Tasty Taco Thursday

We hadn’t had these tacos in forever and I wanted something quick and pretty effortless.  I found this recipe from Eating Well a few years back and we love it.  I usually make as the recipe states, but we didn’t have turkey, so I made them with all beef.  The recipe is supposed to serve 6 with 2 tacos each.  In the past i’ve made it into 4 servings instead of the suggest 6. 

I only made 6 shells.  They are WAY better than any store bought or restaurant. 

8 ounces 93%-lean ground beef
8 ounces 99%-lean ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, preferably Rotel brand (see Tip), or 1 1/4 cups petite-diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile, or 1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Place beef, turkey and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain off fat. Wipe out the pan. Return the meat to the pan and add tomatoes, cumin, ground chipotle (or chili powder) and oregano. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 6 minutes.

Per serving: 98 calories; 2 g fat ( 1 g sat , 1 g mono ); 35 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 17 g protein; 1 g fiber; 243 mg sodium; 26 mg potassium.

12 6-inch corn tortillas
Canola oil cooking spray
3/4 teaspoon chili powder, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Wrap 4 tortillas in a barely damp cloth or paper towel and microwave on High until steamed, about 30 seconds. (Alternatively, wrap in foil and heat in the preheated oven until steaming, 5 to 7 minutes.) Coat both sides with cooking spray; sprinkle a little chili powder and salt on one side.
Drape each tortilla over a panel on a baked-taco rack and bake until crispy and brown, 7 to 10 minutes. (Or see Kitchen Tip.)
Remove the shells from the rack and repeat Steps 2 and 3 with the remaining 8 tortillas.
Working with 6 tortillas at a time, wrap in a barely damp cloth or paper towel and microwave on High until steamed, about 30 seconds. Lay the tortillas on a clean work surface and coat both sides with cooking spray. Then carefully drape each tortilla over two bars of the oven rack. Bake at 375°F until crispy, 7 to 10 minutes.

Per serving: 114 calories; 2 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 3 g fiber; 124 mg sodium; 103 mg potassium.

Race Review: Silicon Labs Marathon Relay

Sunday morning marked my 7 year anniversary as an Austin resident and my 3rd year of running with the ARC Angels for the Austin Marathon Relay 🙂

We ran with our core Angels:  AK, Megan, and myself and 2 newbies.  They were new to our team, but very much not new to running.

Ruth ran our 1st leg, which was the 12K.  She got to start at 7:15 and she said that already the heat and humidity was killer. 

Crystal ran the 2nd leg, which was the first of the 10Ks.  Apparently all of the mile markers were backwards and she didn’t wear a Garmin, so that freaked her out (I would have too).

Megan ran the 3rd leg, which is the 2nd of the 10Ks.

AK ran the 4th leg, which was the 1st of the 5K legs.  This is usually my leg. 

And then the 5th leg.  The race program called this the caboose.  Anchor, caboose, whatever.   Here is my caboose being the caboose.

The course is not hard, however, the heat every year is hard.  This was the hottest weather they’ve ever had (and they started the first couple of years doing this in July!).  The last 2 years, the sun really got to me in the middle and end of the course.  No shade, nothing but wide open asphalt.

So this year, because we were under a heat advisory and I wanted to be smart.  I held back for the first half.  I still wasn’t sure how I’d feel, expecting the sun to get me when I turned around to complete the last half.  It was hot, but not as hot as I remembered last year.

I finished fast and strong.  And I think I had more in me.  I ran a course PR for myself, but about 10 seconds slower that AK.  I know I could have run faster, I held back too much in the beginning and middle for sure. 

What really stinks is, while I am really proud of our 3rd place in open women’s division, we were less than a minute out of first place.  I am certain I could have run fast enough to get us into 2nd place, possibly even 1st the margin was VERY narrow.

The timing overall was accurate, but our splits were all screwed up, so I have no idea how fast any of us really ran, other than Garmin times.  I started mine early, before AK cross into transition, so I could get the handoff from her, so not sure how close my Garmin time was to the actual chip.

I need to retire that singlet.  It’s way too darn short.  Makes my shorts look like I have them pulled up to my neck!

I don’t usually say this, but it made me want to do another 5K!

Happy Birthday Sister!


Started off Saturday with the Rescue Run 5K, which benefitted Williamson County Humane Society.   The weather was GORGEOUS and actually cool.

Mom, sister, and I were registered for the 5K.  We all wore pink and black, lol!

Dad and sister’s boyfriend were registered for the 1 mile doggie walk.  They never left the house.  Guess motivation was lacking to walk a mile.

