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Back To BodyPump and a Lobster Fail

Yesterday for lunch I decided to be fancy and eat a lobster roll sandwich.

Unfortunately, it was a fancy fail. A lobster tail fail. <—- Sorry, I had to.

I saw a picture of a lobster roll sandwich in a magazine the other day and couldn’t get it out of my head. I had to eat one. I’ve only had a lobster roll once at Bonefish Grill, and I’ve only cooked lobster once by myself a few years ago, but I figured that it couldn’t be that hard.

I bought a frozen lobster tail at the grocery store and steamed it at home with my vegetable steamer. It was all I had to steam it.

I had already mixed my ingredients in a bowl and they were just waiting for the lobster. I used plain Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard in the place of mayo because I am not a mayo fan.

When I cut the lobster open and attempted to get the meat out, I got about three chunks of lobster. Fail. I had already mixed my other ingredients so when I mixed in my tiny amount of lobster there was way too much Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard. Darn lobster tail. I guess I need more lobster tails next time?

I guess it wasn’t a complete fail because it didn’t taste bad, it was just wasn’t enough lobster. Maybe I’ll try again one day. I ate the lobster mixture on half of a wheat roll and smeared peanut butter on the other half :)


Breakfast this morning was oatmeal topped with slivered almonds, strawberries, and almond butter.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I went to BodyPump today. With the BodyPump certification coming up, I really feel like I need to go to class to help me learn the cues and stuff. My gym isn’t doing the new BodyPump release yet like I am learning, but it’s still helpful to go to class.

I tried to take it easy on the squats and lunges and didn’t really do them. If I did squat, it was about an inch down. I don’t want to injure myself anymore but I also want to be prepared for the certification weekend coming up. My right glute is what’s currently bothering me the most, so I am making sure to ice and stretch.

It was nice to get back to BodyPump, but it was so hard. My body just wasn’t used to it after taking so much time off. I guess I just have to work back up to the weights I was used to lifting.

Post workout, I had a chocolate milk.

The perfect post workout fuel because it has carbs and protein.

School starts in four days, not that I have been counting or anything, so we’ve been busy getting ready. I can’t believe how fast the summer went and that means fall, my favorite season, is approaching!

Have a great day!

  • Have you ever cooked lobster? Ever had a lobster roll?
  • Favorite seafood?
  • If you have kids, did they start school yet?


Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out


If you had told me in high school that as an adult I would love fitness and pursue a fitness career, I would have laughed at you. I was the girl who always tried to get out of gym class and wouldn’t even bother changing into my gym uniform half the time.

Fast forward ten years, and I can’t even imagine fitness not being a part of my life. It’s funny how much we change.

As some of you know, I got my group exercise instructor certification about a year and a half ago but never really pursued it. I love love love group fitness classes which I didn’t even start taking until about two years ago when I switched gyms to the gym I am currently at.

At my gym, the fitness classes are fun and challenging and it’s group of people who all know each other. Everyone is so nice and supportive and the instructors are great. I knew that I wanted to do something fitness related, so I started with my group exercise certification.

I started to realize that while I loved taking group fitness classes, I wasn’t sure if I was 100% comfortable being the one in front of the room teaching the group fitness class. I feel more comfortable in one-on-one situations, so I decided to pursue becoming a personal trainer.

At first, I planned on getting my personal trainer certification though NETA which is where I had gotten my group exercise certification. I met with the health and fitness manager at my gym to discuss my options. I am friendly with her as well as the head group fitness instructor/personal trainer at my gym from taking the classes and participating in the Biggest Loser weight loss challenge last summer.

The health and fitness manager said that they be happy to bring me on board at the new gym once I received my personal trainer certification. Tons of new people were hired because the new gym is so much larger and offers so much more equipment and classes.

The fitness manager recommended that I get my certification through NASM – The National Academy of Sports Medicine. NASM is one of the most widely known and respected names in the fitness industry- they are one of the best and getting certification through them could open up many doors for me. There is a reason they’re the best – they’re tough but you learn your stuff.

