Thursday, December 12, 2013

Double-Sweet Potato Fries

A couple of nights ago I was making dinner and wanted to switch up my Sweet Potato Fries recipe and make something a little simpler.  Looking at the spices in my pantry I decided to throw a few things together and see what they turned out like and OH MY!  I was very pleasantly surprised.  I think this will be my new go-to recipe for sweet potato fries moving forward.  They were absolutely delish!


Finding The Fit Girl Inside me: Double Sweet Potato Fries. Clean Eating Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe.
Double-Sweet Potato fries

Since sweet potatoes are already naturally sweet themselves, I decided to call this recipe "Double-Sweet Potato Fries" as the seasonings just give it a little extra sweet kick!

Ingredients


5-6 large sweet potatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp of each seasoning:
Chipotle Chili Powder
Smoked Paprika
Stevia
Cumin
Dried Parsley
Cinnamon

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and cover a baking tray with aluminum foil
  2. Combine all seasonings in a small dish
  3. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into large fries (steak fries)
  4. In a large bowl toss with a small amount of olive oil (just enough to coat all fries sparingly)
  5. Sprinkle seasonings over fries and toss again to coat evenly
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, turning over at the half way point





Saturday, December 7, 2013

Molten Lava Cake

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Moltan Lava Cake.  Clean Eating Dessert.
Clean Eating Dessert

Ingredients:
  • Olive oil in an oil sprayer
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup organic honey
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray 4 (4 ounce) ramekins with a very light coat of olive oil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of your wet ingredients (honey, applesauce, olive oil, egg whites, and vanilla).
  4. Whisk in your cocoa, and finally your flour. Blend well. You don’t want lumps (or at least, very few of them).
  5. Pour your cake mix into your ramekin(s), and place on a cookie sheet. Slide into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
Note: Once the sides have baked, you can turn the ramekin over onto a plate and check to see if you have too much liquid in the middle or if it’s baked enough. If you still have too much liquid, simply put the cake back into the ramekin, and bake longer, in 2 minute increments, until you get it just right.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Maple Glazed Carrots

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Maple Glazed Carrots.  Clean Eating Thanksgiving and Christmas Side Dish.
Clean Eating Side Dish



Ingredients

2 lbs carrots, peeled and sliced at an angle into 1/4 inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
2 tablespoons maple syrup (I only used one)
1 tablespoon butter
1.5 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots and cook until browned and crisp tender, about 8 minutes. 
2. Add broth and salt, stirring to scrape up the browned bits and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 5 minutes longer. Uncover, turn heat back up to high and cook off any additional liquids, about 1-2 more minutes. 
3. Remove from heat, stir in butter, syrup and parsley. 
4. Serve with your favorite main dish and enjoy!

1/2 cup is 84 calories, 4g fat and 3g of fiber 

Source: Clean Eating Magazine and The Big Red Pot


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sweet Balsamic Brussel Sprouts


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Sweet Balsamic Brussel Sprouts.  Clean Eating Thanksgiving and Christmas Side Dish
Clean Eating Side Dish

This is a fantastic, easy to make side dish that I love to throw together for my table at Thanksgiving. Not only is it full of flavor but it is colorful and looks fantastic on a platter.

There are many ways you can prepare the Brussels Sprouts.  You can keep them whole, cut them in half, or quarter them, depending on your preference.  I quartered this batch because I was short on time and wanted them to cook and brown faster.

Ingredients:
2- 32oz bags of Brussels Sprouts
1/2 white onion sliced into thin strips
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Organic Honey
1 cup Craisins

Directions:
1.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Peel and prepare the Brussels Sprouts, and rinse. Chop into quarters.
3.) Spray cookie sheet with olive oil.
4.) Coat Brussels Sprouts and onions with olive oil and evenly spread on the cookie sheet.
5.) Cook for 30-40 min stirring every 10-15 minutes.
6.) Add Craisins with 5-10 min remaining.
7.) Place on platter, or decorative pie plate and drizzle with Balsamic Glaze.

Balsamic Glaze:
1.) Whisk balsamic vinegar and honey together.
2.) Pour desired amount over Brussels Sprouts and serve warm.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Garlic Almond Broccoli

 
Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Garlic Almond Broccoli
Clean Eating Side Dish

 Ingredients:

  • 1 pound broccoli, steamed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup slivered almond
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Toast almonds until slightly browned.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.  Cook garlic until slightly browned.
  3. Place all ingredients in the pan and stir until warmed through.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail!


