Friday, February 26, 2016

What Is 22 Minute Hard Corps and Is It Right For Me?

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Let’s chat about one of the most amazing programs that Beachbody has ever made. And guess what? I was honored to be chosen as a Corporate Test Group participant for this new workout and it blew me away! Tony Horton, the trainer who created the P90X series has put together this program that is only 22 minutes a day. And yes- that is LEGIT- 22 minutes a day start to finish and you can get AMAZING RESULTS and have ME as YOUR coach. As a military spouse, this program spoke to me in so many ways! And having my husband return from a deployment the last 3 weeks of this test group and join me in the workouts– he too is IMPRESSED with the basic training style workouts. It definitely reminds him of his PT mornings on the base!


YOU BET YOU CAN!! Check out my results this far and you tell me if you can get results with this program!

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My best tips:
This is all about committing to this program- focusing on the workout- giving it your all and following the nutrition plan that comes with the program. It is one of the easiest meal plans to follow and probably the most important of all of these things is having support and accountability from your Team BEACHBODY Coach {ME} and the rest of the challengers in the online support group. The secret sauce of this whole health and fitness journey is this: knowing that you are not the only one out there struggling, having a bad day, or a slip up with your nutrition. We share the journey together and are surrounded by like minded people who are on the same mission as you. And knowing that you have supportive people who have ‘got your back’ with this is icing on the cake! We are getting “bootcamp fit” with 22 Minute Hard Corps.

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Let’s talk excuses for a minute too. After almost 3 years as a full time beachbody coach I have seen and heard them all… and first are foremost- I have USED nearly every excuse in the book before I started my journey too. So I am right there with you. Excuses are not reasons why you shouldn’t go all in and change your life. They are just the negative committee gathered in the back of your mind trying to fight the positive thoughts of getting out there and making CHANGE happen.

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I am a mom of 2- a military wife to a man who deploys a LOT- we do not live anywhere near family- and the list goes on. When I started my journey 3 years ago I was 15 pounds overweight- anxiety filled- depressed and just miserable in my own life. I was a stay at home mom and again- alone a lot with a military husband. And I realized the only person who could make me feel better was ME. So I chose my HARD. I could choose to stay miserable- which is hard. OR I could choose to start a new journey of health and fitness- which was going to be hard too..

SO- you can see which HARD I CHOSE! And now- it’s EASY! And happiness is A BLESSING that I CHOSE to pursue!


Let me show you a few of my fave meals!!!

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And let me tell you- if you are reading this now thinking that you have plenty of time before summer- you really don’t! With this 8 week program you can start now and it will bring you into summer feeling CONFIDENT, STRONG and ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!! So if you are reading this then you should START NOW because this is a sign!

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If you want to get lean and stronger then this is for you! No matter what your ability level is you can modify to make the program a success for you. You can do anything that you put your mind too.


So it was created by Tony Horton who also is the creator of P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Power 90 and more. It is a mixture of eight routines that alternate between total body cardio & resistance 1 workout a day for 6 days a week. The workout is fast paced and there is little rest. The workouts are easy to pick up and learn. You are moving from exercise to exercise quickly to maximize time and results. And then the last week you have an optional HELL WEEK that is going to SHRED YOU even more! Seriously- coolest workout ever!




You will need dumbbells or a sandbag. You will also need a pull up bar OR resistance bands with a door attachment. The harder you work the faster that you will start to see results.

I know you might be thinking that you can’t do this workout, but you CAN. It is for everyone. Trust me- I have spent the last 8 weeks doing this program and I have had to modify some and the strength that I have gained- both mentally and physically are incredible.
The program is 8 weeks in length, 6 days a week, 1 workout a day for 22 minutes! You will also have 3 days a week where you add a short ab workout and it is what has given me some ripped abs!! I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO THIS!


• 8 challenging workouts on 2 DVDs
• Quick Start Mission Guide
• 8-week Basic Training Action Plan
• Rations for Results Nutrition Field Guide
• Cold Start pre-workout drill
• Hell Week Challenge Card
• HARD CORPS: Battle Buddy Workout DVD (Network Exclusive)


Men and women who don’t have a lot of time to spend working out in a gym.

Military men and women who want a great challenge and can relate to this program completely!

Military couples who want to have fun and challenge each other! Check out the video below!

People who want fast effective results with little equipment. Simplicity at its finest.

There is also an optional 2 a day hell week challenge during the last week if you are up for it!

Will you accept the challenge with me?


