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THE GADARENE SWINE! Best Vegan In town!

In clean food, Dinner dates, Fridays, Restaurants, spotlight, Uncategorized, vegan, Vegetarian On June 5, 2015 0 Comments

Fresh Friday here at From Fries To Fit!

Although todays post is dedicated to my vegans…there’s no doubt that ALL vegans, carnivores, and vegetarians alike would go batshit over the beautifully crafted food at The Gadarene Swine. The VEGAN sister restaurant to Scratch BarLA, in which chef Phillip Frankland Lee offers a complicated, artistic but perfectly paired array of mostly animal fats & proteins. My kinda thing. FOR SURE. The Gadarene Swine is the OPPOSITE. Ode to the Vegetable! (without skimping on the flavor of course!) Have you ever heard of a meat eating chef opening up a vegan spot? Yeah, me neither. Well, when I caught wind of chef Lee’s “no animal, all vegan” new venture here in Studio City, I thought, “hmmm this could be perfect!”



Listen, I’m no vegan, and clearly, he ain’t either honey, but as a food lover…foodie…whatever you want to call it, I can appreciate the art and tastes of all cuisines.  The “Valley” has been on the way up in restaurant culture. The fact that I don’t have to shlep back to Downtown or Hollywood to have a delicious and interesting meal, makes me fuckin’ jump for joy! So, when my brother’s GF, Sarah, a veggie aficionado, came into town from Vancouver, I knew this was going to rock her world.

Sarah, Mom, & I walk in, and are immediately drawn to the beautiful, rustic garden patio. Wood, plants, and succulents everywhere. A mini oasis if you will. Let me make something clear here…this isn’t your typical “Veggie Grill” experience. This is fine dining babes. With that said… expect fine dining prices.


As we cozied up with our Pinot’s, we selected various dishes from the A La Carte menu. Other menu options include: 3 different chefs choice tasting menus, with option of wine pairing. So fancy for the “valley”right?!. Haha. Get into it people. It’s an experience, ok?! The staff was very nice. Each dish explained, and service was above par.


First up…Olive Stuffed Olives…. Holy, BEST THING I EVER, SO CAREFULLY PUT in my MOUTH!!!!  Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside without being greasy. Made with a touch of honey.


Each presentation better than the next. Homemade, lightly toasted sourdough alongside crushed tomato oil with balsamic glaze. This was so delicious! So full of flavor. I mean…it’s in a nest for god’s sake.


Ok, here’s where it gets really fabulous. Look at those colors! This, ladies & gents, is a multi-colored blackened cauliflower, over a bed of creamed cauliflower, topped with dehydrated cauliflower chips & chopped pistachios. O.M.GEEEEEEEE! Loaded inside a beautiful clay bowl, the display itself makes you NOT want to share. Chef Lee somehow manages to separate the flavors of the same vegetable through different textures and seasonings. FAVE!


Ok, mind you…I’m not eating all of this alone. Lol. Between 3 of us, we shared everything. Here is a shot of our next dishes up.

Dirty rice and Hand torn pasta with shaved onions. Both incredibly flavorful! The pasta was done al dente with pureed tomato sauce filled with great texture derived from capers, fresh greens, shaved onion and even, a hint of sweetness from a lil fruit. Perhaps it was pineapple. Not sure, but it definitely held up to, even some of the best pasta I had in Italy recently.The crispy rice was incredible. Brown rice flavored with nori, filled with mushrooms, squash, crispy onions, shaved carrots, avocado… etc. Honestly one of the best vegetarian/vegan meals I have ever had. I know ya’ll, bold statement, but I felt fresh, not heavy. Not one bite of tempeh, tofu..none of that. Everything centered around the “vegetable”.


In that bigger piece of heavy & beautiful pottery, is roasted mushrooms over burnt mashed sweet potato. Woohoooo!



Heres a close up. Beautifully dressed with a hint of acidity, the flavors pop in your mouth, & you really hone in on all the smoky flavor of the roast. With a mix of different mushrooms, fresh peas, greens, and a few crunchy nori chips, it all comes together in a big bowl of “Bitch, taste thissss!!!”



We had a wonderful experience here. The food… fresh, local, organic. Thanks The Gadarene Swine! Also, check out Scratch Bar in LA!

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Malibu Weekend Wedding & some NEW finds you WON”T wanna miss!!!

