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Hammer & Chisel review

Day 1: Chisel balance!

This workout was the most similar beachbody workout to what I create for my clients that I’ve done!!

I loved the PIYO-esque warmup! I also loved that you could use a chair (I used my foot bench or whatever they are called) if you don’t have one for these moves. Great moves, my butt and hamstrings felt goooood!! Shoulders worked too. I am sure our backs will be feeling it too in a few days!

Side note-who decides the water bottle situation. Two of them have $20 Shakeology water bottles and two of them have $5 Walmart water bottles! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Grade: 5! Loved it!

My review! Day 2: Hammer Plyometrics

I chose plyo because I know I hate It therefore I should do it. Might’ve gotten MORE out of masters cardio because I don’t have a pull-up bar or bench so a lot of moves had to be modified. Keep that in mind when you choose which one you want to do because day 2 is optional!

I was REALLY ANNOYED that he didn’t seem to know Chelseas name but he picked it up at the end there. And at the beginning I thought he was trying to scare me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

It was a touch workout but even though his intensity made me chuckle, it worked because I kicked booty! 

My favorite move? Rev lunge to knee driver

Hardest move? Plyo push-ups!!!! 

Grade: 4 Short but tough. (Would’ve been a 3 if he hadn’t said her name!)  


Alrighty roo!! Day 3: Hammer & Chisel–ISO Strength Chisel! That was fun!! Felt some of those muscle fibers tearing! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Favorite move was side step up. Hardest wasthe Bulgarian split squat. Rude. And the easiest one was the c spine crunch. I HAVE a six pack. Strong abs. They are just currently hiding. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Autumn is very motivating. From the very first time I worked out with her I thought, “She’s a talking Pinterest fitspo board. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Grade: 5 Felt the burn. 

Hammer and Chisel, Day 4 (kinda). I’m taking my rest day Sunday so I’m a rebel. ISO Soeed Hammer. This workout is less that 20 minutes of actual WORK. I’m convinced they are easing us in with this stabilization phase. I hope. 
I don’t have a chin up bar but otherwise that workout was too easy. Yeah. I said it! Especially if we were supposed to have a rest day yesterday!!! 

Grade: C 

Day 5: Hammer& Chisel Endurance done!! 

I liked it, similar to what I do on my own with balance and flexibility added into strength. Little too much spalining time though. I also like how there are options for those without a bench or pull up bar! Decline balance-y push-ups are hard. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Grade: B!

Day 7: Hammer & Chisel Total body hammer!! 

Felt a nice overall burn and a gots good sparkle going. Too much taking, could’ve gone a little faster. 

Day 8: Chisel Cardio
This was a great cardio workout. Other than running I don’t like cardio ๐Ÿ˜‚ There’s a meme out there that says-you mean lift weights faster? That’s what this was for the most part and I liked it. I also like function movements like step ups because they challenge balance in a realistic movement pattern. Woowoo. 
Burpees are always stupid but autumn has a way of making them tolerable. 
I felt like she was talking to ME when she said you don’t want to walk away not having Given it all you had. So I tried a little harder. ๐Ÿ˜‚
Favorite move was the side step/kick. Didn’t love the plank kicks but I did them. ๐Ÿ˜‚ And Alvin just doesn’t know how to row the boat!!๐Ÿ˜‚
I still think it’s kind of easy. But that’s not terrible, you don’t have to feel like you’re gonna die to get a good workout right! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Btw read in fixate that Autumn moved to Cali to be an actress. Welllllll. I think that turns out best case scenario huh?
Grade: A
Day 12? Is that right? Lol. Anyway… Hammer Power!

For me it was okay. Not the biggest fan of Olympic power lifting but it has its place in weight training!! I liked it at the beginning but then it was kind of repetitive at the end. I do appreciate doing something new though, and Sagi wasn’t too bad!!
๐ŸŽฏ Loved the illustration of him get getting kicked in the butt because that is EXACTLY what it looked like. 

๐ŸŽฏ Liked the use of light weights to warm up the muscles. 

๐ŸŽฏ Love how power lifting only involves like 10 reps max. Ever. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

๐ŸŽฏ Favorite move is deadlift. 

๐Ÿ‘Ž Still waiting on biceps. 

Grade: C. Not because of the workout, I think it was a good one for other people. I’m just not a fan of cleans and jerks and snatches. ๐Ÿ˜‚
Happy flex Friday!!

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It all comes together and just works!!!

Reflecting on our Sunday check-ins. ONE week in (we’ll except that rockstar at the top left, that’s been a commitment to healthy habits) and people are feeling better and getting results!!! THAT’S why I love this program! I was telling my girl Ashley on our call this morning…the reason I love this program is we aren’t just taking a hodpoding a goo idea from here, or a workout from there, or trying the latest eating plan or pill! We are combining meticulously planned & programmed nutrition ๐Ÿฅ‘ with meticulously planned and programmed exercise ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป and meticulously planned and programmed supplementation. And it all comes together and WORKS! It reduces the noise, gives us a plan and it just WORKS. 

