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Instant Pot Ground Beef Butternut Squash Stew


21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Recipe, Tosca Reno, Autumn Calabrese, Vanessa.fitness, vanessadotfit, vanessa.fit, vanessa mclaughlin
   my Instant Pot!
It may be the best small, kitchen appliance I've ever bought, and it's definitely in my top 10 kitchen gadgets. I meal prepped my breakfasts and lunches this week, but I purposely didn't prep my dinners, because I have an Instant Pot.
However, I did PLAN my dinners. On the menu for tonight: Ground Beef Butternut Squash Stew.......and I started with frozen beef!!!
To be fair, I did buy pre-cut butternut squash, but everything else, I just made tonight. From start to finish, it took 40 minutes!
Sharing the recipe with you:

21 Day Fix container equivalents:
1 Red
1 Green
INGREDIENTS
1 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. raw, frozen, lean ground, beef
1 shallot minced as small as I could (because my husband doesn't like shallots)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes (low sodium)
1 cup low sodium, organic, beef broth
1 bay leaf
1 TBSP thyme
1 TBSP rosemary
1 tsp. sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 cups cubed butternut squash
1⁄4 cup chopped flat leaf parsely
PREPARATION
1. Turn on Instant Pot "sauté" function and heat olive oil.
2. Add shallot and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes until onions are translucent.
3. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
4. Add frozen beef, tomatoes, broth, squash, herbs, salt, and pepper.
5. Turn off sauté function.
6. Cover, turn QR valve to "sealing" and set to "pressure cook" for 25 minutes.
7. After 25 minutes, do a slow quick release, and let sit for about 5 minutes.
8. Uncover, remove bay leaf; serve topped with parsley.
9. If I had cauliflower rice, I would have topped it with the stew, but we ate it as is, with some sautéed spinach.. 
DELISH!!
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My January 2018 goals and how to set your own fitness goals!

Health and fitness goals, new year resolutions, successful resolutions, weightloss, Autumn Calabrese, Tosca Reno, Chalene Johnson,
Happy New Year! This month I wanted to share my personal health and fitness goals with you, as well as the process I use to select them. It will help hold me accountable as well!

To do this, all you need is a notebook, a computer, your phone, or you can even get fancy and use a fitness planner! Any of these will do. The goal setting process is the same.

Setting my January health and fitness goals. 

I’m always excited at the start of a new month. It is a fresh, new beginning. It doesn’t matter what happened last month or last year. Now is the time to look forward and create new possibilities.

Get excited!

Success always starts with a positive attitude. I like to start a new Inspiration Board at the beginning of each year. In the photo above you can see I’ve added only a few quotes and some photos of me when I was in really good shape. I will add to my Inspiration Board every single month (and will print off more copies if necessary).

Brainstorm ideas.

The first thing I do is grab some scrap paper and do a little brainstorming. I scribble and get messy and put my thoughts out on paper before I commit to anything.

One of the first questions I answer, on paper is: How am I doing RIGHT NOW?

I think about:
  1. What is my fitness level?
  2. Am I exercising regularly?
  3. Am I happy with my workout routine?
  4. How’s my nutrition?
  5. Do I need to lose a few pounds or just need to maintain my weight?
  6. How is the quality of my nutrition?
  7. Do I feel strong?
  8. Am I dealing with pain or any physical issues?

My raw and real “how I’m doing” list:
  • chronic knee pain (currently being diagnosed, possible meniscus tears in both knees)
  • feeling weak and inflexible
  • food quality for the most part is good – I’ve been eating lots of fresh veggies, following my autoimmune diet
  • I’m about 10 pounds over my happy weight
I want to stress that the “how I’m doing” list is not to make you feel guilty or bad. We are making a brand new start, and I firmly believe we all do our best under the circumstances. It is simply to honestly assess where you are so you can make simple changes for the place you are right now.

Then, based on my answers, I brainstorm a few specific goals I’d like to work on this month. Then I narrow the list down to between one and three health and fitness goals which will have the most impact.

My possible goals list:
  1. Lose 10 pounds
  2. Increase flexibility
  3. Increase strength
  4. Walk 10k steps daily
  5. Workout 6x a week
  6. Drink 100 ounces of water daily
  7. Stick to a weekly nutrition plan

Finalize my goals.

