Recipe Monday

Mexican Quinoa

I love love LOVE this versatile dish, adapted ever so slightly from Annie’s Eats. It’s hearty, but not heavy and super tasty. It’s good warm or cold as a salad. It makes a good topping for a burger if you’re going bun-less too.

Yummy in my tummy

Yummy in my tummy

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chili peppers, with juice
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice from half a lime

Directions:

  • Add oil to a medium saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapenos and saute for a minute or two.
  • Add quinoa, chicken broth, black beans, tomatoes and corn and bring to a boil. Simmer covered for about a half hour until liquid is absorbed. I took the lid off for the last five minutes and stirred it every once in a while.
  • Add cilantro, lime juice and salt. Enjoy!

Quick-glance nutrition information (from myfitnesspal app)

Servings: 5 (1 cup each) | Calories: 262 | Fat: 4.8 grams | Carbs: 46.9 grams | Protein: 12.5 grams

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Week In Review

Truth

Source: theberry.com

Source: theberry.com

Well, I got a kick in the butt when I got measured for the first time in a while yesterday. My behavior the last few months has definitely caught up with me. I’m trying to focus on the positive things instead of being disappointed in myself. I set a goal to be in the best shape of my life by my 30th birthday. That’s two weeks from tomorrow and I think I can safely say now that I’ve met that goal.

This time last year I didn’t think I could run a 5k. This time two years ago, I struggled to run a mile. This morning I ran 6.25 miles.

This time last year, the only strength training I did were the machines at the gym. This time two years ago I was pretty much all flab. Yesterday morning I tackled a battle ropes workout (with some misery lol). I do strength training 3 days a week now. I continue to workout with my trainer. I don’t think I could have imagined doing these things two years ago.

I need to keep this in mind when I’m beating myself up over my recent weight gain. I peaked with my weight loss in November. Then the holidays hit. Then busy season at work hit. Somewhere in there I got burnt out on tracking calories. Right now I’m silencing the part of my brain that’s telling me I’m making excuses. No, those things are realities of life. And the awesome thing is, I can recognize that and move past it. I’m still on my journey.

I mean, I’m still contemplating running a freaking half marathon! Of course, I’ll head up the stairs to bed in a little while and wonder if my knees can handle one. But that’s what training is for, right?

So even though I was disappointed while I was being measured yesterday, I’m not going to let it get me down. I’ve been doing a lot of good for myself over the last year or so. I’m going to appreciate that. And I know the next decade of my life is going to bring some pretty great things for me.

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Week In Review

Back At It

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

For anyone in the Northeast, I’m sure you’re feeling pretty jazzed about how nice the weather was today. It was almost enough to make up for the fact that it’s Sunday. I started the day off with a long run. I mapped a route that was overly ambitious though and ended up walking over a half mile back home. As much as I had been looking forward to today because I wanted a nice long run, my head wasn’t into it. I think I set myself up for mental failure a little because when I was mapping out my route, I knew it was a bit more of an increase than recommended and I couldn’t shake that idea. But I thought I’d try it. And I’m not going to beat myself up that. It did turn out to be a nice route and I’ll probably try it again next Sunday!

So my “rest” week is over. I can’t say I made a lot of good choices during my week of not tracking. But I think I got my head back in the game. I started tracking again yesterday and it didn’t feel like a chore. I’m going to do more weeks “off” in the future so that I don’t get burned out again. Perhaps every other month I’ll take a week off so I can mentally reboot. The best part of the week was how nice it was to cook and not have to weigh/measure everything. I could throw some chicken and veggies in a pot for soup and it only took a few minutes.

I’m hoping that in the somewhat near future (later this year?) I won’t have to track at all. Once I reach my goal, I’m going to switch to tracking for maintenance and hopefully be able to wean off once I get a good idea of what my daily nutritional needs are for maintaining my weight.

Has anyone had experience with that? I get kind of anxious thinking about it. Even when my trainer suggested I not track for a week last weekend, I felt a certain fear. I don’t know if it’s fear of the unknown (since tracking has become a way of life for me) or a fear of failure. I guess all I can do is try to set myself up with the tools for success by continuing to build good habits and use tracking for as long as I need to.

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Mid-Week Break

An Update: Ugh My Belly

Happy Wednesday. It’s been five days of not tracking what I eat. I’m not sure if it’s helping yet. I’m still exhibiting self-sabotaging behavior. It’s like I’m on autopilot shoving junk into my mouth while my brain is saying, “why are you doing this?” Yet I still don’t stop.

Even though my diet is out of whack, I still have some positive things going on. I signed up for two races in June! Both are in the same weekend actually – oops. The first one is a 5k for a charity that my work sponsors. The second is a 10k that sounds really fun and scenic. And there’s finishers medals! I haven’t done any races with medals yet, so I’m actually really excited about that. It’ll be pretty cool to have physical proof of my accomplishment.

And I need to start focusing on my accomplishments more, instead of beating myself up for not sticking to my healthy eating plan. I’m still in the best shape of my life. I’m still sticking to my workouts. This is just a little blip in the journey.

A blip that I want to end soon because I am so freaking uncomfortable right now! Remind me of this feeling tomorrow when i decide chocolate is a good idea…

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Recipe Monday

Skinny BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

Do you ever make something a lot and love it, and then the “season” for it ends and you forget about it? That’s what happened to me with this Skinny BBQ Turkey Meatloaf. Last winter I was making this all the time. And I totally forget about it this past winter, until I was trying to think of something to make with ground turkey that wasn’t meatballs. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner.

It comes out really moist and I like that you can customize it based on your BBQ sauce preferences. I like it with Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle sauce. I wish I had a pretty picture to share of this one, but I don’t. But if you head on over to Skinny Kitchen, you can check it out for yourself.

I recommend trying this recipe out soon, because if you’re like me, once the temperature warms up a bit more, I won’t be using my oven again for a long time.

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