Week 7 & 8: Obsession Update

Since I had taken so long to post my week six wrap up, I decided to wait until today to post a recap of Week 7 and Week 8. Sometimes it’s nice to change it up a bit, yeah?

Can you believe I just said WEEK 8???? Holy smokes! I am ONE month away from completing this program, and that will be a huge win for me. 80 day is a long ass time, and like I’ve mentioned before, I had some serious doubts if an 80 day program could keep my attention. Good news: it clearly has!
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So Week 7….for some reason my motivation this week was a little lackluster. I survived Murphy’s Birthday Party (yes, my dog) where there was pizza, and I said NO to some seriously delicious treats at a Bingo Fundraiser I attended with my Mom. My meal prep was on point…..check out my fridge that week! Week 7 ended with me feeling really great!

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I was beyond sore during week 7, more so than usual, so I made sure to really utilize my foam roller and my love for Lush Bath Bombs. My schedule was so hectic I couldn’t get into my sports chiropractor for some dry needling or a massage, but you better believe I’ll be making sure they happen this week. These bath bombs though….throw one in the tub, light a candle, grab some personal development to read, and you have a nice relaxing little time.

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I’ve mentioned this several times before, but the single most important thing to use when doing this program is the performance line. The pre workout, post workout recovery, and overnight recharge formulas help my muscles so much. Those of you who aren’t using it are feeling pains you don’t need to. Trust me on this!

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And then there was Week 8…probably my favorite lifting set up of the phase. I love doing 2x15s because I love feeling that muscle fatigue and really having to dig deep to push myself. I honestly have loved the majority of the workouts this phase, and even the ones I didn’t love as much I still liked, I just disliked a move or two. Workout wise, I killed it and feel strong AF.

Nutrition wise….ugh. I was a hot ass mess! I slipped up on our themed night at the kickboxing studio because one of my coaches had made macarons (you guys know how I feel about them)….I wasn’t even mad, they were delicious! Then I fell victim to one of the leprechaun trash treats I had made (whoops), and since I was making corned beef reubens for St. Patty’s Day, I had one, too. So there’s that….a few slip ups, but nothing that I am beating myself up over.


Since it was Week 8, it was a refeed week, which was on Wednesday, the same day the macarons happened. This time around I avoided the vanilla wafers and enjoyed the chickpea brownies for several of my carb servings. I also had a bagel with salmon and spinach and a big fat ol cheeseburger! I’m thankful refeed day is only once every two weeks, because the day after I was so sluggish and felt like garbage. All that white flour and sugar will do that to you.

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Hey, beauty!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about where I get my groceries and how much I’m spending on my groceries each week. Honestly, I’ve been spending pretty much exactly what I was spending before I started this program, which is about $40 a week. You guys see what I eat…..I’m not skimping on food!

I shop mostly at Aldi, Whole Foods 365, and Earthfare, and I’m just strategic in how I shop. I check the grocery store ads, I focus on one or two main proteins, and I buy in bulk if I can. Having a list helps, and so does going through your pantry before you shop to make sure you aren’t buying what you already have.

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I love Whole Foods 365…if there’s one by you, check it out!

Tomorrow begins the start of Phase Three….my final THIRTY days in this program! I can’t wait! Here’s my meal plan for the first week of the phase!

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Did I tell you guys that my final week in the program aka PEAK WEEK, I’ll be at an all inclusive resort in Mexico????? That will be interesting.

Off to meal prep! Hope you’ve had the best Sunday!

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Get Kate-tastic.

Lately my social media has been BLLLOOOWWWIINNNGGGG UP with people asking me about all the things that make my life Kate-tastic….the products I love, the stores I frequent, the people I support….and I love that! I truly love sharing my opinions on the things/places/people that are a part of my daily life, and I’m letting you know right now that I’m going to start sharing wayyyyy more about them from now on!

I know it is easy to look at a lot of my blog or Instagram posts and think that all I’m about is health and fitness, but there is so much more to me than weights, protein shakes, and fun headbands. Most new readers know I retired at the age of 34 from a career in education to fully operate my own fitness empire, so obviously fitness is a huge part of my life. However, most don’t know that my blog actually started years ago as a way to share the things I love with the people who I loved the most (at that time, only my family read my blog). While my family still reads my blog (Hi, Mom), my following has grown to over a thousand visits a day, and I want to make sure I am sharing things that all of you can find valuable, which includes going back to some of the material y’all loved in the beginning when my blog was a little baby blog.

