Strawberry Lime Protein Smoothie

In anticipation of the nice weather that’s coming soon, I’ve put together a smoothie that’s perfect for a hot summer day – a strawberry lime protein smoothie. Cold, refreshing, and packed full of protein!

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I’m always looking for ways to add extra protein to my diet because I know how good it is for building and repairing muscles. It also helps keep you feeling fuller longer, boosts energy, and can help aid in weight loss. But really, this smoothie is just delicious!

Strawberry Lime Smoothie

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 container key lime yogurt
  • juice from one lime
  • 2 oz cashew or almond milk
  • 1/2 (approx. 5 oz) container Premier Protein Strawberries & Cream shake
  • 4-6 ice cubes

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Directions:

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

238 calories/2 g fat/ 26 g carbs/ 29 g protein

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This is probably one of my favorite smoothies that I’ve ever made. I love the strawberry and lime combination. It’s prefect for breakfast, a snack, or after a workout to repair and rebuild those muscles!

And of course, since I was making a smoothie, the kids wanted a smoothie too. Jaden is allergic to dairy products so his smoothie contained: Silk dairy-free mango peach yogurt, frozen strawberries, almond milk, honey, and ice cubes.

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Everyone had a delicious smoothie this morning!

  • What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?
  • What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?
  • How do you add protein into your diet?

 

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Reaching a Goal

Good afternoon!

I really haven’t feeling the best lately so I’ve been kind of low-key this weekend.

I have had a headache for eight days non-stop. It’s so annoying. I don’t get headaches very often and if I do, they usually last for a very short while. That’s why it’s so odd that I’ve had this headache for eight days straight.

At first, it was just the headache but then I woke up the other day feeling sick. It’s mostly just a sore throat, a stuffy nose, and a cloudy head. I just really want this headache to go away!

Danny mentioned going to the gym this morning, and at first I didn’t want to go, but I finally decided to go and do a little bit of cardio in hopes that it might make me feel a little bit better.

Going to the gym:

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Despite my constant headache and feeling under the weather, I managed to run 3.1 miles on the treadmill without stopping!!!

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That is my farthest distance and greatest accomplishment since my hip surgery last summer. Apparently, being sick is my super power!

I was really sore by the time I was done and my Achilles tendon and calf hurt a lot. I have two 5ks scheduled next month and then I might need to take some time off from running to let my Achilles get better. That’s kind of a bummer because I was really hoping to run a lot this summer but I don’t want to push this injury like I pushed my hip injury because that ended up with a major surgery.

After running, I stretched and foam rolled. I was sore but so happy for accomplishing my goal of being able to run non-stop for three miles. It wasn’t a very fast run, more slow and steady, but I’m working on endurance instead of speed.

After the gym, I went grocery shopping. I bought Jaden a cactus because he collects plants.

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Ever since my dad took him to the hardware store a few weeks ago and Jaden saw a real life mini cactus he has been dying for one. He did think that it was going to grow into a full sized cactus like in the desert so I had to explain to him that it would just be a small cactus not a giant desert cactus. He seemed okay with that. :)

I also bought lots of fruit.

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I love fruit in the summer. The watermelon was pretty good but not at its peak yet. I can’t wait for fresh summer watermelon!

I love my fruit cold – the colder the better! I even keep apples in the fridge to eat them cold but Danny is the opposite. He likes them room temperature.

We’re going to Whole Foods later today to pick up a few more groceries and maybe some sushi.

Have a great Sunday!

***Don’t forget to enter my JonnyPops giveaway!***

  • Did you workout today?
  • Did you collect anything as a kid?
  • Do you like your fruit cold or room temperature?

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JonnyPops Review and Giveaway!

I have a great review and giveaway for you guys today – JonnyPops!

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JonnyPops are frozen pops made with real, all-natural ingredients.  They’re made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real fruit and cream. The main ingredient in the fruit flavors is fresh, real fruit.

I was sent two different flavors to try out – Strawberries & Cream and Raspberries Blueberries & Cream.

Of course, the kids needed to taste test them immediately.

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Sharing:

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To say my niece liked them would be an understatement.

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The kids loved them! And they’re a great healthy alternative to regular ice cream bars.

I also loved the JonnyPops. I loved that they’re creamier than most traditional fruit bars. They’re a perfect guilt-free treat. Great for an after dinner treat or on a hot summer night.

