five things friday

September 19, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Blogging, Fivethings Friday, Rambles by lindsaymwright

I was going to write a little recap of the mud run we ran last Saturday, but I’d rather just ramble.  Let’s get to it.

1.  I’m wasting my life away watching all these Dana Lynn Bailey videos, leading up to Ms. Olympia this weekend.  Have you heard of Dana Lynn?  Flag Nor Fail?

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Dana Lynn won Ms. Physique Olympia last year and she’s headed back to Vegas to try and reclaim the title.  I don’t know really anything about her personally but I’m drawn to her amazing work ethic.  Could I ever do a bodybuilding competition??  Probably not.  I could do the workouts easy – it’s the diet stuff that would mess with my head.

Anyway, her husband has been doing these daily interviews/recaps of the days leading up to this weekend.  I’ve watched them all – wish her the best!

Would you ever do a bikini/bodybuilding contest??

2.  Speaking of diet, Travis and I have four days left in the 24 Day Advocare Challenge!  WOOT WOOT!  I’m excited to share our before and after shots as well as some other changes that we’ve made.  I also confess that I just ate a jellybean or two.  Smile  If you’re looking to step away from the brownies, cleanse your body, energize your workouts and just FEEL better, I suggest you try this Challenge!  I have nothing but great things to say!

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3.  I made a pretty (I really wanted to say SUPER right there but I know that I overuse that word ((because it’s so super awesome!)) so I went with “pretty”) easy dinner last night with our first spaghetti squash of the season.

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash, cooked
  • 1 pound 97-99% lean ground turkey, cooked
  • 1 container of your favorite hummus
  • 2-3 cups of spinach

After you cook the spaghetti squash (I microwave mine for 10 minutes in an inch of water – covered with clear plastic wrap) and the ground turkey, you simply combine all ingredients in a big bowl.  The steam/heat from the squash and turkey should wilt the spinach.  We eat this on a weekly basis when spaghetti squash is in season.  A perfect mix of healthy carbs, protein and fat!

4.  Local friends – I’ve got another outdoor BOOTCAMP coming up next Saturday, the 27th (which coincidentally is Travis’ birthday)!  If you’re looking for something different and like sweating with other people, come out and join us!  8AM at the Macon County Rec Park Shelter!  I promise it’s fun.

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5.  Lastly, I need help!  This is what our front room looks like right now:

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Full of Legos, thingamabobs and photography whoknowzitz galore.  After I reclaim this beautiful space, I need a COUCH and two CHAIRS.  Oh, and a rug!  Any design help you can give, I’d greatly appreciate!  I know that I want it to look pretty modern and I’m thinking the couch should be a Chesterfield or something similar.  Help!

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QUESTION:  What’s your Friday thing?  Any plans for the weekend??

splendid…lindsay

P.S.  You can still get 20% off a Muscle Rope when you use the code “LINDLIST914”!  I just bought another outdoor rope for myself!  Go now!

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introducing the refresh summit

September 16, 2014 in Blog, Blogging by lindsaymwright

I’m not sure how you would define my blog. 

Healthy living?  Fitness?  Family?  Lifestyle?  I really don’t know exactly where it lies, no do think it needs a genre.  I think my blog likes to have it’s hands in a lot of different pots – it’s very flighty.  One area that I do write about from time to time is my FAITH.  My belief in God is what defines so much of who I am and what I do that to NOT talk about my faith would seem unnatural.  Plus I’d like to think that God uses me and this platform in some capacity.  I pray that actually, all the time – that I might be an empty vessel that He would just fill up with His words and His vision and that I would stay out of the way.

When Bobbi (who I originally met at BLEND!) reached out to me about hosting a Body Image workshop at the upcoming Refresh Summit, I JUMPED at the opportunity!  A weekend spent in fellowship, worship and fitness sounds like someplace I want to be (Porter’s tagging along!)!  You might too…that’s why I invited Bobbi to share more about Refresh!

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Hi Friends!

My name is Bobbi and I blog over at nHerShoes and I am excited about guest posting today here on Lindsay’s wonderful blog!!! I am thrilled to share with all of you about my heart and my passion the Refresh Summit of 2014!!! This retreat is the perfect mix of fun, fitness, faith and friends! I have always wanted to go to a fitness and faith based retreat and last year I hosted my first retreat in the beautiful Southern California Mountains! You can check out a full recap over at my blog nHerShoes.

