Good Morning from Fort Walton Beach, Florida!!! ☀️ Stop #3.

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We are in Florida for the week with our main agenda being, getting our house ready for sell. We have had it rented out for four years, and while rental property is a great investment, it takes a lot of work and we are ready to step away from the hassle.
We began the week with creating a schedule that will allow us time to work on our house as well as, allowing for free time to actually enjoy our vacation with friends.

Because of traveling, we haven’t been able to hit the gym in four days, so that was a first and foremost every morning – a trip on base to our old gym to begin each day with a solid lifting session.

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After, we would head back to the condo for a post-workout lunch. We were aware that each evening would be wining and dining with friends, so we made certain that we had a stove and microwave to somewhat stay on track during the days.

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During the daytime, we spent most of our time revamping the rental.
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After a few hours of cleaning each day we would get ready and head downtown to our favorite local spots. Back in my bartending days, I worked at a sandbar in the center of Fort Walton Beach called KC’s. I was there for 4 years, made lifelong friends and it’s where I met Wesley. ❤️ The bar has since expanded to four other establishments and mingling downtown in the evenings allowed us to see almost all of our old squad. We were able to attend the annual Christmas party which is pure insanity and its finest!

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big hair for the holiday events 😉

I spent a good hour each afternoon in the condos business lounge Skyping with my school advisor and checking in with clients (work is year round, which keeps me on track as well!)
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We managed to get in food from some of our favorite spots throughout the week: Panera Bread (more than once), Tijuana Flats, Fokkers Grille and of course Whataburger 💜.

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Our last day in town I was able to meet up with my best friend in the world, Chief. He and I worked the bar together and we both left the same summer. We haven’t been able to both be in Florida at the same time since (almost 5 years!!), but just before we hit the road to head out, his plane landed. It was the highlight just before heading out 💜.

Until next time Florida ☀️ Now on to stop #4, Sweet Home Alabama❤️❤️❤️

Good morning y’all 💜
We stayed with our friends in Georgia once again last night and will be heading out to Florida a bit later today.

I was the first to rise once again, so I made use of my time by filling out my degree plan for the up and coming semester – My final year (hallelujah!) 🎓

For breakfast I whipped myself up some oats and eggs with almond butter.

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It wasn’t long after that everyone was up and about. Korey and Tiff have a Great Gatsby themed Christmas party tonight, so when I saw Tiff’s wig, I gagged! So HOT! I love a platinum bob with a big bang – I had to try it on ❤️

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We began packing around noon and grabbed one last selfie before hitting the road. (Thanks for having us you guys! Love you both💜)

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On the way out we pulled through McDonalds for bite of lunch (ugh, only because it was the only option). I had 2 grilled chicken snack wraps.

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From Valdosta, Ga. to Fort Walton Beach, Fl. it is about a 4 hour drive. We took a pit stop for gas and I scooped up a sugar free monster. On the way to Georgia I was a terrible wingman (I slept the whole trip), so I decided to try to stay awake and keep Wesley company (although I am sure with my singing he had rather I go to sleep 😜).

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We made it to Florida, got checked into our condo and took a quick trip to Jimmy Johns for a turkey, bacon and avocado sub (delicious).

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We were in our room, piled up and ready for bed before it was even 8:00. Im sure were still trying to get adjusted to the time and being on the road is just draining in itself.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!!!!!
Happy Saturday 💋

 

Good Morning from Valdosta, Georgia y’all 🍑

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I woke up this morning around 7 am and felt great. I hit the pillow hard last night and slept like a champ! Everyone else was in bed until just before noon, so I sat around and checked emails, got some work done and enjoyed some amazing coffee ☕️. Our friends that we’re staying with don’t drink coffee, but made certain that I had a pot ready to brew this morning when I got up ❤️.

Korey got up first and kept me company as he chopped up potatoes for a homemade breakfast (what a hostess).

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The boys ran around this morning getting stuff to do a quick tune up on the truck before we get ready for our month of adventures ahead. Tiff and I (yep, two Tiffs 👯) ran a couple of errands and we stopped by her gym so I could take a peek. What a sick gym! We had every intention on making it back this afternoon for a workout, but it was so cold, and with everyone’s schedule being out of wack, we lost that motivation 😜.

