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Dialing it Back

Good morning!

Even though Christmas is over, I started out my day with a candy cane k-cup!


When I first bought these, I wasn’t sure if I’d like them but they’re actually one of my all time favorite k-cup flavors! I bought a pack on sale after Christmas and I’m rationing them out to make them last.

My niece is back from Florida!


I missed her! My sister-in-law is back to work today after running the half marathon and full marathon in Disney World this past weekend.

After Jaden got on the bus this morning, we went to the gym.

I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout day #10 and #11 since I missed yesterday because my legs were so sore. I think I need to dial back my workouts a bit because my quad pain is coming back full force.


Do I look so awkward in that pic or what?!

After today’s workout, my quad is killing me. Like it’s burning on fire. I think maybe doing the bikini body mommy workout in addition to my normal workout may not be the best idea so I’m going to take it easy for the next few days.

When I got home, I took out my stick torture device.


It helped a little and of course my niece needed a turn. :)


This afternoon, I’m going to take it easy and maybe ice my quad. Even though I know I should ice, I’m so bad about doing it sometimes!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Do you use a stick or foam roller?



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Workout, Dancing, and Ipsy

Good afternoon!

Today was my first Tuesday that I didn’t have to go to physical therapy. It’s weird not going after going multiple times a week for six months.

After I got Jaden on the bus this morning, I went to the gym.


Yesterday, I did the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge Day #8 workout, so I was already sore from that workout. Today, I did the day #9 workout plus my own workout. Today’s Bikini Body Mommy workout was killer even though it was short. My legs are dead.


Bikini Body Mommy

I also did a few of my exercises from physical therapy at the gym today. Some of my exercises today included:

  • single leg deadlifts
  • box jump downs
  • weighted donkey kicks
  • side to side walking with resistance band
  • Bosu balance
  • Single leg Bosu balance
  • Single leg squats off box with toe tap

After my workout, I made sure to stretch and foam roll.

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Now my legs and hip are dead. So sore.

Other Randomess:

The other day, Jaden and I played Just Dance 2015 on the Wii.


That game is a workout! We did four songs before I had to take a break. It was a lot of fun though!

Yesterday, I got my Ipsy bag in the mail.


I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned Ipsy before. Maybe once? Anyway, it’s a monthly beauty subscription box that costs $10 a month. It comes with about five sample sized products every month. I really like it and you can go online and pick your preferences which is nice.

The items usually include hair products, mascara, eye shadow, eye liner, lotion, lip gloss, chapstick.

I’m off to eat lunch. Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Ever play video games?
  • Do you subscribe to any monthly boxes?


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Eating, Losing Weight, and The Gym

As I type this, my sister-in-law, Crystal, is running the Disney World Marathon. She ran the half marathon yesterday with her cousin, Becky, and is running the full marathon today. That’s 39.3 miles in two days. I am so proud of her. That is an accomplishment that not many people can say they’ve done.

She had her personal reasons for wanting to run the half marathon and full marathon together and after a lot of time, an injury, and hard work, she will accomplish her goal! Great job, Crystal!!

She even got to meet Jeff Galloway, whose training plan she’s been following for the half marathon/marathon!


Go, Crystal, Go!

The Weekend

As I’ve mentioned before, the weekends are always a struggle for me when it’s comes to sticking to healthy eating. Danny’s home, the kids are home, we’re out and about. My schedule is different and that always messes me up. However, I have been doing pretty good this weekend. Granted, it is only Sunday morning so I’ll have to see how today goes.

I have finally accepted the fact that there is no magic pill or secret diet or unhealthy detox to weight loss. It’s simply eating healthy, exercising, and burning more calories than you consume. Eat good foods. Eat protein. Eat whole grains. Eat fruits and veggies. Eat treats in moderation.

For me personally, my “weight loss rules” consist of burning more calories than I eat and be in a deficit. 3500 calories equal a pound. So if I have a 500 calorie deficit a day (through exercise and diet) that’s a pound of weight loss a week.  I use My Fitness Pal to track my calories and the FitBit and heart rate monitor to track my calories burned.


