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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Let’s Tacobout it.

Awhile back I shared with you how I clean a jackfruit, and as you probably noticed….there is a TON of meat when you do so! I froze the majority of the jackfruit meat for later use, which is something I encourage those of you who eat jackfruit to do so you don’t waste it.

This week’s meal plan will include jackfruit tacos. I figured that since Cinco de Mayo was approaching and I need to amp up my taco raining for my Friday night Cinco de Mayo downtown Barrio date with the gals, I’d kill two birds with one stone and make some amazing tacos using the frozen jackfruit meat. Here’s a look at my meal plan for the week!

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Want to try the jackfruit tacos? Take a look at how easy they are to make!

                                           Katie’s Crockpot Jackfruit Tacos
Ingredients:
-Jackfruit Meat (I use about 3 lbs of it)
-1 Tablespoon Pepper
-5 oz Worcestershire Sauce
-6 oz Liquid Smoke
-1/2 onion, chopped
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1/2 cup celery
-18 oz katchup
-1 cup water
-1/4 cup lemon juice
-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
-1 Tablespoon dry mustard
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-Dash of Cayenne Pepper

Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high for about 6 hours. Once done cooking, use a fork or the paddle attachment on your KitchenAid mixer to shred the jackfruit meat.

 

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Jackfruit Taco Prep!

You can use corn or flour tortillas for the taco shells and top with whatever you like. I take a coleslaw mix and use that as a topping…it’s really tasty! You can also make your own by mixing 1/4 cup shredded carrots with 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage and 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage. Mix with 1/4 cup olive oil mayo. I prefer to omit the mayo if you wonder where it is in mine!

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Look at these little beauties!


Ready for a successful week in the gym and in the kitchen! I hope you are as well!

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Why did the Chicken cross the road?

To get to Katie’s kitchen for meal prep time, that’s why!

I can’t believe it is meal prep time again…the week has flown by! And this isn’t just any week…..It is the final full week of Core de Force!

If you have been following me on The Sparkle Fitness Babe, you’ve been watching my journey through the program thus far. I am so excited to share my results with you all when I wrap the program up in just 10 short days!!!!

As I head into the last week of a program I always dial in my nutrition more than usual. This means No Cheat Meals and a lot of repetition because I know that is what helps me be the most successful with my meal plan. You may not like repeating meals, but studies have shown that it is directly related to staying on track with your meals! I can attest to this first hand.

I’ve been craving chicken lately, so I am making my favorite chicken and serving it with two of my standard faves: green beans and sweet potatoes (made in the crock pot of course!) and a dish I haven’t made for ages, ratatouille!

Before we go any further….how do I make my chicken? A simple and delicious recipe, that’s how. Mix 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper and spread over boneless skinless chicken breasts. Bake for 45 minutes at 375! This is how I typically make it and love that it isn’t your same ol’ boring chicken recipe. Try it!

Here’s how my meal plan looks for the week!

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Breakfast: Back to the Basics for me! Egg Whites and Oatmeal (I make with cinnamon) are the perfect combo of protein and carbs to start the day. This may be boring to some people, but for me, it is simplicity at its finest.

Lunch: All about my staples this week…..chicken, green beans, and sweet potatoes. I literally could eat sweet potatoes for every meal, but will just be enjoying them for lunch this week. Like I mentioned, I cook them in the crockpot which is super easy! The weekend includes me traveling back and forth to my mom’s as well as a baby shower, which means I get to visit my favorite local place, All Good Things, for lunch! If you haven’t tried this spot yet I will be sharing a blog on it this week!

Snacks: Canteloupe, Shakeology Protein Bites, and Shakeology at night!

Dinner: More chicken, only i am pairing it with my ratatouille recipe! Whenever I make this and tell people what it is called, they look at me like I am nuts! It’s a great spin on a veggie dish….try it!

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You might still be on the fence with making this….so here is a look at the finished product:

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Last week I make crockpot pork carnitas and had a strong interest in the recipe, so I wanted to share with you here! I love this recipe because it is super easy, flavorful, and it is versatile. I had the meat in true carnita form in a corn tortilla and also made salad with it a few nights. Here’s the recipe!

Crockpot Pork Carnitas

Ingredients for Pork Loin Rub:
-2 tsp cumin
-2 tbl chili powder
-1/2 tsp cloves
-1 tsp ground coriander
-1 tsp onion powder
-1 tsp garlic power
-1 tsp oregano

Mix all spices together and rub over 3 lbs of pork loin. Place pork in crockpot with one bay leaf and about 1 1/2 cups of water. I cook mine on low for about 8 hours, checking the pork every few hours to make sure it wasn’t getting dried out. If you notice this, add a bit more water! Once cooked, shred the pork.

You can top your carnitas with whatever you like, but we typically use black beans, shredded lettuce, avocado, shredded cheese, and brown rice. If you like your corn tortillas crisper, place in over for about 10 minutes at 350!

Top with a cilantro lime dressing! You can make this by mixing 1/4 cup lime juice with 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt and cilantro.

Minimal effort for a great 21 Day fix approved dinner that makes a nice amount for the week or for your family!

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A beautiful dinner!

