Southwest “Fried” Quinoa

14 Jan

I loved this high protein, vegetarian dinner!

  • 1/2 C cooked Quinoa
  • 1 small onion (or 1/2 large), chopped
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • 1/3 C frozen corn
  • Mixed fresh or frozen chopped red pepper, broccoli, mushroom
  • 1 egg
  • Adobo seasoning, to taste
  • Cumin, to taste
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional for topping
  • salsa, optional for topping

Add onion to pan sprayed with Pam. Cook until starting to soften and then add garlic. Saute about 1 minute until fragrant and add frozen veggies. Cover with lid and cook for about 3 minutes. Add quinoa and seasoning to taste, and cover. After about 4 minutes, make a space in the center of the pan, spray with Pam, and crack egg. Scramble with spoon or spatula. Scramble in center until about half-way cooked and then combine with the rest of the quinoa mixture. Remove from heat, sprinkle cheese, salsa, and pepper to taste.

Enjoy! I didn’t include a picture because I’m sure that would have actually discourage the making of this recipe 🙂 Let’s just say my talent does NOT lie in food photography!

Last night I made these brownies! I’d been planning on it for a while and finally got around to it. I got the idea to make a batch of brownies and then freeze them individually for later from this Gina post! I can’t wait to take one out, pop it in the microwave and have a delicious dessert whenever I want! I’ve been sharing the secret with anyone who will listen 🙂

What else… oh yes, snow day yesterday!!

-Jul

 

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Back in the Swing

12 Jan

First day of Senior Year outfit!! 🙂

It’s only the second day of class and already I’m right back where I left off! I trained 3 clients yesterday, 1 today at 6:15 am, did my Back and Biceps workout yesterday, ran 5 miles (outside) this morning, and attended all of my classes!

My first early training session went well! I was pretty caffeinated by the time my client arrived so I’m sure that helped the situation 🙂

I absolutely LOVED my classes this afternoon. They were so business-y and interesting. It completed confirmed (once again) that I love my major. It also made me really excited for my “real person” job starting in August. Supply chain really encompasses so much of what I’m learning in my MIS classes and I truly believe that my background will help me tremendously.

We’re crossing our fingers around here (like 10 year olds!) for a snow day tomorrow! I’m fairly sure it’s going to happen too because every other university in Boston is already closed!

And last but not least, look what I found!

-Jul

Banana Republic loves me

10 Jan

Wool Winter Coat:

  • Orginally: $198
  • Sale: $74.99
  • Additional 50% off Clearance: $37.50
  • Gift Card: -$25
  • TOTAL PAID: $12.50

i love my life<3

…perfect for March in Boston or the dead of Winter in Dallas 🙂

Good to be back!

9 Jan

It’s the first time since freshman year that I’m in classes from January to April!

Today was the best/fastest drive to Boston ever (3hr 45min!) – I was back on campus by 10:15! My Mom and Dad promptly took off and made it home in similar fashion. I spent the morning and early afternoon unpacking, organizing, and napping 🙂

IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!

I didn’t expect the rush of happiness that overcame me as I walked around campus in the late afternoon. I was simply running errands in the cold, windy weather and took in all of the wonderful things about being a college student at Northeastern. I’m going to miss it here!

I just can’t believe I have to train 3 clients tomorrow and take classes! Ah! I am SO unprepared to take my Spanish Literature class… I just bought the book and it’s COMPLETELY in Spanish :-/ uh oh.

Here’s a  busy, but fulfilling and exciting final full semester of college!!

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… here we goooooo!

-Jul

Guilt

8 Jan

For 3+ years now I’ve been harboring this guilt. I moderate my time at home with Sean so that I spend as much time at home and with my family was possible. Countless (probably thousands) of times I’ve told him that I shouldn’t hang out, or come over, or go to some party because I felt I should be at home when I’m home from college. I rationed that I spent time with him at school so I shouldn’t in NJ. Last night, my Mom questioned why I was home when I was supposed to be over at Sean’s watching a movie. I finally revealed my guilt. Now, I find it overwhelmingly awful that I’ve been doing that to myself for year! I told Sean this morning and he was not surprised. It’s what he’s been telling my for years now. UGH! He also mentioned another truth which is that I also used that guilt to get me out of some social situations that I was uncomfortable attending. Uncomfortable because I’m not an overall social person, not because they were bad situations. Wow.