#21dayfix #21dayfixresults #healthyhabits #shakeology

Healthy Habits, Nutrition, shakeology

Ashwagandha

ashwagandha

๐Ÿ”ฆ Shakeology spotlight!
๐ŸƒAshwagandha. Fun to say, nicely spelled so you can be confident in doing so! ๐Ÿ˜‚
I have MANY friends and family members who suffer from poor thyroid function. ๐Ÿ˜ด
I know many who take this herb or that supplement on top of this one and that one over there ๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š to help their thyroids and adrenal fatigue!
I get it, we are all trying to improve our health using the information we have! ๐Ÿค“
Studies have shown Ashwagandha improves thyroid function and treats adrenal fatigue. There are other goods in Shakeology that ALSO help your thyroid-iodine, zinc and iron to name a few. But instead of this or that, Shakeology has totally been FORMULATED to treat our bodies. To meet them where they are and start developing health. To BE what we need nutritionally in this crazy modern society.
Part of that formula includes the use of adaptogens-like ashwagandha-which help your body adapt to stress. Adaptogens (read: tonics) are seen A LOT in ancient Chinese & Indian medicine. They work to normalize MANY functions/systems/organs. Not just one! What’s really cool is that the plants that contain the MOST adaptogens and are the MOST beneficial for you are that way because THEY THEMSELVES have had to adapt to a lot of environmental stressors. Ashwagandha, for example, has to overcome its native hot, humid & dry climate…it can grow in droughts and be prolific in dry soils. Scientists don’t really understand how these little guys can be SO effective-they can balance you so well…but they’ve DEFINITELY done enough studies to prove they do!
There’s LOTS more just this ONE herb- ashwagandha- has been studied to improve including energy levels, immune system, brain health, blood sugar stabilization and even lowering cholesterol.
And there’s a LOT more than just ONE herb in Shakeology. #winwin #getinmybelly #shakeology#daikydoseofdensenutrition

21-day-fix, Nutrition

Unstuffed egg rolls

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Makes 5 servings. Each serving is 1 red, 1 green.

 

What you need:

  • 2 lb of lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken (I use beef)
  • 1 head of cabbage (on the smaller side)
  • You can also add bok choy (optional)
  • 3-4 medium carrots
  • 1/4 onion chopped finely
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 heaping tsp of fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 TBS oil (sesame or vegetable)
  • 4-5 TBS low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • 4tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  1. First, shred cabbage with a serrated knife. It is important to cut the cabbage with a serrated knife because it will shred the cabbage. Or chop bok choy. Then place cabbage and bok choy in a large mixing bowl. Shred the carrots with a vegetable peeler and toss well.
  2. Then brown your ground meat with finely diced onions and minced garlic. Drain grease from meat if needed.
  3. Fill the pan full of cabbage, bok choy and carrots. Then add fresh grated ginger, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder and ground black pepper (or crushed red pepper).
  4. If you have to split the mixture because you do not have a large sautรฉ pan or wok, half the cabbage mixture, ground meat, ginger, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and black pepper between batches.
  5. Once you have everything in the pan toss with tongs until coated evenly. Cover and cook over medium heat until cabbage has wilted, toss occasionally!

Credit: http://www.southyourmouth.com/2016/01/egg-roll-stir-fry.html

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Shakeology ingredients

I love me some Dr. Axe. If you read up on his backstory, how can you not? Anyway, I am a person who researches. I did LOTS of research on Shakeo before deciding to invest in it for more than a year!! It’s good stuff. We can’t get what we need without supplementation these days. That’s just a fact. 

But, while researching Camu Camu-Shakeology ingredient-WHAT IS THAT?๐Ÿ˜‚-came across this info from good ol’ Dr. Axe. These days people are trying to figure out supplementation. There are so many good things out there! What’s cool about Shakeology is it puts them all together-and responsibility so…from supporting small local farmers all over the globe to dehydrating ingredients in the shade to keep the optimal level of nutrition. On to Camu Camu!

Camu camu is a shrub found in the swamp or flooded areas of the Amazon rainforest and could be the next superfood to hit the North American markets soon. The shrub bears large berries that can look like cherries. These berries turn out to be one of the top vitamin C foods, for they have more of this vitamin in them than any other food source on the planet, sometimes as much as 60 times more vitamin C than an orange! 

Camu Camu also comes equipped with a powerful concoction of amino acids like serine, leucine and valine, as well as phytochemicals and minerals that can help a range of maladies in the body. Camu camu has been used for everything from inflammation, gum health and herpes to eye health, mood and more. Animal studies have shown that camu camu has antioxidant and antigenotoxic affects.

Acerola (also in Shakeo) and acai (also in Shakeo) are two superfoods known for their extremely high vitamin C content, but camu camu contains even more vitamin C. Camu camu is fairly new to to the global market, but itโ€™s popularity worldwide is growing. 