JonnyPop ingredients include real fruit, cream, cane sugar, and a pinch of salt, and they don’t have any preservatives.

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Each pop is approximately 130-140 calories.

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JonnyPops come in other great flavors including Pineapple Coconut & Cream, Coffee Chocolate & Cream, and Mango & cream.

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Giveaway!

JonnyPops is giving away two boxes of JonnyPops to three different winners. Lots of ways to enter – enter to win below!
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Disclaimer: JonnyPops sent me the fruit bars to try out at no charge to me. They are sponsoring the giveaway and all opinions are my own. 

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Premier Protein Earth Day Dirt Shake Recipe

Happy Earth Day!

Today, I have a great Earth Day shake recipe from Premier Protein to share with you.

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Earth Day Dirt Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 Premier Protein 11 oz chocolate shake
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 4-6 ice cubes

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Directions:

Put ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth! Top with cocoa powder and hemp seeds if desired.

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This was the perfect post workout shake to whip up. It was packed full of protein and a great way to get a serving of veggies in. You can’t even taste the spinach in it!

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Running Update

I mentioned last week that when I tried to run on Sunday, it didn’t go very well. Even though I worked on legs Monday, I decided to try running yesterday. My legs were a little sore but not too bad.

I used KT tape on my Achilles tendon and made sure to foam roll with my new Premier Protein foam roller before and after my workout.

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Sometimes I just stare at the miles on the treadmill wanting to quit so yesterday I covered the readout on the treadmill with a towel and decided to run for about six songs on my iPod before I checked my mileage.

It started out pretty hard. My Achilles hurt, my legs were sore from the previous day’s workout, but I kept going. There were times I really wanted to stop but my goal was to try to run at least 2.25 miles without walking. My Achilles pain almost had me stopping a few times but after awhile the pain eased up a bit.

After six songs, I was at 1.85 miles so I kept going. I told myself if I was still in a lot of pain at 2 miles then I would stop. Two miles came and I felt good so I decided to go for 2.25 miles. At 2.25 miles, I figured I could keep going. 2.5 miles was my goal last Sunday so I decided to run until 2.5 miles.

2.5 miles came and went and I kept going until 2.75. This was the farthest and longest that I had run since my hip surgery. Although I was in a little pain and tired, at that point I was so close to three miles that I decided to just push through and run it.

At 2.83 miles, my phone rang and my son’s school popped up on the display. Of course, I had to stop running and answer it. I guess it wasn’t my fate to run three miles that day but I did manage to run 2.83 without any walking breaks.

Turns out my son had a rash and they needed someone to come pick him up.

We stopped at Starbucks and got some green tea to make us feel better. :)

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My legs/hip/Achilles were so sore the rest of the day. It wasn’t a long distance but it’s more running than my body is used to so I was feeling it. I think I’ll be good to run the Mother’s Day 5k next month. I don’t have a time goal in mind. I just want to be able to run the race without walking. That will be a big accomplishment since my hip surgery especially since I’ve been having so much Achilles pain.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?
  • Have you ever accomplished a goal that you’ve worked hard to reach?

Disclaimer: As a Premier Protein ambassador, I was sent the protein drinks and foam roller at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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Anniversary Date Night – Shaw’s Crab House

Happy Marathon Monday! Good luck to all those running the Boston Marathon today!!

Saturday 

On Saturday evening, Danny and I went to Shaw’s Crab House to celebrate our anniversary.

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We went to the Grand Crab Buffet which they only have on Saturday nights on the upper floor of the restaurant. The Grand Crab Buffet is definitely pricey but it includes all you can eat king crab legs. If you’re a crab leg fan then you know how delicious but expensive they are!

Even though it was expensive, the food was delicious, and it was something special we’d only do once a year for our anniversary (or maybe birthday?! ;) ).

Besides the amazing king crab legs, there was tons of other food. Danny isn’t a huge seafood fan so I was proud of him for trying some of it. Luckily, it’s not all seafood and there’s other foods as well.

There was a couple different kinds of salad, crab cakes, shrimp, crab tarts, sushi, and snow crab legs.

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The waiter brought mini lobster bisque soups with a mini grilled cheese on the side to our table.

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I love lobster bisque soup. I had it the first time about two years ago and I fell in love with it!

