What a crazy commute it was yesterday.  It took me 80 minutes to drive 15 miles.  Roads were closed because of flooding, so that diverted traffic onto the main road that gets me to work.

6.26 038

6.26 057

Turns out out town ended up with six inches of rain the other night – so crazy!  Tony and I were talking that this has to be the rainiest spring/summer we’ve had since we’ve lived here.

By the time I got to work, the rain was still coming down in buckets and as much as I wanted to wait it out, I had to make a run for it and got soaked in the process. Sad smile

6.26 041

I was really hungry by the time I got to work, I’d only had a cup of coffee, and really could have had three cups for how long I was in the car!  But I knew I had one of my favorite breakfasts to put together – the breakfast baked potato!

  • 1/2 a baked potato, insides scooped out (5 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce of cheese
  • 2 ounces of chopped steak

I scrambled the potato insides with the spinach and egg.  Once I got to work, I put the potato skin in the toaster oven and got it super crispy.  I reheated the egg mixture, put that into the potato, topped with leftover steak, then the cheese and broiled it for another few minutes.  This is so filling and comes in at 433 calories.

6.26 002

I knew I had cardio recovery last night for Insanity, so ended up doing the stair master for 35 minutes – it is such a sweaty workout – I felt my eyelashes were sweating too!
stair master

I actually had to look up how many stories the Sears Tower was, and found that they have a fund raiser walk in October I might sign up for?

I ended up making me and my boss turkey, spinach and cheese panini’s on my artisan whole grain bread.  My boss and I both decided we really like these “tasting plates.”  They take a long time to eat and are really filling and a lot of food for the calories. Open-mouthed smile

6.26 012

A new tea that I made iced tea out of yesterday, that I think is even better than the cranberry apple?  Pom Raspberry – yum!  I think I had 100 ounces of this tea alone yesterday!

6.26 056

I had leftover flank steak in the fridge that needed to be used up.  I decided to make taquitos.  Since the fryer was already on, I decided to fry up some jalapenos for myself:

  • 1 sliced jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon beer (um, turns out Tony was okay drinking the rest of the beer)

6.26 021

6.26 023

My taquito filling – for each taquito – 1.5 ounces of chopped steak, 1/2 ounce of cheese, salsa and cilantro.  Since our fryer holds a temperature, these aren’t greasy, but to be on the safe side, I add a teaspoon of oil to my fatsecret food log.

6.26 025

6.26 027

Yum and yum.  The side dish?  Could not be easier.  I cheated and stopped at a Chinese restaurant and ordered a large white rice for $2 bucks to go.

Black Bean Corn & Rice Salad

  • six servings: 3/4 cup each: 151 calories, 1.9 fat, 28 carbs, 4.3 fiber and 5 protein


  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • salt and pepper

So delicious!  The first jalapeno almost made me choke it was so spicy, but I got used to it and quickly ate the rest.  Tony just shook his head! Open-mouthed smile

6.26 034

After I cleaned up the kitchen, I went straight to Cardio Recovery, Day #20 of Insanity.  I am proud to say that I was able to do 100% of the workout with no modifications!  I am even getting more flexible, which I didn’t think was possible.  I was super flexible as a child, I could do the splits no problem.  In the beginning I couldn’t put my hands on the ground, only to my ankle.  Last night I could put the palms of my hands on the floor – crazy!

6.26 062

So I’ve gotten a few emails from readers asking my where I’ve gotten my workout mojo this month.  They say a picture is worth 1,000 words.


That picture was taken by my step-son on vacation in Austin. May 21st to be exact.  I didn’t know he was taking the picture, and actually didn’t notice it on Facebook until we got home.  You can’t hide a stomach like that, fyi.  My sister and I always joke that we have the opposite of anorexia, the bigger we got we thought we still looked good!

And when my step-son Joe said that he could make me an Insanity DVD, game on.  I actually am as surprised myself how long I’ve kept this up.  I usually give up by now because it’s too hard and it’s easier to do nothing.  As of this typing, I am over 21 hours of working out in the month of June.  And guess what?  I still watch 2 hours of t.v. at night, so if there is a will, you’ll find a way.

Stats for the Day:

  • 35 minute Sears Tower climb on stair master
  • 33 minute Cardio Recovery Day #20
  • 1577 calories, 68 fat, 172 carbs, 21 fiber and 76 protein
  • 44% of calories from carbs, 39% from fat and 21 from protein

Only two more days until my final DietBet weigh in. . . .


Make it a great day!