Merry Fitmas!! … and a healthy new year!

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What if I told you you could do one round of workouts & clean eating for 21 days —> then enjoy your Thanksgiving 🍗🍴🍂

Do another 21 day round —>  then enjoy your Christmas 🍴🎄🎁….

And ring in the New Year ️looking and feeling fabulous?!! 🎉 🎊 🌟
Would you be interested?

Who’s with me?!🙋🙋
Don’t wait until January to make your health a priority! Let’s get started!!

I am so excited to announce my 28 day “Merry Fitmas” fitness challenge group!

The holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s time to make some changes to your health and fitness. I am inviting you to join my event to learn more about my next group and how you can join me to get in the best shape of your life!

In the group, we will be using the 21 Day Fix to learn about healthy eating, moving our bodies and creating new habits. The first 7 days of the group is prep week (you don’t want to have to start your healthy habits during the week of Thanksgiving, right?!) where we will teach you how to shop for healthy food on a budget, learn how to plan time in your schedule to workout and meal prep and so much more. The last 21 days is when we start to put what we learned in prep week, into action! This is perfect timing for the holidays, as you’ll be feeling GREAT by Christmas!

You will be surrounded by other people who are working towards making healthy changes in their life, too. I can’t say enough about how much the group accountability helps as you go through this journey.

The group will be starting prep week on 11/23, but won’t start the actual eating/exercise plan until 11/30. Over the next few days I’ll be posting in this event to provide information and answer questions. If you have questions, never hesitate to post them in here or send me a message.

I only have TEN AVAILABLE SPOTS for new people in this group. If you’d like to reserve your spot today, comment below, join the facebook event or send me a message and we will go over the details!

Announcing the Spring into Summer Slimdown!

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The school year is almost over… SUMMER IS COMING…

Are you prepared?

Are you ready to break out the summer clothing?

Are you feeling good about having the energy you need to keep up with your kids all summer long?

If you answered NO, that’s ok!  YOU STILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME…  And I have a plan.

 

You are officially invited to SPRING CLEAN your diet and get ready for SUMMER!

Let me be perfectly honest here… I’m not talking about cleaning and organizing your house… you’ll have to look somewhere else for that type of advice!  I’m talking about taking a look in your PANTRY and your FRIDGE and acquiring the tools to have a healthy, happy and confident summer.

How does it work?  

Come join me as I help you learn how to change your life using the 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme.

PiYo Combined with the 21 Day Fix for a total of 70 Pounds lost!!

PiYo Combined with the 21 Day Fix for a total of 70 Pounds lost!!

This is ALL from multiple rounds of the 21 Day Fix!  Crazy Impressive, right?

This is ALL from multiple rounds of the 21 Day Fix! Crazy Impressive, right?

When you sign up for my challenge group you don’t just get a bag of Shakeology and a fitness program!  You will connect with other women in an closed online accountability group and you’ll have one on one support from me.

Before you even start the program, you’ll get an entire week of planning and prep with me so you’ll be ahead of the game before we even start.  I help you write goals, we do pics and measurements, and we talk about meal planning in depth.

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During the group, each day you will log in, read the daily post, then post your stats to keep you focused on your journey!

Guess what?  You will WANT to quit… and that’s why I’m here!  I will help you stay focused and accountable so this program doesn’t become something else that sits on the shelf and never gets opened.  This time it will be different!

First, you are committed to replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the program.  Shakeology is not your typical protein shake – it’s meal replacement to keep you full, to give you natural energy, to curb cravings for sweets, and to keep you healthy! It’s what I drank daily during chemo to keep my energy up, keep me nourished, and keep me regular.

We all have GREAT intentions – especially during summer break – to eat healthy, cook and prepare only healthy meals each day but let’s be honest:  That’s not real life with kids.  When life happens, instead of stopping at Starbucks or another fast food option, you can grab a shaker cup, water and Shakeology!  Breakfast on the go minus the stuff that keeps you from reaching your goal.  It’s nutrition in a glass and it’s so easy!  Give me a summer of Shakeology and I will teach you how to plan your meals, make better choices and at the end of the group, you can decide if you want to continue.

For 30 days, you will be committed to working out, focusing on nutrition, and participating in our online accountability groups.  My coaching is FREE and comes with meal plans, my favorite recipes, and lots of motivation.

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Here’s a little peek of one of my FAVORITE recipes!  And there are lots more where that came from!

This isn’t a diet. 

This is a lifestyle change.  You are going to learn HOW to make healthy changes that can last a lifetime… while giving you the confident and the energy you need to make this summer with your kids the best one yet.

 

Reserve your spot here —-> https://www.facebook.com/events/468084340011227/  <—- and I’ll send you a message to help you get started!  The group starts May 26!

