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The Most Money I’ve Ever Spent on Juice

Last night, we stopped at Target, and I bought the ingredients for the Jillian Michaels detox water/tea. I went to three different stores and Target was the only place that I found the dandelion tea bags and unsweetened cranberry juice.

Every time I picked up a bottle of juice that said “cranberry 100% juice”, it turned out to be a blend of four different juices. 100% juice yes, but not 100% cranberry juice. Go ahead and check next time you’re at the grocery store – 100% just cranberry juice is pretty hard to find, especially unsweetened.  Even though the picture on the front of the bottles shows just cranberries, it’s not actually just cranberry juice most of the time.

Luckily, at Target, I found unsweetened organic just cranberry juice. Not so luckily, the juice was insanely expensive. $8.09 a bottle. For one bottle! Crazy!

I really debated buying it. Did I want to spend $8 on juice and $5 on tea bags?! In the end, I did up buy it (obviously). It was the only place I had seen both the dandelion tea bags and cranberry juice. It figured it would be a good experiment to try put. That way if it helps me lose weight, you can run out and spend $8 on cranberry juice too :)

Another thing – the Ocean Spray No Sugar Added Cranberry Juice (a blend of four juices) has 140 calories and 36 grams of sugar per 8 oz. serving. (And that’s the no sugar added version.)

The R.W. Knudsen Unsweetened Just Cranberry 100% Juice has 70 calories and only 8 grams of sugar per 8 oz. serving. I’m guessing that this is the cranberry juice that’s supposed to be used in the detox tea.

This darn tea better work because it wasn’t cheap. I plan on making the first batch on either Sunday or Monday morning. We’ll see how it goes!

Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles, treadmill (3:4 interval)
  • Stationary Bike – 12 minutes

I didn’t set my alarm for Boot Camp last night, and I told myself that if I woke up in time to make it, I would go, otherwise I’d just go to the gym when I woke up. I woke up at 7 am. Boot Camp starts are 7:10 am. I was glad that I slept though because I haven’t been sleeping well lately.

I got to the gym around 7:30 am and did a 3:4 interval workout on the treadmill. I walked three minutes, followed by four minutes of running for a total of three miles. After the treadmill, I hopped on the stationary bike for about 12 minutes. Today, I rode through the lost trails. There were a lot of palm trees and grass huts. It was nice.

When I was leaving the gym, a dentist’s office was there handing out toothbrushes for kids.

If you thought my kids wouldn’t be excited for toothbrushes, you’d be wrong. After fighting over who would get the floss, they sat on the couch watching cartoons and clutching their new toothbrushes.

Well, I off to finish baking some treats for Jaden’s party today! (And I really need to stop tasting so much of what I’m baking – it’s just so darn good!) Have a wonderful Saturday!

Questions of the day:

  • What was the last thing you baked?
  • Do you set an alarm on the weekends or just wake up naturally? What time?
  • Any plans or workouts for today?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Getting Ready for the Weekend

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all enjoying your Friday afternoon – it’s almost the weekend!

I have been running around all day trying to get stuff done for Jaden’s birthday parties this weekend.

This morning started with a workout:

  • 3.15 miles treadmill, walked/jogged

I did not go to BodyPump this morning. I know, I know. I even felt my own forehead to see if I had a fever. I didn’t. I just wasn’t in a Body Pump mood this morning, which is pretty shocking since I haven’t missed a BodyPump class in forever.

Instead, I spent some time on the treadmill. I walked/jogged 3.15 miles before going to get my niece from the kid’s room. My quad is a lot better, but my calves have been tight lately, so I am slowly trying to ease back into running. I better get my butt in gear though because I have a couple of 5ks coming up, and I have to start training for the Biggest Loser 15k.

I was glad to get out of the gym a little earlier today because I have a lot stuff to do to get ready for the weekend. Jaden’s family party is tomorrow. Sunday, he has a dance at school and then his party with his friends from school at Chuck E. Cheese.

First, I stopped at the party store to order balloons and get a few party supplies.

Jaden doesn’t know it yet, but he’s having a lego themed party. Marlene is making awesome cupcakes for Jaden’s party at Chuck E. Cheese (I can’t wait for Jaden to see them!), so I thought I’d try my hand at making his birthday cake.

I found the cutest cake on the Betty Crocker website, but it’s a bit involved. The extent of my caking making skills are: open box, mix ingredients, pour in pan.

