In LA at the Beachbody Summit. Having a great time. Here’s a few photos from yesterday. It was a down day and no activities planned. Just had fun meeting friends and making new friends!
I am going to be missing for a few days. I’m headed to Los Angeles for the Beachbody Summit! I am so excited. This is sooo fun. I have been the last two years and don’t plan to miss one! We get to learn about new products coming out (Body Gospel, Turbo Fire) and workout with the trainers. I’ll be working out live with Tony Horton (P90X), Chalene Johnson (Turbo Jam, ChaLEAN Extreme), Leandro Carvalho (Brazil Butt Lift), Brett Hoebel (Rev Abs), and last but not least, Debbie Siebers ( Slim in 6). This is going to be so much fun!!!
We will also be learning how to maximize our businesses! Here’s a peek at what Summit is like.
I will be posting photos and updates as I can. Not sure about internet availability.
Have a good week and I’ll talk soon!
Be sure to watch Kirstie Alley’s Big Life on A&E Sunday! Tony Horton will be on teaching Kirstie about P90X!
Yes, there are smarter ways to eat your sweets. You can grab a candy bar and run out the door, it may satisfy your sweet tooth for a short period of time, but I have found that when you eat sugar, you crave sugar. So, instead of getting on that sugar treadmill, reach for a healthier option instead. You can always snack on fruit which will help with the sugar cravings or you can try one of Nature’s Path new granola bars. I know, you’ve heard that granola bars are not such a great choice, but if you shop smart, they are! Nature’s Path Granola bars are good!
Nature’s Path has recently expanded their granola bar line and were so generous to send me some of the bars to sample. I have to say, I could have used a few more boxes 🙂 These are good! I received a box of Pumpkin Spice, Sunny Hemp and Peanut Buddy bars. I don’t eat dairy, so I requested only bars that didn’t contain any dairy. There are other flavors that sound just as wonderful!
Jake immediately opened the boxes and started checking them out. He LOVED (this is really saying a lot, he doesn’t show much interest or share many opinions!) the Pumpkin Spice bars and even asked me where HE could purchase them. I liked these a lot as well, at least the one I got to try! Pumpkin Spice Bars include pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and cinnamon!
Peanut Buddy bars were a hit with everyone as well. Meredith thought that they were tasty and filling. She likes to have a snack on hand when she has to work at the pre-school since she may not have time to sit down and eat. Worked out great for her. Peanut Buddy bars contain peanut butter and whole roasted peanuts.
Sunny Hemp was my favorite. I really thought they tasted a little like a rice krispy treat. However, my kids told me that they think my tastebuds must be different from theirs. They liked them too, but didn’t think they were like the treats at all. Sunny Hemp is a blend of sunflower, hemp and flaxseed and raisins.
Nature’s Path also introduced 2 new flavors: Mmmaple Pecan and Berry Strawberry bars. All the bars are USDA certified organic which means no artifical preservatives, additives, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) or synthetic pesticides.
The bars are 140 calories, so it is a pretty good snack option. I love that I can throw these in my purse or gym bag and will have a healthy option. No candy bars for me please!
Another great feature of the bars is that they are packaged in a more sustainable box, using 36% less cardboard!
I have done 1 round of this program and will be doing it again when I finish the current program of P90X and Slim in 6. I highly recommend this workout if you like to lift weights and want to see great results!
The meal plan is heavy on animal products. I think it can be subbed for a vegetarian or vegan plan, but it will take some modifications.
High Fiber Breakfast Muffin
1 – 1/2 cups wheat bran fiber
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 paper muffin liners
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper muffin liners. Mix the wheat bran and the buttermilk and allow to stand for 10 mins. Then beat the oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and ad this to the bran mixture. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift the flour mix into the buttermilk mix and combine, but do not overmix. Then fold in the walnuts. Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 15 – 20 mins or until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean. Serve 1 muffin with 1/2 cup cottage cheese or 1 egg for breakfast.
