Treat Yourself Tuesday 9

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If you are interested in hearing about how #treatyourselftuesday began check it out here. Becky is a firm supporter of treating ourselves even in the smallest ways. It can be with shopping, working out, sweet treats…. anything that is for you!

I can’t believe it is already tuesday! This weekend was filled with moving and cleaning out old apartment!

Advocare

Pink Lemonade Spark

Honestly it wouldn’t be a treat yourself tuesday without some Advocare love!! I tried this new to me flavor of spark and I am OBSESSED!!!!! If you like lemonade you would LOVE this!!! It tastes identical to regular old lemonade! NOM NOM #advocareobsession

I immediately ordered an canister for the pink lemonade flavor for myself and got my friend, Mellissa to order some also!!!! I can’t wait…. it is supposed to be delivered today!!

Boxing

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I treated myself with two intense workouts! The first was boxing. You all know my obsession LOVE for boxing! Al was our instructor last Thursday night and he was on a mission to make us sweat! Thank goodness…. my goal for that class was to burn more then 800 calories!

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Lulu Lemon Warehouse Sale

Back at the end of March I went to the Lulu Lemon Warehouse sale at the Minneapolis Convention center! OMG what a fun experience. They had great prices and for this first time lulu buyer I was in heaven! I now see what so many people spend the money for lulu…. their clothing quality is amazing! I got 3 pairs of capris, 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 short sleeve shirt, 2 tanks and a hoodie! I saved like 60% and it was amazing!!!

Yoga Sculpt

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Who says you don’t burn calories in yoga?? I have always LOVED Core Power Yoga but I really love Sculpt with Lee! She does an amazing job at pushing you to do your best and I love her music selections!! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet you really need to! She posts the most amazing recipes ever! And her food photography is amazing! I hope to be as good as her someday 🙂

Post Workout Wrap

Post Workout Wrap

After sculpt yesterday I was starving and wanted to throw something quick and easy together for lunch! I found tomato basil tortillas, turkey, cheese, pesto, greek yogurt french onion dip, jalapeños, banana peppers, artichokes, olives and kale! Put it all in the wrap and roll it up and it equals amazingness!!!! I love wraps and I’m always looking for new fun things to roll up!

Walk with a Friend!

Warm Weather

We finally had some warm weather last week so that meant a walk date with my blend Amanda!! It was so amazing to be outside enjoying the warmth! After my walk with Amanda I ended up going with my mom and the dogs zoey and maisy for another walk!

New Purse

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Oh how I LOVE target!!!! I went to target yesterday for a couple pillows and walked out with pillows and a new purse! I love the mint green obsession this spring! It is a great and happy color!

How did you treat yourself this past week?

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Don’t forget to take a moment today to remember what happened a year ago! #bostonstrong

Friday Favorites VII

I was looking back and I can’t believe it has been so long since my last Friday Favorites! This week I have lots a great favorites to share!

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According to Katie Friday Favorites is all about the little things that made you smile over the past week. And anything goes! Because we all know that it’s the little things in life that make it count, right?

 Summer Races

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So far I am signed up for 5 races this summer! They range from 5k to half marathon to relay run! I’m so excited for all of them.

Spring

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Although it doesn’t quite look like spring outside yet here in MN it is slowly getting there. It has been warm enough that I can just wear a sweatshirt so that is a start! Now can it please stop snowing!! I want to see the green grass and flowers!

Silly Maisy

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She is trying to send a message to daddy! He’s kind of ignoring her 🙂

Homemade Pizza

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I was at my Aunt and Uncles yesterday so we I decided to make Homemade Pizza!! I truly love Trader Joes whole wheat pizza dough and sauce! SO good!! It is a MUST try.

Bright Nails

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Since I was at my Aunt and Uncles yesterday I took advantage and had my Aunt paint my Toenails and Fingernails!! Love bright pink polish!!! I’m truly ready for spring!!

EnergyBits

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I know it has been a while since I’ve talked about EnergyBits on here! I still take these all the time and love them! They help me stay awake during my night shifts! They also give me tons of energy during workouts! Also since they are food and they are clean they are Advocare friendly which is a mega plus! Check them out and if you want to order enter the promo code alexrunsforfood for a 30% off discount!

