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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.


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.


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!!


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.


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.



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:


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


I made a cute diaper cake for the shower.


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.



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.


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.


It was amazing.

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


My adorable niece.


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


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.


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!!


Yesterday morning, I went to the gym with Jacob.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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 this morning was Chobani Oats made with steel cut oats.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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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Back to Spin

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout:

  • Spin class – 45 minutes
  • Ab class – 15 minutes
  • Zumba Class – 25 minutes

I got a great workout in today! My gym just starting offering a spin class on Thursday mornings, so I took that class this morning. I haven’t taken a spin class in probably over a year and it was quite a workout. My legs are going to be sore.

Immediately after spin class there’s a new 15 minute ab class that I also took. Even though it was only 15 minutes, it killed my abs!

I didn’t plan on taking Zumba, but there was a new instructor that started today, so I stuck around for half of the class to try it out. Even though I am not a dancer (and don’t have much coordination!), Zumba is one of those fun classes that really gets you moving.

Whole Foods Shopping Trip

It seems like I have been making a weekly Whole Foods trip lately. Which is necessarily a bad thing, but it’s about 25 minutes from my house so I always feel like I have to justify going by purchasing a lot of things that I “need”. In other words, I am spending too much money at Whole Foods every week.

The real reason I’m going to Whole Foods is to get sushi. I am not really a sushi person and only tried it very recently. I love the Whole Foods California roll and need to get it at least once a week. I still can’t do the raw sushi but the California roll is good. Whole Foods didn’t have the California roll yesterday so I tried the Philly roll and liked it better than the California roll.

I picked up a couple of other new things at Whole Foods to try out.


I finally bought an Amy’s candy bar. I heard Amy’s was coming out with a candy line awhile ago and forgot about it until I saw them at Whole Foods. I picked up the soft caramel with pecans covered in chocolate flavor. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds yummy!


I also got a box of Rishi iced tea.

PicMonkey Collage

This box was a little more on the expensive side – I think it was $6 or $7 for the box but I have been looking everywhere for iced peach tea. Apparently, you just can’t make hot tea and add ice?! I don’t know much about tea but I guess hot tea is hot tea and iced tea is iced tea.

This tea makes a pitcher full, about 32 ounces, per tea bag so at least you get your money’s worth!

I also picked up a single portion of the Vega protein smoothie powder in tropical tango to try out. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Vega line of products so I am excited to try it in a smoothie!

I’m so glad that tomorrow is Friday! I am teaching BodyPump in the morning and then getting some stuff ready for Jacob’s birthday party on Saturday. I can’t believe that in two days I am going to be the mom of a teenager!!

  • What new food or drink product have you tried lately?
  • Do you have kids? How old?


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Happy anniversary to my wonderful husband, Danny! I love you! PicMonkey Collage Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was strawberry peanut butter overnight oats…even though there’s snow on the ground, I still went with a cold breakfast. 011 My oats included:

  • strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. PB2

I mixed all the ingredients up last night and let it sit in the fridge overnight and then I topped it with blueberries this morning.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes
  • HIIT Stairmaster workout – 20 minutes

20140415_112851 In Women on Weights class today we focused on abs, triceps, and biceps. After the class, I did a 20 minute high intensity interval training workout on the Stairmaster. I haven’t been on the Stairmaster in quite awhile and I was sweaty by the time I was done. I did climb as high as the Eiffel Tower :)

Post workout, I had a CorePower chocolate drink that Danny got me as a morning anniversary present. He knows me too well. 20140415_113416 Lunch

Lunch was delicious today. I made English muffin hummus melts. 005 They are amazing. The spinach, cheese, and hummus is such a great combination.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you have for breakfast or lunch today?
  • Ever use the Stairmaster?



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Anniversary Dinner – Texas de Brazil

Good afternoon! How was your weekend?


On Saturday night, Danny and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Our actual anniversary is tomorrow.


That’s the only picture where both our eyes were open at the same time and you can see my little photographer in the reflection :)

I surprised Danny with dinner reservations at Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse.


Since I’m not really a meat eater, we don’t go to steakhouses often, so I thought it would be a nice change for Danny to go to Texas de Brazil. Neither one of us has been there before, and it was amazing.

I was a little worried about going since Texas de Brazil is a meat lovers dream, but after reading reviews online about their salad bar, I decided it would be worth it to try out. I got the “light dinner” which includes everything but the meat and it a little cheaper.

The salad bar was amazing with so many different items – lobster bisque soup, lettuce, smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella balls, roasted peppers, olives, smoked provolone cheese, couscous, sushi, pineapple, green beans, asparagus, au gratin potatoes, breads, etc. It was delicious. The best part was the lobster bisque – hands down.

The restaurant was pretty dark so I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of the food.

Danny loved the meat. He had a few different kinds of beef, lamb, and sausage. They also have chicken but it didn’t make its way to our table. It was a really good dinner and a really fun night with my husband :)



On Sunday morning, Jaden had an Easter egg hunt in the pool at our gym. He had fun but it was a little crazy and chaotic. There was 100 kids there and they split them up by age group. Ages 3-6 went first in the shallow pool, and the kids ages 7 -10 went in the big pool.

