Crock Pot CLEAN Buffalo Chicken — 21 Day Fix Approved

Looking for a clean, healthy and DELICIOUS recipe for an all-American favorite, Buffalo Chicken?? I know — I TOO love the taste of the blue cheese and the hot sauce drizzled all over the yummy, tender pulled chicken. BUT I do not want all of the fat and calories that comes along with it! Here is a ((21 Day Fix approved)) CLEAN alternative!!

Buffalo-Chicken

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INGREDIENTS

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One pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast

3/4 c of greek yogurt

1/4 cup of Franks Red Hot

Garlic Powder

Diced Garlic

Diced Onion

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DIRECTIONS

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Add all ingredients into the crock pot

Cook on low for 3 hours

Stir to ensure that all of the chicken is washed with the seasonings, yogurt and Hot Sauce

Once cooked thoroughly, you will be able to pull the chicken apart into shredded pieces and enjoy!

 

IDEAS for SERVING:

Top with blue cheese (one blue if you are a Fixer) and have with carrots and celery.

Add to the top of a salad

Put on lettuce wraps for a “taco”

 

ENJOY!

XOXO

Sara

 

 

 

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Insanity Max 30 REVIEW

The holidays are just about OVER and everyone can now resume their regular schedules and routines! I don’t know about you — but I am a creature of habit and when my routines and schedules get changed, I feel a little uneasy! πŸ˜‰ I am glad that this week will be back to normal and that I can finally have my routine back! The holidays were fun and I loved being able to see family and friends………..but I also love my own schedules! πŸ˜‰

I am entering into week 3 of Insanity Max 30!! The first two weeks were a little difficult because 1. its a new program and I needed to adjust and 2.) the holiday temptations were EVERYWHERE!!! I did pretty well — I did have 2.5 glasses of vino on Christmas and did my best to stick to the eating plan. Let me tell you that it had a SERIOUS effect on my workout the following day!!! I was struggling!! I did it but it was rough. It just goes to show that diet and exercise go hand in hand!!!Β  I did eat clean and only had a few bites of hubby’s pie! I was pretty proud of myself haha!! Trust me — it could’ve been MUCH worse!! I just kept thinking — think about how you will feel tomorrow if you were to have an entire piece of pie! Also — I want to SEE results from this program and am DEDICATED to that and pie doesn’t necessarily fit into that mold! πŸ˜‰

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I have noticed that with each week, and with each workout — I get stronger!! It is such an awesome feeling!! I keep maxing out longer and longer and THAT in and of itself is progress to me — especially because I am NOT modifying!!! I will say — my stats have not changed one bit and I NOT letting that discourage me!!! My clothes are feeling looser and I am getting stronger with each workout and that is an AMAZING feeling!!

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SO — now that the Holidays are OVER and the routine is pretty much back (after NYE I’ll be SET!!) — I am bound and determined to have results from this program!!! I will be posting my 30 day results in 2 weeks!! EEEEEEEKKK!!! Scary – lol! Every day I push play, and follow the nutrition, have my Shakeology and get my sleep — I am one day closer to the finish line! This is a 60 day program and it promises serious results! Six more weeks — that is IT!!! I have a feeling that it will fly by. Each day — you need to DIG DEEP and PUSH yourself. When you feel like you can’t do anymore, do three! When you TELL yourself you can — you are halfway there!!!

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NUTRITION is 80% of your results!! You cannot outrun your fork!! I am so glad that the holiday temptations are OVER and I have literally thrown away the extra cookies and cakes so that they won’t speak to me in times of weakness!! lol Clean eating will allow you to have HUGE results!!! Clean foods like fresh fruits and veggies, along with lean proteins and whole grains will work WITH your body, give you sustaining energy and help you lose pounds and inches naturally. No more spray butters, low-fat or fat-free anything!! No more soda or sugary drinks — eat CLEAN and your body, mind and energy levels will be fulfilled!!!!

 

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Here is a meal plan that I will follow for this week. It helps me to plan ahead and know what I will be eating so I am never caught without knowing what I will be eating! Fail to plan then plan to fail!!

