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Rock the Reset: Day 17-18

Today is Day 19.

DAY FREAKING NINETEEN!!!!!

The end is so close I can taste it!

Let me recap the past two days for you.

For some reason, I am still more focused this week than I have the previous two weeks. I swear, people in my life have been tempting the heck out of me, but I have not fallen victim once. NOT ONE CHEAT…not ONE!

I ended up changing up my meal plan a little bit because i fell so in love with the Coconut Collard Greens that I have been eating them with every dinner…..you have to try them. I’m already working on my meal plan for next week and guess what….they are making an appearance again!

I’ve been chatting with a lot of people about my Ultimate Reset experience lately….so many people have questions about what I’ve been doing. Here’s a few answer to the questions I have been getting the most:

1. How am I surviving without coffee?
To be honest, I am still riding the struggle bus with this…..coffee is such a huge part of my daily routine, and I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have gone to grab a mug from the cupboard and make a cup. I thought for sure I would cheat and have a cup at least once, especially with all my travel….I pass Dunkin and Starbucks on nearly every trip. Not giving in to coffee is something that I am extremely proud of myself for doing. I’ve saved a lot of money by not stopping, I will tell you that.

2. Have I been using my pre workout, Energize?
No. Energize is all natural, and some people claimed to have used it while on the UR. Since I was only doing yoga, I didn’t feel like I needed the extra jump on my workout. You better believe I’ll be back at it Monday. I love that stuff!

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2 Days Left of Yoga!

3. What has been the hardest part of the Reset?
For me, not doing intense workouts. I know a lot of people love yoga…bless your hearts….but it isn’t for me. All of us have workouts we love and workouts we don’t connect to as much….this just happened to be that workout for me.

Besides the fact that I love high intensity workouts and a solid sweat, workouts truly are therapy for me. Ever since my dad passed away, I have relied on my workouts to help me feel better. They put me in a good mood and give me a sense of accomplishment, plus I know my dad would be proud since he was always very focused on living a quality, healthy life. My mood has been very much a roller coaster, and I’ve been more depressed over these few weeks than I have for a long time. I truly feel like this is tied directly to exercise.

4. Am I really eating only fruit for breakfast?
Yes, yes I am, and I actually like it. Since I have always struggled with my purple containers, this helps me get them in early. I also have all day to burn them off, which is great because of the slow to digest sugar found in it, as well as the carbohydrates.

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5. What am I craving?
I have no idea why, but Filet O Fish sandwiches from McDonalds. I don’t even like them, but they have been on my mind 24/7. WTF. They say the foods you crave the most are the foods that are the worst for you…..clearly I am an example of this.

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The warmer weather has helped me get outside a bit more….the dogs love walks, and it makes me feel like I am kind of exercising when Im not really. I finally was able to break in one of my new pairs of shoes….how cute are these? Incredibly comfortable, too.

Hope you all are having a great Friday! Don’t forget, if you want to jump in my Operation: Fit-ish Online Challenge Group, deadline to register is Monday! To register, please complete the quick form HERE. It’s going to be a lot of fun….I’ll be doing the 21 Day Fix, but it is an open Beachbody group, meaning any program you want! Can’t wait to get Fit-ish AF with y’all!

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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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Cheesecake for Eeeeerrrryyyyyyyyybody!

Things we should know about me by now:

-I like to eat healthy.

-I like to meal plan.

If you are a Life is Katetastic blog regular, you know that this is a very important part of my weekly routine and equally serves as part of the success I have found with losing weight and feeling better overall. From time to time I share my meal plan for the week with my Facebook followers, and usually it sparks at least one person asking for a particular recipe. This week I began the 21 Day Fix with a new batch of Fix challengers and wanted to show how diverse your meal plan can be while eating healthy……and, as usual, had some requests for some of the recipes. I figured I would share two of my favorites so you can spice up your meal plan next week! Here’s a look at my complete plan for the current week:

Don't think eating healthy is boring. I assure you, in my world, it's not.

Don’t think eating healthy is boring. I assure you, in my world, it’s not.

A few weeks ago I, like a million or so others, purchased the newly released Fixate cookbook, a cookbook created by Fix created Autumn Calabrese that shares 101 recipes. This week I made a few of the recipes and have to share with you one of my favorites to date….ladies and gentleman, let’s talk Caprese Chicken.

(Let me preface this by saying the Italian part of me generally gravitates to the Italian dishes….I can’t help it!)

CAPRESE CHICKEN

Ingredients Needed:

-Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

-2 tsp pesto sauce

-Large tomato

-Fresh Mozzarella

-Balsamic Vinegar

-Pepper and Salt

-Fresh Basil Leaves

I prepared my chicken on a stovetop griddle….it is just easier, plus it allowed me to prepare everything else to save me some time. You could use a grill or even bake it if you prefer. Tip: I always opt for a coconut oil cooking spray for a healthier prep option. 

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Here’s a little secret…I prefer Roma tomatoes aka maters over those big guys….not sure why, but find a mater you like and use that. Cut the mater up into slices, and cut the fresh mozzarella up, too!

Once your chicken is completely cooked, top chicken (while on your grill/griddler/whatever) with a spoonful of pesto sauce, a slice of tomato, some fresh basil leaves, and a slice of mozzarella. Cover and cook at a reduced setting for a few minutes until the maters are soft and the cheese is melted. Then plate!

Here’s how I plate: a spoonful of pesto on the plate, a splash of balsamic vinegar, the heavenly chicken breast, then some fresh basil on top. Doesn’t it look fab? I like serving it with spaghetti squash.

Seriously, so easy and delicious. My fix friends, this is one red, 1/2 green, one blue, and one teaspoon.

A+ from Kyle.

A+ from Kyle.

 

Another item on my meal plan that always seems to catch people’s attention is cheesecake. Yes, I have found a way to eat cheesecake on a healthy eating plan. Best part? Super simple!

Katie’s Fix Approved Cheesecake

-Ricotta Cheese

-Splash of vanilla extract

-dash of cinnamon

-Squirt of honey (the natural healthy kind)

-Strawberries

Mix up everything (minus the berries), then top with them. You could also use peaches or cherries, whatever you want. I usually mix it up in my red container (that’s what the ricotta is) to save on a dish and keep me on track.

Easiest dinner life hack.

Easiest dessert life hack.

There you go, folks….a healthy dinner and dessert/snack idea to add to your meal plan.

I like food. I like food a lot. Know what else I like? Sharing these healthy and delicious recipes with you so you can still have an exciting and amazing meal without feeling bored or disappointed. I think many people avoid eating healthy because they think all you eat is veggies and water……not the case at all, my friends.

Those of you who haven’t purchased this yet, get it…..especially all of my fixers!

Life is too short to eat boring. Enjoy!

Pie, Cake, OMG!

Pie, Cake, OMG!

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