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National Running Day is Coming Up and Birthday Presents!

Good afternoon!

June 3rd is National Running Day and in celebration of this day, OrthoLite is encouraging runners to show their run for a chance to win one of three $100 American Express gift cards for new running gear or OrthoLite Fusion insoles! To enter, all you have to do is post a picture of your run on June 3rd and tag @OrthoLite with #RunOrthoLite on Facebook and/or Twitter! The photo can show running shoes, a new PR, your running buddy that helps push you, your running route, or anything running lately.

Three winners will be selected at 9 am EST on Thursday, June 4th and will be notified direct message from OrthoLite on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to buy OrthoLite insoles now, you can go to their website and use coupon code FITCOMFY at checkout for $5.00 off.

I use OrthoLite in my shoes and I love them! You can checkout my review here. Don’t forget to post and tag your photos on June 3rd!

Yesterday

Yesterday was my birthday! I had to be at work at 5:30 am and when I got home a little after 7 am, Jaden had a birthday crown that he made waiting for me!

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I spent the day doing a few errands and getting my hair done. I got some much needed highlights. Then, I stopped at Ulta and got my free birthday gift – Urban Decay 24/7 purple eye liner. I love the Urban Decay eye liners, I’m just not sure I’ll use purple eye liner. I wear brown eyeliner 99% of the time. If I’m feeling crazy, I might wear black eye liner otherwise brown it is!

Jaden had a baseball game in the evening. And lucky me, it rained for most of it. :( The game still went good and after we stopped to get Chipotle for my birthday dinner. I’m pretty sure calories don’t count on your birthday.

When we got home, Danny and the kids gave me some birthday gifts. There might have been some wine involved. :)

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Jaden and I just finished reading Charlotte’s Web and I told Danny that I really wanted to get a pet pig. For my birthday he got me this:

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He said it was as close to a pet pig as I was going to get.

He also got me two of my favorite Cellucor products – C4 and alpha aminos.

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After presents, we had cake – my favorite cake is chocolate or white cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream frosting. Nothing beats strawberries and whipped cream.

Today

Jaden had an allergy doctor appointment before school today so I got to the gym a little later than usual. Even though I had a rest day yesterday, I wasn’t super feeling it in the gym today. Do you ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel like doing anything?!

I still worked out, just a little lighter than I normally do. I started out with a two mile fast walk on the treadmill followed by a few shoulder exercises. I have another workout planned for tonight so I didn’t want to wear myself out too much. I’m still sore from my back workout earlier in the week and my hip has been achy lately. I’m trying to be better at listening to my body.

After the gym, I stopped at Starbucks for my free birthday drink.

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Don’t you just love all the birthday freebies?! I still have a free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee coupon to use!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite birthday freebie? The Benefit counter at Ulta used to give you a free eyebrow wax on your birthday but they stopped that a couple of years ago and I was so bummed!
  • Favorite Starbucks drink?
  • Do you go to the gym even if your not feeling it or take a rest day?

 

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33 Random Facts About Me

Good morning! In celebration of my birthday today, I thought I would share 33 random facts about myself. I love knowing random things about people so share a random fact about yourself in the comments!

33 Random Facts 

1. I wasn’t always into health and fitness. When I started at community college, I was interested in Early Childhood Education. I’ve worked at daycares, preschools, as a nanny, and at a tutoring center.

2. I graduated from community college when my oldest son, Jacob, was about three years old. I took a long break and then went back to college when my youngest son, Jaden, was a baby. I graduated from Roosevelt University with honors in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.

3. I now work at a local gym and am a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I was also a Les Mills Body Pump instructor but had to stop teaching because of my hip issues.

4. I have never in my entire life eaten a hamburger.

5. I hate driving. I don’t care if it’s driving for five minute or five hours – I hate it. If I never had to drive again in life, I would be extremely happy.

6. I don’t have any tattoos. I have had my ears, tongue, and nose pierced. I got my tongue pierced when I was 16 and going through my “rebellious stage.” That didn’t last long. I got my nose pierced when I turned 32 and was going through my “I feel old but really want to be young” stage.

7. Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food is my all time favorite ice cream. If you’ve never had it, you need to find some immediately.

8. I need a fan on in the bedroom when I’m sleeping or I can’t sleep. But I can’t fall asleep with a tv on.

9. Speaking of sleeping, I have to sleep with socks on. I cannot fall asleep unless I have socks on my feet. During the summer, I wear sandals and go barefoot all day but when it’s time for bed, I put socks on.

