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Weekend Recap

Good morning and happy March! Can you believe it’s March already?! I’m just waiting for winter to be over and for spring to arrive!

Friday

The kids had the day off of school on Friday so I didn’t go to the gym in the morning. Instead, we went to the library.

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I love the library. So. Many. Books.

Since, I didn’t work out in the morning, Danny and I went to the gym at night, and Jacob came with too. Danny and I worked on back and biceps while Jacob walked on the track. After we were done, Jacob wanted to jump rope so we spent a little bit of time jump roping.

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Jacob was so funny – he was doing a run jump rope thing where he would run down the hall while jump roping. It was hilarious to watch and I couldn’t stop laughing. I usually can’t get him to go to the gym for anything, but he enjoyed jump roping!

And Danny got to wear his new Fitbit to the gym!

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Being the super sweet wife that I am, I bought him a Fitbit Charge. I think just about my whole family owns a Fit bit now. :)

Saturday

We went to the gym again Saturday morning like we usually do and worked chest and triceps. Danny is usually in charge of the chest exercises and the decline chest presses are killer. (I use an EZ bar because my wrist always hurts and the EZ bar is a little less stressful on it.)

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The decline chest presses aren’t super hard to do but I really feel it later!

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We stopped at the store on the way home and I was excited to find this butterscotch “yogurt.”

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I posted it on Instagram and someone that it’s not actually Greek yogurt because it doesn’t contain any active cultures like yogurt does. It’s simply a “dairy treat.” Companies can be sneaky and sometimes you really have to pay attention to food labels. Of course, you assume the Oikos is yogurt but it doesn’t say yogurt anywhere on the packaging.

Regardless, it was still good!

Saturday evening, we went to my dad and stepmom’s to celebrate their birthdays.

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We had spaghetti, salad, and bread followed by cake and ice cream.

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We had a fun time celebrating and visiting.

Sunday

Sunday morning, we were back at the gym. No surprise there. We worked legs. I haven’t done just a leg day in awhile because me hip/quad/Achilles tendon always are sore but I also know it’s important to build strength so I am going to add more leg exercises into my workouts.

For leg exercises we did:

  • leg press machine
  • squats
  • leg extension machine
  • leg curl machine
  • step up to kickbacks
  • walking lunges
  • calf raises

After the gym we went grocery shopping and then to Whole Foods for lunch. We stopped for some frozen yogurt on the way home.

Our grocery store had the Rockin’ Refuel protein drinks on sale for $1 each. I’ve never seen them this cheap so I had to stock up.

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Overall, we had a pretty quiet and laid back Sunday.

Today

This morning, I went to the gym and worked shoulders. My leg isn’t as sore a I thought it would be after yesterday but my quad is a little sore. I made sure to foam roll it a lot at the gym and stretch.

Tomorrow is my first day teaching Women on Weights class!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite leg exercise?
    Do you read food labels?

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Circuit Workouts

Good afternoon, friends! How are you today? I must tell you, I am so sick of the snow. I hate snow. If I never saw another snowflake again, I would be perfectly happy. I am counting the days until spring is here!

I have been really good about getting my diet back on track this week, with the small exception of going out to celebrate my dad and stepmom’s birthdays on Tuesday night. Let’s just say there was a lot of Mexican food and margaritas involved. But I am a firm believer of everything in moderation.

I made sure I was back on track Wednesday morning. Before work, I had plain Fage Greek yogurt mixed with a packet of Stevia and topped with raspberries.

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I love eating this for breakfast because it’s starts my morning out with a lot of protein!

I went to the gym this morning, but I decided that it was in my best interest to hold off on the Bikini Body Mommy workouts for a few days. They are great short workouts but the amount of jumping and squats involved has really been hard on my body on top of the other workouts I’m doing.

I was a little bit disappointed because I made it 40 days straight without missing a workout but I’m really trying to listen to my body and do what’s best for it.

I still managed to get a good workout in, focusing mostly on upper body and core work. I found a circuit workout in the Sarah Fit book and added a couple more exercises to it.

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My circuit consisted of:

  • single leg bicep curls x 20 (10 each leg)
  • triceps dips with feet on a stability ball (I forgot how hard these were!) x 12
  • chest presses on stability ball x 15
  • bentover rows x 15
  • upright rows x15
  • dumbbell deadlifts x 15

I rested about 2 minutes in between each circuit. I did the circuit three times each.

