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Running in quicksand and CPR manikins are creepy

Just in case you were wondering (and you probably weren’t) getting certified as a CPR instructor is not as boring as it sounds! I went into this whole thing thinking it was going to be a REALLY long 3 days of having boring CPR/First Aid information drilled into my head until I wanted to pull my hair out. In actuality, it was kind of fun and interactive. It was nice to touch up on my current CPR skills as well as delve deeper into first aid and other CPR information I didn’t know. Plus we spent a lot of time practicing the art of actually teaching the class to others, which was really good because I am a bit nervous about teaching this stuff to 28 students!

So this is my slightly creepy CPR manikin before I assembled him!

 

Here he is fully assembled! That weird bag sticking out of his mouth is his “lung”. When you blow into it his chest will rise. Pretty cool huh? Ok maybe not as exciting to the rest of you….I guess I’m kind of a CPR nerd now!!

Guess what finally came in the mail?!

 

My new Polar FT4!!! Isn’t the pink gorgeous?! LOVE! So I was very excited to finally get my new toy and OF COURSE I had to try it out! I wore it during one of my crossfit WODs the other day. The time included our warm up, stretching, etc and the actual WOD was only like 15 minutes, so burning 445 calories was pretty stinkin good! I’ve also worn this beauty for some of my treadmill runs and I have definitely noticed a difference in what my watch says vs. what the machine says for calories burned. Bad news peeps, the treadmill has overestimated by calories EVERYTIME, sometimes by over 100 calories! So keep that in mind next time you are working out on a machine!

So far I am very happy with my new Polar watch and I would highly recommend it!

In other news, I still can’t cook….

 

I tried to make these salmon patties, but I ended up burning the outside and the inside was still super mushy…FAIL

SO since I didn’t feel like attempting another cooking failure mom and I decided to have a food adventure and go to a “towny” restaurant (that’s actually not located in our town, it’s in a small town like 15 minutes from us) but that’s semantics…anyway we’ve heard lots of great things about this place and always wanted to try it so….we did!

Here’s their menu, it’s actually pretty simple and mostly made up of “bar” food, but supposedly they have amazing hamburgers, so of course I HAD to try it!

 

Let me tell you, this burger was AWESOME! I was originally going to eat this without the bun, you know since it’s A) got gluten in it and B) not paleo…but I decided I’d been really good the past few days and deserved a little bit of a break. I decided the possible stomach ache would be worth it, and let me tell you, it SO was!!

Of course no burger dinner would be complete without some ice cream for dessert….

 

I love when they give me eyes 🙂 Is it strange that I think it’s cute when my ice cream looks at me while I eat it? hmm….

So onto catching you up on my workouts from the past few days:

I have been faithfully attending crossfit every day and I am LOVING it! Today I was able to do the WOD that the rest of the group did instead of a baby beginner WOD and it was AWESOME!!! 🙂 I am just loving the workouts, the challenge and feeling of being pushed to my limits, plus the atmosphere is one of a kind! Everyone is so encouraging and nice, and the coaches are always giving you attention to make sure you are performing the exercises correctly. Pretty sweet!

I’m sure you are wondering, what about her running? Don’t worry folks, I am still keeping up with my half marathon training. I will say this week has been a bit tougher than I anticipated…I knew doing the crossfit would wear me out a little bit but I didn’t realize how much it would affect my running! Yesterday I did an easy 2 mile recovery run, but the kicker is it wasn’t that easy! I mean it was only 2 miles for crying out loud and at a 9:30 pace! But the first mile I felt like I was running in quick sand and it was HARD. It started to get better by the second mile but since I was only running 2 miles, that means I spent half my run STRUGGLING! But, it’s okay, mama said they’ll be days like this right? Today was a 5 mile pace run and it was a bit better, but still harder than it should be! I warmed up at a 9 min/mile pace and then ran the middle 3 miles at an 8, 8:15 and 8:30 min/mile pace. All 3 of these miles were supposed to be at an 8 min/mile pace, but I just couldn’t push through it 😦 While I was a bit disappointed in myself initially, I thought about how hard I’ve been working this week incorporating this new training of crossfit and realized I’m doing pretty well overall!  I warmed down at a 9:30 min/mile pace and called it a day!

 

There’s nothing like a nice sweaty run to finish your day!!

Time to get to bed, I’ve got a WOD bright and early tomorrow morning!

 

Questions for you:

Have you ever taken a CPR class? What did you think of it?

Does anybody else have a polar watch? If so, which one?

