Insanity Max: 30 Week 3 Review – Week 4 Meal Plan

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Whew – I am happy to say that the best of the holidays are almost behind me! I love the family gatherings and sharing in all the celebrations but my oh my there has been food EVERYWHERE!!! I have enjoyed every last bite but I am ready to gear up and get back fully focused for Week 4 of Insanity Max: 30!

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I am also very happy to say, despite the holiday chatter – I didn’t miss a workout and I even scored a few accountability partners along the way! My mama joined me Christmas morning and my hubby and I jammed out together while out of town with our laptops side by side playing our different workouts! Hey – you gotta make it work!!!

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I love when my healthy living lifestyle rubs off on others! And with a trip to Texas thrown in this week I was totally banking on an outdoor run with my mother-in-law but mother nature was not on our side ūüė¶

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The workout schedule followed a similar layout to weeks 1 and 2 but Tabata Power was replaced with Tabata Strength. So it had a similar concept with going hard for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second jog/break but just as challenging!!! I continue to max out on the push ups series but I will say that I am noticeably¬†getting stronger and even though I max out I am able to take a quick break, or go to the modified for a short bit then I’m right back in it!!!

One question I keep getting is about the max out times…So¬†WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MAX OUT???

So…when you first press play on the DVD you will go as hard as you can for as long as you can. When your form breaks, when you need to stop and rest or when you have to jump down and start following the modifier – you have maxed out. But you’re not finished! You can pause the workout, take a drink but you get right back to it!!! Sometimes a quick water break is all it takes and I am able to jump right back where I left off and others I take that break and stick with the modifier for a bit – but regardless you still finish the full 30 minutes!!! I hope that helps!

I’m anxious to see how I can improve upon my times as this will be my last week in this phase before moving on to month 2!!!

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My week 4 meal plan is¬†similar to prior weeks adjusting for a travel day in the air and on the road for Monday and a few get togethers with friends later in the week! One thing I’ve learned is when you host events – you get to pick the meals!!! Our NYE dinner will be cooked at home, by yours truly, with some filets, risotto and green beans! No need to go out to enjoy a little splurge!!!

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(Although this meal plan is titled “Insanity Max:30” it is also 21-day fix approved. The color coded portion control containers correlate to the nutrition guide of the 21-day fix and Insanity Max:30!)

And there you have it friends, week 3 is a wrap, week 4 is planned, and I am mentally gearing up to close out 2015 with a BANG!

If you’re ready to get started on your own journey or just need a fresh start for the new year, join my New Year, New You Accountability group!

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Insanity Max: 30 Week 2 Review, Week 3 Prep

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Another week down and another week stronger! I know it may sound silly but just two weeks in and I can already see improvements. My max out times are improving¬†and there are moves that I couldn’t do in week 1 that I nailed in week 2. This seems crazy to me!

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The workout schedule follows the same from WEEK 1:

Monday: Cardio Challenge

Tuesday/Thursday: Tabata Power

Wednesday: Sweat Intervals

Friday: Friday Fight Round 1

Saturday: Pulse and Abs

Sunday: (much anticipated) REST!!!

Needless to say, I am enjoying this program!!!!

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Week 2 day 1I will admit – although I haven’t missed a workout, I had a few struggles this week with the nutrition department! I’m sure you can relate…A party here, dinner out there and the usual things that come with the week before Christmas! But boy, I can feel the difference! Even though I used my usual tactics like drinking my shakeology before I go and drinking more than my required amount¬†of water, we had our MOMs Club Christmas party where¬†I enjoyed a few too many cookies, we had a late afternoon trip to the mall that resulted in dinner out and a cheesecake shared with my hubby, a girls day lunch at the Olive Garde – THOSE BREADSTICKS!!!! Need I say more?!¬†And¬†I can’t tell you the last time I had nachos but Dave and Busters nailed that loaded platter –¬†and my fingers can feel the increase in salt!!!

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So here’s to week 3! I cannot change the week before but I can certainly focus on the week ahead! It will be another challenging one in regards to nutrition but that just means I’m going to need to really focus on the first half¬†of the week and keep my goals on top of my mind through “the most wonderful time of the year!”

