Colorado Hiking: Bierstadt Lake

I am taking a break from the dump of wedding pictures to share some Colorado summer loveliness with y'all.  Andy came to Colorado for a good long while before the wedding and it was awesome. The three of us took full advantage of him being here to explore both the food and the mountains. We are and went hiking a LOT. One weekend I did back to back days of hiking and it was one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. On one of my Fridays off, Andy and I had "Andy Treana Day"TM and left LB in Denver working. On this particular A&T Day, we headed up to Rocky Mountain National Park and had a blast on this gorgeous hike. Through the pictures below you can hike right along with us without leaving your office/room/bathroom/what have you. If you read this blog while you are in the bathroom, I suppose that I should be honored?

We went from listening to Radiohead in the car to this view in no time... I love Colorado. IMG_1695 IMG_1714IMG_1701 IMG_1704 IMG_1706 IMG_1708

Really gotta focus to get that shot juuuuuuuuuuuuuuust right. I love Andy.

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The lake. The hike to here was about 1.5 miles... but there were a ton of switchbacks. At 9,000+ feet the elevation can be a tad shocking at first. But this payoff.... amazing.

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This is probably one of my favorite pictures of Andy ever. He just looks so happy. I love that guy... did I already say that?


I was home sick from work yesterday and realized how empty our house felt without him. It bummed me out, but also made me incredibly grateful that we got that time with him. Having him here really allowed me to relax and take time away from wedding planning and stress. Our wedding wouldn't have been as gorgeous and wonderful as it was without him... and not just because having his handsome face there really upped our game. Love you BUDDY!

30 Days of Exercise

Many studies say that if you do something for 30 days, you are more likely to have it develop in to a pattern that you will stick with. No I don't know the studies, and no, I have no freaking idea if it's true. But since I am trying to tone up my arms and just generally feel great for the wedding, I have decided that I am going to exercise everyday for 30 days. I got the idea because I have a month of hot yoga that I got from a groupon that I cashed in on Sunday. So far here's where I am at:

    • I started on Friday, May 10 with a 5 mile bike ride with my mom
    • Saturday, May 11: 4 mile hike with Katie and mom


    • Sunday, May 12: 75 minute hot yoga class.
    • Monday, May 11: arms at home
    • Tuesday, May 12: hot yoga 35 minutes on elliptical at home
    • Wednesday, May 13: barre class
    • Thursday, May 14: hot yoga

Scheduled through the weekend:

  • Friday, May 15: barre class
  • Saturday, May 16: bike ride with LB
  • Sunday, May 17: hike!

We shall see how this goes but just knowing I was posting this made me feel like I had committed to something and needed to follow through! Blog for the win.

And no. Before anyone asks, I am NOT trying to lose weight- the opposite actually. But I am in pretty bad cardio shape and so even if I get into better hiking and biking shape, (I will never run, I solemnly vow this to the world) I'll call it a success. Plus, who wants skinny noodle arms in wedding photos? Not this kid.

I'd like LB to think there is a small chance of me being able to win at the pull up challenge one day!