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I Went to Bodypump!

Good afternoon!

Over the weekend, Danny and I attended a wedding on the 66th floor of the Willis Tower (Sears Tower!) in Chicago.

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The view was absolutely beautiful.


We had such an amazing time. It was Danny’s cousin who got married and unfortunately the few pictures that I got of the bride and groom came out blurry but the bride’s dress was gorgeous.

Danny and his brothers:


We had such a fun night and stayed out late dancing, eating, drinking, and having fun.


The following morning before we picked the kids up from my mom’s house, we stopped at Dunkin Donuts. Sometimes you just need a donut in your life and that’s okay.


Dunkin’ Donuts just came out with the new Reese’s peanut butter square donuts and I was determined to try one. They also have the pumpkin cheesecake donut squares so of course I had to try one of those too.

Even though I was most excited to try the Reese’s donut, the pumpkin cheesecake donut was so much better. I didn’t really like the taste of the peanut butter inside the donut so it wasn’t my favorite. But the pumpkin cheesecake filling was delicious!

Now that I’ve tried those two donuts, I can move on with my life.

Yesterday, I went to Bodypump!!


I haven’t been to Bodypump in over a year since my hip surgery in July of 2014. I was nervous to go but one of my friends was taking the class, so I decided to go with her.

My hip was fine. It tends to get sore but it’s really my knees that have been bothering me. I took it really easy on  the squats and lunges and didn’t go down very low which took some off the pressure of my knees.

I realized how much I missed bodypump!! It was a great class and I enjoyed it but I don’t know if my body could handle it on regular basis but it was a nice change yesterday.

Have a great afternoon and don’t forget to enter my Van’s Cereal Giveaway!

  • When was the last time you went to a wedding?
  • Do you like donuts? Favorite?


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Labor Day Weekend

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!


On Sunday morning, Danny and I did a back and shoulder workout with one of my friends from the gym. In the afternoon, we celebrated my nephew’s third birthday.


He had a Minion themed party and my sister-in-law made the cutest Minion cake and other fun Minion desserts.



She used Nutter Butters, Milano cookies, and Oreos to make little Minion cookies!



After a weekend with lots of family, food, and fun, I was ready to get back to normal. On Monday morning, I went to the gym for a chest, abs, and HIIT workout. Then, Danny and I took the kids to the pool for one last summer swim.


Yesterday was the last day the pool was open for the summer and they did duck races. For $5, you could buy a duck and they let all the ducks go down the slide and the first three ducks won a prize. Jaden picked out a green duck but sadly it didn’t win.


It was still fun watching all the ducks race down the slide.


After lots of cake and wine this weekend, I was more than ready for a healthy dinner. I decided to make spaghetti squash because I haven’t made it in forever. Spaghetti squash is such a great low-carb healthy alternative to pasta. And it tastes amazing!

I cooked the spaghetti squash (cut side down) in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After it cooled for a few minutes, I used a fork to pull out the strands of spaghetti squash.


I added sauteed onions and spinach, marinara sauce, and reduced fat feta cheese.


Delicious and healthy!

Have a great day!

  • How was your weekend?
  • What was the best thing you ate this weekend?
  • Favorite veggie?



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Peach Mango Sangria

Good morning! I hope you all are having a great Labor Day weekend!

I haven’t really been sticking to my nutrition plan this weekend – it’s been a weekend of family get togethers, BBQs, and birthday celebrations and the weekend is only half over!

Yesterday morning, Danny had a 19 mile run on his Chicago marathon training plan so while he was doing that, I went to the gym.

A little C4 pre-workout before leg day.


I worked legs and triceps and finished up on the stairmaster.

After our workouts:


In the afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house to celebrate my grandma’s birthday.

I made moscato sangria and it was delicious.


For the sangria, I used:

  • 1.5 liter moscato (I used Barefoot moscato because it tastes good and isn’t too expensive)
  • 1.5 cups orange peach mango juice
  • 1 bag mixed frozen fruit (I used mangoes, strawberries, and peaches
  • 1 can pineapple nectar


I mixed all the ingredients in a pitcher and let sit in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours. You can serve over additional frozen fruit. It was the perfect end-of-summer drink!

