Good Monday morning!  I hope that your weekend was fantastic and you are jazzed up and ready to start the week!


This morning, I started my day with the last of my mini baked oatmeal bites.  They were delicious and quick, which is just what I needed since I had an early morning meeting and woke up a tad bit later than planned.  But all is good, because I like to wake up super duper early anyways, so I wasn’t running late at all.


Bridal Show

Yesterday was a blast at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show that my mom and I went to.  I feel like they are a great way to get unique ideas, even if you don’t use one of the vendors there.

On this table setting, instead of using a table runner, they used a sash…that only cost $1!! Using a table runner would cost about $5 per table.  That is great money-saving decorating tip.  It may or may not be used in my wedding 😉

These were cute little cupcakes all wrapped up to be used as party favors…another brilliant idea.  And so simple!  I tend to over-complicate everything, so I really appreciate when someone takes a simple idea, executes it well, and makes that idea special in some way.  I wish I could be more simply creative on my own.

All in all the event was a great way to spend the afternoon bonding with my mom.  I have to admit, I think that my favorite booths were the cake samples 🙂  and the health/nutrition booths to help brides get into shape….seems a bit contradictory…oh well!

Me and Mom

After spending the afternoon with Mom, Brian and I headed to his parent’s house for our Sunday night family dinner.  As always, his dad made a delicious meal.  Last night, it was Mahi Mahi fish, salad, wild rice, and baby broccoli.

My sister also came over for dinner, and to cut Brian’s hair.  It was starting to get a little shaggy.

She got mad at him for waiting so long to get it cut…just kidding!



Tonight, I am substitute teaching a pilates class, and the new release of BodyPump comes out right after that so I plan to stick around and make that part of my workout today.  I have said this time and time again, but I absolutely love working out in the morning, getting it out of the way, and not having to think about it the rest of the day.  Honestly, it helps to wake me up and really jump start my morning too.

I know Monday mornings can be a bit hard to wake up to, and sometimes it is a little bit hard to be motivated to get to the gym…at least I know I have been there.  Over the weekend Spark People posted a list of 100 Reasons You Should Workout Today, and I thought that this list was a great motivational tool to look at for those days when the gym just doesn’t seem like an option.

Whenever I am feeling like I would rather be on the computer or relax rather than workout, I always ask myself…”will I regret working out? ”  The answer is no….I then weigh the options…”will I regret not working out?”  The answer is yes.  I know that works for me, but look on the list and find at least 1 out of the 100 reasons to workout that applies to you!

  1. Because it makes you feel confident
  2. Because it helps you get stronger
  3. Because exercise helps combat depression
  4. Because you’ll feel proud of yourself
  5. Because you have goals you want to reach
  6. Because you’ll feel bad if you don’t
  7. Because you want to move forward, not backward
  8. Because it burns more calories than not working out
  9. Because it improves your heart health
  10. Because you want a great butt
  11. Because it prevents diabetes
  12. Because you want to be a good example to your kids
  13. Because you want to feel good in your clothes
  14. Because it reduces your risk of cancer
  15. Because your body was made to move
  16. Because you want to be an athlete
  17. Because you want to look better
  18. Because it lifts your mood
  19. Because you want to stand taller
  20. Because it reduces back pain
  21. Because it feels good
  22. Because it makes you feel accomplished
  23. Because you spend most of your day on your butt
  24. Because swimsuit season is always coming
  25. Because strong is the new skinny
  26. Because dieting only works so much
  27. Because it strengthens your bones, too
  28. Because it helps you lose weight
  29. Because it allows you to eat more food
  30. Because it’s the best way to spend “me” time
  31. Because it helps you de-stress
  32. Because it’s cheaper than therapy
  33. Because you want a strong core
  34. Because you want to take care for yourself
  35. Because you take pride in your body
  36. Because it strengthens your legs
  37. Because it helps your clothes fit better
  38. Because you want to push yourself
  39. Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
  40. Because moving your body feels good
  41. Because it keeps your mind sharp
  42. Because it helps you beat belly bloat
  43. Because it helps you sleep better at night
  44. Because it gives you energy
  45. Because you want to stay healthy as you age
  46. Because you want to look younger
  47. Because you want toned arms
  48. Because it improves your balance
  49. Because it burns off last night’s dessert
  50. Because it boosts your immune system
  51. Because sweat is sexy
  52. Because you want to live longer
  53. Because you want to get better at your game
  54. Because you want to catch someone’s eye
  55. Because exercisers earn more money
  56. Because you’re more likely to eat better when you exercise
  57. Because you want to shave time off your running pace
  58. Because you want to breathe easier
  59. Because you want to see the scale drop
  60. Because exercise improves your sex life
  61. Because you are worth it
  62. Because being fit makes everything in life better
  63. Because you promised yourself that you would
  64. Because you deserve a better life
  65. Because it’ll help you drink more water
  66. Because you want to do real push-ups
  67. Because it reduces your health care costs
  68. Because you’ll miss fewer days of work
  69. Because you want to create a new future for yourself
  70. Because it’ll help you like what you see in the mirror
  71. Because it’ll makes clothing shopping more fun
  72. Because you want to look and feel incredible
  73. Because exercising can be fun
  74. Because it’ll give your skin a glow
  75. Because it’s a good way to spend time with your friends
  76. Because it’ll help you prevent the middle-age spread
  77. Because it reduces your blood pressure
  78. Because you don’t want to let yourself go
  79. Because you don’t want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
  80. Because it strengthens your spirit
  81. Because it’s a cheap way to entertain yourself
  82. Because you’ll be able to reward yourself
  83. Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
  84. Because you’re tired of being tired
  85. Because not working out is not going to get you very far
  86. Because it’s a great way to spend time outside
  87. Because you made a commitment to yourself
  88. Because you’re tired of starting over
  89. Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
  90. Because you’re not a quitter
  91. Because it improves your cholesterol
  92. Because it boosts your metabolism
  93. Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
  94. Because if you can do this, you can do anything
  95. Because a fit body is a healthy body
  96. Because it beats sitting on the couch
  97. Because  everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
  98. Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
  99. Because not working out isn’t working out for you
  100. Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip


Question of the Morning:

Which of the 100 reasons will motivate you to workout today???

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