Weekly Work Outs + Some Food!

Good Morning Internet Friends, Megan here to kick the post off. It’s been a busy week of work, school, and gymming. On Saturday I spent the afternoon with my girlfriend doing hot yoga and taking her sweet puppy on a walk through the woods. This dog has the most insanely expressive eyes and permanent cat eye make up : ) Then on Sunday my husband came to the gym with me! He normally works out during work hours so the frequency in which we work out together is only a handful of times a year.

I did a bit of cooking this week and my favorite meal by far ended up being a vegetarian dinner I whipped up last night. The ingredients are as follows: 1 can of black beans, 1 can of full fat coconut milk, 1/2 cup lentils, bunch of kale, sriracha and/or chili garlic paste, and curry powder! It turned out amazing and was super filling. You may notice some greens that are not kale, that is just left over broccoli slaw that I had in the fridge. So if you have extra veggies that you need to use up, this pot is a great place to put them.

Work outs this week have been pretty enjoyable. I have been quite sore. Legs on Sunday was a doozie and the Wednesday back and rower work out basically destroyed my trunk. I have been sneaking abs in to all of my work outs this week and boy can I feel it.

I am currently working with a nutrition coach to help me hit some body composition goals before my 30th in May. Working with Alex has been great accountability to plan out my food a bit more and be conscious to not snack when I get home. She has me at the highest macros/calories a coach has ever set me at and I am losing fat. It is pretty cool! I am actually finding that come dinner time it is hit or miss if I eat my entire portion. The goal is to of course hit the set macros and I average out through out the week pretty spot on to what she has me set at. Any who, I will update ya’ll on my progress as the countdown to my birthing dwindles. Only 87 days, but whose counting.

Work Outs:
Saturday: 90 min hot bikram
Sunday: legs
Monday: 60 min easy yoga
Tuesday: rest/ 60 min walk w/ hubs and dog
Wednesday: back/core/abs + 15 min rower sprints
Thursday: legs + 20 min incline walking
Friday: chest/shoulder/core

Have a great weekend!!!


This week is my LAST WEEK of the bootcamp and I am feeling the results. I was able to do 2 chin-ups in a row which is a major victory post-baby. Getting back my strength finally! These were my workouts this week:

Work Outs:
Saturday: 7 mile run in icy/snowy conditions
Sunday:Β Backs & Triceps
Monday: Legs
Tuesday: Body Weight HIIT + 3 mile progressive run
Wednesday: Chest, Biceps, Shoulders
Thursday: rest day… but I started teaching swim lessons this evening at my gym so that is kind of like a mini-workout
Friday:Β Legs and if I have time, a 1/2 mile swim to stretch out

Food is pretty much the same as it has been… so unworthy that I did not take any pictures. I did discover that making a protein smoothie with grapes and kale was NOT a good choice. Really gross so don’t ever mix those together.

This weekend I am looking forward to book club with my ladies. We read Born a Crime by Trevor Noah… amazing. Listen to the audio if you can but I recommend this to anyone!

xoxo Lillian



Weekly Work Outs + Friday Favorites

TGIF! And goodbye January, hello February!

I don’t know about anybody else but each month closer to spring the better. I LOATHE winter and the cold. I probably shouldn’t live in Michigan BUT we do have amazing lakes everywhere. I snapped this picture on Sunday – this is what I get to wake up to and see with my morning coffee:


I guess I’ll keep living in this arctic frozen tundra. Sigh.

Workouts were solid this week!

Sat: swam 2400 yards (did my fastest 1000 yard post-baby at 14:50! whoop!)
Sun: Leg workout
Mon: Chest, Front Delts, Biceps
Tues: swam 3000 yards
Wed: Back, Rear/Side Delts, Triceps
Thurs: REST DAY – I took my 4 month old for her checkup AND got her ears pierced. I know, I am the nicest mother to schedule that all at once.
Fri: Leg workout

Getting baby’s ears pierced was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. She screamed BLOODY-MURDER-NO-BREATHING-RED-FACE-SCARY SCREAMS for about 7 minutes. Then passed out and forgot about it.

I took the day off work for this ordeal and planned a rest day…. so you bet your butt I snuggled pretty much all day with her. It was lovely πŸ™‚ Also, the left picture makes me realize I have a really small head… or her head is big? Does it not look like it is the same size? Should I be worried? Deep thoughts.

Meals are pretty lame and nothing exciting. I have been using coconut oil which is a first! It makes everything taste so sweet.

xoxo Lillian


Hi Friends!! Just so you all know the reason this is going up on Saturday is because I failed to update my half on Friday : )

Saturday: short lower body lift, walk, and hike
Sunday: rest
Monday: 40 min walk
Tuesday: lower body
Wednesday: back/shoulder/accessory
Thursday: lower body
Friday: chest/accessory + 50 min incline walking

Since it’s Saturday I’ll tell you want I am doing now… eating and then heading to a 90 min hot yoga class with my gf and her husband! I haven’t done yoga in a while so I am pretty excited for today! As a new client for this studio system I get one week or free classes and there are a few studios by my office and home! My goal for the coming week will be to get in 2 more times for yoga. I always feel so refreshed after!

This week has been a doozy. School is back in session, work is getting busier, and my husband has had a fuller schedule too. I am so happy I meal prep on the weekends because it has made eating during the week so much quicker!

I just checked my camera roll and I have literally no pictures from this week!!! WHO AM I. Here is a photo from last week when I brought lunch to a conference and was the only dweeb eating out of tupperware : )

Have a great weekend!!


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.


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?

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?

PaleOMG Uncensored

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