Motivation Monday

I don’t know how I got so off on my MM posts. I promise I’ve been exercising! I always document what I do…I just keep forgetting to put it in an actual post. Although I’m still having ankle/shin/calf discomfort, I feel like it has maybe gotten a little better? Or I’m just getting better at improvising. I’ve started mixing in the strider for the treadmill at Orangetheory for at least part of the time, which has helped, and I’ve pretty much stopped walking outside. I can still jog on the treadmill for 15 minutes or so, but otherwise it’s the strider, the rower and definitely more focus on weight training. I still feel pretty good and can hang with my usual weights. The exercises I’ve really cut out are anything that uses my abs or core, other than planks (with my hands on the bench rather than the floor so I’m somewhat at an incline), and obviously anything that requires me to lie on my belly. I feel really strong and healthy, which I hope means BB2 is feeling strong and healthy as well:-)

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Stats from the week before last:

Monday: 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Sports Drill class (cardio intervals alternating with some strength exercises)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: At least once a week I have a day where I’m just not feeling my workout, and today was that day. I usually will go down to the locker room on auto pilot, change into my gym clothes and at least try to do something in the gym. Today all I managed was a very slow 15 minute walk on the treadmill and then 15 minutes on the elliptical. Something is better than nothing.

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: Pretty much took a rest day other than a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood

Sunday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Stats from last week:

Monday: 45 minute walk outside with a friend…the chit-chat distracted me a little from the ankle pain and shin splints

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (primarily strength training using free weights, with a few cardio intervals thrown in)

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Total rest and relaxation day….Happy Mother’s Day to me!

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Told you it was a total rest day;)

On another motivational note, Matt ran a 25K trail run. While he’s done that distance before, this was his first trail run. And apparently it wasn’t like the “trails” we are used to with the clear, well defined paths. There were some very steep climbs up the mountain, lots of rocks and creeks to go through and very uneven terrain. He was struggling when he crossed the finish line, but he made it! Asher Wade and I were there waiting and cheering him on:-)

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Motivation Monday

Not the best week for me exercise-wise. Y’all, I am having so much pain in my ankles and shins. It’s incredibly frustrating. I can handle about 10 minutes on the treadmill, and even less walking outside. Thankfully the elliptical and stationary bike don’t seem to bother me, but I’m not a huge fan of either. Guess we’re going to have to become better acquainted though. Strength training is totally fine, and I’m still able to handle the rower at OTF, although my belly is definitely starting to make that a challenge. So overall there’s about to be a lot more modification with my workouts. I talked to my OB at my appointment this morning and he basically just lent a sympathetic ear and told me it’s par for the course when you’re pregnant and while there’s not much I can do to help the discomfort right now, there’s also not anything I need to be concerned about, which is obviously a good thing. Basically I just have to endure. He did suggest some compression socks for when I’m working out, so I guess I’ll try those. I think I’m just frustrated because I love running, and the treadmill in general, but I guess I just need to come to terms with the fact that I’m going to have to improvise.

Stats from last week:

Monday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: Tried walking outside, but made it 25 minutes and my shin splints were too bad and I had to come back in. Finished up with 15 minutes on the elliptical.

Thursday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Friday: Really short on time today since we had plans to head out of town early afternoon, but I squeezed in a quick 30 minute workout between the treadmill and the elliptical

Saturday: Attended a marriage retreat this weekend, so did not have free time to workout, although we definitely had some outdoor activity

Sunday: Really unusual for me, but I took a total and complete rest day. I was signed up for the 12:30 OTF class, but between Asher Wade being sick, terrible weather outside, and generally feeling really worn out myself, I pretty much just laid around the house all day. Not going to lie…it was pretty nice.

Motivation Monday

We spent Easter weekend in Gatlinburg with Matt’s side of the family (pics to come tomorrow) and while we had a wonderful time, I definitely indulged on too many goodies! I have been craving sweets so much lately and unfortunately (fortunately?) Easter seems to bring out the plethora of sweet treats. I have GOT to get back on some sort of healthy eating track pronto or baby boy is going to come out addicted to Cadbury eggs and Starbursts.

