Bring It On, Fall Challenge.

It’s that time again! barre3 is holding a Fall Challenge from Oct. 14 – Nov. 10, with aspects similar to their other challenges, 28 to Great and 7 Day Body Blast. This particular challenge focuses on attending class five times per week and eating whole foods.

Those joining in receive a meal plan. The recipes are delicious and include foods I’ve never really eaten before, including beets and tahini. My weekdays tend to fill-up quickly so I did a lot of food prep on Sunday night, which included chopping all of my vegetables so I could easily cook with them during the week. I’ve also made the following evening’s dinner the night before.

I’ve had a lot of fun (maybe too much) with my meals so far:

Red Bean Quinoa Chili

Red bean quinoa chili. Rob-approved!

Beets

Cooking with beets for the first time ever!

Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas with cumin and sea salt.

Prep

Chopping station.

Ground Turkey and Kale Quinoa

Ground turkey and kale quinoa with beets and sweet potato, complete again with Rob’s seal-of-approval.

As with the other challenges, I plan to make this my own. I’ll still be drinking my coffee and having the occasional glass of wine/beer over the weekend. However, I know that by committing myself to the challenge, including the nutrition philosophy most days and five workouts per week, I’ll be better off than I would otherwise! I’ll be more mindful in stopping at one glass, ordering healthier when I’m out and scheduling classes in advance.

This challenge couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve fallen off the whole food train a bit over the past few months and hope to jump right back on it! I’ll keep you updated on my journey throughout the next month.

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