There was also lobster and spinach mac & cheese, beef tenderloin, parmesan crusted chicken, carrots & parsnips, au gratin potatoes, fried shrimp, oysters, and more.

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The king crab legs were by far my favorite.

And of course there was dessert. Most of the desserts were mini sized so I figured I should try lots of them!

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There were peanut butter cookies, creme brulee, red velvet cupcakes, carrot cake cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, brownies, coconut macaroons, pecan tartlets, cake pops, and more.

Overall, the meal was amazing.

After dinner, we met up with my friend Jenny and her boyfriend, John, for a few drinks.

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We got home late and picked the kids up from my dad and stepmom the next day. It was an amazing anniversary with my wonderful husband.

Today

I went to the gym this morning and worked on legs.

Some of the exercises I did included:

  • leg press machine
  • calf raises on the Smith machine
  • walking lunges
  • squats
  • deadlifts
  • step-up to knee on a bench

After my leg exercises, I walked one slow mile on the treadmill. My Achilles still hurts so I’m going to wait another day or two before I try to run again.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever been to?
  • What’s your favorite food?

 

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Slow and Steady

Good afternoon. I’m so glad it’s finally the weekend! Saturday is by far my favorite day of the week.

Running

I’ve been trying to run more consistently now that I am more than nine months post surgery. My hip and quad feel tons better. I still get occasional aches in my hip when I  do too much activity but nothing that isn’t manageable.

My biggest problem right now is that my Achilles tendon bothers me a lot. Not only during running but also during other activities as well. So, my running might be a little slower than it normally would be but by this point, I’ve realized that it’s not a good idea to push myself into another major injury.

I am taking my return to running slow and doing what I can. I’m making sure to stretch, foam roll, ice, and use KT tape.

On Monday, I was able to run two miles non-stop on the treadmill. On Thursday, I ran 2.25 miles non-stop.

After I hit 2.25 miles, I walked slow for a little bit then I ran/walked for a total of 3.32 miles.

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Today’s run didn’t quite go as planned. Danny and I started out with some back exercises at the gym this morning and then I planned to run 2.5 miles.

I wore my Zensah calf sleeves because my calves have been getting tight again lately.

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I only managed to run one full mile on the treadmill before having to walk. My Achilles killed with every step and my calves were so tight. I haven’t run three days in a week in a really long time so I think my legs just aren’t used to it.

I ran one mile, walked/ran one mile, and then walked for a total of 2.3 miles.

It was really frustrating not being able to run because of my Achilles tendon pain. As soon as my hip finally gets better, I have a new injury to deal with. It just seems never ending and that’s frustrating.

A few months ago when I was going to physical therapy, my therapist said that it’s better to focus on endurance rather than speed. So, at this point, I’m not too worried about going fast. My goal is to run 3.1 miles with out stopping to walk.

I have two 5ks planned for next month – the Run Like a Mother 5k and The Elgin Fox Trot 5k. I know I probably won’t be running as many races as usual this summer because of my Achilles pain, but I am just happy to get back into running.

We’re running the Fox Trot on Memorial day weekend. This will be my 6th year doing the race. Last year the Fox Trot was two months before my surgery, so I wasn’t able to run. Instead, my dad and I did the Fox Trot Two Mile Walk. I look forward to being able to run it this year!

Danny and my sister-in-law are running the 10 miler and my brother and I are running the 5k.

Last year, walking with my dad:

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This will be my 5th year doing the Run Like a Mother 5k. This will be a great year because my grandma, who had double hip replacements, will be walking it this year! My stepmom is also doing the race.

Run a Like a Mother in 2013:

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I’m looking forward to be able to run some races this year.

Tonight, Danny and I are going out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary! Have a great Saturday!

  • What are you doing today?
  • What’s your favorite day of the week?
  • Favorite race you’ve ever run?

 

 

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Healthy Living Tips

Good afternoon!

Yesterday, Danny and I celebrated our wedding anniversary!

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We went to dinner at Friday’s with the kids and we have our special anniversary dinner planned for this weekend. My dad and stepmom are going to watch the kids so we can go to Shaw’s Crab House. I’m excited to eat some crab legs!

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Healthy Living Tips

Over the past few years, I feel like I have become a healthier person. I’ve been working out consistently, lost weight, and have been pretty good about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes when you’re trying to eat healthier or lose weight, it can be hard knowing where to start. I think it’s important to start slow and take baby steps, and today I’m going to share some tips that work for me.