I accidentally threw my beloved FitBit away several months ago (don’t ask….stupidest move on my part and one that I totally blame on pregnancy brain), but Matt surprised me with an Apple Watch a few weeks ago and I’ve enjoyed tracking my steps again and using it to gauge my general activity level throughout the day. I particularly like how it reminds me to stand every 20 minutes, especially on those days when I’m stuck at the computer working on some project. So even on those days where I don’t feel like I got in a good workout at the gym, I can at least make sure I get in my 10K steps and move throughout the day.

Stats from last week:

Monday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday: 35 minutes on the elliptical

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (primarily strength training using free weights)

Friday: Left early this morning for Gatlinburg and while I didn’t “officially” workout, we did walk around Dollywood for several hours and I at least got in my 10K steps.

Saturday: Headed outside for an hour long walk. Shin splints are still so bad, but the weird thing is that if I can just push through those first 1-2 miles, the pain starts to subside. That first mile though….so painful!

Sunday: After we got home I headed to the gym at my office (thankful it’s open on the weekends on days like this where I’ve overindulged and really need a good workout) and did a full body strength workout using free weights, with several 5 minute cardio bursts thrown in between sets, using the treadmill. The other good thing about going to the office gym late in the day on a Sunday is that no one is there to see me busting out of my workout top that I obviously didn’t realize was too small until I got there;)

Motivation Monday

Lots of Orangetheory Fitness classes have been mixed in my exercise routine lately because I have some terrible shin splints and ankle discomfort going on right now and the most comfortable surface for me to run or walk on is the treadmill at OTF (they are cushioned well and generally just amazing). I have no clue if it’s pregnancy related or what, but I am assuming it is. I think my body, specifically my legs and ankles, are trying to adjust to the extra poundage I am carrying around. It’s really been a struggle and I’m hoping it subsides soon.

Stats from the week before last:

Monday: Went for a 4 mile run outside with my running buddy and it was a struggle. I don’t know if it was because I just hadn’t given my legs enough rest time since the half marathon, or if it’s because running is just becoming difficult with my 22 week (now 23 week) pregnant self. I was so out of breath, my belly felt ridiculously heavy, and like I mentioned above, I have shin splints from hell. Just overall not a good experience. I’m going to give it another few days and then try again, or maybe I’ll just stick with the treadmill, which doesn’t seem to bother me as bad.

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: 50 minute walk outside along the river…shin splints are still awful:(

Friday: 20 minute run on the treadmill (5.0 mph) and a 30 minute Step class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Took Cody for a 60 minute walk outside at a local greenway. I had to take several breaks to stop and stretch my ankles and legs, and generally walked a lot slower than normal, but I still feel like I got a good workout in and it was an absolutely gorgeous day.

Stats from last week:

Monday: 30 minute “Chisel” class (all strength training using free weights) and 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: Wasn’t feeling it today, but I bucked up and did 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by about ¾ of a 45 minute Total Body Training class (full body strength workout with some cardio intervals thrown in)

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Pretty much a rest day other than taking Cody for a stroll around the neighborhood

Motivation Monday

{Forgot to post this yesterday}

Well, the main highlight from the last two weeks was the half marathon I did in Sarasota two Sunday’s ago! It was definitely a struggle, but I came in 5 minutes under my goal time of 3 hours, and I was able to jog a good portion of it, so I was pretty pleased. Normally I run a half in 2:20 (2 hours and 20 minutes), and this one took me 2:55, but taking into account that I power walked about 4 miles of it and literally stopped at every single porta-potty, it was a decent pace. I also dealt with some sharp knee pain early on that required me to stop and stretch a few times. I definitely felt 20 weeks pregnant, lol. Between the constant need to pee, the knee pain and the heaviness of my belly, I’d be lying if I said I felt great during the run, but I didn’t feel terrible and it was absolutely manageable. Thankfully the weather was perfect and obviously the scenery was beautiful, and I ran with an old friend that I literally hadn’t seen since high school, so that made it more fun. I always feel accomplished when I cross that finish line, but man, I felt super proud this time. I also really enjoyed the breakfast buffet that was waiting for me on the other side of the finish line;)

