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Premier Protein Bars at Costco!

This post is sponsored Premier Protein. I was sent a gift card to purchase the Premier Protein bars. I stand behind Premier Protein as an exceptional product and only blog about products that I truly like and think you guys would like to learn more about. All opinions are my own. 

Good afternoon, friends!

Over the weekend, we went to Costco to pick up some Premier Protein bars.


Who doesn’t love going to Costco?! And all those delicious samples?!

Costco is having an awesome deal on Premier Protein bars during the month of September – they are offering $5.00 off of the retail price of the 30g variety pack from September 3rd to September 27th!


Each variety pack contains a combination of Premier Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Mint 30g bars.


Both of these bars are delicious and I tried decided which one I liked better but it was a tie. Chocolate mint and chocolate peanut are pretty much two of the best chocolate combinations ever!

These bars are gluten free, packed with 30 grams of protein, have 3 grams of fiber, and are a great source of calcium. What’s not to love?!

Premier Protein bars are great for after a workout when your muscles need protein the most. I always try to have a good mix of protein and carbs within 30-45 minutes after my workouts. It’s usually right away because I always make sure to bring a post-workout snack with me to the gym.


I also bring a Premier Protein bar with me the days I work. I only work 5 hours so I don’t get a break or a lunch break. Eating a Premier Protein bar helps keep me full until I get home.


All I need to get me through the work day is a Premier Protein bar and my chapstick. :)

Danny loves Premier Protein bars too – they’re a great quick snack after his Saturday long run.


I love that Costco also has the Premier Protein shakes – they’re so easy to throw in my small cooler bag and head out the door!

If you happen to be going to Costco, definitely check out the Premier Protein bars. $5.00 off until September 27th!

Have a great day!

  • Do you shop at Costco? Favorite thing to buy at Costco?



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Weekend Update

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?!

On Friday night, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for a bonfire.


I was really good about sticking to my nutrition plan all week and over weekend except for Friday night. I indulged a little bit while we were visiting with family and had a couple of glasses of wine. :)

I went 33 years without ever drinking wine and then I discovered that there are some wines that I actually do like and now it’s my weakness. Wine and chocolate – what else do you need in life?

On Saturday, we drove out to a new Trader Joe’s that was just built about 20 minutes from us.

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I like Trader Joe’s but I don’t love Trader Joe’s. Even though it’s more expensive, I prefer Whole Foods. I did pick up this spinach and cheese stuffed shells meal to try out. We’ll see how it is!


On Sunday, Danny and I went to the gym together.


We haven’t worked out together in awhile because he’s training for the Chicago Marathon in October so running has taken up a good portion of his time. He’s up to 18 miles on his training plan and ran 13 miles on Saturday. I can’t imagine running 18 miles!

Today, I had my check-in for Best Fit Body. My weight is the same from last week. I did lose 6 pounds last week so I really wasn’t too disappointed. What I am happy about is that my clothes seem to be fitting better and I feel good. A number on a scale doesn’t often give you the whole picture. I also take progress pics every week and it’s nice to see the change in the pictures and not focus on the number on the scale as much.

For breakfast this morning, I had a Chobani pear and cinnamon Greek yogurt.


I can’t remember if they had this flavor last year but I’m pretty sure they did because I think I remember eating it. I love the combination of the pears and cinnamon!

Have a great day!!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Are you a wine drinker? Favorite? 
  • Do you shop at Trader Joe’s?


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Friday Favorites

Good afternoon! Happy Friday!


Last night, I went to CrossFit. While I was driving there, I was listening to the radio and they were giving away tickets to the Miller Lite Chicago Bears Kickoff Concert featuring Fall Out Boy to caller #12 so on a whim I decided to call and I was the 12th caller! I won two tickets and was on the radio for about 5 seconds! I was so happy because I’ve never won anything on the radio before!


Jaden was super happy for me but he was also a little sad because he loves Fall Out Boy but the concert is only for ages 21 and up.


Today, I worked and then I fit in a quick workout after work.

I have a few favorites to share with you today. Most of my favorites always seem to be food related but that’s okay because food is delicious!

I have a few pumpkin items to share today. I was going to wait until September to post them but I figure it’s close enough! I love all things pumpkin and to me, September 1st is the official kick-off of pumpkin everything!

  • Pumpkin Spice Coffee


When I saw they had this on the Keurig website, I immediately had to order a box. Pumpkin spice coffee, yes.

  • Siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice Yogurt


This was my first time ever trying Siggi’s yogurt and I loved it. I liked that it had a thick texture and you could really taste the spice in the yogurt!

