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Anniversary Dinner – Texas de Brazil

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?


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


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.


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 :)



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.


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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Good afternoon! Spring break is over and life is back to normal…for the most part.

On the last day of spring break, we took the kids to a local train restaurant where all the food is delivered by train.


We went once a few years ago for Jaden’s birthday. It was fun, but I think they both might be getting a little too old for it.


  • Sunday – taught BodyPump
  • Monday – Running (indoor track) and abs
  • Tuesday – Women on Weights class and incline walking on treadmill

Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and 60 degrees so I am hoping to run outside. :)

My normal schedule has changed quite a bit lately. I am now watching my niece two days at about 10:30 am which changes my workout schedule a bit. I am also working four evening a week, a couple of mornings, and teaching BodyPump on Friday mornings.

Working four nights a week at dinnertime has made things a little more stressful. My kids also started soccer and baseball practice three nights a week making things even more crazy.

I have started to plan my meals out a little more since I don’t get home until between 8 and 9 pm. I usually have a small snack before I leave the house and dinner when I get home. I’m trying to prep some food so that I don’t grab the first thing I see and eat it all.

Yesterday I made some baked chicken and veggies.


I can only stand so much chicken and veggies so I made a lot of chicken for Danny to eat for lunch and dinner and veggies for myself. (Danny’s been trying to eat better too).


Danny will usually put some salmon or something for me in the oven when I’m on my way home.

I also bought some high protein snacks that are easy to grab fast.


Cottage cheese and Greek yogurt. I like to eat the cottage cheese with a clementine, and I mix the Greek yogurt with one Truvia packet and PB2. I eat it with apple slices and it’s so delicious. It’s almost like eating a dessert. Almost. I kind of think desserts should contain chocolate :)

I think meal prepping and planning makes things a little bit easier and I’m not reaching for something unhealthy.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you work late?
  • Do you meal prep or meal plan?


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Fun Run 2014 in Color 5k Recap

Good Morning!

Yesterday, Jaden completed his very first 5k!


We ran the Fun Run 2014 in Color 5k with my dad and stepmom. It was even featured on the local ABC TV news station that morning.


The Fun Run is an untimed color race where powdered color is thrown on you as your run at four different stations.


The race started at 8:00 am. We got there about 7:15 am and were able to find close parking right away. Jaden got his face painted by my dad.


I use the port-o-potty twice. The first time, I was able to walk right up without waiting but then I decided that I had to go again 7 minutes before the race started and there was a long line. I waited and got back to the start line right on time. There was five port-o-potties, and with over 1,000 runners, I think they need to add a couple more next year.

The race started in waves depending how you lined up. They let a group of runner go with a couple of minutes in between each group so the color stations weren’t overcrowded with people.

My dad and stepmom stayed together, Danny and Jacob ran together, and Jaden and I stayed together. Jaden started out running really good and was able to make it almost a half mile before he got tired. He seems to have exactly two speeds – sprinting and walking. We walked a lot of the race with a little bit of running when he was ready.

But you better believe he ran like crazy when he saw the upcoming color stations:



He learned very quickly to keep his mouth closed at the color stations. At the first station, he left his mouth open and spent the next half a mile spitting out color.


The one thing I didn’t like was that there wasn’t a water station on the course at all. Jaden begged for water the whole time and I didn’t even think to bring any. I know that it’s only a three mile race but when you have a race that a lot of kids are running and a race where you can get color in your mouth and eyes, you should have at least one water station.

Jaden really slowed down at the end of the race and every time I encouraged him to go faster (mostly so we could move out of people’s way) he would scream, “stop forcing me to run faster!” at the top of his lungs so I got some not-so-nice looks from people around me.

About a quarter of a mile from the finish, we saw Danny and Jacob and Jaden took off running. Sure, start running when you see Daddy. We went through the final color station and crossed the finish line!


According to my Garmin, we finished the race in 41:48. My goal for Jaden was 45 minutes so I was happy he was able to finish in under that. If we do it next time, I will definitely carry water for him.

