Well, you know what day it is!! It’s WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY.
I hope you guys found yesterday’s get fit post helpful and informative to start your new healthy lifestyle! Last night’s ZUMBA class was on fire! I burned 600 calories, and of course when I got out, all I could think about, was how I had nothing left in fridge for my weekly meal plan! You know how they say, never go grocery shopping hungry…. Well, I raided Trader Joes like an animal. I didn’t really eat dinner before class, so my tummy was rummmmmbling. I even broke open a pack of walnuts as I was shopping around, cuz I just couldn’t take it anymore! Lol
I recently decided to incorporate Casein Protein into my diet, and have been playing around with different ways to enjoy it. Actually, a lot of the ideas I’ve found, have been on Instagram. It’s amazing what kind of inspiration you can find on that thing!
Casein provides a sustained slow release of amino acids into the blood stream, sometimes lasting for several hours. (While you sleep 7-8 hrs) This provides better nitrogen retention and use by the body.Because of its slow digesting properties, casein is widely used between meals and before bed to help bodybuilders maintain muscle in an anabolic state
So this was my dinner/dessert;)
1 scoop Banana smoothie Casein
1 tbsp unflavored gelatin ( to add thickness)
1/2-1 cup hot almond milk (depending n how thick you want it )
1 tbsp pb2
Blend together, and stick it in the fridge. In an hour or two, check it. It should be thick.
This is soooo delicious, and was exactly what my body needed after my workout, before bed.
Here’s the stocked up fridge after $100. Trader joes is my Jam! I got soooooo much clean food for just $100, that’s what’s up! The best part is, it will last me all week.
Tulips mean SPRING is coming! Picked these up at Trader Joe’s for $4.99!
I absolutely love fresh flowers in my house, like, at all times.
Ok, enough with last night
This morning’s breakfast was, again, inspired by Instagram. A microwave chocolate banana protein cake. Susanna Backman ( a trainer/nutritional coach) @tastyhealth has got amazing low carb, high protein ideas for every meal. You gotta follow her, and tell her From Fries To Fit is gushing about her
This was a dream. I mean… Cake for dinner!? Yes, I think so y’all.
Listen carefully though, this cake is super easy, but also easy to OVERCOOK.
In chocolate bowl:
1/2 a scoop chocolate
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp coconut flour
1/8-1/4 cup water
1 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt
Optional: add a couple drops of stevia if you like it a bit sweeter
In banana bowl:
1/2 scoop banana
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp coconut flour
1/8-1/4 cup water
1tbsp 0% greek yogurt
1 tbsp raw almond butter
Drizzle Natures Hollow sugar free honey
Add dry ingredients first to both bowls, mix each well, then, add wet ingredients to each bowl. Once combined, add chocolate mix into banana mix, and use a knife to give a swirl effect.
Pop in the microwave for 30 seconds. Check it at this point, as this lil puppy over cooks super fast. Add 20-30 more seconds. It should be rising at this point. Remove, plate, and top with almond butter, honey and cacao nibs.
I didn’t have to work till ten today, so I managed to get some meal prepping done for the week.
Honestly, I don’t wanna hear that you ” just, don’t have the time” cuzzzzzzz you do. I managed to prep 4 full meals in 20 mins! It can be done people.
Lean turkey patties with only 8 grams of fat, 0 carbs, and 18 grams of protein
Cooked in a 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil.
Seasoned with garlic powder, 21 salute seasoning, salt & pepper.
As those were on the skillet, I pre heated the oven to 350 degrees, tossed a bag of broccoli with a pinch of olive oil, lots of lemon, and seasonings, and threw it in there to cook for 18 minutes.
While in the oven, I took advantage of the open burners, and hard boiled eggs in one, and sautéed collard greens with leeks, onions, garlic in the other.
All under 20 minutes. I love clean eating… Seriously, it’s easy to eat healthy:)
EACH LUNCH CONSISTED OF:
I put one patty, a side of broccoli, and sautéed greens topped with fat free feta in each Tupperware.
2 hard boiled eggs
1/2 cup blueberries
A 100 calorie pack of almonds.
A handful of cut up cucumbers with lemon and seasoning.
Oh, and, I almost forgot…I don’t eat lunch without my live salsa. Pretty much fermented veggies. Sounds gross, but it’s the bomb! Full of enzymes and probiotics.
Ooooooooohhhhhhhhweeeeee! Holy protein dinner of champions. Essentially, a sweet egg crepe. I know, so happy right now. I posted this on my Instagram, and it was a hit! I had it for breakfast the other day, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the next time this heavenly treat would once again meet my lips! Sooooo, tonight it is This girl’s gone WILD over here. What’s up with me lately, I swear, it’s allllll about sweet dinners. Oh well, as long as its healthy right?
Ok, this is so simple, and delicious.
5 egg whites
A pinch of Cinnamon
3 drops stevia
1 tbsp low fat cottage cheese
1 tbsp Raw almond butter
1/2 a cut up banana
Roll it up……
Top with chopped almonds and sprinkled with unsweetened coconut flakes.
Go ahead….eat the whole thing.. That’s right, and enjoy every second of it, cuz it’s nothin’ but good for ya! I broke up the amount of nut butter with some cottage cheese in order to reduce the fat content, and add a bit of a softer texture.
What do u think? I think you should eat this tomorrow morning…. It’s really amazing how this is actually in your diet plan. Tastes so naughty!
Vanilla Casein “Panna Cotta”
Same recipe as last nights dessert, except this time with vanilla flavored casein. I couldn’t wait for it to thicken up in the fridge, so I put it In the freezer for 10 minutes, or until panna cotta consistency. This is by far, my favorite meal of the day… My ” before bed” treat. My muscles will be happy;)
On a fitness note:
I managed to pull out a quick core exercise with my Lebert equalizer.
Really, it’s more of a full body workout because you are using more than just your core to hold yourself up the whole time.