I realize that both these devices just estimate for the most part so I just use the numbers as a guide. Then, I record my numbers on paper so I can see the difference.


I also make sure that I’m eating enough fat and protein and not too many carbs. If I stick to 1500 calories a day that doesn’t mean I can eat 1500 calories of rice, bread, and fruit. There has to be a healthy balance.

Finally, I always save calories at the end of the day for a treat. I feel like when I deprive myself of all treats is when I tend to overeat. Danny and I usually eat a Yasso Greek yogurt bar, a Special K brownie, or a candy candy tootsie pop.

This past week, I did perfect all week. I stuck to my calorie goal everyday and burned more than I consumed. I decided that if I eat perfect all week, I would let myself have one meal on the weekend that I didn’t worry about. I’m not calling it a cheat meal because I really don’t feel like any food is ever off limits to me. It’s simply portion control and moderation for any food.

I really wanted to go out to a Mexican restaurant but Jaden is on a very strict dairy free diet for two weeks so there wouldn’t be anything he could eat and that kids loves cheese quesadillas with sour cream so it was just a bad idea. Instead, I made chicken fajitas at home.

Even though I ate a good amount of food – chicken fajitas with cheese and sour cream, chips and salsa, and Phish Food ice cream for dessert, I still felt better about eating at home than I did about eating out. And today, I am back to tracking my food and going to the gym.

Note: I just want to say that I realize all the calorie counting and figuring out numbers might be slightly obsessive but it’s the only way that weight loss works for me. If I don’t have concrete numbers and food portions to follow, I tend to overeat and not really care. Weight loss is different for everyone and this is what works for me. You can lose weight and not even record a single number but I have found that method doesn’t work for me. However, it does work for Danny. He simply eats smaller portions, adds more fruit and veggies, and goes to the gym and he loses weight. Everyone is different.

Working Out

Jacob had an eye doctor appointment yesterday morning and it always takes hours so I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to the gym. Instead, I woke up early and did the Bikini Body Mommy Day #6 workout twice.

Today, Danny and I went to the gym.


We worked on back and biceps. Unfortunately, I hurt my wrist halfway through biceps so I wasn’t able to finish. My wrist has been bothering me lately, but I really messed it up today. I’m going to have to take it easy on my wrist for awhile.

Have a great afternoon!!

  •  What’s the farthest you’ve ever run?
  • Do you have any weight loss tips that work for you?




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Friday Favorites

Good afternoon! Even though it’s still way too cold here in Chicagoland, the kids went back to school today which means I was able to go to the gym this morning. I started with about 25 minutes on the treadmill and then did a chest and triceps workout. I finished up my workout with the Bikini Body Mommy Day 5 workout.

Here are today’s Friday Favorites!

  • Serial Podcast

I know I’m a little late to jump on the Serial bandwagon but better late than never, right?!

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I have already listened to half the season and I am addicted. If you don’t know what Serial is, it’s a podcast that tells a nonfiction story over many episodes. It’s about a boy named Adnan who’s been convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae. The murder was committed in 1999 and it’s 15 years later and Adnan still maintains his innocence. Each episode explores the events that took place 15 years ago.  It’s addicting.

I was listening to it last night on my phone before bed with my headphones in. Danny got into bed and got a shock and somehow that shock got transferred to me, traveled through my headphones, and shocked my ears. It was weird. Needless to say, I took my headphones out. I’ll have to finish that episode today.

  • Books

My dad and stepmom got me an Amazon Kindle giftcard for Christmas and I was very excited because I’ve haven’t read a book in awhile. I immediately bought and read two books in a weekend and am currently reading a third.

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and it had a little bit of everything – romance, mystery, humor. I am usually pretty good about figuring out the twists in a book but this book had me guessing until the end.



Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I haven’t even finished the third book yet and I can already tell you that Eleanor and Park is my favorite book of the three. I adored it. It’s about the relationship of two very different teens that takes place during the 80s.

I also heard that they’re going to starting filming a movie for this book in 2015.



Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Honestly, I’m on the fence about this book so far. When I read the free preview on my Kindle, I didn’t plan on buying it. It was just meh and I didn’t like the main character, Libby, very much. Three things lead me to buy it: 1) it’s by Gillian Flynn who wrote Gone Girl which was the craziest book I’ve ever read. 2) I just heard it’s being turned into a movie this year. 3) It was only $2.99 (a steal for a popular book on the Kindle). I’m about a quarter of the way done and it’s growing on me but so far it’s not one of those books that I just can’t put down.



Have you read Dark Places? Thoughts?

  • Beats by Dr. Dre headphones

Today, I borrowed Danny’s Beats headphones that I got him for Christmas to wear at the gym. I used them to listen to…you guessed it, Serial. I really like these headphones but the only negative is that the cord is so darn long. If I had an extra $300-$400 to throw around, I’d definitely invest in a pair of wireless Beats. But overall, the sound quality is so much better than my standard Apple headphones.


Blurry but you get the idea. (You only have a limited amount of time to take a selfie of your self at the gym before someone walks by and thinks you weird…or too self absorbed. :) ) Selfie of yourself…does that even make sense?

  • Yoplait Greek 100 Whips Yogurt


I know I mentioned this yogurt the other day but I’m really loving it. The consistency is so thick and mousse-like that it’s great for an after dinner dessert. The vanilla cupcake flavor was delicious.

Have a great weekend!!

  • What are you Friday favorites?



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At Home Workout

School was canceled again today, which means the kid’s room at the gym is closed, which means another workout at home.

I have some workout equipment at home but I really prefer working out at the gym. At home, I’m not as motivated, I have a small space, and I can’t workout for five minutes without having to yell at the kids to stop fighting.

It’s hard to do burpees. It’s even harder to do burpees while yelling at your kids to please just let you get this workout in so your don’t turn into Crazy Mom. Sigh.

Today I did the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge Workout Day #4. It was a cardio day and since the workout is short, I did it twice.


One way to get the kids to not fight is to have Jaden do the workout with me.

Lots of jumping and burpees. There are ten exercises and you do each one for 60 seconds, resting for 30 seconds in between. It really gets my heart rate up!


I noticed that I am so much more inactive when I’m stuck inside because of the cold. Yesterday, I only walked about 4,000 steps compared to Tuesday when I walked 12,000 steps!

Please go away winter. At least it’s supposed to warm-up this afternoon!


Lunch was the same thing yesterday and today. Kind of random food items but still delicious!


English muffin with two egg whites and a little bit of cheddar cheese, teriyaki turkey jerky, celery with peanut butter, and unpictured strawberries. The whole lunch had 385 calories and approximately 31 grams of protein.

My sweet husband was nice enough to brave the cold yesterday to go to the store for a few groceries. I really have been loving the new Yoplait Greek whips yogurt so I asked him to get me a few flavors. He texted me with the flavors and I just had him get me one of each.


It took a couple of tries for me to like this yogurt. The consistency of the whipped yogurt is so different than the regular Greek yogurt and I wasn’t sure at first if I liked it. Now, I love them! It’s very thick and mousse-like.

I tried the vanilla cupcake flavor for breakfast and it was delicious!

I’m glad it’s supposed to warm up a little this afternoon because Danny and I are donating blood for a blood drive at the gym tonight and then we go straight to a family night for high school! (I’m still in denial that Jacob will be starting high school later this year).

Have a great day and stay warm!!

  • If you have kids, what grades are they in?
  • Do you prefer working out at home or at the gym?







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Last Physical Therapy Session

Good morning! It is cold here in Chicagoland! Something like -15 to -25 degrees with the wind chill. You know, typical Chicago weather.


Yesterday morning, I went to the gym like usual. I did a few shoulder exercises including: the shoulder press machine, front plate raises with a twist, alternating lateral raises, and upright rows on the cable machine.

In the afternoon, I had my last physical therapy appointment. I even got a graduation t-shirt.


It was kind of bittersweet. I’m glad that my hip is healed enough to not have to go anymore but at the same time, I’ll miss it. I really relied on my physical therapist to let me know what I could do and what I couldn’t do. I have been going to physical therapy multiple times a week for  six months so it’s just something I got used to doing.

I feel like the exercises she had me do really helped strengthen my leg and of course, I can do those at the gym since she gave me a list of home exercises. But there was some massage and hip manipulation things that I am unable to do myself.

I really recommend Athletico physical therapy. My therapist did a great job of listening to me, pushing me with exercises without taking it to far, and challenging me. She even came to one of my doctor appointments with me during her own free time.  I will miss her and physical therapy.

Yesterday evening, the kids had back-to-back doctor appointments right during dinner time. Jacob had an orthodontist appointment and Jaden had an allergy doctor appointment. I’m really trying to make a point to eat better so rather then go through a drive-thru or eat really late when I’m super starving, I packed dinner to bring with us.

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I packed a salad in a tupperware with baked chicken and green beans. I also added a package of almonds to eat with it. I packed oatmeal in a thermos for the kids.


This morning was so cold that school was canceled. They also closed the kid’s room at the gym because of the cold.

I drove my brother, sister-in,law, and niece to the airport this morning. They are going to Florida for the Disney Half Marathon and Marathon weekend. My sister-in-law is running the half on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday!

Good luck, Crystal!!

We got home as fast as we could to get out of the cold. And I probably won’t leave the house the rest of the day!

Since I wasn’t able to workout at the gym this morning, I did the Bikini Body Mommy Day 3 workout on YouTube.



It’s a 90 day program with a new video workout everyday. The first two days, I did the workout in addition to my normal workout. And today I just did the Bikini Body Mommy workout. They’re fairly short workouts so I have no problem doing them in addition to my normal workout.

The rest of my day will probably be spent trying to stop my kids from constantly fighting! I swear they can’t even get along for five minutes!

Have a great day!

  • How’s the weather where you live?
  • Do your kids fight? Did you fight with your siblings growing up?




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6 Month Post Surgery Check-Up

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?


This morning, I had a post surgery check-up with my hip doctor. It’s hard to believe that I am almost 6 months post surgery. It seems like it was just yesterday I was stuck in bed with a hip brace and crutches.

Hip brace and crutches from over the summer:


I am very happy to report that today was my LAST follow-up doctor’s appointment and tomorrow is my LAST physical therapy session! I was extremely happy!

The doctor said that I had really good strength back in my leg and if I want to run, it’s important to keep that strength up. He also said that it would be fine to get back to group fitness classes such as Butts & Guts and Spin if I take it easy.

My Achilles tendon has still been bothering me and he said that it could be just because I haven’t ran in a long time. He said to keep an eye on it and to listen to my body. If my Achilles tendon is really bothering me then I should take it easy on the running. It said it might take a few weeks and not to push it.

Lately, I’ve been doing a 2:2 walk/run ratio for about a mile. It still bothers me a bit so I’m not going to push the running quite yet.

The best part is that the doctor said I should be just fine to run a half marathon this year!! He said it would be best to aim to run one in the fall. That way my Achilles tendon has time to get better and I can train slowly. I am so excited! I have been trying to run a darn half marathon for years!

Danny has the day off so after my doctor’s appointment, we celebrated with a trip to the gym. :)


I just got new Victoria Secret crops at the semi-annual sale this weekend. Love those Christmas gift cards!

We started out on the treadmill, followed by back and biceps exercises, then we finished up with a little bit of jump roping and stretching. 720 calories burned!!

Backing up to the weekend a bit…


On Saturday morning, Danny and I went to the gym.


We warmed up on the stationary bike and then worked on chest and triceps.

Our exercises included:

  • chest press
  • dumbbell chest flies
  • cable machine flies
  • chest press machine
  • skull crushers
  • triceps extensions
  • overhead triceps extensions
  • triceps dips on the bench

On Saturday afternoon, we went to Woodfield Mall so Jaden could go to Build-a-Bear.


I’ve mentioned this before, but Jaden really loves his stuffed animals. He takes care of them, feeds them, plays with them, and brings them everywhere he goes.


He picked out the perfect bear, it got stuffed, and Jaden picked out a little coat for him. We walked around the mall for a little while but there are just so many people at Woodfield Mall. I can only stands gobs of people for a short amount of time.

We also stopped at Target where I found this Chobani green tea infused yogurt.


I was a little nervous about how green tea yogurt would taste but it was actually really good! The green tea flavor is very light and not overpowering.


Sunday we kind of hung out and got things ready for back to school. The kids visited their grandma and I had an afternoon coffee break.


I rarely drink coffee in the afternoons but yesterday I was so tired. I was up early to go grocery shopping (can’t stand the crowds later in the day) and I’m still trying to shake this cold! Why do colds last forever and ever and ever?

And that’s whats going on with me! Have a great afternoon!!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Have you ever wanted to really do something but were physically unable to?







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The New Year – 2015

Good morning! Welcome to the second day of 2015!!

I am still trying to fight off this long-lasting cold. I just can’t get rid of the head and nose stuffiness.


On New Year’s Eve morning, Danny and I were feeling a little better from our colds so we went to the gym. I started with walking on the treadmill for 2 minutes and running for one minute for about 15 minutes to warm-up. Then, we did ssome back and core exercises.


Some of our back exercises included:

  • seated cable rows
  • lat pulldown machine
  • t-bar raises
  • deadlifts
  • straight arm pullovers

By the time we were done, I was really feeling it. Those deadlifts are killer!

In the evening, we met my family at a restaurant called Pilot Pete’s for dinner.


They had a champagne toast every hour on the hour for the adults but unfortunely they ran out of sparkling juice for the kids. We still had a fun time!


After dinner, we went back to my dad and stepmom’s house to ring in the New Year!

A few years ago, we had a New Year’s hat decorating contest. This year, we had a horn contest. Everyone bought their own horns and decorated them.



My brother won first place with his Chicago Blackhawks Winter Classic horn.


We had a great night and enjoyed the countdown to 2015 at midnight!!


New Years Goals

I’m not going to make a whole bunch of resolutions at the beginning of this year. Instead, there are a few goals that I would really like to focus on accomplishing for 2015.

  • Health

As cliche as it is, one of my goals this year is to be healthier and lose a little bit of weight. But this year, I’m going to work on the little things that trigger my unhealthy or overeating habits. For example, some nights if I’m too tired (or lazy) to cook dinner, we’ll go out or order food. Instead, I’m going to try to be more prepared by having an easy and healthy dinner to make.

I eat pretty good during the week but I notice that there are times when my eating plans just go out the window – on the weekends when Danny’s home, when we’re out with my family, etc. I would really like to work on still be healthy during these situations. That’s not to say that I can’t enjoy myself but maybe two slices of pizza and salad is okay rather than four slices and chips. Sometimes the off switch from my brain to my mouth is broken.

I was at a weight about two years ago that I was really happy with. My ultimate goal is to get back to that weight.

  • Gym

My goal in the gym for 2015 is to improve my strength training. I want to increase the amount of weight that I lift and work on more functional exercises.

Functional exercises are exercises that incorporate multiple body parts/muscles and includes movements we do in real life. They increase strength and balance.Machines are okay at the gym, but they are doing the majority of the work for you. You back is supported while sitting in a machine so you’re not using your core to keep up balanced.

A squat is a great example of a functional exercise. You’re using your core to keep you upright and balanced and you’re working your quads, hamstrings, and gluts. And squats are used in everyday life – picking up boxes, groceries, small children, etc.

  • Running

For goal for the longest time has been to run a half marathon. I have actually signed up for two half marathons.

The first was the Zooma half marathon which I was supposed to run in August 2013. I was picked along with four other girls who had never run a half marathon as a Muscle Milk Athlete. We got support from the Zooma race ambassadors, training plans, entries into the half marathon, meetings with a sports doctor, a hot yoga session, and running meet-ups.


This is when my quad/hip pain first started and after meeting with the doctor, I was advised not to run the half marathon. I was incredibly disappointed to not be able to run with the other girls but at the same time it was a relief because I had so much pain when I ran.

Fast forward over a year later after many doctor visits and a cortisone shot, I was feeling a lot better. My sister-in-law announced that she was planning on running the Disney World half marathon and full marathon in January 2015. I decided to run the half marathon but had to jump on registering since it sells out so fast. Danny decided that he also wanted to run the half but it was sold out by that time and he signed up for the full.

A short time later, I had a arthrogram MRI and it turned out that not only would I not be running the half marathon but I would also be getting a major hip surgery.

But all that is behind me now!

I had my hip surgery, my problem is corrected, and I should soon be healed to 100%. This is the year that I will run a half marathon, and it will be that much more special because of everything I went through to get there.

  • Family

It’s not secret that I spend a lot of time with my extended family but this year I would like to focus on spending more time with my kids. Jacob is a teenager now so the last thing he wants to do is hang out with his parents. So, this year I would like to focus more on stuff that my kids enjoy. I don’t want to have to force them to play a family game or watch a movie, but rather do something that they enjoy.


And there it is – my goals for 2015! 

Have a great second day of the new year!

  • Do you have any goals or things you would like to accomplish in 2015?



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Run Eat Play: Year in Review 2014

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Can you believe that it’s the last day of 2014?! I can’t believe how fast the year flew by! I had my hip surgery in July and I feel like we just jumped from July to December! I can’t believe we’re less than a day away from 2015!

Today, I thought I’d recap some of my most memorable moments from 2014.




Danny came in second place at the mini triathlon at our gym!



I ran the Shamrock Shuffle 8k. This race was probably one of my favorite races I have ever run. It was such a big race and so much fun! Even though I was in pain on and off because of my hip at this time, I still felt really good running.




Jaden ran/walked his first 5k and we all ran our first color run!


Danny and I celebrated being married for a long time. I love him.


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We officially have a teenager in the house!!


I ran the Run Like a Mother 5k on Mother’s Day. Although, I was having some hip pain, I was happy with my time.


My aunt lost 135 pounds and we all walked/ran the Feets of Strength 5k.


I’ve run the Elgin Fox Trot 5k four times in past years. This year was the first year that I was unable to run it because of my hip injury. Instead, I did the two mile walk with my dad. Danny ran the 10 miler.

It was my brother’s first 5k since getting back surgery the previous year.



We took a family trip to Wisconsin Dells. While there, we celebrated my brother’s birthday, Danny’s birthday, and Father’s Day.


This was the last 5k before my hip surgery. Danny ran it with me and it was physically a hard race. I ended up having to walk a lot towards the end.



On July 9th, I had arthroscopic hip surgery to shave down my hip bone and repair tears in my labrum. The first month was incredibly hard for my physically and emotionally.

I am almost 6 months post surgery and I plan on doing an update soon!

  • My niece turned three!




We went to the Chicago Bears Family Fest and had a family day at Arlington Race Track. I had to wear my hip brace and crutches for both outings but it was so nice to get out of the house!



My sister-in-law and I went on a mini vacation to visit our aunt and uncle in California!

My sister-in-law, Crystal, and my Aunt Pam:



At the end of September, we drove from Illinois to Alabama with the kids for Danny’s cousin’s wedding. 12 hours. In the car. With two kids.



Halloween is a big holiday in my family. This year, Danny and I dressed up as Ninja Turtles.


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At  my November post surgery check-up, the doctor gave me the okay to start a walk/run program! I was up to about 14 minutes of straight running when my Achilles tendon started acting up. I am still able to run but I’m back to a 1 minute run, 2 minute walk ratio.


I was able to go to my first group fitness class in five months! I took the Butt and Guts class and couldn’t walk for days!


Overall, 2014 was a good but hard year. Due to my hip surgery, I wasn’t able to accomplish everything that I wanted to but I am now on the right track. My hip should be fully recovered soon and I will be on the way to accomplishing all my goals for 2015!

Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve! See you next year! :)

  • What was your favorite part about 2014?
  • What are you looking forward to in 2015?




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Weekend Recap

Hello! How was your weekend?

I started this post a few days but ended up getting sick and feeling really terrible for a few days. I’m still not feeling well today but I’m feeling better than I did over the weekend. I’m hoping to feel better by New Year’s Eve!


Yesterday, I woke up with a cold. :( I went to the gym anyway hoping that I’d feel better after I worked out. I didn’t feel much better, but I did get in a good workout with my husband.

I started out on the treadmill.


I am back to running one minute and walking 3-4 minutes because my Achilles tendon is still bothering me a bit but it does seem to be getting better. I wore my new Nike Lunar Glide 6s and I loved the way they felt when I ran in them.

After the treadmill, Danny and I did a shoulder superset workout followed by some core work. Our shoulder exercises included:

  • plate front raises
  • overhead shoulder press machine
  • cable upright rows
  • Arnold presses
  • cable lateral raises
  • rear delt cable raises

It was a good workout but unfortunately, I am still feeling a bit under the weather.

In the late afternoon, we celebrated Christmas with my dad, stepmom, and stepbrother. We don’t see them on Christmas so we always get together the day after Christmas to celebrate.

I planned on cooking, but since I wasn’t feeling too well, we just ordered pizza instead.

My dad and stepmom got me a race entry for the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago!!


I really want that to be my first race back after my hip surgery but it’s an 8k (4.97 miles), and I’m not quite sure if I’ll be able to run almost five miles by the end of March. I have a follow-up doctor appointment on January 5th so I am going to ask the doctor and my physical therapist if they think I’ll be okay to run five miles by then.

I was doing really good with increasing my time running but then I had a big setback with my darn Achilles tendon. But if I am unable to run, my dad and stepmom said they’d buy another race entry for me to a different race.

We had a lot of fun opening gifts and visiting.



My dad and stepmom got Jacob the 3Doodler pen which he wanted so bad.


It’s actually really cool that you make 3D creations with a pen!


On Saturday, I woke up feeling even worse than I did on Friday. I took some Mucinex D and started to feel a little bit better. We did a few errands during the day and stopped at Panera for some soup for lunch.


In the late afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house to visit with them and my aunt and uncle who are going  back to California soon.


I woke up feeling really terrible on Sunday. I had so much sinus pressure that it felt like my head wanted to explode. I had a cough and a lot of chest congestion. I took another Mucinex and ibuprofen.

We had plans to go to our nephew’s surprise going away party at noon. He’s going to the Navy in the beginning of January so there was so way I could miss the party.


Even though I wasn’t feeling too good, we went to the party at the bowling alley. I just made sure not to get too close to people and just sat and watched the kids bowl.


How cute are these cookies that my sister-in-law’s friend made?!


After the party, we came home and I immediately got in my pajamas and right into bed.

It’s terrible being sick. The sinus pressure is the worse. It makes my head hurt so bad. I looked up some sinus pressure points online and have been pushing on them since yesterday. I don’t know if it’s helping but I am ready to do anything to relieve this sinus pressure.


I’m still not feeling well today but I do feel better than I did yesterday. I haven’t been to the gym since Friday and I still don’t feel good enough to go today. I have physical therapy tomorrow morning, so hopefully I feel good enough to get back to the gym on Wednesday.

Have a great Monday!

  • How was your weekend?
  • When was the last time you were sick?





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