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Mother/Son Run

Good morning!

Good luck to my sister-in-law, Crystal, who is running her first half marathon in Florida tonight! She will turn 30 years old  at the stroke of midnight while running – a very Disney Cinderella moment :)

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Ran 1 mile – Treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I am slowly getting in my miles for Pile on The Miles! I ran one mile before BodyPump yesterday and I burned over 600 calories!


Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles – outside

This morning, Jacob and I ran together for the first time outside.


His first 5k is coming up on Thanksgiving and he is used to running on the treadmill so I wanted him to run outside a few times before the 5k. I think he realized today what a big difference it is running outside vs. the treadmill. And it didn’t help that today was really really windy.

We started out running for awhile and walking when Jacob needed to. For the last mile, we ran two minutes and walked one minute. The wind made running so hard, but we finished three miles in about 35 minutes.

Hopefully, we can run outside a couple of more times before the 5k!

After running, we stopped at McDonald’s for mother/son coffee and chocolate milk.


I love the holiday cups!


For breakfast, I made an egg and cheese sandwich on Udi’s gluten-free bread.

PicMonkey Collage

I really like the gluten-free bread – it’s even better that regular bread and I plan on continuing to purchase it. It’s expensive but it comes frozen so it’ll last a long time.

The breakfast sandwich was so good and even better than my beloved bagelwich.

This afternoon, we’re going to my dad’s for lunch and maybe seeing a movie.

Have a great day!

  • What are your plans for the day?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Running, Working Out

Tabata Xpress Class

Good afternoon!


I ran out of the almond flour pumpkin pecan pancakes that I made last week – I freeze them and warm them up in the microwave. Since, I had a little bit of almond flour left, I decided to try out the almond flour pancakes recipe from Matt at Runner Savvy.


Just as he said – they were really good pancakes! I only had about a cup of almond flour left, so I had to adjust the measurements accordingly. I topped mine with a little bit of peanut butter for the perfect breakfast.


I drank  my coffee out of my cute gingerbread coffee mug. It’s never to early to drink out of a holiday mug :)


After breakfast, I headed to the gym.


My niece and I from yesterday (I was trying the capris on!). She is currently on a plane to Florida!

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching, hip bridges, and band walking squats – 20 minutes
  • Walked on treadmill – 10 minutes
  • Tabata Xpress Class – 30 minutes

I took a new class at the gym this morning – Tabata Xpress. If you have never heard of tabata before, it’s a fast but effective and efficient workout. Some Tabata workouts can be as short as four minute long because you’re doing such high intensity exercises. It gets your heart pumping!

Tabata is basically like interval training – you are working hard for a set amount of time followed by a short recovery. The Tabata class I took today consisted of doing a high intensity exercise for 30-60 seconds followed by a short rest time.

By the time 30 minutes are up, you’re ready to be done! In today’s 30 minute class, I burned 300 calories.

I’m going to try and get in a little bit of BodyPump practice this afternoon!

Have a good afternoon!

  • Have you ever done a tabata workout before?



Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

Gluten Free Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes

Yesterday, I started the 28-day Grain Brain Challenge. Basically, it’s gluten-free, lower carb diet, low sugar eating. I say lower carb because I am definitely eating a lot less carbs than I used too, but I wouldn’t exactly call it low-carb. Just lower carb :)

I went to Whole Foods and the regular grocery store over the weekend to pick up some food items. I was excited because I found a recipe for gluten-free pumpkin muffins and gluten-free pancakes using almond flour/meal.

I didn’t buy the almond flour at Whole Foods because it was so expensive and I’ve seen it at our local grocery store for less. So, I stopped at the grocery store to pick it up and it was sold out. Oh, well. So, I went to another grocery store and they didn’t even carry it.

Yesterday morning, I went to Target to get almond flour, and they were also sold out. I  was just getting aggregated by this point. Three stores and no almond flour?!

I finally found almond flour at a different Target last night. I used it in a pancake recipe this morning.

Some of the things I picked up at the store:

  • Udi’s gluten-free bread
  • chunky peanut butter
  • pumpkin seeds
  • almond and pecans
  • flaxseed
  • canned pumpkin
  • romaine lettuce
  • baby greens
  • celery
  • green pepper
  • cucumber
  • broccoli
  • zucchini
  • gluten-free pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Muenster cheese
  • eggs
  • baking powder and baking soda
  • organic olive oil cooking spray
  • flakers – flax seed “crackers”

Yesterday wasn’t too hard – my meals seem smaller, so I think I am going to have to eat more smaller meals or bigger snacks so that I don’t get hungry.