Next I look at the goals to see if they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. (SMART) If not, I’ll rewrite them.

My #2 and #3 goals (increase flexibility and increase strength) are clearly specific enough and measureable. Goals should be written in a way so you can answer “yes I reached my goal” or “no.”) To rewrite these, they would look like:
 - I want to be able to bend over and touch my hands with palms to the floor
 - I want to be able to do push ups on my toes for a whole minute without stopping
These are now measurable.

My #4 goal is not realistic for me. Other than showering and brushing my teeth, I don’t want to commit to doing ANYTHING every single day. What if I’m sick or hurt or traveling? I will rewrite this goal to allow for “life” happening.

Now I will transfer my final goals to my Fitness Planner.

You’ll notice I scribble in my planner. I do have nice handwriting when I slow down and take my time but I’d rather get my thoughts on paper in a quick and simple manner. Your planner, or the tracking system you use, is not an art project. Just. Write. It. Down. Messy is ok.

My January health and fitness goals.

Lose 10 pounds
Start my new 80 day workout program, and do the scheduled workouts (6x per week)
Walk 10k steps per day at least 5 days per week.

See the difference? These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic, and timely (for the month of January) FOR ME.

My fitness goal of 10,000 steps per day falls in line with the recommended amount, and a good start considering how I am doing at the moment. This is attainable for me. Be sure to set a goal that makes sense for YOU. Don’t compare your journey with anyone else’s. If 8k steps would be attainable for you, or some other number, then set that goal for yourself.

My "WHY."

Your “why” is the reason you keep going. Very specifically, why do you want to achieve your goals? Try to dig deep because your why will fuel you when the going gets tough.
My January "Why":
I hurt physically, have low energy, feel blah and not in the shape I want to be in. I want to be strong, healthy and active for myself and my family.

Identify potential obstacles.

What might get in the way of you reaching your goal? Being aware of the roadblocks is half the battle. I write these directly on the planner because I am pretty attuned to what my personal issues are, ha ha.
My January potential obstacles:
eating at night
food cravings and binges
losing my motivation
skipping my workout if I feel too tired
5 day NYC trip at the end of the month

Set a reward.

I always set a reward for myself if I achieve my goal or goals. I give myself a little leeway with the reward. If my goal was to lose 5 pounds but only lost 4 I ask myself:
  • Was I logging my food?
  • Was I eating healthy?
  • Was I exercising faithfully?
  • Do I feel like I tried my best?

If I feel I did my best, I will reward myself.
My January reward:
A massage along with a pedicure and spray tan.

Create an action plan.

Here’s where you break down your goals into simple action steps. Look at your list of goals and brainstorm different ways to make them happen. I do this on my scrap paper.

If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, some of the action steps might be:
  • find a nutrition and fitness plan to follow
  • journal/log your food
  • use a portion control eating style (like 21 Day Fix)
  • eat more green leafy vegetables and eat 5 servings of veggies daily
  • workout for 30 minutes daily
  • stop eating after dinner
  • dessert/wine only on the weekends
  • take 10,000 steps per day
  • drink 8 glasses of water daily
You get the idea. There are many, many actions you can take to help you lose 10 pounds.

You can also choose healthy habits that will address your potential obstacles. See how I have “stop eating after 8pm” on my list? That will address dreaded nighttime over-eating.

If you had to do ALL those things it would be intimidating, right? Thankfully you don’t have to. Pick just a few steps that will make the biggest difference.

My brainstorm:
log food in MyFitnessPal
10,000 steps per day (tracked on my fitness watch)
schedule workouts a week in advance
meditate daily
fill up water bottles the night before
stop eating after 8pm
meal plan each week
eat according to the plan - if it's not on the plan, don't eat it

My January healthy habits to track:
log food in MyFitnessPal
walk 10,000 steps 
do my planned workout
meditate (to keep me sane, lol – I use the Calm guided meditation app which is free)
stop eating after 8pm

The healthy habit tracker in my fitness planner is key because I can see at-a-glance how I’m doing. Lots of blank space and I need to step things up. Lots of check marks and I’m on track.

