August 26, 2014

30 Day Yoga Challenge


Yep, you've heard that before.  Now I'm within a year of my 30th birthday which means things need to get crossed off my 30 before 30 list.  This time is the real deal.  I've got everything I need.  I'm doing everything from home because the thought of a class terrifies me still.

I'm using videos from 3 main people to get me through.  Rodney Yee, Erin Motz and Mandy Ingber.  I'll be throwing in a little Jillian Michaels here and then to really make my muscles hate love me.


My favorite pose to start is anything where I can lay down.  I've learned to double up on my mats on our floor in my first 2 days.  I also realized that I am lightyears from any sort of handstand.  Obviously I needed to test my skills before getting this thing started.  I promise, I won't be trying anything crazy anytime soon without Justin's supervision.


I asked J to take pictures of me this time around (something I don't normally do) because I'm embracing all of it.  I could use some muscle tone and a few less pounds on my body, so I'm going to work towards that.  I'm not going to hide behind it and wait until everything is "perfect."  I'm also going to pretend we planned for the pictures to be a little blurry... yep.  My brand new yoga outfit is from YogaOutlet.com.  The shirt is my new favorite and the pants are EXTREMELY comfortable.


If you want in on the most comfortable outfit in the world, you should head on over to YogaOutlet.com and get 15% off your first order.  They are wrapping up their summer sale and you probably need to take advantage.  Click here to see the sale!!

If you have any questions on my outfit, my routines or you want more blurry pictures of me flexing, just comment below.


**I was given a credit for YogaOutlet.com in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions and words are mine.

August 25, 2014

Marvelous Monday Morning

Good news, Summer hasn't left us after all.  The sun is shining and the temperature is rising.  I'm so damn happy this morning.  When I sat down to think about how that could be possible on a Monday morning, an entire list was formed.  It's nothing huge, just a bunch of little awesomes to start off my week.  Let me share with you:

Fantasy Football draft number 1 was last night.  Yahoo really boned up the entire process, so we made a last minute switch to ESPN and it was fast, easy and still really fun.


Speaking of FF, my husband made the ultimate sacrifice last night.  He doesn't know that I know what he did though.  I had first pick with our Yahoo league, so like a cocky little brat, I went and put on my Adrian Peterson jersey.  When we switched to ESPN, I lost my first pick spot and was moved to 2nd.  Justin went first and even though I know he would have chosen AP in most situations, he left him for me.  It's the little things people.

I participated in the ice bucket challenge over the weekend and even though it was incredibly cold, it felt good to donate to a charity that I had never donated to before... and spend a while reading up on the cause itself.


I've had 3 cups of coffee already.

I had a very active weekend with some real life healthy food and activities... except for the crepe filled with cream cheese that I ate, but it was AH-MAZING.  OK, and the pizza & beer consumed last night during the draft.  We each got a Fitbit last week and then clocked in 23,000 steps on Saturday wandering the city.  I love being called a champ.


I woke up early this morning and got my Monday AM reports done.  They are usually really hard to get through on Mondays because my emails start up at about 8:30.  I was done well before 8:30 today and it made me feel like I was already winning Monday.

Because I got so much work done in the early AM hours, I was able to escape my apartment to run to the pet store and Trader Joe's.  Errands done before noon.  Awesome.

Bought myself flowers and sea salt brownies.


The Emmy's are on tonight which means I will probably discover my next Netflix binge and I get to spend a couple hours loving Seth Meyers more than I already do.

The first thing I read on the internet this morning was Steph's post about Chasing Silver Linings and it was fantastic.

Plus, this week is full of fun.  Our anniversary is on Saturday, my mom is coming to town this weekend, we have a day trip planned to Newport, RI and possible one more to the shore, and I'm finally spending an entire week in my own bed.  Ahhhh.

Tell me, what is awesome in your world this morning?

August 22, 2014

Quick Update

HI FRIENDS.  (Insert weird apology for being a "bad blogger" here)

I'm back on the East Coast after a week of midwest travels.  Long work days, long evenings with friends and family.  I have gotten enough Minnesota Nice to last me at least until the end of September when my friends come to visit.

I have so many things to share.  So many ideas to post about it in the next few weeks.  I have my first fashion blog coming to you (just kidding, it's just yoga pants but it comes with a discount.)  

While I get caught up with home and work, I figured I'd give you a quick update on life lately so you were caught up.

1.  I got The Day Designer.  I ordered one of the ones with a misspelling or other error making it cheaper.  It's overwhelming and interesting and exciting.  

2.  I got to play with Molly this weekend.  She is my brother's new bulldog puppy and she is 12 weeks old.  I'm in love with her.


3.  The Iceland trip is in full planning mode.  We watched the Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night.  I love that movie.  Our goal is to book the tickets by the end of this month and I cannot wait for this adventure.

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4.  I have the cutest nieces & nephew in the whole world.  Not sure how many of you saw this picture on Instagram (if you don't follow me, you should @stephgregerson) but it was one of my favorite of the whole weekend.  We were out on my father in law's boat with the kids and Justin got stuck in the front of the boat with the two 3 year olds - obviously they were wearing sparkly red high heels.  I don't know what their conversation was about (he looks tired & confused), but that moment just made me happy.


5.  My Fantasy Football draft is Monday and I'm so excited.  I don't want summer to end, but I do love football season.

Alright, I'm off like a prom dress.  I have to make coffee, catch up on Samantha's Nashville trip and get to work.  If you miss me, check out my 2 posts about my road trip last week - PA, WV, MD and OH or OH, IN, IL & IA.  The 3rd and final installment will be live next week along with videos.  Come back soon.

August 15, 2014

Almost Home

We are only one state away now.  Today, we traveled through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois and have landed on the eastern edge of Iowa.  We had another great day of adventures.  I will have more pictures to share in the future, but for now, I will share a few more nuggets of wisdom that we learned along the way.

1. Never say no to a 24-hour drive thru donut shop... or ice cream for breakfast if you stay away from gluten.
2. Drink champagne in Champaign, IL.  Why not?
3. Make complete stops when you are in Newtonsville, OH because they are watching.
4. US 50 is a beautiful way to see southern OH.
5. Turns out donuts + sandwiches are a real thing.  I ate one today.
6. Casinos live on boats in Iowa.
7. People in the Midwest really are as nice as the stereotype says.  You run into someone accidentally and they apologize... every time.
8. Turns out you can get just about anything on your license plate. 


Happy Friday to everyone.  I can't wait to be back in the motherland soon.

August 14, 2014

On the Road Again

I am currently somewhere in Eastern Ohio ready to begin day 2 of a road trip back to Minnesota.  One of my best friends drove out to the east coast a few weeks ago to spend some time with her different friends in NYC.  We decided that we would drive back together this week since Justin & I have a wedding and I have some work training to do at our headquarters in Minneapolis.  We set out yesterday and took a southern route through PA, MD and WV and ended day 1 in Ohio.

A few things I learned on day 1 of this trip:

1. Maryland & West Virginia are amazingly beautiful while driving through the hills.
2. The Cumberland Gap is in Tennessee, not Cumberland, MD.
3. Meals are cheaper in this part of the country.
4. Hershey, PA smells like chocolate.
5. Roadside America is the most ridiculous place I've ever visited (most pictures to come.)


Today, we are covering Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.  I'll be back to regular programming one of these days.