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I’m Only Half Crazy

Good afternoon!

So, I did something a little crazy yesterday. I signed up for a half marathon…the Disney World half marathon in Florida in January, 2015.


I know, I know. It came as a surprise to me too.

My sister-in-law, Crystal, has run two Disney half marathons and has loved them. She set a new goal for herself of running the Disney half marathon followed by the Disney full marathon the next day (impressive!). She told us about it on Easter and said that she was registering Tuesday.

I have wanted to run a half marathon for a long time. As some of you know, I was signed up for the Zooma half marathon last year, but started having hip problems. After seeing the doctor, she recommended that I not run the race.

My hip still isn’t fully better and it took my calves four days to recover from the Shamrock Shuffle 8k, but running a half marathon is something that I feel like I need to do only if it’s just once in my life.

For what I hear, Disney races are more about the fun and experience than how fast you can go. I plan on simply finishing the half marathon. All I want to do is cross that finish line. If my hip hurts or my calves get tight, I’ll walk. I’m not going to push my body to do what it can’t do, but I sure am going to give it my all and try to the best of my ability.

I have dealt with many running injuries – hip bursitis, plantar fasciitis, compartment syndrome, and my current hip/quad/glute problem. For me, every step I run is an accomplishment. Running doesn’t come easy for me and it never will, but that’s what makes me work harder.

And can we just talk about my sister-in-law for a minute?! A half marathon followed by a full marathon the next day?! Talk about an accomplishment! Awesome! That is such a great accomplishment and I can’t wait for her to be able to achieve her goal!

Registration for the Disney marathon weekend opened up yesterday and already the half marathon, 10k, and 5k are all sold out. When I went to the gym this morning, registration was still open and just an hour later it was sold out. Danny had decided to also run the half marathon since we were able to find someone to watch the kids, but now he won’t be able to. :( Disney races sure are popular.

It’s still quite a while from now, which gives me plenty of time to train and save up! :)  I’m excited but nervous!

Today’s Workout

  • Walking/running – 35 minutes
  •   BodyPump – 60 minutes

Post workout, I had half a Cellucor chocolate protein shake and a Kashi bar.



For lunch yesterday and today, I had fish tacos made with Mahi Mahi taco mix from Whole Foods on corn tortillas topped with pineapple salsa.


I accidently bought the pineapple salsa thinking it was mango salsa, but it was still delicious on my tacos!


I also had a Steaz iced green tea with lemonade. These are great when I need a little break from water.


Have a great afternoon!

  • Have you ever run a Disney race?
  • Have you ever run a half marathon?
  • Biggest goal you’ve ever set for yourself?


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40 Minute Workout: Core and HIIT

Good afternoon!

Yesterday’s Workout:

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Today’s Workout:

  • Core workout – 20 minutes
  • HIIT workout – 20 minutes
  • Walking/cooling down/stretching

This morning at the gym, I did the following workout:

PicMonkey Collage

After the ab exercises, I did a high intensity interval workout on the Stairmaster. I climbed fast for one minute and recovered for two minutes. My recovery speed was 5 and my work speed was between 18 and 20. The Stairmaster at my gym only goes up to a speed of 20, so I was nice and sweaty by the time I was done!

I finished up my workout with some slow walking and stretching. My hip has been bothering me lately, so I am trying to make sure I stretch.

Post workout I had an EAS protein drink and a Kashi bar – random but I was hungry!



I have still been wearing my FitBit on a daily basis and I walked almost 20,000 steps yesterday! So close!


So far, I am really liking it. The one thing that I don’t like is that I have to put it to “sleep” each night. It’s really easy to do – you just have to tap it 5 or 6 times, but for some reason, I can never remember to do this. I am not too concerned about my sleep, so it’s not really a big deal to me. And it also has to be “woken up” in the morning. If I do remember to put it to sleep, I usually forget to wake it up in the morning.

The one other thing I don’t like is that I don’t think it counts the Stairmaster as steps. I walked over 100 floors and it didn’t count it. Besides that I like using it and I feel like it helps keep me accountable.

The kids don’t have school tomorrow so I won’t be teaching BodyPump. Instead, we’ll be getting ready for Easter!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite cardio exercise or machine?
  • Do you prefer strength training or cardio?
  • What do you do for Easter?




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Happy anniversary to my wonderful husband, Danny! I love you! PicMonkey Collage Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was strawberry peanut butter overnight oats…even though there’s snow on the ground, I still went with a cold breakfast. 011 My oats included:

  • strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. PB2

I mixed all the ingredients up last night and let it sit in the fridge overnight and then I topped it with blueberries this morning.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes
  • HIIT Stairmaster workout – 20 minutes

20140415_112851 In Women on Weights class today we focused on abs, triceps, and biceps. After the class, I did a 20 minute high intensity interval training workout on the Stairmaster. I haven’t been on the Stairmaster in quite awhile and I was sweaty by the time I was done. I did climb as high as the Eiffel Tower :)

Post workout, I had a CorePower chocolate drink that Danny got me as a morning anniversary present. He knows me too well. 20140415_113416 Lunch

Lunch was delicious today. I made English muffin hummus melts. 005 They are amazing. The spinach, cheese, and hummus is such a great combination.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you have for breakfast or lunch today?
  • Ever use the Stairmaster?



