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Friday Ants in my Pants

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It’s Friday the 13th!

Any spooky plans on the agenda today??  None for me, however, my day is off to a great start, and I just know that it is going to continue to be great.



I started out the morning with a delicious and creamy bowl of overnight oats topped with some blueberries and peanut butter.  Yum in the tum.


I then completed a super sweaty, intense, high intensity elliptical circuit that completely beats the boredom that can occur while using a cardio machine…trust me, I’ve been there.

And now, I am headed  to work….with the Friday ants in my pants.  I swear that it is almost impossible to sit still and focus for me on Fridays…don’t tell my boss that!!  I am so excited for AFTER work, because I have a special surprise date night planned for Brian and I.  He has no idea what I have up my sleeves!! 🙂

What are your Friday night plans??


Picky About My Equipment

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Yesterday evening I did something fun and unique…

I sang the National Anthem at an Indiana ICE hockey game.  In high school, me and my group of friends called ourselves the Lemon Sistas and sang at nearly every sporting event that needed the National Anthem in high school.  We also sang at churches and events throughout the community.  Even with all of that experience singing The Star Spangled Banner, I realized last night that this was my first  time singing at a sporting even alone.

It was an excellent experience!  I have to admit that I was a little bit nervous about slipping on the ice, but once I was out there everything was fine.  As I was singing the lyrics though, I started to think about the words too much, and realized how easy it really could be for someone to forget the words to a song we all know so well.  Luckily, I didn’t leave any words out 😉


Last night, I made Brian his birthday dinner because tonight (his actual birthday) we are going to to eat with his parents.  Brian never really craves certain foods, or offers much input while I make the menu and grocery list for the week, but when I suggested salmon for his special meal he was quick to agree!

My mom had a salmon rub at one point (literally years ago) that had a touch of cinnamon in it, but it was sooo delicious.  The hint of cinnamon mixed with the salmon simply complimented so well and made for a flavorful dish.  Last night,  I tied to recreate that rub:

Cinnamony Salmon Spice Rub

Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and rub onto the salmon before baking.

  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Red Pepper

I am not quite sure of the measurements because I just started mixing and pouring and tasting, and when it finally tasted good to me, I rubbed it on the fish.  No oil needed! 

Served with asparagus, my favorite springtime veggie, this meal hit the birthday spot.


Today, I revisited an old friend, the elliptical.


In my college days, the elliptical was my go-to.  Since I have graduated, I have been much more involved in running outdoors, and spinning when it comes to cardio.  It was nice to zone out on the elliptical for 20 minutes before I lifted some weights doing my 4 move shoulder routine, but I must say I am a bit picky when it comes to elliptical selection.

I like to be able to move forward and backward and change the incline and resistance myself so that I can create a little routine.  This machine, however, shut off whenever I switched directions or resistance, and I couldn’t adjust the incline.  At least I got a little sweaty 😉


For breakfast this morning, I tried something new for the second time, and both times it just hasn’t turned out the way I expected it to.

I have been trying to make Make-Ahead Oatmeal Smoothies, and they are just turning out really runny….and I know why.  It is because I am not using chia seeds.  I thought I could get away with it, I even tried to use hemp seeds instead….and it just isn’t cutting it.  The chia seeds absorb liquid and create a gel like substance, so they are great as thickening agents in these overnight concoctions, but without it…they simply get runny.  Looks like I am going to have to invest in some chia seeds…soon!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!  I will be spending the day on the golf course with the Maestro Open for the Indianapolis Symphony…hopefully the weather holds out!

Question of the Morning:

  • Are you picky about your exercise equipment?
  • What do you do to get your cardio in?  Run outside, bike, elliptical, walk, group exercise???


You Snooze You Lose

This morning’s workout was a sweaty one!

When I was at Butler, I used the elliptical all the time as my go-to form of cardio.  Since I have been graduated, I have found running and spinning to be my usual cardio sources, but today I decided to do one of my elliptical cardio routines.

Although I love the facility I have been doing a 14 day trial on, I do not love the ellipticals.  Every time I changed the direction my feet were going or the resistance the whole machine would reset!  Talk about annoying…I was still able to make it a worth while workout.

After the elliptical, I did some crunches on the exercise ball, push ups, lunges, and a plank on the exercise ball.

While watching the news as I was ellipticalizing, they had a segment about hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock.  Apparently, hitting the snooze button is bad because we then have the opportunity to fall back into a deep sleep which then causes us to be startled by the next sound of the alarm going off causing us to feel really bad when we wake up rather then rested and refreshed.

Honestly, I think I hit the snooze button almost everyday.  I purposely set my alarm earlier than needed so that I can hit the snooze button.

Are you a snooze button user? Do you set the alarm early on purpose so you have time to snooze?


After my workout, I came home to shower then made a smoothie (even though it is actually really cold outside) for breakfast.  I made a blackberry peanut butter banana smoothie:

  • 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Breeze
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • pinch of xanthum gum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Splenda packets
  • 4 ice cubes and water for volume
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

High on Endorphins!

