life lately…as told by selfies

You can tell so much about a person by looking at the photo’s on their phones. I realized this when I was thinking about what type of post I wanted to write about. I thought “What have I been doing lately? Anything new to report? What has been on my mind?” I always look to my photo’s because that always gives me a good idea of what I have been doing.

Well I can tell you what has been taking up all my spare time. Online Coaching/Supporting my Challenge Group participants and… Selfies. Goodness. You can tell my life revolves around coffee, drinks, and random nights with Matt.

I kid you not there is not much on my phone. And for your entertainment I want to prove it to you.

This is about a weeks worth or so of photo’s from my phone.

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Let’s begin with all the shameless selfies.

Sometimes when I have good hair days, I take coffee selfies.

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And sometimes I like to document when I actually get out in the world.

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When I don’t want to seem too vain, I make Matt selfie with me.

On our morning coffee dates.

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More coffee dates (they may or may not happen daily)

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Meeting for a drink after work.

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And some more drinks after work. (these I promise you do not happen daily)

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We also have date night in selfies.

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Sunday breakfast at a favorite spot we hadn’t been too since we moved!

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I recruit others when possible for selfies too.

A farewell sushi dinner with two of our close friends who are both moving.

Delicious food was first had.

Sushi selfie?

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And then real selfies happened after.

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My skills of getting everyone in the photo amaze me.

I then make my pets selfie too.

But really, when Rommy loves our new dining room table more than we do, he deserves a photo shoot.

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This was the first day we had it. I guess he was giving his seal of approval.

He then decided he wanted to have dinner with us.

I know a lot of you are thinking the pets shouldn’t be on the furniture… but that just doesn’t happen in this house.

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And when Ra looks this stoic… I just had to give him a selfie opportunity as well.

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Showing off his new collar…that he continuously takes off…somehow…

And here is how you know I am pretty involved in my challenge group. I have a lot of these on the photo reel.

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Push up challenges.

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Thirsty Thursday water challenges. You gotta stay hydrated guys. Water is important, especially in the heat!

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And a ton of accountability collages. I don’t just coach my challengers, I participate too!

There is still some food in my life. I won’t lie I’m so busy fancy meals don’t happen as often, but I still like to give shout outs to some of my favorite products that help make simple, quick, but delicious meals.

(bagels + almond butter = ah-mazing)

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(side note: I just ran out of my Growing Naturals Vanilla Pea Protein which is a sad time. I literally use this stuff daily, if you need a vegan protein source – get this!)

So yea, that’s basically what my life is right now, and honestly I can’t really complain.

I’m busy, but I’m happy and content.

And I have a lot of these on my photo album too. And life is all about staying positive.

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Reasons To Be Happy

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What story would your photo’s tell?

Do you take a lot of selfies?

mermaids, mimosa’s & puppies

Hi loves, it’s time for that check in.

Sometimes when you get in that normal rut, you think nothing is really going on, but in looking back SO much has gone on. Does anyone else feel that way? Our lives are OUR lives, so sometimes they don’t seem extra special, but it’s still fun to share those moments with others. Keeps up connected!

Let’s start with one of the more fun updates.

I’m officially a mermaid!

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My hair dresser talked me into getting aqua in my hair… I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about it, I’m still adjusting. I like it, but just don’t know if green/blue is my color. I love the purple and have had that before, but we’ll see if this whole aqua thing grows on me.

As per usual Matt and I have been keeping busy, but since we work so much on our side businesses we really try to get out in the world and work on the go. We actually both seem to get a lot more done when we are out working because surprisingly enough, there are less distractions.

We found this cool little place that had an outside bar that we ordered a few drinks and lunch.

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Nothing like a grapefruit mimosa, work and palm tree reflections. This is the time of the year I love living in Arizona. It’s already in the 70’s and beautiful here.

Matt ordered a hamburger topped with roasted red pepper and some sort of aoili. I don’t eat a lot of red meat and am actually very picky when it comes to my hamburgers, but I stole multiple bites of this. I couldn’t stop, the flavor combination was on point.

