Lil’ Champ + Erin Condren Giveaway Winner

Hey guys! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!  Ours was very good, but first things first.  We have a winner for the Erin Condren $25 gift card.  Lucky #6:

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Which is CLopez84, who says: I make lists per day and cross them off as I do them, I also sometimes add them to my inotes. Also, I do grocery shopping with preset recipes in my mind so I can meal prep and no food goes to waste.

Congrats! And please send me your information at healthytidbitsblog@gmail.com.

Our weekend was a good one.  Went to Barre Bee Fit and tried out a new class: barre-dio interval.  What a workout!

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I’ve now tried all three classes that the Milwaukee studio offers (barre bee, Interval Barre, and Barre-dio Interval) and I can’t really decided which one is my favorite. I’ve loved them all and have yet to take a “bad” class here.  The instructors have been wonderful and the workouts have been extremely effective.  I leave class with weak muscles and a “good sore”.  Next week I’m scheduled for my first back to back class: Barre-dio interval followed by barre…I hope that I don’t die!

Besides working out, we celebrated my BFF’s daughter’s first birthday and took Madelyn to see Santa and to get some baby bling:

babyblingShe was a champ for both!  No tears for Santa (more like, “who is this man??”) and very little tears for her ears.  The key to that was having a cookie on hand to give her.  She maybe cried for 10 seconds.  I wasn’t too worried since she handles shots like a champ.  High pain tolerance like her mama :-) I have been debating for a very long time whether or not to pierce her ears as a baby or wait until she’s old enough to decided.  Her ears were just so cute the way they were, I didn’t want to “damage” them.  Now that I finally bit the bullet and just went with it, I’m glad that I did.  She looks adorable in her little studs.

Here’s what’s on the menu & workout schedule for this week:

Monday: Barre + treadmill workout.  This Turkey Chili

Tuesday: Weights at the gym/Salmon with sweet potatoes & kale

Wednesday: Treadmill run + Barre.  Leftover Chicken Noodle soup.

Thursday: 1.5 mile run timed (PT test prep!) Dinner is tentative. Going to a Gluten-free cookie exchange.

Friday: Rest Day. Eat out/Dine in :-)

What’s on the menu for you this week? Any fun work outs or cookie exchanges?

A Working Mom’s BFF

Hey guys! How’s your week going so far? Last night, I bundled myself up and headed to Barre Bee Fit’s Barre Interval class. My cousin met me there and we had our butts
handed to us. This class had two cardio intervals sandwiched between a strength segment.

I almost died…but in a good way. I love being put through the ringer when it comes to a HIIT workout. Proof of a tough cardio session:

BBF burnSo tonight, for dinner, the chefs of Whole Foods in Milwaukee prepared our meal for us. While I was bopping around WF’s on Sunday after drill, I came across a life-changing dish.  A pre-prepared slow cooker meal for 4.  They had an assortment to choose from.  I ended up going with the Verde Stew.

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Verdict?  Not too bad.  It wasn’t out of this world, but it was good.  I felt like it was missing something but I couldn’t pinpoint what.  Everyone in our house ate it so I consider it a win.  I think if I go this route next time, I will try another variety.  I love my crockpot and plan on using it more now that it’s freezing cold here.  I have another crockpot meal planned for later this week.  I can’t begin to tell you how nice it is to have dinner all ready to eat after you’ve worked a 10 hour day.  I’m gone about 12 hours and when I come home I like to spend as much time with Madelyn as I can, so I don’t like to cook too many “Involved” meals during the week.  We like to keep things simple over here :-)

I’m off to work on a Pinterest IRL project!  Don’t forget to enter the Erin Condren $25 giftcard giveaway!  It ends this Friday!     

