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Creamy Chicken Chili recipe…& my new FAVE 40 calorie snack!!!!

In At home cooking, clean food, new faves, polar, popular recipes, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday On March 6, 2014 11 Comments

Happy hump day babes!!! So far the week has been quite busy, and I’ve been fortunate enough to squeeze in some really amazing workouts as well. I’ve only had a few days this month where my feet have flared up. Thank you geeeezuzzz! ( if you don’t know, I had to quit Zumba sadly due to gnarly foot pain) I’ve been powering through, and avoiding too much pressure and compression on my lil tootsies. It’s been fun though getting creative in the gym I must say though.

Anyway, last week we had an actual rainy and semi-cold weekend ( for LA, LOL) which inspired this next recipe! Finally, I’m sharing a SAVORY recipe! Whattttttt!?!?!? I know, not my usual…but I think it was time, don’t you!? So with that cozy weather last week….I was in need of a hearty, protein rich soup.

One night, while pinning….I came across a recipe that inspired this baby. Of course….I had to do some adjustments;) I wish I could give a shoutout to the chickie who originally posted this on Pinterest…but paper entry I didn’t pin it. Hmmm weird.

Here it is…in all it’s EFFIN glory! This recipe makes quite a large batch, so I would either: FREEZE IT…OR PORTION IT OUT FOR A WEEK OF MEAL PREP!
It will have 5-6 servings, although I calculated it for 5 servings… I like big portions;)

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Creamy Chicken Chili
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Large chicken breasts. ( I use organic/free range)
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 small can Ortega fire roasted green chillies
  • 3 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4-5 cups chicken broth (I use Low Sodium)
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup white beans (I used Trader Joes Organic Great Northern beans in can)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 4oz fat free cream cheese or lite neufchatel cheese
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • ¼-1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Optional: grated monterrey jack cheese or cojita cheese & broken up tortilla pieces.

Instructions
  1. In a dutch oven or lrg soup pan, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil.
  2. **Add in chopped onions
  3. **Add in 2 chicken breasts on med heat
  4. **Soften onions & sear chicken breast
  5. **Add minced garlic
  6. **Add chicken broth
  7. **Add all spices
  8. **Bring that to a boil.Once boiling…turn knob to SIMMER.
  9. **Simmer for 15 minutes.
  10. **Remove chicken and SHRED it..throw it back in.
  11. **Add in 4oz fat free cream cheese while on simmer. (It will chunk up, just keep stirring and removing lumps.
  12. **Add in corn
  13. **Add in ½ cup of the beans whole & the other ½ cup of the beans blended with a couple tbsp of your broth. This adds thickness and creaminess to the chilli.
  14. **Add juice of ½ a lime
  15. Simmer for 10 more minutes.
  16. Top with an extra squeeze of lime, fresh cilantro, and cheese:)

Notes
There are 5 servings in this recipe. 1 serving is 237 calories.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 237 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 13 Sugar: 3 Protein: 28

 

Here’s a shot of most of the major ingredients…. I forgot to show the fat free cream cheese, but it’s in there. 4 oz of it. It’s super easy to make. Soup is the absolute best! You literally throw shit in a pot….and viola!!!
Also…feel free to add SPICE! As spicy as you would like…amazeballz. Also…I usually make my recipes really low carb…and I promise this is still under my “good carb guidelines”
These beans are high in protein, and there is only ONE CUP of them in the whole recipe. Get into it. Byeeeeee

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I topped it with grated low fat Monterrey Jack cheese, a squeeze of lime, and fresh chopped cilantro. OMMMMMGGGGGGGG. I’ve been eating this ishhhh for 4 freakin days, and I’m still not sick of it:) lol
Seriously… Make this ASAP! Oh…especially if you’re in the mid west or east coast..where it’s fuckinnnnn COLD!!!!!
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Ok, moving on to “WHAT PAULA ATE WEDNESDAY” when I say Wednesday…. I mean errrrrrredayyyyy
Yep. I am sooooo ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with my 40 calorie Thin Slim Foods vanilla & Cinnamon cookies!!! I mean 40 CALORIES! They are dense and filling and DELICIOUS!!!! #cantstopwontstop
If you don’t believe me… Purchase here..try for yourself…and you will thank my ass. Fo realllzzzzzz. I literally bought everything this company had available, no joke.
HERE, You can see the nutrition facts, and how they are so low carb, (2 net carbs) and such little calories.
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I don’t just share food, I promise. Not that it’s that cool for you….but I like to share my fresh flowers. I flower shop each week, and always change out the water… Lol. It’s a hobby. Spring forward…..
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This week, I’m also proud to announce…my POLAR WATCH has Made a comeback in my life. Lol. I went big yesterday;) if you’re looking for a heart rate monitor…the FT60 is a great buy! It’s mid range affordable…and is suuuuupppper accurate! I’d invest in one, if you’re into it.
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Have I told you lately how much I LOVEEEEE my salon!? Ugh…. #thiscourtyard is my heaven when I have a break. Lol. Just a lil daytime nap time. ;) this was me yesterday during my lunch break.

