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Jack Link’s Chicken Jerky and a Giveaway!

I was a vegetarian for a long time in my life – on and off since I was a child. Partly because I am an animal lover and partly because I simply did not like meat. A few years ago, when I started trying to lose weight and started strength training, I realized how important protein was and how much I actually needed in my diet. I made the decision to start eating meat again.

I don’t really eat red meat like steak but I do eat and like chicken and turkey.

Recently Jack Link’s came out with a new Chicken Jerky and I was so excited! I’ve mentioned the Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky on my blog before and how it tastes great, is easy to eat on the go, and provides a good amount of protein.

As a FitFluential ambassador, I was able to recently try out the Jack Link’s Chicken and Turkey Jerky.

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The Jack Link’s chicken jerky is made of white-meat chicken breast, is 98% fat free, and has only 80 calories per serving with 11 grams of protein.

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Mostly importantly, it tastes great. If you’re a fan of jerky, I recommended tying out the new Jack Links Chicken Jerky.

I also really enjoy how portable this snack is – you can eat this healthy chicken snack anywhere! It’s great to throw in your purse or car. It’s also handy to have during those times when you’re on the go but might need a snack – waiting in line, after a workout, that weird time at a wedding when you’re starving but it isn’t actually dinner time yet. :)

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Since I know the importance of eating protein within 30-45 minutes of a workout, I like to keep some of the Jack Links Chicken Jerky in my gym bag.

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It’s also great for traveling and having it as a healthy low-carb snack especially if your indulging a lot during vacation. It’s also important to stay active if you can during your vacation.

Since we are at Wisconsin Dells this week with my family, I thought I’d share a workout that can be done in any hotel room as well as what I pack in my pool/beach bag!

Hotel Room Workout     Repeat 2-3x

  • 25 squats
  • 15 push-ups
  • 60 seconds jumping jacks
  • 20 lunges
  • 15 tricep push-ups
  • 60 seconds burpees
  • 25 crunches
  • 20 supermans
  • 60 seconds mountain climbers
  • plank – hold as long as possible

This is a great workout that can be done anywhere and body weight exercises are awesome!

After a workout, it’s time to hit the pool!! With two kids, I always have a giant beach bag filled with everything we need! My beach bag usually includes:

  • Jack Links chicken jerky – lots of protein post workout and to help keep us feeling full while swimming
  • Easy to eat fruit – apple slices, oranges, grapes, etc.
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • magazine or book
  • towel
  • toys for kids – water balls, diving sticks, etc
  • goggles for kids
  • bottles of water
  • chapstick with spf
  • phone

And there is it – a great vacation workout and well stocked beach bag!

You can try out Jack Link’s for yourself with today’s awesome giveaway!! 

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Jack Link’s jerky comes in three flavors:

  • Jack Link’s Chicken Jerky – lean white meat chicken breast seasoned and marinated with cracked black pepper along with sweet and savory spices.
  • Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky – solid strips of lean, white meat turkey breast seasoned and smoked over mesquite. It’s 98% fat-free.
  • Jack Link’s Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky – Soy, ginger, a little onion, and a whole lot of perfectly smoked turkey.

One person will win an awesome Jack Link’s gift pack that includes:

  • Jack Link’s Chicken Jerky
  • Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky
  • Jack Link’s Sweet Teriyaki Turkey Jerky
  • Water bottle
  • Headband
  • Sweat towel
  • EOS lip balm

Danny has actually been using the Jack Links headband during his long runs for marathon training and he loves it (and it always seems to match his outfit :)).

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Enter to win your prize pack below!! US residents only please.

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Jack Link’s.

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Climbing the Wall

Happy Friday! I’m so happy that it’s almost the weekend! :)

Yesterday, I went to CrossFit. For a warm-up, we were doing weighted sled pulls outside and the instructor said that we could try climbing the wall if we wanted. I wasn’t planning on trying it at first because your basically climbing straight up a wall and then throwing your leg over the top and I wasn’t sure if my hip could handle it.

