2.27.14-3.1.14: Getting Closer and Dad Plays Hockey


I was in bed and out by 10:30pm, but I just couldn’t drag myself out of bed this morning. At 10am, I had a Quest bar, which is also my way of telling myself, “YOU ARE EATING A $2 PROTEIN BAR. YOU WILL GO TO THE GYM LATER NO MATTER WHAT.” Seriously, if I need any motivation, the money I spend (or what my momma graciously spent this time around) on Quest bars is that.


Around noon, I ate leftover taco pasta casserole, and headed to the store with my mom to do our weekly grocery shopping. I was super proud of myself because I had $20 worth of coupons this time around, so we saved a nice chunk of change. I am in no way, shape, or form an extreme couponer or stock-piler, but since I am home a lot, I like to do things to help out around the house since my parents let me live here rent-free. I spend a couple hours a week meal planning, looking for coupons and store ads, and matching them up to yummy, healthy recipes I find to save some cash. I’m getting better at it and I enjoy contributing any way I can.


Later on, I did make it to the gym. Today’s run (run 17 mins/1 min walk x3) went extremely well EXCEPT for the the last half of the last run. I felt like I could fly today which made it super tempting to go for the 60 minutes, but I’m glad I stuck to the plan. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m SO happy I made myself go back and start over. I would have still been beating myself up over only hitting a mile and a half or even 3 miles instead of feeling accomplished.


I also go my official GymPact email for last week. I ended up making $2.90, so about 50c more than last time for 2 extra days of food logging and 1 more day at the gym. Next week, I might attempt to add the veggie pact, and once I get into the yoga routine better, I’ll add an extra day at the gym.



After a quick home yoga session, I was ready to start the day. I threw together some apples, strawberries, pineapples, and raspberries in a cup and let my immersion blender do the heavy lifting. My favorite thing to do in the morning is sit down with a smoothie and mindlessly watch whatever’s on tv. Today, I added an Activia yogurt to my breakfast. I’ve always bloated pretty bad no matter what I eat, so I’m trying to incorporate more probiotics in my life. My mom and sister have had good luck with this yogurt with their digestive issues, so I figured why not try.


After a good lunch, I got to work in the kitchen. Today’s project included a clean, healthy recipe and a….not so clean recipe. I started the afternoon with filling our house with the glorious smell of my Nutella banana bread muffins, inspired by AverieCooks.com’s recipe! (all you have to do is add a half a jar of Nutella to her recipe!) I always try to “clean up” my recipes as much as possible, but there are some recipes that are best full fat, sugar, calorie filled goodness. Props to those of you who can make brownies and cookie dough out of beans. Blech. =) After the banana bread was in the oven, I started the clean fruit snacks by ThankYourBody.com. They turned out awesome!



I woke up at 7am and hustled to the gym. I was feeling confident today, so I up’d my run: 18 minute run/1 minute walk 3 times. I had to stop midway through my last run, but I felt great overall. I only restarted a week and a half ago and I’m already a little over midway through the program. I feel awesome.

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It’s Saturday, so you know I had a delicious apple walnut salad from Portillo’s today, but dinner was my favorite. My “cheat” meal once a week is normally Saturday night and is usually pizza. My FAVORITE pizza place is California Pizza Kitchen BECAUSE THEY MAKE ME A MAC N CHEESE PIZZA. CARB LOVING RUNNER’S HEAVEN. (This is why I make SURE I do a good run on Saturday…so I’m able to cheat haha) I look forward to it because I normally *only* eat 3/4 of the pizza and have a couple of slices left over for dinner. =) It makes me super happy.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, my old man plays hockey for a league called, “OMG” or “Old Men’s Group” at the local rink. He’s been playing hockey since he was 11, so he’s really passionate. My dad’s a tendy and got a new mask for his birthday he made his own with some sweet decals. I play photographer and number 1 (and most of the time only) fan for the dads that take over the ice on Saturday nights. Tonight, we got to the rink early and watched the Hawks demolish the Pens from the snack bar until it was dad’s time to play gatekeeper. He did pretty well, but toward the end of the 90 minutes, he and the rest of the guys were exhausted. They put on a fun show, though!


After hockey, dad and I headed to Steak N Shake, order a salad and a Coke Zero (yeah, yeah, not the healthiest, but it kept me from ordering their new pizza burger!) and we looked through all the pictures I took. I didn’t get in bed until 1am, but it was worth it!


I’m ready to take on this next week!


2.22.14 & 2.23.14: Weekends for life.

Like most people, I adore weekends. Not to stay up and party, but I love waking up early on a Saturday and getting my work out done. Saturdays at the gym are quiet and glorious. I wish every single day could be Saturday for that reason.