They should have separated the kids by skill level not age because although Jaden is seven, he can’t swim in water over his head. He wouldn’t have been able to get one single egg since they were all in the deep end of the pool until I had Danny ask the lifeguard for a life jacket for him. Luckily, he was able to get a few eggs while wearing the vest.


After Jaden’s egg hunt, I went upstairs to the gym to do an upper body workout.

I did the exercises as supersets (no rest in between exercises, resting one minute in between supersets). I did 12-15 reps of each exercise, 3x.

Superset #1

  • Seated cable row
  • Wide grip lat pulldown

Superset #2

  • Standing barbell biceps curls
  • Single leg dumbbell biceps curls (switch legs halfway)

Superset #3

  • Seated dumbbell shoulder press
  • Standing dumbbell lateral raises

Superset #4

  • Seated stability ball overhead triceps extensions
  • Skull crushers on bench with EZ bar

Superset #5

  • Bench dumbbell chest press
  • Cable chest flys

It was a great workout and my upper body is feeling it today!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • How old were you when you learned to swim?
  • Favorite restaurant?





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Peanut Butter Oats and a Workout

Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles outside
  • Strength training
  • Stretching

It’s so beautiful here in Chicagoland that I ran outside today! I parked by the gym and ran three miles outside. The first two miles were good but by the third mile my hip really started to ache so I had a take a few walking breaks. Darn hip.

After running, I went inside the gym and did some strength training.


(For my run, I wore my Garmin and Polar heart rate monitor and the calorie count is different by about 100 calories. I know I should get an all in one device, but I wondered if anyone knew which one were more accurate on the calories burned? The polar or the garmin?)

I did the following supersets with no rest between exercises and one minute rest in-between sets. I did each set three times.

Super set #1:

  • incline biceps curls x12
  • plank to row x12

Superset #2:

  • standing hammer curls x12
  • reverse flys x12

Superset #3 (abs):

  • plank – 1 minute
  • sit-ups with medicine ball x20
  • hip bridges x15

After I was done, I stretched for a short time.


Breakfast today was something a little different than my usual protein pancakes or eggs and toast. I made peanut butter oatmeal.


For my oatmeal, I used:

  • 1/4 cup Perfect Portions Quaker Oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. PB2

That’s it! I mixed everything up and cooked it in the microwave for about 90 seconds and topped it with a few blueberries. It was so fast, easy, and delicious!

After the gym, I had a hair appointment and then I stopped at Starbucks for an unsweetened ice tea – the perfect afternoon treat on a beautiful day :)



Yesterday I made my first smoothie of the year! I swear I live on smoothies in the spring and summer.


My smoothie yesterday had frozen strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, PB2 (I’m on a PB2 kick lately), almond milk, and ice. It was so good and I was sad when it was gone.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What did you have for breakfast?
  • Do you like smoothies?
  • Favorite Starbucks drink?


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Biceps and Triceps Workout

Good afternoon!

I worked for awhile at the gym this morning, and then I completed a biceps and triceps workout.



Here’s what my workout looked like:

I completed each exercise back-to-back, rested 2 minutes, and then repeated two more times.


Rest two minutes and repeat two more times.


  • Lying dumbbell triceps extensions x10
  • Triceps pushdown (cable machine) x12
  • Dumbbell triceps kickback x12

Rest two minutes and repeat two more times.

I finished my workout with a two mile run on the indoor track. It wasn’t the best run because I wore the wrong workout capris, sports bra, and shoes. I kept having to pull my pants up and readjust every minute. I still finished two miles :)

Post workout, I had half a Cellucor chocolate protein shake and the world’s best Kind bar flavor – peanut butter and dark chocolate.


I recently bought a Groupon for Cellucor whey protein powder. It was the protein powder that my health coach recommended so when I saw it on Groupon, I decided to try it out.


I bought ten 1/2 servings package in chocolate and ten in vanilla. I like chocolate and Danny likes vanilla.


I only recently started to like tea. I have been a coffee lover for years but tea is the new love in my life.

Yesterday, I found a Twinings peach iced tea bag in my cabinet that I got as a sample in the mail awhile ago.


I drank the iced tea even though the temperature is below freezing outside. It was soooo good. I loved it so much that I went to the grocery store last night to buy a whole package.

Unfortunately, the store I went to didn’t have them (I will find them by summer!), but I did buy two other teas to try out – Twinings Chai and Celestial Seasonings fruit tea sampler.


I had a cup of the hot peach tea yesterday and I really liked it. This afternoon, I tried the Chai tea while a splash of almond milk. It was good but not my favorite. I prefer the more fruity teas.

There’s no school tomorrow, so I switched teaching BodyPump with another instructor – I’ll be teaching Sunday instead.

Have a great afternoon!!

  •  Are you a tea drinker? What’s your favorite?
  • Do you ever buy Groupons?

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