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Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday to you. :) I hope this day finds you feeling motivated, encouraged and inspired. If it doesn't, remember that the opposite feelings must be present in our lives at some point and I hope you are persevering through your hardships.

I thought I'd share a few updates with you since I last wrote:

I've been loving some new workout gear my mom sent me (thanks, Mom!)...care packages, especially ones filled with workout clothes, are the best! :D I love this sports bra from Fila and don't own anything like it: supportive AND stylish. And a great color! Makes me ready to move when I put it on.

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I also received some new workout crops that are from Fila too; usually the hint of yellow is covered by a longer shirt/tank but I like the accent and love the way they fit. I've been rocking them out using my Ultimate Sandbag, dip station and while working on my ninja tuck jump skills.

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What's your favorite brand of workout gear? I've been known to wear anything from anywhere, but as a personal trainer the bright colors, clean cuts and quality materials of a brand like lululemon or Fila really make me look and feel more professional, and so far I'm loving trying a new brand!

While we're talking workout clothes, let's talk workouts! ...been working out anything good lately? I always love to hear if you try a good circuit or something new to you. If you're not sure where to start but want to release the animal within, check out Lindsay's compilation of moves from yesterday's Tuesday Trainer!

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It's all about animalistic moves and is a HIIT (high intensity interval training)-style workout guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your muscles burning. Here's the video (in my Fila gear, again - I tend to over-wear things! ;)) that I submitted:

By means of another update, Mikey got into grad school yesterday! While we were hoping this would happen and felt some level of confidence about his interview, it's still a nervous unknown in the waiting time, but yesterday he got the news that he's in! That means after our summer of Survive & Thrive trips he'll be a student again pursuing Community Health Sciences in September. Wahoo! We are so thankful for God's leading and direction in this way in our lives and trust that he will now provide the means for us to afford the schooling and juggle this new phase of life.

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We celebrated well with our small group last night (which meets every Tuesday for good food and good dialogue) on the actual "Fat Tuesday" or Mardi Gras! We nicknamed our group "Fat Tuesday" because we eat well and always have a good glass of wine and some dessert with our conversation, so it was fun to celebrate with food and friends on a special night. We brought a log cake from Dairy Queen (it's our go-to celebratory cake) while Zeal made sauteed mushrooms, BBQ'ed pork, sweet potato fries and spaghetti squash; Ben and Christy supplied a spinach salad and Edith brought the wine. Emily made a festive dish - a king cake! Oh man was it ever delicious - like a giant cinnamon roll! It's a traditional Mardi Gras dessert?

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You're supposed to hide a little baby Jesus figurine in the cake and whoever gets it makes the cake the following year. Emily didn't have a little baby Jesus and her cake was so good...so we all agreed she could re-make it next year. ;) No pictures from the night but good eats and peeps to make it a wonderful Tuesday. :D

Got any bits of news to share with me? Leave a comment and let's talk about it! I'd love to hear if you celebrated Mardi Gras at all, what workout gear you're loving and if you've had an experience in grad school...as a spouse and supporter, what should I prepare for?

Have a great Wednesday you guys! Live well & be well,

Bonnie

30 Comments
  1. February 22, 2012 at 15:07
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    Fila bras are my favorites! I get mine at Kohls - super affordable and the colors are amazing! xo

    • February 22, 2012 at 21:44
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      I should look for Fila gear at Winner's up here, which is similar to Ross (and maybe Kohls)! Yes - love the colors for sure. :)

    • February 22, 2012 at 21:43
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      Yes - wall climbs are TOUGH! ...I love them though! :D

  2. February 22, 2012 at 15:28
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    Ahh grad school. I kinda loved it. Even working full time while going it just felt...amazing to stimulate my brain and bod simultaneously :-) Put the hubby through law school too. Completely EMPOWERING. I loved being the short term :) only breadwinner. And I've signed a contract as FilaSpokesMom!! So I do love me some Fila...

    • February 22, 2012 at 21:41
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      Neat to hear a bit about your experiences! And yes, of course you love Fila! And I loved seeing your photos from the photo shoot! Go FilaSpokesMom go! ;)

  3. February 22, 2012 at 15:53
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    Huge congratulations to Mikey! That is great news! Lately my favourite piece of workout gear is my lightweight running jacket from lululemon. I got it on clearance and it is a great wind breaking layer when it isn't super cold but the wind is chilly.

