Dec 12, 2017

80 DAY OBSESSION REVIEW - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Do you want to build up a firm, rounded butt AND burn away fat to reveal leaner, flatter abs? At the same time?!?  What if I told you YOU COULD!?! 

Introducing the newest in-home fitness program created by Autumn Calabrese, 80 Day Obsession, which was designed to help you burn fat and get lean! Click here to get it first! AVAILABLE DEC. 14TH 2017.

Read on to learn what you can expect from this extreme home workout (complete with a modifier so ANYONE can do it!)!!


WHAT IS THE 80 DAY OBSESSION?

It is the newest streamable workout program complete with a scientifically developed meal plan designed for advanced exercisers who want to build their strength and lean out their flattest abs ever. The 80 Day Obsession promises a firm, rounded booty and flat stomach. YES PLEASE! While Autumn's not new to in-home workouts, she's taking this one to a whole new level, with 80 different workouts filmed live, so you never repeat a workout! 

She talked about the program saying, "it's all about the right workouts in the right sequence, plus a targeted approach to nutrition". Because it takes both the right workouts along with the appropriate nutrition to get results, I am confident with this complete package, this is the solution to help you finally achieve the health and fitness goals you've been looking for! 

WHAT OTHER PROGRAMS HAS AUTUMN DEVELOPED?

WHO SHOULD DO 80 DAY OBSESSION?

ANYONE wanting to:
  • build a leaner, tighter body
  • add curves without bulking up
  • get those fitness model abs
  • get an extreme workout in the comfort of your own home
The workouts range from 45-60 minutes per day, 6 days per week. Enjoy a rest day once per week! The meal plan is a professionally, scientifically calibrated timed nutrition plan designed to get you max results each week of the program so that you're never left guessing what to eat.

It's going to require hard work, and this is not for everyone, BUT you'll be training like an athlete and fitness competitor, and be working every day with a super trainer to get max results!

WHAT ARE THE 80 DAY OBSESSION WORKOUTS LIKE?

The 80 Day Obsession workouts include 80 unique workouts that are designed for experienced exercisers, and each routine also includes a modifier to follow as you build up your strength and endurance, making it doable for ANY fitness level!  You will see total body workouts using weights, compound exercises, and plyo moves. These workouts are available exclusively on Beachbody On Demand (think Netflix of the Fitness World), and not on DVD. The program is divided into 3 phases that last about a month each to help you sculpt and tone your entire body. 

PHASE 1

In Phase 1, you learn the moves and proper form using your resistance bands and sliders. The focus is on building up strength and practicing good form for maximum results. 


PHASE 2

In Phase 2, you'll begin adding in compound moves to make the most use of your workout, by working multiple muscle groups at the same time. You'll also be adding more weights in this series, but you'll still be using your body weight for resistance in certain workouts as well. 


PHASE 3

The final phase is the most intense (as you might expect!). In Phase 3, you'll begin mixing in plyo moves to those compound exercises you learned in Phase 2. 


WHAT YOU'LL LOVE ABOUT THE WORKOUTS

If you are a person who experiences workout boredom, you'll especially love how no 2 workouts are the same! Even if it's the same moves, you're changing up the reps or weights you use. You can forget about being bored, and you'll always feel challenged! This program will truly feel like you're working out with your very own personal trainer because of the variety and challenge. 

WORKOUT LENGTH: 45-60 MINUTES

CALENDAR: Workout 6 days per week, with Sunday as a rest day. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED: 

80 DAY OBSESSION NUTRITION AND MEAL PLAN

If you are familiar with the 21 Day Fix, you already know Autumn's attention to nutrition is one of the reasons this program did, and continues to do so well with helping people reach their weight loss goals. She made the meal plan simple and effective, and people's results were on POINT. 

You'll be happy to know that the 80 Day Obsession meal plan is no different! 

DOES THE 80 DAY OBSESSION HAVE CONTAINERS?

