If You Think All I Eat is Chicken and Shakeology...Here is Some Red Meat

So, chicken is relatilvley cheap and easy. Bring it home, throw some seasoning, cook a bunch in the oven. Done. But it can get boring, right?

Four days in and I needed some red meat.

I like steak.
I like it rare.
I like it every where.

Okay so I can't rhyme. Sue me.

The Core Nutrition plan includes a recipe for flank steak. So I bought a hunk at the grocery store and did not expect it to turn out. I never seem to be able to get it just right.

This time, it was awesome. here is what I did:

Cut Flank steak into 4 oz sizes.  I bought a 16 oz flank, so this was easy. Then, sprinkle smoked paprika and cumin all over it. Rub it in. Look at the clock, realize that you have to pick up your kid. Throw it in a tupperware and put it in the back of the fridge. Forget that you have it for four days.

Spend 4 days eating chicken. Your husband asks, "Do you have any plans for dinner?" and you know what he means to say is, "Please do not make me eat chicken, again."

Realize you are a genius. Pull out the steak and turn on a pan. Add 1 tb of olive oil. Wait until you see little bubbles. Throw in the steaks, cover. Return to your WASC report for four minutes and forget about the steaks. Hear the oil going crazy, run into the kitchen. Discover one side is perfectly seared. Flip.

Realize the oven is not on. Turn it on to 300 degrees. Look in the refrigerator for a vegetable that isn't salad. Fail. Grab salad and throw it on the counter. Realize another 4 minutes have passed. Grab steaks, put them on the stone. Put in stove.

Keep touching it until it seems cooked enough. I like mine rare...so not long at all.

Remove and place on counter. Yell at kid to get into the kitchen and eat his salad. Ignore his "disgusting" look when he discovers Mac and Cheese is not on the menu.

Throw some tossed cilantro and 1 tsp of Thai Peanut Sauce on top. Squirt a little bit of fresh lime over your steak and salad.

Eat.

I made this again today for lunch, but this time I tossed the peanut sauce in with some leftover spaghetti squash and snap peas. I am really missing my favorite Thai restaruant right now, but just the little bit of peanut sauce (it is high in sugar and calories so be careful) is enough to wipe out the craving.

 Try it and let me know how it goes1


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Day 3:Fudge and Iced Lattes Attack

I woke up sore. My pecks and lats screamed at me when I tried to put my hair in a ponytail this morning. So, I am pretty sure the workouts are working!

Wait, did I mention that my husband had to set the alarm for 3:30 this morning? After drinking his Energize...he heads back to bed for 30 minutes until it kicks in. Once I am up..I am up. BOOOO.  Without my coffee, I found myself just standing there looking around. What is a girl to do? Start laundry of course, duh. 

Our workout this morning was MMA Speed. The same workout as day 1...I felt like I was following along better and not watching the screen as much. This helped me get my heart rate up and enjoy the workout.

Today some food changes were in order. Starvation is no way to feel all day. I decided to add a yellow to my morning routine. So after the workout, I cooked up four egg whites and put them between a light English Muffin with Siracha on top. (.5 red and 2 yellow)Tasty and kept my full until about 9:30 when I had my pumpkin pie Shakeology. (1 red, 1 purple)

Sooooo glad I made the change because this afternoon I was faced with temptation in the form of fudge. My son was invited to a cookie decorating party and potluck. I prepped by cooking and bringing a chicken salad to share. I drank my Shakeology just before leaving so that I would be full.

When I showed up one of the kiddo's moms had set out fudge. Not just fudge...Jack Daniels Flavored fudge! I walked a large circle around it and pretended to love celery. As the adults sat down to eat I filled up with salad and chicken. (2 Greens and 1 Red) Then added a bit of balsamic dressing. There was also pizza, but it was easy to let go. It wasn't One Speed in East Sac. As we got up to let the boys sit down to eat, we migrated closer and closer to the fudge.

I tasted it. One small piece the size of a dime. It was just as delicious as I remembered and melted in mouth. I managed to escape having only eating another two nickel size pieces of fudge. I passed on the cookies and icing. Somehow boys squeezing frosting out of a tube and calling it "poop" made it easy!

The fudge mom also happens to make the most delicious at home iced lattes. She has a serious espresso maker and knows just how much milk and syrup to put in. Seriously, it killed me to say no.

Once at home, I made a simple English Muffin and PB snack (1 yellow, 2tsp) and headed to the dog park.

 Funny how dogs think it is FUN to run and play. Seriously, the dog tries to get breathless...weirdo.