My grandma had an amazing birthday cake that she made – chocolate cake with fresh strawberries. That is my all-time favorite birthday cake so I couldn’t pass up a piece!


During the party, my step-mom got the great idea to make a pyramid – so we did. Fun times.


Today, we are celebrating my nephew’s third birthday! More cake!!

Have a great and safe Labor Day weekend!

  • What are your plans for the weekend?
  • Favorite cake?





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Weekend Update

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?!

On Friday night, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for a bonfire.


I was really good about sticking to my nutrition plan all week and over weekend except for Friday night. I indulged a little bit while we were visiting with family and had a couple of glasses of wine. :)

I went 33 years without ever drinking wine and then I discovered that there are some wines that I actually do like and now it’s my weakness. Wine and chocolate – what else do you need in life?

On Saturday, we drove out to a new Trader Joe’s that was just built about 20 minutes from us.

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I like Trader Joe’s but I don’t love Trader Joe’s. Even though it’s more expensive, I prefer Whole Foods. I did pick up this spinach and cheese stuffed shells meal to try out. We’ll see how it is!


On Sunday, Danny and I went to the gym together.


We haven’t worked out together in awhile because he’s training for the Chicago Marathon in October so running has taken up a good portion of his time. He’s up to 18 miles on his training plan and ran 13 miles on Saturday. I can’t imagine running 18 miles!

Today, I had my check-in for Best Fit Body. My weight is the same from last week. I did lose 6 pounds last week so I really wasn’t too disappointed. What I am happy about is that my clothes seem to be fitting better and I feel good. A number on a scale doesn’t often give you the whole picture. I also take progress pics every week and it’s nice to see the change in the pictures and not focus on the number on the scale as much.

For breakfast this morning, I had a Chobani pear and cinnamon Greek yogurt.


I can’t remember if they had this flavor last year but I’m pretty sure they did because I think I remember eating it. I love the combination of the pears and cinnamon!

Have a great day!!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Are you a wine drinker? Favorite? 
  • Do you shop at Trader Joe’s?


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Coffee and Workouts

Good morning!


Now that the kids are back in school, I am back to working the desk two days a week at the gym. This means my schedule and workouts change a little bit, but I still try to fit everything in.

When I woke up the other morning, my heel was killing me. Great. One day of running outside and I already have an injury. My body really hates running. I have dealt with plantar fasciitis before and I am pretty sure that’s what it is. My plan is to take it easy on running until it feels better. I will have to find a different exercise to complete my HIIT workouts.

I taught my Women on Weights class on Tuesday morning and then Jacob and I went to Starbucks when he got home from school. There’s about an hour or so before Jaden gets home so it was nice to have some one on one time with Jacob.


I got a cold-brew coffee with two splenda and he got a s’mores frappuccino.

I went to CrossFit Tuesday night. On Wednesday, I bought my workout clothes with me to work and worked out after I got off work. (That’s a lot of work in one sentence :) ).


I worked glutes and biceps.


Dinner had been my usual rice and chicken bowl but I’ve been adding brussels sprouts lately instead of my normal green beans.


It’s a nice change but I still love green beans!

Today I have a meeting at work and then I’m going to try and squeeze in a quick cardio workout.

Have a great day!!

  • What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?
  • What’s your favorite vegetable?


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First Day of School!

Good afternoon!

It’s official – I am the mom of a high schooler!!

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I think I was more nervous than Jacob was for his first day of school. He got on the bus early this morning and now I am patiently waiting for him to get home so I can see how his first day of high school went.

I can’t believe my tiny baby that only weighed one pound and 14 ounces at birth is now in high school. Time flies.

Jaden started third grade today and the days of dragging him out of bed for school are back. He had a special breakfast of chocolate chip waffles with chocolate whipped cream for breakfast. Did you know that they made chocolate whipped cream?!