I had one piece of Udi’s gluten-free bread for breakfast with peanut butter and egg whites. I have never had gluten-free bread before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was delicious! I could see myself eating this on a normal basis…I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.


Something that was not good? The flackers.


The first bite I tried wasn’t too bad. I poured some out onto a plate with some sliced cheese and tried to eat them. I couldn’t. I can’t even describe the taste, but it was bad. Sorry flackers. I had to throw my plate away. But this point I was pretty hungry and needed something quick to eat, so I grabbed celery sticks with chunky peanut butter.


I think I am going to have to get some more food because I was a little hungry yesterday.


Since I was able to find the almond flour yesterday, I made almond flour pecan pumpkin pancakes this morning for breakfast.


Gluten-Free Almond Flour Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes – Makes approx. 6-8 small/medium pancakes


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp. crushed pecans
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup almond milk



  1. Mix together almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and pecans in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, and almond milk.
  3. Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  4. Pour batter on a hot skillet and cook 1-2 minutes per side.
  5. Add your favorite topping – peanut butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit – and enjoy!

This was my first time having almond flour and while I found the texture to be a bit different than regular pancakes, I still thought they were good. I topped mine with peanut butter but I think they’d be much better with maple syrup!


Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

I debated going to Butts and Guts this morning because of my hip/quad pain but I really miss that class, so I went and just took it a little easier than normal. According to my heart rate monitor, I still burned 522 calories. Not bad!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Have you ever had almond flour?
  • Pancakes, waffles, or French toast? I think I would pick French toast!




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Working Out, Eating, and Pumpkin Crafts

Today’s Workout

  • Total body strength training
  • Stretching
  • Practiced warm-up and back tracks from BodyPump

I feel like I got a really good workout in at the gym this morning. I have been practicing BodyPump so much lately that it was nice to do something different.

I did some strength exercises and incorporated some plyometric exercises. Some of the exercises I did included:

  • single leg bridges
  • sit-ups
  • walking lunges with a torso rotation
  • squat jumps
  • biceps curls
  • triceps extensions
  • jump roping
  • push-ups on the bosu ball

I finished up by practicing two BodyPump tracks and did a little bit of stretching. I was nice and sweaty by the time I was done, and that’s always makes me feel like I got a good workout in!

I wore my new workout jacket that I got JCPenney to the gym this morning.


I saw this jacket a few weeks ago and feel in love with it…but it was $60. I thought that was a little too much for a lightweight jacket for the gym, so I passed. But when I went to JCPenney a few days ago, it was on sale for $26.99 so I knew it was meant to be mine :)

It’s the Xersion Hooded Moto Jacket and I love how it zips to the side.

Grain Brain Challenge

I have been looking for some foods and recipes for the grain brain challenge. The good thing is that there are gluten-free and low-carb recipes everywhere – other blogs, Paleo websites, Pinterest. Whole Foods even has a 27 page list of all the gluten free items in the store.

I don’t think I’ll have a problem finding food to eat, I just need to find things that are fast and easy to make. I don’t mind cooking but I don’t want a recipe with 47 ingredients that requires me to spend tons of time in the kitchen.

I’ve had a few ideas so far:


  • Cucumber sandwiches – hollow out the cucumber and add cheese, veggies, and toppings
  • salmon and veggies
  • veggie omelets PicMonkey Collage
  • taco salads, minus the tortilla shell
  • gluten-free muffins
  • eggs in a pepper
  • spaghetti squash with veggies and marinara sauce

I am going to try to stick the eating as well as I can but gluten-free is all new to me, so I might not eat perfect.


I’m trying to eat up all my cereal and oatmeal in the house, so for breakfast today I had some peanut butter Puffins. I just discovered these and I already have to give them up!


One 3/4 cup serving just doesn’t cut it, so I had about a serving and a half with almond milk. I usually eat a small breakfast because I workout out in the morning and can’t eat a lot right before I workout. I always have a snack right after I workout. So, I look at it like I am splitting my breakfast up into two mini breakfasts.

