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Tabata Circuit Workout

Good afternoon! It is a cold, windy, and rainy day here in Chicagoland so I am enjoying some hot cocoa out of my super cute mug from Self magazine.


Don’t you just love the gold lip print on the mug?! So cute! I haven’t had hot cocoa in forever so it was perfect on this cold day.

This morning, after Jaden went to school, my niece and I headed to the gym.


Today I did a tabata circuit style workout. I did six different exercises for 40 seconds with 20 seconds of rest in between. Once I completed all six exercises, I rested for  minute or so and repeated the six exercises. I did this four times through.

Yesterday, I was going glute and bicep exercises, and I kind of tweaked my quad. It still hurts today so I did the exercises all little slower than I normally might. Some of the exercises I did included: box jump burpees with a tricep push-up, fast feet on a bench, and lateral shoulder raises to parallel shoulder raises.

These workouts are great because you can add any kind of exercise you want to make it a full workout – burpees, mountain climbers, running, jumping jacks, bicep curls, tricep dips, etc.

After my workout, I foam rolled and stretched my quad for quite a bit. I’m going to try and take it easy on lower body exercises next week because I am running the Hot Chocolate 5k next Sunday and I want to do as well as my body will let me. My knee is a constant battle so I really don’t want to add in quad pain!

After the gym, I stopped at Target to pick up eggs and I got two boxes of Yasso Greek yogurt bars.


Chocolate chip cookie dough is the best flavor of Greek yogurt bars and Target is the only place I can ever find them and usually they’re sold out. I grabbed two boxes while I could because I’m sure they’ll be sold out for months again.

Tomorrow, Jaden has his Halloween party at school and then Saturday is Halloween! I hope the weather isn’t as bad as they’re predicting! Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you ever do tabata or HIIT workouts?
  • Favorite treat?




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Boo at the Zoo

This past Sunday, we went to Boo at The Zoo at Brookfield Zoo with Danny’s family.


Jaden wore his polar bear Halloween costume which I was a little nervous about since it’s pure white and he has to wear it to school on Friday and again on Halloween. But luckily, he managed to keep it pretty clean.


My nephew was the cutest little dinosaur.

It was such an amazing day and the weather was absolutely perfect. We got to the zoo just in time to see the zookeeper give pumpkins to the lions.


Honestly, the lions didn’t care too much about those pumpkins. They kind of sniffed them, knocked them down, and then went about their lion day but it was still fun to watch.


The kids loved seeing all the different animals and having fun at the zoo.



Jaden was very happy to be with the polar bears. He has loved polar bears since he was little and all he wanted to be this Halloween was a polar bear.


Polar bear costumes are harder to find than you might imagine but we managed to find one online. Luckily, it fit perfectly when it arrived.

We spent all day at the zoo and the kids were worn out by the time we were done.



I went to the gym this morning and did a back and shoulders workout and then I taught my Women on Weights class. I really love instructing the class. It’s a great group on women that come on a regular basis. Afterwards, I had a protein shake and a mug of hot caramel apple tea.


The weather is cold and rainy here today so the hot cup of tea was perfect!

Have a great afternoon!

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

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Back to Butts and Guts Class

Good afternoon!

I worked until 2pm yesterday and I usually bring my gym clothes with me so I can workout when I get off of work, but I still wasn’t feeling that great yesterday so I just went home instead.

Then, I randomly decided to take the 5:15 pm Butts and Guts class at my gym.


I never workout at 5:15 pm and I haven’t been to Butts and Guts class forever but I’m glad I went!


I got a great workout and we did lots of exercises with resistance bands. I burned 409 calories according to my Polar heart rate monitor.


Do I think heart rate monitors are 100% accurate? No. But I do think they give you a good estimate of what you burned. I personally don’t eat back the calories that I burned during a workout but I do like to see my heart rate to make sure I’m working hard enough especially during HIIT workouts.

Today, I was back at the gym this morning for a chest, triceps, and core workout. After strength training, I did about 20 minutes of cardio on the Stairmaster.


I finished up with a little bit of stretching.

I work tomorrow, on Saturday we’re going to the Chicago Marathon expo, and then on Sunday Danny will be running the marathon! I can’t wait. I’m so proud of him!

Have a great day!!

  • What’s your favorite exercise class?
  • Do you use a heart rate monitor?

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KT Tape Review and Giveaway!

Disclaimer: KT Tape sent me their limited edition pink zebra tape at no charge to me and are sponsoring this giveaway. I am a big supporter of KT Tape and all opinions are my own. 

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, KT tape has released a limited edition pink zebra tape. The purchase of this tape helps donate $10,000 or more to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


As a KT tape lover myself, I was excited to receive this limited edition KT tape to use. If you’re not familiar with KT tape, it is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament, and tendon pain relief and support. I first heard about KT tape from my sister-in-law when she was training for the Disney half and full marathon and I have been using it ever since.

KT tape works by providing pain relief and support to sore muscles or injuries before, during, and after activity without restricting motion. I use it for everything! Mainly, I use it while running since I have so many hip/quad/calf problems, but I also have used it in the past to tape my wrist when I was having a lot of wrist pain.

I also have been using it on my knee when I do any leg workouts that require lunges or squats because my left knee has really been bothering me lately.


