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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tips for fighting that Halloween Candy!

If you have kids, or if you are planning on handing out Halloween candy within the next couple of nights then you may have a nice big stash of candy laying on your table or sitting in the pantry.  If you are anything like me, then you are finding it hard to resist taking a couple pieces "here and there."  So, I thought I would share with you some helpful tips that will hopefully keep your willpower going strong throughout the Halloween festivities!
Halloween Survival Tips

1. If you love it, don't buy it!! Seriously, if I went to the store and bought a bag of mini Twix bars, they would be gone before the Trick or Treaters get here!    Another option would be to pass out non-food items like glow sticks, stickers, or even fun little activity booklets!

Halloween Survival Tips
2. Hide it!! I sometimes think people think I'm crazy for recommending that their spouses or kids hide a food that you are too tempted to stay away from, but, it really does work!  Let's face it, you NEED to have some WILL POWER through the holidays!  So, if there is something in your house that is going to tempt you, like Halloween candy, then have someone hide it until it is time to pass it  out!

3. Exercise!! I know, easier said than done, right?  Do you really think that if you indulge in some sweet treats that you don't normally have and not do any sort of exercising that you will not gain weight?  With so many fitness programs that are 30 minutes or less, it makes it hard to create the "I don't have time excuse."  I know there are days where "life" just gets in the way; however, it is so important to take a little time each day to do this for yourself and for your family. Then, when you do indulge in a sweet treat you won't feel so guilty!  

Halloween Survival Tips, Halloween Shakeology Recipes4.  Stick with healthy alternatives!! Drink Shakeology!!  I know Shakeology does come at an expense; however, you get 30 meals in one supply!  In addition, drinking it daily will combat those cravings that you get, not to mention the super healthy ingredients in it.  A huge perk about Shakeology is all of the delicious recipes  that you can make with it!  Whether it be an Almond Joy, Snickers, or even a Pumpkin Pie recipe, you are still getting your daily dose of nutrients as well as that sweet treat (in a guilt-free healthy way of course!). 

Halloween Survival Tips, Healthy chocolate chip cookiesWhether you are a Shakeology drinker or not, you can still find some awesome healthy recipes that can fight that urge but still satisfy your craving.  Things like cookie dough yogurt, baked apple crisp, S'mores popcorn, or even almond butter chocolate chip cookies will do the trick perfectly!

5. Get yourself some accountability! Join an accountability group that will keep you on track to reaching your health and fitness goals!  It is so much easier to get, and stay, healthy when you are in a group that not only provides the support, accountability, and motivation to do so, but a group of others who have the same ending goal of getting healthy.  






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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Muffins

Here is another pumpkin recipe!  These muffins were super good!  My daughters pretty much ate every single one.  They tasted like pumpkin pie!  I did not add protein powder but it is noted below that you can.  And, my muffins did come out pretty flat.  They definitely didn't look like the beautifully shaped overflowing muffin from the Beachbody website (which is where I got the recipe from) :) 

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Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large banana, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg
  • If you'd like to turn these in to protein muffins, then you can add 2 scoops of protein powder, Vanilla flavor 


Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare twelve muffin cups by lining with  muffin papers or coating with spray.
  3. Place egg, egg white, pumpkin, banana, almond butter, and maple syrup in blender and cover.  Blend for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg (add protein powder if doing so as well) to blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  6. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Transfer muffins to rack and let cool. 

ENJOY!!



Monday, October 20, 2014

Update on the P90 Workout

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Happy Monday!  It's been a little while since I've updated you on my P90 journey, so I thought I'd do so today! The last update I gave was after completing Week 1.  I have now completed Weeks 2 and 3 and have just entered in to the final week of Phase A, which is week 4.  Things have been going very smoothly over here!  I was a bit worried that I would need more variety in workouts since I was going to be doing the same workouts every other day; however, I have been perfectly happy!  I am still alternating between Sweat A / Ab Ripper A / Sculpt A / and of course, the Saturday Special.  I have to say, with every workout my heartbeat increases and I break a great sweat! I especially like the Saturday Special workout!  Due to the resistance training and of course the push ups, my arms are looking more toned and I have found that I am able to stick with the cardio moves for the entire duration without modifications!  

