Healthy Greek Layer Dip

 Sometimes I struggle to stay on track when an event comes up. It doesn’t even have to be a big event-if there are snacks, I will partake. 

I had been doing really good so far this year, eating clean and working out daily so when my monthly book club meeting was coming up, I started looking for a healthier dish to bring. (It helped that a fellow member vowed to stay on track with me at the meeting. I need all the support I can get!) 

I decided on a Greek layer dip and it was amazing! We ate almost all of it! Even the girls who weren’t watching their food intake raved about it! So here’s the recipe…

  • 1-10 oz container of garlic hummus
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (mmmm protein)
  • 1T  dried dill
  • 1T lemon juice 
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes-quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/3 cup chopped lala maya olives
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

First, mix the Greek yogurt, dill and lemon juice together and set aside.

Spread garlic hummus on the bottom of an 8×8 dish then dollop the Greek yogurt mix on top and spread even to form the second layer. Then top with everything else, sprinkling parsley on the top to garnish. 

I served it with cucumber slices (and also brought pita chips for everyone else) Between my dip and the delicious low carb pinwheels that my dieting-partner-in-crime brought, it was easy to stay on track. I’ll be bringing this to many a party from now on!

See the nice little layers? And the cute scribble on my cutting board from my child.

Seven of us devoured this!

21 Day Fix Enchilada Verde Casserole

My family loves Mexican food and it’s something that they’ve missed while I’ve been on my healthy journey. So today I decided to make a healthy enchilada casserole. It was a huge hit and will be working its way into my monthly meal rotations! It makes 8 servings and each serving is equal to 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue and 1/4 green if you use salsa or 1 orange if you use enchilada sauce for the containers. 

What you need:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of salsa verde or green enchilada sauce (about 2 cups) 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 14 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (really you could use less but for measuring containers, this made things equal)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Hot sauce to taste 

I put the chicken breasts in the crockpot with the salsa verde on low for 6 hours.  

 Then shredded the chicken with a fork and added the Greek yogurt and mixed well.  


 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 11×7 or 9×13 pan with the olive oil spray.  

Layer 6 tortillas on the bottom of the pan 

Top with 1/2 of the chicken/salsa mixture and then some cheese.  

Then repeat those steps. 

Take the remaining 2 tortillas and tear them into strips, add them to the top and sprinkle the remaining cheese. (I used some grated cotija cheese for topping and included it in my “cup-o-cheese” 

Then bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is slightly brown and bubbly. 

Top with some hot sauce or additional salsa and enjoy! 


Don’t Lie to Yourself 

For YEARS, I believed that what I have now achieved wasn’t a possibility for me anymore!! I was over 30 and I had tried just about everything! Wraps, pills, liquid diets, Weight Watchers, Atkins…even starvation. I was beginning to believe the lies I told myself that I couldn’t have the body I wanted, I couldn’t have the life that I wanted. 
Then one day my friend asked me to be a part of her online challenge group. I was super hesitant-I had pretty much given up on trying to lose weight. I watched her for awhile and saw her getting great results but I didn’t want to spend anymore money. I had spent thousands trying to lose weight and failed my way up to a size 16 and living a miserable life. But something kept me thinking that this was it, this was going to be the time it actually worked… And it did!!!! 
I am so thankful that I STOPPED believing the lies I told myself and started believing IN myself! Now I’m SUCCEEDING and I get to help others do the same!!! I love my job and the fact that I get to help people feel the way I do is such an amazing thing!❤️
My next challenge group starts January 4th. Click the link below or just let me know if you want in! 
You can do anything if you believe in yourself! 💪🏼

What I Do Works but I Have to Do It


“That stuff doesn’t work!”

“I’ve tried other shakes and didn’t have results.”

“I tried at home workouts, they just sat on my shelf.”

I was a skeptic too. I had tried everything and was super leery about investing in yet ANOTHER weight loss “scam”. But I was so sick of the person staring back at me in the mirror. She was hateful, tired, desperate and miserable. I just couldn’t stand the thought of looking at her anymore.

Everything I had tried- diet pills, fad diets, starvation- it wasn’t working for me. It was time for a change. I had watched my friend Ashley lose weight with P90X and shakeology, so I asked her about it. I saved up and bought my first program and a 30 day supply of Shakeology as a Christmas present for myself. Even though I was skeptical, the 30 day, money back guarantee sealed the deal for me. I planned to try it out, give up after a week when I didn’t see immediate results and then return it for my refund.

But I found out that I loved it and I WAS getting fast results! There was no way I was returning P90X3, I couldn’t go a day without Tony !

