Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Crock Pot Chili

I like meals that don’t require a lot of thinking. 

I love dinners that I can start in the morning and forget about for the rest of the day.

I heart my crock-pot! 

Since I stopped eating meat (this past spring) one of my regular go to healthy meals has been crock pot veggie chili. 


I get a box of fresh local produce every week from my local CSA. I have been doing this since June (and it runs until October 21st).  It has really helped us consume a lot more veggies as I try to use them all up. 

Sunday I made a big batch.  All the veggies I included were from the basket, including the giant cranberry beans (never heard of them before they showed up in my box).  The only thing I added were 2 other cans of beans and some veggie broth. 


In addition to the above I also added tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, and squash.  Sometimes I also add kale but left it out this time hoping maybe my kids would eat it without the “green stuff”.  Nope. 

Once you add the liquid (I usually add about 4 cups) all you need is about 1.5Tb of chili powder and 2t of cumin. 

Add your favorite side (I rotate corn bread and rice, although I made beer bread to have with it this week), turn on the crock pot and walk away until dinner. 


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Monday, September 27, 2010

This is what a weekend alone looks like:


A little blog hopping (and tweeting).


A start to the Halloween decor (the mantel is all I did, the rest will wait until it’s actually October!)


Music, loud and lots of it.


Rolled out the new entry room rug.


Fashion show!  I mean, I cleaned out my closet!!




TV time (I watched the season premiere of The Biggest Loser and the movie The Back Up Plan).


Hmm…….will have to move some stuff before I can go to bed. 


Dinner of champions!

I had a very nice weekend at home all by myself (my hubby took the kids to Eastern Washington for the weekend).  In addition to the above I also made sure to exercise both Saturday and Sunday (50 minutes each day on the elliptical), and SLEEP!!  I got all my regular chores done too.  I enjoyed my time, but am glad to have everyone back home now. 

Today it was back to the P90X.  Week 6 so nearly halfway finished.

And I am walking a half marathon this Saturday!!!! 

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday morning musings

I have been feeling ever so slightly better the past few days. Still unhappy with my weight gain, but hoping with some diligent calorie counting I can see if I can get it down on my own.  Regardless, have an appointment with my doctor this week to discuss everything that I've been experiencing. 

Since I have pretty much stopped using our main computer and have taken over our laptop, I have no access to all of my pictures when I blog (unless I want to take the time to get on the main computer which as far as I'm concerned is painfully slow).  But I do have plenty of our recent photo session, many I've shared already at my other blog

I will admit I was very unhappy with my hair the day of the shoot and I'm not a huge fan of how I look in this picture, but I love everything else. 

My hair looked great......... the next day! 

Mickey and I started week 5 of the P90X this morning.  The routine is pretty much the same as weeks 1-3, the only difference is the upper body workout on Wednesday is different.  I like that my husband and I are working out is good motivation.  I think after the 12 weeks are done we will keep doing some of these routines, at least a few times a week.  Mickey HATES the yoga and stretching, so I better make sure we keep doing some of that because it's good for him (and me)!! 

And part of being a healthy mommy is having some downtime.  I have to admit I am very excited that fall shows are returning this week, especially Glee, Modern Family, The Office, and 30 Rock.  I also have Hawaii 5-0 set to tape on the DVR.  I am hoping it is good, but at least we will get to see some nice scenery.  What will you be watching/taping this week?

Even though I haven't done much with this blog yet, I am so happy I started it.  I just didn't feel right blogging about personal stuff on my kids/family blog...this feels like another way to express myself and another way for others to get to know me. 

Oh yes, and the half marathon is coming up in 12 days!  I did a 9.3 mile training walk on Saturday and it went smoothly and I was only a little bit sore on Sunday.  So I really think I am ready to go the full 13.2 without any major hurdles!  The marathon is called Run Like a Girl, and it is open to women only - and they limit it to 100 participants.  I hear there are things during the race like the "chocolate mile" and the "pedicure mile", sounds like it is going to be lots of fun.

