Posts tagged with "hiking"

Week of Workouts {Aug. 23-29}

Posted August 30, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 7 more

I only taught ONE fitness class this week! You read that right, one. 

My 6-week Piloxing session through Park and Rec ended last week (the next one starts Sept. 8!), and the pool at my gym is closed for maintenance so I didn't have to teach water aerobics all week. All I taught was a morning cycling class. 

It felt great to come home every day after work and not have to rush to go teach a class. I was starting to feel a bit burned out from all my classes, so the break was needed. This week, I focused mostly on getting my 30 minutes of outdoor activity for the FitFluential August Fresh Air Challenge. It was great to be outside!

Here's what I did this week...

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 27 - Oct. 3}

Posted October 4, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 7 more

I admit, my workouts this week were mostly classes I taught. I did, however, get in a fabulous hike and a good run.

I've been slacking on getting in additional strength workouts - something I need to do. But I was feeling a bit sluggish this week, which made doing workouts in addition to my classes a struggle. Luckily, I get good workouts teaching my classes!

Next week, I'm teaching seven classes! I'll start teaching two Piloxing classes a week at K-Town Shakedown, and I'll be teaching two core classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center

I'm also doing the Lorna Jane Burpee Challenge, which began Oct. 1. 

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 3-5}

Posted October 6, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, fitness instructor and 9 more

Now that I'm in my 30's, I feel like a successful weekend is one that didn't include wearing any makeup, but did include working out, drinking wine and lounging around with people I love. This was definitely one of those weekends.

I had some great workouts, I ate delicious food, I hung out with my family and the BF, drank wine, spent time outside and never put on a drop of makeup. Success!

Here's what happened...

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Week of Workouts {Oct. 4-10}

Posted October 10, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 9 more

Between Saturday, Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 9, I taught 10 fitness classes! 

I'm absolutely thrilled about all the opportunities I have to teach right now. I'm teaching my regular classes at the Good Sam Fitness/Wellness Center, I'm teaching Piloxing at K-Town Shakedown and I'm teaching core strength classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center

I was in a constant state of soreness all week, but it was totally worth it. My classes were all a lot of fun, and I was so proud of everyone for working so hard in my classes. 

This weekend I'm not teaching any classes, so I'm taking some time for yoga and relaxation!

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Arizona Recap Part 2

Posted October 22, 2014 in travel, Arizona, Mesa and 10 more

Yesterday, I wrote about the first few days of my trip to Arizona. Read about it here.

Today I'm sharing some fun adventures in the Arizona desert and details about the wedding I attended! Be ready for TONS of photos!

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Week of Workouts {Oct. 18-24}

Posted October 24, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workouts, fitness and 6 more

I'm sad to say that my workouts from the past week are a bit boring - ALL of my workouts were classes that I taught. 

Right now, I'm teaching 5-6 classes a week. I won't be teaching those noon core strength classes at the university anymore. They cancelled all the noon classes because of low attendance. I'm not too disappointed. Teaching seven classes a week was a bit too much. 

As I've mentioned before, I do get a decent workout in all of the classes that I teach. But I do need to start incorporating more of my own workouts into my routine. I haven't been doing enough toning/strength training (as usual) and I would like to be running more. My November goals include doing my own workouts! 

Here are my workouts from the last week...

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Grand Teton National Park Recap

Posted June 24, 2015 in travel, Grand Teton National Park, healthy living and 7 more


I've decided to recap my Yellowstone camping adventures in four installments - Yellowstone Half-Marathon, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and South Dakota. Hopefully this will be an organized way to tell you about my trip. I may even space out my posts so you don't get travel post overload.

For a little context, I traveled with the BF, and his sister, Betsy, her husband, Matt, and their kids, Payton and Cooper, met us in Yellowstone for a fun family vacation.

After the half-marathon on Saturday, June 13, we left West Yellowstone to head toward the Grand Tetons. When I started planning this trip, the half-marathon wasn't part of the plan. It probably would have made more sense to go to Yellowstone from West Yellowstone, Montana, then stay in the Grand Tetons. But you live and you learn.

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Yellowstone National Park Trip Recap

Posted July 2, 2015 in Yellowstone, travel, adventure and 6 more


"Wilderness is a necessity ... They will see what I meant in time. There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls. Food and drink is not all. There is the spiritual. In some it is only a germ, of course, but the germ will grow." - John Muir

I really had no idea what to expect in Yellowstone. To be honest, I didn't know a lot about the park…Old Faithful, bears, wilderness. But I was completely blown away by the beauty of Yellowstone. I was also amazed at how little I knew about a park that is located 14 hours away from where I live. And I quickly realized that everyone else was in on the secret because I heard people speaking about a dozen languages throughout the park.

