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Trust Me…You’re Welcome;) 6 packs & snacks!

In At home cooking, clean food, fitness plan, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, WOD On February 27, 2013 0 Comments

Hey guys! Hope you all had an amazing day! It wasnt too crazy at work, so I was able to sneak and get this post together:) I swear I just get SOOOO excited to share stuff with you all! I’ve got some exiting workout tips in this one, so get ready!!! First, let me start off with last night’s din din. Ya’ll know I’ve been into rolls lately, give me anything, and I’ll make a damn sushi roll out of it! lol.

Super easy, I just literally grabbed anything I could find in my fridge to stuff it with.

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In this case…

INGREDIENTS:

1 soy paper

1 tbsp Fromage Blanc

1 tbsp Canned pumpkin

1 tsp Parma vegan parmesan

1 slice turkey bacon

Roasted veggies (I used leftover onion,cauliflower,zuchinni)

siracha (to taste)

sesame seeds

 

 

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Roll it up…… and dinner is served.

 

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I had to miss my ritual of Tuesday night Zumba unfortunately, cuz I had to do a housecall. womp wommmmmmp, but I made sure to go to sleep early, and get a goodnight’s rest.

This morning was a KILLER FASTED CARDIO SESH.

I literally opened my eyes, put on my gym clothes still half asleep (made sure it was early enough for my brain to not quite comprehend what was happening) I headed straight to the gym. It was 5:30 a.m. HELL YESSSS.

OK, so here is the latest with my workouts… 2x a week, I am trying to work in a fasted cardio session in the early A.M. .I mean, with NOTHING in my belly. Just water. There is some controversy to this method, and that is precisely why I am trying it…to be able to tell you all if it’s even worth it. Here is the PRO version. ….Here is the CON version

 

This morning was 45 minutes of elliptical intervals. I was surprised at how much energy I had, especially with no food inside my tummy. Kinda felt like a beast. Ugh love when that happens.Don’t know bout ya’ll, but…. I’m tryin’ to get ready for bikini season!

 

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BREAKFAST:

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A protein shake made with:

1/4 banana

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup water

Raw acai powder

bee pollen (a pinch)

probiotics (1 opened pill)

Whole leaf aloe juice (1 tbsp)

2 swiss chard leaves

4 drops Nunaturals stevia

a pinch of vanilla extract

2 tbsp fromage blanc

SNACKS:

1/2 a small cucumber sliced with salt & pepper

small handful of Raw almonds

kale chips

& 1 scoop ULTIMA REPLENISHER electrolyte powder (its absolutely delicious and tastes like Kool aid!) mixed with 3 tbsp chia seeds and water. The best hydration with fuel and energy! you gotta try this guys! Nothing has ever quenched your thirst like this before!!!! Hallelujah!!!!!!!!

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LUNCH:

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A salad made up of :

Raw kale

cilantro

parsley

roasted veggies

reduced fat feta

2 slices turkey bacon

1 tbsp chimichurri

 

SNACK:

Nonfat CHOBANI 0% yogurt with fresh strawberries.

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Ok, enough with the eats…Back to fitness.It’s now 4:00 p.m. and I’ve got abs on the mind;) I’ve been doing some research online trying to find some inspiration for upcoming gym days, and I’m SOOO STOKED, because, #1: I found my new FAVORITE core move, #2: I’ve become Jillian Michaels obsessed, and #3: I am now gonna become that creep who’s dancing on the treadmill at 5:30 a.m. at the gym. That’s right chicks. No shame. Whatever makes me sweat, and shows me results, I’m gonna do.

#1:

I found this during my daily bloglovin reads. Popsugar.

Get ready, this one’s a doooooozy!

3 sets of 10!

It’s a challenging move that truly pays off. You use the abs as you pull the knees to your chest, and as you lower the legs back down, the abs work to keep the torso stable. Plus, just hanging from the bar works the arms and upper back quite nicely.

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Start by hanging on a pull-up bar with palms facing out, or use the hand grips on the cable-pulley machine. Do use a box if you need help reaching the bar. Pull your shoulder blades down your back to keep your shoulders away from your ears. You will be working your lats to keep your scapulae (shoulder blades) stable.
Exhale, pulling your abs to your spine as you raise your knees to your chest. Tuck your pelvis under, rounding your low back, to ensure the low abs are working more than the mighty hip flexors.
Lower the legs down slowly and return to the starting position. Do keep your abs engaged to prevent your legs from swinging behind you.
To prevent momentum from assisting the leg raise, pause in the starting position for a moment before beginning the next rep.
Do three sets of 10 to 12 reps.
Are you a fan of hanging knee tucks?

Source: Megan Wolfe Photography at J+K Fitness Studio
Pop-sugar.

 

#2:

Jillian Michaels showing of her fabulous abs for Health Magazine. Helllllllooooooo, who the efff wouldn’t want to do this circuit! I found these moves while doing my daily pinning, and I was like “Holy, Shizzzzleeee, I could f*%k wit dat!”

Check it out! I’m gonna see if I can do 3 SETS OF 10 EACH….I dunno…this ish looks CRAY CRAY!

LET ME KNOW IF YOU TRY THIS!!! JUST LOOKING AT THIS MAKES ME CRINGE.

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(Source: Jillian Michaels for Health mag)

#3:

One of my amigas texted me this morning with ” gIRL!, you gotta look up Tracy Anderson’s treadmill dance workout! It’s sickkkk!”

