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Home For the Holidays Weekend re-cap!

In Christmas, family, presents, Uncategorized, WOD On December 25, 2012 0 Comments

MERRY MERRY MERRY Christmas y’all! It’s soooo nice to have 3 days off in a row you have no idea! Last year, we only had Christmas Day off, and I can’t even begin to describe what a bummer that was. New Years we will ask have a 3 day weekend because it lands on a tues! YEAYYYYYY! This weekend couldn’t come sooner. I was ready to see my brother, be with my family, cook, shop, all of it. I absolutely love Christmas! We had a lil scare this morning when my bro called from Canada, saying his flight had been cancelled, and he wouldn’t be arriving till Sunday night instead of morning. Ugh. Whatever, positive thoughts, and he got here safe and sound, and we enjoyed a few hours of wine, and dinner.

The fireplace is lit, the Christmas music is flowing, the presents are wrapped,and I’m enjoying a mimosa as I write this;)


You see, I can have a mimosa, since I worked my ass of at the gym this morning! I got there as soon as they opened, so I could get it outta the way before everyone woke up to start making breakfast.
I did extra cardio because I had lots I’d dessert last night:)
1 hour on the elliptical :
Alternating 3 min @ resistance 10/ incline 5
2 min @ resistance 5/ incline 9
I burned 6 hundred something calories. Stoked.
Then did, 3 sets of 10 pull ups with 80 lb assistance
3 sets 10 dips
3 sets 10 push-ups
25 mountain climbers
1 min plank
20 vertical leg lifts
25 crunches


I was sooooo ready to jump in the shower.
Mom made a great breakfast of eggs, chicken sausage, and pastries from the Argentinian market.

The croissants, I just can’t resist, so yes I had one;)



Brother bear and his girlfriend Sarah:) love them. Sooooo happy that we are all together. Breakfast was delicious. And a special thanks to mom, for workin’ it OUT in the kitchen the last few days! This pic was taken when they arrived… Obviously not having red wine for breakfast…..we’re not that cray.


After breakfast, mom and I stopped at the store to grab wine, champagne, OJ , and cheeses, cured meats, nuts, and figs for our cheese platter. We had breakfast pretty late, so the cheese platter in the late afternoon will be my lunch.


Wilbur hanging out with his slightly buzzed mommy. Lol. I don’t generally drink champagne, but I was feelin them after a couple. ;) he looks a bit annoyed.

My twin, mama, and best friend.

I wish I had pics of our amazing dinner, but I got so into just enjoying it, and completely forgot to snap some shots. My bro and his GF follow a strict vegetarian diet so we made homemade canelone, stuffed with ricotta and cheese, red a sauce, and homemade non dairy Alfredo. We also made a recipe of stuffed yams that Sarah had found on We baked the yams in the oven for about 40 mins. Made a stuffing of white beans and kale. Topped with shaved Parmesan and red pepper flakes. WOW. For the meat eaters, mom made a side of bolognese sauce, that was divine.
Oh of course I managed to snap a shot of the desserts. After dinner, we love to enjoy a tea or coffee with an array of pastries and chocolates. YES PLEASE.

So, in the Bedo house, our tradition is to stay up till mid it and open presents after dessert, hence, the coffee to stay awake.
We sit in a semi circle, and watch each other open 1 gift at a time. Of course, the annoying camera lady taking pics of every reaction and gift that is opened. Lol, and no joke, this process takes at least 1hour &1/2. SOOOO MUCH FUN. I seriously got everything I wanted. Santa (ma & pa) must of felt I was a good girl this year;)

A few of my awesome gifts. I was dying to get this watch. The polar USA ft60, the BOMB performance and training watch out there! My no slip yoga gloves,

And, my new book, that I’m seriously obsessed with! Thank you Nick and Sarah:)
Sill learning and really enjoying it.

