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Happy Friday! It’s the kids last day of summer break before they go back to school on Monday!

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Going to the gym:



My right hip and glute have been sore from practicing BodyPump at home, so today at the gym I stretched during the squat and lunge tracks so my legs could rest.

The instructor was really nice and gave me a lot of info about the certification weekend and said she would help me practice my tracks at the gym if I wanted her to.

At first, I was so nervous that learning the whole track would be so hard to do, but I actually memorized the whole back track pretty quickly. I can do it pretty good without any notes and only using the CD. I do have to work on my timing a bit though. Next, I will be tackling the chest track.

The fitness manager let me borrow a body bar to take home and practice with.

Random awkward self-pic of me and the body bar:


I debated which weight to bring home and I decided to go with the lightest – 9 lbs. Since I practice the track 4-5 times in a row and it’s over five minutes long, I figured that it would be best to practice with a light weight. During actual BodyPump classes, I go heavier.

After the gym we came home and took some more self-pics. Jaden was very happy with his face in this picture :)


Three pictures of me in one post – just sayin’.

This afternoon we’re headed to my kids schools for a meet the teacher day.


Tomorrow we have my nephew’s first birthday party. I can’t believe how fast time flies by!

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to enter the FRS giveaway!

  • Do you have any plans this weekend?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Lots of BIG News!

This morning I took my National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer exam, and I PASSED!

Not only did I pass, but I already have a job!

And I will be getting my Les Mills BodyPump teaching certificate next month.

I know that I haven’t mentioned anything about any of this, but I am going to do a whole post on it soon.

This was another reason that I was so bummed about my hip being hurt. I need to be in good shape to take the two-day class for the BodyPump certification. I have heard it’s intense, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that my hip will be better by then.

I still have a lot to learn and there’s a lot going on right now and it’s a little overwhelming, but I am so excited for these new opportunities.

A big thank you to my husband, Danny, for supporting me, keeping the kids quiet while I studied, and for quizzing me every night.

:) :) :) :)




Filed under Fitness, Working Out

Christmas Survey 2012

Happy 12-12-12! For some reason my kids seem to think that since it’s 12-12-12 we’re having some kind of party. We’re not. But maybe we should with 12-21-12 approaching and all.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.03 miles treadmill – walked
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Today I thought it would be fun to do the Christmas Survey that I saw on Fit Minded Mom’s blog. You can also check out my Christmas Survey from last year.

Christmas Survey

1. Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?

I actually love the Jessica Simpson Christmas CD that I got at 7-Eleven years and years ago. One of my favorite Christmas songs is Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. Exercise on Christmas morning or take the day off?

I DO NOT exercise on Christmas. I might have went to the gym on Thanksgiving, but Christmas is different. Our day is very busy – from opening presents with the kids, to going to my in-laws, to going to dinner at my Mom’s house. Christmas is a day of spending time with my family.

3. What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?

It’s different every year. Sometimes cinnamon rolls, sometimes pancakes. This year, I’ve been looking on Pinterest for some good breakfast ideas.

4. . Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?

I love everything about Christmas! But my very favorite part is waking up on Christmas morning. We get the kids and go downstairs to see if Santa came! The kids open their stockings first, and then we move on to the presents. I also love going to see Christmas lights, watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, decorating the Christmas tree, baking cookies, and getting together with my family Christmas Eve.

5. Real tree, fake tree or no tree?

Real tree! We go with my family to cut down a real tree every year. I always had a real tree growing up. I guess that’s another Christmas tradition I love – cutting down the perfect tree. One year we had a fake tree and it was a sad sad tree.

6. Christmas pajamas… yay or nay?

When the kids were little, I bought them cute pajamas every year. I have kind of been slacking on that. I don’t wear cute pajamas on Christmas morning. In fact, I try to avoid being photographed at all…I don’t look my best in the morning :)

7. Where do you spend the holidays? Your own house, your parents’ house, extended family, in-laws, friends?

With in-laws and divorced parents, our holidays are sometimes crazy. But we finally have things pretty much down pat. On Christmas Eve, we go to my Grandparent’s house along with my dad, step-mom, brother, and sister-in-law (and more family). On Christmas Day, we spend the morning at home with the kids, then we head to my in-laws house. We go to my mom’s house for Christmas dinner along with my brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Some years, we come to our house, but I always see my mom Christmas Day. I always see my dad and step-mom the weekend following Christmas. It’s actually fun that way because it’s like Christmas is extended!

8. Food that you always have during the holiday season? Favorite Christmas food/treat?

I don’t have one specific food that I always have – usually just Christmas cookies and Christmas dinner. My favorite Christmas treat is anything peppermint or chocolate!

