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I Passed and a Grain Brain Review

I passed my final BodyPump certification!!

I am so happy! After months of practicing, going to training, more practicing, teaching with an instructor, and even more practicing, I finally passed! I am now a certified BodyPump instructor!

I still have to talk to my gym, but I think the plan for now is to teach every other Sunday and sub for other instructors. It won’t be a lot of hours, but I’m happy that I passed and can officially teach now. Yay! :)

Grain Brain Challenge

Thank you to FitFluential on behalf of Grain Brain for letting me be part of this challenge. I was compensated for my time and participation. All opinions are my own.

About a month ago, I started a grain brain challenge based on the book, Grain Brain, by Dr. Perlmutter. His book explains the negative effect carbs and grains have on our brains and bodies and proposes a four-week plan of taking vitamins, eating low carb and gluten-free, and getting the recommended amount of sleep.

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My Thoughts

I did as best as I could during this challenge, but I have to admit that I wasn’t perfect. Eating low carb and gluten-free can be tough and require a lot of planning, but once you do it for awhile, it gets easier. Meal planning also helps a ton.

For me, I tried to stick to more of a gluten-free diet.

I ate tons of eggs, salads, fish, yogurt, fruits, and veggies.

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I also ate some packaged gluten-free foods.

I think packaged gluten-free foods should be used in moderation because they are still processed foods and aren’t necessarily good for you, but when you’re hungry and need something fast, they are great!

I ate gluten-free Amy’s burritos.

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And Udi’s gluten-free bread.

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For a quick snack, I grabbed a Larabar or a Kind bar.

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I also was able to get creative and come up with some great gluten-free recipes including gluten-free pancakes and gluten-free muffins.

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Eating gluten-free and low carb food can be really benefcial, it’s just about finding foods and recipes that you enjoy. Or taking your favorite recipe and making it healthier.

Like I said, I didn’t do perfect and sometimes I messed up on the weekends, and I can tell what a difference I felt when I ate bad on the weekends. Okay, not necessarily bad (I don’t think foods should be labeled good or bad) but rather when I fell off the gluten-free wagon.

When I was eating gluten-free and lower carb, I felt better – physically and mentally. It might sound weird, but I felt lighter. I felt a lot less bloated and that made me feel awesome. When I went a little overboard on the weekend, I felt sluggish and bloated.

I think eating gluten-free and reducing carbs in the evenings can really help you feel better and aid in weight loss.

I am glad that I participated in the grain brain challenge and felt that I really learned a lot about my body but at the same time it was very hard to eat perfect all the time. Although, I think after this challenge, I will stick to eating  a lot of gluten-free foods. They just made me feel better.

A lot of people have gluten intolerances and may not even realize it. A gluten-free diet is great to try just to see the positive effects that it can have on your body.

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Well, I am off to the gym with Danny and the kids this morning! Have a great Saturday!

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Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • Practiced BodyPump

Well, I am back to practicing BodyPump! When I filmed my video, I didn’t need to include the triceps, biceps, or core tracks which means I spent little time practicing those tracks. Now, I am working on learning those for when I am able to teach my own class. Those triceps push-ups are killer!

After I finished practicing, my brother dropped my niece off before he went to work.

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Tomorrow, my brother, sister-in-law, and niece are going to Florida for a week. My sister-in-law, Crystal, is running the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon (I’m jealous!) The awesome part is that not only will this be her first half marathon, but she’ll be running it on her 30th birthday. And since the race is at night, she will actually turn 30 while running the race!

How cool is that?! I bet many people can’t say that!! Good luck, Crystal! You will do awesome and when you come home, you’ll be part of the 30′s club :)

This will be the longest amount of time that I have ever been away from my niece since she has been born. It’ll be hard for me because I love her to pieces, but I know she’ll have lots of fun at Disney World – she calls it Mickey’s house.

Since my niece was over early today, I decided to put her to work.

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She helped me bake some almond flour cookies.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies  Makes approx. 8 cookies

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This cookies may not look like your typical cookie, but trust me – they taste delicious. Also, since I am the only one that will be eating them, I made a very small batch.

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg and cream in butter. Using a hand mixer, add in honey and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  5. Bake approx. 10-12 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Of course, I had to eat a cookie right away and it was delicious! The texture isn’t exactly like a regular chocolate chip cookie. They have more of a cake-like texture, which is A-OK in my book :)

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Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done for your birthday?
  • Ever run a race on your birthday?
  • Favorite cookie?

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Good morning!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 30 minute HIIT treadmill workout

Yesterday morning, Danny, Jacob, and I went to the gym. We only had about 30 minutes to workout so I did a hiit workout on the treadmill - two minutes of fast running, followed by two minutes of walking for 30 minutes. If you’re short on time, hiit workouts are great because they get your heart rate up and burn calories.

