Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!

So much to be thankful for today! 

I am thankful for longer days and the bright sun. Man, it feels good on my face. I am thankful for the blooming flowers and all the colors and spring. 

I am thankful for rhinestone stickers and the hours of entertainment they bring.

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I am thankful for healing. There is a lot of that going on around here.

I am thankful for a weekend ahead with NO plans. Oh wait, I just thought of a few things. I am thankful for a weekend ahead with very little plans. 

I am thankful for Danielle’s neighbor, who gave me lessons in making kombucha and kefir. I really want to write a whole post on this, but I will wait until I have tasted my kombucha and don’t die. 

I am thankful that I didn’t get kicked out of Ina’s swim school after what happened yesterday. I would like to forget it ever happened, but in the effort of self improvement and learning lessons, I will repeat it here. Once.

At the end of every lesson all the kids get to go down the slide. Every day Ina waits in line and then when it is her turn she stalls by telling the teacher who “catches the kids” that she doesn’t want to go under water. Then she wants me to hold her hand. Then she doesn’t want to go. But, wait, she does want to go. Yesterday was no different than the other days, except that when she asked me to hold her hand, I didn’t want the kids behind her to have to wait anymore, so I just pulled her down the slide.

Without making sure there was a teacher to catch her at the other end.

I saw her hand escape my fingers as she plunged into the water and I screamed so loud that every head in the place turned. THANKFULLY, she has been in swim lessons, so she knew how to push to the top and there was a teacher nearby enough that it was no big deal and Ina wasn’t even phased. She is used to having a mom who screams like a maniac over every little thing. 

I hope they let me in next week. 

I also hope you have a fantastic Thursday and remember all the things that you have to be thankful for! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter Weekend 2016

Good morning!

How was your Easter? Our’s was incredibly busy, but also very fun. Our church added an extra service on Friday night, so in order to make things a little less busy on Saturday and Sunday, we opted to go then. We went out to eat beforehand and apparently we were in such a hurry to leave the house that when I put Ina’s dress on I forgot to include panties. Surprisingly, she didn’t notice, or didn’t bother to tell me until she was standing on her chair in the middle of the restaurant and lifted up her dress to show me, along with everyone else in the restaurant.

Sorry about that...

We started Saturday out with a little cooking/baking/sprinkle tasting.

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We had planned to go to the park for a picnic, but the weather had other plans, so we picnic-ed at our house. Even though I was stressed about everyone coming over, it ended up being fantastic. 

Eventually the sun did come back out, just in time to head to my dad’s place for fishing and a bon-fire.

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We caught 30 fish in less than an hour and transferred them to another pond on the property. Then we had a weenie roast and ate s’mores. 

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Note: I ate pretty much whatever I wanted and this was the first time I had done so since the detox and boy did I regret that decision all Saturday night. Never. Again. 

Sunday we woke up to our hair smelling like smoke, our hands smelling like fish, and Royals shirts in our Easter baskets.

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(Showers were required. The only picture I have of them together on Easter..)

We hurried to get ready and then hopped in the car and drove 2.5 hours to Jefferson City, where some of Dan’s extended family live. This was the first time I had been to their house and they were so nice and welcoming. They even hid Easter eggs for Ina and had gifts for the girls, which was so so sweet. 

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We got home late Sunday night and have been playing catch up ever since.

On Saturday night my grandma fell and broke her hip, but is recovering wonderfully. I tried to take the girls to the hospital to visit her last night, then realized that I didn’t have shoes or a jacket for either one of them abut half way there, they were both covered in their dinner, it was only 10 minutes away from Cora’s bedtime, and I still needed to buy some pull-ups for Ina, so I just turned around and went home. 

My grandpa is also still in the hospital for breaking his hip, along with some other complications, so things are tense in our family right now. Lots of worry and hospital visits and healing prayers. 

I hope you have a fantastic week. I hope to be back tomorrow with a little adventures in fermenting. 

<3

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fervent Friday: Passion

They say the opposite of love isn’t hate, it is indifference. 

