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One Day Until Surgery

Good afternoon!

One more day until my arthroscopic hip surgery. The time has gone by too fast and I am definitely very nervous for tomorrow. I am scared about the surgery itself and I am worried about the recovery process.

I have been a bit stressed, overly sensitive, and emotional lately. I’m pretty sure that I’m driving Danny a little bit crazy already.

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I talked to the nurse at the surgery center yesterday to go over all the pre-surgery instructions. It’s all basic information – no eating or drinking after midnight tonight, no contacts, metal, or jewelry in the operating room, wear comfortable clothes, and make sure I have someone to drive me home after surgery.

I have to be at the surgery center at 10:00 am tomorrow and my surgery is at 11:30 am. The surgery last two hours and fifteen minutes and recovery is two hours and thirty minutes. That means we’ll be leaving Chicago right during rush hour to come home. I am a bit nervous about sitting in the car so long but hopefully I’ll be okay.

The hospital will give me crutches to take home and I have physical therapy scheduled for Friday afternoon. Today my continuous passive motion (CPM) machine is being delivered so I have to use after surgery. I will also have a hip brace and an ice machine. Fun times ahead, my friends. Fun times.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights – 60 minutes

Today’s workout at the gym was my last workout for quite a while. It’s sad.

One of my super sweet gym friends, Jessica, brought me card and a Whole Foods gift card for sushi!!

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Wasn’t that so sweet?! I told her that I owe her a best friend necklace :)

Breakfast

Breakfast before the gym this morning was Ezekiel toast with peanut butter, egg whites, and cherries. I am trying to stick to eating healthy.

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Look what I found at my local grocery store:

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Chobani watermelon Greek yogurt!! It was the last one on the shelf and of course, I had to buy it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan on eating it this afternoon! Sounds like it’ll be good although watermelon yogurt sounds kind of different…

Today will be spent getting things ready for tomorrow – making sure I have everything I need, getting final plans set for the kids, cleaning up a little bit, maybe subscribing to Netflix. Does anyone have Netflix? Is it worth it? We would still keep our regular cable channels since Danny needs the sports channels so I just wondered if it was worth it to add on along with our regular cable.

Have a wonderful day and I will check in when I’m feeling better! Also, thanks to everyone for your kind words and support. I really appreciate it.

 

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Throwing A Sports Themed Party – Chicago Bears

My family is really big into sports, and Chicago has some really good sports teams – the Bulls, the Blackhawks, the Cubs and Sox. One of our favorite sports teams is the Chicago Bears.

Who doesn’t love football season?! Even if you aren’t a big football fan, there’s just so much excitement in the air. Football kicks off the start of the fall season and our Sundays are usually spent having family over, watching the Bears game, and eating fun football food.

We love getting together as a family to watch football and especially the Super Bowl. Sometimes we like to go all out throwing football parties, so today I’ll go over how to throw a successful football party.

1. Invite people you like.

Parties are always better when you invite people that you like. :) It helps even more if they enjoy football. Even if they don’t enjoy football, invite them anyway - they can learn to like football.

There are so many ways to invite people to events these days – email, through Facebook, the evite website, over the phone. If you really want to surprise people, send an invitation in the mail.

2. Food

You cannot have a successful football party without food. People like to eat. If you can’t cook, don’t fear! Ask each guest to bring a dish to share or get the best football party food there is – pizza.

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Always make sure there’s cake.

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3. Decorations

Decorations always make parties more festive and liven up the crowd. Many party stores sell football themed decorations and even have specific team decorations. Or make your own!

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You can never go wrong with a Chicago Bears pumpkin.

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4. Games

Who doesn’t love a party game? Everyone knows that the most important commercials of the year come on during the Superbowl, so why not make a game out of it?!

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Last year, we played Superbowl Commercial Bingo. Everyone got a bingo card and when the commercial came on, they got to mark it on their bingo card. Fun was had by all!

5. Sports Clothing…and Props

Have people wear a sports jersey of their favorite team. If they don’t own one, that gives them the perfect opportunity to go shopping! And who doesn’t love shopping?

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6. Get the Kids Involved

My kids love watching the Bears on TV with their dad.

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It’s a great way for kids to learn about sports and maybe it’s even a sport they’d be interested in playing!

If you live in the Chicago area, the Chicago Bears are hosting Family Fest on August 2nd. The Chicago Bears Family Fest lets families watch the Bears practice under the lights on Soldier Field. There is also family-friendly games, live music, outdoor activities, giveaways, and fireworks.

