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Chili Recipe

A few people asked me to share my chili recipe, so I decided to post it today.

The first time I ever made chili was last year when I decided to make it for Danny. I actually found the recipe by googling “best chili recipe.” I used the same recipe this weekend, making a couple of slight changes.

Best Chili


2 1/2 lb. lean chuck, ground
1 lb. lean pork, ground
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped onion
8 oz. hunt’s tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 can beer (12 oz.)
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons instant beef bouillon (or 6 cubes)
2 Tablespoons cumin, ground
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons oregano leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon coriander, ground
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
1 teaspoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon warm water


1. In a large saucepan brown 1 1/4 pounds of the ground meat (the beef and the pork), drain the fat.

2. Remove meat (the beef and the pork). Brown the rest of the ground meat, drain all but 2 tablespoons of the fat.

3. Add the garlic and onion, cook and stir until tender.

4. Add the other half of the meat and the tomato sauce, water, beer, chili powder, bouillon, cumin, paprika, oregano, sugar, coriander, cocoa, and hot sauce. Mix well.

5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, covered , for 2 hours.

6. In a small bowl, stir together the cornmeal and flour, then add the warm water and mix well.

7. Stir into chili and cook, covered, for an additional 20 minutes.


Usually recipes with a lot of ingredients intimidate me, but a lot of these are spices which really make the chili what it is!

The few changes I made: I added two cans of Brook’s mild chili beans (my family likes chili with beans!), I used 6 cloves of garlic (mostly because I love garlic), and I used a full teaspoon of hot sauce (the chili wasn’t spicy because a teaspoon is pretty small).

So, that’s the recipe that I used. Do you have a good chili recipe to share?

Today’s Workout

  • 1.2 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

My quad is finally starting to feel a lot better. It’s still slightly sore, but better than it was before. I still walked on the treadmill today, but I was able to walk at my normal pace instead of walking super slow. Hopefully, I’ll get back to running later this week!

After walking for a bit, I went to Butts and Guts class.


Lunch today was an overstuffed veggie and feta egg white omelet with toast and pb, fruit, and the new coffee chocolate Chobani bites yogurt.

I threw the toast on my plate at the last-minute. For some reason, eating eggs always makes me want toast.

I finally bought the coffee flavored yogurt to try. While I really like the raspberry and coffee yogurts, I’m not a huge fan of the chocolate chunks in them. I don’t like when my yogurt is crunchy. I’ll finish all the yogurts, I just probably won’t purchase those flavors again.

However, I would buy the caramel pineapple flavor a million times. That one is the best.

I also picked up two of the new Fage greek yogurt flavors to try.

Orange cinnamon and passion fruit clementine. Interesting. There was also some apple raisin flavor, but I didn’t buy that one because I don’t like raisins. Eww.

100 Days

Jaden wanted me to share that yesterday was his 100 day of school!

He made a fruit loop necklace to celebrate and Baby McFruitLoop kept trying to eat it. I’m pretty sure that I also made a fruit loop necklace in kindergarten.

Have a great afternoon!

Questions of the day:

  • Raisins: Yes or No?    Raisins in yogurt: Yes or No?
  • Do you remember celebrating the 100th day of school when you were younger?
  • Favorite yogurt – brand/flavor?
  • What two foods do you usually eat together? I always eat eggs with toast and raw veggies with hummus.


Filed under Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Super Bowl Fun and Chili Cook Off

I ate really bad yesterday. Like really bad. Probably not the smartest idea since the DietBet ends this week. But I can’t undo what’s already done, so I am trying not to dwell on it.

I ate to the point of being overfull, and I hate feeling like that and how disappointed I am in myself, but as long as I can get back on track and remember how I felt for possible future overeating than I should be okay.

The DietBet ends in three days on Wednesday, but I have up to 48 hours after that to weigh-in. So, technically I have 5 days until I have to submit my final weight. Keep your fingers crossed for me because I am a little worried. But whether I win or loss, I am happy that I lost a few pounds and finally dropped below the weight that I couldn’t drop below for over 4 months.

