January 2, 2017 – What are YOUR goals?

2017 is right around the corner and I have one question for you. Okay, actually TWO questions for you ;)

What are YOUR health goals for 2017? And what will you be doing to improve your health on January 2, 2017?

  • Are you looking to lose a few of those holiday pounds? Or maybe, finally – once and for all, shed that baby weight? 
  • Do you want to improve your fitness game? Gain lean muscle mass? See those biceps POP?
  • What about your energy? Is one of your health focuses for the new year to have the same amount of energy you did as a teenager?
  • Eat healthier? Be more active? Feel fantastic inside and out? Fulfill something that is missing in your life?

What is stopping you from achieving your goals? Do you not know where to start? Does it seem intimidating? Have you ever considered working with a personal trainer and/or health coach to reach your goals?

I can’t answer these questions for you, you gotta dig deep for that. I can, however, tell you what program changed my health and life (and many of my personal training clients’ lives) for the better. Are you willing to listen? Maybe you already know…

AdvoCare.

Yup, this company has changed my life and I am so grateful. They released a HUGE announcement today and I cannot wait to share it with you all.

I am SO excited to announce that AdvoCare shared their 2017 ALL-IN 24-Day Challenge with the world TODAY!

AdvoCare has been my choice for a healthier lifestyle going on 3 years (has it been that long?! Read more about my story here.) I use AdvoCare products daily for energy, improved workout performance (BODYPUMP!!), gaining lean muscle mass, and to feel great! My personal training clients have seen incredible results with the addition of not only the 24-Day Challenge, but also the Performance Elite products into their fitness routine. I love that the products are developed and tested by a team of scientists, nutritionists, and physicians, the products are 3rd party tested for banned substances, AND that AdvoCare provides multiple solutions for both the physical (energy, weight management, wellness, sports performance) and financial areas of your life.

I am so very grateful AdvoCare entered my life almost 3 years ago!

So, what’s this ALL-In 24-Day Challenge?!

The ALL-IN Challenge includes the same fabulous products as the regular 24-Day Challenge PLUS bonus items AND free shipping from now until December 20, 2016. *While supplies last!*

Oh, and did I mention a JUMBO BOTTLE OF CATALYST?! <– Can you tell I’m excited? This mega bottle is only available to those who decide to go ALL-IN and is going FAST.

You better bet your britches that my January 2017 AdvoCare ALL-IN 24-Day Challenge has been ordered… Plus the jumbo bottle of Catalyst (obviously…)! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to join me and kick start a healthier lifestyle for YOUR 2017!

The challenge can be customized to fit any health goals and/or budget, so please comment below or shoot me an email (becky@olivesnwine.com) so I can help you customize a package to meet your needs. I would love to tell you about the fantastic products, discount options, and business opportunity if you are interested.

There are so many important health goals to choose from, not only for the beginning of 2017 but for each and every day that we wake up. I encourage you to make the decision to make 2017 your healthiest year yet. It doesn’t matter which program you decide to follow or how small the step, any movement towards health is in the right direction!

Small Business Saturday

On this Small Business Saturday, I want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me in my business endeavors! From this blog to AdvoCare to my online personal training business, I appreciate each and every one of you.


Y’all rock my socks!

In celebration of entrepreneurship and shopping small businesses, I’m offering a few specials today through next Saturday, December 3rd.

Email me (Becky @ olivesnwine .com) for personal training specials that will have you feeling strong, happy, and healthy by the end of the year. 


If you’re not in my Facebook fitness group – Fit Squad, let me know and we will get you added ASAP! It’s a fun group that helps to motivate each other daily.

Below are four AdvoCare bundles to get us all through the holiday season! I’m all about enjoying my favorite foods, holiday parties, WINE (obviously…), and Christmas treats this time of year. These bundles – like my personal training packages, will help you to feel happy, healthy, and minimize your stress from now through the end of 2016. Then come 2017, we will go ALL-IN together with a 24-Day Challenge! I cannot wait!

If you’re interested in any of the below bundles, please contact me or comment below for more information, including pricing, flavors, and discount options!

