Happy Monday my lovelies! Great start to the week so far! Lots to do today! A lil’ cooking, a bit of baking,errands…and a gnarly 2 hr workout tonight.

This morning I tried out a new “milk” for my coffee, and I’m pretty much all smiles about it cuz it LA BOMBA! It’s only 45 cals for one cup! I only need 1/2 cup to froth, so I’m completely stoked on it. It’s almond freakin coconut. Doesn’t that sound outrageous? Happiness in a cup. Every Damn morning:)

You know me… I wake up starrrrving! And I almost always forget to take my pills first on an empty stomach, because my first reaction is to have a spoonful of almond butter or something right away. So annoying. I hate pills on an empty stomach, but I’m a rule follower. It is what it is. The cleanse is over Tuesday. Honestly, it’s been easy. I eat pretty much like this anyway, except for the occasional binge….or maybe the cheese thing… Yeah, I need to cut that down a bit. Hi my name is Paula, and I’m obsessed over the creamiest, stinkiest, ripest cheeses out there. That may or may not be my actual calling in life. Lol

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Anyway, As I was researching healthy recipes ( daydreaming about cheese;), I stumbled across this lil JEM! Oh my HEALTHY and oh my GOD! This is a recipe adapted from bodybuilding.com and it’s full of protein and fiber, with practically no carbs!

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Hungry girl got to baking by 6:15 am. I get the most inspired to be in the kitchen first thing in the morning, it’s really the darnedest thing. It’s my “me” time:)

All that fiber I was taking about, come from this. My favorite flax meal. Carrington Farms Flax Meal.
A great source of omegas too!

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And all that protein I was goin on about, comes from this: my favorite banana, all natural, 0 carb About Time Protein

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Alright let’s get you going on these Banana Flax squares!
I always, always make sure that I have this in my pantry for baking. It adds beautiful flavor.

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Just look at these! It makes me want to have one, every hour, on
The hour! Heavenly breakfast this morning. And… NO, I didn’t eat all of these. Display only babes.
I did have two though;)

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INGREDIENTS:

• 2 cups flax seed meal

• 5 egg whites

• 2 whole eggs

• 5 T olive oil (can use coconut or other oil) you may also cut the oil in 1/2 and replace with nonfat Greek yogurt for less fat. (Haven’t tried that yet, but I’m sure it would work)

• 1 T baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup water

• 2 packets Stevia

• 1- 1&1/2 servings of about time protein. Banana works well for a low carb banana muffin/bread flavor.

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet in a separate bowl. Combine mixtures well and add together. Be sure to get out the lumps from batter.
This recipe, originally was used to make muffins, but, since I used a square pan, the timing will be different.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8×8 pan. ( could also use a loaf pan, but may need a few extra minutes to cook)
Pour in batter and bake for 11- 16 minutes. Bakes pretty fast. So watch it. We don’t want that ish dry!

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After my breakfast of champs, I was off to run my errands. First things first…get all the crap out of my car! It’s amazing how much you accumulate in the trunk! Geez. My first stop, was the body shop to drop off my sad lil crashed VW.

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Anddddd. Here I am. At Enterprise. Just, what I wanted to be doing on my day off. Luckily my insurance covers a rental, otherwise…oh hello nahhhh!
Somebody got a Chrysler Sebring… OH SNAP! Hollaaaaa. Hahaha. I feel like I should be driving in the carpool lane on my way to a PTA meeting in that thing! My god. Lol

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I took willy with my to enterprise, and they tried pulling the whole ” I’m sorry ma’am, but, we don’t allow dogs in the rentals. Mostly due to shedding…..
I said” “b*#%h, he’s hypo-allergenic! He don’t shed!” Ok, we’ll… I didn’t so much say that, but made it very clear, that my dog would be getting in the vehicle. Thanks byyyyeeeeee

We then took a little trip to his. Favorite place. PETCO. I got him some busy chews, cuz you know… He’s got the crazy in him.
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Soooo stoked. He just wants to run wild in there!