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Come visit me at Román Salon for a fab new do;)
Can you spot me in there?… ;)
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I always end my posts with a little inspiration/motivation. I need to keep this in mind…like, everyday. Remember….you can’t out excessive a bad diet. Slow down, enjoy WHOLE foods, and drink lots of water. ;)

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Have a wonderful rest of your week, try out this recipe and pin it!!!! Lol
Love uuuuuuuzzzz

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Wednesday eats..Thursday treats.

In Breakfast, clean food, Fact of the day, fashion, polar, Reviews, thursday things, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, willy, zumba On May 10, 2013 0 Comments

Happy Thursday fit friends!! Not much to report today, but I honestly feel crazy if I don’t catch y’all up! My FF2F 50 days clean eats/no cheats is going really well! Well into it now, and I feel fantastic… Ok, I must tell you though…I have had some wine, oh and maybe a margarita….buuuuuuuut I’ve so so balanced lately, don’t I don’t consider that a cheat. Whatever, judgers. ;)

Anyway…my typical breakfast…. Egg whites are ALWAYS up in there. This was yesterday….

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Egg white scramble with sautéed kale, red peppers, no salt organic turkey slices, green onion, and a bit of Homeboy Salsa. I always buy homeboy products because I LOVE what the company stands for, and of course, super duper tasty. This non-profit organization, Homeboy Industries, provides rehabilitation services and job training to ex-gang members and announced the launch of its first consumer products, salsa and tortilla strips, for sale through mass-distribution at over 256 Ralphs locations across Southern California. Pretty incredible. Please take a moment to watch this video to understand truly who incredible they are!

Bottom line: HUGE FAN.

 

My morning read. Women’s Health Magazine. Pretty much, the best FIT read out in my opinion. I especially HAD to have it when I read the front cover…”BEST ABS EVER!” as I stood in line at Target the other day. WTF, are you kiddind, YES PUUUULEAAAZZZEEEEEE!!!!!!Hardest part of my body to define, by far. ugh.

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I taught Zumba yesterday morning at 10:30, so I made sure to eat that bomb ass breakfast early enough that it wouldn’t come back up as I danced my ass off.

REMINDER: If you do Zumba, PLEASE allow at least 1 hr of full digestion before coming to class……lol

What I generally do, is bring a protein packed snack for after class. Not gonna lie, I could eat a COW after class. You would feel the same if you took my HIGH-OCTANE class. 700 calories in 1 hour. Yeah….I thought so….

My AFTER CLASS MEAL:

Low salt low fat Cottage cheese by Lucerne

Organic RAW hemp seeds

fresh fruit

PB2 (best product everrrrr..game changer)

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Sweaty Netty after class. Selfie in the car. I always get so embarrased taking car selfies. LOL. I wait till all cars have passed by me, and then I go to town!! Almost crashing or running red lights. See what bloggers do to get this out to you!? Geeezzzzz. ;)

My morning class killed it!!! So proud of the girls.

 

 

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I love seeing the dedication from these women, some of them take zumba everyday! Pretty incredible, I gotta say!

I found my new motto…

LIKE A BOSS!

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The rest of Wednesday was mellow, did a couple private clients (haircuts, that is) and came home to make this gorgeous multi colored salad. Simple, but full of protein. I try to take in around 25 grams of protein each meal.

LUNCH:

Kale

2 hard boiled eggs (mostly whites)

2 slices no salt turkey slices

Cherry tomatoes

Grapes

Sesame seeds

Olive oil/lemon/apple cider vinegar

Salt & pepper.

Thebomb.com seriously.