10. My middle name is Lee. Heather Lee.

11. I love to read. I love all books. I went to two midnight releases when the Harry Potter books came out. One was when Jacob was about 5 years old and he dressed up like Harry Potter. He won first place in the costume contest and we got the book for free. Jacob loves to read just as much as I do.

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12. I also love babies. Love them.

13. I hate the number 13. I avoid going to the #13 checkout line at the grocery store or at the gas pump. I will not put the radio or tv volume on 13.

14. My phone ring tone is a Christmas song. Yes, I know it’s May. No, I don’t care.

15. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the excitement, seeing my family, baking, and the look of joy on my kid’s faces on Christmas morning. Mostly, Jaden’s face. Jacob’s a teenager and really doesn’t care about anything.

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16. I dress up every year for Halloween. I blame my dad – it’s his favorite holiday.

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17. We don’t have any pets. I love cats and we always had cats and dogs when I was growing up. Danny is allergic to cats and Jaden is allergic to dogs. Maybe we should get a fish.

18. I have one younger brother and one younger stepbrother. That makes me the oldest…and wisest.

19. Danny is three years older than I am. And I make sure he knows it. :)

20. My favorite vacation I’ve ever been on is when we went to Las Vegas with my family to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday.

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21. I’ve only had two surgeries in my life – hip surgery last July and when I was 23, I had my tonsils out. Getting my tonsils out was one of the most painful things I’ve ever been through.

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22. My hair is one of my biggest insecurities. It’s very fine and thin and looks crazy most of the time. It doesn’t do anything and I am not good at styling it.

23. I love watching YouTube beauty videos. I spend most of my day in workout clothes and a ponytail but I love watching videos on hair and make-up.

24. I hate wearing jeans. I hate jeans with a passion. I’d rather wear sweatpants, workout pants, dresses, or skirts than wear jeans. I think it’s because I have a hard time finding jeans that fit correctly.

25. I dislike scary things and scary movies. I hate haunted houses and refuse to go in one. I don’t like scary movies. Once, Danny and I went to Galena for the weekend and we went on a walking ghost tour and I was so terrified, I had to keep all the lights on all night and didn’t sleep at all.

26. I love watching reality television – Teem Mom, 19 Kids and Counting, Keeping up with the Kardashians. I even got to see the Kardashains in real life at my mom’s work.

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27. I’ve been out of the country twice in my life – once to Canada and once to Mexico for our honeymoon.

28. I haven’t drank soda pop since 2009. My favorite drinks are water, coffee, and iced green tea. And wine. I like wine.

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29. Black is my favorite color to wear. The majority of my clothes are black.

30. I usually play candy crush on my phone before I fall asleep at night. Okay, not usually, always.

31. I am an emotional person. I cry during Disney movies, I cry when babies are born on tv, sometimes I cry during Hallmark commercials. It is what it is.

32. I am very close to my family and they mean the world to me. I live within twenty minutes of both my parent’s, my brother and sister-in-law, and my in-laws.

33. These have been the best 33 years I could ask for and I can’t wait for the next 33 years!

Have a great day! Leave a random fact about yourself in the comments!

 

 

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Food and Cardio

Hello, friends!

Breakfast

I don’t always feel like eating the morning, but I always make sure to have something little especially if I’m going to the gym. Today, I had plain Fage Greek yogurt mixed with one packet of stevia. Then I added blueberries and some Special K Protein cereal on top for some crunch.

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After breakfast and getting the kids to school, I headed to the gym.

Today, I just did an hour of cardio. I started with 15 minutes on the arc trainer. Then I did 30 minutes of intervals on the treadmill. I finished with 15 minutes on the stationary bike and some foam rolling.  I like to mix up my cardio rather than just spending an hour on the same machine.

After my workout, I taught my Women on Weights class.

Lunch

After teaching, I came home to make lunch. Like I’ve mentioned before I usually stick to the same lunch for a few weeks until I get sick of it and move on to something else. For the past few weeks, I’ve been eating grilled veggie flatbread pizza but then I decided to bring back a favorite – chicken tender salad with honey mustard dressing.

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This salad is amazing. I use Applegate Naturals chicken tenders and Bolthouse honey mustard dressing. I also add some croutons and carrots.