  • Power Cakes Flapjack On The Go


Now that the kids are back in school and I’m back to work a couple of days, the mornings get hectic and I need something I can eat on the go. I saw these Power Cakes Flapjacks to Go at Target so I bought one to try out.

You just add water and cook in right in the cup. For some reason, I assumed it would have an oatmeal consistency, but it didn’t. It was actually like a normal pancake in a cup. At first, I was unsure if I would like it, but then I tried it and it was amazing. I ate the whole thing in about 60 seconds. I will definitely be buying more of these! They are so great for those busy mornings when you’re running out the door but need a filling breakfast.

  • Horizon Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers


I saw these at Target when I was getting the Power Cakes Flapjack and had to try them. I love peanut butter crackers and I was excited to try the Horizon organic crackers. Not to mention Charlie Brown is my favorite character. A good majority of my Christmas decorations are Charlie Brown and we already have plans to see the new Peanuts movie with my mom in November! Nothing like planning ahead!

I have one tv show to share with you today

  • Scream TV Series on MTV


I’m not a huge fan of scary movies but who doesn’t love the original Scream movie? When I saw that MTV was making it a tv series, I thought I’d check it out and now I’m addicted! So good!

Those are my favorites for this wonderful Friday! Have a great weekend!

Comment below and tell me your:

  • Favorite pumpkin item?
  • Favorite TV show?
  • Favorite scary movie?

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Coffee and Workouts

Good morning!


Now that the kids are back in school, I am back to working the desk two days a week at the gym. This means my schedule and workouts change a little bit, but I still try to fit everything in.

When I woke up the other morning, my heel was killing me. Great. One day of running outside and I already have an injury. My body really hates running. I have dealt with plantar fasciitis before and I am pretty sure that’s what it is. My plan is to take it easy on running until it feels better. I will have to find a different exercise to complete my HIIT workouts.

I taught my Women on Weights class on Tuesday morning and then Jacob and I went to Starbucks when he got home from school. There’s about an hour or so before Jaden gets home so it was nice to have some one on one time with Jacob.


I got a cold-brew coffee with two splenda and he got a s’mores frappuccino.

I went to CrossFit Tuesday night. On Wednesday, I bought my workout clothes with me to work and worked out after I got off work. (That’s a lot of work in one sentence :) ).


I worked glutes and biceps.


Dinner had been my usual rice and chicken bowl but I’ve been adding brussels sprouts lately instead of my normal green beans.


It’s a nice change but I still love green beans!

Today I have a meeting at work and then I’m going to try and squeeze in a quick cardio workout.

Have a great day!!

  • What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?
  • What’s your favorite vegetable?


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A Serious Subject – Picture Theft

My blog is a relatively smaller blog. I blog because I enjoy it and I keep it pretty light hearted, but today I would like to talk about something a little more serious – picture theft and copyright infringement.

I recently have had my pictures stolen from my blog twice. Both times, they were found by my best friend, Jenny. (Thank goodness for Jenny!) The first time was a few months ago. My friend, Jenny, was at her parent’s house and the Spanish news station was on. The news station was talking about a website that provided people with diet and exercise plans for weight loss and they showed my picture on the screen as a before and after weight loss picture.

They stole a weight loss picture from my blog and were using it saying that I used their website to lose weight. This situation was a little trickier because the website the news station mentioned was all in Spanish so I had a hard time deciphering it, but I finally was able to. But my stolen picture didn’t actually appear on the website. They only showed my picture on tv while talking about the website so there really wasn’t a picture for them to remove. What are the chances that Jenny happened to be watching right when I was on tv?!

The next incident happened yesterday and it was a lot worse. Jenny, spotted a picture of Danny and I on a Facebook post that one of her friends shared.

The picture was stolen off my blog and is a picture of Danny and I in conjunction with something very inappropriate. Our faces are blurred out in the stolen picture but it is very obvious that it’s us. In fact, I had someone who I went to high school with 15 years ago message me this morning about the picture.

I managed to track down the original Facebook post which belonged to a certain website.  On the original post, the picture has thousands of likes and thousands of shares.

This is not okay.

The context in which our picture is being used is embarrassing and completely inappropriate. I was able to find an email on the website and immediately emailed the website telling them that they had stolen my picture and that’s copyright infringement. I told them I wanted it removed immediately.

They emailed me back in less than five minutes saying they would take care of it immediately. As of this morning, it was still there.

I filed out a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice and emailed it once again to the website. I also reported the images on Facebook and filed a complaint on Facebook.

I realize that I put a lot about myself on the internet. I post pictures on my blog, Facebook, twitter, and instagram. That however, doesn’t give anybody the right to steal another person’s photos. I don’t care what it’s for, it is not okay.