Energy! Does anyone else struggle with keeping your eyes open this time of year? Between the holiday parties and the work potlucks and the kids’ concerts and plays, it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all of the holiday stuff done. Do not fear, my friends! MNS (a daily vitamin pack that will not only boost your energy but will also have you feeling like a million bucks!) plus Spark will do the trick. This bundle is an important part of my daily routine, holiday season or not.

Can we all say stuffing and mashed potatoes and green bean casserole?! YUMMY!! I’m not one to make healthy versions of recipes over the holidays… traditional recipes are the best! These products help me feel great while indulging in my favorite holiday foods. They are not miracle workers (those don’t exist!) but they – along with BODYPUMP and eating an 80/20 diet – keep my pants fitting come January ;)

You don’t have to tell me twice that holiday stress is running high! Clear Mood + Oasis help you effectively manage stress throughout the crazy holiday weeks. Don’t less stress rule your holidays!


This is my FAVORITE bundle! FRESH START! Great products that will make you feel fantastic each and every day. Fiber + Probiotic Restore to keep your digestion game strong throughout the holiday party and yummy food season. Spark to provide lasting energy. Rehydrate (a sugar free electrolyte drink) to keep you hydrated after long nights.

Again, thank you from the bottom ofmy mama  heart! I love helping people live healthier and happier lives and I can’t do it without ALL of you!

Happy Small Business Saturday!

Weekending – Naples fun!

Good morning! How was your weekend? It sure went by quickly here in Naples.

How about a little photo recap?

Starting with Thursday… A little pre-weekend fun. We had quite a few friends visiting Naples this weekend for an AdvoCare incentive trip. Everyone came over on Thursday night – super fun to have everyone in one room!


Friday night happy hour for group fitness managers = Pumping up fitness balls, LOL. Dean LOVED it!


Kyle has been begging for a new TV for months (years?) – I told him if he mounted it to the wall, he could get a new one. Still no new TV but I think it will be in our  near future.


BODYPUMP on Friday with my Advo-friends! So much fun :)


Saturday AM trip to the best farmer’s market in Naples – I had my first acai bowl. YUMM!!


Then some time at the Naples Pier beach since we were so close.




A short (and hot!) run and bootcamp…


Family fun at the children’s museum! Dean had a blast.


Go horsies!


I ordered some new-to-me protein bars – So far, so good! I tried the chocolate brownie flavor yesterday and had the birthday cake flavor for breakfast this morning. YUM!


Dean and I checked out a new restaurant in Naples that friends have been RAVING about… McAlister’s Deli. Yup, it’s good!


And that’s a weekend wrap – We also hit up the dog park, went on lotsa walks, made a few Target trips, and mixed up some peanut butter pie :)

We also received a preview of a few of Dean’s one year photos. He was NOT cooperating that day but I can’t wait to see the rest!

Best part about your weekend?? Go!

Friday Faves!

Is it Friday? I have been confused on the day of the week this entire week! I guess that what happens following a holiday weekend ;)

Whatcha up to this weekend? We don’t have any major plans – I am chaperoning (<– Does this mean I’m old?! LOL) a post-graduation event for local high school seniors. It’s basically an after prom and should be a ton of fun… even though it is in the middle of the night, haha. AND I am also hosting a BODYPUMP training this weekend – I’m excited to meet some of the Les Mills trainers! Other than that, I don’t have much on the agenda – Rest and relaxation <– MAJOR LOLs with a toddler ;)

How about we talk about some of my personal favorites from the week?

1. Scheduling Dean’s 1 year photos! I know, I know… I’m almost a month late. BUT they are set for next week and I can’t wait to see them. Dean and I went shopping yesterday in preparation – Two for him, one for me.

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2. I have decided to pursue a career in film… Kidding! ;) But you should most definitely check out this video where I chat about training at the Greater Naples YMCA! Please don’t judge my slouching or awkward faces…

3. Kicking off my Two Week Tone Up challenge! It’s Day 4 and I’m already feeling SO much better. It’s amazing what good-for-you food, vitamins, no wine (wahhh…), and lotsa Spark can do for the body.

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4. My little monkey LOVING peanut butter toast! It’s a dream come true, haha. I was concerned for the longest time that he’d be allergic to peanuts (so far, so good) and now every. single. time. I make myself PB toast for breakfast, he HAS to have it. It’s a mess to clean up but I’m glad he loves one of my favorite foods!

