Food Hack: Spaghetti Bowl!

From This To That: Pasta Hack! Mix your pasta with roasted spaghetti squash to get more veggies into your belly.

Top with whatever fixins float your boat. Sautéed onions, mushrooms, meat sauce or get really crazy and top with two fried eggs. 😉

Food Hack - Spaghetti

#21DayFix 1 green, 1/2 purple (sauce had sugar added), 1 red, 1 yellow and oodles of garlic 😀

Healthy Families

“I can’t do 21 Day Fix because my kids won’t eat healthy stuff like that.”

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Psst. 😉 You’re making excuses. Stop it.

I’ve created a board focused solely on my tried & true recipes for my kiddos. They double as 21 Day Fix recipes. 😉 They’ve even helped create some of these recipes (hint: that’s the magic of it)!

Don’t feel like you can’t mix and match a recipe to make it work for everyone in your home. For example, my 8-year old basically deconstructs everything. He doesn’t like his food touching (he totally got that from me as a kid – oops). So we just let him assemble his own plate. He has deconstructed tacos, pasta without sauce and hey, if eating pancakes without syrup makes him happy, who am I to say otherwise?

Get your kids in the kitchen. Let them touch the food. Let them help create the food. Hey, slap some seedlings up on the windowsill and let them grow the food!

They’ve learned their habits from you (good, bad and otherwise, ha!), so if you want them to learn new habits, just change the example you are setting for them.

Good Reads for Personal Development

Good Reads for Personal Development - From Forks to Fitness

Good Reads for Personal Development

I thought it was so silly when someone first suggested “self help” books.  WHAT? “You think I need ?” Oh, silly Jean.  Get over yourself. 🙂  We all need help, motivation and constant GROWTH.

Now, I listen to a ridiculous number of books on the Audible app (in the car, while I work, at the computer, you name it!) and physically read as time (and silence, ha!) allows, too.

Here are a bundle of recommendations!  Try searching for free audio versions of any of these as well.  There are lots of free audio and PDF versions out there!  Please share more book suggestions in the comments.  Always looking to build my library further! 🙂

Starting with ‘The Compound Effect‘, ‘No Excuses’ and/or ‘The Slight Edge‘ is a great jumping point.

Confidence:
You Are a Badass (LOVE this one)
The Confidence Code
The Gift of Imperfections (LOVE this one)
Every Day a Friday – Joel Osteen
Unlimited – Jillian Michaels

Goal Setting:
Goals!- Brian Tracy
The Desire Map- Danielle LaPorte

Daily Discipline:
The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson
No Excuses – Brian Tracy

Understanding Nutrition and Clean Eating:
It Starts with Food (on my January 2017 reading list!)
Fixate on Beachbody On Demand

Time Management:
Eat that Frog – Brian Tracy LOVE this one! Ironically, I procrastinated until I finally listened to it as an audio book. Love love love.)
Miracle Morning

Struggle with Food Boredom and/or New Recipes:
Fix Approved Recipes – From Forks to Fitness (on this site, silly!)
Fixate Cooking show (Beachbody On Demand)
Fixate Cookbook from your TeamBeachbody Shop

Mindset:
The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive – Brenden Buchard
Motivation Manifesto – Brenden Buchard (LOVE this one)
Failing Forward – John C. Maxwell (LOVE this one)
Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters – Jon Acuff
Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
Start with WHY – Simon Sinek

Relationships:
The Five Love Languages- Gary Chapman (LOVE this one)
Personality Plus – Florence Littauer
Just Listen- Mark Goulston
The Fred Factor- Mark Sandborn (on my January 2017 reading list!)

And don’t forget Pinterest! Oodles of book recommendations and recipes there, too!