If if wasn’t obvious from my love above, I started my Saturday with a Quest bar and a run. My work out was the same as Thursday: 15 minute run/1 minute walk, repeat two more times for a total of 45 minutes/4.5 mile run. During this run, I watched a tattered USA hockey team unsuccessfully battle Finland for Bronze. I honestly didn’t care who won, I just wish I could have seen a better game versus a clown show from the US.



After my run, I enjoyed Portillo’s again with the family. Portillo’s is our favorite Saturday lunch spot. I opted for the Apple Walnut Salad again. Dressing on the side and parmesan instead of goat cheese.


We took a field trip to Total Hockey so my dad could pick up a few more things, then we headed back home. With no errands to run today, it was a lazy afternoon until I had to go babysit.

The people I babysit for on a regular basis are incredible. They have two of the cutest kids who are just awesome. My evening was filled with giggles, hide-and-seek, and Cheerios. Seriously, that’s what I eat when I go over there.


After the kiddos were snuggled down, I made myself a cup of green tea and sank into the couch for the night. I was over there pretty late and found myself nodding off at 9:30, but that just means I’m back on my early morning schedule, which is awesome. Mom and dad had a great time, which I always love to see, and I headed home at 2 in the morning to get some shut eye.

(Yogi tea is amazing and has the advice.)



Sundays would normally be my yoga day but I was beat from the night before. I slept in, enjoyed a quick breakfast of cookie dough overnight oats, then met my family at a local breakfast joint for lunch. This place is great. If you’re in the Aurora, IL area, I highly recommend the “Double Yolk.” Great breakfast and lunch food that isn’t greasy. Last week, I chose oatmeal with fruit and egg whites, a safe choice. Today…I couldn’t resist the Belgian waffle! I had it topped with fruit and sugar free syrup and had some egg whites on the side. I haven’t had a waffle in forever, so I was pretty pumped.


Today was also awesome because I met up with a friend in Naperville to meet Chicago Blackhawks player Kris Versteeg! I had blown off meeting him in the past, so I snagged the opportunity to get my first One Goal book signed. Nice guy, as expected.


RunDisney Musings:

Yesterday was the Enchanted 10K and today was the Princess Half! I got a text update from my cousin and she said it was the most fun thing she has ever done. Can 2015 get here already so I can do it?! Rumor has it that the race will be on sale JULY 15TH. I highly recommend going to the RunDisney facebook page and checking out all the videos and pictures. I’m drooling over them!

2.14.14, 2.15.14, 2.16.14: Valentine’s Day and Weekend.


My plan was to wake up at 4:30am to go to the gym and run. The gym ended up being closed do to sprinkler issues 8am, and I had to go babysit at 9 for the day, so I decided that since it was a lighter eating day, I’d go Saturday instead.

I took baby to lunch with my momma, then enjoyed the rest of the afternoon with the little nugget.



Me: pumped. Brooklyn: Not sure.

Me: pumped. Brooklyn: Not sure.

The rest of the day consisted of family time. We went to Texas Roadhouse. I always get a little apprehensive going out and eating at a place I don’t normally, especially places with free peanuts and yeast rolls with cinnamon honey butter shoved in my face but I came out on top. I order the shrimp skewers with a house salad and tons of veggies. I allowed myself one biscuit and felt good about my dinner.

Texas Roadhouse.

Texas Roadhouse.


Started Saturday with a rough session at the gym. As I’ve said before, I haven’t been able to hit 6 miles since the middle of January. Saturday was just awful. I only ran for a mile and a half before I was absolutely exhausted. I don’t know what’s up with me, but I’ll try again on Monday. Furthest I could run was early last week at 4.5 miles. I want to at least hit that again. Arg.

After the rough gym session, I hit up Portillo’s with the fambam and then baked banana bread (with Nutella! Forgot to take pictures!) I spent the rest of Saturday enjoying good company and watching movies.

Portillo's Apple Walnut Salad. SO GOOD.

Portillo’s Apple Walnut Salad. SO GOOD.


I got to sleep in (finally!) and had a lovely lunch with my family. Oatmeal with berries and granola and egg whites.

Sundays are normally spent watching movies and just chilling with the family. If you haven’t seen the pattern, YES I am 22 years old and have a decent amount of quality friends, but I really enjoy just hanging out with my fambam. Today was no exception.

Dinner was less clean. Left over pizza, noodles, and a couple of pieces of chocolate from Valentine’s Day. I enjoyed everything and didn’t overeat by any means, which is a BIG improvement from before!

Hoping this upcoming week will be better for running. I’d really like to hit 6 miles again before the 10K race so I can start half marathon training in March. The program I found takes you from 10K to a half marathon in 3 months; I’d love to be able to run that during the rest of 2014 just to prepare my body and get it used to that distance. Besides a couple of weekend meals, I’ve stuck to pretty clean eating (things I make at home, ingredients I can pronounce, etc) and trying to eat more fruits and veggies. I don’t feel as sluggish, which is glorious, I just wish the rest of my bod would catch up.