We rode our bikes to the park today to play a little volleyball and so that Jeremy could fly his drone.

His drone is so neat!  He either uses an iTouch or an iPad (whichever is charged and handy) and then flies the drone, which has a front and rear view camera so that Jeremy can see exactly what the drone is seeing….pretty fancy if you ask me!

Core Intensity/Cycle Core

I then taught my last Core Intensity class…ever 🙁 it is sad, but it was honestly a really great class!  Here is a look at what we did:


  • Running in place
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Cross Jack (8 count)
  • Jog with arms punching straight up (8 counts)
  • Cross Jack (8 count)
  • Repeat all of this until the first song is over


  • 15 slow controlled parallel leg lower and lift
  • 15 crunches with fit up straight at 45 degrees, bring in when crunch up
  • 10 Hip dips (imagine you are in a toaster…stay nice and straight)
  • Switch sides

Back and arms on bench

  • 15 Bent over row/fly ( one row then one fly for set) 8 lb wts
  • 20 Plank position with wts in hands, lift Right arm and kickback, then L for 1 set
  • 5 on side repeat 5 on the other plank walk ups (Plank position, then step with R and L then back into plank)

Hips and Butt on bench and floor

  • 10 Stationary lunge with rotation, lunge down with L in back, bring arms down as you lunge, then rotate torso and bring left arm back and right arm forward (bend down lunge back) 5 lb wts
  • Switch sides
  • 10 Hip lift and lower
  • 15-20 march in place with hips up
  • 15 Lie on side with knee down, hand on hip raise and lower leg
  • 15 Bring leg forward and back
  • Switch sides

I then taught Cycle 45 as a sub for the regular Tuesday teacher. The way I taught today was different than usual in the fact that the entire workout was built around climbing a hill.  It was fun and made the class go by really fast!

Warm Up (5 minutes)

Seated Flat Road (5 minutes)

Hard Climb (5 minutes)

  • increase gear every 30 seconds

Recovery (5 minutes) 

Hard Climb (4 minutes)

  • increase gear every 30 seconds

Recovery (4 minutes)

Hard Climb (3 minutes)

  • increase gear every 30 seconds…really push and give all you have!

Recovery (3 minutes)

Hard Climb (2 minutes)

  • increase gear every 15 seconds

Recovery (2 minutes)

Hard Climb (30 seconds)

  • increase gear every 15 seconds

Sprint 100% effort (30 seconds)

Cool Down/Stretch (6 minutes)


I then came home very ready for dinner.  Brian had been asking me to buy gnocchi for a few weeks now, but I had never managed to get it on the list.  I always felt so bad because Brian never asks for anything to be on the list besides Diet Coke (we all have our weaknesses), he only requests that I make “the usual”…which is actually just whatever I want to make.  It’s a little joke we have 😉

Well, the gnocchi finally got on the list and tonight was the night for the gnocchi.  It was simple and easy to make.  I topped it with pasta sauce and served it with a side salad made with romaine, spinach, celery, tomato, pepperoncini, carrots, red onion, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, and Italian seasoning.

Salad on the Side
It was hard to get a pretty picture of the gnocchi...but it tasted good! It's brown because it's whole wheat.

Cookie Recipe

I told you a made chocolate chippers last night without actually giving you the recipe…which just isn’t fair at all!  So here ya go 🙂

Chocolate Chippers


  • 1 1/2 cups margarine (3 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 12 oz of chocolate chips (I used half dark chocolate and half white chocolate)
  • 1 cup of nuts are optional (I almost never use them)
Cream together margarine and sugars until combined.  Then add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, and soda.  Then, add the flour mixture in 3 phases so that you don’t have a cloud of powder in your face.  Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
For larger cookies use an ice cream scoop (Brian likes these) and for smaller cookies use a Tablespoon (Mom likes these).
Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.  Enjoy!!! This batch makes a ton of cookies 🙂
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