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The Bazzar @The SLS Hotel

In Dinner dates, friends, Uncategorized On November 24, 2012 2 Comments


Saturday night…and I’ve got a date.

Don’t get too excited…It’s not with a guy ya’ll.

I met up with my bestie, Amy and her boyfriend along with some other friends in town from New York to enjoy an awesome dinner at the Bazzar. The restaurant inside the SLS hotel in LA. This place is stunning, and the restaurant is huge with a great bar. The chef, award winning Jose Andres is a genius. I’ts a modern dining EXPIRIENCE with spanish cuisine. This place , the vibe, is magical. Please excuse the, not so great pics. They were taken on my Iphone and the lighting was pretty dim.

Anyway, I walked into the elevator area to be taken to where my friends were, and this is what I came across… a huge mural of Michael Jackson, and this fabulous chair and lamp. Amazing.

Here she is! Bestie. Ex roomie, A hairdresser herself, we graduated from the Sassoon Academy together and have been inseparable since. You know how it is though once you start getting busy, getting boyfriends, moving further, it becomes harder to find quality girl time. When we do get to hang out, It’s like a day hasn’t passed.

 We hung out at the bar for a bit, while our table was being prepared. All of the drinks on the menu sounded delish.

This was my choice.

 Passion Fruit Up! 

Orange rum, passion fruit and ginger-laurel syrup, topped with passion fruit foam.

It was heaven, not too sweet.

The cute ass napkins. I love them.

Once we were sat at our table, we had heard some peeps talking about the cart guy making his way around the tables making fresh “adult slushies”

Well, in reality they are their famous LN2 Caipirinha

   Brazilian cachaça, fresh lime and sugar frozen by using Liquid Nitrogen. Tableside service .

They were unbelievable.

 

edible flowers and all. Nothing better. Along with a lil wooden spoon to eat like a slushy:)

The 3 amigos.

OK… I have to talk about these “liquid olives”

Sounds weird, but If I hadn’t tried them, I would’ve missed out.

It’s the Bazaar’s most famous dish, basically olive-flavored liquid mixed with sodium alginate, put into a bath of calcium chloride to create the encapsulating thin membrane. The “olives” were then marinated in a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and orange peel. If you get a chance to check the restaurant out, start with these little balls of flavor! yummmmm

Again, sorry for the shitty pics. I swear they looked much more beautiful in person.

These little wonton looking things are jicama wrapped guacamole cups.So incredibly fresh tasting .

Would for sure order again.

(these two aren’t my pics, but I found them online so that you could see what a beauty they are.

Their version of caprese salad

Using spherification technique so the mozzarella balls popped in the mouth!

And the favorite of the evening… The Philli Cheesesteak…made on “air bread”. Yeah I know. This is some fancy shit right here. I gotta be honest though, every should try this. I can’t even begin to describe how tasty this was. The “air bread” is crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside. It really feels more like a hollow cracker than bread. The air bread is then filled with aged cheddar sauce and topped with an ultra-thin slice of Kobe beef. WOW. what a treat.

I will definitely be going back. It was a new and fun dining experience. If you want to go and try it out, I recommend going with a few friends and splitting all the dishes. They are considered small plates (tapas). Make a reservation because it’s always packed. I asure you though, when you are seated, you don’t get the vibe of a super crowded place. It’s for me more of a special occasion type place because it is quite pricey. I considered it a treat , and a fun date night with friends:)

Please feel free to comment below if you have been and recommend a dish for next time!

night babes!

x, p

Friendsgiving<3

In friends, thanksgiving, Uncategorized On November 23, 2012 0 Comments

These are my besties! Well, missing a few:) We decided since Brooke was in town from San Fransisco (in the orange top) that we would get together for a FRIENDSGIVING. We were also celebrating Kelly’s new purchase, her first home! It’s so weird how far we’ve come. I don’t wanna grow up! Everyone is moving in together, buying homes, having kids, starting businesses, It feels surreal.