Overall, I am very happy with P90 and plan to continue in to Phase B next week!  I'm anxious to see how the intensity increases and the results that come with it!  

P90, motivation, 21 Day Fix, P90 Workouts

I have to say, aside from P90, I've had a lot going on in the kitchen!  I am going to share with you not one, but TWO meal plans!  These are the plans that I followed for the past two weeks.  I incorporated some new dinners and found a couple new Shakeology recipes, as well as a new Fall snack recipe!  I will post them below.  
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21 Day Fix Meal Plan with P90 Workouts
21 Day Fix, P90, P90 Workout, Clean Eating, Meal Planning
21 Day Fix Meal Plan with P90 Workouts

S'Mores Shakeology, Shakeology
S'Mores Shakeology
Ok so first let's chat about Shakeology. I seriously look forward to my chocolate Shakeology EVERY SINGLE MORNING!  I've tried to plan it out so I eat it for lunch, but it never fails, I wake up and want it for breakfast!  It is crazy to think that something so good is providing me with my daily dose of nutrients. I love the natural energy I get and it also cures my "chocolate fix"! So, when my family wants ice cream in the evenings, I sometimes like to make an extra shake for myself.  I LOVE ice cream so having Shakeology has been a great alternative if I don't want to use up my weekly treat. Last weekend, we had a little movie night with my girls and of course, they wanted ice cream.  I actually discovered this S'More Shakeology Recipe on Pinterest and new I'd have to give it a try!  Not to my surprise, it was WONDERFUL! Another fabulous recipe I tried is Salted Caramel Shakeology.  Again, it was AMAZING!!  I just love this stuff :) 

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Salted Caramel Shakeology
I mentioned above that I tried out a new snack recipe as well.  I enjoy having my typical yogurt lunch pretty much every day; however, it's nice to be able to switch up the flavor every now and then (without the added sugar of course).  So I tried out this Pumpkin Pie Yogurt and boy was it good! 

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Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
Ok on to these two unbelievably mouth-watering delicious dinner recipes that I tried this week!  They were seriously so good!  There were zero left overs and I am debating on putting them back on my meal plan for next week already! 

First up is Mexican Pizza! For several months now my husband and I have been on a bit of a Mexican food kick.  While all of the Mexican food recipes I post have pretty much the same ingredients, this is just a different way to put it all together. Doesn't it look delicious?!

Mexican Pizza, Healthy Dinner Ideas
Mexican Pizza
The second recipe I tried is PERFECT for pizza night!  Buffalo Chicken Pizza was a hit, especially with my husband considering I only got 1 piece! We actually liked this homemade (healthier) version better than ones we've tried at various restaurants.  

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Clean Eating, Healthy Dinner Ideas
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
So there you have it!  That's what has been going on in my house for the past couple of weeks!

I am anxious to continue on with P90 and have a couple more new recipes to share once I get through Week 4!

I am excited to say that my 30 Day Fit for Fall Challenge started TODAY! I can't wait to share my tips, recipes, customizable meal plans, support, motivation, and more with this amazing group of women!  If you are interested in joining an upcoming health and fitness accountability group, please fill out and submit the form below.  I've got big plans for November and can't wait to form my new groups to help people stay on track through the holidays!

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Online Health and Fitness Accountability Group

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

There is no denying that we are a PIZZA loving family!  Occasionally I will splurge and count take  out pizza as a cheat for the week; however, when I make pizza for dinner, I always get a whole wheat pizza crust, some all natural sauce, a little cheese, and load it with veggies on top.  I was in need of something different and considering how much we love buffalo chicken dip, I thought I'd go in search of a healthy buffalo chicken recipe.  After finding some recipes, I came up with this one!  It was definitely a hit!  I  have to say, my girls are not big fans of buffalo chicken so I did pull some of the non-seasoned chicken aside for them.  


