St Patricks Day 2016

Hey Guys!

I wanted to pop in with a fun weekend recap because this past weekend was a BLAST! About a month ago Brent had the idea to rent an Air B&B in Chicago for St Patricks Day weekend and invite a bunch of friends. Well out idea became reality and we met up with a bunch of our friends for a weekend of festivities!

Friday night we all made our way to the city to meet up at the condo. Brent, my friend Katie from college & her boyfriend all drove in together while I took the metro after work. As I waited for the train I got a text from Katie with this picture…

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Brent & PJ fixing the flat!

And the caption “totally got a flat” thankfully Brent & PJ were able to change the flat safely and not get hit by any of the cars flying by. Not too long after the text from Katie the train pulled up to the station and I made my way to get on…

Well after trying 4 cars, yanking on the doors with none of them opening, the train pulled away leaving me there in awe of what just happened… Thankfully my friend Megan, who drove me to the station after work, hadn’t left yet and was able to drive me to a different station to get the next train. I had to wait about an hour but I was able to get the next train to the city and met up with the group at dinner before they even ordered!

View from the condo we rented

View from the condo we rented

We made our way back to the condo after a very late dinner and the 8 of us hung out had a few drinks and talked about everything and nothing before hitting the hay. Since Saturday morning we were planning on getting up bright and early.

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Gorgeous sun rise!!

Saturday started with this BEAUTIFUL view from the condo before we all got dressed and had a St Patty’s toast before heading to Bull & Bear.


We had bought tickets for the Bull & Bear Top Of The Mornin St Patricks day party which started at 8. I cannot tell you the last time I went out drinking starting at 8am, and can tell you that the next time I do won’t be for a veryyyyyy long time 😉 Our tickets to Bull & Bear included drinks & brunch food so we found a spot near the bar and congregated there for the next 4 hours! We danced, sang to the songs and drank our little hearts out #balance 😉

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At noon we headed outside and met up with 4 of our friends who opted out of Bull & Bear and grabbed lunch at Lou Malnati’s. After lunch we all went back to the condo to recoup a bit from our 4hour drinking escapades with some Cards Against Humanity! Once we recovered we headed down to the river front to see the green river and take some pictures, because well thats the point right! We said goodbye to a couple friends who had to head back home and then went back to relax some more before grabbing dinner.

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Chris, Kristina, Me, Brent, Kaley & Ryan at the river!

I forgot how hard it is to go H.A.M first thing in the morning and then continue to party the rest of the day, we all were pretty much done at 2pm so relaxing, hydrating and napping sounded wonderful! We definitely aren’t 21 any more 😛

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After a while we decided to get dinner and made reservations at a sushi place down the road. Brent & PJ opted out of going as they both were exhausted and not feeling the best, so Ryan, Kaley, Katie & I headed out together for the BEST sushi experience of our lives.

If you are ever in the Fulton River District of Chicago you should definitely check out Tanoshii Sushi and splurge on Omakase tasting menu. You will not be disappointed and it is definitely worth the cost. We were treated to a multi-course meal and honestly each course was better than the one before. Since none of us really knew what was being put down in front of us, they told you but quickly, we made Ryan taste everything first and tell us what it was like before Katie, Kaley or I would try it. After a while we were laughing because Ryan would say “Thats the BEST one yet!” to almost everything he tried, and he wasn’t wrong!

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After dinner the 4 of us walked back to the condo in a sushi euphoria and settled in for a night of watching My Strange Addiction and seriously relaxing! It was the perfect ending to a fun day.

Most of the Gang!

Most of the Gang!

I am so glad that we have great friends who are up to coming and celebrating with us. It was so much fun to all get together and spend a weekend pretending that we were 21 again!

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It's beginning to feel a lot like FALL!

Hey Guys!

Can you believe its already October? In the medical world we have been preparing for a big change on October 1st and I remember earlier this year when they started talking about it, and then the emails that I continued to get regarding the changes but I never really accepted that October was coming up on us until it arrived in full fall force on Thursday!

We went from an unseasonably warm end to September to brisk fall weather with chilly mornings, warmish afternoons and then chilly evenings. I have been enjoying the cooler nights and letting the fresh fall air into the house. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year.

Last week I felt a little out of it when we were in the gym and I contribute it to the change in weather and a change in my work schedule. But on Wednesday we did a leg day workout and I went for optimal glute strengthening… which equaled major glute and leg soreness!