We’ve all been friends, it seems like, since I moved to the U.S.A. Ok, maybe not since 7, but for sure since 12 years old. I seems like as we get older our circle of friends get smaller and smaller. People start dropping off. I am so lucky though that I got such a great core group. Like I said, we are missing a few. You know who ya are;)

I drove straight to Kel’s in Valencia after work, which is about a 45 minute drive from Beverly hills. Thank god there wasn’t traffic! Best part about the day after thanksgiving. Everyone was pretty much there already pouring some good wine, a LOW CARB cocktail (i LOVE my friends), and some yummy appetizers.

I had to take a picture of this fabulous arrangement. Mums, roses, and tuberoses, MY ACTUAL FAVE!! If you have never smelled a tuberose, you are seriously missing out.

Gorgeous chandelier they installed in the dining area

Great friends..Brooke and Chris<3 They are about to hit the altar next July in NAPA. I CAN’T wait:)

I have to get this out.

I can’t help but think…will I ever get married?

I must admit, I’m a bit lost with this whole idea. I’ve grown accustomed to my own things, my own money, my space, that I guess I’m just nervous that I feel too OK alone. I mean, listen, I’m not trying to be all grey gardens, but, these things happen. By nature. Plus I’m a hairdresser, I hear marriage drama all the time. I’ts exhausting. Sometimes I feel like I’m going through it with them. The idea seems nice….The gown, the flowers, all of it, but I can’t help but wonder…

Till death do us part?

There is something about just sitting around with a bunch of your girlfriends just laughing and of course eating and drinking. I only had a couple of glasses of wine.

This cheese I swear tasted like a blueberry cheesecake. It was gone in under 60 seconds. Whatever, I ran six miles today.

Freakin. cresent .weinies.

I was good…not one went in this mouth!

Can’t really say that about the block of cheese I devoured.

Sugar Free cocktail Made by Kelly

blueberry vodka

soda water

diet sprite

lots of muddled berries

Notice the two city kids in the background.. Can’t put down that iphone.lol

Oh yes….the best part. APPLE pie!

I only had a bit of it, I made sure to not go cray.

yup, sneaking bites

thankful….

In family, thanksgiving, Uncategorized On November 22, 2012 0 Comments

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Hi everyone!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all! Welcome to my favorite holiday and NO WORKING OUT today. I’m making up for it by working out tomorrow. Friday would usually be my day off. Switch. I don’t think I can say that we have a specific tradition in the Bedo household. Every year is different,  but It’s always a great time!The only thing that is pretty consistent is that  I end up being so stuffed every year, I swear I end up like a beached whale. No joke. This year, I broke the cycle. I definitely ate more than I would on a normal day, but managed to keep the binging under control. Thank goodness. It may have something to do with the fact that this year the party was pretty small, and we didn’t over do it with the amount of food and side dishes.

Let me re-cap you of what last year was like:

  • Party of 30 people
  • Prepped for 3 days
  • I did all the cooking , except desserts.(yes, for real. I wanted to say that I had hosted a huge thanksgiving feast once in my life)
  • A wet brined turkey the size of my body
  • A honey ham
  • A rotisserie chicken
  • Sausage/ sage stuffing
  • Brussel sprouts with pancetta
  • Pear, walnut, blue cheese butter lettuce salad
  • Fresh cranberry sauce
  • Cornbread muffins
  • Gravy
  • Bourbon sweet potatoes
  • Garlic mashed potatoes

I mean…..It was gnarly. I must admit, well worth it though> It turned out AMAZING!

This year, we kept it mellow and changed up the menu. It was just Mom, Dad and I and My uncle and his wife and their 4 month old baby girl, Emma. (freakin adorable).We were able to catch my brother on skype. He was crunching away in his lab. Not sure if I mentioned before, but, my brother is a genious, a neuroscientist, no big deal. I got sad seeing that he wasn’t celebrating and eating with all his friends, but  he so kindly reminded me that “uh Paula, I live in Canada, I’ts not thanksgiving here fool” LOL. Such a dumb ass.

