Life Lately 4.3.2017

It’s Monday again. It’s a new month.Β There’s so much to be thankful for this Spring πŸ™‚

I haven’t written in awhile, and I’d like to tell you it’s because I’ve been too busy (which is partially true). Truthfully, I have definitely had “free time” on the weekends to jot down ideas and thoughts on what to put in my blog, but I didn’t do it. I took that time to snuggle with my puppy, watch Bones on Netflix (of which I really can’t get enough), and cook/ go on walks with my love. It has been a roller coaster of a month to be sure!

I have been so in tune with my yoga practice, and this feeling is unlike any I’ve felt before. I am not stressed. Literally you guys, lately, my stress is virtually nonexistent. I have changed many aspects of my life and how I spend my time since the beginning of this year, and so far, every decision has been one that benefits me. I can feel the positive effects so strongly and immediately.

We go for daily walks as a family (me, Patrick and Bay) and have been LOVING this warmer weather. Sundays, we walk for 3-5 miles in the morning with coffee and sometimes stop for donuts if we are so inspired πŸ™‚

I have been getting better quality sleep, and have allowed myself to sleep more on the weekends (instead of getting up early like I usually do). I have been eating more natural proteins and SO many veggies; not to mention very little processed or preservative-filled foods. And my alcohol consumption is significantly reduced too. I go to the gym every weekday morning, and I always listen to my body regarding when it needs rest or when I’m feeling exceptionally strong that day.

I’ve been frequenting my yoga studio a few blocks away once or twice per week, in addition to my own personal practice. I am so excited to feel strength building in my upper body and that I’m able to hit more arm balances and ones that usually require more flexibility. This yoga journey has been incredible so far!

Long weekend runs are going pretty well. I’m running more than 8 miles every Saturday, in preparation for half marathons that we have in April and May. Then marathon training starts in June of course. And that is something I am SO excited for (ironic, I know). I saw so many of my friends and other local runners talking about running the Lakefront Marathon last year and I had a severe case of FOMO so I am so excited to be part of that training this year again! πŸ™‚

Patrick and I are settling in so nicely in our neighborhood and are excited to stay in this area for another year. We love the quiet calm that’s here, and we love all the dogs and runners and families too! It’s such a great fit for us and our chill, yet still active, lifestyles. My bearded, wonderful, incredibly selfless man is the best person I could’ve asked for to grow with and travel with and see the world with. I am so incredibly lucky ❀

Love those around you. Hug your puppies more. Hold hands with your friends and significant others. Drink more tea and sleep more. Let your body be your temple, and allow your heart to pour love into everything you do. ❀

Just like Bay does every day πŸ˜‰

Peace friends, xoxo.

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Life Lately 2.6.17

Back to the cold Wisconsin weather again. My family, boyfriend, and I were just in Orlando Florida this past weekend for four days of sun, Disney, and relaxation. It was badly needed by all and I am so grateful for the family time we had there.

Patrick and I also celebrated our two year anniversary of dating on Saturday ❀ My heart swells and smiles so brightly when I see him. I can’t believe its only been two years – I was convinced it was closer to 5 but was immediately corrected πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to spending our whole lives together, so 2 is just a drop in our love bucket πŸ™‚

Focusing my energy this week on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating simply, and getting back into the groove of my workout plan. Vacations always make my life topsy turvy, switching around my workouts and eating foods I raaaaarely would agree to eat. But moderation is what life is all about – and that’s how we can continue living happy lives, while loving our bodies simultaneously. It’s not easy to come back home and swing back to healthy eating and waking up at 4:40am to workout before work, but I know that my body craves the attention and the care it deserves. Dedication and consistent care. That’s what my body loves and what I will always focus on giving it.

