July 12, 2011


I woke up early today to go for a run before the kids woke up (while my husband was sleeping) but the kids got up as soon as I strapped on my Garmin. Bummer. So I decided to just do my run on the treadmill. A while ago, I saw a workout and I really liked it--I wanted it to be a little more challenging, however, so I made the speeds a little faster and used a 2% incline through the whole thing. Here's what it looked like with my changes:

Next time I'll change the 5.0's up to 6.0's. I don't like going slower than 6.0.  Anyway, I like doing this because you have to change the speed every minute--which makes the workout go by so much faster! It ended up being a little over 3 miles.

I had 4 bell peppers in the fridge that I needed to use up asap, because they were about to go bad. One of each color: red, yellow, orange, and green. So I sliced them all up, along with 2 red onions, and I sauteed them. Then I added my homemade fajita seasoning mix. I ate the mixture on top of some quinoa, and it was SO GOOD.

Here is the recipe for the fajita seasoning mix--it's totally worth the extra minute or two to make your own.

The peppers and onions were so colorful while they were cooking, and smelled delicious!

4 peppers, one each of red, yellow, orange, and green; plus 2 onions

After adding seasoning, piled on top of quinoa... yummy!

The ONLY fresh produce I have left in my fridge right now is half a bag of carrots. Since I wrote that entry about wanting to pay off debt, I've been focusing on being resourceful and using up what we have so I don't throw away food. I've managed to use up a LOT of stuff--by dehydrating fruit, making oatmeal bars, sauteeing the peppers and onions, and snacking on fresh fruit. When trying to decide what to eat, I think first about what I have to use up before it goes bad.

I just got back from the kids t-ball game. It was a miserably hot 92 degrees with pure sun just beating down on us. I could feel the skin cancer forming as I sat there. The umpire ended up calling the game over after two innings (they usually play three) because of the heat. Jerry has a baseball game tonight too, and I planned on going, but I'll just wait for a cooler day to watch him play :)

Tomorrow is weigh-in day... and Noah's birthday!! He'll be 7. I can't believe how fast the last 7 years have gone by.


  1. I've actually never had quinoa before...

  2. AnonymousJuly 12, 2011

    Loved your idea for peppers. I use big wedges as a replacement for crackers or bread (because I can't seem to stop with bread!) and love to top them with a mixture of grilled chicken breast (chopped), blue cheese crumbles and Frank's Wing Sauce. It's my own little take on hot wings and makes a great lunch or snack.
    Enjoy the birthday tomorrow - they fly by way to fast:)

  3. Linda KuilJuly 12, 2011

    Running with an incline is impressive and I think I might have to try this program. This morning I did my 5K in 29:27 (on the treadmill) and then finished the 4th mile by 38:36. I'm getting there. We have 2 5Ks coming up, but I really want to do a 10k in September. I think I'm just going to have to suck it up and go for it!

    I have to hit the produce market tomorrow since all I have is a few apples and that bag o' baby carrots! Enjoy your son'e birthday tomorrow!

  4. Wow, that looks so yummy!

    Do your kids eat the same thing or do you make them a seperate meal? Just curious ...

  5. Happy Birthday Noah!!!


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