Cookie recipe here.

Candy cane heart instructions here.

9. Open presents all at once or take turns? Stockings… yes or no?

On Christmas morning, the kids always open the little gifts in their stocking first. They do this at the same time. Then, Danny usually passes out presents one or two at a time. I feel like Christmas morning always flies by, so I like to drag it out a bit and make it last. We always end up opening presents fairly quickly though. The kids get very excited!

The best Christmas present:

10. Favorite Christmas(ish) movie?

I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. I have never seen A Wonderful Life, and I hope to watch it this year.

Questions of the day:

  • Answer any of the questions above!
  • Doing anything fun for 12-12-12?


Filed under Christmas, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Baked Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas


Last night, I emailed Marlene and asked her for her recipe for chicken and cheese chimichangas so I could make them for dinner. She said that she uses this Pillsbury recipe. The recipe uses crescent rolls and is baked rather than fried.

The recipe was super easy to make, and I had Danny help me roll them up because he’s better at that kind of thing. I think this is a very versatile recipe – you could make them with chicken and cheese, or just cheese, or you could substitute the chicken for beef.


Today has been another one of those crazy days. Jaden was up a lot last night with ear pain. By the time I gave him Tylenol and got him settled down, I had a hard time falling back asleep. That meant I was very tired this morning. Luckily, my new coffee mug cheered me up.

Jaden was feeling better this morning, but I knew that he had an ear infection. He still went to school, and Danny called the doctor to get him an appointment. Our doctor’s office always keep the 11:15 am time slot open for emergencies. Since I knew he wouldn’t be getting into the doctor until later, I headed to the gym.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I finally signed Danny and I up for the Fitness Fantasy League at the gym this morning. It starts in the beginning of January and surprisingly only one other team has signed up so far! The lady in charge asked me to spread the word. She wasn’t sure of people weren’t signing up because they didn’t really understand how it works or because you have to pay to sign up. It cost Danny and I $28 to sign up because we’re not residents but the grand prize is worth $500, so it’s worth it to me!

Also, I guess it’s going to follow the rules similar to real fantasy football. I have no clue how real fantasy football works. At all. The lady explained to me that they would keep tally of how many times each team worked out each week. The team that worked out the most each week would get one point for that week. So, you could earn a total of 8 points since the program runs for 8 weeks.

Then, she said something about tie breakers and counting each workout, but she pretty much lost me there. All I know is that we’re signed up and I’m excited. Now, we just have to come up with a team name. Any suggestions?

After the gym, I stopped at home, grabbed a quick pre-workout breakfast and then picked up Jaden from school.

Apparently, he feels right at home at the doctor:

It turns out that he does have an ear infection and his allergies were acting up pretty bad. The doctor said that he could stay from school today, but he cried to go back to school. I figure that in a few years he’ll be crying to stay home from school, so I let him go back. The school said that as long as he’s not contagious, he’s fine to go back.

After dropping Jaden back off at school, I ran to the pharmacy to fill his prescriptions, and I grabbed a Amy’s pizza for lunch. Easy, delicious, and quick. I also had some carrots and cucumbers with hummus to help get my veggies in for the day.

I’m going to try to talk Danny into fro-yo tonight because the new peppermint stick flavor just came out! I love peppermint! Have a great afternoon!


Questions of the day:

  • How is your Monday going?
  • Who does most of the cooking in your house?
  • Any workouts today?


Filed under Dinner, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Bingo and Dates

Happy Monday!

Last night, we ordered pizza, baked cookies, and decorated our Christmas tree.

I also found a cute idea on Pinterest for the kids – making Christmas trees out of green frosting and sugar cones.

I bought the white Frosting Creations frosting and added a package of mint chocolate powder to make it green. You could also use vanilla frosting and green food coloring, but I didn’t have any food coloring.

The kids loved making their frosting Christmas trees and it got a little messy, but they had so much fun!

I ate a lot last night – pizza, cookies, popcorn. So, when I woke up this morning, I wasn’t feeling very hungry. I noticed that when I eat a lot over the weekends, I usually wake up Monday morning not wanting to eat anything.

So, I skipped breakfast before heading to the gym. I regretted not eating at least something small for breakfast because halfway through BodyPump, my stomach started to growl loudly.

Luckily, I knew I’d be hungry and I packed a mini breakfast to eat after BodyPump:

Greek yogurt and thinkThin bar.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.12 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Fitness Bingo

Guess what?! I won fitness bingo! Yay!

