Bingo and Dates

Happy Monday!

Last night, we ordered pizza, baked cookies, and decorated our Christmas tree.

I also found a cute idea on Pinterest for the kids – making Christmas trees out of green frosting and sugar cones.

I bought the white Frosting Creations frosting and added a package of mint chocolate powder to make it green. You could also use vanilla frosting and green food coloring, but I didn’t have any food coloring.

The kids loved making their frosting Christmas trees and it got a little messy, but they had so much fun!

I ate a lot last night – pizza, cookies, popcorn. So, when I woke up this morning, I wasn’t feeling very hungry. I noticed that when I eat a lot over the weekends, I usually wake up Monday morning not wanting to eat anything.

So, I skipped breakfast before heading to the gym. I regretted not eating at least something small for breakfast because halfway through BodyPump, my stomach started to growl loudly.

Luckily, I knew I’d be hungry and I packed a mini breakfast to eat after BodyPump:

Greek yogurt and thinkThin bar.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.12 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Fitness Bingo

Guess what?! I won fitness bingo! Yay!

My happy face:

From what I understand, it turns out that whoever turned in the most bingo cards won the final prize – it wasn’t done by a raffle. So, I really glad that I worked hard to turn those final three bingo cards in last week.

I was able to choose from a free annual membership or a three-month My Choice membership. The annual membership included use of the fitness center only, so it made more sense for me to choose the three-month My Choice membership because it includes use of the fitness center, fitness classes, and the kid’s room. So, I’ll be saving about $150. :)

Danny and I still plan on signing up for the Fitness Fantasy League in January. That prize is a whole year MyChoice membership!

Date Night

Danny and I had such a nice and relaxing time on our date night on Saturday that we decided that we would have a monthly date night and would take turns coming up with something to do.

Having a date night doesn’t always mean spending a lot of money. Just as long as your together, it doesn’t matter what you do. Getting coffee or going for a walk make great dates that are cheap or free.

Having alone time not only helps your relationship by spending time with your significant other, but it helps you be a better parent too –  as any stay at home mom will tell you (or even the ones that work full-time)! Sometimes you just need to step back from the craziness of work, life, family, and kids and spend some quality time with your significant other. It almost recharges you. The same can be said with spending time alone too. We often get so wrapped up in life that we lose sight of the important things in life.

Danny and I realized that we don’t actually spend much time alone together – just the two of us. Sure, we do a lot of stuff with my family, but that hardly counts as quality time with each other. So, I am very excited to start our monthly date nights and better our relationship. :)

I also think that spending time alone with your children separately is a great idea too – like a “daddy and me” night or a “mommy and me” night. Danny and I also have plans to do this with Jacob and Jaden once a month.

Questions of the day:

  • How often do you have date nights with your significant other? Do you believe that they help better your relationship?
  • What was the last “date” that you went on?
  • Are you a breakfast eater? Or are you not hungry in the mornings?

24 Comments

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24 Responses to Bingo and Dates

  1. Congrats on winning, Heather! I am not surprised! :)

  2. The membership is a great prize–congrats! I’m a big believer in date nights. It just provides the opportunity to commit to no distractions and just pay attention to each other. :)

  3. Fit Minded Mom

    Congrats at winning the grand prize for fitness bingo!! You worked your tail off and serve it!!

    It has been MUCH too long since we have been on a date night. Goodness, I think the last one was on our anniversary, in early September. We don’t live by any family and we don’t have a regular sitter so it can be hard to get away. We are in MAJOR need of one, though!!

    • Thank you! That’s the hardest part when you have kids – a babysitter. I am very lucky to have my whole family nearby. I hope that you and your hubby get a date night soon!!

  4. Gigi

    Congrats on your win! I totally knew you would win. My husband and I just had a date day. We went for breakfast and then spent the rest of the day holiday shopping.

  5. summer9135

    Dave and I use to do an every other Friday night date, we need to get back to that! We actually had a date this past Saturday, Abuelo’s Mexican and the movie Argo (so good)…it was wonderful and you are right, it is so good for a marriage. Okay totally off that topic, I think you should start a challenge for your readers after Christmas! :) I do my best work after the yumminess of December is over….give it some thought and help us lose!!!! I need some kind of challenge type motivation!! We could even send before and after pics!

  6. summer9135

    no pressure…ha! This is just such a fun blog and super motivating, I need you to send a challenge my way!

  7. summer9135

    we could throw it out to Pinterest and I bet lots of people would jump on board! I know my friends would :)

  8. I guess we have a date night whenever we have time! Haha. We are both so busy that it doesn’t happen enough.

  9. That cone Christmas tree is so awesome! I love the idea!
    Congrats on the fitness bingo win, that sounds like a fun challenge!!

  10. Teresa @ www.fitinwoodbine.com

    Congrats on your win!! I am starting to think about joining a gym. I have more free time these days so I am considering it. Now that our kids are grown we get to spend time together most weekends but I remember when the girls were little that date nights were a rare event!!! Oh, I ate way too much this weekend too!!!!!

    • Its very hard to do things when your kids are little. Heck, I can’t even go to the bathroom alone.
      I really love working out in the gym. Im never motivated to workout at home. Can’t wait to see if you join a gym!

  11. shannonjoe

    Those cones are so much fun-my daughter and I made them when she was in the 4th grade for a school party. Sigh. :)

    My husband and I have been “dating” a lot for about the last 2 or 3 months, and it has been sooooo nice-especially since this is our 2nd marriage and we both had children from previous marriages so not much alone time in 15 years!!

    Good for y’all and your date nights. :)

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

  12. Congratulations on winning bingo. I knew you would though =) All of your hard work really does show girl.

    Yay for date nights! Im happy the two of you decided to start monthly dates! <3

  13. amy

    congrats on winning bingo. Love the ice cream cone idea.

  14. I agree, date nights are important. We don’t get one very often because we don’t have any family in the area to watch D. Congrats on winning Bingo. I really was crossing my fingers for you!!

  15. my last date was over 6 years ago..I doubt I would know what to do if I went on a date now

    I am not a breakfast person, until I am up for about 3 hours.

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