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BeachBody Challenge Day14

Today was my dad’s birthday :-) Originally I had planned on leaving the night before with all four of us, but since Ben and Seppe were sick, it was just going to be Gio and me. I decided that we would just leave after lunch today. That way I could get in my workouts for the day.

Boys had the day off from school and it was Ben’s day off too.  This meant I could go for a run. Started with a 2 min plank then went on a 3 mile run. Another really good run without knee pain :-)


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Fire55 EZ

Got back and did Fire 55 EZ. I did better this time around. This is a long workout but it doesn’t feel that way because it is so much fun. The music is great and there is just so much energy oozing from the TV.  I was pretty worn out after I was done though.

After that, it was time to shower and get going.  I knew I wouldn’t be getting any other workouts in because I would spending 5 hours driving with a few hours at my dad’s visiting my family.  It was worth it. I don’t see my family much these days and it was my dad’s birthday so he deserved special treatment.  I had a great time with my dad, grandparents, brother and sister. Gio even behaved very well.

My Handsome Gio dressed up for his Grandpa's Birthday


M1 – Chobani Strawberry with raw almond butter and granola (same portion as yesterday)

M2 – Mini Luna bar

M3- I was on the road driving. I always pack fruit and some snack for me to munch on while I drive to help keep me awake. I have no idea why, but it really helps me.  My lunch was a big batch of grapes and a bag of Snapea Crisps.

M4 – I was still on the road but getting close to my dad’s. I wanted to make sure I was full before I got there because I had no idea what we were having for dinner. I had an Almond Coconut Kind Bar.

M5 – My grandpa made a German dish – I can’t even begin to attempt to spell it. lol.  But it was beer marinated beef with currants and pasta. It was really good and I haven’t had in years. I enjoyed every last bite and even had a small second serving.

My sister made Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for dessert and I took 2 :-) My family is pretty good at cooking. My baby brother told me about putting fresh rosemary inside my olive oil to add some flavor. I can’t wait to try it.

Not the most super Lean and Green days, but I don’t feel guilty at all.  It’s ok to enjoy all the yummy goodies of Life once in a while ;-) Everything in moderation. I think that if I never allowed myself to eat foods I liked, I’d go crazy. lol.

Good Bye 20’s!

Yep! I turned the Big 3-0! It still seems unreal to me though. lol. I remember when I was a teenager I thought 30 was old and it seemed so far away. When I got into my 20’s, I swore that I would never admit I was 30 to anyone and be forever 29. Silly huh? But that’s changed. I am very proud to be 30 years young(as my mother would say).

I realized I wasn’t as young as I use to be a while ago. Guess kids will do that to you? Hahaha. But I really don’t feel that different. I guess getting healthy and in shape has a lot to do with it. I am probably in better shape now than I’ve ever been. Yes, including high school. I weighed less back then, but trust me, I was far from healthy. I was young and I could put my body through a lot (all nighters, junk food, tons of candy, injuries from sports and other activities, and lots of alcohol) and bounce right back…. so not the case now. And I’m ok with that. Now I’m taking good care of my body.

So what can I say about my 30 years of Life? Well, it has definitely been a journey. I’ve made mistakes. Some big, some small. I’ve learned from most of them. Looking back at it all, it’s been a good 30 years despite the hard times. What’s stand out for me is Not any big acomplishment or trip. It’s the people :-) I am lucky to have had so many great and wonderful people in my life.

My dad who took care of the 5 of us on his own – when he didn’t have to. I don’t agree with everything he did, but I am grateful for all that he’s done for me and my brothers. My Grandpa who I admire and look up to. He’s taught me so much about life.
My friend, Chris Quenga who took me under her wing and treated me like her daughter. She helped me so much in high school. My teachers. Yes, teachers. I had some really great ones who taught me more than just a subject in school. My love for learning is because of them.
My friends. I am very lucky to have such wonderful friends. I still care about all the friends I had in high school and still close to a lot of them :-) I can never forget my friends in Florida who were the best part of my 3 years there.
Ben. How many can say that they got the man of their dreams (since I was 13)? Me!!! I have spent over half my life in love with him and I am so happy to be spending the rest of my life with him.
Last but definitely not least – my sons. They have truly given my life meaning and purpose. I may not be super successful by some standards, but I am pretty damn proud to be a stay at home mom to Gio and Seppe. They are my world. They may have not been planned but I am a true believer that Everything Happens for a Reason. To me, all that I’ve gone through was to prepare me for where I am now.

On my birthday (the 28th) I asked myself if I was Happy with where I am now and who I am? The answer…. Yes! Life might not be glamorous and a little tough, but I Love My Life.
I am looking forward to my 30’s. I plan on doing a lot with my life and I know that I’m Not too old to follow my dreams. I’m living a healthier lifestyle and loving it. I’m training for races that I never even considered when I was younger. I’m excited to watch my sons grow up – even though I am also a little sad about it. I know there is still so much to learn and do. And I plan on learning and doing as much as I can :-)

I didn’t do anything special on my birthday but Ben and the boys made me cards and got me my favorite, Roses :-) But that doesnt mean I’m Not doing something…I will be celebrated in Vegas the week after with Ben and my friends :-) I am definitely Not too old to party!

So Good Bye to my 20’s and Hello to my 30’s and the rest of my Life :-)

Cards and Roses from Ben, Gio and Seppe

From My Ninja (well Samurai Power Ranger)

Gio told Ben what to type :-)

My Cool Looking Seppe

From My Seppe Rooo

My Favorite - Roses :-)