And I was able to get a couple of miles in for Pile on the Miles. :)

My Mizunos – which haven’t been getting enough love lately!

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I ran on the treadmill while watching the NYC marathon on tv. If you need motivation while running, just watch those elite runners – they are awesome! Just watching them made me run a little faster.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Lunch

For lunch this afternoon, I made zucchini pizza boats. They are pretty much the same thing as the zucchini pizza bites only sliced different.

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I cut the ends off of a zucchini and cut it in half lengthwise.

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I sprinkle it with garlic and wine seasoning and cook it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Then, I top it with pizza sauce and cheese and cook it for about 5-7 minutes more until the cheese melts. It’s sooo good.

I have been also looking for away to satisfy my sweet tooth without eating too much sugar. I found these Justin’s peanut butter cups at Whole Foods.

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I’ve heard tons of good things about them, so I bought them to try out. They are delicious! Better yet, they’re low carb, low sugar, and gluten free. Don’t worry – they taste awesome! I have to hide the bag so I don’t eat them all at once!

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Have a great afternoon!

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Happy Halloween!!

I hate to keep asking, but voting ends tonight for the NASM recipe contest and I am so close! If you have a free moment please vote here. I would really appreciate it!

Jaden was so excited about Halloween this morning. He wore his costume to a party over the weekend and can’t wait to wear it again tonight.

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My other son, Jacob, really wanted me to tell you guys that he ran 3.25 miles in about 27 minutes. He has been really getting into running lately, and I’m looking into a 5k for him to run. He’s really excited about getting his own bib to wear :)

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was a gluten-free pumpkin muffin that I made yesterday afternoon and egg whites.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins – makes approx. 8 muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • handful crushed pecans – optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips – optional
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • Pecans and pumpkin seeds to top muffins – optional

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl – almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecans.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients - pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, almond butter, and honey. Whisk until combined.
  4. Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into muffins liners and top with pecans and pumpkin seeds. 040
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20-25 minutes.

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These were so delicious! I ate one when they were done and consumed it in about 30 seconds! :)

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching
  • Full body workout

Danny has the day off today, so we were able to go to the gym together this morning.

Stretching it out.

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I look terrible when I workout. :)

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I am going to Jaden’s Halloween party at his school later this afternoon and then it’s trick-or-treating time! Hopefully the rain will stop!

Have a great Halloween!

  • Do you have any plans for tonight?

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Gluten Free Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes

Yesterday, I started the 28-day Grain Brain Challenge. Basically, it’s gluten-free, lower carb diet, low sugar eating. I say lower carb because I am definitely eating a lot less carbs than I used too, but I wouldn’t exactly call it low-carb. Just lower carb :)

I went to Whole Foods and the regular grocery store over the weekend to pick up some food items. I was excited because I found a recipe for gluten-free pumpkin muffins and gluten-free pancakes using almond flour/meal.

I didn’t buy the almond flour at Whole Foods because it was so expensive and I’ve seen it at our local grocery store for less. So, I stopped at the grocery store to pick it up and it was sold out. Oh, well. So, I went to another grocery store and they didn’t even carry it.

Yesterday morning, I went to Target to get almond flour, and they were also sold out. I  was just getting aggregated by this point. Three stores and no almond flour?!

I finally found almond flour at a different Target last night. I used it in a pancake recipe this morning.

Some of the things I picked up at the store:

  • Udi’s gluten-free bread
  • chunky peanut butter
  • pumpkin seeds
  • almond and pecans
  • flaxseed
  • canned pumpkin
  • romaine lettuce
  • baby greens
  • celery
  • green pepper
  • cucumber
  • broccoli
  • zucchini
  • gluten-free pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Muenster cheese
  • eggs
  • baking powder and baking soda
  • organic olive oil cooking spray
  • flakers – flax seed “crackers”

Yesterday wasn’t too hard – my meals seem smaller, so I think I am going to have to eat more smaller meals or bigger snacks so that I don’t get hungry.

I had one piece of Udi’s gluten-free bread for breakfast with peanut butter and egg whites. I have never had gluten-free bread before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was delicious! I could see myself eating this on a normal basis…I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

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Something that was not good? The flackers.

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The first bite I tried wasn’t too bad. I poured some out onto a plate with some sliced cheese and tried to eat them. I couldn’t. I can’t even describe the taste, but it was bad. Sorry flackers. I had to throw my plate away. But this point I was pretty hungry and needed something quick to eat, so I grabbed celery sticks with chunky peanut butter.

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I think I am going to have to get some more food because I was a little hungry yesterday.

Breakfast

Since I was able to find the almond flour yesterday, I made almond flour pecan pumpkin pancakes this morning for breakfast.

