Category Archives: Working Out

A Workout With my Son

Good afternoon!

Something amazing happened today – I got my son, Jacob, to workout with me AND take a picture with me…willingly. That kind of stuff just doesn’t happen with a thirteen year-old.


Usually, when we get to the gym, Jacob heads right to the treadmill and walks for an hour while I do my workout. Danny, Jacob, and I went to the gym last night and Danny got Jacob to try out some strength exercises.

This morning, when Jacob and I went to the gym, he said he’d do weights with me. We did back, abs, and walked on the track.

Here’s what we did:

  • lat pulldown x15
  • seated row x15
  • deadrows x15
  • deadlifts x10 (these bother my glute so I only did 10)
  • plank to row (aka renegade row) x 12 each side
  • reverse lateral raises x12
  • partner sit-ups with medicine ball x20
  • Russian twists with medicine ball x 15 each side

We did each set of two exercises as a superset, resting one minute in between, and doing each superset three times each.

Jacob had a hard time with the rows and deadlifts so he did some biceps curls instead. He was very serious about it :)


After the gym, we had a few errands to run. Our first mission was to find coffee! I have a Keurig Vue coffeemaker and recently all the stores that I used to buy Vue cups at stop carrying them. I managed to find one box at Wal-Mart but that box is almost gone so we had to find more.

Sometimes I order boxes off the Keurig website because they usually have really good deals but I only had a few Vue cups left so even if I ordered, they wouldn’t have gotten to my house before I ran out.

And I need coffee.

Luckily, Bed, Bath, & Beyond carries lots of Vue cups and I bought one of my favorite flavors – hazelnut.


I’m just going to order a bunch of boxes online soon. I love my Vue but the k-cups are so much easier to find.

Jacob managed to find bacon duct tape and decided that he needed it in his life.


After Bed, Bath, & Beyond, we made our usual Thursday stop at Whole Foods to get sushi. I also got this Amy’s pizza for dinner tomorrow.


These pizza are a little pricey but they’re so good. My local grocery store used to carry them but they stopped. It seems as soon as I like something, my grocery store stops carrying it.

Tomorrow is Friday!! I am staying home from the gym and I’m just going to practice BodyPump at home. We are doing a 5k on Saturday and I don’t want to do too much tomorrow.

My hip/glute/quad is getting progressively worse, so even if I have to walk some of the 5k, I’m fine with it. Just cross your fingers that it doesn’t rain!

Have a great day!

  • If you have kids, do they workout or do activities?
  • Favorite body part to workout?





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Weigh-In Wednesday


Let’s get right to it…weigh-in Wednesday. Maybe you noticed that I changed it from Weight Loss Wednesday to Weigh-In Wednesday. I haven’t been doing as well with my eating as I should and that means I am gained a couple of pounds this week.

I didn’t eat very healthy on vacation at Wisconsin Dells and I have been stress eating since then. However, I am trying to get it together and have been eating a lot better since Monday. Hopefully, next Wednesday will be a weight-loss Wednesday :) I’m trying not to let the weight gain bother be and instead I’m trying to use it to motivate me.

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Women on Weights – 60 minutes

We focused on legs in Women on Weights class yesterday. Great. I just did what I was able to do without causing myself too much pain.

I planned to go to the gym at 8:45 am this morning but it is currently 8:40 am and both the kids are still sleeping so I decided to workout tonight when Danny gets home from work instead. I normally would wake the kids up but Jaden hasn’t been feeling super good these past few days so I let him sleep.

Post-workout, I had a Next Step protein shake in the fresh berry flavor.


It was good but I prefer the chocolate flavor. I also noticed that these taste a lot better with really cold water or ice.


For lunch yesterday, I made an egg scramble.


I cooked sweet potato, green pepper, red pepper, and onion on the stove. When the veggies were cooked, I poured in the egg whites, let them cook, and then added a little bit of feta cheese.


This meal is really easy to make and you can use whatever veggies you have at home.

I also had a bowl of cherries and strawberries because I love fruit in the summer. I love fruit all year round but it’s especially good in the summer.



I sure have been talking a lot about food today. I have one more food item to share with you – the Go Picnic ready-to-eat breakfast.


I saw these at Target the other day and picked one up to try. It’s great for an on-the-go snack or breakfast.

Today, the kids and I have some errands to run. I had a CT scan on Saturday for my upcoming surgery and I have to go back to the hospital today to pick up the disc. Then we have a couple of other errands to run!

