Category Archives: Working Out

Workouts and Tonight’s Now Foods Twitter Chat


My calves are still tight from Sunday’s 5k. Still tight as in they feel rock hard. Still tight as in it’s hard to walk up the stairs. And I only ran three miles!! I just don’t think my body was made for running.


My hip feels okay, but my right quad is still very sore. Who knew it would take so long to recover from a 5k! I have another 5k coming up on the 23rd so we’ll see how that goes.

I’m been making sure to foam roll my calves and quad a ton.

My best friend:


The past couple of days, I’ve stuck to upper body workouts at the gym. Yesterday, I did chest, shoulders, and triceps.

Some of the exercises I did included:

  • shoulder presses
  • chest presses
  • cable triceps pressdowns
  • side plank with lateral raise
  • push-ups
  • tricep dips

Today, I worked on back and biceps. I did the following exercises as supersets:

  • one arm bentover row – right
  • one arm bentover row – left
  • hammer curls
  • dumbbell bicep curls
  • reverse flyes
  • dumbbell deadlifts
  • single leg kettlebell deadlifts
  • cable bicep curls

I am sore today!

After the gym, I stopped by the grocery store. I have an obsession with coffee creamers and bought this new Silk coffee creamer to try out.


I have been trying to cut back on dairy lately because when I eat too much dairy it tends to give me stomach issues so I’ve been trying out some dairy free creamers. I’ll let you know how this one is!

Now Twitter Chat

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Join me tonight at 9pm EST / 8pm CST for the Now Foods twitter chat! We’ll be chatting with Now Foods about your guide to a healthy summer, both inside and out.

5 winners will be chosen – one will receive the grand prize (worth around $500!) and 4 winners will receive prize packs including several of Now’s favorite products. Use the hashtag #NOWGetFit, answer the questions, and enter to win!

  • Tuesday May 12 9pm EST / 8pm CTS
  • Hashtag is #NOWGetFit 
  • Be sure to follow @FitFluential and @NOWFoods so you don’t miss a tweet
  • 1 grand prize winner will be chosen, with 4 other winners receiving Now Foods Prize Pack. Winners will be notified via DM. 

Have a great day!

  • Do you have any allergies? Dairy, gluten, soy? Or do you avoid any foods?
  • Are you excited for tonight’s Twitter chat?!




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Walks, Workouts, and a T-Rex

Good afternoon!


The weather has been beautiful the past couple of days here in Chicagoland. We took advantage of the gorgeous weather last night and went for a walk.


Jaden’s eye are either closed or he’s hiding his face in almost ever picture taken outside. Sun problems.

The kids and I walked while Danny ran. Danny has a 10 miler race coming up and he’s going to start training for the Chicago marathon soon!

I love that all the trees and flowers are finally blooming.


We spotted a T-Rex on our walk. You know, just the normal stuff you’d see on a walk.



This morning I did the


that I found on the PopSugar website a few weeks ago.


This workout is killer. I am dying by the end. The first few times I did it, I did the treadmill portion twice substituting the arc trainer for one of the treadmill sessions. This time I used the treadmill all three times and I was quite proud of myself. By hip was dead by the time I was done.

I burned over 700 calories. :)


By the time I left the gym, I was a sweaty mess.


Post workout, I had a Premier Protein chocolate shake.


After the gym, I ran a couple of errands. Tomorrow night, Danny and I are going to a wedding for a friend that I’ve had since 2nd grade! Unfortunately, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow. I’m hoping the rain holds off!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s the longest you’ve been friends with someone?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Weirdest thing you’ve seen on a walk or a run?


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Four Miles and Exciting News

Good afternoon!

Exciting news!! My husband, Danny, will be running the Chicago Marathon this October! It will be his first marathon!


The Chicago marathon is now a lottery, drawn at random. About 79,000 people entered the lottery and they chose 40,000 people. Danny was one of the lucky ones to get in through the lottery.

Danny was going to run his first marathon in Disney while I was running my first half marathon but since I was injured and had to have hip surgery, those plans were put on hold. Now he’ll be running a marathon this October!


