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Babies + A Giveaway!

So, I thought we could talk about something a little different today – kids.

I have two boys, Jacob and Jaden, ages 11 and 5. Two kids seem like the perfect number to me, but I always thought about what it would be like to have a girl.

Then, my brother and sister-in-law found out they were expecting a girl, and I was beyond excited. I am perfectly happy having a niece because I can still shop for girl clothes, play dress-up and barbies with her, and go to Disney Princesses on Ice.

All the benefits of having a girl…without actually having one.

Crazy Faces:

I watch my niece in the afternoons, so I know what it’s like to have three children. It’s hard. I know that I am perfectly suited to have only two kids and honestly think that having three kids might make me very stressed out. I give a lot of credit to people with three or more kids. Danny and I decided that we are done having kids.

We have two beautiful kids, two nephews, and a niece. We are very lucky because I know that some people struggle to have children and that must be an incredibly hard thing to deal with. To me, kids are what gives my life meaning (even if they do make me crabby sometimes). :) I could never imagine my life without children.

Yesterday, I was playing with my niece, thinking about how stinkin’ cute she is and how much she looks like her mama (my sister-in-law). Then it hit me that I would never see what my own little girl would look like. Would she be blond like me? Dark haired like Danny? I will never play barbies with my own daughter or brush her hair or talk about boys.

Something like that has never really hit me before because I am perfectly happy with my niece and I am lucky to have such a close family where I can see her everyday and play with her and dress her up. But she has a mom. I’m just Auntie Heather. Which is fine, don’t get me wrong. I just wondered what it would be like to have my own little girl.

I wonder if it’s because I am a girl that I wonder what my own little girl would be like. If we had two girls instead of two boys would Danny want a boy?

Don’t get scared, Danny, I don’t plan on having another baby. I just felt sad that I would never experience a daughter of my own. But then I realized how truly blessed I am to have two healthy kids and a niece that I can still do all the girly things with.

Now that that’s out of my system…we can move on.

Breakfast

Breakfast was an oatmeal explosion. I seriously can’t figure out why it exploded. I cooked it the same way I do every morning. What a pain.

Today’s Workout

  • 5.33 miles treadmill
  • 10 minutes stretching

I ran over 5 miles on the treadmill this morning – I haven’t done that in a while! I guess I’m getting ready for Pile on the Miles. Too bad these miles don’t count.

Earlier this morning, after I came home from bringing Jaden to the bus stop, the Fed Ex man had left a box of thinkThin bars that I had won through their Facebook page. If you haven’t already, you should check out thinkThin’s facebook page – they do awesome giveaways for their customers and fans.

I have been buying thinkThin for years because not only do they have a lot of protein, but they taste delicious! So, I was excited when I won six boxes of the thinkThin cookies and cream bites bars.

They are portioned controlled bars with only 100 calories and 5 grams of protein. I had one after my workout this morning.

I was very lucky to win six boxes, and I love to share, so I am going to give away a box of the thinkThin bars to one of you guys that I will personally mail out to you.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post telling me that you want to win the thinkThin bars. Easy peasy.

The giveaway will run through Sunday night. US residents only please. Good Luck!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you have kids? How many? Boys or girls?
  • Do you want kids?
  • Do you want to win some thinkThin bars?!

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Mini Bike Indy

Yesterday

It was nice to be back on track with healthy eating yesterday. My body feels so much better when I eat healthy foods with the occasional treat than it does when I eat not-so-good foods. Sticking to my healthy eating last night, I made spaghetti squash for dinner last night.

I topped about two cups of spaghetti squash with marinara sauce, broccoli, and parmesan cheese. I think the secret to good spaghetti squash is to not overcook it. The last time I made squash, it was a bit too soft. This time, I baked it in the oven for about 35 minutes and it came out perfect with a little bit of a crunch to it.

Yesterday’s Evening Workout

  • 2.3 miles, treadmill
  • yoga – 60 minutes

I got to the gym a little before yoga started yesterday, so I jogged and walked on the treadmill for 2.3 miles. Running wasn’t really the best idea because I had just finished eating dinner. Then, I headed to my last yoga class for a while. All the Biggest Loser workouts are scheduled for the only days that yoga is available – Wednesdays and Saturdays – so yoga has to go on hold for a while, which I am kind of disappointed about.