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FINALLY made it to the dog park on Mulholland. Been wanting to take Willy there, but never could find the damn place. Anyway, as expected, Willy was not interested in playing with any dogs and was stuck to me like white on rice. No joke.
Mr. anti social over here.
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He ran around a bit, but it was pretty forced. Lol. He got in the car and was panting and closing his eyes like he had just had this “amazing workout”…. But I mean, really. Homeboy barely ran a lap. Haha.;)

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Tonight’s ZUMBA class was on fire!!! They killed it! The verdict on the polar heart rate monitor: A whopping 664 calories! Sweat like a beast, and worth every second of it!
After class, to participate in my friend’s 30 day squat challenge, we did 250 squats. NO LIE! I’m dying…. Although never tired enough to not pose for some dance studio SELFIES! Lol.
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I mean…so much awkward posing happening here. I can’t help but share;)

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Practicing our sickest TLC pose…. RIP Lisa “left eye”
Whoop whoop.
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This week in #STYLE:

Your next recommended purchase….

These amazing sandals by: REPORT

BUY THEM HERE!

Wore them all damn day today at the salon, and no complaints. Got loads of compliments on them and they are SUPER cute! They match everything too for the summer! Yipeeeeee.
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YOUR FACT OF THE DAY….. THIS ISH IS CRAYYYYZY.
had no clue……

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And now……. Go ahead.

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XOXO……P

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ZUMBA CERTIFIED Y’ALL!

In At home cooking, clean food, life, polar, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, zumba On April 6, 2013 2 Comments

I have an announcement y’all!!!
Since we’ve last spoke….

I am now officially ZUMBA CERTIFIED!!!
After nine hours of dancing my lil heart out in San Diego….. I got my certification! Woooooohooooooo;)

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9 hrs in the same freakin room. Thank god I brought lunch and snacks. The whole experience was super fun! Yes it was long, but actually enjoyable. Mostly dance, and some PowerPoint.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with ZUMBA, and the bright colors all the ZUMBA folk wear, right?
Well, I never thought I would be “that” instructor… ( I’m usually in black or grey) but, I gotta tell ya, I lost my ZUMBA shit in there! Lol. I came home with purple and teal pants, fluorescent sports bras, bright orange headband, weird “party time”bracelets… I got home and literally started laughing out loud at myself. I’m kindaaaaa feelin’ it though. ;)
IT’S OFFICIAL….

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Ok, so some of you may have already seen this pic if you follow me on instagram, but I just had to share…. I am sooooo damn sick of turkey it’s ridiculous. The other day I roasted a 12 lb turkey at 5:00 am. ( no bigs, just what I do) as part of my week meal prep. Well, after 30 minutes of carving the freakin’ thing, I thought to myself.. ” hmmmm, maybe 12 lbs was a bit big” NOOOOOOOO, really???? I have been eating turkey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for like 4 days, and I wanna scream. It’s really delicious….but seriously c’mon.

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Surprise, surprise…. Turkey for breakfast.
Along with my new fave Ezekiel bread topped with raw nut butter and Natures Hollow raspberry sugar free syrup. ( sounds weird, but yumsville)

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Ooh, and I just taught my first class!!! But before heading out, I made a protein shake for after class, obviously knowing I would be starved afterwards. ( Usually what happens to me after working out intense for an hour…bottomless pit syndrome)

1 packet About Time strawberry whey protein
1 handful Swiss chard
1 tbsp fromage blanc
1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder
Organic blueberries
Organic raspberries
Silk 30 cal unsweetened almond milk
Filtered water
Udo’s choice probiotic pill.

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My class was AMAZING! Love my students and my supporters. Tonight’s class came with a surprise… SPARTOS for everyone! Yessss! So stoked my class got to enjoy some of that amazing protein water that I love so much.

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My fellow instructors who have helped me soooo much during this training process! Love u Amigas. They came and took my first class. Ahhhh, love them so much, their energy made me go even more FULL OUT!

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#1 it’s called Flex Friday…. #2: we just like to pose in front of the mirror, while we’re sweating like criminals on the run.

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My RA-RA Team…. Hype girls. Lol

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Thank you SPARTOS, and thank you amazing ladies for all your positive energy! I wore my Polar ft60, and we burned over 750 calories in 1 single hour! That’s what I call a WORKOUT! All the while, having loads of fun!

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Seriously, a really great week! Stoked to share with you guys. I’m a happy girl;)
Especially after receiving these;) aweeeeee

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Celebrating with friends! A bit of a cheat, but don’t judge;) you know I love me some Mexican food. Oh, and duh, a bomb ass margarita!