What I was doing worked! I just had to do it!

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Shakeology Freezer Fudge

My family, especially my husband, has a huge sweet tooth. Sweet tooths? Sweet teeth? My family has huge sweet teeth? Meh. My family likes sweets. And they like to have the house stocked. Cookies, Popsicles, ice cream, you name it.

In order for me to resist temptation, I needed something healthy and easy so I don’t get caught off guard and gorge on birthday cake ice cream sandwiches with the rest of them.

And Shakeology saves the day again!  I’ve tweaked this recipe a bit from my previous go to “Shakeology Fridge Fudge” both are good but this is better!

Here’s what you’re going to need for Shakeology Freezer Fudge.

  • 1 scoop chocolate, vegan chocolate or vanilla Shakeology
  • 2T coconut oil (extra virgin, unrefined is preferred)
  • 2T peanut butter, almond butter or my fave, Sunbutter.
  • Nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Just a dash
  • Stevia. I use it in liquid form and just add a small squirt.

First you’re going to put the coconut oil and nut butter of your choice in a flexible plastic container.

Then microwave for about 30 seconds.

 Add a squirt of stevia and a dash of spice and mix it around. I love nutmeg with the chocolate and pumpkin pie spice with the vanilla.

 Then add your Shakeology and stir it up.

 Pop it in the freezer and in about 15 minutes you have your “fudge”

I know, I know.  “But that’s so much oil and fats”.  Shut up! I don’t eat the whole damn thing! I just break off a piece when I get a sweet craving or when my family is elbows deep in Nutella and it does the trick for me!

 The vanilla tastes like frozen cookie dough and the chocolate tastes like brownie batter…dough… Whatevs, it’s amazing, not mention healthy and good for you.

Want more ideas for staying on track? Contact me! I live with 3 boys and have about a million ideas to keep you from getting derailed and I would love to help!

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21 Day Fix Baked Spaghetti

WInner, winner, baked spaghetti dinner!

21 day fix baked spaghetti

I scored HUGE the other night with the fam. I made a HEALTHY baked spaghetti! And duh, winning for me because it’s 21 Day Fix approved! 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue and either 1/2 purple or 1/2 green, however you count your tomato sauce. Personally, I count it however I need it to count for that day haha.

So here’s whatcha need…

1 bag of brown rice noodles

1 container of cottage cheese

20 oz ground turkey

1 jar of marinara/pasta sauce

1 cup of shredded cheese

1 onion (optional)

I started by boiling the noodles. You’ll want to drain them when they are just past al dente. You’ll be cooking them in the oven and you don’t want them to get too soggy.

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Then I sautéed the onion and browned my turkey. Ive totally been debating which is best with my kids, they hate onions so  I never know if I should dice them super tiny so they can’t tell or leave them big enough that they can pick them out. Either way you do it should taste just fine though.


After the turkey browned, I added the spaghetti sauce. I also like to add a little water and a package of italian sauce dry mix for extra flavor.

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Then I preheated the oven to 375 and started layering my ingredients in a 9×13 baking dish. Start with the pasta, add a layer of cottage cheese, then the meat sauce, then pasta, cottage cheese and sauce again. Top with shredded cheese and pop in the oven until the cheese on top is bubbly.


See all the pretty layers? Yeah me either, it kind of runs together.

So about 1/4 of this pan fed my whole family! I divided another 1/4 of it into lunches for me and I froze the other half for a quick dinner later on.

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Boom! Dinner, meal prep and lazy future dinner! The whole family LOVED it and got super full! Definitely putting this in the dinner rotation!

Meal Plans

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Insanity Max 30 Finished!

Its done! Well it was actually done months ago and I forgot I was blogging about it! Super freaking typical of me. But its cool, I can pick up where I left off.

Month 2

It was harder, there were less breaks. I sweat…a lot. I was tired and I didn’t want to do it and it took me a week longer than it should have. BUT I did that ish!

I did it hard! And I lost 8 lbs and 8.25 inches!! Not bad for 60 (67) days of working out and eating clean. Oh yeah, and only following the modifier! I didn’t even go balls to the damn wall and I feel like I got rill, RILL good results.

I also got super strong. Like super human strength! I was able to finish out my final week without maxing out in any workout!

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Month 1 of Insanity Max:30-Modified

IM30 Month 1 Modified

Month one is DONE! And I was finally able to make it through Friday Fight without maxing out, it only took me 4 tries 🙂

I have to say, for someone that really hates cardio, this was FUN!! I’m really excited to see what Month 2 will bring. Thats where the “magic” happens and you really see your body transform.

