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Food and Working Out

Good afternoon! Exactly one week until Christmas! Who’s excited?!

Today, my morning started out with a McCafe k-cup!

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I am excited that McDonald’s is now making k-cups! I don’t like McDonald’s food, but I love their coffee. Before my Keurig days, I drank McDonald’s coffee almost every day.

For breakfast, I had one of these Dannon salted caramel Greek yogurts. I found them at Wal-Mart yesterday and had to pick some up to try. Delicious!

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This morning I went to the gym and started out on the elliptical for about 15 minutes. I’m still not running yet because my Achilles tendon still bothers me. Super frustrating. I worked on chest and triceps exercises today and finished up my workout with about five minutes of jump roping.

I’m starting to do some jumping exercises at physical therapy  so my therapist said I could incorporate about 10 minutes of jump roping into my gym routine twice a week. I haven’t really done high intensity cardio in awhile so I was pretty much out of breath after jump roping. I jump as long as I can in a row and then rest a few seconds before continuing.

I ended up burning 574 calories!

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My chest and triceps exercises included:

  •  incline chest press machine
  • decline chest press machine
  • chest press to single arm chest flies
  • chest press machine
  • overhead dumbbell triceps extensions
  • cable triceps pressdowns
  • overhead cable triceps extensions

Lunch

I am back to eating grilled veggie pizzas for lunch.

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I typically eat the same thing for lunch for a couple of weeks in a row and then switch it up. It’s just easier when I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat for lunch everyday.

This afternoon, I have a few more presents to wrap and then I have to get things ready for Jaden’s holiday party at school tomorrow.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite body part to work out?
  • What did you eat for lunch today?

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Thanksgiving Eve

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Tomorrow is a day for family, being thankful, and let’s face it – lots of food!!

I finally used up my last Vue cup in my Keurig coffee maker and I am back to using regular k-cups now.

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I was excited to try out the butterscotch coffee. It was very good – the perfect amount of flavor!

Yesterday

Yesterday morning, I didn’t go to the gym because Jacob had his first orthodontist appointment to get his braces tightened (I don’t miss those days!). The appointment went really fast and we were in and out of the office quickly.

We came home and Jaden and I decorated the fridge and worked on some snowman ornaments.

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I loved how the ornaments turned out! We just put cotton balls into a clear ornament, added a face, and then hot glued on the pipe cleaner and pom poms to look like earmuffs.

In the afternoon, I had physical therapy. Since I ran four minutes on Sunday, I was able to run five minutes at physical therapy yesterday.

I have been trying to increase my speed a little bit but my physical therapist said that it would be better for me to work on endurance rather than speed. She said I can add two more minutes to my running time but not to worry about going fast.

I’m going to try to stick with about 5 mph as long as my hip feels okay and work on being able to run longer, not faster. I’ve noticed that the faster I run the more I feel it in my hip so I’m going to make sure to take it slow.

Today

This morning for breakfast, I had apple cinnamon steel cut oats.

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I saw these at the store over the weekend decided to given them a try. Thankfully, they were really good because they were buy one, get one free at the store so now I have twenty packets of oats.

I’m letting the kids sleep in a bit today because we’ve been getting up early the past few days and Jaden was so crabby all day yesterday. Once they wake up, I plan on going to the gym and then going to the store.

On Thanksgiving, we go to my grandparent’s house every year. On Friday, my mom, brother, sister-in-law, and niece come over to our house and I cook Thanksgiving dinner. So after the gym I need to get the rest of the food for Friday.

On the menu for Thanksgiving Friday:

  • turkey
  • cheesy potato casserole
  • rolls
  • stuffing
  • carrots
  • corn casserole souffle
  • cranberry sauce
  • one baked potato for Jaden because he is obsessed
  • pumpkin pie

I plan on making the potatoes and stuffing ahead of time so I can just pop them in the oven when the turkey comes out. Yum!

