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LIVEFIT WEEK 1 RECAP! Food…recipes…workouts…supplements.

In abs, At home cooking, bodybuilding, clean food, fitness, fitness plan, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, popular recipes, protein shakes, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, WOD On September 14, 2013 2 Comments

Coming into the end of my 1st LIVE FIT TRAINER week, I am feeling amazing!!!! Today is actually day 5, but no workouts today, so I figured I’d give you guys the lowdown on how it’s been going. I am not used to having 3 rest days in a row, but you know what?….I ain’t complaining cuz I’ve got a hunch that, that won’t be the case coming up here reaaaaaal soon. Lol. I’m gonna sit here and enjoy those 3 damn rest days. I gotta keep remembering that…whatever I was doing before wasn’t giving me the exact results I was looking for, so I’ve vowed to do it right and strict to the plan.

Phase 1 came with loads of prepping fun! I am fortunate to really love cookin’ and spending time in the kitchen, so that was no biggie what’s so ever. I am no stranger to meal prep Mondays;)
The NUTRITION during this phase is absolute key. Because some would consider this the “bulking” phase (building muscle, & no cardio), the proportions of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that make up your daily macros is super important. I’ve come to find through my calculations and what my goals are, that my daily macros will looks like this: 40% protein, 30% carbohydrates, & 30% fats. Some don’t count their vegetable intake in their calorie counting, but I do. It counts for me.
MY FITNESS PAL is a great way to keep track of your caloric intake. At the end of your completed day, with food logged in, it will give you a % breakdown of macros. I’m totally obsessed with it. Also, it really does make you realize how wayyyyyyyyyy too many cals you were consuming before!!

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DAY 1:

Super pumped!!!!!

BREAKFAST:

1/2 c. Egg whites
1 c. Spinach with garlic
3 oz lean grass fed beef

MORNNG SNACK:

2 Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins

LUNCH:

1/4 c. quinoa
1/4 of med. cooked sweet potatoe
Kale with tomatoes, cucumbers, cider vinegar, EVOO.
6 oz lean protein

AFTERNOON SNACK:

3 small Jamie Eason pumpkin protein bars

DINNER:

Same as lunch:)

Notes:
Lots of water.
Didn’t eat past 7:30 pm.

EXERCISE:

Today was CHEST& TRICEPS.
In the photo below are the exercises performed.
These were performed at 60 %strength capacity.
3 sets of 12 repetitions each.
Doesn’t seem like much, but homegirl was SORE!!!

Ohhhhh and guess what!!!
My supplements came in the mail from bodybuilding.com!
Below is my daily stack…. Read on babes.

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I’m kind of new to the “counting my macros” thing, so it took me a few days, as you’ll see, to get them spot on to where they needed to be.

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On this particular day, I had some calories to kill ( I love saying that) so I made my fave lil post workout recovery drink by All Pro Science. I love the blueberry ice flavor. Now with this LA heat, I crave this drink more than anything.
The great thing about this product, is that it’s made with all natural ingredients, no artificial ingredients, and no fake crap or sweeteners. It’s packed full of essential amino acids, and made with grass fed protein.
Although on the higher end with carbohydrates, it is low in sugar, and fulfills all that your body needs to recover after a grueling workout.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 packet Blueberry Ice APS RECOVERY

1/2 cup organic blueberries

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Ice.

Add all ingredients into a vitamix or blender and enjoy as a summer slushie:)

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DAY 2:

Yeah!!!!!!! I passed the 1st day! Lol. So far, so good. I’ve been logging all exercises, supps, and caloric intake.
I can’t stress enough how IMPORTANT clean eating is to a program. Already, at day two, I woke up with some BOMB morning abs! Lol
ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN BITCHES!!! something we all struggle to get through out heads.

Day 2 , I woke up super sore from lifting, but it felt amazing. I’ve been really making sure that I stick to my schedules.
** Breakfast within an hour of waking up
**Cellucor pre-workout shortly after coffee and breakfast. ( 30-45 min before workout)
**Scivation Xtend (during and post workout) for recovery, amino acids
** 5-6 total meals a day with a caloric intake of 1500 calories a day.( this number is specifically calculated for MY lean mass, and body fat %, find YOUR number HERE.)
**very limited – none alcohol.
** Meal prepping. FAIL TO PREPARE…PREFARE TO FAIL
**take supplements

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BREAKFAST:

1/2 c egg whites
1/4 c cooked quinoa
1 cup spinach
Coffee with 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk.

MORNING SNACK:

3 Jamie Eason pumpkin protein bars

LUNCH:

3 oz grass fed beef
1/4 c quinoa with edamame and leeks
Small kale and tomato salad
1/4 cup sweet potato

AFTERNOON SNACK:

2 Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins

DINNER:

Seared ahi salad with no dressing from Take A Bao
1 small can grapefruit Perrier

60 oz of water throughout the day.

Pretty spot on the calories today;)

EXERCISE:

BACK AND BICEPS

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DAY 3:

LED DAYYYYYYY! Eeeeek!
Pay no attention to the exercise list below in the pic…I messed up and put tues. workout. Oops. Well, you get it- LEGS & CALVES.
* leg press
* seated leg extension
* leg curls
* calf raises
All 3 sets of 12 reps.

FOODS

BREAKFAST:

1 serving Vanilla protein Pound cake
3 oz grass fed beef

MORNING SNACK:

Protein shake:
(Pic below)
Cellucor whey in “cinnamon swirl”
Unsweetened almond milk
Cinnamon
Water
Pure vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
3 drops stevia
1/4 frozen banana
2 tbsp Trader Joes fat free sour cream

LUNCH:

2 Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins
1/2 cup mashed cauliflower
Seasoned roasted broccoli
Small kale and tomato salad with hard boiled egg white

AFTERNOON SNACK:

2 Jamie Eason pumpkin protein bars

DINNER:( before 7:30)

1 cup cooked sweet potato with salt
3/4 cup egg whites ( I buy the cartons)

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Although my protein, fat, carb ratio was great…I was lacking in some calories. Skipping calories in this case with this type of program is no bueno. Just as taking in too many calories is no bueno…. Neither is taking in too little.
REMEMBER: this phase is for building muscle. If you don’t get enough food, your body will feed on that lean muscle mass that you are trying to create.

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DAY 4:

Got lucky with day 4′s workout! I get to do it at home!!! Yeah!!!
SHOULDERS & ABS
Today is my last day of lifting before my 3 rest days. Well, Sunday…I’m actually sneaking in a bit of cardio..oops. I have to Zumba people c’mon! I’m super excited! I’ll be teaching a Zumba class at this years Lululemon’s SOULcal celebration warehouse sale at the LA convention center.
If you’re in LA, come check it out! This sale. Is gonna be RIDICULOUS!

Anyway….on today’s food log, I switched up a few things. I can’t get bored with my food, or I lose it. So, since going a little nutzo with my bodybuilding.com order of Cellucor Whey galore, I’ve been loving playing with all the new flavors of proteins. Today’s was a delicious Molten chocolate shake. Sooooo bomb!

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BREAKFAST:

An egg white frittata made with:
1/2 c egg whites
1/4 c cooked quinoa
Broccoli, spinach and zucchini
With a dollop of trader joes fat free sour cream and hot sauce.

Coffee with 1/2 c frothed almond milk

MORNING SNACK:

Protein shake:
Cellucor Whey in Molten Chocolate
2 tbsp fat free sour cream
1 tbsp chocolate PB2
1 c unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water

LUNCH:

1/2 cup cooked brown rice
6 oz chicken breast
Kale salad

AFTERNOON SNACK:

2 Jamie Eason pumpkin protein bars

DINNER:

2 Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins
Hard boiled egg whites
Brocolli and zucchini with 1/2 avocado

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Here’s my “STACK”
I’ve still gotta get used to swallowin’ all these damn pills, but whatever.
S far I’m liking my “stack” but as I get a better feel of what I’m trying to achieve, then, I’ll have a better idea of what is really working, and what I really don’t need.

GLUCOSAMINE
COLLAGEN
FISH OIL
PAPAYA ENZYMES
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
CELLUCOR HD
SCIVATION AMINO ACIDS
CELLUCOR C4
MULTIVITAMIN
CALCIUM

I am not yet taking the Cellucor HD (fat burner) but will start it in phase 2.
Still figuring out if I like the C4 for my pre-workout or if I’m gonna switch to NO Extreme

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Finally REST DAY!!!!

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For the rest of the week, I will be on my best food behavior. I’m wondering who else out there is trying out this program and is in the first phase….. I’d like to compare notes:)
When Monday comes…I will be ready to tackle the next week in phase one feeling lean and strong. Meals prepped n all!

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Here’s a calculation of what your rest day macros should look like.
I really hope this helps anyone who’s trying to get a jumpsart on strength training and weight loss. This regimented program has really opened my eyes!

