Happy 40th Birthday, Clint!

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This stud muffin, aka my HUBBY, is 40 today!!!!!

 

And you know what else?  You guys are getting to see the fun decorations I have left behind for him LONG before he even thinks about getting out of bed today.  I am on my way out of town for two days (bummer) so decorating the house for him to wake up to is my way of ensuring he starts his day off special.  ❤

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TO my fun loving…

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wonderful father…

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loving son…

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tough guy…

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crazy friend…

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always up for fun…

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dog dad…

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hard working…

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partner in crime….

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loving husband…

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I wish you the BEST 40th birthday and I can’t wait to celebrate with you and your friends this weekend.

Love You!

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For The Love of Teaching

What is that saying…

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

How many can say that they truly love what they do?

The percentage is probably low if I was guessing.   If you can say you LOVE what you do, then you relate to that quote above.   You get it. You live it.  You freaking LOVE it.

I enjoy my day job.  My career.  My 7:30-4:30 position.  It has its perks, rewards, flexibility and stability that I need.   But, I would still call it work.   It’s work.  It’s why I have two Master’s degrees.  I have this position because I worked for it and will continue to work to stay on top of it all.

But, I also do something I love.   I would go crazy without my side gig.

It’s the peanut butter to my apple.

The protein to my shake.

The icing on my cake.

 

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I started teaching fitness classes back in 2003.  I stumbled into it thanks to Frances Furst, my first Group X instructor.  She encouraged me to seek a National Certification and so I did. I taught in my small hometown gym, The Clarinda Lied Center, and also at the Clarinda Academy where I taught to the youth.

It was my escape.  It was my therapy.

It kept my mind going when I was internally struggling with some life decisions.

I loved it.   Absolutely loved it.

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And then three years later I found myself going through a major life change, a risky change, a move to the city of Omaha with no job lined up and I let my teaching fall to the wayside.  It wasn’t until a few years later when I started taking back control of ME and my well-being that I contemplated getting back into the fitness industry again.   I started taking classes with my friend and mentor, Carrie McDonald, and through her encouragement and gentle pushing I found myself Nationally Certified again and on my way back to the front of the class.  Carrie, THANK YOU, for being that push, that support, that confirmation that I truly needed.

Man, am I ever so glad to be here.

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I love the push it gives me to keep working towards a healthier me.

 

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I love the feeling I get when I walk around the room to help motivate others to keep pushing.  I see the struggle.  I’ve been there… I STILL go there.  It isn’t always easy for me.  If it was then that means I am not pushing hard enough.

I like to help people push to their max because we are all far stronger then we ever possibly imagined.

And when they realize it?

That look.  That moment of “Hell YA!  I just did that” makes it all worth it.

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I love feeding off the energy, the excitement, the nerves and the hard work that a Group X class brings.

 

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And I love celebrating with the class when we make it to the end.  That feeling of pure satisfaction and accomplishment is freaking awesome.   Trust me when I say you can FEEL it come alive right there on the floor.   We work hard together, we sweat massive puddles together, we scream because it HURTS together, and then I hi-five the hell out of the class when we are done.

WE did it.  WE made it.

 

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I take this love of teaching in the physical classroom and translate that into the online environment as well.  I have found my other love is in online accountability groups.

As a fitness coach, I help people choose exercise programs that will work into their schedule and lifestyle.   And then together we WORK.   We work on nutrition plans, exercise routines and we talk through barriers.

I want to help people see their worth, their need for physical and mental well-being and I want to help them become healthy and fit.  Does that always mean losing weight?  Absolutely not.

It’s about strength, mental focus, self-confidence and overall health.

And you know what these little groups have done?   They change ME.  My peeps help keep me motivated and accountable.

I love being a fitness instructor.

I love being a coach.

I LOVE what I do.

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I thank my class attendees for making my job ridiculously fun!

I thank my online accountability clients for making my job rewarding!

I thank my hubby for allowing me to keep up a crazy schedule to continue to do more of what I love.

I am thankful for this job that I have.  This job is the absolute best job on Earth.

The best job for ME.

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Viva Las Vegas 2015 | Girls Trip!

3 days, 3 nights, 7 girls, countless cocktails and 1 city simply known as

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Girls trip to Vegas… can you imagine?   Well, we did, we made it happen and now I am going to cram three days worth of photos into one post.

Friday, January 16th.

It was a bright and early start to the day for Kristen, Jess, Tina and I so of course Bloody Mary’s were of utmost importance.  Apparently all Kristen had to do was bat her eyelashes a bit to our fight attendant and the next thing I know we all had double Mary’s.   To say I was feeling mighty fine by the time we landed is an understatement.   And no, those weren’t all mine.

I don’t think.

  Cheers!