On the 7th of March we will start our pre season which consists of 1 week of goal setting, pictures, measurements, meal planning and education on the nutritional plan and then the following week is our official day 1.

******For 8 weeks I will guide you daily through the program with support, accountability, access to an online/app based closed group for support and guidance. Each participant is required to purchase the 22 Minute Hard Corps Challenge Pack/Program and commit to replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the group.******

If you are interested in getting more information about the program please complete the form below and I will contact you within 24 hours with details.

If you do not currently work with a Coach please make me your FREE coach here.

Now is your time!!! THIS is your time! I will give you the BEST support available! Let’s do this together! I know what you can expect before you even start this program! So let’s #getsome TOGETHER!

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Friday, October 24, 2014


Planning your meals and snacks is KEY to staying on track!  Below you will find:
1. My sample 1-Week meal plan
2. A free Meal Plan Template so you can create your own!
3. A full 2 week sample meal plan INCLUDING RECIPES!
My 1-Week Meal Plan

Clean Eating Meal Plan Template

CLICK HERE for a free Meal Plan Template
2 Week Sample Meal Plan with Recipes

*Eat 5-6 small meals per day, spaced out 2.5 – 3 hours apart
*1 of these daily meals or snacks should be replaced with Shakeology
*Your last meal should be at least 2 hours before bed
*Remember to drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily



Breakfast: ½ cup dry oats cooked with 1 cup water, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed and ¼ cup blueberries. 
4 egg whites scrambled or hard boiled and 1 egg yolk.- you can always buy the egg whites in a carton. 
1 cup black coffee or clear green tea 
1 liter water with lemon-drink warm before you eat anything else in the am! It is a natural detox and helps you body shed weight and toxins. 
Mid Morning Snack: ½ cup nonfat plain yogurt with ½ cup strawberries or blueberries, or one orange sliced and peeled, 1 tbsp sliced almonds and water (Greek Yogurt- make sure you get the plain with no fruit, too much added sugar). 
Lunch: Whole-grain pasta with chopped fresh tomatoes grilled chicken and water 
Mid afternoon snack: Sliced cucumbers and carrots, 2 tbsp hummus (Costco sells low fat roasted red pepper hummus) and water. 
Dinner: Roasted turkey breast, steamed broccoli, brown rice and water 
(If you need it) Snack: Scrambled egg whites with sliced tomatoes, water or caffeine free herbal tea. 
Breakfast: 1 Ezekiel English muffin (can be found in Giant Eagle in the freezer section, this bread has no preservatives and has to be kept frozen) spread with cottage cheese and topped with spinach, tomato and scrambled egg whites, water and coffee or tea. 
Snack: 1 apple with 2 tbsp almond butter 
Lunch: Whole-grain wrap spread with Dijon mustard or hummus and topped with Spinach, alfalfa sprouts and leftover roasted turkey and water. 
Snack: ½ cup Nonfat cottage cheese with blueberries or other berry and water 
Dinner: Balsamic Chicken, sweet potato fries and green beans 
Balsamic Chicken: 
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper 
1 package button mushrooms (washed patted dry and sliced) 
3 tsp minced bottled garlic 
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth 1 bay leaf 
1/4 tsp dried thyme 
Cooking spray 
Preparation: Season chicken with salt and pepper. Spray non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium high. Add the chicken and saute until brown on one side. Add garlic and flip over chicken breasts and add mushrooms. Continue cooking while stirring mushrooms. Cook for about 3 minutes then add vinegar, broth, bay leaf, and thyme. Cover and simmer over medium low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken, set aside and keep warm. Continue simmering sauce, uncovered for about 7 minutes. Discard bay leaf and pour mixture over chicken and serve. Make extra and use for your salad or lunch the next day, tastes yummy after it has been sitting in that juice all night! 
Sweet potato fries
Prep: cut up sweet potato into slices and put a small amount of EVOO on cooking sheet and stir to coat. Add oregano and back until crispy. 350 degrees. *I also like taco seasoning instead of oregano. 
Snack: Post-workout protein shake: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 8 oz water and fresh or frozen fruit (peaches, pineapple, strawberries and blueberries).
Breakfast: “Take me on vacation Oatmeal”, black coffee & lemon water. 
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant) 
1/2 cup oat bran 
1/8 tsp sea salt 
1 cup unsweetened almond milk 
1/4 cup protein powder (optional) 
1 ripe mango or peaches peeled and pitted, diced
1 tsp roasted golden flaxseed 
2 tbsp chopped cashews 
1 tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut 
Preparation: Combine oats, oat bran and salt with 2 1/4 cups water in a small saucepan over medium high heat until simmering. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring until mixture thickens and water is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit two minutes. (I just microwave my oatmeal, works the same) Divide cereal equally between 2 bowls. Whisk together almond milk and protein powder, and pour over cereal. Top with mango, flaxseed, cashews and coconut. This was delicious! I could eat it all day long! I also use peaches instead of mango sometimes. 
Snack: 2 unsalted brown rice cakes with 2 tbsp all natural peanut butter and a handful of raisins. 
Lunch: Whole grain Wrap with leftover balsamic chicken, low fat hummus, lettuce, tomato, feta cheese and piece of fruit. 
Snack: Sliced cucumbers and carrots, hummus and water 
Dinner: Salmon with teriyaki sauce, brown rice and zucchini 
I stumbled upon this Teriyaki Marinade when I was looking for a clean eating alternative to commercial marinades. This is super delicious! I use it on salmon, but I’m sure you could use it on other things as well! 
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce 
1 1/2 tsp maple syrup 
2 tsp finely chopped garlic 
2 tsp lemon juice 
1/2 tsp sesame oil 
1/4 tsp sea salt 
Preparation:  Combine all ingredients and place meat or fish in shallow baking dish and marinate for 20 minutes in refrigerator.  Turn a few times to distribute the marinade evenly. 
Snack: Protein Shake- ¾ cup instant oatmeal, nuked in water, ¾ cup fat free milk, ¾ cup frozen berries, 2 tsp whey powder, 3 ice cubes crushed, add honey for sweetness and blend! 
Breakfast: : ½ cup dry oats cooked with 1 cup water, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, and ¼ cup blueberries. 
4 egg whites scrambled or hard boiled and 1 egg yolk. 
1 cup black coffee or clear green tea 
1 liter water with lemon 
Snack: ½ cup nonfat plain yogurt with ½ cup strawberries and 1 tbsp sliced almonds and water (Greek Yogurt) 
Lunch: 4 oz plain Grilled chicken salad with lots of veggies with 1 tbsp EVOO and 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 
Snack: 1 banana with 1 tbsp almond butter 
Dinner: Sunset Chicken
3 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes 
1 tbsp chili powder 
1 (15.5) oz can pinto or black beans 
1 1/4 cups frozen corn 
1/4 cup sliced green onions 
1 small can diced chiles 
Salt and pepper to taste 
Possible garnishes: Cheddar cheese, avocado, lime, cilantro, salsa, sour cream. 
Combine chicken, tomatoes and chili powder in large pan. Cook over medium high heat for 30 minutes or until juices run clear from chicken. Add beans, corn and chiles. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with green onions and serve with whole grain brown rice. 
Breakfast: Apple Muesli-1/2cup quick oats, 1 cup almond milk, ¼ apple grated, dash of cinnamon and dash of maple syrup. Mix together and enjoy it cold! I love this recipe! 
Snack: 1 banana and ½ cup greek yogurt and lemon water 
Lunch: Leftover sunset chicken on a wrap with a glass of water
Snack: Sliced cucumbers and carrots, hummus and water
Dinner: Slow cooker Chicken Cassoulet with whole grain pasta 
1x 15 oz can navy beans, pinto beans or black-eyed peas, rinsed and well drained. 
4 boneless skinnless chicken breasts or turkey breast. 
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. 
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
1-2/3 cups low-sodium chicken stock 
1 medium onion. 
4 celery stalks, trimmed and chopped. 
4 garlic cloves passed through a garlic press 
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, not packed in oil. 
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks. 
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tsp thyme 
2 tbsp fresh minced parsley 
1. Spread half of the beans in the bottom of your slow cooker pot. 
2. Season poultry with pepper and sea salt. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Brown the poultry on both sides in the skillet for about 5 minutes each side. Place the browned chicken on top of the beans in a slow cooker. Top with remaining beans and the chicken stock. Use water if you don’t have chicken stock. 
3.Saute the onions, celery, garlic, sundried tomatoes, carrots, and herbs using the same skillet. Spread this mixture over the ingredients in the crock pot. Cover and put on slow heat for several hours.  *Tip: Serve with Ezekiel bread and a clean spread. 
Snack: Protein Shake- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, cupped handful of fruit, 1 cup water, ice, and 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed and blend! 
Breakfast: Veggie Frita
Preparation:  4 egg whites and 1 whole egg. Cut up any veggies you would like such as mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and sauté in evoo, add egg and let the mixture set. Then place in an oven at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes. You can place salsa on top for extra flavor. Have 1 slice Ezekiel break or English muffin no butter. This is also good cold, you can save this for a snack or meal later. 
Snack: A handful of raisins & an apple
Lunch: Leftover slow cooker Chicken Cassoulet. 
Snack: ½ cup greek yogurt, 1 orange cut up into segments, 1 tsp raw honey, 1 tbsp almonds, mix together.
Dinner: Chicken Fajita Burrito.   I added black beans, frozen corn and brown rice for the rest of my family so they can have more options. You can give them cheese also. You just have to bypass the cheese. Watch your portion sizes. 
18 ounces chicken, cut into small chunks 
1/4 packet fajita seasoning mix 
1/2 red bell pepper 
2 cloves garlic
Several slices of white onion (you decide how much) 
2 whole-wheat tortillas 
Guacamole: 1 avocado, 1/2 medium tomato chopped, chopped red onion, a few shakes of sea salt. 
Sprinkle chicken with salt and some fajita mix and cook in skillet. In a separate skillet, saute garlic, bell peppers, onion and mushrooms (use a small amount of olive oil if necessary). Meanwhile, prepare guacamole (mix all ingredients above). When vegetables are fully cooked, mix a small amount of fajita mix with 1/4 cup water and pour over vegetables. Increase heat and boil off the water. Heat tortillas on a clean skillet over medium-high heat for 15 seconds per side. Add ingredients on top of the tortilla and attempt to form a burrito and enjoy! 
Snack: cucumbers and other veggies with 1-2 tbsp hummus, water and green tea. 
Breakfast: Loaded oats (nice b/c it already incorporates your protein so you don’t have to make or eat additional eggs). 
Snack: Protein Shake 
Lunch: Eat Clean Burrito 
Snack: ½ cup Greek yogurt and berries, water/green tea. 
Dinner: Chicken Cacciatore 
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces 
Sea salt, to taste 
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
Paprika, to taste 
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour, for dredging 
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 large red bell pepper, chopped 
1 onion, chopped 
8 ounces baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced 
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
3/4 cup dry red wine
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, with juice 
1 (14.5 ounce can) petite diced tomatoes (such as Muir Glen Fire Roasted with Roasted Garlic), with juice 
1 cup mushrooms (optional) 
3/4 cup organic free-range chicken broth (such as Pacific Natural Foods) 
2 teaspoons garlic powder 
Crushed red pepper, to taste 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley 
1. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Liberally sprinkle the chicken with paprika. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour to coat lightly. In a large heavy sauté pan (preferably cast-iron), heat 2 tablespoons oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and sauté until just brown, about 5 minutes per side (note: if all the chicken does not fit in the pan, sauté it in two batches.) Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. 
2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the same “dirty” pan used to cook the chicken. Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic; sauté over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and cook 3-4 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. 
3. Add the crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes, broth, garlic powder, crushed red peppers, and oregano. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 minutes.. Sprinkle chicken with parsley and serve. 



