Insanity Max: 30 Week 6 in review, Week 7 Meal plan

6 weeks down and 2 to go! I can’t believe I am in the homestretch!!!

This last week was a little different but challenging yet still!

I had an absolutely AMAZING weekend in the ‘burgh for Pittsburgh’s Super Friday and our Dream Team Celebration Saturday.

I got to meet our CEO Carl Daikeler:

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I got to meet AND workout with the creator of the 21-day fix – Autumn Calabrese and try out her new 21-day fix EXTREME:

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Of course we worked out…

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But we also celebrated and ate, and ate, and ate some more!

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So needless to say I needed a jumpstart for week 6 – enter a simple little cleanse – the 3-day REFRESH!

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Sometimes its hard to get back in the swing of things. I’m a routine type of person. Keep me on my routine and I’m as happy as can be. Stray from that – and watch out! It wasn’t easy jumping back in…I could feel the bad nutrition choices lingering in my body but I knew the easiest way was to JUST DO IT – so I did!

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Monday was a typical day and then I started the 3-day refresh on Tuesday. The guide says to do “moderate exercise” so I stayed with the modifier in Insanity Max: 30 on both Wednesday and Thursday but went full out Friday morning – what can I say I was feeling REFRESHED!!!

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If you haven’t heard of this yet or given it a try – please consider it! I am not big on diets, cleanses etc… but this is different!

You can read more about What is the 3-day Refresh on a prior post but your daily meals look a little something like this —->

You really are eating all day long – its simple, vegan, small meals, some shakes and a few really good night sleeps! Trust me!

By Friday morning, the bloat was gone, I was down 3 pounds, 3 inches, rested and ready to continue on with my healthy eating habits!

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These just goes to show you how important your nutrition is! I never missed a workout but that bloat was BAD! But hey – I’m back on track!!!

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I wrapped up the week with a morning sweat mesh with my #1 by my side. We have a jam packed weekend so I got a jump start on my next week’s meal plan and off to music class and SAMs club we go!

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Stay strong, be healthy, make good choices – and SWEAT TODAY!

Insanity Max: 30 Week 5 review, Week 6 Meal plan

Week 5 of Insanity Max: 30 also kicks off a Month 2’s brand new set of workouts.  Talk about a jump in the intensity!!! These workouts are harder, require more endurance, and really put your mind to the test! You have to DIG DEEP and really focus to power through.

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A lot of people have been asking for clarification on the term “max out”. The name comes from the fact you are going to MAX OUT during every single workout. You may not be able to complete the full 30 minutes at a Shaun T speed, but the program is designed to have you start with Shaun T as long as you can, write down that number you hit, and then drop to modify or take a short break. I am (usually) able to just switch to the modified and keep going but this week had a few moments where I needed to stop and catch my breath!

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Max Out Cardio followed a similar format to the Cardio Challenge, adding in 1 minute “power moves” before each water break. I was happy with my max out time in this workout but they definitely went down here the rest of the week!

Max Out Power left me feeling like a human jello jiggler!!! My upper body just couldn’t hang with those dang pushups!!! I know my entire body is getting stronger through these workouts but push ups continue to be my area needing the most improvement!

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Little secret – I used to be a gymnast! There was a time when I actually spent more time upside down than right side up…or so I’m told anyway!! I tossed in a few headstands while I was wwaiting for Max Out Sweat to load and I was certainly happy to see I could still rock out lots of my old moves!

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This workout had me pushing HARD but I always remember hearing one of the girls from Month 1 workouts saying “when I think I can’t even do one more, I do 3” and that helped me to push through to almost 10 minutes before needing to take it down to modified!

By the time Thursday rolled around my body was exhausted! There were quite a few moves I was trying to attempt in Max Out Strength but the strength just wasn’t there! I didn’t want to stop completely so my solution was good old fashioned total body PLANKS!

