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22 Minute Hard Corps Half way point

Its all in the mind…

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As I wrapped up week 4 of my 22 Minute Hard Corps I found myself slipping on my nutrition….similairly the results I was seeing form after the first 3 weeks lessened as the bloat kicked in.

Sure my workouts were on point, they typically are but I fell off the wagon, enjoyed a late night business meeting, fun girls night out, pizza night in and a Pittsburgh Pirate baseball game on the most beautiful day of the year. I was hurting…so I did exactly what I know best…FLIPPED GEARS – and this next week is all about nutrition FOCUS!

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I am pulling out my containers and getting back to the basics.

I often get asked:

Do you measure everything you eat?
How long do you have to use those containers?
Do you really WANT to be measuring everything? 

👉🏻And here’s the deal…even after 2 years of adapting a balanced, healthy lifestyle – yes I still pull these bad boys out…not because I HAVE to but because when I estimate – I typically short change myself – and knowing that – I end up eating other things later anyway!

When you eat whole, natural foods in the portions right for YOU there’s no starvation around.

You’re not hungry.
You FEEL energized.
And the results show.

So while I don’t have to use these for every meal and there are some things I just estimate…when I am home and can… I do…because then I eat MORE – and this mama loves her food!!!

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I have a minor surgery Friday so that day will be a bit off and our weekend is filled with some time with friends and little get togethers but I am still planning accordingly!

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For me – even when its unknown I have to write down what I can! It helps me prepare and we all know the famous saying:

Failing to plan is like planning to fail! 

Lucky for me this week kicked off my online Bikini Bootcamp so I am thriving off their energy and excited to lead by example. For them and for my family!

Its not too late to join!

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No its not free.
👌Yes it will take time and energy on your part.
🙌But take it from me…if you’ve ever tried and failed. It feels really good to try – and SUCCEED

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Holiday Survival Tips

If you’ve been following my Hammer & Chisel journey you may have noticed that week 3 kicked off with SEVERAL planned meals out – I mean its the holidays – tis the season right?!?!

Of course – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some progress along the way too!!!

Hammer & Chisel week 4 the secret is getting started

We have had some holiday celebrations, my dad’s birthday dinner and just some time out with friends and family! But here’s the deal – I do believe you can have your cake and eat it too!

Each day I’ve been “picking my splurge” whether its the meal or dessert I pick one and do my best on the other options. I have found making that healthier choice doesn’t leave me feeling deprived but rather proud that I am doing something to better myself!

Hammer & Chisel week 4 meal prep

We even had a day date christmas shopping trip in the mix and at the suggestion of my hubs we packed all our meals – yup – snack 1, lunch and snack 2. Mancake bake, grilled asparagus and salmon burgers, some fruit, shakeo and plenty to drink! Hydration is key!!!

Hammer & chisel week 4 eating on the go

And in between running from place to place we would sneak in those meals, fuel up and get on our way! I tend to get HANGRY while shopping and often don’t want to take the time out to eat when I’m on a mission and this made it work out for everyone involved!!!

My sis came to visit which gave me that much more of a REASON – not an EXCUSE to stay on track – we simply made it something we would do TOGETHER! Family fitness is just one of the many things that fills my cup — I think she’s hooked for sure!

Hammer & Chisel week 4 with missy

The holiday season is tough – don’t get me wrong. And the temptations are everywhere but not impossible to survive by any means!!!

Here are my top HOLIDAY tips!

Holiday Survival tips

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There is power in numbers – but you only have control of ONE. 

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Week 2 of Hammer & Chisel

Hammer and CHisel week 2 - if you want something you've never had

It has arrived!!!

Ok wait – so I JUST got the package YET – I’m in week 2?! Heck yes!

I’ve actually been doing the H&C workouts through the on demand feature of the Team Beachbody Premium Club membership. Basically its like netflix for the fitness world and while I had everything I needed to do the program – there’s just something to be said about flipping the pages of the nutrition guide and hanging that 60 day calendar on the basement walls!!!
Hammer and Chisel week 2 whats in the package
So what came in the box?!?!

