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A Birthday Dinner at Gordon Biersch

Good morning!

Yesterday morning, my dad joined Danny and me at the gym! I was excited to have my dad come work out with us and he came on our hardest day of the week – leg day!

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Yesterday was the first day I did lunges with a barbell since my hip surgery. I was a little wobbly but they went pretty good.

We also did the leg press machine, sumo squats, calf raises on the Smith machine, plate squats, and step-up to kickbacks on the bench. My hip and adductor were really feeling it by the time we were done, but it was a great workout!

Later yesterday afternoon, we went out to dinner to celebrate my grandpa’s 79th birthday!

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We went to a restaurant called Gordon Biersch. They are a restaurant and brewery. We go a few times throughout the year with my family and my grandparent’s have a point card where you earn points for every dollar spent.

They finally saved up enough points for a free brewer’s dinner for ten people. The brewer’s dinner consists of a tour of where and how their beer is made and a five course meal with a beer pairing for every course.

I’m not a beer drinker but Danny loved all the different beers. The food was amazing. Each course was presented and then the employees and chef of the restaurant explained what each course was, the type of beer, and why it was chosen to be paired with that particular course.

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I admit, I didn’t pay much attention to the beer information but I paid attention to the food information!

Our first course was salmon cakes with remoulade.

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I’ve had crab cakes before but never salmon cakes. These were amazing. They had a salmon taste but I liked that it wasn’t too overpowering. I only ate a little of the remoulade because it was a little too spicy for me.

The salad came next. It was a spring mix with a house-made vinaigrette.

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The star of the salad was the breaded artichokes and pretzel bread with brie cheese. Lucky for me, Danny doesn’t like artichokes so I ate his. They were delicious.

After the salad, we had two main entrees. The first was a sirloin steak with leeks, asparagus, cauliflower puree and a wine red reduction.

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I am not a steak eater at all but I was brave and tried the meat. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. Usually the texture of steak turns me off but this meat was so tender and really flavorful. I had three bites of it and then gave the rest to Danny.

I am also not a huge cauliflower fan, but the puree was absolutely delicious.

After the steak, was a seafood course. This was probably the best course of the night.

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It was pecan crusted halibut with butter sauce over roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Amazing.

I like fish but I usually stick to salmon or tilapia. After having the halibut I wouldn’t hesitate to order off a menu next time we went out for dinner. The pecan crust and butter sauce really took it to the next level.

All the food items we had for dinner were specially prepared by the chef so they aren’t even on the regular menu. Too bad because I would order any of them in a heartbeat.

Finally came dessert. We had fresh berries topped with house-made whipped cream, a cookie crumble, and beer caramel sauce.

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This was the perfect dessert. It was satisfying and sweet without being overly sweet. And since Danny isn’t a berry fan, I got to eat his too. :)

By the time we left, I was stuffed. It was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had and the prefect way to celebrate my grandpa’s birthday!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What was the best meal you’ve ever had?
  • Favorite food?

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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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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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Birthday Boy!

Good afternoon!

Today is Jaden’s 8th birthday!

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I can’t believe my baby is eight years old! They grow up so fast!

Jaden woke up to a wall of balloons (they were tangled within seconds) and a special Dunkin Donuts breakfast.

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He picked out a cake mix and frosting from the store so I will be baking him a birthday cake while he’s at school. He really wanted that blue frosting.

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After Jaden went to school, I went to the gym. I took a boxing fusion class on Tuesday night so my hip has been a little more sore than normal. I’m trying to take it a little bit easy. I made sure to foam roll before I started my workout today.

Today wasn’t my best day. I was just really sore and tired. I rode the stationary bike and did the cardio BBM workout. I foam rolled again at the end of my workout and stretched a little bit.

My hip is a lot more sore than it has been in awhile so I made sure to ice it as soon as I got home.

I’m off to frost Jaden’s birthday  cake! Have a great day!

  • Ice cream or cake?
  • Favorite flavor?

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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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Friday Randomness

Good afternoon!

I was going to do Friday Favorites today but I couldn’t really think of a lot of favorites for this week so I’d thought I’d talk about some random things instead.

Actually, I do have one favorite – me new sequin leopard slippers!

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My feet are always cold so if I’m at home, I’m wearing slippers. I needed a new pair and I knew they’d be on clearance at Target soon so I waited until slippers were 70% off and got this pair for only $5!

Yesterday Jaden wasn’t feeling the best, so he stayed home from school to rest. I wasn’t able to go to the gym, but not one to miss a workout, I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout in my living room instead.

My son and my niece were so excited to workout with me.

Stretching:

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I love how excited kids get about exercise! It’s so fun for them to jump around the living room and “workout” with me. I love being able to teach healthy habits to my children although Jacob did give up going to the gym with me.

Jaden was feeling a lot better today so he went back to school and I went to the gym.

I did the Bikini Body Mommy workout twice, an ab circuit, and finished on the elliptical.

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I feel like since starting this Bikini Body Mommy challenge, my strength training has been slacking a bit so tomorrow I’m back to lifting heavy weights, maybe some back and biceps. (You got that, Danny?! You better hope your back feels better!)

