Thursday, July 24, 2014

Floats and Hoes - July 2014 Bachelorette Weekend

This summer has been chaotic and wonderful.  The days are all filled up with summer activities and one of my favorite seasons here in New England is just flying by.  I am so thankful for this crazy wonderful life I live, and I am proud to say I have packed sun surf and sand into every free second I have.  

I am also really thankful for this little piece of the internet where I can sit, reflect, and document all of the wonderful things I have been up to.  Sit back and relax while I ditch my "health and fitness" personality for the day and share an amazing weekend. 

Friday night, I packed up my car, met two of the girls, and went to pick up Liz at her house for the start of her bachelorette weekend.  If you remember my Bridal Shower Post, Liz is a classic, simple, beautiful lady who only wanted a weekend away with her favorite girls.  Liz was not a NYC or Casino type of bachelorette, but she was more of a beer Olympics lets play on the water, bachelorette.

Nailed it.

Liz and her 8 bridesmaid (7 of which all grew up in Old Lyme together) spent a fantastic weekend at a lake house on Norwich Lake in Huntington, Massachusetts.  Below are a few pictures of an amazing weekend celebrating this beautiful Bride To Be.  I brought my GOPRO which created some amazing videos which will be put into a fun montage later on.

But now... how we celebrate this Bride.
"Floats and Hoe's" 

Lake house, Rafts, Alcohol, Burgers, Dizzy Bat, Limo, Dinner, Beer Pong, Pineapples, and the adorable Matching Tank Tops. 

Congratulations Liz,
 You were surrounded by so much love that weekend, 
and you picked an amazing group of girls to stand by your side.  

We Love You! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Power Hour

Sometimes, time is tight.  
You didn't get out of bed early enough for your morning workout, and you have plans after work.  You could get in that RUNCH, but getting super sweaty at work on a hot summer day isn't always the greatest plan either.

What's a girl to do?  

Spend 2 minutes working out every hour on the hour, from 9-5 and youv'e got yourself some decent strength training, without the sweat, and it helps pass the day.   

Two of my friends are in on my power hour and we send out a mass text every hour on the hour checking in-  A little excessive but it helps.   We try to change up the power hour work out but this was our first round.  

10 Full Sit Ups
10 Push Ups
10 Squats

Every hour on the hour from 9-5. You get arms abs and legs in and by the end of day you have done 80 sit ups, 80 push ups, and 80 squats.  Not too shabby right?  If you want a full workout you could add a few more moves and make it into a 5 minute round, 8 times for a 40 minute strength circuit.  

Join in on the power hour fun today, and join me at looking like a complete fool in your office.  Thankfully I (mostly) work alone! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

3 mile Tuesday

I am so happy to report that Olive and I finally hopped back onto the running band wagon.  The stomach bug is gone and the legs were willing!  Took a few minutes to get the brain on board but when I did, it turned out to be an awesome run!  At about 11:30, we laced up my NEW newtons (I had an extra pair waiting in the box for the past 5 months) and went out on a 3 mile out and back down to the beach.   

The run started off feeling a little stiff, but as you can see by my splits, I warmed up and pushed forward!  I had negative splits and even had my last mile down to 8:09.

Did I mention it was 100 % humidity out and felt like I was running through a swimming pool?   And that this was a RUNCH and I had to go back to work looking like a drowned dog.....

Regardless of the humidity and my sweatyness (should be a word)  I was so happy with my time, especially after taking time off, and can't wait to see more improvements on the Garmin.  It feels really good to flirt with a sub 8:00 minute mile ;) 

Did you run in the humidity this week?   
How do you stay cool?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Life lately

I am happy to report I am finally feeling much better!  

Finally, I am out of that sick icky phase and feel like I can start the week off fresh.  Well, it's already Tuesday but better a day late than never, right?  Today is a good day to recap the weekend and set some fitness goals for the week. 

(loving this coozie :)

This weekend, I was able to spend Saturday at a horse show with Bradley in the morning, and then spend the rest of the day at the beach letting the dogs run around and relaxing with friends.  It was really nice to spend my Saturday with Olive and friends before having to spend the day working behind the bar on Sunday.

There is this great little "beach"  (it is a beach on the CT River) that is the hidden gem of Lyme/Old Lyme.  Dogs are allowed, it is not patrolled, and there is free (and limited) parking.  This was a great spot to bring lunch, drinks, and some high energy pooches. We had a great day watching the dogs play and the boats go by.  The water was warm, the sun was shining, and it was just a perfect New England summer day.

Bradley and I had a fantastic morning at the horse show.  We showed in the 3'3 amateur owner hunters, and did very well in our classes.  we had a great day, brought home second in the classic, and were happy to be back and showing again. 

Because of the stomach bug, workouts have been non existent.  Which has thankfully been balanced by my lack of eating complete meals so maybe we break even with that one. 

On another sad note, my groupon at the Fitness Factory expired, so I will have to do a home workout until I look into plan/class options for my last month at home.  

Fitness goals for the week:

Tuesday:  3 mile run 
Wednesday:  Weight/strength routine at home
Thursday:  4 or 5 mile run 

Friday:  Weight/strength routine at home

Check back in later and I will post the little strength routine I will be doing at home in case anyone wants to follow along.  

Friday, July 11, 2014


Hello everyone,
Sorry I have been MIA.  It has been a really tough week for me.

Monday was Thatcher's last night in Connecticut so we did some kayaking and had a beer down at the beach with a few friends.  Monday was the only decent day of this week I am afraid. 

Tuesday, I had to work both jobs so that was just a heinously long day.  8-4 as an environmental scientist and then 5-11 as a bartender-  did I mention it was frozen drink and karaoke night?  

Wednesday I was up before to sun to be at work very early to start a new project in Bolton, Connecticut.  I made it back in time to change and grab my dive gear and meet the group at Stonington point for our Wednesday night dive.  We get in the water and the visibility is terrible.  I mean, you can't see your hand in front of you.  We surface to call the dive and what happens?  My fin sinks to the bottom of the ocean.  Someone towed me back into shore and now I have one solo fin for diving.

Thursday I had to work a 10 hour day back in Bolton, and then head to the bar to work the night shift. However, this was the least of my problems.  Thursday morning I was feeling reallllly sick to my stomach and I ended up getting some kind of a stomach bug.  I still have it today, and while I am feeling better, I still don't trust food.  

So needless to say, I haven't worked out since Monday, and I havent even eaten real food since yesterday morning.  I think my body is trying to tell me to SLOW DOWN, don't you think?

Okay- sorry for the post of complaints today- but this is why I haven't posted all week.  I am looking forward to the weekend and hopefully feeling better, and will be back up and hopefully running next week.

Have a great weekend and Happy Friday!

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