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Party Weekend Anticipation

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve got to admit, this week has gone by super slow compared to my last few crazy weeks. But we’ve made it, and I’m so excited to get this weekend party started!

Morning Workout

Because Nick and I will be attending the BCFO Hooked on Dance event tonight, I made sure to wake up (not so) bright and early to get in a good workout. Yes, I know I can’t ‘out workout’ a night of terrible eating and drinking, but it’ll ease the pain a little I think. 🙂

I started with a 30 minute interval on the treadmill starting with an incline walk and then alternating between a 2 minute jog, a 2 minute faster run, and then a 30 sec – 1 min. sprint. It got my heart pumping, and I was a sweaty mess when I hopped off the treadmill at the 30 minute mark! I continued my workout with some strength training that focused on my thighs and upper torso before finishing it out with a mile on the Elliptical. It felt good to break a sweat!


I was on the ball last night and prepared myself a bowl of butterscotch overnight oats before hitting the sack after Jazzercise.

photo(127)This stuff was extra thick this morning, so I topped it off with some more soy milk before I headed out the door to work. It hit the spot after my workout!


It was a busy morning around the office, and it was lunchtime before I knew it. I knew lunch today had to be light since tonight’s agenda includes a big buffet meal. So I opted for a small salad topped with sugar snap peas and some light Italian dressing!

photo(129)Extra green and extra healthy. Yum! Sugar snap peas are so yummy and have the most satisfying crunch. I’m completely addicted.

I then used up some leftover sauteed broccoli slaw from my meal last night to make another eggie scramble in the microwave. Warning: this looks pretty gross, but it’s so tasty and filling!

photo(128)I added about 1 cup of the cooked broccoli slaw to 2 whipped eggs with a splash of almond milk and salt and pepper. Then I cook it in the microwave for 1 minute, stir it all up, and then microwave for 1 more minute and it’s ready to eat! Seriously filling. I love it!

Tonight I’ll be rushing home to get spiffied up in a TBA dress before we head off to the gala event. I can’t wait! Then tomorrow at 8 AM, I’ll be heading to KC with my fellow Jazzercise instructors for our district meeting. I may be scarce this weekend, but I’ll be back asap with some (hopefully) amusing photos and stories!

Enjoy the Fall weather that is on it’s way tonight; I can’t wait to wear some boots and leggings this weekend. 🙂  See you later!


Email Excitement

Happy Friday!

This week has gone by in a flash! And this morning came far too quickly as I wanted to get in a little workout before my day began extra early. This meant being at the gym right at 5 and being home by 6 to make it into work an hour early. But I was a champ and made it into work by 7 so I can get to Katie & Jesse’s wedding rehearsal by 5:15 tonight lookin’ all glam and stuff.


Since my workout needed to be quick, I wanted to keep it super focused and movin’ along. So I started with 15 minutes on the treadmill. I only made it to 1.25 miles…I was dragging my feet for sure, but it got my body warm and I was sweating! I then completed a quick circuit of chest presses, lat pull downs, seated dips, rows, and bicep curls. I need my arms to look good in my bridesmaid dress this weekend! I finished off the workout with 20 minutes on the Elliptical before rushing home.


Breakfast was another batch of Butterscotch Overnight Oats like yesterday, but I actually took time to prepare them last night.

photo(110)They got SUPER thick when I let the mix sit for 8 hours overnight, so I added 1/4 cup more almond milk this morning to soften it all up. I figured this would happen with the pudding mix being involved – so be warned. You’ll need some extra milk fo sho!

I also had a Greek yogurt on the side for extra protein to last me through the morning.

Emails, Emails, Emails!

This morning has been an awesome morning for EMAILS! You know all the annoying emails you get sent to your personal address daily? They usually come from stores you’ve shopped at, websites you’ve visited, etc. I typically spend about 5 minutes each morning clearing all the crap out of my inbox. But this morning my inbox was full of exciting things that I actually wanted to read!

First off, I got this email about the Diva Dash 5K coming to Springfield!

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.09.41 AMI went a little overboard and immediately forwarded this to all my girlfriends and my entire Jazzercise instructor database. Yes, I’m signing up. Yes, I’m dragging all my gal pals along. And yes, we will be wearing tutus on December 7th!

My second exciting email came in the form of something that is forbidden to me…

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 11.09.03 AMAndy’s Frozen Custard.

