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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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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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Naturally Smart Eggs at Mariano’s

Recently, I received an email from Mariano’s about their exclusive release of Naturally Smart Eggs.

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Mariano’s is a grocery store local to Illinois, and I  wrote a post about the opening of a store near us a couple of years ago. They are an amazing store with an incredible produce, bakery, salad bar, and meat section.

Yum.

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Mariano’s continues to redefine the traditional grocery store by introducing an exclusive collection of new, health conscious products. The latest Chicagoland exclusive product is the new Naturally Smart Eggs which feature True Grade Hen2Home Technology.

These eggs are currently available at Mariano’s – three weeks before they debut nationally. This new egg technology introduces a new standard of quality to the fresh egg industry.

How the new eggs work: Each Naturally Smart Egg is marked with a Use By Date so the consumer knows exactly how fresh the egg is, Brand Identification for a safety stamp of authenticity, and a Trace Code which easily enables the consumer to find the exact farm the egg was sourced from by visiting http://www.naturallysmarteggs.com/.

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How cool is that?! Isn’t technology crazy awesome? You can actually find the farm an egg came from!

When I got the email about these new eggs, I was immediately intrigued. First, I love that each egg has a Use By Date on it. I am a little bit weird about expiration dates. I know some foods stay fine past their expiration date but I cannot eat a product after it’s expired. I rarely even eat leftovers so there’s no way I’m going to eat a food past its expiration date.

I am weird enough about expiration dates that I even write the date that I open my coffee creamer on the bottle.

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I’m the only one that drinks coffee in our house so I never finish a whole bottle before it goes bad. I drink it for exactly ten days after I write the date on it and then I pitch the rest. Hey, we all have weird food quirks, right?

I also thought it was really cool to see where your eggs come from. I thought this would be great for the kids. They would love to go online and put the number from the egg into the website and see where it came from.

So, we took a trip to Mariano’s. Luckily, we have one that’s only about 15 minutes away.

We bought a carton of the x-large eggs.

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They have large and x-large eggs for only $2 a dozen.

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While we were there, I was super excited to find the new Yasso bars and Arctic Zero ice cream!

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We bought the toffee crunch Yasso bars and the vanilla maple Arctic Zero. I have been looking everywhere for those Yasso bars and am a little too excited about eating one tonight.

We stopped at the smoothie bar on the way out and Jaden got a berry smoothie to try. They have a bunch of great smoothie flavors and I can’t wait to try some of the other ones!

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I eat eggs for breakfast every day and this morning was no exception.

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I loved the Naturally Smart Eggs and loved that each one has it’s own little expiration date stamp.

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Check out the Naturally Smart Eggs exclusively at Mariano’s in Illinois and nationwide soon!

Disclaimer: Mariano’s did contact me about writing this post but I bought the eggs myself. All opinions about eggs and expiration dates are my own. 

  • What do you think about the new egg technology?
  • Do you eat foods after their expiration date?
  • Have you ever tried Arctic Zero?

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Is it Spring Yet?

Today is going to be 50 degrees in Chicagoland, and I saw a bird and a squirrel. I’m pretty sure spring is on its way!! This winter has felt like forever and I can’t wait for nice weather and to spend time outside.

Yesterday

Danny and I went to the gym yesterday morning. We worked on back and abs. Usually we do biceps also but my wrist is sore so we skipped biceps this time.

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The rest of the day we spent relaxing and enjoying the fact that it stays light out longer. Yay spring!

Today

The Bikini Body Mommy DietBet officially started today! There’s still time to join if you’re thinking about doing it! I started out my day with a normal breakfast – Fage Greek yogurt with strawberries and two egg whites.

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At the gym, I started with the Bikini Body Mommy strength workout. I did it once and then did some shoulder exercises including lateral raises, upright rows, overheard presses, front raises, cable lateral raises.

After my shoulder workout, I decided to try out the treadmill. I haven’t been on the treadmill in a long time and since I’ve been avoiding jumping exercises for the most part, I decided to see how my Achilles tendon felt. I walked for three minutes and ran for one minute for a total of 21 minutes.

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My Achilles felt fine at first, but the longer I went the more I could feel it starting to hurt. I finished up my walk/run and then foam rolled and stretched. It felt nice to run again but I don’t think my Achilles is going to agree. It’s so frustrating to be over hip surgery recovery and then have this happen. My plan is just to take it slow.

Have a great day!

  • How’s the weather where you live? Are you ready for spring?
  • What are you most looking forward to about being outside? I can’t wait to run outside, take family walks, and go on bike rides!