I actually bought the NASM textbook through Amazon about 2 years ago and started studying it. There is so much information in the book that I would often get overwhelmed or life would get in the way and I would put it on the back burner.

Finally, after talking with the fitness manager and basically being offered a job that over 300 people applied for, I decided to get certified for real. After looking at the NASM website, I came across their eTeach course.

I 110% recommend the eTeach course and know that they only reason I passed the exam was because of it.

The CPT Assist: eTeach features:

  • Exclusive video presentations
  • Interactive discussions
  • Weekly quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Webinar focused on test critical information
  • Mid-term exam
  • Final exam
  • A comprehensive study guide outlining what you need to know to pass the exam
  • Test Pass Guarantee or your money back

Instead of randomly studying the test book like I had been doing, the eTeach course is like taking an actual class. It lasted 9 weeks and included a syllabus and study guide.

Every week there would be a reading assignment, a video to watch, three discussion questions to answer in an online forum, and a quiz. There was a midterm halfway and a final exam. The videos really helped me because I liked having something explain the material rather than just reading it in the book.

The class also helped kept me on track and helped me focus on what I really needed to know for the exam. It was hard work and I spent every free second studying. I woke up early to study. I studied while the kids were at swim lessons and while my niece was napping. I studied when the kids went to bed and had Danny quiz me at night. I studied on long car ride. Basically if I had a free minute, I was studying.

I studied so much and never mentioned getting my personal training certification on the blog because I was terrified of not passing the exam. I heard it was very hard and the questions were worded difficultly, but that wasn’t by biggest worry. My biggest worry was that my gym had basically already hired me as a personal trainer and I felt like if I didn’t pass the test then I was letting myself down and the people that had already put so much faith into me.

I made it my #1 priority to pass that exam on the first try. Thanks to the eTeach course, I made that happen. If you are thinking about getting your certification through NASM, I can’t tell you enough how much the eTeach course helped me to prepare for the exam. The exam success (passing) rate for people that take the eTeach course is 95%.

The eTeach course is not necessary to take the certification exam and is a little pricey but it is worth it. After taking the final exam for the eTeach course, I knew which areas I needed to focus on.

I took my real certification exam about three days after I finish my final test for the eTeach course. I studied really hard and was pretty confident going into the certification exam. Don’t get me wrong, I had never been so nervous in my entire life and felt like I was going to throw up.

I  felt a lot of pressure to pass the exam – pressure from myself, everyone else that knew about it in my life was very supportive.

I went to a local testing center to take the test at 9:15 am. There is a two hour time limit to take the test and you can mark questions that you’re unsure of to go back to later. I was so nervous during the test and made sure to read each question slowly and carefully.

It’s not enough just to memorize information because the questions are worded in a way that applies them to real life situations. At first, I was like this test is easy, peasy. I got this. Then I would get to a few questions that I was unsure of and I would think, what did I get myself into. There’s so way I can pass this test, what was I thinking. I quit.

Overall, I felt really confident taking the test. I feel like the eTeach course really helped prepare me and I know I did well on the test even if I was second guessing myself. You don’t find out  your actual score on the test – you only receive a pass or a fail. After the test, the proctor prints out a paper with a pass or fail and hands it to you.

When I got my paper and saw the words congratulations and pass, I was so incredibly happy. I think I might have squealed a bit when the lady handed me my paper. And I might have yelled out, oh thank God!

Nine weeks of studying paid off.

The exam is 120 questions and 20 of those are research questions which don’t count toward your final score. It took me just about an hour to finish.

So, while I am a certified personal trainer, I still lack hands-on real life experience. My gym is going to have me shadow a trainer with their clients for awhile until I get the hang of things.

To me, being a personal trainer is about helping others. It’s something that I really enjoy doing, learning about, and sharing with others. If I can teach others about health and fitness and make them happy with themselves then that makes me happy. I think it’s a long road but everyone needs to start at the beginning and focus on their own journey.


Getting my personal trainer certification wasn’t cheap but it was worth it.

  • eTeach 9-week course – $349 (I got my during a $50 off special and paid $299)
  • Textbook – Approx. $65 if ordered through Amazon. (On the NASM website it’s $73)
  • Exam – $599 ( I got mine during a $100 off special and paid $499)

The NASM website offers more study packages, flash cards, and practice tests that you can buy, but the things above are what I personally purchased and used.