For the bandwalks I used a blue tubing band around my knees and made sure to stay in a squat position through the whole walk, which was super hard. The 200ft is discretionary I walked the clear space distance in my gym and counted Down & Back as ONE lap, probably about 200ft. During the elevated hip thrust I put my shoulders on a 22in box (whatever you have in your gym) and did bridges/thrusts really focusing on squeezing my glutes at the top. For the single leg I also was focusing on keeping my hips as level as possible.

On Saturday Brent & I had a fun day planned with our friends Rich, Anges & Hayley. We actually set up the date in the middle of the summer and it was another date that felt SO far away but came so quickly! We originally had plans to go to Morton Arboretum but decided to head down town and go to the Zoo. But first FOOD!

Brent, Hayley & I on the boardwalk

Brent, Hayley & I on the boardwalk

We headed to RJ Grunts for lunch. Apparently we had the same idea as about 100000 other people and had a bit of a wait so we headed over to the zoo and took a walk around the water and worked up a serious appetite. After a little longer wait it was time to EAT! Since we were all absolutely starved we took full advantage of their salad bar.

I love a good salad bar and the one at RJ Grunts did not disappoint. We stocked up on salad, premade pasta/grain salads and a delicious cream of spinach soup before getting our actual MEAL! WHAT!!! Yes we got a salad bar and a burger, it was insane and probably not the smartest idea but man oh man was it good! I got the green chile burger and it was delicious, I ate 1/2 of it and was completely stuffed.

Brent & I both took home 1/2 of each of our burgers, when we ordered I said “should we just split a burger” but Mr Hanger said no, so we didn’t… but we should’ve! Oh well some homeless man got a good meal from us because after walking around the zoo our leftovers didn’t seem very appealing any more so we left them for someone who needed them more than us!


We had a fun afternoon walking around the Lincoln Park Zoo, I was a little disappointed because it was “fall fest” at the zoo but it was kinda lame. I guess if you were a little kid it would be fun but oh well! We got to see a few fun animals and had great company! After we got a little too chilly at the zoo we walked over to Molly’s Cupcakes for a cupcake and coffee to warm up!

Brent & I got Chai Lattes and split a pumpkin & a chocolate PB cupcake. Both were AMAZING! We also took a chocolate blackberry home for later… we couldn’t decide which ones we wanted so get got all three… #noshame


After warming up and getting a good sugar fill we headed to meet my parents & sister for dinner at Rockit bar in River North. My parents were in town helping catherine move into her new apartment downtown so we had plans to meet up and watch the Michigan football game and have dinner. Well the Michigan game time was changed because of the weather on the east coast so we just had a nice dinner. Brent & I were still stuffed from the earlier eating adventures so we split a hummus platter which was delicious and perfectly satisfying!

Lentil Hummus Platter

Lentil Hummus Platter

Once we got home from the day in the city Brent & I plopped down and watched American Sniper. I know we are super late to the party but we don’t rent movies or go out to the movie theater very often so it was free on demand with HBO so we took advantage of it and enjoyed. I really liked it!

Sunday we got up and did our usual sunday stuff, church, costco, food prep and football. Then we headed to target in search of everything pumpkin! Actually we went just for the pumpkin mini-wheats but ended up with a few other fall flavors which didn’t disappoint. The mini-wheats are AMAZING just incase you were curious. You should definitely go get some!

Give me ALL the Pumpkin!

Give me ALL the Pumpkin!

A little Sunday Cocktail when I was working on our meal prep… this bad boy was super simple and super delicious. Just 3/4C frozen blueberries, coconut water, chia seeds & 1tbsp honey all blended together and topped with a few extra chia seeds! I enjoyed it out of my Moscow mule mug because why not!


The rest of Sunday was spent just relaxing and enjoying a weekend without 8hours in the car! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying this crisp fall weather as much as we are.

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This weekend was filled to the brim, thus I am stealing my girl Becky’s term Weekending to help describe the whole 3 days!

I feel like by Thursday of each week I am ready for some relaxation and then Friday night comes around and Brent & I have already filled our whole weekend up. Now sometimes it is filled with boring adult stuff but other times it is filled with fun. Thankfully this weekend fit in to the latter of that equation, and it was marvelous!

