Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

April 7, 2010

For Novia, here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can/bottle of light beer (bud light, baby!)
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (if you are not a giant ass wimp like me, use rotel or something with green chilis in it.  I use one can of mild rotel and one can of regular dice tomatoes)
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can of chili beans (which I think are pinto beans in chili sauce, I get the Kuners brand)
  • 1 cup diced onion, if you like onion
  • 8-10 oz of chicken breast (I toss it in frozen)

What to do:

Cook all day on low in the crockpot.  When you get home, take the chicken out, shred it, and toss it back in.  Eat whenever.  It’s really good with baked scoops.  This makes about 7 bowl-fulls, at least that is how many of my bowls it makes!  It comes out to 4 Weight Watcher points per serving, without the Scoops (of course, dammit).  That’s approximately 200-ish calories per bowl, but OMG it’s super filling.  It makes great leftovers, since it freezes really well.

What the hell is Insanity?

April 7, 2010

So, I figured I’d give you guys a bit more info on the Insanity workouts, by Beachbody.  These are the same folks who do P90x, which you may have heard of.

First, they are awesome. 

Second, they are hard.

Third, here’s some details.  It’s circuit training, which means you go really hard for a fairly short time period, then a quick recovery.  While you are going really hard, you are doing both cardio and strenth stuff.  Lots of jumping (jump squats, ski jumps, frog jumps, globe jumps) plenty of pushups, some ab work, and some targeted upper body.  However, you do all of this using your own body weight, no weights.  Which believe me, is fucking hard. 

In the firs 30 days, most of the workouts are around 40 minutes long.  Next week is a recovery week, so we’ll do the recovery DVD every day.  I have no idea what that entails, but I suspect ol’ Shawn T’s idea of recovery and mine (laying on the couch with a cat, a book, and wine) are not the same.  We shall see.

For the second month, all the workouts are called Max Something Or Another.  Max Plyometrics, Max Cardio, Max Death Workout…  you get the drift.  And I believe these are a bit longer, like 50-60 min.  It will be interesting to see how different and how much harder these are. 

Oh, and thanks for the encouragement girls!  I am down a bit more this morning, but it’s not an official weigh in, so who knows what Tuesday will bring.  If I can stay on track on the weekend, I do well.  If I pretend that I have a raging metabolism and am one of those assholes who can eat pizza+ice cream+cheetos for every meal and not gain any weight, well, you can imagine how the weigh in goes.  😀  However, I will be having ice cream this weekend.  I’m taking my nieces out for a fun day of fabric shopping, and we will top the whole thing off with ice cream.  Woo! 

Oh, and for the second day in a row, I got my ass up to run before work.  All it takes is a barrage of texts from my imaginary friends.  Who knew?

Drumroll… Did I lose?

April 7, 2010

Hells yeah, baby.  2.4 muthertruckin pounds.  BOOYA. 

Today, I got up and ran 4 miles before work (thanks to my imaginary buddies for insuring that I made it out of bed).  Then tonight, we did our Insanity workout.  Me tired. 

Dinner is Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup.  Mmmm.  We are eating shortly.  I’m frickin starving right now.  I’m watching Biggest Loser, too.  I know a lot of people hate Melissa, but I can completely 100% relate to her competitive drive.  I’ve got it.  And if I were on that show (let’s hope I never get back to a place where they’d take me) my bitchy competitive side would come SCREAMING OUT.  People would hate me if I were on that show.  😀 

I’m getting such a kick out of the little game going on tonight.  Awesome.  I’m such a bitch.  😀

I’m being harassed ;)

April 5, 2010

By one of my two followers.  😀  Miss Novia is keeping me honest with blogging! 

So I’ve been busy.  Lots of Shawn T Insanity workouts.  We did our fit test at the beginning of week three (last week) and we both CRUSHED out initial fit test results.  So, go us!  We were both relieved that the crazy ass jumping and flailing was actually making a difference. 

While I’ve been being Insane, I have not been running much.  After those workouts, my legs are too dead to run.  So this week, I’ve recruited some of my favorite imaginary friends to call and harass me at 0500 each morning.  I shall run then, and do my Insanity workouts after work.

DH has been logging his points faithfully, and that fucker is losing weight like crazy.  I have been logging my points half-assedly, and shockingly, not losing weight.  I am allegedly down 2 lbs right now, but my weigh in day isn’t until tomorrow, and the scale never really cooperates with me.  So who knows. 

