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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

Apple and Blueberry Protein Oat Muffins

Well, that’s a mouthful. Apple and blueberry protein oat muffins.

Earlier in the week, I saw that Fit Minded Mom had made pancakes in a muffin pan, and I thought it was a great idea. I decided to use the ingredients that I had on hand to make oat protein muffins. I didn’t have any flour, so I had to use oats instead.

Apple and Blueberry Protein Oat Muffins – Makes 5 muffins


  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 6 oz. container plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 packet Truvia
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • 16 blueberries (8 per muffin)
  • .3 oz diced apple (approx. .1 oz. per muffin)


  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients (besides toppings) in the blender. Blend until they are all combined.
  3. Pour batter evenly between muffin tins lined with liners. My batter made enough to fill 5 muffin liners about 3/4 full.
  4. Add toppings. I used blueberries and apples because it’s what I had at home. These would also be good with bananas, peaches, chocolate chips, or whatever you can dream up!
  5. Bake approx. 12-15 minutes.
  6. Let cool and enjoy!

Calories (without syrup): apple muffins - approx. 80 calories   7.3 grams protein

blueberry muffins – approx. 85 calories   7.3 grams protein

The muffins came out very dense, moist, and good. I don’t usually use syrup (besides on my PB french toast) but felt that these needed to be topped with just a touch of syrup because they’re so dense. I think it would also be good to mix the syrup right into the batter.


Questions of the day:

  • What would you top your muffins with?
  • Favorite pancake topping?


Filed under Breakfast, Recipes

Chobani Giveaway

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

BodyPump was tough this morning because my shoulder was really bothering me. I used really light weights during the shoulder track and only did about half of the push-ups that were supposed to do. Hopefully, it will start to feel better soon. It’s not super painful, just annoying.


The people over at Chobani were nice enough to send me a case of their yogurt in a variety of flavors to try out.

Ever since I have discovered Greek yogurt, I have been eating tons of it because it’s so high in protein and a great way to help me meet my protein requirements for the day. I love Chobani because it’s high in protein and has awesome flavors. Chobani has the most variety of flavors than any other Greek yogurt that I’ve tried.

I decided just to eat my way through the case they sent and review them as I go. I wasn’t sure how to pick the first flavor to eat, so I did what any normal five-year old adult would do – I closed my eyes and picked one.

The first one that I picked was vanilla – there is 16 grams of protein in that little cup!! I decided to use the vanilla yogurt to make a fun parfait.

I put in the vanilla Greek yogurt, topped it with some blueberries, added some more yogurt, threw in some peaches and more blueberries, and the topped it off with some granola. It was delicious.

I made the parfait for breakfast yesterday. Today, since I did BodyPump, I wanted to make sure that I ate some protein within 45 minutes of working out, so I grabbed the blood orange flavor to eat. I’ve had this flavor before, but not in a while, and it was as good as I remember.

Chobani has been generous enough to host a giveaway and will send a case to one lucky winner!!

To Enter:

  • Post a comment telling me the flavor you’re most excited to try.


  • Like Chobani on Facebook. Comment and let me know you did.
  • Follow Run Eat Play on Twitter. Comment and let me know that you did.
  • Like Run Eat Play on Facebook. Comment and let me know that you did.
  • Mention this giveaway on your facebook, twitter, or blog, and let me know that you.

So many ways to enter! One awesome prize! U.S. residents only please.

Giveaway will run through Thursday night, and I will announce the winner on Friday!


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Giveaway, Working Out

Gym, Snack, Lunch

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump

Holy booty. My glutes sure are sore from that Butts and Guts class yesterday. That made squats extra hard in BodyPump today, but I still got through them. Lunges still suck, and I’m pretty sure that my body is unable to perform multiple lunges. And they kill my calves.

After BodyPump, I had a thinkThin bar. I haven’t had the chocolate peanut butter flavor in a while and forgot that I like to pretend that it’s a Reese’s peanut butter cup. 20 grams of protein in these bars. Maybe I should just eat five of them a day, then I’d reach my protein goal.

Yesterday, after I got that email about only eating 1,136 calories and kind of freaking out, I emailed the wonderful Alli from The Picky Eating RD. Alli is a registered dietician and personal trainer, and she was nice enough to answer all my pestering emails about daily calorie intake. If you haven’t checked out Alli’s blog, you should.

On the way to pick up my niece, I had an apple. And what would my blog be without a self-pic in the car?!

For lunch, I had egg whites scrambled with spinach and onions, wheat thins with a wedge of laughing cow cheese, and some Silk chocolate milk.

On tonight’s agenda is karate for Jacob, an allergy shot for Jaden, and yoga for me.

What are you doing tonight?


Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Best .54 Cents I Ever Spent


After my rant on my blog about low calories and lots of protein, my mom emailed me a high protein recipe. I changed it to my liking, and it didn’t have quite as many grams of protein as the original recipe, but it still had a good amount. It’s similar to another egg dish I make.

Scrambled Eggs and Potatoes


  • 1/2 potato, diced
  • 5 onion slices, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/8 cup cheddar jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Cook diced potato in a skillet on the stove until lightly browned.
    2. Add chopped onion and spinach. Cook a few minutes until spinach begins to wilt.
    3. Scramble 2 egg whites and 1 egg with 1 tbsp. water.
    4. Pour eggs over potato mixture in skillet.
    5. Continue cooking while scrambling eggs, approximately 3-4 minutes.
    6. Lower heat and top with cheese. Cook until melted.

Total calories: 251  Total grams of protein: 18.5

I actually made this recipe right after my mom emailed it to me because I was hungry. In a perfect world, I would have added three times the amount of cheese – that’s the best part. I can’t believe how many calories cheese has. I only used about 1/8 a cup, and that was 50 calories.

Look at the amazing deal that my sister-in-law, Crystal, found and picked up for me yesterday:

All four boxes of cereal for $2.19. Yes, that’s right, two dollars and nineteen cents for all four boxes. That’s .55 cents a box. They were on sale, and she had manufacturer’s coupons and store coupons.

I don’t buy Cookie Crisp. Ever. When my kids saw it, they were so excited. It was like Christmas came early. But at .54 cents a box, I couldn’t pass it up. I also was nervous about The Reece’s Puffs because I could easily eat that whole box in a day. I love cereal. But instead of trying to avoid it, I’ll try to eat it in moderation. 3/4 a cup of cereal with 1/2 cup of almond milk is 150 calories. Not bad for a small treat, as long as I can stick with the 3/4 cup.

I also went to the store to pick up some protein rich foods – Greek yogurt, salmon, cod, cottage cheese, eggs, and two thinkThin bars.

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your favorite cereal?
  • Is there a food that you avoid having in the house because you’ll eat it all?
  • What’s your favorite source of protein?


Filed under Lunch, Recipes