So in case you’re wondering, completing a half marathon while pregnant (at least in the 1st or 2nd trimester…I would personally not attempt one much further along than what I am right now) is absolutely doable assuming you’re already conditioned. I honestly did not train for this one. The last long run I’d done was a half marathon back in November, but I run on average around 15 miles per week between Orangetheory and my own workouts, so my body is definitely conditioned to running, even if not entirely conditioned for long runs. Had I actually trained and done a couple 8-9 milers prior to this race I probably would have done better and felt better, but oh well. It’s over and I finished unscathed and I’m just going to pat myself on the back and move along. I plan to just stick with short runs from here on out, at least until that gets uncomfortable, and then I’ll move on to power walking. I’m just trying to listen to my body and pull it back when I feel like I need to, which is definitely a day to day evaluation.

Stats from the past two weeks:

Monday: Really short on time today so I was only able to squeeze in a 30 minute run on the treadmill (gradually increasing speed every 5 minutes)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 10 minutes on the treadmill followed by a 45 minute kickboxing class…a little too much jumping around so not sure I’ll go back to that one!

Thursday: 25 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and 15 minutes on the elliptical

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: Flew out to Sarasota today, and knowing I had my half marathon the next day, I just took a walk around the neighborhood with my mom.

Sunday: Half marathon!

Monday: Walked around the neighborhood with my mom, mainly just to loosen my legs up a little

Tuesday: Power walked around my parent’s neighborhood for 30 minutes and then took another walk with my mom, pushing AW in the stroller, later that evening

Wednesday: 45 minute power walk around my parent’s neighborhood

Thursday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class…it was a ROUGH one

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Pretty much a rest day other than taking Cody for a walk around the block a couple of times

Motivation Monday

Looking back I see that this was a pretty heavy week of exercise, although it didn’t really feel like it. Four OTF classes in one week is kind of unusual for me, but I try to take advantage of it when I’m able to go, since that’s not always the case due to scheduling conflicts and sometimes lack of energy. Pregnancy, and all the not-so-fun side effects that often come along with it, can make it so easy to slack off on the exercise. I did not sleep well this week and subsequently had very low energy and would have preferred to go lie down on a park bench during my lunch break. However, I know that 99% of the time I will feel better and more energized if I go exercise. Even if that just means heading outside for a walk. When I was pregnant with Asher Wade, all I really did was walk and do the elliptical, which is still great and definitely better than not doing anything at all, but this time I am doing OTF and a lot more weight training, and running of course. After I had AW I found that I had lost a lot of muscle tone because I basically didn’t lift any weights during my pregnancy. I don’t want that to happen again. Between OTF and regular strength training, I am probably the strongest I have ever been and I am absolutely not going to let all the hard work go to waste. With my first pregnancy I was more concerned with gaining too much weight, and I thought cardio was the best way to avoid that. This time I am more concerned with holding on to my muscle, and I’m putting more focus on strength training, but still doing a decent amount of cardio. I guess it’s kind of an experiment to see which route will ultimately yield the best results, so the jury is still out on that one.

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and a 45 minute Sports Drill class (alternating cardio intervals and strength training intervals)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: Was really not feeling it today and basically just walked down to the gym on auto pilot and told myself I would change and at least walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I ended up running into my friend in the locker room and she was struggling with the same lack of motivation so we decided to head outside for a walk and it ended up being so nice and just what I needed! Exercise buddies are the BEST.

Friday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Sports Drill class (alternating between cardio and strength intervals)

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Full disclosure…I had planned to make today a total rest day, but after a few hours of dealing with a VERY ornery almost 4 year old, I decided I needed to escape and de-stress and went to a 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class.

