10 Mile Run + Food

Saturday I got up at 4:20 to meet up with a group for a 5am run, some split off at 6 miles, but I decided to stick with the others who were doing 10. It's been a while since I've had a long run, it rained on us for most of the run, I was unprepared for it and wish I had brought a visor to wear. 

I am SO glad I decided to wear my FlipBelt, if I had worn my arm band my phone would surely be ruined. I stopped wearing my Flip Belt a while ago, the cord coming out to my headphones was always bugging me, but now that I run with my Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones it's the perfect solution! The headphones are perfect for running, they are flexible enough that I can have one in my ear and hoot the other in my bra strap so I can hear others talking around me, which in a group is important so you're not rude hahahha. I hate running without music!

Later that morning I meet up with some friends, including Poppy Locks, and had brunch at the Fatted Calf. She was lucky enough to get to work out with Layne Norton a few weekends ago and I needed to hear every detail! So jealous, they lifted weights and talked about macros, then had lunch at Fuddruckers. Anyways, the Strawberry Mimosas were amazing, followed by the breakfast sliders, perfect Saturday brunch.

Madison had a late afternoon indoor soccer game, she scored 3 goals! The girls got a good foot on her too, we just bought a large soccer goal for the backyard, Lifetime Soccer Goal with Adjustable Height and Width, time to get some daily practice in and work on that foot work. After the game I bought her a little Dippin' Dots that was red and told her to be careful and don't spill it. OF COURSE, she gets it all over her dress and starts crying that it was her favorite pony dress, sigh. We were going to Home Goods anyways so I told her she could pick out a new dress. She obviously is a mini me, picking out 6 outfits to try on, then when I was helping her in the dressing room she told me I was like the Fairy Godmother and she was the princess. LOL.

We all decided to meet up in downtown McKinney for dinner, we wanted to try a new place called Harvest. You really need reservations to eat there, but we got there early enough and snagged some seating in the outdoor part, it's just so freaking cute there!

It's a Farm to Table concept, so the menu is full of yummy choices and I had a hard time deciding! We started with a beet salad, I had no idea that I loved beets, but it was freaking amazing!!! It had yellow beets / fried spinach / Deep Ellum blue cheese / red quinoa. I really need to recreate this at home.

Then for dinner I had the Creole Pan Seared Shrimp  - Carolina gold dirty rice / spinach / celery / baguette. Delish! If you're local you need to try, you won't be disappointed.

By the time we got home this guy was done, his little fat cheeks are just, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I could cry looking at his little baby face.

Sunday I slept in until 7:30, which annoyed me, I just feel like I can't get everything done in the day if I sleep in that late! I finally had to wake Aiden up at 8:45 so we could get to the grocery store and back home to prep food before I had soccer. I had to buy new soccer shorts this year so I went ahead and bought a new bag too, the other was pretty smelly, I may have forgotten to take out wet socks from last season. Oops.

After soccer I had to take photos for the new arrivals, this is Madison's favorite part of the weekend. She runs off and changes her outfit in between every picture, I love her leg pop and sass. Then we eat dinner and meal prep her lunches for the week before falling into bed exhausted and ready to do it again this week.

Tomorrow I'll share my meal prepping with you!


A little Dance Cardio + Triceps

I found some really cute good quality workout gear when I was at market, some came in yesterday, total gym motivation! The tanks already sold out again, I'm going to call and beg to see if I can get a few more for those of you who missed it again. My gym gave us notice that they were dropping Body Pump, so freaking upset about this! I stay at this gym for the people and Body Pump, but if they are going to cheap out on paying the license fees then I'll take my hard earned money else where, they have no plans to replace the class with anything I'd want to do. 

I found these on Pinterest, such a fun way to get in a bit of cardio either at home or at the gym! Periscopers last night requested a tricep workout so here you go! I had to make 2 separate videos because of the orientation of the camera, sorry!

Tricep kick backs to warm up, I'm using a 12 pound weight I think, but start lighter and go heavier with each set. 

