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Blue Milk

Good morning!

With the kids home for spring break, these past few days have been busy! I finally seemed to get rid of my cold and my calves feel a lot better. They still ache when I walk up the stairs but at least it’s not a constant pain anymore.

This Week’s Workouts:

  • Mon. – Walked
  • Tues. – Women on Weights
  • Wed. – BodyPump
  • Thurs. – Rest
  • Fri. – Teach BodyPump

My workouts were a little bit lighter this week since I wasn’t feeling well and the kids are home.

Here’s a few pictures from our week.

On Tuesday, I put blue food coloring in Jaden’s milk as a April Fool’s Day prank.

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He was less than impressed.

I also switched the cereals in Jacob’s cereal boxes but he guessed that I did it before he even poured the cereal out. Being an almost teenager, he thought my jokes were really lame.

The kids had a dentist appointment yesterday which I initially showed up a day early for even though it’s written done on my calendar. That wasn’t fun.

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The kids had no cavities so we went to Whole Foods to celebrate! Okay, I went to Whole Foods to celebrate that we won’t have a dental cavity bill, although Jacob does need braces…

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My salad:

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My stepmom picked up our race t-shirts and bibs yesterday. Jaden is running walking his very first 5k tomorrow! Yes, my calves want to punch me in the face right now.

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Jaden is very excited about his very first 5k but he doesn’t run much so I figure the majority of the race will be walking with little running spurts thrown in. My calves should be able to handle that. My dad and stepmom are also walking and Danny and Jacob are running.

I have never done a color run so I’m not such exactly what to expect. The website gives directions on how to clean the color off your camera – that’s interesting. Since it’ll be cold, we’ll have to wear warm old clothes with our t-shirts over them. They also recommend old shoes. I think it’ll be a lot of fun and Jaden is beyond excited.

Danny has the day off today so we can do something fun with the kids after BodyPump. I think they decided on going to Dave and Buster’s, a restaurant and game place. The weather hasn’t been the greatest for their spring break but at least we got a few fun activities in there!

Have a great Friday!

  • Have you ever done a color run?
  • Have you ever worn braces? I got my braces on when I was 16 years old – not fun.
  • Did you pull any April Fool’s Day pranks?

Mom’s Note: I realize that I have a lot more pictures of Jaden on my blog than Jacob. That’s because Jacob is less than two months away from being a teenager and hates to be photographed. He asks me not to take his picture and I try to respect that.

 

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes – Fit for Fitness

 

Happy Friday!

Yesterday’s Workout:

  • 3.5 miles – indoor track
  • stretching

In an attempt to get ready for the upcoming Shamrock Shuffle 8k next week, I planned to run four miles yesterday. That didn’t happen. Instead I ran three miles and walked half a mile.

My whole entire lower right side refused to cooperate. My right side was all like, Yay! Running! We could do this all day! My right side wanted to punch me in the face.

My right glute is still sore from Butts and Guts class, my hip started to ache, and my calves decided to get tight again. At this point, I don’t care if I have to walk the entire 8k. I have no goals or hopes & dreams going into it, except to finish the darn thing.

I made sure to stretch after my run and I foam rolled the heck out of my glute when I got home.

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Breakfast

I was recently contacted by Shari’s Berries about creating with a healthy recipe that included chocolate. They’re working on a project during the month of March called Fit for Fitness – basically how you can incorporate foods like chocolate into your diet and still live a healthy lifestyle. And like I always say, I believe in everything in moderation.

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Chocolate comes from the cacao plant and actually provides many healthy antioxidants. Dark chocolate usually tends to be the most healthy and the more nonfat cocoa solids a chocolate product contains, the more antioxidants it has.

I didn’t have any dark chocolate on hand, so I incorporated semi-sweet chocolate into my recipe – chocolate chip peanut butter pancakes! I have been loving protein pancakes lately, so I decided to try out a recipe using chocolate chips. To date, it is my favorite pancake recipe I have made!

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes   Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oats (I used Quaker Perfect Portions)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. PB2 or peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate chips.

Directions:

  1. Add oats and water to a bowl, stir, and microwave approx. one minute.
  2. Beat egg whites into oats, mix in protein powder and peanut butter, lightly stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Cook pancakes on a heated pan or griddle over medium heat approx. 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings or garnish with a few more chocolate chips.

