Back to School Back to YOU

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For now and for the next 14 or so years…August is going to be synonymous with the summer wind down and back to school!

This means a lot of different things to many of us.

For me – this year- it’s the start of Preschool for my son, Kindergarten for my daughter, Soccer practice, gymnastics, swim lessons, work travel, team trainings and more.

There are so many areas in life that I could come up with excuses as to why I don’t have time to exercise or eat healthy.
They are all legitimate excuses too…

*I was up all night dealing with night terrors
*My 3 year old decided potty training was for the birds
*The lack of a summer schedule is creating little monsters at bedtime as we prepare for the next transition
*I don’t have time to eat healthy
*I don’t have money to eat healthy
*I’m traveling
*My husband is traveling…
And the list goes on and on and on…

But here’s the deal – those are all just EXCUSES. And I’ve learned through experience…you can have EXCUSES or RESULTS – but not both!

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From Day 1, these 30 minutes I give myself have been what allow me to give to others.

Its not selfish to make time for a 30 minute workout and my goal is to teach you HOW I do it and have consistently done it to turn it into a balanced, sustainable LIFESTYLE.

If you’re ready to toss the excuses and you’re looking for RESULTS then I invite you to my next challenge group – BACK TO SCHOOL BACK TO YOU!!!

And if you’re worried about eating “rabbit food” – forget that one too…You will not be hungry!!!


We will begin on August 22nd and enrollment is open now!

If you’re already anticipating those busy weeknights with homework, after school practices, early weekend games and are thinking there’s no way you’re going to be able to squeeze in some “ME” time – then I ask that you accept this challenge!

Allow me to help you with your meal planning, toss in some new crockpot ideas, focus on the prep work and figuring out just how 30 minutes can be found in every day through our online support group!

*** You must not already be a coach or be working with another coach to join***

If I am your coach EMAIL: MAEGANBLINKA@GMAIL.COM to be added to the group!

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.
LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS AVAILABLE.

♥ Together we are stronger ♥

 

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Turkey & Sweet Potato Hash

Now this is a recipe that will be making its way back to the meal plan again!!!

Obtained from the Country Heat nutrition guide – this was a family hit!

Simple, clean, gluten free and full of flavor!

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Container Equivalents (per serving, per Country Heat nutrition guide): ½ GREEN – 1 YELLOW –  1  RED – ½ teaspoon***

WHAT YOU NEED:*

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1 lb. raw ground 93% lean turkey breast
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1½ tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme (or ½ tsp. dried thyme)
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:**

1. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Add onion, bell pepper, and sweet potatoes; cook, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until onion is translucent and sweet potato is tender-crisp.

3. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until turkey is cooked through and sweet potato is soft.

4. Add garlic and thyme. Season with salt (if desired) and pepper (if desired); cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

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* I doubled this recipe. I love green peppers and onions so I added 3 of each yet instead of doubling the sweet potatoes I only did 3 of those. 

** My pan was not big enough for the double recipe so I actually cooked the veggies in one pan and the turkey in another and then combined and simmered the last few minutes. 

*** Note: The serving size provided was 3/4 cup for the containers listed above providing 4 servings – however I found my recipe when it was said and done to have nearly 1.5 cups for 4 servings yielding 1 yellow, 1 green and 1 red. Use your best judgement!

If you’re interested in learning more about Clean Eating and/or my next Country Heat online accountability group, fill out the application below for more information!!!

Love yourself – Summer Kickstart

 

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We will start with 7 days of PREP complete with meal planning, new ideas, recipes and tips to help you get up and running followed by our 3 week – 21 DAY Challenge!

Traveling? Vacation? Weddings? Company? NO PROBLEM!!!!

This is about finding ways to create a healthy LIFESTYLE with balance, fulfillment and RESULTS!

This group will combine both FITNESS & NUTRITION.

I am highlighting the 21-Day Fix and Fix Extreme this month as these two programs have been the most KEY in helping not only myself but the majority of my challengers but we will discuss what is best for YOU!

You can expect sample meal plans during the group but you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to make these specific plans fit YOUR lifestyle.

This group requires that I AM YOUR COACH & that you commit to a fitness program that we will decide on together.

Each participant will replace one meal with our nutrient dense superfood meal replacement, Shakeology and I’ll provide you with the support, motivation and drive to not only COMMIT but follow through with your commitment.

There will only be 15 participants selected this round so it will be based on a first come first serve basis!!!!

Anyone who enrolls by the end of day July 15th will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.