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Hope y’all have a fab, fit, and beautiful weekend!
Xoxo’s
Please feel free to email me with any questions;)

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LIVE FIT TRAINER 12 week TRANSFORMATION STARTS TOMORROW! Here’s how you get started!!

In abs, At home cooking, bodybuilding, clean food, fitness, fitness plan, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, popular recipes, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On September 9, 2013 6 Comments

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Happy Sunday babes!!!!! Today is my complete prep day for starting my new program. What is it???? Curious???
Well… It’s Jamie Eason’s LIVE FIT TRAINER 12 week program, through bodybuilding.com
I’ve always been into diet and fitness, but I’ve never quite gotten the results I’ve wanted with what I’ve been doing. It’s time to get serious. This program totally breaks it down to a science that is foolproof. It all makes sense now. All I’ve got to do…is STICK TO IT;) lol. (said the cereal binger) I’m ready to build some serious muscle, stick to balanced diet, and get re-focused.
Here we gooooooo…..
Time for measurements…..I’ve never done this…this should be interesting…..

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Now that that’s over, I can breath. I’m saving the before picture for the end of the 12 week reveal;) this program is something you, yo mama, yo aunti, anyone can do. All it takes, is absolute DETERMINATION. Like I said before, it’s foolproof. Through bodybuilding.com, it couldn’t be easier to manage and track your progress. Every part of the program is spelled out for you literally. You can print out your workouts, workout logs, what you need to eat everyday…I mean. Soooooo easy. Jamie takes the guessing bull shit out of the equation.
*** printable grocery list

***6 meal a day meal prep

***recipes to print out and add to your meal plan.

***once you sign up for the program, which in FREE by the way, you can automatically sync your new workout schedule to your mobile device iCal or iPhone.

***easy to keep track of progress and weight management.

***also, Jamie’s recommended “stack” (supplements).

PHASE 1: WEEKS 1-4 Build muscle/ no cardio

Here’s the deal…you click on your day….it gives you your workout for that day, and what foods to eat, then you print it out. Another way to do it….print out the workout logs for the week, and foods, and have them ready to go. Take the page with you to the gym. Boom. Done.
You will notice below…NO CARDIO!!!!! dundundunnnnnnnnn!!!!! I know!!! WTF. that’s what I thought too.
I’m totally that annoying cardio bunny. Well kids…time to make a change.

PHASE 1: BUILD MUSCLE THROUGH STRENGTH TRAINING AND CLEAN EATING.

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Everyday you will be able to see your workout in this form or in video. Remember..it’s all about form and technique, so if you’re quite sure what the specific exercise should look like, you’ve got visuals right in front of you.
*** if you are the type to get embarrassed or intimidated in a gym weight room, #1: get the FU%* OVER IT! #2: practice your form in the mirror at home, so that your mind and body become familiar and comfortable with the movement.

Here is what I’ll be starting with tomorrow. My first workout! I can hardly wait!!
DAY 1 baby!!

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You will only need to print out one page for the meals of PHASE 1:
Yep. Why? Well, cuz it’s pretty damn straight forward.. Look below.

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First week: 4 days strength training.
3 rest days.

Sounds easy enough….lol.
DON’T GET USED TO THAT;) shit gets serious later on.
I’ve printed out my workout logs, and I’m ready to hit those weights like a boss!!!!

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But before allllllll of this amazing-nesssss, I want you to educate yourselves in what your goals are. The only way to track your progress, is by being honest with yourselves.
I found a really GREAT post from a fave blog of mine, heandsheeatclean.com on how to properly calculate your body fat.
Trust me yo, this is noooo fun for anyone, I don’t care how skins you are. But listen, if you want results, it’s time to get real, and get down to the nitty-gritty.
Remember this is all a simple science.
*** Why do I need to know my WEIGHT??
To figure out what you should be eating, and how much protein you should be consuming.

It’s the key number in finding out how many of those pounds are lean muscle and which are body fat.

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Here are my current, honest measurements as of today & through my calculations ( did this like 5x) I calculated this:

LEAN MUSCLE MASS: 98.5
BODY FAT %: 23.5

I want leaner and meaner!!

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To start my meal preps today, I’ve made 2 of Jamie’s most famous recipes.
These two recipes will be my morning and afternoon snacks/meals.
Jamie Eason’s TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS

Ingredients
2 lbs ground turkey (or chicken)

3 egg whites

1 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp dry yellow mustard

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp chipotle pepper spice

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp garlic powder (2 cloves minced)

1 small onion (finely chopped)

2 celery stalks (finely chopped)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.
Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.
Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

Serving Size:
Women: 2 muffins
Men: 4 muffins

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 muffin
Amount per serving
Calories 182
Total Fat8g
Total Carb4.6g
Protein22.2g

(Printable version)

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Jamie Eason’s PUMPKIN PROTEIN BARS

Ingredients:

½ C Xylitol Brown Sugar Blend (Ideal)

1 – 4 oz. jar baby food applesauce

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 ½ tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. ground clove

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 large egg whites

1 – 15 oz. can of raw pumpkin

2 C oat flour ( just throw old fashion oats in a vitamix or food processor and pulse)

2 scoops vanilla whey protein

½ cup almond milk

½ C chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.
Spray a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
Combine first 11 ingredients and mix well.
Add the final 3 ingredients (4, if adding walnuts), and mix until incorporated. Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and bake for 30 min.
Makes 24 squares.

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Along with these amazing recipes, I’ve also prepped and portioned out loads of chicken breast, lean organic beef, and white fish. Loads of veggies and sweet potatoes are washed, cooked, and ready for eating, and my 64 oz of water a day is going DOWN!

I would love NOTHING MORE, than to hear your thoughts, and hopefully inspire some of you friends to join me in my hopeful transformation. I am soooo excited. I know it will be tough to stick to it 100%, but I promise you, I will try to do my absolute BEST! You know what….
Scratch that…..
NOT TRY…I CAN…AND I WILL!!!

Ready to be the best you can be?????
SIGN UP SIGN UP SIgN Up!!!!!!

P.S… I’ll be updating you tomorrow and let you know how it went!!!! Yeay! Can’t wait;)

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August…it’s been real. HELLO SEPTEMBER!

In abs, At home cooking, bbq, Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fitness, fitness plan, GPP FITNESS, lebert equalizer, Never perfect, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, Weekend Vac, WOD, yoga On September 3, 2013 1 Comment

Well, well, well…. If it isn’t already September….

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Hi babes! Hope everyone had a fantastic & safe Labor Day weekend;) I just can’t believe that August has already flown by! There is still absolutely NO sign of the weather cooling down. Nope. In the valleys, it’s still triple digits! I need a pool! For the holiday weekend, me and some friends decided to get outta the smoldering, desert heat, and head to the beaches of Ventura, CA.

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Pierpont Beach….. Amazing weather…amazing friends…and a whole lot of partying;)
Willy came along for the ride;)

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We got there around 11:30, and set up our spot. I got the BEST lil table that folds up from crate and barrel, that I’m completely obsessed with, and take everywhere…so we payed out all our snacks and drinks:) we started with mimosas of course, but used light Minute Maid 50% less sugar OJ instead of regular. Some more friends met up, and we moved to light beer. There’s just something so refreshing about an ice cold beer at the beach. Michelob Ultra to be exact. It’s super light, and low carb! Cheers to fun & tan lines;)

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Around 4:30 we headed up for a killer (&low carb) BBQ! It was amazing! Lean Jennie-O Italian sausages, marinaded chicken breast, carne asana, bell peppers, spinach salad… OHHH myyyyyyyy!
Chips & salsa…(not so low carb, but still indulged) oooooooo, and some homemade rum, vanilla liquor cake that my friend Jules had brought. A bit of a food coma set in, but, hey…it’s a holiday:) lol.

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Willy loosing his shit….as usual. He LOVES his beach time.

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After din we all headed back down to enjoy the gorgeous sunset. Spectacular. Absolutely stunning.
That night, (sunday) we all went out in downtown Ventura, and had a ball. Super fun..lots of cocktails, and bar hopping. You know what that means…. Monday breakfast would be a cheat… Lol. I was dying for a rich, and delicious Blueberry Cornbread Muffin from Café Nouveau. Hands down fave breakfast joint.

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Well, luckily..we made it home without traffic:)
Tuesday came far tooooooo fast.
Somehow, my pretty yellow roses lived though my un-air conditioned apartment for 2 days. WTF. So happy.

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I woke up this morning feeling pretty defeated. I gotta tell ya, I cannot hang like I used to. My body was yelling at me for sure. I felt bloated, heavy, and lethargic. At that moment….I made some decisions.
Chill the Fu*% out…

Chill on the drinking!

I quit sugar. (Again)

Stick to low carb… ( with the exception of these healthy carbs: sweet potato (limited) squash. Tomatoes (limited) most fruits. Gluten free oats (sometimes)

Limit snacking.