Moving on…

Yesterday, we went to my grandparent’s house for the Super Bowl and to spend time with family.

My brother is moving around a little bit better these days…

Of course, there was tons of food.

My stepmom made these meatball bites – they are meatballs and cheese wrapped in a biscuit with marinara sauce to dip them in. Isn’t that such a great idea?

My cousin made stuffed mushrooms.

Me and McCutie FootBall:

We also had our chili cook-off. There was 8 different chilis and 13 people tasting them all. Since, I don’t eat chili, it was my job to give each chili crock pot a number and put all the chili into the cups with the corresponding number. That way no one would know whose was whose chili.

And guess who won?? I did!!!!!!!!

I think my dad was a bit peeved that the non-meater eater of the family came in first place when he has been making chili for years. Sorry dad, that’s the way the cornbread crumbles.

There was a tie for third place, and my dad’s mild chili came in second place. He made two chilis – one spicy and one mild. He only made the mild one for my stepmom to eat, and he was surprised when his mild chili came in second place beating out his spicy chili. I wasn’t.

I honestly don’t think the majority of people like food that are so spicy that you can’t even take a second bite because your mouth still hurts from the first bite. But my dad really likes spicy foods, and I don’t he quite understands that most people prefer food they can taste because their taste buds haven’t been burned off.

I was very happy that my chili came in first place, and honestly I was quite shocked, but I’m glad that people enjoyed it. Everyone did such a wonderful job making their chili, and I hear that they all tasted good, each one being very unique.

I also want to say that I am very proud of Danny for only having one alcoholic drink yesterday. I thought he’d have more. Maybe he’s waiting until after the Diet Bet is over :)

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Stationary bike – 12 minutes

Well, Danny and I had 43 workouts last week for the Fantasy Fitness Challenge. It was a hard week. Danny can only workout in the fitness center, so he can go once in the morning and once in the evening and that’s really it. So, the rest of the workouts fall on my shoulders which is hard.

The team we were up against last week had 65 workouts. In one week. I thought Danny and I did awesome with 43 workouts, and I worked my butt off to get the gym every free second I had. But I cannot compete with 65 workouts.

It’s not worth being injured or spending every free second I have in the gym. Danny and I currently in 4th place, and there is no way that we can come first at this point, so I plan just to go back to my normal morning workouts. We gave it our best shot. I’m not giving up, and will continue to workout, but I can’t keep up with that many workouts a week.

My Plan

With a only a few more days until the final weigh-in, I plan to be as healthy a I can be this week. I plan on eating tons of fruits and veggies, fish, Greek yogurt, eggs, and whole grains. I am going to try to stay away from processed food, avoid sugar, drink tons of water, and limit my peanut butter intake.

Peanut butter is one of those foods that I love but have a hard time limiting. I usually measure out one tablespoon, but that tablespoon turns into a heaping tablespoon or a few extra swipes of peanut butter right into my mouth. And peanut butter calories add up fast which is why I am really going to try to limit my peanut butter intake this week.

Hopefully, I’ll be down my 4% by Friday, but if not, no big deal. I am happy with where I am, and I have lost 32 pounds since April 2012, and I am proud of that!

Starting off my good week of eating was a smoothie and some blueberries for lunch!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you prefer spicy or mild foods?
  • What was your favorite Super Bowl snack? Commercial?
  • What are you proud of?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Super Bowl Sunday!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Even though I’m not a huge football fan (Danny’s a big enough fan for the both of us), I still enjoy the excitement of the game, spending time with family, the commercials, and the food!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 1.5 miles treadmill, walked
  • Boot Camp – 60 minutes

I had some guests at Boot Camp yesterday – Danny and my step-mom joined me for Boot Camp! My dad came over at 6:45 am to stay with the kids while the three of us did Boot Camp.

Yesterday’s Boot Camp was football themed because of the Super Bowl. Even though it was a “fun” workout, it was still tough!


Breakfast was peanut butter french toast with egg whites and fruit.

Which I ate while reading the newest issue of Runner’s World magazine.


I spent the rest of the afternoon making chili for our chili cook-off today.

