Tuesday, December 10, 2013

P90X3 Packages and Details

 P90X3!!-It has FINALLY arrived! We know what it is. We know anyone can do it. Now let's talk details! What's included? What package options are there? What is the pricing?

How long does it take to complete P90X3?
P90X3 is a 90 day program, split into 3 Blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 each consist of 4 weeks, while Block 3 lasts 5 weeks.
Additionally, the Elite Block calendar, which is an optional block to be completed AFTER the initial 90 days, lasts 4 weeks.
The Elite Block includes 3 workouts not included within the P90X3 Base Kit. These workouts and calendar can be found within the P90X3 Deluxe and Ultimate Kits. In addition, they can also be purchased separately.
How long are the workouts for P90X3?
All P90X3 workouts are 30 minutes. The lone exception is the X3 Ab Ripper workout (15 minutes), included within the Deluxe Kit. Most workouts include a 2-3 minute cool down period.
What is included in P90X3?
P90X3 Base Kit Includes:
  • 16 unique and brand new workouts on 8 DVDs
  • Plus, 5 Free Gifts
  • Fitness Guide
  • Nutrition Guide
  • 90 Day Workout Calendar
  • How to Accelerate Intro DVD
  • 24/7 Online Support
  • Network Exclusive P90X One on One: On One Leg DVD
  • Network Exclusive Premium P90X3 Hat ($24.95 value) - December Only!
Base Kit Pricing
  • Retail           $119.85 + S&H
  • Club             $107.87
To Order the base kit CLICK HERE

P90X3 Deluxe Kit
Includes everything in the Base Kit PLUS:
  • 3 Elite Extreme workouts on 1 DVD
  • Includes free Elite Block Calendar
  • 1-Month E&E Tub
  • 3 B-Lines Resistance Bands
Deluxe Kit Pricing
  • Retail           $239.70 + S&H
  • Club             $215.73
To Order the Deluxe Kit CLICK HERE

P90X3 Ultimate Kit
Includes everything in the Base & Deluxe Kits PLUS:
  • 1-Month R&R Tub
  • Gym-Quality P90X® Chin-Up Bar
  • P90X® Chin-Up Max
  • Premium Beachbody Jump Mat
Ultimate Kit Pricing
  • Retail           $329.55 + S&H
  • Club             $296.60
To Order the Ultimate Kit CLICK HERE

P90X3 Elite DVDs:
Includes the add on phase:
  • 3 Elite Extreme workouts on 1 DVD
  • Includes free Elite Block Calendar
To Order the Elite DVD's CLICK HERE
P90X3 Challenge Pack
Retail Price: $205 (December Promotional Price: $180)
  • P90X3 Base Kit
  • 30-Day Supply of Shakeology HD
  • 30-Day VIP Team Beachbody Club Membership
  • P90X3 hat (Included in packs purchased between December 10-December 31)
  • Your own personal coach (Me!) to help you reach your goals!
To Order your Challenge Pack CLICK HERE

What are the P90X3 workouts?


Now that you know ALL about P90X3 and what the program offers to get special offers, discounts and a free gift with any P90X3 purchase during December, Go Here  to make a free account with our team and to get the inside scoop on all the details, offers, tools and resources that Beachbody has to offer! Interested in getting the coach discount? Email me at fitpush@gmail.com ...Are you ready to train accelerated?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Eating For Balance

Keeping your body in balance should be one of your top priorities. When your car isn't running properly, you take it into the shop.  If your child is sick, you take them to the doctor.  When your most prized and important possessions aren't functioning the way they should, you do something about it! Why should your body be any different?!  Unfortunately we live in a highly toxic environment these days and our bodies, the most important thing we have, are reaping all of the negative effects.  FORTUNATELY there is something we can do about it to get them back to their optimal, functioning level and health!  Eating and alkaline based diet can help your body reach it's neutral pH level where it will be functioning at homeostasis->It's balanced state!

What is pH? pH stands for "potential Hydrogen" and measures how acidic or how alkaline a solution is, in this case, your blood.  The pH scale ranges from Acid (0) to Alkaline (14).  Neutral range on the pH scale is 7 and you want your body's pH to be slightly more alkaline at a range of 7.35-7.45. 

