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Asthma Sucks

Yesterday

Last night at dinner I played an April Fool’s Day trick on the kids. I gave them their drinks but it was actually jello in a cup with a straw so they couldn’t drink it!

Hey, it’s funny to a six-year old…and I thought it was pretty clever. :)

The kids loved it.

Dinner

For dinner, I made a similar salad to the one I had last week when I met Danny for lunch. My salad had spring mix, pears, walnuts, cranberries, cucumbers, and feta.

I topped it with Ken’s Sweet Vidalia Onion dressing. Marlene had this dressing when we celebrated my grandpa’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, and it was really good so I bought a bottle.

I also bought a package of cranberries and glazed walnuts which is what gave me the idea for the salad.

The glazed walnuts were the best part.

Breakfast

Today’s breakfast was something different from my usual Kashi Go Lean cereal. I usually stick to cereal in the mornings because it’s quick and easy during the busy morning, but sometimes it’s nice to have something different.

This morning I had a Van’s blueberry waffle topped with PB2 and blueberries. I also had two egg whites, coffee, and a glass of detox water.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #31 – 3 minutes and 28 seconds!
  • 1 mile treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes
  • Elliptical – 12 minutes
  • Stretching - 5 minutes

This morning, I had to make an asthma and allergy appointment for Jaden because his allergies have been acting up and he has been wheezy. Luckily, they were about to get him in at 11:15 am, so I told his school that I’d pick him up at 10:45 am.

I still had time to kill after Butts and Guts class (Jaden’s school is two minutes from the gym, so there’s no point in going home first) so I just did the elliptical for a short time, followed by some much-needed calf stretching.

Jaden’s doctor appointment took forever. Our appointment was at 11:15 am and by the time we even saw the doctor it was 12 pm. Then I was in a big rush to get Jaden back to school in time for lunch and pick up my niece.

Jaden left the doctor’s office with four prescriptions including a steroid, a breathing treatment, and an inhaler. I feel so bad that my poor little guys has to go through all this. He’s already on daily asthma and allergy medicine and gets allergy shots once every three weeks. Poor guy.

I’m finally home now and can eat lunch!

Have a great afternoon!

FYI

My blog will be down for few days sometime within the next week. I am in the process of switching over to a self-hosted site. Apparently, my love for taking pictures is making the process a little bit longer than originally planned :) But don’t worry, you can’t get rid of me that easily – once everything is switched over, things will be back to normal.

You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram (@RunEatPlay). I’m sure I’ll be posting a lot there!

  • What’s your quick go-to breakfast?
  • Do you (or your kids) have asthma or allergies?
  • Favorite salad topping?

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Biggest Loser Finale

Biggest Loser

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

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

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

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

Today’s Workout

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

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

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

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

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

Lunch

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

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

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

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

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

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Healthy Eats

The FitFluential DietBet officially started today! There’s still time to signup if you want to join – the pot is up to $9925!! Danny and I are weighed in and ready to go!

My weight is up a bit recently, but I also ate way too much this weekend. (What? You’re not surprised because I overeat every weekend? Story of my life.) My weight always seems to fluctuate a few pounds so I’m not too worried about it.

I am going to try really hard to keep my weekend eating under control for this DietBet. I will continue with Weight Loss Wednesdays starting next week. When this DietBet is over it will mark one year since I started my weight loss jounrey :)

Yesterday

We made sure to eat a good dinner last night. I made garlic brown sugar chicken for Danny and the kids.

I followed this chicken recipe that I found via Pinterest. I also made green beans and brown rice. I tend to make a broccoli and carrots so the green beans were a nice change.

Jaden wouldn’t touch them though. He wanted soup instead of green beans. Whatever. I’m lucky I got him to eat the chicken.

I had salmon, green beans with onions, and a clementine.

I also threw some blueberries on my plate at the last-minute. I’m pretty sure that I eat clementines and blueberries every single day. And when summer comes, it’ll be watermelon and strawberries. Yum! I love summer fruit.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #12: 2 minutes and 52 seconds. I was dying today. Dying.
  • 1.05 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts class – 60 minutes

I plan on starting my training plan for the Biggest Loser 15k soon, I just have to figure out how to work it into my schedule. I am so used to taking my exercises classes on certain days so it’ll be an adjustment to stick to a training plan.

