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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole

OMG!!!  This was sooooo good!!  I certainly can not take the credit for this!  I found this recipe on The Gracious Pantry and there was nothing that I wanted to change with it!  What I did do; however, was increase some of the amounts of each ingredient (from the original recipe) in order to be enough for my whole family (2 toddlers / 2 adults).  This would definitely make for a GREAT Easter brunch if you are looking for something new this year!



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Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole
Ingredients: (Serves 4-5)
  • 8 slices bread (gluten-free or whole grain), crust trimmed, cut into cubes (Ezekiel bread would be great too!)
  • 1 1/2 bananas, mashed
  • 10 strawberries, diced
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2  teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • maple syrup for serving
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a small baking dish with spray oil. Place cubed bread in baking dish. Mix mashed banana, strawberries, milk, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Pour milk mixture over bread cubes and toss gently until bread is evenly coated.
  2. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Serve with maple syrup.


ENJOY!!!!
 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan and Update

Good Afternoon!  It's been a little while since I did a progress update so I figured, why not do one today?! In just over 2 weeks, my husband and I will be taking an all expenses paid trip to the MOon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico with several other Beachbody members, including celebrity trainers Shaun T, Tony Horton, and Autumn Calabrese.  It's called the Success Club trip and is earned and based off of your success from the previous calendar year (2014).  Fortunately, I had great success and CAN NOT WAIT to get in to some warm weather!!  I also can't wait to FINALLY meet face to face with some AMAZING friends that I have made throughout the past year or so as a Coach! 
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So, with a tropical vacation coming up, I am trying really hard to keep my nutrition and workouts in check!  I bought a couple of new bathing suits and they are hanging in my closet as a good incentive to stay on track!  If that isn't something that you've done in the past, I HIGHLY recommend it! I know it sounds crazy, but, one thing that I do with my challengers towards the beginning of a challenge group is have everyone find a picture, piece of clothing, or even a motivational quote that can be hung somewhere in the house to provide incentive and motivation! It really does work! When I find myself wanting to grab some of the girls snacks, or have an extra helping of something, I am always reminded of my goals.  

Let's talk a bit about nutrition....

I am still following the 21 Day Fix Extreme plan (shown below).  It works well for me so why change it?  As you can see in my plan, I am a creature of habit. I like to stick with the same types of foods each week because #1, that's what I like, and #2, it's cheaper!  I find that when I add too much variety I end up throwing food away because it gets bad before I can eat it all.  What I DO like to switch up are my dinners.  That is typically the first place I begin when I sit down to do a meal plan for the week.  

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21 Day Fix Meal Plan

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Healthiest Meal of the Day!
One thing that is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS a part of my plan is my Shakeology.  Shakeology is an all-natural shake that contains your daily dose of nutrients.  No, it is NOT protein shake and quite frankly, it really can't be compared to other shakes out there!  There are not additives, it's natural, and if anything, it is more of a nutritional shake than anything else.  Yes, it was clinically proven to help with weight loss but that certainly isn't the only reason you should be drinking it.  I know that it would cost a fortune to get all of the foods you would need in order to truly get your daily dose of nutrients and super foods so, it's much cheaper to get it through a shake! I pay $3.32 per day for a full meal placement that curbs my cravings, provides me with natural energy, keeps me healthy, and more!  There is certainly a convenience issue too.  With a 5 and 3 year old, mornings can be crazy! So, it's much easier to spend about 2 minutes blending up my Shakeology and heading off for preschool drop off.  Shakeology just a birthday too! It's been just over six years since the first release!  Something I often hear is "I don't want to drink a meal." I get it! I thought the same thing! But, guess what?  Aside from drinking my morning Shakeology, I eat FOUR OTHER MEALS throughout the day!  Believe me, I am eating plenty of food!  And come on, you mean you wouldn't be interested in drinking something that tastes like a milkshake each day?! 

Shakeology is going to be my BEST FRIEND next weekend.  Let me tell you, I am a candy lover!!  Between the peanut butter cups and gummy fish, my will power needs to be in tip top shape! You better believe I am going to be taking FULL advantage of my chocolate peanut butter banana shake! 

