Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Chicken Avocado Soup

It's Wednesday and that means weighing in and a review of this past week. I made all these plans for the week and, of course, it didn't go as planned. Thursday I had that lovely monthly visit. That really cut into all my plans. I weighed in this morning and am down a pound. I did try a new recipe that I want to share with you all. It is really so yummy.



Chicken Avocado Soup

Ingredients


2 chicken breasts
3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups green onions, finely chopped, divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tomato, diced
3 - 14.5oz cans chicken broth
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
2 avocados, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped

lime wedges






Instructions


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Add chicken to the heated skillet and lower temperature to medium, cover pan and grill chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165° F. Shred chicken and cover with foil to keep warm, then set aside.
  2. In a dutch oven or equivalent, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil over medium heat until hot.
  3. Add the 1 cup chopped green onions and minced garlic to pot; Sauté about 2 minutes.
  4. Add diced tomato; Sauté 1 minute, until soft.
  5. Add chicken broth, cumin, and salt to pot.
  6. Stir well and bring to a boil.
  7. Cover pot and simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Layering in separate bowls; Fill each bowl with shredded chicken, diced avocado, chopped green onions (from the remaining 1/2 cup), and cilantro. Next, ladle the chicken broth onto the layered chicken in each bowl. Serve each bowl with a lime wedge. Makes four bowls.
     





                                                                            





Let me know if you try it. I'll be posting in the recipes tab for future reference. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Made My Schedule

I got my schedule today and made my plan for the week. Gotta hold myself accountable.

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|     Day     |   Wed 26   |   Thurs 27   |   Fri 28   |   Sat 1   |   Sun 2   |   Mon 3   |   Tues 4   |   Wed 5   |   Thurs 6   |
|   Work   |        Off       |        Off        |6:30-1:30 |    6-1    |    12-8    |  5-11:30  |       Off      |      Off      |       11-5       |
| Weight  |  158.5 lbs |
| Vitamin |              |                                                                                                            
|     Mile     |       ✓     |                                                                                                    
|     Sets     |      N/A      |                                                                                                                        


Going to run a mile tomorrow to finish off this weeks goal of running a mile 2x this week but I am still planning on running on Tuesday as well. As for the sets I want to do 4x this week, I'm scheduling it for Thurs, Sat, Mon and Tues.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Basic Bet



Justin and I made a bet a while back. Nothing major. Just something to help motivate the two of us. We wanted to see who will look better when he returns from basic training and AIT. He wants to gain weight and bulk up. I want to lose weight and hopefully reach my goal weight. He left for basic today. Very hard to see him go but so happy I have found someone like him. Today is the first full day he is gone and first day of no contact. Since we met we have been inseparable. At the very least I was getting a good morning and good night text. The past couple months he has pretty much lived with me. Not talking to him is very hard and it just started.



He has the biggest heart. Before he left he did so much to make sure the dog and I were well taken care of. He bought the dog a huge bag of food that should last her a while, got her first set of shots and stocked her up on piddle pads.. He adores this puppy.



As for me, he wrote me a letter the first night he left, to read until he could send me another from basic. He called and left me a voice mail to listen when I needed to hear his voice. He bought me stamps and envelopes and told me I have a surprise showing up to the house today. Not only that but he proposed before he left.

I know this doesn't have much to do with health and fitness but tomorrow is my first official day of getting back on track and trying to win this bet. Even if I don't, it is great motivation and I will look good when he comes home.

The first two weeks (26-12) I want to focus on taking it slow.

  • More water. At least 3 bottles and only 1 sugary drink.
  • Cardio! Running 1 mile 2x a week.
  • Wednesday weigh in's.
  • 4x a week do 25 push ups & 25 squats/lunges.
  • Get my schedule on Wednesday & make weekly workout schedules.
  • Daily vitamin.

I just don't want to push it to hard like I did a few weeks ago and be sore for days at a time. I want to ease my muscles back into it so work isn't so miserable and I can accomplish my goals. 
I plan on keeping myself busy while he is gone to. My focus is work. Picking up extra hours so I can buy the things we need and I plan on buying him a PS4 for a graduation gift since he sold his Xbox. My second focus is losing weight again. I knew he was leaving and told myself I didn't need to maintain because I wanted to enjoy every second I had with him before he left. I didn't want to say no to dessert if he really wanted. So this past couple weeks I really let go and I'm scarred of what that scale is going to say tomorrow. My third focus is accomplishing goals. I've had my 100 Things list posted above in the goals tab and have been keeping up with it even if I haven't posted about it. Almost to 20 things finished.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fourteen

The end of the month has pretty much creeped up. We've all made New Years resolutions, how are you doing so far?

I try not to do the whole New Year, new me, kind of resolution. Instead, I've been making a list of 100 things to do in a year, each year for a few years now. Big and small. Significant and not so significant. This year I really wanted to actually finish my entire list. Since I finished so many on my birthday, the other day, I thought it would be nice to do a monthly review of the goals I've finished so far.

January:

You can find my whole list and pictures of everything I've completed under the goals tab at the top of the page.

  1. Better filing for important documents.
  2. Start the new year kissing someone special.
  3. Surprise him with a romantic night.
  4. Buy Lingerie.
  5. Go to the PX and buy Army stuff.
  6. (This was a hidden goal) Blacked out for only me to know.
  7. More Victoria's Secret.
  8. Get a professional massage.
  9. Cheesecake Factory.
  10. Get to see a Beluga Whale.
  11. Buy five old issues of the Walking Dead comics.
  12. Atlanta road trip.
  13. Get a credit report.
  14. Celebrate turning 25 in a big way.


In Progress:

A few of these are going to be year long goals but I am doing them.

  1. Get back to doing monthly goals.
  2. Stay away from alcohol.
  3. Get back to blogging regularly.
  4. 52 Week Money Challenge.
  5. Wear heels more often.
  6. Learn more about the military.
  7. Keep in touch with the in laws.
  8. Get more comfortable singing in front of him.
  9. More bubble baths.
  10. Read five books. (City of Glass) (Hollow City)

Wish list for February:

Out of the nine listed I would only be marking off the first three things. The others are starts to longer goals.
  1. Learn more about holistic health.
  2. Print health records from last miscarriage to keep on file.
  3. Have a special Valentines Day.
  4. Finish one book.
  5. One new healthy recipe.
  6. Update I-pod.
  7. Start applying for a second job.
  8. Buy one more thing for moving out.
  9. One random act of kindness


It is a lot to keep up with but I'm pretty happy with how I've done so far. I think having it on here has really helped me remember  and keep up with it.