One of my greatest loves is entrepreneurship, and I truly admire anyone who has  goal and goes all in to make it happen. I am very lucky to have many entrepreneurs in my life who I not only call my friends, but that I support because of the amazing products and services they offer. Supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses is my jam, and I encourage you to support your local pals, too!

Be on the lookout for posts coming your way on the things I love….they’ll be categorized as “Make Your Life Kate-tastic!”

Because, after all, you’re bringing a little of my life into your life, so that makes you Kate-tastic by association, right?



Leprachaun Trash

I know….that title is so appealing, right? Sometimes you shouldn’t change up a good thing and just need to call it what it is.

I shared earlier in the week on my Instagram that I had made (and eaten) leprechaun trash, and immediately I was bombarded by private messages for the recipe. I don’t blame you…it looks pretty and is super tasty, and both kids and adults alike love it.

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Here’s the easiest recipe in the world:

Katie’s Leprechaun Trash

-4 tablespoons butter
-5 cups Lucky Charms cereal
-1 10.5oz bag of mini marshmallows + 2 additional cups
-Rainbow Sprinkles

Melt butter on low heat in a large pan, adding in bag of marshmallows until completed melted. Add in remaining marshmallows, allowing them to melt partially, then mix in cereal and stir until completely coated in the marshmallow mixture. Pour into prepared 9×13 pan and press into pan evenly. Sprinkle immediately, then allow trash to sit for about 2 hours before cutting.

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Easy, right? And very similar to a Rice Krispie treat!

I hope the leprechauns in your life love them!

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Week 6: Obsession Brownie Points

It’s Little Friday aka Thursday and I am just NOW getting up my Week 6 Check in with you guys! Someone please yell at me.

In all seriousness, this has been one of those weeks where time has magically disappeared, and I am sitting here wondering how the hell it became Thursday. My To Do list is basically the length of a full marathon, and I cannot wait for some down time to this weekend to knock some of those things out. Amidst all the chaos, I am still trucking along with 80 Day Obsession. Sunday marked the end of Week 6….I can’t believe it! As of right now I’m down 10.5 lbs and about 17 inches…not too shabby.

Workout wise I have been crushing it. I am loving all of the workouts this phase and really can see improvement when it comes to the weights I am using and my endurance. I’ve been using double bands for many of the moves, and I love the challenge they create. If you are doing the program and haven’t tried a double band yet, do it. Challenge yourself!
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When it came to my timed nutrition, I was excited about the Refeed Day that was on the agenda, mostly because I was missing sugar majorly. One thing that surprised me this week….I wasn’t as into the sugar as I thought I would be, especially with the vanilla wafers that I had paired with my pre workout meal. Now let’s get something straight….I love sweets, and I love love love vanilla wafers. For some reason though I wasn’t enjoying the wafers when I ate them, and I was worried I wouldn’t like the rest of the items on my Refeed meal plan.

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Breaking up with these guys, 

Since I was a week behind everyone else doing the program, I was very careful selecting the recipes I would add in, and I made some BOMB ASS choices. They included the little blueberry pies that I already shared the recipe for, chicken and broccoli mac and cheese, healthy egg mcmuffins, and my personal favorite, chickpea brownies. OOOHHHHHH-MMMMM-GGEEEEEEEEE! Everyone said they were amazing, but I had to find out for myself. They were fantastic, and the good news was that no one knew chickpeas were the main ingredients! I had some additional taste tasters who found out after they sampled the brownies, and they gave them rave reviews. I loved everything else on my meal plan, so maybe there was something with the artificial ingredients in the wafers that made me feel strange.

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Someone is wishing he could have chickpeas.

Here’s the recipe for the chickpea brownies! Trust me, you need to try them! They are gluten free and flour less so those of you with food allergies could still enjoy them!

Fixate Chickpea Brownies

-1 15oz can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
-1/4 cup of grassfed butter
-2 large eggs
-1/2 cup pure maple syrup
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 pinch of sea salt
-1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life dark chocolate)

Preheat oven to 350. Line 9×9 pan with parchment paper or spray with coconut oil spray.

In a food processor or high powered blender, place chickpeas, butter, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Blend until smooth. Mix in chocolate chips, then spread batter into pan. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cut into squares and enjoy!

A few things I want to share:

***One brownie counts as one yellow.

***To make these extra tasty, spread a teaspoon on a brownie.

***The batter can look a little grainy….don’t worry…they taste amazing!

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Let them eat pie.

