Good morning!I can’t believe I wore short sleeves and didn’t slip on ice once today. Could this beautiful warm sun be a sign of spring?!!!On the menu: HILLS. When I did this same workout on the hill below in August, I finished each of the ten reps in 39-41 seconds. When I tried again in January, I hit about 38-39 seconds. and TODAY I finished in 35-37 seconds! I was so happy to shave two seconds off my time that I almost high-fived all the Army guys 😉 . Next up I tackled this smaller yet still mighty monster five times:And also took off a second or two! Small victory, people.
How did I get faster? It could be because of a lot of strength training (especially squats, lunges, wall sits, bosu ball stunts, leg lifts, and core exercises), and a lot of hills (and stairs!)… or it could be because I lost 5 pounds of hair yesterday.I decided it was time to say goodbye to all of my hair and get a sassy bob and bangs. Tada!
Anyways, let’s go from hills and haircuts to hearty soup?I invented a lentil (and BACON) creation the other night, and it was pretty good!The recipe was inspired by my mom’s paprika-based red lentil soup as well as this tumeric-based Egyptian red lentil soup recipe. We were going to just stick to the Egyptian recipe, but realized with each taste test that it needed a bit of an overhaul. So, here’s the final mix!
Hearty, Healthy Red Lentil Soup – Slow Cooker Style (Serves 6) (inspired by Food.com)
- 1.5 cups red lentils
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 4 small red potatoes, chopped
- 5 stalks celery, chopped
- 5 small carrots, peeled and chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon tumeric
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/3 cup cilantro
- 1 small lemon, juiced
- 5.5 cups chicken stock
- salt and pepper
- Greek yogurt & bacon (optional toppings)
Directions: Throw everything in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or cook on high for 4-6 hours. Blend ingredients together with an immersion blender (or other blender of choice). Top with Greek yogurt and/or bacon!How is it already 9:30 am?! Time to get to work. Have a great day!
- Have you ever impulsively chopped/dyed your hair?
- How do you get faster?
- Do you usually stick to recipes or adjust them?