Week of Hard Labor

 

Body Beast’s Sagi Kalev is back with five grueling days of intense weightlifting routines that will work your entire body to exhaustion. A WEEK OF HARD LABOR is Beachbody’s toughest weightlifting workout series to date, so you can get the results you want — as long as you’ve got a “whatever it takes” attitude.

When you’ve crushed your first round of A WEEK OF HARD LABOR you’ll be glad it’s over, but Sagi knows you’ll be back for more. These five routines can be used for a lifetime — do them over and over again, or add them à la carte to your workout regimen to target whichever goal you’re focusing on that day. You’ll need a few sets of dumbbells, a bench or stability ball, a pull-up bar or door attachment kit, and a resistance band. Get ready to work starting Tuesday, September 5, right after Labor Day weekend, exclusively on Beachbody On Demand.

Who is A WEEK OF HARD LABOR for?

• Those who want to start getting ripped, toned, and add muscle.
• Those who want to start losing weight.
• Women who are looking to add some curves.
• Body Beast fans.
• Sagi fans.
• Fitness fans who want a hard-hitting, classic weightlifting workout.

Will I really get a good workout in only 1 week?

A WEEK OF HARD LABOR is a challenge — possibly the hardest weightlifting routines you’ve experienced, and they’re designed to create results.

Is there an eating plan?

Yes! There will be a five-day eating plan that keeps your nutrition clean and optimized for performance. It includes sample menus, so you can see how easy it is to eat right, as well as variety-packed food lists. It also explains the best ways to use Beachbody Performance and, of course, Shakeology to get results!

Sounds really hard. Can I actually do this?

One week is a manageable commitment. Sagi’s right there with you every step of the way — but be sure to listen to your body and only push to your own limits.

Does this require equipment?

Weights. How much weight depends on you. Someone who has never weight-trained likely won’t need a lot, but Sagi would use a ton (maybe literally). For the most flexibility in your weight selection, we recommend a 50-lb. adjustable set to start. If you want a low-cost place to start, we recommend getting a set of each range of dumbbells: light (3 lb.–5 lb.), medium (10 lb.–20 lb.), and heavy (25 lb.+). Then adjust your weight assortment based on your ability and progression in the program. You will also need a bench or stability ball and a pull-up bar or resistance bands with a door attachment.

How long are the workouts?

Four 45-minute workouts and one 25-minute ab workout designed to work your entire body focusing on different muscle groups each day:
• Chest & Back
• Legs
• Shoulders & Arms
• Total Body
• Core

Who is Sagi Kalev?

Sagi Kalev is a respected trainer who has proven that he can deliver jaw-dropping, transformative results with Body Beast and The Master’s Hammer and Chisel.

The two-time Mr. Israel is more than a big, muscular guy. He’s an expert on how the human body operates. He’s appeared on the cover of dozens of bodybuilding magazines, including Muscle & Fitness an amazing 11 times. He’s a Master Professional Personal Trainer and an IFBB Propta Hall of Famer.

What Is Beachbody On Demand?

If you found your way to this exciting A WEEK OF HARD LABOR announcement but aren’t really sure what Beachbody On Demand is, here’s a brief explanation.

Beachbody On Demand is a platform that allows you to stream Body Best, P90X, INSANITY, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, INSANITY MAX:30, FOCUS T25, 3 Week Yoga Retreat, or any of over 600 world-famous Beachbody workouts that have helped millions transform their lives.

Beachbody On Demand also lets you sample Beachbody’s newest workouts, including the SHIFT SHOP, CORE DE FORCE, and YOUv2. Inside, you’ll find the program nutrition guides, workout calendars, and exclusives like SHAUN WEEK: INSANE FOCUS and FIXATE, Autumn Calabrese’s healthy cooking show.

No matter where you are in the world — whether you’re in your house, at the gym, or on vacation — you can access your program guides, your workouts, and more on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. As long as you can connect to the Internet, you can work out with Beachbody, no DVDs required. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

ON SALE NOW! Get EVERYTHING you need for amazing results during the week of Hard Labor workouts and beyond with Beachbody on Demand, a complete nutrition plan and 30 day supply of Shakeology.

 

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Summer Vegetable Medley

Medley seemed like a happy way to describe my absolute favorite side dish to make in the summer time with some of the yummy garden veggies that are season right now: zucchini, summer squash and tomatoes.

