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Upper Body Workout

Well, today was disappointing! The weather said it was supposed to be 70 degree, so I through on my little cargo capris and short sleeve tee, only to walk outside to 45 degree weather. When will this dreary April showers business stop?

Anyway, last night I made Joe my Rainy Day Pork! This time, I added apples to the mix and cooked them with the pork in the brown sugar mixture. He enjoyed – and we enjoyed our night together, since he will be working late most other nights this week.

This morning I completed one of my favorite upper body workouts. First, I did shoulders:

  • Dumbbell shoulder presses (7.5 lb weights)
  • Sitting Dumbbell Lateral Raises aka Bent Over Dumbbell Flies (5 lb weights)

I did both to failure and repeated for 4 sets, 10 seconds in between each time.

Next was chest:

  • Flies with 10 lb. dumbbell
  • Pushups

I did 2 sets of flies followed by 2 sets of pushups, then repeated. I did them to failure with 10 seconds in between all. I recently started to be able to do real pushups. I always do modified but try to stick a few real ones in there to build up to it!

Then I did back:

  • Wide grip trap pull downs (kind of like a pull up, but done with the machine)
  • Bent over row (alternating arms) for lats

I did each seperately, 4 sets, 10 seconds in between, to failure.

Last was biceps and triceps.

  • Triceps: Bent over tricep kickbacks (using wire from machine w/ 5lb. weight) 4 sets per arm, 10 seconds in between, to failure
  • Biceps: Curls with 5lb. weight (2 sets of 25 reps, 10 seconds in between, then 2 sets of 20 reps with 10 seconds in between). Switched to 7lb weights (2 sets of 15 reps with 10 seconds in between).

I finished with a quick 25 minutes on the elliptical.

I made smoothie with spinach and since I was running late so I grabbed an FRS drink that I picked up at the grocery store this weekend to drink on the way to work since a Starbucks stop was  not an option. I also made some Yogi Seven-berry antioxidant tea to have with my Banana Nut Vitatop!

Bitten before photographed! Oops!

Another busy work day. Have a great Wednesday!




I found the 5-4-3-2-1 workout at Iowa Girl Eats and thought it would be a perfect alternative for me. I wasn’t feeling running this morning, but after a quick ab workout, I got runnin’ and was on a roll. I modified it to 4-3-2-1 by doing 4 minutes at 6.5, 3 at 7.0, 2 at 7.5, and 1 at 8.0 for 60 minutes with a 5 minute cool down. Let me tell you, it is a lot harder than it sounds! Then again, my legs were still sore from 90+ squats on Friday. Breakfast, as usual was a quick smoothie. Today I went with my craving for honey banana.

Today started out great. I had an awesome workout. I passed pretty tulips bloomed in our backyard on my way out. There was No traffic on my way to work. Why? I don’t know. But I like it. The day ahead always looks more positive when there’s no or little traffic. Sad but true!

It was also free drink day for me at Starbucks. Gotta love the gold card! You better believe I went with the $6 skinny caramel macchiato! For all the money I spend at Starbucks! I enjoyed it with chocolate overnight oats.

Lot’s of work to attend to! Then, home to cook dinner for my man! 🙂

Feel the Burn

Last night, we went to Joe’s uncle’s for dinner. He makes the best homemade pizza! He also made quail and  pasta with seafood. Dessert was carrot cake that Joe’s mom made, along with my nutella cookies. Needless to say, I stuffed myself until my belly hurt! Only on Sunday’s! 🙂

The weirdest thing happened yesterday. I went to park my car and it wouldn’t let me put it in park! It would only stay in drive or neutral! So I had to leave the keys in over night until I figured out what I was going to do. This morning, it magically worked again and went into Park. Very odd! At least it works now and I didn’t have to shell out any money to fix it!

I felt the burn during my workout this morning….heartburn that is! After last night’s food fest, what else should I have expected? I still completed my usual ab routine with 50 minutes of cardio that included intervals of incline walking, jogging, and 20 minutes on the elliptical.

When I got home from the gym I couldn’t resist but to make a smoothie with these monster strawberries.

