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Decisions, Decisions

Good morning!

Yesterday morning I went to the gym to do some light cardio. I started on the walking track for the first time since having hip surgery 5 weeks ago. Nine laps equals a mile. I was able to make it two laps which took me five minutes.

I was a little disappointed at first because I was really expecting to be able to go farther than that, but it was causing me too much pain. Then I decided that two laps was just fine and I’ll just need to work on building up my laps. It gives me a goal to work towards. :)

Speaking of running, many of you know that I signed up for the Disney Half Marathon at Disney World in January 2015. Danny signed up for the full marathon.

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My life running goal has been to run a half marathon and every time I try to complete this goal, my body works against me. My first half marathon was supposed to be the Zooma Half Marathon over a year ago but that when all my pain started and I was unable to run.

Of course, I am not able to run the Disney half marathon in January because my hip won’t be recovered enough. Basically, I have two options regarding the race:

1) Do nothing. In that case, I am out $340 for the cost of the half marathon and the full marathon. That’s a lot of money.

2) Defer the race to January 2016 by paying a total of $90 for both the half marathon and marathon.

Option #2 would probably be the best option but  it’s a very long time away. Who knows what could happen between now and then. I wanted to run the Disney race as my first half marathon because I thought it would be a fun experience. But I feel like since it’s so far away, I’d rather just run a half marathon as soon as I’m ready rather than waiting 17 months.

And who knows where I’ll be in life then. Jacob will be in high school – what if I don’t have anyone to watch the kids? What if Danny is unable to get time off work? What if I get injured again and can’t run? What if, what if, what if?

If I paid the $90 and then wasn’t able to run, I’d be out $430 – that’s even more than $370!

What would you do in my situation?? Any advice??

Last Night’s Dinner

I wanted to share last night’s dinner because it was so good!

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I made Greek yogurt parmesan garlic chicken. It was delicious and the best part was that the recipe was easy and required only a few ingredients!

Greek Yogurt Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Pat chicken dry and coat with yogurt mixture.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 40-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and golden brown.

I loved that this recipe was easy to make and healthy! I loved it and so did Danny and Jacob. Jaden ate it…after he dumped half a bottle of ketchup on it.

Some other food I’ve been loving lately:

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I finally tried the Yasso Greek yogurt bars in mint chocolate chip. They are amazing. I must stock up on these! Another favorite lately has been the dark chocolate cocoa almonds. They are one of my new favorite snacks!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Any advice about my half marathon situation?
  • What foods have you been loving lately?

 

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A Surprise Dinner

sGood afternoon! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Here’s a little recap of how my weekend went:

Friday

Friday morning I went to the gym. I started out on the stationary bike for 30 minutes. Then I moved onto back exercises. I did bent-over rows and reverse flyes. I think the standing back exercises put a little too much pressure on my hip because I left the gym in pain rather than just sore.

As a result, I took the rest of the weekend off from going to the gym and let my body rest. From now on, I’ll stick to lat pulldowns and seated rows. Those didn’t seem to bother my hip.

On Friday night, I took Danny out for a surprise dinner. He has been doing such a great job taking care of me after my surgery and I just wanted to let him know how much I appreciate everything he has been doing.

My mom came over Friday night to watch the kids and Danny and I went to WildFire, a steakhouse (yes, I’m one of those people that orders a salad at a steakhouse).

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I started out with a martini flight which is funny because I am not usually a martini fan. The stormy night martini was the best one hands down. The waitress described it as melted jolly rancher and she was right! If you ever go to Wildfire, order the stormy night martini.

I started with the crab and shrimp bisque. It was also delicious. I even got Danny to try a bite. I can’t even tell you how many loaves of their warm bread and butter we ate - it was a lot. A lot.

For dinner, I had the Wildorf salad which came with romaine, spinach, cranberries, pecans, celery, crouton, apples, and apple ranch dressing. The combination of all the flavors worked perfectly together. I really liked the apple ranch dressing.

Danny ordered the filet mignon. I decided to be brave and try a bite. Sorry to all you steak fans out there, but I hated it. I just cannot get over the texture of steak. This is gross but it feels like I am chewing animal flesh and that’s nasty. This is also why I have a hard time eating chicken. I am just not a meat person.