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Happy, happy, happy!! I wish you all could come take my ZUMBA class!!!

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Lovin you all….
P

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Weekend MASH-UP<3

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

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

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

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

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

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

My harbinger workout gloves

My blender mixer bottle

Filled with BCAA+g of course

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

Oh, and a reallllly good sports bra! A must

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

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

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

cauliflower

Onions

Cilantro

Parsley

Swiss chard

Strawberries

Grapefruit

Tomatoes


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

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

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We had the best margaritas! Fresh cucumber margiessss!

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

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

I SLEPT IN TILL 10:30!!!!

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

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

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

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Little Wilbur came with us! Yipeeeeee;)

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

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

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

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

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

Delicious, light, and low carb.

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

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We roasted:
brussel sprouts
Cauliflower
Baby broccoli
Onions
Zucchini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So this was my dinner/dessert;)

1 scoop Banana smoothie Casein

1 tbsp unflavored gelatin ( to add thickness)

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

1 tbsp pb2

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

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

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

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Ok, enough with last night ;)

TODAY’S EATS:

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

In chocolate bowl:

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

In banana bowl:

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

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

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DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

Cooked in a 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil.

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

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

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

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

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EACH LUNCH CONSISTED OF:

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

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

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Tonight’s DINNER:

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

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Ok, this is so simple, and delicious.

INGRIDIENTS:

The wrap:

1 egg

5 egg whites

A pinch of Cinnamon

3 drops stevia

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The filling:

1 tbsp low fat cottage cheese

1 tbsp Raw almond butter

1/2 a cut up banana

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Roll it up……

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Top with chopped almonds and sprinkled with unsweetened coconut flakes.

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

DESSERT:

Vanilla Casein “Panna Cotta”

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

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On a fitness note:

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

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

6 POWER PACKED MOVES TO GET YOU STRONG!

10 PUSH-UPS

10 DIPS

10 STRAIGHT ARM LEG LIFTS

10 KNEE UPS

10 ALTERNATING TWISTS

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

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

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

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

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Goodness..today is FULL of newness! Lol

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

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

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

TOP: H&M $14.99

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

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

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Goodnight!

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FRESH START to the week & FLAX-BANANA SQUARES RECIPE!

In clean food, cleanse, polar, popular recipes, protein, Uncategorized, zumba On January 28, 2013 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

• 2 cups flax seed meal

• 5 egg whites

• 2 whole eggs

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

• 1 T baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup water

• 2 packets Stevia

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 3 MARINADES are:

1. GINGER/GARLIC/LEMON /RED CHILI

2. GRAINY DIJON MUSTARD

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

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DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

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

MONDAY INSPIRATION:

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Can’t stop, WON’T Stop ;)

In polar, popular recipes, Reviews, Uncategorized, zumba On January 11, 2013 1 Comment

Hello lovely readers! How is everyone? I’m wondering if everyone’s resolutions and goals are on track…. I’m feeling pretty good so far about mine! These last ten days, I’ve been on POINT! although, I’ve been having the gnarliest Mexican food craving, and last night I almost flaked on ZUMBA and running to go gorge on chips, salsa, and oo. margaritas, ugh it sounds soooo good, even now. Seriously, the struggle is real. The point is, that I managed to turn my thoughts of ” Oh hello yesss, I’m about to do werrrrk on some serious mexi” to ” EFFFF yesss, I’m about to dance my ASS off, and fell amazing!”

Thursday started off really nice, and slowwwww that is. It’s been soooo cold, that I just can’t seem to want to get up. Even to pee for god’s sake. Sooo cold! So not into that. Once I finally got up, I went straight into the kitchen, still half asleep, and made my cup of coffee. Managed to get some work done on the computer, which I desperately needed to get done, since I knew it was a super busy day at the salon, and I wouldn’t be able to step away to even read emails.

My favorite time of day, is morning. This is when I get most of my inspiration for recipes, willy is the cuddliest, and I get to enjoy my candles in my robe and slippers. I LOVE IT.
As you are aware of my eating schedule, you already know that I wake up absolutely STARVED as soon as I wake up, so, I took my iPad into the kitchen, and looked for something yummy and healthy to make for breakfast;)

As I did my ritual of flipping through my favorite blogs, sippin on coffee, when I came across a super ft breakfast idea from fellow fit blogger, blogilates. She had a recipe of an über healthy, yummy looking muffin, that was literally cooked right in the microwave.
The INGREDIENTS are 5 things!
Mine unfortunately doesn’t look as pretty, but hey, you can’t win em’ all, huh?