Friday night after work we headed to my company Holiday Party. We got to see some of my coworkers from Rockford and connect with everyone over a free dinner and delicious deserts. While we didn’t stay super late, and didn’t get in to nearly as much “trouble” as we did last year it was still a fun time and a great way to end a long week.

Saturday morning we headed to CrossFit for open gym. We got to work on snatches and then I practices handstands for a good hour. I have a major fear of falling on my head and killing myself, thank you PT school, so I decided to take advantage of some open gym time to practice without the pressure of a WOD. Josh helped me a lot by giving me some tips and steps to get up on the wall. I was SOOOO close, but after a week of workouts, snatches, and then serial-strength progression for handstands my shoulders & arms were a bit tired. I definitely have increased confidence and will be inverted soon!

Brent took advantage of my handstand time by working on his Muscle Ups. After a few failed attempts I got distracted with my phone (likely instagram) and stopped intently watching. OF course as soon as I do this I hear “I DID IT!!! I DID IT!!!!” [cue little kid super happy voice] and turn to see Brent wagging his legs while vertical over the rings with a HUGE smile on his face. DANG IT I MISSED IT!! I then went to the bathroom to wash my hands and come back in to hear that he did it AGAIN!!!! thankfully our friend got it on camera so we have evidence (somewhere not here yet!).


Our plan for the rest of Saturday was to meet up with our friend Brian and hit Chicago. We had free tickets to the One Of A Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart so we headed there. I was really excited and hopeful to do a bunch of Christmas shopping, finding some good locally made/USA sourced goods that were unique and special. After walking around a little Brent & I saw a few things that were cool and then joked to Brian that we probably wouldn’t find anything to buy… WRONG!!!

These masks were really intricate & unique. They were made from leather so they were pliable!

These masks were really intricate & unique. They were made from leather so they were pliable!

We ended up scoring 4 Christmas gifts (more than 1/2 of our list) which were all super unique and special. We even got an awesome story from the sweetest 80 year old man, plus some tastes of yummy treats.

I LOVEDD these photographs. The artist was really cool and the images were so bright & alive. If only my sister knew what gender she was having....

I LOVEDD these photographs. The artist was really cool and the images were so bright & alive. If only my sister knew what gender she was having….

After some dinner we said farewell to Brian and headed to the Christkindlmarket in front of the Daily center downtown. I was hoping to find some ornaments and the last of our gifts here, but it was so crowded that nothing really caught our eye. We did see some cool ornaments but again nothing we were 100% sold on.

salmon club = WIN!

salmon club = WIN!

The BEST part of the market day was the Hot Wine. I had a patient tell me about the market and the hot wine and to be honest the majority of the reason we went to the market was so I could get a glass of hot wine. When I was in Brussels in 2010 with my college roommate and some friends we would walk into a cafe or bar and they would offer hot wine. I remember the first time we drank some and I think I was inlove at first-sip. The wine is strong and spiced to the delicious fall flavors. It’s like adult hot apple cider.

Hot Wine & Christmas Spirit!!

Hot Wine & Christmas Spirit!!

The wine at the market was delicious, maybe not as good as i remember (is anything?!) but it satisfied my craving and we got cute little mugs. Day Made!

Sunday morning we did our usual Church & shopping then i met up with Kelly for lunch. Sunday was definitely low key, but after our fun filled Saturday it was needed.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Have you ever had Hot Wine?
Can you do a handstand?
Tell me something you did this weekend.

MIMM – Chicago Style

A marvelous weekend indeed!
Going old school with a Marvelous in My Monday post!

As Always Thank You Katie for hosting

As Always Thank You Katie for hosting

Marvelous Is… having dinner with two of my favorite friends from undergrad! Both Kelsey and Heather were in the area for two different reasons and the 4 of us met up for dinner Friday night in Naperville. It was really nice to get to catch up with both of them and explore Naperville a little bit. I had only been to Naperville once before (the weekend prior) but did not get to explore the town at all so it was fun to see the river walk, friday night life and the super cute downtown area. We ate at Q BBQ which was a good barbecue place, Brent and I shared a huge plate of 3 meats and two sides, we both liked it but I think I prefer Rudy’s in Texas.

Heather & I at the Bean

Heather & I at the Bean

Marvelous Is… exploring Chicago with Heather who had never been downtown before. We had our eyes set on going up the Sears/Willis tower as both Brent and Heather had never been.

But first a mandatory stop at Millennium Park to see “the bean” was made.

