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A Surprise Dinner

sGood afternoon! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Here’s a little recap of how my weekend went:

Friday

Friday morning I went to the gym. I started out on the stationary bike for 30 minutes. Then I moved onto back exercises. I did bent-over rows and reverse flyes. I think the standing back exercises put a little too much pressure on my hip because I left the gym in pain rather than just sore.

As a result, I took the rest of the weekend off from going to the gym and let my body rest. From now on, I’ll stick to lat pulldowns and seated rows. Those didn’t seem to bother my hip.

On Friday night, I took Danny out for a surprise dinner. He has been doing such a great job taking care of me after my surgery and I just wanted to let him know how much I appreciate everything he has been doing.

My mom came over Friday night to watch the kids and Danny and I went to WildFire, a steakhouse (yes, I’m one of those people that orders a salad at a steakhouse).

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I started out with a martini flight which is funny because I am not usually a martini fan. The stormy night martini was the best one hands down. The waitress described it as melted jolly rancher and she was right! If you ever go to Wildfire, order the stormy night martini.

I started with the crab and shrimp bisque. It was also delicious. I even got Danny to try a bite. I can’t even tell you how many loaves of their warm bread and butter we ate – it was a lot. A lot.

For dinner, I had the Wildorf salad which came with romaine, spinach, cranberries, pecans, celery, crouton, apples, and apple ranch dressing. The combination of all the flavors worked perfectly together. I really liked the apple ranch dressing.

Danny ordered the filet mignon. I decided to be brave and try a bite. Sorry to all you steak fans out there, but I hated it. I just cannot get over the texture of steak. This is gross but it feels like I am chewing animal flesh and that’s nasty. This is also why I have a hard time eating chicken. I am just not a meat person.

Of course, we had to end the night with dessert. We shared the skillet cookie with ice cream. It was very good but I thought the cookie was slightly overdone.

By the time we left, I could hardly walk to the car because I was so full!

When we got home, we watched Santa Paws with the kids (Jaden’s pick) and when they went to bed, we watched Divergent.

Saturday

Saturday was one of those lazy days where we didn’t really have anything planned. I ran some errands and Danny mowed the lawn and washed the cars. Since I ate so much Friday night, I tried to eat good on Saturday.

For dinner, we went to Chipotle. On their website, Chipotle has a nutrition calculator so you can figure out the calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc in any meal you want. I used this calculator before we left so I could still stick to a healthy amount of carbs, fats, and protein.

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I do think that the website largely underestimates the amount of food that Chipotle actually gives you. For example, their website has the brown rice as 4 ounces but our local Chipolte probably gives you three times that amount. So, when I ordered I made sure to ask for a very small amount of everything. One little scoop of brown rice instead of two huge ones.

I know that the measurements are exact but at least it’s a close estimate.

I had a small amount of brown rice, chicken, fajita vegetables, corn salsa, a small amount of cheese, a little guacamole, and lots of lettuce.

Saturday night, we watched The Conjuring. I hate scary movies. I blamed Danny for watching the movie but really it was me who suggested it. I actually made it through the whole movie…which meant I had to wake Danny up every time I had to go to the bathroom that night. You know, in case I had a demon clinging to me or something.

Sunday

Sunday was also a day when we didn’t have too much going on. Sometimes our weekends are so busy that it’s nice to have a weekend without tons of stuff going on.

The kids visited with their Grandma while Danny and I did some shopping. All at once it seems like Halloween is approaching. The stores are getting ready!

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I love the fall season and Halloween is a big holiday in my family :)

I also brought back zucchini pizza bites into my life. These are so good and a great healthy option if you’re craving pizza!

I sliced the zucchini and sprinkled on some Italian seasoning. Then I put them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. I took them out and topped them with pizza sauce and cheese. I put them back under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes. Trust me, these are delicious!

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Jaden wrapped up the weekend by playing in his frog tent.

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I bought that tent at Target on clearance years ago and I am actually surprised it’s still standing. My kids are a bit…rough on toys.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite restaurant?
  • Do you like scary movies? What’s the last movie you watched?
  • Favorite vegetable?

 

 

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One Day Until Surgery

Good afternoon!

One more day until my arthroscopic hip surgery. The time has gone by too fast and I am definitely very nervous for tomorrow. I am scared about the surgery itself and I am worried about the recovery process.

I have been a bit stressed, overly sensitive, and emotional lately. I’m pretty sure that I’m driving Danny a little bit crazy already.