(Holiday..or not!)
Listen, all of these things I’ve got to keep reminding myself, and even write down because THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME.
Start your SEPTEMBER SLIM DOWN NOW!!!!!!
Shake it off ladies. Jump back on the fit train! Today is Tuesday….the day after the holiday…lets do werrrrrk!!!!
I threw on shorts and a sports bra and looked up today’s GPP Fitness WOD.
This was a really great one. Kicked my ass.
Not too busy at work today, so I also plan to take a Corepower class around 4:30 today… Really starting to feel like myself again, after a few days of whatever the fu%*.

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Breakfast this morning was DA BOMMMBBBB! Doesn’t look very exciting, but it was exactly what my body was screaming for. Protein..protein..and omegas. Lol.
Work didn’t start till 11:00 am, so I had time to bake a fresh wild caught salmon:)
I made a delicious runny egg and yes, I did eat the yolk. Yummmmmm. I’m a new person.
Lately I’ve stopped using oil sprays, even the organic ones. I’m just over them. I’ve now switched to a teeny bit of coconut oil or Ghee.

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Oh you know…just a little selfie this fine Tuesday…. Loving my new Ray Bans btw. September is mos def lookin up;) feeling really strong and looking forward to keeping up with the decisions I’ve made.(above)

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LUNCH:

A large handful of spinach leaves.

Low sodium organic turkey slices. (3)

1 small avocado

2 hard boiled eggs. (Only 1 yolk)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar.

4:30 Heated Power Yoga Sculpt (w/ weights) at Corepower, Sherman Oaks.

HEATED POWER YOGA WITH WEIGTHS
A total body workout, CorePower Yoga Sculpt classes are set to energizing music and designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. This class complements your regular yoga practice while boosting your metabolism and pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. Free weights are added to the CorePower Yoga 2 (C2) sequence, creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep and tricep curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass. You will see visible results in your body. It is recommended that you take at least one CorePower level 1 or 2 (C1 or C2) class before a Yoga Sculpt class.

DINNER:
(Haven’t eaten yet, but will be….)

1 filet Alaskan Cod baked with Dijon and lemon.

Sautéed spinach and garlic in 1 tsp coconut oil.

DESSERT:

Low carb vanilla mug cake.

side note: I just got back from Corepower Yoga.. Holy mother of god!! That yoga sculpt class kicked my ass soooo hard!

Not trying to re-live the past or anything, but……
I can’t help bu t share some really great moments from last month.
BEAUTIFUL AUGUST.

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Received the beautiful photos from my bestie Brooke’s wine country wedding. Loved seeing theses.

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Absolutely love this quote! Sooooo my friends.

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This picture says it all! My best friends… We’re crazy, we like to dance, we say gross things, we don’t judge each other, and we’re there for one another no matter what. Tru dat.
Holla at a bitch.

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August also came with a big surprise. A new business opportunity, and I took it. I made the leap to a new salon. Come see me at Román Salon for the best haircuts and Brazilian Blowouts you will ever get;)
Check out www.paulabedo.com for info (hair inspirations and looks to come)

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AUGUST PIN OF THE MONTH:
Ummmm…there are just no words.
These cupcakes are the most adorable lil thangs I have ever seen!!!!

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Leaving you with something to remember…. Get it. You skinny lil bitch;)
Love you all!

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New week..New ZUMBA…New sched.

In abs, At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, zumba On April 2, 2013 5 Comments

Ahhhhhh! Hi lovelies! I’ve got to catch you up! So, this week officially marks my first week with Wednesdays off from the salon;) wooooohoooooo. Also, this Wednesday is my first ZUMBA class! Oooommmgggggg. They don’t know what’s comin’…I’m about to go ZUMBA crazy on their asses. Also what I think I may start doing, is posting a new dance once every couple of weeks on the blog, that way students can refer to the post to learn the dance before coming to class. What do you think? ZUMBA instructors out there…thoughts?

Come dance with me Wednesday at 10:30 am
And Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m

Anyway….notice something new on the site? My lovely friends at optimal fusion helped create a new freakin AWESOME LOGO! Super cute:) apparently the ” Fries” were actually McDonalds fries spelled out ” fries” on a desk, and photographed. GENIUS. Anddddd….we all know that fries were my binge food of choice. Ugh.

These days it’s all about freshness. Check out these lovely ORGANIC fruits I picked up on Easter morning at the farmers market with the folks.
CUMQUATS
APPLES
POMELOS.

super food central.

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Easter was great..mellow. Just what I wanted. Consisted lots of dancing in the garage in front of a mirror. Just practicing my ZUMBA moves, NO BIGS.
This morning’s breakfast was super duper clean.
I had made a big batch of roasted veggies, and have been pretty much adding a handful to every meal:)
Here…we’ve got.
EGG WHITES
ROASTED CAULI, BRUSSELS, ASPARAGUS,GREEN ONION, ONION,ZUCHINNI, AND PEPPERS
A TBSP FROMAGE BLANC ( my fave alternative to 0% Greek yogurt)

SIRACHA
EZEKIEL FLAX TOAST( one piece)
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Monday morning Zumba was RIDICULOUS! It was a fabulous surprise when the LULULEMON girls showed up from the Studio City location. They did awesome, and were SUPER stoked on SC fitness. Looking forward to having them in take class more often! Really sweet girls!

This week, I’m planning on either locking myself in my house practicing my Q’s and dances, or in the studio. I know really predictable:)

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After zumba, I have the pleasure of visiting the dentist…sooooo fun! Luckily, no cavities:)

Lunch was again, roasted leftover veggies, along with some red lentils (Trader Joe’s) in low sodium broth, cayenne, turmeric, yellow curry powder, cumin, paprika, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Cooked on low till lentils are soft and soaked.

Topped it with, of course, Fromage Blanc & siracha

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The afternoon seemed quite hectic. Mondays usually go by way to fast, my list of errands keeps getting bigger and busier. I had planned to double up classes this later this evening, but my body said. Ummm, NO.” My tummy was killing me ;( womp wooooomp. I sound like such a whiner, gross. I ended up taking it easy at home, catching up on some reading. My sweet client sent me this article knowing that I’m a huge fan of juicing and the vitamix. APPARENTLY, it’s all the craze:)

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I’m known to come up with crazy concoctions when it comes to refreshing mid-day drinks. This is my new fave ELIXIR:
RAW CHIA SEEDS
SPARTOS SUGAR FREE PROTEIN WATER (strawberry coconut flavor)
ULTIMATE REPLENISHER ELECTROLYTES
ACACIA FIBER BLEND
CHLOROPHYLL
FILTERED WATER

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I no longer buy trail mix that has been pre packaged. Usually, it contains too much added sugar or oils, and usually not raw. Now, I get all of my favorite raw nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, superfood berries ( goji, mulberries) and cacao nibs, and mix them all up in a mason jar. Perfect snack without additives. A handful ( palm of hand ) equals to a serving.
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No, I did NOT eat all three quest bars, but my girlfriend Haley surprised me with 3 bars of her new favorite flavor for me to try, and I just had to share my heavenly experience with MISS. Chocolate brownie. Holy sweet party in your mouth!!!

1 bar = 6 grams of fat
1 gram sat. Fat
Net carbs: 5 grams
1 sugar
20 grams of protein

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One a day, keeps the doc away;)

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Didn’t spend too much time in the kitchen today, but I did manage to bust out a batch of my favorite Blueberry Protein Muffins. They are super easy and take no time! You know me, meal prep Monday;)
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Tonight was all about me. I wasn’t feeling my best. I laid down and actually took a nap, which absolutely never pans out for me. This time I was out for at least 2 hrs. Sooooo nice. Never made it to my back to back classes, but I did get in for a 9 p.m hour long massage. ;) Don’t mind my MC Hammer Thailand pants.
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There’s an amazing place around the corner from my house, called Foot Inspiration, that I can’t get enough of. I’m trying to get 1 massage a week, but paying $75 for an hour/ once a wk was outta the question, so this place is the bomb. It’s considered a reflexology massage. They really do hit every pressure point all over your body. I strip down to a sports bra, and booty shorts, since it is more of an ” out in the open” kinda place. I must say, I slept like a cozy lil baby!
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Last but not least…I saw this on instagram last night, and thought, ” What a perfect way to start the month!” So here you go, courtesy of my insta friends;)
Enjoy this fabulous week!
Xoxoxo
P
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Weekend MASH-UP<3

In abs, At home cooking, circuit, clean food, polar, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, Viamix, WOD On February 26, 2013 4 Comments

Hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful weekend! One of my besties came in from New York and I couldn’t have been happier to see him;) it was a pretty mellow weekend, but I had to get a lot done. You know, the usual… Gym..laundry…haircuts…cook..visit the folks…Sunday morning, I started with a fasted morning mostly cardio workout.