Whats with the monsta fruit lately?


I brought turkey and Nayonaise on a whole wheat thin with my broccoli slaw that I have been on a kick with.

I also managed to purchase this Morgan Ashleigh necklace on Hautelook!

Work was really weird today. My boss’s boss announced that she is leaving the company. I didn’t realize how much I liked working under her until today. She is great at what she does and she is so funny! I wonder who will replace her? Oh well, life goes on.

I knew that Joe was going to close the restaurant tonight so I had planned to just make myself a smoothie, prep lunch, and prep dinner for tomorrow since he has off! I can’t wait to be able to cook for him; I rarely get to! I made a chocolate spinach smoothie and had a few nutella, whip, & sprinkle scoops! My peanut butter substitute. Only one more week! I hope someone buys me the biggest peanut butter filled bunny EVER for Easter!

Sprinkle Massacre time

Now it’s time to get to bed! Early run tomorrow!

Finally Friday

I am thrilled that this work week is over. It was a long one!

This mornings workout is currently starting to take effect. I have been lazy the past two weeks and completing my leg workouts on machines. I turned back to my squats and dead lifts this morning, leaving me in some serious pain! It feels good, though. I did 6 sets of squats to failure, alternating with 6 sets of dead lifts with 10 seconds in between using 50 lbs. I was exhausted afterwards, especially because I did a 35 minute run/incline treadmill workout prior to.

I made a quick shake with chocolate and spinach when I got home and continued with my normal morning routine. I brought a new attempt to work… Pumpkin pie overnight oats….

Cinnamon, spice, & everything nice 🙂

Last night I threw together leftover pumpkin (canned) with old fashioned oats, greek yogurt, a splash of almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and stevia. This morning it was magically turned into a pumpkin pie, or at least it tasted like it! 😉

After work I stopped at J. Crew and Zara. With an additional 30% off sale at J. Crew and all of the bright spring colors at Zara, many items found their way home with me.

Unfortunately, everything is piled on a chair in the office because I have no hangers left. This is why I am dedicating tomorrow to Spring cleaning. I need to clean out what I haven’t worn this year, put away sweaters, and make room for bright colors and shorts! I am sure this will send me on a cleaning spree and Joe will come home to a sparkling house. I know I’ll feel so much better after I knock that off my to-do list.

For dinner, I needed a meatless meal, so I went with tuna fish. You can’t really go wrong with that. Plus, it was late because I spent my night shopped, so I needed something quick.

Tuna, Nayonaise, Carrots, Pepper & Onion Powder

I wrapped up the tuna with some spinach in a whole wheat wrap and served it with roasted parsnip fries & green beans.

Dessert was a must, so I made an ice cream sandwich with a frozen deep chocolate Vitatop cut in half, frozen cool whip, and SPRINKLES!

I am surprisingly excited to get my life in order tomorrow. Don’t you sometimes just feel like during the week you can’t get anything done? My Saturday will consist of cleaning, grocery shopping, organizing and cleaning out my closet, laundry, and errands…..and I have no problem with it! I may throw some baking in there, too!

Back to Work Blues

Besides for my workout this morning, everythings about this day is very BLAH, and boring. The weather isn’t helping either. It was misting this morning, but decently warm. It was just that light rainy mist that isn’t enough for an umbrella but it’s still SO annoying.

Last night, Joe and I just ordered in pizza. I wanted to make a homemade one, but he got home from work late and was so tired from his long weekend so I said okay to getting delivery. He also brought home some more sweets to add to my bakery stop. There was a party and they had leftover brownies and mini carrot cakes! We went to town and finished ALL of the baked goods in the house!

He currently has a situation at work that will have him working a lot more this week and even longer, possibly. This past weekend he worked all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so I am a little bummed that I didn’t get to see him that much. Going to work this morning made me sad that not only was my long weekend over, but realizing how much I didn’t get to see Joe. I know he is doing what he needs to do for his business so I am, as always, very supportive!


