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Biggest Loser Finale

Biggest Loser

Did you guys watch the Biggest Loser finale last night? I didn’t even recognize Danni! She looked awesome, and of course, I had to root for her because she’s from the Chicago suburbs – not too far from me actually. What a transformation that girl had!


I also really liked Joe and thought all the contestants looked awesome. I was hoping Lisa would win the at home prize. That girl looked great!!

I loved the kid’s transformations. I think they really made themselves healthier and gained tons of self-confidence. They also helped change their families lives.

I just wished they didn’t end the show so abruptly – maybe let Danni or the trainers talk for a minute? It’s just confetti. The End.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #19 – 3 minutes and 4 seconds
  • 1.04 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Only 12 more planks left in March to go! We used the Bosu ball in Butts and Guts today, and we did some plank work on it at the end of class, so I got a lot of plank time in today!

Right from the gym, I went to the dentist for a check-up and teeth cleaning. All good! I hate when they floss my teeth, though. It drives me crazy. I am 30 years old. I think I can floss my own teeth.

After the dentist, I picked up my niece, and we stopped at Target where I picked up the BEST Easter candy ever:

I love love love Cadbury eggs. But don’t worry – I’m not going to eat all of them (although I would love to :) ). I found a recipe for Cadbury Egg Blondies on Pinterest that I am going to make for Easter. I hope that turn out good because that’s pretty much my dream dessert!


Lunch this afternoon was one that you’ve seen a lot.

Peanut butter stuffed French toast made with PB2, two egg whites, and Honeycrisp apple slices dipped in PB2.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring! How are you going to celebrate?!

I’m going to celebrate by wearing shorts. Just kidding. I’ll be wearing pants, a hoodie, a coat, and gloves because it’s going to be 25 degrees here tomorrow. Thanks first day of spring.

  • Did you watch the Biggest Loser Finale? Who did you want to win?
  • What’s your dream dessert?
  • What’s the last thing you bought at Target?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Going to the Movies

Good afternoon!

First up, the winner of the Alexia Foods Giveaway:

#43 – Alw6ys - Janice, please email your shipping address to runeatplay(at)hotmail(dot)com.


Yesterday afternoon, we took the kids to see Oz The Great and Powerful in 3D.

I thought it was really good, and the kids liked it, but there was a few parts where Jaden had to hide his eyes under my coat. I guess he didn’t like the giant creepy flying monkeys with sharp teeth coming right at him in 3D.

Sometimes I like 3D movies and sometimes I don’t. They can give me a headache and make my contacts dry sometimes, but Oz in 3D was good.

Side Note: My favorite thing to get at the movie theater is an Icee, but yesterday their Icee machine was broken and it kind of ruined my movie going experience. Then I got over it.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #17 (yesterday): 3 minutes and 2 seconds <— I finally hit 3 minutes!
  • Plank #18 (today): 3 minutes and 3 seconds
  • Elliptical 10 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 1.57 miles treadmill, walked at an incline

I always try to do at least 30 minutes of cardio on the days that I take BodyPump. I squeezed in 10 minutes on the elliptical before class, so after BodyPump, I walked on the treadmill for about 22 minutes at 4.0 mph with the incline between 3% and 5%. My calves were killing me by the time I was done! Even a small incline is no joke!

For a post workout snack, I had a Dannon Oikos cafe latte Greek yogurt:

This flavor is one of my favorites.


Lunch this afternoon was a green pepper stuffed with brown rice, spinach, and feta. I also sliced up a giant apple and ate it with some PB2.

  • What was the last movie that you saw?
  • Is there a snack/drink you always get at the movie theater?
  • Do you like watching movies in 3D?
  • Ever walk or run at an incline?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Corned Beefs A Cooking!

Good Morning!

Today’s Workout

  • Boot Camp – 60 minutes
  • Plank #16: 2 minutes 58 seconds

I was up bright and early to go to Boot Camp this morning. I haven’t been to Boot Camp in a while, and it’s such a great workout, so I figured that I better go. It’s hard to wake up at 6:30 am on a Saturday though.