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And those fries…

On my days off Matt and I have a tradition of getting coffee and breakfast, he doesn’t have a lot of extra time in the morning, so I appreciate he takes the time to spend with me.

However. Men. Too busy eating to take a selfie with me.

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I ended up walking to work for the later part of my afternoon and before I knew it Matt was texting me that he was done with work. Well… since I was out.. I had him meet me for a drink before we went home to have dinner.

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And a margarita always sounds good.

And what would an update from me be without a little of this.

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Because puppies.

Well loves I hope you all are doing just wonderful. Until the next check in.

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Tell me one thing you’ve been loving lately?

How do you spend your days off?

new year update

Hi loves.

I still exist.

I think the holiday’s everyone gets crazy busy, so I know there are you that feel me on that one, but so much more has been going on around here.

I have had a crazy of a New Year already, a lot of change, a lot of change to come.

Possible job changes, not changing jobs, then changing jobs again?
Yea, it makes just about as much sense to me too. But needless to say, I was contemplating leaving my current clinic for another…then decided to give mine another chance. And I guess I can just leave it at that. It was stressful to say the least.

Thankfully on one of my most stressful days, I had a little stress relief.

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In the form of my love, food, and drinks.

It was so nice just to de-stress a little with the one person who actually matters. Because despite all the petty drama. Certain people matter. And certain people don’t.

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This whole process has really helped me realize I need to stay positive and not let others get to me and run my life. I can’t help it though, I’m a sensitive gal!

Another stress in my life however has been the process of house hunting. Goodness, I did not realize how emotionally draining this process was.

Matt and I joked that buying a house was going to turn us into alcoholics.

After house shopping.

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After finding a house we really liked, considering putting an offer in, and checking out the surrounding area.

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After a day full of putting an offer in, touring the house, getting counter offers, and making the hard decision to pass on the house and keep looking.

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That night we ironically had a dinner date with a friend, so it all kind of worked out. At the end of the day Matt and I really need some food and friend time.

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This was exactly what I needed.

Well friends, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s been going on, but I wanted to check in with you all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their New Year and all is going well.

OH! One more thing before I leave. I am just so excited that I have to share. I recently started my new Hammer & Chisel program and at first, I’m not going to lie, I was seeing so many people getting all these results and I just felt like I wasn’t see the same in me. But now that I am at the start of my third week, I finally am seeing some results I am so psyched about!

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Honestly I am seeing the most results in my arms, but my lower body is finally starting to catch up!

Can’t wait to see how I progress more!

Well loves. Have a wonderful week.

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Has anything exciting happened in the beginning of your New Year?

commit to stay fit [and some updates]

Hello friends. I don’t think I even need to apologize for my MIA status ( even thought I am so sorry ) but I feel like you are all use to it. I don’t even know where time is going because seriously, it’s almost Thanksgiving. Before I know it, it will be Christmas, my birthday, the New Year and then my mind will explode.

So what have I been up too? Lot’s and nothing new all at the same time. If that is even possible. Things are still busy with the new business, it’s a slow month, but I know that is just part of the business and there will be ups and downs. I actually came across this neat info graphic and even though so simple, so true. Sometimes we need little reminders like this, so we don’t freak out and just want to quit.

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Oh so true.

However, on that note, I am still loving being an online fitness coach. It seriously is just so rewarding helping others on their health journey’s and being able to be a part of it. I also know the holiday’s are a time where we all kind of struggle with maintaining a clean diet and keep up with our fitness. I myself am no exception. Especially when treats like these pop up at the clinic.

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I mean who can say no to the most adorable paw print cookies? This girl can’t. So what I am really trying to focus on is giving myself permission to enjoy these treats and not let myself feel guilty afterwards. I don’t want to say I am a believer in the 80/20 rule, but I am a believer that it is OK to have a cookie once in a while. I eat healthy the rest of the day, so 1 cookie will NOT undo all my progress and effort I have put in. It’s almost like I eat clean and keep my fitness up the rest of the time so I CAN eat these treats guilt free. I know on Thanksgiving I will not be restricting and will fully enjoy myself because I know I will get right back on track the next day. (ok so at Matt’s parents we always have cinnamon rolls for breakfast the next morning, so maybe the next next day 😉 I mean I can’t break tradition…)

But before we get ahead of ourselves and pretend it’s already Thanksgiving (I want time to go as slow as possible these days) let’s take a look at what happened last week.