Getting Organized + Erin Condren Giveaway!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  I went to the Grand Opening of Barre Bee Fit Milwaukee, had a double date night to celebrate a friend’s birthday and then it was off to drill.  On Sunday, we got hit with some snow.  It wasn’t too bad but the roads were AWFUL.  I debated on whether to wait to do my grocery shopping until today, but I took my chances and went last night.  It was nice because the stores were dead and I was childless :-)  Continue reading

#Kindawesome {Giveaway}

Happy Friday my friends!  And also…HAPPY CHICAGO MARATHON WEEKEND!  The weekend I’ve been waiting, training, and planning for is finally here.  I feel like a little kid at Christmas :-)  To kick off this fun filled weekend, I treated myself to an AWESOME Vinyasa flow yoga class in at Invivo this morning.  This is my second time taking a class here (the first one was a prenatal yoga class) and I loved it.  It was my first ever yoga class taught by a male, and Zach did a fantastic job.  It was probably one of the best yoga classes I’ve ever taken.  It’s always nice to give your body a little TLC and a much needed stretch session, especially after 18 weeks of training.  My legs and hips feel ready for Sunday!

invivoWhen my friends over at KIND Snacks got word that I was running the Chicago Marathon, they kindly {cheesy pun intended} offered to send me a box of 12 KIND bars to try.  I am already a big fan of KIND bars, I usually stock up when I go to Trader Joe’s, but I was thrilled when Erin sent me 5 “new to me” flavors to try.

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  • Almond Walnut Macadamia w/ peanuts- 10g protein, 2.5g fiber, 7g sugar.
  • Dark Chocolate Chili Almond- 6g protein, 7g fiber, 5g sugar.
  • Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt- 6g protein, 7g fiber, 5g sugar.
  • Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt- 6g protein, 5g fiber, 5g sugar.
  • Cashew & Ginger Spice-6g protein,  5g fiber, 4g sugar.

What I love most about KIND bars is that they’re a tasty snack that I can just grab & throw in my purse and they’re one of the few bars out there that are actually good for you and that isn’t loaded with “junk”.  All of their bars are all-natural/GMO free, are low in sugar, low in sodium and are gluten-free.  Their philosophy is, “if you can’t pronounce it, it shouldn’t go into your body.”  It took me a few days to sample each bar, but I managed :-)

While I thought that all the bars that KIND sent me were very good, I’d have to say that the Dark Chocolate Chili Almond was probably one of my favorites.

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This was the one I was actually the most skeptical about because it contains dark chocolate and I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate.  But there was something about the ingredient combination that made it taste so good.  I do love the sea salt and chocolate combination & I felt that the sea salt balanced out the spiciness of the chili seasoning.  When I first bit into the bar, it took awhile to taste the chili pepper, but it was there.  Not overpowering, just very mild.  I’m going to keep an eye out for this one at the grocery store for sure.

Another favorite of mine was the cashew ginger.  I love cashews and I LOVE ginger.  KIND did a great job of balancing out the ginger taste with a little bit of sweetness.  Although ginger is a favorite ingredient of mine, it can be a little overpowering.

cashewgingerNow it’s your turn to sample!  KIND will send ONE lucky winner a variety of 12 bars.

Here’s how to enter.  Each way can only be done ONCE with each person having 3 chances to win.  The giveaway is only open to US & Canadian residents.  NO purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.   

  1. Leave a comment below telling me about something awesome you did recently relating to fitness/health.
  2. Send a tweet with the hashtag #kindawesome about an awesome running experience. Make sure to tag me in the tweet @healthybitsblog so that I can track it and leave a comment telling me you did so.
  3. “Like” me on Facebook for up to date posts, healthy tidbits and future contests and come back to the comments section telling you that you did.

The contest ends on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 at 11:59pm CST.  Winner will be picked at random and announced sometime Friday evening!  Good luck to everyone! I’m off to pack and get ready to #OWNCHICAGO!

*The giveaway in this blog was provided by KIND Snacks.  All opinions are my own.

The Perfect Weekend + Bar Method DVD winner

We have a winner!  To choose the lucky person, I used random.org and came up with lucky #2! 

 

 

 

The winner of the Bar Method DVD giveaway was KM, another fellow prego, who also uses Bar Method as a way to mentally prepare for labor contractions :-) KM, e-mail me at healthytidbitsblog@gmail.com with your shipping info so that I can get you that DVD as soon as possible.

