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….
- 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
- 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 🙂
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! 🙂