Have a great day!!

  • What are you eating today?
  • What do you prefer: am workouts or pm workouts?



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Friday Favorites

Good afternoon!

I have been questioning my decision to get hip surgery (mostly because I’m scared of surgery) but I wake up with pain, I spend the day in pain, and I go to bed in pain. Granted, it’s not debilitating pain but it is a constant annoyance all the time that obviously needs to be fixed.


I plan to workout right up until surgery and will be run/walking a 5k with my 5k prep group tomorrow, as well as running the 5k the following weekend. Yes, it will be hard and yes, it will hurt but at this point I can’t make anything much worse and soon I’ll be on the road to a full recovery.

Recovery is another thing that scares me because how do you go from working out every single day to not working out at all and being on crutches?! It’ll be hard but I’m trying to keep the finish line in sight. (The finish line being a totally recovered Heather). I may not be able to run for a long time but I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll eventually get back to where I want to be. It’ll just be a journey to get there. :)

I would also like to point out that running did not cause my injury. My bones do not fit together correctly and this is simply how they developed. It’s not caused from running. Yes, running it what caused the tears and the pain but how would I know that? How would I know that my bones don’t fit together correctly? I wouldn’t.

I hear people say all the time that exercises causes so many problems – knee pain, bone spurs, injuries, pulled muscles. But you know what? Not exercising and not working out will cause you more damage in the long run. Never in my mind is there a legitimate argument against exercise.

If an exercise is causing you pain or you’re getting injured you could be doing too much too fast or doing it incorrectly. Or if an exercise bothers you, find another exercise that doesn’t! Walk, swim, lift weights, etc. I don’t ever regret any injury that I’ve gotten from exercising. Sometimes I push myself too hard but that’s on me, not exercise.

Well, I must say, I wasn’t expecting to type any of that until it just came out. Obviously, I’m going through some inner turmoil. :)

Let’s move on…

I haven’t done Friday Favorites in awhile, so let’s do that.

Friday Favorites

  • Sushi

I am still one my once-a-week sushi from Whole Foods kick.


I love it…then someone pointed out that I wouldn’t be able to get sushi once I have my surgery since I won’t be able to drive for close to a month (Thanks, Jess). That thought never even crossed my mind and I spent a good three days debating whether I should pass on the surgery so I wouldn’t have to give up my sushi habit (kidding).

So, here’s what I propose…if anyone wants to bring me Sushi from Whole Foods (California roll with brown rice), we will be best friends for ever and ever and ever and have slumber parties and braid each others hair and buy best friend necklaces because I will love you forever and ever. Deal?

  •  My family and friends

When I found out that I was getting surgery, I posted it on Facebook the next day. I was overwhelmed by everyone’s responses of well wishes and offers for help.

My family is very close and I know they will do whatever they can to help if I need it and I really appreciate it. I am extremely lucky to have a wonderful Mom, Dad, husband, brother, stepmom, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, stepbrother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and grandparents. (Hopefully that cover everyone!) And they’ve already offered to help out how they can.


I also am so appreciative to my friends and gym friends who have been soooo supportive. They can feel my pain about not being able to workout. :) They have offered to help drive me to therapy, bring me food, or anything else I need.

Even though I shouldn’t be, I was surprised by everyone’s kindness. I have worked out at the gym with these same girls for years (and some only months) and although we might not see each other outside of the gym, I am lucky enough to consider them friends.

Once again, I wasn’t expecting to discuss all this…I am sappy and emotional today.

  • Greek yogurt

Since I am not really a big meat eater, I rely on Greek yogurt for protein. One cup of plain Greek yogurt has 18 grams of protein! I usually mix it with Truvia and fresh fruit, but sometimes that gets boring so I checked out the good ol’ internet for some different ideas.

I came across a few different recipes for a cookie dough Greek yogurt creation and decided to try it out. I’m glad I did because it was awesome.


I mixed together one cup plain Greek yogurt, one Truvia packet, one tablespoon regular peanut butter, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, and one tbsp. of chocolate chips.

It was like eating dessert. Go make some and try it.

  • Target

Also known as “the store that makes me spend way too much money on things I didn’t even know I needed”.


These things include snickerdoodle Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and Earth’s Best popcorn chicken. The nutrition facts on the Earth’s Best box are for ages 2-4. I don’t care. I like those little chicken nuggets.