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For lunch we took a trip to Moe’s Southwest Grill. I don’t even remember the last time I had Moe’s. I had a bowl made up of: rice, black beans and spicy chicken topped with lettuce, tomatoes, hot sauce, a shot of chipotle and yes, guacamole. I ate half and took the remains to go.

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We sat around the house most of the afternoon catching up and reminiscing. Tiff and I played a few hands of rummy while contemplating plans for the evening.

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This evening after much debate on whether we wanted to get up and get dressed to go out, we finally did. I think everyone was a little tired due to lack of sleep, but we all knew it was our only night here, so we wanted to do something. We ended up going to a really great place, Friends Grille and Bar. Being that I had a light breakfast and lunch, I splurged for the fettuccine with chicken. I ate every bite. It was incredible!

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We came home, and within 30 minutes everyone was off to bed 😴
It was a great day!! 💜❤️

Happy Friday!!

Good Morning!!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post…today is the day that we say goodbye to Italy!

The morning began super early! My alarm went off at 2 am! 😴  With the excitement of whats ahead, sleepiness was not an issue. We were loading the car with bags at 3:45 (thank you Staunton for the ride to the airport!!). Our flight was out of Venice at 6:30 am. Wes gave me the window seat so I was able to watch the sun rise over Italy as we said goodbye. ❤️🇮🇹

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It was about a 2-hour flight to our connection in Amsterdam. Our flight to Atlanta was delayed by a few hours due to weather, so we had time to kill in the airport. By now I was running solely on caffeine ☕️ so food was on our agenda.

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We stopped in at the DUTCH Kitchen and grabbed a sandwich. As I have mentioned repeatedly, I know that the month ahead will be primarily eating on the go, so I am trying to keep it as clean as possible as one can while dining out. (Also, I was keeping in mind that as soon as we landed in the states we were going to allow for one over the top indulgence😁). I had a caprese toaster sandwich, which is basically a Mediterranean Lacto-Vegetarian sandwich (and no, I am not vegetarian, but you will see as time continues that while eating out, I will often choose vegetarian due to it is often the healthier of choices in many restaurants). It contained Italian hard cheese, tomatoes and spinach. I had a side salad of mixed dark greens, potato wedges and zucchini, topped with oil and vinegar🌱. It was delicious.

Sitting and waiting, I managed to get this stud to jump in on a selfie❤️.

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Finally, we were off to the U.S.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
I managed to get snips of everything I had to eat to showcase how I eat when traveling. When flying internationally in the past, it was usually around competition time so I always had prepped food with me. This trip however,  I am simply trying to choose the best options available at hand.

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Overall, the flight was around 10 hours, so the first snack was offered about an hour in: pretzels and almonds, and I also had a side of tomato juice 🍅 (micronutrients). For lunch, there were three meal options: Crusted chicken, some other form of chicken and Vegetarian lasagna. I opted for the lasagna. In-flight meals already contain an abundance of sodium an preservatives, so the lasagna seemed like the best of the three (due to the fact it is made with vegetables, which means less preservatives). It was made up mostly of bell peppers and zucchini. I ate half of the lasagna, half of the stick of bread, my side salad (and Wesley’s), and 2 crackers. I passed the cheese stick and cup of chocolate mousse over to Wes.

In the first half of the flight I watched back to back movies: Kidnap with Halle Berry and Home Again with Reese Witherspoon – Both I give two thumbs up 👍 hands down incredible movies!

 

The second snack was offered about six hours into the flight and the final meal just about an hour before landing. The snack was a package of crackers, a round of soft cheese, a chocolate coated marshmallow and almonds. I passed everything to Wesley except for the almonds, and I did have a single nibble of this marshmallow to see what it had to offer ☺️. For the final meal I chose the vegetarian pot pie. It was quite delicious! It was filled with broccoli florets, zucchini and a light cream sauce and encrusted with some sort of breading and topped with pumpkin seeds. On the side it offered a chocolate and caramel ice-cream, which I passed off to Wes as well…If I thicken him up over the trip, it just means I will look smaller even if I gain a pound or three 😜.

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My last movie after a 30 minute catnap was, Wind River. This was by far one of the best movies I have seen in a long time! I highly recommend watching it to anyone!

