Monday, July 25, 2016

GRILLED CHICKEN BRUSCHETTA



Juicy tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, red onion, garlic and balsamic can
turn plain grilled chicken into a delicious weeknight meal in minutes!
Make the Bruschetta the night before or early in the morning and let all
the flavors marinate, then when you are ready to eat grill some chicken
and you have yourself a quick weeknight meal.




GRILLED CHICKEN BRUSCHETTA

Ingredients:
  • 4 medium vine ripe tomatoes
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 3 oz part skim mozzarella, diced
  • 1.25 lbs (8 thin sliced) chicken cutlets
Directions:
Combine onion, olive oil, balsamic, 1/4 tsp kosher salt and pepper. Set aside a few minutes.
Chop tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Combine with garlic, basil, onion-balsamic combo and additional 1/8 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and let it sit at least 10 minutes or as long as overnight. Toss in the cheese when ready to serve
Season chicken with salt and fresh pepper. Preheat the grill to medium-high, clean and oil the grates to prevent sticking. Grill the chicken 2 minutes on each side, set aside on a platter and top with bruschetta and serve.
Recipe Inspiration from skinnytaste.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

Breakfast can be challenging to get in your veggies while on the 21 Day Fix! 
Since the meal plan for Country Heat Follows the fix portions and plan 
I am getting ready for this new workout by testing some new recipes to add to my meal plan for my accountability test group!!   


Breakfast Stuffed Peppers
Breakfast Stuffed Peppers 


Breakfast Stuff Peppers
2 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, halved and seeded
6 eggs, whisked
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped & wilted (I wilt my spinach by placing fresh chopped spinach in glass bowl, covering with damp paper towel and microwaving for about 40 seconds until wilted)
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup feta cheese
4 turkey sausage links cooked (preferably organic, low sodium, no nitrates)
olive oil or cooking spray
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, salt, pepper, spinach, both cheeses and sausage until combined. Lay your peppers in a lightly greased baking dish (use olive oil or cooking spray to grease). Make sure to use a snug pan so your peppers don’t tip over (I used a 9×9 cooking dish). If your peppers are “wobbly” then you can carefully slice the bottom of the pepper to make a flat base, BUT do not cut through the pepper or your eggs will run out. Divide your egg mixture between your peppers. Cover with foil and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until eggs are set. I took the foil off the last 10 minutes to brown it up a bit. **Also I will note that depending on the size of the peppers this may or may not be enough filling. I had large peppers and this was plenty. If you have small peppers you may want to decrease your amounts or use more than two peppers halved.
21 Day Fix: 1 pepper = 1.5 GREEN, 1 RED, 1 BLUE
Enjoy!! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

You love the 21 Day fix...... Are you ready for Country Heat by Autumn Calabrese

Do you like Country Music?
Do you like dance cardio?
Do you want to spice up your cardio?
Do you DISLIKE working out?
Do you need your workouts to be fun in order to do them?

No matter what your reason, if you are looking for something to spice up your fitness regime or you want to get started this could be the program for you!

Beachbody is releasing a BRAND NEW fitness program on July 28th 2016 to the network!  COUNTRY HEAT is going to knock your socks off!  At first I was a little skeptical of a country music workout because I am a Hip- Hop girl 100%.  

I really wasn't excited about this new program!  BUT..... that all changed when I saw the Test Group results and read the reviews of this program.  I recently got the chance to do the workout sneak peek with Beachbody On Demand it reminded me of my old bartending days at LoneStar when we had to take random "dance breaks to country line dance" while waiting on customers!!! 

This program had me literally DRIPPING sweat and I didn't feel lost or confused by the moves.  Anyone can do it!  It is not hard at all.  Plus my legs were on fire, my core was burning and I could tell it is way more than cardio.  It's great for your entire body!  



I am really excited for the launch of this program and I'm going to be walking a select group of people from beginning to end through the program!  I'm going to be making sample meal plans, giving you recipes, tips and guidance on how to rock this program!  The people in the test group are getting incredible results and one even lost over 60 pounds in 90 days!!! 


