I don’t know about you, but I am getting so in love with spring!! I am loving all things bright and light and colorful…so when I stumbled across these on our recipe blog, I had to pass them along!
1 cup all-natural almond butter
1 tsp. pure almond extract
1 cup dry quick-cooking rolled oats
½ cup honey
1 cup Vanilla Shakeology (or protein powder)
24 dried apricot halves
Combine almond butter, extract, oats, honey, and Shakeology in a medium bowl; mix well with a spatula or clean hands.
Roll mixture into 24 balls, each about 1 inch in size.
Flatten each slightly so that it is shaped like a traditional cookie.
Make an indent in the middle of each of the cookies. Place the one dried apricot in the center of each cookie before cooling in the refrigerator.
Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
…if they last that long! Hope you enjoy!
Speaking of Spring, my April Burpees & Bunnies bootcamp is sitll going on and you’re missing it! I feel a new season and a fresh start on the horizon. Because if we made it through the past year, we can make it through anything. And it’s only clearer skies and more sunshine ahead!
I have just a couple more spots in my group and there’s one with your name on it if you’re ready for your fresh start. We have an entire system already set up for you, with a community to support you through it. So it’s literally fool-proof if you just follow the directions and show up to put in the work.
Some of the other hardest lessons I’ve learned are to just ask for help, accept love and support from others, and listen to those who have what I want. (aka the experts who develop all our programs). I really had to learn the hard way that going at it alone, in my own way, did NOT work. And once I learned that, everything changed.
You don’t have to do it alone either. And you don’t have to figure it out yourself. When you’re ready, I’ll be here.
Let’s Get Up is the brand new workout program by my sister company (I help coach you through their programs) launching in April. This information is here to teach you about the program and what you can expect! If you’re ready to bring fun back into fitness + focus on loving yourself through the process… this program is for you!
1. What is Let’s Get Up?
Like nothing you’ve experienced before, Let’s Get Up is dance fitness that turns each workout into a celebration of self-confidence, body positivity, and joy 🙌 Whatever your motivation (losing weight, toning up, getting healthy, or showcasing those sweet dance moves on social media), Shaun T is going to deliver with choreography, inspiration, and fun.
The world is filled with confusing messages about dieting + body image; plus, we’re bombarded with negativity throughout our day – whether it’s the newsfeed, the news, or our own inner critic… so, now, more than ever, I want to focus on a program that will help create wellness while you feel good about yourself. I promise that you will never dread a Let’s Get Up workout; Shaun T will have you looking forward to getting up + getting it done!
For this program, all you’ll need are some light + medium dumbbells… and your dancing shoes 😉 (just kidding, you could totally do this program barefoot if that’s your thing)
Oh my gosh, where do I start?! This program takes the joy and fun of dance and turns it into a real workout… and you’re going to get real results. 4 days a week, you’ll perform easy-to-follow dance moves. But easy-to-follow doesn’t mean it’s easy 😂 To elevate the workout + push your fitness to the next level, Shaun T throws in a quick hit of high-intensity, Insanity-style intervals, so you spike your heart rate!
Oh, and because this is a total package program, there are 2 dumbbell resistance workouts each week – these are super fun because they are set to rhythm! You’ll get toned and build muscular endurance, while you feel like you are at a dance party.
The program features a super cool on-screen visual cue called Cameos – these help you see what’s coming next and get out of your head during the workout. The program features a variety of music – pop, hip-hop, swing, musical theatre, Latin, rock, and even island grooves. There are even tracks written in Spanish and French. Fun fact: Shaun T wrote + performed some of the music himself 🎤
Now, this last fun feature might intimidate some of you with stage fright, but embrace stepping out of your comfort zone! At the end of each dance workout, you’ll have a final performance moment – perfect for showing off your new moves on social media.
3. Who is Shaun T?
If you’ve never done a Shaun T workout, you are in for a treat! He has helped millions of people on their journey to get in the best shape of their lives, with some of the best fitness programs on the planet + his powerfully motivating style. You may have heard of Cize, Transform :20, Focus t25, Insanity, or Hip Hop Abs. Now, with his new program Let’s Get Up, he is promoting self-confidence, body positivity, and living your best life with joy and happiness. Think you can’t dance? Trust me, with his love of movement and his positive inspiration, you can’t help but get up and join in.
