I Actually Took Pictures of Our Weekend

Hey hey!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! It was a pretty great one over here. And hey, guess what?! I actually remembered to pull out my camera and snap a few photos. Imagine that! Winking smile

Our weekend began with a Diamondbacks baseball game with my parents on Friday evening. I grew up going to quite a few Diamondbacks games, and it had been awhile since I’ve been to one, so it was good to be back! I’m not a huge baseball lover, but I do enjoy going to the games in person. We also braved taking Hunter along which I was initially a little anxious about, but he actually did really well. We were out over an hour past his normal bedtime, and there wasn’t a whole lot of room for him to move around, so we were pleasantly surprised at how well he did.


And this is really big news –> I convinced Cody to come to a BodyPump class with me on Saturday morning! Cody is not a gym goer (or liker), so this is a big deal. He’s fairly active, but doesn’t do any sort of strength training, so I’ve been trying to convince him to try out a BodyPump class and/or do some at-home strength workouts a couple times a week. I *think* we’re moving in the right direction…fingers crossed! I didn’t teach this particular BodyPump class; we just went together which was kinda fun. Except of course the one time Cody agrees to try out a class, Hunter decides he wants nothing to do with the gym daycare. This hasn’t happened in ages, so I don’t know what the deal was. We ended up leaving early, but at least we got through about half the workout so Cody was able to get a little taste of BodyPump and he’s nice and sore, so I’d say my mission was accomplished.


I asked him what his feedback was, and he responded with something like, “Well, it wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t call it fun.” Ahhhh, c’mon Babe! It’s totally fun! I told him he should at least give it three chances, so we’ll see.

The rest of the afternoon consisted of pool time, working in the yard, and practicing some BodyPump. It was overcast and not quite as ridiculously hot as it has been, so we took advantage and got to work on some yard stuff. Cody is currently trying to remove a pine tree stump (the one my brother, stepdad, and him chopped down a few weeks ago), and then we have to get rid of a bunch of gravel to prepare for sod in the fall. It’ll be SO nice to have some grass back there!


Later in the afternoon we headed out to our church’s new member class. It was another great reaffirmation that we chose the right place to make our church home, so that was really encouraging. We officially have a sticker with the church name/logo on it for our car!


And even more awesome – in our class, we ended up sitting next to another couple that we randomly knew from Utah. The guy had played in the same basketball league as Cody, and we had no idea they recently moved to Arizona, let alone our side of town. They don’t know hardly anyone out here which I immediately could relate to from when we lived in Utah, so we decided to invite them over for dinner on Sunday night to get to know them a little better. Pretty awesome how God works!

After our class, we decided to go out for pizza. My two handsome dates:


We got two different types of pizza – one with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, black olives, bell pepper, onion, & mozzarella and the other was a little more unique with red potatoes, onion, ranch, & mozzarella. Both were SO good!


Get this – Cody and I both slept in until 8:30 AM on Sunday morning, and Hunter didn’t wake up until 9:15 AM!! I can’t remember the last time I slept in past 7:00 AM, and Hunter has never slept in that late. It was pretty glorious. Apparently we were all pretty tired. We went to church that morning, ran a couple errands, and cleaned up the house a bit to get ready for our new friends (from our church’s new members class) to come over. I made enchiladas, and our friends brought a green salad. I haven’t made enchiladas in forever because I’ve boycotted the oven since it’s been crazy hot here, so they tasted extra delicious.

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty great weekend. And now, bring on the new week! Let’s make it a great one!

What did you do this past weekend?!

What made your weekend great?

Does your husband/significant other workout?

What’s your favorite kind of pizza?

My Workouts Lately

Hello to my fabulous friends on this fine Friday! (<—Nerd alert!)

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared what my workouts are looking like around here these days. Of course there’s been lots of teaching BodyPump, but since several of you have asked, I thought it’d fun to share my fitness routine in a little more detail.

Because I’ve been teaching a few of my own classes each week as well as subbing here and there, most of my workouts are done in the group fitness room while I’m teaching.


Every week is a little bit different depending on various sub jobs, how I’m feeling, etc., but generally my weeks have been looking something like this:

Monday: Teach 5:30 AM BodyPump class

Tuesday: Teach 8:30 AM BodyPump class

Wednesday: 30-ish minutes of steady state cardio (usually the elliptical/treadmill/stairmill) + teaching boot camp (I typically walk around and instruct/encourage, but will do a few moves here and there with them)

Thursday: REST

Friday: Teach 5:30 AM BodyPump class

Saturday: Attend RPM class or REST (just depends how I’m feeling & what we have going on for the day)

Sunday: REST

As you can see, the front half of my week is a little workout heavy, so I make sure to rest plenty toward the end of the week. It’s not necessarily ideal to do BodyPump two days in a row, but I can’t be too picky with my class choices since I’m a newer instructor. (FYI: It’s best to do BodyPump on nonconsecutive days since it’s a full body strength workout and your muscles need time to recover.) I typically go a little lighter with my BodyPump weights on Tuesday morning so I don’t overdo it. My schedule will most likely be moving around a bit in the next few weeks since MOPS is starting soon, and they’re adding in some more classes at my gym, so we’ll see what happens.

I’ve been trying to attend an occasional RPM class from time to time since my boss is encouraging me to get certified in the fall, but we will see. I feel like BodyPump and my boot camp class are already taking up plenty of my time, so I’m not convinced it’s something I want to do just yet. Time will tell!

I keep saying I need to incorporate more yoga into my routine, but I never really make a conscious effort to do it. To be totally honest, I don’t love yoga (or maybe I just need to give it another shot with a different instructor/class), so it’s hard for me get motivated to do it. I know my body would appreciate it though, especially with all the BodyPump I’ve been doing.

So, there you have it – what’s been going on in my little world of fitness!

P.S. I had to share with you my excitement (if you didn’t already see it splattered all over social media)… Hunter ate mixed vegetables last night!!!! This is a BIG deal, you guys. I didn’t have to disguise or puree them or anything. My only secret was lots of butter and cheese, and he chowed right down. Duh, what was I thinking all these months?! Hallelujah!


Have an amazing weekend!

What have your workouts looked like lately?

Do your workouts vary or look similar from week to week?

Group fitness instructors: How many classes do you teach per week? Which classes?

Do you incorporate yoga into your routine? Any good online sources you’ve found?

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