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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast

It might not technically be fall yet, but I am still pretending like it is, so I made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast. I think I shared this recipe last year, but I figured I’d share it again. :)

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes    Serves: 1

Makes two small pancakes or one big pancake.


  • 1/3 cup pancake mix (I used Whole Foods Whole Wheat Pancake Mix)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 tbsp. chocolate chips (approx. 16 chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup water (depending on desired thickness – add more water for thinner pancakes)
  • Optional: syrup

I used to use sugar-free syrup for these pancakes, but I am trying to stay away from fake sugar so today I used pure maple syrup. I only used 1 tsp. which is about 17 calories. I am not a huge syrup fan so a tiny bit satisfies me.


  1. Add pancake mix, pumpkin, chocolate chips, and water to a small bowl. Whisk just until combined.
  2. Cook on a hot griddle (or pan) 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Top with syrup or your choice of topping and enjoy!

The pancake mix usually calls for oil and an optional egg but I use the pumpkin in place of those ingredients.

I think I might trying adding peanut butter to these pancakes or topping them with almond butter instead of syrup. Yum!

Today’s Workout

  • Walking - 10 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I started out at the gym this morning with a quick ten minute walk on the treadmill. Then, I took a BodyPump class and it was hard today! I am trying to get back to my normal weights and it was a great workout today!

I have been wearing my heart rate monitor for the past few days and I burned 445 calories in BodyPump today.

Post workout, I had a chocolate milk and of course, I am already over my sugar limit for the day - 22 grams of sugar in organic chocolate milk, plus the one tiny teaspoon of maple syrup this morning already has my sugar grams adding up!

Yesterday’s Lunch

I have to share yesterday’s lunch because it was so good – an egg and potato bowl.

I used to make this for lunch quite often but I haven’t lately so it was a nice change. I cooked one potato on the stove with garlic, red pepper, onion, and a little bit of salt and pepper. Then I scrambled three egg whites and topped them with some cheddar cheese.

I put all of it in a bowl for the perfect lunch!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you like syrup? What do you top your pancakes with?
  • Pancakes or French toast?
  • Favorite pumpkin food?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

BodyPump Training Weekend Day #1

We laughed, we cried…we touched foreheads and shared a breath. <—You will get to know your fellow BodyPump trainees really well over the course of the weekend.

BodyPump training was intense. It was like nothing that I have ever experienced before. It was tough, it was educational, it was challenging. It was awesome.

Today I feel like I have been hit by a bus.

(After typing all this out, I realized how long it is, so I am going to split it into Day #1 and Day #2).


Training started Saturday morning at 11 am. The training facility is about 45 minutes away from me so I left in plenty of time to make it on time.

Getting ready to leave:

I arrived (after getting a little lost) at 10:30 am and more than half of the class was there already waiting to go into the building.

Oddly enough, I actually knew a girl that was there. She would sometimes take a BodyPump class at my gym and we recognized each other. Her parents live by my gym so she would occasionally workout there when she was visiting them. I was a bit nervous so it was nice to actually know someone there.

I was worried that I brought too much stuff with (it looked like I was packing for a four day trip with all my stuff) but everyone else had a lot of stuff too.

Here’s what I brought:

  • A laptop with the BodyPump manual on it and to use as a DVD player (we never ended up watching the DVD)
  • The BodyPump DVD with choreography and notes booklet
  • An iPod with the BodyPump music on it (I did use this) and headphones
  • All printouts that we were supposed to bring
  • A notebook and pen
  • Extra clothes (very much needed the second day)
  • Advil (also much needed the second day)
  • A water bottle
  • Gatorade
  • A cooler packed with: a GoPicnic lunch, Clif bars, chocolate milk, an apple, Greek yogurt, and almonds
  • A towel (big and small)

There was a big group of us – a little over thirty people which was one of the biggest groups they’ve ever had. Normally they close the registration at 20 people, but they added another instructor and opened the registration back up. It was nice having two instructors but the room we were in was a little cramped.

The awesome thing about having so many people is the energy. It’s amazing. Everyone is so pumped and energetic and you just feed off of each other.