The head fitness instructor at my gym actually approached me about getting certified to teach BodyPump. With the new gym, there’s a lot of new classes offered on different days but not enough BodyPump teachers to cover all of them.

Even though I am nervous about teaching in front of a group, I am way more comfortable teaching strength training classes than I am cardio classes. BodyPump is it’s own certification through Les Mills that requires two days of intense training followed by submitting a video of myself teaching a class.

The hardest part for me while be doing a move and calling it out at the same time. But practice makes perfect! The certification weekend is coming up at the beginning of September and I should be fine to participate but I am a bit worried because I haven’t taken a BodyPump class in so long because of my hip.

I am very excited for all the new things coming my way :)

  • What accomplishment are you most proud of?



Filed under Fitness, Working Out

Trying Out the Equipment

Good Morning!

I was up early this morning for an orientation at my new gym this morning.

The gym technically doesn’t open until next month, but all the equipment is up and running. The new gym is going to have fitness floor specialists which walk around the gym floor showing people how to use equipment and answer questions. The orientation today was mainly geared towards them, but the personal trainers were also asked to come to get familiar with the equipment.

It was a pretty informal meeting this morning, and we were all able to roam around the fitness center and try out all the machines, weights, equipment, and cardio machines. I tried not to do too much because of my hip, but I tried out most of the weight machines and cardio equipment.

One of the new pieces of cardio equipment is a low-impact treadmill.

It’s great for people with knee, joint, and low-back and for people recovering from surgery or that are in rehab. It has a trampoline-type deck that cushions your foot as you run. I think it might take a little getting used to if you’re used to a normal treadmill, but I tried it out and I could tell the difference right away.

We spent about an hour and a half working out and trying all the equipment.

As for the personal training, I’ll probably shadow a personal trainer for a while in the beginning and they expect business to pick up towards October. Even though I know all the information from the book, I don’t have any hands-on experience, which I am the most worried about.

It’s different reading and learning information from a book versus actually doing it in real life. I think that shadowing a more experienced trainer will be extremely helpful.

I have a doctor appointment this afternoon to get my hip rechecked. I just wish it wasn’t so far away – it’s about an hour away and I always dread the drive. Driving is something that I really dislike doing. If I never had to drive in life again, I would be perfectly happy. :)

Hopefully the doctor will say that my hip is progressing and I’ll be able to do the BodyPump certification at the beginning of next month.

Another ALT Larabar:

On Suzanne’s recommendation, I tried the lemon Alt bar, and it was awesome. I usually stick to the peanut butter and chocolate flavors, but I really liked the lemon flavor. I need to stock up on these!

Have a great day!

  • Have you ever been to a personal trainer?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Do you like driving? What do you not like doing? Driving, cooking, cleaning, etc?






Filed under Fitness, Working Out

Body Beautiful Body Healthy

Yesterday’s Workout:

  • Approx. 2.6 mile walk

Today’s Workout:

  • Upper Body Workout

Yesterday Danny, the kids, and I went for a walk. We walked a little over two and half miles. My hip and quad didn’t hurt too much while we were walking, but they were sore the rest of the day.

My hip and quad were still hurting this morning. I haven’t heard anything back from the doctor yet, but I did schedule my first physical therapy appointment for tomorrow morning.

Since I haven’t heard from the doctor, I did the same upper body strength workout at the gym this morning that I did last week.

I can’t imagine running if my hip and quad hurt even when I’m not doing anything.

I’m trying to get back to healthy eating (which I think I say every Monday) so yesterday I went to the bookstore and bought The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged! by Tosca Reno. It’s all pretty much stuff that I know, but I still like to have my own copy for reference and for the recipes.

One of the things I did find interesting was Tosca’s “Beautiful Body/Body Healthy Formula.”

80% nutrition is what shapes a healthy and lean body. She goes on to describe that most people assume it’s the other way around – 10% nutrition and 80% training.

