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Food, Workouts, and Parties

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

On Friday night, we went out to dinner with my family.

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I had a delicious gorgonzola pear salad with pecan crusted chicken. It was amazing!

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On Saturday morning, Danny went out to run 14 miles. It’s his longest run so far for his marathon training. His average pace per mile was 8:17. He is fast – I don’t think I’ve ever run even one mile at an 8:14 pace, let alone 14 miles!

While Danny was running, I went to CrossFit.

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The workout was awesome and included lots of ring rows, push-ups, and goblet squats.

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym together and worked on legs and glutes. We started out our workout with a few minutes on the arc trainer. We tried to see how long we could go at level 100.

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That only lasted a few minutes.

Danny also threw some weighted push-ups in there. :)

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We did leg presses, calf raises on the Smith machine, squats with an overhead plate press, weighted step-ups, hip thrusters, jump squats onto the bench, and a few core exercises. Another great workout!

On Sunday afternoon, we went to a family party for my nephew because he’s home from the Navy for a few more days and then will be leaving.

The desserts were so creative. There was US Navy and American flag jello and the cupcakes were in the shape of an anchor.

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My nephews:

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We visited for most of the afternoon and evening and then headed home.

Today, I have some errands to run and will try to get to the gym late morning.

Have a great day!!

  • How was your weekend?

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Foam Rolling

Good morning!

Yesterday morning, I had my normal oats for breakfast but I put them in an almost empty peanut butter jar to eat. The jar had about half a tablespoon or so of peanut butter left in it so I just cooked the oats in the microwave and then added them to the peanut butter jar.

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Oatmeal with peanut butter is amazing. Actually peanut butter makes most things better – french toast, apples, crackers, chocolate, pretzels. :)

Since I went to CrossFit on Tuesday night, I just decided to stick to cardio at the gym on Wednesday morning.

I ran/walked 3.5 miles on the treadmill. I haven’t gone that far in a long time! Unfortunately, my Achilles tendon still bothers me when I run so I’m glad that I cut back on running lately but I still like to run shorter distances sometimes.

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I make sure to foam roll almost every time I go to the gym. My calves are always tight, my quads are usually sore, and my glutes get sore, so I really focus on foam rolling those three areas.

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If you’ve never used a foam roller before it’s a great way to loosen muscle knots. Foam rolling is also called myofascial release and when you use a foam roller to apply force to a muscle knot, the muscle fibers go from a bundled position into a straighter alignment.

When you apply pressure to a muscle that is sore or tight, you stimulate the Golgi tendon organ and create autogenic inhibition. This decreases the excitment in the muscle spindle, releasing the tension in the muscle. Basically, foam rolling helps break up knots in the muscle.

I usually start rolling back on forth on my calves until I find a spot that is really sore or tight. Then I apply pressure to this spot for at least 30 seconds. It takes at least 30 seconds for autogenic inhibition to kick in. The same goes for stretching -hold stretches for at least 30 seconds.

I usually foam roll all the tight spots on my calves, quads, and sometimes glutes, then I stretch. I break up the knots first with the foam roller and then I make sure to stretch them out.

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I also have a foam roller at home to use! You can find them for less than $20.

Foam rolling doesn’t always feel the greatest. It might hurt slightly depending on the muscle knots but it will really help later so stick with it! You can also use other object like a tennis ball to help break up knots.

When I was running and foam rolling at the gym, Jaden was taking a cooking class downstairs. My gym is also a park district so it worked out that his cooking classes were in the same building!

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Jaden loves to cook. He went to a breakfast and lunch cooking class and today he’ll be taking a dinner cooking class.

Last night, we went to my mom’s house and out to dinner with her to celebrate her birthday!

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We’re off to Jaden’s last cooking class. Have a great day and don’t forget to foam roll! :)

  • Do you foam roll or stretch?
  • Favorite thing to put peanut butter on?

 

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Yesterday, my sister-in-law and I took the kids to the splash park and they had such a fun time playing in the water.

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The splash park is perfect for the summer because it’s close and free!

After the kids played for a couple of hours, Jaden and I left to go grocery shopping.

I picked up two Chobani yogurts – watermelon and peach. I ate the peach one for dinner and while it was good, it didn’t have enough peach chunks for me!

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I also picked up some ingredients to make a salad for dinner.

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The thing I love about salads is that you can customize them to your tastes. You can throw anything that makes you happy on a salad. Sometimes, I love topping my salads with pickles.

Yesterday for dinner, I had an amazing spinach salad that was so simple to make yet tasted restaurant quality.

I started with a big bowl of spinach and then I added grilled chicken, blueberries, strawberries, feta cheese, and honey roasted pecans. I topped it with Bolthouse Farms strawberry merlot dressing.