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Millie F. lost 26 pounds and 31 inches in 90 days of Country Heat! 
Though she had never had a dance lesson in her life and this was the first workout program she had EVER tried, she found the workouts easy to do. She said following Autumn was easy because she breaks down the steps into easy-to-follow directions. Millie told us, "I did not expect to see such results from this fun workout. I also didn't expect to sweat so much! The music was great. It was fun and easy to dance to. Country Heat is something I would recommend to EVERYONE! 
It is simple, fun, energizing, and from young to old, women to men - 
everyone can see results and add a little spunk to every day!"

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Kim writes:
In 30 days I lost 18.2 pounds and 26 inches! But, more importantly than the “stats”, with Country Heat I was able to fully participate in the workouts and that resulted in me feeling completely invested - that sense of investment carried over to me being completely committed to the nutritional plan and the program as a whole. This is the first program where I could participate in every facet and that left me feeling very proud and confident in the fact I CAN lose the weight, I CAN better my health – and that mind shift is priceless. 


I started at over 300 pounds and ended in the 200s – so, the fact that I could fully participate, at my weight, is a game changer. This is the PERFECT workout for someone like me – someone who is desperate to make a change, desperate to positively improve his or her health but unable to follow along with high impact/high intensity workouts. I hope those, like me, are able to see photos/videos of people that look like me actually doing the workouts, actually making progress – that is what is key to us, knowing people like us are able to do it.


When I heard Kim's story with Country Heat I felt that connection! Being able to fully participate in a workout is a POWERFUL feeling!  



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So let's talk about WHAT this program actually is?

First of all it features all of the hottest country music!  There is NO CHOREOGRAPHY to remember, just follow along for the 27-30 minute workout!  This workout program is high energy, low impact dance workout that is super fun and easy to follow.  Autumn Calabrese created this program and has also created the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Co Creator of Hammer and Chisel, author of the Fixate cookbook, mom and bikini competitor.  She has her certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. She is extremely talented and gifted at getting you results.

There are 5 high energy, cardio based dance workouts, 1 dance conditioning workout, and the portion controlled eating plan! 

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Eliminate the thought that you "can't dance" and remember that anyone can dance! It just takes a little rhythm & practice. With our amazing country music, you'll have no problem getting up and dancing your way to your goals!



WHAT MAKES COUNTRY HEAT EFFECTIVE?

First of all it is a workout you will actually stick to!  Autumn makes it fun and easy.
You get 5 high energy dance workouts and 1 dance conditioning workout to give you all the calorie burning benefits of a great cardio workout while using every muscle in your body to fire up your metabolism.

There are no complicated moves, NO WEIGHTS OR EQUIPMENT required.

Autumn uses her portion control container system and meal plan to help you lose weight by eating what you want in the right amounts each day.  

WHO CAN DO COUNTRY HEAT?

ANYONE from beginners to 21 Day Fix Graduates to those advanced in their fitness that want something different and fun!  It is great for all ages and sizes!  People who like Zumba, people who want to lose weight and are looking for results in 30 days!  People who generally don't like to exercise or who want a lifestyle change, but aren't sure where to begin!  

{DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU??}

  This workout is great for people who have tried and failed at complicated diets and exercise programs.  The reason is that its easy to follow the portion controlled container system and you have ME as your coach to guide you every single step of the way!  I will teach you how to meal plan, prep, and stick with the workouts from beginning to end.  Plus the workouts are fun and you don't even know you are working out!!!  

If you want to lose weight then yes that is accomplished in the program!  I encourage everyone to do at least 2-3 rounds of the program. The reason is that in the first 30 days you are just learning the ropes.  You are getting a good handle on your nutrition and understanding the portion controlled containers.  As you dial in your nutrition you can increase your results!!

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WHAT DO YOU GET WITH THE PROGRAM?

When you purchase your Country Heat you will get:

- 6 workouts on 3 DVDs in 30 minutes or less.

-7 Color coded portion controlled containers to efficiently help you portion out your food

-Country Heat Nutrition Plan which is an easy to follow guide that has recipes, tips, and more to help you get results.

-30 Days of Shakeology in any flavor 

-Quickstart Guide- This is a simple 3 step guide that preps you for your fitness journey by giving you the low down on the nutrition plan and workouts.

-30 Day Calendar so that you know exactly what workouts to do in what order to maximize your results.