Immediately…I was on youtube trying to get it to embed on this damn post, I was like, “WHAAAAAAAAAAAT”

If I’m not embarrased to do this in public, you shouldn’t be either! Get into it. Pretty soon, Bitches be like….

(part a)

(part b)

Tonight’s damn traffic made me miss ZUMBA, but I made it to bodysculpting, and that kicked my ass!

My dinner was simple yet delicious, protein packed, hearty, and eeeaaasy!

Cage free eggs

low sodium turkey breast

skim shredded mozzarella

Baby broccoli sauteed in coconut oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

ooohhh and a bit of tapatio.

anddddd a spoonful of natural peanut butter…yes, right out the jar.;)

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Goodnight folks!!! Wishing you all a lovely thursday tomorrow! As someone once told me

LOVE & LIGHT

P.S. BE ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR TOMORROWS FOODIE PENPAL POST!!!

XOXO

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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Finally a new bed! Fresh protein and my WOD;)

In bedroom, Breakfast, family, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Sunday funday, sweets, Uncategorized, WOD On February 16, 2013 0 Comments

Hello my lovelies! How was everyone’s Sunday?? I can’t tell you how excited I am for today to be here! Guess what…..? You know how I’ve been little by little redecorating and arranging my upstairs? Well, the best, well, first piece of new furniture is coming today! Wooooohooooo. My gorgeous new bed! Ahhhhhh. Ok, we’ll go into that in a bit… First, I wanna share I little morning joy with y’all… Lately, I’ve been loving eating protein cake in the morning, total gymrat food. You know how I love my sweets, but can’t consume real chocolate cake on a regular for breakfast ( I’d be a house), so this does the job for me;)

CHOCOLATE LAVA PROTEIN CAKE
(Adapted from @tastyhealth)

2 scoop chocolate About Time protein

1 tbsp cocoa

2 egg white 1 tsp baking powder

4 tsp coconut flour

2 tbsp greek yogurt

1 1/2 tbsp stevia (granulated)

6 tbsp  unsweetened vanilla almond milk

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These are her exact DIRECTIONS:

Mix everything and put in a mug/bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the microwave for 45 sec up to 1.5 min depending on how runny you want it. Don’t overcook though! You might have to stop after 45 sec and then go in 10 sec intervals to prevent it from overflowing

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This was awesome! This microwave method cooks thing very fast, so please be mindful of over cooking, as it can become very dry. It took me a couple tries to perfect it.:)

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I whipped up some vanilla topping with:

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk. ( I use this ishhhh for everything)
Couple drops vanilla extract
4 drops stevia
And sprinkled with unsweetened cacao powder.

Listen, is honestly EASY.

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My parents were coming over at 10:30 am to come help with the bedroom, so I had to dash to gym ASAP.
I took my liquid L CARNITINE
Filled my blender bottle with three scoops of MRM bacc+ g and filled with water.
Sunday SELFIE;)
LA FITNESS… Here I come.

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Sad I wasn’t able to make it to my Sunday yoga flow class at Rising Lotus, but….my workout was SICK! I was in the mode today. Not too busy at the gym this morning, so no waits for any machines. Stoked.

Here was the circuit:

30 minutely treadmill.
Here’s the breakdown:
0-3 min- warm up walk @ 3.8
Then run 2.5 miles @ 6.7
Then 1 mile intervals of 10.0 for 30 seconds> 30 seconds rest.

Total 3.5 miles.

NEXT-
15 minutes on stepper (stair master) on FAT BURNER MODE> LEVEL 7

THAT WAS A KILLER 45 MINUTE CARDIO SESH!

Strength training included:

3 x 10 reps dead lift with 50 lb bar
3 x 10 reps back row
3 x 12 reps lower back raises holding a 10 lb weight
3 x 10 reps hanging knee lifts
15 leg raises (laying down)
25 crunches (knees at tabletop)
15 stability ball crunches
1 min plank

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Check out today’s burn!
On target for the week:)

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post workout VANILLA-KALE-BERRY protein shake:

I packet About Time vanilla protein

5 drops stevia

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt

1/2 cup frozen blackberries

1/2 cup frozen chopped kale ( trader joes)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup water

Couple drops vanilla extract

1 tsp bee pollen

1 probiotic pill ( opened and added to blender)

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Threw it all in my vitamix, and topped with a sprinkle of chia seeds. Sooooo delicious!

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Yeayyyyyy! Ok so the time has come! Mom and dad came to the rescue! Love that my folks are close by, and that dad loves “projects”!
So, my little full size bed will be outta here and donated to a great friend who’s moving down the street. Glad it’s going to a good home:) aweeeeeeee! I’ve had this frame since like 19 years old. Omg. Byeeeeeeee lil baby! It’s been a good 11 years with ya. Time to upgrade….

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Grown woman bed! Haha.
Bless my pops. He’s going to town on this puppy! This shit was not easy to get up stairs. So heavy. Upgraded to a queen:). I don’t need no KING, what the hell am I gonna do with that… I don’t think so….

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Willy’s already posted up…. I’ve missed this little boooger! He’s been with my folks all week, cuz I was super busy, annndddddd I needed a break, he was driving me crazy with his anxiety! I’m glad he’s home:) tomorrow, I’m actually looking into doggy daycare, for the days the dog walker doesn’t come during the workweek. I’m thinking he needs to socialize with other dogs more.

