Weekly Workouts: Sweaty Summer Time

Happy Monday everyone! How are you all surviving the heat? I have to say, I really don’t mind it at all. I am a summer baby and would much rather be sweaty and hot than cold. This past week we had some really gorgeous days too which was awesome for running!

Monday

I decided to start a new split routine so it was Chest/Tricep and Abs Day.

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Then I trained two clients.

Tuesday

4 mile run + trained a client + taught Boot Camp at night.

It was weird, during the last mile I actually became overwhelmed with anxiety. I have never had that happen during a run, usually it relieves my anxiety. I had to take a few walking breaks, get my breathing under control and calm myself down. Anxiety is no fun.

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My sister holding her strong plank at boot camp!

Wednesday

Back + Biceps + Abs Day then trained two clients and taught my cycling class at night. The gym is slooowwww these days.

Thursday

4 miles sweaty run but I felt really good during this one. My labrum has not been much of a problem! Then I trained another client- super busy trainer!!:)

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Later that evening I took an outdoor yoga class with my sister and two friends!

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Friday

I had the morning off and I was so excited to get to the gym on my own time but I woke up totally dizzy. I had never felt that way before (except after a night of drinking haha) and decided that my body needed to rest. I drank a ton of water and just chilled for most of the morning before acupuncture. I felt better in the afternoon but it was very weird. My acupuncturist said that I could have just not eaten or drank enough because of all the outdoor activity I did the day before. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and we have to listen to our bodies, I am slowly but surely getting better at this.

Saturday

Leg & Shoulder Day!

Sunday

4 mile kinda painful run. I woke up late because I was down the shore the night before and decided since I missed my spin class that I wanted to do something so I went out a little later in the HEAT and although I didn’t mind that part, I could feel pain in my labrum. Some days it hurts, some days it doesn’t, I just have to roll with it and deal with how I feel.

Another great week of workouts! 

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Recent Eats Wednesday!

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I know I sound like a broken record but summer food is my favorite. Fresh veggies, fruit, the grill and ICE CREAM! Seriously can’t beat the eats in the summer!

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Sunday dinner= penne, zucchini, squash, tomato, and sausage.

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Watermelon and dates with Sunflower Seed Butter. I just bought some at TJ’s and I kinda like it. I don’t LOVE it but it’s a different change from PB or Almond Butter.

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Free Slurpee Day on 7/11.

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Asian Chicken Salad for dinner one night, this was so good! Have you tried this dressing from TJs?

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Nothing beats a sandwich on the beach. Turkey, avocado, tomato and spinach on sourdough bread with carrots and cherries on the side.

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This seriously is my favorite ice cream ever, from Hoffman’s at the Jersey Shore! Jersey Monkey= Banana ice cream with chocolate chunks and peanut butter swirls mixed in with hot fudge on top. I am still dreaming about the day I can have this again.

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Taco night.

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Omelet for breakfast. I love banana and strawberry with cinnamon on the side. Such a good combo.

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Big salads for lunch.

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Homemade coconut-peanut granola.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

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Weekend Recap

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! I had a weekend of all my plans changing but it turned out to be a fun weekend anyway!

Friday

Started off with a run!

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Then did a Podcast with DizRuns! Can’t wait to share with you all!

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Later on I headed to the pool and read a lot of my new book: “What Alice Forgot.” SO good!

I was supposed to go into the city, however due to the extreme heat my friend and I rescheduled our date. So pizza (on the grill) and ice cream at home!

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Saturday

Started the morning by getting some training plans done then headed to a Spin and Burn class.

Came home, refueled and made a shopping list. I had gone to Trader Joe’s the day before for some TJ’s staples but I wanted to go to Shop Rite to take advantage of the Can Can Sale and get a more reasonable deal on some items. (Sometimes the proteins at TJs are just overpriced). Wow, are you falling asleep already to my ramble about TJs and SR, is this how you talk in your thirties???

After food shopping I whipped up some S’Mores bites for a party I was going to in the city.

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Then the party got cancelled as soon as I finished baking! Womp, womp.

Headed to the pool for a little bit and figured out some plans to meet up with friends in the city anyway!