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Yum!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes on yesterday’s post. Tomorrow is my actual birthday and I am celebrating with a much needed hair appointment!

Don’t forget to enter my  Stubb’s BBQ sauce giveaway! There’s still time to enter!

  • What is your favorite cardio activity?
  • Cardio or weights? 
  • What did you have for lunch today?

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Birthday Weekend Fun

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! My birthday is this week so we celebrated over the weekend.

On Saturday night, my mom watched the kids and Danny, my brother, my sister-in-law, and I went out to dinner at Cooper’s Hawk.

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I make Danny take lots of selfies with me. :)

My sister-in-law and I had the sparkling wine flight.

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I have a sweet tooth so I prefer the sweeter tasting wines. My flight came with blanc de blanc, raspberry, almond, and peach wines. The blanc de blanc was my least favorite and I was really surprised with how delicious the almond wine tasted. I would definitely get the almond wine again.

We started with the complimentary pretzel bread which is amazing. For dinner, I had the Caesar pesto salad and caprese flatbread.

After dinner, we walked to a nearby restaurant where my cousin bartends. We had a limoncello birthday shot.

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After dinner and drinks, we all headed home, but at the last minute Danny and I decided to see Pitch Perfect 2 at a theater near our house.

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The first Pitch Perfect is my favorite movie and I was dying to see the new one so since my mom had the kids, we took advantage of it and saw a late movie. Pitch Perfect 2 was hilariously funny. The first Pitch Perfect is still my favorite but the second one is worth seeing!

We picked the kids up from my mom’s on Sunday morning and had breakfast with her, my sister-in-law, and niece. My mom even got me a birthday cake to celebrate!

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On Sunday afternoon, Danny watched the Chicago Hawks game and Jaden and I planted some flowers in cute little dog and cat planters outside.

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Jaden loves to garden and any plants, seeds, planters, gardening tools, or dirt in the house belongs to him. He got those planters for Christmas. He loves them.

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Today

This morning I was back to the gym after celebrating all weekend!

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I did a back and bicep workout and then did a quick HIIT workout on the stairmaster.

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I climbed for one minute at level 5 and then I climbed for one minute at level 16. I repeated that for 22 minutes. I burned over 500 calories!

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Have a great day!

  • When is your birthday? How do you celebrate?
  • Do you garden? I kill almost everything I plant. Good thing Jaden likes to garden.
  • What did you do this weekend?

 

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Stubb’s BBQ Sauce Review and Giveaway

May is National Barbecue Month and in honor of this month, Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sent me some coupons to try out their authentic, premium sauces, marinades, and rubs.

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I put Danny in charge of picking out the barbecue sauce and he picked out the Hickory Bourbon flavor. It’s made with real bourbon and hickory smoke.

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Stubb’s is the only nationally available BBQ sauce brand to have the Gluten-Free Organization Certification seal and doesn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup, msg, or gluten. The full line of Stubb’s products contains 7 sauces, 5 marinades, 2 injectable marinades, 5 rubs, 4 cookin’ sauces, a moppin’ sauce, and a wing sauce. Pretty much there’s a sauce, rub, or marinade for any of your barbecuing needs!

I used the Stubb’s hickory bourbon sauce to make grilled pork chops. Actually, Danny made the pork chops. I’m the cook in the family, but he’s the griller. :)

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I took four boneless pork chops and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. Then I put them in a Ziploc bag and added a good amount of the Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon BBQ sauce. Straight outta Texas.

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I let them marinate in the fridge for about three hours and when Danny got home from work, he put them on the grill. One plain pork chop for Jaden!

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Jaden actually ended up surprising me and asked to try the BBQ sauce after the pork chops were done. Usually he’ll only eat ketchup. All the ketchup.

We also made grilled greens which are amazing. I just added a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic to the green beans and threw them right on the grill.

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Danny added more hickory bourbon sauce to the pork chops as they were grilling and they came out delicious and juicy.

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I also made myself a rice, chicken, and green bean bowl and dipped my chicken in the BBQ sauce.

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I loved that the sauce had a great flavor and little kick without being spicy. Danny and Jacob loved the hickory bourbon BBQ pork chops and I know the sauce was two thumbs up when even Jaden asked to try it and actually ate it!

Stubb’s BBQ sauces would be great on salmon and even on a BBQ chicken pizza! Yum!

In honor of National BBQ Month, Stubb’s is giving one reader a chance to win three coupons for free Stubb’s products! Enter below!