In bodybuilding, clean food, fitness plan, Fridays, friends, LIVE FIT TRAINER, local shopping, new faves, Raw food, Reviews, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On October 3, 2013 0 Comments

Hey y’all! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA, but to be totally honest…there hasn’t been too much to report. As far as my progress in my LIVE FIT TRAINER program, it’s going really well. Weeks 3 & 4 have been pretty much the same workouts and foods, except I’ve been upping my weight a bit. Just about to finish up week 4, and I gotta tell ya….loving this shit. I feel so empowered. “When in doubt, go LIFT”

I absolutely **CANNOT WAIT** till ***PHASE 2!***
This is where I start gettin shredddddded!! Finally! **CARDIOOOOOO!**

Anyway, trust me, you will get all the lowdown on foods, supplements, and workouts for the next phase of the transform. I’ve had a handful of “*re-feed”* meals ( some would call cheat days) within these last couple weeks, but, I’m fine with it. My body reacted just fine. I think the consistency of my caloric intake has kept my metabolism on check, so when I did have those heavier meals, I was fine.
Ok, enough babbling. There *are* other things in my life I’d like to share, u know! ;) On to some great shots of my girlfriends wedding in Calamitos Ranch, in Malibu this past weekend…..

It was a gorgeous evening.


Check out the biggest **BABES** of the night;) legends!



The cutest couple ever! This dress was absolutely stunning!!!! Completely obsessed by her 20′s finger wave hair.


I totally forced the kid to kiss me. Lol. Such a babeeeeeess.


One of my 2 dates for the evening. No, not my boyfriend….. **friend.**
Don’t worry…you ***will ***know when homegirl gets a dude;)


The happy couple Mr & Mrs. Lipps.
( the lighting makes my hair look red….hmmm, I kinda like it;)


Ok, now come theeeeese homies! Haley, to my right, is my other date. Lol.
She got that fake pony up in her hair, and it looks sooooo bomb! Lookin like JLo! Champagne, and some more champagne….. Then I just kept adding OJ. Lol


The man behind us all. “Dad” my old boss. My friend…and “godfather” of hair pretty much. Lookin like he just walked off the Tom Ford runway. Always so sharp.

How adorable is this little spread! This was put together by Brown Bear Eats out of Costa Mesa, CA. Omgggg. I couldn’t resist! They have the absolute BEST peanut butter cookies and gluten free brownies!


Super cute idea for seating. Baby succulents with name tags:) had to snap a pic. You know, cuz I’m soooo getting hitched soon. #pinning


Ok, so we were a bit buzzed in this pic…perhaps…. Not sure. Orrrrre we just thought we looked realllllll cute…..

Ladies!!!!! Love these girls! We ate like queens and dropped it like it was hot!






It’s no strange news to you about my obsession with QuestBars. This I know, but I can’t help but to send a lil shout out, EVERY time I buy them. They are by far the BEST protein bar on the market. All the flavors you see are all made with stevia or erythritol.

Erythritol is a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol derived from a corn source and is naturally found in small amounts in various plants, fruits and fungi, including mushrooms. It contains virtually no calories (95% less calories than table sugar), has a low glycemic impact, and doesn’t contribute to tooth decay. Basically all the bad things about sugar are absent in Erythritol, yet it tastes just like sugar and is about 70% as sweet.

They are delicious!!! The best part is, when you lightly zap them in the microwave! I know, I’m sounding gross right now, but i don’t carrrrreee! Hard to pick a fave folks!


Again…no secret. My favorite season is fall. This pic says it all. I die for organic fujis.

20131002-203534.jpgBell Plantation’s PB2

Not a new find…but I ran low, bought a new one, & thought I would remind you, that ya’ll better get on this PB train.

85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter! HELLLOOOO , need I say more.


Ok, so a girl can really get sick of “OATS” as a pre-workout meal, so this past week, I’ve switched it up. I found this amazing, moist, delicious & organic sunflower seed bread by Delba. 

Delba-Breads from controlled biological cultivation

All used raw materials are coming from controlled biological cultivation.
The natural ingredients and the special baking process give our Rye Breads a delicious taste.
Delba Rye Breads are a contribution to the wholesome and high-fibre diet.

From controlled biological cultivation
–without preservatives
–without chemical baking aids
*organic farming
Whole kernel rye*, water, whole rye flour*, sunflower seeds* (5%), sea salt, yeast

Yummmmmm!!!! So nutty and perfect macros for a pre-workout. I’ve just been topping with a bit of Nature’s Hollow (sugar-free) honey and done. Gives me the perfect amount of energy to kill my early morning workouts. I just cant do the whole fasting workouts anymore…ugh soooo not about that lean muscle loss. FEED TO GROW!


