Yesterday marked the last workout of Phase 1 with 80 Day Obsession with Autumn Calabrese and I must say, there are so many things I love about this program!
I love that it is more like the workouts I would do at a gym, except Autumn thinks of exercises that I wouldn’t have thought of to really focus in on your booty, arms, and abs!
Being 12 weeks post-partum, I was not sure how my body would handle this program, but each and every day I am feeling stronger and stronger!
Although at first I was not too excited about my results, I thought more about it and realized I have made a lot of changes! 3 lbs and 4 inches down for good, but the energy I am gaining and how strong I feel, and the fact that I’m finally getting consistent with my workouts and nutrition is my biggest victory so far!
These workouts are by no means easy, in fact, they have been extremely challenging for me and my body is sore every day, but it hurts so good! Each day, my post workout meal consists of our Beachbody Performance Recover, along with Shakeology which is full of superfoods! This shake was orange recover and vegan vanilla Shakeology which is more plant based protein, rather than form animal protein! It helps so much with muscle recovery!
The timed nutrition has been a little bit of a struggle since I’m still working on my time management, but I’m excited that I am making healthier choices and my meals have been fun and not boring, which makes it easier to keep going!
One meal I made this week was a healthier version of nachos. If you know me, you know I am slightly obsessed with loaded nachos! So I took some bell peppers, cooked up chicken in the Instant pot for 10 minutes with chicken broth and chili seasoning, and shredded the chicken over the peppers with black beans and baked it for 10 minutes! Topped with a little shredded cheese , taco sauce, and plain greek yogurt as my sour cream, I got myself a good meal!
I am so excited to see what Phase 2 brings this post-partum mom bod of mine!! I am so excited to share my fitness journey, not just for my own accountability, but also to show other mamas what is possible!! I know as mommas, we are busy, but also we are trying to adjust to this new lifestyle and caring for a new baby, but it is so important to take care of us too! It is crazy to think how much better we feel when we give our bodies a little tender, loving, care!
I’m going to go ahead and put it out there and say last week I was in week 4 of 80 Day Obsession and it was a total FAIL! Not because I ate bad or didn’t want to workout, but I was so sick I was in bed from Tuesday until Sunday! I do not get sick often, but when I do, I am down for the count!
I was doing so well with my workouts and although I got in every workout the week before I got sick, I did not lose a pound. I want to get to a point really quick about what I am saying. Although I did not lose any weight, my body is changing! I am feeling so much stronger and leaner and my little muscles are starting to peek out! I am so excited about this because I know eventually the weight will come off too. I still have 10 lbs to lose to get back to my pre-baby weight!
But over the past week of being sick, I actually lost 5 lbs. Unfortunately, it was not the healthy way, and I know it is already creeping back since I am feeling better. I barely ate anything because my throat was so sore from strep, I could not swallow to save my life. My throat was so swollen, I was spitting in a cup because I couldn’t swallow… TMI sorry!
But, anyways, now that I am better, it is GAME ON!!!!!!!
With my workouts I am doing with 80 Day Obsession, and they are kicking my butt! I am sweating, pushing, and groaning throughout to finish strong! But I also have a huge focus on my nutrition. I have so much experience with fitness and being on my journey that I know you cannot workout a bad diet! So I am drinking my daily superfoods, along with eating meals that are healthy and nutritious!
I am so ready and exciting to get back into week 4 and get through Phase 1 so I can catch up to my awesome challengers that are rocking their fitness journey!!!
Here is my meal plan I am using. I made 2 different days worth of meals and will go back and forth throughout the week. For me, eating similar things will help me save time with prepping and money at the grocery store!
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I am not a big fan of cauliflower, but I have found that you can make some pretty awesome recipes out of cauliflower that taste really good and make it a lot healthier!! I never knew cauliflower can be a replacement for BREAD!!!
So as many of you are pizza fans just like me, I was looking for a healthier version of pizza where I do not feel guilty, but still enjoying the food I am eating!
So I am excited to give you a recipe for cauliflower pizza crust and you can really make the pizza any way you want it with your favorite toppings!! My personal favorite is Mediterranean, so this is the recipe you get from me!
