Dreaming of Ice Cream on the Elliptical

Good morning everyone!!

I hope your having a fabulous morning. Today is day 2 of my “cleanse”. Yesterday went well, im embarrassed to admit I had a caffeine headache because I only had one caffeinated beverage yesterday! Ha…and that is why I am doing this cleanse!!

My meals for yesterday included (not all pictured):

Large Diet Coke from McDonalds

Egg whites, lite mozzarella cheese, avocado, banana
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100cal almonds, cheese stick, tangerines
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Salad with chicken, avocado, and greek yogurt blue cheese dressing-its really good!
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Cottage cheese, carrots, celery, hummus, another cheese stick & 100cal almonds (I was hungry after my workout!)

Egg whites, cheese, and a tablespoon of ketchup

And because she’s so cute, I had to include Olivia’s dinner of broccoli and sweet potato. =)

IMG_0400According to MyFitness Pal my stats were:

1387 Calories

54g (28%) Fat

97g (35%) Carbs

128g (37%) Protein

During my lunch break I went on the elliptical for 45min (I usually perfer HIIT or strength training but this is perfect for an at work workout). During this I watched Tuesday’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift was on. It was a good episode! The Tonight Show now has its own Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor. It’s called “The Tonight Dough” and includes vanilla and caramel ice cream, Chocolate Chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough, and I think chocolate chunks? Whatever it is, it sounds delicious!
IMG_0380IMG_0379Well that’s it for today. Have a great day! Today is a work day for me, and I plan on doing an elliptical workout again, with some strength training after.

See you guys tomorrow!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good afternoon folks!
IMG_0298Hope your Valentine’s Day is off to a great start. We don’t really celebrate too much…normally we would eat a ton of candy and junk but since were doing the DietBet challenge were trying to stay healthy, so just the usual is on the agenda for today!

Yesterday was filled with lots of excitement and running around. I completed a few workouts in the morning, Daily Burn’s DB15 MMA & Metabolic Maximizer. It was a total of 45min. I like the variety with the Daily Burn workouts, but some of them feature really cheesy trainers, and I feel like they chat too much. I would rather a 30min workout be reduced to 20min of actual working out…rather than listen to some random person chat. Just my own opinion =) I do however love the workouts, I am definitely sore!
IMG_0278After my workout it was time to get ready for Olivia’s first swimming lesson!! It was SO MUCH FUN! The first lesson was just getting the babies acquainted to the water, they all ranged between 3-6 months old. It was so cute to see the reactions on all their faces. They loved it!
IMG_0294We ran a few more errands since I had a contact fitting at 1pm in the same area. We grabbed lunch a Chioplte (salad with pinto beans, fajita vegetables, pico, corn salsa, and guac).
IMG_0297IMG_0299Then it was off to my eye appointment. I have worn glasses all my life (since 4 years old). In high school I wore contact and then I go Lasik when I was 19 and again when I was 20 (for a touch up). Unfortunately it didn’t last and I am finding my vision to be fading more and more everyday. The last 2 years I have been wearing glasses, but I finally decided to transition back to contacts. I had a fitting when I was pregnant, but apparently due to hormones (during pregnancy and breastfeeding) it can make your eyes a little funny…dryer, vision changes, etc… I was fitted with a different contact and so far so good! It was so nice working out and seeing things clearly (i.e. the clock, my reflection in the mirror)! Haha…what a difference! I am hoping they work ok at work, sitting at a computer for 10+ hours is the true test!

After our errands, the rest of our day wasn’t too exciting. Ate some snacks, string cheese, raw nut mix, carrot sticks & hummus…and another coffee :/ IMG_0312IMG_0310After stuffing my face, I started some chores and then we went out to eat with some friends. I didn’t take any pictures but I had a salad with grilled chicken and a few glasses of wine =)

Hope your having a great Valentine’s Day! Talk to ya tomorrow!

The Never-ending Chores

Hello everyone!

I was finally successful at taking pictures of my day yesterday!
We started off our morning by fueling and stretching.IMG_0077
Then we were off for a 3.5mi run around the neighborhood. Going uphill with a stroller and dog is no joke! It was so beautiful out, we had a stormy weekend, but yesterday was clear and sunny. IMG_0088IMG_0086After we returned, we stopped at McDonalds for a diet coke (I am addicted and they are only a $1.09. One day I’ll quit the fountain again) and headed home.IMG_0091(yes my diet coke deserves a picture)

I rounded off my morning workout with two rounds each of Sea Shells and Sit Ups’ Rumps & Stumps and Tums & Guns month challenge.

Monday’s are usually my day to finish up chores before I head into work on Tuesday. I finished up our laundry while dancing with Olivia and watching Nashville.

