Monday, March 31, 2014

Cauliflower Rice - 21 Day Fix Approved Recipe

Cauliflower rice??  Yes, you heard it correctly!  Not BROWN rice…but CAULIFLOWER rice!

I love brown rice, but now as I'm going through the 21 Day Fix, I am really noticing that my "yellow" carb containers are very precious.  I love my oatmeal in the mornings or my quinoa sometime during the day.  Sometimes there's just not enough of the yellow containers to go through my day.  So I was looking for a good alternative to rice…so, I found cauliflower rice!  It is 21 Day Fix APPROVED for the green containers…and it is DELICIOUS!!!

It's super easy to make…I made extra for lunches throughout the week.

21 Day Fix Recipe Approved,


  1. Grab cauliflower and make sure there are no brown or black spots on it. If so, remove with a paring knife.
  2. Rip the leaves off the bottom.
  3. Cut the florets off the core and throw away the core.
  4. Break up the florets into even sizes.
  5. Place florets into food processor in small amounts, process until evenly chopped but not into "mush"
  6. Remove and put into large bowl and continue until all florets are finished…it will look like "rice" consistency when completed.
  7. Then you're ready to cook!
Cauliflower Rice, 21 Day Fix Recipe,

Cooking Methods:  I like both ways it just depends on how much time I have!

Oven Cooking:
  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Spread cauliflower rice out on one or more baking sheets (depending on how much you have) into a single layer. Don’t worry too much about the single layer thing, you just don’t want to crowd the pan or it will steam and remain moist. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping the “rice” at least 1x. Remove, serve and Enjoy!

Frying Pan Method:
  1. Heat a small amount of olive oil or coconut oil in a non-stick pan over medium high heat and add cauliflower rice.
  2. Then “dry fry” it to remove as much of the moisture as possible. Make sure to season with salt, pepper and any other spice you'd like. Enjoy!
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lentil, Bruschetta, Feta Dip

Trader Joe's Lentil, Bruschetta, Feta Dip (with baked chips and veggies) - A.K.A - Best Appetizer EVER!

This is literally my favorite appetizer ever!  It is SO easy, so delicious and I could eat it as a meal!  Oh…and it's really healthy!!
Trader Joe's Lentil, Bruschetta, Feta Dip

1 container of steamed lentils
1 jar of bruschetta
8 oz of feta cheese

Mix it all together and serve with crackers, bread, veggies. 

Trader Joe's Lentil, Bruschetta, Feta
Trader Joe's Lentil, Bruschetta, Feta

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Me Time" for MOMS Health & Fitness Challenge Group!!

I am a mom of 3 kids, ages 10, 9, and 6...I work full time and I'm a Beachbody Coach.  My day starts at 5 am and usually doesn't end until 10 pm or's full of homework, errands, housework, chores, dinner, sports for kids and anything else thrown in there. 

I am a mom, ME TIME,

I'm sure all moms feel this way too.  Busy, busy, busy and not enough time for yourself in the day, am I right?  (Let's face it…I can say ALL WOMEN, not just moms!).  We are more than willing to help out anyone else and the needs they have, but when it comes to "me time" so often, we don't set aside that time!  

Well, that must change. The reality of this is, most often, we are the ones who are leading the way of taking care of our children and their health day in day out. However, how do we expect to be the healthy examples in our family if we don't take the time to take care of ourselves?

ME TIME - Make time for yourself!

The STARTS with us MOMS!!  We need to be the example to our children on how to live healthy and active lives. No one else is going to do that for us!  It falls upon our shoulders. Wow!!  What a great responsibility and amazing opportunity we have. Think about what a gift we could give to our children to teach them how to live healthy lives. Teach them how to eat healthy and to lead by example of adult exercise and activity. 

Could you imagine the impact that would have on your children and future generations?  It's endless and a priceless gift!  

Healthy Children,
Healthy Children learn from Healthy Moms!

Well moms of all ages, shapes, sizes, and generations... This is your chance NOW to make a in your family's life! Start TODAY by committing to take care of YOUR HEALTH so that you can them be healthy enough to take care of your family's health!  Remember, it starts with YOU!!

Starting April 14th, I will be starting a busy moms health/fitness challenge group. Gaining your "ME TIME" back!  Committing to giving yourself 30 minutes a day to focus on getting healthy and in shape!  YOU DESERVE THAT TIME...and need it! 
We will discuss tips on how to plan for your busy week, when to get your workouts scheduled into your busy day, how to make healthy lunches and dinners with a busy schedule. You'll get tips, support, motivation, accountability to stick with your health and fitness commitment. Us moms have to stick together and hold each other up. As they say, "it takes a village"!!  That is so true...and this is YOUR village and your time!