I received this email on what to eat post workout:

I seem to be doing good with post work out eating because I eat almost all of these foods – usually for lunch. My favorite post workout snack is a protein bar or Greek yogurt.

Lunch

Lunch this afternoon was a bagel thin with three egg whites and provolone cheese.

I also had veggies with hummus, a clementine, and blueberries. Yes, again. I told you, everyday.

Tonight, I want to bring Danny over to TJ Maxx because I saw some pieces of furniture that I really like over there. I am just worried that if I buy one dresser or nightstand at TJ Maxx that I won’t be able to find other pieces to match it somewhere else.

I also want to put up a big mirror in the corner of our room like this one via Pinterest:

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Our room is small so I’m not sure how it would work.

Too many decisions!!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Is there anything you eat almost every day?
  • Have you ever stuck to a training plan? Did you have to rearrange your schedule?
  • What was for lunch today?
  • What color is your bedroom furniture?

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Easy Crock Pot Dinner

Well, it’s been snowing here in Chicagoland since about 5am. We’re expected to get 8 to 12 inches of snow. Great. I thought Spring was supposed to be coming?

Our school district was one of the few that didn’t cancel school today, so the kids were kind of bummed to not have a snow day. Jaden still had fun playing in the snow while waiting for the bus and brushing off my car.

I guess we’re used to snow here in Illinois.

After I made sure Jaden got on the bus safely, I headed to the gym. I started off with my plank-a-day #5 challenge. I held it for 2 minutes and 37 seconds today.

It was tough. I’m trying to hold it longer each day, even if it’s only by a second, and now I’m kind of wishing that I would have done a shorter plank the first day!

Danny is progressively getting better at his plank too. His time yesterday was 1 minute and 45 seconds.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank 2:37
  • Elliptical – 15 minutes
  • Butts and Guts class – 60 minutes
  • 2.04 miles treadmill, walked and jogged

There was two of us in Butts and Guts class today. That is all.

Post workout, I had a vanilla Greek yogurt with some delicious PB2 mixed in. I wonder of I could freeze it and eat it like frozen yogurt?

I also stopped at the store to pick up a few things for dinner since I’m sure we’ll be snowed in tonight. I decided to take out the crock pot and make something super simple – shredded chicken and gravy over biscuits.

You only need three ingredients – chicken, gravy, and biscuits.

I bought the skinless, boneless tenderloins because they were on sale. I cook them in the crock pot with a bit of water for 5-6 hours on low. Then, I shred the chicken, add the gravy, and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

Serve the chicken and gravy over biscuits and you’re done! Easy, simple, and good! (Don’t worry, I’ll add some kind of vegetable in there too :) )

  • What’s your easy, go-to dinner?
  • Have you ever frozen Greek yogurt? Good?
  • What’s your weather like? Any snow?

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Weight Loss

I did really good cutting back on my sugar yesterday, But, like I’ve mentioned before, I usually eat really good during the week anyway. It’s the weekend that always gets me!

Here is what my meals looked like yesterday:

Breakfast/pre-workout: coffee, Kashi cereal with almond milk, blueberries

Post workout snack: Mint Builder bar

Lunch: Smoothie

Afternoon snack: Cherry Fage Greek yogurt, mini package of pistachios (five pistachios)

Dinner: Salmon, roasted broccoli and carrots made with olive oil and garlic, clementine

Late snack/dessert: Atkin’s bar

Weight Loss

I have found that being held accountable for my food and weight is what really motivates me. I signed up for my first weight loss challenge in March of 2012. I came in first place and lost 20 pounds. Soon after, I signed up for the Biggest Loser at my gym, and I lost another 11 pounds. After that I signed up for the Diet Bet and another Diet Bet after the holidays.

I only succeeded in losing weight when I was part of these programs. My favorite was the Biggest Loser because we worked out three days a week, met with a nutritionist, kept food journals, and trained for a 5k. But this has shown me that although I can lose weight on my own, I do it better when I am part of a group or I am being held accountable to someone other than myself.