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Dad puttin in WERRRRK! Oh, btw… Did I mention that I have yet to receive my new mattress? ….yeah. I’ll be sleeping on the couch till Sunday. Sexy.

I also bought some side tables, which I will be returning…. Changed my mind. Ugh that happens wayyyy to often. Saw some realllllly cute, rustic ones at urban home, so we’ll see.

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Time to break for lunch! All that hard work I put in, has got me hungry! Lol. ( thanks ma & pa) we went to a local restaurant and had some delicious food! Mom and I shared stuffed mushrooms, a salmon Niçoise salad ( a couple pieces of French bread;) and shared a flour less chocolate cake for dessert. Woooowwwwwsa. Naughty but not that naughty;)

I went to San Francisco in October, and purchased this awesome photograph and didn’t get it framed till December, and waited even longer to hang it up. Finally! Isn’t it awesome;)

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Even though I can’t show you the finished upstairs…. Downstairs isn’t lookin too shabby:)

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Oh and BTW U.S. government…. Thanks for sending me my new ID & passport with the MOST hideous pictures of myself I have ever seen. Just recieved them in the mail. Sooo f%*king pissed! Lol

Ok, that is all for now…except that I forgot to tell you…I’m signing up for my next 10k..deletes to come! Who will join me!?

HAPPY LOVE DAY! Exciting new RECIPES AND WEEKLY WORKOUT LOG!

In abs, Beauty, Breakfast, clean food, fitness plan, get the look, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Uncategorized, valentines day, Viamix, weekly workout schedule, WOD, zumba On February 14, 2013 6 Comments

Oh heeeeyyyyoooo! My loves! I’ve missed you! Hope you all enjoyed the last post. Aren’t you NOW, just as obsessed with Target as I am!? Anyway, get ready, cuz it’s that time again! The beginning of the week is full of healthy eats and recipes, workout ideas, my weekly exercise goal and my favorite part….. GET THE LOOK!

I just HAVE to share what I did the other day, that I totally forgot to blog about!
I got LAZZZZZZZERRRRED! zappity zappppp! If you are still waxing, GET A CLUE!
Ain’t noboooooody got time fo dat!

I am a total lover and fanatic for laser hair removal. It’s freakin genius. I’ve done it a few times before, but it was my first time at this particular location. My friend had gone here before, and highly recommended it. She said that they also had a particular laser machine that was geared more towards olive skin tones, so I was stoked. My skin can sometimes act a bit sensitive.
The place is called PROLASE in Glendale.

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We waited practically no time, which is alllllways appreciated. Happy to say that I am practically completely hairless;) like a baby’s bum! Today for me, was a touch up, but I dragged my friend along to try It for the first time. Bless her, she was so damn nervous! I was trying to explain what it felt like, ” it’s kinda like, as if someone is snapping a rubber band on your skin really fast…with cold shots of air” ummmmmmm. Weird description, but I couldn’t really pinpoint what it felt like, all I knew, was that, it was wellll worth it!

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You can shave the night before, to me, virtually painless, and you only have to go every 6 wks. By the 7-8 time, hair free! The bomb! This place is fantastic, great service, great machines, and very good prices. They also specialize in other skin treatments:)

Just thought I’d share, in case any of you are considering getting it done:)

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Tuesday is the beginning of my week, and I like to start it off with a BANG!

A “FASTED” cardio workout, and strength training upper body.
Showing off my new Target hat:) $9.99 biatchessssss! Sooo cute right!?
Now that I have bangs, I find that hats are the easiest to get them outta my face while I’m working out. I can’t stand pinning my hair back like snookie. No thanks.

And no Biggs….just repping my colts:) I’m a huge Peyton Manning fan, so of course I now have two teams:) Colts & the Broncos!!!

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ATTENTION CHICS!

Please stop feeling intimidated to get in that weight room!!! Don’t let those boys intimidate you. I get it, it’s a new environment to you…but, that’s why you become knowledgeable in what you are doing, and which muscles you are are trying to work, because, let’s be honest, nobody wants to hurt themselves lifting weights, and no one wants to see anyone getting hurt lifting. Knowledge is power, so go in there confident, with an agenda….and that’s to build strength with great form and technique. If you have any questions, you guys, ASK THE TRAINERS! That’s what they’re there for!

My workout consisted of:

30 minute cardio:
Elliptical intervals, alternating in resistance and incline to raise my heart rate.
example:
0-2 minutes at resistance 5 > incline 10
2-5 minutes at resistance 9 > incline 5
Keep repeating that circuit for 30 minutes.

30 minutes of resistance and weight training.
Crunches
Obliques
Leg raises
Weighted cable crunch
Stability ball AB work
Plank
Mountain climbers
Dead lifts
Back rows

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So, as youve probably noticed, currently, my favorite post workout meal has been “Good Girl Pancakes”. I just can’t get enough of them! They are so incredibly healthy and fast, that I’ve become a master. These particular ones were made in like 4 minutes!! No joke, no lie!
All you need is the following:

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 tsp gelatin

Either 1 egg and 1 egg white or use 2-3 egg whites.

Mix really well, grease a pan, form ur pancake, and in a couple min, flip. They cook super fast.

I absolutely loovvveeee nut butters, so I topped these with almond butter, hemp seeds and sugar free honey, but you are welcome ( obviously) to top with berries, coconut oil,nuts, whateves;)
These fill me up till about 10:30 when it’s time to feed my body more proteins! I need 5-6 small meals a day with the workouts I’m doing.