After yoga, I came home and had some almonds and Greek yogurt to get some protein in.

Today’s Workout

  • 2.2 miles treadmill (HIIT)

I only had a short time to workout this morning, and when I’m short on time, I like to do a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout to get my heart rate up. I walked for 2 minutes and then ran at a faster-than-normal pace for one minute for a total of 2.2 miles. It might have been a short distance, but I was super sweaty by the time I was done.

Post workout, I had a thinkThin bar. Yum.

The reason I only had a short time to workout this morning was because Jaden was signed up to do a mini bike Indy. Luckily, it was being held about a mile from the gym.

Even though it rained today, the kids had a lot of fun. There was a bike wash station:

And an obstacle course.

They even had a super sweet fuel station set up:

At the end of the Indy, all of the kids got a certificate and a little trophy. Jaden loved it and had such a fun time.

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your favorite workout to do when your short on time?
  • Have you ever gotten a trophy for anything?
  • Any plans for this wonderful Thursday?

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Whole Foods Shopping Trip

Holy smokes, Whole Foods is expensive. We left there last night with two bags of groceries and it was $83.82! And those bags are only half full!

There are some things at Whole Foods that I really like and will pay a little bit more for, but I could never shop there on a regular basis or for a full shopping trip.

I didn’t have a plan in mind when we went to Whole Foods, and I kind of wished I did, but I just kind of winged it. Since I did have a gift card, I bought some of the more expensive things that I wanted to try but don’t normally buy.

I’m really looking forward to trying Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bite-lettes. I told Danny that I was buying wholesome junk food and he thought that I was kidding until he saw the package when we got home.

They look yummy, but I’m also worried to try them because the serving size is two bite-lettes, and I’m afraid that I might want four bite-lettes…or six. We’ll see how it goes. I think they’ll be a sweet, yet wholesome, dessert.

I didn’t really pick up anything too exciting. I did get the infamous blogger chia seeds though. I saw these on Dr. Oz a while back, so I figured if everybody’s eating them then I should too. Chia seeds are actually really good for you. They have antioxidants, omega fatty acids, fiber, and protein.

Ch…ch…chia. Danny asked me if I’m going to grow grass in  my stomach.

I also bought:

  • Bars! Danny loves the Builder bars, the kids love the Z bars, and I picked up a chocolate covered strawberry thinkThin bar that I’m dying to try.
  •  Fuji apple crisps <— so good! And only 39 calories a bag.
  • Fruit – Pineapple, pear, peach
  • Cheddar burgers (for the boys).
  • Garlic dill salmon (for me).
  • A lemon poppy-seed muffin for Jaden <—- These muffins are awesome! My favorite muffin by far.
  • Assorted cookies for Jacob
  • Eggs
  • Chicken scallopini <— For Danny, but it looks so yummy
  • Broccoli cheddar twice baked potato

And whatever else I forgot to mention. Oh yeah, I also stopped at the salad bar before we left to make a salad to eat on the way home. I love Whole Foods salad/hot bar.

Breakfast

Of course, I had to use the chia seeds in my breakfast this morning. I heard they’re a great oatmeal thickener, so last night I mixed up:

  • container of plain Greek yogurt (usually I use strawberry, but I didn’t have any)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of honey (for sweetener, since I was out of fruit Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup Quaker oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

I mixed it all up and let it since overnight in the fridge, then I topped it with sliced strawberries.

It was super thick when I took it out of the fridge, so I added a small splash of almond milk and stirred it up. I was a little nervous because I have never made overnight oats with plain Greek yogurt, but it was really good. When I added the strawberries, it didn’t taste any different from my normal overnight oats.

I’m off to yoga this morning. Have a wonderful Saturday!

Questions of the day:

  • Is there an expensive food that you love but will splurge on?
  • Have you tried chia seeds?
  • Favorite salad topping?

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Jaden’s Graduation

My baby graduated from preschool last night!

I don’t know who was more excited, him or me.

He was also very happy with the Mio that I bought him. He also got a Toys R Us gift card, but he was more excited about the Mio.

Next school year, I will have a kindergartener and a middle schooler!? Where does the time go? They grow up so fast. And geesh, that means I’m getting old.

Before Jaden’s graduation, I went to my weight loss challenge class to weigh-in. I lost exactly one pound. Not wonderful, but at least I lost weight. This week is going to be very hard because it’s my birthday weekend, and when there’s a birthday, there’s food and cake.

