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Happy NOVEMBER! Time to roast those pumpkins!

In At home cooking, blogger fun, bodybuilding, clean food, events, fitness, friends, LIVE FIT TRAINER, new faves, popular recipes, Reviews, running, sweets, Uncategorized, zumba On November 5, 2013 1 Comment

Hi loves!!! With Halloween behind us, I can’t hardly believe that the end of the year is upon us. As you know, Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but I loveeeeee fall, so…. I had to show support and at least get dressed up. Here’s a shot of us at my girlfriend Kelly’s house. She threw a great lil party. Honestly….I have absolutely no clue what I was supposed to be, but, it kind of resembled a sheriff from New Mexico. Of course, a bit of a sexy version. Whatever. Lol.

Anyway…for those of you wondering…(since I never post pics of boys) this is Marcin. He’s dressed up as a “big black cloud” and he’s dreamy. Sighhhhhh

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Ok, moving on to more fall news;) finally time to start getting rid of some of these sugar pumpkins all over my house. From decoration into my belly!!! I decided to cut this puppy up, and roast it.

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Pumpkin is pretty tough in texture and typically takes quite some tie to roast and soften in the oven, so I cut it up into small squares to speed up the cooking. A lil impatient you could say…..
Here’s an idea of what to do with the seeds when you remove them from the inside of the pumpkin. Lord knows…I HATE wasting food. SWEET CACAO ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS.

These little pumpkin bites were roasted with:

HONEY ( I used this one)

NUTMEG

CINNAMON

SALT & PEPPER

Roast at 400* for 40 minutes.

(note: pumpkin in itself isn’t very sweet. Do not get confused with “canned” pumpkin. When roasting real pumpkin, if you want it sweet, make sure to add a bit more honey to compensate for the bitterness.)

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As you all know, Halloween comes with copious amounts of candy, on candy, on CANDY!!!!! Shit candy, really. Kit Kat, twix, snickers, ughhhhhhhhhh! I’m not gonna lie….I did give in and have a few. C’mon…who really didn’t have ANY shit candy?????
Well, yes….I’ve got a gnarly sweet tooth & will absolutely admit to having sweets (sometimes a bit toooooooo often) , but…….. if I’m gonna get cray on some sugar, this is what I wanna stuff my face with.

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So, we’ve covered pumpkin, now, let’s explore another fall flavor. CARAMEL!
One of my favorite clients from the salon, Diane of Nerdhavenfarms.com has really hit the jackpot with these. I was a lucky son of a bitch to get to sample these sweet but slightly salty beer & Pretzel caramels. We have the best time when she comes into the salon. We chat, laugh, share blogging tips, compare recipes and bounce ideas. I love it. She has a total foodie like me!! 🙂

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If I’m gonna get down on some sugar, I’d seriously prefer for it to be in this form; handmade with local ingredients, organic, & homemade with love! This is the best way to enjoy sweets my sweets! How freakin cute is there packaging though!!!???
I not only wanted to share these perfect little morsels because I LOVVVEEE them, but also because I was super inspired by Diane’s passion for whole, clean foods as well as her life balance of health with a bit of added sweetness;) I truly aspire to find that balance and find that passion. I promise I will make sure to send y’all a link soon on how you can get ahold of these, because they truly are such a great gift idea!

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No babes…… You cannot have some….. Pups begging;)

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November is here!!!!! This is how naughty I’ve been…. I haven’t been posting enough, I know. We went from the end of oct-the begging of Nov without a post! Wtf! Well, November pretty much came so fast, it practically slapped me in the face! This past Sunday ( November 2) was a a very special day.
My best friend Alicia (on the right) and I, along with close family and friends ran the 6th annual Heroes of Hope grey ribbon crusade to continue brain cancer research, in which all proceeds benefit childhood and adult brain tumor research at UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Alicia’s uncle was recently diagnosed with a lrg brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemo through Cedars-Sinai. We pray that he recovers and continues to live a healthy and cancer free life.

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Sporting my new Saucony “The guide 7” running shoes that they so graciously gifted to us at the Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event.

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The event was held at beautiful Dockweiler State Beach Park. I was surprised that the fog rolled out fairly early. We ran in sunny & beautiful weather:) Absolute best part: Loads and loads of supporters showed up!

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For some reason, I thought we were gonna be running a 10k but apparently we signed up for the 5k. Whatever, I was just stoked to be running by the beach. It was actually perfect because I haven’t really been running lately, so a 10k at 7:30 am prooooobably wasn’t the best idea for my problematic, not trained feet. Lol. The 5k was perfect and super fun!

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I came in 69th place. With a time of 26.38. Not too shabby! Well, for me;)

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Any time, after a run….I am famished. Lol.
I’ve been a fan of Detour protein bars for some time now. (Since they were a sponsor at blend retreat) they are seriously awesome. These and quest bars are always my go-to!
Detour just came out with these and they are fab! IM SORRY BUT THESE NUTRITION FACTS SAY IT ALL.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g

If you ask me, that is really great.

GLUTEN FREE

LOW SUGAR

WHEY PROTEIN

SWEETENED WITH STEVIA

MADE WITH ORGANIC OATS.

Scarfed it down as soon as I passed the finish line;) they were passing out SoyJoy….but I way prefer this.

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Our team…. “F YOU CANCER”

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I spent the rest if Sunday hanging with my bro, who is home visiting from vancouver;)

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This weekend, I also decided to make an excuse as to why I needed to buy a million new bras and panties, and open up a Victoria secrets credit card. goooooood lord.
At least I saved $15, ha!