Again, everything and nothing all at the same time.

Meals have been super simple lately. But that doesn’t mean not delicious.

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Deli turkey, 1/2 avocado and veggies and hummus. Simple, but delicious and satisfying. And I think I’ve said this before, but sprinkling sea salt on your avocado… life changing.

Speaking of sprinkling things, on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s I fell trap to the must try all the new things. I swear I walk into that place needing 1 thing and 10 things end up in my cart. Well it’s not completely my fault (at least that’s what I tell myself). For example, I had this guy in my hand and the worker informed me 1. it was good 2. it was limited time and 3. it was flying off the shelf. Ma’am you are wonderful at your job, because this landed in my cart to try.

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(if anyone is interested in trying this, the coffee flavor is very strong. not a bad thing, but just an FYI)

More random fun things:

Free Wine

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My boss gave me a bottle of wine as a thank you for doing so well when I covered for a co-worker when she was out on maternity leave. (side note: i totally know a client gave him this wine, and he didn’t try to pretend like he bought it for me or anything, but i kind of laughed.)

Puppy Sitting

I’ve posted before about this dog…goodness I love her…Matt won’t let me have her. But my co-worker let me puppy sit her again. When I was bringing her back to work with me, I didn’t have enough hands to carry her.

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Sometimes you just have to improvise and carry dogs in your sweatshirt.

She loved it, don’t let that face fool you.

And now it’s Sunday and Matt and I are doing all our traditional things. He’s being a trooper since he has been sick all week (how i haven’t gotten sick is beside me) but we have managed to make it to our biscuits and gravy breakfast

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And we’re now out watching the football game and working.  This is actually something new that we started doing (the working part, not the watching football) because for both of us we are somehow more productive when we are out of the house.

So this post probably would have taken me all day to write and finally post and now I think I will actually get it posted within the hour that I started.

Mind blowing, I know.

So loves, with that being said I am actually going to try and watch the game, even though it continues to be painful to watch the Colts play this season.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

On a last note I did want to say if anyone is interested, I will be holding a 30 day Wellness, Fitness and Gratitude challenge starting Nov. 30. The group will not only be a great accountability group to keep you on track with your fitnes program during the holiday’s, but I will also be providing helpful tips and recipes to stay healthy during the holiday’s. As I said so many of us stress about gaining weight, but there are so many things we can do to make sure we stay on track during this time.  Leave a comment below if you are interested or feel free to e-mail me at debbiequirkbbc@gmail.com for more information!

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 Are you ready for the holiday’s?

What do you stress over the most during this time?

Have you started Christmas shopping? I really need to get on this!

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Hello my loves!

I hope you are all having a very relaxing Sunday. I just wanted to pop in real quick to let you all know I am alive and well and share some of the weekend happenings.

It’s actually been pretty quiet around here. I am back to working Saturday’s, which I didn’t hate, but I am not going to lie, I got kind of use to having the weekend off. I’m glad Matt and I were at least able to get to the farmers market once.

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This weekend was basically spent running errands and working. Matt and I are both very happy running our side business’s, but I’m telling you, if I’m not at work, I’m at work. 😉

But Sunday was a day for fun!

I swear I can’t sleep in even if I want to. My body is on such routine that even on my days off I am up by at least 7am. Which to me is actually sleeping in! Sunday’s are no different, but I take advantage of my early mornings and get my work out done right away.

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Sunday’s are technically rest day on the 21 day fix, but I usually add a random run in the middle of my week instead of the scheduled work out and use that as my rest day. So today I did the Dirty 30 and it’s a good one.

When Matt finally stirred we went out and did our traditional Sunday breakfast of biscuits and gravy. I kid you not, these are not fancy by any means, but are seriously the best biscuits and gravy. I honestly get so excited when for them.