This cake is still a box mix cake, but it’s shaped like legos! I am going to try my hardest to make it, but if it comes out crazy then Danny is on stand-by to run to the grocery store and pick up a cake.

After the party store, we went to the grocery store to pick up the food and snacks for tomorrow.

And yes, that is Coke in my cart. I don’t drink pop (or soda!), but people at the party will. I actually got this in an email the other day that I found interesting:

I haven’t drank pop since September 14, 2009. Yes, I know the exact date! And since starting the Diet Bet, I don’t think Danny has drank any pop either, except on Super Bowl Sunday. I just personally don’t like drinking pop and prefer water, but I will admit that sometimes I smell Danny’s coke. Is that weird or what? It just smells so good. I also much rather eat my calories and sugar than drink them :)

This afternoon, I have to clean up a bit and clean off my desk. I keep putting it off and putting it off. My desk is pretty much a catch-all for all my stuff, and it gets pretty cluttered. I hate cleaning it, but it must be done!

I hope you have a great rest of your Friday afternoon and a wonderful weekend!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you call it pop or soda? I call it pop :)
  • Do you drink pop? What kind?
  • What’s your least favorite thing to clean?
  • Any plans this weekend?


Filed under Fitness, Working Out

Walking at a Decline

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 10 minutes stretching
  • 1.15 miles treadmill, walked slow
  • Beginner Step Class – 30 minutes
  • Stationary Bike – 15 minutes

I worked out a lot yesterday, but they weren’t high intensity workouts. I walked slowly on the treadmill because my quad still hurts. I made sure to stretch, and I didn’t use any risers in Step class last night.

Next week, Danny and I will get a little break from working out so much because the team were up against for the Fantasy Fitness Challenge doesn’t workout as quite as much as we do. It’ll be a nice break. I’ll still workout out in the mornings, just probably not every night also like I am now.


For dinner last night, I had salmon, brussels sprouts, and Honeycrisp apple slices.

I have been buying the No Name salmon lately because they’re easy to make when I’m in a hurry, and they’re really good.

Today’s Workout

  • 2.28 miles treadmill, walked slow
  • Step Class – 60 minutes
  • Elliptical – 10 minutes

The new treadmill at my gym has an option to walk at a decline instead of an incline. (So, now instead of worrying that I’ll roll off the back of the treadmill and collapse on the floor, I can worry that I’m going to fall off the front of the treadmill.)

I recently read online that running/walking on a decline might actually help quad pain. I figure that everything I read on the internet must be true, so I tried it out. I walked at between a -2 and -3% incline. I don’t think it worked because my quad still feels sore. Oh well. I guess the internet can’t always be right.

I’m trying to figure out why a treadmill would have a decline? Maybe to practice running down hills? Normally, you should walk/run at least a 1% incline on the treadmill because that’s what most mimics running/walking outside.

After my workout, I went to Target to something for dinner, and I finally bought the raspberry chocolate Chobani bites, and I am excited to try them out! I hear they might even be better than the caramel pineapple flavor.

My Target finally had the coffee Chobani flavor in, but sadly, I didn’t buy it yet. I figured that I better finished the raspberry ones first, and I still have pineapple ones to finish.

I bought the chocolate chunk yogurts for Jacob because he loves them.

So, I am a pretty indecisive person. This is why grocery shopping takes me so long because I have to examine every single thing before I buy it. But, I’ve decided that my wonderful son, Jaden, is even more indecisive than I am. Wonder where he gets that from?

Today was pajama day at school. It took him 20 minutes to pick out a pair of pajamas to wear…and I only gave him two pairs of pajamas to pick from.

He told me that the decision was way too hard, and finally he took a pair of pajamas out of his hamper and wore those. Whatever.

It’s cold here today, and I hate it. It’s 13 degrees and feels like -4 degrees. That’s not fun. It’s horrible. I was not made for winter. <—- That’s my complaint for the day!

Have a wonderful day. I am going to pretend like I am on a tropical beach somewhere…

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your complaint for the day?
  • Do you make decisions easily? What’s the last big decision that you made?
  • Do you live somewhere warm? Can I come visit you?
  • Ever run/walk at a decline?


Filed under Dinner, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Working Out

Jillian Michaels Treadmill

Sunday’s Workout

  • Kickboxing – 60 minutes
  • Stationary Bike – 20 minutes

Yesterday’s cardio potluck choice at the gym was kickboxing. The instructor is also one of the Zumba instructors, so it was more like kickboxing with a some Zumba moves thrown in. It was fun and I liked it, I was just kind of tired because I was up late Saturday night.

