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Food and Working Out

Good afternoon! Exactly one week until Christmas! Who’s excited?!

Today, my morning started out with a McCafe k-cup!

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I am excited that McDonald’s is now making k-cups! I don’t like McDonald’s food, but I love their coffee. Before my Keurig days, I drank McDonald’s coffee almost every day.

For breakfast, I had one of these Dannon salted caramel Greek yogurts. I found them at Wal-Mart yesterday and had to pick some up to try. Delicious!

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This morning I went to the gym and started out on the elliptical for about 15 minutes. I’m still not running yet because my Achilles tendon still bothers me. Super frustrating. I worked on chest and triceps exercises today and finished up my workout with about five minutes of jump roping.

I’m starting to do some jumping exercises at physical therapy  so my therapist said I could incorporate about 10 minutes of jump roping into my gym routine twice a week. I haven’t really done high intensity cardio in awhile so I was pretty much out of breath after jump roping. I jump as long as I can in a row and then rest a few seconds before continuing.

I ended up burning 574 calories!

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My chest and triceps exercises included:

  •  incline chest press machine
  • decline chest press machine
  • chest press to single arm chest flies
  • chest press machine
  • overhead dumbbell triceps extensions
  • cable triceps pressdowns
  • overhead cable triceps extensions

Lunch

I am back to eating grilled veggie pizzas for lunch.

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I typically eat the same thing for lunch for a couple of weeks in a row and then switch it up. It’s just easier when I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat for lunch everyday.

This afternoon, I have a few more presents to wrap and then I have to get things ready for Jaden’s holiday party at school tomorrow.

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite body part to work out?
  • What did you eat for lunch today?

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Christmas Tree!

It’s December!! 

I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by! Time always seems to go by so much faster when you’re an adult. 2015 is right around the corner!

Saturday

On Saturday, we went to a tree farm about an hour away to cut down a tree with my family. My dad rode with us because my stepmom had to work.

IMG_20141129_102659We saw Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears at the tree farm with his family so that was exciting for the boys.

At the tree farm, the first thing we did was visit with Mrs. Claus.

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I actually loved the idea of having Mrs. Claus rather than Santa because sometimes Santa is a little scary for small kids. Mrs. Claus explained that Santa was at the North Pole and she would let him know what the kids wanted for Christmas.

Then they got to put their names on the very good list.

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After visiting with Mrs. Claus, we waited in line to have the horse drawn carriage take us out to the Christmas tree field. Choosing a Christmas tree is hard work. You cannot pick one right away. You must find one that is exactly perfect. You’ll know it when you find it.

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Our tree:

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I tend to be attracted to fat Christmas trees. Sometimes, they are a little too fat because we have a small living room. This year, we found the perfect semi-fat tree that fits just right in our living room.

After we all cut down the perfect tree, the kids rode the ponies, and we had some hot chocolate.

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Danny set the tree up when we got home and we let it sit overnight so it’d be all ready to decorate the next day.

Sunday 

Sunday mornings I try to go grocery shopping as early as possible. We always grocery shop on Sundays, but if I go in the afternoon, it’s always crazy crowded so I go early. After grocery shopping, Danny and I went to the gym.

Yesterday was one of those days where I just wasn’t feeling it at the gym. I felt blah and tired and not in the mood to work out. I did run for 10 minutes on the treadmill and then we did some biceps and triceps exercises.

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Usually I feel great working out, but lately I haven’t been sleeping great and I have been eating out of control for the past week and that’s really affecting how I feel. I am so happy that not only is today Monday, the beginning of a new week, but it’s also December, the beginning of a new month. The perfect day to get back on track with my eating.

Sunday afternoon, we decorated our Christmas tree. This is my absolute favorite thing to do. I love how close my family is and how many traditions we have that I hope to pass along to my kids. Family is important no matter what. You might drive each other crazy sometimes but in the end none of that matters. You have each other.