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5. Finally getting organized enough to set a few monthly goals. FINALLY. I’ll be honest, I’m not great at this goal-settin’ thing… I forget about them and then get frustrated. BUT, my new planner has a section for monthly goals so I’m trying it out again. It’s June 3rd and so far, I’m successfully completing all of them ;) #startsmall

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Okay, so it wasn’t the most exciting week for a list of favorites but I do love recapping the past few days each Friday. I hope y’all have a fab first weekend of JUNE!

Linking up with Katie and Heather for Friday Favorites!

Why I love MLMs

I was thinking over the weekend. I was thinking about the types of products and businesses I love and support when I realized that I LOVE and SUPPORT many companies that are considered to be “MLMs” – Multi-level marketing, direct sales business model, network marketing… Whatever your preferred terminology may be.

My last post professed my love for Rodan + Fields. I obviously am obsessed with all things AdvoCare (#sparkhead4life). I recently held an Usborne Books party. I use Younique cosmetics. My house smells of delicious Scentsy scents. I diffuse my Young Living oils weekly. I show off my Stella & Dot jewelry when Kyle and I go on a date night.

And the list goes on.

I wasn’t lying when I said I LOVE MLMs ;)

Since direct sales tends to get a bad rap, I thought I would share the reasons why I choose to support my favorite companies that just so happen to be part of the direct sales business model.

  1. The products ROCK. I do my research before I buy anything (I like to know what I’m putting in/on my body, where my products are made, if the organization supports any charities, etc.) and direct sales companies – at least most of them – offer high quality products!
  2. I like – and honestly prefer to – support my friends when I am spending money. If I know I am going to receive quality products AND I can financially support a friend in the process, why wouldn’t I want to purchase from an MLM?
  3. They offer great opportunities to make a “Plan B” income. Sure, some people “make it big” (or whatever you want to say) with direct sales but from my observations, most people involved just want to make a few extra bucks per month to pay off student loans (ahem, me!), save for their child’s education, build up a vacation or emergency fund, or have some extra spending money. It’s not an easy business model, but if you put in the work, the extra $100, $500, $1,500 per month can really help you move toward a debt-free life… or whatever your financial goal may be.
  4. They allow their members to make some fabulous friends along the way. Sure, you could say this about any organization or club or workplace, but – again from my own observations, the friends that are made in this business model are lifelong! I’ve met more individuals that hold similar beliefs, goals, and aspirations to mine since I’ve been involved with AdvoCare than I have in any other organization I have been a part of in my life.
  5. They’re fun and they help people. Life isn’t fun if you take yourself too seriously, right? For me, direct sales isn’t about bringing in a big fat check or earning a vacation or earning a promotion… Not at all – If it were, I think I would be setting myself up for disappointment, LOL. For me, direct sales (specifically AdvoCare because that is where I have my experience) is about helping others. I like helping people on my team. I like helping people looking to improve their personal health – whether it is for weight loss, fitness performance, or energy. I like receiving text messages about how AdvoCare allowed a friend to push herself harder in last weekend’s marathon or how a new mom now has the energy to care for her newborn AND her active toddler or how the income a friend earned last month allowed her to finally pay off her car loan. I get the happy feels. I just like helping people!

While all of the above are reasons I absolutely believe in the direct sales business model, I’ll be the first to admit that some direct sales “marketing techniques” are more than annoying. I’m not going to go into specific details, but honestly, I think the techniques that annoy us all say more about individual distributor than the company as a whole. Maybe it is just me, but the last thing I would ever want to do is pester and annoy my friends until they no longer want to be my friends ;)

I am personally quite thankful for the opportunity I’ve found within direct sales and will PROUDLY support all of the companies (and in turn, my friends!) I listed above.

Incredible products, fantastic people, and an amazing opportunity… what’s not to love?!

Tell me your thoughts on direct sales – I’m curious to what y’all think!

A day in the life… {almost} 9 months

Thinking back, I wish I would have done “day in the life”  posts every month with Dean. Better late than never, right?

Today I’ll be sharing a little glimpse about what life is like with an almost 9-month old!

6:30am – Kyle’s alarm goes off. Dean stirs and I wish for an hour of more sleep. #yeahright

7/7:15am – Dean is up for the day. Hi Mom, let’s play!