My stepmom and Dad did awesome – I think my dad got the most color on him than all of us!




There were bagels, bananas, and clementines at the end of the race. There was also Propel water and coffee – I love races that have coffee afterwards!

There was also an after party where everyone got bags of color and threw them all at once. There was color everywhere!



We had to leave quickly after the race since the kids had soccer and baseball practice but we did stay around to throw our color packets! There was also a wind tent where you could get the color blown off of you.

Overall, this was a really fun race. It’s great for kids and Jaden loved it. Parking was easy and the course went through a local neighborhood and around a park. It started on time and everything ran smoothly. I do wish they had a water station on the course.

We didn’t wait in line for the wind station but we did bring towels to put on the car seats. If you run a color race make sure to bring towels or extra clothes!

Fun times!


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Blue Milk

Good morning!

With the kids home for spring break, these past few days have been busy! I finally seemed to get rid of my cold and my calves feel a lot better. They still ache when I walk up the stairs but at least it’s not a constant pain anymore.

This Week’s Workouts:

  • Mon. – Walked
  • Tues. – Women on Weights
  • Wed. – BodyPump
  • Thurs. – Rest
  • Fri. – Teach BodyPump

My workouts were a little bit lighter this week since I wasn’t feeling well and the kids are home.

Here’s a few pictures from our week.

On Tuesday, I put blue food coloring in Jaden’s milk as a April Fool’s Day prank.


He was less than impressed.

I also switched the cereals in Jacob’s cereal boxes but he guessed that I did it before he even poured the cereal out. Being an almost teenager, he thought my jokes were really lame.

The kids had a dentist appointment yesterday which I initially showed up a day early for even though it’s written done on my calendar. That wasn’t fun.


The kids had no cavities so we went to Whole Foods to celebrate! Okay, I went to Whole Foods to celebrate that we won’t have a dental cavity bill, although Jacob does need braces…


My salad:


My stepmom picked up our race t-shirts and bibs yesterday. Jaden is running walking his very first 5k tomorrow! Yes, my calves want to punch me in the face right now.


Jaden is very excited about his very first 5k but he doesn’t run much so I figure the majority of the race will be walking with little running spurts thrown in. My calves should be able to handle that. My dad and stepmom are also walking and Danny and Jacob are running.

I have never done a color run so I’m not such exactly what to expect. The website gives directions on how to clean the color off your camera – that’s interesting. Since it’ll be cold, we’ll have to wear warm old clothes with our t-shirts over them. They also recommend old shoes. I think it’ll be a lot of fun and Jaden is beyond excited.

Danny has the day off today so we can do something fun with the kids after BodyPump. I think they decided on going to Dave and Buster’s, a restaurant and game place. The weather hasn’t been the greatest for their spring break but at least we got a few fun activities in there!

Have a great Friday!

  • Have you ever done a color run?
  • Have you ever worn braces? I got my braces on when I was 16 years old – not fun.
  • Did you pull any April Fool’s Day pranks?

Mom’s Note: I realize that I have a lot more pictures of Jaden on my blog than Jacob. That’s because Jacob is less than two months away from being a teenager and hates to be photographed. He asks me not to take his picture and I try to respect that.



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Quick Check-In


Last night, my calves were killing me. I couldn’t even bend my legs because they were so tight and I had to walk all crazy.

A couple of  years ago, I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome, meaning my calf muscles are too tight in their sheaths and don’t get proper blood flow. Normally they aren’t too bad, but with not running outside for months and the few hills yesterday, the Shamrock Shuffle just made them really tight and painful.

Danny used this torture device on my calves last night to help loosen them up. It hurt.


This morning, I woke up feeling horrible. I have a bad cold, a headache, and my calves are still killing me. The good news is that my hip felt really good after the race. It didn’t really bother me at all while running so I guess the cortisone shot I got last month helped.

The weather is beautiful outside, so I thought it might help loosen my calves up if the kids and I went for a walk.