Danny and I drove Jaden to school this morning and he was very excited for his first day!


After the kids were in school, I headed to the gym to work chest and core. I also had a HIIT workout to do today so I did it outside. This was the first time I’ve run outside in a long time!

Since I was doing a HIIT workout, I was more focused on time and my heart rate rather than distance. For thirty minutes I alternated between running and walking depending on my heart rate.


Great workout!

Today was my Best Fit Body check-in and I felt so much better than last week. I stuck to my nutrition plan and workouts almost perfectly all week. The only day that wasn’t the best was yesterday. I went to a wedding shower for my cousin and there was so much delicious food and dessert.


There was even a mimosa bar and who doesn’t love mimosas?!


So, yesterday was definitely a day when I overindulged but I still had a really good week. And the best news is that my weight was down almost six pounds! Hopefully this week will also be good!

Have a wonderful day!!

  • Do you remember your first day of high school?
  • Favorite adult drink?



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Best Fit Body Check-In #2

Good afternoon!

Monday morning I had my check-in with my Best Fit Body coach and unfortunately my weight was up one pound from the previous week. Not terrible but not good either. I had a stressful week last week and although I stuck to my nutrition plan most days, I did have two days that weren’t so great.

Thursday was a stressful day and I ended up eating Chipotle with lots of chips and guac for dinner and then snacking all night. Friday was much better but on Saturday night, Danny and I went out for a much needed date night dinner. (Thanks to my in-laws for watching the kids!)

I had a few drinks and may or may not have indulged in a delicious dessert.


Okay, I sure did indulge in dessert and I regret nothing. :)

On top of that, I have girl issues if you know what I mean so it wasn’t the greatest week for me. But I’m human. Not every day or every week is going to be perfect. To me, it’s all about healthy balance. I am back on track this week and already feel tons better.

I have been feeling so blah and really tired lately, but I have still been sticking to my workouts 100%. Even though I might not feel like working out, I still do it and I always feel better afterwards.

Yesterday even though I was dragging, I went to CrossFit and I was so glad I did because I felt awesome afterwards. Sweaty but awesome.


We did the following workout of the day:

  • 500 m row
  • 40 sit-ups
  • 30 sprawl jumps (these are pretty much just burpees)
  • 20 med ball slams
  • 10 push-ups

I think my time ended up being 9 minutes and 15 seconds. I was dead afterwards.

Today, I was super tired but I still made sure to workout. Jacob had high school orientation at 8 am so I went to the gym right after I dropped him off.

I worked on glutes, biceps, and finished with a HIIT workout. Post workout, I had a chocolate Premier Protein shake.


Totally unrelated…Jaden planted a sunflower earlier in the summer and he’s so excited with how tall it’s growing!


We’re off to pick Jacob up from school soon. I can’t believe that school starts next week and he’ll be in high school! Where does the time go?!!

Have a great afternoon!

  • How do you deal with having an “off week”?
  • If you have kids, did they start school yet?
  • What will you miss most about summer?


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HIIT – Heart Rate Monitor Training

Happy Saturday!


Last night, we went to a local track so I could finish my third and final HIIT workout for the week.

I usually do it at the gym so I thought it would be a nice change to workout outside on the track. I forget how hot and sweaty I get outside!


I wear my heart rate monitor 99% of the time when I workout (the other 1% is when I forget to put my watch on). I like being able to see my constant heart rate especially during HIIT training so I can make sure it’s in the correct zones.

For HIIT, I work hard at 85-92% of my max heart rate and then I recover at 65% of my max heart rate. Once, I hit my max heart rate, I slow down and recover until I hit my recovery heart rate and then I speed up again until I hit that max heart rate. You can do this for any cardio exercise. I just usually find running gets my heart rate up the best.

To find your max heart rate, you subtract your age from 220. Then you multiply that number by .65 to find your recovery heart rate and by .85 and .92 to find your max heart rate range.

