Posts Tagged ‘Tacos’
No rain on Tuesday morning so we laced up the tennis shoes and headed out to hit the pavement. It was a very chilly morning so I had to wear pants and a long sleeve shirt but Tim didn’t care and headed out in his t-shirt and shorts. Again, another reminder that the weather in Ohio gets very cold very quickly. Before we headed out I visited my old friend Peanut Butter Puffins and Almond Breeze Almond Milk. I don’t know why but it felt like I hadn’t had these in forever so it was like going to see an old friend from college when I poured them in my bowl! Tim stuck to the usual peanut butter on an English muffin.
We decided that since my Susan G. Komen 5K is in just a few weeks I really need to set a plan for myself to make it through the next few weeks so this week we decided on doing at least 2 miles every morning. Next week step it up to 2.5 then 2.75 and then 3. That should take me perfectly into the 5K. This morning we ended up running a little over 2 so that was pretty awesome except that the hill toward the end was almost the death of me. We made it through though and I was at least happy that Tim was struggling just as much as I was! It is always better to struggle together rather than separately right? I mean, of course, I would rather no one suffer through it but hey everyone likes good company.
So anyway, after a great run we came in and I rushed to get ready for work so I wasn’t late for my first day of training. Training this week is rough because we do so much sitting. They do a great job at letting us get up and move around for group projects but we are still sitting uncomfortably in chairs pretty much all day. They feed us lunch so I ended up eating some chicken fingers, I did sneak in a few breaded ones but stuck mostly to the grilled ones, with some mixed veggies, salad, and fruit. I don’t usually like these catered lunches but this one was OK. Not great… but OK.
I was home a little later than usual because on top of the week long training class they also hosted a reception at this restaurant called the Galaxy in Wadsworth. It is a pretty good restaurant- I have been there a few times with my parents and our proms were hosted there. The good is good and they have quite a variety of different rooms you can eat at. There is a bar, a more formal dining area, and a few others big rooms to host functions. Worth checking out if you are ever in the area and well, kind of the only place in Wadsworth to check out!
When I got home Tim had dinner ready already! TACO MINI MEATLOAFS! My sister introduced Tim and I to mini meatloaves- kind of the typical meatloaf but in mini sizes and Tim mentioned it to a girl at work and she suggested we make them with taco seasoning and TADA… it was so good I wish I could eat it every night. So I just had it one night (well and left overs) with some taco rice on the side and some corn on the cob that Amanda brought us (BEST CORN EVER)! Tim sure can make one of the best dinners! Not to mention it was so nice coming home to a nice meal waiting for me after a very long day. So if you do want to make these yourselves just start with a regular meatloaf recipe, add in taco seasoning, and cook them in a muffin pan! You will not be sorry- I promise!
Ok but on to the BEST part of the evening. So we moved in over15 months ago and we have HATED our pantry area since the day we loved in. I mean it wasn’t even really a pantry it was just a big open space under the stairs and in the kitchen that was the best place to put a pantry. So this area has been this ridiculously messy and disorganized and it sort of makes me twitch every time I open the door. We tried this ugly cheap freestanding plastic shelf and didn’t like it so we bought this nice freestanding steel thing and it has been working pretty well but was still too small. So when we went next door and saw that Mark and Casey put in a Rubbermaid Pantry kit and screwed the wire shelves into the wall and just created this beautiful masterpiece. I immediately told Tim “WE NEED TO DO THAT” and sure enough I came home from my day and Tim had the wires all out and was already working hard. NOW it looks beautiful. I can’t wait for my parents to come over and see Tim’s handy work- my dad also twitched every time he opened that door. So there you have it… over a year later and we are finally making improvements haha. YAY US. So yea you have no idea how excited I get to open that pantry door… I just do it for fun now because it makes me so happy. Who knew that organization could turn a girl on?
Tell me! What do you HAVE to have organized or you will go CRAZY?!
Yes, it is that time again… Monday! The day that everyone dreads because the work week starts and the weekend ends. But I always try to think of it like this… let’s say I got every Monday off and I didn’t start work till Tuesday. Well, then I would just hate Tuesdays. So I think that means it is the whole idea of having to go to work that we all dread and not so much the actual Monday part so with that being said let’s all take a vow now to not trash Monday’s. Hence the title… Monday Bashing Ends Here.