 

 

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21 Day Fix {Instant} Chocolate Pudding Cups

Instant pudding for your gullet! 🙂 Choose whatever fruit suits your fancy. I made both and had hubby choose first. I had pineapple. YUM! 🙂

{Instant} Chocolate Pudding Cups
Serves 1
Instant pudding for your gullet! 🙂 Choose whatever fruit suits your fancy. I made both and had hubby choose first. I got pineapple. 🙂
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology (I use Vegan, but classic chocolate will work!)
  2. 1 c fruit, fresh
  3. 4 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Instructions
  1. Prepare yourself. Focus. This is really difficult.
  2. Stir milk and Shakeology until smooth.
  3. Layer pudding with fruit slices.
  4. Put in your belly.
21 Day Fix (per pudding cup)
  1. 1 red, 1 purple
Great Tip
  1. Top with goodies like shredded coconut, Flavor God Chocolate Donut seasoning (ohmygosh) or cacao nibs for a little crunch!
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21 Day Fix Countdown Chain (Free Printable!)

So you’ve got your 21 Day Fix kit and you’re ready to rock! *fist bump*

If you’re a goober like me, you like glitter, glue and gold stars.  There’s something just so stupidly satisfying about checking off a completed workout on the calendar.

What’s even more fun?  Cutting a link from a countdown chain!  I mean, it’s like a flashback to being 8-years old and that’s pretty damn fabulous. 🙂

Free Printable 21 Day Fix Countdown Chain | From Forks to Fitness

Download the Free Printable here. Then just cut out the strips and create a chain of links with tape, staples or a glue stick. Easy peasy. Now display that bad boy! It’s no good to you, if you don’t SEE it and USE it.

You can even jot down goal rewards inside the links. I like having a reward for day 7, day 14 and then a grand reward at day 21!

Free Printable 21 Day Fix Countdown Chain | From Forks to Fitness

If you don’t have your 21 Day Fix kit yet, you can snag one of those here. Print out your countdown chain while you wait for it to arrive! 🙂

So This is Fitmas! The 25 Days of Fitness Challenge

Here we go again!

It’s time for the third annual 25 Days of Fitness Challenge.  The Facebook group starts December 1, so join now!  It’s open to everyone, so grab a friend, coworker or spouse and hop in!  There are no purchase requirements.  The only requirement is you be AWESOME.  Well, I mean… unicorns, glitter and sarcasm are always encouraged, but not mandatory.

Deal?

The 25 Days Of Fitness

Option 1 (the lone elf):

Your challenge:
1. Get your motivation ready!
2. Print the 25 Days of Fitness calendar. The “fit to page” option on your printer will work best for this. The printable is located here.
3. Display it so you see it DAILY! Tape it to your bathroom mirror, your fridge, your closet door, your desk, etc.
4. For each of the 25 days, GET MOVING. Do at least 10 – 20 minutes of dedicated exercise each day.
5. For each day you complete, give yourself a high five.  Checkmark or sticker each day of the month you complete.
6. Congratulate yourself for staying active through the holidays!

Option 2 (the unicorn pack):

Want even MORE motivation and accountability?  Join the [also free] 25 Days of Fitness Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/The25DaysOfFitness/

Each day, in the group, you’ll be assigned a mini fitness challenge.  Stay active in the group.  The more active you are in the group, the more likely you are to be hit by the prize patrol!  At the end of the month, those that post photos of their completed calendars will be entered into the grand prize drawing!

So This Is Fitmas

21 Day Fix: Protein & Apple Bites

Need a quick, light lunch?  These tuna and apple bites are just the trick!  Mix up the flavor by adding walnuts, chopped celery or even grapes!

Protein & Apple Bites
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Need a quick, light lunch? These tuna and apple bites are just the trick! Mix up the flavor by adding walnuts, chopped celery even grapes!
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Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small apple, sliced (Honey crisp is my favorite!)
  2. 3/4 c tuna packed in water, drained
  3. 2 t mayo
  4. 1 t apple cider vinegar
  5. sea salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine tuna, mayo, vinegar and spices. Stir until smooth.
  2. Spoon mixture onto apple slices.
  3. Put in your belly.
21 Day Fix
  1. 1 purple, 1 red, 2 teaspoons
Great tip
  1. If you have leftover apple, slice it into apple fries and enjoy them with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a sweet little dessert! No pun intended.
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21 Day Fix: Layered Dill Dip

Summer, summer, summertime! Don’t offer your party guests a plastic tub of chip dip and a tablespoon. No one wants to scoop a lame little tablespoon of dip onto their plate. No one. Give them what they want! Fill ‘er up! 🙂

Make a batch of margarita glasses for guests to grab and go. Mix and match your layers for different flavors, too.  Try fresh summer corn, black beans, salsa or guacamole.

Layered Dill Dip
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Summer, summer, summertime! Don't offer your party guests a plastic tub of chip dip and a tablespoon. No one wants to scoop a lame little tablespoon of dip onto their plate. No one. Give them what they want! Fill 'er up!
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1/4 t garlic powder
  3. 1/4 t onion powder
  4. 1/4 t dill
  5. 1/4 t pink salt
  6. pinch of black pepper
  7. 1 small tomato, diced
  8. 2 small snack cucumbers, peeled and diced
  9. 2 T cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Combine all seasonings with Greek yogurt.
  2. Layer yogurt, tomatoes and cucumbers in serving dish.
  3. Garnish with cheese.
  4. Serve with chips or fresh veggies.
  5. Put in your belly.
21 Day Fix
  1. 1 red, 1 green, 1/2 blue
Great tip
  1. Make a batch of margarita glasses for guests to grab and go. Mix and match your layers for different flavors, too. Need 21 Day Fix chips? Check out this recipe.
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Tell the Mailman

Remember the day your baby took his (or her) VERY first step? Remember how you got a video of it on your phone? Then you put it on Facebook. Then you showed your mom. Then you showed your mailman [and he thought you were crazy, but you didn’t give a shit because you were SO happy and everyone needed to know it!]. You probably even shared it again 1 year later when Facebook reminded you of the memory.

The next day, your baby took FOUR baby steps and you were even more excited! You cheered. You called everyone into the room to see. Again with the video, of course. And the mailman had to hear about it again.

So why is it that YOU are making amazing baby steps RIGHT NOW, but you are not cheering and giving yourself all the credit you deserve?

“I ONLY lost x pounds…”
“I ONLY did 15 minutes…”
“I DIDN’T make it through the full workout…”
“I COULDN’T…”

BLAH BLAH BLAH. STOP IT.

Imagine if, when your baby took his first step, you just looked him in the eye and said, “Eh, you ONLY took one step. Cool story.” and then you walked away from him. How defeated would that little fella feel? Do you think he would be encouraged to keep going?

Don’t become complacent to your achievements. Celebrate every single one of them. And go on, tell the mailman those, too. He already thinks you’re a nutball, so might as well keep the vision alive. 😉

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88 cents

88 Cents : From Forks To Fitness

Real talk. If you don’t want to get all emo with me, just keep on scrolling. I’m having a moment.

My Beachbody paycheck for next week is $0.88 more than my paycheck from my full-time job of 9 years (11 years, if you count the years of volunteer work before being hired!). 88 cents seems so little in my hand here, but it’s so much to us.

I’ve worked that job for more hours than I could even calculate. I worked that job from my laptop when I was in labor with both boys. I’ve continued to work that job even though we’ve been on a wage freeze for years. I’ve lost tears and sleep to that job. It’s been my job and it’s provided for us. For that, I am thankful.

But this is 88 cents closer to retiring my husband and bringing him home. It’s 88 cents closer to achieving some of our biggest goals. It’s 88 cents closer to the life we’ve chosen to DESIGN for ourselves now. It’s 88 cents of control WE have back in our lives.

And that whole paycheck? That check is going to deposit the day before we leave for an all-inclusive [earned!] free cruise from Beachbody next week. A week of family time in the middle of sunny nowhere. Bring it on.

I work this business part-time, truly changing lives of others for the better and brought to you from the comfiest chair in my warm house.

Do whatever makes you happy. Do whatever pushes you toward YOUR goals in life. And by all means, take a damn chance. Stop whining and wishing, and just do something about it.

“Nothing changes, if nothing changes.”

[Gotta keep my friends in legal happy since they don’t accept gifts of homemade cookies — “Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located in the Coach Online Office for the most recent information on our Coaches’ actual incomes.”] #thanksbeachbody