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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

I’m such a sweet wife, I made Danny a heart-shaped cookie (and I only stole one bite of it!)

This morning, I tried to upload my pictures on the computer, and I got this message:

Catastrophic failure?! That makes it sounds like it’s the end of the world or something. Catastrophic failure. Geesh. Luckily, I just unplugged my camera and plugged it back in and it worked fine. Catastrophic failure adverted.

Last Night’s Workout

  • 2.5 miles treadmill (walk/run)
  • Biggest Loser Circuit Workout

I have been noticing for the past few day that my left hip has been bothering me a bit when I walk or run. I have had hip bursitis before and it is not fun. I think I need to start stretching and foam rolling more. I have been so bad about stretching lately. And since yoga class is the same time as my biggest loser workouts, I haven’t been to yoga in over 6 weeks. I’m thinking about skipping the 5k prep workout on Wednesday night and going to yoga instead.

Our biggest loser workout was tough last night. I think my body was just sore and tired, but I managed to get through it. Some of the exercises we did included:

  • quick feet drills (running in place with legs open)
  • squats
  • jumping jacks with light weights
  • bent over rows
  • lunges with high kicks
  • one-legged biceps curls
  • mountain climbers
  • planks
  • side planks
  • bicycle sit-ups

By the time I got home, I was ready for a shower.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class

We didn’t use any equipment in class today, but instead spent 20 seconds doing an exercise with 10 seconds of rest in between. We finished up with some ab work.


This morning, I pulled out the strawberry banana Chobani Greek yogurt. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of bananas. I tasted the yogurt, and you could definitely taste the banana flavor. It’s great if you like bananas, but since I don’t, I decided to use the yogurt in a smoothie.

In my smoothie:

  • container of strawberry banana Greek yogurt
  • 12 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

The chia seeds definitely added a different texture to the smoothie. It wasn’t bad, just a different texture than I’m used to, but still delicious. After I made the smoothie, I stuck it in the freezer until I left to go to the gym. Then, I brought it to the gym with me to drink after my workout.

For me, the strawberry banana yogurt works so much better in a smoothie than eaten by itself.

Later this afternoon, the kids have tennis lessons. I’m not looking forward to it.

Well, Jacob is fine, but I think Jaden is a little bit to young for tennis. He doesn’t want to stand there and listen to the instructor talk about backhands, ready positions, and how to hold a racquet correctly. He just wants to smack tennis balls as hard as he can and then run around chasing them.

Basically for forty-five minutes, the instructor is trying to get Jaden to pay attention, while I’m yelling at him to pay attention and stop hanging from the tennis nets. At least there’s only two classes left….

Questions of the day:

  • Do you stretch? How often?
  • Favorite smoothie?
  • What did you have for breakfast today?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

Too Few Calories?


Last night was the Biggest Loser nutrition seminar. It turns out that we’re eating too little calories. The dietician said that according to our food journals, we’re all eating between 800 and 1200 calories a day, which is too low.

I had a bunch of thoughts fly through my head when she said this. First, how does anyone eat 800 calories a day?! I love food way too much to only eat 800 calories a day and would feel like I was going to die (dramatic, much?!). I feel sad when I only eat 1200 calories a day.

Then, I thought there’s no way that people are only eating 800 calories a day. They must be miscalculating the amount of calories in things. But then I remembered that we’re doing a Biggest Loser challenge, and maybe people are super restricting their calories in an attempt to lose more weight. Obviously, we weren’t eating 800 calories prior to this challenge or we wouldn’t be here in the first place.

The dietician went on to tell us that none of us should be eating below 1500 calories a day. What?! You tell me this now?! This sure is extremely different from the 1136 calories that I was told to eat while doing the  spring weight loss challenge. If you remember that post, I kind of freaked out a bit.

I currently eat between 1200 and 1500 calories a day, usually with a high calorie day thrown in the mix from a cookout, birthday party, or going out to dinner. I kind of feel that upping my calorie count to 1500 calories a day will not aid in my weight loss, so I emailed the dietician last night about it and am waiting for her reply.

Another thing I realized is that since I don’t work outside the home, I am around food all day long. People that have jobs or work in an office probably don’t have immediate access to food like I do. I used to raid the kitchen every day around 3 pm, because I would get snacky and had a full kitchen at my service. Mindless afternoon snacking was one of the things that I really had to work on and still do.

After the nutrition seminar, we headed outside into the heat and humidity to do our 5k prep training. We ran 90 seconds fast, and then walked 90 seconds for a total of eight times. I have no idea how long we ran or how far, although I’m sure that I could calculate the time, I’m just too lazy to do the math. All I know is that I was a hot mess by the time we were finished.

Today’s Breakfast

I actually ate a normal breakfast before I went to the gym today, instead of eating when I got home. We had a tiny bit of oats left, so I used them to make overnight oats. Last night, I mixed up strawberry Greek yogurt, oats, almond milk, and chia seeds. This morning, I added another splash of almond milk and topped it with Fiber One cereal. I like it.

Today’s Workout

  • 3.1 miles treadmill
  • 3 miles bike

Even though I ran last night, I decided to run again this morning. Only two more days until the Muddy Buddy! I plan on taking tomorrow off from working out, so I’ll be all rested for Saturday.

After the gym, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things.

And yes, that it tomato soup you see. Even though it’s the middle of summer and 90 degrees outside, I was craving tomato soup. And that’s actually funny because I hate tomatoes. Well, I hate tomatoes in their raw form. I like them squished up into things like tomato soup and pizza sauce, as long as it’s not chunky. If it’s chunky soup or sauce, I hate it.

