Category Archives: 80 Day Obsession

Week 11-12: I’m in the homestretch!

I cannot believe that tomorrow I begin Peak Week, the final week of 80 Day Obsession. In some ways it feels like I have been doing this program forever (I kind of have….I started January 22nd), and it some ways it feels like it was just yesterday that I began. It’s crazy how time can make you feel that way!

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 5.46.30 PM.jpg
The final two weeks of Phase 3 have not been all sunshine and roses, and I won’t even try to sugarcoat it. There’s something about this final phase that has really been challenging. Like I mentioned in my last update, this phase has been a complete mind#$k. I’ve lacked motivation, I’ve felt like quitting so many times, and I have just struggled to get through the workouts. I really just think that it is my workout ADD kicking it…..this has been such a long commitment, and as someone who loves those shorter workouts and changing up what I’m doing, that commitment has been incredibly tough. You better believe I am going to be so proud of myself when I finish this program, and I am definitely rewarding myself with some new Lorna Jane gear. I freaking deserve it.

When it comes to my nutrition, I’ve barely cheated. I had two days that involved tacos, one being after our quarterly Super Saturday, and the next being the following day for Wrestlemania. I specifically chose tacos that weren’t super bad for me and could still work into the meal plan, but I won’t lie….some plantain chips and guac were included, and those definitely weren’t. I did remain focused on my meal plan and water, and I was really happy about that. This morning I met some girlfriends for brunch at one of my favorite local spots, The Blue Door, and I was able to resist the chicken and waffles I love from there and made a meal plan approved choice instead (The Olympian….it is so tasty).

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 5.45.59 PM.jpg

Mine is on the right!

But….I did have some moments with my nutrition that were touch and go. This past week was a bit of a struggle for me. One of my best friends lost his father, and my heart was absolutely broken for him and his family. At the same time, watching him go through a loss of a parent brought up a lot of weird feelings and sadness that had me feeling like I was reliving the loss of my dad all over again. I was proud of myself for not emotionally eating and addressing my anger/sadness by killing my workouts, something that has served me as therapy the past few years. I cried a lot more than usual, and I slept way less than I typically do, and let’s not ignore the fact that I was a royal bitch because of the weird feelings and emotions I had going on in my head. Yet, somehow I avoided falling into the emotional eating mindsuck, and I’m super proud of that.

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 5.45.46 PM

Sometimes you just have to workout knowing you are doing it for those who no longer can. 

I was very pleased to complete my FINAL 8 round trip to the zoo aka Cardio Flow, and I was kind of sad to see it go. From hating the workout initially to slowly falling in love with it, my relationship with the moves was definitely one of the greatest transformations I had during this program. This definitely has been the workout that has had me incredibly sore following its completion each time, and I have remained committed to self care following that workout. Any excuse for a bubble bath, right?

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 5.46.35 PM

I hope you celebrated Unicorn Day like I did….I tied it together to self care day!

As of now I have lost 14 lbs and 19 inches……and I’m pretty okay with that. My strength and endurance is what really has me happy, especially since my Ninja Warrior training is going to kick into high gear as soon as I complete 80 Day.

Many people have asked if I am going to do another round. Maybe….a long time from now. My plan is to begin an MMA/Muay Thai inspired 30 day workout on the 30th, then go into one of my all time favorite lifting program, Hammer and Chisel, before beginning one of our newest lifting program early summer. In addition to that, I will be Ninja training like I mentioned and mixing in some running and rock climbing as well.

Here’s a look at my meal plan for my FINAL week of 80 Day aka Peak Week! It’s mostly protein and veggies with a few carbs mixed in.

So excited to share my final update with you…..and also eat a fat ass donut.

meal plan final week.jpg

Advertisements

Week 9-10: Obsession Update

It feels like a long two weeks since I’ve shared an update on my progression through 80 Day! I am just TWENTY Days (18 workouts) away from graduating this program, and I can’t begin to tell you how stoked I am! Earlier in the week I was talking with a friend who is considering beginning the program and we were discussing how it seems like it has been forever since I started….guys, it has been! Since Sundays don’t count in the workout countdown, I have been at this already for about 70 days….and it will be about 90 when I finish it! That’s crazy, right?

The past two weeks have been a little more challenging for me that I had expected. For starters, I am now two weeks into Phase Three, the final phase of the program, and it is a phase I haven’t been particularly fond of. I’m not sure if it is because of the fact that I’m not a huge fan of some of the workouts (and I hate the warm up moves this round), or because it is just a mental mind#&*k right now since I’ve been at it so long. Regardless, I’ve had to give myself more pep talks this month already than I have the entire rest of the program. I’ll tell you what has been the silent killer this phase: these sliders! They seem so innocent but really they are challenging you and making your abs work in crazy ways. I’m not going to be too upset to say goodbye to them at the end of this program, that’s for sure.