Anyway, So, early this a.m. (6:00) I drove to the parentals house.  Usually Mom’s up ready to go with coffee made, but I guess she decided to sleep in, cuz when I walked in..Crickets. zzzzz

Mom had one of the protein muffins in the fridge so I muched on that and made some coffee.

I decided to get my crusts  started, since Miss. Martha Stewart (in the thanksgiving issue) mentioned that I would have to do several rounds of refrigeration. Mom was gonna need the oven round 11:00 am. So , I began to make a mess in the kitchen as usual. I’m not one of those,  clean as you go type. I wish I was.

The pie I chose out of the mag was the sour cream apple crumble pie, although I changed a few things.

  • I made the crust out of whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose
  • I used light sour cream
  • I did less of the strussel topping.

All in efforts to “healthify” my Thanksgiving.

Golden delicious apples

I hate making pie crusts, they are soooo tempermental.

Got a great shot of willy being a cutie, hangin out in the sun, on watch of course.

Mom got up, got beautiful, (she wouldn’t let me photograph her in her pj’s) and got stated on her beef roast stuffed with pancetta.  The bomb. Btw, It’s this beauty’s BIRTHDAY today, doesn’t she look 26?? Happy birthday mami!!

It was such a beautiful day out, that we decided to set the table in the backyard. Who want’s to be indoors on a day like this anyway?! I sat and read the rest of the new Living magazine and sipped on some kombucha. I love the gingerade flavor. I knew I would need some probiotics after this meal!

Look who arrived!!!!  Uncle Manuel, Ingrid & Emma, this lil princess. She’s 4 months old.ahhhh, those cheeks. This day was so special, mostly because it was my first time meeting this sweet pea.

Happy girls!

After I annoyingly squeezed her to death for an hour, we headed outside for some appetizer.

These are Mom’s homemade empanadas.  Fried beef ones on the left, and baked spinach ones on the right. An Argentinian staple, and probably one of my all time to die for foods. I grew up on these. I could have easily taken down both these platters like I had never seen food before, but, I opted to just enjoy one of each and let the rest of the guests enjoy. My uncle is a wino, so he brought over a fabulous cabernet sauvignon from Mendoza, Arg.

This year our Thanksgiving had an Italian/Argentinian flare.

Caprese salad.

Stuffed beef roast

Real sweet potatoes (not yams)

And….some random cranberry sauce that Mom decided to whip up. It didn’t really end up pairing with anything but whatever. Gotta have something traditional.

We had the perfect amount of food. Nothing went wasted, and everything was delicious.

My pie was a success. I was a bit nervous because of the changes I had made to the recipe but thank goodness it all was good in the end. pretty huh?

The cake below was brought to work for me the day before by my fabulous baker friend, Jules Peres of Immaculate Confections. This is her famous vanilla bean rum cake. Ridiculous.

I made some last minute fresh vanilla whipped cream as mom made the teas and coffees.

Once that pie went down, it was pretty much food coma from there out. I enjoyed my coffee in front of this gorgeous fire. The Perfect way to end this perfect  Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my health, my family and friends,and my Wilbur<3

Question of the day:

Did you try any new recipes this year?

sunday FAM funday

In family, Uncategorized On November 18, 2012 0 Comments


My Favorite day of the week! I get going a little later on this day, and this is percisely why I love it. I sleep in, well, 6:00 a.m instead of 5:30 a.m….which feels like 2 extra hours of bliss.I think that fact that within that 30 minutes it goes from dark to light outside, makes a huge difference.  Sundays usually consist of  getting up and driving to the folks house from an early morning breakfast with Mom and Dad. I’ve got Mom on my clean eating plan and so far she’s lost 12 lbs. She’s been really great about the new lifestyle, although getting her on the workout bandwagon has been taking a little more time….mmmm-hhmmm.  She’ll get it though;)

She’s learned about substitutions for flours and sugars. Also, taking the time to prepare bakes goods for the week in case she wants a “carb” fix. Sunday mornings, that’s all that sounds good. Coffee & pastries. (our style of course) Check out some of these low carb options!