Respect yourself enough to take time to make YOU healthy, fit, and happy!  "If momma ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy"!!

If Mama ain't happy…ain't nobody happy!  "Me Time" for moms fitness challenge group

To be a part of the "Me Time" for MOMS, please fill out this information below. I'll help you find a Beachbody program to choose from that will be a great fit for you. You'll commit to the program and clean eating and commit to drinking Shakeology one meal per day. There are many great fitness programs for ALL different fitness levels, beginners to experts. 

I can't wait to help busy moms discover how to be able to balance finding time to take care of yourself and your health/fitness with your busy life!  As your health/fitness coach I commit to helping you reach your health and fitness goals!  Start by signing up for your FREE Beachbody Membership!

Let's get the Spring started out the right way with some spring cleaning...then we can be more active for summer with our kids!!  Give yourself an EARLY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY GIFT!!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Beef Burgers and Healthy Sweet Potato Fries

I love sweet potato fries…or anything sweet potato!  I am still working on the perfect temperature to try and figure out how to get them crispy without frying the sweet potatoes.  So mine were a little soft, but they were still absolutely delicious!  This is a 21 day Fix meal approved!!

Beef Burger

I use organic beef from Costco…pat out the burgers and grill to perfection!  I like to add goat cheese on my burger and I don't add the bun!

Sweet Potato Fries

3 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch long and wide strips
Olive oil for tossing
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
paprika, to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Line sheet tray with parchment paper.  Toss sweet potatoes with enough oil to coat.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika (or any seasoning you like).  Lay potatoes in single layer, do not overcrowd.  Bake until tender and golden brown, turning occasionally about 20 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes.

Healthy Sweet Potato Fries, Burger, 21 Day Fix Meal
Sweet Potato Fries and Burger

Monday, March 24, 2014

An Amazing Opportunity - Become a Team Beachbody Coach!

I have been a Beachbody coach for a little over 7 months now.  When I first singe up as a coach, I wasn't really sure what I was getting into.  In my mind, I thought this would be an amazing opportunity to help others reach their goals but also a great way for me to be held accountable to my health and fitness goals.  I really didn't have a clue what Beachbody Coaching was all about.  

As I started to get my feet wet on the business side of coaching, I realized that this wasn't just a "normal job"…this is something that can absolutely change lives, in many different ways-- through health, fitness, financial, families and future generations!  It's truly amazing the doors that the coaching opportunity can open for so many lives!

Help Wanted, Beachbody Coach, Accepting Coaching applications
Beachbody Coaching: Help Wanted!

When I first became a coach, I was involved in a challenge group with my coach.  This is where I really fell in love with what coaching can do for others.  For me, I thrived from the motivation, support and accountability that the challenge group offers.  Then to know that I can lead my own challenge groups and pay it forward and motivate others to reach their health and fitness goals was extremely exciting to me!  

Beachbody Coach, Helping Others

As a health and fitness coach for team Beachbody, I run challenge groups in a closed group on facebook to help people reach their ultimate goals.  These groups may be 30, 60, or 90 day groups, depending on what I chose to make it! As a coach, I post daily something motivational, educational, and I also give recipes and meal plans to help people stay on track and give the support they need to succeed! Sometimes my challenge groups are program focused and some I let the challenger chose the workout program they would like to use to participate with!

Each challenger is required to take 2 minutes of their day and give me a report on how their day went... So did you get your workout in, did you drink your Shakeology, and rate your food on a scale 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 being you cheated the entire day! This has really helped my challengers stay on track and keep themselves accountable!

The cool thing about it, I'll be honest, is that I get paid to be healthy and fit and to help other people do the same!  You really can't beat that!  Does that sound like a good fit for you?

Beachbody Coaching, Inspire others
Beachbody Coaching - Inspiring others!

How do you know if you would be a good coach?
1.  You are pumped about losing weight and getting in shape.  You talk about your workouts and your shakeology with your friends and family.  You eat sleep and drink your workouts and lifestyle changes!
2.  You love to help other people and are passionate about supporting others in their fitness journey as well.
3. You already work in the fitness industry but would like a little to expand your realm of expertise even further.
4.  You enjoy working out with others and motivating others to stay in shape and get healthy.

