Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Extreme Fix Journey

Alright, seriously... I have cooked dinner 11 days in a row now. Things are getting crazy around here... my husband hasn't cooked in 11 days. And I don't think he's even having withdrawls?! Hahahaha!

On February 9th, I went Extreme... I started my 21 Day Fix Extreme journey. I made a choice that day that I was SOOOOOO tired of the rollercoaster I've been on the last year. I've been losing and gaining the same 5 lbs over and over, and about 10 lbs from my goal / happy weight. None of my clothes were fitting me right and the big BIG motivation.... Cancun. I am less than 60 days from traveling to Cancun for an all expense paid trip with not only my OWN family, but with my Beachbody family.

I decided if I was going to go Extreme, I was going ALL IN! When my kit arrived, I sat down and dove into the nutrition plan. I decided if I was going to truly stick to this I needed a PLAN. It was time to go back to my "roots" I guess you could say... back to where I found success when I first started my weight loss journey over 10 years ago. I made a menu that listed each and every single meal I would be eating from breakfast to dinner for the next 21 days. BOOM! This is what I needed... it's printed and hanging on my fridge. I'm not left to my own excuses of not knowing what to cook or not feeling like cooking and turning to take-out instead. Nope, there's a plan and I'm sticking to it.

I'll admit, I was worried about the weekends and ZERO cheat meals. However, having that plan in place took the questions and worries away... I've been able to stick to my plan and make healthy choices.

With this first round, I'm following the "Countdown to Competition" Plan of the Fix Extreme which is a bit more intense in that it incorporates carb cycling to get those awesome results you want before you go into a bikini competition. Once I finish this first 21 days, I'll be transitioning over to the regular Fix Extreme plan which still doesn't allow for treats but does allow you to have those healthy carbs daily. Then, 3 weeks out from my Cancun trip I'll be back to the Countdown plan. Hey, I've got a bikini body to shape.... ain't no messing around here baby!

The Fix Extreme workouts definitely take things to the next level. In my view, the original Fix workouts are beginner / intermediate. Definitely not easy, but good for those just getting into exercise. Well, the Extreme workouts really take things up a notch and you push yourself to get the results you are looking for.

I can't tell you how good it feels to finally be seeing changes in my body that I've been so desperately wanting. I'm starting to actually SEE my abs and fat is finally melting away after so much stress and not being on track with my nutrition.

During my first 7 days of the Fix Extreme, I am very proud to say I lost 2.5 lbs. Now to continue to maintain that beyond day 7 feels like an even bigger accomplishment. I'm going to continue to document my progress over the next 11 days and will share it here.
This just goes to show you that if you put your mind to something, dig deep, and really take it seriously... you CAN make a change. Don't doubt yourself... you are so capable and SO worth it!

If you think you want to learn more about the Fix Extreme, comment below with your email address or email me at alissaangelo@gmail.com, or send me a message over on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyCoachAlissa.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme: Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Hands down, these 21 Day Fix Extreme Turkey Lettuce Wraps are my FAVORITE meal because the meat tastes like Taco Bell taco meat... but better. Seriously, joy in my mouth! Nom nom nom!!!

I added 2 corn tortillas and pico de gallo to make it a taco night dinner. Also, I add the pico de gallo when I serve it because hubby and the kids don't like it. Other options would be to add black beans and broccoli or green beans. 

Here are the ingredients, per my little assistant... enjoy! You can thank me later!

1 1/2 lbs raw 93% lean ground turkey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
3/4 cup water
3/4 tomato sauce, no sugar added
6 large lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions:
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add turkey; cook stirring frequently for 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • Add garlic powder, cumin, salt, chili powder, paprika, and oregano; mix well. 
  • Add onion and bell pepper, cook stirring frequently for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  • Add water and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil Reduce heat to low; cook, covered for 10 to 12 minutes. Top each lettuce leaf evenly with turkey mixture, tomato and cilantro.
1 GREEN & 1 RED

If you add beans or corn tortillas 1 YELLOW
If you add avocado add 1 BLUE

Short on Time? Try This Quick, Effective Workout!

Did you oversleep? Are you short on time each day? Just kind find the time to fit a workout in? Well, it’s time to ditch the excuses and try some of these quick, easy, and effective workouts to burn a few calories and get your sweat on.

Try this daily, and repeat at least 1 time… if you have more time, repeat 2 times!

· 20 Jumping Jacks
· 10 Crunches
· 10 Calf Raises
· 25 Russian Twists
· 10 Squats
· 20 High Knees
· 10 Reverse Crunches
· 30 Second Plank
· 15 Second Side Plank (each side)

Feeling stronger, try adding weight to each of these exercises. There’s really no excuses not to squeeze in a workout, even if it’s on your lunch break or right when you get home from work. You’ve got 15 minutes… get it done!

