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

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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 

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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™‚

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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™‚

Thursday Thoughts- Hot Hot Summer! 7.21.16

This is a note I got last week when I came home from work. Yes, Patrick used to sell some of the best knives in the world. And he won’t let me forget it πŸ˜‰

Happy Thursday friends!! Joining Amanda at Running with Spoons again! How has everyone been in this HOT HOT HEAT? We have definitely had the A/C on some nights lately, which I’m usually totally against. But we have a puppy (and ourselves) to keep comfortable, so it’s had to happen a few times.

Let’s see… where did we leave off…?

Patrick and I went to a very lovely wine tasting last week at a local restaurant/winery with some of our good friends! Michael and Susan had free tastings so YEAH we all went and tried some pretty delicious wine and MAY have left with two bottles for ourselves πŸ™‚

Baymax has been doing so wonderfully – he OFFICIALLY hit over 50 pounds yesterday!!! We definitely had a party and jumped around and clapped and congratulated him for being so BEEEEEEG πŸ™‚

I bring him to work 2-3 times a week and he just loves it (obviously) and naps a LOT (obviously).

My July inversions goal has been going great too! I love trying new inversions and letting my body just completely relax in an upside down pose. It’s very soothing and allows my body to focus and still detach from what’s going on around me. Pretty awesome.


Last Thursday and Friday, my sister was in town for Bastille Days! Milwaukee has one of the best festivals to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille and France’s Independence Day. It’s absolutely one of my favorite festivals of the year, so we went twice! My family went, along with our great friends Mitch and Lindsey πŸ™‚

Even in the midst of all the craziness and sadness that happened on Thursday night 😦 My heart goes out to the city of Nice, and all of France. The entire festival had a long moment of silence on Friday night after that devastating tragedy that took so many beautiful lives on a day that should have been a celebration ❀

The next morning, my dad, Patrick and I ran our traditional Port Fish Days 8k! We run it every year, and LOVE the beautiful route around Port Washington. I think I even PR’ed this year! It was a scorching hot day, but we swam afterwards and had delicious breakfast to celebrate too πŸ™‚

These last few weeks have been wonderful, and we have another fun-filled weekend ahead! THEN OUR CAMPING TRIP FOR MY BIRFDAYYY πŸ™‚

Pretty stoked, yes. πŸ™‚

Have a gorgeous day, loves! I’ll just leave you with this…

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

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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™‚

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