Rules of conquering the gym and a lot of random stuff.

March 14, 2013

1.  I got in a few miles today!  I am kind of lost on what to think…. I felt the pain a little bit (not enough to stop) for the first few minutes but once I was warmed up it was gone?  Silly legs.  My treadmill is even dustier than usual since it has been so long since I had spent time with her.

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2.  I have been compexing like a CHAMP to get me through this injury asap.  I really love this thing.

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3.  I have a strong love for Target jeans and their baby clothes too.

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4.  Has anyone tried these muffins before?  I saw them at the store and I really want to try them but I need to hear that they are amazing before I buy them.

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5.   I have no idea how to decorate but all I can think about is how excited I am to decorate Brooke’s room when we move to the two bedroom apartment.  I am thinking I want a lot of pink, purple and glitter. If you are good at this kind of stuff please comment with any cheap tricks/tips/websites/pinterest thingees for nursery decorating my way so that we can make Brooke’s room the coolest place ever.  She deserves it after having to share a room with us for so long.

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6.  My brother sent me this article a few weeks ago called 25 Rules for Conquering the Gym and I just had to share my favorites with you.

-‘Avoid gyms next to Cinnabons.’

-‘Here’s a helpful rule of gym clothing.  If you’re not sure your shirt smells?  Your shirt smells.’  Oops.

-‘The most intimate, personal thing on anyone’s phone is the WORKOUT JAM TUNES MIX.’

-‘Wow, you really just took a phone call in a spin class, amazing.’  PS I have never seen this happen before?  Is that common?  I love the guys face in the blue shirt.

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-‘Make sure to read every gym contract carefully.  That gym you signed up for in 1989, in the city where you used to live?  Check your credit card statement.  You’re still paying $12.99 a month through 2092′

-‘Everyone looks good doing dumbbell curls in the mirror.  That’s why people do dumbbell curls in the mirror.  But do other stuff, too:)’


Any rules to add to the Gym Rules?

Tell me something random that you have been thinking about?

Do you have a gym membership?  Have you ever had a gym membership?

Any other lovers of Target clothes reading? 

Lauren March 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I love the clothing smell one. I’m definitely guilty of it myself. Recently, I’ve become a big fan of Target clothing. A) It’s cheap B) It fits really well C) It’s Target so it gives me an excuse to peruse for hours and hours.

I’ve randomly been thinking about why doves bob their heads when they walk but no other birds do…


Jennifer@knackfornutrition March 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I love love love Target clothing, and makeup, and home goods, and groceries… I can’t go in there too often. I always spend way too much!


Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes March 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Um rule number one I have to say I disagree with WHOLEHEARTEDLY!!! Gyms next to cinnabons are the only ones I consider joining!!! Oh target. We have a love/hate relationship for the obvious reasons. And also random but forever 21 has every color of jeans you can think of for cheap! I just got bright blue and yellow (2 separate pairs not one.) GO THERE!


Brooke @ Running In Heels March 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

-’The most intimate, personal thing on anyone’s phone is the WORKOUT JAM TUNES MIX.’
^hahah so true! keeping that one for my eyes only :)


char eats greens March 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Avoid the one next to Cinnabon is totally a good one. Reminds me of how my dentist is beside subway and I would always hate leaving the dentist and smelling subway, and knowing I wouldn’t be able to eat it for 30 mins!!!


Laura @ beanstalk March 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I want a cinnabon!


Therese March 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

A few weeks ago I had a really bad pain where my knee hurt to straighten. I started my run thinking I would go easy and if it hurt I would stop. It hurt a little in the beginning but then felt better. I went 8 miles that day. You run faster and further than me. But try it if it goes away keep going. If it hurts longer or worse stop.

Follow your instincts


Wendy @ New Moms Talk March 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Regarding Brooke’s room, it’s best to start off by looking at a few things: total amount you are willing to spend, needs of the room (e.g. storage, play, etc.), items that you are willing to purchase vs. make, items that might be donated or gifted to you, and design preferences.

From there, jot ideas down, discuss with Billy, ask Brooke her thoughts, and continue to figure out what works best for you and your family within the designated space.

