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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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Chiquita Apple Bites and a Giveaway!

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Good morning and Happy Friday!

I can’t believe that it’s August 1st already. The summer is just flying by – it doesn’t help that I’ve spent most of the last three weeks stuck in the house.

August also means that school is starting this month! And back-to-school means back to packing lunches. When Jacob first started elementary school, he got hot lunch at school. I just figured it would be easier and a time saver for me. However, on the first day of both kindergarten and 1st grade, Jacob was given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that he was told to eat. Jacob is allergic to peanut butter.

Oh, you better believe the school and I had some words about that. Luckily, Jacob’s allergy to peanut butter is very slight and not life threatening, but after that I decided it would be more beneficial to my children to bring a packed lunch from home. That way, I could pack them healthy options and food that I know they’d actually eat.

And to be honest, Danny has taken over packing the kids lunches. :) I have such a wonderful husband.

I was recently asked to try out the Chiquita apple bites and I knew they would be a perfect option to put in my kid’s lunch. They are easy, portable, and healthy. They are great for children and adults!

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I received two large bags of apple slices, individual apple and grape packages, and caramel apple packages. I probably don’t have to tell you that they kids loved the caramel apples the best.

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These packaged apples came at the perfect time – right after my surgery. Since I wasn’t able to move around too much after my surgery, the kids were kind of on the own making lunch. Luckily, these apples are perfect to just grab from the fridge and eat. At least I knew they were having one healthy option with their pizza rolls. :)

The Chiquita website has tons of great recipes for using the apple bites. One of their recipes is for apple peanut butter toast but I decided to take it a step further and make apple peanut butter French toast! Yum! I made this recipe for myself, but Chiquita has lots of other recipes that are peanut free.

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First, I took some of the apple slices and sliced them a little bit thinner. Then I whisked together one egg, a splash of almond milk, and a few dashes of cinnamon.

I used two pieces of Ezekiel bread and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on each side. Make sure to put peanut butter on both slices so the apples will stick. Then I added the apple slices to one side of the bread and topped it with the other piece.

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I soaked it in the egg mixture and cooked it over medium heat until both sides were golden brown.

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I ate it with some syrup and more apple slices because who doesn’t love apples?!

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Yum!!

Chiquita Apple Bites  only have 30-80 calories per serving, are washed and ready to eat, contain half a cup of fruit per serving, and are a great source of nutrition!

Chiquita is currently running a Moms Rule Back To School contest on their Chiquita Snacking Facebook page. Check it out here and enter to win!

Giveaway

You can also enter my giveaway today! The wonderful people at Chiquita Snacking are giving away one Thirty-One Thermal Tote so you can bring your own apple bites (or whatever else you want :) ) with you where ever you go! You can enter below!

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Have a great weekend!

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Three Weeks Later

Good afternoon friends.

It has been exactly three weeks since my hip surgery. I have been doing pretty good except for yesterday I woke up with a terrible cold. I honesty feel like I’ve been hit by a bus.

I had physical therapy on Monday night and I walked with my full weight on my leg without my crutches for the first time since surgery. It was kind of bittersweet.

A month ago, I ran a 5k and now I can barely walk the length of a room. I had to go really slow and the physical therapist had to keep his hand on my back. My right knee was shaking uncontrollably.

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The whole thing made me feel ridiculous and it made me laugh. But it was a frustrated laugh. It’s so frustrating that my leg muscles have gotten so weak over the past three weeks that I can’t even walk without looking like a baby deer taking its first steps. Part of me was happy for slowly making it across the room without crutches and part of me was sad that I even had to be in this position. I feel like it’s such a huge step back in my fitness ability.

I know that once I am fully recovered, I will be good as new, but I will have to work so much harder to get to where I was before surgery. The physical therapist said I was so shaky because I haven’t fully used the muscles in my leg and hip for an extended amount of time and it’s normal.

But it doesn’t feel normal to me. It feels like I want to run across that damn room, but I can’t. I have to walk like a little baby deer.

I have been running for years. Years. And now I will have to start from scratch. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for my health and that I will one day be able to run again. I know that there are people who are far worse off than me and can’t do many things in life. My heart goes out to those people and that makes me want to be the best that I can be.

At this point, I am happy to be making progress. I am down to only using one crutch  to get around and hopefully within the next few days, I’ll be crutchless.