When we first got there, we checked in, and had our pictures taken with our names tags. We put all of our stuff away and got settled in. We started by taking the master class. BodyPump release #87 is awesome. It’s a great workout and in my opinion, the squat track is the best. The squats are awesome, and Black Betty is now my favorite BodyPump song.

After the master class, we spent a little time discussing what BodyPump is and then we all shared a little bit about ourselves and our goal for the weekend. (Or maybe we did this before the master class – my brain in a little bit jumbled)


My goal was confidence. I said that I am so used to being a participant in the class and it’s a lot harder to be the one teaching the class. I am really nervous to be up there teaching and said that I would like to gain more confidence.

Then we went over some of the educational components of BodyPump – five key elements, role model technique, etc.

Next we did the BodyPump Boot Camp. This consisted of going over every single move that is done in BodyPump so that you learn how to correctly do the moves – squats, chest press, chest fly, triceps dips, triceps extension, kickbacks, biceps curls, hammer curls, lunges, deadlifts, dead rows, hang clean, clean and press, T shoulder raise, rotator raise, etc,

Wow – it was exhausting just typing that.

We really weren’t given many breaks the first day. We had about a 5 minute break in the morning, and then we had about a 15 minute lunch/dinner break around 5 pm. By that time, we were starving. Bring lots of snacks that you can just grab and eat while the instructors are going over educational stuff because you don’t get much time to eat.

I ate my GoPicnic lunch and drank a lot of Gatorade.

After the break, we all performed our tracks. Here’s where things got kind of tricky. The room we were in wasn’t that big so it was a little crowded. We broke into two assigned groups on each end of the room (we were all still near each other since the room wasn’t huge, we just faced opposite directions). Each big group then broke down into three mini groups (but all standing right next to each other).

In each group, there was 2 to 4 people presenting the same track as you. For example, on Saturday, I was presenting the back track, and there was also two other people in my group presenting the back track. There was also three people in the other group presenting the back track – so six people total performing the back track at the exact same time.

Organized chaos.

This system had disadvantages and advantages. First of all, it was impossible to hear what was going on with six people all teaching their own way and having the music on. You really had to shout at your group to be heard and most of the time I couldn’t even hear what was being said, I just followed the moves.

Since everyone teaches different, people were all saying stuff and calling out moves at different times so this was a bit distracting and could throw you off.

However, if you messed up or were lost, you could just look up and see what someone else was doing. While teaching the back track, I did mess up a little bit on one part. I did a dead row while I should have been doing a clean and press, but I was able to get back on track right away.

Also, if everyone had presented one at a time, it would have taken forever.

I was a little nervous presenting the back track. I thought we would be given time to practice during the day but we weren’t (on the second day we were). You have to start off introducing your track, what muscle group you will be working, how much weight you’ll need on your bar, and demo any moves that need to be – I demonstrated the hang clean and the clean and press.

During the track you need to call out the exercise and tempo. For example, deadlift 3/1, dead row singles, wide grip deadlift 2/2.

I feel like I had an advantage since I have been taking BodyPump for two years. Other people had an advantage because they already taught other classes and were comfortable in front of people, but some people were completely new to BodyPump and had never even taken a BodyPump class.

I think I did really well. I got my choreography right (except that one tiny slip-up) and I called everything out perfect. I even added in things like squeeze your glutes on the way up and hinge from your hips. A big thank you to my current BodyPump teachers for drilling that into my head.

During our presentation, we were video recorded for a short while. After we were done, we were given feedback from the instructor and watched the video. I did everything really good except my timing was a little fast (which it always seems to be on the back track) and I went a little bit to low on my deadlift (even though I called it out correctly).

Even though it was a little nerve racking watching yourself on video, it really shows you what you need to focus on.

The instructor said I did great with the choreography and calling out the cues.

I was really happy with how I did and didn’t feel nervous being up in front of everyone.

We finally left around 7:45 pm, and I got home about 8:30 pm. I was starving when I got home. I ate an Amy’s pizza, Doritos, and cereal. I didn’t sleep well because I ate way too much and I was really sore. I woke up at 6 am to get ready for day #2!

Check back tomorrow for Day #2!


