Category Archives: Taco Tuesday

Eating just to Eat

Last night of course was Taco Tuesday…and surprisingly we are still not sick of it! I think we’ve been on our Taco Tuesday kick every week without fail for well over a month, if not more.  Bring on the Mexican food! 🙂

For our tacos we had:

  • Re-fried Vegetarian Beans
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Salsa
  • Hot Sauce
  • Chips

I made a taco pile and enjoyed a glass of Skinny Girl Margarita.  I just can’t seem to eat tacos without it!

It was a delicious dinner but I was completely stuffed.  Two taco piles will do that to ya I guess!

Family Walk

After dinner Andy and I decided to take the dogs for a walk.  We have not done that in so long so it was nice to get out and spend some quality time with our lil’ family.

Plus, these two crazy monsters needed to do something with their never-ending energy:

Who, Me?

This is just our warm up

We walked around the neighborhood for about a half hour and enjoyed the nice, warm evening.

When we got back everyone was looking a bit tired

I'm not ready for bed, I just need to rest my eyes

Andy and Sophia even shared a special moment relaxing on the couch:

She is quite the Diva in the household

Eating just to Eat

Once I sat back down on the couch and caught up on the latest episode of Millionaire Matchmaker (holy first date in the hot tub!), I felt hungry. Well, to be honest I wasn’t all that hungry but I really wanted something sweet to munch on.  A small bowl of cereal did the trick!  Sometimes I eat just to eat.  There, I said it 😉

I don’t care that I do this sometimes and in fact, I enjoy it.  I enjoy food so much and sometimes I do just eat simply because I want to.

I also sometimes eat because I am bored, tired, happy or upset.  I admit that I do use food for comfort from time to time.  But I am OK with it. I don’t do it often, but I do think it’s completely normal to want something to comfort you, and for me it’s sometimes just a warm, filling meal.

My focus on food and exercise has changed dramatically over the last few years.  I’ve gone from meticulously counting grams of protein, carbs, and fat (especially during Figure Competition prep) to counting scoops of ice cream at Dairy Queen (and making sure I get plenty!)

I’m not saying I don’t care about what I eat (because I do!), but I certainly don’t go crazy.  I’ve found a balance that works for me.  To some, my diet may be unhealthy.  I mean I ate tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream at dinner (which is just fine by me).  But by others’ healthy living standards it may be junk.  It’s all just food to me and I like it all.  The good, the bad, and the extra greasy.

Question:

Do you ever eat just to eat?

I Love Interval Workouts

Since coming back from San Diego I’ve had to jump right back into my workout schedule since I teach Group Exercise regularly at work.  I find that getting right back on track with my workouts after a vacation is the best way to get back on a normal schedule.

I go through a slight post vacation depression (typically Monday morning!) but as soon as I get back on a schedule I feel much better. And as much as I miss vacation, and partying with my friends, I certainly don’t miss the hangovers!

Interval Workouts

Tuesday during my 30-minute lunch break I tackled an interval workout on the treadmill that I came up with.  Here’s what I did:

This workout was pretty challenging and just what I needed to get my workout mojo back post vacation!  It was not as hard as this interval workout (which makes me want to say some really bad things while running on a 15% incline!) but it was still a great, sweaty cardio workout (especially the minute at 6mph and 10%!)

I love interval workouts and typically do them when I am pressed for time.  Since I only have 30 minutes for lunch I like to make the most of it by working hard.  I simply don’t have time to slack.  I put my head phones on and I go!

Taco Tuesday

I’m not sure if there is a correlation between interval workouts and increased cravings for Mexican food, but I seriously have been craving it like crazy! Luckily Andy and I share the same passion for cheese, salsa, and sour cream so our Taco Tuesday tradition has not gotten old!