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I gotta admit, I actually quite enjoyed it, and knowing how clean it was, I enjoyed it even more! ;)

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INGREDIENTS:

- Less than 1/4 cup quick oats

- 1 egg

- 1 tbsp almond milk

- a handful of blueberries

- 1 packet of stevia

These were her instructions, which I pretty much followed to a T.

Place in the microwave for 1 min. Watch it carefully! This could overflow!
If the muffin top does not look firm, place back in 30 sec at a time.
Once ready, flip mug upside down onto a plate and slice some fresh strawberries to decorate.

Pretty cool right?
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Before leaving, I took Willy for a quick walk, packed a healthy lunch for work, and made a delicious chocolate protein shake with my new favorite protein, ABOUT TIME PROTEIN. The folks at About Time were super sweet and sent some samples for me to try out, so that I could share with ya’ll my thoughts and reviews. I am a huge lover of protein shakes, and with the way I like to work out, I definitely need my protein. For on the go, a shake is the best way to consume it. I will be doing a FULL post dedicated to different ways to utilize this great product. Protein baking, protein shakes, OH MYYYYYY;) be sure to stay tuned for the review, lots of info comin’ your way babes;)

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Favorite late morning snack lately!
Grapes
Raw cacao nibs
Raw walnuts.
BOMB, and pretty much a ritual now. It’s funny, I used to HATE walnuts.

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I snuck in a DOVE dark chocolate. I like one piece everyday. My allowance I guess;) I had to take a pic of the inside of the wrapper… Made me laugh…they’re really wanting you to feel good about eating chocolate. Even once you’ve already had like, 10, just keep readin! Those lovely little sayings, and you won’t feel like a cow, right?

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I won’t bother with a pic of my lunch because its literally the same thing I had in my last post… Lame:)
But healthy girls pack lunches, and even though repetitive, it keeps me from eating shit.

But hold up… I gotta share this delicious vegetarian dinner I created before I left for Zumba! I took like a million pics cuz I was so excited, and it was beautiful.

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INGREDIENTS:

 

- 1/4 onion chopped

-1/2 a shallot thinly sliced

- 1 tsp chopped/ minced garlic

-1 bock choy

- 1/4 cup chopped red pepper

- 1/4 cup chopped green pepper

- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (you can buy a bag of em’ already prepped at TJ’s)

- 2 cups chopped kale

- 1 Japanese sweet potato (amazing!, and purple inside) But really, you could use any sweet potato.

- salt & pepper

-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

- 1 tbsp coconut oil

- 1 tbsp brown rice miso

- 1 egg (poached)

- chopped basil for garnish

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Ok so, typically you wouldn’t catch me dead eating egg yolks but for some reason… my body was screaming for it. I know, weird. When everyone says, “it’s always better with an egg on top” holy shit, were they right!

This was great for an easy dinner before heading out. I had all the ingredients in my fridge, so I chopped them all up, threw them in a wok and done!

Throw the sweet potato in the microwave first, for a couple minutes, so that it doesn’t take you forever to cook it through in the pan. in there for a couple min at least, or just keep feeling for softness.

throw veggies in the wok, with salt, pepper and spices. Add in vinegar and miso, keep stirring.

I would keep the heat on medium, if it’s too high, you may burn the veggies before they even cook.

when almost done, in a separate saucepan with boiling water, poach an egg. I just put the raw egg in a big sauce spoon, and dipped it slowly into the boiling water, until it sort of stayed together. a few minutes is all it really needed.

Garnish with a bit of chopped basil and salt and pepper.

Amazeballz!

(this was my first time trying the Japanese sweet potato, and I am hooked! Sweeter than any typical sweet potato I’ve ever had)

 

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Off to Zumba I went…..

But, I wanted to share my latest kitchen obsession! I took a pic, right before leaving.

The CHALKBOARD! Genius. Now, I can use it to keep try of ingredients, cooking times..etc! ugh LOVE.

 

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Class was FAN-Tas_tIc! Super fun. I love all the ladies in there, really inspiring, and you can tell, everyone just really enjoys being there. I like that energy. I wore my polar hear trate monitor, and tracked our 550 cal burn. Awesome!
After class, Jess (the one in the pink) went for a 3 mile run. Yes, in the freezing cold. Holy shit was I COLD! We wore soooooo many layers, beanies, gloves, you name it, still couldn’t manage to get warmed up.