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Abs and Allergies

Could my calves be anymore tight and painful? No. The answer is no.

I think I kind of overdid it with my workouts on Monday and now my calves are paying the price. I finally thought of a way to describe it. You know when you get a Charley horse or leg cramp and your whole leg just tightens up and it so incredibly painful? That’s what my calves feel like. Maybe not quite as painful, but very tight and painful.

So, last night I foam rolled and used the massage stick. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I put on my calf sleeves and went to sleep. I don’t know if it worked, but it helped me feel better. I took them off about halfway through the night and used a heating pad this morning. I am going to foam roll again and hopefully they’ll start feeling better soon.

They haven’t been this bad since I went to physical therapy last year. I am just going to try and take it easy.

My best friends:

Today’s Workout

  • Stability Ball Ab Workout – 15 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I started my workout off with a quick ab workout this morning before heading to BodyPump.

Some of the ab exercises I did on the stability ball:

  • crunches
  • crunch with opposite knee to elbow
  • Oblique twist
  • Stability ball V- pass
  • Ab roll in
  • Butt lifts
  • Ball roll out
  • Plank
  • Plank with mountain climbers
  • Back extension

During BodyPump, I made sure to take it easy on the squat and lunge tracks so my calves wouldn’t get worse, and I wore my calf sleeves.

Post workout snack was a cookie dough Quest bar.

Could my hair be anymore crazy?

I had a few errands to run after the gym and by the time I got home, I was starving so I threw together some peanut butter French toast. I used PB2 in place of regular peanut butter.


This is totally random, but Jaden wore his cat shirt today.


Danny and Jaden are allergic to cats so we can’t ever have a cat. I always had cats and dogs growing up. Jaden loves animals but since he’s allergic I bought him a cat t-shirt instead. Not exactly the same thing as having a cat…but he loves it.

We did have a dog for a long time but he passed away last year, and Jaden still talks about him. I would love to get another dog, but I worry about Jaden’s allergies. Maybe one day…

Have a great afternoon! Don’t forget to get your free Bulu Box!

  • Do you have any pets? Did you have pets growing up?
  • Strangest pet? We only had cats, dogs, hamsters, and fish.
  • Favorite ab move?
  • What did you have for lunch?



Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Ellie Workout Wear

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #9 (Saturday) 2 minutes 44 seconds
  • 3.22 miles treadmill, ran

I recently received some great workout clothes from Ellie.

The Ellie website is pretty cool – you start off taking a style quiz so that Ellie knows what kind of workout clothes your prefer best. From there, you can shop as a non-member and buy the clothes you want or you can sign up as a Fit Fashionista Club member and choose any two pieces of clothing a month for only $49.95. (This option actually saves you money rather than buying the pieces from each monthly collection.)

I picked two pieces of workout clothes from the February collection – The Call Me Coy Shirt and the Heartbreaker Capri.

Even though my two items were backordered, the shipping was still fairly quick which I appreciated.  I also loved the pink packaging.

I know that the packaging has nothing to do with the actual item, but I am a sucker for cute packaging and appreciate when a company takes time to also make sure their product is nicely packaged.

Check out Ellie’s Facebook page for sales and giveaways!

Call Me Coy Shirt

Whenever I buy shirts, I tend for look for ones that are a longer length because I am tall and have a long torso. So, even though this shirt was described as a lightweight mesh crop top, I still fell in love with it. The front of the shirt actually hits the top of my waistband on my pants, so it isn’t really short.

The back of the shirt is drapey and more cropped than the front, which I thought was a cute detail.

I love this shirt because it’s lightweight, mesh, and breathable. I like shirts that are a little looser fitting and this one is perfect. I also like that it can be worn alone or with a long tank layered underneath. I will most likely just wear it alone.

Heartbreaker Capri

Okay, I will admit, as soon as I took these capris out of the package, I thought: there is no way in the world that these itty bitty pants are going to fit me. No way.

I don’t usually buy very form-fitting workout capris or tights because I have larger thighs and calves and quite honestly, they either don’t fit or I look like a sausage. Like I said, I was extremely weary about these capris. However, once I actually put them on I loved them.