This is the thing…..I NEVER find bras that fit me perfect. I always just “make it work” lol. Soooooooo, when I tried on “THE DATE UNLINED BRA” I realized that I had met my match, my soulmate! I’m a sucker for a good deal, and guess what!? If you bought the bra ($28.50) you practically received a free matching panty! Whatttttttt!? Hell yeah. Bring it betch.
A set for $30!? I’ll take it….times 5. Lol

Anyway, back to things of importance. Fitness.
Yesterday, Monday, marked day 1 or the LIVEFIT TRAINER from bodybuilding.com.
First day of week 9...LEGS.

Ok, so I didn’t actually do this whole workout today. Reason being, that I knew I had to teach Zumba at 7 pm and seriously thought it may be too much on my body. Sometimes, you just gotta be honest with yourself. I couldn’t do it.
My class was fantastic though and we had a great time finding out inner sexy bitch.
I surprised myself when I decided to stay for the next class, which was body sculpting.

Oh girllllllll! My body said “oh hell no!”
I immediately filled my tub with Morton’s Epsom salt, grabbed some reading material and soaked! Soaked my tired and sore muscles. Womp womppppppp.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!!!! I am sooooo excited to visit my other bestie, Amy in the Bay Area this coming weekend!!!!

Btw…. DOES ANYONE HAVE A FUN 10k IN THE LA OR SURROUNDING AREA THAT THEY LOVE PARICIPATING IN!???

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Fitness magazine meet and tweet event!!!

In Beauty, events, fitness, interviews, Uncategorized On October 26, 2013 0 Comments

What an amazing event to be a part of, I gotta tell ya! So stoked to have been a part of Fitness Magazine’s meet and tweet event on Tuesday! It took me EFFIN ages to get there due to the horrendous traffic on the 405 freeway…annnnnnnd not to mention, THE FLAT TIRE! Ugh, I literally rolled to Santa Monica in the slow lane, with the hazards on all the way to PCH highway. Lol.
Please don’t ever do that. Dumb.com. Triple A came and fixed the problem when the event was over.
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Not only did we get to meet some inspirational speakers leading fitness and health industry, but all of us bloggers got to finally meet:) It’s so funny, cuz a lot of us have never met but feel as though we truly know each other through our instagrams, facebooks, or blogs.

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Whatever the case…I made it! It was a beautiful day in sunny Santa Monica, at the Annenberg Community beach House, and surrounding the pool were all of our generous sponsors.

**Roxy**Oakley**Dermalogica**Birkenstock**Crystal Light**Athleta**Ford fiesta Movement**Clif Bar**Camelbak**Saucony**

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My new Camelbak filtered water bottle. Stoked.

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I couldn’t believe it! Tony Horton was there to speak. He was super cool, funny, and had really amazing insight to creating balance in fitness. If you’ve never heard of tony Horton, then you, my friend, are living under a fuckin rock. He is the mastermind behind all that is P90X, beachbody and much more. Let’s just call him….genius.

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Another fitness enthusiast. Mr. Harley Pasternak. Celebrity fitness guru and trainer, with a really great and refreshing perspective to healthy living. His book, The Body Reset Diet, is a 3- phase program focuses on easy, effective ways to slim down. Perhaps one of the main things that’s that stands out to me…is that he emphasizes one blended meal a day. This book seems to be very easy to follow.

Things learned from his talk:

take 12,000 steps a day.

Blend one meal a day.

Resistance training is key

graze don’t gorge.

Juicing is not recommended. All it is…is lots calories especially from sugar.

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Next up, was the beautiful Alyce Levine. Registered dietitian and nutritionist and founder of nutritionbite.com This was a home run for me. She hit a lot of points that I seriously related to. Mostly, on why we binge, how to overcome the battle, and how to come to a place of nutritional balance where you can have that bag of chips in your house, and you can have the occasional drink. She emphasized on not give food the power to become the “forbidden fruit” and to stop “rewarding” ourselves with food.

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Coolest part was getting to know some really awesome and successful fellow bloggers, Cassie from blogilates, Sarah from Skinny Runner, Monica from Run Eat Repeat, and Whitney from Eco vegan gal.
They gave some really great insight I to how they got started in blogging and how they turned their blogging into a legitimate business. Super funny and sweet chicks. Unfortunately didn’t get much of a chance to get to chat with them to much, but glad to have been there to hear all of their advice. Here are a few key points that the girls touched upon.

Super important to me as a blogger, but maybe you’re looking to start a blog and need some advice..?????

**** the importance of social media and having a presence within that community. Get yourself out there and don’t be afraid to be yourself.

**** don’t be a cheat! DO NOT buy instagram followers or twitter followers or whatever the f*%k. You’re just gonna be super embarrassing if you do that. Ew. Lol

**** know your worth. Set up a media kit and charge for your time. It takes time as a blogger to do what we do, so don’t sell yourself short. I especially loved when Monica mentioned, ” listen, YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN A FREE BOX OF GRANOLA!” Reviews,giveaways…all of that takes time and effort, you should be compensated. Ask your fellow bloggers what they do, get ideas, become a community of friends.

**** oh here’s a good one from Sarah, “Use an ad network (I have GLAM Media), Google Adsense, start a newsletter to reach all of your readers, and look for brands and companies that are a good, organic fit to partner with. Sponsored content is taking the place of ads so position yourself with companies that would be a great fit for your voice and topic.”

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The food there was spectacular! Super fresh.

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They served an array of veggies and salad, along with butternut squash hummus, lemon chicken, garlic shrimp, and glazed salmon. Omg goodness. So bomb.com

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Bobbi, Whitney & I sat and enjoyed our yummies by the pool eagerly waiting to pounce the sponsors for those ridiculous giveaways! Lol. I’m sorry, ya just can’t blame me. Lol.

