Monthly Archives: April 2012

Catchy title, eh?

I thought so. 🙂

This morning I headed to a new to me yoga studio for a 9 am class. Of course, I had a groupon to use and this was my first visit of 30! I can go to around 10 different places for 30 classes of Yoga, PIlates, African Dance, Zumba, Kickboxing, etc. Oh, and I have to use all of these before June 30th. Whoops.

Fuel for the day. Whole wheat bagel, one side buttered, one side peanut buttered.

It was nice. There were only 5 of us and the instructor was really welcoming. I picture this being my Saturday ritual for a while!

Then it was off to the Saturday morning ‘Pump.

I love Pump, as you all know, but today I did not.

Today was hard. Probably the hardest class ever and I don’t know why. I felt extremely fatigued throughout the entire class and could barely even do my normal weights. Weird.

After I ‘Pump, I headed home to quickly shower, make a smoothie and head right back out the door.

Our agenda included picking up our wine shipment (!!!), grocery shopping & wedding band shopping.

Wiiiine. We’re members of the Oliver Wine Club, which is headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. Oliver wine was basically the go-to wine for cheap college kids. They don’t sell a lot of the kinds we get shipped in the bi-yearly packages though, so it’s a special treat. I’m excited for the dessert wine (far right)!

No pictures of the wedding band…I want to keep it a surprise! But I think we both figured out which ones we like best. Another task marked off the list!

Tonight I’m not sure of dinner plans. I’m thinking a shrimp stir fry but who knows!

Toodles for now!

Evening! Quite the dreary evening over here. At least it’s almost Friday right?!

I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to having a relaxing weekend. Call me grandma, but I can’t handle those nights out anymore!

The dreary night made me not want to go to the gym. I know, I know. No excuse. But I decided to skip it. Ryan and I haven’t been able to just hang out for awhile so we decided to make dinner earlier than normal (i.e. 7 instead of like 8:30, we’re late eaters).

Dinner was nutritious, easy and delicious! What more could you ask for.

Roasted red potatoes, salmon with a pecan crust & my long lost friend, kale chips! (P.S. Apparently, kale is the “it” food for 2012:

For the crust on the salmon, I just took pecans, olive oil, parmesan cheese and basil, processed in the food processor & topped salmon—similar to Julie’s recipe. So easy! And it tasted gourmet, bonus points!

Okay we have American Idol to catch up on. I’m sorry, I hated the country version of Born This Way. Terrible!

Question: Are you a fan of salmon?

Salmon is probably my favorite fish!


It has been a hot minute since I have posted. To be honest, the whole month of April has been just…off  for me. First I got sick. Then I got better. Then I got sick again. Then I had people up this past weekend for my birthday (yay 24!). And then I got food poisoning.

Yep. It’s been awesome. I’m not 100% sure it was food poisoning…but there’s pretty much nothing else it could be. I’m finally feeling back to normal. I’m hoping one more night of going to bed at 8:30 will do the trick (didn’t realize you were reading grandma’s blog, did ya?).

Anywho, this past weekend. Friday was my birthday! On the 13th, nonetheless. Maybe that was a pre-cursor to me getting food poisoning? Anyways, I turned the big 2-4. Friends from college came to visit and it was a grand ole time.

Friday night we went out to Jose’s Blue Sombrero located in Brookfield. They make table side guacamole, so you know I was all over that. After dinner, we headed out downtown to a few bars on North Ave.

As you can imagine, Saturday we slept in (getting home at 3 am will do that to ya) and bummed around all day. We grilled out and hung out around the house until we headed out to downtown Waukesha, which is in walking distance from our house.

Bridesmaid alert!

After an indulgent weekend (and being sick), I am ready to get back to cleaner eating and workouts. The month have April has not been good to me and I feel all over the place. DInners have been made on the fly (aka no recipes) and workouts have been scattered throughout the month. I love that for me now, feeling normal is eating healthy & working out regularly. Never thought I would see the day!

Here’s to getting back on track!

How was your weekend? Have you ever had food poisoning?

Lookie what arrived in the mail…













I won’t say too much about them because I have readers that will be getting them 😉

But now we just to address them & deliver! One more thing off the list. It’s getting serious now, folks. Less than 5 months!!!!

Workouts this week have been almost non-existent considering I got sick AGAIN. I did make it to the gym today for a quick 30 min incline walk on the treadmill. In the past, I would have written off a short workout because it wouldn’t really count. Not anymore! My short workout still burned calories that I wouldn’t have burned if I would have went home and sat on the couch. It all adds up, people!

