Easter Craft Time

Albion  Giveaway Winner:

#2 – OlivetoRun! Please email your shipping address to runeatplay(at)hotmail(dot)com  Congrats!

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #21 – 3 minutes and 6 seconds
  • 6.22 miles, treadmill
  • 10 minutes stretching

I signed up for Ali’s Virtual Running with Spatulas Race, and decided that I would run the 10k today.

Let me tell you, today was a horrible running day. I have good running days and bad running days. I like running, but it’s a struggle for me. I have never been a great runner or a long distance runner. I enjoy the challenge and trying to improve my running, but today was tough. My body just wasn’t feeling it.

I still pushed myself to complete the 6.2 miles. I ran a little over three miles, and then had to walk/jog the rest. But I did it…and now my legs are sore. I even wore my Zensah calf sleeves and Mizuno running shoes!

Ali’s virtual race goes to the end of the month, so I can always redo the 6.2 if I’m not happy with my time, but right now I’m just happy I did it. I still have the 10k on the bike portion to complete.

After the gym, I stopped by the grocery store and was surprised to find the new Chobani Flips yogurt.

Surprised but excited. I usually grocery shop at Meijer, and they don’t even carry the Chobani bites, so I was surprised to see the Flips. I bought two of the key lime with graham cracker and white chocolate flavors to try out.

I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be delicious :)

Easter Crafts

Yesterday, I made an Easter craft with my niece and Jaden. (Apparently Jacob is too old to make Easter crafts.) We did marble bouncy ball painting. Usually a marble or golf ball works best, but all I could find was a bouncy ball.

I love this kind of painting because it doesn’t make a mess and is great for toddlers.

I cut off the top of a pancake mix box, put in a paper shaped egg, added the paint and bouncy ball and let the kids roll it around until the egg was painted. My niece loved it. Great for fine motor skill and not messy! Win-win.

After the eggs dried, I glued them to a purple piece of scrapbook paper and wrote Happy Easter on it.

Only 10 more days until Easter, and only nine more days until the Egg Shell Shuffle 5k. I am a little bit nervous for the 5k because it’s going to be cold here, and I have never run an outdoor race in the cold. I am more of a hot weather girl! We’ll see how it goes!

  • What’s the last distance that you ran? Ever have bad running days?
  • Would you rather run in hot or cold weather? Any cold weather running tips?
  • Make any Easter crafts?


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Core Meals


Breakfast was actually something different this morning – a Core Foods bar!

I recently received these Core bars to try out, and I love the concept behind them:

CORE Meals are a fresh, full bowl of raw oatmeal to go. Eat like a bar, drink water, and you’ll be satisfied for hours! Made from 7 whole, raw, 100% organic, tested GF ingredients, the whole foods in CORE Meals provide powerful, stable energy. With a controlled, fully balanced ratio of calories, complex carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats, CORE Meals are loved by athletes for pre/post workout meals and depended upon by busy moms and adventurers.
I like that these bars are made of real food meaning that they actually spoil. They won’t stay fresh for years like the Twinkie we saw at the museum. Imagine all the preservatives in that Twinkie.
Core bars last one week on the go, one month in the fridge, and six months in the freezer.
 Core Bars are only made of a few ingredients. I ate the Raw Cashew Cacao flavor which had only the following ingredients:
I really liked the taste of the bar and that it provides four hours of stable energy. Four hours will last me through my workout and until lunch! I love these because they’re portable and great for after a workout too.
Core Foods is having a great giveaway on their Facebook page!
Yesterday’s Workout
  • Yoga – 60 minutes

I finally went back to yoga last night. Last year, I went to yoga every single Wednesday (and sometimes on Saturday!). Then when I joined the Biggest Loser at my gym, I had to stop going to yoga because the Biggest Loser met on Wednesday nights.

When the Biggest Loser ended, winter started, and I had no motivation to leave the house in the freezing weather and the dark. So, here I am back at yoga! It’s still freezing out but at least the sun is still out :)

I’ll be back later with today’s workout and the winner of the Albion Fit giveaway!

  • Ever take yoga?
  • How do you motivate yourself to workout at night or during cold weather?
  • What did you have for breakfast today?


