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lentil tacos + a guest post

23 Aug

Best.

Afternoon.

Snack.

Ever.

I found a coupon for a free 16 ounce Oikos greek yogurt in my HLS swag bag (love that swag bag:), so I had no choice but to pick it up at the store yesterday.  Wait, did you catch that?  FREE.

So today I decided an extravagant yogurt mess sounded like a pretty decent plan.  I also used my coupon for a free box of Uncle Sam’s cereal at the store yesterday, so why not throw some of that in?  There were also dried cranberries, sliced bananas, vegan dark chocolate chips, cinnamon and chia seeds!

Speaking of chia seeds, did you enter my chia seed giveaway earlier today? I am loving hearing about everyone’s adventurous side – keep ’em coming!

In other news, please take a minute to click over to Heather’s blog and check out my guest post on PiYo!  Heather and I met at HLS, and her blog is as adorable as she is.  She’s one of those people who has a smile that literally lights up the entire room, and I was so excited when she asked me to share more about PiYo with her readers.  I hope you’ll take a second and stop by there!

I spent the afternoon working on a special project in our office.  It’s not quite ready to reveal yet, but it won’t be long!

I worked up quite an appetite, though, and by dinnertime I knew exactly what was on the menu.  I had boiled a huge batch of dry lentils last week and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them.  It was kind of fun to switch it up from our usual enchiladas!

Spicy Lentil Tacos

Ingredients

  • whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 small can diced green chilies

Toppings

Directions

  • sautee olive oil, garlic and onion in a skillet over medium heat until onions become transparent
  • add lentils and mix well
  • season with ground red pepper and cumin
  • add green chilies and heat through
  • heat tortilla for 10 seconds in microwave
  • spread lettuce in middle of tortilla
  • add lentil mixture
  • top with green onions, tomato, salsa and guacamole

I’m off to bed soon!  I’ve been feeling really tired the last few days, so I really need to try and get some extra sleep this week.

I hope you all had an excellent Monday:) G’night!

a day in the life of olive

6 Aug

**Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for your very own Operation Beautiful book!

Good morning lovelies!

I did it, I did it, I did it!  I taught my very first PiYo class.  I have been so nervous about this all week.  It was a great exercise in not letting fear rule me, but instead facing it head on and conquering it!

My class was supposed to start at 9:15am, so I arrived early, dimmed the lights, got the music going and waited.  And waited.  9:15am came and went. 9:20 came and went.  Just as I was about to give up hope, an angel (aka Betty:) walked through the door!  I was so happy! It would have been a huge let down if no one had showed up.  A few minutes later another person showed…so my class ended up consisting of only two people.  Hey, I’ll take it.  Thank the Lord for Betty;)

Despite my nervousness I think everything went really well!

Before class this morning, I was so nervous that my appetite was virtually non existent.  I knew I needed some fuel though, so I managed to get a larabar down.

And then after PiYo, I had a hankering for some cereal.

Shredded wheat n bran, Kashi U + almond milk

Amidst the chaos of today, I’ve been working on my homework assignment for my photography class.  For the creative part of the assignment I decided to focus on my favorite little furbaby by doing “A Day in the Life of Olive” project.  So, if you’re interested in the least bit in what little miss does from the time her parents’ alarms go off to the time her furry head hits the pillow at night – or if you just get all giddy inside when you see cute pictures of pups, then here’s a little treat.

This is just the first part of the project

Olive wakes up from a restful night of sleep

A bit annoyed because she isn’t ready to get out of bed

Time to go outside to potty!  Ohhh, something smells good – is that breakfast??

time to eat!

looks like someone forgot to shower

In the top five of favorite daily leisure activities.  Staring out the front window.

And back outside for more potty time…and a little fresh air:)

to be continued later…

I gotta run now – I’m getting my hairs cut this afternoon!

I’ll be back a little later to show you what tasty creation I made with these

it's on!

5 Aug

It’s okay to be scared.

Whew!  I just needed to get that off my chest.

Over the last few months I’ve done several things that brought fear into my life.  One of those being my nose piercing episode the night before last. ahem. Others being moving to Thailand, starting teaching, moving to a college away from home where I didn’t know a single soul, quitting my job – the list goes on…

Anyway, tomorrow I’m teaching my first ever PiYo class.  And let me tell you…I’m scared!  Well, scared and nervous.

The problem is that I have a tendency to let fear paralyze me.  When there is a mountain in front of me that needs climbing, I initially feel pumped and ready to tackle it, but once I begin moving forward, I freeze.  The sick stomach comes on.  My forehead crinkles as my concerned eyes (as my husband calls them) take over.  And I begin to panic.  My instincts tell me to shut down, back away and do something that is easier and more comfortable.

