Surviving the Cold – Recipes + Workouts + Rest

Temperatures in Charlotte were as low as single digits this week.  I’m sure that you heard.  I was on lockdown mode.  Last year during the big freeze, our pipes froze.  No bursting, but no hot water.  Due to our streak of bad luck, I was all over doing everything I could this year to prevent the same thing from happening:  cabinet doors under sinks open, hot water dripping throughout the night and thermostats above 68.  It worked!

photo 5-63What’s not better to eat on a cold night than a comforting bowl of chili?  Even better it’s healthy. In my last post, I showed the start of a crockpot dish that I put together Thursday morning.  See the end result below.

photo 4-123Just a reminder on ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 pounds of chicken – Slice the breasts in half and just place them in the bottom.  Nothing else necessary.  Over the span of the cooking time it will shred itself!
  • 1 bag peeled/chopped carrots
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 16 oz can drained/rinsed black beans
  • 1 16 oz can drained/rinsed red kidney beans
  • 2 16 oz cans of diced tomatoes – not drained
  • Season at your preference

You can add/take out vegetables depending on your preference OR what you have on hand.  Either way, I ran the crockpot on low for 8-10 hours while I ran errands and cleaned up the house.  When the family congregated at home around 5:30, we had a fantastic filling dinner.

photo 3-159Speaking of errands.  One of the things that I had to do on Thursday was stop by the new Athleta store in Southpark Mall.  This store is incredible.  Women’s only at the moment, but the variety of clothes from both workout to casual is great.  Prices are reasonable.  My reason for stopping by?  Getting registered for my fitness instructor discount.  Is that not incentive enough to get into the field?  I can’t wait to start shopping once baby number two gets here!  While i was there I took some bump pictures.  I hate side profile shots, but I wanted to give you a chance to see what things are looking like at close to thirty weeks.

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I am feeling like I can’t get any bigger, but I will be the first to tell you that I know I have a LONG ways to go.  By the way, my daughter might not be able to put two and two together that a baby will be coming out of that belly, but she sure does know where my belly is.  If you ask her where it is she will point and smile at it.  She has also started lifting up my shirt to look at.  This was the first week that she lovingly played with it.  See photo stream below.  I love this sweet girl. (Excuse the blurriness – we were getting ready for bed).

photo 4-122 photo 3-158 photo 2-187Snuggles with her are great.  Even better, she has started sleeping more. I feel like my mind is more clear all of a sudden.  I rode at Flywheel Friday morning, but I woke up early Saturday with the motivation yet again to put together my own little light weight strength circuit.

photo 5-1The workout was approximately thirty minutes (including warm up).  For the warm up, I walked in place, competed side to side toe touches, imperial walkers, hamstring curls and various stretches (about two-three minutes).

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For the workout, complete the following exercises sequentially, repeating the circuit three times.  Dumbbells are the only equipment necessary.  Mine were very light weight.

  • 20 Squat Thrusters
  • Plank hold – 20 seconds, straight to left side plank hold – 20 seconds, straight to ride side plank hold – 20 seconds (careful on the transition)
  • 20 pushups (I was on my knees)
  • 20 Step back lunges with bicep curl each leg
  • 20 Dips (I did these off the side of my couch, knees bent)
  • 20 Kickbacks/Fire Hydrants each exercise, each leg (place dumbbell behind your knee)
  • 20 oblique side raises


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