Breakfast:  ½ cup dry oats cooked with 1 cup water, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, wheat germ, bee pollen and ¼ cup blueberries. 4 egg whites scrambled (or hard boiled and 1 egg yolk), 1 cup black coffee or clear green tea, 1 liter water with lemon
Snack: ½ cup low fat plain yogurt into a blender with frozen fruit, skim milk, flaxseed. If you make extra you can take it to work for a mini meal later! 
Lunch: Leftover chicken cacciatore, water and piece of fruit. 
Snack: Veggies and hummus 
Dinner: Chicken with quinoa stir fry (serves 4)
1 lb Boneless chicken breasts, cubed
4 Tbsp Olive oil, divided
1 cup Uncooked quinoa, well rinsed
2 cups Low sodium vegetable stock
6 Small zucchini
4 Similarly sized carrots, trimmed and peeled
1 Red bell pepper, seeded and deveined, cut into long strips
5 Scallions, trimmed, cut lengthwise into fours
1 Fresh lime, juice and zest, divided
3 Tbsp Roasted sesame seed oil
½ Tsp Ground ginger
2 Tbsp Low sodium tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
1. With a vegetable peeler, peel strips of green zucchini skin. Don’t use white center part of zucchini. (You can use this later for a soup, stew, or to roast!)
2. Peel strips from the carrots until you have reached the core. Don’t use the core. (Again, use it later!)
3. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in skillet. Stir-fry red pepper, scallions, zucchini, and carrots.
4. While vegetables are cooking, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a separate skillet and cook chicken until almost fully cooked.
5. Add chicken to vegetable stir fry and turn down heat to slow cooking.
6. Rinse quinoa grains well – this removes the bitter coating, so it’s essential to do this before cooking.
7. Place rinsed grains in saucepan, Add 2 cups vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and reduce. Let simmer, covered, until all liquid has been absorbed.
8. Once all veggies and chicken have been stir fried, season with lime juice, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ground ginger, and tamari in skillet.
9. Serve with stir fry hot over quinoa and garnish with zest.
Breakfast: Berry Smoothie