4. Let’s Get Up is perfect for…
💃 Anyone who wants a fun, feel-good workout. Trust me when I say, this is a workout that you will WANT to do. When you press play, you’ll break a sweat dancing to great music + relatable people. And when it’s over… you’ll feel amazing.
💃 People who want to get results without beating themselves up. You are going to get the results you want… and you never have to get on the floor. The dynamic dance workouts are intense but not intimidating and the dumbbell resistance workouts help shape + tone your whole body. Every workout has a modifier showing low-impact options, so it’s challenging but achievable, no matter your level of fitness. With Let’s Get Up, you’ll never feel like you didn’t do enough or you couldn’t keep up.
💃 Anyone who is feeling a fitness rut. If you’re dreading pressing play and tired of the same-old-same-old, Let’s Get Up is a 30-day program that is going to shake things up and have you falling back in love with the daily sweat.
💃 Shaun T fans! I mean, come on – nobody puts a smile on your face like Shaun T. He’s back with another breakthrough program that helps deliver the physical results you want, plus a mental transformation fueled by confidence, positivity, and joy.
💃 People ready to take things to the next level. Think dance isn’t your thing? I get it. I’ve got 3 calendars for you to choose from, so that you can move + groove with the traditional Let’s Get Up schedule, mix things up with a variety of Shaun T programs for a little less dancing, or take things to the next level with an insane Let’s Get Up mash-up.
5. What’s in your Let’s Get Up bundle?
🙌 16 unique dance workouts – you are going to dance, sweat, and celebrate 4x a week for 30-35 minutes a day.
🙌 4 resistance workouts – 2x a week, you will press play on 30-minute, total-body rhythmic resistance workouts using light to medium dumbbells to help boost your metabolism + sculpt lean, strong muscles.
🙌 Dance Conditioning: Let’s Turn Up – start dancing with easy-to-follow moves that will get your feet ready and your heart pumped for the workouts to come.
🙌 Shareable Moments – each workout includes its own 3-minute Shareable Moment that celebrates the joy of dancing. You’ll learn a short, 30-second choreography that is inspired by the workout. Learn it, bust a move, and showcase your skills on tiktok or reels (or don’t 🤣 totally your call)
🙌 Bonus Rooftop Workout – the only way forward is up when you do this fun bonus workout with Shaun T + the cast!
🙌 Get Started Guide + workout calendar – get a quick overview of the program + the workouts, plus easy steps to get you started on BOD. The guide will also share more about your nutrition options (I can help here too!) + how to track your progress. You will get your 30 day workout calendar so you know what to do each day; You’ll also get 2 bonus calendars from me, so that you can find your Let’s Get Up groove.
🙌 Quick Start Nutrition Guide – working out is half the battle! Smart nutrition choices will fuel your body and make you feel amazing. So, read through this new guide + learn all about our powerful nutrition programs + supplements that will help you reach your goals.
🙌 Get Started Video – Shaun T will introduce you to the program so you know what to look forward to; plus, you’ll learn his key steps for getting started.
🙌 Introduction to Nutrition Programs – you can’t outdance a bad workout, y’all! And depriving yourself of foods you love only leads to misery. Learn more about 2B Mindset + Ultimate Portion Fix, our 2 proven nutrition programs that will help you eat to feel good and still enjoy the things you love.
🙌 Basics Video – this video breaks down how to use the Cameo + gives you tips for hearing the beat in the music so that you have everything you need to be successful from day 1.
🙌 Energize Moment – I am SO excited for this daily pep talk! Before every workout, we get to follow Shaun on his way to set as he sips his Energize + drops some serious inspo for the workout you’re about to do!
6. How does nutrition fit into Let’s Get Up?
For true health + happiness, you need to feel good – and that means you need to eat well. Your Let’s Get Up bundle includes both of our healthy eating programs; these programs are proven for the long-term and they won’t have you starving or depriving yourself of the foods you love.
2B Mindset, created by a registered dietitian nutritionist, is a flexible approach to weight loss that lets you eat larger volumes of food to help you feel satisfied (physically + emotionally), with an approach to accountability that will keep you on-track every day.
Ultimate Portion Fix will give you control over food by managing portions with color-coded containers to help you create delicious, perfectly-portioned meals that align to your goals.
