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VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwiches

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

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

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

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

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

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

I had the cheese and veggie flatbread.

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They also come in turkey sauce and veggie sausage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lots of healthy eats!

Have a great afternoon!

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

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

 

 

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Positivity

Good afternoon!

Last night for dinner, I made baked chicken and veggie fajitas.

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I love easy these are to make and how delicious they taste. Mexican food is my all time favorite food!

Today

I had quite the workout today! I started with 15 minutes on the elliptical and then I did the bikini body mommy cardio workout twice. I can’t believe it’s day 44 for the bikini mommy challenge already! Halfway through.

After the cardio workout, I stretched and rode the stationary bike for a few minutes until the Women on Weights class started. I used to take this class every single Tuesday up until my hip surgery. I haven’t taken it since my hip surgery in July so that’s about 7 months.

I wanted to take the class today since I will be teaching it starting in March just to get the feel of it again. We did arms today including biceps and triceps. Nothing too much for my hip although it did kill my wrist.

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782 calories burned during today’s workout. Post workout, I had a Shamrock Farms Rockin’ Refuel protein shake.

After the gym, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some eggs. When I got home, I proceded to drop the entire bag of eggs on my front porch.

Of course, every single egg broke…except one.

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He was the strong egg. He wins at life. He is my lucky egg and I will keep him forever and ever…or until I eat him tomorrow morning.

To make myself feel better, I made some Cinnabon coffee.

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No, coffee mug, I’m not purr-fect. I dropped all the eggs.

Positivity

Today at the gym, a women made a comment to me in passing that really lifted my spirits. It got me thinking about how little complements or words of encouragement can go along way.

To her, it was just something she said to me in conversation but to me, it meant a lot more. It lifted my spirits and made me feel good. Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves, we don’t take the time to realize the good attributes we possess.

An older man came into the gym the other day and talked about how when he was doing some ab exercises, two women told him he was doing such a great job. The man said that comment made his whole day and he spent the rest of the day feeling good. I’m sure the two women didn’t think about what they said again but the man remembered it the whole day.

I think we are so busy in life that sometimes we overlook the opportunity to pay attention to those around us and compliment them on a job well done. Even something as simple as, “I really like your hair today” or “Great job doing those lunges” can really make a person’s day.

I’m going to try to really make the effort to notice those around me and pay more compliments to people, and it doesn’t even have to be a compliment, words of encouragement also go a long way!

And those are my thoughts for today! Have a great afternoon!

  • When was the last time you complimented someone?
  • When was the last time you received a compliment?
  • How do you stay positive?

 

 

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iFly Naperville

Good afternoon. I hope you all had a great weekend!

On Saturday afternoon, we took Jaden to iFly in Naperville. This was part of his birthday present.

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I bought a gift card from Costco which included two 1 minute flights and the option to view your video online. It cost $40 at Costco. The price for the same package at iFly is $70.

I made reservations ahead of time online. I picked the time 1:30 pm and you’re supposed to arrive one hour before your scheduled time.

We got to iFly about 12:30 pm. We checked in and signed a waiver. We also paid an extra $10 to add a “high flight” for the last 20 seconds or so of the last flight. It might seem like a lot of money for only a few seconds but the high flight option is totally worth it. The instructor takes you almost all the way to the ceiling.

Then we went upstairs and watched other people taking their turns until they called the 1:30 pm group. There was about 15 flyers in the 1:30 pm group. The ages ranged from kids to adults. There were three kids in Jaden’s group and him and another boy were probably the youngest.

We watched a short video on how to hold your body when your flying and what to do once you’re in the wind tunnel. Then the instructor came in and went over the hand signals.

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The wind tunnel is very loud and you are unable to hear so the instructor communicates with you using the hand signals.

After the video and instructions, all the fliers suited up.

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Jaden wore a bodysuit, safety goggles, and a helmet. They also give you the option of wearing ear plugs. Once everyone is suited up, they all go into the wind tunnel waiting area and sit on a bench.

