Meatless Monday – Fiesta Corn (and a C25k update!)

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I took it easy on Saturday-  caught up on my DVR’d shows from the week, and then spent a few hours in the kitchen, making a couple of my regular recipes (Black Bean and Sriracha Pasta, and BBQ Black Bean and Quinoa burgers), and testing out a couple new ones. One was just “meh,” but the other, a side dish I’m calling Fiesta Corn, came out really good!

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Fiesta Corn

  • 4 cups corn (I used a combination of sweet white and sweet yellow, frozen but thawed)
  • 1 Tbsp Earth Balance buttery spread, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 4 oz diced green chilies
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat Vegenaise
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash extra spicy seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Melt 1/2 the Tbsp of Earth Balance in a large skillet then saute the corn until it starts to brown. Then pour the corn into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the other 1/2 Tbsp of Earth Balance and saute the onion, garlic, and jalapeno until it all starts to brown. Then add it to the bowl of corn.
  4. Add the roasted red peppers, green chilies, Vegenaise, and spices. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour into PAM-sprayed (or parchment lined) baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve!

I portioned this into 4 servings with the following nutritional info:

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My running is also going really well! This last week was Week 5 of C25k:

  • Day 1 (Wednesday 11/12/14): 3.25 miles in 31:08
  • Day 2 (Thursday 11/13/14): 3.33 miles in 31:00
  • Day 3 (Friday 11/14/14): 3.37 miles in 30:00

And for my long run yesterday I did all 3 days of week 5 consecutively, and then added a couple minutes at the end to hit 10 miles (1:36:49). All running this week was done via treadmill, in Brooks PureFlow 2.

I’m happy to report that I’m back down to 117.8 as of this morning! I have been adamant about tracking everything that goes into my mouth for about 2 weeks now, and it’s definitely been helping! I was going back and forth between My Fitness Pal and SparkPeople, but have once again decided that SparkPeople works best for me, especially since all my “regular” foods are already saved there.

And that’s about it from this end. Have a great week everyone!



Happy Halloween!

Yesterday went rather well. I made much better choices food-wise, and the last of that Bailey’s creamer is finally gone. I went grocery shopping shopping last night and scoured labels on the creamers to find one (that I like) that has no dairy. Seriously, this has been my one major obstacle to being vegan.  I wish I could drink my coffee black. Ugh. But, surprise! The International Delight Hershey’s Chocolate Caramel is non-dairy! Woohoo! And whereas my beloved Cafe Mocha is non-dairy, it does contain casein. This one doesn’t! Yippee!

Ahem, anyways…

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My C25k run went well also. I’m currently on Week 3, which is a 5 minute warm-up, followed by 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, then repeat. Followed up with a 5 minute cool-down.  I only do a 3-minute warm up, and maybe a 1-minute cool-down. And during the 3 minute walks I run the middle minute :) Oh, and I also have been adding another repeat of both the 90:90, 3:3 at the end.

W3D1 was Tuesday and I did 3.26 miles in 32:36. Yesterday was W3D2 and I did 3.35 in 33:01. So both days I’ve averaged 10-minute miles. That’s pretty good considering all the walking! I’ll do day 3 this afternoon, and a longer run on Sunday. The last 2 Sundays I’ve done 6.2 (10k) just by doubling the week’s daily workout.

I have 2 “virtual” races this weekend for Halloween. A 5k and a 10k. So I’ll use today’s run for the 5k, and do the 10k either tomorrow or Sunday. Instead of posting repeat pictures you can always look at my instagram feed (over there –>) for running pics :)

And speaking of Halloween (which is also my anniversary- 5 years today!), this is the first year I’m not in costume :(  I spent so much time dressing up Lucy and (trying to dress up) Bogey that I completely forgot about me. And the costumes I do have are not really appropriate for work (too scary or too short). Oh well, at least Lucy will be dressed up for our walk tonight, though I’m not sure yet which costume she’ll be in ;)

Time to Get Back on Track

Whenever my weight creeps up over 119 I start to freak out. That time has come and so I need to re-focus and start tracking again. Thanks to my friend Michele I decided to start mid-way through yesterday instead of waiting until this morning. As you can see by my food log from yesterday, it could have been much worse!

