Weekly Update – 6/22/15


I really wanted to get to yoga, but sometimes the best laid plans fail.  Next week?


Workout with Nicole, and thank God it was inside.  Heat index of 110 degrees? No thanks.

Four Rounds:

1. 8 hex bar deadlifts

2. 4 reverse lunges with goblet squat hold

Three Rounds:

1. 10 hip hinges

2.20 overhead ball slams (14 lbs)

3. Jump squats with resistance at shins

We came home to 2 packages.  The first was a canvas from our photographer!!! It is beautiful and I can’t wait to figure out where to hang it! The second was the storage shelves we were waiting for in order to organize our the downstairs bathroom.  I put them together while watching Pretty Little Liars and I’m so relieved to have them done!


Newlywed night!  Michael and I have been super busy lately, so we decided we needed a night for just us…..well that didn’t happen.  I had to deal with some drama with my new eyeglasses.  I didn’t get home from that until after 7pm.  We cooked yummy food on the grill, then my mom stopped by.  We pretty much went to bed after she left.


Nicole night.  I was ridiculously sore from our workout on Tuesday (thanks to being lazy on my honeymoon).

Three Rounds:

1. 10 Y raises with resistance band

2. 10 inchworm pushups

Three Rounds:

1. 10 prone chest press

2. 10 kneeling overhead press

Two Rounds:

1. 10 overhead kneeling wall slams

2. 10 hip drops each side

Two Rounds (with the FIT class):

1. Run, 5 burpees

2. Run, 5 squat jumps

3. Run 5 pushups

4. Run

After we got home and showered up, we heated up some leftovers, then watched Extreme Weight Loss.  We love the show and are always so impressed at the drastic changes people are able to make in their lives.


Friday night was a chill night.  I had a terrible day at work.  My sister was in town, so I stopped over at my mom’s house to see them and my nephew, Weston!  I held him for about an hour…he’s such a sweet baby.  After I got home, Michael and I went to Mexican with his brother.  Yum!


OMG that face.


Saturday was a day filled with a ton of emotion.  We had the going away party for my trainer and his girlfriend.  All of their clients and the group exercise class came to one of the member’s house for the send off.  We had a lot of yummy breakfast, then every member and trainer had an opportunity to speak. I cried.  Didn’t think that I would, but I was just so overwhelmed with how much we loved them and how much we’ll miss them being in our lives every day.  I had been dreading this day for a long time.

Danny and Nicole shared a wonderful moment with us – Danny chose to propose to Nicole at this gathering.  I was sitting right next to her and it was the sweetest moment to witness.  I am so incredibly happy for them.  It was a perfect ending to a wonderful morning.


You can see the top of my head over Nicole’s head!


He did good!

Later that evening, Michael and I went to my cousin’s wedding.  Tyler is my stepdad’s nephew, and his new wife Erin is one of the sweetest people you’ve ever met!  The rain ruined a lot of the day, and they had to revert to their rain plan, but they handled it like champs!


My stepdad and his grandbaby Weston!



Wedding selfie!


After church, Michael and I headed down to VA Beach to do some people watching.  It was a gorgeous day out and it was nice to get out to the beach.  Afterward, we came home and did our weekly grocery shopping.  We got some fantastic salmon and cooked it up on our new grill.



 How was your week? What’s the hottest temperature you will work out in? Have you ever witnessed a proposal?

Weekly Update – 6/15/15


We had gotten back from the honeymoon late on Saturday night.  We mostly bummed around on Sunday.  Monday morning was all about the Social Security Office to change my name.  OMG, that place is evil.  Thankfully, we only spent a little over an hour there.  We did a bunch of stuff to clean up the house and get our life in order.

At night, it was Jurassic World time!  I was super excited about the movie and I couldn’t wait to see it!  It did not disappoint!


Tuesday morning was all about the DMV!  We did not spend much time there at all which was miraculous. Maybe around a half hour!? And the people were surprisingly pleasant!  We did some more errand running and cleaning later in the day.


Wednesday was our first day back to work after a glorious two weeks off!


I had kind of been dreading Thursday cause I knew it was the first day back to the gym.  Since Danny got let go the week of the wedding, I was working with Nicole.  She took it super easy on me – thank the Lord!

