Workout Wednesday – Get ready to sweat!

I am always looking for new ways to sweat.  I’ve been on the bench as far as running goes the last few weeks, but I am ready to get back to it.  So I have been focusing on getting strong and building some muscle to help aid my recovery.

Check out these awesome workouts from the #fitfluential blog!


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Chewsday Tuesday: 20 Ways to eat a sweet potato!

I am such a fan of the sweet potato.  In fact, I rarely eat white potatoes anymore.  But I’ve been kind of stuck in this rut of only eating them steamed, or roasted in the oven.

But never fear…#Fitfluential is here!  Check out these 20 ways to eat a sweet potato!


Some of these look divine!  I cannot wait to make some of these with the 20 pounds of sweet potatoes I got from Costco last week!

Motivation Monday


Today, Monday is not going to suck.  I am going to make this Monday my b!tch and get stuff done.  I have a long task list and I am not going to be until it gets done.

I am going to run a 5k today for my virtual Halloween Hobble, knock out that task list, meet with my trainer, and spend the day with my little.  Because seriously…


Yesterday we spent the afternoon at a Corn Maze and Fall Festival.  We had so much fun, and it was awesome being able to spend some family time with #Babylove and Run This Dad.

What are you doing today?

5 Things Friday

5 Things Friday

Happy Friday!

It’s nutso that it’s the middle of October already.  I feel like time is going on warp speed these days.  I know that this is just the beginning, and 5 years from now I am going to wonder where that time went.

So here’s the 5

  1. We have a new friend who comes over 4 days a week.  We will call her Cutie Pie.  She’s 2 and super fun, and she and Hadley get along so well!  Hadley loves her to bits and gets so excited to see her.  It warms my heart! IMG_4134
  2. I have been kicking my butt at the gym this week.  So good infact that I am sore, so very sore…and have been for days.  And because I love you all I am sharing this butt kicking circuit with you! IMG_4139
  3. Hadley and I have been taking an obnoxious number of selfies lately.  IMG_4161
  4. My Hubby, the best Hubby ever, Run This Dad got me an HOUR LONG MASSAGE THIS AFTERNOON.  Dude…is he not the BEST guy eva??  I am pretty sure he is.
  5. Because I punked out on so many races this year, I am already planning 2015.  I am torn between sticking to just virtual races, and choosing 2 halfs (one early summer, one late fall), and 5 5ks and the Women Run The Cities 10 miler a few weeks before that fall half as a long training run.  I have not decided yet…I have a few months to decide.  But I am going to totally overhaul my approach to writing a training plan if I go the in person races so that I am fully trained and prepared for those races so that I can avoid any more injury.


Throwback Thursday

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This post was inspired by a friend who just turned 25 this week, and has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the last year.  It made me think back to my mid 20s and how I never thought I’d be happy, or that I would have anything that I wanted.  Because every time I came close to being happy, someone or something had to smash it all to hell.

This photo was taken at the Chicago Conservatory…obviously on November 10th 2007.  Nearly 7 years ago.  At that moment I was with a guy that I barely knew…we met on eHarmony, and after hundred of hours of phone conversations we decided to meet halfway between our home states, in Chicago. We did a lot of sightseeing, and planned this trip for WEEEEEEEEKS.

This is the only photo I have with him in it from that trip, even though I took hundreds of us that weekend.  Because I destroyed all evidence of him just a few weeks later.

I remember the weeks leading up to “meeting” him online.  I was pining away for someone who would never want to be with me the way I wanted him to; I was…for lack of a better word, homeless (I rented a room, from my best friend and her idiot husband, for a disgusting amount of money that left me so broke I couldn’t feed myself, and so miserable from their dysfunctional relationship that I thought I was nuts.) and picked up every single shift I could get at what ever retail job I was working at at that time (I don’t even remember…Mimi Maternity maybe???).  I was lost.  I was questioning everything and when J* and I “met” online I felt like it was fate, it was meant to be and he was The One.

It was.  It wasn’t.  He was not.  To make a long story short, he proposed on the way home, over the phone (Hellllo HANS!), I said yes (My middle name is Ann….hmmmm); and just 2 short weeks later her crushed me by telling me he was going to go back to his ex.  Talk about a roller coaster of emotions there.  (I hope you all get the frozen references there…and when I returned home my “BFF” told me I could not marry a guy I just met, and that I was wako and needed to be committed…like literally taken to the psych ward.)

That was pretty much rock bottom for me.  I hated pretty much everyone and everything about my life.  I honestly thought that I did something so heinous that I never deserved to be happy.  But I was wrong.

Just over a year and a half, 2 more boyfriends-ish, 2 moves and one more internet dating attempt later…I did meet The One.  The Only One.  Life turned around so fast and not because of a guy.  Because I met my other half, the one who lifts me up and is my life line in rough times.  I never would have thought at the moment that I took that photo, that my life would take such a dramatic turn and go on a totally different path than the one I saw before me.

It’s crazy what can happen in 7 years!

The struggle is real yo

I don’t know about you, but as a mommy and a wifey I sometimes struggle with finding a balance in my roles between those two jobs and doing what I wanna do.  I know it’s super selfish to still want to achieve my own goals now that I have a little human to raise….right?


NO!  It’s not actually.

It’s awesome that I have goals that I want to achieve in my personal life and in my professional life.  Having goals is what moves us forward!  I often struggle with working on my goals once I have set them, or broadcast them to the world as it were…


But I am not seeing my inability to conquer my goals as a failure.  I just need to readjust my expectations of what I can do in the time I have given myself.   I have to change what my vision of my fitness life looks like.  And that might mean that I work out with Hadley next to me, or I go to the gym at night.  Or maybe I find a buddy to workout with that will help me stay on track!



Whatever that looks like for me, finding the balance is going to take some time and that is ok.

How do you find balance in your life between working out and being with your family?

Chewsday Tuesday: Fall Favorites

Fall favorites

It’s getting chilly here in MN, and that means it is officially fall here in the midwest.  And with that comes the strong desire to find fall foods to fill up my meal plans!  So I dug into my archives and found these yummy dishes!

I hope you enjoy some of these yummy recipes…and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!

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