Where have you been!?

Morning!!

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Someone did NOT want to wake up this morning. She has so much dignity!

I haven’t posted much because I have been using my time wisely and will start posting regularly again next week. I was also in Florida for almost a week, as well and wanted to soak in as much friend and family time as possible. I will come back in full swing with more workouts and just random ramblings again soon!

Here are some pictures from this weekend in Florida! Why do vacations always fly by!??! Also, I am really bad about taking photos, so there aren’t many to share.

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Beautiful bride, Kim!!

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View from the balcony where the ceremony was held. I have said it before and I will say it again, nothing beats a Florida sunset!

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Have a good one, ya’ll!

 

 

 

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Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday!!

I wish I could call it my weekend BUT I work all weekend. It’s cool though…I did just come back from Florida and all.

My workout this morning focused on shoulders, abs and cardio. I did 40 minutes on the stairmaster at different speeds and step variations.

I also woke up this morning to a tick on my arm. OMG!! I have never had a tick crawl on me before or at least that I know of, so it was super creepy. I have this huge vein on my arm and he was totally scoping out a place to park on it. GAAAHHH!!!!!

I bet I know who carried that in to the bed *cough ALEX cough*

I kid.

On to my favorite things from this week:

 

Traders Joe’s Specialty Teas Green Tea and Chuck =)

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I have been drinking this in the AM as a pre-workout and to get my metabolism rollin’. I drink it on ice with some stevia and it is so good!!

 

HD Microfinish Powder by Makeup Foroever

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After I apply my makeup I brush this over it and it keeps my face so smooth.  I have oily skin and it soaks it right up!

 

Korres Body Butter

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My mom ordered this from HSN and when I was in Florida, I got fried on my last day there. BAD! So I have been applying this every day and it has helped with the burn and itching. It comes from Greece, too, which is awesome!

 

Essie Nail Polish

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The new springs colors by Essie are so pretty!

 

The Divergent Series

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Alex bought this set for me for Christmas and I am on the third book now. Addicted! It’s great for breaking up my studying.

 

AMRAP workouts (as many reps as possible)

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I have been incorporating this into my workouts as a cool down after heavy lifting. It beats getting on a cardio machine and keeps the heart rate up!

 

BOSU balls

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I use these to work on stabilization and for core work. Try it!

 

The beach!

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We spent the day at St Pete Beach on Sunday and I savored every moment and apparently every sun ray…my chest was fried! But I miss the beach!!!

Publix Subs

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A trip to the beach isn’t complete without a Publix sub. I crave them. I ate multiple Publix subs during my trip to Florida. No shame. Anyone from Florida knows what I mean by this statement.  Fun Fact: my sister and I used to call Publix; PUBES! We’re sick.

 

EOS lip balm

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It’s the bomb. I love its awkward shape, too! So fun.

Here are some links to my favorite bloggers and their Friday Favorites!

Housewife Glamour <—-former Florida girl living in the Midwest now!

Peanut Butter Fingers

Carrots n Cake

 

 

Florida

I just spent a week in Florida and it was glorious!

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My sisters graduation was on Friday, so lots of family came together to celebrate her achievements. I love hanging out with my family and since we don’t live in the same state, it makes it all the more special to be together.

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not prepared for this photo Bob! lol

I was really bad about taking photos, so there aren’t many from this trip. I suck.

I was worried that I would slip on my healthy eating habits but I stayed on track most of the time with some ice cream and a cheeseburger thrown in there. I have to cheat every now and then otherwise I will fail. I also made it to the gym a couple of times, ran outside and did a HIIT workout. Back on track today with my split workouts!

So, I love to fly. I love airports, airplanes and just people watching. Traveling makes me happy in general but I love flying and I usually love turbulence (weird, I know). To me, it keeps the flight interesting and it’s kind of fun. I love the butterflies I get with it. I used to travel for work on a weekly basis and this had me on many planes, so I got bored and turbulence made me happy. This was not true on Wednesday though!!!!!!! I was in a nice slumber and all of a sudden the plane just dropped and started jerking around. I woke up so startled, people were screaming, kids were crying, and the sweet old lady next to me grabbed my hand. My immediate reaction was to grab my hand rests and hold on. I was scared. It felt like the pilots couldn’t get it under control and we were going down. But after what seemed like forever, the plane finally straightened its ish out. I probably lost a couple years off my life.