Giveaway open to US residents only. 

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Disclaimer: Stubb’s provided me with coupons for free BBQ sauce at no cost to me. All opinions are my own…and Danny’s…and my kids. 

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Workouts and Tonight’s Now Foods Twitter Chat

Hello!

My calves are still tight from Sunday’s 5k. Still tight as in they feel rock hard. Still tight as in it’s hard to walk up the stairs. And I only ran three miles!! I just don’t think my body was made for running.

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My hip feels okay, but my right quad is still very sore. Who knew it would take so long to recover from a 5k! I have another 5k coming up on the 23rd so we’ll see how that goes.

I’m been making sure to foam roll my calves and quad a ton.

My best friend:

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The past couple of days, I’ve stuck to upper body workouts at the gym. Yesterday, I did chest, shoulders, and triceps.

Some of the exercises I did included:

  • shoulder presses
  • chest presses
  • cable triceps pressdowns
  • side plank with lateral raise
  • push-ups
  • tricep dips

Today, I worked on back and biceps. I did the following exercises as supersets:

  • one arm bentover row – right
  • one arm bentover row – left
  • hammer curls
  • dumbbell bicep curls
  • reverse flyes
  • dumbbell deadlifts
  • single leg kettlebell deadlifts
  • cable bicep curls

I am sore today!

After the gym, I stopped by the grocery store. I have an obsession with coffee creamers and bought this new Silk coffee creamer to try out.

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I have been trying to cut back on dairy lately because when I eat too much dairy it tends to give me stomach issues so I’ve been trying out some dairy free creamers. I’ll let you know how this one is!

Now Twitter Chat

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Join me tonight at 9pm EST / 8pm CST for the Now Foods twitter chat! We’ll be chatting with Now Foods about your guide to a healthy summer, both inside and out.

5 winners will be chosen – one will receive the grand prize (worth around $500!) and 4 winners will receive prize packs including several of Now’s favorite products. Use the hashtag #NOWGetFit, answer the questions, and enter to win!

  • Tuesday May 12 9pm EST / 8pm CTS
  • Hashtag is #NOWGetFit 
  • Be sure to follow @FitFluential and @NOWFoods so you don’t miss a tweet
  • 1 grand prize winner will be chosen, with 4 other winners receiving Now Foods Prize Pack. Winners will be notified via DM. 

Have a great day!

  • Do you have any allergies? Dairy, gluten, soy? Or do you avoid any foods?
  • Are you excited for tonight’s Twitter chat?!

 

 

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Run Like a Mother 5k 2015

Hello! Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there!

My morning started out with hugs from my kids and wonderful presents including an awesome Starbucks tumbler and an Amazon kindle gift card.

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Run Like a Mother 5k

This morning was my fifth year running the Run Like a Mother 5k. I ran it with my stepmom, sister-in-law, and grandma. My grandma had a double hip replacement last year so her and my stepmom walked the race. They did awesome and I couldn’t believe how fast they walked! Great job everyone!

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This was my first race since my hip surgery last summer and I was extremely nervous. I’m not quite sure why I was so nervous but I really wanted to do well and felt like I put a lot of pressure on myself.

My hip still aches when I do a lot of activity and my Achilles tendon pain is an ongoing problem. I’ve only run on the treadmill and haven’t run outside at all which is why I was extremely nervous going into the race.

The weather was about 50 degrees, chilly, and it was drizzling a little bit. I was really cold and debated running in my long sleeve dry-fit shirt. I tend to warm up really fast when I run or exercise so I wasn’t sure what to do. At the last second I decided not to wear my long sleeve shirt and just ran in my tank top (and shorts :) ). I am soooo glad that I made that decision because even though it was chilly and rainy, I warmed up quickly.

Danny and the kids got me the KT Pro Tape for Mother’s Day so Danny taped my ankle before the race and I wore my calf sleeves.

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My calves get very tight, very fast especially running outside so the calf sleeves help me a lot.

The race started right at 8:30 am, and I started off pretty well. As usual, I tend to start out a little too quickly and wear out by the last mile.

I felt good running. My Achilles tendon didn’t bother me much (thank you KT tape and calf sleeves). My hip ached a little and my calves felt a little tight. I tried to just run slow and steady. My goal for the going into the race was just to run the whole thing. Luckily, I was able to do that.