My total weight loss is 16.4 pounds. I have three more weigh-ins to go before the class is over.

Don’t tell anyone, but I ate a Lindt truffle as soon as I got in the car from weighing in. And I wonder why I’m not losing more weight.

I also had a thinkThin bar. I was so hungry because I haven’t eaten all afternoon.

And after Jaden’s graduation, I had lots of cookies. They just all looked so yummy, and I was so hungry. But I had a salad when we got home, so that’s good, right? Hopefully today I’ll be able to get back on track. Thursday are hard because I don’t want to eat before weighing in, but then I’m so hungry when I get home.

I’m off to BodyPump this morning. Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

Questions of the day:

  • Any graduations coming up for you?
  • Any plans for this weekend?

 

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Trail Running

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Stationary bike – 10 minutes
  • Treadmill 25 minutes

After Body Pump this morning, I wanted to hop on the treadmill for a bit, but when I got to the fitness room all of the treadmills were occupied. Geesh. How can I run on the treadmill if you’re running on the treadmill? Instead I spent 10 minutes on the stationary bike until a treadmill opened up.

I planned on doing run/walk intervals today, but my legs disagreed. They thought it was best just to walk. Geesh, legs, how can I run if you’re not going to? My calf is super tight from yesterday and the front of my ankle hurts, which reminds me that I need to put ice on it. It even hurts when I push the gas pedal. Damn. Let’s get it together here legs and feet. Suck it up.

So, I ended up walking at 4.0 mph with a few minutes of jogging thrown in there for 25 minutes. I finished up with 10 minutes of stretching, and then had a thinkThin bar to get my protein in.

Lunch

Jaden brought a packet of hot chocolate home with him from my brother’s house, so I made if for him during lunch. I went to set it down on the table, and I missed. I spilled the whole mug of hot chocolate all over Jaden and  his lunch. It was everywhere. Jaden was covered from head to toe in hot chocolate. Luckily, it was only warm and not super hot.

Let me tell you, that was a giant pain to clean up. Then I had to make him a whole new lunch since all his food was soaked. And yes, I spilled it because I missed the table. That kind of thing happens to me. I’m clumsy and I know it. I also am the kind of person that trips on flat surfaces.

Finally, I got around to making my lunch – a bagelwich with cottage cheese and a clementine.

I just bought two Laughing Cow cheeses and have been using them in place of my normal slice of Muenster cheese. I love the new veggie flavor.

I also read the Runner’s World special – The Trail.

I have run on a trail only a few times in my life, but I really like it. One of my favorite races was a Halloween trail 5k race with obstacles. I think I was the only one in my family who enjoyed that race, which is surprising because from the race I went straight to the doctor’s office because I had torn rib cartilage (not fun).

Personally, I just think trail running is a lot of interesting than road running. Once again this is surprising because I am the girl who trips over flat surfaces, and trail running is bumpy. But I think trail running is a great way to change things up.

Questions of the day:

  • Where do you prefer to run? Trail? Roads? The treadmill?
  • What did you have for lunch today?

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The Melting Pot Anniversary Dinner

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, Danny.

Sorry the picture is so tiny. It’s from a really old camera, and I can’t get it any bigger. But you get the idea – we got married a while back.

Yesterday, after the gym, I was so tired, I fell asleep for about an hour. So, Danny dropped the kids off at his parent’s house while I got showered and got ready.

Our first stop was Whole Foods where I picked up some thinkThin bars. I was mad at myself because when we left, I realized that I accidentally grabbed a chocolate fudge bar instead of the chocolate strawberry one that I wanted to try. Oh well, there’s always next time.

After Whole Foods, we headed right next door to Woodfield Mall. My brother, sister-in-law, and niece also happened to be there, so we shopped with them for a while.

I found the world’s best pair of sunglasses…

Wait for it….

BAM! Are these sunglasses not the coolest?! They’re so Dwayne Wayne. Remember him from the tv show A Different World? I would have totally bought these sunglasses if they weren’t mens. I have a love for anything 80′s. That includes neon colors, side pony tails, and double rolled socks.

I also stopped at Sephora and was excited to find Benefit’s They’re Real mascara in the mini size.

My all time favorite mascara is Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash, and when they came out with the They’re Real mascara I was dying to try it but didn’t want the big size because it’s so expensive, and I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I was very excited to find the mini size.

