Gaining Motivation

Good Morning nah nah nah nah.

I just figured out how to do my own sales tax and feel like a real business owner now.

But, I have a problem. Ever since I started at the Subhouse, my cookie intake has doubled, I’ve consumed more bread in the past 6 weeks than I have in years, and I am now addicted to Bai. BUT, I’m happy. So win win?

Life is starting to settle back in to a routine and things are less hectic. I still have my moments where I stress myself out but I’ve found keeping a checklist of things I need to accomplish every day really helps ease the stress/anxiousness.

My day pretty much goes like this: wake up at 4:15 and go to the gym (on a good day).

Shower, get ready, and out the door by 6:20 AM. Drink all the coffee on the drive in.

7AM Open Subhouse. 9AM Run to the bank, store, accountant…etc

10AM-4PM Make subs ๐Ÿ™‚

4:15 PM Drive home

5:00 PUMP, Take the dog for a walk, laundry, hold my child

5:30-7PM Family Time/Scarf down dinner

8:45 PM-9:15 Bedtime

I’d say that’s a pretty fun day if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚

Moving on to Harry. He is really into baby food right now. Over the weekend my mom and I used the baby bullet and prepped some homemade baby food. It was SO easy and you could tell how fresh the food was.

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It took us about 15 minutes and maybe $4.00 to make all the food. I chose banana, avocado, and peas. He loved the banana and avo. The peas were a little too chunky and he spit those out. Such a foodie.

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Green Beauty

I hope to make carrots, sweet potato, and avocado again this weekend. Speaking of weekend, it’s supposed to snow a freaking foot here. SO i’m stocking up on meal prep and baby food prep items, getting a book from the library, and planning on snuggling in with the fam from Saturday afternoon to Sunday night. Sounds good to me.

Now on to the gym. This week has actually been a little better than previous weeks. For some reason I feel a little more energized and motivated. I think it’s because the sun’s been shining…or maybe it’s the cookies talking ๐Ÿ™‚ I made it to the gym 4 times this week. Yay. My favorite workout was the one from yesterday. Here’s how it went:

5 Rounds for time:

12 back squat

6 Heavy Farmer carry step ups (my butt)

6 Pull ups (I still need a band)

Then…4 sets of 3 heavy back squat (for me it was 115 pounds)

Supersetted with 4 sets of 15 straight legged deadlifts.

SO fun. My butt today is like “hey, I’m here.”

Now I just need to start running again and all will be well in the world.

Time to work on payroll for the week. Have a super great day.

Have fun, be safe, and laugh a little.




Da UP yah


My, time flies. Can you believe tomorrow is already March? Bring on Spring, man. I think everyone in the midwest is ready.

So, each February my whole fam takes a trip to Michigan to partake in snowy activities. My brother flies in from New Yawk, my sister and her fiance drive in from Duluth, and my parents and Sam and I head over from the cities area (this year my parents took Harry with them a day early and broke up the drive so he didn’t have to sit in a carseat for 6 hours…how kind).

I always look forward to this family weekend. Since we’re way up in MI, you hardly get cell service. Nobody really looks at their phones, we play loads of Yahtzee and five crowns. My mom makes a ton of amazing food and we just relax and enjoy the company and fire. It’s seriously the best.

This year the snow was insane. It was prime snowshoeing snow. Fluffy and deep. I think we snowshoed every day. The fresh air is the best medicine for the winter blues. Harry even got to snowshoe.

On Saturday afternoon, we took a wooded snowshoe hike through the woods. Everything was going great until I was trekking along and suddenly found myself deep in a hole. I tried pulling my snowshoe out but it was caught under a huge tree branch. I panicked. Luckily Sam and Molly (my sister) were there to calm me down. They helped me remove my shoe and assisted me out of the hole. That was a close call LOL. The only other tragedy that happened over the weekend that scarred me…as I let out a little toot (due to large amounts of baked beans) I accidentally tinkled. I blame Harry for giving me a weak bladder.

Anyway, back to snowshoeing. The whole family took a nice hike up to the ski hill on afternoon. My dad and brother brought along these wine skins full of wine and we enjoyed a toast after all our hard work. I love my family.

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Everyone minus Alison!