Post Boot Camp:

The Boot Camp instructor always points out that at least you’re done with your workout by 8 am. It is nice to workout first thing in the morning and be done with it. Boot Camp is definitely the class that gets my heart rate up the fastest. It’s tough.

Some of the things we did in Boot Camp today:

  • Run laps
  • Run laps while holding a stability over our heads
  • Lunges on a step with weights
  • Jumps over the step
  • Burpees on the step
  • Plank on a stability ball
  • Sit-ups on a stability ball
  • Superman on a stability ball
  • Biceps curls
  • Triceps push-ups on a stability ball

And that’s just some of what we do! After class, I did plank #16 – I’m almost up to 3 minutes!

After the gym, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some stuff for our St. Patrick’s Day party tonight.

My family is coming over, and I am making corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes for dinner.

There will also be green beer involved, but not for me. I am not a fan of green beer…or any beer. I’ll make up for not drinking green beer by eating a brownie. That’s kind of the same thing, right?!

Last year, we tried to go to The Claddagh for St. Patrick’s Day but ended up at Houlihan’s.


For breakfast this morning, I splurged and had toast with real peanut butter…and I was too lazy to mix up the PB2. You know because mixing powdered peanut butter with a little bit of water is tough work. :)

Have a great Saturday! Don’t forget to enter my Alexia Foods Giveaway – ends tomorrow!

  • Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you like corned beef?
  • Green beer: yes or no?
  • Did you workout today? Even take a Boot Camp class?
  • Plank time?!?!


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Alexia Sweet Potato Fries + A Giveaway!

Good afternoon! For some reason, I am exhausted today. Is anyone else tired? I feel like I could sleep for a long long time.

I still made it to the gym this morning though :)

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #14: 2 minutes and 56 seconds
  • 4 miles, treadmill
  • Stretching – 10 minutes

Instead of going to Step Class this morning, I decided to run on the treadmill. I ran for about 3.3 miles and walked the rest. I finished up with some much-needed stretching.

Post-run, I had a Designer Whey triple chocolate crunch bar. I think this flavor might be even as good as the peanut butter flavor!


Lunch this afternoon was extra delicious because it included  Alexia Sweet Potato Fries!

I love French fries. If I don’t order them when we go out, I always make sure that Danny orders some, so that I can steal a few.

I was really excited to try the Alexia sweet potato fries because they are so much better for you than regular potatoes, and they’re all ready to go right into the oven! Sometimes making your own sweet potato fries can be time-consuming, and I’m all about time-savers.

Sweet potatoes are good for you because they’re high in fiber, contain vitamin B6 which is good for your heart, are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), as well as vitamins C and E.

Alexia Sweet Potato Fries just received The American Heart Association Certification.

When using a healthy cooking method, such as baking, the product is certified with the iconic Heart-Check mark for meeting certification criteria that limits fat, saturated and trans fat, cholesterol and sodium, and requires a beneficial nutrient like Vitamin A. Established in 1995, the Heart-Check mark gives consumers an easy, reliable system for identifying heart-healthy foods as a first step in building a sensible eating plan.


I had my sweet potato fries alongside my bagelwich for lunch.

I even got my niece to try them. First, she stared at them for a while.

Then she decided that they were okay to taste.

Finally, she loved them so much that she had to savor the taste!

Great for adults and kids!

Giveaway Time!

Alexia is offering one reader an awesome Alexia gift item package, including:

  • Alexia apron
  • Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • A coupon for a free Alexia product

Pretty great gift pack!

To Enter:

  • Comment below and tell me your favorite way to eat potatoes!

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Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

The giveaway will end Sunday, March 17th. Winner will be announced Monday.


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More Furniture

Good afternoon! I hope you’re all enjoying your Wednesday.


Sometimes, I buy way too much Greek yogurt because I have a hard time deciding between all the flavors, then I have to hurry up and eat it because it starts to get close to the expiration date.

Well, I had to eat the caramel pineapple yogurt because it expired today (not that I’m complaining because that flavor is delicious!)

