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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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Easy Baked Chicken Fajitas

Happy Sunday!

How are you guys this Sunday morning? Working? Relaxing? Working out?

On Sunday mornings, I always like to wake up before everyone else and enjoy my morning cup of coffee and Sunday paper in peace and quiet.

My new super cute coffee mug from Target:

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I’ve been really good this week about sticking to my healthy eating plan. I did really good during the week so yesterday I was a little more lenient and didn’t track every single I ate. I maybe ate a few more treats than I wanted to (Danny found some Christmas candy we forgot about and I just couldn’t stay away!). But life is all about moderation and even though I ate a few more treats than planned, I am back on track today!

Yesterday, I made the world’s easiest chicken fajitas for dinner. I love Mexican food and could eat it all day, everyday.

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This is a recipe that could easily be made healthy – use corn tortilla or go tortilla-less. Add extra veggies. Skip the sour cream.

Since I was treating myself, I used delicious flour tortillas. I also picked up a roasted verde salsa from Whole Foods to try out.

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I used a fajita seasoning packet from Whole Foods but if you’re feeling fancy, you could add the seasonings and spices yourself. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking and if I can buy pre-made fajita seasoning, you better believe I’m going to. :)

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Chicken Fajitas    Serves: Approx. 4

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken, cut into strips
  • (2) red and green peppers, cut into strips
  • (1/2) onion, cut into strips
  • fajita seasoning packet
  • approx. 1 tbsp olive oil
  • tortillas
  • optional toppings: salsa, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avacado

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix chicken, peppers, and onions in a 13 x 9 baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray 022
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the top, add fajita seasoning, and mix until well combined
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes
  5. Add mixture to tortillas, add toppings, and enjoy

These are so easy to make and so delicious! Cutting the chicken and veggies is the hardest part and that only takes a few minutes.

Like I mentioned above, these would be great as a healthy dinner too. One of my favorite healthy meals is fish tacos in corn tortillas.

Workout

My quad has feeling a little better (with the help of ice, ibuprofen, the stick, and foam rolling). I did an upper body workout at the gym on Friday so yesterday I did two Bikini Body Mommy workouts – a cardio and a strength workout. I also did a few of my leg exercises from physical therapy.

Today, Danny and I are going to head to the gym and work on back and biceps!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!

 

 

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What I Eat in a Day and My Big Fat Fabulous Life

Today, I thought I’d do something different and share everything I eat on an average day. I haven’t really done this before because I tend to eat different from day to day depending on my workout, if I’m doing errands, if the kids have appointments, etc. But since yesterday was a fairly normal day, I thought I’d share.

For the most part, I eat fairly similar on a day to day basis. Sometimes I eat more, sometimes less. Sometimes I’m more snacky, sometimes I’m not.

Here is everything I ate yesterday.

7:00 am – coffee with one tablespoon of Coffeemate Natural Bliss coffee creamer and one packet of truvia.

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(I’m weird and write the date that I opened my creamer on the bottle. I’ll only use it for about a week after the date I write.)

My morning starts out with coffee very single day. I usually just drink one cup a day but once in awhile I’ll have two cups.

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7:30 am – veggie omelet made with three egg whites, one whole egg, green peppers, red onion, and a little bit of cheddar cheese.

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This is not my normal breakfast. I made an omelet today because I was trying to use up some veggies and cheese. My normal breakfast usually consists of two egg whites and a Greek yogurt. I probably eat that 6 out of 7 days a week. Boring, I know.

8:40 am – 10:10 am: workout – 623 calories burned.

10:20 am – Shamrock Farms Rockin’ Refuel Shake

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I love these drinks post workout. They’re so easy to just throw in the car and drink right after my workout. I buy the chocolate and vanilla flavors, some with 20 grams of protein per bottle and some with 30 grams of protein per bottle.

12:30 pm – veggie flatbread pizza made with pizza sauce, green and orange pepper, red onion, and mozzarella cheese. I also had turkey jerky and a small portion of fresh raspberries. And a sparkling water. I drink one sparkling water a day and it’s always at lunch.

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I tend to eat the same thing during the week for lunch. It’s just easier. This week it’s veggie flatbread pizza. Sometimes after lunch, I crave something sweet. Some days I’ll have one tootsie pop or a Hershey kiss just to curb my sweet tooth. Yesterday, I didn’t feel like a sweet treat.