6 POWER PACKED MOVES TO GET YOU STRONG!
10 STRAIGHT ARM LEG LIFTS
10 KNEE UPS
10 ALTERNATING TWISTS
10 LEGS STRAIGHT. HINGE BACK, AND LIFT UP WITH MEDICINE BALL
** trust me….you will hate me after this. If you don’t own these bars, it’s fine, duh. You can use 2 chairs!
So far, I’m on track with my weekly workout schedule. I’m wearing my polar watch to keep track of my calories burned, and I’m planning my meals ahead of time. How are things going with you guys? Tonight’s agenda: BODYSCULPTING. 1 hour of circuit training, with bands, weights, lunging, crunching,squatting, you name it. I burned 350 right there. Stoked!
After class, me and J. FIT practiced planking on each other. Lol. Check her Facebook page out. It’s fantastic, and full of great info!
Goodness..today is FULL of newness! Lol
I got a new look y’all! What do you think? I got a fringe! Well…”bangs” as we say here in America;)
I was just really getting tired of me look, and working at a salon, you have the advantage to just act on impulse, and say ” eff it, just cut it!”
You see, I wanted a change without cutting off all my hair, so this was a perfect compromise;)
I’ve decided that 70’s fringe is back!
As you know, I just celebrated my 29th birthday. Thank u, thank u…
And in today’s look, I’m sporting prezzies from my besties!
SHORTS: elastic band faux leather hotpants by ZARA (thanks Jules)
TOP: H&M $14.99
SHOES: wedges by Mossimo for target. ( thanks Amy)
Damn….that was a long day…. Me and my fringe are done now;) let me know if you try any of the recipes! I wanna know how it works for you! Xo
My loves!! Hiiiiiiiii Mama’s back! Lol.
Well, San Fran was a total success! So much fun. We were crazy. You know what it’s like when you get together with your closest friends, all hell breaks loose. No, but really. Lol
Let me start off by saying the following:
I apologize for not posting all the meals during this trip, because they were absolutely ridiculous, in a very ” I can’t believe I just pounded that” kinda way.
We got a lot done though!
SHE SAID YES TO THE DRESS…
WE SAID YES TO OUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES…
Lots to catch up on guys.
The three of us flew up together on a Friday night flight, and arrived in San Francisco around 9:30 p.m. Brooke picked us up and we drove to her place in Telegraph Hill. Aka, the cutest apartment EVAaaaaa! We ended up staying up till 1:30 am, drinking red wine and catching up. We passed out in the living room after too much wine. And don’t judge, but, This is how the rest of the nights looked as well. Cheese, wine…cheese, wine…goooooood lord.
I woke up to this beautiful view though. Can’t beat that. Usually when I visit Brooke, I like to wake up super duper early, and go for a run through the city, but there was none of that happening during this trip. Well, I mean, I would of, if it wasn’t for the fact that there had been a crazy rape that happened in the building right across from hers just a week ago. Even though they had caught the guy, I wasn’t comfortable running by myself early. So, to be completely honest, no exercise for me, except for the hours of walking around shopping for bridesmaid dresses.
Check out this heavenly view though…. Ahhhhhh.. You just can’t beat it.
Fresh tulips, and the cute birdcage where Chris placed the ring for the proposal. I know…. Freakin tooooooo cute.
For sleeping on a couch, I’d say I slept pretty damn well. The copious amounts of wine perhaps helped, but hell, I slept in till 8:30. Absolutely unheard of in my books. I woke up the girls and Brooke got to brewing some of San Francisco’s famous Blue Bottle coffee. ( Next time you are in S.F…please try this coffee. It’s STUPID good!) we had a long day of dress shopping ahead of us, some of us got ready, and others helped make breakfast.
The first day and a half, I actually kept it pretty healthy, it was after that, that the pizza, croissants, and Thai food came along….
But, let’s start with this particular morning’s brekkie:
A delicious scramble made up of: Eggs, ( more whites than yolks) chicken sausages from Trader Joes, green onions, and zucchini. Clean breakfast, amazing coffee, overlooking the bay bridge, with your besties. Priceless.
Oh wait….hold up.
Can’t have wedding dress shopping without champagne! Since it wasn’t my turn yet to jump in the shower yet, I figured I’d get the party started with a lil champagne toast. I believe it was almost 11 a.m. So, no, I don’t feel bad. Lol
We luckily got some really beautiful weather. It was so lovely out, I really only needed a light jacket. Lots of walking around today, so I wanted to be comfy. Boyfriend jeans, the best invention ever.
So off we went! First stop: Glamour Closet. This place wasn’t with appointments.
It was a bit more like, first come, first serve.
Let me just say what I’m thinking for a sec…. Why the F*#% would you put a bunch of crazy brides in one room, ( not to mention, their crazy friends and mothers) without appointments. That’s nuts. We walked in, and it was a total shit show. You could tell, these girls had been waiting in line before the shop even opened. “Um, excuse me, but, how long is the wait to try on dresses?”
” About two hours ma’am.”
We decided to put our names down, and come back later.
We have appts. Lady.
This place was funny…. They were known for really great dresses, at cheaper prices. It was all good, until the creepy lady with the mustache came out and made everyone uncomfortable with all her touching.
Brooke would try on a dress, and the lady kept grabbing her as if she was gonna fall off the damn pedestal. Sooo weird. Every time we would come up to touch the dress, she would look at us like ” Can you please, NOT”
Then I got in trouble for taking pictures. Apparently, not allowed. Whoops.
The next location we went to, I can’t really share with y’all… Lets just say… That’s where the magic happened. The girls working there were fantastic, and helpful. She tried on some amazing gowns, and we narrowed it down to two. Eeeeeeeek. This is happening! So happy. After all the excitement, we were starved. We stopped at the nearest restaurant and enjoyed this little beauty. A wedge salad, with diced hard boiled eggs, bacon, and pickles. Not pictured: a side of Parmesan baby broccoli. As you can see, we were still low carbin at this point;) It had been a long day. We were ready to head home. We picked up our girlfriend Natalie, and headed to Trader Joes for some snacks. We had made dinner reservations at 8, but by the time we realized, ” oh, shit, we need to start getting ready!” It was 7:30 and we had consumed 3 blocks of cheese. Talk about a snack ATTACK!