I am one of those people who will not touch a food past its expiration date. Yogurt, milk, bread, whatever. If it’s expired, I won’t eat it. It might be physiological, but I just can’t eat it. It doesn’t usually go to waste though because Danny will pretty much eat anything.

Along with my yogurt, I also had some Kashi Go Lean cereal.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #13: 2 minutes and 55 seconds <— Getting closer to three minutes!
  • Elliptical – 12 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • HIIT Treadmill Workout – 24 minutes (with a two-minute cool down) 2.14 miles

I usually try to fit in 30 minutes of cardio on the days that I take BodyPump, so day I did a quick HIIT workout on the treadmill. I walked for two minutes followed by running at between 7.0 and 7.3 for one minute (fast for me). I repeated this for a total of 24 minutes, then followed up with a two-minute cool down of slow walking.

Heart rate up. Check. Cardio complete. Check.


I took a few pictures of the nightstands that I liked at TJMaxx yesterday, but the pictures wouldn’t load on my computer. Well, I finally got them to load and thought I’d share the pics.

I love this nightstand:

I just wish they had two!

I also liked the style of this one, I just wish it wasn’t stark white. I like more of an off-white/cream color.

I also liked these:

What do you think?


My nearby Whole Foods finally got the regular flavored PB2 in stock!

I was so happy that I bought two jars. I like the PB2 with chocolate, so I figured that I’d also like the regular flavor just as much. And if I don’t love it by itself, I can always use it in smoothies and yogurt.

I have a little bit of the chocolate PB2 left that I’m going to use up before I open a new jar.

Have a great afternoon!!

  • Which nightstand is your favorite?
  • Any workout today? Plank time?
  • Will you eat food past its expiration date?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Uncategorized, Working Out

Healthy Eats

The FitFluential DietBet officially started today! There’s still time to signup if you want to join – the pot is up to $9925!! Danny and I are weighed in and ready to go!

My weight is up a bit recently, but I also ate way too much this weekend. (What? You’re not surprised because I overeat every weekend? Story of my life.) My weight always seems to fluctuate a few pounds so I’m not too worried about it.

I am going to try really hard to keep my weekend eating under control for this DietBet. I will continue with Weight Loss Wednesdays starting next week. When this DietBet is over it will mark one year since I started my weight loss jounrey :)


We made sure to eat a good dinner last night. I made garlic brown sugar chicken for Danny and the kids.

I followed this chicken recipe that I found via Pinterest. I also made green beans and brown rice. I tend to make a broccoli and carrots so the green beans were a nice change.

Jaden wouldn’t touch them though. He wanted soup instead of green beans. Whatever. I’m lucky I got him to eat the chicken.

I had salmon, green beans with onions, and a clementine.

I also threw some blueberries on my plate at the last-minute. I’m pretty sure that I eat clementines and blueberries every single day. And when summer comes, it’ll be watermelon and strawberries. Yum! I love summer fruit.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #12: 2 minutes and 52 seconds. I was dying today. Dying.
  • 1.05 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts class – 60 minutes

I plan on starting my training plan for the Biggest Loser 15k soon, I just have to figure out how to work it into my schedule. I am so used to taking my exercises classes on certain days so it’ll be an adjustment to stick to a training plan.

I received this email on what to eat post workout:

I seem to be doing good with post work out eating because I eat almost all of these foods – usually for lunch. My favorite post workout snack is a protein bar or Greek yogurt.


Lunch this afternoon was a bagel thin with three egg whites and provolone cheese.

I also had veggies with hummus, a clementine, and blueberries. Yes, again. I told you, everyday.

Tonight, I want to bring Danny over to TJ Maxx because I saw some pieces of furniture that I really like over there. I am just worried that if I buy one dresser or nightstand at TJ Maxx that I won’t be able to find other pieces to match it somewhere else.

I also want to put up a big mirror in the corner of our room like this one via Pinterest:


Our room is small so I’m not sure how it would work.

Too many decisions!!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Is there anything you eat almost every day?
  • Have you ever stuck to a training plan? Did you have to rearrange your schedule?
  • What was for lunch today?
  • What color is your bedroom furniture?