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Our Mission

The Refresh Summit is a time to get away with friends old and new, to be inspired to live a life rooted in Christ and to find a healthy balance of fitness and faith! If you are looking for some motivation and accountability, time of pure refreshment, and just plain old fun and laughter, then please join us!

Who

Anyone can attend! Come from near, far or even in our backyard, we want you! Limited to 50 people so sign up today! We are already 1/3 full!

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What

We will have amazing speakers, worship, workshops focusing on fitness, as well as healthy eating. We will also be enjoying lots of healthy, clean eats and, of course, some awesome SWAG! Some of the fun classes we will have are, PIYO, Bootcamp (with me), Body Image Workshop with the beautiful Lindsay Wright (HEY!!!  That’s MEEEEE!!), ZUMBA and much more!

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Where & When

November 14-16, 2014 at Deer Run Retreat Center in Franklin, Tennessee!

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Join us in the Ultimate Girlfriend Adventure! This retreat is for women who are looking for a fresh breath of air. It will be a time to fellowship with other women who are constantly on the go. You can do as much or as little as you want to. This weekend is about stepping back, breathing in, and enjoying all that God has in store for you.

Sign Up

You can sign up here today: http://www.refreshsummit.com/registration/. Your ticket includes all of your meals Friday-Sunday and your lodging.

*We are also looking for some ladies that would love to teach a class, lead a craft, or have a nutrition background. If you are interested please email me at nhershoes at gmail dot com.

You can email me at nhershoes@gmail.com if you have any questions at all!!

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QUESTION:  If you blog, what GENRE would you classify yourself as??

splendid…lindsay

on overexercising and when it’s time to rest

August 19, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Body, Goals, Over-Exercise by lindsaymwright

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I’ll be the first to admit:  I need to be more gentle with my body.

This thing that takes me from place to place, child to child, morning to night without very many complaints.  I might have the occasional cold or sore muscle, but for the most part I’ve been very blessed with health and vitality.  I know that a lot of that has to do with the (mostly) healthy foods I put in and my consistency with exercise.

I’ve told you before – I have a tendency towards overtraining.  While I’ve gotten SO much better in this area, I still feel that desire to go run, jump and burpee my way through life, even when I probably shouldn’t.  Ask me to workout with you and I’ll say yes – 100% of the time.  It’s something I love doing.  Sweating is my antidepressant, my quick fix, my drug of choice.  In a society that’s tending towards INactivity, I usually don’t see this passion as a bad thing.  It’s a good habit.  It’s healthy.

…Until it isn’t.

We’re not to that place yet, thankfully.  I honestly don’t have time to overexercise these days but three (even two) years ago, I was in a place where I was exercising 2-3 hours a day.  That’s too much.  Or maybe that was too much for my body – I know that some professional athletes train that long and it probably works for them.  It was too much for me and I’d venture to guess too much for the average person.  I’ve read enough professionally to know that overtraining can be just as detrimental as undertraining.

These days I have time for about one hour and then I’m done.  Yesterday my body ached for a rest day, even though I’d taken one the day before.  I know it’s because I overtrained a bit last week.  I could have pushed through and tried to workout, but I’m getting a little wiser (I know!!!!) so I rested.  We stayed in our pjs all day long, I took a nap…I sat on my butt for most of the day.  My body needed that time to repair itself.

All this to say, I’m patting myself on the back for listening.  For being still.  For putting words into action.  REST.  REST.  REST!!

And that I’ll be on the track this morning, sprinting and jumping, if anyone wants to join.  I’ll be the one looking all refreshed and stuff.

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For more on overexercising:

What IS Overexercising?

Dear Overexercising

So You Need A Rest Day

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QUESTION:  Do you overtrain?  Love exercise?  Hate it?  When was your last true rest day?

splendid…lindsay

weekend scenes (plus #15minutesforyou WINNERS!)

August 18, 2014 in #15minutesforyou, Blog, Family, Happy Birthday, Kids, weekend by lindsaymwright

I kinda feel like I need another weekend to rest from the weekend.

Ever feel that way??

