Chili-stuffed Sweet Potatoes + spiced watermelon

I’m currently writing my first ever iPhone post because clearly I cannot move the 2 feet to fetch my laptop and sending iPhone pictures to my computer is just too much for me to bear.

Today I will bring you one of my stand-by recipes adapted from here: Unsloppy Joes

I started out making the recipe as described- to go between buns or bread in sandwich form. That’s a delicious way if eating it, but I later discovered that an especially delicious mode of consumption is .:drumroll:. as a stuffing. In/on a sweet potato. (Never would have guessed that from the title, right?) So here we go, without further adieu I bring you…

Chili-stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Chili-stuffing

I really enjoy this chili mix. It has a strong flavor that’s perfect for a sandwich or for topping sweet potatoes. The vinegar gives it a good kick.

Chili-stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato clearly unpictured, but I assure you it was tasted and delicious.

Chili-stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I ate this alongside my typical vegetable mix:

Carrots and Snap Peas

Plus a summer favorite that’s come back into the mix:

Yesterday, I was in the mood for something different, so I sprinkled some Jerk Seasoning on top:

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Must say, it was quite delicious.

OK: Confession time, I started this post on my phone but switched to the computer for all the editing, recipe posting, font stuff. Maybe one day I will get out a post that doesn’t need much editing to take full advantage of my mobile app.

Exercise Quickie:

Today I did Strong Lifts B workout.

Squats: 110lb 5×5 (poor form on 2 of the reps, so I’m retrying it Friday),

DB Overhead Press: 25 lb DBs 3×4/5/4

Deadlift: 130 1×5

New beginnings

Sorry to deceive you with the title of this post. There’s actually no new beginning to be described. Life has continued in nearly the same routine since the last we’ve heard from one another. Turn, smile, shift, repeat as Phantom Planet would say. haha OK the song reference may be a little dark for my meaning.

Actually sitting and thinking, more has changed than I realize. I’ll just list three things right now so as to give me motivation to keep get back into posting on this thingamajig.

1) I moved into my own 1 bedroom apartment

There’s a surprisingly much different feel to living in an apartment on my own when I went into its acquisition on my own. I think living in a 2-bedroom without a roommate (when I used to have a roommate) felt like it was missing someone, but this feels just right.

Me and a small glimpse of my apartment (plus the map of the world my boyfriend so graciously purchased for me at christmas time and framed for me 5 months later for my birthday because I am that lazy.)

Me and a small glimpse of my apartment (plus the map of the world my boyfriend so graciously purchased for me at christmas time and framed for me 5 months later for my birthday because I am that lazy.) PS: Ignore the mess in the corner.

This is pretty much the only photo I have of the place, so imagine this times two plus a kitchen, bath, and study.

2) I started Strong Lifts

Me during one of my workouts.

For those unfamiliar with this workout :stronglifts-routine-starting-strength-routineReally liking it but have pretty much stalled on everything. Here are my current stalls:

Squat: 105lb
Bench: 70lb
Row: 70lb
Overhead Press: 50lb (can only do ~3 at this weight)
Deadlift: 130lb

I can tell I’m stronger than when I started, but stalling is frustrating (and annoying). But I’m sticking to it for now.  Going to try and change up the reps/sets.

3) I turned 25.

My friend and I celebrating my birthday.

My friend and I celebrating my birthday.

Hard to believe that when I started this blog, I thought of myself as someone who was just graduating and getting out into the world. It’s been 3 years since I graduated now, and while I don’t own a house or anything, I feel much more “out into the world” than I did when I started this thing.

Well, I’m off to the gym to either get into a TRX class or do a Stronglifts workout. Only fate will tell. (I’m on the waiting list)

 

Blink

This will be a simple, quick post because (to be frank) bed calls. I’ve been having a wonderful weekend with lots of sleep, lots of friends, and a little bit of paper writing. This is the last week of school for me, and I have just one paper between me and a month’s break from school.