Let’s be clear, I don’t grow these veggies, because my thumb is not even close to green. I am happy to support my local farmers! 🙂

I’ve been making this for years…and it’s always a hit! Even the kids like it – I think the cheese helps. Because seriously…everything tastes better with cheese!

I always make enough to enjoy the leftovers for a couple of days.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium yellow squash
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (more or less to taste)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 t. basil (fresh is great too!)
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ – 2 cups chopped tomatoes (garden fresh are BEST!)
  • 1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)

 

Directions

  1. Precook your rice and set aside 2 cups. (I use my Instant Pot for perfectly cooked brown rice SO much faster than the stove!)
  2. Preheat oven to 375° and spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, squash onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes or until tender.
  4. Season with basil, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper.
  5. Mix in the cooked rice, chopped tomatoes and 1 cup of the cheese. Continue to cook until heated through.
  6. Transfer to the baking dish and top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Remove from the oven and dig in!

 

FIX container equivalents: 1 green, 1 yellow, 1/2 t., 1 blue

 

CURRENT GROUPS

WHAT’S ON SALE?

 

Shift Shop Week 1 Meal Plan

Ok…shit is getting real over here!

I am starting Shift Shop on Monday, and I’m not gonna lie…I’m a little skerrd!

My week 1 meal plan is finished! Sharing it here will help me stay accountable to it, and you’re welcome to steal, borrow, print, duplicate, crumple, burn, etc! Whatever you wanna do with it is ok by me!

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So although some of my breakfasts and lunches are the same, there is a lot of room for me to mix it up! I don’t have to use the same veggies with my eggs each day. And instead of cheese I can use avocado – both are healthy fats.

And for my salads, I’ll use different proteins (grilled chicken, flank steak, eggs on days I didn’t eat eggs for breakfast, etc).

I’ll use different Shakeology flavors and add-ins and different veggies with my hummus! So SEE…LOTS of variety! 🙂

I will be intermittent fasting along with this nutrition plan. Which essentially just means I’ll be eating these meals in a smaller window of time (8 hour eating window: 16 hour fasting). It just helps me stay on track better, and there are some health and weight management benefits to eating this way too! If you’re interested in learning more, join my free group here.

And what about the workouts?

My workout calendar is printed, and ready to be crossed off – basically a grown up version of a sticker chart. 🙂 Hey whatever works. For me…the act of crossing off my workouts is highly motivational!

If you’re looking for a printable version of the calendar (the BOD version is all black and would literally use all of my printer ink if I tried to print it, lol! So I created my own!), here you go!

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Interested in more info about the Shift Shop?

 

If you’re ready to make the SHIFT with me…everything you need to get started is HERE!

And right now it’s all ON SALE!!

There’s still time to sign up for my VIP test group!

Just fill out the form below and I’ll get you added!

Baked French Fries

I love a good french fry! But most fries don’t really fit into a healthy lifestyle, unless you make them at home, and skip the deep fry! I make these so often it never occurred to me that I should write down the recipe and share all of the goodness! I’ve tweaked the ingredients and the amounts over the years and finally hit the sweet spot!

These are very crispy and you won’t miss the extra oil. 🙂 You’ll just have to decide if you want to share them or not! 😉

HOMEMADE FRENCH FRIES

(makes 6 servings)

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. Everything seasoning (or something similar)
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper
  • pepper
  • sea salt

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 460°. 
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (helps the crisp factor).
  3. Cut potatoes into french fry shapes. The smaller and thinner you slice, the crispier they’ll get!
  4. Add potatoes, oil, parmesan cheese, seasonings and pepper to the bowl (salt comes later).
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on thickness), turning once or twice halfway through to crisp all sides.
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Enjoy!

*These store in the fridge well for a few days too! Just pop them back in the oven or toaster oven to reheat and maintain the crisp!

Nutritional info: 193 calories per serving, 10 g. fat, 22 g. carbs, 4 g. protein

Portion Fix containers: 1.5 yellows, 1 tsp., 1/2 blue

 

 

What’s on SALE this month?

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Cheeseburger Salad

When we are all running in different directions for kids’ activities and events, we have what we call FFY night – “fend for yourself”. There are almost always leftovers, salad fixins, and other quick options to choose from…and cereal in case of emergencies!