POST-WORKOUT: 5 egg whites, 1.5 oz shredded chicken & veggies

Since my diet has been short of exciting as far as playing around with new ingredients, (my list of foods is pretty boring), I’ve been researching alternatives to some of my favorite sauces & seasonings. I ran across this puppy while doing some shopping the other day. I don’t know if ya’ll are familiar with Walden Farms products, but they also have a BBQ sauce that is 0 cal, sugar free, well, all of the above, but….i just cant bring myself to buy it. If you read the back, you honestly CANNOT pronounce a thing that’s in it. UMMMM, I just couldn’t justify it. Anyway, then I saw this one. Good things come to those who wait, right?!

Well, she’s a WINNER!

Nature’s Hollow SUGAR FREE BBq sauce.

Nothing hidden, sweetened with Xylitol.

A carb lovers DREAM!!!!! LOW CARB BAGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somebody please pinch me and wake me the fuck up!

I saw these at my local (& FAVORITE) lil low carb store, and I was hesitant. I was like “realllllly, wtf is gonna be in this?!”

So, like a lil creep, I sat in the store while googling the company and their products. Thin Slim Foods has got it goin on!

Ingredients:  Flours(organic wheat bran, natural wheat protein isolate, natural oat flour), purified water, sea salt, calcium proprionate(a light preservative), chicory roots, yeast(sorbitan monostearate), dried onion.

Please look them up, and see for yourself.



Last find of the day, which, BTW…I  will be enjoying one today, as my afternoon snack….These awesome RAW/VEGAN wraps by WRAWP.

WHAT??! I know, amazeballz.

WrawP bread is Raw, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Low Fat, Sugar Free, Diabetic friendly, all natural, high in fiber, full of flavor and rich in nutrition! No white salt or sugar and low in calories. It is full of Complex Vitamin B and Omega 3! It helps to prevent heart disease, blood sugar, diabetes, high cholesterol, and conical problems.

It’s HAND MADE, LIVE, HEALTHY, AND UNCOOKED, Dehydrated at 115F. No trans-fat, No saturated fat, no oils, no preservatives, easy to digest, live Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes.

I bought the spirulina wrawps and they are sooooo bomb and full of flavor!  I highly recommend these.

20131002-204003.jpgWhat do think?…. I think this week’s finds are by far the BEST I’ve found yet! With all these new options, I think it’ll be wayyyy easier to stick to my clean diet. These are my own reviews and research. I was not compensated for it. I love sharing info  with you, let me know if you find or try any of these;) I’d love to know your thoughts.

Also, If you’ve found an amazing product, that I don’t know about yet… PLEASE let me know, and we can highlight it on an upcoming post!





In At home cooking, bodybuilding, Breakfast, clean food, fitness, Fridays, LIVE FIT TRAINER, popular recipes, Uncategorized On September 27, 2013 0 Comments

In other news….


That’s right! I absolutely LOVEthis time of year:) Today’s post may not have to do with my LIVE FIT TARINING PROGRAM, and it may be quite random to most of you, but….I just felt compelled to share with y’all some of my absolute FAVES this month.

September is the BEST month. It marks the beginning of boots and sweater weather, and everything cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. The leaves start to change and the air finally crisps up. I’m in the HOT San Fernando. Valley, so I’m beyond ready for this EFFIN heat to go bye byeeee.


Ok….first things first.
My coworker came to work in these the other day, and I just about died. They areeee sooo cute, comfy, ( cuz the heel is mellow) and are the perfect ankle height.
Well, here’s the catch. They are Sam Edelman, and go for $160.00. I wasn’t even planning on buying them, but I did love them. Sooooo, the other day, on one of my TJ MAXX maxinista shopping sprees, I saw these little puppies from the corner of my eye. one fucking pair!!!!! And when I say, I ran to them…..I’m not even close to exaggerating.
#1: THEY WERE $24.99
# 2: SIZE 7!!!!!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Could I have been so lucky!?
Mos def..the happiest purchase of the month;)



A new IPHONE!! Bye bye iPhone 4. I hated my service and frankly, that damn phone wouldn’t even ring anymore. Piece of sh*t. I switched from ATT to Verizon, and finally got myself the iPhone 5. Really, I went to originally pre order the 5s ( which I’m soooo glad I didn’t now, after all the complaints) but after speaking to a bunch of the staff at Verizon, they convinced me that the 5s wasn’t really worth it, sooooo here we are. My new sidekick, the iPhone 5.



