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(ok, so we can’t pay for your flight or anything, but we can at least let you come to the workshop free)

HERE ARE THE RULES:

#1. Publish a 50-100 word blog about “What Inspires you to sweat”

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Best Advice Ever

START DATE: Dec 10, 2009 163 lbs. END DATE: June 6, 2010 122 lbs.

I had to share this, as I couldn’t have said it better myself, its from an interview by one of my beautiful clients from 2011 and I just wanted to share:

Q. If another woman told you she wanted to start training, what is the one piece of advice you would most want to give her?

A. “Role models are wonderful and a great resource, but I believe that true, long lasting motivation is not something someone else can give you or you can “find”(now, where did I put that motivation again?). 

You have to make it happen, for yourself, on purpose. 

Don’t passively wait for it to come along. 

Take control.

You create your own motivation when you stop yourself from eating garbage when everyone else is or no one else is looking.

You create it when you take no excuses and hit the gym no matter what because champions don’t sleep through their workout.

You create it when you truly believe that you are an athlete and a winner, despite what everyone else says, thinks or does.

I think the biggest problems people have in getting started are in realizing that someone else isn’t going to do it for them and actually believing that they are worth the effort.”

START DATE: Dec 10, 2009 163 lbs. END DATE: June 6, 2010 122 lbs.

 

WOW. Powerful stuff. I saw this woman (who is a single-mother of a teen) gain control of her life, her health, ended up setting goals for herself (competing and running FULL marathons) and was truly inspired.
I always say, my clients truly inspire me and this is why.

If you’d like to read the rest of the article, you can find it here:

http://promotingwomen.blogspot.com/2011/05/korie-maxfield-interview.html

“AB”solutely Sweaty ab routine!

ABsolutely Sweaty Abs

Will this workout get rid of your pooch… nope.

Sorry, I gotta keep it real– clean up that diet, get rid of that shit..

BUT this routine is going to tighten and tone those abs, so they will lie flat and firm and you can stand tall and feel amazing!
Try this workout alone or just add the abs to the end of your lifting day, either way, you’re sure to feel it tomorrow!

Metabolism & Adrenal Fatigue Update

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If you are completely lost watch my first video– Metabolic Damage and Why I’m Pissed off and then check out the follow-up : Metabolic Damage Follow-Up and Resources.

These are a series of videos to serve as a tool to help others through the mess that I’ve been going through for over 20 months. I am as truthful and honest as I can be about the reality of metabolic damage and that there’s no “dieting your way out” Its a complex issue that can’t be fixed by changing ONE thing.

I will continue to blog about this issue as new progress is made and as long as I continue getting emails and questions from you guys:)

How can I detox from SUGAR?!

we can do anything for 3 weeks, right?!

We are 3 weeks into the August Sweets N’ Sprints Challenge and I just noticed today for the first time I didn’t have outrageous cravings!
I do have to say that I caved and totally had some coffee with (4) splenda AND a diet soda (GEEZ!!) on the 3rd and 5th days and I had to “re-commit” myself to the challenge… geez!
It was HARD! Harder than I thought. I didn’t really know if the cravings were actually physical or more psychological, but probably both!

I started doing some research and actually, what prompted me was an email from my friend George of Civilized Caveman Cooking. He just got home from a 6-week “tour of being cool” and said he was going to do this 21-Day Sugar Detox. So, when George posts, I listen…. and I bought it. haha. Anyway, just thought I would share something that might help you, motivate you and also keep you on track a little better than I did the first 21-days. I think this is something I will refer back to often.

we can do anything for 3 weeks, right?!

Click Here!

 

I also found this e-book The Sugar Addiction Solution. I’ll be honest, I didn’t download this one, because I already did the first one, but it was intriguing, so I thought I’d share, and if you’re interested and you get it, let me know your review!

The Sugar Addiction Solution

Click Here!

Crock Pot Meals for a month– Under $75

Crock Pot Meals for a Month and under $75... yes please!

If you have followed any of my posts from “back-when” you will know that I do not cook. I just don’t. I don’t have many recipe ideas, nor do I care if I eat the same thing (chicken and veggies) every day for the rest of my life. However, my husband cares and since we are moving soon and he is now working out of the home, I thought it would be nice to have some meals ready when he comes in… annnnnnd I’ll be honest, I’m kind of getting bored of the same thing (just too lazy to do anything about it)
Well, my sister-in-law is living on one income with two kids to feed, so she’s always looking for budget-friendly meals AND of course, being a mom keeps her busy, so she doesn’t always want to cook.
She found these recipes on pinterest, did this last month and loved it, so she invited me on the grocery “tour”. I bought more food in one trip than I EVER have in my entire shopping life. I told her that my bill was going to be $120-130.
She said “No, I bet its only $80″… well… beat that! It was only $76 (and that was because I had a few extra things in there)
Total cost for these meals: $68!!** HOLY CRAP! I sure hope I like them, because I love the price.
They are all in the freezer and ready to go, so the first two weeks after moving, while I’m unpacking and have other things to do, we don’t have to spend more money eating out! I can’t wait!! I hope you all enjoy and please share some more crockpot recipes if you have them!!

