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Family Favorite – Taco Soup

Fall is in the air, and while it’s still 90 degrees in Florida we love making soup this time of year. This is a family favorite that goes well on those not so cool days. Hope you like it 🙂

1 can of sweet corn, with liquid

1 can of Ranch Brand Texas Beans

1 can of black neans

1 small can of Rotel diced tomatoes

.75 lb of hamburger, browned

1 small onion diced, and cooked with the hamburger

1 green.red or orange pepper diced, and cooked with the hamburger

1/2 pkg of taco seasoning

1/2 pkg of ranch dressing mix.

Dump all of the above ingredients into a crock pot and cook on low for several hours.Service with corn chips, top with cheese, sour cream, chives and whatever else sounds appealing.

Look below – yum!

Taco Soup in CrockPot

I didn’t take a picture of when it was done as it was just too good to stop eating.

 

New Workout Song – Into Dust

Like you (I hope) I am always looking for new workout songs. This one is not from the radio (that i know of) so it doesn’t have that overplayed feel. Take a listen, let me know!


[Verse 1]

Put a glass box around her

And she’ll break the glass

If you try to cage her in

She’ll like the match

She’s like an animal

It’s in her blood

She will turn every chain into dust

Into dust

Into dust

[Pre-Chorus]

Like the wind to streak

Like the one to steal

She’s a bird

Mirage

If you try to take

What is into them

Watch her turn them all

[Break]

Into dust

Into

Oh-oh, oh-oh

Into dust

Into

Oh-oh, oh-oh

(Into dust)

[Pre-Chorus]

Like the wind to streak

Like the one to steal

She’s a bird

Mirage

If you try to take

What is into them

Watch her turn them all

[Break]

Into dust

Into

Oh-oh, oh-oh

Into dust

Into Oh-oh, oh-oh

(Into dust)

[Bridge]

The queen of hearts will light our stars

Like Cleopatra in ancient wars

A goddess in the human form

The queen of hearts will light our stars

Like Cleopatra in ancient wars

A goddess in the human form

The queen of hearts will light our stars

Like Cleopatra in ancient wars

A goddess in the human form

[Break]

Into dust

Into

Oh-oh, oh-oh

Into dust

Into

Oh-oh, oh-oh

(Into dust)

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

Ok, ok, so this isn’t  necessarily “healthy” but it is one of my favorite dips to make for parties. Everyone loves it and it goes so fast.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar, Colby-Jack, or Monterrey Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350°F. In a large bowl, microwave cream cheese for 30 seconds, then stir cream cheese until smooth. Stir in wing sauce, ranch dressing, diced chicken, and 1 cup shredded cheese. Spread in a shallow 1-quart baking dish and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
  2. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve warm tortilla chips!

Work Challenge – Steps Per Day

Work has been doing a very cool thing to get people out walking and excited about walking.

We invite you to take steps towards best health every day! Join us July 30 – September 28 in this step challenge and feel the benefits of regular walking.

  • Weight loss/maintenance
  • Chronic disease prevention & management
  • (heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes)
  • Bone and muscle strength
  • Increased metabolism
  • Mood improvements & stress reduction
  • Balance and coordination improvement
  • Increased energy

The Plan

Introduction Maintenance Challenge
Week 1: 8,000 steps per day / at least 3 days Week 4: 10,000 steps per day / at least 4 days Week 7: 11,000 steps per day / at least 3 days
Week 2: 9,000 steps per day / at least 4 days Week 5: 10,000 steps per day / at least 5 days Week 8: 11,000 steps per day / at least 4 days
Week 3: 10,000 steps per day / at least 3 days Week 6: 10,000 steps per day / at least 5 days Week 9: 12,000 steps per day / at least 3 days

Right now we are in the 4th week, 10k steps 4 days, So far i have hit the goal each week, and I hope it continues 🙂

Destination Races, Have You Done One?