Dinner tonight? Pita bread BBQ chicken pizzas straight from the Core Nutrition Guide. I toasted the pita to make it crispy and added a ton of red onion and cilantro. I did not make my own BBQ sauce. I just can't do it. I have no interest in it. I do have a sugar free BBQ sauce that I use regularly. Low calories and many of the same ingredients as the recipe in the nutrition guide. (2 green, 1 red, 1 yellow)

I don't know what I have left, but I am pretty satisfied and have not experienced biting hunger all day.....that means no more whining posts about how hungry I am, sorry. Don't worry though, if I am not busy being whiny I can focus on being snarky!


Day 2: Core De Force and Container Eating (Still Hungry)

So call me a baby, but I whine a lot the first few days of a new workout or eating regime. I am pretty sure my fat cells travel up to my brain and take control of my mouth. That or the lack of Pepsi and Vodka martinis removes what little filter I have. That is one reason I always start these things on break. I don't want small children around when I am eating clean, saying no to coffee, and struggling through a new workout.

Today's Workout? 12 rounds of hell. No. Actually just the last four were hell. It is the Dynamic Strength Training workout of Core De Force.


Less punching then yesterday.
Focus on core and strength.

Lots of different kinds of pushups (My tris and back will feel this tomorrow) and slow kicks.

My glutes were on fire. I had to talk myself through this one.

After the fourth round I found myself ONLY able to do the modifier...which hurt my ego.I just can not risk another injury. I mean, I am the girl who hurt her knee so bad she could not walk by standing up after doing pushups. I was still fatigued by  then end and my heart rate was still pumping.

Breakfast: Shakeology plus Emergen C. Yes same as yesterday. I never claimed to be wild. (1 red)
Snack: 29 pistachios. I am thinking that this will have to go. I hate using my one healthy fat so early in the day. The tradeoff is that I can't eat cheese or hummus later in the day. Worse yet, it eliminates any avocado.
Snack: English Muffin toasted with one tsp peanut butter. God this was good today. There is something about warm toast and pb.
Lunch: 1 green container full of veges and 1 red container with left over turkey, warmed up with1 tsp of Buffalo Sauce (10 calories)
Snack:One Cutey 1 Purple 1 Diet Pepsi
Dinner:Spaghetti Squash with home made turkey red sauce from the Core De Force nutrition Plan.  2 Red, 2 Green, 1 Purple.
Snacks: oatmeal with cinnamon and half an apple cut up into it. Yes, this is my attempt at pretending I am eating a dessert. 1 yellows, 1 Purple

Since I am posting this a bit early, before dinner, I am not sure how dinner will turn out. I mean....I really love red meat sauce on a big plate of pasta. Not sure how I feel about it over squash.

On a side note, we have a surprise evening with out the kid. Normally we would hop on our tandem bike and head to midtown or East Sac for some food and brew. However, since we are only on day 2....well. We will have to find something else to do. That will probably be the hardest part of today.

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WHY is this so Awesome?
So I’m going to give you my personal opinion on the new feature. I love the All Access Challenge Pack because it gives you:
  • 1 Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included, plus future releases.
  • Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on home direct)
  • Portion Fix (includes 7 piece portion control container system, eating guide, large blue container and shaker cup)
  • Business Starter Kit Waived if you choose the coach enrollment option.
  • You get all of this for $199 for the entire year  (12 months) and there is no monthly fee.

The points I listed above are worth thousands of dollars and for 12 months you are getting access to everything that Beachbody has ever created plus anything new through the year.  That is awesome but the real reason I am excited is this>?
  You can purchase this pass and together we can what choose to start with or switch to. For example, two months ago I ordered and started Country Heat. I thought , why not!? I love country music. After a week I knew that it took too much brain power at 4 am to do it and James refused to do any of it. NOT the right work out for me. I wanted to switch over to the new MMA style workouts, but had to pay for it and order it. BOOOO. All Access takes the hassle out of finding the right program or transitioning to a new program.
Each fitness program through BOD has the calendar of workouts and what to do when.  Each program has a nutrition guide you can download, tracking sheets and you have me to help walk you through the program to make sure you are getting the results that you want.  This is not about just starting and completing 1 program, it is about moving through each stage of your journey and entering into a lifestyle of proper nutrition and fitness.
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Food, Pain, and Hunger



A few weeks ago I ordered BB's program Core De Force for James' Christmas present. No, really it was just for him. I also "liked" the tv test group on Facebook to check it out.

I started to see women, like me...a little pudgy with kids and dogs running around showing videos of themselves doing the modifications. I started checking in more frequently and by the time Christmas rolled around I had every intention of doing it with James.