Pumpkin Art Fun

I just had to share this cute pumpkin craft that I made with Jaden and my niece.


I saved two coffee creamers bottles and washed them out. Then, we colored the cap green for the stem, added orange paint and shook it around, and glued on a pumpkin face!

Easy, cute, and the kids loved making them!


Have a great afternoon!


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fitness, Fun, Halloween, Recipes, Working Out

Current 5k Playlist

Good afternoon!

Can you believe that today is the last day of September?! I can’t believe how fast the year is flying by! I think that October 1st might be one of my favorite days of the year. To me, it’s the day that kicks off the holiday season.

It’s October, which means that it’s the month of Halloween fun (my family does a lot of Halloween related activities), then Thanksgiving isn’t too far away, and finally it’s the Christmas season! I absolutely love this time of year.


Yesterday morning, we stopped for a quick last-minute breakfast at Panera. I had my heart set on a pumpkin bagel, but then I saw their new steel cut oatmeal with apple chips and toasted pecans and my dreams of a pumpkin bagel went out the window.

A little blurry but at least it tasted delicious :)


The oatmeal was definitely a good choice. But I will have that pumpkin bagel one day.

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I plan on running Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday (5k) of this week but my quad is killing me today. I am going to see how it is in the morning and then will decide if I should run or not. I don’t want to push it before the 5k but I also want to stay on my running schedule.  I guess my other option would be to run Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll see how my quad and hip feel.

After BodyPump, I had a caramel fudge thinkThin bar.


I like caramel but I don’t love it. The bar was good, but I still prefer the peanut butter flavor.


Lunch this afternoon was a bagel thin with egg whites and provolone cheese, carrots and hummus, and pineapple.


5k Playlist

I have been working on playlist for the 5k on Sunday. I am the kind of person that can run with or without music. It doesn’t really bother me to run without music but I do notice that I tend to run a bit faster when I am listening to music.

I hate wearing an armband though so I just use Danny’s old iPod shuffle and clip it to my waistband. Even then, I sometimes end up ripping it off and carrying it in my hand by the end of the race.

Here’s my playlist so far:

  • Lady Gaga – Applause
  • Scooter – Black Betty
  • Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
  • Sam & The Womp – Bom Bom
  • Nero – Crush on You
  • Scooter – J’adore Hardcore
  • Lorde – Royals

The Royals song by Lorde is currently by favorite song. I love it. Sometimes I listen to it on repeat over and over…which means I’ll probably be sick of it soon, but as of now I love it.

A few of the songs are from the new BodyPump release, but they make good running songs. :)

Have a great afternoon!

  • Caramel, chocolate, or peanut butter?
  • Favorite holiday?
  • What is currently your favorite song?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Running, Working Out

Cardio Barre Class

Things I learned from Cardio Barre class:

  1. I am not a ballerina.
  2. I will never be a ballerina.
  3. I secretly wish I could be a ballerina.

Last night, I took a cardio barre class at my gym. We did a lot of ballet moves at the barre, followed by some ab work, and a cool down. While I liked the class, I am definitely not a graceful person and don’t know any ballet positions.

And when we had to put our leg up on the bar, I had to heave mine up there. Maybe I need to work on my flexibility.

Also, it was a lot of work on my calves. I diagnosed with compartment syndrome a while ago, so my calves are already tight and I knew they’d be sore today.

I love trying new classes, but I really just love my old schedule of BodyPump, Butts and Guts class, and running.


Breakfast this morning was more pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes.


Today, I ate them without syrup and added one egg white to the mix which I think made them a lot fluffier.

Today’s Workout

  • 2.75 miles, treadmill
  • Stretching and foam rolling – approx. 25 minutes

Going to the gym:


Today’s workout on the treadmill consisted of running fast for one minute followed by two minutes recovery. I repeated this about 6 times for a total for 2.75 miles. I finished up with some stretching because my hip is starting to bother me.

I spent almost equal amounts of time in the fat burning zone and in the fitness zone during today’s workout.


I’m trying to work on spending more time in the fitness zone to torch those calories!

Post workout snack was a thinkThin bar.


These are a little higher in calories (with lots of protein!) but my breakfast is usually smaller and not too high in calories, so I look at it like I am breaking my breakfast up into two separate mini meals.

