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A Good Start

Someone needs to go back to Kindergarten for calendar time… Yesterday I announced that in exactly 7 months I’d be running my first full marathon. In exactly 7 months, I’ll actually be at my sister’s wedding. Whoops! Equally as exciting, but not the same thing. The 2014 Chicago Marathon is actually on October 12, making it less than 7 months away! Okay, that’s still a ways away, but I’m sure time will fly (whether I’m having fun or not).

Today I felt pretty motivated about my workout. I had a great day at work and when I got out, it was a lot warmer out than I expected it be. I hadn’t really planned any workout per se, I just wanted to do something. There’s no avoiding it now, I’ve gotta stay in shape! I decided to keep it simple and go for a run in the ‘hood. (AKA South Hammond). You can imagine my excitement when I realized that there was no more snow on the sidewalks! I took off fast and kept on going. If weren’t for a midrun phone call, my pace would have been just over 9 minutes per mile. I ran 3.15 miles total in 30 minutes on the dot. Not too shabby! Especially since I was once again experiencing asthma-like symptoms.

This afternoon, I wanted to experiment a bit to see when I start having symptoms and if anything lessens them. I’m going to try tracking this for a few weeks before going to a doctor because I’d rather not be on meds or have to use an inhaler. I’m also planning on doing some research on breathing and lung expanding exercises. With the popularity of natural medicine, there’s got to be something I can do without meds right?

Back to my workout, after my run I popped in a Pilates DVD I’ve had forever and did the 10 minute arm toning portion. Big problem. I’m totally inflexible and I my hand weights aren’t heavy enough anymore. So I guess that’s one little problem, and one good problem. I didn’t feel like it was that great of an arm workout, so I’ll be scouring Pinterest soon to find some 10-20 minute weight sessions. And I’ll be investing in some 5 lb hand weights.

My eating has been sort of okay lately. I haven’t been worrying about calories too much, just really watching my portions. I still have a major sweet tooth I need to deal with. But with training for a new job and an extra little side project in the works, I don’t really have the mental strength to focus on my sugar intake. I’ll get back there eventually. ¬†Yesterday, I made a turkey breast in the Crockpot, roasted red potatoes, and a side salad for dinner. I even made my own dressing. It was delicious! Tonight’s dinner was “tacos”. I feel like tacos aren’t really tacos when you add beans and veggies to them, but my Mexican husband assures me that they can still be considered tacos. So we used flour tortillas, and added refried beans, taco meat (with my own seasonings instead of the packet), sauteed zucchini and corn, shredded cheese, Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream), and medium taco sauce. I had two. Since I only had a bowl of cereal with almond milk for breakfast, and a banana with a blueberry muffin Larabar for lunch, I think my dinner was just right.

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I realize this may look fairly unappetizing, but I promise, it was fantastic!

All in all, a good start to the week! What meals do you have planned this week? Any suggestions for my asthma symptoms?

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Creamy Avocado Black Olive Quesadilla

Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. So much has happened since the last time I posted. ¬†All good things, promise. I owe you a vacation update, but there are a few, more important, matters to mention first. Namely, interviews and quesadillas. While I was packing last Friday for vacation, I received a phone call from a potential employer about setting up an interview. Great timing right? So I gave them my first available time after we got home which was 9am today. No way better to dive back into the real world (and frigid temperatures) than to go on a job interview (in 2 degree weather) 18 hours post-vacation! I think the interview went well, not my dream job but I think it’s something I’d enjoy. So we’ll see what happens.

On to quesadillas. After watching my cutie patootie niece all afternoon, I was a little to tired to get groceries. I’m still running on a lack of sleep from our trip (more on that later) and there is hardly any food in the house. So quesadillas it was! Disclaimer – these are absolutely not healthy. They just taste really good. Calorie -wise you’re looking at about 735 calories for the whole thing including plain Greek yogurt for dipping. Yikes! Should I also mention that I used lots of cheese and generic flour tortillas. All kinds of “poison” here folks. Ocassionally and indulgent meal isn’t a diet breaker. With all that said, if you’d like to make this on your own…

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Yes, I did eat most of this before I thought to take a picture…

Ingredients:

2 10″ burrito sized tortillas

Neufchatel cheese (if anyone knows how to pronounce this, do share.)

1/4 cup shredded Queso Quesadilla cheese (I used Kraft brand but any shredded Mexican cheese would work)

1/2 Avocado, cubed

2 TBSP sliced black olives

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

olive oil spray

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp hot taco sauce

Putting It Together:

  • Spread Neufachatel cheese on one tortilla. Top with shredded quesadilla cheese.
  • Add cubed avocado and black olives.
  • Sprinkle cumin, oregano, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper over entire tortilla.
  • Heat a medium or large skillet over medium low heat and spray with olive oil spray.
  • When olive oil begins to sizzle, add tortilla with cheese, avocado, black olive, and seasonings on it to the skillet filling side up.
  • Place the second tortillas on top and lightly press down.
  • Cook for a few minutes, pressing top tortilla shell down until cheese begins to melt.
  • In the meantime mix Greek yogurt and taco sauce together in a small bowl.
  • Flip the quesadilla (I used tongs and a spatula for support) and let the other side cook for another minute or two.
  • Transfer to a plate and cut into triangles with a sharp knife.
  • Top with Greek yogurt taco sauce and serve warm.

Pretty simple, and really yummy. How do you fill your quesadillas?