Oh, and yes, I love Target clothes. Recently we found a dress for under $3 for Susanna for this upcoming Christmas. We realized later it was a nightgown, but you cannot tell. She’ll be wearing it with white tights this December!

My hub and I love their adult clothes, too, and they have held up for a long time!


Kelly March 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Hehehehe – ask Brooke her thoughts, cute!


Annette@FitnessPerks March 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Hahah. Those are some awesome tips!

Yay for decorating another room. You’ll have a blast doing that I am sure. i think purple is a great color :)


Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom March 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I’ve never bought that mix, but I did make a cinnamon toast crunch cupcake recipe complete with homemade buttercream frosting (From Pinterest) for my ex boyfriends birthday before they came out with these boxed mixes. That experiment was delicious.

Gym rule: Do not get on the machine directly next to a person if there are approximately zero other people on the other machines.

I love Target clearance ! Their workout clothes are super fun!!


Alyssa @ See This Girl Run March 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

How about the rule that apparently in order to look super awesome lifting weights, you need a shirt that started as a t-shirt, had the sleeves and collar cut off and are probably cut in a few other places too.

Yay for getting back to running!


cori @olivetorun March 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I wear a LOT of Target clothing… from running to their dresses (which are always really cute) to their work clothes. I’m a huge fan… but who isn’t a lover of TARGET?!


Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

You should buy her a chandelier for her room. ;) We found a white and pink one at Lowe’s that my husband installed and I love it. It makes the room so girly!!


Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad March 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I am a member of 24hour fitness. I signed up when it was super cheap so I am keeping it and hoping that they expand to the Midwest sometime in the next decade.


aine @ ainesadventuresabroad March 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Love Target. Their funky socks are my favorite.

Also I think there should be a rule that slow walkers cannot hog the treadmill talking on their phones! Aghhhh.


Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom March 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I just bought flamingo kneesocks, whale kneesocks, and I LOVE(am obsessed) with their $5 tights!


Anne March 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Ha! The best part is that they are all true! I love lists like these!!


Tammy March 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

What injury are you suffering from, I think I missed something? Unless it’s an old injury that you have that’s bothering you and hope your ok. My knee hurt last night the second I hit the pavement so I did one hour on my elliptical instead.

Lets see I’ve been using myfitnesspal for counting calories and I really like it.


The Hungry Runner Girl March 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Thank you!!! Just having some it band issues:(


Katie March 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I do most of my clothes shopping at Target, and I’m not ashamed to say it!


Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Wait… what!? Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffin mix?! I’ve never seen that one before, but I’d snatch it up in a heartbeat if I ever came across it. Given the amazingness of the cereal, I can’t imagine it being anything less than amazing. As for Target, I’ve never been in one so I can’t vouch for the clothing, but we’ve got our first one opening up here this spring and I can’t wait to check it out.


Tiffany March 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Omheck, I am ALWAYS playing the “does this shirt smell?” game when I pack my gym bag! Unfortunately I think I baked the smell into my shirts in the dryer! 2013 is not my year for new shirts… maybe 2014.. eveyone will just have to suffer 9 more months lol. Maybe I’ll try that detergent that is supposed to help stinky gym stuff.. whatever that is… lol


michelle kim March 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I LOVE Target!!! It’s hard for me to stick to my list when I go shopping there.
And I got the lifetime membership to 24 Hour Fitness, which means I now pay 27 bucks per month. They don’t offer it anymore, so I’m glad I got it when they used to have it!


Britt March 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Hi Janae! I have been reading your blog for a while and your love for running is so encouraging! I love to run too, but don’t quite get in the miles you do! I have 2 little ones and take them in my jogger but 50 lbs of kid and growing making my runs tougher and tougher! Plus it’s already 90 degrees in Phoenix! :)

A cute nursery idea that I just did in my 3 year olds room is I did her name in cute white wooden letters in the middle and took sewing looms (really cheap at hobby lobby or michaels) and glued fabric swatches into the center. I am not sure how to link to where I found this on Pinterest. So I did different size looms with different fabrics and it prob cost me about $20. I have a pic from my daughters room. Let me know if you are interested and I can send it to you!