These pancakes were delicious! Nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate!

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Today’s Workout

  • Taught BodyPump – 60 minutes

I taught BodyPump this morning and afterwards I had a peanut butter and jelly Quest bar.

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More peanut butter!

Lunch

Lunch this afternoon was chicken fajitas.

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I mentioned that I have been trying to add chicken to my diet lately for more protein. I am not a huge fan of chicken and don’t like eating it by itself, but I don’t mind it in other things – like fajitas/tacos.

I cooked the chicken with peppers, red onions, and salt-free fajita seasoning. I ate them on corn tortillas topped with cabbage and mango.

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I also discovered a new delicious flavor of Sparkling ice water – cherry limeade.

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The bottle doesn’t say new, but I have never seen this flavor before. My favorite is the pineapple coconut but the cherry limeade is a close second!

Have a great weekend!

  • Do you have any plan this weekend?
  • What did you have for breakfast?
  • Favorite way to eat chocolate?

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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First, up the two winners of the Fresh Express coupon giveaway: Julie and Sandra! I already sent you both emails!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I was supposed to work Friday night, but my appointment got canceled, so Danny and I decided to workout at the gym instead.

We did a workout from The New Rules of Lifting book which included squats, push-ups, seated rows, step-ups on a box, and jackknifes on a stability ball. We finished out our workout with some box jumps – we set them up from smallest to biggest and had fun jumping on them.

I am still working on a soft landing. You can see a video on Instagram of me jumping :) (I’m RunEatPlay on Instagram).

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On Saturday, we went out with my family for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and then came back to our house.

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I think I might have ate something bad because I have been feeling sick since Saturday night. The boys had corned beef at the restaurant but I had a lobster tail. It tasted good but I wonder if that’s what made me sick.

I managed to teach BodyPump on Sunday morning, even though I didn’t feel the best.

After the BodyPump, we took the kids to Barnes and Noble to pick out a book.

Just a typical Sunday afternoon, sitting on the floor at Barnes and Noble, reading fitness books.

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After the book store, we went to Sports Authority to get soccer shoes for Jacob and baseball cleats for Jaden.

Of course, I spotted a pair of Nikes on clearance and in my size (a rare thing to find). And we had a coupon.

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Do I need new shoes? No. Did I buy new shoes? Yes.

Danny was less than thrilled to be buying more shoes.

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I have shoe problem…a gym shoe problem. I could care less about other shoes.

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In my defense, one pair is Jacob’s, one pair is too narrow, and one pair has a stupid tongue problem.

I wear different shoes for different activities like running, teaching BodyPump, fitness classes, etc and the Asics that I usually wear to take exercise classes have a major problem with the tongue twisting completely sideways which drives me nuts because it’s so uncomfortable.

I haven’t owned Nikes in awhile, so I figured they’d be perfect to wear for fitness classes. And they were on clearance. Danny.

I am still not feeling 100% today, but I did work for a couple of hours this morning…then I came home and got sick. I only managed to eat a Lara Uber bar today but I am going to try some toast in a bit!

Have a great afternoon!

  • When was the last time you were sick?
  • Do you own a lot of shoes? Favorite shoes? I love my Reebok ZQuick shoes because they are so comfortable!

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Things I’m Loving Friday

Good morning!

There’s no school today so I’m teaching BodyPump on Sunday instead of today. I am lucky to have another BodyPump instructor to switch with when there’s no school.

Things I’m Loving Lately

  • My aunt’s new blog – Life Inspirations

My Aunt Pam has recently lost 127 pounds and started a blog to document her ongoing weight loss journey. 127 pounds! Isn’t that amazing! I am so proud of her! You can check out her blog here.

  • Quest Bars

I like the new cookies and cream Quest bar, but I have found my all time favorite Quest bar creation – a baked cookie dough Quest bar topped with a little bit of peanut butter. So. Good.

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I smash the Quest bar down a little bit with my hands and then bake it at 350 degrees for about 6 minutes.

  • Coffee

I love my Keurig Vue coffee maker, but sometimes the Vue cups can be hard to find in stores near me, so I just order them online.

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After using a coupon code, it’s actually cheaper to buy them online. Gloria Jean’s hazelnut is my favorite flavor, so I always order that flavor. I also just tried out the Caribou Coffee daybreak morning blend and I love it. I will definitely re-order that flavor.