I am all about visiting new places, and what better way to visit then to also do a fun race? When we saw that the Florida Keys had a ½ marathon we were all for it and we booked tickets and our place to stay. I have never been to the Florida Keys as I am a newer resident of Florida in general, so I was so excited. I haven’t done a ½ marathon in a while, but I was ready to give it a shot.

 

When we got there it was muggy and warm, as it is the southernmost point of the USA. The first day it did end up pouring for a while, but we trekked like tourists anyway. We found a great dive bar, 801 Bourbon Bar.

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The next day we Tourist’d it up again and walked all over, and it was gorgeous outside. We saw the actual southernmost point, several bars, shops, and historical markers in Key West.  We even saw a Disney Cruise in the Port dropping off a lot of vacationers.

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The day of the race it was windy and so cold compared to the day before! What was going on in Key West? What did I sign up for? We had to get up so early, and it was dark. But we plowed ahead.

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Before the race!

When the race started we forgot about the cold and the wind and had a great time, the run was amazing, it was so scenic, and there were musicians along the way to cheer us on. We ran through neighborhoods, and along the ocean, and before I knew it I had run 8 miles without stopping.

It was a great run, and it makes me want to do it again 🙂

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After the race!

 

What vacation/destination races have you done?

Do You Need to be a Mathematician to be Able to Calculate Your Ideal Body Weight?

Ok, since I have been watching what I eat and working out regularly I really have been wondering about what my IBW or ideal body weight is.

So what did I do, I scoured the online world of information to find this out, and may there are so many different formulas, calculators, etc. to help you determine what it is.

Let’s talk about a few of them:

Ok, my height is 5’3” and my weight is currently 123lbs. So we will use this information in the formulas that I have found online.

  1. The first one is from LiveStrong.com

For a woman it says to start off with 100 pounds for the first 5 feet and then ass 5 pounds for each additional foot.

IBW = 100 + (3Ă—5) = 115

This article also goes into frame size with Ideal Body Weight, as well as BMI or Body Mass Index, as well as waist size, which are all important factors to think about!

  1. For the second one I found was on ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

For a women’s ideal body weight the formula is as follows IBW(ib)=100 + 5x(ht-60in)

My formula would be IBW = 100 + 5x(63-60in)

IBW = 115

They also have other, more accurate equations listed like this:

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Which I will not even try.

  1. The third one I tried was a calculator, so much easier J I found this on calculator.net

You just enter in your age, gender and height and it tells you your Ideal Weight.

Here is what it told me:

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This gave me many options on my ideal weight due to different formulas, and whatnot.

What did I learn from this? To be happy in my body and that many factors actually go into determining the Ideal Weight for every person.  Maybe this can be a general guideline as there are many different formulas, but by no means is it a hard or true fact for all. If you really want to know your ideal body weight it would be best to go to your doctor to find out.

Real Appeal – Ready to Take Small Steps for Big Results?

My work recently sent me an email about a new employee benefit called Real Appeal, which gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a personal coach to lose weight and keep it off for good. They are offering this program at no additional cost to all eligible health plan members , as well as covered spouses/domestic partners and dependents 18 or over .  I was very excited to see this and cannot wait to get started. My first class was Monday at 7pm.

How Does Real Appeal Work?

Real Appeal is based on more than 20 years of science-based research designed to help people lose weight and keep it off over the long term. Your coach will work with you one-on-one to customize the program to your schedule, fitness level and personal dietary requirements, depending on your needs. Whether you want to lose 10, 20, even 30 pounds or more, your coach will keep you motivated to meet your individual weight loss and health goals.

What’s included in the free* program Success Kit?

Real Appeal is free* (no premium, deductible or copay) and comes with a Success Kit. Your Success Kit includes an electronic body weight scale, workout DVDs, electronic food scale, step-by-step session guide, nutrition guide (including quick family meal ideas and fast-food eating tips), and more!

I plan on posting as I get into the program an let others know the steps taken, how involved they are as well as the success or failure of the program.