I don’t care if you don’t like rap & hip hop…but, for me, this was by far, the most anticipated album this year. DRAKE’s “Nothing was the same
Holy emotional, amazing, sexy, dirty, crude and honest! I’m sorry, but he’s a genius. Some amazing collaborations in this album. I highly. Recommend it.





Best show evvvaaaaaa! So, yes I know…it’s not on the air anymore…but hunnnnnayyyy, this bitch ain’t got no cable, sooooo , old shows will have to do! Lol
Who would of thought I would be so obsessed with a high school football show, but it is fantastic! On season 2 now, and I swear, I’ve been watching like 3 episodes before bed.



Ohhhh heyyyyyyyooooo! That’s right…pumpkin everywhere you look in my house. Pumpkin protein bars, pumpkin fiber bars, vanilla pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin protein muffins, pumpkin candles, pumpkin pie scented soap….you name it.



This whole month, while doing the LIVE FIT TRAINING PROGRAM, my life has become protein on protein, on protein. My whole daily diet has become chicken breast, egg whites, veggies, brown rice or sweet potato, protein goodies, and fish. It actually has been really yummy. The foods are all prepped very simply, and without added salt and sauces. One might call this lifestyle dry…I call it, THEBOMB!



Favorite part of September by far… Learning to be da bosssss in that weight room gurrrrl! I’ve been loving lifting weights and… heavy I might add! This bulking phase is sooo fun! Don’t waste your times on those 5 lb’ers ladies! I promise you won’t get “BIG” eat clean and lift heavy…you will see results that will astonish you! ;) don’t let those boys intimidate you out of here. Be the shit! Own it.


Let’s see what October has to offer!! I’m not a big Halloween person, so that’s not really on my ” excited for october” list, but I am looking forward to finally signing up to be a FITFLUENTIAL AMBASSADOR !!! open applications are open OCTOBER 1st!!

Look out for week 4 progress of the live fit trainer!


Homemade Protein Bars…a 50 day no cheat challenge, and some fitspiration;)

In Breakfast, clean food, fitness plan, Fridays, Never perfect, new faves, popular recipes, protein, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On April 20, 2013 4 Comments



Tired of all those protein bars out there, full of sugar, additives, and ingredients you can’t pronounce?? I AM!!!

The only protein bars that I’ve found so far that I absolutely LAAAAV are QUEST BARS, but honestly, they can get quite expensive sooooooooo….this is the best alternative I’ve found, plus I’m obsessed with pumpkin. All year round.
I’ve made sure to attach a printout option as well as the nutritional facts.


Only 77 calories each, you will NOT feel a bit of guilt. I originally found this recipe on monimeals.combut altered it a bit to satisfy my diet needs.
Hope you guys enjoy;)

Healthy Protein Pumpkin Bars
I cut these in rectangles and wrap each one in foil. They are a perfect on the go protein snack.
  • 4 egg whites
  • ¾ cup organic (canned) pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar free honey (Natures Hollow)
  • ¼ cup oat flour (I just ground up my oats in a coffee grinder, but could also use a food processor or bullet)
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder. I use About Time Whey
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (or less if you feel so)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Optional: crushed walnuts or pecans sprinkled over the top before placing in oven.

  1. Preheat ove to 350 F.
  2. In one bowl, mix the egg whites, pumpkin, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  3. In another small bowl whisk the oat flour, protein powder, and all the spices along with the baking powder.
  4. Add this to the wet ingredients and make sure to mix very well.
  5. Pour mixture into a baking loaf pan or a square pan coated with cooking spray.
  6. Add the nuts if you want over the top.
  7. Bake about 18-20 min or until a tooth comes out clean. Enjoy!


My diet has been yo-yo-ing for a bit now, and realize that is the reason why my body isn’t changing much. Those of you who know me, know I’m quite extreme when it comes to it. I’m trying not to be so obsessive and stress so much about it, so in light of my obsessive/binger nature, I’ve decided to go 50 DAYS STRONG without cheating or binging to try and alter how I view food.
It’s funny, I was gonna do 100 days, but then realized that my best friends wedding was during that time and thought…hmmm, ” ain’t nobody got time for dat” and frankly, 100 days would be really Elgin hard for me, so lets start here…
50 days. I am again, breaking up with food. Kinda feels like I’m going sober.
Ok, so who’s with me….
Repost this to your insta friends and lets see how many people will do it with us, yeah?