 

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Here’s to a STRONG week 3 and BEYOND!!! πŸ™‚

 

If you want to join my next fitness challenge complete the application below and I will be in touch shortly!! πŸ™‚

Insanity Max 30 DAY 1 & 2

Yesterday was my very first day of Insanity Max 30!! It was awesome!! I am LOVING that these workouts are only 30 minutes! …….and they pack a punch!!
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The first day is Cardio Challenge and it is just that — pure cardio!! Shaun T is killer and the cardio moves certainly cause you to sweat and push through!!! Ya gotta DIG DEEP as he would say!!!Β  I maxed out at 9:30 — -which will definitely give me something to work towards for next week! I started to yell at that time — haha — next week I will yell and PUSH THROUGH!!!

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WHAT IS MAXING OUT????

Maxing out is when you feel you need to stop and take a break to re-group! Shaun T will give you mini-water breaks along the way….BUT once I started to yell (haha) – I figured it was time to stop and MAX OUT! The great thing about this program is that you are ONLY in competition with YOURSELF!! You can see how much you improve each week, because it will take you longer to max out each time, because you are getting stronger! It is brilliant!! πŸ™‚

TABATA POWER

Today was Tabata Power and that was awesome too! It is interval-based — 20 sec on and 10 sec off!! So, I maxed out around 14 minutes. Just when you are at your limit with doing a cardio move, he switches it to a strength based move! Its awesome!! There are ab intervals at the end. I love the tricep work because as we all know ladies, we DO NOT want the bat wings!!! haha!!! The end is the toughest in my opinion because he has you doing POWER tricep dips and tuck jumps!! OOOOMMMMGGGG!!!!

 

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The rest of the week will be great!!! I have never been so excited for a workout or to see results!! I LOVE that the workouts are only 30 minutes. I get up at 5:00 am and get it done before my little one wakes up. It sets my day off right and I feel amazinnnnnng!!!!

 

Stay tuned for the NUTRITION program that comes with this workout! Its SIMPLE and effective! πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Insanity MAX 30 is HERE!!

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AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! My Insanity Max30 arrived today and I AM SO EXCITED!!! I took some time to look over everything and to read the nutrition plan ANNNNNNND I even watched the first workout! I can’t wait!! It looks killer — but I AM READY!!! This program is for everyone who WANTS to bring their body to PEAK physical condition.YOU WILL GET RESULTS from this program — cardiovascular, strength, you will lose body fat and inches all while getting smaller and losing weight.

 

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WHO IS MAX 30 ?

It is for everyone as there is a modifier! BUT — it will not be easy — but if you want results in 30 min/day — THIS is your thang!The modifier does not bring LESS intensity or LESS of a workout — it simply takes the impact out of the moves. You will STILL get a GREAT workout!! You cannot go wrong with this choice. Shaun T knows what he is doing and has created over 150 NEW moves for this workout!

 

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Max30 is BOTH cardio AND strength training!!! I love, love, love, Insanity and LOVE how I feel when I am doing that program. Shaun T created THIS program because he wanted to make Insanity BETTER. This is that program.Β  I have YET to complete it because I feel like I am always awaiting a new program to start and in the meantime, I will piece together ones that I LOVE — for example, Insanity and Les Mills PUMP. ONE DAY – I WILL complete Insanity from start to finish! πŸ˜‰

 

WHAT IS MAXING OUT??

This is when you are “sprinting” and PUSHING so hard through the moves — GOING HARD — and when you reach the point when you need a break. You take the break that you need and then jump back in! Shaun T even MAXES OUT! You will try to BEAT YOUR TIME the following week in that same workout so you are ONLY in competition with YOURSELF!! LOVE that!! ……….and I LOVE that each week you will get stronger!

 

WHAT IS THE NUTRITION PLAN LIKE?

Sooooo………this program is awesome because it focuses on portion control. What you put in your body, will show up on your body! EAT CLEAN! This program focuses on whole, clean foods so that your body is properly nourished and will give you ENERGY to sustain these workouts.

You have a few options as far as how much food you eat each day. The program follows a plan similar to that of the 21 Day Fix. So , I am allowed a certain number of proteins, fats and carbs each day.

