My Favorite Workouts Giveaway

When it comes to my exercise routine, it’s no secret that I like to switch things up. If I were to stick with the same routine, week after week, I’d be absolutely bored out of my mind. Wouldn’t you?

So between the cardio & the occasional BodyPump classes at the gym, I also have another tried and true resource which is very near and dear to my heart:

Exercise TV:-D

Over the past few months, I’ve tested out some fantastic workouts that have really kicked my boo-tay! 😯 Whether it’s intense cardio, hardcore strength training, or relaxing yoga, they’ve got everything I need.

So as I’ve come to test out quite a few of these workouts, it’s safe to say that I’ve developed a few favorites. And wouldn’t you know…it looks like Christmas came a little early for me! :mrgreen:

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A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the nice folks at Exercise TV, wondering if I’d be interested in doing a review of a couple of their full workout videos. They saw how much I’ve been loving some of the On Demand programs, and thought I might enjoy reviewing the whole video…

I seriously think they read my mind; I’ve been dying to try the full Yoga Meltdown video from Jillian Michael’s!!!

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As soon as I got home yesterday afternoon, I immediately popped Jillian into my DVD player to test out the new goods. I realized that the video I’ve been doing on Demand has been the Level 1, which focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences to burn more calories. It’s given me a great workout every time so far, but I wanted more, so I stepped it up to Level 2.

Level 2 incorporates a lot more twists and balance poses, some of which I found pretty difficult. Hello, crazy crow pose?!? 😯

After trying both Levels 1 & 2, I think it’s safe to say I like them both equally, and will probably switch back and forth between the two. They both definitely rock!

Alright, so here’s the deal…

You guys know I love you all for being the fantastic readers that you are, right? 🙂 Well, ‘tis the season of giving…and because I love you all so much, I think it’s only fitting to share my favorites with all of you!!

It’s the My Favorite Workouts Giveaway!!!

Exercise TV has generously offered to giveaway one of each of my three favorite workouts:

Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown

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10 Pound Slimdown

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Incredible Abs

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Are you guys excited or what?!?! :mrgreen:

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER…

You have four chances to enter this fantastic giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me which DVD you’d most like to try and why.
  2. Become a fan of Exercise TV on Facebook by clicking here and let me know that you did.
  3. Become a fan of Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on Facebook by clicking HERE (or leave a comment telling me you already are). 😉
  4. Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter (leave a comment letting me know)

I will announce the three lucky winners tomorrow morning, Friday, December 24th.

Talk about a nice early Christmas present for yourself, right?? 😉

GOOD LUCK and thanks again to all of you for being such rock star readers!

How I Beat Boredom On The Treadmill

Thanks to some tummy troubles, my appetite has been a little off today. 😳 I’m pretty sure I probably have my super-duper sugar intake as of late, plus the joys of being a lady to thank for today’s discomfort. Ahh well…life goes on!

I started things off with a little cereal combo: Quaker Oatmeal Squares + Fantastically Festive me & goji mix + skim milk.

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Along with my cereal & mug-o-joe, I also brought a perfectly ripe banana, which I snacked on mid-morning.

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By the time lunch rolled around, I really didn’t have too much of an appetite, yet I could feel my stomach grumbling…does anyone else ever get that feeling? It’s a weird one!

An always delicious pineapple flavored Chobani, topped with some Kashi Heart to Heart + granola

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Carrot sticks, red peppers, & grape tomatoes…all of which are on their last leg. 😯

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And an also-sad-looking pear which, despite it’s rather “homely” appearance, tasted quite fantastic.

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By the time I got home from work, all I really wanted to do was curl up on the couch in a ball while watching TV. However, something was telling me that I should really try to get moving. I weighed the pros and cons of skipping the workout, and of course, the cons totally outweighed the pros…it was a simple case of me just being lazy. 🙄

So I threw on the workout clothes, grabbed my iPod, and hopped onto the treadmill. I wasn’t feelin’ any HIIT workouts today, so I decided to just go for a steady, 3-mile run.