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By the third mile, I was really feeling it on my body so I did have to slow down a little bit. When I saw the finish line, I gave it everything I got and ran fast. I crossed the finish line with the official time of 30:45!

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I was extremely happy with my time since it was my first race in ten months and I’ve been dealing with Achilles tendon pain for a long time. When I crossed the finish line, I got my finisher’s medal and flower.

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I needed a few minutes to recover. Even though it’s only a 5k, running is very hard for me, and it took a lot out of me.

I found my family and watched my sister-in-law, stepmom, and grandma cross the finish line.

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Crystal (my sister-in-law) and my niece:

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Overall, I was happy with how things turned out and it was a great race. I loved being able to run it with my family again!

I really enjoy the Run Like a Mother race. I think it’s well organized, fun, and always starts on time. The have plenty of port-a-potties, one water station, and plenty of post race snacks. Even with the rain, they still had vendors out and I’ve been waiting to visit the headband booth!

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I love my headbands but I wear the same one everyday so it’s starting to get stretched out. The Mavi Bandz booth was selling adjustable headbands 3 for $25 so I picked up three headbands.

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I love the fact that they’re adjustable!

After the race, we stopped and got coffee and donuts to bring to my in-laws house. We stayed and visited them for awhile and then headed home so I could shower. Tonight, we’re going out to dinner with my brother, sister-in-law, and niece!

 Have a great day!

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Friday Favorites

Good morning! Happy Friday!

I haven’t done Friday Favorites in awhile so let’s jump right in!

  • Starbucks

The past couple of weeks I’ve had a Starbucks obsession. But thank you to Google, I’ve pretty much found the perfect Starbucks drink. Unsweetened green iced tea with a few squirts of lemonade Mio.

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Zero calories and tastes awesome. I think I’ve been to Starbucks every single day for the past two weeks.

  • Summer Fruit

I love when all the fruit is in season. It is so delicious in the summer especially watermelon.

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The other day I tried yellow watermelon. Did you even know yellow watermelon was a thing?! It was good but I think the regular watermelon is a little better. I’m sure I will be consuming many watermelons this summer. I can eat an alarming amount of watermelon in one sitting.

  • Gum

I chew gum all the time. The Juicy Fruit Starburst  gum is my all time favorite but I bought this Project 7  grapefruit melon gum and it lived up to its name – it tasted just like grapefruit and melon. It’s a nice change from my regular Starburst gum.

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It’s gourmet gum so I feel fancy chewing it. Not really. But I wonder what classifies gum as gourmet?

  • Burn60 Inspired Workout

Sometimes if I don’t feel like coming up with a workout, I’ll just find something online. Usually, I’ll do the workout once, maybe twice, and forget about it. But this Burn60 inspired workout is amazing.

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I keep it in my gym bag and pull it out when I don’t feel like coming up with a workout on my own. It’s hard, it challenges me, and it burns major calories.

  • Moscato Wine

Okay, this is a very odd favorite for me. I never in my entire life have been a wine drinker. Ever. Then at the Now Foods dinner last week, I tried Moscato, which is a sweeter wine, and fell in love with it. It’s definitely a lighter, sweeter wine which is why I like it. Since then, I have tried out a few different brands of Moscato.

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The Middle Sister Moscato is really good but so far my favorite brand is the Cupcake Moscato. That wine tastes like heaven. Anyone have any other wine suggestions?! PS. My birthday is coming up soon. Please send wine. :)

I’m drinking wine and chewing gourmet gum. I’m am turning so fancy. 

Have a great weekend!

  •  What are your Friday Favorites?
  • Any plans for this weekend?

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Walks, Workouts, and a T-Rex

Good afternoon!

Yesterday

The weather has been beautiful the past couple of days here in Chicagoland. We took advantage of the gorgeous weather last night and went for a walk.

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Jaden’s eye are either closed or he’s hiding his face in almost ever picture taken outside. Sun problems.

The kids and I walked while Danny ran. Danny has a 10 miler race coming up and he’s going to start training for the Chicago marathon soon!

I love that all the trees and flowers are finally blooming.

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We spotted a T-Rex on our walk. You know, just the normal stuff you’d see on a walk.

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Today

This morning I did the

 

that I found on the PopSugar website a few weeks ago.

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This workout is killer. I am dying by the end. The first few times I did it, I did the treadmill portion twice substituting the arc trainer for one of the treadmill sessions. This time I used the treadmill all three times and I was quite proud of myself. By hip was dead by the time I was done.