Brooke is precious! My little guy is just a little older than she is! Such a fun age!

Sorry for the novel! :)



The Hungry Runner Girl March 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Yes please!!! That sounds adorable!


Leah March 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I have some exercises that will kick that IT band problem in the butt, if you want to try them. That, stretching and foam rolling should have you back to normal in a couple of weeks!


The Hungry Runner Girl March 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Send them on over!!!!!!!!!


Marcy March 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

With all this advice people are giving about IT bands…can you share with the rest of us? You already know this but Brooke is too cute. And I am terrible at decorating so I have no ideas there.


Leah March 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I sent you an email!


Heather @fitncookies March 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

“Be prepared for people stares when you get off the treadmill and leave it running while you do another exercise and hop back on”

Happens too much! I’ll get off to add push ups, squats, etc and I get stares!

I do not belong to a gym anymore, but I did for a long time!


Sarah March 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I made the cinnamon toast muffins a few months ago. The muffin part was okay but really nothing special and the topping was just ehhh. I’m pretty sure you could whip up a better version yourself!


The Hungry Runner Girl March 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Thank you for letting me know!


Cathryn March 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

We used to be gym members but since we moved to California I can’t justify it – the weather is so good I’d rather be outside. I would like the classes though, but I tend just to run!

Hope you mend soon.


Haley March 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I’ve never seen anyone answer their phone in spin class but one of my instructors does have a rule that if you check your phone in class, and he catches you, you have to sprint for 30 seconds while everyone else watches.

And….now I really want to go clothes shopping at Target! :-)


Leetra @ March 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Target clothes… LOVE! Actually Everything I’m wearing right now except my VS Pink sweatshirt might be from Target.
Room decor idea (for Brooke): If you want wall art that you can change as she grows, you can get plain canvases (I like the square ones) at an art/craft store and paint them in whatever theme and colors you want. It way cheaper and much cuter (I think) than framed art from a store… plus unique so none of her baby friends can steal her style, you know :)? I hung them with ribbons. I was trying to attach a pic, but I can’t seem to do it. My girls have pink and purple and glitter too. It’s the “Princess Room.”


Kelly March 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I’ve really been wanting to try those muffins too. So, curious how they are?


Laura @ Live, Run, Sparkle March 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I love Target!! We are getting them in Canada finally this Spring, and

As for Brooke’s decor…i would check out there are cute wall decals and stuff on there that would be really cute :)


Maria March 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Oh my goodness. This one cracked me up:

15. Everybody has Gym Friends, people they know only from the gym. This is important and humanizing. You may have accomplished great and sophisticated things in the outside world, but to them, you’re just The Weird Guy Who Jumps Rope Like A Goat.

And I love, love, love Target. I’m on a tight budget and am in love with their super affordable but super cute clothes.


Crissy March 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I did a cereal muffin taste test at work. I made the cinnamon toast crunch, cocoa puffs and Reese’s muffins. Reese won followed by cocoa puffs. I had high hopes for ctc. I thought it would have cereal pieces for the topping…it didn’t. They were good but they were just a cinnamon muffin. Not worth the price.


Fizz @fizzsbizz March 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Can’t wait to see how you decorate Brooke’s room!! Having her own bedroom will be such a treat!


Allison @ Train Eat Repeat March 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

baha I seriously never experienced anyone answer a call in a spin class, I couldn’t even imagine! thats so ridiculous
I have a gym membership, the staff there sucks but its cheap and the equipment works, so i’m going with it for now!


Sarah @pickyrunner March 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Ummm not going to a gym next to a Cinnabon sounds like a terrible idea to me. How else will I refuel?! You need to try those muffins and do a full review of them :) I trust your judgement for all things dessert or baked goods. Oh and target has the best everything. Especially bathing suits


Jackie March 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I love Target EVERYTHING!


