Final Thoughts on the 7 Day Body Blast

My life feels less chaotic now that I’m not trying to squeeze in teaching and taking a barre3 class, a full-time job and planning meals to a tee in a 24-hour day. But it was a great kick in the rear while it lasted! It reminded me that planning ahead is important and going into the studio for a class always feels good after a tough day. I’m still feeling great and will continue to use a lot of the 7 Day Body Blast recipes. They were that good.

It was great connecting with the other instructors and clients on ways to overcome and deal with challenges. We shared our struggles and what we loved about our days, in addition to swapping recipes.

After seven days, my seven biggest realizations include:

  1. My unhealthy Saturday looked a lot like my non-body blasting healthy days.
  2. My husband and I both love kale. And butternut squash smoothies.
  3. The barre3 community is unbelievably supportive.
  4. My body can’t talk to me, so a migraine is its way of telling me to take it easy.
  5. Turning leftover vegetables into vegetable soup is a breeze.
  6. Planning and prepping meals on Sunday is the key to weekday success.
  7. This quote: “If you’re not willing to eat a vegetable, it’s not hunger. It’s a craving.”

I loved this challenge because it reinforced that I am in control of my body. We all are. How I look is mostly because of what I eat. I always knew this but it wasn’t until I turned to a completely clean and healthy diet that I realized how true it was. Your body is ultimately made in the kitchen, not the gym. I give credit to 75 percent of Pinterest users for that quote, by the way.

I documented this journey to serve as a reminder that I’m strong and in control, and so I have something to return to when I want to do the challenge again. If you’re embarking on your own body blast journey, I’d love to hear about it!

And as promised, here is my meal plan and an easy-to-print grocery list:

7 Day Body Blast – Day 6 & 7

The weekend, which is usually where my healthy-eating mishaps take place, indeed brought some challenges. The weekdays are easy: I get up, go to work, come home, go to bed. While there are meetings, socializing and teaching mixed in, my eating schedule rarely changes. The weekends are a different story.

I drank a smoothie and went to an early morning barre3 class on Saturday. One of my husbands college roommates was in town so we met up with him and a few others for lunch at Moe’s Southwest Grill. I ate half of my burrito bowl, which was filled with tofu and a ton of vegetables, in addition to some chips and salsa (yikes!) Rob and I had dinner reservations at G. Michael’s in German Village so I had already set myself up for Body Blast failure. I had a glass of wine and a crab cake for dinner… and I don’t regret one bit of it. It was delicious! While this place is a bit pricey, it’s definitely worth it for a special occasion splurge.

On Sunday I reeled it in with a smoothie and teaching a full 10 a.m. barre3 class. Did I mention that’s my favorite way to start the day? I made some amazing vegetable soup for lunch with leftover veggies (see below). I sauteed onions, carrots, celery and garlic in coconut oil then threw it into a huge pot with vegetable stock, kale, kidney beans, diced tomatoes and corn. So good! For dinner I had rice and vegetable stir fry.



And there you have it. The barre3 7-Day Body Blast is complete, with only a few bumps along the way. Tomorrow I’m going to do a little reflection and upload my grocery list from the past week.

I’ll be coming back to these posts more than a few times throughout the year when I feel myself slipping back into old habits. Or maybe before my summer vacation to Ocean Isle? I’m thinking June 30 might be the perfect time for round two!

7 Day Body Blast – Day 5

Happy Friday! I have a lot to be thankful for today- first and foremost, my health. My headache is mostly gone and I’m back in the swing of things. I have a date with the ladies tonight and I’m glad I feel well enough to be excited about it. I’m going to squeeze in an extra workout tomorrow for my missed day yesterday. I’m sticking with today as my planned “off” workout day.

For breakfast I made a DIY smoothie, consisting of almond milk, flax seed, frozen cherries, 1/4 of a frozen banana, frozen mango and spinach. My lunch is leftover Sweet Potato and Cauliflower puree and a small side spinach salad with almonds and dressing via the Arugula Orange salad. In case you were wondering what coconut milk, water, sweet potatoes, onions and cauliflower look like when boiling, this is it:

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato
Innocent enough, right? WRONG. This mixture and I had quite the kitchen catastrophe on Wednesday night. If any of you use a small hand-held blender (I can’t be the only one…) be sure to let the mixture cool before blending. I did not and ended up with the top of my Hamilton Beach blender blown off and a blast of hot sweet potato to the face. If you ask Rob, this is a typical kitchen mishap for me as I have a tendency to spill anything and everything. But if I can help just one person avoid this disaster then sharing it is for the best!

As I said above, I’m looking forward to girls night. We’re heading downtown to see SPANK!, a parody play of 50 Shades of Grey. I’ve heard great reviews and can’t wait for a night of laughs. I thought I’d be tempted by a glass of wine but seeing as I still have an inkling of a headache, that temptation has disappeared. The world works in mysterious ways!

7 Day Body Blast – Day 4

Today took quite the unexpected turn. I woke up to get ready for work and just as I finished blow drying my hair my minor “sinus headache” resulted in a wave of nausea. A full-blown migraine soon followed.

It’s now well into the evening and I’m still couch-ridden. Thanks to my food prep, I was able to stick very close to the meal plan despite the slight setback. Plus it was nice to not cook and try to find food when I was feeling so sick.

I had a Green Colada smoothie for a not-so-glamorous breakfast in bed and Sweet Potato and Cauliflower purée for lunch. Rob brought home Indian food for dinner since I still couldn’t move, and I only snuck a tiny piece of naan with my aloo gobi! THAT is an accomplishment.

I am lucky to work with a wonderful team both at my full-time job and at barre3. I was able to take the time to rest and heal myself with no worries, something I know not to take for granted.

Lesson for today? Know your limits- when to push yourself and when to take a step back. I can’t wait for a new tomorrow!

7 Day Body Blast – Day 2

One day down, six to go! My salad last night turned out amazing despite the fact I forgot to buy fennel. If you recall, the salad was a Salmon & FENNEL Salad. Needless to say, I was nervous the taste would be completely off. It was still fantastic to my surprise and awe. I can say this because my trooper-of-a-husband, who has been eating everything I’m eating, completely agreed. His report on everything I’ve made? So far, so good!

I started off today with a body blast elixir (I still don’t enjoy it, but Rob actually does!) and a Butternut Squash & Cherries smoothie. The smoothie was amazing. Instead of the raw almond butter, I used natural peanut butter. It’s also worth noting that when you freeze a banana, peel and cut in half first. Last night I prepped lunch and chopped everything but the avocado for my Arugula Orange salad. I had leftover White Bean & Kale soup so I’ll be eating that for dinner.

Salmon & Fennel Salad, Butternut Squash & Cherries Smoothie, Arugula Orange Salad, White Bean & Kale Soup

I packed my workout clothes and all of my food and headed into work for the day. I’ll be going directly to a studio class with Katy at 5:45 p.m. and I teach class at 7 p.m. I’m excited to head in and hear how everyone is doing. I’m also looking forward to feedback and more recipe suggestions!

I teach tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. and can hopefully get a good night’s rest tonight. I had some trouble sleeping last night, but I think that was due to the fact that a rambunctious kitten wouldn’t leave me alone. But seriously- how can I be mad at that face?