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Get Extreme with ChaLean Challenge Group – Day 3

14 Nov

Hola ūüôā

I started participating in a new challenge group on Monday! ¬†So far everyone participating is TOTALLY awesome and dedicated! ¬†I decided I wanted to track my journey with videos throughout the 90 days ūüôā

Here is my first one – Day 3.

Contact me if you’re interested in getting involved in something similar!! I have some other challenge groups starting SOON!

11/26 starts my 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge

12/3 starts BRAZIL BUTT LIFT ūüôā

Happy Wednesday!!


Body Beast – Turkey Power Meatloaf

13 Nov

Another YUMMY recipe for you guys!!

My hubby started the BODY BEAST workout on Sunday! ¬†Its one of Beachbody’s NEWEST additions to their line of amazing at home fitness programs! ¬†I am excited to do it myself sometime post-pregnancy ūüôā

Anyways – once he committed to doing the program he decided he wanted to do it FULL OUT 100% by the book! ¬†That meant NUTRITION – meal plan and all! ¬†He made me laugh the other day with his quote, “Insanity + Oreos does not equal abs” ¬†ūüôā ¬†So true! ¬†He’s always kind of maintained a consistent weight, but he’s never gotten the amazing infomercial quality results he’s been after because he hasn’t committed to the nutrition aspect.


Anyways РI have been working hard to pack his lunches and plan his meals according to the BEAST nutrition guide!  Luckily it came with a TON of really delicious recipes in the book!  Last night I made the Turkey Power Meatloaf.  It was AWESOME!  I almost had a second serving myself!

Here is the recipe Рnotice there is NO CHEESE!!  I was nervous that it was not going to be moist enough, but it was still excellent!  Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Turkey Power Meatloaf  (from Body Beast)

2lbs ground lean turkey

1 cup all natural salsa
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 lg eggs ( lightly beaten)

3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1tsp sea salt
Ground black pepper
Fresh chopped parsley

Preheat oven 375
Combine all and press into 9√ó5 loaf pan
Bake 60-70 mins until done
Let it cool for 10 mins and slice into 8 pieces.

211 calories
10g fat
3g sat fat
125mg cholesterol
485mg sodium
4g carbs
1g fiber
1g sugar
25g protein

Crockpot Recipe: Chicken Taco Chili

30 Oct

It is officially COLD here in East Tennessee! ¬†The leaves are quickly falling from the trees, its rainy, and the temperatures are dropping by the day! ¬†This can only mean one thing…….CROCKPOT SEASON is here!

I love using my Crockpot – but for some reason, I hardly touch it during the Spring/Summer months and tend to use it primarily in Fall/Winter.

I came across this DELICIOUS recipe for chicken taco chili and its Ah-Mazing! ¬†So quick and easy and relatively cheap to purchase the ingredients. ¬†Forgive the un-official measurements….thats ons of the best parts of crockpotting to me is the dump and go method – not really taking time to measure ūüôā

Chicken Taco Chili (adapted from SkinnyTaste.com)


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans (drained/rinsed)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained/rinsed)
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 10 oz frozen corn kernels
  • 2 ¬†cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 a palmful of Cumin
  • 1/2 a palmful of Chili Powder
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – enough to make it as “meaty” as you want. ¬†I used 3.
  • chili peppers, chopped (optional)
  • chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with fresh cilantro. Also try it with low fat cheese and sour cream.


EASY right?

I serve mine over brown rice….or sometimes just plain. ¬†I forgot to take a picture of mine when it was done because I went for a bowl right away! ¬†But here is a pic of the finished product from SkinnyTaste:

Photo from SkinnyTaste.com










Please let me know if you try this recipe – I’d love to hear what you think! ¬†Also, please share some of YOUR favorite crock pot recipes! ¬†I am always looking for new things to try!

14 Weeks

29 Sep

How far along? 14 Weeks & 4 Days
Total weight gain/loss: 2.5 lbs
Maternity clothes? Bought a few things, but still wearing mostly regular clothes
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping great
Best moment this week: Tuesday after FitClub РI felt GREAT after working out Рmust be the endorphins
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything?¬†Alcohol – I miss having a glass of wine with dinner…..& SUSHI!! ¬†I have had some cooked sushi – like crunchy shrimp roll and a veggie roll – but its just NOT the same
Movement:¬†No, nothing yet.. but CAN’T wait!!
Food cravings:¬†Carbs & savory food in general……I was so shocked at myself the other day! ¬†My husband brought home pumpkin donuts (and I am a pumpkin freak!! love everything pumpkin) and I CHOSE my leftover steak and sweet potato to eat over the donut! ¬†I just have not been craving sweets much which is very surprising to me!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: looking chubby for sure Рbut nothing that looks like a defined bump
Gender prediction:¬†I can’t decide!! ¬†Some old wives tales predict a girl based on the heartbeat 140+ and my lovely acne covered skin…..but then I took an online quiz (and those MUST be accurate! lol) and it predicted a boy! ¬†So I’m still 50/50 on either one!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy if you ask me РMoody if you ask my husband
Looking forward to: Feeling the baby move!

