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Today’s the day! Day 1 of the TurboFire 5-Day Inferno plan and I’m excited! I’ve been doing ChaLEAN Extreme which I love, but I do miss TurboFire. Just taking a little break from CHX to do this and then will get back to it. It’s 8:04am right now and I’ve been up since 7:30 after about 4 hours of sleep. I’m definitely going to need more than that to get the most out of my workout today, but I’m staying up for now so I can be on the National Coach Call at 9:00am to listen to Tony Horton, creator of P90X, speak live. While I’m waiting I need to jump on the scale and take some measurements to get my starting info so I can track my progress. Breakfast would be good, too. It’s so important to eat something as soon as possible after you wake up to get your metabolism going. If you’re trying to lose weight, skipping meals, especially breakfast, is not the way to do it.

9am Breakfast – 2 slices whole wheat toast, 1 egg (had the privilege of using a farm fresh egg that my friend who’s also doing this hooked me up with), 1/2 tomato, 1 slice turkey bacon

10:00am – Drinking a large glass (20oz) of water and then going back to bed to finish up on that sleep I so desperately need.

3:00pm – Woke up from my nice long nap and had my first snack which was 1/2 med banana and 8 walnut halves. The plan actually calls for 7 walnut halves, but I was cracking open whole walnuts and it seemed a little silly to leave just one half. Pretty sure it’s not going to undermine my progress. 😉 I also had another glass of water (about 16oz)

7:00pm – Home from the kids’ karate lesson and dinner is served. I switched my schedule up because I got started eating kind of late. I’ll have my second snack and what would’ve been lunch before I got to bed. Now I’m just waiting for the use of the TV so I can do FIRE 55EZ and Stretch 10. I didn’t think the 1 c. garlic and parmesan broccoli and 6 oz. honey dijon chicken would be enough, but I found it very satisfying. The amount on the plate was enough for all four of us plus leftovers.

9:30pm – Had my Chocolate Almond Shakeology with a little instant coffee in it since I was starting to feel pretty tired and still had to do my workout.

10:23pm – Finally started FIRE 55EZ and Stretch 10. If there’s one thing I can say about TurboFire it’s that no matter how tired you are when you start there’s just something about the combination of the moves and music that makes you feel energized. Plus, Chalene Johnson is the best motivator! She knows the perfect thing to say at just the right time to make you keep going even when you’re starting to wonder how you’re going to keep going. Love it! And wow, did I need that stretching! Downed another 16oz of water.

12:00am – Made my last meal of the day, which would’ve been lunch if I hadn’t changed the schedule around. It was a salad with white albacore tuna, celery, green onions, tomatoes, lettuce and even though the plan called for fat-free Ranch I used a very low-fat cilantro dressing from Trader Joe’s.

It is now 1:38am and I’ll be going to bed soon, but before I do I plan on drinking another 40 oz of water. Be back tomorrow!

TurboFire 5-Day Inferno shopping list

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Sometimes life happens and we have to just do the best we can with the circumstances around us. I certainly didn’t plan on eating fast food twice today, but that’s how it ended up. I’m sure Dr. Oz would’ve wanted me to choose some better options at McDonald’s, but I am watching our budget. Sure I’ll pay $3 for a meal if it’s Shakeology, but I’m not going to shell out over twice that for a grilled chicken sandwhich and fruit and walnut salad then not eat all of it like he suggested on his show the other day. I completely get where he’s coming from on skipping the bun and the dip for the apples and grapes, but I still have a hard time throwing away food. Anyway, here’s what I ate.

Breakfast – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Shakeology – 4oz water, 4oz Silk Vanilla soy milk, 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 1/2 Tbs peanut butter, 3 ice cubes – 245

Lunch – instead of eating pizza and cake at the birthday party my son went to I chose Taco Bell instead with a bean burrito and tostada – 370 + 250

PM Snack – 1 slice whole wheat bread, 2 Tbs hummus, 1 slice American cheese – 210

Dinner – went to McDonald’s because my son busted his lip playing basketball. A smoothie sounded good and we didn’t have enough fruit to make them. I wasn’t even tempted to have a smoothie, though. Just a McChicken sandwich, the new cheddar onion one. It was pretty tasty. I can’t seem to find any nutritional info online for that particular sandwich, but a regular one is 360 calories. Instead of mayo, the cheddar onion version has cheese and carmelized onions so I’m thinking it’s about the same.

