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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

Don’t Look Down

Yesterday, we went all the way up the Sears Tower.

And it turns out that I’m not alone in my love for the Sears Towers name:

  • The Chicago Tribune joked that the building’s new name reminded them of the oft-repeated “What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” catchphrase from Diff’rent Strokes and considered that name change ill-advised…
  • In 2009, a CNN article discussed how some Chicago area residents expressed reluctance to accept the Willis Tower name
  • A 2010 issue of Chicago magazine ranked the building among Chicago’s 40 most important, the author pointedly refused to acknowledge the name change and referred to the building as the “Sears Tower.”


The author of this blog will also continue to refer to it as the Sears Tower. Long live the Sears Tower!!!!!!!!!!! (Obviously, I have a problem with change.)

Luckily, it wasn’t too busy, and we were able to get to the top without much waiting. Danny and the boys went out onto the Sky Ledge. I looked out the windows, but refused to set foot on the clear ledge.


On the way out of the Sears Tower, you have to walk through two gift shops (of course!) and Jaden and I found yet another pair of the world’s coolest sunglasses.

I’m pretty sure that I should just break down and buy a pair of that awesomeness. I can wear them with my pink fanny pack.

We stopped for lunch at the Corner Bakery inside the Sears Tower lobby. I had the salad trio plate.

Afterwards, we walked around the city for a while. We found a farmer’s market that we browsed, walked down Michigan Avenue, and hung out at Millenium Park.

And of course, I had to grab some free Sabra hummus. What’s better that Sabra hummus? Free Sabra hummus.

We got home about 5:30 pm, and Danny decided that he wanted to go Red Robin for his birthday dinner.

I stuck with the hummus theme and ordered the hummus plate which came with carrots, cucumbers, grilled zucchini, pita bread, and jicama. This was my first time having jicama, which is a root vegetable. The texture kind of reminded me of an apple, but the flavor was pretty bland.

After dinner, my family came over for cupcakes and ice cream to celebrate Danny’s birthday. And the celebrations don’t end there. Tonight, I’m taking Danny out for a date night birthday dinner at the White Chocolate Grill. I have heard great things about this restaurant and can’t wait to try it.

Then, tomorrow night we’re going out to Weber Grill with a bunch of family to celebrate Paul and Danny’s birthdays. After a week straight of eating dinner out at restaurants, I would be perfectly happy if I never saw a restaurant again! Okay, not really, but that’s a lot of eating out. But life will return back to normal when Danny goes back to work on Monday.

Later this morning, I’m going to BodyPump. It’ll be nice to go back to the gym and get into the swing of things again.

Have a great Friday!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you like hummus?
  • Do you like change or when things just stay how they are?
  • Do you get sick of eating out at restaurants?
  • Do you miss working out if you don’t do it for a couple of days?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Lunch

New Nikes…Again

This morning, the kids and I headed over to the Nike Factory store so that I could once again look for new running shoes.

Going to get new shoes:

We arrive:

Last time, I bought a size 11.5, and they were too big. This time I planned on trying on a size 11. Well, they ended up having three size 11 running shoes in the whole store. And one pair I vetoed right away because I didn’t like the way they fit. So, that left me with two pairs.

I only went to the Nike Factory Store to get shoes because I had a $50 gift card. For my next running shoes, I plan on trying another brand. I actually do like the pair that I got – they fit good and feel good in the toe area. And since it’s a Nike Factory Store, they carry the older models. This doesn’t really matter to me – as long as the shoe fits and feels comfortable , I’m happy.

I got the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 5. This name really means nothing to me, but I like them.

They ended up being about $81, after tax. With my gift card, I paid about $31 out of my pocket. Not too bad for running shoes. Although, I’m thinking about trying Asics or Mizuno next time because I have heard a lot of good things about them.

I used to have Asics and I loved them, they just were too small and killing my feet.

My new Nikes:

Danny works right by the Nike store, so we met up for lunch.

It must be casual orange day at work today.

We went to Corner Bakery, which is pretty similar to Panera.

Working hard on the kid’s menu activity page:

I had the California Grille Panini on harvest bread, which has grilled zucchini, artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, pesto, fresh spinach, and provolone.

I get the same sandwich every time I go there because it’s so delicious.

Like Panera, Corner Bakery has all the calorie counts listed on the menu. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with the calorie count being posted. Usually I like it because I know exactly how many calories an item has, and which items to avoid because they have too many calories. The Pasta Cavatappi, for example, has 1140 calories. Yeah, I will be avoiding that one.

But other times, I just want to eat what I want to eat and not have the calories shoved into my face. I do think the posted calorie count is an overall good thing, though. I think many people underestimate how many calories are in certain foods.

If you’re wondering, my Panini was 600 calories.

And I ate all of it.

Do you like when calorie counts are posted or would you rather not know?


Filed under Lunch