Anyway, back to our Christmas tree. Danny put the lights up and we started decorating it! About 90% of our ornaments are ornaments that we’ve made, picked out as a family, or have special meaning. I love them all.

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I recently started collecting hippo ornaments because I love the song “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” I have four hippo ornaments all from Target because hippo ornaments a little harder to find than might think.

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We finished our Christmas tree with candy canes – I think we ate about half the candy canes in the process! There are so many crazy candy cane flavors these days but my favorite will always be plain peppermint candy canes!

The kids topped our tree with the angel from my childhood:

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Today

This morning was back to school for the kids! After the kids went to school, I went to the gym. I felt a lot better working out today. I started with a 20 minute walk on the treadmill followed by some shoulder and core exercises.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have a favorite ornament? What Christmas traditions do you have?
  • Any workout today?
  • What are you looking forward to most in December?

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Thanksgiving 2014

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday

On Thanksgiving morning, I went to the gym. Yes, I’m one of those people that works out on Thanksgiving. I am up to seven minutes of running.

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My stepmom and sister-in-law ran the Turkey Trot and since I couldn’t run it this year, I ran my seven minutes at the gym.

In the afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house. They just got a brand-new baby puppy named Abby and she’s adorable.

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The kids loved her but I think Jaden wanted to try sneaking her home. He carried her around all night like she was his baby. Unfortunately, we can’t get a dog because he’s allergic but he seemed really good when he was playing with the puppy.  But the next morning when he woke up, his nose was stuffy and his eyes were red and swollen. Poor guy. He loves animals. Once we bought him a dog balloon that you could walk around and he loved that thing like it was a real dog.

The kids: Jaden, my niece, and Jacob.

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Dinner was amazing. This was the first year I’ve had turkey in a long time and it was really good.

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The cranberry sauce is my favorite. My cousin and I always fight over which is better – cranberry sauce or green bean casserole. One day she’ll accept that I’m right and she’s wrong. Cranberry sauce is the best.

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As much as I loved dinner, dessert was incredible. There are no words to describe the pie/cake my grandma made. Well, there’s one word besides amazing – pumpecapple cake.

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It’s crazy – a pumpkin pie, a pecan pie, and an apple pie all stacked and baked into a cake. This can only be eaten once a year on Thanksgiving when calories don’t count.

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How amazing is that cake?! And it was delicious. Great job, Grandma Marlene!

When we got home on Thanksgiving night the kids elf, Nick, was waiting!

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Friday

On Friday morning, I did go shopping at about 6 am. I will not go shopping on Thanksgiving. I think it’s crazy that stores are now opening at 5 or 6 pm. But I did wake up early on Friday to go to Meijer and Target.

The one good thing about shopping that early is that it’s actually late because all the sales started 12 hours ago and the stores were dead. I mean there were a few people out but I as able to find everything I needed, hardly had to wait in line, and was home early.

On Friday afternoon, we celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom. We don’t see her on Thanksgiving so we started the tradition of doing Thanksgiving again on Friday and I cook. This was the first year that I actually made a turkey and I was so nervous.

Last year, I bought one of those turkeys in a bag that can go from frozen in the freezer right to the oven. They are double the price of a frozen turkey so this year I bought a Butterball turkey to roast. I just took the basic route and thawed the turkey, seasoned it with salt, pepper, brushed it with butter, and cooked it. The easy route.

It did take a lot longer than I thought to cook. It was 15 pounds so it should have took 3-3.5 hours but it took  closer to 4.5 hours before the meat thermometer said it was done, and you don’t want to mess around with under cooked turkey.

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I din’t get too many pictures but the turkey turned out perfect and I was really happy because I was so nervous. I should have been more nervous about the rolls because I ended up burning those.

