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2 Addictions - Exercise and Cooking

I thought I might post about two of my addictions: my workouts this week and cooking (aka tonight’s dinner).

After completing Cathe’s October rotation for my weight lifting, I decided to tack on two more weeks (repeating the first two weeks). I may end up just finishing it out at this point. I'm really enjoying it.
Sunday: I did STS Disc 31 for chest and back. It was 90% of my 1 rep max. I am still feeling it. Apparently I have chest muscle that I never knew existed. Very happy that I have a patient husband to spot me through the workout! I also did a 30-minute bootcamp style workout (4-Day Split, Bootcamp), floor work for glutes, hamstrings, and inner thighs, then abs (Butts and Guts). It was a longer workout than I had really anticipated.
Monday: I went up to the gym. Ran just under 20 minutes then did a 45-minute spin class with hubby.
Tuesday (today): Cathe’s – Cardio Fusion and abs. Cardio Fusion is a fun one because it mixes workouts from three different DVDs. It includes step, plyo blasts, and bootcamp style drills.
Wednesday: Repeat of Monday.
Thursday: Plyo legs (STS Disc 35) plus abs
Friday: Rest day (sis is coming up to stay with me!!!)
Saturday: Undecided, usually weights and cardio.

I think I might have a slight addiction to blogs that involve food/recipes and recipe sites. So many recipes; so little time!!

After reading several posts on butternut squash dishes, I decided to try a new one – Butternut Squash and Black Bean Quesadillas. It’s mostly made up but slightly based on an enchilada recipe I have that uses sweet potatoes and black beans combined with all the recipes I keep scouring through. As with most of my recipes, it is mostly about using ingredients you have and enjoy, tweaking it to your liking, and not getting hung up on specific amounts. In other words, feel free to adapt at will!


  • Whole-wheat flour tortillas
  • Shredded cheese (I used a 2 % fat Mexican style blend)
  • Olive oil
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can Mexican style tomatoes with chilies, drained
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • Minced garlic (to taste)
  • Spices to taste: cumin, salt, pepper, chipotle powder, red pepper

Peel and cube butternut squash. Place on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Lightly salt and pepper. Roast at approximately 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until tender.

Sautee onion and bell peppers in small amount of olive oil and minced garlic until onions are tender. Add in beans, tomatoes, butternut squash, and spices. Cook another 5 minutes until all ingredients are warmed and flavors have melded.

Using a non-stick skillet or griddle, place tortilla down and lightly brown one side. Spray with cooking spray and flip. Sprinkle with cheese and place a portion of the squash and bean mixture on one half of the tortilla. Fold the other half over and cook until browned before flipping and browning second side.

Serve with plain yogurt or sour cream, even your favorite salsa. I think a green salsa would be fabulous with this. 


  1. Cathe! I love her. I took a break from her DVDs about a year ago after having Baby, but me thinks it's time to get back to some Cathe business!

  2. Yum Yucky I think Cathe is one of the best! By the way, your site is pretty funny!! Love the pic of your baby, mouth wide open! Too Cute.

  3. Heather,

    The quesadilla recipe looks great! But then again I love butternut squash and black beans so .... of course it looks fantastic.

    I really enjoyed reading about your workout schedule. Very inspiring. I have just decided to get back to lifting so I needed to read this.

    thanks for sharing,

  4. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean glad I could inspire you to get back into lifting. There are so many benefits for women! I am really loving butternut squash right now too. Can't get enough of it. By the way, I've really enjoyed reading your recipes too - thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Heather,

    It was quite fortuitous that I checked out your blog today since I started lifting again on Monday. Your post was great inspiration to keep it up since I am in the middle of the "everything is sore phase".

    I have lifted before so I know what a remarkable difference it can make in terms of shape. There has been much chaos at my house this year and I stopped taking care of myself as I used to but that has been changing recently. Thanks again for the inspiration to keep lifting.

    I really appreciate your kind words regarding my recipes.



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