I’m going to try and spend some of the afternoon going over the BodyPump tracks, but my body is tired!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Ever take a barre class? Ever take ballet as a child?
  • Any good treadmill workouts to share?
  • Do you tend to eat fewer bigger meals or more smaller meals?




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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast

It might not technically be fall yet, but I am still pretending like it is, so I made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast. I think I shared this recipe last year, but I figured I’d share it again. :)

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes    Serves: 1

Makes two small pancakes or one big pancake.


  • 1/3 cup pancake mix (I used Whole Foods Whole Wheat Pancake Mix)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 tbsp. chocolate chips (approx. 16 chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup water (depending on desired thickness – add more water for thinner pancakes)
  • Optional: syrup

I used to use sugar-free syrup for these pancakes, but I am trying to stay away from fake sugar so today I used pure maple syrup. I only used 1 tsp. which is about 17 calories. I am not a huge syrup fan so a tiny bit satisfies me.


  1. Add pancake mix, pumpkin, chocolate chips, and water to a small bowl. Whisk just until combined.
  2. Cook on a hot griddle (or pan) 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Top with syrup or your choice of topping and enjoy!

The pancake mix usually calls for oil and an optional egg but I use the pumpkin in place of those ingredients.

I think I might trying adding peanut butter to these pancakes or topping them with almond butter instead of syrup. Yum!

Today’s Workout

  • Walking - 10 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I started out at the gym this morning with a quick ten minute walk on the treadmill. Then, I took a BodyPump class and it was hard today! I am trying to get back to my normal weights and it was a great workout today!

I have been wearing my heart rate monitor for the past few days and I burned 445 calories in BodyPump today.

Post workout, I had a chocolate milk and of course, I am already over my sugar limit for the day - 22 grams of sugar in organic chocolate milk, plus the one tiny teaspoon of maple syrup this morning already has my sugar grams adding up!

Yesterday’s Lunch

I have to share yesterday’s lunch because it was so good – an egg and potato bowl.

I used to make this for lunch quite often but I haven’t lately so it was a nice change. I cooked one potato on the stove with garlic, red pepper, onion, and a little bit of salt and pepper. Then I scrambled three egg whites and topped them with some cheddar cheese.

I put all of it in a bowl for the perfect lunch!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you like syrup? What do you top your pancakes with?
  • Pancakes or French toast?
  • Favorite pumpkin food?


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Back To BodyPump and a Lobster Fail

Yesterday for lunch I decided to be fancy and eat a lobster roll sandwich.

Unfortunately, it was a fancy fail. A lobster tail fail. <—- Sorry, I had to.

I saw a picture of a lobster roll sandwich in a magazine the other day and couldn’t get it out of my head. I had to eat one. I’ve only had a lobster roll once at Bonefish Grill, and I’ve only cooked lobster once by myself a few years ago, but I figured that it couldn’t be that hard.

I bought a frozen lobster tail at the grocery store and steamed it at home with my vegetable steamer. It was all I had to steam it.

I had already mixed my ingredients in a bowl and they were just waiting for the lobster. I used plain Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard in the place of mayo because I am not a mayo fan.

When I cut the lobster open and attempted to get the meat out, I got about three chunks of lobster. Fail. I had already mixed my other ingredients so when I mixed in my tiny amount of lobster there was way too much Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard. Darn lobster tail. I guess I need more lobster tails next time?

I guess it wasn’t a complete fail because it didn’t taste bad, it was just wasn’t enough lobster. Maybe I’ll try again one day. I ate the lobster mixture on half of a wheat roll and smeared peanut butter on the other half :)


Breakfast this morning was oatmeal topped with slivered almonds, strawberries, and almond butter.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I went to BodyPump today. With the BodyPump certification coming up, I really feel like I need to go to class to help me learn the cues and stuff. My gym isn’t doing the new BodyPump release yet like I am learning, but it’s still helpful to go to class.

I tried to take it easy on the squats and lunges and didn’t really do them. If I did squat, it was about an inch down. I don’t want to injure myself anymore but I also want to be prepared for the certification weekend coming up. My right glute is what’s currently bothering me the most, so I am making sure to ice and stretch.

It was nice to get back to BodyPump, but it was so hard. My body just wasn’t used to it after taking so much time off. I guess I just have to work back up to the weights I was used to lifting.

Post workout, I had a chocolate milk.