My happy face:

From what I understand, it turns out that whoever turned in the most bingo cards won the final prize – it wasn’t done by a raffle. So, I really glad that I worked hard to turn those final three bingo cards in last week.

I was able to choose from a free annual membership or a three-month My Choice membership. The annual membership included use of the fitness center only, so it made more sense for me to choose the three-month My Choice membership because it includes use of the fitness center, fitness classes, and the kid’s room. So, I’ll be saving about $150. :)

Danny and I still plan on signing up for the Fitness Fantasy League in January. That prize is a whole year MyChoice membership!

Date Night

Danny and I had such a nice and relaxing time on our date night on Saturday that we decided that we would have a monthly date night and would take turns coming up with something to do.

Having a date night doesn’t always mean spending a lot of money. Just as long as your together, it doesn’t matter what you do. Getting coffee or going for a walk make great dates that are cheap or free.

Having alone time not only helps your relationship by spending time with your significant other, but it helps you be a better parent too –  as any stay at home mom will tell you (or even the ones that work full-time)! Sometimes you just need to step back from the craziness of work, life, family, and kids and spend some quality time with your significant other. It almost recharges you. The same can be said with spending time alone too. We often get so wrapped up in life that we lose sight of the important things in life.

Danny and I realized that we don’t actually spend much time alone together – just the two of us. Sure, we do a lot of stuff with my family, but that hardly counts as quality time with each other. So, I am very excited to start our monthly date nights and better our relationship. :)

I also think that spending time alone with your children separately is a great idea too – like a “daddy and me” night or a “mommy and me” night. Danny and I also have plans to do this with Jacob and Jaden once a month.

Questions of the day:

  • How often do you have date nights with your significant other? Do you believe that they help better your relationship?
  • What was the last “date” that you went on?
  • Are you a breakfast eater? Or are you not hungry in the mornings?


Filed under Breakfast, Christmas, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out


It’s Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week! Unfortunately, I woke up this morning with a cold, so I’m not feeling the greatest.


I’m finally out of Kashi oatmeal, so this morning for breakfast, I had a Van’s waffle topped with blueberries and peanut butter and some Honeycrisp apple slices.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.12 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Total Pile on the Miles: 21.32 miles

After I got this little guy on the bus, I went to the gym.

Since I wasn’t feeling the greatest, I just walked a little over a mile on the treadmill before going to BodyPump. Every mile counts! I figure one mile is better than no miles.

Later in the day, I got this email about why you should exercise that I thought was interesting.

According to this email, the average person only works out two times a week. I understand that sometimes life gets busy with work, kids, school, life, etc. But I also feel that making time to workout can only benefit you. No one ever says, man, I really regret that workout. It’s making my heart all healthy and helping me to live longer. What a bummer.

I think any amount of exercise can benefit you. You can exercise for 10 minutes three times a day if you can’t workout 30 minutes at once. There are sneaky ways to get exercise in your daily routine – take the stairs, park in the farthest parking spot and walk, vacuum the house.

My sister in law’s place of employment has a gym. So, during her lunch break, she works out in the gym. She doesn’t have to travel away from the building to work out, so it’s convenient. Plus, it doesn’t take an hour to eat a sandwich. My brother’s work has a work station on a treadmill! How cool is that?! Of course, you have to be coordinated enough to walk and talk on the phone at the same time, but I love how businesses are seeing how important daily exercise is. (Plus, they probably want to keep their employees healthy so they don’t miss work.) :)

In other news, I have decided that I am pretty much addicted to Christmas. Danny knows the way to my heart and it’s not through diamonds or chocolate…it’s through Christmas decorations!

He brought me home this moose mailbox cover from the store yesterday. How super cute is it?! I just look at all my Christmas decorations as an investment in the future. After this year, I probably won’t ever have to buy another Christmas decoration. I love Christmas the way my dad loves Halloween.

And in my defense, I haven’t put up one Christmas decoration yet. I do wait until the day after Thanksgiving. Wait, I take that back – we did stick Christmas Mickey Mouse window clings to the window yesterday. But I just put those up because my niece loves Minnie and Mickey. I swear that’s the only decoration I have up so far!

We have a busy night tonight. Jacob has a community night for school, and Danny is helping my dad out with some stuff. I hope you all have a great night!

Questions of the day:

  • How many days a week do you exercise?
  • Does your job have a gym or treadmill work station?
  • What’s your favorite holiday?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

Calf Sleeves and Coffee

Yesterday’s Evening Workout

  • Cardio Dance – 45 minutes

I went. I danced. I came home.


This morning started out with some calf sleeves and coffee.