Tip #1: Hydrate!

It is so important to stay hydrated. Water flushes toxins, keeps you from getting dehydrated, helps let you know if you are really hungry or just dehydrated, helps you digest food, transports nutrients, helps maintain the body’s fluid balance, and so much more!

Sometimes it can be hard to get into the water drinking habit so start slow. Have a cup of water when you wake up, drink a cup before a meal, get a drink every time you pass a water fountain.

I drink water all day long from the time I wake up in the morning until about an hour before I go to bed. I have my water tumbler with me all day long at home. If I’m leaving the house I bring my pink leopard print water bottle. (I tend to spill very easy so I need a closed lid when I leave the house :) )

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A good rule to follow is to drink approximately half your body weight in ounces of water a day. So, for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water daily.

Sometimes drinking plain water can get boring. I like to drink one sparkling water a day.

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It’s still drinking water but it’s kind of like a special treat. The lemonade flavor is amazing. Danny likes using the PowerAde drops in his water. I also like to drink green tea which also has amazing health benefits. Or if you don’t like the taste of plain water, add in some cut up lemons, strawberries, or cucumbers.

Bottom line: drink lots of water.

Tip #2: Slow Down and Avoid Distractions

I will admit that I am the world’s fastest eater. I eat my food like I’m never going to eat again. Lately, I have really been trying to be conscious of this and slow down while I’m eating. It takes at least 20 minutes for your stomach to send a signal to your brain that it’s full and if you eat super fast you might think your still hungry and keep eating.

Going hand in hand with slowing down while eating is avoiding distractions while eating. Once again, I am guilty of this – during breakfast, I’ll check my email or I catch up on my favorite tv show while eating lunch. It’s important to just focus on the food your eating and how it tastes.

Lately (for the most part) I have been eating all my meals at the kitchen table without a cell phone, tv, or magazine to distract me. I’ve been focusing on eating slow, chewing my food, setting my fork down in between bites, and really enjoying the food.

This gives your body the chance to enjoy the food as well as helps to signal your brain that it’s full. Also, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to clean your plate. When your full, stop eating. Such an easy concept, but it can be hard to follow.

Tip #3: Fruits and Veggies

I am lucky that I love fruits and veggies. If I’m hungry or looking for something to eat, I’ll try to reach for a fruit or vegetable. I love to eat and when you eat things like a salad with lots of veggies, you can eat a large amount for a small amount of calories.

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Fruits and vegetables contain fiber which helps keep your fuller longer and help with digestion. Next time you think your hungry, ask yourself: do I want to eat an apple right now? If not, chances are you’re just bored rather than hungry.

This leads us into tip #4…

Tip #4: Don’t Eat Your Emotions

I am an emotional eater. I eat when I’m happy, I eat when I’m sad, I eat when I’m stressed, and I eat when I’m bored. I have really been trying to focus on doing other things when I feel like I’m going to eat not because I’m hungry but because I’m happy, sad, or stressed.

I’ll drink a big glass of water, or I’ll watch a tv show. I’ll try to get stuff done around the house like dishes or laundry. I’ll play with the kids. Usually, if  keep busy, I won’t feel the need to constantly eat.

Tip #5: Chew Gum

This tip doesn’t work for everybody. Some people feel hungrier when they chew gum but not me. Sometimes, when I start eating it’s hard to stop. Just one more bowl of cereal or just another few bites of the kids pizza.

For me, chewing gum helps keep my mouth busy so I don’t eat when I’m not hungry. For some people, food can be an addiction and once you start it’s hard to stop. It’s simply the way the brain works. Chewing gum a lot helps me keep my mouth busy without consuming large amounts of food.

My favorite gum is the strawberry Starburst gum. It is amazing.

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Tip #6: Avoid “Trigger” Foods

If you are an overeater, there can be foods that trigger you to want to keep eating. It’s best to not buy these foods or keep them in the house if possible.

For me, it’s cereal and sugary foods/candy. I try to avoid buying my kids cereal that I love because I know it will be in the house to tempt me. I love Cocoa Puffs but I can’t just eat one bowl. I need to ate all the cereal possible. So, it’s best to not even start eating the foods that make you want to eat more.

This also goes for sugary foods that have little nutritional value and won’t keep you full. If you eat a bowl of sugary cereal or white bread, chances are you will be hungry a short time later because they aren’t full of protein or fiber to help keep you full longer.