It became more urgent when I stepped on the scale a few days before Christmas and discovered that my underwear was not magically shrinking in the dryer. Nope. It was time.

Fastforward to today. We woke up and did the first workout.  I'll do a full review after the first week, but so far so good. I was able to do all of the moves with little modifications. Even in the freezing cold garage, with two bum knees. Today's workout was punch and kick combos. The first 7 minutes is pure instruction and the next 37 pure intensity. My knees were stiff this afternoon so I plan on taking Ibuprofen later tonight. I have some kind of weird on going issue with the inside of my ankle. No, I have not had it checked out yet and YES I am being a big baby about it. IT HURTS (whining)

Food. We all know that bodies are made in the kitchen. The gym is gravy. I anticipated being hungry all day. I have been grazing non stop for about two weeks.. mostly taking out my frustrations on my secret candy stash at work. (It is in the multipurpose room gym storage area for anyone who gets desperate the week that we return!)

Wakeup: 1 large Shakeology shaker full of ice water. Dress and head out to the gym. James drank his Energize. I skipped my normal coffee.

After Workout/House Cleaning Breakfast: Shakeology. Vanilla with one packet of Emergen-C. I call it my Creamsicle. At this point, I cleaned out our tupperware cabinet and tried to ignore the smell of egg sandwiches that James was making. It is totally within his container limits, but he gets slightly more than I do sooo.....I pretended not to notice.


I also put the coffee machine away and the sugar. I don’t really like coffee. Coffee is the transport for my sugar and milk in the morning. Every once in awhile, I need to stop the madness. Recently, I have been drinking my sugar coffee all day long. I can't stand fake sugar so the coffee has to go until I can get it under control.

Snack: 20 Pistachios. 20 people. Normally, I eat three or four hands full. But the salt was tasty and the nuttiness curbed my hunger.... a little bit...more water...resisting Diet Pepsi.

Lunch at Dad's: Today we brought my dad into the 21st century with Roku, a flat screen HDTV, and Sling. Now, normally I go to my dad's to indulge. However, this time I texted ahead and explained that I needed him to help me by serving a salad and protein. NO dessert. He did great by serving fajita strips with a salad. At last, I was not perfect.. I immediately honed in on the box of chocolates. When James wasn't looking I popped a whole one in my mouth and then pretended I had something really important to do in the bathroom until I could chew and swallow. (I guess we are all about to see if James reads my blog posts or not) 1 Red, 1 Purple,  and 1 Green down.

So by this time I was pretty starving. I started complaining to anyone who would listen. I had three sips of Diet Pepsi and then decided it wasn't that great and gave it to James. I lamented on the way home that we were one day closer to being at the end of four weeks. It did not help at all.

My Pepsi problem has also gotten a bit out of control. So time to step away from the 42 ounce cups at Mcdonald's.

Another Snack: I opened the refrigerator ten times hoping something naughty would appear, it did not. Instead I stuck 1 red worth of turkey in my mouth and granned a Diet Pepsi. This time I did not put it down and finished it as we ran errands. When we got home I toasted an English Muffin and topped it with peanut butter. 1 yellow.

Dinner: Leftover turkey, white bean chili. I knew it would be filling. I ate three greens of lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, and onions before the chili to make sure I would not be hungry afterwards. Then grabbed two little cuties for dessert. That killed my purples and yellows for the day. It killed everything.

Not a bad start. The sick, nauseous feeling that has been sticking around for the past two weeks is gone. Yes. I am hungary. I would like to go into the kitchen and grab the box of Ghirardelli chocolates that are on the counter. But James is home, so that is not going to happen.

One day down.

Quick and Easy, but not Dirty

So, today it is supposed to be 108 in Sacramento and I am struggling. Not sure if it is because I am under Dr.'s orders not to workout (really even do anything but sit!) or if the heat is causing it, but damn. Between the lack of movement and lack of prep I have not seen any progress. I am feeling like a flubbery mess. No weight gain, but I can see my muscle tone is going down. I need to take control over something. So food it is.

Last night I found myself suggesting a peanut butter sandwich to my husband for dinner. It was hot and I didn't want to cook.

So this morning before it got hot, I prepped, all outside and all done before 9:30.

Three lunches prepped with chicken, onion and garlic for dinner tonight.
I am making a commitment to get back into weekly (or daily!) prep work and sharing my recipes with you all.

Day 1: Brussels and Chicken (with hardly ANY CLEAN UP!)

