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Blue Milk

Good morning!

With the kids home for spring break, these past few days have been busy! I finally seemed to get rid of my cold and my calves feel a lot better. They still ache when I walk up the stairs but at least it’s not a constant pain anymore.

This Week’s Workouts:

  • Mon. – Walked
  • Tues. – Women on Weights
  • Wed. – BodyPump
  • Thurs. – Rest
  • Fri. – Teach BodyPump

My workouts were a little bit lighter this week since I wasn’t feeling well and the kids are home.

Here’s a few pictures from our week.

On Tuesday, I put blue food coloring in Jaden’s milk as a April Fool’s Day prank.

He was less than impressed.

I also switched the cereals in Jacob’s cereal boxes but he guessed that I did it before he even poured the cereal out. Being an almost teenager, he thought my jokes were really lame.

The kids had a dentist appointment yesterday which I initially showed up a day early for even though it’s written done on my calendar. That wasn’t fun.

The kids had no cavities so we went to Whole Foods to celebrate! Okay, I went to Whole Foods to celebrate that we won’t have a dental cavity bill, although Jacob does need braces…

My salad:

My stepmom picked up our race t-shirts and bibs yesterday. Jaden is running walking his very first 5k tomorrow! Yes, my calves want to punch me in the face right now.

Jaden is very excited about his very first 5k but he doesn’t run much so I figure the majority of the race will be walking with little running spurts thrown in. My calves should be able to handle that. My dad and stepmom are also walking and Danny and Jacob are running.

I have never done a color run so I’m not such exactly what to expect. The website gives directions on how to clean the color off your camera – that’s interesting. Since it’ll be cold, we’ll have to wear warm old clothes with our t-shirts over them. They also recommend old shoes. I think it’ll be a lot of fun and Jaden is beyond excited.

Danny has the day off today so we can do something fun with the kids after BodyPump. I think they decided on going to Dave and Buster’s, a restaurant and game place. The weather hasn’t been the greatest for their spring break but at least we got a few fun activities in there!

Have a great Friday!

  • Have you ever done a color run?
  • Have you ever worn braces? I got my braces on when I was 16 years old – not fun.
  • Did you pull any April Fool’s Day pranks?

Mom’s Note: I realize that I have a lot more pictures of Jaden on my blog than Jacob. That’s because Jacob is less than two months away from being a teenager and hates to be photographed. He asks me not to take his picture and I try to respect that.



Filed under Family Fun, Fitness

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Question: What is better than chocolate and peanut butter?

Answer: Nothing. Nothing is better than chocolate and peanut butter. It’s pretty much the best food combination ever invented. Ever.
I realize that protein pancakes have been around forever and I am a little late jumping on the protein pancake bandwagon, but it seems like I’m that way with many things. The important thing is that I have finally discovered the goodness that is protein pancakes.

I was always worried that they would taste too “eggy”, but they don’t. I have made them with oats and without oats and neither version tastes too eggy, although I prefer the version with oats.

I decided to experiment a bit in the kitchen this morning and came up with a delicious chocolate peanut butter protein pancake recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes     Serves: 1


  • 1/4 cups oats (I used Quaker Oats Perfect Portions)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • approx. 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used one packet of Cellucor chocolate protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp. PB2


  1. Mix oats and water in a bowl. Microwave approx. 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in egg whites, protein powder, and PB2.
  3. Cook on a hot pan for approx. 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Calories (without toppings): 229 calories     Protein: 30 grams

I topped my pancakes with organic blue agave maple syrup and blueberries.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes (core and legs)

I pretty sure my legs are dead. After doing BodyPump two days in a row and working on legs in women on weights class today, I can no longer move my legs.

Post workout, I had my last cookies and cream Quest bar.

I have to stop by GNC and pick some more of these up. I also want to get a few of the cookie dough flavor, but last time I was there, they weren’t in stock.


Yesterday for lunch, I used up some tilapia taco mix that I had from Whole Foods.