You’ll also get a 30-day free membership to Nutrition+, one of BOD’s best-kept secrets! This subscription provides you with new monthly recipes, meal plans, expert advice, and access to exclusive communities of people like you to keep you accountable, support you during tough days, and cheer you toward your goals.
7. Picking Your Package: Majorly Discounted Bundles for New First-Time Customers. Get an additional $40 off when you sign up as a Preferred Customer (ask me for details)!
Who else was counting down the days to “Let’s Get Up”? Well, it’s HERE! BUY NOW
Shaun T’s newest program releases for VIP Coach Members on April 19th and I cannot wait to put a dose of positive energy + sweaty cardio into my current routine!
Let’s Get Up is a complete fitness program, combining dance, fitness and Shaun T’s inspiring leadership into six, sweat busting workouts a week! In 30 minutes or less, any person, with any fitness level, can get up, get moving and know they are in for a great workout! In addition to the workouts, this program brings a positivity and light that we could all benefit from adding to our day. Lastly, the program is equipment free so you can incorporate it easily in your routine, wherever you are!
Let’s Get Up is available for Early Access on May 3rd for customers, but RIGHT NOW for any VIP Coach Members!
We’ve all been there. The dishwasher is still full of clean dishes needing to be unloaded, you’re trying to get dinner prepped and cooked, but the one utensil or bowl you need is buried in the overflowing sink of dirty dishes….wanna know a little secret? How about five?
It’s my five super simple but super effective ways to keep your kitchen CLEAN! I know right, sounds impossible. Especially when you’re cooking at home and trying to eat healthier. But it IS possible. I’ve been sharing these tips inside my Facebook community (click here to join us)all month long, and now gonna let you in on it!
Here are my 5 tips:
Meal prep – If you aren’t already doing this, then here’s another incentive. Less messes to clean up throughout the week! With meal prep, you make one big mess. And then yeah you have to clean it up, but at least you do it all at once. For me, it’s the constant unloading and reloading the dishwasher, cleaning counters, washing dishes…every. single. night. That really got to me. Meal prep makes those nightly messes much more manageable.
Clean while you cook – There’s always those little things involved in cooking like waiting for water to boil, or veggies to cook or something to bake, or whatever it might be. Instead of just scrolling on your phone just watching (a watched pot never boils anyway 😆), or doing something else not useful – use those couple minutes here and there to clean up! Rinse out or even completely wash dishes, get them in the dishwasher, wipe up counter messes, put ingredients that you’re done with away. And by the time food is actually done and ready, your kitchen is basically clean. Not sure about you, but I’d much rather clean up while waiting on supper, than have to go back and do it when I’m done. THAT is when you can relax…and then you can scroll on your phone
Dishes done before bed – I know, crazy concept right. And yet why is it so hard?! There’s always like 1 or 2 random things that we leave behind or ‘just didn’t get to’ each night. And those can really start to add up over the week. So give yourself a pep talk and just get it done! Give yourself rewards if you need to. Do what you gotta do 🤷♀️ Good news it should be a whole lot easier to do if you already were cleaning while you were cooking. Huh…what a good idea. 😉 It’s so much more peaceful to go bed with a clean kitchen AND wake up to one in the morning. Instead of waking up on Saturday morning to a huge mess of nasty dishes that now you have to spend your whole morning cleaning…😭 I may have done that once or twice…
Start with a clean slate – More specifically, start with a clean sink and dishwasher. Before you even start cooking, make sure your dishwasher is emptied and ready for dirty dishes, and your sink is cleaned out and ready for dirty pans and stuff to rinse and soak. This should be fairly easy if you followed tip #3. And then if you’re following tip #2, you can just put those dirty dishes straight into the dishwasher when you’re done with them, and wash anything else right away. So open up that dishwasher, fill that sink with hot soapy water, and get to it! You’ll be glad you did.
Use cups and bowls – Learned this one from Rachael Ray! Before you ever get started, whether it’s your weekly prep or nightly cooking, grab a BIG bowl for all your scraps. If you compost (good for you!), then have a separate bowl for that, and then bring over the garbage or another bowl for anything you can’t compost. This keeps the mess contained in one area and all you have to do is dump it all into the garbage or compost bin when you’re done! Much better instead of picking up all the scraps (and their messy residue) from your counter. 😏
And for those messy utensils you are using, grab a wide cup (or plate) to put them in to keep their messy residue off the counter. Better yet, put some warm water into the cup so it helps to get those utensils soaking and they are MUCH easier to clean! And the cup will be too. Throw everything right into that already clean and unloaded dishwasher 😉
Put all these tips together each week (and day) and I promise you will have a mess-free kitchen!
