Life Lately! 10.24.16

Hi people! These monthly life update blog posts have become very common and easily maintainable for me. So I think I might keep this going :) Wuddya think?

We have been loving our busy schedules lately – this month was FILLED with travel, all over the country! Portland, OR; Austin, TX; and the photo above was from this weekend visiting my grandparents in Madison. Love love loving Autumn!

Friday night we joined our wonderful friends for a pumpkin carving party – mine is above, Patrick’s is below. The morning after… mine was DEVOURED by squirrels. What the heck! It was pretty hilarious to be honest though…


Let’s travel back to the end of September/ beginning of October. Patrick, my sister Mandaline, her boyfriend Erik and I traveled to Portland, OR for a wonderful getaway for 5 days. And lemme tell ya, WE FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS STATE. Portland is such a gorgeous and open city, with all the cycling, coffee shops, and hiking areas you can imagine🙂 #heaven

We went hiking along the Oregon Coast and saw the GORGEOUS ocean. The vastness of this magnificent part of our earth always stirs a wild travel lust within me. I can’t stop thinking about going back!

We went to a few wineries along the coast as well! The boys, enjoying their decadent pinots😉

And sisters doing what sisters do – with the most beautiful sky you can possibly imagine.❤

We had the most delicious brunch too. I MEAN HELLO, below.

YES we are thinking of moving there. NO we don’t have a timeline yet. But YES it is officially part of our souls and we must follow our dreams🙂

Bringing it back home – I have been half marathon training the last few weeks (weird, I know). I always considered myself “trained for a half marathon at all times” but I wanted to really put an effort into this training for my half marathon here in Milwaukee on November 6, so I got some NEW KICKS (because duh) last weekend. Asics are my new runners, and I love them so far!!🙂

Anyone else run in Asics? Thoughts??

Maintaining my yoga practice as well, with all this training and running and lifting. Still learning, still loving, and still expressing myself in new ways every day.❤

Running has brought me SO much joy lately. It gives me a reason to get outside and get fresh air, get my sore muscles moving, and allows me to really feel my breath (outside of yoga) so I can push myself harder every day. I’m running a marathon next May, so continuing training even in “off season” is so important for me.

Baymax has been PERFECT and AMAZING and growing like CRAY. He’s almost 90 pounds guys. Our little pup is growing up so fast❤ He’s still dumb though, so I’m okay with that🙂 Smart, but still my little dum-dum.

Our Austin trip was wonderful – a beautiful celebration of love at our friend’s wedding. We loved seeing the city and even though it was 90+ degrees the whole time, it was a wonderful quick weekend trip to see a sweeeeet city!🙂

Oooobviously yoga happened.

He’s kinda the best person I’ve ever met❤

This is what’s basically going on with me lately. My personal training and two other jobs are keeping me busybusybusy and every single day I’m figuring out a new way to be grateful, happy, and still push myself towards my goals.❤ My life is whole and still finds ways to fill me up, with such beautiful friends and family surrounding me every single day. I could NOT be happier right about now🙂❤

Happy Monday everybody, here’s to another wonderful month of Autumn!! AND HALLOWEEN COMING UP!


Peace, xoxo

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Life Lately 9.22.16

Hello hello! How ARE you all?? 3 weeks later and I have another wonderful life update! I kid you not… I barely have time to read ANY other blogs, let alone get the energy and find time to write my own. So monthly ones might be my method going forward😉

My personal training job and regular day-time desk job are going swimmingly. I work A LOT but honestly, it’s going really really well. I am finally finding the time to make everything balance out, and everything is falling into place schedule-wise🙂

Firstly otherwise – I got my hairs cut🙂 2.5 inches off! Still fairly long which I’m excited about too!

We went to a Brewers game with a BUNCH of our friends Labor Day Weekend – with friends we haven’t seen in forever! It was such a beautiful day and even though baseball is zzzzzzzzzzz to me, it was such a fun fun fun time🙂

The weekend after, we went camping with my whole family in New Glarus State Park! We drove 2 hours to the camp site and had a really wonderful weekend. Of course we toured the Brewery too🙂


The whole family together! Sisters, boyfriends, and dad and step mom. It flew by and we all ended up getting sick with a cold (long story) but I wish we could have more camping trips with the family like this… annually at least!!


