This upcoming Sunday I am running my first half-marathon! Well, my first official one. As I’ve been thinking about this race coming up it’s made me reflect on my running journey, and how I never thought I would be able to run 13.1 miles at one time ever.
I was never athletic growing up, and was always underweight as a child so I thought that meant I was healthy. I was wrong! I remember trying to run with a friend my freshman year of college, and almost passing out after just a quarter of a mile, having to stop and get a ride back to our dorm. Late in college I dappled in some running, but was never consistent. When I got engaged, I decided to get in shape for my wedding I was going to train for a half marathon. I started training with three of my bridesmaids and closest friends. I think the turning point for me was our first 5 mile run. It was going to be the farthest I had ever run, and all day I was nervous just thinking about it. With my friends pushing me through, I made it and felt great. It opened new doors for me to realize I am stronger than I think! Now I love running!
Reflecting on the development of my love of running, I’ve come to a few conclusions:
- Loving something brings a lot of joy, but also requires discipline. I love my husband so much, but love is not just a happy feeling. He makes me happy, but I also have to work hard and discipline myself to be loving to him sometimes. It’s the same with exercise habits- sure, you won’t feel happy about it all the time, but when you discipline yourself to work at it, your love for it will grow!
- I am limited to what I believe about myself. The power of the mind is unbelievable. If you believe you can’t do something, then you won’t do it, plain & simple. When you change your mindset to believe that nothing is impossible, you will achieve the impossible.
- I need people in my life. This one sounds simple, but I can’t do it on my own. Neither can you. We all need people surrounding us to push us and encourage us, & we need to be that kind of person for others!
This is the easiest chicken recipe I’ve got! Every Sunday night we have family night at our house. At family night, we eat dinner together and connect as a “family.” This semester I started teaching a spin class from 5:30- 6:30 on Sunday nights so I’ve needed something easy that can cook while I’m teaching & be ready when I get home! This has been a Sunday staple. It is SO easy, & makes a really tender juicy chicken that is full of flavor! I especially love having this as leftovers for the week. Try it out and see for yourself!
Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Makes about 3-4 servings
- 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper sliced (or other veggies of choice!)
- 1 – 1.5 lb boneless chicken breast
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning (combination of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, pepper)
- 1/2 cup fresh salsa
Directions (I have picture directions today!):
First, place your onions and peppers (or other veggies) at the bottom of the crock pot.
Next, place your chicken breast on top.Then pull out your seasonings! You can use a packet of taco seasoning, but I avoid those because they tend to have a lot of unnecessary ingredients & MSG.
Sprinkle seasoning on top of the chicken until it is covered. I do about 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, and 1/2 tsp pepper. This is the salsa that I use. You can use homemade salsa or your salsa of choice. I like this kind because it is less than $2 at HEB and is made with real, fresh ingredients. The ingredients list is literally “Tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers, salt, and cilantro.” Pour your salsa on top of the chicken, then close the lid on the crock pot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours. When it’s done cooking, take two forks and shred up the chicken, then mix it around with the veggies & salsa! Serve and enjoy! The best part about this chicken is that it’s versatile. You can serve it with tacos, over rice & beans, on top of a salad, in a sandwich, or my favorite is pictured below- with some lettuce leaves and quinoa as a lettuce wrap!Be inspired,