First stop… Birkenstock. Hell yessssssss.

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I was ecstatic when I saw that they were one of the sponsors. If you know me well, then you know, that I’ve got the worst feet. After dancing Zumba 4-5 days a wk, I started noticing pain on the tops and arches of my feet..like, BAD. Of course, on top of that…the fact that I work on my feet all day, really doesn’t help. I was diagnosed with tendonitis. Ughhhhhhh. So I really had to make huge changes to my workout regimen and the shoes I wore on a daily basis. This added to my ongoing Orthopedic shoe collection! Lol.
#1: no , I did not get the green ones. I got pink. 😉

#2: ok, they are not the absolute cutest, but….they are amazing for your feet.

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Dermalogica hooked it up with some sweet products and a full face consultation! Thanks ladies!

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Ok….sooooooo……Saucony hooked this betch up phat!!!
Free running shoes!!! Freaking out. I was actually looking for new shoes, so this couldn’t have been more perfect!!! And to go along with my new shies….Roxy active wear decked us out in some sick gear as well!

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Turns out I wear an 8 in running shoes. Wtf!? I guess I never knew I had or go up a whole size!

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Ford Fiesta had a super fun photo booth set up. Here’s my dumbo shot.

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Those were just a few of the peeps that hooked it up. So generous!! Thank you to Fitness Magazine & all the sponsors and speakers!!! What an awesome event!

The best way to end this day was a beautiful beach run with all of us bloggers and the Saucony team! I think we ran about 3 miles and it was stunning out! Of course… At the end, I walked over to useless flat tire’d vehicle and waiting for triple A…….. Lol.

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(Pic: courtesy of nhershoes insta)

Raw..RaW..RAW!!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, events, fitness, giveaway!, popular recipes, Raw food, SPARTAN SPRINT, Uncategorized On August 3, 2013 0 Comments

Happy weekend loves!!!

Have you worked out today? I feel amazing after squeezing in a 6:30 am CorePower hot fusion class. In fact…Im running a little late this morning cuz of it, but totally worth it. Remember… I work saturdays, eeeekkkkk! Anywho…I am loving this shit!!! I’ve soooo become that chick. The “yogi”. I gotta say…I’m happy to be home from my wannabe jet setting vacations, and it’s time to do a little natural cleansing. I just finally bought a new Omega juicer from Bed Bath & Beyond (with my 20% off discount) and have been loving incorporating green juices into my diet.

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What I love about the Omega, is that, it extracts the the juice at a slower rpm, so it doesn’t create all that foam that my old Breville juicer used to spit out. GOOD NEWS: more juice…less foam!

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I also recently found a couple of amazing products. I found them at Raw Food World, but I’m sure Whole foods carries these brands.

#1:
Lydia’s Organics – Green Power


Alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley, chlorella, spirulina, nettle, rosehips, licorice, fennel, dandelion, kelp, beet, ginger, burdock, stevia & peppermint powder.

Superfood to the MAX!

#2: Camu Camu berry powder


Camu camu is a bush, native to the South American rainforest, that grows in the black water rivers of the Amazon. Its small, purplish red fruits are a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals that support and enhance health.

Camu camu fruits contain more vitamin C than any other plant in the world from 30 to 60 times more than an orange. They also contain amino acids including serine, valine, and leucine; and significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, and thiamin.

The phytochemicals in camu camu are highly effective in curbing the effects of the herpes virus; in fact, on a list of plants with anti-herpetic compounds, camu camu takes the highest honors as most potent. It is effective against depression, and has even been used to wean users off dangerous antidepressive medications (under medical supervision, of course.) Alternative medical practitioners have also been using it to combat attention deficit disorder.

Camu camu also:

Provides immune system support
Helps maintain good eyesight
Reduces inflammation
Supports collagen, tendons, and ligaments
Helps fend off viral infection
Improves respiratory health
Helps maintain clarity of mind during stress
Our wildcrafted camu camu berries come in the form of a pure, unadulterated powder with a light tan color. It takes 15 pounds of berries to make one pound of the powder, which has 13-16% vitamin C by weight. Thus only a little is needed to provide you with a powerful antioxidant boost.

(source: live superfoods)

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And… Since I’ve been juicing so much lately, I just can’t bring myself to throw away all that amazing pulp! So, I decided to utilize those extra nutrients. That fiber is full of fiber ya know! I busted out my big ass, totally obnoxious, almost commercial sized dehydrator… and made some enzyme rich “RAW” pulp crackers!
I know what your thinking…GROSS!
Well, think again. #sorrynotsorry babes… Sooo not gross!
So here’s the deal….I made mine savory, but, only because I was juicing mostly greens, beets and carrots. If you’re more of a sweet person, like…maybe you prefer juicing oranges, tangerines, carrots, melons, berries, etc, you could also do a sweeter cracker.
I’d have to play around with that sweet idea…hmmm.

Either way…we are recycling. Nothing goes to waste in this household. If you don’t have a dehydrator to make them “raw”… It’s ok. You can also bake them. No bigs;)
Check out some affordable, small dehydrators here.

