Hammer and Chisel

The Master’s Hammer and Chisel.. The LATEST program from Beachbody. This program is unlike any other- combining 2 trainers to create 1 program! I am only on day 4, but I can tell you it is completely different than the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme (I haven’t done BodyBeast so I can’t contribute there). So far, we have focused on heavier weights, less reps, isometric holds, and plyometrics.

I started with the 21 Day Fix in May of 2015 and had great success! I lost 10 pounds and 10 inches in my first round, and I never looked back. To date, after completing 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and Insanity Max 30- I’m down 24 pounds and many many inches (haven’t counted in a while). I met my goal of getting back to pre-baby weight very quickly and am at a weight I haven’t weighed since high school.

When I heard Hammer and Chisel was coming out, I was very excited! But why? Why was I excited for a different program when I had such great success with the other programs?

Just like with anything, sometimes our body’s hit a plateau. I don’t think I had hit a plateau physically, but mentally I had. I needed something different to throw into the mix. I needed to shake things up. I needed to get my eating back on track. But honestly, what did it for me- was when I saw the test groups before/after pictures. I saw their results and realized that was exactly what I was looking for.

More toning- more definition- more strength.

I don’t really have a lot of weight left to lose, but 5 pounds and lots of toning are what my goals are!

I’m doing Hammer and Chisel because I needed a change. I needed to step up my game. I’m ready for the next step, and I’m ready to see where my body can go!

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Hammer and Chisel is HERE!!!!

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There are two different challenge pack options to choose from. I choose the Performance Pack- Recovery and Energize. The other option is a bag of Shakeology. Pictured below is what comes in the challenge pack!!

Keep your eyes peeled each week for my meal plan and weekly updates!

Insanity Max 30- Round 1

Insanity Max 30 is NO JOKE!!!! I’d be lying if I told you I never wanted to quit, that I was happy I was pushing myself to a whole new level.

But after Day 2 or 3, I was done. I missed my weights. I hated jumping. I disliked all the pushups, burpees, and tuck jumps.

But I told myself I had to stick it out. I had to do a program start to finish (which I hadn’t done since the 21 Day Fix). I wanted to prove that I could do it- to my challengers but also to myself!

So I stuck it out, despite doing the 3-Day Refresh, being sick, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and my daughter being in the hospital.

It would have been really easy to use these all as an excuse.

An excuse as to why I can’t do the program.

An excuse to not follow the eating plan.

An excuse to go back to the 21 Day Fix and stay in my comfort zone.

Honestly though- I was scared to take my measurements on Sunday. I didn’t want to know the final results. I knew that they weren’t the results I would be hoping for. Because despite all those excuses I listed above, I let them get in the way of my nutrition and my meal plan.

I did my workout EVERY DAY and if I missed I made it up on the weekend. But I didn’t follow the second half in the kitchen, and I am OK with admitting that!!!!! Because guess what- I learned that I will NEVER get the results I want by cheating on my diet. I learned that I can’t let myself have a cheat here or there and not mark it down because then one cheat turns into a cheat weekend and then a let’s have a drink every night because work was hard week.

I didn’t get the results I should have gotten, because I only did half the program.

But enough with the negative– THE POSITIVES!!!!

What did I learn about myself by doing Insanity Max 30???

  1. I CAN do another program from start to finish besides 21 Day Fix.
  2. You can work your legs/arms without weights.
  3. It is ok to struggle and suck at something, but it is NEVER ok to quit and give up.
  4. I have more willpower than I ever thought I did.
  5. I love challenging myself.
  6. I love pushing myself mentally and physically.
  7. I tend to push myself more when my hubby is watching.

Lastly and MOST important- I learned that I CAN DO ANYTHING I put my mind, heart, and energy INTO!

Will I do Insanity Max 30 again?? Heck ya!

Will it be after Hammer and Chisel?? It will probably be awhile 😉

Below are my pictures from my results.

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First sweaty selfie on the left–notice how my face is like WTF–

Last sweaty selfie on the right–notice how my face is going to explode with happiness–

 

Left is before, right is after..

Thank you Shaun T for teaching me many new things about myself and pushing me to be better and reach my Max Out! And thank you to Danielle Natoni for encouraging me to try this program, even though you have no idea you did ❤

Butterfinger Shakeology

This is my go-to Shakeology and curbs every single SWEET craving I have! It’s easy to throw together- even my hubby can do it 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water

3-4 ice cubes (more if you want it thicker)

1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar/fat free Butterscotch pudding mix

1 1/2 Tbsp. all-natural creamy peanut butter or PB2

Blend together and ENJOY!!! 🙂

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Mexican Lasagna

No joke.. This is probably my family’s favorite meal! Plus it’s loaded with vegetables 🙂 I actually have 2 variations of this recipe. My variety and the other!