I ran with sister, to help support her.  She thinks she PR’d.  Not sure because she’s run probably ten 5Ks ever, but only had 1 of them chip timed  (other than this one) and that was 5 years ago.

Mom Galloway’d on her own.  No PR.  It was her best racing weather she’s had, I was surprised.

The race was good overall.  It was SO hard to be at the animal shelter though.  The course ran down the main road and around the new high school (rural area).  But my car was parked by one of the kennels.  I cried at least twice before I even got out of my car.  I hadn’t been to a shelter since I got Chanel, because I am way too senstive. 

I really want a dog, but Dan and I are never at home.  I even bonded with one of the new intake dogs but I know Dan is probably right when he says no.  I need to not let the fact I want a running buddy and someone to keep me safe when Dan’s always gone not get in the way of the reality of being super busy and always gone. 


That night we headed to Garrido’s for dinner in downtown Austin.  

Dan rode his bike to dinner, so he’s red from the heat and his helmet.  He was heading south after dinner for a charity rally on Sunday.

Dan had the biggest shrimp chile relleno i’ve ever seen.  I tasted the chile and the shrimp, it was GOOD!

I had a taco plate with charro beans and rice.  I chose 3 different tacos.  Just happens that 95% of their menu is gluten free, minus the fried items.

Roasted chicken, caramelized onions, cheese,
lettuce, and pico de gallo

Pork Carnitas, pineapple, habanero salsa
& pickled onions

Coffee marinated steak, onion, asadero cheese
chipotle horseradish aioli & pico de gallo

It was good, but the rice was a fail.  I am just SO picky when it comes to rice at Mexican Restaurants.  It was supposed to be cilantro rice, I didn’t like it.  The tacos were good, but I wouldn’t order the chicken again, it wasn’t that exciting.  The beef and the pork were both very good and they had some of the best corn tortillas I’ve ever had. 

Sister wanted money for workout clothes, so my parents gave her cash money and I got her a big fat gift card to Luke’s Locker.

On the way out, we had to have a photo with the Ta-Cow!  Still amazed that CowParade Cows are still popping up everywhere! 

After they all had dessert, I drove mom and sister to show them the turnoffs for their Sunday morning long runs and then headed back North.

Great evening!  Happy Birthday Sister!

World Gratitude Day

Happy World Gratitude Day!  

Gratitude is definitely something I need to work on. 

To remind myself, I bought myself this cute little coin in Georgetown a few weekends ago.  Keep it in my wallet.

Today I am grateful for the little things.    Like Missy loving me no matter what my mood is. 


There was one.  Ok, actually there was two.  I had to break it into two sessions, because my legs couldn’t handle it this morning 😦 

I am grateful though, that I am still able to be active, even if it’s not what i’m used to.


I decided after doing more and more reading of medical journals for the last week, that I want to get a 2nd opinion on the treatment of my Hashimoto’s.  Maybe that’s not the root of my problems, but I want to know for sure.  Found someone who only does work in that area, waiting on a referral to see them.

This idea was reinforced today when I tried to go from the ground floor to the third floor to check my mail.  I only made it to the second floor landing before I had to take a break because of my legs.  It’s that kind of thing that really eats away at me.

Honestly, I should be grateful I have the option to take the stairs, there are so many who can’t.


Nothing beats a simple, yet filling and inexpensive tasty meal.  1 carton organic fresh herb salad which was on clearance (and 100% still fresh).  99 cents as opposed to $5.

Add grilled chicken, strawberries, sunflower seeds, EVOO, cucumbers.  Dressing if you so desire


Big salad for little points.  6 WW P+! 

Dinner was leftovers repurposed.  Took that Italian Zucchini Quinoa Casserole and made it into an italian bowl.

Broccoli, cauliflower, the zucchini quinoa casserole, and cooked shrimp.  Side of Udi’s gluten free bread with some dairy free cheese.  Another easy and simple quickie meal.

Yes, as you can tell by what I’m eating, Dan is still out of town 😉  I am grateful he’s coming back at least for a few days.  Seems like i’ve seen him very little in the last month.


I had a flashback driving to the dentist on Monday morning.  I was driving down Duval Road and I saw a girl running. 

I learned to run ON Duval Road. I used to live on the other end.  Once upon a time, I was that girl.

A morning run down Duval looked nice.  A lot nicer than going to the dentist.

Funny how things change. And well, I don’t look like this anymore. 

This was my first 5K which was April 2006.