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Finally, after 10 hours we landed in Atlanta around 5:00 pm. If you have ever been to Atlanta airport you know that it is huge! From the plane to baggage claim is about a 15 minute hike. The walking was nothing in comparison to the wait in customs (holy cow!) I am all for security and I will never complain when it comes to safety measures, but a more organized system would have made things a lot quicker! We were finally grabbing a cab at 6:30 and had an appointment at the car dealership to pick up Wes’s truck he purchased at 7 pm. I give it to the cabby, he was quite the speedy Gonzalez. He managed to get us there at 7:08 and it was logged to be a 45 minute drive with heavy traffic. We made it just in time to the dealership, piled our luggage in the parking lot and had the paperwork completed by 8 pm. After a good stretch on route 75, we stop at Wendy’s (I really wanted chick-fil-a for our first American indulgence, but they were already closed), so a chicken, bacon, ranch sandwich it was- and it was AMAZING! 🍔

We headed to our friends Korey and Tiffany’s in south Georgia. These two have basically been our other half over the years. We were all in Florida together, Korea and then Italy. They left Italy a year ago and are now stationed in Ga. I managed to take a good long nap on the ride (I am usually a great passenger that won’t go to sleep, but I couldn’t do it after that chicken sandwich). Wes really is superman and takes care of everything❤️. We don’t have phone service yet or access to navigation so he was flying old school with a hand-drawn map and directions (I guess its still possible 😜). He woke me up within 5 minutes of pulling into their driveway. I managed to stay up and catch up for about and hour and then it was off to bed. Jet-Lag has always been far less of a problem when entering the time zone from this way (seeing that it is behind nearly 8 hours), so getting to sleep before the sun comes up should be good for getting on track rather easy.

Its great to be back in America 🙏

Happy Thursday!!!

Good Morning! Today is a big day! Its our last day in Italy. We are officially moving back to the United States! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 It has been an amazing and unforgettable three years, and we have made memories that will last a lifetime, but we are more than ready to get back and start a new chapter in our lives.
I was asked yesterday by a friend of mine if I was nervous. While being nervous and a bit scared would be totally acceptable emotions, I am not. I feel there is something great awaiting us and I feel that everything about this move is positive and with great purpose. All of the emotions I am currently experiencing are just pure excitement! 😁

I sat around the early part of the morning sipping coffee and making lists of all I had to get done today. First, as always was breakfast. Once again, it was nothing new: oats and peanut butter.

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I had an appointment at noon to run back by the dentist office to pick up my records so I was forced to get dressed👖

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What you know about some old school Lee originals!? I scored these oldies (but goodies) at a flea market a few weeks back. They fit like a glove 🍑

 

Once back to the hotel I whipped up some lunch: chicken, rice and mixed peppers cooked in olive oil and a side salad🌱

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This afternoon I touched up my roots and added a few highlights to this wig 💁

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For dinner I cooked up the only thing left in the fridge: broccoli, rice and whatever was left on a half eaten rotisserie chicken.

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It is now a quarter after midnight and I just zipped our final bag. In the morning we will be up and headed for the airport and back in the U.S. in less than 24 hours!

Happy Wednesday!!

Good Morning! I woke this morning and just laid in bed starring at the ceiling  for a good long while thinking what a precious privilege it is to be alive and well and facing another day- Life is so good!! I really love my life 💜.

I bummed around in my pjs for most of the early part of the day. This mornings breakfast was oatmeal topped with peanut butter.

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I got up and finally put some pants on and met my girlfriend Kerrianne for our last coffee date before flying out 😞.

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This picture is the perfect depiction of our relationship.

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Kerrianne and I held each others hand during some difficult times here in Italy. While the military life is an amazing experience, it is often extremely hard. Kerrianne got pregnant before her husband deployed last year and she had to find her inner wonder woman and give birth to her first child on her own without her husband by her side. She had some complications and was moved off of the military base into an Italian hospital where she had to stay for a week with nurses that barely spoke English and certainly have a different approach to things from the American healthcare facilities. Without help, Kerrianne was unable to get back into CrossFit, so within weeks after giving birth,  I was loading up the car every morning heading to her house where we would complete workouts in her basement with this little nugget playing spectator.