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I talked to the nurse at the surgery center yesterday to go over all the pre-surgery instructions. It’s all basic information – no eating or drinking after midnight tonight, no contacts, metal, or jewelry in the operating room, wear comfortable clothes, and make sure I have someone to drive me home after surgery.

I have to be at the surgery center at 10:00 am tomorrow and my surgery is at 11:30 am. The surgery last two hours and fifteen minutes and recovery is two hours and thirty minutes. That means we’ll be leaving Chicago right during rush hour to come home. I am a bit nervous about sitting in the car so long but hopefully I’ll be okay.

The hospital will give me crutches to take home and I have physical therapy scheduled for Friday afternoon. Today my continuous passive motion (CPM) machine is being delivered so I have to use after surgery. I will also have a hip brace and an ice machine. Fun times ahead, my friends. Fun times.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights – 60 minutes

Today’s workout at the gym was my last workout for quite a while. It’s sad.

One of my super sweet gym friends, Jessica, brought me card and a Whole Foods gift card for sushi!!

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Wasn’t that so sweet?! I told her that I owe her a best friend necklace :)

Breakfast

Breakfast before the gym this morning was Ezekiel toast with peanut butter, egg whites, and cherries. I am trying to stick to eating healthy.

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Look what I found at my local grocery store:

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Chobani watermelon Greek yogurt!! It was the last one on the shelf and of course, I had to buy it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan on eating it this afternoon! Sounds like it’ll be good although watermelon yogurt sounds kind of different…

Today will be spent getting things ready for tomorrow – making sure I have everything I need, getting final plans set for the kids, cleaning up a little bit, maybe subscribing to Netflix. Does anyone have Netflix? Is it worth it? We would still keep our regular cable channels since Danny needs the sports channels so I just wondered if it was worth it to add on along with our regular cable.

Have a wonderful day and I will check in when I’m feeling better! Also, thanks to everyone for your kind words and support. I really appreciate it.

 

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Run, Eat, Play

Good afternoon!

How is everyone doing? I have been busy lately. Jaden started swimming lessons four mornings a week. I am also trying to get a lot of stuff done before my surgery next week – I needed a blood test and a CT scan, I have to call and schedule physical therapy, I’m trying to get the house clean and find someone to watch the kids during my surgery (my in-laws are taking them to the zoo!). It always seems like there’s so much to do and not enough time to do it!

How about a little catch up of things here on Run Eat Play today?!

Run (as is exercise):

Tuesday morning, I took the Women on Weights class. It was a challenging workout and I woke up so sore yesterday! We focused on chest and back exercises including: lat pulldowns, seated cable rows, back extensions, incline chest presses, decline chest presses, chest presses on the bench, and push-ups.

I was so sore the following morning and my leg was bothering me a lot, so I decided to skip the gym. I practiced BodyPump at home instead.

I went to the gym today after Jaden’s swim lessons and focused on an upper body workout – shoulders, biceps, and triceps.

Eat:

I haven’t been eating the best lately. I am kind of in a funk and feel like I am not really focused on eating how I should be lately. However, I do have a plan in place to help me get back on track once I have surgery. Food is just so darn good.

I have been loving watermelon. A lot.

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I have decided that every trip to the grocery store should include a watermelon.

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Last night for dinner, I made a chicken veggie stir fry and brown rice.

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I bought a package of stir fry veggies from the produce section and then I added some orange pepper, pineapple, low sodium soy sauce, orange juice, and garlic.

I found a new salad at my grocery store!

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I love salad but I get bored of the eating the same salads all the time. This was a Kale chopped salad with Brussels sprouts and it was really good. It has a lemon garlic dressing that was amazing!

I went back to the store to buy another package but sadly all the Brussels sprouts started to turn brown in every bag. :(

My easy quick go-to breakfast is always plain Greek yogurt with one truvia packet and fresh berries.

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It’s so easy to make, has lots of protein, and you can top it with whatever fruit or granola you have at home.

After months of searching, I finally finally finally found cold brewed peach green tea!!

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I got a sample of this tea in the mail once and searched every store I went to for it without any luck. Then, I found it at our local grocery store!! Yay! I love it because you don’t need to boil water. You simply add the tea bag and use cold water – so easy and delicious!!

Play

Last night, we took the kids to see Earth to Echo.

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We got there a little early so the boys played some video games.

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Did anyone else love Pac-Man as a kid?!