Brittney @teaberrytrails March 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I actually have two gym memeberships! The first I have is close to my house and is an Anytime Fitness. It’s super convient and I only pay 30 bucks a month (kinda pricy, but could be worse!). Then I have one through work and I pay 5 bucks a month (total 35 for both!) and this one is all inclusive. Classes, equipment (obviously), and childcare. They are even getting a pool and basketball court! I go to this one in the am for spin and P90X classes and Saturdays before the Bebe’s have gymnastics since I can take them and their gymnastics is on the first level! Super convient! And btw…I LOVE Target clothes. And Target everything! Woot woot!


Dani March 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

My picky son LOVES those muffins….a definite must try!


Sara B March 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I had someone take a call in a Spin class I was teaching once . . . I got off my bike, walked over, took the phone, said very sweetly, “I’m so sorry, she’s taking a Spinning class right now. She’ll call you back later,” and hung up. If you MUST take a call, TAKE IT OUTSIDE.


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats March 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I used to have a gym membership and have been wanting to get one again but just being cheap right now lol can’t wait to see Brooke’s room! You can’t go wrong with pink glitter :)


Teresa @ March 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Joined the gym in January and love it! I have seen some super cute decorations at HomeGoods! They have plenty of things for boys and girls!!


Megan D March 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

That is good that the pain went away!! I hope that you heal up fast and that you can be done with the injury. Friggin IT band injuries suck with ‘explosive strength’. Seriously. I can’t stop laughing that that is an option on your Compex.Those 2 words together rock my socks. In other news, I am an 11 year old boy.

I love teal and a bright/soft orange together for a babies room. Or A salmony pink and robin egg blue. I want to redo Anna’s room with those colors. But she insists we do her room painted in stripes – the colors of the rainbow and put hearts all over. Soooo ya. How do I even find a happy medium with that?

Those jeans look super cute. And super 80’s Is there a zipper on the side with a bow on the top? I so had some like that in elementary. I have to avoid going into the clothes section or I want everything for me or my kids…but I also want everything in the dollar bin section…and the food or seasonal isle too…basically I should just avoid Target.

I have mentioned my feelings for my rec center lately. I used to sing praises, but I am annoyed and bored. I have been loving my free wee at this bootcamp place. You pay month to month there and even though I have already paid for my rec center membership until January, I might do a month after my free week is up at this bootcamp place because I am loving the change of pace for me.


Grecia March 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Pi Day!! I just spent too long searching for places where they might give free pie an I got nothing. So disappointed


Sharsti@theblondehairblueeyedrunner March 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Those are def great tips haha I used to go to a gym before I had Jackson, now I have some weights, Dvds and a treadmill so I can do most of my workouts at home.


RainStorm March 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I have no idea what Cinnabon is, but it sounds like sugary baked goods. Possibly with added icing. Mmmmmmm…


Ashley March 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I’m having a similar injury experience- it hurts more when I am NOT running!

As I’ve mentioned a million times before, I am Target OBSESSED. Everything there is fantastic!


Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny March 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I finally joined a gym, so I found this too funny! I’ve always just worked out at home, but our apartment is small and I decided it’s time to bite the bullet!


Sonia the Mexigarian March 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I’ve seen a lady text through the entire length of a spin class. Very annoying since she was right in front and the glow of the light was in my face. :\

I have a 24 hour gym membership. I use it frequently, especially for classes and enjoy going. I’ve had one for about 4 years now :) Though I would really want a yoga studio membership. i miss the studio :(

randomness: why do i get allergy symptoms on the left side of my face only?? it just hit me around 3pm and I have gone through have a tissue box. ugh.


Sharisse March 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Here are some of my favorite kiddie rooms I’ve pinned! You can swap the coral for purple or pink.

Happy decorating! :)


jan March 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I can’t comment much on the gym, as I’m not a fan anymore, but I would live the rest of my life inside a Target store. Seriously. You can buy everything there!

I’m glad your leg is feeling a bit better. Maybe some running to loosen it up actually helped?


Katie March 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Okay, those jeans are amazing!! I need some super light blue denim, tooooo! Target, here I come. Thanks, Janae, you’re such an enabler!! ;) Also, no gym membership for me! I like the outdoors/my home to be my gym. It’s free, too, which is a nice bonus!



