FOOD + FITNESS This Week + Bucket List Check-In

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Last night I made an appearance back at my favorite Turbo class. I haven’t gone in forever because Angie, the instructor (also my Upline Beachbody Coach and friend), took some time off from teaching Monday night classes, since her son often has baseball games. I guess I’m kind of a teacher snob because I won’t go to class unless she’s teaching…

On Sunday, I was incredibly excited to see that not only was she going to be teaching, but she also asked if I was free for some girl time to catch up afterward – double woo! My sister and I met up with her after class at Avenue Bistro for some grub and chick-chat – it was lovely!

Today I got to work at 6:15 a.m. for another morning workout. Can you even believe it? I CANNOT! Thankfully, I have Emily to motivate me if I’m feeling sluggish, but we both agree that it gives us more energy throughout the day!

Here’s how the rest of my workouts are going to look this week and what I’m planning for meals:



Monday: LIVE Turbo + Abs
Tuesday: FIX Dirty 30 + Elliptical Intervals
Wednesday: Lower Body Lift + PiYo SWEAT
Thursday: FIX Cardio + Upper Body Lift
Friday: Elliptical Intervals + Abs
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: Rest


Thankfully, I don’t have anything really going on this week, so I can stick to my usual meal routine, which makes me happy!

Breakfast: eggs with spinach/green pepper or ShakeO
Lunch: Salads, pita sandwich, or ShakeO
Dinner: SALADS and new recipe!

I also have a new recipe coming your way that I’m whipping up for organicgirl, so check back for that!

I wanted to do a quick check in on my Summer Bucket List, so that I can see what I still need to cross off over the next month…


1.) Go to my family cottage

2.) Take a vacation with Dan

3.) Attend a BBQ/Bonfire
4.) Spend a weekend in Put-in-Bay
5.) Have a fire and wine night with the girls
6.) Watch a fireworks show Wasn’t a show, but I finally got to see some fireworks!

7.) Go to an outdoor concert (prospects – Jason Aldean, The Fray, Jimmy Buffet)
8.) Go to Progressive Field to see the Cleveland Indians play

9.) Putt Putt date night
10.) Visit the downtown docks on the water Once with the girls and once with Dan!

11.) Get an ice cream cone with sprinkles
12.) Spend a day pool side and drink bud light limes Hopefully there’s more of this in the future!

13.) Plan a weekend at Cedar Point/Soak City
14.) Build a sand castle
15.) Play cornhole
16.) Roast marshmallows

17.) Go to the Farmer’s Market
18.) Spend time on the beach
19.) Watch a Summer storm
20.) Canoe or kayaking
21.) Go to a Mud Hens game

22.) Enjoy a night out patio hopping Downtown
23.) Find and read a good book (any suggestions?!)
24.) Find a rooftop bar
25.) Grill pizzas

Still quite a few things I need to do and hopefully I’ll accomplish the majority!

What’s on your Summer Bucket List? What has been your favorite activity so far this Summer? Anything fun planned for the coming month?


Weekend Recap

And we’re back to Monday…


Thank goodness for coffee! 

The weekend was as low key as I anticipated, which was just fine with me. Let’s get right into it.


After work, I headed over to see Dan and we decided to just stay in, have a fire and make s’mores. It was a great evening for it and his nephews joined us and told us it was the ‘best night ever’. So sweet!



I was so excited to sleep in a bit. Of course, that only means 8:30, but still, much better than 5:45 a.m.

We relaxed, had some coffee, and then headed out to get some new tennis shoes for Dan and to test drive cars for me!! I think I’m leaning towards a Nissan Altima, although I drove a Volkswagen CC and it’s kind of fun, but not the smart choice for long term. Bummer!

After all that, I headed home to shower and get ready for the night.

We headed downtown to Zia’s on the docks. They have the best happy hour! We each got two dirty martinis and split two appetizers – calamari and bruschetta.




Our bill was $22… Amazing!

We stayed downtown and met up with my sister at another bar for a bit.


On the way back to the car, we got to see fireworks from the Mud Hens game that had just ended!


Loved it! We decided to pop into the casino on the way home and then called it a night.


This time, we slept in until 9:30, woohoo! It felt so good and I could’ve laid there for another hour.

We eventually got up and got ready for church and Dan’s nieces baptism. She was so good the whole time and only a cried a little during mass.




What a sweet pea!

We all gathered back at Dan’s sister, Jenny’s, house for some food and family time. By 3:00 p.m. the couch was calling our name. I was ready to get my dress and heels off and relax with Dan and that’s just what we did! We watched the end of the Tigers game, I looked online for some more cars and we napped a little, too. It was a nice relaxing way to end the weekend!

He’ll be back home on Thursday night because he’s leaving for Chicago Friday morning for a bachelor party. It’ll be a nice treat getting to see him in just a couple days!

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Calamari or Bruschetta?! 


How the Week Went Down

Hello again!

Are you just as obsessed with my outfit as I am?! I thought you might be! I actually just got some workout pants and a tank from Gap Outlet, which I love, almost as much!

This week flew for me and I can’t wait for 7:00 p.m. today because I get to see Dan. Ugh. It seems like it’s been forever.

We don’t have any plans in the works, accept for his nieces baptism on Sunday. Saturday I’d love to be poolside all day! We’ll see… No plans is kind of nice.

Getting into this week, here’s how things went down.



My eats were good, a lot of the usual, like I had planned on. I’m ran out of Chocolate Shakeology – the horror – so I had some salads or pita sandwiches instead.


For dinner one night I had the best Summer meal – grilled chicken, kale chips and watermelon. This is basically perfection to me. :)



What a great week it was on the fitness front. I got two morning workouts in and three days of doubles. Since the workouts I do at lunch aren’t super long, I think it’s fine to double up. It’s not like I’m doing two, hour long, workouts.

blog1This week I did a lot of PiYo, which I’m totally loving. I don’t feel like I’m getting enough of a workout when I only do PiYo, which is why it’s been great for double days. I love giving my body that time to stretch and build at the same time. My body was sore everyday this week. I’ve been using muscles that I never knew I had. It’s felt awesome. I can’t wait to keep moving forward with PiYo, doubles, and morning workouts. Don’t tell anyone, but I kind of love my morning workouts now. ;)

Highlight from the week was Girl’s Night baseball game! We sat on Mary’s rooftop and enjoyed wine and apps before making our way to the game. It was the perfect evening for it.


blog2Ok, busy day ahead. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you on the flip side!

How was your week? What’s your favorite Summer meal? Any fun weekend plans?!