Posted in Fitness, Food

Expansion of photo tracker post

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I haven’t taken a picture of food since the cupcake.  I’ve been eating fairly well, though. Notable foods from yesterday include grilled steak with mixed veggies, and a doughnut. Not at the same time, but you see what I mean by “fairly” well.  I basically covered both ends of the spectrum, there.

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The new job has been going exceptionally well.  I just need to remember that it’s only my first couple of days, so they’re supposed to be easy.  The only problem I have now is leaving on time…I stayed late again last night and my car was the only one left in the lot.

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I tried a spin class yesterday, though, and actually had fun!  Of course my butt muscles hurt today, despite my efforts that included using a towel for cushioning 😛

Today I’ve got a lunch packed, and work out clothes packed, so I’m ready to take on the next group fitness class.

Posted in Fitness, Life + Living, Strength Training

Rode my bike to work! And then some..

Yesterday was a good enough day weather-wise that I decided to check out the route to work.   When I ‘measured’ it in my car, it was about 5.5 miles.  Google Maps estimated it at 4.7 miles.  When I geared up, I was prepared to do between 9.4-11 miles.

I did it–and getting to work actually went faster than expected!  I took a victory photo and then started heading back towards home.  Wanting some accountability, I had posted a message on Facebook as an open invitation to meet me at a coffee shop that was right on the way home, so I went there next.

Sparkling Mint Lime White Tea.  Yummo.  I would LOVE to know how to make something as delicious as this at home without all the sweetness.  It tasted delicious, but I still had some miles ahead of me and it made my mouth all sticky.  I had maybe half of it and then refilled my water bottle.  I just looked it up online, and for a tea, it’s still not a great choice nutrition-wise:  240 calories, 60 carbs, 58g sugar, 67mg caffeine.  Well… Coffee Shops still remain firmly in the treat category…

No one took me up on my offer to meet up.  After hanging out for about an hour looking at the Parade of Homes catalogue and studying a little bit (textbook on my phone, booya), it was time to head back.

The only problem?  I live in a highway dense neighborhood.  I took a wrong turn.  On my bike. And had to go 3 miles out of the way to correct it.  Oi!

Whoops. Apparently clover-leaves are not lucky.

So after a long and tiring ride wherein I was thankful for both Dubstep and Sunscreen, I returned home, little worse for wear.  All day yesterday after my ride I had tightness in my chest and I would cough if I breathed too deeply.  Nothing to be worried about, just a little exercise-induced asthma like symptoms. I think if I want to continue doing this that I’ll need to get some biker shorts and maybe talk to my doc about the post-cardio breathing issues.  I mean, they’re not bad enough to interfere with usual tasks, but it’s a little scary to have a coughing fit induced just by taking a deep breath.

Anyway, I’m going to start with once or twice per week, and build it up from there 🙂 It went really well.

Posted in Fitness, Food, Recipe

Recipe: New Orleans Style Stuffed Peppers

So, instead of skipping my workout and going home to make dinner tonight, I stayed at work and did a Zumba DVD.  Before I went, though, I e-mailed the recipe for tonight’s dinner to Rah-rah and asked if he could make it happen.  Mr. Roomie got home before Rah-rah did though, so Mr. Roomie made it instead.  It was pretty tasty and really filling! One problem, though: he didn’t cook any of the filling =P he just kind of mixed, stuffed and baked and cut out the first few steps.  Lucky enough it was alright in the end 😀 45 minutes at 350 still cooks it alright.  Next time will be EVEN Better!

New Orleans Style Stuffed Peppers
Ingredients:
1 package sausage, diced2+ cups brown rice
3 jalepenos, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, diced
1-2 Table Spoons EVOO
Directions:
Move the oven rack to the middle of the oven and preheat to 350.
1) Prepare brown rice per directions on the box (make at least 2 cups.. can make extra as a side-dish if desired)
2) while rice is cooking, dice sausages, garlic, onion and jalepenos and heat in a skillet with a little bit of EVOO
NOTE:  use the food-processor to dice to save time and teary eyes while dicing ingredients.  Remember to remove seeds from jalepeno unless you want us to be mad at you for making it too hot =P (food processor is in the cupboard above the fridge.  Good luck.)
3) Once rice is done, mix 2 cups rice with diced ingredients.
4) Cut the tops off of the bell peppers, de-seed and de-vein.
5) Stuff the peppers with the mixture and bake in a cake-pan or appropriate container at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until the bell pepper is done.