Wellness/Fitness thread 4/26/03

  1. Good morning!

    Today is a big day locally. There is a tradition of a big bike race and I will be in the middle of the track with other nurses manning (womanning?) the first aid tent for when the riders fall and tear themselves up. I've never been to the race, so I'm going largely just to see what it's like. I AM bringing sunscreen and We Band of Angels to work on reading, as I fully expect that watching them go around and around in circles will quickly lose its charm lol. Afterward, hubby is going to take me jogging. Did the stairclimber last night. Bumped up the intensity and added some time to challenge myself a little. It felt good.

    I established with a doctor recently (at 31, I figured it was time to have a doctor of my own "just in case.") He was great on the initial checkup. One of the things he focused on was making sure I do skin checks for suspicious moles and the like. I am an avid non-tanner. Are you caring for your skin? I don't mean all the fancy stuff on the market today that you can use for wrinkles and exfoliation and whatever else. I mean not exposing yourself needlessly to UV rays without proper protection. Some may go to the tanning booth. It's important to understand that your body does not distinguish between real and artificial sun for tanning purposes. Each is equally hazardous and puts you at the same risk for skin problems down the road. You have family and friends who love you and would rather love you pale .

    (Off the soapbox now! )

    Do you have your water in hand?

    Have a great day, enjoy your family and friends if you are home, and don't forget to block out 20-30 minutes for movement - a little more if you are trying to increase your personal effort. You are doing great!! If you're new, jump right in and don't worry - you're not behind. The only competition is with yourself.

    Here are two recipes since I had a temporary brain shutdown and forgot to some back and post one yesterday .

    "They can conquer who believe they can."

    - Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC)


    ARTICHOKE CHICKEN AND OLIVES

    1 1/2 lbs chicken breast halves without skin
    2 cups sliced mushrooms
    15 ounces canned diced tomatoes
    9 ounces frozen artichoke hearts (or 1 approx. 1 pound can, drained)
    1 cup chicken broth
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1/2 cup pitted black olives, sliced
    1/4 cup dry white wine
    3 Tbs quick cooking tapioca
    3 tsp curry powder
    3/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
    1/4 tsp pepper
    4 cups couscous or rice -- cooked

    Rinse chicken; set aside. In crockpot, combine mushrooms,
    undrained tomatoes, frozen artichoke hearts, chicken
    broth, onion, olives, and wine. Stir in tapioca, curry
    powder, thyme, salt, and pepper. Add chicken; spoon some
    of the tomato mixture over the chicken.

    Cover: cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours or on high heat
    for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Serve with hot cooked couscous or
    favorite rice.

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    CHEESY ENCHILADAS

    8 ounces fat free cream cheese -- softened
    8 ounces fat free cheddar cheese -- shredded
    1/4 cup green onions -- sliced
    6 flour tortillas -- 6 inch
    8 ounces salsa

    Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese and onions until well
    blended.

    Spoon 1/3 cup cheese mixture onto center of each tortilla
    and roll up. Place, seam side down, in a 12 x 8 baking
    dish. Pour salsa over tortillas and cover.

    Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly
    heated. Top with plenty of fresh lettuce and a little
    fresh cilantro, if desired. (I throw on whatever I've got in the fridge that would normally go as a garnish on Mexican food. Also will add in refried beans.)
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Ok.. bills are taken care of and in the mail. Beds are made, had my cereal concoction, DH is off to play golf, so here I am.. ready to hit the weights. Tomorrow I go see my daughter to spend the afternoon at the park flying kites..fresh air and excercise ! Finally, the weather will be cooperating !
    Love the recipies.. I like crockpot combos ! Easy adn yummy !

    Here's on for porklovers: (kinda "sweet and sour", .. it SOUNDS wierd, but, it is REALLY good !!! The flavors all just "mingle and blend")... and soooo easy !

    Package of lean pork chops/cutlets (about 5-6 of the smaller ones)
    3-4 small potatoes
    2 cups shredded/chopped sauerkraut (canned or bag)
    1-2 cups (or cans) cooked apples
    half cup brown sugar

    Place porkchops or cutlets in bottom of crockpot.
    Add sauerkraut(with some of the juice), then the
    potatoes, then apples, and the brown sugar on top.

    Cover and cook for about1-2 hours.
  4. by   sbic56
    Off to the gym and weights for me too, jnette. I do the the motivational comrardary of this thread!!
  5. by   jnette
    Gosh, Sbic56, don't know that I'd be able to make myself get out and go to the gym...maybe if it was just around the corner...

    I LOVE having my bowflex right here at home. It may take up a big chunk of the bedroom, but at least it doesn't take a big chunk out of my DAY !!! I hate having to run around on my days off.. too much to do here at home.. and I don't even have my kids at home anymore ! Guess I just love my nest... my haven of peace and quiet (at least 'til DH gets home and turns on the blasted TV!)

    And I agree.. this is one great thread ! Kinda makes you feel like you have to check in and show what you've done.. on a "trust" basis. Makes you feel accountable. Love it.. VERY motivating ! THANX, Nurse Ratched !!! :kiss
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I have been SERIOUSLY slacking this last week and I can feel it!
    No workouts at all after 10 weeks of getting up early religiously and sweating it out 6 days a week.
    I am blaming it on my new job. My mind has been on that and I just didn't do it.
    Monday I start fresh with a new plan.
    Aerobics 6 days a week with wts thrown in every other day and cut down on the carbs and try to stick to white poultry meat.
    Beers on weekends only.
    I'll weigh in again on Monday Morning and once a week thereafter.
    This thread is a good thing.
    -Russell
  7. by   sbic56
    jnette

    Lucky me...my gym is 5 minutes away.
  8. by   MelRN13
    I'm am just not motivated today. Maybe it's because I'm dreading the 12 hour shift coming up tonight. But, one of my classmates and I are going to start going to the gym together, starting on Monday. And, I ordered a Cooking Light cookbook today, so I will post some recipies soon.
  9. by   jnette
    OK Rusty ! I can understand the new job thing.. sometimes those mental things just get in the way and seem to demand priority attention.
    So next week back at it, right? You too, Tele ? OK... we'll hold ya to it !

    We'll be waiting to hear ! Remember... this is for Y-O-U !
  10. by   hoolahan
    Yeah I've got some mental barriers, and have been attending classes and working extra, so now that I am 90% recouperated form that horrible crud I had... I am thinking I need ot pick up where I left off, and was making excsues...

    Then today, I got an inspiration...

    MORBIDLY obese male, had to see for a wound. It was an infected skin fold. So much fat laying on top of each other, too fat to reach to clean or see an infection, he ended up septic and near death as this infection in the fold cut halfway thru his leg.

    I am skipping desert tonight for SURE!!! OMG, reminded me why I HAVE to get moving I would really rather die than ever get to this point!!!!! When you can't wipe your own arse anymore, it's time for gastric bypass!!
  11. by   kimmicoobug
    Today I started my focused practicums in OB and worked a 12 hour shift, instead of a typical 8 that students regularly have. I assumed care for all of my preceptors patients (with a lot of guidance). Man, I am tired! Does this count as exercise? I think I probably burned more calories than I ate today....and unfortunately, I did not drink enough water. I agree...good thread.

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