I burned over 700 calories. :)

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By the time I left the gym, I was a sweaty mess.

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Post workout, I had a Premier Protein chocolate shake.

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After the gym, I ran a couple of errands. Tomorrow night, Danny and I are going to a wedding for a friend that I’ve had since 2nd grade! Unfortunately, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow. I’m hoping the rain holds off!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s the longest you’ve been friends with someone?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Weirdest thing you’ve seen on a walk or a run?

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Now Foods Blogger Immersion Event and a Giveaway!

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet up with 11 other Fitfluential ambassadors for a Now Foods immersion event. The event was to give bloggers at inside look at how Now Foods operates, what goes on behind the scenes, and to learn a little bit more about Now Foods and the products they offer.

All of the bloggers:

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We started out Thursday evening with dinner at Glen Prairie with the CEO of Now Foods, Jim Emme, and other Now Foods employees for a meet and greet.  Jim Emme started the evening off giving us a little background on Now Foods.

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Now Foods is a family owned company founded in in 1968. They offer 1,400 high quality, natural, and affordable products ranging from vitamins and supplements to hair and skincare products to snacks and olive oils.

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100% of Now Foods brands are non-GMO and 75% of their supplements are non-GMO assured.

I had the pleasure of sitting with two employees from the Now Foods sports line and skin care line and listening to their entertaining stories of life at Now Foods. I was also very happy that Michelle from NYC Running Mama was there- we first met while filming the Mizuno commercials in Atlanta two years ago. She is so inspirational and such a sweet person.

Dinner was delicious. I had a salmon with a vegetable risotto.

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During dinner, we got to hear from other Now Food employees and learn a little more about the company. Now Foods believes in manufacturing quality products and both of their manufacturing facilities (in Illinois and Nevada) have received an “A” rating from the Natural Products Association (NPA) for meeting Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMP) standards.

I was also interested to learn that Now products are sold in Fruitful Yield stores which is a store local to me.

Bright and early at 6 am on Friday morning, all the bloggers met at a local Lifetime Fitness to take a private spinning class from the fitness director.

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It was a great spin class and we finished our workout with a 20 minute yoga session.

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(Photo courtesy of @NowFoodsOfficial on  Instagram)

After the workout, a shuttle took us to the Now operation facility. Here we were given an inside look at how their products are made from start to finish. I love the fact that Now Foods doesn’t just test the final product for quality, they test each individual ingredient that goes into a product.

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Now products are created using non-GMO, non-irradiated, and organic ingredients whenever possible. We were able to see each different lab as we went through our private tour.

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Now Foods really puts time and care into each and every product they make. Everything is tested and retested until it’s perfect.

After touring the facility, we headed over to the Now Headquarters. We started out with an oil tasting.

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Now Foods just put out  line of cooking oils under the name of Ellyndale Foods. I’ll admit that I’m pretty much an olive oil girl so I was excited to try out some of the other oils that are available.

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My favorites were the macadamia nut oil and the organic coconut infusions in garlic. So good.

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Next, we had lunch while listening to a presentation by Dr. Wendy Bazilian.

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The presentation was very informative about healthy living, what to eat and what not to eat, how to stock your cabinets, when to eat for athletes, and how Now products are incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.

And the wellness presentation, we moved upstairs to Now’s Culinary Innovation Center. We had a recipe session led by Chef Suzy Singh who was amazing.

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The bloggers broke into two groups and each group made a cookie recipe. My group made Ultimate Organic Oatmeal and Goldenberry Cookies.

Erin from Her Heartland Soul scooping our cookies:

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They were amazing!

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We also got to sample the chocolate fudge brownies and chocolate chip banana bread.

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Both were delicious. I really like that the Now food products are made without the common allergens including dairy, wheat, soy, nuts, and eggs. Since my son, Jaden, is allergic to dairy these products are great for him!

Check out more great recipes from Now Foods here.

From there, we wrapped everything up but not before being able to witness Now’s Ceo, Jim, do a few crossfit moves with Jill from Baked Fit. Fun times.

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Overall, I had an amazing experience. I got to meet a bunch of other great bloggers and learn a lot more about Now Foods and all the hard work they do.

You can learn more about Now Foods on their websiteFacebook, and Twitter. Check out the #NOWGetFit Twitter Party on Tuesday, May 12 at 9 pm EST.

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