Ingredients
frozen chicken
brussel sprouts (or whatever veges you have)
garlic (optional)
Red Onion (optional)
outdoor grill
tin foil


Instructions
1. Fire up that grill. I did this before  9 am. that way I am done cooking for the day by 9:30.
2. Pull out a frozen bag of chicken from the back of your refrigerator. You know the one you bought at Costco last week and then never cooked?
3. Fill the bag with HOT water. Leave it there until it thaws. In a hurry? Switch out the water frequently. I do this all the time and it really does result in juicy chicken.
4. Meanwhile, cut and halve the sprouts and place on tin foil.
5. Throw on the garlic. Keep it whole and papery.
6. Place veges in tin foil on grill. Cook until tender. remove. Keep garlic on. It takes a while to get soft.
7. Spray grill (optional) and throw on chicken. At this point you can season with salt and pepper. I prefer to use whatever Mrs. Dash that I have on hand.
8. Grill chicken 5 minutes. Then rotate 180 degrees. Grill another 2. Flip. Repeat. They are ready when juices are just clear and when it is slightly firm to the touch. If it feels like jello, keep cooking.
9. Portion, store.
10. Grill onions at the end. I like mine still crispy.
11. Take off garlic.


Why am I cooking garlic and onion if I am not putting them in with the chicken or brussel sprouts? Later this week I will use the chicken for BBQ chicken sandwiches. I will use the garlic on the bread and the onions on the sandwich!

Beachbody On Demand

Beachbody on Demand Review: Overview



In a nutshell, Beachbody on Demand is system of streamable workout programs. Think Netflix that you use to get fit instead of veg.
It's what I use when I am at the gym or trying new programs that I don't own. It works well on a smart phone or computer. You can even use some of the video game systems to stream to your tv.
Cost:
Simple: $2.99/week (billed $38.87 quarterly). I don't know any other gym that offers a huge variety of workouts at any time of day for $2.99 a week.
(Skip down to my Pet Peeve below to check out a more total package that INCLUDES Portion Fix and supplements if you want to attack fitness AND nutrition!)

Beachbody on Demand Review: What Workouts Are Included?

Beachbody on Demand Review - ExtrasThe Member’s Library portion of Beachbody on Demand is launching with the full program of many of the most popular favorites:
Brazil Butt Lift
Insanity
P90X
P90X2
P90X3
TurboFire

Also included are downloadable PDF versions of the Fitness Guides, Calendars, Quick Starts, Fit Tests, and Nutrition Guides that would normally come with the physical products. 

Beachbody on Demand Review: “Purchased Programs”

 In the “Purchased Programs” section of Beachbody On Demand, some programs are available to stream if you’re already bought them. And Beachbody says it will continue to add to this portion of the library as well. So if you purchased any of the following, you’ll see them in the Purchased Programs section of Beachbody on Demand:

Beachbody on Demand “News and Noteworthy”

In the “News and Noteworthy” section of Beachbody on Demand, you have the ability to try some of the other programs to see if you’d like to purchase them. So if there have been programs you’re curious about, you can try a workout from them for free. 

The Good, Bad, and Neutral

Beachbody is finally catching up to the 21st century by getting into the streaming game. James has spent countless hours ripping DVDs to phone so that I could stream them while I work out in my garage or gym. This not only makes it quicker for me to get started, but it also ensures that I’ll have these workouts for life since the DVDs get scratched and become unplayable (not much is more frustrating than doing a workout that skips… especially if it skips back and adds time to your workout!!!). So I’m delighted that they’re offering this. But it doesn’t mean I like everything about it. 
  • RENTING VS. OWNING: With Beachbody on Demand, you’re essentially renting these workouts since it’s a membership. Just like you don’t own the movies you watch on Netflix, you don’t own these either. So if/when you cancel your Club Membership (and thereby canceling access to Beachbody on Demand), well, no more workouts for you. Whereas when you buy a workout program, it is yours to keep f-o-r-e-v-e-r.
  • PDFs: While having an electronic version of a manual or nutrition guide is great for some, others would prefer to have something they didn’t have to print off or read on their tablet.
  • Pet Peeve: While the nutrition programs are available on demand, it doesn't include the actual portion fix cups and fixate portion control nutrition program. or Shakeology. These are two key components of my success and the success of most of my clients.  Beachbody has "solved this problem: by creating a new Challenge Pack. You can now get the portion control program, Shakeology (or a performance pack) AND On Demand in one package with a savings of $75.00.