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Gluten-Free Almond Flour Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes – Makes approx. 6-8 small/medium pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp. crushed pecans
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

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Directions:

  1. Mix together almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and pecans in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, and almond milk.
  3. Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  4. Pour batter on a hot skillet and cook 1-2 minutes per side.
  5. Add your favorite topping – peanut butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit – and enjoy!

This was my first time having almond flour and while I found the texture to be a bit different than regular pancakes, I still thought they were good. I topped mine with peanut butter but I think they’d be much better with maple syrup!

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Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

I debated going to Butts and Guts this morning because of my hip/quad pain but I really miss that class, so I went and just took it a little easier than normal. According to my heart rate monitor, I still burned 522 calories. Not bad!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Have you ever had almond flour?
  • Pancakes, waffles, or French toast? I think I would pick French toast!

 

 

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Grain Brain Challenge

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on the behalf of Brain Grain.

Disclaimer: As a FitFluential Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to participate in the four week challenge based on the book Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter for compensation. After much consideration, I decided to participate. The Grain Brain Challenge is about lifestyle changes that you can make to keep your brain healthy and vibrant. The challenge includes eating gluten-free and taking certain supplements. Although I am doing this challenge for the health benefits, the possible weight loss is a nice perk. I do much better with programs when I am being held accountable to someone else (weight loss challenges, DietBet, etc.) which is why I decided to participate in the challenge.  I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. All opinions are 100% my own.

Grain Brain

Grain Brain is a book by Dr. David Perlmutter. Dr. Perlmutter is part of the American College of Nutrition, the president of Perlmutter Health Center, president of the Perlmutter Brain Foundation, and a medical advisor to Dr. Oz.

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The basis of his book is that the fate of your brain is in the food that you eat. Many brain conditions are caused by inflammation which can be triggered by carbs, especially those containing gluten and high sugar levels.

Good fats are important in our diets and our brain is 70% fat. Good fats such as DHA omega-3 help reduce inflammation and vitamins A, D, K, and E require fat in order to be absorbed in the body. According to Dr. Perlmutter, we need 200 to 300 milligrams of DHA daily and less than 25% of Americans consume this amount.

Dr. Perlmutter’s book describes the affect that gluten and carbs have on the brain, why our brains thrive on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.

The Grain Brain Challenge

Dr. Perlmutter’s plan is broken down into four week.

  • Week 1 – Food: Shifting your body way from relying on carbs for fuel and adding brain health supplements. These supplements include resVida – enhances blood vessel dilation and supports healthy blood flow, Omega-3 Fish Oil – helps maintain heart, vascular health, and brain health, and DHA – a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid the body needs and important for brain health. 007
  • Week 2 – Incorporating a fitness routine
  • Week 3 – Getting restful, routine sleep seven days a week
  • Week 4 – Establishing a new rhythm to maintain these healthy habits

Of all these weeks, Week 1 will be the hardest one for me. I have no problem exercising and I usually get enough sleep. Week 4 is about tying all these components together.

Basically, the challenge will consist of eating gluten-free, low carb, and low sugar for four weeks. After reading Grain Brain and learning about the affects that gluten and carbs have on the brain and body, I am willing to try and follow this plan for 4 weeks. I’m not saying that I will be gluten-free or low-carb for life, I am simply saying that I would like to see what kind of changes I can notice.

A sensitivity to gluten is actually a problem that affects many people and even people that aren’t sensitive to gluten can benefit from a gluten-free diet. Symptoms include bloating, headaches, constipation, fatigue, etc.

In case, your not sure what gluten is, it’s a protein composite that acts like an adhesive material, holding together bread products and plays a role in letting bread products (crackers, baked goods, pizza dough, cereal, etc.) rise. I also helps cheese spreads and margarines keep their smooth texture, and prevents sauces and gravies from curdling. Pretty much gluten is everywhere and can cause many unwanted symptoms in people.

This four week plan isn’t just about eating gluten-free, it’s about eating healthy. Just because a product is gluten-free doesn’t mean that’s it’s healthy. It’s about eating whole and “real” foods, relying on fats instead of carbs and eating low sugar.

I will admit that I am a little nervous about starting this challenge but part of me is also excited. I seem to thrive when I am being held accountable to someone other than myself. I did a weight loss challenge about a year and half ago and came in first place. I did the Biggest Loser program at my gym and lost another 11 pounds. I participated in and won three DietBets. But on my own, I seem to just eat a lot of yummy food :)

I am excited to see how this challenge will benefit me and will try my hardest to stick with it for four weeks  – it starts Oct. 28th and is set to end right before Thanksgiving.