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Fail to plan, plan to fail

One thing you'll hear me say often is that I have zero interest in giving up EVERYTHING that I personally enjoy in life.  That's not the way I want to live, BUT I do want to be healthy, and I do want to enjoy living a healthy lifestyle, so I live it with a certain amount of balance.  Much of being able to maintain that balance comes down to planning.

So, coming up to the week of Thanksgiving, a holiday I fully intend to enjoy with my wonderful family, how have I prepared so far and how will I prepare this week?  This past month has mostly been sticking to my plan of eating clean everyday, getting in 5-6 meals a day and having 1 cheat meal a week.  Pretty standard.  This week, I have to deal with traveling, plus the holiday meal so I sat down today to map out my week to make sure I have as many clean meals planned as possible and my workout schedule (no slacking!).

Finding The FIt Girl Inside Me: Clean eating meal and workout plan

Some key clean eating principles and additional tips I'm going to be sticking to this week leading up to and after Thanksgiving are:
Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Clean Eating Portion Sizes
  • Protein and complex carbohydrate at every meal
  • 5-6 meals a day
  • Adhering to correct portion sizes
  • Drinking my daily Shakeology (YUM!)
  • Starting my day off with a glass of warm lemon water to help cleanse and prep my body for the day
  • Sticking to herbal teas
  • Limited alcohol intake
  • Drink at least half my body weight in water each day
  • Bringing my cooler packed with food to work and home so I can travel with healthy meals and snacks

With a vacation to prepare for over New Years Eve my motivation to look my best on the beach is higher than ever, but with Thanksgiving, Christmas and a crazy December coming up I'll have a lot to juggle and have to manage my time and my eating habits wisely.  Stay tuned for updates as I navigate this crazy time, map out the specific occasions I plan to enjoy and how I'll handle the rest of my time to stay on track with my clean eating goals.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Double Chocolate Shakeology Pancakes

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Chocolate Shakeology Pancakes
Chocolate Shakeology Pancakes

Makes 12 pancakes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flax seed
1/4 cup olive oil

2tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 cups milk
2 scoops chocolate shakeology 

Dark chocolate chips 
Light maple syrup
Additional preference: If you enjoy bananas and would like an extra dose of nutrients you could add a mashed banana to the wet mixture, just make sure it's thoroughly incorporated.  You may wish to put in a blender.

Directions

Sift dry ingredients  (flour, flax seed, baking soda and shakeology) into a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl whisk wet ingredients (olive oil, eggs, milk) together.

Slowly incorporate wet ingredients into large mixing bowl with dry ingredients.  Mix until a batter consistency and pour into a jug.  


Heat a large pan over a medium heat and spray with cooking spray.  Add 1/3 cup pancake batter and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

These pancakes can be frozen easily and popped into the toaster when you need them.  Delicious!!




Sunday, November 3, 2013

Give The Gift of Giving Back




This month Beachbody is offering perhaps my favorite offer so far.  The gift of giving back and paying it forward.  For every Beachbody Challenge pack purchased, Beachbody will donate $20 to Feeding America, but what does this mean?
Need a home workout that gets you results?  Want to give back in the process?  Check out this great November offer where you can get your at home workout program and help feed 180 people this holiday season!

Help Feed America this Holiday Season and get your customized at home workout program.  Take your health into your own hands.

$1 donated to Feeding America can provide meals for up to 9 people.  Your challenge pack purchase alone can feed up to 180 people this Holiday Season.  SERIOUSLY??? Just reflect on that.  180 people who cannot provide a meal for themselves this season could be fed because of you.



 Not only that, but you're giving the gift of health to yourself. Does this mean you can't enjoy your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year?  Absolutely not, but what you do leading up to and around these fun occasions will determine whether you can enjoy them guilt free.  So why not invest in your at home workout program now and take your health and fitness goals into your own hands.

The Gift Continues

Not only will Beachbody donate $20 to Feeding America this November, but when you purchase your challenge pack you'll also receive a $20 gift voucher to be used on a future Beachbody purchase.  What more can you ask for?

