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Thanksgiving Eve

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Tomorrow is a day for family, being thankful, and let’s face it – lots of food!!

I finally used up my last Vue cup in my Keurig coffee maker and I am back to using regular k-cups now.

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I was excited to try out the butterscotch coffee. It was very good – the perfect amount of flavor!

Yesterday

Yesterday morning, I didn’t go to the gym because Jacob had his first orthodontist appointment to get his braces tightened (I don’t miss those days!). The appointment went really fast and we were in and out of the office quickly.

We came home and Jaden and I decorated the fridge and worked on some snowman ornaments.

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I loved how the ornaments turned out! We just put cotton balls into a clear ornament, added a face, and then hot glued on the pipe cleaner and pom poms to look like earmuffs.

In the afternoon, I had physical therapy. Since I ran four minutes on Sunday, I was able to run five minutes at physical therapy yesterday.

I have been trying to increase my speed a little bit but my physical therapist said that it would be better for me to work on endurance rather than speed. She said I can add two more minutes to my running time but not to worry about going fast.

I’m going to try to stick with about 5 mph as long as my hip feels okay and work on being able to run longer, not faster. I’ve noticed that the faster I run the more I feel it in my hip so I’m going to make sure to take it slow.

Today

This morning for breakfast, I had apple cinnamon steel cut oats.

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I saw these at the store over the weekend decided to given them a try. Thankfully, they were really good because they were buy one, get one free at the store so now I have twenty packets of oats.

I’m letting the kids sleep in a bit today because we’ve been getting up early the past few days and Jaden was so crabby all day yesterday. Once they wake up, I plan on going to the gym and then going to the store.

On Thanksgiving, we go to my grandparent’s house every year. On Friday, my mom, brother, sister-in-law, and niece come over to our house and I cook Thanksgiving dinner. So after the gym I need to get the rest of the food for Friday.

On the menu for Thanksgiving Friday:

  • turkey
  • cheesy potato casserole
  • rolls
  • stuffing
  • carrots
  • corn casserole souffle
  • cranberry sauce
  • one baked potato for Jaden because he is obsessed
  • pumpkin pie

I plan on making the potatoes and stuffing ahead of time so I can just pop them in the oven when the turkey comes out. Yum!

I have been eating so much more this past weekend and this week than usual. Holidays are always so hard because there’s so much delicious food everywhere. I am looking forward to getting back on track after this weekend. :)

Have a great day!

  • What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Do you cook?

 

 

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Good morning – I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

On Friday, Danny had a half day of work, and we went to Jaden’s parent visitation day at his school.

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Afterwards, Danny and I grabbed a quick lunch at Whole Foods.

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I love their California rolls. :)

Friday afternoon, I had physical therapy and was able to run for three minutes on the treadmill. I also did a lot of leg work including lunges. I was a little worried about doing the lunges because the last time I did lunges at physical therapy, my quad was in pain for days.

This time, my physical therapist had me foam roll right after I did them, and I haven’t had any pain! Yay!

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym. I started out by running four minutes on the treadmill. Since I feel okay running, I’ve been trying to increase my speed slightly. I ran at 5.4 mph. It’s amazing how fast you lose your fitness level after taking time off. I haven’t run in over four months and those measly four minutes at 5.4 mph left me out of breath!

I just have to work on building my endurance back up.

We also did some back exercises including:

  • close grip lat pull downs
  • seated rows
  • t-bar raises
  • deadlifts
  • renegade rows

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It was a great workout and I’m really feeling it today!

On Sunday afternoon, we went to my in-laws to celebrate Thanksgiving with them.

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We did it a little early because everything is so busy on Thanksgiving that it’s hard to get together with all of our family members.

I ate way too much and I ate turkey this year! I have been a vegetarian for many years so I haven’t had turkey in a long time! I just started eating chicken and turkey this year so it was nice to have a little turkey yesterday.

