weekend was scheduled for 8-6 on Saturday and Sunday. Being on time is very important for these trainings. Our penalty if you were late anytime over the weekend was a 1 minute plank. We ended up being there from 8-5 on Saturday and 8-4 on Sunday.

Saturday started with introductions, expectations for the weekend and then we jumped right into the master class. This is where our trainer lead CXWORX 23 and kicked out butts. Smile

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Then, we headed into learning about what makes Les Mills so special – from their key elements in each class to choreography. Then, we got into the science behind CXWORX and learned about the muscles involved.

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Then, we had a technique clinic where we had a chance to review the basic moves involved in a CX class and to make sure that our form was on point to be instructing.

**I was nervous about being 5 months pregnant and taking the training. Overall, it went fine. There aren’t any modifications for pregnancy, like BODYPUMP, because they don’t recommend the class after the 3rd trimester. Thankfully, for the prone exercises I still felt comfortable lying on my belly. Also, just like with any other training, I listened to my body and took the lower level when I felt I needed to. The trainer was supportive but also made sure to challenge me as well.

After lunch, we talked about coaching a CX class and giving appropriate cues.

Then, it was time to give our 1st presentations. While we were told to prepare 2 tracks, we had 1 track to focus on (usually the first one listed) and then the 2nd track is a “shadow” track.

So, for me, I had track 4 and 2. 4 was my focus for the weekend. I was able to present this track 3 times over the course of the two days. The other track, track 2 in my case, I shadowed a fellow instructor for one of the presentations.

We had a few minutes here and there throughout the day to listen to our tracks and practice, but not a whole lot of time. There are always a bunch of nerves the first time you present your track to the group.

A couple of things that I like to keep in mind:
1. everyone is in the same boat. No one has taught this class before and we all have things to improve on.
2. even if you mess up, it actually helps the group learn from your mistakes and makes us all better instructors.
3. no one is judging you. I think Les Mills has one of the most supportive training environments, from the master trainer to the other participants, we all have the same goal: to become great CX instructors!
So, take a deep breath and do your best!

We got feedback from our presentations, chatted a little more about coaching and then that was the end of Day 1. We were given homework to work on that night with regards to our specific tracks and we headed home.

Day 2 started bright and early. I hit up Caribou to drink some coffee and nail my choreography.

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We spent some time chatting about Les Mills.

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And then right back into doing another presentation.

More technique and coaching work. . . key in Les Mills classes!

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And our final presentations!

After our final presentations, we found out of we passed the initial training. . .

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And then comes the hard work. . .

Learning the rest of the release. Nailing choreography 100% + the appropriate cues for each track.

Then, once you have that down, you videotape yourself teaching a class and submit it to Les Mills for final certification.

I am quickly working on learning the rest of release 23 and am hoping to videotape my class as soon as possible before my belly gets too much bigger and I can’t lay prone anymore!!

Overall, I think CXWORX is an awesome class. It is only 30 minutes, but those 30 minutes are TOUGH and challenging!! I’m especially excited to teach a 30 minute pump class followed by the 30 minute CX class this fall – I think that will be a great combo.

It was a great weekend. I really enjoyed Barb, our trainer, we had a great group of instructors, and I learned a lot! I would highly recommend any Les Mills instructor trainings if you are interested in teaching. Smile

Now, off to practice teaching!!

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Currently. . . August

Happy Monday!!

It has been a hot minute since I shared some current favorites. . . so here’s a little glimpse into life lately in my house!

Current book: Red Rising by Pierce Brown.

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So far so good. It’s part of a trilogy, so I’ll report back when I finish all 3 books!

Current TV show: Scott and I are watching Person of Interest together (thanks again for the recommendation Sarah and Matt!). And of course, the Olympics!!

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Current excitement: Baby Boy #2! And baby kicks. <– seriously the best. 

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Current exercise: Pumping 2x per week. Plus practicing CXWORX all. the. time. I’m filming my video TONIGHT!! before my belly gets too big! And I think I might be done running during this pregnancy. . . I had to stop after the car accident because my chest hurt so darn much and I was able to do a few runs without too much pain, but over the past week, the belly has been hurting with running. I’m hoping to try a belly band support so I can keep running for at least a while longer. .. but if not, walks with Abby are good too! 

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Current bane of my existence: Coming up with boy names! We had tons of girl names, but boy names are SO tough! If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!!

Current outfit: Workout clothes. If I’m not working, you will find me in black lululemon shorts and a workout tank!

Current food: Anything chocolate, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Chipotle.

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Current drink: Thank goodness for spark.

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I am still so tired all. the. time. I was hopeful that it would get better in the second trimester, but since I’m just over 22 weeks and it isn’t any better, I just keep on drinking my spark every morning.

Current indulgence: Daydreaming about building our next house.

Current photo: This. After school date with my favorite boy.

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Your turn – current drink, book, food??

I have the day off of work today. .  we have an ultrasound and doctor appointment for baby boy plus filming my CXWORX video tonight <– wish me luck!!

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BODYPUMP 98 {review}

So, as you all know, I am a Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor and I teach a few times a week at  the YMCA in Mankato!

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Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this release yet! I’ve been teaching it for the past month.

And it is a KILLER!!!

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Anyway, here’s the whole review

#1: Warm up – “Strong Ones”

Good standard warm up track and good lyrics. Nothing special but sets a good tone for the workout and release.

#2: Squats – “Techno”

Pretty standard squat track. I like that there are no breaks. Another techno song, which I think works well for squats but I do miss having lyrics in the squat track!

#3: Chest – “Focus”

OMG. This track is TOUGH. Bottom 8’s? Craziness. But then down, hold and then bottom 16’s? Whoa. Pecs are burning. Every time. I’ve been teaching this release for 4 weeks now and it’s not getting any easier!

#4: Back – “Chased”

I like this one. The song has a good beat. I like that there are 2 sets of 8 clean and presses and then the final set ups the challenge to the power presses. Slightly repetitive but not boring.

#5: Triceps – “Two Minds”

Decent triceps track.. . The transitions are a bit too quick for my liking. And the song is just ok. . .

#6: Biceps – “Victorious

Winner. I can almost feel my biceps getting bigger. I love the halfway holds. I think those are super challenging.

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#7:  Lunges – “Memories”

I think this is a strong lunge track. The combo of 4 bottom halves and 2 quick singles is killer. The song is fun and upbeat. And that last set of 6 combos in squats is like whoa.

#8: Shoulders – “Redliner”

Longest set of side raise/mac raise ev-er. And I don’t love the song. It is a shoulder burner though and a little different than the last few releases without a ton of overhead presses, so I appreciate that!

#9: Core – “My House”

Love love love this one! I think the combo and using the bench to work the lower abdominals is super challenging and something new to pump. And the song is awesome. Smile

#10: Cool down – “Bird Set Free”

Meh. It’s just ok for me. I’m not a huge Sia fan. But it gets the job done. And after teaching this release, it feels good to stretch it out.

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Overall, I thought this was a really really solid and challenging release! BP99 comes out next week!!!

and I can’t believe that BP100 is coming soon!!

Have you done BP98??? What did you think?

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out loud!

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Weekending. . . in pictures

Hey! Happy Tuesday. . . I am still smiling from a great weekend at the Lake with friends. I thought I’d pop in today and share some pics from the weekend!

All good weekends start with ice cream. . .

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And a trip to the splash pad. . .

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It was overcast Saturday morning. . . but then the sun came out for a beautiful afternoon on the water. . .

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Sunset boat cruise with best friends.

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Sunday morning fishing. . .

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I’m already looking forward to next year’s weekend! Smile 

What did you do this weekend??

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