Tuesday, September 30, 2014

21 Day Fix

What is 21 Day Fix™?
21 Day Fix is a nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple, anyone can do it. Easy-to-follow portion control and 30-minute workouts take the guesswork out of losing weight to help you see results fast—up to 15 pounds in just 21 days!  Whether you want to lose a few pounds before your next vacation or jump-start a bigger weight-loss goal, 21 Day Fix is the program for you. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it works. If you’re ready to get serious, 21 Day Fix can help you lose the weight.

Why is 21 Day Fix effective?

Because it’s so simple! You don’t have to count calories, points, or log your food into diet software. With 21 Day Fix, everything is laid out for you. All you have to do is use the specially designed portion-control containers and do one 30-minute workout per day. Commit to it for 21 days, and you’re going to love your results.

What makes 21 Day Fix unique?

It’s the only fitness and nutrition program that combines portion-control
containers and world-class workouts. By placing equal emphasis on fitness and
healthy portion control, 21 Day Fix can help anyone lose weight—and keep it
off—in a way that’s simple and sustainable. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds  or 100 pounds, you can do it with this program.

So she created short but effective workouts that take only 30 minutes a day, along with a simple eating plan that doesn’t require you to spend hours in the kitchen

Autumn Calabrese is your personal trainer:
Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity fitness trainer, busy mom, and national-level bikini competitor. She came up with the idea of a portion-control container system after watching a client eat an entire 1,300-calorie salad in one sitting because it was “healthy.” Autumn realized that super-sized portions were hurting her clients’ weight-loss success because they were eating too much without knowing it. So she developed portion-control containers to help people see how simple it is to eat the right amounts and lose weight easily. And as a single mother, Autumn understands how hard it can be to fit exercise and healthy eating into a jam-packed schedule.

What's included in 21 Day Fix?

Essential Package:
• 7 color-coded portion-control containers
• Shakeology® shaker cup
• 6 easy-to-follow 30-minute workouts
• 21 Day Fix Start Here quickstart guide and workout calendar
• 21 Day Fix Eating Plan that shows you exactly what to do
• 3 Day Quick Fix Guide, Autumn's secret weapon for fast weight loss
• Dirty 30 bonus workout

What equipment is needed?

• Dumbbells or a resistance band are used in some workouts.
• A yoga mat and the Beachbody® miniMAT are helpful, but not required.

Do I have to do the workouts, or can I just follow the portion-control Eating Plan?

• Both the workouts and Eating Plan are essential to get the best results in 21 days.
• If you're worried about being out of shape, we suggest you follow the modifier and do what you can, rather than skipping the workouts entirely. You'll feel stronger in no time.

Can I use other containers I have at home?
• No, these are custom-designed for 21 Day Fix. Other containers may have the wrong proportions and you will not be successful unless you follow the Eating Plan using these containers.
• Very few (if any) other containers come in the variety of sizes needed for 21 Day Fix.

Can I eat out at restaurants when I do 21 Day Fix?
• Yes! The Eating Plan includes a restaurant guide that shows you how to practice portion control at your favorite restaurants.

What does it mean when you say "no off-limit foods"?
• The 21 Day Fix Eating Plan shows you how to incorporate treats (like chocolate and wine) into the plan . . . and you can still lose weight.

What makes the 21 Day Fix workouts so effective?
• 21 Day Fix takes all of the guesswork out of working out. You know which workout to doeach day and can be confident you're working your whole body efficiently in just 30 minutes a day.
• The workouts yield consistent calorie-burning results, unlike a treadmill workout that can have very inconsistent and inaccurate calorie counts.
• The 30-minute boot-camp style workouts keep your heart rate up throughout, so you have an effective and efficient workout that burns maximum calories.
• There's a modifier in every workout to show you how to take down the intensity while still getting awesome results.
• Trainer Autumn Calabrese created a 7-day-a-week schedule to give you the best results in just 21 days. Each day of the week is a different workout, all perfectly designed to avoid overtraining and keep you injury-free.

What are the workouts?
7 workouts on 2 DVDs (VHS not available)

Dirty 30 workout**

Total Body Cardio Fix

Upper Fix

Lower Fix

Pilates Fix

Cardio Fix

Yoga Fix

So, how crazy would it be if I told you that in the month of September, you could receive this amazing program for FREE, by purchasing shakeology? If you are interested in trying this program, urge you to try now! I am making the promise to each and every one of my customers, that by the end of the program, if they are not happy and have not seen results, you can return the product, for a full refund. I will mark it on my calendar to have a discussion with you after 21 days and see where you stand. That's how much we believe in this product! 
In addition to that, I'll also be helping and guiding you every step of the way, through my online support groups. You'll receive daily accountability and support from myself and others going through the journey with you. 

