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November Fitness Tips

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  • By Michelle Walker
  • 169th Force Support Squadron

Take a hike to get your cardio and enjoy the fall weather at the same time.  Do a little research and see which hike is best for you.   Here are a few of my favorites!

Great Smokey Mountains/Cherokee Trails

Oconaluftee River Trail 1.5 miles   Easy

Kephart Shelter via Kephart Prong Trail is a 3.9 miles   Easy

Flat Creek Trail 5.1 miles   Easy

Smokemont Loop Trail 5.9 miles   Easy

Table Rock State Park

Lakeside Trail 1.9 miles   Easy

Carrick Creek Trail 2 miles Easy

Mill Creek Pass Trail .06 mile   Super Easy

Pinnacle Mountain Trail 4.2 miles   Very Strenuous

Table Rock State Park Trail 3.6 miles   Very Strenuous

V8 Veggie Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil

      8 medium carrots, sliced

      2 large onions, chopped

4 celery ribs, chopped

1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

 2 cups chopped cabbage

        2 cups frozen cut green beans (about 8 ounces)

        2 cups frozen peas (about 8 ounces)

  1 cup frozen corn (about 5 ounces)

  1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained

        1 bay leaf

  2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules

  1-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

  1/2 teaspoon salt

  1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  1/4 teaspoon pepper

       4 cups water

       1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

       2 cups V8 juice (I use 32 ounces)


In a skillet heat oil over medium-high heat; saute carrots, onions, celery and green pepper until crisp-tender. Add garlic, cook and stir 1 minute.  Transfer sautéed veggies to crockpot, stir in remaining ingredients.   Cook on medium/high heat for first 30 minutes then turn down to low and simmer for 4-5 hours or a full day if you like your vegetables a little softer.   Remove bay leaf before serving.  

ENJOY- Super yummy and healthy too!