Of course, we had to end the night with dessert. We shared the skillet cookie with ice cream. It was very good but I thought the cookie was slightly overdone.

By the time we left, I could hardly walk to the car because I was so full!

When we got home, we watched Santa Paws with the kids (Jaden’s pick) and when they went to bed, we watched Divergent.

Saturday

Saturday was one of those lazy days where we didn’t really have anything planned. I ran some errands and Danny mowed the lawn and washed the cars. Since I ate so much Friday night, I tried to eat good on Saturday.

For dinner, we went to Chipotle. On their website, Chipotle has a nutrition calculator so you can figure out the calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc in any meal you want. I used this calculator before we left so I could still stick to a healthy amount of carbs, fats, and protein.

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I do think that the website largely underestimates the amount of food that Chipotle actually gives you. For example, their website has the brown rice as 4 ounces but our local Chipolte probably gives you three times that amount. So, when I ordered I made sure to ask for a very small amount of everything. One little scoop of brown rice instead of two huge ones.

I know that the measurements are exact but at least it’s a close estimate.

I had a small amount of brown rice, chicken, fajita vegetables, corn salsa, a small amount of cheese, a little guacamole, and lots of lettuce.

Saturday night, we watched The Conjuring. I hate scary movies. I blamed Danny for watching the movie but really it was me who suggested it. I actually made it through the whole movie…which meant I had to wake Danny up every time I had to go to the bathroom that night. You know, in case I had a demon clinging to me or something.

Sunday

Sunday was also a day when we didn’t have too much going on. Sometimes our weekends are so busy that it’s nice to have a weekend without tons of stuff going on.

The kids visited with their Grandma while Danny and I did some shopping. All at once it seems like Halloween is approaching. The stores are getting ready!

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I love the fall season and Halloween is a big holiday in my family :)

I also brought back zucchini pizza bites into my life. These are so good and a great healthy option if you’re craving pizza!

I sliced the zucchini and sprinkled on some Italian seasoning. Then I put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. I took them out and topped them with pizza sauce and cheese. I put them back under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes. Trust me, these are delicious!

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Jaden wrapped up the weekend by playing in his frog tent.

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I bought that tent at Target on clearance years ago and I am actually surprised it’s still standing. My kids are a bit…rough on toys.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite restaurant?
  • Do you like scary movies? What’s the last movie you watched?
  • Favorite vegetable?

 

 

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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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First Follow-Up Doctor Appointment

Good afternoon!

Doctor Appointment

I had my first follow-up with the doctor’s assistant this morning. First, they removed the stitches (it wasn’t terrible – just a little pinch) and then they took X-rays.

The doctor’s assistant said that I seemed to be healing nicely but I still have to take it easy because of the labrum tear repairs. I am also able to start putting more body weight on my leg. I’m supposed to put 25% more body weight on my leg, increasing the weight every 2-3 days. So, after 8-12 days I should be able to put my full body weight on my leg.

That means close to two more weeks on my crutches and hip brace until I’m free! After two weeks, I’ll be able to walk normally and drive again. I have two days left with my CMP machine and ice machine and then I’ll be done with those.

I’m slowly getting better. I am still good with the stationary bike and upper body exercises, and I will continue to do physical therapy twice a week.

The bad news is that I am not able to do BodyPump for 6 months and then after that I need to take 2-3 months to ease back into it. I’m kind of bummed about that and I’ll have to put BodyPump teaching on hold for awhile.

I am able to start walking after I’m off my crutches and I can slowly increase the distance. Hopefully, I’ll be able to run again eventually.

I asked about having to wear my hip brace to the wedding Danny and I are attending this weekend, and the doctor said yes, definitely. She that it would be most important to wear it to an event like that because there will be a lot of people and I have to be extra careful not to rotate my leg and hip.

She said that it’s also good to wear the hip brace so people realize that they have to be a little extra careful around me. So, now I have to figure out how my hip brace is going to work while wearing a dress.