And these two instances happened to be noticed by people I know. Who knows if there’s more picture of me being used without my permission. I believe there’s a way to see if your pictures are being used on other websites and I will be looking more into that.

If you see a picture that you know doesn’t belong to whoever is sharing it, please contact the person the picture belongs to and report the picture.

What scares me the most is that I have plenty of pictures of my kids on my blog. What if one of these pictures was stolen? When I first started blogging, I made sure to keep pictures of my kids off my blog. But as I got more comfortable, I felt okay adding pictures of them. But the internet and the world are a scary place and it makes me mad that someone feels like they have the right to steal my photos and pass them off as their own. Or using my photos saying that I endorse a certain product or website. Or using my photos in an inappropriate manner.

I will definitely continue to email the website until they remove my stolen picture.

Any advice is appreciated! Have a wonderful day! 

Edited to add: After many reports and many emails with the website, they finally removed the picture of Danny and I from their website and Facebook. However, they replaced our photo with a photo of another couple. I cannot believe that they think this is okay. 



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First Day of School!

Good afternoon!

It’s official – I am the mom of a high schooler!!

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I think I was more nervous than Jacob was for his first day of school. He got on the bus early this morning and now I am patiently waiting for him to get home so I can see how his first day of high school went.

I can’t believe my tiny baby that only weighed one pound and 14 ounces at birth is now in high school. Time flies.

Jaden started third grade today and the days of dragging him out of bed for school are back. He had a special breakfast of chocolate chip waffles with chocolate whipped cream for breakfast. Did you know that they made chocolate whipped cream?!


Danny and I drove Jaden to school this morning and he was very excited for his first day!


After the kids were in school, I headed to the gym to work chest and core. I also had a HIIT workout to do today so I did it outside. This was the first time I’ve run outside in a long time!

Since I was doing a HIIT workout, I was more focused on time and my heart rate rather than distance. For thirty minutes I alternated between running and walking depending on my heart rate.


Great workout!

Today was my Best Fit Body check-in and I felt so much better than last week. I stuck to my nutrition plan and workouts almost perfectly all week. The only day that wasn’t the best was yesterday. I went to a wedding shower for my cousin and there was so much delicious food and dessert.


There was even a mimosa bar and who doesn’t love mimosas?!


So, yesterday was definitely a day when I overindulged but I still had a really good week. And the best news is that my weight was down almost six pounds! Hopefully this week will also be good!

Have a wonderful day!!

  • Do you remember your first day of high school?
  • Favorite adult drink?



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Friday Favorites

Good morning! Happy Friday!!

Last night, danny and I dropped the kids off at my dad and stepmom’s house so we could attend Freshman Orientation Parent Night at Jacob’s school. I still cannot believe that I’m going to have a high schooler! Where did the time go?!

Mom of a freshman:


Sometimes, I actually change out of gym clothes. It’s rare but it happens. :)

Since we were dropping the kids off around dinner time, I made sure to bring an easy and healthy dinner with in the car – brown rice, chicken, and green beans.


This is one of my favorite easy and healthy meals to throw together. I probably eat it at least  3 or 4 times a week.

The orientation went well and we learned a lot of information. I liked that they had a question and answer session with a group of junior and senior students. It’s nice hearing right from the students about their high school experience.

The kids start school Monday and hopefully the transition will go smoothly!

Friday Favorites

I have a few favorites to share with you today.

  • Southern Pecan Coffee


I recently ordered some coffee from the Keurig website and I bought the Southern Pecan flavor to try out. They come in a sample pack of 5 k-cups for only $2.99. I love that they sell sample packs because I have bought a flavor that I didn’t love once or twice in the regular size box and then I’m stuck drinking all of it.

The Southern Pecan flavor was delicious and I will be purchasing it in the full size box.

  • Veggie Flatbread Pizza with Chicken


I eat veggie flatbread pizza all the time. It’s a great way to get some veggies, fiber, and whole grains. The other day, I was a little short on protein, so I threw some pre-cooked chicken on my pizza. Game changer. It was so good and added some protein!

  • Jif Bars


These are amazing. Delicious. Fabulous. They’re marketed as a granola bar, but let’s face it – they’re pretty much a candy bar. They are great for an occasional treat or when you’re craving chocolate.

  • Clearance Items


I am such a sucker for clearance items. Sometimes I buy things I don’t even need, which I guess kind of defeats the purpose. But when I found these workout socks for only $1.25 for two pair, I couldn’t pass it up. Yay clearance!

Have a great weekend!!

  • What are your favorite things today?
  • Favorite coffee?
  • What is the best thing you’ve ever found on clearance?