I keep saying I’m going to do a long run.  But I haven’t.  So I’m not sure if I’ll end up running at Derby, or not.  If I run, it will be a gallowalking festival, with 5 min running, then 1 min walking.  So we shall see.  It could go right down to the wire that morning.

Realization

March 31, 2010

Quick mid-day thought:

I think about food a lot.  Like, I’ve had to actually stop myself from going up to our front desk and getting some fuckin’ Easter candy.  Three times.  At least.  I have this urge, and I can practically feel myself getting up from my desk, walking up there, and pouring some of those damn Hershey eggs into my palm, then popping them in to my mouth.  I can feel the crack of the hard candy shell, then feel the chocolate melting on my tongue.   

I think the fact that I can see, and practically feel, this happening so vividly probably helps explain why I struggle with junk food so much.  If it isn’t around, I don’t think about it.  I may have a fleeting “mmm, chocolate would taste good” type thought, but it isn’t obsessive like it is when I know those  Hershey eggs are a 20 second walk away. 

I have to wonder why this is.  Why I can’t seem to get the thought out of my head.  And it’s not like if I go up there and pop a couple candy eggs into my mouth, that these thoughts would go away.  They’ll still be there (I could have MORE!) and they’ll be even stronger (They were so good just a minute ago!).

Today’s workout

March 31, 2010

It started with good intentions.  We were on our way home, planning to do the Insanity workouts.  We got home, and ended up doing a different sort of workout, if ya know what I mean.  😀  Oops! 

I’ve got to run.  Jeebus.  I have a half in about 4 weeks and I haven’t done a long run in a while.  Like weeks.  I may or may not end up racing.  I need to get out this weekend and try a long run, probably gallowalking.  I mean, surely I can tough it out, right?   Eek.  We’ll see.

So this past weekend I went home to KS for a couple days.  That did not go well, foodwise.  It was my birthday, and there was ice cream cake, my favorite dips with chips, fried chicken…  gah.  It was G.O.O.D.  But I held steady this week, and did not lose.  I was neglectful in logging all week.  So, today, the beginning of my week, I’m logging.  No matter what.  Even tho I had too much shit food today.  Log it, move on.  Tomorrow I will just NOT start the junk.  I do better if I don’t even get started. 

Tomorrow DH and I will do our Insanity workouts, and I’m going to get my ass up before work and run.  Someone ask me about it tomorrow.  Novia?  I’m talking to you, babe.

8 straight days of workouts, and COUNTING!

March 19, 2010

Welp, we’re still going strong on our Insanity workouts.  Yesterday was a rest day, per the program, but I had to teach Spinning.  So, I did.  Yesterday was the eighth day in a row of working out!  And tonight I have a run and Insanity workout planned.  Tomorrow and Sunday are Spin + Insanity.  Etc, etc, etc.  As some of my friends would say:  RAWR! 

I had three women in Spin last night.  All of them are definitely more in the beginner realm, and it was a super fun class.  I got to encourage them to hang on for the last 30 seconds of a climb, and tell them how hard they worked.  I really enjoyed it.  I hope they did, too. 

Did I tell you guys that I didn’t end up going to Dallas for the RnR half marathon?  I watched plane ticket prices for WEEKS and they were hovering between $350-400 a person.  Since we needed 2 of them, there was no way in hell I was paying that.  So about a week out, I came to realize it wasn’t gonna happen.  So I committed to teach Spin both days that weekend.  Then, BAM, prices went down to $150 a person.  ::insertPISSEDOFFsmileyhere::  ARGH.  Oh well. 

I have another half marathon planned for April 24th in Louisville, KY.  It’s the Derby Half Marathon, and I cannot frickin’ wait.  Not for the run, but for the company!  I’m going to be hanging out with my imaginary running girlfriends!  I mean, they are real, but I call them my imaginary friends because I met them on a running message board, and had not met them until this past fall!  But they are THE BEST.  I’m going to attempt 9 miles on Monday, and then work up before the race.  It’s been probably 3 weeks since my last long run, so we’ll see how it goes.  In addition to the race, we are also having a Fuckerware party.  (In case you don’t know what that is, it’s like a tupperware party, but you buy big black dildos and the like)  GOOD TIMES. 