  
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Shakeology

 Since my last update, I have been busy in the kitchen too!  I have actually been on the hunt for some new yummy snacks that I can share with the girls. They LOVE their Goldfish crackers but they eat A LOT of them. So, I tried out 2 new recipes and they were a complete success! 

First up, Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark! One thing that I am happy about is that my girls do really enjoy Yogurt. They eat a yogurt every single day, no questions asked.  I have tried Greek Yogurt with them to add a bit more protein (an area that they do lack a bit in) but it has been a challenge.  So, I tired this Frozen Yogurt Bark with their 2 favorite berries: blueberries and strawberries, and it was a hit! I think having something frozen and giving it a sense of being a dessert helps too!

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Frozen Yogurt Bark


Next Up: Peanut Butter and Apple Nachos!  I'm sure this is NO surprise, but, when you add a little bit of dark chocolate to something, you better believe kids are going to live it!!  This was a great recipe that my girls have already asked to have again.  I think it would also make for a nice little appetizer to a social gathering as well.
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Apple Nachos

 On to my workouts.....


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For the most part, I have been sticking with the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme Workouts.  When you purchase the 21 Day Fix Extreme through a Coach like myself, you get a Coach Exclusive bonus workout called The Fix Challenge. I gave this workout a try the other day and boy was it effective! There really wasn't much jumping with it. It was a full body workout that definitely focused on your upper body, but, my abs were on FIRE the next morning too!  I have also been doing the 2 extra deluxe workouts, ABC Extreme and Power Strength Extreme as well. These workouts have definitely improved my strength and I have noticed a difference in my body as far as toning goes. 



 

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BUT,  I have to be honest, I have been cheating a bit on Autumn lately!  While I am LOVING the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts, I do sometimes like to switch things up.  I get bored doing the same workouts and since I now have access to TONS of workouts, why not keep my body guessing? THAT'S when I see the biggest difference in my results!  Beachbody recently launched Beachbody on Demand.  The On Demand feature provides you with over $1500 in workouts and nutrition guides. It includes FULL programs like the complete P90X series, Insanity, Insanity the Asylum, 10 Minute Trainer, Turbo Fire, Chalean Extreme, Brazil Butt Lift and more!  It also includes one sneak peek workout of some of the new programs like 21 Day Fix, T25, Insanity Max 30, PiYo, etc.  Another cool feature is that if you purchase a full DVD program through Beachbody or a Coach, then it will be included in a section called "Purchased Programs." That means you don't have to worry about DVD's. You can stream it right through your phone, ipad, or computer. All you need is internet access! This will definitely come in handy while traveling!  I personally have been taking advantage of Turbo Fire and Brazil Butt Lift ;)

The cool thing about this is if you purchase a Challenge Pack (a month supply of Shakeology and a fitness program of your choice, or the 3 Day Refresh), then you get a FREE 30 day trial of the Club Membership, which includes Beachbody on Demand! 

In addition, you can also get what's called a Club Membership pack which includes 90 DAYS of On Demand AND a month supply of Shakeology!

On and if that isn't enough, you can actually activate a free 30 day trial without ANY purchase once you create a free account with me as your coach!


 In any case, no matter what route you take, it's important that you TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY.  Fuel it with nutritionally dense foods that are going to keep you healthy.  Incorporate daily exercise that will keep your muscles moving. I can not stress enough that it is worth every bit of hard work that you put it! 

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Take Care of Your Body

My next step? Well, to give my body one last boost before heading on vacation, I have decided to do the 3 Day Refresh! I am going to be doing the Refresh the week of April 6th.  I would LOVE some accountability myself, so, I decided to run a 30 day Clean Eating and Shakeology Refresh Group! I am calling it Candy Detox! This group will be a great kick start for an after Easter detox.  Everyone will be doing the 3 day fresh and I will teach about clean eating, meal planning, and more!  In addition, you will also get a FREE 30 day trial to Beachbody on Demand, so you can try out all kinds of workouts too!!  Talk about a BONUS!!
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30 Day Clean Eating Group
Whether you are interested in my Candy Detox group, my upcoming 21 Day Fix group, or any other group, the best way to get more information, to secure your spot, or to just get in contact with me, is to fill out and submit the form below!  Once you do, I will be in touch! 