I woke up at about 5 am because my calves were so sore. So, I did what any normal person would do – I played Plants vs. Zombie on my phone until about 6am, and then I rolled out of bed to put my calves sleeve on. Then, I really needed coffee.

Hello, butter toffee coffee. You make my mornings so much better.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump

BodyPump pretty much wasn’t fun this morning. At all. Not only are my calves super sore, but my shoulder is hurting a lot. After Danny and I did the Muddy Buddy a couple of months ago, my shoulder starting bothering me a bit. Well, lately it has gotten a lot worse, and today was the worst.

So, during Body Pump, I lifted really light weights and skipped the push-ups. I think my body is telling me that I need to rest, but I have the last Biggest Loser workout tonight. Here’s what my plan is for the next few days:

  • Wednesday – Biggest Loser workout (take it easy!) and 5k prep
  • Thursday – Walk approx. 3 slow miles
  • Friday – Off/Rest
  • Saturday – Fall Fitness 5k (biggest loser finale!)

Hopefully, taking it easy on Thursday and Friday will help me be rested for the race on Saturday.


I made another peach pumpkin oatmeal parfait this morning. So delicious!

Only this time, I topped it with about a tablespoon of granola with almonds. The soft oatmeal and the crunchy granola really gave it a nice texture contrast.

I’ve decided that after the 5k on Saturday there’s only one thing that I want to do – eat a pumpkin muffin and drink coffee. Okay, I guess that’s actually two things.

I never drink coffee before a race, so by the end of the race, I’m wishing that they gave out cups full of coffee rather than water!

Questions of the day:

  • What time do you usually wake up during the week? On the weekends?
  • Do you drink coffee before you run/race?
  • Where can I get the best pumpkin muffin?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

What a Weekend

This weekend was such a whirlwind of craziness and excitement, but luckily everything is pretty much calmed down and back to normal now.


On Friday night, we went to an ice cream social at Jaden’s school.

Who doesn’t love free ice cream?!

Then on Friday night/Saturday morning at 2 am, we got the call that my sister-in-law was in labor and at the hospital. It didn’t seem like the baby was coming right then and there, so we tried to get a little more sleep which was hard because we were so excited!

I skipped boot camp Saturday morning, and we got to the hospital about 10 am. My sister-in-law, Mandy, hadn’t progressed much, so we settled down to wait. I started out trying to eat healthy at the hospital:

But as the day progressed, that went out the window. Everyone was drinking coffee and energy drink, eating candy and chips. We went out for pizza. Mandy’s aunt bought everyone McDonald’s late at night. It was a crazy, looonnnnggg day.

The kids fell asleep at the hospital about midnight.

Baby Liam was born about 10 pm Saturday night, but we weren’t able to see him until 12:30 am. Mom and baby were healthy, but everything didn’t go according to plan. I think babies have their own agenda.

Isn’t he a doll?! I love him.

We spent 14 hours at the hospital and finally got home close to 2 am. I made the mistake of taking an Advil PM. My stomach was hurting from all the crap I ate all day, and I just wanted to sleep. But whenever I take Advil PM, I am completely out of it the whole entire next day, which isn’t fun.


I woke up about 10:30 am on Sunday morning. I had plans to meet my other sister-in-law and Grandma for lunch, so I rushed to get ready, feeling all crappy and groggy. We meet at Corner Bakery, and luckily they still were serving breakfast paninis, so I had one with egg whites, cheddar, and spinach. Along with three cups of coffee. We had a nice time catching up at lunch.

The rest of the day was kind of blurry. We went back to the hospital to visit with the baby. Then, we stopped for some fro-yo, and when we got home I took a nap until 6pm, which means, of course, that I didn’t fall asleep until after 11 pm last night.


Things are pretty much back to normal today. The kids got off to school, and I went to BodyPump. We did the brand new BodyPump release today, which was a nice change.

Post workout, I had a Atkin’s cranberry almond bar. These bars are so good!

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law didn’t find out the gender of the baby before he was born, so I haven’t been able to buy many clothes. So, after the gym you better believe that I went out to buy the two cutest onesies that ever existed!

In other news, I decided to try to cut out dairy for a week or so. I have been having intense stomach pains lately, and I’m thinking that dairy might be the cause. I can’t believe how much stuff has dairy in it – both my oatmeal and Atkin’s bar had dairy in it, so I am just going to try not to eat straight dairy like milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. to see if it helps.

The milk won’t be a problem because I have never drank cow’s milk anyway – I drink almond milk. Cheese will be harder, but I can deal with it. The hardest part will be the Greek yogurt. I eat one or two Greek yogurts a day and really rely on it as a protein source. I guess that means I’ll have to eat more peanut butter! We’ll see how things go!