I definitely agree that nutrition and food play a huge part in your body and as well as how you feel. A few years ago, I used to think that I could eat whatever I wanted because I worked out every day. Not true.

Even though I worked out every day, I still gained weight because I was consuming more calories than I was burning. It wasn’t until I really started looking at my diet that I lost any weight.

I have no problem working out. I love going to the gym everyday. It’s the eating part that gets me. But I am really going to try to stick to healthy, fresh, and clean foods as well as I can.

Tosca’s book also suggests eating 5-6 mini meals every day.

The 6th meal is optional, which is good because I try not to eat after about 8pm. I can’t imagine eating at 10pm.

I already eat 5-6 mini meals a day and have found that eating a lot of small meals helps me feel fuller, and then I don’t overeat.

After the gym, the kids and I stopped at the store to pick up some healthy foods.

I got wild salmon to cook throughout the week and lots of fruits and veggies.

Any good sweet potato recipes?!

I also picked up these FlatOut FoldIt wraps.

I decided to make an egg flatbread for lunch.

I used four egg whites, red onion, red pepper, sun dried tomatoes, and a little feta cheese. It was a little too big to fit into the wrap, but I just stuffed it all together.

I had some fresh veggies with hummus and grapes on the side. I also love putting hummus on my eggs. Does anyone else do that?!

I’m going to try really hard this week on eating healthy and eating when I’m hungry rather than bored.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Ever been to physical therapy?
  • What time do you eat your last meal of the day?
  • What do you think about 80% nutrition shaping a lean and healthy body?


Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

The 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon – Chicago’s Hometown Race Giveaway!

Good afternoon!

Thank you to everyone for all their positive comments and stories on yesterday’s blog post. It really helps a lot to hear all your encouragement and know that people have been in similar situations!

And while we’re on the subject of half marathons, I have a great giveaway today – one free entry to the Chicago Half Marathon on September 8, 2013 at Jackson Park, Chicago.

Of course, you’ll need to be in Chicago on September 8th to win, so please only enter if you’ll be able to run the race.

To enter: Leave a comment below saying that you would like to be entered into the Chicago Half Marathon giveaway.

For an extra entry: Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, or blog about the giveaway and comment below letting me know you did.

Giveaway will end Thursday, July 18th. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 8.23 mile bike ride

Yesterday evening, the kids went to a last-minute park district activity, so that left Danny and me with two unplanned hours of kid-free time. That never happens. We decided to take advantage of the free time and go for a bike ride.



It was our first bike ride ever with just the two of us.


On our bike ride, one of my biggest fears happened – as we were riding down the bike trail, a huge snake slithered out right it front of my bike (I don’t care what Danny says – that snake was huge. And I don’t care what my dad says, it was probably poisonous).

Okay, maybe it wasn’t huge or poisonous, but it really startled me. That is not my idea of fun. I screamed and took off on my bike – that was the fastest and hardest that I have ever rode my bike in my life. Danny slammed on his breaks because my scream scared him and he had to avoid hitting the snake.

As I am pedaling away as fast as I can, I just hear him laughing behind me. Thanks, Danny. That’s sweet. All I can say is thank goodness I hadn’t been running. I would have been even more upset…but I probably would have ran really fast.

After that little fiasco, we rode a total of 8.23 miles. I burned 319 calories this time, a little bit more than my bike ride with Jacob.


Danny and I rode some fast miles, but we also rode some slow miles because my quad would start to hurt. It was a really nice bike ride and I’m glad that I got to ride with my husband.

When we picked the kids up and told them about the snake, the first thing Jaden asked was if I took a picture of it. No, I didn’t stop to take a picture of it – I was busy pedaling as fast as I could and watching my heart rate jump from 110 to 160 in 5 seconds.

I have to share this picture of my niece in my Spibelt because she’s so darn cute. :)


Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Butts and Guts class was tough today. It was a substitute instructor and she did the whole class on the Bosu ball, which was tough. It was a lot of leg work which killed my already sore legs. I am all for hard workouts, but I have a feeling my legs aren’t going to be too happy tomorrow.

Have a great afternoon!

Comment below to win an entry into the 17th annual Chicago Half Marathon!




Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Fun, Giveaway, Race, Running, Working Out

Finding Good

I think it’s wonderful how the running community and others have continued to show their support for those in Boston. I came across this story on Facebook that I wanted to share:

Please help me by sharing this!
As some of you know, I was 1/2 mile from the finish line when the explosion went off. I had no idea what was going on until I finally stopped and asked someone. Knowing that my family was at the finish line …waiting for me, I started panicking, trying to call them. Diverted away from the finish line, I started walking down Mass Ave towards Symphony Hall still not knowing where my family was. Right before the intersection of Huntington, I was able to get in touch with Bryan and found out he was with my family and they were safe. I was just so happy to hear his voice that I sat down and started crying. Just couldn’t hold it back. At that moment, a couple walking by stopped. The woman took the space tent off her husband, who had finished the marathon, and wrapped it around me. She asked me if I was okay, if I knew where my family was. I reassured her I knew where they were and I would be ok. The man then asked me if I finished to which I nodded “no.” He then proceeded to take the medal off from around his neck and placed it around mine. He told me “you are a finisher in my eyes.” I was barely able to choke out a “thank you” between my tears.
Odds are I will never see this couple again, but I’m reaching out with the slim chance that I will be able to express to them just what this gesture meant to me. I was so in need of a familiar face at that point in time. This couple reassured me that even though such a terrible thing had happened, everything was going to be ok.
My hope is that the good outweighs the bad in the world.
I wore my race shirt to the gym yesterday.
Yesterday’s Workout:
  • Elliptical – 26.2 minutes
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes


Lunch yesterday afternoon was a big random salad.

My salad included: romaine lettuce, cucumbers, cranberries, pecans, pickles, pears, and feta cheese.


Dinner was really good too. I used the George Foreman grill to make salmon. I squeezed some lemon juice on it and sprinkled it with lemon pepper seasoning.

I also had some Alexia sweet potato fries and veggies with hummus.

After dinner, we went to Yogurtland.


Our anniversary was on Monday, and Danny and I both said that we weren’t going to buy each other presents. Yeah….that didn’t happen. But Danny went above and beyond what he should have and bought me the Keurig Vue coffee maker.

Every time I go to the store, I like to go drool over the Vue coffee maker, and I had no idea that Danny was actually going to get it! I was very surprised and happy. I love my coffee.

It takes different k-cups than the regular Keurig, so I am going to finish up all the k-cups that I have before I use it.

I got Danny a bottle of unaged Rye Jack Daniels. The men in my life love Jack Daniels and collecting different Jack Daniels things so Danny loved it. It’s cool because the Jack Daniels is clear rather than its normal brown color.

I also got him some protein bars, sports drinks, and a few lotto tickets. And he also got me an Amazon gift card because he knows that I love buying books for my Kindle.

Have a great day!

  • Do you have any stories of people doing good deeds to share? It could be in relation to anything. I just want to hear some good stories.
  • Do you exchange anniversary gifts with your significant other?
  • Any workout today?


Filed under Dinner, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Biggest Loser Finale

Biggest Loser

Did you guys watch the Biggest Loser finale last night? I didn’t even recognize Danni! She looked awesome, and of course, I had to root for her because she’s from the Chicago suburbs – not too far from me actually. What a transformation that girl had!


I also really liked Joe and thought all the contestants looked awesome. I was hoping Lisa would win the at home prize. That girl looked great!!

I loved the kid’s transformations. I think they really made themselves healthier and gained tons of self-confidence. They also helped change their families lives.

I just wished they didn’t end the show so abruptly – maybe let Danni or the trainers talk for a minute? It’s just confetti. The End.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #19 – 3 minutes and 4 seconds
  • 1.04 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Only 12 more planks left in March to go! We used the Bosu ball in Butts and Guts today, and we did some plank work on it at the end of class, so I got a lot of plank time in today!

Right from the gym, I went to the dentist for a check-up and teeth cleaning. All good! I hate when they floss my teeth, though. It drives me crazy. I am 30 years old. I think I can floss my own teeth.

