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BabyBump Bootcamp

BabyBump Bootcamp

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Being pregnant is HARD work! Am I right mommy-to-be? That last thing on my mind is working out and being HEALTHY; when I am creating bones and molding eyeballs! BUT, it is SO important to stay healthy and active for YOU & BABY <3

Apply for my next Baby Bump Bootcamp starting June 27th! We will be doing workouts that are appropriate for each trimester, talking about our bumps, sharing awesome information, sharing craving-cutting recipes, and most of all, have that support from other moms, mommies-to-be, and everything in-between!

I am 18 weeks today!! How far along are you??

I would like to keep this group small, so please apply quickly to reserve your spot, group kicks off June 27th, deadline to join is June 21st! 🙂Simply like this post, comment, and APPLY HERE >> http://bit.ly/28A129h

21 Day Fix: Wine Fix

21 Day Fix: Wine Fix

Let me just get this out in the open, I am NOT currently drinking this at 10:30 am on a Tuesday.

As I was sipping on this on Saturday afternoon, I thought about the 4 oz allowed for the 21 Day Fix

— yes my mind has been consumed with the 21 Day Fix lately!! But some people struggle with it and I want them to know everything possible about it! That’s MY JOB!! —

But the Barefoot brand mini bottles aren’t 8 oz like some of the others! I know it is easy to say this is a small bottle I’m sure it’s close! Yes it might be close, but you should still follow the program as designed!!

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So this is just a little tidbit of info for you winos out there on the 21 Day Fix!! You CAN have it, just make sure you follow the rules 😉

21 Day Fix Steak Dinner

21 Day Fix Steak Dinner

Just because you are on the 21 Day Fix does NOT mean you are limited in your food choices! This dinner is 21 Day Fix approved and super simple!

In my house this was a group effort! I DO NOT trust myself with a grill, its just not going to happen! So, Evan took the steak outside and did his thing, and I took care of the yellow and green containers 😉

The containers look super small, but honestly I had trouble finishing this!!

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red container = steak

yellow container= little red potatoes

green container= asparagus

we used versus seasonings and I didn’t use a splash of fresh lemon juice and some EVOO (which is a tablespoon)

The Inside Scoop: 21 Day Fix Extreme

The Inside Scoop: 21 Day Fix Extreme

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If you have social media or a TV you most likely have heard of the FAMOUS 21 Day Fix program that hit the shelves and didn’t stop for months and months! It was launched in Feb 2014 and was on back order until about April, cray crayyy, right?! Well, it was like that for a reason. Beachbody is known for its amazing at home workout programs. Though they ALL come with a nutrition guide, most people look past it, or only do it 50%. The secret to the 21 Day Fix, in my opinion are two things; 1. portion control is the focus of the program, meaning that you can’t oversee it and 2. it is only 21 days and you see progress SO FAST! Everyone would keep working out if they saw results in as little as 3 or 4 days! I know it was sureee motivation for me 🙂

I did the 21 Day Fix in February, and lost 7 pounds! I honestly wanted to do the program because it was new and exciting, and thought 3 pounds or so would have been nice to lose. But I felt AMAZING! I loved it, and I STILL use the containers daily! I AM ready though to take it up to the next level, and THIS is def my plan! 21 Day Fix Extreme still has 30 minute workouts, and easy portion control, and well, here, I’ll let you watch in amazement!!

Doesn’t that just make you SOOOOOO excited!? I mean, seriously, how can you not want to get in the best shape of your life after watching that video!? There is something about seeing what you body is capable of that gets me so motivated! Is that just me? hahah maybe! 😡

I don’t know about you, but I will be breaking out my 21 Day fix in January and do a round of that, and then Feb 2nd, I WILL BE READY to take on the 21 Day Fix Extreme!! I did put my email in to the collector, because I want to know all I can, I am sure you do too! ARE YOU READY!?

21 Day Fix Meal Plan and Grocery List

21 Day Fix Meal Plan and Grocery List

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The 21 Day Fix is a pretty awesome program. If you don’t know much about it; someone named Autumn Calabrese came up with everything you need to know to reach your goal weight or body. The key is portion control. You get containers, food lists for each container, and a calorie bracket based on YOUR weight, so you know exactly how much to eat in a day. Simple right? I know, it is pretty amazing! I love MINE, did I mention that? She also had short and sweet 30 min workouts to go along with it, don’t let “short and sweet” fool you though, these can be though! Don’t worry , there is a modifier if needed!!

