A bit too much

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far, it is almost Friday!  I must admit working from home this week has been glorious, I wish I could work from home all the time.  I get to spend time with our puppy, get stuff done around the house and do work, seems more efficient.  Oh ya, and less driving, therefore I am doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint and help save the world.  Yea working from home is just better for everyone involved.

I am still sore from Tuesday’s workout, and because yesterday’s back/bicep workout only took me 30 minutes, I had time at the gym for 20 minutes of elliptical work.  Bad idea, I think it was a bit too much cardio for one day.  1/2 marathon training included a 3 mile run yesterday, which was entirely way too difficult.  My legs felt like jello the first half of my run and lead the latter half.  Not a great feeling, but I ran the entire thing and finished in 29 minutes.  I am really hoping to improve my 5k time, so that by February when I run the Love the Run You’re with 5k  I can actually compete for a prize, maybe?!  We shall see.

I am very nervous about my 4 mile run on Saturday, I’m not sure I am ready… Perhaps 2 days of rest will help my muscles rejuvenate enough to push through the 4 miles.  I need to update my workout/running playlist.  Sorry I am babbling. As you can see on my training page, today was Day 3 of Jamie Eason’s workout, legs/calves.  I had some trouble holding the bar on my back for the squats because of my shoulder, but I pushed through the pain and managed to complete it 🙂 Little victories people.

Yesterday I mentioned I was making Gumbo, well turns out Weight Watchers really doesn’t know what goes into gumbo.  My friend Jenny has lived in New Orleans for a few years now, so I sent her the recipe and she told me it was a crock. Real New Orleans gumbo does not have corn or tomatoes in it, what a sham.  I still made it, and it was still very good.  Here is the recipe, that I adapted from the original Weight Watchers recipe.  Theirs was called “Chicken and Sausage Gumbo”, I did not have chicken, so….

Sausage “Gumbo”

Ingredients

  • 2 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 1 lb   Spicy beef sausage
  • 8 oz   Frozen Yellow Corn
  • 8 oz  Frozen peppers and onions
  • ½   large Red pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp fresh thyme
  • Cajun seasoning to taste  (amount depends on your desired spiciness)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Coat saucepan with cooking spray and add sausage; brown, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in frozen vegetables and garlic; sauté until vegetables are thawed.
  • Sprinkle mixture with flour and cook 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth.
  • Stir in crushed tomatoes, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper. Simmer for at least an hour, or longer.  Yields about 4 -1 1/4 cups servings.

I served mine over rice. It was very flavorful and had a bit of a kick, perfect for a cold winter day.

I hope everyone has a great day 🙂

Cheers!

Have you ever made Gumbo? – my friend Jenny said she is going to send me a “real” gumbo recipe that requires more love and time, I can’t wait! 🙂

9 thoughts on “A bit too much

  1. Paola says:

    Hey Dorsa!
    I wish you the BEST of luck with your 4-mile run; I know you’ll push through and succeed 😀 Can’t wait to hear all about it! I’ve never had gumbo before, but that one looks amazing.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Tessa @ Amazing Asset says:

    I think you are going to be just fine on the 4-mile run! It might feel pretty crappy at times, but just remember how amazing and accomplished you will feel after 🙂
    Even if that is not a gumbo, it still looks tasty!

    • myrunningthoughts says:

      Thanks Tessa! I know that is what I have to keep telling myself.

      The “gumbo” was very tasty, and it was healthy too.

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