O is for Orange Julius!

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Wanna know something completely out of the ordinary that just happened today? My kids had another snow day! We got at least 19 inches of snow yesterday. It snowed all the live long day and piled up pretty quickly. I left work early in case they closed the schools early but that didn’t happen. For the last mile of my drive I swear I floated all the way home on top of six inches of newly fallen snow because they {Read More}

Muscle & Fitness Jacked in a Box: April 2014

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It’s Tuesday afternoon and I actually have a little more energy than I did yesterday. I’ve been sick more times in the last couple months than I’ve been over the last couple years. Crazy! It can stop any time. In yesterday’s mail I was surprised to see our Muscle and Fitness Jacked in a Box! For some reason I always forget this box is coming so it’s always a pleasant surprise. About Jacked in a Box: Subscription box service featuring {Read More}

Leg Workout Round-Up

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Happy Monday morning! I hope your morning has started off better than mine so far. Yesterday I started getting a sore throat that progressively got worse as the day went on. I think I woke up about every half hour overnight because it hurt so much to swallow. I’m also completely lethargic and it’s hard to even talk. Boo. To keep things short, sweet and simple today I thought I’d do a Leg Workout round-up! This is just a short {Read More}

Home Workouts: Treadmill HIIT Cardio + HOT Arms

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Happy Wednesday, friends! Today is a great day to be in Minnesota. Why? Check out the forecast for today: All of the local news channels were reporting this morning that it’s been 180 DAYS since we’ve seen 70! Sad, right? To get ready for warmer weather and tank tops!, I found a new-to-me workout for arms today: Arms & Core Workout  *Directions: Repeat twice through using dumbbells with a weight of your choice. This workout was a good one. I {Read More}

Weekly Grocery List

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Good morning! I’m awake, are you? I’m excited because I get to go to work today! Is that weird? I get really exhausted staying home because that involves cleaning, schoolwork, kids and looking after a toddler Bella! Puppies are precious but they zap the energy right out of you! She used to do stuff, like sleep.. Now we can find her getting into all kinds of different predicaments.. And she never sleeps anymore unless it’s dark! Okay, that’s an exaggeration. {Read More}

5 Favorite Fitness Activities

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Monday’s here already? Man the weekend flew by! Last night we watched the ACM Awards and I thought there were so many great moments. I loved watching Tim and Faith sing together and Miranda Lambert’s performance was awesome too – love her! Continuing on with the April A-to-Z Challenge brings me to my Five Favorite Fitness Activities. I find that it’s easier to stay motivated when there are several different kinds of fitness activities that interest me. That way I’m {Read More}

Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas + Inspiration

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Happy Saturday! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend! I just finished my scheduled “Embrace the Shake” leg workout followed by this cardio workout – as promised! I know I’m getting stronger (which is the goal) because I was able to up my deadlifts to 115# today and I know I’ll be upping my squat weight next week! I was a little excited. After that it was time for lunch! One of the meals I typically struggle with most is lunch. {Read More}

Dealing with Depression + Inspiration & Resources

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Talking about depression isn’t really all that fun but it’s something that is very real for millions of people everyday. When I think back to the beginning of my fitness journey, my experience with depression (and my ongoing fitness journey!) is the reason this blog exists. Dealing with depression is easily the most difficult struggle of my life. It was ongoing for well over a decade and was crippling at its roughest times, which would come and go over and over {Read More}

Cardio Challenge!

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I feel like I’m obsessed with challenges lately and I’m not sure why. It’s not because I need more on my plate for gosh sakes. I decided that my next fitness-related challenge is going to be a cardio challenge. Why? Because I seriously lack the motivation to do as much cardio as I probably should. Really though, because I hardly ever do it. I know! Shame on me. I love the effects of a great cardio workout. It completely clears {Read More}

Build Your Butt {a How-to of Sorts}

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Building your butt is probably easier than you might think. Without getting too graphic, my backside is naturally pretty bubbly so to prevent a whole lot of excess jiggle and to keep it lifted (I’ve had two pregnancies – both c-sections), I have to work it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a flat butt in my life though I used to wish that I did! I used to get teased when I was younger because I had a “bubble {Read More}