Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Struggle Is Real




I can say hands down this pregnancy has given me a run for my money!  I promised myself I would eat as healthy as I could and keep active during this pregnancy.  When I was pregnant with Jack I was put on pelvic rest early on which really meant I could just WALK!  I had such incredible swelling towards the end I couldn't even stand!


In this pregnancy I have eaten my share of CARBS, I have MISSED WORKOUTS and trust me I have been LESS THEN PERFECT!  My cravings this pregnancy have really been ice chips during my third trimester and no worries - no iron deficiencies here! They checked! :)  Thanks to my Shakeology I am actually on the HIGH END of iron!  

My first and second trimester proved to be the most challenging with insane food aversions.  I seriously couldn't [lan out food and what I wanted one minute I didn't want the next.  That lead to eating bland carb style foods.  NOT GOOD!

I am in my third trimester and have had heart burn his entire pregnancy.  Guess this baby will have a lot of hair right?  HA!  Food has still been a challenge for me but I am doing WAY better and sneaking in salads when I can.  

All In all I have taken this pregnancy day by day.  I eat as best as I can and do what my body allows me to do.  I am just so thankful that I could workout throughout this pregnancy and keep active.  It has made such a HUGE difference.  I feel better!  I look better!  My attitude is better!  I am setting examples for my little guy who is 3 years old!  If I miss a workout he tells me "Mommy you need to workout for the baby."  How awesome is that?  He gets it! :)

I want you all to remember regardless of where you are at in your journey you need to stay positive.  You might have 100+lbs to lose or you may have been struggling on and off for years to tighten that tummy from a c section.  Regardless of what it is you NEED TO STAY POSITIVE!  Your days will NOT be perfect all the time.  You will have bad days.  You will have bad weeks.  It happens! It's LIFE!  What is most important is that you acknowledge them and move on!

I have been a little too hard on myself this past week with eating, not working out the way I should and not being 100% committed.  Exhaustion along with swollen feet and hands took over.  Frustration set in.  Giving up felt real.  It crossed my mind to just give up and wait until the baby is here and the Dr. clears me to workout again.  I finally had some down time to myself today so I have re committed myself to working out and being healthy!  The struggle is REAL my friends - even for us coaches!  We are JUST LIKE YOU!   

If you are looking for extra accountability and want to get into a challenge group so you STAY on that wagon please let me know!  I would love to have you.    The challenge groups, amazing challengers and motivation is what keeps me going every single day.  I know that and that is why I stay in these groups!!!! :)  Have a GREAT DAY!


Upcoming Challenge Groups - Apply Now!


Please fill out an application below to save your spot!  





The purpose of my challenge groups are not only to transform your body, but to keep you committed for long term success.  I focus on changing your entire life.  These challenge groups will allow you to focus on clean eating, meal planning and prepping, recipes, accountability, motivation and me as your coach!
Team Fit2bFree challenges run every month, typically on the first Monday of each month, and last a total of 30-60 days (depending on the challenge pack purchased).

These challenges are not just about transforming your body.  They are about goal setting and long-term success.  My goal is to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

You will need to be willing to open up, be honest and face the emotions that have been holding you back. Allowing you to acknowledge those things will help you to grow and be successful in transforming your body!

Our groups not only transform your bodies, we focus on changing your whole life. Mind, body and spirit. I want LONG TERM success and that comes with changing your WHOLE life not just your eating habits. You have to be open and willing to change. You have to be in the right mind set! This group will push you past your limits and make you step outside your comfort zone!

My challenge groups will push you far past your comfort zone.  Change never happens inside your comfort zone.  So get ready to be real, train mean and eat clean!  
I want long term success for you!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

21 Day Fix Crock Pot Southwestern Chicken


21 Day FIx Crock Pot Southwestern Chicken
Cook on low for 6 hours or until chicken easily shreds. Allow shredded chicken to cook in the juice for 30 minutes after shredding. If the chicken is frozen, you’ll need to cook for 8 hours.

