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Workouts and Easter Eggs

Good afternoon, friends! How was your weekend?

Our weekend started out like normal at the gym.

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Danny and I worked hamstrings, glutes, and core on Saturday and did a 30 minute HIIT workout on Sunday. And lots of foam rolling. Foam rolling is always a good thing.

And yes, I did get hair extensions. I will be doing a whole post on them soon. :)

On Saturday evening my family came over to dye Easter eggs.

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Easter being in March is throwing me off this year. I feel rushed to get stuff done. The nice thing about Easter being this weekend is that the kids start Spring Break on Monday so they don’t have to worry about getting up early Monday morning. It’s always hard to get back into a routine the day after a holiday because the kids are usually up later than normal and stuffed with jelly beans.

As usual, my Dad set up his own egg dying station. He’s very hard at work on those eggs.

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He started a couple of eggs.

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A few Easter eggs from previous years:

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Clearly my family likes to get creative with Easter eggs. I just like to put my egg in the cup of dye and then take it out. :)

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Do you dye Easter eggs?

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The Best Waffle

Good afternoon!

I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had time to post. Well, I’m back today!

On Saturday, my gym held its annual Nutrition Fair so I worked at that for part of the day. There was a bunch of different vendors and nutrition information.

One of the vendors was giving away samples of Gold Standard protein powder in the salted caramel flavor.

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I don’t normally reach for anything salted caramel flavor but I tried it after my workout on Sunday and it was delicious! I would definitely buy the full sized version of this flavor.

Sunday, Danny and I went to the gym for a quad, glute, and bicep workout.

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I have very tight calves and have a hard time not leaning forward when doing squats, so I always make sure to raise my heels by putting plates underneath then while doing squats. This helps with my form. Danny, of course, does great squats.

We also did some curtsey lunges, bicep curls, jumping lunges, reverse curls, and a couple other exercises.

I’ve had a couple great lunches these past few days that I wanted to share. Let’s start with the most delicious one first – Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes waffle!

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This waffle is so delicious. I always find a way to fit it into my macros. It’s a little higher in carbs than my normal lunches but I just adjust my carbs throughout the day so I can enjoy my protein waffle.

I like the Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes because it has a lot more protein than other brands. I use a serving and a half of the mix, one egg white (for a little more protein!), one tablespoon of mini chocolate chips, and water. I mix it all up and cook it in my waffle maker for about 7 minutes.

I top it with peanut butter which melts so perfectly and it’s almost like eating dessert. So darn delicious.

Also yummy, but not as delicious as a waffle, a big salad.

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I love salad and eat them at least once a day. Most of the time, I use butter lettuce because it’s my favorite and you can eat a lot of it for minimal calories. I top it with chicken, mini crouton mix, egg whites, carrots, and Bolthouse Farms honey mustard dressing.

I love the Bolthouse Farms dressings. They have awesome flavors that taste great. The honey mustard and salsa ranch are my two favorites.

Well, that’s all I’ve been up too lately! Have a great day!

  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Peanut Butter or Syrup?
  • Honey Mustard or Salsa Ranch?

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The Best Pillow Ever

Hello! Happy February 29th! :)

How was your weekend? Our Friday night started with the much anticipated Fuller House on Netflix. Yay!

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I grew up watching Full House so I was so excited to watch this new series! We watched five episodes on Friday night – we sure do know how to party!

On Saturday morning, Danny and I went to the gym and worked on back and shoulders.

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We also did 30 minutes of high intensity interval training.

For lunch, I made a flatbread pizza with red pepper, green peppers, red onion, pineapple, mozzarella cheese, and feta cheese.

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My all time favorite pizza toppings are onion and pineapple. I’m  not sure if that’s a weird combo or not but I love it.

On Saturday night, we celebrated my dad and stepmom’s birthdays. Their birthdays are only a day apart. We had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and then went back to their house for cake and ice cream.

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On Sunday, we were back at the gym to work glutes, quads, and biceps. Afterwards, we went to Costco where I found the best thing ever:

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Jelly Belly pillows!! And they actually smell like Jelly Bellies. I bought the orange flavored pillows.