That being said, I have decided to sign up for another DietBet . I am no longer overweight. I am at a healthy weight for my height (5’8″) and I am right at the middle range. But I know that I gain weight very easy and often without realizing it.

This DietBet will help me get back on track and be held accountable. This time, it’s more about focusing on healthy weekend eating and being held accountable than it is about losing weight. This time, I won’t push myself to lose the weight, and if I don’t lose my 4% (approx. 5 pounds) I will be okay with that. This time it’s about maintaining what I have lost but in a way that I know helps me (being part of a program or “group”).

I don’t want to come across like I feel like I need to lose a lot of weight and I am unhappy with myself. Because actually, I am very proud of myself for losing over 30 pounds and all the hard work that went into it. I am happy that I can fit into clothes without being uncomfortable. But I am not at a place where I can continue on my own and be okay. (I love chocolate and ice cream and candy too much…) Instead, this Diet Bet will help me stay on track.

Would you guys still be interested in DietBet/weight loss updates or no?

Updated weight loss pics:

I have muscles now! And crazy hair as normal:

Today’s Workout

  • 1.07 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts class – 60 minutes
  • Stairmaster – 15 minutes

Yes, my gym finally got a Stairmaster!

I jumped on it after Butts and Guts class for 15 minutes. I haven’t been on the Stairmaster for a long time, so I took it kind of slow. I did an interval program with one minute slow climbing and one minute fast climbing. I also did a few minutes of sideways stepping.

A sports doctor told me once that all the repetitive forward motion isn’t good for your hips and legs (running on a treadmill, the elliptical, etc). And sometimes you need to run and step sideways. I had hip bursitis at the time from all of the repetitive forward motion I was doing on cardio machines.

I wore my new pink tank top today.

I had Jaden take my picture instead of the awkward self-pic, but he had a little too much and took about 47 pictures. :)

After my hour and a half workout, I realized that I wasn’t wearing my BodyMedia armband. :( I plugged it into the computer this morning and forgot to put it back on. I was pretty bummed because I like to see my steps and calories after my workouts… and now I will never know.

Lunch

Lunch this afternoon was a stuffed pepper.

I stuff mine with brown rice, spinach, and feta cheese. So good! I also had a Chobani Champions Tube yogurt for a little bit more protein.

These are geared toward kids, but I actually bought them for myself. One tube only has 70 calories and 5 grams of protein.

I hope you all have a great afternoon!

  • Do you eat any food that are supposed to be for kids?
  • Did you workout today?
  • What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done or worked towards?

 

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Happy Birthday, Jaden!

Happy 6th Birthday to my baby Jaden!

Proud new daddy and baby Jaden:

Proud new brother Jacob:

I swear that Jaden doesn’t look anything like he did when he was a baby. He looks so completely different now than when he was born that I often wonder if I came home with the right kid…

I’m joking, I’m joking. He’s definitely my baby, but he sure looks different now.

Luckily, he got cuter as he got older…

…and balder.

That’s okay, we just covered up his big bald head with a hat :)

Happy Birthday, Jaden!! I love you!

Today’s Workout

  • 1.11 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Today in Butts and Guts class, the instructor set up about 10 different stations. We spent three minutes at each station, rotating until we did every station. It was a fun workout, and I really enjoyed it.

Some of the stations included:

  • one-legged squats
  • jump rope
  • squats on a bench with four risers
  • kettle ball arm raises
  • hurdles
  • bosu ball exercises

Post-workout, I had something a little different for snack today.

I had a cookie dough Luna protein bar. I’ve been hearing good things about this bar lately, so I figured I’d pick one up and try it out. While it was good, it wasn’t my favorite. I’m glad that I tried it and would recommend it, but I prefer my normal snack size Builder bar.

The Luna bar had 170 calories and 12 grams of protein. Whenever I buy protein bars, I try to look for three things – not too high in calories, high in protein, and tastes good. I like to stick to around 150 calories and at least 8 or more grams of protein.

After the gym, I went to pick up my niece. As soon as I got there, the school called saying that Jaden was sick and throwing up. On his birthday. My poor baby.