  • 3 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 2 lbs??)
  • 1- White Onion, diced
  • 2- Bell Peppers, diced
  • 2- 4oz Cans Diced Green Chiles
  • 1- jalapeno (remove seeds if you don’t want the heat)
  • 1- 15oz Can Black Beans, drained and rinses
  • 1 1/2 Cups Frozen Corn
  • 2- Limes, juiced
  • 1 Cup- Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup of Water
  • 3 tsp Coconut Oil

Chicken Seasoning:
  • 2 Tbsp Chili
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp onion
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or pink Himalayan salt)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • *optional: dash cayenne to taste
Makes 6 servings (if you eat it as is)– it’s a ton of food!!! Make it ahead of time and portion out through the week or use it for a big batch family meal >> whatever works for YOU! 21 Day Fix Breakdown: 1- Red, 1- Green, 1-Yellow, 1/2 tsp: serving size about 1 1/4- 1 1/2 cups, depending on size of chicken.

Additional Serving ideas and box break down:

Add a yellow:
*with rice
*in a corn tortilla as a taco (or even throw the corn tortilla in the oven and make tostadas or nachos)
*with additional beans or corn

Add a green:
*Over a salad
*with extra veggies
*as a lettuce wrap

Add a purple:
*with salsa

Add a red:
*with green yogurt (in place of sour cream)

Add a blue:
*with cheese
*with avocado

Friday, October 14, 2016

Core De Force - Mixed Martial Arts at Home Fitness Program


INTRODUCING CORE DE FORCE
This brand new MMA style home fitness program created by Trainers Joel and Jericho is coming to YOUR HOME in November 2016!! It’s 30 days of zero-equipment, core-defining workouts inspired by the most high-octane sport in the world—Mixed Martial Arts!!!  You might already be familiar with Joel and Jericho!  They are the creators of Less Mills Pump and Less Mills Combat.  They are amazing trainers and I couldn't be MORE excited for this program to be released!  This truly is a program designed for anyone  - beginner or advanced!

What is Core De Force?
• 30 days of mixed martial arts-inspired workouts that slash inches off your waist, blast belly fat, and sculpt total-body definition—no equipment needed. 
• 8 workouts on 3 DVDs that alternate Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai combinations, cardio spikes, and bodyweight training to help you get a knockout body.
• 2 bonus workouts: 5 Min. Core on the Floor and Core Kinetics. 
• A fitness program created by Super Trainers Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews who have extensive fitness experience teaching a variety of workouts, from Kickboxing to cardio, worldwide. 
• Includes a modifier who demonstrates the moves at a lower intensity, so anyone at any fitness level can get knockout results.

How long are the workouts?
Core De Force is a 30 day program based on 30-45 minute workouts.  I recommend doing 2 rounds of this program to build a strong solid foundation!
How are the workouts broken down?
Each workout is broken into 3-minute “rounds” that alternate Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai combinations, cardio spikes, and bodyweight training to slash inches off your waist, blast away the fat, and carve total-body definition.
What equipment is required?
Nada!  Nothing!  That is the beautiful thing with this program.  Just show up, push play, be all in and your done!  
Is there a eating plan included?
YES! The CORE DE FORCE Eating Plan shows you how to eat for knockout results with Signature Recipes, food lists to take to the grocery store, sample menus, and a revolutionary approach to eating more that fires up your fat-burning metabolism!
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill workout—this is Core De Force. And if you’re ready to fight for the body you’ve always wanted, you won’t be disappointed… so fill out this application for more information!  I would love to have you in my upcoming challenge group!

How do I sign up?


1. Complete the application to the left (or here) to be added to the launch email list. You will receive an email update once you've submitted the application.

2. The program will be released on October 31st. Participants will receive a link to a discounted test group challenge pack which includes all the necessary workouts, meal plans, and challenge tracker account information needed for the test group. The only cost is that of the challenge pack. 

3. Refer a buddy to the challenge for a chance to win a one month supply of my favorite pre-workout, energize! It will help you bring the heat to this amazing workout. 





Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Healthy Pumpkin Brownies



If you know me well you know I LOVE pumpkin and I LOVE chocolate.  So why not combine the two for a perfect harmony!  So here you go!  Enjoy this amazing and delicious treat!  These fudge style brownies are sure to hit the spot!

Ingredients:
  • 5 tbsp Pumpkin puree
  • 2 Eggs, medium-sized
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350F/175C and line a 9"x9" baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Stir the sugar, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together in one medium-size bowl and make a well in the center.
  • Crack in the eggs and pour the vanilla extract and pumpkin puree into the well. Beat with a hand whisk for about 1 minute, just until the mixture forms a batter - don't over-mix!
  • Pour the brownie batter into the lined baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes until set.
  • Use the parchment paper to remove the brownies from the baking tray and leave to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.
  • When cool, slice the brownies into 9 servings and eat! Or place inside a sealed container and store in the fridge for up to five days.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Clean Eating Chicken Minestrone



This amazing quick and clean chicken minestrone soup will be one your entire family will love.  As you can see per my picture I used what I had on hand which was frozen peas (not sugar snap peas).  Don't go crazy buying all new ingredients.  Use what you have!

Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diagonally sliced carrots
  • 1 cup diagonally sliced sugar snap peas (or frozen peas)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh tomato (or you can used diced canned tomatoes no salt added)
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. unsalted tomato paste
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock (I buy the Trader Joes brand)
  • 1 cup water
  • 5/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 6 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast (about 1 1/2 cups cut into cubes or shredded)
  • 5 oz. uncooked alphabet or ditalini pasta (about 1 cup)

Directions:
  • Heat a large pot over medium high. Add oil, onion, carrot, peas, tomatoes, garlic, tomato sauce, chicken stock, water, salt and bring to a boil.   Cook until veggies are tender (about 30 minutes).  
  • Add chicken and cook about 5 minutes or until chicken is done
  • Add in pasta.  Cook for about 3 minutes or until pasta is done

Tips:
  • Don't feel the need to buy every ingredient on this list.  I used diced canned no salt added tomatoes and frozen peas.  Rather then spending more money on other ingredients.
  • Have your kiddos help you!  My son LOVED making this soup.  He loved mixing everything in and loved the alphabets at the end.
  • Double or triple the recipe and freeze some for left overs on a cold day!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME



:::: GIVEAWAY TIME ::::

In September it is the month of BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!

It's the month of change and back to routines. Which also means us mommas are BUSY! We are trying to figure out our daily schedules again and get situated into a routine.

This also means teachers are back to work- feeling overwhelmed - getting their groove back - and needing time to re energize! What better time to start?!?

I will be raffling these amazing Performance line sampler packs off!!! I will be raffling them off on September 26th& October 10th. When you join my next challenge starting October 3rd and you have a chance to win this!!!! The sooner you get in-the better your odds of winning a Sampler package ($20 value)!!!

Challenge Groups consist of:
💟 committing to a fitness program
❎ committing to shakeology
🅾 committing to me as your coach
✅ committing to you and the group

Are you ready?!?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fixate On Demand




Who ever said that eating healthy can’t taste great?
Learn how to cook just like Autumn and how recipes can be simple and easy.  Learn from Bobby Calabrese (Autumns brother) on how you can create tempting and delicious meals that can still help you lose weight!
This is exclusive to Beachbody On Demand!  There is no purchase necessary if you have BOD.  If you would like to sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of BOD please click here.
You will get recipes, grocery lists and a cooking show to help you see how easy it really is!  Learn some fun new recipes with this great program!
Here is a list of some of the amazing recipes that are posted!  Enjoy!
1. Wasabi Cream Cheese Salmon Burgers
Whipped cream cheese and wasabi make a silky cheese topping to give these savory salmon burgers just the right amount of zip.
2. Dill Cucumber Salad
All the fresh flavors of late summer come together for a picnic in this savory and refreshing make-ahead salad.
3. Elderflower Meringue Cocktail
What would summer be without a cocktail by the pool? Elderflower liqueur and egg-white meringue transform this Fix-approved concoction into a luxurious treat.
4. Kid-Friendly Kale Nachos
Serve them with FIXATE Taco Seasoning, and turn these tasty and nutritious kale chips into a party-time or anytime favorite among kids of every age.
5. Vegan Orange Cherry Muffins
The focused fruit flavors of orange, cherry, and banana make these vegan, gluten-free muffins a healthy go-to option for dessert or brunch.
6. Grilled Peaches With Mascarpone
Finished with a dollop of creamy mascarpone and drizzled with a reduction of orange, bourbon and maple syrup, this restaurant-quality classic dessert takes just 20 minutes to make.
You’ll also have access to the detailed recipes and grocery lists. Check out FIXATE today on Beachbody On Demand. Plus, get new recipes each week!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