Can you see how my actions directly relate to my goals?
**It’s ok to change your goals/action steps. If after a few days, it's not working, CHANGE the goals or action steps!
Bottom line, this is your life, these are your goals, and YOU are in charge. Feel free to change things up as needed.

Now that I’ve shared my goals with you, I’d like to explain how I PLAN to achieve the goals. Setting them and writing them down is not enough. When will I do my action steps? How will I remember what they are? How will I know I’m on track? Read on….

Planning for success.

Here’s where planning is key… you must have a system to review your goals regularly, to schedule and track your actions steps, or nothing will change.

Here are the steps I take to plan a healthy month:
1. Schedule your workouts.
I usually plan my workouts a week at a time, and I choose my workouts according to my goals. I've been working out, so I'm ready for a more challenging workout, and I will be doing a new 80 day program, and daily activity (starting at 10,000 steps five days per week), will be the focus of my plan.
What workouts will you do each day?
I have a schedule of my workouts, and tracker sheets for how many reps I do, and weight I lifted. Sometimes I put a star or checkmark when I complete the daily workout. You can cross it off, color it in or whatever, but track your progress. Using a monthly workout calendar you can easily see at-a-glance if you are being consistent.

Note on my workouts: I schedule at least one rest day per week but it doesn’t mean I necessarily sit on my butt all day. Though it could! Rest is important. Also, my workouts are low impact. I modify any jumping or lunging because of my knee issues. Hopefully that will change as the year progresses.
When specifically will you workout?

This is where your phone or calendar comes in. Set a specific time, like an appointment, for your workouts. Phone alarms are perfect so you never forget. #NoExcuses Treat it like a doctor's appointment. You scheduled it in advance and you're going to keep it!

Create checklists to keep you on track.

I use a Weekly Success Checklist inside my Fitness Planner. It is just a listing of actions to take every week to help be a healthier you. For some of you they might be a normal and natural part of your week. For others, they are a nice reminder.

If you don't have a fitness planner, you can use a notebook, calendar, computer, or phone. Here are some steps to having a fabulously fit and healthy week…
Nourish Your Body
Plan meals for the week
Fill in your shopping list
Shop for groceries
Prep food for the week if desired (I rarely food prep anymore because my meals are very simple.)
Track your food and water daily
Move Your Body
Plan your workouts for the week
Track workouts daily
Believe in Yourself
Review your calendar for the upcoming week and prepare for challenges
Journal daily
Review your Monthly Goals, Inspiration Board and Before pages often to keep your goals in plain sight and stay motivated on your fitness journey.
Evaluate your week. What can you learn? What can you improve on? What was awesome?

Plan your meals and shopping day.

Meal planning is where many people just throw up their hands and say “it’s too hard!” Not it’s really not. You need time, maybe 30 minutes, to decide what you are going to eat next week. You need to put a time – on your calendar – when you will go to the grocery store.

I wrote all about my meal planning process in this blog post: Meal planning for successful weightloss

Meal prep? Yay or nay.

A note on meal prep: Depending on my upcoming week, I may barely meal prep. I work from home, and I teach some fitness classes and college courses. So, if I know the week will be busy, I'll prep, but if I'm going to be at home, I really don’t prep at all. PLUS, I keep my meals simple.

I’m smart about my cooking. I will make double portions or a large quantity of a recipe when it first appears on my menu. So if I’m serving chicken breasts on Monday, I will make double the quantity, and eat it for other meals during the week. I might may roast extra veggies or potatoes, or make extra turkey meatballs so I can have them for another meal.

This is a pretty simplistic and painless method of meal prep and it’s plenty of prep for all but the busiest of people.

However, if you like to cook all your food on the weekend and reheat it throughout the week, have at it. This blog post shares some meal prep methods and items that are easy to prepare ahead.
Track your food and workouts every single day.

This is where the daily pages in my Fitness Planner come in. I track my workouts or steps. I log my food. I identify potential roadblocks each day and I journal or write lessons I’ve learned each day. Sometimes I add goofy inspirational quotes or stickers. This habit helps me stay motivated and honest about my progress.
Don’t “accidentally” forget your healthy habits or tracking! Use reminders.