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We had dinner at Westville Hudson, it was SO good! I got their Market Plate, which you can pick 4 side type dishes. There are SO many awesome choices. I got the tofu & broccoli, pesto mashed potatoes, beets with goat cheese & walnut and asparagus with parmesan.

I brought my S’more bites for our walk to the mini golf place.

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Gorgeous views as we golfed.

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Of course, good company!

Sunday

After staying out late and sleeping in a bit I decided to make it a rest day. My day was pretty low key, enjoyed some pool time of course.

Then grilled:

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Then of course we celebrated National Ice Cream day at a new place (to me) called Ice Cream by Mike in Hackensack, which is ranked Top 10 ice cream in NJ and it lived up to the hype. The man makes it himself in the store which makes it so good. I got the banana and chocolate with hot fudge and Reese’s Pieces. It was SO good.

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That was a wrap-up of my weekend: sun and good food, my idea of a great weekend!

Did you celebrate National Ice Cream Day? What did you get?

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Weekly Workouts!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Last week was filled with sweaty workouts, I hope yours was too!

Monday

Back and Biceps Day!

Tuesday

Rest Day- I literally did not stop all day! I trained two clients, went to a Dr.’s appt, went to a new gym that I will be subbing at to deal with some new hire stuff, finally came home and scarfed down lunch at 3pm!!, went to the pool to relax a little, then taught my Boot Camp class at 6:30! What a DAY!

Wednesday

I had no clients and got a sub for my cycling class so I made it a “vacation day!” It started with a 4 mile run.

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Then the rest of the day looked like this:

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I had a “me” day at the beach= total heaven.

Thursday

Leg Day then trained a client.

Friday

5 mile hot, stick, slowwww, sweaty run!

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I was feeling pain in my left ankle which is definitely because of a compensation that I am making because of my labrum. I gotta keep an eye on that and take some running days off. I want to get back to swimming, I just have been avoiding the pool because it ruins my beautiful purple hair. :-) The price we pay for beauty.

Saturday

Spin class + Burn class, I was just in the mood for a morning sweat-fest and that was what I did!

Sunday

Rest Day. My rest days have become unplanned this summer which I really like. I used to make it every Sunday, but my rigid-ness and flexibility continues to become more balanced and I rest when I feel like it, when things in life take priority, etc. I woke up late after staying out late and just wanted to have a chill day.:)

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Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday everyone! Now that it is summer I would like to work on some fun blog posts and change it up rather than my two posts a week! I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things lately and link up with Life in Leggings!

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Warm Cinnamon Cereal from Kashi. So good with just milk or mixed in with yogurt and fruit.

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I saw Jen from Peanut Butter Runner post this on her blog so I decided to pick some up at Trader Joe’s. It is so good and really does calm your stomach down. I love tea and usually have a cup after lunch during the school year so I will be sure to continue purchasing this throughout the year!

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A breakfast casserole that I made. We had a bunch of veggies that were about to turn so I cooked them up and made an egg casserole that lasted for a few breakfasts for me and my family.

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Iced Coffee from a local coffee shop in Ridgewood.

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Black and White Ice cream from Bischoff’s.

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Ever since going to acupuncture my back has started to act up from time to time. I think they are working on reducing the inflammation but with that comes soreness. This hot pack feels so good on my back.

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Mini size Larabars. I bought these for my sponsored table night at the pool for my business but I have a ton left over. They are great for a quick pre-workout snack or when a sweet tooth strikes. Remember when I used to LOVE Quest bars, my how I have changed! I do my best to eat as less processed as possible!

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Adult coloring book. I got this for my birthday and I must say it is very relaxing to just color!

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Summer Reading! I have a pile of summer reading books on my nightstand, summer reading is my favorite!!

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Lululemon purchases. (Sorry I took this picture after I wore those green pants that’s why they are wrinkly haha). I had $100 in gift cards to Lulu and I enjoyed myself there. Two pairs of workout capris, a tank and a headband!

What are on your favorites this week?

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Recent Eats!

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I missed out last week sharing all of my Recent Eats!! I have so many pics on my phone so here we go!

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A delicious and overpriced salad from a deli by me. I went for a picnic with some teachers and former students so I decided to buy lunch and it was kinda pricey.

