Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Walking Dead Workout

Are you strong enough to survive? 
Don't just sit there and watch. Try this workout and then rate yourself:

10: I will make it out alive.
5: Maybe if I pair up with someone, we'll be ok. 
1: Dead. 

Let me know how you do!

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Holiday Thrive 2016

Stop for a minute and think about your holiday season last year.

How would you describe it?


For me, I think of the holidays, starting right around Halloween, as a time where everything is in full swing. Baking cookies, attending performances, going to parties, attending work lunches and happy hours, and so on and so on. It ends up being a blur--a happy, fun and memory filled blur, but a blur nonetheless.

And don't forget about the family shuffle--here on Thanksgiving, there on Christmas eve, home Christmas morning, off somewhere else for Christmas day. Then a week of eating leftovers, cleaning up, and at last New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Phewww!

By then, it's over. Exhausted, but aching for routines again, clean and healthy food, no more drinks!!
Don't get me wrong, the holidays--however and whatever you celebrate--are blessings. And I feel lucky to have wonderful family and friends to celebrate with.

But, do you ever wish you could slow time down a bit? Do you wish you didn't wind up feeling so spent and unhealthy come January 1st? Do you wish you could keep your eating and exercise routines on track during all the craziness? Do you wish you didn't need a New Years Resolution because you go into the new year with healthy habits intact.


How about flipping the script and creating a holiday season that is:

Join me in a 60 day supportive community where we will focus on quick but effective 30 minute workouts, an easy to follow, fat incinerating meal plan, and an easy nutritional insurance policy. On top of all of that, you will get free coaching customized to help you get over the hurdles keeping you stuck in the "I'm too busy" mentality. You ARE busy, but not too busy to take care of yourself this holiday season.

We are also going to have some fun with contests, prizes, a virtual healthy cookie exchange, We will focus on creating memories and moments that last. You won't need the same old "get healthy" New Year's resolution everyone else will be making--you'll already be ahead of the game!

Let's do this--TOGETHER--and THRIVE
Click here to fill out a short application to gain access to this exclusive group. Once I hear from you, I'll be in touch to get you started with a customized recommendation for workouts and meal plans that will fit with your lifestyle. I can't wait!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

October Meal Plan

Here's a meal plan for you to snag. Recipes and grocery list below! 

Want to learn how to meal plan like a pro? Want to be part of a community who will support, encourage, and catapult you on your way to weight loss and health goals? 

Consider applying to be in my next challenge group here:
I'll be in touch to hear more about your goals and share some information with you. 


Strawberry Frappe Shakeology 
Blend 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 2 tsp. almond butter with 1 cup water and 1 cup ice (1 red, 1 purple, 2 tsp.)

Banana-Almond Bliss Shakeology 
Blend 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology, ½ banana, 2 tsp. almond butter with 1 cup water and 1 cup ice 
(1 red, 1 purple, 2 tsp.)

Greek Yogurt Apple Dip 
Combine 1 red container 2% Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. peanut butter, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. honey, 1 tsp cinnamon--mix well (1 red, 1 tsp.)

Sweet Potato Hash 
½ cup chopped sweet potatoes 
½ cup sliced bell peppers
½ cup sliced onions
1 tsp. oil 
(1 red, 1 green, 1 purple, 2 yellow, 1 tsp.)

Egg Salad Breakfast Sandwich 
2 hard-boiled eggs chopped 
½ cup tomatoes
 ½ cup grated carrot
1 tsp. mustard
1 tsp olive oil 
1 whole-grain English muffin  
(1 red, 1 green, 1 purple, 2 yellow, 1 tsp.)

Baked Tempeh with Stir-Fried Broccoli and Snow Peas 
4 oz. tempeh,
½ cup broccoli
½ cup snow peas
1 tsp. olive oil
(1 red, 1 green 1 tsp.)

Baked Tofu and Quinoa Salad
8 oz. baked tofu
1 cup lettuce
½ cup quinoa
2 Tbsp. dressing
(2 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 orange)

Veggie Burgers with Tomato and Chickpea Salad 
Two veggie burger patties
mustard, lettuce leaves,
½ cup chickpeas
½ cup cherry tomatoes
½ cup bell pepper
balsamic vinaigrette
(2 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 orange)