Even though I love this program and NOW I think it is super duper easy, the first time I tried to make a meal plan I had to read the book THREE TIMES! I came up with a color system and did everything on paper and tried to be extremely organized with it. It did work, but I was not about to do that each week, because I know I am not going to eat the same thing week after week. I know some people can do that, but not me!

So this is what I came up with!

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<<<< 21 Day Fix Week One Meal Plan >>>>


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<<<< 21 Day Fix Week One Grocery List >>>>

I hosted, and participated in a Challenge group for the 21 Day Fix when it first came out, and it TOTALLY helped me get through the first round! There was something about having a group of people that were on the same journey as me that made it seem really easy and my goals seemed achievable when others were being positive and keeping me on track!

All you have to do is apply for the next group here!

21 Day Fix Confessions

21 Day Fix Confessions

The 21 Day Fix is all the rave these days! Seriously, this trainer came out of no where, created this program and it launched in February of 2014. Beachbody couldn’t even keep it stocked on the shelves and it was on backorder for months after its big launch. All of that is fine and dandy, but does it really work? Or is everyone just all hyped up because it is the “next big thing”?

My friend Brittany and I talked bcd and forth about this program, and after I did it, she decided it was time to give the program a try. But instead of me telling her story, I am going to let her tell you! Grab a tissue!!!


Starting from a young age, I was always overweight, but I didn’t know much different. Fast food became part of my diet. I made excuses to not drink water, I would grab soda or french fries before juice and carrots. I gained the weight quickly. Doctors told me I needed to watch myself, even my parents tried to help me but it was “too late” I had let my weight spiral out of control but I was ok with it because I was “happy” and wasn’t going to do any physical activity. Years later I still had weight issues, I looked at people around me and thought they were pretty or secretly wished I was “skinny” but had no motivation to do any physical changing….I had friends….people should like me for who I was….I thought. I tried diet pills but nothing worked because I wasn’t working for it….I was looking for the magic pill. When I went to college I actually lost a little weight because I was forced to cook on my own and I wanted to feel good about myself. I would go to the gym….but as winter set in, it was easier to order chinese then make a salad etc. I tried to go to workout classes or walk on my own but nothing was really working. So I found it really to be hopeless and gave up. My junior year I met someone extremely important to me and I lost them three years later because I lost myself. I got “too comfortable” and became lazy, I put on lots of weight, I chose eating out over being active. My idea of a fun night was always something that involved sitting or eating or a combination of the two. They saw I was heading downhill fast and tried to tell me….but I ignored the signs because I thought they’d never leave. My jeans knew the damage I was doing to myself (to be honest I stopped wearing jeans…yoga pants and stretch clothes were my new wardrobe), the number on the scale kept rising, but still I didn’t see it. I know many people can say “How could you not see it?!” but to be honest I truly didn’t or maybe I just didn’t want to admit it. I used to eat more then some boys did, getting seconds, super sizing a meal, eating and then eating again. I didn’t see the effect it had on me. I ordered workout programs with broken promises of changing my ways. It took losing that special person for me to truly see the damage I had done. This “disorder” hadn’t just effected me, it effected the people around me. In a way it was a blessing this person left, had they not I would have never saw who I had become….who I had been for the last 3 years or 20 years. I was miserable, over weight, my clothes barely fit. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t me. Thats when i decided to make a change. I was sick of seeing the numbers on the scale rise, or buying a size bigger in clothes (it hit me when I order jeans online in a size 20 something), or not even feeling comfortable sitting in a chair. I had boughten the 21 days fix workout kit a couple months prior but I know I needed to stick to it this time. I would be lying if I said it was easy. I made a a commitment to stop going to fast food places, cutting out soda and becoming active with these workouts, drinking lots of water. Even coming this far I still have my days when I want to give up or skip the exercise but when I do I can feel it in my body and I get myself motivated again. I have been doing the 21 day fix program since the end of May and since then I have lost about 45 pounds….I am still shocked myself. I told myself for years it was impossible and in just 5 months I have accomplished so much. It hurts knowing I wouldn’t have lost that special person if I would have done it sooner, but I didn’t know sooner, I didn’t see it sooner. But I made the choice now and I am pushing through. I have to remind myself to enjoy the journey because sometimes I am frustrated when I look in the mirror. I forget this can’t happen overnight and I have to be proud of my progress. But I have to tell people, it’s never too late, and you can’t change until you are ready. People told me for years I had an issues, and I didn’t see it until later. You can’t change something until you want to. So no matter what don’t give up, I have to thank the wonderful coaches and ladies in my workout groups for the motivation because so many times I want to give up but then I talk to them and they remind me why I am here and that I can do this. I’m not where I want to be but I am happy I am not where I use to be.