If you read my FF2F Guide to Weight Loss then you know that it’s all about diet! This is truly how you change your body. I’ve tried everything. I workout like a maniac, and the only way I actually reap the benefits of all that hard work, is if I really cut portions and stop binging and stressing. It all adds up y’all.
This is part of the process.. Check it out. Follow these tips.

Print or pin this skinny girls grocery list, and stick to it. For those of you that are like me….just because its on this list and healthy doesn’t mean you get to gorge on it. NO, you can’t have the whole bag of almonds, and NO, you cannot eat a whole roasted chicken in one serving! Lol




Here’s so far the plan this week for workouts…. So far I’ve kept to it…well, except today…I didn’t get a chance to run;( womp wooooooomp, but I promise to make up for it. No really, I swear;)
I find that if I write down the workout plan for the week, I’m most likely going to stick to it.
Does it help you at all? Lately, I’ve been trying to lift more. I’ve been good on my cardio, but I feel like my muscles are getting smaller. Ugh.


These inspirations I found while going “pin” crazy. Sending you all some motivation before starting your week next week!



For “ON THE GO” gals:




Oooohhhh girrrrl, have I got the best new make up!!!!! New obsession. CHANTECAILLE gel foundation. The texture is flawless, and will last you forever. A bit pricey, but worth it for the quality. My color is “cream.”




Cleanse day 3, and the Lakeshow!

In clean food, cleanse, Fridays, friends, protein, Uncategorized On January 25, 2013 0 Comments

Good day beauties!
I am feeling SORE from the combination of my last 2 days of working out. Feeling good though!
Taking tonight off, cuz guess who’s going to the LAKE-SHOW! Meeeeeeeee:)
My and my bestie Amy are headed to the Laker vs. Jazz game at the Staples center tonight. Sooooo stoked. I haven’t been to a basketball game in ages.

I guess my birthday is getting an early start, cuz look what I got in the mail today! yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!

About Time Protein heaven!

Love my new shirt! Great to work out in.


36 packets of different flavor protein powders! I tried the strawberry one this morning. Delicious. Sometimes you just don’t feel like vanilla or plain chocolate, you know?!


This morning, I took my 2 pills on an empty stomach and fiber blend mixed with water after my real fast.Since I wanted to try out my new strawberry protein powder, I made some mini protein chia muffins adapted from, again, my girls at Purelytwins.

These little cakes are amazing. I made them in mini muffin tins, so that I would be aware of how much I was eating. I had a couple for breakfast, along with my morning joe. I also took 2 more to snack on for my after lunch snack:)

These are really easy and the best part is that you can use any flavor protein powder,



1/4 cup your choice protein powder. ( I used About Time strawberry flavor)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp water

1/4 tsp stevia (drops)

Bake for 7 minutes on 350*
For the bigger muffin tins, a few more mins.



Green protein juice. (Same one I made yesterday) I’m loving the combo! I’m gonna turn green if I keep this up. I think tomorrow, I may switch it up for the sake of boredom.


Lunch was again my favorite type of lunch, a mish mosh of everything healthy I could think of. Lol

Leftover salmon from last night.

Cabbage kimchi

Baby kale salad with sea clear probiotics as dressing

Roasted brussel sprouts

My poor co-workers were dying in the staff room.
Salmon, and kimchi= smelliest room ever. Another thing I need to do while on this cleanse, is try and not eat so damn fast. That is a HUGE issue I have. If I was out to dinner with you, I swear, I would be finished before you even lay the napkin on your lap. Yes, that bad. It’s like a train is chasing me. It’s been something that I’ve always known of myself, but always, either forget to slowdown, or I just simply can’t. Ugh.
It’s such a bad habit because I’m literally barely breaking down the food, so my body is working over time to do it for me! Annnnnndddd…..then I wonder why I have such a slow digestive track.
Again, the struggle is real, sighhhhhhhh.



My sorry ass paleo coconut wrap that dried up and cracked. Womp woooomp.
Whatever it was still delicious. I topped my cracked lil triangles with some almond butter. Super tasty little treat.

Also, had 7 raw almonds.


Tonight was a special night! It was the laker game against Utah jazz, and I was gonna be there! I absolutely love sporting events, so I was stoked! Even if you aren’t a fan of the sport itself…there is something in the air, a vibe, that just forces you to get into it, right?