Fill out the application below, invite some friends & get pumped up!!!

WHO’S READY FOR RESULTS?

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Love yourself FIT 4 February

“Take some time for yourself”
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Easier said than done, right?
As a busy mom, I know how hard it can be to devote any set amount of time for yourself. Most moms are too busy taking care of all the housework, the kiddos and their ** amazing hubby’s ** to stop and think about prioritizing themselves for one minute…
But…I’m here to tell you – its an investment worth making!!!
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When I started to devote 30 minutes to daily exercise
When I started to plan out my family’s meals and eat the foods to fuel my body
And when I started surrounding myself with other women – other moms who had similar struggles as me but also similar goals as me – I started to get RESULTS!
I saw how this regular exercise improved my mood – how eating the right foods increased my energy and how support can really pick you up after the worst of days.
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It started with the commitment to a challenge group almost exactly 2 years ago today!
I decided I was ready for that change and I have never looked back and it has been my mission to help others experience what I have experienced – from the inside OUT!
To experience feeling comfort in their own skin, pride in the bod they’ve been blessed with by God and confidence to be the mom they want to be!
My LOVE YOURSELF FIT accountability group is now open and I am looking for *5* other women who need to love themselves again! Let me help you help yourself ❤
  • This group is a private online support & accountability group where work together to find the right program to help you reach your goals.
  • Each participant is required to replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology.
  • My goal is to teach you BALANCE. How to choose the right foods in the right portions to FUEL you throughout the day. I will share various tips and tricks to help you stay motivated and on track to meet your goals!
  • Each day you will “check in” to the group. Some days include an action item, some are more food for thought, recipes, motivation etc… but the key is you hold yourself accountable to that daily report on your day! This is the key – this is where the results come into play!
FITNESS + NUTRITION + SUPPORT = SUCCESS
I would love to have you in my next group! Please fill out the application below and I will be in touch right away!
Apply below!
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Baked Mancakes

Its no secret – I. Love. My. Mancakes.

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Here’s the real deal – I actually love pancakes but I have a hard time putting anything into my body that has ZERO nutritional value! So I put a halt to the classic pancakes a while ago but I have found the best solution: Mancakes! They’re a gluten free combo of: Oats, egg whites, berries, banana and naturally flavored with some pure extracts and cinnamon!

They’re filing, no need for syrup, and my 2 year old insists on them DAILY – #mommywin!

Now: The only downside is – they take FOREVER to cook! Partially because when I make them I made a quadruple batch (which yields around 32-35 pancakes) and I don’t like to dirty more than one pan – but nonetheless – time is precious!

My husband and I both had these on our WEEK 1 HAMMER & CHISEL MEAL PLANS and I decided there was no way I could stand and flip that many cakes!

So I whipped up this little Mancake Berry Bake this week and it tasted like a blueberry muffin and I’m kind of thinking this is going to be my new thing!

The consistency is dense -like a cake/muffin but full of flavor! I’ve been enjoying these post-workout/Recovery shake for Meal #1 followed by my shakeology. This has been working these last four days to keep me energized and full after these intense Hammer & Chisel Workouts!!!

Baked Mancakes

WHAT YOU NEED: 

2 Cups of Oats

16 Egg whites (2 small cartons or one large)

1 Cup of strawberries (frozen are a-okay!)

1 Cup of blueberries (frozen are a-okay!)

1 banana

3 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp almond extract

Walnuts (optional)

Coconut oil

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WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (you’ll see some oats but that’s okay!!!) – Now in my first go at these I forgot to add my blueberries – so I sprinkled them throughout and baked – I feel like this gave them more of a “muffin” feel opposed to blending them all together! But my little guy prefers them blended smooth!!
  3. Pour into 9×13 baking pan (I prefer the foil toss pans – easy in and easy out!!! Don’t forget to spritz with olive oil or coconut oil first!)
  4. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Make sure you test the center so its cooked fully (note: using frozen fruit may prolong the baking time 10-15 minutes)
  5. Break into 4 pieces and now you have 4 breakfasts ready to go!

Hot or cold – these things are AMAZING!

Container Equivalents:

Whether you’re following the 21-day fix or Hammer & Chisel or Insanity Max: 30 or CIZE  – this recipe will fit your meal plan!!!

I have them planned out to give me: 1 Yellow, 1 Purple and 1/2 Red with each serving. The walnuts would be counted as a blue if used! 