Week 12 – LAST week of the 1st Trimester!

17 Sep

Week 12 – Tuesday, 9/11 to Monday, 9/17

Baby is the size of:
 A Plum!
Headaches galore!
Still dealing w/ acne
Overly Sensitive
Still ‘preferring’ carby foods like bagels, cereals, etc….
Oddly enough, I CHOSE my leftover steak and sweet potato OVER a pumpkin donut from Dunkin’ Donuts the other night. ¬†I am really surprised how un-interested I’ve been in sweets….Not complaining – but just opposite of what I assumed it would be like ūüôā
Also – I’ve been craving Shakeology as my ‘dessert’ before bed. ¬†I usually like chocolate best, but I’ve really been wanting the Tropical as well ūüôā

I grew out of my first pair of pants….My regular go-to work pants – Size 2 Express Editors in black. ¬†Oddly enough, I still have other pants from Express (same size) that still fit (snugly)…although I have a feeling that won’t be lasting very long.
I bought my first items of maternity clothes – got 2 shirts and a dress on eBay for $3.25!!
Next appointment: 10/16


10 Foods you should be Eating…..according to TheBump.com

11 Sep

I think when I first found out I was preggs, one of my initial anxieties was about FOOD. ¬†(Note to self – why is food always my first thought…like in any circumstance? hmph. lol)…. Anyways, I have always heard that you have to cut out NUMEROUS things from your daily diet and you have a very limited selection of what you can eat and what your body/taste buds will WANT to eat…

I found this preconceived notion to be false actually…. So far the only things I have given up are 1) wine/alcohol 2) sushi (but still eating cooked sushi) and 3) cold lunchmeat sandwiches/subs.

I saw this list on thebump.com (here: ¬†http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/nutrition-exercise/articles/10-pregnancy-foods-to-eat-for-baby.aspx) of 10 foods you SHOULD eat! ¬†Doesn’t that have a better ring to it? ¬†I like seeing things I CAN and SHOULD eat rather than lists of prohibited stuff!


What it’s got:¬†
Whether you like them fried, scrambled, hard-boiled or served as an omelet, eggs are the gold standard for prenatal protein. They also happen to be a great source of folate, iron and choline.

Why it’s good for both of you:¬†Not only are eggs a relatively cheap, versatile and convenient source of protein, but they contain choline too. Never heard of that last one? Choline is critical to fetal brain development and reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. But to reap the benefits, you’ll have to eat the whole thing (so forget the egg-whites-only order); choline is contained in the yolk. If your cravings are more for a burger than eggs Benedict, you‚Äôre in luck — there’s also choline in beef. Bonus: Give baby a brain boost by buying eggs fortified with omega-3s.

Sweet Potatoes
What it’s got:
¬†Don’t just save these guys for Thanksgiving — sweet potatoes are full of nutritious fiber, vitamin B6, potassium (even more than bananas have!), vitamin C and iron, as well as copper and beta-carotene.

Why it’s good for both of you:¬†Sure, other foods on our list offer many of the same nutrients, but we’re singling out sweet potatoes for their beta-carotene — an antioxidant that your body converts to vitamin A. And as you may recall, vitamin A plays an important role in the development of baby’s eyes, bones and skin. Sweet potatoes are also a great way to meet your iron quota. Not only do these orange spuds contain iron, but they also have copper — a mineral that helps your body absorb iron. So swap in sweet potatoes for your usual sides; they’re great mashed, baked or French-fried (um, yum!)

What they’ve got:¬†
This crunchy (and convenient) snack is full of healthy fats (including those brain-boosting omega-3s we mentioned earlier), protein, fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Plus, noshing on nuts will help make a dent in the 800 milligrams of magnesium you’re supposed to get now that you’re preggers.

Why they’re good for both of you:¬†Munching on magnesium-rich foods helps reduce the risk of premature labor and aids in the development of your baby’s nervous system. A quarter cup of almonds contains 98 milligrams of magnesium, so keep a stash in your purse for a convenient prenatal power snack on the go. Cravings control: If you feel like a bottomless pit these days, try noshing on shelled pistachios. They take longer to eat, giving your body more time to register that it’s full.

Beans and Lentils
What they’ve got:¬†
If you’re not a big meat eater (or one at all), beans and lentils are great sources of protein and iron, as well as folate, fiber and calcium. And beans (especially baked ones) are also bursting with zinc.