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I’m slightly embarrased to say I didn’t even make it through the entire first move in Friday Fight Round 2 before I had to drop down to the modified! I maxed out at 5:48! I hope I can easily say I’ll improve upon that this coming week but no joke – these workouts are flat out HARD! I guess the name Insanity is there for a reason!

I’m not sure about all of you, but although we’re almost halfway through January my nutrition hasn’t quite been like it was pre-holiday season! I was tossing it around back and forth and I have decided to tack on a 3-day refresh this week. I have done it twice before so I know what to expect and how to do it – I just need to put my mind to it and GO FOR IT! Luckily my mother in law is going to do it with me! I don’t know about you – but in something like this – accountability is HUGE for me. Here’s to making it through the entire 3 days – no cheating!!!!

With the changes to incorporate the 3-day refresh, my week 6 plan is as follows:

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I’m not sure how my workouts will go Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, but I’ll give it my best but may need to just stick with modified for those days!

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Asian Ginger Plum Stir-Fry with Cashews

As I mentioned last week, I did a Wildtree freezer meal workshop over the weekend and I tried the first meal – Asian Ginger Plum Stir-Fry with cashews and it was a family hit!

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You have the option of keeping this vegetarian or adding meat (I went with chicken). Now I will say the recipe you will see below varies slightly from the recipe I received at the party – but that’s what I love about these workshops…you make them your own and do what fits your lifestyle and your family’s lifestyle! So I reduced the amount of the grape seed oil and marinade, added some pineapple (which my hubby said was KEY!), skipped the bean sprouts, subbed out the baby corn for frozen corn and added some additional red pepper slides because, well, they’re my favorite!

My prep was already done and this meal took about 20 minutes total and it made enough for 2 full dinners! (yes, the leftovers heated up very well!!!)

Like I said, this was a freezer meal, but you could also prepare fresh by mixing all ingredients in bag one together and bag two together (although I do think it would be best to at least marinade over night!!!)

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Asian Ginger Plum Stir-Fry with Cashews 

In Freezer Bag:

  • 4 oz frozen corn
  • 8 oz package of snow peas
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
  • 2 tsp. Wildtree Garlic Galore Seasoning Blend
  • 1/2 cup Wildtree Asian Ginger Plum Dressing & Marinade
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cilantro
  • Optional: 1 can sliced water chestnuts, 8 oz

If you’re including meat, in a second bag:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts – cubed
  • 2 tbsp Wildtree Asian Ginger Plum Dressing

In smaller bag: 1 cup rice, Place this bag and freezer bag inside additional freezer bag so you have everything you need come cook time!

At cooking time: 1 cup bean sprouts and ½ cup cashews

Combine all ingredients in specified gallon size freezer bags and mix to allow seasonings to distribute.

To prepare:

1. Thaw overnight in fridge.

2. Cook rice in accordance with package instructions.

3. Heat large skillet to medium-high heat.   **If using meat, heat a large skillet over medium high heat and pour contents of meat bag into the skillet and cook 3-5 minutes before adding vegetables** Add thawed bag contents & sauté until veggies are tender, approximately 15 minutes. When ready to serve, stir in 1 cup bean sprouts and ½ cup cashews. Serve over cooked rice.

I also forgot the cashews when I initially made it. We tossed some in with the leftovers but I don’t really think they were needed. I personally enjoyed the touch of sweetness from the pineapple!

I usually try to follow the foods and general meal plan using the portion control containers with Beachbody’s 21-day fix/Insanity Max:30. While this specific recipe is not 100% in line with those meal plans – you could alter the dressing by using the Asian Citrus Vinaigrette (see below) as well as olive oil rather than grapeseed oil for a delicious dinner!!

Asian Citrus VinaigretteFrom the 21-day fix nutrition guide

(makes 6 servings – 6 orange containers)

  • 1/4 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2-inch fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil

1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the oil in a medium bowl, whisk to blend.

2. Slowly add oil while whisking; mix well

Store any leftover dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator. If dressing thickens when cold, hold at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. In addition to stir-drys this dressing is great on salads and drizzled over grilled chicken, pork or beef! 