I just realized at that point, that wine is a trigger for me. Wine = snacking= no self control.
So we flaked on dinner, and decided to go out on the town for a bit.
This is Natalie. Finally , the crew was in full.
These girls…. Nothing I wouldn’t do for them, nothing they wouldn’t do for me. My birthday’s coming up next week, and Alicia’s was last week, so this was a celebration weekend. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had all my friends in one place to celebrate my birthday
In our younger days, going to the bars was something we loved to do. Lol. Now, we tend to not be sooo into it. We walked into a mellow little bar in town, had a beer or two, had some laughs ( no cute boys). It wasn’t that it was boring, but I think we’ve become more homebodies as we’ve grown up.
Natalie wanted to check out some other spots, but as we walked out, we realized all we wanted to do, was go eat and go home like old ladies. Lol it was now like 12:30 so our only option was Thai food , really. Trust me, I wasn’t complaining. Love me some Thai.
The next mornin, we were up ready to go! We had lots of bridesmaids shopping to do. We decided to go have brunch at cafe Divine.
It was such a pretty day out, we opted for outdoor seating. Not the cutest outfit today. It was all about comfort. Again, lots of walking around, so I threw on my running shoes with leggings and a gap gym zip up. This place served a delicious breakfast. Our poor server was so annoyed with us though…
We are the absolute worst when we get together, I swear. We become so high maintenance. Lol
If its not one thing, it’s another. ” um, excuse me… Do you have almond milk?” ” can you froth it please, oh and extra hot please”
” Can I sub the potatoes for a salad… We’re on low carb:)”
” but can you bring the biscuit it comes with… You know, just in case I’d like a bite to try”
” can you take a picture of us please” ” another one…”
I mean… This is real. Lol we weren’t trying to be high maintenance, it just happens. either way, our breakfast was DIVINE! Omelets, fruit, biscuits, mimosas…the BOMB!
Of we went, we walked through the Chinatown during their rush hour Sunday market, through the tunnel, and into downtown.
They get so over it when I’m constantly taking pictures.
Ahhhhh, downtown San Francisco. I gotta admit, when I first started coming here, I wasn’t the biggest fan, but now, as I explore more of the city, I’ve completely fallen in love with it and everything it had to offer. I mean, look at this little eatery right in the middle of an alley. It’s gorgeous. It reminds me of home. ( Buenos Aires, AR) I could totally live here.
We were looking for a specific color pallet for the bridesmaids… Blush, nude, champagne. The look of the wedding is very, sort of country, so we weren’t looking for something too fancy. They didn’t have to match, as long as we stayed in the pallet. Easy enough. I ended up finding my dress at urban outfitters, of all places. To my surprise, when the girl rang me up, the dress ended up being on like, DOUBLE sale. It was originally $90.00. I payed $28.00!!!! STOKED
Hello bargain! We found Alicia’s dress at Macy’s. it fit her perfect. And although it was more expensive, she used a Macy’s gift card that she had which dropped it down a hundred bucks!
Kelly found her dress at Forever 21. I swear it doesn’t look cheap at all. It’s sooooo pretty!
This is where we had a little problem. We almost got kicked out of Forever 21. Lol. It wasn’t our fault. Obviously as a bride, you want to see how the dresses look on your bridesmaids, duh. Apparently your not allowed to do that there.
Employee: ” ma’am, you can’t stand here”
Brooke: “Huh? ok well then, I’ll try something on”
Employee: ” no you can’t do that, because I saw you just grab whatever. You’re not really trying that on for yourself”
Brooke: ” WTF. R you kidding me? I want to talk to your manager!”
Well, the manager was WORSE. She completely freaked out on Brooke, because she said, we were making her staff feel “uncomfortable” . She had no idea how to handle nor diffuse the situation. We were in the middle of trying on dresses, so we just told her, that if she wanted us out, she could just go ahead and call security. Hello!! I was still freakin naked in the fitting room, crazy lady!
Anyway, she never did, but how embarrassing if we were to have been kicked out of there! Haha
Actually, on my way out, I ended finding my bridesmaid shoes by the register.
I picked them up…perfect color…perfect size… Oh and best part…..get ready!
5 freakin dollars!
I danced my way outta there. BOOOO-YAAAA-ka-SHAAAAA.
That’s how it’s done.
Before heading back to the apt, we went to Cheesecake Factory for lunch on the top level of Macy’s. how bout that view!
Skinny red sangrias all around! The menu said they came with fresh fruit…. So again.. Here it comes….45 minutes back n forth with the waiter about the freakin fruit that didn’t come with it, that should’ve. We just kept laughing at ourselves. We bring out the crazy in each other.
I ordered grilled chicken with grilled asparagus, bruschetta, and arugula. Sounds healthy enough. Problem is, and they ALWAYS do this here, they fill the bottom of the plate with oil! WTF. It was saturated. So weird. I still ate it. Lol, along with their famous brown bread. no one fought the waiter when he put down that basket. Lol. I was not hating on the bread this weekend!
Our last night together was so fun! We, of course shared some amazing wine, ordered a huge pizza and cracked ourselves up all night! The bride to be’s BLING!
The next morning would be our last day in San Francisco. Originally we had planned to drive to the venue, check it out, have lunch there, and drive back, but we had to be at the airport by like 4:30. We figured it would be cutting it close, since it would’ve taken us 1 hour & 1/2 to get there. We were hoping to get a call from Novella ( the bridal boutique where she found her two faves) to see if we could stop back in to try them on one more time before heading to the airport. Do you see this right now!? This is how we pack for three days…as if we were going to another country for 2 wks. Mess.com
A slow wake up on our last day….