It was a great dinner and it was our third Thanksgiving dinner! The past few weeks I have been overindulging and I am can tell I have gained a few pounds. I have said this many times on my blog – I can workout all day, everyday but sometimes I struggle with eating. It’s all mental and it’s hard to overcome bad habits that you’ve had for years. I’ve lost 30 pounds in the past and have been at my “happy weight” so it’s hard to see the pounds start to creep back especially when it’s my own fault.

The holidays are hard – there’s always parties and family and food and drinks. And let’s face it – I love food. But it’s time for me to get back on track with my eating and I’m going to try hard.

Today 

Today we’re going with my family to cut down a Christmas tree. We have gone almost every year since I was a kid so it’s a family tradition.

Last year’s tree cutting:

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Luckily, the weather isn’t supposed to be too cold today so it’ll be the perfect day to cut down a tree!

Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Do you have any plans for the rest of the weekend?
  • How was your Thanksgiving?
  • If you celebrate Christmas, is your tree up yet?

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Back to the FitBit

Good afternoon! 

Workout

This morning, I went to the gym. Pre-workout, I had some Cellucor C4 in strawberry margarita. I’ve tried a few of the C4 flavors but the icy blue razz is still my favorite.

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I rode the stationary bike and did a quick shoulder workout since I had physical therapy this afternoon.

My shoulder exercises included:

  • Arnold presses
  • Upright rows on cable machine
  • Mac raises with an overhead press (from Bodypump!)
  • Rear delt rope pulls
  • Lateral cable raises

My leg is still a little sore after the 4 miles I did on the treadmill on Monday. The pain is usually the worse in my quad which is where all my pain started almost two years ago. It’s frustrating that I still have quad pain after surgery but I guess my quad was overworked for so long that it takes a long time to get back to normal.

 FitBit

I recently started wearing my FitBit again.

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I took it off because of my hip surgery but Danny recently got a FitBit from his brother so I decided to start wearing mine again. I like that it keeps me accountable with getting enough steps and it syncs to MyFitnessPal so it tracks calories in vs calories out.

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Snack

Before physical therapy this afternoon, I had a thinkThin dark chocolate peppermint bar.

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This is the best thinkThin bar I’ve had! So far, I’ve only been able to find it at Whole Foods but I’m hoping I can find them somewhere closer to me!

Well, I’m off to eat a late lunch and pick up Jaden from school. Have a great afternoon!

 

 

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Two Miles

Can you believe that tomorrow is Halloween and the last day of October?! It feels like this year is just flying by!

Although I love Halloween time (but maybe not as much as my dad), I’ll tell you a little secret…November 1st is my favorite day. It kicks off the start of the holiday season!

I love the holidays and I love Christmas. More than Halloween. Sorry, Dad.

I love the months of November and December. I love making turkey crafts with the kids, eating on Thanksgiving, and putting up Christmas lights (or instructing Danny on where to put the lights). I love cutting down a Christmas tree and decorating it. I love seeing Christmas lights, baking cookies, and watching Christmas movies on tv. I love Christmas shopping and spending time with my family. I love seeing that magical look on my kid’s faces on Christmas morning. I love it all.

I know that Christmas can also be stressful and hard for some people too. We always participate in food drives and buy presents and items for those in need. Christmas is the giving season and I love it.

So, tomorrow is Halloween and the end of October, but the start of the holiday season!!

Today, at the kid’s room at the gym they had a Halloween party. My niece dressed up as a puppy. A puppy with wings, so we’ll call her a puppy princess. :)

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While my niece enjoyed the party in the kid’s room, I walked two miles on the treadmill. My farthest distance since my hip surgery!

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It might not seem like a lot but considering the fact that I was in a hip brace and couldn’t walk without crutches just three months ago, it’s progress and I’m happy with it. I am slowly building my distance and we’ll see what the doctor says about running when I see him in a few weeks.

Physical therapy has started to get more aggressive and I’m happy about that. Yesterday was the first time I ever had to stop and get a drink of water because I was working up a sweat!