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Feeling nothing. 

I have been there before, when my passion is gone, and it isn’t pretty. 

When we lose our passion for anything, we don’t do it as well. We aren’t as present. We just go through the motions, doing things because we "have to" instead of "want to.”

Unfortunately, my prayer time has lacked passion. I prayed, of course, at church, before meals, and before bed. The more personal one on one time with God happened, but only if I had time. Only if there was something that I really needed help with. Only if I remembered. 

More often than not, my prayers were short, unorganized, thought inside and not spoken out loud, and I am so sorry to say that they lacked passion. However, the first focus strategy in Fervent is all about our passion and how to get it back. 

Perfect timing. The perfect start to re-building my prayer life. 

Here is an example of a prayer that I wrote out for the week I was praying about my passion. The book suggests formatting your prayers as follows:

  • P: praise
  • R: repentance
  • A: ask
  • Y: Yes! (praying back scripture)
I find this format really helps me, especially ending in repeating God’s word. 

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(P): God, thank you so much for this amazing life and love you have blessed me with. Help me to see you behind the blessings in my life. Thank you for our support system, this beautiful weather, Grandpa’s healing (….)

(R): Forgive me for not tapping into the passion you have in store for me, for coming to you in prayer half-way with reluctance and lack of excitement. I don’t want to be luke warm.

(A): I want to be hot. Please light that fire of passion for prayer. Knock the wall down that satan has built between us, don’t let distractions get in my way. Fill me with your spirit and use me to do the will you have for me. 

(Y): God, I am calling upon you. I am praying to you. Listen to me. I am searching and seeking with all my heart. I will find you*.

It is through Jesus Christ, who I am the most thankful for, that I ask these things.

Amen.

*paraphrase of Jer 29:12-13

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!

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I hope things on your side of the internet are fantastic. We are doing OK, but better since starting another round of antibiotics for Miss Cora. She has another ear infection, which would explain why she hasn’t slept the past week. (I have to apologize in advance for all of my pictures being from SnapChat. I rarely take normal pictures anymore.)

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Her doctor also said that her ear infection is secondary to some allergies that have brought about a lot of drainage and a nasty sounding cough, so she also suggested starting an antihistamine. I don’t know if it was that, the antibiotic, or the Motrin I gave her, but one of them helped her to sleep fantastically last night, which this mamma desperately needed, so I am super thankful for that. 

I am thankful that the tulips at work bloomed! I distinctly remember this day every year and it seriously is my favorite day, because when I see them I feel hope for something new. I know that sounds super cheesy, but it is actually true.

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I am thankful for Ina’s success at swim lessons. She went from barely keeping her head underwater for 2 seconds a week ago to 5 seconds last night! I think she crossed over the hump and is happy to be there now. Conveniently right before it is time to shell out money for the next semester...

I am thankful for quick dinners - lettuce chicken cups might be my new favorite meal. I had leftovers with brown rice the next day.

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I am thankful for Easter baskets. Dan’s dad and step-mom gave Cora and Ina the mother load of Easter goodies - Candy, stamps, books, tutus, pinwheels, hair bows, clothes, the list goes on and on. They were seriously the best Easter baskets I have ever seen. I hope the girls know I can’t compete with that. Ha!

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Then Danielle had an Easter egg hunt and dye party for the kids. Ina had a blast and immediately ate 3 of the 4 eggs she brought home. 

I am thankful for my Daniel Plan group. Our study is almost over, which makes me sad, but I really learned a lot!

I am thankful for you!

Have a good day! <3

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Things Ina Says: 3.33 Years

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Watching Little Einsteins - Mom, don’t the these kids have parents?

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Singing Let it Go, particularly the part the says, “Let the storm rage on…"

Ina: Mom, who is Ray John?

Me: What?

Ina: Ray John? Let the storm Ray John.

Me: No, Ina she says, “rage on"

Ina: I know, so who is Ray John?

Me: I don’t know him

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Ina: (frowning) My face always looks mad 

Me: Why?