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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:
  • One 100% whole wheat pizza crust (or you can get a whole wheat/multi grain dough)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3/4 cup buffalo sauce (I used Frank's), divided
  • 1 lb raw, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup low moisture part skim mozzarella cheese
  • handful of green onions (for garnish) 

Directions:
(Preheat oven to 500 degrees F)
1. Place chicken breast in skillet and season with 1/2 cup buffalo sauce.  Cook on medium heat until cooked through. Remove from skilled and shred. While chicken is cooking saute onion in small skillet. 
2. Combine remaining 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce with Greek yogurt in small bowl and mix well.  
3. Spread the yogurt sauce mixture evenly over the pizza shell.
4. Layer the chicken and onions evenly over the sauce. 
5. Top with mozzarella cheese.
6. Place the pizza on oven rack for approximately 8-10 minutes.
7. Top with a small handful of green onions

I served this pizza with a side salad loaded with veggies!  Sounds like the perfect pizza night to me! 

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

Enjoy! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

READ THIS before applying for that holiday retail job!!


Happy Thursday!  It is already MID-OCTOBER!  You know what that means, right?  Whether you want to believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner.  I have to admit, I already bought a couple of Christmas gifts (that's pretty rare for me)!  But seriously, the stores are filling up with Christmas decorations and the Halloween stuff is already on sale!  It's crazy!  

Becoming a Beachbody Coach, Beachbody Coaching, Extra Income, Work from Home, Beachbody Coach TrainingI don't know about you, but the holidays can be a bit stressful for me.  My  husband and I  have A LOT of people we buy for.  I swear the list grows every year, not to mention the price of the gifts!  Oh and of course the cute Christmas dresses and whatnot that I always like to get my girls too! A definite concern that I had last year when I decided to take a year off from my teaching position was being able to afford all of the gifts.  It was going to be our first holiday living on one income.  I started actively working my Beachbody business a few months prior to Christmas and made a goal for myself that my income would cover any and all gifts. 

 Although I was not supplementing my teaching income by the time shopping season came around, I was making more than enough to cover not only my monthly Shakeology investment, but our Christmas expenses too!  It was relief to know that I was, and am, able to build a business out of the comfort of my own home while contributing to our family expenses.



Another huge accomplishment that I had last holiday season was being able to not only keep myself on the "healthy track," but to help others do the same!  I will never forget when one of my challengers sent me an excited text after the holiday season saying that for the first time she didn't even gain a pound! That right there was more than enough motivation to keep me going!  

Becoming a Beachbody Coach, Beachbody Coaching, Extra Income, Work from Home, Beachbody Coach TrainingSince then, for the past 10 months, I have put my main focus on helping others achieve their goals. Although my personal team of coaches has been growing each month, my focus stayed more on my challengers.  For me personally, I get so much fulfillment in knowing that I am helping others simply by sharing my tips and helping to support them in any way possible.  Although the focus on my challengers is not going anywhere, I am ready to add more to my plate! 

So I got to thinking...at this time of year I know SOOOOO many people who go out and apply for one of those holiday retail jobs. Now whether we work it or not, we all know how long those holiday hours can be.  You come home from your day job, rush around so you can get to your next job and end up not getting home until almost midnight!  Next thing you know you finally get to bed and realize you've barely eaten all day.  If you have a family, then worrying about babysitting arrangements is another issue.  This type of a schedule is just DRAINING!  So, why not take on a second job that could not only grow in to something beyond your wildest thoughts, but can also be done from the comfort of your own home, in your own terms, with the hours that YOU have available? 

I  have decided to pay is forward.  I absolutely LOVE what I do and feel confident that I have a system in place that can help you earn at least $500 towards your holiday this year!  I want to help a select group of interested people earn extra income through Beachbody Coaching. 