The movie was cute and Jaden just loved it! He immediately wanted to leave the theater and buy the DVD of the movie. I explained that it didn’t quite work that way.

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July!! I can’t believe it’s July already. Doesn’t it seem like this year is just flying by?! We have plans to go to my grandparent’s house for a cookout and to watch fireworks. I love that the fourth falls on a Friday this year!

Have a great day and a wonderful Fourth of July!!

  • Do you have plans for tomorrow? Do you watch fireworks?
  • What’s the last movie you saw?
  • Favorite video game as a kid?

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Walking and Working Out

Good morning!!

Sunday

On Sunday morning, I taught the new BodyPump release. Later in the afternoon, we took the kids to a nearby lake with walking trails.

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The kids love the old water pump and Jaden spent quite a bit of time washing the rocks that he found.

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We stopped at the store after walking for awhile and I found this new lite white cheddar Skinny Pop popcorn.

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We went through that bag way faster than I’d like to admit :) It was really good.

We also stopped at different Whole Foods than I normally go to and they had a healthy snack station set up for kids.

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I thought it was really cool that they let kids pick out one piece of fruit. Jaden got an apple and ate the whole entire thing…including the seeds.

Monday’s Workout

  • Stairmaster HIIT Workout – 26 minutes
  • Plank and Stretching – 15 minutes

I haven’t been doing as much cardio lately since my hip has been bothering me but I was really sore from strength training yesterday so I decided to do a HIIT workout on the Stairmaster.

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I forgot how much the Stairmaster makes me sweat!!! Of course, my hip was sore all day yesterday but only six more days until my doctor appointment.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was an old favorite – a peach yogurt oatmeal parfait.

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I always forget how much I love peaches until I am eating one!

This morning I am off to the gym for Butts and Guts and Women on Weights!

Have a great day!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite fruit?

 

 

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Bolder Bands Giveaway

Happy Friday! The weekend is finally here!!

This morning I taught BodyPump while wearing my new Bolder Band headband.

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I received a Bolder Band a couple of weeks ago and I have been wearing it ever since.

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Bolder Bands were created by Amy Crouse, a cross fitter and runner, to keep her hair back while working out. She decided to sew her own headbands and gave them to friends and workouts buddies and that’s how Bolder Bands was born!

I have crazy hair at times. It usually does whatever it wants, so I wear a headband a lot of the time. I have a few skinny bands but I really like the look of the thicker bands so I was excited to try out the Bolder Bands.

I received the purple color which I love. I wear a lot of black clothes when I work out so the purple headband adds a pop of color!

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Bolder bands come in sizes x-small, small, regular, and large. X-small and large require a custom order.

They are made of a spandex/lycra bands and are great because they can be worn as thick or thin as you want – they can be worn six different ways!

To wash them all you have to do is put them in the washing machine and air dry.

I love that Bolder Bands has such a large selection of headbands to choose from – solids, prints, stripes, and even bro bands! (Guys need headbands too :) )

I liked my Bolder Band because it stayed in place when I worked out, wicked sweat, and can be worn so many different ways!

The best part? You can win your own Bolder Band!!

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I have one Bolder Band to giveaway. It has the pink in shape design – bright bold geometric shapes. When I received my Bolder Band, they included one for me to giveaway, so this Bolder Band will be coming directly from me.

Enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: Bolder Bands provided me with these headbands at no charge to me to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

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40 Minute Workout: Core and HIIT

Good afternoon!

Yesterday’s Workout:

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Today’s Workout:

  • Core workout – 20 minutes
  • HIIT workout – 20 minutes
  • Walking/cooling down/stretching

This morning at the gym, I did the following workout:

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After the ab exercises, I did a high intensity interval workout on the Stairmaster. I climbed fast for one minute and recovered for two minutes. My recovery speed was 5 and my work speed was between 18 and 20. The Stairmaster at my gym only goes up to a speed of 20, so I was nice and sweaty by the time I was done!

I finished up my workout with some slow walking and stretching. My hip has been bothering me lately, so I am trying to make sure I stretch.

Post workout I had an EAS protein drink and a Kashi bar – random but I was hungry!

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FitBit

I have still been wearing my FitBit on a daily basis and I walked almost 20,000 steps yesterday! So close!

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So far, I am really liking it. The one thing that I don’t like is that I have to put it to “sleep” each night. It’s really easy to do – you just have to tap it 5 or 6 times, but for some reason, I can never remember to do this. I am not too concerned about my sleep, so it’s not really a big deal to me. And it also has to be “woken up” in the morning. If I do remember to put it to sleep, I usually forget to wake it up in the morning.