Why they’re good for both of you:¬†Beans boast a bunch of the baby- and- mama-friendly minerals found in animal products, so they’re a great option for vegetarian and vegan moms-to-be. Beans are also rich in zinc — an essential mineral that’s linked to a lower risk for preterm delivery, low birth weight and prolonged labor. Beans bother your stomach? Other great sources of zinc include meat, chicken, milk, fortified cereals, cashews, peas, crab and oysters (just don’t eat them raw!).

Lean Meat
What it’s got:¬†
Sure, you know it’s a great source of protein, but lean beef and pork are also packed with iron and B vitamins.

Why it’s good for both of you:¬†Your body needs a lot more protein now (about 25 extra grams a day) to help the fetus grow and to ensure her muscles develop properly. Same goes for iron: Not getting enough of this mineral can impair your baby’s growth and increase the risk for preterm delivery and low birth weight. Iron is important for mom, too — it’s necessary for red blood cell formation (to prevent anemia). During pregnancy, your blood volume increases, so you’ll need to up your iron intake (to around 27 milligrams a day). Bonus: Meat supplies a hefty dose of vitamins B6 (helps baby’s tissue and brain growth, while easing mom’s morning sickness) and B12 (helps to maintain healthy nerves and red blood cells).

Orange Juice
What it’s got:¬†
Down a glass in the morning to fill up on folate, potassium and, of course, vitamin C.

Why it’s good for both of you:¬†You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about folate and folic acid (the synthetic form that you get in supplements and fortified foods), and with good reason: It’s a necessary nutrient for preventing certain birth defects early on in pregnancy and for ensuring a healthy pregnancy after that, so try to get about 600 micrograms a day. The potassium in OJ is important for keeping your muscle function, metabolism and overall health in check. Like iron, pregnant women need to consume more potassium, because of their expanding blood volume. And as you already know, orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, which, in addition to fighting colds, helps your body better absorb iron and keeps both your and baby’s teeth and bones healthy. You can also get your vitamin C from broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, red peppers and a variety of citrus fruits, including another prenatal power food — mangoes, which are packed with more than 20 different vitamins and minerals. Bonus: Opt for OJ that’s fortified with vitamin D, which increases blood circulation in the placenta and aids in calcium absorption so that your baby will have stronger bones.

What it’s got:
¬†Surprise! Plain yogurt actually contains even more calcium than milk. Plus, it’s got essential bone-building nutrients, including protein, B vitamins and zinc.

Why it’s good for both of you:¬†Calcium is essential for keeping your bones and teeth healthy and helping baby to develop hers, and skimping on this key nutrient could put you both at risk. Expectant moms should get at least three servings of calcium a day to reduce the risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery. If your calcium count comes up short, your body will take the calcium your baby needs from your bones, putting you at greater risk for osteoporosis later on. Bonus: Snack on Greek yogurt topped with fruit for double the protein (and fiber) punch.

What it’s got:
 Those oats are filled with fiber, protein and vitamin B6.

Why it’s good for both of you:¬†Start your morning off right with a nice big bowl of oatmeal. Whole grains are great for keeping your energy levels up, especially if morning sickness has you feeling a bit drained. Plus, all that fiber will help with another pregnancy pleasantry: constipation. But the benefits don’t just stop with mom. This convenient breakfast dish (yep, the instant kind is great too!) also contains protein and vitamin B6, both of which are important for baby’s development. Bonus: Look for a variety that’s fortified with iron, B vitamins and folic acid.

Leafy Greens
What it’s got:
¬†You had to know these guys were gonna make the list. Chock-full of antioxidants and nutrients, dark-green veggies — including spinach, asparagus, broccoli and kale — should really be on everyone’s plates.

Why it’s good for both of you:¬†These super foods are especially important for moms-to-be and their developing babies. That’s because, in addition to all those antioxidants, leafy greens supply calcium, potassium, fiber and folate, plus another important nutrient we haven’t told you about yet: vitamin A. Because of its role in helping baby’s eyesight develop and aiding in bone and skin growth, it’s important for moms to nosh on vitamin A-filled foods too. No midnight cravings for asparagus or spinach? Oranges are also a great source.

What it’s got:
 This oily fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

Why it’s good for both of you:¬†Forget about preordering Baby Einstein DVDs — just incorporate salmon into your diet over the next nine months. The omega-3 fatty acids (aka DHA and EPA) in fish help baby’s brain to develop, and higher levels of DHA in newborns have even been associated with higher IQs, advanced motor skills and fewer neurological problems later on. Omega-3s are good for the development of baby’s eyes, too, and salmon is also a great source of lean protein for mamas-to-be. Worried about seafood? Salmon’s low in mercury and considered safe for expectant moms, but limit your intake to two servings of six ounces or less each week to be safe. Just not feeling fish right now? Snack on walnuts and almonds.