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Homemade Organic Salsa

I’m about to let you in on a little secret… the world’s best salsa is actually homemade, organic, and way too easy.

I discovered this recipe from a friend about ten years ago.  (Wow, it makes me feel old to admit that.)  Matt and I had it at a party, and it was so good, we purchased a food processor for the express purpose of making this salsa.

It only has 5 ingredients and virtually no prep.  Prepared to have your mind and tastebuds blown.

Ingredients:

2 cans organic diced tomatoes (you could use fresh if you have them.  I’ve always made it this way, and you know what they say about an old dog)

3-4 organic green onions

1 bundle of organic cilantro

4-5 cloves of organic garlic (this is subjective.  Matt and I like a lot of garlic.  You could start with one and keep adding/tasting until you get to the garlic level you prefer).

1 organic jalapeno, seeded

Now here is where it gets amazing – because it’s just so easy.

 

Step 1 – Roughly chop the green veggies/peel the garlic and throw it all in the food processor.

Step 2 – Pulse for a few seconds until the veggies are all minced.

Step 3 – Add in the tomatoes.

Step 4 – Blend and taste.

You can keep adding garlic or jalapeno to get the taste you are looking for.  It does get tastier as it sits in the fridge, but that’s it!

How easy is that?  And the really cool part – it’s 100% 21 Day Fix approved – all natural, organic salsa that you can use to fill up a green container.  You can also use this salsa to make the dressing for my Taco Salad!

Next week, I’ll show you how to use your leftover salsa (if you have any!) to make some tasty guacamole!

Enjoy!

amy allen fitness star diamond beachbody coach

 

 

Homemade HEALTHY Movie Theater Popcorn

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Throughout the course of making healthy changes to my diet, the one thing I’ve really missed is good popcorn. Last year for my birthday, my sisters got me an air popper, which is AWESOME, minus the fact that air popped popcorn tastes NOTHING like actual delicious, buttery movie theater popped popcorn.  In fact, as my husband would say, it tastes a whole lot like cardboard.

I did find one tasty recipe for Rosemary and Black Pepper popcorn, and it was good, but it wasn’t what I’ve been looking for and consequently, while I’ve done great resisting microwave popcorn, I’ve almost always caved and went for the artificially disgusting popcorn you can get from the movie theater… until now.

This past weekend, my daughter, my husband and I decided to have a Harry Potter movie marathon.  I volunteered to make popcorn.

They both groaned and requested a trip to the grocery store to buy a bag of movie theater popcorn.

I refused.

But instead of subjecting them to cardboard flavored popcorn, a quick google search revealed that I may, in fact, be able to make a good substitute at home.  With just a few modifications, here are the results:  Delicious movie theater butter popcorn, without all the unhealthy stuff – because really, popcorn in and of itself is not terribly unhealthy, it’s all the junk we add to it. And while this isn’t 21 Day Fix approved, it’s an ok cheat once in a while.  The secret is using Ghee (clarified butter) instead of regular butter, which makes your popcorn overly soggy and not tasty.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn

2 T. Coconut oil

1/4 cup melted ghee

Himalayan pink salt to taste

Directions:

Heat a saucepan over high heat – I used a 3 qt saucepan.  Melt coconut oil completely.  (You could use a different type of oil, but you won’t taste it.  I was wary, but the popcorn did not have a coconut flavor at all.)  Dump in 1/2 cup popcorn kernels and shake around in pan to coat them with the oil.  When one kernel starts to pop, cover your pan so you don’t end up with popcorn all over your kitchen.

When the popping stops, dump your popcorn into a bowl and drizzle with melted ghee.  Add salt to taste and enjoy.

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Lasagna Soup

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Lasagna Soup!

(Makes two servings – each serving has 1 red, 2 yellow, 1 green, and 1 blue)

Notes: I make the meatballs and pasta in advance, then make the broth. To make it easy to measure portions for the 21 Day Fix, I add them to the pan after the stew is prepared. It’s a little extra work, but it makes measuring easier. I also don’t add all the meatballs – I measure about 1 ½ cup into the stew, and then freeze the rest for next time.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Italian Meatballs (get recipe here!)

1 cup Fusilli pasta, cooked

2 T diced white onion

2 t minced garlic

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

2 cups chicken broth

2 T grated parmesan cheese

Handful chopped basil leaves

Handful chopped italian parsley

more salt and pepper to taste 1/2 c (minus 2 T)

shredded mozzarella cheese

chopped Italian parsley

Step by Step Directions

Add oil, onion, and garlic to the pot. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook until soft, 3-4 minutes.

Add chicken broth and tomato sauce.