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Anyway… I searched around for recipe ideas, switched a few things around, and found that this one was the easiest.
Mind you…play around with the flavors and spices you want to taste. Make a few different batches if you’ve got a few trays. Just sayin’

RAW Juice pulp crackers
 
Author:

Ingredients
  • 2 cups pulp
  • ½ cup flax seed meal (ground flax)
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½-3/4 cup water

Instructions
  1. using a food processor or vitamix, mix all ingredients to remove chunks of pulp.
  2. You can also mix with fork or hand if you don’t mind chunks.
  3. roll or pat down onto a dehydrator sheet. Roll or pat quite thin, or it will take a long time to create the crispyness of the cracker With a butter knife, line the shape of your cracker squares. It will be easier than trying to do it while they are crispy.
  4. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12 hours or until desired crisp.
  5. NOTE: you may also bake them at 350 for 20-30 minutes, but be aware that you will be loosing out on those raw enzymes and nutrients.

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I didn’t even put mine through the food processor and they turned out just fine, but I do recommend it;)
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I’ve been juicing daily…so I’ve got a lot of extra pulp. Wish I could send you all some;)
THE TRICK: FREEZE THE PULP!!!

I found a great article on the kitchn.com on different ways to use pulp, so I’ve been playing around with those ideas as well.
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I figured while we are talking raw, I’d bring up an “oldie but goodie” 😉

RAW ZUCHINNI HUMMUS
One of my all time favorite recipes! I seriously put it on everything, and dip everything in it! Lol. It’s fu**ing amazzzzeebalzzzz! I made a batch and it pairs beautifully with these little delish raw pulp crackers.

Looking for more raw ideas:
Mango salsa

Ribbon zucchini salad with snap peas and avocado

Raw zucchini fries

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WHAT IM INTO AT THE MOMENT:
Super ripe slightly frozen watermelon.

Like just stick them in there for 15-20 minutes. OMGGGGGG! The most refreshing thing you will ever have!
Also would be delicious if you did that, then juiced it or blended it and made watermelon agua fresca!

Ingredients
8 cups seedless watermelon cubes

2 small packets of stevia

1/3cup fresh lime juice plus 1 sliced lime

A few sprigs mint or basil

Ice

1 1/2 cups Water

Puree watermelon in blender, or juice put it through your juicer. if you blend it, strain into bowl through fine-mesh sieve to remove most of the pulp. Stir in stevia and lime juice. Transfer to pitcher stir in 1-1/2 cups water, add some lime slices and mint ( or basil) Let it chill in the fridge & serve over ice.

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Let’s be honest….this next pic preeeeetttyyyy much summarizes my summer so far, lol. Lots of fresh fruit…agua fresca, iced tea… Wine spritzers, or sometimes an ice cold beer by the pool;)
Some would say, ” does this bitch ever work!?” I just smile and say
” if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!”

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In other From Fries To Fit news….

Because I love you all so much and sooooo appreciate your support of my crazy blog, I always try to find ways to give back to y’all!
Today’s giveaway is very special to me.

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Last year, I trained and participated in the OOO SOOO KILLER SPARTAN RACE!
Check it out pics here.
My little SPARTAN video😉

 

I did the spartan sprint, which consists of 3+ miles and 15 obstacles.
It’s tough…it’s dirty…it’s painful..BUT THE BIGGEST RUSH EVER!!!

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Please do check out their website for all other info. You DO NOTwanna miss this giveaway! It’s a great way to challenge your mind and body! Another great option…. Create a team and fight to the finish together!!!

ENTER:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure you enter to win above  OR click HERE for a 15% discount off entry! The sweet folks at Spartan Sprint Races want to make sure my readers are getting hooked up, and I couldn’t be more thankful!
This giveaway is over on the 15th of August! There will be 2 LUCKY WINNERS!The winner will receive an email with the redemption code attached to it. Apply code at checkout:)
Once you are signed up, it’s time to train. That’s right…you must prepare your body for this challenge. Sign up here for daily Spartan WOD emails that have exactly what you should be doing everyday to better your fitness level.

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CONGRATULATIONS KELSEY TINDEL!

The winner of Renew Life 2 month supply of probiotics!!!!
They are on their way babe!!!
Yeayyyy!!!!

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Hope you all enjoy your sunday!!!!

xoxo,

Paula

A week of true vacation! MIAMI & NAPA.

In events, family, friends, life, PARTY TIME, Uncategorized, vacation On July 29, 2013 0 Comments

Alright babes! It’s been wayyyyyy too long! I’ve been gone now for just over a week, I feel like I’ve been on the NON-STOP CRAZY TRAIN! A girls gotta have her vacation time, right!? Well, I promise I haven’t neglected you! I’ve been enjoying, decompressing, and gathering pics to share with y’all!

FIRST UP….MIAMI!!!!

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I spent a fabulous 4 days in gorgeous Miami beach FL. with my favorite people. My family:) I left last Saturday to meet up with my folks, who had been staying at my godfathers new place at the Trump Towers. Yowwwwwzzzzzz, it is stunning. I mean……. Ridiculous. W were just a little bit north of south beach, which I actually that was better. You aren’t caught up in the crazy mess all the time.
The beaches here are like no other! Crystal blue, warm, clean, and full of fun little sandbars. Heaven, seriously. You all know…I am a total brown doggy, and lovvvveeeee the sun and ocean, so I was in fullllllll! We love miami, cuz it’s got such a Latin culture attached to it. Argentinians everywhere (my peeps) everyone is tan and wearing the hottest bikinis, the guys are super fit, the seafood is excellent, and it truly has a very traditional sense of family as well. Maybe it’s the Latin thing. Whatever it is, we freakin love it here. In fact, I’m currently trying to get my folks to retire here!!!;)

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A lot of people can’t stand the humidity…I say, BRING IT BITCH!
I can’t lay out without putting on my fave sun cream… Maui Babe!

