Monday, November 30, 2015

Weight Check - Year end resolutions

ARGH! So many ups and downs! I am very frustrated. Everyone goes through this, right? I'm supposed to think we do, but it doesn't seem that way.

11/7 - 210.6
11/14 - 209.8
11/21 - 209.6
11/28- 211.4

So what's going on? I'm not working out. I've been depressed. And not working out. And not working out is making me depressed. And I'm too depressed to work out. It's a stupid cycle that I'm sure others do go through. (And probably no one talks about.)

I'm not even going to and blame Thanksgiving and all the pie I ate. It's not the pie's fault. I chose to eat the pie. The pie did not choose me. 

So can I lose 11 pounds in 5 weeks? Of course I can! I've done it plenty of before. Will I? I will try. That's all I can promise myself and anyone who follows this.

So setting myself up for December and year end resolutions, I am promising myself: 
  • Morning Workouts, at least 5 times a week
  • Stick with the containers & Written Meal Plan 
  • Avoid the cheese (I just eat too much, way more than the little blue container.) 
  • No soda in December
I didn't set any 2015 Resolutions.  I just wanted to better myself. And I succeeded. My cholesterol is lowered, and within a healthy range. My blood pressure is still low. My risk for Type 2 Diabetes is gone. There's a blood test you take for that and I've always been borderline. Finally, the last two I've passed with flying colors! It's not guaranteed it'll also be ok, but cross my fingers and keep working out it should.

Only I can be in control of the next five weeks.

Note - I have my blood work completed about 3 times a year. It's a combination of insurance, work physical, and Vitality. And costs me nothing. :) So I do it. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Black Friday Deal & Cyber Monday - Beachbody

This sale was such a hit, I wanted to offer it one more time to wrap up November! Sign up now and get full access to my new support group. I'll help you get to Christmas in shape and healthy! 

All qualifying orders on Cyber Monday will receive the Fixate Cookbook. 

Beachbody has already released their Black Friday deals, so I created my own to help you get started on your end of the year resolution! To take advantage of this deal, head over to TeamBeachbody and sign up for your free account. Then click "Shop" and "Challenge Packs" and choose from any of the challenge packs to earn your free FixAte cookbook. I've outlined a few of the most popular ones below. Have questions? Look for me on Facebook

The first five people who order challenge packs on Black Friday will receive a free Fixate cookbook from me! It'll ship separately once I confirm your order. The FixAte coookbook has both calorie content and container counts so it works for anyone trying to eat better and lose weight. The portion control containers come with the Cize or 21 Day Fix workouts. You can also order them separately. The FixAte cookbook contains over 100 recipes ranging from breakfast to dinner to snacks to cocktails. 

All Challenge Packs include your first 30-day supply of Shakeology—the superfood protein shake that helps give you energy, reduce cravings, and accelerate your fitness results. 

Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology Challenge Pack
Now you can instantly jump-start your fitness results with Beachbody On Demand, your one-stop shop for streaming your workouts on-the-go. Not sure which Beachbody program is right for you? With the Club and Shakeology Challenge Pack, you can try one of our most popular programs, like P90X®, INSANITY®, and 10-Minute Trainer, and choose the workouts that work for you. Just push play anywhere you have an Internet connection, fuel up with Shakeology, and start hitting your fitness goals faster—no matter where life takes you. You'll get unlimited 90-day access to Beachbody On Demand—so you can choose a world-class fitness program and stream hundreds of workouts on-the-go, wherever you  go!

Improve your dance skills and your nutrition with the CIZE and Shakeology Challenge Pack! Just combine the exhilarating, fat-burning dance courses with Shakeology, the ultra-premium nutritional shake that can help you increase your dance stamina, overall health, and weight loss. You can even start streaming your CIZE workouts, because your Challenge Pack includes 30 days of FREE access to Beachbody On Demand! 

21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme
Now there's an easy-to-follow nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple, you can lose up to 15 pounds in just 21 days! Get beach-ready for a vacation, look drop-dead great at your upcoming reunion, or simply jump-start a major weight-loss goal—with the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology Challenge Pack.

The INSANITY MAX:30 and Shakeology Challenge Pack can help you MAX OUT your nutrition—and your results! Just combine INSANITY MAX:30's crazy 30-minute workouts with Shakeology, the ultra-premium nutritional shake that can help you push harder, stay healthy, and get to your fitness goals even faster. You can even start streaming your INSANITY MAX:30 workouts, because your Challenge Pack includes 30 days of FREE access to Beachbody On Demand!