What a fun night! By 2 a.m. I was practically cross eyed. Sooo tired. I actually passed out on the couch. Yes with all my clothes on. I didn’t care one bit, all I knew was that I had no work in the morning and could yet again sleep in like a lazy lady. I decided Christmas Day I would have a “day off” from the gym. Well, it was closed anyway;) Christmas morning started off slow and relaxed. We all woke up pretty late. It was a beautiful sunny but crisp day out. Mom was making a big breakfast of eggs, potatoes, sausage, and Belgian waffles. Umm, yes, ridiculous. I made my yummy protein muffins, ( trying to be healthy this a.m) but I made them more of pancake form this time. I really just didn’t want anything to heavy because we had been eating till late last night. The curse of being Latin;) Lots of late night eating. Ugh.


The mimosas came out as soon as my friend Natalie came over. She joined us for breakfast and hung out for a few hours.

Nat lives in San Fran, so I barely ever get to see her, couldn’t have been more stoked when she came by.

We all hung out in the backyard with a yummy fire going and mimosas flowing. Catching up, laughing, and shit talkin. Nothing more than just being in the moment.

Annnnndd…..then, we began our fireside photoshoot. I thought it may have bee too much to show off allllllll of them, so just posting a few;)

Ahhhhhhh, I love vacation.. My uncle stopped by with the fam, and brought his FAMOUS homemade Argentinian alfahores de maizena. My god, they are stupid good.


Christmas night was a fabulous dinner and party filled with fun, laughter, wine, and friends. The year definitely ended with a bang! I’ve gotta say though, I couldn’t be more ready for 2013. Things are looking good and I am so happy and proud of the successes of this year. As January comes around the corner… I’ve made sure to get my vacation plans written out, the workouts on point, and continue to strive for a better and healthier life. Although , I know, nobody is perfect, and I will struggle like most at times, but the intention is there. So this coming year…lets help each other reach our goals and encourage each other to stay active, yeah!?

What are your New Years resolutions?



7 Days til’ CHRISTMAS & The RAW Food World

In Christmas, presents, Raw food, Uncategorized, WOD On December 19, 2012 0 Comments


On the seventh day of Christmas, I bought myself some THIIIIIIIINGGSSSSSS!!!

7 days babes!! Are you guys ready? Have you finished your shopping yet?? I’ve got news…NO ONE HAS.

My little snowman is out, counting down the days. So you know what that means!!! I’m finally getting into the spirit!

Ok, enough with the exclamation points.




I must admit, that this past weekend has been lacking in the workout department. Today was the beginning of a new week, and I was ready to hit it hard. GYMRAT to the fullest.

Alarm in my ear at egggggzactly 5:20 A.M. Although feeling exhausted, I was pumped to try out my brand spankin’ new New Balance 730 running sneaks. Call me crazy, but I think running shoes are sexy.


I jumped straight onto the treadmill and began at a 6.4 mph speed. Maybe it’s because I’m not used to the shoe, but I didn’t do so well today. This shoe, compared to the Nike free, feels like it’s got a bit less support. Not gonna lie, I was struggling just to get through my usual 3 mile interval. So, I rushed through it, and jumped on the eliptical for 20 minutes to burn a few extra 200 cals.

Today was BACK day:

Lat pull downs



Dead lifts


Tri-cep dips


The most embarrassing looking breakfast, that I was ashamed to photograph it. It was mush, but pure protein & DELISH.

Egg whites

Vanilla protein powder

Flax milk

Chia seeds

Bee pollen


I think that was it… weird concept, but it had the consistency of porridge.





OOOOOOHHHH….Yes, before we move on to Prezzzzies, I wanted to share with you a few finds from this weekend’s trip to The Raw Food World in Ojai. I come here about every 6 weeks or so. Ojai is about 1 hour & 15 mins away, but I go out there to cut some clients, who btw, are amazing clients and enjoy every minute of being out there. This city is removed, beautiful, and quiet. I love going out there, and usually end up spending a few extra hours, checking out the town and  stopping by all of the local shops. This city, you may have heard, has one of the most popular getaways in So-Cal. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. I’ve never been, but I’m DYING to!