¼ cup 100% orange juice

¾ cup water

1 scoop Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla Flavor

1 tsp. finely chopped orange peel

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup ice


1. Place orange juice, water, Protein Powder, orange peel, blueberries, and ice in blender. Cover; blend until smooth.

2. Pour smoothie into serving glass; garnish with mint if desired.


Snack:  1 cup of Trail Mix
Lunch: Grilled Chicken wrap, piece of fruit and water
Snack: ½ cup cottage cheese with blueberries and water/green tea.
Dinner: Clean Chicken, Potato, and Veggie bake 
Cooking Spray 
2 Skinless Chicken Breasts, chopped into 2-inch cubes 
1 lb Red Potatoes, chopped into 2-inch cubes 
1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (OR Red & Green Peppers, OR Vegetables of your choice) 
1/3 c fresh basil, chopped 4 garlic gloves, thinly sliced 
1.5 tsbp Olive Oil 
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 
Ground Pepper to Taste 
1/2 cup Chicken Broth if desired 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Add chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, vegetables, basil, garlic, chicken broth, and olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary. Add pepper if desired. Bake for approx. 45 minutes, turning occasionally, until tender. Serve. 
Breakfast: Fresh fruit salad


2 medium apples, cored, chopped

½ cup green grapes

1 cup halved strawberries

½ cup cubed pineapple
¾ cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tsp. raw honey
¼ cup chopped raw walnuts


1. Combine apples, grapes, strawberries, and pineapple in a large bowl; mix well. Divide evenly into four serving bowls. Set aside.
2. Combine yogurt and honey in a small bowl; mix well.
3. Top fruit salad evenly with yogurt mixture; sprinkle with walnuts.

Snack:  Non-fat Greek yogurt w/ pure honey & blueberries
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad (w/ Balsamic & EVOO)
Snack:  Celery sticks with all-natural peanut butter
Dinner: Salmon and Mediterranean couscous with green beans 
3 x 6-ounce packages of Morey’s Marinated Wild Alaskan Salmon (or 18 ounces of salmon with lemon, salt, pepper) 
1 cup dry whole-wheat couscous 
2 ounces feta cheese 
1 tbsp olive oil 
1/3 cup chopped cucumber 
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper (or roasted red peppers) 
1/3 cup chopped red onion 
Salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning 
Bake salmon at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, until salmon is fully cooked through the center. With about 15 minutes to go, begin steaming asparagus. Then, mix feta, chopped cucumber, bell pepper, onion and seasonings (season to your liking) together. In a large sauce pan, bring 1 cup water and 1 tbsp olive oil to a boil. Remove from heat and pour 1 cup dry couscous into the sauce pan. Stir well and cover. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add veggie and cheese mixture and fluff. Measure 1 cup couscous mixture and serve with salmon and asparagus. 
Breakfast:  Turkey Sausage Muffin


1 whole-grain English muffin, split

1 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese (sliced)


1 turkey sausage patty, cooked & warm


Preparation:  Preheat broiler or toaster oven to high.  Top one muffin half with cheese and place on baking sheet.  Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese melts. Top muffin with a sausage patty.
Snack:  Banana 
Lunch: Chicken and Spinach Wrap


3 oz. raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice


Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)


Nonstick cooking spray
3 Tbsp. low-fat plain yogurt
1 dash curry powder
1 dash garlic powder
1 dash paprika (optional)
1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1 (8-inch) whole wheat tortilla, warm
1 cup fresh spinach (or romaine lettuce)


1. Place chicken in a shallow glass dish. Drizzle lemon juice over chicken. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Allow chicken to marinate for 30 minutes.