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I love Brittany’s story and she is one of the reasons I LOVE my job. If you want to join a challenge group like Brittany did, you can apply here! I would love to be able to work with you and help YOU have a story just as moving as Brittany’s 🙂

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This is one of my all time favorite recipes! There is something about it that is so refreshing; I think its the vinegar, I love vinegar! It just makes it CRISP! -Do you know what I mean??

This is a clean eating recipe, I first had it when I was doing the Ultimate Reset! (Which was AWESOMEEE by the way!) Although I still make a lot of the recipes that were in that cleanse, this one appears on our dinner table more often than others!

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The cool thing about this is, you can easily incorporate the 21 Day Fix containers with it! So you can start talking in colors like everyone else is!

“So, what did you have for lunch Christine?”

“I had 2 yellow, 2 red, and 1 purple”

aka: turkey sandwich and greek yogurt and an apple

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Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, sliced and cut into half moons
  • 1/4 small container cherry tomatoes, each cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red inion (optional, I personally opt out of this)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped freshly flat-leaf parsley (you can use the dried seasoning too)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh bail leaves (dried seasoning is okay here too, but fresh is always better!)
  • Himalayan salt (to taste)
  • herbal seasoning (to taste)

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Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a boss and toss.

I have also made this, as I mentioned before, with the 21 Day Fix containers. I basically used 1 green for the cucumbers (after slices and halved) and 1 green container for the halved cherry tomatoes. Then added the oil and seasons as needed for the quantity I felt right. They are pretty close to what is already here!

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The Powerhouse Couple: Transformation of the 21 Day Fix

The Powerhouse Couple: Transformation of the 21 Day Fix

Couples who workout together, stay together.. makes sense, right? Ehh, either way two of my very close friends decided to buckle down and take on the 21 Day Fix workout!

In case you are a little lost as to what exactly the 21 Day Fix is, let me fill you in! This AMAZING program was launched by Beachbody in February 2014, and when I say this program was flying off the shelves, that is a understatement! I don’t think it even hit the shelves before it was on a truck and in a challenger’s eager hands. When you put exercise and portion control into one condensed time period, and specific color coded containers, HELLO!!!! no one can mess that up!

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Before I get to some awesome results, let me tell you what all you get with the 21 Day Fix!

  • Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology®—the superfood shake that helps give you energy, reduce cravings, and accelerate your fitness results—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program.*
  • A FREE 30-day trial membership in the Team Beachbody® Club, where you’ll find all the support you’ll need to complete your Challenge.**
  • Plus FREE standard shipping on today’s order, then Super Discount shipping (and SAVE OVER $12) every month after!
  • 6 easy-to-follow workouts
  • 7 color coded containers
  • 21 Day Fix Eating Plan
  • 3 Day Quick Fix
  • Bonus DVD
  • 24/7 online support
  • ME as your FREE coach!!

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Yeah, that’s A LOT of stuff right!? I want to set you up for success, if you are happy then I am happy! I run challenge groups to ensure that you will see the best results possible, and to put you in a positive and motivating setting.

This couple participated in my February Challenge Group, and ROCKED IT! First up I will show off this guy:

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On the left we see the Day 1: Before pictures and on the right we see Day 21: After pictures

Final Measurements:

Chest: -.25
R arm: same
L arm: same
Waist: -3
Hips: -2.5
R thigh: +.5
L thigh: +1
Weight: -11

jake frontOf course we need to see how his other half did as well! She also dominated this program! She said,

“It really helped me in realizing portion sizes as well as the different kinds of foods I could eat. I loved trying to find new recipes to make for dinner and the different shakes I could make.”

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Final Measurements:

Chest: – .5 in
R Arm: same
L arm: + .25 in
Waist: -3 in
Hips: -2.25 in
R thigh: same
L thigh: same
Weight: – 5.8 lbs

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You can see results like this too, and I will help you every step of the way, or I can just get you started! No matter what level you are on, don’t be ashamed to want something MORE! Email me to talk more about it!

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Why short people SHOULD workout at home!

Why short people SHOULD workout at home!

Where are all my fellow shorties at!?