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Weight Loss Wednesday!

Last Night’s Workout

  • Cardio Dance – 60 minutes

Danny also had a dentist appointment yesterday, so he was home at about 5:05 pm. Since Cardio Dance starts at 5:15 pm, I usually can’t go, but since Danny was home early I had just enough time to get to the gym. And it’s always easier to go to the gym when the sun is still shining rather than when it’s dark outside.

Cardio Dance is pretty much Zumba - the workout is just a bit more intense, there’s a lot more jumping, and my heart rate gets up faster. It was a great class, and my legs are still sore today.

After Cardio Dance, I stopped by Jaden’s school and picked up some candy that we ordered for a fundraiser. I bought a few candies for Easter, but I opened the chocolate covered caramels when I got home.

I had two pieces as an after dinner treat – 54 calories. Not bad.

As I’ve said before – I believe in everything in moderation and always save some calories for an after dinner treat. I was very proud of myself for only eating two. Those little candies are the ones that I have sometimes a hard timing stopping once I’ve started eating them.

I was hungry when I got home from Cardio Dance class. Danny made me salmon belle mar for dinner while I was gone. (Salmon stuffed with crab – bought pre-made at Target). I also threw together a quick veggie salad.

I used romaine lettuce and added red pepper, green pepper, cucumbers, and pickles (my fav)! I topped with the a bit of garlic hummus as dressing.

I like making salads at home, but I always get stuck on the dressing. Dressing from a bottle isn’t as good as dressing from a restaurant, and I can never find a bottled dressing that I like. Or I buy one and don’t use it often and end up having to throw it away. So, lately I have been using hummus as dressing.

Weight Loss Wednesday!

We’re going into the second week of the FitFluential DietBet. When I first weighed in, my weight was up quite a bit – I was coming off a weekend of eating a lot and other things were going on…so my weight is down quite a bit this week. I have lost about 3.5 pounds since last week, but that just puts me back at my normal weight.

Danny also joined this DietBet with me (because I asked him to…repeatedly). He is doing awesome as usual! He has lost about 3 pounds since last week and now weighs less than 200 pounds. His first mini goal was to weigh under 200 pounds and he did it! He currently weighs 198 pounds (he’s 6’3″) and he’s still going.

He has lost about 21 pounds since January! He seems to lose weight a lot easier than I do. Maybe it’s a male thing :)

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #20 – 3 minutes and 5 seconds
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 2.72 miles treadmill, walked

The other day my BodyMedia Fit band broke.

I admit that I experienced a moment of panic. I have been wearing this device constantly for three months, and it measures my calories burned, steps taken, and sleep.

Although I have gone my entire life without wearing one, I have grown used to it and checking my stats everyday. So, when it broke, I panicked. Luckily, it’s still holding on by a thread. I emailed BodyMedia, and they were awesome enough to send me out a new band at no charge.

I love a company with great customer service that stands behind their product. Now I just hope that it holds on until the new band arrives :)

My picture taker:

Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter my Albion Workout Clothes giveaway!

  • What’s your favorite way to workout?
  • Favorite dressing? I need ideas!
  • Ever have a good experience with customer service from a company? Bad experience?



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Biggest Loser Finale

Biggest Loser

Did you guys watch the Biggest Loser finale last night? I didn’t even recognize Danni! She looked awesome, and of course, I had to root for her because she’s from the Chicago suburbs – not too far from me actually. What a transformation that girl had!


I also really liked Joe and thought all the contestants looked awesome. I was hoping Lisa would win the at home prize. That girl looked great!!

I loved the kid’s transformations. I think they really made themselves healthier and gained tons of self-confidence. They also helped change their families lives.

I just wished they didn’t end the show so abruptly – maybe let Danni or the trainers talk for a minute? It’s just confetti. The End.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #19 – 3 minutes and 4 seconds
  • 1.04 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Only 12 more planks left in March to go! We used the Bosu ball in Butts and Guts today, and we did some plank work on it at the end of class, so I got a lot of plank time in today!

Right from the gym, I went to the dentist for a check-up and teeth cleaning. All good! I hate when they floss my teeth, though. It drives me crazy. I am 30 years old. I think I can floss my own teeth.