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A plus to the heat… You don’t want to way anything hot, heavy or fattening. All I wanted, was fruit, salads, and fresh cold pressed juices. My first day there, I grabbed the rental, and headed to a friends juice bar in South Beach. Well. I’ve gone JUGO NUTTZO.

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Jugo Fresh is a local spot serves an amazing product. Amazing raw, fresh juices and foods. It’s reputation with the locals has skyrocketed and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

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I got enough juices to last me 4 days. I wasn’t planning on juice cleansing while in Miami, but I knew my body just wanted this freshness, at least 2x a day. I love incorporating cold pressed juices in my everyday diet. Keeps me regular, hydrated, and full of nutrients while naturally detoxifying. That green juice above, was my FAVORITE! so delicious. if ever in Miami…pleaseeeeeee check it out! Jugo Fresh has something for everyone.

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I made sure to fit in a workout every morning while at the Trump. I gotta tell ya.. This gym was SICK! Best part was…I was practically the only person in there every morning. “Thank you… I love having the gym to myself, byeeeeee.”

I spent 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours there quite early doing a combo of cardio and GPP workouts. Super killer. I guess it does help having that beautiful beach view while working out. Lol. 😉

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Sweaty and squatting…. Not the cutest combo, but…..

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My cute ass parents. We took a day in the afternoon to shop and have drinks.
I bought a thong bathing suit. Don’t even think about judging. Lol. That is how we do it in South Beach. Mmmk. Maybe it’s a South American thing. Xo

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Margaritas and daiquiris.

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This is how I did my hair every day and night we went out. A JLo bun. That’s right. My hair is a frizzy ass mess in this weather, and frankly, it’s too damn hot to wear it down. I’m kinda feelin’ it. Thoughts? I used one of those spongy circular things to make the bun look bigger and like I had more hair than I actually do. Hehe. Y’all need one. Buy on that matches your hair color. They are the bomb!

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Here’s the Miami gang. This trip was FANTASTIC! it felt so great just to lay out, be with fam, and have no set plans. I’m rooting for this place, for my parents retirement. I know it’s not for another 10 years, but a girl can dream;) special thanks to my godparents;)

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NEXT UP…..
ST. HELENA!
( Napa valley)
3 days of this gorgeous place for my best friends wedding.

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This was the venue. Probably the greatest place ever! Farmstead restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch. This place was nothing short of perfect. They not only had their vineyard, but also a farmers market, olive oil tasting, an organic farm attached, a gorgeous farm to table restaurant, etc, etc. wow.

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The wedding was fairly small. About 80 guests made their way to St. Helena to celebrate the nuptials of Chris and Brooke. We all pretty much booked our stays through Air bnb. If you haven’t yet heard of air bnb, you need to get it together. It’s the best application for phone or iPad that helps you find rentals through private owners for a getaway. It’s amazing.
If you’ve never made your way to the wine country, and are planning on it….be aware! Hotels are really expensive! For $250 a night…you’re in a motel. yeah, I know. It was my first time there. I was shocked. Lol
Anyway, searching through the listings of private rentals, we came across this little gem:) a cute little cottage less than 1/2 a mile from the venue.

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Located at Milat vineyard. The view. Obsessed.

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We just barely made it to the rehearsal lunch on Friday afternoon after a super long day of travel. Thank god we made it, cuz that food was unbelievable. You could immediately tell, that Brooke & Chris’ main objective for this party was to feed people food and wine they would never forget!
Delicious!!!! All of it! I took a pic of the menu, but it’s on my other camera. (Ugh. Yeah, remember..the one that won’t let me download them on the computer!)
It just kept getting better. I practically ate myself dumb on the actual wedding day! I had 4 days of super fit and clean eating in Miami, then I come to Napa, and lose my shit! Lol. How could anyone pass up homemade Mac and cheese, cheddar biscuits, pulled pork sandwiches…rib eye… The list just keeps going… Ummmmm. Oh and, I only went for a quick hungover run on Saturday morning, other than that, no workouts on this trip. ( juice cleansing as I write this) lol. Did I meant ion…I blacked out Friday night. Rare form. Goooood lord.

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Not quite ready but I kept picking at them like they were. I can’t go to napa for the first time and not taste every grape I see;) it really was just stunning to see all of this agriculture around me.

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I snuck into the farm next door to check out what was harvesting, and I found my heaven!
Sky high sunflowers…

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Beautiful red Swiss chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash… You name it….

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Flowers for days….

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The big day was finally here. All gathered in Brooke’s house to get ready. Lots of hair..makeup….pictures…champagne…salads…(trying to be skinny before getting in our dresses) 😉
And crude shit talking. We turn into gross sailors when we all get together. Hilarious. Can any of you relate? I sear, it’s not that weird. Right?

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The bouquet. Gorgeous. Simple. Classy.

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Kelly and I

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Friends for life. I can’t wait to see the professional pics! I loved the idea of wearing the same color scheme but having different dresses. It really looked perfect, especially for the country vineyard look we were going for. I love that I just said “we” lol, as if I was the the one making the decisions. I mean, “they”.

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You will probably see a glass of wine in every damn picture I post. I mean.. It’s the wine country. This was my break from picture taking with the group. The guys were up, so I shimmied my bridesmaid ass over to the bar. Lol.

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Check out my hot date & dance partner;)
Best friends for 16 years. Wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

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The never ending supply of amazing Long Meadow Ranch wines.

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Oh..and open bar. I swear…I didn’t get too crazy here.. Just wine at dinner and maybe some drinks at the after party;) I was busy shaking my ass and dirty dancing all over that place. Lots of ” Brian, I’ll jump and you pick me up and twirl me, ok!?”