I am still supposed to be sleeping in my hip brace. I do pretty good for the most part but let me tell you, sleeping in that hip brace sucks. It sucks. That’s the only way to put it. I make it most if the night with it on but lately I have been taking it off sometime around dawn and try to sleep staying really still.

Food

Since I haven’t been getting much exercise (I still haven’t made it to the gym since last Thursday), I am trying to watch what I eat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. :)

I always start the day off with a healthy breakfast. One of my favorites is plain Greek yogurt with one Truvia packet and fresh berries. I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned that 5,721 times so I figure one more time can’t hurt.

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Danny has been doing most of the grocery shopping lately and the other night he brought home the new Chobani yogurt with steel cut oats. I was excited because I have been wanting to try this yogurt!

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It was delicious and I will be buying lots more!

I sent Danny this text once I discovered it in the fridge:

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I’ll be spending most of the day in bed today since I feel terrible and then I have physical therapy tonight.

Have a great afternoon!!

  • What did you have for breakfast?
  • What are you doing today?

 

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Arthroscopic Hip Surgery: Two Weeks Later

Good morning my wonderful internet friends!!

Yesterday marked exactly two weeks since my arthroscopic hip surgery due to a femoroacetabular impingement and labrum tears.

After two weeks, I am feeling great! The first few days post surgery were very hard and I remember repeatedly telling Danny that having surgery was the worst decision that I ever made in my life and crying. A lot.

I was wrong.

Having surgery was the best decision that I could have made for myself. Yes, the first few days were very hard but after 72 hours, they’re over.

I am still on my crutches and using my hip brace. That part is still pretty annoying but I am used to them by now. I am also still sleeping in my hip brace which I can’t wait to be done with. Hopefully by next week, I should be done with the crutches and hip brace.

As of yesterday, I am done with the continuous passive motion machine and the ice machine. That’s almost five hours a day of my life back!! What ever will I do with all my time?!

I am going to physical therapy at Athletico twice a week for the next couple of months. I see the same therapist that I saw last year when all my problems started in the first place.

Now some downsides to being two weeks post op. First, my schedule is so messed up and it drives me absolutely crazy.

Before surgery, I normally woke up about 7:30 am (earlier during the school year) and would eat breakfast fairly soon after waking up. I would get to the gym about 9:00 am and do my workout for the day. From there, I would either pick up my niece or do errands for the day.

Before surgery, I usually went to bed around 10:30pm. These days, I am staying up a lot later, sometimes after midnight and sleeping in, sometimes until 10:00 am. I didn’t even sleep in that late on the weekends before surgery!

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Since I would wake up so late, I would do my CPM machine right away which meant I was eating anything until 11:oo am or sometimes later.

And the gym? Yeah, that doesn’t happen. I still can’t drive so most of my day is spent laying in bed staring out my window at the gorgeous weather that I am not out in.

I haven’t made in to the gym lately since I can’t drive. Evenings are hard because Jaden has swim lessons twice a week and I have physical therapy twice a week.  But hopefully only another week or so and I’ll be back on schedule!

Since a lot of my day is spent in bed, I have been watching a ton more TV. I record some shows at night to watch the next day.

The TV show that makes me the happiest is Blossom!

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I watched Blossom growing up and it was my favorite show. Right after my surgery, they started playing it at 9:00 pm on The Hub network. I love it!

Some other shows I been watching are Chopped, including the Teen Chopped Tournament on Tuesday nights, Big Brother (love it!), Extreme Couponing, Under the Dome, and Say Yes to the Dress.

I have also been reading and am halfway through Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

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I have also been trying to stick to healthy eating and have been loving strawberries lately.

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Watermelon is my favorite fruit but I think strawberries are a close second!

Yesterday after my physical therapy appointment, we went to Whole Foods to get sushi to bring home for dinner. I was super hungry and needed a snack for the car. I grabbed these Snapea Crisps which were surprisingly good.IMG_20140723_194227

I’m sure they’re not the healthiest snack but I figure they’re healthier than potato chips! Have you tried them?!

I really wish they would build a Whole Food closer to me – it would save me a lot on gas money…that I would then spend on sushi.

Since I don’t have to spend my time in the CPM machine, I’m going to go find something fun to do, like practicing dancing with crutches since we are going to a wedding on Saturday! :)

Have a great day!!

  • Have you ever been sick and stuck in bed for a long amount of time? <—-I was on best rest when pregnant with Jaden for six months and that was not fun.
  • Favorite TV show when you were a kid?
  • Favorite TV show now?

 

 

 

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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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