 

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A couple of months later we were in training for our European Spartan Tri-fecta. Soon after, my husband deployed. Kerrianne was there. She made certain that we had meet ups, workouts and coffee dates. She truly is someone that God put in my life and Italy would not have been the experience it was without her ❤️.

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After two hours of reminiscing the last few years, I headed back to the hotel for lunch (pre-workout), I had oats and chicken. My workout began with 30:00 of Abs followed with rear delt focus using the cables. I ended with 20:00 of inclines on the treadmill.  Following my workout I had a Kellogs protein bar (no, I don’t find them to be nutritious, but it was convenient) and soon after, a plate full of broccoli, rice and chicken.

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The rest of my evening was spent doing laundry and packing up some of our things. For dinner, once again I had broccoli, rice and chicken. We are trying to avoid buying food that will be thrown out, so were just eating up what we have.

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Now, its time to pile up and call it a day 💜

Happy Tuesday!! 

It’s a new week to do what you have been putting off!
Drink strong ass coffee, stay focused and positive, don’t sweat the small stuff, make certain that you’re wearing pants and remember, stabbing people is wrong (you’re welcome). Happy Monday 💜

I began the morning with coffee, followed with breakfast: Oats mixed with protein powder topped with nut butter and a side of orange slices🍊

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While getting ready for the gym I decided to take a couple of snips showcasing my current physique. A little Thick & Juicy 🍑 and I am completely comfortable with it.

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I hope that my followers realize that this is a competitors bulk body. While it is feasible to remain at a 12-13% body fat range year round, muscle mass cannot be added without an overall caloric increase. It took me many years of self saboteur to realize in order to reach the physique I desired, it meant adding a bit of fat during my “off season” from the stage. I highlight “off season” because there technically is no such thing. All year round my goal is to improve. This applies to my aesthetics, mentally and spiritually. Each day is working toward improvements. From the 16 weeks leading up to a show and the 6-8 weeks post show while reversing into maintenance, I consider that my “on season.” The rest of the year I don’t allow myself a “screw it” mentality. I am meticulously following a training regimen that will allow my body improvements while tracking my macro range to accommodate slow and structured gains. The last 6-8 weeks of the year I follow what I call, “loose tracking.” It is the only time of the year that you won’t see me in the gym writing down each rep scheme and the total pounds lifted. I give myself a break from macro tracking as well. I stick to whole foods and and grains that sit high on the list of unprocessed carbohydrates.
 This phase of my training allows me to fluctuate within a range of 5 pounds and I don’t beat myself up over it. It gives me a break mentally, which in my opinion is most important phase of a competitors program.
For me, this approach allows me to live a well-balanced lifestyle all year round. Its my lifestyle, period.

Today’s workout was hamstrings and glutes 🍑
●BB Good Mornings
●Lying Hamstring Curls
●Glute Bridges
●BB Stationary Reverse Lunges
●Single Leg Press

Today’s post workout lunch: Rice, broccoli and chicken cooked in olive oil

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After lunch I had to go to the dentist for my final appointment. I got fitted for a final retainer tray that I am required to wear at night to make certain these big ole chicklets don’t shift back 😁

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Other than the gym and the dentist, I didn’t leave the hotel today. I checked in with clients and the rest of this cold and rainy day was spent piled up watching youtube and netflix.

Happy Monday! 💜

Good Morning ❤️

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I spent the first hour of my morning in a bath- reflecting, giving thanks and being aware of all of the great changes coming our way.
After, I had a bowl of oats which was my pre-workout meal (and post-workout, mainly due to the fact thats all I have left in the cabinet) – oats topped with blueberries and almonds with a protein drink and peanut butter.

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This mornings workout focused on back and triceps, followed with intervals on the rower and treadmill. I ended with abs and a full body stretch and mobility.

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I got a few last staple pieces to take home with me today 👜👢👝
My husband truly is the worlds best when it comes to spoiling a girl! I am so very blessed and thankful! ❤️❤️❤️

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This afternoon we walked outside and it was snowing!!❄️❄️❄️ These are a couple of pics that I borrowed from my girlfriend, Jessica. She lived near us in Sacile and she posted these. It really is the cutest little town. I will miss it ❤️

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This evening we met up with a couple of friends for dinner at New Punjab, a local Indian Cuisine restaurant.

