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?