It was so delicious that I was still thinking about tacos today. Luckily, I had the ingredients at home to whip up my own fish tacos.

I used Mahi Mahi, red and green pepper, red onions, and Mrs. Dash salt free taco seasoning. I topped the tacos with mango salsa from Whole Foods. The salsa is really good, but so spicy. I try to pick around the hot peppers.

Mexican food is my all time favorite. I could eat it every single day.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What food could you eat every day and not get sick of it? I could eat tacos and chocolate :)
  • Favorite food combo? Mine is chocolate and pb and bagelwiches with jelly.



Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Whole Foods Grocery Haul

Good afternoon!

How was your weekend? We had a busy one!

On Friday morning, I taught BodyPump. I tried to take it as easy as I could with the squats and lunges since my right hip and glute really hurt. The class went good but I was still really sore, so I decided it would be best to take the weekend off from going to the gym and rest.

I didn’t workout at all at the gym but we did take the kids sledding and that was a workout itself.

Between climbing up the giant hill and chasing the sleds that were blowing away from the wind, I think I burned a few calories :)

On Sunday afternoon, we went to Whole Foods so I could use my gift card from Christmas.

My Whole Foods Haul:

I found two recipes on the Tone It Up website that I want to try out so I bought ingredients to make herbed salmon and quinoa spinach salad.

Some of these things I bought included:

    • Ezekiel bread – I’ve tried Udi’s bread in the past but this is my first time trying Ezekiel
    • Salmon
    • Tilapia taco mix, corn torillas, and mango salsa for fish tacos
    • California rolls sushi
    • Blueberries, pears, and apples
    • Hummus
    • Quinoa and pecans from the bulk bins
    • Pineapple juice, Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, honey, and limes to make the “Bombshell Spell” drink that’s I’ve been seeing around lately. Suzanne from Mix It Mom posted the recipe recently so I thought I’d try it out.
    • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Puffins – I have never seen these before and was so excited to see them at Whole Foods. Yes, cereal makes me excited. It’s peanut butter and chocolate Puffins. What’s not to love?!

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

There was no school today so I took the kids to the gym. Jaden went to the kid’s room and Jacob worked out on the Stairmaster while I was taking BodyPump. He was really excited to show me that he climbed 300 floors on the Stairmaster. That’s pretty darn good :)

After the gym, I took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese for a while. Luckily, it wasn’t too crowded when we got there around 10:45 am. It was getting crowded when we left so I’m glad we went early.

(Instagram: @RunEatPlay)


I had a Clif bar while the kids ate pizza at Chuck E. Cheese so when we got home, I had the rest of the California rolls for lunch.


Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you do anything  over the weekend?
  • When’s the last time you went sledding?
  • Do you like sushi?



Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Whole Foods Trip

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • 2.26 miles, treadmill
  • Biceps and Triceps BodyPump Tracks – approx. 15 min.
  • Stretching – Approx. 15 min.

I walked for ten minutes on the treadmill, ran for 17 minutes, and then finished up with 3 minutes of walking. I planned on run/walking for 30 minutes and didn’t worry about the distance.


I also planned on running for a longer amount of time but I go into a conversation with the lady on the treadmill next to me and I can’t run on a treadmill and carry on a conservation very well. I am lucky that I remain upright while running on the treadmill. I am not the most coordinated or graceful person in the world.

While running on the treadmill, I cut my toe open…again. For some reason, my toes have problems when I’m running. They rub on each other and the toenail cuts open the toe next to it. It’s weird and gross. And it’s not even like it’s the same spot – it happens with different toes. And it’s not the shoes because it’s happened in a couple of different pairs of shoes. Whatever.

I practiced the biceps and triceps tracks from BodyPump one time each. I am really trying to work on those triceps push-ups – they’re tough.


My niece loves looking at the pool for a few minutes before we leave the gym.