Anyone else have any cooking failures they want to share? (Please, it will make me feel better!)

 

 

 

 

Sick days, Strawberry Date Bars and A New Running Plan

Well my morning started with multiple trips to the bathroom…looks like I caught some sort of bug 😦 I hate being sick, especially in the summer! I also hate when it comes out of nowhere and you can’t even be prepared for it! grr….

(Pretend there’s a picture of me looking sick and pathetic here, I just didn’t feel up to taking one!)

ImageThis here is my favorite concoction to make when I’m feeling under the weather. It’s emergen-C mixed with some sugar free fruit punch. I also added in some amino energy because I was just feeling sooooo exhausted and weak. I used to make these a lot after long runs to restore my electrolytes. It was fitting today since I wasn’t keeping much food or water down, so i’m sure my electrolytes were low! I was only able to drink a little bit of this, but it did seem to help a little.

ImageLuckily my awesome hubby was off today and made me HOMEMADE chicken noodle soup, he’s the best! 🙂 There’s nothing like some good old chicken noodle soup to comfort you when your feeling sick.

In other news, I have some big stuff coming up this week! As soon as I am feeling better, I’ve decided to ease back into running! (I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay away long!) I am going to take my time though and not shoot for any crazy goals just yet (so no Boston marathon! lol). However, there is a half marathon at the end of september in the Quad Cities I was originally going to run as the full, and I think I may be able to do that as a half, we’ll have to see how I’m feeling!

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I got some great tips/advice on how to start training again after an injury from an AWESOME fellow blogger, Janea, who is an amazing runner and big inspiration to me! Her blog, The Hungry Runner Girl, is a really funny, insightful and inspiring blog that you should definitely check out!! She also had an injury she had to come back from, although hers was much more intense than mine! So if she can make a come back, I know I can too! My big goal this time is to take it slow and really listen to my body. I’m going to cut my running down to only 3 days a week for now, which is a big change from my 5-6 days before! I’m also only going to have one really long run which will be on Sundays. I’m going to put lots of focus into strength and cross training as well. Also, if I feel ANY pain I’m going to stop immediately! Stretching/foam rolling my IT band will be a huge priority as well! So hopefully by doing all that, I can get back into running without getting more injuries! We will just have to see how it goes!

The other BIG thing that is going to be happening this week is something I have been wanting to do for a LONG time. Ready?…….This Saturday I will be attending my very first CROSSFIT session at Fit bodies cross fit in Bloomginton!!! I am soooo excited! Now I know some people have very strong feelings about cross fit and I respect that. However as an exercise professional I feel it’s important to try out lots of different things so I have a better understanding of them. Plus the idea of cross fit really intrigues me and I like the intensity/challenge of it all! After all I am quite the competitor and I think it will be fun! I also like the idea of being in small groups together so you have a support system and also someone to hold you accountable!

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I will tell you all about my adventure after Saturday! I also have a wedding that day for one of my good childhood friends so there should be lots to share!!!!

So I also promised you all the other day I would share a healthy dessert recipe with you, so here it is! This recipe is adapted from Whole Living.com and it’s super easy!

Strawberry Date Bars

Ingredients:

-1 and 1/2 cups pitted dates

-1/4 cup raw cashews

-2 tablespoons gluten free old fashioned oats

-Pinch of sea salt

-1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup sliced into small pieces, the other half sliced into thin circles

Directions:

-Mix the dates, cashews and salt in a food processor until very well combined

-Mash the date mixture into a 9X5 inch loaf pan, spreading evenly

-Mash half of the strawberry mixture (I used a fork) and then spread onto the date mixture, pressing the mashed strawberries into the date bars

-Finally place the sliced strawberries on top

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You can slice the bars and eat it right away, or store it in the fridge, covered in aluminum foil. It’s that easy!! Enjoy!

Nutrition stats according to My Fitness Pal:

Total Calories per bar (Based off of the recipe making 6 slices total): 96

Total Fat: 2.2 grams (1.2 grams from monounsaturated, which is the “good” fat!)

Total Carbs: 17.9 grams, 13.1 grams from sugar(but it’s NATURAL sugar!), 2.2 grams from fiber

Total Protein: 1.5 grams

So all in all, not bad!!! It’s definitely a much healthier dessert option than say, strawberry pie, which is what I think this tastes pretty similar to!

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YUM! 🙂

Alrighty well I’m feeling pretty wiped (mostly from lack of food and dehydration…) So I’m off to bed. I’m really hoping I wake up feeling better tomorrow, but we will have to see. I’m really not feeling so hot right now :-/ BOO! I am so excited to start running again so I need to get better ASAP! I hope everyone else’s week is going good!