Yesterday, I did walking lunges, squats with a kickback, and standing planks on the TRX suspension trainer. TRX are straps that leverage gravity while you use your bodyweight to perform exercises.

My gym doesn’t have a TRX suspension trainer so I’ve never used it before and it was hard!! I always thought I had pretty decent arm strength, but after using the TRX, I think I’m wrong!

I’m glad that I’m making progress at the gym and at physical therapy.

After the gym, I stopped by Whole Foods to look for the new limited edition thinkThin bars and they had them!

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I picked up a couple of each flavor to try – pumpkin spice and chocolate peppermint. I can’t wait to try them!

In some random news, I’m in the this month’s issue of All You magazine! Fun stuff!

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Have a great afternoon!!

  • What are your plans for Halloween?
  • What’s your favorite holiday?
  • Have you ever tried TRX?

 

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A Shoulder Workout and Delicious Waffles

Good afternoon!

This morning, I went to the gym and did a shoulder and core workout. My physical therapist wants me to work on strengthening my core, so I am doing the ab exercises that I’m able to at the gym.

First, I started with a shoulder superset workout. I did the following exercises back-to back, resting one minute in between sets. I did three sets and between 10-12 reps of each exercise.

  • Shoulder press machine
  • Front raise with plate
  • Arnold press
  • Bent arm side raises
  • Upright row with kettle bell
  • Overhead press with bar

I finished up my workout with some core work. I did single leg hip brides, sit-up ups on the stability ball, planks, and side planks. Although I still have to be careful with my hip, I am glad that I am able to do a lot more in the gym now.

Post workout, I had a Shamrock Farms protein drink. I found these at the grocery store yesterday and bought a few to try out.

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The lean protein drink has 20 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbs which is prefect for after my workout. I really liked the chocolate flavor and I will definitely be buying more!

After leaving the gym, my niece and I stopped at Joanne Fabrics to pick up a few items for my Halloween costume.

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My family always keeps our costumes a secret until our annual Halloween party, so I can’t tell you what it is yet. :)

I’m making most of it, and hopefully it turns out good! I couldn’t find one thing that I needed at the store, so I had to order it online and I am hoping that it arrives in time!!

Lunch

Most days for lunch, I have a veggie pizza on flatbread, but today I decided to change it up a bit. Today, I made a pumpkin protein waffle with the Kodiak Power Cakes mix.

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I mixed together the Kodiak mix, an egg white, some pumpkin, some water, and chocolate chips. Waffles are always better with a little bit of chocolate. I put it in my waffle maker and six minutes later, the most perfect chocolate chip pumpkin waffle was born.

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Yum!!

Have a great afternoon!!

  • Favorite core exercise?
  • What did you have for lunch today?

 

 

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Baby Showers, Swimming, and The Bears

Good afternoon!

AMRAP Nutrition Bar Winners

The three winners of the AMRAP bars are Sarah, Kelsey, and Melissa. I sent all the winners an email. Congrats!

The Weekend

Our weekend was busy but low-key at the same time.

On Saturday morning, Jacob had a soccer game. On Saturday afternoon, I went to a baby shower for my best friend’s sister.

The mama-to-be:

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Me, Jenny, and Crystal (another mama-to-be):

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I made a cute diaper cake for the shower.

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My grandma made an amazing elephant cake for the shower. How cute did it turn out?! It was delicious red velvet cake on the inside.

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Sunday

In addition to my quad pain, I have been having some pretty bad adductor pain. My quad will get sore when I am doing too much, but the adductor pain is pretty much a constant annoying pain all the time.

My physical therapist told me that I should stay out of the gym for the whole weekend, except for swimming. She said at this point swimming is the best thing I can do. She said to do squats and lunges in the pool rather than kicks because the kicks are using my adductor muscles too much for the time being.

On Sunday morning, Danny and I swam for about 45 minutes. I did a total of 35 laps which is my most so far. I count swimming to one side of the pool as one lap. I usually do some laps without the kickboard and then use the kickboard once my leg and hip starts to get too tired.