Below:  veggie egg white cupspumpkin rounds, chocolate pecan pie muffin,  and flax bread

Mom’s squash display

After breakfast I had Mom capture the new ab series I’ve been working on. Abs are a pain in my ass! Click below for a great sunday morning ab series! I’ve started using my fab little gymboss tool. It’s great for workouts like this! No big deal if you don’t have one. In the series, I’ve posted how many reps you do for each excercise. Hope you enjoy<3

I stopped by late morning to my dear friend Natalie’s house (who’s in town from San Fran). Her family lives 5 minutes from mine. They had an event to go to , so I took my blow-dry equipment over to beautify Nat and her Mom. Nat’s brother, Raffi, is the mastermind  behind my blog. After I did their hair, Raffi and I nerded out on our computers for a while. Love being over there, they are truly like a second family.

Before I left, I stopped in the kitchen and feasted my eyes on a huge fruit basket filled with persimmons! I DIE for them…and had no idea they had a persimmon tree in their backyard. SCORE! soooo stoked! They sent me home with bagfull of them. I got a few shots of the perfect little creatures because I just can’t get enough of em’. They are gorgeous. I like to just munch on them raw but you could also bake with them or throw chunks of them into a salad.

Here’s a shot of wilbur… Man of the house. Keeping watch of course. So serious.

 Now, this is what I love…..The BBQ in this house! We pretty much BBQ every weekend. Safe to say my parents are some of my bestest friends:) &  living in Southern California, we have the luxury of spending lots of time outside. My folks live off the 14 fwy. It’s Pretty much the desert, so it’s always nice here. Any reason to grill up some marinated chicken, tri-tip, sausage, and salmon. My GOD…Simple, Not tons of seasonings and paired with a lemon/olive oil tossed green salad.

Most of the BBQing goes down right here…end we eat right off the Dad’s homemade tiki-bar. lol

We’re Argentinian…We like to eat.. .meat…

After our late lunch, I had lots to do… including gym sesh. I dropped off willy at home and took off to el gimnasio . My training for the Spartan Race has been really challenging, but I like that. I’ve been told this type of training is really similar to crossfit. I’ve never taken crossfit but I know people who take it are no strangers to burpees, rowing, pull-ups, and body weight squats, and this training has all of that. I’ve been focusing on High Intensity intervals. A lot of stop/GOOOOOOOOO stop/GOOOOOOOO. I’m definitely seeing a difference in muscle tone and I’m feeling lighter on my feet.  I gotta admit, you kinda feel like spartacus after.

(so awkward taking pics at the gym. ew)

Check out the CEP ankle support. So incredibly helpful.

  I couldn’t loose track of time because I had a last minute celebration to tend to!

Chelsea + Omar tie the knot!<3

I showed up in my gym clothes, changed in two seconds, threw my hair up and ran outside with the rest of our friends and fam to watch lil Miss Chels and Omar exchange vows in a very intimate ceremony in the backyard. Couldn’t have been more perfect. We ate, drank and danced the night away. Best of luck to these two lovebirds. Omar leaves again for marine training and we are hoping he gets to stay In San Diego! eeeeeekkkk

<3

ok so, I have a ?…

What are your favorite post-training foods? 

Do you have a loved one in the Marines? If so, what to expect fot the next four years?

Chocolate Pecan Pie Muffins

In popular recipes, Uncategorized On November 16, 2012 0 Comments


I am lately LOVING baking. I’m on a roll. Plus… I need to practice my food photog skills. Anybody have any advice on creating the best at home studio for an amature? Please DO leave me a comment.  Most recently my kitchen has been my sanctuary, and the more I train, the hungier I get!  I better not be the only one that feels this way, or I’m gonna feel like a cow.