The definition of short might be different to different people. I know people close to 5 inches taller than me that think THEY are short! I am a college student just under 5 feet tall. Yup that’s right, I haven’t reached the 5 foot mark yet 😡 (…they say you can have your last growth spurt at 25ish right…. well I guess there is still a small dose of hope left for me!)

Aside from that fact that I may or may not grow anymore in my lifetime is beyond the point I am trying to get at here! Let me get back to my main point, why short people SHOULD workout at home.

I have been into health and fitness my whole life, I may not have been the ALL STAR on the team, but I was physically active basically from kindergarten; as soon as I could sign up for AYSO soccer. As I got older, as I’m sure many of you noticed, you get more opportunities to become a better athlete. Do you know where I am going with this? YES. EXERCISE! Hitting the gym and getting in rep after rep, increasing your weights, and developing that STRENGTH that we all know and love.

In high school I never really noticed that the gym wasn’t FIT for me, as many of your shorties out there might not have noticed yet either. I used mostly free weights and the treadmill, it is kind of hard to mess that up! People of all ages and sizes can lay on a bench and knock out a few sets of a dumbbell bench press, or run miles upon miles on the treadmill.

Then I got to college, FREEDOM, right? Well my college journey is a whole other story, so I’ll just stick to the fitness side of things for your sake 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, college and university gyms, rec centers (whatever you want to call them) are Ahhhh-MAZing! They have rows and rows of treadmills, a weight machines that SEEM to be so awesome and replace the use of free weights.

Okay, HOLD UP! Have the people that are my size used these machines!? Because if you have, I am sure you have noticed it’s a little awkward. No, I do not mean trying to up your weight and start making grunting nosies, or your face turns red and that HUGE vein in your forehead pops out… oh, am I one of the only people that has that? If you know what I am talking about then please laugh WITH me, because you know EXACTLY where I am coming from on that one!

Let’s talk about how the foot rests are SO FAR away from the seat, HELLO my legs are NOT that long!! I have to sit totally on one end or the other of the seat just to reach those babies all the way down there! It is a little hard to have proper posture/form when only my tippy toes are on the foot rest and my butt is clenched on the seat so I don’t fall off.. am I painting a realistic enough picture for you?!

So I don’t think I need to go machine by machine for you to get that these inventions are NOT made for “our kind”, they are made for the average and above sized person! Yes, they make the adjustable seats, but sometimes that just isn’t enough!! I need ALL parts just be adjustable, not just one or two.

So how are we supposed to lose weight, tone our awesome bods and get that peak performance style energy we crave for at the gym? Well, we can just WOKOUT AT HOME!!!

Say what!? How am I going to get that defined “V”, or sculpted shoulders from an at home DVD. Let me just tell you, not only CAN it happen, it HAS happened! I have completed many different Beachbody programs from the Ultimate Reset to Les Mills Combat, and many in between. Recently I just completed the newest program the 21 Day Fix, HELLO MUSCLES!! I will not go too far into detail and save that for a later post, but 7 pounds lost and my shoulder and back muscles are looking mighty fine if you ask me!

21 Day FixThe best part about the Beachbody programs, is the each one has a personal trainer and MORE THAN ONE DVD to do. If you get a “program” that comes with one DVD and maybe 2 different workouts on it, you are going to get BORED, and pretty fast if you are anything like me! I like variety, something new all the time! When a program comes with 6 or more DIFFERENT workouts, now that is what makes one happy girl!

Going to the gym you can of course get a trainer, but that means you have to workout in front of that trainer and all the other people there as well. This might not embarrass everyone, but imagine being that short person that you just CANNOT do the workout right because the equipments is not the proper size. Plus at home programs, usually use free weights or bands, because you don’t NEED anything else! A personal trainer at a gym is going to take advantage of using all that “oversized” equipment, and rightfully so! Too bad that stuff isn’t going to get us short people 100% of the results that it will for someone of an average size.

Don’t get me wrong, the gym can be a GREAT place to go and get into the ZONE, but if you aren’t getting 100% of the results, or the effectiveness of the equipment you are using, what’s the point!? Find something that you enjoy, and can FEEL the difference, I am telling you,  it will blow your mind how the machines that should fit everyone, really DON’T!!

I host challenge groups through Facebook EVERY MONTH to help keep you accountable and give you the motivation you need to reach those goals! Fill out an application to reserve your spot in my upcoming group! –> https://alyssaraeb.wufoo.com/forms/challenge-group-application/