 

 

 

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VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwiches

I’m back to teaching group fitness! Today I taught my first class since my hip surgery. I am no longer able to teach BodyPump but I am teaching the Women on Weights class!

Before I taught my class, I did a workout of my own. I did the elliptical for about twenty minutes followed by two rounds of the Bikini Body Mommy strength workout.

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I’m not back to doing the BBM cardio workouts yet, but the strength workouts aren’t a problem.

Before I went to the gym, I had a VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwich. Vitalicious recently sent me these new flatbread egg sandwiches to try.

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They’re the same company that makes the VitaTops which I love!

Today was the perfect day to eat one because I needed something fast, easy, and still healthy.

I had the cheese and veggie flatbread.

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They also come in turkey sauce and veggie sausage.

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The new flatbread sandwiches are between 120 and 160 calories each. They have 10-15 grams of protein, 7-9 grams of fiber, 1.5-3.5 grams of fat, and 160mg of omega-3 DHA.

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I love that these have a lot of protein and fiber because that’s what I struggle with getting enough of in my diet.

Danny tried out the turkey sausage flatbread. He even took a picture of it on his phone without me even asking him to!

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He liked the flatbread sandwich but he said that he would have preferred it with cheese. Luckily, the veggie sauce flatbread does have cheese!

These sandwiches leave the yolks in the eggs which is important because they contain lutein for eye health, choline for brain health, and omega-3 DHA for heart health. I’m usually not a huge yolk person but in a sandwich they taste great and have so many  health benefits.

These sandwiches don’t have any artificial preservatives,coloring, or cholesterol. They are available online and in the freezer section at the grocery store.

I’ve really been trying to stick to my healthy eating lately. Yesterday for lunch, I had leftover California roll from Whole Foods and a salad with the organic chicken tenders.

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I love this salad. I honestly eat it almost every single day.

For dinner, I made coho salmon which I also got from Whole Foods.

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I haven’t had salmon in so long. I seasoned it with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, and dill. Then I cooked it in the oven in a foil packet on 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. I ate it with green beans and a sweet potato. Yum!

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Lots of healthy eats!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What is your favorite healthy breakfast?
  • Do you like fish/seafood? Favorite?

Vitalicious sent me these new flatbread sandwiches to try out at no cost to me. All opinions are my own…and Danny’s. 

 

 

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Circuit Workouts

Good afternoon, friends! How are you today? I must tell you, I am so sick of the snow. I hate snow. If I never saw another snowflake again, I would be perfectly happy. I am counting the days until spring is here!

I have been really good about getting my diet back on track this week, with the small exception of going out to celebrate my dad and stepmom’s birthdays on Tuesday night. Let’s just say there was a lot of Mexican food and margaritas involved. But I am a firm believer of everything in moderation.

I made sure I was back on track Wednesday morning. Before work, I had plain Fage Greek yogurt mixed with a packet of Stevia and topped with raspberries.

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I love eating this for breakfast because it’s starts my morning out with a lot of protein!

I went to the gym this morning, but I decided that it was in my best interest to hold off on the Bikini Body Mommy workouts for a few days. They are great short workouts but the amount of jumping and squats involved has really been hard on my body on top of the other workouts I’m doing.

I was a little bit disappointed because I made it 40 days straight without missing a workout but I’m really trying to listen to my body and do what’s best for it.

I still managed to get a good workout in, focusing mostly on upper body and core work. I found a circuit workout in the Sarah Fit book and added a couple more exercises to it.

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My circuit consisted of:

  • single leg bicep curls x 20 (10 each leg)
  • triceps dips with feet on a stability ball (I forgot how hard these were!) x 12
  • chest presses on stability ball x 15
  • bentover rows x 15
  • upright rows x15
  • dumbbell deadlifts x 15

I rested about 2 minutes in between each circuit. I did the circuit three times each.

Then I moved on to a core circuit. For this circuit I did:

  • Russian twists with a medicine ball x 16 (each side)
  • single leg heel touches x 10 / double leg heel touches x 10
  • bicycle crunches x 15 each side
  • plank 30 seconds
  • dumbbell side bends x 20 (each side)

I did this circuit three times, resting one minute in between.

After the gym, I stopped at Target where I found these individual bags of Jack Links on clearance.

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I love the Jack Links and always buy the big bag. I have never seen the individual bags at my Target and suddenly there was a bunch of boxes on the clearance shelf. Where did they come from?!

Now I’m at home sipping on some Cinnabon coffee and getting a few things done. I’m working on a workout for my first Women on Weights class that I’m teaching next week!

