Saying Yes to Finding My True Potential-11/17/2017

For the past few weeks, or maybe months, I’ve been trying to focus on my potential. My opportunities, chances, ways to grow. And focusing on accepting new invitations…saying YES to new ideas and events in order to give myself the chance to say “I loved that! I want to keep going back!” or “Nah, that wasn’t for me…” I’m realizing this is the best and most effective way for me to really GET OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE. We’ve all probably heard the adage, but it is exactly the way to grow and develop and cultivate every ounce of your potential. I know that I have room to grow, and I have a seemingly endless amount of goals I want to accomplish/ bucket list items to check off. So why wait? I’m ready to start now πŸ™‚img_20171117_063811_2182452283716724134189 Most recently, I joined a hot yoga studio – the same one at which my wonderful cousin Mary works. I haven’t done hot yoga in over a year, and I haven’t participated in Bikram in over 5 years! But Wednesday night I went to a class, and enjoyed every single moment of it. If you have never done Bikram, it’s veryyyy different from a traditional vinyasa yoga class. Finding my breath, finding my balance, and focusing on getting my sweaty and warmed body to do what I want it to do. It was WONderful and I will be going back as often as I can (especially in this chilly winter season! Quite the detox!). I hope to combine this type of yoga with my regular vinyasa as well to get a more well rounded practice (this may just be for me and not for you, so do what your body feels good doing!)img_20171115_185219_6221894669070215012660IMG_20171116_092600_651I have also officially been using my prana mat regularly at night! I try and lay on it 3-4 times per week after dinner at home while we rest and watch Netflix. It’s been wonderfully detoxing as well, and my back and neck have especially felt so much better and less tight. That, in conjunction with my hour-long massages every 3 weeks, has been my personal golden ticket to recovery πŸ™‚ In the afternoons at work when we all feel that 2:00-3:00 slump, my lemon ginger tea is the perfect way to wake me up without any additional caffeine! The ginger is SO wonderful for digestion too πŸ™‚

Below are the new malas that I recently purchased too – if you don’t know much about malas, it’s okay – I’m still learning a lot too πŸ™‚ There are 108 beads, that are known for protecting us and activating certain energies throughout our daily lives. Essentially, if you’re drawn to a mala, get it – they’re beautiful and hand-crafted and are daily reminders for me (and anyone) to be present and activate whatever that mala represents. I love it, but maybe that’s just me. πŸ™‚img_20171103_1822576768654253761752667I have made some pretty great changes in how I eat, what I eat, when I eat… I want to first say that EVERYBODY eats differently. Everybody’s body, workouts, sleep schedule, hormone levels, recovery process, and overall goals is different than mine. So what I find works for me may not be what works for someone else. πŸ™‚ That being said! I have completely cut out dairy, no questions. It suxxxxx because cheese/ice cream… But my body doesn’t like it, doesn’t like to digest it, and it really just makes me feel junky so BYE! Same goes for refined sugars. Aside from some stray Halloween candy in the last couple weeks, I have cut out refined sugars. YES this is not easy, YES I still cave in sometimes, and YES I don’t plan on never eating sugar again. YES I am only human, but sugar is harshing my poz vibes bro πŸ˜‰ Hot tea in the afternoons and ice cold amino acids any time of day are a perfect way for me to curb any potential sweet tooth from popping through too πŸ™‚
img_20171116_143724_3362212632128149254177When I’m at work, I make sure I get up and walk around more. Again, still trying to hit my 10,000-12,000 steps per day! I stretch more (morning, afternoon and night before bed). I practice cleansing breathing techniques in the morning to wake up more clearly, and also before bed to slow my heart rate and relax my body as much as I can. I practice yoga every day, even if its a short as 15 minutes or if it’s 90 minutes in a class some days. I run minimum 2 miles 6 days a week. And these are just some of the new implementations and positive changes I’ve made in my personal lifestyle. I feel wonderful, to say the least πŸ™‚ I plan to keep this up and hope to have even more positive results to share in the coming months!
img_20171112_105755_7421515459764341056905It drives me crazy when I feel like I could have done better at something. Or when I’ve forgotten to take my probiotic or multi-vitamin one day. Personally, it just feels like I’ve lost my true potential for that day. No, I’m not hard on myself nor do I punish myself for small things like this. But I really want to make improvements for GOOD, and fully 100% diving-in commit to them. Committing to positive energy, positive thoughts, and positive changes is for REAL what finding potential is all about. πŸ™‚ At least for this girl. Loving my body, loving my mind and spirit, and honoring what I feel THAT day EVERY day.screenshot_20171113-1007428040621433161112012What drives you? What makes you FEEL alive? And what could you practice or plan to accomplish to find your fully true potential? It can be huge, it can be a small tweak. Whatever drives you. πŸ™‚
img_20171112_123228_6337599339985605819755Thanks for reading peeps. Peace and love always.