These capris actually hugged my curves in all the right ways rather than just squeeze my fat out. (Just being honest). I have never owned a pair of tight-like capris, and I am very happy with these. And I have to admit, I like how my behind looks in them. :) Thanks, Ellie.

The heartbreak capris were designed with perfect-fit technology so they stay in place and hold during any workout.

I also like wearing a looser fitting shirt with the tighter form-fitting pants.


I ordered both the shirt and capris in a size medium. I thought the medium shirt was true to size. I’m not sure if the more form-fitting shirts might fit a bit smaller, but the looser shirt was a perfect medium.

The capris seemed to run small. I was able to squeeze into a medium and maybe because they’re form-fitting but they seemed small. They fit perfect, but I feel like if I even gained two pounds they might not fit perfect anymore. They are also low-rise.

Personally, I think the Ellie workout clothes are good quality and cute. They’re perfect for any kind of workout – running, yoga, strength training, and are affordable.

I didn’t like the giant tags on the clothing, but I also hate clothing tags in general. In my perfect world, all clothes would be tagless.

And of course, Baby Toddler McCutie had to get in on the picture action. These clothes are even good for taking care of toddlers :)

Working Out

I wore my Ellie workout clothes to walk in and take a Step & Tone class. The Step class includes stepping (obviously), using hand weights, and light cardio like jumping jacks.

I was really happy with the mesh shirt material because it was breathable and kept me from getting too hot. The clothes stayed in place, and I had no problem with the shirt riding up except for during jumping jacks which is to be expected.

The clothes felt comfortable, allowed for easy movement, and were cute – which is always a plus :)

As an Ellie ambassador, I am really happy to provide you guys with a 20% off coupon. All you have to do it click on the Ellie picture below. And free shipping with every order! The March Ellie line, The Little Black Collection, has some really cute pieces!

I was sent these workout clothes for being an Ellie Ambassador. All opinions are my own.


Filed under Fitness, Fun, Working Out


Good afternoon! Today has been one of those days when everything is crazy and busy. I am finally home and able to sit down at my computer!

Today’s Workout

  • 1.31 miles treadmill
  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes

Total Pile on the Miles: 42.9 miles

Typical morning at the gym today. Ran on the treadmill for a short time and then went to Butts and Guts class.

After the gym, I picked up the last two Christmas gifts for the kids! Yes! I am done Christmas shopping for them. Now, I just everyone else on my list left to shop for.

Danny is the hardest to shop for. You’d think that being my husband, he’d be the easiest. But, no. He never tells me anything that he wants, and I hate just buying gift cards. I have a couple of ideas this year, but it be nice to have a few more.

Besides Danny, my in-laws are super hard to shop for. I like people like my mom, who just give me a nice and easy list to shop from. :) I do like Christmas shopping for others, but I want to get them something they actually want, and that’s kind of hard if they don’t tell you what they want.

I also picked up some hummus at the store because it’s been way too long since I’ve had some.


Lunch this afternoon was peanut butter french toast, egg whites, and blueberry Greek yogurt.


I usually keep track of how many grams of protein I eat on a daily basis.

Eating enough protein is something that I really struggle with, so keeping track of it helps me to know if I need to be eating more protein.

Protein is good for you because it helps you feel fuller longer, helps aid in weight loss, and helps rebuild your muscles after strength training.

I actually ate 100 grams of protein yesterday. I don’t think that has ever happened to me before, but I did have the Special K protein cereal in the morning and as an afternoon snack (1.5 cups = 20 grams of protein!) To get my protein in I usually stick to peanut butter, Greek yogurt, cereal, fish, and sometimes cheese.

I hope you have a good rest of your day!

Questions of the day:

  • Who is the hardest person you know to shop for?
  • Do you struggle with getting enough of a certain vitamin or food? Protein, fruits, veggies, fiber?
  • Do you eat meat? What’s your favorite? My favorite is the salmon stuffed with crab that Target sells. But I can only eat it once in a while or I get sick of it quickly.


Filed under Christmas, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out


It’s Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week! Unfortunately, I woke up this morning with a cold, so I’m not feeling the greatest.