Not able to attend at that time? Register to attend and you will get a recording of the class sent to your inbox!
What is SOULfusion? SOULfusion is a creative blend of yoga-inspired flows, short cardio bursts, balance sequences, and body weight and weighted strength training exercises all set to crazy fun music. It offers modifications for all levels in the group exercise environment (in person or virtual). SOULfusion improves strength, balance, and flexibility, and can help improve overall fitness levels. It is driven by music, movement, and motivation. SOULfusion is all of your favorite workouts wrapped into ONE!
For our Valentine’s Day class, we’re bringing you a BODYWEIGHT ONLY version of this amazing experience, so you will only need your yoga mat! Prepare to give your body a treat!
I have an exciting announcement that you don’t want to miss!
You have probably heard me sharing about our newest program, 9 Week Control Freak. It’s a brand new style of training with new equipment designed to give you results like never before. Thousands of people are currently doing this program and loving it! However, many people also had to miss out because of concerns with the equipment.
If that was you…then creator Autumn Calabrese heard you loud and clear and has developed alternate workouts that don’t require the new equipment. You just need just dumbbells! This is an amazing option and now you don’t have to miss out on one of the most innovative programs we’ve ever had! And of course, no equipment, means it’s a lower price! This is a brand NEW pack available on February 8th. 🙌
This new pack is available for our standard challenge pack price of just $160!!!
I’ve been sharing a lot about this program, but in case you missed it, you can check out the video below andtry the sample workout here.
It’s a strength and cardio workout program with a brand new training program and equipment to RAMP up results like never before. It’s also our kick off program for the new year. We’re starting 2021 by taking total control of our nutrition, workouts and sleep!
This is so exciting because it just allows MORE people to be able to do this amazing program. Will you be one of them?
EMAIL ME email@example.com Subject: Control Freak and let me know if you are interested in getting started!
It’s gonna be love month! I’ve got another delicious recipe for you – goes great with strawberries because it’s got chocolate, of course! Let me know if you try these Avocado Brownies (and see if your fam can guess the secret ingredient!)
– ½ cup gluten-free, all-purpose flour
– ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
– 1 tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil
– 1 cup mashed avocado
– ½ cup + 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
– 2 large eggs
– 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 1 dash sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a 9×12 baking dish with parchment paper, with paper coming up the sides of the dish. Coat with cooking spray + set aside.
2. Whisk together flour + cocoa powder in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
3. Place a double boiler over low heat with water 1-inch deep in the bottom. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to the top of the double boiler and stir occasionally until melted. Set aside.
4. Place the avocado, maple syrup, eggs, extract, and salt in the blender; cover and blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl.
5. Stir melted chocolate into avocado mixture. Fold in flour mixture, adding ⅓ of the mixture at a time, until fully combined.
6. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until firm on top. Allow the brownies to cool completely in the baking dish.
Cut into 12 pieces and serve right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days!
This recipe makes 12 servings.
If you follow our amazing portion container plan, this recipe is 2 Yellow and 1 Blue. If you’re a 2B tracker, this recipe makes a great occasional treat. Be sure to track it!
Plus – don’t miss my free POP UP class this week to give the brand new MetKon RX a test drive. MetKon RX is the latest metabolic strength, cardio, & core class I’m teaching – and I’m currently only making it available inside my virtual gym for our Life Fit Studios members. This week, I’m opening the doors and making this class FREE as a stand-alone “pop up” class on Sunday. See more below and invite all your fitness friends to join you!
So much fun planned for this week’s Local & Virtual Classes with me – but no two classes are exactly the same…!! Whether you’re attending online or face to face, each class experience is delivered with motivation & passion from me for you!
All classes are streamed LIVE in my virtual studio at the time listed below and recorded for members of Life Fit Studios to have on demand access 24/7. Sign up at LifeFitStudios.comMembership options available for as little as $7 for 7 days; cancel anytime.
