Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chinese Style Crockpot Chicken & Broccoli

This recipe wasn't AS good as I anticipated it to be. Don't get me wrong, I pretty much licked the bowl, but I think it could have been seasoned more & I'm pretty sure I had it in the crockpot for WAY too long!

I put it in the crockpot around 7 PM on Sunday thinking I would be up till about 11 anyway, so I could just take it out around then. NOPE 8:30 rolled around and I was done for. So I took it off HIGH heat and put it on low over night, which is why I think it was WAY overcooked! But lessons learned :)

1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
1 cup chicken or beef broth
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. honey
1/3 cup sweetener of choice
1 1/2 tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup cold water
1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
4 cups fresh or frozen broccoli

Crockpot: Pour the broth, soy sauce, honey, and seasoning into crockpot. Whisk to mix everything together. Place chicken (or lean beef) in crockpot and toss in sauce to ensure it is properly coated. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.
After cooking, remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and place in a small bowl. Mix cornstarch and water together in a small bowl until cornstarch is dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce in the crockpot and stir to combine.
Turn up heat to high, add chicken back into crockpot, followed by the broccoli or veggie mixture. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until sauce has thickened and broccoli is tender.
Serve over a bed of quinoa or whole grain rice if desired!
Nutritional Information
Serving Size: Yields 4 Servings
230 Calories per serving
3 g fat
19 g carbohydrates
31 g protein
original recipe from

21 Day Fix Extreme. The first 10 days!

Here we go. I'm going to take you through this 21 Day Fix Extreme journey with me! As I start this program, I'm terrified. Because last time I attempted it, I quite before I even got halfway through because I "wasn't seeing the results I expect." Which is a LAME excuse & a punk'd out way of saying, I wasn't giving it 100% and wasn't trusting the process. So here we go again. Attempting what I didn't finish last time.
Day 1- Plyo Fix Extreme
oh em geeeee πŸ’¦πŸ’§πŸ’¦
this is LEGIT. I swapped Upper Fix Extreme & Plyo this week because I literally couldn't sit down to pee without hurting πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it was better today, so I went all out πŸ’ͺ
 love love love this workout even though it seriously kicked my booty!!
Day 2- Upper Fix Extreme
now my arms hate me. its a never ending cycle. but I'm embracing the pain and growing stronger with each passing day. LEARN TO LOVE THE BURN πŸ’ͺ🏽
Day 3- Pilates Fix Extreme
the one piece of equipment I hate the most, HAS to be this darn red resistance band. I'm not flexible as is so putting my body in some of these positions is seriously hard for me! But I push through and do it with the best possible form I can!
This is one workout I typically never take my shirt off for. Only for the embarrassing factor called my stomach. These moves expose your belly no matter how much you think you're sucking in. But today was different. Today I FELT strong. And looking back, I AM stronger than when I attempted this program about 5 months ago.
Strength takes time to build. NEVER give up.
Day 4- Lower Fix Extreme
Leg day is always my favorite thing ever! But this leg day is no freakin joke. I used 12# but thinking about bumping up to 15's next week 😳

and seriously yall, this new Performance Line is my favorite thing about working out

I have NEVER seen my body change so much so quickly. I hope that's a good thing 😳
Day 5- Cardio Fix Extreme
I usually blow through most cardio workouts. I've been so cardio focused my whole life because it's ALL I knew with playing soccer for 15 years of my darn life! Run, run, and run some more.
But let me tell you, today I got my butt kicked.
Seriously though. Adding weights into cardio is just pure torture. In a good way I suppose. especially weighted jumping jacks. Lord bless my body.
Day 6- Dirty 30 Extreme
Total body torture. That's all I can think πŸ™ˆ
But LORDY I feel amazing after this workout.
4 rounds,2 moves each round. BUT there's single side moves in each round. So that means you have to do the same thing on each side. Tricky tricky Autumn. ;)
Totally one of my favorite workouts, but definitely the freakin hardest!
Do what you think you can to get the results you want!
Day 7- ABC Extreme
(supposed to be Yoga Fix Extreme, but I subbed)

 As you can see, today WAS supposed to be Yoga Fix Extreme but I swapped it.
And you can fuss and yell at me all you want saying "you need yoga. You need flexibility. You need a slow day" and my answer to that is STOP IT ✋ I HATE yoga. I can't do it. I've tried many times. I don't want to like it. It bores me. So I swap it. 😏

ABC Extreme is BADASSSS! I love it. It focuses on abs and butt, which is what I need πŸ˜† therefore, WEEK 1 is DONEEEEE

Day 8- Plyo Fix Extreme
Feeling like a total badass today!
Went up to 12's for my heavys and 7's for my lights. Next week my lights will definitely be higher since I barely used them! 
 I ate awful this weekend. Tried to stay in line with my meal plan, but that failed after I was stuck at a banquet Saturday night and didn't get to eat till 8:45πŸ˜‘

But it's a new week. Another chance to improve and kick some grass! πŸ‘ŠπŸ½
Day 9- Upper Fix Extreme

I'm just going to say it again. I HATE ARMS. they hurt and I suck at them. But on a positive note, I actually see some definition popping out in my biceps & triceps😳

I don't know how people can say they hate leg day and love arms. That's just pure craziness!