I have been eating so much more this past weekend and this week than usual. Holidays are always so hard because there’s so much delicious food everywhere. I am looking forward to getting back on track after this weekend. :)

Have a great day!

  • What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Do you cook?

 

 

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Monk Fruit in the Raw

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not reflect the the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. 

As a Moms Meet blogger, I was recently given the opportunity to try out Monk Fruit in the Raw.

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I usually use sugar alternatives in my coffee and tea, so I looked forward to trying Monk Fruit in the Raw in place of my normal sweetener.

Monk Fruit in the Raw is a zero-calorie sweetener made with real monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit from Asia. The monk fruit is blended with other sweeteners to create the perfect balance of sweet. It’s great in your morning cup of coffee.

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Monk Fruit in the Raw can also be used to replace regular sugar. You can use it in cooking or baking. The taste of Monk Fruit in the Raw is the closest taste to regular sugar of all the non-caloric sweeteners and it doesn’t have bad aftertaste!

Monk Fruit in the Raw conversion chart:

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I like that the Monk Fruit in the Raw comes in two different packages – individual packets for coffee and tea and a large package to use for baking. And it’s very reasonably priced. The individual packets are about $3.49 for 40 packets and the Monk Fruit in the Raw Bakers Bag is only $6.99.

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Monk Fruit in the Raw is vegan, kosher, and gluten-free. It doesn’t contain any added table sugar, sugar alcohols, or molasses.

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I used one packet in my coffee. I also added one tablespoon of cream and it was perfect! The Monk Fruit in the Raw adds just the right amount of sweetness without adding any extra calories or carbs.

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I watch my niece two days a week and my sister-in-law usually drops her off at about 7 am. Since she’s here early, we decided to try out a breakfast recipe using Monk Fruit in the Raw.

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We made cinnamon and Monk Fruit in the Raw French toast!

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Cinnamon and Monk Fruit in the Raw French Toast               Serves:2

Ingredients:

  • four slices of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk (we used honey almond milk)
  • 2 tsp Monk Fruit in the Raw
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Heat pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk eggs. Add Monk Fruit in the Raw and cinnamon. Whisk together.
  3. Dip each slice of bread into egg mixture and put onto hot pan. Cook each side until browned, approximately 3-5 minutes per side.
  4. Add you favorite toppings and enjoy!

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This is a super easy breakfast and loved by adults and kids!

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You can learn more about In The Raw products on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Do you use a sugar substitute? 

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Two Minutes

Good afternoon! I hope you all are having a warm Thursday :)

Breakfast

This morning for breakfast, I had egg whites, Greek yogurt, and toast with peanut butter.

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I am not usually too hungry in the mornings and normally just eat a few egg whites and yogurt before the gym and then have a snack immediately after my workout – almost like two mini breakfasts. But lately I’ve noticed that I am a lot more hungry in the afternoons and have the tendency to start snacking and snacking. So, I’m hoping that adding a little more food in the mornings will help my afternoon snack attacks.

After breakfast, I went to the gym and per doctor’s orders was allowed to run two whole minutes! I walked the rest and finished my workout with some biceps exercises…and a selfie. Totally normal.

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I felt really good running those two minutes and I bumped my speed up to 5.0 mph today. I wish I could run longer but I know it’s better for my body to take it slow. And on Saturday, I’ll get to run three whole minute. Yes!!

After my workout, I was rewarded with this little alert from my car. And by rewarded, I mean not rewarded.

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Usually it tells me how many miles I have left and today I apparently had so little gas in my car that I’m surprised I made it to the gas station. I like to play a little game called “Let’s See Many Miles I Can Get Down to Before My Car Runs Out of Gas.” AKA “It’s Way Too Cold to Pump Gas in This Kind of Weather.”

Luckily, I made it to the gas station and a crisis was averted. I guess I’d be a lot colder stuck on the side of the street with no gas than I’d be pumping gas for two minutes.

Yesterday, I stopped at Starbucks for a skinny peppermint mocha.

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It was just meh. I’m not a huge mocha coffee fan so it probable wasn’t the best choice.