2. Heat medium skillet, lightly coated with spray, over medium-high heat.


3. Add chicken; cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Remove from skillet. Slice and set aside.


4. Combine yogurt with curry, garlic powder, paprika (if desired), and cayenne pepper (if desired) in a small bowl; mix well.
5. Spread yogurt mixture evenly on tortilla, leaving about ½-inch around the edge. Top with spinach and chicken. Roll and enjoy!


Snack:  A handful of raw almonds
Dinner: Roast Chicken and Veggies


4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, cut into 1-inch slices


2 medium celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces


1 medium red onion, sliced
4 (4-oz.) each raw chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
¼ cup 100% orange juice (or juice of 2 medium navel oranges)
½ cup water
2 medium navel oranges, peeled, chopped
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, onion, and chicken in large oven-proof roasting pan.


3. Top with orange juice, water, oranges, rosemary, salt (if desired), and pepper (if desired).


4. Bake, basting occasionally, for 35 to 50 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and juices run clear.
Tip: This dish can also be prepared in a slow cooker. Layer all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook for about 4 hours on high, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and juices run clear.
Breakfast: Spinach & Tomato Omelet 

3 eggs (or 6 egg whites), slightly beaten

1/4 cup cooked spinach

6 pieces sun-dried tomatoes

Nonstick spray

Salt and pepper
Preparation: Soak sun-dried tomatoes in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain, pat dry, cut in half, and season with salt and pepper.
Spray a pan thoroughly with nonstick spray. Add spinach and tomatoes to pan and sauté gently for one minute. Remove from pan and set aside. Add eggs to hot pan and cook for one minute. Sprinkle eggs with spinach and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the eggs are done to your liking. Fold omelet over and turn onto the plate for serving. Try this with warm tomato sauce or a dollop of pesto or goat cheese. 
Snack:  Dried Fruit Chips (no sugar added)
Lunch: Greek roasted chicken salad (4oz roasted chicken, tomato, cucumber, onion, low fat feta, lemon juice, 1 tbsp olive oil) wheat thins crackers and water. 
Snack:  Steamed Edemame with Sea Salt
Dinner: Pita Pizzas and large salad. 
100% Whole Wheat Mini Pitas 
Olive Oil 
Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese 
Natural Pizza Sauce or with salsa :
You can keep it simple or add veggies you love. 
Preparation: Arrange pitas on a cookie sheet and lightly brush with oil. Top with pizza sauce veggies and mozzarella. Bake until cheese is melted. Enjoy as an appetizer, snack or meal! 
Breakfast:  Egg White Breakfast Burrito


1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. finely chopped red bell pepper


1 Tbsp. finely chopped yellow bell pepper


1 Tbsp. finely chopped green bell pepper
1 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion
3 large egg whites (1/3 cup)
1 (8-inch) whole wheat flour tortilla, warm
1 slice low-sodium turkey bacon, cooked, chopped
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
2 Tbsp. fresh tomato salsa


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

2. Add bell peppers and onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes or until soft.

3. Add eggs; cook, over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until eggs are set.

4. Top tortilla with egg mixture, turkey bacon, and pepper (if desired).
5. Roll tortilla burrito-style.
6. Serve with salsa.

Snack:  Fresh fruit in non-fat greek yogurt w/ pure honey
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Salad 
4 oz. cooked chicken breast
salad greens (arugula, red lettuce, fresh spinach, etc.)
1 Tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise (less than 35 calories / Tbsp.)
Chopped onion
Pickle relish, mustard (as desired)
2 slices crusty whole wheat bread, toasted if desired
Prep:  Cut chicken breast into chunks. Mix with mayonnaise and condiments. Top with greens and spread on bread.
Snack:  Cucumbers slices & humus
Dinner: Shrimp Scampi


3 oz. dry whole wheat pasta

2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided use


8 oz. medium shrimp, peeled, deveined


1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp. yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
¼ cup low-sodium, organic vegetable broth
2 Tbsp. white wine
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
Crushed red pepper (to taste; optional)
3 fresh parsley sprigs, finely chopped
2 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped


1. Bring large pot of water to boil for pasta.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain; set aside.


3. While pasta is cooking, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.


4. Add shrimp and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until shrimp is opaque and firm. Remove shrimp from pan. Set aside.
5. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes or until soft.
6. Add lemon juice, broth, wine, black pepper, and red pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes.
7. Add shrimp, parsley, and basil; cook until heated through.
8. Divide pasta between 2 plates; top evenly with shrimp mixture.