What is a Challenge Pack?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a challenge pack is, let me explain!  A challenge pack is a a fitness program of your choice such as P90X, Insanity, Turbofire, ect... and Shakeology (the healthiest meal of the day) combined with a free 30 day trial of Beachbody's club membership.  It ALSO includes free shipping, me as your Beachbody coach and a discounted price!  It is the complete total package that you need to get started on the right foot with your fitness journey. When you purchase a challenge pack Beachbody also waives the $40 coach sign up, to allow you to become a full or discount coach for free!!! (so you could also save 25% on all future Beachbody products!)



Shakeology does the body better.   So if you are in need of a complete overhaul with your health and fitness then this is the way to go.  As with other weight loss or nutrition programs out there you usually get half of the equation.  So you get the fitness with a gym membership, but lack the nutrition or with weight watchers you get some form of nutrition but no fitness component.

With Beachbody you get the expertise of the trainers who have developed the fitness programs, the nutrition guide and the online tools to help you plan out your meals and snacks plus the accountability of the small group and me as your coach!!  I will check in with you daily to help you create and reach your own personal goals. 

Join My Next Challenge Group


Many of you who follow my blog have your own health and fitness goals.  Maybe some of you have started your journey and are making wonderful progress, maybe some of you have yet to take the plunge.  I know personally taking that first step can ALWAYS be the hardest, but once you get yourself into a routine and start to see results, nothing can hold you back.  There is NO better feeling than knowing you are working towards a healthier and happier you, internally and externally.  Maybe you don't need the support of a challenge group to do this, you just need the right program and nutrition tools.  A challenge pack is a great option for you to consider.  If you DO find you need that extra level of accountability then ask me about my next challenge group and click on the picture above to tell me more about why you want to be a part of it.

Happy Healthy Holidays everyone!





Saturday, November 2, 2013

How to Conquer Cravings


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: How to combat cravings
Tips for combating cravings

Cravings can be our absolute worst enemies when it comes to trying to lose weight or stick to any health and fitness plan, regardless of your goals.  Here are some great tips from one of my inspirations, Clean Eating Auther Tosca Reno.

1.  Determine the source of your craving

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Herbal Tea to help combat cravings
Herbal Tea
Have you eaten balanced meals including one or two servings of starchy complex carbohydrates that day?  If you aren't feeling satisfied by your meals, it might cause you to crave other foods.

Are you simply thirsty?  It's common to mistake thirst for hunger.  Try quenching your craving with a tall glass of water or steaming mug of herbal tea.

Do you always crave chocolate at that time of the month?  Sometimes it's best to listen to your body and give it what it wants, so long as you practice portion control and don't make it an everyday (or even every week) habit.

2.  Distract yourself.

Close the kitchen and try any of the following activities:
Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Distract yourself from cravings
Distract yourself from cravings with a relaxing Bubble Bath
  • Go for a walk
  • Talk to a friend on the phone 
  • Paint your nails (you can't eat while your nails are wet!)
  • Take a bath
  • Garden
  • Hit the gym
  • Join one of my Clean Eating Support Groups and vent about your craving to other members.  Together we can support you towards your goals

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Clean Eating Snacks
Whole what pita chips and salsa

3.  Satisfy your craving in a CLEAN way

Craving sweets?  Have fresh berries or a handful of unsweetened dried fruits.

Craving salt?  Try unbuttered, air-popped popcorn, homemade baked pita chips and salsa or a handful of nuts.

 

4.  My own personal tip- Keep Your End Goal In Mind!


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Keep your goal in mind.  Fitness Inspiration
Fitness Inspiration
Everyone's goals are different, but whatever yours are make sure they are visible every single day.  Post an inspirational picture on your fridge, pantry, bathroom mirror.  Wherever you think you'll see it and need it most.  Keep a copy on your phone to refer to during moments of weakness when you are out and about.

Still feel like you need some extra support and guidance?  Complete the form below to join my next upcoming closed online support groups.  My 30 day Clean Eating and Shakeology support group or my 60 day Clean Eating and Fitness support group for those doing a workout program they need support with.






Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Confession time!!


Feeling Fit and Fabulous.
Best shape EVER on vacation!  Visiting wonderful childhood friends.