Bring to a boil and add cooked pasta and cooked meatballs.

Turn down the heat and simmer 5-10 min or until warm.

Mix in Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil and parsley.

Top each bowl with a mixture of mozzarella cheese and parsley.

Italian Meatballs

1 pound ground 93/7 beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated white onion

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

To make the meatballs,mix all meatball ingredients by hand in a large bowl.  Roll mixture into bite size balls and place on foil lined baking sheet.  You can brown these on the stove top before baking them, or just bake them. I like to bake just because it doesn’t use up an oil serving.

Bake in oven for 15-20 min at 350.

How many meatballs are in one serving depends on how big you make them.  I measure out 3/4 of a cup and count these meatballs as 1 red serving.  There is a small amount of cheese and onions, but I unless I’m eating the whole batch of meatballs (which I’m not), I don’t stress about it too much.

I like to use these meatballs in my Lasagna Soup.  You can find the recipe for that here!

21 Day of Gratitude, Grace, and Good Food

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November is underway and around this time of year, I always start to feel grateful – I’ve always felt that way, but since my struggle with cancer, I feel that way even more.

You see, I started chemotherapy in November.  And during that month, three years ago, I didn’t feel grateful.  I felt scared. I felt depressed. We had recently moved to a new city, and I truly felt like “What’s the point of making new friends if I’m about to die?” So I didn’t make new friends – I closed myself off from meeting new people and hid inside the walls of myself.

Have you ever felt like that?

A part of me thought that first treatment might actually kill me. I remember crying with Matt on our balcony, with no idea what the future held for us, for our family, for our kids…  But that was three years ago, and since struggling with cancer, I’ve learned that the things that don’t kill you make you STRONGER.

Having cancer was the biggest blessing in my life. It taught me so many things, but chief among them was the ability to appreciate and embrace gratitude, grace, and good food.

And thus the Gratitude, Grace and Good Food challenge was born.

I want to invite you to a special opportunity this month only to help you meet your goals – not just physically, but mentally as well.  I want to help you move beyond the obstacles that are blocking your path right now.

From the point of view of someone who spent many years taking her health for granted, I want to introduce you to a new way of looking at your goals. Let’s take a good look at all the things you wen through in 2014 – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and look to see how they ALL blessed your life.

Of course, at this time of year, it’s HARD to make YOURSELF a priority – but that’s exactly what I’m asking you to do.  While the craziness of the holidays is right outside your door, I want you to take your mental and physical health and make it a priority.  It would be easy to say “I’ll start in January” when the rest of the world takes back control of their lives, but why wait?  Don’t wait for the New Year –  This is the time to make a change.  Put your health first.  Surround yourself with others who positively impact your life. And most of all, take the time to be show gratitude to everyone and everything around you, give yourself a little grace, and still enjoy some good food.

What do I suggest?

  • Support and Accountability via a private Facebook group
  • Being surrounded by other positive women who will lift you up
  • Daily Encouragement and Motivation
  • Weekly meal plans, snack ideas and party treat ideas so you won’t feel deprived!
  • A attitude of appreciation for all that has happened in 2014.

I’m not asking you to start a diet right now.  This isn’t a diet. This is an opportunity to make the most of your holiday season, to slow down, to remember the things we have to be grateful for, and still enjoy our favorite holiday foods but in moderation.

To participate in this challenge and receive your complimentary gift, please send me a message at mrsamy@hotmail.com or contact me at Amy Allen Fitness

The group starts Dec 1 and I’m enrolling the first 10 ladies who commit this week! I look forward to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Amy Allen star diamond coach

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What is the 3 Day Refresh??

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You may have heard me talk about the Shakeology Cleanse before – it’s a great way to drop around 5 pounds in three days, following a mostly liquid diet, and you can read more about it here.  But as great as the results from the Shakeology Cleanse were, it wasn’t an ideal way to clean out your body and really detox.  Shakeology is an awesome product, but that isn’t what it was designed for.

Luckily for us, Beachbody saw what we were doing and knew we needed a better solution.  A healthy way to detox your body quickly, to safely lose weight, and even to jumpstart your weight loss results from one of our other awesome programs like the 21 Day Fix.  And so they created the 3 Day Refresh.

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I have done cleanses before, and they are hard.  But one of the things I love about this cleanse is that it isn’t strictly liquids.  It includes the best of every detox program I have heard from – Shakeology, tea, juice, clean eating, and supplements and it combines them all into an easy to follow program for three days that delivers amazing results.

I am in pretty good shape.  For the most part I eat clean and stay away from processed foods.  And because of that, I didn’t expect amazing results.  But what happened for me BLEW. ME. AWAY.

But before I share my results with you, let me tell you a little bit about how the refresh works.