Running didn’t make me skinny (obviously), but it started my transition into a healthier lifestyle.  Step 1 was beginning to run in 2006, step 2 was joining Weight Watchers in 2007. 

Step 3 is vowing never to go back to looking like that girl in that photo.

Far and away


DOR for me today.  This week is all screwy because of my sister’s birthday and her wanting us all to do a 5K on Saturday.  With that being planned, I had to move my long, which threw off the Friday DOR I was trying to get back to.   It’s part of life and being flexible is key.

Instead, I opted to attend a WW meeting instead at a local church (to free up my evening tomorrow).  I can safely say I will not go back to that one.  I simply cannot stand negativity and whining, especially coming from 30+ people my mom’s age or older.  It’s no wonder most of them are seing no success. 1 lady spoke and had the same mindset as me.  I know it’s weird, but I had to tell her afterward that her attitude was refreshing. 


My didn’t start off so well.  Had a dentist appointment in the AM.  I somehow chipped one of my teeth on the way to San Francisco last month, so I need that fixed.  Plus I have a cavity.  Don’t understand how I made it this far in life having no dental problems and now they appear.

I scheduled everything for Friday.  Unfortunately later in the day the Dr. decided he didn’t want to work Friday afternoon and cancelled my appointment.  Looks like it’ll have to wait until October.

Speaking of medical, my first test result came in from my regular doctor.  I don’t have Lyme disease.  I was annoyed the Dr. even tested for it.  I haven’t been in the woods, especially in the Eastern US, which is something they usually screen for before testing you.  unnecessary and random if you ask me.


While Dan’s away, I love to try new recipes that I know he won’t eat (or I just make them for my lunches).    This week I tried Mother Rimmys Italian Zucchini Quinoa Casserole .  Dan won’t eat quinoa, he says it a texture thing.

The only modification I made was to leave the cheese out.  I actually added it to mine when serving.  I am sure  more casserole like with the cheese binding it, but I didn’t have any shredded dairy free cheese.  I had some regular cheese that I could have used, but my little experiment trying to eat yogurt went horribly wrong, so the dairy is out again.

Served with garlic herbed tilapia, roasted asparagus, and broccoli.

I don’t even want to know what Dan ate for dinner tonight.  They usually do fine dining all week long  at the trade show and their big entertaining dinner was tonight.  I am sure it was insanely over the top.  Those boys don’t mess around when it comes to fancy restaurants and good food.  Pretty sure he’s chowing down on a $200 filet mignon right now, lol.


Woman trains for marathon with McDonald’s as fuel

I applaud her for raising money for Ronald McDonald House.  It’s a great charity.  And running a marathon isn’t easy, doesn’t matter how many you’ve done. (she’s done 9) 

The thought of eating at McDonald’s that often makes me want to vomit.  In fact, the only use I have for McDonald’s is in this order:  emergency bathroom, something to drink, a snack.  And that’s only if I can’t find any other place to do/get those things.  I can’t even stand the smell of walking into one.  The last time I ate there, I was out of town and needed a light/meal snack.  So I got their asian salad.  It was decent, but I’d never be able to stretch that into a real meal, i’d be starving shortly afterward. 

I know she’s under a Dr’s care, but I would think that as evidenced in Supersize Me, that it would cause some health issues, even if you were really active.  And maybe she burns a lot more calories training than I do, but I’d think she’s taking in a ton of excess calories and saturated fats.  I burn just over 1800 calories for a full marathon.  Not sure how far that goes at McDonald’s, but considering I wouldn’t touch 95% of the items on their menu, I guess I don’t really have to worry about that.

I’ve also noticed in her training log, she’s been sick a lot.  May just be a coincidence, but thinking the stress of training and the lack of balanced nutrition you get from eating junk, may not be the best for your immune system or running recovery.  Just a thought.

I have no issues with eating burgers and fries.  But they better be good quality and I don’t do it everyday.  I ate one yesterday in fact, but it sure as heck didn’t come from McDonald’s. 

I guess who am I to judge?  She’s an adult, raising money for charity, and an experience marathoner and she’s way faster than me, even with junk food for fuel.

Burger time


Got up earlier than I usually do on Saturday.  I wanted to do the dark and early first part of my run with the Ship of Fools.  I knocked out the first 8 at a slower pace, but comfortable.   After that, most people were running with the bigger group, I chose to go solo after that because I didn’t want to stop (stopping for me means stiffness)  Ran the last 9 at a faster pace.  Still not where I want to be, but it’s what I can do with my current physical state and I made it through all 17, so I took it.  And no ACL festival food smells this year!  (usually it smells like popcorn, fried food, and stale beer).  I HATE food smells when I am running, doesn’t matter what it is.