What are the benefits of a healthy pH level? pH is one of the most important elements affecting our body function and optimal health. pH influences every physiologic activity in our bodies, including metabolism, pain, and disease! From our breathing and heart rates, to the digestion of food, acid and alkaline play a MAJOR role in all of our bodies functions. Although our blood, lungs and kidneys have their own control mechanisms to keep everything in balance, DIET can play a big role in helping create and maintain homeostasis within our bodies. 

How do I get a proper pH level with nutrition? By eating a ratio of acidic and alkaline foods. Remember, you want your pH level to be slightly alkaline.  A healthy diet should consist of 60% alkaline foods and 40% acidic foods.  If your current diet has been mostly acidic, eat 80% alkaline and 20% acidic for at least a few weeks.

What foods are alkaline? 


What foods are Acidic?


  Keeping a healthy pH level means living in balance.  You want to eliminate as much negativity and toxicity as possible.  Meditation and Yoga help relieve stress and promote relaxation. Regular exercise has numerous benefits for you, and most of all keeping a balanced diet with the proper acid to alkaline ratios. Remember: 60-80% alkaline foods and 20-40% acid foods! Living in balance, creates an overall optimal health for your body and your mind!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Healthy Eating 101

Healthy eating can be extremely overwhelming when you are first starting out! If you just make some simple swaps when beginning your journey the rest will start to fall into place and you can kick it up a notch from there.  Start exchanging your usual foods for some of these and you'll start feeling better, getting healthier and dropping some inches in no time! You'll be surprised at what a few simple swaps here and there will really do for you!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It's coming!!! P90X3





All good things come in threes, but be warned: P90X3 is far from a trilogy. No, P90X3 is NOT the kid sister workout. It’s the workout that took notes from it’s siblings, then condensed, and accelerated to become the most dynamic and fastest workout yet.  You DO NOT need to have completed P90X or P90X2 to do P90X3 it is NOT a continuation of its predecessors.
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The ultimate excuse busterTime is the biggest excuse. I know personally for myself it's hard to devote 60-90 minutes a day for working out. P90X3 solves that. Every workout is 30 minutes and the clock starts the minute you push play. Before you know it you are 15 minutes in, halfway done, then it’s over and you are one workout closer to the six-pack of your dreams. So much research has been done that shows you get the bulk of your benefits from your workout within the first 30 minutes of exercise. Thank goodness, right?

Muscle acceleration explainedMany P90X fans were hooked on the science of muscle confusion – which introduced variety to the workouts and prevented plateauing. P90X3 takes a hint from that success and from studies showing the most dramatic body transformations happen within the first 30 minutes of exercise. Enter muscle acceleration, a Tony Horton-approved highly-structured schedule with an incredibly high level of intensity and an unprecedented variety of moves. The gurus behind P90X3 combined exercises and added some twists to maximize your time and keep every muscle challenged for a full 30 minutes.

Say goodbye to boredomWhich brings us to the fun-factor. Host, world-renown fitness ledgend, Tony Horton does not disappoint. With his witty one-liners and can-do mantras, he’ll simultaneously have you laughing and fired-up to bust out that final rep. Along with the constant entertainment, P90X3 has the most workouts of any Beachbody program. With 16 workouts in the base kit, they switch it up before you have a chance to consider boredom. From cardio to strength to yoga & pilates to MMX, there is something for everyone at any fitness level.

The ideal P90X3-erIt may seem lofty to proclaim, but P90X3 is indeed a workout for everyone.  Everyone searching for tighter abs and leaner muscles, that is. But fitness novices and experts need not be afraid by P90X3’s come-one-come-all invitation. You don’t have to have any previous P90X experience in order to get killer results. For the beginner, the variety of workouts in P90X3 is the perfect place to discover their fitness style. If the move can be modified there is a cast member showing you how. But don’t expect to be an expert on day one. (Yes, fitness veterans will still be challenged.) As Tony says, ”You don’t get off easy, you just get to finish faster!” 

It doesn’t stop thereAnd of course there are some bells and whistles too good to ignore. First off, the Coach exclusive: If P90X3 is purchased through me as your Coach any time from December 10th – 31st (including Challenge Packs), the customer receives an exclusive P90X3 baseball cap. What better way to spread the word about this revolutionary program?