Then I moved on to a core circuit. For this circuit I did:

  • Russian twists with a medicine ball x 16 (each side)
  • single leg heel touches x 10 / double leg heel touches x 10
  • bicycle crunches x 15 each side
  • plank 30 seconds
  • dumbbell side bends x 20 (each side)

I did this circuit three times, resting one minute in between.

After the gym, I stopped at Target where I found these individual bags of Jack Links on clearance.

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I love the Jack Links and always buy the big bag. I have never seen the individual bags at my Target and suddenly there was a bunch of boxes on the clearance shelf. Where did they come from?!

Now I’m at home sipping on some Cinnabon coffee and getting a few things done. I’m working on a workout for my first Women on Weights class that I’m teaching next week!

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite kind of food? I love Mexican food. I could eat it everyday.
  • Do you ever do circuit workouts?
  • Favorite ab exercise?

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Booty Workout and Birthdays!

Hello! How are you all today?!

This morning I went to the gym and started with the Bikini Body Mommy cardio workout. These workouts usually require a lot of jumping moves which I was really feeling today. By the time I was done, my Achilles tendon was killing me.

I tend to have an all or nothing attitude when it comes to working out and often decide to push through when I have pain instead of stopping. I realize that this is not a good thing. Moral of the story: do not be like me. If you are injured or have pain, take it easy!

I know something is wrong with my Achilles and I know the jumping exercises aren’t helping. I really am going to try my best to take it easy. The nice thing is that a lot of exercises can be modified so I don’t have to jump. My plan is to lay off the jumping but still do what I can.

After the cardio workout, I worked on glutes. Lots of booty exercises!

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I did:

  • step-up to kickbacks
  • walking lunges
  • single leg hip bridges
  • sumo squats with a leg raise
  • donkey kicks
  • single leg deadlifts
  • squats

I did each exercises between 12-25 reps, depending on the exercise. I did three sets of each exercise. Then I foam rolled and stretched. It was a really good workout that left me tired and sweaty!!

Even though I still wear my FitBit Charge HR all day long, I use my Polar FT7 heart rate monitor to keep track of my exercise. I feel like it’s more accurate.

Yesterday for some reason, my Fitbit registered that I climbed 45 flights of stairs!

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I definitely did not climb 45 flights of stairs. I didn’t really do anything different than I normally do so I can’t figure out why it thinks I’m climbing so many stairs. This is the first time it’s ever counted so many stairs. Interesting!

Hopefully it’ll be a little more accurate today.

Today is my dad’s birthday and tomorrow is my stepmom’s birthday. A big happy birthday to my dad and Sue!! Can’t wait to celebrate!!

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Have a great day!!

  • For  those of you that have a FitBit Charge, does it overestimate stairs?!
  • Do you rest when your sore/injured or do tend to push through?

 

 

 

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Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods Oatmeal

It’s Monday! I’m glad today is Monday because I feel like it gives me a fresh start after my horrendous week last week.

I’m back on track with my eating and workouts.

Yesterday, Danny and I went to the gym and worked on chest and triceps.

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Everyone has their own way of working out muscle groups – full body, upper body, lower body, biceps & triceps, etc. I usually workout the “pushing” muscles together – chest and triceps. These are the muscles you use for pushing exercises such as chest presses or push-ups.

I workout the “pulling” muscles together – back and biceps. These are the muscles you use for pulling exercises such as lat pulldowns and rows.

Then, I have a shoulder day. I incorporate core and leg exercises throughout the week depending on how much time I have to workout. The bikini body mommy workouts incorporate a lot of leg exercises and I still do some of my physical therapy exercises. My hip and quad still tend to get sore very fast so I take it a bit easier on the legs.

Today, I got back on track with my workouts and worked on shoulders. I did:

  • dumbbell front/lateral raises
  • shoulder press machine
  • plate front raises with a twist
  • kettlebell upright rows
  • overhead dumbbell presses
  • cable lateral raises
  • around the worlds (can be seen at 8:00 in the video)

I also did the bikini body mommy strength workout, walked, and did a little bit of stretching and foam rolling. When I woke up yesterday my quad was seriously killing me and I’m not quite sure why so I’m trying to take it a little easier on leg exercises.

Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods Oatmeal

Lately, before a workout or on the days I work, I have been eating Straw Propeller Oats for breakfast. I love that these oats help keep me feeling full for a long time especially when I’m working.

Straw Propeller was awesome enough to send me four of their oats flavors to try out.

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The four flavors I tried were Cherry and Chia, Apple Crisp, Maple Oats, and Orange Cranberry.

