Hammer and Chisel

Just clicked the submit button for my order of the new Hammer and Chisel program that launched today.  Two of my favorite trainers, Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev came together to create a killer program. I have tried 2 of the workouts and know that this is different from the other programs I’ve done.

I typically do not workout through the holidays and make the same New’s Year’s resolutions as everyone else….start working out again, lose weight, blah blah blah.  This year I decided to try and stay on track so I don’t have to work twice as hard in January to lose all the weight I ate in food! And let’s face it – even in January I’m still in holiday mode and typically don’t get back on track until Feb or even March.

I’m starting this program as soon as it comes in the mail with a bunch of other girls and we are just gonna go for it.  I will most likely indulge on my bday and Christmas but those will probably be the only days I fall off track.

Here are some details about this program I’m doing….

 

Q. What’s included in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Base Kit?

  • 12 workouts on 6 DVDs
  • A set of 7 portion-control containers and a shaker cup
  • The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Program and Nutrition Guide
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • 60-Day Calendar
  • 2 bonus workouts: 10 Min Ab Hammer and 10 Min Ab ChiselQ. How does The Master’s Hammer and Chisel differ from Body Beast?

    Body Beast is a bodybuilding program that focuses on muscular hypertrophy. The Master’s Hammer and Chisel includes aspects of bodybuilding, but also focuses on improving endurance, power, agility, strength, balance, and range of motion to sculpt a tight, defined physique.

    Q. How does The Master’s Hammer and Chisel differ from 21 Day Fix EXTREME?

    21 Day Fix EXTREME is a shorter, goal-specific program, whereas The Master’s Hammer and Chisel is a full 60-day program with slightly longer workouts. 21 Day Fix EXTREME focuses on getting you shredded, while The Master’s Hammer and Chisel also helps you improve other aspects of your fitness, such as muscular endurance, power, strength, and agility. It’s a whole new approach to getting you ripped.

    Q. What equipment do you need for The Master’s Hammer and Chisel?

    • A few dumbbells of various weights appropriate to your strength and fitness level.
    • A bench or stability ball.
    • A chin-up bar or a resistance band and a door attachment.

      Q. How does The Master’s Hammer and Chisel nutrition plan compare to Body Beast, 21 Day Fix, and 21 Day Fix EXTREME?

      Like the nutrition plans in 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix EXTREME, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel uses the portion- control container system. However, it is tailored to meet your specific goals and the nutritional demands that a challenging body-sculpting program like The Master’s Hammer and Chisel requires.

      Q. Can you customize The Master’s Hammer and Chisel nutrition plan to meet your unique goals?

      Yes! If you want to gear your nutrition toward building more muscle (a surplus), or toward shredding fat (a deficit), you can use the Nutrition Plan Quiz to recalculate your calories to help you reach your goals.

Q. How do the calorie charts for The Master’s Hammer and Chisel work?

The Nutrition Plan Quiz included in the program and nutrition guide will determine your appropriate calorie chart based on your goals. Like the calorie breakdowns in 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix EXTREME, the ones in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Program and Nutrition Guide also include the number of color-coded, portion-control containers your bracket requires each day to meet your goals.

Q. How does the 60-day calendar work?

The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program is a 60-day rotation of hardcore strength training built on the three phases of SSP Training—Stabilization, Strength, and Power. Sagi and Autumn strategically structured these workouts to train in all three phases efficiently, so following the calendar is important.

*****If you are interested in trying out this program or joining our groupplease email me at mgauthier28@gmail.com

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And my favorite part, in true Beachbody fashion, Carl Daikeler has teamed up with Upward Bound Housing and for every 1,000 challenge packs sold, we will get an entire family off the streets for a year plus the support to get them back on their feet. Speaking my LOVE LANGUAGE!!!

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Life with Boys

Life with boys is……..

Wrestling anywhere and everywhere

Forts in every room

Pee all over the toilet and other places

Constant talk about their wee wee’s

Nerf guns…..and more Nerf Guns

Jumping off the furniture

More energy than I know what to do with x 2

Wanting to be big like Daddy because he is GOD

“Tooting” and lots of it…..I really hate the other word so we will just call it tooting :-)

In the midst of all the craziness and madness there is one thing that is constant and that is love.  I never thought I could be a good mother to boys because they always intimated me and I just knew I would be better suited with a girl.  I can honestly say now that being a mom to boys is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced in my entire life.  They keep me on my toes and most days there’s little to no work that gets done and my house is always a mess.  BUT it’s FUN…never boring and they are happy.