Then two other girls tried it so I figured I’d try it too. I didn’t think it would be too hard but I was wrong. It was very hard especially since there’s nothing for your feet to grip to or stand on. The first two times I took a running start  but couldn’t get enough power to boost myself up to throw my leg over the wall. It takes a lot of upper body strength too.

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On the third try, I got it! I took a running start and climbed the small wall and barely managed to get my leg on top of the wall. I got it up and I went over the wall! Yay! I was so proud of myself! That shorter wall was so tough, I can’t even imagine going up the big wall!

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It’s nice to be able to accomplish something and feel proud of myself in a non-running activity. :)

After the warm-up, we did the workout of the day. It was tough especially those box jumps. I think my time ended up being 11 minutes and 30 seconds.

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Today

I went to the gym this morning and worked on back, core, and a little bit of cardio.

For abs, I did some leg raises.

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I try to do as many as I can with straight legs but it starts to bother my hip after awhile so I have to switch to bent leg raises.

After the gym, the kids and I went to Goodwill to get some books.

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I’m lucky that my kids share my love for reading. Jacob will pretty much read anything that he can and Jaden just started reading chapter books by himself. And yes, I got a Nancy Drew book to read. Who doesn’t love Nancy Drew?!

Tonight, we’re going out to dinner with my family. My aunt and uncle are in town from California and they go back next week so we’re getting together for a family dinner!

Have a great Friday!

  • What are your plans for the weekend?
  • What’s the last book you read? What’s your favorite book?

 

 

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Biceps and Triceps Workout

Good afternoon!

On Tuesday night, I went to CrossFit and it was a great workout. I was really feeling it by the time we were done!

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It might not look too hard but all together, that’s a lot of deadlifts and burpees!

I’ve really been loving CrossFit. I only go twice a week but it’s a great change from my regular gym workouts and it really challenges me!

Yesterday, I stopped at Target and found these peanut butter chocolate cookie bites.

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They were so good and perfect for an after dinner treat. I pretty much love anything with peanut butter and chocolate!

I went to the gym yesterday and did some leg and glute exercises. My legs were still a little sore from CrossFit the night before so I added some of the exercises that I used to do in physical therapy including band walking.

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We went to the gym again this morning. My niece was the only one who would take a selfie with  me. :) I think Jaden was just trying to blind me.

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Since, I’m going to CrossFit tonight, I just did a short biceps and triceps workout. The exercises I did included:

  • bicep curls 21s (7 full range, 7 top half, and 7 bottom half)
  • skull crushers
  • alternating dumbbell bicep curls
  • close grip barbell presses
  • reverse bicep curls
  • tricep dips on bench

I did each exercise for four sets and 10-20 reps depending on the exercise. I finished with about 15 minutes on the arc trainer.

Post workout, I had a Premier Protein strawberries and cream shake. I really love this flavor!

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I am so glad that tomorrow is Friday! This week has been so busy!

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite sweet treat?
  • What are you looking forward to most this weekend?

 

 

 

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Parties, Cupcakes, and Workouts

Good morning! Happy Monday!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, Danny and I ran the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5k. Check back for a post on the race tomorrow!

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On Saturday afternoon, we went to my niece’s 4th birthday party.

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She had a princess super hero party and my grandma made the cutest cupcakes for the party.

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Super hero and princess cupcakes. They were delicious!

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She even Baymax cupcakes because my niece loves Big Hero 6.

Sunday

On Sunday morning, I went grocery shopping but first I stopped at Starbucks to try out their cold brewed coffee.

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I got it with non-fat milk and one splenda. I’m not usually a huge fan of Starbucks regular brewed coffee but I loved the cold brewed coffee. I stopped and got another after the gym this morning but I got it with only Splenda and I prefered it with just the Splenda and no milk.

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On Sunday afternoon, we went to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s new house to visit with our nephew who is home from the Navy for two weeks.

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We cooked out and the kids had fun swimming.

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They just adopted a new dog and Danny had fun hanging out with him.

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Jaden and I made cupcakes to bring with.