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We couldn’t go in with Jaden since we weren’t flying but we could see him the whole time. Each person goes into the wind tunnel with the instructor for one minute. It was so fun watching everyone fly around!

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After one minute is up, you exit the wind tunnel and go to the end of the line. Once everyone has flown once, they get one more one minute flight. This is where they do the high flight option.

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Jaden and the instructor started spinning and off they went!

After the second flight, you go back and sit down until everyone has had their second turn.

Jaden was so excited when he got out and ran to give us a giant hug.

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Overall, it was an awesome experience. Jaden had so much fun and already wants to know when he can go back!

On Saturday night, Danny and I took the kids to dinner at a hibachi restaurant.

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They have never been to a hibachi restaurant and I knew they would love it. They loved seeing the fire and watching the food being cooked in front of them.

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We ordered so much food and I left so full! It was so good. I was surprised that Jaden actually tried a bite of everything on his plate. All he really ended up eating though was two servings of steamed white rice.

It was a great day, a delicious dinner, and a nice way to spend Valentine’s Day with my family!

  • What did you do this weekend?

 

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Cake Batter Blondies and A Shoulder Circuit Workout

Good afternoon! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Yesterday, we had dinner with my family so I made cake batter blondies to bring.

I have to share the recipe because they were so delicious. And the best part is that they were one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made!

Of course, I got the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Her blog is pretty much the only place I’ve been going to for dessert recipes.

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Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 11 x 7 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together cake mix, canola oil, egg, and milk in a  large bowl.
  3. Stir in sprinkles and white chocolate chips. The batter will be very thick.
  4. Spread into a 11 x 7 baking pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes before cutting.

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So easy! So darn good!

Jaden was on a strict dairy-free for three weeks and finally this weekend he was allowed a little bit of dairy so he was so excited for these blondies!

Also, I didn’t have a 11 x 7 pan but Danny went to the store to look for one and he found one for only $3.99. You definitely need a 11 x 7 pan for these to come out perfect. A 9 x 9 pan might work but you’d have to increase the cooking time.

Today’s Workout

Danny and I ate way too much this weekend! We had two family dinners this weekend with lots of food and dessert so we made sure to get out butts to the gym today.

My leg has been really sore lately so we stuck with a shoulder workout.

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This is the shoulder circuit workout that we did. We repeated the circuit four times, resting about two minutes in between. By the four set, my shoulders were dying!

We also pretty much used all the weights. Good thing we had a small spot at the gym to ourselves.

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Before the gym this morning, I went grocery shopping. I found the new Chobani grape yogurt but I didn’t buy it.

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I like grapes and I like yogurt but I don’t know if I like grape yogurt. Has anyone tried this flavor yet? Thoughts?

Have a great Sunday!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite dessert?

 

 

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Dinner, Brownies, and a Workout

Good afternoon friends!

I wanted to share last night’s dinner with you because it was so delicious. I’m usually pretty boring when it comes to dinner and seem to eat the same two meals all the time – salad with baked chicken and a Greek yogurt or baked chicken with brown rice and veggies.

Last night’s dinner wasn’t too different but it was a nice change. I made broccoli slaw with green and red peppers, onions, chicken, garlic and a little bit of lite soy sauce.

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I always cook a batch of chicken at the beginning of the week to use throughout the week so this meal was super easy to make. I just added the garlic, peppers, and onions to the pan and let it cook for a few minutes. Then I added the already cooked chicken, broccoli slaw, and soy sauce and let it cook for a few more minutes. Easy peasy.

After dinner, Jaden and I made these brownies by Now Foods.

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Don’t let the fact that they’re organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free scare you. I snuck a little piece and they were delicious! These are a great treat for Jaden since he’s allergic to dairy.