Yes it does, because we all know how important portion control is with our eating, but Autumn wanted to give us a tool to help us eat EXACTLY like she does, and therefore added in timed nutrition

Just as in 21 Day Fix, you'll calculate your calorie bracket (A, B, C, or D) based on your current weight and goals. This bracket tells you how many containers of each food group to eat per day. Autumn then takes things a step further by incorporating WHEN it's the ideal time to eat certain foods, aka timed nutrition

You'll follow this simple approach to Timed Nutrition using the portion fix containers (included with your Challenge Pack) to maximize muscle recovery and performance. The nutrition guide outlines what the best foods are to have during the time of day and around your workouts. 

You'll be eating small meals throughout the day (5-6 mini-meals), and you'll never go beyond 3 hours without eating. Since the workouts are advanced, it's also recommended to use the Performance Supplements. You're going to want to help feed your muscles and help them to recover from the intense workouts!

You are also allowed a "RE-FEED DAY" which helps you refuel your muscles with energy, On this day, you'll be given more carbs to build up glycogen. This starts in week 6, and continues every few weeks after. You'll be happy to know that the 80 Day Obsession meal plan can be customized for any dietary need, like vegan or food allergies as well. 

TIMED NUTRITION

You'll use a pre-workout meal an hour before you work out, and your pre-workout supplement, Energize, about 15 minutes before you start working out to prime your body. After your workout, you'll want to have your post-workout supplement, Recover, within an hour. Then you'll eat another small meal within 2 hours of your workout. 

You'll be happy to know that you have the option to get the entire program along with the nutrition and supplements in a bundled and discounted option HERE!

DO YOU NEED WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS?

As mentioned above, Autumn does recommend using the Performance Line Supplements because of the intensity of each workout. Taking Energize before your workout will help you continue to push through your cardio and strength workouts, as it improves your endurance. Recover after your workout helps to reduce muscle soreness and rebuild muscle. Then you can also incorporate Recharge before bed if you're still feeling sore so that you're able to push yourself the following day with your workout routine. 

While you can see results without using supplements, they can help accelerate your results, fuel your body and help you get through the workouts with greater intensity and with less soreness. You'll thank yourself for using them! 

HERE'S A PREVIEW OF THE PROGRAM


WHEN WILL THE 80 DAY OBSESSION WORKOUTS AND MEAL PLAN BE AVAILABLE?

The 80 Day Obsession workouts will be available to stream 1 workout per day starting on January 15th, 2018. There will be one new workout released Monday through Saturday. The meal plan will also be released one week ahead of time on Beachbody On Demand so that you can meal prep before starting the workouts on January 15th. 

If you start after the 15th, you'll have access to each of the workouts that have been released to date. 

THE GOOD NEWS IS BEACHBODY ON DEMAND IS ONLY $99 FOR A WHOLE YEAR, AND YOU GET TO ACCESS OVER 700+ WORKOUTS!

80 DAY OBSESSION RESULTS 

The results from the Coach Test Group for this program have been nothing short of incredible! The before and after pictures featured below are from 1 round of 80 Day Obsession. 

These results are REAL and this program is truly life-changing. If you want to see even more photos, check out my album here.  Its incredible what you can accomplish when you put your mind to a nutrition plan and fitness program for the full 80 days!  I know that you are going to rock these results too!




MY EXCLUSIVE 80 DAY OBSESSION SUPPORT GROUP

I hope you're feeling truly inspired and EXCITED about Autumn Calabrese's new workout program, and cannot wait to do this right along WITH YOU! I'd love to have you join me! 

IF YOU ARE READY TO ROCK THE RESULTS, HERE IS WHAT I NEED YOU TO DO NEXT:
  1. FILL OUT THE APPLICATION HERE or AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST IN THE LINK
  2. STAY UP TO DATE ON THE LATEST INFO BY JOINING MY OFFICIAL 80 DAY OBSESSION LAUNCH GROUP ON FACEBOOK
  3. TOGETHER WE WILL PICK OUT WHAT PACKAGE IS BEST FOR YOU SO THAT YOU CAN ORDER ON DECEMBER 14TH!
Remember this is a BETA TEST GROUP which means you will be the FIRST to go through the program! You have the opportunity to win $500 for completing the program and submitting your results plus you have the opportunity to become a Beachbody Challenge Winner and earn additional money for your transformation.

Myself and Team Fit4mation United would love to have you join our Elite Team for an exclusive 80 Day Obsession Group starting soon...but why wait for a New Year? 