Yesterday, my son Jaden had a birthday party to go to so while he was at his party, we took Jacob out to lunch to celebrate his birthday.


The sun was in Jaden’s eyes.

We took Jacob to his favorite restaurant – Olive Garden!



I didn’t run very much last week because I was fighting a cold but today I was back on the treadmill. My plan today was to add a little bit of speed.

I started at my normal pace of 5.5 mph for about 8 minutes. Then I bumped my pace up to 6 mph. This is a fast pace for me since having hip surgery. I’m still trying to ease into running faster. I ran at 6 mph for 12 minutes. Then my plan was to go back to 5.5 mph but my heart rate was up to 175 bpm and wasn’t coming back down so I slowed my pace to 5 mph. I was dying! I ran about 8 minutes at 5 mph. Then I walked slowly for a little more than a mile.

Overall, I completed 4 miles.


My Achilles was pretty sore but my hip felt good. By 10:00 am, I was already at 10,000 steps for the day. I was also up at 4:50 am this morning to work, so the longer you’re up, the more steps you’ll get!


After my run, I foam rolled and stretched.



Lunch this afternoon was delicious! I made a salad with spring mix, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pecans. I bought the Bolthouse Farms creamy balsamic dressing to try and it was amazing on my salad.


I also had some chicken jerky and string cheese on the side for some protein.

Have a great day!

  • Have you ever run a marathon? Any tips?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite restaurant? 



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Now Foods Event

Good afternoon! I can’t believe half the day is gone already! I have so many things to get done.

I wasn’t feeling the greatest this morning, but I still went to the gym and did about 50 minutes of easy cardio. I walked on the treadmill, then I completed about 20 minutes on the Stairmaster, and finished with the arc trainer.

I have some fun things going on tonight and tomorrow!

Now Foods

I’m really excited to be meeting up with 11 other Fitfluential bloggers from all over the country tonight and tomorrow to go behind the scenes at Now Foods.

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A leading natural products manufacturer, Now Foods, is dedicated to providing customers with a complete approach to health and wellness by offering more than 1,400 high-quality, natural, and affordable products, including nutrient-rich foods, supplements, personal care items, and sports nutrition items.

We’ll be spending time with Now experts, sampling products, cooking with their R&D chef, and meeting with Now’s managnement team.

You can follow us along with #NOWGetFit on social media. You can follow Now Foods on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Follow Run Eat Play on Instagram and Twitter.

I’m really looking forward to the event and going behind the scenes at Now Foods.

Have a great afternoon!





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Kettlebell Workout

Good afternoon!


Today marks the 10th day straight that I’ve had a headache. I went to the doctor yesterday because I finally couldn’t take it anymore. He said it’s probably something to keep an eye on since I don’t regularly suffer from headaches. He diagnosed it as an atypical migraine.

He prescribed a pain medicine and said that it should help the headache go away in 1-2 days. He said if it didn’t make the headache go away, the next step would be a blood test and a scan to check for a more serious problem.

The headache isn’t debilitating or causing me extreme pain. I’m not affected by bright lights. It’s most just a constant headache that’s annoying and frustrating. It dulls at time but never completely goes away. Mostly, I just want to sleep all the time. So frustrating!

Today I still woke up with a headache although not quite as intense. If it’s not gone by tomorrow, I have to call the doctor. We’ll see. I’m keep my fingers crossed that this darn thing goes away.

Last night was Jaden’s first baseball game of the season!


Life always gets a little crazy when baseball starts because it takes up a lot of time, but Jaden loves it. And watching young kids play baseball can be entertaining since they’re still learning the game.

Jaden’s team is the White Sox but my hubby is a huge Chicago Cubs fan. :)

Today’s Workout

I changed it up a little bit at the gym today and did a workout using only kettlebells.


Some of the exercises I did included:

  • kettlebell swings
  • kettlebell sumo squats
  • one-armed rows
  • kettlebell halos (around the head)
  • kettlebell orbits (around the body)
  • windmills
  • figure 8 (in and out of the legs)
  • Russian twists
  • half get-ups

I did the workout as a circuit, repeating all the exercises with no rest in between, Then I rested 1-2 minutes and repeated the circuit two more times. It was a great workout to change things up a bit!