And most of the Ghiradelli brownie mixes are dairy-free so I buy those for him too. Most people think chocolate is dairy but there are quite a few chocolate products that are dairy-free. There’s cocoa butter in a lot of chocolate products which used to throw me off but cocoa butter is actually dairy-free.

Today’s Workout

I went to the gym this morning and did the elliptical, the bikini body mommy day #15 workout, and shoulders.

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I am actually quite proud of myself for doing the bikini body mommy workout every day for 15 days. Usually I like sticking to my own workout but the bikini body mommy workouts are great. First, I like that they’re short because I can do then in addition to my normal workout. And even though they are short, they are killer! Each week get progressively harder and today’s workout was 50 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for ten different exercises.

Let me tell you, 10 seconds of rest is nothing. After the ten minute workout, I was dying! I love that these workouts really get my heart rate up. I think my highest heart rate during today’s workout was around 170 bpm!

My right quad/leg continues to be a little sore but I have been a lot better about icing it.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any food allergies?
  • Do you ever do high intensity exercises?
  • Favorite dinner?

 

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Easy Baked Chicken Fajitas

Happy Sunday!

How are you guys this Sunday morning? Working? Relaxing? Working out?

On Sunday mornings, I always like to wake up before everyone else and enjoy my morning cup of coffee and Sunday paper in peace and quiet.

My new super cute coffee mug from Target:

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I’ve been really good this week about sticking to my healthy eating plan. I did really good during the week so yesterday I was a little more lenient and didn’t track every single I ate. I maybe ate a few more treats than I wanted to (Danny found some Christmas candy we forgot about and I just couldn’t stay away!). But life is all about moderation and even though I ate a few more treats than planned, I am back on track today!

Yesterday, I made the world’s easiest chicken fajitas for dinner. I love Mexican food and could eat it all day, everyday.

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This is a recipe that could easily be made healthy – use corn tortilla or go tortilla-less. Add extra veggies. Skip the sour cream.

Since I was treating myself, I used delicious flour tortillas. I also picked up a roasted verde salsa from Whole Foods to try out.

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I used a fajita seasoning packet from Whole Foods but if you’re feeling fancy, you could add the seasonings and spices yourself. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking and if I can buy pre-made fajita seasoning, you better believe I’m going to. :)

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Chicken Fajitas    Serves: Approx. 4

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken, cut into strips
  • (2) red and green peppers, cut into strips
  • (1/2) onion, cut into strips
  • fajita seasoning packet
  • approx. 1 tbsp olive oil
  • tortillas
  • optional toppings: salsa, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avacado

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix chicken, peppers, and onions in a 13 x 9 baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray 022
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the top, add fajita seasoning, and mix until well combined
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes
  5. Add mixture to tortillas, add toppings, and enjoy

These are so easy to make and so delicious! Cutting the chicken and veggies is the hardest part and that only takes a few minutes.

Like I mentioned above, these would be great as a healthy dinner too. One of my favorite healthy meals is fish tacos in corn tortillas.

Workout

My quad has feeling a little better (with the help of ice, ibuprofen, the stick, and foam rolling). I did an upper body workout at the gym on Friday so yesterday I did two Bikini Body Mommy workouts – a cardio and a strength workout. I also did a few of my leg exercises from physical therapy.

Today, Danny and I are going to head to the gym and work on back and biceps!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!

 

 

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What I Eat in a Day and My Big Fat Fabulous Life

Today, I thought I’d do something different and share everything I eat on an average day. I haven’t really done this before because I tend to eat different from day to day depending on my workout, if I’m doing errands, if the kids have appointments, etc. But since yesterday was a fairly normal day, I thought I’d share.

For the most part, I eat fairly similar on a day to day basis. Sometimes I eat more, sometimes less. Sometimes I’m more snacky, sometimes I’m not.

Here is everything I ate yesterday.

7:00 am – coffee with one tablespoon of Coffeemate Natural Bliss coffee creamer and one packet of truvia.