If you think you’ll forget to track your daily habits, or meal planning time, or workouts simply set a reminder on your phone. With a smart phone there is no excuse to forget anything! (Which is unfortunate because “I forgot” is one of my favorite excuses.)

So there you have it…my January goals and how and why I chose them. I also shared some tips on how to make those goals a reality by planning all the action steps to get there. Next month I’ll let you know whether or not I achieved my goals and why or why not. I’ll also show you my February goals.

You can use the same process I’ve outlined to set some amazing health and fitness goals for yourself. Wishing you a happy and healthy January!

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What are these Fit Clubs I'm always talking about?

My son came home from school Friday with news about his lunch. "Mom, you forgot to put peanut butter in my sandwich. But don't worry, I just ate the bread plain and I still had my milk."

I forgot to put the peanut butter between the two slices of bread. It wasn't the first time.

But let me back track for a minute and start by telling you that I have royally screwed up motherhood. I mean, the crisp magazine, shiny images of motherhood - THOSE are not my motherhood and they have always been lost on me.

I would make a ridiculously good real life transformation for Pottery Barn, but let's be honest... I don't pottery barn. The transformation would be lost on the McLaughlin boys.

I Target.  I Marshalls. I Kohls.
I DO NOT Pottery Barn.

Now combine that with the fact that:
I am the mom that needs to be reminded of every email at least 50 times.
I am the mom that has forgotten the field trip permission slip.
I am the mom that rarely gets to the bus stop with my teeth brushed or my hair combed.
I am the mom who refuses to put clothes away. I mean ever. Everyone gets a basket of clean clothes in their room. That's it.
I am the mom who will spray a dirty T-shirt with Fabreeze when my kids really, really just HAVE to wear it that day,.
I am the mom that tries really hard to get her kids to eat healthy but every once in awhile they they eat chicken nuggets and mac n cheese.
I am the mom that has had to run the washer about twice per load because I forget about it.
I am the mom that has a messy house, stains on the carpet, handprints all over the wall, and knicks on every wall in the house.
I am a mess of a mom and I AM DAMN PROUD OF IT.

For 14 years that I have been trying to navigate the ever roaring rip tides of parenting I have always felt like I was being swallowed alive by the tossing waves.

Until I realized...

My kids are turning out to be pretty damn good.

And so that's what I want to share.

Aside from looking like a train wreck 90% of the time- I am pretty darn MOM-FIDENT.


Why I Believe a my FIT CLUBS are NECESSARY...
1. I've learned that moderation is a heck of a lot more gratifying than deprivation.
2. I've learned that I am more patient when I make myself a priority.
3. I've learned that it is not selfish when I have some me time. My time is 6 am. Every day. No one comes near mama at 6 am.
4. I've learned that failing at motherhood is part of growing in motherhood.
5. I've learned that perfection is a myth.

Because let's face it. Life demands so much of you. But do you demand more for yourself?

More energy?  
More confidence?  
More strength?  
More accountability?  
More support?  
More of what makes you feel ALIVE? 
YOU deserve more. 
I am looking for women who:
  • Are willing to take 22-30 minutes a day to push play at home with a fitness program we select together.
  • Will follow a simple meal plan that is kid friendly and husband approved.
  • Will replace one meal with nutrient dense Shakeology.
  • Are sick of getting asked the question "What's for dinner?" and never having an answer.
  • Want to kick some of the bad habits such as- negative self talk to the curb.
  • Want to FEEL CONFIDENT at the parties, in the skinny jeans and the dresses sitting in the back of your closet. 
  • Are interested in a JUDGEMENT FREE environment to talk about the real life of moms.
What you will receive:
  • Daily support, accountability, and a close community of women like you.
  • An exclusive free downloadable app to track your fitness goals and check your progress.
  • 30 Days of Beachbody on Demand including programs like, Chalean Extreme, P90X3, T25, and Hammer and Chisel.
  • 30 day supply of nutrient dense Shakeology
  • Customizable meal plans, container portion control system and recipes as well as access to the Beachbody on Demand exlcusive: Fixate, a cooking show by Autumn Calabrese, creator of the 21 Day Fix. 
  • An opportunity to win $500 for submitting your results.
  • Me as your virtual coach.
Please note: 
This opportunity is open to 10 women who are willing to "selfishly" invest $4 a day in themselves in order to: 
1. Feel CONFIDENT in their skin- lose weight, tone, up, gain muscle (or all of the above)
2. Gain energy to keep up with the demanding to do list
3. Give up the guilt and and stop asking, "am I enough."