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Betty Crocker recently brought back the rainbow chip frosting which is my all time favorite frosting so I had to buy a tub of it! It is so good.

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Good thing we made cupcakes or I would have eaten it all myself! :)

Today

With all the parties and food this weekend, I ate a lot. Way too much. Today, I’m back on track and trying to eat good all week because we have another party to go to this weekend.

I went to the gym and did a few shoulder exercises. Then I did intervals on the Stairmaster.

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For 30 minutes, I alternated between one minute at level 5 and one minute at level 16. I did a couple of ab exercises and then foam rolled for a few minutes. I ended up burning 560 calories.

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Today, I have a few errands to do and a few workouts to plan! Have a great Monday!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Do you prefer cold or hot coffee?

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Easy Workouts and Peach Oatmeal Yogurt Parfait

Good morning!

I’ve been taking it pretty easy the past few days since my calves were still tight from Saturday’s race as well as pain in my quad and ankles. I’ve been sticking to upper body workouts at the gym and today my calves finally felt better so I did some cardio at the gym.

My quad is still sore so I did really light and easy cardio: 25 minutes on the arc trainer, 20 slow minutes on the treadmill, and 12 minutes on the stationary bike.

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All while watching the Kardashians because you have to pass that cardio time somehow. :)

This past weekend, Danny got some new shoes for marathon training and of course I had to get myself a new pair. I found a pair of Nikes for pretty cheap and I decided to get them since I have been wearing my old Nikes for everything and they’re getting some wear on them.

I wore them to the gym today and the kids wanted me to take a picture of their shoes too.

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Danny got Brooks Ravenna 6 for his Chicago Marathon training.

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I’m debating whether or not I should go to CrossFit tonight. I missed Tuesday so I haven’t been all week but we’re running a 5k on Saturday so I don’t want to be too sore for the race.

Breakfast

I made a delicious breakfast the other day. I used to make this all the time but I haven’t made it in forever – peach oatmeal yogurt parfait.

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You can check out the recipe here. It’s really easy and so good. I cut up a peach and mixed it with a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. Then I added oatmeal to the bottom of the jar, added the peaches, a few blueberries, and topped it with plain Greek yogurt mixed with one stevia packet.

The warm oatmeal and cold yogurt make such a delicious creamy combo!

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite brand of shoes?
  • Favorite breakfast?

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Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago

The Humana Rock ’n’ Roll race event is coming up this weekend in Chicago and I am so excited to be running it! Danny and I will be running the 5k which takes place on Saturday. The 10k and half marathon take place on Sunday.

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Humana is the sponsor of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Race series and they really believe in making health and fitness fun and something that everyone can do. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series is a great way to inspire people to get up, get moving, and have fun while doing it! They offer three different race distances so you can run no matter what your fitness level is!

Humana is working towards its goal of a 20% improvement in health of the communities they serve by 2020 and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is a great example of how they’re working towards that goal. Not only do they want to improve health and wellness but they also help charities a very unique way – with a Charity Miles app!

Charity Miles App:

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You can download the free Charity Miles app on your Android or iPhone, select one of twenty-five charities, and for every mile during the race, Charity Miles will donate 25 cents to the selected cause. How cool is that?! You’re running anyway, so why not help a charity of your choice while doing it?!

All you do is pick your charity and then choose outdoor walk/run, indoor walk/run or outdoor bike.

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Another great way Humana is helping people become active is to involve family and friends. Everyone can benefit from a good support system. Long distances races can be especially hard so Humana has a HumanaVitality Cheer Squad located at mile 12 which is known as “Humana’s Inspiration Mile”.  Displayed on a digital billboard are personalized cheers from family and friends for that extra boost at the finish line.

Runners, family, and friends can share words of encouragement by visiting http://humanavitalitycheersquad.com/ or by checking out the Humana booth at the Health and Fitness expo. Along with the digital billboard, Humana’s own personal Cheer squad will line the last mile of the race to provide motivation for that last push towards the finish line. How awesome is that?! Sometimes all you need is that extra cheering and support to get you through a race.