We were sooo stoked when we heard from the bridal shop! They told us to come in at 3:00. And since we had already found everything else we needed, today was gonna be chill. We went for a walk around town looking for a nice breakfast spot. For some reason most places in North Beach don’t open till 11. So strange. We found a great lil Italian joint open, and walked in at the perfect time. 10 minutes later it was PACKED! Ok, last food pic of the trip. Check out that croissant! Naughty girl. Done n done. After a lazy walk back home from breakfast, we packed up our suitcases. Ugh, this trip was perfect. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. We took a bottle of crisp Italian wine up to the rooftop, enjoyed the view, and shared crazy stories for a couple hours before going back to Novella. Once there, we decided to just grab a couple more dresses to try on. You know, just to make sure. All of a sudden the two that we thought were “it”, now were just a memory. She decided against both of them. Low and behold came a JEM! A gorgeous dress that we came across last minute. We all knew…. This is “IT!”
SHE SAID “YES” TO THE DRESS!
Today, I woke up feeling refreshed. Maybe cuz I allowed a bit of extra sleep-in time. First things first… Coffee. Espresso with almond milk to be exact. The fave in the house. You guys seriously, get a Nespresso Pixie with the froth. I’m not kidding, one of my Prized possessions. I finished off the last two cookies from the batch;)
Then made my 3rd green smoothie of the week since I purchased the Vitamix. It’s FANTASTIC. I can’t wait to make some soups in there, since its been cold, cozy weather lately over here in LA. Yes, the freakin thing actually heats up to make soup, because the blade is soooo strong, and creates a friction. Pretty crazy.
Loving my new paper straws from Paper Source. Aren’t they the cutest!
best Green Protein smoothie/shake
The workday today was super busy, so I really didn’t have time to take pics of lunch and snacks. For some reason I’ve been super hungry the last couple days. All I want to do is snack all day. Ugh. Do you guys ever have days like that? So annoying. At least, FINALLY, the chocolates are gone from the staff room! They were the devil. No more holiday sweets Puuuuuleeease, I’m soooo over that shit.
My lunch was a BIG ass salad, with everything you could think of in it.
– egg whites
– Swiss chard
– goat cheese
– pumpkin seeds
Really, no lie, HUGE.
My snacks today were:
– roasted seaweed snacks from trader’s
– a guava
– kale chips
– a handful of raw walnuts
Such a snacks lady today… Ugh just get me to Zumba already.
Class wasn’t till 8:30 p.m. So I got to relax at home with Willy for a couple hours before class. Since I knew 9:30- 10 p.m is wayyyy to late to eat, I reheated my latest creation for dinner:)
I call them my ” Pink Magic Mushrooms”
They are soooo freakin good, and sooo hearty. The texture of the portobello makes you think your having a big ol’ slab of meat, when really, you’re having something super lean. That’s why I luvvv em’. These, I stuffed with rainbow chard,( my fave, and hence, the pink color) garlic, skim cheeses, onion, Greek yogurt, and some other super goodness!
I’ll mos def be sharing this recipe soon, with lots of way better pics;)
They kinda look crazy.
Perfect appetizer for, oh I dunno….maybe Valentines day…. Into it.
Ok, so today…I finally received the package I have been so anxiously awaiting….my new at-home, food photography studio;)
Most of you know that I’ve been really trying to improve my ” no f*%#ing lighting in my house situation” so I was super excited to get home and rip through this box. Yeayyyyyyyy! Finally:)
This this is the whole kit.
The CowboyStudio photo soft box light tent.
Ok, looks good….
4 chroma key backdrops, ok, right….
The lighting kit…yup…
Ohhhhh, n then….this happens.
Yeah, I know, didn’t look that damn big all coiled up. Gooood lord.
Let me remind you, this is suppose to be to photograph food, not to be able to photograph a freakin party scene in there. I swear you could fit 3 effing people in there.
Ughhhhhhhh. This is when I hate surprises…
There is no freaking way I can keep this. I mean, look at it, it takes up the whole living room.
All I could do was laugh. I looked at the receipt from amazon..
And of course, I said, right on there. 40 inches.
Dumb ass didn’t see that. Whoops. So, I looked up the return policy, and turns out, since it was not their error, I’ve got to eat the shipping cost. Womp wooooooomp.
Whatever, get this thing out!
It took my 20 minutes to figure out how to coil it back up to the tiny little bag it came in.
I gotta go online mañana and order the right size.
Now, I was really ready to sweat out some frustration. 8:00 rolled around, so I took off to Zumba. A couple of girlfriends met me there from work to take the class as well, so tonight was extra fun! We went alllll out! This class is phenomenal…
I, of course wore my Polar watch and transmitter to measure my heart rate, calories burned, and to track my fitness goal for the week.
689 calories burned!
WHAAAAAAAAAAT! that’s what I needed. I’ve never sweat so much.
It was Haley’s first time taking the class, and she freakin rocked the house. She picked up all the choreography, like it was her J-O-B!. That’s right gurrrrrrl. So much fun. This is what it’s about, finding something you love, and stickin to it;)
Apart from Zumba, as you know, I just built my at home cutie little gym, so I’m always on the lookout to share some at home workouts ANYONE can get down with. Especially when you don’t have a lot of time.
Here’s a great one to try out. It’s pretty killer.
Along with that… A wheeee bit of motivation to get off you ass;)
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Today started off really crazy! I’m ending my night on the couch as I write this, completely exhausted. Last night, I went to my girlfriends house for dinner, and ended up passing out on her couch while we were watching “Trouble with the Curve”. Good, cute movie, but my eyes apparently could not stay open. I woke up at 2:00 am completely confused. LOL. I had to work in the morning, so I had to get home, plus, there’s nothing like your own bed, you know? So, i grabbed willy and we drove home to get in a few more hours of sleep.