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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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Peanut Butter Oats and a Workout

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles outside
  • Strength training
  • Stretching

It’s so beautiful here in Chicagoland that I ran outside today! I parked by the gym and ran three miles outside. The first two miles were good but by the third mile my hip really started to ache so I had a take a few walking breaks. Darn hip.

After running, I went inside the gym and did some strength training.


(For my run, I wore my Garmin and Polar heart rate monitor and the calorie count is different by about 100 calories. I know I should get an all in one device, but I wondered if anyone knew which one were more accurate on the calories burned? The polar or the garmin?)

I did the following supersets with no rest between exercises and one minute rest in-between sets. I did each set three times.

Super set #1:

  • incline biceps curls x12
  • plank to row x12

Superset #2:

  • standing hammer curls x12
  • reverse flys x12

Superset #3 (abs):

  • plank – 1 minute
  • sit-ups with medicine ball x20
  • hip bridges x15

After I was done, I stretched for a short time.


Breakfast today was something a little different than my usual protein pancakes or eggs and toast. I made peanut butter oatmeal.


For my oatmeal, I used:

  • 1/4 cup Perfect Portions Quaker Oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. PB2

That’s it! I mixed everything up and cooked it in the microwave for about 90 seconds and topped it with a few blueberries. It was so fast, easy, and delicious!

After the gym, I had a hair appointment and then I stopped at Starbucks for an unsweetened ice tea – the perfect afternoon treat on a beautiful day :)



Yesterday I made my first smoothie of the year! I swear I live on smoothies in the spring and summer.


My smoothie yesterday had frozen strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, PB2 (I’m on a PB2 kick lately), almond milk, and ice. It was so good and I was sad when it was gone.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you have for breakfast?
  • Do you like smoothies?
  • Favorite Starbucks drink?


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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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Making Me Move!

Hello! My internet and TV were down yesterday so I wasn’t able to post, but they’re working again today (super slow) so I’m back. :)

On Tuesday night, we made a stop at Whole Foods. There are few items that I love from Whole Foods that I don’t mind paying a little bit more money for – salmon, pineapple, and PB2. Actually, Whole Foods is the only store near me that I can find PB2. And why is their pineapple so delicious? It’s just pineapple?!


I also got some Annie’s smoky maple BBQ sauce to try out – looks good!

Yesterday morning, I took Jaden to the allergy doctor.


His allergies has been terrible the last few days and he has been sniffing non-stop. He gets allergy shots every few weeks, so I guess with the pollen in the air and allergens in the allergy shot, it was like an overdose in his body.

My poor child and his never ending allergies.

After his appointment, I dropped him off at school. I had about 45 minutes to kill before I had a dentist appointment, so I went to the gym. Usually, if you’re short on time, a HIIT workout is the best thing to do.

High intensity interval training is  a workout that alternates bursts of high intensity cardio followed by a less intense recovery. This will help you burn more calories and build endurance.

After my workout, I went to the dentist – I have no cavities and clean teeth.


Breakfast this morning was peanut butter chocolate chip protein pancakes.


You can’t see the chocolate but it’s in there! I only use about 1/2 a tablespoon of chocolate chips.

Today’s Workout

  • 3.5 miles – indoor track

While yesterday’s workout was short and intense, today’s was slow and steady. My calves have been getting really tight lately which makes running not so fun. It takes about three miles for them to loosen up, and by then I have to leave to pick up my niece.

This was the last day that I’ll run before the Shamrock Shuffle 8k. While I’m not prepared to run the whole thing, I think I should be good to walk/run it.

Fit Bit

I have been wearing my Fit Bit for about a day and a half so far and I am really liking it.


I did notice two things:

  1. I obsessively check the data all day long.

Since there is a Fit Bit app, I can check my stats from my phone anywhere, anytime.

2. It makes me move more.

Being able to check my data makes me more accountable. Yesterday, I went grocery shopping and ususally I try to carry in as many bags as humanly possible at one time so I don’t have to make numerous trips. But yesterday, I decided to only carry a couple of bags into the house at a time so I purposely had to make many trips that way I could get more steps in.

I was really close to my goal of 10,000 steps last night so I walked back and forth in our room so I could get in some more steps. Danny just thought I was nuts.

I do think the Fit Bit makes you realize that you need to move more during the day, and I really like that about the device.

After I ran today, I was super close to 10,000 steps by 11 am. By 12 pm, I had in my 10,000 steps for the day. Then, Fit Bit sends you a nice email congratulating you on being awesome for getting in 10,000 steps. So far, I’m liking this little guy :)


In dessert news, I found these Kim and Scott’s frozen juice treats at the store. They are only 60 calories and perfect for after dinner when I am craving something sweet.


Did anyone else use to freeze juice as a kid and scrape it up to eat like a slushy? Or was that just me?