I opted for the The Masters Hammer and Chisel Deluxe DVD Package:

  • 12 workouts on 6 DVDs: HAMMER PLYOMETRICS, ISO SPEED HAMME, TOTAL BODY HAMMER,MAX HAMMER STRENGTH, HAMMER POWER, HAMMER CONDITIONING, CHISEL BALANCE, ISO STRENGTH CHISEL, CHISEL ENDURANCE, CHISEL CARDIO, CHISEL AGILITY, TOTAL BODY CHISEL
  • A SET OF 7 PORTION-CONTROL CONTAINERS & SHAKER CUP
  • PROGRAM AND NUTRITION GUIDE
  • QUICK-START GUIDE
  • 60-DAY WORKOUT CALENDAR
  • PLUS, 3 FREE BONUS GIFTS: 10 MIN AB HAMMER WORKOUT, 10 MIN AB CHISEL WORKOUT, 24/7 ONLINE SUPPORT
  • 4 ADVANCED TOTAL-BODY WORKOUTS: HAMMER BUILD UP, POWER CHISEL, 15 MIN LEG HAMMER, 15 MIN GLUTE CHISEL
  • AN EXTRA SET OF 7 PORTION-CONTROL CONTAINERS*
  • 8-LB. MEDICINE BALL

We did already have containers and shaker cups and a medicine ball but since my husband and I are doing this TOGETHER – we wanted to make sure we had enough of EVERYTHING!

Hammer & Chisel Meal plan week of 12_14_Maegan - EDITED

You’ll see from my meal plan above – I am adding in: Energize (pre workout), Energize (post workout) and Recharge (overnight) from the Team Beachbody Performance Line. This is an intense program and I am looking to get max results and I know these will help me get there! I am not nearly as sore this week as I was in week 1 and far less than I anticipated – I know these vitamin packed supplements are helping on that road to recovery!!!

My hubs is also adding in the Hydrate during his workouts and creatine! 

Note the difference in the meal plans – He falls into the second highest and I fall into the lowest – so how do we make it work? Plan it out!

These are literally printed and hanging in the pantry – we tag team the shopping, the chopping and the cooking. Don’t get me wrong…it takes TIME but its worth it.

Hammer & Chisel meal plan week of 12_14 KYLE EDITED

We both agree this program is hard but its fun and in the running to become our favorite one yet!

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And while it is challenging and there are days we don’t want to wake up in the morning but we DO IT ANYWAY. We do it for ourselves – our health – and our family!

My mom even joined in for a 5:00am workout while visiting last week! 

Age really is just a number!!

Hammer & Chisel week 2 day 1 with mom
If you are interested in joining us in the new year – My January 4th RESOLUTIONS into RESULTS challenge group is now forming!

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There is power in numbers – but you only have control of ONE. 

 

PIYO Journey #2

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Do you ever get to the point of doing something repeatedly to where you barely have to put forth the effort to take action?

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Two weeks ago – before beginning the PIYO program – I felt like that.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the 21-day fix. The workouts are spot on and the nutrition guide cannot be beat but – after doing it for so long – I needed a change and I am so thankful I went with PIYO! Its low impact yet still intense…so I am a nice sweaty mess at the end which always help support that I am getting in a good workout!

In just these first two weeks I am noticing a significant improvement in my strength, flexibility and there’s a wee bit of ab definition starting to pop through – which is pretty darn exciting!

I have been following the “strength” workout calendar and am 1/4 of the way through the 8 week program.

I enjoy all the focus the core and the fact that I don’t need any equipment – just ME!

My tricep pushups are now done with ease.

I can hold my poses with more stability and focus.

And my daughter even likes to pop in here and there for some fun!

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I have decided to stick with the 21-day fix meal plan throughout the program for a few reasons: 1) Its what I know. Its how I look at food and its how I think about nutrition. 2) It works for me! And honestly it will work for just about anyone but I know what foods maximize my mentality, my functionality and my energy levels and I like the way I feel on this program! 3) Its easy for me…I have been eating clean, balanced portions for over a 18 months now. This is how I see nutrition plus the containers are pretty cute too 🙂

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4) It allows me to schedule in some treats and cheats here and there and that BALANCE is key in my success for maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle! I sure do love my cookies!!!

People are always asking about meal planning and trust me, I get it, it is intimidating but I promise once you get into the swing of things its just a party of your week!!!

Here’s my week 3 meal plan as an example:

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Clearly – I repeat a lot of the same meals! It makes my shopping, prep and day to day decisions easier – so why complicate things?!?! I like to prep in advance and use my crockpot AT LEAST once a week (hello salsa chicken!!!)

Plus I’ll admit – all my challengers really help keep me on my toes and committed to my daily healthy lifestyle so I can lead by example for all of them! Its a combo effort no doubt!!!

If you’re interested in joining one of my upcoming accountability groups were you can get the 1:1 support with your meal planning, support on your journey to a happier & healthier you and start LIVING out your life then fill out the application below!

I promise there is a program out there for everyone! You just have to find what works best for YOU!
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