3 Week Yoga Retreat



Have you been wanting to try yoga?  

Have you been intimidated by the studios?  

Want to do yoga in the privacy of your own home?

Then 3 week Yoga Retreat is for you!


3 Week Yoga Retreat is Beachbody’s first-ever yoga program designed for beginners. For those who have always been interested in yoga but were too intimidated to try, this is the perfect place to start. This is yoga stripped down to the mat. No candles, no chanting, no OHMs. Learn the basics in 21 classes, one per day, for 3 weeks. Each class is 30 minutes or less (Sunday's are 10 minutes), taught by one of four Yoga Experts. Experience all the benefits of yoga and be able to excel in any yoga class.

This is an exclusive program to Beachbody On Demand.  So there are no dvd's available for this program. This is all streamed online!  This program will be available come September 1st, 2016.


Join me on September 5th for my upcoming challenge!  








Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins


This is another delicious 21 Day Fix approved treat!  My little man, who is 3 loves them and so do I! :)  These are two of my favorite things - Pumpkins and Applesauce so how could it be bad? YUMS


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup egg whites or 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (if your pumpkin puree is quite liquidy, you may need to add 1-2 tbsp of flour)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4C-1/2C honey (use more/less depending on how sweet you like things – if vegan, use maple syrup and you can also use sugar if you prefer)
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F
  • In a bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking powder, baking soda, spices and a pinch of salt.
  • Combine your egg choice with the pumpkin puree, applesauce, honey and vanilla.
  • Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Bake for 10-20 minutes, depending on size, until a skewer removes clean.

Container Counts:
  • 1/4 Red
  • 1 Yellow
  • 1/4 Purple
  • 1 tsp


Monday, July 18, 2016

Clean Eating Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

clean eating Blueberry baked oatmeal


This has become one of my favorite recipes!  Super easy to prepare and delicious that my entire family enjoyed it!  We enjoyed it paired with 2% Fage greek yogurt or with unsweetened almond milk! Delicious!  this gluten free breakfast will be sure to please anyone! Enjoy!


Total Time: 40 minutes



INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (I typically use less around 1/4 cup or less)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup milk (nonfat or almond milk, vanilla unsweetened is what I use)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 



DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 11x7 or a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Whisk eggs, applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Stir in oats and milk. Gently fold in blueberries. Spread in prepared pan.
  • Bake for 28-34 minutes until oatmeal is browned and not jiggly in the center. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with syrup and/or fruit or vanilla yogurt.
  • Store in refrigerator up to 2 days. You can also portion and freeze for quick morning breakfasts.
NOTES:
  • want to make it even lower in sugar?  leave out the brown sugar!
  • don't like blueberries? Try strawberries, raspberries or a mix!






Thursday, July 14, 2016

Country Heat OFFICIAL TEST GROUP: Accepting Applications NOW!



Country Heat features the hottest country music, using fully licensed songs that you’ve probably heard on the radio. Not only did Autumn pick these songs for their popularity, she specifically matched her moves to the faster and slower beats to create the perfect interval training within each routine. The result? A fired-up metabolism that burns maximum calories and fat—in just 30 minutes a day!  So who is with me and wants to get results?  I will be 24 weeks pregnant when I start this program.  So IF I CAN DO IT - SO CAN YOU! 