Previewing this workout tonight at Fit Club! If you are in the area, please let me know and I’ll get you info on our local Fit Club! Try the workout, you will love it! Muscle truly does burn fat!
Not only do I love that phrase, Carpe Diem (Sieze the Day), I love the Carpe Diem Kombucha. I am fairly new to the Kombucha world. Kombucha is a fermented tea that you drink for health purposes.
Kombucha was first drank in Russia, China and Japan. Kombucha contains many different cultures and organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids and polyphenols. Many people claim health benefits including detoxifying and energizing and some even claim cancer-curing. I don’t know about all of those claims, I do know that when I drink it, I do have more energy and I feel better!
The first couple of times I tried Kombucha, I wasn’t too fond of it. It has a distinctive taste. I think Brian described it as vinegary. Then I had some of the best tasting Kombucha at 105 degrees in Oklahoma City. After that, I was on the search to find a great tasting Kombucha. I’ve tried several different brands, but Carpe Diem is my top pick!
Carpe Diem Kombucha comes in 3 flavors, Classic, Quince and Cranberry. I was so excited when my package arrived in the mail. Evidently so was Brian because I had the bottles on the counter, went to get my camera to take a photo and when I came back into the kitchen Brian was drinking the Cranberry! So, in the photo, you see that it isn’t full 🙂
Carpe Diem contains only natural ingredients, no artificial sweeteners or additives. I really liked all the flavors, but I think the Quince was my fave and Brian liked the Cranberry the best.
I like to drink it before a workout, it just gives me an extra energy boost to get through some of those tough workouts. I also think the Kombucha helps with bathroom issues. If you have trouble going, try some Kombucha!
You can find Carpe Diem on amazon and in some Whole Foods Stores. Not near me though – too bad, I’ll just have to order online! I do love shopping online!
Be sure to check out Carpe Diem on facebook, “Like” them ( still not sure I am liking all the changes facebook continues to do).
Discussion: Have you tried Kombucha? What are your thoughts? Does it give you an energy boost?
Good Morning! Yay for Friday!
Today’s Friday Challenge is a good one! Go meatless! You can choose how long you go meatless for: 1 meal, 2 meals, or all day!
I eat a mostly vegetarian diet with no dairy (except for the whey protein isolate that is in my Shakeology) on a daily basis. As soon as they come out with the vegan version of Shakeology, I’ll be switching over to it and will not have ANY dairy! (Note to Beachbody: ANYTIME would be fine!) When I changed my diet, I lost weight, I had a dramatic change in my health, no more headaches, no more stomach aches, and my skin cleared up. WOW!
So, choose which option you will do – I really do encourage you to challenge yourself and not eat any meat at all today ( or if it is too late – tomorrow!)
So, what do you eat? There are LOTS of options – fruit smoothie or shakeology for breakfast, veggie pasta salad with a nice crusty bread for lunch, beans and rice for dinner? Soup, a big ol’ salad, I could go on and on.
There are many vegetarian cookbooks out there. A few of my favorites:
Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet
Dreena Burton – Eat Drink and be Vegan
Isa Chandra Moskowitz – Vegan with a Vengenance
Put these in your bowl and on top:
add chopped mango, salsa, avocado,red onion, cilantro and hot pepper sauce. I also like vegannaise on top. YUM! I may have to have this for lunch now. Sounds so good! Let me know if you try it! I’ll get a photo of it today and add it. It’s a pretty dish!
Friday Follow is a great way to meet new people, read new blogs and have a fun day!
Join in the fun and get to browsing!!!
Today is Earth Day! I’m excited for many reasons, but most of all because it is a day that we can all celebrate this beautiful planet we live on!
Discussion: What are your plans for Earth Day and what are your tips for reducing, reusing and recycling?
Each week I start off by setting a few goals for the week. This week I want to: move more, eat clean, workout 6 days, spend more time with my family and friends and reach my Beachbody coaching goals for the month ( I am very close to reaching them!). Do you set goals for each week?
It’s Fit Club Monday and every week I highlight a workout and provide a yummy recipe for you to try!
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