Monday, March 13, 2017

In the Kitchen

Here's a new-to- me kitchen appliance!

It's an Instant Pot!! Basically an electric pressure cooker with added features. It sautes and is a slow cooker. It says it is a 6 in 1, but I haven't tried all the features yet. I've made a pot roast, whole chicken, chicken breast which I shredded for tacos, veggie stock from scraps, chicken stock from bones. There is so much more it can do and I'm learning something every day.
If you have an Instant Pot do you have a favorite recipe?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog is Neglected, Not Me!

 While in the Seattle area a couple of weeks ago Michelle and I went for a run by Lake Washington. I'm still on task for the Couch 2 10K. When I haven't ran in a few months (November- January)  it is always a good idea for me to add my minutes back in slowly. I'm halfway through the 12 week program and feel like I'll be ready to run the 10K April 23rd in Bend, Oregon. I'm using THIS training.  The ultimate goal is to be prepared for the Cascade Lakes Relay in August.

I'm still going to yoga and I absolutely love it. A well trained instructor makes all the difference in the world! She started teaching a spinning class too, which I'm also doing once a week.

So, keep on moving!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Winter Hiking

The weekend brought fairly clear skies and a little sun, so we thought we'd get outdoors for a bit. 
 This is a small part of Smith Rock State park. We took a less traveled route since everybody and their brother thought they needed to get outdoors too! This is a very popular rock climbing area- and if you want to see us doing it for my husband's birthday in 2011 check out THIS BLOG POST.
 Down by the river are old growth ponderosa pines. They are amazing old trees.

 The dogs were happy to get out of the house too!

 It was a chilly day despite the sun. If we were hiking on an area that doesn't get sun it was still snowy and icy. The trail was very muddy in some areas.
 This really isn't rock climbing, but some other crazy adrenaline sport!

Was great to get out of the house!

More snow is in the forecast- I hope it's wrong. We've had enough!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Couch 2 10K

Because I haven't ran since October I needed to start with baby steps again. This year I will train a bit differently than in years past. In the past I've signed up for a spring and fall half marathon with a few shorter races scattered between. This year my focus race is a 216 mile relay in August.

The Bend half marathon also added a 10K that I'm focusing on for now. So I'm on week 3 of the Couch 2 10K plan that I found online HERE.
I started it when the roads were clear of snow and ice. Now that they are covered again I'm at the gym on a treadmill! I actually don't mind the treadmill much, although the scenery isn't as nice. LOL

April 23- 10K
August 4 -5 Cascade Lakes Relay

At this point I don't have any other races or physical challenges on my schedule. If someone wants to do something with me, I'm open, whether it is a race, a hike or some other fun adventure. Let me know!

PS, I've added yoga to my workout mix and am really curious how they will affect or help my running.

Have a healthy weekend!

Monday, January 23, 2017

I'm Movin' Mountains!

Our town Challenge Movin' Mountains has started again. I'm all about accountability and several events, gyms, aquatic center have special deals if you are involved in the challenge.

I've also been doing a challenge with my yoga teacher. Our first food goal was to eat 5 fruits and veggies every day. I have a smoothie with spinach, 1/2 banana, and some other type of frozen fruit every morning, so there is 3 out of the 5.

The second food thing she has been having us do is eat 1/2 our weight in protein, every day! In order to keep track I started keeping a journal of what I eat on My Fitness Pal. I can keep a total of my protein that way. I have to keep an eye on it, but so far it hasn't been too difficult either.

So, there's my January tips. Try to do those 2 things if you don't already.
I went out for my first run this past weekend! Yay! For no snow on the roads!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

REVOLUTION: 31 Days of Yoga

I signed up online for 31 days of yoga.
I can't say I've been a huge fan, but a new teacher has come to the gym and I like her a lot. She makes sure we are doing the poses properly and I feel so good the next day.

This is pretty much me at yoga class, although I don't say it out loud!

So, I thought I'd sign up for Yoga Revolution.

I had a helper!

The goal: to be more present.

Further results: feel more smiley, enjoy body image, sit taller, walk lighter, move with more ease and have more energy for crushing it at life.

It's only January 2nd and you can still get it on it HERE

May we all have, and create a healthy 2017! It won't happen by itself.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Keep on Moving!

The weather has been crazy, but I'm still moving when I can. Yoga has been cut to once a week, but I've also been doing a 15 day challenge with an exercise video every day. 
We had a rare nice day that was over 10 degrees and took the dogs out for a walk.

I wore my yak trax since the last thing I want to do is fall!

Keep on moving when you can! See you after the new year!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Soup Makings

My poor, neglected Get to Goal blog :( November was pretty much a blur......
We got close to 8" of snow yesterday so I thought it was time to prep for more soup. 
My friend, Juliann, made this suggestion and I love it.

As you are cooking and prepping throw your veggie scraps in a baggie or container in the freezer. When it is full put it all in a big pot with water and simmer to release all the wonderful flavor,

My camera lens fogged up while taking this photo. I used some leek greens, onion skins, carrots that had seen their days as a snack, and some garlic pieces. 
I toss the cooked leftovers in my compost pile.

I now have 12 cups of homemade broth without any unnatural ingredients. 

Now that winter has officially arrived I'll be fixing soup or crockpot once or twice a week. 

I'd love to hear any easy kitchen tips or tricks.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Autumn Hiking in Idaho

I'm sure many of you saw these on Facebook or Instagram, but for those who didn't here they are!
I went to McCall to hang out at my sisters condo. We both love to hike and seriously, the forecast was awful! We had a plan for the rain that included a day gym pass and an immersion pool at a spa) Thankfully the rain really only came at night. 

 This walking path was in town. The first day she showed me around. The fall colors were really pretty.
We took a drive to Burgdorf Hot springs . 

Poor girls..... just hanging out in the rain. Probably waiting for a truck or two to pick them up. 

 Burgdorf Hot springs has been around since the 1870's and not much has changed since then! Rustic is how I would describe it.
These gorgeous tamaracks lit up the forest on our way to our hike.

 Unfortunately 2.5 miles in we weren't up to fording a river, so we turned around. It was beautiful regardless of the distance.
 Then we went to Gold Fork Hot Springs. it was busy, but large enough to have plenty of space. Most of Oregon's hot springs are clothing optional. Idaho is a bit more conservative, thank goodness, and requires clothing! I'm not into bathing naked with strangers!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall Hiking and Camping

We wanted to go out one last time camping and that is exactly what we did last weekend. We went to 3 Creeks Lake near Sisters.

It was chilly, beautiful, fall day. 

 There was a well known hike nearby and that is how we spent our day on Saturday. It  wasn't very long but we gained about 1000'. The views were wonderful!

 There was remnants of the latest snow. It won't be long before this is completely covered in snow.

 That's south Sisters to the right of the photo covered in clouds. That was the BIG hike we did in July.

 We put bright pink collars on Porter and Elsa to help hunters see they weren't deer!
 The next day we hiked around the lake.
 The rim up there to the right is where we hiked the previous day. It's called Tam McCarthur Rim trail and is very popular.
 Sunday while driving home was a great view of the Three Sisters. (through the old forest fire trees)

I have this great map app on my phone that I can use regardless if I have cell service or not. I've used it in France,  Bolivia , and local. It was really cold when we arrived at night at the campground and I used my app to see what our elevation was. 6551'! No wonder it was chilly!
I also used it when we got to the "end of the trail". 1177 feet elevation gain. It's called and I highly recommend it!

The camper is coming off the pickup for the winter, but our hiking boots are still readily available. If the weather holds we hope to get in more hiking this year.

I hope you all are getting outside and enjoying autumn!!