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My Oatmeal Review

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I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I eat oats everyday for breakfast…. and I have been for over a year.  🙂  I love oats and its one of the only breakfast type foods that my stomach can handle now.  But eating plain oats for so long can get a little boring.

So when I had the opportunity from Fit Approach to review a bag of oatmeal from MyOatmeal.com I jumped at the chance.  My Oatmeal is a family run company that lets you customize your organic oatmeal every step of the way.  Their oatmeal is free of preservatives, artificial flavors or dyes, and absolutely delicious.  They offer customizable PB Lean in addition to oats.

Ordering my bag of oatmeal was extremely easy.  (My Oatmeal offers premade mixes as well)  They offer 3 sizes of bags, 6 types of oats including gluten free (yay!), and a large variety of flavors, fruits, nuts & seeds, and sweeteners.  Once you are finished deciding on a mix, you get choose a name for your mix.  I love how this oatmeal is truly my own!  The website also includes a Nutrition Facts bar on the side which changes automatically depending on how you build your custom blend.  A great feature if you are tracking your macros!!

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MyOatmeal.com Custom Blend webpage

I decided that since I am unable to eat cake for my birthday next week (food allergies), I was going to make a birthday oatmeal mix to enjoy throughout the month.  There were so many options but I ended up choosing the medium size with gluten free oats, red velvet cake and sweet icing flavors with brown cane sugar as a sweetener.  I named it “Dirty 30 Birthday Mix” ;), placed my order, and off it went to the kitchen to be made.  The process went very fast and I received my bag within a few days of ordering.
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When I received my MyOatmeal package I was surprised by how much oatmeal was in a medium size (and was also surprised that they included an extra small bag of oatmeal)!!  I literally ripped it open right then to try some!
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Even though it looks like plain oatmeal, it smelled amazing.  I added some water and coconut milk, microwaved for a few minutes, and dug right in.  It tasted delicious.  The flavors were more intense than I expected (in a good way, it actually tasted like cake with icing!).  Some days I add fruit to the mix but even without the fruit and it tastes great. I am very happy to be feeding my body with oatmeal that is free of processed junk and still tasty. It is well worth the price of the product. I don’t know how I had eaten plain oatmeal for so long now that I’ve tried MyOatmeal.com.  I can’t wait to experiment and use My Oatmeal birthday mix in other recipes.

The owners of My Oatmeal have generously offered a coupon code to YOU!!  Use coupon code “HEALTHY15” for 15% off you order.  I will be placing another order soon, I already have a few combinations in mind!!  Let me know how you enjoy your customized oats from MyOatmeal.com!

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Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample from MyOatmeal.com for review.  All opinions are my own and I have not been paid for this review

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Body Beast: Meal Plan Week 3

Today was the end of the Build phase in Body Beast.  Beast Cardio was on the schedule.  It is only the second cardio day in 3 weeks and being a (former) cardio bunny, I was super excited.  That was until about 5 minute into the workout!!  Beast Cardio kicked my booty!  It is pretty much weights, just faster.  My heart rate was sky high, I was gasping for air, my muscles were shaking, and I’m still sore from this morning… always a good sign of a great workout!

I walked away feeling like this:

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Some days Body Beast is a pure challenge.  This program is unlike anything I have done before.  I am already seeing some serious progress in the last three weeks and I’m excited to see what the Build phase will bring!!  Reading this encouraging tweet from the Body Beast team themselves is going to push me even more!  Thanks guys!2013-04-12_13-11-26

This past week I have been super hungry.  I had lowered my calories my calories for week 2 thinking that I was eating too much.  I was wrong.  As soon as I finished a meal I was looking forward to the next one.  I could hear my stomach growl about an hour after I had eating.  I upped my calories back up this week to 2500 calories.  It sounds really high but my body has been satisfied.  I have even noticed my body leaning out, which I thought was impossible eating so many calories and carbs!

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2500 calories – Build Phase

  • Meal 1: Overnight Oats.  1/2 cup oats, 1/2 scoop Whey powder, 1/4 cup almond milk, 4 fresh strawberries, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 1 Tbsp almond butter, cinnamon and stevia to taste
  • PreWorkout: Amin.o. Energy
  • PostWorkout: Protein shake.  1 banana, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1 scoop Anabolic Halo protein powder, water and ice
  • Meal 2: 2 oz chicken, 6 oz sweet potato, 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2  cup green beans, 6 almonds
  • Meal 3: 3 oz tuna, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup Brussels sprouts, 1 oz avocado, 1 slice Ezekiel toast, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Meal 4: 2 oz ground turkey, 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2 cup green beans, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 cutie orange, 6 almonds
  • Meal 5: varies
  • Meal 6: 2 egg whites, 1/3 cup Jasmine rice, 1 Tbsp salsa

Meal 5 options:

  • Sagi Protein Salad
  • 4 oz grilled steak, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1.5 cups sautéed mushrooms and onions
  • Body Beast chicken fajitas (without tortillas), 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 5 oz salmon, 2 red potatoes, 1 cup mixed veggies
  • Body Beast turkey chili
  • Body Beast Beef & Broccoli, 1/2 cup brown rice
  • Baby back ribs, 2 red potatoes, 1 cup green beans

I bulked the majority of my carbs pre- and post-workout instead of eating them equally throughout the day like my last plans.  I also realize that baby back ribs isn’t the *healthiest* option out there.  I always want to cheat on the weekends so this meal is planned on Sunday and still fits my macros.  I’m looking forward to my “mini cheat”.

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Week 2 DONE!

This morning I officially finished week 2 of Body Beast!!  Back and Biceps were on the schedule and I hit them hard and heavy again.

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Week 2 of any program I have completed has always been one of the hardest weeks.  During week 1, I am excited and full of hope about how much my body will change over the next 60 or 90 days.  When I complete the workouts, I put everything I can into them.  By week 2 I am sore and tired.  I have beat up my body constantly for two weeks and it just wants to stop.  My brain starts playing tricks on me saying that my body hasn’t changed much physically, so why keep going?  I tend to second guess my program choice and wonder if I have it in me to complete it.  Week 2 isn’t a pretty sight.

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But even with all these feelings, I know I must push forward.  I remember why I started this journey and put those goals as #1 in my mind.  I can’t… I won’t… give up.  I must focus on the positives.  Already in the two weeks I have gotten stronger.  My weights that I’ve written down on my workouts each session prove that.  The sugar and junk food cravings I had from last week are gone.  I have put 100% into eating clean and staying on my meal plan.  I can envision what my body can look like in weeks to come and I know that if I just keep pushing through my silly mental barriers I can become stronger both physically and mentally.

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Week 3 starts tomorrow with shoulders and abs.  It is no longer about me comparing myself to others.  It is me vs. me.  Week 3 will be amazing and I will make it that way!  I am ready to show Body Beast that I am ready to be the best ME possible!  So bring it on, I’m ready for you!!!


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Body Beast: Week 2 Meal Plan

Wow, have the last few days been super busy!!  Spring break is over and it is back to the daily routine for us.  I started Body Beast during the kids’ spring break so my workouts happened whenever I was able to get them in.  Now that school is back in, I’m aiming for workouts after I drop the oldest two off (which leaves only my youngest home).

As for workouts lately — I am SO SORE!!!!  Yesterday was rest day and my body needed it!!  My shoulders and traps are still sore from two days ago!  Body Beast is definitely one intense program – nothing less than what I would expect from Beachbody.  I am consistently increasing my weights each week so I know that all this soreness will be worth it in the end!

Onto the good stuff – my Meal Plan this week!!

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I decided to drop down to the 2200 Bulk/Build block this week.  I was gained too much weight too fast last week.  As much as I wish that it was pure muscle… I know it’s not.  My goal this program is to do a “clean bulk” meaning I want to gain lean muscle with as little fat gain as possible.  Gaining fat WILL happen when I am eating at a surplus but I would rather eat clean, healthy, unprocessed foods rather than anything and everything in sight.  I am hoping by bulking this way it will be easier to cut at the end of the program!

Body Beast Week 2 Meal Plan

  • Meal 1: 1/2 cup Cream of Rice cereal with 2 strawberries, 2 egg whites, 1 Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread with 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Workout: Pre workout – AmiN.O. Energy  Post workout – 1 scoop Anabolic Halo protein powder, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup almond milk, water
  • Meal 2: 3 oz chicken, 1/2 cup sweet potato, 1/2 cup asparagus, 1/2 cup edamame, 6 almonds
  • Meal 3: 3 oz tuna, 2 Tbsp avocado, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1/2 brussels sprouts, 1 Ezekiel low sodium bread
  • Meal 4: 2 oz lean ground turkey, 1/2 cup sweet potato, 1/2 cup asparagus, 1/2 cup edamame, 6 almonds
  • Meal 5: varies (below)
  • Meal 6: 1/5 Greek plain yogurt with stevia to taste

Meal 5 options:

  • 3 oz ham, 1 cup green beans, 2 deviled eggs, 1 cup mashed red potatoes (Easter dinner)
  • 3 oz grilled steak, 1 cup quinoa, 1 cup sautéed mushrooms & onions,
  • Sagi’s protein salad (from Book of Beast)
  • Easy fajitas without tortilla – because I’m gluten free (from Book of Beast)
  • 5 oz salmon, 2 red potatoes, 2/3 cup mixed veggies
  • Sagi’s signature meatballs (from Book of Beast), 1/4 cup gluten free pasta, 1/4  cup spaghetti sauce, small garden salad with oil and vinegar
  • Beef & Broccoli stir fry (from Book of Beast), 1/2 cup brown rice

I put each day into My Fitness Pal to double-check the calories and percentages.  I am enjoying the freedom of making my own meal plan and really enjoying the extra carbs!