Independent Beachbody Coach Information and Cost
  • A one-time fee of $40 to become a Beachbody Coach.  This is not a yearly or recurring fee.  You could also have the $40 fee waived if you purchase a Challenge Pack or if you or your spouse is active in the military! (I can explain those options more in depth as well).
  • A monthly website fee of $15.  Beachbody gives you three canned websites where you can do some minor personalization.  The first website is a Beachbody coach site, next is a Shakeology site (only available through the Team Beachbody Coach network) and the last is your Ultimate Reset site.  I have decided to create my own website and blog to share personal experiences and recipes but it is not required.  
To remain an active coach you need to have a Personal Volume (PV) of 50 points per month.  Purchasing a month's supply of Shakeology (at a 25% discount) is 90PV for example and you're done.  I believe in the methodology of Team Beachbody that you need to use their product in order to be able to explain the benefits of the research they've done.  Plus, their supplements are amazing and taste delicious!
  • Benefits: 
    • You receive a 25% commission on anything somebody buys from Beachbody using one of your links. Somebody purchases a copy of P90X, you get a check for $29.96.
    • You can, if you choose to, create a team of coaches as well.  You can create a business based off of a team of people who are passionate about the same things that you are.  I tend to attract women who are passionate about health and fitness,specifically clean eating stay at home momma's. But I also have some individuals who want to grow a business and create a full time income!  The saying you attract who you are is completely true!
    • You receive a 25% discount on all Beachbody products including merchandise. If you're using supplements today like I am, just the discount savings alone on let's say P90x Protein Bars and P90X recovery drink covers the $15 monthly website fee.
    • You get paid on a weekly basis, every Thursday morning!
    • No inventory to carry, Beachbody takes care of everything.
    • Access to an entire team of experts on health and fitness.
    • Access to marketing materials and guidance on how to build your business.

Beachbody Coaching,

What happens once I become a coach?
When you decide to become a Beachbody coach and help change others lives, you will not be left to do this on your own.  My team is a part of the #2 team in Beachbody and we get the opportunity to learn all the tips from some of the greatest coaches in Beachbody!  You will be added to the Dream Team private Facebook group where you can get a wider group of support.  I will also work with you in whatever commitment level you desire.  Each month I have a Coach Apprentice program for new coaches that will teach you all you need to know about running a challenge group and how to be the coach you want!  You will not have to reinvent the wheel or do this on your own!  There is plenty of support along your journey!

I want to become a coach and change lives!  Now what?
Fill out the application below and I will get in touch with you within the next 12 hours.   

You don't have to start coaching alone!  It is my job to provide you with the tools to succeed!  Check out the apprenticeship program!!

Currently accepting applications for individuals who want to grow a successful Beachbody Business.
Complete the form and I will set up a time to chat and discuss the options for my Apprenticeship program.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

21 Day Fix - Week 1 Women's Update and Week 2 Meal Plan

WOW!  It sure is amazing what a changed attitude and mindset with a renewed commitment will do for you throughout the week!  SUCCESS!!

To be honest, I had been in a bit of a rut over the past couple weeks.  Last week, I did a 180 degree turn in my mind and recommitted to my goals.  I had been a little lazy on them and I needed a change!  I committed to following the 21 Day Fix, 110% and no cheating on my meal plan!  I got used to just little snitches of food here and there not thinking that it made a big deal…well it does!  I needed to go back to using the 21 Day Fix containers to the "T"!  I found that these containers help me so much in knowing how much food I should eat of any given group.  I tend to get larger portions then I need!  Can you relate?

21 Day Fix Color-Coded Food Containers, 21 Day Fix Update
21 Day Fix Color-Coded Food Containers

So here's how my week looked last week:

Week 1
Day 1 - Total Body Cardio Fix
Day 2 - Upper Fix
Day 3 - Lower Fix
Day 4 - Pilates Fix
Day 5 - Cardio Fix
Day 6 - Dirty 30
Day 7 - Yoga Fix

21 Day Fix, week 1 workout update
21 Day Fix Week 1 Workouts

Throughout the week I felt really good, strong and confident that I was going to stay good on my commitment.  I was really hungry the first couple days, but it didn't stay that way the whole week.  I felt great going to bed not full.  We eat kind of late so sometimes when I'd go to sleep after a big meal, I didn't sleep well…now, my meals are portioned properly and I don't feel that way anymore!

The exciting news is that I lost 2 pounds this week!!  I am stoked about that.  I don't really have much at all that I want to trim down, but during my laziness (ugh!) I had picked up a few pounds that I want to get off!  So let's see where the program takes me.  I also added a couple days of the 21 Day Fix AB FIX workout and LOVE it!!  I definitely feel my abs getting stronger!