I just got home from yet another BOMB sushi din. Sushi I think may be my all time favorite food. Then Argentinian (of course), then french…etc..:)I always ask MOTO, our sushi chef, for extra veggies and no rice. He deals with my neurosis.

As soon as I got home I needed a sweet fix. Duh.

I had whipped these babies up this morning because  I was craving something that would remind me of fall. These did the trick. I’vebeen wanting to try this recipe for a while now.I adapted this recipe from ALL DAY I DREAM ABOUT  FOOD.  I’ve gotta admit. DELISH. I did sub out the butter for half the amount of applesauce, but you can do either. Because I added that, I then had to reduce the amount of erytrhitol so that they wouldn’t be so sweet. The recipe also called for 2 eggs, but I did 1 egg and 2 egg whites. (less fat).  

 I caught willy staring while I devoured my fix. lol. For sure waiting for crumbs to drop. So naughty.

Leaving you wiht my my new fall arragement, compliments of Trader Joes. Enjoy babes.

hold the fries

In fashion, friends, Uncategorized, WOD On November 15, 2012 0 Comments

UP AT 5:00 AM

WOD:

25 jumping jacks

15 minute run, conversation pace

Main Strength Set:

10 burpees

10 jumping lunges

5 pull ups10 body weight squats

Run ½ mile for time

5 box jumps

(Repeated 1-3 times)

Cool Down: Stretch for 10 minutes

And yesss…this is the outfit I wore to the gym….

 

 

lol…I’m still trying to not feel like a creep taking pics of myself at the gym working out.

I’m  working on it I promise. It’s a little bit embarrasing. Who the hell am I gonna take with me

at 5 am to the gym and be all “can you just take a few good ones of

me flexing?” haha….um no.

 

Check out todays packed lunches at work! The chickies I work with are really health conscious so we all try to support each other to not eat the damn crap that sometimes lands in the staff room.

And then there is always someone who will order amazing looking skinny fries.  I have to constantly remind myself that there is nothing skinny about them and  since I couldn’t enjoy them in my mouth, I took a picture with them. This is completely normal.

Lunchtime madness with my little japanese monkey Yasuna<3

GET THIS LOOK:

TOP: Urban Outfitters on

sale $19.99

PANTS:  Goodwill $7.00 (learn to love searching and hunting, you can really end up with a gem)

SHOES: Target $24.99

BELT: simple black patten leather. Marshalls $7.99

NECKLACE: Forever 21 $8

I worked out this morning because I knew I would be missing my thursday ritual of Zumba at 8:30 p.m. I work at 9:00 a.m. on thursdays so I prefer to work out in the evening after the day is done. I sleep really well after that class because it KICKS MY ASS!

This is my good friend Jules, and tonight we’d made plans to have a girls night of dinner and drinks at her fabulous Sherman Oaks house. I hadn’t seen her in weeks and it was definitely time to catch up. This chick is a rockstar and yes…I did give her that amazing spock haircut. She rocks it.

I took a few pics of her fab house, but unfortunately my pics don’t do it justice. She’s got such a great sense of design.

Did I mention she’s an outstanding cook. Our dinner was quite simple but Honestly It was the  best salmon I have EVER had!

Roasted asparagus over baby arugula and Salmon drizzled with a little of this blood orange oil that is only found in oakland. (Every time she goes out there to visit a friend, she comes back with a whole case of them.) I got lucky. She sent me home with a bottle:) yessssssssssssss!!! I cherish this;)

Then, THIS HAPPENED:

yes, you are not mistaken…right outta the jar into the next jar…and then into the next. cow status.

After a couple spoonfulls we looked at each other with that look of ” omg, this is sooo EFFING good right now” (you know the look). And then, it was over.

She took the jar away.:)

I was exhausted by 9p.m. The day felt productive, busy and was so happy to laugh ,eat , and drink the night away. Willy was at home waiting as usual listening to any sound at the door. So anxious..Checked the mail..and yeay, my new fave magazines came in the mail! What are some of your favorites?