Did you know we have a private Facebook group AND and upcoming Challenge in the Beachbody Challenger Tracker App? We'd love to help you get set up for either one, depending on your preferences. 

While the workouts don't come out until January 15th, we do have A Little Obsessed starting soon, and it's never too early to add me as your Beachbody Coach if you aren't already working with someone! If you let me know what your goals are, I can help you find the best workouts to fit your needs, and I'd love to include you in our year-round challenge! 


Contact me HERE so that I can help you get started TODAY! 

Dec 11, 2017

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PROTEIN PANCAKES I 21 DAY FIX RECIPE

My kids love pancakes. And I know as a busy mom, I love that I have them to fall back on as an easy weeknight meal when I'm in a pinch for something to make, or for that special weekend brunch. Heck, I love them too...but realize that they don't especially "fit" into my normal dialed-in meal plan when I'm working towards my health goals. 




ENTER THIS RECIPE for healthy Chocolate Brownie Protein Pancakes to save the day! I can pretty much fit this in every single day if I wanted to, because it is totally 21 Day Fix approved, and feels like a total cheat meal! #winning 

And because they are SO SIMPLE, I can whip them up super fast any time of the day for when I need a fast easy meal!  I know living in the midwest, there are days when it's super cold where I just don't want to drink a cold protein health shake, and this is perfect when I just want to enjoy something healthy that's also warm! 

Not only are these protein pancakes incredibly simple and delicious, they are also super healthy!

Why? The secret ingredient is Chocolate Shakeology. So you are not only eating what seems like a very decadent meal, but you’re getting superfood nutrition, vitamins, minerals, protein, probiotics and so much more!


MY FAVORITE PANCAKE TOPPINGS:

  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Sliced bananas with or without chopped nuts and/or unsweetened coconut flakes, with a drizzle of honey
  • Blueberry (or other berry) “syrup” – just nuke about a cup of fresh or frozen berries until they are hot and juicy. Mash with a fork if desired.
  • Peanut butter, almond butter or (my new favorite) sunflower butter
  • All-fruit jam
  • Butter (yes, real butter – just don’t overdo it, lol)
For those of you following the 21 Day Fix or other Beachbody portion control meal plans, I would count the recipe as:  1.5 RED, 1 PURPLE1 ORANGE

Ingredients:
  • 1 packet (or scoop) chocolate Shakeology ((for a change in flavor, you can also use Vegan Vanilla Shakeology, and add pumpkin spice or apple pie spice optional))
  • ½ banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1-2 T. Unsweetened Almond milk to desired consistency

Instructions: 


  1. In a bowl mash ½ banana with a fork. Mix in egg and beat until well blended. Add Shakeology, coconut flour and baking powder and stir well. Batter will be very thick - like brownie batter!
  2. Preheat skillet to medium and spray with cooking spray. Spread pancake batter into pan. Cook until bottom is solid - about 2 minutes. Flip and cook maybe 30 seconds more until pancake is done. Enjoy your healthiest and most delicious meal of the day!

Dec 10, 2017

MOCHA THUMBPRINTS

So with the holidays fast upon us, I'm thinking about what baking (if any) I'll do this Christmas season. I grew up in a home where there were ice-cream pails upon ice-cream pails stacked up in our basement, labeled with every sort of Christmas cookie you could think of, so that when company came over (or for an after-dinner treat), my mom would make the most beautiful assorted cookie plate you'd ever seen. 

Since trying to keep things a little bit on the healthier side during the holidays, I've also cut way back on my baking, and have been experimenting with making them clean eating...but this Mocha Thumbprint cookie is our family favorite, and Christmas just isn't complete without making at least a double or triple batch.

Mocha Thumbprints

So here's the goodness of Mocha Thumbprints, some day I'll have to change up the recipe and health-ify it :) But for now, here's the original. Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS: 

Makes: 3 1/2 Dozen cookies
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: at 350 degrees, for 12 minutes

2 1/4 C. All Purpose Flour
1 Tbsp. Freeze-dried Coffee Crystals (such as Folgers)
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. (one stick) Plus 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 C. Sugar
1 Egg
2/3 C. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
1 Tbsp. KahlĂșa
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk flour, coffee crystals and salt. Set aside. 