After the dentist, I picked up my niece, and we stopped at Target where I picked up the BEST Easter candy ever:

I love love love Cadbury eggs. But don’t worry – I’m not going to eat all of them (although I would love to :) ). I found a recipe for Cadbury Egg Blondies on Pinterest that I am going to make for Easter. I hope that turn out good because that’s pretty much my dream dessert!


Lunch this afternoon was one that you’ve seen a lot.

Peanut butter stuffed French toast made with PB2, two egg whites, and Honeycrisp apple slices dipped in PB2.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring! How are you going to celebrate?!

I’m going to celebrate by wearing shorts. Just kidding. I’ll be wearing pants, a hoodie, a coat, and gloves because it’s going to be 25 degrees here tomorrow. Thanks first day of spring.

  • Did you watch the Biggest Loser Finale? Who did you want to win?
  • What’s your dream dessert?
  • What’s the last thing you bought at Target?


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Going to the Movies

Good afternoon!

First up, the winner of the Alexia Foods Giveaway:

#43 – Alw6ys - Janice, please email your shipping address to runeatplay(at)hotmail(dot)com.


Yesterday afternoon, we took the kids to see Oz The Great and Powerful in 3D.

I thought it was really good, and the kids liked it, but there was a few parts where Jaden had to hide his eyes under my coat. I guess he didn’t like the giant creepy flying monkeys with sharp teeth coming right at him in 3D.

Sometimes I like 3D movies and sometimes I don’t. They can give me a headache and make my contacts dry sometimes, but Oz in 3D was good.

Side Note: My favorite thing to get at the movie theater is an Icee, but yesterday their Icee machine was broken and it kind of ruined my movie going experience. Then I got over it.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #17 (yesterday): 3 minutes and 2 seconds <— I finally hit 3 minutes!
  • Plank #18 (today): 3 minutes and 3 seconds
  • Elliptical 10 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 1.57 miles treadmill, walked at an incline

I always try to do at least 30 minutes of cardio on the days that I take BodyPump. I squeezed in 10 minutes on the elliptical before class, so after BodyPump, I walked on the treadmill for about 22 minutes at 4.0 mph with the incline between 3% and 5%. My calves were killing me by the time I was done! Even a small incline is no joke!

For a post workout snack, I had a Dannon Oikos cafe latte Greek yogurt:

This flavor is one of my favorites.


Lunch this afternoon was a green pepper stuffed with brown rice, spinach, and feta. I also sliced up a giant apple and ate it with some PB2.

  • What was the last movie that you saw?
  • Is there a snack/drink you always get at the movie theater?
  • Do you like watching movies in 3D?
  • Ever walk or run at an incline?


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Albion Fit Workout Clothes Giveway!

It is snowing here in Chicagoland…again. I am so sick of the snow and am ready for nice weather!

Luckily, Albion sent me the Go Long Crew with Thumb Holes shirt in fuchsia to try out – long sleeves to keep warm! I love that this shirt is actually long. I have a long torso, so I have a hard time finding shirts that are long enough, but this one fits the bill :)

I also am a sucker for thumb holes. I mean, who doesn’t love thumb holes!

I like the crew neck on the shirt – it can be worn alone or layered with a tank underneath. I love the fact that although it’s a workout shirt, it could also double as a regular shirt. It would be great for going from the gym and then out to run a few errands and such. I can see myself wearing it over my gym tanks for going to and from the gym.

The Go Long Crew is a silky and lightweight spandex blend, perfect for working out in. I ordered mine is a size medium.

If the weather stays like this, it’ll be the perfect shirt to wear to the Egg Shuffle 5k coming up soon!

In addition to workout clothing, Albion also offers women’s fitness and swimwear. Their website has a bunch of great tennis outfits, hoodies, workout wear, bathing suits, pants, shorts, and shirts. They have it all!

You can win an Albion Crew Shirt for yourself!

To Enter (Mandatory):

  • Like Albion Fit on Facebook.
  • Go to the Albion Fit website and “pin” your favorite item to any of your Pinterest boards. Then leave a comment on this post with the link to the pin.