I’m ready to attack this week….I hope you are, too. If you are still feeling the post holiday hangover and bloat, tomorrow is a brand new day. Make great choices with your nutrition, get a good sweat in, and drink lots of water!

I believe in you!

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Operation: Don’t Eat the Feelings!

Do you ever feel like you absolutely KILLED the week?

That was me this week.

I officially started Core de Force Monday as a participant with a coach launch group as well as started a focused launch group of my own. These two groups were EXACTLY what I needed. Not only did I stick to my workouts, but I was laser focused on my meal plan, too. I’ll tell you what…when you have people who can see if you logged your workout or not….who encourage you when you don’t quite feel like pushing play….great things can happen. I’m so excited to take my progress pics tomorrow and measurements! Besides that, this program is proving to be a great fit for the stress and weird feelings I associate with this time of year. Let’s just call it DVD therapy!

Last week I totally failed and forgot to post my meal plan….sorry guys!

Here’s what on tap for this week.

This week I am fully exercising my right to the crock pot. Do you realize how many incredible recipes you can make in one pot with minimal effort???? Last year I ran a group focused on sharing healthy crockpot recipes that was a big hit….I’ve been toying around with the idea to run another one. The pumpkin overnight oats I am making this week came from that group originally, and I’m also making 21 Day Fix Pork Carnitas for dinner. They are so good!

Aldi’s has had some great deals on Jalapeños, so I am using them in my egg muffins as well as the Jalapeño Cheddar Burgers that came from the Core de Force recipe book. These are very flavorful, and if you are making meals for people who aren’t as focused on eating healthy as you are, serve them with a bun instead of plain.

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This week is going to be a little hectic for me…I will be out of town Tuesday-Wednesday, which will result be eating out for a few meals. Since I will be back home by my favorite local spot, All Good Things (be on the lookout for a blog on them coming soon), I will be grabbing dinner there Tuesday…their Quinoa Salad is one of my favorite things! I’m also trying out a new place Wednesday for lunch that is a vegetarian restaurant….I haven’t ben able to access their menu online, but I’ll make sure to share how it is! I get a lot of questions as to why I add an extra snack on Wednesdays…I always have an apple before I teach Cize Live….it’s just my little energy boost!

Besides being on the go this week is also going to be a tough one for me emotionally. Tomorrow would have been my Grandmother’s birthday, and since it has only been two months since we lost her, I know I am going to be a little sad. Besides that, Sunday is the one year anniversary of losing my dad. I’m worried I will deviate from the meal plan this week and eat my feelings, but I am going to do my best to stay on track. I know the groups I am in will help me, too. However, if you see me and I am going for a brownie…or cookie…or pizza….you have my permission to smack me.

Let’s do out best to make it a great week, ok? I know we can do it.

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Happy Birthday in Heaven to my sweet Gram. She is missed so much!

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More coconut, please!

This weekend I wrapped up my meal planning and prep early so I could watch the World Series game and get caught up on my emails. Usually I love to prep while watching a show or two (it’s a great way to motivate yourself if you know you are doing something you need to do with your health while indulging in a little tv), but tonight I didn’t want to miss a pitch!

Last week I stuck to my meal plan for the most part….which honestly was very surprising. Since yesterday would’ve been my dad’s birthday, I was fearful that I would spend the day eating my feelings because sometimes that happens with grief. Other than a piece of the little birthday cake my mom made to accompany the dinner she made (one of my dad’s favorites…..salmon burgers, green beans, and mashed sweet potatoes), I stayed on track. I’m proud of myself for that!

Here’s a look at what’s on my plate for the first week of November!

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Breakfasts: My usual Southwest Cups because I just love them and an omelette tomorrow to use up the spinach I have left over. I’m trying out a new recipe this week…healthy chicken and waffles! Don’t worry, I will share if it turns out ok!

Lunches: I’m president of the Ahi Tuna fan club right now, so that’s one of my lunch options, as well as Beast Egg Salad. I think I am just in Beast mode since we announced on Saturday that THE BEAST himself, Sagi Kalev, is coming to Cleveland in January! Beast Egg Salad was one of my favorites during Body Beast. I’m also making Chicken Parm (from the Fixate cookbook) and pairing it with spaghetti squash! If you want to come to our Sagi event, you can purchase tickets HERE!

Dinners: Last week I mentioned I was making a new recipe, coconut crusted chicken. I can’t lie…it was delicious! If you love coconut, you need to try this recipe….I’m sharing it below! I’m bringing it back this week! You probably will notice the healthy chipotle bowl….yes, you can make chipotle healthy! It’s all about portions and healthier choices (Just say No to Sour Cream)!

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The only thing you aren’t seeing broken down is Sunday; since I will be at my friend Jodi’s for a party I’m not sure what my options will be. However, I can tell you that I will be making wise choices and making sure I’m not abusing any containers!

This is a big week…..Core de Force launches tomorrow!!! EEK! I am so excited! Nothing helps me zero in on my nutrition like a brand new program to dedicate myself to! I cannot wait to get it and begin!

Remember….tomorrow may be Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that you should overindulge in mini candy bars. Make smart choices…those little things are the devil! And those calories add up fast!