Shakeology Challenge Pack: Shakeology and 90 days of On Demand. Click HERE

Performance Line Challenge Pack: Energize and Post Workout Stack, Portion Fix Nutrition Program and 90 days of On Demand. Click HERE

On Demand Video Streaming Only. Click HERE

Moving Out of My Teaching Comfort Zone and into Sales

I love Mary Kay. There I said it. I love the pink boxes and products. Their mascara? To DIE FOR. When one of my teacher friends announced on Facebook that she was going to become a consultant, I immediately wanted in. I wanted to help  and support her by buying from her.

First, I knew there would be wine at her Mary Kay party. Second, I looked forward to getting together with her and friends to eat brunch, chat, and I already knew I liked the product. The quality is high and I knew I could trust her not to sell me something that I didn't need.

The trust comes from the relationship I developed with her in another part of my life. As teachers, we had shared a summer of professional development. We also shared an income that would not change based on how hard we worked.

Yep. teaching is this weird space in the world where no matter how good you are or how hard you work, your pay does not change. It is what it is. So if you are looking for upward mobility or just some extra cash, you have to look elsewhere.

I find more and more that my friends in education are doing this. And I like to support them, I became one of them when I began my own Beach Body coaching business. Suddenly, being innovative, supportive, and hard working paid off....in actual dollars.

My BB income is directly related to how I work and the time I put in. For someone who has never worked a sales job, this has been powerful.

Two things happened with my teaching friends when I started talking about being a coach on social media.

The first, often happened when I saw them at work. That odd, twisted face of confusion. Sales?Commission? Why would I do that? Some eye rolls. Direct Sales? Multi level marketing? Really Kirsten?

Education was in order. Do you buy cosmetics? Who makes money when you do that? (the sales clerk,Clinique, Macys) Do you pay for a trainer at a gym? Who makes money (The trainer, the gym)?
The difference between when you buy Mary Kay and Clinique? The commission, the profit goes to somebody you know. The person selling the product knows you. Knows your life. I am assuming you all keep people in your life that you trust.

The second thing that happened was that I learned that others were doing it too, for a variety of reasons. Some of them had started it just to get a discount on their favorite products. Others, to make extra money. I started it as a way to doing something for myself...totally unrelated to my students, my school or my own family.

My guess is that all of them found that the ability to sell, in their own time outside of school, was a huge plus. Their people skills as teachers translate well into their new second career and it connects them to others in a fun way.

So yes, I buy Mary Kay. Norwex, and DoTerra. I support my friends in their new business ventures. I buy products that I would use anyway, from people I know. Shopping now means relaxing at home and scrolling Facebook or drinking mimosas at a Mary Kay brunch. It lands on my porch without having to brave the mall.





Starting To Get Fit...When You Don't Really Want To OR Know How

Sooooo, lazy girl secret? I don't just LOOOVVEEE eating brussel sprouts and working out. It is NOT the reason I wake up in the  morning.

By nature, all I want to do is sit on the couch, drink coffee, watch reality tv and chat with my friends.

However, several years ago I knew something had to change.

There are a few habits that I started with which have helped me lose weight, gain muscle, and reach a better level of fitness.

Journal. Journal everything. Every single thing you put in your mouth. The beer, the mac and cheese, gum. Everything. Do it without judgement. This is data that you care collecting. You want to get a total picture of your nutrition.

Speaking of pictures. Take them. In your swim suit, in your underwear.

How do I journal? Any way you want. Use a google doc, piece of paper in your purse, or buy a special notebook from Barnes and Noble. Whatever works for you. Remember, you are building habits that will set you up for success!

If you happen to have a pedometer, track your steps.

How long ? Start with 2 weeks. But really, I still journal. It has been three years!

At the end of two weeks you notice that you do not have 14 days of journaling complete, you may need an accountability buddy! 

This is somebody who is also committed to journaling! Check in each day with them to support and hold each other accountable.

What happens after two weeks?

Keep journaling PLUS add in 30 minutes of fitness every day!

What qualifies as fitness?

Any  movement that gets your heart rate up higher than sitting on the couch that you do NOT already do. PLUS, you are doing it for fitness. So mowing the lawn does not count. Coaching soccer does not count. Why? Because you are already doing it.

If you could get fitter by doing what you are doing now, you would already be fit, right?

Do this for two weeks. Next step? Working on nutrition and upping your level of fitness!



22 Day Hard Corps: Dinner (Fix Approved)

Dinner is always part veg and protein. Usually 1 red and 1 green, but once in a while I need to double up on both if I forgot my snack or Shakeo during the day. Evening is the hardest time of day for me to stay clean and on program.

I am tired, stressed, and I just want to sit down in front of the tv with a jar of peanut butter. BUT, I also don't want to mess up my hard work during the day.

This sometimes means that I eat without my family. If I try to wait until James gets home,  I am starving and eat twice what I should. I know it breaks the "you must eat dinner with your family code, but it is what I need to do for me.