Meagan March 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

That Compex looks soo complicated! So many buttons and options on the screen. I just got a smart phone the other day and I can barely figure that thing out, haha.


Rena March 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

here are some good girls room ideas:


good luck! if you try those muffins pls let us know!!


Erica @ Love the Leap March 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Target has some of the cutest clothes!!! I’m loving all of their swimwear currently… getting ready for my cruise in a couple of months!


Holly KN March 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I’ve never had anyone take a call in a Spin class I’m in. I do sometimes go to one over lunch, and a few of the professionals keep their Blackberrys nearby and check them a few times. VERY occasionally, I’ve seen someone step out to make a call/deal with some issue, presumably.

However, I was in a class one night last week when a girl was obviously playing games on her phone. The instructor (a totally laid back guy) called her out: “You’re here to work out with the group. If you want to play on your phone, there are spin bikes out on the gym floor.” I almost cheered. I get kinda peevish when someone takes up previous space in a group class, and isn’t really taking full advantage.

I’m kinda curious: As an instructor, what’s your view on phones in class? Does time of day matter? Does apparent activity on phone (Blackberry for email vs playing games) matter?


Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom March 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

At the risk of looking creepy since I already commented about the cupcakes I made, here’s the link from Pinterest that I used. They taste like breakfast.


The Hungry Runner Girl March 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Oh my goodness! Those look incredible! Thank you so so much for the link!!!


Holly March 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I’ve always done well finding kids room decor on ebay. I found super cheap glittery dragonflies there that I hung on inexpensive hooks and fishing line…so they “flew” around from the ceiling in one corner of the room. I also bought a stuffed animal seagull off and hung that bad boy up the same way in my son’s surfing-themed room . Hanging stuff gives a fun 3-D effect for not a lot of money!


Melissa March 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Along the lines of the dragonflies… I saw an idea of taking butterflies and glueing (gluing? how do you spell that) to the wall like they are flying in a little flock of butterflies flying out the window. I’ve seen lace and net butterflies in Micheals craft stores.
Here is the where I saw the idea:

I LOVE Targets clothes! I also like Forever 21, as it fits my tiny budget.


emily March 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I suffer some IT issues myself. It comes and goes. I won’t feel it for weeks and then all of a sudden, it’s there! I feel it throughout the day/night, and in the first few minutes of a run. Then it subsides the rest of the run and comes back after I’m done. It is triggered by upped mileage and speed. I try to back off when it gets bad (if it doesn’t go away after 1-3 days) and run less and run slower. That works for me. I’ve also found a few killer stretches to do that make it feel much better.

When the IT band first flared up, I didn’t know what it was and kept running and running until it was so bad that I was limping in daily life. I ended up taking 1.5 months off, doing no exercise, and then cautiously got back into running. I saw a PT who gave me some exercises to do to strengthen the hips using a resistance band, which helps the IT.

The IT band is pesky. I feel like it never goes away, really. It pops up again and again… bummer, but its manageable!!


Heidi March 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I am sure that your husband will love being twinners with you! I, too, share in your love of everything Target. Seriously, I cannot go in there without spending at least $50 and I MUST look at the sale rack. I love their sale rack. Gets me every. single. time!


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles March 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

If you are not sure where THAT smell is coming from, it is probably coming from you!
Yes, I have a gym membership. And I use it anywhere from 3-8 times a week.
Random thought: putting the same people in a different location doesn’t get a different result. Just a different background.

The Kidless Kronicles


Ashley March 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

LOVE the thing about not answering calls during spin class. I’ve never seen that but there is a group of people that come once in a while and listen to their iPods during the class and don’t do A THING the instructor says…very frustrating to say the least. I think it’s just plain rude. Can spin instructors kick people out?!


Linda @running4two March 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I absolutely love Target clothing… I cannot leave the store without spending at least $50 so I try to stay away!

I am so annoyed when people talk on the phone in the gym…you are there to workout your body, not your mouth :-).


BeepieRuns March 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I spent some quality time at Target today and came home with a new pair of jeans and a neon cheetah-print bra – it was only $3.50, how could I resist?!?!