On another note, I am technically supposed to be running/walking a half marathon this coming Sunday. Asher Wade and I are flying to Sarasota for a few days while he’s on spring break and there’s a half going on while we are there. I committed to doing it awhile back, knowing the route would be beautiful and the weather likely nice, as is the usual in Sarasota in March, but now I’m totally psyching myself out. I haven’t done any long runs since my last half in November. I couldn’t find any training buddies this go around (other than 4-5 mile runs, which I have done a lot of) and I absolutely cannot stand running by myself. SO BORING. So basically I am going into this completely unprepared. I know I can do a combination of jogging and walking, and honestly, I don’t know that I should be running 13.1 miles at 5 months pregnant anyways, so a jogging/walking combo is probably better anyways. Not to mention I’ll be stopping at every single porta-potty along the route;) Wish me luck!

I just had to post this picture because it kind of cracks me up. 

It snowed in the early hours of Sunday so while Matt headed to church, I decided to keep AW home. He’s had a little cold and between that and the new sleeping arrangements, his sleep hasn’t been the greatest this week, and he’s been rather grumpy and ornery. At some point that morning he was literally losing his mind over I don’t even know what, and I snapped this, sent to Matt and texted, “S.O.S., I will meet you at OTF at 12:30 and hand him off to you. May the force be with you.” Matt met me there and took Mr. Grumpy Pants to lunch and then promptly met me back at OTF an hour later and gave back Mr. (still) Grumpy Pants so he could do the 2:00 class. Parenting ain’t nothing without teamwork.

Motivation Monday and Weekend Shenanigans

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 15 minutes on the elliptical and a 45 minute Sports Drill class (alternating cardio intervals and strength training intervals)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: NOT feeling it today at all, but I knew I’d feel better if I at least did something, so I walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes at a 5% incline. It felt really challenging, which reminded me that I should mix in some incline walking with my usual running more often. For some reason I always feel like I have to run to get in a good cardio workout, which is of course not always the case.

Thursday: 4 mile run along the river with my running buddy…this felt particularly hard today and I feel like I’m getting to close to changing my runs into power walksL

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: Ran a 5K race downtown that was super fun AND finished in 30 minutes (and some odd seconds), which is pretty much my usual pre-pregnancy pace, so I was pretty pleased with that:) It was so cold that morning, and I almost didn’t go, but per the usual when it comes to morning workouts, I was glad I did it and got my exercise out of the way early.

Sunday: Basically took a rest day other than taking Cody for a 20 minute walk around the ‘hood.

We had yet another busy weekend. I don’t know when it’s going to slow down, but as of right now we have nothing on the calendar for this coming weekend, so maybe this will be it. We did, however, get a lot of stuff done around the house, particularly in Asher Wade’s new room, so at least it was productive. The quicker we get his new room completed the quicker we can start focusing on the nursery. Matt put together AW’s new bunk beds and they look so cute. Of course AW wanted to sleep on the top bunk and although it was a little touch and go the first night (a combination of being in a new room and the new bed situation), he ultimately slept soundly all night and informed us the next morning that he loves his new bed. Not going to lie, I almost cried as we tucked him in (which is NOT easy for this pregnant mama to do now since it involves climbing a ladder to get into the top bunk) because he suddenly just seemed so big to me, all up in that top bunk, so, so far away (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but it did seem like such a big step up to me). I mean, does he not look 10 in the picture below??

Anyways, I am so pleased with how this room is coming out. We’re just waiting on a new area rug and a couple pieces of furniture and it will be done. I’ll post some pictures as soon as everything is complete.

Matt and Asher Wade went to a father/son event that our church organized on Saturday night and according to both of them, they had the best time. 

I was initially a little jealous after hearing that bonfires and s’mores were involved, but after getting 4 hours all to myself to do some shopping, I can’t complain. I can’t remember the last  time I went shopping on my own time without feeling the need to hurry and it was so nice. I picked up a few cute maternity pieces, browsed in Sephora and treated myself to a piece of food court pizza after deciding that the 5K from that morning warranted it. Then I got a cookie from the cookie company after deciding that walking around the mall for 2 hours warranted it;) Sunday was church, lunch and what felt like a million errands, and by the time we climbed in bed Sunday night, I felt like I’d run a marathon, and promptly started researching ideas for a beach vacation, lol.

