Tag: Motivation

Sweet Potato Lasagna

Who doesn’t love the comfort food of lasagna, especially on a stormy Sunday evening! I love it, but I don’t love what it can do to my waist line so I got creative and used sweet potato instead of noodles! This turned out to be the type of meal that makes me excited for left overs!


  • 2 cups sweet potato, peeled, and sliced thin 
  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 4 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups low to no sugar marinara sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 TB Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzerela
  • Salt, pepper, basil to taste 


  1. Preheat over to 350
  2. Using an oven safe skillet, add sweet potato and some oil. Cook until sweet potato begins to get tender. 5-8 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add ground beef, onion, garlic. Cook until beef is no longer pink. Mix in 1/4 of marinara sauce.
  4. Remove from heat. Add sweet potatoes to cover ground beef. Then add remaining marinara to cover sweet potato.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine egg, ricotta cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Mix in spices. Spread this over marinara sauce.
  6. Sprinkle mozzerela cheese on top.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes at 350. Then turn the broiler on low for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and crispy on top!


  • I did not cook sweet potato enough so it’s important to do that before baking the lasagna…
  • Could try with butternut squash next time..
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese 

Day 4 – what to do when hungry 

Hunger got the best of me yesterday; however, rather than giving up, I ate an extra serving of vegetables and that held me over for another two hours before dinner! I contemplated adding an extra protein too, but I’m glad I just had the veggies and then made the decision on the protein! I’ve always been the type of eater who gets what I think I may want because I may still be hungry… but just like yesterday, I need to have a little and then decide if I want more! Food isn’t going anywhere and it’s readily available if I need it!

Besides that, the program is kicking my ass… in a good way! Every ounce of me is sore… even sitting here typing I can feel each muscle! It’s hard to go full out when I’m this sore but I love knowing I’m doing my body right!

Here is a picture of dinner last night! Jalapeño and cheddar turkey burgers… no bun! It was so delicious!

Day 3

I did not miss waking up at 4:40 to work out, but I love the way I feel when I’m done! I feel so much better during the day too and sleep better at night!

Still so sore today so throwing punches was tough! I’m hoping that if I start drinking recharge at night, the soreness won’t be so severe!

I was successful with staying on the nutrition plan yesterday, and excited to tackle Day 3! I was pleasantly surprised with my dinner last night. Needed something easy so just did grilled chicken, roasted veggies, and sweet potato! It all fit in the containers and I felt extremely satisfied. I also was done after my first plate and in the past, I would almost always go back for seconds if something tasted good! Still on my journey with portion control but recognizing things like not needing seconds is a great start to a lifelong habit! 

Core de Force Day 2

All I can say is owwwwweeee, but in a good way. Woke up sore after Day 1, which to me means the program is already working.

Today’s workout was 47 minutes of strength training and primarily push – ups. You know a program is the right program for you when you don’t mind doing it for 47 minutes. We’ll see how I feel when this has to happen at 4:30 in the morning. In previous Beachbody programs that I’ve done, whenever there was something longer than 30 minutes, I hated doing it… even dreaded doing it… but today, loved every minute of it. I love how much stronger I’ve gotten since beginning all of these programs. I can finally do push – ups on my knees… though not all of them yet…

On top of having a great workout today, I have also been able to successfully follow the food plan. I won’t say I’ve felt full all day, but the slight hunger feeling I’ve had actually makes me have more energy than the days I eat too much and feel full. I need to remember this feeling. I upped the calorie bracket today because I also took a dance class, but tomorrow I’ll go back to the lower bracket. I need to remember with this program each day is a new day and one successful day does not equate to another and one poor day does not mean I’ve failed the program.

Below is a photo of the steak salad I had for lunch. It includes homemade mango dressing, mango, kale, avocado, walnuts, and steak… All within perfect portions.

Core de Force Day 1

I don’t know the last time I’ve been this excited for a new program. I’ve followed programs in the past, but didn’t start it with 100%, meaning… I did the workouts but didn’t follow the nutrition. Well, I’ve committed to following the nutrition 90% of the time… I’m being realistic that its the holiday season and I won’t be able to take the containers to every event I attend and I want to enjoy the adult beverages 🙂

That being said, I woke up, drank my energize, did my workout, followed up with recover and then an hour later, had my first meal of the day: 2% plain Greek yogurt, strawberries, with cinnamon and pure vanilla extract. It was surprisingly delicious (I typically don’t like plain yogurt).

I’m excited to share my journey with you during the next 30 days and share my results. My “before” photos were enough for me to give me the extra motivation to stick to the program for these 30 days!

Diet verse Lifestyle

I have been gone a while from this blog, but I’m back and committing to write as much as possible to help YOU learn different ways to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.

I’ve been very consistent with exercise this summer, but diet… not so much. I’m committing to refocusing my energy on clean eating and portion control to get me as healthy as possible.

Because of that, I wanted to focus on the difference of a diet and a lifestyle. A lot of people ask me if I’m still “on that diet” or if a certain food is “allowed” on a diet. Those phrases, and similar phrases, really annoyed me and only recently did I realize why. I realized, I was annoyed because the word “diet” to me means that someone is overweight or thinks they are overweight and unhealthy and wants to lose weight and in order to do that, they are going to follow a plan for a certain amount of time. Some of you reading this may need to lose weight, but it is not a temporary thing! I don’t consider my food choices to be temporary. For me and hopefully a lot of you, the choices you make are because of a lifestyle choice. If you are eating healthy, following a specific “diet” such as 21 day fix containers or paleo, remember, that you are making a lifestyle choice The ultimate goal of those philosophies/programs is to get you as healthy as possible by eating real, clean food. All of these lifestyle choices, allow you to be in control of what you put in your body. If you want a margarita or a piece of cake, go for it. As long as you know its not your typical lifestyle choice, and you go back to your healthy lifestyle afterwards.

Let’s work together to change the language and connotation for those of us who are choosing to make healthy food our normal lifestyle!

Day Four – Love your Workout 

Today’s workout was Lower Fix Exteme. I started the workout wishing I was doing the regular version instead of the extreme. It started with jump squats and then single leg jump squats then jumping lunges.  However after about ten minutes I realized I was having fun and I was having fun because it was so ridiculously hard that I was enjoying the challenge. While completing the workout I was thinking of how important it is to have fun and love your workout. Each new move today I was pushing myself because I wanted to see how far I could go or how long I could go without a break. Yesterday’s workout was the exact opposite. I don’t typically enjoy Pilates and while it was hard, I wasn’t enjoying it so I wasn’t pushing myself. With so many workout programs out there, it is vital to find something that you enjoy so it becomes a habit and part of your life.

This picture is of me immediately after the workout. I’m rarely this out of breath and sweaty after leg day. Can’t wait for this workout next week.