The perfect post workout fuel because it has carbs and protein.

School starts in four days, not that I have been counting or anything, so we’ve been busy getting ready. I can’t believe how fast the summer went and that means fall, my favorite season, is approaching!

Have a great day!

  • Have you ever cooked lobster? Ever had a lobster roll?
  • Favorite seafood?
  • If you have kids, did they start school yet?


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Ab Workout

August 1st?! Can you believe that it’s August 1st already? Rabbit, rabbit :)  The summer has just been flying by, and now it’s almost over.

August will be a busy month – we’re going to the Dells later this month, the kids and I have a few doctor appointments lined up, the kids go back to school…I was supposed to run two races, but now I’m not :( Oh well, I’ll just find other stuff to keep me busy.

Here’s a few of my favorite posts from July:


Breakfast this morning was a fun twist on my usual hot oatmeal or overnight oats. I cooked oats with water and almond milk. To the top of the oats I added plain Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey for sweetness, strawberries, and almonds.


It was delicious! This will definitely be on my breakfast rotation. The hot oatmeal and the cold creamy yogurt was the perfect combo!


I went to the gym this morning to do an ab workout.

Here’s the workout I did:

PicMonkey Collage

After completing the first set of bicycle crunches, I realized they probably weren’t the greatest for my hip, so I omitted them the second time through.

I finished up with the quad stretch from my physical therapist.


Lunch was pretty simple today – egg whites, carrots sticks, and an English muffin with almond butter.


The Jif almond butter is just okay. It’s no secret that I prefer peanut butter to almond butter but I’ve had almond butters that I like better than the Jif. It’s funny that I love peanut butter so much because peanuts are my least favorite nut. Almonds and cashews are my favorite nuts but I’m not a huge fan of almond butter.

After lunch, we went to pick up my niece. Isn’t it so adorable that she won’t leave the house without her purse?!


Happy anniversary to my brother and sister in law today!


Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s one thing that you can’t leave the house without?
  • Favorite nut?
  • Almond butter or peanut butter?



Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Uncategorized, Working Out


Good afternoon!

I’m back – yesterday was one of those days when everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

First off, my hip pain has come back in full force. The pain makes it difficult to sleep, sit, and drive. I talked to the sports doctor and she’s worried that it might be a stress fracture, so she wanted me to get an MRI. More on my thoughts on that later, right now I am just waiting on the results.

Luckily, they were able to get me an appointment yesterday afternoon, but not so lucky was that it was an hour away and I needed someone to watch the kids. My stepmom saved the day. She came over to watch the kids while I went to get an MRI.

It was my first MRI and everything seemed to go fine. It took about a half hour, but the driving took me over two hours. Not fun. They said it should take a couple of days before I hear anything, so I am hoping to hear something by Monday.

I didn’t work out yesterday or today. Right now, I think it’s best just to give my body a break. I think upper body workouts are okay and maybe I’ll do one tomorrow, but right now I’m taking it easy.


For breakfast this morning, I made a smoothie. My smoothies are usually really simple - some fruit, a Greek yogurt for protein, and a little OJ or almond milk.

Today, my smoothie had orange cream Greek yogurt, OJ, raspberries, strawberries, and peaches.

Since I didn’t go to the gym this morning, I was a nice mom and took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese. Most people don’t realize that Chuck E. Cheese opens at 9am, and if you go early, you can avoid the crowds.

I hate crowds and I really hate crowds at Chuck E. Cheese. Jaden won the 50 ticket jackpot on one of the games and apparently he was so happy that he just threw himself onto the floor in sheer joy. (Don’t worry, he will be getting a bath later.)

My niece rode the horse 27 times in a row.

Jaden used his tickets to get a giant balloon. Seriously?! I was lucky enough to get it to fit into the trunk of the car.

After Chuck E. Cheese, we stopped at Mariano’s grocery store and I made a salad for lunch.

My salad included romaine lettuce, red onions, cucumbers, green pepper, carrots, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, a few noodles, and crab.

I also got a few chocolate and peanut butter covered pretzels which I ate on the way home :)

Those peanut butter covered pretzels are delicious.

Later this afternoon, I’m going to my mom’s house to visit for awhile!

Have a great afternoon?


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  • Any plans this weekend?
  • Favorite salad topping? Dressing?
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