I also bought a cute pajama set.


I am not normally a pajama set kind of person. I usually wear five year old Old Navy shorts and whatever t-shirt I can find. I have been eyeing that cute pajama set at Target forever but could never justify buying it (even though it was less that $20). Then I decided that having surgery justifies a new pajama set. And that’s the story of why I bought new pajamas.

I bought it in a size medium in case anyone cares about that kind of thing. I usually like my pajamas on the bigger side but these already looked big so I went with a medium. I have a long torso because I’m tall and I hate when shirts are wider than longer. Tall girl problems.

That’s what I am loving on this wonderful Friday afternoon! What are you Friday Favorites?





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Not a Weigh-In but Some Running

Today, I’ve decided not to do weight loss Wednesday. I didn’t weight myself at all because I’ve had a bad week. Although I know I shouldn’t let the number on the scale affect me, I would be lying if I said it didn’t bother me.

I ate a lot at the Dells over the weekend and that kind of continued into this week. I tend to be an emotional eater and after learning that I would be getting surgery soon I might have had a few Whole Food cookies, Chipotle, and ice cream these past few days.

I am back on track today and will be good for weigh loss Wednesday next week. Hopefully it’ll be weight loss and not weight gain Wednesday :)


Last night the kids had their final soccer and baseball games of the season.

Jacob and his soccer trophy:


After their games, we took them out for ice cream. Danny and I shared a sundae but I don’t think there’s anything healthy about Oberweis ice cream.

Today’s Workout:

  • Practiced BodyPump – 25 minutes
  • Indoor track – 30 minutes (ran one mile then walked)
  • Plank and stretching – 15 minutes

I still have two weeks left of teaching BodyPump so I practiced at home this morning before the kids and I headed to the gym. I am running my last 5k before my surgery in a couple of weeks, so I thought I’d try running a little bit to see how I felt.

I wore my new Zensah calf sleeves that Danny gave me for my birthday because my calves still tighten up a lot not matter how far I’m running.


All these problems with running!! Could all my problems be solved if I stopped running?! :)

I ran one mile and then walked. I didn’t have much more pain than usual although the pain has moved into my groin. It was hard and I figured that one mile was my limit. I’ll try to slowly build up to three miles, hopefully before the 5k. I took Advil and iced my hip when I got home but honestly, it doesn’t help all that much.


Breakfast this morning was one of my usual breakfasts – Greek yogurt with fresh berries. I also had a couple of egg whites on the side – trying to get that protein in!


In other food news, Jacob has discovered that he likes Nutella! Who doesn’t like Nutella?!


Jacob has a slight peanut allergy, so he has always been wary of anything even resembling peanut butter. He asked to try Nutella which surprised me, but I let him try it. He loved it and didn’t have any kind of reaction to it. I didn’t try Nutella myself until a year or two ago and I don’t know why I waited so long! That stuff is delicious!

Have a great afternoon!!

  • If you’re a runner, what’s your biggest running issue?
  • Are you allergic to anything?
  • Do you like Nutella?


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Going to The Dells!

Good Morning!

This morning, we are off to Wisconsin Dells (oh no, the dreaded bathing suit!!). Unfortunately, I woke up sick this morning. Darn. Of all days to get sick, it has to be the day we leave for vacation?!

I went to the store this morning to pick up some Cold Eeze and green juice.


I know the bottled juices aren’t always the best choice, but this one has lots of veggies (and kale!) and has 190 calories for the whole bottle. The sugar is a little high, but right now I don’t feel like eating anything so green juice it is! I haven’t tried it yet, so we’ll see how it is!

This is our third year going to the Dells with my brother, sister-in-law, and niece. This year, my dad, stepmom, and stepbrother are joining up! We rent a three bedroom condo so we can all stay together. It also has a full kitchen which is nice because we can bring our own food. :)

Last year:





Yesterday, I went to Whole Foods for some sushi (of course) and I finally got the peanut butter cup cookie. Last time I went to get one, they were gone and I was so sad!! Yes, I was sad about a cookie. I have been dying to eat that darn cookie. Obviously, I have issues.

Well, I finally got the cookie and it was delicious! So good. Good thing I only got one, because I could have eaten ten of them.


I also got a Two Moms in the Raw blueberry bar to eat in the car on the way to the Dells.


It’s raw, organic, gluten-free, non-gmo, kosher, raw, and handmade. The women at the checkout told me that she loves them and eats them all the time. We’ll see how it is!