So what’s my plan????

Here is my HOLIDAY WEEK GAMEPLAN and my tips for you to help stay on track:

1) MORNING WORKOUTS – I’ll be continuing with my early morning workouts, and yes, even on Christmas morning! Why not? Just because its a holiday doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your own self health!

2) SHAKEOLOGY – I’ll still start EVERY morning off with Shakeology. I know how much it helps my energy and cravings…which will need a little extra control this week! It will go with me when I travel and I’ll keep packets with me so I don’t have any excuse not to eat healthy while we’re “busy” this week! Besides, it tastes like a treat anyway!!!

3) BE OPEN – I’ll share my plan with my family – and all of you! Having others to help keep me accountable always helps me reach my goals!!! Hopefully I’ll even have some company for my workouts!

4) BALANCE –¬†I’ll be doing a little 80/20 with my nutrition. 80% of the time I am going to be SPOT and the other 20% I will enjoy my Christmas favorites!! But that’s it – JUST¬†my favorites. I know there will be lots and lots of goodies all around but they’re not all my favorites. So I’ll pick and choose and enjoy my indulgences. I’ll pack my snacks, especially when traveling, and load up on the veggies every chance I get!

5) WATER – Keep up with my 1 gallon per day! I’ve been drinking about 1 gallon a day for a few weeks now. I fill my Shakeology shaker cup 6 times and I’m there. Keeping my water intake up helps avoid the mistake of thirst for hunger!

6) HAVE FUN! – I will enjoy the holidays. I will enjoy the time iwht my family, I will enjoy the energy I feel when I start my day off right and fuel my body, and I will enjoy those little buckeyes – in a reasonable portion ūüôā

7) PACK THE DVDs – I’ll be traveling with my Insanity Max:30 DVDs. I love how portable my home workout programs are but this one is even easier as I don’t even have to worry about any equipment! I just need a little space and I’m all set!

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Week 3’s meal plan is certainly a bit different but even with the holiday and travels I’m still planning out! I will not surrender and throw my hands up on the week in its entirety! (This meal plan is also 21-day fix approved in addition to Insanity Max:30 -just a little extra bonus!)

Remember – “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”

Take a little time today to PLAN!!! I hope you all stay strong and have a VERY MERRY week!

 

 

Blue Moon Shakeology

There’s something about the sweetness of the fruit mixed with the chocolate shakeology and the consistency from the¬†frozen fruit that makes this combo a huge winner in our house!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

*10oz water

*1 scoop chocolate shakeology

*1 cup frozen blueberries

*Lots of ice (about 12 cubes)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

*Blend in a blender until smooth and you reach the desired consistency!

For all my 21-day fixers and Insanity Max:30 participants:

This would equate to 1 RED  and  1 PURPLE for your meal plan! 

If you’re like me and looking for ways to add in some greens, you can also toss in a cup of fresh spinach and tack on 1 GREEN as well!!!¬†

Get your first¬†month’s worth of daily, dense nutrition delivered right to your doorstep by clicking¬†HERE.

Not quite sure if you’re ready for a full month – but still want to give it a try? Try the¬†4-flavor sampler pack!¬†¬†The combinations are endless and sure to leave you satisfied!!!

#FOODISFUEL #FUELYOURBODY

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December Beachbody promotions: INSANITY MAX: 30

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New month – New week!!!

Anyone stuck in a food coma after the long holiday weekend? I’ll be honest….getting my workouts in was no problem-I even doubled up a few days but oh the struggle for me has been in the kitchen! I love sweets and have such a hard time just saying “no”- my 80/20 rule has been drifting more towards a 60/40 and I can feel it and see it! Its those darn COOKIES and I know that struggle will continue to tempt me all month long as December is here and the jingle bells start ringing and the Christmas cookies are baking! For me – its time to FOCUS!!!!¬†We have just over 3 weeks before Christmas and Insanity Max 30 is being released TODAY!!! It’s time to focus on my nutrition-who’s with me???
 
