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Fri–YAY– San Diego + Life


Happy Friday!! Plans for the weekend?? I have to work tomorrow. . . but I am looking forward to picking out pumpkins on Sunday and watching some football!

I am already missing the beach in California. . .




The seals in La Jolla.



And hanging with these guys.



Otherwise, we’ve been getting back to life as usual.

Krusteaz sent me some pancake and muffin mixes. . . and these Pumpkin Spice muffins are so good that I’ve made two batches in two days. Tip – add chopped pecans. So good!


Loving my 30 minute BODYPUMP + CXWORX combo on Friday mornings. . . and 30 weeks tomorrow!

30 weeks

And lastly Friday morning snuggles are the best. Smile 


Have a great weekend. . . what are you up to??

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

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2nd Pregnancy Confessions at 26 weeks

This second pregnancy is no joke.

22 weeks _3

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

25 weeks _3

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.


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.


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.. .

brother sign

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. . .

Luke Mom_couch_2

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out loud!


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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.


From the Les Mills website:


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


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.


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.



We spent some time chatting about Les Mills.


And then right back into doing another presentation.

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


And our final presentations!

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


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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1,000 rep workout

Happy Thursday! I swear I haven’t been ditching you. . .  I am having some major issues with my phone, specifically the pictures on my phone, not syncing with my laptop. . . I had this awesome sprinkle doughnut picture from the weekend to share with you and everything. 😉 Anyway, I am working on it. .  . But today, I am off to Country Fest with Laura. So, I’ll try to fix this whole picture issue in between hanging out with Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt this weekend!

In the meantime, I’ve been meaning to share this post with you for a while, so if you are need of a weekend workout, check it out!

On Saturday mornings at the YMCA, we have a “Weekend Warrior” class which is basically a 45 minute instructor choice workout. It is typically a self led, at your own pace workout, so each person can push themselves at their level.

I taught the class a few weeks ago, and thought I would share my 1,000 rep workout. . . it was a good one!

Set 1:

40 Mountain Climbers

30 Bench Jumps *option – step ups

20 Deadrows with heavy bar

10 Push ups

–> Complete 5 rounds = 500 reps

Set 2:

40 High Knees

30 Squat jumps *option – squat reach

20 Clean and Press

10 Burpees

–> Complete 3 rounds = 300 reps

Set 3:

40 Speed Skaters

30 Sit Up with plate reach

20 Russian Twists

10 Triceps Dips

Complete 1 round = 100 reps

100 walking Lunges to Finish!

= 1,000 reps!

Let me know if you try it!

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Friday Favorites: Pirate talk

Whooop Whooop. Who’s excited it’s the weekend??!! 

I cannot believe that Luke turns 4 tomorrow!


We aren’t technically celebrating until next weekend with a Pirate Pizza Party, but we obviously have to have cake. Winking smile

Also on tap this weekend, Ladies Alive AdvoCare event. I am SO excited. I’ve heard amazing things about this event and I’m happy that I have a couple of friends coming with me! 

And we have a wedding. Scott’s good friend from high school is getting married on Saturday night. 

Whew. I am tired just thinking about squeezing everything into one day! 

Sunday has no plans. And after two weekends of working plus a super busy Saturday, I am thrilled! 

And now onto a few of my recent favs: 

This combo. Amazing. It’s the perfect afternoon pick me up. 


Family runs. Bonus points that Luke wore his eye patch the entire run and said “arrrggg shiver me timbers” to everyone we passed. 


And then the fact that he wore his eye patch to dinner. And continued to talk in pirate lingo.  


New tanks for teaching pump.


I am in love with the “but did you die though” one. 


AKA my motto for BODYPUMP 97!

Everyday with Rachel Ray.


Honestly, I’m not sure why I love this magazine. There isn’t a whole lot of content to read and I usually only save 1 or two recipes per issue, but for some reason I love it. #randomfacts

Running. Warmer temps this week has made for some great running!


This kid. And our local library. They have a great kids section that has educational toys. Obviously, I really liked this one. Smile 


Ok. .. off to pack for the weekend. Wish me luck!

Plans for the weekend? Favorites from the week?

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Friday Favorites: Fall + Abby + New house + New job

Heck yes to the weekend!! We are back in Wisconsin to pack up some boxes, celebrate Halloween with my sisters and to enjoy some family time!

But, for today. . . here are some of the things that made me smile this week. . .


Abby’s puppy energy. I cannot believe she just turned 11 years old because seriously, she wants to play all. the. time.


Quick shout out to Influenster for sending me some Annie’s Soup. Luke LOVED it. Seriously, I didn’t even get to try any of it, because he slurped down the whole box! Anything that my sometimes picky toddler eats all gone is a total winner at our house.


Random afternoon coffee break.


Flowers from my co-workers for my first day at the new job. So sweet and thoughtful!


And my husband surprised me with lunch and a treat on my first day too. Such a nice thing to make my day better!


Fall running!! <love>


Apple cider season. Perfect when you drink it warm snuggled in blankets on the couch!


My face after GRIT. That class is probably one of the most intense things I have done. And it is awesome. Winking smile


Progress on the new house. I spent a few days this week painting the master bedroom and the mud room. Progress is happening!!


What are you up to this weekend?? Smiles from the week??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Favorite Incline Walking Workouts

When I was recovering from surgery, I knew I had to take some time off from running, but I still wanted to get my sweat on. Thank goodness for incline walking workouts. Lower impact than running, but will still kick your bootay every time.

I thought I would share a few of my favorites, so the next time you are looking for a kick butt, sweat your face off workout, you can count on one of these. Smile

This one is crazy tough. The incline is high – taking it up to 15.0 and you are booking it with speeds up to 4.8.

One pinner said, On the off days of my interval running program. Sweaty Mess Walking Incline Intervals! I burnt 600 calories in 40 mins! I will be doing this a couple times a week.

I like this one because it is totally customizable for whatever speed/incline you feel comfortable with. . .

This one is tricky because you are at the same speed the whole time but taking the incline up up up really gets your heart pumping! Fit: 30 Minute Treadmill *Walking Workout.... Lord knows I can't run on a treadmill haha

Another winner from Courtney – I like this one because with changing the speed/incline/time intervals, the time flies by! 30 Minute Incline + Intervals Walking Workout (with a Beginner Option)

Do you have a favorite walking workout??

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