My Variety:

Ingredients
1 Red and Green Bell Pepper
1 Medium Onion
1 lb Lean Ground Hamburger
1/4 cup Southwest Seasoning (recipe from 21 Day Fix book)
Taco Shredded Cheese – 6 blue containers worth
14 oz. can diced tomatoes with chiles
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 Whole-wheat tortillas

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Directions:
Dice the peppers and onions. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add diced peppers and onions and cook until tender. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Brown your ground meat in the skillet until almost done. Add tomatoes to meat and finish cooking through. Add cooked onions and peppers to meat mixture, along with southwest seasoning and 1/4 cup of water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Spray the bottom of a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with 3 tortillas. Spread 1/2 of the meat and vegetable mixture over the tortillas.
Layer the remaining 3 tortillas on top of the meat mixture. Top with remaining meat and vegetable mixture.
Sprinkle 6 blue containers worth of shredded cheese evenly over the top.

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Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is hot and bubbly.

Makes 6 Servings
Per Serving: 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Blue

I love this recipe because it combines my two of my favorite foods- Lasagna and Mexican (tacos/enchiladas). It provides a great amount of spice that my hubby enjoys. But it provides the layering like lasagna. It’s also loaded with vegetables, that you can’t even taste- they blend right in! But the best part is, there isn’t a lot of extra fluff. It’s the basics. Whole foods. So yummy!!! Let me know in the comments below what you think!!

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Here’s the “other” version–

Ingredients
1 Red and Orange Bell Pepper
1 Medium Onion
1 lb Lean Ground Turkey (I used extra lean ground venison this night.)
1/4 cup Southwest Seasoning (recipe from 21 Day Fix book)
Shredded Cheese – 6 blue containers worth
Fat Free Refried Beans – 2 Red Containers worth
2 Small Cans Diced Chiles
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
12 Corn Tortillas

Directions:
Dice the peppers and onions. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add diced peppers and onions and cook until tender. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Brown your ground meat in the skillet until almost done. Add chiles to meat and finish cooking through. Add cooked onions and peppers to meat mixture, along with southwest seasoning and 1/4 cup of water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Spray the bottom of a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with 6 tortillas. Spread with ONE RED CONTAINER of the refried beans. Spread 1/2 of the meat and vegetable mixture over the tortillas and beans.
Layer the remaining 6 tortillas on top of the meat mixture. Repeat spreading the refried beans and remaining meat and vegetable mixture.
Sprinkle 6 blue containers worth of shredded cheese evenly over the top.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is hot and bubbly.

Makes 6 Servings
Per Serving: 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Blue

 

 

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Are you ready for an easy and quick dinner with lots of leftovers??

Here you go-

 

Ingredients:

4-5 chicken breasts

1 packet low sodium taco seasoning

1 jar salsa

 

Directions:

Throw all in crock pot. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken and mix all together when finished cooking.

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We used the meat for tacos- whole wheat tortilla, spinach, taco cheese. I also used some leftovers for taco salads.

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The rest of the meat, I portioned out in the red containers and froze.

You can also mix everything beforehand, freeze, then use when ready!

 

Enjoy! Let me know your thoughts and questions below!

Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal

Have you been searching for an easy and healthy breakfast for yourself or your kiddos? Love oatmeal, but tired of the packets where you just add water and microwave? Be ready to enjoy this slow cooker oatmeal recipe 🙂

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Here are all the ingredients you will need-

1 cup steel cut oats

1 ripe banana mashed

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (if I know my 1 year old will be eating this, I don’t always add them in)

2 cups skim milk (or almond milk)

2 cups water

2 tablespoons flax seed meal

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

Banana slices, walnuts, or brown sugar- optional garnish

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir well until combined.
  2. Cook overnight on Low for 8 hours
  3. In the morning, stir oatmeal with a fork to loosen the steal cut oats and make sure everything is fully incorporated.
  4. Serve warm with banana slices, chopped walnuts, or a pinch of brown sugar if you wish.

 

 

All together this makes about 8- 1/2 cup servings. I portion them out and then microwave for 20-30 seconds. Sometimes I like to add a few mini chocolate chips 🙂

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts or questions! Enjoy!