I have another doctor appointment in five weeks to check my progress.

Lunch

After the doctor, Danny, the kids, and I went to Panera for lunch. I had a Fuji apple salad and lemon orzo soup.

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After lunch, we went to a new frozen yogurt place that just opened near us today.

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It’s called Menchie’s and I really liked it. They had a lot of toppings and goodies for the frozen yogurt.

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Danny was really hungry :)

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Jaden likes to stir all his frozen yogurt and toppings together and then feed it to his big brother.

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Overall, Menchie’s was really good with a large variety of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings.

Last Night’s Dinner

I also have to share last night’s dinner because it was so delicious. We made chicken and veggie kabobs (burgers for the kids).

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I marinated the chicken and veggies all day in a mixture of olive oil, low sodium soy sauce, honey, and garlic.

They came out delicious! We ate them with brown rice, grilled broccoli, and watermelon. Yum!

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Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite frozen yogurt place? Topping?
  • What did you have for lunch?

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Happy 13th Birthday, Jacob!

It’s official…I am the mom of a teenager!

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My son Jacob turned 13 today!!!

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Jacob is my very special micro preemie baby – he was born at 25 weeks, weighing 1 lb. and 14 oz. At his lowest, he dropped to about 1 lb and 8 oz. We went from not even know if he would survive to him turning 13 years old!

The sun is shining today which is perfect because Jaden has a baseball game and then we’re having a birthday party for Jacob.

Yesterday

Last night for dinner, I actually got sushi from an actual sushi restaurant.

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I got a California roll and a Philadelphia roll. They were good, but I actually like Whole Foods sushi better. Yeah, I said it. First, I forgot to ask if they had brown rice and I’m not a fan of white rice. The California roll was a little spicy and I’m also not a fan of spicy foods.

I told Jaden I would buy him an ice cream if he tried a bite of the sushi. He tried a bite, gagged, spit it out, and drank a cup of water. Then he said, “well, at least I tried it.” I bought him an ice cream.

This morning, I’m off to the gym to practice for festival the park district holds every year in May. There’s a 5k, things for kids to do, demos of fitness classes, vendors, etc. This year I am doing a short demo of a BodyPump class. The festival is later this month, but we’re getting everything ready today!

Have a great weekend!

 

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Anniversary Dinner – Texas de Brazil

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?

Saturday

On Saturday night, Danny and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Our actual anniversary is tomorrow.

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That’s the only picture where both our eyes were open at the same time and you can see my little photographer in the reflection :)

I surprised Danny with dinner reservations at Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse.

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Since I’m not really a meat eater, we don’t go to steakhouses often, so I thought it would be a nice change for Danny to go to Texas de Brazil. Neither one of us has been there before, and it was amazing.

I was a little worried about going since Texas de Brazil is a meat lovers dream, but after reading reviews online about their salad bar, I decided it would be worth it to try out. I got the “light dinner” which includes everything but the meat and it a little cheaper.

The salad bar was amazing with so many different items – lobster bisque soup, lettuce, smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella balls, roasted peppers, olives, smoked provolone cheese, couscous, sushi, pineapple, green beans, asparagus, au gratin potatoes, breads, etc. It was delicious. The best part was the lobster bisque - hands down.

The restaurant was pretty dark so I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of the food.

Danny loved the meat. He had a few different kinds of beef, lamb, and sausage. They also have chicken but it didn’t make its way to our table. It was a really good dinner and a really fun night with my husband :)

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Sunday

On Sunday morning, Jaden had an Easter egg hunt in the pool at our gym. He had fun but it was a little crazy and chaotic. There was 100 kids there and they split them up by age group. Ages 3-6 went first in the shallow pool, and the kids ages 7 -10 went in the big pool.

They should have separated the kids by skill level not age because although Jaden is seven, he can’t swim in water over his head. He wouldn’t have been able to get one single egg since they were all in the deep end of the pool until I had Danny ask the lifeguard for a life jacket for him. Luckily, he was able to get a few eggs while wearing the vest.

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After Jaden’s egg hunt, I went upstairs to the gym to do an upper body workout.