I can’t believe the weekend is already over but I am so glad everyone made it home safe. The weather the day we left was v sketchy and there were a couple times I wondered if we’d make it home. Thank goodness Sam is a calm driver ๐Ÿ™‚

So, what else is new? Not much. I smell like a sub every day but I don’t mind. I feel so lucky to finally have a job I like going to. Like they say, it’s not work when you like it. Can’t believe we’ve already been in this thing for a month. Thankful for every day of being a small business owner. I also discovered I really enjoy creating new sub recipes. Like this one…peanut butter, and bacon. Next time I’m adding our cran dijon sauce. Don’t knock it til you try it.

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A little sweet, a little salty

Hey guess what!? I got a good workout in today and feel refreshed. I seriously have been in a slump lately. NO motivation. I just want to work and come home and snuggle my babies. I told Sam starting March 1st I’m getting back on the motivation train. I’ll let you know how that goes tomorrow hehe. I already have my alarm set for 4:30 and everything. woof. All I have on my mind are Subhouse cookies. Maybe that explains why my face has been itchy and I’ve been getting zits. TMI.

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I have a sugar addiction. HELP.

OK I’m rambling and you’re probably bored. So here’s one word of advice before I go make a real dinner that doesn’t involve deli meat and bread…if you’re wanting to try something new, shit, go for it. I mean what have you got to lose? Maybe a little money? Maybe a little bit of your free time? I swear it’s so worth it. Just give it a shot. At least you’ll know you tried.

That is all. Goodnight.

-Hales the Sub maker

Little Life Update

Man, I should change my blog name…because I have not been doing much running lately…more like running from the Subshop to the grocery store to the bank to pick up my child to go home to make dinner to pump to do a speedy at home workout to go to sleep then do it all over again.

Sam and I have officially owned the Subhouse for 3 weeks and it’s been the busiest but most rewarding 3 weeks of my life. I am so glad we took this leap and went for something we’ve always wanted to do. Let me tell you, it hasn’t all been rainbows and kittens. My third day in I broke down and cried to my mom and Sam. I wondered wtf I had gotten myself into. They calmed me down and since that day I’ve been taking it one day at a time.

The staff has been amazing and I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with. Thanks for following our small business journey and for all the support. Sam and I could not do this without you all ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s been a while since my last post on account of the above image. Sam and I now have an almost 5 month old and I cannot believe it. I have never loved anything as much as I love Harry besides my family and Ruthie…and maybe sugar.

He is really turning into a fine young man. He giggles, sucks on his hands non-stop, drools like crazy, enjoys eating peas and oat cereal, is really close to rolling over, has abs of steel due to all the leg lifts he does, and is really close to saying mama.

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Mama’s boy โค

Here in the midwest we’ve had a crap ton of snow…in preparation for our annual trip to Michigan to snowshoe, we took Harrison out in his brand new sled last week. And he didn’t hate it! He just sat back and took it all in. He sometimes even opened his mouth to let the snowflakes in. Must be weird experiencing snowfall for the first time.


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The whole fam will be heading to the Porcupine Mountains later this week for our family vacation to ski and snowshoe and we are so so so excited for a few days in the wilderness with no phones, lots of wine, and snow.

So, I’ve been eating a ton of subs lately…the other day I even had 2…one for breakfast and one for dinner. I just love them so much. I’ve also been indulging in about a cookie or 2 a day and some fun lattes. HELP.

My motivation to get to the gym has just about flown out the window. I’ve been trying to get there 3 times a week and have been doing some at home workouts just to stay active. I have not been running at all (maybe 3-5 miles a week) but I blame the weather for that. I do get a ton of steps in at work so I count that as excercise hehe.

I’m not even mad about it though because at this point in my life there are far more important things than working out and as long as I can still enjoy a cookie or two and fit in my jeans I’m pretty cool with how things are right now. I’ll start working on my summer body about mid march I think? LOL

OK, I think I need more coffee and a pumpkin bar. I hope you have a lovely Sunday and get to do some fun things!



Girls Can Do Pullups, Bro.

Good morning!