In true Paula fashion…If you know me, than you wouldn’t be surprised, I was up and full of energy at 5:30 a.m.
Now, writing that, makes me feel like a crazy lady. God forbid I sleep in. Geez. It was like someone lit a rocket on my ass. You wouldn’t guess what the hell I was doing that early……… I literally built a gym in my upstairs bedroom.My neighbors probably want to kill me. I was being a loud mess. Oops. Sorry boos:)
Ok, so…Where you see the dressers, is where my bed was (which was a BITCH to move) yup, took the whole thing apart. Lots of noise happening there.
The dressers were on the other side of the room, and SUPER heavy, so, I had to take out all the drawers, move the dressers to the other side, and put all the drawers back in. I was like a machine this morning! Please don’t even look at those hideous blinds…embarrassing. They are coming off soon. Ughh
I pretty much already had most of this equiptment, except for those super dope black gym floor. You wouldn’t believe me when I tell you I got it at ROSS for $16.99. Hello! It was eggggzactly what I was looking for. And you know those places… It’s hit or miss. So I was stoked! I couldn’t wait to get home and actually use it tonight! My energy craze lasted 2 1/2 hours, and I had had enough! I was ready for breakfast.
The Vitamix has been great!! I’ve been making Green drinks every morning. It just really feels good to start my doy with something so clean.
TODAYS GREEN DRINK:
4 dino kale leaves
2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese
1 scoop vanilla protein powder by Collagen Sport
1 cup unsweetened flax milk. (avail. at whole foods)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 packet of stevia
1 tsp PB2
5 ice cubes
A pinch of bee pollen
I’ve also been into making fresh OJ. (I mean, not allll the time, too much sugar) & in my house, nothing goes to waste, you see, so I saved the rinds for maybe making some infused vodka or something. They’re sittin in the fridge, I gotta figure it out soon. This smoothie was my breakfast, actually, quite filling. of course, after the fiasco this morning upstairs, I was also dying for a coffee! So I had an espresso (double shot) with almond milk:)
I thought that I was gonna be totally late to work today, but I was certainly pleasantly surprised to see, pretty much, no cars on the road. I guess people are still outta town or something. The worst part is…I get there almost even early, I check the books, and I have 1 client. ONE freakin client!!!! Can you believe?! So pissed. I figured the salon would be slower today, but c’mon. The good part was, that i got to go get cozy at starbucks, enjoy a skinny peppermint mocha, and blog for a while.
Had lunch around 2. Kinda late for me, but whateves. I was gettin my starbeeez on!
Lunch today was really clean and ummmm sooo good! It looks like roadkill, yes, I know, but everything about it was sooo RIGHT!
Mixed swiss chard
Shredded, stewed chicken breast in broth(recipe coming soon)
Leftover roasted kabocha squash
A little siracha
salt and pepper.
Today dragged, and dragged, and dragged…… I just wanted to get home and try the baby gym out! I got home a little bit early, with no traffic, it was terrific. I quickly put on my warm running clothes and took off wit willy for a one mile warm-up
Then jumped sound, a with a mix of weightl lifting, a bit of dancing and some planks. I wore my heart transmitter and Polar warch to keep track of what I achieved during the workout. An extra 300 calories off my 3250 calorie burn weekly target. yeayyyyy. So far this week, 950 cals burned. Starting the NEW YEAR off right!:)
Dinner was a delicious Protein Plate Egg salad
- Mostly egg whites
- Sauteed with chopped swiss chard
- Salt and Pepper
- Topped with a sprinkle of goat cheese
- and raw pumpkin seeds.
- A bit of siracha
It was the perfect dinner. Not too big, not too much.
The perfect balance of fats, proteins, and greens!
These types of meals, are what we should enjoy every night for dinner for 2013. CLEAN MEALS. I’m not saying that It absolutely HAS to be exactly this, but something like this. Well balanced, clean, and especially if your 2013 resolution is to get fit, then you need all this protein!
It was sooo good!
After dinner, of course I wanted something sweet, so I munched on a World’s Healthiest Cookie that I had I the fridge, and a handful of walnuts & mulberries. I had a little couch potato moment, and enjoyed my new Bon Apetite that arrived in the mail. I still totally LOVE receiving magazines in the mail. I get excited to check everyday, like a kid on christmas day. Such a dork.
Now, no joke, I’m tirrrrrrred! Headed to bed babes, hope you enjoy a fabulous day tomorrow! XO, P
Happy Thursday everyone!
I hope you’ve been enjoying the recipes! I’ve been eating them up like a crazy! Today feels like its been jam PACKED. I had to be at work at 9 a.m. this morning, so, no gym for me. Instead, I busted out the Lebert equalizer, and did a quick 15 min powerhouse circuit. Of course I woke up ready for some yum in the tum I had a a quick breakfast. CG bran crisp bread, with some raw hemp butter, and Nature’s Hollow sugar free preserves. Oh yeah, sprinkled with raw cacao nibs. BOMB.
If you’ve never heard of the Lebert Equalizer, you have NOW! These things are genius. Great for agility training, pull ups, push ups, dips, you name it. They are perfect if you haven’t got the space to do too much. I first heard of them through my girls at Purely Twins. I am so grateful, I immediately ordered them online.
I was dying after! Quick but effective. Strength trading using your own body weight. The only rest is between set one and two. My muscles were burning. Morning sweat sesh… A SUCCESS.
Check out other ways to use this AmAZinG product!!!
After my workout, I was in the mood for a cookie with my coffee. I’ve always been more of a “sweets for breakfast” kinda gal, so when I found this recipe, I knew it was perfect for me! It’s packed full of the perfect blend of carbs, protein, and fat. Mostly protein:) the carb comes from the banana. I will post the recipe soon!! It took all of 15 minutes! Freakin no time!
I had 2 cookies, and hoped in the shower.