I’m not really a meat person and would be totally fine if I never had meat again, but sometimes I struggle with getting enough protein so eating chicken helps me get more protein in my diet.

The kids are off of school this week for Thanksgiving break and we have a few things going on – parent/teacher conferences, orthodontist appointment, physical therapy, Thanksgiving meal planning and shopping. There’s never a dull moment around here!

Have a wonderful day!!

  • Favorite Thanksgiving food?
  • Did you workout today?

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Two Minutes

Good afternoon! I hope you all are having a warm Thursday :)

Breakfast

This morning for breakfast, I had egg whites, Greek yogurt, and toast with peanut butter.

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I am not usually too hungry in the mornings and normally just eat a few egg whites and yogurt before the gym and then have a snack immediately after my workout – almost like two mini breakfasts. But lately I’ve noticed that I am a lot more hungry in the afternoons and have the tendency to start snacking and snacking. So, I’m hoping that adding a little more food in the mornings will help my afternoon snack attacks.

After breakfast, I went to the gym and per doctor’s orders was allowed to run two whole minutes! I walked the rest and finished my workout with some biceps exercises…and a selfie. Totally normal.

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I felt really good running those two minutes and I bumped my speed up to 5.0 mph today. I wish I could run longer but I know it’s better for my body to take it slow. And on Saturday, I’ll get to run three whole minute. Yes!!

After my workout, I was rewarded with this little alert from my car. And by rewarded, I mean not rewarded.

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Usually it tells me how many miles I have left and today I apparently had so little gas in my car that I’m surprised I made it to the gas station. I like to play a little game called “Let’s See Many Miles I Can Get Down to Before My Car Runs Out of Gas.” AKA “It’s Way Too Cold to Pump Gas in This Kind of Weather.”

Luckily, I made it to the gas station and a crisis was averted. I guess I’d be a lot colder stuck on the side of the street with no gas than I’d be pumping gas for two minutes.

Yesterday, I stopped at Starbucks for a skinny peppermint mocha.

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It was just meh. I’m not a huge mocha coffee fan so it probable wasn’t the best choice.

Tonight, I’m going to Costco with my dad! I think I only go to Costco once a year around the holiday season. They usually have really great holiday gifts!

Have a great day!

  • What do you usually have for breakfast?
  • Favorite Starbucks drink?
  • Do you shop at Costco?

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Back to the FitBit

Good afternoon! 

Workout

This morning, I went to the gym. Pre-workout, I had some Cellucor C4 in strawberry margarita. I’ve tried a few of the C4 flavors but the icy blue razz is still my favorite.

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I rode the stationary bike and did a quick shoulder workout since I had physical therapy this afternoon.

My shoulder exercises included:

  • Arnold presses
  • Upright rows on cable machine
  • Mac raises with an overhead press (from Bodypump!)
  • Rear delt rope pulls
  • Lateral cable raises

My leg is still a little sore after the 4 miles I did on the treadmill on Monday. The pain is usually the worse in my quad which is where all my pain started almost two years ago. It’s frustrating that I still have quad pain after surgery but I guess my quad was overworked for so long that it takes a long time to get back to normal.

 FitBit

I recently started wearing my FitBit again.

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I took it off because of my hip surgery but Danny recently got a FitBit from his brother so I decided to start wearing mine again. I like that it keeps me accountable with getting enough steps and it syncs to MyFitnessPal so it tracks calories in vs calories out.

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Snack

Before physical therapy this afternoon, I had a thinkThin dark chocolate peppermint bar.

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This is the best thinkThin bar I’ve had! So far, I’ve only been able to find it at Whole Foods but I’m hoping I can find them somewhere closer to me!

Well, I’m off to eat a late lunch and pick up Jaden from school. Have a great afternoon!

 

 

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Increasing My Distance

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Crystal!

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We went out Saturday night to Carrabba’s to celebrate!