A huge misconception that people have about coaching is that they themselves have to be super healthy and in great shape.  That is NOT true!  We all learn as we go when it comes to being healthy.  You just have to be passionate about helping others succeed. 

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Know that you are NOT alone by any means.  I will be in charge of running the groups.  All you do is invite friends and family you know who would like to get and/or stay healthy, especially through the holidays! Now this doesn't mean that you can't indulge in a treat here and there.  Believe me, I enjoy my treats too!  I will teach you everything that I know and share the tips that have worked for me.  


Ok so how is this all going to work?  For starters, if you decide you'd like to give this a whirl, I am going to enroll you in an exclusive group beginning October 27th.  I will mentor and guide you in a 1:1 and small group setting.  I will teach you how to get started and what to do!  How does that sound?  Are you interested?  Are you a motivated, driven, and a compassionate person?  If so, then this would be a good fit for you!  Beachbody Coaching is a gift that keeps on giving.  Even after the holidays are over, you can continue to grow your business to whatever extent you'd like!  I will match your pace and support you every step of the way!!

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If you are still having doubts or second guessing if Beachbody Coaching is a good fit for you, then I invite you to a 5 Day Sneak Peek group into what Coaching is all about.  It is commitment free and even free of charge!  The group is specific to the Dream Team, which is the currently ranked #1 team in the company.  For 5 days, beginning on Monday, October 20th, you will hear not only coach success stories, but also the logistics of the business.  By the end of the group misconceptions will be addressed and most, if not all, of your questions will be answered.  The group will run through a Google Plus group, so, if you would like to be a part of it, please fill out and submit the form below!




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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mexican Pizza

We've been in to Mexican food lately so I was searching for some new recipes.  I found a few versions of a Mexican pizza so I pulled some ingredients from here and there and put this recipe together.  I made it the other night and we loved it!  

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Mexican Pizza


Ingredients: (Makes 4 pizzas)
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1  cup of clean salsa or store bought (without added sugar)
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup black beans (reduced sodium)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese 
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 jalapeno (optional)
  • small bowl of Romaine lettuce

Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees F.
  2. While the oven is preheating, drain and rinse black beans and cook on stove top.  
  3. Also while the oven is preheating, cook ground beef (or ground turkey).  I did season it with Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning; however, you do not have to season it with anything. 
  4. Once the oven is preheated, place 4 tortillas on the rack for about 3 minutes (just until they become hard).
  5. Remove tortillas and place on a baking sheet. Scoop about 1/2 cup of meat on to each tortilla and sprinkle a little chili pepper on top (if desired).  Then, scoop 1/4 cup of salsa and black beans, followed my a handful of peppers and onions.  Top with 1/4 cup cheese and a couple slices of jalapeno (if desired) before placing it back in the oven for approximately 6-8 minutes (or until cheese is melted).
  6. Remove from oven and top with lettuce before serving!
One serving would be 1 pizza, so, if you don't need to make that many, you could always keep the tortilla soft, spoon all the ingredients on and save it for lunch the next day! 


Enjoy!!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt



If you don't already know this, I LOVE trying pumpkin recipes!  A friend of mine shared a page of tons of pumpkin recipes and this was on it.  I made a couple of changes, made it for my afternoon snack, and it was perfect! Give it a try and let me know what you think! 


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Pumpkin Pie Yogurt


Ingredients:
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbsp pure Maple syrup
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup granola (optional)

Directions:
* Mix pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and Maple syrup together in a small bowl.
* Add Greek yogurt and mix well.
* Top with granola


Other ideas:  You could make this in to a parfait using a small jar or even use it as a dip!  

Enjoy! 


Saturday, October 11, 2014

S'mores Shakeology

WOW!  I'm not sure why it took me so long to discover this recipe!  It seriously tasted like a milkshake! This is PERFECT for those nights where everyone wants ice cream but you don't want to give in.  