2. In a second bowl, beat together 1/2 c. of the butter, sugar and egg until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in flour mixture until just combined. Knead in bowl if necessary to bring dough together. 

3. Form dough into balls, using about 2 tsp. each. Place on ungreased baking sheets and make an indentation in the center of each with thumb. 

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes until set. Press down indentations if needed. Remove from baking sheets to wire rack and let cool. 

5. In a microwave-safe bowl, add remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, chocolate chips and corn syrup. Microwave on HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes, stir until smooth. Stir in liqueur and vanilla. Let cool slightly. Place in resealable plastic food storage bag and snip off a small corner. Fill indentation of each cookie with chocolate. Let cookies set up at room temperature. 
ENJOY!!! 


If I'm like most people, I hate feeling deprived, or eliminating foods entirely from my diet long term...so instead I practice everything in moderation.  Keep going with your normal fitness routine, and think of the 80/20 rule... Save up for that once per week treat so that it doesn't completely derail your health goals!


So what are my top tips for staying on track with your nutrition over the holidays?

1 - Save up for one cheat per week. Everything in moderation. When you know you are not restricting yourself, but you have that one designated day each week to allow yourself a dessert of your choosing, it can help you keep your discipline and avoid temptations the other 6 out of 7 days.
2 - Think of you making them for someone else as a gift (which most of mine are for the kids, neighbor, the elderly, or family cookie exchange. You can even package them all up in advance in plastic wrap, bow, add a name tag, so that you know they are already spoken for. Then get them out of the house in a safe place. Ours go in the garage in ice cream pails until we are ready to dish them up on special occasions, for company, or to deliver!
3 - Have a distraction when you are baking so that you don't snitch them off the cooling rack during baking. I always have a Shakeology treat handy to sip on, a glass of wine, cup of tea, or some cut veggies and hummus. That way if I'm tempted to grab something, I go for what I have set aside for myself, and not the cookies.
4 - I think about how far I've come with my progress and health goals, and recognize a few things. I know that when i eat sugar, my body craves more sugar, putting me in a downward spiral. So it's smarter for me to stay away. I also remember how my body responds to cheats like cookies and other baked goods. I feel bloated, tired, irritable... for a normal person who can have only one and walk away, probably not a biggie. But me, knowing myself as mentioned earlier, it's hard for me to walk away after just one.
5 - If you know yourself, and know you will have a really hard time with it, wait till the last possible day to do your baking and recruit your kids to help you so it gets done. Sometimes no matter how strong you think you can be and stay away, your favorites call your name and you just have to snitch! One year I asked each of my kids and hubs what their favorite cookie was, and only made those. I survived without having my favorite(s) around, and I had one at Christmas with my mom and dad (I knew my mom wouldn't let me down! LOL).
6 - Surround yourself with other healthy-conscious people who have the same health priorities as you do! It was for this reason, that I created my VIP Fitness Community for ongoing and continued support, motivation, inspiration, recipe inspiration, and friendships! If you are looking for a virtual community for your own support, click to join HERE
So there you go, hope this helps you stay on track this holiday season! Remember to celebrate the season in ways other than food and treats!!! 

Nov 14, 2017

BAKED BANANAS



Bananas are so naturally sweet and delicious, not to mention versatile and offering a boat load of nutritional benefits! This recipe has saved me SO many times from using not-so-healthy to satisfy my temptations for something sweet, especially those late nights! I'm drooling over these as I'm doing my meal plan and prep for the week.

Here's how! Slice a banana, and top with honey and cinnamon to taste. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and enjoy!

You can get creative and serve with Greek yogurt or oats for breakfast, top with almonds or coconut flakes. If you make this recipe, comment below how you liked it!

Nov 13, 2017

FITNESS FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY -- DOUBLE TIME

Are you familiar with Tony Horton? He's the creator of the worldwide hit, at home fitness program P90X, along with 22 Minute Hard Corps, P90X3, and this time he's created a fitness program to bring FAMILY and FITNESS TOGETHER with the first of it's kind, 30 minute workouts designed to be done with a partner...DOUBLE TIME!


As a busy mom to 4 kids, ages 5-11, I know how hard it can be to find time to workout for myself. Along with that challenge, I know how oftentimes our kids reach for some electronic device for entertainment...why not combine those two things together and HAVE FUN TOGETHER while doing it?! 