Yesterday afternoon, I subbed for another instructor at the gym. I taught her 45 minute strength training class, and I think it went really good. I added lots of triceps dips and plank jacks <—- awesome exercises! I am so used to teaching BodyPump which is totally choreographed. No matter where you go in the world, everyone teaches the same BodyPump routine, so it was nice to come up with my own thing.


Tomorrow is Danny’s birthday! Happy early birthday to my wonderful husband. I couldn’t ask for a better person to spend my life with :)


Well, we’re off the Dells. Have an awesome weekend!!

  • Anyone else not enjoy wearing a bathing suit?
  • Have you ever got sick for something important?
  • Last vacation?


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Weight Loss Wednesday

Good afternoon!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Arc trainer – 15 minutes
  • Butts and Guts class – 60 minutes
  • Women on Weights – 60 minutes

I had a great workout yesterday and burned over 900 calories! I don’t normally workout for two hours but on Tuesdays I like to take Butts and Guts and Women and Weights. And it was my last Tuesday to do it since the kids will be out of school for the summer.


Post workout, I had a peanut butter and jelly Quest bar. I really love this flavor!

Yesterday afternoon, I decided to treat myself to an iced coffee.


So good and perfect for summer!

Weight Loss Wednesday

Danny and I weighed in again this morning. Danny lost 2 pounds and I lost 2.6 pounds! That’s a total of 6.8 pounds for Danny and 5.8 pounds for me! We’re doing good!


Just kidding! Although margaritas and Mexican food are two of my favorite things in life :)

This weekend, we’re going to Wisconsin Dells and celebrating my brother’s birthday, Danny’s birthday, and Father’s Day. I’m going to enjoy myself but not go overboard. I’m really looking forward to the trip and I hope the weather cooperates!

Today’s Workout

  • Upper Body Strength Training
  • Abs and Stretching

I planned on going to BodyPump today but my leg is killing me from yesterday’s workout, so I stuck with an upper body workout instead.

Here’s the workout I did

  • 15 front shoulder raises
  • 15 lateral shoulder raises
  • 15 seated shoulder presses
  • 15 front shoulder raises
  • 15 lateral shoulder raises
  • 15 seated shoulder presses
  • 15 hammer curls
  • 15 biceps curls
  • 15 top half biceps curls
  • 15 bottom half biceps curls
  • 15 hammer curls
  • 20 triceps dip <— my fav!
  • 15 triceps extensions
  • 15 overhead extensions
  • 20 triceps dips
  • 12 each side plank to row
  • 15 deadlifts
  • 15 reverse flys
  • 12 each side plank to row
  • 15 deadlifts
  • 15 reverse flys

I finished up my workout with two 1 minute planks, sit-ups with a medicine ball, and a few stretches.

A big happy birthday to my brother, Paul, today!!

PicMonkey Collage

Have a great afternoon!

  •  What’s your favorite exercise?
  • Any vacations planned for the summer?


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Walking and Working Out

Good morning!!


On Sunday morning, I taught the new BodyPump release. Later in the afternoon, we took the kids to a nearby lake with walking trails.


The kids love the old water pump and Jaden spent quite a bit of time washing the rocks that he found.


We stopped at the store after walking for awhile and I found this new lite white cheddar Skinny Pop popcorn.


We went through that bag way faster than I’d like to admit :) It was really good.

We also stopped at different Whole Foods than I normally go to and they had a healthy snack station set up for kids.


I thought it was really cool that they let kids pick out one piece of fruit. Jaden got an apple and ate the whole entire thing…including the seeds.

Monday’s Workout

  • Stairmaster HIIT Workout – 26 minutes
  • Plank and Stretching – 15 minutes

I haven’t been doing as much cardio lately since my hip has been bothering me but I was really sore from strength training yesterday so I decided to do a HIIT workout on the Stairmaster.


I forgot how much the Stairmaster makes me sweat!!! Of course, my hip was sore all day yesterday but only six more days until my doctor appointment.


Breakfast this morning was an old favorite – a peach yogurt oatmeal parfait.


I always forget how much I love peaches until I am eating one!

This morning I am off to the gym for Butts and Guts and Women on Weights!

Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite fruit?




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Gym Fun, Food, and Challenges

Good morning! It’s been a few days since I’ve checked in! The kids only have a few days of school left so we’ve been pretty busy. Their last day is next Wednesday and two days later we head to Wisconsin Dells!