-Plus when you get the challenge pack you get access to Country Heat On Demand which means unlimited access to stream Country Heat and all the other workouts to any desktop, laptop, tablet, TV or mobile device.  So you can start your workouts the minute you make your purchase.




SO DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A PROGRAM YOU WANT TO DO??


Did you know you can get it right here from me?  

Plus I am going to be launching my first official COUNTRY HEAT TEST GROUP on Monday August 1st and workouts start on the 8th of August!  You can get personal, 24/7 mentoring, guidance and support from me in a closed online accountability and support group!  I am going to basically walk you through the entire program from beginning to end.  I will teach you how to navigate the nutrition plan, how to choose healthier snacks, swap out your bad habits for better choices and how to truly make a lifestyle change vs. a crash diet.  

I will be there to help you stay accountable, to track your food, to keep you motivated when you are not feeling it!  My job is to be your support system and sounding board!  I don't want this to be another program you invest in and don't complete!  This time it will be different!! TRUST ME!!


All you need to do is get your name on the list to be the FIRST to know about the program launch!

If you DO NOT HAVE A COACH the first step is to make me your FREE COACH.  Click here to sign up for free.  If you already have a coach that you work with please reach out to your coach for details on their launch groups!





If you do not have a coach and would like to be in the official test group then complete the application below to be considered for a spot in the group.  I will be hand selecting a group of people who are committed, dedicated and ready to make some changes in their health and fitness!  
So don't delay, spots will absolutely fill up fast.





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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Some things are better left as a Draft... but I felt strongly that I needed to say this.

I have opened this Blog probably 20 times or more to write to just close it with no words to type or save it as a draft thinking who would want to read that. Some things are better left a draft, but I have always thought if someone out there reading this needs to hear this, just 1 than I need to push publish.



The last 8 months have really been a struggle for me. I feel like I had my surgery to better my knee and yet somewhere along the healing process I have lost myself. I'm not sure if it is my fault for not focusing 100% on the good and how far I have come and NOT how far I have to go, but I am struggling.  I feel like that Debbie downer on SNL. Yeah things look great on the outside but the minute I open my mouth I can't seem to find anything good to say here.

Who wants to hear me complain..... we are surrounded by negativity everywhere! I really try to focus on the positive side of things and I am always trying to better myself.

Maybe it is the fact that I had this during the holidays and here in PA we all tend to hibernate during the winter, maybe it's because I felt like this holiday was hard enough since it was the first holiday without my father in law and I felt as if I had to protect my husband from feeling that way.
Whatever it was it was a long winter and now into summer I find myself slowly "crawling" out of my hole and my bigger pants size.

How can I motivate others when I feel this way inside....

Not that your walk defines a person but it sure does help your swager.. LOL not to mention when your shoe game is 100% flats or sneakers.

The ultimate battle of the mind... how dare I feel sad, lost or even depressed over over of this when someone out there is dealing with so much worse.

Workouts have been an issue for me.... I did and loved CIZE but had to create my own moves for limited movement with jumping and cross jumping.

Personal Development has been KEY!! I was learning tips for my business but switched gears to boost my positivity with something light that makes you think and I found the Energy Bus.

I love it!

What you focus on is what you receive and I was totally focusing on the wrong things.



> I have been blessed to be able to take the time to recovery with my beachbody business and create an income from home. It is my job to share that blessing with others!

> I can help others who feel the same and want to focus on their health mentally and physically, because I have been there.

> My struggles have always become my story, and in a way I have experienced it - so I will have a better knowledge to help others.

>It took me 5 months to learn to walk again and YES I have gained weight but I have the tools to change. No movement and Not focusing on nutrition doesn't work!!

> Start each day with a Grateful Heart!

Recovery be it after a death or even surgery can feel very lonely... not because you don't have friends but friends don't know what to say and they have the same busy life that they always had it's just you that can't keep up. You can really feel alone and the Gosh I can't believe you are still dealing with this gets old. Know that you are not alone.

If you are reading this and haven't had surgery but at times have just felt down you can relate. I think in life we have good days and everyone has bad. Change your focus. Focus on what makes you happy, focus on the good and the bad will fade away.

Thank you for listening...
I apologize for being so quiet here.
I have been creating recipes, I have been adding movement and I am working on creating my best transformation yet!! Stay tuned!

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