Questions for you:

-What’s your favorite comfort food when you’re sick?

-Any injured runner out there? How did you train after you came back from the injury?

-Have you ever heard of/tried cross fit? What’s your take on it?

Paleo Protein Bars and a Killer Stair Stepper Interval Workout

It’s Friday!!! Almost time for the weekend! To start your weekend off right I have a great protein bar recipe for you! I can’t actually take credit for this recipe, it comes from Mark Sisson, writer of Mark’s Daily Apple. It’s a paloe/primal blog with lots of great recipes and ideas to help with a paleo lifestyle. While I’m not totally paleo, I do tend to eat very similar to what would be considered paleo. They tend to eat lower carb, higher fat and protein. They encourage eating lots of veggies and fruits, as well as healthy fats like nuts, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil etc. To find out more about paleo you can check out his site! Anyways….onto this awesome recipe! I like these protein bars because besides the obvious, which is that they contain a good amount of protein, they are also low in carbs and sugar and full of healthy fats! They are also very easy to make, although if you aren’t used to cooking paleo you may not have a lot of the ingredients just lying around your house so an initial shopping trip may be necessary.

Chocolate Chip Paleo Protein Bars

Ingredients: (I did adapt this recipe a little based off of what I had on hand and what I feel works best)

-1/4 cup raw almonds

-1/4 cup raw walnuts

-1/4 cup raw pecans

-1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

-1/4 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter would work just make sure it’s natural)

-1/4 cup coconut oil

-1/4 cup almond meal

-2 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 tsp raw honey

-1/2 cup unsweetened plain whey protein isolate

-1 egg

-a pinch sea salt

-1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

-1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut for sprinkling on top of the bars

Directions:

On a baking sheet spread out the nuts and coconut and place under the boiler on high until the coconut starts to get golden colored. This part can happen very quickly and if you don’t watch them carefully they will burn!!!

Once they are toasted place the nut/coconut mixture in a food processor and blend until you get a bread crumb like consistency.

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In a medium sized mixing bowl add the coconut oil and almond butter. Throw the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the almond butter and coconut oil. Once this is done add in the honey, vanilla and salt. Next mix in the nut mixture, protein powder and almond meal.

ImageOnce you’ve mixed the dry ingredients in add in the whole egg and mix thoroughly.

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Finally go ahead and add in the dark chocolate chips. I like to use Ghirardelli 60% but you could also use semi sweet, I am just trying to cut down on the sugar as much as possible. When you fold in the chocolate chips they might melt a little because the mixture will be a bit warm, but that’s ok!

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After everything’s mixed together transfer the mixture into an 8 in by 8 in baking pan. You will have to get your hands a little dirty here and smush the mixture into the pan and at first it won’t seem like it’s going to be enough but just keep smushing it around until the whole pan is covered.

ImageNow pop the pan into a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. When you take it out it will be bubbling and liquidy on top, that’s okay it’s just the oils!

ImageNow go ahead and sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut on top and throw it under the broiler on high.

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You will only need to leave it in the oven for a few minutes just until the coconut is golden brown. This can happen pretty fast so make sure to keep your eyes on it!! You don’t want to burn it and have your hard work go to waste!

ImageAnd Voila! There you have it, your own homemade protein bars that are LOW in carbs and high in protein and healthy fats.

The nutritional breakdown based off of my fitness pal is:

Calories=188

Fat=16 grams

Carbs=4.7 grams( 2.1 grams from fiber, 2.1 grams from sugar)

Protein=8.1 grams

So there you have it! I personally LOVE this recipe and try to make it often so I always have some around to grab for a snack. Try it out and let me know what you think!

In other news…I have been keeping up with my cardio challenge and so far it’s going well.

Yesterday I did an upper body workout plus 45 minutes on the spin bike followed by about 30 minutes on the ARC trainer.

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So in total I burned about 700 calories from my cardio! I also strapped my heart rate monitor and my garmin on during my upper body strength training circuit just to see how many calories I burn during a workout like that and….

ImageDuring my warm up alone I burned 73 calories..not too shabby!

ImageDuring my actual strength training it turns out I burned about 336 calories. Now I will say my strength routines aren’t like a normal lifting routine. I do circuit work so I don’t take any breaks and often incorporate cardio type moves into my routine. This causes my heart rate to get pretty high which equals some major calorie burning!