So, just remember if you’re stressing about how little you get done throughout the day, if you kids are happy then that’s all that really matters.  Those are the memories they will remember :-)

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HOW PORTIONING GOT ME BACK ON TRACK

I follow the 21 Day Fix Extreme meal plan because it’s what has worked best for me.  I like REAL food and I like to eat A LOT of food.  I tried this meal plan back in March of this year and for the most part, I have stuck with it.  I was hesitant about the meal plan when I heard the word “portioning”  because to me, that meant “a lot of work.”  I can MAKE myself exercise but eating right or healthy is a struggle for me especially with 2 little boys who eat everything.  I needed some structure, I needed to be TOLD what to eat and how much.  I had so many friends who tried it, loved it and were actually seeing results.  They weren’t miserable or HANGRY so it couldn’t be THAT hard.  I bought the package and even after it arrived I thought about just doing the exercises and NOT doing the portioning thing again..lol.  I thought – I am REALLY not into doing extra work to portion food before I eat it and how can this really make a difference in my results. I left everything on the counter and took my “before” pics….totally disgusted, I went back to the kitchen and decided to give it my all.  I gave into trying this whole portioning thing.  Surprisingly, it was really easy and even after the 2nd week I had my portions down to a science.  I was seeing GREAT results so that kept me motivated and even did a 2nd round.  My pics are down below.  21 days of work and it totally paid off for me. I enjoyed it so much I stuck with the food list.

Here are the list of foods on my meal plan:

Green Container

Kale, peppers, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, carrots, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, beans, asparagus, collard greens, brusel sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, okra, jicama, snow peas, cabbage, radishes, sprouts, beets, artichokes and squash

Purple Container

Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, orange, apple, cherries, grapes, mango, peaches, nectarines, figs, grapefruit, apricots, tangerine, kiwifruit, papaya, melon, pears, bananas, pineapple, salsa-pico de gallo, tomato sauce

Red Container

Boneless chicken, ground chicken or turkey, fish (tilapia, salmon, cod and catfish), tuna, game (bison, ostrich, venison), eggs, egg whites, greek yogurt, plain yogurt, shellfish, clams, red meat, Shakeology, temp, tofu, pork tenderloin, canned tuna, protein powder

Yellow Container

sweet potato, yams, quinoa, beans, lentils, edamame, peas, retired beans, brown rice, wild rice, potato, corn on the cob, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, barley, bulgur, oatmeal, pasta, couscous, bread, tortilla

Blue Container

avocado, raw nuts, hummus, coconut milk, feta cheese, goat cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan

Orange Container

raw nuts, raw seeds, flaxseed and dressings

coffee and tea

spices are “free” foods

**This plan also comes with recipes for meals and your dressings

I follow portion amounts and workout for 21 days straight.  My workouts are 30 minutes long and are easy to do exercises.  I like short exercises and getting results.

If you think this would be a plan that would work for you then please message me and I can guide you.  You will have more than enough food to be satisfied and some days it might be too much food.  It is a good variety of exercise moves so there’s no chance of getting bored.

my email is mgauthier28@gmail.com or you can sign up for my challenge starting August 24th.  Fill out the form and submit-link up top under JOIN MY CHALLENGE :-) I will review it and see if you are a good candidate to join.

*****For the 1st 3 people who join my challenge I am sending out a recipe book with 101 recipes that go with this list of foods.*****

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Working out with my crew

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you will notice that I always workout with my kids around.  Most people think I’m crazy but I actually enjoy it.  I always feel like I get a BETTER workout with them around.  Maybe its the energy they bring-my 1 one year old running in the room when he hears the music start on my workout DVD. My 3 1/2 year old immediately running over to pretend he is doing pull-ups on the pull-up bar. It’s just fun with them around.  They love watching me and I love watching them. Here are some tips to make it fun-

*Always make sure they have full bellies!  If they are hungry they will be super grumpy and that makes for a LONG workout

*Make sure you have plenty of toys for them to play with

*TALK to them during your workouts.  I always count when doing reps which my 3 1/2 loves!  If you are talking to them then they feel like you are interacting with them.