Took my L-CARNITINE (empty stomach)
BCAA+g mixed in water for during and after workout.

I’ve been trying to work on the abs more lately. They’re getting better, but to be honest, my cheat meals are catching up to me. That is why I HATE “cheat meals” uhhhh. They turn into triggers for bad decision making for me.
Anyway… This morning cardio was exhausting.

30 min on elliptical (high intensity intervals)
1 mile run at 6.7
30 second sprints for 5 minutes

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God, locker pics are so silly. Lol
I’ve got my essentials.
My Polar watch/ heart rate monitor

My harbinger workout gloves

My blender mixer bottle

Filled with BCAA+g of course

My iPod and case filled with killer playlists that make me wanna scream HELLL YEAHHHHHH!

Oh, and a reallllly good sports bra! A must

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Left the gym feeling powerful! I sweat my ass off. 45 min cardio and 15 AB circuit.
This lil watch makes you wanna work harder for sure! Best investment ever!

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Since I did a fasted workout this morning, I was ready for something in my belly as soon as I got in the car! My trustie Quest bar. These bars are my go-to source of a post workout meal. The coconut is probably my favorite flavor. No artificial sweeteners. Loves it. Soooo good, best part for me…( for my lazy digestive tract) a great source of fiber too;)

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I planned to go to the folks house today, but not before hitting up the Sunday farmers market. I changed outta my sweaty ass clothes, grabbed my recyclable bags, and headed to the farmers.
I stocked up on:

cauliflower

Onions

Cilantro

Parsley

Swiss chard

Strawberries

Grapefruit

Tomatoes


I sample absolutely everything at that place, so I leave feeling like I just had another meal:)
Today’s lunch at Mom and Dad’s house. No BBQ today. I had to run around and get some clients in, so we really didn’t have time, but he’ll, this ishhhhh was the bomb! Super easy lunch. Ground turkey and a side salad. Yummmmmm and full of lean protein.
We watched a movie as I finished my million loads of laundry. Don’t judge, yes, I took my laundry to my parents house. Weekday laziness brought me to this ;)

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By 4:30, I left because I had the bestie coming to stay with me before heading back to New York, and we had dinner plans. Where else, but my favorite Mexican restaurant walking distance from my house… Casa Vega.
Total fatty at dinner. Inhale a basket of chips. Yes, I know. But shared a taco salad( no dressing) and shrimp cocktail with my friend, so not that gnarly.

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We had the best margaritas! Fresh cucumber margiessss!

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Made with real muddled cucumber, tequila, fresh lime, and agave…but, you know me….” Um, no agave please” little did they know, I had my stevia drops stashed in my purse;) lol. They were amazing! I will most def be trying these at home! Hello, LOW CARB OPTION!

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We came back to my house after dinner and Alicia poured us some wine. Well, apparently I’ve broken all my wine glasses in the dishwasher, cuz she somehow found what she thought were a good alternate….. She hands us my centerpiece candle holders! Hahaha. She was all..”what? I thought they were just extra large cups!?” Lol. Bless her.
God, we freakin laughed our asses off all night! Alicia, and Brian’s brother left, so me and Brian decided to run across the street to 7-11 and get ice cream like a bunch of fat kids. We watched some crazy ass scary movie and passed out. Don’t judge, but I had 1/2 a pint. Lol
The next thing I’m about to tell you will absolutely shock you!!

I SLEPT IN TILL 10:30!!!!

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Somebody felt guilty about last night’s festivities…hmmmmm.
Shake time!
All of my ingredients right here!
Delicious and anti inflammatory.
berries
Kale
Almond milk
Bee pollen
Probiotics
Raw acai powder
Irish moss
Hemp seeds
Vanilla about time whey

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It was my first time trying my Irish moss! Wooohoooo! It ended up being a great thickener, and I didn’t taste it at all! Three it all in the vitamix. Happy girl. My guiltless breakfast of champs. All of these ingredients are amazing alone, but when put together are like miracle workers. Immediately, I felt less bloated. Last night was a bit much. If your in search of a good probiotic… I recommend this one. Keep it refrigerated. 42 billion live active cultures. Stoked! I open one capsule and add it to my shakes, or you can just take the pill form. Either way, AMAZING!

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I had to take Brian to the airport at 1:30, so I made sure to drag him out for a hike before we left. It was such a gorgeous day, we couldn’t pass it up. Plus, he was about to head straight back to blizzard central New York, I figured he needed a bit of sunshine!

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Little Wilbur came with us! Yipeeeeee;)

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We hiked gorgeous Fryman canyon. 1 hour start to finish. Uphill to midway point. Not too difficult, but just right;)

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The best part…. Lol. I ran into an ex hiking up. He was coming towards me, and I wanted to die, cuz he was with a chick. Omg. It was just all around awkward, lets just say that. Hahahaha. This is a small town apparently.

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After hike snack before heading to the airport:
1/2 a bulb raw fennel
And a handful of strawberries.
I also tried a sample of AMINOLAST by Gaspari Nutrition. I shook this up to save for my ZUMBA+bodysculpting tonight.

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I returned home from LAX hungry of course, so I made a quick salad with some favorites.

Arugula
Cilantro
Parsley
Ground beef/ thin sliced beef
Chipotle cayenne nutritional yeast
Siracha

Delicious, light, and low carb.

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Before Zumba at 7, my girlfriend & fellow health enthusiast J fit came over for a haircut. We decided to have a light dinner before class, cuz we don’t get home till 9:30 usually on Mondays. Yes, that is too late for dinner.;)

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We roasted:
brussel sprouts
Cauliflower
Baby broccoli
Onions
Zucchini

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A salad made up of:
arugula
Cilantro
Parsley
Apples
Tomatoes
Turkey bacon
Lemon
Blood orange infused olive oil
Salt & pepper

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It was super good, except for….. Maybe we shouldn’t have had so much cauliflower before dancing our asses off. Lol. Ughhhhhhh.
Btw….I don’t know if I’ve mentioned to you yet, but, I have decided to finally do it! That’s right, I will be ZUMBA certified as of march 23rd!! Yahooooo. DOIN werrrrrkkkkkkk;) be on the lookout!

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Yes, I fu*%ing love brocollini!!!!

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A little food for thought for both you and I…. Provided by my friend jai_fitness. Keep up the motivation babes!
Xoxo

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HAPPY LOVE DAY! Exciting new RECIPES AND WEEKLY WORKOUT LOG!

In abs, Beauty, Breakfast, clean food, fitness plan, get the look, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Uncategorized, valentines day, Viamix, weekly workout schedule, WOD, zumba On February 14, 2013 6 Comments

Oh heeeeyyyyoooo! My loves! I’ve missed you! Hope you all enjoyed the last post. Aren’t you NOW, just as obsessed with Target as I am!? Anyway, get ready, cuz it’s that time again! The beginning of the week is full of healthy eats and recipes, workout ideas, my weekly exercise goal and my favorite part….. GET THE LOOK!

I just HAVE to share what I did the other day, that I totally forgot to blog about!
I got LAZZZZZZZERRRRED! zappity zappppp! If you are still waxing, GET A CLUE!
Ain’t noboooooody got time fo dat!

I am a total lover and fanatic for laser hair removal. It’s freakin genius. I’ve done it a few times before, but it was my first time at this particular location. My friend had gone here before, and highly recommended it. She said that they also had a particular laser machine that was geared more towards olive skin tones, so I was stoked. My skin can sometimes act a bit sensitive.
The place is called PROLASE in Glendale.

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We waited practically no time, which is alllllways appreciated. Happy to say that I am practically completely hairless;) like a baby’s bum! Today for me, was a touch up, but I dragged my friend along to try It for the first time. Bless her, she was so damn nervous! I was trying to explain what it felt like, ” it’s kinda like, as if someone is snapping a rubber band on your skin really fast…with cold shots of air” ummmmmmm. Weird description, but I couldn’t really pinpoint what it felt like, all I knew, was that, it was wellll worth it!

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You can shave the night before, to me, virtually painless, and you only have to go every 6 wks. By the 7-8 time, hair free! The bomb! This place is fantastic, great service, great machines, and very good prices. They also specialize in other skin treatments:)

Just thought I’d share, in case any of you are considering getting it done:)

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Tuesday is the beginning of my week, and I like to start it off with a BANG!

A “FASTED” cardio workout, and strength training upper body.
Showing off my new Target hat:) $9.99 biatchessssss! Sooo cute right!?
Now that I have bangs, I find that hats are the easiest to get them outta my face while I’m working out. I can’t stand pinning my hair back like snookie. No thanks.

And no Biggs….just repping my colts:) I’m a huge Peyton Manning fan, so of course I now have two teams:) Colts & the Broncos!!!

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ATTENTION CHICS!