I change his diaper, put him in his day clothes and then set him in his crib to play for 5 minutes. During those 5 minutes I start my new facial care routine (loving it, BTW!), brush my teeth, and mix up then chug a mega Spark. I feel like a new woman afterwards with a clean face and tasty energy ;)

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7:30am – Nurse Dean.

7:45am – Let Dean crawl around like a crazy monster… he’s most likely chasing balls and/or Mitchell in the mornings… while I prepare breakfast for us. This particular morning I had avocado toast and a banana and Dean enjoyed pureed prunes.

8:15am – Clean up Dean and the table/high chair/kitchen and let Dean chase Mitchell around a little longer.

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8:45/9am – Naptime! WOOHOOOOO! Dean and Mitchell snooze for about 45 minutes while I catch up on emails, my personal training work, Advo stuff, laundry… Whatever I want/need to get done without a baby crawling after me.

9:40am – On this particular day, we have story time so I load Dean up in the car and we head to the library.

10-10:30am – Mother Goose story/song time! Dean LOVES this weekly activity and gets the biggest smile on his face as we start singing.

11am – After hanging out with some moms (so our babies can play, of course LOL) after story time, Dean and I head to Target to pick up a few things before making our way to the YMCA.

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(This is an old photo from Target… He LOVES the cart now and holds on to the handles while smiling as we go through the store. Obviously he’s my son ;) )

11:30am – Nurse Dean and then drop him off at the YMCA child watch and I head to teach BODYPUMP. His favorite teacher, Alandria, is there and they’re both excited to spend some QT together!

12noon-1pm – Teach BODYPUMP… Tell people to squat lower, lift heavier, do 10 more push-ups… you know, fitness stuff ;)

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1pm – Mix up my post workout (it’s the best stuff for recovery/muscle development after a good sweat session!), wash my hands, and then run to grab Dean since child watch closes at 1pm!

1-2:15pm – Dean falls asleep in the car so while he naps in his car seat, I drive home, shower, check emails, take Mitchell outside and figure out what’s for lunch.

2:30pm – Milk time for Dean/Spark time for Mama… then it’s lunch time for us. I have leftover tacos and Dean has more prunes. He has been having some issues adjusting to real food so he needs prunes… If ya know what I mean.

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3pm – Clean up Dean (he hatesssss this) and pull out a few books for us to read. He loves book with animals and animal noises.

4pm – Wonder when Kyle is going to get home ;) Just being honest!

4:15pm – Naptime for Dean… I either try to nap with him (depends on how the previous night went) or catch up with my training and/or blog projects.

5:15pm – Milky time.

5:30pm – DAD IS HOMEEEEEEE. Hallelujah. Give him 1.79 seconds to change and then send Dean his way. Dean is always excited to see his dad – He smiles, laughs, kicks his legs, and know the “fun one” is home.

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6pm – Start dinner. Sometimes this is Kyle, sometimes it is me… Depends on the meal! This night it was fajita night and I was in charge.

6:30pm – Sit down to a family dinner <– We do this almost every night to teach the importance of eating together (and eating the SAME foods), listening/talking to each other as a family. No TV, no cell phones… Just us with Mitchell begging at our feet ;)

7pm – Kyle starts cleaning the kitchen while I start the bedtime routine. Book time then milk time then I hand Dean off to Kyle for his bath.

7:30pm – Dean goes into his crib. Sometimes he falls asleep right away, sometimes it takes a couple of rounds of “encouragement” for him to crash. He was REALLY good when Kyle was gone in Europe… Must be something about having his playmate home ;)

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8-10pm – RELAX. Kind of… Sometimes I blog. Sometimes I catch up on training work. Sometimes I have a few phone calls… It just depends on the day. I need to go to bed at 8pm but such is life!

10pm – SLEEP TIME. I can usually get a few hours in before Dean wakes up hungry.

So, there it is… my life with a 9-month old Deanster. I’m thankful he is pretty good about entertaining himself even if he prefers to entertain himself with dangerous items like electrical outlets, charging cords, sharp corners… you know, the fun things.

What time do you wake up/go to bed at night?

2016 – A new year!

