On Monday, I was making a salad for lunch so I pulled out the fixings and saw something that made me think of Fran.
As I stated earlier in the week, I have been looking for the lusciousness factor with my Paleo food and boy oh boy did I score with one of this week's meals!
To begin with, I made this beef that Biz had mentioned on her blog. I cooked it in the crockpot while at work on Monday - no fussiness about that at all. Once I got home, I shredded and chopped it a bit. Hmmmm how to eat? I decided to do a lettuce wrap. A butter lettuce leaf, some beef, some chopped tomatoes, and some guacamole. Hands down my favorite meal of the week. Let me tell you, no matter how you intend to use the beef once it's cooked, it's so good. In fact as we ate dinner Monday night, Mr. Helen kept looking at my plate and talking about he was going to make it using a real tortilla style wrap. This is definitely a keeper! Here's a photo of all my stuff ready to assemble:
Tomorrow we will attend the memorial service for our brother-in-law who passed away. Not so much with me, but with members of Mr. Helen's immediate family this seems to have dragged up some of their feelings about losing Pam. I don't expect it to be easy and I'll be glad when it's over.
This also happens to fall right smack dab in the middle of Mr. Helen's Third Degree Black Belt testing, which up to this point had been our planned focus of the weekend. He has three sessions to get through: 7-9 pm tonight, 6-8 am tomorrow morning and 1-3 pm tomorrow afternoon. The memorial service is at 10 am. Maybe it's a good thing that he will have to go back to testing and sweat it out.
I am awed by him and his mad skillz so I'm sure there will be photos/videos next week. The man is 56 years old, fit and healthy, but more so he really is a super athlete. Do you know what he did last weekend? He tried to simulate what he would have to go through this weekend! Friday, after working all day he came home and ran 2 miles as fast as he could (that's the run requirement). Saturday morning he got up and went to the special prep class from 7:30-9 then came home and proceeded to work out THREE more hours. During that three hours in addition to going through all his weapons and katas, he lifted weights, did umpteen sets of pushups and situps, and ran 4 miles. He finished the workout with 22 - yes that's twenty-two - sprints up our hill. He's ah-mazing!
Joy and pain. Sunshine and rain. That's my weekend, how about yours?
Come back Monday for my second update on the Zero Excuses Challenge, and I'll answer some more of the questions I've been asked this week.