Anyway… Raw food World is INSANE. It’s a warehouse that distributes all of the major RAW food brands to all of the most well known markets and restaurants out there. Everything is in bins that are labeled, but no price is listed. Trust me, the price is at least 30-40 % less that you would pay at say, Whole Foods. Wholesale pretty much. Well, since I can only stock up every 6 weeks, you can imagine. Girl lost her SHIT.

Listen, I’m not a total raw foodie. I consider myself a Low carb-gly-raw-leo.

A lil of this a lil of that…. you know.

Low Carb

Low Glycemic



I pretty much try to stay away from all processed and refined.

Also, I try to stay away from sugar, grains, and starches.

Here are some of the purchases from the trip:

Mulberries and sprouted almonds




Raw cashew/pistachio butter



Bee pollen (which I have no idea what the eff to do with) & pumpkin seeds



Raw cacao nibs! my absolute joy in life. Cacao nibs are basically raw chocolate, Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea!  RIDICULOUS!! SUPERFOOD NATION



Raw tahini, which is a great base for hummus, dressings, etc. & Hemp seed butter. First time trying the butter, so we’ll see.



Pumpkin seed butter ( it was 50% off so, why not) I tasted it, and I think was expecting something sweet for some reason, but I think this would be a great spread over swiss chard wraps or on some flax cracker. Definitely savory, but gooooood!

Ok, this was interesting. Sea Clear. Fermented Kale and Chlorella in miso paste. Sounds awful, but actually, once mixed with a bit of water and thrown over a salad is delicious!!! If you need probiotics and fiber in your diet, you may want to try this product!

Goes to show that my trip to Ojai was a success. Sometimes, you just get tired of the same NUt butter, you know. I am obsessed with this place.


On the way home, I stopped off at where else, but, T.J Max. I saw one off the freeway and practically ran 3 cars off the road just  to get to it.


Well, soooooo worth it. Of course I found a few prezzies for myself. How ADORBS! Dainty and feminine.

And the best part: Plated sterling silver, and 14-20 bucks each!

I’m sorry if that’s not a steal, I don’t know what is!


I bought a rose gold necklace, silver necklace, and this great little bracelet.



I wore the rose gold one to work today and got loads of compliments:) Completely booked today, YEAY! MOOONNNIESSS!

I got home, and felt like doing absolutely nothing. I got in my sweats, lit a candle, poured a glass of red, and finished some last minute wrapping. I just wanted that ish done.



Speaking of presents, I love my clients! Came home with some awesome goodies today.


A great bottle of Prosecco. Ramona know I love me some BUBBLES!




A yummy apple crisp diffuser and a  beautiful handmade bracelet from another dear client. It’s funny, I would have never picked this out, but I put it on, and…. It looked stunning on! I received loads of compliments. Thanx Joanie!




This Candle that was gifted to me, is probably, (actually no doubt) the best Christmas smelling candle I have EVER had the pleasure of burning in my house.  Never would I EVER have paid over $30 dollars for a candle, but after receiving this….smelling it and falling in love with it, I may rethink that. It smells like your in the middle of the mountains, surrounded by pine trees and snow. It’s perfect, and I never want it to end;)




Isn’t it just gorgeous!?






What is your lifestyle diet?


Ok guys, I’m just finishing off my wine, and it’s time for some rest. hope you have a beautiful and safe night<3




Surround yourself with those you LOVE<3

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



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

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


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



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

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













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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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



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



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


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


Tall 100 calorie Cafe Mocha.

Extra hot. No sugar added/ Nonfat

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

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


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




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

(so embarrassing).

But really, it’s gorgeous.



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

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



OK…New product alert!!!!!!

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

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


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

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








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