I know *GASP* how can I possibly invest $4 in myself is what you are asking yourself?
What if it doesn't work?

It works.
I guarantee it.
And I can speak from experience, this could potentially change your life.
As an online virtual health and fitness coach, a recovering lawyer, and a mom who's just kinda winging it, I am opening the doors to my next online fitness and nutrition accountability.
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    Instant Pot Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup

    Chicken Soup, Instant Pot, Instapot, Crock Pot, Slow Cooker, Cauliflower Rice, Autumn Calabrese, 21 Day Fix, Tosca Reno, Clean Eating, 80 Day Obsession, Vanessa.fitness, vanessa.fit, vanessa mclaughlin

    Instant Pot chicken and cauliflower rice soup was amazing, and we have been eating leftovers all week long. Canned chicken soup is always so full of sodium and half the time you aren’t even sure if it’s real chicken in there. So homemade is our way to go!!
    Here is a new recipe I made with my Instant Pot that was delicious!!!

    INGREDIENTS

    1 tablespoon of olive oil
    1 small onion, diced
    3 cloves of garlic, minced
    5 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
    2 celery sticks, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
    2 bay leaves
    1 TBSP thyme
    Any vegetables of your choice (I used broccoli, chopped red pepper, and peas)
    3 large frozen chicken breasts
    6 cups low sodium chicken broth or stock
    Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    One package of frozen cauliflower rice (I get mine at Trader Joe's)

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Set Instant Pot to Saute function.
    2. Heat olive oil and onions until onions start to soften and become translucent, 2-3 minutes.
    3. Add garlic, carrots and celery and saute for another minute.
    4. Add frozen chicken to Instant Pot, followed by chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, 2 teaspoons of salt and several turns of freshly ground pepper.
    5. Turn off Saute function, lock Instant Pot lid in place, make sure pressure valve is set to sealing and set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 20 minutes, via manual mode.
    6. Instant Pot will take 15-20 minutes to come to pressure, then will countdown from 20 minutes.
    7. After 20 minutes at high pressure, Instant Pot will beep and switch to keep warm mode.
    8. Turn pressure release valve to Quick Release pressure.
    9. Carefully open Instant Pot, keeping lid angled away from you to avoid very hot steam.
    10. Remove chicken and set aside to shred.
    11. Turn Instant Pot back to Saute function and let chicken broth come to a boil.
    12. Shred the chicken.
    13. Add frozen cauliflower to the soup.
    14. Return shredded chicken to the pot.💓
    15. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
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    How to cook a whole frozen chicken in an Instant Pot

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    Let’s get real. Who has time to defrost? Even though I make a meal plan in advance, I always forget to defrost the meal I planned! And by the time I realize this, I have to come up with something for dinner at 4 pm.

    That’s why I was so excited to meet the Instant Pot!! It allows me to think of something to make for dinner at 4:00 pm and have it on the table by 5:30…even if it’s a whole frozen chicken. Yes! It’s true. FROZEN TO COOKED! I know that’s hard to believe. But miracles do happen. I threw a 5 lb frozen chicken in the Instant Pot and it set the timer for 50 minutes. It took about 15 minutes to come to pressure and then I let the pressure come down for about 15 minutes before opening the pot. So about an hour and 20 minutes total time. The chicken was perfectly tender and we ate some of it plain that night with a salad and then saved the rest for wraps and sandwiches.

    One thing I did notice was that I had to really work to get my 5 lb chicken to fit in my Instant Pot. It was placed on the trivet and I had to maneuver it around a bit. So next time I’ll probably choose a 4 lb chicken, which would actually take a few less minutes to cook, as well as fit better.

    If you’re a fan of the crispy skin on a chicken then you’ll probably want to take the extra step of placing the chicken under the broiler after it cooks. I just stuck my chicken on a cookie sheet and put it under a broiler set on high for about 5 minutes. That way my sons and husband, who live for the skin, can be happy.To cook this frozen chicken I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1 for this recipe.

