October 21, 2016

Five Exercises That Burn More Fat Than Running

I shared my break up here on this blog...with running. Now I will admit when I had a good knee, I lost some good weight before I got married with running. Now I have found some great exercises that burn fat that AREN'T running.

Swimming is very important to me. The low impact combined with the cardio and makes it an optimal choice!

My husband taught me to ski and I am so glad that I stuck with it. It took a while to get good enough to like it. One minute I was full of optimism and confidence and could conquer whatever skiing lies ahead. The next minute I have no idea and feel like if I make one more turn I may just fall. I can get pretty dramatic, but by pushing myself I am now able to say I can do something I enjoy. Skiing reminds me that dedication and a lot of self belief is all it takes to get better at, well, anything. So basically, skiing helps me at life...and keeps me healthy!

Weight Lifting
The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism works. Building up muscle mass is a slow but sure way to help your weight loss goals. I have noticed a good amount of difference personally in my legs and booty!

Well if you can't ski, bike! Biking works both your leg muscles and provide some great cardio. Bike outdoors and enjoy a nice experience outdoors or bike in place and do some sprints to build up your endurance. Just get as comfy a bike seat as you can!
Explosive movements and working for hard bursts and taking a short rest and getting back to it has shown to burn a lot of calories. I think this is a major part of what has made Crossfit programs so successful. Personally unlike Crossfit, I like to use bodyweight or very little weight. When you are tired (and sometimes even when you are not tired) form can be an issue. Improper form and high weights can only lead to injury. I figure I can do anything for 30 or 60 seconds.

I should also say that Isometrics are great too, but when looking at what burns the most fat, my opinion would by Plyo.

What are your favorite fat burning exercises?

October 17, 2016

Pecan Acorn Squash

The holiday season is once again coming upon us! I know that I will be spending lots of time getting the house ready and being in the kitchen. This means now, I just want to get a meal out on the table and oh, my husband should probably eat it.

This recipe is great because it is sweet. And I already bought all my Halloween candy and would like to keep my husband from eating it before the kids even have a chance at it. Enter a sweet dinner to get his mind off all the candy! (I have got to find better hiding spots...drat living in a small house!)

This would probably also be a great side dish!


1 acorn squash, halved lengthwise with seeds removed
some water, enough for your pan, I would say maybe about 1/3 cup?
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
2 tablespoons of butter, softened
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of ginger
1 teaspoon of vanilla


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place the squash in a pan cut side up with water poured in the pan.

Mix in a bowl the pecans, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and vanilla. Divide this mixture evenly into the squash.

Bake for 30 minutes or until squash is tender.

Dinners can be sweet right?

October 14, 2016

How to Roast Green Chiles

Despite Colorado making a couple of random statements to get in the press, it is widely known that New Mexico is the land of green chile. Every fall, we buy in bulk and have them roasted (fall in New Mexico means seeing big roasting drums everywhere). Once you do that, as a family we would commence with the bagging process and store in the family freezer. This year, we roasted the chile ourselves with my husband's family. The savings is significant seeing how easy roasting chiles yourself is!

All you have to do is turn up the grill and roast the chiles directly on the grill. Watch them closely with some tongs and turn them over as needed. I know people also use the broiler method in the oven, but to me, I don't want to warm up my house nor put all of that chile smell (cause it is strong!) in my house.

With a good roast, most of the skin on your beautifully bright green chiles should be a blistering looking black.

After you roast, place them on a baking sheet to cool slightly. Chiles should cool to just above room temperature before you bag them. If you bag them too hot, the chiles get steamed and the newly roasted skin will come off.

Once cool, we like to place in gallon and quart sized freezer bags. I place them in there whole. The flavor profile keeping the roasted skin and the seeds makes for fresher chiles no matter what time of year you take them out of the freezer.

Best part, chile is easy to thaw under hot water or in the microwave. Chile goes so fast in my house that I have never had them be frozen past one year, so I truly do not know how long the last stored frozen. Bottom line...at least one year.

How to enjoy this chile you ask? How about Enchiladas, Green Chile Stew, Green Chile Meat Burritos, Huevos Rancheros, Cream Cheese Green Chile Crescent Rolls, or even some Green Chile Mac and Cheese. The possibilities are endless!

Have you ever roasted your own green chile?
What are some of your favorite chile recipes?

October 10, 2016

Who Goes To A Pumpkin Patch And Never Gets Anything?

The answer would be this girl. My family's family friends (you get that?) own this amazing pumpkin patch and corn maze in my hometown. Many members of my family over the years have worked it as a seasonal job and so often every year I go and walk around.

Of all the years, I have only ever bought one thing. This:
So see, I technically have bought a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch!! ;-)

But that aside, I would love to buy all the mums and pumpkins I can, but sometimes I get lazy about carving as I mentioned here. Plus carting them all the way back to Arizona. Lazy person, party of one.

Plus every Halloween working as a nurse (starting in 2012) I have worked Halloween. Once again I am scheduled to work this year. Can't catch a break!

What fall festivities do partake and not partake in?

October 7, 2016

Visiting The Oregon Coast

So we went and visited Oregon! We did wine country and we did some hiking, but we also went to the coast! The weather was of course sans sun. It was cold for this Arizona girl and I could not believe that there was a surf competition going on at the beach. The announcer made a joke that we should all be ready and wearing our sunscreen and that there was a great sale of it. Guess you had to be there, but it was really funny.

Anyway here is how we did the Oregon Coast:

Pacific City: Cape Kiwanda
The above half funny story was here. There was also this big dune that people were climbing. I work out. My husband doesn't. We could try it....
It was all easy for him and for some reason I about died and was sinking in the sand.
Plus, the photos do not make it look steep. It is very steep...

But when you do finally get up there, the view is worth it!
If the weather was nicer, I would have explored it more.

Cape Meares
Now I am sure there are lots of great hiking trails for all of these capes, but weather permitting. I am a fair weather hiker for sure! But we stopped at the Octopus Tree. It is a short walk with some pretty views. Also there is another walk we took to the Cape Meares Lighthouse. There are only certain days that you can go into the actual lighthouse itself. Because of that, when open, there are too many people. We took a picture outside and opted not to go in.

Cape Lookout
Since weather wasn't great there was not a lot of exploring. But there is a beach. campsites, and a couple of nature trails.

Tillamook Factory
We were close enough that we decided we must stop at Tillamook. Probably would have been a cooler experience if we came on a weekday when the factory production was going on. We did get to sample some of their amazing free cheese and learn some pretty neat facts though.

Have you been to the Oregon coast?
Where else on the north Oregon coast should people go?

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