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flying over Nashville ❤

Turns out, we over Pensacola, Fl and there were some terrible storms happening which caused lots of flash flooding and lots of lightning. Crazy spring weather. Needless to say, my feelings for flying have not changed and I am still a happy child during takeoff, turbulence and landing. The end.

Alex arrived on Thursday and we hit up Ana Maria Island so for some beach time. We also made a pit stop on the way there for my beloved Publix sub. I miss them. While mom was eating her sub, a seagull obviously planned his attack perfectly because he came in from behind and actually got his little foot on her sub and covered it in sand. BAHAHAHAHHA!!! It was awesome.

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Alex also saved a guys life. This poor guy was struggling to get out of the waves and ended up falling backwards and trying to crawl out of the ocean. Alex spotted him and ran over and pulled him up out of the water. He then told Alex he has cerebral palsy. Once he went into panic mode it was like his body quit on him. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Love him!

Friday was April’s graduation at Van Wezel in downtown Sarasota. The main speaker was the President of FGCU, my university! I was so excited to see his name on the program and when he was introduced I wanted so badly to yell Dunk City!! I refrained. It was also a really proud moment to see April walk across the stage to receive her degree. I teared up a little bit.

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Afterwards, we went to Siesta Key Village to celebrate over dinner and drinks. Let’s just say a lot of shenanigans went down. Such a fun night! We continued the fun at my moms house over Apples to Apples and loud talking out on the lanai at 2 am. I love my family.

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yes, that is a toad

yes, that is a toad

Sunday, we hit up St Pete Beach for a bit before dropping Alex off at the airport. It was sad to see him leave because I knew the end of my trip was coming up too. Why do vacations always fly by? I left Monday evening and goodbyes always suck! It wasn’t as hard this time around though because I will be back at the end of this month for Kim’s wedding =)

Woo hoo!!

 

Stitchfix

I had the case of the Monday blues when I woke up this morning, First of all, it’s rainy, cold and dark outside and I woke up later than I normally do. I hate that because I feel like my day is wasted. I guess my body needed the rest.

I went to the gym and pumped out a leg workout because Mondays are leg day and I was ready for it! I focused a lot on squats and lunges. I went a bit lighter on the weights today so I can could do a lot more reps and feel the burn. It was also good to get that mind to muscle connection as I performed each exercise. With every concentric and eccentric move I connected with the muscle and it was cool! BURN BABY BURN!

On Saturday, I worked out my chest and shoulders and Sunday, I just focused on cardio and abs.

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Sunday was a pretty chill day until work. Alex and I went to the mall and walked around. We were possibly looking for some clothes for Florida..this week!!…but didn’t see anything. This just means I will have to go shopping with my momma…we are good at shopping together. I also can’t wait for some fresh seafood. Sorry Ohio, your seafood sucks!!!

On to the title of this post, Stitchfix. I first heard about it from one of my favorite bloggers…Peanut Butter Fingers….and it sounded really intriguing, so I signed up! You go online to their website, fill out a style profile, preferences etc., and they ship you a box of clothes or accessories to try on or try out. They give you a little styling card too to give you ideas on how to wear the pieces. Each box contains five pieces and they give you three days to pick and choose what you want to keep and ship back to them. The box comes with a return bag so it’s super easy and  convenient.

My whole Monday turned around as soon as I got home and saw my first Stitchfix box at my door! So fun!

Here are the pieces that were in my box:

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I thought this cardigan had a cute print but I have a million cardigans so I don’t need another one!

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This light sweater was really comfy but again, I have a a lot of sweaters and with spring here and summer on its way in…hopefully…I don’t need any warm clothes right now.

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This tank was super cute and comfortable. I loved the details on the back with the zipper and pulled in design but it was too big. I guess I need to go in and change my size since I have leaned out a bit from the last time I filled out my profile.