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We also were silly and took selfies. Matt made the comment that I never look at him when we take kissing pictures…

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This might be why. I make it pretty awkward.

Love him. Love us.

So I’m not sure if you can really tell from the above picture, but I got my hair cut and colored.

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Yup. #purplehairdontcare

I pretty much love it, I am just hoping it doesn’t fade out as quickly as I think it will.

So a little side note, I have that triangle hair line in the back and typically get it shaved off because I think it looks silly.  Well when my hair stylist was cutting my hair she made mention of a new trend. It’s kind of like when the guys were shaving lines in the sides of their heads, well I guess it’s a girl thing too.

I found these that I thought might look cool.

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 I love the bottom cut. Not quite sure that I can pull it off.

Well loves I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a wonderful week.

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What do you think of the line shaving?

Do you have any weekend traditions?

staying positive

Friends I am so sorry. I really hate that my posts are so sporadic and unpredictable, but I really feel like that is what my life has become.  Having a full time job and trying to run my own online fitness coaching business is really taking a toll on me. Not only with the blog, but also my social life. Or lack there of.

But alas,  I have managed to get out of my house and do a few fun things that I thought I should at least check in to let you know that I am still alive.

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Life has been so hectic that Matt and I forgot our own anniversary.  For the first 6 months of our marriage we had been celebrating every month and going to the same restaurant every month. Well we both forgot our 6 month and funny enough that was is actually a mile stone. I still can’t believe we’ve been married 6 months! Time really does fly.

I told Matt we could just wait until the next month, but he insisted we still go to our traditional anniversary spot. Well it’s almost our 7 month, but we managed to make it out before then. And it couldn’t have been on a more perfect night. Work has been incredibly stressful and Friday was the worst. To the point where I was almost in tears.  Thankfully I was able to go home early and upon getting home I took a long hot shower.

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It’s amazing how a good shower and a fresh face can immediately make you feel better.

While I waited for Matt to get home, I did some personal development and read a little.  Again, it was just so nice to relax, read and remember to be positive and focus on me and bettering myself.

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I freshened up a bit and we were off to an amazing dinner.

No big surprise where we go for dinner.

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Oh how I love sushi. I don’t think we ordered enough do you?

And needless to say with the week I had some sake was had as well.

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After dinner we stopped by the park and took a walk around the lake. The weather is finally starting to cool down here and the nights are beautiful.  We ended the night swinging on the swings and went home to veg and watch some TV.  It was a little late, but it was the perfect anniversary night.

 Saturday morning we decided to go out and grab some breakfast at a popular Brunch spot. Thankfully they have good Americano’s and the weather was nice because our wait was quoted at 10 minutes and it took more like 30.

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The rest of the day was spent working with random errands in between. Typical Saturday for us really.

Sunday started off typical with us getting our traditional biscuits and gravy and I guess it was a trend of our breakfast’s taking longer than normal, because the girl ended up forgetting to make our coffees because she got too busy. O’well right?

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Matt’s parents also came to town Sunday so we met them for lunch. Well, since Matt and I had a later breakfast we weren’t really hungry for lunch, but when they ordered dessert…

Well I couldn’t say no to a bite (or three)

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This Apple Caramel Cheesecake was to.die.for.

And now it’s back to the drawing board for another long week at work, but I am determined to stay positive and make the best of it.

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What do you do after a long stressful work week to unwind?

master of the obvious

Disclaimer: I am a Beachbody coach however this post is not a sponsored or a promotional post. It’s just my life and how I feel about the programs and fitness.

I don’t even know begin with all this. I have always been into fitness, health and nutrition and want to not only fuel my body with real nutrient dense foods, but give it appropriate fitness it needs to be the strongest I can. I definitely go through my phases. HITT, tabata style, running, strength training, you name it, I have gone through it.  There are so many benefits to each of them, but I think what I finally realized is there needs to be a balance between them on. Not focus on just one over the other.