Don't let this warm weather sneak up on you.  Before you know it you will be pulling out those shorts!  This Spring and Summer, I want you to feel CONFIDENT in your skin and I want you to be HEALTHY!  Dump the yo-yo dieting. Do it the RIGHT way this time! 

I can't wait to hear from you!!



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

After Easter Candy Detox!


Can you believe that Easter is only about a week and a half away?!  I swear my days are going faster and faster!  I feel like it was just yesterday that I was walking in to the grocery store being bombarded with Valentines and Valentine candy! Now, Easter Candy is EVERYWHERE!  Seriously, I walked in to Walmart the other day and there was some sort of Easter Candy in every single direction I looked!  My goal this Easter, of course, it to stay on track as best as possible BUT, I know that I will end up indulging in a little candy here and there.  Seriously, I am OBSESSED with gummy candy!  If a bag of Swedish Fish enter my house, you better believe they will be gone before I go to bed!  Sometimes I feel like Easter is tougher than Christmas for me!

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Candy Detox
So, even though I feel confident that I am not going to OVER indulge, I do feel that I am going to be in need of a good CANDY DETOX!  Plus, I'm heading on a Beachbody trip to Cancun in a few weeks and it would be perfect timing!  Maybe it is because of my upcoming trip, but my mind is heading full force in to Summer mode!  My family has just recently booked our family Beach trip for June and of course, I'm on the hunt for a new bathing suit and some shorts/tanks for my upcoming trip. There is no better feeling than having confidence in how you look.  I don't mean you have to be "skinny" and I don't mean you have to be in the best shape of your life.  All I mean is that it's nice to feel confident in your shorts, capris, tanks, dresses, etc.

So, since I plan on doing another round of the 3 Day Refresh, I thought it would be a great idea to invite YOU too!  This time I am going to go all out and run a 30 day Clean Eating and Shakeology Refresh group!

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Candy Detox
 
Ok so what does that mean? 

For starters, the group is going to begin on Monday, April 6, 2015.   Yes, that is the day after Easter!  Perfect timing, huh?!  Anyways, we will all begin the group with the 3 Day Refresh.  This will be my third time doing the Refresh and I've outlined (in great detail of course) EXACTLY what the 3 Day Refresh involves! I've included my meal plan, grocery list, RESULTS, and an outline of the program in general. To access that information, click HERE!!!!  Whether you are looking to drop a few pounds, break some bad habits, or if you've reached a plateau, this is DEFINITELY for you!!

How will the group work?

Everyone in the group will choose which 3 days work best the week of April 6th.  I will guide you through the planning and prep for the Refresh and provide you with support, motivation, and accountability to maximize your results!  THEN, when you have completed the 3 Day Refresh, the support is going to continue! I am going to continue the group for the rest of the month (30 days total) and teach about clean eating and meal planning!  You will learn about Shakeology and will be able to use the remaining 27 days worth throughout the rest of the group!  Shakeology is an all natural nutritional shake that will provide you with your daily dose of nutrients.  Some of the MANY benefits are that you will gain some natural energy (who COULDN'T use that?!), it will curb your cravings, and it will also help with weight loss!  It is actually a meal replacement shake with the proper carb:protein ratio that will keep you feeling fuller, longer!  It can replace any main meal or even be used as a snack! Additional perks of the group include recipes, customizable meal plans, grocery shopping tips, and more!


Added Bonus!
 
Yep! There is even an added bonus to all of this!  At the beginning of the month, Beachbody launched Beachbody on Demand!  It is available to those who have a Club Membership.  A Club Membership also gets you some added perks like customizable grocery lists, access to message boards and more!  Ok so you're thinking, what's the "Added Bonus" ???  Well, when you purchase the 3 Day Refresh Challenge Pack, you get a FREE 30 day trial of the Beachbody Club!  Yes, that means Beachbody on Demand too!  You will have free access to over $1500 worth of fitness programs and nutritional plans!  In addition, there are SEVERAL full fitness programs available as well as a sneak peek workout of the newer programs like 21 Day Fix / Extreme, PiYO, Insanity Max 30 and more!  Whew!  Yep, you get all of this for FREE for 30 days!
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Beachbody on Demand FREE for 30 Days!