I did the exercises as supersets (no rest in between exercises, resting one minute in between supersets). I did 12-15 reps of each exercise, 3x.

Superset #1

  • Seated cable row
  • Wide grip lat pulldown

Superset #2

  • Standing barbell biceps curls
  • Single leg dumbbell biceps curls (switch legs halfway)

Superset #3

  • Seated dumbbell shoulder press
  • Standing dumbbell lateral raises

Superset #4

  • Seated stability ball overhead triceps extensions
  • Skull crushers on bench with EZ bar

Superset #5

  • Bench dumbbell chest press
  • Cable chest flys

It was a great workout and my upper body is feeling it today!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • How old were you when you learned to swim?
  • Favorite restaurant?

 

 

 

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Eating Out, Working Out, FitBits and Shuffles

Did everyone have a great weekend? We had a lot of sunshine – now we just need some warm weather!

Friday

Friday night, my dad, brother and I went out for dinner at Bob Chinn’s, a seafood restaurant. I can’t remember the last time that I’ve been out with just my dad and brother – probably not since I was a kid.

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We had a great time and ate huge crab legs. This was only my third time eating crab legs (probably because of their giant price tag) and they were just as good as I remember.

After dinner, went to Dave and Buster’s and played pool.

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I am not good at pool. Not at all. It was a lot of fun anyway, and I figure my pool skills can only improve :)

Saturday’s Workout

  • HIIT workout on the indoor track – 30 minutes
  • Core workout and stretching – 30 minutes

I went to the gym Saturday morning and did a high intensity interval training workout on the indoor track. I walked between 1-2 laps, and then I ran fast for 1-2 laps. I did that a total of six times and then I did some core exercises.

I wore my Zensah calf sleeves since my calves have been so tight lately.

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On Saturday night, we had my niece overnight, so we took the kids to a pizza restaurant where they were able to make their own little pizzas.

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Afterwards, we rented Free Birds and ate ice cream in the living room.

Sunday

On Sunday, we met my family for breakfast. If you can’t tell, we ate out way too much this weekend. Usually we’ll go out for dinner on the weekend, but this weekend included way too much eating out. And all that eating out definitely makes a difference in how I feel, so today I made sure to eat healthy and start entering my food into the My Fitness Pal app.

Sunday afternoon, I stopped at Target and bought a new iPod shuffle. It’s my third one.

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I had an iPod shuffle years and years ago, but it accidently went through the washing machine. Then, Danny gave me his old one because he didn’t use it anymore…and I lost it. Those darn things are so small.

So why do I keep buying iPod shuffles then? First of all, I cannot exercise with an armband – like if I used my phone. It drives me absolutely crazy. I just want to rip it off my arm the whole time. The shuffle is perfect because it clips on my waistband and doesn’t touch me.

Even the headphones start to drive me crazy after awhile. Most of my 5ks end with my shoving my iPod into Danny’s hand the last quarter of the race.

Next, I don’t need music to workout. I am perfectly fine without music when I workout, so it doesn’t make sense for me to buy some fancy expensive iPod.

And that is why I bought a third iPod shuffle.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Treadmill – walked 3.25 miles (between 2%-7% incline)

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FitBit

I ordered a FitBit! Some of you might remember that I used to wear the BodyMedia Fit device. I loved it and found it really helped me lose weight. I stopped wearing it for awhile, and just recently I decided to get a FitBit.

The FitBit doesn’t require a monthly fee like the BodyMedia does, and I can wear it around my wrist so it’s a little less noticeable than the BodyMedia. I also love that the FitBit syncs with My Fitness Pal.

FedEx tried to deliver it today, but of course I was at the gym and it required a signature.

Hopefully, I’ll get it tomorrow and can wear it for a full day on Wednesday.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you eat out more on the weekends?
  • Do you have a FitBit or similar device?
  • Do you listen to music when you workout?

 

 

 

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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First, up the two winners of the Fresh Express coupon giveaway: Julie and Sandra! I already sent you both emails!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I was supposed to work Friday night, but my appointment got canceled, so Danny and I decided to workout at the gym instead.