Leave it to clients to F*@k up your ROLL!
Today, the salon was FULL of sugar!!
The first one I tried, I put it in my mouth, just to taste, spit it out. It was delicious. Too good. If I had one, it would be over, the batch would be mine….
Well, of course, there were three different types… By the time I tried the 3rd variety, I swallowed.
The “extremist” came out in me, and “moderation” was out of the question, so I walked away after 2.
Ok… 2 1/2;)
I wore my cute little bracelet today that I found at TJ Maxx this weekend. Let me remind you…. $14.99. RIGHT!???
Although today was quite busy, I managed to squeeze in getting my color did. Just my roots. Yes I have grey…not much, but, no thanks.
I always leave the ends out, I like them lighter. I’m doing the whole hombre thing I guess.
While I processed, I put together my packed lunchie… Queen of the perfect bite, you can imagine my everything-in-one salad!
-1 can wild salmon with lemon, salt, and pepper
-1 tbsp raw salsa
– leftover homemade Zuchinni pasta with sundries tomatoes, pesto, walnuts,and marinated artichoke hearts on top
– a dollop of spicy hummus
Tossed all together= PERFECT BITE
Snacks during the day ( not pictured)
-a small gala apple
– 1 package Trader Joe’s raw almonds
– a small persimmon.
– tbsp almond butter ( right outta the jar)
I’m gonna SCREAM!
Not gonna lie… I had a quarter… Don’t kill me!!
I had to try the new peppermint flavor, duh.
But I mean, c’mon, that’s enough, Paula!.
Sprinkles cupcakes, are by far the best in town. There are still lines outside the damn place!
Ill be doing my second workout of the day tonight, so, not worried. ZUMBA!
After work, i heajded straight To the studio.You may have taken a local Zumba class, maybe at your gym? Well, nothing compares to this class. Taught by Sandy Campanella, a trained dancer at some of the top schools, brings something very special to the table. Great choreography (this ain’t jazzercise), amazing physical challenge,, and always full of energy. I will be doing a whole Q & A with her coming up, so be on the lookout!
Btw, I reckon I burned 500 cals.
Ok, in other news: HUGE NEWS!
My recipe for deep dish Veggie Pizza made it to chowstalker.com
I’m gonna leave you guys today with one of my FAVOTE workouts right now. GET AFTER IT!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
How do you cope with constant sugar prezzies coming your way!???
OK, but really, how gorgeous is this place! If you are a local Angelino, you know that Christmas never really feels like Christmas around our parts. At least we have places like this to escape too just a couple hours away to get that “yesssss, it’s winter” sensation.
I am in love with Big Bear. No joke, I was even checking out some small properties/cabins that were for sale as an investment for my future mountain trips;)
I was gonna drive up Saturday after work, but it ended up getting dark earlier than expected so I postponed leaving till early the a.m. If you’ve ever driven to the mountains, then you damn well know that shit is scary at night. Lots of winding sharp turns and blind spots. Yeah. Not a great idea. I woke up at 5 a.m on Sunday morning packed up the car, grabbed Willy, made myself an espresso with almond milk and stevia and took off. I drove to my parents house to first drop off willy and pick up the directions mom left to the cabin. Mom and 3 of her best girlfriends and their daughters had gone ahead of me sat morning. I couldn’t wait to get there. I stopped and got gas (finally the prices are dropping) and was ready for the 2 1/2 hour drive. I have to admit, that I actually like going on little road trips alone, I don’t mind driving alone.. I listened to Christmas music all the way there! Haha. So annoying, I know. I had my coffee, I was relaxed and STOKED!
I arrived to the cabin finally around 8:45a.m. All the girls greeted me at the door, and the shenanigans began.
Mom cooked a mean breakfast scramble ( eggies, turkey, spinach) along with fresh blueberries, mixed nuts and cookies. Pretty safe to say, I got carried away with the naughty food at the cabin this weekend. I lost count of all the cookies I ate. Ugh
After a that breakfast of chaps, we are got in our warm clothes and took off for a walk around the lake and up through the forest. It was a gorgeous day, cold, but full of sunshine. Obviously way colder at night. Poor mom and friends slept with no heater on Saturday night. Apparently it broke. Of course it did. Story of our lives.
The neighborhoods were stunning
I saw this old tractor next to this little cabin that was for sale. I just loved this, so I had to snap a pic
We looked crazy, as we walked, we realized that we just had way too many clothes on. I started breaking a sweat. Which now in looking back, probably not a bad thing since I hadn’t worked out and had devoured practically a box of cookies. Look at us….We looked like a bunch of tourists looking for pine cones.
Of this beautiful house….. Hello, I could get into this. Look at this fantasy. Total dream cabin. Definitely not one of the properties I was looking to buy, but, hey, I can wish.
We went back to the cabin after a few hours out and started to prepare lunch. They were planning on leaving this day like 3:00, so as to miss the traffic coming back home. I was staying the night so that I could get up early Monday and snowboard.
Lunch consisted again of naughty food. And really the only reason why it was naughty was because I can’t just have a bite of it, one cookie , it had to be practically a bag of chips, cheese and salami on saltines, hot dogs etc. can we say, GUILTY? Maybe if I practiced self control, I could have a small portion and it wouldn’t make a difference. But nooooooo.
Once they packed up and left, I cracked a bottle of wine and caught up on my new Bon appetite magazine. I knew that I had to fall asleep with a movie on because I was already a bit nervous knowing that I was in a cabin alone in the middle of the woods. Whatever, I was into it. I watched Meet Joe Black, and immediately passed out.;)
I woke up super early (shocker) had a quick breakfast of cottage cheese, blueberries and a persimmon, locked up the cabin and headed to the resort to get a few hours of snowboarding in. The lifts didn’t open till 8, so I went and hung out a local coffee shop and chilled.
Bear mountain on this particular day was really dry. Only like 2 lifts were open, and the snow was almost non-existent. I only ended up riding two hours, and decided to come home.