I always have some protein and veges cooked. That way it is easy to come home, scoop, re heat and sit down to dinner.
My go to protein is boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I bake quite a few breasts each Sunday. My favorite recipes:

Balsamic Garlic Chicken: The name just about says it! Dump a bunch of crushed garlic and balsamic on top of thawed chicken breasts. Marinate over night. If you are feeling fancy....add some Mrs Dash or other seasoning (leave out the salt!)

Holy Heck That is Spicy Chicken: Take the Spicy Adobe Avocado sauce from the 22 Day Hard Corp recipe book. Take chicken breasts and cut  slits into the meat. Douse with spicy sauce. Bake.

Eating JUST chicken gets boring. This time around, I am adding shrimp. Great protein and low calorie!
Spicy Shrimp: Take thawed shrimp, de vein and take off the shell. Meanwhile, roast chopped onion and bell pepper.  After the veges are softened, add in shrimp. Sprinkle Fiesta Lime Dash over shrimp and cook until juicy and pink. If you have any yellows left, this would rock in fajitas. I tend to just put it over a bed of lettuce and eat.

Ginger Shrimp Soup: Feeling the need for Asian? Or American Asian? Use low sodium broth and mix in low sodium soy sauce. Drop in shredded ginger to taste. Simmer. Add clean shrimp and sugar snap peas. I also love shredded carrots in this recipe. Top it off with chopped green onion.

My favorite veges? I am afraid that I am not too adventurous here.

Brussel Sprouts: Clean, chop in half if they are super big. Sprinkle your favorite Mrs Dash over and put into a 400 degree oven.  Cook until just soft. I micro mine during the week so I like them a little underdone. If you are eating all of them at once, cook until soft all the way through. I also like mine a little burnt on the outer leaves.

Steam Bag Broccoli. I know, I k now. Not very "clean". But I can toss them into the micro for 5 minutes and they are done with no mess.

Peppers and Onions: I love to chop and roast these in the oven. They go with almost all proteins.

Sugar Snap Peas: Steam or boil for a few moments and they stay crunchy and sweet. Perfect.

WHY don't I include measurements? I use my Portion Fix containers to determine how much I use. That way there is no "tasting" or leftovers (unless I need them for lunch the next day). There is a lot less waste as well. If I only cook what my family needs, none of it goes into the trash.




Week 1 Nutrition: 22 Day Hard Corps Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks

Week 1 over.... 90% on point with nutrition and 5 pounds down. Was I satisfied? For the most part. were there times I was hungry? YEP. Did I have to eliminate things that I love? Yes. Was it worth it? So far!

Performance Energize is a research based formula that came out last year. It provides me the kick I need for the 3:30 am wake up call and workout. I get a boost and a bit of a tingle, without a crash later on. I take two scoops and 20 minutes later I am ready. It contains,
  • Beta-alanine, an amino acid that helps buffer lactic acid buildup, which helps improve exercise performance and delay muscle fatigue.
  • Low‑dose caffeine from green tea to enhance energy and focus.
  • Quercetin, a plant‑based nutrient and powerful performance enhancer, shown to help improve endurance and delay time to fatigue.

Breakfast

Steel Cut Oats with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
2 eggs with spinach and Mrs Dash seasoning

Tea (lots!) of tea. I gave up coffee. Now, you don't have to do that. However, I LOVE cream and sugar in my coffee and I know that to get maximum results I have to take the sugar and cream out of my coffee. So tea it was!

I take two tablets of Activat with breakfast. It is a multivitamin that helps me with energy and ensures my body is getting what it needs.

Lunch
Brown rice with chicken and spicy avocado dressing. Tweak number 2? When baking the chicken I cut slits into the chicken and spread the dressing on top. Chicken came out moist and spicy.  If you are spicy shy, cut the amount of chipotle peppers and adobe sauce in half when making the recipe. I also chopped up some cilantro and threw it on top in the morning when I packed it. the cilantro added a bit of freshness that brightened it up.

Snacks
Cold Snap Peas. The program suggest eating these with lunch, but I liked having them by themselves, usually in the car on the way home.

Bell Peppers and Hummus. This was the first of my tweaks. The program suggests Romaine Lettuce and Hummus. Uh....I did not see myself eating lettuce. I eat every single drop of hummus. I am not below licking the bowl clean.

Shakeology with fruit. This is another tweak. I added coconut water! Vega Strawberry with fruit and coconut water. Tasty and tropical!

Later this week, I will share my Cheats, "OOOPSES", and Dinners!