We did a workout from The New Rules of Lifting book which included squats, push-ups, seated rows, step-ups on a box, and jackknifes on a stability ball. We finished out our workout with some box jumps – we set them up from smallest to biggest and had fun jumping on them.

I am still working on a soft landing. You can see a video on Instagram of me jumping :) (I’m RunEatPlay on Instagram).

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On Saturday, we went out with my family for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and then came back to our house.

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I think I might have ate something bad because I have been feeling sick since Saturday night. The boys had corned beef at the restaurant but I had a lobster tail. It tasted good but I wonder if that’s what made me sick.

I managed to teach BodyPump on Sunday morning, even though I didn’t feel the best.

After the BodyPump, we took the kids to Barnes and Noble to pick out a book.

Just a typical Sunday afternoon, sitting on the floor at Barnes and Noble, reading fitness books.

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After the book store, we went to Sports Authority to get soccer shoes for Jacob and baseball cleats for Jaden.

Of course, I spotted a pair of Nikes on clearance and in my size (a rare thing to find). And we had a coupon.

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Do I need new shoes? No. Did I buy new shoes? Yes.

Danny was less than thrilled to be buying more shoes.

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I have shoe problem…a gym shoe problem. I could care less about other shoes.

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In my defense, one pair is Jacob’s, one pair is too narrow, and one pair has a stupid tongue problem.

I wear different shoes for different activities like running, teaching BodyPump, fitness classes, etc and the Asics that I usually wear to take exercise classes have a major problem with the tongue twisting completely sideways which drives me nuts because it’s so uncomfortable.

I haven’t owned Nikes in awhile, so I figured they’d be perfect to wear for fitness classes. And they were on clearance. Danny.

I am still not feeling 100% today, but I did work for a couple of hours this morning…then I came home and got sick. I only managed to eat a Lara Uber bar today but I am going to try some toast in a bit!

Have a great afternoon!

  • When was the last time you were sick?
  • Do you own a lot of shoes? Favorite shoes? I love my Reebok ZQuick shoes because they are so comfortable!

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Fresh Express Salad + A Giveaway

As a Mom’s Meet blogger, I was recently given the opportunity to try out Fresh Express salads. I am a big salad eater, so I really looked forward to seeing what Fresh Express had to offer.

A few facts about Fresh Express:

  • Fresh Express salads are prewashed, rinsed, and dried and then sealed in a patented “Keep Crisp” breathable bag to keep their freshness, with preservatives.
  • Fresh Express offers a large variety of products, including ready-to-eat kits and refreshing mixes. Fresh Express also has a special USDA- Certified Organic line.
  • Fresh Express salads typically cost between $2-$4 and can be found at Target as well as other grocers.

I was excited to take my coupons to the store and pick out some Fresh Express salads!

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I loved was that they had such a wide variety of salads to choose from.

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I also love the ease of the ready-to-eat kits. Dinner time is usually quite busy in my house, so being able to make a healthy salad in a manner of minutes is always a plus.

My son, Jacob, only recently started eating salad…and he’ll only eat it if there’s bacon on it. Luckily, Fresh Express has a Bacon Caesar salad kit that my whole family loves, and it’s easy to just leave the bacon off my salad.

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I also love all the different types of lettuce that Fresh Express offers – I picked up a bag of the Italian and I love how fresh and crisp it tasted.

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30 Day Salad Swap

Fresh Express recently launched a program called the 30 Day Salad Swap. The goal of the salad swap is to let you swap out your favorite not-so-healthy food for a salad that creates that foods flavors but with fewer calories.

So, maybe you’re craving pizza. Why not make a pizza salad?! Add some turkey pepperoni and some mozzarella cheese to a salad instead!

You can join the Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap at www.30daysaladswap.com. You’ll get instant access to the Salad Swap app, compatible with any computer, tablet, or smart phone.

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The salad swap app offers tons of great features including:

  • great salad recipes with the same flavors as your favorite foods
  • access to the complete Fresh Express recipes library – over 150 recipes
  • track your meals, calories, exercise, and more
  • insightful tips, recommendations, and encouragement
  • money saving coupons with the more salads you swap

You can also go to the Mom’s Meet website to get a coupon for .55 cents off you next Fresh Express salad!

