Monday, June 30, 2014

Guilt free chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter drizzle

We all need a chocolatey sweet treat once in a while and you can totally have a little cake or dessert sometimes when eating clean I think. But if you want to enjoy a little sumthin sumthin and not kick yourself for it later, this is perfect!

Sorry kids but if you want the recipe for this one you're going to have to join in on a challenge group. I can't give everything away for free you know! That's not a punishment. It's a very small investment in YOU! YOUR HEALTH YOUR FITNESS.  Joining a challenge group helped me lose 20 pounds!

Get the recipe for these babies and much more when you join a challenge group.

Morning all! Today on my workout schedule I had Yoga X from P90X3 so I subbed in Sweat from PiYo Instead. WOW! It was sweaty, yeah perfect description! It goes fast so maybe after a couple times I will have the flow down a little better. And she had the nerve to sneak in burpees! Chalene you so & so you.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mashed Cauliflower with Grilled Artichoke Hearts & Portobello Mushrooms

This is kind of a pain in the butt to make, however it's really worth it because it's all veggies but soooooo filling!

portobello mushrooms
artichoke hearts frozen

toss the artichoke hearts and mushrooms in 2 tsp of olive oil salt pepper & chopped garlic
throw on grill or roast in oven
while that's cooking, cut up and boil the cauliflower
drain and loosely chop
put in blender a little at a time
this is the pain in the butt part use a food processor if you have
when it's all pureed, add tsp olive oil and salt & pepper
top with grilled veggies

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ikea Love

Full disclaimer *that is NOT my house!* Although I am getting closer everyday! Along with working out cleaning and organizing are so good for the soul! Spent the morning getting things together for a big Ikea purchase.  After Hurricane Sandy I moved myself and the kids upstairs in our house. Its basically a one bedroom apt with a makeshift kitchen (sink counterspace, toaster oven, microwave, crock pot, george forman grill lol). But after the devastation I saw and knowing some of my friends aren't home yet I am not complaining. I do however want to get my area organized and ikea-fied. So looking forward to getting some of this stuff-

About 6 of these you can buy optional doors that slip in and boxes so I dont have to look at my junk:
I can put these over my makeshift kitchen, in the bedroom, in the tv area to store dishes, pantry food, mail, odds and ends, my expanding beachbody dvd sets! Along with those I have one of these already going to get another for the clothes that never seem to have anywhere to go:
I would LOVE to put a new floor down but funds and space don't really allow so I am going to just get a bunch of area rugs to go over this stupid smelly carpet. Maybe I will take before after pictures.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Yesterday my husband brought home mint instead of basil. So I threw together these chicken burgers and they are soooo good! 

ground chicken breast
fresh mint
salt & pepper
mix together and form burgers
grill and top with avocado and mango
Direct quote from one of my challengers: "Weigh in 136.1 I was 135 when I got pregnant with my second baby. This exercise/diet rocks would have never lost this much with just gym."
I am soooooo happy for her! 
As long as you don't add syrupy sugar mixes to your sangria it's a great choice for catching a little buzz when eating healthy! Everything in moderation!

When it comes to getting healthy and fit joining a challenge group is THE GAME CHANGER!

What is a challenge group? 

*At home workouts 6 days a week
*Free meal plans / shopping lists / recipes
*A group of others working out at home and bringing it, you will want to as well

What will you be doing?

The newest Beach Body Program, PiYo! I am starting a new challenge group and would love to have you join me. The work outs are between 25 and 45 minutes long and are low impact (no jumping/craziness) But still super intense and effective. I think this is the program I am most excited about starting. Here is a link to purchase the challenge pack - it has a special promo price with me as your coach which will only last for a few weeks.

What do you get?
Workouts + Shakeology + Free support from me and an online motivation group = SUCCESS!!

PiYo is Chalene Johnson's newest at home workout dvd program. The same mastermind who brought you Turbo Fire and Chalene Extreme. PiYo will allow you to define your body without jumping, using weights or causing joint strain.  All you need is your own body weight to burn fat and redefine every muscle of your physique.  You’ll do this by performing a sequence of continuous, targeted moves.  This workout is really about building and strengthening your core through dynamic movements, flexibility exercises, and learning to balance!  There will also be some light cardio to get your heart rate up and the calories burning!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Travel and clean eating

Those who are working and dedicated to eating healthy often bring lunch with them to work and I applaud those who do. It's not easy to plan lunches and snacks and all that.  Would you even consider using a Tiffin box?

Friday, June 13, 2014

"21 day fix looks complicated" (whine whine) Um, does this look complicated?? SO MUCH easier than weighing food/counting points/calories and sitting around for hours logging food into your phone! Did you ever try to log a salad into your app? it's infuriatingly slow.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Easy Breezy Frittata

Check it out! I love making frittatas for and easy grab and go breakfast. Once you bake this off keep the pieces in the fridge to take with you or to shove in your face when you are running low on time! 