Field Day

Yesterday was Jaden’s field day at school.


Danny took the day off so he could volunteer for field day. Jaden was so excited you would have thought it was Christmas!

Danny and I have been doing really good with our healthy eating lately so we packed our own lunch to bring to field day. The school provides a McDonald’s lunch for all the kids and volunteers but there was no way we were eating that (Random Fact: I have never had a hamburger in my life).

The Gym

After field day, Danny and I headed to the gym for a quick afternoon workout. Sometimes when we work out together, we set up boxes to do box jumps.


We start from the smallest and jump to the biggest box. I still cannot make that fourth box – and I have a nice bruise to prove it! I did make it up once but that was it. And of course, Danny just jumps on it with no problem.

The box jumps probably weren’t the best idea with my hip pain but we didn’t do it for too long.

The Fault in Our Stars

Last night, my in-laws watched the kids so we could see The Fault in our Stars. It was such a great movie. If you’re going to see it, bring a box of tissues…or two.

Date night (I obviously had no idea where the camera lens was in this picture!):


Movie theater food always sucks me in (hello Icees!) but Danny and I were good and brought our own Skinny Pop popcorn. Luckily, I have a huge purse which means I can fit a lot of Skinny Pop! It’s good to treat yourself once in awhile but I didn’t want to waste this weekend’s treat on movie theater food. I have been eyeing a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie at Whole Foods. It’s all about moderation :)



I thought I’d share some of the delicious food that I’ve been enjoying lately.

First, I have discovered the goodness that is frozen grapes!


How have I gone my whole life without eating frozen grapes?! So good!

For breakfast, I’ve been having plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit.


Or protein pancakes made with oats, egg whites, and PB2.


For snacks, I stocked up on some Quest bars. My local GNC was out of the cookie dough and cookie and cream flavor <—- The two best flavors. I got some peanut butter flavors instead.


The Weekend

The kids both have games today and we might head to Whole Foods later. My sushi craving is slightly out of control. Tomorrow morning I am teaching the new BodyPump release for the first time. I have been practicing at home like crazy!

I’ll leave you with this quote that I have been loving lately:


It’s so true. Sometimes, I get frustrated because I can’t jump on that fourth box, or I can’t get the timing perfect in BodyPump, or I can’t run as fast as I want to. But if it all came easy, then it wouldn’t be a challenge. The challenge is what makes work harder to achieve your goals. The harder I work for something, the more accomplished I feel.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Bondi Band winners: Laurel C. and Anastasia H. I sent you emails! :)

  • What challenges you?
  • What food have you been loving?
  • Have you seen/read The Fault in Our Stars?


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Weight Loss Wednesday

Unfortunately, I am having trouble getting my pictures from my email, so this post is pictureless. Sorry. You can close your eyes and imagine pictures if you want. :)

Happy National Running Day! Did you run today?!

I might be injured, but I still try to do what I can. You don’t have to be fast, you just have to go!!

Today’s Workout:

  • 1/2 mile <—better than nothing!
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Arc Trainer – 15 minutes

Weight Loss and DietBet

It’s the return of Weight Loss Wednesdays!

I mentioned about a week ago that Danny and I really trying to eat healthier, watch what we eat, eat out less, and lose weight. We took our weight, measurements, and progress pictures about a week ago and then weighed in again today. (We’ll do measurements and pictures monthly).

I lost 3.2 pounds and Danny lost 4.8 pounds!! We’re on the right track!

Danny and I have completely different approaches when it comes to weight loss. And that just goes to show that diets aren’t one size fits all. You need to find what works for you. Of course, we both try to make healthy choices, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and avoid processed foods but we have different methods about going about it.

I need to track everything that I eat. I track everything in My Fitness Pal and plan all my meals out. I try to stay in between 1500-1600 calories and watch my carbs, protein, and fat. All my meals for the day are specifically planned out to hit my calorie goal. I know some people count macros (carbs, fat, and protein) and I follow that loosely. I try to eat about 45-50% carbs, 30% protein, and 25% fat. I always struggle with the protein so my carbs are sometimes higher. But for the most part, I stay in my calorie goal.

I am also a firm believer in everything in moderation. If I deprive myself, I want it more, and then I’ll eat the whole darn chocolate cake instead of just a piece. I always save enough calories at the end of the night for a treat – usually a Skinny Cow ice cream. Losing weight doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you love – just in moderation.