Cheeseburger – 550 – no comment

Total calories – 1985

One of my best friends and I are going to do the TurboFire 5 Day Inferno at the same time so it made sense for us to go shopping together for the food we need in order to follow the eating plan. This is a master shopping list for everything one person needs for the 5 days following the plan exactly. (If you are starting with a lower body fat percentage there is info in the guide on how to modify the eating plan.) Some of the recipes in the guide make enough food for 2 or 4 people so I divided those recipes to get single servings. That way, certain ingredients on the list can be multiplied for different sized families. The list may look a bit daunting, but you probably have a lot of the ingredients on hand already and it covers 25 meals/snacks. If you don’t have Shakeology, contact me on facebook or twitter and I’ll help you out. I’ll be posting my progress and results as I go through the program. Can’t wait to get started!!

Tomato – 1/2 (Day 1), 1/2 (Day 2), 1 (Roma, Day 4), 2 slices (Day 5) = 3

Banana, medium – 1/2 (Day 1), 1/2 (Day 4), 1/2 (Day 5) = 3

Lettuce or mixed greens, cup – 3 (Day 1), 1 (Day 2), 2 (Day 4), 2 (Day 5) = 8

Cherry tomatoes – 5 (Day 1)

Celery, stalk – 1 (Day 1), 2 (Day 2), 1 (Day 5) = 4

Scallions – 3 (Day 1), 1 (Day 3) = 4

Broccoli, cup – *1 (Day 1)

Cantaloupe, cubed, cup – 3/4 (Day 2)

Avocado – 1/4 (Day 2), *1/8 (Day 3) = 1 – keeping the pit in the half you don’t use the first day will help keep it from browning in the fridge

Raisins – 10-15 (Day 2)

Pineapple ring, canned in juice, drained – **1 (Day 2), 2 (Day 3) = 3

Medium head of bok choy, roughly chopped – **1/2 (Day 2)

Zucchini – 1 (Day 3)

Large Carrot – 1 (Day 3), 1 (Day 5) = 2

Medium baking potato – 1 (Day 3), **1/2 (or 1 small, Day 4) = 2

Raspberries (or stawberries, blueberries, boysenberries) fresh, cup – 1/2 (Day 3)

Fresh cilantro, sprig – *2 (Day 3)

Apple, medium – 1 (Day 4)

Orange – 1 (Day 4)

Fresh spinach, oz – **6 (Day 4)

Alfalfa sprouts, cup – 1 (Day 5)

Cucumber – 3 slices (Day 5), 1 whole (Day 5) = 2

Red bell pepper – 1 (Day 5)

Peas, cup – **1/2 (Day 5)

Turkey bacon, slice – 1 (Day 1), 1 (Day 3) = 2

Tuna in water, oz – 4 (Day 1)

Chicken breast, uncooked, oz – *6 (Day 1), *3 (Day 3), 3 (Day 5) = 12

Turkey breast slices, oz  – 3 to 4 (Day 2)

Wild salmon without skin, oz – **4 (Day 2)

Grass-fed lean steak like loin, flank, skirt, oz – **4 (Day 4)

Turkey sausage links (approx 60-70 cals each) – 2 (Day 5)

Lean, boneless pork loin chop, oz – **4 (I don’t eat pork so I’ll sub poultry) (Day 5)

Shakeology, Chocolate, scoop or packet – 4 (Day 1,2,4,5)

Shakeology, Greenberry, scoop or packet – 1 (Day 3)

Walnut halves – 7  (Day 1)