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Best Fit Body Check-In #2

Good afternoon!

Monday morning I had my check-in with my Best Fit Body coach and unfortunately my weight was up one pound from the previous week. Not terrible but not good either. I had a stressful week last week and although I stuck to my nutrition plan most days, I did have two days that weren’t so great.

Thursday was a stressful day and I ended up eating Chipotle with lots of chips and guac for dinner and then snacking all night. Friday was much better but on Saturday night, Danny and I went out for a much needed date night dinner. (Thanks to my in-laws for watching the kids!)

I had a few drinks and may or may not have indulged in a delicious dessert.


Okay, I sure did indulge in dessert and I regret nothing. :)

On top of that, I have girl issues if you know what I mean so it wasn’t the greatest week for me. But I’m human. Not every day or every week is going to be perfect. To me, it’s all about healthy balance. I am back on track this week and already feel tons better.

I have been feeling so blah and really tired lately, but I have still been sticking to my workouts 100%. Even though I might not feel like working out, I still do it and I always feel better afterwards.

Yesterday even though I was dragging, I went to CrossFit and I was so glad I did because I felt awesome afterwards. Sweaty but awesome.


We did the following workout of the day:

  • 500 m row
  • 40 sit-ups
  • 30 sprawl jumps (these are pretty much just burpees)
  • 20 med ball slams
  • 10 push-ups

I think my time ended up being 9 minutes and 15 seconds. I was dead afterwards.

Today, I was super tired but I still made sure to workout. Jacob had high school orientation at 8 am so I went to the gym right after I dropped him off.

I worked on glutes, biceps, and finished with a HIIT workout. Post workout, I had a chocolate Premier Protein shake.


Totally unrelated…Jaden planted a sunflower earlier in the summer and he’s so excited with how tall it’s growing!


We’re off to pick Jacob up from school soon. I can’t believe that school starts next week and he’ll be in high school! Where does the time go?!!

Have a great afternoon!

  • How do you deal with having an “off week”?
  • If you have kids, did they start school yet?
  • What will you miss most about summer?


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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This morning, I was in the mood for pancakes, but I didn’t have any pancake mix so I decided to use oatmeal instead. I used to make oatmeal protein pancakes all the time and was definitely glad I made them this morning. They really hit the spot!


For my pancakes I used:

  • one packet of brown sugar and cinnamon Better Oats
  • about 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of PB2
  • 1/2 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

I added the oatmeal and water into a bowl and microwaved it for about one minute. Then I whisked in the egg whites, PB2, and mini chocolate chips. I cooked the pancakes on a heated griddle for about 3 minutes on each side.

This recipe is really easy and satisfied my cravings for pancakes! I also like to add protein powder to the mix if I have it on hand for that extra punch of protein.


Since, I didn’t have any protein powder, I had some plain Fage Greek yogurt with berries to get some extra protein.


I’m off to teach my Women on Weights class. Have a great day!

  • What did you have for breakfast?
  • Pancakes or waffles?


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HIIT – Heart Rate Monitor Training

Happy Saturday!


Last night, we went to a local track so I could finish my third and final HIIT workout for the week.

I usually do it at the gym so I thought it would be a nice change to workout outside on the track. I forget how hot and sweaty I get outside!


I wear my heart rate monitor 99% of the time when I workout (the other 1% is when I forget to put my watch on). I like being able to see my constant heart rate especially during HIIT training so I can make sure it’s in the correct zones.

For HIIT, I work hard at 85-92% of my max heart rate and then I recover at 65% of my max heart rate. Once, I hit my max heart rate, I slow down and recover until I hit my recovery heart rate and then I speed up again until I hit that max heart rate. You can do this for any cardio exercise. I just usually find running gets my heart rate up the best.

To find your max heart rate, you subtract your age from 220. Then you multiply that number by .65 to find your recovery heart rate and by .85 and .92 to find your max heart rate range.

For example, I’m 33 so mine would look like this:


187 x .65 = 122 <—- Recovery heart rate

187 x .85 = 159 and 187 x .92 = 172   So, I work hard at between 159 and 187 bpm.

It might sound kind of confusing, but it’s a great way to really get the most out of your HIIT workouts!


Breakfast this morning was Fage plain Greek yogurt with pears and Special K protein cereal.


After breakfast, I headed to the gym to work legs and triceps. I did supersets and it was an awesome workout!

This afternoon, we went to Costco to pick up some Premier Protein chocolate shakes.


They’re on sale for $5 off a case until August 30th!

Have a great Saturday!

  • Do you wear a heart rate monitor? Ever do HIIT?
  • Do you go to Costco? We have a membership but we don’t go to often – we need to go more!




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