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What is it about January that feels so "blah?" As much as I've been excited about the New Year, it's also been kind of a downer. I've even had a meltdown or two, though I can't really say why . Too much stress? Too much reflection on the new year? Lack of Vitamin D from no sun? Probably all of the above. But I also attribute it to not enough sleep. I once read an article that said sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.

Last week I averaged about 5 hours of sleep - not good when I need a minimum of 7 hours every night. I thought I could catch up on sleep last weekend but that didn't happen. It was such a bummer to have had 3 whole days to sleep in but wasn't able to on any of them. When it came time to start this work week, I knew I had to get more sleep or else I'd be a cranky mess. So this week I've been forcing myself to go to bed between 8:30-9 pm, getting 8-8.5 hours of sleep. Its been glorious and has made a world of difference. But that's also why I haven't written much this week. I've sacrificed writing for sleep...and it was well worth it.

Now that I've been getting enough sleep, this week feels feel brighter, lighter and happier. And so far, this young Thursday has been the best day of all!

This morning I woke up and checked my work email to find that the power is out in the building and the office is closed to employees. Yay! - hopefully it will stay that way all day so I can work from home and not have to battle another rainy commute. Then, I went to the gym for a morning swim workout and the pool was empty -- I had it all to myself! I'm still such a beginner in the pool that I get nervous when other people are there. Being by myself allowed me to be relaxed and not get distracted by other people. It was by far the most enjoyable swim workout I've had in a long time.

Workouts Since I haven't written much this week, here's a quick rundown of what I've been up to:

Monday: Yoga Tuesday: Weight Training Wednesday: Strength & Conditioning, Core Training in the AM, and a 3-mile run on the treadmill in the PM Thursday: 60 min pool workout

You can read the details of the workouts on my Daily Mile log.

This Week's Menu I also cooked another big meal on Monday that I've been eating all week. Its a Chicken Tortilla Casserole that I got from my friend Wendy. I've made it many times before, but it'd a while since I last made it. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

* 2 cups shredded chicken breast (I buy an already cooked roast chicken and debone it) * 1 tsp chile powder * 1/4 tsp salt * 1/4 tsp pepper * 1/2 cup chopped green onions * 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese * 1/2 cup low-fat shredded monterey jack cheese, divided * 2 7oz cans of green tomatillo jalapeno salsa * 3/4 cup 1% milk (I use soy milk) * 12 white corn tortillas * Cooking spray

Directions:

1. Spray 11X7" glass baking dish with cooking spray 2. In medium bowl combine chicken, chile powder, salt, pepper, green onions parmesan cheese & 1/4 cup of the monterey jack cheese 3. In separate bowl combine green tomatillo jalapeno salsa and milk 4. In a nonstick skillet, on medium high heat, warm the 12 tortillas (about 10 seconds on each side) 5. Pour 1/3 of green salsa mixture in bottom of baking dish 6. Layer 4 tortillas over salsa mixture. Top with 1/2 of the chicken mixture. Layer 4 more tortillas followed by second 1/2 of chicken mixture. Top with last 4 tortillas. 7. Top with remaining 2/3 of green salsa mixture. 8. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of monterey jack cheese over the top. 9. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes

* 347 calories each

The recipe says it makes 4 servings but I've been eating it for lunch and dinner since Monday. My friends think I'm nuts for doing this, but I don't mind. Its very yummy and so easy to make! (but next week I will be mixing the menu up more...) And I must admit...I did put a little more than 1/4 c of cheese on the top. :)

I'm looking forward to the rest of today, especially going to the Stanford vs OSU basketball game tonight. I'm not really a college basketball fan, but its always fun to go to games and I'm looking forward to catching up with friends I haven't seen in a while.

Let me close by leaving you with this one quote that's inspired me over the past 2 weeks:

"You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted."

Have a great Thursday!