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It was the perfect dinner for a hot summer night!

Have a great Monday!

  • Favorite salad topping?
  • Favorite salad dressing?

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Stubb’s BBQ Sauce Review and Giveaway

May is National Barbecue Month and in honor of this month, Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q sent me some coupons to try out their authentic, premium sauces, marinades, and rubs.

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I put Danny in charge of picking out the barbecue sauce and he picked out the Hickory Bourbon flavor. It’s made with real bourbon and hickory smoke.

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Stubb’s is the only nationally available BBQ sauce brand to have the Gluten-Free Organization Certification seal and doesn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup, msg, or gluten. The full line of Stubb’s products contains 7 sauces, 5 marinades, 2 injectable marinades, 5 rubs, 4 cookin’ sauces, a moppin’ sauce, and a wing sauce. Pretty much there’s a sauce, rub, or marinade for any of your barbecuing needs!

I used the Stubb’s hickory bourbon sauce to make grilled pork chops. Actually, Danny made the pork chops. I’m the cook in the family, but he’s the griller. :)

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I took four boneless pork chops and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. Then I put them in a Ziploc bag and added a good amount of the Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon BBQ sauce. Straight outta Texas.

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I let them marinate in the fridge for about three hours and when Danny got home from work, he put them on the grill. One plain pork chop for Jaden!

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Jaden actually ended up surprising me and asked to try the BBQ sauce after the pork chops were done. Usually he’ll only eat ketchup. All the ketchup.

We also made grilled greens which are amazing. I just added a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic to the green beans and threw them right on the grill.

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Danny added more hickory bourbon sauce to the pork chops as they were grilling and they came out delicious and juicy.

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I also made myself a rice, chicken, and green bean bowl and dipped my chicken in the BBQ sauce.

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I loved that the sauce had a great flavor and little kick without being spicy. Danny and Jacob loved the hickory bourbon BBQ pork chops and I know the sauce was two thumbs up when even Jaden asked to try it and actually ate it!

Stubb’s BBQ sauces would be great on salmon and even on a BBQ chicken pizza! Yum!

In honor of National BBQ Month, Stubb’s is giving one reader a chance to win three coupons for free Stubb’s products! Enter below!

Giveaway open to US residents only. 

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Disclaimer: Stubb’s provided me with coupons for free BBQ sauce at no cost to me. All opinions are my own…and Danny’s…and my kids. 

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Anniversary Date Night – Shaw’s Crab House

Happy Marathon Monday! Good luck to all those running the Boston Marathon today!!

Saturday 

On Saturday evening, Danny and I went to Shaw’s Crab House to celebrate our anniversary.

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We went to the Grand Crab Buffet which they only have on Saturday nights on the upper floor of the restaurant. The Grand Crab Buffet is definitely pricey but it includes all you can eat king crab legs. If you’re a crab leg fan then you know how delicious but expensive they are!

Even though it was expensive, the food was delicious, and it was something special we’d only do once a year for our anniversary (or maybe birthday?! ;) ).

Besides the amazing king crab legs, there was tons of other food. Danny isn’t a huge seafood fan so I was proud of him for trying some of it. Luckily, it’s not all seafood and there’s other foods as well.

There was a couple different kinds of salad, crab cakes, shrimp, crab tarts, sushi, and snow crab legs.

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The waiter brought mini lobster bisque soups with a mini grilled cheese on the side to our table.

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I love lobster bisque soup. I had it the first time about two years ago and I fell in love with it!

There was also lobster and spinach mac & cheese, beef tenderloin, parmesan crusted chicken, carrots & parsnips, au gratin potatoes, fried shrimp, oysters, and more.

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The king crab legs were by far my favorite.

And of course there was dessert. Most of the desserts were mini sized so I figured I should try lots of them!

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There were peanut butter cookies, creme brulee, red velvet cupcakes, carrot cake cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, brownies, coconut macaroons, pecan tartlets, cake pops, and more.

Overall, the meal was amazing.

After dinner, we met up with my friend Jenny and her boyfriend, John, for a few drinks.

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We got home late and picked the kids up from my dad and stepmom the next day. It was an amazing anniversary with my wonderful husband.

Today

I went to the gym this morning and worked on legs.

Some of the exercises I did included:

  • leg press machine
  • calf raises on the Smith machine
  • walking lunges
  • squats
  • deadlifts
  • step-up to knee on a bench

After my leg exercises, I walked one slow mile on the treadmill. My Achilles still hurts so I’m going to wait another day or two before I try to run again.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever been to?
  • What’s your favorite food?

 

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Orzo Veggie Salad with Chicken Recipe

We have usual dinners that we eat on a normal basis – chicken and veggies, lots of salad, pork chops, spaghetti, etc. But last week, I came across a recipe for orzo veggie salad with chicken so I decided to try it out for dinner last night.