WHAT IS DOUBLE TIME?

Double time is world-renown Fitness Trainer Tony Horton's very first program that makes living a healthier lifestyle something you can do with another person...whether you and a friend,your partner or spouse, or you and your kids! You will find that fitness can be something that is FUN when you share daily workouts and healthy eating for just 30 days. 

WHAT's INCLUDED: 


  • 6 Workouts + 2 Bonus BOD exclusive workouts
  • Quick start Guide
  • Eating Plan
  • 30-Day Calendar
  • Fun Bonus Program Materials
  • 43 Fun Family Recipes Booklet
  • Double Time Kids’ Rewards Calendar
  • Existing BOD members can purchase the Beachbody Buddy Ball
  • 30 days of nutrition with the Double Time Challenge Pack (Daily Sunshine or Shakeology)
  • Beachbody Buddy Ball (click HERE to purchase the ball separately)

WHEN:

This program will be released for the first time this November 2017!

WHO:

Anyone, at any fitness level, can do Double Time. 

HOW: 

You can either stream the digital format of Double Time on Beachbody On Demand (BOD) ...the Netflix of the Fitness world, or purchase the program library of workouts on DVD

WHY WORK OUT WITH A BUDDY?

Because they'll make things way more fun!!! But for real, because studies show that you are far more likely to succeed with a fitness program when you work out with another person. You'll encourage each other to show up, cheer each other along, and when you are feeling less-than-motivated, a buddy will help you get after it and remember why you started in the first place! Using the Beachbody Buddy Ball, you and your Double Time partner will communicate and rely on each other to complete every single move. You'll be so focused on laughing and working together that you won't be looking at the clock...so imagine how much easier it will be for you to stick with your new healthier habits! And remember, they are only 35 minutes or less. Perfect to fit it in while dinner is cooking in the oven, or before the busy-ness of the day with work or school! 

WHO IS YOUR DOUBLE TIME TRAINER?


As the creator of fitness programs like P90X, P90X3, 22 Minute Hard Corps, and 10-Minute Trainer, Tony Horton knows a thing or two about helping people get in shape and transform their bodies. But he's always wanted to create a fitness program that does more than that. One that helps people truly connect...whether it be family members, friends, or communities. 

Double Time is Beachbody and Tony's very first "partner" workout program designed to help you and a partner get fit as a team, while also having FUN. Together you'll have everything you need to successfully complete the full 30 days: built-in support of a partner, along with Tony's signature resistance and cardio moves, proven weight-loss techniques, and his super-motivating teaching style. 


You too can PREVIEW this program HERE: Beachbody On Demand. Complete the form below if you and your partner would like to join me in our online accountability fitness support challenge for DOUBLE TIME! 

I want to combine FAMILY & FITNESS with Double Time!

The creator of the worldwide hit home fitness program P90X, Tony Horton, is at it again...but this time he's bringing FAMILY and FITNESS together with DOUBLE TIME!!!

Jan 16, 2017

What is the BeachBody Ultimate Reset? My Journey.

Have you heard of The Ultimate Reset


One of the many awesome benefits of being a health and fitness Coach is that I get to test out all the top notch programs that they offer to help improve our health, both physically as well as internally through our nutrition, to be a "guinea pig" for others to see how it works! I use Shakeology every day for the health benefits, and try to follow a clean eating diet, but like most people, I had some poor eating behaviors that I really wanted to change. That is why I decided to use the 21-Day Ultimate Reset program!



I have to admit, I was honestly nervous about it because I had some misconceptions about what it was exactly. I thought I would be restricted, starve myself, and find it extremely difficult to follow the meal plan. I wondered how many toxins could I really have, since I follow a healthy eating plan already? But I watched several of my friends do it and saw their results and experience, and I knew I had to try it!


"Even though our bodies are extremely resilient, we have been pushed to the limit by pollution, pesticides, preservatives, and chemicals contained in nearly every item that makes up our modern world. These harmful items can disrupt the normal function of our bodies, which, in turn, can result in reduced energy, weight gain, and a weaker immune system."


It was a bit of a splurge for me to purchase at the time, and I decided on the Ultimate Reset Dual Kit so that my husband could do it along with me. However, he ended up deciding to wait, so I ended up doing it solo. 