I don’t eat or like chili, so Danny was the official taste tester, and he said that it came out delicious! I am also making this potato recipe that I found via Pinterest. I have made it a few times now, and it is so good. I love potatoes…and bread…and pretty much any carb.

Today’s Workout

  • 20/20/20 Class
  • .71 miles treadmill, walked slow

Today’s cardio potluck class was 20/20/20 – twenty minutes of aerobics, 20 minutes of step, and 20 minutes of abs. It was a great class, but I was just so tired and out of it this morning. I went to bed early last night, but had a terrible time sleeping, and I’m paying for it day. I’ve already had quite a few cups of coffee.

I finished up my workout by walking slowly on the treadmill for about 15 minutes. My quad still hurts so I’m taking it easy, and luckily, my workouts will be a little bit less this week.

When I got home from the gym, Jaden had this cute card waiting for me…

I can’t wait until Valentine’s Day :)

It’s snowy and cold here today in Chicagoland. Danny and I have different ideas about keeping warm.

I am usually freezing even inside, and am always wearing a billion layers and keep myself wrapped in a blanket. Apparently the cold has so effect on Danny.

He’s crazy.

Have a great Sunday and enjoy the Super Bowl!

  • Any plans for today?
  • What are you most looking forward to eating?
  • Do you like chili?
  • Did you workout today?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Working Out

Mini Apple Crisp

I had the most delicious breakfast this morning – a mini apple crisp!

For some reason, I went to bed last night wanting baked apples, which is weird because I rarely eat cooked apples, and I’ve only made apple crisp once in my life. So, when I woke up and was still thinking about those baked apples, I decided to make a mini apple crisp.

The recipe is so simple and easy to make, and it came out delicious!

Mini Apple Crisp – Serves 1    Calories: 104


  • Apple, peeled and cut into chunks (I used 3.5 ounces of a Honeycrisp apple)
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. oats (I used Quaker Old Fashioned Oats)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place apples in a small baking dish.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and oats. (I stirred one tbsp of oats in with the apples, and sprinkled the other tbsp on top of the apples.)
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until apples are tender.

That’s it! So simple and good! The best part – the whole serving is only 104 calories!

I ate my apples with a Greek yogurt for some protein.

Even though I ate the mini apple crisp for breakfast, I think it would make a wonderful dessert. I might start eating this as a dessert at night with a bit of vanilla Greek yogurt or even ice cream!

Today’s Workout

  • 1.09 miles treadmill, walked
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Zumba – 60 minutes
  • Stationary bike – 12 minutes

I had quite the workout this morning! Even though I still can’t dance and have no coordination whatsoever, I still really enjoy Zumba. The class is really fun and goes by fast.

After Zumba, I spent a little time taking a bike ride through the redwood forest.

After the gym, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up all the ingredients to make chili for our family chili cook-off on Sunday! Even though I don’t eat chili, I have Danny as my taste tester.

The grocery store is right across from Dunkin Donuts, so I had to stop in and pick up something that I saw on Facebook this morning…

Caramel K-cups! I had a Dunkin Donut gift card and this was the perfect opportunity to use it! I can’t wait to try one out tomorrow.


Lunch this afternoon was an Amy’s frozen pizza, veggies with hummus, and strawberries.

I almost couldn’t find the pizza in our freezer, and I was starting to get crazy because I was really craving pizza. Luckily, after I dug every single thing out of the freezer, I found it hiding in the back. Yes! These pizzas a little higher in calories than my normal lunch, so I like to save it as a treat on a Friday or Saturday. 400 calories for the whole pizza and 16 grams of protein.


Jacob just started archery, and he loved it!

Have a great Friday! Check back Monday for a great giveaway!!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you drink coffee? Favorite kind?
  • Any plans this weekend?
  • Did you eat anything delicious today?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Walking at a Decline

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 10 minutes stretching
  • 1.15 miles treadmill, walked slow
  • Beginner Step Class – 30 minutes
  • Stationary Bike – 15 minutes

I worked out a lot yesterday, but they weren’t high intensity workouts. I walked slowly on the treadmill because my quad still hurts. I made sure to stretch, and I didn’t use any risers in Step class last night.