We just hung out and relaxed the rest of Sunday. I watched Nurse Jackie on Netflix. I am about halfway through season two. Netflix is addicting! Especially because I can watch it on my phone which means I can watch it anywhere!

Have a great rest of your day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite pizza toppings?
  • Do you shop at Costco?

 

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Best Fit Body

Hello, friends! How are you all doing?!

I feel like I haven’t been around in awhile so today’s post is just going to be some catching up. :)

As of today, I am working with Best Fit Body again for the next 8 weeks. I have been struggling with my nutrition lately, and this is just a way to help get me back on track and keep me accountable. The coaches at Best Fit Body provide workouts, customized macros (fats/carbs/proteins), and tons of support as well as weekly check-ins.

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I am able to stick to the workouts with no problem and I’m going to try really hard these next 8 weeks to stick to the macros as well. The timing works out perfect because Danny and I’s ten year anniversary is in just about 8 weeks so this gives me a great time frame for my goal of losing body fat and building strength.

The other day I stopped at Target and found a few goodies.

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I haven’t had the soy ginger salmon in awhile so I picked up a package for dinner. I also found two new items that I was excited to try out – Luna Berry Greek Yogurt protein bars and Sour Patch Kids blue raspberry gum. Both are delicious. :)

In puppy news, Baylee is either really good…

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…or really naughty.

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Recently, she learned how to jump up on the table. Sigh. I love her but sometimes she drives me crazy! The joys of having a puppy!

And that’s all for today – have a great Thursday!

  • If you have a dog, what’s the craziest things they’ve ever done?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Any recent fun Target finds?!

 

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Back, Biceps, and Salata!

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Salata as a Salata Select Blogger to bring you exciting news and information about the new salad offerings from Salata all year long. I received a gift card to purchase my salad but all opinions are my own.

Hey guys!

On Saturday, Danny and I did a great back and biceps workout at the gym. I’ve have been working hard on trying to do a pull-up (why are those things so hard?!) so we did a lot of assisted pull-ups and inverted rows on the Smith machine.

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For out workout, we alternated a back exercise and a bicep exercise, doing 3 sets of 12 reps.

Here’s the exercises we did:

  • assisted pull-ups
  • preacher curls
  • wide grip lat pulldowns
  • standing dumbbell curls twists
  • inverted rows on smith machine
  • single arm cable bicep curls
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After our workout, we headed to Salata for lunch. I love that we have a Salata only about 20 minutes away from us now!

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Eating healthy was one of my New Year’s goals and Salata makes that easy – to start the new year, Salata has committed more that $1 million to further its “Fresh First” clean ingredient policy in 2016.

Some changes Salata has made includes:

  • switching to using only antibiotic-free chicken, available in herb-marinated, Asian barbecue, pesto and spicy chipotle
  • the house-made dressings that contain mayonnaise – buttermilk ranch, chipotle ranch and honey mustard – are now made with mayonnaise using cage-free eggs and sustainable soybean oil
  • cookies are now made using only real butter, premium ingredients and no artificial additives

Additional changes Salata is working on as part of its Fresh First initiative include:

  • protein marinades will be reformulated to reduce sodium levels
  •  switching to organic tea for all iced tea selections
  • though few of its restaurants offer fountain drinks, Salata will soon only offer sodas without high fructose corn syrup

 Yay Salata!!

To celebrate, Salata is encouraging fans to take a five day clean eating lunch challenge and substitute their regular lunch with a healthy Salata combination. I also love how easy it is to keep track of your Salata salad on My Fitness Pal.

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Most of their ingredients are on the My Fitness Pal app or you can get nutritional information off their website. It’s nice to be able to go out to eat but still stick to eating healthy, clean foods.

My salad included a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. Fresh fruits and veggies are great because they contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are your body’s first defense against disease causing free radicals. People with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have fewer diseases. Good thing for me that I love fruits and vegetables!