If you have any questions about this meal and/or the Beachbody programs mentioned above please feel free to email me at maeganblinka@gmail.com I’d love to hear from you!

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Insanity Max: 30 Week 4 Review, Week 5 Meal Plan

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Holy smokes I can’t believe I am wrapping up week 4 today! Halfway through Insanity Max:30 and more than pleased with the results so far! I know my nutrition has not been perfect (darn holidays and lack of self control!) but I will say I’ve been able to stay on track for the most part thanks to Shakeology and those handy dandy 21-day fix portion control containers!

I kicked off Week 4 with a side by side sweat session with my #1.

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Oh and I topped out last week’s Cardio Challenge max out time by more than 9 MINUTES-SAY WHAT?!?! I’m crediting a huge portion of that to knowing my hubs was watching me! Even though we are doing different programs (he’s doing Body Beast) I just seemed to have a little extra umph knowing he was right there…Plus I got a little extra sleep overt he weekend since we were still visiting my in laws and the kiddos were bunking out with Gigi and Pap!

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I had to veer off my meal plan slightly…with a long travel day and no desire to cook when we got home – we went for big bowls of Shakeology for dinner Monday night – totally hit the spot! I like to blend mine extra thick so I can eat it with a spoon but I still stuck with my 1 yellow (almond milk) 1 red (chocolate Shakeology) and 1 green (fresh spinach) containers from my meal plan and enjoyed every last bite!!! AhMAZING! The nutritional benefits alone are enough to ensure I am drinking my shakeology daily however the convenience aspect is a huge bonus! There’s never an excuse to NOT eat healthy. We always have shakeology and if nothing else, we have water to shake it up and gulp it down! Don’t forget – FOOD IS FUEL!

I had set a goal for myself to improve on my times as this is my last week doing this workout set. I stayed pretty consistent and/or improved all of my max out times slightly but the biggest jump was certainly on Monday’s Cardio Challenge! I even impressed myself!!!

The biggest change I’m seeing is in my CORE – oh yes, even post Christmas goodies – the abs are starting to show and….I like it!!! I still need to be a bit more disciplined in the kitchen but I’m getting there!!!!

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I’ll admit…I’m excited to wrap up the first month but I can’t even imagine how Shaun T is going to amp it up for month 2…which in turn makes me a bit nervous!!!

I’ll be switching things up a bit this week for my meal plan now that I have some great new meals to try out! I spent Saturday morning at a combined Beachbody and Wildtree event where I was able to lead a group workout (we went with Cardio Fix from the 21-day Fix – wowza I am sore!!!) and some Shakeology samples for everyone to try and then we prepared 10 freezer meals using Wildtree’s line of organic and gluten free spices, oils and marinades.

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I’ve done several of these workshops in the past but this would really interested me as the menu was Veggie Medley and its loaded with vegetables – something I am struggling to get enough of in these winter months!!! It was an awesome way to spend the morning, meeting new people, indulging in some black and white no-bake cookies, making some delicious new dinners, and getting our sweat on! Talk about PRODUCTIVE!

I’m excited to kick off week 5 with a whole new set of workouts! Here’s my meal plan (which is also 21-day fix approved) – for week 5:

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Some people ask if I get tired of the same thing every morning for breakfast but honestly – I don’t!! Shakeology is far and away my favorite and healthiest meal of the day! My breakfast and snacks are pretty consistent daily but I know they keep me full and taste good – so how why change it?!?! I do switch up my lunches and dinners but everything else usually remains the same!!! Consistency is key right?!?!

There is a bit of the unknown over the weekend as I will be in Pittsburgh all weekend for our SUPER SATURDAY event (on Friday, lol)! The CEO, Carl Daikeler will be there to honor our top coach, Melanie Mitro, and Autumn Calabrese will be leading a live workout – its going to be nothing short of AMAZING! We have the event Friday night, a team lunch planned for Saturday and another celebration Saturday night…so I’ll be packing my Shakeology and water bottle for sure along with some staple snacks like almonds, apples and some protein bars and do my best to stay on track and HAVE FUN!!!

