Life Lately 4.21.17

Hi everyone! Checking in because this week has been such a fantastic and fun week, I have so much to share πŸ™‚

Firstly, last Saturday, Patrick, my dad and I all ran the inaugural Brew City Half Marathon in Milwaukee – I think it went pretty dang well! The course is very similar to every single Milwaukee half marathon course (haha) so I knew everywhere we were running and what to expect, which is always a plus πŸ™‚

Patrick and I finished together, so I’m hoping we have another SWEET finish line photo! Finish time of 2:25!!  My dad was just shortly after us – he always likes meeting new people on his long runs and talks their ear off and gives them running and life advice πŸ™‚

I saw my childhood friend from grade school too – April!

It was a really fun first year and I think they did a fairly good job putting on the race! Aside from running out of water at mile 11 and having gross beer/brats at the end of the race (but that’s just me). The medals are HUGE and claim to be the “tallest” medals for any half marathon. I’ll take that!

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And of course, yoga is going really well. Here are some of my favorites from the last few weeks:

**I have also started a push up challenge for myself to 100 per day. Check my Instagram, I post hilarious videos that show how much I’m dying HAHA. πŸ™‚

Sunday was Easter, of course, and we (as always) got Easter baskets from both our mom and dad, filled with candy, and of course, most of that candy is gone already in less than a week. THIS is why I don’t buy candy haha! It disappears in our apartment πŸ™‚

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Always love getting a great picture of my family during the holidays when everyone looks so nice πŸ™‚

Patrick (and a little bit on my end) has been DOMINATING the cooking scene the last few months too, and I just can’t get enough of how awesome our food looks on our new plates haha!

Turkey burgers with sweet potato fries.

Chicken thighs with asparagus wrapped in bacon and crescent rolls.

We may or may not have gotten a huge sushi boat last week too. More on that celebration in another post… πŸ˜‰

And yes, for those who have asked, Baymax is doing SO good. He’s the most perfect puppy, and he OFFICIALLY is over 100 lbs at 14 months old πŸ™‚ He’s so energetic and fun (not pictured above) and clearly loves napping and sleeping and any general relaxing with us after all the running and playing we do every day!

Life really is good right now you guys. Things are flowing, decisions are being made, the energy is bright and exciting, not to mention the beautiful weather we’ve had lately which makes me even MORE anxious for summer. πŸ™‚ I really can’t complain about one thing.

Happy Friday everybody! I hope you all are able to enjoy this last weekend in April!

xoxo, Shannon

Instagram: @fitnessbyshannon

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.

Instagram: @fitnessbyshannon

Life Lately & Women’s Day! 3.8.17

Happy Wednesday!

I have had this in my drafts to send out for a few days now, and I haven’t gotten around to writing anything in it. It’s just a blog full of pictures πŸ™‚ So now I have some time.

How have I been lately?! Well I’ve been doing a LOT of yoga challenges on Instagram, so my apologies if your feed is bombarded with pictures of me in every kind of pigeon pose ever πŸ™‚ I love joining challenges, because they help me think more creatively about my own expression of poses, how to get in and out of them, and how to flow from one pose to the next. It’s really fun for me, and I really enjoy doing them!

Of course I still have my favorite inversions and arm balances included too πŸ˜‰

I was just musing to Patrick last night about how lucky and fortunate (and frankly, awesome) we are that we cook fresh food every night for dinner. If we aren’t eating fresh, we’re eating leftovers from the previous day or two, and we go out to eat probably once per week, almost always on a weekend.

We have our staple foods that we love to go out for, and SUSHI is one of them πŸ˜‰ Duh.

If it’s a homecooked meal, it’s almost always some kind of veggie/meal/rice concoction, a homemade pizza on Angelic Bakery dough, or, more recently, Patrick’s homemade pasta sauce with whole grain noodles (and of course lots of veggies).

This food warms my heart, warms my body, and is so incredibly nourishing. I am a hugeeeee veggie lover, and any meal we have is covered in peppers, mushrooms, onions, at the minimum πŸ™‚

We celebrated Baymax’s 1st birthday last week too. He’s the best puppy in the world. The best puppy we could ask for. He sleeps with us, eats with us, and snuggles better than any human. We are so grateful for that little guy.