My brother’s house is at least a half hour away from Jaden’s school, so I got my niece ready really quick, and we went to Jaden’s school to pick him up. So, Jaden will spend his birthday laying on the couch and watching cartoons for the rest of the afternoon.

We’re going to have his birthday dinner and cake tomorrow if he feels better.

Lunch

Lunch this afternoon was a strawberry, blueberry, and peanut butter smoothie. Trust me – it was absolutely delicious. It’s like eating dessert for lunch.

I topped my smoothie with some of the new Cheerio Medley Crunch cereal.

Have you tried this cereal? I love it! I never thought I’d be a fan of mixing cereals, but I was wrong. This cereal has honey nut Cheerios, flakes, and granola clusters. It is so good that sometimes I can’t even start eating it, or I won’t want to stop.

I hope you all have a great afternoon!

  • Do you mix cereals together? Which ones?
  • When is the last time you were sick?
  • What was for lunch today?
  • Do you have kids – how old are they?

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Chili Recipe

A few people asked me to share my chili recipe, so I decided to post it today.

The first time I ever made chili was last year when I decided to make it for Danny. I actually found the recipe by googling “best chili recipe.” I used the same recipe this weekend, making a couple of slight changes.

Best Chili

Ingredients:

2 1/2 lb. lean chuck, ground
1 lb. lean pork, ground
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped onion
8 oz. hunt’s tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 can beer (12 oz.)
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons instant beef bouillon (or 6 cubes)
2 Tablespoons cumin, ground
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons oregano leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon coriander, ground
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
1 teaspoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon warm water

Directions:

1. In a large saucepan brown 1 1/4 pounds of the ground meat (the beef and the pork), drain the fat.

2. Remove meat (the beef and the pork). Brown the rest of the ground meat, drain all but 2 tablespoons of the fat.

3. Add the garlic and onion, cook and stir until tender.

4. Add the other half of the meat and the tomato sauce, water, beer, chili powder, bouillon, cumin, paprika, oregano, sugar, coriander, cocoa, and hot sauce. Mix well.

5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, covered , for 2 hours.

6. In a small bowl, stir together the cornmeal and flour, then add the warm water and mix well.

7. Stir into chili and cook, covered, for an additional 20 minutes.

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Usually recipes with a lot of ingredients intimidate me, but a lot of these are spices which really make the chili what it is!

The few changes I made: I added two cans of Brook’s mild chili beans (my family likes chili with beans!), I used 6 cloves of garlic (mostly because I love garlic), and I used a full teaspoon of hot sauce (the chili wasn’t spicy because a teaspoon is pretty small).

So, that’s the recipe that I used. Do you have a good chili recipe to share?

Today’s Workout

  • 1.2 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

My quad is finally starting to feel a lot better. It’s still slightly sore, but better than it was before. I still walked on the treadmill today, but I was able to walk at my normal pace instead of walking super slow. Hopefully, I’ll get back to running later this week!

After walking for a bit, I went to Butts and Guts class.

Lunch

Lunch today was an overstuffed veggie and feta egg white omelet with toast and pb, fruit, and the new coffee chocolate Chobani bites yogurt.

I threw the toast on my plate at the last-minute. For some reason, eating eggs always makes me want toast.

I finally bought the coffee flavored yogurt to try. While I really like the raspberry and coffee yogurts, I’m not a huge fan of the chocolate chunks in them. I don’t like when my yogurt is crunchy. I’ll finish all the yogurts, I just probably won’t purchase those flavors again.

However, I would buy the caramel pineapple flavor a million times. That one is the best.

I also picked up two of the new Fage greek yogurt flavors to try.

Orange cinnamon and passion fruit clementine. Interesting. There was also some apple raisin flavor, but I didn’t buy that one because I don’t like raisins. Eww.

100 Days

Jaden wanted me to share that yesterday was his 100 day of school!

He made a fruit loop necklace to celebrate and Baby McFruitLoop kept trying to eat it. I’m pretty sure that I also made a fruit loop necklace in kindergarten.

Have a great afternoon!