Filed under Dinner, Fitness, Lunch, Recipes, Working Out

Shopping for Furniture

Good afternoon! How are you all doing with the time change? It always takes me a while to get used to it, but I’m happy that it will stay light out longer.


Yesterday afternoon, my mom watched the kids for a while so Danny and I could go out and look for bedroom furniture. We’re trying to find a whole new bedroom set, and so far I haven’t found anything that I loved.

We looked at a lot of complete bedroom sets, but I don’t know if I like all the matchy matchy sets. I love this bedroom that I found on Pinterest:


So far, I can’t find exactly what I want so, the search continues! If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.

While we were out, we stopped at Whole Foods for lunch and some more carrot cake Clif bars.


The plank-a-day challenge is going great. Danny and I are improving each day. Yesterday was day #10. Danny’s plank was 1 minute and 55 seconds.

My plank was 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

I used Marlene’s trick and listened to music while doing my plank. I think it really worked because I lasted 5 seconds longer than the day before!

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Plank Day #11 – 2 minutes 51 seconds
  • 2.1 miles treadmill, walked/jogged

I did the plank after BodyPump today so it was really hard. I made it one second longer than yesterday and that was a struggle. My whole body was shaking after a minute, but the music really helps.


I had a small protein fruit smoothie this morning.

In my smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop white chocolate Designer Whey protein powder
  • 3 ounces Trop50 orange juice

Total Calories: 130     Total Protein: 9.4 grams

Have a great afternoon!

  • Know any good places for bedroom furniture?
  • What does your bedroom look like? Favorite thing in your bedroom?
  • Any workout today? Plank time?




Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out


Good afternoon!


Last night, Danny, the kids, and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings with my dad and stepbrother to eat and watch the Chicago Blackhawks hockey game. Apparently, the Blackhawks are a big thing here in Chicago – something about a winning streak?!

My dad gets sad if I don’t show his picture when we go out together, so here it is:

Are you happy, Dad? We also went out for Mexican food last Friday, and I didn’t take any pictures so I didn’t even mention it. But for the record, we I went out with my dad last Friday for Mexican food.

Now that all the important stuff has been mentioned, let’s move on to today’s workout:

  • Plank Day #7: 2 minutes 39 seconds
  • Elliptical – 15 minutes
  • Step and Tone Class – 60 minutes
  • 1 mile walk, treadmill

Post workout, I had a Designer Whey chocolate caramel crunch protein bar.

It was good, but the peanut butter crunch is still my fav.

I have mentioned before that I usually eat something small at about 7:30 am, start my workout at about 8:45 am, and then eat something else (usually a protein bar) after my workout between 10:30 and 11:00 am.

I usually eat something with carbs before my workout to fuel my workout, and something with protein to help my muscles after a workout.

In the morning I usually have something like:

  • Kashi Go Lean cereal with almond milk
  • Kashi oatmeal
  • Whole wheat toast with peanut butter
  • Greek yogurt

I also have a small piece of fruit in the mornings – usually a clementine or blueberries.

I used to have a hard time knowing what to eat and when to eat when working out, but now I much have a set routine. I try not to overthink it.


For lunch today, I had a whole wheat English muffin topped with egg whites and provolone cheese with apple slices.

I also used the PB2 as regular peanut butter for the first time today instead of adding it to my smoothie or yogurt.

I mixed up two tablespoons of PB2 with one tablespoon of water and stirred until it was a thick consistency. I used it to dip my apple slice in.

I am a huge peanut butter lover and the PB2 was amazing. I thought that it wouldn’t taste as good as regular peanut butter or it would leave my craving regular peanut butter but it didn’t. It was delicious, and I will be stocking up on this stuff next time I go to Whole Foods.

And for the record, I’ve tried other “alternative” peanut butters, like Better “N Peanut Butter, which I thought was so gross. In fact, the full jar with only one scoop missing still sits in my fridge because I won’t touch it.

So for me to like the PB2 was surprising. And it’s only 45 calories for two tablespoons compared to 190 calories in my normal Jif Natural peanut butter.