Lovely day in LA.

In fashion, Uncategorized, WOD On November 14, 2012 0 Comments

Good morning fit friends:)

Up at 5 and got a lot done! I work at 9:45. Hit the gym with some positive energy this A.M., because I knew I was coming home after to enjoy a yummy breakfast. This race coming up is getting me really amped to get up and train. Every morning I recieved an email from the Spartan Race trainer who sends out what the WOD will be for that particular day. I actually look foward to them now because since starting this training I am feeling much stronger and seeing some results!F YEAYYYYYYhhhh! If you tend to be the type of person that lacks self motivation, I swear, sign up for a race, challenge…anything that will set off that spark to prove to yourself that you can handle business! It really does help to set goals for yourself. Start small, and more often than not, you will astonish yourself with your drive towards these accomplishments. Tell people what you are planning to do so that it helps to keep you accountable. I don’t know about you but, I don’t like being the girl who says “oh yeah, I never ended up doing that…It was jussssst…ummm.busssssy? .” Yeah whatever with the excuses.
Todays WOD:
– Jog 1/2 Mile (4-6Min Time)
Lower Body Agility Exercise x 12
50 Sec Rest-
Jog 1/2 Mile
Alternating Split Squats w/ Jump x 15
1 Min Rest-
Jog 1/2  Mile (4-6Min Time)
2 Pushups + Burpees to Tuck Jumps x 15
50 Sec Rest
Jog 1/4 Mile
Full-Body Agility Square x 10
1 Min Rest
After this whole set…I was feelin pumped!! so…I added 3 sets of 25 crunches on stability ball.
Then home. Breakfast was served. I made ridiculous protein pancakes. Recipe to come….I promise. So worth the wait!
At home Willy was waiting for me. Freaking out knowing I would take him for his morning treck. He was so damn happy to hit the trail tis morning, he could hardly contain himself…
It’s been a bit harder lately to get outta bed, and I think it has to do with the fact that the weather has been getting rrrrreeeeaaaallllll cozy  and nothing sounds better than being in bed snuggly. So, I’ve been making sure pack my lunch for work the night before so that I have extra time in the morning to get stuff done!
My luch today was nothing short of fabulous. Really clean but tasted really great! Especially knowing that everything was fresh and that you’re not just putting shit in your body.
TODAYS LUNCH:
heirloom tomatoes
hard boiled egg
raw chia oil
fresh lemon
salt and pepper
 OUTFIT INSPO:
That seventies show:)
Shirt: Gap (on sale) $14.99
Pants: Juicy couture/ T.J Maxx $25.00
Belt: Gap (on sale) $9.99
Purse: T.J.Maxx $49.99
So cute today I recieved this in the mail at work….A lovely thank you card from a very sweet client. AWEEEE totally made my day
Of course, like everyday of my freakin life, traffic was a nightmare, and as I inched my way through coldwater canyon, I kept getting more and more tense thinking that I wasn’t  gonna make it to my dinner date with lovies and friends . Ughhh I was craving sushi like in a VERY bad way. I have the best kept secret spot around! Maybe one day I’ll share:)
Seared tuna sushi..and no… I didn’t eat the rice
A beautiful array of 3 different types of fish wrapped in cucumber loaded with veggies. no rece;)
An order of the amberjack, Yellowtail belly and sea bream. AMAZING trio!
Happy as a clam..

sleep, train, eat, repeat.

In Uncategorized, WOD On November 13, 2012 2 Comments

OK. So this is what Im training for:

 

CRAZY RIGHT!

