Thursday Thoughts

  1. Ahhhh Thursday! YAY! Haha only two more days, and no after-work activities! Some might see that as boring… I see that as time to get things done AND relax a bit. Speaking of after-work activities, I got to go to the Roof at the Wit to see my friend’s boyfriend play on Tuesday: Chris Buehrle. He’s kinda awesome. And kinda the nicest guy ever.  :)


2. So I love yellow and orange starbursts, BUT I loved the sentiment of this:


3. Can we discuss that I’m wearing slippers this morning? In my non-AC apartment it is now cold enough to wear slippers. In August. Not thrilled.

4. I went on another RUN this weekend! I’m starting to get a little jealous of all my friends who are training for races, so I’m going to try to run at least once a week. I’m following a strength training program that also has interval/cardio workout days so it’s hard to fit in running, but I’ll run instead of those workouts every once in a while. It’s just soooo easy to do a workout at home and it takes SO MUCH LESS TIME!


5. I’m trying out this new stuff called Energize, which is a pre-workout supplement. I’ve only had it for 3 days and I am SO hooked. I’ve felt so much energy in my workouts and haven’t hit a “wall” like I have been recently. Plus it makes me feel like a real athlete, so legit.

6. Another girl on my team posted this in a GroupMe (similar to a group text) that we have going and I loved it. Sparkle. Be You. Be a rainbow unicorn. It’s way more fun :)


7. I know I’m a Beachbody coach and all, but if you ever just want to chat about your health and nutrition – shoot me a message. I’m here to help you out whether or not you are interested in joining a challenge!

8. Have a great Thursday!

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What’s your fitness routine right now?

What’s your favorite Starburst flavor? 

Thursday Thoughts

1. Hello, hello! I miss you all! I feel like I haven’t had as much time to dedicate to the blog and I miss comments and chatting with my readers! Haha feel free to email me any time!

2. OMG THERE WAS A WASP IN MY APARTMENT. I flipped out. I had cleaning spray in one hand, shoes to throw in another, and texting people with my invisible third arm… It got in through a crack but would not leave! I ended up trapping it between the window and the screen. I felt bad but couldn’t let it out without letting it back into my apartment… I didn’t feel as bad for it when my friend told  me they kill honeybees! Rude.


3. I love lunchtime adventures. They recently built these steps on the river just three blocks from my office, so Julie and I wandered around LOFT and then came and sat here with our iced teas (and Julie’s wrap!). Such a nice way to take a break from the office.


4. The weather has been SO NICE this week in Chicago. Like I actually had to turn off my box fan because it was making me TOO COLD. After having no AC and some very hot and humid weeks, this is a relief!



5. I have TWO brunches and a dinner this weekend! Lots of eating out, so I’ll have to be smart! I have dinner with my old small group, brunch with Chelsey (we had to reschedule!), and then brunch with my teammates who live here in Chicago!!! So excited for everyone to get together!

6. I’ve been feeling overly anxious and stressed recently and when I get this way I know it’s better for my body to lay low on the exercise front – just moving in a way that keeps me happy but nothing intense. Your body can only handle so much stress at once! Because of that, I’m really focusing on nutrition and not letting myself snack to calm my nerves! Here’s this week’s meal plan:


7. Speaking of meal planning, I’m running another FREE 5-Day Clean Eating Group! We start on Monday, but the group opens up this weekend so we can meal prep and know what our plans are for the week! I’d love to have you join me, what do you have to lose? Comment below or email me at

clean eating challenge group

8. Have a great Thursday!

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What kinds of critters have gotten into your home? 

Who’s in for the 5 day challenge!? 

Thursday Thoughts

1. Last Friday Sarah and I were both ready for a cocktail after work so she made us “margaritas” with Simply Limeade. They were delicious. Ben was upset he didn’t get one…


2. Is this not the longest week ever? I have soooo much going on at work, I have full evenings every night, and I never seem to have enough time to actually get anything done. Can it please be Friday night again? And then can we just pause time for a week? Yes? Awesome.

3. I saw this post on Melanie Mitro’s instagram account (this year’s #1 coach). It looked so simple and delicious, I must make it! P.S. Trader Joe’s coffee rub?!? I have not seen this!