Pumpkin Pie Concretes are back as of TODAY!! Holy smokes, I am thrilled about this one! Since I’m super lactose intolerant when it comes to ice cream goodies, I never let myself indulge in the sweet stuff. Lactaid pills can’t touch a big bowl of ice cream in my stomach, so I just have to go without. But this is one ice cream item that I absolutely cannot go without each year. As soon as the wedding is over (and my fitted bridesmaid dress is put away in the closet!), Nick and I will be making an Andy’s run asap. Yes, I’ll get a stomach ache and hate myself for a day or 2. But the Pumpkin Pie Concrete is completely worth it.

My third exciting email actually nailed down what I will be doing for my birthday this year: going to see White Christmas the musical!

whitechristmas_02I’m so stinking excited for this! The broadway show is coming Juanita K. Hammons Hall on MSU’s campus November 1-2. My birthday is November 1, and I love this musical! So plans will be easy peasy this year! Tickets go on sale Oct. 4, so I’m hoping to get Nick and my mom and dad to tag along for the evening. Can’t wait!

I thought the email excitement was over until I just receive one more about 1/2 price massages at my normal massage place here in Springfield, which I absolutely love but have been avoiding due to money. PEACE thru Massage is hosting the deal through 417 Magazine – $22 for an hour long massage! So if you’re in Springfield and are looking for a great massage, check it out! I will be purchasing mine asap. 🙂

Whew, I’m worn out and it’s barely noon. I’ll be leaving work early today to get home and fancied up before the wedding rehearsal! My girlfriend Katie has been glowing every time I’ve seen her lately, so I can’t wait to see her and her groom tonight. We are doing a ceremony run through at the park before heading to a different venue for the meal, which is where Nick will be meeting me. Should be a fun night!

Enjoy your Friday and send good thoughts our way…the forecast is looking gloomy for the weekend, and this outdoor wedding needs some good weather!

See you all later!

Choosing Positivity

Happy Monday! I hope it’s been a good one for you so far.

Today started earlier than normal for me…ahem…2 AM. Why, might you ask? I woke up with a screaming Charlie horse cramp in my left calf muscle! Before I was even awake, I was out of bed, screaming, and trying to work out the most horrendous cramp EVER. It lasted a whole 10 seconds and I thought I died. But it passed (like it always does!), and I went back to sleep within minutes. Luckily it didn’t come back, and I slept soundly until my 5 AM wake up call for my 5:40 AM Jazzercise class.

Workout (x3!)

I had a small crowd this morning at my early Jazzercise class. All my students were half asleep and it was hard to stay motivated, but we powered through! I always feel amazing when I start my day with a fun workout. Energized and ready to go!

So it’s going to be a serious Jazzercise Marathon day today. I was super smart and overbooked myself today for teaching. I typically teach twice on Mondays, once in the morning and once in the evening. But today one of our instructors is out of town, and I volunteered to teach her 5:40 PM class as well. Oooops! I’ll survive though. Plus, I’ll have 3 solid hours of Jazzercise under my belt by the time I hit the sack tonight, so I’ll sleep like a dream!

I truly love teaching, and it’s days like today that bring that back to my attention. If I didn’t LOVE it, there is no way I would be willing to put so much time into it. I’ve already told myself that I’m going to most likely be tired by the time my 3rd class time comes around this evening, but I’m going to choose to be positive and power through it. I know my body is able, and I’m so thankful for my job, so why be cranky and negative?? Today let’s choose positivity and make this Monday as wonderful as possible!


Breakfast was quick and simple to grab as I was leaving for work this morning. I prepared a nice big bowl of Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats last night. I added a splash more of almond milk, some Craisins, and a few chopped walnuts for lots of texture.

photo(91)I love, love, love adding craisins or raisins to this mix because the sweetness is a special little treat! I also had lots of coffee and some caramel spice cake yogurt on the side for extra protein.

photo(90)This big bowl of oats + the yogurt kept me extra full all morning, which can be a challenge after a morning workout! I love the staying power of some hefty oatmeal. 🙂


Lunch came together quickly thanks to some leftovers!

photo(91)I had the very last tiny bit of my quinoa salad, a few brussel sprouts, and some veggie pasta. I cleaned out 3 small tupperware containers from the fridge. Win!

photo(90)My favorite part was the leftover pasta. This girl loves her carbs! I also had a few tortilla chips on the side for some crunch, plus an apple since my meal wasn’t very fruit/veggie dense.

photo(89)After lunch, I threw another apple and some more yogurt into my purse as I’ll need a snack before my 2 Jazzercise classes right after work. I’ve decided I need to be more creative with my healthy snacks – I’m such a creature of habit at the grocery store! Oh well, today my go-to yogurt and fruit will get me by.

Hope you’re enjoying this lovely Fall day! I’ll see you all later! Stay positive!