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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Good morning and a very happy, happier, HAPPIEST Monday to you!

We had quite the awesome weekend over here. Mal was on school vacation last week, so we finished it off with a family fun Friday, which continued on right through the end of the weekend. It was truly a wonderful three days with my boys. I really didn’t want the fun to end! But, of course, life always has some ups and downs, so here’s a recap via High Low High where I share both the high and low points from the weekend.

HIGH: Completing Open WOD 17.1 under the time cap!


LOW: Barely surviving Open WOD 17.1. Oy. It was rough and definitely not my best performance. I hit the wall (hard) toward the end of the workout, and the set of 50 dumbbell snatches totally crushed me. At one point, I was doing sets of three. Ugh, I was donezo. I’m honestly happy that I finished under 20 minutes.

open wod 17.1

Related: I’m typically not one of those people who rolls around all dramatic after finishing a hard workout, but this workout was a doozy. As I rolled around in pain, I actually whined: “It hurts” to Mal, who was trying to congratulate me. Haha! Such a drama queen.

HIGH: Celebrating my finish with a Pecan Sticky Bun iced coffee! Will WOD for iced coffee!


HIGH: Visiting BillyBeez with Quinn for the first time and having SO MUCH FUN! Seriously, it was AWESOME!! There’s so much to see and do. We’ll definitely be back!


HIGH: After playing at Billy Beez for while, we all went out to lunch at Bar Rustic. What a great restaurant! We loved our experience (food, service, atmosphere), and Quinn found $20! 🙂 Well, technically, he pulled a napkin off the table next to ours and a HUGE wad of cash fell onto the floor. We gave it to our server, hoping that the person who lost it would be back and, sure enough, the man returned. He claimed his money and, as a thank you, he gave our server $20 to give to Qman. What a nice guy!

bar rustic lunch

HIGH: Getting our grocery shopping done early, and Mal starting a DTFN meal plan this week! I’m excited to have some extra healthy eating motivation! On the menu: Taco Salads, Chicken Fajitas (easiest recipe ever), Sweet Potato Quesadillas, Brussels Sprouts with bacon, and Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf (all recipes from Designed to Fit Nutrition).

LOW: Spending most of the day on Saturday catching up with work when it was absolutely beautiful outside.

HIGH: Sneaking in some time at the playground with my boys before the day ended!

HIGH: Family dinner at The Range!

LOW: Quinn getting hungry (and cranky) while waiting for our meals. We decided to break out the iPad to distract him, but, unfortunately, the internet at the restaurant didn’t work. Whomp whomp.

HIGH: Our waitress realized what was happening and offered to leave her cell phone with her hotspot on it, so Quinn could use the Internet. She explained that she had a 4-year old and totally understood. It was so incredibly sweet of her and, of course, we tipped her appropriately! 🙂

HIGH: Qman actually EATING at a restaurant. I’d say 9 out 10 times that we go out for a meal, he doesn’t eat anything at all, except for some milk and maybe a few bites of fruit if we’re lucky, but he ate HALF of a bar pizza by himself!! Mal and I were totally impressed!

LOW: Waking up on Sunday morning to some serious post-17.1 DOMS. Holy low back and hamstrings!!

HIGH: My sister and her family coming over on Sunday afternoon for lunch. The kids played and we attempted to make BLT Sushi after seeing a delicious-looking video on Facebook.

LOW: Our BLT Sushi turning out just so-so. Ha! It was totally edible (and delicious… hello, bacon), but it didn’t really stay together.

HIGH: My sister leaving a huge bag of hand-me-downs for Quinn.

LOW: Discovering that “Matthew” (aka my sister) hid “Squid” inside the bag of hand-me-downs. Backstory on Squid: When we moved into our old house, we found this dog toy in our backyard. It was too big for Murphy (and his squishy pug face), so I gave it to my sister for her dog, Batman. Well, it turns out Squid is a super loud and annoying squeaky toy, so my sister always joked that Murphy “wanted” it back, and it’s been a running joke for years now. She finally surprised me with Squid this afternoon… and it will, of course, make its way back to her house someday. Mwhaha!

HIGH: Taking a hot shower, getting into my pajamas, drinking eggnog tea, and eating coconut butter cups while catching up with The Bachelor.

The end.

Question of the Day

Your turn! Share a HIGH and LOW from your weekend! 



  1. High-catching up on some much needed sleep! I took a 2 hour nap on Saturday! Low-some SERIOUS muscle soreness from 17.1. You do not know how much you rely on those muscles until they are crying out in pain with every movement. Never want to see that workout again.

  2. High: Super hard spinning class at LIFER fitness studio followed by a chest workout with my favorite gym buddies
    Low: DOMSSSSSSSSSSSSSS from said crazy workouts
    High: Spending time with my husband who is always so busy

  3. The server at the restaurant sounds like a sweetheart. Yay for kind people who come to the rescue. That bacon sushi looks amazing too. Haha I probably wouldn’t have cared that it didn’t hold together like it was supposed to. Like you said, it still tasted good.

  4. High and Low all in one: doing 17.1 RX (didn’t finish, but got 170 reps – way further than I anticipated as I haaaate box jumps, and then feeling every single rep the next day. Phew! Tough one. Cant wait to see what is yet to come.

  5. Ugh, I missed the time cap by 2 stinkin’ burpees! But I was proud of myself for RX’ing since I am so slow at burpees. Definitely not re-doing that workout ever!!!!

  6. HIGH- We made your Bang Bang Buffalo Cauliflower this weekend. Holy Freakin Delicious! So so so so freaking good!

    HIGH 2#2- Did my first Pilates session and for the first time in a year I had a work-out where I did not have lower back pain afterwards. So excited to finally get my back rehabbed! The future is looking good 🙂

  7. High: Celebrating my friends’ engagement in New York and seeing a lot of my college friends
    Low: The long drive to and from New York

    Glad you had a good weekend!

  8. 17.1 was hard! Well done for finishing in the time cap – a lot of people didn’t make it so you should be very proud! My high: Also finishing 17.1 under the time cap; my low: doing it AGAIN and being slower by 18 seconds ;P

  9. High: Finishing 17.1 under the time cap (and beating my husband, lol).
    Low: The DOMS. Dear God, the DOMS. It hit me about 15 minutes after the workout on Saturday and it is STILL lingering (now Tuesday). That WOD was evil, but I guess I need to do more DB snatches to avoid the pain in the future!

  10. DOMS for the win! My dude and I constantly fight for the foam roller in this house after leg day, so I totally getcha. A high from the weekend was spending time with my guy and the pets! We have wonky work schedules sometimes, so it’s rare to have a whole weekend together. A low, I think, was the rainy weather. It forced us to head to a coffee shop for work, which I guess is a high?!


  11. Too funny with squid…my dogs that have same toy! The new puppy just loves to squeak it…it does get really loud and annoying 🙂

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