I always get a little sentimental thinking of this day two years ago… Okay, today plus two days if we’re counting down to the last second ;)

Kyle and I were visiting Ames for an early Christmas celebration with my family and I remember sitting on my mom’s sofa cursing her slow internet connection as I was attempting to respond to an email from my friend, Lauren. She invited me to participate in a New Years’ challenge and I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to respond with “HECK YES, count me in!”

The thing is, I had been thinking about trying out Advocare for almost a year but I always found an excuse… time, money, prior commitments, skepticism… You name it, I listed it off as a “reason” to why I couldn’t/shouldn’t/wouldn’t try Advocare.

Thankfully, something changed when I read her email that afternoon. Maybe I just needed a little push in the right direction, a friend to help me along the way, someone to lead me toward something better…  It just so happened that I decided to finally make a change for the better in December 2013. 

A LOT has changed for us in the past two years – a big move south, The Deanster, leaving corporate America, and pursuing my passion in health and fitness.

Never once did it cross my mind that by saying yes to Advocare that cold December day I would be setting myself up for an incredible and (almost) unbelievable journey. Advocare has not only taught us how to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle but through A LOT of hard work it has provided residual income, an incredible group of friends, and an avenue for me to begin my personal training business. I’m not certain I will ever be able to give a big enough “thank you” to everyone who has helped me on this little journey of mine!

Oftentimes I kick myself for not starting sooner. Why did I wait an entire year to jump on board? I could have been one whole year further into my journey… But then I realize we start when we are ready. Maybe that is you, maybe you are ready to take the leap and start a healthier way of living in 2016.

All-In 2016

If you’ve been thinking about this Advo thing… Maybe thinking about it for a LONG time like I did… I’d love for you to join me for our 2016 ALL-IN challenge. The products are safe and effective. You will feel great and have loads of energy. And you never know, it may just change your life like it did mine.

If you’re ready to start and want to join us for our ALL-IN January 2016 24 Day Challenge, you can find more details here.

You can read more about my journey (and see some of my before/after photos!) here.

I’m always available (and I secretly LOVE it!) to chat about Advocare as well. If you’d like to chat, feel free to shoot me an email: becky@olivesnwine.com – We can talk about your goals and how Advocare can help you reach them in 2016 and beyond.

So let’s hear it, who is ALL IN with me for 2016?

Cyber Monday!

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving weekend – well, besides the food! – is Cyber Monday.

You’re back in the office after a long weekend, not looking forward to catching up on your inbox when BAM! Sales galore across internet-land!

Cyber Monday is even better if you have kids – No getting everyone into the car, dragging them around the store, waiting in lines… Just turn on that computer of yours and with a few clicks all of your Christmas presents (for others and yourself, hehe!) will arrive at your door within a few days time.

Pretty sweet if you ask me!

I’m especially excited for this Cyber Monday… Why is that?

AdvoCare is throwing their FIRST EVER Cyber Monday event! You guys. AdvoCare products never (like never ever ever EVER) go on sale and starting today, they are offering some pretty fab discounts on their best selling – and my favorite! – products.

I’m not going to admit how much Spark and Catalyst will be showing up at my doorstep in a few days… ;)

What makes this deal even better is that your member discount applies ON TOP of the reduced prices! Yes, please! Not a member? No biggie – Shoot me a note and we can get you the best price on the best energy, nutrition, fitness, and weight management products on the market.

The only thing better than Spark is Spark at a discount. Cheers to that!

Get your AdvoCare Cyber Monday deal here.

“Challenge” Results

I always love reading about other women’s health journeys so I thought I’d share part of my postpartum story today.

Before I jump in, you’re probably wondering why the word challenge is in quotations in the title. Here’s the thing, I’m still breastfeeding so my body’s numero uno job right now is to feed Baby Dean. Like a lot of women who have recently had babies, of course I want to go all out, balls to wall, get the baby weight and lumps gone, BUT I wanted to be realistic with myself. If you are feeding another human, you should not “challenge” your body, it is already being put through the ringer. You gotta love yourself where you are at and make small improvements. The small daily changes are what create long lasting improvements anyways.

With that being said, for the past 24 days I continued with my favorite AdvoCare products (I’ll share my exact schedule below.), kept up with my normal fitness routine, and cleaned up my diet to make sure I was consuming whole, good for mama and baby foods.