I want to share with you my own personal experience, my results, and who this program can help! If you have any questions, either EMAIL ME or Facebook Message me



What is the BeachBody Ultimate Reset


The BeachBody Ultimate Reset is a scientific 21 Day detox that helps wean your body of cravings for unhealthy foods and prepares your body for change. During the reset, your body will release toxic compounds that are clogging your cells and help restore your metabolism back to normal. The nutrition plan is designed to be nutrient dense with the right amounts of probiotics and enzymes that your body needs daily. Typical "cleanses" can do as much harm as good, by starving your body from the nutrients it needs. With this plan, you can expect to eat better than you ever have eating 3 full meals as well as an optional snack if you feel you need it. 

You can be confident in the program, as it was created by the same wellness experts who created Shakeology, Darin Olien and Isabella Daikeler. 



Why I Decided to Try the Ultimate Reset

The day I decided to start was January 2nd, 2017. I literally woke up that morning, with the crazy-brained idea to start! I had the kit for months, waiting for the "right time" to do it, just waiting for the perfect time to start. And like I tell my clients all the time, there's never going to be that "perfect" time, so just do it! So I snapped my before pics, recorded my weight, got my kit out and grocery list, and sent my husband Adam who was sweet enough to make a run to the store for me, and I was officially committed!!!


And besides, I told myself it's only 21 days, and I could do anything for only 3 weeks!

For me personally, I used it for several reasons. 
  • to help me to stop being emotionally dependent on food, 
  • get out of the behavior of occasional binge eating and avoidance eating, 
  • to help me stop mindless snacking, 
  • to regain discipline with my meal planning and stop the cheat meals that had been happening way too often, 
  • and to rid my body of the dependency on caffeine. 
  • The notion of ridding my body of toxins was appealing, as was dropping some unwanted pounds in the process! 
  • I really just wanted overall, to have a healthier relationship with food and to experience how I would feel at my strongest and healthiest!

My Ultimate Reset Experience: Reclaim Phase


I started my Reset on January 2nd, 2016. The meal plan was essentially a clean eating plan, similar to what I might have normally eaten. 



I loved that the nutrition book had everything I needed for my meals, including a week to week shopping list and complete meal plan. So many people just want someone to tell us what to eat, and this program does exactly that! 

































The first week's shopping list  was a lengthy one, with some ingredients I was unfamiliar with, so shopping took awhile. But I found that I was falling in love with cooking again, found some new favorite recipes, and know I'll be making again for life for the whole family! 



Day 1 was so much easier than I would have thought. I slipped up and had a cup of the forbidden coffee during the Reset on day one, but that was really the only challenge I had! The above image is my meals for day 1, just missing the toast pictured with my eggs and Miso soup with my salad for lunch. It was a tasty first day! I remembered thinking how surprised I was at the serving sizes of the meals, and felt completely satisfied! I decided against using the optional snack, I just wasn't feeling hungry for it.

I wasn't feeling at all deprived, and surprisingly no caffeine withdrawals from no coffee! 




Day 2:  I was starting to believe that I could really do this plan!  And yes, I definitely had my doubts. If you know me, a life without coffee, wine, and peanut butter is not living.  But because it's only 3 weeks, I kept telling myself that I can do this... but forewarning I'm drinking all the coffee and wineđŸ·annd eating all the PB on day 22!
I was surprised that in the first two days I can honestly say I've had zero temptations!



Clean eating, no cheats, no temptations. I felt amazing, and totally in control of what I was putting in my body. I knew it was the beginning of me forming new relationships with food, and I also recognized that undoing bad habits wouldn't happen overnight. But after 2 days, I felt proud of my ability to stick with it!



Day 3: On day 3, I started feeling the effects of caffeine withdrawal. My head felt like it was about to explode, so I took it easy and bypassed any physical activity. I worked most of the day from my bed, and took a nap. Meals were point on, and my confidence that I would be able to finish with no cheats started to set in! 




It is important to listen to your body, and trust the process. I felt terrible, but at the same time, felt awesome about what I was doing for my body. I was preparing my body for positive change, and releasing the toxins from my system. It helped knowing it was only temporary, and I knew I would push through! 


