International Women’s Day

Happy Friday! Megan here to kick off this post. What a crazy week it has been! I was in Minneapolis last week and I head off to San Francisco on Sunday. This week was spent doing all the house things (meal prep, clean house, laundry), catching up on work, prepping for midterms, turning in assignments, and helping the hubs with some yard work. On top of all that, we had some workers here doing paint touch ups and I had the pleasure of marking the spots that needed fixing… AKA all of them.

Weekly lunch meal prep – don’t mind the dying flowers. My husband neglected to water them while I was away and I was trying to bring them back to life. They are currently sitting next to me looking even worse because I only watered them once. Wooooops. Let’s hope that once I get my garden going this year that I am better about watering.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day! I am on the executive committee for a Women’s Employee Resource Group (WERG) at work and we hosted a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion in the work place. We have 5 amazing panelist who have senior level positions in the agency and the conversation was great. It was great to hear about their ascent into their current roles and how the landscape of the agency has change over the last 20 years. WERG had been dormant for awhile until we revived it at the end of last year. This was our first big event and we end up with over 130 people. I was BLOWN away by the attendance. I was so proud of my agency that all these men and women spent their lunch hour with us discussing how to create change.Outside of work I touched based with a few friends and couldn’t help but feel so thankful and lucky to have such an amazing group of women in my life. I didn’t quite understand the value of true female friendship until after college and now I can’t imagine making it through the day without them. Without fail I speak to at least 3 of my best friends every day and probably my mom or MIL too : )

I was feeling stylish yesterday and took a picture for a friend. Enjoy.

Even though we didn’t post last week I still worked out : ) I did a lot of walking on the treadmill while I was in Minneapolis. I would get stir crazy in the hotel and hit the treadmill at night and watch TV.The raking on Saturday was BRUTAL. Holy back work out. On a side note – I had an MRI a week or two ago and went to the orthopedic and I will be scheduling my THIRD knee surgery for May. Wooo. More details on that later. I mention it because my “cardio” is legit just walking on a treadmill. I haven’t been able to run at all this year and the last time I swam my knee was the size of a bowling ball all day. Oh the joys of your body crumbling.

Meg

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Lillian here and let me just say that I ❀ Megan’s meal prep pictures. Is that weird? I appreciate her dedication to taking time to do this and also her kitchen is pretty πŸ™‚ SO I JOINED A NEW THING AT MY GYM. It is called MyZone and I am doing it 1x a week. Basically, you are in a group and do a circuit workout with a trainer – it is really fun! And been a challenge so far! I really enjoy the group because I am usually by myself and it is helpful to have a trainer – he has already corrected a few things on my form and he is a great motivator towards the end of each set.

Here was my last week and this week workouts:

Saturday: ran 8 miles, tempo (hit a mile at 7:03 pace yay!)

Sunday: rest

Monday: push/pull
Tuesday: 3000 yd swim
Wednesday: MyZone
Thursday: 5 mile run
Friday: legs
Saturday: rest
Sunday: back/tricep
Monday: MyZone
Tuesday: 2000 yd swim
Wednesday: Legs
Thursday: 6 mile run at 7:40 pace yay!
Friday: shoulders, front delts, biceps
Tomorrow: planning a run!

 

These workouts are pretty killer I think. Also, I hate sled pulls. Who would ever enjoy those???

I am running a half-marathon down in Lexington KY at the end of the month, so I have been trying to incorporate some longer/more runs… I am not shooting for any time, just going to go out there and have fun, enjoy the scenery, and finish with a smile πŸ™‚

I have a feeling though, it will kick my butt in a good way.

~Lillian

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Weekly Work Outs + Favorite Foods

This week for our (almost) weekly update of what we have been up to in the gym and kitchen, we are going to be covering the last two weeks. I (Megan) ended up with a nasty cold and left Lily hanging last week. It’s a good thing this blog is just for fun and neither of us are staking our livelihood on it! As you can see in this beautiful snip from Garmin, I tried to stay active at the beginning of the cold and then I just kind of died. I find it so amusing how whenever I am sick I end up wondering why I don’t appreciate breathing out of both nostrils more in my daily life. On Tuesday the 14th I started to feel pretty crappy, I took off Wednesday, Thursday, was off Friday, and off Monday.I was getting really frustrated with how little energy I had for those days, thankfully this week I have most of my strength back and this cold is basically gone.

My appetite most days was pretty non existent. This led to many days that I didn’t eat until 1pm or 2pm and in an effort to not add salt to the wound I would eat a larger meal. When you are sick it is super important to get some good stuff in because well, that is your body’s fuel! I can’t really expect it to heal if I am not fueling it.

 

 

My two favorite sick meals included these two beauts. On the left is a tortilla with shredded chicken, roasted red peppers, and lots of kale. Perfect mix of nutrients for a dying bod. On the right is a carne asada caesar salad. The base is more kale and broccoli, there are a bunch of croutons buried in there, carne asada, green onions, and a light caesar dressing. It was perfect for my lack luster taste buds and desire for salt!