Tip #7: Add Protein

Protein also helps to keep you feeling full longer. It’s important to have a healthy amount of fat, protein, and carbs at every meal. If you workout a lot, protein is also important for rebuilding your muscles.

I’ve never been a huge meat eater, but I’ve been trying to get enough protein in my diet so I have been eating meat that I don’t mind eating, like chicken.

Protein sources include: lean meats, seafood, Greek yogurt, cheese, eggs, vegetables like spinach, protein shakes if necessary, nuts, beans, etc.

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Tip #8: Everything in Moderation

I think that life needs to be enjoyed. There’s no reason to be eating chicken, brown rice, and veggies at every meal. I try to eat healthy all day long and then save room for a small treat at the end of the night like a Yasso Greek yogurt bar or two small cookies.

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The chocolate chip cookie dough Yasso bars are amazing!

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I think life is about balance and eating healthy but still enjoying occasional treats. If you deprive yourself for too long, you’re eventually going to go crazy and eat every cookie in the house. Life should be about a healthy balance.

I realize that not everyone is an overeater or an emotional eater. Not everyone needs to count calories or remove certain foods from the house. Some people eat and simply stop when they’re full. But there’s also people that really struggle with food.

You can be addicted to food and while it produces similar chemicals in the brain that a drug or alcohol addiction does, it’s also different. You need food to live. You need to eat food every single day. You don’t need drugs and alcohol to live. You can quit drugs and alcohol cold turkey. You can’t quit food.

Studies have shown that food can trigger the pleasure centers in the brain just like drugs and alcohol can. Foods can actually trigger the release of dopamine in the brain which is responsible making us feel good at that moment. This makes you want to keep eating more to keep that good feeling whether you’re hungry or not.

Then you crash and feel terrible later. Food addiction is real and it’s a struggle. I just feel like it’s important to point this out because I realize that not everyone struggles with their weight but they might not understand why some people do.

Hopefully, if you struggle with weight issues or overeating, you can find some tips and tricks that work for you.

Alright! So, those are my tips on healthy living and weight loss! Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you struggle with overeating?
  • Do you have any healthy living/weight loss tips to share?

 

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Two Miles

Good afternoon! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Sunday

Yesterday morning Danny and I started out our day at the gym as usual. We did back and bicep exercises. Our gym added a t-bar row contraption in the corner so we were able to try it out.

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In the afternoon, we went to my cousin’s baptism.

Today

My next upcoming 5k is the Mother’s Day race next month. I’m really trying to slowly get back into running. My hip is usually fine when I run  but my Achilles tendon still gives me problems. I’m trying to go slow and do what I can without pushing it too much. This morning, I ran two miles without stopping and I was happy with that.

My Achilles did bother me a lot while running so I stopped at two miles (and walked half a mile), then I made sure to foam roll and stretch. It would help if I could remember to use the KT tape.

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I’m trying to start running slowly so I don’t injure myself more. I ran two miles today in 21:53. I walked another half a mile. Then I did some triceps and shoulder exercises.

Exercises included:

  • cable tricep pressdowns
  • cable overhead tricep extensions
  • standing overhead extensions
  • weighted tricep dips on bench
  • dumbbell upright rows
  • seated overhead presses
  • single arm kettle bell swings
  • dumbbell scaption

After the gym, my niece and I stopped at Target where we saw these new Boom Chicka Bites!

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I didn’t buy any this time but I do plan on trying them soon. I love the Boom Chicka Pop popcorn so I’m guessing these are delicious too. They also have Boom Chicka Puffs which I think the kids would like.

We didn’t buy the Bites but we did buy a bag of of the Boom Chicka Pop Lemon Drop popcorn that was on Easter clearance for only .59 cents.

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Gotta love Target clearance!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Any tips for Achilles pain?
  • What’s your favorite popcorn? Plain, salty, sweet, cheddar, caramel, etc?
  • What did you do this weekend?

 

 

 

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Fun Run in Color 5k 2015

Today’s race was so much fun!

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This morning, we ran the Fun Run in Color 2015. We also ran this race last year.

I woke up early, around 6:30 am, so I could enjoy a cup of coffee before the race. We left the house about 7:50 am and got to the race about 8:15 am . The race is fairly small so parking was a breeze.

My dad and stepmom also walked the race.

