Tabata & Quesadillas

Hi Friends 🙂

I finally got to bed early last night (before 10pm!!!) – I thought I’d get a decent night’s sleep, but I really didn’t. I wonder if working out in the evening is hindering my sleep efforts? Perhaps I need to start getting up and exercising before work…if you are an early bird exerciser, what are your secrets?

I may have had a hard time sleeping due to the cardio workout I did last night: Tabata. I first heard of this workout on Oh Healthy Day a few weeks ago – Maria mentioned it and I wanted to look into it more. Then, later in the week I happened to see a post on Foods of April about Tabata, and finally I found this in an article in Women’s Health:

The article explains the Tabata method: 20 seconds of all-out effort followed by 10 seconds of rest, which are then repeated for a total number of 8 times. I haven’t looked into this method enough to know if these numbers are only recommended by Women’s Health – or anyone following the Tabata Method.

I followed the workout April had posted. Check it out! My heart rate was through the roof and the whole workout only lasted about 15 minutes!

Or maybe it was my delicious dinner that kept me up all night?

Easy Chicken & Black Bean Quesadillas

Wrap tortillas in foil and warm in 300 degree oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your fillings. I used shredded chicken, black beans, sliced green pepper, shredded soy cheese and the best salsa ever.

It was a gift and it is the best salsa I’ve ever had! It is hot but not burn-your-mouth-off hot.

Warm the beans, chicken and peppers in the microwave. Take out the tortillas and pile on the fillings. Fold over in half and place on a cookie sheet:

(uh, thats 2 for Jason and 1 for me!) Move the oven rack to the highest level and warm the quesadillas until the cheese is all melty. Cut in half and serve with mashed avocado:

Oh man this was good! And the tortilla got crispy so it held together nicely.

Whether it was the workout or the delicious dinner, I know I need to get more sleep. The goal is in bed before 9:30pm so I have time to wind down and get some restful sleep.

*When do you go to bed? Does it take you a while to fall asleep? Lately I have not been sleeping well at all. I have been waking up every couple of minutes and cannot stay asleep…until 6am rolls around and I need to get out of bed. Then suddenly I feel like I could sleep for days!

*Do you stand up for yourself? If someone insults you, whether they know it or not, do you tell them? Does your answer change if I am talking about a coworker or a family member? Lately I’ve been having an issue at work where I feel one of my coworkers is insulting me and bullying me in a very passive aggressive manner. I know I need to say something, but I struggle with finding the right words and the right time to talk to him. Other than that I don’t find many people insult me too often so I don’t have to deal with this.

*Have you heard of/tried Tabata? What did you think?

Enjoy your day! ~ Holly