Next week, Danny and I will get a little break from working out so much because the team were up against for the Fantasy Fitness Challenge doesn’t workout as quite as much as we do. It’ll be a nice break. I’ll still workout out in the mornings, just probably not every night also like I am now.


For dinner last night, I had salmon, brussels sprouts, and Honeycrisp apple slices.

I have been buying the No Name salmon lately because they’re easy to make when I’m in a hurry, and they’re really good.

Today’s Workout

  • 2.28 miles treadmill, walked slow
  • Step Class – 60 minutes
  • Elliptical – 10 minutes

The new treadmill at my gym has an option to walk at a decline instead of an incline. (So, now instead of worrying that I’ll roll off the back of the treadmill and collapse on the floor, I can worry that I’m going to fall off the front of the treadmill.)

I recently read online that running/walking on a decline might actually help quad pain. I figure that everything I read on the internet must be true, so I tried it out. I walked at between a -2 and -3% incline. I don’t think it worked because my quad still feels sore. Oh well. I guess the internet can’t always be right.

I’m trying to figure out why a treadmill would have a decline? Maybe to practice running down hills? Normally, you should walk/run at least a 1% incline on the treadmill because that’s what most mimics running/walking outside.

After my workout, I went to Target to something for dinner, and I finally bought the raspberry chocolate Chobani bites, and I am excited to try them out! I hear they might even be better than the caramel pineapple flavor.

My Target finally had the coffee Chobani flavor in, but sadly, I didn’t buy it yet. I figured that I better finished the raspberry ones first, and I still have pineapple ones to finish.

I bought the chocolate chunk yogurts for Jacob because he loves them.

So, I am a pretty indecisive person. This is why grocery shopping takes me so long because I have to examine every single thing before I buy it. But, I’ve decided that my wonderful son, Jaden, is even more indecisive than I am. Wonder where he gets that from?

Today was pajama day at school. It took him 20 minutes to pick out a pair of pajamas to wear…and I only gave him two pairs of pajamas to pick from.

He told me that the decision was way too hard, and finally he took a pair of pajamas out of his hamper and wore those. Whatever.

It’s cold here today, and I hate it. It’s 13 degrees and feels like -4 degrees. That’s not fun. It’s horrible. I was not made for winter. <—- That’s my complaint for the day!

Have a wonderful day. I am going to pretend like I am on a tropical beach somewhere…

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your complaint for the day?
  • Do you make decisions easily? What’s the last big decision that you made?
  • Do you live somewhere warm? Can I come visit you?
  • Ever run/walk at a decline?


Filed under Dinner, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Working Out

Weigh-In Wednesday

Might as well start right off with our weigh-in and get it out-of-the-way…

Unfortunately, I gained one pound this week. I am really not too worried about it because my weight always fluctuates up and down a couple of pounds. Yes, it’s not fun to see that number go up at all, but I am going to weigh myself tomorrow, and I have a feeling it’ll be a lower number.

I also didn’t eat very good on Saturday. Friday and Sunday were really good, but Saturday was like I had never seen food in my life and had to taste everything I saw…including candy hearts. Damn.

Crazy candy hearts:

But like I said I am really not too worried about it because I am still close to my goal and there is still 8 days to go until the final weigh-in for DietBet.

Also, I have been working out a ton lately because of the Fitness Challenge that Danny and I are doing, and I wonder if I’m not eating enough food and maybe that’s the problem. But it’s mentally hard to eat more food. You always associate weight loss with eating less, not more. But since I work out about 7,684 a day now, I might need a little bit more fuel.

For example, according to my BodyMedia, yesterday I burned 3,388 calories throughout the day. But I only ate 1,468 calories, which left me at a calorie deficit of 1,920 calories. It takes a deficit of 500 calories a day for a week to lose one pound (500 x 7 = 3,500. 3,500 = one pound) So, I think my deficit is too much, and my body needs more fuel.

I usually burn about 2,800 – 3,000 calories a day and consume between 1,400 -1,500 calories.