Ina: I guess that is just the way that God made me

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Ina: Mommy, you are beautiful!

Me: Oh, Ina, that is so sweet. You are beautiful both inside and out!

Ina: But my bones aren’t beautiful! They are just plain white!

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Waking up in the morning, yelling from her room, “Mooommmm! The birds are singing me a song!"

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Also:

  • Instead of saying “yesterday" she says, “Last-er-day” which kind of makes sense.
  • She calls a pool a “cool” even though she knows it is a pool
  • Anytime she has my phone she asks Siri when the Royals are playing next
  • When we meet a stranger, even just walk by someone at the grocery store and they acknowledge us in any way, she says, “My name’s Ina. This is Cora. If you say ah-choo you will make her laugh."
  • She can throw a tantrum with the best of them. My parenting tactics are a constant work in progress…IMG 4913

Sunday, March 20, 2016

My Food and Fitness Plan

Good morning! 

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Even though we barely slept last night (and by we I mean all 4 of the souls that were crammed into my bed at some time in the night), I am feeling extra refreshed this morning. 

What’s been going on around here:

A run to/walk home from “Danielle’s Lake.” 

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I took Ina there almost daily the second summer of her life, but ever since Danielle took her there it has been her lake. Go figure.

Ina had a low-grade fever (and a high grade attitude) on Friday morning, so I worked from home with her. My office is conveniently right next to the bathroom, which always buys me at least 45 minutes.

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Letter sortin’ is time consuming.

Friday night the girls and I hit up Aldi and then I tried to copy Carrabba’s sausage and lentil soup. It turned out pretty good, but too spicy for the girls. 

Yesterday was one of the most random days I have had in a while. I worked my part time job for an hour or so, and then had a call for my full time job, and then we loaded up the family in the car to buy some grass seed. 

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(This is my daily plea to pretty please get SnapChat so I can talk to you on it (username rachealkendrick). It is so fun. You won’t regret it. Well, you might because you won’t get rid of me for long.)

I also made sour kraut (trying my hand at fermentation), 

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worked out,

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planted a few seeds, picked up around the house, ate pizza and buffalo wings (following the 90/10 rule), watched a movie (Hotel Transylvania 2),and then Kim came over and cut my and Ina’s hair. I told her we didn’t want to look homeless on Easter and she took pity on me. 

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Here is my plan for this week. It should be a good one!

Food:

Fitness:

  • Sunday: rest
  • Monday: Ripped in 30 Week 4
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run/walk
  • Wednesday: Ripped in 30 Week 4
  • Thursday: rest
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: Ripped in 30 Week 4

Have a lovely week! <3

Friday, March 18, 2016

Starting: Fervent Friday

One of the many reasons I haven’t been blogging as much (other than the normal time commitments of life as a working mom of two who doesn’t sleep and attempts to workout and cook a decent meal every now and then) is that I have been writing. 

But, not writing blog posts.

Instead, I have been writing my prayers. Writing letters to God, if you will.

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(Sometimes Ina writes next to me.)

A few of the girls in my small group and I have started reading Fervent, a “woman’s battle plan for serious, specific, and strategic prayer". The author, Priscilla Shirer, details 10 different areas of our lives as women (sorry men, although I have been reading a lot of it to Dan too) and suggests how to pray about them. 

She opens the book by telling the sweetest story of watching her grandmother write down her prayers for years so that she "won't forget.” So that she “won't forget who the real enemy is, won’t forget the One in whom your hope lies, won’t forget your real need and dependencies are, and later won’t forget how God responds."

She describes life as a battle, and let’s be real, it is. We are constantly fighting something, many times something that Satan is behind, and she encourages us to use prayer as our biggest weapon to fight. 

When I studied for a test in pharmacy school, the first thing I did was re-write my notes in combination with what I had read in the textbook. Once I had written them down in a way that I understood them, organized in the way that my mind worked, it was like I had written them in my brain. The same can be said for real life, often times I can’t work through a problem until I have my thoughts about it written out. Even this blog applies - I will have posts memorized for months after I write them. 

