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where i left off + a few favorite things

What's going on guys?! I left off with you almost a week ago, and there has been a whole lot of busy-ness going on around here! Thursday night, Mike convinced me to go out to eat with him. We hadn't been out to eat in a few weeks for some reason, but it was a nice summery night and it was good to get out. I got a gigantic salad and a lot of seltzers, which is pretty much my go-to dinner out. 

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On Friday, Mike worked and I started getting ready for our weekend on the Cape. We usually bring a bunch of our own food and just throw it in a cooler and pick and choose from it as we need to, but this time I actually made my specific meals (and Mike made his) for the two days we would be at the beach. (We also measure out the exact amount of food for the dogs!) It definitely made things simpler and we didn't end up with wasted, unused food that got nasty by being in a cooler all weekend. We brought exactly the right amount of food and drinks, (for the dogs too!) so we just came home with empty Tupperware- it was a great system. 

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Besides packing for the weekend, I went to my yoga class and spent some time reading. I am reading all three of these books at once, which is something I don't think I've ever done! Depending on my mood, I pick up where I left off in whichever one I am feeling at the time. I am absolutely loving all three of them <3

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On Saturday morning, we were up and out super early to beat the traffic. The dogs love the ride to the Cape and I am convinced they know exactly where we are headed when we get on the highway. The dogs got munchkins when Mike and I got coffees, and then they spent the rest of the ride laying down and getting up, panting, crying, barking at motorcycles and cars with kayaks on the tops of them, and pacing around the backseat for two and a half hours! By the time they got to my parents' house, they were exhausted and dying of thirst 

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It was a perfect little Fourth of July weekend. 

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We came back on Sunday night and had a nice productive and relaxing holiday. We got up and lifted, then I headed to yoga while Mike did the yard and stuff around the house. Then we headed to our friend's pool to float around for the afternoon, which was so nice and peaceful! That brings me to some of my favorite things....

This bottle (this one is from the yoga studio, but it is like these!

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I didn't think I needed one, seeing how I have about 14 Blender Bottles and various "cute" water bottles. But, this bottle is amazing. First of all, it holds 26 fl oz, which is almost an entire large iced coffee, or a giant seltzer- both of which I drink a lot of and both get warm too fast!) It really keeps drinks cold (or warm) for a longgggg time and in extreme temperatures! In the 95 degree yoga room, my water stays so cold, so it isn't gross when there is time to drink it after class. I filled it with seltzer and it stayed cold while I left it on the front seat of my car yesterday, even though the sun was beating down on it and it had to be 115 degrees inside my car! I poured my iced coffee in it while we were at the pool on Monday, and it stayed cold the entire time I floated around in the sun. The ice didn't even melt. AMAZING.

Light Arnold Palmer Iced Tea/Lemonades

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I love these things because they are big, have no calories or carbs, and they're really good! You can get them at CVS for 2/99 cents a lot of the time, but even not on sale, they're cheap and worth it!

Black Iced Coffee

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A reader-friend asked me about the kind of coffee I drink recently, so here it is! Black Iced Coffee! Since April or so, I have been getting my iced coffee black (before that, I put cream or milk in it). One day, I decided to just try it black, and I realized I actually really liked it! Because I drink so much of it, I figured that cutting out the cream or milk would be ideal, so I could use those fats/carbs on actual FOOD! So, ya, here is how I take my iced coffee:

Starbucks: venti black iced coffee with two pumps of sugar free vanilla and four equals

Cumberland Farms: large black BOLD iced coffee, two XL pumps french vanilla, hazelnut, OR coconut (depending on my mood), and 4 equals

Tassel Wrap Bracelet by Scout Curated Wears

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I found this beautiful little tassel bracelet that is made by a small, local business in Holyoke! Check out their Instagram and Facebook pages, because they make beautiful Mala Beads and bracelets that can also be worn as necklaces! I think these are awesome gifts and are simple, but make a statement- LOVE them!

Jen Thompson (and MegSquats!)

One of the things I love most about MegSquats is how she interviews some seriously impressive powerlifters. Anyone can write and talk about what they eat and how they train, but she really adds a whole lot of value to her YouTube channel with her face to face chats and interviews with athletes. Meg's interview with Jen Thompson was pretty awesome and inspiring. I HIGHLY recommend you watch it if you lift and especially if you DON'T lift, and maybe will help you understand why I love the sport of Powerlifting so much, and why this is just the beginning for me. 

That's all for now, guys! I'll be back on Friday with a training update!! Have a great night :)

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