Month: March 2015

Finding Myself Again

Do you remember me?

Frankly, I barely remember who I was…what made me tick, what inspired me. The past 6 years have been consumed by pregnancy, toddlers, play groups, pick ups, drop offs, cutting over 11 million grapes and changing enough diapers to earn a Pampers reward to Cancun.

For a while now (and maybe still, to a degree, I mean, they give me a LOT of material), I let my kids identify me. And before them? Well, I really don’t even remember.

But this is me now:

* legitimately confident, not faking it till I make it

* a work in progress, not a final product that is outdated and unchanging

* healthy, energized and strong, not “skinny fat” or struggling with being comfortable in a post-partum body (x3) body

* being an example, not looking for one

* knowing what I’m meant to be doing and earning an income from what I love and working with a team of inspired and supportive partners, not filling in the gap for a paycheck earned by work I’m just *doing*.

I have a CLEAR as day view of ME now. It just took a while to get here.

Do you remember you? Who are you NOW? Do you need help getting there? Maybe I can help.

Meal Prep in 30 Minutes

One thing that I absolutely rely on to stick with my meal plans and not be caught starving and staring aimlessly into the fridge is PREPPING!

Part of meal planning means thinking ahead, portioning out your staples so they are grab and eat (or grab and go, if you work out of the house).  The time spent on planning, prepping and portioning is time saved during the week!  

Sometimes, the prepping process can be long, especially if you are planning whole meals for the freezer.

But, I have four staples that I can prep and portion in 30 minutes!

First, I put 2-3 frozen or fresh chicken breasts right into my Crock Pot with olive oil and a little water to cover the bottom of the pot.  I toss in my favorite seasoning blends (I rotate between Mexican/Southwest flavors orclassic garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and parsley) and I let the chicken cook until I can shred it easily to use over salads or in wraps.
As soon the chicken is in, I put my eggs on the stove to hard boil them. I boil 6-8 at a time.  
Next up is the quinoa.  Rinse it and cook per the instructions.
While the eggs and quinoa are on the stove, I turn to my bell peppers.  I like to chop them so that I can throw them in salads and I leave a few slices for things like hummus.  These get portioned right into containers. My favorites containers are the Rubbermaid LunchBlox!
After the quinoa has cooled, I portion it into my containers and the excess in my smaller Lunch Blox.
This gives me 4 containers of chopped peppers and 4 containers of quinoa which equals 2 days of lunches for my husband and me to eat with the chicken!  By keeping the ingredients separate, I can have a little variety with how I choose to eat them.  The boiled eggs go with my husband to work and also into my kids’ lunches too.
Don’t forget to shred your chicken and portion it into your containers!  4oz is a typical serving of protein so if you have a scale, weigh it and divide up!
If you need more meal planning and prepping tips or want to join my next challenge group, email me!


21 Day Fix Tracker

The containers! AAAH! 

So many of my challengers are initially intimated by the 21 Day Fix container system.  But rest assured, with a little planning, prep and practice, the container system ends up being second nature!

This is one of my FAVORITE tips for tracking containers!

My Fitness Pal has been one of my favorite food diary apps for a while now.  But how can you make it work for 21 Day Fix??

Here is how!

If you log into the desktop site of My Fitness Pal, and click on Settings, then Diary Settings, you can go right into the Meal Names and change them to coordinate with your containers and counts!

Easy right??

Once you have the meal names updated, you can go into your mobile app and see your AMAZINGLY organized way to track your containers!

Here is how it looks once it is set up!

Any questions?  Let me know! Shoot me an email or drop a note in the comments!