Chopped salad

Its been 5 days of MAKING THE SHIFT with the new program SHIFT SHOP and I gotta say-feeling like a brand new baby challenger again just starting out has me feeling all the feels!!!

When I committed to the 21-day fix over 3 years ago i was 100% COMMITTED – following my meal plans, measuring my foods, avoiding the temptations and just staying focused. Once I met my “goal weight” I got more lenient.

Arguably –  Rightfully so…but then I got comfortable. And 2 pounds here and 3 there started to add up.

And while my focus is not on the scale and more so on how I FEEL it was rippling into other areas and I am PROUD to say I AM BACK IN MY GROOVE!!!

One thing I used to have DAILY was a salad for lunch. I’m not talking plain chicken and lettuce. A loaded, filling, FUN and different salad to help me get in the greens and really fuel up on good foods and with salads a part of the daily lunch plan in week 1 of SHIFT SHOP – I fell back into where I started.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup romaine/spinach
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 6oz grilled chicken (rotisserie also works well!)
  • 1/2 cup steamed edamame
  • 2 tbs almond slivers
  • Dressing of choice

(If you’re following the Shift Shop meal plan or Portion Fix nutrition system this would be: 1.5 greens, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue, 1 orange) 

Optional:

  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Red peppers
  • Avocado

WHAT TO DO:

Combine the lettuce/spinach, carrots and chicken in a large bowl and chop (I find using the Pampered Chef Salad Choppers makes it a BREEZE!!!) 

Add any additional toppings and dressing. Continue to chop

Top with almonds and edamame and ENJOY!!!

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Fast and Simple Cauliflower Rice

Need a simple side dish but trying to avoid going carb crazy?!

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We are LOVING cauliflower fried rice but I do believe there are good approaches to this simple little dish and not so good!

My best tip: KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Here’s what we found to rock our world:

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 TBS coconut oil
  • 2 TBS slivered almonds
  • 2 TBS fresh parsley

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Heat coconut oil over medium high heat
  2. When hot, add riced cauliflower and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until it reaches your desired tenderness (note the color of the cauliflower will change slightly as it cooks…I used that as a guide!)
  3. Top with the almonds and parsley and SERVE & ENJOY!

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Note: We paired this with meatloaf for a classic, home cooked combo that warmed the tummy but didn’t grow the waistline!!!

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Salmon Burgers

Salmon cakes.jpgMy mom has always made the BEST salmon cakes and its been one of those things I’ve left up to her. You know the thing you don’t want to mess with but you quickly suggest when going for a visit.

But after completing WHOLE 30 a few months ago I’ve got a little more creative and daring in the kitchen & I decided to put my big girl pants on and with some guidance over the phone I knocked out some killer salmon cakes:

WHAT YOU NEED:

-5-5oz packets of wild-caught salmon (boneless) – (Note: cans are fine as well I just liked the ease of the little packets)

-2 eggs

-1 medium sweet potato, baked

-3/4 cup almond or coconut flour (I prefer almond)

-2 TBS old bay (give or take depending on how spicy you like it)

-4 gloves minced garlic

-1/2 onion, chopped

-Juice of 1 lemon

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

-Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F

– Line baking pan with parchment paper

– Combine all ingredients until mixed thoroughly

-Scoop cakes and drop onto lined baking dish – I found the LARGE pampered chef cookie scoop is the easiest to get uniform sized cakes, then I flatten with a cup. Could also use 1/4 measuring cup

-Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown

-Serve with veggie of your choice & ENJOY

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I recently completed a round of Whole 30 paired with Core De Force and I can truly say I found my JAM! I found what works for me – what I enjoy – and what makes me FEEL good on the inside!!!  

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THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS

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Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin

walnut-crusted-pork-tenderloin_filteredWhen I started Whole 30 in October 2016 I quickly browsed the cookbook and picked my top dinner choices. I can’t give an exact reason why but the ingredients were purchased on my first Whole 30 shopping trip – yet it took me more than two months to actually make this dish!

Lesson learned – next time don’t be afraid to try something new.

This was DELICIOUS – and just so different from our typical “week night meals”.

In my mind I think I assumed that it was more complicated than it looked…but trust me when I say…if I can make this  – ANYONE CAN!!!

(adapted from the WHOLE 30 Book)

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  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 2 TBS mustard powder
  • 1 TBS paprika
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Remove pork from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Pat the pork dry with a paper towel
  4. Mix the mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and paprika  in a small bowl and rub the pork evenly with seasoning mixture.
  5. In a food processor (the mini handheld pampered chef one works great!!!) – or by hand – pulse or chop the walnuts until finely chopped.
  6. Coat the pork evenly  with the chopped walnuts.
  7. Place the pork tenderloin in a baking pan ( I used a 7″x11″ pyrex dish and it worked perfectly!) and roast 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
  8. Let the pork rest for 10 minutes.
  9. Slice the tenderloin into 1/2 inch thick medallions.

Serve with your veggie of choice and more importantly ENJOY!!!

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NOTE: I doubled this recipe (as I do with most recipes to ease the meal prep later in the week!!!) and I will vouch the leftovers were just as amazing as night 1!