Questions of the day:

  • Raisins: Yes or No?    Raisins in yogurt: Yes or No?
  • Do you remember celebrating the 100th day of school when you were younger?
  • Favorite yogurt – brand/flavor?
  • What two foods do you usually eat together? I always eat eggs with toast and raw veggies with hummus.

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I Workout and Eat…Story of my Life

Last Night’s Workout

  • Cardio Fit and Tone Class – 60 minutes
  • Elliptical – 10 minutes

I went to the cardio fit and tone class at 6:20 pm last night, so I had a bowl of Kashi cereal about 4 pm, then I had a clementine and 5 pistachios at 6 pm, and I had a smoothie with a little bit of Special K when I got home about 8 pm.

I usually try not to eat dinner so late, but my eating always gets messed up when I go to the gym around 6pm.

In my smoothie:

  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup peaches
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • crushed ice

Today’s Breakfast

This morning, I had peanut butter toast, blueberries, and hazelnut coffee.

Coffee cup courtesy of my mom.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.15 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Stretching – 15 minutes

My right quad (it’s always my right side!) has been really sore lately, so this morning I pulled out the neglected massage stick and used it on my leg.

I think part of the problem is that I haven’t been stretching lately. I don’t stretch as often as I should, and I know that’s a problem. Today after Butts and Guts class, I stretched for 15 minutes, and I was so glad that I did afterwards. I really need to start stretching more.

After my workout, I had a Greek yogurt and a mini package of pistachios.

Each package has about six pistachios and is only 20 calories. A package or two is good for when I am craving something salty/crunchy. I usually crave sweets more than I do salty foods though.

I picked up my niece and the stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few veggies. When I got home I made a veggie and feta omelet for lunch. I also had veggies and hummus, strawberries, and a caramel pineapple Greek yogurt.

Biggest Loser

Are you watching the Biggest Loser? I was glad to see that yesterday’s episode discussed nutrition a little bit more. I like watching the Biggest Loser, but sometimes I get bored with just watching them workout all the time. I would love to know how many calories they eat, what they eat, when they eat, etc.

I think that diet is just as important as exercise if you’re trying to be healthy or lose weight, and I wished they showed more of that on the show.

I was also surprised to see that the kids on the show are also wearing the BodyMedia armbands. I thought only the adults were wearing them since they said the kids wouldn’t be weighed. Maybe they’re just wearing them to see how many calories they’re burning a daily basis.

Have a great afternoon!

Questions of the day:

  • Biggest Loser thoughts?
  • Do you stretch? How often?
  • Sweet, salty, or crunchy?
  • Workouts: morning or evening? Or afternoon?

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Home Alone

Last night I did triceps dips on the counter while dinner was cooking.

Please ignore the no makeup and bags under my eyes.

It wasn’t the best idea because my shoulder still hurts…but it was fun.

I usually don’t put makeup on if I’m just going to be staying home for the afternoon and evening. It’s just too much work, and usually after I get home from the gym, I’m lazy.

I didn’t end up making my spaghetti squash last night because like I said, I was being a lazy bum. I made peanut butter french toast instead. But I promised myself that I will make the spaghetti squash tonight!

Today

I am pretty boring today. Not much going on. I went to the gym as usual this morning.

Workout

  • 1.73 miles treadmill
  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes

I know my butt is going to be feeling it tomorrow after that Butts and Guts class.

Directly from the gym, I went to pick up my niece from my brother’s house. He is doing a lot better since his surgery, but is still in some pain. I feel bad for him because he’s stuck in the house hardly able to move. He can’t drive yet, so he can’t go anywhere.

I know what it’s like to be stuck in the house and not really able to move around much. When I was pregnant with Jaden I had to be on bed rest for 6 months, so I feel his pain. The first day and half you’re like, this is awesome! I can relax all day! Then after a day and a half, you’re like this sucks! Get me outta this house!

So, he’s been watching Dexter on DVD. But do you know the worst part? After the DVD is over, he can’t bend down to put the next DVD in! Well, that sucks. Maybe I’ll make a DVD changing invention for you, Paul! Hang in there, it’ll all be over soon! Then, you’ll be back to your normal self.