The Bump Experts: Elizabeth Ward, RD (ExpecttheBestPregnancy.com), and Maria Pari-Keener, RD and founder of Maternal Health Matters, an NYC practice offering prenatal and postnatal counseling


Whoohooo – so after reading over this list, it looks like I’m on the right path! ¬†I think the only one that I DON”T do at all is the Salmon…however, I get plenty of omega-3 and protein in my daily Shakeology as well as the dash of flax seeds I add in my oats. ¬†I could also probably improve in the leafy green department. ¬†I keep meaning to try Kale!

Anyways – today is the last day of my 11th week – tomorrow is Week 12! ¬†I think I will start the day off with EGGS ūüôā

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oatmeal

10 Sep

Oatmeal is one of my FAVORITE things to eat for breakfast! ¬†Its quick, easy, cheap and filling… oh, and very nutrient dense.

I make it several ways – cinnamon raisin, diced apples, blueberry, etc… but my super FAVE is my PB Banana Protein Oatmeal. ¬†TRY it sometime!

  • 1/2 ¬†cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup water + a little more
  • 1 Tbsp all natural peanut butter (or PB2)
  • 3/4 scoop of banana protein powder (I use Gaspari’s Myofusion)
  1. Add oats into a microwave safe bowl and pour the water on top.  Use 1 full cup and then a few dashes more so that your oats come out a smidge liquidy
  2. Microwave for 90 seconds.
  3. Stir in PB and banana protein powder

Its THAT easy and quick!  Then you have a great meal to start your day Рgiving your body complex carbs and protein to get your metabolism going.  Oh yeah, and drink a big glass of water with that too!!

I’d love to hear your favorite oatmeal recipes…. especially any pumpkin ones if you have them!! ¬†Comment below! ¬†Also, be sure to let me know if you end up trying THIS recipe and let me know what you think ūüôā

11 Weeks 3 Days – Update

8 Sep

Week 11 – Tuesday, 8/4 to Monday, 9/10

Baby is the size of:
 A Lime!
(if you’re keeping up with my posts, you should have known that one!)
Overly Sensitive
Carbs! ¬†Waffles, bagels, pancakes…
For now I’m leaving this blank…can’t think of anything to include
Next appointment: 9/11 

What’s in your fridge?

6 Jan

I always love seeing other people’s posts with pics of their perfectly clean, organized and well stocked refrigerator, freezer and pantry….Mine doesn’t look at “Martha Stewart-y” as I would like… BUT, it’s a start and its been super easy to eat well and grab smart(er) options!

So..here is the door shot. ¬†We’ve got a few salad dressings….see that bottle with the strawberry on it? ¬†That is my new fave – Blush Wine Vinaigrette. ¬†This is brand new to me…has anyone else heard of it?

Anyways – next shelf down I have my half & half (which is leftover from holiday baking) and my unsweetened coconut milk and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. ¬†I LOVE using those milks for my chocolate shakeology in the AM. ¬†There are so many flavor variations that you can come up with….starts my day off on the right foot!

OK..here is the main area…. ¬†I’ve got some skim milk – bottled water and apple juice. ¬†You know whats weird? ¬†People who live here and use this fridge… they find it easy to grab and go ¬†– especially with the water! But I seem to be the ONLY one willing and able to actually put new bottles of water back IN the fridge! ¬†OHwell…

What else is in there? ¬†Oh.. I made a big batch of chicken. ¬†Just plain skinless/boneless thin breasts and tenderloin. ¬†Eh – I don’t know if I’ll do that again. ¬†Or maybe not as much next time. ¬†I also pre-made a few salads in those Tupperware containers on the bottom. ¬†Mixed greens, cherry heirloom tomatoes (another NEW find for me!) and english cucumbers. ¬†You know what would go well with that salad? ¬†Oh I know! ¬†Blush Wine Vinaigrette! lol

The other thing I tried doing was hard boiling a dozen eggs. ¬†I don’t know if you can see them in the pic… But, that worked out well for me during the week. ¬†Only complaint I did have was the first day or so my fridge had an eggy smell. ¬†Not rotten egg, but just egg.

And lastly, the veggie drawer. ¬†I took the time to peel and cut up all those little carrot sticks! ¬†See them over there in the left corner? ¬†Don’t you think actual cut up carrots taste different from baby carrots? ¬†I do. ¬†However, that being said, is the taste worth the extra time/effort of prepping my own? ¬†Not so sure… ¬†Also, I have my salad stuff, and looks like some mushrooms back there too…

SO – whats in yours this week?

It’s a New Year! ¬†Are you resolving to eat well and keep healthy foods stocked this year?