Giveaway Winner, Weekend Recap & Fun Interval Workout

30 Apr

Whew, that was a long post title!

I’m going to get right to the winner of the Trader Joe’s / Target gift card, bars and makeup giveaway winner. 


Congrats to Jenny!  Please email me at so I can get your package in the mail and let me know which gift card you prefer.  Smile



Friday-  This weekend seemed really long which was nice.  On Friday, we made salmon, brown rice and asparagus for dinner and relaxed at home while watching My Week with Marilyn.  I liked the movie better than Keith, but we both thought it was pretty slow.  I did like seeing Michelle Williams playing Norma Jean the real Marilyn.  I never knew a lot about Marilyn Monroe’s personality other than overtly sexy, so it was fun to see another side to her.  I also thought Michelle did an excellent job and now see why she was nominated for so many awards for portraying Marilyn Monroe. 

Saturday-  On Saturday, we headed to the gym bright and early, followed by getting things done around the house.  We went to Bin 239 and both had Thai chicken salads for lunch.  We went to this particular restaurant to sit on their patio, but it was closed.  We were pretty bummed out.  When we asked to sit on the patio, the owner looked at us strangely and said, “it’s a mess out there, you know it just snowed two weeks ago.”  Ugh, yeah, two whole weeks ago and we hardly got any snow, you’d think it would be cleaned up by now.  But whatever.  Saturday night was spent grilling burgers and just hanging out with the baby!

Sunday-  Sunday morning the baby had us up wide awake by 5am, so we headed to Starbucks to enjoy skinny vanilla lattes, yum-o!  Afterwards, I headed into the gym alone while Keith watched the baby and worked out from home.  Once home we took the dog for a walk and got ready to head out for lunch.  We went to El Gato Azul, a tapas bar.  We ordered three tapas (hummus, fried avocado and crab quesadillas) but ended up having to cut lunch short and the baby started crying and wasn’t feeling being out and about.  Keith and I had been there once before a long time ago, but hadn’t been back since and I’m not sure why.  They have an awesome patio and a really fun vibe.  I’m sure we’ll attempt to go back this next weekend as there were tons of fun tapas we want to try!

The rest of Sunday was spent playing and entertaining the baby.  She hardly napped yesterday and was wide awake when bedtime rolled around.  I think it might had been because I ordered half caf at Starbucks and usually don’t drink any caffeine whatsoever.  We ended out weekend perfectly with a pasta dinner and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, since we’re classy like that!



Last week I was able to get in five workouts.  Here is a recap:

  • Monday- 45 minutes of cardio + core
  • Tuesday- 20 minutes of plyometric workout before calling it a rest day (the baby didn’t want to nap for long)
  • Wednesday-  Plyometric workout
  • Thursday-  Rest Day
  • Friday-  45 minutes of cardio + core
  • Saturday- 20 minutes intervals + legs, chest and triceps
  • Sunday-  20 minutes of intervals + back, biceps and shoulders

I think the only muscle group not sore on me is my triceps.  My workout got cut short at the gym on Saturday so I did triceps at home and didn’t get to work them as thoroughly as I would have liked.

Here is what I did for my interval workout on Sunday and I loved it!  It kept my heart rate up and challenged my body, plus since I was changing speeds so often it made the intervals fly by and it was fun!

Fun Speed Intervals Workout

Time  Incline Speed
0-1 0 4.0-4.2mph
1-2 0 or 1 8.2mph
2-3 0 4.0-4.2pmh
3-3:30 0 9.5mph

*You can repeat this about 6-9 times depending on if you are doing intervals for 20 or 30 minute intervals.  Also, since I’m not a natural born runner, these are the speeds that work for my body.  Adjust them according to your own fitness level and consult your doctor before trying out any new exercise program.



Thursday’s dinner, salad with a side of rice and beans topped with salsa


Lots and lots of smoothies


Friday’s dinner



That’s it for me today.  I have a super busy day planned and hope I can get everything done that I want too.  I’m taking today as a rest day as I mentioned above, every muscle group is sore on my body expect my triceps.   My body needs a break!

I hope you all are having an excellent Monday!

See you all tomorrow!


  • What is you favorite interval workout?
  • What is your favorite machine to do intervals on? Treadmill for me!
  • Do you like tapas?  What is the best tapas you’ve ever had?  The fried avocado was amazing!






10 Responses to “Giveaway Winner, Weekend Recap & Fun Interval Workout”

  1. Lisa@Healthy Diaries April 30, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Aww man so sad I didn’t win! I never win giveaways! 🙂
    My favorite tapas is goat cheese in a red sauce with bread! YUM!

    • I’ve won one giveaway but it didn’t matter because it was Wendy’s gift cards and I don’t eat fast food. I commented on a blog post and then got emailed I won. I think their still stuffed in my overly full desk drawer somewhere.

  2. Jenny April 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    SO excited about winning the giveaway. Thanks again KJ! Also, on a side note…fried avocado sounds AMAZING. I’ll have to look into how to make that. We buy the huge bag of avocados at Costco so I’m always looking for new creative ways to prepare it.

  3. HollieisFueledByLOLZ April 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    YAY for Jenny (super jealous!). My favorite machine to do intervals on is def the arctrainer/elliptical. I hate doing them on the treadmill because I am just so uncoordinated lol!

  4. sweetlyvegan May 1, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    I have a feeling my favorite interval workout will be one of yours! haha I have never tried intervals before… but I am so excited to almost be able to!
    Fried avocado sure does sound amazing! I wish that restaurant was here, tapas is my favorite!!! The Bazaar is my favorite tapas restaurant! If you and your family ever come to Los Angeles we will totally take you guys out for dinner and go there! Yummmmmay! 😉

    • Intervals rock because they burn twice as much fat in half the time! My kind of workout! 🙂

      The fried avocado was so good. It wasn’t heavily fried either. It just had a dusting of a finely ground breadcrumb, so light you could hardly see it and it was warmed a bit. So good! I ate most of it on its own but it also was served with tortilla chips and we had pitas as well.

      I would love to take a vacation to LA, it is my all time favorite city after all! Keith lived in LA for a while before we met in MN and he has no plans to ever move back there…I would move there in a heart beat though. Then we could hang out in real life! 🙂 If we’re ever in MN at the same time we’ve got to meet up and have a play date with the kiddos!

  5. Running Girl May 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Get a Frosty with those Wendy’s gift cards. 😉 Yum – Frosty’s. 🙂 Love the treadmill, bike, & elliptical for a quick cardio workout. And I’m a huge tapas fan! I like the huge variety you can get – it’s more fun than just ordering one entree.

  6. Stephanie May 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    I have had tapas. A little over six years ago I toured with a choir group in Spain for ten days so we had the authentic stuff. They had some balsamic mushrooms that were to die for and I stole the whole plate at one of our late night after concert parties in a bodega three stories under the city in Aranda de Duero, Spain. The best! The fried pigs ears made the whole choir sick, but not me. I did not eat the weird stuff. I was three months pregnant with my first! I have not had tapas in a while. I will have to check that place out 🙂 The paella was awesome too!

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