I’m trying not to think about the future when I’ll have two classes, a full time job and a 14-hour/week field placement. Pushing that a bit further back in my brain as we speak.

In fitness news: I ran the farthest I’ve ever run before!!

TWIW (This Week In Workouts)
Su – rest
M – Circuit Strength 1
Tu – 5.16 mi run @ 9:26min/mi pace (yay!!)
W – TRX Circuit Class
Th – Yoga
F – Circuit Strength 2
Sa – Boot Camp

Alright, time for some good-ole rest.

Order up

It’s 7:00 PM on a Sunday evening, I have a couple hours before bed, and I have time to just do whatever I want. My room is organized, the dirty dishes are all getting clean in the dishwasher, and I don’t need to do anything for school for at least another week. I have to say, it’s sort of weird! I feel like there’s something that I should be doing.

I am going to bask in the glory of having time to just chill and simultaneously bring you your 5 Things Thursday: Sunday Edition that I thought I wasn’t going to post for you this week!

This week’s theme is: Five Things Fitness

1) Ever wonder about what’s going on in your body when you’re working out?

This article tells you about some hormonal changes that happen when you work out.

2. Need a Quickie workout?

Check out these 15 minute workouts for those days when you just don’t have any time.

3. Starting (or thinking about starting) to run?

Here’s some helpful beginner advice.

4. Have asthma but still want to run?

These are some tips for managing your runs with asthma.

5. Ever wonder about what trainers eat?

Here are some foods that trainers swear off.

The effects of following my blog. 😉

Ok not really, but isn’t he just the cutest?

And now I leave you with ThIs WeEk In WoRkOuTs:
Su – rest
M – Full Body Circuit Strength 1
Tu – 4.98 mi run @ 9:30/mi pace
W – TRX Circuit Class
Th – Yin Yoga (60 min)
F – Full Body Circuit Strength 2
Sa – Boot Camp class (45 min)

Peter Peter

get it?

Well folks, I finally did it. I cooked with a Pumpkin:

A real, once-live pumpkin that didn’t come out of a can. Of course, upon actually cooking with it I realized that my Libby’s canned pumpkin couldn’t possibly be from this type, but it deterred my not! But before I delve into the cooking world, I promised Halloween pictures!

Please proceed to guess what I am

awwww

Now back to what you really came for:

The inside:

I did not take this photo.

This baby was impossible to cut (even for a computer) and I ended up baking it for a little, cutting it in half, and baking it for a wile longer. And when it was done it surprisingly was like a stringier butternut squash! Quite unexpected. So what did I make with it you ask?

Pumpkinified Indian Spiced Chicken & Barley – Slow Cooker Style

serves 6

Ingredients
– 1 lb chicken breasts
– juice of 1 lemon
– ~1 tsp turmeric

– olive oil
– 2 large carrots, chopped
– 1 medium onion, chopped
– 1 turnip, chopped
– 1 red bell pepper, chopped
– 4 cloves garlic
– 1 tbsp cumin
– 2 tsp coriander
– 1 1/2 tsp indian spice blend
– 1 – 15 oz can no salt added diced tomatoes
– 1 1/2 can-fuls of water
– 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (alternatively you can use 28 oz can diced tomatoes total and only 1 cup of the water above)
– 1 cup barley

– 1/2 baked pumpkin, scooped out of the shell

– 1 cup plain yogurt

Directions:

1. Place cleaned chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker. Pour/squeeze juice over it and sprinkle with turmeric.

2. Heat oil in a large pan. Add carrots through bell pepper and cook until softened. About 5 minutes. Add garlic through spice blend and mix for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add canned & fresh tomatoes, water, and barley. Bring to a boil.