Lunch

I made a veggie and cheese quesadilla with sour cream and pineapple salsa. I also had a few carrots and a pear Greek yogurt.

I topped the pear yogurt with Cinnamon Burst Cheerios because that’s the best way to eat it.

Yum!

  • Favorite exercise to do?
  • Do you wear makeup every day?
  • What’s one makeup item that you can’t live without?
  • What did you have for lunch today?

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Life Unexpected

Good afternoon! Today has been another one of those crazy, busy, running around days.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Stationary bike – 12 minutes

I started my morning out at the gym. I brought my niece with me and luckily, she did good in the kid’s room without her older cousins there. I brought her a couple of times last week with Jacob and Jaden, and she did fine since they were in the with her. But they had school today, so she was by herself. She did cry a little bit when ever someone opened the door, but for the most part she did good.

Jacob and McGymnast practicing last night:

I went to Butts and Guts class this morning. With my brother hurting his back and the holidays, it’s been three weeks since I last went to Butts and Guts, so it was nice to get that cardio in this morning.

My gym got these cool new stationary bikes that I tried out really quick after Butts and Guts.

They’re neat because the screen shows you riding on an actual track, and the handle bars move so that you can move the bike on the television screen. I have never seen an exercise bike like this before so I was pretty intrigued.

Being on a race track motivated me to go faster because I kept trying to pass the other fake bikers on the track. I wasn’t able to stay on it too long because I had to go get my niece from the kid’s room.

Right after the gym, we had a doctor’s appointment to go to. After the doctor, we went to see my brother in the hospital, but first we had to stop for a quick lunch.

We stopped at Whole Foods because it’s 4 seconds away from the doctor’s office, so really there’s no excuse not to go. I had a salad with veggies, feta, and fruit.

I also has a baked apple cranberry dish from the hot bar. It was so good. I have never seen it at Whole Foods before, and it was delicous!

I have been doing really well with tracking my calories lately, but it always throws me off when I go to a place like Whole Foods because I have no idea how to calculate the calories. I had a salad with dressing on the side, a few pieces of fruit, (I didn’t eat the noodles), two bites of mashed potatoes, and three bites of cheese lasagna.

Honestly, how do you even calculate that? I guess you really can’t so I just estimate.

After the doctor and lunch, I took my niece to the hospital to see her dad (my brother). Paul finally had back surgery yesterday and is still in tons of pain today. He’s trying his best at physical therapy but the pain is intense, so they want him to stay at the hospital another day or two.

The physical therapist was there when I was there, and she explained that he can expect to have back pain later in life. His back will never be fully 100%. Yes, he’ll be able to regain normal and physical activity eventually, but his back will never be the same. My brother is 27.

I can’t even imagine what that must be like to go through. And of course, there was nothing that he could do about it. It’s just life. Hopefully, he’ll start feeling better soon, go to physical therapy, and be back to normal in the near future. As of now, he really can’t do anything at all.

Since he has to stay another night at the hospital, Baby McCutie came back home with me. We made it back home just in time for Jacob to get off the bus.

I’ve been a bit tired and stressed lately, but as long as I can get to the gym, I’m fine. Going to the gym is my alone time as well as a huge stress reliever. I am working hard with Danny to win the Fantasy Fitness challenge because it’s important to me and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something.

Right now life is a little bit crazy and up in the air with my brother being in the hospital. I am a person who thrives on schedules and routine, so not knowing what is going on day-to-day is hard for me, but I’m hoping that life will return to normal soon. As I bet my brother and sister-in-law are hoping too.

I threw dinner in the crock pot this morning, so that will make dinner time easier. Sometimes it’s hard to make dinner with three kids tearing the house up and being energetic. I’m making beef stew – beef stew meat, beef broth, a little flour and water, carrots, onions, potatoes, and seasoning. I really should use the crock pot more often.

In case you were wondering, I’ll be having a veggie omelet :)

Have a wonderful day!

Questions of the day:

  • Have you ever used an exercise bike like that before?
  • Favorite piece of exercise equipment?
  • Have you ever had a time in your life when things were out of your control?

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