    If you love getting those whole rotisserie chickens at your grocery store, you’ll love this recipe for pressure cooker whole seasoned chicken. The chicken is cooked in minutes in your Instant Pot (my chicken was actually totally frozen) and then stuck under the broiler to crisp up the skin. Slice the chicken up to eat plain or use it in any recipes that call for cooked chicken.

    INGREDIENTS
    1 whole chicken (mine was 5 lbs and fit just perfectly in my Instant Pot, so I wouldn't buy it any bigger).
    1 cup water
    1 bay leaf
    4 Tbsp melted butter
    1 TBSP dried rosemary
    1 TBSP dried sage
    1 TBSP dried thyme
    1 Tbsp kosher salt
    1 tsp black pepper

    INSTRUCTIONS
    1.  Remove packaging from frozen chicken. Run a little warm water over the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. (I didn't removed the packaged giblets and neck until after the chicken was cooked).
    2. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot and put the bay leaf in there too. Place the trivet in the bottom.
    3. In a little bowl combine the butter, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Use your fingers to run this mixture all over the chicken. Place the chicken, breast side up, on the trivet.
    4. Cover the Instant Pot and set the timer on manual for 50 minutes. Make sure valve is set to “sealing.” When the timer beeps let some of the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes and then switch the valve to “venting” and release the rest of the pressure.
    5. When it is done cooking, use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the meatiest portion of the chicken. It should read 165° F. If it’s not up to temperature then you’ll want to cover the pot and cook on manual setting for 5-10 more minutes.
    6. Optional: Place the chicken on a cookie sheet and put under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp up the skin.
    7. Slice chicken and serve. Season to taste. I save the leftovers to use in other recipes or make sandwiches and wraps with it.

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    Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets I LOVE!


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    1. Avo Saver Avocado Holder - Prevent your avocados from browning! I eat half an avocado each day, so I want to make sure the half I'm saving is still good for the next day. The Avo Saver is an indispensible kitchen gadget for anyone who eats avocados. Even though avocados are such a culinary delight they are also quite expensive and have a short life, once cut. Save money, time and aggravation with this truly innovative gadget. The Avo Saver is easy to use and will reduce a cut avocado’s exposure to air, greatly slowing the destructive oxidization process. Unit is top-shelf, dishwasher safe.

    2. Jaxx FitPak Meal Prep Bag - This bag is my favorite! It comes with six leakproof, portion control containers that fit perfectly into the insulated bag, an ice pack, AND a shaker cup! It's a great deal too. When I need to take several meals and snacks for my day, this bag is perfect.

    3. Aerolatte Original HandHeld Milk Frother - This tool makes EASY cappuccinos....well, at least frothed milk to put on top of your coffee. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, and it tastes as good as a coffeehouse in your own home!

    4. Culina Mechanical Whisk (Hand Push Mixer) - GAH! I love this mixer. So easy to mix dressings, whipped cream (for special occasions) or anything else that needs a quick mix. Just push down. The kids love it too!

    5. Vitamix Blender - The only blender I use for my Shakeology. Makes it as smooth as a milkshake. It crushes ice, and makes delish frozen drinks (for special occasions - ha!) and I also use it  to blend hot soups and sauces. Whenever I want to "hide" soup vegetables for my kids, I blend them up, then add pasta and chicken for a veggie chicken soup. They can't even tell I made it with onions and kale!!

    6. Meal Prep Containers (3 Compartments) with Lids These are perfect when I need to prepare meals for the entire week. When I was working in an office from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, and prep all my meals on Sunday. I'd put a protein, veggie, and sweet potato or rice in each of the compartments, and just grab and go all week long.

    7. KitchenAid Mezzaluna I love, love, love chopped salads. I bought this gadget, along with a large metal bowl. Veggies, protein, and dressing go in the bowl, I chop, chop, chop, and I get a perfect chopped salad, just like in a restaurant. It also chops garlic and herbs, and has a cover to protect the blade.

    8. Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer When drinking lemon water each morning, and throughout the day, I love this little squeezer. It gets all the juice out of the lemon and into my glass. I also love it for juicing lemons, limes, or oranges for sauces and dressings.