This morning started off pretty early…like 5:30 early. I purposely slept in my gym clothes so that I would have absolutely no excuse. It would’ve taken longer to take off my clothes than it woul’ve been to just get out of the house right then. Took my supplements, water bottle,  munched on a few almonds, and took off. I’m lucky my gym is like 5 blocks away. Another reason why there is no excuse:)

As soon as I arrived, I snaked the nearest treadmill, stretched and began with my 10 min warm-up jog. Straight to the mat after that to begin the WOD, which today consisted of:

  1. 10 push-ups
  2. body weight squats
  3. 10 burpees
  4. 10 crunches

repeated 3X and followed by a 2 mile HIIT. (ran 1 mile @ 6.4, then alternated the 2nd mile with 30sec @10.0 with 30 sec rest.  I felt super energized after that set, so I decided to stay a bit longer to work on my upper and lower back. Since I stand on my feet all day at work, I have to keep a strong core and upper body so that I don’t end up like quasimoto! Mom’s always on my case about my posture. It will always be something that I need to stay on top of.

After an 1 hour & 15…I was done for. I pushed it today and it payed off and oh yeah, I beat my plank time!! hell yessss. Felt great all day, full of energy and could tell that I continued to burn for hours after! Got home and was starving, typical for me after a workout, or, well just typical in general. lol. Grabbed a couple of my Protein Packed Pumpkin Muffins added a little Natures Hollow sugar free strawberry jam and poured myself a cup of joe. yummmmmmm !!! Tuesdays I don’t go into work untl 11 am. My mornings are precious to me because I get soooo much done! I LOVE TUESDAYS. Although I hate that i don’t get home til 8pm. ew

Here’s the man of the house. Willy:) I’m sure he’s always thinking “what the hell is she always taking pictures of? You’re a creep MOM” hehe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my freakin cute ass perfect lunch box by goodbyn . Lunch was some leftover turkey meatloaf I had made last night, egg whites, edamame, and some raw zuchinni hummus. Yes It’s time to go grocery shopping:) My co-worker Lucy had just gotten back and brought us some Garrett popcorn (apperently famous) but… I resisted. Thank god. I gotta be honest it looked AMAZE-BALLZ. But I was happy with my lunch and completely satified:)

 

 

 Outfit  inspiration today: Chola chic;)

Shirt: Forever 21..Shorts: Zara…Shoes: Steve Madden (found them at T.J.Maxx)…Ring: Marshalls…Necklace: It’s my friend Dianne’s. lol (she’ll be asking for that back) lol

Find great prices out there and be a Maxxinista.

Get this look for under $100

 

After work I was craving some BOMB sushi…so we stopped at Sushi Don and picked up a sashimi salad that seriously hit the spot! As soon as I finished…I was in a heaven food coma. Protein before so I can wake up and do it all over again:) I love it. Oh & BTW…share with me some of your favorite HIIT workouts! I need some new ones<3

Night boos

XO, P

 

 

 

Power Packed Protein Pumpkin Muffins

In popular recipes, Uncategorized On November 12, 2012 1 Comment

I have got the gnarliest sweets tooth and my favorite things to munch on for breakfast, after a workout, or even as a snack, is ,yes, you guessed it..something carby!Well….have I got a treat for you!!!! These protein packed muffins trick your body into thinking you are having a muffin from your local starbucks! Absolutely delicious, mildly sweet, and deliver a perfect combonation of nutrients your body needs. Especially if you are trying to create lean muscle, you gotta eat clean! They are super simple and take practically no time to bake.

My recipe is for 6 servings. It perfect especially if it’s a household of one:) pack one in your lunck everyday for a mid-day snack to prevent binging at the nearest Sprinkle’s Cupcakes.!

pre-heat oven 350 degrees and grease or line your cupcake pan.

Mix all wet ingredients in one bowl and mix all dry in another, and mixing with a fork, combine both bowl together. Fill your six tins (NOT all the way to the top though, allow some rising room) these will cook fast, so watch them. Just when you think they need a few more min, is when they are actually perfect. Then take them out. No more than 7 minutes, really. But it may vary 1 minute more or less, depending on the oven used.

They are super yummy! Perfect for a power breakfast, a sweet treat to take to on the go, or as a dessert!