After my workout, I taught my Women on Weights class and then refueled with a Premier Protein chocolate shake.


 Local Race

For those of you local to the Chicagoland area, Capitol Nutrition is having their 3rd annual charity run to raise awareness and funds for helping military veterans heal emotional wounds by pairing them with a shelter dog. The event not only helps veterans but also helps shelter dogs. Proceeds for the event go to Pets for Vets charity.

The race takes place on June 6th, 2015 in Orland Park. For more information or to register go to their website here.

Well, I’m off to get a few things done for baseball tonight! Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you suffer from headaches? Any advice?
  • Do you ever use kettlebells in your workout?
  • Favorite piece of exercises equipment? Treadmill, barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, etc?



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Reaching a Goal

Good afternoon!

I really haven’t feeling the best lately so I’ve been kind of low-key this weekend.

I have had a headache for eight days non-stop. It’s so annoying. I don’t get headaches very often and if I do, they usually last for a very short while. That’s why it’s so odd that I’ve had this headache for eight days straight.

At first, it was just the headache but then I woke up the other day feeling sick. It’s mostly just a sore throat, a stuffy nose, and a cloudy head. I just really want this headache to go away!

Danny mentioned going to the gym this morning, and at first I didn’t want to go, but I finally decided to go and do a little bit of cardio in hopes that it might make me feel a little bit better.

Going to the gym:


Despite my constant headache and feeling under the weather, I managed to run 3.1 miles on the treadmill without stopping!!!


That is my farthest distance and greatest accomplishment since my hip surgery last summer. Apparently, being sick is my super power!

I was really sore by the time I was done and my Achilles tendon and calf hurt a lot. I have two 5ks scheduled next month and then I might need to take some time off from running to let my Achilles get better. That’s kind of a bummer because I was really hoping to run a lot this summer but I don’t want to push this injury like I pushed my hip injury because that ended up with a major surgery.

After running, I stretched and foam rolled. I was sore but so happy for accomplishing my goal of being able to run non-stop for three miles. It wasn’t a very fast run, more slow and steady, but I’m working on endurance instead of speed.

After the gym, I went grocery shopping. I bought Jaden a cactus because he collects plants.


Ever since my dad took him to the hardware store a few weeks ago and Jaden saw a real life mini cactus he has been dying for one. He did think that it was going to grow into a full sized cactus like in the desert so I had to explain to him that it would just be a small cactus not a giant desert cactus. He seemed okay with that. :)

I also bought lots of fruit.


I love fruit in the summer. The watermelon was pretty good but not at its peak yet. I can’t wait for fresh summer watermelon!

I love my fruit cold – the colder the better! I even keep apples in the fridge to eat them cold but Danny is the opposite. He likes them room temperature.

We’re going to Whole Foods later today to pick up a few more groceries and maybe some sushi.

Have a great Sunday!

***Don’t forget to enter my JonnyPops giveaway!***

  • Did you workout today?
  • Did you collect anything as a kid?
  • Do you like your fruit cold or room temperature?


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Anniversary Date Night – Shaw’s Crab House

Happy Marathon Monday! Good luck to all those running the Boston Marathon today!!


On Saturday evening, Danny and I went to Shaw’s Crab House to celebrate our anniversary.


We went to the Grand Crab Buffet which they only have on Saturday nights on the upper floor of the restaurant. The Grand Crab Buffet is definitely pricey but it includes all you can eat king crab legs. If you’re a crab leg fan then you know how delicious but expensive they are!

Even though it was expensive, the food was delicious, and it was something special we’d only do once a year for our anniversary (or maybe birthday?! ;) ).

Besides the amazing king crab legs, there was tons of other food. Danny isn’t a huge seafood fan so I was proud of him for trying some of it. Luckily, it’s not all seafood and there’s other foods as well.

There was a couple different kinds of salad, crab cakes, shrimp, crab tarts, sushi, and snow crab legs.


The waiter brought mini lobster bisque soups with a mini grilled cheese on the side to our table.