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I told myself that if I burned at least 300 calories while swimming, I would get a Dunkin Donuts pumpkin spice crème brulee iced coffee.

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It was amazing.

Sunday afternoon was the first Chicago Bears game of the season! My family came over to watch the game.

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My adorable niece.

Today

Danny was able to find the Chobani pumpkin spice yogurt at Wal-Mart near his work and I had it for breakfast this morning.

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It was so good! It reminds me of pumpkin pie and it would be delicious with graham crackers crumbled on top. Yum! I’m loving all the pumpkin food.

I also found pumpkin bread and cookies.

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This morning, I went to the gym. My adductor is feeling a little better but my quad is sore after working out. It’s never ending and super annoying.

I worked on back and biceps today. I did some of the following exercises:

  • wide grip lat pull down
  • seated cable row
  • back extension machine
  • quadruped opposite arm/leg raise
  • seated biceps curls
  • cable biceps curls
  • plate twists
  • concentration curls

It was a fast workout because I had to pick up my niece. I think I will spend the rest of the day resting my leg!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Are you a football fan? Favorite team?
  • Favorite pumpkin item?

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Back and Biceps Workout

Good morning!

How are you all this morning! The weather has been a little cooler here yesterday and it makes me excited for fall!!

Workouts

Yesterday morning, I went to the gym with Jacob.

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Usually, he sticks to the treadmill but I got him to workout with me a little bit. :)

Last night, Danny and I went to the gym.

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It’s always nice to have a workout buddy. We worked on back and biceps. Here’s the workout I did:

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Lately, I have been recording all my workouts in my Fit Book. I absolutely love it! Check back in a couple of days for a review and a giveaway!

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The past few times I have worked out, my quad has really bothered me. This was the problem I was having before my surgery and now it’s back. The physical therapist has been doing soft tissue massage and yesterday I had Danny use the foam roller on it. I’m not supposed to lay on the foam roller yet so Danny just rolls my quad. It was extremely uncomfortable but it feels better afterwards!

Pre workout, I had a cookies and cream Quest bar. Chocolate chip cookie dough is my favorite flavor but cookies and cream is a close second!

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I baked mine at 350 degrees for 6 minutes and the broiled it for 2 minutes. It tastes like a dessert!

I’m off to the gym again this morning to do some light cardio. I still haven’t tried walking on the track yet. I was going to yesterday after my workout, but I was way too sore and knew it wouldn’t be a good idea. I am going to try walking this morning for about 5-10 minutes and then do the stationary bike.

Have a great day!!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite pre or post workout snack?
  • Do you have a workout buddy?

 

 

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A Workout and Win High Performance Sports Detergent

Disclaimer: As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I was sent Win High Performance Sports Detergent at no cost to me to use and post my opinions on my blog. All opinions are my own.

Good Morning!

First up, the winner of the Thirty-One Lunch Box from Chiquita is Meredith! I’ve already contacted the winner by email!

On Monday night, Jaden has gymnastics and I have physical therapy an hour later. Since we had about 40 minutes to kill in between, Danny and I went to the gym for a quick workout.

Since I am unable to do Body Pump for awhile and I can’t do any cardio besides the stationary bike, I have been trying to focus on the weight lifting that I can do. I bought some pre-workout and protein powder for Danny and me to help give us that extra oomph for our workouts.

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I bought two sample packs of the Cellucor C4 in Icy Blue Razz and Pink Lemonade. I love that Cellucor offers sample packs with 5 servings so you can try out the product without committing to the full size in case you don’t like it.

I’ve only tried the Icy Blue Razz flavor and I really like it. I would definitely purchase the full size.

I also bought 1st Phorm protein powder in Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. I researched a lot of different protein powders before deciding to go with 1st Phorm.