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The kids are also invited to the Staley’s Corner, the Bears mascot, for some fun activities, and the first 200 kids ages 4-12 will get the opportunity to have an autograph session with the Bears players! It’s a great way to spend the day with the family!

If you’re in Chicagoland, it’s definitely worth checking out!

Do you have any fun party tips to add? Favorite sports team?

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Run, Eat, Play

Good afternoon!

How is everyone doing? I have been busy lately. Jaden started swimming lessons four mornings a week. I am also trying to get a lot of stuff done before my surgery next week – I needed a blood test and a CT scan, I have to call and schedule physical therapy, I’m trying to get the house clean and find someone to watch the kids during my surgery (my in-laws are taking them to the zoo!). It always seems like there’s so much to do and not enough time to do it!

How about a little catch up of things here on Run Eat Play today?!

Run (as is exercise):

Tuesday morning, I took the Women on Weights class. It was a challenging workout and I woke up so sore yesterday! We focused on chest and back exercises including: lat pulldowns, seated cable rows, back extensions, incline chest presses, decline chest presses, chest presses on the bench, and push-ups.

I was so sore the following morning and my leg was bothering me a lot, so I decided to skip the gym. I practiced BodyPump at home instead.

I went to the gym today after Jaden’s swim lessons and focused on an upper body workout – shoulders, biceps, and triceps.

Eat:

I haven’t been eating the best lately. I am kind of in a funk and feel like I am not really focused on eating how I should be lately. However, I do have a plan in place to help me get back on track once I have surgery. Food is just so darn good.

I have been loving watermelon. A lot.

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I have decided that every trip to the grocery store should include a watermelon.

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Last night for dinner, I made a chicken veggie stir fry and brown rice.

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I bought a package of stir fry veggies from the produce section and then I added some orange pepper, pineapple, low sodium soy sauce, orange juice, and garlic.

I found a new salad at my grocery store!

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I love salad but I get bored of the eating the same salads all the time. This was a Kale chopped salad with Brussels sprouts and it was really good. It has a lemon garlic dressing that was amazing!

I went back to the store to buy another package but sadly all the Brussels sprouts started to turn brown in every bag. :(

My easy quick go-to breakfast is always plain Greek yogurt with one truvia packet and fresh berries.

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It’s so easy to make, has lots of protein, and you can top it with whatever fruit or granola you have at home.

After months of searching, I finally finally finally found cold brewed peach green tea!!

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I got a sample of this tea in the mail once and searched every store I went to for it without any luck. Then, I found it at our local grocery store!! Yay! I love it because you don’t need to boil water. You simply add the tea bag and use cold water – so easy and delicious!!

Play

Last night, we took the kids to see Earth to Echo.

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We got there a little early so the boys played some video games.

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Did anyone else love Pac-Man as a kid?!

The movie was cute and Jaden just loved it! He immediately wanted to leave the theater and buy the DVD of the movie. I explained that it didn’t quite work that way.

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July!! I can’t believe it’s July already. Doesn’t it seem like this year is just flying by?! We have plans to go to my grandparent’s house for a cookout and to watch fireworks. I love that the fourth falls on a Friday this year!

Have a great day and a wonderful Fourth of July!!

  • Do you have plans for tomorrow? Do you watch fireworks?
  • What’s the last movie you saw?
  • Favorite video game as a kid?

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Bud’s Run 2014

My last 5k before my surgery is complete!

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We have run the Bud’s Run 5k for the past few years. It’s a local race celebrating Bud, a running coach, who passed away from sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. We ran into Jaden’s first grade teacher and she said that Bud was actually her cross country coach when she was in high school.

The race is very close to our house - about 5 minutes away. It was at a different location this year and we arrived at about 7:30 am for the 8:00 am start time.

Danny and Jaden:

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My dad and stepmom came with to keep an eye on the kids while we ran.

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My sister-in-law also ran the race. My brother planned on running it, but his back was bothering him. He had back surgery about a year and a half ago and his back still bothers him from time to time.

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The race started at exactly 8:00 am. It’s a smaller race which is good because the course was very narrow. Had there been anymore people, I think it would have been a problem. We had to run a two loop course around a lake.

Making sure our bibs are okay:

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Danny decided to run the whole 5k with me because he was worried that I’d be in pain. I managed to run the first 1.5 miles okay. The last half of the race killed me. I had to walk/run the last 1.5 miles. My leg and groin hurt. I also made the mistake of taking two pain pills before the race and I felt nauseas the whole race.