    9. OXO Silicone Steamer, Green From the microwave to the stove, to my Instant Pot this Silicone Steamer makes steaming simple. High walls keep food from falling into boiling water and a large center makes the steamer perfect for fillets of fish and other large food items. The pleats on the Steamer make it flexible enough to fit into many different pot sizes. Silicone feet elevate and stabilize steamer over water and it won't scratch pots, making it perfect for both glass and non-stick cookware. I use it to steam the perfect hard boiled eggs. Flexible handles fold inward to accommodate pot lid and stay cool to the touch to safely and securely transport food.

    10. Instant Pot This tool makes Sunday meal prep a breeze! Last Sunday I made 3 meals in 2 hours!! It's a smart electric pressure cooker designed to be safe, convenient and dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. Instant Pot Duo is a 7-in-1 programmable cooker, it replaces 7 kitchen appliances as it has the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker & warmer. It generates almost no noise and leaks no steam. It traps all the aromas in the food without heating up the kitchen. The best part? If I forget to defrost chicken, meat or fish for dinner, I just put it all in the pot, set it for 20 minutes, and dinner is ready!

    Transform with ME!!!

    LADIES! Get ready for your transformation! Whether you want to lose weight or tone up, I have the perfect program for you!

    Our newest program, 80 Day Obsession, is going to rock your world and body!

    It focuses on the TWO areas we ALL want to tone: the abs and ass!

    Let me give you ALL the details! Read on!

    Fill out the application at the bottom of this post to RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

    Test Group Transformation Results

    Look at these 80 day transformations! Incredible, right?!

    Program Overview

    • There are 3 phases of workouts over the course of 13 weeks. 
    • In total there are 97 days of workouts because you get Sundays off as a rest day.
    • The workouts range from 45-60 minutes, and as always, there is a modifier.
    • It utilizes a timed nutrition plan to produce amazing results.
    • Shakeology, Energize, and Recover are incorporated to help fuel and replenish the body.
    • Equipment required: dumbbells, strength bands, sliders.

    Nutrition Plan

    80 Day Obsession follows a timed nutrition plan to optimize muscle performance and recovery.

    You’ll get to eat small frequent meals- which means you'll never go longer than 3 hours without eating (yay!). More importantly, you'll have a 6-hour workout block.

    You'll have a preworkout meal one hour before you work out then you’ll drink your Energize 15-20 minutes before your workout.

    Then you’ll have your post-workout Recover within an hour of your workout and enjoy your post-workout meal within 2 hours of your workout. After that you'll eat every 2.5 to 3 hours {my kinda schedule!}!

    2 Groups to Choose From

    I am launching TWO different BETA TEST groups because interest has been so high! Both groups offer:
    -a private app for tracking your progress
    -daily tips and motivation from me!
    -a community of support from the other women in the group so you don't feel alone
    -weekly recipe shares
    -ME to help you with the timed nutrition, designing your meal plans, sticking with your workouts, troubleshooting, and focusing on yourself!

    Choose Your Start Date

    Option 1: Jump Into January and Get Obsessed with YOU (begins January 1)
    This group is for the ladies who don't want to wait, the ones who want to start with 30 minute exercises in December to COMBAT the holiday weight gain! This is a great way to get comfortable with the equipment so you can ROCK the exercises in January and NOT have an EXTRA 10 lbs to lose when you start in 2018!
    We'll begin on January 1 with a mini version of the program) and focus on clean eating while to JUMP INTO the NEW YEAR! We'll complete Clean Week, and go to A Little Obsessed from January 8th (when it becomes available on Beachbody On Demand) to January 14th when 80 Day Obsession officially launches! You will be totally prepared to rock it!
    Option 2: 80 Day Obsession ONLY (prep week begins January 8th, workouts begin January 15th)
    If you aren't ready to get started on January 1, join us on January 8 for the official launch! We'll kick things off with a week of meal planning, goal setting, and more then begin the program when it launches on the 15th!

    *Both groups will last the duration of the entire program!

    In these groups each participant MUST commit to:

    • Showing up daily and participating in the group.
    • Following the timed nutrition plan for your body type and goals.
    • Replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the group.
    • Drinking Energize before workouts and Recover after workouts.
    • Utilizing the strength bands and sliders for best results.
    • I must be your assigned coach.