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I recently completed a round of Whole 30 paired with Core De Force and I can truly say I found my JAM! I found what works for me – what I enjoy – and what makes me FEEL good on the inside!!!  

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THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS

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Love the Skin you’re in

 

You may not know me yet…but you will.

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I’m your coach.

I will help you determine your health and fitness goals and help you pick the path to get there.

I am going to support you-Whole heartedly.

When you commit with me…it’s a long term commitment.

Because my role is to be there for you-through the good AND bad AND ugly and most importantly hold you accountable so in 1 month or 3 months or 365 days or three years you come back and tell me: THANK YOU!

Then I know my role has been fulfilled.

GOT GOALS?

 

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Weightloss?

Confidence?

Needing support in nutrition?

Looking for a community of people – WHO GET YOU?

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Let’s chat!!!!

Enrollment is now open for my LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN accountability group.

We start the 16th.

This group will be small and focused – intentionally.

We’ll have a purpose.

Thinking…maybe, just maybe…you might be intersted????

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. First you need to make me your official coach.  You can complete your enrollment here: Make Maegan my coach
  2. Fill out the application below so that we can determine the best program to suit your GOALS.
  3. Commit to the duration of the group.  This is about finding a solution to your needs. A program you’ll enjoy, a program that aligns with your goals, and a program that you can COMPLETE. We will start with a 4 week commitment…but you will always have the option to CONTINUE!!!
  4. Commit to the nutrition plan including, replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology. Nutrition DRIVES your results, comprising 80% to the 20% that exercise includes. You must fuel your body with the foods it needs to provide energy for your workout, energy to get through your day, and to help your body recover and continue to transform as you progress through the program. Nutrition matters.
  5. You must be willing to hold yourself accountable in our private online accountability group – AND – participate in the group daily to log and monitor your progress. Getting started is one thing – but its following it through to the end where the magic happens!

I am not here to sell you a program.

I am here to help you DECIDE – COMMIT – and SUCCEED in reaching your overall health and fitness GOALS through the combination of FITNESS – NUTRITION & SUPPORT.

Limited spots available!
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*Serious inquiries only*
*Must not already be a coach or be working with a coach*

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Macaroon Shakeology

In a season where there are cookies and cookies and more cookies around at the parties and gatherings and dinners and such…I am making it a point to find more and more ways to take those favorite cookie treats and adjust my daily dose of superfoods to resemble the tiny treats we love so much – without – falling off track with my nutrition goals!

Enter my latest combination: The Macaroon!

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I made this with chocolate initially but later with vanilla shakeology and its delicious both ways!

Def. curbs any cravings you were fighting and BONUS – serves as a complete meal and simply tastes delicious!

WHAT YOU NEED:

Chocolate (or vanilla) shakeology
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
10oz coconut water
1 cup of spinach

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Blend and top with 1 TBS of UNSWEETENED shredded coconut flakes and wahlaaa – AMAZINGNESS!!!

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Interested in learning more about Shakeology?

Interested in some accountability and support to either START – or get back on track with your own fitness journey?
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Let me help!

I offer monthly support & accountability groups and will soon be kicking off my next opportunity!

Fill out the form below for more information!

 

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Candy Cane Shakeology

Tis the season my friends!!!

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Its been a while since I’ve shared a new Shakeology recipe but that’s mainly because I am a creature of HABIT and well, I like my daily chocolate shakeo with spinach, almond butter and coconut water…BUT…in the spirit of my 12 DAYS OF SHAKEOLOGY group launching next week…I decided to get a little festive and let’s just say: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 Scoop chocolate Shakeology (vegan or regular)
  • 1 cup almond milk/coconut water
  • 2 tsp crushed candy canes

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Blend and ENJOY!

NOTE: The more ice you add, the thicker it becomes! I like to add LOTS so I can eat it like a bowl of ice cream!!! I combine everything in my blender with about 10-12 ice cubes. Basically JUST ENOUGH that allows my blender to blend it without getting stuck.

I switch the dial to “frozen desserts” – turn it on and let it do its magic!!!

(My old blender didn’t have this feature so I just did the “crush ice” feature for about 10 seconds then I would blend on high until it sounded like all the ice was gone). 

Sometimes I have to take it and shake it a bit but that’s how I get the ice cream consistency!

I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

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Roasted Winter Veggies

I saw this recipe on the TBB website and had to give it a whirl!  Roasting winter vegetables makes them sweeter and even more delicious and just ending my Whole 30 – I knew I wanted a Thanksgiving approved side dish that would satisfy the taste buds but stay true to my nutrition plan!

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Total Time: 1 hr
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cooking Time: 45 min.
Yield: 8 servings, about 1¼ cups each

Ingredients:
1 lb. winter squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1½-inch pieces (I used Acorn squash)
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1½-inch pieces
3 large carrots, cut into 1½-inch pieces
1 large yellow onion, peeled, quartered
5 tsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme (or 2 tsp. dried thyme)
1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
½ tsp. ground black pepper

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Line two large baking sheets with foil. Set aside.
3. Combine squash, parsnips, sweet potato, carrots, beets, and onions in a large bowl; mix well.
4. Add oil, thyme, salt, and pepper; toss gently to blend. Divide vegetables between prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake, mixing twice, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender and golden brown.