Little Hare Bear stayed at Grandma and Grandpa’s house last night so Sam and I could do some house chores/paint/relax on account of a very busy time in our lives currently. Of course when I asked my mom this morning how the little monkey slept she said he slept from 8-3 and 4-7 am. HARRY! He never sleeps that long with us. Must be grandma’s magic touch and grandpa’s rocking skills. They also got him this cool play thing and it sounds like he started scooting around it. My lil bear is so grown up.

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Harry! Read your newspaper!

Harry also had his first taste of oatmeal cereal this week. He was very unsure of the stuff and cried a lot while I tried to spoon feed it to him. That’s OK, I’d probably cry too if I went 4 months just drinking my food then all of a sudden had someone shoving a weird shaped object into my mouth with a new taste. Sam and I will keep trying…he’ll eventually learn that this stuff is good and keeps his belly fuller right?

So it’s currently like 6 below zero or something so I plan on staying inside all day. Ruthie won’t walk when it’s this cold and I don’t blame her. Her little feetsies freeze so she pretty much stays snuggled in the recliner all day. She has daycare tomorrow though so that will get her some exercise and tire her out.

I’m getting better at my latte making skills as well. I learned the key is to fill the milk compartment up all the way because DUH a latte is steamed frothy milk and espresso. I was only putting a little milk in at the beginning and getting baby lattes. Now I’m getting grown up lattes. My next latte adventure is sure to include a lavendar latte.

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I feel like this week my workouts have been shit. I mean that’s not completely true but Sam and I have been so busy with a “project” (I’ll share more late this week) and I’ve been a tad stressed to say the least. I think I made it to the gym like 4 times but have had zero motivation/energy to do much. I do try to get 10,000 steps each day so there’s something.

I also went to the gym yesterday afternoon after consuming a cookie for energy and was feeling pretty good. I was doing some “kipping” pull ups when right during the middle of my workout some guy stopped me. He said “are you ‘trying’ to do kipping pull ups?” Right away my mood soured. Trying? No sir, I am doing.

He continued to lecture me on how kipping pull ups can tear all the ligaments in your shoulder blah blah blah. He said he’s done a lot of reading on them and that I should stick to pull ups with straps. OK. Thanks. How do you know I can’t do pull ups without straps first off. Second off, I’ve been doing kipping pull ups for years and am pretty sure all my shoulder ligaments are still in tact. Thirdly, I am not critiquing you on your workout (bicep curls do nothing for you so no I will not take your advice) so please let me do mine. I don’t know why but I got super upset at this encounter. Of course my mind immediately thought…”it’s because I’m a girl isn’t it?” Girls aren’t supposed to do pullups. B-O-L-O-G-N-A.

He kept trying to talk to me while I continued pushing through my workout and ignored him. Thanks for the concern but I’m fine.

Phew I can feel myself getting heated again. This is why I workout at 4:30 am because no one talks to you or interrupts you or gives you un-asked for advice.

So yes, on top of my already stressful week, this man made me feel not great about myself. So I did some sprints on the treadmill, went home, took a bath, then ate a large ice cream sundae topped with a brownie.

So lets talk about stress. It’s a nasty thing. I can always tell when I am stressed because I start getting zits, I get these nasty headaches between my eyeballs, I crave fast food/sugar, and I feel like I got run over by a large school bus.

This time around I know I’m really stressed because my typical daily bowel movements have ceased to exist since Thursday. That can really mess a girl up ya know. Now on top of having zits (I used to pop them but then realized how disgusting that is) I feel bloated and uncomfortable.

Yes. I’m stressed. But it’s all for good reasons. And I’m trying to keep it under control by writing down my stresses, making lists on how to complete each task in front of me, taking baths, drinking lots of water (and the occasional sweet treat), and talking things through with Sam. I also have to remind myself to take deep breaths and know that everything is going to work itself out in the end. Breathe. Relax. Breathe. Relax. Breathe. Relax. You got this girl.

Looking at pictures of Harry and Ruthie also release some of these stresses because they are pretty much my reason for everything. And Sam ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, busy week ahead so I’m going to pick up Harry, do some meal prep with my mom, get a good workout in without any unwanted advice, snuggle my dog, maybe eat some Raising Cane’s, go to bed early, and wake up energized and ready to take on the world.

Happy Sunday my friends. Do something cool today.