Almond butter, Tbs – 1/2 (Day 1), 1 (Day 4) = 1 1/2

Peanut butter, tsp – 2 (Day 2), 3 (Day 2), 2 (Day 4) = 7

Raw almonds – 10 (Day 4)

Fat-free Ranch dressing, Tbs – 2 (Day 1), 2 (Day 3) = 4

Dijon mustard, tsp – *4 (Day 1), 3 (Day 4) = 7

Honey, tsp – *1 1/2 (Day 1), 1 (Day 2) = 2 1/2

Parsley flakes, tsp – *3/4 (Day 1)

Salt and pepper – to taste

Garlic salt – *to taste (Day 1)

Fat-free Italian dressing, Tbs – 1 (Day 2)

Teriyaki marinade or sauce, Tbs – **1 1/2 (Day 2)

Garlic clove – **1/2 (Day 2), **1 (Day 4) = 2

Sesame oil, tsp – **1/4 (Day 2)

Powdered ginger, tsp – **1/2 (Day 2)

Pico de gallo, tsp – *4 (Day 3)

Balsalmic vinegar, tsp – 1 (Day 4), 1 (Day 5 or low calorie dressing) = 2

Soy sauce, Tbs – **1/2 (Day 4)

Black pepper, Tbs – **1/2 (Day 4)

Strawberry preserves, tsp – 1 (Day 5)

Hummus, Tbs – 1 (Day 5)

Rosemary, Tbs – **1 (Day 5)

Olive oil, tsp. – **1/4 (Day 5)

Egg – 1 (Day 1), 2 (Day 4) = 3

Parmesan Cheese, Tbs – *1 (Day 1), **1 (Day 4) = 2

Strawberry yogurt, lowfat, oz – 6 (Day 2)

Low-fat cottage cheese, oz – 8 (Day 3), 2 (Day 4) = 10

Low-fat sour cream, tsp – 3 (Day 3), *3/4 (Day 3), **4 (Day 4) = 8

Low-fat cheese, slice – 1 (Day 3), 1 cheddar (Day 5) = 2

Nonfat milk, cup – 1 (Day 3), 1/2 (Day 5) = 1 1/2

Whole wheat bread, slice – 2 (Day 1)

Whole wheat tortilla (approx 70 cals) – 1 (Day 2), *1 (Day 3), 1 (Day 4) = 3

Brown rice, uncooked, Tbs – **3 (Day 2)

Black beans, cooked, cup – *1/2 (Day 3)

Quinoa, cooked, cup – *1/3 (Day 3)

Whole wheat waffle (appox 100 cals) – 1 (Day 5)

6-in whole wheat pita – 1/2 (Day 5)

Wild rice, dry, Tbs – **3 (Day 5)

* – original recipe was quadrupled to serve 4

** – original recipe was doubled to serve 2

You can also have tea and coffee sweetened with stevia if desired.

LET’S DO THIS!!!

2 slices turkey bacon – 70

2 “Cutie” mandarin oranges – 70

2 slices bread – 160

1 tsp butter – 35

1/4 c lowfat cottage cheese – 50

1 can chicken noodle soup (the lower sodium kind) – 150

Breakfast – Chocolate Orange Shakeology – wanted to go with a lower calorie recipe since I went a “little” overboard in the previous 24 hours – 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 8oz water, 2 Tbs frozen orange juice concentrate (the equivalent of 1/2 c of orange juice), 1 scoop Fiber Boost, 4 ice cubes – 225 If you like chocolate and orange together this one is delightful!

Snack – 1 c frozen peas, just warmed through, no salt – 105 Seems like kind of weird snack, but I love it!

Lunch – 2 slices whole wheat bread – 180, 6 Tbs hummus – 180, 1 slice American cheese – 60, 2 c broccoli potato soup – 220 1/2 c sugar-free Cool Whip – 80

2 slices garlic bread – 300 I know, right?? Ugh, processed foods….guess I can’t really complain, I’m the one who chose to eat it.