Now, steady for me is never one set speed. No matter what, I just cannot run at one speed. Even if it’s just a matter of varying the speeds from 6.0 – 7.5, I still have to do it. Here’s an example, which is what I did today:

Minutes Speed (mph)
0-3 4.0
3-5 6.0
5-7 7.0
7-9 6.5
9-11 7.5
11-13 6.0
13-15 7.0
15-17 6.5
17-19 7.5
19-21 6.0
21-23 7.0
23-25 6.5
25-27 7.5
27-28 6.5
28-32 4.0

By alternating my speeds every 2 minutes, it gives me mini goals of something to work towards. For me, it makes the time go by much quicker! Maybe it will do the same for you?!? 🙂

I was definitely glad that I got up and moving, because it helped a little with the tummy troubles and eventually got my appetite nice and ready for dinner. On the menu tonight?

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Turkey & Cheese Panini!

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I first coated the bread slices with some Eggplant Garlic Spread, and then topped it off with deli turkey and some fontina cheese that I picked up at the grocery store this weekend.

I’d never bought fontina cheese before, but I can certainly say this will not be the last time! Fontina is absolutely perfect for melting on panini sandwiches…just look at that oozing cheese! 😛

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A little added veggie bulk…

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‘Twas delicious! 😀

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I’m feeling I may need a little lovin’ from a special man later this evening…

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His name is Gingerbread. 😉

Question for the Evening:

How do you usually vary your treadmill runs/walks? Do you stay at one pace, or do you like to vary your speed?

Cookie Comas & Breakfast Dates

YAY for Sunday morning breakfast dates!! 😀

Before heading out though, a workout was in order; after last night’s indulgent snacks & massive cookie consumption, I woke up feeling rather sluggish. Ooof. 😳 I still have to go through all my photos from last night’s festivities, but I promise I will have a recap for you all later this afternoon. Here’s just a little sneak peek at what was right at my finger tips all night long…

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Yes. It was incredible.

Thanks to the cookie-coma from what you see above, I ended up sleeping a bit later and missed my morning BodyPump class (BOO). So instead, I did a nice little hodge-podge of workouts from Exercise on Demand:

I felt a thousand times better afterward! And that Incredible Abs 5 video? That is no joke! 😯

So finally, we headed out to a local place that we had recently heard great reviews of, “The Eatery” at Carol’s Place.

I knew immediately I was in for a treat when the waitress told us their flavored coffee of the day:

Caramel Apple(!!!)

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It was pretty darn delicious! 😛

And then to make things even more amazing, we were presented with a plate of homemade cinnamon apple bread to snack on.

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Oh.My.God.Amazing!

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For breakfast, I ordered “The Skinny” omelet: spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, & onions (no cheese, & substituted Egg Beaters)

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The omelet also came with home fries,

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and a side of toast. I was really feelin’ the rye today…must have something to do with the rye bread dip that I made yesterday?? 😉

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Quite a plate of food there, right? I was able to finish about 2/3 of the omelet, all of my toast, and maybe 1/4 of the home fries before throwing in the towel. I was pleasantly stuffed.

And thanks to our Entertainment Book coupon, our entire breakfast for the two of us only cost $11.28. Score! 😀

We followed up breakfast with a little more Christmas shopping and a trip to the grocery store. I’ll tell ya, grocery shopping is pretty easy when you can’t cook! 😉

Now I’ve got a little gift wrapping and photo editing to take care of while listening to some Christmas tunes. 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great Sunday!

Ready To Swap Some Cookies!

I’ve been tackling a “To-Do” list a mile long since about 8am this morning! 😯

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I started out with a sweaty, 4-mile run on the treadmill. It felt fabulous!

Then I took care of a little cleaning around the house, which included our mini “makeshift kitchen” corner in the living room:

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As of yesterday afternoon, I am officially without a stove. Hello, microwave. 😉

After cleaning, a trip to the Farmers Market was in order for some fresh baked bread,

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so I could make this fantastic rye bread dip.