We all went for a run together too! With both dogs. What a solid #squadselfie.


Last weekend, we met our wonderful friends at the Cedarburg Harvest & Wine Festival! I WANTED TO BUY EVERYTHING. Hand crafted decorations and home-goods…. I almost went nuts with decorating ideas the whole time. And it was a gorgeous day – is it really Fall already!?


And now… a little word from our kitchen lately🙂

Patrick has been cooking SO MUCH lately!! *heart eye emoji*
He cooks frequently, but he’s been so inspired with new ideas! I have to humble brag.

Homemade pizza bites, stuffed with caprese goodness.


Sweet potato deliciousness with scrambled egg mix on top.

Sauteed veggies with rice and eggs.

You could say that we’ve been eating WELL. And with our Farmer’s Box coming from our Community Supported Agriculture group every week, we love love love our seasonal veggies🙂

I’ll finish my post with a mini update on my workouts. I haven’t been running, let me just say that. So I have made a point to run as many days as I can this week. I’ve missed it SO MUCH, it’s killing me! Especially with everyone getting ready to run their fall  halves and full marathons.

Aside from running, I’ve posted some killer (if I do say so myself) workouts from the gym on my Instagram and have been continuing with my daily yoga as well🙂 HIIT workouts here and there too!

Has everyone else been fine and dandy? What’s new in your world?

I know my updates are a hodge podge of information thrown at you, but really, ’tis life!🙂

Peace, xoxo. Til next time!❤

Shannon

Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness


Also here’s my smart puppy. 

An Object in Motion Stays in Motion… Life Updates! 8.29.16

Hellooooooo!! Longest hiatus ever I know. Therefore… I definitely have plenty to update you with!  We have been zooming around to various races/events, enjoying our perfect little puppy growing up and growing HUGE already, and of course I am still completely grateful and loving my personal training gig, with my yoga practice peppered in still.

 

We completed a triathlon two weeks ago in Oconomowoc, WI and it was a blast!! We had some rainy weather during our swim which led to pretty choppy waves but we finished strong and Patrick and I BOTH had personal records!! Pretty proud there. The sad part… The race didn’t give out medals… WHAT! I was pretty sad. They gave them out last year so I’ll have to reevaluate this race before signing up next year😉 the medal is SO IMPORTANT! I mean right??

And just two days ago, we completed a half marathon, with my great friend Sarah and my dad too! Although I haven’t run…much…at…all… Since our marathon in May. We pushed through, had fun, and are so happy we finished upright and no injuries!

Isn’t it refreshing to sometimes joins race with no aspirations or expectations? Just to do it for fun and to finish? The course was wonderful and we relaxed with family and friends after to celebrate!

Baymax is already 6 months old. WHAT. Yeah, he’s the most happy and playful puppy but still makes time to cuddle with mama🙂 he’s over 60 lbs too… That just proves to us he will get close to 100 lbs when he’s full grown. SO EXCITED but we love watching him grow up in the meantime🙂

I have still been working on my yoga practice although sadly I haven’t been to an actual class in over a month. BUT my sister got me a gift card to a wonderful studio near my apartment so I can now use that to get my butt into a studio! Thanks sista🙂

We also got to spend a lot of awesome family time at Irish Fest this year! And got to watch my little sister dance. This is only her… 5th year I think – and she’s already advanced to one of the top classes🙂 #irishpride

On top of ALLLLL of that, I have finally found my path in terms of my scheduling. My days were 13+ hours away from home, constantly driving back and forth between home, the gym, and my other day time desk job… it was getting to be a LOT. BUT I finally figured out what works best for me, my body, my time and ability, and my employers have been amazing at letting me factor everything in so it all makes sense.

Being myself. Staying true. Focusing on my real goals. And helping others every single day. That’s my calling and that’s how I keep flowing and keep moving. #inertia

 

Happy  Monday everybody❤ Hope you all are happy and healthy!

Message me if you have any personal training questions – I’m on a ROLL and would love to help anyone who has questions about diet or training in the gym🙂

Mwah!! xoxo,

Shanners 

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Exciting Updates and Thoughts! 8.11.16

Good morning beauties! Okay. I know it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted but BOY do I have updates for you!! So much has happened in the last 3 weeks and I am just bursting to share with you!