I’m finally out of Kashi oatmeal, so this morning for breakfast, I had a Van’s waffle topped with blueberries and peanut butter and some Honeycrisp apple slices.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.12 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Total Pile on the Miles: 21.32 miles

After I got this little guy on the bus, I went to the gym.

Since I wasn’t feeling the greatest, I just walked a little over a mile on the treadmill before going to BodyPump. Every mile counts! I figure one mile is better than no miles.

Later in the day, I got this email about why you should exercise that I thought was interesting.

According to this email, the average person only works out two times a week. I understand that sometimes life gets busy with work, kids, school, life, etc. But I also feel that making time to workout can only benefit you. No one ever says, man, I really regret that workout. It’s making my heart all healthy and helping me to live longer. What a bummer.

I think any amount of exercise can benefit you. You can exercise for 10 minutes three times a day if you can’t workout 30 minutes at once. There are sneaky ways to get exercise in your daily routine – take the stairs, park in the farthest parking spot and walk, vacuum the house.

My sister in law’s place of employment has a gym. So, during her lunch break, she works out in the gym. She doesn’t have to travel away from the building to work out, so it’s convenient. Plus, it doesn’t take an hour to eat a sandwich. My brother’s work has a work station on a treadmill! How cool is that?! Of course, you have to be coordinated enough to walk and talk on the phone at the same time, but I love how businesses are seeing how important daily exercise is. (Plus, they probably want to keep their employees healthy so they don’t miss work.) :)

In other news, I have decided that I am pretty much addicted to Christmas. Danny knows the way to my heart and it’s not through diamonds or chocolate…it’s through Christmas decorations!

He brought me home this moose mailbox cover from the store yesterday. How super cute is it?! I just look at all my Christmas decorations as an investment in the future. After this year, I probably won’t ever have to buy another Christmas decoration. I love Christmas the way my dad loves Halloween.

And in my defense, I haven’t put up one Christmas decoration yet. I do wait until the day after Thanksgiving. Wait, I take that back – we did stick Christmas Mickey Mouse window clings to the window yesterday. But I just put those up because my niece loves Minnie and Mickey. I swear that’s the only decoration I have up so far!

We have a busy night tonight. Jacob has a community night for school, and Danny is helping my dad out with some stuff. I hope you all have a great night!

Questions of the day:

  • How many days a week do you exercise?
  • Does your job have a gym or treadmill work station?
  • What’s your favorite holiday?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

Weight Loss Wednesday

Since finishing The Biggest Loser challenge at my gym, I’ve lost two pounds…then I gained them back…then I lost them again…then they found they’re way back again. Basically, I have been losing and re-gaining the same two pounds, which I think is normal as people weights tend to fluctuate. But, I am still a few pounds away from my goal weight, so I would like to lose those last few pounds.

Lately, I have been noticing that I have been slipping into my old eating habits – eating too much sugar, overeating, etc. I try to stay at 1500 calories a day. On the weekends, I don’t even bother counting calories, and I know this is part of the problem. I tend to eat whatever I want on the weekends, not just one splurge meal, but a whole splurge weekend.

And lately, I have been deciding that the weekends start on Friday, so I have been eating a lot of Fridays too. Then, when Monday comes around, I am too scared to weigh myself, so I put it off and put it off. This is how I ended up gaining 30 pounds in the first place, and I refuse to go back there.

So…I’ve come up with a plan. I’m going to try it out and see how it works. Sometimes, when I come up with these “plans” I have a hard time sticking to them, but I think this one will work.

First, I cleaned out an old coffee creamer bottle to use a jar. Whenever I workout, I will put $1 into the bottle. Whenever I stick to my daily calories, I will put a $1 into the jar.

Whenever, I eat “bad”, I will put $5 into…

…Danny’s bottle.

Here’s the reasoning that I came up with – by working out and eating right, I am putting money into my bottle to save for something like new clothes or shoes, etc. When I eat bad, if I put the money in my bottle, I am essentially getting it back, so there’s really no motivation not to eat bad.

But, if I give that $5 to Danny, then I know that money is long gone and won’t be going towards my new Victoria’s Secret sweatpants. And $5 is a lot of money – that’s a week’s worth of McDonald’s coffee!