  • Running

I haven’t been running as much as I used to, but I still enjoy it when I do. It has gotten a little harder since I’m not running on a regular basis anymore, but I ran three miles on the indoor track the other day (after BodyPump).

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I have The Shamrock Shuffle 8k coming up in a couple of weeks so I just want to be able to run five miles without too much pain or feeling like I’m going to die :)

  • Ben and Jerry’s Core Ice Cream

I must admit that I haven’t been sticking to my nutrition plan perfectly lately, and when I saw the new Ben and Jerry’s Core flavors, I was on a mission to find the peanut butter fudge flavor.

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I don’t mess around when it comes to ice cream and I probably went to seven different stores looking for that darn ice cream. Every store was either sold out or didn’t carry it at all. Luckily, my awesome sister-in-law found the ice cream and bought it for me! I love family.

  •  Apple slices and Greek yogurt

I eat this for a snack almost every afternoon. It is so good and filling.

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I use plain Greek yogurt and stir in a little bit of PB2 and then I dip in the apple slices!

Have a great weekend!

  • What are you loving lately?

 

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BodyPump X2

wGood afternoon!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Arc trainer – 20 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Yesterday’s time change really messed me up. I was up late on Saturday night and I was up really early on Sunday morning. BodyPump starts at 9:30 am on Sundays and I kept thinking that even though it was 9:30, it would feel 8:30. Somehow, I got it stuck in my head that BodyPump was at 8:30 am.

So, yesterday morning, I showed up at the gym at 8am for the 9:30 am BodyPump class. It was too late to go back home, so I just spent a little time on the arc trainer and chatted with a few other gym-goers for awhile. I got very little sleep the night before so I was really out of it all day.

I kept falling asleep at random times and places during the day – on the couch for a half hour, in Jaden’s bed for 20 minutes. It was a really weird day. Even though the time change is only an hour, it messes my body up for a couple of days. I am glad that it’s staying lighter outside later now though!

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Breakfast

I had more protein pancakes for breakfast today – these things are so good!

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I used vanilla Cellucor protein powder this time and they came out a little bit thinner. I am going to play around with adding PB2 and using more egg whites instead of protein powder. There is so many options when it comes to protein pancakes!

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Arc Trainer – 12 minutes

I usually don’t take BodyPump two days in a row, but the instructors at my gym are teaching the new release, which I am still trying to learn. (I got it later than the other instructors, so I am late learning it). It helps me to take the class with someone else teaching it. This new release has a lot of different timing which I am trying to learn.

After BodyPump, I spent a little time on the Arc trainer while waiting for my brother to meet me at the gym so I could take my niece. I passed the time on the arc trainer by watching Saved by the Bell.

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I used to watch that show everyday when I was growing up.

Post workout, I had a Power Core strawberry banana protein drink before going to Old Navy with my niece.

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Have a great afternoon!

  •  Did you workout today?
  • What shows did you love growing up?

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Blueberry Protein Pancakes

Happy Friday!!

This morning, I taught BodyPump at the gym and then I worked for awhile.

When I was leaving the gym, I checked my email and saw that I had a new update for my nutrition plan from Sara. One of my new breakfast items is protein pancakes. I decided that I couldn’t wait for breakfast tomorrow to have them so I made them for lunch instead – that was the right choice :)

I stopped at the store and picked up the oatmeal that the recipes calls for:

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Blueberry Protein Pancakes   Serves:1

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(This is basically the recipe that Sara sent me)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Quaker Oats Perfect Portions oatmeal (I used the maple flavor)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 scoop Designer Whey protein powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup bluberries
  • cinnamon to taste
  • optional: topping of you choice – syrup, peanut butter, fruit, jam, etc.

Directions:

  1. Put 1/4 cup oats in bowl. Add water and stir. Cook 55 seconds.
  2. Add protein powder, egg whites, and cinnamon to oats and whisk until combined.
  3. Stir in desired amount of blueberries (I used about 1/4 cup and added the rest to the top of the pancakes after they were done)
  4. Cook pancakes on the stove on a hot pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cook approx. 2-3 minutes on each side.
  5. Top with fruit and additional toppings of your choice.

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I added 1/2 tablespoon of Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave Maple to my pancakes.

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Total Calories (with agave): 289 calories    Total Protein: 29.5 grams

These pancakes hit the spot and I can’t wait to start eating them for breakfast!

