Summer Chili Recipe + Easing My Way Back into Exercise

Since I have been sick, I have been living off a summer chili that my husband whipped up in the crockpot.  We really don’t have a recipe for a lot of the concoctions that we make in the crockpot, but this quick and easy meal that lasts for days is a perfect remedy for a sore throat (and honestly, a good detox – it will flush it out).  For this chili, we mixed the following ingredients in a large crockpot and cooked over low heat for 8 hours:

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  • 1 lb. ground turkey (cook before adding to crockpot)
  • 2 pounds hot chicken sausage (cook before adding to crockpot)
  • 2 – 16oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 16oz can pinto beans
  • 1 – 16oz can black beans
  • 1 – Bag of corn (fresh from local farmers market) or frozen (no need to thaw)
  • 1 – Bag of peas (again fresh from local farmers market) or frozen (no need to thaw)
  • 3-4 Peeled, Sliced Carrots
  • 2 Chopped Green Peppers
  • 2 Chopped Onions
  • Several handfuls of chopped okra (uncooked)
  • 2 Chopped jalapenos
  • Lots of spices

photo 1When I say “lots of spices”, I mean don’t skimp.  You can even taste after six hours to see if you need to add more. This is a very low stress recipe.  If you omit several of the items above or substitute vegetables that you prefer, that is fine!

Easing back into my normal workouts

If you have been following my prior posts, you probably already knew that I came down with a very bad summer cold last weekend.  I have to say it pretty much knocked me off of my feet on Saturday.  The last time that I remember being this sick was before I was pregnant.  I ended up taking a big hiatus from exercise to try and catch up on some much needed rest and recovery.  This was clearly a sign that I had pushed my body just a little too hard.  I came back with a vengeance Wednesday night, in what was my first time teaching at Flywheel Charlotte since Saturday.  This is not a typical time for me.  I was subbing for the talented Matt Yost.  Thank you 6:30PM for welcoming me with open arms and energy!

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Teaching that class was just what I needed to get myself back into high intensity workout mode.  It is SO hard to come back from being sick.  You just feel weak and slow. With that in mind, on Thursday, I decided to set my alarm early to join the Females in Action (FiA) women for a bootcamp workout in the morning.  I needed some strength!  I haven’t been to a Thursday workout at AG Middle School in several weeks.  On Thursdays, the workout is titled “Thelma and Louise”.  The “Thelma” is the track workout going on simultaneously with the, “Louise”, bootcamp workout.

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We got some good mileage in (especially for a bootcamp)!  Good thing there are several areas at the campus to complete body weight exercises.  Between runs to different locations, we completed several sets of the following exercises:

  • Pushups
  • Lunges
  • Step Ups
  • Dips
  • Planks (wall, side and standard)
  • Abs
  • Bear Crawls
  • Wall Sits

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After numerous days off, I could feel the burn in my hamstrings and shoulders.  There were almost thirty other women there to keep me motivated!  I have to say that one of my favorite parts about the workout was catching up with women that I haven’t seen in a while.  One of the reasons that I love joining this group is because of the instant camaraderie that exists between everyone.

photo 4-58I wouldn’t have been able to ease back in, had it not been for the help of my mom.  Doesn’t it seem like moms always save the day?  It continues to amaze me how fast my daughter is growing.  My mom and I took her to casual dinner this week.  She will try all different types of food.  Messy, but fun!  Check out her new Charlotte Knights tee!

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