Of these four, my favorite was the Apple Crisp. It was delicious! I loved the chunks of apples, walnuts, and white chocolate chips.

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I love that Straw Propeller Oats use only real ingredients without additives or preservatives. Their oats are also gluten-free. And I love all the add-ins in their oats!

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My all-time favorite oats are their PB&J oats. I can’t even describe how good these are – peanuts, strawberries, and peanut butter chips. I could seriously eat these everyday.

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I buy the PB & J flavor at Target. Target and Whole Foods are the stores near me that I’ve found them at and they carry some great flavors!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have a specific workout plan?
  • Do you like oatmeal? Favorite?

Straw Propeller sent me the four oatmeal flavors to try for free. I purchased the PB&J oats on my own. All opinions are my own. 

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An Off Week

Good morning.

I am so glad that today is Sunday, even though I did wake up at 6 am. I just can’t seem to sleep in on the weekends. This past week has been a really off week for me – diet and workout-wise.

There was no school one day, Jaden was sick a couple of days, my work hours changed slightly. I pretty much ate everything in sight all week and missed two workouts this week, and I never miss a workout!!

I was working until 2 pm on Wednesday and Fridays. Now, I’m working until 3 pm, which means I can’t workout after I get off work those two days because I  have to be home to get the kids off the bus.

Danny usually goes to the gym at 5 am during the week, so I can’t wake up early and go. I suppose my other options are to wake up early and work out at home or workout in the evening. I planned on working out Friday night but I forgot it was bingo night at Jaden’s school.

This week, I plan on focusing more on what needs to be done – planning my meals better so I don’t eat a whole bag of jelly beans (yes, that happened this week) and figuring out when to fit my workouts in.

I completely realize that people work full time jobs and have things a lot harder, but no matter what your schedule is, if it’s something you’ve been used to for years then it’s going to mess you up if it suddenly changes.

Yesterday

Of course, my first priority yesterday morning was to get to the gym!

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I started with the Bikini Body Mommy Fit Test because I am a little behind on that workout.

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I was happy because I improved all my scores from the previous Fit Test. It’s about an 8 minute workout, but it’s killer. Danny did it too and we were dead at the end. Dead. You’re only resting 10 seconds in between each exercise so it really keeps your heart rate up!

Danny and I worked on back and biceps and honestly it was a so-so workout. I just wasn’t feeling it. I was tired from being up early, my eye hurt (turns out my contact was ripped in half in my eye), and my leg was really bothering me.

We got through all our back exercises and half of our bicep exercises until I threw in the towel. My eye was killing me and I had to go home to fix it. Plus, I was just plain crabby.

After the gym, we stopped at Target where I bought Boom Chicka Pop kettle corn in the frosted sugar sugar cookie flavor!

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I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m going to try it today. I imagine it’s going to be delicious. They also had a lemon drop kettle corn flavor but I was a little unsure about that flavor.

On today’s agenda is the gym, grocery shopping, and working for a few hours later. I really need to get back on track with my eating and workouts this week!

Have a great Sunday!

  • Do you ever have “off” weeks? I usually have off days, but rarely off weeks! Too much good food!
  • Did you do anything fun this weekend?
  • Favorite popcorn flavor?

 

 

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Friday Favorites

Good morning – it’s Friday! How is your week going?

Let’s jump right into today’s favorites!

Friday Favorites

  • Cascadian Farm Fruitful O’s cereal

I am such a cereal addict. I purposely buy cereal for the kids that I don’t like because I can eat so much cereal without a problem. It’s addicting. I try to not even start eating it because I can eat about 75 bowls of cereal.

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I tried these Fruitful O’s and they were delicious so of course, I had to eat tons of them. I figure they’re better than Froot Loops though, right?!

  • In Death Book Series by JD Robb

I love the In Death series by JD Robb (who is actually Nora Roberts). I have been reading the series for years and years and Obsession in Death is the 40th book in the series.

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The nice thing about this series is that you can pick up any book and not be lost with the story line. Of course, you’ll understand more if you’ve read the whole series but each book can be read as a single story.

  • Whole Foods Sushi

Whole Foods sushi is my favorite sushi. It just is. I love their California roll but my second favorite is the Philadelphia roll.

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I love that Whole Foods uses brown rice because I am not a fan of white rice. I love the how much more flavor brown rice has not to mention how much better it is nutrition-wise. White rice is so bland and unflavorful to me. Yay for brown rice sushi!

  • Race Season!

Spring is the official start of race season and I am officially signed up for my first 5ks of the year!