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Something Old, Something New.

Another Monday is among us…..did you get your meal prep done so your week is a success???

I didn’t!

That’s right….my usual Sunday routine did not happen today. Mark your calendars, because that’s rare!

Since I will be out of town tomorrow and not returning until Tuesday night, I wanted to wait to do my meal prep until Wednesday, so my plan is a little off this week. My meal plan is always full of fresh meat and produce, and I didn’t want fresh items to sit around for two days for no reason. I’m ok with the change of plans….I know I will be making healthy choices while out of town, but I’m excited for the recipes I get to make when I get back home! This week is all about blending something old with something new!

My snacks are usually always the same….I love having my Shakeology at night, and having Nice Cream for my morning snack is a great way to make sure I am getting my fruits in every day (anyone else struggle with this…or just me?).

Things I am excited about this week:

Coconut Chicken! I love coconut anything, and when I stumbled across this baked chicken recipe I just had to try it. I’ll make sure to share the recipe once I can attest to whether or not it is as good as it looks!

Ahi Tuna! This week is all about new recipes…..and this marinated seared ahi tuna is another one. I’m making it as my main dinner this week, but I will be making fish tacos with it, too. And because I just love fall….I’m pairing the tuna with a maple cinnamon butternut squash recipe that is ah-mayyyyyyyy-zinngggggggg.

Fix Enchiladas! I haven’t made these since New Year’s Eve when I made them for my family. Mexican food is one of my true loves, so you will typically see at least one Mexican recipe on my meal plan!

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Other things I am excited for this week????

The sneak peek of Core de Force tomorrow! Anyone else trying this with me by using On Demand??????  Bring it, Joel and Jericho! I can’t wait to change up my training.

Annnddddddddddd…….

It’s Super Saturday week!

Super Saturday is a huge event that takes place quarterly for coaches and fitness lovers who get together, work out, learn about some exciting new updates/programs/etc, and network! I am honored to serve on the Market Council for the Cleveland Market, as well as being on the Star Diamond panel to answer your questions. There is a small fee for coaches, but the event is free for guests! Come join us! We will be sharing a big celebrity announcement for our January event, and everyone in attendance gets first dibs on tickets for it!

Get your Super Saturday tickets here!

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I hope your week is full of Sparkle!

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Pretty little fridge.

(I envision the scene from Dumb and Dumber with the bird when I say that).

Sundays are one of my favorite days for so many reasons, especially this time of year with football (Go Steelers) and lots of fun Fall events. I love the chill vibe of the day and knowing that my actions are setting me up for a week of success.

I know a lot of people find it strange, but I feel so much better when I am taking steps to make sure I am having a successful week. What does this involve? It involves things like grocery shopping, meal prepping for the week, establishing when I am going to do my workouts each day, and what goals I have for the week.

Goal setting is something I have always done, even as a young girl. I love making lists and crossing things off as I complete the tasks. As I have gotten older I have realized more and more how important it is to be organized, not just because I like crossing off completed tasks each day, but because having a sense of organization keeps me sane!

Sunday mornings involve a lot of reflection for me. I think about how the previous week went, I think about how I want the upcoming week to go, and I think about what I want to accomplish. I listen to personal development in my office while sipping coffee and listening to my dogs (and husband) snore. It’s my favorite “Me” time.

I think it is easy to say that meal prepping is one of my favorite parts about Sunday. Yes, i actually ENJOY it! Food is the one area that if I don’t plan it out I end up making lotsssss of bad decisions. LOTS. I’ve talked about my process before….I’ve run free informational groups on how I prep and prepare….but it is always worth a little revisiting in my book!

My usual routine goes like this:

FRIDAY: Plan out what meals I want for the upcoming week/check out grocery store sales/draft meal plan. This involves checking my social calendar so I know if I will be at meetings, out to eat, etc.

SATURDAY: Grocery Shop or hit farmer’s markets.

SUNDAY: Prepare everything for the week.

This week I was a little bit ahead of schedule and got everything prepped and ready last night so I could focus completely on my team and some upcoming trainings/groups today. We have a lot going on over here at Sparkle HQ, and it is exciting!

Here is a look at my meal plan for the week:

Since I started my No Crumb Left Behind 21 Day Fix informational group today I have the meal plan color coded to show them how to look at their meals and meal plans. Look confusing to you? Hopefully not! The colors each represent a different food group. (Let me know if you need help with your own meal plan…I can help you make sense of it)! It doesn’t matter what workout program I am doing….I utilize the Fix meal plan for everything!

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers about how it helps to see my meal plan each week, so my goal is to post it for you every Sunday to help give you some ideas for your own meal plan. Eating healthy does not have to be boring or bland….I always love the meals I make and never feel like I am depriving myself. That’s important when you love food!

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Here is a look at how my fridge looks after prep. Lots of containers in there…the only thing NOT mine is the takeout container on the top shelf…that’s Kyle’s leftover sandwich from Melt Bar and Grill. Having things portioned and ready to grab saves me so much time, energy, and money, plus it keeps me on track.

Have a plan, work a plan, my peeps.

Now go get working on your plan so you can have a successful week, too!
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