After kickboxing, I headed to the fitness center to walk on a treadmill…except almost every single piece of cardio equipment was occupied by someone else. I had to settle for the one open stationary bike, so I rode slowly for 20 minutes…on a rollercoaster track.

Fantasy Fitness League

Danny and I had a total of 32 workouts last week. But we ended up tying with the team we were up against this week, which means that we both got half a point. The other two teams that were doing really well each won this week, giving them each 3 points. Danny and I have 2.5 points, which ties us for third place so far.

We’re up against the hardest team this week – they had a total of 40 workouts last week. Honestly, that is exhausting. There is no way that Danny and I can work out 40 times in one week. It’s just too much. There’s so much going on everyday that it is impossible for me to go to the gym 47 times a day.

The good news is that Danny won the weekly drawing for a resistance band! Yay!


They finally opened a Yogurtland about 10 minutes from our house…this could be a very bad thing :)

We stopped by on Sunday for some frozen yogurt. It was kind of a last minute thing since we just happened to pass it on the way to the grocery store.

It’s a smaller store but they had my favorite flavor – pistachio! I also like how they have the calories counts listed for the frozen yogurt and all the toppings.


At the grocery store yesterday, I actually managed to find decent looking strawberries. That’s usually hard to do in January, and I am super picky about my produce. So, for breakfast I had sliced strawberries and a caramel pineapple Greek yogurt.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.84 miles treadmill, walked
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

My gym got another new treadmill in recently, so I tried it out this morning. They’re trying out different equipment because when the new fitness center opens they’re buying new equipment.

I didn’t have chance to look at it really good because I was in a little bit of a hurry, but Jillian Michaels face is staring at you when you get on it. If that won’t make you run faster than I don’t know what will. You can even post your run directly to Facebook.

On the treadmill it shows laps and gives your time per lap. I wasn’t a big fan of the lap thing, but I did like the treadmill belt. It seemed a lot smoother than the other treadmills, if that’s possible.

Not the best picture, but you get the idea:

I hope you all have a great Monday!

Questions of the day:

  • What did you have for breakfast today?
  • Favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream flavor?
  • Any workout today?
  • Are you picky about produce?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Working Out

Boot Camp so I Can Eat Donuts

Happy Saturday!
Last night I signed up for the Egg Shell Shuffle 5k.

My stepmom heard about the race and called me up to tell me about it. It’s the day before Easter, and you can run with the Easter bunny, and after the race there is an egg hunt for kids and adults. An adult Easter egg hunt?! Sign me up!

I think it’ll be a lot of fun, and I’m really looking forward to it. Instead of a typical race t-shirt, the Egg Shell Shuffle gives out Asics running shorts! I thought that was kind of cool, and I’m much more likely to wear the shorts than I am another t-shirt. The best part – there is a finisher’s medal. I love finisher’s medals. They make me happy.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.34 miles treadmill, walked
  • BootCamp – 60 minutes

I woke up at about 6am this morning and was at the gym by 6:45am. I walked on the treadmill before heading to Boot Camp. I haven’t been to Boot Camp probably since the summer, and I forgot what a great workout it is! By the time it was over, I felt like I was dying.

After the gym, I came back home and picked up Danny and the kids. A few ladies at the gym last week were talking about a local mom and pop coffee shop nearby that’s really good, so I thought we could check it out.

One of my biggest weaknesses in life in donuts. I love them. On my 30th birthday, all I wanted was a box of Dunkin Donuts.

Eating donuts on my 30th b-day last year:

When I heard the coffee shop had awesome donuts, I had to check it out. My dad and stepmom met us over there.

They had so many different types of donuts – turtle, cookies and cream, red velvet, s’mores, sprinkles.

I decided that today would be my day for a treat, so Danny and I ordered a peanut butter donut and a chocolate donut to share.

I also had half of an egg white and cheese breakfast sandwich but it was just meh. I really liked the donuts. They were cake donuts, which I love. Actually, I don’t discriminate against any donut…except the bacon donuts. I really liked the peanut butter donut. I’ve never had a peanut butter donut before, and it was good. I also had a few bites of Jaden’s sprinkle donut.

The coffee shop is right across the street from where they’re buiding the new gym, so we drove by to check out the progress.