So I promised when I started this blog to be perfectly honest with anyone who may be following my progress and that is what I intend to do.  October has definitely been a challenging month for me.  Between my trip to Northern Ireland to visit friends and family, dealing with the week leading up to the trip and trying to get things organized for work, then dealing with the emotions of coming back from a trip where I have to say goodbye to many people I love and will miss is very emotionally draining.  I'm human.  Sometimes I can't do it all too!  I was however able to get a few workouts in here and there, even on vacation and managed to keep healthy snacks on me and eat a good breakfast each day but I still am off track with my workout program and it's thrown me a bit out of wack.

Don't let life knock you down.
Life happens!

The week coming back from vacation was probably the most difficult.  I think it's always hard jumping straight into work and a stressful job the day after you return from holiday and the wheels just kept spinning from there.  Workouts were minimal but I was able to maintain a relatively good eating pattern.  Not 100% but fairly good.  Now it's time to let the excuses go.









Body Beast weight lifting program
Back on the horse!

Phase 2 of my Body Beast/T25 hybrid program was pretty much demolished for me this month so I'm going to re-start it over again.  Beginning yesterday with Body Beast Bulk Chest and today with Bulk Legs!  One of my favorites.  I ALWAYS feel leg day for a couple of days afterwards and it's a great reminder to me of the hard work I put in and my changing body.





Shakeology 3 day Cleanse


Reboot your system and get rid of the toxins in your body.
Shakeology 3 day cleanse

To help get rid of a lot of the toxins and junk I put in my body while on vacation I'm going to be doing the Shakeology 3 day cleanse starting on Monday.  I've chosen Monday for this because I know doing a cleanse would be more difficult for me when I have more time over the weekend to sit at home and think about food!  When I'm at work, my mind is focused on other things.  The great thing about this cleanse though is that it's not an all liquid cleanse.  You still eat substantially well, just entirely clean and substitute 3 of your 6 meals a day with Shakeology.  Considering I love the shakes anyway I don't see this being too much of a problem.  I'm excited to reboot my system though and prepare myself for the best possible eating habits leading up to Thanksgiving (I fully intend to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in all it's glory).  I'll post the results from my cleanse on here once I've finished!  I also plan on doing this after Thanksgiving and Christmas so if you have an interest in joining my 3 day challenge group for the Shakeology cleanse fill in the form below and I'll notify you closer to the date so you can get your Shakeology supplies for it.

My Committment:  I WILL be in the best shape I've been in by Christmas! Who's with me?

If you're ready to make a change and would like to join one of my upcoming 3 day Shakeology challenge groups or my 60 day clean eating and fitness support groups, fill in the application below.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

I attended a retreat weekend in Deep Creek, Maryland with the BEST bunch of women you could find.  My fellow Dream Team coaches.  Shout out to Melanie for making this weekend happen.  One of the most awesome aspects of coming together with a group of like-minded women to stay in a beautiful cabin on the lake was that everyone cooked for each other and I got to try a bunch of new amazing recipes.  I had to share my favorite one!  I have a raging sweet tooth and love anything chocolate or peanut butter so when one coach whipped out these delicious treats, trust my my will power was very weekend.  It was hard to stop after a couple but these definitely are a treat, one you can feel less guilty about than grabbing a payday or snickers bar though!

Super easy, super quick to make and everyone will love them.  I guarantee it!  Thanks to Nicole for sharing the recipe!  Check out her blog at the link below.

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Fudge Bars.  Clean Eating Desserts!
Clean Eating Desserts!

Ingredients

1 16oz jar of natural creamy Peanut Butter
1 1/4 cups Natural Honey
2 scoops 100% Natural Whey Protein Powder
3 cups rolled oats

Directions


  1. Heat Peanut Butter in the microwave for about 90 seconds
  2. Add in honey and stir
  3. Mix in Protein Powder
  4. Combine Oats with Peanut Butter Mixture
  5. Spread Evenly in a 9x13 pan and refrigerate for at least an hour
  6. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares and enjoy!




Source: http://nicolekeating24.blogspot.com/2013/10/peanut-butter-fudge-power-bars.html


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Taco Soup

This is probably one of my favorite recipes during the Fall and Winter months.  It is unbelievably easy and can be eaten in 2 different ways, chunky or blended.  I'm not the biggest fan of tomatoes so I discovered the blended version accidentally and it's my favorite way to eat it now!