I made it a year without any prescription pain medicine but when the pain recently started to get worse, I finally had to ask the doctor for a prescription. I usually one take one when my leg is really bothering me, so taking two probably wasn’t the best idea (the directions do say I can take two at a time!).

I managed to finish the race in about 35:50. The official times haven’t been posted but I was right around there. I knew going into the race that it would be difficult and I’d have to walk. And it was a lot hotter that I expected. I am just glad that I finished and that my wonderful husband ran with me.

One of my favorite parts about this race is that Culver’s is there giving away free Italian ice :)

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Jaden ran the 1k which started at 9:00am.

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I don’t think he realized how far it actually was because he started out sprinting. He wanted to run all by himself and would walk for awhile and then go into a full out sprint. He even skipped a couple of times. He was very excited to cross the finish line all by himself.

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There was also a “Budding” run for kids under five which my niece ran.

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The kids had to run to a basket, grab, a ball, and run to put the ball in the matching bucket. It was cute and a little crazy.

All the kids got a little star medal and sunglasses.

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Overall, it was a good race and I’m glad that I ran it. My leg is sore now but nothing more than it usually is. Wait until tomorrow…

After the race, we met my mom for brunch to celebrate her and Danny’s birthdays.

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I plan on having a relaxing evening before teaching BodyPump in the morning!

A big thank you to everyone’s continued support with all my surgery/hip/running issues!

Have a wonderful day!!

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ProCakes Protein Pancake Mix

As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I was sent a sample of ProCakes pancake mix directly from the company at no charge to me to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

Hello! How is everyone doing?

Let’s do a quick weekend recap, shall we?

On Saturday night, we had plans to cookout with my family. We bought everything – burgers, chicken, salmon, fruit, (grilled pineapple is amazing), and my dad brought ingredients to make campfire pies over the fire…then Mother Nature decided to drop a huge storm on us. It poured like crazy and our backyard was so flooded, we could have swam in it.

Needless to say, we didn’t grill and ordered pizza instead. Boo.

We did grill the food on Sunday so we still got to enjoy it. Danny usually grills a few chicken breasts on Sunday night and we throw them in the fridge to use on salads for dinner throughout the week. It cuts down a lot on cooking time during the week.

Sunday morning, I taught BodyPump. Killed my leg, but I only have two BodyPump classes to go.

Yesterday night, Danny and I worked out biceps and triceps together. We did the following:

  • biceps curls
  • triceps cable pulldowns
  • single leg hammer curls
  • skullcrushers
  • reverse biceps curls
  • abs – plank and sit-ups

We did 3 sets and 12 reps of each exercise.

ProCakes

This morning, I had something new for breakfast – ProCake Protein Pancakes!!

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 I love me some protein pancakes and I was excited to try out this mix from ProCakes.

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ProCakes are gluten-free, have only 14 net carbs per serving, and have no added sugar. The directions are simple – you mix one egg, milk, and the ProCakes package in a bowl and that’s it!

I used one whole egg, 1/4 cup of almond milk, and a handful of blueberries for my ProCakes.

My ProCakes had 261 calories and 20 grams of protein! I ate them with a little bit of Walden Farms calorie-free syrup.

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I love that they came out brown, fluffy, and delicious! The mix made three good sized pancakes and I ate them with two egg whites for a little extra protein. They were very filling and I had a hard time finishing all three pancakes. They turned out a lot tastier that my normal protein pancakes made with eggs and oatmeal.

I definitely see more ProCakes in my future :)

Happy Birthday

A big happy birthday, to my mom today!! We’re going to celebrate with her this weekend!

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Love you, Mom!

Have a great day!

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Not a Weigh-In but Some Running

Today, I’ve decided not to do weight loss Wednesday. I didn’t weight myself at all because I’ve had a bad week. Although I know I shouldn’t let the number on the scale affect me, I would be lying if I said it didn’t bother me.

I ate a lot at the Dells over the weekend and that kind of continued into this week. I tend to be an emotional eater and after learning that I would be getting surgery soon I might have had a few Whole Food cookies, Chipotle, and ice cream these past few days.

I am back on track today and will be good for weigh loss Wednesday next week. Hopefully it’ll be weight loss and not weight gain Wednesday :)

Yesterday

Last night the kids had their final soccer and baseball games of the season.