Nori rolls were on my plan for today's dinner...but that just didn't happen. Because of my sporadic decision to start, I wasn't fully prepared with some of the food items I could't find locally (the tempeh was nowhere to be found).  So instead, I had the previous evening's Southwestern taco in a salad instead along with the oriental cucumber salad. Didn't really pair all that well but it did the job! 

I was proud that I had no cheats, cravings or temptations! I felt completely satisfied with the meals I was having.

DAY 4:  So far I was feeling great, not feeling hungry or deprived in any way, and crazy enough I still have not had any temptations. Not for wine. Not for chocolate. Not even for PB or bread or cereal! And prepping my meals for the day right after breakfast made it super easy to grab and go my lunch when I was out. 


Day 4 meals : fruit with Greek yogurt. Lime-Lentil salad, with microgreen salad (not pictured). Dinner cucumber tomato salad with quinoa and stir fried veggies. Everything was delish and super easy to prepare!
Day 5: On Day 5 of 21 of the Ultimate Reset, I woke up over 5 POUNDS LIGHTER than I started on day 1!!! Seriously CRAZY with the amount of food I was eating, and I hadn't been working out because during the reset, you are healing your body from the inside out, and it's strongly suggested to let our bodies do their thing without adding additional stress or strain as in working out. By far that has been one of the most challenging things about this plan (besides no wine, cheese, PB, or beers), to not work out.


If you've ever had a headache from caffeine withdrawal, you know how amazing it is to come off of it!! I felt like a new woman waking up. I was SO glad that was over!
The other really awesome thing about day 4 was that I woke up 3.5 pounds lighter than the day I started, just 4 days prior!


Here's a snippet of what day 5 meals were. 


  • Farina with Walnuts, Apples and Maple Syrup
  • Quinoa Salad, 1/2 c. Hummus with cut Veggie Plate
  • Miso Soup (not pictured), Stir-Fried Veggies with Brown Rice

I couldn't remember the last time I went 5 days straight without a single craving or temptation. Heck if I'm being completely honest, I don't even miss my coffee or PB. I realized that there is an optional snack option, and I'm eating so much nutrient-dense foods that I'm not even hungry for the snacks, so I hadn't been using them. 
My biggest tip is to shift your perception. Start with self-love and train with the purpose of getting healthier and stronger. If you focus solely on your appearance, you'll lose motivation and never be quite satisfied. But fall in love with the process and feeling and you'll never ever quit. And you just might find that the body comes with it!

I made myself unplug for the first half of today to get all my meals prepared for the weekend! This was A LOT of work, I'm not kidding, to make the meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


I had travel plans for the entire weekend, but that didn't mean I made excuses to fall of my plan!  I wanted to proove that it can be done!  When we have a PLAN, following it is a matter of mindset and discipline. When we have a goal in place, and COMMIT ourselves to the action steps it takes to get there, no temptation is worth the cheat.
You might be faced with people who aren't on your side, who don't share the same goals or values as you do. Who try to steer you off track and talk you out of you achieving your goal. But in the end, it's YOU who get to celebrate that victory at the finish line!! So I made that commitment to ME and I was staying the course!





So I nailed week 1 of the Ultimate Reset, and I'm so proud to share my week 1 Coach exclusive results... but never would I have imagined I would have dropped exactly 7.5 pounds in just 7 days!!! Seriously did you SEE all the food I was eating?! I feel amazing, have zero cravings, and coffee has been my only real strong temptation. Hubs has been brewing it every day and the smell is AmAzInG... makes it so hard for me not to just have a cup! 


Do you see yourself benefiting from doing the 
Ultimate Reset? If so, my next online accountability group starts soon! To join me, fill out this short survey and I'll be in touch with you within 24 hours!