Tonight, I’m going to Costco with my dad! I think I only go to Costco once a year around the holiday season. They usually have really great holiday gifts!

Have a great day!

  • What do you usually have for breakfast?
  • Favorite Starbucks drink?
  • Do you shop at Costco?

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Dave’s Killer Bread Review

Disclaimer: I received this product free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

As a  Moms Meet ambassador I was recently given the opportunity to try out Dave’s Killer Bread.

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I love bread. It’s one of those food, I could just eat and eat and eat! What I love about Dave’s Bread is that it’s organic, non-GMO, and made with high quality ingredients.

I like that they have a thin version of their bread. This means I can eat more of it without feeling guilty! Each slice also contains as much protein as an egg! This is great for people like me who are always trying to find ways to add protein to their diet.

Dave’s Killer Bread comes in 12 varieties in major grocery stores and is available in 17 states and parts of Canada. When I went to visit my aunt and uncle in California last month, my aunt actually had this bread and we often ate it with a little bit of butter for dinner.

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Dave’s Killer Bread comes in many varieties. Their 100% Whole Wheat bread is seedless and has just a touch of sweetness. Perfect for sandwiches!

Their Seeded Honey Wheat bread is the first Non-GMO Project Verified honey wheat bread on the market. It has 5 grams of fiber and protein to keep to feeling full longer.

The 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Thin Sliced bread has a hearty and grainy texture with 60 calories per slice and tons of flavor. This bread was my favorite.

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Good Seed bread and 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per slice and has the boldest sweetest flavor of all the Dave’s Killer Breads.

Dave’s Killer Bread can be used for some many things – sandwiches, toast, French toast, etc. I decided to use the 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Thin Sliced Bread to make one of my favorite recipes – stuffed French toast!

Using the bread, I made pumpkin peanut butter stuffed French toast. Yum!

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I mixed together one egg white, a splash of almond milk, and cinnamon. Then I used the Jif Whips pumpkin peanut butter and spread it on two slices of Dave’s bread. I put the slices together like a sandwich and dipped it into the egg mixture.

Then I cooked it on a hot pan on the stove until each side was golden brown.

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It’s a fast and easy recipe but so delicious!!

If Dave’s Killer bread is available in your area, I definitely recommend trying it!

  • What’s your favorite way to use bread – sandwich, plain, toast, French toast, etc?

 

 

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Baby Showers, Swimming, and The Bears

Good afternoon!

AMRAP Nutrition Bar Winners

The three winners of the AMRAP bars are Sarah, Kelsey, and Melissa. I sent all the winners an email. Congrats!

The Weekend

Our weekend was busy but low-key at the same time.

On Saturday morning, Jacob had a soccer game. On Saturday afternoon, I went to a baby shower for my best friend’s sister.

The mama-to-be:

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Me, Jenny, and Crystal (another mama-to-be):

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I made a cute diaper cake for the shower.

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My grandma made an amazing elephant cake for the shower. How cute did it turn out?! It was delicious red velvet cake on the inside.

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Sunday

In addition to my quad pain, I have been having some pretty bad adductor pain. My quad will get sore when I am doing too much, but the adductor pain is pretty much a constant annoying pain all the time.

My physical therapist told me that I should stay out of the gym for the whole weekend, except for swimming. She said at this point swimming is the best thing I can do. She said to do squats and lunges in the pool rather than kicks because the kicks are using my adductor muscles too much for the time being.

On Sunday morning, Danny and I swam for about 45 minutes. I did a total of 35 laps which is my most so far. I count swimming to one side of the pool as one lap. I usually do some laps without the kickboard and then use the kickboard once my leg and hip starts to get too tired.

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I told myself that if I burned at least 300 calories while swimming, I would get a Dunkin Donuts pumpkin spice crème brulee iced coffee.

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It was amazing.

Sunday afternoon was the first Chicago Bears game of the season! My family came over to watch the game.

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My adorable niece.