Popcorn with garlic granules and cayenne – 150

1 Yoplait Light cherry yogurt – 100

Didn’t really have “dinner”, just ate those last few things and then went to bed. Total calories – 2135

After noticing yesterday that I tended to reach for more calorie-dense foods at night out of habit I was determined to make an effort to fill up on more veggies. I did better, although there’s still some room for improvement. One big step in the right direction was having the burger patty with just A-1 sauce instead of putting it on a 180 calorie bun. Yay for me!

1 “Cutie” mandarin orange – 35

1 angus beef patty with 1 Tbs A-1 sauce – 215

1 roma tomato and 1 large cucumber with 1 Tbs Wishbone dressing – 90

1/4 bean and cheese quesadilla – 150

1/2 oz tortilla chips – 70

9oz edamame including pods – 150

whole wheat and turkey and cheese – 200

p90x Cafe Mocha protein bar – 250

Once I went to bed at 4am and then got back up a little after 7am, I threw my whole schedule off by venturing out for a walk instead of going back to bed. When I returned I posted 55 of the photos I took. It was a gorgeous day and I just had to share. As soon as I got back from the walk I had some Shakeology which was a great start, but the weird schedule really threw me off.

Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeology, Bananas Foster Recipe:  6oz water, 4oz Silk Vanilla soy milk, 1 scoop chocolate Shakeology, 1/2 large ripe banana, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4-1/2 tsp rum extract (didn’t measure), 1 scoop Fiber Boost, 4 ice cubes. – 275

I was in the zone posting all those photos and completely forgot to eat. When I was done I was HUNGRY (and tired which always makes hunger feel 10x worse) so I started grabbing food. My husband also came home hungry (it was about 3:30pm by this point) so I made food for both of us.

Lunch + whatever I shoved in my mouth while making lunch – 1 slice whole wheat bread and 1/4 c. hummus – 210

2 slices American cheese – 120

Yakisoba noodles with chicken, green beans and sauce – 350

Another burger patty, but this time I did eat the stupid bun which wasn’t that good and definitely NOT worth the extra calories and another slice of cheese with ketchup and mustard – 550 ugh!!!

Dinner – I decided to just have another Shakeology because I knew I needed something a lot healthier than what I’d been eating. This time I made a Mocha recipe because even though I don’t normally drink coffee I knew I needed to get some more things done and I was really feeling the lack of sleep. Plus, it was quite warm and I just wanted something cold and refreshing. It definitely hit the spot and gave me the energy I needed to deal with the rest of my day/night. I used 8oz Silk Vanilla soy milk, 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 1 rounded tsp instant coffee, 1 scoop Fiber Boost and 5 ice cubes – 275 and delightful!

Total calories – a whopping 2940!! Yikes! Good thing I took that nice, long walk which burned around 800-900 calories so I probably broke even for the 24 hour period. Just goes to show how much easier it is to eat right when you get enough sleep, plan ahead, and eat every few hours instead of going for long periods of time between meals. Well, tomorrow is another day!

This is a continuation from yesterday. Like I said, I would be eating more after midnight because I go to bed so late. It’s amazing how quickly calories add up when you’re not paying attention, even when the food is healthy.

This is everything I consumed after wrapping up yesterday’s journal and before I went to bed.

3 whole walnuts – 100

1 “Cutie” Mandarin – 35

2 Tbs sugar-free Cool Whip – 20

Turkey sandwich with mustard and American cheese on whole wheat – 350

1 oz. corn chips – 140

1/2 c. lowfat cottage cheese – 100

1 slice Italian bread with 1 Tbs hummus – 110

One thing I’m noticing as I go through the list is that I tend to reach for calorie-dense foods late at night instead of veggies which you can eat a lot of with few calories, especially raw ones. Now on to today.