There was a quote featured near Old Faithful that mentions the spiritual energy at the park. When you're in Yellowstone, you really can feel that energy. Especially after you learn about the geological history of the park, and learn what's going on just miles below the earth's surface. It truly is a magical place.

Just a little context…the BF and I met his sister, Betsy, her husband, Matt, and their kids, Payton and Cooper, on this trip.

Read my Yellowstone Half-Marathon Recap and my Grand Teton National Park Recap also.

Here's a recap of our time at Yellowstone...

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South Dakota Trip Recap

Posted July 21, 2015 in South Dakota, travel, healthy living and 6 more


This recap is way overdue (the BF and I were driving back from South Dakota a month ago today), but I still want to share details from our trip because it was full of fun adventures.

South Dakota was the last destination during our Grand Tetons and Yellowstone vacation. I had never been to Mount Rushmore or seen the Black Hills, so the BF and I decided to stop in South Dakota for a few days before heading home.

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 11-13, 2015}

Posted September 14, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 4 more

Hello! How was your weekend?

The BF and I had a great weekend mixed with fun, adventures, relaxation and some productivity. We didn't have any plans (besides by work to do list), so we just did what we felt like. Sometimes those are the best weekends!

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 16-22, 2015}

Posted November 23, 2015 in Pilates, strength training, hiking and 8 more

Happy Monday!

I'm late posting my workouts from last week because I took the weekend off from the computer, phone, social media, blogging, etc. and spent the weekend hanging out with friends in a cabin at a state park. It was a wonderful weekend, and a much needed break! I'll share more soon!

My goal for the week was to get in 420 minutes of exercise, do yoga or Pilates 4-5 times and go running at least once.

Thanks to two days of hiking, I got in 595 minutes of exercise for the week! I made it to two Pilates classes, but didn't make time for yoga or running.

And I, apparently, didn't take any sweaty selfies last week! I was off my game. I'll get back on it this week ; )

My goal for this week, is to get in 450 minutes of exercise, get back to yoga (3 times at least!) and go running at least once.

Here are the rest of my workouts from the week...

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 20-22, 2015} - Platte River State Park

Posted November 24, 2015 in cabin, outdoors, vacation and 6 more


The BF and I spent the weekend in a cabin at Platte River State Park.

I decided to use the weekend away as an excuse to take a phone/computer/internet/social media/blogging detox. It was much needed, and felt so good to disconnect.

We spent the weekend with our friends - Mark, Beth, Meggan, Kevin and Russanne. It was so much fun to laugh, play silly games, indulge in delicious food, relax, hike and enjoy some cocktails with everyone.

All of us take turns making meals, so we get to try new dishes, which is fun. We had some delicious food. I didn't eat the healthiest on this trip, mostly because I didn't bring healthy snacks like I usually do. I ended up eating way too many chips and crackers and too much cheese. I'm feeling it today! (I drank lemon water this morning, and ate lots of fruits and veggies to get back on track!)

Here are details from the weekend...

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Weekend Recap {March 3-6, 2016} - Mahoney State Park Trip

Posted March 7, 2016 in Weekend Recap, Mahoney State Park, running and 8 more

I'm home after a long weekend at Mahoney State Park with the BF and some friends. We had a wonderful time!

It was a weekend full of hiking, playing games, laughing, eating delicious food, indulging in s'mores and cake, and relaxing. 

Our 'cabining' trips are my favorite trips because I always feel rejuvenated physically, emotionally and mentally after these trips. There's no pressure to go, go, go. Being at the cabin is very easy going.

Here's a recap of the weekend...

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Half-Marathon Training 2016 - Weeks 5-6

Posted March 11, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, half-marathon and 6 more


I'm still running! 

I'm currently on the 7th week of my half-marathon training! The race is less than two months away, so my weekend mileage is really starting to increase.

My training has been such a roller coaster with headaches, a blizzard, falls on the ice, weird jaw pain and a gross cold. Read about my first four weeks of training here:

Weeks 1 and 2

Weeks 3 and 4

Maybe training has always been like this, and I just never noticed because I didn't share such specific details on the blog! 

I'm working on staying positive about my training, and these running memes definitely help me keep a sense of humor about running.

Here's a look at my fifth and sixth weeks of training....

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 19-22, 2016}

Posted August 22, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, dairy-free and 5 more

Happy Monday! It's a big week! The college course that I'm teaching starts on Tuesday, I have sessions with all of my health coaching clients scheduled this week and I'm scheduled to have a Sweet Success Health Coaching booth Thursday evening. 

I'll be honest, I was crazy stressed going into this week…especially because I got a headache Thursday night and it hung on until 4 a.m. this morning. 

It was the BF's first weekend off all summer, I felt like it was my last weekend of summer and I had a lot I wanted to accomplish to get ready for this week. So being in pain made the weekend stressful.