3. Pour boiled mixture over chicken. Add the scooped-out pumpkin.

4. Cook on High for 2 1/2 hours or Low for 5 hours. Mix well – the chicken should shred nicely into the whole mixture.

5. Add yogurt and cook on High for 30 minutes.

clearly there was a time lapse - no sun

This dish is mm mm good! It takes some prep, but I like the slow cooker aspect of it. It’s awesome with thighs as well and the fattier your yogurt (obvi) the better.

And now, since I never posted it before:

ThisWeekInWorkouts
Su – 45 minute elliptical
M – Circuit Strength 1
Tu – 4.63 mi run
W – rest
Th – Circuit Strength 2
F – 45 min Cycle
Sa – rest

Have you ever cooked with fresh pumpkin? If so, what did you make?

What’s the best fall thing you’ve made lately?

Tell me about your workouts!

I Fell.

It was a Tuesday morning around a quarter past 6. Since Fall had begun, and the days were getting shorter, the sun wouldn’t rise for another half hour or so.

As I made my way down the last leg of my morning (4.63 mile) run, I entered a street with poor lighting and a brick sidewalk. I was running along, almost done with my run, and contemplating if I would be able to up my mileage for the next run, when WHAP! My foot caught a jagged rise in the sidewalk, and I toppled to the ground, catching my fall with my hands and left knee, then rolling onto my left hip.

But upon hopping back up from the ground, I was met with a super-adrenaline rush. I suddenly felt refreshed, as if I could keep running for miles. But I ran home.

The moral of the story:

And give yourself a good scare the next time you want to add mileage to your run.

TWIW (This Week In Workouts)
Su – rest
M – 45 minute Circuit Strength Training 1
Tu – 4.63 mile run @ 9:21 pace [ I keep getting faster! 🙂 ]
W – 45 minute Circuit Strength Training 2
Th – 60 minute Hatha Yoga
F – 60 minute Body Shape class [ muscle endurance class ]
Sa – 50 minute Boot Camp [ w/4 (!) Tabata intervals plus regular intervals throughout. (Probably one of the most intense workouts I’ve ever had) ]

Just Do It

So guys, I’ve made a decision: from this day forward my new slogan in life will be….you guessed it, “Just Do It.” (OK, so I decided this a while ago but what is time, really, in the grand scheme of the universe?) The more that I think about the infamous Nike slogan, the more that I really identify with what it’s saying. It’s quite applicable to activities of daily life; for instance….

Scenario #1: (We’ll start with an easy one first) Let’s say you’re sitting at home, in your running gear, with a tense right back/shoulder area, thinking, “Hmm, should I go on a run today? I mean, of course I want to go, right, but this shoulder thing, I mean, it hurts and is bothering me, and I don’t want it to bother  me on my run and I worked out yesterday, and if I wanted I could work out later and..” STOP!

JUST DO IT!

Scenario #2: You’re sitting at home “trying” to motivate yourself to write that paper or study for that test. All of a sudden, you become very interested in de-cluttering your desk, cleaning your room, organizing your sock drawer, determining whether or not its time for a snack, walking back and forth to the fridge, writing a blog entry…. STOP!

JUST DO IT!

Scenario #3: You’ve done your laundry but now it’s sitting piled-high in your basket, untouched for days because, well you’ve got schoolwork to do, you work full time, you need to cook dinner, you have to catch up with your long-lost-friend, you’re just too tired from your busy schedule, you have to run out the door, you have to go to bed soon…. STOP!

JUST DO IT!

Scenario #4: You’ve been falling behind on your blog entries. You know that you enjoy it and it’s fun but there’s just so many other things to do: grocery shopping, cooking, working, school work, friends, boyfriend, exercising, vegging on the couch. There’s so many things to do, why not just let it fall to the wayside… STOP!

JUST DO IT!

The moral of the story (blog entry): Nothing’s as bad as your putting-it-off-self makes it out to be. As Tina would say: you never regret a workout. Likewise, you’ll (read: I’ll) feel so much better once that paper’s finished, that laundry’s put away, and that blog is de-neglected.

cue Inspirational Video:

What have you been putting off? 

What inspires you?