While on our trip together, I tried to only use my phone for pictures. I miss the old school 35 mm cameras and the camcorders my dad used to carry around on our trips to capture precious family moments, but those times are slowly easing away, introducing cell phones as the new “moment-captor”. I’m becoming slowly okay with this, although on vacation, I really do love not touching my phone for hours at a time. It’s a detox in its own right, and I need to have more of these detoxes around the house and through my regular day-to-day as well. It feels good to feel light, not carrying the weight of the world and the sadness and arguments that could come with checking my phone every hour. I don’t need that. No one needs that. Let’s tech detox more πŸ™‚
Also living in gratitude for the opportunity to travel as much as I/we do. We obviously value travel over spending our money in other ways, but the fact that we have flexible work schedules and always have a puppy babysitter (thanks Mom!) gives us way more peace of mind ❀ Seeing the world has always been a huge goal of mine – I have wanted to see every single corner of the earth since I was a kid! My dad instilled the wander lust deep in me since he took us to all kinds of states and countries growing up – the newness and excitement and exploration that comes with seeing a new city is mesmerizing. And I’m totally addicted to the journey and the destination simultaneously πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful Monday my friends, Peace to you!

xoxo, Shannon

Instagram: @fitnessbyshannon

Life Lately! 10.24.16

Hi people! These monthly life update blog posts have become very common and easily maintainable for me. So I think I might keep this going πŸ™‚Β Wuddya think?

We have been loving our busy schedules lately – this month was FILLED with travel, all over the country! Portland, OR; Austin, TX; and the photo above was from this weekend visiting my grandparents in Madison. Love love loving Autumn!

Friday night we joined our wonderful friends for a pumpkin carving party – mine is above, Patrick’s is below. The morning after… mine was DEVOURED by squirrels.Β What the heck!Β It was pretty hilarious to be honest though…


Let’s travel back to the end of September/ beginning of October. Patrick, my sister Mandaline, her boyfriend Erik and I traveled to Portland, OR for a wonderful getaway for 5 days. And lemme tell ya, WE FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS STATE. Portland is such a gorgeous and open city, with all the cycling, coffee shops, and hiking areas you can imagine πŸ™‚ #heaven

We went hiking along the Oregon Coast and saw the GORGEOUS ocean. The vastness of this magnificent part of our earth always stirs a wild travel lust within me. I can’t stop thinking about going back!

We went to a few wineries along the coast as well! The boys, enjoying their decadent pinots πŸ˜‰

And sisters doing what sisters do – with the most beautiful sky you can possibly imagine. ❀

We had the most delicious brunch too. I MEAN HELLO, below.

YES we are thinking of moving there. NO we don’t have a timeline yet. But YES it is officially part of our souls and we must follow our dreams πŸ™‚

Bringing it back home – I have been half marathon training the last few weeks (weird, I know). I always considered myself “trained for a half marathon at all times” but I wanted to really put an effort into this training for my half marathon here in Milwaukee on November 6, so I got some NEW KICKS (because duh) last weekend. Asics are my new runners, and I love them so far!! πŸ™‚

Anyone else run in Asics? Thoughts??

Maintaining my yoga practice as well, with all this training and running and lifting. Still learning, still loving, and still expressing myself in new ways every day. ❀

Running has brought me SO much joy lately. It gives me a reason to get outside and get fresh air, get my sore muscles moving, and allows me to really feel my breath (outside of yoga) so I can push myself harder every day. I’m running a marathon next May, so continuing training even in “off season” is so important for me.

Baymax has been PERFECT and AMAZING and growing like CRAY. He’s almost 90 pounds guys. Our little pup is growing up so fast ❀ He’s still dumb though, so I’m okay with that πŸ™‚ Smart, but still my little dum-dum.

Our Austin trip was wonderful – a beautiful celebration of love at our friend’s wedding. We loved seeing the city and even though it was 90+ degrees the whole time, it was a wonderful quick weekend trip to see a sweeeeet city! πŸ™‚

Oooobviously yoga happened.

He’s kinda the best person I’ve ever met ❀

This is what’s basically going on with me lately. My personal training and two other jobs are keeping me busybusybusy and every single day I’m figuring out a new way to be grateful, happy, and still push myself towards my goals. ❀ My life is whole and still finds ways to fill me up, with such beautiful friends and family surrounding me every single day. I could NOT be happier right about now πŸ™‚ ❀

Happy Monday everybody, here’s to another wonderful month of Autumn!! AND HALLOWEEN COMING UP!


Peace, xoxo

Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness

An Object in Motion Stays in Motion… Life Updates! 8.29.16

Hellooooooo!! Longest hiatus ever I know. Therefore… I definitely have plenty to update you with! Β We have been zooming around to various races/events, enjoying our perfect little puppy growing up and growing HUGE already, and of course I am still completely grateful and loving my personal training gig, with my yoga practice peppered in still.

 

We completed a triathlon two weeks ago in Oconomowoc, WI and it was a blast!! We had some rainy weather during our swim which led to pretty choppy waves but we finished strong and Patrick and I BOTH had personal records!! Pretty proud there. The sad part… The race didn’t give out medals… WHAT! I was pretty sad. They gave them out last year so I’ll have to reevaluate this race before signing up next year πŸ˜‰ the medal is SO IMPORTANT! I mean right??

And just two days ago, we completed a half marathon, with my great friend Sarah and my dad too! Although I haven’t run…much…at…all… Since our marathon in May. We pushed through, had fun, and are so happy we finished upright and no injuries!

Isn’t it refreshing to sometimes joins race with no aspirations or expectations? Just to do it for fun and to finish? The course was wonderful and we relaxed with family and friends after to celebrate!

Baymax is already 6 months old. WHAT. Yeah, he’s the most happy and playful puppy but still makes time to cuddle with mama πŸ™‚ he’s over 60 lbs too… That just proves to us he will get close to 100 lbs when he’s full grown. SO EXCITED but we love watching him grow up in the meantime πŸ™‚

I have still been working on my yoga practice although sadly I haven’t been to an actual class in over a month. BUT my sister got me a gift card to a wonderful studio near my apartment so I can now use that to get my butt into a studio! Thanks sista πŸ™‚

We also got to spend a lot of awesome family time at Irish Fest this year! And got to watch my little sister dance. This is only her… 5th year I think – and she’s already advanced to one of the top classes πŸ™‚ #irishpride

On top of ALLLLL of that, I have finally found my path in terms of my scheduling. My days were 13+ hours away from home, constantly driving back and forth between home, the gym, and my other day time desk job… it was getting to be a LOT. BUT I finally figured out what works best for me, my body, my time and ability, and my employers have been amazing at letting me factor everything in so it all makes sense.

Being myself. Staying true. Focusing on my real goals. And helping others every single day. That’s my calling and that’s how I keep flowing and keep moving. #inertia

 

Happy  Monday everybody ❀ Hope you all are happy and healthy!

Message me if you have any personal training questions – I’m on a ROLL and would love to help anyone who has questions about diet or training in the gym πŸ™‚

Mwah!! xoxo,

ShannersΒ 

Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness

Marvelously Busy Monday 7.11.16

Morning everybody!

PHEW, this has been a crazy few weeks. We have been hyper busy, so pardon my lack of blogging πŸ™‚ But I’m back, so it’s all good again!

My yoga challenges have been a blast! And I’ve been doing inversions every day of July, which is wonderful! I have been doing these little daily celebrations for my birthday month πŸ™‚ Since I love inversions!

One of my favorite poses, officially. ^ ❀

Friday night, we drove to Chicago and spent time with our friends for his birthday. We had a delicious dinner and then saw my sister and her boyfriend for brunch the next morning! πŸ™‚ Loving the #Chicagobrunchlife.

#squad

After we came home on Saturday, we rested and got ourselves ready for the next EARLY morning on Sunday – for our first International length triathlon at Pewaukee Lake! We are so happy with how we did, and it was seriously the most beautiful day. A wonderful event and a beautiful course- I’m so happy πŸ™‚

My wonderful 15 year+ friend Kaylin did the event too!! She is incredible, and totally has the triathlon bug now! πŸ™‚ You go girl!

Obviously had to celebrate with a massive omelet for me and a massive burrito for Patrick after the event! πŸ™‚

Last week (obviously I forgot to blog about it), I made zucchini muffins with the LOADS of zucchini we got from our CSA box. I am making more tonight and SO PUMPED to devour themmmmmm ❀

We also made an egg bake (it’s been too long!) and you can clearly tell which side is covered in tomato basil cheese for Mr. Patrick πŸ˜‰


Baymax is doing really super amazingly well. He loves coming to work and running around, eating treats from everyone who walks by, and obviously napping wrapped up in his doggy friend’s blanket πŸ™‚

We are smitten.


Have a wonderful week! Love, Me and Baymax ❀

Peace, xoxo

Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness

Marvelous Monday Musings 6.27.16

Happy Mondayyyyyyyyy!

Really, I’m this awake right now. We had a fantastic weekend, guys. We saw tons of family and friends, and also got a solid amount of Baymax/chill time. I’d say it was a great success!

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Handstands outside my house HAVE to happen. πŸ™‚

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So Friday was “National Bring Your Pet To Work Day” and I obviouslyyyy had to partake. Being this is our first pet and all πŸ™‚ And because he’s the cutest dang puppy ever. He had such a fun time at work, with our walks and playing with all my coworkers πŸ™‚

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Always involved in some kind of a yoga challenge too. Lately, I’ve been so sore from my classes and regular weight lifting schedule that I’ve been using yoga for stretching and opening my muscles and fascia again, as opposed to strength improvement. It’s been wonderful to switch it up!

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Saturday morning, my sister, Patrick and I drove to Madison for my grandma’s 80th Birthday! She doesn’t look or act a day over 60 and she is seriously one of my favorite humans on earth. We had such a fun time with family and I got to reunite with my cousins on that side who I don’t see as much anymore! Really a great family gathering πŸ™‚

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Saturday night after we got back home, we had our HOUSEWARMING party! I’ve never hosted a party at an apartment of mine, so this was a first. AND I got to share this time with Patrick in our new home πŸ™‚ We had so many friends come and visit and even got some housewarming gifts! Which we were not expecting. A fun time was had by all, and we definitely will be having more get-togethers in the future since this was such a success!

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Sunday, we cleaned and relaxed and went for long walks. It was kind of the most perfect Sunday ever πŸ™‚
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Did I mention frozen yogurt? Yeah that always makes it a better Sunday πŸ˜‰

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Our wonderful friends who live 3+ hours away came to visit us too! It was a wonderful time hanging out and catching up πŸ™‚ We love seeing friends we haven’t seen in awhile ❀ Thanks for visiting Ashlie and John!

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I hope you all feel the warmth and marvelousness today too πŸ™‚ It’s going to be a beautiful Monday and even more gorgeous week ahead ❀

Peace, xoxo.

Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness

Life Lately 6.14.16

Good morning!! How is everyone today? Enjoying our lovely humid/rainy/sunny weather? Because I sure am. πŸ™‚ Summertime, summertiiiiiiiiiiime!

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Last Saturday, we got up SUPER EARLY and ran the Summerfest Rock n’ Sole Quarter Marathon. We initially had signed up for the half marathon, but to be frank, we were so busy on Saturday, we just wanted to do a shorter, faster race. And we both really pushed ourselves! It was an awesome run, and we were grateful we didn’t do the half marathon because, boy, was it HOT out. Incredibly humid too. #quartermarathoners

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The night before, we took a long beautiful walk around our neighborhood and ended up at a killer Mexican place in our area. We ordered…oh everything. And it was beautiful. πŸ™‚

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Also, last week Thursday after work, Patrick picked up our first week of our CSA!! For those of you who don’t know, a CSA stands for Community Shared Agriculture; essentially, we buy into a local farmer’s produce and every week, we get a share of it! How SWEET! We eat so many vegetables and roots, this was such an exciting purchase for us!

This week we got:

  • Radishes, salad greens, arugula, scallions (green onions), potatoes, bok choy, asparagus, and a HUGE head of butter lettuce!

I’ve been trying to keep up with my yoga challenges – as I’ve said in previous posts, I’ve been lifting a lot more now that marathon training is done. And I’m going to start swimming next week, in preparation for our two Olympic triathlons this summer. We also have biking on our schedules, but Patrick’s bike needs a new tire, so it’s current in the shop. Womp.

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AND HOWWWW could I forget about a Baymax update?? πŸ™‚ (see him sleeping next to me in the above picture??) He has been such a fun, crazy, sassy little pup! Yes, we force him to snuggle sometimes but he really loves it πŸ˜‰

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We took him to our local pet store to get him a new bag of puppy food, and HE LOVED IT.

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He sniffed literally everything, and Patrick of course found the hugest tug-of-war toys in the store. No, we did not get one haha.
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Life is pretty sweet. We are so happy, with our new home, our new puppy, and new adventures to come.

How’s about an adventure for you too?? πŸ™‚

Peace, xoxo.

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