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First Day of School!

Good afternoon!

It’s official – I am the mom of a high schooler!!

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I think I was more nervous than Jacob was for his first day of school. He got on the bus early this morning and now I am patiently waiting for him to get home so I can see how his first day of high school went.

I can’t believe my tiny baby that only weighed one pound and 14 ounces at birth is now in high school. Time flies.

Jaden started third grade today and the days of dragging him out of bed for school are back. He had a special breakfast of chocolate chip waffles with chocolate whipped cream for breakfast. Did you know that they made chocolate whipped cream?!

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Danny and I drove Jaden to school this morning and he was very excited for his first day!

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After the kids were in school, I headed to the gym to work chest and core. I also had a HIIT workout to do today so I did it outside. This was the first time I’ve run outside in a long time!

Since I was doing a HIIT workout, I was more focused on time and my heart rate rather than distance. For thirty minutes I alternated between running and walking depending on my heart rate.

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Great workout!

Today was my Best Fit Body check-in and I felt so much better than last week. I stuck to my nutrition plan and workouts almost perfectly all week. The only day that wasn’t the best was yesterday. I went to a wedding shower for my cousin and there was so much delicious food and dessert.

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There was even a mimosa bar and who doesn’t love mimosas?!

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So, yesterday was definitely a day when I overindulged but I still had a really good week. And the best news is that my weight was down almost six pounds! Hopefully this week will also be good!

Have a wonderful day!!

  • Do you remember your first day of high school?
  • Favorite adult drink?

 

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An Afternoon at the Zoo

Good morning!

Yesterday was my first check-in for Best Fit Body. I am doing a six week program and I check-in every Monday. I officially started the nutrition portion on Thursday and ate good all weekend long. On Monday, after four days, I was down 1.4 pounds. :)

I have also been taking progress pictures which is a great way to see your progress rather than just relying on the scale.

At the gym yesterday, I did a chest and core workout followed by a HIIT workout.

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I decided to try the treadmill for my HIIT workout and I felt really good during the running portions.

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I think taking a break from running has helped all my soreness and I was able to complete the 30 minute HIIT workout on the treadmill. I was worried by ankles or quad would start bother me and I’d have to switch to a lower impact machine but I felt good!

Breakfast before my workout was plain Greek yogurt mixed with one stevia packet and topped with raspberries and blueberries.

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Is anyone else super picky about their berries?! I always find the biggest firmest blueberries to eat and get rid of the rest. I can’t stand the squishy blueberries.

Today

This morning, I taught my Women on Weights class and then the kids and I packed a lunch and headed to a small, local zoo.

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We spent the afternoon at the zoo, watching the animals and eating lunch.

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Later this evening, I’m going to CrossFit. Have a great day!

  • When was the last time you went to the zoo?
  • Favorite animal?

 

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Back to Working Out

Good morning!

We got back from Wisconsin Dells Friday night and I got back to my workouts on Saturday. I went to CrossFit in the morning and then I went to the gym for a little extra cardio.

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I did a HIIT workout on the Stairmaster for about 30 minutes.

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My workout was great on Saturday but my eating still wasn’t the best. I guess I was still in vacation mode!

Saturday afternoon, we took the kids to a nearby town on the river and walked around for awhile.

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We ate dinner and then stopped by Le Chocolat du Bouchard, a restaurant that serves everything chocolate.

It was like stepping into heaven.

Jaden had the Death by Chocolate cake which was amazing! I had a brownie sundae because you can’t go wrong with a brownie and ice cream.

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He was very excited to eat that cake!

On Sunday, I met my friend at the gym and we rode the spin bikes for 30 minutes and then took a Piloxing class. Piloxing is a mix between kickboxing, pilates, and dancing. The class this week was very cardio heavy with a good amount of hopping. Sometimes too much jumping bothers my hip but I made it through the whole class feeling okay. It was quite a workout!

My eating was back on track yesterday. For lunch, I made a healthy version of chicken nachos.

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These are amazing!

I used Late July organic multi-grain chips and topped them with grilled chicken and a little bit of cheese. I added some peach salsa on the side. I also had a big salad to get my veggies!

After lunch, we tried to take a family bike ride.

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It was hot out and Jaden made it less than a mile before he just gave up. And he’s very dramatic amount it. He throws his bike down and just parks his butt on the sidewalk and refuses to move. Fun times. Fun times.

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So, Jaden and I headed home and Danny and Jacob kept riding. As soon as Jaden and I got home, it started hailing, lightening, and pouring. Luckily, Danny and Jacob were near a building that they were able to wait in until the storm passed. It was quite an eventful bike ride!

This morning, I’m heading to the gym for some strength training!

Have a great day!

**Don’t forget that today’s the last day to enter my Jack Link’s Giveaway!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite chocolate dessert?

 

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Wisconsin Dells 2015

Good morning, friends! I am back from vacation!

We left for Wisconsin Dells last Tuesday and we got home Friday night.

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Going to the Dells!

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This is our fourth year going to Wisconsin Dells with my family. This year we rented a three bedroom villa with a full kitchen. This works well because we are able to bring food with us and eat the majority of meals in our room instead of eating out for every meal.

Of course, the kids wanted to swim as soon as we got there so we changed into bathing suits and headed down to the pool.

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We made plan ahead of time to go out to dinner one night so we went out that first night.

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I tried to eat healthy when I could. Greek yogurt, berries, and peanut butter cheerios for breakfast.

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But in reality it was a week of eating and drinking all day long! I was on vacation and probably went a little overboard with the food but I’m home now and things are getting back to normal.

All the delicious drinks:

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We all brought a package of Oreos and had an Oreo tasting party.

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The cotton candy Oreos were surprisingly delicious but the mint Oreos were the best in my opinion.

On the second night, we used the outdoor grill at the resort to make dinner and they happened to be setting up a wild animal show while we were there. We got to see the cutest baby tiger and I was in love with him! He was so adorable!

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Of course, we also swam a lot. We stayed off the main resort but we were able to take a shuttle or a boat over to the main resort where the majority of the pools were located. The kids enjoyed boating across the lake.

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Everyone had a great time enjoying the weather, swimming, and going down the waterslides.

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Our resort had a little beach that we took the kids to one afternoon. Jaden really wanted to find seashells but was only able to find rocks.

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Jaden actually loves rocks. The only thing he wanted to do in the Dells was go rock mining. I think this is our third year doing it and he loves it every time.

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We checked out of our room on Friday morning but stayed to swim until about 3pm before heading home.

It was a really fun vacation with my family but we were ready to get home! After a week of overindulging, I am definitely ready to get back to my regular workouts and healthy eating!

Have a great Sunday!

  • Have you gone on vacation this summer?
  • Favorite vacation?

 

 

 

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Food, Workouts, and Parties

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

On Friday night, we went out to dinner with my family.

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I had a delicious gorgonzola pear salad with pecan crusted chicken. It was amazing!

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On Saturday morning, Danny went out to run 14 miles. It’s his longest run so far for his marathon training. His average pace per mile was 8:17. He is fast – I don’t think I’ve ever run even one mile at an 8:14 pace, let alone 14 miles!

While Danny was running, I went to CrossFit.

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The workout was awesome and included lots of ring rows, push-ups, and goblet squats.

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym together and worked on legs and glutes. We started out our workout with a few minutes on the arc trainer. We tried to see how long we could go at level 100.

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That only lasted a few minutes.

Danny also threw some weighted push-ups in there. :)

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We did leg presses, calf raises on the Smith machine, squats with an overhead plate press, weighted step-ups, hip thrusters, jump squats onto the bench, and a few core exercises. Another great workout!

On Sunday afternoon, we went to a family party for my nephew because he’s home from the Navy for a few more days and then will be leaving.

The desserts were so creative. There was US Navy and American flag jello and the cupcakes were in the shape of an anchor.

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My nephews:

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We visited for most of the afternoon and evening and then headed home.

Today, I have some errands to run and will try to get to the gym late morning.

Have a great day!!

  • How was your weekend?

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Parties, Cupcakes, and Workouts

Good morning! Happy Monday!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, Danny and I ran the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5k. Check back for a post on the race tomorrow!

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On Saturday afternoon, we went to my niece’s 4th birthday party.

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She had a princess super hero party and my grandma made the cutest cupcakes for the party.

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Super hero and princess cupcakes. They were delicious!

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She even Baymax cupcakes because my niece loves Big Hero 6.

Sunday

On Sunday morning, I went grocery shopping but first I stopped at Starbucks to try out their cold brewed coffee.

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I got it with non-fat milk and one splenda. I’m not usually a huge fan of Starbucks regular brewed coffee but I loved the cold brewed coffee. I stopped and got another after the gym this morning but I got it with only Splenda and I prefered it with just the Splenda and no milk.

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On Sunday afternoon, we went to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s new house to visit with our nephew who is home from the Navy for two weeks.

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We cooked out and the kids had fun swimming.

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They just adopted a new dog and Danny had fun hanging out with him.

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Jaden and I made cupcakes to bring with.

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Betty Crocker recently brought back the rainbow chip frosting which is my all time favorite frosting so I had to buy a tub of it! It is so good.

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Good thing we made cupcakes or I would have eaten it all myself! :)

Today

With all the parties and food this weekend, I ate a lot. Way too much. Today, I’m back on track and trying to eat good all week because we have another party to go to this weekend.

I went to the gym and did a few shoulder exercises. Then I did intervals on the Stairmaster.

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For 30 minutes, I alternated between one minute at level 5 and one minute at level 16. I did a couple of ab exercises and then foam rolled for a few minutes. I ended up burning 560 calories.

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Today, I have a few errands to do and a few workouts to plan! Have a great Monday!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Do you prefer cold or hot coffee?

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Fourth of July Weekend!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday

We went to my grandparent’s house on Saturday for a cookout.

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I made orzo spinach salad.

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I haven’t made this in a long time and I’m so glad I did because it was delicious!

My grandma made a really cool patriotic cake.

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We ate and visited with my family. The kids had fun playing and lounging on the hammock.

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My grandma bought ribbon things for the kids to play with but I think the adults had more fun playing with them. :)

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In the evening, we headed to a nearby town to watch the firework show.

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Sunday

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym together. We haven’t been to the gym together in awhile because our weekends have been so busy and Danny’s been marathon training.

We did some back exercises including inverted rows on the Smith machine.

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These inverted rows are hard!

After the gym, we took the kids to a local pool to swim.

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We finally had some nice and sunny weather! They rest of the day was spent getting some things done around the house and relaxing!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?

 

 

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Weekend Recap and Ear Tube Surgery

Good morning! I feel like I haven’t around in forever! It’s been a very busy past few days.

Let’s start with the weekend.

Saturday

For the past 12 weeks, I have been training a group of ten wonderful people for a Biggest Loser competition at my gym. The program concluded Saturday morning with a final weigh-in, measurements, and a 5k. My team was the early morning 5:45 am team and I think getting their workout in and done so early helped keep them so motivated. They did amazing!

Out of three teams, my team came in first as the team with the most body fat percentage lost. Out of thirty people, I had the second and third place individuals with the most body fat lost on my team. I also had the first and second place 5k winners on my team. I was so proud of my team and how dedicated and hard-working they were.

They also met with a nutritionist once a week and that’s the part that’s really important. You can work out in the gym all day but if you’re eating like crap, you’re not going to lose any weight. My team had a great nutritionist to educate and help them.

My team’s nutritionist and I ran the 5k together to help keep everyone encouraged and motivated. I haven’t ran a 5k in awhile so it was quite difficult for me. I can lift weights all day at the gym but running will always be my weakness.

Afterwards, I picked up Jaden from my mom’s house and we went to Whole Foods for some sushi.

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I also found this zero-calorie lemonade which was amazing. As much as I like water, sometimes I like to change it up!

On Saturday night, Danny and Jacob came home from Canada after being gone for eight days!  They were fishing with my dad, brother, and grandpa. Jaden and I were sooo happy to have them home!

Fishing in Canada:

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Saturday night, we just hung out at home, listening to stories about their week in Canada.

Sunday

Since Danny was in Canada for Father’s Day, we decided to have Father’s Day again on Sunday. Jaden and I made French toast, eggs, hash browns, and bacon for breakfast. Then we all went mini golfing.

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The weather was finally beautiful for a change.

Danny also was so sweet and surprised me with a pair of Victoria’s Secret sweatpants that I have been in love with. And suckers. I have an intense love for suckers.

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I’ll take workout clothes and sweatpants over flowers any day. :)

Monday

Yesterday, Jaden was scheduled for surgery to get tubes in his ears and to get his adenoids rechecked. He had his tonsils and adenoids out about four years ago but the doctor thought maybe his adenoids grew back. I didn’t even realize this was possible but I guess it is.

Jaden was the fourth surgery of the day and we got to the hospital around 9 am. Luckily, the doctor was running ahead of schedule and Jaden had his surgery earlier than planned.

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The tube surgery is very routine and fast. But since they were also checking his adenoids, there was a possibility that he would need an IV and a longer surgery. We wouldn’t know until the doctor used a scope to check them.