I rented the new Thor movie for Danny and the kids to watch tonight. I’m not really into Thor, so I’ll probably be on my phone or reading when they’re watching :)

Tomorrow, we have a nutrition fair at the gym where I’ll be working for awhile and then I’m going to try and make it out to Whole Foods.

Have a great weekend!

  • Do you have any plans this weekend?
  • What’s the last movie you watched?

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Back and Biceps Workout

Good afternoon!

First up, the winner of the Lovely Candy Co. giveaway was Carrie M! I already sent you an email – enjoy your candy!!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes

I got a really good workout in yesterday! I started with the butts and guts class where we did a lot of leg work and then I took the women on weight class where we focused on abs, shoulders, and chest.

My legs were really sore this morning between running on Monday and butts and guts class yesterday.

Today’s Workout

  • Back and Biceps

Since my legs were still sore today, I focused on just strength training today. I did this back and biceps workout:

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One of my favorite exercises is definitely the plank rows – it such a great exercise that works so many muscles including your middle back, shoulders, and abs.

After my workout, I had a brownie Questbar – very good! When I went to Target yesterday, they had Larabars and Lara Uber bars on sale for .62 cents so I stocked up on those!

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I am not very loyal when it comes to bars. I love them all – quest bars, larabars, clif bars, thinkthin bars, builder bars, kind bars. They’re just all so good.

I finally got the new BodyPump release in the mail a couple of days ago, so I will spend some time this afternoon writing it out and practicing!

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Have a great afternoon!

  • Is anyone else super sick of snow yet?!
  • What is your favorite exercise?
  • Favorite bar?

 

 

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Weekend Randomness

Good afternoon - I hope you all had a great weekend! Can you believe it’s March already?!

Saturday

On Saturday night, we went out to celebrate my dad and stepmom’s birthdays.

My dad got this awesome looking cake from a nearby bakery:

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I will admit that I didn’t eat very well this weekend. I worked so hard for 12.5 days and then I just went a little overboard with the food during the weekend.

Honestly, it sucked and I was upset with myself last night. I ate so good for almost two weeks and was feeling really good about myself and then I threw all my hard work out the window over the course of the weekend.

Of course, there is a difference between enjoying yourself in moderation and going overboard. I went overboard. And when that happens, I recognize how it makes me feel physically and emotionally, and I remember that for the next time I’m reaching for that 15th cookie :)

Sometimes you fall off the horse and you just need to get right back on, and that’s what I am doing.

Sunday

On Sunday morning, I taught BodyPump at the gym. It was a smaller class due to the snow, but Danny took the class too, so that was fun.

Sunday afternoon, we had lunch at my in-laws house. I spent the afternoon playing Sonic on their old Sega.

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My brother and I grew up playing that game and it reminded me of my childhood playing it again.

Today’s Workout

  • Ran three miles – indoor track
  • Abs and stretching

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Last week, I was running two miles at a time. Today, I took it up to three miles. I am slowly increasing my mileage to see how my hip and quad feel.

When I am running, my hip aches, but it feels fine later in the day. My quad doesn’t hurt while I run usually, but it hurts afterwards. So much fun.

I feel pretty good running right now and am working up to 5 miles for the Shamrock Shuffle. After that I’ll probably stick to 5ks just so I don’t hurt my hip anymore.

Speaking of 5ks, I signed up for my first color run. It’ll also be Jaden’s first 5k – which means I’ll be walking most of it with him which I look forward to because he’s so happy about it.

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Danny and Jacob are going to run it, and my dad and stepmom are going to walk it. Jaden is so excited to be doing his first 5k, and he’s really excited that it’s a color run.

I am back on track with my eating today. I have been hearing good things about Earth Balance peanut butter, so when I was at Whole Foods last week, I picked up a jar to try. I got the creamy natural peanut butter with flax seed.

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They also have a coconut peanut butter that I’ve heard is really good, but I’m not a huge coconut fan. The regular peanut butter was really good and I would definitely buy it again.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • What was your favorite game as a kid?
  • Favorite peanut butter? I usually just buy the Jif Natural peanut butter.

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PJ’s Organics Breakfast Burritos

PJ’s Organics

Breakfast was something a little bit different this morning – a PJ’s Organics breakfast burrito!