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Orzo Veggie Salad with Chicken     Serves: 4

This recipe is adapted from Cooking Light Magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded, skinless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Directions:

  1.  Cook orzo according to package directions omitting salt. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  2. While the orzo is cooking, combine lemon rind, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, garlic, honey, and black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk well.
  3. Drizzle over cooled orzo and toss to coat.
  4. Add chicken, cucumber, bell peppers, green onions, and fresh dill. Toss gently. Top with feta cheese.

This is the perfect light and delicious dinner and it would be great for an easy summer meal!

You could add other veggies and cheese to change it up – onions, green bell pepper, tomatoes, goat cheese, etc.

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  • What are you having for dinner tonight?

 

 

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A Birthday Dinner at Gordon Biersch

Good morning!

Yesterday morning, my dad joined Danny and me at the gym! I was excited to have my dad come work out with us and he came on our hardest day of the week – leg day!

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Yesterday was the first day I did lunges with a barbell since my hip surgery. I was a little wobbly but they went pretty good.

We also did the leg press machine, sumo squats, calf raises on the Smith machine, plate squats, and step-up to kickbacks on the bench. My hip and adductor were really feeling it by the time we were done, but it was a great workout!

Later yesterday afternoon, we went out to dinner to celebrate my grandpa’s 79th birthday!

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We went to a restaurant called Gordon Biersch. They are a restaurant and brewery. We go a few times throughout the year with my family and my grandparent’s have a point card where you earn points for every dollar spent.

They finally saved up enough points for a free brewer’s dinner for ten people. The brewer’s dinner consists of a tour of where and how their beer is made and a five course meal with a beer pairing for every course.

I’m not a beer drinker but Danny loved all the different beers. The food was amazing. Each course was presented and then the employees and chef of the restaurant explained what each course was, the type of beer, and why it was chosen to be paired with that particular course.

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I admit, I didn’t pay much attention to the beer information but I paid attention to the food information!

Our first course was salmon cakes with remoulade.

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I’ve had crab cakes before but never salmon cakes. These were amazing. They had a salmon taste but I liked that it wasn’t too overpowering. I only ate a little of the remoulade because it was a little too spicy for me.

The salad came next. It was a spring mix with a house-made vinaigrette.

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The star of the salad was the breaded artichokes and pretzel bread with brie cheese. Lucky for me, Danny doesn’t like artichokes so I ate his. They were delicious.

After the salad, we had two main entrees. The first was a sirloin steak with leeks, asparagus, cauliflower puree and a wine red reduction.

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I am not a steak eater at all but I was brave and tried the meat. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. Usually the texture of steak turns me off but this meat was so tender and really flavorful. I had three bites of it and then gave the rest to Danny.

I am also not a huge cauliflower fan, but the puree was absolutely delicious.

After the steak, was a seafood course. This was probably the best course of the night.

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It was pecan crusted halibut with butter sauce over roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Amazing.

I like fish but I usually stick to salmon or tilapia. After having the halibut I wouldn’t hesitate to order off a menu next time we went out for dinner. The pecan crust and butter sauce really took it to the next level.

All the food items we had for dinner were specially prepared by the chef so they aren’t even on the regular menu. Too bad because I would order any of them in a heartbeat.

Finally came dessert. We had fresh berries topped with house-made whipped cream, a cookie crumble, and beer caramel sauce.

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This was the perfect dessert. It was satisfying and sweet without being overly sweet. And since Danny isn’t a berry fan, I got to eat his too. :)

By the time we left, I was stuffed. It was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had and the prefect way to celebrate my grandpa’s birthday!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • What was the best meal you’ve ever had?
  • Favorite food?

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St. Patrick’s Weekend Fun

Good afternoon. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday morning, we had a nutrition fair at the gym I work at so I was working all morning. I didn’t get a chance to workout because my family was coming over on Saturday evening to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and I had to get home to start cooking!

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My cutie niece:

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We really seemed to like those glasses.

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I made corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, and carrots for dinner.

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I have made corned beef a few times over the years and usually I don’t eat it. I tried a bite a couple of years ago but didn’t like the texture. I tried it again yesterday and actually liked it. I think I might have cooked it a little better yesterday because it was a lot more tender. I ate two small pieces and then filled up on chicken Caesar salad with bowtie pasta.

Of course, we also had to have pie since it was Epic Pi Day on Saturday. We got a mint chocolate pie.

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Sadly, I thought the pie was just okay. It was extremely sweet and minty. Overly sweet and minty. I gave my piece to Danny to finish. Then he laughed at me for not eating the pie crust. I don’t like pie crust and I never eat it. I just eat the pie filling.

