Yesterday was day one of the 11 week training schedule I made to prepare for the North Face Endurance Half Marathon Trail Run. Originally on the schedule was my first day of Insanity and a 9pm soccer game, unfortunately due to the weather soccer was cancelled. To ease back into things, after a week off of working out, I went to yoga over lunch also. The Monday 12-1 teacher at my gym is normally pretty meh but yesterday that class was great. I actually got in a good sweat, which she has yet to accomplish until now!
After work I cleared out the living room and set up for Insanity. After Kayla’s post yesterday I decided to snap a photo pre work out in hopes I can see some change in 30 days. Insanity is intended to be done 6x a week and they have a 30 day challenge. Because of everything else going on in my life 6x a week just isn’t going to happen. I currently have it on my schedule for 2-3x a week and who knows, maybe I’ll do it more but for now this is fine. Day 1 with Insanity is a Fit Test. There are 8 moves that you do for 1 minute and you record the number of reps you were able to complete. You retest every 2 weeks I believe to track your progress. My roommate works from home on Mondays so she had the pleasure of watching me whine all the way through the video. It was exhausting and I am convinced the air in my apartment is beyond dry because my throat felt like it was on fire. Or perhaps it’s the radiation coming off my ghetto TV (which BTW will be replaced when my new roomie moves in in a few weeks, woah HD HERE I COME).On the schedule today is a lifting session with the boy and I’m quite excited. I NEED to incorporate more weights into my routine to build up some muscle. Word on the street is muscle takes more fuel to maintain so I am hoping to cut some flub and add some muscle so my body can do its own thing and continue eating away at the junk in my trunk. I have no clue what he has planned but he has been pretty cruel lately at the gym so I am excited. I’m pretty sore from Insanity / yoga (she really worked us) but I should be fine. Besides if it was easy every one would do it : ) I like being in that special club of lady lifters.
On top of patiently waiting to start working out again I have been up to a little cooking. I know I have mentioned this before but I love making a large pot of something or another and then bringing it to work to eat all week for lunches. It is so easy and I get something warm in the middle of the day! No sandwiches for this gal. Originally I had planned on making a concoction I could throw over some mixed greens but I ended up with chili.
1lb ground beef – I used 93%
1 medium green bell pepper
3 small carrots
6-8 white mushrooms
1 can chili tomatoes
1 can tomatoes with green chiles
When it comes to using canned vegetables / tomatoes always check the labels! I will only buy cans that don’t have wonky ingredients. AKA I just want tomatoes and some spices, nothing else. The carrots in this turned out a little hard so I would suggest boiling them / throwing them in the microwave to soften up a little before getting going. Cut up all the vegetables and set aside. In a non stick pan add in the ground beef, using a wooden spoon break it up a bit and then add in the vegetables (not the canned goods). You won’t need any fat because the beef has it in it. For 1lb of beef you are supposed to use 1/4 a cup of taco seasoning. I put about half in at this point along with salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook until the meat is brown and all the vegetables are cooked. Add the two cans of tomatoes, the remaining taco seasoning, and cover with a lid. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes you have a basic quick chili! Oh and if you have cats they will be stalking you because they heard you use the can opener…Speaking of furbabies Sasha was a real model in the car to and from the parental units house. She was born for the camera. On the way home (pics with pink blanket) she was super tired from playing with other dogs all weekend, she tried really hard to keep her eyes open and look alert but inevitably passed out hard snuggling with the door.