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Instead, I sucked it up and logged my poor choices, and then moved on with my normal, healthy food. As a result, I was down .2 this morning instead of up another pound or two. That being said, my .2 loss brings me to 121.2 which is 5 pounds up from my happy weight of 116. I know that in order to lose/maintain I HAVE to track. Especially with the holidays coming up!

I did make it to the gym at lunch, and although I felt too sluggish/blah to run, I did a 42 minute brisk walk which equaled 2.8 miles. Add to that the 1.5 miles w/Lucy and I was able to meet my mileage and step count goals for the day.

I am still going strong with my redo of C25k, and today will be W3D2. I’ll be back to post an update of that, along with today’s food log, a little bit later.

Gotta Run!

C25k (redo): Week 1 Complete

So after my half marathon last Sunday I decided I was going to revisit the Couch to 5k program to work on speeding up a little bit. I think week 1 was a success!

  • W1D1: 3 miles in 32:08
  • W1D2: 3.13 miles in 32:32
  • W1D3: 3.28 miles in 33:02

The first time I did C25k (granted I was a BRAND new runner) I don’t think I made it past 2 miles until about the 4th week! This is giving me the boost I think I needed, and I’m feeling pretty dog-gone great right now! I’m still planning on doing a longish run on Sundays to keep my mileage/endurance up, so now I’m wondering if I should just straight run, or make it like a W1D4 and go for an hour (or more) continuing the week’s intervals? Hmm… Stay tuned :)



Week One, Day Four (and some personal history)

For the past 4 years I’ve eaten extremely healthy. I’ve been within 5 pounds of 116 since May 2009. Prior to that my weight was up and down, but I was pretty much “normal” sized most of my life. About 12 years ago I was in a very “difficult” relationship with an alcoholic, and I ballooned up to 240 pounds. To make a long story short I lost 100 pounds on my own (in a very unhealthy way) but then slowly started packing the pounds back on again.

I joined Weight Watchers in September of 2008 at 184 pounds (I’m 5’4 by the way). For the first time in my life I learned how to eat healthy. I didn’t count points; I followed the Core plan, which is basically where you can only eat certain foods off a specific list. Let me tell you, the pounds just fell off. I was at goal weight by May 2009.

In the Fall of 2009 I started the Couch to 5k program (at Once I made it through week 5 I was hooked! I finished the C25k and moved onto the 10k program. From there I went on to run 10 miles, and then started training for half marathons. Halfs are definitely my favorite distance (so far!).

In the Spring of 2010 I watched a documentary, Food Inc., and immediately stopped eating meat. After that came the China Study, Forks over Knives, etc., and I gave up eggs and (about 99% of) dairy as well. I became an advocate for Farm Sanctuary – raising money and running for them. I even have an adopted duck named Preston :)

I’m not sure what made me start adding more dairy back into my diet, but after today I see it’s gotten out of hand, and I guess that’s my main reason for sharing all of this. As I said, I’ve been eating extremely healthy for the past 4 years. Today, however, was NOT a healthy day, and it’s caused me to reassess where I’m at- in my diet and my beliefs.

I know in my heart that I will never eat animal flesh again, but why am I able to justify dairy? And what makes me think I can stay under 120 pounds by eating the crap I ate today?!

I’ll leave it at that for now and share today’s bad choices…

  • Breakfast: 4 cups coffee with Cafe Mocha and Entenmann’s Devil’s Food donuts
  • Lunch: Baked macaroni and cheese
  • Snack: Nutter Butter snack pack
  • Dinner: Salad (3 cups shredded lettuce with diced tomatoes, onions and celery) with sliced black olives, sesame sticks, and Tahini Lime Sauce

Workout: 3 miles easy (@5.6) plus .75 (@6mph)


Gotta Run!