Boxing

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I know I talk about boxing A LOT but I really do love it!!!!! Title is such an amazing full body workout!!!!! I’ve gone to a couple of Krystal’s classes this past week and she is INTENSE!!!! She is so funny. The other day she started class out by saying “Get your game face on, I mean business.” She wasn’t joking either!

Funny Quotes!

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bahahahaha SO true 🙂

First Time Guest Posting

I am so excited to announce that today is my first time guest posting!!!! Head over to Amanda’s blog to see my guest post on balanced eating. It includes 1 indulgent recipe and 1 healthy, clean recipe! Both recipes are my two best recipes that I get the MOST compliments on! Amanda’s Blog: Diary of a Semi-Health Nut! Check her out, she is a fellow Minnesotan!

What are some of your favorites from the past week or so?

Treat Yourself Tuesday 8

Time for a Treat Yourself Tuesday!!! #TYT I love sharing my little treats from the past week!

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If you are interested in hearing about how #treatyourselftuesday began check it out here. Becky is a firm supporter of treating ourselves even in the smallest ways. It can be with shopping, working out, sweet treats…. anything that is for you!

 Advocare

As you know I am now a distributor of Advocare and I love it so much!!! I treated myself by ordering a bunch of stuff!

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Fruit Punch Spark

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O2 Gold: Great for taking before radio workouts

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Nighttime Recovery: Great way to prevent those morning muscle aches!

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I am really loving my advocate products and so far I am having great results!!

Just so you guys know I will be starting another 24 Day Challenge on May 1st!!! I’d love to have some people do it with me! It is so much easier to do it with other people. You can read about my thoughts after my first Advocare Challenge here! If you have any questions about the challenge please email me at alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com.

Workout Gear

Have I mentioned how much I love Victoria Secrets workout gear?!?

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I got myself 3 new headbands!

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And 2 new sports bras!!

Boxing

I know I have shared my love of Title Boxing on here before but I just had to mention it again! Their classes are amazing and I love it so much!! I feel so amazing after and I know they are helping me with my weight loss journey!

Post Workout Protein Shake

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Oh how I LOVE post workout protein shakes!!! To be honest I love protein shakes any time of the day but they are always extra refreshing after a workout! So simple to make too!!!

For this shake I combined 1 scoop white chocolate designer whey protein powder, 2 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 frozen banana and about 8 ounces cold water. I blend it all up and ENJOY!!

Bacon Chase 5K

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I found out about this amazing 5K at work and had to sign up! Who wouldn’t want bacon and a bloody mary at the end of a 5K!!! I’m so excited for this race! It is on July 19th so if anyone is in the Twin Cities area you should sign up and run with me!!! Let me know if you sign up!!

These are a few of my fun treats from this past week!

How have you treated yourself recently?

Are you signed up for any fun runs this summer?

Weekend Happenings 3.16.14

Wow guys has it really been a whole week? I have been busy, lots of working. From tuesday to saturday I worked 50 hours! All of my shifts were night shifts so I feel like I sleep and work. Luckily I love my job so honestly it isn’t to bad.

I had thursday off of work so I took advantage and headed to Title for a boxing class! Seriously I am so glad that I was able to join title with my parents because it is such an amazing workout! The trainers are all so nice.

After boxing I went to The Olive Branch Oil & Spice Company for some Olive Oil and Balsamic.

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If you have never gone to a specialty oil store you really need to try it! You will never buy grocery store oil or balsamic again. The oil and balsamic are so good you could drink it right from the bottle! It is especially important to buy good olive oil if you are using it in a dressing, which won’t be cooked.

I also went to Trader Joes and got lots of yummy things! Honestly how can you not walk out of TJs with a bag full of goods.

I went to TJs on a mission to buy healthy items to put in a greek salad! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mediterranean food. I’m trying to eat healthy so I figured I’d buy some yummy items to put into a greek salad!

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How could that not be delicious!!!! If you are one of those weirdos (Just Kidding :)) who don’t like mushrooms just leave them off! I also added a couple croutons when it was time to eat my salad.

Instead of buying a greek salad dressing I looked up some inspiration to make my own greek salad dressing! SOOOO easy!!!