Sometimes Henry will wake up for the day and come and say to me –“This is a BIG day today, Mom.  A big, BIG day.”  The day might not hold anything spectacular but he craves those “BIG” days of excitement.  I’m afraid I disappoint him 95% of the time.  Smile  Anyway, we had a BIG weekend – Clara turned 4!  Saturday we had her party and another birthday party to attend, we went to a special breakfast, had birthday pedicures, and made everything Clara-themed.  The weekend slipped by in an instant and now I’m wondering how on earth it’s already Monday!?!

Here’s everything I caught on my phone from Friday through Sunday – not a lot – I tried to stay present as much as possible!  Enjoy!

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^^Muscle Ropes sent me these battle ropes to review.  We used them Friday & Saturday during Track Stars – a great training tool!^^

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^^I talked Travis into something.  Stay tuned….^^

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^^Mom watched the kids while we had a date at the track (we’re training for an upcoming mud run!).  We did this workout and again, it whooped my butt.^^

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^^Our best “Arnold”…except it’s all wrong and we have no idea what we’re doing.  Birds of a feather.^^

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^^I order this pretty much every Saturday morning: eggs, bacon and tomatoes.  Salt goes on everything.  Coffee on the side.^^

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^^Part of her “birsday” present:  a trip to the salon.  She’s all girl and loves getting her nails painted.  After much debate (probably 7 minutes worth), she chose silver glitter.^^

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^^For almost 6 years now, we’ve had a cupcake bar at our parties.  I can’t take any credit – Katy does all the baking.  She makes bottoms and icing and then we just let the kids go to town, decorating their own cupcake.  Always a hit!  Katy also made Clara her very own heart-shaped cake you saw above!!^^

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^^I’ve been eating ice cream like it’s going out of style.  But that’s impossible – ice cream will always be stylish.^^

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^^A friend sold us this table seat for Porter and he LOVES it!  We just don’t have room in our kitchen for a high chair plus the Bumbo was just way too small for his thighs.  Here’s the one we got.^^

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^^I think I had more fun playing with Clara’s presents than she did.^^

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^^Planning out September and we’ve already got a few too many activities for my liking.^^

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^^Nursing and snoozing.  Our favorite.^^

QUESTION:  What’d you do this weekend???

splendid…lindsay

P.S.  The #15minutesforyou Challenge winners are K. Daniels (Arctic Zero prize bundle) and Sarah (Onnit gift card)!  Congrats ladies!!

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loving lately with blue diamond

August 15, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Blue Diamond, Lists, Loving Lately, Review by lindsaymwright

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.  All opinions are my own.

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Oh my word – I’m so happy it’s Friday.  We’ve got a big weekend planned around here (Clara turns 4!).

I’m back with another edition of “Loving Lately!”  These are some of my favorite posts because I get to share a few of my latest finds.  When I see these on other blogs, I love reading about what everyone suggests.  It’s probably my number one place for getting ideas about where to spend my money/what to watch/what to wear/etc.

Here’s what I’m loving lately:

1.  The mere thought of FALL!

Fall has always been my very favorite season.  The crisp air, the changing of the leaves, the seasonal FOOD (pumpkin spice in everything…candy corn…oh yes!)!  I have big plans for all the fun Fall activities that I want to do.  One that I know of right off hand is a corn maze that our co-op is going to.  I’m probably more excited about that than the kids are…mostly because they haven’t a clue what I’m talking about when I say we’re going to meander through endless corn and find our way to the middle.

2.  This lotion.

Seriously.  If you’re in need of a new body lotion, try the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil.  It’s not too heavy (IMO) and the smell is WONDERFUL!!  (I also love their shampoo and conditioner.  I also hear they make BODY WASH, but haven’t gotten my hands on that yet.)

3.  Running!

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I signed Travis and I up for a mud run in mid-September (more news on that to come) so I figure I need to amp up my running game.  I go in and out of phases where I really, really love it and then I really, really don’t.  Right now, I’m loving the feeling of getting out there first thing (after Porter’s nursed – the boobs need to be scaled down a bit before any running happens) and getting some miles under me.  Travis absolutely HATES running so this will be a fun little adventure for us.

I actually need to buy some new running shoes – any suggestions?