 

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Portion Fix Containers
1½ Green —- ½ Yellow —- ½ tsp.

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Core de Force RESULTS

30 days ago I made a COMMITMENT.

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That I was going ALL in with the brand new home fitness workout program – CORE DE FORCE & combining that with a Whole 30 Nutrition plan.

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I was a bit nervous.
Unsure how I would tackle traveling, the MANY birthday parties and the unpredictable days that typical #momlife presents…but I didn’t care.

I wasn’t going to let those excuses hold me back any longer. After all, I had been “considering” this for over 6 months. I convinced myself there was never going to be a PERFECT time to do it.

Mentally…I WAS IN IT.

I was simply GOING ALL IN with the intent to FINISH and enjoy the pure sense of satisfaction that I CAN DO HARD THINGS.

Mentally I was ready. Physically I was unsure. But I knew I was going to give it my all!!!

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I can truly say these last 30 days have been some of the most rewarding.

I realized that YES – I can in fact workout for more than 30 minutes a day – at home – AND – ENJOY IT!!!

Most every other workout program I completed was based around the “30 minutes or less” approach and while I LOVE that attribute working out for 47 minutes when you LOVE what you’re doing and can see the hard work paying off isn’t so bad after all!

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And I realized that good food doesn’t have to be bad food! Our Whole 30 nutrition plan provided us with the NUTRITION and FUEL we needed to rock each and every day, and continue to get RESULTS!!!!

Without a shadow of a doubt – I owe a portion of my success to my hubby who worked out with me daily at home.

Helped push me out of bed when I didn’t want to.

Guided me through the moves when my uncoordinated self couldn’t figure it out!!!

And simply made the entire experience MORE fun for us both! core-de-force-day-30-workout

But let’s be real…reading about the success is one thing – but it all comes to LIFE when you can see RESULTS.

And here you have it:

In the last 30 days I have lost:

  • 6 pounds
  • 1.5 inches off my waist
  • 2 inches off my hips
  • 1 inch off each leg

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And this is exactly the motivation I needed to head into the Holidays with the right intentions and positive mindset!

You can read more about each week below:

If this looks like a program you may be interested let’s chat about my next online accountability group! 

Committing to start a program is one thing…getting started is another…following it through until the end is a whole new story!

Allow me to help you every step of the way!

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Mission Maintain: Holiday Survival

Did you know the average american GAINS 7-10 pounds between Halloween and New Years?!
Its true!!!
Afterall, its EASY to take the chunk of time, chalk all the mishaps up to holiday craziness and commit to “a new plan in January” – but you don’t have to call it quits yet!
Forget the NEW year resolution – its time for a YEAR END resolution!
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There’s still 6 weeks left in 2016 and I am pulling together the troops for one final round – TOGETHER – to help us SURVIVE the holidays.
Mission MAINTAIN isn’t about total deprivation.
Or total indulgence.
Its about BALANCE.
Its about helping ensure you’re not part of that “majority” that gains and feels gross about themselves come 12/31.
Its about finding the foods you enjoy most and truly ENJOYING them but passing on the rest.
And its about carving out those 30-45 minutes a day to better yourself so you can give more to others.
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So many people live uncomfortably those last months of the year with an attitude that they’ll just “start fresh in the new year” – but WHY WAIT?
IMAGINE how AMAZING you’ll feel if you make a commitment TODAY to end 2016 STRONGER than you started and start 2017 off with a fresh clean slate and positive mindset!
IMAGINE the confidence you’ll have – the increase in energy – and comfort knowing you’re doing something today your future self will thank you for.
If you IMAGINE this is something you want to attain – THEN JOIN ME!!!!
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I will be rocking ROUND 2 of CORE DE FORCE but your fitness program is simply that – YOUR choice!
  • I will help you find the fitness program that works best for YOU
  • Each participant will commit to 30 days of Shakeology. Not because I think you need this. But because I KNOW you need this! My participants see greater results, feel better and are properly fueling their bodies when this one mindless meal replaces one prior meal they were eating! It tastes AMAZING and with the busy holiday time – you’ll come back around to thank me!!!
  • You will be REQUIRED to check in to our private group each day. Trust me – this is where the ACCOUNTABILITY shines!!!

NOTE: This group is limited to my customers. You can Create your Account HERE

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT from ME as your Coach:

  • Meal planning tips and examples to help guide you through the holidays
  • Daily motivation, accountability and tips to help you stay motivated and remember WHY you started in the first place
  • Cleaned up Holiday treats
  • Tips from yours truly on how to stay balanced while TRAVELING during this season
  • How to handle the holiday parties and practice MODERATION (yes, you can eat the cookie and drink the wine!)
  • Online access to our closed accountability group
This will be my FINAL ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP of 2016!!! 
You know my motto: There’s POWER in NUMBERS!