There’s a lot more to the Camu Camu story but that’s a good start!! #shakeology #superfood #getinmybelly

Shakeology spotlight!

Are you paying attention? ๐Ÿ˜ณ This is the HEALTHIEST supplement you can get. It’s so full of stuff our bodies crave! It might be unnoticeable but this stuff IS making you healthy-and healing years of less healthy habits. So many people take one or two or a few of these 70+ ingredients. But if you drink this daily it’s like a multivitamin PLUS PLUS PLUS! 
Today, let’s talk about:

Monk Fruit (Lo Han Guo) Monk fruit is also known as Lo Han Guo in mandarin. Luo Han Guo, literally translated, means โ€œarhat fruitโ€ in English. Thanks to its amazing health benefits on cough relief, colon cleansing, weight loss, physique enhancement, this Chinese herb has long been hailed as โ€œthe immortals’ fruitโ€.

Luohanguo is a cousin of the cucumber, and a member of the gourd family of fruits. It’s a round and smooth, dusty green-brown fruit that is covered with fine soft hairs, and a hard but thin shell. The fruit is used only after it is dried, and can be processed into a powder that contains natural substances calledmongrosides in it. These natural compounds make luohanguo a whopping 300 times sweeter than sugar, and are also responsible for some of the health benefits associated with this fruit: The mongrosides in luohanguo: Are under investigation as potential tumor inhibitors. Have antioxidant properties. May help manage diabetes because of their inhibitory effects on blood sugar levels. May defend against heart disease. In addition, teas made from luohanguo are known to: Relieve throat inflammation or cough. Cool heat stroke. Help elimination in the elderly. Relieve digestive distress.

21-day-fix, Fitness

Beachbody All Access On Demand Challenge Pack


This is so cool!!!

I purchased my first challenge pack for $140 a few years ago. 

I got Shakeology, 21 Day Fix DVDs and the entire meal plan/containers for the 21 Day Fix!
That was awesome and such a game changer for my entire life! Buuuut…after doing the 21 Day Fix workouts for a while I was ready for something new. The problem was I didn’t want to buy EVERY program. I want to try Hammer and Chisel, Body Beast, ChaLEAN & Core de force. These are all such AMAZING well designed programs that would not only challenge me but keep me from getting bored. And they are cool programs Chris and I can do together. 

Now came the solution. Instead of paying $50 or so for each new program I’ve got this program where I can try a new fitness program each month to keep my body challenged and my boredom at bay. 

For me, it’s $99 for the upgrade. For new customers it’s $199 for EVERY WORKOUT PROGRAM they’ve got, 30 days Shakeology & the portion control containers/plan. And you can hang with me & my accountability groups/coaching.  

Why NOT give it a chance? Yes, it’s an investment. But you’re worth it. Your health is worth it. You self confidence is worth it. I will help you. I will coach you. You CAN do this. This could be your year. Let’s dooooo it!!!
$199 

What do you get?

  • 1 Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included, plus future releases.
  • Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on home direct)
  • Portion Fix (includes 7 piece portion control container system, eating guide, large blue container and shaker cup)
  • Business Starter Kit Waived if you choose the coach enrollment option.
  • You get all of this for $199 for the entire year (12 months) and there is no monthly fee.

Click here to sign upppppppp!!! ๐Ÿ“

21-day-fix, Nutrition

Breakfast 21 Day Fix style!

21 Day Fix breakfast can be done lots of different ways! 


Miss Melanie here has fruit & whole grain cereal or waffles every morning. Sometimes she adds eggs and almond milk. 

That’s a ๐Ÿ’œfruit, ๐Ÿ’›carb & โค๏ธprotein to start her day! 

Ayla loves her 21 Day Fix style breakfast too! 

She INSISTS on her Shakeology and then she follows it up with Steve cut oats and as much fruit as I’m willing to give her! 

โค๏ธProtein/shakeo ๐Ÿ’›Carb/oats ๐Ÿ’œFruit/berries for a growing little girl!! 


Zach eats the same thing every weekday morning, just like his mama!! The only difference is I give him some chocolate chips rather than berries! I’ve also been known to throw some Shakeology in there! ๐Ÿ’›oats/carbs ๐Ÿ’œbanana/fruit โค๏ธeggs/shakeo/protein

Oatmeal muffins are easy & quick & nutritious& delicious!

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana 
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 & 3/4 cup water
  • Berries on top!

Cook for 20-25 minutes at 350. I pop them in the microwave for like 45 seconds and viola!


As for the adults! Eggs & spinach with hot sauce is our go to!! Chris varies between Kashi cereal with almond milk and Steve cut oats with a bit of fruit & honey. If I’m going to have a heavy workload I MAKE SURE to have my oats. 

โค๏ธeggs/protein ๐Ÿ’›oats/carbs 

๐Ÿ’šspinach/veggies ๐Ÿ’œberries/fruit