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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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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

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!

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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!

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

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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.

Enjoy!

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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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