Rainy Weather Crockpot

We are on our 7th day of straight rain here in Colorado.  And I’ve been craving curry, soup and all things comforting.

4 peeled and sliced sweet potatoes

1 can of butternut squash soup

2 cans of garbanzo beans

1 tsp Cinnamon

drizzle of honey

pinch of nutmeg

Fresh sage leaves

dash of salt

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot on high heat for 4 hours or until soup is 3/4 evaporated.  Serve as a casserole.

 

Recovery Day

I had my bags packed to get up at 3:45am and climb Mt. Princeton this morning, one of Colorado’s infamous 14ers (a mountain over 14,000 feet).  Despite my aching hamstrings and exhausted mental state, I loaded Clifbars into a bag.  At 2am, I woke up anticipating my alarm only to have the thought cross my mind, ‘what if I took a day off and got some things done around the house.’  The internal argument began and for the next hour I tried to rationalize both sides to myself.

Well, here I am at the computer with a cup of coffee, watching the sun come up over Denver.  And I’m damn glad I decided to take a break.  But, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to get out and do something active.

We all need those days where we are still active, but don’t kill ourselves at the gym.  For those of you intensity junkies like me, this is the hardest thing to hear!  But, if we don’t take a day to do something kind to our bodies and mind, we tend to burnout mentally, halt our progress, or plateau.

Idea #1: Go for a walk with an 8-10lb. medicine ball and do this series, 1 minute each until you hit 20 minutes:

-bicep curl

-overhead press

-park bench step-ups

-hand-to-hand ball throw

-walking lunges

Idea #2: Kayaking or Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding!  Try something new and enjoy an easy glide around a lake.  Most parks offer rentals.

Idea #3: Can’t get out of the house?  Throw your laundry in and get thee to the stairs:

-walk 5x (up & down = 1x)

-Skip-a-step 5x

-Dips 20x

-Decline Push-ups 20x

-Jump-up, run down 1x

-Side steps 1x each side

-1 Leg Curtsy Squat 20x each side

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Stretch:

Forward Fold

Wide-Leg Forward Fold

Down Dog

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Pigeon

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Now pat yourself on the back for doing something kind to your body!  Or have someone else do it – GET A MASSAGE!

Bleachers

Find a good set of bleachers or, if you are in Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheater.

#1 Walking lunges up & down all rows

#2 Run stairs – up & down

#3 Jump Squats – up stairs

#4 Dips down each step

#5 Push-ups up each step

#5 Decline push-ups down each step

#6 Burpees up & down all rows

Repeat 3x for time!