Leah March 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I had a membership at the Y in my area and loved it but I’m moving now and can’t wait to hit up the one in my new town. Fingers crossed it’s as good! And I totally agree with the intimacy of the ‘Workout Jams Mix’. I listen to music when I run that I would NEVER be caught listening to any other time. My boyfriend will probs have have a cow when he finds that one!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I just bought two dresses from Target today! It was a complete impulse run, but totally worth it :D


Erin March 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Those muffins are not very good….sorry. My daughter wanted to try them and we were very disappointed.


The Hungry Runner Girl March 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Thank you for warning me!


Katie March 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I’ve made those! But I subbed pumpkin, here’s my review!


Colleen March 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Hilarious!! A friend sent me that link this morning and I just wrote a post about it. My fav rule is the taking a phone call in spin class. This probably happens in my class 2x a week!! I just keep cranking up the music until they get the message to get off their phone. Here’s a great story….I actually had a women take a call during my sculpt class and asked me to turn the music down!!! It was her decorator on the phone and she was having to decide between two shades of green for her kitchen!! I cranked the music up and pointed at the door. Ridic!!!


Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More March 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Have you seen this Magic Munch recipe?! It’s a candy, Lucky charms, trail mix sort of recipe. I think you might love it!

My girls and I belong to our local Y. We have been members for 7 years, I think. Before that I had a single gym membership at a 24 Hour Fitness. I have found the Y to be a lot more family-friendly.

Target has adorable clothes for all ages!


Chelsea March 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I have to say, the first thing that popped in to my mind when I saw those jeans was “I wonder if they have any like that at Old Navy…” I’m as obsessef with Old Navy as everyone else seems to be with Target! That may have something to do with the fact that I live closer to an Old Navy…hmmm, either way, it’s bye-bye pocket money!

Random thought I had at the gym today (which I pay for my membership to, recently joined, and am ABSOLUTELY LOVING, mostly for their GroupPower classes, the closes thing to Body Pump I’ve found in Olathe): do other people think about how awkward their butt must look taking step after step after step on the Stair Master? Because I couldn’t get the thought out of my head, and surely I can’t be the only one?

Brooke is adorable! And would even more adorable doused in pink and purple glitter. Maybe not even the room – just her. I’m thinking all white rooms with an entire sequined wardrobe? Mull it over…!

Reply March 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I love that you can get things at Old Navy that are totally adorable at great prices. They also have lots of sizes to fit all kinds of body shapes and sizes. I’m super tall so that is helpful for me.


Debbie @ Deb Runs March 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I now have a new favorite picture of Brooke! Is she always that happy?

I work at a gym so I get a free membership there, and I see clients in my home and have a decent gym setup here.


kara March 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Yes! Target jeans (and tank tops and cardigans) are THEEE BEST! I used to wear crazy expensive fancy jeans from a specialty shop in San Francisco, but one day I picked up an $11 pair of Target clearance jeans and they are my new favorites. Way better than gap or Banana Republic or such places, great fit and quality. I also have a serious addiction to their tank tops and cardigans and wear both almost every day. Love me some Tar-jay!!


Natalie @ Twenty-Something Talk March 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Literally EVERY SINGLE THING in my closet. Where else can you get cheap, cute clothes, toilet paper and bananas?? It’s a one stop shop. It is definitely my second home.

Those gym rules are HILARIOUS. My work is really awesome and pays for its employees membership at the local gym, so it was how I kept up with running when it was too dark or too cold out to run, and it’s where I go for cross training and a few classes now that it’s warm enough to run outside every day.


Miranda @ Miranda Runs March 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm

WHAT CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH MUFFINS?! That will last about -789 seconds around me


Lauren @ Dallas Duo Bakes March 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I LOVE Cinnamon Toast Crunch! I need to go to the store right now.

The only reason I need a gym membership is for yoga classes. As a runner, I have a treadmill at home or run outside. With some free weights at my house, I’m all set!