For example, I’m 33 so mine would look like this:


187 x .65 = 122 <—- Recovery heart rate

187 x .85 = 159 and 187 x .92 = 172   So, I work hard at between 159 and 187 bpm.

It might sound kind of confusing, but it’s a great way to really get the most out of your HIIT workouts!


Breakfast this morning was Fage plain Greek yogurt with pears and Special K protein cereal.


After breakfast, I headed to the gym to work legs and triceps. I did supersets and it was an awesome workout!

This afternoon, we went to Costco to pick up some Premier Protein chocolate shakes.


They’re on sale for $5 off a case until August 30th!

Have a great Saturday!

  • Do you wear a heart rate monitor? Ever do HIIT?
  • Do you go to Costco? We have a membership but we don’t go to often – we need to go more!




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An Afternoon at the Zoo

Good morning!

Yesterday was my first check-in for Best Fit Body. I am doing a six week program and I check-in every Monday. I officially started the nutrition portion on Thursday and ate good all weekend long. On Monday, after four days, I was down 1.4 pounds. :)

I have also been taking progress pictures which is a great way to see your progress rather than just relying on the scale.

At the gym yesterday, I did a chest and core workout followed by a HIIT workout.


I decided to try the treadmill for my HIIT workout and I felt really good during the running portions.


I think taking a break from running has helped all my soreness and I was able to complete the 30 minute HIIT workout on the treadmill. I was worried by ankles or quad would start bother me and I’d have to switch to a lower impact machine but I felt good!

Breakfast before my workout was plain Greek yogurt mixed with one stevia packet and topped with raspberries and blueberries.


Is anyone else super picky about their berries?! I always find the biggest firmest blueberries to eat and get rid of the rest. I can’t stand the squishy blueberries.


This morning, I taught my Women on Weights class and then the kids and I packed a lunch and headed to a small, local zoo.


We spent the afternoon at the zoo, watching the animals and eating lunch.


Later this evening, I’m going to CrossFit. Have a great day!

  • When was the last time you went to the zoo?
  • Favorite animal?


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Back to Working Out

Good morning!

We got back from Wisconsin Dells Friday night and I got back to my workouts on Saturday. I went to CrossFit in the morning and then I went to the gym for a little extra cardio.


I did a HIIT workout on the Stairmaster for about 30 minutes.


My workout was great on Saturday but my eating still wasn’t the best. I guess I was still in vacation mode!

Saturday afternoon, we took the kids to a nearby town on the river and walked around for awhile.


We ate dinner and then stopped by Le Chocolat du Bouchard, a restaurant that serves everything chocolate.

It was like stepping into heaven.

Jaden had the Death by Chocolate cake which was amazing! I had a brownie sundae because you can’t go wrong with a brownie and ice cream.


He was very excited to eat that cake!

On Sunday, I met my friend at the gym and we rode the spin bikes for 30 minutes and then took a Piloxing class. Piloxing is a mix between kickboxing, pilates, and dancing. The class this week was very cardio heavy with a good amount of hopping. Sometimes too much jumping bothers my hip but I made it through the whole class feeling okay. It was quite a workout!

My eating was back on track yesterday. For lunch, I made a healthy version of chicken nachos.


These are amazing!

I used Late July organic multi-grain chips and topped them with grilled chicken and a little bit of cheese. I added some peach salsa on the side. I also had a big salad to get my veggies!

After lunch, we tried to take a family bike ride.


It was hot out and Jaden made it less than a mile before he just gave up. And he’s very dramatic amount it. He throws his bike down and just parks his butt on the sidewalk and refuses to move. Fun times. Fun times.


So, Jaden and I headed home and Danny and Jacob kept riding. As soon as Jaden and I got home, it started hailing, lightening, and pouring. Luckily, Danny and Jacob were near a building that they were able to wait in until the storm passed. It was quite an eventful bike ride!

This morning, I’m heading to the gym for some strength training!

Have a great day!

**Don’t forget that today’s the last day to enter my Jack Link’s Giveaway!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite chocolate dessert?


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