Today

Danny was able to find the Chobani pumpkin spice yogurt at Wal-Mart near his work and I had it for breakfast this morning.

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It was so good! It reminds me of pumpkin pie and it would be delicious with graham crackers crumbled on top. Yum! I’m loving all the pumpkin food.

I also found pumpkin bread and cookies.

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This morning, I went to the gym. My adductor is feeling a little better but my quad is sore after working out. It’s never ending and super annoying.

I worked on back and biceps today. I did some of the following exercises:

  • wide grip lat pull down
  • seated cable row
  • back extension machine
  • quadruped opposite arm/leg raise
  • seated biceps curls
  • cable biceps curls
  • plate twists
  • concentration curls

It was a fast workout because I had to pick up my niece. I think I will spend the rest of the day resting my leg!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Are you a football fan? Favorite team?
  • Favorite pumpkin item?

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A Tiny Setback

Good afternoon and Happy Labor Day Weekend! Who has a three-day weekend?!

Well, I had a tiny set back in my physical therapy. I’m not sure exactly why but the therapist thinks it might have been the squats. Sigh. I was really really, I mean really excited for those squats.

I did them at physical therapy and then I did them the next day on my own. By the time my physical therapy appointment rolled around on Wednesday my quad hurt and burned more than it ever has. I usually do a 10 minute warm-up on the stationary bike when I get to physical therapy but that day I could barely make 5 minutes.

Instead, I took it easy and we did a lot of massage and stretching. My physical therapist told me to hold back on the squats, stationary bike, and walking for a day or two. She suggested going in the swimming pool. Sigh again.

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When my gym first opened, I took the pool running class. It was okay, just not really my thing. I used to love swimming when I was a kid but not so much now. I probably haven’t gotten in a pool to swim in 20 years…until last night.

I hate sitting around doing nothing more than I hate the pool, so Danny and I went to the lap pool last night.

I can’t believe how hard swimming is. I was out of breath after one lap.

Even though my leg still ached, the pool was so much less stressful on my quad. It took me a while to get used to the water. I tried putting my face in the water while swimming and I had a panic attack the first ten times. I felt so trapped and like I couldn’t breath. Okay, obviously I couldn’t breath because I was underwater but I don’t even remember the last time I was underwater. It’s weird.

I ended up swimming two laps at a time. Then I would stop and do front kicks, side kicks, and back kicks in the water. I swam 16 laps (some of them I used the kickboard) – I’m counting a lap as one time across the pool, doing the kicks in between. At the end I did a few sets of bicycles while hanging onto the wall.

I wasn’t in the pool that long, about 35 minutes, but it was tough. The pool was a nice change and I’ll do it if I have too but it’s not my favorite.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was the same as yesterday – a Kodiak power cakes waffle and egg whites.

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I used some of Jaden’s dairy-free chocolate chips in it and it was so good. The mini chocolate chips make it so much better. I think chocolate makes everything better.

I did go to the gym today. I tried to take it easy by doing 15 minutes on the stationary bike followed by a short upper body workout. I made sure to foam roll my quad and glute at the end.

My leg is a little sore but not too bad.

After the gym, I stopped by Target. Since it’s a holiday weekend, and we have a family get together planned, I wanted to get Jaden some dairy-free treats so he wouldn’t feel left out.

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Luckily, the Ghirardelli brownies are dairy-free. They contain cocoa butter, but after a little research I found out that cocoa butter isn’t actually a dairy product. I also got him some mango sorbet and So Delicious fudge pops.

Another common misconception is that eggs are dairy. They’re not. And Jaden, thank goodness, isn’t allergic to eggs. I am learning so much. :)

I also picked up some Earth’s Best chicken nuggets…for myself. Even though these are geared towards kids, I love them. And Jaden won’t eat chicken nuggets. I think he’s the only kid I know that won’t eat chicken nuggets.

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Have a happy and safe weekend!

  • Do you have any plans this weekend?
  • Do you like to swim?