Danny had a good weigh-in. He lost 1.4 pounds this week, making a total of 13.4 pounds in about three weeks. Great job, Danny. He’s waiting to drink beer at the Superbowl…

Last Night’s Workout

  • Zumba – 45 minutes (I was late)
  • Stationary bike – 12 minutes

There is a 5:15 pm Zumba class at my gym, and since my niece spent the night last night, I was able to take the three kids to the kid’s room. Danny came to the gym at 6 pm and took BodyPump. He’s going to be sore for sure!

I had a smoothie at about 4 pm. I know that you’re probably sick of the smoothie pictures and such, but I had to share this one because it was the best one that I’ve made so far – strawberry peanut butter! It was delicious!

In my smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 3 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • crushed ice

The strawberry and peanut butter might seem like a weird combination, but it worked. It was so good. I will definitely be making that one again…probably today.

Today’s Workout:

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • .57 miles treadmill, walked

After the kids got on the bus, this little lady and I went to the gym.

After BodyPump, I walked slowly on the treadmill. My quad is still sore so I have taking Advil, icing it, and just walking slowly on the treadmill.

Happy Birthday

I want to wish a big happy birthday to my best friend, Jenny! Happy birthday, Jenny. I love you!

We have been best friends for since we were 12 – that’s almost 18 years!

Have a great Wednesday!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you have a best friend? How long have you been friends?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Have you ever tried to lose weight? What worked for you?
  • Do you currently have an injury? How do you deal with it?



Filed under Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Working Out

I Workout and Eat…Story of my Life

Last Night’s Workout

  • Cardio Fit and Tone Class – 60 minutes
  • Elliptical – 10 minutes

I went to the cardio fit and tone class at 6:20 pm last night, so I had a bowl of Kashi cereal about 4 pm, then I had a clementine and 5 pistachios at 6 pm, and I had a smoothie with a little bit of Special K when I got home about 8 pm.

I usually try not to eat dinner so late, but my eating always gets messed up when I go to the gym around 6pm.

In my smoothie:

  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup peaches
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • crushed ice

Today’s Breakfast

This morning, I had peanut butter toast, blueberries, and hazelnut coffee.

Coffee cup courtesy of my mom.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.15 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Stretching – 15 minutes

My right quad (it’s always my right side!) has been really sore lately, so this morning I pulled out the neglected massage stick and used it on my leg.

I think part of the problem is that I haven’t been stretching lately. I don’t stretch as often as I should, and I know that’s a problem. Today after Butts and Guts class, I stretched for 15 minutes, and I was so glad that I did afterwards. I really need to start stretching more.

After my workout, I had a Greek yogurt and a mini package of pistachios.

Each package has about six pistachios and is only 20 calories. A package or two is good for when I am craving something salty/crunchy. I usually crave sweets more than I do salty foods though.

I picked up my niece and the stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few veggies. When I got home I made a veggie and feta omelet for lunch. I also had veggies and hummus, strawberries, and a caramel pineapple Greek yogurt.

Biggest Loser

Are you watching the Biggest Loser? I was glad to see that yesterday’s episode discussed nutrition a little bit more. I like watching the Biggest Loser, but sometimes I get bored with just watching them workout all the time. I would love to know how many calories they eat, what they eat, when they eat, etc.

I think that diet is just as important as exercise if you’re trying to be healthy or lose weight, and I wished they showed more of that on the show.

I was also surprised to see that the kids on the show are also wearing the BodyMedia armbands. I thought only the adults were wearing them since they said the kids wouldn’t be weighed. Maybe they’re just wearing them to see how many calories they’re burning a daily basis.

Have a great afternoon!

Questions of the day:

  • Biggest Loser thoughts?
  • Do you stretch? How often?
  • Sweet, salty, or crunchy?
  • Workouts: morning or evening? Or afternoon?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Dinner, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Jillian Michaels Treadmill

Sunday’s Workout

  • Kickboxing – 60 minutes
  • Stationary Bike – 20 minutes

Yesterday’s cardio potluck choice at the gym was kickboxing. The instructor is also one of the Zumba instructors, so it was more like kickboxing with a some Zumba moves thrown in. It was fun and I liked it, I was just kind of tired because I was up late Saturday night.