First stop:  Planet Hollywood to check-in, kiss Britney, unpack and get lunch while we waited for Cyndi’s flight to get in!

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Britney’s show was on hiatus while we were out there.  That makes TWICE I have been in Vegas and haven’t seen her.   This is a real life tragedy for this guilty Britney lover.

Moving on… elevator mirror selfies for the WIN!

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Cyndi’s arrival meant it was finally time for Vodka SLUSHIES!

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Complete with red tongues!

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We spent the afternoon walking and checking out the sights.  In Vegas, there is never a dull moment.

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This mirror selfie is clearly well AFTER the vodka slushies.

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A day of walking and cocktail sipping left us wiped by early evening.  Pathetic, huh? I blame the 9am bloody mary’s, the four shots of vodka in my slushy, the beers and whatever else went down the hatch.   Whew!   Carrie’s flight got in after 9pm so Cyndi and I rallied to walk around and have another cocktail with her.   Bonus: vodka induced shopping for the WIN.  I mean, check out this killer midnight purchase!  🙂

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Want to know something super crappy about our first day in Vegas?  Tyree was also to fly in by Friday night, but her flight was CANCELLED without notification.   She was at the airport ready to rock n roll before she even found out.  No email, no phone call and no indication that it was going to be cancelled since she had checked in 24 hours prior.   Ridiculous don’t ya say?  Do NOT use Cheapoair.com.   They will screw you right on over.   Thankfully Southwest Airlines was able to book her a Saturday morning flight.

Saturday, January 17th.

The morning started with an early workout and then we took off walking while we waited for Tyree’s flight to make it in.  First stop, Bellagio.

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Then on to Caesar’s Forum Shops where Jessica and I ordered the BEST Bloody Mary’s we have ever had.   $20 for this baby, but it was 100% worth it.     Highly recommend. 🙂

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We watched the creepiest statue show I have ever seen before making the hike back to the hotel to meet up Tyree!

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Jess, me and Tina!

The gang finally together!

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Saturday was hands down one of our best days there.

I don’t think we laughed as much that weekend as we did that day.

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We hung out at our hotel bar to watch the end of the Iowa game.

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Gambled and drank.

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Walked to numerous hotels.

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Made Cyndi into a MapQuest pin.

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These four insane girls rode the Roller Coaster at New York, New York.

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I mean, LOOK at that beast.   Hell no.

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Carrie and her thought process coming alive.   I had too much alcohol in mine.

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MGM Grand allowed us some couch sitting while the cocktails continued to flow.   It’s vacation.  Don’t judge.   Ok, well… some of us drank far more than others.

Tina played it cool <— smart cookie.   Some of the rest of us… ahem….. 😉 ❤

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After the MGM we made our way BACK to New York, New York for some Coyote Ugly action!

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We were the first in line to get in!  Causing trouble everywhere we went…

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Coyote Ugly was straight up awesome.  Shots, dancing, singing, game playing, photo taking craziness all around.  It was fantastic.

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Soon we found ourselves making the long walk back to the hotel to call it a night.   I don’t have picture proof, but, trust me when I say, if you go to Vegas with Kristen and you find yourself needing some food, stat, she will just help herself to any passerby’s food.   Straight up hysterical.

Sunday, January 18th.

Breakfast and coffee (bloody mary’s for a few.,. names witheld for judgement… hahaha) followed by the long walk to the Venetian.   Worth the walk to see the Gondolas in the middle of the hotel.

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Carlo’s Bakery even has their own shop there.   We didn’t care to stand in the 25 minute wait of a line, but I am sure it would have been absolutely worth it!

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After some shopping we decided to head back to the hotel to drop off our goodies.  Tina apparantly wanted to get in an extra workout for the day by walking down the up moving escalator.  In flip flops of all shoes too.  Funniest moment of the morning, hands down.  If only she would have opened up her shopping bag for tips from the crowd that gathered to watch.

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Next stop: Fremont Street for the afternoon.

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Lunch, gambling, cocktails, shopping and more walking.   We didn’t get to see the canopy light display due to us being there during the day, but Fremont street is a must to experience, regardless.

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After Fremont Street we headed back to the Strip to check off our last bucket list items.

Stop 1: Sprinkle’s Cupcakes.

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They have a freaking Cupcake ATM machine.  Yes, yes, I DID get mine from the ATM machine.   We need one of these babies in Omaha.

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Next stop: The High Roller

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5 of us purchased tickets to the 30 minute giant Ferris wheel.  This thing was MASSIVE.  Normally I am terrified of heights, but this thing moved incredibly slow and seemed so secure that it didn’t really phase me.  Shocking.