The ONE thing I LOVE about this is that, it guides you to select the proper foods if you are starving during the day. So you start by selecting a fruit, then a carb, then a protein….

There is ALSO a “No Time To Cook” guide for all of us who are caught in the lurch and need to grab something quick ((WHICH WE SHOULD ALL BE PLANNING AHEAD for this to not happen, but it happens!)) that outlines what to grab that will best suit your body. There is also a guide to tell you how to eat when you are out to dinner, etc

 

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I am SO excited to start this on Monday!! If you would like to START 2015 STRONG and CRUSH your New Year’s Resolution — complete the Challenge Group Application below and we can do Insanity Max30 together!! OR you can purchase it here ——–> Insanity Max 30 challenge pack

XO

Sara

 

Chalean Extereme Burn Phase Week 1

Week One of ((ONLY)) Chalene Extreme — in the books!! I know that I had planned on following the CLX and PiYo hybrid that I created; but once I started to do the CLX workouts — I was addicted!! I decided then to just do that program and add in some 45-50 minute walks on the rest days. My clothes were feeling loser, my muscles were sore and I was LOVING how all of this was feeling! Each workout is between 22 – 46 minutes and you are working the entire time. The duration of the workouts are totally do-able for this busy mommy!! PLUS — I have felt stronger and lifting my 38 pound daughter has gotten easier!! I am not looking to lose weight, only to be challenged and to gain strength.

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The program is comprised of three phases, beginning with the BURN Phase (which I am doing now):

BURN PHASE: KICK START YOUR METABOLISM (30 days)

This phase focuses on increasing your strength by beginning to lift weights that are reasonably heavy, but not heavy enough for you to not do 12 reps. This is the key to firing up your metabolism and leading to build muscle and burn fat!

Day 1: Burn Circuit 1
Day 2: Rest Day
Day 3: Burn Circuit 2
Day 4: Burn Intervals, Ab Burner
Day 5: Burn Circuit 3
Day 6: Burn It Off; Recharge
Day 7: Rest Day

A lot of people doing this workout use the first rest day to do some cardio, like myself.

Chalene has been quoted by saying that with this program, you can lose 60% of your body fat by the end of this particular program — and gain muscle, strength and flexibility!

Speaking of flexibility…..today was “Burn It Off” and “Recharge”. “Burn It Off” is cardio intervals, and is only about 26 minutes. The “Recharge” is around 20 minutes and is stretching, yoga and designed to improve your flexibility, stretch your muscles that have been working so hard and to increase oxygen to them. It felt SO good!!

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Push Phase: PUUUUSH MUSCLES // MAXIMIZE MUSCLES (30 days)

This phase will force you to life **heavy** weights in order to push your muscles to the max! Fifteen plus pounds is suggested. Repetitions decrease from 12 to 8,

Day 1: Push Circuit 1
Day 2: Rest Day
Day 3: Push Circuit 2
Day 4: Burn Intervals; Ab Burner/Extreme Abs
Day 5: Push Circuit 3
Day 6: Burn It Off; Recharge
Day 7: Rest Day

Midway through this phase, Ab Burner is replaced by Extreme Abs.

Lean Phase: Tone It Up!

Strong movements, 12 reps, multiple muscle groups worked at one time. This phase allows you to get toned and lean!

The ChaLEAN Extreme workout plan looks like this:

Day 1: Lean Circuit 1
Day 2: Rest Day
Day 3: Lean Circuit 2
Day 4: Burn Intervals/Lean Intervals & Extreme Abs/I’ve Got Abs
Day 5: Lean Circuit 3
Day 6: Burn It Off/Fat Burn Challenge; Recharge
Day 7: Rest Day

I am offically OB-SESSED with this program!! I am loving the short workouts and how effective they are! I have been following the 21 Day Fix eating plan and feel amazing!! I am looking forward to finishing the program strong! πŸ˜‰

Post questions or comments below! To join my next challenge group, please fill out the application below! πŸ˜‰