After shopping for a while, we went to The Melting Pot.

I was starving, and we ended up eating so much, but it was so worth it. Our waiter was so super nice. First, I started out with some fru-fru drink.

Then we had the cheddar cheese fondue. It comes with a variety of dippers – bread, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and apples.

After cheese fondue is the salad course. The salad was so-so; nothing great. The best part was the tangy house dressing. For the main course we had ahi tuna, salmon, a lobster tail, Angus sirloin, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, and chicken. My side was the seafood side and Danny’s was the meat.

The best part was the ahi tuna. This was my first time trying it, and it was great. Tuna always reminds me of tuna fish salad, which I don’t like, so I never wanted to try the ahi tuna. But I am so glad that I did because they are two completely different things, and the ahi tuna was excellent. The lobster was my least favorite. I have had lobster before, but this lobster was chewy which I didn’t like. I paid $11 to add a lobster tail, and it definitely wasn’t worth it.

They also serve a variety of dipping sauces – garden fresh green goddess, sweet teriyaki glaze, tangy ginger plum, and more.

Then came the best part – the chocolate fondue. Unfortunately, none of my pictures of the chocolate came out that great, but we had the Flaming Turtle chocolate fondue. Milk chocolate, caramel, and candied pecans flambeed tableside. I did get a picture of all the dippers, though.

The strawberries were the best. There was also bananas, cheesecake, rice crispies, pound cake, brownies, and marshmallows.

By the time we left, 2 1/2 hours later, we could hardly walk to the car. But it was all so delicious.

Questions of the day:

  • How long have you been with your significant other?
  • What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?
  • Any plans for today?

 

 

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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?

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Motivation

Yesterday afternoon, we meet my family at Brunch Cafe to celebrate my step-mom’s first 8k and my Grandpa’s 76th birthday. There was 11 of us, so we had to wait awhile for a table.

Jaden’s showing off what he thinks is his best asset.

Saturday was my Granpa’s 76th birthday. He is so motivating and inspiring. He is 76, and the doctor told him that he only hopes that he can be in as great shape as my Grandpa when he’s that age. My Grandpa completed a triathlon last year at the age of 75 and continues to run, bike, and workout. If that’s not motivating, then I don’t know what is.

My Grandpa and his birthday cupcake:

I ordered the scrambled egg and veggie skillet with hash browns. Danny ordered the French toast, and it looked so much better than mine, so I made sure to help him eat it.

Marlene got all of us this book:

I love books like this. I love reading medical books and then self-diagnosing myself and others. I’ve already read the section on plantar fasciitis.

During breakfast, we act like any other normal family. It’s not like we dress up like Rambo or anything. Or maybe some of us do…

After eating, we all went our separate ways. Danny, the kids, and I did some errands which included shoe shopping for Danny and summer clothes for the kids. I was craving sandwiches for dinner, so later in the afternoon, I went to the store to grab sandwich stuff. Then, I set out a nice sandwich spread.

I also had a large amount of chips with my sandwich. I always need chips when I eat a sandwich. I suppose I should switch to carrots but that wouldn’t be as delicious.

Today

This morning I had a strawberry banana Greek yogurt and PB toast for breakfast. I don’t like bananas. I think that they are the only fruit that I don’t enjoy. I’m not sure what possessed me to buy strawberry banana yogurt if I don’t like bananas, but it actually wasn’t that bad. Maybe my body is craving potassium.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump

Holy smokes, BodyPump was crowded this morning. Maybe because it’s spring break. I wore my new Brooks shoes. They felt fine, except one shoe feels bigger than the other. I don’t know if the shoe is the problem or if my foot is the problem. I’m guessing maybe the shoe because I have never had one shoe feel bigger than the other when I wear other shoes. I’m thinking about exchanging them for the same size so I can see what the problem is.

After BodyPump I had a thinkThin bar and a cranberry fruit strip that I picked up at Whole Foods over the weekend.

Questions of the day:

  • Who or what motivates you?
  • Do you have any days off for Spring Break?
  • What do like to eat with your sandwich?

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Maybe I Should Go Grocery Shopping

With Jaden’s birthday and Valentine’s Day, I have been eating so much junk and candy. There is candy everywhere! So, this morning, I collected all the candy and put into a bowl to move it out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

I put the bowl of candy into the laundry room – because what the heck would I be doing in there?!