Why the 1/2 red? Because I am missing my post dinner sweet treat and what I found is that I can shake 1/2 a scoop of chocolate shakeology with some ice cold water to finish dinner and I no longer have that urge to much 🙂

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If you’re looking for some new recipe ideas, or meal planning tips or maybe just some accountability to stay ON TRACK especially when times get tough – then join my next online Health & Fitness accountability group! My next group is now forming and I am looking for more women who would benefit from the support network and accountability of achieving their goals TOGETHER!

There’s Power in Numbers 

Chocolate Almond Protein Squares – FIXATE

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Ok – so perhaps, strangely, this is no big deal to some but this was our favorite date night spot – we would indulge on anything and everything and ALWAYS get our own slice of heaven. But times have changed and while we enjoyed a healthy, balanced, portioned lunch when the decision time came we both realized – we didn’t need it – it wasn’t worth it! Not to say I’ll never eat a slice again – I’m sure I will – but not this time! But I also knew I could make something that would satisfy the sweet tooth and not break the belt buckle!!!!

That being said when this recipe popped up in my open FIXATE book we decided this was the time to give it a try…but we were missing a few ingredients.

I stocked up and am happy to report these were fast, easy, and ummm – AMAZING!

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Serves: 16 (1 square each)

Container equivalents – 1/2 red; 1/2 yellow

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup oat flour (I made my own by processing oats in the food processor!0
  • 1 cup whey protein powder, vanilla flavor
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. sea or himalayan salt
  • 1 cup all-natural almond butter
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Line 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Place oat flour, protein powder, almond flour and salt in food processor, pulse to mix
  3. Add almond butter and extract, pulse for one minute or until crumbly
  4. Add almond milk; pulse for one minute or until mixture forms a soft dough
  5. Press dough into prepared pan, smooth with spatula
  6. Freeze, covered for 15 minutes
  7. Cut into 2×2 squares
  8. Drizzle melted chocolate evenly on top of protein bars
  9. Freeze for 10 minutes or until chocolate sets
  10. Store in freezer for up to one week in airtight container

I immediately had to dive in and all I could think of was: Hello Quest Bar replacement!!!! I love quest bars, love love love them but I loved these even more so and I know everything that went into them!!!

This recipe is from the new cookbook FIXATE, by  Autumn Calabrese. Autumn also created the 21-day fix and 21-day fix extreme workout programs which incorporate 30 minute workouts with a portion controlled nutrition plan. No matter what your age or weight or current athletic ability – anyone can eat right for their body type! She includes a variety of Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Paleo recipes. 

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If you’re interested in getting started and/or continuing your health and fitness journey join my upcoming Health & Fitness online Accountability group by filling out the application below

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21-day fix week 1 Recap – prepped for week 2

One week down…2 to go!!!!

I’ll be honest…I thought I was kind of sort of going to breeze through this program since I had been used to the Extreme program however…that was not the case!!!

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This week really challenged me but-I did the best I could, used the highest weights I felt I could handle and when I needed to…dropped down!

I had one small hiccup on Tuesday as I found myself with what I self-diagnosed was turf toe. Out of NOWHERE my left big toe was red, hot to touch, swollen and very painful. I asked around and while the general consensus was gout – I have pretty much zero of the common causes for gout and much more likely to be turf toe.

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I changed up my planned workout schedule by going with Pilates on Thursday (with lots of modifications and one-footed planks) and then Lower Fix Friday and Cardio Saturday at an event in my hometown ran by one of my coaches. I will say I love the flexibility

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I’ll admit I missed my favorite Dirty 30!!!! But I’ll get it in this week for sure!!!

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Nothing like getting knee deep in your weekly meal plan before realizing your planned 3-day refresh is going to have to wait for next week as Thursday will be spent prepping for Friday’s colonoscopy 😬

Yes – you read that right – this 29 year old heathy mama has a scheduled COLONOSCOPY!!!

After having huge successes last year with the addition of my superfood magic potion Shakeology and the switch to clean eating I was completely taken off all of my Chron’s disease meds and this will determine whether or not I can forgo these lovely procedures until I hit 50 like the rest of the population! 

As anyone who has ever been through one of these before knows, the prep is far from enjoyable and while I am in no way looking forward to Thursday I cannot wait to hear the results Friday morning!

Please say a prayer for me 🙏

That being said if anyone would like to join me in a little SUMMER KICKOFF next week I’d love some accountability partners!!!!

Whether you’re looking to lose those last 10 pounds and slim down for swim suit season or tone up or begin a journey to a brand new YOU – it all starts somewhere and it starts with the decision to CHANGE!!!!