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S'mores Shakeology

Ingredients:
* 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
* 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
* 1/2 cup cold water
* Dash of Vanilla Extract
* 1/2 low-fat graham cracker
* 1/4 tsp cinnamon
* lots of ice


Directions: 

Blend Shakeology, unsweetened Almond Milk, water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ice, and a quarter of a graham cracker.  Pour in to a glass and use the rest of the graham cracker to crumble on the top.

Enjoy!!



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Week 1 of P90


Happy Thursday!  It is almost the weekend, which means I am nearing the end of Week 2 of P90 and I realized I haven't even given an update on Week 1!!  So, I thought I would do a little review on how my first week of P90 went, including the meal plan I used, the workouts, and how exactly the program is laid out. 

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So far I am definitely enjoying the workouts!  P90 is seen as the "Gateway to Fitness."  For those who maybe need a less intense workout or for anyone who is a bit too intimidated to do something like P90X, Insanity, etc, then this program is definitely for you!  I have to say, I feel like I am in pretty good shape and even though this workout isn't as intense as some others that I have done, I still break a good sweat and am even sore!  

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P90 is broken down in to 3 phases.  A, B, and C.  You do each phase for four weeks.  While this program may not be as intense as others, the intensity increases with each phase.  I am obviously only on Phase A at this point; however, I did view the videos for Phases B and C plus I had the pleasure of seeing a LIVE Tony Horton workout over the weekend, which he incorporated lots of the Phase B and C moves in.  I was unable to do the workout myself because I was a vendor at the event; however, let me tell you, everyone who took advantage of the opportunity left the area dripping sweat! 

Included in the program is a calendar or workouts.  You can choose to follow the "Sweat - Cardio Based Schedule" or the "Sculpt - Resistance Based Schedule."  The difference is you do an extra day of cardio on the Sweat schedule and and extra strength training workout on the Sculpt schedule. 

The Phase A workouts, which last 4 weeks include:
Sculpt A (approx 27 minutes) - Sculpt A does exactly what is says, SCULPT!  The program comes with a resistance band and door attachment so you don't need anything additional.  You do have the option to use weights for several of the moves.  I was definitely feeling the burn by the end of the workout! 
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P90 Sculpt A
Sweat A (approx 24 minutes) - Sweat A is a cardio based workout.  It includes moves like sprawls, quick feet, half push ups (or full push ups), etc.  
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P90 Sweat A

Ab Ripper A (approx 8 minutes) - Although short in length, this ab workout is DEFINITELY effective!  There are moves within that I have never done in other ab workouts.  The Ab Ripper workouts within each phase are to be done on the same days as the Sweat workouts. 
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P90 Ab Ripper
Saturday Special (approx 24 minutes) - I  think the Saturday Special (which is obviously your Saturday workout) is my favorite! It is cardio based and I feel like it uses every muscle in your body! I made a sneak peek video of a few of the moves with the workout: 
video

The phase B and C workouts have the same concept, for example, Sculpt B, Sweat B, Ab Ripper B, etc.  The only workout that stays the same throughout the entire 90 program is the Saturday Special.  The length of the workouts slightly increase with each phase as well.  
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P90 Nutrition Plan


If you follow me at all, then you know that I am obsessed with the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan.  I think it is brilliant!  So, the color coded meal plan below is based on that program. however it pretty much falls in line with Tony Horton's Simple Kitchen plan.  As I read through the different recipes and snacks within the P90 nutrition plan, they could all be converted into the color coded containers of the 21 Day Fix!  BONUS!  So, here is my Week 1 meal plan (Yes, I know it says Week 4.  That is a typo).  

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Clean Eating Meal Plan




I did try TWO new recipes within this plan, one of which was directly from the P90 book.  

First, I had some extra potatoes so I tried out this Healthy Potato Soup recipe.  I made it right in my crock pot, which made for a simple delicious meal!  Oh, and plenty of leftovers! 