Here were a couple of my meals and snacks this week…Yummy!!  My favorite snack, greek yogurt and blueberries (1 red container and 1 purple container).

21 Day Fix Meals and Snacks
21 Day Fix Meals

This is my next week's meal plan!  I am prepping today for the week ahead so that I can be ready and succeed throughout my week.  I'll cut up veggies, make meatloaf muffins, prep dinners and make susre I've got everything I need.  If you would like any of the recipes, check out my Clean Eating Recipe Tab!  For more samples of meal plans, click HERE!

21 Day Fix Meal Plan,
21 Day Fix Meal Plan

The 21 Day Fix has been the HOTTEST selling Beachbody fitness program.  Do you want results like so many others are getting in 21 days?  You can lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days by following the meal plan and fitness program.  

If you would like to join in and get the results you've always wanted, I would love to help you reach your goals.  As a Beachbody coach, I can support you and motivate you so that you stay committed to your health and fitness goals.  Each month I start a Fitness Challenge Group.  The next one starts on April 14th and I would love for you to be a part of it.  Get in shape for summer and bikini season! But you're not alone, I'll walk you through and help you stay on track.

21 Day Fix Challenge Group

First Sign up for a FREE Beachbody membership to make me your coach…this is FREE and I will be able to help you reach your goals with support and motivation.

If you're interested in more information on how to become a part of this group, please fill out the application below.  

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

21 Day Fix Recipe - Chicken Stir Fry

I'm in need of a few new dinners, so I'm looking to the 21 Day Fix eating plan for something to switch it up a bit!  This is something that is easy and the whole family will love!!

21 Day Fix Recipe Approved,, Chicken Stir Fry

Veggies  (Green Container & 1 spoon)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped asparagus spears
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 tsp Mediterranean Seasoning or All purpose seasoning.
  • Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat.  
  • Combine asparagus, pepper, carrots, onions, and seasoning.
  • cook veggies in skillet, mixing frequently for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp tender.

Chicken (Red Container)
  • 4 oz raw chicken breast, boneless, skinnless
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • all purpose seasoning or Mediterranean Seasoning.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Place chicken in ovenproof dish
  • Spray with cooking spray at the bottom of pan.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and juices run clear
Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness and weight of the chicken breast.  

Brown Rice (Yellow Container)
Make whole grain brown rice according to package directions, use 1 yellow container and store the rest in an airtight container for later.

So you have a super filling dinner that will keep you on track, feeling satisfied and on your way to meeting your weight loss goals!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Day 1 - 21 Day Fix -- Round 2

21 Day Fix
21 Days Starts NOW!
Well, I am on to Round 2 with 21 Day Fix…Although…I've got to be completely honest with you about Round 1 for me….I didn't fully complete it to the degree that I wanted to.  I cheated the program and myself (full confession!!)!  I started out strong and was seeing results, and honestly I think I got "too comfortable" thinking I knew the full program and how the food worked.  I have learned that I'm a "stress" eater (can anyone relate?).   I was dealing with some stressful stuff in addition to a ski vacation during one of the weeks of the program, and now looking back and reflecting on it all…I didn't handle that time well and the way that I KNOW I should have handled things.  Let's face it, we are all human and fully blow it sometimes, and this was my time, but I have moved on and the pity party has stopped!!  So, all of that to say…this is round 2 for me, but it's really a fully committed round 1, if you want to say that!

21 Day Fix, Make yourself STRONG,

So, in this past week or so, I've had time to realize that my mind was not where I needed it to be nor where I wanted it to be.  There needed to be a change, a new commitment and "GO TIME"!  And this is it!!!  21 Days to regain my healthy habits!

21 Day Fix, 21 Days for a new habit,
21 Day Fix - 21 Days to a New Habit!

So, even though I had continued to workout during the last 21 Days of the FIX, my heart and my commitment was lacking.  I was not fully in it like I've been in the past.  The passion was lacking.  But, I'm here and ready to FULLY commit to these 21 Days, just like my amazing challengers have done!

21 Day Fix, workout for a good mood!
Press Play!

This weekend was a busy weekend for me, so I've had to find ways to prep and set myself up for success.  So one thing is that I'm going back to my very first week of my meal plan.  It's already made and sometimes as busy moms, we've just got to make our lives easier…so next week, you'll see an all new meal plan from me, but this week you get a repeat!  :)

21 Day Fix Meal Plan, week 1
21 Day Fix Meal Plan - Week 1
I've completed my workout for today, which was Total Body Cardio Fix plus I added in the 10- Minute Ab Fix today too!