Sorry Marie Antoinette….you may have wanted everyone to eat cake, but I’m over here pushing pie!

And not just any pie…delicious mini pies that are healthy and fit a vegan meal plan! Say whhhaaaaaaaattt??!!!

Since today was a refeed day (for those not doing the same program as me, this is a specific day where the carbs I eat change a little and I can have some white flour/sugar options that fall into the meal plan). When I knew this day was coming, I started to research what treats I wanted to have. I knew for sure I wanted to make chickpea brownies (they are delicious….I’ll have to share that recipe) and a few other recipes, but I kept coming back to one that sounded really tasty: no bake blueberry pies. Sure, I love pie! Let’s add that to today’s meal plan!


Let me share with you this easy recipe so you can make these delicious (and healthy) pies!


Crust Ingredients:
-2 2/3 cups gluten free graham crackers (I use Smoreables)
-1 Tbl pure maple syrup
-1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil

Filling ingredients:
-3 1/2 cups blueberries
-1/2 cup coconut sugar
-3 Tbl cornstarch+3 Tbl water
-1 cup water
-2 Tbl lemon juice
-1 dash sea salt

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Here’s what you need!

Pulse graham crackers in a food processor (or blender if you have one that is higher powered) until ground finely. Add syrup and coconut oil to mixture and pulse to combine.

Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners. Place 2 Tbl into each cup, then press with fingers to mold into a mini pie shell. Place in freezer to set.

In a saucepot, add 2 cups blueberries, coconut sugar, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cooking until the blueberries burst (about 7 minutes). Mix cornstarch plus tablespoons of water into a mixture, then mix into the blueberries until mixture thickens. Turn heat off, then stir in blueberries and lemon juice. Chill mixture in refrigerator until it reaches room temperature (about an hour). After chilled, fill each muffin cup with 1/4 cup of blueberry mixture, then refrigerate for 2 hours to allow pies to set. Enjoy!
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Those on a Fix inspired meal plan, one pie counts as 1/2 purple, 1 tsp, and 1 1/2 yellow.


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Week 5: Am I still obsessed?

Yep….I most certainly am!

This last week was the first week in Phase two, and I was excited/nervous to start it! Even though the workouts were different in Phase one, I had come to know what to expect, and I was loving them. Since I started a week after most of my challengers and friends, I heard them talk about how much more challenging the workouts were……eek!

I ended Phase one feeling really great….I was down about 8 pounds since I started and over 12 inches, and I felt so much stronger than when I started. Other than a few very minor snack issues and that taco night, I had stuck to my meal plan spot on. Check out my day one side photo compared to the one i snapped on day 29. It’s crazy that the difference is only 8 lbs. Don’t ever listen to the SCALE!

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Let’s talk about the challenges of the week, shall we?

Based on how Phase 2 is set up, I had to go up a bracket for food, meaning I needed to eat more. Guys, with this program I feel like I am always eating! I felt this way in Phase one, so knowing I had to eat more made me worried I wouldn’t get all my containers in. Everywhere I went I took some kind of food, and it inspired me to finally get a new lunch bag that would help me carry my food!

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I love these glass Pyrex containers!

I was between two different styles of Six Pack Bags but ended up with the Innovator Mini instead of the Innovator. For me that just worked better, but I encourage you to check out their options….there are many! The pink is so me, right?

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I did do pretty well with my meal plan this week, but I did have a slipup on Saturday when I had a small piece of thin crust pizza that Kyle had. Pizza is one of those foods for me that I absolutely love, and I thought I missed it….then I ate it, and I was like “No thanks, Tom Hanks.” It’s funny how your taste buds shift when you focus on nutrition and feel really good about what you are eating. Still, it was consumed, and I have to own up to it.

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My food for the week!

Workout wise, I killed it! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the new challenges of Phase two and the workout moves. There were so many great ones that made me feel strong and badass. I especially loved a move that included a tricep crab into a bear (sounds fun, right?) and a half turkish get up! And I am beyond thankful that every workout is easily accessible from my on demand library…I’d hate to be carrying around 80 DVDs! That would be so annoying! This ipad will be joining me this weekend when I get to Columbus because some of my workouts will be happening when I’m at a hotel for The Arnold Classic.

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This upcoming week will bring something exciting: refeed day! This day (Wednesday) is all about changing up the carbs, which means I can have some treats I haven’t been able to. Here is my plan for the week. You’ll notice that the reefed meals are listed below my meals for the rest of the week. Again, those are only enjoyed on Wednesday!