Last night was one of those nights! When I scanned the fridge, the first thing I saw was lettuce I had already chopped up for the week, a jar of pickles and a leftover burger. CHEESEBURGER SALAD! I’ve seen some different recipes circulating the internets and the Pinterest, so I used a couple of those for inspiration and ultimately created my own. 🙂

My husband is doing a keto diet right now, and this salad is keto-approved! 🙂

*I made an individual serving for my salad, but if you were making enough for the whole family, or leftovers, you can use the following amounts. For less…use less! 😉

INGREDIENTS
Salad
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2-3 heads of romaine (or whatever lettuce you like)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup Pickles (diced)
  • 1/2 sweet onion (sliced or diced)
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayo (I used avocado mayo)
  • 2 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Everything” spice mix (or paprika)
  • 5-6 drops of liquid Stevia (or sweetener of choice)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Brown ground beef in a pan over medium heat. Season with salt & pepper. Stir fry, adding garlic and breaking up the pieces with a spatula, until the beef is browned. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Meanwhile, add mayo, tomatoes, mustard, vinegar, seasoning and sweetener to a small bowl, mix and set aside. Adjust sweetener to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add any other burger toppings you like. Add the ground beef. Toss with dressing and enjoy!

 

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Kid-Approved Fish Tacos

We have been observing Taco Tuesday for many years at my house. But that certainly doesn’t mean we’re dumping a packet of taco seasoning into a pan of ground beef and ripping open a box of Ortega taco shells. We like to get creative and try all sorts of different taco fillings and methods. And we don’t limit ourselves to tacos! Sometimes we’ll have enchiladas, taco salad or any other Mexican-inspired dishes that catch my attention on Pinterest. 😉

But these fish tacos are a definite keeper. Three out of four kids and husband agree – and that’s a successful meal in my book!

And they are 21 Day Fix approved!

Try these on your clan and let me know what you think!

 

INGREDIENTS:

Lime Crema

  • 1/3 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (I used avocado mayo)
  • zest from half a lime
  • juice of whole lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Slaw:

  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Tacos:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound white fish (eg. cod, snapper, talipia)
  • corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine ingredients for the lime crema in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine ingredients for the slaw in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F. 
  4. In a small bowl combine the oil, lime juice, cumin, paprika, coriander, red pepper powder, garlic powder, sale and pepper.
  5. Pour the marinade mixture over the fish and toss to coat.
  6. Place the fish on a lined baking sheet and let it marinade in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  7. Bake fish for 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness of the fish) until it is flaky when tested with a fork.
  8. Transfer the fish to a plate and break in to smaller pieces with a fork.
  9. Heat the tortillas according to package directions.
  10. Add fish, slaw and crema to the warmed tortillas and enjoy!

 

Container equivalents per 2 tacos: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue (avocado)

Have the 21 Day Fix but need help with meal planning, and the support & accountability to stick with it? Contact me below, I can help! Here is just one of the transformations I’ve seen in my groups. Michelle completed 2 rounds in preparation for her son’s wedding! Needless to say, she packed her bikini! 🙂

 

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What’s on SALE this month?

Shaun Week is Coming!

This is going to be FUN! This isn’t just another group, it’s an event! And you won’t want to miss it!

It’s been almost 2 years since we’ve had a new program from Shaun T. And he never disappoints!

This event is about more than just workouts…it’s about changing your life and transforming your mind and body. It is about getting motivated to get connected to your fitness, to your mental journey and to continuing on with your progress and reaching your health and fitness goals!

And all you need is access to Beachbody on Demand to join the fun!

The Annual All access challenge pack is on sale right now, so it’s by far the most bang for your buck! This option will include access to the Shaun Week videos and the entire library of Beachbody workouts and programs – strength training, yoga, cardio, kickboxing, dance, etc (nice to have options after you finish Shaun Week), including new and premium programs (Core de Force, 21 Day Fix, Country Heat, PiYO and hundreds more!) and any programs that will be released this year (Shift Shop coming in July!), meal plans, nutrition guides, cooking show and lots of other premium content that you can stream on any internet device/smart tv (like workout Netflix) for 12 months!

You also get a 30 day supply of Shakeology (speeds results, reduces cravings, improves energy, etc) and the Portion Fix meal plan and containers that has helped so many of my challengers learn what foods to eat and how much – really simplifies nutrition.