Here’s a few of the items that I pinned:

Giveaway will go until Wednesday, March 20th. You can use the code: runeatplay15 at checkout for $15 off any purchase $50 or more now through March 23, 2013!!


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St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Last night my family came over for dinner. I spent the day in the kitchen cooking corned beef…

…or I just threw it in the crock pot and walked away.

And I am wearing green – don’t you see my socks?

It came out really good…or so my family tells me. I’m not a meat eater, but I did try one little bite, and I just couldn’t get past the texture. I do not like the texture of meat at all. But it smelled really good. I had an Amy’s frozen pizza instead. :)

My dad brought over some green wigs to add to the St. Patrick’s Day fun. He’s very festive.

My niece was a little unsure what to think about the green wig at first, but by the end of the night, she loved it.

The boys drank their green beer.

My dad and stepmom brought a delicious giant cookie. Cookies are always so much better when they’re giant.

My dad also came up with the brilliant idea to bring over green silly string. I squirted Danny with the silly string once…

and then my family decided to bombard me with the silly string!

Thanks guys. I love you so much.

Danny automatically got out the vacuum and cleaned everything up because he’s a neat freak like that :)

It was a really good night having fun with my family and eating lots of food and dessert.

How did you spend St. Patrick’s Day?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun

Corned Beefs A Cooking!

Good Morning!

Today’s Workout

  • Boot Camp – 60 minutes
  • Plank #16: 2 minutes 58 seconds

I was up bright and early to go to Boot Camp this morning. I haven’t been to Boot Camp in a while, and it’s such a great workout, so I figured that I better go. It’s hard to wake up at 6:30 am on a Saturday though.

Post Boot Camp:

The Boot Camp instructor always points out that at least you’re done with your workout by 8 am. It is nice to workout first thing in the morning and be done with it. Boot Camp is definitely the class that gets my heart rate up the fastest. It’s tough.

Some of the things we did in Boot Camp today:

  • Run laps
  • Run laps while holding a stability over our heads
  • Lunges on a step with weights
  • Jumps over the step
  • Burpees on the step
  • Plank on a stability ball
  • Sit-ups on a stability ball
  • Superman on a stability ball
  • Biceps curls
  • Triceps push-ups on a stability ball

And that’s just some of what we do! After class, I did plank #16 – I’m almost up to 3 minutes!

After the gym, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some stuff for our St. Patrick’s Day party tonight.

My family is coming over, and I am making corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes for dinner.

There will also be green beer involved, but not for me. I am not a fan of green beer…or any beer. I’ll make up for not drinking green beer by eating a brownie. That’s kind of the same thing, right?!

Last year, we tried to go to The Claddagh for St. Patrick’s Day but ended up at Houlihan’s.


For breakfast this morning, I splurged and had toast with real peanut butter…and I was too lazy to mix up the PB2. You know because mixing powdered peanut butter with a little bit of water is tough work. :)

Have a great Saturday! Don’t forget to enter my Alexia Foods Giveaway – ends tomorrow!

  • Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you like corned beef?
  • Green beer: yes or no?
  • Did you workout today? Even take a Boot Camp class?
  • Plank time?!?!


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Book, Gym, Haircut

Happy Friday!

I’m so glad that today is Friday. This week has seemed really long.

Yesterday, I started reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for Julie’s book club.

I really didn’t want to read it at first because it’s about a girl who has cancer, and I knew that I would probably be crying a lot. I downloaded the free trail on my Kindle and immediately loved it and purchased it right way.

It’s actually quite funny at times which I wasn’t expecting. Although the teenagers in the story don’t talk how normal teenagers do (they talk really smart), I think it works well for the book. I can’t wait to continue reading it. I haven’t cried yet, but I’m sure I will by the end of the book.


This morning I had Kashi cereal and almond milk – pretty  much my standard breakfast. I also take my vitamins every morning when I eat breakfast. On a regular basis, I take biotin (for my hair and nails) and a women’s multi-vitamin.

I buy the Target brand because I am cheap like that. I would love to take gummy vitamins, but I can’t find a gummy vitamin that contains iron. And believe me, I have looked.

I have had problems with low iron in the past, and although my iron levels are currently fine, I take a multi-vitamin with iron. If you’ve seen a gummy multi-vitamin with iron, let me know!