After the gym, we went to Whole Foods. I recently saw that Larabar came out with a new snickerdoodle flavor and I am dying to try it. Unfortunately, Whole Foods didn’t have the snickerdoodle flavor, but they did have a spiced pumpkin pie Clif bar that I was very excited about. I picked up a few to try.

PicMonkey Collage

I ate one on the way home and it was delicious. But after I had finished almost all of it, I noticed that it had raisins in it! Who does that? Why put yucky raisins in a perfectly good pumpkin Clif bar?! I’m not a fan of raisins.

Luckily, I didn’t even taste the raisins while I was eating it, so I feel safe eating the other two spiced pumpkin pie bars that I bought.

I also picked up a few different thinkThin bars to try out.


I also got some tilapia taco mix for dinner. I eat it on organic corn tortillas and top it with mango salsa.


It’s so good, quick, and easy. I got enough for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.

Speaking of lunch, I made a salad at the salad bar for lunch today.


I had to throw some strawberries on there because they looked so delicious and perfect.

I am still using the My Fitness Pal app to record my food, but days like today are hard because I can’t really figure out the exact calories of every ingredient in the salad as well as the mango salsa and taco mix.

I figure if I eat the salad for lunch, have a snack in the afternoon, and the fish tacos for dinner then I should be good for the day.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Raisins: Yes or No?
  • Do you ever have any weird injuries when running or working out?
  • Favorite thing to buy at Whole Foods?




Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Running, Working Out

Quick Check In

Good afternoon and happy Friday!! Just a quick check-in because I am about to go to my hair appointment. I don’t even know why I bother to get my hair done since I don’t even do it anyway. Okay, sometimes I do. It’s just so much easier to throw it into a ponytail.


Last night we dressed up nice…and went to Whole Foods for dinner. Jaden really got into it:

We did try to go to a nicer restaurant, but the wait was an hour! On a Thursday! Crazy. So, we went to Whole Foods instead.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Zumba – 60 minutes
  • Plank #29: 3 minutes and 15 seconds

Most of songs in Zumba today were new, so it took me a while to catch on, but it was such a fun workout!

Jaden took my picture doing plank #28.

Only two more planks to go! Actually, three. I missed doing a plank on March 1st, so I am going to make up for it by doing one on April 1st.

Tomorrow is the Egg Shell Shuffle 5k and it looks like the weather is going to be nice! The race also has a little bit of a later start time, 9:15 am, so that will be nice because we have to get the kids up and ready. I just hope parking isn’t an issue.

Speaking of races, I was looking through the flyers in my race bag and I came across a 5k that offers babysitting during the race.

How cool is that? I am lucky that I usually run with my family, so I can bring the kids with and my dad will watch them, or my mom will sometime watch them, but I know that some parents don’t have this luxury. I thought it was very cool that they offered babysitting during the race.


I have been eating the best snack lately. Vanilla Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of PB2 mixed it with Honeycrisp apple slices to dip in it! So good!

We’re having Easter brunch at our house, so I’ll be making my grocery list and shopping later today.

Have a wonderful weekend and a great Easter!!

  • Any plans this weekend?
  • What are you doing for Easter?
  • What do you think of babysitting during a race?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

Shopping for Furniture

Good afternoon! How are you all doing with the time change? It always takes me a while to get used to it, but I’m happy that it will stay light out longer.


Yesterday afternoon, my mom watched the kids for a while so Danny and I could go out and look for bedroom furniture. We’re trying to find a whole new bedroom set, and so far I haven’t found anything that I loved.

We looked at a lot of complete bedroom sets, but I don’t know if I like all the matchy matchy sets. I love this bedroom that I found on Pinterest:


So far, I can’t find exactly what I want so, the search continues! If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.

While we were out, we stopped at Whole Foods for lunch and some more carrot cake Clif bars.


The plank-a-day challenge is going great. Danny and I are improving each day. Yesterday was day #10. Danny’s plank was 1 minute and 55 seconds.