Enjoy my fellow fit friends! Can’t wait to try out and share a new recipe! Be on the lookout!waaaahoooooooooooo

HELLO BEAUTIES!

In popular recipes, Uncategorized On November 12, 2012 0 Comments

So…First post ever. I’m so freakin’ excited I COULD SCREAM!

I’m little by little working on my site, a definite work in progess, just like me. I’m hoping that this blog keeps me away from binging on on my way to healthier choices. I will be adding new recipes that I have made before to make sure we are not just eating food that tastes like cardboard. No thanks. Everything I eat, I will post, NO CHEATING.

I hope you enjoy the posts and hope that it can reach people out there to join me in the quest to getting RIPPED!! 

This was me then: Being a cow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is me now:

Feeling strong and able.  I’m working onmy compulsiveness and tying to be more aware of what my body actually is feeling. I’ve always been active but not consistent, and have never fully been able to control what I feed my body. I guess you could say I’m a complete extreme-ist. Moderation is very hard for me.

So, here we start our journey..and i hope together<3

 This morning was a delight… well, except that I woke up at 4 am and couldn’t go back to bed to save my life. It could be because I’ve been anxious about this lil race I signed up for called THE SPARTAN RACE.
And by “lil” i mean ABSOLUTELY NUTS! OK…I’ve only raced a 10k before, which was lovely and for a charity called Race For The Rescues.I must admit, I had never been a skilled runner, but, through the power of determination… I saw myself improve from, only being able to run 1 mile, to being able to run 6.5 without stopping. Actually coming in 40th overall. NOT BAD! (for me)
 Maybe signing up for this gnarly marine style obstacle course race was a little premature seeing as I really have no expirience.
When I looked on my email to find out what I could do to train for this craziness, I came across the WOD….hmmm. here was my first day.
 
I wanted to die. They don’t get easier.
My god, as soon as I read this, I was instantly hungry.
It was like my body was signaling my mind to go into full on survival mode! haha

By 6am..I was ready for my usual cup of joe (from my fab pixie nesspresso machine) along with some almond milk (frothed, of course:)

BTW: Is it just me or is anyone else like, ridiculously hungry as soon as they wake up? Those people who never eat breakfast or are just fine till 11am, are just cray.

BREAKFAST TIME:
1/3 c organic low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp flax meal
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp unflavored whey protein
1/2 tsp. vanilla bean extract
few drops of all natural liquid stevia
refridgerate for 10 min to thicken up (porridge consistency)

  After breakfast, It was my usual monday routine.
  Take willy for a walk &
  Zumba at 10:30am
Run errands all over the place. Had a housecall for one of my clients and picked up some new goodies, including a new microwave. I haven’t owned a micro in ages, but I figured it was time to start SAVING time:), a new hard drive to finally back up my slow ass mac that keeps giving me the spinning wheel of death, and some of my favorite PB2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNACK:  I don’t know about you, but after a great workout I’m STARVING!

I had one of these bad boys! actually…not bad at all. I made them a very healthy way and I promise to pass down the recipe as soon as I perfect the consistency:)

 

LUNCH:  What can I say? An embarrasment of a lunch. I just really wanted something easy and quick.

  • organic edamame
  • organic chicken dog (whole foods)
  • low fat string cheese cut up like a child
  • ChocolaTree chia crackers with a dollop of cottage cheese

 

 

After lunch I dedicated my time to learning how to even work this whole blog thing. So confusing! I had to keep taking breaks to keep from going crossed eyed, so I kept taking breaks to do household chores. Oh, that reminds me, I cant wait to share with you guys how I redecorated my living area! The upstairs is a mess and I’m really gonna need some serious pinterest help and the help of you lovely people to figure out which look i should go for.

 

DINNER:made this lovely meal:

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf adapted from this link here<3 I will definitely be turning this into a packed lunch!

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/video-jamie-eason-turkey-meatloaf-muffins.htm

XO,paula