Rene Hall March 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Gym pet peeves: excessive locker room nakedness and taking the elevator when you are capable of walking up the stairs.
I am a group class junkie so a gym membership is a must. I actually have two gym memberships at the moment.
Brooke is so stinking adorable. Billy should do an internship in the Dallas area so I can watch her for you. Just something to think about.


aimee March 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

DONT DO IT!!!!!! i have two girls and with the first went the bling-purple-pink-glitter-border-chair-rail-half paint job in her room….WAS THE DEATH OF ME!!!! bad decision……when sammie (the little only in age not in mind) was born and i was going through that pregnant “remodel the house and all the neighbors’ houses” stage i went with taupe walls and black and white bedding accessories….its beautiful to everyone even after 8 years!……i can add splashes of color and all is good….you asked!!!! :)) by the way Badger Cove Sat.? in Livermore???? beautiful weather!!!!!

Reply March 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I love love love Target.
Some people like to go once or twice a week. I like to go once or twice a day.
I saw those cupcakes, too, and thought they might be good.
Right now Glenn and I are members at the Flagstaff Athletic Club. It’s a good thing because I think I am going to sign up for another Sprint Triathlon. That’s really what’s been on my mind lately. Should I? Shouldn’t I?
Decorating is so much fun!


Mia March 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Okay, so Brooke clearly has a sparkly bright personality, so sound like you’re on the right track with her room so far.
I’m a target EVERYTHING lover. But their clothes, easily can take up hours of my day. So much so that i haven’t allowed myself to even walk by the clothing aisles the last few times I’ve gone there.
Spot on with the workout playlist. Sometimes, I’m all whatever gets me running i don’t care what you think! An others I’m all oh please no one look at my running playlist!!!
Good for you for continuing to listen to your body. IT bands are a tricky one, seems like you’re doing it right.


melissa March 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

you probably won’t see this comment but i’ve been thinking all about my mission call today and i’m going to brazil!!! couldn’t be happier!


The Hungry Runner Girl March 15, 2013 at 5:20 am

Ahhhhhhhh congratulations!!!! That is beyond exciting!!!!!!!!!


Kristina March 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

New gym rule: Ladies, please don’t wear booty shorts and low cut tops and then get all bent out of shape when the boneheads stare. Like moths to a flame, it’s gonna happen.

I love Target’s clothes, especially now that they’re teaming up with new designers all the time.


runningwithscissors March 15, 2013 at 2:54 am

I love Target everything!!!! I limit myself to Target once a month. Thank goodness the nearest one is 60 miles away.


Michele @ Nycrunningmama March 15, 2013 at 3:09 am

One of my fav ways to get inspiration for rooms is to look at Pottery Barn / PBKids. The color combinations are really nice and they have some great ideas (and then I try to find cheaper versions – HA).
My sister did a purple and white them in her daugthers room (with mirrored butterflies) and I loved it.
If/when we have a little girl, my plan is to do yellow, white, and grey in her room!
PS. I love target.


Marilyn March 15, 2013 at 4:27 am

Oh my gosh, we loved – “The Clint Eastwood move in any gym is to walk up to the TV in a packed room full of ellipticals and treadmills, change it over to The History Channel, and light a cigar.” Awesome.


Kari @ Running Ricig March 15, 2013 at 5:21 am

My dad sent me that same article!

I used to have a gym membership, but gave it up when we got Bungee because I really didn’t have time to go if I was going to exercise her everyday, too. Sometimes I miss the classes, but that’s about it.


Ashley @ OurPersonalRecords March 15, 2013 at 5:24 am

I made those Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffins for my boyfriend, and they looked, smelled, and according to him tasted incredible!!


Holly March 15, 2013 at 5:45 am

Have you seen all of the new spring clothing for babies at Target yet?! O.M.G. I die. They are SO colorful- lots of neons! I just got G some new onesies..even though the last thing she needs is more clothes. But they were just too cute not to buy. There are even color block onesies. AHH!


Nikki @ run+breathe+be March 15, 2013 at 5:58 am

I love Target clothes! (And Target in general). There is a pair of purpley-blue-ish pants I have my eye on. They will be mine! I almost always buy clothes for my friends’ little ones from Target also.


Rachel March 15, 2013 at 6:17 am

I go to a gym I get my membership for free through work during the week and I also pay for another gym I use on the weekends. Crazy, I know.