Dinner tonight:













Random. Very, very random.

A black bean, shredded cheddar cheese, red onion and pepperoni with a side of green beans & carrots w/ ranch greek yogurt dip (and a peeking salsa cup). Told you, very random.













I would take out the pepperoni because it was weird. Not a good combo! Oh well, ya win some, ya lose some.

Off to watch American Idol! Am I the only person watching this show anymore under the age of 60?

Hello & Happy Easter!

Agh, I’m still getting over being sick. I’m feeling about 75% normal…hopefully will feel 100% in no time.

Let’s move onto the weekend festivities since that’s more fun 🙂

Friday night we headed to the RIverside Theater to see Giada De Laurentiis for her book tour.

Each ticket purchased also included a copy of her new book, Weeknights with Giada. I love cookbooks and tend to forget I have them, so this renewed my desire to cook from a cookbook!

Ryan and I had never been to anything like this, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Ryan kept calling it a “fireside chat,” which was pretty accurate except for the fireside.

Giada talked about everything from her family traditions, to a few cooking secrets, to what her life is like now while having a 4 year old. She said how all of her cookbooks are a symbol for a period of time her life. Weeknights with Giada symbolizes how now that she has a child, she needs to have quick, easy & healthy meals to serve to her family.

She seemed so geniune & sweet as well as easy to talk to! Milwaukee sent her off with a Harley Davidson jacket (the headquarters to Harley Davidson is in Milwaukee, FYI).

Saturday was spent cleaning, grocery shopping, exercising, and studying. After a quick trip to the store & the gym (finally back after being sick for 3 days!), I started studying for my first IIN exam. I was nervous because I had no idea what to expect. They gave us a study guide and I knew that there would be 30 true/false & multiple choice questions but besides that I didn’t know much else.

Turns out doing the homework helps! 🙂 I missed one question, but you get two chances to take the exam so I will probably give it a second go some time today. We have until April 19th, but next weekend is my birthday & we have friends visiting so I probably won’t feel like taking an exam then.

Today we came home after going to the Easter Sunday service of church and are doing a bit of relaxing & a bit of cleaning. I wanted to make special meal for today, but we didn’t get our act together to figure out what we wanted. Maybe grilling is in our future?

Oh, also! We are working on planning our ceremony today. I may do a Wedding Wednesday post, but I don’t want to give away all the details to readers that are also invited to the wedding! Gotta have some mystery, right?

Off to enjoy the rest of the day! Have a great Sunday!

Evening! For a Monday, today went slow. Very slow. Monday’s are typically quick for me but for some reason today went by slower than molasses. Maybe it was because I was excited to go to Body Pump to try the new release?!

Speaking of…HOLY COW. It’s weird how your body gets used to one exercise and then as soon as you change it up your body is screaming (in a good way!). This new release was killer, especially the squat and tricep tracks. But let’s be honest, every tricep track is hard for me since I don’t have any.

The music was so-so. I liked the beginning half until it got to the tricep track, which was this song. I hate that song. And now I hate it even more since it is the tricep track (my most hated body part). I seriously started considering in my head “what if I just…don’t do Body Pump for a month?” (that’s how long they will play the new release). But I quickly got over it. I would miss the ‘Pump too much!

Oh! I never got to tell you about the GGX Launch party. It was great! Body Combat was an awesome workout. I actually liked that one the best even though it was my first time. I was sweatin’ within 10 minutes of the workout, so you know it’s a good one when that happens.

Body Flow was next and it was nice to relax. I’m not flexible at all so some parts were a struggle but I’d really like to continue to go to classes.

Sh’Bam was last and though it was fun, I felt like the music was lackluster. Two of the songs were more Zumba-esqe, which I love Zumba, but I felt like Sh’Bam was kind of ripping off Zumba.

I was soooore after all of the classes though, so I came home and watched an ungodly amount of Gossip Girl.

I have no shame.

Dinner tonight was an old standby, but that doesn’t mean boring!

Chicken Parmesan with a twist! (Note that the twist part is not on there yet!) 🙂

Crispy chicken, slightly spicy turkey pepperoni, whole wheat spaghetti & mozzarella cheese. Oh & parm!

One of our favorites!

Now it’s time to watch the game. We actually don’t care who wins because no matter what, we win the pool we are in. Yahoo!

Question: Are you watching the game tonight?