They haven’t had a win in like 2 wks!


The bestie & I. The guys in behind us were probably like ” look at those girls, takin selfie shots at the tip-off” so embarrassing.
For the record.. I don’t care. I blog b*#ch. ;)


We both managed to stay away from all the naughtiness that comes with sporting events. You know…chips, popcorn, beer, candy, fries, burgers.
Instead, we opted for a lighter dinner:

I had a picnic salad. Which I ate with no dressing and left out the corn. (Cuz it has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever)

Butttt……. I may or may not have eaten the shaved Gouda cheese on top…:/

Amy had a delicious barbecue veggie burger without the bun.

Healthy girls;)


Super fun night! Someone mentioned to me that I may be their Lucky charm


I got home, and poor willy was just dying to see me! I took him out for a potty, took my vitamins, had a spoonful of peanut butter, and passed out on the couch while writing this. That’s why you’re not getting it till this a.m….. I never pressed pUBLIsh.
Such a dummy.
Have a great day guys! I’ll be logging today as well, so be on the lookout tonight for the days eats & things:)

Xo, P



In circuit, Fridays, Uncategorized, WOD On December 7, 2012 0 Comments

Hey all! Today my back felt a lot better. It wasn’t so crazy at work, so I didn’t have to be on my feet all day, which was a relief. I still made sure to keep the inflammation down with Advil.

The weekend is almost here, so you know what that means!! I get to be a snow bunny in BIG BEAR!


Since I took a break Thursday to rest and heal (from Bikram on wed ) I decided that after work, I felt well enough to hit the gym for a quick workout before heading home. I always make sure to keep extra workout gear in the car for impromptu sessions;) Fridays are usually my rest from the gym days, so I wasn’t really planning on hittin hard.

I’m wondering if this happens to ya’ll….. Once you get started at the gym, your body goes into beast mode and you end up pushing harder than even expected! The hardest part is just getting there. Then, I figure, well, since I’m here already, might a well make it worth it!

Plus, for some reason, the vibe at the gym makes me feel like a gladiator. Lol
I had such a great workout, that I just had to share.

Here it goes:


I started off on the treadmill:

1/2 mile @ 5.0 mph

1 mile @ 6.4 mph

1 mile @ 7.1 mph

1 mile alternating intervals of 9.8 for 30 seconds. with 30 rest

For a total mileage of 3.5

Burned a total of 337 calorieS in 30 min.





Shimmied my way on over to the stairclimber/stepper for a BONUS round of cardio.

Speed intervals changing every minute. For 15 minutes .

Level 3-level 9





45 minutes of intense interval cardio was just was I was craving! I felt amazing after.

Before I headed to the weight area, I stopped at the ROW MACHINE for a 1000 meter row To get my upper body ready for lifting, and crunching.

At this point, I was sweatn’ like a rapist!







When I got home of course, I was sooooo HUNGRY!

So I heated up my recipe of a Low Carb Deep Dish Veggie Pizza. I was in heaven!

It is beyond healthy and super satisfying. I leave for Big Bear right after work tomorrow, so didn’t really want to cook anything, and be stuck with leftovers that would’ve gone bad. No Bueno!

This is a great dinner dish, and for those of you who live alone, cut it up in slices and take them to work for a couple days.




Easy Peazy Apple Cheesy


It’s starting to get late, so I’m gonna get some stuff ready for the weekend.

I’m beyond tired.

check out my super cute gear!

My GNU board.


My RIDE bindings





Couldn’t be more stoked to be headed to the mountain. Even just for a couple days. I need to get away.

I’ll check back in before I take off:)



Where do you go to get away for a weekend?


Feeling freeeee friday!

In Fridays, popular recipes, protein shakes, Uncategorized, WOD On November 30, 2012 0 Comments

Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve chilled. Enjoy your morning PROTEIN surge! This is a power breakfast!

GOOD MORNING ALL!!! 2 days till race! No gnarly workout today and I’m feeling GREAT!

This was my WOD..I did it first thing this morning after my cup of joe:)’

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
-Bo Jackson

15 crunches
30 bicycles
30 back-scratchers
30 rotating crunches15 leg-lowers
30 scissor-kick
30 side-crunches
30 bicycles
15 crunches30 back scratchers
15 leg lowers30 side-crunches

Exercises for the AB 300

Lay in the supine position with the knees bent at 90 degrees and the feet f

lat on the floor. The hands are interlaced behind the neck and the elbows are out. Slowly curl the torso upwards, until the shoulder blades are about an inch or two off of the floor. Slowly return to the start position. Don’t pull on the neck while doing this exercise; keep the elbows back and the head and neck in a neutral position.