What is included in the 3 Day Refresh Challenge Pack:

A Challenge Pack is a pretty much a bundle package at a discounted price.  So, with the 3 Day Refresh Challenge Pack you get:

* A month supply of Shakeology - flavor of your choice (that's 30 meals!)
* 3 Day Refresh Kit
* 30 Day FREE trial of the Beachbody Club - includes Beachbody on Demand
* Me as your Coach!
* Access to my Candy Detox (Clean Eating / Shakeology) group!
* Discounted Shipping

Oh, and should I mentioned that this is a special MARCH PROMOTION??!!!  Yay!!  You can actually get the 3 Day Refresh kit for just $10 with a bag of Shakeology!!  Talk about a deal?! 

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3 Day Refresh Challenge Pack


How do I Sign Up?!!

I am limiting the number of spots for this group, so, if you are interested, please fill out and submit the form below. This group is specifically for my customers, Coaches, and their customers, so, if you are already actively working with a Coach, unfortunately, I can not include you.

Once you submit the form, you will hear back from me within 24 hours.  Please be sure to check your Junk Mail folder as many of my emails end up there!

So, who is joining me on April 6th? Who is going to decide and commit to feeling great and having that self confidence that you never thought you'd have by the time Summer rolls around?!  Forget the yo-yo dieting.  Learn how to make positive, healthy changes that will end with a LIFESTYLE change!

Remember, there is limited availability so grab your spot soon!! 



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Peanut Butter and Apple Nachos

This is a FANTASTIC (and super yummy) kid friendly snack!  There is a little chocolate in there to sweeten things up a bit too! 


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Peanut Butter and Apple Nachos

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium sized apples
  • 2 Tbsp All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp semi sweet dark chocolate chips

Directions:
  1. Slice apples and place on a serving dish / plate. 
  2. Combine peanut butter and honey in a small bowl.
  3. Place in microwave for about 10 seconds (enough so that it can drizzle)
  4. Drizzle over apples.
  5. Top with chocolate chips!
**You can use whatever toppings you'd like!  Shredded Coconut would be delicious too!  Just be cautious of the amount of toppings that you use if you want to stick with something that is on the healthy side :) 

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Kid-Friendly Snack

Enjoy!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark

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Frozen Yogurt Bark

I was in need of a yummy new snack that I, and my girls, could enjoy.  I've seen tons of different recipes for Frozen Yogurt Bark so I decided to keep it simple and make my own.  I don't know about you but recipes that only have a few ingredients are pretty appealing to me!  Not to my surprise, my girls loved it! This will be perfect snack for Summer time too!


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
**You can really use whatever fruit you'd like.  I think I'll try adding some kiwi and raspberry next time.  You could even add pecans to it! 

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Frozen Yogurt Bark

Directions:
  1. Mix yogurt and honey in a bowl.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spread yogurt mixture over parchment paper.  Use a spatula to evenly distribute.
  4. Top with strawberries and blueberries (or whatever fruit you'd like!).
  5. Cover with Saran wrap and place in the freezer.
  6. Wait about 2 or so hours then pull out and break the bark in to small pieces.
  7. Store in an airtight container in freezer.

Enjoy!!

 




Friday, March 20, 2015

Pay it Forward Initiative - 5 Day Sneak Peek in to what a Beachbody Coach does!

Prioritizing Your Time
It was around this time 2 years ago that I started really considering looking in to what being a "Beachbody Coach" was. Although I had a friend who was super successful in the business, I did my own research. Of course, I found pros and cons. I didn't jump on board right away, in fact, I kind of "sat on the decision" for 3 months before I took the leap of faith. And even at that, I didn't begin actively coaching when I signed up. I started with seeing what these "challenge groups" were all about. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with not only the products, but with the idea of running these online groups from the comfort of home. For those who know me, I was NOT a risk taker. I am not even someone who stepped out of my comfort zone that much in the past. Nope, I never made any sort of goals either. So, I know some people were shocked to see that I decided to move my life in to another direction just like that. But, I had this gut feeling that I could make it work. I'm sure it's no surprise to hear that I have zero regrets with my decision!