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I absolutely love finding ways to take old favorites and spin them into healthy, delicious meals! After failing a few times, I finally had success with my Vegetti gadget from Amazon and let me tell you Рzucchini pasta is delicious!!!
 
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This meal took all of 5 minutes start to finish and I topped it with some ground turkey mixed with all natural crushed tomatoes Рand got myself a very healthy, fast, filling lunch!!! 
 
WHAT YOU NEED:
(per person/per serving)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/4 pound cooked pound of ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper
 
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
  1. Heat oil in pan over medium heat
  2. Spiral the zucchini and sauté for 3-4 minutes with desired sea salt and pepper
  3. Top with meat sauce
  4. ENJOY!
*For all my 21-day fixers – this meal would be 1-2 green containers (zucchini and tomatoes…assuming you use the tomatoes that have no added salt or sugar!!!) and 1 red and 1 teaspoon!
 
DECEMBER PROMOTIONS
 
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Insanity Max:30 will be released TODAY and also be the promotion for the month of December, with a challenge pack savings of $25!!

What makes INSANITY MAX:30 unique?

Every day is a brand-new challenge in INSANITY MAX:30. With killer cardio, challenging Tabata-style strength workouts, plus 150 new moves designed to shatter your limits, Shaun pushes you to work harder, go longer, and MAX OUT later. It’s not about making it through all 30 minutes. It’s about pushing yourself more each day to get the body you’ve always wanted in 60 days.

And even though INSANITY MAX:30 is a challenging program, the great thing is you can follow the modifier‚ÄĒwhatever your fitness level‚ÄĒto MAX OUT and still get MAX results!

The Workouts:

  • Month 1: 5 workouts on 5 DVDs (2 cardio,
    2 strength, and 1 challenge)
    Shaun alternates killer cardio and Tabata-style strength workouts all in preparation for your end-of-week challenge, Friday Fight.
  • Month 2: 5 workouts on 5 DVDs (2 cardio,
    2 strength, and 1 challenge)
    You’ll feel like you’re back at Day One as the intervals get longer, but the rest stays the same.

If you did the 21-day fix and loved how simple the nutrition aspect was to follow withthe portion control containers you’re going to love how it fits into¬†Insanity Max. No complicated diets or strict meal plans here…just a simple portion-based plan shows you how to eat what you love and still reach your fitness goals.¬†

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Since Shakeology NEVER goes on sale I am creating my own cyber deal and offering $20 cash back in the form of an Amazon gift card but you have to purchase your Beachbody Challenge pack* by the end of day December 2nd 2014!!!!
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*quantities are limited!!! 
If you are¬†interested in ¬†this or any other workout program and would like to get 1:1 coaching and support along with motivation and accountability, please fill out my challenge and accountability application below! I’ll be kicking off my Insanity MAX:30 exclusive test group on December 8th and I would love to have you join me!¬†¬†I will share tips and recipes and I will help you with the one thing I always found so difficult ‚Äď MEAL PLANNING! ¬†Remember ‚Äď your health and fitness success is 80% nutrition. You can¬†get¬†all the results and support you need right in your own¬†home ‚Äď and you don‚Äôt have to do it alone!
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Shakeology Pudding

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Ok ‚Äď HOLD THE PHONE!

Yes, I LOVE SHAKEOLOGY ‚Äď that‚Äôs no secret! I am still amazed that someone found a way to pack the nutritional value of 6 salads into a glass. To include digestive enzymes, probiotics, protein, antioxidants and nearly every vitamin and mineral your body needs in a convenient meal replacement shake that ‚Äď GET THIS ‚Äď tastes AhMAZING! It‚Äôs like magic!

But this stuff isn‚Äôt just limited to a meal replacement shake ‚Äď it makes some incredible¬†desserts!!!! And one of my all time favorites is Shakeology Pudding:

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • ¬ĺ cups plain Green Yogurt
  • ¬ľ – ¬Ĺ scoop Chocolate (Vegan or Regular) Shakeology
  • 1-2 TBS PB2 or All natural Peanut Butter

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Combine the 3 ingredients into a bowl and stir until blended. If you want to get real crazy you can even toss in a few chocolate chips ‚Äď but I think its good just the way it is!