Lay in the supine position with the legs extended and the hands inter


laced behind the neck. Crunch up slightly and hold. While holding the crunch position, flex the right hip and knee and rotate the torso so that the left elbow moves towards the right knee. Repeat with the opposite leg and continue until the desired repetitions have been reached.

Back Scratchers:
Lay in the supine position with the knees bent at 90 degrees and the feet flat on the floor. The arms are straight by the side. Curl up so that the shoulder blades are just off of the floor and tuck the chin in to take stress off of the neck. Laterally flex the spine from side to side touching one heel and then the other.

Rotating Crunch:
Lay in the supine position with the knees bent at 90 degrees and the

feet flat on the floor. Flex the right hip and place the right foot on the left knee. The right knee should be pointing outward. The right arm i

s straight by the side. Place the left hand behind the head with the left elbow pointing out to the side. Curl up and rotate towards the right knee. Keep the elbow out, think about bringing the left shoulder towards the right knee. Perform the desired number of repetitions and then switch to the other side.

Leg Lowers:Lay in the supine position with the legs extended, and the arms straight by the side. Begin by flexing the knees and hips moving the knees towards the chest. Once the hips are fully flexed, extend the knees a

nd slowly lower the straightened legs to the floor. When the feet are about six inches from the floor repeat the sequence. The key during this exercise is to maintain a neutral lower spine throughout the movement. Brace the stomach muscles as if someone was going to punch you in the gut. Keep the back from arching.

Scissor kicks:
Lay in the supine position with the legs extended, and the arms straightene

d by the side. Raise the legs so that the feet are about 12 inches off of the floor. Open and close the legs for one repetition. The key during this exercise is to maintain a neutral lower spine th

roughout the movement. Brace the stomach muscles as if someone was going to punch you in the gut. Keep the back from arching,

Side crunch:
Lay in the supine position with the knees bent at 90 degrees and the feet flat on the f

loor. Roll the hips to one side, but keep both shoulders flat on the floor. Crunch up by lifting the shoulders off of the floor. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions and then repeat on the other side.

Vertical toe touches:
Start with the legs straight but flexed at the hip so they form a 90 degree angle. The feet should be pointed towards the ceiling. Crunch up and try and reach the toes. The shoulder blades should come off the floor by about 6 inches. Perform the repetitions under control. Tuck the chin to prevent straining of the neck.


I’m feeling pretty ready. Tonight, I was supposed to meet with my friend jules, but we decided to reincheck till next week. I need to relax. I’m enjoying a glass of wine as we speak. Tomorrow, I need to be on it. I need to make sure I get the proper nutrition. i.e. not eat to much…just for fuel. I read in the Spartan race printout that there will only be ONE aid spot, meaning they want you to race with a freakin camel pack!

WTF. !: why don’t they provide enough water?

What kind of shit is that, race with a backpack??? yeah right.

So tomorrow’s goal is to stay really hydrated, maybe it’ll help me Sunday.

My go to super hydrate!! The grape flavor is fantastic! I’ll be drinking this on sunday!



After the this little ab BURNER, I wanted something yummy! I still had a bunch of kale and chard from last weeks farmer’s market . So I made a super healthy PROTEIN SMOOTHIE! Check out above for the recipe!

I love recycled kombucha bottles eggggggzacly for this purpose. I take my smoothies and juices to go! This one is coming to work with me:)

It was a rainy morning so I made sure to stick Willy in his little bomber jacket before we headed out for the morning stroll.

It was a short one today cuz it started coming down hard. No thanks.

I swear every morning I look so ridiculous when we go for a walk. I’m always in some hideous PJ/mumu/costume.I’m sure people get a right LAUGH. Today it’s my duck rainboots with my bright ass yellow sweatpants tucked in.(not pictured: blue bomber vest and colorful beanie.  Gooooooood Lord.

I usually get all of my packages delivered to work, and today was a lovely surprise of CHIA drinks from Fitfluential!

This company is awesome. These drinks are what athletes need! Not some sugary gatorade or redbull, yuck, supply your body with the right nutrients and without any junk or gnarly amounts of sugar. Drink these up for hydration, endurance, heart health and brain power! Literally shake and take!