Check it all out here:

When Does It Start?

The group starts on June 12th and it goes day by day, live on Beachbody On Demand.  You will not be able to look ahead.  Each workout is posted live that morning.  It is a perfect way to really jumpstart your summer through my support and accountability group.

How to get it?  You need to make me your coach and get Beachbody On Demand through me as your coach.

Secondly, there is a great modifier so even if you don’t like being down on the floor you can modify with Shaun T and he gives you that option.  These workouts are like the best of Shaun T – his greatest hits!

 

THE WORKOUTS:

Insane Basics:  Go Slow, form over speed, work through it.

Pure Cardio Part 2:  It is going to be amazing!  You don’t go to the floor at all.

Insane Weights:  This workout is hitting the weights in an Insanity format.

25 Abs:  25 minutes of abs that is so ridiculously amazing that you will need to pray before do it! LOL

BrickSanity:  Asylum strength and T25 mixture and a lot of insane craziness!

Speed 4.0:  Speed workout similar to what you did in T25 Speed 1.0 and 2.0

Dig Deep is how you end the week with a bang!  This is BANANA’s YO!!!!  This sounds like Friday Fight From Max 30.

And it won’t stop at the end of 7 days.  It’s Shaun Week and MORE! 😉 I’m running this as a full 21 day challenge where you’ll have the option to continue with a hybrid of other Shaun T workouts – available on Beachbody on Demand, or continuing with any of the HUNDREDS of different workout available! There is a lot more in store for you after those 7 days!

Are you in?! Great! Now what?

Fill out this application below and I’ll help you get set up in time to start on June 12!

I lost ZERO pounds! Yay!

I am VERY excited to announce that I lost ZERO pounds!
 
And WHY would I be excited about that?
Because I lost 9 freaking inches!!!
 
3 from my waist alone! Bloated anyone? And I definitely added some muscle, and toned up: legs, booty, slight ab shadows, lol! I’ll take muscle pounds over mushy pounds ANY day of the week!
 
I hope I don’t need to point out which of these pictures are my before pictures…but YA! Holy bloated! (I swear to you I am NOT pushing my gut out…but I wish I was!) 
 
Rewind to just after the holidays (nuff said) AND I was also recovering from foot surgery to boot! (no pun intended!) 
 
Workouts were a minimum, and crap food was a maximum!
 
Once I got the green light from my doctor, I was fired up and ready to feel a little better about wearing this bikini to Punta Cana…. TOMORROW!
 
I still had some restrictions and needed to modify quite a bit at the beginning, but lucky for me…I had EVERYTHING in my toolbox that I needed.
 
My secret weapons:
  •  Workouts on Demand (like Netfilx that makes you sweat!)
  •  Meal plan that even a monkey could follow.
  •  One super healthy, kickass, quick, convenient meal in a cup.
  •  A support group full of the coolest bunch of ladies where we do our best to stay on track, celebrate victories, gently encourage, exchange healthy, family-friendly recipes and just generally get our mojo back little by little, day by day!
 
These on demand workouts have been SO key in my journey these last few months. They have eliminated EVERY excuse I could have used:
Can’t do lower body? No problem – search “upper body workouts”.
Can’t jump? No problem – search “low impact”
Don’t have enough time? No problem – search “under 30 minutes”
Sick of the same workouts? No problem – try one of 600 others!
*You get the idea!
 
WARNING: Do not read the next paragraph if you are not interested in hearing about sales and deals! 
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And here’s the deal, I hate talking about money here, but I just feel like I need to share in case someone is looking for a way to get started. For 4 more days you can get this WHOLE package for $160 (usually $199) which gives you access to Beachbody on Demand for a FULL YEAR! And get this, when you subtract the prices of Shakeology and the meal plan & container system, you’re left with $1.99 for an entire year of a gym and top trainers in your house! 
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Back to my story…
I’m leaving for Punta Cana in less than 24 hours – an all expense paid trip I EARNED through this amazing coaching opportunity – and I packed 2 bikinis! 🙂 I’m not 100% where I want to be yet, but I know I’ll get there! I’m Angie…in Progress after all!
 
And I’m going to hit the ground running with my “Busy Moms & Ladies Bootcamp” group on May 8th where we’ll be focusing on daily 30 minute (or less) workouts and simple, healthy, family-friendly meals. We’ll be sharing daily time-saving tips, recipes and motivation in pursuit of a healthy, sustainable lifestyle!
 
