3 Reasons to Cancel Your Gym Membership

As COVID-19 shut down our world just as the flowers were starting to bloom in the Spring of 2020, immediately friends were loosing their ability to workout “as usual”. Gyms closed down overnight, it seemed. Then, as we fast forward to the fall of 2020, yes, gyms opened back up again; however, many require masks & rigorous cleaning standards that limited members allowed inside & the availability of equipment! No argument that within this elusive virus floats of cloud of serious precautions; but, due to fears & inconveniences, many have made the choice not to return. I am here to offer help and a viable solution to this chaos on the fitness front as I have YOUR family’s (& mine) overall health & wellness in mind!

Let’s be honest, shall we? Many of us struggle with the priority of exercise regardless of COVID. If you fall into this saturated category, have no guilt! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! You are among many friends who struggle finding how to fit in the daily workout! Perhaps you’re like those of us who have a schedule that varies from day to day… again such a common situation! Shift work, retail professionals, medical personnel… all on the list of individuals challenged to nail down the “perfect” time to exercise due to an ever-changing daily routine!

3 REASONS YOU SHOULD DITCH YOUR GYM:

1. It will save YOU time!

Flexibility is key for me! Friends, I’m a homeschool mom, I’m a wife, and I work from home! Like all of you, my schedule is full, and having the ability to workout when it’s best for me makes life so much easier! I love it that I can still enjoy a “class”, but when I attend is up to ME – so I won’t ever be late & miss 1/2 of it! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ I save time by completely eliminating drive time to a gym and there’s no need to “get ready” … all I have to do is walk into my living-room, bedroom, backyard, or, when I’m traveling, stay right in the hotel room and PUSH PLAY! It’s that simple & saves me time… I love that!

THE solution = the “Netflix” app of Exercise โž™ BOD!

It’s a simple app called, BOD – Beachbody on Demand. It offers 1,000’s of workouts, all from your device. . . for less than $10/month for the whole family!

“I use it daily! It has revolutionize my fitness routine!” ~ Jennifer McMahan

2. It will save YOU money… a LOT of money!

I personally gave up the gym membership a decade ago! LOL ๐ŸŽ‰ With that being said, I’m in the best shape of my life… I just turned 47 too. And all my workouts are #nogymneeded! Private club memberships vary widely; however, it is difficult to find a membership that doesn’t set you back at least $25-75 per month depending on the level of gym you choose & the number of individuals on your membership contract! With BOD, it comes to less than $10 per month! So, cancel that membership & bring your gym AND YOUR MONEY home!

3. It will keep YOU the healthiest! (fitness + nutrition)

I’m a wellness professional by education with certifications and experience in the field. So, discovering the top-notch programs led by elite trainers sealed the deal for me in letting the old gym go! I am so encouraged that every program is led by elite trainers who know what they’re doing. Every program has high-quality calendars to track your progress. Every program is well researched and balanced to offer both challenging and modified movements!

BONUS: along with the fitness side, there is also the Beachbody Nutrition component with two professionally designed nutrition programs (2BMindset & The Ultimate Portion Fix) to get your eating on point too! Gyms don’t do this! And it’s proven that Fitness + Nutrition is the only way to achieve real results. Beachbody has it all โฌ…๏ธŽ Check out this video link!

Of course, the fact remains – the virus is still lurking. In addition to the risks of going to the gym & catching COVID/the flu/ Strep from all the heavy breathing and sharing of equipment, there is a BETTER CHOICE… and it’s a MASK-FREE option too!

The Total Solution = Fitness (BOD) + Nutrition + Support*

*If you sign up with me, I will be YOUR personal coach! I am here to get you started on a program that fits your needs! I am here to answer questions online & to help you achieve your wellness goals! Ultimately I want to help you achieve the best YOU ever!

That’s my job & I love helping people find success! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ready to get started? Email me here โฌ…๏ธŽ

Join the thousands of others who use BOD – to save $ – to save time – to get healthy!

Your future self says, “Thank you!” ๐Ÿ™‚


~Domestic Chick

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Easy Crockpot Tortellini You Will Make Again


“I need an easy Crockpot Recipe to make for dinner!”

Crockpot meals make me so happy, y’all! Regardless if you are home during the day or away, it sure is nice to toss everything in the Crockpot hours before dinnertime! My Crockpot makes my entire day easier. Being a homeschool mom & online wellness coach, there are plenty of other things needing my attention. Spending too much time preparing our meals takes away teaching & work time. So, I use my Crockpot as often as possible! And, I can tell you, as long the food is delicious, everyone is happy! This Cheesy Tortellini with ground beef certainly did not disappoint my family one bit at the end of the day! So, if you’re like me and could really use a great meal with little effort, this is definitely one recipe you will want to add to your cookbook! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Special Note: If you’re looking for a healthy Nutrition Program that doesn’t limit food groups and still allows you to enjoy the foods you LOVE, check out 2B Mindset! I personally follow this program and believe it to be a fantastic choice to healthy weight/ loss & management.