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Seems like common sense, but I recently realized my body is so much smarter than I give it credit for. My recent phase was running. It had been forever since I ran, I decided to go one day and thought wow I really missed running. Then I signed up to be a Beachbody coach and as a coach I felt it was only right that I do a program because that’s the main focus of the company. Be a product of the product. If I didn’t do the program how can I try and tell others that they work? If I didn’t drink Shakeology, how could I tell others the benefits? I couldn’t.

Come to find out. I loved the programs. I loved Shakeology.

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And I was getting results.

But I still wanted to switch things up with my fitness, keep my body guessing. Doing the same thing over and over regardless of what it is, the body gets use to it. We need to switch it now and then. So I thought on my active rest days I would go for a run.

Then I realized something. I do not like running. And I don’t think my body does anymore either. I just could not get into it. And when the whole time all you can think about is when it’s going to be over, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it.

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I’m not going to lie, there are so many mornings when I wake up and I do not want to do my 21 Day Fix Extreme work out, but I will tell you by the middle and end I am so glad I did and I get into it and push harder. That’s the difference.

So what does all this rambling mean? Well like I said for most this is probably common sense, but it was just kind of an ah-ha moment for me. I like to share these only because I think so many of us miss the obvious. And need others to go through it and share it for us to really get it.

SO maybe this is just another phase, I don’t know. I’m not saying I will never run again, but what I’m doing right now… well I’m loving it.

I am also so super excited because I am hosting my very first 30 day Facebook fitness challenge and honestly the thing I am most excited about it helping others reach their goals.

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What is your current health and fitness phase?

Favorite healthy food? Favorite work out?

relaxing and productive

Hi friends.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
I am really starting to love having my weekends off. Yes my week does seem extra long and trust me I am exhausted by the end of it, but it has been so nice being able to spend some actual quality time with Matt. When I had a day off during the week obviously he still had to go to work, so my day was spent running errands which didn’t seem like much of a day off.  Now Matt and I are actually able to do the errands together and spend some time together.

We also get to leisurely go grab coffee and breakfast.  Saturday we have been going to our typical “week day off” spot. Since it is finally cooling down in Arizona (under 100) we decided to walk. It’s the small simple things I missed and it was nice to just chat on the walk over.

I usually get a cold brew coffee, but I was feeling a fresh pressed juice this time.

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In the juice was carrots, beets, apple and turmeric. Hit the spot.

Matt also got a breakfast burrito. I typically just steal his potatoes.

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I call it quality control.

The rest of Saturday Matt and I both did some freelance work and ran some errands. Not too eventful, but we got a lot done.

Now that I think about it, it may not be such a great thing that Matt and I run errands together. Because when we go to the grocery store together this happens…

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We buy cookies the size of our heads. And no. We did not share.

Sunday morning was our routine coffee and biscuits and gravy.

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The gravy was extra thick and I was totally OK with that. I really think biscuits and gravy are becoming my favorite breakfast food. It has however been awhile since I have had a good Belgian waffle…I may have to change that soon.

Soon it was time to go watch the Colts. And goodness, those boys are killing me. These games are just too close.

Again, back to work. I know it doesn’t sound like much fun, but I am loving that I am actually being really productive. I got a lot of images done for my 30 day Facebook fitness challenge.

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But Matt and I took a break to have a little fun. We originally were supposed to have a date night Saturday night, but he met up with a friend for some drinks (I was totally ok with this because his friend is moving to Texas soon – #bestwifeever) So we planned for a day date and went to Dave and Busters to play some games.

Master of the crane. 2:2

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So now it’s just chill time on the couch watching more football. Over all a great weekend if you ask me. Oh and I also have this little cutie by my side.

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We are puppy sitting one of my co-workers dogs… well OK. So the real story is I want this dog. Legit want her. And the girl is willing to give her to me because she was breeding her, but now she is done. But Matt refuses to let us get another dog. I get the argument of we have enough pets as is blah blah blah. But seriously. I want this dog. Until I convince him, I’ll have to settle for puppy sitting her over the weekend.

Well loves, I hope you all have a wonderful week.

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What did you do this weekend?

Do you think Matt should let me have this adorable little white dog??