Au Revoir!

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I’m waiting to board my train as I type…
Type and drink wine, of course!
We’re heading to Paris for the weekend, again.
We planned this trip ages ago and I’m super excited about it…
Mainly because I’m meeting an old friend there who I haven’t seen in years.
Her and her husband and 2 little ones are all coming and she is preg. where 3rd girl and due next month.
We are going to have SO much fun!

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You know what’s not fun?
Dropping your dog off at the dog boarder for the weekend.
I was in tears even before we got there…
Seriously, he gave me the guilt trip look all morning.

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ok…back to the fun things

~ THE AWESOME WEEKEND AHEAD ~

- I’m going to see the Nutcracker on Saturday.

Something about seeing this iconic ballet in Paris, well, it makes it even more special.
Plus, it’s my 1st time ever seeing it!

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- We’re taking the EuroStar train.
It’s the hubby’s 1st time and it saves a ton of airport/holiday hassle.
In 2 hours and 9 minutes, we will be in Paris.

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- I have a romantic dinner booked for us tomorrow night…
More details and a review of the restaurant later next week.

Wishing U a FAB weekend ahead & I’ll see U on Monday!

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*in the meantime, follow my adventures on Instagram

Get CORE Strong – Training Tuesday

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I spent all night/morning/day/afternoon with a very sick doggie yesterday.
I won’t get into to details but trust me it wasn’t fun.
Anyways…
Remember a while back when I had a GAIT analysis done?
Lots of great things came out of that appointment…
Like a plan to get in shape the right way.
Well, a couple days after my apt. I got a letter in the mail detailing the results.
As I read thru it, most of everything I knew already, I ran across a phrase that stopped me in my tracks.

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OUCH
I knew I had let myself go since May, but eading this sentence in print was a hard pill to swallow.
The truth is hard to read sometimes…
But lucky for me, it only inspires me to work harder!
And that is exactly what I’ve been doing…
So, each Tuesday, I’ll be focusing on a particular part of my plan.
Today is all about the core…

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Why is having a strong core so important for a runner?
Well, it affects your stride, ankle movement, how you push off your toes, the stress on your knees, your posture, I could go on and on.  A strong core also helps absorb the brunt of high impact forces that otherwise can land on your joints during sprint workout or other high intensity workouts like T25, P90X or Insanity.

Why did I get injured?
In my case, a weak core was causing me to put added stress on my push off while running because I was learning to far forward while running. That caused my ankle to be stressed and inflamed and almost created a stress fracture.  A stronger core would cause me to run more centered, less push off and more even body weight distribution on both feet.

Core Work Aim – 3 days a week

3 – 1 min planks
3 – 1 min supermans
3 sets of 15 reps of the workouts below

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Here are a couple more ideas…
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What’s Your Go-To CORE Move?

Chicken Cacciatore – Slow Cooker


Chicken Cacciatore

Today, I present another winner from Slow Cooker Revolution.
I love that the cooking scientists over at America’s Test Kitchen test each recipe like 100 times…
So their recipes don’t have to be tweaked too much at home!
This may not look so pretty but it was a WINNER.
Jammed packed with flavor, the chicken was moist and super easy to make.
I normally only eat chicken breast but chicken thighs are cheaper and have more flavor.
More flavor means you are more likely to feel satisfied.
This is a recipe a family would love, I added rice for my “meat & potatoes” hubby.

 

Chicken Cacciatore - Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 onions, minced
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • ¼ cup tomato paste (I use the stuff that comes in a tube)
  • 1 Tbsp butter (optional)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ ounce of dried mixed wild mushrooms, rinsed and minced (use all dried porcini mushrooms if you have it)
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 large container of cremini mushrooms, trimmed and halved if small or quartered if large
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch or instant tapioca
  • 6 (5-7oz) skinless chicken thighs
  • ¼ chopped fresh basil (optional)
  • 1 bag of basmati instant rice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Plump up your dried mushrooms in some hot water and let sit for 20 minutes or so.
  2. Combine the onion, tomato paste, butter, EVOO, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes in a microwave safe bowl and stir together. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes until onions are softened.
  3. Put the cooked aromatics in the slow cooker and stirred in the cremini, tomatoes, broth and now rehydrated mushrooms. (I dumped the water they were soaking in as well for extra flavor)
  4. Add the cornstarch to the wine and whisk together well, then dump into slow cooker.
  5. Remove skin, trim chicken thighs and season well with salt and pepper.
  6. Nestled them into the slow cooker and mixed everything well.
  7. Turn slow cooker on low and let cook for 4-6 hours.
  8. Skim fat off top before serving.
  9. **(this is where I stirred in my already cooked in the microwave instant basmati rice)**

 

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