Dynamic Warmup – RDL reaches and inchworm pushups

Three Rounds:

1. 10 Goblet squats (25 lb KB)

2. 8 Single leg RDLs each side (20 lb KB)

Three rounds:

10 resistance band paloff press

After our workout, I had to talk to the director of the trainers to discuss my future with training.  Danny was let go during my absence at the gym, and Nicole is leaving at the end of the month.  The time I was dreading finally came.  I decided to finish out the month with Nicole, suspend my contract and see what I want to do after some time away.  I love the accountability of a trainer, but I feel like I have benefited from some wonderful trainers that have equipped me with all the tools to be successful on my own.  There are only a handful of trainers left that I remotely trust, but I can’t see paying that much money for a trainer that I don’t love.

On Thursday night, my mom and stepdad brought over our wedding present: a grill!!!! We are so excited to start using it!


Friday night, I couldn’t wait to get home after work.  Even though our first week back was short, it was hard to come back!  We went out to get some mexican with my brother in law.


Saturday AM was very hot….so naturally I decided it was a perfect time to mow the lawn.  I was pouring sweat the entire time.  I tried to pull weeds in the flower beds, but quickly gave up on that in favor of air conditioning.  Sorry flower beds.


We went back to church on Sunday, which was great.  After church, we visited Michael’s dad for father’s day, then my dad, then my stepdad! It was quite a busy day, but good to see them all.

What did you do for Father’s Day? What was your best experience ever at the DMV?

I’m married!!!!

Hey ya’ll.  I’m baaaaaaack! And I’m married!!!!

Once I get back to the daily grind, I’ll start posting again, but I wanted to share a few wedding pictures first!

You can check out more pictures on Katelyn James Photography’s blog here!


One of my favorites!


We called this the “Beatles” pose!


Missed you guys!

Weekly Update – 5/25/15

Ya’ll – I get married on Friday!  This last week was a bit of a whirlwind as we struggled to get all the stuff done we needed to.  I won’t bore you with all the details though.


Memorial Day! I got to sleep in, which was quite wonderful.  I got up and did some wedding stuff.  Then Michael and I headed to my dad’s house for some burgers and hot dogs.  We ate entirely too much!  Afterwards, we came back and did more wedding stuff.  We finished the seating chart, which was great!


Workout with Danny out in the heat.  By the time I finished, I was so overheated.  I think I need to stick to inside workouts!

Three Rounds:

1. BB Sumo Deadlifts – 12 reps

2. Reverse lunge with KB rack hold – 6 each side

3. Lunge hold and DB press – 12 reps

4. 500 meter row

Question: Does anyone else find sumo deadlifts to be easier in terms of maintaining correct form?  I have a lot of trouble with my form with traditional deadlifts, but do much better with sumo deadlifts or hex bar deadlifts.  I think its because I can get my hips lower.  


FINALLY got my auxiliary jack fixed in my car! Now I can listen to my iPod in the car again!


Workout with Danny! It was quite toasty outside, but at least it wasn’t super sunny.  We did three rounds:

1. RDL’s (5 each side)

2. Triple Extension ball throws (10ish – did for distance)

3. Backward sled pulls

I also went to the store and ordered some new glasses.  My left lens is about to pop out, and unfortunately, the frames are damaged, so no one will replace them.  I was able to order a new pair, hopefully they will come in before the honeymoon!


Friday night….what did I do Friday night? I can’t even remember. All I know is that I didn’t sleep well.


Michael and I have been really busy and stressed with wedding stuff over the past few weeks.  We had to go up to the Tiffany’s in Richmond to get my ring cleaned, so we decided that Saturday would be a fun day and we’d do a date night!  We had lunch at Olive Garden – yummy salmon and broccoli!  We went to the movies and saw Tomorrowland.  It was really good, and we both really enjoyed it.  We were both surprised to see that our local movie theater had converted to recliners!


On Sunday, I didn’t have worship team…I’m on a little hiatus until July.  Michael came over early and made me breakfast!  It was very sweet of him! We did some shopping the rest of the day for the honeymoon, then we did some cleaning up and projects around the house.


Ham and Cheese Omelet and fresh strawberries!


How was your week? Have you been to a movie theater with recliners?

Weekly Update – 5/18/15


I feel like with all this wedding planning, I just keep going and going! I was able to finish up all of my thank yous from all of our showers.


Workout with Danny.  It was hot and humid outside, but we worked out there anyway!  This seemed 100x harder because we were outside in the heat.  Am I the only one who DESPISES working out in the heat?