I’ll start by sharing my results since that is the most exciting part and then I’ll jump into my supplementation schedule below!

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Results <– I think the photos speak for themselves, yes?

Number Results:

  • I’m down 8 pounds.
  • I lost 6.5 inches, 3 of which came off of my stomach.

And because we all know, numbers only tell a small fraction of the story, here are my other “results” that I am loving these days:

  • My skinny jeans fit again!!! Actually all of my clothes, even my Skinny Minnie dresses fit (and look good on me <– self brag, it’s good to be confident in yourself and it is something I’m working on) again. Wahoo!
  • I feel great – My mood is wonderful, I’m happy, I am more outgoing when I’m in public… I just have an overall, “I feel fab” mindset these days.
  • Dean is sleeping through the night – I’m not sure whether this is age-related (It started a few days before he hit the 3 month mark) or related to eliminating sugar and crap from my diet, I guess we will see the next time I indulge in a big ol’ cookie ;) Either way, 9-10 hours/night has been much welcomed.
  • I have a crazy energy boost – I’m sure everyone can agree, extra energy is always welcome :)
  • My workouts have stepped up a notch – I no longer feel like I’m out of breath while teaching (or taking) BODYPUMP and I no longer need a nap after spending an hour in the gym. Yay!

While I obviously want to continue to see results – mainly in my fitness performance and core strength, I am happy with where I am at 3 months postpartum. There are (unfortunately, haha) no quick fixes, but hard work will take you far!

Now, let’s chat my supplement schedule. Here is what I took:

  • Upon waking: Probiotic Restore, 2 Catalyst, and Spark + Rehydrate
  • 30-60 minutes later: Peaches ‘n Cream Fiber Drink followed with 24 ounces of water (I took the fiber each day during days 1-10 and then every 3-4 days during days 11-24)
  • 15-20 minutes later: 2 OmegaPlex with breakfast
  • With lunch or dinner: CorePlex (serves as a prenatal) and 2 OmegaPlex
  • I also had MRS on hand for when my sweet tooth struck. I’m obsessed with making mug cakes with them now!

My workout supplementation:

Going forward, I plan on sticking to everything I listed out above and an 80/20 schedule. Eat well most of the time (it is good for Baby Dean and it makes me feel great), and throw in some treats along the way. Life isn’t worth living without chocolate and wine and pizza and the good stuff, am I right? Balance is the key to happiness and I know I will continue to get closer to my goals each and every day.

My team is kicking off a group, “back to school” challenge beginning right after Labor Day – September 8th! If you want in shoot me an email (becky@olivesnwine.com). It’ll be tons of fun – Lotsa new friends, tons of support and motivation, healthy recipes, tasty Spark, and more!

As always, thanks to everyone who has supported Kyle and I since Baby Dean made his appearance! It’s been a journey and I appreciate all of our friends and family who have helped along the way. He is a lucky little guy to have so much love in his life :)

Meal & Workout Plan – Week of 8/3

Since Kyle and I and a bunch of our friends are starting our 24DC tomorrow, I thought I’d start the week off by sharing my plan for food and fitness. If anything, this post will keep me on track and serve as a reminder for what I planned to eat each day!

I hope y’all are having a fab weekend – Let me know what is on your menu and fitness agenda for the week!

Meal Plan:

  • Monday – Turkey-Zucchini Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”
  • Tuesday – Broiled Salmon + Steamed green beans + Roasted sweet potato
  • Wednesday – Sweet Potato Pile – Sweet potato + shredded chicken + black beans + egg + hot sauce
  • Thursday – Cashew Chicken Stir Fry
  • Friday – Mexican Chicken Stew <– for Kyle – I will be traveling Friday/Saturday and will be prepping some healthy, to-go foods!
  • Saturday – Leftovers
  • Sunday – Chipotle ;)

Fitness Plan:

  • Monday – Kayla Itsines, Day 1!
  • Tuesday – BODYPUMP, sub evening class
  • Wednesday – KI, Day 2
  • Thursday – KI, Day 3
  • Friday – Rest/Travel Day
  • Saturday – Rest/Travel Day
  • Sunday – BODYPUMP
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