Motivation Monday

{I totally realize that my posts have been scarce and somewhat monotonous lately. We have some big things going on lately, which I hope to share about very soon, so for now, just bear with me:-)}

Gah, I am in need of a major detox after this weekend’s shenanigans. We went nonstop and had so much on the calendar, which meant very little home cooked (healthy) meals and lots of eating out. I definitely don’t believe in depriving yourself, and fully support the notion of cheat meals, but maybe just once a week, lol. This felt like 3 days of cheat meals. Friday night was pizza and ice cream (Asher Wade and I had a little date night and this was his choice, so who am I to deny my sweet date??), Saturday morning consisted of Belgian waffles, lunch was Mexican, dinner was actually just a bowl of cereal, Sunday morning was bagels, lunch was leftover Mexican and other randomness, and then Sunday nightwas full of all kinds of delicious, albeit indigestion inducing Super Bowl party snacks. I love the Super Bowl if anything for the snacks and I was not disappointed this year. We went to a rather large party at the home of some friends and there was so.much.food. It was all delicious, but I was up from 3 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. with indigestion and stomach aches, so that wasn’t fun. I was more than happy to fix my oatmeal this morning and definitely plan to get back to my healthy eats this week.

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday: 35 minute run (5.6 mph) on the treadmill

Wednesday: 4 mile run outside with my running buddy

Thursday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and a 45 minute Total Body Training class (fully body strength workout with weights….I was SORE after this one!)

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: So busy today and I was only able to manage a 30 minute power walk around the neighborhood with Cody.

Sunday: Again, super busy today, but I squeezed in a 40 minute power walk around the neighborhood.

I also thought I’d share one of our go-to party/appetizer recipes. I cannot take any credit for this at all because this is totally Matt’s thing. I’ve never even made them myself. I believe he got the recipe from our good friends back in Birmingham, and now he usually makes them whenever we go to some sort of party or potluck. They are always a huge hit. In fact, last night I overheard numerous people talking about them and they were basically gone within minutes, if that tells you anything. Plus, while I certainly wouldn’t call them a “healthy snack” you can make them a little less naughty using lighter ingredients.

Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

1 dozen decent sized fresh jalapenos, sliced in half lengthwise and de-seeded

1 roll light Jimmy Dean sausage (Original…or Spicy if you really want to kick of the heat)

8 oz light cream cheese, softened

8 oz part-skim shredded cheddar cheese

Cook the sausage in a skillet until browned and crumbly and then drain on paper towels. Dump the sausage in a mixing bowl and add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Mix until nice and smooth. Spoon about 2-3 Tb of this mixture (maybe more or less depending on the size of your jalapenos) in to each jalapeno. They should be full, but not overflowing. Line the jalapenos in a baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Pop in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until brown and bubbly. You can also cook these on the grill if it’s fired up…will still take around 20 minutes.

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