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We got to Willis tower and to the ticket booth when the card reader machine broke and the manager-man sent Brent and I through “on him”… I honestly think I stood there and said “excuse me?!” and he had to repeat himself and show us to move on before I really understood that we got two free tickets to the SkyDeck!!! #winning

MIMM Willis Tower I had been up to the 103rd floor of Sears tower before but it had been lots of years so it was nice to see the city from such magnificent heights again. I forgot how scary it was to step onto the glass top!

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Marvelous is… accidentally stumbling upon the ITU World Triathlon when trying to go to Buckingham Fountain & getting caught in a short shower. I have never seen the Buckingham fountain and thought it would be a fun way to end our few hours in the city, but when we turned the corner we were greeted but a lot of barricades and bikes flying by. It was pretty amazing to watch the women race!


Marvelous is going to celebrate with Brent’s friends as they revealed the gender for their second child. It was exciting to see Shane & Kayla so excited to find out the gender of their second child and even more exciting to see Kayla’s reaction to having a little girl. Congratulations Guys!

MIMM Gender Reveal Marvelous is spending some time with Brent saturday night down at the docks. We went to Brent’s new favorite brewery and shared a giant pretzel and sandwich. We ended up taking the sandwich to go because the restaurant was super loud. Instead we headed town toward the river and sat on the dock while we finished our meal. It was a great ending to a very long day!

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Marvelous is getting to finally sleep in!! I was most looking forward to Sunday to be able to sleep in and relax, the past few weekends have been very busy and haven’t included much extra sleep. I slept until 6:30, ugh, then turned over and slept until 8 #adultproblems. I then lounged and relaxed until 10 and really didn’t start the day until almost noon #lazygirl.

Random but this made Brent and I crack up for a good 10 minutes when driving home Saturday

Random but this made Brent and I crack up for a good 10 minutes when driving home Saturday

Marvelous is sitting by the pool and listening to Gabrielle Bernstein! I usually get really distracted at the pool and it was really nice to spend the time listening to positive life lessons and her 2009 Lecture. Added bonus getting some sun, this white girl needs a bit of a tan.

Green Tea Popsicle

Green Tea Popsicle

Then cooling down with a refreshing green tea popsicle!

Marvelous is spending sunday night relaxing and blogging. What better way to end the weekend?

Have you been up Willis Tower?
What do you do to keep occupied at the pool?

Happy St. Patricks Day

This Monday is especially nice as it is St. Patricks Day!

I don’t know about you but I love a good holiday especially one which involves a good party and good food. Growing up it was a huge treat to get Corned Beef & Cabbage but it did not come just on St. Patricks day.

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

The weekend started out with some M&M goodness. I was at Target and spotted  mint M&M’s and They were amazing btw.

As Always Thank You Katie.

St. Patricks Celebrations are definitely MARVELOUS. Thank you Katie for the weekly link love!

This year Brent & I made the short trip to Chicago to spend the weekend with our friend Marshall and fully indulge ourselves in the spirit of the weekend. Our goals for the weekend included 1. See the River turn Green & 2. Have a good time. I think Marshall had a third but I forgot it 😉

Timer Mode #Selfie Success!

Timer Mode #Selfie Success!

We definitely saw the river turn green… well after standing and waiting for what seemed like forever


we took a little walk down the river and saw the bright green river! I was kind of expecting a more magical experience but I think we were too far down river to see the transformation. It was still really cool!

Green River

After grabbing a bite to eat we made our way to the “Parade” or what we thought would be the parade. We ended up being in the middle of a HUGE “frat” party. It was crazy stupid and I was scared for my pretty life rings life! (I turned my engagement ring to the inside of my palm because I was scared it would fall off from the cold & masses… *paranoid*). After a quick detour through the masses we turned around and made our way to a bar. I definitely needed a drink after that craziness.


We toured a few bars before making our way back to Lincoln park for a quick nap and phone recharging.


Marshall wore these sweeeett green sneakers and I joked that they would be our “Ruby Slippers” and bring us good luck if he did the heel click leprechaun leap. It was a photojournalist success. However I had multiple photographer #fails.

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Brent however was a photo genius… did you know on iPhones you can do rapid shooting? well I didn’t (obviously!) He also was by far the BEST heel clicker, but like I said #photographerfail

we are the THREEEE best friends!!

we are the THREEEE best friends!!