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I loved this boho top but again, too big. They also sent me a pair of black skinny jeans which fit but I don’t need anymore jeans. I just donated 12 pairs of jeans!

I am going to have to go in and change my profile around and make it tailored more towards summer clothes and dresses! Also, you get your own stylist so they continue to work with you once you sign up and keep receiving fixes. You do have a $20 fee but that goes toward anything you purchase in the fix. I am not keeping any of my items since most were too big and more for cooler weather. Can’t wait for my next fix!

This is by no means a fashion blog but I thought I would share this since it was like Christmas morning receiving such a fun package at the door. Click my referral link to go directly to Stitchfix to sign up. Yeah, I get points but I think every girl should experience such a fun concept!

You can sign up for automatic fixes or schedule one every other month or once a year. No obligations. I also was not compensated for this post. I just wanted to share how cool this company is =)

 

Ta Ta for now!

Tuesday Tangent

The weekend went by really fast even though I wasn’t able to join Alex at his families this weekend…that work thang…but I made the best of it!

I got stuff done around the apartment and spent a lot of quality time with this little punk:

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She has been bad lately but I can’t stay mad at her. We went for lots of walks this weekend because it was perfect outside.

I also worked out of course! Just because it’s the weekend, doesn’t mean you can go all out and destroy all your hard work you put in during the week! I did have a cheat meal on Sunday: a loaded turkey burger…cheese, hummus, pickles, buns and a chocolate lava cake! So. Yum! Alex also brought home these amazing cheesy potatoes. MMMmmmmm!!!

 

Mondays workout was basically what I did last monday. Legs. Legs. Legs.

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I added in a lot more sets of squats because why not! Also, I added in more weights on my last set of back squats….185# for 6 reps. It was hard but I felt so accomplished!!

When Alex got home for work we went on a 3.5 mile run and finished it off with sprint work. It was too nice out to do cardio at the gym.

This mornings workout was 20 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the stairmaster. I’ll be heading back to the gym later on to workout my back with Alex. =)

 

Next week I will be heading to FLORIDA and I can’t wait. It’s been almost a year since I went back for a visit and my plans include hanging with my family and the beach. I just want all the sand in my hair right now!!!!

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I still have to figure out what to do with Charlee while we are gone. I thought about bringing her with me but it’s too stressful for her. She has flown with me a few times now and I feel so bad. She is stuffed into a doggie bag and carried around. I wonder what goes through her little mind with all the people around and the loud airplane! Poor thing! She is also so quiet so people don’t know there is a dog in my bag. Plus, it’s an extra $150 to fly her there and back! No thanks.

 

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just a dog…in a bag

And yes, I gave my dog a doggie anxiety pill because I didn’t want her to have a heart attack. That’s why her eyes look glazed over…LOL!

I’ll also be flying back to Florida end of May for this girls wedding:

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I LOVE her!! We laugh so so much when we are together!! This picture is from our trip to Nashville to run the Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon. What a trip!!! We also got out of there just in time before that amazing city flooded! Crazy! But so many fun memories and I still have my little journal I wrote in everyday while we were there to record all of our stupidity. I’m sending it to you Kimmy!!!!

Just a couple more pictures of us!

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We weren’t so smart the night before this race. Nashville honky tonk: 10, Ashley and Kim: —000

I woke up so thirsty the morning of the race. I believe we got 4 hours of sleep..if that…and when my alarm went off I immediately sat up and asked Kim if she was parched! LOLOL We still finished that damn race in 2:20 and I didn’t lose any toe nails that time around. WIN!!!!

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Our trip to Oregon

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We were going to buy this and drive back to Florida...we thought we would start a revolution! I love Oregon and all the hippies =)

We were going to buy this and drive back to Florida…we thought we would start a revolution! I love Oregon and all the hippies =)

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She rocks.