But as I was sitting in my living room today think through what I need to do to finish preparing for tomorrow, I suddenly had this epiphany that it’s okay to be scared!  Some of the best things in my life have happened because I looked fear straight in the face and said “it’s on!”  To be great takes being uncomfortable.

It is when we get out of our comfort zone and push ourselves beyond what we ever thought we were capable of, that we gain confidence, pride and joy.  It is in those fleeting moments that we want to flight, but we duck our heads and push through that we become who we truly want to be.

It’s not easy…and it’s not necessarily always fun.  But it’s worth it.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

What is something that you have been fearful of doing, but you pushed through the fear and came out on top?  Come on, inspire me!

asian food rocks

4 Aug

for lack of a better title..lol.

Hi!

Thanks for the sweet and encouraging comments on this morning’s post.  You guys are so great:)

It’s funny how the blog community works – I am so freaking excited for Caitlin, and I’ve never even actually met her!  At least not yet.  I’m really looking forward to Healthy Living Summit for that reason…among many others.  It has been such a fun day of seeing so much support from everyone and all the Operation Beautiful posts that have gone up.  I’m loving it!  Don’t forget to tune into the Today Show tomorrow morning at 8:30am to see Caitlin talk about the book!

Today has been so crazy!  Sadly, Jon and I did not get outside for our run this morning.  We stayed up so late working last night and just couldn’t pull ourselves out of bed this morning.  It is for that very reason that I must make this quick!  So I can actually get some sleep tonight.

Even after we finally got up, I still felt like I was dragging so I whipped up an energizing green monster.

2 handfuls of spinach, 1.25 cups soy milk, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 banana, ice

After a couple of hours of writing, it was due time for a snack!

Ezekiel bread with homemade Classic Garlic Hummus

Today was my weekly lunch date with my sweet friend, Grace.  We met at Qdoba.  I ordered the vegetarian salad with black bean and corn salsa, grilled veggies, black beans, pico, verde salsa and guacamole.

I promise there is lettuce under there;)

It was just meh.  I have come to like Chipotle so much better than Qdoba.  It is good to change it up occasionally, though.

After lunch I worked on some Outbox tasks for awhile, and then it was time to get crackin’ on my photography class.  It actually started on Monday, but today was the first time I really studied for it.  Every week there is an online lesson and then a homework assignment.  My assignment isn’t due until Sunday night, but there is a live chat with the instructors tomorrow, so I wanted to make sure and be prepared for any questions I might come up with while shooting!  I’m so excited about this.  Today I learned about all the parts/settings of my camera, aperture and shutter speed.

I literally spent about 3 hours studying, taking one short snack break of course:)

recycled photo.  You guys know I’m obsessed with this snack.  I can’t help myself!

Anyway, I wrapped it up and flew out the door just in time for yoga. It was a great class as always, but also the last chance for me to talk to my instructor before I teach on Friday morning.  I’m getting so nervous, y’all!  I’m definitely feeling more confident about it than I did this time last week, but it’s still so nerve wracking.  I can’t wait to accomplish this, though.  I’ve dreamed of being a fitness instructor for so long…and it’s finally happening:)

Dinner tonight was fun and easy!  We decided to copy a dish that we used to eat a lot in Thailand – stir fried rice.

Tempeh Stir Fried Rice

Ingredients

1 cup dry brown rice
1.75 cups water
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 block tempeh
2 organic, free-range eggs
3 tbsp gluten free organic teriyaki sauce
2 tsp olive oil

Directions

1.  Bring water to a boil.  Add rice and lower to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
2.  Meanwhile, add 2 tsp oil to wok or skillet.  Toss in green onion and tempeh and heat through.
3.  Add two eggs and continue to stir fry until eggs are cooked.
4.  Add rice and 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce and mix everything together well.

I served mine with a side of sauteed brussel sprouts, seasoned with garlic powder and ground red pepper

Delicious!  I loved this meal.  It really took me back to our days in SE Asia.  I’ll definitely be making this again.

Well, folks, I’m off to bed!  I’m already getting a late start.  Tomorrow is a big day – my last day to prepare for PiYo and my first photo class instructor chat.  Yay!

What’s your favorite type of food? It’s no secret that Mexican food = my life.  But I do love me some asian food as well!

a big scare

31 Jul

Good morning!

Yesterday was crazy, crazy day.

Olive got ahold of a small bar of dark chocolate, so I had to rush her to the vet and leave her for the day. Thankfully she’s back home now, and she’s going to be okay.  It gave us quite the scare, though, for sure.