Looks good! I can’t wait until it’s open!

Have a great weekend!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you like donuts? Favorite breakfast food?
  • Have you ever take a Boot Camp class before?
  • Any plans or workouts today?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Uncategorized, Working Out

I was Hungry and a 15k Training Program


Last night for dinner, I had Subway.

Not only did I have Subway, but I had a foot long sandwich (Don’t worry – I’m not crazy enough to measure my sandwich). I never eat a foot long sandwich. But after three days of smoothies for dinner, my body was like if you don’t eat something with substance and carbs, I am going to revolt by eating a giant cheese stuffed pizza and a huge plate of fries.

Not one to argue with my body, I figured that a foot long veggie sub and baked chips from Subway was a lot better to eat than a giant stuffed pizza. I was hungry, and I wanted to eat. I did eat a little more than my normal calorie count, but I didn’t go overboard like I sometimes would have in the past. And, I have Danny to help keep me on track.

Plus, the weekend is coming up and I rather have a treat on the weekend than on a random Thursday night.

I also might have stolen one or two (okay, three) of the kid’s potato faces.

Those little cute potatoey faces are really good, but they freak me out a bit…

I didn’t go to the gym last night because my body needed a rest. I have been working out a lot lately because of the fantasy fitness challenge at my gym, and sometimes I just need a little break. I feel like it’s smarter to listen to my body then push myself to exhaustion or injury. Yes, I really want to win a free one year gym membership, but not enough to jeopardize my health.

Don’t worry, I was back at the gym this morning :)

Cardio Vs. Strength Training

The other day in my fitness class some of the ladies were talking about their favorite fitness classes. I was the only one who preferred BodyPump over cardio classes. Everyone seemed to love the cardio classes. I like the cardio classes too, but BodyPump is my all-time favorite (which is why I do it three days a week).

I used to only love cardio. Two years ago, if you ever saw me in the gym, I would be on the treadmill, elliptical, or stairmaster. Now, I have a good balance between strength training and cardio.

BodyPump transformed my body in ways I never thought possible. I lost 30+ pounds and can see toned muscle now. It’s amazing.

Cardio is important to keep your heart healthy of course, but strength training builds muscle which helps you burn even more calories at rest. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue. I’m not saying that you have to take BodyPump three times a week, I’m just saying if you’re a cardio queen like I used to be, maybe try adding some strength training into your routine.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.1 miles treadmill, walked
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Zumba – 60 minutes

I didn’t have to watch my niece today, so I debated staying for Zumba after BodyPump this morning. I figured if the instructor who is 20 weeks pregnant has the energy to teach class then I should be able to take the class…so I stayed for Zumba.

Plus, Zumba is a such a fun workout that doesn’t actually feel like a workout. And by 1pm, I was already at 13,000+ steps for the day! Awesome.

Since I worked out a lot longer this morning, I had a little bit bigger post-workout snack than I normally do.

A mint Builder Bar and a peach Chobani Greek yogurt.

15k Training Plan

I figured if I am going to run nine miles then I better do a little bit of training because my typical mileage is anywhere from 1-5 miles, not nine.

I found a Hal Higdon training program online, and decided that it would be the one I would use. I have heard lots of good things about Hal’s plans, and liked that it’s 10 weeks long and simple to follow.

I probably will have to switch the days around to fit my schedule, but it’s basically two days of running, one long run that increases in mileage each week, and cross training. I’ll probably do it for more than 10 weeks, since I have time, and just repeat some of the weeks.

After the gym, I had a few errands to run. Tonight, we’re going to drop my car off at the mechanic because it’s having problems with the power steering fluid. Great.

Questions of the day:

  • Favorite sandwich?
  • Have you ever followed a training program?
  • Did you workout today? Ever try Zumba?
  • Any plans for the weekend?


Filed under Dinner, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Working Out

Army FPT Two-Mile Run and The Secret Keeper Book Review

Last Night’s Workout

  • Adaptive Motion Trainer – 30 minutes

Danny and I went to the gym after dinner last night, and I did an easy 30 minutes on the adaptive motion trainer machine. Danny did the elliptical next to me, and really gave it his all while I was taking it easy. Danny had double to the total strides that I did. I don’t remember the exact number, but I had about 2000 total strides and he had about 4000 total strides.