This is a sure fire way to satisfy any sweet tooth craving!!! I usually opt for the lower calorie option and do 1 TBS of PB2 whereas my hubby opts for the 2 TBS of all natural PB ‚Äď but it‚Äôs totally up to you! Either way it‚Äôs a delicious, high protein, 21-day fix approved (1 ¬ľ – 1 ¬Ĺ reds plus a few of your tsps depending on how much PB or PB2 you use!!!)

You can get your own 30 day Shakeology supply HERE

Not sure what flavor you’d like – but still want to give Shakeology a try? Try this¬†flavor sampler pack¬†to figure what which is your favorite!

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Caramel PB Chocolate Cheesecake Shakeo

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I’ve set a little challenge for myself – no milk or banana in my daily shakeo for two weeks! And no more greek yogurt!¬†Why??? Well I used to be good with sticking to 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 of a banana…but that 1/2 cup has been creeping its way up there…and the 1/4 of a banana has been more like¬†a 1/2 and although I know these are both “healthy” foods…I feel best when I avoid all milk and I feel less bloated when I pass on the banana. Same goes with the yogurt…plus with blueberries out of season I’m struggling to find that perfect combo! With these little changes I decided to come up with a new shakeo recipe to fill the void:

Caramel PB Chocolate Cheesecake Shakeology

WHAT YOU NEED:

12 ounces of water

1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology

1 TBS Fat free/sugar free cheesecake pudding mix

1 TBS PB2

1 tsp caramel extract

Lots of ice!!!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Blend until you reach the consistency you like! I prefer to “crush ice” first followed by “blend” for about 30 seconds. Like most of my shakeos – I eat it with a spoon! Perfect post-workout breakfast!!! All this an clocking in at about 200 calories – I’ll take it!!!

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21-day fix Success Story_Ann

I’m so excited to share my friend and fellow coach’s story with you! Ann and I went to high school together. She had commented on one of my facebook posts about doing the 21-day fix and after chatting a bit and I found out she hadn’t been working with a coach at all. So we hooked up, I sent her some Shakeology samples to try and she¬†joined my challenge group and totally ROCKED it! The results of her hard work are shown below but words cannot express how proud of her I am!!! Way to go girl – this is the beginning of an amazing transformation!!!¬†

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21-day fix Success

Meet Ann.

” I was at my heaviest weight ever even after losing my baby weight. I had no energy, I was exhausted, I was completely unhappy and my family relationships and friendships were taking the brunt of it. I saw my now coach’s amazing 21 day Fix transformation results and thought maybe that program could work for me. I had tried other weight loss programs, counted calories, worked out, but nothing clicked and I always gave up. So, I ordered the 21 day fix, committed the time to making myself better and saw a 10 lb weight loss and 10 inch loss in the first 21 days! Then I joined up with my coach and a challenge group, started drinking Shakeology, and lost another 10lbs! I’m so happy, confident, and I feel like ME again. My family says it all when they tell me the old me is back. I love Beachbody so much that I’m now starting on the coaching journey. My coach and support groups were a key to my success.”

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Sauteed Squash

My mother in law used to make the best squash and truthfully, that’s how I got hooked on this little veggie…cooked in butter, with a few eggs and topped with cheese – Ahmazing – tasting!!!! Problem is – as delicious as it was it just doesn’t fit into my lifestyle anymore. I saw some delicious bright yellow squash at the farmers market over the weekend and couldn’t help but snag a few up! I’m getting pretty good at taking a healthy spin on things so with a few tweaks this¬†old favorite is back in the weekly rotation –¬†as a new, improved, 21-day fix approved side dish!!!

Sauteed Squash

WHAT YOU NEED:

Makes about 3-4¬†servings; 1 green container and 1 teaspoon on the 21-day fix meal plan (I don’t count the egg whites towards a red because there is so little!)