Breakfast:  Blueberry Pancakes


2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted


2 cups low-fat buttermilk


2 tsp. baking soda
½ cup wheat germ
½ tsp. fine sea salt
1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
1¼ cups fresh blueberries (reserve ¼ cup for garnish)
Nonstick cooking spray


1. Combine eggs, oil, and buttermilk in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.

2. Combine baking soda, wheat germ, salt, and flour in a medium bowl; mix well.


3. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; mix until just blended.


4. Fold in 1 cup blueberries; mix until just blended.
5. Heat a large nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium-high heat. Ladle ¼ cup batter for each pancake; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles cover the top. Flip; cook for an additional minute, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.
6. Garnish pancakes evenly with ¼ cup blueberries.

Snack:  String cheese & grapes
Lunch: Turkey Wrap
3-4 1-oz. turkey breast slices
1 Flour tortilla
2 Tbsp. Fat-free or low-fat cream cheese
1 Tomato slice
Preparation:  Put sliced turkey breast onto flour tortilla, add cream cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce. Fold and roll tortilla to make wrap. Serve with a side of fresh fruit. 
Snack: Carrots w/ Avacado Dip (see dip recipe below) 
1 can of green peas
1 avocado
I clove of garlic
1 tablespoon lime juice
hot sauce to taste
Preparation:  Place all the ingredients into a food processor and mix to the consistency you prefer.
Dinner:  Steak Salad


2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes (or red bliss potatoes), cut into bite-size pieces

1½ tsp. olive oil, divided use


6 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves removed and chopped, stem discarded


Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 lb. raw beef flank steak
12 cups chopped romaine hearts
12 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 Tbsp. finely grated Parmesan cheese
Nonstick cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

2. Lightly coat a baking sheet with spray.


3. Combine potatoes, 1 tsp. oil, and rosemary in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper if desired; toss to combine. Spread evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until potatoes are golden. Cool.


4. While potatoes are baking, season steak on both sides with salt and pepper, if desired.
5. Heat remaining ½ tsp. oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak; cook for 8 minutes on each side, or until it reaches desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.
6. Place the steak on a plate, cover it with aluminum foil and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
7. Place lettuce in a large salad bowl. Add tomatoes, potatoes, and Creamy Lemon Caesar Dressing; toss gently to blend.
8. Portion salad among 6 large serving plates.
9. Cut steak on a diagonal into thin slices. Top each with an equal amount of steak and sprinkle with cheese.

So this is just a rough outline and you can mix and match any snack ideas and dinners. If there was anything that I forgot to include please email or call me and I’ll get it to you!

The #1 thing is to START SMALL.  
Make 1 change per week otherwise you are going to overwhelm yourself. Decide what recipes you want to make and get your grocery list together ahead of time. It will take you a couple of weeks to get in the swing of things but you can do it. Please please use me as a resource and call anytime you have a question big or small!