First and foremost… I have officially accepted a new position for my career… As a Full Time Personal Trainer!!🙂 I was referred by a friend, and the position honestly just sort of landed in my lap but I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. 

This entire week has been shadowing trainers and group fit instructors, and I even have my own clients to personally train already🙂 It’s a pretty wonderful scenario and I can’t wait to get busier!

THE BEST PART is that I get to keep my current job part-time! They found a place to keep me working here and I am so grateful and excited to stay a part of a wonderful company during the day when I’m not training🙂 #grateful #lifeisgood

Outside of THAT amazing update, I have still been trying to keep my schedule relatively the same. Working out in the mornings, still having my wonderful homemade dinners with Patrick and Baymax every night. It’s a wonderful life🙂

Some looks at my inversions for this last week.

Since my birthday was July 31, and we were on our camping trip at Rocky Mountain National Park (different blog to come!), I wasn’t able to see my family, so I was able to celebrate with them after we got back!🙂

My mom made me THE BEST CARD (as always) ((and yes that’s considered a card to her- a poster)) with pictures of me growing up and it is currently hung in our apartment since I love it so much. She makes every card with so much love and care, it’s amazing❤

My dad and step mom and sister took me and Patrick out for Mexican last Friday (MY FAVORITE YAS) and Patrick and I split a margarita bigger than my face.🙂


AND my little sister made me a homemade blueberry pie. I feel like I can literally smell it and taste it through this picture… SO AMAZING.


The following morning (hilarious, I know) we ran a HOT 5K around Miller Park area on the Hank Aaron State Trail. Only about .25 miles was actually ON the trail, which I’m bummed about, but my dad and I ran a sub 10-minute mile pace the entire time so I was happy🙂

That night, we went out to the State Fair with our wonderful friends Mitch and Lindsey and OBVIOUSLY had to go down the Giant Slide. I haven’t done that… in probably… 15 years. I kid you not. It was probably the best 10 seconds of my month🙂

All in all, I am deliriously happy. Life works out in mysterious ways, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all your support, and particularly the support of my incredibly man Patrick. He’s my man-cheerleader and I thank him every single day for being the best person in my life. My mom, my dad, my sisters… they are all the best too – we literally exchange family emails on a daily basis going over pros and cons of my life decisions. How amazing is that?

Did I mention that above^ was my first time doing a forearm stand with no wall? I had myself close to a wall JUST IN CASE, and I gently floated one leg at a time up and didn’t even touch it. YAY PROGRESS!🙂

Have a wonderful beautiful healthy day my friends!🙂

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Peace, xoxo.

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Devil’s Lake Camping Trip! 7.19.16

Good morning and happy Tuesday!🙂 Excited to post a short recap of our camping trip last Saturday. Even though it was only one night and two half-days, it was a blast!

After we ran the Port Fish Days 8k Saturday morning with my dad (I’ll recap in a later blog post), we packed up our stuff and headed West to Devil’s Lake near the Wisconsin Dells to camp for one night with our good friends who live in Oshkosh. The drive was nice, and Baymax did a wonderful job🙂 So proud of him, as ALWAYS!

When we got there, we immediately set up camp, made some snacks, and went on our first hike. We visited a doggy swimming area (which Baymax loved/hated at the same time) and saw some gorgeous sites. This hike took us up up up a looong steep hill that was mostly a gravel path, since Kasey and Matt (our friends) wanted to see the sunset at a good vantage point🙂

Needless to say, it was absolutely worth the sweaty hike up and down, and Baymax was pretty sleepy when we got to the top🙂

Pretty much the cutest picture EVER❤ Photo cred: Patrick.

We let him rest at the top and chew on some of his choice sticks that he found around us.

The way down was ALL ROCKS. And we had to jump and leap and maneuver any way we could to get down. It was a blast! Got in over 20,000 steps that day🙂

We grilled the most DELICIOUS chicken sausages over the course of two days. We had spinach and garlic (eh, to me) but then also had roasted red pepper and asiago cheese (WINNER!). Onnnnnnn pretzel buns because #duh.

Settling down for the night was so relaxing. Nothing really compares to that campfire warmth and smell.🙂

That night was INTERESTING, to say the last. We had a TON of rain, just torrential downpours, and luckily our tent didn’t flood. Baymax did okay with the lightning and thunder but still required much attention at 2am to calm him down. Anything for the puppy :) 

Woke up the next morning and cleaned up our site, made some breakfast, and headed out for our last hike before we headed home.

