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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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Physical Therapist Appointment

Good afternoon!

Let’s start with last night’s dinner. I made the herbed salmon recipe from the Tone It Up website.

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I have made salmon a bunch of different ways, but this salmon is my favorite. It’s so delicious and flavorful. The ingredients are pretty simple: salmon, parsley, dill, green onion, olive oil, lemon juice, and white wine.

I also had green beans on the side made with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. And fruit – I had a container of pineapple, blueberries, and grapes. I love fruit.

Yesterday

My physical therapy appointment got switched from Friday to yesterday, so I went after the gym. Basically, I need to see the sports doctor to get a new prescription for physical therapy.

My hip, quad, and glute really started hurting again two weeks ago after I started running more. The physical therapist thinks that maybe the running is what aggrevated my right side again. He said that it was okay to keep working out but to avoid running since that’s what always seems to cause the problem until after I’ve seen the sports doctor.

He always said that my hips are slightly uneven and my right leg is slightly longer than the other leg, which can cause the problems that I’m having especially when I’m running. I don’t know if my leg bone is actually physically longer or if my body is just overcompensating on one side because of my injury. I won’t really know more info until I see the sports doctor.

The physical therapist also told me about a technique that he uses called trigger point therapy. It can be done with medication or “dry” without medication. Trigger point therapy is when a needle gets inserted into the muscle to help loosen the muscle and relieve the pain.

A needle. They want to stick a needle in the middle of my butt. No.

But honestly, the glute pain is so intense at times that I’m willing to try anything to get relief.

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • Trifecta Class – 60 minutes

This morning at the gym, I made sure to stretch my hip, glute, and quad before I took the Trifecta class. I am also really careful with my squats and lunges.

Lunch

Lunch this afternoon was English muffin hummus melts.

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I haven’t had these in forever and they were so good. I also had two random pickles slices on the side because I love pickles and some blueberries.

I also just tried out this Aquafina flavored water.

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I am a big regular water drinker but it’s nice sometimes to add in something with a little flavor but not a lot of calories.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Have you had a exercise related injury lately?
  • Ever heard of trigger point therapy?
  • What did you have for lunch?

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Weekend Fun…and More Cookies

Good morning! Happy Sunday!

I haven’t been around for a couple of days, so this post is going to contain a lot of randomness.

First up, Danny got a car!! It’s Chevy Equinox, and Danny is very happy with it. It’s the first SUV we’ve ever owned and I’m sure the space will come in handy.

Danny’s really good about keeping cars for a long time. I think he’s owned two cars in his life, whereas I’ve owned quite a few.

Friday.

On Friday morning, I taught BodyPump. I brought my new water bottle.

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I saw this water bottle at Dick’s Sporting Goods a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. Hey, the paint splatter reminds me of the 80′s, and I love all things 80′s. But it was around $16 so I didn’t buy it.

I finally decided that I wanted it and went back to buy it. You can never have too many workout clothes or water bottles. Even though I think Danny disagrees with me on this – he’s always trying to throw my water bottles away.

When I went back to buy it, it was gone :( . I tried looking online for it with no success. Then, on Thursday night, I went to TJMaxx to buy something else, and there was my water bottle! And it was only $8! Awesome.

Friday’s BodyPump class went pretty well, and I worked for a little bit afterwards.

Tea

Although coffee is my #1 love, I have been loving tea lately. I found this super cute coffee mug at Michael’s for only $2.99 and I got some Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride from Target to try out.
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The tea really does taste like a sugar cookie! It’s really good but the peppermint flavor is still my favorite.

Saturday

Saturday morning, Jacob had an eye doctor appointment. Jacob was born 15 weeks early, weighing 1 lb. and 14 oz. He has had a few complications but nothing serious. As a baby, he had eye surgery to correct a condition called exotropia, which basically means that his left eye wants to turn outward rather than straight.

He had eye surgery as a baby to cut the muscle to force the eye to go straight. He wore an eye patch for extended periods during the day to help strengthen that eye. He has very little vision in that eye and the glasses help him to continue to use it.

There is always a possibility that his eye could go back outward again, so we see the eye doctor often for check-ups. It was a routine visit and the doctor said everything is looking good.

Saturday evening, we went with my family to an illumination show at a nearby arboretum.

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All of the trees are lit up with different kinds of lights.

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You can change some of the lights by waving your hand over a certain place and you could hug trees to change their lights.
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It was really neat although it was freezing out and the kids were being a little overly energetic (read: crazy).