Screen Shot 2018-04-01 at 8.45.27 AM
Nutrition-wise, I definitely have been a little off my game the past two weeks. I’ve never been perfect with a meal plan, and I didn’t expect to be with this one, but I did have some  days where things didn’t go as planned. One day I ate a bag of Cheetos (gosh, I love them), another day I ate chips and queso, and I may have a few Starbucks even though I had said I wouldn’t. And don’t get me started on a few highly emotional days I had these past two weeks!

Last Friday my little pup, Luigi, had to get fixed, and that surgery ended up going much longer and being a little more invasive than we had planned. He had been pulling a Lance Armstrong with one ball, and the vet had to open him up to find where the other one was and safely remove it, leaving him with a ginormous incision, staples, and a sweet cone. The day of his surgery I couldn’t eat at all because I was so nervous, and I literally went from having my post workout wonder woman shake at noon to not eating anything at midnight. And what did I eat? Pizza….and I immediately regretted it.

The good news is Luigi is recovering well and has a follow up appointment next week. It’s been challenging monitoring him constantly since he has to be limited in his movements and refrain from playing, running, and jumping, but he has done well for the most part. However, since I wanted to make sure his recovery went well and wanted to be cautious just in case he had any additional issues, I made the decision this week to cancel the free trip to Riviera Maya I had won with my company  for my hard work this past year. I’m a little bummed, but I know I can travel there whenever I want, and I will always put my dogs and their care above a trip.


I’m going into my third week of Phase Three more focused. I’ve tightened up my meal plan, and I’ve set some very specific nutritional goals for myself  to end the program as well as I started. When it comes to the little slip ups I’ve had, I don’t regret them one bit. Life isn’t perfect….meal plans aren’t always either.

Besides…..I’d say my progress to this point is pretty freaking fab, slip ups or not.

Down 12.5 pounds and 17 inches in the first two phases.

I was forced to watermark this picture because my previous side by side comparison after Phase One resulted in some chick who sells those ridiculous weight loss patches trying to pass my photos off as After photos for her product. Give me a break, people.

This is hard work. This is dedication. This is pizza and cheetos and imperfection at its finest.

But this is me, and I am beyond proud of what I’ve done so far.

Screen Shot 2018-04-01 at 8.58.53 AM
Now off to get ready for travel and Easter dinner with my family! I hope you have a lovely holiday and refrain from eating a lllllllll of the Cadbury eggs and Peeps (my faves).

Tagged , , , , , ,

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!
Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 5.17.42 PM.jpg

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!

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 5.16.24 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 5.17.04 PM

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!

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 5.16.38 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 5.17.17 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 5.16.45 PM

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!

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 6.34.21 PM
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!

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 5.16.51 PM

SaveSave

Tagged , , ,

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!
Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 10.31.17 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 10.31.36 PM.jpg

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.

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 10.38.02 PM

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

Ingredients:
-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!

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 10.37.46 PM

Tagged , , , ,

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!

The end result: AMAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZIINNNNGGGGGGGG!

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

NO BAKE BLUEBERRY 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

Screen Shot 2018-02-28 at 10.58.30 PM

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!
Screen Shot 2018-02-28 at 10.21.20 PM

Those on a Fix inspired meal plan, one pie counts as 1/2 purple, 1 tsp, and 1 1/2 yellow.

Enjoy!

Tagged , , , , ,

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!

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.39.40 AM.jpg

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!

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 9.40.36 PM

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?

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 9.40.45 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 9.41.02 PM.jpg

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.

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 9.40.53 PM
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!

Tagged , , , , ,

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!

BIBIMBAP
Ingredients for 4 servings:

-Zucchini
-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!

Screen Shot 2018-02-23 at 8.21.22 PM.png

Recipe courtesy of Hello Fresh

Tagged , , , , , , ,

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!
Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.15.40 AM
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.

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.23.45 AM
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!

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.31.03 AM.jpg
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.

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.30.11 AM
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.

Screen Shot 2018-02-20 at 11.28.16 PM
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!

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.39.40 AM
And yes, in case you were wondering……

I did yell pineapples a time or two 😉

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 9.30.20 AM

Tagged , , , ,

Obsessed: Three Weeks In!

I can’t believe another week has come and gone! This week was so crazy…..I had four other blogs to get up and none happened because I was up to my ears in receipts and tax paperwork preparing for my appointment with my accountant this morning. When you are a business owner that process is always such a blast…..(insert sarcasm). Now that they are filed I can resume normal blogging activity and fill you guys in on how  week three went for me!