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As you can see my average heart rate during my strength training workout was 161 and my max was 182. This is pretty good considering my estimated max heart rate is 197ish. This means I was working right above about 80% of my max HR, which is great! It means I was working pretty hard!! 🙂

It’s nice to get an idea of how much I am burning during a certain workout which is why I like having this watch. HOWEVER, I am currently in the market for a new heart rate watch because my garmin is made more for running. This means the features are more geared toward running stuff, like my pace, elevation, etc. It can do lots of fancy things but one thing it doesn’t do is show my current calories burned. To see how many calories I burned in a workout I have to wait until I can plug my watch into my computer and then I see the results. This isn’t so handy if I want to know in the moment where I’m at so I know how much more to do! So now I am looking for a heart rate monitor that will tell me my current calories burned plus my heart rate. Nice and simple. I know Polar makes one but I want to shop around a little bit before I make my decision. It’s nice to have a tool like this because the machines at the gym aren’t always super accurate both with what your heart rate is at and also with the calories burned. I would feel better having a more accurate reading tailored to my specific body! So anyway let me know if you have a certain HR monitor you like or would recommend!

Today for my workout I did a lower body routine (those one legged squats were back to kick my butt-literally!) plus 60 killer minutes on the stair stepper. I did an awesome interval workout that really worked me hard and had me sweating BUCKETS. It looked like this:

Stair Stepper Interval Workout:

Minutes         Level

0-2                50

2-5               70

5-8               80

8-10             100

Repeat this whole thing 5 more times for a total of 60 minutes. *Note this routine is set up for a stair stepper that starts at 0 and goes past 100. If your stair stepper goes only to 10 or 20, you will have to adjust accordingly. Start the first few minutes pretty slow and keep increasing the intensity until your last few minutes are killer hard. Trust me you will really feel this workout in your whole lower body and get a great cardio workout as well!

ImageI was able to knock out 700 calories with this workout today! I am going strong with my cardio challenge! I have to say so far I am really liking it and didn’t realized how much I missed doing cardio! I have more energy and feel lighter!

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This is me after my killer stair stepper workout! This shirt was originally much lighter….lol

I definitely think this should help me lean out and give me an idea of what muscles need more work and what areas are doing okay. It’s hard to know what muscle you have gained until you remove the fat that’s covering it! That’s why cardio is very important to help you lean out!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately! What have the rest of you guys been doing for your exercise routines?

Questions for you:

-Do you have a protein bar recipe you like? If so, please share!

-How do you feel about wearing heart rate monitors while you work out? If so what is your favorite brand?

I love wearing heart rate monitors because I think they give you a better idea of how hard your working. I like garmin for my runs but I’m not sure what brand is best just for heart rate and calories burned.

-What do you prefer, interval training or steady state cardio?

I prefer intervals because they make me work harder and really get my heart rate up to increase the calorie burn.

WIAW plus Cardio Craziness

Happy Wednesday! Of course I need to start off the post with my What I Ate Wednesday! So without further ado:

WIAW: Breakfast: I decided to make a frittata with all my fresh veggies from the farmer’s market! AND you all should be very proud of me because I actually took step by step pictures while I cooked! That’s a big deal for me because I usually forget or am too lazy! ha! So I will share this yummy breakfast recipe with you all:Image

Start by thinly slicing the veggies (or you can cheat like me and use your slicing blade on your food processor 😉 )and throw them in a skillet on medium with some olive oil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over the veggies. Don’t put the garlic in yet as you don’t want it to burn!

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Continue to sauté the veggies until the onions get translucent and the other veggies are slightly caramelized. Add in the garlic a few minutes before the veggies are done.

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Next pour the egg mixture (5 whole eggs+1/2 cup egg whites seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper) onto of the veggies. I like to try and spread the veggies out evenly before I pour the eggs onto to make sure it gets spread out.

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At this point add the mozzarella cheese on top of the eggs. Let the eggs cook until the edges are firm and the center is still slightly jiggly. Don’t touch or stir the eggs.

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Once the eggs are semi-firm put the skillet under the broiler set on Hi for 5-10 minutes. (Make sure you have a skillet that can be put in the oven!) Also make sure to check on the frittata so you don’t burn it!

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When the frittata is beginning to brown and doesn’t have any liquid left, it’s done!! Let it cool for a few minutes and then cut it up pizza style and enjoy! The great part about this recipe is it makes enough for a whole weeks worth of breakfasts and it’s super yummy and healthy!!

