Friday Favorites: Life update

Happy Friday!! Anybody else so looking forward to the weekend?? I have to work on Saturday and Sunday, but I am looking forward to watching the Packers play on Saturday night and dinner with friends on Sunday.

I thought I would share a little life lately update today.. . 

After eating my weight in sugar cookies over the Christmas holiday, I am working to get back to healthy balanced eating.


More veggies, less dessert. And I’m trying out some new to me AdvoCare supplements. . . I’ll keep you posted on how they work for me! We are still using Hello Fresh. Meals this last week were amazing. I love that they are balanced meals and that we try new things. And we haven’t ever had a bad meal.  Use this code: QTHC5N to get $40 OFF your first box

Man, life after Dad died is tough. My heart is so sad. It’s the worst when I forget for a minute that I can’t just text or call when I think “oh, I need to call Dad about that.” and then it hits me all over again. I am so sad that he was taken away from us so quickly and we didn’t have a chance to say good bye. My heart hurts because I would have loved to hear the things he would have said to us and I can’t believe I’ll never hear them. I am so thankful for my family and the fact that this has brought us closer together.


I talk/text with my sisters and Mom way more now than I used to and I know we will be spending more time together. Hug your loved ones and never let an opportunity to say I love you pass you by. 

The one thing that keeps me from completely losing it is running. That’s when I feel the closest to him.


We had our best times pounding the pavement together. So, I’ve been running and running and running. And I love it. 

And I don’t know what I would do without BODYPUMP and my favorite people at the YMCA.


I’ve still been going about 2 times per week and teaching once per week. It just makes me happy. Smile 

And GRIT. Have you ever tried a Les Mills GRIT class? Whoa. It is the most intense thing I have done in a while. It’s only a 30 minute class which is nice, but your heart rate is sky rocketed the entire time. I need to start wearing a heart rate monitor during class and see how high it gets and how many calories I burn. Awesome cross training class. And just a warning – there are always burpees! 

I am still loving Le Tote. This sweater had the cutest ruching detail on the sleeves. 


And I loved this pink striped wrap top with pink stella pendant necklace.


Anyway. . . that’s life around here. . . oh yeah, AND we are headed to Key West in a week! To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. Smile Looking forward to getting this boy back to the beach + sand.


What’s new with you? Plans for the weekend??

Have a great one!

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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8 Responses to Friday Favorites: Life update

  1. Chris

    We love you Katie and I am so thrilled to have you back in Mankato…in front of my either as a participant or an instructor in pump!! My better half at Body Pump!

  2. I so appreciate your honest assessment of how you’re doing during such a hard time, and it’s so good to hear that you’re feeling loved and finding something like joy in running. My heart goes out to you, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!
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  3. I expect a detailed report of Key West when you get back! I haven’t done any planning yet beyond booking our flights, so I have no idea what to expect!
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food recently posted..A day of drinking {WIAW}My Profile

  4. I’m glad to hear that your sisters and your mom are all communicating with each other regularly to get through a tough time together. I know some families kind of shut themselves off. I hope it gets easier for you soon and that you have a great time on your upcoming trip!
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  5. Still thinking about you and your family, Katie. I am so happy that running makes you feel better, it’s a wonderful thing!
    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted..Graft Madison and Beauty and the BeastMy Profile

  6. My Dad and I have gotten SO much closer since my Mom died. We were always close, but did not talk much. Now I call him at least once per day.
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  7. I’m so sorry about your dad, Katie. It’s been over 10 years since my brother passed away and there are still days I wish I could pick up the phone and call him (especially after any Iowa win). Thinking about you so often and know your dad is still with you still <3
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  8. Thinking about you & your fam, Katie. I’m so sorry he had to die so early. That must be so hard! Many many hugs!

    On another note, I have a feeling I’d love to have you in my GRIT classes! I’d love to burpee with ya 😉 I’ve worn a HR monitor coaching those classes & it’s incredible the results you see right from your HR. GRIT simply works!

    Have a lovely weekend!
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