    • February 22, 2012 at 21:40
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      Thanks for the congrats to Mikey! :D And that layer sounds like a perfect one to own for outdoor runs/workouts! Thanks for sharing.

  4. February 22, 2012 at 16:08
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    Congrats to Mikey! Having gone through grad school, I know if requires a lot of patience, sanity, and hugs from your partner. Really, it's not that bad... it's just a big change at first to re-learn how to be a student. Now I wish I could go back! :)

    • February 22, 2012 at 21:17
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      Great to know...I will get ready to get my hug on! ;) He LOVES being a student, so while I'm sure it won't be easy, I know he'll love the process and experience. Thanks for the comment, Laura!

  5. February 22, 2012 at 16:23
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    Oh wow - congrats Mikey!! How exciting (and sounds like a lot of work)! =) Love the new workout gear, that's a fun color for the sports bra. And one day I will find the right balance and my abs will look like yours when I'm sitting in a chair. ;) We didn't really celebrate Mardi Gras (shame on me, since I'm from NOLA), but we did go out to a dinner last night that was tasty and fun!

    • February 22, 2012 at 21:16
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      I didn't realize you were from NOLA! That's fun you guys did go out for dinner though. :) And thanks for the abs compliment - I was slouching in my chair, not sitting straight up and down. ;) Not intentionally, but it did end up working my favor. Ha!

  6. February 22, 2012 at 18:39
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    Congrats to Mikey - that is really exciting. You look strong girl.

    • February 22, 2012 at 21:15
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      Thanks, Allie! Your words mean a lot to me, especially coming from you - one strong climber girl. :D

  7. February 22, 2012 at 19:35
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    I've been missing you lately for some reason. We need to get coffee soon. ;) (wouldn't that be amazing!! I need to come visit you!) The Fila gear looks hot on you! And as always, THANKS for the TT love!

    • February 22, 2012 at 21:15
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      Thanks for the compliment, Linds! And yes, simply meeting you for coffee would be rad...let's truly make that a reality soon! :)

  8. February 22, 2012 at 21:42
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    I used to own a ton of Fila pants back in the early 2000's when they were easily accessible at Foot Locker and a few other Canadian stores. But I have completely forgotten about them til you just mentioned them today. I loved the way they fit, and I'm not afraid to wear them indoor climbing like I am with a lot of my lululemon gear (that stuff could tear easily on the walls, especially with knee jam's etc). Love the sports bra you're wearing!

  9. February 22, 2012 at 22:32
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    congrats to Mikey...that is awesome. I'm a lulu gal myself...all of there stuff is SO comfy You must know I celebrated the craziness which is J'Overt and Carnival.... http://www.thehinzadventures.com/2012/02/jouvert-let-good-times-roll.html http://www.thehinzadventures.com/2012/02/carnival-experience.html xoxo from Trinidad Happy Lent

  10. February 22, 2012 at 23:19
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    hello hot stuff! you look good in FILA woman! and congrats to mikey, give him a high 5 for me!

    • February 24, 2012 at 05:10
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      Thanks for the fun words, Linds! :D And a high five has been given. ;)

  11. February 22, 2012 at 23:49
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    Congrats to Mikey!! Yay!!! You are rocking that Fila gear lady! :) Awesome. I love your home gym set up. I have something similar here. Ha.

    • February 24, 2012 at 05:11
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      Home gyms are awesome...just such a fan of movement from the home! :D

  12. February 23, 2012 at 17:48
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    Nice new workout gear! and that walk climb+ push up is not only a good exercise but it looks like fun too! CONGRATS to Mikey.. that is soo exciting and he so deserves it!!

    • February 24, 2012 at 05:09
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      Thanks, Sabrina!

  13. February 23, 2012 at 18:08
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    I love my filas sports bra too! I havent been able to find it at a store again though :(. You look like a rockstar workin it out girl. Very impressive! Congrats to Mikey! Exciting news. Hope your Thursday treats you well :)

    • February 24, 2012 at 05:09
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      Thanks for the kind words and encouragement to Mikey too! :D ...and my Thursday was wonderful indeed, thanks. ;)

  14. February 23, 2012 at 18:40
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    I love love love Fila sports bras. And your abs.. just sayin. YAY for Mikey!!!!!

    • February 24, 2012 at 05:08
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      ...I love YOU...just sayin. ;)

    • February 28, 2012 at 21:52
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      Oh man - me too! I think they are SO FUN to do!

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