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Here are a few shots of the setting.

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Isn’t she gorgeous. If you are in NEW YORK and need a photographer….. You NEED to check out Sidney Morgan. Ridiculous talent.

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The most loving and supportive couple. I love you guys and thank you for allowing me to be such a part of your beautiful day! Have fun in Hawaii!!!!! Xo

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What do y’all think? I would say over all, a pretty amazing week of friends, family, celebrating, and relaxing! Glad to be back home and back to my regimen. All in all, I only ate naughty for 2 days… I can make up for it;) remember… It won’t kill you to have a couple cheat meals. Enjoy it…Get over it, and recover.
Be on the lookout for my next post. I will sharing a couple of new and delicious recipes as well as a Spartan Race giveaway!!! 2 free entries as an athlete!! Woohoo! I did it last year and I felt like I could rule the world afterwards!!! Check out pics here!
Have a great Monday babes!
Love uuuuuuu.
P.

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BEAUTY BLOGGER EVENT @ ROMAN SALON, AND MY INTRO TO ORGANIC AIRBRUSH SPRAY TANS BY AMY JACOB!

In Beauty, events, giveaway!, new faves, Reviews, spotlight, Uncategorized On July 7, 2013 1 Comment

It’s official! It’s SUMMER!!! With 4th of July behind us now, it doesn’t mean getting bikini body ready is out the window!!!! I am sure that we all have loads of parties and beach outings to get sexy for! 😉 Well, today’s post is very special. Not just because I like to be a brown doggy in the summer, but also, because I want to highlight my best friend. Amy Jacob. She recently became a specialist in organic spray tanning, and it killing it!

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Welcome to ROMAN Salon. Amy and I go way back. We went to hair school together and have been by each others side ever since. We’ve worked together…even lived together, so when Roman Salon announced their beauty blogger event, you best believe I was was expecting an invite! Lol

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This quaint but modern salon is nestled in between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. On La Cienega blvd to be exact. It’s EFFIN CUTE! I thought the event was a great way for people to get to know the staff, and check out all that they had to offer as a team. I grabbed a glass of sparkling wine, and found myself in awe of their gorgeous back patio space.

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Great magazines…a must. While here…check out their list of awesome press and magazine write ups!

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Fresh flowers…a must x4!

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To the moon and back. Homies.

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That’s right… You’re seeing correctly. Those are outdoor stations! Why not enjoy getting your hair done outside!? Especially great for Brazilian blowouts. No in-salon fumes. Amy is a specialist in that too! She gave me one a while back, and it was THE BOMB!

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Clients, friends, and bloggers alike enjoying some local yummies and having a chat.

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We enjoyed fresh baked mini cupcakes from a local baker…

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Fresh caprese sandwiches and each were sent home with a mason jar full of candied walnuts courtesy of picnic LA🙂 heaarrttssss! Delish.

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This gorgeous patio is to die for! Across the patio, you will find a separate area for airbrush tanning and men’s barbering. Genius. It’s like a small little bohemian compound.
Oh, you know….just sippin’ on some organic watermelon juice & champagne while I get my service on! No bigs…. Lol
The service here…impeccable. Love this place.

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Amy Jacob is a top stylist. She gives amazing haircuts ( clearly Vidal Sassoon trained) and smokes the competition with her Brazilian blowout skills. She just gets it.
To add to her repertoire, she now offers a new service!!! I swear, this bitch is on fire. I can’t keep up. ORGANIC AIRBRUSH TANNING! I am fully taking advantage of this;)
Ok not gonna lie…. I am a confessed sunworshiper, and have been all my life. If you ask Amy, she’ll tell you the same. In our younger years, we obsessed over who had the better “dirty face” tan. I know….gross. I even worked at at tanning salon when I was 16 to pretty much get free tans, cuz trust me, they weren’t payin’ me much. I mean….you get the idea. I love being a brown doggy. Lol
Well, as we get older….maybe notttttttt the best idea, huh? As grown women, we all now have to be uber careful of damaging uv lights, sun spots ( hyper pigmentation) cancer, ugh. All of these are dangerous, and age us like nobodies business. Ew.
Clearly, now with new ridiculous technology and brainiacs…we can now be perfectly tan without all the harm.

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I was weary of spray tans after seeing friends walk out of random tanning salons looking like umpa-lumpas, and would always go ” um, yeah…no thanks.”
They were going into machines, rubbing some lotion on their hands and feet to avoid ” staining” and spinning around inside while this machine sprayed carrot colored pigment un-evenly across your body. Gooooooood lord. Well, we’ve come along way!
Not only do spray tans get applied by a professional now, it is absolutely customized to your body shape, color, pigment, all of it. It’s absolutely amazing. The days of looking like streaky mess are over. I sat down with Amy to get the rundown of this new and organic product, and for y’all to get to know her a bit;)

FF2F: How long have you been at Roman Salon?

Amy: I have been at Roman Salon for three and a half years, and have been working in this industry now for about ten years.

FF2F: What do you specialize in?

Amy: I have been a stylist, specializing in hair cutting for the entirety of my career. My newest beauty venture is custom organic airbrush tanning.

FF2F: Appts only or walk in’s welcome?

Amy: Walk ins are welcomed! But an appointment is recommended if there’s a specific time or day you like.

FF2F: Tell me a bit about these products you use for organic spray tanning? And how do they compare to other products out?