3-Day Refresh
Lose weight and kick-start healthier eating habits in just 3 days—while continuing to get your Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition® even after your Refresh is over—with the 3-Day Refresh and Shakeology Challenge Pack. This pack is designed to fast-track your weight loss by detoxifying and cleansing your system while helping you replace bad eating habits with good ones. In just 3 days you'll feel lighter and healthier, without starving. In 30 days, you’ll feel like a whole new you. You can even start streaming Beachbody workouts, because your Challenge Pack includes 30 days of FREE access to Beachbody On Demand!

Remember - the free cookbook is only available if you order from me. If I'm not listed as your coach - you won't be eligible for the free cookbook. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crockpot Zucchini Chicken Parmesan

During the Holiday season, I try to cook as little as possible. I want to leave all my kitchen time for making cookies. That I might not make this year. It's hard for me to avoid eating the cookies. And everyone loved the rainbow sprinkle cookie and I need to find like 7 pounds of sprinkles.

So a new crockpot dish I recently discovered is this one. And it's delicious. It came out a little more like a soup, but it works really well in the crockpot, sans the cooking of the noodles in a separate pot. It's also 21 Day Fix Friendly! 

Crockpot Zucchini Chicken Parmesan

  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 4) chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon oregano seasoning
  • 15 ounces cups pasta or pizza sauce (or tomato sauce)
For after cooking:
  • 24-30 ounces marinara sauce
  • 16-ounce box of pasta (I used Mezzi Rigatoni), cooked to al dente
  • 1 cup low fat shredded cheese (mozzarella or Parmesan)
  1. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray. Line your crockpot with a crockpot liner. Combine first 10 ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for about 3-4 hours or low for about 6-8 (or until chicken is cooked through). 
  3. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add cooked pasta, marinara sauce, cheese and stir well.
  4. Split into 6 servings. I added some extra cheese.
21 Day Fix Count: 1 Red, 2 Green, 1.5 Yellows, and 0.5 Blue

Get crockpot liners. They are lifesavers. They are made with a special heat resistant material that holds in even the heartiest ingredients without breaking or puncturing. -Reynolds. And they aren't kidding. And when you are done, you throw away the liner. And then your crockpot requires a quick scrub, no overnight or two-day soaking. They are perfect for potlucks. Tip - I still spray the inside of my crockpot with non-stick spray before putting down the liner. Just in case. 

Use whole wheat noodles instead of white. Any type of pasta would work. I liked the larger noodles. You won't be able to tell the noodle color once the pasta cooks in. 

Add extra veggies if you want. Mushrooms are great, or another pepper. Adjust the 21DF count accordingly. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Surviving the Holidays


Don't just plan to accept your Holiday weight gain. Plan to LOSE weight. Now. Not in 2016. And it's not actually that hard. Ok, it is. Losing weight always takes some hard work and commitment. 

Of course the easiest ways to lose weight during the holidays is to work out 60-90 minutes every day, eat salads and lean meat, and turn down all party invitations you might get. In fact, just go ahead and sign up for every class at the gym, maybe even start sleeping in the locker room so you're ready to go for that A.M. class. Don't plan to have a social life, avoid all parties, and you will lose weight. 

But that doesn't sound fun, right? 

Why not make an end of the year resolution? I did - I'm working my butt off (literally) to lose 8, er, 11 pounds. (The Halloween candy might have gotten the best of me.) 

On November 30th I'm starting an accountability group to help chase away and prevent that unwanted weight gain. Join me in keeping away the unwanted holiday weight gain and start your 2016 already ahead of the group!

Here is what you can expect from this group:

  • A health and fitness program to fit your needs in 30 minutes or less each day.
  • Sample meal plans and recipes to help you stay accountable, to help you with quick easy meals and snacks to fit your lifestyle.
  • Daily accountability through a closed online support group.
  • Tips on handling holiday parties, a restaurant guide, traveling tips, healthy alternatives to holiday favorites.
  • Motivation, Accountability every single day to help you end the year stronger than you started.  

So what are the requirements to participate in this group, because I know that is what you are thinking!!

1.  You must be a customer of mine on TeamBeachbody, which means that I am assigned as your FREE coach.  If you already have a coach please reach out to the person you work with. Click here to sign up for your free account.  

2.  You must commit to a fitness program and nutrition plan. We will discuss options that are best for you, your ability level, your time constraints and your needs. 

