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Ya’ll! I am so sore. And I am so mad at myself for putting off strength training for so long! *slaps wrist* Never again.
I looked like a hot mess at the gym last night. Crinkly hair that had been put in a pony-tail after being up in a wet bun for two days, pale ashy unshaved legs, shorts with remnants of dog slobber, and a scratch on my face that made me look like a gangster thanks to Miss Truckee. It’s okay, I only know like, one person at the gym.
I did a 3 mile interval on the treadmill- the first at 8:57, the second I split into two half miles of 8:34 and 8:14 paces, and the third I split into four quarter mile sprints, starting at 8:14 and working down to 7:37. I can never remember what mph on the treadmill that translates to, but I think 6.7 up to 8.1 ish? Either way I didn’t have the patience last night to just do 3 easy miles so I tried to make things interesting. I can still tell though that my right ankle has about had it, and on the harder sprints I can still tell a difference in strength between it and the left one. I might do an easy long-ish run tomorrow to see how it feels at my normal pace, so we’ll see!
After my quick run I put on my big girl panties and went over by the mirrors and free weights and did 3 sets of crunches on the yoga ball, 2 sets of lunges, 2 sets of medicine ball ab twists, then another set of crunches on the yoga ball. It may not sound like much, but since my body has been so accustomed to JUST running, this has been quite the change of pace. But, it feels AMAZING. I can’t wait to get back into more of the machines and see how much of a difference building up my leg muscles makes in improving my paces this go-around. If I can ever get there. I might be waddling today.
Now let’s talk about more important matters:
Super easy tortilla soup!
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This is a combo of recipes I’ve acquired over the past year, and typically I make it up as I go. But more often than not, this is how it turns out! I am in no means saying this is an overly healthy recipe, just so we’re all on the same page. However, it’s warm and delicious, and life is all about moderation.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-2-4 shredded cooked chicken breasts, or shredded rotisserie chicken (optional, I didn’t use chicken this time)
-1 “box” + 1 can of low sodium chicken broth (or 6 cans)
-8 oz Velveeta cheese (ish…you can make the call on how much cheese you add to the base, don’t add too much or it will thicken up)
-2 cans black beans, drained
-1 can niblet corn, drained
-1 can original Rotel OR 1 can diced tomatoes
-1 can diced green chiles
-1 can salsa of your choice
-1 can kidney beans
-1 diced onion
-A wee bit of minced garlic
-Cilantro for topping
-A dollop of sour cream
-Shredded cheese for topping
-1 avocado for topping
I usually add the beans, corn, onion, chiles, Rotel, salsa, (chicken), and Velveeta and then I add the chicken broth and stir it all together as the cheese melts. Then I add a little garlic and pepper. If you’re cooking it stove top be sure and stir it enough so nothing sticks to the bottom. You can also crock-pot it, but we all know I have a love-hate relationship with my crock-pot thanks to several burnt meals. (Who knew you could even mess up a crock-pot meal?? Don’t worry, I found a way!)
Once it’s hot and everything is combined, serve it up with cilantro, sour cream, tortilla chips, and a little shredded cheese on top!
This keeps really well for lunch or dinner the next day as well! We love making it for dinner then taking it to lunch at work.
Just a thought, I’ve used other recipes that call for green enchilada sauce as well, or green salsa, so if you’re looking for a different flavor that’s another option. Also, whatever salsa you decide to use makes a big difference as well!
What are your plans for the weekend? Do you have a favorite tortilla soup recipe? Do you prefer light or creamy soups?