Super Simple: Here’s All You Need

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (precooked*)
  • 1-2 small yellow onions, chopped
  • 2+ cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 10 oz. can diced tomatoes & green chilis, undrained 
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 19 oz. package frozen cheese tortellini
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

So Easy: Less Than 30 Minutes Prep Time

I make delicious, easy meals with my Crockpot slow cooker! ~Domestic Chick

Directions:

Put all ingredients except tortellini and cheese into the Crockpot.  Cook on high 4 hours, or on low for 6 hours.  Add tortellini 20-30 minutes before itโ€™s done cooking.  Top with shredded cheese as you plate this dish & add  a beautiful green salad or side of steamed broccoli for a sure crowd pleaser!  

* Precooking the beef makes this an incredibly easy meal to prepare.  Tip: Buy meat on sale, precook and freeze in 1-pound bags to easily pull out and prepare a quick and delicious meal.  

~ Domestic Chick

Your Plan Ahead Meal Solution


Planning Ahead Makes Lunch Easier & Healthier too!

Regardless if it’s your lunch, your spouse’s or the kids’… having a well planned out lunch system makes life so much happier! I came across these little treasures preparing for the meals ahead and can’t help but share them. Literally any food that is on the Beachbody Nutrition plans will go inside! A wrap fits nicely in the top compartment, but as you can see in the photo, salad works great too. PLUS, the little circle in the middle holds just the right amount of salad dressing (my personal preference is balsamic vinegar & a touch of olive oil) ๐Ÿคฉ… and you can wait until & add it when you’re ready to eat, so your salad doesn’t get soggy!

Having handy containers is the first step to planning ahead for a healthy meal and avoiding the emergency drive-thru mentality! None of us can afford that 99 cent heart attack, y’all! Using either one of Beachbody’s Nutrition programs: The Ultimate Portion Fix or 2B Mindset, along with having purposeful containers will keep you following the plan and your nutrition on point, which is vital to achieving your overall wellness goals! Remember no workout plan can make up for a bad diet!

Sistema is what I have & here’s why I like it!

  • They stay closed tightly with clips on each side!
  • They are dishwasher safe!
  • They have a variety of containers: soup, sandwich, breakfast…etc!
  • They come in fun colors!
  • They are great for anyone wanting to control portion sizes!
  • Some items come with utensils that clip right inside!
  • So easy to grab-n-go!

Revolutionize your meal prep process!

~ Domestic Chick

EASY Oven Veggies: Even the kids ask for them!

PREP: 15 min. COOK: 30-40 min. TEMP: 375 degrees F

๐ŸŽ‰BONUS: These can marinate in the fridge a day or two if it helps your schedule! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s what you need:

– a few of your favorite fresh veggies 
( purple cabbage, carrots, onion, brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower…)
– extra virgin olive oil
– choice of seasonings
– plastic gallon storage bag
– shallow baking sheet (I use a jelly roll pan)
– foil

Directions:  

  • Cover a shallow baking sheet with foil, preheat the oven to 375.
  • Select your veggies & chop into bite-sized pieces. For example: cut brussel sprouts in 1/2, small onion into about 8 chunks, and use baby carrots just the way they are!
  • Throw it all into a gallon storage bag about 1/2 to 3/4ths full (depending on how many you are serving).
  • In a measuring cup pour in 1/4 to 1/3 cup of olive oil (depending on how full you fill the bag.) 
  • Add approximately 2 Tablespoons seasonings into the oil & stir. (I often go with: Montreal Steak, garlic powder, pepper, salt … it’s hard to go wrong!) Pour this oil/ seasoning mixture into bag over the veggies.
  • Seal the bag & turn it over & over to completely coat the veggies inside.
  • Pour the mixture onto the foil-covered baking sheet and slide into the oven! 
  • Check on them & stir a time or two while they’re cooking.
  • Cook until they are tender, with slightly crispy, caramelized edgesโ€ฆ generally 30-40 minutes.


—> Our favorite veggies cooked this way are the brussel sprouts!!  Hard to believe, but try ’em and see for yourself… please comment & share what your favorites are.  ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹

~Domestic Chick

3 KEYS to 6-pack ABS

Ok, y’all! I know abdominal work can seem a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! I wanna share with you what I do to get toned ABS… now, I’m not on the cover of a Muscle magazine, but these 3 KEYS have helped me to achieve definition that lets me feel pretty toned (in my mid-40’s) ๐Ÿ˜Ž. So, listen y’all – if I can do this, trust me, you can too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before we drop to the floor on a crunch mat, though, let’s get the facts. One massive, important thing I have learned over many years is that my DIET has a great deal to do with toning my ABS! Perhaps you have heard this too. I hope so… because IT’S TRUE! In my experience, when I focus on increasing certain foods while limiting others AND by getting serious about a few, simple core exercises… AMAZING THINGS HAVE HAPPENED ๐ŸŽ‰

6-pack ABS are SOOOOOO related to your DIET! ๐Ÿ˜‹

In my life before the addition of my sweet girls, I worked as a personal trainer having a degree in Kinesiology. In addition, I was certified with The Cooper Clinic as a Health Promotion Director, so with that along with the last 20 years of living the busy life with kiddos, I can tell you without question: OUR DIET MATTERS … A LOT! So, if your goal is to whittle your middle, consider these 3 KEYS to making a difference in how you feel around that midsection!