I made my usual taco pile with the following ingredients:

  • Spanish rice
  • Vegetarian re-fried beans
  • Organic sour cream (organic tastes so much better! It’s worth the extra dollar or two!)
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Salsa

I went back for a second pile:

I love Mexican food so much that I’ve had it 4 days in a row!! And I could probably keep it going, but I think tonight I’ll mix it up and make something else….we’ll see 😉

Work Picnic

On Wednesday my work had a picnic and awards ceremony for our directorate group.  We enjoyed a nice spread of cook out foods, like hamburgers, BBQ chicken, veggie burgers and an array of side dishes and dessert.  I love having a party on the clock! 🙂

I filled my plate with a sampling of all sorts of goodies including a veggie burger, potato salad, pineapple casserole (which is awesome!), hummus, and salad.  For dessert I had two small brownies.  It was all delish!

We spent the afternoon eating, mingling, and playing games.  All in a days work 😉

Have a great day everyone!

Question:

What meal could you have multiple days in a row and not get sick of? Along with Mexican food I could also eat seafood bisque and crab cakes day after day…oh how I miss the beach!

Blah Workouts

During my lunch break on Tuesday I decided to workout.  Since I work the early shift (6-2:30pm) working out during the lunch hour works best for me.  There’s no way I want to wake up earlier than 5AM to workout (gross) and working out in the evening is hard for me.  I lose all motivation to exercise when I go home.  Lunch time workouts have been a great solution!

Blah Workouts

However, on Tuesday I felt kind of blah when I was going through my workout.  Nothing sounded appealing to me.  The thought of spending 30-minutes on a cardio machine was almost depressing.  I guess I am still thinking of my lovely beach runs from last week! Transitioning from the beautiful sand and sun to the treadmill has been tough.  Instead of staying on one machine, I decided to do a bit of everything.

First, I started with a slow jog (5.0 speed) on the treadmill for 10 minutes to warm up.  Then I completed a short circuit of weights to keep me moving:


I repeated the exercises back to back then took about a minute’s rest and completed a 2nd round.

I finished up my 30-minute workout with 5 minutes on the AMT (level 5) and 5 minutes on the upright bike (level 6, RPM 85-95).

To be honest, I wasn’t feeling this workout.  I couldn’t shake the blah feeling.  But it was something and I am happy I moved my body!  The positive to having blah workouts is that it makes me really appreciate the times I have amazing workouts and feel great.  Can’t win em’ all!

Taco Tuesday

Luckily Taco Tuesday wasn’t a blah meal! I couldn’t wait to cook up the goods and dig in!

Something about Taco Tuesday  makes me want a margarita real bad.  Thank goodness I had some Skinny Girl Margarita left in the fridge!

Looks like my Pizza Friday Uniform has become my Taco Tuesday outfit as well! 😉

Tonight’s Taco Tuesday included a mixture of chicken, canned corn, and canned black beans seasoned and sauteed with salt, pepper, taco seasoning, garlic powder, chili powder and olive oil:

I just love using items from my pantry.  I always try to have beans, corn, and other canned goodies for nights like these.

Dinner came together in no time and Andy and I were ready to feast!

Another Taco Pile made it into my belly and I was a happy girl.  I was so happy I went back for seconds and devoured a bowl of ice cream while catching up on the Bachelorette (this is when Andy and I make our separate ways for a bit 😉 ).  It was a great Tuesday night!

Question:

How often do you have a “blah” workout?

Full Fat is Where it’s At!

Last night was another successful Taco Tuesday!

Included in our buffet of taco ingredients were:

  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Organic Sour Cream
  • Rice
  • Vegetarian beans
  • Sauteed sweet peppers and mushrooms
  • Chopped tomato
  • Guacamole Hummus
  • Hot salsa
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Tortillas

First, I washed and chopped some fresh veggies that I picked up at Trader Joes over the weekend:

These mini sweet peppers rule! They are so delicious.

I sauteed the veggies in some olive oil and fresh garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper

Next I made some Spanish inspired rice by using leftover brown rice Andy had made the other night.