Day 10- Pilates Fix Extreme

 And my 10 day results are in! I refuse to step on a scale, take measurements, or anything because THAT is what derailed me last time.

it's time to trust the process and accept everything for what it is! <3

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Opportunity Alert!


First off, let me just CLEAR the air. I've been contemplating posting a numbers post for quite a few days now. I've written, & re-written this post for what seems like 100 times. But I've come to terms that sometimes people NEED to see PROOF. and here's your proof. 

In less than 20 months, I have built an AMZAZING team & business who has earned Christopher  while I also work a FULL time job. 

So now, let me ask you this. 

Have you been watching me? Seeing my posts and thinking “there’s no way I could do that?” 
THAT’S WHAT I DID TOO! I wasted so much time second guessing and doubting myself. 

It’s time to STOP BEING SKEPTICAL!!! Everyday single day I help people reach goals and dreams they never thought possible – which is an incredible feeling! ANYONE with the willingness to try, to want to help others, can do EXACTLY this & be successful! 

Are you done watching? How many success stories do you need to hear before you make it YOURS and help others do the same!?!

If this sounds like you, click the link below to be considered. OR pay it forward to someone you know that could benefit from the coaching opportunity by sharing this link with them!! 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Cajun Spiced Shrimp Tacos

Y'all I like spicy, and this is spicy! Make sure to keep a glass of water right beside you!! I'm not sure I pan seared them correctly, but they're cooked & they taste amazing. so who cares what they look like!
1 pounds shrimp, thawed
1/2-1 tsp salt (to taste)
1/4-12 tsp pepper (to taste)
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tbsp. onion powder
1/2-1 Cajun spice (to taste)
/12 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. paprika
1/2 tbsp. oregano
1 packet stevia (optional)
1.If you are starting with frozen shrimp, take them out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator the night before cooking to let it thaw. If that isn't an option, put shrimp in a colander, and run them under cold water for about 5 minutes, or until thawed.
2. Mix all Cajun spice ingredients together. Stir all ingredients for the spice mixture together well in a small bowl. Toss shrimp in 2 tbs of the seasoning, and save the rest for later.
3. Sauteeing: Preheat a small skillet over medium to medium-high heat, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Add the shrimp, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Cook about 2-3 minutes per side, or until they curl and turn pink.
4. Place on 1 small, 6" wheat tortilla and ENJOY! <3
Nutritional Information
Creates 4 servings
120 calories per serving
18 g protein
original recipe from

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Food is our friend. Not our enemy.

Please. Read that statement.
And read it again.
And yet again.
Your body is made to TAKE food in and burn it off. Calories in equals calories out. I know you've heard it before. Do not expect anything that decreases your metabolic rate or decreases your appetite to work in the long run & be healthy for you. Food is healthy. No quick fixes.
With that being said, I REALLY wanted to explain to you guys a few of the sources of fuel and what they do for our body.
They are the fuel our bodies run off of. Carbs aren't stored in our body tissue. They are only stored in the blood and in the liver as glycogen, which essentially needs to be burned off. They are essential for high-level functioning like sprinting, heavy weight lifting, and total brain function. Upon eating, they are digested and put to use by your body very quickly. If you eat more than your body needs, they will be converted and stored into adipose tissue (aka fat).
Protein is called the body's building blocks. You need to ingest them to build up and repair the tissue that you break down daily! Proteins are hard to digest, therefore its important to have a small amount of protein at each meal throughout the day instead of bulk protein ingestion.
Fats help regulate all of your body functions. They contain 2 times the amount of calories compared with protein and carbs. Even though they are absolutely vital to our health, this is the one category people tend to over eat on. And eating too much fat, will result in unwanted fat tissue on your body. Fats are digested slowly in your body and will also help slow the digestion of anything else you eat. Fats are your backup fuel source!

Although it is not exactly a food source, but it does contain calories. Nearly 2 times the amount of calories that carbs and protein have. Wasted, empty calories. And this is something that we typically consume A LOT OF in one sitting without even noticing.
I hope this helps clear the air as to what the building blocks of food are & how important they are for your body. Refraining from any particular part of your "diet" will get you no where other than right back to where you started when you decide this diet plan isn't "for you."
Do it right. That's all I beg of you <3