Jaden did so amazing. He wasn’t really scared and I think it’s because he’s so sick of ear pain and was just ready to have the surgery done. They gave him some medicine to help him relax and then they took him back to surgery.

We were in the waiting room for literally 15 minutes when the doctor came out. I initially thought something was wrong but they doctor said the surgery was complete. I couldn’t believe how fast it was! They checked his adenoids and said there was a tiny bit a growth but not enough to make a difference if they were removed so he only needed the tube surgery.

We waited another few minutes and the nurse came out and said Jaden was in recovery and he was awake and eating a popsicle. She said they would wheel him into a room in about 10-15 minutes and then we could go back and see him.

After about ten minutes we were able to go see him and he was doing great! Luckily, Jaden has never had a problem with anesthesia.

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He did tell the nurse that his ears hurt a little when he woke up so they gave him some Tylenol. I gave him a big hug and then all he wanted to do was eat. He ate pudding, cookies, and apple juice. He was a little out of it from being under anesthesia and it was kind of funny. He kept trying to take his own blood pressure and was saying funny things.

After about a half an hour, we were able to take him home. They said he should just take it easy and relax the rest of the day even if he felt fine. We got home and a couple of hours later, he was totally fine. He wanted to go jump on the trampoline and was mad that we told him he had to stay inside and relax.

At one point, he looked at me and said, “Mommy, I can hear you now.” It made me feel so sad that he went so long with ear problems. I brought him to the doctor every single time he had an ear infection and got him antibiotics. He had multiple hearing tests done which all came back fine. The doctor always told me that he was okay and they usually gave tubes to younger kids since ear infections could affect their speech.

I am so glad that we took him to an ENT and they were able to get him into surgery within a few weeks. Lesson is always trust your gut instinct, no matter what the doctor says.

Workouts

I also managed to fit in some workouts over the past few days! I did a 50 minutes session on the Stairmaster that left me tired and sweaty!

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I’m telling you, if you want to sweat, get on the Stairmaster!! I usually alternate between fast and slow for 20-45 minutes depending on how my hip feels. I also did a few planks and foam rolled.

Today

Life is back to normal today. Jaden is doing great. Danny is back to work. And I am teaching Women on Weights later this afternoon and then going to CrossFit tonight.

Have a wonderful day!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Yesterday, my sister-in-law and I took the kids to the splash park and they had such a fun time playing in the water.

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The splash park is perfect for the summer because it’s close and free!

After the kids played for a couple of hours, Jaden and I left to go grocery shopping.

I picked up two Chobani yogurts – watermelon and peach. I ate the peach one for dinner and while it was good, it didn’t have enough peach chunks for me!

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I also picked up some ingredients to make a salad for dinner.

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The thing I love about salads is that you can customize them to your tastes. You can throw anything that makes you happy on a salad. Sometimes, I love topping my salads with pickles.

Yesterday for dinner, I had an amazing spinach salad that was so simple to make yet tasted restaurant quality.

I started with a big bowl of spinach and then I added grilled chicken, blueberries, strawberries, feta cheese, and honey roasted pecans. I topped it with Bolthouse Farms strawberry merlot dressing.

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It was the perfect dinner for a hot summer night!

Have a great Monday!

  • Favorite salad topping?
  • Favorite salad dressing?

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Gentle Yoga

Hello! Happy Sunday!

Happy Father’s Day to my dad!

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Happy Father’s Day to my husband!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, stepdads, father-in-laws, and father figures!

Yesterday

Yesterday morning, I went to CrossFit. I’ve never gone on a Saturday before because Jaden usually has baseball but the season ended Friday so I headed to CrossFit yesterday. I wore my new Reebok Nanos.

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We did a great partner workout that left me tired and sweaty! I have a feeling those shoes aren’t going to stay white for very long. :)

Today

I’ve been really sore lately, so today I decided to try out a gentle yoga class at my gym.

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This class really was a very easy and gentle yoga class. It was a lot of easy movements, breathing, and very slow paced. I think it’s the most relaxed I’ve been in months.

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I’m so used to such fast paced workouts that gentle yoga was a welcome relaxation.

After yoga, I came home and made a big salad and a veggie flatbread pizza for lunch.

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So good.

We finally have some hot weather and sunshine today so my sister-in-law and I are taking the kids to the splash park!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

  •  Have you ever taken a yoga class?
  • Any plans for today?

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