Taco Soup- Great Clean Eating Fall and Winter Recipe
Taco Soup- Great Clean Eating Fall and Winter Recipe!
Servings- Approx 16 (1 1/2 cups each)

Ingredients


  • 2lb of lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (I like Rotel diced tomatoes and chilli's)
  • 3/4 bag of frozen sweetcorn
  • 5-6 cans of your favorite beans. Choose Low-Sodium cans. (Kidney, Pinto, White, Navy, Black beans- you can mix and match but definitely include black beans)
  • 3 packets low sodium taco seasoning(You can also make your own which is preferable and cleaner)
  • Water


Preparation


  • Brown your meat in a large pot.  While meat is cooking, drain your beans into a colander and rinse.
  • Once meat is cooked, add your beans, tomatoes in their juices and sweetcorn.
  • Add water to cover.
  • Mix in taco seasoning
  • Cook on low for 1-2 hours.  If you have the time, cook for 2 hours for flavouring.
Tips:
Once the soup is done you have two options. Eat it chunky, as is, or what I like to do is blend it so that it's almost like a think bean dip.  You can serve with multigrain scoop chips if it fits your dietary goals or leave these out. The soup is incredibly filling without.

Optional is to top with a little shredded cheese and non-fat greek yogurt or light sour cream.


This recipe freezes so well and I usually portion off into freezer baggies for grab on the go meals throughout the fall and winter. 



Taco Soup- Great Clean Eating Fall and Winter Recipe





Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mini Steak and Blue Cheese Pizzas

I don't know about you, but anything with steak and blue cheese in it for me is an absolute go!! I can't wait to try these myself.  To cut down on a little prep time I'm sure you could also use whole wheat pita's for this!



Serves: 4
Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 lb ball whole-wheat pizza dough, room temperature (TIP: Make your own dough with CE’s recipe)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 oz top sirloin steak
  • 1/8 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into thin 10-inch-long slices
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp crumbled blue cheese
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Separate dough into 8 equal balls and flatten each into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake until edges and bottoms are golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat vinegar on medium-high. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mist a grill pan with cooking spray and heat on medium. Season steak with salt and pepper. Add to pan and cook, turning once, until steak reaches desired doneness, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil.
  4. To grill pan, add onion and sauté, stirring often, until golden brown. Remove from heat.
  5. Thinly slice steak against the grain. Top crusts with onion, arugula, steak and cheese. Drizzle with vinegar and bake for 2 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
Nutrients per serving (2 Mini Steak & Blue Cheese Pizzas): Calories: 443, Total Fat: 17 g, Sat. Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Carbs: 78 g, Fiber: 12 g, Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 24 g, Sodium: 404 mg, Cholesterol: 16 mg

Source: Clean Eating Magazine

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Suck It Up Now, So You Don't Have To Suck It In Later!




I had a great last minute opportunity this month to take a week long vacation back to Northern Ireland to visit my friends and family in Belfast.  Words can honestly not explain how amazing this trip was and how incredibly excited I was to be able to take it.  I've been living in the United States now for a little over 8 years and as much as I love it over here, it's never, ever going to be easy going home to visit and then having to say goodbye to my friends and family not knowing the next time I'll see them, but I'm forever grateful for every opportunity I have to visit!

Traveling can be difficult for someone who lives a healthy lifestyle to deal with.  My life is about balance though.  I've paid many dues to get to where I'm at now, and although I'm still not at my goal and it's a work in progress I fully intend to enjoy life along the way!  It was SO fantastic to be able to go home and enjoy many of the foods I had missed entirely guilt free.  Will they set me back in my goals- a little but this trip absolutely did not derail me!

My plan= Preparation, Preparation, Preparation


Food


Knowing what to expect on this trip I made plans before I traveled to make sure that I could make as many healthy decisions as possible beginning with the flight over.  Nobody likes airplane food, so in preparation I made sure I had my blender bottle with a packet of shakeology stuffed into my carryon luggage along with some healthy cocoa almonds to snack on should I feel peckish!!



My flight also happened to be an overnight flight but there was no mention of breakfast being served, only dinner.  I also knew that by the time the flight landed, I got my luggage and got on the road it would be close to lunchtime, so I packed a paper bowl and a baggie with oatmeal, flaxseed, craisins and some light maple syrup.  To my surprise they did serve breakfast on the plane, but I slept through it so I've no idea what it was and of course when I woke I was starving!  Thankfully, I came prepared!  Little hot water and I was sorted!