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite kind of food? I love Mexican food. I could eat it everyday.
  • Do you ever do circuit workouts?
  • Favorite ab exercise?

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Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods Oatmeal

It’s Monday! I’m glad today is Monday because I feel like it gives me a fresh start after my horrendous week last week.

I’m back on track with my eating and workouts.

Yesterday, Danny and I went to the gym and worked on chest and triceps.

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Everyone has their own way of working out muscle groups – full body, upper body, lower body, biceps & triceps, etc. I usually workout the “pushing” muscles together – chest and triceps. These are the muscles you use for pushing exercises such as chest presses or push-ups.

I workout the “pulling” muscles together – back and biceps. These are the muscles you use for pulling exercises such as lat pulldowns and rows.

Then, I have a shoulder day. I incorporate core and leg exercises throughout the week depending on how much time I have to workout. The bikini body mommy workouts incorporate a lot of leg exercises and I still do some of my physical therapy exercises. My hip and quad still tend to get sore very fast so I take it a bit easier on the legs.

Today, I got back on track with my workouts and worked on shoulders. I did:

  • dumbbell front/lateral raises
  • shoulder press machine
  • plate front raises with a twist
  • kettlebell upright rows
  • overhead dumbbell presses
  • cable lateral raises
  • around the worlds (can be seen at 8:00 in the video)

I also did the bikini body mommy strength workout, walked, and did a little bit of stretching and foam rolling. When I woke up yesterday my quad was seriously killing me and I’m not quite sure why so I’m trying to take it a little easier on leg exercises.

Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods Oatmeal

Lately, before a workout or on the days I work, I have been eating Straw Propeller Oats for breakfast. I love that these oats help keep me feeling full for a long time especially when I’m working.

Straw Propeller was awesome enough to send me four of their oats flavors to try out.

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The four flavors I tried were Cherry and Chia, Apple Crisp, Maple Oats, and Orange Cranberry.

Of these four, my favorite was the Apple Crisp. It was delicious! I loved the chunks of apples, walnuts, and white chocolate chips.

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I love that Straw Propeller Oats use only real ingredients without additives or preservatives. Their oats are also gluten-free. And I love all the add-ins in their oats!

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My all-time favorite oats are their PB&J oats. I can’t even describe how good these are – peanuts, strawberries, and peanut butter chips. I could seriously eat these everyday.

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I buy the PB & J flavor at Target. Target and Whole Foods are the stores near me that I’ve found them at and they carry some great flavors!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have a specific workout plan?
  • Do you like oatmeal? Favorite?

Straw Propeller sent me the four oatmeal flavors to try for free. I purchased the PB&J oats on my own. All opinions are my own. 

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Friday Favorites

Good morning – it’s Friday! How is your week going?

Let’s jump right into today’s favorites!

Friday Favorites

  • Cascadian Farm Fruitful O’s cereal

I am such a cereal addict. I purposely buy cereal for the kids that I don’t like because I can eat so much cereal without a problem. It’s addicting. I try to not even start eating it because I can eat about 75 bowls of cereal.

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I tried these Fruitful O’s and they were delicious so of course, I had to eat tons of them. I figure they’re better than Froot Loops though, right?!

  • In Death Book Series by JD Robb

I love the In Death series by JD Robb (who is actually Nora Roberts). I have been reading the series for years and years and Obsession in Death is the 40th book in the series.

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The nice thing about this series is that you can pick up any book and not be lost with the story line. Of course, you’ll understand more if you’ve read the whole series but each book can be read as a single story.

  • Whole Foods Sushi

Whole Foods sushi is my favorite sushi. It just is. I love their California roll but my second favorite is the Philadelphia roll.

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I love that Whole Foods uses brown rice because I am not a fan of white rice. I love the how much more flavor brown rice has not to mention how much better it is nutrition-wise. White rice is so bland and unflavorful to me. Yay for brown rice sushi!

  • Race Season!

Spring is the official start of race season and I am officially signed up for my first 5ks of the year!

I haven’t run a lot since my hip surgery and haven’t really been running at all lately since my Achilles tendon still bothers me. My goal is to take it really slow and just ease back into running at my own pace. I think it’s going to be quite a shock after not running for so long but I’m going to do my best.

The first 5k I plan on doing is the is the Bunny Rock 5k in Chicago.

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I was lucky enough to win a free entry on Facebook! Right now, I’m about 75% sure that I’m going to run this race. We have something going on the day before and the day after is Easter. I plan to start walk/running soon so I will see if I’ll be ready in time for this race.

My next race which is a 100% for sure race is the Run Like a Mother 5k.