My plank was 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

I used Marlene’s trick and listened to music while doing my plank. I think it really worked because I lasted 5 seconds longer than the day before!

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Plank Day #11 – 2 minutes 51 seconds
  • 2.1 miles treadmill, walked/jogged

I did the plank after BodyPump today so it was really hard. I made it one second longer than yesterday and that was a struggle. My whole body was shaking after a minute, but the music really helps.


I had a small protein fruit smoothie this morning.

In my smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop white chocolate Designer Whey protein powder
  • 3 ounces Trop50 orange juice

Total Calories: 130     Total Protein: 9.4 grams

Have a great afternoon!

  • Know any good places for bedroom furniture?
  • What does your bedroom look like? Favorite thing in your bedroom?
  • Any workout today? Plank time?




Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out



I did not eat good last night…at all. Sometimes, I have setbacks and overeat. Yesterday was one of those days. I ate good during the day, but I had a stressful afternoon at the allergy doctor with Jaden, and I am an emotional eater – I eat when I’m stressed, sad, happy, bored…so pretty much all the time.

And once I start eating unhealthy, sometimes I go overboard. I think I need an off switch.

We went to Whole Foods for dinner. I know what you’re thinking – how bad can Whole Food be? But when you eat some of a lemon poppy-seed muffin, a cookie, half a peanut butter chocolate bar…and jelly beans, it’s pretty bad. (I ate some of those things at home though, not all at once).

Over course, I feel like crap afterwards, so I always make sure to start fresh. I don’t like one day of bad eating to turn into two bad days of eating.

My whole point here is that I mess up. I overeat, I overindulge, and it’s something that I’m working out. Sure, I could have had one cookie, stopped and been fine. But I didn’t. I don’t plan to dwell on it, and I will try to remember how I feel when I overeat so that I can help prevent it in the future.

I don’t mean to go on and on, but I just want to let you know that I don’t always eat healthy. I mess up, I overeat, I move on.

One good thing that came out of going to Whole Foods is that I finally picked up some PB2 to try out!

I have been meaning to try this out for a long time but kept forgetting. PB2 is powdered peanut that you can add water to, and it’s a lot fewer calories that regular peanut butter. I have a peanut butter addiction and tend to eat a lot of it, so I am excited to try out the PB2. My Whole Foods only had the kind with chocolate.

Two tablespoons of PB2 has 45 calories and 4 grams of protein. Two tablespoons of regular peanut butter has 190 calories and 3.5 grams of protein.

Since, I always add peanut butter to my smoothies, it really ups the calorie count a lot. Now, I am excited to try out the PB2 in my smoothies!

I used it today in my smoothie for lunch. In my smoothie:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. PB2
  • crushed ice

225 calories    23.8 grams protein

I topped my smoothie with a some Special K protein cereal and blueberries. The PB2 was delicious in the smoothie and it gave it a peanut butter taste without adding too many calories. Yes!

Today’s Workout

  • 2.39 miles treadmill, walked
  • Step & Tone Class – 60 minutes
  • Elliptical – 15 minutes

The kids don’t have school tomorrow, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to stay for Zumba class or not. We shall see. Usually if bribe them with video games, they’ll behave in the kid’s room at the gym :)

  • If there a food you tend to overeat?
  • Ever tried PB2? Thoughts?
  • What food do you wish was calorie-free?
  • Any workout today?


Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Life Unexpected

Good afternoon! Today has been another one of those crazy, busy, running around days.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Stationary bike – 12 minutes

I started my morning out at the gym. I brought my niece with me and luckily, she did good in the kid’s room without her older cousins there. I brought her a couple of times last week with Jacob and Jaden, and she did fine since they were in the with her. But they had school today, so she was by herself. She did cry a little bit when ever someone opened the door, but for the most part she did good.

Jacob and McGymnast practicing last night:

I went to Butts and Guts class this morning. With my brother hurting his back and the holidays, it’s been three weeks since I last went to Butts and Guts, so it was nice to get that cardio in this morning.