On Sunday, we made it to the gym. We worked back and biceps and I tried out some KT tape on my wrist.

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KT tape is an elastic tape made for muscle, ligament, and tendon pain relief and support. Since my wrist usually bothers me the most when we do biceps, I thought it would be a good time to try it out.

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There are videos online on how to apply it. Since it stretches, the tape has to be applied with different degrees of stretchiness. The KT tape provides neuromuscular feedback that relaxes stronger firing of muscles and tendons.

I think they KT tape really helped with my wrist pain. I made it almost the whole workout pain-free. Towards the end of my workout, I tried doing a plate twist bicep curl and I immediately felt a pain shoot through my wrist. Any twisting motion really seems to bother it.

Overall, I think the tape really helped and I’m going to try it out on my Achilles for running.

Today

Today at the gym, I did a full body circuit workout that left me tired and sweaty.

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It felt nice to get a great workout in and I burned 522 calories.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at all over the weekend?
  • Favorite pie?
  • Have you ever tried KT tape?

 

 

 

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Waffles for Lunch

Good afternoon! How is everyone doing today?

Day #1 of the DietBet went good. I stuck to my meal plan all day yesterday and had a small treat in the evening.

For dinner, I made chicken, sweet potatoes, and green beans. Usually I just bake skinless, boneless chicken breast in the oven. But yesterday I used a grill pan and grilled the chicken for a few minutes on each side before putting into the oven to finish cooking.

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I think it turned out tons better than just baking it. And I just stuck the grill pan right in the oven so I didn’t even dirty another pan.

Today

This morning I went to the gym and started out with 10 minutes on the arc trainer. I did a circuit workout and then finished with 20 minutes on the elliptical. After my workout, I taught a Women on Weights class. By the time my workout and Women on Weights were done, I was a big sweaty mess. So, of course, I took a selfie.

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I hit my steps by 11 am.

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I think my Women on Weights class is going really good. I love teaching on the fitness floor rather than in a classroom.

After the gym, I stopped at Target to buy lettuce and carrots. I also was having an intense craving for waffles so I picked up a box of Van’s Power Grain waffles.

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I love these waffles because they have 10 grams of protein per serving and they taste great. They have a tiny hint of cinnamon which I love. I also got some blueberries so I could make a waffle sandwich for lunch. I love blueberries.

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I toasted two waffles topped them with one tablespoon of peanut butter and added some blueberries. This combination is absolutely delicious.

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After lunch, I drank my last candy cane coffee in a Halloween mug.#WinningAtLife

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I’m off to do some stuff around the house before the kids get home. Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you track your steps?
  • Favorite way to cook chicken or chicken recipe?
  • Favorite fruit?

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Dinner, Brownies, and a Workout

Good afternoon friends!

I wanted to share last night’s dinner with you because it was so delicious. I’m usually pretty boring when it comes to dinner and seem to eat the same two meals all the time – salad with baked chicken and a Greek yogurt or baked chicken with brown rice and veggies.

Last night’s dinner wasn’t too different but it was a nice change. I made broccoli slaw with green and red peppers, onions, chicken, garlic and a little bit of lite soy sauce.

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I always cook a batch of chicken at the beginning of the week to use throughout the week so this meal was super easy to make. I just added the garlic, peppers, and onions to the pan and let it cook for a few minutes. Then I added the already cooked chicken, broccoli slaw, and soy sauce and let it cook for a few more minutes. Easy peasy.

After dinner, Jaden and I made these brownies by Now Foods.

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Don’t let the fact that they’re organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free scare you. I snuck a little piece and they were delicious! These are a great treat for Jaden since he’s allergic to dairy.

And most of the Ghiradelli brownie mixes are dairy-free so I buy those for him too. Most people think chocolate is dairy but there are quite a few chocolate products that are dairy-free. There’s cocoa butter in a lot of chocolate products which used to throw me off but cocoa butter is actually dairy-free.

Today’s Workout

I went to the gym this morning and did the elliptical, the bikini body mommy day #15 workout, and shoulders.

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I am actually quite proud of myself for doing the bikini body mommy workout every day for 15 days. Usually I like sticking to my own workout but the bikini body mommy workouts are great. First, I like that they’re short because I can do then in addition to my normal workout. And even though they are short, they are killer! Each week get progressively harder and today’s workout was 50 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for ten different exercises.

Let me tell you, 10 seconds of rest is nothing. After the ten minute workout, I was dying! I love that these workouts really get my heart rate up. I think my highest heart rate during today’s workout was around 170 bpm!

My right quad/leg continues to be a little sore but I have been a lot better about icing it.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any food allergies?
  • Do you ever do high intensity exercises?
  • Favorite dinner?

 

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