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While I was out, I had to pick up a little caffeine to keep me going. 🙂

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Now I’m working on getting ready to head to Heather’s house for a cookie swap! I’m so excited…I LOVE cookie swaps!

Part of going to the swap means bringing not only the cookies, but also the recipe…so I broke out my trusty laminator (one of my fun “teacher toys”)

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And got to work on my festive recipe cards!

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Now I think I’m ready to pack up these bad boys and get ready to party with some of my favorite blogger gals. 😀

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I can’t wait to see what goodies I get to come home with later!! 😀

Question for the Afternoon:

Have you ever attended a cookie swap before??

Rockin’ Out & Wrapping Gifts

Wow, it’s been a while since I gave you guys a full recap on the day’s eats, hasn’t it? Boy oh boy, where does the time go??? 😯

Alright, well let’s get this post started!

First up: today’s yumm-o breakfast; nothin’ new, but certainly a favorite of mine!

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I combined a container of vanilla Chobani with 1/2 a sliced banana + about 1/2 cup blueberries + a sprinkling of cinnamon.

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It’s another case of “hairy berries!” 😉

Once I got to work, I mixed everything all together with some Kashi Heart to Heart cereal + a little granola.

I ❤ yogurt messes. 😀

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Today’s coffee had to be enjoyed out of a regular mug, which I must say, I REALLY enjoyed! I don’t know, call me crazy, but it just felt so much “cozier” to enjoy my coffee at work out of a regular mug, rather than my travel mug?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering…coffee was enjoyed out of the travel mug because I happened to drive away yesterday morning with the full coffee mug still on the roof. 🙄 Needless to say, I think it may be busted. 😳

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Lunch

I was totally rushing to leave the house for work today, but this spectacular reason was sooooo worth it:

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I’ve really been lacking in the veggie department, and actually woke up craving a nice fresh veggie salad for lunch today. So I mixed up anything I could find in our veggie drawer: romaine, grape tomatoes, carrots, pickles, red peppers, and corn.

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I drizzled my salad with a little salad crack Newman’s Own Light Balsamic.

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On the side, I had a HUGE, juicy pear,

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and a little later, finished off the rest of my Popcorn Indiana Chip’Ins. Definitely gonna need to go get more of these babies…they’re fantastic!!

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Workout

My original plan for today was to hit up the gym after work for a little BodyPump, but after analyzing my “To-Do” list, I realized I’d be better off to just head home and do a workout there. Thanks to my trusty Exercise on Demand, I sweated it out (sorta) with a little Yoga Meltdown with my gal pal Jillian. 😉 No idea why, but today’s workout seemed super intense?!? It’s ok…I love feelin’ the burrrrrrn. 😉

Dinner

A random mix of sorts, but I was on my own so I just went with the first thing that came to mind: chicken sausage!

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Since we don’t have any rolls conducive to chicken sausages, I decided to slice up my link and place it on a whole Arnold’s Sandwich Thin.

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I then topped the other half with a slice of provolone cheese, plopped ‘em back on the stove top, and let ‘em get toasty and melty. Yummmm. 😛

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On the side, I roasted up some zucchinis with a little non-stick cooking spray, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, & oregano. They were actually a tid-bit spicy. 😯

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Now I’m in the process of doing up some laundry, rockin’ out to Christmas tunes on Pandora, and wrapping up some Christmas presents. I’ve got a Blogger Holiday Gift Exchange gift to send out tomorrow……

Maybe it’s YOURS! 😉

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I just love the holiday season!!

Question for the Evening:

Do you enjoy wrapping presents or do you find it tedious?

I love it! I just crank up the Christmas tunes, set out all my supplies, and get to work. 🙂

Baby, It’s COLD In Here…Where’s Our Door?

Well I’ll tell ya…it’s certainly a little more than surprising to come home after a long day of work + a killer BodyPump class to find your house looking like this:

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WOAH! 😯

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Yes, our house really is wide open right now as the wind blows, and flurries fall, and the temp is hovering around 22 degrees. I don’t know how these guys do it, but either way, I’m so incredibly thankful that they do! Our friends Erik & Josh were kind enough to take the time out of their super busy schedules to come and help us out. I really can’t thank them enough…it is an absolutely enormous help. Thanks, guys! 😀

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So to say there’s a little “nip in the air” in the house right now would really be an understatement. It’s downright frigid. 😯

But hey, I’m not complaining!