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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 😦

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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!

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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 🙂

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!!!

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Insanity Max: 30 Week 1 Recap, Week 2 Meal Plan

All I can say is thank goodness today is REST DAY!

I am officially 1 week in on Insanity Max:30 and now I can see why Shaun T referred to this program once as “plauteu buster” – its amazing! Don’t get me wrong, its intense and hard and challenging but you can feel while you’re working out how you are using so many different muscle groups. You don’t just squat or just lunge or just hold a plank…you’re combining these moves and maximizing your results!!! My little secret to keep pushing forward:

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I’d say the one muscle group I can feel working harder than before is my core – you use your core in so many of the moves and I am already starting to see changes in my body!!! SCORE!!!

So for those of you wondering a bit more about the program…week 1 went a little something like this:

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I was a little disappointed in myself on Monday for maxing out almost one minute sooner than when I first tried the Cardio Challenge when my package arrived but I think it was just the extra excitement I had pushing me along the week before. But at the same time – I know I can do better and that is most definitely on my goal list for this week!!!

Tabata Power was twice this week and I was solid on the first part, week on the pushups, great on the core work but struggled on the tricep dips. Needless to say it was easy to identify my weak spot and know where I need to focus and strive to improve!!!

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Sweat Intervals did just that – it made me SWEAT!

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I’ll admit – I was a bit nervous to try the Friday Fight Round 1. I had heard it was “hard” but then again – this program is far from easy!!! I had to give myself my own little pep talk that morning and focus on how its all mind over matter. I remember reading how your mind quits far before your body – so keep pushing even when you don’t think you can do anymore. I told myself – “when I think I’m done – I’m going to do three more” and that mentality worked! I was exhausted but I maxed out in the 11th minute of this workout – much longer than any of the others. Granted I was really struggling to push myself after I first maxed out and did almost all modified for the remaining time but it really helped me realize – its a game – its MIND OVER MATTER!

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Pulse is an optional Saturday (could be a rest) workout and although I when I finished FRIDAY FIGHT I was already set on a rest day Saturday, my body told me the stretch and low impact moves would help me recover. And let me say – it was 20 minutes well spent!!!! Plus I like to stick to my routine every day – not just during the week! I feel accomplished and energized to start my day. And despite getting up earlier than I “have” to – I am more productive and actually feel more energized!!!

And that brings us to today – Sunday – my first rest day of week 1. I am happy with how things went thankful to have the time to reflect and focus on week 2. These workouts are so great but I know you won’t get results without nailing the nutrition. Here’s my week 2 plan***:

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***Remember all you 21-day fixers out there – this meal plan would also work for those of you in the first bracket of that nutrition guide – bonus 🙂 

I kept a lot of things similar to week 1. I wanted to switch up some of the dinners and lunches, but my Shakeology for breakfast remains consistent. Shakeology is far and away my favorite meal of the day but any time I can get a green in first thing I am happy! So I’m sticking with the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” approach and leaving my breakfast the same!

I also continue my daily yogurt bowl for one snack and veggies and eggs for the other. The one thing I knew I would be repeating this week is zucchini pasta! Its become one of my favorite snacks, sides, meals – it does it all!

We have a busy weekend visiting friends one day and traveling to my home town for my Dad’s birthday but I will pack my healthy snacks and do my best to make good choices! Thankful for my 7-day Clean Eating accountability group for the Holidays group kicking off tomorrow…there’s power in numbers!!

And there you have it – week 1 is behind us and week 2 is ready to rock! Here’s to a fantastic week!!!!

If you are interested in Insanity Max:30 or any other Beachboy 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 share tips and recipes and I will help you with the one thing I always found so difficult – MEAL PLANNING!  Remember – your health and fitness success is 80% nutrition. You can get all the results and support you need right in your own home – and you don’t have to do it alone! My 7-day clean eating group starts tomorrow and my next 60 day full support group kicks off January 5th! Its not too early to reserve that spot!!! 
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Insanity Max: 30 Journey

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Well here goes – My planning is complete and I am mentally prepared to take on Insanity Max:30!