Danny and I normally work biceps and back on Saturdays but Danny hurt his back last week so he’s been taking it easy. But I think he’s better now!

I did get some exciting news today. Starting next week, I will be working at the fitness desk at my gym a couple of days a week!

It’s perfect because I watch my niece two days a week and then on the other days, I’ll work at the gym. It will change my workout time because I’ll be starting work when I normally would workout, so now I’ll just workout when I get off of work and then hurry home to get the kids off the bus.

I’m actually really looking forward to it! I start training next week. Yay!

I came across this picture the other day and I wanted to share it.

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In the first picture, Jaden was a baby. I have no idea how old he was – maybe a couple of months? The second picture was a few weeks ago.

I have a high risk pregnancy so I was on bedrest with Jaden for six months. I was allowed to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, get something to eat, and go to the doctor once a week. And that was it. Needless to say, I gained a lot more weight than someone with a normal pregnancy might.

This picture really makes me realize how far I’ve come. Sometimes I get upset because I don’t think I’m small enough, or my stomach is flat enough, or I can’t run like I used too, but seeing this picture reminds me that I have come a long way. I can go things now that I could never think about doing a few years ago.

Sometimes it’s hard not to get down on yourself or compare yourself to others but we all have our own journey and sometimes you might have to take two steps back before you move forward. The point is to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

Moving on….

Happy birthday to my best friend in the world, Jenny!

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We have been best friends for 21 years. 21 years?! Isn’t that crazy. We meet when we were 12 years old and have so many fun memories.

On Sunday we’re going to my grandparent’s house for the Superbowl. I heard we’re supposed to get a lot of snow this weekend so I’m really hoping it holds off.

Have a great Friday!

  • Do you have anything random to share?
  • Any plans for the Superbowl?

 

 

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Increasing My Distance

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Crystal!

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We went out Saturday night to Carrabba’s to celebrate!

Danny and I:

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Jaden and my mom:

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Today

This morning, I went my longest distance on the treadmill since my hip surgery – four miles! A fitting distance since my surgery was four months ago yesterday!

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It definitely took me a while to complete four miles, and I am really feeling it in my hip and leg now so I am going to take it easy for the rest of the day. I’m happy that I can finally start increasing my distance.

After the treadmill, I worked on biceps and finished up my workout with some stretching and foam rolling.

I haven’t worn my Polar heart rate monitor lately, so I wore it today and I burned over 800 calories!

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After the gym, I stopped at Wal-Mart and I could not pass up these peppermint ice cream Drumsticks.

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Peppermint ice cream is one of all time favorite ice creams and I wait all year to eat it. I have never seen peppermint Drumsticks before, so I had to buy them!

They also had Amy’s full-size pizzas for $5.47 which is the cheapest I have seen them anywhere.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite holiday/seasonal food? I love peppermint ice cream, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie!
  • Did you workout today?

 

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Labor Day Weekend

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Our weekend was jam-packed with workouts, cookouts, and family fun.

On Friday night, Danny and I went back to the pool to swim again. I am getting a lot more used to the water although I’m still not a huge fan of putting my face in the water. I have been swimming laps with and without the kickboard and doing a lot of kicks under water.

My leg and quad are still really sore so the pool in a nice low-impact workout. But trust me, it still gets my heart rate up. I’ll swim a lap as fast as I can and by the time I reach the side, I am so out of breath! Swimming is hard work!

On Saturday morning, we went to the gym to do a back and biceps superset workout.

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After the workout, Danny helped me foam roll my leg. It is incredibly awkward but he is able to put a lot more pressure on my leg then I could by doing it myself.

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Saturday afternoon, Jacob had a practice soccer game and I brought with a new Luna bar flavor – lemon vanilla!

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It was so good! If you can find this bar, I definitely recommend trying it!

Jaden and I also had fun taking some selfies :)

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Sunday afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house to cookout and celebrate my grandma’s birthday. My grandpa made her the most delicious Snickers cake.

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The weather was beautiful (except for those darn bees) and we had fun playing bocce ball and bags.

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Sunday morning, we met my family at a nearby restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, Danny and I headed to the gym and spent about 45 minutes swimming.

For dinner, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s for a make your own nacho night!

It was a busy weekend filled with fun and family! The weather was perfect and it was a great way to end the summer.

Now that September has arrived I am ready for all things fall!!

  • Who else is ready for fall?!
  • What did you do this weekend?

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ProCakes Protein Pancake Mix

As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I was sent a sample of ProCakes pancake mix directly from the company at no charge to me to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

Hello! How is everyone doing?

Let’s do a quick weekend recap, shall we?

On Saturday night, we had plans to cookout with my family. We bought everything – burgers, chicken, salmon, fruit, (grilled pineapple is amazing), and my dad brought ingredients to make campfire pies over the fire…then Mother Nature decided to drop a huge storm on us. It poured like crazy and our backyard was so flooded, we could have swam in it.

Needless to say, we didn’t grill and ordered pizza instead. Boo.

