Meeting Autumn Calabrese


Almost 4 years ago I pushed play for the first time and I never imagined that I would one day be hugging the woman that motivated me each morning to keep going. (I’ve  actually wanted to punch her a couple of times during the hardest training sessions, LOL!). But seriously—this business has changed my life and made me believe in myself. So, as I sat right behind Autumn yesterday and listened to her speak I was delighted to realize she is just like us.

Autumn Calabrese is strong and caring and believes in her purpose of helping people as do I and many coaches on my team.

My point? Don’t think you can’t do what I do or what she does… because you can!
Work hard and set small attainable goals, then crush them!

In 2018 my goal is to be ME each and every day.
Follow me, support me, or un-follow me but this page is my platform for sharing my journey as a form of therapy, as accountability and as a way to motivate others just like me. This is a place where I can share the fact that you are in control of your choices and if you want something, you have everything you need to go after it. When you shift your thinking big things start to happen in your life.

Your vision of life


Have you ever taken the time to sit and think and dream about what you want out of life? Do you have a vision? Or are you so visionless all you want to do is sleep to avoid the pain of complacency? Are you always exhausted and wanting to sleep just to avoid pain?

If you keep your eyes closed for too long your vision and dreams stay in the dark! I had no idea what this meant until I started living my purpose!

Why do I get up so early when I don’t have to?
Because of my vision and the desire to live more and be more!

The starting point of everything we do comes from our vision! It’s the thing that drives us to stay motivated, pulls us out of our comfy comfort zones and helps us stay the course when confronted with obstacles.

The excitement of life and working on a future worth having can put a lot into perspective. Do you have a vision that gets you out of bed? If not maybe this is the wake up call you need! I would be doing you a disservice by not sharing the importance of having dreams. Know what you want and go after it with all you’ve got!

Getting dinner on the table


The dreaded dinner time... I used to only think about fasting when it came to getting dinner on the table.

After school activities, homework, a tired family and me trying to please everyone—ugh…the hardest time of day. But once I realized it wasn’t my job to please everyone but rather to teach my family healthy habits and keep them as healthy as possible, I started changing the way I thought about cooking.

Little by little weeknight cooking became a lot easier and now I can come up with quick dinners and most importantly nutritious, clean, family-meals.

Here is one of my fast, healthy and simple dinner menus:

  • Pan grilled chicken burgers
  • Mixed green salad with sunflower seeds and oil and vinegar
  • 1 piece of gluten free sprouted for life bread.

The kids have chicken burgers, celery and carrots and whole wheat (WW) pasta.
You don’t have to sacrifice healthy just because you want to cook something quickly.
Keep following me for easy dinner-time recipes!

How to wake up early in the morning?


One question I get asked quite often is “Allison how do you wake up so happy in the morning”?

If you had met me 4 years ago you would have thought I was anything but happy. Even today, I wake up wanting to keep sleep in just like everyone else— but within a couple minutes I flip on the gratitude switch in my brain. We all have one, you just have to learn how to use it!

I am so grateful each and every day that God brought me out of darkness into his wonderful light. For too long I suffered with anxiety, depression and lived life just going through the motions. There was a time when I could barely pull my butt out of bed. Now, all it takes is just remembering to flip the switch.

Success and change are in your attitude and perspective!


Change requires action


Start with what you have, and don’t think of what you don't have!

If only I had this...
If only this was different...
If this wasn't going on...

Stop! No more excuses!

God has already given you what you need to begin creating your future. It's within your reach. You just need to pick up your arms.

"Don't let what you cannot do keep you from doing what you can do."
What you can do now is the only influence you have over your future. So begin doing it now, today, somehow, but don't just stay where you are, wishing for things to be different.
Change doesn't work like that, you have to work for change, then keep working at it. So make the most of what you have, no matter the circumstances and watch what will happen.


Ask and you shall receive


Sometimes my morning messages are so clear and other mornings I pray and pray to find out what message God is calling me to share.

Today was one of those mornings and then it came to me…that’s my message:

Ask and you shall receive.

We stress ourselves out so much when we try to do things on our own. When we want to make things happen “now” but the truth is no matter what you are doing if you want to stay close to God and do things his way you should always ask for him to show you the path forward moment by moment.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
—Romans 8:31

Instant Pot (IP) Turkey Chili



  • 2 lb. 93% Lean Ground Turkey
  • ½ medium White Onion (chopped)
  • ½ medium Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • ½ medium orange bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 15 oz. can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can Pinto Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15 oz. can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15 oz. can Corn (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Crushed Red Peppers
  • Himalayan Salt and Ground Black Pepper (optional; to taste)
  • Plain Greek Yogurt (optional)
  • Green Onions (optional)


  1. Cook turkey in IP with water on Poultry setting for 5 minutes. Release pressure carefully.
  2. Add onion, bell peppers, garlic, beans, tomatoes, corn and seasonings. Stir and close IP back up and cook for 5 more minutes on Bean/Chili Setting.
  3. Release pressure manually or wait for it to release.
  4. DONE!