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Although this is my first 5k since my hip surgery, I’m not counting it as my first “official” race since my surgery. It’s just an untimed fun run and we walked a lot with Jaden. I’m counting my Mother’s Day 5k as my first official post surgery race. :)

I used the porta-potty twice before the race and didn’t have to wait in line. I remember having to wait in line last year because there was only five porta-potties. There was only five this year too but I must have gone at a good time without a line.

We lined up right before 9 am at the start line. They let a wave of people go every few minutes so the color stations wouldn’t get overcrowded with people.

Jacob walked with my dad and stepmom. Danny and I started out running with Jaden. Jaden twisted his foot last week on a trampoline and it was still bothering him today so after we ran for about a half a mile, he had to stop and walk.

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He walked, he ran, Danny carried him.

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Of course, his favorite part was the color stations.

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Even though the race wasn’t timed, I used my FitBit to keep track of our time and mileage. Jaden’s goal was to beat his high score (read: time) from last year. Obviously this kid plays too many video games. I told him that he wanted to beat his previous time not his previous high score. 

Our time last year was 41:48. This year it was 39:48. He did beat his time from last year, but honestly, I don’t think it was the full 3.1 miles. Either the course was short or we cut corners somewhere on the race route. Either was Jaden was very happy!

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My dad, stepmom, and Jacob crossed the finish line a short time after we did.

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Post race, we got bags of color for the after party. And I found coffee!

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My son’s orthodontist, Bauer & Bauer, was one of the race’s sponsors and they had a coffee station set up with Peet’s coffee and travel coffee cups. How much better can a race get!? They even had hot chocolate for the kids!

I didn’t get too much color on me during the race but after the race was a different story – it was color crazy!

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We had way too much fun and we were going crazy hitting each other with all the color we could! It was so much fun! I got so much more color on me this year than I did last year. We were covered!

My dad went a little crazy pouring color on my head! (My hair and skin were so dry from all the color!)

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Luckily, they have a wind station that helps blow some of the color off of you.

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They also had a DJ and a fun after party.

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I also liked the fact that they added a water station this year. There wasn’t a water station at all last year and sometimes the color gets in your mouth when you go though the color stations.

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Post race, they had bagels, granola bars, and water. Nesquik was also there giving out chocolate milk at the after party.

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Overall, I had a so much fun at the race, even more fun than I had last year!

Even though I got in the shower when we got home, I still have color on me. My feet are dyed blue and I eventually gave up scrubbing them. Even my contact got dyed blue!

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See you next year, Color Run!!

  •  Have you ever done a Color Run?

 

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Friday Favorites

Good morning! Is it Friday already?! Did this week go by fast for anyone else?!

Last night, we went to pick up the race bibs for our Color Run on Saturday!

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This is Jaden’s second year running it and he’s really looking forward to it.

Friday Favorites

  • DietBet

The DietBet that Danny and I were participating in ended on Monday.

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We both won! Danny lost about nine pounds and I lost about seven pounds. We each paid $25 and won $34.91, so we made a profit of $9.91 just to lose weight!

I think the DietBet website is a great way to motivate you to lose a healthy amount of weight and earn some money doing it.

  • Jack Link’s Chicken Jerky

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The Jack Link’s turkey jerky was my favorite until I found the chicken jerky at Target, now it’s my new favorite.

  • Premier Protein Strawberries & Cream Protein Drink

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I’ve tried the Premier Protein drinks in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberries & cream. I’ve also tried the Premier Protein smoothie in berry. While they’re all good flavors, the strawberries & cream is my all-time favorite flavor!

  • The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Duff

When The Duff movie came out, I didn’t realize that it was originally a book. I found it one day while browsing the book section on my Kindle. I read the free sample and got sucked in. The book only cost $2.99 so I decided to buy it and loved it!

It was an easy read with comedy as well as more serious situations. Now, of course, I have to see the movie.

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  • Leg Exercises

Even though my hip isn’t 100% better and it still gets tired easily, leg exercises are important to strengthen it. I have really been loving leg exercises at the gym lately. Here’s a few of my favs:

  • sumo squats
  • deadlifts
  • step-ups on bench
  • walking lunges
  • curtsy lunges
  • Weighted hip thrusts (@2:00) <— a new fav!

And those are all my favorites for today! Have a great Friday!

  • What are your favorites for today?

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