And last but not least, we have the app: Yes, now for the first time the P90X app is available on Android and iOS (will be available 12/10 on Android) The app includes P90X guided workouts, tools to track your reps, weights and progress. Launching soon, is the P90X3 addition – which brings you workout specific tracking modules, scheduling options and the motivation you need to power through the 90 days. P90X3 scheduling and tracking will be available on the app for Android on 12/10 and is coming soon for iPhone. Check out the app and get ready to bring it!


The program itself is made up of 16, 30 minute workouts. The workouts include cardio, weight/resistance training, Pilates, Yoga and MMX so you never get bored and there is a little something for everyone. You will also receive a nutrition guide to make sure you are fueling your body properly for your workouts, and to help you reach your goals.  A 90 day calendar is also included as well as a program manual so you never have to guess what workout to do and get tips on how to properly do them! You have your set schedule all you have to do is Push Play! The base kit for the program is priced at $119.

In my opinion the challenge pack is the way to go! If you want to be set up for success, especially when looking for support with nutrition the challenge pack is the way to go.  With over $80 in savings you receive the COMPLETE system, 30 days of Shakeology, 30 days of complimentary Team Beachbody club membership AND free shipping!  This is definitely the way to go for maximum results with maximum savings. Beachbody is offering the challenge pack at an introductory price of $180 from the original price point of $205 from December 10-December 31.

There is also a P90X app available for iPhone and Android. This way you can have your favorite workout program with you on the go. The P90X3 addition will be available so you can schedule and track your workouts to keep you motivated and going strong.


Are you ready to train Accelerated? Want the details first and to reserve your spot in the December 17th Challenge groups?! Spots are limited so make yourself a FREE membership on my team HERE and reserve you spot TODAY! Why wait? It's only 30 minutes to get in the best shape of your life!! Devote the 2% of your day to yourself. You deserve it.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin Pancakes-Gluten free!

Pumpkin Oat Pancakes - Gluten Free!


These pancakes are perfect when you are having that pumpkin craving! I was a little unsure of how they are going to taste but they are UH-MAZ-ING! They are made from oat flour (instructions how to make oat flour below) which makes them gluten free! Note that these pancakes are to be cooked low and slow!

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp melted butter (coconut oil can be used as a substitute)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (about one small lemon, juiced)
1 Tsp pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
1 Tsp vanilla extract
2 Eggs
1 Cup oat flour (Instructions to make oat flower are below)
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon 
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves or Allspice

Directions

For the oat flower measure one cup of old fashioned oats (not quick cooking) and chop in a food processor until fine and like the consistency of flour.  One cup oats yields about one cup flour.

In a large mixing bowl combine oat flower, baking soda, salt and spices and mix together. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, melted butter, lemon juice, syrup and extract.  Mix in eggs thoroughly.

Create a small well in the bowl of dry ingredients and begin to pour in pumpkin mixture.  Mix until everything is combined evenly but DO NOT OVER MIX! Let mixture stand for 10 minutes!

Heat a skillet or nonstick pan.  I used a bigger griddle because these pancakes need to be cooked low and slow and I wanted to cook more at once.  Splash some water over the heated griddle and when the water sizzles it is time to get cooking!

I spooned about a 1/4 cup onto the griddle.  The batter is a little thicker than normal pancakes so I just spread the batter out a little bit with the back of the spoon.  Cook for about 3 minutes or until the batter puffs up a bit and the bottom is a nice golden brown.  Flip and flatten out and cook for another few minutes.  You want the inside to be cooked and fluffy but be careful not to burn the outside!

Stack them up and grab some pure maple syrup and enjoy!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Meal Prep





For as long as I can remember I have always been a snacker! I would much rather graze my way through the day than sit down and eat an actual meal.  Needless to say when I was trying to lose weight and the pounds weren’t coming off-- it was definitely due to over eating.  Once I joined my first challenge group and got a better idea of a healthy lifestyle, things finally started to make sense.  Meal prepping soon became the biggest factor in my successful eating habits, which led to a very healthy and successful weight loss!  The most important thing that I have learned is just because it is a healthier option doesn’t mean you can eat until your heart is content! With that being said meal prep is KEY! I meal prep my meals, snacks, EVERYTHING! Sundays and Thursday’s are my main days for meal prep.  I make enough to get me through most of the week, and if the weekend is jammed with plans, I definitely do extra prep on Thursdays just to make sure there are no slip ups.