I have been doing this program following the modifier and it was still a challenge. I was quickly able to make it through most workouts without maxing out. But that doesn’t mean it was easy! It was CHALLENGING! I tried to push myself until the next break, “If I can make it 2 more minutes, I can take that break and I can make it through the whole thing.” I talk to myself a lot through my workouts, I also talk to Shaun T. a lot too, mostly yelling at him. And even though I hate him for that 30 minutes, he really is awesome. He is super motivating, I actually feel like he is in my living room making me push harder, go longer and cheering me on.

In week three, the schedule changes just a bit, adding Tabata Strength in place of Tabata Power. It may be my favorite one. There are no water breaks, just the 10 seconds “off” between each 20 second move. I feel like I got my best workouts in with Tabata Strength.

I loved seeing my improvements week to week. I am so competitive that I loved trying to beat my last time. Once I made it through a workout without maxing out, the challenge was to push harder next time. The one that had me maxing out dang near every time was Friday Fight, Round 1. I felt like a BADA** when I finally completed the whole thing!


Even more bada**, I lost 6 pounds and 5 inches! BOOM! You CAN get results using the modifier, working out 5 days a week. I didn’t do anything extra, I ate clean and I stayed committed to my workouts, clean eating and my shakeology! No pills, no wraps…hard work, dedication and proper nutrition=results!

Speaking of results, my last challenge group lost over 100 pounds in just 3 weeks!! I host an online challenge group every month in a private Facebook group. I provide my personal meal plans each week and we get group support and motivation. This last group was so fun! A lot of the ladies continue in the groups each month to help them stay on track. If you’re interested, send me a message or friend request on Facebook and I can get you set up in my next group. or shoot me an email

Insanity Max:30 Week 1, Modified


Finally, my first post on my new page! This has taken waaay longer than expected so I appreciate your patience with me, especially because I really shouldn’t be allowed to “do technology”. I also welcome ANY advice on any of my screw-ups you see along the way. (It seriously took me half an hour to get that photo at the top)

So week one of Insanity Max:30 is done! I freaking LOVE IT! It’s intense, it is fun, it is HARD and Shaun T. is super motivating. If you haven’t heard of it, the point of the program is to go as hard as you can for as long as you can. When you finally hit your max and need to take a break, you write down the time. That is your “max out” time. Each time you do that workout, you try to go a little longer and push a little further than the last time. I am extremely competitive so this is fun for me. You’re competing with yourself and getting better and stronger as a result.

IM:30 is the first Beachbody program to offer a modifier track where the person modifying the moves (doing a low impact version of the workout) is on the screen the whole time. I decided to follow the modifier for the whole 60 day program for a few reasons

1. The modifier track is really cool and I wanted to try it out.

2. I just finished Body Beast and I was super “cardio-light” for awhile and I was scared of an intense cardio routine.

3. I saw before and after pics of a girl that followed the modifier for only 30 days and she had INSANE results!

4. I often have people scared to do a program because it seems too hard but they are afraid they won’t see results if they modify.

So here it is, week one! My experience, my loves, my hates, my struggles and my tips for surviving. Oh and my son sometimes decides to do it with me. He’s cute, his form is bad and he’s better than me at 5 years old. He may have some tips too.

Day 1: Cardio Challenge


If you’ve ever done a Shaun T. workout before, there is a “fit test” that you take at the beginning and the end to gauge your progress. “Cardio Challenge” is the fit test for IM:30. So for my records, I was fit enough to make it through 17 min and 29 seconds of the modified (low impact) version before I needed to take a break.

Ok, this is harder than I thought. Ive been doing Beachbody workouts for over a year. I was just sure that I could do the modified version with ease…WRONG! I maxed out at 17:27. And that doesn’t mean it was easy up until then. I was sweating, I was pushing hard and I may have even cried a little during “plank-jack/in and out abs”.

It starts with a “warm up” for the first 5 minutes. I use that term loosely, it is still pretty intense. Then you get a 30 second break before he jumps right into the hard stuff. The good thing is that there is a 30 second break every 5 minutes. So if you can push through, you’ll get your breaks without maxing out. I think it was the scissor stance jacks that did me in and I’m not sure I could have held out for 2 and half more minutes until the last break. I’m actually not sure if I even tried to finish the rest of the set, its all a blur really. The moves are about 30-45 seconds each and you repeat them 3 times in each set. I think that knowing the time of each move is your frienemy. Sometimes its uber helpful and other times i think I’m done and realize theres still 28 god-forsaken seconds left and I want to throat-punch Shaun T. through the screen…but I just don’t have the energy.