I’m pleased.  I have been worried about today’s run for a week.  I was so scared I wouldn’t be able to finish it.   The weather was also not a cool as I thought it would be and the humidity was pretty high.  Despite all of that, still a decent effort.  MUCH better than anything else I’ve attempted in the last 2 weeks 🙂


After the run, tried to go soak in Barton Springs.  ACL had the roads closed and I couldn’t get there.  So I hit the Gold’s on 6th and Congress for my stretch session and a good shower.  The bugs near the lake are bad these days, I guess because of the low water, so I had to get that nastiness off too.

I wore my pink Auburn shirt to coordinate with my Zenzas.  Pretty sure my outfit is not Gridiron Belles approved.  Dan is out of town for their big trade show for the week.  I went to the Auburn watch party without him.

Before the party, I went to Mozart’s coffee next door.  Read blogs, relaxed by the water, and made a few turtle friends.

The view at Mozart’s and Abel’s is the same one that Hula Hut has.  It doesn’t suck.  Unfortunately AU lost, which did suck.  But at least I have a nice afternoon at the lake and met more new people at the party.


The dessert case at Mozart’s looked like heaven.  Had to remind myself of the hell i’d be feeling later if I ate any of it, since nothing was Gluten Free.   It looked like really good quality stuff too 😦

Auburn’s watch party’s are at Abel’s on the Lake.  So far, I haven’t been impressed with their food.  Last week I had fish tacos, which I didn’t care for at all.  The beans and rice were bland and the tacos were soggy.  Maybe i’m too much of a fish taco snob.  This week I had a southwest chicken salad, which was very unimpressive. 

Lunch was so unimpressive and not satisfying, I made an egg and spicy pepper hummus breakfast taco when I got home. And I vowed I would have a dinner that was awesome.

I’ve been craving a hamburger BAD.  I really wish Dan was in town to enjoy with me.  Nothing a trip to the newest location of Mighty Fine Burgers in Cedar Park couldn’t take care of.

I got it to go since I was flying solo.  Added an Udi’s bun and DF cheese when I got home 🙂   Sweet potato fries with Emeril’s essence on them, because it’s good on everything.

That’s probably another reason I don’t eat burgers as often as i’d like, because I don’t think it’s the same without a bun and i’m not exactly wild about carrying my own food.  (I did do it the last time I went there).  I’m not a huge bread person, but i’m just not a fan burgers and sandwiches without the bread, it’s just not the same to me.  I may need to start being more willing to take my own bun if I really want something like that when we are out.

I need to remember to get the bigger one next time, I say that every time we go there.

What’s for dessert?

Where I stand

I haven’t really updated on the medical issues, because there really isn’t much to say.   (and I was superstitious, thinking if I talked about it, it would jinx progress in figuring things out).

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s two weeks ago.  It’s an auto-immune disease.  An answer, right?  Wrong.  My levels are not treatable.  They say eventually it will be a problem, but right now my levels aren’t off enough to treat.  Because of this, they don’t think this is causing all of my problems.  Although my problems are pretty text-book for the disease.  They said since my levels aren’t really off, there must be another cause.

Had another round of blood work done last week, this time for adrenal issues.  That too came back off.  Endocrinologist wanted me to do an overnight test.

Yesterday I had a followup with my regular Dr, who doesn’t really think it’s the adrenal thing, but since I was going to the lab anyhow this morning, he ordered a battery of different tests.  7 vials worth.

So here I sit again, wondering if any of these tests will show anything.  I’m hoping that one day soon, I get some answers.

So that’s the medical side. 

Physically and emotionally I have been a wreck for the last two weeks.  The last decent run I had was exactly 2 weeks ago.  I’ve struggled with all runs, even the short ones.  The best way i’d describe it is that my body is tired and feels like it’s always recovering from a hard workout.  After runs, I feel fine.  The before and during hasn’t been good lately.

There is more to life than working out, but those other parts of my life are hard too.  I couldn’t stand at a concert last week.  I’m still not sleeping well at night.  When I wake up, it takes me about an hour to shake the stiffness in my legs.   Some days I have reactions to food I eat.  And I get upset and frustrated about the situation a lot.  God Bless Dan.  He’s seen me cry way too much lately.

I do not feel like myself.  Most days lately I feel like i’m twice my age at least.

I’m not giving up hope.  Just hoping some answers are near.