In the rice went:

  • Cilantro (dry)
  • Chili Powder
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

I also heated up a can of refried vegetarian beans in the microwave. We were going to have leftover chicken that Andy had made, but unfortunately we left it in the oven (which was off) overnight and for the whole day. Since neither of us are into food poisoning we decided to forgo the chicken.  Vegetarian Taco Tuesday it was! 🙂

I made another taco pile for my dinner:

My eyes were bigger than my stomach tonight and I ate only about half of my pile! Or perhaps I was saving room for ice cream…which we got later 😉

This sour cream was absolutely the star of Taco Tuesday.  It’s probably the best store bought I’ve had! Full fat sour cream also makes a difference in my opinion. The low fat or fat free is bland.  Full fat is where it’s at! 🙂

After dinner Andy and I headed to Half Price Books. I am in need of beach reading material when I head to the beach this weekend for a week.

I ended up getting a few books (I even got one for $1!) and so did Andy.  It was a successful trip!

After our book purchases we headed to Jerry’s Dari for ice cream.  Andy and I both share a passion for ice cream and I love it.

What a dream boat

We each got flurries, which are basically blizzards.  They were amazing as always.  Andy got Oreo and I got Oreo and Reese Cup mixed together, which is only the best combination ever!

By the time we got home it was nearly 10pm which is bedtime for this grandma.

The Shorts

This morning started out with a walk with Boo and Sophia.  It was not nearly as hot as Monday, which was nice.  But that didn’t stop Sophia from collapsing on the patio to cool down:

Boo also was looking for some shade:

I was perfectly content since I was wearing my favorite pair of shorts:

Andy wanted me to clarify that he doesn’t hate these shorts (I said he did the other day) but he just likes to make fun of them because I literally live in them.  OK, glad we cleared that up.  Andy’s reputation is not ruined and he’s still the nicest guy in the world 🙂

I will wear these until they are falling apart…which I hope is not any time soon!

Questions:

Do you have any clothing that you wear over and over again?

Do you eat full fat, reduced fat, or fat free dairy products? I like to eat mostly full fat, especially cheese and sour cream.  However, I do like low fat milk!

Full Fat is Where it's At!

Last night was another successful Taco Tuesday!

Included in our buffet of taco ingredients were:

  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Organic Sour Cream
  • Rice
  • Vegetarian beans
  • Sauteed sweet peppers and mushrooms
  • Chopped tomato
  • Guacamole Hummus
  • Hot salsa
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Tortillas

First, I washed and chopped some fresh veggies that I picked up at Trader Joes over the weekend:

These mini sweet peppers rule! They are so delicious.

I sauteed the veggies in some olive oil and fresh garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper

Next I made some Spanish inspired rice by using leftover brown rice Andy had made the other night.

In the rice went:

  • Cilantro (dry)
  • Chili Powder
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

I also heated up a can of refried vegetarian beans in the microwave. We were going to have leftover chicken that Andy had made, but unfortunately we left it in the oven (which was off) overnight and for the whole day. Since neither of us are into food poisoning we decided to forgo the chicken.  Vegetarian Taco Tuesday it was! 🙂

I made another taco pile for my dinner:

My eyes were bigger than my stomach tonight and I ate only about half of my pile! Or perhaps I was saving room for ice cream…which we got later 😉

This sour cream was absolutely the star of Taco Tuesday.  It’s probably the best store bought I’ve had! Full fat sour cream also makes a difference in my opinion. The low fat or fat free is bland.  Full fat is where it’s at! 🙂

After dinner Andy and I headed to Half Price Books. I am in need of beach reading material when I head to the beach this weekend for a week.

I ended up getting a few books (I even got one for $1!) and so did Andy.  It was a successful trip!

After our book purchases we headed to Jerry’s Dari for ice cream.  Andy and I both share a passion for ice cream and I love it.

What a dream boat

We each got flurries, which are basically blizzards.  They were amazing as always.  Andy got Oreo and I got Oreo and Reese Cup mixed together, which is only the best combination ever!

