Busy Life and October Challenges

Talk about a busy life!  We have a lot going on in October, and I am at a lovely, happy, smiley state of busy.  I love it.  So what’s going on?

Announcing my Busy Life tips!  You can get my 12 top tips to make efficient use of the little time you have.  Just go here and you’ll get the document.  I’m super excited to share these, and welcome your tips…we’re always a work in progress and the things that keep us going are too!

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Then, with the new month comes new challenges!

We’ve got Super Scary Killer Abs in October!  No equipment, you can hop down on the floor and get them done abs.  No excuses!

October Killer Abs

And then a super fun challenge group option where you can choose a program and rock it for 30 days…and maybe win a prize!  We like prizes…a little something special in the mail is a great way to brighten a day!  We will focus on our fitness (done at home) and nutrition, and how to make that easier as well. And we’ll have a group to lift eachother up and keep us going!  This group will start October 12th.

It wont be easy. I’m asking for a serious commitment to changing your habits and life for lasting success…and sanity! All workouts are done in the comfort of your own home on your own time. You’ll have ME as your personal coach, walking you through every step of the program on a daily basis…and doing it along with you!  If you can commit to changing your life and getting to your healthiest self, I want to hear from you! I’m looking for folks who are serious, who want to get stronger, healthier, and who want to feel BETTER then ever. This program is NOT free…but includes…

*a complete workout kit with dvds
*a complete nutrition plan
*30 healthy meals – a 30 day supply of Shakeology
*measuring tape to track all of those inches lost
*me as your personal coach and teammate
*access to my private support group
*$3000 worth of workouts programs right from your phone tablet laptop etc.
*you cannot be a coach or be working with a coach to participate*

Together we can reach your goals!  Email me for info on this or anything else here!

And as we finish out September, remember that it’s the end of September deals!  They’re on their way out! You’ve got PiYo and 3 Day Refresh this month!

Have a great day and let’s rock October!

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Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Yes, I put all of those awesome words together, made a snack from them, and then enjoyed the results!

But let’s go back!  I had plans to meet up with a local group of moms last night for a paint night…have you been?  You get together, drink a bit, snack a bit, chat a bit…and oh yeah, paint!  It was a great way to meet up with people for the first time (if you remember, I just moved to a new state!) since there was an activity and snacks!  I had a great time, and painted something that has in fact made it onto my fairly bare walls.

Starry Night Over Neon Charlotte

Starry Night Over Neon Charlotte

But I wasn’t too sure what to bring.  I like to bring healthy things to share so I know that I can stick with what I brought and stick to my goals, but I also like to bring delicious things!  I don’t want to be someone who brings stuff that tastes healthy to gatherings!  I want both healthy and tasty.  I had originally planned for zucchini chips and spiced nuts.  The spiced nuts from the Fixate cookbook came out amazing…I think I’ll be making these for my blue containers all the time.  I made them two ways and brought the savory ones, which had smoked paprika and chili powder on them.

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But when it came time to make the zucchini chips, I knew they weren’t what I wanted. I was in the mood for chocolate!  So I figured I’d make something chocolaty, that I knew was good for me, and that would help me stay away from other foods!  It’s all about knowing yourself and planning. They came out so good that I don’t know if I can have the rest in my house!  chocolate peanut butter bars, Shakeology recipe

So, you want to make these yourself?  I know!  Here’s the recipe, which I adapted from the 21 Day Fix nutrition guide.  I made it more of what I liked, and as a bonus, I had all of the ingredients at home!

Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
makes 24 bars/servings, 1 Yellow treat on the 21 Day Fix

Ingredients –
– 4 scoops chocolate Shakeology
– 2 cups old fashioned oats
– 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
– 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
– 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (just peanuts as the ingredients…maybe a little salt)

Method –
– Combine Shakeology, oats, and walnuts in a large bowl and mix well
– Add almond milk and peanut butter and mix well
– Press into an 8×8 pan, cover, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours
– Cut into 24 bars
– Enjoy!

Want some more?

What is better than the old favorite s’mores?  Here is a totally delicious and super healthy alternative.  So get crushing those graham crackers!!

S’mores Shakeology (from here)

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
2 tsp. ground whole wheat graham cracker crumbs, divided use
1 cup ice

To make:
1. Place almond milk, extract, Shakeology, 1 tsp. graham cracker crumbs, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a serving glass and garnish with remaining 1 tsp. graham cracker crumbs; serve immediately.

Yes, I'll have some more!

Yes, I’ll have some more!

Wishes

Random thoughts for a Monday…

Being a parent brings lots of wishes.  You wish for the best for your child, you wish for the balance between them being independent and them needing you, you wish for them to grow up and stay little.

And today, I wished to both spend ALL THE TIME with my child and to be able make last minute plans to workout with a friend.

Since it’s about balance, I try to do both.  Lots of time with her, and some recharge/adult talking time for me.  But it can be tough to make that decision to spend time away.

Balance.

Do you have it?

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Grilled Brussels Sprouts

I have salads for dinner most nights.  If we’re grilling up dinner, it’s whatever protein I’m having on a salad!  But last night, I was really in the mood for some Brussels sprouts.  And my husband was grilling up steak for him, chicken for the rest of us…so grilled Brussels sprouts it was!

I cut up my Brussels sprouts (this is two greens on the 21 Day Fix) and put them in a foil “bowl”…two layers of foil with the ends crumpled up to make it bowl-like.  I threw on some 21 Day Fix All purpose seasoning, but you can put on any seasoning you like.

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Then we put them on the grill for about 20 minutes, stirring every so often.

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So pretty!

So here’s my dinner…1 red, 1 orange (homemade balsamic vinaigrette that I dipped the chicken in and then drizzled what was left on what Brussels sprouts I hadn’t eaten!) and 2 greens…filling and so good!

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My dinner!

What’s for dinner??