Jacob and his soccer trophy:

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After their games, we took them out for ice cream. Danny and I shared a sundae but I don’t think there’s anything healthy about Oberweis ice cream.

Today’s Workout:

  • Practiced BodyPump – 25 minutes
  • Indoor track – 30 minutes (ran one mile then walked)
  • Plank and stretching – 15 minutes

I still have two weeks left of teaching BodyPump so I practiced at home this morning before the kids and I headed to the gym. I am running my last 5k before my surgery in a couple of weeks, so I thought I’d try running a little bit to see how I felt.

I wore my new Zensah calf sleeves that Danny gave me for my birthday because my calves still tighten up a lot not matter how far I’m running.

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All these problems with running!! Could all my problems be solved if I stopped running?! :)

I ran one mile and then walked. I didn’t have much more pain than usual although the pain has moved into my groin. It was hard and I figured that one mile was my limit. I’ll try to slowly build up to three miles, hopefully before the 5k. I took Advil and iced my hip when I got home but honestly, it doesn’t help all that much.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was one of my usual breakfasts – Greek yogurt with fresh berries. I also had a couple of egg whites on the side – trying to get that protein in!

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In other food news, Jacob has discovered that he likes Nutella! Who doesn’t like Nutella?!

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Jacob has a slight peanut allergy, so he has always been wary of anything even resembling peanut butter. He asked to try Nutella which surprised me, but I let him try it. He loved it and didn’t have any kind of reaction to it. I didn’t try Nutella myself until a year or two ago and I don’t know why I waited so long! That stuff is delicious!

Have a great afternoon!!

  • If you’re a runner, what’s your biggest running issue?
  • Are you allergic to anything?
  • Do you like Nutella?

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Walking and Working Out

Good morning!!

Sunday

On Sunday morning, I taught the new BodyPump release. Later in the afternoon, we took the kids to a nearby lake with walking trails.

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The kids love the old water pump and Jaden spent quite a bit of time washing the rocks that he found.

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We stopped at the store after walking for awhile and I found this new lite white cheddar Skinny Pop popcorn.

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We went through that bag way faster than I’d like to admit :) It was really good.

We also stopped at different Whole Foods than I normally go to and they had a healthy snack station set up for kids.

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I thought it was really cool that they let kids pick out one piece of fruit. Jaden got an apple and ate the whole entire thing…including the seeds.

Monday’s Workout

  • Stairmaster HIIT Workout – 26 minutes
  • Plank and Stretching – 15 minutes

I haven’t been doing as much cardio lately since my hip has been bothering me but I was really sore from strength training yesterday so I decided to do a HIIT workout on the Stairmaster.

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I forgot how much the Stairmaster makes me sweat!!! Of course, my hip was sore all day yesterday but only six more days until my doctor appointment.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was an old favorite – a peach yogurt oatmeal parfait.

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I always forget how much I love peaches until I am eating one!

This morning I am off to the gym for Butts and Guts and Women on Weights!

Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite fruit?

 

 

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Gym Fun, Food, and Challenges

Good morning! It’s been a few days since I’ve checked in! The kids only have a few days of school left so we’ve been pretty busy. Their last day is next Wednesday and two days later we head to Wisconsin Dells!

Field Day

Yesterday was Jaden’s field day at school.

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Danny took the day off so he could volunteer for field day. Jaden was so excited you would have thought it was Christmas!

Danny and I have been doing really good with our healthy eating lately so we packed our own lunch to bring to field day. The school provides a McDonald’s lunch for all the kids and volunteers but there was no way we were eating that (Random Fact: I have never had a hamburger in my life).

The Gym

After field day, Danny and I headed to the gym for a quick afternoon workout. Sometimes when we work out together, we set up boxes to do box jumps.

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We start from the smallest and jump to the biggest box. I still cannot make that fourth box – and I have a nice bruise to prove it! I did make it up once but that was it. And of course, Danny just jumps on it with no problem.

The box jumps probably weren’t the best idea with my hip pain but we didn’t do it for too long.

The Fault in Our Stars

Last night, my in-laws watched the kids so we could see The Fault in our Stars. It was such a great movie. If you’re going to see it, bring a box of tissues…or two.