Salata also has multigrain and asiago rolls. Danny has an asiago roll and I skipped the roll this time.

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My salad included: salad mix, strawberries, apples, pineapples, bell peppers, red onions, walnuts, almonds, cucumbers, fat-free mango dressing, and some shrimp for some protein. It was absolutely delicious!

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Danny loved his salad too. He’s a big fan of the romaine lettuce with veggies, chicken, and the salsa ranch dressing.

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Salata has a wide variety of fresh teas and I had the unsweetened green tea with a little Splenda for sweetness at 0 calories.

If you live near a Salata, I definitely recommend trying them out. They have great food while still letting you stick to clean and healthy eating. You can also turn any salad into a wrap  – I just prefer a nice big salad. :)

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite salad topping?
  • What do you usually order when you’re eating out to stay healthy?

 

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Birthday, Coffee, Workout

Hello friends!

Birthday

Over the weekend, Danny and I went out to celebrate my best friend, Jenny’s, birthday.

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We’ve been best friends for 22 years since 7th grade.

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We went to Seasons 52 and had a wonderful dinner. I didn’t get a picture of it but I had the cedar plank roasted salmon with roasted vegetables & crushed potatoes, dill-mustard sauce, and grilled lemon. It was amazing and the dill-mustard sauce was the best sauce I have ever had. I could have ate just that sauce and been happy. Hungry but happy. :)

The waitress brought out a tower of mini desserts with a candle in the top so we could sing happy birthday.

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Those mini desserts were also amazing. The flavors: key lime pie, pecan pie, Belgian chocolate s’mores, mocha macchiato, chocolate peanut butter torte, and raspberry cannoli. Yum.

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Coffee

My UpCup came at the perfect time because I just ordered a bunch of coffee from Keurig.

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I ordered a 24 pack of Golden French Toast, a 22 count variety pack (Caramel Vanilla Cream, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Wild Mountain Blueberry), two 12 packs of Peppermint Bark, a 5 pack of Southern Pecan, a 5 pack of Butter Toffee, and a 5 pack of Raspberry Chocolate Truffle.

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Yes, that’s a lot of coffee. The Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite flavors and my grocery store stopped selling it after the holidays so when I saw the Keurig website had it, I had to get two boxes.

This morning I tried the Raspberry Chocolate Truffle in my favorite coffee mug.

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Usually, I’m not a fan of chocolate flavored coffee but this flavor was really good and didn’t taste too chocolatey. I also like that Keurig offers 5 packs of coffee. That way to can try it out without committing to a whole bunch of it.

Workout

This morning at the gym, I did a chest and triceps superset workout before teaching my Women on Weights class.

I did the following exercises:

  • Barbell chest presses
  • Triceps dips with feet on bench
  • Dumbbell chest flies
  • Barbell skull crushers
  • Decline chest press machine
  • Tricep rope pressdowns

And that’s all for today! Have a great day!

  • Are you a coffee drinker? Favorite coffee?
  • Any workout today?

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Shoulder, Core, and Cardio Circuit Workout

Good afternoon! This morning at the gym, I did a great circuit workout involving shoulders, core, and cardio.

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Here is the workout I did:

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I completed each circuit four times and I finished up my workout with an easy 12 minutes on the stationary bike.

I love incorporating the speed ladder into my workouts. It’s a great way to do something different and challenge your body.

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Post workout, I had this Powerful Yogurt protein drink that Danny recently found at the grocery store.

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I have never seen these before, so I was excited to try it and with 20 grams of protein, it’s perfect post-workout. The vanilla maple flavor was delicious!

When I got home, I took Baylee for a walk since the weather is halfway decent.

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She’s getting big!

After our walk, I made lunch.

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Egg whites with a little bit of reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter, and sugar snap peas. So good!

Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite core exercise?
  • What did you have for lunch today?

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Circuit Workout

Good afternoon!

This morning at the gym, I did a great circuit workout before teaching my Women on Weights class.