Yesterday, I started my day off in the most relaxing way possible: A day at the spa with my mama.  Back in May, I came across a Groupon for a spa package right in time for Mother’s Day.  It included a 3o minute facial, 30 minute massage, and a pedicure.  I bought one for my mom since the spa is right down the street from her house and then hubs turned around and bought one for me, so I got to enjoy the spa day along side my mom.  When I went on their website to look up what types of massages they offered, there was nothing about prenatal massages, so I was going to trade in my massage for either an hour long facial or manicure.  But when I called and asked if they offered prenatal massages I was happy to hear that they did.  It was the most amazing thing my pregnant body has experienced so far.  For starters, I got to LAY ON MY STOMACH!!! They had the bed with the belly cut out and it was awesome.  I wanted to take it home with me.  Since the massage was only a 1/2 hour, I had her focus more on my lower back.  I walked out of there feeling like I had a brand new body.  I will say that I’m a little disappointed that I discovered them so late in the game.  I have my 37 week appointment tomorrow and I’m going to see what my doctor has to say, but hopefully I can sneak one more in before delivery day.

After our morning at the spa, we headed next door and enjoyed a yummy breakfast.  I had a feta and spinach omelet with potatoes.

After breakfast, I came home and cleaned (not so relaxing) and worked on a little DIY project I have going on right now for the baby’s room.  Cleaning on Saturday evenings is not the norm around here, but we have plans to go to Chicago today and Wisconsin State Fair tomorrow, so Saturday cleaning it was.

Even though I was pretty tired from my cleaning session, I managed to still cook us up something for dinner.  I didn’t want to go out because I feel like we’ve been eating like total crap this week, so I baked some salmon (seasoned with olive oil, agave, rosemary and basil) with a side of steamed beets, kale and goat cheese.  It was the quickest, easiest and healthiest meal I’ve made in a while. Not to mention, tasty :-)

 

We’re off to play tourist in the Windy City :-) I’m so excited to be going back for the day! We don’t really have a set agenda, just walking around and seeing where the day takes us.

Where’s your favorite place to day trip?

 

36 Weeks:Getting Ready for D-Day

This pregnancy is coming to an end, I can physically feel it. Walking and getting around is becoming more challenging. I also feel like the baby may have dropped a little bit. I feel movement near my ribs as well as in my pelvic (hip) area. I have about a week until the baby’s considered full-term and 4 more weeks until my due date.

When I started reading all the baby books, they told me to make a list of things I wanted to get done before the baby came. The only thing at the top of my list was to finish start our wedding album. I knew that if it didn’t get done before Baby C arrived, that it would probably never happen. We would be much too busy being those crazy paparazzi parents, taking pictures of our child’s every living moment. In true procrastination fashion, I finished it this weekend :-) Nothing like waiting until the last minute. I used MyPublisher to put the album together and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Another big thing that we’ve done recently was installing the carseat and bases. We returned one of our 3 pack n plays and exchanged it for an extra base for LC’s car. If everything goes as planned, we will be taking my car to the hospital so the carseat’s in there now, ready go.

Something I’ve been putting together slowly but surely is my hospital bag. I really have no idea on what to bring with me. I know that at some point I will want to wear my own clothes. Right now I have the basics:

  • 2 night gowns
  • 2 nursing tanks & bras
  • a pair of undies (I plan on wearing the hospital ones while I’m there)
  • Camcorder w/extra batteries/Camera laptop
  • Bringing baby home outfit for the babes as well as some onsies and a swaddler
  • Lanolin and nursing pads
  • snacks
  • shower shoes
  • basic toiletries/makeup
  • comfy shorts
  • a light zip up sweater. I go & forth on whether or not I really need this b/c I get to control the temperature in my room

Moms out there…Anything else you can suggest that I might be missing?

This week Baby’s 36 weeks and is as big as a crenshaw melon. Baby weighs about 6 pounds (I feel like it’s more) and is about 18.5 inches long. Baby’s busy putting on weight (about an ounce a day!) Baby C will officially be full-term this Thursday, the day my doctor returns from vacation!

