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Fall in the Air

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Happy Monday everyone! I believe that fall officially starts this week, but it definitely arrived in Pittsburgh. The weather has been crisp and almost cold in the morning and evenings- I have a feeling we'll be shoveling snow before we know it. This was a fun week of workouts- here's a look at what I did.
Monday20 min Bodyweight Strength with MattyTrying to get better about strength so started my week off with another Bodyweight class! These are great because I don't have many weights (and nothing heavier than 10 pounds) so in this one I never feel like I'm missing a good workout. I liked this class a lot and it was a fun start to the week!

Tuesday30 min Rock Fun Run with AndyWoke up to glorious weather- 48 degrees! Perfect for running and I felt amazing, something that hasn't happened for running in a while. Guess it's time to get more consistent and back to my normal mileage!

Wednesday3 mile walk It was a beautiful day and I actually had an hour free for lunch so…

Kitchen Refresh

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Happy Friday everyone! I'm back today to share my kitchen update, which was a fun and exciting project for me to work on. To be honest, the kitchen was one of my favorite rooms in the house when we first looked. Sure, it's not huge, but the white cabinets, dark gray countertops, and blue walls were all right in my style! I didn't need to make any huge changes to this room, but did a few things to update it and make it look nicer without having to make any big purchases. Here's a look at the before, when we first looked at the house...you can even see the flyers on the counter.

My first step was one that I made right away and made a huge impact immediately - switching the cabinet knobs. This was really simple, and I loved how the basic black knobs made everything look more modern and sleek. I repainted all of the walls the same color as the bathroom (Sherwin Williams Gibraltar) since I still had plenty left over. I also decided to paint an accent wall in our "dining a…

Working it Out

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. This was kind of a cutback week of sorts for me in terms of exercise- I had some house projects that I wanted to finish up, and the weather was kind of iffy most of the week. Looking forward to getting back outside this week hopefully!  Here's a look at my workouts-
Monday20 min Bodyweight Strength with AdrianIt's been way too long since I've done a strength class and I definitely paid for it...this class felt SO hard. 20 min Groove Ride with CodyI checked off a new type of ride with this class! It reminded me a lot of spin classes I used to go to with more "choreography" (just rising up and sitting down more frequently) and helped those sections go by really quickly while using higher resistance! This did make me miss classes at Zenergy Cycling, which was an actual full-on dance class on a bike and SO FUN.

Tuesday40 min Yoga with AditiWhat a great start to the day! Aditi had two live classes this morning- …

September Goals and Highlights

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We're basically at the midpoint of September already (maybe not but might as well be) so I'm sharing my goals a bit late, but better late than never! August was a really busy month and I felt like I was always working on something. I have some exciting news to share below about a new venture I'm starting and some fun projects I completed and have coming up!
Let's start with a highlight- we went camping in August! It was my first time in Raccoon Creek but I will definitely be back- it's such a beautiful and huge park. The trip was so much fun and it was a great quick escape. Hoping to camp one more time this year- fall camping is my absolute FAVORITE so I'm excited.
Now let's see how my goals went last month!
German LessonsI would say that I did pretty well with this goal- I finished up two seasons of the Coffee Break German lessons, and also worked through a workbook. I also practiced a lot with friends that speak German! It's been so fun (and challenging)…

Back at it

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Happy Labor Day! I hope you all had a great weekend and are hopefully enjoying a day off today. I had a great week of enjoying cooler temperatures and getting back to my favorite outdoor activities. Now that it's cooling off hopefully there's more to come of that!  Here's a look at how my week went-
Monday20 min Pop Ride with Erik Finished off my tour de instructors with a German double feature- a ride with Erik and a stretch with Irene! I switched my settings to allow German language classes to be shown but for some reason I still can't...so there weren't too many to choose from from these two sadly. I really liked Erik and hope I can find more from him!
30 min Breathe In, Speak Up Slow Flow with Chelsea Really great and difficult class to end my night. Chelsea dedicated this practice to Chadwick Boseman, talking about the various roles that he's played and included music from their soundtracks. She also recognized and thanked her various team members which was re…

August Reads and Reviews

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Hi everyone! This was a pretty light reading month for me- I was so busy with other stuff that I didn't find a lot of time to sit down with a book. I did finish a few though (and gave up on one dud) and enjoyed them all a lot! Here's what I read in August-
You Are Not AloneShay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better. Shay would die for them to like her. She may have to.
It feels weird to call this a fun book because the plot is pretty heavy, but it's so enjoyable. The story switches between timelines and different characters, telling the story from multiple points of view. There's a lot of suspense, mystery, death, and deceit- the recipe for a thrilling book. I …

