Shakeology, A Night Run and Delicious Dinner

Happy Tuesday Night everyone 🙂  I hope it’s been a good one — my evening has been pretty perfect in my standards.  That is minus crazy traffic I hit on the way home.  My thoughts are with the people involved in the wreck on 6th Avenue tonight. . .

By the time I got home, I needed a stress relief.  Despite my extremely sore legs  (hello speed work and squats), I was able to make it out for a dark run with the husband and pup.  I knew that the beginning would be lead legs, but hoped they would loosen up as we went.

Workout of the Evening:  4 miles outdoor with the pup and hub.

  • Mile 1: 903
  • Mile 2: 915
  • Mile 3: 912
  • Mile 4: 912

My legs did loosen up and thankfully we were able to hit a groove and kept a very manageable pace for the short run.  Short, but perfect way to de-stress, and quite frankly I never pass up an opportunity to run with Zach.  Even though I don’t talk all that much on runs, I love that he is getting out there with me, not because he loves it, but because he knows how much I love it.

Cute AWWWE moment

Moving on:

I had a nice surprise when I got home waiting in the mail!


My friend and fellow very inspiring blogger friend at Focused to be Fit reached out to me last week about sampling some Shakeology products.  Of course, I jumped at the opportunity!  I was SO excited and will definitely be sampling them this week and sharing my thoughts with all of you!

Thanks so much Lauren!


Food really never tasted as good as it does after a good run.


Salmon prepared with lemon, sriracha, salt, pepper and dill.  All on top of a salad of greens, green onion, carrot and broccoli.


Healthy and satisfying.  Love it!

Now I just have to figure out dessert 🙂

Question of the Night:  Do you drink protein shakes/products?  What kind?

Chicago LOVE Recap: Brunch Spots

Zach and I love weekend brunches.  Especially in Chicago, it was one of our favorite times of the week.  We’d sleep in, normally get a quick work out in, then head out to a great, slow and leisurely brunch.

Chicago has so many great brunch stops, and when we were thinking about our must-do’s for the weekend, stopping by some of our old neighborhood favorites for brunch was top on the list.

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Birchwood Cafe

Birchwood cafe is a little spot on North Avenue near Oakley/Bell that just screams home.  If you’re going to brunch, there is likely going to be a bit of a wait, but trust me it’s totally worth it.

When you walk in Birchwood, one of the staff (they were the same as when we lived there, tells ya it’s a good place) hands you a menu and lets you know what to expect for wait.

When your table is ready, you actually head up to the counter to place your order, let them know what table number you are, and then they bring you the food.  Super easy, and actually super efficient.


Zach and I have gone for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and are NEVER disapointed.   I remember the first time I went there with my parents, the owner was chatting with us and once he found out I was new to the neighborhood, FORCED me to take home a piece of their chocolate banana cake.  That’s my kind of place :).

For my brunch this visit, I went with the club and fresh fruit.



The sandwich was not the huge double decker I’m used to seeing for a club.  It was a well portioned, turkey club with homemade mayo, bacon, bread and veggies.  Seriously, Birchwood uses local ingredients and you can TELL in the quality of their food.



I couldn’t go to Birchwood without getting a treat, so I picked up a lemon bar to go — best.decision.ever.



Since the weather was crappy they didn’t have their seating out on their back patio, but we were able to hang out there while we waited.  There have been many date nights spent out on that patio.

Did I mention Birchwood was BYOB also?  Oh yeah…that deck, good food, and a cheap bottle of wine.  My kinda date night.

Please, if your in Chicago, I cannot recommend Birchwood more!


On Sunday  morning, Zach and I met some friends at a spot that has MANY memories for us, Jane’s.

Zach and I were introduced to Jane’s via Groupon, and went back MANY times after.  Unfortunately, since we were with friends this time I didn’t take many pictures, but PLEASE check out their website.

Their food is also locally sourced, HIGH quality, beautiful and perfectly prepared.  Every time we went to Jane’s we felt like we were spoiling ourselves, but without the HUGE price point.

Jane’s also has great specials and deals, including a BYOB night AND half price wine night.

Jane’s is in a refurbished old house, and when you visit them you feel like you are in someone’s home.  It truly is a great experience, and one that we will be sure to make a priority every time we visit Chicago.

Some special nights we’ve spent at Jane’s:

  • multiple birthdays
  • engagement celebrations
  • anniversaries
  • special date nights

My friends, Chicago really does have SUCH an amazing food scene and these are just a few of our favorites.   If you go and check either of them out, please let me know 🙂

Question of the Afternoon:  What’s your favorite brunch spot/meal?

Exciting News! I Sweat Pink!

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday Morning everyone!

I woke up with JELLO legs after my work out last night…yikes!   I spent some quality time with my foam roller this morning, and hope to have a few minutes to stretch out during my lunch break at work.  Zach and I have a running date tonight, and his quote this morning was “We’re gonna run fast and we’re gonna run hills.”

Oh dear . . .



I was accepted this morning as a Sweat Pink Ambassador 🙂

Check out this Mission Statement:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick. We sweat pink.

I could NOT be happier or more excited for this opportunity.   You all know me, and know that life is all about balance.  And for me, that balance includes getting sweaty and getting pretty.

As a part of this ambassadorship, I will have access to new resources for my own readers, an entire new community to get to know, and even some swag that I will be able to give out to YOU ALL 🙂  You gotta love a giveaway, right?

So while I still get connected and better versed on the opportunity, I’m sure I will be updating you all regularly.  For the time being, check out fitapproach to learn more about the great organization!

Backtrack: Last Night SO CLOSE

Zach is a part of a fantasy football group within his family, so we were tied to the TV in hopes that his last player,  Ron Gronkowski, would pull through to give him the win and a good shot at the playoffs.

Unfortunately, Gronkowski was literally ONE YARD SHY of the win for Zach.  I’m sorry, but with my little understanding I found this to be just a TAD bit funny…but my wife heart did sympathize for him.  Poor guy.

Thank goodness we had delicious pizza to soften the blow.

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Last Nights pizza included:

  • yellow tomato
  • green onion
  • kale
  • bacon
  • garlic
  • moz cheese

Zach thought this was going to be an odd combination, but it ended up being a GREAT one!  Pizza night never get’s old. . .

Question of the Morning: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever had on a pizza?


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