Xoxo, Shannon

Instagram: @fitnessbyshannon

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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 & 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 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. 

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.

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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

Thursday Thoughts – Later, June! 6.30.16

Short post for today – and it’s all Patrick, Baymax, yoga, and food. πŸ™‚ AKA my life.

Baymax’s 4 month birthday was this week. And we are so proud of how far he’s come. He knows how to sit, wait, leave it, down, paw, and “GET IT” when it comes to ants, toys, or people we see on the street (haha, kidding).

He’s always hanging with me when I yoga at home too. πŸ™‚ And Patrick, always willing to take my pictures for me. I know, I’m spoiled.

This week at the gym has been filledΒ with classes. Body Pump, Intervals, and Body Pump again tomorrow. I am very excited about some upcoming changes in my “teaching schedule” next week, and I’ll explain more about that when it comes to fruition (cliff-hangerrrrr).

Baymax’s face when we cooked the (below) food.

Our friend gave us some delicious stuffed chicken breasts for our house warming gift! What a unique gift, I might add. We grilled them out and WOAH, they were amazing. First of all, they were all wrapped in bacon, which makes them automatic winners. But some were stuffed with cheese, some with peppers… *drool*.

We’ve also been KILLIN IT making these homemade pizzas. All our toppings are fresh, and the crust is sprouted grains. AKA my tummy is extremely happy πŸ™‚

I bet you’ve noticed I haven’t blogged about running in awhile. Well, it’s because I haven’t really been running. Lifting, yoga, and HIIT workouts have dominated my realm for the last couple weeks. Picking up running again will happen…soon. More of that to come πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful day, amigos and amigas ❀ πŸ™‚ Tomorrow is JULY!

Joined with Amanda at Running with Spoons for this post πŸ™‚

Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness

Thursday Thoughts and Musings! 4.28.16

It’s almost May!!! This month is flying by! I can’t believe next month is Marathon Month. NEXT MONTH ALREADY. Only about 3 weeks away, holy cats!

It’s okay, we’re good. This is all fun and I’m trained and ready and happy πŸ™‚ #repeat

Joining Amanda again for Thinking Out Loud Thursdays! πŸ™‚

The weather here has been DISMAL this week. Cloudy, rainy, cold, windy. Just all the above. Thanks Wisconsin. We had a fun run last night with our running group, and my dad and awesome friend Sarah met up with us! Unfortunately, this drizzly depressing weather had to hit us, but at least we had great conversation and refreshments (beer at Big Head Brewing Company and pretzels) afterwards πŸ™‚

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This last week, we’ve been cooking, cleaning, running, and, YES. SIGNING OUR LEASE FOR OUR NEW APARTMENT! πŸ™‚ Seriously so excited. I can’t wait to send over pictures when we move in at the end of May! We both are going to be closer to our workplaces, and the neighborhood is quiet and beautiful and I can run outside in the morning alone and feel safe (which is HUGE obviously). AND WE CAN GET A PUPPY – more to come, more to come. πŸ˜‰ But let’s just say, we’re pretty freaking ecstatic!

Like, how about this lil guy? πŸ™‚ ❀ Courtesy of JR’s Pups-N-Stuff πŸ™‚

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On that note, I miss my Gussa SO MUCH. He was at work with me last Friday, through the weekend, and I had him all day Monday too. I know he’s happy to be back home, but I WOULD HAPPILY take him full time πŸ™‚

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Anyways, after I look at puppies all day, I’m still doing allllllllll my yoga challenges. Here are some updated photos for that πŸ™‚ I’m feeling so much stronger, more confident, and so excited to try new poses for these challenges. It’s so fun, I can’t even stand it πŸ™‚
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^^ This is the first time I tried this pose and I LOVE IT. Chinstands may be my new favorite.

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So my friend Tiffany at work showed me how to use the funky face thinger on Snapchat. And this is how I welcomed her yesterday morning. HAHAHA. This is so fun. πŸ™‚ Do you guys use snapchat?
Follow me! πŸ™‚ @apples2abs

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I’ve also been sautee’ing veggies and baking banana muffins like crazy this week πŸ™‚ I love it, they’re so delicious. I’ll probably share a blog on them… πŸ™‚ Next week!

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How is everybody else today? Any fun weekend plans? We are heading to Dubuque tomorrow after work for a wedding!! Our friends are getting married Saturday night AND we have our 20 mile run on Saturday morning. What a weekend it’ll be. I hope that lots of sleeping will happen on Sunday haha πŸ™‚

Peace! Xoxo ❀