This may be redundant, but I CANNOT believe I am still sticking with everything when it comes to this program. Not one workout skipped….meal plan followed to a T….I’m very proud of myself. I am self diagnosed with Workout ADD (I know it is a real thing), but the variety of workouts keeps me engaging, interested, and challenged. I’m almost a third of the way done!

Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 9.52.33 PM

I’m in love with this meal plan!

This week my workouts shifted to a 3×10 structure, meaning we did 3 moves with 10 reps of each move, then we repeated for a total of 3 times. I love this lifting pattern because I enjoy getting moves over with….sometimes I drag a little when it comes to workouts where I go through 10 or 15 moves then have to repeat.

When it comes to how I felt this week though, I will be honest. I felt strong AF. Some of the moves that previously challenged me, like the buddha squat, were much easier. I upped the weights on some moves, and sometimes I even used two resistance bands. For the first time ever I am truly tracking every single rep for every workout, and that has me pushing a little harder. I definitely recommend you start this immediately if you haven’t yet. You MUST be able to identify areas where you can go heavier so you don’t fall in a place of complacency. My best friends during this journey: my cushioned mat and my recover. I can’t imagine how I would be feeling without either.

Meal plan wise, I was money in the bank. My deconstructed egg roll recipe was one I fell head over heels in love with and made again this week. It is just so simple, yet filling, and the sesame oil makes it flavorful. You have to try it! Here’s a look at the other meals I am rocking this week. As always, I am really following a system of repetition, which works great for me, especially since I just can’t get enough of some of these combos!

Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 10.06.09 PM

This week I successfully resisted my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, chocolates from Belgium that looked incredible, a King Cake from New Orleans, and numerous paczkis. Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, and I am refusing to give in to the temptation, even though this sweet treat has been a tradition for many, many years. However, I committed to this program and being a relative of the donut, the paczki just isn’t winning this year. I did have a Cherry Mocha from Starbucks, but other than that, I was golden.

I did build into this week’s meal plan a meal that involved going out to eat, and I have had it planned since before I started the program. Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, so Kyle and I will be hitting up our favorite local taco spot, and even though some of my choices CAN work with the meal plan, the plantain chips and queso do not. I have ZERO regrets about making the decision to do this, and you better believe I will enjoy every last bite because that is the only cheat I have planned until this program comes to an end in about two months.

The greatest lesson I am learning through this program: my mental relationship with food has greatly improved. I used to think I needed this or that and would talk myself into it. It’s funny how much stronger I have gotten, even disinterested in foods I previously would’ve scarfed. This week I also ran through a McDonalds drive thru to grab just a coffee, and the smell of the food coming from the building made me sick to my stomach. I was proud of that moment, and I am very happy with how I am feeling with my food choices so far.

This is my final week of Phase One, and then I go into a brand new workout routine for the second Phase. I’m excited to see what it will bring, and can’t wait to share with you all my thoughts and feelings. I have no clue what to expect, but I’m hoping that I don’t hear the word inchworm ever again.

I want to leave you with a challenge: I challenge you to do something that you honestly think you can’t do. I felt that way about this program, and why? Because I thought I couldn’t commit to something for 80 days???!!!! Now looking back I can’t believe I ever thought that, and I can’t imagine if I hadn’t given this a chance.

Step outside of your comfort zone this week. I know you can do it! Luigi does, too.

Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 10.14.45 PM

Tagged , , , ,

Miso happy about this recipe!

Hehehe…..see what I did there? Obvious little pun to let you know a Chinese recipe is coming your way!

I love Chinese food, but I can’t work much into my meal plan because the things I love most are loaded with not so healthy ingredients…..like fried egg rolls or crab rangoon. Miso soup I can, but that’s not the recipe I want to share with you right now……

I want to share with you the deconstructed egg roll recipe I have on my meal plan this week! It’s so freaking good!

Deconstructed Egg Rolls

Ingredients:
-Turkey Sausage
-Coleslaw Mix
-Brown Rice
-Sesame Oil

Cook the sausage (Remove the casing) until brown. I use a Pampered Chef mix n’ chop to make sure it is broken up. At the same time, cook brown rice. Once both are ready, add coleslaw mix to the sausage so it softens up. Add rice and cook for a few more minutes, stirring consistently. Add Sesame Oil and fall in love!

Let me talk about how much you need of what. The recipe I initially found said to the portion amount was 1 sausage, 1 cup coleslaw mix, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 teaspoon sesame oil. That equates to one red, one green, one yellow, and one teaspoon if you are following one of the meal plans I do. Since I don’t cook in single servings, I cooked an entire box of rice, used 2 bags of coleslaw mix, and 6 sausages. When it came to the sesame oil, I used 6 teaspoons, but you can go a little heavier or lighter if you wish.

I love it! I hope you do, too.

Screen Shot 2018-02-04 at 9.50.49 PM.jpg

Tagged , , , ,
Advertisements