I LOVE Target clothes! I own a ‘red card’ and therefore get 5% off every purchase AND free shipping for online orders. I usually order 1-2 a week and it’s usually off the clearance page!


Elizabeth @ Positive Change March 15, 2013 at 6:19 am

I use to have a gym membership, but now my apartment complex has a gym and no sense in spending extra cash! I LOVE target clothes!! I also find good sale items!


Lissy March 15, 2013 at 6:20 am

Whenever I am having a bad day I use my lunch break to go to Target. Which I end up finding a reason to go in there a lot. and since the ones here now have a grocery section that means I go in there at least 3 times a week…yikes!


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

Hahaha I love those gym rules, funny and true! I joined a gym about 2.5 years ago when I moved here to Chicago and the weather started making a turn for the worse! Defintiely learned the ins and outs of big gym membership… And Gina on Fitnessista did a post recently about her little girl’s room!


Caitlin March 15, 2013 at 7:09 am

I joined Planet Fitness about 4 months ago. First I joined for the $10/month deal and then I bumped it up to $20…I couldn’t resist Water Massage Bed usage! Love it! I’m in a new city and the roads are all crazy so I feel a lot safer using a treadmill…although I’m sure I’ll make use of the High School Track across the street!
I’ve been a part of a gym twice before…and it was SOOO expensive and I never went…so this is a nice change! Cheap and I actually go! :)

Omg. I love Target clothes! They have such cute things! It’s totally one of my go to places! :)


Alison March 15, 2013 at 7:11 am

I have tried the Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffins and they are yummy! There are pretty hard bits in the streusel topping, though – one of my kids thinks they are TOO hard, but whatever – I liked them. :)


Melissa Kreher March 15, 2013 at 7:19 am

There is are certain people I try to dodge at the gym. One girl likes to talk entirely too much. Once, she tapped me on the shoulder (because I had my ear buds in) in the middle of a run on the treadmill just to ask me where I got my shoes. This one guy (who wears tight jeans, tight black shirts, fancy shoes, and loads of hair gel) thought he would give me tips on how to do free weights. Ummm, I’ve been going to this gym a lot longer than you sir….perhaps I should’ve given him tips on appropriate gym attire. He also runs on the treadmill in his Jersey Shore get-up.


Jessica March 15, 2013 at 7:29 am

I love the smelly clothes rule – I wish people at my gym knew about it. I’d like to add a grunting rule. I understand that guys grunt when they’re pressing 1,000 pounds, but SERIOUSLY?! Keep that noise to a minimum.

I’ve had a gym membership since January and love being able to keep running. I live in Nebraska, so I’m not lucky enough to be able to run outside all year round!

Those Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffins look AMAZING!


shelly March 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

My gym is in the same parking lot as a burger king, ice cream place and a chinese restaurant.


Stephanie March 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

I’ve never seen someone take a phone call in a spin class, but yesterday I went to the gym to run on the treadmill and both of them were full. (It is a small gym and there are only two) On one of them was a girl walking very slowly and talking on her cell phone. Grrr! Is it just me, or is that really bad gym etiquette?


Blaire @ Just Been Running March 15, 2013 at 10:53 am

I have a gym membership to Snap Fitness because it’s only $49.99 for both the hubs and myself and you can cancel at any time…which won’t be happening, but it’s just nice to have that :) It’s a 24 hour gym too!



Kay March 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

Haha I love the gym rules! And cute new jeans, did Brooke get a pair too? :o)


Pam March 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Target has some really cute girl bedding (that’s where I got my daughter’s stuff). Buying online will give you more options as well. Good luck!


Odette March 16, 2013 at 12:05 am

This is a great post. ‘Avoid gyms next to Cinabons’ Brilliant,


kendra @ March 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

a gym membership is a must for me since i have 2 young kiddos home. they LOVE the kid stuff child watch. you definitely get used to who does what and at what times. it’s like a world within a world.


Lizzy March 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

those muffins are AMAZING and they make the house smell so good!!


Lisa March 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Really like your jeans…which brand from Target are they? thanks!


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