And finding these quick workouts, super simple! Just go on Google and type in “Quick Workout Circuits” and BOOM… there you go! Don’t tell me there isn’t any variety! ;)

Finally, remember … you can sweat it out all you want but unless your nutrition is in order you aren’t going to see those results you crave. It’s about portion control and choosing the right foods to fuel your body.
 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Do You Set Goals?

Alright, I gotta ask.... do you set SMART goals? If not, you should start right NOW! I've been doing this for 3 years and it really helps to put things in focus. You have goals in your sight and can do the daily, weekly, monthly tasks that will help you achieve them.

If you've never done them before, I highly recommend checking out Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Push which will lay out everything for you. I think you'll be shocked by just how easy it really is.

Need help with accountability? Friend me on Facebook... that's me below and we can hold each other accountable! Let's do this and make 2015 our year!






Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday Starts TODAY - 85% OFF Beachbody Fitness Programs

Black Friday (er... Tuesday?!) is here Beachbody style! The deals below are LIVE NOW!!! Discounts are deep, 40% to 65% off your favorite products. These deals won't last, so scoop them up before they go out of stock. 

These deals are LIVE NOW!!! Don't wait too long, many are already selling out FAST! Click on the picture to see what's still available!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Turkey, Pine Nut, & Currant Meatballs

Um, WOW! YUM! I've been looking for some new PROTEIN packed recipes to try and I ran across this today on Pinterest. Yes please!!

Turkey, Pine Nut, & Currant Meatballs

Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 16 minutes; Total time: 36 minutes.
Yield: Makes 6 servings (serving size: about 4-5 meatballs plus sauce)
Approx. 289 calories; 15g fat; 21g protein; 19g carbs. 

Ingredients
1 pound ground turkey breast
3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup dried currants
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped pine nuts, toasted
4 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small bunch kale (tough stems discarded), chopped
1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce

Preparation
  1. In a large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients (through pine nuts), 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and pepper. Form into 24 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat; brown meatballs in 2 batches (adding the remaining oil for second batch), turning after 3 minutes; transfer to a plate.
  3. Add kale and sauce to pan; bring to simmer. Place meatballs in skillet; simmer, uncovered, until cooked through and sauce is reduced (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan; serve with a slice of crusty bread, if desired.
Try it out and let me know what you think or change with the recipe!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Refresh Yourself: 3 Day Refresh Review

Hot off the heels of my trip to Vegas for Beachbody's Summit and a "Mommy & Daddy" only trip to Disneyland, I decided to try out the new 3 Day Refresh. I must admit, when I first saw this announced at Summit, I was like... "eh.... a cleanse." I'm definitely not a cleanse person and truthfully, really struggled through the 21 Day Ultimate Reset a couple years ago.

After all the over-indulging I did on vacation (mostly in Disneyland... think ice cream sundaes and corn dogs), and with a little encouragement from my husband, I decided to give it a shot. We arrived home on a Wednesday, so I started first thing Thursday morning. 

The Refresh comes with a new protein rich shake called Vanilla Fresh and another supplement called Fiber Sweep. It also incorporates Shakeology as one of your daily meals. Thank goodness Beachbody includes a guide that lays out ALL three days for you very specifically. I need something like that, and something that doesn't involve hours of meal prepping. Timing and everything is laid out and explained. 

I'll admit, I found the first day a bit difficult... I detoxed from caffeine, so there was a headache involved. I was a little nervous the Fiber Sweep would have me running to the bathroom. Thankfully, it didn't at all!!! I took advantage of the green tea option and really enjoyed the Vanilla Fresh blended with frozen raspberries from my garden. 

Days 2 & 3 actually flew by, and I quickly fell into a routine and felt SO much better!

The Refresh is Dairy, Grain, and Meat Free for the 3 days. You can definitely incorporate all of these back in after you finish. The only thing I personally didn't bring back into my diet was Dairy. 

Okay, so maybe you are wondering about my results? Well here they are....in 3 days, I lost a whopping....

---> 7.6 lbs <--- font="">

I actually weigh less than I did before vacation! I'm still in shock by what the scale said. 2 lbs lower than before vacation. Awesome!

The best part for me was that the Refresh is only 3 days and so simple, and very little prepping and cooking. As a bonus, I wasn't hungry at all. No starvation and totally doable over 3 days. 

**JULY ONLY** 
The 3 Day Refresh and a 30 day supply of Shakeology is ON SALE for $140. That's like getting the Refresh for $10! As a bonus, I'm offering the first 20 people who contact me and commit to this package, a $10 rebate!

I've got an ongoing 3 Day Refresh support group going. If you think you are ready to REFRESH yourself and commit, let me know in the comments below or email me at alissaangelo@gmail.com or contact me via facebook at www.facebook.com/MyCoachAlissa