After kickboxing, I headed to the fitness center to walk on a treadmill…except almost every single piece of cardio equipment was occupied by someone else. I had to settle for the one open stationary bike, so I rode slowly for 20 minutes…on a rollercoaster track.

Fantasy Fitness League

Danny and I had a total of 32 workouts last week. But we ended up tying with the team we were up against this week, which means that we both got half a point. The other two teams that were doing really well each won this week, giving them each 3 points. Danny and I have 2.5 points, which ties us for third place so far.

We’re up against the hardest team this week – they had a total of 40 workouts last week. Honestly, that is exhausting. There is no way that Danny and I can work out 40 times in one week. It’s just too much. There’s so much going on everyday that it is impossible for me to go to the gym 47 times a day.

The good news is that Danny won the weekly drawing for a resistance band! Yay!


They finally opened a Yogurtland about 10 minutes from our house…this could be a very bad thing :)

We stopped by on Sunday for some frozen yogurt. It was kind of a last minute thing since we just happened to pass it on the way to the grocery store.

It’s a smaller store but they had my favorite flavor – pistachio! I also like how they have the calories counts listed for the frozen yogurt and all the toppings.


At the grocery store yesterday, I actually managed to find decent looking strawberries. That’s usually hard to do in January, and I am super picky about my produce. So, for breakfast I had sliced strawberries and a caramel pineapple Greek yogurt.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.84 miles treadmill, walked
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

My gym got another new treadmill in recently, so I tried it out this morning. They’re trying out different equipment because when the new fitness center opens they’re buying new equipment.

I didn’t have chance to look at it really good because I was in a little bit of a hurry, but Jillian Michaels face is staring at you when you get on it. If that won’t make you run faster than I don’t know what will. You can even post your run directly to Facebook.

On the treadmill it shows laps and gives your time per lap. I wasn’t a big fan of the lap thing, but I did like the treadmill belt. It seemed a lot smoother than the other treadmills, if that’s possible.

Not the best picture, but you get the idea:

I hope you all have a great Monday!

Questions of the day:

  • What did you have for breakfast today?
  • Favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream flavor?
  • Any workout today?
  • Are you picky about produce?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Working Out

Boot Camp so I Can Eat Donuts

Happy Saturday!
Last night I signed up for the Egg Shell Shuffle 5k.

My stepmom heard about the race and called me up to tell me about it. It’s the day before Easter, and you can run with the Easter bunny, and after the race there is an egg hunt for kids and adults. An adult Easter egg hunt?! Sign me up!

I think it’ll be a lot of fun, and I’m really looking forward to it. Instead of a typical race t-shirt, the Egg Shell Shuffle gives out Asics running shorts! I thought that was kind of cool, and I’m much more likely to wear the shorts than I am another t-shirt. The best part – there is a finisher’s medal. I love finisher’s medals. They make me happy.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.34 miles treadmill, walked
  • BootCamp – 60 minutes

I woke up at about 6am this morning and was at the gym by 6:45am. I walked on the treadmill before heading to Boot Camp. I haven’t been to Boot Camp probably since the summer, and I forgot what a great workout it is! By the time it was over, I felt like I was dying.

After the gym, I came back home and picked up Danny and the kids. A few ladies at the gym last week were talking about a local mom and pop coffee shop nearby that’s really good, so I thought we could check it out.

One of my biggest weaknesses in life in donuts. I love them. On my 30th birthday, all I wanted was a box of Dunkin Donuts.

Eating donuts on my 30th b-day last year:

When I heard the coffee shop had awesome donuts, I had to check it out. My dad and stepmom met us over there.

They had so many different types of donuts – turtle, cookies and cream, red velvet, s’mores, sprinkles.

I decided that today would be my day for a treat, so Danny and I ordered a peanut butter donut and a chocolate donut to share.