Week 1 of The 21 Day Fix — Recap

Week 1 — down! The first week of anything new, can be difficult, different and challenging. The first few days of the Fix were an adjustment – especially in my eating habits! I definitely consider myself a clean eater, and have been for almost a year. This program certainly made me dial into that more and helped me to organize my meals in a more effective and efficient way in order to ((actually)) see results from my workouts! The nutrition portion (NOT a diet) of this plan is based on a 40% carbohydrate 30% protein and 30% fat balanced food plan. I can honestly say that I was OVER eating too much of a good thing — like fruit and almonds, honey, peanut butter and cheese! NO WONDER why I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted to from working out! After only ONE week of doing this workout and eating plan, I have seen some abs actually popping through! My skinny jeans weren’t that difficult to pull on and I have already lost an inch from my hips! ONE INCH!! I am a smaller person, and don’t have a lot to lose – but I DO want to get more toned and more muscular, and can see that I am! One of my challengers lost 10 pounds in two weeks! That IS amazing!Β  Her goal is to get into her skinny jeans by motorcycle season — and I KNOW she WILL get there as long as she sticks to the plan! The “plan” will not make you starve – that is FOR SURE! Some days, I can’t eat all that I am supposed to. Oftentimes, after dinner, I am so full and can’t finish what is on my plate.Β  A truly successful plan that helps you to lose weight for LONG-TERM success, will NOT make you starve, it will re-design your way of thinking about food and about preparing your food and how you eat your food. It will also introduce you to effective and realistic exercise routines that WORK. The 21 Day Fix does this! I cannot say enough good things about this plan. Its nothing short of amazing, easy to follow and EFFECTIVE!

Although sweets are allowed on the Fix (in moderation)…as well as wine, it’s always a good idea to have a “back-up” plan in case of emergencies. For example – a sweet tooth craving!! A trick I learned to help curb sweet tooth craving! Besides having my Shakeology to help when I craved something sweet….I would make a mixed fruit bowl (one purple) with a handful of almonds (one blue), cinnamon to taste and 2 tsp of honey (allowed up to 2 times/day). This is SO delicious and you feel so good choosing this option over something that will not help you get to your goals…it is also very satisfying. My 18 month old LOVES this too (minus the almonds) and will often not eat her main meal if I I give this to her first.

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Something else I learned….Peanut Butter does not need to be mindlessly eaten with a spoon and jar in hand! I can simply give myself the allowed amount, and I’m perfectly fine and satisfied! This is especially yummy with an apple or a banana, as a snack! πŸ™‚

It also amazes me how quickly I have seen results from the THIRTYΒ  MINUTE workouts! I have long thought that for workouts to be effective, they need to be long, strenuous and at the GYM! NOT TRUE! It all depends on how you use your time to make your workouts most effective. Autumn Calabrese created effective workouts in just 30 minutes. Intervals, cardio that requires your full-body to be engaged, leg day, upper body workouts, pilates and the much needed yoga day, hence the pic below! All of them combined have done wondrous things for my mind, body and spirit! It’s something new and different every day….it’s quick….and I can simply roll out of bed, grab my coffee (of course!) and press play! AND ITS WORKING! What more could you ask for??

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Week 2 has begun and I am excited to see more is in store for me! Everyone is a work in progress. No matter where you are in life, stay in faith, choose to live your BEST life and I promise you – happiness will come. You owe it to yourself to feel happy, feel proud and feel beautiful! I believeΒ  that this process will only bring me out better, stronger and smarter than before!

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XOXO

Sara

The 21 Day Fix!!!!

I am SOOOO excited to start the 21 Day Fix on Monday! I am really looking forward to a CHANGE in both my diet and also my fitness routine. The plan is so easy to follow and is promising amazing results. I am just excited to see how my body changes my adding more protein to my diet, as well as changing my workouts. The workouts are different each day – which I NEED and only 30 minutes….which is amazing for this mommy! The nutrition component is EASY to follow and keeps you full all day. Wine and chocolate are included —-> YAY! πŸ™‚ Here’s to the next 21 Days!

Feel free to join me on my next *FREE* Fitness Challenge for The 21 Day Fix!

XO,

Sara

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