Also, I’m not sure if that prepackaged fish is healthy or not, but it tastes good and I like it, so I buy it.

Questions of the day:

  • What are your eating habits like? Do you eat three main meal? Lots of mini meals?
  • Do you go a long time without eating while you’re at work? Do you bring snacks?
  • Do you like soup? Favorite kind?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

What’s Next

We got a new cat. I named her McKitty.

Just kidding. That’s just my niece. But isn’t she adorable? I forgot how hard it is having a baby around. She likes to be sneaky and get into everything. She likes rearranging Jaden’s Skylander collection the best.


A few people have asked me about what I plan to do next after losing 22 pounds. I still have about 10-12 pounds that I would like to lose to be at a weight where I feel comfortable. It’s a weight that I have been before, so I know that I’m not striving for a weight that isn’t ideal for my body. I plan to stick to writing down what I eat and counting calories.

I am debating joining the Biggest Loser contest at my gym. I really like the contest because you meet three times a week to workout with an optional 5k training workout. There are also nutrition seminars and monthly weigh-ins. I’m a little bit nervous about reverting back to old eating habits, and I feel like this contest would help me feel like I was on the right track.

I don’t thinking winning the contest would be in the cards because I don’t feel like I have enough weight to lose; I would just participate to help keep myself accountable. On the other hand, it would cost me $225. I don’t know if it’s worth $225 to lose 10 pounds that I could probably lose on my own. I think I am going to take this next week and half to see how I do, and if I’m having a hard time, then I’ll join.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump

The new BodyPump releases is hard. There are so many push-ups that my arms feel like jelly by the time we’re done. Danny has next week off, and I’m going to see if I can get him to go with me on Monday to BodyPump.

My weight-loss teacher gave me a bracelet for winning the contest last night. I think it was a great gift because I plan on wearing it to remind of how hard I worked to lose weight and how I want to keep it off. So, if I’m reaching for a fourth cookie, I’ll see the bracelet and think, hmmm do I really need this cookie? Probably not. I should maybe say that after the first or second cookie actually.

We have some fun plans next week – we’re going to take the kids to Wisconsin Dells for a few days. Which means that I have to do something that I hate – buy a bathing suit. I don’t care if I’m 22 pounds less, I hate bathing suits no matter what. I bought a tankini last year when we went on vacation to Florida, and for some reason the top is missing. I have the bottoms, but the top is just gone. I looked everywhere for it, and trust me, I looked good because I don’t want go bathing suit shopping again. But now I have to. Sigh.

Questions of the day:

  • Would you try to lose the last 10 pounds yourself or join the contest?
  • Do you like shopping for bathing suits?
  • Any vacations planned for this summer?


Filed under Fitness, Spring Weight Loss Challenge, Working Out

Running, Booster Seats, and Lunch

Today’s Workout

  • 43 minutes run/walk (2:30/2:30 ratio) outside, windy

This morning, I had an early doctor appointment. My appointment didn’t take too long, so I had time to run outside before picking Jaden up from school. I went to the same outdoor running trail where we ran the Dine and Dash 5K a few weeks ago. This was the first time I have run outside since then.

I ran/walked for about 43 minutes, and it was hard. It wasn’t too windy when I started, but after about a mile, the wind really picked up which made it hard to run. I need to start practicing outside more for the Mother’s Day 5k next weekend!

After my workout, I had a thinkThin crunch bar. I love the crunch bars – they’re like candy.

Since, I had a doctor appointment so early, Danny drove the kids to school. When he got to Jacob’s school, a policewoman on foot stopped his car. She proceeded to give him a warning because one of his headlights is brighter than the other. What?! Then she saw the kids in the backseat, and asked how old Jacob was. When Danny told her that he would be 11 years old tomorrow, she started giving him a hard time because he wasn’t in a booster seat. What?!

Don’t get me wrong – I am all for safety. I believe that kids should wear bike helmets, babies should remain rear facing as long as possible, and kids should be in booster seats. You can’t really argue with safety. However, even though Jacob is small for his age, I honesty thought that he was big/old enough to be in a booster seat.

The policewoman told Danny that the height requirement is 57 inches. That’s 4 feet and 9 inches. I didn’t realize that children had to be in a booster until that height. I’m not sure how tall Jacob is, but I am going to measure him when he gets home from school. I know the policewoman was just doing her job, but Danny said that she wasn’t very friendly.

My kids always sit in the back seat, are buckled before I even move the car, and Jaden always sits in a booster. I hope she stopped some of the parents that let their kids roam all over the car unbuckled and sit in the front seat.

Thoughts? If you have kids, do they sit in a booster/car seat?


For lunch today, I had a big veggie salad with cashews and a bit of Annie’s lite honey mustard dressing.

I also had cottage cheese (protein!) and watermelon. I love watermelon. It’s one of my favorite summer fruits, along with strawberries.

Since trying to lose weight and eating less, I’ve noticed that I chew a lot more gum. I used to never buy gum, and would only chew a piece if Danny or the kids had some. Now, I go though 1-2 packs a week.

I love the Extra desserts gum. They’re so good. I am currently chewing the apple pie flavor, which is my fav so far. I have also had the orange cream and key lime flavors. The key lime is really good too. I just wished that the flavor lasted longer. It’s usually gone after about 10 seconds.

I am going to try to make it to the beginner step class tonight, and I will definitely be going to yoga. Have a great rest of your day!

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your favorite fruit?
  • What did you have for lunch?
  • Do you chew gum? What’s your favorite?


Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Working Out