Please stop feeling intimidated to get in that weight room!!! Don’t let those boys intimidate you. I get it, it’s a new environment to you…but, that’s why you become knowledgeable in what you are doing, and which muscles you are are trying to work, because, let’s be honest, nobody wants to hurt themselves lifting weights, and no one wants to see anyone getting hurt lifting. Knowledge is power, so go in there confident, with an agenda….and that’s to build strength with great form and technique. If you have any questions, you guys, ASK THE TRAINERS! That’s what they’re there for!

My workout consisted of:

30 minute cardio:
Elliptical intervals, alternating in resistance and incline to raise my heart rate.
example:
0-2 minutes at resistance 5 > incline 10
2-5 minutes at resistance 9 > incline 5
Keep repeating that circuit for 30 minutes.

30 minutes of resistance and weight training.
Crunches
Obliques
Leg raises
Weighted cable crunch
Stability ball AB work
Plank
Mountain climbers
Dead lifts
Back rows

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So, as youve probably noticed, currently, my favorite post workout meal has been “Good Girl Pancakes”. I just can’t get enough of them! They are so incredibly healthy and fast, that I’ve become a master. These particular ones were made in like 4 minutes!! No joke, no lie!
All you need is the following:

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 tsp gelatin

Either 1 egg and 1 egg white or use 2-3 egg whites.

Mix really well, grease a pan, form ur pancake, and in a couple min, flip. They cook super fast.

I absolutely loovvveeee nut butters, so I topped these with almond butter, hemp seeds and sugar free honey, but you are welcome ( obviously) to top with berries, coconut oil,nuts, whateves;)
These fill me up till about 10:30 when it’s time to feed my body more proteins! I need 5-6 small meals a day with the workouts I’m doing.

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I have such a ritual now, I’m loving it.
WORKOUT> EAT>PRO COMPRESSION RECOVERY SOCKS > BACK TO PJ’S
Until shower and get ready time:)
People ask me all the time if wearing these “special socks” really makes a difference… And I say YESSSSSSS!
These fantastic little things help reduce recovery time, reduce chance of injury, and reduce any swelling or inflammation. They are spectacular. I actually sometimes wear them while I workout. I feel more stable with them on, kinda like a security blanket;)
If you check out Pro Compressions website, they are always having promos, sometimes for 40% off. Sooo amazing!

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Like I said earlier….I need protein!
One of my faves!

STRAWBERRY COCONUT SHAKE

1 packet About time strawberry protein

2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese or 0% Greek yogurt.

4 drops stevia

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup water

4-5 ice cubes

1 tbsp unsweetened unrefined shredded coconut.

2 strawberries ( 1 for shake, 1 for garnish)

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I just throw everything in my vitamix, but, if you ain’t got one, that’s totally fine, use any blender you’ve got ;) btw….. I can’t even begin to tell how worth it, that Vitamix was…changed my life!

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Another snack that I’m packing all week is low fat cottage cheese with blueberries.
This particular C.C is by Lucerne. It’s great because its low sodium!

I will pack usually 1/2 a cup along with 1/2 cup berries.

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Lunch!

My mornings are busy, so every night, before bed, I make sure to pack my lunch and snacks.
This weekend was so busy, that I didn’t get a chance to do my cooking for the week, so on this day, I opted for a big super salad.

Swiss chard

Cabbage

Spinach/kale mix

2 pieces turkey bacon

1 heart of palm

A handful of chopped cilantro.

Dressed with olive oil and vinegar

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My afternoon snacks not pictured:

A tbsp peanut butter

A handful of almonds

A handful of raw green beans with hummus

My dinner plan, was to get my ass home to cookin!

First things first….pour a glass of this gorgeous italian red.

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On the menu this evening folks:

RAW ZUCCHINI HUMMUS

ROASTED WINTER VEGGIES

LEMON SEASONED BROCCOLI

SAUTÉED GROUND BEEF WITH CHIPOTLE, SHALLOTS AND GARLIC

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Alright, lets start with the RAW ZUCCHINI HUMMUS:

You could use, either a vitamix, or a food processor.
This recipe is sooo good, and the best part, is that it’s RAW, and virtually no carbs! No chickpeas in this recipe.
You can find raw tahini at whole foods or online. Tahini is made of sesame seeds. All it is is sesame paste really. It’s delicious in, not only hummus, but also for making salad dressings:) a great staple to have in your fridge.

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3 medium zucchini’s

1/4 c olive oil

1/4 – 1/2 cup lemon juice ( I like mine with 1/2 a cup, u know I love lemon;)

1/2 cup raw organic tahini

1.5 t salt

2 t cumin

3 cloves of garlic

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp Paprika and some to garnish

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Peel the zucchinis, and cube them, add all the rest of the ingredients and blend in bitamix or food processor.

Top or garnish with a little olive oil , paprika and pine nuts or seasoned pumpkin seeds, and Enjoy!

This makes a batch that will force you to share. Orrrr, not;) it’s that good.
Eat with flax crackers, dip your veggies, and add to your salads.
(adapted from Sacred Source Nutrition)

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Next, LEMON ROASTED BROCOLLI

INGREDIENTS:

A bag of broccoli florets from Trader Joes.

1/2 a lemon

Garlic Salt and pepper

Dash of paprika

Olive oil spray or 1/2 tsp.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line roasting pan with foil, add broccoli, toss with remaining ingredients, and roast for 15-20. When the tips start to brown. I don’t like to cook the death out of veggies, sooooo don’t do it either;) no need to deplete all of the nutrition…

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Time to pile on MORE VEGETABLES!

My favorite healthy add in for any meal, are roasted vegetables. I literally throw everything I have in the fridge in a roasting pan, I’m so into it.
Today, we’ve got.

Brussel sprouts

Mushrooms

Red peppers

Zucchini

Onions

Shallots

Leeks

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I pretty much just 1/2 everything, throw them onto a roasting pan, toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other seasoning you like, lay out evenly, and roast at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, and you’ve got a great side or topping to any dish.
What’s great about roasting, is that the vegetables soften so much, that they almost caramelize themselves , and become a bit sweet. Ahhhh, so bomb!

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Like I said, veggies go with everything. I actually don’t even count my veggies as part of my caloric intake.check out DINNER!

Because I get bored easily of chicken and fish, sometimes I need a bit of red meat to break it up. For those of you who think red meat is bad for you, think again. Check it out…
especially if you are anemic and/or an athlete.

“Meat provides nutrients runners need like iron to help maintain energy levels. It also supplies protein and amino acids that repair small muscle tears that occur during training,” according to a sports dietitian quoted by the magazine. A lean cut of beef such as sirloin or tenderloin can be a great source of zinc and iron. And B vitamins, which “help convert carbohydrates into the fuel needed to make it through a training run, are particularly plentiful in beef,” according to the article’s author, Jessica Girdwain.

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96% lean organic ground beef

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp chipotle seasoning

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ( I’m into spicy right now… It aids in fat burning, so get into it)

2 chopped shallots

2 finely chopped garlic cloves

1/4 cup water

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In a bowl, combine ground beef with all your seasonings, other than water, shallots,garlic. Get in there with your hands to ensure it’s mixed well.
In a large skillet, sautée the shallots and garlic on medium heat. Just to soften
Add meat mixture. Sautée and break up chunks with a spatula. Add water, and cook for another 10 minutes on med/ high heat.

Now I was complete;)

Complete nutrition. Protein, fiber,fat,and complex carbs. This is called EATING FOR FUEL.
Listen, it’s hard to stay on top of eating clean sometimes, but we can prevent binge eating and bad decisions by preparing ourselves. I always encourage pre-planned meals that include all of the nutrition your body needs, so that later on in the day, the body doesn’t say ” WTF I NEED CARBS! Remember, vegetables are a great source of carbohydrates, with occasional quinoa, lentils, and oats. If you feed your body the right things, and OFTEN, you won’t feel deprived. Also, not to mention, the right foods burn fat too, so, it’s a win-win.

My basic packed lunch:

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Sharing my week in workouts with you guys! I can’t stress enough, how important and efficient it has been for me to actually write down my workout goals! It’s changed the way I train, I swear. The fact that I’ve typed it out, and shared with y’all, makes me feel completely accountable!
You know what I just thought of!!?
Since I get inspired by all of you reading my weekly workouts….. What if you sent me YOUR weekly workout schedule!? Ahhhhhhh… That would be amazing! You create them at the beginning of the week, send them to me, I POST THEM, and we can both inspire each other to stay on track! OOOOMMMGGGGG
Why haven’t we done this yet!? Ok, seriously. It doesn’t have to be gnarly, just attainable.

Ok, and I also have a confession…. Thursday: I forgot, it’s V-day… I’m gonna go ahead and cheat, and call it an off day….I’m freakin sore anyway. I’ll switch it for Saturday. Yeah, that works:) I don’t mind the gym being my Saturday night date!