When I go home, much of my time is spent running around catching up with people I haven't seen in a long time, my days start early (most of the time) and run late, and trust me that requires energy!  I knew that many of my meals would be eating out and I wasn't being strict with myself on this trip but I made SURE I had a healthy meal each day drinking my Shakeology.  In preparation I purchased a box of the individual serving packets for easy traveling and lucked out that all of my friends and relatives have blenders, but just in case, I had my blender bottle with me!  My aunt went shopping the night before my arrival and picked up some semi-skimmed milk (that would be fat-free to my American friends!) and some all natural peanut butter.

I also made sure I had little packets of cocoa almonds handy and had chopped up some carrot sticks when I got to my aunts house which I threw in a baggie to take with me on the go.

Workouts


Right now I've been doing a combination of Body Beast weight training and adding in T25 for cardio.  Obviously traveling makes it difficult to continue to weight train but I did have my laptop with me and decided to bring T25 for cardio.  It's quick, I knew my time would be limited but 25 minutes is not hard to fit in.  Most of the time it simply require being dedicated and committed to your goals and making it happen.



I also made sure to play the role of tourist much better on this vacation and see many of the things I didn't take advantage of when I lived in the area so plenty of walking took place on this trip!

This trip was not only amazing for me to be able to go home and see friends and family, but it also taught me how important it is for me to be able to continue to maintain my life of balance and take care of myself.  I have never felt better on vacation before.  I'm proud of what I've achieved so far and how my pictures from this trip looked, but not only that I'm proud that I have come far enough to make smart decisions when it comes to taking care of myself without sacrificing having a great time!  Was plenty of wine flowing?  Absolutely!  Did I enjoy food that wasn't clean?  Heck yes!  Has it stopped me from working towards my goals? Not a chance!  I'm back home now and back on track.



Next step- 3 day Shakeology cleanse to help clean the slate and get me back on track!

 






Sunday, October 6, 2013

Phase 1 Body Beast and T25 review




The end of August wrapped up Insanity for me and I was absolutely thrilled with my results from it but wanted to start incorporating more weight training into my life again.  There are a couple of great at home programs to choose from, from Beachbody.  If you're just starting out Chalean Extreme is great, but having had some experience with weight training in the past and a desire to build up my own equipment at home I decided to go with Body Beast and have LOVED every minute of it.   I also decided to check out Shaun T's new T25 workout and incorporate that in for my cardio days with Body Beast.

There are 3 phases to this program.  The first 2 phases are Build phases where you essentially bulk up, build your muscle and strength and then phase 3 is the lean phase where, in lamans terms you cut off some of the fat you put on during the 1st 2 phases to reveal the lovely muscle you've been building underneath.

My Review

I've put together a video of my review of Phase 1 of my Body Beast/T25 hybrid program and included a few of my meal plans below to let you know how I've been planning and eating throughout this phase.



Meal Plans

 


I've also included my schedule for these workouts as I started the program in the middle of the week.  I am about a day off schedule at the moment, which is fine!  For all of us, life happens and you just have to go with the flow, but I'm really loving this program and hoping to see some great results from it.

I have an unexpected last minute trip to Ireland coming up this week which is going to throw a slight wrench in my schedule.  My plan at the moment is to get as much weight training in as possible from friends in Ireland who can bring me to the gym and on the days I can't make it I have my T25 cardio.  I'll keep you posted on how I handle the challenges of eating and working out on vacation.  Having not been home for over a year and a half my plan is to certainly enjoy much of what I've missed but I plan to keep healthy snacks on me and eat a healthy breakfast everyday.  The rest is up in the air at the moment!




Clean Eating Chicken Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Lb free range chicken breast, cut in chunks
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon (optiional)

Preparation

Saute onions, add garlic, ginger, curry, cinnamon and cumin.
Stir.
Add chicken. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add coconut milk, water and yogurt. Stir to coat.
Let simmer stirring occasionally.
20 minutes or until chicken is cooked.

Add lemon juice (optional)


I simmered for about 30 min and let sit for about 10 and it thickened up a little better. Definitely tastes better when served warm and not overly hot.


Source: Oxygen Magazine, and Tosca Reno Clean Eating Website