KEY #1

EAT COLORFUL FOODS! ๐ŸŒˆ This is honestly something I think about every single day! With colorful foods that are NOT boxed, bagged, or fried, you will be eating less fat, less sugar + more protein, fiber and vitamins. For mid-day & evening, look for ways to combine salad ingredients (kale, spinach & mixed greens) with proteins like beans, grilled chicken or salmon! Here are a few photos of my mid-day meals. Be creative & get colorful! ๐Ÿ™‚

For snacks, I like to make up a few little baggies of good snack choices and have ’em in the fridge ready to go. Having these on hand during the day helps me avoid the regrettable high sugar, high fat moment of weakness… you know, that sneak up between 2-5pm?!๐Ÿ˜…Choose carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, fresh fruit or even deliciously crunchy, purple cabbage (my personal fav!)… fill up a few little “snack-sized” bags & you’re all set.

KEY #2

CARRY WATER WITH YOU!๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ฆ Y’all, water is free…containing absolutely no calories or fat! When I focus on sipping water all day long, I tend to forgo the sugary drinks. By intentionally avoiding the drinks loaded with tons of sugar, I automatically feel less weighed down AND there’s no sugar crash later!

I โค๏ธ these pop-top water bottles from Klean Kanteen! With the loop, they’re easy to grab on the go AND there’s no lid to mess with.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

KEY #3

MOVE 6 DAYS/ WEEK! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • #1 Cardio – (I don’t even have a gym membership ๐Ÿ˜ณ) – I am passionate about walking! If the weather permits, I hit the streets, but if not, I have a Nordic Track T6.5 treadmill at the house. My personal goal is to get in 8,000 WORKOUT STEPS each day. I make it a point to say “workout steps” because during that time, I’m hustling! My heart-rate is up and I’m rocking a nice sweat. I’ve tried the 10,000 step goal too, but for my schedule, it seems to work best shooting for 8,000 leaving me a little extra time to focus on weights and resistance training. I can typically fit in a GREAT workout within an hour to 75 min. I also rotate through different videos to surprise my body & spice things up … but I always come back to Crunch Fitness: Belly, Butt & Thighs BOOT CAMP with Teri Ann Krefting!
  • #2 Body Weight Moves – I am a strong believer in basic moves that use your own body weight to exercise. A few of the moves I do weekly include walking lunges, plank, push ups and bridge. With each of these, I do 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions. More recently, I have also started incorporating quick PiYo videos! Trainer, Charlene Johnson, really knows how to motivate and guide you through the workout! I’m LOVING how I feel doing her Beachbody PiYo program! Do I use actual weights at all? The answer is yes, definitely. With a degree in kinesiology and working as a personal trainer, I will always try to incorporate free weights – especially for arms & upper body. I’ll share about that in another post! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • #3 Focused ABS exercise – I have a few favorite AB moves that I want to share here, BUT, I want to re-emphasize that I believe food & cardio are really critical to great ABS! With that being said, here are my go-to AB exercises. I try to do these 3-4 times every week. When I do it consistently, I like the results!๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฅฐ
Mountain Climbers are effective & tough! From plank, alternate knees to the front. Back to plank, knees cross to opposite elbow – both sides. Finally, knees go to the outside of the arms – both sides! Try doing this sequence 5 times & repeat for 3 sets! ๐Ÿ˜…

Ok, y’all… I hope this post is helpful to you! I enjoy sharing, so please follow my blog for more content coming soon. Also, see the links to my other social media! ๐Ÿ™‚

~ Domestic Chick

EASY Mango Salsa for Your Next Gathering

EASY Mango Salsa

Whether you’re throwing a relaxed backyard cook-out or a friendly meal around the table, this crowd-pleasing starter is sure to bring everyone together! … and BONUS! The mango, red onions & fresh cilantro are full of healthy vitamins & antioxidants. Kick off your next gathering with a bowl of tortilla chips & this easy 8 ingredient SALSA … yep, that’s it. Just 8 ingredients.

Just chop ’em up, stir ’em together & refrigerate until you’re ready to enjoy on tortilla chips or crackers. Oh yes, and for variation, it’s also fantastic atop white fish or even in fish tacos if those happen to be on your menu! So yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹

  • 1 mango
  • 1-2 kiwi
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeรฑo
  • juice from 1/2 fresh lime
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • pepper to taste
  • lime zest
  • chopped cilantro to taste

7 REASONS TO EAT MANGO:

  1. Containing antioxidants, it may help in preventing cancer.
  2. One cup has about 1/4 the daily recommended vitamin A, which helps to boost the immune system.
  3. Mango improves skin & hair health.
  4. It can help to ease constipation.
  5. It can aid our bodies to regulate blood sugar levels.
  6. It contains the antioxidants lutein & zeaxanthin, both which support eye health.
  7. Mango is low in calories yet high in nutrients โ€” particularly vitamin C, which aids immunity, iron absorption and growth and repair.
~ Domestic Chick