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Well I must say that endorphins do have a way of making things brighter.  Like I mentioned in my post earlier, I was feeling pretty down before heading to the gym.  I still went an hour before my class so that I could get some cross training in before I taught strength and toning.  I hit up the elliptical and turned on the Food Network.  A lot of people think that the elliptical or other cardio machines can get pretty boring making it hard to build up endurance, but I have found that if a good show is on the boob tube then I am good to go!  First it was Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals



Next it was Giada at Home…she made a delicious cranberry granola that I will have to try!


Honestly, as soon as my arms and legs started pumpin’ on the machine I felt waaaay better!  It’s crazy how amazing that endorphin high feels, but I’m addicted to it.  Here is what my workout looked like.

I adapted a workout from Une Vie Saine

I then taught Core Intensity with this workout:

Warm Up

  • Jog in place for 1 minute to get heart rate up or until the end of the first song
Abs (on step bench)
  • 15 slow controlled crunches with 8 lb weight
  • 15 crunches with legs straight up
  • 20 total bicycle crunches
  • Repeat
  • 15 pullovers with one 8 lb weight in both hands while lying on bench
  • 15 pushups with hands on bench (either the girly kind or normal)
  • 10 rows with one leg on bench with two 5 lb weights then alternate legs
  • Repeat
Hips and Butt
  • Squat with one leg on bench and one leg to the side pulse low for two counts then raise knee on bench (15 each side holding weights in hands)
  • 15 reverse lunge with shoulder circle on each side (5 lb weights in each hand)
  • 15 plie squat with triceps press holding 8 lb weight
  • Repeat
Cool Down
After class I came home to let the puppies out and play with them for a bit before running to meet with a potential wedding florist.

They love each other!

They really look like brother and sister 🙂  Tomorrow, their family will be coming home and although they LOVE hanging out with me nothing beats hanging with the fam.
Brian and I then went to get fro-yo at Red Mango.  I tried the mango and black cherry flavors and decided to go with mango.  I then topped it with granola, coconut, and banana…not the best flavor combo I have ever come up with, but hey!  Ya win some, you lose some…and it still tasted ok 😉  I had Brian take a picture of my treat on his iPhone and email it to me since I forgot my camera and it still hasn’t arrived in my inbox…don’t worry, I’ll post the picture tomorrow!

Who Needs To Shower?

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It is 4 in the afternoon and I still have yet to shower…to me, that speaks “summer.”

After taking things slow this morning, I headed to the gym around 9am for a 40 minute workout and a short arm workout.

This workout is from  I really enjoy this elliptical workout because throughout the workout I manually have to change the settings, the direction I am pedaling, and my speed.  It really keeps me on my toes, but allows me to watch the Today show at the same time 🙂

Busy Body Elliptical Workout

Time Level Directions RPM
0:00-5:00 3 Warm Up
5:00-6:00 5
6:00-7:00 5 Backward
7:00-9:00 7 Forward No Hands
9:00-11:00 10 Hands 135-145
11:00-13:00 6 Backward
13:00-15:00 8 Forward 145-155
15:00-17:00 6
17:00-19:00 6 145-155
19:00-21:00 6 Backward
21:00-22:00 6 Forward No Hands
22:00-24:00 10 Hands 135-145
24:00-29:00 8 Backward
29:00-31:00 8 Forward 145-155
31:00-34:00 8 No Hands
34:00-35:00 5 Hands
35:00-40:00 3 Cool Down

My arm workout was 2 sets with 7.5lb weights of:

  • 15 bicep curls
  • 10 tricep kickbacks
  • 15 upward rows
  • 15 tricep pullovers
I then came home to take Bella on a walk and hang out with Brian who was home on his lunch break!  It was nice to see him in the middle of the day instead of just for dinner at night 🙂
For lunch:
It’s grocery week so the cupboards and fridge are getting bare…so I threw together some cottage cheese, green beans, broccoli, red pepper, carrots, and celery to dip in peanut butter.  Simple and delish!  I am definitely getting my produce fill 😉
I then decided to do some wedding stuff and put stuff in the old binder.  I have a giant pink “look book” binder that I have categorized with:
  • Bouquet/Flowers
  • Reception
  • Budgeting
  • Stationary
  • Ceremony
  • Hair
  • Dresses (Mine and Bridesmaids)
  • General
I also have a list of web sites that I use as tools too:
It is a good sorting tool for me, because I see so many things that I like in magazines I need to put all of the things I like in one place so I don’t get overwhelmed.  I also like to circle and make notes on the various pages, otherwise I usually forget what I liked on the page in the first place.  I attempted to do this outside…but that lasted about 10 minutes…the sweat on my legs made things a liiiitle messy.
After doing wedding stuff, I decided to bake some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I always use the “Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” recipe from Quaker oats.   I figure they make the oats, they should know how to make a great tasting cookie with the oats!
Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Original Recipe from
  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup raisins

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time Time: 08 min
Brian will be happy to snack on these while we watch a movie later tonight.  I am really excited for this weekend because for the first time in what seems like forever, we don’t have anything planned!  So, tonight we are going to take full advantage of that, stay in, eat a cookie or two, and watch a movie.
In a couple of weeks I will be heading to Michigan for a family reunion.  There is a silent auction of homemade goodies every year, and the project I am working on would be so cute with little custom labels.
Does anyone have a good website with free and cute label templates in multiple sizes?