May Goals & Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
Rabbit rabbit! Does anyone else say that on the first day of the month?! You’re supposed to have good luck for the rest of the month if it’s the first thing you say in the morning of the 1st. Kman and my dad both beat me to saying it this morning though…ugh!
After our insane rollerblading excursion on Sunday, followed by lunging around a track, my booty is still so freaking sore! Talk about DOMS. Needless to say, a workout did not happen today, but I have a romantic date with my foam roller tonight before hosting #fitblog at 9PM EST!
However, being sore hasn’t prevented me from continuing my almost year long tradition of taking the stairs mostly everywhere I go, including these monsters. 128 flights that never seem to get any easier, but I take them nonetheless.
Dinner last night was sheer perfection. I picked up a couple green bell peppers at the store the other day because Kman had suggested stuffed peppers for dinner one night this week. I didn’t love the recipe I used the last time I made stuffed peppers, so I set out to create a tastier version.
Most stuffed pepper recipes that I’ve seen call for some sort of tomato sauce, making them taste more Italian. I was in the mood for something spicy (sorry Kman!) so used some salsa and hot sauce instead. The result? Mmmmm!
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 (15 oz) can of beans, drained and rinsed (I used pinto!)
- ¼ cup shredded mexican cheese blend
- 1 cup salsa
- ½ cup cooked long grain rice
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash each pepper well and cut the tops off each bell pepper.
- Remove seeds and other gunk while being careful to leave the rest intact. Throw away stem, and dice up the top part of the pepper!
- Slice a tiny bit off the bottom so the peppers won’t slide in the oven.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine: beans, cheese, salsa, rice, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce.
- With a spoon, fill each bell pepper to the brim with the mixture.
- Place the peppers in a baking dish and cook for 15 minutes, removing to top with a bit of extra cheese before putting them back in for the last 5 minutes.
I had a bit of a revelation yesterday while talking to Jessica. In the past year, I’ve lost 28 lbs, with 18 of those coming since january 1st. It hadn’t really hit me because it’s been pretty gradual, though.
The first 10 I lost since moving here last May and making small changes…taking the stairs, not snacking as much, walking a lot more, and dabbling in running. However, once you start seeing results, it’s easy to slack off a bit. “Oohh, I can have some hot chocolate, or some pizza, or some cookies…because I’ve been doing SO well!”
That’s where the dreaded plateau comes in! I’m stuck at a weight right now, that while it is my senior year of high school weight, is not where I ultimately want to be and where I know I can be!
While I’m exercising lots and eating well 90% of the time, I need to reign things in a little bit and not take my eye off the prize! SO, enter May goals! I was telling Kman this morning how much I love goal setting because it forces you to focus your attention and efforts on something tangible. Even if you don’t do them all 100%, you’re that much better off for making the effort and doing something.
- Continue to sticking to spreadsheet budget (which I’ve maintained religiously since Jan)
- Run Brooklyn Half without walking whatsoever
- Practice yoga once a week (my Tara Stiles DVD)
- Pack for move, eek!
- Track food strictly via Lose It App
- Minimum of 20 miles/week running
- Back to green smoothies for breakfast
- Continue juicing every morning
- No splurge meals for the month of May
- As much as it saddens me to say…no fro yo! Had it like 5 times in the last 3 weeks.
- 100 pushups a day (can be split up into morning/night)
So, no time like the present! I started off this morning with 50 pushups, and I’ll knock out the other 50 after work.
We also juiced, which was the usual mishmash of veggies and fruits. Can we please just talk about the size of these monstrosities also known as cucumbers? They’re enormous! There were other normal sized ones, but I had to buy these because of how freakishly large they were haha.
Cuke, apple, lemon, carrot, celery.
And getting back to my daily green smoothie for breakfast! Spinach, kale, water, frozen banana. I forgot how much I love starting the day off with one of these, since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had one!
Questions!: Do you say rabbit rabbit?? After some weight loss, do you fall into the trap of relaxing and indulging more often than usual?