 

I am missing Nashville like crazy lately. Maybe it’s because of all the stupid reality shows being filmed there and promoted lately that is making me think about it or it’s just an awesome city with so many memories there! I am positive there is no other city like Nashville. Columbus is cool and all but it doesn’t hold a candle to that place!  Just my opinion. It’s super friendly, so southern, and there is so much going on! You just have to visit to know!

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My sister is purdy!

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I Don’t Hate Cardio

Today’s workout was a good one but my energy level was off. I was still able to get my leg workout done and finish it all off with the stair master, step mill, stair mill, etc. I don’t care what you call it, it’s evil and delicious at the same time.

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I owned you.

I  went for 20 minutes at different speeds and stepping variations. Side steps, slow steps with donkey kicks, sprinting….I was shweaty!

I did this workout before the stair master, stepper thing:

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I hit up smooooothie king afterwards for my favorite angel food smoothie with vanilla protein and that peanut butter added in to it! MMMmmmmmmm

FYI: I organize my weekly workouts on a white out board so I stay on top of what muscle groups I train. I don’t want to over do it and not see my gainzzzzz. Everyone needs a little rest now! I do switch it up though and do full body workouts every now and then. Gotta keep the gym interesting!

This was my workout yesterday:

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I don’t hate cardio but I rarely get on a machine anymore for a lengthy amount of time. My weightlifting keeps my heart rate pumping because I don’t take many breaks and throw in some jumping jacks, jump squats, jumping lunges etc. BUT I do mix it up and yesterday, I did some battle ropes for 4 minutes and that was all I could take. I used my gymboss interval timer to keep me on track.  That ish is hard!! I also ran about a mile outside. Here was my thouight process: I am going to run home from the gym and have Alex take me to my car on his way to the gym. I got about a half mile away and was freezing! I couldn’t warm up…stupid Ohio weather.  So, I turned the wheels around and went back to the gym to grab my car keys. I still ran a mile…oh well.

I also cranked out a 3 minute plank the other day. I don’t know what came over me but I hopped off the couch and just went for it. Charlee provided me with some motivation as she licked my face off for most of it. Anytime I get on the floor she freaks out and becomes this little maniac. Maybe it’s because I am finally on her level?!?

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I went to Lululemon yesterday. Day.Made. I wish I could buy the whole store, but instead, I bought a new pair of running capris and a tank. Links for each below!

Tone it Tank

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I’m going to be ordering an athletic swim suit soon because that lap pool has been calling my name lately! I received an Athleta catalogue in the mail and have my eyes on a couple of them!

One last thing…I want a hedgehog…particularly this guy…BIDDY!!

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source: @biddythehedgehog

You should probably follow this little fella on IG…it’s hard not to laugh and smile at this precious thing!

I’m getting HANGRY…I just yelled at my dog for sneezing on me…..poor thang. Off to eat and play with munchkin and possibly study!

 

Monday Tangent

People tend to dread Monday but mine has been pretty stellar so far! Maybe it’s because I am still on my workout high.

I went to the gym and pumped out a leg workout that was almost an hour and a half long. I just kept going! I am starting to fall in love with leg days more and more. #imweird

Workout:

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Jefferson squats were new to me and hard! It felt so good.

Jefferson squats!! <—click it!!

I came home and polished off our chocolate protein.

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This weekend the weather was so nice so we spent a lot of time outside taking it all in because tonight…dare I say it…it is supposed to snow. Get your ish together Ohio!

Alex and I meal prepped Sunday so I am about to mow down on some turkey, black beans and veggies…all the things!!

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That’s a good look right there.

I also ate some raw asparagus when I finished my protein shake. MMMMMMMM……I love you asparagus.

I spent $8 on friggin grapes yesterday. SERIOUSLY!! Apparently, I can’t read signs…I thought it said $2.29 for rainbow grapes BUT they make that damn LB sign so tiny for folks like me to read….trickery….screw you Kroger and your tiny LB signs. They better be some darn good grapes!!

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Also, I received this picture yesterday and it made my heart smile so big!! I love her and Eva and those cute little burrito babes. I can’t wait to see them all again.

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Watch out P and O, I will eat you!!! ❤

Alright, tangent over, I need to study and finish my taxes. Yay!!