To end the night we met up with my friend Meganne for a couple more drinks, laughs & some dancing. I love meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in a while and it was SO good to see this girl.

We made our way home (IN THE SNOW…) and finally found our beds.



Sunday we woke up had brunch and made the drive back to Rockford. When we got home we took a nap and then went into Brent’s office to get some work done. Our internet has been out at our house for almost a week, which would be why I blogged twice last week. SORRY!



Since I gave up meat for lent I was excited to go out and get some Corned Beef for dinner. Sundays are not included in the lenten fast so it is a “free” day, but I am trying to limit my “cheating” for 1 meal per Sunday.

So Jason’s Deli it was for a seriously HUGE Reuben! I got 1/2 of the sandwich & a cup of tomato soup. It was delicious & I was 5000% stuffed…
As good as my sandwich was it still was not as good as homemade. Thats on my todo list 🙂

It was a long but fun Chi-rish Weekend and I am SO glad we went!


How do you celebrate St. Patricks Day?
Are you an expert Heel Clicker?

Elf 4 Health Blog Swap

Hey Friends,

I am stopping in to share with you my very first guest blog post. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday & I’ll be back tomorrow with an awesome Christmas Sweater idea!

As you know I am participating in #elf4health and we decided to do a massive blog swap today to the challenge of sharing our expertise. I am really excited to have Katie guest posting here with some great advice for being the best YOU, you can be!


Well, hey there! My name is Katie and I blog over at Peace, Love & Oats! I am a 20-something recent law school graduate on the job hunt and enjoying my life in Chicago! One thing that I have worked a lot on over the past few years, and consequently write about often, is self-confidence and learning to love and appreciate who you are. On that note, I thought I’d share some thoughts with all of you on that subject!

Growing up, I was taught that appearances are important. I’m not just talking about what you wear and looking appropriate, but how you act and come across as well. Obviously manners were important, but so was making and sticking to commitments, succeeding and trying hard in any activity that you joined, making a good first impression, doing well in school, having a good application or resume; the list goes on and on. I’m not saying these aren’t important aspects to life or good values to learn, but they were all very important to me. Appearing “perfect” became very important to me.


Recognizing that aspect of myself was necessary, but the most critical thing is learning how to place a lower value on my appearance to others. A piece of advice I was given once was to check in with myself throughout the day, ask myself why I’m doing the things that I’m doing. Am I doing this because of what someone else would think of me?

Why am I wearing this? Why am I so anxious to talk to that guy? Why am I avoiding this subject with someone? Why am I going out when I don’t feel well and just want to go home? Why am I not speaking up if I have something to say?

I realize this sounds like a lot of questions, but stopping and asking myself just a couple of these questions each day, has already made me relax a bit and let my guard down. The point behind this exercise, and of this post really, is to learn how to just be your “true and honest self.”


The reason we all try to keep up appearances is to avoid rejection, but if you love yourself and are confident in yourself, then being rejected won’t shake you up or upset you as much. Why is that? Because this “true and honest self” is the person you really are. This is the person you want people to love and appreciate. If they can’t love and appreciate you the way you really are, then they aren’t the right people for you.


Having that confidence in yourself and believing in yourself is how you put yourself in situations that make you happy and surround yourself with people that make you happy. If you have to “keep up appearances” for someone to like you, is that person really right for you? I don’t think so.

So do you. Be you. Love you. Everything else will fall into place. And if you’re someone who struggles with self-love and acceptance, then here are a few tips that you can add into your daily life that might help:

1. Tell yourself how great you are. Every time you catch your reflection in the mirror, give yourself a compliment. You are gorgeous! You’re pretty amazing. Great hair today! Whatever it is, make it a habit.

2. Dance. Dance freely, like no one is watching. Dance to your favorite song from middle school, dance to a holiday song, dance to hip hop or classical. Whatever you’re feeling! Just moving to music without worrying about how you look always makes you feel better!


3. Smile. Having a bad day? Getting frustrated by work, a workout, standing in line at the grocery store? Take a deep breath and smile. Trust me, it really does improve your mood!

4. Say yes. When you get out of your comfort zone and get out there and socialize, you tend to forget about all the things you’re worrying about. And remember, if you’re self conscious about something, I can almost guarantee that no one else notices or cares as much as you do. Taking a risk and going out on a limb is always better than doing nothing.