I love my family❤ We had such a great time and I’m SO excited for when we leave on our LONG camping trip in Rocky Mountain National Park next week!

Peace, love, and GO CAMPING🙂

Thursday Thoughts- Hot Hot Summer! 7.21.16

This is a note I got last week when I came home from work. Yes, Patrick used to sell some of the best knives in the world. And he won’t let me forget it😉

Happy Thursday friends!! Joining Amanda at Running with Spoons again! How has everyone been in this HOT HOT HEAT? We have definitely had the A/C on some nights lately, which I’m usually totally against. But we have a puppy (and ourselves) to keep comfortable, so it’s had to happen a few times.

Let’s see… where did we leave off…?

Patrick and I went to a very lovely wine tasting last week at a local restaurant/winery with some of our good friends! Michael and Susan had free tastings so YEAH we all went and tried some pretty delicious wine and MAY have left with two bottles for ourselves🙂

Baymax has been doing so wonderfully – he OFFICIALLY hit over 50 pounds yesterday!!! We definitely had a party and jumped around and clapped and congratulated him for being so BEEEEEEG🙂

I bring him to work 2-3 times a week and he just loves it (obviously) and naps a LOT (obviously).

My July inversions goal has been going great too! I love trying new inversions and letting my body just completely relax in an upside down pose. It’s very soothing and allows my body to focus and still detach from what’s going on around me. Pretty awesome.


Last Thursday and Friday, my sister was in town for Bastille Days! Milwaukee has one of the best festivals to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille and France’s Independence Day. It’s absolutely one of my favorite festivals of the year, so we went twice! My family went, along with our great friends Mitch and Lindsey🙂

Even in the midst of all the craziness and sadness that happened on Thursday night😦 My heart goes out to the city of Nice, and all of France. The entire festival had a long moment of silence on Friday night after that devastating tragedy that took so many beautiful lives on a day that should have been a celebration❤

The next morning, my dad, Patrick and I ran our traditional Port Fish Days 8k! We run it every year, and LOVE the beautiful route around Port Washington. I think I even PR’ed this year! It was a scorching hot day, but we swam afterwards and had delicious breakfast to celebrate too🙂

These last few weeks have been wonderful, and we have another fun-filled weekend ahead! THEN OUR CAMPING TRIP FOR MY BIRFDAYYY🙂

Pretty stoked, yes.🙂

Have a gorgeous day, loves! I’ll just leave you with this…

Marvelously Busy Monday 7.11.16

Morning everybody!

PHEW, this has been a crazy few weeks. We have been hyper busy, so pardon my lack of blogging🙂 But I’m back, so it’s all good again!

My yoga challenges have been a blast! And I’ve been doing inversions every day of July, which is wonderful! I have been doing these little daily celebrations for my birthday month🙂 Since I love inversions!

One of my favorite poses, officially. ^❤

Friday night, we drove to Chicago and spent time with our friends for his birthday. We had a delicious dinner and then saw my sister and her boyfriend for brunch the next morning!🙂 Loving the #Chicagobrunchlife.

#squad

After we came home on Saturday, we rested and got ourselves ready for the next EARLY morning on Sunday – for our first International length triathlon at Pewaukee Lake! We are so happy with how we did, and it was seriously the most beautiful day. A wonderful event and a beautiful course- I’m so happy🙂

My wonderful 15 year+ friend Kaylin did the event too!! She is incredible, and totally has the triathlon bug now!🙂 You go girl!

Obviously had to celebrate with a massive omelet for me and a massive burrito for Patrick after the event!🙂

Last week (obviously I forgot to blog about it), I made zucchini muffins with the LOADS of zucchini we got from our CSA box. I am making more tonight and SO PUMPED to devour themmmmmm❤

We also made an egg bake (it’s been too long!) and you can clearly tell which side is covered in tomato basil cheese for Mr. Patrick😉


Baymax is doing really super amazingly well. He loves coming to work and running around, eating treats from everyone who walks by, and obviously napping wrapped up in his doggy friend’s blanket🙂

We are smitten.


Have a wonderful week! Love, Me and Baymax❤

Peace, xoxo

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