The End of the BEST Staycation

I (Megan) am headed back into the office on Monday. I have really enjoyed the last 2ish weeks at home; however, I am ready for the “real world” to start back up again. I am about as type A as they come and a structure in a day is super important to me. For example: Yesterday I parked my butt on the couch from 8AM – 11PM WATCHING NASHVILLE. My couch and I developed a serious relationship and we basically became one.

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I really need to work on my wall decor…


I wrestled with hitting the gym this morning and decided that given the way my knee felt I should hold off until the afternoon. My knee tends to be at it’s worse in the early morning and at the end of the day. She is my fave. I ended up in the pool this afternoon for my first swim of 2018! I put a few (possibly too many) miles on my knee this week walking. My fingers are crossed that tomorrow my knee is back to normal and I can do my BELOVED Sunday leg day.

Note sure why Garmin is showing this in miles, everywhere else on Garmin Connect it is shown in yards. Way to go Garmin.


In other news… the Balanced Besties are seeing each other next weekend! Lily is headed my way with her minion to hang for the weekend! We are determined to take a bunch of pictures so that all of our pictures on this blog aren’t from our weddings and the triathlon we did last May. Lil is working with my old trainer, Paige, and I am so excited for her. As we have mentioned before I LOVE lifting and Lily is new to it. Paige does one on one online and in person training AND she runs online bootcamps throughout the year. I am sure Lily will keep you all posted with how she is enjoying the bootcamp. I worked with Paige for 18 months and loved her! Your girl is actually featured on her home page and in the testimonials!! I miss my wedding abs for sure, I have a feeling my 30th birthday abs are going to smoke wedding abs though πŸ™‚ I am pretty excited to get in the gym together while she is here and lift. I was in Michigan a few months ago and we did one of Lily’s favorite things (swimming) and I could barely keep up. If you look at some of the times she posted in yesterday’s post, she is already smoking me again. It was fun being her equal in the pool for a day though πŸ™‚ She was hardly 2 months postpartum when I was visiting haha. If I was willing to do flip turns I MIGHT be able to keep up with her for a little bit, but alas, I have decided to only do things I enjoy when it comes to fitness and flip turns are not one of those things. Have a great weekend!
Q: How was your first week back in the office?
Q: What workouts are you getting in during this COLD FREEZE?

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Weekly Work Outs + Friday Food Favorites

Lillian here and this week has been a complete DOOZY (does anyone use that word?).

I am back at work full-time, maternity leave is officially over, and I also started a 6 week lean body bootcamp (SO SMART, I KNOW but Trainer Paige is awesome and has a baby about the same age is mine). Trying to get out the house at 4:50am to get to the gym, go to work, pump enough for baby’s food, and find sleep with nighttime feedings have caused me to be exhausted this week.

BUT it is so worth it and I love this new chapter in my life. I find myself at work happy and excited to be in my desk, but then eager when my time’s up to get home and see my little nugget. I also am loving this bootcamp so far – but the low carbs are really putting my self-control through the ringer. Also, I have never done weight-lifting in my life so it is pretty challenging for a weakling like myself.

My meals were really boring this week due to bootcamp. Lots of hard boiled eggs, veggies, and grilled chicken. Instead, let me show you what is GOLD for Β WORKING MOMS – this Sarah Wells Lizzy bag.

This bag has eliminated me from crazy-bag-lady status. I can hide my pump in here, all pumping accessories, fit my laptop, water bottle, and purse. BOOM. Only have to carry my lunch bag in addition to this. The side compartments are insulated so you can even through a freezer pack in there with breastmilk. I love it. MEN – get your breast-pumping wife one of these. It is amazing.

Workouts:
Saturday: ran 4 miles at 8:20
Sunday: 3000 yard swim
Monday: rest
Tuesday: lower body workout
Wednesday: 2400 yard swim and mobility stretch
Thursday: upper body workout
Friday: planning on doing a HIIT workout or swim… but my arms are DEAD from yesterday.

xoxo Lillian

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I have REALLY enjoyed this last week home from work, I am not sure if I have ever really taken a staycation. I have been doing lots of cooking, hanging out at the gym, seeing friends, and just enjoying some good ole alone time.

It is hunting season right now and my husband has been MIA chasing after some birds. The best meal we have made this week was definitely last night! We roasted an entire mallard with a bunch of root vegetables and served it with a warm farro side dish. To make the side I cooked up the farro in chicken stock, in a different pan I cooked down a bag of spinach, some garlic, and a few chopped up dates in lemon olive oil. Mix it all together and voila! The pictures definitely don’t do the meal justice.

I mentioned in my last post that I took a fabulous spill on NYE. That being said work outs have been a little weird this week.

Workouts:
Saturday: 7.17mi/2hr run-walk on the treadmill
Sunday: 3.21mi @ 8:21
Monday: rest
Tuesday: back and chest lift
Wednesday: chest and accessory lift + 1hr treadmill walk (3 miles)
Thursday: lower body lift (limited) + 1hr treadmill walk (3.5 miles)
Friday: ran in place for 90 minutes while watching nashville haha

Hope every one has an awesome weekend, I am back to the couch for more Nashville. I have been crying like a baby for a few episodes so this post was a welcome break : )

Dealing with a Chronic Injury

Over the last few years I have seen my fair share of orthopedic surgeons for my right knee. In April 2013 I was knocked over in a soccer game and tore my ACL clear in half. About a month later I had reconstruction surgery and figured I had a few months of rehab ahead of me and life would be back to normal. Little did I know that a mere year and a half later I would take a tumble that would sever my ACL once again. I pretended everything was fine for a few months and eventually caved and had my second reconstruction in June 2015. So for a quick recap:Pretty exciting stuff right? And, yes I used power point, this is my nerdy office loving self coming out, perhaps one day I will even find a reason to put a spreadsheet in a post, let’s all cross our fingers for that. Continue reading

The Holiday Haze Has Cleared

I think I can speak for both of us when I say the holidays completely distracted us from posting on this new blog of ours! I (Megan) was hosting for about 10 days, then was reclaiming my house with cleaning etc., and then New Years showed up and again, more people! It was so great to have all our family together and see so many friends over the last week or so. I am quite excited that it is January and ready to get back into the swing of “normal” life. I am off work until the 8th and will be using the next week to see a few friends I wasn’t able to over the holidays.

The holiday week was filled with festive sweaters and more stockings and stocking stuffers than my mantle could handle:

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My 2017 Lessons Learned

I think this post is an appropriate follow up to Lily’s post about her (not so) big 31st birthday and the coming year. 2017 has been a game changer for me. I have distanced myself from some toxic relationships, gone all in with some amazing ones, started grad school, and made some mental shifts to love myself in a variety of states. I started a new job Oct 2016 and due to that, my commute has gone from a 25 minute drive to an hour plus commute that includes driving, riding the metro, and walking. In an effort to not fall asleep on the train I started listening to podcasts. I am a sucker for some goofy trashy podcasts (hello Off The Vine and Mouthing off with Olivia), however; the bulk of my listening falls with some badass men and women who are all about self love, fueling for health, staying active to feel strong, and surrounding yourself by other badasses.

My current favorites are:

Well-Fed Women Podcast

Mind Pump

Is This Podcast Paleo?

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Dirty Thirty (plus 1)

I recently (October) turned the big 3-1.

It wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be, probably because my 30th rocked my socks off. Last year, I had a Jane Austen themed party and Mr. Speedy wore a tux and served us wine over a candle-lit dinner. Photo evidence below.

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I am centered in the lovely sage colored gown with bonnet. We took this before too much wine consumption, so no one would fall into the lake.

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