Afterwards, we had some hot chocolate…or three, before deciding to go to Red Robin for dinner. Two words – bottomless fries.

Cookies

I made another cookie recipe, oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip.

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I have been making so many cookies lately because I like to give them out during the holidays and I wanted to narrow it down to three delicious kinds of cookies. I think I am going to make chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and Reese’s butterscotch cookies.

The only problem with making so many cookies, is that I eat a lot of cookies. I usually send them to work with Danny, but it’s the weekend so they’ve just been sitting on the counter looking all delicious!

This morning, I am going to BodyPump at the gym. I am hoping that the instructor is doing the new release because I’m having a little bit of trouble with the timing and thought it would be helpful to do it while someone else was teaching.

Later this afternoon, we’re going to my best friend’s son’s birthday party.

Have a great day!

  • How many cars have you owned?
  • Any plans for today?
  • What do you own a lot of? I own a lot of workout clothes, water bottles, coffee mugs, and shoes.

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Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Yesterday, I received my last Goodies box in the mail – for some reason, the company decided to cancel the service.

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I was excited to see that there was two gluten-free items in the box. Perfect timing!

Gluten-free pizza crust:

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I love that the bag says “foolproof”. :)

The was also an Enjoy Life gluten free S’mores bar:

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Of course, I had to use the pizza crust right away and made it for dinner last night. They were right – it is foolproof. You just add water and olive oil and mix it together.

I added sauce, red pepper, green pepper, red onion, broccoli, mozzarella and feta cheese. It was delicious.

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Speaking of gluten-free foods, I am happy that Larabars are gluten-free, GMO free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, and kosher. They do have carbs and sugar, so I plan on eating them in moderation.

Today’s Workout

  • Hip, glute, and quad stretches
  • Bridges, one-legged bridges, and walking lunges
  • Ab exercises
  • Arc trainer – 20 minute

I went to the gym this morning and got about an hour-long workout done. Danny has the day off tomorrow so I look forward to going to the gym with him in the morning before going to Jaden’s Halloween party in the afternoon!

If you have a free moment, could you please vote for my guacamole recipe on the NASM Facebook page – Heather’s Recipe. Just click “Love It”. I would really appreciate it! I think you might have to “like” the NASM Facebook page in order for your vote to count. Some people are having a hard time getting the vote to go through. Please vote if you get a chance!

Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • Favorite pizza topping?
  • Are you excited for Halloween tomorrow?
  • Squats or lunges? I pick squats all the way!!

 

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Roasted Veggie Salad

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Roasted Veggie Salad

I have a salad for dinner most weeknights, and sometimes it can get a little boring. Last night, I made some roasted veggie and decided to top my salad with them.

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I like roasted veggies and I like salad, so why not combine the two?

I found these pre-portioned bags of salad at Target used one for the base of my salad.

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I like buying pre-portioned and pre-cut foods sometimes because it saves me a lot of time at dinner. And dinnertime is the craziest time of the day in my house.

I roasted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, and red onion with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a little bit of salt in the oven for about 25 minutes.

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When they were done, I topped my lettuce with them and added slivered almonds and pear slices. I’m not sure why I added the pear, I just wanted a pear at that moment, and it worked well in the salad.

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Since the roasted veggies were so flavorful, the salad didn’t need any dressing. I ate it with a peach Greek yogurt for some protein.

Today’s Workout

  • Practiced BodyPump at home – 60 minutes
  • Stretching, foam rolling, and tennis ball rolling

I woke up this morning and could feel a cold coming on, so I stayed home from the gym and practiced BodyPump at home again. Four days in a row without going to the gym?! What’s happening to me?!

I need to learn this BodyPump release so right now, staying home and practicing is what’s working for me.

After I practiced for about an hour, I did some stretching.

My torture devices:

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Lately, I have been using a tennis ball to roll my glute. I just sit right on the tennis ball and roll out the knot and tight spots. It hurts but it works great. Tennis balls also work great on your feet if you have plantar fasciitis.

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Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite veggie to roast?
  • Do you get any monthly subscription boxes?
  • What’s the craziest time of day at your house?

 

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Burning Calories

Good afternoon!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Yesterday’s BodyPump class was a big step for me because I actually let Danny come to the class that I was teaching. For some reason, I get nervous teaching in front of him, but I have been slowly becoming more comfortable teaching in front of a group (which is good because the class was large yesterday), and wasn’t quite as nervous teaching.

