5 for Friday Things

by Renee on October 24, 2014 · 5 comments

in fitness, life

Another week in the books! I will admit this week hasn’t been anything for the record books.

5 things for Friday

See that? That’s not coffee. I apparently never put in the coffee…what a morning. Now though I know my coffee maker is in need of a solid cleaning.
not coffee

The day WILL get better right?

1. Workouts for the Week: 

Monday: 2 mile run/walk, taught Kickboxing

Tuesday: Taught Spin

Wednesday: Taught Spin, Power Yoga and a P90X class

Thursday: 2 mile run (should have been more but I’ll get it in this weekend)

Friday: P90X, Teaching Hydro Power

Saturday:  RUN, RUN, RUN

Sunday: PiYoLive and maybe another RUN

I’ve been a complete slacker this week in the run club department. Tuesday I just couldn’t run before teaching spin, my body wasn’t having it and Thursday I ended up having to take my son to hockey during the time I should have been running. So that didn’t really happen either. My goal next week is to MAKE both sessions, because if I don’t I’m going to be soooooo far behind.

2. New Compression Pants from ProCompression! 

Who knew Pro Compression had capris? I didn’t till this week when I scooped some up on a deal from StuftMama. They arrive today and I can’t wait to try them out.  I went with the pink and black it was a no brainer for me!

Pro Compression leggings

3. Skoop has stolen my heart and I’m back in a smoothie kick. I’ve got a full review coming this weekend. I’m normally NOT a smoothie person but I’ve made a few with Skoop B strong and am a fan!

Mango Tango Smoothie

This is a mango vanilla concoction and even my little guy and his play date buddy were enjoying it!

4. New Yoga Mats!

Since I’m pretty sure my husband won’t see this I will share with you that I purchased a new yoga mat. I’ve bought 3 cheap ones in a row that have fallen apart in  less than a month and it was time to commit.  I’m soon to be the proud new owner of this pretty green and gray yoga mat, Manduka 71-Inch PROlite Travel Yoga

Manduka ProLite

5. I took a brief walk this week in my Skechers Go Walk2′s

I love these shoes and have gotten so many compliments on them. They are perfect for slipping on  and heading out the door.

GO walk 2 - Walk

And a bonus #6: I’m thinking about moving into a Panera Bread. They have all the things I look for. Good food, good drink and free wifi!

Panera Bread

Their Chicken Cobb with Avocado is delicious. Just skip the dressing, or at least I do I don’t like it much.  I get so much work done there. I swear 2 hours there is like 10 at my house. I never understood how people went to a busy place to work but I now see the light and all the time I have wasted sitting in my home office.

SO DISH: What have you been up to all week? Are you going to see the new Hunger Games, I’m thinking of buying tickets now! 


Running Fast With Mizuno WaveRider 18

by Renee on October 22, 2014 · 6 comments

in fitness, Running

Run club fall has officially kicked off and my brain is back into race pace. Things are starting off slow but that is what I need at this point. Getting my feet back under me, slowing it down to build it back up. And nothing motivates me to run more than a new pair of shoes. They have magical properties, or at least that’s how they make me feel!

**This is a sponsored post for  Mizuno Wave Rider 18′s through my affiliation with  Fitfluential LLC. All opinions are my own. **Wave Rider 18 - 1

I’ve become a pretty big Mizuno Running fan girl over the past year. Last year I trained for my half in the Wave Rider 17′s and am happy to say the 18′s have some great improvements over the 17′s.

The Wave Rider is a neutral shoe fantastic for daily running. They are light, at just 7.8 oz and almost mold to your foot as you run. They feature a 12mm drop that add to the sleek ride.

I’m a sucker for details and the Wave Rider 18′s have them. I love the details and on the back of the shoes:

Wave Rider Decal

The black and white fade out almost gives them a polka dot look in the back! back details Mizuno

The new features for the 18′s include:

  • Refined toe-spring delivers a smooth, effortless toe-off
  • Upgraded premium sock liner provides more rebound and resiliency at every foot strike
  • New outsole design with added durability and shock attenuation

sole of Mizuno Wave Rider 18

I will admit my first run in these wasn’t the glorious angel signing event I was hoping for. I struggled a little bit with some friction, and ended my run a little early. It was probably the socks I was wearing but it still made me a little sad. I decided to warm the shoes up a bit by rocking them in a few of my cross fit activities including weight lifting and P90X.

Mizuno Wave Rider 18

My second run in them turned out to be the glorious angels singing event I was hoping for! The shoes quickly molded to my foot for a smooth run that made me feel like I was running on air. So good in fact I decided to try some parking lots sprints in the center of my run.

I really like the new updates to the 18′s. The new sock liner is a great feature and keeps the fit snug, without reducing mobility. Inspired by the Japanese “Hado” which is the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promoted powerful transformations. The design harnesses the kinetic energy allowing for transformative possibilities in every run.

The patented Wave Technology allows runners to feel the road and respond but still offers plenty of support.

Mizuno 18

These shoes also have a sleek design in the ombre fade out from black to white. I received the Black/Silver (Mint) and  these shoes are basically runway ready in colors! They are also available in Atoll Blue/Silver and White/Fuchsia/Purple.

I’ve got 2o-ish miles in them so far and am enjoying these shoes. The new features make them even lighter than my 17′s with the same amount of support.  After a 5 miler and some parking lot sprints I even did some hamstring stretches in them. A good sign of a great shoe is not wanting to immediately remove them. And I keep finding myself in them even after my run is over! Bonus points for Mizuno!

Mizuno Yoga

Speed is my goal for this run group. I’m shooting for a fast finish with a new 5k PR in November. I’m excited to be running  FAST in my Wave Rider 18′s.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18′s are available now for $119.99.

**This is a sponsored post for  Mizuno Wave Rider 18′s through my affiliation with  Fitfluential LLC. **

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite detail on your sneakers?


Almond Flour Chocolate Baked Donuts

by Renee on October 21, 2014 · 6 comments

in Food, life

When at Target it’s important to note you should ALWAYS look at the clearance items. Especially because you might find a donut pan for half off!


Sure you were probably shopping for hockey socks for your kids, but I’m pretty sure Target has a minimum charge to leave the store. You must spend at least $50 to get out alive. I love Target but often leave spending more than I should.

Back to the donut pan….seriously I’ve always wanted one of these. I’m not sure what the attraction is but I’m sure that eating delicious baked carbs is an excellent way to spend a Saturday.

Plus I had just purchased some almond flour from iherb.com that was burning a hole in my brain, begging to be eaten. (have you entered my iherb giveaway yet?)

My first trial run was making these Chocolate Almond Flour Donuts.

baked Chocolate Donuts

The kids were impressed that I could create donuts so quickly and I was impressed that they actually turned out on my first run. Sadly as you can tell my glaze game needs some work.


Next time I might just skip the glaze it made a mess and I think my kids liked them just being lightly sprinkled with powered sugar better. It’s a learning curve these donuts. ;)

almond flour chocolate donuts 2

I can’t wait to get expereimenting more with this pan. Is it weird that new kitchen gadgets inspire me to try new things more than anything else in the world? I can watch cooking shows nothing. Put a new pan in my hand and all I want to do it cook in it. Anyone else?

Almond Flour Donuts

I feel some apple donuts in my future.

Question of the Day: What’s your best random purchase at Target? Favorite kind of Donut?