4. My friend Julie is in a Second City comedy show and tonight is her last night. She is hilarious all the time so I can’t wait to go see her this evening with some friends and some of her family! My only issue… the show starts at 10:30pm. TEN THIRTY. People.

5. I found myself in Dick Blick the other day (art supply store) and I saw this adorable Cat Mannequin. There was a dog one too! I sent the picture to my friend Maddie and of course she already knew about them…


6. This. Me. All week. If only I could start a Go Fund Me to pay my bills so I can be a coach full time. Obviously I haven’t thought about it or anything…


7. I am going to see CHELSEY THIS WEEKEND!!!!!! I legitimately have not seen this woman for a YEAR. That’s insane. The suburbs might as well be another country when you don’t have a car.

8. Have a great Thursday!


What would be your Friday night cocktail of choice?

If you could do anything as work full time without worrying about money, what would you do? 

Thursday Thoughts

1. Back to Thursday Thoughts on THURSDAY! Haha. I’m trying to get a better handle on all my little daily “To Do” things and started using this app called It is SO helpful! I am a visual person and it helps me see what I’ve done, reminds me what I need to do, plus there’s the satisfaction of marking something off!


2. Yesterday, to thank our interns for their hard work this summer, my office went to see a White Sox game together. I’m not a huuuuge fan of watching baseball (it just moves so slow) but I had a really good time hanging out with some of my coworkers outside of the office. Plus they had a lot of lunch options, including this loaded baked potato. So good!


3. What are you doing this weekend? My only plan so far is volunteering in my Church’s nursery! Haha and getting tooooons of coaching stuff done. Too many ideas, too little time!

4. I go through phases with tea – sometimes it’s all I want but most of the time I just don’t care for it. Well guess what? I’m in a tea phase! This Grilled Pineapple Green Tea from David’s tea is amazing. Seriously.


5. I walked through Anthropologie the other day (my version of window shopping) and saw this clutch. The picture does it zero justice. I fell in love. Anyone have an extra $80 laying around? Haha. I reminded myself I would rarely be able to use it…


6. I saw this at Target and thought it was adorable. Get it? Mana”TEA!”



7. I’m running a new Accountability Group this August and if you read yesterday’s post then you know I would love some people to join me in the challenge. We can either find a great at-home workout program that fits you, or you can do your own workouts and see how Shakeology improves your health. It’s a money-back guarantee, so basically nothing to lose!

8. Have a GREAT Thursday!


Do you like watching baseball? 

What are your fitness and health goals right now? 

Friday Thoughts..?

Hey everyone! Thank you for your general patience with me – it’s been a very busy week at my “real job” since I’m on the fundraising team and our biggest event of the year was yesterday! So that on top of my regular duties has had me a little stretched, but I’m BACK! And ready for Thursday Thoughts… a day late.

1. Did you know last week was the first time I ever missed Thursday Thoughts since I started the series?

2. Last weekend I got to hang out with my dear friend, Bennett. I got this epic photo of him and all his fierceness that I just had to share:


3. I have become a liiiiiittle obsessed with snapchat lately, now that I’ve opened mine up to not just “real life friends” but all of YOU friends! (which is why my name is kdubjd and not anything peace love & oats related). I actually add to my story all the time (although this one was stolen from a friend :) )


4. If you’ve ever been interested in the 21 Day Fix (or upgraded version: 21 Day Fix Extreme) today is the LAST day that it’s on sale. This program changed the way I view food and exercise and I almost always recommend it to other women. Shoot me an email at if you want to chat about whether it would be good for you!

5. This is my current favorite song :)

(click here if the video doesn’t work!)

6. If you’re a woman, you should listen to this podcast episode. No joke. My coach, Anna, sent it to me and I have been passing it along every chance I get. Seriously, take 1 hour out of your day and it could change all the small things you just “deal with” while being female.



7. I’m pretty sure my fitbit fell out of my pocket on the bus yesterday… I told my friend Sarah and she says, “Another one bites the dust.” Amen. This is probably the 5th fitbit I have lost (I buy the small $50 clip on ones). I have a problem. And yet I still want to get another…

8. Have a great Thursday!

beauty #quote Steve Maraboli

What’s your favorite song of the week? 

Do you use snapchat? What’s your name!?