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What can you expect???

*Starts with the 3-day refresh (optional, but highly recommended!!!)
*Follows the 21-day fix nutrition guide
*Follows the 21-day fix workout program with a few extra arm and booty focused moves
*Summer recipes
*Travel tips
*Daily motivation, support and most of all ACCOUNTABILITY!!!!

I’m opening 10 more spots…don’t miss out!!! Fill out the application below for a spot!!!

Oh, and it just so happens that the 21-day fix + 3-day refresh Challenge pack is on promotion this month…coincidence…I think not!

***There’s power in numbers***

Quinoa Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf – 21 Day Fix Extreme Style, aka, Gluten Free!

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This turkey meatloaf recipe was a hit in my house!!! We have been primarily gluten free for the past 6 months now and while neither my husband or I have a “gluten allergy” we both tend to just feel better when we avoid it! Luckily our clean eating lifestyle has made the adjustment pretty easy and why I absolutely loved this Turkey Meatloaf recipe that uses Quinoa opposed to the traditional breadcrumbs! Its simple, clean, and if you’re like me…you can easily double this up and make an extra one to freeze or enjoy throughout the week as a second dinner and/or lunches!

Turkey Meatloaf

Makes 8 servings, 1/8 meatloaf each 

21 Day Fix & Fix Extreme Container equivalents: 1/2 Purple, 1 red, 1/2 yellow

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 lbs raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup all natural-mild salsa
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 2 large eggs, lighly beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt (Mineralize)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste, optional)
  • Fresh chopped parsley (for garnish, optional)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C)

2. Combine turkey, salsa, quinoa, eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; mix well by hand or with rubber spatula (I used that little gadget from Pampered Chef and it worked FABULOUS – I am not a mix by hand type of girl and this did the trick!!!) 

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3. Shape mixture into shape of a loaf and place on engrossed 13×9 inch baking pan (I actually used a pan that has the grates so the grease will drip down off)

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4. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until center is no longer pink and meat is cooked through.

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5.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving

6. Garnish with parsley

TIP: Cut cooked meatloaf into single servings and freeze in single resealable plastic bags for future meals! 

I really liked the consistency of the meatloaf but next time I will likely add in some chopped peppers and spinach just because I like to sneak in those greens any chance I get!

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If you’re interested in learning more about clean eating and incorporating a workout/exercise routine to help you reach your health and fitness goals, I invite you to join my next accountability group!

THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS!

21 Day Fix Extreme Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

Week 2 is almost a wrap and yes, I am still SORE!!!! I remember this feeling from when I first started my fitness journey almost a year ago and I know the sore muscles are worth the pain and simply a result of using different muscle groups!

Like Autumn always says:

“You can be sore today or sorry tomorrow!”

But all in all I am really enjoying this workout program and so are all my challengers!!!! One girl lost 4 pounds in just the first week…another 2 inches just around her waist…and most are feeling better and more energized (and sore!!!) than than ever before!!! I love surrounding myself with these like-minded people!!!

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We tossed the Turkey Meatballs into the rotation this week and they sure were a crowd pleaser! I love that they are gluten free, full of flavor and freeze well – extra bonus!!!! They also made the perfect lunch on the go when my little guy and I were hanging out in the waiting room during my daughter’s gymnastics class – much better option than goldfish!!!

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED:

1.5lbs raw 93% lean ground turkey breast

1 tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt (Mineralize)

1 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 large egg

3/4 cup quick cooking oats

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

12 fresh parsley sprigs, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. tomato sauce, no sugar added

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C)

2. Lightly coat large baking sheet with spray; set aside

3. Combine turkey, salt, mustard, paprika, egg, oats, garlic, parsley and tomato sauce in a large bowl; mix well by hand. (confession – I totally dislike touching raw meat…so I used this little gadget from pampered chef that you use when browning meat and it worked PERFECTLY!)

4. Roll mixture into 30 1-inch meatballs. Place on prepared baking sheet. (Again…touching meat issue…I used a cookie scooper and packed it against the side of the bowl, scooped out and waahla – perfectly sized, evenly cooked meatballs!!)

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.

6. Serve with your favorite sides!!!

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NOTE: I doubled the recipe so I could freeze half for another week.

Let me know if you give them a try!!!

If you’re interested in trying out the 21-Day Fix Extreme or any other workout programs I invite you to join my next accountability group!

THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS!