21 Day Fix Extreme one week down 2 to go!

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I’m excited to say that I survived week 1 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme! Although I’ve been sore somewhere new every single morning, I find the workouts fun yet challenging and I can already see some changes in my body! I loved all of the workouts in the original 21 day fix and this program proves the same. The variety is perfect! Every day targets a different muscle group and that Sunday Yoga fix comes at a time when your muscles REALLY need that extra stretch. Kind of like they knew what they were doing, lol 🙂

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I had never used a resistance band the way its used in Pilates but WOW – talk about resistance training at its best!!! I thought you just used it as a subsitute for weights but turns out some basic moves can be turned up a notch or two or three with this simple little band!!!

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I still kind of feel like a twisted pretzel at times but I’m getting better for sure!!!

Now truthful moment – my nutrition has not been where I’d like it to be! The planning part is there…and prep is there…its controlling my urges to eat when I know its not “time” to eat! I keep reminding my challengers and myself – Don’t mistake that feeling of thirst for hunger – if it hasn’t been 2.5-3 hours since the last meal – CHUG!!!!

I’ve been dabbling in a lot of the new recipes within the 21 Day Fix Extreme nutrition book – and those are nothing short of AMAZING – I’ve tried out the Cashew ‘N’ Oat Hotcakes, the Turkey Chili, Strawberry Protein Bars, Chocolate Pudding and repeated each of them!!!

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I never miss my SHAKEOLOGY and even found myself subbing some of my “reds” last week and doubling up on my shakeo!!! Perhaps it was the new addition of the Candy Bar to my rotation (modified to fit into my daily container allowance!) but there have been people sick all around and I know that will only help boost my immue system with all the antioxidants along with the pro and pre-biotics! This mama doesn’t have any time for getting sick!!!

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I know a lot of people/men see Autumn and wonder if this program can be for men too. Well let me tell you my hubs has been working out regularly for almost a year and while he is in the middle of Insanity Max: 30, he passed on the PULSE day and joined me for a little Dirty 30 on Valentines Day morning and he even admitted he got a good 30 minute burn in!!!

We’ll be doing round 2 together 🙂

Its been FRIGID in western PA this weekend and as much as I dislike these subzero temperatures I can tell you I was pretty darn productive!!! Today I’ve already prepped the Turkey Meatballs and Veggie Egg Cups for this week…along with some cajun chicken, tilapia, mancakes for the hubby, and veggies!!! I’ve set myself up for success….I just need to resist the random snacking and desire to finish off my munchkins’ snacks!!!

2015-02-10 06.51.32My week 1 goal was primarily to STOP finishing remaining food and the mindless snacks – and I failed. Why is it that that macoroni and cheese just screams out my name to take just ONE bite?!?! My willpower was just bad this week!!!

So this week I’ll try again…no more finishing the oatmeal or cereal or those darn cheese its – its time to FOCUS and stick to my meal plan!!!

 

21 DFX Week 2 Meal Plan

I’ve planned out week 2 really focusing on the foods at the top of the lists to maximize my results!!! My YELLOWS are primarily quinoa, sweet potatoes and oatmeal…my REDS are usually fish/seafoood, chicken, turkey, eggs, and Shakeology, my PURPLES are apples and berries and my GREENS are asparagus, broccoli, peppers, spinach and cucumbers. I’ve also eliminated bananas, greek yogurt and almond milk.

I took the time, planned, shopped and prepped and now I’m looking to my challengers and accountability group to help hold me to my goals this week!!!!

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Whether you’re looking to lose 15 pounds, 20 pounds or more OR whether you’re looking to just tone up and get ready for bikini season – you can reach your goals without ever leaving your home!

Through my online accountability group, you learn tips on clean eating, receive daily 1:1 coaching, motivation, accountability and SUPPORT!!!!

If you’re interested in joining my private group run through Facebook fill out the application below I’ll send you all the details!

You can get the body you’re looking for if you COMMIT to 25/30 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week and I promise you RESULTS!!!! This is exactly how I got started and I am forever grateful I took that leap!!!

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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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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!
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Spicy Chicken Rice Bowls

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Ok, ok, want to know my secret to the fastest weeknight dinner – USE A ROTISSERIE CHICKEN!!!! In an ideal world, I would grill my chicken every week…but with the colder weather approaching, heating up the grill seems to take FOREVER and some nights…that little rotisserie chicken is simply perfect!!!

I started buying them when my little guy started on “real foods”. A friend of mine suggested it because the meat is so soft and easy to chew, especially when the teeth are limited! And although my little guy can pound the chicken, he couldn’t always finish it before it would go bad – so I started coming up with other uses.

No joke – this dinner went from the fridge to the table in about 5 minutes! But this was all in the advanced prep!

WHAT YOU NEED:

(makes 2 servings)

  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • 1.5 cups shredded chicken*
  • 2-3 TBS of Hot Sauce (I prefer red hot)

*If you don’t have a rotisserie chicken you can make your own shredded chicken! I like to make big batches periodically by simply cooking several chicken breasts in the crockpot with about a cup of water or chicken broth and some garlic and fresh lemon slices. Once its cooked, shred it, let it cool and then freeze into smaller batches to add into meals like this or soups, salads, sandwiches, etc…! If its only lightly seasoned the possibilities are endless!!!

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Mix all ingredients in a pan until thoroughly heated – and voila! Dinner is ready!!!

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Since the chicken is already flavored and there is some salt in the red hot I don’t add anything additional seasonings. This makes for great, fast dinner and you can easily double for a quick lunch later in the week!

BONUS –> You can also make this fit your 21-day fix meal plan! Each serving would equate to one green (broccoli) 1 yellow (rice/quinoa) and 1 red (chicken). The hot sauce adds some additional salt but otherwise would be a “free food” so I usually count this as 1 teaspoon and my orange. You could also top with some avocados (1 blue).

If you’re looking for other uses for a rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken try one of my favorites – CHICKEN AVOCADO EGG SALAD or BUFFALO SPINACH QUESADILLAS –fast, easy and delicious meals!

Don’t let a busy schedule leave you limited to fast food, take out or other unhealthy dinner options. If you plan prep and focus – eating clean and healthy can be fun, delicious, and save you money $$$. Whether you’re new to clean eating or a seasoned pro – if you’re interested in more information fill out the form below to join one of my upcoming health and fitness accountability and support groups! Together we can end the trend of obesity!

P90 Review

Ok ok…so I’ve been at this whole P90 thing for 2 weeks now and people keep asking me – “Do you like P90” or “How does this compare to 21-day fix?” or “You’ve been working out for a while now, is this program challenging enough? I thought it was for beginners” – well I’d like to share my thoughts with you…

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P90 – Day 1

 

First things first – Do I like it?
YES! If you know me – I wouldn’t do something I didn’t like. That’s just silly – Time is precious!!!  I’ve done other Tony Horton programs and struggled with being able to do the workouts without modifying them to the point that I was barely even following the DVD! My husband and I did some of P90X before our wedding years ago but I found the strength training aspect too difficult and some of the workouts were just too long. He also completed P90X3 recently I would periodically join him for a good sweat sesh and while the 30 minute workouts were appealing and I enjoyed the workouts, I still couldn’t really “complete” them. I’ve only done the workouts in P90-Series A but they’re under that 30 minute mark which fits my busy mama schedule perfectly, the 8 minute ab workout is different and challenging and to be honest – Saturday Special may be one of my favorite workouts of all the Beachbody programs I’ve done!!!

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How does it compare to 21-day fix?

 

Well its definitely different!!! Most people know I LOVE 21-day fix. I love the variety of the workouts, I love the easy to follow meal plan, I think Autumn Calabrese is amazing and the story of how she took her leap of faith with getting this program out there is just inspiring. It was the program that got me hooked on a healthy and balanced way of living so it was hard for me to make the change – but it was time! Change is GOOD right?!?! Although I enjoyed the 7-day a week program, I was ready for a rest day, ready to work my body and my muscles differently and just ready for something new! Afterall, isn’t variety the spice of life?!?! That doesn’t mean I won’t add in a little Cardio fix here or Yoga fix there but I wanted to test out P90 for myself – so I could share with all my challengers and customers just how this program works!

 

So the program is designed so that you choose a sculpt or sweat schedule. I chose sweat – which means I do the Sweat A and the ab workout on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the Sculpt A workout Tuesday and Thursday with the Saturday Special on Saturday (although this last weekend I was out of town and didn’t want to skip the workout so my Friday became Saturday Special – joys of working out at home on your own schedule!!!) I like that this allows you to get comfortable and familiar with each workout! You repeat this for 4-weeks before moving on to Phase B and similarly, Phase C. So you’re not doing the same workout everyday, nor are you doing a different workout everyday but there’s enough variety to keep me interested.

 

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Is this challenging enough for someone who has been working out for a while or this just for beginners?
The answer is Yes – and No…Yes its challenging enough and No – its not JUST for beginners!

 

I was expecting this first phase to be easy breezy so day 1 I pushed myself and I pushed myself HARD – and you know what? I was SORE the next day. Sure enough – it worked!!! Like so many other things in life – you’re going to get out what you put in! So I put in my best and I could out the best results. I was happy to see that even after “working out for a while” this program could still benefit and challenge me! I choose to do more reps during the lifting phases, push ups at a faster rate and jump as fast as I could!!! I also LOVE how I can FINISH the entire workout and feel accomplished rather than defeated. I will say certain moves are easier than others but that is when you can up your weights and add in a little extra umph to make sure you’re getting the most out of your 30 minutes of “me” time.
So, although this is great for beginners, great for people with injuries or who may need to modify…it can also be great for anyone!!!

 

I hope this provides some insight and helps if you’ve been thinking – is this workout for me? If you’ve been thinking about giving this program a try (which remains on special until the end of October) or any of the Beachbody programs I’d love to talk to you! I know I wouldn’t be able to stay on track alone so after having my own success in a challenge group – I became a coach so I could run my own challenge groups and not only hold myself accountable but help others get started on their journey as well – there’s just something to be said about POWER In NUMBERS!

 

–> As an added bonus, Beachbody has decided to donate $5 for every challenge pack to the Wounded Warriors project in honor of Tony Horton’s dad, an avid supporter. I decided to #payitforward with Amy as my first challenger to purchase the program at the beginning of the month. Now #itsyourturn

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Fill out the application below for a spot in my next group! Or email me  maeganblinka@gmail.com and I can help you decide how to get started on a journey to a happier, healthier YOU!

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Homemade Reese Cups

Ok..ok…ok…so I workout daily…

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AND I strive to eat as clean as possible…I eat less CRAP:

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But you know what?!?! I absolutely LOVE chocolate. And I LOVE peanut butter. And oh my put them together and WATCH OUT!

Thing is…I also like to be fit and healthy. When I eat clean I feel good. And when I feel good I am more confident. When I am confident I am happier all around so…how do I manage to stay on track?! I sweat daily and absolutely love finding ways to satisfy MY sweet tooth cravings and not undoing all the hard work I put in!

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As my hubby and I sat around Saturday night we were looking for a sweet treat. Something new, something different, and preferably something that combines chocolate and peanut butter!! So many of the recipes we found were loaded with sugar and that’s just not our style!

Kyle came across this recipe and I knew we had to give it a try.

Inside Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups:

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(makes 2 servings)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 tsp Chocolate Shakeology
  • 2 tsp unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 TBS PB2
  • 2 TBS water

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Combine oil and PB2 in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

2. Combine Shakeology and water in a small bowl; mix until it has a pudding like consistency. Set aside

3. Coat two foil muffin liners evenly with half of the peanut butter mixture. Top evenly with Shakeology mixture

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4. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm

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Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories: 64

Total Fat: 5g

Saturated Fat: 4g

Protein: 3g

Recipe obtained from http://www.shakeology.com

My personal take on these: They don't "taste" like a traditional, artificial ingredient filled candy bar...but they are delicious! You can definitely taste a int of coconut from the oil and I think they would be more peanut buttery if you used all natural peanut butter rather than PB2...however for a 64 calorie treat, these can't be beat!

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!

As a beachbody coach I run health and fitness challenge groups to help other people begin and/or continue their health and fitness journey and turn it into a LIFESTYLE! If you’re interested in more information about ways to enjoy clean eating and/or would like to be part of my upcoming challenge group,  fill out the form below! Together we can end the trend of obesity!

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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!

21 day fix approved side dish, sauteed squash, healthy veggie side

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

sauteed squash, 21-day fix approved side, healthy veggie option

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!

sauteed squash, healthy veggie option, 21 day fix approved side dish

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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New Beachbody programs coming soon!

What could they come up with next??? Well let me tell you….

Oh my oh my!!! There are so many new program launches coming out!!! I pretty much have my workouts routines laid out for me from now until March!!! And what better way to get ripped, toned and in the best shape of my life than with some of America’s hottest trainers!!!!

Are you a fan of Tony Horton and the P90X programs? Did you get addicted to the little containers with Autumn Calabrese and the 21-day fix? Or do you love taking it to the extreme with Shaun T? Well regardless if you have one favorite or you like to switch it up with all 3 – there are some big changes coming to your Beachbody Home workout DVD library!!

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P90 Coming SOON!

First is the release of P90 in October – Tony Horton has taken it back to the basics and focuses on fundamentals with 25 minute workouts and killer results! You can find more details about this program release HERE.

INSANITY MAX: 30

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Coming December 2014

Next will be Shaun T’s Insanity MAX 30 releasing in December!!! You may have dabbled in the original Insanity but found it all out insane and a bit long. Well he hit the nail on the head when he released T25 in 2013 offering 25 minute workout programs that will get you Ahmazing results but allowing anyone at anyone fitness level to adapt with a full inclusion of modifications at every move all packed into 25 minutes a day!

Well he’s at it again with the latest sweat-inducing, cardio fest!! INSANITY MAX:30 is coming this December 2014 and it will be the hardest 30 minutes of your day. You’ll be challenged to push harder than ever before, and you’ll see the best results of your life. Over 150 new moves and sequences feature killer cardio and tabata strength workouts. There’s no equipment needed and a modifier in every workout so anyone can push to their MAX.

How does it work?

It’s time to max out your workouts! What does that mean? To “MAX OUT” means to stop or fail for the first time in the workout. In INSANITY MAX:30, it’s not about getting through all 30 minutes, it’s about going as hard as you can for as long as you can, until you MAX OUT. When you start INSANITY MAX:30, you might only get through the first 5 minutes before you MAX OUT. Just record your MAX OUT time, catch your breath, and continue for as long as you can. Track your MAX OUT times over the course of the program. As long as you MAX OUT, you’ll get MAX RESULTS in 60 days guaranteed!

21 DAY FIX EXTREME

21-day fix Extreme, new 21-day fix program, Autumn Calabrese

Coming February 2015

And finally, for all my 21-day fixers out there…the 21-DAY FIX EXTREME will be coming in February 2015! 21 Day Fix EXTREME is the next program in the Fix product line.  It builds off the basics of 21 Day Fix and takes it to the next level. Combining no-nonsense portion control with steady state aerobics, resistance training, and explosive power moves, 21 Day Fix Extreme is a complete functional fitness program that targets every muscle in the body to help you will torch calories while creating a leaner, stronger and more functional physique.

 

 

Do you want to be the first to know about these product launches? The latest development? Or the nitty gritty details? Just create your FREE account with teambeachbody HERE and I can assure you, you will be able to get your hands on these products weeks before the general public – but you have to be signed up with me as your coach first!!!

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. 

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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!