His own puppy ice cream πŸ™‚

Half marathon training is still happening. And it’s still going really well. I have finally found my “happy pace” when I get on the treadmill every morning before work. Pushing through those first few miles and coasting through to the end. My outdoor runs have been just as wonderful (just slower, of course, and longer distances). I am in a good spot, and I’m so grateful for my body to be so forgiving πŸ˜‰

I also just have to mention that this lady below and I (and our men) sang Bohemian Rhapsody for karaoke night last Friday. And we didn’t fail. And it was really fun. And I actually enjoyed myself. πŸ™‚ Definitely doing that again ❀

I would be remiss if I didn’t include a blurb about International Women’s Day, which is today, March 8th. I know there has been a lot of turmoil around the idea of “feminism” and “equal rights” etc. lately, especially among just the female population.

It’s my sincere hope that all women can find this time to work together for the common goal of being an equal and being heard and being treated fairly. I know that people can sometimes scoff at the word feminist, and if that happens, then I personally believe they are misunderstanding the meaning. Whereas some women will burn bras and riot and yell and scream to make a statement, there are SCORES of other women who silently protest; who work as hard as they can to get a promotion; who get high-level educations. Neither way is wrong or right; it all depends on YOU. The woman who is choosing to educate herself and exercise her freedom of speech and equality.

I am a feminist, because I want women to feel empowered and strong and not unfairly treated. I believe women should be 100% equal to any other human being on the planet, no questions asked. There is no difference between us and men. I have been surrounded by strong women my entire life, namely my mom and my sister. But even my grandmothers and aunts prove to me that we have a voice and we should not sit around and let others make decisions pertaining to our rights without vocalizing what’s important to us.

Thank you for reading this, if you did, and I appreciate your trust and respect and opinions too! πŸ™‚

I hope you all have a fantastic day πŸ™‚ I know I will!

Mantra:


Peace, xoxo.

Instagram: @fitnessbyshannon

Life Lately 2.22.17

Hey friends πŸ™‚

I hope everybody is loving this warm Wisconsin weather – it is pretty refreshing and exciting isn’t it?? I have tried to spend as much time as possible outside, before we get back down in the 30’s and 40’s again this weekend. Β oh Spring, hurry up!

Just a quick life lately update. Essentially? Things are pretty amazingly terrific right now. Patrick and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with tacos. How perfect that it fell on TACO TUESDAY ❀ If there’s a heaven, we found it.

My yoga practice is becoming more and more influential in my life. I get on my mat every single day now, whereas I used to only jump on once or twice a week. I am trying new flows, new ways of getting into poses, and even achieving poses I’ve never hit before! (See mermaid below).

Half marathon training is going swimmingly too. I haven’t ACTUALLY trained for a half marathon in a really long time – I would just sort of throw together some “long runs” and a few mid-week runs until the race date, and HOPE that I could survive it. This season, I’m way more focused. And definitely determined to hit my mileage goals. I have been running every day for a month now, except Sundays πŸ™‚ Those are my rest/yoga days usually.

I even signed up for a full marathon this October. Pretty stoked! Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee is my favorite, and I’m so excited to train again this summer and fall. I had some crazy FOMO last season when I saw my friends and others training and running in this race! Can’t wait to be part of this community again.

My sweet sweet puppy Baymax turns 1 next week. Yes, he’s spoiled every single day of his puppy life, but YES we will spoil him even more on his special day. We tell him every day he’s the best puppy ever, he’s a REALLY good boy, and all the other mushy jibber jabber that a puppy could probably want to hear from his mommy and daddy πŸ˜‰

I’ve entered into a new mindset for the last couple months. One that focuses on self love, self care, and truly understanding and knowing my body. I want to know exactly what I am putting into my system, and always breathe, eat, speak, and move with intention ❀ My stress levels have dramatically decreased, my sleeping has been incredible, and I feel more vibrant than ever during the day and during my workouts. I think I’m onto something here πŸ™‚

Did I mention how completely in love I am with this guy? Every single day we enjoy another adventure, and create the best memories. So crazy grateful ❀

And yes, we celebrated National Wine Day over the weekend πŸ™‚ Because life is short, so let’s enjoy it! ❀

I hope everybody has an amazing week.

xoxo,

Shannon

Instagram: @fitnesbyshannon

Life Lately 9.22.16

Hello hello! How ARE you all?? 3 weeks later and I have another wonderful life update! I kid you not… I barely have time to read ANY other blogs, let alone get the energy and find time to write my own. So monthly ones might be my method going forward πŸ˜‰

My personal training job and regular day-time desk job are going swimmingly. I work A LOT but honestly, it’s going really really well. I am finally finding the time to make everything balance out, and everything is falling into place schedule-wise πŸ™‚

Firstly otherwise – I got my hairs cut πŸ™‚ 2.5 inches off! Still fairly long which I’m excited about too!

We went to a Brewers game with a BUNCH of our friends Labor Day Weekend – with friends we haven’t seen in forever! It was such a beautiful day and even though baseball is zzzzzzzzzzz to me, it was such a fun fun fun time πŸ™‚

The weekend after, we went camping with my whole family in New Glarus State Park! We drove 2 hours to the camp site and had a really wonderful weekend. Of course we toured the Brewery too πŸ™‚


The whole family together! Sisters, boyfriends, and dad and step mom. It flew by and we all ended up getting sick with a cold (long story) but I wish we could have more camping trips with the family like this… annually at least!!


We all went for a run together too! With both dogs. What a solid #squadselfie.


Last weekend, we met our wonderful friends at the Cedarburg Harvest & Wine Festival! I WANTED TO BUY EVERYTHING. Hand crafted decorations and home-goods…. I almost went nuts with decorating ideas the whole time. And it was a gorgeous day – is it really Fall already!?


And now… a little word from our kitchen lately πŸ™‚

Patrick has been cooking SO MUCH lately!! *heart eye emoji*
He cooks frequently, but he’s been so inspired with new ideas! I have to humble brag.

Homemade pizza bites, stuffed with caprese goodness.


Sweet potato deliciousness with scrambled egg mix on top.

Sauteed veggies with rice and eggs.

You could say that we’ve been eating WELL. And with our Farmer’s Box coming from our Community Supported Agriculture group every week, we love love love our seasonal veggies πŸ™‚

I’ll finish my post with a mini update on my workouts. I haven’t been running, let me just say that. So I have made a point to run as many days as I can this week. I’ve missed it SO MUCH, it’s killing me! Especially with everyone getting ready to run their fall  halves and full marathons.

Aside from running, I’ve posted some killer (if I do say so myself) workouts from the gym on my Instagram and have been continuing with my daily yoga as well πŸ™‚ HIIT workouts here and there too!

Has everyone else been fine and dandy? What’s new in your world?

I know my updates are a hodge podge of information thrown at you, but really, ’tis life! πŸ™‚

Peace, xoxo. Til next time! ❀

Shannon

Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness


Also here’s my smart puppy. 

Exciting Updates and Thoughts! 8.11.16

Good morning beauties! Okay. I know it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted but BOY do I have updates for you!! So much has happened in the last 3 weeks and I am just bursting to share with you!

First and foremost… I have officially accepted a new position for my career… As a Full Time Personal Trainer!! πŸ™‚ I was referred by a friend, and the position honestly just sort of landed in my lap but I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED.Β 

This entire week has been shadowing trainers and group fit instructors, and I even have my own clients to personally train already πŸ™‚ It’s a pretty wonderful scenario and I can’t wait to get busier!

THE BEST PART is that I get to keep my current job part-time! They found a place to keep me working here and I am so grateful and excited to stay a part of a wonderful company during the day when I’m not training πŸ™‚ #grateful #lifeisgood

Outside of THAT amazing update, I have still been trying to keep my schedule relatively the same. Working out in the mornings, still having my wonderful homemade dinners with Patrick and Baymax every night. It’s a wonderful life πŸ™‚

Some looks at my inversions for this last week.

Since my birthday was July 31, and we were on our camping trip at Rocky Mountain National Park (different blog to come!), I wasn’t able to see my family, so I was able to celebrate with them after we got back! πŸ™‚

My mom made me THE BEST CARD (as always) ((and yes that’s considered a card to her- a poster)) with pictures of me growing up and it is currently hung in our apartment since I love it so much. She makes every card with so much love and care, it’s amazing ❀

My dad and step mom and sister took me and Patrick out for Mexican last Friday (MY FAVORITE YAS) and Patrick and I split a margarita bigger than my face. πŸ™‚


AND my little sister made me a homemade blueberry pie. I feel like I can literally smell it and taste it through this picture… SO AMAZING.


The following morning (hilarious, I know) we ran a HOT 5K around Miller Park area on the Hank Aaron State Trail. Only about .25 miles was actually ON the trail, which I’m bummed about, but my dad and I ran a sub 10-minute mile pace the entire time so I was happy πŸ™‚

That night, we went out to the State Fair with our wonderful friends Mitch and Lindsey and OBVIOUSLY had to go down the Giant Slide. I haven’t done that… in probably… 15 years. I kid you not. It was probably the best 10 seconds of my month πŸ™‚

All in all, I am deliriously happy. Life works out in mysterious ways, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all your support, and particularly the support of my incredibly man Patrick. He’s my man-cheerleader and I thank him every single day for being the best person in my life. My mom, my dad, my sisters… they are all the best too – we literally exchange family emails on a daily basis going over pros and cons of my life decisions.Β How amazing is that? ❀

Did I mention that above^ was my first time doing a forearm stand with no wall? I had myself close to a wall JUST IN CASE, and I gently floated one leg at a time up and didn’t even touch it. YAY PROGRESS! πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful beautiful healthy day my friends! πŸ™‚

Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness

Peace, xoxo.

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Devil’s Lake Camping Trip! 7.19.16

Good morning and happy Tuesday! πŸ™‚ Excited to post a short recap of our camping trip last Saturday. Even though it was only one night and two half-days, it was a blast!

After we ran the Port Fish Days 8k Saturday morning with my dad (I’ll recap in a later blog post), we packed up our stuff and headed West to Devil’s Lake near the Wisconsin Dells to camp for one night with our good friends who live in Oshkosh. The drive was nice, and Baymax did a wonderful job πŸ™‚ So proud of him, as ALWAYS!

When we got there, we immediately set up camp, made some snacks, and went on our first hike. We visited a doggy swimming area (which Baymax loved/hated at the same time) and saw some gorgeous sites. This hike took us up up up a looong steep hill that was mostly a gravel path, since Kasey and Matt (our friends) wanted to see the sunset at a good vantage point πŸ™‚

Needless to say, it was absolutely worth the sweaty hike up and down, and Baymax was pretty sleepy when we got to the top πŸ™‚

Pretty much the cutest picture EVER ❀ Photo cred: Patrick.

We let him rest at the top and chew on some of his choice sticks that he found around us.

The way down was ALL ROCKS. And we had to jump and leap and maneuver any way we could to get down. It was a blast! Got in over 20,000 steps that day πŸ™‚

We grilled the most DELICIOUS chicken sausages over the course of two days. We had spinach and garlic (eh, to me) but then also had roasted red pepper and asiago cheese (WINNER!). Onnnnnnn pretzel buns because #duh.

Settling down for the night was so relaxing. Nothing really compares to that campfire warmth and smell. πŸ™‚

That night was INTERESTING, to say the last. We had a TON of rain, just torrential downpours, and luckily our tent didn’t flood. Baymax did okay with the lightning and thunder but still required much attention at 2am to calm him down. Anything for the puppy πŸ™‚Β 

Woke up the next morning and cleaned up our site, made some breakfast, and headed out for our last hike before we headed home.

I love my family ❀ We had such a great time and I’m SO excited for when we leave on our LONG camping trip in Rocky Mountain National Park next week!

Peace, love, and GO CAMPING πŸ™‚