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

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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

Sunday (on Monday) Links! 3.28.16

It’s Monday! WHERE did the weekend go?! Holiday weekends always fly by… seeing family, eating all day long, in addition to our marathon training and weekend chores/errands. Eesh! One more fun weekend for the books, nonetheless.

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I finished a bunch of yoga challenges this weekend, so that was fun πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see which April ones I’ll find and partake in! Whether the poses are the same that I’ve done before, or if they’re brand new, I love to see what I can try at home or at the gym – change and new ideas are awesome, right?!

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Easter with the fam yesterday – this is just a SMALL portion of my entire dad’s side of the family, and we hosted Easter late lunch after church. ‘Twas a great time and as always, we had way too much food, so I’m set with ham and veggies for a few days now πŸ™‚

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And of course, we ran our long run on Saturday for marathon training – this was officially Patrick’s LONGEST run EVER! So so proud of him, and it was totally a perfect day to run too. Sunshine, little wind, and we rehydrated and refueled perfectly! YAY US πŸ™‚ #weruntogether

NOW, on to my usual Sunday links post! I obviously was incredibly busy and not on my computer or phone all day yesterday due to Easter, so here are some fun links for you all to catch up on from my last week of reading and researching! πŸ™‚ xoxo

Crispy Slow-Cooker Carnitas. CARNITAS and CRISPY in the same recipe.

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas -- This favorite Mexican pork recipe is easy to make in the crock pot (then crisped up for a few minutes in the oven), and it's perfectly tender, juicy and crispy. Awesome on tacos, burritos, salads, you name it! | gimmesomeoven.com

Small Batch Creamy Coconut Tarts.Β I love small batch recipes because they let me bake for just me and Patrick! And coconut always wins.

Small Batch Creamy Coconut Tarts | Vegan NO BAKE tarts full of coconut-y flavor!

Arugula, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Open Faced Sandwich. Holy MAN this is all the delicious things from Italy in one sandwich!

Arugula, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Open-Faced Sandwich | A quick and easy dinner or fantastic brunch option for entertaining! With a homemade arugula pesto!

One Pan Lemon Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts. Lemon? YES! And brussels sprouts are a staple in our apartment.

One Pan Lemon Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts - An easy peasy one pan meal! And the chicken breasts come out so tender and flavorful!

Spring Vegetable Pad Thai. I have never made pad thai but I really want to! This looks divine.

Spring Vegetable Pad Thai

Healthy Brownie Bites. Enough said.

These Healthy Brownie Bites require just six ingredients, are healthy enough for a snack and also make a great dessert recipe!

Strawberry Fields Panzanella Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.Β Β All strawberries, all the time. Perfect for Spring!

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An incredible blog about Food Shaming and Comparison. Robyn knows what she’s talking about, and her blogs are always so down-to-earth and informative.

5 Ways to Remove Negative Energy from your Home. Add love, always.

Ever try Jumping Squats? Do them now! They yield crazy awesome results.

Super interesting article on the Truth about Pre-Workout Snacks. Maybe you can find some great fueling ideas in here!

Lastly, my girl Lindsay always has uplifting and hilarious posts about things we all think and wonder about. Here’s a recent one of hers about success and failure. She rocks!

Have a beautiful day, loves! πŸ™‚

Peace, xoxo.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Ideas!

Helloooooooo! How are all of you wonderful people? Are you enjoying your Wednesday? We’ve had sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, warm, and chilly all in two days. HA! There’s Wisconsin for you.

Nothing helps more every morning than a good run and some yoga flow. Here’s some yoga to start off this beautiful day! πŸ™‚

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And Happy Day-Before-Saint-Patricks-Day! (Not entirely sure that’s an actual fake holiday, but let’s just go with it).

Since St. Patty’s is SUCH a fun holiday and has always been a day with lots of wonderful Irish Family Traditions in my family, I have thrown together a quick blog with some awesome St. Patty’s Day celebratory ideas… whether you’re hosting a party or just feel like wearing or eating something green. πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy! SlΓ‘inte!

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Traditional Slow Cooker Corned Beef

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Gluten Free Irish Stew

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Vegan Cauliflower Colcannon

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Fried Eggs in Green Peppers

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St. Patty’s Day Mint Oreos

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Rainbow Cake Mix Cookies

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Leprechaun Cookies

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Toilet Paper Roll Leprechaun Hats

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Some Interesting St. Patty’s Day Facts!

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Have a happy-g0-lucky day!!

ERIN GO BRAGH!

Peace, xoxo.