Usually, this time of year, I have lots of fun stories to share about my weekend adventures. But this weekend I spent the majority of my time packing household belongings into boxes and loading them into a moving POD.
I've spent the last 6 years living in Burien and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I love how much Burien has grown over the years but it's time to move back to the place I grew up, West Seattle.
Yes, I spent the majority of the weekend packing but I still managed to make it out to the Mariners game on Saturday night for Edgar Martinez's number retirement celebration. I watched the Mariners religiously in the 90's so it was great to see all the old players out there in his honor.

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It's been a fun week of birthday celebrations for my 4 year old son, Landon. His birthday was on Tuesday so we spent the day at Wild Waves and Enchanted Village. We celebrated and opened presents on multiple different days throughout the week culminating with a big party on Sunday with his friends and all the family together. Happy birthday big boy!I played in a beach volleyball tournament on Saturday down at Alki Beach. The temperature was supposed to be around 90 but it ended up not being too hot because the smoke haze from the BC fires filtered the sun a bit.Today we're starting our final round of the 21 day summer boot camp series. This is just an official start date but we will have many others start their personal 21 day journey al...

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It's been a busy and fun summer! We've been celebrating birthdays and having fun with family visiting from Detroit.

Our cousins from Detroit were in Seattle this week, and we had so much fun going to Mariner games, hanging out downtown, doing touristy things, going to improv theater, and just visiting & laughing. It went by so fast! Miss them already!We also celebrated my sister Corrie's birthday a little belated with family this Saturday, and then on Sunday we had a birthday party at our local Normandy Park pool for my twin nephews, Roman & Hayden.

This week is also my youngest son Landon's 4th birthday! He's been very excited for his birthday this Tuesday. Every day he talks about his "Thomas (the Train) birthday party". He is my silly, ...

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I played in my first beach volleyball tournament of the summer this last weekend. It was actually the first time I've even played volleyball this summer. In years past, I've put a lot of time into beach volleyball to stay on top of my game, so it's weird to have not even played yet.

I've been trying to get over a tear in my rotator cuff since January and it's still not better. But I decided I couldn't sit on the sidelines any longer. Even if I wasn't able to play at 100% of my ability, I would still get out there and give it my best.

‚ÄčI was only able to hit the ball with about 60% of my normal swing but we still were able to win a few games in the tournament. We probably shouldn't have registered to play in the top division against the t...

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I saw an infomercial the other day for a weight loss solution targeting the frustrated people who, “fail to see results from diet and exercise.” Had to scratch my head on that one.

When does diet and exercise fail?This, of course, is a trick question. Diet and exercise don’t fail.The only way for diet and exercise not to work is if you fail to stick with it long enough for the results to show.Plain and simple. End of story.I’ve seen more clients than I can count transform their bodies through the power of diet and exercise. Without surgery. Without gadgets. Without pills.The real question to ask, when you’re not making progress towards your fat loss goal, is not why diet and exercise has failed you, but rath...

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Weight loss is often a frustrating pursuit, eluding even those who eat healthy and exercise. So what gives? Why won’t the scale budge even as you put out tremendous effort?

Read on for the 7 reasons that most fitness and health food lovers don’t lose the pounds that they want to…

1. You Don’t Sleep Enough

Let’s start with the most rampant problem standing in the way of your fat loss. Most adults simply do not get adequate sleep to support weight loss. There is a scientific reason for this, and it has everything to do with hormone levels. While you sleep your cortisol levels decline while your growth hormone levels increase. This balance is essential for fat loss to occur.

So skipping on Zzzz’s will th...

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Here's a great post from Ricardo's "" blog. Ricardo travels all around for work but still manages to stay in shape by keeping health and fitness a priority. No matter what city he's in, he finds a local gym to get in his workout.

Below is his blog post about his experience at Freedom Fitness in Federal Way. It's nice to know that someone like Ricardo, who has been to gyms all across the country, gives Freedom Fitness a glowing review and the praise we're due.

Take a minute to read Ricardo's description of a visit to Freedom Fitness...

"As I wrote some time ago, FTU was a great and successful event, and yet, it’s no excuse to not get my gym time in. So I did some research and found an awesome gym, with one of the ...

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So you went away, saw a new part of the world, and now you’re back. You ate, you drank, you relaxed, and then you ate some more.

And now it’s time to face the music.

As you wake up on Monday morning after your week of less-than-healthy eating… Your body is puffy and bloated. Your joints are achy. Your clothes feel tight.

Maybe you are feeling that way right now.

Here are 5 steps to get you back on the fitness fast track after your trip.

Step One: Focus

Your vacation happened. You ate things from the “never eat these” list, you drank more that you should have…but now it’s over.

Draw a line in the sand. You’re back home so the bad eating stops now.

If you’re serious about your fitness...

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Do you wish you could change something about your life right now?

I’m here to argue that change can happen in an instant.

I know this goes against popular thought. Most people believe that change has to be worked at for months or even years. We expect to try and fail numerous times before we ultimately give up or succeed.

How many people do you know who struggle with their weight? They want to make a healthy change by getting in shape, but the change never seems to take hold.

Is there something in your life that you want to change? Do you have weight to lose? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have a pair of pants that you wish you could fit into?

What is keeping you from making a positive change in your life?

According to pro...

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Here’s the post that you’ve been waiting for – everything you need to know to shape up your booty for swimsuit season. Keep reading for the essential exercises that target your glutes to give it the shape and tone you’ve been wanting.

Better Booty Exercise #1: Hip LiftA great exercise to work your glutes is the hip lift. To do this exercise, lie on the floor with your back flat, knees bent, and feet resting on the ground. While keeping your arms at your sides on the floor, lift your bottom and lower back off of the floor. Hold for a few seconds, and then slowly lower yourself. Repeat. To work your muscles even more, lift a leg in the air when you raise your bottom off the ground. Lower yourself and then repeat, li...

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