I still only taught the squat, chest, and back tracks. According to my heart rate monitor I burned 533 calories during yesterday’s class. I burn a lot more calories taking the class and teaching than I do just taking the class.

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I spent the rest of the day making this chili recipe for my family last night.

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They came over to watch the Bears game and I thought chili would be perfect for the first day of fall dinner.

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I didn’t workout this morning because I had a meeting at the gym, but I was thinking about taking a cardio barre class at the gym tonight. I have never taken a barre class and really want to try it out. A barre class is basically pilates, ballet, and yoga movements done at a ballet barre. I’ve heard it’s a great workout and tough on the calves!

Lunch

Lunch this afternoon was English muffin hummus melts with carrots and more hummus on the side.

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I will spending the rest of the afternoon watching this DVD and filling in the workbook.

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For my group exercise certification, I need continuing education credits and I am coming up on the deadline to get them.

Once again, the Around the Plate website is holding Favorite Blogger awards.

If you have an extra minute and wanted to vote for Run Eat Play all you have to do is click here and type in Run Eat Play under Healthy Eating Champion and/or Best Blog of 2013.

 

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I was voted Healthy Eating Champion Blog of the Year last year and I really appreciated all your votes!

Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • Favorite fall dinner?
  • Any workout today?

 

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Date Night

Good morning! It is a beautiful morning here in Chicagoland! I took advantage of the nice weather this morning and ran outside for the first time since July!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.61 miles (ran 3.1 miles and walked .5 miles)

My last long run outside was in July and it was my hardest run and I was so disappointed in myself, not even knowing that I was injured. I feel a little better about that run now :)

It was a bit chilly this morning so I wore long sleeves. I realized about a minute into my run that was a mistake since I tend to heat up quickly.

I did a 5:1 run/walk ratio. I felt really good running and wanted to skip the walk breaks but I am really trying to take it slow and not reinjure myself so I made myself take the walk breaks. Even though they are only a minute long they helped me catch my breath and recharge.

I ran 3.1 miles and then finished up by walking half a mile. My hip feels slightly sore, so I am going to make sure to stretch.

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When I got home, I finally broke into my pumpkin spice lattes.

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The Vue cups are cool – it comes with one frother cup and a pumpkin spice coffee cup.

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When I bought these, I didn’t realize that they were pre-sweetened so they have sugar and calories. They have a 100 calories per cup compared to my usual 35 calorie cup of coffee so I think I’ll save them for weekends.

It was delicious though!

Last night, Danny and I went to Maggiano’s for dinner.

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It was so delicious and I ate soooo much. I am not usually a huge pasta fan but my pasta dish last night was fantastic! I ordered the lobster carbonara.

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Spaghetti with snow peas, lobster, and garlic cream sauce.

Thanks to my mom for watching my kids…and for burning my table cloth. Just kidding. She was so upset that she accidently burned our $4 vinyl tablecloth with a hot popcorn bowl. This is why I buy cheap vinyl tablecloths…because the kids spill food all over them and my mom burns them :)

We were thinking about going to the arboretum today but then decided against it because of Jaden’s allergies with all the trees. This is the worse time of year for him. Once about three years ago, we were driving to meet my family at a corn maze and Jaden was having these horrible breathing problems and was hospitalized for extreme respiratory failure about an hour from home.

He was there for two and a half days and it was scary. Poor Jaden needs to live in a bubble! We’re trying to think of something else fun to do today!

Have a wonderful day!

  • When was the last time you ran?
  • What’s your favorite coffee?
  • Favorite thing to do outside?

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Wendy’s Flatbread #6SecondsFlat Sweepstakes

Good afternoon!

I have never been a big meat eater and even now I usually stick to fish, but Danny is a huge meat eater. When I saw the new Wendy’s chicken flatbreads, I knew they’d be something that he’d like (I really love flatbread myself too).

Wendy’s Flatbread Chicken Sandwiches are back for a limited time – Asiago Ranch (it has bacon on it) and Smoky Honey Mustard.

The Smoky Honey Mustard flatbread is served on a toasted multigrain flatbread and has 370 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 22 grams of protein.

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Some days you just need some fries.

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Wendy’s is having a #6SecondsFlat sweepstakes that you can enter and be one of the weekly winners:

Tell  Wendy’s what you think about their flatbreads in a Vine or Instagram video then send it @Wendys (through twitter, Instagram or Vine) with the #6SecondsFlat tag and #RunEatPlay6 tag. Each week of September, one lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive a $6000 prize.