3:30 pm – cottage cheese, apple slices, and cinnamon

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This is one of my favorite afternoon snacks.

6:00 pm – salad with baked chicken seasoned with lemon pepper, Greek yogurt honey mustard dressing, and croutons. Green beans, string cheese, and grapes.

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Lots of random food, I know. I like random food.

Bolthouse Farms makes some really good Greek yogurt dressings. I like the honey mustard and ranch dressings.

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The chicken I eat is the Organic Smart Chicken. I am super super picky about chicken and this is the only chicken that I eat. It’s a little pricier but it’s worth it to me.

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8:10 pm – microwave popcorn and a Yasso Greek yogurt bar

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I love these Greek yogurt bars! Only 100 calories and 6 grams of protein.

Total Daily Calories: Approximately 1500

Once the kids are in bed, Danny and I usually have our evening treat and watch tv.

Yesterday, we watched the premiere of My Big Fat Fabulous Life on TLC.

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The show is about a girl named Whitney who was a dancer and grew up being thin. In college she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome causing her to gain over 200 pounds in a few years, leaving her weighing 380 pounds.

She gets back into dance and the show is about how no matter what size she is, she’s happy. Her weight doesn’t define her and she’s just as happy at 380 pounds than she was when she was thin. She points out that just because she’s overweight that doesn’t means she’s lazy.

I had high hopes for this show but after the first episode I’m worried that I might not like it as much as I thought I would. First, while I think Whitney has a great attitude about loving herself, her happiness and personality kind of exhausted me. She’s very outgoing, very happy, and loud. She seems like a fun person but so far, I kind of like her mom, Babs, the best.

Also, while I understand that she loves herself and is happy at any weight, being that overweight causes a lot of health problems that could be helped by losing weight. I understand that her disease makes it hard for her to lose weight but even though she claims she’s happy at 380 pounds, I’m sure she’s worried about ongoing health problems.

She even makes a comment on the show to the regards of: imagine you had a carry around 100 extra pounds while doing everything you do on a normal day. Wouldn’t that that doing everything in life a lot harder?

She points out that the extra weight makes it hard for her to do a lot of things, so to me isn’t that showing that maybe she’s not happy weighing 380 pounds?

I will watch a few more episodes to see if it grows on me. What I really took away from the show is how people treat other people. Most people assume Whitney is lazy because she’s so overweight but that girl can dance. People call her mean names because of her weight and she points out that people don’t realize that she was thin most of her life. Never judge another person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

Have a great day!!

  • What did you eat today?
  • Did you watch my Big Fat Fabulous Life? Thoughts?

 

 

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Thanksgiving 2014

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday

On Thanksgiving morning, I went to the gym. Yes, I’m one of those people that works out on Thanksgiving. I am up to seven minutes of running.

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My stepmom and sister-in-law ran the Turkey Trot and since I couldn’t run it this year, I ran my seven minutes at the gym.

In the afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house. They just got a brand-new baby puppy named Abby and she’s adorable.

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The kids loved her but I think Jaden wanted to try sneaking her home. He carried her around all night like she was his baby. Unfortunately, we can’t get a dog because he’s allergic but he seemed really good when he was playing with the puppy.  But the next morning when he woke up, his nose was stuffy and his eyes were red and swollen. Poor guy. He loves animals. Once we bought him a dog balloon that you could walk around and he loved that thing like it was a real dog.

The kids: Jaden, my niece, and Jacob.

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Dinner was amazing. This was the first year I’ve had turkey in a long time and it was really good.

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The cranberry sauce is my favorite. My cousin and I always fight over which is better – cranberry sauce or green bean casserole. One day she’ll accept that I’m right and she’s wrong. Cranberry sauce is the best.

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As much as I loved dinner, dessert was incredible. There are no words to describe the pie/cake my grandma made. Well, there’s one word besides amazing – pumpecapple cake.

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It’s crazy – a pumpkin pie, a pecan pie, and an apple pie all stacked and baked into a cake. This can only be eaten once a year on Thanksgiving when calories don’t count.

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How amazing is that cake?! And it was delicious. Great job, Grandma Marlene!

