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Crock Pot Meals Is A Healthy Way To Cook

The crock Pot is one of the most easiest cooking tools to use in today’s modern kitchen. It also doesn’t involve frying anything. It is possible to make unhealthy food in crock pots, but there are so many healthy recipes that you can use to make great meals that taste great. And now I’m starting to sound like an infomercial. lolz ^^;

The first rule about eating healthy is portion control and if it’s just you or you have one more person with you then a 3-6 qt. crock pot would be too much unless your going to squirrel away the extra portions for another day because you don’t plan on cooking in the crock pot every day (Or just for you meal preppers out there this would be a good idea). Keep this in mind. There are many healthy crock pot recipes online to choose from, but make sure they are recipes for the right size crock pot that you want. Now if it’s a party or there are many people living in your house hold then you will need a bigger sized crock pot. I have one healthy crock pot recipe on this website of mine under the tab “Recipes” called “Holy Cow Turkey Chili”.

Who wouldn’t want to use a crock pot? It takes you minutes to prepare and then it cooks all day for you so that by the time you come home from a long day your meal will be ready whenever you are. And I also have to tell you that I learned the hard way about this, but if you are cooking on top of a granite counter top or the like, then you want to put something under your crock pot especially for the bigger models. For my crock pot I put an inch thick wooden cutting board. I started doing this after my granite counter top cracked and split about fifteen inches… ^^;;;;

…yeah lesson learned.

Good news is when the area cooled it closed back up because thank the gods it was on a seam of the counter so it wasn’t a zig-zag break.

The best brand of crock pots I found out are the Hamilton Beach ones…a little pricey, but well worth the extra bucks. Get the one where it has an option after you set it for whatever cooking time that when it’s done it automatically goes to the “warm” setting. This way you can set it and forget it.  ^^

I’m still learning cooking with a crock pot and I hope to get better. So far I have perfected my turkey chili. What I mean by this is that I have it basically memorized in my head…mostly. I hope you can experiment with different recipes and meal plans for a healthier and easy way for a more fit lifestyle without having a million dishes in the sink for meal prepping.

Once a habit…

I think if I break my fast food and diet soda addiction that will be it. I try to do things in moderation and it either works for awhile, doesn’t work at all, or becomes too much. It feels like breaking up with a significant other. You know they’re toxic for you, but you keep going back anyway thinking it’ll be different the next time. Your anxiety, brain, and cravings lie to you. Don’t listen to them and don’t give in. I’m sure once I start eating healthier foods and get into a good exercise routine as a better healthier habit I can kick those bad habits to the curb. I’ll start next week as I gather up my sure fire plan and when I am able to go back to the gym again.

Well…here’s to my health?

Just get moving…

I yelled at myself today and so I started dancing to “Just Dance 2017” on my Nintendo Switch. I really wasn’t feeling it today and my arms were really hurting after four songs. I need to go back to the gym and workout for a week and try again on Saturday. The good news is I lost two pounds in a week. I don’t know how I’ve been eating like I wasn’t on a diet this past week while on vacation. And then I totally forgot about my homework the entire week because I was so focused on studying for the vocab quiz on Wednesday…

I’m so grounding myself. I know I am an adult, but that means I can punish myself and so I will be studying most of next weekend away.

GYM TIME

I got to the gym finally yesterday and it turned my legs into jello. ^^;

Then I tried signing up for some martial arts training and realized my physical health limitations and got really depressed by the end of the day. Maybe I should just train at the gym and when I get closer to my goal and maybe get one thing fixed through surgery I can try again? I know I am not a spring chicken, but when I was younger and did martial arts my nightmares would go away and I would actually sleep well. That was among other improvements I was seeing back then. The wedding is still in September and my brother decided to have it on a Sunday. I guess the venue is cheaper that way because who books a wedding on a Sunday?