MealPlanFeb26Ready to rock this week! Be on the lookout for some recipes….I mentioned the blueberry pies on my Instagram Story (pssttt…..make sure you are following me there: @sparklefitnessbabe) and a bunch of people are asking for that recipe already!

Let’s make this week amazing!

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Because even adults need homework….


Earlier today I was searching for a specific photo when I came across this one. I had told myself this year I wanted to make my own version of a bucket list and complete these basic actions…all things that I believe would make me a better person.

Sometimes we get complacent…with what we know, where we go, what we read, even with what we eat. Why not try to break out of our comfort zones?

I challenge you to make a list like this….a simple list….and blast out of whatever comfort zone you’re in.

That’s your Sunday night homework, my friends.


Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

I’m a huge Selena fan, so when I first heard of the dish that I’m about to share with you, I instantly thought of this song and gave it a new name. I’m just weird like that! This song had one of the most iconic looks (fun fact: I’m considering this outfit for Halloween this year), and has such a fun, catchy beat!

Watch the video here!

Now that Selena’s song is stuck in your head (your welcome), here’s the recipe I had to share with you…..Bibimbap! It’s a dish my brother got my hooked on, and this particular recipe was in one of my Hello Fresh boxes awhile back. It fits in great with my current meal plan, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Ingredients for 4 servings:

-8 oz Button Mushrooms
-2 large carrots
-4 Scallions
-Ginger (about a 2tsps…I love ginger so I use a bit more)
-4 cloves of garlic
-1 1/2 cups jasmine rice (you can sub cauliflower rice or brown rice if you prefer)
-2 Tbl sesame oil
-4 tsp sriracha
-6 TBL soy sauce (I use half that amount)
-20 oz ground beef

Wash and dry all produce. Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil. Halve zucchini lengthwise and slice into thin half-moons (I use a vegetable peelers to make zucchini ribbons). Thinly slice mushrooms and scallions, keeping scallion greens and white separate. Peel carrot, then use vegetable peeler to shave into ribbons. Peel and mince ginger and garlic.

Once water is boiling, add rice. Cover and reduce to a gentle simmer, cooking for about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, pickle scallions by tossing the scallion whites with vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside and let marinate. In another bowl, stir together sesame oil, 1 1/2 TBL sugar (I skip the sugar), half the sriracha, and 1 1/2 TBL soy sauce.

Heat drizzle of olive oil in a large pan. Add carrots, cooking until tender but still crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Add a little more oil and add zucchini. Once those have been cooked, add the mushrooms and cook until tender. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, add a little olive oil as well as ginger and garlic, tossing until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add beef, cooking until no longer pink. Pour in remaining soy sauce.

Divide rice between bowls, then arrange beef, zucchini, mushrooms, scallion white mixture, and carrots on top. Garnish with the green scallions and drizzle with the remaining sriracha.

The awesome thing about Bibimbap is that there are several variations. Some have an egg, some have other veggies….it just depends! I love this recipe but encourage you to use the veggies you like so you really enjoy it!

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Recipe courtesy of Hello Fresh

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Obsessed: Four Weeks Later!

Phase One of 80 Day Obsessed = DONE!!!!

4 weeks following a timed nutrition program and a challenging workout structure, and, you guys…..I am still head over heels in love with it. This program is three phases long, so I am hoping that I feel the same way about the next two phases as I did the first.

The last week of the program was a little more challenging for me, and honestly, that was my own fault. When I started this program I knew that I would go off the meal plan for a Valentine’s Day dinner, which this year included tacos from my favorite local taco joint, Bomba. I always eat the chorizo/potato and the crispy avocado tacos, which aren’t that bad for you, but I did enjoy the chips and guac….their plantain chips are so good! I did feel awful after, and the next day was even worse, but I know that’s just because my body was adjusting to the foods I had consumed that I had eaten. The worst part: I felt extremely sluggish. That’s what happens when you eat the wrong kinds of foods….some make you feel sluggish ruggish bone!
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I was incredibly excited to come home earlier in the week to a package sent to me from Beachbody. It was an 80 day obsession tank and a new cushioned mat! I LOVE their cushioned mats and think they are an absolute must for home workouts….and since I’ve been using a blue one they sent several years ago nonstop, I was excited to replace it with a new one. So was Murphy….apparently.