I love lobster bisque soup. I had it the first time about two years ago and I fell in love with it!

There was also lobster and spinach mac & cheese, beef tenderloin, parmesan crusted chicken, carrots & parsnips, au gratin potatoes, fried shrimp, oysters, and more.


The king crab legs were by far my favorite.

And of course there was dessert. Most of the desserts were mini sized so I figured I should try lots of them!

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There were peanut butter cookies, creme brulee, red velvet cupcakes, carrot cake cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, brownies, coconut macaroons, pecan tartlets, cake pops, and more.

Overall, the meal was amazing.

After dinner, we met up with my friend Jenny and her boyfriend, John, for a few drinks.


We got home late and picked the kids up from my dad and stepmom the next day. It was an amazing anniversary with my wonderful husband.


I went to the gym this morning and worked on legs.

Some of the exercises I did included:

  • leg press machine
  • calf raises on the Smith machine
  • walking lunges
  • squats
  • deadlifts
  • step-up to knee on a bench

After my leg exercises, I walked one slow mile on the treadmill. My Achilles still hurts so I’m going to wait another day or two before I try to run again.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever been to?
  • What’s your favorite food?


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Slow and Steady

Good afternoon. I’m so glad it’s finally the weekend! Saturday is by far my favorite day of the week.


I’ve been trying to run more consistently now that I am more than nine months post surgery. My hip and quad feel tons better. I still get occasional aches in my hip when I  do too much activity but nothing that isn’t manageable.

My biggest problem right now is that my Achilles tendon bothers me a lot. Not only during running but also during other activities as well. So, my running might be a little slower than it normally would be but by this point, I’ve realized that it’s not a good idea to push myself into another major injury.

I am taking my return to running slow and doing what I can. I’m making sure to stretch, foam roll, ice, and use KT tape.

On Monday, I was able to run two miles non-stop on the treadmill. On Thursday, I ran 2.25 miles non-stop.

After I hit 2.25 miles, I walked slow for a little bit then I ran/walked for a total of 3.32 miles.


Today’s run didn’t quite go as planned. Danny and I started out with some back exercises at the gym this morning and then I planned to run 2.5 miles.

I wore my Zensah calf sleeves because my calves have been getting tight again lately.


I only managed to run one full mile on the treadmill before having to walk. My Achilles killed with every step and my calves were so tight. I haven’t run three days in a week in a really long time so I think my legs just aren’t used to it.

I ran one mile, walked/ran one mile, and then walked for a total of 2.3 miles.

It was really frustrating not being able to run because of my Achilles tendon pain. As soon as my hip finally gets better, I have a new injury to deal with. It just seems never ending and that’s frustrating.

A few months ago when I was going to physical therapy, my therapist said that it’s better to focus on endurance rather than speed. So, at this point, I’m not too worried about going fast. My goal is to run 3.1 miles with out stopping to walk.

I have two 5ks planned for next month – the Run Like a Mother 5k and The Elgin Fox Trot 5k. I know I probably won’t be running as many races as usual this summer because of my Achilles pain, but I am just happy to get back into running.

We’re running the Fox Trot on Memorial day weekend. This will be my 6th year doing the race. Last year the Fox Trot was two months before my surgery, so I wasn’t able to run. Instead, my dad and I did the Fox Trot Two Mile Walk. I look forward to being able to run it this year!

Danny and my sister-in-law are running the 10 miler and my brother and I are running the 5k.

Last year, walking with my dad:


This will be my 5th year doing the Run Like a Mother 5k. This will be a great year because my grandma, who had double hip replacements, will be walking it this year! My stepmom is also doing the race.

Run a Like a Mother in 2013:


I’m looking forward to be able to run some races this year.

Tonight, Danny and I are going out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary! Have a great Saturday!

  • What are you doing today?
  • What’s your favorite day of the week?
  • Favorite race you’ve ever run?




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Two Miles

Good afternoon! I hope you all had a great weekend!


Yesterday morning Danny and I started out our day at the gym as usual. We did back and bicep exercises. Our gym added a t-bar row contraption in the corner so we were able to try it out.