I was recently sent three of the PJ’s Organics breakfast burritos to try out. I was really excited that these products are organic and they offered a “skinny” breakfast burrito.

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The three burritos I received:

  • Skinny Breakfast Burrito – organic egg white, feta cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomato – 300 calories, 15 grams protein, 2 grams fiber
  • Surf’s Up Breakfast Burrito – organic eggs, ground beef, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese – 330 calories, 14 grams protein, 3 grams fiber
  • Denver Breakfast Burrito – organic eggs, cheddar cheese, red and green bell peppers – 340 calories, 14 grams protein, 2 grams of fiber

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I don’t eat ground beef so I left the Surf’s Up burrito for Danny :)

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Danny brought his to work this morning and texted me saying that he thought it was really good.

I was really excited about trying the skinny burrito. It’s basically all my favorite things rolled up in a tortilla. I’m all for a breakfast that is quick and easy!

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The skinny burrito was delicious and very filling.

I also love that all three breakfast burritos have under 340 calories and contain a good amount of protein.

If you love Mexican food like me, be sure to check out PJ’s Organics regular burritos too!

Since the kids don’t have school today, I worked out at home. I practiced the BodyPump release that I will be teaching Sunday and then I did the Jillian Michaels abs DVD.

Since there’s no school and I don’t have to work, the kids and I are going to head to Whole Foods later. The closest Whole Foods is about 25 minutes away. I am almost glad that we don’t have one closer or I would always be broke :)

Have a great weekend!

  • What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  • What’s your favorite store?
  • Any plans for the weekend?

Disclaimer: I was sent the PJ’s Organics burritos to review at no charge. All opinions are my own.

 

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Books

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • Treadmill – walked 30 minutes
  • Practiced BodyPump – 35 minutes

Jaden and I this morning:

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I worked for a little bit this morning and then I walked for a half an hour on the treadmill. I am already signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle 8k at the end of March and as of now, I still plan on doing it. I might have to walk a good portion of it, but I want to finish it.

I figured I would start getting back into running really slowly, which is why I only walked on the treadmill this morning. I stuck to the treadmill because my gym has a Woodway treadmill which is a lot more forgiving on the joints.

When I got home, I practiced BodyPump for a while. One of the other instructors is sick, so I am subbing for her tonight.

Mid-morning snack was a dark chocolate peanut butter + protein Kind bar.

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Has anyone had this flavor?! It is so good – it’s like eating a dessert.

Books

I am a big reader, but I go through spurts. Sometimes I’ll read three books in a week and sometimes I won’t read for three months. And I read all different kinds of books, a lot of them might be a bit under my reading level, but I love reading what I enjoy.

I also read a lot of the book that my son’s reads and he’s 12, so that shows you what kind of books that I read :)

The first book I recently read was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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This book is quite unique because it uses a collection of real old time creepy photographs and builds the story around them. Since the pictures in book are real, it’s really fascinating.

I think this was a good book but it took me a long time to get into. It just kind of dragged for me, although I enjoyed the story line. I usually finish books in a day or two but this one took me a few weeks.

There is also a second book in the series called Hollow City. Although I don’t plan on reading that book, my son read both books and enjoyed them both.

The next book I finished was Paper Towns by John Green. I just realized that he also wrote The Fault in our Stars which I really enjoyed.

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I finished Paper Towns in a day. I couldn’t put it down. It’s funny because I actually downloaded the free preview on my Kindle months ago, but never bothered to buy the book. Once, I purchased the book, I was sucked in.

It’s kind of a mystery and a love story all in one. I really wondered how the book was going to end – there were so many different ways it could have ended in my mind and I was surprised that I actually liked the way that it ended. If you want a quick and easy book that’s good, I recommend Paper Towns.

The book I am currently reading is Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb, which is actually a pseudonym for Nora Roberts.

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I like all Nora Robert’s book but I refer her In Death series as J.D. Robb. This book came out on Tuesday and I bought it right away. I have read every single In Death book and always look forward to the next book in the series.

Each book builds off the last, but even if you haven’t read the previous books, the story will still make sense.

So, those are the book that I have read lately. I also read a few back in December including In the After by Demitria Lunetta (two thumbs up), Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (two thumbs up) and I am Alive by Cameron Jace (seventeen thumbs down).

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s the last book you read or what are you currently reading?

 

 

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