Like Chickens…and Slow Carb Butternut Squash Taco Casserole

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Well Folks, what can I say. I’ve been a neglectful blogger of late. Last week was my birthday- does that cut me some slack? In reality, things have been very busy in the SSR household- busy at work, busy with family, busy, busy.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of actual running (of course therein lies the irony of naming my blog SeeStephRun) due to a nagging knee pain. But I suppose running to and from work, running around with errands, and running just to keep up with life sort of counts too- we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off! On the actual foot-to-the-pavement front, I am having my leg looked at this week and will hopefully have some answers soon. I am completely sick of my 2 milers!

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What’s Inside: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Baby Spinach and Mushroom


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Since it still feels like winter, I am still craving winter comfort. I’ve said it before on this blog, I love me some Italian deliciousness (maybe that’s why I married an Italian guy?!!?). Garlic bread, delicious gnocchi, ravioli, and of course, lasagna. The problem with lasagna though, is that it’s a heavy, carb loaded meal! At least it was, until I discovered the amazing deliciousness that is spaghetti squash.

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Sooner or Later.. It Has To Drop

Well my little lesson in moderation may have been a little too late. Working out and eating healthy certainly boosts your immune system but when you push too hard on too little sleep something has got to give.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends- waking up at 4:30 to hit the gym, driving my long commute, working a longer day to stay ahead at the office, coming home to cook dinner and still going to barre a few nights a week.

As Freddie Prinze Jr. would say, sooner or later, something has to drop.

C’mon.. you know you love She’s All That.

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Sunday Staples: Caramelized Onion and Fresh Basil Marinara

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Maybe this is just a sign of my Type A personality, but I am kind of a planner- shocker, right? One of my biggest challenges in eating healthy is balancing the time it takes to eat well with a full time job and a nearly 3 hour a day commute. This means prep- a whole lot of prep. Drop by on a Sunday and you are likely to find me in a kitchen packed full of various dishes slow cooking, baking and simmering. Sundays are my prep day- it’s my own little form of weekly therapy. #IamACrazyCooker.

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Moderation is key

Moderation, moderation, moderation. It is a word I have been literally drilling in to my head over the last couple of weeks, for a couple of reasons.

Namely, because perhaps I have been pushing myself a wee bit too hard….and now, my body is telling me to moderate. After spending most of last summer and this fall rehabing a toe injury- I hyperextended my big toe OW OW OW- I thought I was ready to start running again. And, perhaps, I am. However, after several weeks of slowly gaining distance, including more than a couple of 5ks and 4 milers, a new pain came screaming my way. Out of nowhere a few weeks ago, my leg started to burn after a run. I am still awaiting a doctor’s appointment to sort it all out, but I suspect it is my IT band. Womp womp.

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Barre Challenge Weigh-in and Slow Carb Kidney Bean Salad

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I know I’ve been neglecting my poor blog the last few days- so soon into it’s short life too! I promise I have a few new recipes on the way! I’ve had a whirlwind few days with a trip to New Hampshire to visit my parents (complete with a nice long walk around a snowy blueberry field), followed by a few very busy days at work.

One big thing this week was the 30 day check in for my second Barre N9ne fitness challenge. I’ve said it before, you can honestly make a huge change in a short period of time with a a lot of commitment and support. Since I started my first 60 day challenge on December 1, I am officially down 11 pounds and get this- 14 inches. To me, this is proof positive that the program works- THANK YOU BARRE N9NE!!!

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ME, ME, ME, I, I, I!

Motivation… it doesn’t come in a bottle or and it’s not something you can download online. It’s really not something you can find outside yourself. I somewhat touched upon this in my last post, but it is truly something that you have to find within yourself.

I’ve had several conversations with friends this week about making changes and the theme has been the same with everyone. Change- at least when it comes to health- is extremely personal. It is a decision that you have to make for YOU, not your spouse, your parents, your friends. It’s perhaps something you have to be a little selfish about. Because when you make the change for you, it is a change that is more likely to stick.

It is so easy to feel pressure to get “skinny” and follow a trendy diet- it’s impossible not to feel it if you watch any television or ever stand waiting in line in front of a magazine rack at the grocery store, but for me, whenever I acted out of pressure, I failed.

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