I’m lucky that I have a very supportive family that runs together and supports each other:

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Humana will be at the Health and Fitness expo in Chicago this weekend for the race. They will have lots of health and well-being activities including:

  • Participant’s stories – this gives people the opportunity to share their health & wellness stories and their motivation for participating in the Rock ‘n’ Roll race event.
  • Charity Miles app assistance – to make sure every mile is logged for charity.
  • Free biometric screenings to make sure body is running fit.
  • Humana Health and Well-Being quiz to test your knowledge and educate you about healthy living.

I am really looking forward to running the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k this weekend! I think it will be a fun race that Danny and I can just enjoy running together. Danny and I have only ran a couple of races together – the last one being right before my hip surgery last year.

Last race we ran together:

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Danny just has to slow his pace down quite a bit when he runs with me. I’m not quite as fast as him. :) Also, why do I always stand with my leg looking all crazy?!

I also look forward to using the Charity Miles app and seeing everything Humana has to offer.

  • Would having extra support at the end of a race help you get through it? I know whenever someone cheers for me, I always run a little faster! :)
  • What’s your favorite race?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Humana.

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The Worst Race

Splash N Dash 5k: 3     Heather: 0

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Yesterday I ran the Splash N Dash 5k and it was my worst run to date. Terrible. I have officially been defeated by the Splash N Dash three times. It wasn’t my worst time-wise but it was the most pain I’ve ever been in while running.

Before the race:

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The course was through the forest preserve on limestone. There was small hills, bumpy terrain, and brides to run over. The first mile started out okay but by the second mile, I was in pain. Although my calves have been okay lately, I wore my calves sleeves in case. I have compartment syndrome so my calves are always tight.

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By the second mile, my calves were rock hard, my ankle hurt, and my quad was very painful. However, I had a brand-new pain this time – my shins. Damn. Really?! I really wanted to give up and walk. My goal for this race was to run the whole thing without having to walk like I did the previous year I ran it. I was able to run the whole entire thing even if that meant an incredibly slow jog at times. At least there’s that.

I couldn’t believe how much pain I was in running. I was able to finish the race and the photographer was there to capture all the pain showing in my face.

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It was a terrible race and I refused to let Danny take my picture after the race. I was frustrated with myself and with my body for not being able to run something as short as three miles.

The whole day after the race was terrible – my calves stayed tight, my quad was on fire, and my shins killed. I couldn’t walk up and down the stairs without a lot of pain. I finally came to the realization that I have shin splints. I have never had shin splints before and I can’t believe how uncomfortable and painful they are.

After researching a little bit about shin splints, I am actually surprised that I haven’t had them sooner. They often happen with compartment syndrome and hip issues. Yup, that’s me.

So, I spent the day icing and elevating my shins/ankles and taking ibuprofen. I think it was the uneven running terrain that left me in so much pain. My final time for the 5k was 32:55.

This morning, they still hurt a lot. And I can’t even talk about my quad pain without wanting to rip my leg off. I went to the gym this morning to foam roll and stretch. I worked on upper body – biceps and back. Then I foam rolled and stretched some more.

And of course, I have another 5k this weekend. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy. But I already committed to running the upcoming race as a FitFluential Ambassador. It’s the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series in Chicago. Luckily, I am only running the shortest distance, the 5k. Hopefully, the course is a little flatter, and Danny will be running it with me to make sure I’m okay and don’t overdo it. After that, I think I’ll take a nice break from running. :)

I plan on taking it easy this week, focusing on upper body workouts and the stationary bike, and foam rolling and stretching. We’ll see how Saturday goes!

Have a great day!

  • Have you ever had shin splints?

 

 

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My Legs Are Tired

Good morning! Happy Saturday!

Workouts

On Wednesday, I worked on legs and glutes at the gym. Thursday  morning, I ran sprints on the treadmill and went to CrossFit that night. That probably wasn’t the best idea because that was the hardest CrossFit workout of the day yet. My legs were just so tired!