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I have such a ritual now, I’m loving it.
WORKOUT> EAT>PRO COMPRESSION RECOVERY SOCKS > BACK TO PJ’S
Until shower and get ready time:)
People ask me all the time if wearing these “special socks” really makes a difference… And I say YESSSSSSS!
These fantastic little things help reduce recovery time, reduce chance of injury, and reduce any swelling or inflammation. They are spectacular. I actually sometimes wear them while I workout. I feel more stable with them on, kinda like a security blanket;)
If you check out Pro Compressions website, they are always having promos, sometimes for 40% off. Sooo amazing!

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Like I said earlier….I need protein!
One of my faves!

STRAWBERRY COCONUT SHAKE

1 packet About time strawberry protein

2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese or 0% Greek yogurt.

4 drops stevia

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup water

4-5 ice cubes

1 tbsp unsweetened unrefined shredded coconut.

2 strawberries ( 1 for shake, 1 for garnish)

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I just throw everything in my vitamix, but, if you ain’t got one, that’s totally fine, use any blender you’ve got 😉 btw….. I can’t even begin to tell how worth it, that Vitamix was…changed my life!

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Another snack that I’m packing all week is low fat cottage cheese with blueberries.
This particular C.C is by Lucerne. It’s great because its low sodium!

I will pack usually 1/2 a cup along with 1/2 cup berries.

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Lunch!

My mornings are busy, so every night, before bed, I make sure to pack my lunch and snacks.
This weekend was so busy, that I didn’t get a chance to do my cooking for the week, so on this day, I opted for a big super salad.

Swiss chard

Cabbage

Spinach/kale mix

2 pieces turkey bacon

1 heart of palm

A handful of chopped cilantro.

Dressed with olive oil and vinegar

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My afternoon snacks not pictured:

A tbsp peanut butter

A handful of almonds

A handful of raw green beans with hummus

My dinner plan, was to get my ass home to cookin!

First things first….pour a glass of this gorgeous italian red.

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On the menu this evening folks:

RAW ZUCCHINI HUMMUS

ROASTED WINTER VEGGIES

LEMON SEASONED BROCCOLI

SAUTÉED GROUND BEEF WITH CHIPOTLE, SHALLOTS AND GARLIC

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Alright, lets start with the RAW ZUCCHINI HUMMUS:

You could use, either a vitamix, or a food processor.
This recipe is sooo good, and the best part, is that it’s RAW, and virtually no carbs! No chickpeas in this recipe.
You can find raw tahini at whole foods or online. Tahini is made of sesame seeds. All it is is sesame paste really. It’s delicious in, not only hummus, but also for making salad dressings:) a great staple to have in your fridge.

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3 medium zucchini’s

1/4 c olive oil

1/4 – 1/2 cup lemon juice ( I like mine with 1/2 a cup, u know I love lemon;)

1/2 cup raw organic tahini

1.5 t salt

2 t cumin

3 cloves of garlic

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp Paprika and some to garnish

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Peel the zucchinis, and cube them, add all the rest of the ingredients and blend in bitamix or food processor.

Top or garnish with a little olive oil , paprika and pine nuts or seasoned pumpkin seeds, and Enjoy!

This makes a batch that will force you to share. Orrrr, not;) it’s that good.
Eat with flax crackers, dip your veggies, and add to your salads.
(adapted from Sacred Source Nutrition)

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Next, LEMON ROASTED BROCOLLI

INGREDIENTS:

A bag of broccoli florets from Trader Joes.

1/2 a lemon

Garlic Salt and pepper

Dash of paprika

Olive oil spray or 1/2 tsp.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line roasting pan with foil, add broccoli, toss with remaining ingredients, and roast for 15-20. When the tips start to brown. I don’t like to cook the death out of veggies, sooooo don’t do it either;) no need to deplete all of the nutrition…

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Time to pile on MORE VEGETABLES!

My favorite healthy add in for any meal, are roasted vegetables. I literally throw everything I have in the fridge in a roasting pan, I’m so into it.
Today, we’ve got.

Brussel sprouts

Mushrooms

Red peppers

Zucchini

Onions

Shallots

Leeks

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I pretty much just 1/2 everything, throw them onto a roasting pan, toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, and any other seasoning you like, lay out evenly, and roast at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, and you’ve got a great side or topping to any dish.
What’s great about roasting, is that the vegetables soften so much, that they almost caramelize themselves , and become a bit sweet. Ahhhh, so bomb!

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Like I said, veggies go with everything. I actually don’t even count my veggies as part of my caloric intake.check out DINNER!

Because I get bored easily of chicken and fish, sometimes I need a bit of red meat to break it up. For those of you who think red meat is bad for you, think again. Check it out…
especially if you are anemic and/or an athlete.

“Meat provides nutrients runners need like iron to help maintain energy levels. It also supplies protein and amino acids that repair small muscle tears that occur during training,” according to a sports dietitian quoted by the magazine. A lean cut of beef such as sirloin or tenderloin can be a great source of zinc and iron. And B vitamins, which “help convert carbohydrates into the fuel needed to make it through a training run, are particularly plentiful in beef,” according to the article’s author, Jessica Girdwain.

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96% lean organic ground beef

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp chipotle seasoning

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ( I’m into spicy right now… It aids in fat burning, so get into it)

2 chopped shallots

2 finely chopped garlic cloves

1/4 cup water

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In a bowl, combine ground beef with all your seasonings, other than water, shallots,garlic. Get in there with your hands to ensure it’s mixed well.
In a large skillet, sautée the shallots and garlic on medium heat. Just to soften
Add meat mixture. Sautée and break up chunks with a spatula. Add water, and cook for another 10 minutes on med/ high heat.