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A steak, blue cheese and tomato salad for dinner one night.

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Proscuitto, Mozz, Tomato and Basil Panini.

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Pizza night at the pool.

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Turkey burgers and veggies.

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Lunch at the Rolling Pin. That is chilled avocado soup- SO good!

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Greek pizza!

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Shrimp, avocado, tomato cashew salad and garlic bread.

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This recipe from Jen from Peanut Butter Runner, avocado, sauerkraut and scrambled eggs on an English muffin.

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Leftover Cuban food from my part-ay!

What are some delicious things you have been eating lately?

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Weekly Workouts: “Long” run!

Happy Monday everyone! Whoa, did this past week FLY by? Why does summer go so fast? It needs to slow down! I had a pretty decent week of workouts. I eased back into strength training after taking some time off due to some tendinitis/muscular pain that keeps popping up.

Monday

4th of July Run

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Tuesday

Birthday Workout- 30 minute spin ride, “30 Total Body Strength Session”

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Wednesday

After my massage on Tuesday I woke up with terrible back pain so I skipped the gym especially since I had two client training sessions + my cycling class to teach that day (where I only had ONE person!! That woman rocked the ride!!).

Thursday

Leg Day at the gym

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Friday

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I ran 5 miles!!! Longest run since I tore my labrum! I really didn’t feel much pain and decided this was the time to take advantage of it and go 5 miles. It was humid and sunny but I didn’t care because my labrum wasn’t hurting me!

Saturday

I had a backyard boot camp to teach at 10am so I woke up at 5:30am to get to gym right as it opened at 7. Well the girl opening had some car trouble so there was a large group of us standing outside (real diehards haha) waiting for it to open until 7:15 when she came. I felt bad for the girl but I really think they should have two people opening and not leave it on one person to run and open a whole gym.

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So I did Chest/Shoulder/Triceps and core (I am really continuously trying to keep up with core work all day everyday:-) )

Sunday

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A sweatyyyyy heart rate rocking spin class. Literally every time I take this class my HR goes a little higher than I have ever seen it before. It’s very cool to see that the interval training from cycling continues to make me more fit.

That is a wrap-up of my workouts this week! Hope you had a fantastic week of workouts too!

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Third, Fourth and Fifth (my birthday) of July!

I hope you enjoyed reading My 30th Birthday Surprise Party Post!  I had so much fun over the next few days that I wanted to write a recap of my fun weekend/holiday/birthday!

On Sunday after the party I woke up after maybe 5 hours of sleep. I went to bed pretty late but I wasn’t able to sleep in too late. So I went and picked up bagels for everyone because I felt “hungover” even though I don’t drink haha and a bagel would do the trick!

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Regular CC and Walnut, cinnamon, raisin CC. 

Later on I finally opened all of my birthday gifts and cards! It was so sweet of people to bring me gifts, so not necessary but SO thoughtful!

Jen got me the BEST GIFT EVER!! A Levain Bakery Chocolate and PB Chip cookie, a gift card to Levain and such a “me” tank! OMG that cookie! I can’t, like they are just the best thing ever. I warmed it up in the microwave for 20 seconds and it was gooey and yummy and amazing. (PS I can check this off my summer bucket list!)

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SO. FREAKING. DELICIOUS. 

I got so many fun thoughtful gifts and even some Lulu Lemon gift cards- can’t wait to use them!

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Pretty flowers as a gift!

Later that evening after some cloudy pool time I baked some S’more Bites because we have so many leftover S’more things and because I was going to a BBQ that night.

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Super easy and delicious!

Then for dinner we enjoyed some grilled chicken, veggies and potatoes.

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Later on my sister, her bf, and our cousin headed to a fun BBQ/party. We ended up staying out until 3am and homegirl was exhausted!!

On Monday, July 4th I woke up pretty early despite the late bed time and decided to torture myself with a run anyway.:) Haha it actually woke up me (sort of)!

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4 miles for the fourth wearing red, white and blue!

The town parade goes right in front of our house so a bunch of my friends came by as per tradition to watch!

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We then headed into the park for the traditional pickle on a stick!

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Then we hung out in the Beer Tent for a while (doing some major people watching haha)!