Why don’t you join me?! I just have a few spots left!
Contact me below and we’ll chat about your goals and HOW to reach them!
*For anyone who is not a coach or already working with one.
One last glimpse in to this amazing deal!

I see a very different life now…

Every once in awhile I stop and look around and can’t believe what I see!

I see coaches on my team from across the country having success doing something they are so passionate about! People that have become my great friends and business partners.

I see my kids every morning and every evening, because I work from home and don’t need to drop them at day care in the morning or pick them up from after care at the end of the day.

I see their college savings accounts growing.

I see my laundry, which has not only changed by 2-3 sizes in the last 4 years, but no longer consists of stuffy, uncomfortable work clothes. My work attire is this! Leggings, hoodie and comfy gym shoes.

I see my friends, at Panera, Starbucks or wherever, whenever I want to. Sometimes we talk about growing our business. Other times we just sit and enjoy the scenery.

I see my challengers getting amazing results! Dropping pounds and inches and changing their lives, and their families’ lives too!

I see my friends and family members getting fitter and healthier than ever!

I see my passport and travel arrangements on the kitchen table as my husband and I prepare to leave in 2 weeks for an all expense paid trip to Punta Cana!

Is this really my life?

Coaching has changed my life for the better in every possible way! I never saw myself doing this, but now I can’t see anything else!

What started as something I was doing ‘just for the discount’ on Shakeology has turned into a life I didn’t see coming – not in a million years! I’ve met the most amazing people. I’ve reached goals and done things I only dreamed about. I’m just a busy, over-scheduled mom who was looking for something, and didn’t even realize what it was at the time. It’s safe to say I found exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for! 😉 I have this business, this life, and all of the perks that come with it and now I can envision a future for my family and me that would never have been possible without this amazing opportunity!

If you’d like to see if this opportunity would be a good fit for you, let’s chat! Contact me below.

And because I mentioned the life-changing income potential of this business…
*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.

A Tale of 2 Beach Vacations

These pictures were about 1 1/2 years apart but there is a world of difference – both in what you can see, and what you can’t see.

About 4 years ago I took a look at myself in the mirror and decided I was finally done being unhappy! I had been stuck in a rut for FAR too long. Looking at pictures of myself from our summer vacation really opened my eyes to what was happening. It was slow, but I was steadily gaining weight and finding it harder and harder to fit and feel comfortable in my clothes.

There were a lot of things I didn’t want to admit to myself. I wasn’t REALLY giving it my all with workouts anymore. I was just kinda going through the motions. I wasn’t REALLY eating all that healthy. There was a lot of processed garbage finding its way into my grocery cart. Convenience trumped health. I was complacent, uncommitted and UN-motivated!

I think you go through phases when this starts to happen.

1. DENIAL: It’s my clothes. They shrunk. My scale must be off! (Don’t tell me you haven’t tried to convince yourself with these same lies!)

2. AVOIDANCE: Scale? What scale? I like baggy, stretchy clothes anyway.

3. DEPRESSION: Why is this happening?! I workout! I eat ‘pretty’ healthy food. It’s not fair! Get away from me with that camera! WAHHH!!! I’m going to assume the fetal position in a dark room. Leave me alone!

4. DEFEAT: Well, what the hell. I’m getting older. This is just what happens. There isn’t ANYTHING I can do about it. I’m not going to live the rest of my life worrying about it. I want to ENJOY life and eat whatever the hell I want. Working out is stupid. I don’t care anymore.

5. REALIZATION: I feel like shit. I don’t fit into any of my clothes. I’m tired all of the time. I’m not enjoying life at all right now! I’m sick of feeling like this. I gotta do something!

What stage are you in? If you’re in 1-4, let me save you the trouble and spoil the ending. You’ll eventually get to #5, because no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that we can’t, or don’t want to feel look and feel healthy, we do. You’re not kidding anyone (or yourself) when you say otherwise. I know…I tried!

There’s a happy ending though! 🙂 I had to dig deeper than ever, and really connect with WHY I wanted/needed to make some changes, and really give it my absolute, 100% ALL!

If this resonates with you at all…I would love to help you find your path to feeling better and more confident in your summer vacation pictures! My new group: “2017: This Will Be MY Summer!” group starts on April 3. Sign up below!