Danny and I:

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Jaden and my mom:

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Today

This morning, I went my longest distance on the treadmill since my hip surgery – four miles! A fitting distance since my surgery was four months ago yesterday!

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It definitely took me a while to complete four miles, and I am really feeling it in my hip and leg now so I am going to take it easy for the rest of the day. I’m happy that I can finally start increasing my distance.

After the treadmill, I worked on biceps and finished up my workout with some stretching and foam rolling.

I haven’t worn my Polar heart rate monitor lately, so I wore it today and I burned over 800 calories!

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After the gym, I stopped at Wal-Mart and I could not pass up these peppermint ice cream Drumsticks.

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Peppermint ice cream is one of all time favorite ice creams and I wait all year to eat it. I have never seen peppermint Drumsticks before, so I had to buy them!

They also had Amy’s full-size pizzas for $5.47 which is the cheapest I have seen them anywhere.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite holiday/seasonal food? I love peppermint ice cream, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie!
  • Did you workout today?

 

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Friday Favorites

Disclaimer: The Old Factory Candle Set mentioned below was gifted to me by the company. All opinions are my own.

Happy Friday!

I didn’t go to the gym this morning because I had physical therapy but Danny and I plan on going together tomorrow morning.

Let’s jump right into today’s favorites!

  • The Treadmill

I have so happy that I have been able to start walking longer distances on the treadmill. I even broke out my Mizuno running shoes yesterday to walk 2.5 miles.

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I walked on the gym’s Woodway treadmill which is a lot easier on the joints. I followed it up with some core exercises and stretching.

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My next doctor appointment is on November 17th so we’ll see what he says about easing back into running.

  • Target

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No explanation needed.

 

  • Old Factory Candles

I love candles and I love buying new scents at the beginning of each season. Old Factory Candles sent me this gift set of three holidays candles – Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread.

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They smell amazing. The candy cane scent is my absolute favorite. It smells like I want to lick it.

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I love that the scent of each candle is so strong and really gets the room smelling nice. The Old Factory Candles are natural soy candles and all hand poured in the USA. These would make a great holiday gift! You can order your own Old Factory Candles on Amazon.

  • Christmas Decorations

I love Christmas decorations and all things Charlie Brown Christmas are my favorite. I have been wanting the Charlie Brown Christmas tree forever, but never could justify the $15-$20 price tag. Well, I was at Five Below early this week and they had it for $5! Of course, I had to buy it. :)

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Look at that sad little Christmas tree. :( Doesn’t it make you so happy?!!

  • Coffee Mugs

I love coffee mugs, especially holiday themed mugs. I recently added two new Christmas mugs to my collection.

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The North Pole mug is from Target and the other mug is from Hobby Lobby. Oh, and I really really love my husband. :) (<—- I have to say that because Danny doesn’t quite share my…enthusiasm for coffee mugs, and I’m sure he won’t be the happiest when he sees I’ve added another mug to my collection. If it were up to him, I’d have one coffee mug for the rest of my life and really where’s the fun in that?! Coffee mugs are life).

  • Whole Foods Salsa Verde

Last weekend, we went to a new-to-us Whole Foods, and they had a taco bar. (That is genius. Every place of business should have a taco bar). We ordered some tacos and some chips and salsa to go with it.

Danny got the salsa verde, which we’ve never had, and it was amazing. Amazing. Delicious. I will even go as far as to say it was the best salsa that I’ve ever had. Ever. In my life.

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I almost felt kind of sad that I went my entire life without eating this green goodness that is salsa verde. Anyway, I found it at our nearby Whole Foods today, and I bought it. That is all.

Well, those are my favorites for today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

  • What are your Friday favorites?
  • Any plans for the weekend?

 

 

 

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Shoulder Superset Workout

Good morning! It’s Wednesday – we’re halfway through the week!

On Monday at the gym, I walked three miles on the treadmill!