Tricep push into an overhead pull - I'm using a 40 pound bar. 
Tricep skull crushers - 3 sets of increasing weight - I went 10,12,15 
Tricep Dips

I also came across this master list of popular restaurants and a listing of the very best macro friendly meals {which means high protein lower carbs/fats}. Totally pinnable for reference when you are eating out, don't blow all your fats for the day on one meal! You can find the full blog post over at The Macro Experiment!


Food I always have on Hand!

Watch out when this one is running around with his wooden weapon, you'll be standing there minding your own business and WHACK right on the thigh. 

Also, don't grab his new favorite snack away either, don't let that sweet baby face fool you! I got a box of 12 in from Thrive, he LOVES them and so does Madison, her favorite so far is the Pineapple.
I thought I'd put together a post on my top grocery items, so here you go!

Veggies: Sweet Potato, Grape Tomatoes, Zucchini.
Must have: Paderno Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Pre Running Food: Kids Z Bars.
I don't eat protein bars much anymore, but this one is perfect for a little something before I run.
Must Order: NoGii Protein D'Lites Nutritional Bar Chocolate Caramel Bliss

Yogurts x 10: I never ever buy anything with more than 15g carbs per serving. I browse for new flavors to pair on top of pancakes or mug cakes or just to layer with fun toppings. 

Fun stuff: TruWhip and Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter 
The thing about cookie butter is that if you melt and drizzle it you won't need very much to make a big flavor impact!

 Fruits: Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Cheeses: My favorite way to get in my fats! My go to's are goat cheese for veggies, Mexican shredded cheese for everything else. I also like Asiago Cheese, but only every so often.

Bread: Low Carb tortillas and Nature's Own Wheat.
Must Try: Lavash Flat Bread

Meats: 6 Chicken Breasts {3 for work lunches and 3 for dinners} Also at least 1 'oh shit I don't want to cook dinner tonight' meals. This Tinga Chicken is yummy and easy to throw on a tortilla with some veggies.

Other stuff I must have on hand:
Coconut Flour
Egg Whites - liquid
Almond Milk
Frozen chopped Broccoli 
Protein Powder in all the flavors like Select Protein (Snickerdoodle)   
Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes 
Extra Original Gum - about 5 packs for home, work, car
Spark + Arginine Extreme


Another First Day.

Friday we stopped on the way home to pick up supplies for some good ole homemade pizza, Madison insisted on carrying in the the groceries - all at once - hahahah must be something women are born with, MUST GET ALL BAGS IN ON ONE TRIP. 

Big hit with the bald one, he has a very particular palette for sure, for breakfast he prefers smoked salmon to pancakes. Only my kid would cry for 20 dollar fish, like our grocery bill is high enough, I blame his Father.

Saturday my parents came and took my children, Oliver and I used it as a day date to get some errands done in half the time, alone. We had to go to the bank, then lunched, finally the grocery store. Exciting huh?? If you have a Kroger near you I highly suggest you try the Cilantro Chicken {I heard the Mango was amazing too!} it's so delish and I used that for my lunches this week. 

Oliver took Madison to her soccer game that evening {she scored 5 goals!}, Aiden and I hung out to take some pictures for OMB. We are working on a game plan for a large office/studio space and it can't happen fast enough, my house keeps feeling smaller and smaller with all the clothing I have in the front half of it!

Finished up just as Oliver got home and we went out to dinner, good thing I had a skinny Rita because the food was terrible. When I order a side of veggies I expect a heaping pile, they literally put 3 brussel sprouts on my plate - what in the heck?!? This place isn't cheap either so it was pretty disappointing, the do have amazing breakfast though!

Sunday The Bald One woke up with a red eye - I freaked out thinking it was pink eye, I was washing my hands every 5 minutes! It seemed to get better as the day went on and no goop, guessing it's just irritated he does love to shove his fingers in the ears and eyes.

We just hung around the house doing OMB stuff and cleaning until it was time for soccer. Let me just say it's a terrible idea to start the season in August and then to make games at 3pm! I felt like death, but I was glad to play again after the rainout that was our last season.