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Eventually we were famished so we headed home to have some snacks and eventually some BBQ!

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Later on we attempted the fireworks but it started down pouring as it was about to start. We were able to see some from the car and watched the NYC ones on TV when we got home.

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Pre-rain view.

While watching the fireworks on TV I sat down with a ginormous piece of leftover cake and a warm cup of tea that made me so freaking happy.

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On July 5th, my birthday I finally had a restful night of sleep! I woke up and headed to the gym for a “30 workout.” I did a spin ride for 30 minutes. Then I did some total body weights in sets of 2 x 15 reps totaling 30 reps in all. I wanted to do a 30 minute run too but I was cut short on time and decided that spin/strength was good! I was super sweaty and felt great after all the sugar and no sleep for a few days! While I was there a woman approached me to compliment me on my lunge form and when I told her I was a PT she asked for my card! Hopefully a potential client!:)

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Thanks Jen for the fabulous tank “Will Squat for Pizza” and my friend Meagan for the water bottle that says “I can and I will.”

After that I headed home and refueled with my fav breakfast: PB/Banana/Chocolate overnight oats in an empty PB Jar.

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Then my sister and I headed to The Fountain for hot stone massages! I got a gift card for my birthday from my “fousins” and decided to have my sister come along too, just as a thank you for my amazing birthday party!

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So fun and so relaxing!

Then we grabbed lunch at a little too overpriced place From Scratch in Ridgewood, it was yummy, but expensive for lunch.

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Then we headed down to the pool to relax a bit. After that I had my Boot Camp class to teach at the pool! I had 3 people which I thought was great! We did a “thirty” workout where they had to do 30 reps of different exercises at 4 different stations.

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Then I headed home quickly showered and got dressed for my final celebration at another place in Ridgewood called Pearl for dinner. They had a pre-fixe menu which was a great deal!

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Sorry for the terrible dark pictures but I started with the goat cheese potato croquette.

For my main dish I got fish, I can be very picky and weird about fish but for some reason I wanted it so I followed my craving!

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For dessert a strawberry bread pudding.

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That is a wrap up of my Birthday/Holiday weekend!! I had such an amazing party, weekend, birthday, I am so thankful and blessed to have such an awesome life with amazing people in it!❤

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My 30th Birthday Surprise Party!!

On Saturday, July 2nd, I woke up excited/nervous for my birthday party in Hoboken. My sister had said she would take care of all the details for me, such as call and order the food from the restaurant, etc. I had sent out the e-vite and she pretty much took care of the rest. Last year for my 29th, I cooked for everyone and while it was so fun, it was a TON of work. My sister had said that I should just make it easier on myself for my 30th and I agreed, so I looked into a place in Hoboken and figured that would be perfect.

After a busy morning: spin class, food shopping and relaxing at the pool (haha such a hard life) I came home and got all ready for my evening out in Hoboken. My sister did my hair and makeup and I wore a fun romper that I got at TJ Maxx with a gift card!

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She is such a good makeup artist.

We quickly left at 5pm and I was shocked at how quick we got out the door, my sister can sometimes take her time.:) We drove to the bank, took some selfies and then headed down to Edgewater to pick up two friends on the way to Hoboken.

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Selfies in the car. 

Before getting to Edgewater we stopped for some iced coffees at Starbucks to wake us up before the party. Haha I said and this is how you pregame for your 30th: coffee!

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From my Snap Chat!

All of the sudden while at Starbucks my mom called and said that my Dad wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to come (they were planning to meet us down in Hoboken). I was SO mad and disappointed!! How could he not come, this is my 30th?! I then called my mom with a very angry tone and sent a not so nice text to my Dad. My sister said we are pretty close let’s just go home and get mom. I really didn’t agree with turning back, I wanted him to suck it up and come, but we did it any.

Once we got home I saw him standing outside and I got pissed!! I hopped in the backseat so my mom could sit in the front. I wouldn’t even look at my Dad. Then he said I need your help in the back with something and I was like what, why? NOT NOW! Then I stamped my foot like a not-so-30-year-old and said but we are all dressed up!! I followed my sister to the backyard and SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!! I was SHOCKED!!!! What were all my friends doing in my backyard, what is going on, I was so confused?!!! I screamed and cried and then eventually ran and hugged everyone that came!! My sister and parents planned a surprise party for me! I couldn’t believe it!!

