Weekly Round Up

Happy Saturday 🙂

I worked a half day yesterday so I managed to squeeze in a nice little 3 mile hike after work.  Perfect little afternoon pick me up.   Zach finished up some work and I relaxed around the house until about 430 when we went out for date night, including a couple stops for drink and GREAT sushi.  Perfect equation for this girl 🙂  I’ll get to that more later, but for now, let’s talk about my work outs for the week.

Workouts For the Week

3 runs


  • 3.5 miler in Breck
  • 4.8 miler with hill repeats
  • 3 miler for the workout that wasn’t


3 yoga classes

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  • 1 mountain class at the Double tree
  • 1 sculpt
  • 1 hot power fusion


One arm strength work out


2 hikes


3 short morning yoga routines at home


3 lunch walks


plus a tough run this morning. . . 

Nothing over the top by itself but overall a good mix of cardio, strength, and yoga with active recovery.  I’ll take it.  Zach and I have a relay race we’re participating in in a couple weeks, so our work outs will likely start looking a little lighter while we taper.

Plus some pictures from Date night






Just to tide you over 🙂

Have a great Sunday everyone!

What was your favorite work out this week?

Our Garden and A New Package

Who’s doing the HappY FridaY DancE?


I’ve got a half day of work planned, followed by a nice easy hike (hopefully the weather cooperates with me this time) and then a Whole Foods donut to celebrate a good week.


those aren’t the donuts I got, but don’t they look GOOD? Must make them.

I’ve been even more strict than I anticipated with the “no gluten, no processed goods” diet this week, and am feeling GREAT.    Sure, it’s only been a week so I can’t know anything specifically at this point, but what I do know is I feel good and am planning on keeping as much gluten as possible out of my diet for the time being.

Now, with that said, yes I picked up a small cake donut from Whole Foods, and no I do not believe it is gluten free.  I plan to eat it slow and use it as a test to see how my little body reacts.    My honest hope is that I do NOT have a serious intolerance, but that my body just functions better eating more real, whole foods and less gluten.  We will see :).


I started the morning with a 15-20 minute self guided yoga practice, solely hoping to hold stretches and work out the kinks from my sore muscles.   It worked 🙂 Lots of forward folding, side stretching, and deep breathing, perfect for first thing in the morning.


I was missin’ Mom and Dad a bit, so I spent my afternoon lunch break walking the park near my office and chatting with my main man, Daddio.  Notice the clouds in that picture?  Not 30 minutes before I headed out the skies opened up with a HUGE thunder storm.  Welcome to Denver!

Core Power

I had to be into work early yesterday for a special program, which meant I also got to leave early (YAY).  The timing was perfect because it opened up a 430 Hot Power Fusion class at Core Power.

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Unfortunately, I had run out of my free week so I took the plunge and picked up an (expensive) 10 class package.  I spent the 60 minute classes trying to keep the sweat from burning my eyes and loved every detoxing second of it :).  Totally worth the investment.

I got home early, so showered and then enjoyed the evening on our back patio, rehydrating like a pro

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Ok, at least there was water included….

Until my hunger finally hit around 730.  On the menu, Chicken kabobs and salads with feta and edemame.


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The salads were simple greens and tomatoes from the garden, mushrooms, and the edamame and feta mix from Sprouts. YUM.

Zach also grilled up some DELICIOUS chicken that totally hit the spot.

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All together now.

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Mmmmmm….making me hungry and it’s not even 930!  Notice the doggy tail in the bottom right corner of that picture?  Fail, Gus!

More Office episodes and gluten free cookies wrapped up the evening.   I think I fell asleep on the couch by 10 PM last night.  Man I’m exciting.

Zach’s Garden

And because my family is far away and love to see the progress that we’ve done on the house (don’t worry, I’m planning  a little house tour next week), here are some pictures of the garden I wanted to share with everyone.  So proud of the hubby :).

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The main view of our largest garden area.  Our goodies include lots of lettuce, raspberries, carrots, onions, tomatoes, etc.

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Close up shot of the lettuce

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Close up shot of our raspberry plant

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And Zach’s newest creation, a new garden bed that Zach built, painted and set up totally from scratch.

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A larger view, and of course, gratuitous picture of my fur lady.

Just a quick tour of the garden.  Who knew the boy had such a green thumb?

Do you have a green thumb?  Do you like to garden?

Bad Blogger!

Whomp, whomp guys!  I forgot my cell phone at home this morning, which of course equals…all my pictures from last night.



Thankfully, I actually didn’t take TOO many pictures of my evening, so you aren’t missing TOO much.  And I had the fun Ashley’s A B C’s already set up for you 🙂

Last Night

I left work a few minutes early to make it to my final evening of free yoga at Core Power.  I had planned the 5:15 C2, but when I got there I saw that there was actually a Sculpt class available at the same time.  WIN!

Work Out


Imagine this is actually a picture of bare feet, a yoga mat, and 5 lb weights (that really should have been 3 lb weights after my morning arm workout, but at least I kicked my own butt).

The class was very similar to what I remember when I used to take them often in Chicago — but I guess my poor brain blocked out how hard some of those intervals with weights really can be.  Let’s just say my legs are FEELING the squats today.  And because of that, I’m considering a nice easy hike post work today instead of run or anything too challenging.

I got home right around 630 sweaty and happy.  It’s far too early to tell, but one thing I do know is my little body has more energy and is feeling way less bloated than it has in awhile.  Is it the changes I’ve made to my diet?  Hard to say, but one thing I do know is I’m comfortable and that is a GOOD THING.


Zach had a repeat of the previous nights dinner while I treated myself to some sushi from Whole foods.


once again, an old picture. But I had the spicy pacific salad roll, which looks VERY similar to this, minus the cream cheese.

Plus some more of the delicious carrot chips from Whole Foods.

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We wrapped up the evening with a couple episodes of The Office and some Gluten Free Lemon Shortbread cookies.  YUM!

This Morning

I woke up feeling the Sculpt class from the evening before, so I looked up a 20 minute stretch yoga routine.  The practice said that it focused on abs and back, but it did some good hip and hamstring stretches as well.   It was an easy, but very nice class and was perfect for loosening up my angry muscles!

Like I mentioned, at this point, my plan for the evening is a short hike out in the front range, but I’ll keep you up to date 🙂

Do you feel naked when your forget your phone?