 

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Allergies

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?

Here’s a recap of our weekend.

Friday

On Friday, we went to the kids schools to meet their teachers.

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I actually wore real clothes and did my hair and make-up. :)

Everything went good and the kids got to see their classrooms, meet their teachers, and drop off their supplies.

Saturday

Saturday morning, Jaden had an allergy test appointment at the doctor. We were there for a little over two hours.

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Jaden has had pretty bad allergies for years and gets an allergy shot every three weeks. He is also on allergy medication but isn’t helping as much as his doctor thinks it should be so they did allergy testing (he also had this done a few years ago).

Jaden’s main concern was seeing if he was allergic to dogs because he has been dying to get a dog. He was a little sick when we went for the appointment with the start of an ear infection. Jaden gets an ear infection every six months like clockwork. He also has a constant stomach ache.

It turns out that he has an allergy to dairy and this is what could be causing the ear infections and the reason why his allergies aren’t improving. We are stopping dairy right now, but once he’s not sick, he has to do an official food challenge.

A food challenge consists of removing all foods that he’s allergic to completely for a week. After a week, we re-introduce foods three times a day, every three days and see if him symptoms return.

Jaden is also allergic to dogs, pineapple, lemon, watermelon, and lettuce. Yes, I said lettuce. I asked the doctor if people can really be allergic to lettuce and she said, “Well, Jaden is”.

I have a pretty good suspicion that removing the dairy will make him a lot better. We could never figure out why his allergies couldn’t get under control and Jaden lives on dairy – mac and cheese, yogurt, cheese quesadillas, ice cream, etc. I really think removing the dairy will help him.

Too bad dairy is in almost everything! He is very picky so I went grocery shopping hoping to find some non-dairy foods that he could actually eat. I picked up a bag and pretzels, thinking they would be perfect for his snack at school, and guess what?! They contain dairy!

Luckily, I was able to find pretzels that didn’t have dairy. I also found him some dairy-free pancake mix, chocolate chips, oatmeal, bread, yogurt, and butter. You really don’t realize how many things contain dairy until you read the ingredients.

I even managed to find dairy-free mac & cheese at Whole Foods. Jaden is very picky so I’m hoping he likes it!

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On Saturday afternoon, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house to visit and then we went to my nephew’s 2nd birthday party.

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He had a Mickey Mouse themed party and my grandma made the cutest (and most delicious!) Mickey Mouse character cupcakes.

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The kids had so much fun playing, going in the bounce house, going on a tractor ride, and eating treats.

Sunday

On Sunday morning Danny ran The Biggest Loser 10k at Six Flags Great America.

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We signed up for this race before I even knew I was having surgery. Needless to say, I was unable to run. I ended up staying home with the kids while Danny ran. My sister-in-law and her cousin also ran the race.

Sunday afternoon, I went grocery shopping and I finally bought a waffle maker!

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I have been wanting one for awhile but never got around to buying one. I heard about the Kodiak protein pancake/waffle mix on Instagram and then I heard that it was featured on Shark Tank so I bought some to try out.

I made waffles with it this morning and it was delicious with lots of protein! I also bought a can of pumpkin so I can’t wait to start making pumpkin protein waffles. Maybe I’ll even add some chocolate chips.

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Today

Today was the kids first day back to school!

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Jaden started his morning by eating a waffle with dairy-free chocolate chips and dairy-free butter. He ate the whole thing! Usually he isn’t a huge eater in the morning so I was surprise he finished it all.

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Then the kids went off to school! I miss them already!

Have a great day!!

  • Do you or your kids have any allergies?
  • Pancakes or waffles?

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

First up, the winner of the FitBook is Amy B. Congrats, Amy! I sent you an email!

How is everyone doing today? I haven’t been to the gym in a couple of days because Jaden has been feeling a little bit under the weather. Monday night, he had a “migrate” all day. That’s migraine in Jaden speak. That night he had a 102 degree fever but it only lasted the night.

