Category Archives: Working Out

Back to the FitBit

Good afternoon! 


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.


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.


I recently started wearing my FitBit again.


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.



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


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!




Filed under Fitness, Working Out

Increasing My Distance

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


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

Danny and I:


Jaden and my mom:



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!


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!


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


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?



Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Fun, Uncategorized, Working Out

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.


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.


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

  • Target


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.

PicMonkey Collage

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


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. :)


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.


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.


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?





Filed under Christamas, Working Out

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!


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.


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:


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!


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


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:


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.


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



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 :)


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


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?


Filed under Family Fun, Fun, Halloween, Working Out

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. :)


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!


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!


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!


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.


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


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.


Jaden’s favorite part was riding the camel.


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!!


Have a great Sunday!

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


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

It’s October!

Happy October 1st!

It’s the first day of October and the Halloween season has begun! My family is big into Halloween and we have a Halloween event planned for every weekend in October. It all ends with a big Halloween party where we keep our costumes a secret until the party.

Last year, Danny was Superman/Clark Kent and I was Wonder Women.


I am still thinking of a good idea for this year’s costume!


Yesterday was my first day back to the gym since before we went to Alabama. My adductor muscle is still bothering me a little so the physical therapist said I should do strength training every other day and rest or swim on the days in between.

Yesterday when I went to the gym, I worked on back and biceps. I also walked backwards on the walking track. I am having a hard time walking for more than a few minutes without pain in my hip and glute. So on Monday, the physical therapist had me walk backwards on the treadmill to work my hip extensors.

I have a hard time being coordinated enough just to walk regular so I was nervous about walking backwards on a treadmill but I went at a slow pace and managed not to go flying off the back of the treadmill. I was nervous about walking backwards by myself on the treadmill at the gym, so I did it on the walking track instead.

Have you ever tried walking backwards for an extended amount of time? It’s harder than it looks!

I wore my heart rate monitor to the gym yesterday for the first time in a long time and I was happy to see I burned so many calories strength training and walking.

From Instagram:


Yesterday afternoon, Jacob got braces!


I can’t believe how grown-up he looks with braces. I still think of him as my little baby and its hard for me to comprehend the fact that he’s a teenager now. How do they grow up so fast?!

He did really well getting the braces and was excited to show all the kids in the neighborhood when he got home. Now he just better take care of those things because braces are expensive!

I didn’t get braces on until I was 16 years old and I wore them until I was 19 years old.


Since I worked out at the gym yesterday, I stuck to swimming today. I haven’t swam since before California and I can’t say I was overjoyed to get back in the pool. Swimming is okay but I don’t think I’ll ever love it.

Today I swam 40 laps (with and without the kickboard), did three sets of squats, and three sets of walking lunges.

Now, I have so much water stuck in my ears and it’s driving me crazy.


Along with my breakfast this morning, I had a Dannon Pumpkin Pie Greek yogurt.


My dad texted me a picture of this yogurt the other day and I had to run out to the store to find it!

This yogurt is amazing! I also had one with my dinner last night. I’ve had the Chobani pumpkin yogurt also but the Dannon is a lot better. I like them both but the Dannon is sweeter and tastes more like pumpkin pie!

This afternoon I have physical therapy and then I have my next follow-up doctor appointment on Monday. I’ll be almost three months post surgery. I can’t believe that my surgery was three months ago!

Have a great afternoon and enjoy the start of October!!!

  • What are you looking forward to the most in October?
  • Do you dress up for Halloween?
  • Did you ever wear braces?



Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Halloween, Working Out

Physical Therapy, The Gym, and Food!

Good afternoon!

Congrats to the winners of the Ortholite Insoles giveaway: Michele, Emily, and Mindy! I have already sent the winners an email!

Physical Therapy

Monday evening was my first therapy appointment since coming back from California. Since my adductor pain has calmed down a lot, I am able to do a lot more in physical therapy. We’re focusing on a lot more glute and leg exercises which is a nice change.

I’ve been using a leg press type machine to do leg presses, single leg presses, and glute kickbacks.

The Gym

I have also been getting back into going to the gym on a regular basis.

Today, I worked on chest and triceps. I did chest presses, chest flyes, medicine ball chest presses with throw, triceps extensions, single arm triceps extensions, cable extensions, etc.

I usually finish up my workout with a couple of my physical therapy exercises like clamshells and hip bridges. And I always foam roll my IT band and glutes.

After my workout today, I had a 1st Phorm protein shake in chocolate peanut butter cup.



I usually eat grilled veggie flatbread pizzas for lunch. I found a new Flatout pizza crust to try – Artisan pizza crust in rosemary and olive oil.


I add pizza sauce, grilled red pepper, green pepper, onions, and mozzarella cheese. It’s fast & easy to make and one of my favorite meals.


Whenever I go to Target I always look at the Evol frozen food products. They always look good but I have never bought any until I saw they had street tacos!


Mexican food is my all time favorite food so I thought these would be good to try out for a quick meal to throw in the microwave.


I made them today for lunch and they were pretty good. A tiny bit spicy but still good.

I ‘d probably buy them again for a quick meal if I’m in a hurry but I love making my veggie flatbread pizzas more. :)

I have another physical therapy appointment tonight. It seems like I’ll be going twice a week for the rest of my life. My next post-surgery doctor appointment is October 6th so we’ll see what the doctor says!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Have you ever been in physical therapy?
  • Favorite fast lunch/dinner?
  • Did you workout today?



Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

OrthoLite Fusion Insoles Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received the OrthoLite Fusion insoles to try out at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.

Since my hip surgery, I haven’t been able to run but I can still walk distances that I find comfortable and without pain. Hopefully, once my adductor pain goes away and I strengthen my legs, I’ll be back to running. I am aiming for next Spring :)

Danny, of course, is still able to run and always has been a great natural runner. He’s able to get up and just run distances that I (and most people) would have to train for. So, when OrthoLite sent me a pair of their performance insoles, they were nice enough to send Danny a pair to try out too.

His and hers insoles:


I have been using mine while walking. I am back to wearing my Fitbit so I am trying to get my steps in for the day. I usually don’t reach 10,000 steps but I am working my way back up to it. I usually average between 5,000 and 8,000 steps.


I have mentioned the OrthoLite Performance Insoles on my blog before and I’ve always had a great experience with them.

The insoles are made for all athletic and outdoor shoes or boots. You simply pop out the insoles that are currently in your shoes and then put in the OrthoLite insoles in place of them. They can also me trimmed to fit your shoe.


OrthoLite insoles are different from the basic insoles that come in your shoes. OrthoLite insoles offer comfort, cushioning, and breathability. To me personally, I find them a lot more comfortable than the insoles that come with shoes.

They use innovative technology to keep your foot cooler, drier, and healthier. An environmentally-friendly anti-microbial is added to all OrthoLite insoles to help fight against fungus, odor, and bacteria. They are made with an unique open cell structure that allows air to travel through and around the insole to provide maximum ventilation, which helps keep the foot dry and cool.


OrthoLite has a 100% support, comfort, and performance guarantee and for every insole purchased, OrthoLite donates $1 to Level Field Fund, a grant-giving program that strives to bridge gaps in funding uniquely talented athletes.

Overall, Danny and I both loved the insoles. They felt very comfortable and keep our shoes odor-free! They make running a breeze…for Danny. :)



OrthoLite is letting three people enter to win their own pair of OrthoLite insoles! Enter below!

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