So today starts a new beginning…new commitment…new start!  We all need that once and a while.  Mine is NOW!

Are you looking for a fresh start, a new beginning, or a new commitment?  Join me today in making a commitment to better your health and change your life!  I would love to be your coach and help you through the process of getting healthy and in shape.  I have Challenge Groups I run each month and this will give you daily support and motivation to reach the health and fitness goals you want and desire and need!  

If you are interested in more information about being a part of my next Challenge Group please fill out this application below for more information!

Also, don't miss out on some other great Challenge Pack deals on sale this month only!!

Les Mills Combat and Les Mills Pump on Sale,
Les Mills Combat & Les Mills Pump Challenge Packs on Sale in March!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day - Shamrock Shakeology Recipe

So, who out there USED to love the McDonalds Shamrock Shake?  Well…many moons ago, I was a fan (when I was a kid, before I realized I couldn't drink those kinds of shakes all the time) LOL!!

Well, if you're a fan, and looking for a healthier way to have one of those shakes…look NO FURTHER!  Shamrock Shakeology is here!!!

It's an easy recipe and tastes OH SO YUMMY!!

Shamrock Shakeology Recipe, Healthy Shake
Shamrock Shakeology Recipe
  • 8 oz Skim, Rice, Almond or Soy Milk
  • 4 oz ice and water
  • splash of peppermint extract or some mint water
  • 1 tsp all natural pb
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar free instant pudding mix
  • 1 packet of Greenberry Shakeology
  • Blend and enjoy!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chocolate Mousse

Did you ever think you could have a healthy, clean chocolate mousse?  Well…here you go.  I'll be honest, I haven't tried this yet.  This is a recipe from a friend, but I just was given a ton of avocados and thought this would be a great recipe to try out!  (Plus I didn't want to lose the recipe!)  :)

So here it is…

4 ripe avocados
1/3 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
7 medjool dates, soaked
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
sea salt to taste

In a high speed blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients until smooth.  Add salt to taste.  Serve chilled!

Avocado Chocolate Mousse,
Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Kids' Favorite Green Smoothie!

It took some training…but I love that I have trained my kids to like healthy things.  But what they have realized, is that healthy doesn't mean gross!  In fact, their favorite after school snack is a "GREEN SMOOTHIE"!!  Yes, you heard it right…a green smoothie!

This is something that they actually request!  (And they know what kind of ingredients are in it!)

Healthy Green Smoothie,
My Kids' Favorite Green Smoothie

Here's what's inside and the order from bottom to top:

  • Handful of ice
  • Large handful of spinach (if I have kale too I will throw some of that in also)
  • 1 Orange, peeled (or a clementine, whichever I have)
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 banana
  • 1-1.5 cup of frozen pineapple
  • Water (I fill the water to cover the amount of ice I've put in
  • Few drops of liquid Stevia


My kids HONESTLY LOVE this!!  Enjoy!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Family Ski Trip…and so many memories!

Some of my best memories as a kid were our family ski trips to Colorado!  We would pack up our van and leave after my dad got off work and drive from Kansas to Colorado…usually all night long and get to Denver EARLY in the morning just as the sun was rising.  We'd usually stop at IHOP for breakfast and then continue on up into the mountains to Breckenridge and head out to the slopes that day to ski.

My dad had the philosophy of being in the lift line BEFORE the lifts even opened.  We had to get the first tracks of the freshly groomed corduroy!  He wouldn't have it any other way.  

Well, I guess it rubbed off on me a bit.  Now, as an adult, I haven't quite made it up before the lifts open…but I definitely have my dad's eagerness to get on the slopes each morning!

Over the weekend we finally planned our first "big ski trip" as a family.  We go skiing in the local mountains all the time for day trips to make sure the kids get out and on the slopes more than once a year, but, now that I'm a Californian, I've definitely gotten the Mammoth Fever (along with our whole family!).  

So, we made the trek to Mammoth Mountain late Wednesday night after work…got up early the next morning and got the kids checked into Ski School for one day and off we went…  So, yes…I'm going to bore you with some pics of my family ski trip!

The best part of this trip was that my youngest son, Anthony, leaned over to me on the ski lift one day and looked up to me and said, "Mom, this is the BEST vacation EVER!!"  That sure makes it all worth it!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
Mammoth Mountain - Day 1

We woke up the morning of the 2nd day to a beautiful blanket of snow and it was continued to snow ALL DAY LONG!!!  I think we got something like 3-4 FEET of snow on Friday!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip! www.HealthyFitFocused.comMammoth Mountain family Ski trip!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!