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I also had some ezekial bread with almond butter and fresh strawberries on top to go with my frittata. It was a very yummy breakfast!

Lunch: So for lunch I let my hubby pick because he just finished his final for his summer class and we wanted to celebrate! He picked one of our favorite pizza places: Firehouse Pizza. So it was hard for me to be super healthy but I DID get the gluten free crust made from rice which is a little better and I also got the veggie pizza and added chicken. The cheese was really the only bad part so I didn’t feel to terrible about it overall. PLUS it was SOOO good!!

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We also went to my favorite Fro-Yo place, chill out!!! I totally forgot to take a picture of mine until it was pretty much gone…fail!

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And yes that is a gummy worm at the bottom there! I saw them at the toppings bar and they randomly sounded good so I figured why not?

Dinner:

Ok so this is pretty sad but I have to admit it to you all because that’s what WIAW is all about. For dinner I had another piece of my pizza from lunch because I had lots of leftovers. I know this is terrible but I was really tired and just not feeling like cooking….

Post-workout:

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After my workout I had my protein shake consisting of whey protein+almond milk+ PB2+ice= perfect way to refuel my muscles!!

So this definitely wasn’t the best WIAW I’ve ever had and I really failed on the snacking front. I also didn’t eat as healthy as I would have liked but I will just start fresh tomorrow! Which reminds me…I have decided I really want to work on my healthy eating because even though I eat pretty healthy I know I could do better and in order to reach my goals I need to really focus on this area. So I’m hoping you guys can help keep me accountable and I will keep you updated on what I’m doing! Basically I’m going to work on reducing my carbs and increasing my proteins. I am also going to try to eat 5-6 times a day about every 3 hours. If I eat fruit it will only be at breakfast or before/after a workout. The same goes for any starchy carbs I consume. Dinner is going to be just protein, veggies and a healthy fat. I will post an example with a days worth of meals in a few days and let you know how it’s going! I am also revamping my workouts a little bit….

While I am very happy with my strength training routine of upper/lower body splits, I am still not seeing the body fat reduction that I want and I am pretty sure it’s because I haven’t been putting much focus on cardio. Since I stopped running I kind of went to the opposite extreme and only focused on strength training. I have been doing some HIIT but never any steady state cardio or even longer interval cardio sessions. I was okay with that for a little while because I was focusing on building up my muscles but now I really want to focus on lowering my body fat so….Bring on the CARDIO CRAZINESS! My new plan is to add in cardio 5-6 days a week and my goal is to burn 600-800 calories during each cardio session. Sometimes I will do steady state, sometimes I will do intervals, sometimes I might mix both. I am going to try to rotate the types of cardio I do, from the stair stepper to the elliptical, treadmill, rowing machine and more! I want to keep changing it up to keep things exciting and keep my body guessing. I will keep doing my current strength training routines of upper body/lower body four days a week. I will try this for a few weeks and let you know how it’s going!

Tonight I decided to warm up with 10 minutes on the rowing machine followed by about 45 minutes of intervals on the elliptical

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I only got 600 calories in because I didn’t get to the gym until late and they were closing so I had to stop! But it’s my first day of the cardio challenge so overall not to shabby!

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Here I am sweaty but happy after my cardio workout! I actually really enjoyed it because the intervals helped make the time go quickly plus I got a chance to catch up on reading my new book:

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So far so good!!

Well that was my Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great week and making healthy choices!!

Questions for you:

-What’s your favorite form of cardio?

I LOVE the stair stepper! It always gives me a great workout and I am pouring sweat by the end!

-What ingredients do you like to put in your frittata?

-What book are you into right now?

Monday Blues and Lululemon Review

Man today was definitely a Monday! I was just in a funky craptastic mood today! It’s not like anything specific happened to make me that way but for some reason Monday and I just weren’t meshing today. Part of my moody blues may have been due to the fact that I went to bed not feeling so great last night. I just felt kind of light headed and funny when I went to bed last night and that feeling continued all day today. 😦 The other part of why I think today was kind of blah might be due to the fact that I am into my 10th week at my 40 hour a week, unpaid internship and while I love it, I am getting a bit worn out. It’s been a really great experience and I’ve learned so much but I think I am just ready to be done and move onto the next phase in my life… Grad School!!!

One good thing about today was that it reminded me how important it is to have a positive attitude and always try to look at the bright side. Half way through the day I got to thinking…I could keep being in this bad mood and let it bring me down and ruin my whole day OR I could decide to stay positive and put a smile on my face. It is seriously amazing how just faking you are happy can REALLY make you happy. Try it if you don’t believe me! Your thoughts are SUCH a powerful tool and they can really make a difference in how your day goes.

