Learning to Live Healthy

Most of us know what to do to live a healthy life; we just don't want to do it. We'll help you with quick tips, healthy recipes, easy exercises and suggestions to help you have the body – and the HEALTH – that you want!


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Creation of the Wildman Mini Breakfast Quiche

Today was day #3 of hubby and I counting calories and walking. We’re determined to each lose 20 pounds in 6 months.

After a nice 3 mile walk this morning (16 minute/mile), I decided to prep some mini quiches that we could just pop in the microwave to heat up during the work week. They came out great, and are only 99 calories each! Try adding salsa instead of the diced tomatoes for an extra kick!

Wildman Mini Breakfast Quiche

Wildman Mini  Breakfast Quiche12 large eggs (or equivalent egg whites/Egg Beaters)
4 oz Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla (or skim milk)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Pepper
1 cup chopped green peppers
1 cup chopped onions
1 can diced tomatoes (I used Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced with Garlic)
2 cups diced chicken

Directions

Beat eggs with milk
Add in remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly
Pour into 1/2 cup muffin tins, leaving a little space for overflow
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes
Makes 12+ quiches

21 Day Fix Equivalent

Serving Size:2 quiches (1 cup)
2/3 Green (peppers, onions, tomatoes)
1 1/3 Red (1 egg + 1/3 red of diced chicken)
Almond milk is very marginal; less than 1/5 of Yellow

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (1/2 cup quiche)
Calories: 99
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 179mg
Sodium: 339mg
Potassium: 134mg
Total Carbs: 4g
Dietary Fiber: .5g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 9g

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe!


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How Verizon Completely Failed a New Customer

After 11 or 12 years with Sprint, we switched to Verizon in October 2014 because our son in college did not have Sprint coverage – Verizon was really our only option. So reluctantly, we switched all 3 family lines to Verizon and added a 4th line.

It was a nightmare from the beginning, which was 4 hours in the store while the salesperson took care of transferring 3 lines and adding a 4th. To this day, I can’t figure out what took so long. Then, we find out we have to wait for 3 of the phones to be mailed; which meant we had to overlap services with both companies at a significant cost (and inconvenience). But we go ahead with it, because college kiddo needs cell phone coverage.

Fast forward a few weeks, and three of us have our phones. But not college kiddo. After significant research and time suck, we find that somehow college kiddo’s phone was cancelled, so we have to reorder. And find out they are offering a $150 credit per line transferred. They agree that for all our trouble and frustration, they would honor this credit for all three transferred lines. This was November.

No credit on our November bill, however $150 credit showed up on our December bill. I wait for the January bill, thinking that maybe they just do one credit a month, or that it would catch up on the next bill. No credit at all.

So, I go on Verizon’s website to live chat to figure out what the problem is. After a lengthy amount of time, I’m assured that the additional $300 credit will show up on the next bill. So, I believe the customer service gal and make the serious mistake of not copying and saving the chat text.

Fast forward to today, when I sit down to pay all my bills and see that, once again, there’s no credit. So, I jump on Verizon’s website, click on Live Chat, and begin a conversation that I’m certain was over 2 hours in length. Suffice it to say that Verizon had several opportunities to do some customer service recovery, especially since we’ve had a terrible experience from the day we walked in to the store. I think buying a used car would have been less painful. They would absolutely NOT honor the $300 credit they had promised. The best they would do? $75. I declined – several times – and the customer service manager credited my account anyway. In what checkbook is $75 the same as $300???

After clicking the “email this chat transcript” button near the end of my chat session – TWICE – I magically never got an email with the chat transcript that I was planning to post to this blog. I wonder if the manager I was chatting with has the ability to NOT send the chat transcript, since I had told him I would be posting it in my blog???

Verizon…you completely failed. I suggest your customer service staff (and especially the managers) read the book QBQ: The Question Behind The Question by John Miller about accountability. Multiple people we came in contact had the ability to solve the problem – the buck stops with each one of you – and all failed to do so. What could have been a blog about how Verizon did the right thing is instead a blog about how Verizon failed miserably and has wasted many hours of my life that I will never get back.

Want to help share my outrage? Tweet Verizon at @Verizon, @VerizonWireless, @VerizonSupport and @VZWSupport, post on their Facebook page; or post on their Google+ page. Or perhaps all three.

Sprint…if you can figure out a way to help us out of the (stupid on our part) Verizon Edge full-price phone purchases we made, we’ll come back in a heartbeat.