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(I’m weird and write the date that I opened my creamer on the bottle. I’ll only use it for about a week after the date I write.)

My morning starts out with coffee very single day. I usually just drink one cup a day but once in awhile I’ll have two cups.

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7:30 am – veggie omelet made with three egg whites, one whole egg, green peppers, red onion, and a little bit of cheddar cheese.

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This is not my normal breakfast. I made an omelet today because I was trying to use up some veggies and cheese. My normal breakfast usually consists of two egg whites and a Greek yogurt. I probably eat that 6 out of 7 days a week. Boring, I know.

8:40 am – 10:10 am: workout – 623 calories burned.

10:20 am – Shamrock Farms Rockin’ Refuel Shake

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I love these drinks post workout. They’re so easy to just throw in the car and drink right after my workout. I buy the chocolate and vanilla flavors, some with 20 grams of protein per bottle and some with 30 grams of protein per bottle.

12:30 pm – veggie flatbread pizza made with pizza sauce, green and orange pepper, red onion, and mozzarella cheese. I also had turkey jerky and a small portion of fresh raspberries. And a sparkling water. I drink one sparkling water a day and it’s always at lunch.

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I tend to eat the same thing during the week for lunch. It’s just easier. This week it’s veggie flatbread pizza. Sometimes after lunch, I crave something sweet. Some days I’ll have one tootsie pop or a Hershey kiss just to curb my sweet tooth. Yesterday, I didn’t feel like a sweet treat.

3:30 pm – cottage cheese, apple slices, and cinnamon

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This is one of my favorite afternoon snacks.

6:00 pm – salad with baked chicken seasoned with lemon pepper, Greek yogurt honey mustard dressing, and croutons. Green beans, string cheese, and grapes.

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Lots of random food, I know. I like random food.

Bolthouse Farms makes some really good Greek yogurt dressings. I like the honey mustard and ranch dressings.

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The chicken I eat is the Organic Smart Chicken. I am super super picky about chicken and this is the only chicken that I eat. It’s a little pricier but it’s worth it to me.

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8:10 pm – microwave popcorn and a Yasso Greek yogurt bar

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I love these Greek yogurt bars! Only 100 calories and 6 grams of protein.

Total Daily Calories: Approximately 1500

Once the kids are in bed, Danny and I usually have our evening treat and watch tv.

Yesterday, we watched the premiere of My Big Fat Fabulous Life on TLC.

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The show is about a girl named Whitney who was a dancer and grew up being thin. In college she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome causing her to gain over 200 pounds in a few years, leaving her weighing 380 pounds.

She gets back into dance and the show is about how no matter what size she is, she’s happy. Her weight doesn’t define her and she’s just as happy at 380 pounds than she was when she was thin. She points out that just because she’s overweight that doesn’t means she’s lazy.

I had high hopes for this show but after the first episode I’m worried that I might not like it as much as I thought I would. First, while I think Whitney has a great attitude about loving herself, her happiness and personality kind of exhausted me. She’s very outgoing, very happy, and loud. She seems like a fun person but so far, I kind of like her mom, Babs, the best.

Also, while I understand that she loves herself and is happy at any weight, being that overweight causes a lot of health problems that could be helped by losing weight. I understand that her disease makes it hard for her to lose weight but even though she claims she’s happy at 380 pounds, I’m sure she’s worried about ongoing health problems.

She even makes a comment on the show to the regards of: imagine you had a carry around 100 extra pounds while doing everything you do on a normal day. Wouldn’t that that doing everything in life a lot harder?

She points out that the extra weight makes it hard for her to do a lot of things, so to me isn’t that showing that maybe she’s not happy weighing 380 pounds?

I will watch a few more episodes to see if it grows on me. What I really took away from the show is how people treat other people. Most people assume Whitney is lazy because she’s so overweight but that girl can dance. People call her mean names because of her weight and she points out that people don’t realize that she was thin most of her life. Never judge another person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

Have a great day!!