First things first! Before we get started on meal prep you need to know what your serving size is! I follow the hand rule.  It’s much easier to remember than the old deck of cards, golf ball size, baseball size—yada yada yada idea.  So to start, take a look at your open hand-- your palm is the serving of your protein. Now make a cupped hand or a fist.  That is your serving of grains and fruits. Make two cupped hands and you got your serving size for veggies. Simple, right?  Now make a fist! This is the size of your stomach. Kind of puts things into perspective doesn’t it!? Now that you have the idea of your serving sizes specific to you, it’s time to put it to action and prep away and portion it all out!


Before we get into the cooking part we need containers to put all the deliciousness into! I use glass containers to help keep things fresh and because I don’t care for chemicals that may be in plastic containers. Not saying you HAVE to use glass, it’s just my personal preference. I use Glasslock Snapware because they are simple, keep foods fresh and are BPA free!



MEAL PREP ORGANIZATION

1.    Make a PLAN!  Find a recipe or two, decide on your fruits and veggies that sound yummy or are in season, make yourself a list and head to the grocery store.  STICK TO YOUR LIST! You are shopping SPECIFICALLY for these items to get you through the week. You do not need any extras, especially temptations. Remember, meal prep is for a week’s worth, not a day’s worth of food. So go prepared to get a bunch of food! Not just one little chicken breast! Remember you can always utilize your freezer! Costco is great for buying frozen chicken breasts. Just take out what you need!

2.    Once you’re ready to start your prep wash and rinse anything that may need it.  These are your fruits and veggies that keep their peeling on when consumed, foods that are not organic, and anything that has probably been handled by other people.  So in other words...WASH IT ALL! You never know what bacteria you can pick up just from foods not being washed and rinsed!

3.    Organize yourself. This one is huge for me. I always get caught up in what I’m doing and then jump right to the next thing. Meal prepping can be overwhelming, especially when you’re new to it and new to cooking, so take it one recipe and task at a time. This also makes things easier when it comes time for the dreaded clean up.

So you have your plan, you’re cooking your recipes, now let’s go over some easy tips for keeping things on hand for the week, especially snacks. Eating frequently throughout the day not only helps your metabolism, but it keeps your blood sugar steady so you don’t over eat when it’s meal time and so you don’t feel hungry or deprived throughout the day.  Meal prepping snacks is VERY important.  Like I said before, just because it is healthy, doesn’t mean you can eat it in unlimited quantities. Use sandwich bags for fruits and veggies or containers so they are portioned out; otherwise it is very easy to over eat fruits. I use a big container for meats though.

FOODS TO HAVE AT THE READY!

+ Raw/Steamed veggies –great to have cut up and ready to add to any salad, omelet or snack

+ Fruits portioned out into serving size bags-Remember fruit is made of sugar, though it is natural sugar it’s still sugar and should be eaten in moderation

+ Grilled chicken breasts (whole and diced) –perfect for meals, salads, even add to eggs for extra protein.

+ Lettuce-any kinds, mix a bunch of different kinds to get a boat load of vitamins! Chop, rinse and grab a handful-heck grab a couple handfuls and fill up!

+ Nuts portioned out into serving size bags –Nuts are very easy to over eat so portion them out!

+ Cooked beans- I use dry black beans, soak them and then cook them to keep the sodium level low and to add to literally anything for some added protein!

+ Hard boiled eggs- These are a staple in my fridge! When life gets busy and I need something quick I grab a couple of these and either just snack on them or add to a salad. They are very convenient to have handy.



Now that your foods are cooked, meals are portioned out, and dishes are done, rest assured knowing you have set yourself up for complete nutritional success for the week! No need to deviate from your well thought out plan! Just think, in two more weeks this will be a habit and the benefits of it all will be obvious! Remember it’s easier to go for a healthier option if they are available and ready to eat! Next time you find yourself standing in front of the fridge you’ll already have the work done! The hard part is over all you have to do is grab and go!





Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Shakeology No-Bake Bars



Shakeology isn’t just for drinking! There are many recipes to make tasty treats using Shakeology but this one is my absolute favorite!