    Do I Really Need Shakeology, Energize, and Recover?!

    Ummm YES! Those transformations above didn't come from just doing half the program. ALL of those people committed to the whole shebang and that's what I'm requiring for my groups! I want YOU to get the best results and I want to devote my attention to the ladies who are SERIOUS about sticking to their goals! Plus, you will be SORE and will NEED these to keep moving forward!

    If a builder came into your house to make renovations, would you have him use your set of tools or his set of tools? You would want the best renovation possible, and you would want him to use  ALL the tools available in his tool box. 

    These are the tools for transforming your body, to get stronger and healthier! If you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done. Use the tools.

    Shakeology is a superfood powerhouse designed to deliver your entire day's worth of nutrients! It's made from over 70 whole superfoods from around the world and will replace a meal, vitamin, and probiotic each day! It will give you a natural energy boost, lower your cholesterol, reduce blood sugar levels, curb cravings, keep you full, AND improve your hair, skin, nails, and digestion! Read more about it here!

    ENERGIZE is the pretty yellow drink that gives me LIFE! I call it my "mommy juice" or "parent power punch" because it is AH-MAZING! It gives me a great little energy boost without the jitters! It tastes like a fruity lemonade and is one of the main highlights of my day!

    RECOVER is the post workout drink that prevents your muscles from getting sore. It replenishes what you lost and helps to rebuild and repair your muscles so you aren't too sore to press play the next day! Plus it tastes like a Wendy's Frosty and is freaking delicious!

    Cash Prize! Say what?!

    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. I am looking for people that are seriously committed to rocking this program and your results.
    So no exceptions will be made. You cannot join a group without the above requirements.

    What Are The Package Options?

    If you are a NEW customer…

    MEGA CHALLENGE PACK (BEST VALUE)

    Are you ready to go ALL IN?! If so, this one is for you because the only way to get the best results is to feed your body with the best fuel possible. This challenge pack includes EVERYTHING you need for the ENTIRE duration of the program – plus you save $275.
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    • Shakeology on Home Direct
    • 2 tubs of Energize
    • 4 tubs of Recover
    • 2 resistance bands
    • Sliders and booties
    • Portion Fix system
    • Shaker cup
    • Intro guide & calendar
    • 1 year subscription to Beachbody on Demand which includes 80 Day Obsession program & all other Beachbody Fitness Programs & nutrition guides.
    COMBO CHALLENGE PACK
    Are you ready to get this party started? This challenge pack includes everything you need to start out the program. And you get to save $200! The difference is if you just want to try out Energize and Recover for the first time you get 1x orders vs. enough supplements for the entire program.
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    • Shakeology on Home Direct
    • 1 tub of Energize
    • 1 tub of Recover
    • 2 resistance bands
    • Sliders and booties
    • Portion Fix system
    • Shaker cup
    • Intro guide & calendar
    • 1 year subscription to Beachbody on Demand

    If you are a current customer who already has Beachbody On Demand…

    MEGA COMPLETION PACK 
    This is the mother of all packages! It seriously offers the best value. You get everything you need for the program (assuming you already have BOD) AND you save $205. If your BOD is about to expire OR you don’t have it—> Check the packages above!!!
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    • Shakeology on Home Direct
    • 2 tubs of Energize
    • 4 tubs of Recover
    • 2 resistance bands
    • Sliders and booties
    • Portion Fix system
    • Shaker cup
    • Intro guide & calendar

    COMBO COMPLETION PACK
    Are you ready to get re engaged? Then this package is for you. Save $130 and get ready for 80 days of obsession!!
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    • Shakeology on Home Direct
    • 1 tub of Energize
    • 1 tub of Recover
    • 2 resistance bands
    • Sliders and booties
    • Portion Fix system
    • Shaker cup
    • Intro guide & calendar

    And a special bonus…

    Beachbody is offering a pre-launch discount! If you order your 80 Day Obsession Challenge Pack between December 14th and January 14th, you’ll automatically get $10 off!
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    If you are ready to adopt healthy habits that will LAST and deliver incredible results, join me and give yourself 80 days to change your body and life!

    Fill out the application to RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

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