After the dentist, I picked up my niece, and we stopped at Target where I picked up the BEST Easter candy ever:

I love love love Cadbury eggs. But don’t worry – I’m not going to eat all of them (although I would love to :) ). I found a recipe for Cadbury Egg Blondies on Pinterest that I am going to make for Easter. I hope that turn out good because that’s pretty much my dream dessert!


Lunch this afternoon was one that you’ve seen a lot.

Peanut butter stuffed French toast made with PB2, two egg whites, and Honeycrisp apple slices dipped in PB2.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring! How are you going to celebrate?!

I’m going to celebrate by wearing shorts. Just kidding. I’ll be wearing pants, a hoodie, a coat, and gloves because it’s going to be 25 degrees here tomorrow. Thanks first day of spring.

  • Did you watch the Biggest Loser Finale? Who did you want to win?
  • What’s your dream dessert?
  • What’s the last thing you bought at Target?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Baked Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas


Last night, I emailed Marlene and asked her for her recipe for chicken and cheese chimichangas so I could make them for dinner. She said that she uses this Pillsbury recipe. The recipe uses crescent rolls and is baked rather than fried.

The recipe was super easy to make, and I had Danny help me roll them up because he’s better at that kind of thing. I think this is a very versatile recipe – you could make them with chicken and cheese, or just cheese, or you could substitute the chicken for beef.


Today has been another one of those crazy days. Jaden was up a lot last night with ear pain. By the time I gave him Tylenol and got him settled down, I had a hard time falling back asleep. That meant I was very tired this morning. Luckily, my new coffee mug cheered me up.

Jaden was feeling better this morning, but I knew that he had an ear infection. He still went to school, and Danny called the doctor to get him an appointment. Our doctor’s office always keep the 11:15 am time slot open for emergencies. Since I knew he wouldn’t be getting into the doctor until later, I headed to the gym.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I finally signed Danny and I up for the Fitness Fantasy League at the gym this morning. It starts in the beginning of January and surprisingly only one other team has signed up so far! The lady in charge asked me to spread the word. She wasn’t sure of people weren’t signing up because they didn’t really understand how it works or because you have to pay to sign up. It cost Danny and I $28 to sign up because we’re not residents but the grand prize is worth $500, so it’s worth it to me!

Also, I guess it’s going to follow the rules similar to real fantasy football. I have no clue how real fantasy football works. At all. The lady explained to me that they would keep tally of how many times each team worked out each week. The team that worked out the most each week would get one point for that week. So, you could earn a total of 8 points since the program runs for 8 weeks.

Then, she said something about tie breakers and counting each workout, but she pretty much lost me there. All I know is that we’re signed up and I’m excited. Now, we just have to come up with a team name. Any suggestions?

After the gym, I stopped at home, grabbed a quick pre-workout breakfast and then picked up Jaden from school.

Apparently, he feels right at home at the doctor:

It turns out that he does have an ear infection and his allergies were acting up pretty bad. The doctor said that he could stay from school today, but he cried to go back to school. I figure that in a few years he’ll be crying to stay home from school, so I let him go back. The school said that as long as he’s not contagious, he’s fine to go back.

After dropping Jaden back off at school, I ran to the pharmacy to fill his prescriptions, and I grabbed a Amy’s pizza for lunch. Easy, delicious, and quick. I also had some carrots and cucumbers with hummus to help get my veggies in for the day.

I’m going to try to talk Danny into fro-yo tonight because the new peppermint stick flavor just came out! I love peppermint! Have a great afternoon!


Questions of the day:

  • How is your Monday going?
  • Who does most of the cooking in your house?
  • Any workouts today?


Filed under Dinner, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Now Tastes Even Better!

It’s Monday and life has gone back to normal. The kids went back to school, Danny went back to work, and I went back to not eating pumpkin pie like it was the last pie on Earth.

Last night, we put up a few Christmas decorations. We bought a mini Christmas tree that the kids loved decorating.

We also worked on Jaden’s gingerbread man for school. The assignment is to decorate the gingerbread man as a family, so I made him little argyle pants and suspenders out of ribbon.