** Depending on your grocery store and location or “on hand” ingredients, you may spend slightly more or less

Crock Pot Meals for a Month and under $75… yes please!

 

I am going to add Notations of MY modifications 😉

We created a big shopping list– bought EVERYTHING for less than $75 and this should last at least 18 meals for 2 people. I have a feeling there will be leftovers in many of the meals.

Not all of them I would consider “the healthiest” but you can make substitutions and change as you wish.

These recipes were taken from Pinterest and ringaroundtherosies.net

We also did not follow the recipes as they were written– Basically–

PUT INGREDIENTS IN BAGS— FREEZE. DONE.

PS Most of these are gluten-free and paleo (if you don’t add the pasta/rice)

 BBQ Pineapple Pulled Pork – prep/no cooking, freeze

Ingredients:

– one 4 – 6 pound pork shoulder (I bought a pork roast, I’m not sure the difference, but it looked good/less fatty– I’d never bought pork before, so we’ll see how this one works!)

– all purpose seasoning 

– one bottle of barbecue sauce (you can buy low-sugar BBQ or just use half the bottle to lessen the sugar)

– one 15 ounce can of diced pineapples, undrained

Directions:

– Rub pork shoulder all over with all purpose seasoning and place in slow cooker.

– Dump can of pineapples (undrained) over pork.

– Pour bottle of barbecue sauce over pork.

– Lift pork a little to let the sauce get underneath.

– Cook on high for six (6) hours or low for ten (10) hours.

– Shred in the pot and mix with the juice.

Strain & serve!

(We took ALL of the ingredients– dumped in a gallon bag and threw in the freezer– I plan on defrosting for a day and just dumping into the crock pot— serve with brown rice?)

 

Lemon Garlic Chicken – prep/no cooking, freeze (this one we portioned into TWO bags)

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 lb. in each bag)

2 T. butter (1 tbsp. in each bag)

1/4 c. water

3 T. fresh lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules

1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley (I didn’t have fresh parsley, so I just used dried and  it worked  perfectly)

1 package cream cheese (you can use 1/3 less fat or fat free)

1. In a bowl, mix the oregano, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture into chicken. Melt the butter in  a skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken in butter for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Place  chicken in a slow cooker.

2. In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, garlic, and bouillon. Bring the mixture to boil.  Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker.

3. Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours, or Low for 6 hours. Add the parsley to the slow cooker  15 to 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.

4. About 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve, remove the chicken and place on a serving  platter. Add the cream to cheese to the juice in the crockpot, and whisk until smooth. 

Ladle the sauce over rice or pasta, then place your chicken on top!

(Again— dumped everything into two gallon bags and into the freezer– I think it will workout just fine)


Chicken & Spinach – prep/no cook, freeze (split recipe in half between two bags)
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 jar Classico Pasta Sauce (or any marinara– 3 cheese, mushroom, etc.)

Onions, bellpeppers, etc.

Cajun seasoning to taste

Sliced zucchini & squash (the yellow ones that look like cucumbers) (optional)

mushrooms sliced (fresh or can)

Bag or container of fresh spinach (i break off the larger stems)

Pasta of your choice (bow-tie, spaghetti, etc.)

 Layer:Chicken breasts, onions, bell peppers, etc., seasoning, other veggies and top with  spinach.   I cook it about 6 hour (Dumped everything in two bags— freeze)


Beef/Turkey Taco Soup – make day of, freeze leftovers

2 cans of kidney beans (I only used one)

2 cans of pinto beans (I only used one)

2 cans of corn (I only used one)

1 large can of diced tomatoes —1 can tomatoes and chiles

1 packet taco seasoning

1 packet ranch dressing mix

1 lb browned ground turkey or hamburger

shredded cheese and sour cream for embellishment

1 package of tortilla chips or bake corn tortillas 

 Directions:

brown meat if you are going to use it

drain fat and add to crockpot stoneware insert (the meat. not the fat.)

sprinkle seasoning packets on top of meat

drain and rinse the beans and add

add the ENTIRE contents of the corn and tomato cans

stir.

  Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5. I think the longer you cook soup, the  better, so if you have the time, opt for cooking on low. About 20 minutes before serving, add  desired amount of crushed chips into the crockpot. Then,stir well, and serve with a handful of  shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. (I cooked the meat ahead of time and then just threw all the ingredients in two bags– I may or may not add the cheese and sour cream when the time comes to eat. Will probably make with a salad on the side) 

Crock Pot Pizza Soup – prep/no cooking, freeze in zip lock bag (split recipe in half between two bags)

–1 jar (14 oz) of pizza sauce

–3 empty jars full of water

–1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

–1/2 red onion, chopped

–1 cup sliced mushrooms

–1 cup baby tomatoes, cut in quarters (or 1 can diced tomatoes, drained)

–2 cooked Italian sausage (I used chicken Italian sausage)

–1 cup sliced pepperoni, sliced in quarters (Hormel turkey pepperoni is labeled gluten free)

–8 fresh basil leaves, chopped (or 1/2 T dried)

–1 T dried oregano

–1/2 to 1/3 cup of dried pasta (if your pasta is tiny, use 1/3 cup. if it’s big, do 1/2. I used 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s brown rice penne) (I didn’t add any pasta to this one, it might actually be great with garlic bread… mmmm!)

–shredded mozzarella cheese (to add later)

The Directions.

Use a 5 or 6 quart crockpot for this recipe. Serves 4 hungry adults, or 2 hungry adults and 2 kids with enough leftovers to feed them all again.

Wash and prepare veggies. Dump them into the crockpot. Cut up the sausage into small pieces–I sliced, then cut the pieces in fourths. Add to crockpot. Cut up the pepperoni, add it, too. Add basil and oregano. Pour in the pizza sauce, and follow with three empty jars of water.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours. Everything in this is already cooked, so you are really only heating through and allowing the flavors to meld.

Thirty minutes before serving, add the dry pasta, and turn to high. My pasta only took 20 minutes to soften quite nicely.

Garnish/top with shredded mozzarella cheese

(I didn’t make this yet, just threw all ingredients in two bags and freeze)

Slow Cooker San Francisco Pork Chops – prep/no cooking, freeze (I totally didn’t make this recipe at all, my sister did. I personally don’t care for pork chops, ever.)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick

Salt and pepper for seasoning

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon cold water

Mashed Potatoes or Hot Cooked Rice (for serving)

In a large 12-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is simmering and hot. Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Brown the pork chops for 1-2 minutes on each side in the hot oil until golden. Transfer the chops to the slow cooker. Add the garlic to the drippings in the skillet and stir constantly over medium heat until the garlic is aromatic and golden (but not burned or it will turn bitter!). Stir in the soy sauce, broth, brown sugar and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over chops.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours until the meat is tender. If using bone-in pork chops, fish out the bones from the slow cooker. Remove the chops from the slow cooker to a shallow pan or plate – they will most likely be falling apart in tenderness at this point. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the sauce in the slow cooker. Return the chops to the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker heat to high and cook for 30 minutes to an hour longer, until the sauce is slightly thickened. If you want a super duper thick sauce, once you remove the chops from the slow cooker, pour the sauce into a pan and place it over medium heat on the stove. Add the cornstarch slurry and bring the sauce to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes until the sauce is thick. Add the pork and heat through.

 

Chicken Curry (this one we put into two bags)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (I didn’t do this step)
4 tablespoons curry powder (2 tbsp in each bag)
2 teaspoons ground cumin (1 tsp each bag)
1.5-2 pounds chicken thighs, or breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces. (I just put entire breasts in the bags)
2 cups chopped peeled sweet potatoes. (I didn’t add these, but I will chop them fresh, so I marked on the bag to chop potatoes later)
2 cups baby carrots.
1 coarsely chopped mango
1 cup chopped onion (used a white onion)
1 zucchini chopped, about one cup
2 cloves garlic, minced (used 2 tsp. chopped garlic in a jar)
2 chicken bouillon, one per bag (used a half cup of chicken broth from a can)
.5 cup raisins (for garnish) (raisins are nasty!! Did not use! LOL)

.5 cup peanuts or cashews (for garnish) (didn’t use any nuts either)

Savory Chicken (split this recipe between two bags)

(we used a bag of frozen broccoli, threw all the ingredients in a bag and froze.)