Jaden also has his first 5k this weekend coming up so I thought it would be good practice for him. It took him over 20 minutes to walk one mile and then he declared that he would ride his bike for the 5k. It’s going to be a long race…

I am hoping with all the other people and the excitement of the race, he’ll pick up the pace a bit.

After we walked for about thirty minutes, they kids played at the park for awhile. It’s so nice to actually get out of the house and be in the sunshine.


After we got home, I checked my steps on my FitBit and was right around 5,000 steps. About a half an hour later, I noticed that my FitBit was gone. The darn thing fell off my wrist.

I know it has to be at home somewhere since I was able to sync it after our walk, I just can’t find it anywhere! What a pain. It’s just been one of the days.

Besides going for a walk, we didn’t really do much today. I just feel too yucky. I had some black cherry tea this afternoon hoping it would help me feel a little better.


I don’t think it helped, but it tasted good :)

Have a great afternoon!

  • What are your plans for today?
  • What was your first race?
  • Have you ever lost anything important?


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Shamrock Shuffle 8k 2014

Good afternoon! It is sunny and 60 degrees here in Chicagoland! I don’t think we’ve seen weather like this in a long time – it’s wonderful!!

This morning, I ran the Shamrock Shuffle 8k with Danny, my stepmom, and her friends Nick, Cindy, and Stephanie.


I have lived in the Chicago suburbs for close to 32 years and this was my first race in the city. And my favorite race. I’m normally not a huge fan of crowds and people and with 40,000 other runners, I was a little worried, but everything worked out perfectly.

The expo was Friday and Saturday. My dad and Sue picked up our packets for us. They said the expo was nice and although parking took awhile, packet pick-up was a breeze.


Danny’s fast. I’m not fast. :)

They even had some great photo ops at the expo – my dad and stepmom.


We dropped the kids off at my mom’s on Saturday night and woke up about 5:30 am on Sunday morning. When we woke up, I wasn’t feeling the best. The kids have had a cold lately, and they gave it to me. This made me really nervous about running. I was also worried about my hip and calves and planned to walk/run.

I said going into this race that I didn’t have a goal in mind and just wanted to finish. But in my mind, I really felt like I needed to finish in an hour or less. Once I started going, I felt a lot better than expected. I ended up being able to run the entire thing and finished in 51:56!! :)

Danny finished in 40:55. Yay Danny!!


I was incredibly happy! I really planned on walking, but with the energy of the crowd and the cool weather, I managed to run all of it. My legs almost collapsed when I crossed the finish line but I walked around until they felt better.

Right now, my calves are absolutely killing me – the worst they’ve been in a long time, but it was worth it to cross the finish line without walking (ask me if I feel the same way tomorrow).

My hip felt really good, so that cortisone shot I had must have helped a lot.

The Race

We meet up with everyone else in the morning and arrived in the city about 7:30 am. We parked at a hotel for $30 (totally worth it!) and we’re able to hang out in the hotel with the other runners and use the indoor bathrooms.


I was really worried about what to wear. I knew it would be sunny out, but about 35 degrees at race time. I warm-up really quickly when I’m running but was also worried about being too cold. I ended up wearing pants, a short-sleeved dri-fit t-shirt, a long-sleeved dri-fit shirt, my calves sleeves, and my Reebok ZQuick shoes.


After we left to the hotel to get to our corrals, I was really cold, but managed to warm-up pretty fast. With 40,000 other runners, there’s a lot of body heat. The corral were really crowded. My stepmom and her friends have run this race for a few years now and they said they’ve never seen the corrals so crowded.

Can you spot me?


We managed to get into the corral (we all started together) and the race started exactly on time – 9:15 am.

The course went through downtown Chicago and traces some of the streets that will be used for the Chicago Marathon later in the year. The course started out really crowded and remained pretty crowded throughout the race, but it didn’t feel overcrowded.

Running with that many people really gives you energy and makes things fun. There was music at every mile marker, water/Gatorade stations, porta potties, and medical stations. I enjoyed looking at the buildings and Chicago landmarks and watching the other runners and cheering crowds.