Healthy Potato Soup
Healthy Potato Soup

The recipe that I tried from the P90 book was Healthy Chicken Parmesan.  I followed the recipe as is; however, I did add a small portion of whole wheat pasta with it.  I was a little hesitant to try this recipe because typically chicken parm consists of breaded chicken.  This recipe contained NO breading, just some herbs and spices topped with all natural sauce and a little cheese.  It was sooooo good!!  

Health Chicken Parmesan
Healthy Chicken Parmesan 
Overall I am feeling GREAT after about a week and a half of P90!  I definitely underestimated the effectiveness of the program and would highly recommend it! 

If you are interested in giving P90 a try, it's not too late!  I have a Fit for Fall accountability group beginning on October 20th.  I will help guide you through the program (or any other program for that matter!) and provide you support with meal planning and staying on track.  It is getting to be that crucial time of the year where the holiday pounds begin to pack on, starting with Halloween candy!  Wouldn't it be nice to have an accountability group to help keep you on track?  Wouldn't it be nice to form new healthy habits so that you don't put on those extra pounds within the next couple of months? 

If you are interested in joining one of my groups, please fill out and submit the form below and I will be in touch! 

I hope to hear from you! 

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Your Options for Getting Healthy for the Holidays!

Happy OCTOBER!  Wow!  October already?!  So, just as I was getting excited about my favorite season, Fall, finally being here, I walk in to Target the other day and see Christmas trees!!  Are you serious?!!! Why can't we just enjoy the current season without worrying about what's coming next?!!
October Health and Fitness Groups


ANYWAYS, September and October happen to be my favorite times of  the year.  I love that the weather is getting cooler, the jeans and long sleeve shirts are working their way back into my wardrobe, and back to school is in full swing.  At this point you have probably established some sort of family schedule to make things work.  So, now that September is over, it's time to make time for YOURSELF.  Why now?  Because pretty soon the holidays will be here and you want to make sure you have a handle on making yourself look and feel great before they get here!  I know what you're thinking.  You don't have the time or money to invest into bettering yourself.  You've got a million things going on and YOU just aren't at the top of your priority list. Let's change that!  Why?  Because you deserve it!

For many people, a stress that begins to occur at this time of year is the tightening of their pants and the plummeting energy levels due to cooler weather and early evening darkness.  With busy school schedules, it's easy to give up your evening walks or playing outside because it's almost dark by the time you are done eating dinner!  The worst thing you can do is throw your hands up and give in to all of the temptations around you.  Christmas decorations may be coming out in the stores, but I know you are bombarded with Halloween candy the minute you walk in.  It's this exact time of year, in my opinion, that eating habits begin to change for the worse.

To prevent you from falling in to the same old trap, I have decided to offer 2 different October Challenge Groups.

What is a challenge group and how do they work?
A challenge group is run through a private, closed Facebook support group.   What I do is help customize your health and fitness goals to meet your needs.  Then, I help you choose the best Beachbody program to get you there based on your ability level.  Throughout the duration of the group, you replace one meal per day with Shakeology.  Shakeology is a nutritional shake that is supercharged with ingredients that will give you natural energy, cravings will be curbed, and you will stay full for at least 2 ½ to 3 hours.  It is equivalent to 6 salads in one meal!!  Then, I am going to teach you how to plan the other meals of the day.  I provide customizable meal plans, give you recipes, snack ideas, tips, motivation, and hold you accountable.  Every day I post in the group your daily mind set tip or post. I will address emotional eating, eating out, traveling, temptations, cheat meals, body image, and more!   As the challenger, you simply check in each day for my daily post and to also rate your day.  We all keep each other accountable, which is what makes these groups so beneficial!  You are NOT alone!
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Shakeology Benefits