So it would make perfect sense that for me, and likely others too, writing out our prayers works. 

Also, I love to pray, and often set aside time to do so only to be distracted by something else or not really know how to go about it. However, writing gives me a purpose. It keeps me focused. It makes me finish. It forces me to reflect.

Because prayer can be an intimidating thing, I decided I would share parts of my prayers on each subject with you here every Friday for the next 10 Fridays. 

Here are what the next 10 weeks will look like:

  • Passion
  • Focus
  • Identity
  • Family
  • Past
  • Fears
  • Purity
  • Pressures
  • Hurts
  • Relationships

As you can see, things are about to get real up in here. Of course there are parts of my prayers that are super personal that I won’t be sharing, but I hope to show you what writing down your prayers can look like. If you want to join me in this study, I would be absolutely thrilled, please let me know! (You can buy the book here).

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to taking this step of faith with you!

xxoo

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Hello!

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Any big plans for St. Patrick’s Day? I am just hoping the one greenish (bluish) shirt that survived my closet purge is clean. 

Today I am thankful for longer days. The sun past 7 PM is totally worth getting up an hour earlier. 

I am thankful for morning runs. Man they feel good.

I am thankful for cancelled jury duty. Two things I didn’t know: 1). You can get jury duty “as many times as they need you” during the time period you are picked. 2). You can get out of jury duty by having a flight booked for the date you are assigned. 

I am thankful for my mom buying Ina googles for swim lessons yesterday. We had to miss two weeks in a row, which was unfortunate because she has somewhat reverted in conquering her fear of going under water. I am hoping that the double lessons this week and next help with beating that. 

I am thankful that the armpit portion of the year (January, February, and the beginning of March) is now over and we have so many things in spring and summer to look forward to: Easter! Dan’s Birthday! Opening Day! Vacation! (This is the list I review with Ina almost daily)

I am thankful for new beginnings. 

I hope you have a lovely St. Patrick’s Day! 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring has Sprung

Good morning! 

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Spring has sprung at our house! (i.e., a single daffodil bloomed in a pot full of weeds in our driveway. I would try to investigate how that is possible, but I know there is a decent chance my random husband planted one daffodil bulb, so I am not even going to ask)

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Cora food update - she eats everything in sight from sun up to sun down. Last night she gobbled up my sautéed brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. 

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Ina and I went with our friends Liz and Sadie to see Peppa Pig on Sunday night. Considering the fact that she has only seen a few episodes, we couldn’t see very well, and it was pretty warm in there, she seemed to enjoy the show. 

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It was fun to have a date with Ina with Cora stayed home. I forget how much she makes me laugh.

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As you can tell from the pictures above, I have fallen into the time trap that is SnapChat. 

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I resisted for so long, mostly because I didn’t understand really how to use it. But, after reading this article, I feel like I am one of the cool kids. It is so fun.

I made Asian turkey meatballs for dinner - seriously so delicious with brown rice and roasted broccoli and cabbage. I just sliced the cabbage into “steaks” and put them on the pan next to the broccoli. 

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Oh, and I voted. I feel so lucky that my voting booth was a simple in/out 10 minute experience, which included catching up with an old middle school teacher. I heard stories of people waiting in line for hours. Ick.

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I think that is all the randomness I have for you today. I am going to try to squeeze in a short run before the day officially starts. 

xxoo

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dear I-don’t-want-to-do-the-detox Racheal

Dear I-don’t-want-to-do-the-detox Racheal,

I know you don’t want to do this. Seriously, I get it. I get that giving up weekly pizza night isn’t easy. I understand that the only thing that gets you out of bed in the morning is the prospect of a sweet and creamy cup of coffee. I know you like to celebrate with food, so when you throw a toddler-esque fit for not being able to eat soft pretzels at the Super Bowl party I won’t judge you. 

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I know you think you have this food thing down, that you eat a balanced diet. Yes, you do eat kale, but you also eat ice cream, and currently the kale to ice cream ratio is teetering on unhealthy. 