They are only 40 calories people! compare to 180-320 calories in other drinks.

1.5 grams of fat

2 grams of fiber

4 grams sugar

1 gram protein

Took one to work today and compared it with my girlfriends’ Trader Joe’s brand strawberry chia smoothie. I was shocked! Hers had 24 sugar grams for just half the bottle. I think sometimes, with drinks, we forget to look at the back (nutrition info) because we really don’t expect it to be that bad.  You guys, the CALORIES we DRINK count too!!

With these drinks, you don’t have to worry about breaking your calorie bank:)

Oh and not to mention, they are soooo tasty!

And continuing with the CHIA kick, I have a new obsession at work! Random ingredient salads with chia oil and and organic tamari (glen-free). Best combo salad dressing ever! You guys should try. If you can’t find chia oil (I found mine at RAW food world) you could also use hemp or flax oil. All really high in the omegas department.

This salad today I brought from home of course:

Some leftover roasted kabocha squash

Roasted red onions

Baby broccoli

Spinach leaves

Frisee lettuce


salt and pepper=


Mid day I was having my usual sweet craving. I didn’t have anything today in my packed lunch that sounded tasty so my co-worker busted out with a bag of RAW sprouted trailmix from whole foods.

It was a delicious mix of cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and all kinds of dried amazon berries. HOLY, IM ABOUT TO FLIP THE EFF OUT. I snagged one handful, then another….ok then I stopped but, my craving was cured.

 After work, I was supposed to meet up with my girlfriend Jules to have a rainy day stay in dinner but we had to rein check because of a last minute work call. womp woommmmp.

Oh well, I went home, had the most random snacky plate dinner ever.

egg whites


cut up chicken breast

low carb granola.

Oh and a glass of wine:)

Night babes!

xo, P

Question of the day:

What are some of your FAVORITE low cal salad dressings?


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 YES…. No gym today…. I usually take Fridays and Saturdays off.

I actually had some time to make myself a lovely omelette with my homemade mango salsa. Got the recipe from a friend and it is fresh and delish! It feels really good to let my muscles recover today. Been hittin it hard lately, so it’s nice to chill this a.m.

A few weeks ago I ordered the GYMBOSS. Im about to youtube how


 to use this thing. I’ve been seeing this sick little device all over the place, from friends, fellow fit bloggers and trainers. I’m about to get down! Not today though:)

What do you guys think?

You know me…I LOVE me some intense interval training, so I’m guessing this is pretty much perfect for me. Can’t wait to try it out!

 This is from t

heir website.




  • 1 or 2 intervals – 2 seconds to 99 minutes
  • Repeat up to 99 times
  • Beep and/or Vibrate alarm
  • Alarm duration 1, 5, or 10 seconds
  • Stopwatch function
  • Secure Belt clip
  • Compact Size (1 ¾ x 2 ¼ x ½ inches)
  • Water and shock resistant
  • AAA battery required

Please help me gather some new interval workouts and I will post them!

share the knowledge!

a snapshot of todays lovely loafers. Lucky for me, they are REALLY comfy for work. I recently found out that I have varicose veins, ewwww, so I’m no stilleto pumps for me. wahhhhh:(

Honestly, I’m a bit of a tomboy anyway, so now I just have an excuse to wear

cute trainers to work without  my diva boss (love him) getting on my ass for being to casual.  I swear, he expects me to like, wear a costume to work everyday. He’s one of those, you know, very fashionable men. 

Steve Madden loafers on sale.


Lunchtime came around, and I was starved! I like to eat pretty much every couple hours, but since I had skipped my usual morning snack, I opted for an extra large hot dog salad.

  • Organinc no hormones/no nitrates chicken dogs (whole foods) microwave 35 sec.
  • Baby broccolli steamed with salt and pepper, wrapped in a wet papar towel microwaved for 1 min.
  • Raw shaved brussel sprouts
  • Raw organic kale chopped
  • Homemade mago salsa
  • 1 tbsp raw chia oil or you could use hemp/flax/olive oil.
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
Toss it all together and you’ve got a super scrumptious packed lunch. Power packed with the perfect balance of fat, protein,good carbs. A little salty with a little sweetness from the mango, yummmm!

For dinner, I have wanting to try fellow blogger  Delighted Momma’s recipe for cauliflower pumpkin risotto, I put it under the dinner page. I was surprised at how simple this recipe was. Definitely making it again. Especially cuz it SCREAMS fall:)

This is dessert… a sugar free popsicle:)