  • What did you eat today?
  • Did you watch my Big Fat Fabulous Life? Thoughts?

 

 

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Last Physical Therapy Session

Good morning! It is cold here in Chicagoland! Something like -15 to -25 degrees with the wind chill. You know, typical Chicago weather.

Yesterday

Yesterday morning, I went to the gym like usual. I did a few shoulder exercises including: the shoulder press machine, front plate raises with a twist, alternating lateral raises, and upright rows on the cable machine.

In the afternoon, I had my last physical therapy appointment. I even got a graduation t-shirt.

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It was kind of bittersweet. I’m glad that my hip is healed enough to not have to go anymore but at the same time, I’ll miss it. I really relied on my physical therapist to let me know what I could do and what I couldn’t do. I have been going to physical therapy multiple times a week for  six months so it’s just something I got used to doing.

I feel like the exercises she had me do really helped strengthen my leg and of course, I can do those at the gym since she gave me a list of home exercises. But there was some massage and hip manipulation things that I am unable to do myself.

I really recommend Athletico physical therapy. My therapist did a great job of listening to me, pushing me with exercises without taking it to far, and challenging me. She even came to one of my doctor appointments with me during her own free time.  I will miss her and physical therapy.

Yesterday evening, the kids had back-to-back doctor appointments right during dinner time. Jacob had an orthodontist appointment and Jaden had an allergy doctor appointment. I’m really trying to make a point to eat better so rather then go through a drive-thru or eat really late when I’m super starving, I packed dinner to bring with us.

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I packed a salad in a tupperware with baked chicken and green beans. I also added a package of almonds to eat with it. I packed oatmeal in a thermos for the kids.

Today

This morning was so cold that school was canceled. They also closed the kid’s room at the gym because of the cold.

I drove my brother, sister-in,law, and niece to the airport this morning. They are going to Florida for the Disney Half Marathon and Marathon weekend. My sister-in-law is running the half on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday!

Good luck, Crystal!!

We got home as fast as we could to get out of the cold. And I probably won’t leave the house the rest of the day!

Since I wasn’t able to workout at the gym this morning, I did the Bikini Body Mommy Day 3 workout on YouTube.

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It’s a 90 day program with a new video workout everyday. The first two days, I did the workout in addition to my normal workout. And today I just did the Bikini Body Mommy workout. They’re fairly short workouts so I have no problem doing them in addition to my normal workout.

The rest of my day will probably be spent trying to stop my kids from constantly fighting! I swear they can’t even get along for five minutes!

Have a great day!

  • How’s the weather where you live?
  • Do your kids fight? Did you fight with your siblings growing up?

 

 

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Getting Enough Protein

Now that 2015 has arrived, a lot of people have a goal to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, and just be healthier in general. A great way to feel full longer and a great aid in weight loss is to make sure that your are getting enough protein in your diet. You can do this by including a protein in every meal and snack you eat during the day.

Protein is one of the three main macronutrients along with fat and carbohydrates. This means that your body needs a large amount of protein for things such as muscle building and repair. You use protein to make enzymes and other body chemicals. Protein is the main unit for bones, muscle, cartilage, skin, and blood. In other words, protein is important.

If your active and trying to lose weight then it’s important to make sure that you’re getting enough protein in your diet. You should aim for between .8 and 1.2 grams of protein per pound of body weight.

So, for example if you weight 140 pounds, you should be eating between 112 and 168 grams of protein a day. (140 x .8 = 112 and 140 x 1.2 = 168)

It’s also a good idea to pair a protein with a carb. Do not be afraid of carbs. Your body needs carbs for energy. Never cut out an entire food group from your diet. Just watch what you eat and eat a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fat. Moderation is key to a healthy and well-balanced diet.