Now I was complete;)

Complete nutrition. Protein, fiber,fat,and complex carbs. This is called EATING FOR FUEL.
Listen, it’s hard to stay on top of eating clean sometimes, but we can prevent binge eating and bad decisions by preparing ourselves. I always encourage pre-planned meals that include all of the nutrition your body needs, so that later on in the day, the body doesn’t say ” WTF I NEED CARBS! Remember, vegetables are a great source of carbohydrates, with occasional quinoa, lentils, and oats. If you feed your body the right things, and OFTEN, you won’t feel deprived. Also, not to mention, the right foods burn fat too, so, it’s a win-win.

My basic packed lunch:

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Sharing my week in workouts with you guys! I can’t stress enough, how important and efficient it has been for me to actually write down my workout goals! It’s changed the way I train, I swear. The fact that I’ve typed it out, and shared with y’all, makes me feel completely accountable!
You know what I just thought of!!?
Since I get inspired by all of you reading my weekly workouts….. What if you sent me YOUR weekly workout schedule!? Ahhhhhhh… That would be amazing! You create them at the beginning of the week, send them to me, I POST THEM, and we can both inspire each other to stay on track! OOOOMMMGGGGG
Why haven’t we done this yet!? Ok, seriously. It doesn’t have to be gnarly, just attainable.

Ok, and I also have a confession…. Thursday: I forgot, it’s V-day… I’m gonna go ahead and cheat, and call it an off day….I’m freakin sore anyway. I’ll switch it for Saturday. Yeah, that works:) I don’t mind the gym being my Saturday night date!

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How bout a bit of cardio inspiration?! I know, I know… I f*%#ing HATE cardio, but guess what….. Get over it. You know once you start, you get allllllllll crazy lady on that machine!
I found something similar to this on Pinterest I think, so it inspired me to create my own little treadmill circuit.
I get freakin bored sometimes, so it’s fun to challenge yourself. This one is great because it targets all of your body! We’ve got major inclines, sprints, walking uphill backwards, sideways, you name it. This isshhhhhhh is the bomb!
Next time you’ve got 30 minutes, try this CIRCUIT.

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Last but not least, I know your all waiting for it;) GET THE LOOK:
Can you tell… IM SOOOO READY FOR SPRING!

Ready? Get this look for less than$65 bucks!

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Shoes: my Target find, $29.99
Seriously, you need these! They don’t look like a $30 pair of shoes, they look like $ 100 pair of shoes. They’re incredibly comfortable, I actually worked all day standing up in them, and I was fine. The upper straps are brown and black leather, not that cheap looking fake stuff, and the wedge is a brown cloth material. Pretty damn cute, right!?

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TOP: TJ MAXX $12.99 going along with my 70s looks as of lately 🙂

PANTS:TJ MAXX $16.99 almost like a thick, stretchy pant material. Loving these! The best part, is that they sit a bit higher on the waist, I’m not into low rise anymore. So played out.

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It’s all about colors POPPING right now. Fun floral patterns are my jam. Check out the gold/turquoise Michael Kors watch… Take a wild guess where I found this gem???

TJMAXXTJMAXXTJMAXXTJMAXX!!!!!
A whopping $69.99, compared to $250
Holy BEST DEAL EVAAAAAA!

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As I finally wrap up this post…. Today is VALENTINES DAY, so I wanted you wish you all a blessed and loved day!
What are your plans for tonight!? Hot date?
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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
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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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GET FIT NOW! Your FF>2F guide to weight loss

In circuit, fitness plan, life, Never perfect, protein, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On February 4, 2013 3 Comments

Hey everyone! Hope you guys had a super fun weekend! We are back to eating right and working out right!???ok, so on this subject…. I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from you guys in regards to making the transition to a low carb/FIT lifestyle. I love hearing rom you guys because, remember….you inspire me too! So, this post is dedicated to you, in order to help make your transition smooth and worth it. I promise the hardest part, is getting started. Once you start seeing results, you’ll be hooked.

Now… I have to say to you that, everything I share with you, are facts that have worked for me, and anyone who has tried this regimen. I am not a nutritionist and I am not a certified personal trainer but, c’mon guys… It ain’t rocket science. The thing is…we all know how to really gain results.

Number 1: You burn off more than you’re taking in.

Number 2:We supplement our bodies with whole food and non processed foods.


Number 3: we follow the 80/20 rule. ( 80 % clean 20% treats)


Number 4: we get our heart rates up for at least 1 hour. 5x a wk. ( that’s right, if you can carry a conversation, you’re not working hard enough)

Lets start your new FIT life with some motivation. Listen, I’m not gonna be there every morning in your ear, telling you to WAKE THE F*%k UP! you must be the one to make your fitness and health a priority. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, it is your body, you need to become your own motivator, your own trainer. Think like one, and you will see results. ABSOLUTELY.
Remove the negativity, the ” I cants, or the I’m just sooo tired” and surround yourself with positive thoughts.
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Alright, lets kick off with PHASE ONE:
Start with a clear mind, and a plan of attack. Changing bad habits is NOT easy. Trust me, I know. It’s not easy for me sometimes either, but, I find that when I have something to follow, like a program, it helps me feel a sense of accountability, and with that, comes desire, and drive to be better, and get stronger.

