The Things That Make us Happy

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Biggest Loser Workout – 60 minutes

Yesterday’s workout was crazy! There was 21 of us, and we broke up into three teams. Each team had to take turns running to the other side of the gym, grab an index card with an exercise on it, run back to their team and have everyone complete the exercise listed on the card. Some of the exercises included:

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 15 squats with a shoulder press
  • run around the gym three times
  • walking lunges with a twist
  • 60 sit-ups
  • 30 push-ups

We had to complete each set of cards twice and see which team could do it the fastest. It got a little crazy, but it came down to my team and another team tying. Well, it turns out that there were prizes, but only enough for one team.

So, after a lot of debate, one of the instructors came up with the not so brilliant idea of having two people from each winning team compete against each other to see who can do the most squat thrusts in thirty seconds. Then, I hear someone yell out, we pick Heather!

What?! I didn’t sign up to do a bunch of squat thrusts after I just kicked my butt working out for an hour. But apparently my team had faith in me, because I ended up competing with a girl on the other team. The girl I competed against was actually the girl that I talk to the most in the Biggest Loser and run with during our 5k prep classes.

I was so nervous because I’m not really a competitive person and I had a whole team of people counting on me to win. It was a lot of pressure, which I made sure to tell everyone. Finally, we did the squat thrusts for thirty seconds, and I think my team could tell I was really struggling at the end because they all starting yelling my name and cheering me on.

The other girl did 21 squat thrusts.

I did 22!! I was so incredibly happy. I almost felt euphoric. Well, first I felt like I was going to die, then I felt elated. I think the best part was that my team wanted me to compete for them and had faith that I would give it my absolute best effort. It was honestly such a great feeling.

My team won resistance tubes so that we can workout anytime, anywhere! There was an extra tube left, so I said the girl I competed against should get it for being such a good sport, and she did. :)

Who knew doing squats thrusts and winning a resistance tube would make me so happy?

Today’s Breakfast

This morning I had this Greek yogurt that I picked up at Mariano’s last week.

It comes with oats, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and dried cranberries to mix in. I also threw in some blueberries. It was okay, but not the greatest. I think the granola was slightly stale, and it might have been better if I added a Truvia packet. I probably won’t buy it again.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes


I had something for lunch today that I haven’t had in a while – veggie flatbread pizza!

Sometimes, I eat the same thing so much that I get sick of it and don’t eat it for a while. And then I eat it again and it’s delicious! I topped my pizza with sauce, red onion, green pepper, broccoli, and mozzarella cheese.

On the side I had some dried apple crisps. I love that the whole bag is only 39 calories!

I also had some steamed brussels sprouts because who doesn’t love brussels sprouts?! Everyone, right? Sadly, no. No one in my family will touch them. Poor lonely brussels sprouts.

Have a great afternoon!

Questions of the day:

  • When was a time that you felt really happy?
  • Do you stick to the same meals or mix it up?
  • Do you like brussels sprouts? Favorite veggie?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

23 Responses to The Things That Make us Happy

  1. Melissa Woollard

    Brussel sprouts are nasty! My fav are probably steamed zucchini and carrots. Though I rarely make them at home. There are so many happy times it’s hard to pick just one but a top contender was going to Rome and Paris with my mom and brother!

  2. I love brussels sprouts–roasted on the grill or in the oven is the best! But I’ll even steam them–I’m not too picky.

    Have you seen that Mariano’s has their own brand of greek yogurt? I just noticed it a few weeks ago–must be a new product. I haven’t tried it yet–I’m wondering if it’s comparable to the other brands . . .

  3. Key Master

    Heather I am so proud of you! I know you are going to kick butt in your 5k this Saturday. Your dad and I will be there cheering you on. Keep up the great job!

  4. Brussels sprouts are my FAVORITE veggie!! :)

  5. susie

    I think maybe you are more competitive than you think….it’s like when there are other people around, you rise to the challenge….way to go!
    I didn’t used to like brussel sprouts but now i do, they are like little buttery heads of lettuce. I think they would be good stuffed inside a green pepper with a little rice and tomato sauce, topped with cheese.

  6. Awesome!!! So cool that your team picked you and that you won… amazing!!! I can really see the muscle definition in your arms!

    What will be your next challenge after Biggest Loser? Have you ever heard of the Bridge to 10k program, or would that be too rough on your calves?

  7. Gigi

    Heather, I can tell you truly felt honored and proud to represent your team. You did a great job and deserve so much more. Thanks for sharing your heart felt story.

  8. Fit Minded Mom

    I LOVE brussel sprouts but my family is not as big a fan. More for me!!!

    Congrats on your squat thrust win!! I actually tend to be quite competitive but I like to think I am a good sport when someone beats me!

  9. Amy

    Congrats on your squat thrust win! Also that pizza is yummy. I make mine on low cal English muffins.

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