Your body also needs healthy fats. Unstaurated fats are the good fats which include polyunsaturated fattys acids and monounsaturated fast. You can find them in things such as nuts, olive oil, and avocados.

Anyway, back to protein. I really do struggle to get enough protein in my diet because I am not a big meat eater. This doesn’t mean that I don’t get enough protein in my diet, it just means that I have to find other sources of protein that I do enjoy eating.

Here are so great high protein snack and meal ideas if you’re looking for more ways to add protein into your diet.

  • Eggs

We eat so many eggs in our house that it’s kind of crazy. I eat egg whites for breakfast almost every single morning. I don’t eat the yolks simply because I don’t like they taste but there’s nothing wrong with eating the yolks.

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You can make eggs so many different ways – hard boiled, omelets, egg muffins, fried eggs. I love putting eggs on a bagel thin or English muffin with a slice of cheese.

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  • Cheese

Cheese is another great protein source. I know that some people are sensitive to dairy, but I get a lot of my protein from dairy sources. I also take a daily probiotic vitamin to help with tummy troubles.

Like I mentioned, I put cheese on my bagel thin and egg sandwiches. I also use mozzarella cheese on my veggie flatbread pizzas. String cheese with whole wheat crackers or an apple in another great snack.

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  • Chocolate milk / protein drinks

Chocolate milk in a great protein/carb snack post workout. I also like to add a protein drink in my diet if I’m lacking in protein that day. You can buy protein powder or mixed protein drinks. I buy these Shamrock Farms protein drinks at the store and drink them post workout.

Drinking a protein shake post workout helps rebuild those muscles that you just worked on!

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One bottle of Shamrock Farms Rockin’ Refuel has between 20 and 30 grams of protein in it.

  • Greek yogurt

I love Greek yogurt. It’s another thing that I eat almost every day. I admit that I do like the fruit flavored Greek yogurts.

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These tend to be higher in sugar so I eat them in moderation. I also like plain Greek yogurt. I add in a tablespoon or two of PB2 (more protein) and mix it together. Then I dip apple slices in it, preferably Honeycrisp apple slices.

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I also will add a packet of Truvia to plain Greek yogurt and top it with berries.

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Plain Greek yogurt is also a great substitute for sour cream. Try it on a baked potato or taco or use it to replace sour cream in a recipe.

One container of plain Greek yogurt has 18 grams of protein!

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  • Cottage cheese

Yes, more dairy. Cottage cheese has a lot of protein so it makes a great snack. I usually eat cottage cheese in the afternoons with diced apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I just toss it all in a  bowl and it’s a healthy and filling afternoon snack. It might sound like a weird combo but it tastes great. Trust me.

  • Meat

Of course, meat has a lot of protein and lean protein is the best choice. Chicken is the meat that I prefer. I usually bake a few boneless skinless chicken breasts in the oven and use them all week for dinner. I top salads with chicken. I make chicken stir fry with veggies. Or I just season it with Mrs. Dash and eat it with some brown rice and veggies.

Average dinner:

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Chicken baked with lemon pepper seasoning, brown rice, green beans. and salad. Always salad. :)

  • Turkey Jerky

I have only just discovered my love for turkey jerky. I am not a huge meat eater but for whatever reason, I love turkey jerky. I usually eat it with lunch or as a snack. I like the Jack Links and the Old Wisconsin turkey jerkys the best.

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  • Nuts

Nuts are a great source of protein and a healthy fat. I usually pair almonds with an apple for an afternoon snack.

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  • Protein Waffles/Pancakes

I love Kodiak Power Cakes mix because it’s packed with a lot more protein that regular pancake/waffle mixes.

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I add an egg to the mix to give it a bit more protein. You can use a mix or make your own protein pancakes using oats, eggs, bananas, protein powder, etc. There’s tons of great protein pancake recipes out there.

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There are lots of great protein sources to choose from and it’s important to find protein that you enjoy eating.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What are your favorite sources of protein?

