Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What's the Time?

It's time to not get ill :)

Do you ever feel too busy to breathe?  I have days like that.  I find that when I'm really busy, the first thing I cut back on is sleep.  Sleep is very important for so many reasons.  Reasons of which I shall dedicate an entire blog post to in the future (but must parentheses a few like fighting/preventing illness, maintaining a healthy weight, mental clarity and focus, improved mood).  But, for the sake of time, just trust me on this one.  If you aren't getting enough, find a way to get more.  Let me help you maximize your time without sacrificing other important daily habits.

Exhibit A:

The Quicky Workout

This is a great workout to go to if you have about 20 minutes or less and need an intense workout that gets your heart rate up (read: calorie burn) and want to hit some of your major muscle groups.  Do as many rounds as you have time for.  Even one is a legit workout!  You do each plyometric exercise for 45 seconds and do push-ups in between each plyo, starting with 25 and dropping it by 5 until you get through all of the exercises.

A Crock of What?

Another big time saver is using your crock pot.  It's like having a personal chef.  It cooks your meals for you while you're sleeping or at work.  Hands down, the best invention from the 70s (right behind the hologram and the VCR, of course).   I didn't use mine for years, but lately I've been using it every day.

One of my very favorite things to make in my crockpot is Steel Cut Oatmeal.  It normally takes over 35 minutes to make on the stovetop, so prepping it the night before in the crockpot gives you a hot breakfast ready the second your feet hit the floor.  Added bonus, your house will smell like an oven full of cookies.

I just take 1 cup of steel cut oats and 4 cups of water and dump them in the crockpot.  I add cinnamon, a cup of unsweetened applesauce and a little nutmeg.  I set the crockpot to 4 hours right before I go to bed.  If I use a longer setting it always burns the bottom.  This seems to be the only way I can prevent that from happened.  It took me about 10 test runs to figure that out.  I also add walnuts to it in the morning.

Another recipe that I love this time of year is my "Clean out the freezer" vegetable soup.  I take anything I need to use up and toss it in.  I always have tons of tomato paste (love Costco), so I just put in 1 can of tomato paste and 6 cups of water for the broth, then add a hodgepodge of what I have in my fridge/freezer.  This one has green beans, broccoli, about 8 whole garlic cloves, a purple onion, teeny tiny potatoes, corn, edamame and I think that's it.  I added random spices and let it go for 8 hours while I was at work.  It took me less than 10 minutes to throw together and it fed me for 3 days.  I ate it twice a day.  I'm not one to mind eating the same thing repeatedly (especially if it's delicious).

Do you have any good crock pot recipes? What do you do to save time? 


  1. that workout looks familiar. :) And why do i feel like you always write these blog posts about me and my excuses? :)

  2. YES! You are experienced with that workout, which means it will be even easier for you to practice it at home!