We went to my Mom's for dinner, kabob's on the grill, so good! Our grill is broken and we need a new one, I've been missing grilling food all summer. 

After we got home I took a bath with both kids, Aiden's feet are some stinky little baby boy feet for reals! Wow. This year I told Madison she was responsible for getting her lunch together in the morning. I helped her food prep, she got to choose {within reason} what she wanted to pack and if she eats all her food Monday through Thursday she is allowed to buy her lunch {or have Daddy bring her Subway and have lunch with her} on Fridays. 

I bought her Happy Lunchboxes - Set of 4 and Insulated Lunch Bag - Candy Stripes. She packed all the boxes and I made her a special spot in the fridge to put all her items, she has to be sure to repack her lunch bag each day. I'm hoping that by letting her do it herself she'll eat what she packs, I hate when her lunch bag comes back with food still in it, I feel like she's going to starve!

All of us Mom's had to get in the gym super early, 4:30am today, so we could be home in time for the first day circus. I was pretty shocked SOME showed up that early LOL

She has a wonderful teacher this year and her class only has 13 kids in it, she's going to LOVE that, my little teacher's pet. She's going to a new school this year, the elementary is right next to the middle and high school, so drop off was a nightmare. I can't wait to hear all her stories this evening!


Jord Watches

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

When I first heard about a Wood Wrist Watch I was slightly confused, an actual watch, really made out of wood? I had a hard time imagining what it would look like, so I was pleasantly surprised when this beauty popped up in my Instagram feed from Jord Watches.

My heart loves that beautiful lilac face, color in unexpected places. The watch is surprisingly lightweight and doesn't bug my wrist when I'm typing on the computer, the number one reason for my lack of watches at work. 

 I've worn it with about 3 out of 5 outfits this week, don't judge me, it's too pretty to leave at home! I'm so happy with my Jord Watch that I've already picked out one for my husband and I'm SUPER excited about it, he loves to wear watches, but most metals cause his skin to break out in a rash so I think this is going to be the perfect gift for him! 

So far this one is the front runner, but Christmas is a long way off so I still have time to change my mind! 

Jord is giving away 3 gift cards, contest ends 8/26, good luck!
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Full Body Workout on One Machine

One of the most common things I hear from followers is

1. How tall are you?   {{5'5}}
2. How do I get started?
3. What sports bra do you wear?    {{Panache }}
4. How many times/how long should I be working out week/day?

So, to start this discussion off lets throw it back, cause it's Thursday.

Last year around this time.

How to get started. Well if you are brand new to working out I HIGHLY recommend finding a group setting to workout in - they motivate you and teach you all at the same time! I LOVE taking classes at the gym and I've mentioned before I first started working out by joining a local bootcamp. If you are lost and feel overwhelmed when you walk into a gym these will be very beneficial for you.

If you are semi comfortable in the gym, but lost when it comes to lifting weights I have the perfect way to get in a full body workout with only one machine!

The cable machine is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. It's simple to use, has SO MANY exercises that can be done on it, plus you can go as light or as heavy with just a simple adjustment! I recorded a few of my favorite moves, but honestly You Tube it - lots and lots of variations! So even if you can't squat 100 pounds or have big fancy weights at your gym, most will have some sort of cable machine like this one.

There is no 'magic' number of minutes to spend in the gym, you have to find what's right and fits in YOUR life. Personally I have always worked out a minimum of one hour, mostly because I've always had to drive 20 minutes each way to get to a gym or bootcamp, so if I'm going to drive that far I'm not doing it for 30 minutes of sweating. If you workout at home you probably have a different view, I'm just stating what works in my world. I get up early, the gym opens at 5 so I'm there when it opens and I stay until it's time to get ready for work, so usually 90 minutes of working out 6 days a week. You can TOTALLY have results doing less of course, my sweating sessions are not just about my body - they are my friend time, my girl time, my own time, my time to focus on the day ahead, it's ME time. Going to the gym is fun for me, so of course I try to squeeze in as much of it as I can!

and as promised here are a few of the newer tunes I'm playing while I sweat!


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