By the time we got home it was nearly 10pm which is bedtime for this grandma.

The Shorts

This morning started out with a walk with Boo and Sophia.  It was not nearly as hot as Monday, which was nice.  But that didn’t stop Sophia from collapsing on the patio to cool down:

Boo also was looking for some shade:

I was perfectly content since I was wearing my favorite pair of shorts:

Andy wanted me to clarify that he doesn’t hate these shorts (I said he did the other day) but he just likes to make fun of them because I literally live in them.  OK, glad we cleared that up.  Andy’s reputation is not ruined and he’s still the nicest guy in the world 🙂

I will wear these until they are falling apart…which I hope is not any time soon!

Questions:

Do you have any clothing that you wear over and over again?

Do you eat full fat, reduced fat, or fat free dairy products? I like to eat mostly full fat, especially cheese and sour cream.  However, I do like low fat milk!

A Taco Pile + Circuit Workout

After a long day of work, I knew I wanted a dinner that would come together quickly.  It was time for the return of Taco Tuesday!

Taco Fixins'

Andy and I had would make tacos pretty religiously on Tuesdays in the fall. Then some how we kind of forgot about it (or maybe we just got burnt out!)  Luckily the time away from tacos has peaked our interest again.  Taco Tuesday was a hit!

Usually I cook chicken in the crock pot, but I thought I’d change it up for this Taco Tuesday.  Instead, I cooked the chicken on the stove.  I heated about 2tbsp of olive oil in a pan and sliced up two chicken breasts.  I seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder and let it sizzle away over medium heat.

Then I added a can of green chilies to give it some spice.  The chicken turned out delicious! If you like a little heat, the chili powder and green chilies are where it’s at!

On the side I made some Spanish rice, which is one of my favorites:


I cooked the rice according to the package directions and in about 25 minutes, the rice was done and ready to be devoured:

Instead of making a traditional taco, I made what I call a taco pile. I piled all of the ingredients on to my plate and dipped some chips into it.  It’s what I do when I eat at Chipotle, so I figured I would recreate this at home.

My Taco Pile

This pile of goodness hit the spot! Another successful Taco Tuesday.

Dessert

I’m someone who likes a little something sweet after dinner on most nights.  Last night was no exception! I had asked Andy to pick up some sour cream and cheese at the store on his way home from work for our tacos.  We both have a love for sweets, so he swung by the cookie section and picked up some chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.

I had my cookies with a glass of soy milk. Mmm Mmm! 

Although I typically like homemade cookies, these were very  tasty for store bought! Nice buy, Andy 🙂

While Andy and I were eating Sophia made sure to do her nightly vacuuming

I'm on clean up duty

Thanks, Soph!

30-Minute Circuit Workout

Yesterday I worked out on my lunch break so that meant I had 30 minutes to get er’ done! I wasn’t in the mood to run or commit to a full weight lifting session so I decided to mix it up and combine a whole slew of things into a 30-minute workout:

Cardio: 5 minutes Upright Bike: level 6

Weights: Repeat 2 times through

  • 20 step ups on high step, each leg (I just did my body weight)
  • 15 Overhead Dumbbell Shoulder Presses (Using two 15lb dumbbells)
  • 15 Assisted Pull Ups (90lbs Assisted)

Cardio: 5 minutes AMT: level 5

Weights: Repeat 2 times through

  • 14 (each leg) Walking Lunges with over head raises using 6lb medicine ball
  • 20 Overhand Barbell Rows (I just used the 45lb bar)
  • 12 Flat Dumbbell Chest Press (I used two 25lb dumbbells)

Cardio: 5 Minutes Treadmill Run: 6.0 mph

This workout was short, sweet and to the point.  I enjoyed moving from one thing to the next. Now it’s time to get ready to teach lunch time Turbo Kick

Question of the Day:

Are you someone who always likes to have some sort of dessert after dinner?