* Get them involved.  So-my 3 1/2 year old loves to get on my back when I do push ups.  He just thinks its so fun and it cracks me up because I usually can’t even lift him! I can get 1 or 2 in but then Im down on the floor laughing with him!

Those are just a few quick tips to make it easier to workout with little ones around.  While they nap is when I like to work so saving that quiet time to make calls or return emails is important to me. It’s all about BALANCE.  Doing what works for you.  Don’t let kids be your reason for not getting a good sweat mesh on!!!! :-)

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Day 4 of 21 Day Fix EXTREME

AHHHH……I made it to Day 4!!

I love this program more and more everyday.  One reason could be because my gym shorts felt looser today ;-) but also because I’m never hungry.  Energy levels are on point all day.  I haven’t felt that afternoon crash or fatigue that I usually feel when I try to cut out certain foods.  I made the turkey chili for dinner last per recipe in the book and it was very good-my husband actually likes it too.  Of course, he adds srirachi to it but he puts srirachi on EVERYTHING.

Today’s workout is Cardio Fix….I’m sure this one will be tough considering cardio is my least favorite form of exercise.  The good thing is that she uses weights in every workout which I LOVE so maybe it will be fun.

Couple of things to know about this program and who it’s good for…

*Looking to lose weight quickly

*Likes having a meal plan-all day, everyday

*Can workout 21 days straight

*Has 30 mins to workout

*Likes incorporating light weights into their workouts

*Likes doing a variety of exercises

*Loves a food list

*Easy to follow along with

Next post will be Day 7..now I just have to stay on track through V Day! No wine, no chocolate for me!  17 more days to go!!

I will be running a test group March 2nd and I’m only taking 5 people along with me. I will be doing another round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme and if you would like to join me please email me at mgauthier28@gmail.com

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21 Day Fix EXTREME Journal

Today is Day 2 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme workout.  Day 1 is complete but here are my thoughts…….

Yesterday, I portioned out all my food in the containers provided and did my 1st workout.  The workout was PLYO Fix Extreme.  Definitely challenging but I found that as soon as I felt like I couldn’t do another second of the exercise we were onto the next.  It was perfect…..30 second intervals with breaks in between each block.

My overall energy level was high all day.  The size of the containers are little deceiving because it turns out they hold a lot more food than I thought. I wasn’t hungry at all throughout the day.  I have never been a fan of food containers and measuring out food for weight loss because I always felt I was eating the right amount for me.  There are times though, when I know I overeat because I feel overly full afterwards and just want to crash on the couch.  I am 8 months post baby and getting the weight off after a second baby is tough.  Real tough.  I have noticed that it all comes down to eating and how much I’m eating.  I can exercise all day long but the weight isn’t going anywhere.  I took my before photos and I was completely disgusted.  Now, looking at me on a normal day some might say – “oh, you look great after having 2 kids” and I appreciate that but we all have a goal we want to meet.  We all have areas we want to work on. Maybe it’s a goal weight, maybe it’s the way we want to fit into our clothes, etc.  Dressed, you would never know that my mid section is out of control – I hide it well.  :-) But I have a closet full of clothes that I cannot fit into and I’m tired of wearing stretching clothes all the time.  My goal is to fit into those clothes again and feel confident in a swimsuit this year.  I do live in the sunshine state after all so I can’t wear the big bulky cold weather clothes anymore to keep it hidden.

On to Day 2 of the Fix – I’m excited.  So far today, feeling great.  A little sore but ready for the next workout.

Keep an eye out for my next post after Day 3 to see if I still feel this good :-)

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FREE CLEAN EATING GROUP

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Do you struggle with clean eating? Or knowing WHAT to eat? 
I am putting together a 5-day **FREE** clean eating group starting Monday February 16th … and I am giving you a complete menu and a shopping list to take the guess work out of nutrition. Plus, some bonus information.
Is this something you would be interested in being apart of? If so, comment below.

What will I require from you for the 5 DAYS?

*COMMITMENT

*PARTICIPATION IN OUR PRIVATE GROUP PAGE

*SOME FORM OF EXERCISE DAILY

*POSITIVE ATTITUDE

I run this group twice a month for free and have had nothing but positive feedback and great results.

Please email me at mgauthier28@gmail.com and put in the subject “I’M IN!”

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