When we got home on Thanksgiving night the kids elf, Nick, was waiting!

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Friday

On Friday morning, I did go shopping at about 6 am. I will not go shopping on Thanksgiving. I think it’s crazy that stores are now opening at 5 or 6 pm. But I did wake up early on Friday to go to Meijer and Target.

The one good thing about shopping that early is that it’s actually late because all the sales started 12 hours ago and the stores were dead. I mean there were a few people out but I as able to find everything I needed, hardly had to wait in line, and was home early.

On Friday afternoon, we celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom. We don’t see her on Thanksgiving so we started the tradition of doing Thanksgiving again on Friday and I cook. This was the first year that I actually made a turkey and I was so nervous.

Last year, I bought one of those turkeys in a bag that can go from frozen in the freezer right to the oven. They are double the price of a frozen turkey so this year I bought a Butterball turkey to roast. I just took the basic route and thawed the turkey, seasoned it with salt, pepper, brushed it with butter, and cooked it. The easy route.

It did take a lot longer than I thought to cook. It was 15 pounds so it should have took 3-3.5 hours but it took  closer to 4.5 hours before the meat thermometer said it was done, and you don’t want to mess around with under cooked turkey.

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I din’t get too many pictures but the turkey turned out perfect and I was really happy because I was so nervous. I should have been more nervous about the rolls because I ended up burning those.

It was a great dinner and it was our third Thanksgiving dinner! The past few weeks I have been overindulging and I am can tell I have gained a few pounds. I have said this many times on my blog – I can workout all day, everyday but sometimes I struggle with eating. It’s all mental and it’s hard to overcome bad habits that you’ve had for years. I’ve lost 30 pounds in the past and have been at my “happy weight” so it’s hard to see the pounds start to creep back especially when it’s my own fault.

The holidays are hard – there’s always parties and family and food and drinks. And let’s face it – I love food. But it’s time for me to get back on track with my eating and I’m going to try hard.

Today 

Today we’re going with my family to cut down a Christmas tree. We have gone almost every year since I was a kid so it’s a family tradition.

Last year’s tree cutting:

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Luckily, the weather isn’t supposed to be too cold today so it’ll be the perfect day to cut down a tree!

Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Do you have any plans for the rest of the weekend?
  • How was your Thanksgiving?
  • If you celebrate Christmas, is your tree up yet?

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Good morning – I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

On Friday, Danny had a half day of work, and we went to Jaden’s parent visitation day at his school.

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Afterwards, Danny and I grabbed a quick lunch at Whole Foods.

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I love their California rolls. :)

Friday afternoon, I had physical therapy and was able to run for three minutes on the treadmill. I also did a lot of leg work including lunges. I was a little worried about doing the lunges because the last time I did lunges at physical therapy, my quad was in pain for days.

This time, my physical therapist had me foam roll right after I did them, and I haven’t had any pain! Yay!

On Sunday morning, Danny and I went to the gym. I started out by running four minutes on the treadmill. Since I feel okay running, I’ve been trying to increase my speed slightly. I ran at 5.4 mph. It’s amazing how fast you lose your fitness level after taking time off. I haven’t run in over four months and those measly four minutes at 5.4 mph left me out of breath!

I just have to work on building my endurance back up.

We also did some back exercises including:

  • close grip lat pull downs
  • seated rows
  • t-bar raises
  • deadlifts
  • renegade rows

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It was a great workout and I’m really feeling it today!

On Sunday afternoon, we went to my in-laws to celebrate Thanksgiving with them.

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We did it a little early because everything is so busy on Thanksgiving that it’s hard to get together with all of our family members.

I ate way too much and I ate turkey this year! I have been a vegetarian for many years so I haven’t had turkey in a long time! I just started eating chicken and turkey this year so it was nice to have a little turkey yesterday.

I’m not really a meat person and would be totally fine if I never had meat again, but sometimes I struggle with getting enough protein so eating chicken helps me get more protein in my diet.

The kids are off of school this week for Thanksgiving break and we have a few things going on – parent/teacher conferences, orthodontist appointment, physical therapy, Thanksgiving meal planning and shopping. There’s never a dull moment around here!

Have a wonderful day!!

  • Favorite Thanksgiving food?
  • Did you workout today?