I have to share – this was not part of my Holiday fitness “plan”. I was all set to do the 21-day fix up with my challengers up until Christmas and then dabble in the Les Mills Pump, Les Mills Combat and Turbo Fire programs  until the 21-day Fix Extreme was released in February. I watched the Insanity Max: 30 preview videos, I heard people in the test group talk about it, and I just didn’t really think this was going to be a program for me. I was thinking more along the lines of a “maybe I’ll sub the Friday – Cardio Fix – for an Insanity Max:30” workout here and there.

Years ago I watched my husband try to do the original insanity and quite frankly it just looked too hard. But when I had an opportunity to work out with our team BeachboMaegan Blinka, Cardio Challenge, Insanity Max 30 Meal Plan, Insanity Max 30 testgroup, Insanity Max 30 workouts, Insanity Max 30 Week 1 workout schedule, Max out, shaun T fitness, find your max, insanity, insane results, push yourselfdy Coaches last Sunday I couldn’t pass it up – but I also didn’t think I’d really enjoy it. Well….30 minutes later I was hooked and counting down the hours until I could purchase it myself! I’ve been regularly working out now for over 9 months and I think I am ready for a more intense program! Plus the whole fact that there is a modifier really helps ease the mind 🙂

I couldn’t “wait for a Monday” to start and I gave the Cardio Challenge a whirl last Friday. I first maxed out at 8:35 and then a few more times after that but I LOVED the workout and I felt amazing when it was done. No weights, no equipment – just you along with your body and mind! I also did the pulse workout Saturday and loved the ab workout and stretching and strengthening!!!

So I’m shifting my plans and committing to myself and my cyber world that I will do the complete 60 day program…and Day 1 is TOMORROW!

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I know what I need to do to succeed – and that is all done in the Kitchen! And this is another reason why i was so excited to jump in…this meal plan is so similar to the 21-day fix meal plan. And most people who know me know this is what got it ALLLL started for me with my journey in February. The portion containers just make it so easy to follow and adapt no matter what situation you’re in!!! The initial starting calculation is a bit different – actually even easier – but the concept is the same. Eat the right foods in the right portions and use the containers to make it as easy as possible!!!

So in an effort to really get my mind set I woke up early today (on my rest day!) and made my week 1 meal plan!

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I like to include my workouts on there so I know in advance what I am going to be doing! Its my own little reference guide on multiple levels! I also like to look at my week ahead and put that splurge meal on my calendar! This week it will definitely be my MOMs night out with my girlfriends Tuesday night! You’ll notice I don’t have any yellows on my meal plan earlier that day – and that’s because we’re going out – Italian style!!! I will still practice portion control but I’m not going to be unrealistic either – I will focus all day, have fun and without a doubt – PRESS PLAY!

After I finished my plan, I enjoyed breakfast with my kiddos I headed off to the grocery store.


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I already had some staples at home including oatmeal, sweet potatoes, pasta, etc…but you’ll notice we eat a lot of the same foods…yogurt,  bananas, apples, eggs, lots of fresh produce, some frozen veggies and gluten free bread and almond milk for the hubs! I’ll occasionally add a splash of milk to my shakeo but when following the portion containers I’m not willing to give up a yellow so I just stick to water in my Shakeology! It tastes so good no matter what way its blended!!!

I can’t wait to get started with my test group TOMORROW and kick off with a bang! I know its going to be hard but the struggle is so worth it!!! That feeling of success will last a lifetime!

If you’d like to #maxout with us – fill out the application below. I’d love to be your coach and help you every step of the way so you can realize your full potential!!!

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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 – zucchini 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 – and 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—whatever your fitness level—to 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 – MEAL PLANNING!  Remember – your health and fitness success is 80% nutrition. You can get all the results and support you need right in your own home – and you don’t have to do it alone!