3.  You must commit to checking into the accountability group daily and reporting progress. It'll be a closed Facebook group. Your friends won't be able to see your posts or that you are part of the group. But the group will contain dozens of people who are like you, losing weight now instead of waiting to commit in 2016. 

Are you in?  Does this sound like something you would like to do??? 
The group starts November 30th! This gives you time to finish the Halloween Candy and chow down some turkey and pie. 

Leave a message in the comments or reach out to me on my facebook page if you are interested. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Turkey Meatloaf - 21 Day Fix - Revisited

Updated 11/4 - I first made this in January and it has turned into one of my favorite recipes. I even started making it in the crockpot. I added a few new steps in order to keep it from falling apart. 
This is also one of my most viewed recipes - so welcome to my page! I hope you enjoy this quick healthy recipe as much as I do. 

I originally got this recipe from the Team Beachbody website. Each recipe tells you how they "count" for each program you might be doing. This recipe for Turkey Meatloaf is loaded full of veggies and uses ground turkey instead of ground beef. And it is delicious. Even though it looks suspicious AND the first one fell apart. But, it is good and I would recommend it.

Turkey Meatloaf 
Yield: 10 servings
21 Day Fix - 1 Red, 1 Green
  • 2.5 lbs. raw 93% lean ground turkey breast 
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped in food processor
  • 2 medium celery stalks, chopped in food processor
  • 1 medium green (or any color) bell pepper, chopped in food processor
  • 1 cup old­fashioned rolled oats 
  • 1 (14.5­oz.) can petite diced tomatoes (drained)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper 
  • dashes of other spices - garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, oregeno
  • 1 cup all­ natural marinara sauce, no sugar added 
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. (or see Crockpot instructions note below)
  2. Chop everything really fine. In the picture above, things are not chopped with a food processor, and the meat loaf fell apart. I now use the food processor in order to chop everything into the smallest pieces possibly. However, this could result in extra "juice", so squeeze out the juice before adding the ingredient to the meatloaf mixture. 
  3. Combine turkey, eggs, onion, celery, pepper, oats, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and spices in a large bowl; mix well with clean hands or a rubber spatula. 
  4. Line two 9x5 inch loaf pans with parchment paper. Spray the paper lightly with non-stick spray. Divide the meatloaf mixture between the two pans.  Bake for 45 minutes; spread marinara sauce evenly on top of both loaves. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked through.
Crockpot Directions:
  1. Spray a large crockpot with non-stick spray. 
  2. Line the crockpot with foil and spray with non-stick spray. 
  3. Place the meatloaf mixture inside the foil. 
  4. Turn crockpot on. Walk away. 
  5. Come back! About 1-hour before done, spread the marinara sauce over the meatloaf. 
  6. When done, cooked to an internal appropriate temperature, dish out. I haven't perfected how to *get* the entire meatloaf out of the crockpot. Expect another update when I do! 
  7. It turned out super moist and very favorful. 
Leftover meatloaf is even better than the first day! I either heat it in the toaster oven or a skillet in order to give it a little more "crust". Every once in a while, I add an over-medium egg because I need more protein. 
Meatloaf Royale

Monday, November 2, 2015

8 Weeks Left - Accountability

To begin with, I am human. A busy busy human. It's been very hard to juggle these past few weeks and weekends. I struggle like everyone else in trying to juggle a 40-50 hour work week while co-running a household and co-parenting. It's f'n hard sometimes.

Here's the numbers.
10/10 - 207.2
10/17 - 210.8
10/24 - 210.6
10/31 - 211.0

Oh, trending upward? That'd be nice if it was my bank account. But it's not. And I'm pretty sure the scale isn't broken. I am pretty sure I ate a lot of Fun size Twix. They aren't so fun when they show up on the scale. 

I'm not happy with those numbers. And it's my own fault. The work outs have slacked back to 2-3 times a week. The bad eating has increased to 2-3 times a week. I let soda back in my life. And a few donuts. And the aforementioned twix. 

Overall, I am making bad health decisions. Nothing I'm doing will actually harm me, but what I'm doing doesn't help me meet my goal and be a product of what I am doing and promoting.

So my November goals:
  • Start and finish 21 Day Fix; 
  • Drink Shakeology Daily; 
  • Practice the 80-20 Rule; 
  • Be accountable -  Post the bad and the good; 
  • Commit to one hour of Personal Development each night.
I plan to start Hammer and Chisel as soon as it's released. I plan to start 2016 in waaaay better shape then I started 2015