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #15: 2 minutes and 57 seconds
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Zumba – 60 minutes

The kids didn’t have school today, so they went to the kid’s room at the gym. I checked on them after BodyPump, and they were doing good, so I stayed for Zumba.

I really am liking Zumba. Am I good at Zumba? No. But I really enjoy it. It’s such a fun workout. I think when you workout, it’s important to find something that you really enjoy doing. I look forward to Fridays because it feels fun.

I can’t dance to save my life, but I can follow along with the moves pretty well, even if I don’t have any rhythm. I am lucky enough to take classes where the instructors are helpful and encouraging, as well as the other students in the class. I feel like I can take Zumba and maybe look a little silly because I know the other women won’t judge me and are nothing but encouraging.

I think that is an important part of working out, especially in group exercise classes. You don’t want to feel intimidated or like you don’t know what you’re doing, so it’s important to find the right environment.

After the gym, I took the kids to get haircuts.

Jaden got a faux hawk, and the hair stylist showed him how to put this special cream in it that turned spiderweb-like on your hands and you let it float down on to your hair to make it stay longer. It was the weirdest thing that I have ever seen, but Jaden loved it.


I used the PB2 for the first time in my peanut butter French toast, and it was really good. It worked just as well as regular peanut butter.

I usually use one tablespoon of regular peanut butter with 95 calories, but with the PB2, I can use two tablespoons for only 45 calories. More peanut butter + fewer calories = awesome!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday! I am making corned beef in the crock pot. I found two recipes on Pinterest that I am going to use bits and pieces from, and hopefully it’ll be good!

Have a great weekend!

  • What’s your experience with group exercise classes? Have you ever taken one?
  • What vitamins do you take?
  • Any plans for St. Patrick’s Day? Or this weekend?


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Alexia Sweet Potato Fries + A Giveaway!

Good afternoon! For some reason, I am exhausted today. Is anyone else tired? I feel like I could sleep for a long long time.

I still made it to the gym this morning though :)

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #14: 2 minutes and 56 seconds
  • 4 miles, treadmill
  • Stretching – 10 minutes

Instead of going to Step Class this morning, I decided to run on the treadmill. I ran for about 3.3 miles and walked the rest. I finished up with some much-needed stretching.

Post-run, I had a Designer Whey triple chocolate crunch bar. I think this flavor might be even as good as the peanut butter flavor!


Lunch this afternoon was extra delicious because it included  Alexia Sweet Potato Fries!

I love French fries. If I don’t order them when we go out, I always make sure that Danny orders some, so that I can steal a few.

I was really excited to try the Alexia sweet potato fries because they are so much better for you than regular potatoes, and they’re all ready to go right into the oven! Sometimes making your own sweet potato fries can be time-consuming, and I’m all about time-savers.

Sweet potatoes are good for you because they’re high in fiber, contain vitamin B6 which is good for your heart, are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), as well as vitamins C and E.

Alexia Sweet Potato Fries just received The American Heart Association Certification.

When using a healthy cooking method, such as baking, the product is certified with the iconic Heart-Check mark for meeting certification criteria that limits fat, saturated and trans fat, cholesterol and sodium, and requires a beneficial nutrient like Vitamin A. Established in 1995, the Heart-Check mark gives consumers an easy, reliable system for identifying heart-healthy foods as a first step in building a sensible eating plan.


I had my sweet potato fries alongside my bagelwich for lunch.

I even got my niece to try them. First, she stared at them for a while.

Then she decided that they were okay to taste.

Finally, she loved them so much that she had to savor the taste!

Great for adults and kids!

Giveaway Time!

Alexia is offering one reader an awesome Alexia gift item package, including:

  • Alexia apron
  • Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • A coupon for a free Alexia product

Pretty great gift pack!

To Enter:

  • Comment below and tell me your favorite way to eat potatoes!

Extra Entries (Optional):

  • Like Alexia Foods on Facebook.
  • Like Run Eat Play on Facebook.
  • Follow Run Eat Play on Twitter.
  • Follow Run Eat Play on Instagram: @RunEatPlay

Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

The giveaway will end Sunday, March 17th. Winner will be announced Monday.


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