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A Surprise Dinner

sGood afternoon! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Here’s a little recap of how my weekend went:

Friday

Friday morning I went to the gym. I started out on the stationary bike for 30 minutes. Then I moved onto back exercises. I did bent-over rows and reverse flyes. I think the standing back exercises put a little too much pressure on my hip because I left the gym in pain rather than just sore.

As a result, I took the rest of the weekend off from going to the gym and let my body rest. From now on, I’ll stick to lat pulldowns and seated rows. Those didn’t seem to bother my hip.

On Friday night, I took Danny out for a surprise dinner. He has been doing such a great job taking care of me after my surgery and I just wanted to let him know how much I appreciate everything he has been doing.

My mom came over Friday night to watch the kids and Danny and I went to WildFire, a steakhouse (yes, I’m one of those people that orders a salad at a steakhouse).

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I started out with a martini flight which is funny because I am not usually a martini fan. The stormy night martini was the best one hands down. The waitress described it as melted jolly rancher and she was right! If you ever go to Wildfire, order the stormy night martini.

I started with the crab and shrimp bisque. It was also delicious. I even got Danny to try a bite. I can’t even tell you how many loaves of their warm bread and butter we ate – it was a lot. A lot.

For dinner, I had the Wildorf salad which came with romaine, spinach, cranberries, pecans, celery, crouton, apples, and apple ranch dressing. The combination of all the flavors worked perfectly together. I really liked the apple ranch dressing.

Danny ordered the filet mignon. I decided to be brave and try a bite. Sorry to all you steak fans out there, but I hated it. I just cannot get over the texture of steak. This is gross but it feels like I am chewing animal flesh and that’s nasty. This is also why I have a hard time eating chicken. I am just not a meat person.

Of course, we had to end the night with dessert. We shared the skillet cookie with ice cream. It was very good but I thought the cookie was slightly overdone.

By the time we left, I could hardly walk to the car because I was so full!

When we got home, we watched Santa Paws with the kids (Jaden’s pick) and when they went to bed, we watched Divergent.

Saturday

Saturday was one of those lazy days where we didn’t really have anything planned. I ran some errands and Danny mowed the lawn and washed the cars. Since I ate so much Friday night, I tried to eat good on Saturday.

For dinner, we went to Chipotle. On their website, Chipotle has a nutrition calculator so you can figure out the calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc in any meal you want. I used this calculator before we left so I could still stick to a healthy amount of carbs, fats, and protein.

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I do think that the website largely underestimates the amount of food that Chipotle actually gives you. For example, their website has the brown rice as 4 ounces but our local Chipolte probably gives you three times that amount. So, when I ordered I made sure to ask for a very small amount of everything. One little scoop of brown rice instead of two huge ones.

I know that the measurements are exact but at least it’s a close estimate.

I had a small amount of brown rice, chicken, fajita vegetables, corn salsa, a small amount of cheese, a little guacamole, and lots of lettuce.

Saturday night, we watched The Conjuring. I hate scary movies. I blamed Danny for watching the movie but really it was me who suggested it. I actually made it through the whole movie…which meant I had to wake Danny up every time I had to go to the bathroom that night. You know, in case I had a demon clinging to me or something.

Sunday

Sunday was also a day when we didn’t have too much going on. Sometimes our weekends are so busy that it’s nice to have a weekend without tons of stuff going on.

The kids visited with their Grandma while Danny and I did some shopping. All at once it seems like Halloween is approaching. The stores are getting ready!

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I love the fall season and Halloween is a big holiday in my family :)

I also brought back zucchini pizza bites into my life. These are so good and a great healthy option if you’re craving pizza!

I sliced the zucchini and sprinkled on some Italian seasoning. Then I put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. I took them out and topped them with pizza sauce and cheese. I put them back under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes. Trust me, these are delicious!

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Jaden wrapped up the weekend by playing in his frog tent.

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I bought that tent at Target on clearance years ago and I am actually surprised it’s still standing. My kids are a bit…rough on toys.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite restaurant?
  • Do you like scary movies? What’s the last movie you watched?
  • Favorite vegetable?

 

 

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First Follow-Up Doctor Appointment

Good afternoon!

Doctor Appointment

I had my first follow-up with the doctor’s assistant this morning. First, they removed the stitches (it wasn’t terrible – just a little pinch) and then they took X-rays.