22 Day Hard Corps Prep and Start

So....finished with the Hammer and Chisel with decent results. Why not great results? My diet was NOT on point. So, part of 22 Day Hard Corps for me is sticking tight to the nutrition plan and completing every single work out.

What I Needed and Ordered

The program (obviously)! I went with the basic package. I already have the container system and a home direct order of Shakeology. If you don't, I would go for the Challenge Pack this month. It comes with a FREE sandbag. I plan to use the weights I already own.

The workouts require a soft spot to do push ups and sit-ups plus light and medium weights (or the sand bag). Plus, a pull up bar or band with door kit.

Time and Space: You can easily do these in your bedroom or living room.The program brags that it only takes 22 minutes. HOWEVER, be aware that if you are slow to warm up or need to completely warm up before working out to prevent aches and pains later, plan on doing the 15 minute cold start warm up. I always do this. Otherwise, my knees hurt the next day. The first week, you actually do two workouts on some days. One 22 minute cardio and a short ab workout. Still short, still doable.

Food Plan
The program comes with a complete food plan that helps you choose the right amount of food from the right food groups. It is based on your current weight. I always take the easy way and use my portion control system.

This time around, I am following the recipes and food plan that is provided in the program. Coming up with my own recipes usually ends with bland chicken and boredom.  I am also following the suggested types of foods at each meal. I am hoping this helps me optimize my weight loss while keeping hunger at bay.

At the end of the week, I will share my food list and recipes with you all (I want to make sure that they work!)

First Impressions!
Day 1: Performance Energize. I sucked that stuff down and started feeling tingly. I use two scoops, not just one. Why? I am giving up coffee for 8 weeks. I LOVE cream and sugar with my coffee and that is NOT going to get me my summer body. Coffee may resume week 3... weekends only! I want to get used to working with out it before re introducing it.

Fitness Test! Ironically, I just did the fitness testing for the state with my 5th and 7th graders at school. I dutifully wrote down my results. I cannot wait until the end of the 8 week to see my progress.

Cardio 1 AND Core 1: Workout is full of basic moves. NO hard to learn choreography. Simple, repetitive movements. By the end of the workout I was the sweatiest that I have been for weeks. It is intense and non stop. I felt my heart rate drive up during each round. The short breather between rounds was just enough to give me the strength to start up again. This will probably become my favorite cardio of any of the BB programs I have done.

It seemed quick and easy, but by the end of it I was wiped. My knees survived with little problems and the next day they were not sore or painful. My abs, however, are sore from the core workout!

Check back in this weekend for my food plan and impressions of the remaining workouts! If you want to join my team and ONLINE SUPPORT AND Accountability Group, fill out the form below!

Cauliflower Party .... (Yes You Read That Right, Cauliflower)

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It all started with a post in my challenge group about using cauliflower as pizza crust. I didn't know how to do it, but someone in my online challenge group did.

An idea sparked, the result was The Cauliflower Party. Yes. Cauliflower. Five of us planned to get together and let our friend Janine, walk us through using cauliflower in place of flour and bread in many of our favorite recipes. 


I also offered up Vodka...hey I can't invite anyone over without offering some kind of martini.

Before they arrived, I tried a coconut water and flavored vodka mix. Total fail. Gross!

Janine brought over a bowl of cauliflower that had already been decimated and one head that had only been cut up, recipes for several recipes and the ingredients.

paleo, 21 day fixThe rest of us put our hands to use. The best part? The conversation and time together. When I started on this journey of health the one thing I missed was the camaraderie during a night out having a few beers and greasy bar food. The conversations and laughs. The shared time together with other people. The food and drinks always set me back when it came to my weight loss and health journey. However, hanging out in that atmosphere every weekend while saying no to the drinks and food wasn't fun.

This was. Everybody arrived around 6:30 and left about four hours later. We tried out several recipes, shared the evening, cleaned up the kitchen, boxed up the remaining food, and then parted ways, promising to do it again. No guilt about the calories consumed. No designated driver needed. The next morning I didn't have a food or booze hangover.
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Oh NO! Am I becoming an adult? Damn.

My favorite? Cauliflower Hot Wings. We left the butter out and used way less flour. I am happy to report that they are just as good the second day!

The tortillas were awesome, too. Soft, warm and definitely ready to hold anything you normally put into a tortilla.What the recipe doesn't include, BUT what we all think is essential is the cilantro oil that Janine put into the mix and fresh cilantro that we chopped and added.

Finally, the flat bread.  Topped with stewed tomatoes, cheese and cilantro.  Delicious!