We’ve been having this outstanding spring weather here in Colorado.  I ran outside after work on Wednesday, and it was fabulous.  However, because Mother Nature is a mercurial bitch, it is now snowing and 26 degrees.  I kinda want to tell ol’ Ma Nature to go f*ck herself.   I’m ready for outside running, capris, skirts and sandals, and grilling. 

My message to Mother Nature:  Bring back Spring, you crazy ho.

Insanity!!

March 16, 2010

Not my life.  😀  My workouts!  In a couple ways.  So I haven’t been running a ton, but I’ve been Spinning a lot.  Subbing and teaching a lot of classes.  But the real Insanity are the workouts I somehow talked my DH into trying with me. 

The first day we took a Fit Test that consisted of kicking and jumping around like a jackass.  Well, sort of jumping.  I’m not a very good jumper.  You’d think a little fit test would be ok, and then the next day we’d be ready to jump in to our workout.  But, in reality, not so much.  Jeebus H. Christ, I was sore for two full days, and a bit sore for the third day.  Holy crap.  What a crazy ass workout.  It’s awesome. 

I do, however, need to run.  I haven’t run in a while.  GAH.  After the Insanity workout, my legs are too jelly-like to run!  But I have a half marathon in April, and I’m going to be in big trouble if I don’t get my ass in running gear. 

I’ve lost a few more pounds, so that is good.  🙂

Big workout weekend

February 22, 2010

I love these weekends.  They give me a great amount of confidence in my ability to go for a long time.  Yesterday I taught a 90 minute spin class, and then today I ran 4 miles before I taught a 60 min spin class.  Both days, long workouts.  And last weekend I ran 11 miles on the treadmill, which was over 2 hours long.

I’m starting to feel cautiously optimistic about my upcoming half marathon.  I know that long biking sessions are not the same as long running sessions, impact wise, but I feel good about my endurance.  This coming weekend, I have a 12 miler to do, and it would sure be nice if I could get outside for it.  We shall see.  Winter seems to have set in for good in Colorado, and I’m sick and frickin’ tired of it.  Give me some goddammed sunshine, before I get grouchy(er). 

Although, the upside of running on my treadmill is that I’ve been reading a lot.  My new E-reader is da bomb for running on the treadmill.  It made that 11 miler go pretty fast.  SCORE.

Eating wise, I have been ok.  Not great, but not bad.  I am down another pound or so, and that is good.  However, I have slacked off on the logging a bit, which is definitely why my losses slowed.  It’s like this magical coincidence, huh?

I’m slacking!

February 13, 2010

Not on the workouts or the eating right.  But on the blogging 😀 

So this has been a good couple weeks.  I am down about 6 lbs from my recent high, all due to counting points and logging them.  Amazing how that works, huh? 

This past weekend I had a 10 mile long run on my schedule.  However, Mother Nature, the bitch, didn’t want to cooperate.  It was cold and snowy.  Boo.  So I did that sucker on my treadmill.  Good times.  I used my Sony E-Reader, and read a book the entire time.  That made it go by pretty fast, all things considered.  I only had to take one potty break.  Not too shabby!

Then this week on Tuesday, I did a Body Pump class.  No, it is not a class on hibbity jibbity, you pervs.  It’s a weight lifting class.  Apparently it worked, because my thighs were sore, REALLY SORE, for two full days afterwards.  Going down stairs was no fun, and I felt like I was walking like a zombie everywhere I went! 

Thursday brought a run and a Spin class (woo!) and tonight I’ll hopefully run later.  I am going out to dinner with a couple friends, and they chose Carraba’s as our destination.  UGH.  First, I don’t really care for Italian Restaurants, because I feel like I’m really getting bent over on the food.  $15 for a plate with some noodles, sauce, and maybe some chicken?  Come on.  Plus, I never really like the food there.  But hey, at least they should have good wine.

So like a good little Weight Watcher, I went searching for nutritional info on Carraba’s.  They don’t have it on their site, so what I found may or may not be accurate, and isn’t exactly comforting.  It sounds like I should try to get them to bring me a dry salad (no cheese) and a piece of grilled chicken.  Fun.  Oh wait, no, not so much.  So it’s going to be expensive, not tasty, and probably blow my points for the day anyway.  Super. 

But, it should be good company, and don’t forget…  GOOD WINE.  Really, what more can I ask for? 

Oh yeah, good healthy food.  But whatevs.