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Friday Tangents and a Mixed Bag Workout

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Yesterday morning, I taught my Cardio Intervals group fitness class.  I have been teaching this class since May and have had a pretty solid little group of participants.  Most weeks, I would have a new circuit style routine featuring alternating cardio and strength exercises to get the heart rate up in quick bursts.

Because next week is the last class (this gym changes classes each semester based on a school schedule), I decided to throw a little curve ball at the class.  Yesterday, I let THEM create the workout!! It was actually really fun!

I took each of the exercises that we had completed in workouts throughout the summer and put them in two baggies.  One for Cardio (C) and one for Strength (S).  The participants then alternated and picked 4 from the C bag and 4 from the S bag.

The workout turned out to be challenging, fun, and a great workout!!  We will be picking from the bag next week too!


I then got home and had the best kind of mail waiting for me…..the kind where I get something free!!!!

I entered a Peanut Butter & Co. Twitter contest last week, and won a free jar of peanut butter plus a ton of other coupons for discounted PB!! 🙂


Unfortunately, I didn’t have the jar of peanut butter right there because I was pretty hungry and ready for dinner…so I got to work in the kitchen creating some salmon patties…

Dinner Kind of Flopped….


They tasted good, but they didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted.  The consistency was a little crumbly…so back to the drawing board for that one!  At least this flop was still edible 🙂



This morning was a morning for protein pancakes.   I wanted to make sure to eat a hearty breakfast because after work I am planning on running between 5 and 7 miles.


I am running a half marathon in late September and really need to kick my butt back into training gear.  I was doing pretty good (I had gotten up to 7 miles) about a month ago, but had to take a break so that I could focus on putting together group classes and learning Body Pump choreography.  Now that I am all caught up (kind of…) and the race is soon, back to training I go!!!

Have a happy Friday, and don’t forget that you can still enter my contest for a Grocery List Consultation and Evaluation simply by liking me on Facebook and commenting on yesterday’s blog post!! The winner will be picked tomorrow morning.

Not Exactly A Couponer

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This morning I woke up knowing that I would be busy all day.  I quickly made myself a bowl of “in the morning” overnight oats because I didn’t know if I would be in the mood for oats this morning….and I was!

Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • a little less than 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla Sunwarrior Protein Powder
  • 1 dash cinnamon

Mix all of those ingredients together and let them sit in the fridge for 30 minutes, or overnight.  Remove from the fridge and add:

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries (mine are frozen)
  • 2 tsp MaraNanthaAlmond Butter

The reason I am rushing this morning, is because Easter is in two days, and Brian and I are hosting it at the apartment!  I am so excited about this, but to say that I want everything to be perfect to look nice is an understatement.  While eating my breakfast, I spent my morning checking the ads to see where I should do my Easter shopping based on which stores had the best coupons and deals.

I wouldn’t call myself a “couponer” by any means, but I do love a good deal and saving a few dollars!! I honestly don’t know how those couponers can walk out of the store with cart fulls but pay $60…crazy.  All that I do is simply clip the ones I need, and maybe go to a couple of different stores to get the best deal, nothing too over the top.  Besides, who really needs 20 tubes of toothpaste all at once???

I hate feeling like this...


Before I hit the store, I am off to do a little 3 mile run.  Enjoy your Friday!

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