Add a dollop of plain greek yogurt and top with green onions before serving.
I served the kids’ meal over brown rice and they added cheese.
We had plenty of leftovers for another meal, so I am freezing to keep.



Practicing gratefulness


I used to be the half empty girl, the one who was always wanting more, the one comparing herself to others. It wasn’t until I lost my mom and sat in her empty house looking around at everything she had worked so hard for that I questioned—what for?

You take nothing with you when you die… The only things left behind are the memories and relationships you made.

Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy nice things and I work hard to be able to provide those things to my family, but it’s not what matters most. What drives me is creating something I can leave behind when I am gone. It’s enjoying every moment, good or bad, and truly living in each moment. 􀃻

“For from him and through him and for him are all things “ 􀎼􀇤

“ALL THINGS”—the good, the bad, the ugly, the everyday gifts in our lives.

To cultivate my awareness I practice gratitude each day by writing down what I am grateful for.

Today it’s being able to work from home doing what I love and changing my schedule so I can have breakfast in the morning with my daughter and the hot freshly brewed coffee I get to enjoy while writing this.

What is the “so much” that God has already given you?

Take a few minutes and start your day by thanking God for the first thing that comes to your mind and try to continue doing that as the day goes on.

How to break bad habits


We all have things we would like to quit or change but of course quitting is not easy, change is a challenge. Personally—and I speak from a lot of experience—I have always felt it almost impossible to break any of my bad habits unless I had something better to replace it with.

When you focus on JUST quitting something without the refocusing on a new behavior you are way more likely to give up and go back to your old ways.

This may shock you but I used to smoke! I can’t even believe it myself but I started when I was about 15. When I quit I did it for me and I replaced my habit with rubbing a rock between my fingers and sucking on a mint when I was driving (that was the hardest).

I also have had an addiction with the scale. That habit was a little harder to deal with than smoking because it was an emotional addiction rather than a physical. In order to stop my Obsession with the scale I had to work on me and replace my negative thoughts with positive ones.

Everyone has a quit list. If you could focus on quitting 1 thing today, what would you replace it with?

Contact me if you want to talk about getting started on your quit list today.

Meal-planning for 80 Day Obsession


My regular Meal Prep sessions take place on Sundays.
I usually spend about 1½  hours and I end up with:

Pre Workout meals
Post Workout meals

Meal 1  |  Lunch (to choose from below)

  • Ground Turkey
  • Brown rice
  • Salmon
  • Roasted sweet potatoes with cinnamon (yum!)
  • Salad
  • Cut veggies
  • Fruit
  • Nuts

Meal 2  |  Shakeology + Fruit

Meal 3  |  Dinner (to choose from below)

  • Monday - Chicken burgers
  • Tuesday - Stir fry
  • Wednesday - IP chicken
  • Thursday - Fish
  • Friday - Grill

The egg-cups in the photo were made for Luis (DH).
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Shakeology Bar

I am a complete chocolate lover and am on my final week of Hammer and Chisel. I am so proud of my-self week 7 and no cheats! What helps without a doubt is Chocolate Shakeology and the fact that you can make so many sweet treats with it. I am trying something new here…



  • 2 Tbls. coconut oil
  • 2 scoops Shakeology
  • Handful, dried no sugar added cranberries
  • Handful, pumpkin seeds


  • Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter when mixing Shakeology and coconut oil ( I used cashew butter) 


  1. Line a glass dish with parchment paper and sprinkle cranberries and pumpkin seeds
  2. Melt coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds
  3. Stir in Shakeology and or nut butter MIX WELL
  4. Pour on top of seed/cranberries
  5. Freeze and enjoy… I broke mine into pieces and kept in an airtight container in the freezer.

Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


Yield: 12 cookies
Serving Size: 1 cookie

The classic combination of pumpkin and chocolate chips is absolutely irresistible, especially when combined together in soft and chewy cookies! Store any leftovers in an airtight container.


  • 1 c (120g) whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ tsp (2g) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (1g) cornstarch
  • 1 tsp (3g) ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp (1g) salt
  • 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • ¾ c (183g) pumpkin purée (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp (5mL) vanilla extract
  • ½ c (168g) agave
  • 3 tbsp (42g) miniature chocolate chips, chopped dark chocolate or white chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, pumpkin, and vanilla. Stir in the agave. Add the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips. Chill the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes. (If chilling longer than 1 hour, cover the top of the bowl with foil). Very important to get the dough a little harder.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Drop the cookie dough into 12 rounded scoops onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly, and press the remaining chocolate chips into the tops of the cookie dough.
    Note: This cookie dough spreads a little, but not very much. If you prefer wider and thinner cookies, flatten the dough a little more before baking.
  4. Bake at 325°F for 15-17 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.