Amy: Because, like almost everyone, I’ve had a bad faux tan before, I did a ton of research before choosing a product to use, and I am absolutely in love with this solution! Most importantly, I wanted the most natural product I could find… this one is organic, paraben free, gluten free, and vegan, so it’s great for those with sensitivities. Every tan is custom blended to compliment each persons unique skin tone and desire tan depth, meaning we can give you anything from the most subtle hint of color, to back-from-vacation bronzed! Airbrush tanning should not be a one-color-fits-all situation, which I had found most of the time. Also, the bronzing agent in the solution is very subtle, and my clients love that they can go about their day, or sneak back to work, without looking crazy brown and having to hide at home until it’s time to shower.

FF2F: How long will my tan last?

Amy: Expect your tan to last at least one week.

FF2F: Will it stain my clothes?

Amy: It won’t stain clothes, but I always advise clients to come in with loose, dark fitting clothing, and flip flops because there is a slight tint to the solution. And if you like to tan with undies one, choose black ones.

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FF2F: Should I exfoliate before my session?

Amy: Yes! A thorough exfoliation from face down to the feet will ensure that your glow lasts as long as possible, and wears off evenly. Come to your session without lotions or oils on your skin, and makeup and deodorant free if possible.

FF2f: What are the advantages to a person “customizing” your tan as opposed to the spray tan machine alternative?

Amy: It’s a night and day difference! I have always found those machines to produce a super orange-y fake color, and they always seem to stain the cuticles and feet/heels. That’s the dead giveaway! The style in which I spray my clients replicates the way in which the sun would tan you: subtly darker in areas like tops of arms, shoulders, back, tummy, legs, and slightly lighter on hands, feet, face, neck… This assures you never look “dipped” in color!

FF2F: What is the cost per session? How often should I come in to keep up that “summer glow”?

Amy: A tanning session is $55. I also offer some partials: $35 for Upper or Lower Body, and $25 for Face/Neck/Chest. If you’d like to maintain a tan, come about every week and a half. I find clients love to come right before a wedding, special event, or vacation. Also, join us for Happy Hour every Thursday evening from 3-7, for $40 full body tans!

Here’s the deets!

Parking: La Cienega offers generous metered street parking, as well as 2 hour street parking in the adjacent West Hollywood neighborhood.

Location & Contact Details: Address: 818 N La Cienega Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 310.854.1030
Email: info@románsalonla.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/RomanSalonLA
Twitter: @RomanSalonLA

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Everyone here makes you feel like a star! Overall, super sweet staff, highly educated on all aspects of beauty, and super professional. So proud of my bestie. This place is chic!
Come visit! Xoxox
BFF

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On a side note…….
Win some amazing GRASS FED PROTEIN POWDER! Got a super sweet giveaway happening, and y’all need to be apart of it! Enter HERE!

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Fusion Fest with Women’s Health Magazine & my interview with “The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich

In events, fitness, interviews, new faves, Reviews, Uncategorized On May 27, 2013 2 Comments

I am so excited to share with you all my fun day at the FUSION FEST put on by Women’s Health Magazine at Exhale Spa. I felt honored when they asked me to come and check it out and have a chance to speak with the “The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich. I am a HUGE fan of the magazine so I was STOKED to to be a part of it.

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I arrived at the Fairmont Miramar hotel on Ocean dr, and made my was through the gorgeous grounds to the spa. They directed me to the rooftop where I would be taking my first ever Core Fusion class! Yes, on the rooftop, in the open air. Absolutely stunning 360 views. I may be able to do this everyday, well, if I could afford it;)
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I arrived upstairs a bit early so, of course…snuck in a lil Gym selfie😉
Btw… Thanks CHOBANI & OGIO for my sweet ass new gym bag. I’m totally obsessed!
Since I was 30 min early, I did a quick bi & tri workout before heading out to the patio for my 5:10 pm class.

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The sun was out, but it wasn’t too hot. Just right. I’ve never taken a workout class that required sunglasses, but hell, I’ll roll with it. Especially if you throw in a DJ to pump out jams while you work out! I’ve tried every kind of work workout you could imagine, but never a Core Fusion class.

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The premise of the class focuses on core strength to create the ultimate full body workout. In this class we only used weights, but it’s ever changing. You may find yourself using weights, balls, bands, and your own body weight as resistance. The key to this regimen is the raise the heart rate to a point where you will continue to burn calories long after the class is Done.
A total of one hour, and trust me, by the end of it you are shakin’ in your boots! I was already super sore from my GPP workouts this past weekend, so I was dying.

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After class, I headed down to the courtyard for the event. I was very impressed at how well the event was organized.

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We received some pretty fab gift bags with loads of goodies. Who doesn’t love swag!??? Thanks to everyone who hooked it up;)

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I was so happy to see the line up of contributors and vendors for this event as well. First off, one being one of my favorite alcohol lines “VEEV” One of the owners of the company happens to be a client of the salon, and couldn’t be sweeter, so I am happy to support. I’m not a huge hard alcohol lover, but this new line has got me hooked. I mean, not like alcoholic hooked, but you know what I mean. Lol.
This company is based on organic, all natural ingredients. Most importantly being the world’s FIRST acai spirit with 1% of all proceeds going to rainforest preservation and environmental initiatives. This ish is a game changer.
I was stoked to try their new line of VitaFrute super fruit cocktails. Premixed. All ya gotta do is pour over ice and serve. Holy dangerously DELICIOUS!