Tomorrow is Friday and then my kids are on Spring Break! Let the craziness begin!

  • Do you get a Spring Break or are your kids on Spring Break?
  • Do you ever do HIIT or tabata workouts?
  • Do you have allergies?
  • Favorite “healthy” dessert?


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My FitBit arrived!

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout:

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes
  • 2 miles, indoor track

In women on weights class today, we did stair runs. We ran up and down the back set of stairs at the gym. Have you ever run up and down stairs?! It’s hard. My heart rate got up to 176 bpm and it doesn’t even get that high when I run fast. Definetly a great workout.

After class, I ran two miles on the indoor track. About three laps in, I remembered that I recently bought an iPod shuffle, so I went and grabbed it out of my gym bag. Now I remember the one reason that I like running with music – it makes me run faster.

Don’t you have that one song that comes on that makes you want to run faster, workout harder, or just dance?

Then, I also remembered why I hate working out with music – the dumb right earphone kept falling out. Sigh.


We usually go grocery shopping on Sundays, but we we’re busy this Sunday and weren’t able to make it to the store. We were also busy yesterday – Jaden needed an allergy shot and Jacob needed a pair of sports goggles (those things are expensive!!) so we weren’t able to make it to the grocery store yesterday either.

Needless to say, we don’t have much food in the house. When I picked up my niece today, I had to borrow an egg from my brother so I could eat lunch. Thanks for the egg, Paul. You saved lunchtime.

Bringing home the egg in my cup holder:


Egg whites, cheese, and jam on a English muffin:


I also had some salad.


Danny found this Dole chopped BBQ salad with kale that is delicious. I just left off the tortilla strips.


My FitBit arrived today! Yay!


I plan on putting it on tonight so I’ll start with a full day tomorrow.

I ordered mine online so my only color choices were black or blue. My super sweet friend from the gym gave me her extra pink band so I could switch the colors out. (The FitBits come with two different size bands). Thanks, Jess! :)


I am excited to start wearing it :)

Tonight I should probably go grocery shopping. Does anyone else hate grocery shopping?!

Have a great afternoon!!

  • How often do you grocery shop?
  • What did you have for lunch today?
  • Favorite workout song?


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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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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes – Fit for Fitness


Happy Friday!

Yesterday’s Workout:

  • 3.5 miles – indoor track
  • stretching

In an attempt to get ready for the upcoming Shamrock Shuffle 8k next week, I planned to run four miles yesterday. That didn’t happen. Instead I ran three miles and walked half a mile.

My whole entire lower right side refused to cooperate. My right side was all like, Yay! Running! We could do this all day! My right side wanted to punch me in the face.

My right glute is still sore from Butts and Guts class, my hip started to ache, and my calves decided to get tight again. At this point, I don’t care if I have to walk the entire 8k. I have no goals or hopes & dreams going into it, except to finish the darn thing.

I made sure to stretch after my run and I foam rolled the heck out of my glute when I got home.



I was recently contacted by Shari’s Berries about creating with a healthy recipe that included chocolate. They’re working on a project during the month of March called Fit for Fitness – basically how you can incorporate foods like chocolate into your diet and still live a healthy lifestyle. And like I always say, I believe in everything in moderation.


Chocolate comes from the cacao plant and actually provides many healthy antioxidants. Dark chocolate usually tends to be the most healthy and the more nonfat cocoa solids a chocolate product contains, the more antioxidants it has.

I didn’t have any dark chocolate on hand, so I incorporated semi-sweet chocolate into my recipe – chocolate chip peanut butter pancakes! I have been loving protein pancakes lately, so I decided to try out a recipe using chocolate chips. To date, it is my favorite pancake recipe I have made!


Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes   Serves: 1


  • 1/4 cup oats (I used Quaker Perfect Portions)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. PB2 or peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate chips.


  1. Add oats and water to a bowl, stir, and microwave approx. one minute.
  2. Beat egg whites into oats, mix in protein powder and peanut butter, lightly stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Cook pancakes on a heated pan or griddle over medium heat approx. 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings or garnish with a few more chocolate chips.

These pancakes were delicious! Nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate!


Today’s Workout

  • Taught BodyPump – 60 minutes

I taught BodyPump this morning and afterwards I had a peanut butter and jelly Quest bar.


More peanut butter!


Lunch this afternoon was chicken fajitas.


I mentioned that I have been trying to add chicken to my diet lately for more protein. I am not a huge fan of chicken and don’t like eating it by itself, but I don’t mind it in other things – like fajitas/tacos.

I cooked the chicken with peppers, red onions, and salt-free fajita seasoning. I ate them on corn tortillas topped with cabbage and mango.


I also discovered a new delicious flavor of Sparkling ice water – cherry limeade.


The bottle doesn’t say new, but I have never seen this flavor before. My favorite is the pineapple coconut but the cherry limeade is a close second!

Have a great weekend!

  • Do you have any plan this weekend?
  • What did you have for breakfast?
  • Favorite way to eat chocolate?



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