Next time. Next time will be better.

(Parker didn’t max out…jerk)

Day 2: Tabata Power


Somebody shoot me! What the hell did I get myself into? I effing HATE cardio!! The 4 minute warm-up had effing lunges in it! LUNGES people!! I hate those jerks more than cardio itself! Ok, but just for 30 seconds, repeated twice…I survived.

30 second break before the Tabata madness begins. If you’re not familiar, Tabata is 20 seconds of a high intensity move (or in my case, modified) followed by a 10 second break. The ten second break sounds doable. I can handle it. Oh crap, its all LUNGES! Four moves, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, repeated twice. I made it to the second water break at 8:30. I deserve a cupcake.

The second set is all planks and pushups tabata-style, 4 different moves, repeated twice. I maxed out at 12:35. The push up/rows defeated me. But what really ticks me off is that had I pushed through for another freaking 25 seconds, I would have made it to the next water break at 13:00. Gonna make a note of that for next time.

LOVED the next set, all power jumps and high knees, which modified meant mostly high knees which I kind of rock at. The four and a half minutes flew by and there was another break.

Oh, now abs. Greeeeaaaat. Only 4:30 to my next break, I can do this! I kind of did it.

So the next 4 moves are variations of tricep dips which I’m super excited about because I really need to work on my triceps! I maxed out again. Man I really need to work on my triceps.

Last break at 26:30 (There are a LOT of breaks in this one, thank God) The last 3 minutes were a combo of every move that I hated in all of the sets- all 30 seconds each. I finished!!!

2 minute cool down

I deserve a cupcake.


Once again, Parker didn’t max out although I’m not sure his form was really on point…but whatever.



Day 3: Sweat Intervals


Five minute warm up followed by a 30 second break. Easy, I’m getting used to this. Oh wait, not a water break, a stretching break. Can you call that a break?

First set, four and half minutes of some pretty fun moves even though squats were invoked. 30 second break at 10:00 i’m ROCKING THIS!

Ok so the next set wasn’t necessarily super hard but the moves were 45 seconds each. Home-girl don’t play that. Not with moving squat jabs and wide pike-ups. I maxed out at 13:35. Note to self: Effing BREATHE and tough it out for 1:25 longer next time. Water break at 15:00 I almost puked.

At 30 seconds for each move, I was able to stick this round out until the next break at 20:05

Next set, I’m feeling pretty good. 30 second moves, I’ve got this…Until the power knee. I maxed out again.

Break at 25:00 ( I really should be able to tough this crap out for 5 minutes at a time!)

Burpee lunge, cross-jack/jab, I got this ish yo!

DONE! Cool down-2:00. I’m feeling pretty damn good. I think I’ll do Ab Attack.


Ab Attack:10

Why the eff did I do ab attack? Right because I want abs. Well this should do it! 10 ab-wrenching moves-1 minute each. I maxed out at about 30 seconds on each freaking move!

I’ll do better next time.

Day 4: Tabata Power


Lucky me! I get to do it twice in 1 week!! I wish there were an italic just for sarcasm.

So I increased my max out time by almost 13 minutes!! I wanted to quit around the same time I did Tuesday but I remembered that a break was coming so I stuck it out until 25:10! Feeling like a total bada** even though the cute little jerk didn’t max out…again.


Day 5: Friday Fight-Round 1


So I don’t really know when the warm-up ended and the workout began because THERE IS NO BREAK UNTIL 15:00!!! I maxed out at 11:39. I think it was “speed in and out abs” that did me in. I really need to down some E&E before this one next time.

As tough as it was, this may be my favorite one so far. Super tough but lots of fun. Combat, mixed martial arts type workouts are my favorite.


(Really bad form, but he’s doing it man!)

I actually beat Parker. He maxed out at 9:08. In all fairness he said his tummy hurt. He jumped back in with me at the second and final break around 25:30. We are both POOPED! We deserve a cupcake but we settled for shakeology instead.

Day 6: Pulse (optional)

I decided not to do the optional 20 minute “pulse” workout because I didn’t feel like it and I’m grown and I do what I want! You’re not my dad! But Parker did it and I’m glad I skipped it. Although the extra stretch would be nice, it looked like a bunch of my most hated moves for about a minute each and then stretches for about 30 seconds in between the (much needed) static movements. I think it will be a good workout for the weeks that really kick my a**.

I will CRUSH week 2. Week 2 is my B$&*^!!