Friday Favorites #45

Hey guys, 

It’s Friday! We made it though another week! How’s your day so far? Anything fun on the horizon for the weekend? We’re celebrating my mom’s birthday (belatedly) on Saturday with Mexican food and cake AKA the best birthday combination ever! 

Since it’s Friday, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from the past week. I’m stealing Kate’s ‘Top 3’ Friday favorites idea and linking up with Heather and Angela. Thanks ladies, for the link up!

Top 3 eats:

  • This may sound weird, but I’m totally obsessed with steamable brussel sprouts lately. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten my body weight in them over the past week! 

brussel sprouts

Matilda is even on board with them and asked for them as dessert (!!) topped with coconut oil!! Crazy girl!

Matilda's dessert?

  • I know you guys saw this earlier this week, but this burger salad was so good! The brie cheese totally made it!!

burger salad

  • And this brunch was so good! It’s called Eggs Chesapeake and it’s 2 poached eggs, served atop crab cakes and fried green tomatoes. You better believe that I cleaned my plate!

eggs chesapeake

Top 3 highs:

  • Getting to spend time with my favorite cousin!! She and I are not super close together in age (6 years), but we were the only girl cousins in our family, so we hung out all the time. Now that we’re “grown-ups”, it’s so cool that we are super close best friends AND that we’re related!

Favorite cousin Jordan

  • Getting to take my Mama to lunch on her birthday. She’s such a wonderful mama and Nana who deserves so much more than a quick lunch, but it was a nice way to see her and celebrate her special day.

Nana and Matilda

  • Teaching BODYPUMP, especially this new release. Yes, it’s tough and it definitely challenges my fitness levels, but it makes me feel so good to talk to members afterwards and hear them say that it was such a great class and that they really appreciated the energy that I brought. Fun fact: I’m hoarse 90% of the time because I yell when I teach classes. It sounds really mean when I say that, but I’m yelling over the music to motivate the class and to remind them that they CAN do this. That they are stronger than they think they are! 

Top 3 lows:

  • Teaching 5 BODYPUMP classes this past week and last week. Even though I love it, it’s too many and teaching that many has kept me from pursuing other fitness needs, like yoga.

too much bodypump

  • And related to that, due to the increase in my teaching schedule, my left ankle is giving me some trouble. I broke it when I was 12 and it still intermittently bothers me. I’ve been icing it and taking it easy when I can. Not so easy when you have a busy toddler!

bum ankle


Top 3 screenshots:





Top 3 snapchats:


Why is this so fun?!


Seriously, she get’s so excited.


It was surprisingly easy to do!

Top 3 articles/reads:

Couples That Are Comfortable Talking About Poop Are The Happiest Couples

Why smart people are better off with fewer friends

Why you should always buy the men’s version of almost anything

Well, that’s all I have for today. I’m off to teach BODYPUMP! Have a great weekend!

What about you?

What’s are some of your top 3 from this week?

Hungry For Balance

I am a thirty-something personal trainer, nutrition coach, wife, mother, and former English teacher on a life-long journey for balance. I love writing, reading, cooking, baking, fitness in all its forms, my wonderful husband, and my adorable daughter.

Comments 16

  1. Every once in a while I get a hard core craving for Brussels sprouts…but it always makes me poop like 5 times that day or the next one. Idk what it is about the sprouts but it makes my tummy pretty gassy. My week top three is working more hours at my job, laughing a lot with my coworker’s and starting a new book that I cannot seem to put down. Have a great weekend!
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  2. I bet you are the best bodypump teacher! I wish I could take your class πŸ™‚ I taught a spin class on Tuesday and have one tonight, it’s so fun but of course I’m a little shy since I’m pregnant. I really hope I can get back into spinning soon after baby but I realize it’s going to be patience on my part. I love Brussel sprouts with coconut oil!!! Matilda is so smart!!! Happy Friday!!

  3. Ohhh the fat and the fingernails one is the BEST. That perspective makes complete sense and I love the imagery! Fingernails… ha! Brilliant.

    Hope your stubborn ankle heals up stat. No fun. I’ve been icing my hamstring and the only way I can do it is by wrapping ice up against my leg so that I can walk around on it. Toddlers are not conducive to sitting down. πŸ™
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  4. I love this!
    The brussel sprout deal with Matilda is too good. She’s a powerhouse in the making!
    5 body pump classes sound insane- I hope you catch a break this upcoming week.
    And did you say fried green tomatoes??? Yes please!
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