Foods Not Allowed:

  • Gluten including whole-grain and whole-wheat forms of bread, noodles, pasta, pastries, baked goods, and cereals
  • Processed carbs, sugars, and starch – corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chips, crackers, pastries, muffins, pizza dough, cakes, doughnuts, ice cream, jelly, processes cheese spreads, juices, honey, sugar, corn syrup
  • Packaged food labeled “fat free” or “low fat” except for things like water, mustard, balsamic vinegar
  • Margarine, vegetable shortening, cooking oil
  • Soy – soy burgers, soy nuggets, soy hot dogs, etc.

Maybe you’re thinking what the heck can you eat then?! I thought the same thing when I was going through the list. But there’s still tons of good and healthy foods to eat.

Foods Allowed:

  • Healthy Fats – extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, organic butter, almond milk, avocados, nuts and nut butters, cheese (except blue cheese) sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds
  • Herbs, seasonings, and condiments
  • Low Sugar Fruits and Vegetables – avocado, bell peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkin, lemons, limes, leafy greens and lettuce, spinach, broccoli, onions, Brussels sprouts, green beans, celery, garlic, asparagus
  • Protein – whole eggs, wild fish, grass-fed meat, fowl, poultry, pork

I am not really a meat eater besides fish so the majority of my protein will come from eggs and salmon.

Foods Used in Moderation (once daily or a couple times a week):

  • carrots
  • cottage cheese and yogurt
  • cow’s milk and cream
  • beans, lentils, and peas (exception: hummus)
  • non-gluten grains – buckwheat, rice, mille, quinoa, oats
  • sweetners – natural stevia and dark chocolate
  • whole sweet fruits – berries, melons, pineapple, etc.
  • wine

I definitely think that this will be hard and take some getting used to but I think as long as I can come up with a meal plan it will make things a lot easier. I plan on going grocery shopping this weekend and would love any suggestions for gluten-free, low carb recipes.

Eggs play a big part in this challenge especially because you can buy DHA Omega-3 cage free eggs and there is a great egg recipe from the Grain Brain book that I can’t wait to try out!

Huevos Rancheros Recipe from Grain Brain

This classic Mexican dish has been modified so instead of eggs served on tortillas, they are prepared over a bed of fresh greens.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 4 Gold Circle Farms DHA Omega-3 Cage Free Eggs
  • 4 cups coarsely torn frisee
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add butter or olive oil to skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Crack eggs into skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes for runny yolks, more for firmer yolks.
  3. Serve eggs over a bod of frisee and top with cheese, salsa, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.

 

  •  Thoughts?
  • Are you gluten-free?
  • Any good gluten-free or low-carb recipes to share?

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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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Halloween Food Ideas

It’s that time again! October! My family is big into celebrating the Halloween season and we do something fun and Halloween related every weekend in October. One of our favorite traditions is our Annual Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Food Night. PicMonkey Collage We always keep our Halloween food a secret until we all get together and our Halloween dishes have evolved over the years. We have had so many different kinds of Halloween foods – yummy, cute, delicious, creepy, scary, and downright gross. Here is a few of my favorites from over the years. When we first started our Halloween Food night, our ideas were kind of cheesy. Pun intended.

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I really look forward to seeing what we come up with this year!

Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • Butts and Guts Class- 60 minutes
  • Practiced BodyPump – approx. 30 minutes

Have a great day!

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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Yesterday

Yesterday afternoon, we went to my cousin’s house to visit with my family and celebrate my grandparent’s birthdays.

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I made pumpkin pie dip to bring. I wasn’t planning on making it at first, but my mom mentioned the recipe and said how good it would be, then sent me the recipe. I figured she wanted me to make it.

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Pumpkin pie dip is so incredibly easy to make (my kind of recipe!) and is so delicious. You can also use a variety of foods as dippers – I used cinnamon graham cracker squares and Honeycrisp apple slices.

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Pumpkin Pie Dip (adapted from Kraft)

Ingredients:

  • 15 oz. can of pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie)
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) of vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 container (8 oz.) thawed Cool Whip
  • Optional: small pie pumpkin to serve dip in

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Directions:

  1. Whisk pumpkin, vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon together in a large bowl until blended. 012
  2. Stir in Cool Whip and mix until all blended.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Spoon into small hallowed out pumpkin and serve with your choice of dippers.

This recipe is so easy, festive, and delicious!

Today’s Workout

  • 4 miles (ran 3.1, walked/ran the rest)

I ran 4 miles outside this morning. I ran the full 3.1 miles without any walk breaks. When I am running my hip doesn’t exactly hurt, but it feels heavy. It’s a weird way to describe it, but that how it feels. It feels like I have to work a little bit harder to make it work and then it aches a bit afterwards.

I am glad that I was able to run 3.1 miles even though I was slow – at least I know I’ll be ready for the 5k next weekend :)

Have a great day! Go Bears!

 

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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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Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • Favorite fall dinner?
  • Any workout today?

 

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