-One Stressed but excited Hale


Oh my gosh I just madeย thisย and am literally rolling on the floor because it was seriously the best thing I have ever tasted. The mashed potatoes rocked my world. The homemade gravy was just insane. AND THE FREAKING MEAT. HOLY MOTHER ALMIGHTY. Sam even said it was really good. That’s saying something. Do yourself a favor and make this ASAP. You will be so thrilled.

I can’t believe Sunday night is already upon us. I just put Harry to bed after we read 2 books and am now sitting on the couch eating chocolate chip muffins. I get so sad on Sunday’s because it means the weekend and family time is over.

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I wish I had his lashes

This weekend my mom and I drove to my sister’s in Duluth to wedding plan/dress shop as she is newly engaged (YAY!!!!!). I love going to Duluth-it’s such a fun place to visit and I love spending time with my mom and sister.

One of my obsessions is the Lake Superior Bakehouse. I make a point to stop there every time I’m in Duluth now because they have the most INSANE pastries and lattes. They open at 8 AM on Saturdays and I make sure I get there right at 8 so I have the first pick of all the treats. This time, after staring at the case of sugary snacks I selected a white chocolate raspberry scone, a caramel pecan roll, and my fave of the bunch, the blueberry cream cheese roll. UGH. I would love to eat these every day. They also satisfied my sweet tooth for the day. For my beverage I chose the smore’s mocha as it was the seasonal special. LOVE.

Seeing these pictures seriously makes my mouth water. I mean look at the frosting on that roll. GOOD lord. Help me.

Our weekend was spent at the wedding show, dress shopping (She said YES!), and playing games. Oh, we also watched the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I’m obsessed. Oh and Pillow Talk. So good.ย  My mom and I left this morning after breakfast so I could get home to the fam bam jam. Also, traveling always throws off my bowel movements so I can’t wait to wake up, drink coffee, and poo.

I also got in a nice workout this afternoon. I finally got my push jerk in the 100’s and almost pee’d myself from excitement. I got 3 sets of 3 at 105 and couldn’t have been more joyous. Hard work pays off peeps. My workout was fast but fun. Here ya go:

For time:

27-21-15 reps of:

Burpees, Swings, Snatches (alternating arms), and Air Squats

Then…5-5-5-3-3-3 Push Jerk

5×12 lunges with barbell on back.


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PS I got bangs. Yeah. Now I really feel like a mom ๐Ÿ™‚

That is all for now as I have to get my shit ready for tomorrow. Fresh week. Big stuff ahead. Get focused, carry on.

Have a sweet Sunday night and eat dessert (get it?).




Thoughts on a Friday

I had my alarm set for 4:30 am to go to the gym. Hare Bear decided to wake up at 4:29. I guess working out will have to wait…that’s OK though, I’d rather spend my morning snuggling theย little guy. Pretty sure he’s teething and growing. The sweet thang is almost 4 months old. OMG. I can’t believe it. He is so excited to start solid foods (he told me he’s especially excited for avocado, banana, and sweet potatoes). He’s def discovered his hands and will shove them in his mouth any chance he gets.

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My sweet monkey boy โค

He’s discovered how to make one shitty diaper (hehe). He “talks” to me and tells me secrets and it melts my heart. He also loves bouncing in the crib. Love you buddy. Here’s some pics from when he was just a wee one…those aren’t tears, my eyes are just sweating.

Confession…I still wear my postpartum undies. TMI. But seriously, they go over my belly and I have this weird obsession with pulling my pants over my belly. Even if you’re not pregnant or postpartum, I’d highly recommend them if you want to be extra comfy.

Moving on…Instant pots are taking over and I am 100% on that train. I haven’t made one thing yet that hasn’t melted my taste buds. My mom gave me a rack of ribs a while back and I had no clue what to do with them. I stumbled upon a rib rack recipe (say that 3 x fast…cmon, try it) and INSTANTly had to try it. Seriously, it took 20 minutes to cook an entire rack of ribs.

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Basically you brush the ribs with a mix of vinegar and water then sprinkle with the spice mixture (who knew I liked smoked paprika so much) and cut into individual ribs. Then you put that in the pot with the remaining vinegar water mix and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. BOOM.

I’m a child and served mine with a side of boxed mac-n-cheese and pears. And I loved every bite.

