Getting My Strength Back

Last summer, I was great about incorporating strength training into my exercise routine.

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This summer, I’ve been so focused on running that I’ve let my strength training slip to the wayside.

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Those pictures almost look like two different people, don’t they? Nonetheless, I can tell that most of my strength is still there; I just need to chip away at the excess getting in the way.

My Run Keeper schedule has me running Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, so I have plenty of time to incorporate some strength training workouts on my “rest” days. Lately, I’ve been using them to run more, which is not really a smart idea, especially since I’m not a practiced runner.

Since yesterday was a rest day from running, I did thirty minutes of a chest, back, and arms workout I found on YouTube. I have some great Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper strength workouts, but I just wasn’t in the mood for them, and this did the trick.

After doing a few piles of laundry and working on a few future blog posts, I made myself dinner. Dave had another looooong day yesterday, and I knew I would eat my arm off if I waited for him to get home for dinner. I was bummed to find out all the salsa was gone (it’s a necessity in our household!), but I stuck with my plans to make a shrimp quesadilla, anyways.

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I sliced a roma tomato, diced a white onion, and shredded some sharp cheddar cheese.

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For extra veg, I sauteed two cups of spinach over medium high heat in a little nonstick olive oil cooking spray.

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And I boiled shrimp in water and lemon juice for about three minutes.

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I piled everything on a whole grain tortilla, as well as some avocado, then moved it to a pan over medium high heat and cooked it for about 3 minutes per side, just until the cheese was melty and the tortilla crisp and brown.

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The quesadilla was a little messy but amazing.

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I didn’t add any spices to it, figuring that the combination of different textures and flavors would be enough to keep my mouth happy, and it did!

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I do think cooking shrimp with a little bit of lemon juice really brightens up their flavor, though. I topped my quesadilla with a dollop of Greek yogurt and the remaining tomatoes and cheese.

As soon as Dave got home and I said hello, I passed out on the couch and then headed to bed. Boring wife. At least we have a fun weekend planned again!

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