It’s all true, of course. I spend most of my time doing what I think will make others happy and not looking out for my own best interests. I think in 2011 that needs to be a priority. I need to stop being a martyr and start communicating to other what I need and want. No one is going to thank me for the things I do and I don’t expect them too. Making myself happy first is the most important thing. It’s hard to even believe that after a lifetime of looking out for everyone else. I better start believing though or else the rest of my life will be filled with anger and resentment.

Heavy stuff for a Saturday morning, huh?

On the workout front, I attempted the ambitious feat of mixing in 5 miles of intervals (incl. warm-up and cool-down) into my P90x Chest & Back workout (with ab ripper). I definitely didn’t succeed but I did my best. I completed 3 miles in 28:37 and 1 complete round of Chest/Back, plus about 1/2 of the ab ripper workout… about 50% overall. I would be disappointed but I was just feeling hungry, a little shaky, and tired this morning.

To be SUPER cheesy and Tony Horton-like, “I did my best, now forget the rest.” *groan* 😉

I’m off to get some more coffee and window shop a little… doing 2 things that make me happy this morning.

thanks for listening,

Jul

2010 Running Reflection

8 Jan

Miles by Month

In 2010 I ran 8 races!

  1. March: Ocean Drive 10 mile race – with: Dad – 1:37:17 (9:44)
  2. April: Jersey Shore Marathon Relay – with: Dad, Kait, Chris – ran approx 6 mile and 1.5 mile legs
  3. May: Rumson Mother’s Day 5 Mile – with: Dad, Mike (Kiera Mom Tom and Billy did the walk) – PR! 42:21 (8:29)
  4. June: Avon 5K – with Sean – very hot and slow! 27:50 (8:59)
  5. August: Sea Girt 5k – with Dad – 26:36 (8:35)
  6. October: Boston Half Marathon – alone – PR! 2:00:51 (9:14)
  7. November: Born to Run 5 mile – with Dad, Jill – 43:12 (8:39)
  8. December: Jingle Bell 5k – with Olga – PR! – 26:00 (8:23)

What a FUN racing year! I ran the fastest races to date and with a lot of different people! I really do love running and racing and I hope to get faster in 2011! My final milage was 675 miles. I’d really like to hit 700 this year but with all of the travelling and moving I have NO clue what May through December will look like! Another fall 1/2 marathon would be fun though 🙂 Dad and I are running the Ocean Drive again- which I’m really excited about! I definitely want to run that one faster than last year!

Looking forward to another healthy and happy running year!

-Jul

 

Running in Circles

8 Jan

I went for a run yesterday around Brookdale because it’s the only place in town where the plows did a decent job. I had my heart set on 5 miles in an area that is about 1.6 miles end-to-end… needless to say, it made for a LOT of circles! I ended up running loops around every parking lot I encountered to make it to 5 miles without running my route twice (which is mentally pretty difficult for me).

Overall it was a hard run. I guess that’s what 1.5 weeks of mediocre treadmill running only will do to a girl 😦 It felt great to get out there and work really hard (cardiovascularly) for the first time since the big blizzard after Christmas.

*edited to add: I delayed on posting this because I wanted to include a screen shot of my pacing. When I tried to upload it I couldn’t retrieve it from my history since my Garmin died mid-run!

Other than my run, I pretty much just hung around the house all afternoon and cleaned/organized, updated my music, and relaxed. Sean came over to work out in the late afternoon and then it was off to games for me! I watched Mike play for 3 quarters at South before heading out to Manalapan to watch Kiera’s game. I gave her a little pep talk and convinced her to eat before the game and voila! she played really well! I was so happy for her 🙂 I also got a chance to have a great chat with Mr. Dauber- I missed our chats!

Today I’d like to actually start packing bags and gathering my things that are scattered across the house. I’m going to do my Core Synergystics workout again and then maybe a little yoga. I’m really sore and tight this week… not sure why but I have a feeling it’s from donating blood?

I have a $25 iTunes gift card- any music suggestions?!

-Jul