  • Regular whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour may be substituted in place of the whole wheat pastry flour.
  • Granulated sugar may be substituted in place of the agave. However, when made with granulated sugar, the cookie dough does not spread at all while baking, so you will need to flatten the rounded scoops of cookie dough on the baking sheets before placing in the oven. They’re generally done baking in about 13-15 minutes instead.
  • For a vegan version, substitute melted coconut oil in place of the butter.
  • Please, do NOT overbake these cookies! They’ll turn out cakey instead of chewy if baked for too long.

Banana Oat Pancakes



  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash sea salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ tsp extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 3 cups fresh mixed berries

Tip: If you’d like to make this recipe gluten-free, purchase gluten-free oats and baking powder


  1. Place almond milk, eggs, banana, extract, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and oats in blender; cover. Blend until smooth
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat
  3. Pour ¼ cup batter onto the skillet; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles form around the edges of the pancake. Flip with a spatula; cook for an additional 90 seconds
  4.  Continue with remaining batter
  5. Serve with fresh berries or top with almond butter
  6. Each serving is 2 pancakes. In the 21 Day Fix system, it is 1 yellow, and 1/2 of the purple container for the fruit

Turkey Noodle Bowls


Last week I made a soup that I ate every day for lunch and it totally kept me on track and took all the thinking and guess work out of “what’s for lunch”? So this week I tried something new. I picked a meal that looked like I could eat every day during the week to keep me on track.
This has it all and tastes great. It is Whole30 approved and Fix approved.


  • 1 spaghetti squash cooked, I prefer to cook mine on the stove top by boiling it for 30-40 minutes
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • ½ cup julienne cut carrots ( bought mine precut)
  • 1 head bok choy shredded
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes ( WHOLE30 approved)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • Lime juice of 2 limes
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons lemongrass
  • Coconut oil


  1. Cook spaghetti squash
  2. Heat the coconut oil and add some garlic, then add turkey and brown (drain)
  3. Add peppers and all other ingredients except lime and pineapple  (I just mixed it all and cooked)
  4. Once veggies were tender I added the pineapple & the  lime juice
  5. Filled the meal prep containers with the squash and added the turkey mixture on top

Sweet potato brownies



  • ¾ cup sweet potato puree
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp flour almond flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp salt

Yield: 12–16 brownies


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper or grease well
  3. Whisk nut butter together with the sweet potato and vanilla extract in a large bowl
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together all remaining ingredients – make sure that baking soda is evenly incorporated! Pour dry into wet (not the other way around), and smooth into the prepared pan, scooping out all traces of batter and using a second sheet of parchment to really smooth it down evenly
  5. Bake on the center oven rack 20 minutes. It will look a little underdone, but it firms up as it cools. If, for some reason, yours is still too gooey after cooling, loosely cover and let it sit in the fridge a few hours
  6. I am so in love with cooking recipes that are clean and delicious. I can stay on track with my Whole30 plan and enjoy the same things as my kids. We choose to fuel our body with whole foods rate than artificial junk.

Fit Mom Equals Happy Mom


Having a fаmіlу that’s fіt (and nоt having fіtѕ!) іѕ аbоut рrасtісіng еxеrсіѕе іn the fоrm of рlау, whеthеr it’s family bоwlіng nіght, оr wаlkіng after dinner.

Wаlk (or run) tо Fitness.
Wаlkіng іѕ a grеаt form оf exercise. It іѕ еаѕу оn the joints, еnсоurаgеѕ dіѕсuѕѕіоnѕ, еngаgеѕ mіndѕ іn thе nаturаl wоrld аnd іѕ FREE (unlіkе оrgаnіzеd outings such as bоwlіng). Aѕ раrеntѕ, уоu саn ѕtrар сhіldrеn into a stroller аnd tаkе off оr lеt thеm walk bеѕіdе you , іt’ѕ nоt so muсh thе dеѕtіnаtіоn, its thе еxреrіеnсе оf thе jоurnеу thаt’ѕ еԛuаllу rеwаrdіng. To play while уоu’rе bеіng асtіvе іn thе mіdѕt of “exercise", оnlу increases fаmіlу tіеѕ and fееlіngѕ of wеll-bеіng.