Okay, enough talk about peanut butter.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Favorite way to eat peanut butter?
  • Any plans tonight? I have a parent/teacher conference to go to.
  • Do you usually eat before or after you workout? Or both?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Shamrock Protein Shake

Hello and good afternoon!

I am pretty much in love with Shamrock shakes and wait all year for them to come out at McDonald’s. However, I am not in love with the fact that they have close to 600 calories. Yes, I believe in everything in moderation but 600 calories is a lot.

Then the best thing happened – Monica from Run Eat Repeat posted a recipe for a healthier shamrock shake. The second best thing that happened was that I had all the ingredients at home.

You better believe that I made a shamrock shake yesterday after seeing her recipe.

I also love her idea of freezing almond milk to use in smoothies to help keep them thicker. I froze and used three almond milk ice cubes.

In my shamrock shake:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (this includes the three almond milk ice cubes)
  • Plain Greek yogurt (I would have used vanilla, but I only had plain in  my fridge)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 ounce (about a handful) spinach
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • crushed ice
  • 1 packet of truvia

201 calories     26.9 grams protein

If you’re feeling really festive, you could throw a thin mint cookie in there and add only 40 calories.

Luckily, I had peppermint extract leftover from when I made peppermint Oreo truffles during the holidays.

The whole shake only had 201 calories! Much better than 600 calories, and it had a lot of protein!


As soon as Danny got home from work last night, be busted out his snow blower and went to work:

Thanks, Danny, for finding my car under the snow. You’re the best.

Today’s Breakfast

I tried out the new Dannon Oikos cafe latte Greek yogurt, and it was fabulous.

It’s so good, it’s one of those things where you try to scrap out every last bit, lick the lid, and maybe even lick the yogurt container. Come on, I’m not the only one, right?!

It’s definitely a flavor that I will be purchasing a lot of.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank Day #6 – 2 minutes 38 seconds (I’m dying on these!)
  • 1.02 miles treadmill, walked (warm-up)
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 2.15 miles treadmill, walked/jogged

I’m dying on the plank-a-days, and it’s only March 6th! I am improving though…even if it’s only by a second. Danny’s plank time yesterday and today was 1 minute 50 seconds.

Have a great afternoon!!

  • Plank time?
  • Shamrock shakes: yes or no? Favorite shake?
  • What did you have for breakfast today?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Easy Crock Pot Dinner

Well, it’s been snowing here in Chicagoland since about 5am. We’re expected to get 8 to 12 inches of snow. Great. I thought Spring was supposed to be coming?

Our school district was one of the few that didn’t cancel school today, so the kids were kind of bummed to not have a snow day. Jaden still had fun playing in the snow while waiting for the bus and brushing off my car.

I guess we’re used to snow here in Illinois.

After I made sure Jaden got on the bus safely, I headed to the gym. I started off with my plank-a-day #5 challenge. I held it for 2 minutes and 37 seconds today.

It was tough. I’m trying to hold it longer each day, even if it’s only by a second, and now I’m kind of wishing that I would have done a shorter plank the first day!

Danny is progressively getting better at his plank too. His time yesterday was 1 minute and 45 seconds.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank 2:37
  • Elliptical – 15 minutes
  • Butts and Guts class – 60 minutes
  • 2.04 miles treadmill, walked and jogged

There was two of us in Butts and Guts class today. That is all.

Post workout, I had a vanilla Greek yogurt with some delicious PB2 mixed in. I wonder of I could freeze it and eat it like frozen yogurt?

I also stopped at the store to pick up a few things for dinner since I’m sure we’ll be snowed in tonight. I decided to take out the crock pot and make something super simple – shredded chicken and gravy over biscuits.

You only need three ingredients – chicken, gravy, and biscuits.

I bought the skinless, boneless tenderloins because they were on sale. I cook them in the crock pot with a bit of water for 5-6 hours on low. Then, I shred the chicken, add the gravy, and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

Serve the chicken and gravy over biscuits and you’re done! Easy, simple, and good! (Don’t worry, I’ll add some kind of vegetable in there too :) )

  • What’s your easy, go-to dinner?
  • Have you ever frozen Greek yogurt? Good?
  • What’s your weather like? Any snow?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out