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How bout a bit of cardio inspiration?! I know, I know… I f*%#ing HATE cardio, but guess what….. Get over it. You know once you start, you get allllllllll crazy lady on that machine!
I found something similar to this on Pinterest I think, so it inspired me to create my own little treadmill circuit.
I get freakin bored sometimes, so it’s fun to challenge yourself. This one is great because it targets all of your body! We’ve got major inclines, sprints, walking uphill backwards, sideways, you name it. This isshhhhhhh is the bomb!
Next time you’ve got 30 minutes, try this CIRCUIT.

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Last but not least, I know your all waiting for it;) GET THE LOOK:
Can you tell… IM SOOOO READY FOR SPRING!

Ready? Get this look for less than$65 bucks!

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Shoes: my Target find, $29.99
Seriously, you need these! They don’t look like a $30 pair of shoes, they look like $ 100 pair of shoes. They’re incredibly comfortable, I actually worked all day standing up in them, and I was fine. The upper straps are brown and black leather, not that cheap looking fake stuff, and the wedge is a brown cloth material. Pretty damn cute, right!?

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TOP: TJ MAXX $12.99 going along with my 70s looks as of lately :)

PANTS:TJ MAXX $16.99 almost like a thick, stretchy pant material. Loving these! The best part, is that they sit a bit higher on the waist, I’m not into low rise anymore. So played out.

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It’s all about colors POPPING right now. Fun floral patterns are my jam. Check out the gold/turquoise Michael Kors watch… Take a wild guess where I found this gem???

TJMAXXTJMAXXTJMAXXTJMAXX!!!!!
A whopping $69.99, compared to $250
Holy BEST DEAL EVAAAAAA!

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As I finally wrap up this post…. Today is VALENTINES DAY, so I wanted you wish you all a blessed and loved day!
What are your plans for tonight!? Hot date?
From my heart to yours<3
Xo, P

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Oops I did it again….BBQ.EATS.TARGET. My Sunday recap<3

In abs, bedroom, circuit, decor galore, popular recipes, Sunday funday, sweets, Uncategorized, WOD On February 12, 2013 0 Comments

Ahhhhh, Sunday finally!!!!

Not too much to report today y’all, except lots of EATS! Oh, and andddddd a bit of working out. Actually, my favorite days to workout, are my weekends. I’m not rushed, feel more relaxed, and get a better workout because of it.
Ohhh, that’s right, it’s GRAMMY night tonight, huh? Shit, I kinda forgot. Yes, I will be on the couch for tonight’s event.

I slept in till 7:00 a.m. today, and it felt fantastic:) remember, I started doing yoga once a week? Well, today is the day. I’m loving doing this hour and 1/2 class on Sunday morning. Class was at 9, but I wanted to hit the gym before hand for a good cardio and AB sesh.

So, 7:30 came, and I pumped myself up with some RIRI AND JT, ( for those of you who are looking at that, like, ummmm. RIRI=Rhianna and JT= Justin Timberlake.) and headed to the gym.
I get there……CLOSED!!!!
I could kill. WTF.
Ugh, so I drove to god knows where to find the next freakin LA Fitness.
Gt there, and immediately jumped onto the elliptical and started my circuit.
At this point, I didn’t have much time, so I had to make the most out of 45 minutes.

30 minute intervals.

Alternating :

Resistance 5 and incline 9 for 2 minutes

Resistance 10 and incline 5 for 3 minutes

Kept alternating at a quick speed to get the heart rate up for the whole 30.
I was having a bit of a hip issue, so I wasn’t into running today, but the elliptical suited me just fine, easier on the body I think.

For the following 15 minutes, I worked on abs.

25 crunches on stability ball

15 leg lifts

15 military sit-ups with a 10 lb dumbbell

50 bicycles

15 leg lifts

Yoga today was spectacular! I felt strong and focused. This particular class is a Hatha yoga class. Today, I worked on my breathing and really getting deeper into each pose. Loved it. I was super energized after class, so I went straight home, picked up willy, who of course was having his daily panic attack as soon as I walked thought the door, and drove to the folks house for fam bam time;)

A lil Sunday SELFIE:)
I’m straying trying to decide if I’m feeling my new 70′s fringe look. The only thing about bangs, is that they get annoying! and greasy when I get hot. Hmmm, we’ll see how long they last. Lol

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Since I’ve been following targetdoesitagain on instagram, I’ve gone absolutely MAD for target shopping. Trust me, this girl’s got a target red card! ohhh yessss. That’s wazzzzzup!
And since I’ve been playing decorator in my upstairs bedroom, I decided it was time to start laying the pallets down for the new look. I don’t even know what the hell I bought, but I’m so into it. Maybe I should have waited until I had the most important things girls, I.e. a new bed, office,art, dressers, you know….just THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS! whatever, sometimes the smaller things like, side tables, pillows, vases, and lamps help me to discover and inspire a look.

I swear I could spend all day in that effing place. $400 later. Byeeeeeeee

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As you know, Sundays are BBQ day at this household. All I have to say is….thank god I worked out for 2 1/2 hours, cuz, i mean…. Homegirl ate some food. It was absolutely beautiful outside, as are most days in sunny Cali, so, we opted for a tiki bar lunch. We literally eat off of beautiful wooden planks of wood. I mean….. We’re just reallllly rustic;)

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Dad cooked up a MEAN ASS BBQ! this is the way us Argentinians do it, simple. This was done literally with no added stuff other than salt, and lemon.

Chicken drumsticks, Argentinian chorizo, and mollejas ( sweetbreads) my favorite. No red meat today. I’m telling you I dream of Sunday BBQ with the folks. It’s sooo bomb.

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The sweetbreads and chorizo tend to be on the fattier side, so I didn’t eat the skin on the chicken. Trying to balance out…hmmmm lol. My logic sometimes is distorted.

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No carbs with this meal, just pure protein and fats. Mom made a simple salad, with red onions, and tomatoes, dressed with olive oil, lemon, salt & pepper.

And as a side: marinated in olive oil and vinegar, pickled eggplant. Omg soooo good. I had just a couple tablespoons of that.

Btw….ummm, I ate more than what you see on this plate. Lol. Like, a lot more;)

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So I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am COMPLETELY obsessed with anything lemon! Like, my binge food, other than fries, may just be lemon meringue pie. I swear, I die over that shizzzzzzle. So mom, bless her, as she is on the same diet plan, made us a gluten free, low carb, LEMON COCONUT CAKE to enjoy for dessert. Aweeeeeee. Adorbs.
I must share Mom’s recipe with y’all! It was divine!

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LEMON COCONUT CAKE:

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup xylitol or erythritol ( or if using stevia, 1/4 cup granulated/ liquid stevia, 20 drops.)

1 cup shredded coconut

1 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest

4 eggs

1/3 cup fresher squeezed lemon juice

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk ( vanilla flavor is fine)

3 tbsp of butter ( if you think about it, 3 tbsp is not a lot, considering it makes a whole cake)

Merengue topping:

2 egg whites

2 tbsp of xylitol or erythritol ( you can find all of these sugar subs online or at who,e foods if you’ve got one near you.)

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DIRECTIONS:

For cake:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Then add all wet ingredients and blend or beat until all combined really well.
Grease a baking dish and place batter inside. Cook for 30 minutes.

For merengue topping:

Beat egg whites and xylitol ( or whatever sugar sub you decided to go with. ( remember, stevia is the sweetest) until they form stiff peaks. It may take 7-10 min or so sometimes. Be patient, well worth it.

Once cake is out of the oven, ( insert toothpick though the center to unsure doneness) spread merengue topping over, and stick under broiler for just literally 1 minute.You really just want to brown the top, not burn. Very important to keep watch at this point.

And that’s all folks. It was so delicious. The best part was, that it didn’t leave me feeling bloated, and guilty. It was made with all ingredients that I could eat. Thanks MAMI!!!!

I ate mine plain, but I topped Dad’s piece with a bit of honey, walnuts, and raspberries. He was feeeeeeeking it! And he doesn’t eat anything that we call “health food” so, you know what that means!

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Ok, get ready for another recipe. I just couldn’t leave you without sharing this amazing dinner I made the other day. I posted it on instagram, and it received a standing ovation;) this one is going in the books y’all. I was texting back and forth with a friend the night before, while he was trying to decide what to make for dinner, and chicken pot pie was the winner. In that moment, I had the ultimate craving. But, how to make it low-carb, that was the question!?

Ohhhh hell yessss! I totally succeeded!

PAULA’S BACON & LEEK LOW CARB POT PIE

INGREDIENTS:

For filling:

1/2-1 tsp coconut oil or safflower oil

1/2 a med/lrg chopped onion

1/2 a large leek sliced

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 handfuls of either kale, spinach, collard greens,I used Swiss chard.