Have you ever heard the phrases ” Abs are made in the kitchen”? Or ” Its 75% diet”?
Well folks…this is not a lie or a joke or something someone just made up for shits and giggles.
It’s that simple. If you eat like shit, yes you will feel like shit.

A much as you are preparing your body for this change, you will need to prepare your kitchen for the change too! Time to CLEAR OUT!

If you are someone who’s been eating quite bad for a longer time now and are interested in first doing a healthy cleanse before starting the program…then you might want to check out this post.

Otherwise…I’ve prepared a grocery list for you that will keep you on track of your goals. It’s foolproof. Buy outside of this list, and that’s when we’ll have problems. Lets be honest, If it was working your way, you wouldn’t be struggling and you probably wouldn’t be reading this 😉 It’s simple and to the point. You can create any kind of dish you would like, as long as you stick to your grocery list. I started my mother on this grocery program, and she’s lost 15 pounds, without lifting a finger for exercise. Yes, true, I swear.

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This is a LOW CARB/LOW GLYCEMIC diet, with controlled portions.if you have no clue how much you should be eating, I suggest using apps like, My Fitness pal, or Calorie Counter for the first few weeks, to get a sense of how many calories you should be consuming in relation to your weight, and what your goal is. You will see, the cleaner you eat, the more you can enjoy. For serious results, were taking 1200-1500 cals a day.
Eating 5 times a day, with 20-30 grams off protein in each meal will help to keep you full and help remind your brain and body that “yes, I will be feeding you again, so…don’t store fat pleaaaase, Thank you”

Here’s your list babes! Pin it, and take it mobile with you every week when you hit the store!
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Other common questions I get are:
” What do you snack on, on a low carb diet, other than meat and cheese?”

Sounds silly, but there is this stigma with low carb newbies, that all we eat is meat, bacon, cheese, and that’s it. Rubbish!

Another question being:
” What do you bake with, or what substitutions do you use when baking or making sweet treats?”

I know that sometimes, my recipes call for ingredients that may intimidate you or look completely foreign, but once you are familiar, it will amaze you how much you can make that sticks to your LOW CARB lifestyle, and is similar or better than your typical cupcakes, breads, puddings, or cookies.

So, I’ve made up a little video explaining all of the products that I use in my kitchen! Low carb style! Look them up, write them down, whatever, cuz these are essentials.

mobile from Paula @ From Fries To Fit on Vimeo.

Other supplements that may be beneficial to the success of your weight loss are the following:

L-CARNITINE
(On an empty stomach. A.M.)

CLA
(With food 2 x a day)

GREEN TEA EXTRACT
( 1-2 x a day)

WHEY/CASEIN PROTEIN
( before a workout/ before bed)

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER…THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU GROW!

Alright! Lets get into PHASE 2:
Now that you’ve got your diet plan on point, it’s time to get excited about exercise!
Below are ways to jump start a workout plan. No more excuses. This, NOW, is your time! I have a full time job, am a full time blogger, and I STILL make time to prepare meals, and make working out a part of my life.. 5 times a week. there are no excuses. Find a love for fitness.

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Create a workout log for yourself with the fitness goals of that week.
Here is my example for this week, and remember, your rest, or OFF days are just as important.
Keep in mind that “OFF” day, doesn’t mean, lay on the couch and scarf down pizza, ice cream, and donuts, it simply means, you are giving your muscles a break. Your diet should remain the same. Don’t consider it a “cheat” day. I hate that word…it’s such a trigger word for me.

Your exercise schedule should include a mixture of cardiovascular training and strength training.
I have found, that the best cardio for me, is High Intensity Interval Training.I found that on Pinterest, there are some really great HIIT routines, you could do either, at home, or at the gym.

Strength training: I can’t stress how IMPORTANT this is as part of your fitness routine. Run, and run, and run alllll you want, but strength training is what’s gonna make it last,help you build muscle, and help you burn more for a longer period of time.

It’s a combination of both cardio and strength training that will keep you lean and ripped!

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PHASE 3:
Tips to help you though to success! If you need a cheerleader, I will be there with freakin bells on! Anytime you need a boost, or have a question, shoot me an email, or comment below, and I’m there baby!

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Cuz “god, I really regret working out” said NOBODY….EVER!

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Get these great logs, that you can easily print out! Find them at Fit Station.
Follow and keep track of your progress!

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And last but not least….. Make some playlist that will inspire you to get moving! Something upbeat, and powerful! Here’s my recent playlist for when I hit the gym! Check it out!

I hope this helps all of you reach your highest, most FIT potential! I’ll be right there with you!
Xoxo,
Paula

Please, if you have any questions, or feel I could add to this regimen, let me know, I’d be stoked to hear from you!

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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Ohh SNAP Saturday! Coconut Flour Pancakes

In clean food, cleanse, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Uncategorized On January 26, 2013 0 Comments

Hi friends! Hope your Saturday is going great! While all of you have today off, I’ve got a full book of clients today at the salon! All good, but I’m ready for the weekend. Last night was a blast at the Laker game. I’m sure all of you noticed my late post.

So far the cleanse is going really great. My stomach feels flatter, I feel full of energy, and my intestines are happy:) today will be the 4th day, so this morning… I started off with ,y 2 liver organ cleanse pills on a empty stomach…along with my acacia fiber powder mixed with water.( I sound like a broken record, sorry. But repetition= habitual=results.