Trust me when I say that one of my FIRST objections to signing up as a Coach was the fact that I didn't have any time to spare in my already packed schedule.  I have two toddlers, at the time I was working as a full time elementary teacher, and my time in general was very limited!  But you see, I had misconceptions about what exactly was involved with being a Coach, just like everyone else!  

I had no idea that there were different routes of Coaching that you can take.  I had no idea that I would be working with a TEAM of coaches who are there 24/7 to support, encourage, motivate, and guide you while building your business.  I was clueless to the fact that I would be on the #1 team in the ENTIRE company! I had the misconception that I was going to have to make some sort of monthly quota and deal with keeping a home inventory.

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I was shocked that it truly is a no strings attached, cancel when you want, type of thing. I didn't want to hound my friends and family to buy something and had no idea about the theory of 'sharing' vs 'selling.' I didn't realize that I would build strong friendships with people that I never even met face to face (other than video chats!) I was certainly never a risk taker and would never have guessed that I could build a business from home on my own terms, putting as much or as little effort as I want each day. 

So, why am I telling you all of this?  Because NOW, I am paying it forward.  I am looking to mentor 5 new coaches in my April Pay it Forward apprenticeship group.  I want to individually help these 5 people with not only their health/fitness goals, but also their financial goals!  BUT, you may be skeptical too! So, before that group begins, I am running a 5 day sneak peek group in to what Beachbody Coaching is all about! It begins on Monday, March 23rd and COSTS NOTHING!

5 Day Sneak Peek into what a Beachbody Coach is
There are NO strings attached. You do not have to sign up or purchase anything! All you need to do is simply JOIN THE GROUP and spend about 5-10 minutes each day checking in with the daily post and answering any questions that you have. This group is for anyone who DOES NOT already have or is not already working with a Coach. I have officially created the group and am opening up spots NOW! I am capping the group at 20 people. 

So, what do you say?! Are you in?

Don't count yourself out. Be open to the possibilities!

You never know unless you try!

If YOU have that "gut" feeling and are curious as to what exactly is involved with Beachbody Coaching, then why not see for yourself if it would be a good fit for you?  I will touch on the logistics of the business as well as the different paths you can take as a coach. All coaches are NOT the same! There are different paths you can take.
The group will run through a closed Facebook group, so, only the members of the group can see what is being posted. To join the group, click HERE

Don't have Facebook?  No worries!  Fill out and submit the form below and I will email you each morning next week with the same information that I am posting in the group!

 I know that when I was pondering over my decision almost 2 year ago, it would have been nice to be in a non-committal group so that I could hear the basics!  

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Week 3 - Round 1 DONE!


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Better late than never, right?!!  So last Sunday I officially completed Week 3 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme.  Week1 and Week 2 went great and I pulled through with a strong finish on week 3! I truly enjoyed the entire program and am even doing another round with the Countdown to Competition plan (which I will be sharing)!  

Throughout the 3 weeks I really stuck with basic meal plans. EVERY 21 Day Fix Extreme recipe that I tried from the book was FANTASTIC!  I have since incorporated many of the meals/snacks into my weekly plans. 

Below is my Week 3 plan!

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21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan

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Shakeology
One meal that I always look forward to is, of course, my Shakeology! I really can't think of a better meal to begin the day with!  I actually found that since doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme I was a bit hungrier than usual, so, there were nights that I added in an extra green container, or a 1/2 serving of Shakeology!  Shakeology has also been my saving grace on busy mornings.  I don't know about you, but I tend to have NO extra time in the mornings.  In the past I would just pop a big bagel in the toaster, put some butter on it and take it in the car with me.  IF I had the time, I'd sometimes do a big bowl of sugary cereal instead.  I've come a long way since then and my mornings haven't really gotten any less busy!  It seriously takes me 2 minutes or less to make my shake and go! I know you may be thinking, I don't want to spend the money on shakes.  I have to ask though, what do YOU eat for breakfast?  Do you tend to hit up a McDonald's or Dunkin Donuts drive-thru?  Or for lunch do you order out or purchase from a work cafe, etc?  How much are you spending on these meals?  Did you know you can get Shakeology for as little as $3.88 per day?  PLUS, it is a complete meal replacement so there is no other planning needed for that particular meal.  I'd also like to note the fact that you  are getting natural ingredients that provides you with your daily dose of nutrients, combined with over 70 super foods!  It really doesn't get any healthier. 
ANYWAYS....as usual, each month I have a handful of people who are concerned about eating 'boring' meals or even starving themselves while on the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme.  I think my meal plan is proof enough that that is not the case; however, here are a couple of other examples. I tried out some Turkey Meatloaf while on Week 3 and it was really good!!  I paired it with some veggies and quinoa a viola! 