I did get warm, but not too warm. I unzipped my shirt a little bit and pushed my sleeves up a little. I was hot but not too uncomfortable. I listened to my iPod shuffle and wore my Spi belt in case I didn’t want to listen to it anymore. I also had Kleenex in it in case my cold started to act up.

At the end of the course is a giant hill. It killed my calves. Killed them, which is probably why my legs almost gave out at the end of the race. I wore my Garmin but the distance was totally off, so I just went by the total time. I saw the finish line and knew if I could push through the pain, I could finish in under 52 minutes.

I kicked into semi-high gear and crossed the finish line in 51:56, 8 minutes faster than the goal I hoped for in my head. It was tough, but I was happy! I immediately drank a cup of lemon-lime Gatorade which tasted like the best thing in the world at that moment.

I am not a banana fan, so I grabbed a snack bag compliments of Mariano’s grocery store which included SunChips, a Bel-Vita bar, and pretzels. I ate the Bel-Vita bar and shared some of Danny’s sun chips. After the race, you have to walk a while until you’re able to meet up with the other people you came with. It took me a while to find everyone else (although we had a meeting place!!), but eventually I found everyone.


We took a few pictures but didn’t stay for the after party since we had to go pick up the kids from my mom’s house. Despite all the people, we managed to get out of the city fairly quickly.

The girls:



We dropped my dad off since he rode with us. He is also the official photographer/supporter/bag holder/and sign maker.


After we dropped my dad off, we stopped for coffee. I might or might not have had a jelly donut. :) Oh, pre-race I had a Clif bar around 7:15 am in case you were wondering.

When we got to my mom’s house, it was extremely difficult to walk without pain in my calves. I eventually need to stretch them out – maybe I should do that soon.

When we got home a little after noon, everything hit me – the fatigue from not sleeping well the night before, the cold that I have, and the soreness of my body from running a longer distance than I’m used to. I passed out.

I asked Danny to wake me up after 30 minutes. I slept two hours. Two hours. Danny says he tried to wake me up but I wasn’t having it.

I took some Advil when I woke up but my head and nose are still stuffy and I am not even going to talk about my calves.

Overall, The Shamrock Shuffle was a wonderful race. I’m glad my stepmom finally talked me into running it. It was a lot of fun and made me realize that I actually do enjoy large races. I liked the people, I liked the course (minus the hills!), and I thought everything was well organized. I would love to run this race again in the future!



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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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)



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!


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).


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

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.


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.


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

Danny was less than thrilled to be buying more shoes.


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


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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Weekend Randomness

Good afternoon - I hope you all had a great weekend! Can you believe it’s March already?!


On Saturday night, we went out to celebrate my dad and stepmom’s birthdays.

My dad got this awesome looking cake from a nearby bakery:


I will admit that I didn’t eat very well this weekend. I worked so hard for 12.5 days and then I just went a little overboard with the food during the weekend.

Honestly, it sucked and I was upset with myself last night. I ate so good for almost two weeks and was feeling really good about myself and then I threw all my hard work out the window over the course of the weekend.

Of course, there is a difference between enjoying yourself in moderation and going overboard. I went overboard. And when that happens, I recognize how it makes me feel physically and emotionally, and I remember that for the next time I’m reaching for that 15th cookie :)

Sometimes you fall off the horse and you just need to get right back on, and that’s what I am doing.


On Sunday morning, I taught BodyPump at the gym. It was a smaller class due to the snow, but Danny took the class too, so that was fun.

Sunday afternoon, we had lunch at my in-laws house. I spent the afternoon playing Sonic on their old Sega.


My brother and I grew up playing that game and it reminded me of my childhood playing it again.

Today’s Workout

  • Ran three miles – indoor track
  • Abs and stretching


Last week, I was running two miles at a time. Today, I took it up to three miles. I am slowly increasing my mileage to see how my hip and quad feel.

When I am running, my hip aches, but it feels fine later in the day. My quad doesn’t hurt while I run usually, but it hurts afterwards. So much fun.