2 slices of nitrate free turkey bacon ( Trader Joe’s has great options)

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp coconut flour (to thicken)

Salt & pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder

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For the no-carb” flaky crust”:

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tbsp ” chipotle” flavor nutritional yeast

1 egg

1 tsp water

For the sauce

1/4 cup unsweetened almond or flax milk.

1 tsp ghee ( clarified butter) or any all natural butter you want.

1 tbsp Parmesan

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ASSEMBLY:

Sautée first on med heat: onions, leeks, mushrooms, salt & pepper in a tsp of coconut oil for 5 minutes while stirring. Add greens and turkey bacon. Lastly add garlic powder and fresh garlic. Sautée another 10- 15 minutes. Set aside.

While that’s cooking, make your ” crust”.
Spray a pan with smart balance spray or organic coconut oil spray and turn heat to med. In a small bowl, mix coconut flour with nutritional yeast. Add the egg and water and mix well, removing all lumps.
Spread out evenly in pan like a big pancake. It cooks very fast so be quick on the flip.

Using the same pan as the sautéed veggies and bacon you’re gonna add almond or flax milk, butter, and Parmesan. Bring to a quick boil, and simmer while stirring. All we want here, is for it to thicken up, once we achieve that, ( 5-6 minutes). We will turn off and begin the plating.

Using a circular tall cutout ( almost like a taller circle cookie cutter) I cut out two circles from the pancake. One for top and one for bottom. I placed one at the bottom of the cutout, and filled the inside with my stuffing, then placed the top circle over everything. Lifting the cutout, while pushing down a bit, as to not accidentally lift everything up.

Pour the sauce over and enjoy! This recipe will suit 2 people and I promise you will loveeeeee!

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Ok, so as I shared earlier….I went a little nutzo at target this weekend and wanted to share some of my finds!! I know you all wish you could live at Target, like me, soooo I thought I would bring a little Target to you;) ok, so….confession time:

I’m not showing you all that I bought there, but most. I just got tired of taking pics of stuff. Lol, oh and, I almost forgot….I hit up T.j MAXX on the way home, and did a bit of damage there too…… Not too much though;)

Ok first thing: a TJ MAXX find.
Gorgeous Christian Lacroix postcards. S cute, and some of them even have a bit of red velvet on them. Soooo fancy hunnnnayyyy. I’m ol’ school like that, I still love sending cards and postcards, I think we need people to get into this habit. Too much texting and emailing, no!?
Anyway, I thought they were fun and pretty.
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So, as you know, I’ve been struggling to get the upstairs going with the “new look” and today, it started alllll coming together. I purchased a new bed. ( which will be a surprise, until the big remodel reveal) and now I’ve got some great accessories to go:)

This great woven picture frame! Rustic yet contemporary.

A simple black and off white bar that will most likely be for my desk. This piece goes with everything.

The my favorite piece: this beautiful wooden bowl, with blue accents. Stunning.

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It’s all about teal! well, subdued turquoise. This fabulous vale is from Target, and the planter n’ cake holder from TJ MAXX.
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This piece can really go anywhere in my house, but I bought it for the office. I like to have a designated mail pile. That is what’s gonna happen here. Mail pile on silver. I’m feeling it.
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Last exciting find I’m gonna share with y’all, are these bad boys! Beautiful and actually comfortable wedges. So cute for work, and summertimeeeeeee! Lovin the double color.
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What are some of your favorite stores to splurge at??
I neeeed to know! ;)
Hope you guys had a fabulous weekend! Thanks again for following me and my life, I really love to hear from you guys so that I can better improve the style of the blog, so please, please, let’s keep in touch! Love uuuuuu

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New hair, new recipes, new workouts, & meal plans.

In abs, Breakfast, circuit, clean food, fashion, fitness plan, get the look, lebert equalizer, polar, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, sassoon, sweets, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On February 6, 2013 2 Comments

Well, you know what day it is!! It’s WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY.
I hope you guys found yesterday’s get fit post helpful and informative to start your new healthy lifestyle!

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Last night’s ZUMBA class was on fire! I burned 600 calories, and of course when I got out, all I could think about, was how I had nothing left in fridge for my weekly meal plan! You know how they say, never go grocery shopping hungry…. Well, I raided Trader Joes like an animal. I didn’t really eat dinner before class, so my tummy was rummmmmbling. I even broke open a pack of walnuts as I was shopping around, cuz I just couldn’t take it anymore! Lol

I recently decided to incorporate Casein Protein into my diet, and have been playing around with different ways to enjoy it. Actually, a lot of the ideas I’ve found, have been on Instagram. It’s amazing what kind of inspiration you can find on that thing!

Casein provides a sustained slow release of amino acids into the blood stream, sometimes lasting for several hours. (While you sleep 7-8 hrs) This provides better nitrogen retention and use by the body.Because of its slow digesting properties, casein is widely used between meals and before bed to help bodybuilders maintain muscle in an anabolic state
(Source)

So this was my dinner/dessert;)

1 scoop Banana smoothie Casein

1 tbsp unflavored gelatin ( to add thickness)

1/2-1 cup hot almond milk (depending n how thick you want it )

1 tbsp pb2

Blend together, and stick it in the fridge. In an hour or two, check it. It should be thick.
This is soooo delicious, and was exactly what my body needed after my workout, before bed.

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Here’s the stocked up fridge after $100. Trader joes is my Jam! I got soooooo much clean food for just $100, that’s what’s up! The best part is, it will last me all week.

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Tulips mean SPRING is coming! Picked these up at Trader Joe’s for $4.99!
I absolutely love fresh flowers in my house, like, at all times.

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Ok, enough with last night ;)

TODAY’S EATS:

This morning’s breakfast was, again, inspired by Instagram. A microwave chocolate banana protein cake. Susanna Backman ( a trainer/nutritional coach) @tastyhealth has got amazing low carb, high protein ideas for every meal. You gotta follow her, and tell her From Fries To Fit is gushing about her ;)

This was a dream. I mean… Cake for dinner!? Yes, I think so y’all.
Listen carefully though, this cake is super easy, but also easy to OVERCOOK.

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INGREDIENTS:

In chocolate bowl:

1/2 a scoop chocolate About Time Whey
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp coconut flour
1/8-1/4 cup water
1 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt
Optional: add a couple drops of stevia if you like it a bit sweeter

In banana bowl:

1/2 scoop banana About Time Whey
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp coconut flour
1/8-1/4 cup water
1tbsp 0% greek yogurt

Topping:
1 tbsp raw almond butter
Drizzle Natures Hollow sugar free honey
Cacao nibs

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DIRECTIONS:

Add dry ingredients first to both bowls, mix each well, then, add wet ingredients to each bowl. Once combined, add chocolate mix into banana mix, and use a knife to give a swirl effect.
Pop in the microwave for 30 seconds. Check it at this point, as this lil puppy over cooks super fast. Add 20-30 more seconds. It should be rising at this point. Remove, plate, and top with almond butter, honey and cacao nibs.

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I didn’t have to work till ten today, so I managed to get some meal prepping done for the week.
Honestly, I don’t wanna hear that you ” just, don’t have the time” cuzzzzzzz you do. I managed to prep 4 full meals in 20 mins! It can be done people.

Lean turkey patties with only 8 grams of fat, 0 carbs, and 18 grams of protein

Cooked in a 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil.

Seasoned with garlic powder, 21 salute seasoning, salt & pepper.

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As those were on the skillet, I pre heated the oven to 350 degrees, tossed a bag of broccoli with a pinch of olive oil, lots of lemon, and seasonings, and threw it in there to cook for 18 minutes.

While in the oven, I took advantage of the open burners, and hard boiled eggs in one, and sautéed collard greens with leeks, onions, garlic in the other.

All under 20 minutes. I love clean eating… Seriously, it’s easy to eat healthy:)

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EACH LUNCH CONSISTED OF:

I put one patty, a side of broccoli, and sautéed greens topped with fat free feta in each Tupperware.
2 hard boiled eggs
1/2 cup blueberries
A 100 calorie pack of almonds.
A handful of cut up cucumbers with lemon and seasoning.

Oh, and, I almost forgot…I don’t eat lunch without my live salsa. Pretty much fermented veggies. Sounds gross, but it’s the bomb! Full of enzymes and probiotics.

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Tonight’s DINNER:

Ooooooooohhhhhhhhweeeeee! Holy protein dinner of champions. Essentially, a sweet egg crepe. I know, so happy right now. I posted this on my Instagram, and it was a hit! I had it for breakfast the other day, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the next time this heavenly treat would once again meet my lips! Sooooo, tonight it is ;) This girl’s gone WILD over here. What’s up with me lately, I swear, it’s allllll about sweet dinners. Oh well, as long as its healthy right?

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Ok, this is so simple, and delicious.