Chill Out

Hello Fall(ish) weather! We got some amazing weather this week and weekend (finally!) and it felt great to be outside. I'm already looking forward to runs in long sleeves and hikes to see the changing leaf colors. I do love summer, but I'm ready for a little bit of a change. How about you? What's your favorite season?Here's a look at my week in workouts!
Monday30 min I Love Ibiza Ride with BenHad to cross Ben off my instructor list, so I was excited to see he had a fun ride planned for first thing on Monday morning! Nothing like a rave vibe to start off the week. The music was great but I have to say that Ben is too chill for this type of class! I still enjoyed it, but I think Jess King would have killed this one.

Tuesday10 min Yoga Flow with KristinThis was a really great quick class! Went through a bunch of postures but didn't feel rushed at all. If you're in a pinch and need a quick flow to stretch out this was a great one.

Wednesday30 min Classic Rock Fun Run …

Bathroom Refresh

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Hi everyone! Today I'm SO excited to share my finished bathroom! This is one of those projects that I wanted to do since we moved in- I never liked how our bathroom looked, but it always got pushed aside. I figured that since I'm always home now it would be the perfect time to finally tackle this room, and I'm so glad that I did- this quickly went from my least favorite room in the house to one of my favorites! Plus- I was able to do everything for under $200.  Let's see what I did! (ps- if you want to see the other projects I've done in quarantine check out this post!)
First I want to share some of my inspiration pics- I used these to imagine what I wanted and what might not look good in a small space. While I didn't copy these exactly, I used bits and pieces from each to inspire my vision!  Here are the images that I took inspiration from-
To start out, let me share the "before". This is after I did a few minor decorations and we also removed the orig…

Nature Calling

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Hi everyone! This was a fun week for me- Dan and I went camping at Raccoon Creek State Park! We were originally supposed to go on Thursday, but he had a minor accident and we left on Friday instead. It was lots of fun though! Here's how my week of workouts went-Monday 2 mile runConvinced Dan to join me for a morning run. It was so nice and cool out so this felt heavenly. Don't think he agreed, but we made it without walking!
30 min Intermediate Yoga Flow with ChelseaEvening yoga flow with my favorite instructor. This was my first Intermediate flow in a while, and I loved it! It was challenging, but all within my capabilities. There were a lot of twists and heart openers which I enjoy. The time flew by!
20 min 90s Ride with AlexGreat ride right after yoga to end the night. This was so much fun...putting my favorite time period of music together with the best cycle instructor and it's a recipe for success. More of this please!

Tuesday30 min Pop Fun RunPre-work run. Felt sluggis…

Busy as a Bee

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Happy Monday! Last week was kind of crazy- work was busy with lots of meetings everyday, and I had more (socially distant) plans than usual. Feels nice to be around people again. We also had a car issue that kind of ruined some plans, but otherwise it was a nice week. Here's how my workouts went-
Monday45 min SUP Mornings on the water are the best! Headed out for some tranquility and found it. This is going to be a good week- I can feel it.
20 min Hip Hop Full Body Strength with AdrianIt's official- I think that Adrian is my new favorite instructor. His classes are always challenging but within my wheelhouse (movements are simple or have a good modifications). Plus, his demeanor is just what I like in an instructor- warm and friendly but pushes you to keep going. Really enjoyed this full body workout, which had 2 circuits and a bonus round at the end!
30 min Latin Celebration Ride with KendallI wanted to do a quick ride at night, so I chose one that I had bookmarked with Kendall. …

Pressing Pause

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Happy Monday everyone! I took last week really easy- didn't really do much in terms of working out, and I think my body and mind really needed that rest. Now I'm feeling back to my normal(ish) self and had a great week. Here's a look at how my week of workouts went!
Monday40 min HIIT Run with Jess Sims Kicked off the week with a morning run. Felt good to get some speed in my legs after taking a week off of running!
20 min Max Richter Slow Flow with Aditi Got home just in time to join this yoga class. It was really nice and the music was beautiful.
30 min Club Bangers Ride with Alex Joined in this class with a few friends and it was so fun! So many good songs and Alex's energy is always my favorite. I was just planning on taking it easy but kind of pushed because I was having so much fun.

Tuesday20 min Walk + Run with Andy Took Selma with me on this walk and run class, mostly walked it. 
30 min Advanced Beginner Ride with Hannah C Lunchtime ride with some friends- one of them hit…