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A little inspiration for y’all:)
I’m taking Friday and Saturday off from working out, and get back on it Sunday.

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Favorite Product Spotlight:
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Check out there site, they’ve got products for all skin types.

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Also, be sure to check the deal of the day:)

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Xo guys:)
Have a fabulous day… Sorry so late on my Thursday post.. I’m trying to get better:)

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MORNING HIIT CARDIO & a new FF>2F AMAZING recipe!

In circuit, polar, popular recipes, Uncategorized, WOD On January 8, 2013 2 Comments

Helllllooooo gorgeous friends….
Let me start off this post by introducing my ridiculous, gluttonous ass dessert from last night. Yikes!
Friends don’t let friends eat SUGAR! FML.

Well, it was delicious, but I knew I would be paying for it in the morning…..
The pretty playing also doesn’t help.

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Up at 6:00 though…kicking and screaming. ;)
I decided to try a fasted cardio session this morning. I’m typically the type who likes to nibble on something small before a workout. For some reason, sometimes I get nauseous with nothing in my stomach. But today, I was in desperate need to burn off the late night cals.
So I put a few scoops of BCAA in my water bottle and took off to LA Fitness.
I woke up super tired, and a bit unmotivated, but I persevered! ;)
Once I was there, I turned to beast mode. Duh.

Once I learned of fasted morning cardio, I was hooked. I do this for a week, after a couple days of naughty eating. This is to really lean you out. I don’t do it on the regular, but it’s definitely something in my program …as a go to.
Now, this is something that has to be balanced out with proper nourishment after your workout.
Also, the type of cardio makes a difference as well.
The best combo would be:

- 45 min – 1 hr of HIIT.
- This a.m. I did 1 hour of intervals.
3 min resistance 5..
2 min resistance 10
- This will have your heart rate guessing, helping us to burn more, for longer.
- Drinking BCAA during workout
- post workout, make sure to feel body and muscles with very lean protein.
Egg whites, protein shake, lean meat, lite dairy.

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So, I gotta share this… I’m PISSED. this damn machine’s calorie count was sooooo off.it said that I had burned almost 800 hundred cals in my hr workout. There’s no way. I mean I worked out hard, but really??
Yeah, definitely something wrong. I had entered my weight, age, all of it.
Soooo off.

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Of course, I had on my polar watch and was also wearing my heart transmitter, so I was able to get an accurate calorie count. Thank god. But, you know what? I’m pissed for the people to don’t have access to a watch like this. I mean, poor girl thinkin’ she’s burning all SORTS of cals, little does she know, she’s gotta work a lot harder than she expected to get that number!

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Anyway, that was a rude awakening, I’ve had it be off by 50, 60, but by like 200. Get real.
After the gym, I knew willy would be waiting by the door like a little creep, so I rushed home to take him to the park.
He just got a haircut, adorbs. I finally got the groomer lady to stop makin’ him look like a girl!
“I get it, he’s part poodle, but can you puuuuleaseee stop making my dog look like a bitch” is really, what I wanted to say, but clearly too nice to;)
Finally got him to look like the terrier lil boy he is;)
It was a beautiful morning! Not too many folks with their dogs out, so I let him run free for a while.
He ran himself out, which I LOVE, cuz it relaxes the anxiety for when I leave for work.

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I stopped him in his tracks, for a photo op. we wanted to show off his pearly whites:)
I swear, he’s like a boyfriend, always acting annoyed to take a damn picture! Lol

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Tonight’s plans are as follow:

LIGHT DINNER
ZUMBA @ 8
RUN 2-3 MILES WITH JESS (friend from Zumba, we wanna start training together to perhaps enter in a another race.)
AND A GOOD NIGHTS REST.

LIKE A BOSS! ;)

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I wanted to leave you guys off with something VERY special.
This beautiful healthy recipe. I know, the picture has got your mouth watering. Don’t lie.
I made this, this weekend and just could not wait to share.
I’ve been working on my food photography, and I’m starting to see a little improvement…what do u think. Any suggestions boos?

Anyway…click, and be ready to be blown away!


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Love y’all.
Xo,
P

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Studio FAIL.. And a new Cleanse Idea!

In polar, Raw food, Reviews, thursday things, Uncategorized, Viamix, zumba On January 4, 2013 0 Comments

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;)

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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.