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 7-9, 2016}

Posted October 11, 2016 in Weekend Recap, yoga, Pumpkin and 7 more

October is kind of a crazy month. 

I'll teach six wellness workshops, I've added two new fitness classes to my weekly schedule, I have some major goals for my health coaching business and nutrition line…on top of my usual stuff. 

So I'm making extra effort to practice self-care during this busy time. I did work on my business over the weekend, but I also read, took a yoga class, baked, cooked delicious healthy meals, spent time with my mom and niece, went hiking and watched documentaries. 

When life gets full, it can be easy to put self-care to the side. But those are the times we need it most!

Here's a recap of my weekend...

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 21-23, 2016}

Posted October 25, 2016 in Weekend Recap, Fall, pumpkin patch and 7 more

The weekend flew by and it was packed full of unexpected adventure! 

I really didn't have any plans for the weekend, but adventures presented themselves and I went with it. I'm actually feeling a bit tired this week from such a full weekend, so I'm attempting to take it easy…luckily I had a massage scheduled for Monday evening.

Here's the recap...

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Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Gals

Posted December 8, 2016 in Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Gals, hiking, camping and 10 more

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Of all of my holiday gift guides, I might be most excited about this one! I created this list of gift ideas for the girl who loves the outdoors, is most happy when she's hiking, is rejuvenated by the mountains and would rather be camping than anything else.

I only began hiking, camping and cabining a few years ago (after the BF and I started dating), but I've developed a deep love for being in nature. It always helps me reconnect with myself and put life into perspective.

While I love the outdoors, I still like looking cute. So I chose some stylish pieces of clothing, accessories and hiking boots and accessories that are still functional. Happy Shopping!

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Weekend Recap {March 3-5, 2017}

Posted March 6, 2017 in Weekend Recap, hiking, spring detox and 3 more

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

I got a lot of rest this weekend. I must have needed it! 

We also got a chance to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. I'm ready for spring!

Speaking of spring, I have something special I'm working on for you. Find out more below...

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Weekend Recap {March 31 - April 2, 2017}

Posted April 4, 2017 in Weekend Recap, detox, yoga and 3 more

Why do weekends fly by so quickly!?! I always feel like I need another day to do all the things I never got to over the weekend, or just relax and do nothing.

I ended up working quite a bit over the weekend because I had a workshop out of town and I also had a meeting for gathering information and insight about my business. 

But the BF and I made time for fun (a movie and a hike) and time with family. 

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Weekend Recap {May 19-21, 2017}

Posted May 24, 2017 in Weekend Recap, hiking, fitness instructor and 6 more

We basically had two seasons of weather over the weekend. Cold, dreary and rainy Friday and Saturday, and totally summer-like on Sunday. 

We took advantage and stayed in to relax all day Saturday then got outside and enjoyed the sun on Sunday. It was really a great weekend. 

Here's a look...

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Weekend Recap {June 9-11, 2017}

Posted June 13, 2017 in Weekend Recap, yoga, hiking and 4 more

Ahhh, summer weekends are just the best. I guess it's not quite summer yet, but the weather feels very summer-like.

I taught three yoga classes, then spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and spending time outdoors. The fiancé and I got in a good workout on Sunday to prep for an upcoming trip. 

Here's a look at my weekend adventures...

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Yosemite National Park Hiking Packing List

Posted June 30, 2017 in Yosemite National Park, hiking, hiking packing list and 4 more

Yosemite National Park is the perfect hiking destination! Here's a list of what I packed (and what I wish I would have packed) for my hiking adventure!

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I just returned from an epic hiking adventure in Yosemite National Park! I'll share more about the trip as soon as I edit all the photos I took, but in the meantime I wanted to share my packing list (and what I wish I would have packed). 

Each hiking adventure the fiancé and I have is another learning experience. I was really happy with all the gear that I packed on this trip, and there were a few things I should have taken. 

Here's a look...

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A Weekend in Yosemite National Park

Posted August 18, 2017 in Yosemite National Park, adventure travel, active travel and 5 more

While it would be easy to spend more time in Yosemite National Park, you can see a lot in just two days! I spent a weekend in Yosemite National Park, and I'm sharing all the adventures from my trip.

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In June, the fiancé and I met my cousin, Kristi, and her husband, Avery, in San Francisco, and the four of us drove to Yosemite National Park for a weekend of adventure. 

You can read about our time in San Francisco here.

Kristi and Avery had been planning on going to Yosemite for Avery's 30th birthday. They had most of the trip planned when I mentioned that Yosemite was on our bucket list, and they invited us to come along. We bought our plane tickets four weeks before we left!

It ended up being such an amazing trip, and we were so grateful for Kristi and Avery for doing so much planning and coordinating. 

I took so many photos on this trip because Yosemite is absolutely breathtaking. So this post is photo heavy!

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