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I have run this race for the past 4 or 5 years and my grandma who had both hip replaced is planning on walking the race so I really look forward to doing this race again!

Those are my favorites for today! Have a great Friday!

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

 

 

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Van’s New Products: Pasta and Granola

Recently I was given the opportunity to try out some of the new Van’s Foods products. I have always loved Van’s breakfast waffles and other snack products but now they are offering a new lunch/dinner product – pasta!!

Excited to try out the collapsible colander:

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Van’s has just come out with three new whole grain gluten-free pastas.

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  • Rotini and Red Sauce

This is a great pasta and marinara dish. It has 12 grams of protein and 34 grams of whole grains! Besided being gluten-free, I love that this dish is also dairy-free which means that Jaden can eat it!

We tried out the Rotini and Red Sauce pasta as a side dish with our chicken for dinner.

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The challenge was to see if the Van’s pasta could pass Jaden’s taste test. That kid is the pickiest eater I have ever seen in my life so I was a little worried about the fate of the Rotini and Red Sauce.

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Jaden’s exact words were: It’s delightful and delicious but it needs a little more sauce.

And he ate two helpings. That’s pretty much unheard of for Jaden. The only thing he eats more than one helping of is oatmeal.

The Van’s pasta got the seal of approval from the world’s toughest critic! :)

  • Creamy Herb and Garlic

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I was really excited for this pasta dish because I love garlic. It has 11 grams of protein and 28 grams of whole grains per serving.

  • Ultimate Cheddar Penne

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Who doesn’t love cheddar? It’s made with real aged cheddar cheese and has 6 grams of protein and 28 grams of whole grains.

I loved how easy this pasta dishes were to make and the fact that they only took ten minutes on the stovetop. They made a great side dish for dinner. I love that the new pastas pack a punch of extra protein and lots of whole grains.

Van’s pastas are gluten-free, egg-free, kosher, don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. Look for them at a grocery store near you!

In addition to their new pasta dishes, Van’s has also come out with a new Soft Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters snack.

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I love granola. I love it a little too much. I could probably eat a whole entire bag of granola in one sitting. And how delicious does soft baked granola sound?!

Van’s granola comes in two flavors: Blueberry Walnut and Cranberry Almond. They are bite sized, sweet, and chewy. It’s great to put on yogurt or as a sweet snack after dinner.

I added some to my yogurt as an afternoon snack.

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And I added some to my yogurt and strawberries for breakfast.

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Van’s Soft Baked Granola Clusters are made from whole grain oats, have 12 grams of whole grains per serving, and are free of artificial flavors, colors, and high fructose corn syrup.

This granola is going to go fast in my house!

  • Have you tried the new Van’s products yet?
  • What’s your favorite kind of pasta?
  • Do you like topping your yogurt with anything?

Disclaimer: I was sent these products by Van’s at no cost to me. All opinions are my own…and Jaden’s.

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Ab Circuit Workout

Good afternoon!

When we were at Target over the weekend, I came across this PB&J oatmeal.

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Yes, it’s geared towards kids but really who doesn’t love PB&J or anything with peanut butter for that matter?! I was a little hesitant to buy it because it’s a little higher in calories and carbs than I normally eat for breakfast but I decided to save it for a day when I worked out a little harder and longer.

Well, today was that day! I made the PB&J oatmeal for breakfast and it was honestly the best oatmeal that I’ve ever had. I liked it because it was sweet but not overly sweet. It had oats, real strawberries, peanuts, and peanut butter chips. So good.

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I will be buying more.

After checking their website, I see that they do make an adult version which looks like it’s exactly the same but bigger. I think the kid’s size was the perfect amount. I ate it with two egg whites for a little extra protein. Yum!

After breakfast, I went to the gym and got a great workout in.

I warmed up on the elliptical while talking to a friend, then I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout two times – killer! Then I did the following ab circuit:

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After the ab workout, I cooled down on the stationary bike and finished my workout with a little bit of foam rolling and stretching. It was a great workout!

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Post workout, I had a Rockin’ Refuel protein drink with 30 grams of protein.

Lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of drinking a cup of coffee after my workout. Normally I only drink one cup of coffee when I wake up but lately I’ve been craving it after my workout too. I don’t know if it’s because I’m so cold or because I have about a million k-cups from Christmas, but I’ve been trying to break the habit.

Lately, I’ve been switching to the Candy Cane Lane tea.

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It’s still okay to drink out of a gingerbread mug, right?! And it’s peppermint tea which is supposed to help soothe the stomach.

And that’s all for this morning! Have a great day!!

  • What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  • Do you drink coffee? Tea? How often?

 

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