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21 Day Fix Approved Dinner


Another great example is a staple in our house.  Flank Steak with 21 Day Fix Southwestern Seasoning, grilled peppers, green beans, and a sweet potato.  Trust me, I'm FAR from starving! 


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21 Day Fix Approved Dinner

The workouts are going great as well!!  This program has 7 thirty minute workouts (Plyo Fix Extreme, Upper Fix Extreme, Lower Fix Extreme, Pilates Fix Extreme, Cardio Fix Extreme, Dirty 30 Extreme, and of course Yoga Fix Extreme). My favorite is definitely Dirty 30 Extreme!  I increased my weights this time around and definitely noticed a difference. I burned more calories throughout the workouts and the biggest change I have noticed is in my arms.


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21 Day Fix Extreme Workouts

I'm also a fan of Pilates Fix Extreme, although I do feel like I am twisting like a pretzel with the resistance band!  It's definitely effective! All jokes aside though,  the program is definitely worth it. Yes, it takes hard work to be healthy.  Yes, it's easier to just be overweight, unhealthy, and eat whatever the heck you want; however, that could not only lead to health problems on down the road, but it also doesn't do much for self confidence.  Wouldn't you like to feel good, have energy, minimal sicknesses, and an overall positive healthy life? 


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21 Day Fix Extreme Workouts

It may not be easy, but it's definitely worth it!  The 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme are two programs that truly show you what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat.  I am beginning a new PICK YOUR FIX online accountability group on Monday, March 23rd.  The first week will be planning and prep. I will help to get you physically and mentally prepared by setting goals, taking measurements, guiding you through the meal planning process, and also giving you MY customizable meal plans!  I am opening up 10 spots for the group. If you are interested in further details, or would like to grab one of the spots before they are all gone, fill out and submit the form below!!


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Turkey Meatloaf


I have to admit, when I first came across this recipe in the 21 Day Fix Extreme book, I was a bit hesitant.  We aren't huge ground turkey fans, although we have been expanding our taste buds with some different ground turkey seasonings.  I was pleasantly surprised after trying this. It was really good and also made for great leftovers! In fact, I ended up crumbling up the leftovers to use on top of some salads for lunch the rest of the week!  If you are following the 21 Day Fix program, this counts a 1 red, 1/2 purple, and 1/2 yellow per serving (see below for serving size).


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Turkey Meatloaf


This recipe makes 8 servings with 1/8 meatloaf each.
Ingredients:

* 2 lbs raw 93% lean ground turkey
* 1 cup all-natural mild salsa
* 1 cup COOKED quinoa, cooled
* 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
* 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (I used minced garlic)
* 1 tsp sea salt
* 1 tsp ground black pepper
* 1 tsp fresh chopped parsley (for garnish)

Directions: 
1. Preheat over to 375 degrees F.
2. Combine turkey, salsa, quinoa, eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well by hand or with a rubber spatula.
3. Shape mixture into a shape of a loaf and place in an ungreased 13x9 inch baking pan.
4. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until the center is no longer pink and meat is cooked through.
5. Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.
6. Serve garnished with parsley.

I used the leftover quinoa and mixed veggies to serve mine with. It was delicious!

Give it a try and let me know what you think!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Beachbody ON DEMAND Available NOW!!!



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Beachbody on Demand

 It's official! The time has come!!  So many people have been asking and requesting to be able to stream their workouts using a mobile device or just from their computers (as opposed to a DVD), and NOW YOU CAN!! Beachbody has launched BEACHBODY ON DEMAND! 

What is Beachbody on Demand?