I am honored and excited to be running an OFFICIAL BETA TEST GROUP for the launch of this program!  In the past my customers have always ROCKED new programs in exclusive TEST GROUPS.   Their will be prizes awarded for completing the challenge and submitting your results!


How does this sound? 
  • Potential $500 winnings for sharing your results?
  • A free tee?
  • AMAZING RESULTS!
  • I am 100% IN and ready to lead!




What is Country Heat? Country Heat is a high-energy, low-impact, country dance inspired workout that's so simple anyone can do - even if you have TWO LEFT feet like me!  It is so much fun you will barley notice you are dropping pounds while getting a great total-body workout.   

Each 30-minute routine is packed with easy-to-follow dance moves set to the hottest country music around.  These easy to follow workouts combine 5 high energy, cardio-based dance workouts, 1 dance conditioning workout, and the portion control Eating Plan to maximize weight loss and achieve a toned, tightened body in just 30 minutes a day!
The result? A fired-up metabolism that burns maximum calories and fat!


Who is the IDEAL Heat Participant? 
Anyone who's looking for a simple, fun, and effective way to lose weight and get fit. While Country Heat is perfect for beginners, it's also a great cardio-based workout for people at all fitness levels who like to dance or want to stay in shape. It's also a great choice for people who like to dance but are intimidated by choreography. My favorite thing about Country Heat is there is no building up to a routine.  It is simple and fun dancing!  If you skip a beat just keep moving! :)

There are no complicated moves, no weights or equipment—just follow along and you'll be dancing right from Day One. Also great for anyone looking for a low-impact exercise program (no jumping or weights). 






What’s included? 
  • 6 workouts on 3 DVDs 
  • 5  Dance Workouts, each with a step-by-step breakdown of all the moves  
  • 1 Dance Conditioning Workout 
  • A set of 7 color-coded, portion-control containers 
  • Shakeology® Shaker Cup
  • Country Heat Eating Plan 
  • Recipes
  • Quickstart Guide 
  • 30-Day Calendar 
  • Challenge Group Support to hold you accountable and keep you motivated
  • ME as your own personal health and fitness coach
  • PLUS 1 FREE BONUS WORKOUT: Night Crawl Line Dance: Choreographed by Autumn Calabrese, this original line dance kicks the fun up a notch with moves you can use on the dance floor! Includes original music composed by Jo Dee Messina—exclusively for Autumn and Country Heat.

My Test Group Participants will Also Receive: 
** As a thank you to all of my test group participants, I will include Autumn's exclusive bonus workout, Dance Mash-Up. 

*** Upon completion of the program each participant will receive a free t-shirt for submitting their results that could potentially win $500 or more!





Participant Expectations: 
1.  Be a part of the challenge group.  Participants will be expected to check in daily to our private group.  This is where all the magic happens!

2. Participants will follow the workout schedule designed by  Autumn Calabrese for the 4 weeks of the program.  (Additional workouts are ok to do as well!)

3. Tracking results is absolutely required!

4. Participants will be given a variety of recipes, meal ideas, and snack options, but will be expected to follow a meal plan designed to help them lose weight, shred fat, and build muscle.  Meal plan options will be provided.

5.  One meal a day will be replaced with nutrient dense Shakeology.  Shakeology is a complete meal replacement that will be part of the included meal plans designed to help you optimize results. 


How do I sign up? 
1.  Complete the application below to be added to the launch email list.  You will receive an email update once you've submitted the application.

2.  The program will be released on July 28th.  Participants will receive a link to a discounted test group challenge pack which includes all the necessary workouts, meal plans, and challenge tracker account information needed for the test group.  The only cost is that of the challenge pack. 


3. Refer a buddy to the challenge for a chance to win a one month supply of my favorite pre-workout, energize!  It will help you bring the heat to this amazing workout. 



SIGN UP FOR THE  
COUNTRY 

HEAT TEST GROUP BELOW!




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