Danny, on the other hand, has a much looser approach when it comes to weight loss. He simply eats less. That’s it. Well, he also tries to make healthier choices. He’ll eat grilled chicken instead of a burger or eat an apple instead of chips. He still enjoys things like pasta and bread. He just eats less of it. He doesn’t count calories or track what he eat – and that works for him. He even enjoyed some alcoholic beverages watching the Hawks game over weekend and still lost almost 5 pounds.

I could never eat the way he does and lose weight because I don’t have the best self control when it comes to food and he could never count calories and track foods like I do. We simply do what works for us. What work for me might not work for you and what works for you might not work for me. But so far, we’re doing good!

I’ve also decided to join another DietBet. I’ve done DietBets in the past, the last one being about a year ago. I joined Sarah Fit’s DietBet which started today (there’s still time to join!).

The concept of DietBet is pretty simple. Each player pays $35 into the pot. You have four weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. Everyone who loses their 4% splits the money in the pot. So, if you lose your 4%, you’re at least guaranteed to get your money back.

I don’t participate in the DietBet for the money. I do it to be held accountable to someone besides myself. There are online message boards where you connect with other players and give and receive support. It’s really a great way to lose weight and earn money!

Have a great afternoon!



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Apera Bags

Good afternoon!


This morning I had the perfect hot weather breakfast – cold plain Greek yogurt mixed with Truvia, blueberries, and raspberries.


Yum! I added a couple of egg whites on the side for some extra protein.

Today’s Workout:

  • Upper body strength training – 30 minutes
  • Hip bridges, single leg hip bridges, and stretching – 15 minutes
  • Arc trainer – 12 minutes

I haven’t worked out at the gym all week because of my wonderful hip and I was starting to have gym withdraws. I went in this morning without really have a plan in place. I hate going to the gym without a plan. I knew that I wanted to do some upper body strength training that wouldn’t really bother my hip.

I ended up doing the following supersets (repeated back to back with a minute rest in between each superset) three times each.

Superset #1:

  • Row Machine x12
  • Lat Pulldown x12

Superset #2:

  • Deadlifts x12
  • Deadrows x12

Superset #3

  • Cross Body Biceps Curls x12
  • EZ Bar Biceps Curls x12

Superset #4:

  • Renegade Rows (plank to row) x12
  • Hammer Curls x8 <— My arms were jello by this time and I could only manage 8 reps.

Apera Bags

I brought my new Apera Bag with me to the gym this morning.


I was recently contacted by Apera to try out one of their gym bags. After browsing their website, I jumped at the chance especially because my current gym bag is showing lots of wear and tear and it was time for a new one.

I got the performance duffel bag.


I was really intrigued with the Apera bags because they’re designed to be healthier. They have built in antimicrobial protection which prevents bacterial odors from growing on the bag.

It has vented compartments which allows air flow so your sweaty gym clothes don’t stink up your bag. It has wipeable lining which can be easily cleaned. All Apera bags also come with a washable insert bag to store sweaty or wet clothing.


As soon as I got this bag, I knew I was going to love it. First off, it’s big. I love big gym bags and purses. I like to carry a lot of stuff around with me. I love that it can fit a pair of shoes in it. I often wear boots to the gym in the winter and this bag is perfect to put my shoes in. I have been known to forget my shoes on occasion…


It can be worn on your shoulder or as a messenger bag. I love having the option of being hands-free. I also like that it has so many different pockets to keep all my different things – snack, water bottle, phone, gym towel, BodyPump DVDs, iPod, etc.

If you’re in the market for a new bag, I definitely recommend  Apera Bags.

Post Workout

Right after my workout, I had a Next Step protein shake in French Vanilla.


I mixed the packet with 8 oz of water in the blender bottle. I was surprised at how delicious it was – when it was gone, I wished I had more! It was 140 calories with 14 grams of protein.

After my workout, I went to Whole Foods and bought my weekly sushi and salad. While I was there, I was excited to see that they had the new thinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber Bars.

IMG_20140529_112550 (Instagram: @runeatplay)

I bought one in every flavor to try out!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you carry a gym bag? What’s in it?
  • What do you eat/drink after a workout?

Disclaimer: I received an Apera bag at no charge to me. I also received the Next Step protein shake and bottle from Vox Box at no charge. All opinions are completely my own.



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