Beachbody On Demand is a new feature inside the Team Beachbody Club, making the Club one of the most valuable products we offer.  As part of being a paying Club Member, you will automatically have unlimited streaming access to hundreds of workouts from Beachbody's collection of amazing, world-class fitness programs. All you need is an Internet Connection!  Based on the available programs that can be accessed, it is well over $1,000 in value that has been added to the Club Membership!  Beachbody on Demand is PERFECT while traveling and to just not have to deal with having a DVD player or DVD drive on your computer.

How much does it cost?

The Club Membership breaks down to $2.99 per week; however, you are billed on a quarterly basis of $38.87.   The means, for $38.87 you will have access to a large list of programs for 90 days!   What's the catch?  THERE IS NONE! You don't have to sign a contract and you are not locked in to the membership. You can call and cancel AT ANY TIME.  Another pretty big perk of being a Club Member is you get 10% off of any Beachbody purchases (including Shakeology, other fitness programs that are not available on Demand, supplements, etc)!  

Is there any type of discount or special?
YES!!  Effective TODAY, you can also get a Club Membership in the form of a Challenge Pack!  What's that?  Well, if you are looking for a total body transformation, you can actually get the Club Membership Challenge Pack which includes a month supply of Shakeology and INSTANT access to the Club Membership for 90 days.  The total cost of this challenge pack is $140.  In addition, you will have access to my upcoming online accountability group using whatever fitness program or programs that are available to you!! Let's talk just a bit about cost.  Did you know that P90X3, if purchased alone (no Shakeology) is $120 plus tax and shipping?  All in you are looking at around $130+ JUST for the program.  Not only can you access the entire P90X3 program ON DEMAND, but you can get it, along with SEVERAL others for just $140 (and that includes a month supply of Shakeology!)!!  


What programs are available?
 Here are the programs that are available. This includes the COMPLETE program which means you will be able to download the nutrition guides, workout calendars, any Quick Start guides, oh, and you even have access to the additional "extra" or "bonus" workouts that you would typically have to pay extra for!  I know, it's CRAZY!!
  • P90X® & P90X Deluxe
  • P90X2® & P90X2 Deluxe
  • P90X3® & P90X3 Deluxe
  • P90X ONE on ONE® Volume 1
  • 10 Minute Trainer®
  • INSANITY® & INSANITY Deluxe
  • INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® Volume 1
  • TurboFire®
  • Brazil Butt Lift® & Brazil Butt Lift Deluxe
  • ChaLEAN Extreme®
  • Hip Hop Abs®
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Beachbody on Demand
 The website can be navigated very easily and the workouts are also organized by trainer, workout length, and exercise style! 


You will also get an insider "Sneak Peak" of the newer released programs so that you can sample a workout before you would consider buying the entire DVD program.  These programs are listed as New & Noteworthy.  They include:

  • 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio Fix
  • 21 Day Fix Extreme Plyo Fix Extreme
  • PiYO Sweat
  • Focus T25 Alpha Cardio
  • Insanity Max 30 Sweat Intervals
  • Body Beast Build Chest and Tris
  • P90 Sculpt A

New workouts will be added to continue with the variety.


If I purchased a newer workout, for example, the 21 Day Fix Extreme, will I get digital access?

Yes and No.  Right now, this feature is NOT available; however, it is expected to be up and running by the end of March!  You will have a section called "Purchased Workouts" and will be able to find anything previously purchased there.  This feature will roll out by program.  By the end of March the following programs (if you purchased them) will be available: 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and T25. This will only be available if you are a playing Club Member and only the aspects of the program that you purchased will be available.  What I mean is, you will NOT have access to the additional bonus or extra workouts if you did not purchase them. 

Aside from On Demand, what are the additional benefits of having a Club Membership?

Easy! Check out the list below. The only thing NOT included on this list is: Unlimited Streaming Access to the Beachbody Digital Library of Workouts! 

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Club Membership Benefits

If you are already a Beachbody Club Member then this is available to you RIGHT NOW!  If you are not a Club Member and would like to sign up, then you can do so HERE!

If you are interested in joining my next 30 day online health and fitness accountability group, beginning on March 16, 2015, please fill out and submit the form below to grab your spot!! 


Who is going Digital with Me?!!!



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