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BREAKFAST:

2 mini chia protein muffins(same as yesterday)

1 Scandinavian bran crisp with RAW pumpkin seed butter and sugar free honey. These crisps are fantastic because they are loaded with fiber and have no sugar! A great, clean option for while in a cleanse.

One thing I can’t NOT have, is coffee. I mean, I’m not having sugary, creamy coffee. It’s just espresso, a stevia packet, and 1/2 cup frothed unsweetened almond milk. That’s not bad right??
Anyway… I had two cups today:) don’t judge.

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SNACK 1:

A handful of raspberries

A handful of RAW almonds.

A few blueberries.

A mix of antioxidants,fats, and proteins.

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LUNCH:

Ok, I promise, this is the last salmon lunch picture I will bore you guys with! Lol. Remember, I don’t like to waste food, so I’ve been having it everyday till its gone. I LOVE SALMON. High in protein, and a great source of essential fatty acids which actually help to aid in weight loss. Healthy fats are good babes! Plus, sometimes chicken just doesn’t cut it for me. In fact, I’ve been getting a bit annoyed of it lately. I guess I’ve played it out…hmmmm, like I do with many things in life.

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SUPERDRINK ALERT!

Green tea with lemon.
green tea’s health benefits are astonishing! Research shows that it has potential to fight cancer and heart disease . Also, some studies have shown that green tea may play a role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

I try to drink at least one small cup a day:)

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SNACK 2:

A very ripe persimmon. (My faves) at least it’s natural sugar;)

(Not pictured)
A few slices of cucumber

Another handful of nuts.

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Before finishing up my last client of the day, I was feeling a bit tired and slow, so I had a small strawberry protein shake. 1/2 a packet of About Time strawberry whey, water, and ice.
Just a little pick me up:)

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Tonight’s plan was to do absolutely NOTHING!
I very rarely just sit, relax and have no plans. I’m starting to realize how nice it is! If I’m not cooking, I’m walking willy. If I’m not working out, I’m at work. If I’m not posting, I’m sleeping! I mean, sometimes I really feel like there are not enough hours in the day to just sit and maybe enjoy a nice movie. That time should also be valued and not taken for granted.

Got home, took willy out, and decided that I wanted breakfast for dinner:)

Now, I’ve made plenty of different types of low carb pancakes, but I think this one is the easiest and super duper tasty!

When I found this recipe, I tripped out….because, guess what?

It’s only got 4 ingredients!

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I originally found this on bodybuilding.com, and I doubled the recipe, but once I made them, I realized I really didn’t need to for a single serving. You will find that they are quite dense.
2 pancakes were really enough.

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INGREDIENTS:

(For 2 people)

8 egg whites. I use the cage free egg white cartons cuz I hate wasting the yolk.

4 tbsp coconut flour

2 tsp vanilla bean extract or paste

2 pinches of cinnamon

Optional: stevia to sweeten if you are not gonna top them with anything sweet in the end.

You can really play around with what you want to use as toppers. I’m always a big fan of PB2 mixed with a little water, a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut, and sugar free honey, you could also add fresh berries. Whatever!

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Grease your pancake pan ( I use either coconut spray or smart balance spray)

In a bowl, mix all ingredients.

Use a spoon to dollop onto pan. The mixture may be a bit thick, so you might have to form them a little. Ugh, these were the BOMB, and healthy and appropriate for my cleanse. So satisfied right now.

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I’m about to finish my post, and enjoy some Ryan Gosling in the movie “Drive” . I’ve been wanting to see this forever! S I’m gonna sit my ass down on this couch and enjoy my no gym day today;)
Tomorrow, I’ve got a client first thing in the a.m for the SAG awards, and then hitting the gym!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT BABES:

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I want to KEep In Touch!! I want to see how you stay motivated, it helps me stay on track too! Follow me and I’ll follow you!

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Cleanse day 3, and the Lakeshow!

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

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

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

About Time Protein heaven!

Love my new shirt! Great to work out in.

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

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp water

1/4 tsp stevia (drops)

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

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SNACK 1:

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

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

Leftover salmon from last night.

Cabbage kimchi

Baby kale salad with sea clear probiotics as dressing

Roasted brussel sprouts

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

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SNACK 2:

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

Also, had 7 raw almonds.

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

GO LAKERS!
They haven’t had a win in like 2 wks!

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

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

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

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

Amy had a delicious barbecue veggie burger without the bun.

Healthy girls;)

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Super fun night! Someone mentioned to me that I may be their Lucky charm
CUZ THEY WON!
Wooooohoooooooo!

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

Xo, P

It’s ABOUT TIME!!

In popular recipes, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized On January 14, 2013 4 Comments

OK guys! It’s that time! I promised that I would share my absolute FAVORITE protein with y’all, so, here it is!
ABOUT TIME PROTEIN!
Here’s the thing… A an active female, I’ve always been into incorporating protein in the way of powder into my everyday diet, whether it be a workout day or a day off, I love knowing that I am feeding my muscles with the right protein even during rest days. Up until recently, I had tried many different brands, and found one that I was pretty happy with.
Well, when I was approached by About Time Protein to see if I would be interested in trying out their product, I didn’t hesitate. I did my research on their company and saw a great deal of information that caught my eye, in a great way.
You guys know that I only recommend things that I, myself would love and use!

I’ve tried every brand under the sun. Lots of them, too much sugar. Some, too many carbs. Others, too many cals. I mean, you just can’t win.