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Got home and munched on a few snacks.
Theses yummy raosted edamame
A handful of almonds,

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And….some spicy kale chips from Brads raw foods.

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I had a late lunch. I didn’t have anything quick to eat, so I decided to play around with some chicken I’d been wanting to make to get ready for my packed lunches during the week. Chicken breast can get a bit BORING if you ask me. I’m all about the thighs! But, as we know, the darker the meat, the higher in fat, so I tend to stick to the breast. It can also very easily dry out when cooking, so I think now, I finally got it down:)

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The 3 MARINADES are:

1. GINGER/GARLIC/LEMON /RED CHILI

2. GRAINY DIJON MUSTARD

3. PESTO
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I marinaded them separately. Literally just smothered them. Let them sit for 20 mins to ensure more flavor within.

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil (or any other HIGH HEAT oil. Allow to melt in the pan on med- high heat. (The key is to first brown/sear the chicken underneath just enough to get that intense flavor and texture.)
Add your 3 chicken breasts to the pan. Doesn’t matter, right next to each other is fine.
Cook in pan for 5-6 mins. Check for searing/browning underneath.
Then remove from stovetop, cover with a lid, and stick in the oven for 15 mins.
Now, this will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breast, so be mindful of that.

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I enjoyed a few pieces of each, along with some steamers baby broccoli and a side of arugula tossed in Sea Clear.

So worth the wait. Super easy, yummy, NOT dry, and now I have loads left for the next 2-3 days.
This ends up saving you big time you guys!
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After lunch, I thought I deserved a treat ;), so I had another flax-banana square. I just can’t help it. They are so good and hearty. No pic though;)
I had one more errand to run then I had to get back home to clean my mess of a house up.
That’s right…my passport is expiring in march, and I’m planing to take a trip at the end of may, so I HAD to send for a new one. Oh, and finally, a new picture! My old one was like, no joke, HIDZ!. It was a bit of a process, but, glad it’s done. Phweeeeee!
As I checked out my ID, I also noticed that, that also expires soon. Like, freakin THIS WEEK!
Ugh, FML.i totally didn’t realize that it expired that soon, and, on my bday! Do you understand what it’s like at the DMV?

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I managed to get a whole lots of organizing and cleaning when I got home, put away the laundry. Playing catch up, really.

Mondays night is my Power Workout night. 2 back to back classes with Sandy Campy Fitness.
At 7:00 & 8 p.m.
So, an hour before, I made my BCAA water, stuck it in the fridge, and had a small dinner. I don’t like to eat anything heavy right before a workout, but I also don’t like to eat at 9p.m, so since I had a late lunch, dinner consisted of 3 hard boiled egg whites, a few cut up pieces of the chicken from lunch and a 6 almonds.

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ZUMBA KILLED IT Tonight! Fresh faces, new choreography, and lots of energy in that room! That’s what drives y’all!
Jess and I like to snap sweaty, “after Zumba” fit pics! Haha
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Tonight was the first time using my Polar Watch to monitor how many calories I would burn during both classes.
Generally, with Zumba alone, it tends to be 600 calories burned, so I was excited to see what an extra hour of strength training would do!
Check out all the girlies ready for some BODYSCULPTING!

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This class is killer! And , with the combination of both Zumba, and bodysculpting, the results are almost instant. This is what takes your body to the next level. The cardio+ targeting and isolating of each muscle group on its own is what makes those changes that we are all looking for.
I get sore in muscles I didn’t even know I had or existed! That says A LOT for me, and I imagine, even more so, for those people who are new to getting fit.
In the end of my 2 class circuit, I burned a total of 900 calories. Such a happy girl! ;)
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Remember: YOU WILL NEVER REGRET GETTING UP AND WORKING OUT.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

How do you start your your week off: are you planning meals or signing up for a new class?

MONDAY INSPIRATION:

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