Tomorrow is Build: Legs – one workout that always hurts!!  Until next time… keep doing whatever it takes!


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Body Beast: Meal Plan Week 1

I’ve completed other Beachbody programs but Body Beast is the first that I’ve made a meal plan for.  Luckily, the program comes with a meal plan book that is very easy to use.  Score!!

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Over the last six months, I’ve realized that I have an ectomorphic body type.  That means that I’m naturally skinny and have a very hard time building muscle.  I am lucky in that losing weight had been very easy for me.  But gaining the muscular body that I dream of is very hard to do.  Knowing my body type makes it easier to determine the calories that I need to build my muscles as well as fuel my body.  I calculated my calories based on the Body Beast plan and added a few hundred extra calories since I’m a hard-gainer.  This meal plan is based on the Build/Bulk 2400 calorie block. 

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Body Beast: Meal Plan Week 1

  • Meal One (7am): 3 egg whites, 1 egg, 1/4 cup spinach, 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1 Ezekiel raisin toast with 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Workout (8:15am): preworkout- energy drink, postworkout- protein shake (currently 1 vegan Chocolate Shakeology, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup almond milk plus water and ice)
  • Meal Two (10am): 3 oz chicken, 1/2 cup lentils, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1 cup green beans, 6 almonds
  • Meal Three (12pm): 3 oz ground turkey, 1 cup sweet potato, 1/2 cup black beans
  • Meal Four (230pm): 3 oz chicken, 1/2 cup lentils, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1 cup green beans, 6 almonds
  • Meal Five (5pm): varies
  • Meal Six (7:30pm): 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, 1/2 cup gluten free granola, stevia

Meal Five varies each day.  My old meal plan had dinner as the same foods each night.  It didn’t bother me but I could tell that not eating the same meal or at the same time as my kids was affecting them.  Instead, I decided to make my own meal plans and change dinner slightly each night so we could eat as a family again.  Meal Five consists of 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 proteins, and 1 fat.  So far I have been winging dinners according to the portions but next meal plan I will be sure to pre-plan them so we have even more variety.


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Build: Shoulders Take One

I had this a wonderful email this morning when I woke up – my new trainer left a comment on my blog!  Whatever it takes, building muscle one day at a time!!  Thanks so much Beast!

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Today was Day 5 of Body Beast.  I misread the calendar and switched the days yesterday.  Cardio is meant to come after shoulders.  I wish that I had done it right because my shoulders were still a bit sore from the planks and upright rows from yesterday.

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Shoulders are my favorite muscle group to work.  I love seeing the pump that comes from working my shoulders hard and heavy.  Since I was still sore from cardio I used lighter weights than I normally use.  But I still pushed hard and my shoulders were still shaking.   The Sagi 6 Way at the very end of shoulders was a killer!!

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Tomorrow is rest day from Body Beast and I know my body needs it.  I haven’t been this sore since I started Insanity last year!!  I will probably do the stretch video from Insanity since my body feels tight.  Flexibility is something that I really need to work on!!

Want an amazing cookie recipe?!?!  Check out The Gracious Pantry’s Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  It is an easy recipe (the kids helped make them!) and the cookies were gone as soon as they came out of the oven! 🙂

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Adventures with Homemade Almond Butter!

Confession: I LOVE nut butters.  If I didn’t limit myself, the whole jar of peanut butter would be gone in a few days.  I needed almond butter for my meal plan this week.  I went to the store to find some, but was amazed with the prices of it.  I have a huge bag of almonds that I bought at Sam’s Club last month, so I decided try to make my own.  I don’t have a great food processor by any means.  Its small, weak, and I have to keep the button down for it to go.  But in the spirit of saving money and DIY, I gave it a try. And guess what?  It worked!!

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Delicious!

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Fill food proccessor with almonds.  Mine came straight out of the bag this time.  Next time I might try roasting them first.

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Start the long process of turning almonds into butter!  This is after a minute or so.

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About 7 minutes later.  Keep going!

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After about 13 minutes of proccessing, my almonds just weren’t turning into butter.  I decided to add a little oil (1 teaspoon at the most) to add some liquid since it was so dry.  It worked like magic!  It almost immediately turned into almond butter.  You can keep proccessing to make it as smooth as you like.

Of course, I had to try it immediately!!  I smeared some on a rice cake, added a few grapefruit wedges, and chowed down!!  It is delicious!  It isn’t hard to make, only time consuming (but even 15 minutes isn’t that bad!).  There is nothing like tasting homemade almond butter!!  You should give it a try!

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