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I managed to keep it clean. I had rolled baked veggies, spinach cream and cheese (I avoided the cheese chunks) and my “bit of a splurge” was a serving of garlic naan. I LOVE Indian food- It was absolutely amazing!

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Once back home (even though it was freezing cold and still snowing), I decided to put that garlic naan to use. I hit the gym for a late night shoulder and bicep workout (its all about balance you guys!) As I have mentioned before, I am not oblivious to the fact that throughout the holidays and while traveling this entire next month, I will eat foods that are not my “usual.” However, I will make certain that I put in the extra effort to train hard, even if that means two-a-days a couple of times a week.

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Now time to snuggle up in bed where its warm ❤️ Happy Sunday!

Good Morning!! 💖
I started the day with a basic breakfast: egg whites, oats and blueberries with a Tbsp of nut butter and of course, coffee ☕️

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Soon after I was getting ready to head out for a little shopping 👛

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We walked over to the E-Club last night for dinner and in the back they had some slot machines. We had nothing else to do, so we sat down for a few minutes. Wes won $400 on a pull and he passed it my way 💜 I was in need of some new foundation, so the Lancôme counter was on today’s agenda.

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I scooped up a light and dark cream stick for contouring and a brow crayon from Clinique.

For lunch I came back to the hotel and fixed grilled chicken and plate full of mixed veggies🌱

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We had plans tonight to meet some friends at a local spot for Indian Cuisine, but that got rescheduled for tomorrow, so we ended up having Pizza 🍕. This was my second cheat for the week- so tomorrow, my Indian Cuisine will be well thought out and lifting will be mixed with HIIT intervals.

Now its time for bed 🙂 Happy Saturday 💋

Hey you all!! I have been m.i.a due to the fact we have been moving all week.

Monday was moving day and I cannot stress how truly relieved I am that the military hires someone to come in and pack everything for you. They are careful and meticulous – they mark each box with what is inside and where it was located in the house, and we didn’t have to lift or carry a single thing🙏. It took them about 8 hours and I spent a majority of that time doing check-ins from my bathtub 😝

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Tuesday, Wes and I spent the entire day scrubbing (unfortunately, they don’t do that for you). We did manage to stop for lunch and have Kebabs one last time from our favorite local joint, Döner Kebab – Kebapci Aga 🍖.

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Wednesday was our final inspection and we handed over our keys. I absolutely loved living in the beautiful town of Sacile. The surroundings were breathtaking, the markets were amazing and the shopping and socializing were constant; however, that being said, the sacrifice of living space to live there was just that, a sacrifice. I look forward to being back in a house with a full size kitchen, and a home gym in the garage rather than a spare bedroom conversion (priorities😉). New beginnings are always exciting!
We did manage to get in a lifting session each evening, but cardio was non-existent, so that was a first and foremost, must-do this morning. I scarfed down a banana and some aminos and hit the pavement. I completed jog/walk/sprint intervals for 60:00 and I was just shy of 6 miles. It felt good to get in a legit cardio session 💦.

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My post cardio fuel was a bowl of oats topped with blueberries and almonds.
I am so grateful that our hotel has a full kitchen!!

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Wes scooped me up mid-morning and we had some running around to do, so lunch was on base at Subway.

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After lunch I had a few hours free, so I decided to head to the gym for a leg/glute workout.
•Romanian Deadlifts
•Single Leg DB Deadlifts
•DB Reverse Lunges
•BB Glute Bridges
•BB Good Mornings
•Leg Extensions
•Single Leg Extensions
•BW Glute Bridges off the Bosu Ball
I spent a good 15:00 minutes post-workout stretching my hip flexors and lower back. A double day like today, my hips were definitely feeling it!

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After a long scalding shower, I was getting ready for a sushi date with two of my girlfriends. We went to my favorite sushi place, Samurai and I had 3 rolls! I figured after today’s training, a good meal was acceptable. I did keep it clean though. I try to avoid any mayonnaise based sauces, anything fried or with teriyaki sauces. It was as usual, amazing! We were there for about 3 hours kikiing and saying our goodbyes ❤️.

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Now it is time to pile up next to the handsome man in my bed and call it a day. Goodnight y’all!

Happy Thursday!!