Spiced Tempeh Kale Salad 
4 oz. chopped tempeh seasoned with cumin
1 cup chopped kale
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. olive oil
(1 red, 1 green 1 tsp.)
1. Heat oven to 400° F. To make the marinade for the Baked Tempeh, combine 1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice, 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 chopped garlic cloves, 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger, 1 tsp. sesame or olive oil in a small bowl and whisk to blend. Place 12 oz. of tempeh in a glass baking dish and pour marinade over the top. Cover dish with foil and place in a refrigerator for 30 minutes, flipping tempeh over after 15 minutes. Place the dish, still covered in foil, in the oven and bake. After 15 minutes, remove the foil, flip the tempeh and cook uncovered about 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and set aside.
2. Next, cook the veggie burger patties. To save time, this can be done in the oven while the tempeh bakes (or, keep the veggie burger patties frozen until you’re ready to eat them). Spray a metal baking sheet (or cast iron skillet) with nonstick spray. Arrange six patties on the sheet and bake according to the instructions on the package. When done, remove the pan from oven, and set aside. Turn off oven.
3. A rice cooker will make quick work of cooking the quinoa, and will shut off automatically when it’s done.  If you do not have a rice cooker, it can be cooked on a stovetop [//]. Cook ½ cup quinoa in 1 cup water and then set aside to cool.
4. Next make the sweet potato hash. Heat water in a small pot with a steamer basket over high heat. Peel the sweet potato and cut it into bite-sized pieces. When the water in the pot is boiling, place sweet potato in the steamer basket and steam until soft when pierced with a fork, about 5–8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
5. Slice one onion and chop two bell peppers (reserve a few onion slices for the veggie burgers, if desired). Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers and cook, stirring frequently until onion is translucent and peppers are soft. Add sweet potatoes and cook two minutes more. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Remove from heat and divide the sweet potato hash evenly between three food storage containers. When cool, place containers in the refrigerator.
6. Fill three small food containers each with ¾ cup yogurt and 1 cup berries. Make the Apple Yogurt Dip and store in small containers. Place in refrigerator.
7. Next hard-boil eggs for the egg salad breakfast. Place 4 eggs in saucepan and add enough water to cover the eggs by one inch. Bring water just to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 12 minutes. While eggs cook, prepare a large bowl of ice water. Carefully remove the eggs from the hot water with a slotted spoon and transfer to the ice water.
8. When eggs are cool enough to handle, peel and chop them, and place them in a bowl. Add one chopped tomato, 1 cup shredded carrots, 2 tsp. mustard, and 2 tsp. olive oil and mix well. Divide egg salad mixture evenly between two food storage containers. Garnish with parsley, cilantro, or green onions if desired. Place in refrigerator. Serve with a whole-grain English muffin and a medium apple.
9. Season remaining 8 oz. tempeh with ½ tsp. ground cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat over a medium flame. Add tempeh and cook 2–3 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and set aside.
10. Next, build the Spiced Tempeh and Kale Salads. Wash two cups of kale then remove and discard the rib from each leaf. Chop the kale, then squeeze it roughly as though you were wringing out a towel. This breaks down its tough fibers making it easier to digest. Divide the kale evenly between two food storage containers. Top each with 3 oz. of cumin-spiced tempeh. We added chopped green onions and 2 Tbsp. of shredded carrots to each salad for color. You may add a small amount of any remaining vegetables from this meal prep. Place salads in refrigerator. Serve with 1 tsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. balsamic or other vinegar.
11. Arrange three food storage containers for building the Baked Tofu and Quinoa Salads. Add a cup of lettuce to each container. Top with ½ cup quinoa and 8 oz. baked tofu. Add “free” ingredients, like green onions, jalapeño, and cilantro if desired. Serve with 2 Tbsp. of a salad dressing of your choice.
12. In a medium bowl, combine one can of chickpeas that have been drained and washed, 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes, 1½ cups chopped bell pepper, and 4-6 Tbsp. balsamic vinaigrette (or 3-4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar and 4 tsp. olive oil). Mix well. Divide evenly between three large food storage containers (with two compartments if possible). In same containers, arrange two large lettuce leaves and two veggie burger patties. Serve with mustard and remaining sliced raw onion (if desired).
13. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil (or coconut oil), 1½ cup broccoli florets, and 1½ cup snow peas. Cook, stirring frequently for 3–5 minutes until tender crisp. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Set aside to cool. When the vegetables are no longer hot, divide them between three food storage containers. Add 3 oz. marinated tempeh to each and place in the refrigerator.
14. Prepare daily hummus snacks. In each of five food storage containers, place ¼ cup hummus and assorted dipping veggies. Place in refrigerator.
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 cup tomatoes
1 cup shredded carrot
Assorted veggies for dipping
1 head romaine lettuce
2 cups mixed lettuce (or combination of remaining romaine and butter lettuce)
2 cups kale
Spaghetti Squash
1 tomato
1½ cups cherry tomatoes
3 medium bell peppers
1 medium onion
1½ cup broccoli florets
1½ cup snow peas (or sugar snap peas)
1 bunch green onions
1 head garlic
1 inch ginger
jalapeño (optional)
1 bunch cilantro or parsley (optional)
3 cups raspberries
4 medium apples
3 cups frozen strawberries
1 large banana
1 small orange
18 oz. lowfat plain Greek yogurt
4 hard-boiled eggs
6 veggie burger patties (splurge on the fancy ones!)
16 oz. baked tofu
20 oz. tempeh
Dry Goods
Whole-grain English muffins
1 can chickpeas
½ cup dry quinoa
Kashi Go Lean Bars
reduced-sodium soy sauce
rice vinegar
raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
Prepared Pasta Sauce (look for naturally low in sugar)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Exclusive Sneak Peek

Core De Force is here! 

Core De Force is an explosive mixed martial arts-inspired total body workout designed by Beachbody Super Trainers Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews to blast fat and carve your waist in just 30 days - No equipment needed.

New: Be the first to try it.

Exclusive: Get the sneak peek by signing up Here: and activating your free trial.

Winning: Enter the contest below by tagging ME in your social media post on October 24th after you do the sneak peek workout. (That's how I know you are entered.)

You can also check out our exclusive Core De Force Launch Group on Facebook to stay up to date and excited for this program's launch on October 31st!

This would be the perfect time to grab something new to do for my Holiday Thrive that is also starting on October 31st. Get more details about how to make this holiday season memorable, relaxing, and healthy here: HOLIDAY THRIVE