I haven’t run a lot since my hip surgery and haven’t really been running at all lately since my Achilles tendon still bothers me. My goal is to take it really slow and just ease back into running at my own pace. I think it’s going to be quite a shock after not running for so long but I’m going to do my best.

The first 5k I plan on doing is the is the Bunny Rock 5k in Chicago.

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I was lucky enough to win a free entry on Facebook! Right now, I’m about 75% sure that I’m going to run this race. We have something going on the day before and the day after is Easter. I plan to start walk/running soon so I will see if I’ll be ready in time for this race.

My next race which is a 100% for sure race is the Run Like a Mother 5k.

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I have run this race for the past 4 or 5 years and my grandma who had both hip replaced is planning on walking the race so I really look forward to doing this race again!

Those are my favorites for today! Have a great Friday!

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

 

 

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Positivity

Good afternoon!

Last night for dinner, I made baked chicken and veggie fajitas.

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I love easy these are to make and how delicious they taste. Mexican food is my all time favorite food!

Today

I had quite the workout today! I started with 15 minutes on the elliptical and then I did the bikini body mommy cardio workout twice. I can’t believe it’s day 44 for the bikini mommy challenge already! Halfway through.

After the cardio workout, I stretched and rode the stationary bike for a few minutes until the Women on Weights class started. I used to take this class every single Tuesday up until my hip surgery. I haven’t taken it since my hip surgery in July so that’s about 7 months.

I wanted to take the class today since I will be teaching it starting in March just to get the feel of it again. We did arms today including biceps and triceps. Nothing too much for my hip although it did kill my wrist.

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782 calories burned during today’s workout. Post workout, I had a Shamrock Farms Rockin’ Refuel protein shake.

After the gym, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some eggs. When I got home, I proceded to drop the entire bag of eggs on my front porch.

Of course, every single egg broke…except one.

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He was the strong egg. He wins at life. He is my lucky egg and I will keep him forever and ever…or until I eat him tomorrow morning.

To make myself feel better, I made some Cinnabon coffee.

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No, coffee mug, I’m not purr-fect. I dropped all the eggs.

Positivity

Today at the gym, a women made a comment to me in passing that really lifted my spirits. It got me thinking about how little complements or words of encouragement can go along way.

To her, it was just something she said to me in conversation but to me, it meant a lot more. It lifted my spirits and made me feel good. Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves, we don’t take the time to realize the good attributes we possess.

An older man came into the gym the other day and talked about how when he was doing some ab exercises, two women told him he was doing such a great job. The man said that comment made his whole day and he spent the rest of the day feeling good. I’m sure the two women didn’t think about what they said again but the man remembered it the whole day.

I think we are so busy in life that sometimes we overlook the opportunity to pay attention to those around us and compliment them on a job well done. Even something as simple as, “I really like your hair today” or “Great job doing those lunges” can really make a person’s day.

I’m going to try to really make the effort to notice those around me and pay more compliments to people, and it doesn’t even have to be a compliment, words of encouragement also go a long way!

And those are my thoughts for today! Have a great afternoon!

  • When was the last time you complimented someone?
  • When was the last time you received a compliment?
  • How do you stay positive?

 

 

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Sick Day

Good morning!

Today at the gym, I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout. It was a new workout and a cardio day and it was tough! It definitely got my heart rate up!

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I always use the Tabata timer app on my phone for these workouts. You just set the work time, rest time, and number of exercises and the app counts down for you.

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I hydrated with tropical Nuun during my workout.

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I love that these are so easy to just pop into your water. It has no sugar and a lot of electrolytes.

After the cardio workout, I did a few biceps and triceps exercises. My wrist still bothers me so I have to be careful with what exercises I do. Today, I did bicep/tricep supersets.

I did the following exercises:

  • concentration curls/overhead tricep extensions
  • single leg hammer curls/tricep dips on bench
  • dumbbell curls/tricep kickbacks
  • bicep curls with resistance band

That was as far as I got when my Fitbit Charge started flashing the name of my son’s school. (I love that you can see who’s calling right on your wrist!) It’s never good when the school calls in the middle of the morning.

Jaden had a very slight fever and wasn’t feeling well so I said I would come pick him up. I’m glad it was today and not tomorrow because tomorrow is my first official day at work. I picked him up and then we stopped at Target for some much needed coffee and a Sprite for Jaden’s tummy.

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I also had a Rockin’ Refuel chocolate protein shake.

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I know I mentioned these all the time but I am obsessed. They are so easy and convenient. And they have 30 grams of protein which perfect for someone like me who is always trying to get enough protein.