The doctor’s assistant said that I seemed to be healing nicely but I still have to take it easy because of the labrum tear repairs. I am also able to start putting more body weight on my leg. I’m supposed to put 25% more body weight on my leg, increasing the weight every 2-3 days. So, after 8-12 days I should be able to put my full body weight on my leg.

That means close to two more weeks on my crutches and hip brace until I’m free! After two weeks, I’ll be able to walk normally and drive again. I have two days left with my CMP machine and ice machine and then I’ll be done with those.

I’m slowly getting better. I am still good with the stationary bike and upper body exercises, and I will continue to do physical therapy twice a week.

The bad news is that I am not able to do BodyPump for 6 months and then after that I need to take 2-3 months to ease back into it. I’m kind of bummed about that and I’ll have to put BodyPump teaching on hold for awhile.

I am able to start walking after I’m off my crutches and I can slowly increase the distance. Hopefully, I’ll be able to run again eventually.

I asked about having to wear my hip brace to the wedding Danny and I are attending this weekend, and the doctor said yes, definitely. She that it would be most important to wear it to an event like that because there will be a lot of people and I have to be extra careful not to rotate my leg and hip.

She said that it’s also good to wear the hip brace so people realize that they have to be a little extra careful around me. So, now I have to figure out how my hip brace is going to work while wearing a dress.

I have another doctor appointment in five weeks to check my progress.

Lunch

After the doctor, Danny, the kids, and I went to Panera for lunch. I had a Fuji apple salad and lemon orzo soup.

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After lunch, we went to a new frozen yogurt place that just opened near us today.

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It’s called Menchie’s and I really liked it. They had a lot of toppings and goodies for the frozen yogurt.

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Danny was really hungry :)

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Jaden likes to stir all his frozen yogurt and toppings together and then feed it to his big brother.

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Overall, Menchie’s was really good with a large variety of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings.

Last Night’s Dinner

I also have to share last night’s dinner because it was so delicious. We made chicken and veggie kabobs (burgers for the kids).

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I marinated the chicken and veggies all day in a mixture of olive oil, low sodium soy sauce, honey, and garlic.

They came out delicious! We ate them with brown rice, grilled broccoli, and watermelon. Yum!

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Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite frozen yogurt place? Topping?
  • What did you have for lunch?

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Feets of Strength 5k 2014

Good afternoon!

We had such a busy weekend! My aunt and uncle are in from California and yesterday we ran/walked the Feets of Strength 5k. My aunt recently lost 135 pounds and walked her first 5k! I am so proud of her!

Twinnies:

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The race was about half an hour from our house so we left in plenty of time to get there. It’s small race in a small town so parking and packet pickup was a breeze.

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The only thing I didn’t like about the race was that if you signed up for the walk, you didn’t get a race bib. The 5k walk and the 5k run were both $25. There wasn’t a difference in price but the walkers didn’t get bibs which I thought they should have. They also had a raffle at the end of the race by drawing random bib numbers. I felt since the walkers were paying the same price as the runners and the fact that they went exactly the same distance that they should have been included in the raffles.

That aside, the race was well organized, started on time, had plenty of indoor bathrooms and post-race food. The goal of the race was to raise awareness about child abuse and to help raise funds for Royal Families Kids’ Camp.

Danny and I ran the race while everyone else walked. After we finished, we ran back to complete the race with everyone else.

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I started out really good and had a good pace going for the first two miles. At the start of the third mile my right leg just gave out. The course was really hilly and partially on a trail and I think it was just too hard on my hip. My hip kind of gave out and my calves tightened up. I probably should have walked but I didn’t. I had to limp jog the last mile and it was painful.

I finished in 31:55 which is normally a time I would be happy with but yesterday I wasn’t. I started out really good and was feeling great and then my body just gave up on me. I pushed myself as hard as I physically could and I still feel like I’m not doing what I should. It’s hard when your body is pretty much working against you and can only do so much when you feel like you should be able to do more. It’s just frustrating because it’s out of my control. I was seven seconds out of third place for my age group and that hurt.

