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If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve posted that after completing Whole3o, and after six months of amazing weightlifting coaching, I felt stuck not knowing *exactly* where to go next. It’s like I’ve had a wonderful and very successful year so far, but… now what? It’s no wonder people just go back to old habits once they accomplish a short-term goal; it’s so much easier to fall back on what we’ve always known! I don’t want to break momentum now, I want to keep getting better, and just because someone does something for six months doesn’t mean they’re fully confident to keep building on that on their own.
One afternoon, I emailed Steph Gaudreau (Stupid Easy Paleo) about this very thing. I had been watching her Periscopes since she first started making them, and she always gives truly solid advice. When she responded to my email, she told me to hang tight because she was just about to launch a new program that she’d had been beta testing over the spring, and that it might be just what I was looking for. She then gave me some nuggets of wisdom on what to do in the meantime, and after that, I waited ever so patiently. Soon after, I watched her seminar where she launched her new Healthy, Happy, Harder to Kill program and I honestly could not sign up fast enough. As soon as she told us where the link was, Bam! I was in.
Let me tell you how awesome it is…
Get Healthy, Happy, Harder to Kill
The thing that gets me about the Healthy, Happy, Harder to Kill program is this: Steph sets you up with tools to be able to do this yourself even after the program ends.
-You will learn an EASY meal prep technique that makes your weekday meals a no-brainer, even for the most hectic, stressful days!
-You will learn the right exercises to most efficiently burn fat.
-You will learn that finding that healthy balance is not just about diet and exercise, but also our ability to rest and recover.
….A woman after my own holistic-wellness believing heart!
We are just about a week into the start of the program now, and it’s interesting how Steph has it set up. In the private Facebook group where we are all getting to know each other, we spent a few days getting mentally prepared. By the time our food prep day (today) came around, we were all 100% ready to do this. None of us were making mad dashes to the grocery store (that I know of!), no one was left wondering what it is we are supposed to make for ourselves. We all know exactly what to do, and it makes sense!
Food Prep Day
So, one of the coolest tools Steph gives us is her method for having one large food prep day on Sunday that will get you through Wednesday, and then a smaller one mid-week to get you back to Sunday. As I said, today our group spent our day cooking for several meals so that we would have them at the ready, and there would be no excuse for not wanting to cook during the week! It’s all done! This is a habit I’m dying to get down because even while on Whole30, I would have rather starved on the busy days than stress about trying to hurry and make something. And those of you who also make everything from scratch know that there is no such thing as “hurry and make something”! It takes a lot of time and preparation. To have it all done on Sunday is already so helpful!
Steph made a Periscope video about how she does her big meal prep on Sunday, with a smaller meal prep mid-week that you are welcome to watch here. (In fact, you should know that she is really good about posting all of her Periscopes on her Stupid Easy Paleo Youtube channel.)
On the Menu in Week One:
I think I spent a total of 3 hours doing my food prep today… that’s it! And of course I tasted everything, and everything is DELICIOUS.
(Clockwise starting in top left corner)
–Slow Cooker Mocha Pot Roast (Note: I eliminated coffee –religious reasons and alla that– and instead increased the cocoa to 1 1/2 Tbsp and beef broth 2 cups instead of 1.)
-One dozen hard-boiled eggs
-Baked sweet potatoes
-Roasted vegetables (I personally chose zucchini, summer squash, red onion, and carrots)
–Creamy Leek Soup (Um, yep. To die for.)
Then during the week there are a few quick-prep meals we are going to be eating, while using these make-ahead foods to be at the ready! Pretty nifty routine, right??
I will for sure blog more about this as we go through the program, so please stay tuned.
If you are interested in the Healthy, Happy, Harder to Kill program, hop on over to Stupid Easy Paleo to sign up for her newsletter. (Hint: She has said she will start the next one in December!)