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by Kim on July 1, 2013

I feel like a broken record on Mondays, but here I am again, ready to tell you about another fabulous (and way-too-short) weekend.

This one was highlighted by dates with two of my closest girlfriends. (Many, many thanks to the hubby for running Daddy Daycare for a big chunk of the weekend!)

On Saturday morning, I met up with my friend Jenny for a spin around the Farmer’s Market.

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Every time I’m downtown, I try to make a point of stopping to take in this beauty:

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It’s easy to take capitol buildings for granted when you live near them, but every now and then, you have to remind yourself: “Dang. That thing IS cool.”

We also stopped by an eclectic little corner bar called Genna’s, which hosts an amazing DIY Bloody Mary bar every Saturday.

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I mean, ah-maze-ing.

Garnishes included pickles, lemons and limes, asparagus, pickled brussels sprouts and mushrooms, pepperjack cheese, and approximately 1.2 zillion other things, plus spices and sauces.

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Jenny’s one of the few friends I have who likes a good bloody as much as I do, and I love her for that.

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Well, that and a thousand other things. :) Thanks for the date, Jenny!

(P.S. That picture turned out almost black, thanks to the sunlight pouring in behind us, so I tried to doctor it up…and then just slapped an Instagram filter on it to make it look like I was purposefully being artsy. Did you buy it?)

The rest of the day was spent hanging with the fam, doing typical weekendy things. Mase rocked the new checked shorts I got on sale at Carter’s, in a desperate attempt to accumulate clothes that actually fit him. (Lesson learned: do not try to guess an infant’s size the year before so you can buy things on clearance. I bought piles of 24-month summer stuff last year on super-sale, thinking I was a complete genius…and, well, it’s July and the kid’s still in 12’s. Even most 18-month stuff looks ridiculous on him.)

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On Sunday, I went on date #2 with my gorgeous momma-to-be friend, Ashley. We had brunch at Graze, a gastropub-style restaurant that prides itself on serving locally-grown produce and grass-fed meats.

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The food was delicious (we both had egg scrambles with gruyere cheese and fresh veggies), but kind of light, which meant we had plenty of room for fro-yo.

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Guys: this was, by far, my most successful creation to date. Usually, there are so many flavor/topping options that I go into a frenzy and make all kinds of poor choices. Most problematic: my fro-yo to topping ratio is generally way out of whack (super topping heavy).

This time, I held back, going for just 2 basic kinds of fro-yo (cookies & cream and coconut) with a light-for-me sprinkling of toppings. It was perfection.

And as if that wasn’t treat enough, look where we got to eat it:

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So dreamy. And to think I walked by this every single day in college.

When I got home, I did something kind of crazy.

NASM

Yep. I signed up to begin training to become a certified personal trainer through NASM!!

I’ve been thinking about this for quite awhile now, and when I saw the INSANE deals NASM is offering for the 4th of July, it put me over the edge. With the promotion, plus an extra 5% off I got by referencing Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers and setting up my training with Mike (see the last paragraph in Julie’s post about NASM), I was able to get $200 off the self-study package!

So if any of you are considering CPT training through NASM, now is a great time to go for it!

I’m not 100% sure where I’m going to take the certification once I get it, but I have a few ideas. Right now, I’m particularly interested in corporate wellness—working within a large, established business to help promote the health and wellness of its employees. This is an area that I think will continue to blow up as more and more companies recognize the value of strong on-site wellness programs in retaining happy, healthy employees. I might also consider regular, gym-based personal training and/or online training.

(In case you’re reading between the lines: yes, this means I’m planning to go back to work and hang up my stay-at-home-mom hat for now. I’ll talk more about all that soon!)

I’m really nervous about taking this step, and really, really praying that it’s the right one. I guess there’s only one way to find out!

Do you like Bloody Mary’s?

What are your favorite fro-yo flavors and toppings?

I’m not going to bother asking if you like fro-yo.

CPTs! What advice do you have for me??

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Katie @ running4cupcakes July 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Congratulations on your decision! I am super excited to hear more about it and how it goes!! :)

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Katherine July 2, 2013 at 8:17 am

I love capital buildings! They’re way too pretty! And the Farmer’s Market? Well the food is pretty too but in a completely different way loL!

Congrats on signing up to becoming a personal trainer. That is seriously so so exciting.
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Presley @ Run Pretty July 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Can we just swap all of our 12 month stuff with all of your 18/24 month stuff? I have a chubby child, ha.

Is it weird that I’m about to ask you if I can come visit and have a bloody mary? Probably, but I’m doing it anyway. Soooo, can I? :)
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Kim July 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I thought you were pretty cool before, but now you’re telling me YOU ALSO LIKE BLOODY MARY’S??? Not only can you visit, you can move in. Next week good for you?

We’ll perform the clothing swap when you get here. My kid’s chubby too, just kind of a short stack, poor guy. :)

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Emily @ Sweet Summer Smiles July 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Congrats on NASM! Sounds like a fun and exciting journey! Your fro-yo cup looks delish!

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Kim July 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thanks Emily!

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Jenny July 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

Aw, what a fun Saturday morning date! *virtual hug* Maybe we can cap off the summer with another one :) Ashley is looking gorgeous as well! She’ll be a great momma.

Congrats on taking the plunge for your PT cert!! I’ll be grilling you for more deets because, as you know, I’ve been considering it for-ev-er as well. You’ll rock it!

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Kim July 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Definitely want to repeat that EXACT date!! Thanks again for liking bloody’s. :)

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Kristin @ A Mom on the Run July 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

How exciting for you!! Good luck with your training!!

That fro-yo looks delicious, now I’m craving some!
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Kim July 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

Thanks Kristin!

It was seriously delicious. I may only ever get that exact combo from now on. :)

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Mar @ Mar on the Run! July 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

Good for you, yay! Yummmm… I LOVE Fro-yo. My newest obession is thai iced tea froyo with strawberries and mini m&m’s. So delish!
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Kim July 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

Huh, I haven’t seen iced tea froyo! I’m having a really hard time imagining what it tastes like, but I’ll take your word for it & try it if I see it!

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Mar @ Mar on the Run! July 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thai Iced Tea froyo! I can’t even describe it – it’s amazing. Has a foamy and lightly sweet taste. I’m hooked.
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Lindsey July 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

Lots of fun updates, go team Krueg!

I had to note that fro-yo toppings kind psyche me out! I have this complex that yogurt only goes with fruit/granola types of things, does anyone else have that?

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Kim July 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

What? No, you health nut. :) It goes with oreos and PB cups and heath bar chunks.

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Kim July 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

Love the view of the water and boats!!
Congrats on signing up to get your PT certification. (I’m certified through ACE.)
Sounds like you have some big plans coming up – very exciting!!!
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Kim July 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

Yeah, it’s gorgeous down there. Thanks for the congrats! I hope I don’t regret going with NASM instead of ACE…it was a tough decision.

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Katie @ Daily Cup Of Kate July 1, 2013 at 7:05 am

There’s always room for froyo! I think you just encouraged me to sign up for my personal training cert! I have also been thinking about it for quite some time, and since I work as an employee wellness director, I think it would be super beneficial! Thanks for the motivation! P.S. Looks like you had an awesome weekend!
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Kim July 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

Awesome Katie!! Maybe I’ll see ya at the exam! :)

I didn’t realize you were a wellness director! Where do you work? Do you like it? I might have to pick your brain sometime. :)

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