Monthly Archives: July 2011

MSU Tennis

Sunday afternoon already??? Where did the weekend go?

Saturday night was spent being lazy at home.

After we spent the afternoon playing tennis in the intense heat here in MN.

We biked over to the tennis courts at Minnesota State University.


The University is also where the Minnesota Vikings have their training camp.

And training camp starts Monday with some of the players starting to come into town today.

So, campus is set up with tents for autograph sessions, signs and barricades for all the extra crowds and extra security all over!

I wasn’t sure if we would be allowed to get to the tennis courts, but thankfully, no one even looked at us twice!

Since, Abby didn’t get to come with us for tennis, we made sure to take her for a walk when we got home.

The rest of the evening was spent watching TV and re-hydrating!

Sunday morning was all for sleeping in and snuggling – well at least for me and Abby!

I finally got out of bed about 9 and was ready for breakfast.


Caramel skim latte and toast with white chocolate peanut butter.


More laziness today – 92 degrees and humid out today!

Staying cool with this awesome lemonade Scott made yesterday – recipe to be shared soon!


Hope you are having a great Sunday. . . what have you been up to this weekend????


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Step-ups hurt so good

Friday was a looooong day!

Work 12 hours in Urgent Care. . .

then run 7.25 miles with Scott – our long run for the week.

It really couldn’t have gone any better. We didn’t need to stop to walk at all! And it was perfect running weather. A little hot when we first started and then cooled off perfectly as the sun went down.

I made a list of things to talk about during our run so that we didn’t get bored! The paper that I wrote the list on was pretty sweaty by the time we were done but we talked about everything except for one topic.


Abby wanted attention after our run, when we had collapsed on the couch!


This morning I was up bright and early at 7am! That is so not like me!

But, I took advantage of the early morning and took Abby to the Farmer’s Market.


It’s a pretty small market, but they have all the important things:


pretty flowers


lots of veggies



I got some lettuce, tomatoes, blue cheese brats! and this raspberry cream cheese roll for dessert tonight!


After, we hit up Starbucks for a non-fat iced caramel macchiato.


So good. Smile 


After watching Project Runway – so happy it’s back on!

I headed out to the YMCA for NROLW 1:A.

Whoa step-ups! I think I used a higher bench than last time and upped my weights. And I was feeling it. Seriously.

Such a good start to the weekend!

What have you been up to this Saturday morning???


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5 Things Friday: Love to Eat

This week on 5 Things Friday. . . 5 things I love to eat

1. Caramel skim latte – duh, of course this is #1


2. Strawberries


3. Cupcakes – double duh! Winking smile preferably pink!


4. Pineapple pizza – English muffin or regular!


5. Fresh corn on the cob


What is your favorite food?


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The scent of basil

I went to the gym this morning and did the New Rules of Lifting for Women: Stage 1:B.

Which consisted of:

  • deadlift
  • dumbbell shoulder press
  • wide grip lateral pull-down
  • lunges
  • Swiss ball crunch

I did a 10 minute elliptical warm up and then did weights. The whole thing took me about 30 minutes. I was pretty sweaty by the time I was done. .. weights always get me more sweaty than I think they are going to!

Again, I was the only girl in the weight room. But I just rocked out to my iPod and did my thing!

A good tip I picked up from Meals and Miles is to take pictures of the moves with my phone camera and then I can reference the moves before I do them at the gym. Such a helpful tip!


After workout snack: blueberry chobani yogurt with fresh blueberries on top.


Abby was being cute while waiting for me to be done with my snack so she could lick the container.


Eventually, she jumped up on the couch, and left a drool spot in anticipation of her ‘morning snack.’

Lunch was leftover Papa John’s pineapple and sausage pizza


along with lots of watermelon


and a cupcake – eaten too fast to take a picture! Smile 


I took Abby to pick up our share for this week’s CSA. The car smelled wonderful on the way home: fresh basil!


And now it looks so pretty on my counter!

Also in the bag: cucumbers, green beans, corn on the cob, onion, and potatoes.

I picked up the best bread at the Farmer’s Market too – perfect to go with our dinner tonight.


So chewy and doughy deliciousness


Scott grilled up spicy turkey Italian sausages.

Tri-colored rotini topped with tomato basil pasta sauce. Sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and some of our fresh basil on top!


Paired with a fresh salad with balsamic vinegar.


I think there are cupcakes and a long walk with Abby for our Thursday night plans!

Almost Friday!!! Hope you had a great Thursday. . .see ya tomorrow. Winking smile


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That’s a word right???

totally took Pink Runner’s advice – and got with the program!

I am officially on twitter!

Follow me @runs4cupcakes


Any suggestions for a twitter newbie? Like seriously, I only know how to tweet and use the @. . . what is the # and who should I follow???


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7 links

Oh. My. Goodness.

Thank you Pink Runner!

I was trying not to feel too left out of the current blog world ‘tag’ game of 7 links since you need to be ‘tagged’ to participate. And now Pink Runner tagged me. I feel so special!

So, here we go!

Your most beautiful post

  • I am really proud of my wedding recap post and think all the pictures make it the most beautiful post!


Your most popular post


PS: You need to make this – so yum!

Your most controversial post

–> no controversy here at Running4cupcakes!

–> Just cute pictures of Abby! Here is my Meet Abby post. . .


Your most helpful post

A post whose success surprised you

  • I shouldn’t be surprised because it was so delicious but my Apricot glazed pork chops post got more traffic than I thought it would!


A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

  • This post about over-eating and how it makes me feel. I thought I would get more comments on it, but didn’t.

The post that you are most proud of

  • I think I am most proud of my 1st post ever! It was a scary moment hitting publish for the first time, but I am so happy I did!
  • Thanks to all my readers and the blog world for being so welcoming and overall amazing!

Now it is my turn to make someone’s day by ‘tagging’ them!

Tag: You’re It! Smile


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The New Rules of Lifting

Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great Monday night, like I did. . .

Started off the morning with a hot caramel skim latte – sometimes the AC is so cold! Smile 

My morning snack was awesomeness. . . toast with maple almond butter and nectarine slices! Don’t worry, the extra nectarine didn’t go to waste!


Before lunch, I headed to the YMCA to start on Stage 1 of The New Rules of Lifting for Women!

Today: Stage 1: Workout A.


I did a quick 10 minute warm-up on the elliptical and then got into it!

The workout consisted of 5 moves:

  • squats
  • pushups
  • seated row
  • step ups
  • prone jack knife

Overall it went well. I worked up a pretty good sweat and felt like my muscles were tired at the end. I wasn’t too sure of my starting weight for each move, but I felt like I was challenging myself, so I think that is the important part.

I had forgotten how much I like to lift weights. . . Body pump will still be my all time favorite!

I’ll keep you posted with how The New Rules of Lifting for Women is going!

Lunch was more leftovers: pineapple brat, red new potatoes = both with lots of ketchup, cottage cheese and watermelon chunks.



Abby was being extra cute! (and annoyed I was taking pictures!)


Not much excitement during the rest of the day. . . Scott, Abby and I went on a hot and humid 4 mile run on the Red Jacket trail after work. Lots of watermelon was consumed afterwards!

And dinner: another summer staple: corn on the cob!


It was definitely the highlight of dinner!

During dinner we watched Tangled. The super cute Disney movie – have you seen it?

Off to watch a little move TV and then head to bed! Hope you had a great Tuesday.

What screams summer to you??? For me it is watermelon and corn on the cob! Love them. Winking smile

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