Pre-breakfast (I wanted to eat something when I got up to get the kids off to school just to get my metabolism going, but I knew I’d be going back to sleep so I didn’t want a lot) – 1/2 large banana – 60

Breakfast (at 3pm) – Chocolate Banana Nut Muffin Shakeology (4oz water, 4oz Silk Vanilla Soy Milk, 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology, 1/2 large very ripe banana, 1 tsp natural peanut butter (wish I had remembered we have walnuts!), 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbs quick oats, 1 scoop Fiber Boost and 3 ice cubes) – 315

 “Lunch” (aka Dinner to the rest of the family) – Bean and cheese burrito (1 large tortilla, not whole wheat even though it would be healthier but if I’m going to eat a tortilla every once in a while I want to enjoy it and I haven’t really found a good whole wheat version that I enjoy for burritos, 1/2 c fat-free refried beans, 2 Tbs salsa, 1 Tbs fat-free plain yogurt because it has one forth the calories of light sour cream and once it’s in a burrito I don’t notice a difference, and 2 Tbs shredded Mexican blend cheese) – 360

At this point I’ve eaten 1590 calories since my last post. I don’t have the totals for everything else like fiber, fat, protein and carbs because for some reason the bodybugg program isn’t opening and I’m too lazy right now to add it all up. No doubt I’ll eat something else before I go to bed and will try to focus on good stuff that’s low in calories as opposed to low calorie foods that are basically just chemicals with no nutritional value. Sometimes I wish I could just drink Shakeology and not have to worry about it. See you tomorrow!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I used to post a daily food journal. After a while I started to whine and complain about it and say that it was driving me crazy. Soon after, I began to slack off more and more, making adjustments to the way I posted and how often and now I just throw a recipe up every once in a while. Well, the reality is that I have a lifetime of bad eating habits to deal with and I need the accountability because just as my journaling has slacked off, so have my eating habits. And that’s not ok because I’ve put a lot of time and effort into getting fit and healthy! I’m not about to throw that all away because it can be a pain to actually pay attention to every single thing I eat.

Maybe that seems a bit melodramatic, but I’ve been on the weight loss rollercoaster long enough to know how easy it is to slide back into old habits and one day wake up realizing that those jeans that were getting so loose they were falling off are starting to fit a little too well again. Nope, I’m not letting that happen again. Time to put my foot down, put on my big girl panties (referring to maturity, not size…ha ha), quit complaining and just do it. Please feel free to remind me of this post when my resolve starts to weaken again which I know it will. Success isn’t about always feeling like doing what you need to do, but doing it even when you don’t feel like it.

Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeology with 2 tsp peanut butter, 1/2 c organic vanilla Silk, water and ice – 250 cals

AM Snack – 1/4 c Meza hummus and 3 celery stalks – 140 cals

Lunch – hmmm, this was technically dinner because I slept from about 11 am to 3pm. I have kind of a weird schedule because I stay up really late (at least 3am) to spend time with my husband who’s schedule is even crazier than mine. Anyway, I had 4oz chicken breast seasoned with Season-All (keeping it simple) – 187 cals, 3 cups Romaine with 2 Tbs Wishbone Italian dressing – 105 cals, and 2 cups broccoli potato soup – 220 cals, which was a happy accident. I intended to make mashed potatoes and gravy, but realized I only had three smallish potatoes. Not exactly enough for four people. I thought about posting a separate recipe, but it was so ridiculously easy I’m just going to include it here.

I peeled 3 small to medium potatoes and cut them in large cubes. Then I cut up about 3 cups broccoli including the stem which I peeled first. All of that went into about 4 cups boiling water and simmered uncovered until the potatoes and broccoli were soft enough to blend. I dropped in 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 1 tsp dried minced onion and 3 cloves of garlic, pressed. Then I blended until smooth (a hand blender works great for this). Finally, I combined one 12 oz can of evaporated milk (cream cheese would work, too, like I used in the Potato Corn Chowder) with 2 Tbs cornstarch in another container. Once it was mixed well I slowly poured it into the soup, stirring constantly until it thickened. Finally, I added a little kosher salt and plenty of black pepper. When I served it I sprinkled mine with cayenne pepper.