Date night (I obviously had no idea where the camera lens was in this picture!):

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Movie theater food always sucks me in (hello Icees!) but Danny and I were good and brought our own Skinny Pop popcorn. Luckily, I have a huge purse which means I can fit a lot of Skinny Pop! It’s good to treat yourself once in awhile but I didn’t want to waste this weekend’s treat on movie theater food. I have been eyeing a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie at Whole Foods. It’s all about moderation :)

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Food

I thought I’d share some of the delicious food that I’ve been enjoying lately.

First, I have discovered the goodness that is frozen grapes!

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How have I gone my whole life without eating frozen grapes?! So good!

For breakfast, I’ve been having plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit.

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Or protein pancakes made with oats, egg whites, and PB2.

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For snacks, I stocked up on some Quest bars. My local GNC was out of the cookie dough and cookie and cream flavor <—- The two best flavors. I got some peanut butter flavors instead.

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The Weekend

The kids both have games today and we might head to Whole Foods later. My sushi craving is slightly out of control. Tomorrow morning I am teaching the new BodyPump release for the first time. I have been practicing at home like crazy!

I’ll leave you with this quote that I have been loving lately:

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It’s so true. Sometimes, I get frustrated because I can’t jump on that fourth box, or I can’t get the timing perfect in BodyPump, or I can’t run as fast as I want to. But if it all came easy, then it wouldn’t be a challenge. The challenge is what makes work harder to achieve your goals. The harder I work for something, the more accomplished I feel.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Bondi Band winners: Laurel C. and Anastasia H. I sent you emails! :)

  • What challenges you?
  • What food have you been loving?
  • Have you seen/read The Fault in Our Stars?

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Easter Weekend 2014

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a good weekend and a great Easter. We had absolutely gorgeous weather here yesterday and spent most of the day outside.

Friday

Friday evening, my dad and stepmom came over to dye Easter eggs with us.

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My dad always gets really creative with his eggs.

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This year, he made eggs for the girls and had them decorate their own eggs to look like themselves!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I made Easter bunny pancakes for Jaden.

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I thought they came out so cute!

After breakfast, Jacob had his first soccer game.

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I had to leave about halfway through the game to take Jaden to his baseball practice. It’s hard juggling activities with two kids – I don’t know how you moms with more than two kids do it! Luckily, my in-laws are always willing to help take the kids to practices and games if we need them to. :)

After baseball practice, I went to the gym for a workout. I did an upper body workout (biceps, chest, shoulders, triceps) followed by a 20 minute HIIT workout on the Stairmaster.

Saturday night we got the kids in bed early since the Easter bunny was coming! Jaden lost both his front teeth on Saturday so he got a visit from the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy! I have never seen him so excited!

Sunday

We woke up early Sunday morning and the kids had fun searching for Easter eggs and their baskets.

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Later in the morning, my brother, sister-in-law, niece, and mom came over for breakfast.

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Jaden missing his two front teeth:

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My niece had fun going on an egg hunt in our backyard. I just love when they’re that age – they get so happy and excited!

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Sunday afternoon, we went to my dad and stepmom’s house for dinner.

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The kids had another Easter egg hunt and had fun playing outside.

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The weather was perfect so we spent most of the day outside:

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I cannot wait to start having beautiful weather on a regular basis.

Of course, we finished the night with some delicious Easter cake.

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How cute is that cake?! And it was so good – vanilla cake with strawberries.

By the time yesterday night rolled around, I was exhausted. I was happy to get in bed and sleep!

**Congrats to everyone that ran the Boston Marathon today – an awesome accomplishment!**

  • How was your weekend/Easter?

 

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Anniversary

Happy anniversary to my wonderful husband, Danny! I love you! PicMonkey Collage Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was strawberry peanut butter overnight oats…even though there’s snow on the ground, I still went with a cold breakfast. 011 My oats included:

  • strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. PB2

I mixed all the ingredients up last night and let it sit in the fridge overnight and then I topped it with blueberries this morning.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes
  • HIIT Stairmaster workout – 20 minutes

20140415_112851 In Women on Weights class today we focused on abs, triceps, and biceps. After the class, I did a 20 minute high intensity interval training workout on the Stairmaster. I haven’t been on the Stairmaster in quite awhile and I was sweaty by the time I was done. I did climb as high as the Eiffel Tower :)

Post workout, I had a CorePower chocolate drink that Danny got me as a morning anniversary present. He knows me too well. 20140415_113416 Lunch

Lunch was delicious today. I made English muffin hummus melts. 005 They are amazing. The spinach, cheese, and hummus is such a great combination.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you have for breakfast or lunch today?
  • Ever use the Stairmaster?

 

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