Here’s the #6SecondsFlat video I made on Instagram. If your volume is up, I apparently thought the whole thing was really funny :)

 

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Today’s BodyPump class was full of a lot of new people. I taught three tracks – squats, chest, and back. It’s a lot harder doing the moves and teaching than it is just taking the class. By the time I was done, I was exhausted.

I messed up once on the back track but luckily the instructor was there to get me back on track. At home, I can do it perfect without any notes but when I am in front of a group, I just get too nervous and need my notes to fall back on even though I know it. Oh well. Practice makes perfect.

My family is coming over on Sunday for dinner and to watch the Bears game so after the gym, I stopped at Target to get some stuff that I’m going to make for dinner. I couldn’t pass up this cute Halloween decoration!

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Tonight, my mom is coming over to watch the kids so Danny and I can go out to dinner. We’re going to Maggiano’s and I can’t wait to eat!

  • Do you eat fast food often? Favorite?
  • Where was the last place you went out for dinner?
  • Any plans this weekend?

Thanks to Wendy’s for sponsoring today’s post, allowing Danny to enjoy these tasty Flatbreads before they are gone. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Pool Running and My Fitness Pal

Good morning – Happy Monday!

My weekend:

Saturday

Saturday morning started out fairly normal – we walked around the Halloween store with my dad trying on costumes. Normal for us anyway.

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Halloween is a big holiday in my family so be prepared to see lots of Halloween related posts in October. It’s always so much fun – we do Halloween games, have a Halloween food and pumpkin carving night, come up with creative Halloween costumes and keep them secret until the Halloween party at the end of the month.

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I think I even have my Halloween costume figured out – I just might have to lose a pound or two :)

Pool Running

Saturday afternoon I went to the Deep Water Pool Run/Conditioning class at my gym. It’s held in the 12 feet section on the pool and we wear water belts to help us float.

I have mixed feeling on the pool running class, and I think I prefer my workouts on land. First, there wasn’t a lot of just running like I was hoping. We did a bunch of stuff – running, bicycle riding, skiing, straight leg kicks, etc. A lot of the moves just felt awkward to me in the water and I didn’t feel like I was doing some of them right.

Second, I was freezing in the water. The water wasn’t super cold but I just couldn’t seem to get warm. Then, halfway through the class I started to get nauseous. I’m not sure if it was being in the water or if I just felt sick, but I didn’t feel good. Then, I got a terrible foot cramp and had to take a break to stretch it on the wall.

I was pretty much a mess the whole class and was glad when it was over. The class wasn’t bad and the instructor was good, I just don’t think I enjoyed it. I was looking more for just pool running so that I could still run without having hip pain.

Saturday night, we took the kids to Claim Jumper for dinner. This was only our second time there and I thought it was really good.

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I had the fish tacos, and they were delicious but they had a little too much cabbage on them. I had to take a lot of it off. Danny had meatloaf and I think I ate half of his biscuit because it was so good.

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Sunday

Sunday morning I stopped at Dunkin Donuts for a white chocolate pumpkin coffee. So good.

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We spent the afternoon at my dad’s house watching the Bears game.

Today’s Workout

  • Practiced squat track for BodyPump – approx. 15 minutes
  • Treadmill – 2.05 miles (4:2 ratio) – 27 minutes
  • Stretching, bridges, foam rolling – approx. 20 minutes

I ran again today! I am still trying to take it slow, but I went about 6 minutes longer today. I am still walking for two minutes and running for four minutes. I finished with a minute of slow walking.

I made sure to stretch and foam roll after.

So, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and downloaded the My Fitness Pal app. I’ve only had it for 12 hours and I already love it!

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I used to measure all my food and count my calories in a notebook. You can read more about my weight loss story here. I lost weight and stopped counting calories although I was a lot more aware and mindful of what I ate.

I probably gained a few pounds back which I am trying to lose, so I got the My Fitness Pal app. It is so easy and fast to use. All you have to do is use your phone to scan the barcode of your food, and it pulls all the numbers up for you. It’s awesome.

It was easy for breakfast – I just scanned my cereal, milk, coffee, and creamer bar code and I was done. I’m sure it’ll be a little harder f I make a salad and have to figure each ingredient but it’s still faster than writing it out. And you can enter all your exercise in as well. We’ll see how it goes!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Ever take a pool/water class?
  • Do you My Fitness Pal or a similar app?

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