There was a lot of us in class so the instructor said we could row 1000 meters or run a mile. Only one person volunteered to run the mile so of course the instructor asked me if I want to run the mile. I had to politely decline because my legs were sore and I wanted them (and my hip/quad!!) to have time to recover for tomorrow’s 5k. So, I rowed the 1000 meters instead and let me tell you, that’s no picnic either.

On Friday morning, I went to the gym and worked on delts with a little bit of ab work. I only did upper body so my legs could take a little rest.

I also made sure to stretch and foam roll. Post workout, I had my favorite Premier Protein shake – 30 grams of protein!

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Yesterday

After the gym yesterday, Jaden had a check-up for his ear tubes. And I actually wore real clothes for once. :)

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The doctor said the tubes looks excellent. They gave him a hearing test and said his hearing is perfect. Yay!

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He was really excited for the hearing test because they gave him a button to push. Kids love buttons.

After the doctor, we stopped and picked up my race packet for tomorrow.

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As I mentioned, I have run this race twice before and wasn’t happy with my performance either time. Of course, tomorrow is supposed to be hot with 93% humidity and possible thunderstorms. Great.

My plan for today is just to take it easy, stretch, foam roll, and drink lots of water! Danny has a 12 mile run this morning for his marathon training and then we’re going to Dick’s Sporting Goods so he can look for some new running shoes!

  • What are your plans for today?
  • Marathon runners: any tips for hydrating on long runs? Do you carry water?

 

 

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Eating and Working Out

Good morning!

Breakfast

I recently bought these Better Oats and I love them!

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They only have 100 calories per packet and I love to top them with about a half tablespoon of peanut butter. Peanut butter makes everything better.

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Workout

This morning at the gym I did a glute/leg workout which included:

  • squats
  • barbell step-ups
  • barbell hip thrusts
  • deadlifts
  • split squats
  • weight hip bridges
  • single leg hip bridges

I just realized that I forgot to add donkey kicks to my workout this morning! I’ll have to add them next time.

I also foam rolled and stretched for 20 minutes.

I decided to sign up for another 5k this weekend. I wasn’t planning on doing it since I just ran a 5k last weekend but I really want to run this race. The race is the Dash ‘n Splash 5k and it’s literally three minutes from my house.

I have run this small race twice – in 2012 and 2013. (I didn’t run last year because of my hip surgery.) This is the race that always defeats me. The first year I ran it, my time was a lot longer than I wanted it to be. The next year I ran it, the weather was incredibly hot and humid. I had to take walk breaks the last mile and I just wasn’t happy with that.

So this will be my third year running it and I am determined to run the whole race and get a decent time. And of course it’s supposed to be 90 degrees and humid on Sunday. Great.

I’m making to stretch, foam roll, and drink lots of water this week so I can be okay for the 5k on Sunday. We’ll see how it goes!

Post workout selfie because why not?! :)

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Lunch

Lunch today was the same thing that I had for dinner a couple of nights ago.

I made a salad with a summer chopped salad mix, grilled chicken, and tortilla strips. I topped it with Bolthouse Farms salsa ranch dressing. I seriously love all of the Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressings!

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This afternoon, I’m donating blood for a blood drive at the gym and then I’ll just be doing some stuff around the house.

Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite salad dressing?
  • Favorite breakfast?

 

 

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Fourth of July Weekend!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday

We went to my grandparent’s house on Saturday for a cookout.

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I made orzo spinach salad.

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I haven’t made this in a long time and I’m so glad I did because it was delicious!

My grandma made a really cool patriotic cake.

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We ate and visited with my family. The kids had fun playing and lounging on the hammock.

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My grandma bought ribbon things for the kids to play with but I think the adults had more fun playing with them. :)

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In the evening, we headed to a nearby town to watch the firework show.

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Sunday

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym together. We haven’t been to the gym together in awhile because our weekends have been so busy and Danny’s been marathon training.

We did some back exercises including inverted rows on the Smith machine.

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These inverted rows are hard!

After the gym, we took the kids to a local pool to swim.

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We finally had some nice and sunny weather! They rest of the day was spent getting some things done around the house and relaxing!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?

 

 

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