For the past two weeks, I’ve had some pretty uncomfortable contractions. Nothing regular or too serious, so my doctor wasn’t concerned at all. At my last appointment this past Friday, she was pretty confident that I’d still be pregnant by the time she got back from vacation. Fingers crossed. She also suggested that I have a birth plan. Not so much on how I want my birth to go, but more so preferences that I have while in L&D. Some things to note: asking me to rate my pain on a scale from 1-10 (she suggested I do without this; contractions hurt. period.), when we want the cord to be cut, if it’s a boy whether or not he will be circumcised, whether or not we want to wait for the eye ointment until after we’ve had time to bond with the baby etc.

Other than the uncomfortable Braxton Hicks contractions and the interrupted sleep at night, I’m feeling pretty good. We got our glider this weekend, so baby’s nursery is almost done! I’m just finishing up some last minute DIY projects :-) Onto week 37!! We’re ready for you Baby :-)

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a free Bar Method DVD! Giveaway ends Thursday August 2nd at 11:59pm CST. Good luck!

Take me to the Bar {A Giveaway!}

I was first introduced to Bar Method by a co-worker of mine in Chicago.  I was looking for ways to change up my workout routine and get toned up for my wedding.  As tough as the first class was (even with 2 & 3 lb weights), I soon became addicted to this workout.  I quickly dropped my monthly gym membership and traded it in for a monthly Bar Method membership.  When I wanted a little bit of cardio, I either ran outside or hopped on the elliptical in our apartment gym.

After a few short weeks of going to class about 4 times a week, I began to notice changes in my body that no other workout has ever been able to give me.  My jeans fit better and my arms were quickly toning up.  In four months of going to class consistently, I dropped 10 pounds and lost a little over 6 inches from my body.  The biggest change came in my legs where I lost 2.25 inches from thighs.

Besides losing weight and inches, going to Bar Method also helped with the patella femoral syndrome that I had suffered from in my left knee.  All the core work and thigh work helped strengthen the muscles in my legs and hips and soon I was able to run pain free.

When I found out I was pregnant in December, I was determined to keep up with it as much as I could.  But after my first class of fighting through morning sickness, I decided to take a break from classes until I was feeling better and stick to the prenatal DVD at home.

The DVD did a great job of modifying the class.  Everything’s pretty much the same except they take out pushups {which I’ve continued to do up until the third trimester}, the abs portion involves propping yourself up with pillows, and the last bit of seat workout is done either standing or kneeling instead of lying down on your back.  Doing the pregnancy DVD on a regular basis has definitely helped with the lower back pain that I started to feel later on in pregnancy.  After a week of doing the workout just 3 times, my lower back & hip pain was completely gone and I started sleeping better (until the bathroom thing became an issue).  It’s also helped keep my arms and legs toned as my middle section continues to grow :-) And I’m hoping that all the core work will help with a quickly and easy delivery.  Not only has this workout helped me stay in shape through my pregnancy, but holding static movements and “staying in it” has helped me mentally prepare for dealing with contractions.  When you’re doing the thigh portion of the DVD, your legs shake uncontrollably and it takes everything in my willpower to not just stop and stretch them out.  I feel like if I can get through that, it will help make dealing with contractions a little easier (mentally at least).

Unfortunately, there are no Bar Method studios in the Milwaukee area.  There’s not even a barre style workout anywhere close, so I’ve become reliant on the DVDs.  They are all really challenging and comparable to taking an actual studio class.  But I do miss the personal style training that the teachers give you and the motivation that you get from going to the studio.  The teachers give you a lot of one on one attention to make sure that you’re doing the movements correctly and that you get the most out of your workout.  I miss the studio so much that a few weeks ago, I had debated on driving to Highland Park, IL to take a class.  Instead I stuck to the DVD.

What is The Bar Method? 

It integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body. (source)

Want a chance to try this workout?  Visit the Bar Method website DVD section *Here* and find a DVD that interests you.  Then, leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to tone up and what DVD you’d like to try out.

Giveaway closes on Thursday, August 2nd at 11:59pm CST.  The winner will be announced Saturday morning.

Good luck!!!!

*Please note that The Bar Method in no way sponsored this post.  All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own :-)