So I feel like I had an interesting thing happen to me- a revelation if you well to check it out read about it click here. Today was a new week which means a slightly different interval to keep things interesting.
|Warm Up||5 min|
I mean I know it doesn’t sound like much of an improvement but let me assure you it made things tougher. Plus, I am not here to impress and my goal at the end of all of this is to enjoy running and to use it as something I do because I want to do it not because I have to do it. If I would have set that interval timer for 25 min of straight running today I would have been dreading it the entire time and that’s not what I am about. So, yea that was my interval and there was my reasoning for it. This morning was another great morning because (drum roll please) TIM WENT WITH ME AGAIN! I mean it is just fantastic that he is willing to get up at 5:30AM to spend some time with me and get some exercise. I should do something nice for him to tell him how much I appreciate it. Any ideas?
During today’s run we took a small detour to give us the extra 3 min or so that we needed with the added interval time. Tim mapped it out later and said we are going a smidge over 2 miles which I thought was pretty good considering a 5 min warm up with a total less than 30 min. I had some trouble getting going during the first 6min probably because I ate so much over the weekend and just didn’t take care of my body like I should have. The 2nd and 3rd set was much easier and I found that I was actually ENJOYING myself. Yep- you read that right, I am starting to enjoy running. Either that or I just like the fresh air and the time I get to spend with Tim in the morning. It really does amaze me at how much your body can change over a very small amount of time. So it has only been one week since I really made this commitment and it is either in my head that I am starting to look and feel healthier or it is actually happening and well regardless of which one it is- it’s a good thing.
Things Tim and I pondered on our run today…
- What to do to celebrate Rose and Adam’s 1 year wedding anniversary while they are here with us this weekend?
- What to get Mark for his birthday this weekend?
- When should we schedule a dinner with his grandparents?
- Plus a lot of laughing about random things going on in our lives
So the run ended, we stretched for a bit and then headed our separate ways to work. Which just stinks when you realize how much time you spend at work vs. how much time you spend at home enjoying yourself! Work went well today and I was able to have lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. We chatted about life and work and just caught up about everything. The older and busier I get the more emphasis I try to put on my friends and family and really make an effort to show them and tell them how much I care and appreciate them. What is really nice is when you work with friends and people you are about- that way you can combine what would usually be a typical lunch hour into something great and meaningful. I ended up eating a “make your own pizza” for lunch which I put olive oil and salt and pepper for my base and added grilled chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, a bit of mozzarella cheese, and some buffalo hot sauce to. Here is where I just gotta be honest with all of you… I also splurged and got a buckeye (peanut butter and chocolate ball for those of you that are not familiar with our Ohio desserts) and it was sooo good! I figure I know I have been working hard and I don’t need to deprive myself of the goodies I want to eat so I had one and I didn’t regret it for even one second. Although- I was ready to go to Rowing class after that!
The work day ended and I headed off to my parent’s house for Monday night rowing/CrossFit class (I was nice enough to stop and put gas in Tim’s car first J) and made it there in enough time to chat with my dad before the other ladies showed up. To my very pleasant surprise Abby was there for class! Abby was my very first best friend in the world. I met her in 1st grade when we moved into our new house. Most of the kids had gone to Kindergarten together and already knew each other so I was a little intimated but lucky for me I met Abby! Abby was so kind and so sweet and I still love and appreciate her to this day for that. What is really great is that when Abby and I became close our mom’s did too. Her mom started and still come to my mom for workout class so it’s great to still be so close to a family we have known for such a long time. In any case, Abby was my partner tonight so besides working hard and sweating uncontrollable we just laughed and had a great time! Rowing class was lot of heavy lifting tonight (gotta get those nice guns for my wedding right?)
- 10 min warm-up on the rower
- Kettle bell Swings
- This plank thing on the Pilates machine
- Air squats and squats with the Olympic bar
- Thrusters w/ the Olympic Bar
- Lunges w/out ever standing up
- Then we finished it up with a 500 meter race which Abby won.
Darn you Abby I like to be the winner.. UGH
I came home to wonderful Tim who made us some tacos for dinner while I showered off my stinky from workout class. We enjoyed dinner together and rather than taking in all those extras carbs with the taco shells I did a taco salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, taco meat, peppers, onions, cilantro (omg I wish I could eat this on everything), salsa, and a dollop of sour cream! Delicious… want me to prove it… look below!
Then we really ended the night with a bang with these amazing sorbet things. I mean I was pretty pumped when Tim said he picked them up at BJ’s but then I was even more excited when he handed it to me! I chose the orange flavor and was totally SURPRISED when it came out and was actually in an orange! I mean check those things out below… they are amazing. Tim’s mango tasted so good and was even cooler looking than my orange. Ugh- maybe I’ll try to the mango tomorrow then! Although… the coconut looks really great so maybe I’ll go that route instead. So many choices!
Check back soon to find out what I chose!