IMG_0158After that I took Olivia’s 6 month pictures (how is she already half a year?!?) and ate a quick lunch.
IMG_0160IMG_0131IMG_0154Lunch consisted of 1/2c Trader Joes lite chicken salad, a hard boiled egg, two hard boiled egg whites, a tablespoon of mayo and some celery. I also ate 1/4c of raw mixed nuts (not pictured).
IMG_0162After Olivia’s nap I went through a pile of swim suits (she starts swimming lessons this Friday). None of them fit!! She is pretty long, so a one piece is out of the question. I headed to Target and got the cutest swim suit! It will make its debut on Friday =).

I hope your Monday was great! The rest of my day included dinner, a 15min kickboxing and 20min Pilates workout from Daily Burn and bedtime. It is crazy how the day flys by with a baby!!

Working Out At Home

Hello! Hope everyone is off to a great start this morning!

Finding time and motivation to work out can be difficult. Throwing a baby into the mix can make it nearly impossible. Here are some tips and my go to workouts to keep things consistent and get/keep a toned lean body!

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•Schedule in a workout! I am lucky, Olivia sleeps through the night (has been since about 2.5 months old). She also naps long enough for me to squeeze in a workout.

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When she was waking up later (8am) I would wake up at 6:30am on days I was off and workout before she woke up. Now that she is waking up around 7am, I workout during her nap. Normally I can rely on at least a 45min nap, which is just long enough for me to fit in a great workout! I’m not always able to shower right away, but at least my workout is done! 😉 I am also lucky that I have a wonderful husband that understands my need for time to workout. On the weekends I will go to the gym in the morning and he will take care of Olivia while I am away. A typical week’s workouts will look like this:

-Sunday (off work): Gym-usually 30min elliptical, 30min hiit treadmill
-Monday (at home with Olivia): T25 and a Nike Training Club workout-LOVE both of these!
-Tuesday (at work): 30min elliptical, 30min some type of strength/stretch.
-Wednesday (at work): 30min elliptical, 30min some type of strength/stretch.
-Thursday (at work): 30min elliptical, 30min some type of strength/stretch.
-Friday (at home with Olivia): T25 and a Nike Training Club workout
-Saturday (off work): Gym-elliptical and Body Pump

I am lucky at work I get an hour lunch break (instead of 30min) if we workout. We have an elliptical and an area to do whatever else we want. Since there is no extra equipment and I don’t want to get too sweaty (no shower either) I take it easy for 30min on the elliptical while watching a show on my IPhone and then I do some other workout from a YouTube video, printouts, etc…

Workouts I live by:

•T25-Sean T is awesome. 25min workouts are perfect, I love this! I personally wouldn’t be interested in following the plan, I like to change my workouts too much, but this is perfect to get in cardio at home!

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•Nike Training Club-This app is great! I usually pick the 15min “Get Focused” and do it after a T-25. Some of my favorites include: Cardio Killer, Better Butt, Leaner Legs, Butt Buster, and Cardio Burst. They all require little to no equipment.

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•Jogging-We have a BOB stroller, I love it! This is a good option because I can take Lola on a run as well. Olivia loves being outside, so its a perfect option when we want to get out! I will usually go on a 45min jog around our neighborhood.

Daily Burn-I haven’t done any of these workouts yet (I plan to do my first today), but this is also another cheap option to do at home or on the go.

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•Internet-You can find all sorts of workouts by a quick Google search! PBFingers, Fitnessista, ToneItUp all offer workouts for the gym and at home!

Well there you have it! All of my go to workouts. Hopefully you can take some of my tips and implement your own schedule. My number one piece of advice, schedule your workouts by the week or month and it will make your workouts a no-brainer!

Happy sweating!

Hi!

Hello!!

Welcome to my blog! My name is Cassie and I am a 28 year old wife and mom. I am currently a recreation coordinator, studying to get my personal training certification through NASM. I decided to start this blog because I have been stocking the fabulous pbfingers, fitnessista, and sweettoothsweetlife for years and thought it was time to get in on the fun! Here are some fun facts about me =)
IMG_1999My husband Patrick and I have been married for a year and 7 months.
IMG_4652My baby Olivia is 5 1/2 months old and she is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Everyday I see a change. She has brought so much joy and love to our lives!
DSCF0855My first pup baby, Lola, is 3 years old. (I still get chocked up about the lack of attention she gets now that Olivia is here). She is a very active terrier mix that is obsessed with food.
IMG_2407I am a fitness enthusiast (as long as the fitness part is less than an hour long)!
SAM_0209My goals for this blog include to create a place to post about my daily activities with a focus on fitness and toning after baby! Goals do not include great photography, proper grammar, or to always make sense ;).

Thanks for stopping by!

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