Book List…

I am trying to beat my book ADHD by tackling my big list on Good Reads of “Currently Reading” list. I want to finish one book at a time and the only way to start that is by knocking down my active list. I just finished Passion, which this is a third installment in the series and frankly I hated it. It seems Lauren Kate’s writing gets worse as the series progresses. The whole time travel thing I know needed to happen to unveil a few things and to move some plots along. But, she had it go on for way too long and she was jumping around all over the place that I got confused. The ending was revealed and shed some light on the curse and maybe a loophole…I dunno….the way she wrote it I’m going to have to read a spark notes to understand it. I want to quickly finish the series and get it over with because once I start something I want to finish it. I also have a collecting problem. When I bought the first book it was all right and the ending was good so I got the second book…I didn’t care too much for the second book. Then you know…after that I HAD to collect the rest of the series. I have all four books and even the companion novel (Fallen in Love), but I know there is another book about Cam and Lilith…that I will not read. I don’t even know if I will read that other companion novel after I finish the fourth book. I want this series to be done and over with. I bought a lot of new books, but I promised myself to finish my list first before moving on. I guess only time will tell if I can break my own reading curse of constantly reading books, but hardly finishing a single novel once in a blue moon. So far I am making progress and have finished three novels since the beginning of the new year. ^^

Movie Review: Tomb Raider

This isn’t going to be a long review, but I just wanted to say that this past Saturday I watched the film Tomb Raider and I loved it. But, I also felt that the actress playing Lara Croft owned the character in her own way. She was playing herself in a Lara Croft film rather than her actually being Lara Croft. Technically she wasn’t believable as Lara, but is a bad ass in her own right to make the movie really good. There were a few times I thought she was going to fall and the scenes on the island looked and felt just like in the game. There were even a bit of some scary scenes later on…(trying not to do spoilers)…and I had to hide in my popcorn. ^^;;

 

I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

Blogging

I know I haven’t been blogging regularly, but I am really busy at the moment. I am thinking about giving Just Dance another shot. I love it I really do and that’s not the reason I stopped. I feel that right now there are too many things going on. Japanese class is going well, work is going well, everything is going well, and that just about sums it up. Hopefully I get into a better groove and maybe fix and update my “About” section. I am thinking about the direction of this blog/site and where I want to go with it. I also finished “Ready Player One” and a review for that book I will do sometimes this week.

Fantasy and Magic!

Yesterday I went to see “The Dark Crystal” in theaters because I’ve never seen it in theaters before. I have it on DVD and I’ve seen it multiple times. But, it was even more fascinating to watch it on the big screen. It’s pumped up my passion for fantasy creatures and magic. Today I sketched a wolf fairy. I want to do some fan art as well from the movie, but I don’t know if I can pull it off. If I try and it totally like really sucks then I really will get discouraged again in my art. But, I want to try anyway and take that risk. If you’ve never seen The Dark Crystal you should check it out. It’s one of Jim Henson’s finest films right next to my other favorite… “Labyrinth”. ^^;

Saturday’s Run…

I ran a bit too hard trying to keep up with my running partner two days ago and my legs are still somewhat sore. I want to do Just Dance 2017, but I think I will wait for tomorrow. I’m starting to get a handle on organizing things and time management. I just finished my homework for my college class. Now I have to study all the Japanese adjectives before Wednesday because we are going to be quizzed on them. Tonight’s dinner is veggie hot dogs. It’s a new brand so I don’t know how they will turn out. Hopefully it will turn out wonderful and I can do away with regular hot dogs.

Because of the run on Saturday I think I also hurt my left foot on the left side of it. When runners run I think they call it a corn or something…or a bunyan? Or whatever runners get. I’ll have a doctor look at it the next time I go in. I need to spend more time in the gym. I am exercising, but I am starting to find things to get my cardio in with out the gym. Either that or things have got me really lazy to actually move to go to the gym. I will figure this out.

Testing something…

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Okay, so I now figured out how to insert pictures into my journal posts…

This is a shot I took from my hike from the beginning of the month down on the railroad trail head and that is Lake Mead. I want to travel there again and go by myself maybe one day to hike and maybe hike the whole thing. That would be nice or I can ask a few other friends to go with me. I wonder if there are any small easy training hiking trails I can go on before tackling eight miles in one go…