He’s feeling a lot better now and Saturday he has a doctor appointment for allergy testing. He’s done allergy testing in the past but the doctor wants him to do it again since it’s been a few years. I feel bad for him because allergy testing does not look fun.

Danny and I plan on going to the gym tonight to work on shoulders. My leg is still been a little sore so I haven’t been on the walking track in a week but we’ll see how it feels tonight. Monday is my second post-op doctor appointment!

Breakfast

For breakfast this morning, I made chocolate peanut butter protein pancakes.

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I mixed together: 1/4 cup Quaker perfect portions oats, one egg white, 1/2 scoop chocolate peanut butter cup 1st Phorm protein powder, and 2 tbsp. of PB2.

I cooked the pancakes about 3-4 minutes each side and then topped them with Walden Farms syrup.

I am not usually too hungry in the mornings but I always make sure to eat something!

Lately, Danny and I have been eating a lot of the Yasso Greek Yogurt Mint Chocolate Chip bars, but I can only find them at Target. Today, at a local grocery store I found a new flavor – peanut butter cup!

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I bought a box to try out and we’ll see if they live up to the mint chocolate chip flavor. I have high expectations for anything that is peanut butter cup flavored!

Danny and I participated in the ice bucket challenge to help raise awareness and money for ALS. If you want to check out our video, it’s on Instagram. @RunEatPlay

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you eat breakfast every day? What’s your favorite breakfast?
  • When’s the last time you were sick? I have had colds recently but I can’t remember the last time I had a fever!

 

 

 

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Four Weeks and One Day

Good afternoon!

Surgery Update

Are you super sick of me talking about my surgery and recovery yet?! Well, yesterday was exactly four weeks since I had surgery.

This was actually a big day because it meant I could finally ditch the crutches and hip brace. While it was such a relief to get rid of them, it doesn’t mean that I’m fully better. Walking still hurts and sleeping is still hard.

It’s nice not to have to sleep in the hip brace but my hip is still sore so I spend a lot of the night tossing and turning. I feel slight pain in my hip when I walk but the physical therapist says it’s normal and the muscles just have to be re-trained.

I have been spending a lot of my time strengthening my glute in physical therapy. I’m up to 30 minutes on the stationary bike with a resistance of 2. I was also given the okay to walk 5-10 minutes at a time on the track or treadmill although I haven’t yet because walking without crutches is still a little hard.

The best part is that I am finally able to drive! No more being stuck at home for weeks!

So, of course the first thing I did this morning was drive to the gym. :)

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I rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes, did some bicep exercises, and finished with some of the exercises from physical therapy.

Bicep exercises:

  • Hammer curls x12, 3 sets
  • Concentration curls on stability ball x12 each side, 3 sets
  • Bicep curls with resistance band x12, 3 sets
  • Alternating twisting dumbbell curls x12 each side, 3 sets

What I’ve Been Eating

I’ve been doing really good this week sticking to healthy eating. For breakfast, I made some protein pancakes.

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I used Quaker Perfect Portions oats, two egg whites, half a scoop of 1st Phorm chocolate peanut butter cup protein powder, and 1/2 tbsp. of peanut butter.

So good and lots of protein! I topped them with berries and Walden Farms syrup.

I’ve also gone back to eating flatbread pizzas! I’ll go through phases where I’ll eat flatbread pizza for a long time and then not eat it for months. It’s always a healthy choice when I’m craving pizza.

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I use a Flatout flatbread, pizza sauce, mini sweet peppers, red onions, and mozzarella cheese.

I have been also drinking a ton of water. I have turned a Voss water bottle into fruit infused water.

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I love that the bottle is glass so I can reuse it. I just cut up some lemon and limes and popped them in the bottle. Easy and refreshing!

I have plans to go to the gym tomorrow morning and do a few errands. Then it’s the weekend!!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What have you been up to lately?
  • Do you like driving? I actually dislike driving but I also hate being stuck at home! :)
  • Do you drink a lot of water?

 

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