On the way home I stopped off at the famous Charlie Brown Farms. I don’t remember the last time I was here, but this place is a hidden gem! It is located off of Pearblossom hwy.
They are most famous for their beef jerky,jams & jellies, hot sauces, pickles, nuts & fudge. You name it, they’ve got it, and homemade! I ended up buying persimmons (duh) super cheap, stocking up on loads of different raw nuts and seeds, some fresh habanero goat cheese and some bone sucking hot mustard! Happy as a clam.
Just another block up, I spotted this small, run down thrift shop on the side of the road, well, really it looked more like a junkyard or a garage sale, so in pure Paula form, I chomped at the bit. I love places like this. Someone’s trash is always someone else treasure. I found some great silver pieces and some vintage plates. Perfect for setting up a great food photo. I’m so into that right now.
Question of the day:
Do you ever shop at second hand stores?
Sooo, WTF… OK, so you know that I took that BRIKAM class last night right? Well, have you ever in your life taken a class at 10 p.m for an hour and 1/2?? yeah, well, try sleeping after that. You would think that it would be easy peazy right? WRONG!!!! The absolute worse! I couldn’t fall asleep till 3 f*@k*ng A.M. My adrenaline was too strong to be able to pass out. Not to mention, the pain that started to develope in my neck and lower back!
You guessed it. With the combo of all those “I’m not feeling good in this posishhh” back bends, not being able to sleep and finally passing out on the couch, I woke up with a total body HANGOVER! I woke up at my normal time, 5:15, and could barely move.
Wow, this is really gonna be a good day. I decided by 8:00 a.m that it was not worth the pain being on my feet all day at work. So, I stayed home. I took 3 IB profins and passed out. woke up and began icing on and off every 20 mins.
My Mom has worked in physical therapy for many years now, and we’ve come to learn that this icing technique, along with rest, stretching,anti-inflammatories, and massage is the best way to heal. It’s the truth, and you’ll thank me later:)
Anyway, after laying on the couch for what seemed to be a lifetime (I played around with my new ipad;) I decided to get up and try to get a few things done. I leave for BIG BEAR with Mom and a few of our family girlfriends this weekend, so I thought i would just start getting ready for that.
well….that didn’t end up happening, instead, my friend Jules texted and said “if your around later, I’m roasting a whole chicken, I’m craving lots of protein”
I was there within the 1/2 hour;)
I was feeling a bit better at this point, so when I got there, we made some espressos and got to girlchattin.
Oooo-mmm-ggggg… just take a look at this amazing flower! she got them at Trader’s! Can you believe?
So cheap, but gorgeous!
She ended up sending me home with one of them (lucky girrrl)
Don’t know if I’ve told you guys, but she is an amazing baker. Her old boss still orders tons of cakes from her. Check out these perfect Vanilla Bean Rum Cakes. wooooooooozaaaaaa
She recently had a girl come to her door selling a monthly service of organic produce delivery. Genius, right? Twice a month they drop off a box of whatever is in season. I think I might do it too. The only problem is, and we started becoming hesitant, is that we live along, and it ends up being a bit much for just one person. I hate wasting and I have a feeling some stuff would go bad within a few days. SUCKS. But like I said, “lucky Girl that I am” Jule’s sent me home with some gorgeous fruits and veggies, because, seeeeeeeeee, she knew it wouldn’t all last.
Everytime I go over there, I become fascinated with her stunning china.
Served with a little leftover roasted squash.
And, you know I’m loving the white tree action lately, so, here she is:)
QUESTION OF THE DAY?
What’s your fave way to roast a chicken?
So excited to announce the launch of the new Sassoon collection “Downtown”. Just like in fashion we have collections that come out to the public every spring/summer, autumn
/winter, and a mid season. It’s a very exciting time for hairdressers all around the world who are avid followers of Vidal Sassoon, but especially for us who work for the company.
Generally, the concepts for the new collections come from our international team based out of London. Our international creative director, Mark Hayes does a great job of really listening to the teams from all of the Sassoon salons for inspiration.
For every collection that launches, every team has an evening where we all get together, usually a Wednesday after work, and display the new looks inspired from the collection on our own models. New techniques, new colors, and with the looks being pretty avaunt guard, we make sure to find models who are seriously open for big changes, that is the exciting part!
Hair, great hair, can really build an image for someone. These looks are usually pretty bold and daring and can really put someone’s confidence to the test. So we try to find people who will rock some amazing looks .
My model, Ruth, was adorable . She had recently moved here from London, and was very familiar with the Sassoon model/haircut set up. She was super cool and open to whatever I wanted to do. Blank canvas. Ahhhhhhhh, that is the best. Let me know what you guys think??
She said the only thing she wanted me to know, was that she was horrible at styling her own hair (she doesn’t own a hair dryer) and wanted something with no fuss. My kinda girl, it’s funny, I’m a hairdresser yet, I never style my own hair, meaning I always make sure my haircuts have no at-home maintenance. You see, I have wavy hair, so If it’s cut right, I can just let it air dry out of the shower, and it looks great.
Well, her texture was pretty similar to mine, so it was fun seeing how her hair was moving and adapting as we cut it.
Everyone did a great job, and the air felt creative! Some great looks came out of tonight.
Since I was really tired and busy this morning, I skipped my ritual Wednesday morning workout and figured I could stop at the gym on my way home. Ugh, I hate working out at night. I’m definitely a morning sweat sesh type person, so I was already annoyed about that, plus it was now 7:30 pm. It was a long day.
Wellllllllllllll……a couple of the girls at work are into Bikram yoga and mentioned that they were going to a class later on that night. I was thinking ” what the hell time is this class?.”