How can I? The door replacement will be done tonight and that just means we’re one step closer to getting this kitchen finished!! We’ll just say I’m nicely bundled up right now as Cody and I sit here closed off in our office to try to stay warm. 🙂

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Aaaand, we even have an almost-full (but not yet finished) ceiling now. Can I get a WOOT WOOT?!?!

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So as I sit here bundled up in my office, listening to the hammers and nail guns, and incessantly wiping my cold, runny nose, I can’t help but be thankful for the microwave which is also keeping me company. It worked out quite well for re-heating today’s lunch leftovers for dinner. 🙂

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A couple of us decided to order out for lunch today at work since it was a “No Students” day. This meant we actually had a full hour to eat (<—insert angels singing “Ahhhhhhh” here) – I almost didn’t know what to do with my extra 45 minutes?!?

I ordered the Pasta Fagioli lunch special, which was undoubtedly the best pasta fagioli I’ve ever had. Plus it came with garlic bread. It was heaven…for only $6.75. 😉

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Even better yet, I’ve STILL got leftovers!

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Saweeeeeet. 😛

Now, since I’m already stuck here in the office, I think it’s time to do a little online Christmas shopping before Modern Family starts tonight!

Question for the Evening:

What’s worse for you: Extremely Hot or Extremely Cold??

Pump, Party, Pumpkin, and…Soggy Nachos?

Today was finally the day

I made it to BodyPump!! Almost 5 weeks now since I had last attended and I must say…

I am going to be SORE tomorrow. 😯

But it’s ok…I just loooove that “I got an incredible workout so I don’t care if my whole body aches” soreness. 😉

I was glad that I was able to make the class, since I wasn’t sure how late our Christmas party was going to be last night. Luckily, we didn’t stay too late, but we sure did have a good time hanging out with my parents, my brother and Meg.

There was a little silliness happenin’…

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Plus a little bit of this…

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And a whole lotta this…

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‘Tis the Season! 😉

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So this morning after BodyPump, I was more than ready to come home to some FOOD; the last 15 minutes of class, my tummy started grumblin’ and all I could think about was what I wanted to eat. I dug right in…

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A plain Chobani + pumpkin puree + pumpkin butter + raisins + cinnamon + 1/4 crumbled oat bran muffin. Soooo good!

On the side, I had a slice of some homemade chocolate chip sweet potato bread (!!!) that my mom gave me on Friday. This stuff is amazeballs. 😛

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A mug of lamp-lit coffee was also enjoyed,

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next to the “Christmas Tree.” 😉

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Our afternoon consisted of a few different odds & ends, including some family photos, a little Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, kitchen consulting, and a little baking…

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I can’t WAIT to sink my teeth into these babies! I’ll be sharing with you guys this week. 😉

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By the time we knew it, it was 4:30 and we were definitely in need of some food! I cut up some celery + hommus, and whipped ourselves up a nice, big ‘ol plate of NACHOS:

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I simply layered up some tortilla chips + a can of 99% fat free chili with beans + salsa + Mexican shredded cheese and popped ‘em under the broiler to get nice and toasty. Unfortunately, toasty doesn’t mean crispy – they got incredibly soggy in the middle. 😳 Does anyone know how to make non-soggy nachos???

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Obviously, the soggy nachos had major impact on our ability to polish off the whole plate. 😉

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Now Jay and I are set to relax on the couch with a movie. We rented “Toy Story 3” which I’ve been wanting to see for a while now, so I’m pretty psyched! We’re actually “celebrating” today – it was exactly 11 years ago today that Jay and I first started dating as teenagers! WOW how time flies, right???

Well, hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!

Question for the Evening:

So really, how DO I make nachos that aren’t soggy??? 😉