Make-your-monday-legendaryGood Morning!

And Happy Memorial Day!
Do you have the day off today? I do and I am so pumped. Hopefully I’m still sleeping as you read this! It’s my first day to sleep in, in over a week. And by sleep in, I mean 8:30/9:00am. Gotta love getting older. I’ve got lots to do today – plan the next 2-3 weeks for my client and catch up on 2 chapters for Precision – but I’m excited for an extra ‘weekend’ day.

It’s been a pretty great weekend so far. Friday, I was up bright and early, teaching bootcamp at 5:00am. I subbed for the gym where I used to teach and had a busy morning of classes. In the past couple months, I’ve went from wanting to wake up by 6am, to waking up around 7:30/8am, when I’m not teaching. Having to get up at 4:25am two days last week was no. bueno. I did a bit of workout planning and prep during the day, along with a walk along the water.

IMG_2514.JPG water walk well hello mondayThen The Workout Bud and I went out to grab our marriage license on the way to all-you-can-eat sushi. But, the clerk’s office closed before we got there and the traffic was so bad on the way to sushi, we decided to skip it and head to the mall instead.

We tried on a few outfits at Old Navy, where I had no luck. Shorts fit the quads but not the waist. The pair I am wear as I write are a Boyfriend pair from Old Navy. Since Boyfriend cut are supposed to be slouchy, I kept them. But same problem – good in the quads, loose in the waist! We ended up eating Qdoba for dinner, after we remembered there was one at the mall. We would eat there every day, if we could. After Qdoba, we came back to our house and went to our favorite restaurant across the street for martini’s and sweet potato fries.

IMG_2508.JPG clothes well hello mondayRegular martini’s, with the olive, are so not tasty. Probably one of those acquired taste drinks. I had one with amaretto and cranberry and it was pretty tasty. After drinks and fries, we ventured over to play Cards Against Humanity with his bros, which was super fun.

IMG_2510.JPG friday night well hello mondaySaturday, I agreed to sub not one, but two BodyWorks classes. I fueled up with a couple eggs + banana before my first class, and two dates with cashew butter before the second one. My concoction of water + coconut water w/aloe juice (thanks Trader Joe’s) + Citrus Fizz kept me well hydrated through both hour long sessions. But by the end of the second class, I was ready to be done. I met The Boy for pancakes right after.

IMG_2512.JPG class and pancakes hello mondayOur friends had their wedding on Saturday and we got all dressed up for it. Now, I SWEAR that I read the invitation and it said the wedding started at 5:30pm. Since I have been running late these days, I made sure that we left so that we would get there at least 10 minutes before it started. Well, when we talked in there was hardly anyone there. And they were both at the front taking pictures. I was just thinking they were maybe running late with pictures and it would start soon.

wedding well hello mondayNo. It started at 6:30pm. I told The Boy that I’m the keeper of the calendar and there are a TON of things on it at all times. So, mixing up the time for one event wasn’t too bad. It was an outdoor wedding at this beautiful state park, so we got to walk around and enjoy the weather.

IMG_2519.JPG state parkThe funny thing is that they tied a fisherman’s knot, instead of a unity candle – which we are doing. They had pulled pork, mac n’ cheese, baked beans, coleslaw and lemonade – all of which we are having, sans the coleslaw. And their colors were navy, a pale peach and a pale pink + ivory – and ours are gold, navy, and peach. And they are going to Charleston for their wedding – which is where we are going! Hah. We didn’t even really talk to each other about wedding planning either, so it’s not like we borrowed ideas from each other either.

wedding mondayShe was so wonderful and gave me her bouquet since I’m getting hitched in 2 weeks. She was at a wedding two weeks prior and was given the bouquet by the bride as a ‘good luck’ gift, so she returned the favor. Aren’t they beautiful!

flowers well hello monday

Sunday, I taught yet another BodyWorks class, this time a completely different workout, and boy, did my glutes and hammy’s feel it! I had such trouble with my music, but ended up getting it fixed and still lead a great class. After teaching, I booked it on over to my mom’s house to do some wedding planning. We got everything on our list at the Dollar Store and almost everything at Target. Plus, finalized our rehearsal and day of plans, checked out the slideshow and even tried to get the tablecloths ready. We are trying to figure out how to steam and transport the tablecloths, without them getting wrinkled or creased. I’ll take any ideas you got!

I was also given a gift of my grandma’s wedding bands! My grandma passed away when I was in fourth grade, but she was a huge part of my life growing up. My dad, aunt and uncle all decided to pass the rings along to me, to have a part of my grandma (and grandpa) with me on my special day. I’m so happy to have them and wear them for the wedding.rings-well-hello-mondayAfter a full day on Sunday, The Boy and I ordered pizza and watched some MASH. He played his new zombie video game (with the sound up. Sounded like a real zombie attack in our apartment for hours.) and I did a bit of blogging, workout planning and Master’s program researching. And watched New Girl. It’s my latest obsession.

The link love is a bit sparse today because my week was crazy and I didn’t get to dive into my Bloglovin’ feed. Plus, I had a bit of stuff life stuff to update you on. There are still some good links for you to enjoy though!

on fitness topics: 10 that are highly debated

on listening to your body: what does it actually mean?

on taking quality workout photos: with a self-timer (I still just want someone to follow me around and take all the pictures for me!)

on smart phone photography: 5 tips

on being enough: breaking up with negative self-talk

on being called ‘real’ all the time: what it feels like

on my ‘Must Try Workout’ list: one. two.

on my ‘I want to eat ALLLL the food’ list: one. two. three. four.

So, another exciting thing happened this weekend. I found out yesterday that one of the winners of Mommy Run Faster BlogFest ticket contest was not able to use the ticket. And was the next randomly selected winner. Which means…

I’M GOING TO BLOGFEST 2015 IN JULY!!!!!!

Guys. GUYS! I am so freaking pumped. I need to find a roommate and get my ticket and choose from a crazy amount of amazing workshops to attend. But, I’m going! Woo! SO STINKING PUMPED And I cannot wait to meet some Blog Friends in person!

Anyone else going?

If you have the day off (and even if you don’t), don’t for get to make your Monday, LEGENDARY.

What was the best part of your weekend?
Are you going to watch American Ninja Warrior tonight too!?

– Jen.

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