Once I am back to 100% I will be getting an article up about some awesome projects my hubs has been working on – hint: we have a new table and just sold our first wood wedding rings!

Meg

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Happy Friday! How is it already half-way through February?? I’m over winter and so ready for Spring people. I’m also officially over (or I should say done) with my Lean Body Bootcamp. I have a goal to post about that later — love the results! And I am definitely loving lifting now (Megan has led me to the dark side, still don’t like legs) and the high protein diet.

Work Outs:
Saturday: Ran 6 miles
Sunday: push/pull workout
Monday: legs
Tuesday: 3000 yard swim
Wednesday: back/tricep workout
Thursday: 2500 swim with stroke workout
Friday: legs

Saturday: Ran 6 miles at my parents house… super fun because it was my old stomping grounds!
Sunday: chest, biceps, shoulders
Monday: legs
Tuesday: 3000 yard swim
Wednesday: MyZone gym workout! This was fun… I’m going to start doing it 1x per week. It is a group that works out and does weights, HIIT, etc. We had to do sled pulls which were killer and the trainer is super nice.
Thursday: Rest day πŸ™‚ Taught swimming to a 3 & 4 year old which is kind of like a workout haha.
Friday: legs

Food this week was pretty much the same but I did make a killer soup and dessert.

The soup was a Lemon Chicken Quinoa and it was delicious. Recipe here. The dessert was Sweet Potato Brownies — SO GOOD. I used almond butter and that worked great – also, you could substitute the cocoa powder with protein powder for some extra meat. I didn’t use maple syrup and just added a bit of honey and found them sweet enough. I don’t have a picture of the brownies because I ate them all before I thought to take a picture. WHOOPS.

SERIOUSLY THOUGH. GO MAKE THE SWEET POTATO BROWNIES. NOW.

Also, including a pic of me now because I can easily fit in all pre-baby clothes and I feel like a million bucks. ROCKIN THAT MOM BOD, GUYS.

 

 

xoxo Lillian

Lily in DC!

Goood Morning!

It’s been a few weeks since Lily joined me in Virginia was a fun weekend of friend things. First things first, I got in an awesome workout in the morning, stopped at Costco to grab a bunch of flowers, and worked a full day. I am super into floral arrangements lately and put together this beaut in anticipation of Lily’s arrival. You should never stop wooing your friends ; ) Lily’s flight was delayed a few hours and she got to be a badass mom just momming around at the airport with her tiny human. On top a delay, once she landed in DC and went to grab her stroller from gate checking she discovered that one of the clips that attaches the carrier to the seat was MISSING. Not an ideal start by any means BUT when she came strolling out of the airport wearing Sloane, pushing a stroller with a partially attached child seat, and pulling her carry on she was beaming. GF CRUSHED it. I would have taken a picture of this spectacle but the airport staff directing traffic in the pick up area was trigger happy and close to giving me a ticket as I pointed to Lily being like I WILL NOT TAKE A LAP HOLD ON.On Friday night we just hung out around the house and caught up on all the things. On Saturday morning we headed to the gym and went through one of Lily’s Lean Body Bootcamp work outs. I love love love teaching people proper movement so Lily got a crash course in some of her exercises. Thankfully she is an awesome student and really enjoyed it. After we got back to the house and cleaned ourselves up we went to go meet one of Lily’s friends from grad school. We had a coffee date, lunch date, and then walked around the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria.


After coming home we all went a little crazy playing with face swap. It is pretty terrifying putting a baby face on an adult. It is also very weird when a child with light eyebrows all of a sudden has some epic dark ones. Lily and I actually don’t look too terrifying. What brown beauties we are.

Sunday we hit the gym again and I dragged Lily through a work out full of squats and deadlifts. She was a trooper and by the end her form was on point. Sunday we hung out around the house, ate snacks, had some other friends over with kiddies, and had a relaxed Sunday.
Every time Sloane and I are reunited we will recreate the above pictures. On the left she was 7 weeks and on the right is 16 weeks old. It is crazy how much more aware of her surroundings she is now. Look at her, just chillen and reading books by herself. So self sufficient.Β  She didn’t dig into the snacks we made but we surely did. All the food was gone by the end of the day. We actually ended up making some more chicken once more friends came over. It was pretty great to have healthy food to snack on and not feel like a load in the morning.
I always find it challenging to graze throughout the day without feeling super full. This is a skill I am working on because I have found that lately I much prefer weekends where I graze on random things rather than slave away on meals. Sunday’s are normally prep days so I don’t really get in the groove of cooking unless the mood really strikes.

Learning to Lift Weights

I am in my 5th week of the LBB and have learned A LOT.

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Well, actually, I thought I learned a lot but then I visited Megan and went to the gym with her to lift and she blew my little lifting-socks off and taught me even more. Let me say, prior to this bootcamp, I NEVER ( I am not exaggerating people) lifted weights. The few times I wandered into that ‘scary’ area of the gym, I would usually find a safe looking machine (one that looked like a simple chair, or perhaps park bench with minimal torture devices sticking out of it). I would then sit on safe looking machine and stare into the weights and wonder about seriously important things like do people actually iron their socks and if so, do they also feel the need to iron their underwear.