I am continuing my “push harder” Monday workouts. I need to pump it up because I usually slack  after stuffing my face all weekend and feel like a rock is sitting on my stomach when I wake up Monday morning. I did a serious 30 minute ab workout, as well as 30 minute intervals on the treadmill, and 20 minutes on the ellyptical (moon machine). My treadmill intervals consisted of 2 minutes at a 6.5 pace (increasing by .1 each 5 minute interval) with no incline and 3 minutes at a 9.0 incline, 4.0 pace (increasing pace to 10.0 and 4.5 by the last interval). I was way sweatier (is that right?) than most Mondays. I didn’t want to leave the gym! I did want to go home and made my daily smoothie though. This morning I added spinach, frozen strawberries, chocolate protein powder, almond milk, and a pinch of xanath gum to the blender and took it to go!


My lunch falls into the BLAH category today. I wasn’t feeling it last night while packing and I ended up just bringing a whole wheat sandwich thin, some hummus to spread on it, and cukes/carrots to munch on. I ended up putting the cukes on the sandwich, which made me a little happier about lunch. I still have a Chobani yogurt to eat later, though.

Back to work– lots of e-mails to go through after being out 2 days.

Oops! I ate PB.

I’m baaaack! Atlantic City was a great time and it was so nice to take a break from work! Right after we checked in around 3pm, we headed to lunch at the Metropolitan in the Borgata, where we stayed. I had a greek salad with chicken. It was a huge portion and enough to fill me before heading up the wine show.

I have never seen anything like it! Picture a huge room with booths beyond booths and glasses galore. Grab a glass and start tasting! Now, obviously the girls were “working” and finding some new wines for the restaurant. We started with the bubblies and worked our way to the Burgundy since Carrie (manager) needed to find a new one. Towards the end, we decided to try the wines that we would probably never order ourselves or taste again, because they’re so expensive. We also found time to stop by the buffet and get some lobster risotto!

After the show, we headed back to the room. However, I decided to make a pit stop at the gelato bar! After some wine, I was really in the mood for dessert! I did something terribly wrong though. I’d like to advise everyone to be careful when drinking during lent so you don’t accidently break your sacrifice. Yes, I did it. But I would like to just say, that my sacrifice was actually to not eat PB out of the jar, as you know I like to do so with sprinkles and whip. So, I won’t say that I completely ruined it, but come on—she even gave me one of the garnish reese’s with the gelato!!

The death of me

Tell me that doesn’t look like a piece of heaven. Honestly, I didn’t even think about it until today that I had eaten peanut butter. So be it–what can you do?!

Anyhoo, we went up to the room to change for dinner. The vendor’s took us to Seablue, also in the Borgata. We continued drinking wine and the four of us girls split 4 appetizers and 4 entrees. Who wants just one thing when you can try it all? For appetizers, we had the lobster corn dogs, tuna tartare, beet salad, and oysters (east and west coast). For entrees, we split scallops, miso glazed chilean sea bass (I usually order this anywhere that has it), beef tenderloin, and dover sole. Of course, we got dessert. For the table, we had the most amazing warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies. They actually came with the root beer float but I requested just the cookies, because– seriously? Also, we had these doughnut zeppoli things and a chocolate pudding/red velvet mixture (not my fave). Dinner was yummy, but I was so full after.

Amanda, me and Nancy

We then attempted to gamble, and I would like to just give you the short version of my story since I am still a little sensitive to it. Joe gave me a game plan, and I followed. On roulette, I put $10 on 5 numbers and I won on #17. As roulette is 35 to 1, I won $350. I then decided to double it, feeling lucky, and lost, lost all the way to losing the $50 I started with. Then wasted another $50. This is why I don’t gamble. I am a “win and walk away” person, but since I followed Joe’s plan, I ended up losing. This is also why we had a free massage when Joe and I went to Aruba–I walked away on a win and used the money for a couples massage! Okay, so there’s my sad sad story and it’s over with. Moving on…

We hung out at the Casino and had a drink at one of the bars, but the smoke inside started to get to me so by 1:30 I was up in the room. It was still a really fun night!