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This week I felt like I was craving things way more than the previous weeks, and I’m not sure why. I thought about donuts every day, but I did avoid them. It seemed like my cravings were always for something sweet. To overcome them and my donut centered brain, I chose to surround myself with donuts that were ok….like these incredibly cute napkins…..and I also made sure to savor my chocolate recover and wonder woman shake! Thank heavens for those! Next week I have what’s called a Refeed day, and I am sooooo looking forward to brownies on that day!

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Workout wise, I loved how the workouts were structured this week. Even doing a 2 x15 routine, I was happy and felt stronger each workout. However, there’s that one workout we all loathe….the animal workout aka Cardio Flow, and it proceeded to kill me on Saturday. This poop emoji is the perfect indicator of how I felt.

But……I did feel myself getting stronger with some of the cardio flow moves though, and to me, that’s all it’s about. I know this week we do the same workout but go from 4 reps to 6, so send some positive juju my way….I’ll need it for that.

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Phase two meant I had to change my brackets when it came to my nutrition. I added several more containers, and all I was thinking was, “how the hell am I going to eat all this food?” Seriously….I feel like I’m always eating! Here’s what I’m eating!

I’m still rocking the breakfast bowls…they are so easy and filling, and I feel like I’m having a legit breakfast post workout. My main lunch-ish meal is a mason jar salad with strawberries, steak, feta, kalamata olives and happiness, and dinner is one of my faves: bibimbap! I’m actually using the Hello Fresh recipe I got a while back. I’m very into this meal plan and am thinking about sticking with timed nutrition when this program is over. We’ll see.

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I shared a Phase one pic with my social media following today, so I have to share with you all! The left is day one and the right is today. EIGHT pounds have been evicted, but countless inches. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t be a slave to a scale. It’s such a lying bitch, and it can play head games with you. Take measurements, see how your clothes feel on, focus on non scale victories. Trust me, that’s how you see/feel progress. Not because some scale was feeling hormonal and kept throwing up different numbers.

I’m getting excited for my March online fit club and helping others get started with this program. Snag a spot and hop in the group…..you’ll be so happy you did!

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And yes, in case you were wondering……

I did yell pineapples a time or two 😉

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2018: January Highlight Reel

As I came into 2018 I decided I wanted to change up some things on my blog, one of those being a little recap of the month before. So much stuff happens every month…it’s hard to share it all! Thus, the concept of a highlight reel was born. Here’s a look at the major moments of my January.

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Pneumonia: I came into 2018 still battling pneumonia, which was such a treat (insert sarcasm). I actually was not cleared to resume workouts and my normal life until the 22nd of February, so the beginning of the month was filled with endless Netflix binges and book reading. I wish I could say it was productive, but honestly, I didn’t get much done.

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Bubba: The hardest part of January was losing Bubba. We came into the year knowing it was going to happen, and it really put a dark cloud above me the first week. Bubba was such a wonderful dog, and he was such a huge part of life. The moment he died my heart shattered into a billion pieces, and I miss him every single day. I do have to say this….I could not have gone through his loss without the wonderful care of my vet, who also happens to be a friend of mine. Megan and the staff of Silver Pets Mobile Vet came to the house and allowed us to say goodbye to Bubba in the environment he loved. While it was difficult, it did bring me peace knowing that. I cannot say enough about their company.

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Super Saturday: I absolutely love these quarterly business events…they allow me to network with other coaches in the area as well as embrace my love of public speaking! But……..due to my health and the pneumonia still lingering at the time of the event, I was forced to be on the sidelines. The event was still great and full of amazing business information, but I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t thinking “Get here, April event” to get back into event planning and my element.

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Donut Breakup: I was PUMPED to start a brand new high intensity program for eighty days but was sad to breakup with my favorite treat, the beautiful donut. My friends at The Vegan Doughnut Company made me a wonderful batch of farewell donuts to enjoy the day before I started, but I definitely indulged them the week leading up to my beginning the program. Since starting I have refrained from any donut consumption, and I am very proud of that! If you’ve been following my journey, you know I’ve been updating you each week and am loving it so far!

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BOD Squad Launch: Our team launched our amazing free fit community, The Sparkle Bod Squad, and that has been such a wonderful thing. We all know my focus has been on helping and empowering others, so to join forces with my team to try and help even more people has been incredible. Please feel free to join us!

This year may have started off rocky, but I am hopeful the bad stuff got out of the way the beginning of the month. This month is already better, and I am happy to be back to my normal self! Until I catch you up on February, have a donut on my behalf and enjoy every minute of it!

Talk to you all soon!

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