I like the chocolate peanut butter cup flavor but I didn’t really get a peanut butter taste. It tasted more like chocolate to me. Danny said he could taste the peanut butter, but I also have a cold so maybe my smell and taste is a little off. Either way, I really liked this protein powder and it’s extra thick. It’s almost like drinking a shake!

Workout

At the gym last night, I focused on shoulder exercises. I didn’t have a enough time to ride the stationary bike so I just stuck to five shoulder exercises.

Here’s the exercises I did:

  • Seated shoulder press x15, 3 sets
  • Seated Arnold press x15, 3 sets
  • Side raises x 15, 3 sets
  • Alternating front raises x12 each side, 3 sets
  • Upright row x12, 3 sets

Win Detergent

Even though strength training doesn’t get my heart rate up too much, I still sweat like crazy. Luckily, as a Fitfluential ambassador, I was given the opportunity to try out Win High Performance Sports Detergent.

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As much as I workout, I still haven’t used a sports detergent, so I was excited about trying these detergents out.

First, I liked that Win makes a green detergent.

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When Jaden was a baby he had really bad eczema, so we’ve always tried to use green or free and clear detergents. Now that he’s older, it isn’t as much of a problem but I still prefer the green detergents.

The Win High Performance Sports Detergents eliminates embedded odors from technical and athletic apparel. It’s formulated to remove oils and residues that cause odor from synthetic fabrics.

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The detergent is biodegradable, septic safe, and color safe. The green detergent is also fragrance free and hypoallergenic.

Overall, I thought these detergent did a great job. The clothes looked and smelled clean and fresh. I also liked that you only need a small amount of detergent per load. It makes the bottle last a lot longer!

You can purchase Win through Amazon.

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was Chobani Oats made with steel cut oats.

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I found two other flavors at my local grocery store – cranberry and apple cinnamon! Yum!

Have a great day!

  • Do you use a specific brand of laundry detergent?
  • Did you workout today?
  • What did you have for breakfast?

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Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer Review

As a Sweat Pink ambassador, I was recently given the opportunity to try out a Vega Sport product for their Fuel Your Better campaign.

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Vega Sports has a bunch of great pre and post workout products that are all beneficial to your workout. I chose to try out the Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer. I am usually really good about fueling properly after my workouts, so I was really interested in the pre-workout energizer. I usually workout in the mornings and a pre-workout energizer is just what I needed to jump start my workouts!

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The sugar-free energizer contains ten synergistic ingredients to help focus and boost energy to help power through low-intensity or short duration workouts. It’s sugar-free and only has 5 calories. It helps to enhance mental focus, increases focus, and boosts endurance.

It’s plant-based, dairy, gluten, and soy free, and contains no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

The Vega Sport sugar-free energizer is supposed to be taken 20 minutes before short runs, yoga, pilates, gym workouts, and other workouts lasting under an hour.

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I got the acai berry flavor. At first, I was worried about how it would taste but I was pleasantly surprised. I mixed one packet with 8 oz of cold water and drank it before my workout. The flavor is definitely strong since it’s in a small amount of water but it tastes good. I drink it on my way to the gym and then refill  my water bottle with water.

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I used the sugar-free energizer before women on weights class, BodyPump class, and even before running a 5k. I also used it just before going to the gym to walk when my hip was bothering me and to practice BodyPump at home.

When I hear the word “energizer” I automatically think that the product might make me jittery. This was not the case with the Vega Sport energizer. I felt great! I felt more energized and like I could power through my workouts.

Vega’s  “Fuel Your Better” campaign is about training harder and recovering faster. No matter what’s holding you back from “better” – motivation, stamina, overtraining, muscle burn, hitting a wall, fueling, muscle soreness, or body composition – Vega has a product to help you out! You can also check them out on Twitter and on Instagram: @vega_team.

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How do you fuel before or after a workout?

Disclaimer: As a Sweat Pink ambassador, I received the Vega Sport sugar-free energizer at no charge to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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