My gym got these cool new stationary bikes that I tried out really quick after Butts and Guts.

They’re neat because the screen shows you riding on an actual track, and the handle bars move so that you can move the bike on the television screen. I have never seen an exercise bike like this before so I was pretty intrigued.

Being on a race track motivated me to go faster because I kept trying to pass the other fake bikers on the track. I wasn’t able to stay on it too long because I had to go get my niece from the kid’s room.

Right after the gym, we had a doctor’s appointment to go to. After the doctor, we went to see my brother in the hospital, but first we had to stop for a quick lunch.

We stopped at Whole Foods because it’s 4 seconds away from the doctor’s office, so really there’s no excuse not to go. I had a salad with veggies, feta, and fruit.

I also has a baked apple cranberry dish from the hot bar. It was so good. I have never seen it at Whole Foods before, and it was delicous!

I have been doing really well with tracking my calories lately, but it always throws me off when I go to a place like Whole Foods because I have no idea how to calculate the calories. I had a salad with dressing on the side, a few pieces of fruit, (I didn’t eat the noodles), two bites of mashed potatoes, and three bites of cheese lasagna.

Honestly, how do you even calculate that? I guess you really can’t so I just estimate.

After the doctor and lunch, I took my niece to the hospital to see her dad (my brother). Paul finally had back surgery yesterday and is still in tons of pain today. He’s trying his best at physical therapy but the pain is intense, so they want him to stay at the hospital another day or two.

The physical therapist was there when I was there, and she explained that he can expect to have back pain later in life. His back will never be fully 100%. Yes, he’ll be able to regain normal and physical activity eventually, but his back will never be the same. My brother is 27.

I can’t even imagine what that must be like to go through. And of course, there was nothing that he could do about it. It’s just life. Hopefully, he’ll start feeling better soon, go to physical therapy, and be back to normal in the near future. As of now, he really can’t do anything at all.

Since he has to stay another night at the hospital, Baby McCutie came back home with me. We made it back home just in time for Jacob to get off the bus.

I’ve been a bit tired and stressed lately, but as long as I can get to the gym, I’m fine. Going to the gym is my alone time as well as a huge stress reliever. I am working hard with Danny to win the Fantasy Fitness challenge because it’s important to me and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something.

Right now life is a little bit crazy and up in the air with my brother being in the hospital. I am a person who thrives on schedules and routine, so not knowing what is going on day-to-day is hard for me, but I’m hoping that life will return to normal soon. As I bet my brother and sister-in-law are hoping too.

I threw dinner in the crock pot this morning, so that will make dinner time easier. Sometimes it’s hard to make dinner with three kids tearing the house up and being energetic. I’m making beef stew – beef stew meat, beef broth, a little flour and water, carrots, onions, potatoes, and seasoning. I really should use the crock pot more often.

In case you were wondering, I’ll be having a veggie omelet :)

Have a wonderful day!

Questions of the day:

  • Have you ever used an exercise bike like that before?
  • Favorite piece of exercise equipment?
  • Have you ever had a time in your life when things were out of your control?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Awesome Whole Foods Policy and Superdawg

In case you missed things over the weekend, I:


Yesterday morning, Jaden and I ran over to Whole Foods to pick up a couple of things.

Hello, delicious mango salsa.

While we were in line to check out, Jaden grabbed a box of Clif kid’s Z bars in the honey graham flavor and asked if he could get them. (Of course they put all the kid’s products near the register!) I told him not this time because he had never tasted that particular flavor, and I didn’t want to be stuck with a whole box of bars if he didn’t like them.

The cashier overhead me and told me to bring the Clif bars over to the service desk and they would let Jaden sample them since he’s never had them before. So, we pay for our groceries and Jaden happily carries the box of bars over to the service desk, and I explain what the cashier said, thinking they grab a single bar off the shelf or something to let Jaden try out.

Nope. She scans the box and hands it to me and says there you go.