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These babes were hooking this chick up with some refreshing Vita Coco coconut water.
I’m not gonna lie….I think coconut water taste like sweat…maybe like breast milk.. Hmm, either way, not a fan. I told them that, and they assured me that if I tried the mango/ peach flavor combo, I would rethink my gross comment. Welp…..what can I say…I was like dayyyyyyyyummmm. sooo yummy! A little too much sugar content for me, but ultra hydrating and not gross AT ALL! You know…..coconut water happens to be the BEST hangover cure…just sayin’
I threw a couple in my swag bag and headed to my target!
“The Next Fitness Star” finalist Kit Rich

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When Women’s Health Magazine contacted me about seeing if I was interested in speaking with one of the Next Fitness Stars, Kit Rich, I jumped at the opportunity! This is going to be huge y’all! It’s about time we developed a competition like this. After I’m sure, a ridiculous number of contestants signed up, auditioned, and sent videos, only five finalist were chosen. Once chosen will be flown to New York City where they will star in a video short showcasing their workout and participate in a photo shoot to appear on the “flip” cover of the July/August issue of Women’s Health. Videos will be posted online for readers and fans to vote on their favorite finalist and also sent to our celebrity panel to judge their top finalist. The overall winner will be selected based on a combination of reader/fan votes and celeb judge votes.

The winner will:
*Star in 4-6 Women’s Health fitness DVDs to be sold nationwide

*Star in an editorial feature in Women’s Health in Jan/Feb 2014 issue

*Have winning workout added to class lineup at a major health club

*Act as the face/star of the DVD series in all promotional materials — in book advertisements, online & social media and more

*Be treated like the new star they are with a full marketing strategy prepared and executed by Rodale
(Source: prnewswire)

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I was excited for the chance to sit and chat with her, because in doing my research I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that she was pilates based, had a big celebrity clientele, and was highly sought after, but, after what seemed like,” just a couple of Amigas chattin'”, I realized, there was much more to her and her vision of what’s to come in fitness.
This girl couldn’t have been more sweet or real. She was on point and didn’t skip a bit. I like that. She answered all of my questions with no hesitation and with complete confidence in the direction she was going. I sat down with her, and the first thing she says to me is ” It’s so great to me you, From Fries to Fit huh?, tell me a bit about you and where that came from?!” I mean, I love her! I really appreciated that, she really made me feel like there was absolutely nothing else she’d rather be doing at that moment then talking to me. Trust me, there was craziness going on around us, so it was a bit loud;)
This girl is headed to the TOP! She has an amazing sense of self and body awareness. In speaking to her, I realized we had a lot in common. Actually, thinking about it now, a lot of women will be able to relate to her.

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FF2F:
How long have you been in the Fitness/ Pilates industry, and how did you get into it?

KIT:
My story was not some crazy ” I used to be so fat, now I’m so skinny” story. My story started 9 years ago, very humbly, with a bad case of body dysmorphic disorder, and wanting nothing more in life but to gain a better sense of my body and myself. I started taking some Pilates classes, getting better and better, and one days, things just clicked for me. I knew that this was what I needed to be doing. Fitness was gonna be my life and career. I got certified and began teaching classes, and quickly gained a super loyal clientele. Now I mostly focus on teaching privately.

FF2F:
What drives you as a trainer? How do you find the motivation?

KIT:
Look, to me, it’s not just about ” get fit, loose weight, work, work” that’s all great, but.. Jillian Michaels has that market on tap. My main focus, with what I do with my clients, and what I’m trying to get out there, is this:
How did we get ourselves here?
Why did we allow ourselves to work for fitness rather than making fitness work for us?
I think it’s about self awareness, using the tools that each one of us has, but doesn’t always use, and using those internal tools to create motivation and balance in workouts, and in life. The less you stress, the more you can feel your best. I create workouts that are effective, target your entire body, and help you find your own motivational tools to want to push yourself to do it better next time.

FF2F:
Did you ever expect to be “The Next Fitness Star” finalist “?

KIT:
I know! Crazy, right!? You know, 3 years ago, I auditioned on Oprah’s OWN network casting for “The Next TV Star” and made it to the top 20, but didn’t make it to the top. It must have been meant to be that now, we are sitting here, and I’m in the top 5 for “The Next Fitness Star” I feel honored, this is where I should be.

FF2F:
Kit, tell us…..any secret fat burning tips?

KIT:
Really, it’s no secret at all. — If your diet contains less energy than your body expends, you will lose weight. In other words, It’s about what you are putting in your body and how much of it, in relation to how much you are physically working your body to expend the calories you just consumed. I believe in 80/20. Moderation is key, and we must work, everyday, to ensure that balance stays in tact. Self control and motivation will drive you to that lifestyle.

FF2F:
What can we expect from Kit Rich in the future? Where do you see yourself and company in the next 5-10 years?

KIT:
It’s just the beginning, and I couldn’t be more excited! I see books, DVD’s, camps, shows. All of it. I’m here to change the way we see fitness and ourselves. I want to help people look their best while becoming the best they can be inside. The future is bright, that’s for sure!

Thanks kit!

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When I finished my interview, I spotted these cute gals with some amazing workout gear I had never seen before. As I went through their rack of super cute digs, I chatted with the girls to get a bit of background on Strut This fitness wear. First of all, it’s a mother-daughter run and owned business, which I love. I’m all about supporting local and small businesses, you know that. Especially, if I’m loving their product.
The material is to die for, and super soft. You can really tell, they didn’t cut corners here.

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I couldn’t leave of course, without trying out their super cute capris and tops, so I purchased a few things to take home and review. Please be on the lookout for my review on Strut This.
Listen, I know, who doesn’t love Lululemon, but on the real, they are just sooooo expensive. Ugh. I was seriously looking for something new and fresh that I could sport in Zumba, hiking, traveling, and hardcore gym workouts, while NOT Breaking the bank.

Please check out the line HERE. I really encourage you to check them out, and see for yourself;)

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