So, just do the detox, it is so worth it. You don’t know it yet, but you are going to feel the best you have felt in your life. Sure, you have done this detox for 10 days a few times and felt good, but trust me when I say that something happens around day 20ish that is a game changer.

Eating clean becomes so easy, almost natural.

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You won’t miss the crap food. Not tempted, even a little. You will be able to sit in a car, holding a bag of fast food for someone else and not even think about eating it even though you haven’t eaten in hours and your stomach is turning inside itself. You won’t mind eating your packed lunch when everyone else gets takeout, in fact, you will prefer for it to be that way. 

You will lose weight (enough to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes!). Your resting heart rate will decrease by almost ten beats per minute. Your skin will be glowing. You milk supply will increase. You bouts of hypoglycemia will disappear, along with your sweet tooth. 

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Also, life is going to throw you a few curve balls that you will have no idea how to handle. While the detox won’t give you any magic answers, it will provide you with the mental clarity and energy that you will most definitely need in the coming weeks. 

You will like being on the detox so much that when it ends you will be kind of sad, even though, lets be real, those few bites of St. Patrick’s Day cookie cake did taste amazing. 

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So next year, when it is time to DP detox again, just do it. You won’t be sorry.

Sincerely,

I-am-finished-with-the-detox-Racheal

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The detox I did is called The Daniel Plan detox, the details of which can be found here, or you can visit The Daniel Plan website for more information. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Goodbye Detox + This Week's Plan

What. A. Week. Wait, I mean month.

Or maybe even year? Wait, what year is it?

Life has been crazy and let’s just say I was barely keeping it together when I found out my poor grandpa broke his hip on Monday. His health and my family’s emotions have been on a roller coaster of highs and lows since, but he is one tough dude and keeps trucking along. 

The last time I talked to him he kept on saying, “I thought when you broke your hip it was supposed to hurt.” 

Tough and funny, that one. 

So, even though I really, really want to sit down and write here every morning, the time just isn’t there. One day soon, my pretties. 

Some pictures from the week:

My little country singer

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Cora successfully stealing my breakfast

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Banana egg pancakes topped with strawberries and walnuts with a ginger-clementine-kale juice

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Convenient dinner from TJ’s: I threw the pre-shredded brussels in the oven to roast while I microwaved the chicken patties and beets. Everything was done within 10 minutes and was so tasty. 

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Ina all bounced out at the bounce house for our friend Hadley’s 3rd birthday party

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade fun.

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My little leprechaun

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Here is my plan for the week:

Food - I am officially finished with the detox, and celebrated at a get together accordingly

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Fitness: The transition from Week 2 to Week 3 is rough and my muscles are going to need a running break if I am going to do the Week 3 workout effectively. 

  • Sunday: Ripped in 30 Week 3
  • Monday: 3 mile run
  • Tuesday: rest
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: Ripped in 30 Week 3
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: Ripped in 30 Week 3

Have a lovely week!

Monday, March 7, 2016

My Food and Fitness Plan [3/6]

Hello in there!

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If nothing else, having Ina as an older sister will build a strong character in Cora.

A few weekend happenings:

- Friday night park date with my sister and cousins

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- Saturday consignment shopping - Ina is now 7 pairs of shoes and at least 10 outfits richer

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- Cora’s thoughtful selfie game is strong

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- All ready for church with Granny and Papa. 

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Here is my plan for the week. I can’t believe it, but this is the last week of the detox, which I am actually kind of sad about! 

Food: 

Fitness: I am not really loving doing the same exact workout everyday, but I do love that it is short and I don’t have to think/plan around my workout and can get it out of the way early in the morning. The weather this week is looking awesome, so I hope to take the girls out for walks after work. 

  • Monday: Ripped in 30 Week 2
  • Tuesday: Ripped in 30 Week 2
  • Wednesday: Ripped in 30 Week 2
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Ripped in 30 Week 3
  • Saturday: Ripped in 30 Week 3

Have a great week! <3

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