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That’s my farthest distance since my hip surgery! It took me awhile to do, but it’s progress! Anyone want to walk a 5k?! ;)

I honestly didn’t even plan on walking three miles. I wanted to walk 2.25 miles which would have been .25 miles longer than last week. But I usually watch Live with Kelly and Michael when I am walking on the treadmill or I get super bored, and on Monday’s show they had Michael C. Hall who played Dexter on the Showtime tv show. So, I had to stay on the treadmill so I could watch his interview. :)

My hip has been feeling a lot better when I walk. It still gets tight but not as much as it used to. When I’m done it feels a lot more tired than it does sore.

This morning, I started out my day with some coffee in my gingerbread man mug. Since it’s November, it’s perfectly acceptable to drink coffee out of a gingerbread man.

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After eating breakfast and getting the kids on the bus, I headed to the gym. I did a quick shoulder workout this morning because I have physical therapy at 1 pm today, and I didn’t want to overdo it.

Here’s the shoulder superset workout I did:

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After the gym, I went to Target. I love looking at the Christmas stuff but the Halloween stuff is now 90% off so I had to check it out.

I got a few things for my niece. The good thing about Halloween costumes is that you can use them as dress-up clothes all year long!

I got a super cute tuplip dress for $3, a tutu that she can wear next year for $1.40, and a cute cat ear headband for 30 cents. Too good to pass up!

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I also got a bath rug for $1.49 and kid’s Clif bars for $1.79.

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In other news, November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. Thirteen years ago, my son, Jacob, was born 25 weeks early. You can read the article I wrote about his prematurity for Chicago Parent here:

http://www.chicagoparent.com/community/run-eat-play/blogs/premature

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Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Do you stock up on items after the holidays?

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Halloween Weekend

Happy Monday! How was your weekend and Halloween?

Friday afternoon, Jaden has his Halloween party at school. His costume was a light-up stick man, but unfortunately it broke at school so he had to wear his costume from last year to trick-or-treat.

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We meet my brother, sister-in-law, and niece at my dad and step mom’s house to take the kids trick-or-treating.

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The weather was cold and extremely windy. I was very happy to be done trick-or-treating after about an hour and a half.

My the time we got back to my dad’s house, my hands were bleeding even though I wore gloves and my cheeks were red and wind burned and they stayed red for two days.

I always tell Danny that my body just wasn’t made for cold weather and we should move somewhere warm.

On Saturday morning, Danny and I went to the gym together. We haven’t been to the gym together in forever. We did some back exercises together and then I did some of my physical therapy exercises.

Our back exercises included:

  • seated rows
  • lat pulldowns
  • straight arm pullovers
  • deadlifts

I haven’t done deadlifts since my surgery and I was very happy that my hip seemed to be fine with them!

After the gym, we stopped at Starbucks and I was very excited to see that they had the holidays drinks! Of course, I had to have a gingerbread latte :)

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Saturday night, my in-laws watched the kids so Danny and I could have a date night.

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We went to Mago’s Mexican restaurant and then saw a movie. We were going to see The Maze Runner but decided to see Gone Girl at the last minute. I’m glad we did because Gone Girl was just as crazy as the book.

I’ve read the book but Danny hasn’t so it was fun seeing his reaction to the movie.

Sunday evening we watched Skyscraper Live to see Nik Wallenda walk blindfolded across Chicago skyscrapers. It was so cool to see something like that happening so close to home. Just watching him walk across two skyscrapers on a wire less than an inch wide without a safety harness or safety net was enough to make me want to faint!

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I’m off to the gym this morning! Have a great day!!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Have you seen/read Gone Girl?
  • Are you afraid of heights?

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Two Miles

Can you believe that tomorrow is Halloween and the last day of October?! It feels like this year is just flying by!

Although I love Halloween time (but maybe not as much as my dad), I’ll tell you a little secret…November 1st is my favorite day. It kicks off the start of the holiday season!

I love the holidays and I love Christmas. More than Halloween. Sorry, Dad.