8 eggs
red onion
zucchini (and any veg you love or leftovers from dinner!)
smoked turkey
salt & pepper
sautee onion, veggies in tsp olive oil put in bottom of a baking/pie dish
scramble the 8 eggs add salt & pepper (not too much salt, a pinch, the smoked turkey has sodium)
pour eggs over, chop up 4 slices of turkey and sprinkle over the egg
bake on 350 until it's still jiggly in middle turn off oven and let it firm up.
cut into 8 pieces, each piece has one egg about 1/2 red of turkey

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This package is intended for new coaches, but in all seriousness, even if you just got this to amass a great collection of programs and shakeology it's worth it. Signing up as a coach is a huge bonus. But this package is a deal on its own. Think you need to be in top shape to inspire and help change people's lives? All you need to do is take the first step and push play! This package will get you started on your healthy fit lifestyle! And then you can help others! Be a part of positive change for someone else. If you've been wondering about becoming a coach, now is the time! These programs are amazing tools and have helped so many. Join my team! I have fantastic graphic skills to make ads for you. That's the extra bonus!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Protein Packed Gluten Free Waffles

These babies are so perfectly guilt free and crazy easy to make.  21 day fix approved. Try them for dessert too, that's what I did last night after a small dinner of salad, avocado and chicken sausage. I'm getting hungry all over again!

1/2 yellow of oat flour or grind up dry oatmeal
1 egg
1/2 red of greek yogurt
pinch of cinnamon

mix it all up and pour into waffle iron, serve with 1-2 tsp of maple syrup and fruit

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The great carb debate. I am entirely nauseated by the word carb. In the past when I needed to lose weight I gave up carbs and would lose weight pretty fast. Most people don't even know what "carbs" are.  I guess I cut all grains of any kind.  But did you know milk is considered high in carbs? Anyway after my initial loss, I would get to my goal weight and shove every piece of bread and cake I could find into my face. And the weight crept back on. Let's break down the science of losing "weight" by cutting carbs:

"Don't Be Fooled by Quick Losses and Devastating Gains

After a week of doing a low carb diet, new dieters will lose anywhere from four to ten or even twelve pounds.

But there's a dark side to this instant weight loss. Slip up and eat a "normal" diet for several days and what happens? The lost pounds are back, all five or ten of them!

The quick losses and gains are almost entirely water. Whether you are low carbing or not, you must burn off 3,500 more calories than you take in to lose a pound of fat and you must eat 3,500 calories more than you need to gain a pound. Low carbing does not repeal the basic laws of thermodynamics. So what is that four to ten pounds of "easy go, easy come" weight all about?

When you cut the carbs out of your diet, your body empties out the "emergency" stores of carbohydrate it keeps in the liver and muscles in the form of a substance called glycogen. Glycogen is a normal part of our metabolism and allows us to do energy-intensive things like sprinting, for example, by letting us draw on the carbs stored in our muscles for energy.

When you start a very low carb diet you cut off the body's supply of dietary carbohydrate and this leads to a rapid emptying of these liver and muscle glycogen stores. And when you lose that glycogen, you also lose the associated water. That's the reason why, during the first couple days of a low carb diet, you lose weight so dramatically. It's also why you may feel slimmer and lose "inches." You haven't lost fat. You've simply squeezed out the water and glycogen in your muscles and liver.

But what happens when you go off the diet for a few days? If you eat a significant amount of carbs, your liver and muscles grab glucose from your bloodstream to replenish that emergency stock. As they do this, four grams of water join each gram of glycogen" - (source blood sugar 101)

This information is so crucial I believe in keeping weight off. Now we know carbs are not the devil and in fact avoiding them altogether then binging on them which ends up happening to most people will create a disaster roller coaster of "weight" losses and gains. Avoiding grains healthy and processed all together forever is pretty much unsustainable for most people. And there is always the problem of people wanting what they "can't" have.

But it's also so important to eat the right carbs.  I have been staying away from too much processed carbs because I feel they bloat me: pasta, bread in particular.  I seem to do ok with small portions of brown or white rice, sweet potatoes, milk, oats. Not to be all "pluggy" but that's what I like so much about 21 day fix, I know how many carbs to have a day, there is a daily limit on carbs and then I know I am losing mostly fat, not just water because I am still getting a daily allowance of carbs.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Introducing PiYo, a high-intensity, low-impact workout for a new kind of STRONG.

If you are looking to lose weight, get in shape and tone up but don't want to go to the gym, hire a trainer, lift weights or jump around check out the newest workout by beachbody.

Piyo is launching this month! Be in the know and keep an eye on my page. Join the challenge group for support, meal plans, recipes, accountability. Challenge groups are instrumental in following through with a program for most people. Nothing like knowing there are a bunch of others sweating and working it along with you. And they will keep you on your toes when you want to give up.

More about Piyo: Chalene Johnson took the very best Pilates- and yoga-inspired moves and cranked up the speed to give you full-throttle cardio, strength, and flexibility training—all at once. PiYo packs it ALL into each workout so you can build lean muscle mass—as you're burning crazy calories.

Now you can carve every inch of your body.

How? You'll use your body weight to perform a series of continuous, targeted moves, to burn fat as you redefine every single muscle. No weights. No jumps. Just hardcore results.

The result? Problem areas become no problem. You can get sleek, long arms; sexy, flat abs; a tight, lifted butt; and the confidence that comes from knowing you're at your best!

This is your chance to define exactly how you want to look—and how you want to feel. You're in control.
You have the power to define yourself.
Now use it.