I bought the new Special K Protein cereal to try and had that for breakfast this morning.

I love when boxes say things like Now Tastes Even Better! Oh really? Then what did it taste like before?! Shouldn’t you make it taste better before you even sell it in the first place?!

I was actually surprised by the taste – I really liked it. They’re were slightly sweet, but not sugary like some cereal. A 3/4 cup serving has 120 calories and 10 grams of protein! That’s more protein and fewer calories than my normal Kashi oatmeal.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.5 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Total Pile on the Miles: 41.59 miles

This is the last week for Pile on The Miles and Fitness Bingo. I have a total of 19 bingo cards so far! I am going to try to get three bingo cards in this week, that way I’ll have 22 cards in for the final drawing. Fingers crossed.

Last year I put together a post on fitness related gifts for other people. This year, I thought that it would be fun to share a few things on my wish list. Not everything is fitness related.

A new gym bag. I have had my Ed Hardy gym bag for about 2 years. It’s not an actual gym bag, it’s just a tote bag that I bought at TJMaxx. I don’t carry too much with me to the gym, but I like having a bag separate from my purse. I usually carry: a full-size towel for BodyPump, headphones and my phone, my gym card and keys, face wipes, and my water bottle.

I really like this gym bag from Athleta. It’s on sale today only – 20% off.

I debated whether or not I waned this next product, but then decided that I did – the Garmin forerunner 10.

I am not really a long distance runner, so I never really had a use for one of the fancy expensive Garmins. But then the more reasonably priced Garmin 10 came out. I usually use my Nike+ when running outside to calculate my distance, but it’s not always accurate and I must have my iPod in order for it to work. I don’t always like to run with music and I don’t want to have to wear an armband with my iPod just to calculate my distance, so this Garmin 10 would be pretty handy.

I might have mentioned this before, but my secret love is watching beauty videos on YouTube. Trust me, you can’t tell by looking at me that I have ever watched a beauty video, but I do get dressed up and do my makeup every once in a while. I have been hearing about this Urban Decay Naked Palette for years, so I thought it’d be nice to have.

Coffee drinking makes my teeth less than white. Enough said.

Oh yeah, I would also like peace on Earth and eternal health for my family and friends.

Questions of the day:

  • Did you workout today?
  • What is on your wish list? What are you buying for others?
  • Have you started Christmas shopping yet?!


Filed under Breakfast, Christmas, Fitness, Working Out

Stuffed Shells

Happy Monday! Thankfully, this week is a short week for some people. Danny has a few days off at the end of the week, which I am looking forward to. That means plenty of time to put up the Christmas lights!

Last night for dinner I made stuffed shells. When we went over to my dad’s last week, he made them for dinner, and they were so delicious that I decided to make them at home. I have made stuffed shells before, but not in a long long time.

Stuffed shells are great because you can change the filling to add anything you want. My filling was pretty basic because that’s how my family likes them, but you could add spinach, pesto, or ground beef to the filling.

Stuffed Shells


  • Jumbo shells
  • 15 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • garlic to taste
  • basil to taste


  1. Cook shells according to package directions. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, eggs, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, basil, and garlic.
  3. Spread 1/2 jar of marinara sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  4. Open shells and stuff with filling. Place shells in pan. Cover with remaining sauce and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover pan with foil and bake approx. 40-45 minutes.

They look a little messy, but they taste delicious.

These are great because even kids can help. Jaden loved sprinkling the cheese on top of the shells.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

The kids have this week off of school, so I’m not able to workout before my fitness classes because the kid’s room doesn’t open until 9am. I am going to try really hard to fit in my Pile on the Miles this week, but it’ll be tough.

There is only two more weeks of Fitness Bingo left, and I am still in the lead with 17 bingo cards! I still haven’t won a weekly prize, but that’s okay because I’m holding out for the big prize. Fingers crossed. :)

This afternoon we’re going to pick up my niece and then I have parent teacher conferences tonight! Have a great Monday!

Questions of the day:

  • Favorite pasta dish?
  • Do you have any days off for Thanksgiving?
  • What are you most looking forward to eating on Thanksgiving?


Filed under Dinner, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out