I love the months of November and December. I love making turkey crafts with the kids, eating on Thanksgiving, and putting up Christmas lights (or instructing Danny on where to put the lights). I love cutting down a Christmas tree and decorating it. I love seeing Christmas lights, baking cookies, and watching Christmas movies on tv. I love Christmas shopping and spending time with my family. I love seeing that magical look on my kid’s faces on Christmas morning. I love it all.

I know that Christmas can also be stressful and hard for some people too. We always participate in food drives and buy presents and items for those in need. Christmas is the giving season and I love it.

So, tomorrow is Halloween and the end of October, but the start of the holiday season!!

Today, at the kid’s room at the gym they had a Halloween party. My niece dressed up as a puppy. A puppy with wings, so we’ll call her a puppy princess. :)

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While my niece enjoyed the party in the kid’s room, I walked two miles on the treadmill. My farthest distance since my hip surgery!

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It might not seem like a lot but considering the fact that I was in a hip brace and couldn’t walk without crutches just three months ago, it’s progress and I’m happy with it. I am slowly building my distance and we’ll see what the doctor says about running when I see him in a few weeks.

Physical therapy has started to get more aggressive and I’m happy about that. Yesterday was the first time I ever had to stop and get a drink of water because I was working up a sweat!

Yesterday, I did walking lunges, squats with a kickback, and standing planks on the TRX suspension trainer. TRX are straps that leverage gravity while you use your bodyweight to perform exercises.

My gym doesn’t have a TRX suspension trainer so I’ve never used it before and it was hard!! I always thought I had pretty decent arm strength, but after using the TRX, I think I’m wrong!

I’m glad that I’m making progress at the gym and at physical therapy.

After the gym, I stopped by Whole Foods to look for the new limited edition thinkThin bars and they had them!

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I picked up a couple of each flavor to try – pumpkin spice and chocolate peppermint. I can’t wait to try them!

In some random news, I’m in the this month’s issue of All You magazine! Fun stuff!

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Have a great afternoon!!

  • What are your plans for Halloween?
  • What’s your favorite holiday?
  • Have you ever tried TRX?

 

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Shoulder Workout and Pumpkin Farm

Good morning! Happy Sunday!

On Friday morning, I went to the gym and did a shoulder workout. I am always looking for new shoulder exercises to do and I found a great shoulder workout on the FitnessRX website.

I did the “Ultimate Shredder” workout which consisting on the following exercises done in a giant set:

  • Dumbbell Side Lateral Raises
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Presses
  • Alternating Dumbbell Shoulder Raises
  • Dumbbell Seated Rear Delt Raises

I did each exercises for 20 reps back to back with no rest in between. I repeated it five times with two minutes rest in between sets. By the time I was done, my shoulders were dead. Dead. That was a tough workout.

I finished up my workout with a little bit of my physical therapy exercises and some core work. I am very happy because my physical therapist gave me the okay to do sit-ups on the stability ball, side planks, and regular planks. I had to start with doing the regular planks on my knees because my adductor muscle would kick in when it shouldn’t but now I can do a plank on my toes for 30 seconds.

I am just very happy to be progressing and getting back to where I used to be pre-surgery. Darn hip bone being all misshapen.

Saturday

On Saturday, we went to a local pumpkin farm with my mom.

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It was beautiful out yesterday, and the pumpkin farm was crowded. I am the kind of person that can’t handle large crowds for very long. Luckily, the pumpkin farm in large and spread out so it wasn’t too bad.

The kids went on some rides.

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Jaden’s favorite part was riding the camel.

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In totally unrelated news, my brother in law was on the news the other day!

He is a firefighter and the local news station does a feature on Firehouse Chefs. Local firefighters come into the station and get to cook their recipe on tv! I thought it was very cool!!

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Have a great Sunday!

  • Favorite shoulder exercise?
  • Do you go to the pumpkin farm?
  • Have you ever been on tv?

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