I feel pretty good running right now and am working up to 5 miles for the Shamrock Shuffle. After that I’ll probably stick to 5ks just so I don’t hurt my hip anymore.

Speaking of 5ks, I signed up for my first color run. It’ll also be Jaden’s first 5k – which means I’ll be walking most of it with him which I look forward to because he’s so happy about it.


Danny and Jacob are going to run it, and my dad and stepmom are going to walk it. Jaden is so excited to be doing his first 5k, and he’s really excited that it’s a color run.

I am back on track with my eating today. I have been hearing good things about Earth Balance peanut butter, so when I was at Whole Foods last week, I picked up a jar to try. I got the creamy natural peanut butter with flax seed.


They also have a coconut peanut butter that I’ve heard is really good, but I’m not a huge coconut fan. The regular peanut butter was really good and I would definitely buy it again.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • What was your favorite game as a kid?
  • Favorite peanut butter? I usually just buy the Jif Natural peanut butter.


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Eating Healthy at Restaurants

Good afternoon!

Yesterday’s Evening Workout

  • Zumba – 60 minutes
  • Ran 1 mile

Yesterday afternoon, we took my dad out for a last-minute birthday lunch.


Sometimes I actually wear real clothes and do my hair and make-up…


…although I much prefer workout clothes and VS sweatpants.

Sometimes when you’re focusing on eating healthy, going to a restaurant can really sabotage your efforts. You want to be social and have fun, but you also want to eat healthy at the same time.

I used to be the kind of person that loved to go to restaurants to really enjoy myself which meant appetizers, whatever I wanted to eat, maybe a few drinks or dessert. But that can really start to add up especially if you’re eating out every weekend. I think that it’s fine to do that every once in awhile but not all the time.

Eating healthy at a restaurant doesn’t have to be boring.

We took my dad to a restaurant called Cheddar’s yesterday. I have never been there before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. A great tip for eating healthy at restaurants is to check the menu online before you go so you know what your options are.

Most restaurants have a “lighter” menu with food choices that are lower calories, gluten-free, or lower sodium. Luckily, Cheddar’s has a great lighter menu that I ordered from. I ate so good all last week and I really wanted to continue on that path.

I ordered the miso salmon that included a small portion on ginger rice and plain steamed broccoli. The whole thing was a little over 500 calories.


That was my first time having miso salmon and it was so delicious. I will definitely be ordering it next time I see it on a menu. My meal tasted great and left me full and satisfied. I left the restaurant feeling good instead of overstuffed.

I will admit that I did eat two French fries, Hey, I’m not perfect. And I figure that two little fries is better than a whole plateful. I love fries.

Just because you are dining out doesn’t mean that you need to eat unhealthy. You can eat and still be healthy and happy.

Here’s a few tips on how to order healthy when eating at a restaurant:

  • Ask for your dressing on the side and just dip for fork in it before taking a bite of your salad.
  • Ask for whole wheat bread for sandwiches or burgers.
  • Order water or unsweetened tea to drink.
  • Ordered dishes that are bakes, steamed, or broiled rather than dishes that are fried – things like grilled chicken or fish.
  • Get vegetables on the side instead of French fries or bread.
  • Avoid all you can eat buffets.
  • Order off the appetizer menu for your main dish – the portions are often smaller.
  • Ask your half of your food to go – restaurants portions are often huge.
  • Avoid cream sauces and gravies.
  • If you’re really craving something not-so-healthy, split it with a spouse or friend.
  • Choose fruit for dessert.

After my dad’s birthday lunch, we came home and later in the evening, I headed to the gym for Zumba. I followed Zumba with a one mile run on the indoor track.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights class – 45 minutes
  • Practiced BodyPump – 30 minutes

Breakfast this morning was egg whites and French toast made with Ezekiel bread.


After getting Jaden on the bus, I worked for awhile and then took the Women on Weights class at the gym. This week, we worked on backs and legs. When I got home, I practiced BodyPump for about 30 minutes.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you usually splurge at restaurants?
  • What tips do you have for eating healthy at a restaurant?



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