I suppose I haven’t been facing my hip problem like I should because I am scared of what the doctor will say but after yesterday’s race, I know that something is really wrong with my hip. I finally called the hip surgeon today to go in and discuss my options. I wasn’t able to get an appointment until June 16th but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Let’s talk about happier things, shall we, like my aunt kicking butt!! Her goal was to walk the 5k in under an hour and she finished in 58:54.

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It was such an amazing experience for her and I am so glad that I got to be part of that with her. It’s such an inspiration to see her set these awesome goals for herself and then see her accomplish them. And that’s true for anybody – setting a goal that you really have to hard at and then accomplishing it is such an amazing feeling.

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Danny did awesome finishing in 24:22 and taking second place for his age group.

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Everyone did such a great job and I am so lucky to have such a close and supportive family. :)

Later yesterday afternoon, my niece had her first gymnastics show that we all attended.

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She was so adorable in her little leotard doing her gymnastics. She did so good and I was so proud of her too!

After her show, we headed out to the Lucky Monk for my birthday dinner! My birthday is tomorrow but we celebrated yesterday with my family.

Danny and I have been to the Lucky Monk once before and it was really good. We started out sharing some appetizers – the pretzels were amazing and so was the tomato goat cheese fondue.

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For dinner, I had the Waldorf salad and the most amazing sweet potato fries.

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I think I ate every single last bite on my plate.

My dad ordered the same thing Danny did the first time we went – a grilled cheese on a hamburger.

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Apparently, it’s pretty popular.

We were all stuffed by the end of the meal, but I still had to sample the fresh homemade donuts with dipping sauces that the waiter brought as a birthday dessert. Donuts are my weakness. :)

A big thank you to my family for celebrating with me and for the wonderful gifts.

Have a great afternoon!!

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Anniversary Dinner – Texas de Brazil

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?

Saturday

On Saturday night, Danny and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Our actual anniversary is tomorrow.

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That’s the only picture where both our eyes were open at the same time and you can see my little photographer in the reflection :)

I surprised Danny with dinner reservations at Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse.

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Since I’m not really a meat eater, we don’t go to steakhouses often, so I thought it would be a nice change for Danny to go to Texas de Brazil. Neither one of us has been there before, and it was amazing.

I was a little worried about going since Texas de Brazil is a meat lovers dream, but after reading reviews online about their salad bar, I decided it would be worth it to try out. I got the “light dinner” which includes everything but the meat and it a little cheaper.

The salad bar was amazing with so many different items – lobster bisque soup, lettuce, smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella balls, roasted peppers, olives, smoked provolone cheese, couscous, sushi, pineapple, green beans, asparagus, au gratin potatoes, breads, etc. It was delicious. The best part was the lobster bisque – hands down.

The restaurant was pretty dark so I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of the food.

Danny loved the meat. He had a few different kinds of beef, lamb, and sausage. They also have chicken but it didn’t make its way to our table. It was a really good dinner and a really fun night with my husband :)

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Sunday

On Sunday morning, Jaden had an Easter egg hunt in the pool at our gym. He had fun but it was a little crazy and chaotic. There was 100 kids there and they split them up by age group. Ages 3-6 went first in the shallow pool, and the kids ages 7 -10 went in the big pool.

They should have separated the kids by skill level not age because although Jaden is seven, he can’t swim in water over his head. He wouldn’t have been able to get one single egg since they were all in the deep end of the pool until I had Danny ask the lifeguard for a life jacket for him. Luckily, he was able to get a few eggs while wearing the vest.

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After Jaden’s egg hunt, I went upstairs to the gym to do an upper body workout.

I did the exercises as supersets (no rest in between exercises, resting one minute in between supersets). I did 12-15 reps of each exercise, 3x.

Superset #1

  • Seated cable row
  • Wide grip lat pulldown

Superset #2

  • Standing barbell biceps curls
  • Single leg dumbbell biceps curls (switch legs halfway)

Superset #3

  • Seated dumbbell shoulder press
  • Standing dumbbell lateral raises

Superset #4

  • Seated stability ball overhead triceps extensions
  • Skull crushers on bench with EZ bar

Superset #5

  • Bench dumbbell chest press
  • Cable chest flys

It was a great workout and my upper body is feeling it today!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • How old were you when you learned to swim?
  • Favorite restaurant?

 

 

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Danny was less than thrilled to be buying more shoes.

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great afternoon!

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

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