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I also started writing things in my new planner I talked about last post. I love it so much. It has these cool goal setting areas and every week your supposed to pick the top 3 things you want to focus on. Super motivating and it makes me take time to think about what is really important in my jam packed days.

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Highly recommend this planner!

My workouts have felt meh lately as I came down with a little bug and just felt drained. I haven’t been running much because it just doesn’t sound fun right now. It’s also been icy AF and I don’t want to break my ankles. I can’t imagine carrying Harry around on crutches. I do plan on doing this later today:

12 minute AMRAP


Then…EMOM 10 minutes: 3 squats remainder of minute AMRAP of squat jumps

Rest 1 minute

Then…Treadmill sprints (maybe).

Okay, that is all. Time to get ready for work. PS Dunn Bros has a lavender latte and I’m obsessed. OKAY Love ya, bye!


I Love Food

I got a new planner. It’s like one of my favorite things to do. Plan stuff. So I’m really excited for fresh new pages to write things down. I always plan my weeks, workouts, tasks to do, chores, etc. It keeps me sane. So yeah, I’m pumped.

So, it’s already January 5th. Yipes. That happened fast. This coming week is my first full week back at work and I’m nervous, anxious, and loads of other feelings. Just trying to enjoy every minute of this weekend. I already got in a nice workout I’ll post below and went to Target. I love going to Target at 7 AM because I’m literally the only non-employee there. Everyone is super friendly and I can get in and out without getting stuck behind people who block the aisles with their carts.

I got my planner, some almond milk creamer, chocolate milk, and deli ham so I could make avocado toast. YUM. Oh and dental floss because I’m trying to be better about that.

I also made a pit stop at Starbucks because lately I’ve been obsessed with their cold foam blonde cappuccinos. They are literally everything to me right now as I’m trying to cut back on sugary crap. I think a grande is like 60 cals with little to no sugar so I’m all about that. The foam on top is a tasty little treat. I’m going to try the cappuccino setting on my cafe barista later today to try to re-create this tasty beverage.

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Oh, back to avocado toast. I love making this when I’m not rushed because it takes a little bit more time than my typical bowl of oats. I got some fun bread at Aldi (I love this place…they have great healthy finds at the cheapest prices and I’m on a strict budget for 2019).

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Sam will not eat this…he says he doesn’t like birdseed

I toasted the bread, attempted to make some fried eggs, then assembled my toasts. First ya smash the avocado on your toast, then ya sprinkle some garlic powder and a squeeze of lime juice. Then top that with my fresh deli ham and the fried-ish eggs. It’s so good. I could eat this all day.

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Good Morning.

Okay so now for today’s workout…it was a fun one!

4 Rounds for time:

Row 500 meters as fast as possible (this took me a little over 2 min)

20 wall balls

10 heavy cleans

Give it a try, I think the whole thing took around 15-20 minutes to complete. Speedy and sweaty, just the way I like them ๐Ÿ™‚

Today it’s pretty much going to be Spring so I plan to spend a lot of time in the fresh air. I also need to do some serious house organization, meal prepping, wine drinking, baby snuggling, laundering stuff as well. Last night I started going through Harry’s clothes to put away the things that don’t fit him anymore and started crying because he is growing so fast. He’s starting to outgrow 6 month clothes already and he’s not even 4 months old. Big boy โค

For meal prep I’m hoping to make some tuna salad, chicken, rice, and veggies, and chocolate pumpkin muffins. Maybe some homemade coffee creamer as well. OH also, my other new fave thing…carrot cake oats in the instant pot. My mom got me an IP cookbook for Xmas and this recipe caught my eyes because DUH I love carrot cake and oats. You literally take shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, raisins, steel cut oats, and water and add that to the instant pot. Let it cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and naturally release the steam. Jim-any Crickets, fresh oats in 10 minutes. Yes plz.

Yesterday I topped mine with vanilla yogurt and a dollop of cream cheese to pretend it was cream cheese frosting and it was one of my better decisions. Sam said I shouldn’t eat so much dairy. I told him cream cheese is more like butter than dairy…I’m right right?

Okay, enough food talk, I’m getting hungry again. LOL. Gotta fly. Have a fab day.