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Rock the Reset: Day 2

Day 2 is coming to a close….that means 19 days left of The Ultimate Reset!!!

Should I be counting down? I don’t know….I’m not hating this so far….I’m just missing my close friends Coffee and Donuts!

Yesterday was a little rough….I went to bed feeling weak and exhausted and didn’t know if it was because I was super busy this weekend…Daylight Savings…no coffee…a new workout that challenged me….who knows. I wasn’t sure what today would bring.

Surprisingly, it was good.

My yoga workout from 3 Week Yoga Retreat today was Stretch, and I really liked it. These are definitely moves that I can apply to running or after a difficult workout. Murphy was very involved in the workout, but Bubba wasn’t having it today. Yoga is much easier when there is one dog in your workout space. I definitely felt a little sore from the workout…it’s not a bad soreness, just one that is a tad noticeable.

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Murphy and his tiger are everywhere I go. 

I’m doing much better without coffee than I thought. No headaches today, and I had energy when I woke up.

Here’s a look at my meal plan for Day 2:

-Optimize and Mineralized Water
-Oatmeal with Berries/ Greek Yogurt with Maple Syrup
-Optimize and Mineralized Water
-MicroGreen Salad and Zucchini Cashew Soup

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So good!

-Power Greens and Mineralized Water
-Shakeology
-Optimize, Soothe, and Mineralized Water
-Southwestern Veggie Taco

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I love a good Taco Tuesday!

I am hardcore in love with the zucchini cashew soup…and it was so easy to make!

-1 oz raw cashews (about 17 nuts)
-1 1/2 water, divided
-1 1/2 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
-Herb seasoning to taste (I used Italian Seasoning)

Soak the cashews in 1/2 cup water for about an hour. While cashews are soaking, being the rest of the water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add zucchini, cooking for about 5 minutes. Place cashews (and the water they were soaked in), zucchini, seasoning in blender or food processor, blending until smooth. You can serve hot or cold!

Now let’s talk about my big fail of the day…the Power Greens. I did a little research and tried to suck on a lemon before and after…no bueno. I can’t stomach this part of it….it tastes like seaweed and I want to puke immediately. Gladly taking suggestions for how to make this part work.

As far as wins go, tonight was our monthly SARC meeting, which means pizza. Lots and lots of pizza. I was able to stay strong and not eat ANY of it, even when I was sent home with a full pie. Sweet Jesus, I’m quite proud of myself.

Overall, I feel good. No stomach issues, no bloating…I’m ok with that.

Hope you all had a great day!

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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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