For a half marathon.

Enjoy your day!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My rebellious stomach...

I have been having a lot of problems with my stomach lately.  Nothing new, I've experienced them before...but it's been a long time. 

Now I am dealing with daily mild pain and not so mild bloating, occasional heartburn and just feeling overly full/heavy.  I've gained almost 10 lbs, and I work out and eat right (most of the time).  So I shouldn't be gaining so much weight.  It's frustrating after working hard to get my weight down and having kept it down for almost over a year and a half. 

I will ask a couple doctors about it, get my thyroid checked and whatever else they want to do.  I just want to feel like my "normal" self again. 

My husband and I are still going strong on the P90X.  We are in week 4 which is a "rest" week which really just means an extra day off and less weight lifting exercises.  So our schedule this week looks like this:

Monday: Rest (not intentional but we took it Monday instead of the scheduled Thursday)
Tuesday: Core Synergistics (45 minutes of push-ups, ab work, and lunges/squats).
Wednesday: Kenpo (cardio martial arts)
Thursday: Yoga (which we were supposed to do Monday)
Friday: Cardio  (an hour combo of Astanga Yoga, Kenpo, and Plyometrics)
Saturday: Yoga
Sunday: Rest or stretch

The yoga workout is 90 minutes, but I always stop after 45 so I can head to my Thursday morning Pilates Reformer class...this week will be the same. Not sure how much of the yoga I will do this Saturday either as I am heading out at 7 am to do one more long training walk before the half marathon October 2.  We will try to go 9 or 10 miles (I did 8.5 this past Saturday and it was pretty easy for me!). 

Hope you are all having a nice week!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Long heavy weekend

Just got back from spending the long weekend at my grandmother's home.  Why is it when we go out of town we tend to forget any good sense regarding eating light and healthy?  Or is it just me?

Just about all my regular dietary habits flew out the grandma feeds us, she feeds us well, and she feeds us lots. 

Back to the workouts and trying to eat less tomorrow.  My stomach has felt heavy all weekend, and I don't like that at all!

Friday, September 3, 2010


My husband and I started doing the P90X workout last Monday. 

I am pretty sure the X stands for "extreme" and that sums it up pretty well.  The P90X is a 12 week at home workout system designed to subject the body to lots of "muscle confusion" by going through a wide variety of daily workouts.

I wanted to do the "lean" program which has more cardio and less weight lifting, and my husband kindly agreed.  It still kicks butt.  We stick to the same schedule for 3 weeks then we move onto a new daily routine.  Right now this is our schedule:

Monday: Core Synergistics (lots of abs and back exercises)
Tuesday: Cardio X
Wednesday: Biceps, Triceps, and Abs
Thursday: Yoga X
Friday: Legs and Shoulders (think pull ups and lunges. over and over again)
Saturday: Kenpo (martial arts)
Sunday: Stretch (or rest) day

In addition to this I have tried to keep up my other regular workouts; an hour of Pilate's 2 or 3 times a week, cardio via the elliptical (although I am doing much less of it, like 20 minutes 2 or 3 times a week), and a walk or two a week (as I am training for a half marathon that is coming up October 2). 

You would think I would be fit as a fiddle, but I still feel very challenged.  If I have learned anything from 2 weeks of the P90X it's that it is really good to mix up your workouts once in a while and work ALL your muscles, not just the same ones over and over again. 

That being said, my least favorite workout is the Friday one.  I am not a fan of lunges or pull-ups!  In fact I haven't even tried to do the pull-ups yet.  I just do abs while my husband is using the pull-up bar. 

We are going out of town for a few days so we will be missing  Saturday and Monday's workouts.  I plan to get some walks in while we are gone. 

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I am a healthy mommy

And that is what I tell myself just about every day.  Some days it's a reminder, other days it's a fact. 

This is my health blog.