If you are ready to stop waiting and making excuses, ready to finally feel like the person you know you can be... let's do this!  SIGN UP for my next support group and to have me as your personal cheerleader and coach!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

All Clear!

The six week date finally arrive and I had my check-up (bittersweet because I cannot believe my baby girl is already that old!). I received the All Clear, thumbs up signal and that means I'll officially begin my next workout program and routine, starting Monday!

I spent too much of my time this weekend, trying to decide what program I would start with. I have so many choices! 21 Day Fix, PiYO, Les Mills Body Pump, Focus T25, P90X3... the list goes on and on.  Finally, this afternoon, I decided I want and need equal parts of everything and made my final decision (and by final, I mean for now, unless I start and decide to change my mind - hey I'm a woman, it's my prerogative, right?).

So, Drum roll please.....

I'll be doing a PiYO, Les Mills Pump workout hybrid, along with the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan!

I realize I can work my butt off day and night, but without getting my nutrition under control, I'll never reach my goals. Besides that, I don't have all day and night to workout, I'm a mom of two and one is a newborn - remember?!

Check out my workout schedule for month 1:

I'll be taking my before measurements, weight and pictures tomorrow... If I become extremely brave or someone gets me super drunk (which wouldn't currently take much) I may post them sooner than later. Otherwise, you'll have to wait for the big reveal!

I'm always looking for support... any other mamas out there want to join me on this journey? You do NOT have to do this workout plan , but just workout and get this nutrition on track with me!

Comment below or shoot me a message on Facebook!

RECIPE} Black Bean Hummus

Black Bean Hummus

1 Clove of garlic, minced
1 Can (15oz) low sodium black beans; drain and reserve liquid
2 TB Lemon juice
1 1/2 TB Tahini
1 tsp Ground cumin
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp Chili Powder

Mince garlic in a food processor. Add black beans, 2 tablespoons reserved liquid, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, himalayan salt, and chili powder; process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. 

Add additional seasoning and liquid to taste. Garnish with paprika and Greek olives.

Serve with raw veggies, pita, crackers or chips of your choice and ENJOY!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

RECIPE} Clean Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is around the corner and that means pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING (or so it seems!). Are you a pumpkin flavor fan? A victim to the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? Personally, I'm not a fan of the famous latte. It's always tasted fake to me (not to mention all of the fake sweeteners and crazy amount of calories), but I DO love the pumpkin flavor, which caused me to search this fabulous little concoction out! This version of pumpkin spice latte has half the calories of your favorite fall treat.

Clean Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 cup nonfat milk (I use almond milk)
1 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup brewed black coffee or 1 shot espresso
1 dash ground nutmeg (to taste; optional)
Heat milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and extract in medium saucepan over medium heat; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until mixture is hot, but not boiling. It is ready when there are many small bubbles on the sides of the saucepan.
Remove from heat; mix vigorously with a whisk until frothy.
Pour coffee or espresso into serving mug; top with milk mixture.
Top with nutmeg if desired.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

RECIPE} Clean Chicken Quinoa Soup

Labor Day is over and Fall is around the corner. For my family, that means lots more soups! One of our favorites is Chicken noodle, but let's be honest, who needs that many carbohydrates for as often as we eat soup! So, I like to make a slight swap with quinoa, for the noodles. I also like to make this in a large batch and freeze it in smaller portions so we can pull it from the freezer for lunches or dinners whenever and it's just an easy thaw and heat for a quick, healthy meal!

Clean Chicken Quinoa Soup

Serves 4

1 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 C Chopped Onion
1 C Chopped Carrots
1 C Chopped Celery
4 1/2 C Reduced Sodium  chicken broth
2 C chicken, chopped 
1 tsp dried Basil
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 Bay Leaf
Himalayan Salt to taste
1 C Quinoa (uncooked)


Warm Olive Oil up in pan, on medium heat and add onion, carrots and celery, stirring constantly for about 4 minutes, until brown. 

Add Chicken broth and chicken, keeping on medium heat.  Bring to a boil and add quinoa, basil, oregano, pepper, bay leaf and Himalayan salt and let simmer on medium low until quinoa is tender and clear (about 20 minutes) - then serve!