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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.
- broccoli
- chicken
- egg whites
- romaine
- Swiss chard
- goat cheese
- pumpkin seeds
- sprouts
- zuchinni

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” ;)

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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.

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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.

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Ok, looks good….
4 chroma key backdrops, ok, right….

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The lighting kit…yup…

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Ohhhhh, n then….this happens.
WTF!!!!!!!
Yeah, I know, didn’t look that damn big all coiled up. Gooood lord.
It’s HUGE!
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.
Annoying central.

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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.

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I’ve never sweat so much.

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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;)

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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.

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Along with that… A wheeee bit of motivation to get off you ass;)

 

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FIND OF THE DAY:

 

I am sooo excited to present these lovely treats by Brad’s Raw Chips! These are a great, healthy alternative to your standard greasy, gross, chip. They come in a variety of flavors, and taste delicious! Please click the link above to get to know Brad’s story, and how you can too get your hands on these perfect FIT snacks!

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His website is really informative, and also offers a really great 7-dat raw challenge for those of you looking to start a healthy cleanse for the new year. Screw the master cleanse, with that, you are literally drinking sugar water, and starving yourself. Get real. With this program, Brad will have you feeling clear, clean, and pure!! I may do this as well! Shall we try together??

GETTING STARTED

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Stoked on my new HOME GYM….

In bedroom, lebert equalizer, polar, popular recipes, Uncategorized On January 3, 2013 0 Comments

Hey guys!

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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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:)

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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

Romaine leaves

Shredded, stewed chicken breast in broth(recipe coming soon)

Leftover roasted kabocha squash

A little siracha

salt and pepper.

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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

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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!:)

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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!

 

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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.

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Now, no joke, I’m tirrrrrrred! Headed to bed babes, hope you enjoy a fabulous day tomorrow! XO, P

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

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Ending the year with some NEW TOYS! Vitamix,Polar ft60,DDf

In new years!, polar, Reviews, Uncategorized, Viamix, WOD On December 31, 2012 2 Comments

Homegurrrrrrrrl just got herself a lil PREZZIE!!!!!!

I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Do you understand what’s happening right now…my life’s about to change. I finally decided to make the plunge kids. I have wanted this bad boy for SO long, and I woke up this morning on a damn mission. I was at Bed Bath & Beyond as soon as their doors opened. You know me… If I want something…Get ready, that shit is happening.YESSSSSSSSS!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhh

Ok, enough with the annoying “!!!!!!”

Originally $500

I payed $400….oh yes. Wondering how?

The freakin 20% off coupon that we all get in the mail, but never use! Hell no, not passing that up.

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I was so embarrassing this morning at the store, alllllll taking pictures of the box, so I could immediately post on instagram. Goooood Lord. This thing is incredible. You could literally put a whole avocado pit in your smoothie, and you wouldn’t even be able to tell it was in there. it’s that powerful. Also, not to worry, it comes with a 7 YEAR WARRANTY. Pretty great.

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I’ve been geeking out over here. So far this morning, I’ve watched the hour DVD it came with, read the whole recipe book, and researched online. Listen, I’m not gonna buy a $500 blender and not utilize or take advantage of EVERY single feature. I went to the grocery store today, so you best believe, first thing tomorrow morning I will be making my goddess green smoothie :) No chunks in this one! (my last blender was a joke).

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I’ve had this under my favorite tools for the kitchen for a bit now, just waiting for the moment I actually could buy it, and I have a feeling I most definitely Won’t be regretting it. If you don’t already own one,are curious, or are contemplating the purchase, please take a moment to check out the features:

  • Create smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts with one machine
  • The ability to chop, cream, blend, heat, grind, churn, and more, with a single machine
  • Quick and easy self-cleaning with a drop of dish soap and warm water; just run on High for 30 seconds
  • break-resistant, BPA-free copolyester pitchers, stainless steel blades and durably-built base
  • break up cell walls, which unlock the nutrition in fruit, vegetables and greens better than any other lower-powered blenders can.

Mi amor, there she is, in all her glory, in her new favorite spot.