What?! We got the whole box to try out for free. I was kind of amazed for a second. Apparently, if you’ve never tried a product at Whole Foods before and  you want to, they’ll let you try it for free. I thought that was pretty cool.

By the way I’ve never tried that $30 salmon before either…. I’m kidding. I wouldn’t take advantage of it, but I thought it was great that they gave Jaden the whole box for free, especially because I just spent $40 on one bag of groceries.

Jaden trying out the Z bar (he liked them, by the way):

A while after we got back from Whole Foods, my dad came over to try the small amount of chili that I saved for him.

He makes awesome chili that everybody loves, so I wanted to get his opinion on my chili. He said it was a success. Maybe not quite as good as his, but still good :) His recipe is just a lot different. He uses a lot more veggies and a lot more hot sauce.

Later in the evening, we decided to go to SuperDawg for dinner.

My dad and I had seen SuperDawg when we went to Bob Chinn’s restaurant a few weeks ago, and he’s been wanting to go ever since.

It’s a drive-in restaurant, but you can also get out of your car and sit at a table.

I had the fish sandwich. It came on an onion roll which I was super happy about because I have been craving an onion roll, but always stick to my whole wheat bagel thins. Even though it was good, I had eaten a lot of pumpkin spice Hershey kisses throughout the day and wasn’t too hungry, so I only finished half.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.65 miles – treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

My shoulder is still slightly bothering me, so I made sure to take it easy on the shoulder track during BodyPump today. Post workout, me and my crazy hair had some chocolate milk.

Today’s the last day to enter my giveaway, so don’t forget to check it out! Winner will be posted tomorrow!

Questions of the day:

  • Did you know about Whole Foods policy?
  • Have you ever been to a drive-in restaurant?
  • Did you workout today?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fitness, Giveaway

Lots of Food and A Tough Workout

Nuun giveaway winners:

  • Carmel Atanasu-teeters
  • Kristin

Congrats! Please email me at [email protected] with your shipping address asap, and I will ship out your selected flavors of Nuun.

Over the weekend, we went on a family fro-yo trip.

Followed by a family Whole Foods trip.

The family that eats fro-yo and buys overpriced groceries together, stays together. While we were there, I picked up a few things that I made for dinner last night.

First, I tried the mango jicama salad from the deli.

It was a different taste, I thought it was good, but not good enough that I’d buy it again.

I also bought maple tamari salmon to try. The guy at the fish counter recommended it, so I figured I’d try it out. I had him cut the 6 oz piece in half, so I could eat it two nights.

I’m the kind of person that likes a little bit of lots of foods, rather than a big portion of one food. I think it makes me feel like I’m getting more food, and I love a variety of food at once. So, I have the fish guy cut the salmon in half so that I can have other sides with it and not be over stuffed.

Besides the mango jicama salad, I had corn on the cob and steamed brussels sprouts.

Baby McCutie Love Bunny got to eat fun stuff, like puffs. Because how can eating puffs not be fun?

About an hour after dinner, I went to my Biggest Loser workout (and yes, it was a mistake eating that close to working out). This was the toughest workout yet. We split into two groups, and half of us went into the spin bike room. In there, we split in half again, and some of us did the Spin bike and some of us did strength with hand weights.

When it was time to switch, I asked if I could just stay on the Spin bike since I had done BodyPump earlier in the morning. That Spin bike was tough! By the time I got off, my quads were feeling it. Then we switched with the first group so they could come into the Spin room.  We ended up doing more strength training while the second group was doing Spin. I just stuck to five-pound weights. We did tons of squats and upper arm exercises.

I’m not feeling too bad this morning, so I’m going to Butts and Guts class this morning. Have a great day!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you like a variety of food at once or stick to just a couple of foods at meal times?
  • Is there an expensive food that you love and will splurge on? I think the WF mango is overpriced, but I will always buy it because I love it.
  • Any plans for the 4th tomorrow?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Dinner, Family Fun, Working Out