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Me screaming, WHAT?!!

After the initial shock, I got a drink: Pineapple infused water! And admired the Cuban theme!!

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My sister and I loved pineapple infused water during our trip to Miami at the Fontainebleau. 

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Really cute decorations!

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1986 Facts

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Adorable flower arrangements 

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They got Cuban food catered (my fav!) and I had a sample of it all: empanadas, tamales, plantains, ropa vieja, pulled pork, rice and beans, and Cuban sandwiches.

After enjoying my food, I took pictures with all my friends in our photo booth station!

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There were also balloons that said #30yearsyoung

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She had all of my friends decorate the backyard as soon as we left for “Hoboken.”

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I loved having all (most of- some couldn’t make it!) the important people in my life there!

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SO much fun!

Then it was cake time! OH the cake, OH the cake! I continue to dream (and eat leftovers) of that cake. I actually did have a say in the cake as I thought they were delivering it to Hoboken. It was from A Little Cake in Park Ridge, NJ.  The best thing about their cake isn’t so sweet that it hits you in the face, it just tastes perfect. We got a cannoli and strawberry filling, vanilla cake and a chocolate ganache. SO. FREAKING. DELICIOUS.

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After that we also enjoyed the S’mores bar that was set up!

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There were even lights on the umbrella!

Since my birthday is right around 4th of July a lot of times you hear fireworks going off. So we ended up having a doggy that escaped from his backyard and into ours, so we had to figure out the mystery of who he belonged to!

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Luckily we found the owner and then lit sparklers to end the night!

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It was such an amazing, incredible, shocking, heart-warming, fun, magnificent night!

Thank you to all of my friends who came and helped set up and followed my sister’s instructions.

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She had maps and labeled boxes!!

Thank you to my parents for planning, preparing and scheming for this party! I LOVE YOU BOTH!!!❤

And most of all THANK YOU to my sister Ally, who was the head planner of every single detail and made this party happen. I was completely and utterly surprised and the thoughtfulness from the decorations to the food to drinks to the invitations and contacting all of my friends! Ally, I am so lucky to have such an amazing sister like you. Love you so much!!

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Thirty ain’t so bad ;-) 

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Weekly Workouts!!

Happy Fourth of July! I feel so blessed to live in such an amazing country filled with opportunities. Today, we celebrate our country’s freedom and honor all who have helped and continue to help keep our country safe. 

**If you follow on Instagram, you may have noticed that I had a surprise birthday party thrown on Saturday evening. I cannot WAIT to write up my birthday recap!!

But for now to keep things on track here, back to our regularly scheduled program of weekly workouts recap!

Monday

Leg day in the AM! I was supposed to go to Aerial Yoga that evening but my back was killing me after acupuncture and I decided it was best to listen to my body. I was so bummed to miss out but I was credited my money back. I cannot wait to try it again!

Tuesday

Trained a new client then headed to the spin room and did a previous ride I had planned.

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Later that evening was my Boot Camp class that I have planned to teach my swim club this summer!! It was my first trial run and of course my amazing sister came to support me!

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Wednesday

I woke up and my right bicep was KILLING me. It had felt sore from Saturday but just was progressively getting worse, so I decided to skip lifting and went for a run instead.

Then I trained two new clients! Holla more business!

Then I headed to acupuncture to get my bicep looked at and she really, really helped it but advised that I stay away from lifting weights for a few days.

Thursday

More cardio! I decided to do a fun cardio circuit: 15 min run. 5 min, jacks, etc. circuit. 5 minute BOSU workout. Repeat both. Then end with a run, which was a run/walk because my labrum was feeling not so hot by the end.

Later that evening I had my sponsored table night at the pool for my business.

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Friday

Headed to the gym before training two clients and did a spin ride.

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Look at those max watts!!!

Saturday

I woke up nice and early and made it to an awesome spin class with fun American themed music.

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Sunday

Rest day after a very fun birthday party the night before!!

Enjoy your 4th everyone!! I can’t wait to share recaps of my birthday and the 4th!!

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