INGRIDIENTS:

The wrap:

1 egg

5 egg whites

A pinch of Cinnamon

3 drops stevia

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The filling:

1 tbsp low fat cottage cheese

1 tbsp Raw almond butter

1/2 a cut up banana

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Roll it up……

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Top with chopped almonds and sprinkled with unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Go ahead….eat the whole thing.. That’s right, and enjoy every second of it, cuz it’s nothin’ but good for ya! I broke up the amount of nut butter with some cottage cheese in order to reduce the fat content, and add a bit of a softer texture.
What do u think? I think you should eat this tomorrow morning…. It’s really amazing how this is actually in your diet plan. Tastes so naughty!

DESSERT:

Vanilla Casein “Panna Cotta”

Same recipe as last nights dessert, except this time with vanilla flavored casein. I couldn’t wait for it to thicken up in the fridge, so I put it In the freezer for 10 minutes, or until panna cotta consistency. This is by far, my favorite meal of the day… My ” before bed” treat. My muscles will be happy;)

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On a fitness note:

I managed to pull out a quick core exercise with my Lebert equalizer.

Really, it’s more of a full body workout because you are using more than just your core to hold yourself up the whole time.

6 POWER PACKED MOVES TO GET YOU STRONG!

10 PUSH-UPS

10 DIPS

10 STRAIGHT ARM LEG LIFTS

10 KNEE UPS

10 ALTERNATING TWISTS

10 LEGS STRAIGHT. HINGE BACK, AND LIFT UP WITH MEDICINE BALL

** trust me….you will hate me after this. If you don’t own these bars, it’s fine, duh. You can use 2 chairs! ;)

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So far, I’m on track with my weekly workout schedule. I’m wearing my polar watch to keep track of my calories burned, and I’m planning my meals ahead of time. How are things going with you guys? Tonight’s agenda: BODYSCULPTING. 1 hour of circuit training, with bands, weights, lunging, crunching,squatting, you name it. I burned 350 right there. Stoked!

After class, me and J. FIT practiced planking on each other. Lol. Check her Facebook page out. It’s fantastic, and full of great info!

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Goodness..today is FULL of newness! Lol

I got a new look y’all! What do you think? I got a fringe! Well…”bangs” as we say here in America;)
I was just really getting tired of me look, and working at a salon, you have the advantage to just act on impulse, and say ” eff it, just cut it!”
You see, I wanted a change without cutting off all my hair, so this was a perfect compromise;)
I’ve decided that 70′s fringe is back!

As you know, I just celebrated my 29th birthday. Thank u, thank u…
And in today’s look, I’m sporting prezzies from my besties!

SHORTS: elastic band faux leather hotpants by ZARA (thanks Jules)

TOP: H&M $14.99

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SHOES: wedges by Mossimo for target. ( thanks Amy)

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Damn….that was a long day…. Me and my fringe are done now;) let me know if you try any of the recipes! I wanna know how it works for you! Xo

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Goodnight!

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Surround yourself with those you LOVE<3

In abs, presents, Reviews, Uncategorized, WOD On December 17, 2012 0 Comments

 

 

Ok… Last night was crazy…we had our SASSOON company party, and it was a blast!
Be ready…pics are coming….
I actually ended up sneaking out earlier that I expected. I was already in a food coma, and If I was to stay, I would’ve kept eating until every god damn raspberry tart was gone. Ugh
I am glad I did, I had to be up early to hit the gym.

SUNDAY WOD:
3 miles on treadmill
( broken up into: 1 mile @ 6.4 rpm
2 mile @ 7.1 rpm
3 mile @ 10.2 rpm for 30 sec/ 30 sec rest)
For a total of 30 minutes
- 25 minutes on stair master. ( fat burner mode. Level 8)

CIRCUIT 1:

10 minute abs
Planks
Crunches
Vertical leg lifts
Stability ball drop downs
Mountain climbers
Bicycles

 

CIRCUIT 2:

3 sets 10 back rows
3 sets 10 dead lifts
10 push up to planks
10 overhead 35 lb barbel lift.

  I  really wanna try this. Great article I found. Looks goooooood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I may take Monday off. My body is feeling really tired. Actually I may just do a quick serious. Maybe a 8 min plank workout by Purely Twins. Check them out…they are such an inspiration!

Hungry as ever, as soon as I walked in the door, I was ready for some fooooooooooood.
I had leftover “FAUX” mashed potatoes, and sweet Thai tenderloins that I had made Saturday morning to take to work, in which I ended up forgetting in the fridge. grrrrrrr. Oh we’ll, I thoroughly enjoyed them after my workout. Sweat sesh accomplished!

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Ok, just take a moment to check out that bomb ass froth on my espresso. I live for it. If you don’t own a Nespresso Pixie, ask for one for Christmas babes!

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As soon as I finished breakfast, I jumped in the shower, packed up the car with prints that needed to be framed, loads of laundry,( don’t judge, yes sometimes I take my laundry to my parents house) and the pup, and took off.

After such horrible news and tragedy last week, all I wanted was to spend time with family. We had a long day planned of Christmas shopping, lunch, and catching up.

First stop: TAARRRRRGETTTTTT. aka. Heaven on Earth.
I never need anything, until I get there. The, suddenly, I need everything..
This place is like a drug. C’mon. U know it.

Pick up a few things for others along with double the things for myself. Hehe.
Had to of course stock up on my fave protein dessert add-ins. .. A couple tbsps of these…protein powder…almond milk…and a little sugar free vanilla syrup. My god. Try this, I promise, this will will your fave dessert too!

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It was 1:00 pm by the time we finished up at target. We stopped off at  local Mimi’s Cafe for a quick bite before heading to the mall. I felt like a teenager again shopping with the rents. Mimi’s has actually REALLY good. The place is a bit silly and definitely has a chain vibe, but whatever. I was actually surprised how yummy my salmon was!

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I think that they recently remodeled this place…I’m loving the planters out front! I always love the idea of the lettuce heads!

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Super quaint inside. In true Paula fashion, taking loads of pictures of carbohydrates that I wish I was stuffing my face with. Sighhhhhh

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Snuck a pick of Madge & Padge. Aren’t they the cutest??

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For my lunch, I ordered a Fitness omellette. (egg whites,mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes) and a side of grilled salmon. It was LA BOMBA.

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We spent another couple hours shopping at the mall. We are the absolute WORST when it comes to surprises. We spent the whole time practically picking out our own presents! lol I was sooo done after the crazy suburban mall fiasco, that I was ready to sit down, and enjoy something warm, so we stopped at Coffee Bean.

FAVORITE DRINK:

Tall 100 calorie Cafe Mocha.

Extra hot. No sugar added/ Nonfat

If you’re lucky some Coffee Bean’s are starting to carry unsweetened almond milk;) Ask!

Are you a Coffee Bean, Starbeeeez, or Pete’s girl?? I’m not a fan of Starbucks. BITTER!

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As of now, I think I have purchased all of the prezzies that I needed to buy. I think I may hit up a few last minute shops on Wednesday night, but I’m not stressin. I can’t wait for the 25th, I can’t wait to see my brother, and I CAN”T wait  to start a fresh new year!!

 

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I couldn’t leave Vicki Secret’s without treating myself with a little nighty;) Not like anyone except me is gonna see it, but I don’t give a shit. I like to feel cute when I go to bed.

(so embarrassing).

But really, it’s gorgeous.

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I also picked up a few reads I’ve been itching to check out. I saw these on one of the blogs I follow and had to have them. My cookbook library is gonna have to get cleaned out soon. I think I’ve become a book hoarder. I’m about to raid these for new recipes! & Obviously,when I make, I will share. Duh.

And if you get a chance, Please check out these books. The pictures are beautiful, the recipes are innovative, and all some form of healthy.

 

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OK…New product alert!!!!!!

I was lucky enough to receive a bottle from this new company  NERIUM AD to try out. Tonight was my first night trying it. I had to take a close up picture of the condition of my skin. Yes, a close-up. A REAL close-up. I saw all of my hyper pigmentation, my fine lines, and deep pores. Ughh, not cute. Being that I have olive toned skin, I am naturally prone to dark sun or aging spots. Most likely from the sun, I never wore sunscreen until about 2 years ago, when I realized, Paula, you will look like the grandma on “There’s something about Mary”. No thanks.

Anyway, I’ve heard that all those laser treatments and stuff don’t really make a difference. I haven’t got the money for a $400 treatment that I may need to get done once every 4 wks. Not happening. I’m trying to start my preventative face regimen NOW!

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Third-party clinical trials show that NeriumAD dramatically reduces the appearance of:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Discoloration
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Aging Skin

 

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After being shocked over the gruesome and horrible tragedy last week, all I wanted to do, was be home with my family. I have absolutely no words for the sadness that this sick boy brought on to so many people. I pray for the families, teachers, and the community.

 

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