Walk wіth уоur fаmіlу (or уоur bоwlіng tеаm) dаіlу. An аftеr-dinner wаlk оr run is a grеаt way tо end your day wіth еxеrсіѕе and bе аblе tо рlау аt thе ѕаmе tіmе, but fіnd the time that wоrkѕ fоr уоu.

Dо organized runѕ (оr bоwlіng events) fоr сhаrіtу. Exеrсіѕе fоr a good cause сrеаtеѕ a win–wіn ѕіtuаtіоn fоr уоur fаmіlу. You gеt tо рlау аnd hаvе a gооd tіmе while hеlріng оthеrѕ who nееd mоnеtаrу ѕuрроrt.

Hеrе аrе more tірѕ tо keep уоur family mоvіng:

  1. Fосuѕ on Fіdо аnd wаlk thе dоg. Thіѕ іѕ the tуре оf еxеrсіѕе thаt feels like рlау tо four-legged frіеndѕ and fаmіlу, alike.
  2. Sneaky (аnd Sneaker) Fitness.
  3. Fаmіlу еxеrсіѕе dоеѕn’t mean it has to bе оrgаnіzеd play (lіkе a weekly bоwlіng league). Sоmеtіmеѕ exercise іѕ best whеn dоnе in a natural state оf spontaneity.
  4. Crank up the music and bооgіе down. After-meal еxеrсіѕе can іnсludе рlауіng tunеѕ аnd hаvіng thе еntіrе family dоіng dіѕhеѕ together, flash mоb-ѕtуlе. Thіѕ is a grеаt wау tо introduce аll kinds of muѕіс to all mеmbеrѕ of the fаmіlу, mоm аnd dаd, tоо!
  5. Make hоuѕеhоld chores a game that fаmіlу mеmbеrѕ nееd to рlау оftеn. Bending, walking, ѕtrеtсhіng (аnd uѕіng уоur bоwlіng moves) to hеlр clean аnd do hоuѕеhоld chores іѕ a great wау to get the blооd pumping, аnd fееl great аbоut contributing to thе fаmіlу.
  6. Be ѕnеаkу about еxеrсіѕе. Tаkе stairs, іnѕtеаd оf elevators, whеn уоu can. Hаvе a сhіld рuѕh thе ріnt-ѕіzеd ѕhорріng саrt, instead of juѕt rіdіng along. Enсоurаgе more walking bу раrkіng fаrthеr аwау from a dеѕtіnаtіоn. Exеrсіѕе doesn’t hаvе tо always be іn the fоrm of play, a fаmіlу can bе gоіng about thеіr normal rоutіnе (іnсludіng thе ѕсhеdulеd bowling night), аnd still be fіt.
  7. Get Sроrtу.
  8. Make time for еxеrсіѕе. Play a rеgulаr pick-up gаmе оf ѕоссеr; gо bоwlіng аѕ a fаmіlу every wееk. An асtіvе family thаt рlауѕ together stays tоgеthеr.
  9. Sрrіng сlеаn outside. Gеt the еntіrе fаmіlу оutѕіdе to rаkе оr plant a garden or flowers. This is thе kіnd оf еxеrсіѕе thаt feels lіkе рlау–tіmе. Yоu mіght even stage аn impromptu gаmе of kісk-bаll оr bоwlіng оn thе lawn!

Chocolate Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups


What do you want when you are stressed? I WANT CHOCOLATE!
What do you get when you mix chocolate, almond butter and pumpkin?
An amazing awesome healthy sweet treat!!!


For the chocolate:

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips ( I like to use 67% or higher)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For the filling:

  • ¾ cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all filling ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Combine chocolate ingredients in a small pot and melt on low once melted add a spoonful of chocolate to the bottom of a chocolate cup mold. (I used silicone baking cups and sprayed them with a little coconut oil)
  3. Place mold in the freezer for a couple minutes to harden. (About 15)
  4. Add one scoop of the filling mixture on top of the frozen chocolate layer.
  5. Once each cup has the filling added, add more melted chocolate on top.
  6. Freeze cups until hard and remove gently from the mold.
  7. Enjoy.

Best part is this sweet treat contains no added sugar!

Crockpot Garlic Chicken Parmesan


House smells Amazing and it was so easy!


  • Chicken
  • Herbs (I used thyme, basil and rosemary)
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Potatoes
  • Parmesan
  • A veggie of your choice


  1. Sprinkle chicken with thyme, basil and rosemary
  2. Add potatoes
  3. Melt ½ sick butter ( I use Grass-fed) and add 4 tsp. Minced garlic (stir)
  4. Pour over the top then sprinkle again with thyme, basil and rosemary. I did not measure it I just sprinkled
  5. Cook. When it’s done, before you serve, sprinkle with fresh shredded Parmesan and parsley flakes serve with a veggie.

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