I got home from my mini lake trip (which was equally crazy as yesterday) late Thursday night, and I’ve been running around with my head cut of since then.  Between dealing with the Olive ordeal, I met with my PiYo instructor to go over some stuff, and had a 3 hour long interview for a part-time job (more on that later).

I’m preparing to run up to the gym to meet with my instructor again because we didn’t have quite enough time before class started yesterday.  I’ll be back this afternoon!!

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!  I’ve missed you!

a positive negative

27 Jul

Good morning!

Jon and I stayed up way too late last night working on stuff.  Fortunately we were able to pull ourselves out of bed in time for a 3 mile run, per our marathon training plan.

I don’t like to be super rigid with a training plan, but most of the time following the plan we’ve chosen works for us.  There may be weeks where we rearrange our runs a bit to accommodate our schedule, but for the most part we like taking the guesswork out of it…and just stick to the plan!

As promised, I did figure out how to calculate splits on my Garmin.  It really wasn’t that hard; I’ve just never had the motivation to do it.  It was fun this morning, tracking each mile and trying to pick up our pace for the next mile.  We started out pretty slow, but we did manage to have negative splits!

Total time: 29:45
Average pace: 9:54
Fastest pace: 7:51

Splits
Mile 1– 10:21
Mile 2 – 10:01
Mile 3 – 9:23

After our run, I threw together 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup raw oats, blackberries and blueberries.

I inhaled about half of this and then flew out the door to PiYo!

Just like yoga, PiYo is all about a mind/body connection.  And today my mind was on vacation.  Somewhere tropical, I’m thinking.

I was feeling very tired from our run, and my concentration was all over the place!  By the last 20 minutes or so I worked it out, though.  I was pretty excited to accomplish a couple of poses I’ve been working on

not perfect, but I’m getting there!

I’ve got a busy day ahead because I have to drive back to the city again for another orthodontist appointment.  This should be the last one….ever, though, so I’m excited about that! Also on the to do list for today is working on some Outbox stuff and working on PiYo.

My PiYo instructor asked me to cover her class next Friday, August 6th.  That will be my first class ever!! While I’m a little freaked out, I’m super excited!  I’m the type of person who will overthink things to a fault…and with this I know I just need to jump out there and DO IT!

Hope you all have a great day!

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”~Ambrose Redmoon

i'm in love

21 Jul

While this girl slept in this morning…

…Jon and I went for a quick run.  The Garmin was acting kind of goofy this morning, so I’m not sure about the stats.  What I do know is that it was hot…and sticky.  But it felt great once we got back into the a/c!  I’m not sure how we survived without it when we lived in Thailand.  It’s funny because I don’t remember it bothering me all that much.  I guess it’s all about perspective and what you’re used to!

For breakfast I made a new juice

1 beet, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 large carrot and a small handful of blackberries

My stash is runnin’ low!!  No more juice until I make a trip to the store:(  And as I told you yesterday, that may be awhile…unless we break down.

I wanted to show you guys what it looks like right after it comes out and before I pour it into a glass.  I get giddy watching it come out because it’s so pretty! I gaze longingly into the cup…and my heart skips a beat.

Okay, now I’m scaring myself.

Back away from the juice, Candice.

Can you see me?

nice stems.  ow ow!

I kid. I kid.

If you missed my juicer review, don’t forget to check it out.  You won’t be sorry!

This morning I’m spending some time working on PiYo.  You see, getting the certification was the easiest part.  Now it’s time to actually put together a class.  I’m not gonna lie to you guys – it’s intimidating! Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited about it.  But before I can teach I have to memorize the poses, the cueing for modifications and what to say to guide students through the poses.

PiYo is very flexible (in more ways than one!) in that you can either use one of the pre-choreographed lessons the company already created, or you can put together your own sequences of poses.  I keep leaning toward putting together my own so I can use the poses that I love the most, but it’s all a little overwhelming, and I think just learning the pre-choreographed class would be easier to begin with.  Ahh!

Succeeding in your dreams is all about pushing through when things are scary or hard.  And I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s scary and hard when you step out to pursue something that you love.  I used to think it’d be easy, but it’s not.

I’m starting to change my perspective to look at intimidating challenges as a chance to get that rush from accomplishing something that you didn’t think you could accomplish rather than backing down when fear rears it’s ugly head.

Well, I gotta run.  I’m meeting a friend for lunch today, and I’m cuttin’ it close!  See you all later on:)

How do you tend to handle fear and intimidation?  Are you good at tackling challenges head on?