UNTIL NOW.

Let me give you some background on this fab line:

About Time was developed by exercise and food science experts who were tired of misleading labels and inferior ingredients used in other supplements. They dedicate themselves to providing you with the right products and knowledge to live a healthier, active lifestyle.

They use only natural ingredients. 100% whey Protein Isolate.

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About Time is:

  • Cold-pressed micro filtered whey isolate

  • No sugar added

  • No artificial sweeteners

  • No growth hormones

  • Diabetic friendly

  • No chalky aftertaste

  • Low cals. No Carbs

  • 25 grams of PROTEIN

  • Available in 11 delish flavors

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I was lucky to try out 4 different flavors. The banana, chocolate-peanut butter,vanilla, and chocolate. This is why it took me a while to review this product. I wanted to play around with different ways to incorporate About Time in, not just shakes, but, in foods too. I was VERY pleased with the soft, subtle texture of the powder. Definitely NO chalkyness.

If you are even just considering a new protein for your everyday FIT life, I am telling you, look no further.

Why Whey:

Pre-workout: An hour before exercise, helps prevent muscle breakdown and stimulates the use of fat for fueling during exercise.

Post-workout: This is when I always take my protein. I consider it critical, especially when training hard.About Time helps stimulate protein synthesis and reduce protein degradation in your body. I take my protein within 30 minutes of finishing my workout.

Meal replacement:Great way to keep your metabolism in high gear, support muscle repair, and encourages a healthy immune system.

As a snack: Add into drinks or Bake into foods as a great on the go snack!

These are my experiments with About Time. So fun and delicious.

Now, for the first two examples, I used a Vitamix, but it’s not necessary. You can use whatever you’ve got.

For me, There’s nothing better than adding some green into my protein regimen. It aids in digestion, and adds a serving a veggies without feeling or tasting like it.

About Time Vanilla Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup Flax milk ( you could also use light coconut or almond milk) Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 3 swiss chard leaves
  • 1 pouch/1 scoop VANILLA About Time Protein
  • 1/2 a lrg banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract or paste
  • 2 tbsp nonfat greek yogurt. Fage or chobani are offer great 0% yogurt
  • A pinch of bee-pollen (optional)

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About Time Choco-Nut Shake

  • 1 pouch/1 scoop Chocolate Peanut Butter About Time
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp PB2 ( or you could use 1 tbsp all nutural peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste/extract
  • taste and add stevia if preferred sweeter.

I consider this my “after night workout treat” it tastes like a naughty dessert, but really, it’s a super healthy and yummy way to get your protein in before your body goes into full rest mode.

Diptic

Now come the YUMMIES!

Choco-Nut POWER Protein Cookies

  • – 1/2 cup peanut butter Or if trying for less cals, try 1/4 cup mixed chocolate PB2 and 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 pouch/1 scoop Chocolate/Peanut butter About Time Protein
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp baking powder

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Make into rounds, and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 min.

These puppies cook fast, so keep an eye out. Also just have a feel at 7 minutes, they may be done, shouldn’t be too firm.

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These are FANTASTIC! The flavors pop. I love having a couple with my morning coffee, before a workout, or as a dessert:)

They are super light , airy, and really, they take no time to prep and bake.

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This was my FAVORITE recipe that I put together for the Banana About Time. I couldn’t stop eating these muffins! I became a banana-aholic! Check em’ out. You need to have these little protein muffins in your life, like ASAP!

 

Banana-Rama Protein Muffins

  • 1 pouch/ 1 scoop Banana About Time Protein
  • 3/4 Cup Organic Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Erithrytol ( or if using stevia.. use just under 1/4 cup. its way sweeter. and if using liquid stevia…even less)I prefer erithrytol or xylitol for baking
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Mashed Very Ripe Banana
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 Cup Liquid Egg Whites
  • 1 container 0% Greek Yogurt (fage or chobani)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract/paste
  • crushed walnuts (for topping)
  • cacao nibs(for topping)

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Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. (make sure to really mix this well, the coconut flour tends to lump up)

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl.

Combine mixtures , consistency should be of a doughy batter.

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I used these cute little paper tins, but you could just put them right in the muffin tray, it would probably cook faster.

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees.

Grease 6 muffin tins. ( like to use either smart balance spray or organic coconut spray)

Evenly distribute batter into tins, Top with crushed walnuts and cacao nibs, and place in oven.

Bake for 16-20 mins.

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They were RIDICULOUS! Sooooo good!

I took them out when they were still quiet soft and let them sit out and cool. I dipped into one, and fell in love. It was pretty much a healthy single serving of banana bread! Also, lovely with that bit of crunch from the nuts and nibs which are optional, if you’re not into that.

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Never do you have to feel guilty now for enjoying a morning muffin!

85 Calories, 1g Fat, 8g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 4g Sugar, 8g Protein!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I loved sharing my new FAVORITE protein. I am Most Definitely ordering more. Next time I may switch up the flavors to try some new recipes! If you don’t believe me, try it yourself. I’m hooked 😉

ABOUT TIME IS NOW OFFERING 20% OFF TO MY READERS!

CHECK IT OUT!  YOU CAN ALSO FIND IT ON MY  PRODUCTS TAB UNDER ” TOOLS/DEVICES FOR THE KITCHEN” 

Scroll over to find the “specialty foods” section of my amazon. You will find About Time on the last page!  You can purchase directly.

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