The one other thing I don’t like is that I don’t think it counts the Stairmaster as steps. I walked over 100 floors and it didn’t count it. Besides that I like using it and I feel like it helps keep me accountable.

The kids don’t have school tomorrow so I won’t be teaching BodyPump. Instead, we’ll be getting ready for Easter!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite cardio exercise or machine?
  • Do you prefer strength training or cardio?
  • What do you do for Easter?

 

 

 

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My FitBit arrived!

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout:

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes
  • 2 miles, indoor track

In women on weights class today, we did stair runs. We ran up and down the back set of stairs at the gym. Have you ever run up and down stairs?! It’s hard. My heart rate got up to 176 bpm and it doesn’t even get that high when I run fast. Definetly a great workout.

After class, I ran two miles on the indoor track. About three laps in, I remembered that I recently bought an iPod shuffle, so I went and grabbed it out of my gym bag. Now I remember the one reason that I like running with music – it makes me run faster.

Don’t you have that one song that comes on that makes you want to run faster, workout harder, or just dance?

Then, I also remembered why I hate working out with music – the dumb right earphone kept falling out. Sigh.

Lunch

We usually go grocery shopping on Sundays, but we we’re busy this Sunday and weren’t able to make it to the store. We were also busy yesterday – Jaden needed an allergy shot and Jacob needed a pair of sports goggles (those things are expensive!!) so we weren’t able to make it to the grocery store yesterday either.

Needless to say, we don’t have much food in the house. When I picked up my niece today, I had to borrow an egg from my brother so I could eat lunch. Thanks for the egg, Paul. You saved lunchtime.

Bringing home the egg in my cup holder:

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Egg whites, cheese, and jam on a English muffin:

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I also had some salad.

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Danny found this Dole chopped BBQ salad with kale that is delicious. I just left off the tortilla strips.

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My FitBit arrived today! Yay!

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I plan on putting it on tonight so I’ll start with a full day tomorrow.

I ordered mine online so my only color choices were black or blue. My super sweet friend from the gym gave me her extra pink band so I could switch the colors out. (The FitBits come with two different size bands). Thanks, Jess! :)

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I am excited to start wearing it :)

Tonight I should probably go grocery shopping. Does anyone else hate grocery shopping?!

Have a great afternoon!!

  • How often do you grocery shop?
  • What did you have for lunch today?
  • Favorite workout song?

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New Goals

Good afternoon!

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was an egg white omelet with red and green pepper, red onion, spinach, green onion, and mozzarella cheese.

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I also had a side of pineapple because I love pineapple – it’s one of my top five favorite fruits. Hmmm…now I’m thinking about delicious fruit. Here are my top five favorite fruit, in no particular order:

  • watermelon
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • mango
  • apples

After breakfast, I worked for awhile and then I worked out.

Today’s Workout:

  • Core workout – 20 minutes
  • HIIT workout on indoor track – 25 minutes
  • Stretching – 5 minutes

I started my workout with some core work. These are the exercises that did:

  • 30 knee crunches (knees at 90 degrees)
  • 20 leg raises
  • 25 flutter kicks
  • 60 sec plank
  • 30 cross crunches (foot on opposite knee, crunch toward opposite knee)
  • 20 bicycles
  • 20 heel touches
  • 20 supermans

I did each exercise back-to-back and then repeated the circuit one more time. I did skip the bicycles crunches the second time around because my abs couldn’t take anymore :)

After the core work, I did a HIIT workout on the indoor track. I started by walking one lap and then running one lap as fast as I could – I mean, all out sprinting.

I ran the running laps really fast – I can’t even remember the last time I ran that fast. It really got my heart rate up and I sweat more in those 25 minutes than I’ve sweat all week. I finished up with five minutes of stretching.

Post workout, I had half a Cellucor chocolate protein shake and a Larabar.

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Yesterday, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a book called The New Rules of Lifting for Life. I started reading it with my afternoon snack when I realized that it’s actually a book for middle age people that want to start weight lifting. I don’t feel like I am quiet middle age yet…so I decided to return it. How old is middle age? I don’t even know.

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Since I had to work last night, Danny was nice enough to exchange the book at Barnes and Noble for me and get The New Rules of Lifting for Women.

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Since I can’t really run as much as I used to, I am looking for a new fitness goal. I really want to work on building more muscle and this book has so much awesome information.