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Around 1:00 I got the hell outta the house. I wanted to sport my Christmas gift from Mama. My new polar watch. It was time to set up the fit test, and give this puppy a try. First things first…

Fitness test. Before setting up your new training info and schedule, you must strap this heart monitor/transmitter snug right under your tatas. Follow the steps on the watch,lie down and relax until the watch beeps, your heart rate will now sync. After i did this step, I was ready. Except, I didn’t realize I had to wear the freakin thing every time I worked out to get the accurate heart rate bpm. Yes, ONLY bummer. I went for a quick run with willy to try it out without the transmitter on, and was wondering if I had received a faulty watch. LOL Dummy. The thing is actually not even noticeable. it’s pretty discrete.

Me and the transmitter n’ all headed to LA fitness for my first training sesh.

Today’s workout consisted of:

  • 30 min elliptical intervals high/low resistance
  • 20 min on treadmill. 1 mile @ 6.4 mph. 1/2 mile @ 7.1 & 1/2 mile alternating intervals of 30 seconds 10.0 mph-30 seconds rest
  • Ab series
  • Lower back raises
  • Superman
  • dead lift with 60 lb bar
  • push ups
  • stretching

I was like a kid in a candy store. I swear, this thing inspires you to work harder. The whole time I was working out, I could see exactly what I needed to do to get into a fat burning zone, when I was in rest mode, and when I was in the mid-range zone. I can use this watch to set fitness goals — lose weight, improve fitness, or maximize fitness.

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This watch and transmitter also has an EnergyPointer, which calculates the point where training turns from fat burning to fitness improvement, and in weekly summary you read on the watch

it will also alarm you if your heart rate exceeds or dips below your target sounding an alarm. It tells you how well you have done in each target heart rate zone. Between the tracking and motivational elements, a trainer without the trainer ;) 639 calories burned today. STOKED!

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This image shows precisely how much time I spent in each target heart rate zone during my workout. 3 being the highest intensity. Not just that, the watch saves your training, so that you have the ability to see your improvement.Amazeballz. This little gadget will push you to want to do better and burn more calories. When I would work out before the watch, I was just relying on what the machine would say. I always thought the calorie count was fishy…..it always seemed really high. I put it to the test today, annnnnnd I was right!! The difference was astonishing. It was almost a 175 calorie difference. The Polar ft60 really has the the right accuracy, and even though I realized I wasn’t burning as many cals as I had thought without it, it forced me to work that much harder to get the results I expected. Don’t trust that lying little elliptical;)

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I left the gym feeling fit and accomplished. That transmitter is actually really comfy, I forgot I had it on, and ran my errands for the next 2 hours with the damn thing on. Loser.
I stopped in at the local supplement store near the gym to pick up some staples that I was out of.

MRM BCAA+G Reload
COLLAGEN SPORT Protein in vanilla
MRM L-CARNITINE 1000

Once I got home, willy just about had a heart attack. I just don’t even know what to do anymore! He has the absolute WORST case of separation anxiety. It stresses me out to the max. He had scratched to bottom of the door sooo bad, ripped up the rug in front of the door, AND, manage to get ahold of his leash ( which was hanging by the door) and ate though the leather. Literally now in half, I had to go straight to petco to pick up a new one. Pissed. Wahhhhhhhh…I’m whining. I just was ready to relax.

Finally ready to cook up something yummy and light my new candle by archipelago. Smells like winter! I’m a sucker for setting a mood with a great smelling candle. Sometimes I feel like a little bit of a candle hoarder. I can’t help it. Every time I see them on GILT.COM, I buy like 4 at a time, and store them. LOVE.

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Check out this gorgeous ceramic wine cork. A gift from a friend for christmas :) I poured myself a glass of bordeaux, and began making dinner. I don’t know about you, but I love me some wine during cooking sessions. Oh and of course, with Edith Piaf in the background.

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After my delicious dinner of stewed shredded chicken tenders in broth, spices, and slowly cooked, I took a nice hot shower, and gave myself a sulfur mask.

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I’m a fan of home facials:) this DDF sulfur mask is particularly for acne prone skin. I don’t usually have big breakouts, but I always have issues with in larger pores, so I try to nip it in the bud early. Can’t hurt to do one once every 2-3 wks. Once a week if your skin is quite oily and likely to break out.

Check their website now and receive 20% off your entire order. Love this stuff. Products for all skin types.

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Loving the fact that I AGAIN get to enjoy 3 days off! Looking forward to making my famous scalloped potatoes for the New Years celebration dinner with friends!

What are the plans for New Years guys?
Btw… Pleaseeeeee be safe out there, people are crazy!

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What are your favorite low carb New Years cocktails? I need ideas;)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

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XO,

P