Shame Game.. and Cilantro and Lime Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw and Adobo Yogurt Dressing

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Yikes, this summer is flying by and I feel like it is leaving me behind a bit. I have to admit, it has been a really hard transition coming back from vacation. Only two weeks away should not have thrown me for quite so big a loop. And yet it has.

Running, oh my old friend running. I admit, I have been slacking here. I already wake up at 5:30 to go to work so it is hard getting up even earlier to hit the pavement! Wahh wahh wahh. Quit whining right? I am sick of my own whining so I am making a change. I am announcing it here because let’s face it, shame and accountability work wonders on me. Now I will feel obliged to get my butt out of bed earlier because I will feel like someone is aware that I should be- even if no one really is.

And the funny thing is, I miss it. I NEED to get out there. But seriously, 4:30 is UNGODLY.

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Hey Look, It’s a Farm.. And Squash and Fennel Pasta Primavera


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It’s crazy how much you miss out on when you stay inside, lying around and watching tv.

Early Saturday morning, after an even earlier barre class (who doesn’t love a 7:30am shake fest?!?), Greg and I decided to grab a coffee and take a short walk before a long weekend of catching up on work. Yes, sometimes we work weekends. We are gearing up for a major vacation and want to get ahead (more on the vacation later). Not the most fun weekend ever but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

We normally walk a path near our home because it is nearby and short and we can be lazy even when we are being active. This weekend, however, my ever observant husband mentioned a random path not too far from our home that he spotted while running a couple weeks back and suggested a short walk there to start the day. So we went looking for it… And stumbled upon this gorgeousness.

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I LOVE MONDAYS…. and Slow Cooked Tomatillo Lime Chicken

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Most people love the weekend and hate Mondays. But lately, I have been loving my Mondays. I know- clearly I have spent too many hours in the car. I must be losing my mind.

I get all the Monday hatred- starting the work week can be rough. But for us, Mondays rock. They are our no fitness class, no errand running, no plan evening. They are our US evening. For the last few Mondays, we’ve gone on runs or taken nice long walks. Tonight’s walk was the best yet- a nice long walk along a rail trail where we spotted birds, ducks and even a bunny! LOVE. Love love love.

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See Steph Run… seriously!

There is no way around it- injuries stink. As I’ve mentioned here, I’ve been slowly but surely self-rehabbing my leg from some knee/IBT strain. It’s been frustrating, limiting, and painful. I know, I know, I am far past the point where I should have seen a doctor. I actually made appointments twice and had to reschedule due to work. However, I’ve been stretching more, running less and foam rolling often. Someone recently asked me why I bother running if it puts such a strain on my body. It’s a fair point- running does put a lot of strain on your joints and muscles. So why do it?

I run for a lot of reasons. I run for the love of the sweat, I run because I love to feel my heart pounding. I run because I love to be outside.

I run because I can. For so long, I thought I couldn’t- it really is a bit of mind over matter. After years of thinking “I have asthma, I can’t ever be a runner”, I’ve learned to control my breathing. And I love it.

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