In the afternoon, we went to my cousin’s baptism.


My next upcoming 5k is the Mother’s Day race next month. I’m really trying to slowly get back into running. My hip is usually fine when I run  but my Achilles tendon still gives me problems. I’m trying to go slow and do what I can without pushing it too much. This morning, I ran two miles without stopping and I was happy with that.

My Achilles did bother me a lot while running so I stopped at two miles (and walked half a mile), then I made sure to foam roll and stretch. It would help if I could remember to use the KT tape.


I’m trying to start running slowly so I don’t injure myself more. I ran two miles today in 21:53. I walked another half a mile. Then I did some triceps and shoulder exercises.

Exercises included:

  • cable tricep pressdowns
  • cable overhead tricep extensions
  • standing overhead extensions
  • weighted tricep dips on bench
  • dumbbell upright rows
  • seated overhead presses
  • single arm kettle bell swings
  • dumbbell scaption

After the gym, my niece and I stopped at Target where we saw these new Boom Chicka Bites!


I didn’t buy any this time but I do plan on trying them soon. I love the Boom Chicka Pop popcorn so I’m guessing these are delicious too. They also have Boom Chicka Puffs which I think the kids would like.

We didn’t buy the Bites but we did buy a bag of of the Boom Chicka Pop Lemon Drop popcorn that was on Easter clearance for only .59 cents.


Gotta love Target clearance!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Any tips for Achilles pain?
  • What’s your favorite popcorn? Plain, salty, sweet, cheddar, caramel, etc?
  • What did you do this weekend?





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60 Minute Calorie Scorching Workout And Premier Protein

The other day I came across a workout on the PopSugar website that is based on a Burn60 workout. Burn60 classes are divided into treadmill cardio intervals and strength training exercises for sixty minutes. The workout that I found on the PopSugar website was super intense and I burned 674 calories in a little over an hour!


#1 Cardio Circuit  – Treadmill

Minute 1: 4.5 mph

Minute 2: 5.5 mph

Minute 3: 7.0 mph

Repeat this 3 times and then recover for 1 minute. The treadmill workout should take 10 minutes.

Immediately start the strength circuit.

#2 Strength Circuit

Side Plank Leg Lift x10 each side

Jump Squats x 20

Triceps Dips x15

Burpees x10

Bicycle Crunches x30

Total Time: Approximately 10 minutes

Then repeat the cardio and strength circuits two more times, for a total for 3 times. Doing each cardio and strength circuit three times should take approximately an hour. Then cool down for 10 minutes.

During my second time through, I used the arc trainer instead of the treadmill because my hip and Achilles were sore. For the final time through, I went back to the treadmill.

By my third time on the treadmill, my legs wanted to give out and by the time I got to the last set of bicycle crunches, I was giving myself a pep talk…out loud. Come on, you can do this, Heather. You got it. Only one more set of dumb bicycle crunches and you’re done. Anyone near me might have thought I was crazy.

By the time I finished, I collapsed on my mat and rested. I kind of wanted to go to sleep.

Definitely the best high intensity workout that I’ve had in a long time.

After my workout, I had a vanilla Premier Protein drink.


I am excited to share that I was recently chosen to be a trainer ambassador for Premier Protein and I’m really looking forward to working with them!

Premier Protein’s bars, shakes, and smoothies are high in protein and low in sugar. The strawberries and cream flavor is my favorite.


My second favorite flavor is the vanilla. For a whole shake, it’s only 160 calories, 60 grams on protein, and 1 gram of sugar.


After the gym, I came home and made a delicious lunch. I made a spinach and feta omelet and oven roasted asparagus.


It was amazing! For the omelet I used four egg whites and one whole egg. I added sauteed spinach and feta inside. For the asparagus, I roasted it in the oven with little bit of olive oil and garlic. When it was done, I squeezed lemon juice over the top. Yum!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite cardio workout? Strength workout?
  • Favorite post workou tsnack?
  • What did you have for lunch?

Disclaimer: As an ambassador, Premier Protein provided me with the protein drinks at no charge to me. All opinions are my own. 



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