Easy Amazing Greek Salad Dressing

1/3 c Olive Oil

4 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp dried oregano

Pinch of salt and pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

Simply mix all the ingredients together and ENJOY! I store my dressing in a small mason jar in the fridge.

Honestly don’t waste your money on the bottled dressing from the store it is so simple to make your own and so much better for you!! No preservatives! YAY!! I hope to create some other homemade dressings to share with you.

Friday and Saturday I worked 12 hour night shifts. I do have to admit the night shifts are getting easier. Once you get a routine down it really isn’t to bad.

Sunday morning I got home around 7:30am and headed to bed for 3 hours. I woke up at 11am to get ready to head to a boxing class. Seriously love Title!! After working out I headed home to shower and watch an episode of Dexter on Netflix.

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Have you guys watched this show? If you like murder mystery serial killer type shows you will love this show! 🙂 I got hooked on this show at work and now I’m addicted!

Anyways…. after watching and episode Maisy and I headed to my parents place to hang out for the afternoon.

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Maisy’s first favorite spot in my parents house. By the back glass door where the vent blows on her.

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And her second favorite place is laying by the fireplace.

Scott and my dad went to the Auto Show for the dad so mom and I hung out on the couch and watched a couple chick flicks!

Once they got home we made a yummy dinner. We had grilled chicken and TBone steak, brown rice noodles with olive oil and parm, corn (for scott) and sautéed onions, mushrooms, jalapeño, habenero and garlic!! It really was an amazing dinner. Sorry I ate it so fast I forgot to snap a photo!

I have two days off of work and I’m so excited to workout, cook and relax…. and I guess I should do some homework also 🙂

How was your weekend?

Any new favorite shows you started watching?

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Weekend Update 2/10/14

Scott and I are back home…. BRRRRR I miss the warm weather, beach and ocean 🙂

My dad picked Scott and I up from the airport Friday evening. When we got home we met my parents at Bonfire for dinner. It was only my second time eating there and I don’t know why I don’t eat there more often! SOOOO GOOD!!!

Saturday I met my mom at Title Boxing Club in Woodbury for a boxing class. For Christmas my mom gave me a groupon for 1 month of unlimited classes. Oh man what an amazing workout!!!! The instructors nickname was AKA = Ass Kicking Al!

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Saturday evening Scott and I headed to Mark and Sarah’s to see their new place and cook dinner. I made my famously delicious Pasta alla Vodka Sauce.

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Look how cute Mark and Sarah’s puppy is!!!!

We planned on only have a couple classes of wine but that turned into a bottle and a half and a shot. So we ended up staying overnight.

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I was supposed to start my Advocare 24 Day Challenge Sunday but since I didn’t have my Advocare stuff with me I ended up waiting to start Advocare until Monday.

Sunday morning since I wasn’t starting advocare until Monday we headed to breakfast!!

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OMG I had an AMAZING omelet!!!! It’s called the Northern Omelet filled with cream cheese, onion, ham and wild rice! So good!!!!

Sunday after lounging on the couch and grocery shopping Scott and I headed to my parents place to make dinner. I made dinner, of course 🙂

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Citrus roasted chicken! I marinaded it with fresh lime, orange and lemon juice.

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Roasted brussel sprouts, potatoes and carrots! You know how I love my roasted carrots!!

After dinner we watched some Olympics! Go USA 🙂

Today I started my Advocare 24 Day Challenge! So far it is going great. I’m to shy to post my starting photos but maybe if I see a big difference between my starting photos and my finishing photos I will post them at the end!!

The best thing about Advocare is you eat normal food. The key is clean eating. The only thing you cut out is dairy.

For breakfast I had 2 eggs, 1 piece of whole wheat toast and sliced strawberries.

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For lunch I had 1 roasted chicken breast, roasted potatoes and green beans.

Before making dinner I headed to Title for my second boxing class! It was super intense and sweaty and wonderful 🙂

Dinner was definitely a win!

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I made Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps! Oh man were these amazing! I highly recommend them, they were super easy to make which is always a plus! The combo of chicken, cilantro, carrots, pineapple and peanut sauce was awesome.

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The rest of my night will be spent doing homework for my 1 class. I currently have an Associate degree so I am going right back into school again to get my 4 year degree!

How was your weekend?