WARNING: These are EXTREMELY delicious! You may find yourself devouring the entire dish!

Ingredients:

1 Serving Vanilla Shakeology
4 Cups old-fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
1 Cup dried fruit (I used a combination of blueberries, cranberries and cherries)
1 Cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 Cup slivered almonds
1/2 Cup ground flaxseed
1 Cup almond butter
1 Cup honey


Directions:

1.   Place oatmeal, Shakeology, dried fruit, chocolate chips, almonds and flaxseed into a large bowl; toss until all dry ingredients are evenly distributed.


2. Place almond butter and honey into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted and smooth.



3. Allow almond butter and honey mixture to cool slightly so the chocolate chips do not melt. (I was impatient so the chocolate chips melted. It’s no big deal if they do melt.)  Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix well until everything is coated evenly.

4. Firmly press mixture into a buttered 9x13 baking dish.

5.  Refrigerate until set, about 2-3 hours.

6. Cut into squares and enjoy!



Friday, August 9, 2013

Grain Free Vegan Lasagna

Grain Free Vegan Lasagna
With Pumpkin Seed Pesto


For a few weeks now I have been cutting down on meats and other animal products.  I’m not here to preach or pressure anyone on becoming vegan or vegetarian, I just want to share this AMAZING recipe that tastes EXACTLY like lasagna.  With the last name Delicati, it’s obvious that I have had my fair share of authentic Italian food.  I found this recipe but made my own tweaks to lower calories and increase its nutritional value. Give this recipe a go! It is packed with nutrition and is absolutely DELICIOUS!

Tools You Need:
-9 X 13 Baking Dish
-Food Processor or Mini Blender
-Mandolin Slicer (or really sharp knife)

Ingredients for Pumpkin Seed Pesto:
-1/2 Cup Shelled Pumpkin Seeds
-5-6 Leaves of Fresh Basil
-1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-1/2 Large Garlic Clove
-Pinch of Sea Salt

Ingredients for Lasagna:
-2 Medium Size Eggplants
-45 oz. or 3-15 oz. Cans of Great Northern Beans (I used dry beans that I soaked the night before to cut down on sodium and preservatives)
-16 oz. Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms
-5 Tbsp. Nutrition Yeast
-2 Tbsp. Dry Parsley Flakes
-6 Cups Pasta Sauce (I didn’t use our family recipe because it includes meat, I just did the store bought, low sodium version-2 Jars)
-1 1/2 Cups Cauliflower (Fresh or frozen, it doesn’t matter)
-Pinch of Sea Salt
- Coconut Oil or Spray Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-In a sautee pan, spray with coconut or olive oil spray, add mushrooms over low-medium heat to cook.
-Cook the Cauliflower in a pot by steaming it.
-While the mushrooms and cauliflower are cooking, prepare the Pumpkin Seed Pesto.
For Pumpkin Seed Pesto add the pumpkin seeds, garlic, and basil to a food processor or mini blender. Pulse until everything is evenly chopped.  Add a pinch of salt and the Olive Oil. Blend until there is an even consistency, scraping the sides of the food processor as needed. Set aside.
-In your food processor combine beans, steamed cauliflowers, nutritional yeast, and parsley flakes. Blend until smooth.  This is the “Ricotta” so you want it to be spreadable and a creamy, thick texture.
-Using your Mandolin or extra sharp knife (be careful using both) slice your eggplant into 1/8 of an inch slices for your “noodles”
-Ladle a light layer of sauce in the bottom of your baking dish to prevent sticking. Then begin your Layers!

1. Eggplant slices in a thin layer on top of the sauce (overlapping slices to avoid gaps)
2. Spread a thin layer of the bean mixture over the eggplant
3. Add about 2 tbsp. of the pumpkin seed pesto and spread it over the    bean mixture. (Feel free to mix the pesto in with the beans to make it easier for spreading the pesto)
4. Add a layer of sautéed mushrooms
5. Ladle a thin layer of sauce over mushrooms, covering to the edges

-Repeat layers 1-5 until reaching the top, cover mushrooms with a layer of the eggplant and then cover with a thick layer of sauce
-You should end up with about 4 layers
-Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until eggplant is tender and lasagna is bubbling
-Let cool for 20 minutes before serving


Enjoy!
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