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I did the following circuit four times through:

  • 400 meter row
  • 10 box jumps
  • 10 kettlebell swings
  • kettlebell farmer’s carry on track (hold heavy kettlebell in one hand and walk on the track, switching hands halfway. Great for obliques!)

I did each exercise back-to-back, rested about 30 seconds, and then repeated for a total of four times. I really like doing circuit workouts because they are a great way to combine strength training and cardio and are a great way to keep your heart rate up.

After teaching Women on Weights, I came home and had a cup of Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea in my favorite gingerbread coffee mug.

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I usually add a few drops of the SkinnyGirl stevia extract. My mom gave this to me and it’s perfect to sweeten up the tea a little bit.

Danny and I also got in some great workout this weekend. On Saturday, we worked shoulder and core. We did some of the hardest sit-ups I’ve ever done in my life. On the decline bench, we held a plate behind our head and did sit-ups. It might not look too hard but it was killer. I could barely manage two sets of 10.

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On Sunday, we worked back and biceps.

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We also did more plate sit-ups but this time we did them on the floor making it a little easier. Still hard but easier than the decline bench. If you have a chance, definitely try out these sit-ups!

Have a great day!

  • If you’re a tea drinker, what’s your favorite tea?
  • Favorite core exercise? I love planks!

 

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Leg and Glute Workout

Good afternoon! How are you all doing?

I’ve been working and working out. Yesterday when I got off of work, I did an easy cardio workout. 30 minutes on the stairmaster followed by 15 minutes on the stationary bike.

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After my workout, I had a thinkThin bar. I really like the salted caramel flavor.

Today I did a great leg/glute workout.

I did 4 sets and 10 reps of the following exercises:

  • Resistance band walking squats
  • Dumbbell deadlifts – 60 lbs
  • Split squats – 20 lbs
  • Barbell hip thrusts – 60 lbs
  • Walking lunges – 30 lbs
  • Weighted donkey kicks – 5 lbs
  • Single leg hip bridges
  • Leg press machine – 165 lbs
  • Seated leg curls – 65 lbs

After my workout, I took a selfie:)

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And foam rolled.

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In puppy news, Baylee loves laying on the vent in the bathroom. If we ever can’t find her, we just check the bathroom and she’s usually laying on her favorite vent…or eating toilet paper.

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Today will be her second week of puppy training school. Danny takes her every Thursday for eight weeks. Even though she can be a naughty puppy sometimes, she’s actually calmed down a bit and is very smart. She already can sit, stay, give you both her paws, lay down, roll over, and high five. She also rings a bell when she want to go outside. All thanks to Danny.

She also likes to eat toilet paper and shoes, knock over the garbage can, dig in the mud, attack slippers if we’re wearing them, chew the wall, and latch onto your pants when you’re walking. :) Fun times with a puppy.

Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Do you have a pet? 

 

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Weekend Workouts

Good afternoon! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

It’s cold here in Chicagoland so we’ve just been laying low all weekend – working out, watching movies, and trying out a new enchilada recipe (check back tomorrow for the recipe!).

Danny I went to the gym yesterday and did a great shoulder, core, and cardio workout.

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I wore this new workout shirt from Target that Danny bought for me.

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I love the mesh sleeves!

Saturday night, we rented The Martian.

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I read the book awhile back and was excited to see that the movie just came out. I thought it was a really good movie and even the kids loved it!

Sunday morning we were back at the gym for a chest, triceps, and HIIT stairmaster workout.

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Danny was a badass with his tricep dips. I was not. :)

Our workout included:

  • chest presses
  • tricep dips
  • cable chest flyes
  • barbell tricep presses
  • decline chest press machine
  • cable tricep pressdowns

We finished our workout with level 20 on the Stairmaster for one minute followed by two minutes recovery. We did this for a total of 21 minutes.

I recently ordered new BCAAs from  bodybuilding.com that I’ve been drinking during my workouts.

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BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) help promote lowered body fat levels, increase strength, and improve muscle repair.

Well, that was pretty much our weekend! Have a great Sunday!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Have you seen/read The Martian?
  • Last movie you saw?

 

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