In other news, these are in stores, so all is well in the world.

Motivation Monday

I went to type this post and realized I had not kept a record of my workouts for the week….whoops! So I’m going to do my best to try and remember. Thankfully my OTF app keeps track of my attendance and I have a gym class schedule hanging in my office, so I can usually figure out what I did. In related news, I found that I had to slow it down a little more this week, because #pregnancy. My belly has been tightening up a lot, which my OB says is likely my uterus expanding and also my body working harder to get oxygen to the baby during exercise. I really notice it in the evenings and obviously when I’m working out, and it’s quite uncomfortable. In the evenings I usually have to lay down until it relaxes a little, and during workouts I just have to slow it down. He told me that it’s nothing to worry about and very normal and to just continue to listen to my body and stop exercising if something feels really off, reminding me that pregnancy IS uncomfortable, and I shouldn’t expect to feel like I did pre-pregnancy, or to necessarily be able to go as hard as I did pre-pregnancy. He’s continued to encourage me to keep up my routine and just listen to my body. I know I’ll have to continue to make adjustments as this pregnancy progresses, but so far I’m keeping my same exercise routine, just going at a slower pace, and taking breaks (for the rest AND for the potty).

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday: Super busy day, but I squeezed in a 30 minute run on the treadmill (5.0-5.2 mph)

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.6 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (full body workout using free weights and resistance bands…so much shoulder work!)

Friday: Matt and I both took the day off from work so we got to enjoy a 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class together, followed by a celebratory brunch afterwards:-)

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Had already decided that today would be a rest day, but I did take a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood with Cody

Motivation Monday and Weekend Shenanigans

I kind of had a hectic week at work and then we left town on Friday for a little getaway, so it was a bit of a struggle to fit in my exercise towards the latter part of the week. I’m also noticing that my workouts are starting to feel more challenging and I’m finding myself taking more breaks, and taking it slower in general. I’m still running, and I’m planning to do a half marathon in March, but I feel like after that I may start switching to walking instead. Not that running isn’t perfectly safe during pregnancy (assuming you were running before getting pregnant, and assuming you have your doctor’s OK of course), but I’m also trying to listen to my body and my body seems to be telling me to slow it down a little bit. Orangetheory is still going great and I have every intention of keeping that up all the way through my pregnancy, knowing I’ll just have to keep modifying as necessary. Thankfully the coaches are super knowledgeable and have been great about providing modifications as needed.

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class…we did a partner workout for Valentine’s Day and I had so much fun working out with Matt

Wednesday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and a 45 minute Power Yoga class (where I was reminded how much more stretching I need to be doing…)

Thursday: Squeezed in a 35 minute run on the treadmill (5.5-6.0 mph) between meetings

Friday: Headed to Birmingham for a marriage conference, so I took a rest day, and then regretted not fitting in some sort of exercise given the fact that there was a wall, yes a wall, of donuts at the conference, from my most favorite donut shop in B’ham. Not to mention tables and tables of mini bundt cakes and cheese biscuits and cheese grits and other shenanigans. I decided to indulge anyways, because #yolo, right?

Saturday: 1 hour walk around our old stomping grounds in B’ham with some serious hills to climb up and down

Sunday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Like I mentioned above, we spent the weekend in Birmingham with our dear friends the Miller’s and attended a marriage conference at our old church. This is probably the fifth time we have gone to this conference and it never disappoints. I always come away with new insights and information and a renewed appreciation for Matt and our marriage, and a desire to want to make it even better. My mom flew in to keep Asher Wade so we could get away with total peace of mind knowing he was in good hands. It was such a great weekend with Matt and friends and I’m thankful for the time we had together. I was also thankful to get home to our little stinker yesterday.

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.