  • 2-3 large squash, sliced
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • Sea salt to taste

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Heat the oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes

Add the squash and onion and place the lid on the pan. Cook for about 20 minutes, continually stirring and chopping as the veggies cook. You’ll notice the squash really cook down!

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I like to cook it until all the water evaporates, but if you don’t like it cooked as long you could always drain out some water once the squash is cooked to your liking

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Move the squash to the side of the pan and add the egg whites – scramble the egg whites and combine ¬†with squash. Top with a little sea salt if desired and you’re ready to go!

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I love to serve this side with Turkey meatloaf and a baked sweet potato. I also eat it by itself as a side with lunch – you can’t go wrong!

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Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato chicken muffins

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So…I picked up a pound of ground chicken last week at the grocery store in hopes to make some homemade chicken nuggets for my picky, carb loving, anti-protein-eating 3 year old but every recipe I found seemed too difficult or I was missing something here and there and to be honest, she probably wouldn’t have eaten them anyway!¬†Time was ticking before the meat either needed cooked or frozen so I decided it was time to get creative…and the Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato chicken muffins were created!

Besides….my amazing, supportive husband “happily” ate turkey burgers for dinner 3-nights in a row so¬†I really wanted to make him something tasty!¬†(Hey – this fall weather has been too good to be anywhere but¬†outside!!!)

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WHAT YOU NEED:

(makes 12 muffins)

Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 35-40 minutes

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBS WILDTREE Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato seasoning
  • 1 TBS Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Low fat, shredded Mozzarella cheese (I prefer the Sargento but any brand will work!)
  • 1/2 cup Rice Krispies

A few things to note: You could sub out the rice krispies for bread crumbs…I was just trying to keep it gluten free and my daughter liked dumping “her” cereal in the bowl so we went with it. Also, the seasoning is what makes this recipe. Wildtree makes organic, non-GMO all natural seasonings…I attended a home freezer meal workshop a while ago and found so many great seasonings that really fit our lifestyle!¬†

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Spray pan with olive oil to prevent sticking (let’s just say learn from my mistakes!)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Mix eggs, seasonings and garlic in a large mixing bowl
  4. Add the ground chicken and stir with a wooden spoon until well blended.
  5. Add the cheese and rice krispies and continue stirring until the mixture holds together well.
  6. Using a large cookie scooper, scoop into a muffin pan. (You can also roll into 2″ balls…I just have an aversion to touching meat and avoid when possible!!) You should get about 12 muffins total.
  7. Bake muffins for 35-40 minutes or until thoroughly cooked through
  8. Enjoy!

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For all my 21-day fixers: 3 muffins would equal 1 red serving and 1/2 a yellow.

 

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Caramel Apple Shakeology

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Caramel apple Shakeo

Fall may not have officially started but the leaves are changing, football is in full force and there are pumpkins everywhere! My husband was pushing for an Apple Pie blizzard from Dairy Queen but my lack of self control told me one quick trip through the drive through and the chance of me leaving with only one in hand was slim. So I started thinking of a¬†late night snack¬†that would¬†fill his void for ice cream and keep my goals in tact…and this happened…

Caramel Apple

*8oz of liquid (I used unsweetened almond milk but you could also use water, or a combo of milk and water)

*1 Scoop VANILLA Shakeology

*1/2 of a green apple, sliced

*1 tsp caramel extract

*Lots of ice!!!!

Blend until smooth and enjoy!!!

NOTE: I like to eat mine with a spoon, so I always fill with about 8-10 ounces of ice and “crush ice” on my blender fist then hit the “mix” for about 30 seconds. It comes out thick and smooth – just like ice cream but without all the added stuff!!!!

For all my 21-day fixers* out there: 1 red, 1/2 purple

* The use of milk rather than water would add approximately 40 calories (unsweetened almond milk) and part of a yellow container if following the 21-day fix meal plan. 

Get your first¬†month’s worth of daily, dense nutrition delivered right to your doorstep by clicking¬†HERE.

Not quite sure if you’re ready for a full month – but still want to give it a try? Try the¬†4-flavor sampler pack!¬†