I still do plan on having either one weekend day or weekend meal to enjoy myself. For example, we’re going out to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday this weekend, I would like to order a meal and have dessert without any pressure. But that doesn’t mean I can eat unhealthy all day Saturday…and Sunday.

So, that’s the plan I have come up with, and we’ll see how it works.

On the positive side, something I’m really good at is drinking water. I drink water all day long and bring my water tumbler with me everywhere!

I fill it up when I get to the gym, when I leave the gym, and at home all day long. I probably do drink a lot more in the morning and it tapers off during the day, but I definitely get my water consumption in during the day.

Speaking of healthy eating, I did something totally counter productive - I bought candy cane Oreos at Target.

The candy cane Oreos are so hard to find! You can find the Oreos with the red creme anywhere, but the actual candy cane ones are a bit harder to find, so when I spotted them at Target, I had to buy them. I really only want one or two anyway because while I’m not a huge Oreo fan, I do like the candy cane ones.

One cookie has 70 calories, which is a lot for one little Oreo, but I usually save enough calories at the end of the day for a small treat after dinner.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.12 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Total Pile on the Miles: 10.75 miles

Questions of the day?

  • What is something that you struggle with? What is something that you’re good at? It could be anything – working out, eating healthy, knitting, surfing…
  • How do you motivate yourself?
  • Have you ever had a candy cane Oreo? Favorite cookie?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Fitness, Fun, Working Out

Working Out Together

Happy Friday!


Yesterday afternoon, I took the kids to Chuck E Cheese one last time before school starts. Jaden was very happy because he won the bonus on one of the games.

Yeah, it only takes 15 tokens to win the jackpot. Oh well, the kids had tons of fun. And they turned their tickets in for some awesome prizes.

And by awesome, I mean the glasses fell apart before we even reached the parking lot.

After Chuck E. Cheese, we ran into Wal-Mart next door. That’s where I saw this:

Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Reese’s Puffs muffins?! Somebody please tell me that you’ve tried these before. I didn’t buy one but I wouldn’t be opposed to eating a Reese’s Puffs muffin.

At a different store later in the evening, I found this funny hoodie.

I didn’t buy it either, but it’s fun to take picture of stuff that you don’t own.

Today’s Breakfast

Ever since I first made the peach oatmeal yogurt parfait, I have been eating them like crazy. It’s so good, and the mixture of the oatmeal, peach, and yogurt gives the perfect flavor and texture combination.

I made one for breakfast this morning with a white flesh peach (so good!) and topped it with blueberries.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I had a special guest at BodyPump today – Danny!

He has the day off of work because we’re heading to Wisconsin soon, so I talked him into going to BodyPump with me. Actually, he really does like BodyPump. Since you pick your own weight, it’s a good workout for anyone.

My second to last Biggest Loser weigh-in is on Monday. (The final weigh-in is actually at 6:30 am the day of the 5k). I am not very happy about the weigh-in being on Monday since we will be at my grandparent’s all weekend and there will be lots of yummy food, including s’mores.

I tend to not eat as healthy when we’re away from home and with family and friends. And it’s harder to plan meals when I’m not at home. We’ll see how it goes, and I’m going to try extra hard to really watch what I eat. I am bringing some of my own food with me to eat healthy, but whenever I do that, everyone else’s food always ends up looking so much better than mine. Then, I eat theirs.

Questions of the day:

  • Do you eat healthy when on vacation or do you enjoy food more? Ever had a s’more made with a Reese’s peanut butter cup? Delicious.
  • Do you and your significant other enjoy different workouts? Ever workout together?
  • Any plans this weekend?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Walking, Skateboarding, and Chocolate

Yesterday morning after breakfast, Danny and I took the kids to a local trail and walked for about two miles.

Two miles is about all Jaden can handle before he throws himself on the ground in defeat, moaning that he can’t possibly walk another step. We’re usually right next to the car when this happens.

Afterwards, we dropped my niece off at home and visited with my mom, brother, and sister-in-law a bit. Then, we took the kids to a skate park. Jacob has been skateboarding for about a month, and he is really into it.