Me, Nancy, Amanda, Carrie, and Megan

We woke up, got Starbucks (necessary),had breakfast (I got dippy eggs, being that I was in the mood for them the last week or so), and got on the road. I knew I was going to head the to gym as soon as I got home because I just felt weighed down from all of the food that I ate the night before.


I unpacked and went right to the gym. I did abs for 30 minutes and had a spurt of energy. I ended up doing a cardio workout similar to yesterday. I did intervals of running for 2 minutes, sprinting for 30 seconds, and in between doing that for 10 minutes, I did a 5 minute 9.5 incline walk. It felt so good and I went for a full hour! I think the fact that I brought my iPhone for a change and played the “Robyn” station on Pandora, helped. I was dripping, but still did my leg workout because Friday is the only day of the week I lift lower body. I run a lot so I don’t feel like I need to lift  my legs two times a week as I do my upper body.

I froze some strawberries before I left to make another smoothie bowl when I got home.

Chocolate covered strawberry in disguise

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
  • frozen strawberries
  • pinch xanath gum
  • 1/2 tablespoon Hershey’s dark cocoa powder

I love using frozen fruit as a substitute for ice. I added some honey to sweeten and dug in! As usually, creamy goodness. I’m now just enjoying some green tea–trying to use antioxidants to cleanse a little from last night. I actually don’t feel as bad as I though I would.

Tomorrow I am volunteering all day for my friend’s charity group, so I’m off to get a good night’s rest!

Atlantic City Workout

I got to sleep in until 7:10 today. That may not be sleeping in to some, but to me, it makes all the difference from 5:15! Joe gets up at this time so, so since I’m not leaving for AC until 11:30, I got up with him to workout and get some more stuff done before heading out. We hopped out of bed and got to the gym by 7:20. Thursday is normally a 5 mile run day for me. Joe started running for an hour on Thursdays like we do on Tuesday’s, but because of work I usually end up cutting mine short. He pushed me to do the full hour today, but after 15 minutes of intervals (2 1/2 minutes at 7.0, 30 seconds at 8.0, repeat), I was doing math in my head with the minutes on the treadmill (like I normally do, being a crazy person, while Joe puts a towel over the treadmill stats) and got an idea. Considering I will be consuming lots of food and drinks in AC, a little extra cardio will do me good.

My workout ended up looking something like this;

  • 15 minute intervals (as mentioned above)
  • 5 minutes at 9.0 incline, 4.0 speed
  • 10 minutes intervals (7.5 for 2 minutes, 8.5 for 30 seconds)
  • 5 minutes at 9.2 incline, 4.2 speed
  • 10 minutes intervals (same as last)
  • 5 minutes at 9.5, 4.5 speed
  • 10 minutes intervals (7.5 for 2 minutes, 9.0 for 30 seconds)
  • 5 min cooldown

That way, I took the extra 15 minutes Joe pushed me to do and did a serious incline walk. I was a sweaty mess. Joe actually was grossed out by the beads of sweat on my shoulder when we were stretching. But yet, it’s okay for him to ring his shirt out on the ground when we get home.


I was dreaming of breakfast about 45 minutes into my cardio. I made overnight oats for us last night and we actually got to enjoy breakfast together this morning.

Mushy goodness

  • 1/2 cup Almond milk
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp. dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 packet splenda
  • 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder

Yum yum! Joe’s was subbed with 2 scoops protein and lactaid milk. I cut up strawberries and bananas for us to add in this morning. I froze the rest to make a shake for myself before leaving for AC, knowing that I’ll be in a car for over 2 hours.

I made some coffee, showered and finished packing!

All packed and ready to go!

I am so excited to be off work for 2 days and just get away! The only thing I hate is not sleeping next to Joe, but hopefully tomorrow he will be out of work early and we can get in some quality time.

I am waiting to be picked up, blogging, and enjoying my new favorite smoothie that I made yesterday and cannot get enough of! This time, I added frozen strawberries to the mix and topped with agave nectar! Smoothie bowls ROCK!

So thick I had to scrape the rest out with a spoon!

Sweeten her up!

Num num num

I won’t be back until tomorrow afternoon, hopefully able to do atleast a half-ass workout–better than none at all!