3 day refresh meal plan

Each day, you wake up and get started with a cup of water followed by Shakeology.  You can add in fruit or eat it on the side.  Mid morning, you can have a cup of tea and you drink Fiber Sweep, a supplement designed to gently clean out your insides.

For lunch, you drink Vanilla Fresh, a specially designed protein drink with more protein than Shakeology and vitamins specifically geared to sustain your body during the cleanse.  You also get to have a veggie serving and a healthy fat.  Mid afternoon, you can drink another cup of tea along with an afternoon snack, another veggie or a fresh juice – I chose the juice option and it was the perfect amount of sweet to keep me going.

For dinner, it’s another shake along with a dinner option – a little more than just veggies – and you can accompany that with veggie broth if you need just a little more.  Post dinner, you have the option of one more cup of tea.

Each day you follow the same routine, but since there are multiple food options, you can change it up some what.  I made a video diary of each day I followed the refresh, how I felt, what I ate, and what I did.  Here are the videos –

If you are curious about exactly what comes in your kit, check out this video where I show you exactly what you get.

Exercise is optional during the three days.  By the end of three days, I felt great but there were times when I felt weak, so listen to your body.  My results were little to light exercise on two days.

One thing I added to my refresh was a daily detox bath.  I have long believed in detox baths and I thought it would be relaxing and hopefully intensify my results.  Each day I did a different one – I elaborate more on them in the videos, and I also plan to post about that later this week.

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So after three days, here are my results – I was down three pounds AND I lost THREE INCHES in my waist alone.  My pictures aren’t amazing… but I am not sucking in… coming off a weekend in Vegas, I was pretty bloated from bad food.  But THREE INCHES????  I was in shock.  I measured multiple times because I was sure that I was wrong.  My main waist measurement went from 29.5 inches to 26.5 inches.  In three days.

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These are my skinny jeans and my skinny top.  The one I never wear because it’s too small… and it fit.  And beyond that, the way I felt?  Amazing.

Want to try it for yourself??  Visit www.getfixedwithAmy.com to order – right now you can get it for just $10 with your Shakeology order and I can’t imagine a better deal than that.

 

 

 

21 Day Fix: Weekly Meal Plan #2

Ok, I’ll be honest – the first week of the 21 Day Fix didn’t go exactly the way I planned…  Love the meal plan, love shakeology, love the workout and love my little portion control containers… but even with all that, life happens.  I spent most of my week in the car driving back and forth to funerals, which is not what I was expecting to do this week.  But life happens and you do the best you can, and the next week, you don’t quit!!  You make a new plan and keep going!

Here is my second 21 Day Fix Weekly Meal Plan.

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The screen shot is a little fuzzy, but you can download the pdf file here:

21 day fix weekly meal plan for 1200 calories (pdf download)

I’d like to have more of the recipes included in the meal plan uploaded to the blog, and I’m working on that.  If you want to get them as soon as they are available, subscribe to the blog!!

Click here to see last week’s meal plan!!

And if you would like more info about WHAT exactly the 21 Day Fix is and HOW you can be part of my next test group, read this post and fill out the application today!  Spots are filling up quick… and trust me, you want in!  Results from the first group were amazing – as much as 14 pounds lost in just three weeks (the average was NINE pounds!! Gone! Forever!)

Enjoy!

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21 Day Fix: 1200 Calorie Week Long Meal Plan

I love the portion control concept of the 21 Day Fix.  It’s clear and straight forward, and my even challengers who have had difficultly following a meal plan before are having success with weight loss by following the easy portion control concept.

I’ve been following the meal plan for almost two months now and it’s one of the easiest plans I’ve ever followed – I love having a list of acceptable clean, whole foods to eat, and I love the accountability of writing down everything I eat each day.  This is the first time I’ve kept a food log and I’ve really noticed if I’m writing it down, I won’t cheat.

But it’s hard to keep coming up with original ideas of what to eat every day, so I thought it would be helpful to my challengers and anyone doing the 21 Day Fix if I shared a copy of my week long meal plan each week.  So here is my Week One Meal Plan.  This is what I plan to eat for the week and while I expect I won’t be perfect, I’m going to do my best.

21 Day Fix Meal Plan Weekly 1200 calories calorie

I know that’s hard to read so here is a pdf file that you can download:

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I’ve also provided links for the recipes that are already on my blog and plan to add more over time until they are all available.

On a side note, I did my first official 21 Day Fix workout tonight and WOW.  That’s all I can say.  I am already sore and it kicked my booty.  Can’t wait to see what this program has in store for me!  Stay tuned for my week one update next Monday along with a new meal plan and more recipes!

Amy Allen star diamond coach