I have always loved cardio and preferred it, but now I realize that I never tried lifting weights and that was probably the main reason I was heavy on cardio.

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In these 5 weeks I have learned:

  1. How to work all my body groups – legs, arms, back, chest, buttocks, etc.
  2. That it is okay to completely fail at trying an exercise and even doing an exercise missing the weights.
  3. Weights is not about speed – slow and steady, so you feel the muscle work. (this took me like 3 weeks to realize because I kept thinking you had to go fast like running! and swimming! ha)
  4. Some days are not lift days (just like some days are not made for running) and that is okay to recognize that and do something else.
  5. Dumbbells, contrary to their name, are not dumb at all.
  6. I had no idea a bench could be slanted in so many different directions and cause muscles to work so much.
  7. I hate burpees. (DOES ANYONE ACTUALLY LIKE THESE?)
  8. Back and arm lifts are my favorite.
  9. Leg day is my least favorite (which is Megan’s favorite!)
  10. I still find the machines super intimidating and the people that grunt.

My progress in this program has been quite slow (I will post on this later) and that is mainly due to having a baby that is full-time breastfeeding. I learned quickly in week one that I cannot restrict my diet very much and if I don’t drink enough water, milk goes down immediately. If I don’t have enough fat, it goes down. Baby is not happy when milk isn’t quality, let me tell you.

BUT PROGRESS IS PROGRESS.

I have lost some inches, pounds and gained a lot of confidence in lifting. I have been able to stick to running/swimming for my HIIT workouts, which is nice. I feel like I have found a balance with my diet where I can see some results and keep milk-monster happy.

If you are thinking about trying something new, I say GO FOR IT. I kind of signed up for this camp on a whim and was like ‘Yes! I am going to do it!’ and then the day before it started, I was kind of freaking out and like ‘Oh my gosh, I have no idea what to do with weights. This is uncomfortable. Haaaalp.’ But I am really glad that I am trying something new and love challenging my body.

What are you thinking about trying new this year?

xoxo Lillian

Weekly Work Outs + Friday Favorites

Hi, Lillian here and first I want to say that OBVIOUSLY Megan and I need to work on our consistency with blogging (hello several weeks of silence) but aren’t too shook up about it. One of the main reasons we decided to tackle a blog together was that a) easier to post with two people and b) we both wanted to blog but didn’t want the pressure of running one solo. Don’t be mad at our lack of posts at times. It is simply a reflection of when our lives get a little busy and the blog takes a backseat for a bit.

ANYWHO – here was my workouts this week (I am in week 4 out of 6 of the LBB!)

Saturday: Arms and AMRAP (that means As Many Rounds As Possible, I had to ask and this kicked my butt)

Sunday: Legs (did this in my neighbor’s basement gym! It was very hot)

Monday: Push/Pull (too many pushups)

Tuesday: Swim 3000 yards

Wednesday: Shoulders & Arms

Thursday: REST

Friday: 6 mile run with some stretching/yoga/aka staring at the ceiling and contemplating life

Food wise I am still trying to stick to my diet plan with the LBB and it is FREAKIN HARD. I hate dieting and avoiding my carbs. I hate not having a glass of wine after a long day at work and pumping and baby watching. One thing that has been super handy has been making protein smoothies in the AM. It is an easy breakfast to drink on the way to work and since I usually workout at 5AM, it is a great post-workout snack. I’ve been buying this ‘smoothie starter’ green kit and it has been tasty.

I did get all Betty Crocker on Sunday and make this Chicken Minestrone soup and it was amazing. I made a double batch and added a can of corn and a can of kidney beans for some extra farts, I mean fiber, I mean protein. πŸ™‚

xoxo Lillian

Hi friends! Last weekend the hubs and I took a weekend trip to New Hampshire to visit my cousin and her boyfriend. I had big dreams of trying to ski (with my brace of course) but my knee has been a little wonky so we stuck to some safer activities like snowshoeing, walking, and ice castles. We had a ton of fun and our hosts fed us some delicious home cooked meals! We almost didn’t make it on our trip because our dog, Banks, decided to go rogue the previous weekend eating a bunch of things around the house and needed an emergency blockage removal surgery last Wednesday. Thankfully our pet sitter is a vet tech and she was able to give him a lot of extra love and administer his drugs like a champ. I am happy to report Banks is doing great now and eager for his cone of shame to be removed πŸ˜‚ Now for workouts this week:

Saturday: Snowshoeing

Sunday: Walk

Monday: Legs

Tuesday: Chest + Cardio

Wednesday: Back + Core

Thursday: Walk/rest

Friday: Upper body mishmash

I’ve been acutely aware of the fact that my 30th bday is creeping up and decided to really dial in my nutrition right now. The game plan is to roll into my 30s feeling bomb.com as a lean mean machine 😘 I’ll keep you all posted with sporadic pictures (maybe)!

Meg

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 : )