hi hi!
How are you doing?! Ready for the last few days of September? It’s actually been hot the past few days – 80 degrees – and will be for the next couple days. Hoping that we get some cooler weather by the end of the week. Just in time for a trip to the pumpkin patch.

How was your weekend?! Mine was fairly productive and restful – which I needed big time after a busy week. Friday, my little sister come over for a sleepover. We ate pizza (gluten-free for me!), kettlecorn (I ate nearly the whole bag, surprise, surprise), gummie bears and ice cream. She’s 13, so it should have been no surprise to me that she hadn’t seen ‘A Cinderella Story’, ‘Pitch Perfect’, or ‘Sydney White.’ Naturally, we watched all those movies, in that order. I was so so tired, but I managed to stay awake through the first two movies and feel asleep mid-way through the third. When it was over at 11:00p, I hoped Kat would be ready for sleep, but she decided to read, so I could be an old woman and go to bed.


Saturday, we ended up going to the Farmer’s Market (so. many. puppies!) in the morning, before heading to Conner Prairie with the whole family. It was a free day, so we made a family trip of it. I got home in the afternoon and went to town on cleaning the apartment. I did some regular cleaning that hadn’t been done with being away last weekend. Then I cleaned out my closet and dresser drawers. Everything is clean. I love it.


Sunday was my prep and catch-up day. I was so in the mood for some chocolate pumpkin pancakes, but as you can see from the photo below, they didn’t come out so well. I tried to make scrambled pancakes, but it was a serious no-go. Luckily, I had some frozen paleo banana bread waffles that I popped in the toaster. After church, I painted nails a good fall color, did some meal prep, workout prep, blog work, and hung with my mom a bit.

Overall, a pretty good weekend. I’ve got a busy October coming up, so it was good to just relax a bit. My body needed the extra sleep and no real workout. Working on my pistols, pull-ups and Urbanathon training this week!

Grab that coffee, smoothie or tea (Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend, YES. PLEASE.), and enjoy another edition of ‘well, hello monday…

on menstrual health: and being fit

on bodybuilding: redefining the female bodybuilder

on rest days: add them to your routine

on workout cycles: you can’t be on all the time

on stalled dreams + goals: what to do when it happens

on life: current direction v. desired direction

on big changes: with small substitutions 

on motivation: how to get it back

on being a size large: all. about. the. bass.

on my ‘let’s take a week off and do all these workouts’ list: one. two. three. four. five. six.

on my ‘I want to eat allllllll the food’ list: one. two. three. four. five. six. seven. <– if only i could eat gluten and dairy.

on my ‘favorite fall fashion looks’ list: one. two. three. four. five.

on my ‘can I wear gold all the time?’ list: one. two. three. four.

on my ‘future home ideas’ list: one. two. three. four.



Love that!
Did a rocking kettlebell workout this morning. Working on that snatch.

– jena.

p.s. What are you guys up to this week? Anything exciting going on? Do tell!

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