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Thanksgiving 2014

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday

On Thanksgiving morning, I went to the gym. Yes, I’m one of those people that works out on Thanksgiving. I am up to seven minutes of running.

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My stepmom and sister-in-law ran the Turkey Trot and since I couldn’t run it this year, I ran my seven minutes at the gym.

In the afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house. They just got a brand-new baby puppy named Abby and she’s adorable.

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The kids loved her but I think Jaden wanted to try sneaking her home. He carried her around all night like she was his baby. Unfortunately, we can’t get a dog because he’s allergic but he seemed really good when he was playing with the puppy.  But the next morning when he woke up, his nose was stuffy and his eyes were red and swollen. Poor guy. He loves animals. Once we bought him a dog balloon that you could walk around and he loved that thing like it was a real dog.

The kids: Jaden, my niece, and Jacob.

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Dinner was amazing. This was the first year I’ve had turkey in a long time and it was really good.

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The cranberry sauce is my favorite. My cousin and I always fight over which is better – cranberry sauce or green bean casserole. One day she’ll accept that I’m right and she’s wrong. Cranberry sauce is the best.

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As much as I loved dinner, dessert was incredible. There are no words to describe the pie/cake my grandma made. Well, there’s one word besides amazing – pumpecapple cake.

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It’s crazy – a pumpkin pie, a pecan pie, and an apple pie all stacked and baked into a cake. This can only be eaten once a year on Thanksgiving when calories don’t count.

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How amazing is that cake?! And it was delicious. Great job, Grandma Marlene!

When we got home on Thanksgiving night the kids elf, Nick, was waiting!

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Friday

On Friday morning, I did go shopping at about 6 am. I will not go shopping on Thanksgiving. I think it’s crazy that stores are now opening at 5 or 6 pm. But I did wake up early on Friday to go to Meijer and Target.

The one good thing about shopping that early is that it’s actually late because all the sales started 12 hours ago and the stores were dead. I mean there were a few people out but I as able to find everything I needed, hardly had to wait in line, and was home early.

On Friday afternoon, we celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom. We don’t see her on Thanksgiving so we started the tradition of doing Thanksgiving again on Friday and I cook. This was the first year that I actually made a turkey and I was so nervous.

Last year, I bought one of those turkeys in a bag that can go from frozen in the freezer right to the oven. They are double the price of a frozen turkey so this year I bought a Butterball turkey to roast. I just took the basic route and thawed the turkey, seasoned it with salt, pepper, brushed it with butter, and cooked it. The easy route.

It did take a lot longer than I thought to cook. It was 15 pounds so it should have took 3-3.5 hours but it took  closer to 4.5 hours before the meat thermometer said it was done, and you don’t want to mess around with under cooked turkey.

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I din’t get too many pictures but the turkey turned out perfect and I was really happy because I was so nervous. I should have been more nervous about the rolls because I ended up burning those.

It was a great dinner and it was our third Thanksgiving dinner! The past few weeks I have been overindulging and I am can tell I have gained a few pounds. I have said this many times on my blog – I can workout all day, everyday but sometimes I struggle with eating. It’s all mental and it’s hard to overcome bad habits that you’ve had for years. I’ve lost 30 pounds in the past and have been at my “happy weight” so it’s hard to see the pounds start to creep back especially when it’s my own fault.

The holidays are hard – there’s always parties and family and food and drinks. And let’s face it – I love food. But it’s time for me to get back on track with my eating and I’m going to try hard.

Today 

Today we’re going with my family to cut down a Christmas tree. We have gone almost every year since I was a kid so it’s a family tradition.

Last year’s tree cutting:

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Luckily, the weather isn’t supposed to be too cold today so it’ll be the perfect day to cut down a tree!

Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Do you have any plans for the rest of the weekend?
  • How was your Thanksgiving?
  • If you celebrate Christmas, is your tree up yet?

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