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™‚

 

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Clean Chili Recipe

It’s THAT time of year — time for some warm and delicious chili!! I found a few clean recipes and created one that melded a bunch together! πŸ™‚
It was what we had for dinner and it was SO SO SO good!!!

chili

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound of ground turkey (lean)

1 can of tomato paste

1 can of diced tomatoes

4 cups of chicken broth

Peppers (I used 2)

Zucchini

Carrot

Half of a Spanish onion

4 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup of Chili Powder

Garlic Powder

A pinch or two of Cayenne Pepper (( this is spicy ))

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DIRECTIONS:

Slice and dice all of your veggies.

Place in broth to boil until tender.

 

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Saute the turkey separately. I added extra peppers and onion to the turkey as it sauteed. I sauteed the peppers and onions in coconut oil first for about five minutes and then added the ground turkey.

 

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Once the veggies in the broth were tender, I added the fully-cooked ground turkey with peppers and onions to it.

I then added the tomato paste, diced tomatoes as well as the chili powder, cayenne pepper and garlic powder and mixed all together.

 

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I let this cook on a low heat all afternoon…..about 5-6 hours! This could easily be a crock-pot meal too!

I served with smashed cauliflower and added a little greek yogurt on the side as a substitute for sour cream! It was SOOO good!!! Leftovers for tomorrow!! πŸ˜‰

Be sure to leave a comment if you try!! ENJOY!! XOXO

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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˜‰

 

 

 

Clean Sandwiches

Clean Cucumber Sandwiches

Here is a clean and EASY sandwich idea. No bread…just crunchy cucumbers…….and whatever you want as your fixin’s.

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Peel a cucumber and slice
Layer into “sandwiches” by adding what ever you like:

*cold cuts
*ricotta cheese
*cheese
*avocado and cold cuts…

 

 

SO Simple. SO easy.
ENJOY!
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Clean Coffee

I LOOOOOVE my coffee in the morning! I love to wake up and smell the coffee….literally!! haha!! I am a clean-eater and I I don’t want to have to resort to a chemical-laden coffee creamer.

 

Typically, I can drink it black with a little cinnamon and maybe a teaspoon of coconut oil. The other morning I decided to blend them all together and see how that concoction turned out. IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!! It tasted like a coffeehouse drink that you pay $5 for. It was creamy and delicious and I will be doing this every morning! πŸ˜‰

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*12 oz of coffee

*one tsp of coco oil

*cinnamon to taste

 

BLEND all together and enjoy!!

SO SO GOOD! πŸ˜‰

Clean Grocery Shopping in 30 Minutes!

So, this weekend, I will admit – I was lazy and did not go to the grocery store to plan/prep my meals for the week. What’s that saying…..FAIL TO PLAN then PLAN TO FAIL?? OOOOh — riiiight…..yes, that is exactly what happened to me!! It was Monday and I was stuck eating eggs, some random veggies we had left in the freezer, 5 almonds and then my daughter’s snacks!! NOT. GOOD!

 

Needless to say, it left me feeling unprepared, starving, and disappointed in myself for not going to the market, when I had time, over the weekend! So off I went, bright and early this morning ((childless, I may add….yay)), grabbed a coffee, put on some personal development on my iPhone and listened as I shopped!! Multi-tasking at it’s best! πŸ˜‰

 

Here are some tips for fast and efficient grocery shopping that will leave you with healthy, clean-eatin’ foods!

 

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Quick and Efficient Grocery Shopping in Under 30 Minutes:

KEY —–> SHOP THE PERIMETER of the store

Stick to the produce section ————> THINK

Veggies (peppers, cucumbers, cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes………. GO NUTS!)

Fruits (apples, berries, grapes, bananas, melon, pears………..)

Almonds

 

Move to the back of the store for lean proteins ————–> THINK

Chicken Breast

Lean Ground Turkey

Lean Ground Chicken

Pork

Turkey Sausage

 

Then move to the DAIRY section ————–> THINK

Greek Yogurt

Low fat cheeses

Eggs

Egg Whites

Cottage Cheese, lowfat

 

FROZEN SECTION ————> THINK

Veggies

Fruits

Organic Waffles

Organic Turkey Sausage

 

AISLES ————–> THINK

Nuts

Beans

Quinoa

Oatmeal

Mustard

Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Seasonings

 

 

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I hope that this quick post will help you to get started on how and what to buy while at the market. Once you have a “system” down…you can be finished with your shopping for the week in 30 minutes!! I am a busy mom and I don’t have time to search and seek throughout the store. You need to go in with a plan, shop the perimeter, grab a few items in the aisles and be done! FIRST plan out your weekly meals and make your meal plan and then go shopping. Below is an example of a meal plan that I use for The 21 Day Fix:

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GAME PLAN

Take time on a Sunday to go over different meal options for the week.

Write down the items that you will need for your meals.

Grab them at the store.

 

PLAN AHEAD & PREP your meals ahead of time:

Slice and dice all of your fruits and veggies to have them ready and ON HAND for grab & go!

Hard Boil eggs

Sort out your almonds and put them in baggies/containers

Bake chicken andΒ  sweet potatoes for the week

Have a water bottle that is easy to refill

Use mustard’s and balsamic vinegars to use as “dressings”

 

PLAN AHEAD to be prepared for the week ahead. NO ONE wanted to be forced to go through a drive-thru because you are famished! Have something always on hand to have in case of an “emergency”, I always have almonds in my bag and my huge jug of water.

 

YOU ARE WORTH IT —- Take the time to plan and you WILL NOT FAIL!!! πŸ™‚

 

 

XO,

Sara