Turns out….. Yeah, 10 freakin PM!!! I’m usually asleep by then, like a total G-ma, but I was determined to get some kind of workout in, so It took everything in me to agree to go. You know how it is. When you get home from work, all you wanna do is get cozy, watch your favorite show, catch up on stuff, eat a nice meal and pour a glass of wine. I swear I almost passed out tired waiting to leave the house. It would’ve been a lot easier if we had done the 8p.m class, but nooooooo.
Those of you who are not familiar with Bikram yoga,
Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s. Bikram Yoga sessions run for exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (≈ 40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%, and is the most popular form of hot yoga (a series of yoga poses done in a heated room).
Ok so, I have to admit, yoga has never been my thing or on the top of my training list. I maybe just haven’t found the right fit, as far as the style of yoga of the right teacher for me, but I keep trying. I do feel good after class but I do think this particular class is too long. 90 minutes. Also I think that I wasn’t in the right mind frame, especially with it being so late for me. I also felt like this style of practice focused a lot more on breathing techniques and flexibility poses. We were doing lots of back bending type stuff, that I don’t think I should’ve been doing seeing as it was only my second class ever. Sometimes are bodies are just not conditioned to be bent backwards, you know.(my neck was killing me after) What I’m trying to say is that, I think I’m just more of a ” I need to be jumping around like a crazy, or lifting like a beast type person” but I do know this, if you are like me,
It isimportant to vary the way you train. Add a day of a good stretching class, a low impact yoga or Pilates sesh wouldn’t hurt. We are all guilt of not always being aware of stretching after a workout, slowing down and focusing more on the breath, and taking more time to adjust your form and posture.
Like any workout, I think that yoga doesbring something really good to your life, especially for the everyday. How many times have you accidentally caught yourself in the mirror with the worst posture? Huh? Or realized you were sticking your stomach out as if you had a food baby? Yoga is something that helps to encourage better alignment and a stronger sense of being centered.
With all that preaching, I’ve decided I am more of a Core Power yoga type rather than the Bikram type.
hey guys, I have been PIN crazy lately! Since I’ve decided to re-do the upstairs master (the only bedroom;)) I have lost my shit on PINterest ever since. Hours spent looking for ideas on layouts, furniture, lighting, etc. I don’t even know where to start. When I moved in 2 years ago, I didn’t have a vision. It was about just gettin everything in the there so I could be done with it.
Let me give you a lil history… I was living with my bestie Amy in Hollywood 3 years ago. We were both single and enjoying it. I met a guy, we ended up becoming quite serious, fast. I was pretty much spending most of my time at his house, which was effin far….Santa clarita. Where my parents are. I would drive from his house 3-4 days a wk to Beverly Hills for work, which ended up being 3 1/2-4 hours a day in traffic there and back. Gooood lord. I know, the things we do for love. sighhhh.
Anyway, at some point, around 6 months of dating, somehow we decided and thought it would be easier to move in together. So, the search began. It was a really exciting time. We would stay up late looking for houses. We were mostly looking in the valley because we wanted something in the middle. He worked in Woodland Hills and I in B.H. After a few weeks of checking out places that we felt no connection to, we spotted a lil GEM. On craigslist. Gorgeous 3 bedroom country style home with a pool, a white picket fence and last but not least, a red door! my god, she was a beauty. ONE PROBLEM. It was in Santa Clarita. Further than I wanted by faaaaaaarrrrrr!. I tried to put that house out of my mind and keep looking, but for some reason , it kept coming back to haunt us. One day while J was at work, I decided, Hell, why not just see what it looks like in person. Yeah. I was in love. It was on the cheaper side because it was located at the end of a dirt road, that when in rained, you didn’t know if you would be able to get the hell outta there in the morning. I didn’t care. I wanted country.
We ended up getting this great house. Beautiful. All of the bedroom furniture I had, went into the guest bedroom. It was a full size bed, what did you expect. We bought a wonderful tempurpedic mattress and bed frame , (we both had back problems) that I dream about. (He bought it, so he kept it)lol. We were only in that house 3 months before the relationship took a turn south.
2 years ago to the day, I left, and there went that fabulous bed. Obviously there went everything really. I’m not gonna get into why i left. (I don’t think he would appreciate that) but it was a very sad day…I chose to move forward full force. A few hiccups in the road of course. I found an apt in a great area, just over the canyon from my work. At the time quite a few of my friends were in the same area, so it really did help while I was figuring out my life. Single again. It was weird.
Have you guys ever been in a relationship that got so serious so fast and just ended so abruptly?? like.. BOOM, move on?
Anyway, at the time I didn’t want to get new furniture because I just didn’t have a clue what style I wanted. Plus, anytime you move, it’s an expense and I had no cash leftover. womp woooomp. Little by little, things started to come together. It wasn’t sush a mish mosh. I was calling it eclectic:) I was buying pieces one at the time.I painted all the walls white.(it really helps if you don’t have that much light coming through, to do that instead of a color that will drown out the brightness) I mounted my t.v in the living room which totally opened up the room, got a lrg FAB couch, and a great cozy area rug. Sometimes the hardwood everywhere tends to feel a bit stark to me, and I like the cozy vibe. I must share pics of the down stairs. I’m proud:) The bedroom on the other hand, It’s embarrassing. It’s the most awkward layout ever. It’s huge but in the long kinda way. Somewhat disproportioned.
I will post pics of the layout, In the meantime, since I’ve been PIN crazy, I’ve found lots of great ideas and options for similar spaces. YEAY, there is hope. Now I just gotta save dollllasss, to start with a new bed. By the way, how the EFF am I supposed to do with all my old stuff. I can’t get all that furniture down the stairs?? What do people do?? HELP!
ok here it goes:) Just a few ideas out of many, but these are the faves for bed and office. I’m also gonna have my little home gym on the opposite side of the room in from of the mirrors. That’s gonna be a whole other project though. Please feel free to leave your thoughts! I love your comments and they do sincerely help!
Thanks for listening to my semi-dramatic story:)
Question of the day:
What are some of the ways you manage to lunge forward and not look back?