Questions of the day:

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Do you have a hard time sleeping?
  • Do you eat dairy? Any tips on how to eat dairy free?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Grilled Veggie Wraps and Weight Loss Progress

Yesterday’s Dinner

Last night for dinner, I made grilled veggie wraps.

Using a grill pan on the stove, I grilled red and green peppers, red onions, carrots, and zucchini with a little bit of olive oil.

I used a multigrain tortilla spread with a bit of garlic hummus. I added my veggies on top and rolled it up. It ended up being too many veggies for one tortilla, so I used another one. Each tortilla is only 60 calories, so it didn’t really break the calorie bank.

Delicious! Next time, I think I’ll add a bit of feta cheese.

After dinner, we decided to hit up Yogli Mogli for some frozen yogurt.

I am back on track with healthy eating, so I made sure that fro-yo fit into my daily calorie count. I don’t think it’s “bad” to have a treat everyday, I just make sure that I’m not going over my calories by having a treat.

I usually estimate the calories in my fro-yo because I’m still not sure how to figure out the calorie count of the toppings – ummm…a spoonful of chocolate chips, a dash of graham cracker crumbs, strawberry slices, boba balls, three cheesecake bites, and a squirt of chocolate sauce. (my fro-yo toppings are all over the place).

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump
  • 1.25 miles walk outside with the kids (aka – a slow walk)

I didn’t go to BodyPump on Monday, so it was nice to get back to it today. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Danny was soooo sore from going to BodyPump on Friday. He could hardly walk all weekend. It was slightly humorous to watch him so up the stairs. But I feel his pain, so I only laughed in my head.

Today’s Breakfast

Weight Loss

I thought that I would share a before and after pic of my weight loss so far.

Not the best pictures, but you get the idea.

I will take my next picture at the final weigh-in of the Biggest Loser in September.

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your favorite way to eat veggies?
  • Do you like hummus?
  • Any big plans for the day?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Dinner, Family Fun, Fitness, Recipes, Spring Weight Loss Challenge, Working Out

What’s Next

We got a new cat. I named her McKitty.

Just kidding. That’s just my niece. But isn’t she adorable? I forgot how hard it is having a baby around. She likes to be sneaky and get into everything. She likes rearranging Jaden’s Skylander collection the best.


A few people have asked me about what I plan to do next after losing 22 pounds. I still have about 10-12 pounds that I would like to lose to be at a weight where I feel comfortable. It’s a weight that I have been before, so I know that I’m not striving for a weight that isn’t ideal for my body. I plan to stick to writing down what I eat and counting calories.

I am debating joining the Biggest Loser contest at my gym. I really like the contest because you meet three times a week to workout with an optional 5k training workout. There are also nutrition seminars and monthly weigh-ins. I’m a little bit nervous about reverting back to old eating habits, and I feel like this contest would help me feel like I was on the right track.

I don’t thinking winning the contest would be in the cards because I don’t feel like I have enough weight to lose; I would just participate to help keep myself accountable. On the other hand, it would cost me $225. I don’t know if it’s worth $225 to lose 10 pounds that I could probably lose on my own. I think I am going to take this next week and half to see how I do, and if I’m having a hard time, then I’ll join.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump

The new BodyPump releases is hard. There are so many push-ups that my arms feel like jelly by the time we’re done. Danny has next week off, and I’m going to see if I can get him to go with me on Monday to BodyPump.

My weight-loss teacher gave me a bracelet for winning the contest last night. I think it was a great gift because I plan on wearing it to remind of how hard I worked to lose weight and how I want to keep it off. So, if I’m reaching for a fourth cookie, I’ll see the bracelet and think, hmmm do I really need this cookie? Probably not. I should maybe say that after the first or second cookie actually.

We have some fun plans next week – we’re going to take the kids to Wisconsin Dells for a few days. Which means that I have to do something that I hate – buy a bathing suit. I don’t care if I’m 22 pounds less, I hate bathing suits no matter what. I bought a tankini last year when we went on vacation to Florida, and for some reason the top is missing. I have the bottoms, but the top is just gone. I looked everywhere for it, and trust me, I looked good because I don’t want go bathing suit shopping again. But now I have to. Sigh.

Questions of the day:

  • Would you try to lose the last 10 pounds yourself or join the contest?
  • Do you like shopping for bathing suits?
  • Any vacations planned for this summer?


Filed under Fitness, Spring Weight Loss Challenge, Working Out