What are the group requirements?
Simple! As your coach, I will help you choose a Beachbody Challenge Pack that will get you on the right path to reaching your goals.  As long as I am your coach, there is no fee for the challenge group itself.
* Why a Challenge Pack?  Simply put, they offer the “complete solution” of Fitness + Nutrition + Support + Rewards = Success.  In purchasing a Challenge Pack, you receive:
·        ** Fitness – Any Beachbody fitness program
·         **Nutrition – Shakeology plus meal planning assistance within the challenge group
·         **Support – Me, as your Coach!
·         **Rewards – The Beachbody Challenge contest where you could win $500
·         **Success – Achieving your personal goals in the Challenge Group

Options #1: 21 Day Fix Up for Fall - BEGINS OCTOBER 13TH

This group is exclusively for those wanting to give the 21 Day Fix a try.   The group will begin with one full week of planning and prep, followed by 21 days of the Fix.  This group is designed to help guide you through the program, while providing you motivation to stay on track.  Customizable 21 Day Fix meal plans are included.

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21 Day Fix

Options #2: 30 Day Fit for Fall Challenge - BEGINS OCTOBER 20th
This 30 day group is designed to not only provide you the support and motivation to stay on track, but to also learn about clean eating and how you can incorporate it into your busy lifestyle.  I will share my knowledge and tips of what has worked for me and my family.  Customizable meal plans will be provided in this group as well! This group is not exclusive to a particular fitness program.  I can help match up a program that will best meet your health and fitness goals at your ability level.  Popular programs include the newest Beachbody program, P90,  as well as PiYO, P90X3, and several other programs including the popular T25, Turbo Fire, and more! 

P90, P90X3, T25, PiYO, Health and Fitness Accountability Groups, Clean Eating, Meal Planning
30 Day Challenge



So, what do you think? Are you ready to start your health and fitness journey?  Is it time for you to make a change and have the support, motivation, and accountability to help keep you on track to reaching those goals?  Fill out the form below to secure your spot in either group.  Spots are filling QUICKLY and will be limited to a first come first serve basis. 

I look forward to hearing from you!! 



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

I was flipping through the P90 Nutrition Guide and came across this recipe.  Who DOESN'T love Chicken Parmesan?!  I know there are other "healthy" versions out there that involve whole wheat bread crumbs, but I  noticed the P90 recipe didn't involve any.  I don't know about you, but for some reason I hate the extra step of breading chicken.  I know it's simple, but the less steps the better!  So, I was anxious to give this recipe a try.  Sure enough, it was FABULOUS!  This recipe has definitely made the dinner rotation!  I did end up adding some extra carbs from the pasta; however, I made sure I portioned it out with my 21 Day fix yellow container!

Healthy Chicken Parmesan, Clean Eating Recipes, Healthy Dinner Ideas
Chicken Parmesan 
Ingredients:
  • 4 (6oz) raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup all-natural tomato sauce, no sugar added
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine tomato sauce, oregano, and garlic powder in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  3. Place the chicken in baking pan lightly coated with spray; top with tomato sauce mixture, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle and the cheese is bubbly.
  5. Serve immediately. 



As you can see, I completed my meal with a serving of whole wheat pasta / all natural sauce, and a side of spinach salad with veggies.  I topped my salad with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Enjoy!!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Healthy Potato Soup

As the cool Fall season begins to settle in, soup is a must have on my dinner rotation list!  I usually keep it to chicken noodle soup; however, I decided to try a new potato soup.  It is not a thick, cream based soup like many potato soups out there, it is a much healthier version, and it was delicious!  Oh, and did I mention it is a slow cooker recipe?!  BONUS!

Healthy Potato Soup, Healthy Soup Recipes, Clean Eating, Clean Eating Dinners
Healthy Potato Soup


Ingredients:
  • 6-8 medium sized potatoes, cubbed
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • cheddar cheese (optional garnish)
  • chopped green onions (optional garnish)

Directions:

  • Combine all vegetables, bouillon, and chicken broth in a large crock pot.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.  Add unsweetened almond milk and stir until heated through.  Garnish and serve with a portion of cheddar cheese and green onions.  
Enjoy! 


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