Oh, but I did take a Dramamine tablet prior. 😉

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After the Ferris Wheel, Jessica & Cyndi split off to attend the Bone Thugs N Harmony concert.  Ya…. That happened.   Tina and Kristen grabbed pizza and headed back to the hotel.  Carrie, Tyree and I went to an outside bar for a few cocktails, then headed to dinner and finished up with a little walking before calling the Vegas trip an official rap at midnight.

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Vegas Girls Trip 2015 was a success.   I had so much fun with each of these girlies.   It was a laid back, casual vacay.   Tyree and I actually served as the only connecting points for everyone.   I knew all the girls really well.  Tyree knew all of them but Tina, who she met briefly a few months back.    Carrie knew everyone but 3.   Cyndi only really knew 2 of us…. etc.    It was really cool to see how everyone got along.

And honestly, it was like we had all been friends for years.

Until next time.

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The Real Meaning

I’ve talked about this before.

This weird place we tend to live in.

A world of Jealousy.

Feeling of Spite.

Annoyance.

Whatever you want to call it.  It’s ugly.

And unhappy.

I see a lot of facebook and instagram posts a day.

So many thoughts and dreams are shared.   Tons of check-ins happen.   An overabundance of sharing happens.

But, that’s the world we live in.  Social media.  It’s social.  We share.

So, what point am I getting at?

The fact that we tend to ignore the things that people are really trying to do and say on Facebook.  We jump to conclusions, we pass them by, we don’t comment or give them a little “like”.   We just internally judge and move along.

 

Scenario A

1. You see:  UGH… sick again!  This is day four and I feel like I am going to die.

2. You hear:   I am just being a whiney baby and I want people to feel sorry for me.

3. The true meaning:  I feel terrible, I am still stuck at home, this place sucks, I want social interaction in the worst possible way, someone please humor me and talk to me via comment section since being near you would be contaminating.

Scenario B

1. You see:  A check-in at the gym. 

2. You hear:  A check-in at the gym.  Again.  For the 5th time in a row.   We get it.  You go to the gym.  Yay.  Good for you.  Is it necessary to check-in every. single. stinking. time?

3. The true meaning:  Checking in at the gym again!  This is holding me accountable.  I know SOMEONE is tracking my actions and maybe I am even inspiring someone to get off the couch tonight and get moving!

Scenario C

1. You see:  Picture of a baby eating a snack

2. You hear:  Dude… that is just another picture of your kid.  Again.  Same kid, same snack, different day.

3. The true meaning:  My family that doesn’t live around here will love this pic!  My kid is wearing the Christmas outfit they got for her/him.

You bet, I have fallen guilty to the negative thoughts on what people post on Facebook.  Lately, I have been really trying to focus on the positive side, giving them support, making a comment, showing the love.   I am friends with the people I would talk to if I saw them on the street.  Why wouldn’t I talk to them about what they are posting on social media for all to see and comment on?

We live in a world full of so much negativity, it’s time we all work on finding the positive.   Give some love people.  What are your friends really trying to say?  And the next time a post annoys you, try and understand why it annoys you.  Is it because they are doing something you aren’t?  Are they misunderstood?  Are YOU misunderstood?

Sometimes posts actually ARE annoying.  Maybe that particular friend is a constant negative nelly.  Well, let’s make it our job to turn their frown upside down!  We have the power to spread some light and love to their world.

Happiness.  Smile.  Share in your friends’ enthusiasm and excitement.   They are sharing for a reason.  Support it.

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Happiness is contagious.

Spread that shit.  😉

Cheers!

 

 

 

Never Skip A Monday

Monday Motivation:  Never Skip A Monday

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Monday begins a new week.

              A chance to start over.

A  fresh start.

It’s 4:30am and I am up ready to workout.

Why? 

Because mornings are MY time.   They are only for me.  My dogs are asleep, my husband is asleep and my work day hasn’t blown up in my face yet.   I simply love early mornings.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings are when I workout for myself.  I don’t teach classes nor do I attend classes.  It is all about me and what I need for my mind, my body and my health.

This particular Monday is a 30 minute workout compliments of Total Cardio Fix DVD, followed by 45 minutes at the gym for some stair work and weight lifting – all legs, baby.  I have it scheduled in my planner.  Once written down, there is no going back.   BUT, even if it wasn’t written down, chances are 99% positive that I would still be up doing something.

Nothing beats starting the week with a solid workout under your belt, rejuvenated and ready to conquer the challenges that lie ahead.

I particularly ❤ Monday mornings.   They remind me of my goals and bring a sense of new determination and focus.

Get out there.   Get to it.   Make today YOURS.  And if you are reading this at the end of the day and it’s already 10pm – don’t quit.   Get in a solid 20-30 minute HIIT workout followed by a hot bath.  It’ll put you right to sleep.  😉

No excuses.

Never Skip A Monday.