Yet, we went the exact same distance and burned the exact same amount of calories according to the machines. And the AMT is a similar motion to the elliptical, so I don’t think that’s the problem. But one of those machines was wrong. There was no way we went to the same distance and burned the same amount of calories. I have a feeling the AMT trainer is really overestimating those numbers.

Do you think machines in the gym are accurate with the distance and calories burned? I always look at it for a guideline, but count on my BodyFit Media to see how many calories I actually burned throughout the day.

After the gym, we came home and ate Skinny Cow ice cream.

It was a nice little treat.

Today’s Breakfast

This morning, I had a bowl of Kashi Go Lean cereal.

I also had it as a snack yesterday afternoon. There is 13 grams of protein in one cup of cereal.

Today’s Workout

  • 2.24 miles treadmill (Army PFT)
  • Step Class – 60 minutes

This morning’s workout was kind of fun – I was messing around with the different settings on the new treadmill at my gym and  saw one labeled Army PFT (Physical Fitness Test) Two-Mile Run, so I decided to try it out.

It started out with a three-minute warm-up, and then I was timed how long it took me to run two miles. After I was done, it showed me my score. I scored a 57.

I had no idea what that number meant or if it was good or bad, so when I was telling Danny about it on the phone, he found this website – Army PFT Two-Mile Run Score. In order to pass the test and graduate to basic combat training in the Army, you must score at least a 50.

Yes! I got a 57! I can now move on to combat training :) I didn’t do the best, but I didn’t do the worst either, and at least I scored higher than a 50. It was a fun way to get a workout in, and I figure I can always work on improving my score – for fun, of course – I have no plans to join the Army. I just thought it was cool that I actually passed. I think you also have to pass a sit-up and push-up test.

I feel like I run a lot faster outside than I do on a treadmill. But all of my winter running is done on a treadmill because I am not friends with cold weather.

After the treadmill, I went to Step Class, and it was very challenging today. The class was the same, I’m just really tired today and that two-mile run zapped the energy out of me. I still got through it, and ate a snack as soon as I got in my car.

In addition to my normal Builder Bar, I also had this package of Crunchmaster’s multi-grain crackers that my gym was giving away last week.

They were really good. They almost tasted like a corn chip.

On to a book review…

The Secret Keeper Book Review

I recently finished reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton for Julie’s book club.

About the book:

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world. (Source)

I don’t want to give too much of the book away because it was a great read, and I recommend reading it!

My Thoughts:

I loved the Secret Keeper. Before I buy a book, I always read the free trial of it on my Kindle (usually the first few chapters.) As soon as I read the first few chapters, I had to buy the book immediately because I had to know what happened next. The free trial ends with the cliff hanger of the crime that Laurel witnesses.

As I continued to read it, I realized that the book flips back and forth between present day and the 1940′s told from different characters perspectives. At first I was a little wary because history is exactly my favorite genre of reading, but soon I found myself flying through the present day chapters so I could get back to the story from the 40′s.

The book follows three main characters: Laurel, Dolly (Dorothy), and Vivien. Laurel is Dolly’s daughter and the story goes from present day, where Laurel is trying to learn about Dolly’s past to the past where the reader lives through Dolly’s story.

I thought this was an excellent book, and each chapter left you wanting to keep reading to see what happens next.

I found myself with mixed emotions about Dolly’s character. I liked her when she towards the beginning when she left her family to pursue her dreams. She seemed a little bit imaginative and flighty, but still likeable. She seemed very naive and childlike. However, as her story went on, I found myself liking her less. The way she behaved with Jimmy, and the plan that she set in motion made me like her less and less. I also got the feeling from her meeting with Dr. Rufus that there more to her story than met the eye.

I liked Vivien’s character. At the beginning, she seemed very cold and withdrawn, but I still found myself drawn to her and wanted to know more of her story. When the story starts out, it seems as though Vivien and Dolly are friends, so when your reach the part about Vivien saying that she isn’t friends with Dolly, you begin to wonder how they’re friendship came about. I loved that the beginning of the story was told from Dolly’s point of view and at the end of the book we see the same scene through Vivien’s eyes.

I didn’t have many feelings towards Laurel one way or the other. I felt like she was simply a character to relate the story of Dolly and Vivien.

This book has many twists and turns. When I got to the end of the book, I actually had to read it a few times to make sure that I was understanding it correctly. I don’t want to give too much of the ending away, but I loved it. It was actually a twist that I didn’t predict at all. Although I like the way it ended, the only thing that I wish would have been different is the fact that Dolly died not ever knowing that Jimmy survived.

