Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Little Engine that Could

I am still so tired today, not sure what's up with that. Beren had to be on a job site at 6 am so we rolled out of bed early (thank the goddess for automatic coffeemakers!), had our morning java together and then he was out the door. I eyed my treadmill, reminding myself that since I was up earlier than usual I had no excuse not to hop in there. Oh, I was fighting a serious case of the don't wanna's, believe me! I was searching for some other reason excuse to avoid working out..something, anything would surely be better than sweatin' it out on that hateful contraption! Well, I'm happy to report that I bit the bullet, forced myself on there and am so glad I did! Even though I was moving a bit slower than the other day, I still logged 30 minutes, 1.7 miles, burned 212 calories. I'm pleased with that especially since halfway through I wanted to give up but pushed on despite the discomfort.That little Thomas Train mantra kept rolling through my head...I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! And guess what? I did!

I'd better get my caboose to the office but before I do, here's a little recipe for you  It's Tuesday which means Pizza Night here at the Castle. I'm still recovering from my weekend indulgence so I will be having my own dinner, something quick yet hearty and satisfying. I found this recipe here, modified it slightly to use what I have on hand.

Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad

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1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
14 1/2 ounces tomatoes with green chilies
1/2 cup green bell pepper -- finely chopped
1/2 cup onion -- finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
15 ounces canned black beans -- rinsed and drained

Cook brown rice according to package directions.

Mix all other ingredients together, stir in rice until well combined.

Serves 6

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 235 Calories; 6g Fat (22.9% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 39g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 675mg Sodium.

Have a Beauty-Full Day,


  1. For me there is nothing more satisfying than after the workout while showering when my body feels sore - especially if I have successfully fought off the I don't wannas...
    Keep yourself on that treadmill and sweat - you will see faster results and love yourself for it. ONWARD!

  2. good for you getting through the "i don't wanna's" LOL

    that salad sounds REALLY yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Good job on the treadmill! & yes, thank God forthe automatic coffee makers!

  4. What a victory! Any time someone chooses to exercise when they actually contemplate not doing it, it is a battle won. And to succeed, one need win more battles than they lose -- good for you!!

  5. Emergefit, thank you! Your encouragement & support really helps! :)

  6. Thank you, Miz! One day at a time, right?

  7. Black Kitteh, I know, what would we do without our fancy appliances? ;)

  8. Julie, thank you, and you are quite welcome! :)

  9. Being able to read a book or magazine while I walk on the treadmill (or use the elliptical) always makes it a bit more palatable.

    And the black bean dish sounds good. Then again, I like anything with black beans!

  10. Grace, that does help, you are right! I am also looking for a tv channel that shows videos w/o tons of commercials (think: old MTV!) which I might watch as well.

  11. Good for you! I wish I had the willpower to persist through the "I don't wanna's" a little more often! It is satisfying. (And I hear you about the automatic-coffeemaker-with-timer. If those didn't exist.... I think I might die).

  12. Anne, the key is remembering to set the coffee up the night before, something I often forget! *groan*