I also had half of an egg white and cheese breakfast sandwich but it was just meh. I really liked the donuts. They were cake donuts, which I love. Actually, I don’t discriminate against any donut…except the bacon donuts. I really liked the peanut butter donut. I’ve never had a peanut butter donut before, and it was good. I also had a few bites of Jaden’s sprinkle donut.

The coffee shop is right across the street from where they’re buiding the new gym, so we drove by to check out the progress.

Looks good! I can’t wait until it’s open!

Have a great weekend!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you like donuts? Favorite breakfast food?
  • Have you ever take a Boot Camp class before?
  • Any plans or workouts today?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Uncategorized, Working Out

I was Hungry and a 15k Training Program


Last night for dinner, I had Subway.

Not only did I have Subway, but I had a foot long sandwich (Don’t worry – I’m not crazy enough to measure my sandwich). I never eat a foot long sandwich. But after three days of smoothies for dinner, my body was like if you don’t eat something with substance and carbs, I am going to revolt by eating a giant cheese stuffed pizza and a huge plate of fries.

Not one to argue with my body, I figured that a foot long veggie sub and baked chips from Subway was a lot better to eat than a giant stuffed pizza. I was hungry, and I wanted to eat. I did eat a little more than my normal calorie count, but I didn’t go overboard like I sometimes would have in the past. And, I have Danny to help keep me on track.

Plus, the weekend is coming up and I rather have a treat on the weekend than on a random Thursday night.

I also might have stolen one or two (okay, three) of the kid’s potato faces.

Those little cute potatoey faces are really good, but they freak me out a bit…

I didn’t go to the gym last night because my body needed a rest. I have been working out a lot lately because of the fantasy fitness challenge at my gym, and sometimes I just need a little break. I feel like it’s smarter to listen to my body then push myself to exhaustion or injury. Yes, I really want to win a free one year gym membership, but not enough to jeopardize my health.

Don’t worry, I was back at the gym this morning :)

Cardio Vs. Strength Training

The other day in my fitness class some of the ladies were talking about their favorite fitness classes. I was the only one who preferred BodyPump over cardio classes. Everyone seemed to love the cardio classes. I like the cardio classes too, but BodyPump is my all-time favorite (which is why I do it three days a week).

I used to only love cardio. Two years ago, if you ever saw me in the gym, I would be on the treadmill, elliptical, or stairmaster. Now, I have a good balance between strength training and cardio.

BodyPump transformed my body in ways I never thought possible. I lost 30+ pounds and can see toned muscle now. It’s amazing.

Cardio is important to keep your heart healthy of course, but strength training builds muscle which helps you burn even more calories at rest. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue. I’m not saying that you have to take BodyPump three times a week, I’m just saying if you’re a cardio queen like I used to be, maybe try adding some strength training into your routine.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.1 miles treadmill, walked
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Zumba – 60 minutes

I didn’t have to watch my niece today, so I debated staying for Zumba after BodyPump this morning. I figured if the instructor who is 20 weeks pregnant has the energy to teach class then I should be able to take the class…so I stayed for Zumba.

Plus, Zumba is a such a fun workout that doesn’t actually feel like a workout. And by 1pm, I was already at 13,000+ steps for the day! Awesome.

Since I worked out a lot longer this morning, I had a little bit bigger post-workout snack than I normally do.

A mint Builder Bar and a peach Chobani Greek yogurt.

15k Training Plan

I figured if I am going to run nine miles then I better do a little bit of training because my typical mileage is anywhere from 1-5 miles, not nine.

I found a Hal Higdon training program online, and decided that it would be the one I would use. I have heard lots of good things about Hal’s plans, and liked that it’s 10 weeks long and simple to follow.

I probably will have to switch the days around to fit my schedule, but it’s basically two days of running, one long run that increases in mileage each week, and cross training. I’ll probably do it for more than 10 weeks, since I have time, and just repeat some of the weeks.

After the gym, I had a few errands to run. Tonight, we’re going to drop my car off at the mechanic because it’s having problems with the power steering fluid. Great.

Questions of the day:

  • Favorite sandwich?
  • Have you ever followed a training program?
  • Did you workout today? Ever try Zumba?
  • Any plans for the weekend?


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