Lazy Day Stew

(I didn’t use stewing beef, I used ground turkey on this one and I even added another can of corn and NO lima beans, I used kidney beans instead. We also did not use the tapioca– it was probably just for texture anyway. Dumped everything into two bags and froze)

 

Splenda Interview with Expert Michelle LeSueur

Splenda Interview with Michelle LeSueur

If you have been following along with the August Challenge— we are 2 weeks in on NO SPLENDA, NO SUGARS, NO ARTIFICIAL SUGARS for all of August… wow!

We started with the challenge, because I saw a picture of Bo Shin who posted some incredible results by taking out Splenda. She did an interview last week and we asked her if the pics were photoshopped and if she changed her workout routine as well—-> you can see Bo’s Interview here

I can see the difference in Bo’s pictures, but I wanted to know:

“Why is splenda so bad?”

“What does it really do?” and

“What ARE the best options for sweeteners?”

I decided to call and ask a friend and expert on this: Michelle LeSueur: Energetic Practitioner and Nutritionist

Michelle works with many, many individuals with weight and gut issues, allergies, hormonal imbalances and autoimmune diseases. I know she’s an avid reader and educates herself incessantly. She has a pretty incredible personal story and I couldn’t wait to hear what she had to say!

Check it out– and all of the links to find more from Michelle are below:

Michelle’s Facebook Fan Page

email: Michelle@uniquehealthandwellness.com

 

Does Sensa Work?

Does Sensa help me lose weight?

Have you heard about Sensa or these other “sprinkle” products?
You basically have a little “shaker” that you carry around, sprinkle it on your food and it makes you eat 30-40% LESS calories?!!

Wow… sounds too good to be true… yeah. Let’s dissect and discuss:

Splenda Challenge Interview with Bo Shin

Interview with Bo Shin

OK here it is! I promised I would ask Bo about these pictures that she posted of her 4 weeks without splenda–

— did she do any extra cardio or workouts?

— what did she use as a sugar/splenda substitute?

–did she photoshop the picture?

After talking with her, it gave me a new motivation to get through the first week and keep pushing past the cravings!

Later on this week, I will post an interview with an expert on WHY these “fake sugars” are so bad for you and what do they do?
you can find Bo on her FACEBOOK PAGE

My Favorite Books

BOOKS

Lately I have been asked by quite a few people what are some books that I recommend.

If you don’t know me well, let me just tell you, I am quite the book nerd. I love to read, however, I definitely don’t get as much of a chance to read as often as I’d like.

(I know,I know, you have to make the time!! I need to make more time to read!)

Anyway, I thought I would post a few of these books so you have a great place to start if you’re looking for motivation, diet advice or just want some solid NO BS information.

“Diet/Lifestyle Books”

The Dark Side of Fat Loss— this is an e-book by a colleague of mine, Sean Croxton. I fully trust Sean because he’s def, a no b.s. guy when it comes to all things training and diet. He admits that he was wrong in the past (as was I) and he asks all the right questions of all the right people on his podcast “The Underground Wellness Show
This e-book is a great resource and you can download it now!

 

The Metabolic Effect— this book is written by a friend, colleague and mentor of mine, Jade Teta and his brother Keoni Teta. I know Jade personally and his methods of training are without a doubt things that I use in my training everyday. He’s great at simplifying difficult concepts and helping your figure out YOUR personal fat-burning formula. I love the approach, because we are all different. This is a great resource for anyone to have!

Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!— by Jillian Michaels. Ok another fact about me, I LOVE JILLIAN MICHAELS. I’d have to say she is my idol? Maybe. I just love her straight-forward, no B.S. approach, and in her years of working with severely obese people, I think she’s learned a thing or two. I also have  a lot in common with her (besides our careers) dealing with thyroid issues among other things. Jillian’s book is great, its not always easy to understand, or follow, but its a good, solid piece of info as well if you want to get off the weight-loss roller coaster once and for all.

 

Then I have two books that I love for self-growth, personal development and goal setting.

Twelve Pillars— by Jim Rohn and Chris Widener. O.M.G. Jim Rohn is one of my favorite speakers of all time. I sadly learned about him only 3 months before he passed away. I wish I could have seen him speak in person. This book is a simple story of a man who breaks down on the side of the road and learns some wonderful lessons from a gardner. The lessons you can apply to your jobs, your family, your weight-loss, anything! I simply cannot say enough about this book. You can finish it in less than a weekend too!

 Excuses Begone!— Dr. Wayne Dyer. I actually have the CDs of this book, because I love listening to Dr. Dyer while I drive. This book is about how you can change your mental outlook and get rid of any bad habit, any self-defeating thought simply with a shift in your paradigm.