4.  The Ibotta App!

If you’ve read my Couponing 101 post, you’ve heard about how amazing this smartphone app is!  Ibotta is an online couponing app that helps you save money.  In order to earn coupons, you take quizzes (like 1 second quizzes…nothing crazy), share on FB or Twitter, take a poll, etc.  Then you go to the store, buy and pay for the product and then take a picture of your store receipt (proving that you did indeed purchase the item).  All coupon money goes into your main account and you can cash it out at any time – transfering it to your Paypal account or purchasing a gift card (Starbucks, Whole Foods, ITunes, etc).  I’ve been using it for about a year and have $69.25 in my account – not too much but it’s something!  I’m not affiliated with them in any way – just really love this app!

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The best part is that you can layer regular coupons with Ibotta coupons.  I saved a total of $1.55 yesterday on these Laughing Cow wedges, making them 95 cents!

5.  New SNACKS!

As you guys know, I’m part of the Blue Diamond Tastemakers program . We recently received their two new flavors: Honey Roasted Chipotle and Honey Roasted Almond.

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My oh my – these are GOOD.  I haven’t met a Blue Diamond flavor that I didn’t enjoy, but these just take it to another level!  I brought them to the pool as a snack (for myself) and the kids gobbled them up fast.

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According to the company website, they also came out with nut thins and almond milk, all within the “honey” theme!  Read more about it here!  Oooooo…I can’t wait to try the honey almond milk out!

6.  My sister!

Lastly, I flippin’ love my sister.  Not only did she subconsciously make her body go into labor on the same day as me (resulting in two adorable cousins that share a special birthday) but she also just bought me a BOSU for my birthday!!!!

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Perfect for our home gym!!

In all seriousness, I’m going to cry when she goes back to work next Monday (she’s a teacher).   We’ve seen each other almost every single day since April 14th and I’ve been spoiled with her company.  We’ve always been pretty close, but having babies together just took it to a whole different level. I love you, Kate.

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For more Loving Lately posts, go here and here (pregnancy edition) and here.

QUESTION:  What’s one thing you’re LOVING LATELY??

splendid…lindsay

when i’m bored

July 31, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

(Reminder:  Make sure you take the day to tag your #15minutesforyou pictures!  The contest ends TODAY!  I’ll be selecting two winners this weekend – with Arctic Zero and Onnit prizes up for grabs!!)

I’ve got another guest post for you today – an addition to the, “When I’m Bored,”series. Take it away, Amy! 

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When I’m bored I…

1. Plan my dream vacations. Like really plan them. I look up flights, hotels, activities, check out restaurants and reviews of those restaurants (I don’t actually book anything, I just do all of the research).  I come up with how much it’s going to cost according to my “plans” and then sit and stare into space trying to figure out how to save up that much money. During these moments of staring off into space, I often think things like…”well, if we sold our patio furniture and only ate beans and rice for dinner, we’d have a good start…”

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2. Organize my kitchen cabinets. Obsessively. Labels need to be facing a certain way, things are sized smallest to largest, there can’t be “too many” items in one place–being evenly spaced is key. I’m a maniac.

3. Look at fashion blogs and make a list of the items I want to buy to make the cute outfits from them. (Between the dream vacations and outfits, me being bored gets expensive!)

4. Crave Chik-Fil-A chicken strips. Almost. Every. Time. It’s like a switch for me—boredom sets in, then my craving.

5. Bake something. Usually it’s this banana bread or these muffins.

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6. Foam roll. For some reason, it’s only when I’m bored that I remember to spend a significant time doing this. But I usually spend the most time looking up new foam rolling techniques so by the time I actually get to doing foam rolling, it lasts about 6 minutes.

7. Brush my guinea pig and talk to him in a high-pitched, weird voice. It’s called the “Otis voice” and he sheds a lot of hair so I want to help him out. Don’t judge.

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8. Paint my fingernails. I have to be REALLY bored for this one because I’m probably the world’s worst fingernail painter. About halfway through painting my nails, every time, I realize what a terrible job I’m doing and wipe it all off.

9. Call my husband to talk about how his day is going. And what he wants for dinner. And what he needs from Target. And about what Otis, the guinea pig, is doing. He loves these phone calls…. ;)

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10.  Re-arrange the furniture. Then I realize that I don’t like that much change and move it all back. Pinterest is just too good at sucking me in. I get so inspired!

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Along with being a certified personal trainer and nutritional consultant in Florida, Amy blogs at The Funky Fork.  Go check her out!