My 3-Day Walk Training Progress

Hello friends, I hope you had a great weekend. I just finished a delicious dinner of roast chicken, potatoes, and grilled egg plant. Super yum! I’m relaxing with a hard cider before settling into the couch to watch Silicon Valley, one of my new favorite shows. This weekend was pretty laidback; hanging out with my grad school girlfriends, lunch with the hubs, recipe testing for the California Avocado contest at Fitbloggin’, and lastly, a nice 3.5 mile training walk today with my husband.

I’ve been squeezing in walks here and there whereever I can, and this weekend marked 24 weeks until my event. Eeek! I have many miles to go between now and then. I’m happily almost to the halfway mark of my fundraising goal of $2,300, and so far have been blown away by people’s generosity. It’s alarming how many people’s lives cancer has affected, and fundraising and walking is just one small thing I can do to try and prevent cancer from stealing another person’s life. (Want to help? I’d be so grateful. I will happily carry the names of a loved one, in honor or memory of, on my 60 mile journey. A $35 donation ) A few weeks ago I bought myself some Snazzy New Walking Shoes, and I just learned today on my walk app (Map My Walk) that I’ve put 30 miles on my new kicks. Nice!

I think back to a year or so ago when I hated walking a 5k distance (3.2 miles), and I’m happy that now I’m doing 3 miles with no real challenge. I’m definitely not a fast walker, but the nice thing about the 3-Day is that it’s not about the time. It’s about the commitment. I did 5.5 miles last week on one walk, and I’m hoping to get in another 5-miler this week. It’s really going to be crazy to me when I start walking distances of seven miles and above. You’re supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day, which is about five miles, so that doesn’t seem as extreme to me as choosing to hoof it seven miles or more. (I’m lazy when it comes to exercise. True fact.) My friend Monique, who’s walking with the team Double Chin Divas, will probably walk with me next week, and then in July, I’m hoping to attend my sister April’s official 3-Day training walk in San Francisco! I also need to get in more cardio, as my awesome endocrinologist reminded me in a very friendly but matter of fact way that walking nice long distances just ain’t gonna cut it for me for weight loss. (Darnit.) Hold me accountable, peeps!

Taking nice long walks has some perks, besides being relaxing — you get to see things you never knew existed, like these awesome body weight exercise machines at Lake Balboa. I definitely had a good time screwing around on the foot elliptical and torso twister. You’re never too old to play!

Lake Balboa Foot Powered Elliptical

Lake Balboa Foot Powered Elliptical

 

I’m feeling good about the event, and am hoping I hit my half way mark really soon here with fundraising. The next few months are going to be critical for my training success, so now, I just need to make an effort to do the work. I don’t have to walk fast, I just have to walk often. That said, if anybody is in LA and wants to go on a walk… hit me up! Do I have any other walkers for exercise out there? Have an amazing day!

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Interested in walking 60 miles in San Diego in November? Considering joining the Double Chin Divas team. We’re kicking cancer’s ass, one step at a time.

Monique’s Yummy Nacho Casserole

Hi everybody, this is the first of several guest posts you’ll see in the next two weeks while I’m trekking around Thailand. Monique is a dear friend of mine and we met two years ago when I hired her to be a part of my social media team at my last job. She’s always got something cute and clever to say and tons of funny stories about her life, so check out her blog and don’t forget to “like” her at http://www.facebook.com/moniqueisblog.

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Hi there Double Chin Diary readers! This is Monique from moniqueis.com with a delicious recipe to share with you. My fiancé and I pull a lot of our recipes from allrecipes.com and we’re always looking for something quick and easy to make since we both have busy schedules. A casserole is always an easy choice for us and we absolutely enjoyed the Nacho Casserole recipe we found. It tasted so good but it’s really not the healthiest thing, the recipe calls for salad dressing and uses Miracle Whip as an example—Whaa!? So I adapted the recipe to be a little healthier and according to My Fitness Pal my adjustments lobbed off 141 calories per serving, not bad!

It’s hard to imagine tortilla chips ever being healthy but there are some better for you options out there, like Guiltless Gourmet No Salt Added Tortilla Chips or even one of the new Pop Chips Tortilla Chips selections.

Original Recipe: 497 Calories per serving

Improved Recipe: 356 Calories per serving

Each version makes 6 servings and takes about 35 to complete.

The red side shows the original ingredients and the green shows my improved healthier ingredients.

The red side shows the original ingredients and the green shows my improved healthier ingredients.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place ground turkey in a large skillet over medium-high heat with onion, garlic and green bell pepper. Cook, stirring to crumble, until evenly browned. Drain grease. Remove from the heat, and stir the salsa, corn and chili powder into the turkey mixture. In a 2 quart casserole dish, layer the ground turkey mixture, tortilla chips and cheese twice, ending with cheese on top.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered in the preheated oven, until cheese is melted and dish is thoroughly heated.

 

Enjoy!

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