My Ultimate Reset Experience: Release Phase


All animal products are eliminated from the meal plan, and toxins are released, both physical as well as emotional. The detox supplement helps support healthy liver function and digestion. My goals heading into this week were: 


  • To continue my no-cheat streak for another week
  • To release the negative hold food had on my emotions for comfort or procrastination, and replace it with empowerment and control
  • To be in tuned with the toxins leaving my body
  • To practice several relaxation and meditation sessions throughout the day
  • To drop a few more unwanted pounds
A healthy life is all about balancing a nutritious diet and active lifestyle, and plant protein can help you maintain that balance! Did you know that reducing the amount of animal protein in your diet, and emphasizing plant based foods, such as whole grains, soy, fruits and vegetables, has been linked to lower heart disease risk, lower blood pressure, decreased risk of cancer and healthy weight maintenance? In fact, studies show that those who eat diets with reduced animal protein weigh 15 percent less than their more carnivorous counterparts, have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and live an average of 3.6 years longer!  It's no wonder I felt so amazing!!


I thought I would miss a source of protein, but honestly I didn't in the least! These meals make me seriously believe that I could easily eat a vegetarian meal plan no problem!





Week 2 consists of The Release Phase of the program. Again, I loved having a simple grocery shopping list for each week! Week 2 wasn't as long as the first week, and some of the items I had left over which helped cut costs a bit. 



I am really loving the fresh fruit in the mornings, and the Microgreen salads are especially delicious! This was my first time using toasted Pumpkin Seeds on a salad. I highly recommend! 


Day 8 of the Ultimate Reset was a breeze, the meals were incredible! Dinner was Pinto beans and Rice, steamed zucchini and green beans with lemon and EVOO.

I honestly found the recipes completely satisfying and delicious, and I know they will be a staple in my meal plans going forward!! This bisque soup was so simple, I know for SURE it will show up at least weekly! The fresh ginger was amazing, and I started falling in love with how using fresh herbs tastes in my foods!



I was happy to have the Sweet Potato Roasted Red Pepper Bisque soup on the menu again on day 10. It was incredible! I was so proud of making it 10 days with no cheats, no cravings or temptations. At this point of being almost half way finished, I started realizing that I will complete the program no problem, no cheats. 



Hearty Miso soup and quinoa with collard greens for dinner on Day 11 of 21! No cheats, vibes on overdrive, feeling completely in control! It's crazy to me that I don't miss animal protein in my diet at all (only with the exception of eggs)!




Days 12-14 were spent on the road, so I took a half of a day to make meals to pack along with me in my cooler. I also took my daughter out to eat and brought my Microgreen Salad along with me and ate it there. The restaurant staff was awesome about it, and totally understood! Our waitress was just finishing up on a detox herself, so we got into a great conversation about it. 




I was amazed at my 2 week progress!! I was officially 9.4 pounds down from day 1, just 14 days prior, and even more importantly to me than the pounds lost, was:::




  •  I feel I am 110% IN CONTROL of my binge eating
  •  I am no longer using food as a way to procrastinate or to avoid doing something I need to do
  •  and I no longer use food as a way to cope with my stress and anxiety!
I have overcome the desire for "cheat meals" or in my case, some days "cheat days". I have [NOT "CHEATED"] on my plan once, not even during the last 2 weekends of traveling overnight. I took the time to plan and prepare all of my meals and packed them in a cooler with me so that it wouldn't hold me back from following my program.



I can see and feel my momma pooch from giving birth to 4 amazing kiddos shrinking and tightening, like it was before I had Maren, and that feeling is AWESOME!

The other point to make is, I have not worked out consistently, which I do miss and cannot wait to get back at it. But during the detox, it is recommended to let our bodies heal and not cause additional stress by doing intense workouts.

One week remaining, and I cannot wait to see my end results!! 


WEEK 3: 


My final week was much easier than I anticipated it would be. My mindset was already shifted, and I was 100% committed and ALL IN. There was NO way I was cheating on my final week. Here is the meal plan I used: 

Trust me, I know what you're thinking. "There is NO way I could eat fruit only for breakfast, and how can that keep me full till lunch?!". I thought the same thing! But you have to trust me, and trust the process, that your body has exactly what it needs to heal and detox. I felt so good on the plan, I actually didn't want to stop after the 3 weeks were up! 

Here were my final results, and I can honestly say that I know with 100% certainty I WILL be doing this again, and every year in the spring. I loved every day on this plan, and loved my transformation even more!! 

My clothes fit so much better, after just 21 days I dropped an entire pants size. The other thing I was afraid of was losing definition and muscle mass with not working out or lifting weights. As you can see, I kept my definition for the most part, and jumped right back into my program when I was finished. 





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