Three Rounds:

1. 12 quarter squat and press

2. 6 push ups

3. 12 RDLs

4. 6 split squats (each side)

5. 1 minute jump rope


More wedding things! To be honest, I don’t even remember what I did….


Danny cancelled with me.  I had an eye doctor appointment, then I had to get some wedding errands done!


Friday night was my Bachelorette party! We went to a paint night at a local hotel.  It was pretty cool and I had a lot of fun with my girls!


You can’t see him really well, but Bob Ross hung out with us….



My finished product! Not too shabby!



Me and the girls! Erin (top row, far right) went a little rogue, but it looks awesome!


I slept in on Saturday and it was delightful.  Michael and I did some driving around and dreaming about houses.  We finally got rid of some stuff in the house and took it to the thrift store to give away.  We also had an impromptu date night at Baker’s Crust and it was lovely!


After church we had premarital counseling – for almost 5 hours! It was great, but super mentally exhausting!


How was your week?  Have you ever done a paint night?


April Stitch Fix Review #2 (Stitch Fix #5)



I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!  I’m going to apologize in advance for my horrible ugly pictures. I planned to take pictures with them on…but the best laid plans….

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

When I pulled everything out of the box, I was thinking that this could be the first time I kept EVERYTHING!

Item Number 1 –  Urban Expressions Brittany Top Zip Crossbody Bag($48)

I literally squealed with delight when I opened up this item.  It is the CUTEST bag and the most wonderful color.  I didn’t care how much it cost, I knew that I was keeping it!  I failed to get a picture of it, but don’t worry – I will get one eventually!

Verdict: Keep!

Item Number 2 –  Margaret M Christiana Textured Pencil Skirt ($78)


Ya’ll.  I’m not a pencil skirt kinda girl.  I like things to flow away from my tummy.  But this skirt was too cute, I couldn’t pass it up.  It was stretchy, so I didn’t feel like a stuffed sausage.  I normally wouldn’t have picked a navy skirt, but I really like it.  I’m playing around with different tops, seeing how I could make this work.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 –  Ark n Co Lucas Hi Lo Embroidered Sleeveless Top ($48)


I liked the look of this top, but sadly it was too tight in the stomach and it was not very flattering.  I wanted so badly to keep it!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  Fun2Fun Toronto Bicycle Print Split Neck Top ($48)


I wasn’t sure about this top.  It looked too small and was a little too hipster looking for me.  BUT – I ended up loving it! The fit was superb and it looks amazing with the pencil skirt.  10 points for my stylist for this one! I already wore it and got a ton of compliments on it.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 5 –  Market & Spruce Colibri Paisley Print Sleeveless Top ($44)


Paisley….stylist, you get me.  However, it was too tight in the bust.  I wanted so badly to make it work, but the fit was just not right.  This pick is proof that she really does get my style though!

Vedict: Return


Overall Impression

This box was a slam dunk in terms of style.  There were a few things I may not have picked for myself, but I ended up loving! The fit is getting MUCH better.  I’ve learned that it really does help for you to tell your stylist why it doesn’t fit.  Don’t just say that its too tight, tell them that its too tight in the bust and the buttons gape, or that its too short in the front, or that it just clings to your tummy wrong.  All of those pieces of advice will help her get the fit better next time.


If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*


Injury Update – I Hate PT

physical therapy

HEP = Home Exercise Program, aka PT homework


You know how there are things in life you are supposed to do…things that are good for you, but you are too lazy to do them? That’s me and my plantar fasciitis PT exercises.  I know I should be doing them, and I know they help, but that is the last thing on my mind when I finally sit down at the end of the day.  I know they will make me feel better, but they are so uncomfortable to do, the idea of starting them is undesirable.

I have noticed that the shoes I wear definitely make a difference, and I’ve been trying to wear more supportive shoes.  However, there are some days that I have pain no matter how well I think I’m treating my feet.

I don’t really feel the desire to run right now.  There is a slight desire…only cause I’m not supposed to, but with the wedding coming up, I don’t really need to be running.  I don’t have any races until the fall, and I have nothing longer than a 10k, so I have plenty of time to get back up to speed.

After the craziness of the wedding and honeymoon, I want to come back and make recovering from plantar fasciitis my number one health goal.

Are you bad about listening to your doctor? Do you have a love/hate relationship with PT?