What Lit A Fire Under My Ass

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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)

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!


50 thoughts on “What Lit A Fire Under My Ass

  1. andreaswellnessnotes

    The tacquitos look & sound amazing!

    Awesome job on your Insanity workouts! I always love your sweaty pics on FB and here!

  2. Good morning! You are having all the lovely rain we had and we are still wet from it all. 6″ in one day last week so I know about all the wet. Glad you guys are safe and the water has to go away, soon I hope.
    You are doing amazing Biz, I wish you the best of luck with your weigh in and winnings. 🙂
    As always your food looks really good minus the hotter stuff you add.
    Keep up the great works. Take care and have a safe journey home tonight.

  3. OMG I am so sorry to hear about your 80 minute commute! 😦 Neighbors were sending me pictures and videos of our neighborhood – no power and completely under water. We had water in our basement but a great neighbor and my dad were kind enough to clean it up. So nice of them.

    SC is a blast! Tyler says hello back and is glad he isn’t missing anything important!

    Some yummy food here that I think you’d love – my favorite so far? Frickles. (fried pickles). Yummmmmmm!

    Have a great day!

    • Glad you are having a great time Courtney! OMG, I’ve had fried pickles – they actually have them at The Lucky Monk in South Barrington!

  4. You are so inspiring!! I wish I had your mojo. It has been pouring all morning…nothing but rain in my vacation forecast. Hoping to walk with my sister at some point.

  5. Nothing like a good photo to get your butt in gear, huh? 🙂 I’m excited and totally impressed by your progress. I’m looking forward to trying Insanity as soon as I can.

  6. Thank you…the black bean corn and rice salad is now on tonight’s menu with fajitas!

  7. Serious rain – glad you made it OK even with the long commute!
    I think that seeing a picture is the very best motivation – because it is about you and not someone else!!!
    And, that rice looks delicious (the whole meal actually) – pinned it to try later.

  8. That is some Texas-like flooding right there! Crazy, isn’t it? I’d probably have broken into my food bag on that long commute…just saying!

  9. I never thought of making a breakfast stuffed potato. But oh my gosh, I am seriously drooling right now. I have not been in the mood for many breakfast foods so after seeing this, I know this will be on my list. 🙂

  10. Girl, you have some serious mojo..I love it!!

    And that whole dinner looks amazing, I’m starring it!

    • Congrats on your loss this week! Don’t forget to see if you have exercise videos on demand through your cable – it shakes things up a bit!

  11. What a pain in the rear for a commute! Sorry to hear your town is flooding. Hope it drains away quickly! 😦

  12. I’m glad you made it safely despite the flooding. It has been a very rainy spring and summer so far. Great job on your commitment to the Insanity program. I have heard that it lives up to its name in intensity, but what a great workout. I also like your breakfast idea as I try to move away from the sweet breakfasts I’m used to something like this would be perfect.

    • Yep, I have to say Insanity never gets easy, but I am much stronger than when I started! 😀 Love your upcoming running schedule – especially the Montreal trip!

  13. I’m totally going to make that black bean corn rice salad tonight to go with our fajitas. It sounds awesome!

    So where did you get this insanity workout DVD and how can the rest of us get one? You’ve probably said in the last couple of weeks but I missed it somewhere.

  14. Keep it up, you look great. White rice makes my bs skyrocket. I buy frozen brown rice at Costco, microwave and chill overnight and then make rice salads or fried rice the next day.

    • If I eat rice by itself it shoots up, but mixed with protein not so much. Great idea about the brown rice though – enjoy your weekend Randi!

  15. Weighting For 50

    You are doing great Vat!!! Not so great? The weather…yuck. Hope the floods and rains subside soon and summer returns to your neck of the woods. Have a great day.

  16. Biz, I’m sorry to say I can’t read your blog anymore because you make me really hungry! SO jealous of all your delicious cooking! I barely cook anything!

    Great job on the stairmaster! The stairmaster is tough for me! Which is why I like it!

  17. Sounds like the drive from hell. If you go to the mountains for the weekend coming home is usually our drive from hell. The humidity must suck. And do that Sears Tower climb. I hear for any of those building climbs that coming down is actually harder on your body. But if you can do this-you can do it. You’ve got the POWER!

    • I’d hate having to drive down mountains in bad weather – glad you got back home safely, even with the piles of shit your son left behind and piles of laundry!

  18. Wow, that is some major flooding! Your fried jalapenos–why aren’t fairs doing this yet? They fry everything else and that sounds GOOD! Biz you look SO much thinner since that photo was taken – you’re doing so great!

    • Thanks V!! I appreciate it! I first had a beer battered jalapeno on a Southwest burger I think at Friday’s a few years ago – I love them!

  19. Wow your post is making me so hungry! ha-ha. We have been getting alot of rain/thunderstorms to in MA but our weather is just a few days behind yours!

  20. The taquito pictures look great! I love Stash teas, definitely one of my favorite bagged teas out there. Have you ever checked out Adagio Teas? They have tons of tasty flavors.

  21. You are amazing!! Your motivation is contagious, I swear. 🙂 So glad we finally have a day without rain (so far). I was starting to wonder where our sun went! Have a great day!

  22. I agree, it’s been a super wet year! I’m sure your weather and mine are very similar. It rained here all day today. I have mason jars in my flower garden and right now they are half full just from today! I went to town today and you could go over the bridge but, it was getting close to getting closed down. Ugh! The breakfast potato looks good anytime of day! And the eyelashes sweating…had me rolling…ha ha ha!!!

  23. P.S. You are doing great with the insanity and I’m so impressed with you!! Really. Also, get that Casper ass body some sunshine…lololol!!! 😛 xoxo

  24. Yum, taquitos – those look amazing! Glad Insanity is still going great!

  25. findingradiance

    Bravo to you, Biz. Isn’t it amazing how a picture can really be a wake up call? Although – do look at that picture and remember all the love that is shared between everyone 😀

  26. Those jalapenos look AMAZEBALLS!!

  27. My corn tortillas always want to CRACK when I try taquitos like that. How do you keep them from breaking apart?

  28. If you like the pomegranate raspberry, definitely try the goji berry green tea–pom raspberry used to be my favorite, but now this one is definitely my favorite Stash flavor.

  29. there’s an infomercial on Dutch TV for Insanity all the time. When R. saw it the first time, he asked me if it was something he could do but since he has broken his foot couple of years ago, he can’t jump. Why am I telling you this? Last weekend the infomercial was on again and I told him about you. That you were doing the program and that it really works. He asked me why I didn’t do it because if I wanted to, I could find the time. Funny to read that you are saying the same thing.

    But still not going to do the full program but have decided this weekend to do more DVD workouts than I’ve done the past months.

    You go girl!

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