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9 Inspirational Lessons from Steve Jobs

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1. Follow Your Heart
“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
As I’ve grown older, and specifically in the last few years, I’ve realized how important it is to check things off that bucket list, to take chances in my career, to make changes in my life that will bring happiness. Life is too short, and we never know what tomorrow will bring. I have had a blessed life; and am truly thankful.

2. Trust Yourself
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Of course I’ve made mistakes in my life, but they have all led me to where I am now…and I wouldn’t change a thing. Taking a risk and shaking things up may be hard; but it is the only way we grow. Failure isn’t failure if there is a lesson learned.

3. Love What You Do
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
I was blessed to work for a great organization for many years, and I loved what I did. When I stopped loving it, I knew it was time to move on. Now I once again love what I do, and appreciate the growth and challenge that new opportunity brings. It saddens me that so many people I know hate what they do. They hate going to work every day. They feel trapped. That’s no way to live – we are the only ones who can change our destiny. Make it happen!

4. Go For a Home Run
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. One home run is much better than two doubles.
I am a firm believer of doing your best work all the time. Why would you give anything than your best? Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability…and then some.

5. Pick Carefully
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.
This is a struggle for me – being all things to all people and never wanting to say “no”. But this pulls your focus away from what is truly important. Trying to do all those smaller things first in order to clear your plate for the larger project NEVERworks. Say “no”… or “not right now” to those things that are not truly a priority and give your attention to those priorities first.

6. Work Hard to Make it Simple
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
I love this one because it’s what my company does, in a way. We help companies implement best practices in a specific area of their business. Likewise, life can be a compilation of best practices. Whether it’s your route to work, how you do the laundry, how you relate to your significant other or how you do your job more efficiently…even the most complex can be simplified to be repeatable. Remember learning “KISS” in school? Keep It Simple, Stupid!

7. Steal Great Ideas
We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.
I don’t consider myself extremely creative, but I can take an idea, action, project, etc. and make it better. I can improve on it. And I can make it my own…like this post. 🙂

8. Your Goal Isn’t To Make Money
Apple’s goal isn’t to make money. Our goal is to design and develop and bring to market good products. We trust as a consequence of that, people will like them, and as another consequence, we’ll make some money.
I absolutely love this one, because I truly believe it. Money is just a means; in business and in life. My goal in business is to bring something of value that will be appreciated and utilized. My goal in life? Same thing. Chasing the almighty dollar will just get you one thing…tired.

9. Don’t Lose Faith
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.
Easier said than done…right? I prefer to look at the glass as half-full, no matter what life brings my way. Because really…where does losing faith get you? How does it benefit you? There’s ALWAYS a bright side…you just may not see it in the moment. Find it.

Check out the great infographic from HowToMakeMyBlog.com


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It’s “Go Time”

Today at church, we began part 1 of a 5 part series called “Fight”. We learned that we do what’s important to us, and that we ARE disciplined, but not necessarily in the right things. In Romans 7 in the Bible, Peter basically talks about how much he sucks <g>. But 1 Cor 9 talks about running to win the race. With purpose in every step. With DISCIPLINE.

I challenge you to identify what you want most. To quit smoking? To save your marriage? Go back to college? Heal a relationship? Then, determine what you need to do NOW to have what you want MOST. And this time, instead of being just self-disciplined, be Spirit-disciplined.

Moved the treadmill to the busiest part of the house.

Moved the treadmill to the busiest part of the house. Can’t hide from the reminder to exercise!

For me, I want to lose 20 pounds. And here’s what I’m doing NOW to have what I want most: The treadmill has been dusted off and moved from the garage to the family room. It ain’t pretty; but I now have no excuse.

We are more than conquerors. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

It’s GO TIME.

Wildman Pico de Gallo

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pico de gallo

Are you ready for EASY and HEALTHY pico de gallo (a fancy word for salsa that’s BETTER than regular salsa)?! I prefer chunky pico over regular ole’ runny salsa!

Ingredients

4-5 ripe tomatoes
1 small onion
1 clove garlic or 1 tsp minced garlic
1-2 jalapeno peppers
6-10 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Sea salt

Directions

  • Finely chop tomatoes and onion. Remove seeds from jalapenos (or leave in for hotter pico) and finely chop.
  • Mince garlic (if using whole cloves) and chop cilantro.
  • (or throw it all in a food processor – WAY easier!!!)
  • Didn’t use a processor? Mix well.
  • Salt to taste.
It takes a while for the flavors to blend…it will taste even better tomorrow than it does today!

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This is a photo of our most recent pico de gallo day (we’ve eaten half of the large container with the green lid already!), using mainly the tomatoes, onions and jalapenos from our garden. Doesn’t this look YUM?! What are you waiting for?! Go make some!!!