The Secret Keeper has a little bit of everything: love, history, drama, murder, mystery. It was well-written and the best book I have read in a while. The story sucks you in and leaves you needing to find out more. You have a love/hate relationship with the characters, but despite how you feel about them, their story is one that you need to find out more about.

  • Have you read the Secret Keeper? Thoughts? Last book you read?
  • Have you ever done any kind of fitness or army test?
  • Favorite post workout snack?


Filed under Book Review, Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Working Out

Video Game Fun


Yesterday afternoon, my brother came over to hang out for a while after he failed at helping my stepbrother with his calculus homework. But to be fair, I also failed at helping him with his calculus homework. That stuff is hard!

I have never taken calculus in my life, so I didn’t even know where to start. And I used to tutor math…shows how smart I am.

After failing at calculus, my brother played some video games.

I love how the three of them have the exact same look on their face.

I downloaded a video game on the kid’s Xbox that my brother and I used to play on Sega when we were little – ToeJam and Earl. I have never met one other person that has heard of that game before, but my brother and I used to love it.

Paul must have seen something really exciting in the game…or else he just thinks it’s funny to do crazy poses when I’m taking a picture.

Last night, we also went to Target so I could get some of the mint chocolate Builder Bars.

Danny doesn’t like them, which means I get the whole box to myself! While we were at Target, I spotted one of my favorite holiday candies – candy hearts. I love those things.

I wanted to get a bag so bad, but I ended up making a good decision and putting them back (mostly because Danny said: Heather, put those back). I love all holiday candy – Halloween candy, candy canes, jelly beans, candy hearts. But I usually have a hard time stopping with just a few. I want to eat the whole darn bag. And I only like the bigger hearts that come in a big bag, so I can’t even buy a small box of the small hearts for portion control because I don’t like them.

Darn those candy hearts. But I’m glad that I put them back, and maybe someone will buy them for me for Valentine’s Day, and then I can eat them without guilt because they were a present…right? The big candy hearts, not the small ones. Just a hint to anyone buying me a Valentine :)

Speaking of Easter (jellybeans, remember?) – did you know that Easter is in March this year? Seems super early for Easter, doesn’t it?

Today’s Workout

  • 3.21 miles treadmill
  • Adaptive Motion Trainer – 20 minutes

Today was one of those days where I left the gym sweaty and feeling like I was going to die, so I figured that I got a good workout in. I ran/walked 3.21 miles on the treadmill because my knee still aches when I run too long. Then, I spent 20 minutes on the AMT doing a 2:1 interval workout. I “worked” for two minutes, followed by a one minute recovery for a total of 20 minutes.

I came home and had breakfast similar to yesterday’s lunch – toast with pb, an egg white omelet with spinach, onions, and feta, and a clementine.

When I got home, Danny left to go to the gym. We’re doing really good with our workouts this week.

I am very excited for our date night dinner tonight. We’re going to California Pizza Kitchen. I have lived by a CPK my whole life, but have never been to one. I hear their pretty good, so I am excited to try it out!

Have a great Saturday! Also, a quick congratulations to my cousins, Billy and Michelle, on the birth of their first child. A new baby girl in the family!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite holiday candy? I love it all :)
  • Ever been to California Pizza Kitchen? Favorite date night restaurant?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Take That, Weekend!

It’s Monday – which means that Danny and I stuck with healthy eating (with treats in moderation!) all weekend! I haven’t stuck to my calorie count on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a looonngg time, so I’m pretty proud of us.

I really hesitate to say that I stuck to my “diet” because I don’t look at it as a diet. A diet, to me, is something that sounds negative and means restricting yourself. A diet is something that can’t be maintained over long periods of time without feeling restricted.

I prefer to say “healthy eating” which to me means sticking to my calorie count by getting in enough fruits, veggies, dairy, lean proteins, and whole grains. But it also means, treats in moderation. I think when I deprive myself, I just crave it more. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with an occasioanal treat – as long as I don’t go overboard.

Last night, I was craving Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food (which we have in the freezer), but I had already had two Tootsie pops as my treat, so I know it wouldn’t have been the best choice to make. So, yes, I denied myself the ice cream but only because I had already had a treat. And once I got back to reading my book, I forgot all about the ice cream. I’m not saying to always deny yourself, but sometimes distracting yourself works.