All of these recipes are guilt free and part of the Portion Fix nutrition program. Interested in learning more? Email me! Kirsten@beachbodycoach.com or fill out the form below and I will contact you!

Doing What I Love to Build a Team of Success!

Three years ago I quit a job I loved so that I could do what my family needed. I started to home school my son, worked a part time job, and focused on everyone but me. I found my weight up and my energy down. Enter Twitter and Terri Devore.

I was at work, posting on Twitter, when I saw a simple Tweet from a crazy looking, pink hair girl. The Tweet was simply, "Are you looking for a way to keep fit and make extra cash?" I "liked" it, thinking nothing of it.

Then the pink haired girl contacted me. When Terri first told me  about the 21 Day Fix and being a Beach Body coach, I put her off.

After all, I did not have time to get into sales and I did not want to con my friends into trying something. But she persisted, and the next thing I knew, I was joining up with the 21 Day Fix and (because I am cheap!) using the coach discount.

Two weeks into the program I started to see results and so did those around me. My meals were healthier and I was happier.

Three weeks into the program, when people saw I was serious, they started to ask me what I was doing.

Four weeks into the program, I started my own challenge group and got my first BeachBody checks. 


The checks were small at first,  but I didn't care. All I was doing was working out, drinking Shakeology, and posting about it online. Plus, I now had a group of women who depended on me to help them...talk about accountability and motivation! The checks are getting bigger and I am able to use the money for those "extras". Weekends away, classes for my son, and special treats for myself!

My network and business has grown. I am still posting and sharing my own experiences. My Challenge Group is going strong and I am proud of the work that I do promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles.

Kirsten SPall, Beachbody Coach, working momMy next challenge? Finding others who want their home business to support them in a healthy lifestyle.

What exactly is a Beachbody coach? Check out this blog post or fill out the Team Beach Body Application below. I will be in touch to see if you are a good fit for our team!


Portion Fix: When You Need Something Simple and Easy

For the past year, I have used the Portion Fix Nutrition program. 
Forget the calorie counting and food scales. With the Portion Fix, there's no complicated math, guessing, or weighing—only simple portion control that anyone can do. Each container corresponds to an essential food and macronutrient group and is specially designed to deliver just the right amount of food. You'll never have to "eyeball" your portions again—if it fits in the container, you can eat it!


  •  Your container set includes:
    • 1 Green container – Veggies
    • 1 Purple container – Fruits
    • 1 Red container – Proteins
    • 1 Yellow container – Carbs
    • 1 Blue container – Healthy Fats
    • 2 Orange containers – Seeds and Dressings
    • Portion Fix nutrition program and instructions with food lists and tips.
The number of containers you get each day, depends on your current weight and overall goals. For example, I get four reds and three yellows each day along with portions of the other colored containers. 

I prep my food ahead of time and then use the containers to "scoop". Super easy and no fuss. You can get the entire system for $39.90.   

The better deal? For $20.00 more you can get the 21 Day Fix workout program along with the Portion Fix Container System and become a part of my online Challenge Group! Join my group of supportive women who are focused and goal oriented. We set goals, plan, and hold each other accountable.

Take Pictures Damn It!

I hate the scale. It plays mind games with me. it tells me I can eat candy every day and not gain weight...until I step on it and have gained five pounds.

After losing 60 plus pounds it is stubborn and refuses to move.

Unless, that is, it jumps up and then inches down...sooooo slowwwwllllllyyyyyyyyy. Like molasses.

Pictures, however, seem to tell a more honest story.

For the past four weeks I have been working my butt off and eating 80% clean. I have been lifting heavier and being 100% consistent with my workouts.

I have also been fighting the scale. I know that at this point if I wanted to truly lose significant weight, I need to be 100% clean for a few weeks. At this point in the year, that is not going to happen. But my  brain still wants to magically see big losses at the scale. A part of me is disappointed that after 4 weeks of kicking ass with fitness, the numbers are not magically going down.

This week, I asked my husband to take some pictures. At first, I was upset. As I looked at the tiny phone screen, I saw no difference.

"That is it, I am going out today and buying a cake. Then I am eating it, all of it." I grumped to my husband.

He gave me a big hug.

The surprise came when I put the pictures next to my "before" pictures. PROGRESS! My belly's shape is changing, slimming.

And isn't that the point? Really, I like to look good in my Friday jeans. I don't want flab hanging out over the top.

On Valentines Day, when I put on "THAT dress" I want to look good.

So take some pictures. Document your journey. DO NOT depend on the scale.

If you need some help or want to know what I do, find me on facebook and ask me or sign up for my next Challenge Group here.