I’ve realized that I need to grow a lot more ingredients for pico next year!

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Starbucks “Pumpkin Spiced Latte”

We LOVE Food Babe! They recently called out Starbucks for selling harmful chemical-filled Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, knowing how much many of us truly adore anything “pumpkin” in the fall.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice LatteRead more:

http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/25/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte 
Take action: http://gmoinside.org/starbucks

#‎GMOs‬ ‪#‎GMODairy‬ ‪#‎WTStarbucks‬ ‪#‎Starbucks‬‪ #‎StopMonsanto‬

Sooooo….are you STILL going to drink it anyway???? If so, why not make your own, like this awesome version from Diethood.com:

 
 
 
 
EASY PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE
 
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Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup milk, whole, 2%, or skim
    • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
    • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar, packed
    • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 to 2 shots of espresso or 1 cup of hot brewed strong coffee
    • sugar or Stevia, to taste
    • whipped cream and nutmeg, to garnish

Instructions

  • In a saucepan whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, and light brown sugar.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot and steamy.
  • Remove from heat, whisk in the pumpkin-pie spice and the vanilla.
  • Continue to whisk until frothy.
  • Pour into 2 coffee mugs about half way up, then add in the espresso or coffee.
  • At this point you can add some granulated sugar, to taste.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
If using Microwave
  • Pour the milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin-pie spice, and vanilla into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Cook for 1 minute to 1 minute 30, or until the milk starts to rise up and is frothy.
  • Pour into mug, add the coffee, garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg.


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Favorite Fitness Apps

I started running a couple of years ago, and was able to get my husband to join me. Being the tech nerd that I am, I jumped online to see what was out there to help me be successful.

I’ve worked my way through a lot of online tools and apps; and these are my favorite FREE apps:

FitBitFitbit – I decided that I wanted to track my daily activity and calorie burn, so I bought a Fitbit for $100. It’s cheaper than a BodyBug or Bodymedia, and there are no monthly or yearly fees. I wear it all day long, and it tracks my exercise and activity. I can also input my weight and body fat percentage in the app on my phone or online. It keeps a running tally of how many calories I’ve eaten, how many I’ve burned, and what my net is for the day. A cool feature is the sleep tracking capability – it will actually tell you how effectively you slept and how much you woke through the night.

My Fitness Pal – I count my calories on this site. If it goes in my mouth, it goes on My Fitness Pal. It will also import my Fitbit stats, so it tracks my exercise for me. It also keeps a running tally on calories like Fitbit. I have several friends on this site, and we encourage each other. Did I mention you can actually scan the bar codes of your food packages to enter calories for your day? This is my favorite feature.

Spark People – This is very similar to My Fitness Pal, but has a better social element and supportive environment. If you need extra encouragement, this might be the place for you!

Spark Recipes – Need help with healthy recipes? This is the site for you!

Favorite Fitness Apps

RunKeeper – I can’t be a runner without RunKeeper. It’s a free app that tracks your run (and other exercise) via GPS and not only gives you the amount of calories you burned; it also creates a map of where you ran. Running on the treadmill? No problem – just enter the information manually. You can also connect with other runners and share your favorite running routes. I have a 1 mile, 3 mile and 5 mile route in my neighborhood mapped out.

MapMyRun – Very similar to Runkeeper. Try both to see which you prefer. Only the paid version allows you to create verbal cues each half mile, which RunKeeper does for free, so I use RunKeeper. I need the audible motivation!

Ziplist – “Clip” recipes you find on the internet, and it creates a grocery list for you as well as saving the recipes. Download the free app, and you have a list to take to the store. You can add the whole recipe or any ingredients you need, add anything else to your list, and it automatically sorts by grocery epartment (produce, dairy, bread, etc.). A super handy way to always have your grocery list with you!

EarndIt – Earn points for exercising! EarndIt works with Fitbit and RunKeeper (and other apps) to track your exercise and give you points. You can then use those points for discounts on their partner websites, or donate them to charity. I like this site, because it helps motivate me and keep me accountable to other people who are in the same “challenges” I am. And the “challenges” – you can actually win real prizes!

The best app? Your brain! Self­talk is your biggest encourager or barrier. I recently heard the quote “running a marathon is 80% mental…and the rest is in your head”. No, I’m not ready to run a marathon and I may never WANT to run a marathon. But with a couple of mini marathons under my belt, my brain can no longer tell me I can’t do it, because I know I CAN. And YOU can, too!