Okay so enough of the negative stuff! On to the rest of my day! Lunch today was the cottage cheese stuffed chicken that I talked about in a previous post here: Healthy Cheesy Stuffed Chicken I actually made a bunch the other night so all I had to do today was throw it in the microwave! Quick and Yummy!Imagect

After my internship I taught my normal strong class. We were back to our dumbbell routine and it was a really good workout! I love teaching that class!! Then because I’m CRAZY I went home and did my own Upper Body Workout followed by 10 minutes of interval skipping. Man, I gotta say my workout today was TOUGH mostly because I already worked my upper body some in strong so I was already a bit fatigued. I also think it was harder because of my body being in a funky mood! BUT I didn’t let that stop me and I pushed through until the very end because I knew that’s what my body needed! And guess what?! I felt soooo good afterwards!

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So I told you guys that I bought some Lululemon clothes and I was going to review them for you after I had worn them…well…I wore them today for both my strong class and my own upper body workout later. Here’s the awesome top, it’s the NO Limits Tank. It’s all one shirt, the sports bra is built in but it’s loose fitting and super silky soft. So far I can say I LOVE this top for teaching my classes. It was airy and comfortable and unlike some of my other tops I’ve worn to teach in it didn’t ride up or move around while I was teaching which was a MAJOR plus! However, as much as I love this shirt I did realize during my own more intense workout that I think I needed a smaller size because the band at the bottom wasn’t very tight and the shirt flew up when I was doing things such as mountain climbers, which was pretty annoying. So for now I think the top IS worth the money but you need to make sure you get the right size!!

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This is a pretty crummy picture so I apologize but these are my lulu pants! These are the Wandering Yogi Pants. I loved the cute pink and black polka dot design on them!

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I also liked that these pants have adjustable draw strings so you can change the length of the pants depending on what you are doing, the weather, etc. So as far as these pants are concerned…I LOVE THEM! Holy cow they are awesome. I mean I know they are just pants but trust me they are NOT just pants…they are sooo soft and comfortable and a big thing for me is the waist isn’t too loose or too tight they fit just right and they don’t move around while I”m working out. Obviously I still need to wear them a few more times before I know for sure but my initial reaction is they are the BOMB! I am definitely going to start a Lululemon piggy bank where I start putting money aside so I can get more awesome Lululemon gear!! (Family/Friends this is also a hint that for any special occasion requiring gifts a Lululemon gift card would PROBABLY be a good idea 😉 just saying…)

*I am NOT affiliated with Lululemon in any way and they of course didn’t pay me or give me free stuff (I wish!) or anything like that. I just thought you guys might want to know if these clothes are really worth the money! My verdict is YES!

So after my workout I was pretty wiped and since the Hubs is working late I didn’t really feel like cooking so I whipped up a quick and easy healthy dinner. All that’s in this is a frozen spicy black bean burger that I threw in the microwave mixed with some green giant steamed veggies. Super quick but still healthy and very good. So this just goes to show that being busy or tired is NO EXCUSE to not eat healthy!!!!

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Of course my day wouldn’t be complete without my newest ritual of having my “dessert”. I decided to make a bigger batch of this stuff to see if it would keep in the fridge and OOOH MAN it was EVEN better after sitting in the fridge for a day! I can’t believe this stuff is HEALTHY and I am so glad I finally found a way to eat my casein protein!!

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Yeah…I know it doesn’t look like the most appetizing thing in the world but TRUST me it is SO good!!!

I ate this lovely dessert while watching one of my favorite shows, Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition on Hulu. I LOVE this show…and not just because of the host…Image

Oh Chris Powell…(don’t worry hubby his six pack abs of steel aren’t THAT great…;-) but in all seriousness this man is AWESOME and is changing SO many lives. It is clear he truly cares about the people he works with and wants to make their life better. I like this show a lot better than the biggest loser because it’s much more realistic and he seems to go about things the right way. If you haven’t seen it you should definitely watch it! Right now! Ready…go! Oh I mean after you finish reading this blog of course!!

So that was my monday! I hope you all had a good start to your week and I’ll talk to you soon!

Questions For You:

-Have you had a day recently where you just felt like you were in a funk? How did you deal with it?

-What’s your go-to meal when you are feeling lazy and don’t want to cook?

-Do you own any Lululemon clothes? If so what do you think of them?