5. Be nice. Helping other people, or even just complimenting them, not only improves their day, but it improves yours and your own self-image. Make giving back to others a part of your routine, whether it’s volunteering or just holding the door open for someone, and soon you’ll see more value in yourself.

6. Surround yourself with uplifting people. Last but not least, you have to love yourself but if the people around you are bringing you down then it’s just not helping. Be sure that the people who you keep close, whose opinions you value, are the kind of people who love and support you no matter what.


I hope you all enjoyed these tips, and if you ever have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to email me at!

Do you worry too much about what others think of you?

What self-love advice would you give? 


Thanks again for all the great advice Katie. Make sure to check out my guest post on Katie’s blog along with all the other Elf’s posts you can find the link party over on Elle’s blog.

Football, Beer & Burpees!

Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend & hopefully most got an extended weekend with the Holiday on Thursday. I had to work Friday but it seemed like a weekend even while at work!

I am linking up with Katie for another edition of Marvelous in My Monday. Lets recap this weekend starting from Friday!


Friday was Brent’s Birthday  so after work we had a little celebration at home then went out for FREE pizza & beer. It was a really relaxing and enjoyable night spent celebrating. I picked up TWO “cake for two” at the grocery store & a bunch of candles, but when it came time to putting all the candles on the cake I thought any more than 18 would cause a fire, so Brent turned 18 again!

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Besides the boring gifts that I got, you know the practical stuff, I picked him up a “6 pack” of beer. Each beer was a different variety of an IPA and all came very highly recommended from our beer guy! I love how fun all the labels on the bottles are and really hope he enjoys them.

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Saturday we got up BRIGHT & EARLY and headed to the train station. We decided to spend Saturday in Chicago watching football with a couple of Brent’s friends from Tech, so we hit the train at 8:30. I wanted to go to a Michigan Alumni Bar to watch the Michigan vs. Ohio State game and it was a perfect place! I really enjoyed watching the game in a bar where EVERY person there was rooting for Michigan. Unfortunately we lost, but I was really happy to see how close the game was and that we didn’t get absolutely blown out, as Michigan is stinking this year.

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After the game we headed to a Wisconsin bar to watch the Wisco game, as our other friend is a badger fan. It was again a great time watching in a bar of fans, they had a raffle going on & giving away prizes for social media shout outs. AND I won a bottle of spotted cow beer, it was really exciting to win, even though I couldn’t drink the beer, Brent enjoyed it! ((side note: most beers do not agree well with my IBD and stomach, so I avoid beer unless it is wheat or cider)) And our friend won a Wisconsin Beanie! It was a definite win for the day, especially because both our teams lost 😦

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We finished up the day with dinner and drinks & then caught the train back to Rockford! It was a super busy day but definitely worth it. A wonderful way to #treatmyself for the #elf4health challenge!

Speaking of challenges yesterdays challenge was 100 Burpees. I woke up knowing at some point I would have to do those burpees, I just didn’t want to! So after sleeping in WAY LATE, doing some stuff around the house, being lazy & then finally making it to the grocery store & gym I knew it was time to concur the BURPEES.

I decided I would integrate the Burpee challenge into my GPP workout that I missed on Saturday. So instead of performing a 800m run at the start of each round in the workout I would do burps between each exercise as an active rest. After 90 (or maybe 80) Burpees I went to put my dumbbells away & a guy in my gym stopped me and said “hey you’re really killing those burpees, I am very impressed” we talked for a little bit about our love-hate-lovetohate relationship with this whole body heart rate burner & then I told him that I was doing 100 and had 10 (maybe 20) left. He wished me luck & said again how impressed he was at how I was doing! WHAT an inspiration to keep on going, I have to admit my arms and legs were getting close to being jello but that last 10 were the 10 best burpees I think I’ve ever done! Even after the workout Brent made a comment on how I seemed to be really energized at the end. THANK YOU RANDOM MAN!


I finished my workout with 10 more burpees with Brent & some pull up training (including hanging scap squeezes & some aussie pull ups) It ended up being a very productive gym session, even if I still hate burpees!

The rest of our sunday was spent doing a little meal prep, putting laundry away and getting ready for the week ahead!

I hope you have a wonderful Monday! & as always thank you Katie for hosting MiMM!





I’d Love To Know ~~

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Are you a burpee king/queen?
  • Did you watch the Michigan v. OSU game this weekend?? (I can safely say I’ll be wearing GREEN next week!!)

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