The rest of the day will just be spent doing a few things around the house and taking care of Jaden.

Have a great afternoon!

  • When was the last time you were sick?
  • Favorite thing to drink?

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I Went to Zumba

Good morning!

Yesterday was one of those days that I didn’t feel like going to the gym. I was up late the night before for Jaden’s party and I woke up early because my body just can’t seem to sleep in on the weekends. I decided to go to the gym anyway in hopes that it would give me some much needed energy.

I’m glad I did go to the gym because I ended up working out for two hours!

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I was too tired to come up with a workout plan so at the last minute I decided to go to Zumba. Yes, I went to Zumba class. It’s probably been almost a year since I’ve gone to Zumba and it’s only my third group fitness class since my hip surgery.

I was a little worried because Zumba is a little more high impact with a lot of jumping but of course you can modify as needed. My hip felt a little tight but not painful. It was Achilles that bothered me the most. I’ve already stopped running for the most part because it bothers me and I know I need to cut back on the jumping exercises also until it gets better.

Zumba ended up being really fun and I’m glad that I went. I also rode the stationary bike for about 20 minutes afterwards to loosen up my hip and then I did some core exercises followed by a lot of foam rolling and stretching.

I expected to wake up this morning incredibly sore but I wasn’t too bad. I was more tired than anything. I went to the gym this morning and did the Bikini Body Mommy Day #36 workout. I am proud of myself for continuing to do the workouts every day!

The BMM workouts are fairly short and today was a strength training day so I decided to do the workout circuit style. I did the whole entire workout then I rested about 2-3 minutes and then completed the entire workout two more times. So, I did the full workout three times, resting 2-3 minutes in between.

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I did the divebomber push-ups the first time through the workout but I had to do push-ups on the wall the other two times because my wrist was killing me. And I have a feeling those dumbbell windmills are going to make me super sore come tomorrow.

Books

I read the book The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins over the weekend.

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It’s been compared to Gone Girl and while I think Gone Girl was a lot crazier, it was still a really good book.

It’s about a women named Rachel who has been divorced for two years and has turned to alcohol to help her get through it. She takes the train every morning and has to go past her ex-husband and new wife’s house (which used to be her house) everyday. She likes to watch the people she passes outside on the train, specifically a couple who live a few doors down from her ex, who she has named “Jess and Jason.”

One day she sees something from the train at Jess and Jason’s house that she’s not meant to see and the story unfolds from there. It was a quick read that will constantly keep you guessing!

If you’re looking for a new book to read, I definitely recommend it.

Have a great day!

  • Do you like Zumba / Cardio Dance classes?
  • Favorite book? Last book you read?
  • Do you sleep in on the weekends?

 

 

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Teddy Bear Party

Good Morning!

Yesterday morning, Danny and I headed to the gym. I started out with the 15 minute Bikini Body Mommy workout while Danny ran on the treadmill. Then we did some back exercises together.

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We did incline dumbbell rows, lying lateral raises, wide grip lat pulldowns, seated rows, t-bar raises, and good mornings. We finished with a few core exercises and some foam rolling. The BBM workout includes a lot of jumping exercises so my calves are always incredibly tight. I always make sure to save a few minutes for foam rolling and stretching at the end of a workout.

After our workout, I had a meeting at work, and then I came home to start getting ready for Jaden’s family birthday party.

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We started out with a little FitBit meet-up. :)

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There’s so many of us that have Fitbits! It’s fun too because we can create challenges against each other and cheer for each other.

Jaden’s birthday is next week but we had his party yesterday since next weekend is Valentine’s Day.

My super talented Grandma made Jaden this awesome teddy bear cake:

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Didn’t it come out awesome?!

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Jaden loves his teddy bears so I thought it would be fun if everyone surprised him with a stuffed animal as a gift. He was so excited and surprised for all his new animals.

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My in-laws got him a little stuffed puppy that actually looks like it’s breathing. It was so realistic looking. Of course, all the kids loved the puppy. My niece even announced that she wanted to take it home.

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My sister-in-law, Crystal, found the new Red Velvet Oreos and brought them to the party. Danny and I actually checked three stores for them the night before but couldn’t find them.

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I’m not really a fan of regular Oreos (but I could eat a whole box of those mini peanut butter Oreos!) but the Red Velvet Oreos were very good.

I’m very lucky to have such a close and giving family to help make Jaden’s birthday special!

I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

  • Do you like the flavored Oreos? Favorite?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Favorite back exercises?

 

 

 

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