If you are making the Mediterranean Pizza you will also need:
Press mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that’s been sprayed with non-stick spray Press out to about 1/4 inch or slightly thicker. Keep mixture tight together and in an even layer. You can bake one large pizza or multiple smaller ones.5. Place pan in oven and bake until golden brown. Generally 15-20 minutes is a good time frame, and it should be starting to brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
6. Add 1/4 cup tomato sauce and spread evenly around crust (leaving about 1.4 inch around the edges uncovered)
7. Top with desired toppings, and return to oven to melt cheese, etc. Let rest for a couple of minutes and then slice and serve.
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I am a big fan of Philly Cheesesteaks.. I cannot deny that!! But I am also a big fan of finding healthy alternatives to the fattening food that I enjoy!! So here you go, your healthy version of a Philly Cheesesteak!
80 Day Obsession and 21 Day Fix Breakdown: (2 half peppers is 1 serving)
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Well I yet again struggled to make it on here and I hate to use excuses because I don’t like them myself lol!
It has been a busy last week and a half… but I mean really, isn’t it always busy?! I feel like we never slow down! Even crazier, I thought working from home would give me so much more time to do things… but I must say, I would LOVE to add a few more hours to my day to actually get what I need accomplished!!
Anyways, I am 9 weeks post-partum since having baby J (Josiah) and he is just incredible!! We have had slight issues with weight gain and lots of gas and fussiness… and now reflux, so we are trying to adjust what we need to make him happy and content! While mommy is trying to stay calm and not stress… easier said than done right?!
Last week, my middle son Weston was sick (diagnosed with croup) and the day he finally goes back to school after 5 days, Josiah is now sick! A newborn being sick is NO fun and so hard because they can’t tell you what is wrong! But his cough sound terrible and he is running a fever and has diarrhea.
Despite my kids being sick and me not being able to get as much work done as I wanted, I am thankful that I am able to be home and take care of them!! And I am working on my fitness journey and doing what I can!!
Meal prep went down Sunday to prep for my first week of 80 Day Obsession and it looked like this!
We know nutrition is key right? It is such a HUGE part of our success with our health and fitness journey, so meal planning and prepping is going to have to be a priority! With the 80 Day Obsession, the nutrition plan is very specific so it basically tells you when to eat what types of food… so for those who do not know what to eat, this is going to help you!!
Here are some meals I am eating this week!
I am pretty proud to get back into my workouts finally after some issues with myself 2 weeks after giving birth that occurred. But now it is just managing keeping Josiah calm while I get through my workouts!
There are moments when I get to workout with just my weights…..
And moments where my baby is one of my weights!! Either way, I am DETERMINED to get through!! I find it funny because J is actually more calm when I am wearing him and working out.. I think he is use to the bouncing since I worked out all throughout my pregnancy!!
It’s a bonus when my hubby works out with me!! It gives me extra push and motivation to keep going when I want to give up!
I want to finish off with this… I mentioned how I have been busy, having sick kids and trying to heal, keep a business going, while taking care of the home… As we struggle, we simply are going through a season!! That season will not last forever and is only temporary…
Yesterday and today, I have let everything build up and have been extremely emotional and it has been a struggle for me to not break down.. ok so I have broken down a few times… but when I am weak, I get a sign to read or listen to something to help me know that I am not alone.. and that I WILL overcome whatever it is I am struggling with! I want to share my signs with you…
If you are struggling or going through a season, know there is someone very powerful that has your back!
Thanks to my husband Brent for opening this and leaving it on the table for me.
And thanks to a great friend MC who introduced me to this song to help me realize I need God to change me and help me grow through what it is I am going through!
If you put it in the freezer for 25-30 min it’s like shakeology fudge!!!!
Share with a breastfeeding momma in your life
-1 frozen banana
-1/4 cup quick oats (good source of iron which is very important for anemic mothers. Low iron levels = low supply)
-2 tbsp peanut butter (because it is yummy and also new studies show introducing peanuts at an early age can decrease risk of an allergy)
-1 tbsp flax seed (helps boost supply)
-1 cup milk
-10 ice cubes
-1 scoop of Chocolate Vegan Shakeology