Monday 10am CST – WARRIOR STRENGTH
Tuesday 4pm CST – HIIT & TONE
Wednesday 8am CST – SOULFUSION
Wednesday 5pm CST – TURBO KICK & WARRIOR RHYTHM
Thursday 9:45am CST – BARRETOTAL BODY
Sunday 10:30am CST- METKON RX*
*Access this FREE virtual class by joining my Facebook fitness group community here
All classes listed below are at local Texas Family Fitness gym locations. You can visit their website for a guest pass or call them to sign up for multi-club membership.
I think it’s safe to say that 2020 was one for the books. For so many of us, we faced feelings of anxiety or overwhelm… and those didn’t just disappear with the drop of the ball on Dec 31st. So, today, I’ve got some wellness tips for facing those feelings.
✨ 𝑪𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒂 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏 when you feel overwhelmed. List out what you need to do. Chunk it down into manageable and understandable pieces and prioritize what you have to do right away versus what can wait. Prov 31:18 She sees that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out, but it burns continually through the night [she is prepared for whatever lies ahead].
✨ 𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒕. Scribble with crayons. Splash some watercolors. Paint a rock. Get one of those adult coloring books… just zone out and create. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10
✨ 𝑮𝒐 𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆. If it’s nice where you live, put your bare feet in the grass. If you live somewhere with snow, look at how beautiful it is. Focus on the tangible things you can see and feel. This will allow you to ground yourself. “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. — Job 12:7-10 (ESV)
✨ If you regularly feel overwhelmed, start to reflect on 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒕𝒐. What changes can you make to start to eliminate some of that overwhelm and anxiety? Phil 4:6-8 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And lastly… sweat and stretch and rest and hydrate and meditate on God’s Word daily. 💦 Get the heartrate up and lift some things a few days a week. 💪🏻 Do some yoga a couple days a week. 🧘🏻♀️ Get a devotional that speaks to your current struggle and leads you in focused prayer about it.
“…and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Cor 10:5 AMP
No matter where you lead me, Lord, may my response always be, “Not my will, but may YOUR will be accomplished in all I do.”
Mamas… we are realizing that focusing on what we do not have only causes us to perpetuate never having it. When we consistently voice our complaints body, our appetite, or time and enthusiasm to workout, our unsupportive spouse, etc… we are indeed creating an environment to receive more of exactly what we spend our days complaining about.
But when we choose gratitude and #speakup to thank God for His promise of health and healing…of provision for our fitness goals in every way… it is amazing but truly that one small change in what we say, coupled with what we believe on our hearts, that is what crosses our level of living from just wishing over to fully walking into our dreams realized.
His Word (James 3:4, Proverbs 23:7, Mark 11:23) reminds us we are what we think in our hearts and what we say we shall have. So.. hmmm… What we are thinking about and speaking about, we continue to bring about…is that how that goes?
So… If I dwell on LACK of motivation, never having ENOUGH time to start, always MISSING opportunities, never finishing, and always losing interest… then that is exactly what will come to me over and over again. I attract more of what I say and believe.
So can I encourage you to join me in a gratitude heart check this week? When we use our words to express gratitude to God for what He has already provided in the spirit, we have just opened a door no man can shut.
Let’s open some doors in our fit walk this week, mamas!! Come sweat with me…
9 Week Control Freak has been an incredible program to start 2021 with and I know that so many of you wanted to jump in as well but didn’t have a door… or the space… or the ability to install the Control Track. Well, we heard you! We are launching 9 Week Control Freak: Off the Wall on February 7th!
Wait, what does that mean? Let’s break it down!
📣 The full 9 Week Control Freak program with all of the equipment is still the recommended way to jump into this program – the Control Track is a game changer and this program was designed to be completed with these elements. That’s how you get the best results 🙌 But for those of you that cannot use the equipment and still want to experience the program, Off the Wall is for you!
📣 We will be releasing 15 brand new 9 Week Control Freak workouts that only use weights.
📣 If you have purchased 9 Week Control Freak already, these 15 workouts will be included for you for free! They are amazing for when you are traveling or just extra workouts to switch it up.
📣There are 5 workouts for each phase, and those will be repeated for 3 weeks each, giving you a 9 Week Calendar.
📣 Workouts will be available on Beachbody on Demand starting February 7th with Phase 1 workout 1.
📣 equipment packages will be available for $160 for those of you that do NOT have BOD and $130 if you do. And they will still include the brag board!
Questions? Ready to jump in? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: OFF THE WALL and I will get you all the details!