July 19, 2012

Lots and lots of lunges

Another dentist appointment this morning... this time for Eli. I'd always taken the boys to a pediatric dentist (40 minutes away!) but it was so hard to get an appointment, and then when they called to cancel my last appointment, I decided I'd had it. So I'm switching the kids over to the same dentist and hygienist that I see.

Eli is a total pro at going to the dentist--when he was three, he had to have braces. Yes, like the kind you get as a teenager. He had a cross bite that made him unable to bring his molars together, and consequently, he would choke on his food a LOT because he couldn't chew it well. So the dentist put braces on for four months in order to correct his bite--and it worked perfectly! He was seriously the cutest kid EVER with those braces though...
He used to call them his "bracelets".

So anyway, I looked like a weirdo walking into the dentist because I was walking so strangely--I was SUPER sore when I woke up today. I thought my calves were sore yesterday? Ha! Today I could just barely move around for the first half of the day.

I so badly wanted to put off the next Wii Active workout, but I'm determined to finish this 30-day challenge, so I waited until evening. Thankfully, the workout didn't include the inline skating, because I don't think I could have done that. Instead, I had to do at least 30,000 lunges--I hate lunges! The side lunges aren't TOO bad, but I really despise the forward/backward lunges. I was seriously cursing at the TV. But I finished workout 2 of 20.

Of course this is the day before my long run, so I can only hope my legs aren't feeling like Jello tomorrow morning! I totally underestimated how well the Wii Active actually works my body. I wore my Garmin heart rate monitor during the workout today to see how accurate the calorie burn was...
The Wii said 157 calories and my Garmin said 133, so it's not too far off.

I got a package from Amazon today. I love getting packages, because it feels like Christmas--even though I already knew what it was, since I ordered it ;) I have this habit of putting things in my Amazon cart and leaving them there for a really long time until I either remove them or buy them. It's actually a good thing, because then I don't make very impulsive purchases. I had two items in my cart for the longest time: a Teavana Perfectea Maker and the book Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald.

Then last week, I made a totally impulsive purchase, and while I was at it, I finally ordered the tea maker and book as well. My totally impulsive purchase? A 96-count package of single-serve Nutella! hahaha
I LOVE Nutella, but I can never keep a jar of it in the house, because I will eat it all--in one or two sittings. So these little things are perfect for me. I can even eat it right out of each container (because of course that's the best way) and not have to worry about eating too much. Eli was very excited about getting the Nutella as well ;)

Also in the package were my Teavana Perfectea Maker and book:

I never buy books--ever since I discovered what a gem the public library is, I don't like to waste money on books. But Racing Weight isn't available at my library, or even in my library system. So I finally decided to just order it on Amazon. I'm super excited to read it, but I refuse to start it until I've finished my current book, The Glass Castle. (Now that I think about it, that's probably why I never finished The Glass Castle the first time I attempted it--I have a bad habit of starting a book, then getting a new one, and reading the new one instead of finishing the previous book). I'll write a review on Racing Weight once I'm done reading it, since it's pretty relevant to my blog.

Noah comes home from my sister's house tomorrow. I'm actually really surprised how fast the week without him went by! It sounds like he had a totally miserable time on his little vacation... ;)
My sister's Facebook status today
Hahaha, he's going to be SO sad to leave tomorrow, I'm sure! My sister and her husband are driving back here with him, and then they are going to stay for a few days to visit. Should be a fun weekend!


  1. I LOVE Nutella!!! How many calories in 1 package? I just bought the Jiff Chocolate Silk Peanut butter... It is good but not as good as Nutella!! Looks like Noah is having a great time!

  2. Those braces are so cute!!! I'm also curious about the calories in the nutella. We have a wii that hasn't been touched in a year (we don't have kids!) but the wii active looks interesting. Do you need any equipment for it??

  3. stephanieJuly 19, 2012

    oh wow your sister must live in my town of good ol' rockford!

  4. Where did you find single serve nutella? I so need those!!!

  5. CathyB :)July 19, 2012

    He is so cute with his "bracelets". too cute.

    If you are looking for a book the library doesn't have you could try www.paperbackswap.com. I get most of my books from them, then I swap the books I've read.

    My family loves nutella. So yummy.

  6. This isn't really relevant to today's blog, but I wanted to comment about your "reading problem." I like to read while I'm on the treadmill sometimes. This is especially effective if the book is really good because the time goes by so fast! I'm currently listening to an audio book (which usually put me to sleep) called "Mindless Eating" by Brian Wansink. If you haven't read it, you should think about it. It's all about the psychology of eating. Very interesting stuff.

  7. Even after running for over a year and a half, I hadn't bought a running book, but I ordered Racing Weight and Kara Goucher's book on running for women this week and they came today! The single serve Nutella are pretty cool, too. :)

  8. I just called my hubby in to look at your Nutella. That is the one and only food my husband is a glutton with. His eyes got huge and he said "WHERE DID SHE GET ALL THAT? Ask her! Tell her I'm eating the screen!" Hahaha. We don't buy it. Period. We got in a big fight one night because I finished it off and he felt he should've been the one to do that. The kids never got a bite of the whole container and cried. It was bad. LOL

  9. The single serving packs are 0.6 ounces. They have 92 calories per pack, according to My Fitness Pal.

  10. I just got that book from my library, started reading it last night. so far its pretty interesting.

  11. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012

    Those braces are adorable! I've never even heard of somewhat that young having them ;)

  12. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012

    hey do you have a Amazon Wishlist?

  13. Just a little hint. When you can't find the book at the library, ask the librarian to order it. I've done that on many occasions. She orders it, calls me when its in, I read it and now they have it in their collection.

  14. The nutella packets are such a good idea! I need them in peanut butter form :)

    1. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012

      They sell individual peanut butter packs at Walmart!

  15. It's raining Nutella! :) That was how I first discovered Nutella. World Market had those and since I didn't want to commit to a big jar, we got that and went in with disapproving crinkled noses...tasted it...then blissed out and wondered why it took us so long to get on board!

    Have you tried the Trader Joe's attempt? Cocoa almond spread or something? Don't bother it tastes nothing like Nutella. Blech.

  16. I didn't know they made mini nutella packs! Brilliant. I may be ordering it myself... I loved Banana Nutella crepes in France, so I just may be putting Nutella on bananas for a while instead of PB! Thanks for sharing! Also, I have one of those Teavana tea makers. I don't know where it is... you reminded me that I need to pull it out. Iced tea, here we come!

  17. I love that tea maker! I have one at home and one in my office. I could not live without them, especially in the winter when my office is FREEZING at all times.

    Those nutella packs are awesome, I never saw them but will find them! They will be perfect with the single serve PBs I have!! Thanks.

  18. I do the same thing with my amazon cart - add things as I see them, then wait until I really want to buy them (or at least until they add up to enough for free shipping ;) Those nutella single packs are a great idea - I might have to check it out!

  19. Enjoy the book! I seriously loved it, and will be rereading it soon. I rarely buy new books, I love using the library (something that crushed me in California - the town didn't have a library! but the Chicago Public Library is amaaaaazing) - but this was definitely a BUY ME! book.

  20. Oh my gosh, he WAS the cutest kid ever!!!

    By the way, I hate lunges more than anything!! I almost didn't read this post because of the title. :p

  21. my daughter says bracelets too! she hasn't had braces yet, but knows she'll probably need them eventually.


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