I have always suffered from tight calves and my quad tends to hurt a lot when I run, so KT tape is a life saver when I run races. I wore KT tape for the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k and I think I KT taped every body part I possibly could – ankles, calves, knees, quads. :)


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KT Tape is great for injuries such as lower back pain, knee pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow. The KT tape is applied along muscles, tendons, and ligaments to provide lightweight external support. The purpose of KT tape is to create neuromuscular feedback that relaxes or facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons. The feedback creates support elements without the bulk and restriction from wraps and heavy bracing.

There are two different kids of KT tape. KT Tape Original which is made from reinforced cotton fibers and provides up to three days of support and KT Tape Pro which is made up of a specially engineered, ultra-durable synthetic fiber that provides durability and increased performance. Both tapes come in a roll of 20 pre-cut strips. The original tape is about $12.99 at most sporting goods stores and the pro tape is around $19.99. I prefer the pro tape.

A lifesaver for my knees:


KT tape is super easy to use. All you have to do is go on to their website and click on the  instructions tab. They have all different body parts listed and you just click on the one you’ll be using the KT tape on and then watch on video on exactly how to apply it. You can apply KT tape yourself, but I always have Danny apply it for me because it’s easier and he’s pretty much a pro at it now.


The pink zebra print is only available on the KT tape website but KT tape has offered to host a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a roll of their own KT tape in a different color. Enter below!
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Only Five More Days


We are counting down the days until the Chicago Marathon this Sunday! Danny will be running the marathon on Sunday and the kids and I will be there to cheer him on! I can’t believe it’s almost here. Danny has been training for about 12 weeks and finished his last long run of 8 miles last Sunday. I am so proud of him. :)



I woke up yesterday about 3:30 am feeling terrible. I felt fine when I went to bed Sunday night but overnight I was hit with a terrible cold. I feel a little bit better today but my nose is still stuffy and I feel so tired.

I spent most of the day sleeping and resting yesterday although I did venture out to get some groceries.

This morning, I was up for work at 4:50 am and then taught my Women on Weights class in the late morning. Even though I don’t feel the greatest, it feels good to get back on schedule.

I started out my morning with my normal breakfast – plain Greek yogurt mixed with one stevia packet, raspberries, and Special K protein cereal. I also had some egg whites and coffee.


I worked on back and biceps at the gym this morning before teaching my class. Some of the exercises I did included:

  • seated rows
  • barbell 21s
  • pull-ups on the Smith machine
  • alternating bicep curls
  • one arm rows
  • bicep curl machine

Although I still don’t feel great, I felt better after my workout.

After the gym, I stopped at the store to pick up a few items that I need for my Halloween costume.


It’s a secret for now….shhhhhh. I needed a pair of cheap sunglasses and luckily I found this pair at Kohl’s for only $2!

We have a Halloween party every year and this year it’s a little earlier than normal on Oct. 17th so I have less time to work on my costume!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today? 
  • When was the last time you were sick?


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Waffles and Workouts

Good morning! How was your weekend?


Our weekend started with flu shots first thing on Saturday morning.


I’m not sure exactly what Jacob was doing in this picture but I think he was trying to help Jaden not be scared of the shot. Luckily, both my kids are okay with getting shots so everything went smoothly.

Danny didn’t join us for flu shots because he was out running 20 miles. That was his last really long run before the Chicago Marathon and now he’s tapering. I can’t believe that the Chicago Marathon is almost here!

Also, on Saturday, I got my beloved Leaves candle from Bath and Body Works.


This is my all time favorite candle. It smells like fall.

Danny and I had a lunch date at a cute sandwich and coffee shop on Saturday afternoon. I don’t know what possessed me to order chicken and waffles but I did.


I ended up taking everything off the waffles and giving it to Danny and then just ate the waffles. I don’t know if chicken and waffles are any good but those Belgium waffles sure were good. :)

Saturday evening, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for dinner before heading home for some much needed sleep.


Danny and I actually got to work out together on Sunday morning!


He’s been running so much that we really haven’t had a chance to work out together. We worked on back and biceps with a little bit of cardio at the end. We did lat pulldowns, seated row, barbell curls, deadlifts, bentover rows and bicep rows, and dumbbell curls.

In the afternoon, we headed out to a salad place about 45 minutes away that I’m writing a blog post about but when we got there, they were closed. I was so mad even though it was my own fault for not checking their hours. I just assumed they’d be open on Sundays – I mean most restaurants are open on Sundays!! So that was a bummer.

We ended up eating at Chipotle instead – not that I’m complaining because I love Chipotle but now I have to make another trip to the salad restaurant – good thing it’s worth it!


The rest of Sunday was spent being lazy and watching the Bears game.

I was up early this morning for work and now I’m headed to the gym. Have a great day!!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite candle scent?
  • Have you ever had chicken and waffles?


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I Went to Bodypump!

Good afternoon!

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

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The view was absolutely beautiful.


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

Danny and his brothers:


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


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


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

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

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

Yesterday, I went to Bodypump!!


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

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

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

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

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


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Labor Day Weekend

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


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


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



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



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


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


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


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

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


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


Delicious and healthy!

Have a great day!

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



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Peach Mango Sangria

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

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

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

A little C4 pre-workout before leg day.


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

After our workouts:


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

I made moscato sangria and it was delicious.


For the sangria, I used:

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


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

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


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


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

Have a great and safe Labor Day weekend!

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





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Weekend Update

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?!

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

Have a great day!!

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


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