It gives you a whole six month weight lifting plan, discusses why long endurance cardio doesn’t always help build muscles, why weightlifting is more beneficial than cardio, and why eating the correct macronutrients are important.

I found lots of great information for building muscle in the book, but if you’re a long endurance athlete, this book might not be for you.

In delicious dessert news, I found these dark chocolate covered strawberries at the grocery store over the weekend.

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Only 60 calories for four strawberries halves and they are delicious! These are the perfect after dinner treat if your craving something sweet. Yum!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any fitness goals that you’re currently working on?
  • Do you lift weights?
  • Favorite healthy dessert? Favorite not-so-healthy dessert?
  • What are your top five favorite fruits?

 

 

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PJ’s Organics Breakfast Burritos

PJ’s Organics

Breakfast was something a little bit different this morning – a PJ’s Organics breakfast burrito!

I was recently sent three of the PJ’s Organics breakfast burritos to try out. I was really excited that these products are organic and they offered a “skinny” breakfast burrito.

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The three burritos I received:

  • Skinny Breakfast Burrito – organic egg white, feta cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomato – 300 calories, 15 grams protein, 2 grams fiber
  • Surf’s Up Breakfast Burrito – organic eggs, ground beef, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese – 330 calories, 14 grams protein, 3 grams fiber
  • Denver Breakfast Burrito – organic eggs, cheddar cheese, red and green bell peppers – 340 calories, 14 grams protein, 2 grams of fiber

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I don’t eat ground beef so I left the Surf’s Up burrito for Danny :)

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Danny brought his to work this morning and texted me saying that he thought it was really good.

I was really excited about trying the skinny burrito. It’s basically all my favorite things rolled up in a tortilla. I’m all for a breakfast that is quick and easy!

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The skinny burrito was delicious and very filling.

I also love that all three breakfast burritos have under 340 calories and contain a good amount of protein.

If you love Mexican food like me, be sure to check out PJ’s Organics regular burritos too!

Since the kids don’t have school today, I worked out at home. I practiced the BodyPump release that I will be teaching Sunday and then I did the Jillian Michaels abs DVD.

Since there’s no school and I don’t have to work, the kids and I are going to head to Whole Foods later. The closest Whole Foods is about 25 minutes away. I am almost glad that we don’t have one closer or I would always be broke :)

Have a great weekend!

  • What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  • What’s your favorite store?
  • Any plans for the weekend?

Disclaimer: I was sent the PJ’s Organics burritos to review at no charge. All opinions are my own.

 

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Danny’s Indoor Mini Triathlon

Good afternoon! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday night, I taught BodyPump because one of the other instructors wasn’t feeling well. I also taught BodyPump on Friday morning. Needless to say, my right leg was killing me. I took it easier on Friday morning, holding the bar out in front of me as a third leg instead of putting it on back.

Surprisingly, my hip feels really good today. Maybe that cortisone shot helped more that I thought. Too bad my quad and glute still are painful.

After teaching BodyPump, I had the new Cookies and Cream Quest Bar.

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(I also burned 615 calories teaching). As I mentioned before, I recently started a new nutrition plan that I have been following really good. Larabars are fine to eat, but I’m not sure about the Quest Bars. I ate it anyway.

If you can get your hands on one of these bars, I totally recommend it. So many chunks. So many cookies.

I haven’t had the chance to try one baked yet, but I will.

Today

Danny and I woke up at 5 am this morning to get ready for the indoor triathlon at our gym.

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Danny participated in it and I worked during the triathlon, keeping track of laps and time. The indoor triathlon consisted of a 10 minute swim, 20 minute spin bike ride, and a 15 minute run. The winners were determined by their total distance rather than time taken to complete everything.

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There was 19 people total that competed in the indoor triathlon and Danny came in second!

I am so proud of him! He won a $25 gift card to Sports Authority.

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It took about 2 hours for everything to be completed, then we went and picked the kids up from my mom’s house. From there Danny dropped me back off at the gym because I had to work at 11am. I got there a little early, so I walked/ran on the indoor track.

I walked two laps and then ran two laps for a total of 2 miles. My quad still really bothers me but honestly, it’s nothing new.

This afternoon, we’re going to Build-a-Bear. We promised Jaden that we would take him for his birthday. Jaden is the only child I know that still loves his stuffed animals. He truly loves them – he feeds them, he talks to them, he sleeps with them, and he tries to sneak them in his backpack when I’m not looking.

Have a great weekend!

 

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