We did grill the food on Sunday so we still got to enjoy it. Danny usually grills a few chicken breasts on Sunday night and we throw them in the fridge to use on salads for dinner throughout the week. It cuts down a lot on cooking time during the week.

Sunday morning, I taught BodyPump. Killed my leg, but I only have two BodyPump classes to go.

Yesterday night, Danny and I worked out biceps and triceps together. We did the following:

  • biceps curls
  • triceps cable pulldowns
  • single leg hammer curls
  • skullcrushers
  • reverse biceps curls
  • abs – plank and sit-ups

We did 3 sets and 12 reps of each exercise.

ProCakes

This morning, I had something new for breakfast – ProCake Protein Pancakes!!

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 I love me some protein pancakes and I was excited to try out this mix from ProCakes.

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ProCakes are gluten-free, have only 14 net carbs per serving, and have no added sugar. The directions are simple – you mix one egg, milk, and the ProCakes package in a bowl and that’s it!

I used one whole egg, 1/4 cup of almond milk, and a handful of blueberries for my ProCakes.

My ProCakes had 261 calories and 20 grams of protein! I ate them with a little bit of Walden Farms calorie-free syrup.

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I love that they came out brown, fluffy, and delicious! The mix made three good sized pancakes and I ate them with two egg whites for a little extra protein. They were very filling and I had a hard time finishing all three pancakes. They turned out a lot tastier that my normal protein pancakes made with eggs and oatmeal.

I definitely see more ProCakes in my future :)

Happy Birthday

A big happy birthday, to my mom today!! We’re going to celebrate with her this weekend!

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Love you, Mom!

Have a great day!

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Feets of Strength 5k 2014

Good afternoon!

We had such a busy weekend! My aunt and uncle are in from California and yesterday we ran/walked the Feets of Strength 5k. My aunt recently lost 135 pounds and walked her first 5k! I am so proud of her!

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The race was about half an hour from our house so we left in plenty of time to get there. It’s small race in a small town so parking and packet pickup was a breeze.

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The only thing I didn’t like about the race was that if you signed up for the walk, you didn’t get a race bib. The 5k walk and the 5k run were both $25. There wasn’t a difference in price but the walkers didn’t get bibs which I thought they should have. They also had a raffle at the end of the race by drawing random bib numbers. I felt since the walkers were paying the same price as the runners and the fact that they went exactly the same distance that they should have been included in the raffles.

That aside, the race was well organized, started on time, had plenty of indoor bathrooms and post-race food. The goal of the race was to raise awareness about child abuse and to help raise funds for Royal Families Kids’ Camp.

Danny and I ran the race while everyone else walked. After we finished, we ran back to complete the race with everyone else.

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I started out really good and had a good pace going for the first two miles. At the start of the third mile my right leg just gave out. The course was really hilly and partially on a trail and I think it was just too hard on my hip. My hip kind of gave out and my calves tightened up. I probably should have walked but I didn’t. I had to limp jog the last mile and it was painful.

I finished in 31:55 which is normally a time I would be happy with but yesterday I wasn’t. I started out really good and was feeling great and then my body just gave up on me. I pushed myself as hard as I physically could and I still feel like I’m not doing what I should. It’s hard when your body is pretty much working against you and can only do so much when you feel like you should be able to do more. It’s just frustrating because it’s out of my control. I was seven seconds out of third place for my age group and that hurt.

I suppose I haven’t been facing my hip problem like I should because I am scared of what the doctor will say but after yesterday’s race, I know that something is really wrong with my hip. I finally called the hip surgeon today to go in and discuss my options. I wasn’t able to get an appointment until June 16th but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Let’s talk about happier things, shall we, like my aunt kicking butt!! Her goal was to walk the 5k in under an hour and she finished in 58:54.

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It was such an amazing experience for her and I am so glad that I got to be part of that with her. It’s such an inspiration to see her set these awesome goals for herself and then see her accomplish them. And that’s true for anybody – setting a goal that you really have to hard at and then accomplishing it is such an amazing feeling.

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Danny did awesome finishing in 24:22 and taking second place for his age group.

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Everyone did such a great job and I am so lucky to have such a close and supportive family. :)

Later yesterday afternoon, my niece had her first gymnastics show that we all attended.

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She was so adorable in her little leotard doing her gymnastics. She did so good and I was so proud of her too!

After her show, we headed out to the Lucky Monk for my birthday dinner! My birthday is tomorrow but we celebrated yesterday with my family.

Danny and I have been to the Lucky Monk once before and it was really good. We started out sharing some appetizers – the pretzels were amazing and so was the tomato goat cheese fondue.

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For dinner, I had the Waldorf salad and the most amazing sweet potato fries.

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I think I ate every single last bite on my plate.

My dad ordered the same thing Danny did the first time we went – a grilled cheese on a hamburger.

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Apparently, it’s pretty popular.

We were all stuffed by the end of the meal, but I still had to sample the fresh homemade donuts with dipping sauces that the waiter brought as a birthday dessert. Donuts are my weakness. :)

A big thank you to my family for celebrating with me and for the wonderful gifts.

Have a great afternoon!!

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