Giveaway

I was sent some extra Fresh Express coupons for free salad, so I figured what better way to share them than with you guys! I will be doing a giveaway for a free Fresh Express salad coupon for two readers. I will be mailing these coupons out myself, so it’s only open to U.S. residents since the coupons expire soon. Enter below.
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Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Mom’s Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Mom’s Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.  

 

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Healthy Swaps: Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

Good morning!

Growing up, I was a vegetarian on and off. I have never really been a big meat eater and still haven’t eaten a hamburger to this day. Meat just isn’t something that I really enjoy. After reading the book, Skinny Bitch, quite a few years ago, I became a vegetarian again. A while after that I added fish to my diet, simply because I needed more options to eat.

I am a pretty picker eater and I noticed that since I don’t eat meat, I tend to turn to carbs a lot. Lately, I have been making more of an effort to eat better to lose a few pounds that I have recently gained. I will eat chicken once in a great while to have a lean protein source over a carb. I still don’t eat chicken by itself because I can’t stand the texture, but occasionally I will have a little chicken in a recipe like the BBQ pizza that I’m about to share.

I still will always prefer vegetarian options and fish to chicken, but it’s a nice change and a great lean protein source. All that being said, let’s get into the healthy recipe swap :)

Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

Most people enjoy pizza. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it can actually be healthy if made the right way. I only recently discovered BBQ pizza and I love it. And it’s something that can be made easily and healthily at home.

The popular pizza restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, has a Hawaiian BBQ pizza on their menu. These pizza are sized for one person to eat, and the BBQ pizza has 1,110 calories. Even if you only ate half, that’s 555 calories.

I made a pizza at home that still tastes great but has a lot less calories. My version only has approximately 326 calories.

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Ingredients:

  • FlatOut Italian herb flatbread
  • 3 tbsp. BBQ sauce
  • 1 oz. red onion
  • 1.5 oz. fresh pineapple
  • .25 cup green onion
  • 1.5 oz. grilled chicken strips (I used Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh grilled strips – pre cooked and grilled)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

You can add more of less of these ingredients to your liking, but my calorie count is based on those amount. I only used a small amount of chicken but a lot of onions because I love onions.

I cooked the flatbread directly on the oven rack for about 3-4 minutes until it gets crispy. Then I added 3 tbsp. of Two Fat Guys BBQ sauce.

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This sauce has no high fructose corn syrup, it’s gluten-free, and only 60 calories for 3 tablespoons. It’s more expensive that the regular BBQ sauces, but it’s worth it.

After that, I just added all my ingredients onto the pizza – chicken, red onions, green onions, pineapple, and cheese. I baked the pizza at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

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So delicious!!

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CPK Hawaiian BBQ Pizza                   My Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

  • 1,110 calories                                     326 calories
  • 28 grams fat                                      7 grams fat
  • 15 grams saturated fat                    4 grams saturated fat
  • 2,890 mg sodium                            673 grams sodium
  • 161 grams carbs                               43 grams carbs

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 1 mile treadmill
  • Boot Camp – 60 minutes

I was up nice and early yesterday and got to the gym about 6:45 am. I ran/walked one mile on the treadmill before heading to the boot camp class. I ran on the Woodway treadmill which is especially made for people with joint issues.

I am trying out the new Reebok ZQuick shoes (more on that later) and so far, they are awesome!

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I haven’t been to boot camp in forever and it was a great workout.

Yesterday night, my mom watched the kids while Danny and I went out for an early Valentine’s Day dinner.

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Jaden’s birthday party is next weekend so it was just easier for us to go out this weekend. We went to Cooper’s Hawk and it was amazing. Danny had steak and I had the crab cakes.

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This was only my second time having crab cakes ever and they were good. We finished the night with a Reese’s chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. Back to healthy eating today!

Danny and I are heading to the gym to take Body Pump – have a great day!!

***Come back tomorrow for a great giveaway!!***

  • What’s your favorite pizza?

 

 

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