If you didn’t read my post yesterday, I got a call from the dermatologist’s office saying that my mole biopsy came back normal. One mole down, one to go! After my stitches come out, I plan on drawing my mole back on my shoulder with a brown Sharpie. My mom gave me the idea. Thanks, Mom!

Breakfast

We pretty much have no food in the house – it seems like that’s what happens when you don’t go grocery shopping. But Danny bought some bread last night, so I managed to eat something for breakfast. I made peanut butter toast – one slice with delicious, creamy, and smooth peanut butter, and the other slice with stupid unspreadable crunchy peanut butter. Hey, at least I’m being good and trying to use it up.

Since, we have no food in the house, I had nothing to bring to the gym for a post-workout snack. But look what was waiting on my front porch when I went out to start the car this morning:

Yay! thinkThin saved the day (or at least my post-workout snack)! I brought the brownie crunch bar with me to the gym. I like the fruit and nut bars better, and because of that, I like to save them.

Do you ever do that? Eat the food you don’t like as much first and then savour the yummy food. Or get the hard chores out of the way so that you can do fun stuff? Well, I do. I’m hoarding those fruit and nut bars baby!

Today’s Workout:

  • Recumbent bike with arm handle thingys – 10 minutes
  • Elliptical – 30 minutes

After the gym, I took Jaden to the allergy doctor to get his shots. Shot! Shot!

Lunch

For lunch today, I made a bagelwich (on the last bagel thin!) with steamed broccoli and pickle slices. Pickles are delicious. But I am the only one in my house who will eat them, so I get the whole jar to myself.

Question of the day:

  • What did you have for lunch today?
  • What are you having for dinner? I think I’m having jello because it’s all that we have in the fridge.

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Thanks for the Warning

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It has been such a busy day, and I finally have a second to rest.

This morning started out with a trail of Hershey’s kisses leading out of Jacob and Jaden’s rooms to a special treat at the kitchen table. They loved following the Hershey’s kisses all the way downstairs.

I also made heart-shaped pancakes for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast. I couldn’t really get them to look like perfect hearts, but they still turned out okay.

Danny got me chocolate covered strawberries from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I ate two of them after lunch, and they were so delicious. I only dropped about 50 hints over the weekend that I was dying for these strawberries.

I made him a little basket thing filled with mini alcohol bottles, coupons for free Coke 12 packs, bubble gum cigars, and candy. I thought it turned out so cute! It’s a Man Bouquet. I got the idea from Christy”s Blog via Pinterest.

After the Valentine’s exchanges, I went to my 8 am dentist appointment, and was there for about seven minutes. They took an X-ray and said that I needed wisdom tooth out. Oh, and they said they would need $60. That’s an expensive seven minutes! I have an appointment set up for next week to have it removed.

Today’s Workout

  • 20 minutes elliptical
  • Cardio Fit & Tone Class

After the dentist, I went to gym for a workout before my dermatologist appointment. After my workout, I had a thinkThin Crunch bar. These are my favorite bars because they remind me of candy bars, but with less sugar and more protein.

Then, I got Jaden from the kid’s room, and we went to my appointment.

Dermatologist Appointment

The dermatologist removed my mole. She cut it out and stitched my shoulder up. My mole is gone.

To be honest, I’m a bit shocked. I wasn’t really expecting that to happen. And it all happened so fast. One minute I had a mole, the next minute I didn’t. Bam! See ya, mole.

She did say that I’d have a nice scar to replace it though.

Actually, I kind of liked that mole. Unless, of course, it was cancerous. Then, I hate it. But I kind of felt like it was my Marilyn Monroe mole, but on my shoulder. Now it’s gone and I have stitches that are killing my arm. And I’m still going to BodyPump tomorrow.

Oh, and I have to go back to get another mole surgically moved. They said that they’re suspicious looking moles. Great. I should have the results from today’s mole biopsy soon.

After all the dentist and doctor appointments, I came home and took a quick shower to get ready for Jacob’s Valentine’s Day party. The kids had a great time at the party.

Tonight, Danny and I are going out to dinner at Bonefish Grill, so at least I have that to look forward too.

Questions of the Day:

Did you do anything fun for Valentine’s Day today?

Have you ever had a mole removed?

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