You can't beat a SNOWY Day!!  The powder was amazing and so much fun!  Talk about a WORKOUT!!!

Friday night we were fortunate enough to have my brother-in-law and his wife and my other sister-in-law come up and join us for a couple days!!  So much fun!!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
Katelyn, Anthony, and Jeremy

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
My 3 Snow Bunnies

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
Family Lunch!

You can't beat heading to the Village and walking around the shops and being a part of the Mammoth Village Parade!!  The kids love hanging out there!!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
Mammoth Village Fun

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
Anthony at the Parade

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip! www.HealthyFitFocused.comMammoth Mountain family Ski trip!

Day 4

Well…here's day 4 of our trip!  This storm was amazing and still coming…the storm total was something like over 50 INCHES of SNOW!!!  Totally amazing powder!!

Mom and Jeremy!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
Jonathan, Katelyn, and Anthony!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
Jeremy found an "ice sword"…boys will be boys!

 Well, unfortunately our trip has come to an end…Mammoth is one of our favorite places to visit.  On this trip, I was really ready to retire and move to Mammoth so I could ski all day, every day with my family!!

I will say, that this trip gave a new meaning to my WHY and reason that I'm building a Beachbody business.  This is definitely a dream and I want to continue this family tradition of amazing family vacations!  Thanks for letting me share some pictures of my family and our trip!

Mammoth…Until next time…we will long for your snow-capped mountains in the winter or your inviting bike trails in the summer!  Can't wait to see you again!

Mammoth Mountain family Ski trip!
Goodbye, we'll miss you!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

How to Prep your Week for Success

I am someone who needs to prepare for my week in order to stay on track in my eating.  I have always been one that likes to have a plan.  Back about 6 years ago, I would cook for an entire month in one day, then freeze it all and I'd have dinners for the month!  It was amazing! And a lot of work.  Now, I find that it is easier for me (and more practical) to do it a week at a time.  I plan out my menu in advance on Saturday, then usually do my shopping on Sunday and will get some cooking in on Sunday evening.
Meal Prep and Planning

So…what do I do to prepare:

1)  Create a Meal Plan

I use a meal plan template to create each menu…now, I will say that I don't mind eating the same or similar things each day for breakfast or lunch, so that makes things easier!  Also, I'm not creating something brand new every single week.  I will go back and use menus I've made previous weeks or just substitute in where I need.

If you need help planning or ideas on how to do it, message me or check out my sample MEAL PLANS!

When you have a plan, you are so much more likely to stay on track with your eating!

Weekly Meal Plan,

2)  Make a Shopping List

You've got to plan ahead and have the items on hand that you need for the week, or you'll find yourself reaching for the "junk" that you really don't want to eat!  Plus, when you make a list and go shopping for what you need that week, it saves you so much time during the week (and quite frankly, saves a lot of money!)
Shopping list for meal planning

3)  Get Organized 

Get yourself organized once you've done your shopping.  Figure out what you need to cook ahead of time…what you can combine in a freezer baggie and put in the freezer for a crockpot meal (Crockpot meals are my favorite and save so much time and energy)…what veggies you need chopped, etc.  

If you can get yourself organized and plan what needs the oven or how many recipes use onions so that you can save time by cutting that many onions up at once, it will really save you lots of time (and onion tears!).  

4)  Get to work!

 The normal things I find myself doing on a prep Sunday:
  • Chopping Veggies
  • Chopping Fruit if needed
  • Cooking Rice or Quinoa
  • Grilling Chicken
  • Making Turkey Meatloaf Muffins (This is a FAVORITE in my house!)
  • Making any salad dressings or seasonings
  • Chopping Salad Toppings (I will chop carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, snap peas, etc and put them in a container so that when I am making my salad the night before I just take a scoop of the mixture and I have an instant topping!)
  • If I have crockpot meals, I will gather the ingredients and place them in a freezer baggie and then freeze it.  Then all I have to do is pop it in the crockpot before I leave for work
Meal Prepping for the week for success
This was my latest Meal Prep for 21 Day Fix

Freezer Meals
Example of Freezing your Crockpot Meals

If you need ideas on more meal plans click HERE!  If you need help on knowing what a healthy week looks like, I'd be happy to get you plugged into my 30 Day Clean Eating group.  Message me for details!