I stuck to a calorie count of 1450-1650 all weekend. 1650 is a bit on the high side for me, but according to my BodyMedia Fit, I still burned more calories than I consumed, and I worked out this weekend.


This morning, I had Kashi oatmeal topped with one teaspoon of peanut butter.

I also tried out the Special K protein drink mix, and I really like them. It’s a nice change from water, and only has 30 calories and 5 grams of protein.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.63 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 1.37 miles treadmill

I went to the fitness center and ran on the treadmill before and after BodyPump today for a total of 3 miles. I am also happy to announce that Danny and I won our first week of the Fantasy Fitness League! Each team that won received one point. So, although other teams also won a point, we beat the team that we were up against this week.

Danny and I worked out a combined total of 20 times this week. Another team worked out a total of 26 times! If they keep that up it means that the week Danny and I are against them, we have to beat them! That’ll be the week to up our workouts. Hope your ready Danny… :)

After the gym, I dropped off some clothes for a friend of a friend. I cleaned out my closet and dresser about a week ago, and had tons of clothes to get rid of. I hold onto things forever even if I haven’t worn them in years. I finally decided to keep only what I truly wear, and had four bags of clothes to give away.

I couldn’t part with any of my race shirts though. I gave them their own drawer.

I honestly never wear any of them. Ever. But I feel like they all have memories attached to them so I can’t get rid of them.

After dropping the clothes off, I stopped at Mariano’s and made a salad for lunch.

Along with my salad, I made a stuffed pepper with brown rice, spinach, and feta cheese.

A perfect lunch.

I have plans to make spaghetti squash with roasted broccoli and marinara sauce for dinner. I know that I can’t get Danny to convert from normal spaghetti to spaghetti squash, but I do know that he’ll be willing to eat a smaller portion and add more veggies. It’s all about making healthy substitutions and taking it one day at a time!

  • What does “healthy eating” mean to you?
  • Which would you rather give up: pasta or chocolate?
  • What healthy subsitutions do you make?
  • What do you do with all your race t-shirts?


Filed under Breakfast, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Where’s The Water

This morning, I started out my day with a glass of lemon water and a Chobani caramel pineapple yogurt.

Oh my gosh, that caramel pineapple yogurt was the best Chobani yogurt that I have ever tried. Usually, I’m not the type the person who thinks of fruit or yogurt as a dessert – I think ice cream and chocolate are desserts, but I could see myself eating this yogurt as a dessert. It was delicious.

I drink a glass of water as soon as I wake up every single morning. I add a lemon slice when I have them on hand. This helps keeps me hydrated as well as jumps starts my metabolism for the day.

And I will admit that Danny brings me my cup of water to me every morning while I’m sleeping, so I literally drink it the second I wake up before my feet even hit the floor. He’s such a great husband. I cook dinner every night, so it’s kind of an even trade-off, right? :)

Today’s Workout

  • 4.18 miles treadmill, walked – 60 minutes

I used today as a “take it easy day,” and just walked on the treadmill. My shoulder hurts and running just makes it hurt more, plus my body is just tired, so I just walked.

Last night, I iced my shoulder and took Advil. This morning I put the heating pad on it, and took more Advil. I plan to ice it on and off during the day. Even after my walk it was pretty sore.

You know how you typically burn one hundred calories per mile, whether you walk or run? Well, that was exactly true today because according to the treadmill, I walked 4.18 miles and burned 4.18 calories.


I’m the kind of person who tends to stick to the same foods everyday. When I find something that’s good and easy to make, I usually eat the same thing for a long period of time. Lately that’s been Special K, bagel thins and egg whites, PB french toast, and veggie omelets. Every single day.

I decided to look through my old food journals and find some foods that I like but haven’t eaten in a while. So, after the gym, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up ingredients for flatbread pizzas and cheese & veggie quesadillas.

I used to eat those two foods a lot but haven’t had them in a while. This time I bought the smaller tortillas that are 50 calories a piece, and I’ll use two to make the quesadillas. I bought pre-cooked chicken to add to Danny’s. I also found pineapple salsa, which I can’t wait to try.

I have frozen tilapia that I think the pineapple salsa would be good on too. I like pineapple and mango salsas better than regular salsa. Maybe because I’m not a huge tomato fan.

Have a great weekend!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you like salsa? Favorite kind? Mild or spicy?
  • Any workout today?
  • Favorite go-to meal?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out