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Meal Planning and P90X3

I can hardly believe that I am heading into week 8 of P90X3 as of TOMORROW!  It is crazy to me how much strength I am gaining from this program! I have done almost all of the Beachbody programs and I love them ALL in different ways! I will be honest, on the first day of each of the workouts it took me almost the whole 30 minutes to figure out the moves. That is TOTALLY normal. Don’t give up when you don’t get something on the first try.. or even the second or third try! It is like the saying goes. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!! The strength and flexibility I have gained over the past 8 weeks is crazy to me! I am able to do 4 unassisted pull ups at this point. I can do 8 unassisted chin ups and I am going up in my dumbbell weight each week. I actually just told my husband that I really ‘NEED’ the select tech weights because I am going to surpass 30 pound dumbbells before I know it!! 😉 He didn’t seem as enthusiastic about it as I do!! Dumbbell point aside… this workout is amazing and it TRULY IS FOR ANYONE AT ANY FITNESS LEVEL. There is a modifier and there are things that you won’t be able to do the first time. PERIOD. There are things you will have to work towards for awhile before you master it.. BUT, that’s just it… we are ALL a work in progress. RIGHT?! Yes. So, get something that challenges you and you get to work for something every single day. Isn’t that what life is all about? Striving for progress and not perfection? That’s my thoughts at least.
I do know one thing about working out (well, honestly.. I know more than one thing, but I will say one thing right now)… You have to make it a habit. I get up every single day between 5:15 and 5:30 am to get my workout done. The BEAUTY of P90X3 is that it is 30 minutes from start to finish. So, I know that I will be done by 6:00 am and then I put my mommy hat on and get the kiddos breakfast, dressed and out the door for school. That is just how my morning goes. I have a plan and a schedule every day and it works for me. NOW, you do not HAVE to workout everyday before the sun comes up. It really is whatever time works best for you and your schedule. I will say that if you are someone who will fret about your workout until it is done and not looming over your head, then you SHOULD TRY to get yourself in the HABIT of working out before you start your day. It amps up your energy for the day, you feel great because you know you already got your sweat on and you don’t have to plan around the rest of your day to ‘fit it in.’ You should never have to fit in your workout, your YOU time. It should be a priority. You don’t cancel on your boss do you? Well, don’t cancel on yourself! Make YOU the best you there can be. Take care of your body. 
The more you workout, the more you eat healthy, the better you’ll feel. It’s simple science. And you will begin to get results! I don’t care who you are…. I promise that you will and do feel better the more you workout and eat clean. Fueling your body properly sets your days, weeks, months and years up for SUCCESS!! 
I am a prime example of how meal planning will get you results. Eating clean is a passion of mine. I started my clean eating journey last March, so it’s been 11 months now and I have never looked back. I was always someone who could run through a drive thru 3 times a week, drink a soda a day and be ‘fine.’ (OR SO I THOUGH).. The first picture was taken last March. I was 130 pounds and really felt bloated and icky all the time. I was a size 4 and just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin anymore. YES, I know some of you are thinking… “OH POOR YOU… A SIZE 4!!!”… I never did nor will I ever complain about being a size 4! However; again it does not matter what SIZE you are or how much you WEIGH.. it is how you feel that should matter! I was feeling tired, grumpy, lazy, bloated and just plain miserable most days. I could FEEL the sugar/wheat/gluten take over my insides when I would eat it. NOT A GOOD FEELING!! 
So, I started researching clean eating and embraced it. My family and I eat the same things each day. We LOVE what we eat and don’t miss Taco Bell or McDonalds… that’s for sure!! Now, another important factor in this.. WE ARE
REAL PEOPLE. We cheat at least one meal, sometimes two meals a week. We plan it out and decide what we want. Most days we go out to eat after church on Sundays. Some days it is pizza, others it is pasta, hamburgers, ice cream, whatever!! 80% of the time we eat clean and 20% of the time we splurge and eat what we are craving. I will ALWAYS tell everyone that MODERATION is the key. If there is a night where I just WANT a beer, guess what.. I’m going to have a beer. I just ALWAYS ACCOUNT FOR IT. That is another key factor. You should count calories if you don’t really know what you are eating and WRITE EVERYTHING YOU PUT INTO YOUR MOUTH DOWN ON PAPER. It may be a reality check for some of you! It sure was for me! SO this is what I started to do… I started to make a weekly meal plan. Wrote out EVERYTHING I was going to eat.. And guess what? IT HELPED! I would print out a copy and hang it on my fridge, I would print a copy for my car and I would give a copy to my husband who would pack his meals and take them to work with him. We started to lose weight and feel better!!! So, now.. 11 months later I weigh in at 120-122, depending on the day and I just FEEL BETTER. I love this lifestyle, I know that we are doing our bodies so much more justice than before and the biggest reward is knowing that my kids are being properly nourished. We all LOVE shakeology each day and that is our ‘treat’ for the day. We LOVE our life!

Now, like I said before it has become a lifestyle change. BUT, it did not happen overnight! It is baby steps!! I don’t expect you to throw everything away in your pantry unless if you are an all or nothing type of person. It is the gradual little changes that happen. Do you think that I LOVE to get up at 5:15 every single morning?? NOPE! BUT, I love the rewarding feeling I have after my workout is over, so that is worth it for me. I am like the rest of you. I want to stay in my warm bed and hit the snooze over and over, but I MAKE myself get up and head out to my freezing cold garage by 5:30 am. It works. Some mornings I want to cry! HAHAH!!! Other mornings I’m fired up and ready to go! (Those are usually the mornings that I have some new workout clothes to wear!! 😉 ) But, this is just the real me. Sometimes I will have a Pepsi on a day that isn’t a scheduled cheat mea (NOT OFTEN, I PROMISE YOU THAT) but sometimes… I do. It’s all about accounting for it and making up for it in other ways. Maybe and extra workout session or a few cut calories for another meal. All in all.. Enjoy your life, but be HEALTHY! We only get one body! TREAT IT WELL!!! And yes, this is me in front of my space heater waiting for my P90X3 workout to START!! YOU CAN DO IT! You have to WANT IT 🙂 

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