It’s almost 8pm now and the only other thing I plan on eating between now and midnight is 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt with a sliced banana, a packet of Truvia and a few drops of coconut extract. – 210 cals

Total calories – 1112, Protein – 88 g, Carbs – 121 g, Fat – 36 g, Fiber 16 g

I’m sure I’ll eat something else before I go to bed, but I’ll include it in tomorrow’s post. See you then!

With big things happening all over the world like the royal wedding and the death of Osama bin Laden, it’s easy to forget that there are people still dealing with the aftermath of the tornadoes that touched down in the Southeast recently. I used to live very close to areas that were hit hard so the people there have a special place in my heart. Years ago, I had my own scary tornado experience that involved smashing my truck into a downed tree that was blocking the road. It was nighttime on a curvy back road with rain pouring down and I was alone. I know I had angels watching over me because I hit the tree in the only way possible to keep a large section of the trunk from coming into the cab and smashing into me. Amazingly, I walked away from the accident with no injuries whatsoever, though I can’t say the same for the truck.

I was extremely fortunate, but sadly that’s not the case for those who recently lost so much. I can’t even imagine going through something like that, having to start over…possibly missing loved ones, too. We all need to reach out and help each other and even though we can’t all be there to sort through the piles of rubble or give a hug to someone who’s feeling completely overwhelmed by the loss there is something we can do by donating to the organizations that are there. It’s easy to feel disconnected when you’re not there in the middle of it, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here, another blogger shows unbelievable before and after photos. This video shows damage done in Ringgold, Georgia, just one of the many towns destroyed within a few miles of where I used to live.

For the month of May, any money my husband and I make through our Beachbody coaching sites will be donated to help the families there. So if you or someone you know has been thinking about trying any of the Beachbody fitness programs like P90X, Insanity, Turbo Jam, TurboFire, ChaLEAN Extreme and many others or nutrition supplements like vitamins, Shakeology, Results and Recovery drink or P90X protein bars please consider ordering through one of our sites so you can help yourself live a healthier life and also help the people who are trying to rebuild their lives. I can even help you figure out which program is best for you, your lifestyle and your goals. And for each new coach that joins our team, even if it’s just for the 25% discount on the products, we’ll donate $20.  To find our Beachbody Coaching websites, send me a message on facebook and I’ll make sure you get the link or you can leave a comment. You can even help just by spreading the word. You can invite your friends and family to pass this info along by going to the facebook event page and inviting them or by sharing this post on facebook, twitter or WordPress. The buttons are just below. Thanks for helping!

Today is Easter which means different things to different people, but one thing seems to be the same with everyone…food. I find it interesting that humans include food as such an important part of their celebrations. Why do you think that is? Please leave a comment with your theories. In the spirit of all that food, here are the photos I’ve taken of things I’ve eaten over the past couple of weeks. (It’s about time I finally got around to posting them.) Scroll over the photos if you want to see the descriptions. If you want a recipe or more info, just ask!

Shakeology 3-day Cleanse – Day 3

Just as I thought, the kids found the frozen strawberries so my first shake of the day was Greenberry with mango puree from Trader Joe’s. I love that stuff. There have been too many times where I’ve shelled out good money for fresh mangoes, waited patiently for them to ripen and then cut them open to find they’ve turned brown even though they’re barely soft. No more! The frozen puree is perfect for shakes and it’s not stringy. Between the ice and mango I ended up with a very large shake. It didn’t all fit in the 16oz shaker cup. I just wish my camera did a better job of capturing the color. It’s actually much more vibrant and not really the color of pea soup.

I got a late start to my day (notice the time on the stove when I made my first shake) so I didn’t end up following the plan exactly. If I had weighed myself before I started I would’ve been more concerned with doing things exactly according to plan so I could share my results, but I got what I needed out of it. I definitely feel less fluffy, my clothes are fitting much better, and I’m hydrated again. And perhaps the most important benefit, I’m just interested in eating things that are good for me because I need them instead of eating whatever just for the taste. It’s amazing how much your mindset toward food can change in just three days. Once you realize how much better you feel after eating healthy you don’t want to go back to eating junk because you realize it’s just not worth it.