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Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday to you. πŸ™‚ I hope this day finds you feeling motivated, encouraged and inspired. If it doesn’t, remember that the opposite feelings must be present in our lives at some point and I hope you are persevering through your hardships.

I thought I’d share a few updates with you since I last wrote:

I’ve been loving some new workout gear my mom sent me (thanks, Mom!)…care packages, especially ones filled with workout clothes, are the best! πŸ˜€ I love this sports bra from Fila and don’t own anything like it: supportive AND stylish. And a great color! Makes me ready to move when I put it on.

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I also received some new workout crops that are from Fila too; usually the hint of yellow is covered by a longer shirt/tank but I like the accent and love the way they fit. I’ve been rocking them out using my Ultimate Sandbag, dip station and while working on my ninja tuck jump skills.

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Ninja Tuck Jump

What’s your favorite brand of workout gear? I’ve been known to wear anything from anywhere, but as a personal trainer the bright colors, clean cuts and quality materials of a brand like lululemon or Fila really make me look and feel more professional, and so far I’m loving trying a new brand!

While we’re talking workout clothes, let’s talk workouts! …been working out anything good lately? I always love to hear if you try a good circuit or something new to you. If you’re not sure where to start but want to release the animal within, check out Lindsay‘s compilation of moves from yesterday’s Tuesday Trainer!


It’s all about animalistic moves and is a HIIT (high intensity interval training)-style workout guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your muscles burning. Here’s the video (in my Fila gear, again – I tend to over-wear things! ;)) that I submitted:

By means of another update, Mikey got into grad school yesterday! While we were hoping this would happen and felt some level of confidence about his interview, it’s still a nervous unknown in the waiting time, but yesterday he got the news that he’s in! That means after our summer of Survive & Thrive trips he’ll be a student again pursuing Community Health Sciences in September. Wahoo! We are so thankful for God’s leading and direction in this way in our lives and trust that he will now provide the means for us to afford the schooling and juggle this new phase of life.

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We celebrated well with our small group last night (which meets every Tuesday for good food and good dialogue) on the actual “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras! We nicknamed our group “Fat Tuesday” because we eat well and always have a good glass of wine and some dessert with our conversation, so it was fun to celebrate with food and friends on a special night. We brought a log cake from Dairy Queen (it’s our go-to celebratory cake) while Zeal made sauteed mushrooms, BBQ’ed pork, sweet potato fries and spaghetti squash; Ben and Christy supplied a spinach salad and Edith brought the wine. Emily made a festive dish – a king cake! Oh man was it ever delicious – like a giant cinnamon roll! It’s a traditional Mardi Gras dessert?



You’re supposed to hide a little baby Jesus figurine in the cake and whoever gets it makes the cake the following year. Emily didn’t have a little baby Jesus and her cake was so good…so we all agreed she could re-make it next year. πŸ˜‰ No pictures from the night but good eats and peeps to make it a wonderful Tuesday. πŸ˜€

Got any bits of news to share with me? Leave a comment and let’s talk about it! I’d love to hear if you celebrated Mardi Gras at all, what workout gear you’re loving and if you’ve had an experience in grad school…as a spouse and supporter, what should I prepare for?

Have a great Wednesday you guys! Live well & be well,


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