I get a little nervous bringing him to the skate park because there’s usually a bunch of teenage boys there, and he’s just a beginner and I don’t want him to get in the way. I’ve seen those kids fall and it’s not pretty.

There was a handful of teenagers skating when we got there yesterday, and I told Jacob just to make sure he didn’t get in the way and to do his own thing. One of the kids skating was very nice and said that the kids were fine and offered to move so they could go down the ramps and stuff.

I feel like you don’t often come across teenagers that are so nice to little kids, especially when they’re kind of invading their space, so I very impressed with this kid and how he acted towards Jacob and Jaden.

Later in the afternoon, we met up with my family at Bamboo Spoon for some frozen yogurt. I ate really good yesterday, and made sure that the frozen yogurt stayed within my daily calories. Although, I usually have to estimate the calories in the toppings.

His and hers fro-yo:

After eating our frozen yogurt, we walked around the stores for a little while. My dad wanted to take us to this little chocolate cafe where they serve awesome chocolates, coffee, and chocolate martinis.

Sitting in the martini room:

Look at these chocolate! Aren’t they awesome?!

Awesome, but expensive. $14 for eight little chocolates. We didn’t buy any, but we stared longingly at them for a while.

My step-mom mentioned this girl scout 5k to me a while back, and I forgot about it until I saw an ad for it in the new Competitor magazine.

When you cross the finish line, you get a box of girl scout cookies! How cool is that?! Bring on the thin mints!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you ever exercise with your kids or significant other?
  • Ever come across a person that was not what you thought? I expected those teenage boys to be mad about the kids being in their way, but they proved me wrong.
  • Ever been to a chocolate cafe? What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?
  • Favorite girl scout cookie?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Fun

I Dropped My Grapes. Thanks, Mr. Bug.


Yesterday afternoon, I took the kids to Chuck E Cheese. I’ll admit it, I kind of like Chuck E Cheese. Who doesn’t love playing skee-ball and befriending a giant mouse? I don’t like it when it’s crowded, though. That’s why we go during the week rather than the weekend.

Our Chuck E Cheese just got some new games, including Fruit Ninja! How fun is it to play Fruit Ninja on a giant screen?! The kids loved playing it, and I might have played one game of it. Or ten.

I got the kids the world’s tiniest Chuck E Cheese pizza for lunch.

Chuck E Cheese actually has the calorie count of all their food listed on the menu when you first walk in. Each slice of the mini pizza only had 90 calories each. The only other restaurant that I’ve seen with the calorie count listed right on the giant menu is Panera.

Biggest Loser Weigh-In

Last night, was my Biggest Loser workout and weigh-in. We all started out working out, and then they called us out two at a time to be weighed and measured. I lost seven pounds. I am pretty happy with that. I was hoping for a 10 pound weight loss, but seven pounds is fine with me. The next weigh-in is about a month away.

Usually on Wednesdays, we have a workout and then the 5k prep, but we just got an email saying that instead of doing the scheduled workout, it’s been changed to a nutrition seminar instead.

We had to turn our food journals in last week, so I’m guessing the registered dietitian didn’t like what she saw which is why were having the nutrition seminar instead of a workout.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class

In today’s Butts and Guts class, we used the stability ball for the whole class. We used to for warm-up, strength, cardio, and cool down. I love this class because it’s so different every week, and always keeps my body guessing.

We don’t have much food in the house, so I had to stop at the store for some groceries for breakfast and dinner later. I was super hungry, so I ate a peach in the car on the way home from the store. When I got home, I made delicious peanut butter french toast.

I also had some grapes. I had more grapes on my plate than that, but when I opened the back door to go outside to take a picture, there was a green praying mantis on the door that startled me, and half of my grapes rolled off my plate and onto the floor. Kinda like that meatball song, but with grapes…

This afternoon, we’re off to pick up my niece and go to the library. Have a great day!

Questions of the day:

  • Are you scared of bugs? I hate them. The praying mantis didn’t super bother me, but other bugs do.
  • What’s your favorite kind of pizza?
  • Do you like calorie counts on menus?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Fitness