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Chicken Taco Soup

I spent my Saturday morning drinking coffee out of a spring mug (wishful thinking!), snuggling my baby, and making soup.  

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My cute little spring mug I found at HomeGoods.
Hurry up spring!

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The baby 🙂

Chicken taco soup on a cold Saturday definitely hits the spot.  This soup has a great flavor, is packed with veggies, and is very healthy!  

 

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Ingredients:

1 -2 Jalapenos (finely chopped and seeded)
1 can black beans (rinsed)
3 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes (I used organic, could use rotel instead)
1.5 cups uncooked quinoa-rinsed
1 package of Mrs. Dash taco seasons
1 pound chicken breasts, boiled and chopped
1 large green bell pepper chopped
16 oz. bag frozen corn
1 small chopped onion
16oz water

Throw all ingredients in the crock pot, mix well, and cook on low for 8 hours.

*I added fresh mushrooms to this batch; normally I don’t, but they were on clearance and about to go bad.  They were a nice addition to the soup 🙂  You can add more corn or beans if you want.  I threw in what I had around the house.  The chicken breasts can be put uncooked in the crockpot with all other ingredients, shred after cooking.

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Healthy foods like this help me toward my summer bod goals!  I always feel great after an intense work out and a day of eating healthy.

DAYS 1 and 2 of cutting out candy :p   My guilty pleasure.

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Weird Weekend

My weekends get very strange and unusual; I do the most random jobs.  This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Oscar preview night for a local casino as a Vegas style show girl.  Earlier in the weekend I conducted a wine sampling and trained a model on a cocktail in a can promotion.  

Working as a Vegas style show girl was slightly nerve-racking!  I was dressed in an outrageous costume that had: gold sequins, a bra style top, and a HEAVY feather-head piece.   This experience was one of a kind in a good and bad way.  Working as a show girl was extremely fun during, but after looking at pictures I was beginning to feel horrible about my body.  I normally do not feel that way about myself, but the pictures taken that evening made me feel so uncomfortable.  When I got home, I had my husband take swim wear photos of me for a model submission (totally unrelated).  After looking at the pictures he took of me I realized that different cameras, positioned at different angles, and different lighting can cause different results.    I am posting these two pictures to show how much of a difference all of these factors can play.

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Again, these pictures were taken the exact same night, within 4 hours of each other.  The picture on the left was taken on an empty stomach (I was running late and didn’t grab dinner) and right was after I got home, ate boneless wings, and potato casserole.  It is crazy how different these images look. This just goes to show things are not always as they appear.  Bye bye negative body thoughts.

On another note, I am slightly obsessed with all the fabulous deals I scored this weekend.  This whole outfit only cost about $100.00!  Wearing dress pants are a horrible and uncomfortable experience for me.  I have discovered these insanely comfortable dress pant leggings; LOVE THEM!!

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*My whole outfit came from Kohls.

Even though I had a jam-packed weekend that involved a lot of driving to and from events/accounts, I made sure I went to the gym.  Saturday I only had time for a quick cardio session.  Sunday I was able to do cardio and some weights.

Saturday

Moderate Running Schedule                                   Intermediate Running Schedule

Mile                             Speed                                      Mile                 Speed

0.0  – 0.5                       6.5                                           0.0 – 0.5          4.0

0.5 – 1.5                       8.0                                           0.5 – 1.5           5.5

1.5-2.5                         9.0                                           1.5 – 2.5           6.5

2.5-3.0                         8.0                                           2.5 – 3.0           5.5

Sunday

25 Squats while holding 2-10 pound weights

4 mile run, speed 8 the whole time

25 squats

10 lunges Right leg

10 lunges Left leg

3 reps of 10 crunches on an incline bench

2 set of 15 leg lifts on each side (4 sets total)

Normally, I meal prep on the weekends; my new schedule doesn’t allow it to happen until mid-week.  I absolutely love meal prep day more than most!  I have some clean recipes that I will post next post.

Meal Prep:

Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Peanut Butter Jelly Overnight Oats

Pizza Chicken

P.s. I have to share this picture because I am so excited for the rest of the proofs to come back…

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